Oct. 2 news conference in Raleigh, N.C.Raleigh, N.C. — As the North Carolina General Assembly met Oct. 2 in the Capitol in Raleigh to debate official responses to the devastation wrought upon the eastern part of the state by Hurricane Florence, a coalition of Black activists convened only a few miles away, holding a press conference at the Anchorlight art space to explain why they are uniting to fight for racial, economic and environmental justice in recovery efforts.Under the aegis of A Just Florence Recovery, representatives of organizations and communities from all across Eastern North Carolina called upon state legislators to release resources — including a $2 billion “rainy day fund” — to help those most affected by the historic storm, and to ensure that the corporate powers responsible for decades of environmental degradation in Eastern North Carolina aren’t let off the hook for their role in the disaster.Activists promulgated a set of political demands, including a legislative override of restrictions on the full use of the rainy day fund; that companies such as Smithfield Foods, Duke Energy and others pay into North Carolina’s disaster relief fund; that toxic sites in Eastern North Carolina created by these companies be moved away from vulnerable populations; that large corporate tax cuts scheduled to go into effect in 2019 be rolled back; and for the defeat of six North Carolina constitutional amendments (which are widely seen as attacks on voting rights and economic equality) on the ballot in November.Activists speak truth to power“I am a survivor of Florence,” said activist Resea Willis. “Where I was, it rained almost 30 inches on us. So if there is a rainy day fund, I’m here to tell you that it’s already raining. We need your help.”“We need a recovery, people. … We don’t need to put a Band-Aid on this. We need a long term recovery,” echoed the Rev. Tyrone Watson, the president of the Unified Robeson County NAACP. “What do they define as a rainy day? Because it’s been raining on Robeson County and Columbus County for a long time. … The hurricane is gone but the storm has just begun for a lot of individuals. We need housing. We need environmental changes.”While later that day the state General Assembly authorized $50 million in emergency funding, that sum accounts for only a miniscule fraction of available monies. Disbursements from the fund, established in 2016 after the state was hit by Hurricane Matthew, cannot amount to more than 7.5 percent of the previous year’s state operating budget. As several speakers pointed out, however, the damage inflicted by hurricanes does not honor such restrictions.When Hurricane Florence made landfall in mid-September, it brought unprecedented rainfall and unleashed destructive forces on the people and communities of Eastern North and South Carolina that are just beginning to be understood. Following the storm and subsequent flooding inland, 48 individuals have been confirmed dead, 37 of them in North Carolina. Many still remain in shelters; up to 21,000 residents will need to permanently relocate; millions of livestock animals have drowned; and overall damage is estimated in the tens of billions of dollars.Impact of climate change, racismOften overlooked in mainstream, sensationalistic media coverage, with its hyperventilating over looting and exploitative presentations of human misery, is the inherently political nature of “natural” disasters. As climate change continues to worsen, storms such as Florence are expected to increase in frequency and severity, and as they hit the United States with greater regularity, Black, Indigenous, Latinx and economically marginalized communities will bear the brunt of their impact.“It’s clear to see that communities that are most impacted by this destruction are disproportionately low-income communities and communities of color, which are already burdened by decades of pollution,” said Friends of the Earth’s La’Meshia Whittington-Kaminski.In Eastern North Carolina, predominantly Black towns are often clustered along low-lying, flood-prone land — the only kind historically available to them following the end of slavery — a racist legacy whose effects are felt anew with every major storm. Black communities are also far more likely to be located near and damaged by North Carolina’s hog farming industry, whose numerous concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) create massive “lagoons” of animal waste.These lagoons, whose contents are often sprayed onto nearby land, already overflow during heavy rains. The amount of water brought by a weather event like Florence can spill out their contents over vast tracts. Thirteen lagoons breached due to Florence, with an additional nine flooded.Farmworker communities, primarily Latinx, face a dual danger. The storm itself, of course, posed a direct threat to life and limb, but once it passed came a new complication: accounting for work that’s no longer there to be done. Florence’s floodwaters will likely ruin the 2018 sweet potato crop, whose harvest brought thousands of workers to North Carolina under the H-2A work visa program.H-2A visas lock workers into contracts with specific employers and legally prohibit them from searching for alternate arrangements. If a farmer/corporation decides to file an insurance claim rather than harvest a crop, workers must take a loss on a season’s work and instead use their limited resources to get home.Undocumented workers are in an even more tenuous position, as reports of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents circulating through damaged communities, and even standing guard over emergency shelters, have filtered out of affected areas.Federal and national disaster relief organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross have a poor track record when it comes to effectively providing aid to intentionally marginalized populations, leaving a gap to be filled by local partners and nontraditional actors.While the Just Florence Recovery network has made efforts to direct resources to those who need them most, it is clear that a real recovery will require sustained efforts and tremendous funding — and that state actors will need to grapple with obstacles, both manmade and natural, to develop effective solutions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Weeks 3 & 4: Temperatures (blue: below normal, orange: above) Drier and warmer for week three, with above normal temps and near normal precipitation. Week four looks to be wetter, but temps pull back closer to normal…which makes sense, given less sunshine that week. We expect 2 fronts to cross the eastern corn belt the week of the 31st through the 6th. Temperatures (blue: below normal, orange: above) Facebook Twitter Scattered showers develop overnight Wednesday night and hang around through Thursday. This starts a much more active pattern to finish the week and weekend, with multiple waves of moisture moving across Indiana. couple of days over the eastern corn belt. Rain for Thursday totals .24”-85” with 85% coverage, and then Friday a second wave of moisture in the morning can bring another .1”-1” inch to 60% of the state. Saturday stays dry with a mix of clouds and sun, but then Showers and thunderstorms are back for Sunday the 17th, with rain totals of .25”-1.5” and 75% coverage (northern Indiana may miss that round). This will be enough to dramatically bump up our rain totals. The maps below show combined rains through Wednesday evening (left) and then full 10 day rains, which shows a dramatic uptick in rain from Thursday through Sunday. Partly sunny skies are back to start off Monday (18th), and temps should be near normal. Previous articleCold Soils, Risk of Imbibitional Chilling Injury in CornNext articleThe Week in Review Podcast – Hoosier Ag This Week for May 9, 2020 Ryan Martin Home Indiana Agriculture News Planting Forecast: Cold Weather, Pattern Change Coming Clouds are back Sunday and we have scattered showers that move through Indiana. Rain totals will be .25″ or less with coverage at 60%. The best coverage will be central and northern Indiana. A few of those showers will linger into Monday morning in northeast IN and east central IN before ending. The balance of Monday and balance of the state will see a mix of clouds and sun to start the week. Sun and clouds in varying degrees will be around through Wednesday. Temps will be cool to start the week, but will moderate toward mid-week, and will be near normal as we finish out. SHARE The extended period is up for some debate, but we are trending our outlook drier. Models are in disagreement, with one suggesting shower and/or thunderstorm potential every day, and another model saying far less precipitation potential. Given the way the pattern is unfolding, the answer is probably somewhere in the middle, as we are seeing a slightly more active precipitation track over central and southern parts of the eastern corn belt. That active precipitation track can follow through in the late week rains we see next week, but they will be smaller in scope. We are hopeful for some net drying in the 11-16 day period (19th-24th) By Ryan Martin – May 8, 2020 Planting Forecast: Cold Weather, Pattern Change Coming Precipitation (green: above normal, brown: below) Week 4 Extended Period: While cold air seems like it should be the top story in this planting forecast, actually, we are going to want to focus on major patter change that is coming to IN next week too. In fact, our “relatively good” planting window that we have seen so far (yes, we know its been more of a challenge in some areas than others, but still, we’ve had pretty good progress so far) is going to go completely away starting the second half of this week. More on that in a bit. Precipitation (green: above normal, brown: below) Week 3 SHARE Facebook Twitter First, everyone is talking about cold air. A massive cold air blast raced into the state to finish the week last week, and it parks over us through Tuesday. The coldest air likely peaked over the region early Saturday morning with frost and freeze conditions, but we only slowly move up from there. Temps will be 15-20 degrees below normal for daytime highs, and at least 15 degrees below normal overnight lows through Tuesday. While another super hard freeze is not likely, frost conditions can be seen again.
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The original $7 million stadium is a two-tiered complex with suites, offices, radio booths, press box, ticket office and home and visiting team locker rooms.When TCU was a part of Conference USA, the athletic department hired Schlossnagle, previous head coach for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to be the head coach for the 2004 season.“I toured the new baseball stadium like a fan and no one knew who I was,” Schlossnagle said. “Six months later, I was the coach.”Since then, the program has made many appearances in the NCAA Baseball Tournament and three appearances in the College World Series since 2010.“You give the coaches all the tools they need to be successful,” Del Conte said. “This includes facilities, the right coaching staff and financial resources. Then you say ‘you have everything you need, if you are not successful I will go find someone else that is because there is no longer an excuse.’”Schlossnagle said it’s a great opportunity that the program’s success has equaled the administration’s commitment.“As we have done well every single summer or fall we have done something new to the stadium,” Schlossnagle said.Some of these improvements included a $1 million project that expanded upper deck seating and shaded the party patios in 2010. In 2014, the construction continued by adding a $3.5 million indoor practice facility said Ross Bailey, associate director of athletics for operations.The old baseball locker room.The TCU Baseball facility locker room was revealed to players at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on February 10, 2016. (Photo by/Sharon Ellman) Facebook Facebook The TCU Diamond had bleacher seating accommodating up to 1,500 fans and hosted 1,480 TCU baseball games over 41 years, according to TCU baseball records.The TCU Diamond in 1966 by Linda KayeTCU DiamondThe TCU Diamond in 1977 courtesy of Linda KayeToday, this area is now the location of the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility, Morris Practice Fields and the Bob Lilly Physical Performance Center.TCU has had a baseball team since before the university moved to Fort Worth in 1896. In 1923, the team became a part of the Southwest Conference (SWC).As Athletic Director Chris Del Conte puts it, the 1930’s through the 1950’s were the glory days of TCU sports.“We were a power in all sports and competing at the highest levels during that time,” Del Conte said. “But, I think starting in the 1960s we had some time in athletics where we were really not as successful.”For the baseball program, the most notable years were 1956, 1966, 1967 and 1994 when the team won the Southwest Conference titles. Some of the past head coaches included: Dutch Meyer, Frank Windegger, Garry Williams and Lance Brown. All of whom, current head coach Jim Schlossnagle said contributed to what the program is today.However, before the baseball team became a success story, the team struggled in the late 90’s to provide adequate funding and facilities.Their troubles started when the Southwest Conference dissolved in 1996 and the athletic department needed to cut costs with sports that were not breaking even, which included the baseball program.LaMendola said 1990’s college baseball was very different than what it is today. It wasn’t to the same profile and lacked the commitment, he said.“The economics began to change when ESPN started broadcasting the College World Series and money started to come towards those programs,” LaMendola said.LaMendola said Eric Hyman, former athletic director during baseball’s time of trial, told baseball alums, the program will only continue if they could raise the money to build the stadium.Hyman could not be reached for comment and Frank Windegger, former TCU athlete, baseball coach and athletic director, did not want to comment due to “getting involved with politics.”“It was either going to be a full-fledged commitment or get rid of the program,” LaMendola said.Within about 90 days, the baseball alumni committee raised the funding needed to build the stadium. The athletic department then realized they needed to change their commitment to the baseball program.The biggest question for the program after the conference split up lied in its identity, Del Conte said.“The rumors were should we have baseball, or should we be the basketball Duke of the south,” Del Conte said. “We were just trying to figure out what our identity is. When you’re not wanted, it’s similar to not being picked by the right sorority; you walk by that sorority on bid day going ‘why not me.’”The budgets, the sub-par facilities and lacking commitment to win across the board were some of the many reasons why TCU wasn’t allowed in the league.However, Schlossnagle said it was a blessing. It forced the administration, donor base and the fans to elevate things, including baseball program.For the next two decades, TCU made stops in three different conferences: the Western Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference and Conference USA. During this time of instability, head coach Lance Brown led the team to a school record of 517 wins and retired after the 2003 season.“Lance was winning more games than losing with this terrible facility and very little commitment from the administration,” LaMendola said. “Lance was quickly coming to a competitive disadvantage because how are you going to recruit an athlete away from Rice or Baylor if we are playing in this little tiny band box.” Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices The most recent additions include a new locker room, classroom, team lounge, sports medicine center, equipment room and coach’s office.The next addition is to add a third tier of seating. The crowds have outgrown the stadium seating, Schlossnagle said.The baseball team’s recent success has helped provide additional funding for updates to the stadium. In terms of recruiting, Schlossnagle said to TCU360 that he expects the renovations will help with recruiting.Even former TCU baseball player and current Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Brandon Finnegan said that the baseball facilities at TCU are some of the best in terms of club houses. He later added that he is bummed he didn’t get to experience the new locker room.“Honestly, it’s as nice as any big league clubhouse I’ve ever seen,” Finnegan said. “They have their own kitchen, ping pong table, reclining seats and TVs.”Despite all the new modern amenities added to the stadium, the only remaining pieces of the TCU Diamond are the foul poles which were installed when the new stadium was under construction.Del Conte told TCU360 in a recent article that the athletes’ experience in the baseball program will be enhanced thanks to donations of TCU benefactors.“This is not about ‘keeping up with the Joneses,’” Del Conte says. “It’s about making it to the final weekend of the College World Series.The first baseball team in 1901 wearing ADD RAN jerseys because the university didn’t switch to the name TCU until 1902.Current TCU Baseball team Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting printAs TCU baseball players step foot into their newly renovated $7.5 million facilities, it seems impossible that this same program was nearly dropped from the athletic department in 2000.Before TCU baseball called the Charlie and Marie Lupton Stadium home, the baseball facilities, or “TCU Diamond” were located next to Amon G. Carter Stadium in what was formerly known as the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.1957 TCU campus view Source: TCU library special collectionsThe field consisted of a couple of bleachers, a small press box and restrooms and concessions that were located inside the coliseum. Not to mention the baseball locker room was located in the visiting team’s locker room.Chuck LaMendola, play-by-play commentator and voice of the Frogs for the past 20 years, said “I wouldn’t classify it as a good high school field.” Linkedin ReddIt Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Previous articleIMAGE: Good KarmaNext articleIMAGE: Inspiring Medicine Madeline Hamm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Madeline Hammhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madeline-hamm/
March 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Contradictions riddle enquiry into death of Reuters cameraman ThailandAsia – Pacific News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom August 21, 2020 Find out more News News May 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years RSF_en Receive email alerts Almost a year after Reuters cameraman Hiroyuki Muramoto was shot dead during violent demonstrations between anti-government Red Shirts and the Thai armed forces in Bangkok, it seems the authorities are little closer to finding those responsible for his death.The results of an enquiry set up following Muramoto’s fatal shooting on 10 April 2010 in the Thai capital are both unconvincing and contradictory.The work of the enquiry and its conclusions carried out by the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) have been characterized by a series of reversals which have done nothing to establish the facts and those responsible in a clear and definitive way.The DSI initially pointed the finger at the army before clearing it of any involvement on 27 February. The body then changed its mind again.Reporters Without Borders condemns the government for dragging its feet over this affair. The authorities are guilty of allowing a sense of impunity to creep in. The organization also condemns the biased results of the commission of enquiry, which refuses to indicate decisively who fired the fatal shots.The organization calls on the Thai authorities make public as quickly as possible the results of an independent and satisfactory enquiry into the deaths of Muramoto, who was Japanese, and Fabio Polenghi, an Italian photo-journalist who was killed during an assault by the military on the Red Shirts on 19 May.The grave political crisis that shook Thailand in April and May 2010 presented a worrying picture of the security of journalists and of press freedom there. It is clear that during the violent clashes between soldiers and the Red Shirts the two sides were using live rounds. It is the duty of the authorities to shed light on exactly what happened.Shortly after these events, Reporters Without Borders published in July 2010 a report calling for an independent enquiry into crimes against the media. Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific June 12, 2020 Find out more
PG&E Continues to Bolster Senior Leadership Team, Appoints Marlene Santos as Executive Vice President…
By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 PG&E Continues to Bolster Senior Leadership Team, Appoints Marlene Santos as Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Local NewsBusiness TAGS WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Pinterest SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 23, 2021– Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced the appointment of Marlene Santos as Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer effective March 15, 2021. Ms. Santos will be responsible for a broad range of services and teams that support the more than 16 million people that PG&E serves in Northern and Central California. This includes PG&E’s customer contact centers; programs supporting energy efficiency, electric vehicles, rooftop solar, demand response and low-income customers; billing, metering and account services; marketing and communications; and Regional Leadership Teams that PG&E will form as part of its regionalization efforts. She will report to Patti Poppe, PG&E Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210223005740/en/ Marlene Santos Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer (Photo: Business Wire) “I truly believe that every decision we make at PG&E must begin with our customers at the forefront. I am excited to have Marlene join our team and bring her deep experience in delivering outstanding, industry-recognized customer service that is known for its innovation and customer centricity. She brings both her keen skillset and her caring heart to our work. I know our entire team will look forward to working with Marlene as we strive to deliver better experiences and outcomes for the customers we are privileged to serve,” said Ms. Poppe. For the past two years, Ms. Santos served as President of Gulf Power Company, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NextEra). Prior to that, she served as NextEra’s Chief Integration Officer for the company’s acquisition of Gulf Power and two other acquisitions. During her nearly 40-year career with NextEra, she served in several other senior operational and leadership roles including Vice President, Customer Service for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). Ms. Santos brings a wide breadth of experience including delivering best-in-class customer service, safety improvements, digital transformation, smart grid enablement, data analytics and artificial intelligence deployment, cultural transformation, and emergency response to natural disasters. “I am honored to join Patti and the PG&E team. California and its customers are on the cutting edge of innovation and clean energy, and PG&E’s customer service approach must reflect those guiding principles. I know our 25,000 coworkers are engaged and working hard every day to deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to the homes and businesses of Northern and Central California. I look forward to listening to and understanding our customers’ needs so that we can continuously improve our customers’ experience in the years ahead,” said Ms. Santos. In her two years as President of Gulf Power Company, Ms. Santos led the work that has improved safety by over 90%, reduced operating costs by almost 30%, reduced carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 20%, and improved reliability by 50%. Ms. Santos joined FPL in 1981 and served in positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of finance, marketing and customer service. Under her leadership, FPL was consistently recognized for providing outstanding customer service, including the J.D. Power Award for ranking highest in residential customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South. FPL also was named a “Utility Customer Champion” for outstanding performance among the nation’s leading utilities by Market Strategies International in both 2016 and 2015; and received the prestigious ServiceOne Award for excellent customer service among utilities in the United States and Canada for an unprecedented 10 consecutive years. Ms. Santos graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami with both a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration. Her committee service has included the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Women in Energy Forum. About PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com and www.pge.com/news. 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COVID-19: Congress, Jignesh Mevani Move Gujarat High Court Seeking Health Care Facilities, Permission To Use Entire MLA Fund
News UpdatesCOVID-19: Congress, Jignesh Mevani Move Gujarat High Court Seeking Health Care Facilities, Permission To Use Entire MLA Fund Sparsh Upadhyay5 May 2021 9:15 AMShare This – xVadgam (Gujarat) Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and Gujarat Congress leadership have moved the Gujarat High Court seeking Health Care Facilities & permission to utilize their MLA Fund or accounting year 2021-2022 in their Assembly constituencies to meet with impending necessity amid COVID surge. Notably, two separate applications have been filed (raising different prayers) before the Gujarat High Court in Writ Petition [P.I.L] No. 53 of 2021 through Advocate Anand Yagnik. While one application has been filed by Mevani, the second application has been moved by President of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee, Amit Ajitbhai Chavda (also MLA, Anklav Constituency) & Leader of the opposition, Gujarat Legislative Assembly, Pareshkumar Dhirajlal Dhanani (also MLA, Amreli Constituency). MLA fund In the state of Gujarat, every MLA has been allocated funds to be utilized in his constituency for the welfare of the people. An MLA has to recommend a public work for which fund may be utilized by the District Administration after following necessary procedure and protocol, as contemplated in the Rules and Regulations, meant for utilization for MLA funds. Mevani’s application Mevani has, in his application, stated that Vadgam Constituency has primary health centres and community health centres, however, covid treatment is not possible because oxygen, ventilators and necessary injections are not available. He has also been averred that there is no private hospital in the constituency of the applicant where oxygen and ventilators are available there is no hospital in his entire constituency which can provide effective covid treatment with oxygen, ventilator and other logistics, medical equipment, drugs and medicines Mevani has further stated, “If the funds meant for the applicant as an MLA are utilized towards setting up an oxygen plant with the help of competent and suitable agency, and if primary and community health centres are equipped with ventilators and other necessary medical logistics and equipment, besides the oxygen, the constituency of the applicant will have an effective corona hospital.” Prayers in the application Direct respondents to set up an oxygen plant in the Vagdam constituency at a strategic location, and provide ventilators and ensure other necessary medical logistics including Remdesivir Injections and Tocilizumab Injection with the MLA Funds meant for the applicant to the primary health centres and community health centres and to allow them to operate as effective corona hospitals; In the alternative, allow the applicant to suggest a competent and suitable agency with the necessary experience to set up an oxygen plant and be further pleased to direct respondents and concerned District Administration to directly pay from the MLA funds meant for the applicant and ensure setting up of an oxygen plant within the stipulated period of time to cater to the needs of corona patients; Give a direction to respondents and particularly District administration of District Banaskantha to purchase oxygen concentrators/oxygen machines and to provide to primary health centres as well as community health centres in the constituency of the applicant spending money from out of MLA funds meant for the applicant till the time the oxygen plant is set up. Application filed by the Congress party The Congress leadership has moved the application on behalf of its 65 MLAs and their application seeks direction to the State of Gujarat to permit all MLAs to utilize the entire amount of Rs. 01.50 Crore in their own constituency. The application prays for a direction to the respondents to allow 65 MLAs to utilize the entire amount of MLA Fund to the tune of Rs. 01.50 crore (each) per constituency for the accounting year 2021-22 for purchase of and setting up of health and medical infrastructure, equipment and other medical items stated in para. TagsGujarat High Court JIGNESH Mevani Congress COVID-19 COVID Health Care Facilities MLA Fund Paresh Dhanani Next Story
Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp The Dail has been told that the closure of Kilcar Post Office at the end of this week is unnecessary, and contrary to the agreement announced last year by An Post and the IPU.A Topical Issues motion was taken by Deputies Pat The Cope Gallagher and Pearse Doherty heard that the community in Kilcar was not given the same opportunity to raise objections and make observations.Junior Finance Minister Patrick Donovan, who took the debate instead of Communications Minister Richard Bruton, said the Kilcar decision was one for An Post, for which the Minister has no responsibility………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/donovankilcar.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Deputies Pat the Cope Gallagher and Pearse both rejected that, saying the speed of the Kilcar closure is totally unacceptable.Both are seeking a meeting with Minister Bruton, with Deputy Gallagher saying the government can’t sidestep its responsibility…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/copearse.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Kilcar Post Office closure raised in Dail Twitter Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – June 27, 2019 Previous articleJim Ferry jailed for nine weeks for contempt of courtNext articleDonegal Gaeltacht Schools Language Assistants Scheme receives €400,000 News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook
iStock(GILBERT, Ariz.) — An elderly woman who flew from Illinois to Arizona who was scammed out of her last dollars when she thought she was going to meet the man of her dreams was rescued by a police officer’s kind gesture.It all began when the elderly woman decided to spend her last money on flying from her home town in Illinois to Gilbert, Arizona, to meet a man that she had been talking to for the past year, and who she called her boyfriend, with the expectation that they would soon get married, according to ABC News’ Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV.When she arrived, however, it turned out that she had been scammed and was left all penniless and all alone in Arizona with no friends or family to help her.Not knowing what to do, the woman went to a Walmart and sat in the Subway restaurant on site for almost 24 hours before authorities were alerted and Officer Adam Walicke stepped in.“This could have been anybody’s grandma,” said Officer Walicke. “She had flown in from Illinois this past Friday, and when she got to the airport she had the expectation that she was going to be meeting a man and having a relationship, and a new start at life.”Officer Walicke even said the woman told him she was sending the man money by gift cards, which, according to the federal Trade Commission (FTC), is a telltale sign of a scammer.“Gift cards are a popular and convenient way to give someone a gift. They’re also a popular way for scammers to steal money from you,” says the FTC’s website. “That’s because gift cards are like cash: if you buy a gift card and someone uses it, you probably cannot get your money back. Gift cards are for gifts, not payments. Anyone who demands payment by gift card is always a scammer.”After Walicke heard her story and speaking with her son back in Illinois, he knew that he had to help her.“I just decided that the right thing to do, to get her home so that she could thrive, would be to just take her to Sky Harbor, walk up to the American Airlines counter and buy her a one-way ticket back to Chicago,” said Walicke.And that is exactly what he did.Thanks to Officer Walicke’s good deed, the woman arrived back home safely in Illinois where her son even picked her up from the airport. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Cecilie_Arcurs/iStock(NEW YORK) — As officials at the nation’s nursing homes began to realize their facilities and elderly populations were deeply vulnerable targets for the spread of novel coronavirus, the medical director at one of the largest chains realized he needed a new playbook to take on an outbreak this dangerous.“We were determined to do our best to contain it,” said Dr. Mark Gloth, chief medical officer for HCR ManorCare. “I said, ‘Why can’t we MacGyver it and put something together that will actually provide an additional level of support for our patients and employees?’” The resulting plan, now implemented in 15 of the chain’s 168 nursing homes and planned for 25 by next week, involves walling off a section of each home with heavy-grade plastic to serve as make-shift isolation units. Staff has quickly set apart residents who have a temperature, cough, or other symptoms of the virus. ManorCare officials did confirm they have positive cases of coronavirus in their system, but declined to provide details.The isolation pods are just one new approach in a patchwork of improvised efforts some nursing homes are instituting to protect one of the most vulnerable populations to the outbreak, as equipment shortages threaten to make finding solutions even more imperative.“We’re doing a lot of things, and we’re being very creative in trying to meet regulations to keep the residents safe and also ensure that we prevent COVID-19 in our organization,” said Keith Myers, president and CEO of MorseLife, one of the largest senior care facilities in Florida, with more than 800 residents. “It’s very challenging.” Already, seniors in institutional settings have proven to be tragically susceptible to the highly contagious illness. When the outbreak struck a nursing facility in Kirkland, Washington, in late February, it spread to 129 people, killing 35. Loss of life has followed at nursing homes in Georgia, Illinois and Florida.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out publicly at one facility in his state last week, after coronavirus infected 10 residents, killing three of them. DeSantis accused the Atria Willow Wood home of failing to screen staff, cooks and construction workers prior to letting them enter.“It clearly fell below the standard of care, and whether it went into criminal … I think that that’s a possibility,” DeSantis said during a press conference.The company that runs the home, Atria Senior Living, called DeSantis’s remarks “an inaccurate description of many steps we have taken to protect the health and safety of our residents. Beginning March 4, we have been actively screening all visitors and prohibiting anyone from working in the community if he or she is unable to pass our screening, well before any state guidance on this was provided.”This week, the entire population of a New Jersey nursing home had to be transferred to another facility when coronavirus swept through, infecting residents and caretakers and leaving the original location short-staffed, New Jersey Department of Health officials said Wednesday.To date, 147 nursing homes across 27 states have reported at least one resident with COVID-19, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.For many companies that run the nearly 16,000 nursing homes in the U.S., though, this has been a time to rally around each other in search of solutions, Gloth said.“We’re all in it together,” Gloth said. “Everybody’s intentions are really solid here.”The first step many nursing homes took, he said, was to shut down access to outsiders, including family members — a painful decision because it further isolated residents, but one he credited for slowing the assault of the virus.Officials at MorseLife, a large not-for-profit senior care facility in West Palm Beach, took that step three weeks ago, shutting down the sprawling campus to visitors and volunteers, and canceling activities from the outside.Carmen Shell, who oversees the skilled nursing home and long-term care center as the senior vice president of the MorseLife Health Center, says MorseLife now takes the temperature of all staff when they initially enter the building and twice throughout their shift. Additionally, they take a complete set of vital signs for all of the long-term care residents daily and document observations on any respiratory symptoms every shift. For short-term residents, their vitals are taken every shift. New patients are monitored every hour for the first three days.So far, MorseLife says it is not aware of a confirmed case of coronavirus in its facilities.When Florida officials announced they were further tightening restrictions statewide, assisted care facilities like MorseLife had to get creative. They didn’t have enough protective gear on hand to comply with new rules requiring that all staff needed facial masks, so they are buying ultraviolet lights to disinfect the supply they had on hand and have started to use what Shell called “alternate face masks.”She said some employees are using scarves, while others “are actually making, sewing cloth masks that can be reused until our inventory gets up because of the number of residents that we care for and the number of staff members, we have a very high burn rate. And right now we don’t have sufficient masks to give everyone else.”These are measures that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called “a last resort,” and says that the ability of scarves or bandannas to protect healthcare providers is “unknown.”Gloth said ManorCare has audited the supplies across the country and right now has enough masks and gowns. But as numbers of positive coronavirus tests have crept up in certain markets, he said he knows the supplies could start to thin.“We’ve been very careful looking at our resources,” he said. “We have a finite number of tools… [But] I never ever ever want to say no to a request for resources. I’m worried about that.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
× COLLECTING COSTUMES — The Horace Mann Cleaner and Greener Club is off to a great start collecting children’s Halloween costumes for JerseyCares. This is the first of many projects to promote kindness and respect, not only in our school, but also in our community! In December we will be collecting gently used winter coats to help keep everyone warm this winter.