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Month: July 2019

One of the two disabled Labour MPs elected to parl

first_imgOne of the two disabled Labour MPs elected to parliament for the first time earlier this month is a former campaigns officer for the British Council of Disabled People (BCODP), it has emerged.Jared O’Mara (pictured, centre) caused one of the shocks of the general election when he ousted the Liberal Democrat former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg from his Sheffield Hallam seat.But it has now emerged that O’Mara was a press, parliamentary and campaigns officer for BCODP – at the time the country’s leading representative organisation of disabled people’s organisations – for a short period about 10 years ago.In one BCODP newsletter from 2006, he wrote about working with prominent disabled activists such as Jane Campbell [now Baroness Campbell], Rachel Hurst and Tara Flood on opposition to a bill that would have legalised assisted suicide.O’Mara, who until this month helped run a bar and live music venue in Sheffield, was also quoted in the now-defunct Disability Now magazine, in May 2006, calling on Gordon Brown, at the time Labour’s chancellor, to do more to alleviate disability poverty.Flood, now director of The Alliance for Inclusive Education, said: “I really hope that he takes what he learned when he was at BCODP and applies it now he is an MP.”She also welcomed the election of another new disabled Labour MP, Marsha de Cordova, who spoke in her post-election address of her passionate commitment to disability rightsFlood said: “It’s great that the House of Commons is a tiny bit more diverse than it was on 8 June.”But she said that what was important was what the two politicians do now they are MPs.She said: “What they do now as disabled people in parliament is what really counts.”Anne Pridmore, who chaired BCODP at the time O’Mara was working there, said she had been surprised to hear of his election.She said: “He wasn’t [at BCODP] very long. He was very young and quite new to disability. He was young and enthusiastic.”  Pridmore – who also welcomed de Cordova’s victory – said she was pleased to see the election of a former BCODP staff member to the House of Commons, and said it would “most definitely” be useful to disabled people to have an MP who had been so close to the disability movement.Despite his experience with BCODP, there may be some concern among some disabled activists that O’Mara, who himself has cerebral palsy (cp), is also a long-standing trustee of Paces, a specialist centre in Sheffield for children with cp which specialises in conductive education and also runs a special school*, of which he is a governor.Conductive education is still seen as controversial among many in the disability movement, years after Professor Mike Oliver described its reality as “oppressive to disabled people and an abuse of their human rights”.*The disability charity Scope, an advocate of conductive education, describes it as a system of learning that “teaches those with movement difficulties to learn actively to achieve purposeful movement which can then be applied throughout daily life and learning”.last_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Campaigning disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have set out their demands for a new national independent living service that would eliminate the postcode lottery in support, and finally make the right to independent living a reality.The Independent Living for the Future document has been developed over the last 14 months under the banner of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA), whose members include Disabled People Against Cuts, Inclusion London, People First (Self Advocacy), Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, The Alliance for Inclusive Education and Shaping Our Lives.ROFA will now seek support for the document from its members, political parties, disabled people, DPOs and other organisations.Independent Living for the Future is based on principles laid out in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Article 19 of the convention describes how countries signed up to the convention – like the UK – must recognise the right of all disabled people “to live in the community, with choices equal to others”.The new document describes how the rights in article 19 could be upheld through a new national independent living service, which would build on “what was most successful” about the former Independent Living Fund.The new service would be “co-created between government and disabled people, funded through general taxation, managed by central government, led by disabled people, and delivered locally in co-production with disabled people”, says the document.It would be free, non-means-tested and “provided on the basis of need, not profit”.There would also be funding for DPOs to deliver local services, ensuring a range of options to support disabled people to live in the community and exercise choice and control over their support.Priorities would include setting up a new independent living taskforce, led by disabled people, to develop plans for the service; and agreeing how to introduce a legal right to independent living, including an independent living bill of rights.There would also be a need, says the new document, to educate the public about the benefits of investing in independent living support for disabled people.The document also calls for the government’s Office for Disability Issues to be moved out of the Department for Work and Pensions and placed within either the Cabinet Office or the Government Equalities Office.And it says there should be a strategy for investment in local user-led services alongside the closure of institutionalised, segregated settings including long-stay hospitals and assessment and treatment units.The document points out that government austerity cuts have had “serious adverse impacts” on the rights contained in article 19, with the social care and mental health systems in crisis and disabled people’s rights being taken “dramatically backwards”.It says that grassroots campaigning by disabled people since 2010 has focused heavily on the right to independent living, partly because activists are so proud of the independent living movement and its achievements.It adds: “At a time when discrimination continues to exist legally, structurally and within many parts of society, daily living conditions are deteriorating and the odds against us seem overwhelming, it is enormously important to be able to draw on a source of pride that sits at the core of our shared identity.”The ideas behind the document began to be discussed several years ago with disabled activists involved in the campaign set up in 2011 to stop the planned closure of the Independent Living Fund.More recently, there have been discussions at the National Disabled People’s Summit in November 2017, the Independent Living Campaign Conference later that month (pictured), and a ROFA round table event last May.last_img read more

The death of the disabled academic who first defin

first_imgThe death of the disabled academic who first defined the “social model of disability” has led to an outpouring of admiration, affection and grief from leading figures in the disabled people’s movement.Theirresponses highlighted the status of Professor Mike Oliver as one of themovement’s most influential figures.Afterhearing of his death this week, many disabled friends and admirers explained onsocial media how his work had changed their lives.Dr SallyWitcher,chief executive of Inclusion Scotland, said his book, The Politics ofDisablement, had “profoundly” changed her understanding of disability and ofherself as a disabled person.Tracey Proudlock, co-founder of the influentialCampaign for Accessible Transport in the early 1990s, said his work had set heron a “personal journey transforming” her own politics.Tara Flood, director of The Alliance for Inclusive Education,said Oliver was “an absolute legend and a pioneer” and added: “His social model of disabilitythinking along with others of his generation are absolutely responsible for thelightbulb moment in my life.”Agnes Fletcher, a former director of policy andcommunications at the Disability Rights Commission, added: “An intellectualgiant with shoulders broad enough to set so many of us free.”And PhilFriend, aformer chair of Disability Rights UK, said Oliver was “a colossusand irreplaceable” and would “always be remembered as the one who set us allfree”.Other leadingdisabled activists and campaigners to recognise his contribution to thedisabled people’s movement this week included Professor Peter Beresford, MichelleDaley, Jane Young, Dennis Queen, Liz Carr, Cllr Pam Thomas, Mik Scarlet, andRhian Davies.Many firstheard the news from the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, whohad known Professor Oliver for more than 30 years, and described him as a “dearfriend, mentor and all-round genius”.They wrote abook together, Disability Politics: Understanding Our Past, Changing Our Future,and Baroness Campbell said his legacy was “central to how millions of disabledpeople now live their lives and see themselves”, as “empowered people withrights” rather than a medical diagnosis.In an interview with PhD researcher Jonjo Brady, recorded last year for a documentary by the University of Kent’s Matt Wilson, which was shown as part of the university’s Disability History Month event in November, Oliver (pictured being interviewed) described how he left grammar school with three O-levels, before working as a clerk in an office for a year, where he discovered “that being at work was even more boring than being at school”.But after hebroke his neck diving into a swimming pool, he spent a year receivingrehabilitation in Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s renowned spinal injuries unit,and was then given a job teaching young offenders.When a law changemeant he could no longer teach without a degree or teaching qualification, he decided to study sociology, thefirst subject he had encountered that he felt was relevant to his own life.He studiedsociology and social anthropology at the University of Kent in the early 1970s,at a time when it was physically “unwelcoming” to a wheelchair-user, incontrast to the helpful attitude of the staff and fellow students who assisted himdaily with the barriers he faced in the “generous times ushered in by theeconomic and cultural revolutions of the 1960s”.His life, hesaid later, was changed by a booklet published in 1976 by the Union of thePhysically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS), The Fundamental Principles ofDisability, which argued that “the root cause of our problems was the waysociety was organised and the disabling barriers we faced”.UPIAS – andone of its key members, the father of the social model, Vic Finkelstein– argued that disabled people were oppressed by society, rather than seeingdisability as “a personal tragedy”.This meant,said Oliver, that he “no longer had to accept full responsibility” for his impairmentand understood instead that his “personal troubles were also public issues”, aninsight that led him to develop the UPIAS principles and define the socialmodel as the key to understanding disabled people’s oppression.Oliverstayed on after his degree to complete his PhD in Kent, and eventually to teacha masters course for social workers working with disabled people. It is believedto have been the first postgraduate course in what later became known asdisability studies.At the time,he would say later, most writing on disability “was dominated by assumptionsthat disability was a medical problem and the focus was on illness andimpairment”, and any personal focus was on disabled people as “tragic victims”,with the stereotype reinforced in popular culture through the “triumph over tragedy”genre.He hadwanted his masters course instead to challenge the idea that professionalsworking with disabled people should focus solely on their “personal troublesand not how and why they were linked to public issues”.He told Bradylast year: “I did want to provide an alternative, more optimistic picture,which wasn’t simply about seeing disability as personal tragedy, disabledpeople as unemployable, and so on, and it was about having an optimistic viewof what disabled people could achieve if many of the barriers that they facedwere removed.”Oliver’sfirst book, Social Work with Disabled People, published in 1983, incorporatedthis philosophy and introduced the social model of disability to a wideraudience, and within five years, he said, “had become the mantra for manydisabled people’s organisations and was beginning to make its way into officialgovernment documents”.The book, nowin its fourth edition, is still in print.He alsospoke in his interview with Brady about his second book, The Politics of Disablement,which was published in 1990 and brought together sociology and disability andbecame a key textbook just as disability studies “was about to take off”.Oliver wouldlater become the first professor of disability studies in the UK, at theUniversity of Greenwich, and he was still, in retirement, emeritus professor of disability studies atthe university. He played akey role in the late 1980s and early 1990s in persuading the government tointroduce disability discrimination legislation, partly he said later bypushing for research that was carried out on behalf of the British Council ofDisabled People by another pioneering disabled academic, Colin Barnes, whichshowed the extent of discrimination faced by disabled people in Britain.Oliver said itwas that research by Barnes (now emeritusprofessor of disability studies at the University of Leeds), and directaction by the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network, that persuaded thegovernment to introduce the first Disability Discrimination Act, which becamelaw in 1995.But he saidthe Conservative government “sold disabled people and our aims for thatlegislation down the river” by making the act ineffective and “almostunenforceable”.In astatement following his death, the Centre for Disability Studies(CDS) at the University of Leeds described Oliver as “a pioneer ofUK disability studies” who “will never be forgotten”, and said his work on thesocial model “became – and remains – essential for challenging socialinjustice”.CDS said hisideas and commentary had helped to shape the “strategies, demands andactivities” of the UK disabled people’s movement, while his writings were“highly regarded across the globe and were instrumental in the development ofthe United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. CDS added:“The clarity and accessibility of his writing has led to various arguments,including alternative theories, to emerge within disability studies and acrossactivist networks. “This is tobe welcomed as it will further debate and action to address the marginalisationof disabled people. “Yet hismaterialist account of disability – which explored the relationship betweendisability and capitalism – will remain significant to current and futureresearch and action.”His collaborationwith disabled activists and disabled people’s organisations, said CDS,transformed disability “from apersonal and private trouble to a public issue, one that remains amatter of social justice.“Hisextensive publications, which include journal articles, books, and keynotespeeches, has challenged all of us to consider how disabled people’s historicaland contemporary experiences are captured, articulated and used as a way tobring about emancipation.”In recentyears, Oliver emerged occasionally from retirement, either to campaign locallyin Kent, where he still lived, or to deliver powerful speeches that wereheavily critical of both the government and the large charities that claimed tospeak for disabled people.Lastsummer,Disability News Service (DNS) reported on his campaigning work in Kent toexpose the failings in the company responsible for the NHS wheelchair servicescontract in the county.He had beena user of wheelchair services in Kent for more than 50 years, and said hebelieved the service was worse than it had ever been throughout that time.Allen Jones,honorary chair of Wheelchair Users Group for South and East Kent (WUG), knewOliver for nearly 30 years and said it was thanks to his “tireless campaigning and badgering” thatthey had made progress in persuading the authorities to listen to theirconcerns.He told DNS: “Hopefully it will be part of his legacy that we will havea wheelchair service in Kent that is fit for purpose.”He added: “For disabled people he will be a massive loss, especiallyfor those of us in Kent who knew him.”They became friends when Jones was chair of Centre for Independent Living Kent (CILK),and Oliver helped them put together a successful lottery bid for a mobilecentre for independent living.Jones said: “He had a wonderful, dry sense of humour. He was alwaysthere as a friend and a campaigner when we needed it.”He said Oliver had been “passionate” about the social model “rightuntil the last”, delivering a five-minute summary in one of the meetings withthe company that delivers the wheelchair services contract.He said: “That was the essence of Mike: he would help anybody, but hewouldn’t mince his words. He would tell it how it is. “Unless you challenge and deal with it, it will never improve. That washis philosophy. He would never take no for an answer.“Hopefully the legacy of the social model and his campaigning and hisadvocacy will live on and hopefully many more disabled people will trawl thearchives and find the papers he has written and take it up and hopefully wewill get a new generation of campaigners.”In 2013, Oliverhad spoken in public about disability for the first time in 10 years, warning disabled people to beware of the“fakes” and “so-called friends” who tried to jump on the independent living“bandwagon”.Ina speech to mark the launch of UK Disability History Month, he saiddisabled people shouldnever “forget where we came from” and should remember that “we were theones who escaped from our isolation and segregation, whether we were in homesor our families”.Describingsome of the lessons from history that disabled people must learn in theircontinuing struggle for independence, he said they should remember that independentliving did not mean “living on our own” or “doing everything for ourselves” butwas about “having choice and control in our lives” and “autonomy andself-determination”.And hewarned them to beware of “the fakes who seek to jump on the independent livingbandwagon”, such as the big charities who “claim to promote and supportindependent living and yet continue to run residential homes and even exportthe residential model to other parts of the world”.Four yearslater, inanother speech to mark Disability History Month, this time at theUniversity of Kent, he said that many of the big charities were “parasitic onthe lives of disabled people, and their attempts to reposition themselves asdefenders of disability rights are an attempt to disguise this”.He also warnedthat the government had positioned disabled people as “pathetic victims”, allowingministers to launch “a massive attack on services and benefits for disabledpeople” while claiming that their “relentless assault on the living standardsof disabled people is nothing of the kind but a heartfelt attempt to takepublic money away from scroungers and fraudsters and give it to the mostseverely disabled people who really need it”.He concludedthat disabled people needed to take responsibility themselves for “attackingthe disabling barriers we face”, arguing: “What disability history teaches usis that we cannot rely on the bleeding hearts brigade and parasite people to doit for us.“We have to do it for ourselves. We have to insist that our personal troubles are public issues that need to be resolved.”last_img read more

SF Mission groups want bike sharing to slow its roll

first_imgIt’s unclear what such a pause would look like on a program that has some 20 active stations in the Mission. Ford GoBike has already pulled out of the 24th Street corridor after pushback from Calle 24. Others have taken direct aim at the bikes, slashing tires and in one case stripping a bike down to its frame and leaving it in a tree, KPIX reports. “When you put something into a neighborhood, whatever it is, it has a ripple effect,” Jacobo said.That effect could include anything from impacting traffic to favoring one socioeconomic category of the population as users to unspecified effects of where the stations are placed.Jacobo said many of the groups in United to Save the Mission, which includes everything from tenant advocacy nonprofits to artist groups, were also frustrated that they had not been consulted by Motivate, the company that operates the bike sharing system sponsored by Ford. “What we want is to be able to take a look at what an equitable transit project looks like for the Mission District, [and] for planning to be done with the Mission, not over our head,” Jacobo said. He said it wasn’t decided yet what specific changes the coalition would be asking for from the bike sharing company – they could include everything from no bikesharing in the Mission at all to maybe having only some stations in designated areas.“We want to have discussions and have a community evaluation process,” Jacobo said. “What comes from that is the direction we want to travel in.”United to Save the Mission has met with Motivate to discuss concerns, Jacobo said, but discussion of what could be done to address those concerns was tabled for a later meeting.For its part, Motivate says it’s ready to listen and figure out what can be done.“They shared their concerns and we totally respect Calle 24 and USM, where they’re coming from, very much. Even though we may not agree on everything, we know that they bring an important voice to the Mission and agree that we need to work together to fight displacement in the Mission,” said Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz, a spokesperson for Motivate.“That said, our mandate is to provide … affordable transportation options to San Francisco and the Mission and so we’re proud that the bike share will make it easier for Mission residents to get around no matter their income.”Using the bikes generally costs about $15 a month, which allows the user to take an unlimited number of rides so long as they last less than 45 minutes. For people with very limited incomes, those who have CalFresh and qualify for discounted utilities and Muni passes, GoBike is available for $5 for a year, with unlimited rides lasting up to an hour. After the first year that rate goes up to $5 a month.Aside from the price point and the corporate branding, residents have raised concerns about data collection. In 2016, Ford reportedly made very clear that it would be using the bike share network to collect data.Investment media and services company The Motley Fool reported in 2016 that a Ford executive had presented the bike sharing investment as a data gathering venture to support its recently acquired commuter shuttle service Chariot. “What we’re doing differently in San Francisco … is we put telemetry on that bike,” said Jim Hackett then, later adding, “The opportunity is not bikes. That’s not why Ford’s in it. The opportunity is data, and the data is super valuable because it tells us these invisible paths that people are taking in this complex city in terms of how they want to get around.”But Motivate insists that the bikes do not contain GPS or any telemetry equipment whatsoever, and are not tracking any data about riders or where the bikes travel. “There is no GPS and no telemetry on Ford GoBikes,” said Motivate’s Cosulich-Schwartz. “Motivate is the owner-operator of this system and we have not included GPS or telemetry as part of our program.”Ford is merely the sponsor for the program, Cusolich-Schwartz said, and does not make the bikes or control the program.What is collected is information about how many bikes are at each station, to make sure bikes are available when consumers want them. Data collected at the stations are anonymized, and as the program progresses, will be shared publicly on a dedicated web page that currently details the type of information collected.“We share anonymized data publicly that helps government researchers and the public understand how bike share works and helps people make public policy,” Cuslich-Schwartz said. 0% Tags: bikes • Calle 24 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img A coalition of Mission District organizations, called United to Save the Mission, is calling for a study of how the expansion of a bike sharing program impacts residents, especially low-income ones. Details of how the study would be done are not clear yet. Calle 24 Latino Cultural Corridor co-chair Jon Jacobo, speaking on behalf of the group United to Save the Mission, said it would explore the concerns that the group has about Ford GoBike’s accessibility to people of all income levels.A spokesperson for the Mission Economic Development Agency, another United to Save the Mission member organization, said the coalition supports a “pause” on the program.“United to Save the Mission supports a pause on the Ford GoBike Rental Program while a community planning process and impact report are done that will ensure the program has a strong equity component and meets the needs of our working-class community members,” wrote MEDA’s Christopher Gil.last_img read more

Whats OnRed Vee Cafe Bar – Opens around 430pmT

first_imgWhat’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens around 4.30pm.Turnstiles – Open at 6.15pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are now available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Following feedback, fans in the West Stand can now get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our new bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several brand new performances before the game.Bucket Collection: There will be a collection for the Steve Prescott Foundation.Half Time – See the new Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a car for the year from Chorley Nissan!Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by Shoot the Bull with the Matchball sponsored by 02 Business Centre Rainford. The corporate sponsor is Curtain Wizard.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open up until kick-off and 45 minutes after full time.Spotify Playlist:Many thanks to all those who have suggested songs for our Spotify playlist for this afternoon’s game. We will continue to update it throughout the day. Check it out here: spoti.fi/2BJfn6QProgramme:The programme is sponsored by Warrington Audi and is priced at £3. This issue features an exclusive interview with Danny Richardson!last_img read more

This Old House host speaks at Wilmington groups fundraiser

first_imgKids Making It Fundraiser (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In Wilmington, kids are making it! The non-profit uses woodworking as part of a mentor program for at risk youth.Thursday it was time for their annual fundraiser. The organization helps youth learn trades and helps them build brighter futures. At the luncheon today Kevin O’Connor, the host of the PBS show “This Old House” spoke about the importance of learning trades that use your hands. One of the volunteers said teaching kids is the most rewarding thing he has ever done.- Advertisement – “Everybody wants their child to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or a teacher. Everybody in the world cannot be a doctor, lawyer or a teacher and somebody has to do those other jobs. I am not a carpenter by trade I was an accountant, but I love working with my hands and I’d like to teach these kids something that they can take on and build a career off of, volunteer John Rudy said.O’Connor and the organization also honored Austin Wilson, a student who was in the Kids Making It program and appeared as an apprentice on “This Old House.” He died in January.last_img read more

Tomorrow Annie Daniel celebrates her 104th birthday

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Imagine living to celebrate 100. Wednesday, Annie Daniel celebrates her 104th birthday. She says one of the keys is staying away from the sweets. Although, she did bring in her new birth year with a cake at her birthday party at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center.Daniel says younger generations need to get a good education, travel and stay out of trouble. She was a former educator at Alderman Elementary School in Wilmington. Her long-time friend Catherine Solomon worked at the school with Daniel.- Advertisement – She says, when Daniel lost her twin sister Appie, it was difficult. Solomon says the twins were inseparable since she met them in 1964.“I tried to help Annie as much as I could with various projects and stuff that she did in her 4th grade class and we just enjoyed it,” Solomon said.“If I ever needed anything in the library, she’d find it for me,” Daniel said.“That’s right, she’d call and she’d say Catherine I need whatever and I’d dig it up for her,” Solomon said.Daniel says one of her favorite memories is dancing at the Country Club.“My partner and I danced a bunch and everybody clapped,” Daniel said. “We did so well.”Daniel says for her birthday she wants a 4-door Chevrolet.last_img read more

Gov Cooper visits Brunswick County to discuss rural heath care crisis

first_img At the roundtable, people voiced their concerns that rural health care may not be around much longer if it cannot get support.Everyone there agreed that rural hospitals need more resources to be able to give people the care they need.Cooper says he wants to get more people covered by health insurance so the hospital does not get stuck with the bill.Related Article: North Carolina public safety secretary gets $23K raise“Often times, they are left holding the bag when someone gets treated and the care is uncompensated,” Cooper said. “We’re hoping that we can find a way to get more people covered with health care.”With the expansion of Medicaid, the governor says about 3,500 more people in Brunswick County could be insured. He thinks it can also be done without extra tax dollars.Doctors at Dosher said they simply need more, from resources, to staffing, to hospital beds.One doctor said it’s not only about expanding health care, but giving these rural hospitals the support they need to keep treating people.Dr. Brad Hilaman says if rural hospitals go away, the bigger city hospitals will not be able to handle the demand.“I really am concerned that not just in Brunswick County, but the rural counties and areas across the United States are going to wake up in the not too distant future and say, ‘Where’s our health care? I understand the hospital closed, but why did the doctors leave?’ Well, you don’t have a place to practice,” Hilaman said.Hilaman says if rural hospitals are not funded, doctors will not want to come work there and people will be forced to find health care elsewhere. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper says there is a rural health care crisis right now.Cooper held a roundtable discussion at Dosher Memorial Hospital Monday morning to discuss the issue. He met with Brunswick County officials and health care professionals.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Issue 6 – August 2010 Released

first_imgAdvertisement The PC Tech team, today, announce the release of the 6th Issue of East Africa’s Most Contemporary Technology Magazine. In this issue, we observe that whereas, a year ago, it was fair to say that the IPhone was the best Smartphone in the market, Google’s Android platform has made several good strides since then, making it fairly hard to make the choice. Smartphones are slowly becoming a necessity. With support for full web browsing, email and, in many cases, additional apps, they are much more than just a device you make calls on.There’s a bewildering array of handsets out there from the iPhone down to “slew of new Google Android-based models. Choosing the right one can be difficult, but we’re here to make the job easy. In this Issue, we feature an extensive analysis of the smartphones available on the market today.Our features on Mobile Health Technologies continue this month with an exclusive interview with Mr. Bas Hoefman, founder and Director of Text-to-Change.last_img read more

How a web Design goes straight to hell

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Sorry Theres No Such Thing as Unlimited Data

first_imgUnlimited Data. Image Credit: All4Desktop Advertisement WHEN A TECH company tells you something is unlimited, don’t believe ’em.Last week Microsoft nixed the unlimited storage option from its OneDrive service. Meanwhile, Comcast started billing users extra in some cities if they gobble more than 300GB of bandwidth per month. Last month Sprint followed the lead of most of its competitors and began throttling download speeds of its “unlimited” data plan for customers who exceed 23GB per month of data usage.The message is clear: if you want to download or store lots of data, you’re going to have to pay more for it. But why isn’t it possible to offer an unlimited service that’s actually, y’know, unlimited? – Advertisement – Some companies that promise unlimited data storage or bandwidth may simply be making cynical marketing claims they know they can’t back up. But telecommunications industry analyst Jan Dawson argues that in most cases, these companies are usually more naive than cynical.“Service providers often guess wrong and find themselves losing money either because they underestimated average usage or because a small number of people abuse the system and use way more than the provider anticipated,” he says.The funny thing is, that abuse can ultimately double as market research. If people want more data than you thought, then you know you’ve got something you can charge more money for.Setting Limits Last year Microsoft unveiled its unlimited plan for OneDrive, which cost $6.99 a month. This week it nixed that plan entirely, placing a limit of 1 TB for $9.99 a month. According to a Microsoft blog post, some users began backing up multiple computers and storing DVR recordings, a usecase Microsoft didn’t anticipate. “In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average,” Microsoft says.Setting specific limits also makes it easier for companies to predict costs. Even when companies have plenty of capacity to meet demand, usage patterns can change rapidly. Back before 2010, all major mobile carriers offered unlimited data plans. That made good business sense back then when most smart phone users probably only used their phones to check their email and do some light web surfing. But then people started watching crazy amounts of YouTube on their phones. One by one, the major carriers have either stopped selling new unlimited plans or begun throttling speeds for heavy users.The big question, though, is whether these data-hungry users actually cause companies to lose money and whether they actually adversely effect other users. In some cases, they might actually help companies make more money in the long run.Are the Outliers Really That Bad? To state the obvious, there’s no such thing as a hard drive with infinite storage capacity. That means that Dropbox, Microsoft, and the like need to have enough drives on hand to meet their customers’ needs. Apart from drives, a cloud storage provider also needs to have data centers to house all those servers, technicians to keep them running, and enough bandwidth to carry all those bits back and forth between customers’ laptops and the company’s data centers. Even if these companies have plenty of money to pay for these things, it can time to add more capacity if they underestimate their needs, especially if they need to hire new staff or expand a data center.Likewise, bandwidth largely depends on the quality capacity of the networking hardware. The more data users download and upload, the more networking gear the telcos need. Netflix customers learned that the hard way last year when disputes between the company and network providers like Comcast and AT&T over who should foot the bill for equipment upgrades led to a downgraded experience for some viewers. Wireless providers might even need to build new cell phone towers to keep up with growing demand.So it’s possible that a small minority of users ate up all of Microsoft’s disk space, leaving it unable to meet the requirements of its other paying users, even though their needs were more modest. And it’s possible that a few bandwidth hogs were slowing down internet speeds for everyone else. That’s what Sprint implied when it announced it last month that it will customers’ traffic if they used more than 23GB of data in a given month. The announcement was headlined “Protecting the 97%.”But it’s not clear at all that excessive users cost companies all that much money or actually adversely affect other users. Microsoft only claimed a small number of users were using the service for “extreme backup,” and there are plenty of companies that offer more space than OneDrive for less money. Sprint figures that only 3 percent of users are routinely exceeding 23 gigabytes of data. Are these outliers enough to ruin it for everyone?[related-posts]Maybe not. Comcast, for example, doesn’t claim that heavy users adversely affect other users. In fact, the company has published a paper detailing how it avoids congestion without limiting bandwidth. Rather, the company frames the higher prices for heavier usage as a matter of fairness. Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas says that about 10 percent of its customers nationwide account for 50 percent of all data usage amongs its customers. “The idea is those who use more pay more,” he says. And, increasingly, they do. In 15 trial cities, customers who use more than 300 gigabytes of data are charged an extra $30 per month. The company also now offers a lower tier service in some cities that includes a limit of only 5 gigabytes per month for about $5 less than they would be paying for “unlimited” service.Critics of Comcast’s new fees have argued that the company is trying to crack down on users streaming video in order to protect its own television and video streaming services. But 300 gigabytes is enough to stream an awful lot of digital video. What it comes down to is that Comcast and others have recognized that heavy users will generally pay more for their service than average users. A few people using far more than average are just outliers. But if enough people go over the average, that’s a market. “Unlimited” is really just a placeholder for new tiers of service that companies haven’t invented yet.[Wired]last_img read more

Ugandan Fintech Startup Wins 100000 Investment in Rwanda

first_imgKiller Analytics team pose for a photo. Advertisement Ugandan Fintech startup, Smart Credit has won capital investment worth USD 100,000 (Approx. Shs362 Million) from a group of investors.Smart Credit, a solution to solving barriers to small businesses and credit access stood out during the pitching sessions dubbed “Face the Gorillas” at the Transform Africa Summit 2017 in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.Developed by Killer Analytics, a group of Ugandan innovators, the startup is a business intelligent engine that processes Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) transactional data to individualized credit data and financial statements. – Advertisement – “It started with the aim of helping small businesses access credit,” Peter Muzoora, the Project Manager at Smart Business Intelligence reportedly told journalists at the sidelines of the summit.Uganda ranks among the top five enterprising countries, with 90 percent of Uganda’s private sector composed of SMEs.Despite introduction of mobile financial services like mobile money and mobile credit services like MoKash, access to credit remains a big barrier to the progress and development of small businesses in the country.Smart Credit, according Killer Analytics team, seeks to solve and remove the barriers to foster development and growth of SME’s in the country.It started off as a hackathon in Uganda, pitting 16 other teams although the contest was also taking place in other African countries.Team Killer Analytics1 of 2 Killer Analytics team pose for a photo. Killer Analytics making their presentation at the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali (Courtesy Photo)The criteria for the contest in was being able to provide an ICT solution that can solve a problem for SME’s. Killer Analytics emerged the first.[related-posts]They later moved on to battle startups from six other African countries and were placed second; although that was good enough to steer them to face the investors.During the summit in Rwanda, each team was allowed 5 minutes to make a pitch to investors before moving on to enter negotiations with investors until a deal was reached.The Transform Africa Summit 2017 concluded on Friday.One of the key points of discussions was how to ensure that technology does not create a wide divide but instead work towards enhancing finding solutions that are inclusive.last_img read more

Rwanda Hosting The 2018 Innovation Prize for Africa

first_imgWinners of the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa: Aly El-Shafei (3rd from Left – Grand Winner), Dougbeh-Chris Nyan (5th from Left – Social Impact Award Winner), and Philippa Ngaju Makobore (2nd from Right – Second Prize Winner)(Photo Credit: Disrupt Africa) Advertisement The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda on Tuesday announcement a partnership that will see Rwanda host the 7th edition of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) from October 11th – 12th, 2018, at Kigali Convention Center.The challenge is aimed at showcasing African ingenuity as well as recognizing and connecting African innovators and entrepreneurs with key innovation ecosystems enablers.The decision to host IPA in Rwanda received endorsement from the Government of Rwanda, and the Host Country selection was based on the bid Rwanda submitted which underscored the Government’s commitment towards building a knowledge based economy by promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. – Advertisement – Honorable Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa, Minister of ICT, said it was an honor for Rwanda to host 2018 Innovation Prize for Africa. He further emphasized on the effort made by the Rwanda Government of adopting innovative solutions for the Country’s problems.“We commend AIF’s work to address the continent’s challenges through innovation. IPA’s message cuts across generations and puts forth mindsets that are passionate about the upliftment of Africa. Therefore, such events showcases African ingenuity,” he said.10 nominees will be selected through a rigorous and validated process driven by an expert panel of judges. The top three innovations are selected and the winners receive a prize share of US$150,000 with each nominee receiving a US$5,000.Over the past six years, AIF has partnered with innovation enablers and governments in Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa to host the Innovation Prize for Africa event. Together with its partners, AIF has made great strides in strengthening African innovation ecosystems through ongoing collaborative programs and strategic partnerships aimed at unlocking the potential of African innovators.Today, AIF has a network of over 9,400 African innovators across 55 countries and over 400 innovation enablers.Notably, past winners include Uganda’s very one; Philippa Ngaju Makobore – who emerged second in last’s year competition for her solution an ‘Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set’ that is designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.The system according to reports and Philippa, is easy to operate and has key safety features which include alarms for rate of infusion (rapid or slow), total volume (over or under) and faulty sensors. A battery utilizing a hybrid (AC mains and solar) charging bed powers the device.last_img read more

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Meet Trumps Candidates for Upcoming Supreme Court Vacancy

first_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Jan. 19, 2018. (Reuters/Eric Thayer/File Photo) With Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy set to retire on July 31, President Donald Trump has an opportunity to reshape the nation’s top court for years to come.Kennedy informed the president about his plan to retire six months ago. The justice made the plan official in a letter to the White House on June 27.Trump said on June 27 that he will select the appointee from a list of 25 candidates, which was released in November last year.“We will begin our search for the new justice of the United States Supreme Court. That will begin immediately,” Trump said on June 27. “Hopefully we’ll get to pick someone who is as outstanding.”The list is filled with decidedly conservative candidates with stellar track records. Trump had previously thanked the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, both powerful conservative organizations, for helping him compile the list.Here is what we know about the 25 candidates, in alphabetical order: Amy BarrettAmy Coney Barrett, 46, presides over the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Indiana. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Barret graduated from Rhodes College and attended Notre Dame Law School. She clerked for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a constitutional conservative. After her clerkship, Barrett worked in private practice and moved on to become a law professor at the Notre Dame Law School. Trump nominated Barrett for a seat on the Seventh Circuit in May last year. The Senate confirmed Barrett in October 2017. She was one of five conservative justices added to Trump’s list of candidates in November. Barrett is a mother of seven children, including a special needs child and two children adopted from Haiti.Keith BlackwellKeith Robert Blackwell, 42, is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Blackwell was born and raised in Cherokee County, Georgia. Blackwell graduated from the University of Georgia and attended the University of Georgia School of Law. Blackwell clerked for Judge J.L. Edmondson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He went on to work in private practice and as an assistant district attorney. Blackwell lives in Cobb County, Georgia, with his wife and three daughters.Charles CanadyCharles Terrance Canady, 54, is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida. He was born in Lakeland, Florida. Canady graduated from Haverford College and the Yale University School of Law. Canady started his career in private practice and served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives for six years. Two years later, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 and served four terms. Canady introduced the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995. The bill passed both houses but was vetoed by former President Bill Clinton.Steven CollotonSteven Colloton, 55, is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa. He is the son of John W. Colloton the former director and CEO for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Colloton graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School. Colloton clerked for Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist, the head of the nation’s court system. Colloton spent most of his career as a public servant, notably as part of Kenneth Starr’s investigation of the Clinton administration. Colloton was appointed to the Eighth Circuit by George W. Bush and confirmed in 2003.Allison EidAllison Hartwell Eid, 53, is a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Eid was born in Seattle and raised in Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Stanford University and the University of Chicago School of Law. Before law school, she served as a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Education, William Bennett. Eid clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Eid went on to private practice and then taught law at the at the University of Colorado Law School. In 2017, Trump nominated Eid to fill the Tenth Circuit seat vacated by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. She was confirmed in November last year. Eid lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her husband and two children.Britt GrantBritt Cagle Grant, 40, is the judge of the Supreme Court of Georgia. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Grant graduated from Wake Forest University and Stanford Law school. Before receiving her law degree, Grant worked for then-Congressman Nathan Deal and took on various roles in the George W. Bush administration. She clerked for Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Trump nominated Grant to the Eleventh Circuit in April this year. Her nomination is still pending. Grant is married to a former CIA official and is a mother to three children.Raymond GruenderRaymond Gruender, 54, is a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Gruender graduated and received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to his nomination to the federal bench, Gruender worked both in private practice and public service. Gruender was the Missouri state director for Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. He worked as a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri before President George W. Bush nominated him for the Eighth Circuit. Gruender was one of the judges Trump listed for candidacy for the Supreme Court seat in 2016.Thomas HardimanThomas Michael Hardiman, 52, is a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was born in Winchester, Massachusetts. Hardiman graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown School of Law. Hardiman was in private practice for more than a decade before being nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush. Hardiman was confirmed in 2003. He was a finalist in Trump’s selection last year for the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The seat was ultimately filled by Justice Neil Gorsuch. Hardiman served alongside Trump’s sister, Judge Marianne Trump Barry. Considering his status as a finalist last year, Hardiman is considered a front-runner again.Brett KavanaughBrett Michael Kavanaugh, 53, is the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was born in Washington, D.C. Kavanaugh graduated and received his law degree from Yale University. Kavanaugh clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose seat he is now being considered for. Kavanaugh played a key role in drafting the Starr report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He also led the probe into the suicide of Clinton aide Vincent Foster and worked on the Clinton-linked Whitewater investigation. George W. Bush nominated Kavanaugh to the federal bench in 2003. The nomination was stalled for three years. The Senate confirmed him in May 2006.Raymond KethledgeRaymond Michael Kethledge, 51, is the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was born in Summit, New Jersey, and grew up in Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan and received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Like Kavanaugh, Kethledge clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose seat he is now being considered for. In northern Michigan, Kethledge works out of an office he built in a family barn near Lake Huron. The office has a pine desk, a wood stove, and no internet. Since his confirmation in 2008, Kethledge authored a number of notable opinions.Joan LarsenJoan Louise Larsen, 49, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was born in Waterloo, Iowa. Larsen graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and received her law degree from Northwestern University. Larsen clerked for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Before Trump nominated her for the federal bench, Larsen was the judge for the Michigan Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed Larsen for the Eighth Circuit seat late last year. Larsen is a member of the Federalist Society, one of the nation’s most powerful conservative legal organizations.Mike LeeMichael Shumway Lee, 47, represents Utah in the U.S. Senate. He was born in Mesa, Arizona. Lee graduated from Brigham Young University and received his law degree from the same school. Lee clerked for future Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito when Alito served on the Third Circuit. Lee began his career in private practice and went on to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Utah. He then served as a legal counsel for the administration of Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. After returning to private practice for several years, Lee entered politics in 2010 and won the U.S. Senate race in Utah. Lee lives in Alpine, Utah, with his wife and three children.Thomas LeeThomas Rex Lee, 53, is a judge of the Supreme Court of Utah. He grew up in Arizona, Utah, and Northern Virginia. Lee graduated from Brigham Young University and received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Lee taught law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School since 1997. Lee was confirmed to the Utah Supreme Court in 2010. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, his mentor, administered his oath. When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, Lee scored the highest on an index of judges who would be most likely to continue Scalia’s legacy.Edward MansfieldEdward M. Mansfield, 61, is the judge of the Supreme Court of Iowa. He was born in Massachusetts. Mansfield graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School. Mansfield was one of the three justices appointed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in 2011 to replace three judges who Iowa voters voted to remove in response to the state court’s unanimous ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. Trump named Mansfield as a potential appointee in September 2016.Federico MorenoFederico A. Moreno is a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He Graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. President George H.W. Bush nominated Moreno for the federal bench in 1990 and the Senate confirmed him the same year. Moreno served as the chief judge on the court from 2007 to 2014. Bush also nominated Moreno for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, but the nomination failed.Kevin NewsomKevin Christopher Newsom, 45, is the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama. Newsom graduated from Samford University and Harvard Law School. Newsome clerked for Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court from 1998 to 1999. Newsom worked for a private practice before being appointed Alabama’s second solicitor general. Trump nominated Newsom to the federal bench in May last year. The Senate confirmed him the following August. Newsome is married with two children.William H. Pryor Jr.William Holcombe Pryor Jr., 56, is the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He was born in Mobile, Alabama. Pryor Jr. graduated from the Northeast Louisiana University and received his law degree from Tulane University. He became Alabama’s attorney general in 1997, the youngest state attorney general in the United States at the time. Pryor Jr. was in the national spotlight in 2003 when he called for the removal of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who disobeyed a federal order to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building. Last year, he was rumored to be a top contender for the Supreme Court seat which was ultimately filled by Justice Neil Gorsuch.Margaret RyanMargaret A. Ryan, 54, is the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. She was born in Chicago, Illinois. Ryan graduated from Knox College and Notre Dame Law School. After graduating law school, she served on active duty for the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1992 and as a judge advocate from 1995 to 1999. Her tours included deployments in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Japan. She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. George W. Bush appointed Ryan to the federal bench in 2006. She was confirmed the same year.David StrasDavid Ryan Stras, 43, is the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was born in Wichita, Kansas. Stras received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Kansas. Stras clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court. In addition to working in private practice, he taught law at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2005 to 2010. Before Trump appointed him to the federal bench in 2017, Stras was the judge of the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed Stras for the Eighth Circuit in January this year. Stras is the grandson of Holocaust survivors. He is married and has two children.Diane SykesDiane Schwerm Sykes, 60, is the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sykes graduated from Northwestern University and received her law degree from Marquette University. Before serving on the federal bench, Sykes was the judge of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. George W. Bush appointed Sykes to the Seventh Circuit in 2003 and considered appointing her to the Supreme Court in 2005. She married conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes in 1980 and had two children. The couple divorced in 1999.Amul ThaparAmul Roger Thapar, 49, is the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was born in Troy, Michigan. Thapar graduated Boston College and received a law degree from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Thapar taught law at the University of Cincinnati College, worked in a private practice, and served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., and in the Southern District of Ohio. George W. Bush nominated Thapar to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in 2007. He was confirmed the same year. Trump nominated Thapar for the Sixth Circuit in March last year. The Senate confirmed him in May 2017.Timothy TymkovichTimothy Michael Tymkovich, 61, is the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was born in Denver, Colorado. Tymkovich graduated Colorado College and received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School. After working in private practice from 1983 to 1991, Tymkovich was appointed as the Solicitor General of the State of Colorado. He returned to private practice in Denver in 1996 until 2001, when George W. Bush nominated him for the Tenth Circuit. He was confirmed in 2003.Robert YoungRobert P. Young Jr., 67, is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Michigan. Young was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. Young worked in private practice for over a decade before he was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1995. Governor John Engler elevated Young to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1999. During his tenure, The Wall Street Journal praised Young and called the Michigan Supreme Court “what may be the finest court in the nation” and “a leader in attempting to restore a proper balance between the judiciary, the legislature, and the people.” Last year, Young said he was planning to run for the U.S. Senate. He withdrew from the race in January this year.Don WillettDonny Ray Willett, 51, is the judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was born in Talty, Texas. Willet graduated Baylor University and received a law degree from Duke University. Willett started his career in private practice. In 1996, he served as a director of research and special projects in the George W. Bush administration. He was part of Bush’s campaign transition team in 2000-2001. Once in the White House, he crafted the first two of Bush’s executive orders which created the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Prior to serving on the federal bench, Willet was the judge of the Supreme Court of Texas. Trump appointed Willet to the Fifth Circuit last year. He was sworn in on Jan. 2, 2018.Patrick WyrickPatrick Robert Wyrick is the judge of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. He was born in Denison, Texas, and raised in Atoka, Oklahoma. Wyrick received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Wyrick worked in private practice before he was hired by then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Pruitt is now the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. In April this year, Trump nominated Wyrick to serve as a U.S. District Judge of the District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. His nomination is still pending. 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Florence Predicted to Become Hurricane as It Threatens to Hit Carolinas Virginia

first_imgNorth Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Sept. 7 and called on residents to prepare. “We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms,” Cooper said, Fox reported.The National Hurricane Center, meanwhile, is advising “interests along the U.S. East Coast, particularly from North Florida through North Carolina, should closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, and follow any advice given by local officials.”Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and starting to reach parts of the Eastern Seaboard, the National Weather Service said. At 5 a.m. EDT, the hurricane center said Florence’s maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 70 mph. The storm was centered about 765 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 6 mph, according to The Associated Press.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Forecasters are expecting Florence, now a tropical storm but expected to become a hurricane, to get dangerously close to the U.S. East Coast and will potentially make landfall in North Carolina and South Carolina.The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia declared states of emergency ahead of the storm, according to reports. The National Hurricane Center’s latest update on Florence on the morning of Sept. 9. (NHC/NOAA)“A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected by [Sept. 10], and that motion is forecast to continue through mid-week. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern U.S. coast on Thursday,” said the U.S. National Hurricane Center.As of 8 a.m. on Sept. 9, Florence is still at tropical storm strength.Currently, there are no coastal warnings or watches for the storm. The National Hurricane Center’s latest update on Florence on the morning of Sept. 9. (NHC/NOAA)The U.S. Navy also said that ships are preparing to depart Hampton Roads on Sept. 10. “Our ships can better weather storms of this magnitude when they are underway,” said U.S. Fleet Forces Commander Adm. Christopher Grady, according to Military.com.Winds will start to hit the U.S. coast at around 8 p.m. on Sept. 12, according to the NHC.States of Emergency“While the impacts of Tropical Storm Florence to Virginia are still uncertain, forecasts increasingly expect the storm to strengthen into a major hurricane that could seriously affect the East Coast and Virginians,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said on Sept. 8, ABC News reported.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said on Sept. 8 that there is no way to tell when the storm will hit or where it will hit. “We are preparing for the worst and of course hoping for the best. Being prepared is always the best strategy,” McMaster said, Fox News reported. Show Discussion US News Share Florence Predicted to Become Hurricane as It Threatens to Hit Carolinas, Virginia By Jack Phillips September 9, 2018 Updated: September 9, 2018center_img Here are the 5 AM AST Sunday Sep. 9 Key Messages for Tropical Storm #Florence. Latest information available at https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/E77cw9NlTL— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 9, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_img Share They feature lessons on math, reading, music, and handwriting. According to reports, there was a picture of a turkey as the markings were made right after Thanksgiving in 1917.There are also rules for keeping clean, a drawing of a little girl blowing bubbles, and a history lesson about the Pilgrims.“I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ and then I got goosebumps and then I had tears in my eyes,” Principal Sherry Kishore told KFOR. “This SCHOOL zone striping was handled by the developer’s contractor. They have been notified and are working expeditiously to correct. Thank you to all who brought this very important matter to our attention,” the city wrote on April 18.Wrote one person in the comments section, “Checklist for this job: License? Check. Contract? Check. Spelling test for the one word they need to spell?” Music lesson from 1917. pic.twitter.com/bVRqU2hmT0— OKC Public Schools (@OKCPS) June 5, 2015 A road crew in Florida apparently misspelled the word “school” near a crosswalk.Instead, it’s spelled “scohol,” according to photos and videos posted on social media.The city of Doral, Florida, tweeted that a private contractor has corrected the word.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News #UPDATE– This SCHOOL zone striping was handled by the developer’s contractor. They have been notified and are working expeditiously to correct. Thank you to all who brought this very important matter to our attention. https://t.co/4YVR82gsrB— City of Doral (@Cityofdoral) April 18, 2019 “It’s not a good thing when you misspell school,” bystander Maxwell Easter said, KFVS reported. “It’s not a good look. At all.”“My buddy pulled it up on Twitter and saw that someone had misspelled school and we had to come see it for ourselves,” Easter added.Old Chalkboards Found Inside SchoolWorkers renovating a high school in Oklahoma City were stunned to find chalkboards from the early 1900s behind the walls.The series of chalkboards, that appear to have been used in 1917, were discovered in three classrooms at Emerson High School. ‘School’ Misspelled at Crosswalk in Doral, Florida By Jack Phillips April 19, 2019 Updated: April 19, 2019 Counting down until Christmas 1917. Drawings nearly 100 years old found during MAPS construction. pic.twitter.com/2nV7hq8foL— OKC Public Schools (@OKCPS) June 5, 2015 The city of Doral, Fla., tweeted that a private contractor has corrected the word (Google Maps) Written on one of the boards is a pledge that goes: “I give my head, my heart, and my life to my God, and one nation, indivisible, with justice for all.”Math teacher Sherry Read told NPR she believes that the chalkboard drawings and lessons were left for a reason.“You would have cleaned off your board so you could be ready the next day to come back and teach,” Read said. “So I think they left them on there on purpose to send a message to us, to say, ‘This is what was going on in our time.’” You find a lesson on pilgrims in every classroom. There was #aligned curriculum in #1917. pic.twitter.com/MurjKd8n6i— OKC Public Schools (@OKCPS) June 5, 2015 Share this article “The time that teachers must have spent preparing for their lessons is amazing to me,” Kishore said after seeing all the details on the boards.Her 85-year-old mother, a retired schoolteacher, also shed tears after seeing the boards.“She just stood there and cried,” Kishore told The Oklahoman.Kishore said the markings were “exactly like her classroom was when she was going to school.” Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Texas Stock image of a pizza (Skeeze/Pixabay) Restaurant Closed And Health Permit Pulled After Employees Caught Putting Laxative on Pizza By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times April 22, 2019 Updated: April 22, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article “Fortunately, they did not consume any of it,” Trackwell said.They took the pizza back and called local officials. Police then contacted health department officials, who asked the customer if he consumed any of the pizza, according to the Star.“There was a good amount. It was very obvious that there were numerous mouse droppings in the pizza,” Trackwell said of the testing. “It’s not very often that we run into that amount of evidence of mouse droppings in a food product.”Johnathan McNeil was identified as the customer who bought the tainted pizza, Fox5 reported, but it was his girlfriend that picked it up.“She looked at the pizza and realized there was like doo-doo looking stuff on the pizza,” McNeil said.When he went back, employees didn’t understand what he was talking about.“All of them were looking at my pizza dumbfounded as if they didn’t know what’s going on,” said McNeil, “I said ‘That’s mouse doo-doo on the bottom of my pizza.’”When the health department investigated, they found mouse droppings in the store and “along the walls throughout the facility,” the Star reported, but nothing in the dough or any other food in, or on cabinets.“You’d think we’d find droppings in the actual product, but none were found,” he said. “That’s been a question that all of us had, to be honest with you. That’s probably the biggest mystery.”The chain was inspected and reopened Wednesday.“They don’t want to have to be in the media for the wrong reasons, so they want to get in and take care of things as swift as possible,” he said.Epoch Newsroom contributed to this report. Follow Venus on Twitter: @venusupadhayaya Share During an inspection of Mr. Jim’s Pizza in Springtown, police discovered that the pizza the three employees tainted was unknowingly eaten by another employee, who is now sick.The three employees told police that they didn’t put any laxative on the pizzas sold to customers.Police called the city’s health inspector to Mr. Jim’s and upon investigation, the pizzeria’s health permit was pulled and it was temporarily closed.The incident is under investigation and the police told CBS Local that the three employees will face charges. The restaurant will be inspected again on Monday.center_img Show Discussion A restaurant in North Texas was forced to close temporarily and its health permit was pulled after police found that employees put laxatives on a pizza served to another employee.The incident happened on the night of April 19 at at the pizza place at 417 East State Highway 199, reported the CBS local.A resident informed the Springtown Police that an employee at Mr. Jim’s Pizza bragged on social media about secretly adding Miralax on another employee’s pizza.Miralax is an over-the-counter remedy that is used to treat occasional constipation. A restaurant was shut down temporarily after it was discovered that employees put laxative on a pizza that was served to another employee: https://t.co/cYqbZrDqPB— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) April 21, 2019 Extra droppings, anyone? Happy #NationalPizzaDay! https://t.co/O14S9vFrox— New York Post (@nypost) February 9, 2018 North Texas Mr. Jim’s Restaurant Temporarily Shuts Down After Employees Allegedly Put Miralax On Pizza https://t.co/R1c2G6byzC pic.twitter.com/42Hd4qWFzU— Dallas Informer (@Dallasinformer) April 20, 2019 In another health incident related to pizzas, a pizzeria in Indiana was closed down February last year after mouse droppings were discovered baked into the pizza.The Indianapolis Star reported that the shop was closed before it was reopened a few days later. The Marion County Public Health Department shut down the establishment as a customer found “numerous mouse droppings” inside the crust.The customer picked up a pepperoni Hot-N-Ready pizza on Tuesday at 2181 N. Meridian St. in northern Indianapolis. Health department supervisor Derek Trackwell said the customer found the mouse droppings after leaving the restaurant.last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Redmond Economic Development Inc. Fifth Annual Made in Redmond Tour Tumblr Google+ E-Headlines (Photo above: Sam Mieir of Composite Approach gestures while telling tour members about the company | by Steve Kadel)The fifth annual Made in Redmond Tour gave 55 community residents a chance to visit four local manufacturing companies on Friday, Oct. 6, which was National Manufacturing Day.Those on the bus tour saw Composite Approach, Evolution Aircraft Co., Medline ReNewal and Treasure Valley Coffee Co. Representatives of each company described their firm’s history, products and other factors that have made them significant contributors to the Redmond economy.Jon Stark, senior director for Redmond Economic Development Inc. (REDI) which sponsored the event, said the goal is to have community leaders tell others what they saw and learned in order to spread the word about Redmond’s manufacturing muscle. Despite having only 27,000 of Deschutes County’s 175,000 to 180,000 residents, Redmond is the home to almost one-fourth of the county’s manufacturing companies, Stark noted.“Manufacturing is a key part of any community,” added Steve Bettis of Medline ReNewal, who serves as REDI president.At Medline ReNewal, 1500 NE Hemlock Ave., tour participants learned it’s a division of the $9 billion global corporation Medline Industries. The Redmond outlet reconditions more than 1 million surgical devices annually, which cuts costs for their health care delivery clients as well as reducing material taken to landfills. Bettis said there’s a simple reason they’re growing fast: “We save people money.”Half of Medline ReNewal’s sales are in compression sleeves and tourniquets. Bettis said a small surgery center can save 30 to 40 percent on reprocessed supplies rather than the single-use variety. The Mayo Clinic, with which the company has a contract, can save 40 to 50 percent through volume buying, Bettis said.But there’s an image problem to overcome.“For a lot of surgeons, there’s a stigma attached to reprocessing,” Bettis said. “It’s our biggest challenge.”He described the thorough process every item undergoes, from decontamination to final inspection. Eight employees work on each of the 5,200 items reprocessed daily at the business, which occupies 12 acres of land the company bought from the city of Redmond.ReNewal has been in Redmond since 2001 with about 175 Central Oregon employees. Bettis complimented Redmond city officials for helping the company build its new site in 18 months.“We could not have built that building in a year and a half in Bend,” he said. “Redmond really supports local business.”Composite Approach, at 2241 SW First St., specializes in design consultation, project research and development, and manufacturing integration as well as contract production. The products range from aircraft to automotive, motorcycle, drones, and more. The company has 38 employees — up from 10 just two years ago — and jobs pay $14 to $35 per hour.Two of Composite’s clients are Earth Cruiser of Bend and Strata Aircraft of Redmond. The company moved to Redmond from Bend last January, and general manager Sam Mieir said most of their employees have aircraft backgrounds.Composite is building on the legacy of Central Oregon aviation pioneer Lance Neibauer, who founded his homebuilt aircraft kit company Lancair in Redmond in 1981. The company was sold and moved to Texas this year, although the industry continues to flourish locally.“If you want to build a composite aircraft, there is a lot of talent here,” Mieir said. “This is Mecca for knowledge of composite aircraft.”Stark, of REDI, said more composite aircraft come out of Central Oregon than any other place in the world. Up to 1,000 people were employed in the aviation industry in this area before a recession reduced those numbers.“Now it’s going again and there’s demand for employees,” Stark said.Evolution Aircraft Co., 250 SE Timber Ave., is part of the industry with 25 to 50 employees, depending on the time of year.“We turn out 12 to 16 (planes) a year,” said parts manager Robert Williams. “With our planes, you are pilot in control. You are one with the plane. You really feel it.”Evolution, located at 4620 SW 23rd St., opened in 1992. It builds 49.9 percent of the aircraft and the owner/builder finishes the rest. The instrument panel, which can cost $250,000, is built in the company’s avionics shop. Engines cost about $500,000.“(Price) goes up pretty quickly,” Williams acknowledged.Most of the firm’s sales are within the U.S., although four have been sold outside the country. Williams said they can incorporate customer suggestions for customizing a plane, including designing a plane with a parachute.With the tour participants in need of coffee by late morning, it was fitting that the next stop was at Treasure Valley Coffee Co. The firm was born in Bend prior to 2000 and relocated to Redmond this past summer. They provide a wide range of break-room products, primarily coffee but also water in 3- and 5-gallon bottles, paper products, and first aid supplies.Javan Shull and his wife, Jackie Shull, are co-owners of the operation. They distribute their coffee from Warm Springs to Klamath Falls and east to Burns. Javan said coffee products include filter packs to put in brew baskets, portion packs which offer consistency of product, and whole beam coffee.“There are very few (companies) that do everything we do without product diversification,” he said. “We provide all the coffee equipment and we clean that once each month.”When Treasure Valley moved into its new Redmond building last summer, it expanded the firm’s storage space from 1,900 square feet to 3,600 square feet. “And we have a lot more bench space” for employees, said Javan, who is a 1992 Redmond High School graduate.In reviewing Redmond’s manufacturing scene, REDI’s Stark said the total dollar amount of wages paid to manufacturing workers grew 63 percent from 2011 to 2016.Redmond Mayor George Endicott took the occasion of the tour to tout more facts about Redmond’s employment. He said 1,300 people are employed in Redmond manufacturing companies, and that the manufacturing sector expanded by 50 percent from 2011 through last year.Endicott said more people now commute from Bend to Redmond for work than the other way. He joked that it makes Bend a bedroom community for Redmond.In light of October 6 being National Manufacturing Day, the Redmond City Council honored owners of the four companies that were visited with plaques signifying their economic contribution. The tour from 8am until 2pm received support from Columbia Bank, which provided lunch; High Country Disposal, which arranged transportation; and Earth2O, which donated bottled water.The annual manufacturing tours have become so successful that REDI is considering organizing a similar program for eighth-grade students. Stark said it could be a way for youths to start focusing on career possibilities, perhaps opening their eyes to industries they hadn’t known about. 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