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Racism, sexism, Islamophobia — and double standards for cuss words

first_imgCongressperson Rashida Tlaib made history Jan. 2 when she proudly took the oath of office with her hand on the Koran, wearing a traditional dress from Palestine. Representative Tlaib is the first Palestinian woman elected to the House of Representatives and, with Ilhan Omar, one of two first Muslim congresswomen.Islamophobes were up in arms, posting outrageous claims that the congressperson from Michigan’s 13th District was disrespecting or even violating the Constitution by choosing the Koran over the Christian Bible. These backward attitudes, however, do not reflect Tlaib’s constituency. The population of the 13th District is 56 percent African American and more than 70 percent people of color, with the largest Arab population outside of the Middle East. As state representative and Detroit councilperson, Tlaib represented her Southwest Detroit neighborhood, the heart of the city’s Latinx community. She has a large Muslim constituency. As a congressional candidate, Tlaib — whose seat was previously held by John Conyers — appealed to progressive sentiment. She was arrested during the hotel workers strike here and ran on a record of supporting reproductive rights as a state legislator. Among her popular campaign promises were pledges to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump and fight for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Tlaib made front-page news nationwide last week with comments made during a reception held by the liberal group MoveOn. Her exact words were: “We’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the mother—-er.” This drew the ire of Trump and his ilk, but also of moderate Democrats. (Detroit Free Press, Jan. 4)“This is a person that I don’t know. I assume she’s new,” said Trump, revealing complete ignorance of Tlaib’s groundbreaking achievement in being elected. He accused her of “disrespect” and called her statement “disgraceful.” This is the president who repeatedly displays bigotry against immigrants, people of color, Muslims, women, LGBTQ2S+ people and people with disabilities — and isn’t shy about using swear words. “You can’t impeach somebody who’s doing a great job,” he boasted, claiming mass popularity. In fact the president has lower approval ratings than every president since Harry Truman. Tlaib tweeted back: “I always speak truth to power. #unaplogeticallyme.” (Detroit News, Jan. 4)Two trends in the Democratic PartyDemocratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized not only Tlaib’s use of curse words, but also the call for impeachment, saying it would divide the country. Congressional Democrats, including most from Michigan, distanced themselves from the congressperson’s remarks. Liberal news columnists are accusing Tlaib of hurting the Democrats, even making it harder for them to beat Trump in 2020.More moderate Democrats argue that the Mueller Commission has to complete its investigation before impeachment can be considered. Tlaib’s campaign pledge, however, appealed to millions of working-class and oppressed voters, who have been saying “Not my president” since the 2016 election. This base sent a record number of women, people of color, younger candidates and out LGBTQ2S+ people to Congress. Many of these voters were activated by the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016. In the midterm primaries they chose new candidates, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of Queens, N.Y., over longtime incumbents favored by the party’s establishment. Ocasio-Cortez denounced Republicans’ “faux outrage” over the curse word.There is clearly a biased double standard employed here against an Arab Muslim congressperson, who was speaking off the cuff at a reception and not in any official capacity.The backlash against Tlaib is a rightist reaction to the midterm elections. Revolutionaries should have no illusions that any real, dramatic changes can be made through the bourgeois parliamentary process. However, they should be prepared to oppose any racist, Islamophobic and otherwise bigoted attacks on the right of oppressed people to elect progressive candidates from their communities.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Jamming of radio stations extended to VOA

first_img RSF_en September 1, 2020 Find out more The sabotaging of broadcasts by radio stations based abroad is continuing in Zimbabwe, Reporters Without Borders said today after learning that programmes of the US government radio station Voice of America (VOA) have become the latest target of the jamming carried out by the Harare government with Chinese complicity.“This new case of jamming shows how the Zimbabwean government despises its own people, blocking their ears to the news outlets it dislikes,” the press freedom organisation said. “It would be useful if United Nations mediator Benjamin M’Kapa, the former president of Tanzania, would demand an end to this perverse campaign. The UN and the African Union should realise that Chinese penetration of African markets brings more sophisticated means of repression and censorship in its wake.”The broadcasts of Studio 7, a VOA programme targeted at Zimbabwe, have been jammed since mid-June by the same shrill noise that have been blotting out the short wave broadcasts of the privately-owned, London-based SW Radio Africa since February 2005 and the broadcasts of the Amsterdam-based Voice of the People since September 2005. Reporters Without Borders has obtained a recording of the SW Radio Africa jamming and has posted it on its site (see below).VOA director David S. Jackson said: “There has been some jamming of our broadcasts of Studio 7, but so far the interference appears to be limited to medium wave broadcasts to Harare, so many of our loyal listeners throughout Zimbabwe have been able to hear our shows on short wave and in other locations of the country without any problem.” Jackson added: “We take any interference seriously, however, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”Produced by Zimbabwean journalists who have gone into exile, Studio 7 aims to be an alternative source of news for the people of Zimbabwe, where there are no privately-owned radio or TV stations. Broadcast Monday to Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (1700 to 1830 GMT), it is divided into three 30-minute segments in English and the two leading local languages, Shona and Ndebele.Speaking on condition of anonymity, an official with Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) told the South Africa-based news site Zim Online on 26 June: “There has been marked improvement on trying to block the US propaganda from reaching us since the beginning of this month. The team is now aiming to look for ways to completely block the signal coming via a transmitter in Botswana.”SW Radio Africa’s morning medium wave broadcasts have been jammed since 26 June, the station’s director, Gerry Jackson, said. “The jamming appears to be quite localised and focused on Harare,” she said. “We can still be heard in other parts of the country. This seems to follow the same pattern and began at the same time as the jamming of VOA’s Studio 7 broadcasts on medium wave in the evening.”Jamming of SW Radio Africa’s short wave broadcasts began in February 2005, a few weeks before controversial legislative elections. Zimbabwean presidential spokesman George Charamba publicly hailed the interference on 29 March while refusing to acknowledge that the government was responsible. “If the Zimbabwe government is jamming SW Radio Africa, kudos to them,” he said. “If they are not and do not have the equipment (to jam), then it is time they look for that equipment.”The broadcasts of the privately-owned Voice of the People (VOP) from a Madagascar-based relay station belonging to the Dutch public radio corporation began being jammed in September 2005 by the same noise as SW Radio Africa, making its programmes inaudible. VOP was created in June 2000 by former employees of the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) with help from the Soros foundation and a Dutch NGO, the Hivos foundation. The police raided its studio in Harare on 4 July 2002 and took away equipment. It was subsequently the target of a bombing on 29 August 2002 which wrecked the entire studio. It was nonetheless able to resume broadcasting.All of its staff in Zimbabwe was detained for several days in December 2005 and charged with practising journalism without permission from the government-controlled Media and Information Commission. They were supposed to be tried last month, but the trial was postponed. The VOP management and staff face up to five years in prison.According to sources in Zimbabwe, the jamming of Zimbabwean exile radio stations began after a group of Chinese technicians arrived in Harare in January 2005 under a trade accord between China and Zimbabwe. Housed at the Sheraton Hotel for three months, they reportedly carried out a number of installations including a radio jamming system using a ZBC transmitter in Gweru, in the centre of the country, and the ZBC Pockets Hill broadcasting centre in Highlands, a suburb of Harare.These illegal practices, which violate international regulations governing telecommunications, are one of the specialities of the Chinese government. Jamming is standard practice in China, especially the jamming of Tibetan radio stations and foreign radio stations beaming programmes to the west of the country. A Reporters Without Borders release described this policy as the “Great Wall of the airwaves.” November 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts ZimbabweAfrica Reports Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell to go further Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Zimbabwe November 27, 2020 Find out more ZimbabweAfrica Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail News News July 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jamming of radio stations extended to VOA Newslast_img read more

The Luxury That’s A Health Necessity

first_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes The pull is in the name. Your friends will envy you the sheer luxury of an hour spent here, and you can rest safe in the knowledge that this is actually good for you – self-indulgent, sure, but good for you. As Tim Cremins, General Manager at Massage Envy South Lake, says, “Massage is something that’s viewed as a luxury, but it’s really more of a necessity.”And has he ever met anybody who doesn’t like the idea of a massage?“No, not very often, in fact, not at all,” he laughs.General Manager Tim Cremins points to massage as a way to help your heath and treat yourself at the same time.Located steps from the South Lake shopping district, just behind Macy’s right next to Trader Joe’s. Massage Envy really does feel like an oasis within the city. As soon as you enter through the smoked glass doors, you’re surrounded by a relaxing, tingly calm. It almost feels like you’re in a secluded resort hotel, albeit smack-bang in the center of town.Tim Cremins says that the company’s mission statement is simple: “We’re trying to create an environment where massage therapy can be included in everybody’s normal wellness routine at an affordable price and in a convenient manner.” Beyond massages, the center also offers world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Murad facials.But really, what is the difference between massage therapy and just plain old massage?“Research has shown that massage offers tremendous health benefits in a variety of different ways, including stress reduction, improving circulation, posture as well as lowering blood pressure – all those things play into it, and like anything else, if it’s something that you can do consistently, you’ll see better results,” says Tim.And the whole point is that it can be done at reasonable prices.“Our introductory offer for someone to come and visit us and try us out for the first time is $49 for a one-hour massage,” Tim says. “It’s $74 for 90 minutes and then we also offer wellness packages, which include membership – you can come and get a massage once a month, or more than that, if you like, at member pricing.”“A big focus at Massage Envy is that we want people to receive massage therapy on a continual basis,” he adds.And what if you know nothing about massage therapy? Techniques offered at Massage Envy range from Trigger Point and Deep Tissue to Swedish, Geriatric and Prenatal, based on the client’s individual needs.“There are a lot of different techniques – what they call modalities,” Tim explains. “What we offer is a customized massage. So if you need some Deep Tissue work in, you know, maybe the neck, but you’d like something a little more relaxing, in the lower back or legs, that’s something a therapist can do for you. They’re going to customize it for you.”“We have a large therapist staff, and we can find a therapist to match your needs,” he says. “On your way in, the front desk has a conversation with you, figuring out where you would like the focus to be placed as far as your massage is concerned, and any areas that need to be avoided. Every session, your therapist is going to go over a short consultation with you about what you want to accomplish with the session.”Of course, the perception is that this kind of thing is mainly for women. But don’t worry, guys! According to Tim, that’s a myth that needs to be busted.“I think that the perception is that it’s primarily women,” he says. “But that’s not the case – it’s probably 50-50.”Massage Envy, 345 South Lake Avenue,  #205  Pasadena. Call  (626) 240-1060 or visit www.massageenvy.com Subscribe Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeauty 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  center column 5 The Luxury That’s A Health Necessity Many consider a massage a luxurious self-indulgence (it is!), but increasingly, medical evidence points to important health benefits From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 18, 2012 | 1:29 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Welcome Day Celebrates Students at Immaculate Heart

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Education Welcome Day Celebrates Students at Immaculate Heart From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 3:10 pm Community News Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment The Immaculate Heart school year is filled with traditional days of celebration that knit the campus community together. Even years later, IH alumnae treasure memories of these special events that help make Immaculate Heart a unique educational experience for young women.I love these celebrations. As the girls plan activities for these events, they apply what they have learned inside and outside the classroom. Everything really comes together,” said Immaculate Heart High School Principal Naemah Morris.Welcome Day, Immaculate Heart’s oldest tradition, officially launches the school year. For the annual event, the high school’s student body officers plan a song and dance-filled day to honor the newest members of the school, the freshman class, as well as other new students, faculty and staff. Each class picks a theme and plans a presentation to show its collective spirit.“Welcome Day shows off the personality of each entire class, not just the individual students,” said Ms. Morris, who still fondly recalls her own first Welcome Day as an IH freshman.This year, the juniors chose Jurassic Park as their theme while the “Sandlot Sophomores” donned baseball shirts and sang to the tune “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.” While the seniors paid homage to the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, even the freshmen showed spirit as “The Freshmen of Bel-Air” – a takeoff of the ‘90s television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.“There’s really nothing like seeing the senior class surround the incoming freshmen and sing to them with such heart,” said Immaculate Heart English teacher Callie Webb. The upperclasswomen also distribute small notes and words of encouragement to each new student.At Immaculate Heart’s middle school, members of the Student Council also plan a day of friendship-building activities. Big and Little Sisters get to know each other through games and races.“It’s a special time when every student is brought into the IH Panda Community,” said Middle School Principal Gina Finer. “The girls learn about each other, and, as a result, they begin to build that community spirit that is so important at Immaculate Heart.”Other traditions soon followed Welcome Day, including the first retreats of the school year – starting with the high school’s Freshman Day of Recollection and day-long retreats for the 7th and 8th grades. High school students also recently enjoyed Join Day by selecting among the 30+ clubs and organizations to join on campus. The Girls Athletic Association has since hosted Spirit Week activities culminating in the Pep Rally for fall sports teams.Next month, seniors look forward to their four-day Kairos retreat. Additionally, on October 1st students and their families will gather on the grounds of Alverno Heights Academy in Sierra Madre for yet another community-building event, Immaculate Heart’s Annual Family Picnic.Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School is located at 5515 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles. You can call the school at (323) 461-3651 or visit www.immaculateheart.org for more information.center_img Community News 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Council change opponents threaten to sue

first_img Council change opponents threaten to sue Facebook Pinterest By admin – January 4, 2018 WhatsApp Local NewsGovernment Previous articleOdessa teen honored for volunteer workNext articleWOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Cameron drops cold-shooting UTPB admin Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter A group of opponents to a proposal to restructure the Odessa City Council threatened lawsuits over a petition drive seeking to force a May election and accused organizers Thursday of trying to dilute Hispanic votes in an attempt for wealthy east-side Odessans to control the local governing board.Supporters argue that instead of diluting minority votes, the change would give all voters in the majority-Hispanic Odessa a greater say in council business after a year of turmoil that included the sacking of the city manager and contentious decisions over matters like public incentives for businesses.But opponents, including District 5 City Councilman Filiberto Gonzales, see a different motive behind the proposal.“This is about power and about a certain group of people: The good ol’ boys that are afraid of losing control,” Gonzales said. “Control that they have had for many years.”The proposed changes would create a seven-member board with a mayor who can vote on council business and a new seat for a council member elected at large. Today, the mayor, who is already elected at large, only votes in cases of a tie among the five other council members representing single-member districts. Odessa voters would have to approve the change if the petition forces an election.Gonzales was one of three council members who combined last month to shoot down a request to call the May election. The councilman argued Thursday that a special election is unnecessary and would cost about $50,000. He blamed the media for a negative perception of the City Council and defended his voting record in 2017.“This is nothing but a way of creating a bloc to stop a so-called bloc,” Gonzales said.The local League of United Latin American Citizens president Jesse Porras, who is also running for a justice of the peace position, said the City Council change would “turn the clock back on Odessa.”LULAC’s lawyer Domingo Garcia said supporters of the petition were trying to “rig the system for the powerful and the rich” and said he would sue organizers individually if they file the petition. He also threatened to sue organizations and the city if the petition is filed.Mixed-election systems like the one proposed for Odessa are common in the state, in cities including Midland and Houston. A change would require voter approval on a charter amendment. And state law requires local governmental bodies to call such an election if 5 percent of voters sign a petition demanding one. In Odessa, that is about 2,500 voters.Even if voters approve it, Garcia argued the plan to restructure the Odessa City Council would be “illegal” because it would weaken the strength of minority votes.“You could say you want to have at-large systems and dilute the votes of Odessans — it’s still illegal,” Garcia said.Garcia, a former Dallas politician who specializes in personal injury law, was proactive in the political fight to create single-member districts in Dallas in the early 1990s.“It’s intentional discrimination in order to disenfranchise Latinos and African Americans in Odessa in order to empower a group that has, even though they are minority in population, they are still a majority of the voting bloc,” Garcia said. “And therefore they would elect the at-large.”Garcia compared the proposal to reform the Odessa City Council to failed attempt to redraw council district of Pasadena in Harris County.But there are important differences.A slim margin of Pasadena voters in 2013 approved an amendment changing two single-district seats to at large seats. The city is majority Hispanic but turnout among that demographic was historically lower than white residents.And civil rights attorneys representing Hispanic voters sued successfully, arguing the city had diluted the strength of Hispanic voters at a time when their political power was growing. A federal judge earlier this year determined Pasadena had violated the Voting Rights Act and put the city under federal supervision.But in Odessa, all the five single-member districts would remain intact.Two of them, Districts 1 and 5, were created to boost black and Hispanic representation on the board. The current system was approved by voters in 1991, who decided to abolish an at-large position with District 5. The changes went into effect two years later.Despite the differences, Garcia argued Thursday the Odessa proposal is “very similar” to what Pasadena did.“What is the motive?” Garcia said. “. . . The motive is they fired the city manager, and it’s a three bloc vote: a white woman, a black man and a Hispanic man. And they override the white males basically. And now you want to change the system.”The chief organizer of the petition drive to force the May election, Jim Rector, declined to comment when asked to respond to the Thursday press conference. But he’s previously argued that the petition would not dilute minority votes, that it is not intended to and that the result of the change should be greater accountability on the city board.“It protects everybody,” Rector, a real estate developer who serves as an appointee on the city’s planning and zoning commission, said in November. “We have outgrown a five single-member district council.”Supporters argue the change would make sure power is not concentrated in the hands of five people in an environment where control of the council can change with political whims and little to no voter input.As he collected signatures last month, Rector said he sought a diverse group of supporters from throughout Odessa’s five districts.“That proves that everybody in the entire city is for this,” Rector said.Domingo Garcia, legal counsel for Odessa Together, discusses at a Thursday news conference the group’s legal intentions regarding an effort by those attempting to get a petition signed to create an “at-large” city council position and voting status for the mayor. Others present are Filiberto Gonzales, city councilman; Rubin Ramirez, LULAC District 6; Art Leal, past president Una Voz Unida; and Jesse Porras, LULAC member.BY MARK [email protected] WhatsApplast_img read more

DS News Webcast: Tuesday 8/6/2013

first_img Previous: First Financial Network Announces $200M Loan Portfolio Offering Next: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 8/7/2013  Print This Post DS News Webcast: Tuesday 8/6/2013 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save 2013-08-07 DSNews Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago August 7, 2013 482 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles in Featured, Media, Webcasts The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Tuesday 8/6/2013 Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: DSNews Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Donegal has Ireland’s highest rate of car crashes involving speed

first_img Facebook Pinterest Donegal has the highest percentage of road traffic collisions caused by excessive speed.Figures from the Road Safety Authority show speed was a factor in 8% of collisions in Donegal ahead of Cork, Wexford, Cavan and Galway.Donegal also had the largest number of speed related collisions involving two or more vehicles91% of culpable drivers in speed-related collisions were male.The figures from Road Safety Authority says nationally, excessive speed was a factor in 322 road deaths here between 2008 and 2012.The European Union is being asked to bring in a rule that car manufacturers install speed limiting systems in all new vehicles, which could reduce the number of crashes and fatalities.Maggie Martin is Research Manager with the RSA:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/13maggie.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSeamus Coleman to sit out Bouremouth game this weekend.Next articleDuffy back in UFC action in July News Highland Facebook WhatsApp Donegal has Ireland’s highest rate of car crashes involving speedcenter_img Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – April 28, 2016 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Donegal groups & schools to share €300,000 in Clar funding

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 2Churchill Community Development Group CLGInstallation of an all weather muti-use space for outdoor events€44,532.40 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews 1Coimin National SchoolFootpath and related works€27,900.00 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp 2Ray Community GroupEnhancement of the existing woodland amenity€35,930.00 Facebook A number of Donegal community groups and schools are to share almost €300,000 in Clar funding. The money will go towards improvements to road safety, parking, lighting and footpaths.Among the highlights in the county include 5o thousand euro to enhance an existing viewing point and outdoor cinema screen at Glengad in Malin while Termon National School is to get 45 thousand euro for a pedestrian crossing, parking and other works.Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh says the funding has come at an ideal time:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/joefuding.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Measure1:          Support for Schools/Community Safety MeasuresMeasure 2:         Community Recreation Areas (new for 2020) 1Pobalscoil Chloich CheannfhaolaAdditional car parking facilities, lining and footpath improvements€45,000.00 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – November 2, 2020 2Glengad Community AssociationTo enhance an existing viewing point and outdoor cinema screen€50,000.00 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest 1Termon National SchoolPedestrian crossing, additional parking and drop off points and footpaths€45,000.00 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal groups & schools to share €300,000 in Clar funding Previous article‘Things just didn’t go our way on the night’ – HegartyNext articleICU at Altnagelvin operating at full capacity with Covid-19 News Highland WhatsApp 1Rockfield National SchoolRoad safety measures, alterations to existing footpaths and set down area€45,000.00 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

CHCHC celebrates 10 years of stories with ‘Reach Out and Read’

first_img State Representative Alan Boothe participated in the ‘Reach Out and Read-Alabama’ event at Charles Henderson Child Health Center Wednesday. CHCHC recognizes the importance of reading by donating a book to every child who completes a wellness check.The Charles Henderson Child Health Clinic in Troy was a-buzz with activity Wednesday as children from the Boys and Girls Club in Troy joined patients at the clinic in celebrating Reach Out and Read-Alabama’s 10 Years of Stories.CHCHC strongly promotes families reading together and is a longtime participate in Reach Out and Read-Alabama, which in the last 10 years has, though pediatric healthcare providers, “prescribed” more than 1.6 million new books to the state’s youngest and most underserved children, said Salina Taylor, Read Out and Read communications coordinator.“All children, ages six months to five, who complete their wellness checks at CHCHC receive a book to take home,” said Rosemary Hanson, CHCHC Reach Out and Read site coordinator. “Prescribing a book during each checkup gives us the opportunity to connect with parents and create a partnership in the lifelong journey of learning for their child.” Colvin said the Troy Public Library has many outstanding books for children of all ages.“During the summer months, we encourage children to visit the library,” she said. “Reading for pleasure can be a great learning experience and it’s a fun way to maintain and improve reading skills over the summer months.”State Rep. Alan Boothe took advantage of the opportunity to read to the youngsters at CHCHC.“When you read to children, you are investing in their futures,” he said. “It’s important for me to do that.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel What’s even better, Hanson said, is that new studies are documenting the effectiveness of the unexpectedly complex interactions that occur when you put a small child on your lap and open a picture book.Teresa Colvin, children’s librarian at Troy Public Library, was a reader for the celebration event. She agreed that reading to young children is important.Below, Teresa Kidd, CHCHC, led the children in digging for dinosaurs. The historic animals were subjects of much of the reading at the event.“Reach Out and Read focuses on young children and that’s extremely important,” Colvin said. “At an early age, even for newborns, reading is important. Not only does it instill in children the love of reading, it is a wonderful way to bond. Every time a child a book read to them, the quality of their life is enhanced.” Book Nook to reopen Print Article Skip CHCHC celebrates 10 years of stories with ‘Reach Out and Read’ Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Boothe read Jane Yolen’s “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?” The children enjoyed learning about table manners through the playful verses and amusing pictures.“Reading is a big part of life and it brings lifelong joy,” Colvin said. “The earlier children begin to enjoy the written word, the longer they will have to enjoy it.”Wayne Buchanan, director of the Pike County and Surrounding Counties Boys and Girls Club in Troy, expressed appreciation to Reach Out and Read-Alabama and CHCHC for inviting young club members to the celebration of reading.“They’ve had a great time hearing the stories read and playing games,” Buchanan said. “We thank everyone for a great time and for taking time to let these kids know how important reading is by taking time to read to them.”Currently, 60 of Alabama’s pediatric practices and clinics serve as Reach Out and Read-Alabama program sites in 30 counties, which serve 40 percent of the state’s children under the age of five. 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Chicago’s oldest hospital files for bankruptcy, angering state officials

first_imgMinerva Studio/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(CHICAGO) — Chicago’s oldest hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, frustrating city and state officials who pledged to keep the safety-net hospital open.The hospital plans to cease all operations except for basic emergency services on May 31.“We recognize the community’s desire that Mercy should stay open, but Mercy has provided as much care as possible while incurring losses that no single entity can afford alone,” Mercy said in a statement. “The system of care for the underserved on Chicago’s South Side is badly broken, and it is the system that must be fixed so patients can access the care they deserve.”Mercy Hospital and Medical Center is owned by Trinity Health, the fifth-largest health care system in the country, which bought the hospital in 2012. Safety-net hospitals like Mercy tend to serve patients who are people of color, poor, old and either uninsured or on Medicaid, and typically operate on razor-thin margins.Mercy was profitable when it was purchased, with assets exceeding liabilities by $140.8 million. In 2014, the hospital started losing money, according to tax documents. By 2017, it was in the red.“Mercy tried for many years to find a path to financial sustainability,” the hospital said in a statement. “This included a multi-year national search for buyers and a robust transformation plan with other safety net hospitals. Unfortunately, neither path provided a viable future.”The bankruptcy filing comes weeks after the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted for a second time to deny Trinity permission to close the hospital and open an urgent care center in its place. Community members and doctors argued that the plan to replace the hospital with urgent care would worsen health care access for the hospital’s predominately Black patients and create a health care desert on the South Side — with the nearest emergency department at least 5 miles away.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state Rep. Lamont Robinson, who counts Mercy in his district, are among the elected officials trying to find a buyer to take over Mercy with the help of state funding.Robinson said the bankruptcy news came as a surprise. “At no time during talks with Gov. Pritzker, other elected officials, nor myself, did Trinity ever mention bankruptcy as an option,” Robinson told ABC News.A spokesperson for Pritzker said the governor called Trinity’s CEO to express his frustration. Pritzker also signed a statement with other elected officials asserting that Trinity’s call to close the hospital had hastened its decline. Uncertainty about Mercy’s future forced key staff to leave their jobs, the officials argued.“They have continually dismantled Mercy Hospital piece by piece, including stripping the hospital of emergency staff ahead of its intended closing schedule,” Robinson said.“This is truly inhumane and unconscionable, especially during a pandemic,” the officials wrote. “We asked them to work with us on a smooth transition, to allow another entity to take over. They refused to talk to us and chose instead to operate in secrecy, strategically dismantling a once-vibrant hospital and creating their own financial dilemma.”While state law requires hospitals to get permission from the review board in order to close, the state is limited in its ability to force Mercy to stay open. The $10,000 a month fine the state could impose for closing without permission wouldn’t be much of a penalty to the fifth-biggest health care system in the country. Halting Medicaid payments to Mercy, where Medicaid patients make up the bulk of inpatient visits, would make the hospital even less financially viable. A third option for the state would be threatening Trinity’s tax-exempt status as a nonprofit since Trinity owns other hospitals in the Chicago area.“We’re just kind of reaching a point where the old solutions aren’t working,” said Nancy Kane, an adjunct professor of management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Kane has noticed a trend in the for-profit hospital world of big hospital systems buying up bundles of hospitals to gain market dominance and then closing the low-income facilities. Nonprofit hospital systems like Trinity have now gotten so big that the same tactics are possible in the nonprofit world.“It’s very much part of a growing trend,” Kane said. “The worst part is what it does to the populations that these providers serve. No one is stepping in to take care of them,” she added. “A 5-mile distance in an emergency in a city is huge, especially if you don’t have a car.”Hospitals with fewer private payers and more Medicaid reimbursement face significant financial challenges, according to Felicia Perlman, an attorney at McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago, who often works with the health care industry on restructuring matters.“There have been recent bankruptcy filings among urban hospitals, such as Mercy,” Perlman said. “I think we will see more of that.”The next review board meeting about Mercy’s closure is scheduled for March 16.Dr. David Ansell, senior vice president for community health equity at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, called the situation “a slow death by a thousand paper cuts.”“We’ve seen this play out in Chicago before. A health system writ large that treats health as a commodity rather than a human right,” Ansell said. “It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s tragic.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more