Woman clings to speeding car as thieves take $10,000 puppy

Naples residents calling for crack down on Pompei Lane speeders March 29, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments HOUSTON, Tx. — Police in Houston, Texas are looking for a man wanted in connection with a dramatic dognapping and assault that happened in November 2020.On Nov. 4, a couple went to the Bully Kamp pet store and said they wanted to buy a $10,000 puppy. When a store employee went upstairs to grab paperwork for a nearby UPS driver, the couple made a mad dash out of the store, puppy in tow.Surveillance cameras caught the couple leaving, and the employee bolting after them.  Alize James, the employee, said her only concern was the 7-month-old bully, who just had surgery days earlier and needed special medication. Advertisement“My mind is focused on her health, I obviously didn’t care about my wellbeing,” James said.She chased the couple to their car and demanded they give the dog back. Instead, the couple hit her with the car, then threatened to run her over.“Next time I heard the gas go, he went very aggressively and it (the bumper) kind of like slapped me on top of the car,” James said. AdvertisementTags: HoustonpuppySpeeding Florida man arrested for speeding claims he was trying to go back to Cuba May 19, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Carole Baskin puts up $5K reward for missing Houston tiger May 15, 2021 She clung to the car as they sped away from the pet store.“They were weaving, driving recklessly and I could barely hold on. I was so scared,” James said.After a terrifying 10 minutes, James said the car stopped and the man got out of the car.“Then he grabs me by my feet, and he grabs me by my chest, and he starts hitting me,” she said.James said she fought back but the couple got away with the dog.Authorities identified the woman as 21-year-old Royshana King. King was arrested and has been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. They have not identified the man she was with. Missing Bengal tiger found safe and in good health May 17, 2021 read more

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Silver medal for Laois teenager at World Junior Racquetball Championships

first_imgHome Sport Other Sport Silver medal for Laois teenager at World Junior Racquetball Championships SportOther Sport By Alan Hartnett – 21st November 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA GAA Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results SEE ALSO – New stats say Laois drivers are ‘worst in the country’ Facebook TAGSDaniel Hanrahanracquetball Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, November 21, 2019Next articleLaois GAA club look within to appoint new manager for 2020 season Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Daniel Hanrahan (right) with playing partner Keelan and coach Mick This is a serious achievement.Daniel Hanrahan, who lives in Kyle in Laois, returned to Ireland from Costa Rica recently with a World Junior Racquetball silver medal in his back pocket.The teenager competed alongside his playing partner Keelan O’Gorman, from Araglen in Cavan, in the Boys U-14 doubles competition.As the second lowest ranked team in the division they had to overcome Team Canada (#9), Team USA (#1) and Team Colombia (#4) in the semi finals.They faced a strong Mexican Team in Jorge Gutierrez and Luis Renteria in the final where they lot 15-6, 15-6. But it is certainly a super achievement earning a World Silver Medal in the division.It was the first time Ireland has reached a world final since Ruth Beecher at the 1998 World Junior Championships took home Gold in Mixed doubles with partner Brett Walters.It is the first medal in a Boys event in the Junior World Cup divisions (U-14, U-16, U-18) for Team Ireland, having previously won medals in the Girls divisions (Aisling Hickey, singles bronze & doubles bronze, Katie Kenny, doubles bronze) and boys ESpirit Cup (Mike Haverty and Seamus Power, doubles bronze).Daniel plays with the Galmoy Racquetball Club in north Kilkenny. He went to primary school in Galmoy, is in secondary school in Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown and plays his racquetball with the Galmoy Club.Daniel’s parents are John Joe and Rachel (nee Hayes) who both are originally from Rathdowney in Laois.Both families would have strong connections in the town with a lot of family, on both sides, living in the area.Daniel Hanrahan (right) with playing partner Keelan O’Gorman and coach Mick CunninghamDaniel’s maternal grandmother Joan Hayes lives on Main Street in Rathdowney. While his second cousin is Eric Killeen, who is on the Laois Senior Hurling panel and also won a Laois senior hurling championship with Rathdowney-Errill.Fair play Daniel! Silver medal for Laois teenager at World Junior Racquetball Championships WhatsApp GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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What are financial firms doing to fight systemic racism?

first_img TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The May 25 killing of George Floyd incited protests and renewed calls to address systemic anti-Black racism — the latest in a movement that officially coalesced as Black Lives Matter in 2013 and has been ongoing for decades.Protesters are primarily focused on police brutality, but the financial world is not without culpability in furthering anti-Black racism. One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study For example, lenders in the U.S., and to a lesser extent Canada, practised “redlining” during the 20th century: denying mortgages to people in neighbourhoods where the majority of residents were Black people and minorities. Research shows the effects persist today.In the last decade, U.S. banks and their lending subsidiaries have spent millions settling claims alleging they discriminated against Black and Hispanic clients.On a more micro level, the U.S. divisions of two financial services firms each fired a high-ranking employee in the last two months after videos showed those employees engaging in actions widely regarded as racist.Since May 25, several financial firms have released anti-racism statements and made financial commitments in support of Black communities. Investment Executive asked 20 banks, asset managers, insurers and advisory firms operating in Canada how they are addressing anti-Black racism, as well as what percentage of their employees and executives are Black.Black representationOf the 20 firms, only two — BlackRock Inc. and Royal Bank of Canada — shared their percentage of Black employees, and only for the U.S. workforce.BlackRock reports that 3% of senior leaders (directors and above) and 5% of its U.S. workforce are Black, and that its goal is to “double representation of our Black senior leaders and increase overall representation by 30%” by 2024. RBC reports that Black people make up 5% of its U.S. workforce.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 13.4% of the U.S. population identifies as Black or African-American, with a further 2.8% as multiracial.In Canada, federally regulated firms are required to report the representation levels of employees who self-identify as “Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities [VM] or persons with disabilities.” Nine of the 20 firms we spoke to are federally regulated, and six — the banks — report that data publicly. For 2019 (2018 for BMO and Scotiabank):BMO reported 38.8% VM employees in Canada, with 34.2% in senior roles (as of Q2 2020; goal: 30%). Indigenous people made up 1.2% of its Canadian workforce.CIBC reported 34% VM employees in Canada, with 18% in executive roles (goal: 22% by 2022). Indigenous people account for 1% of its Canadian workforce.National Bank reported 23.8% VM employees in Canada.RBC reported 37% VM employees in Canada, with 19% in executive roles (goal: 30%). Indigenous people accounted for 1.3% of its workforce (goal: 1.6%).Scotiabank reported 24.1% VM employees in Canada, with 18.8% in senior roles. Indigenous people made up 0.9% of its workforce.TD reported 38% VM employees in Canada, with 17.6% in vice-president roles or higher (goal: increase VM executives by 50% by 2025; double Black executives by 2022). Indigenous people constitute 1.5% of its workforce.In 2018, Scotiabank used benchmarks of 30.5% VM representation and 2.3% Indigenous representation based on how these groups are represented in the overall workforce, while BMO used a 27% benchmark for VM representation.According to the 2016 census, Black people make up 3.5% of Canada’s population.Firms acknowledged benefits and challenges around collecting race and ethnicity data.“We’d like to go down that path, but we’d like to do it respectfully,” says Janine Davies, chair of the inclusion council at Raymond James Ltd. and executive director of the Raymond James Canada Foundation. She says the firm plans to survey its employees on ethnicity by year-end.David Gunn, country leader for Edward Jones Canada, says his firm is working toward more robust self-identification for its employees. “My long-term vision is that our financial advisors would reflect the communities we’re serving,” Gunn says. “To ensure we’re doing that, we will need a better measurement system.”Dominic Cole-Morgan, senior vice-president at Scotiabank, said in a statement that the bank launched an updated employee diversity survey earlier this month to obtain “further data on the representation of specific employee groups, including Black people, Indigenous peoples and people of colour (BIPOC).”A spokesperson for BMO confirmed that the bank will begin tracking the percentage of BIPOC employees “as part of setting new [five-year diversity] goals.”Targets and financial commitmentsThe Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and its BlackNorth Initiative launched June 10 with the aim of increasing “the representation of Blacks in boardrooms and executive suites across Canada.” The council’s founder and chair is Wes Hall, executive chair and founder of Kingsdale Advisors; one of the co-chairs is Victor Dodig, president and CEO of CIBC.The BlackNorth Initiative CEO pledge requires signatories to commit to Black people holding at least 3.5% of executive and board roles based in Canada by 2025 and to hiring at least 5% of its student workforce from the Black community.Among the 20 firms Investment Executive contacted, BMO, CI Financial Corp., CIBC, Manulife Financial Corp., Scotiabank and Sun Life have agreed to sign the pledge. Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter and Mackenzie Investments CEO Barry McInerney are both on the board of directors for BlackNorth.Separate from the pledge, BMO and RBC have committed to offering 40% of all summer/student opportunities to BIPOC candidates (starting in 2021 for RBC). On July 17, Manulife committed to hiring at least 25% BIPOC as part of its graduate program (and to increasing BIPOC representation in leadership roles by 30% by 2025; baseline figures were not shared).Collectively, the Big Five banks donated $7.7 million to North American charities supporting Black communities, with some dollars part of existing initiatives. The Vanguard Group Inc. donated US$350,000 to historically Black colleges and universities.Diversity initiativesMost of the 20 institutions we contacted had already established diversity initiatives — not surprising given their size and reporting obligations.Common initiatives included diversity committees and employee resource groups; training on unconscious bias and inclusive hiring, promoting and retention; and recruitment partnerships with relevant non-profits and post-secondary schools.Brent Chamberlain, senior director of inclusion and diversity at CIBC, says the bank’s approach to diversity initiatives has evolved, leading to an upward trend in its diversity metrics from 2017 to 2019.“Partners like Catalyst [a global nonprofit focused on advancing women in leadership] often say that increasing the number of women only took off after we realized we had to stop fixing the women; we had to fix the workplace,” he says. “That’s at the core of our strategy challenging systemic racism.”Girish Ganesan, global head of diversity and inclusion at TD, says leadership accountability is a major factor in the bank’s strategy. “We look at our [diversity] metrics on a quarterly basis with senior leadership, so they know where the successes and opportunities are, and where we need to focus.”TD’s diversity percentages increased from 2018 to 2019, and three of its five named executive officers, including CEO Bharat Masrani, are either women or visible minorities.Crystal Hardie Langston, chief diversity officer at The Vanguard Group Inc., agrees that executive-level support is critical.“Everyone expects the chief diversity officer to wave the flag,” she says. “But without the senior-most leadership team’s [support], this would be impossible to do, and frankly may not register as important.”When Langston was promoted into her role in 2018, she says CEO Tim Buckley “was clear and imperative that nothing we do should be performative.”Kathy Bock, principal and head of Vanguard Canada, says that staff have prominent role models: the firm’s chief investment officer and general counsel are both African-American, representing 16.7% of the named management team.While Vanguard has internal targets for minority representation, it hasn’t yet communicated those targets publicly.Recent events have prompted other institutions to enhance their initiatives. Manulife announced it would spend $3.5 million over two years to build “employment opportunities, training and community support in the workplace and the communities [it serves].”Edward Jones released a four-part statement that includes a commitment to “equitable pay” and a “meaningful increase in diversity among our financial advisors and senior leadership.”Gunn said his firm preferred to commit publicly without first deciding on metrics in order to hold itself accountable, noting that he hopes to have concrete objectives by 2021.Changing the systemExecutives pointed out that finding the best candidate and incorporating diversity into staffing practices are not mutually exclusive.“There’s a clear correlation between diverse teams and their outperformance in their organizations,” Langston says. “Everyone’s better off when there are diverse teams in play. There is better decision-making, better outcomes for clients and benefits for the whole enterprise.”Ganesan says there are still structural barriers to finding the best candidate. Systemic change is needed to level the playing field in terms of access to education, a network and professional opportunities. “Lived experience has never been looked at as a criteria for being able to do a job, but I think it’s about time that it is,” he says.Chamberlain agrees.“We as a country are only going to achieve greatness if we can tap into the potential of all our talent. If we are aware that there are groups facing barriers to entry, it’s our responsibility to investigate that,” he says. “It’s not about lowering the bar, it’s about widening the door. Inclusion is not a zero-sum game.”Executives also acknowledged that eliminating systemic racism goes beyond improving staffing and representation.“Anti-Black racism manifests itself in a number of forms,” Chamberlain says. “Bias also shows up in the education system [and] the broader world of finance.”He says CIBC is working to understand “the needs of our Black clients and working to disrupt any bias that [may] exist in terms of client interactions.”RBC stated in a July release that it will commit to lending $100 million over five years to Black entrepreneurs, and will establish a program to bring business experts and community leaders together “to share ideas and best practices to advance growth for Black-owned businesses.”Langston says her next challenge is helping people take concrete actions toward eliminating systemic racism. She’s received several emails from Vanguard employees asking how they can move beyond awareness, and she replies with small yet powerful immediate actions: ask colleagues how they are feeling about recent events, listen “with the intent to understand and not to reply,” and interrupt bias in everyday conversations, which “could look like asking questions, or challenging a stereotype,” she says.She knows real change requires a long-term commitment. “This work is more nebulous than selling a product or building a client solution — this is a mindset shift in a deep way,” she says.“[We need] to ensure that education continues, and that it doesn’t just happen in the couple of months following the things that happened to Ahmaud [Arbery], Breonna [Taylor], George [Floyd] and countless others.”This article was updated on July 17 with information released by Manulife and Sun Life after this piece was first published.Read another article that addresses systemic racism in wealth management and an article that examines investing options that address racial justice. 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Haiti’s Chairmanship of CARICOM Uncertain

first_imgRelatedHaiti’s Chairmanship of CARICOM Uncertain Haiti’s Chairmanship of CARICOM Uncertain Foreign AffairsJanuary 24, 2010 Advertisements RelatedHaiti’s Chairmanship of CARICOM Uncertaincenter_img RelatedHaiti’s Chairmanship of CARICOM Uncertain FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Haiti’s ability to assume the chairmanship of CARICOM is now uncertain following the devastating January 12 earthquake, which has left the country in a chaotic state.President of Haiti, Rene Preval, was slated to assume the chairmanship when the term by Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerritt, comes to an end on June 30.However, during a press conference yesterday (Jan. 22), which was hosted by the CARICOM Secretariat and linked by satellite to journalists in several member states, Secretary-General of CARICOM, Dr. Edwin Carrington, stated that the matter would be reviewed.“All I can say at this stage is that the matter will be looked at, is being looked at, as to whether Haiti will want to, (or) would be able to, and if not, who will replace them. It’s a matter, which has not been missed and which is pretty close to conclusion,” Dr. Carrington informed.He noted that consultations would have to be held with all the CARICOM Heads of Government before a decision can be reached on the matter.Any decision regarding Haiti’s chairmanship will also affect the Bureau of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, which comprises the current Chairman; the outgoing and incoming Chairmen; and the Secretary-General.last_img read more

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Bankruptcy restrictions extended for former Chief Executive

first_imgBankruptcy restrictions extended for former Chief Executive Christopher Michael Hutcheson (72) of Wrotham Heath, Kent, received a four-year Bankruptcy Restrictions Order (BRO) from the High Court.He is now banned from running limited companies and must disclose his status when he attempts to secure £500 or more in credit.The Official Receiver found that Christopher Hutcheson had transferred his share of the sale proceeds of his family home in September 2017 amounting to more than £328,000.Christopher Hutcheson transferred the money five months before applying for his own bankruptcy in February 2018 despite having promised the proceeds of the sale to the tax authorities, the court heard.The Judge found that some of the evidence put forward by Christopher Hutcheson to explain these transactions were disingenuous.A Bankruptcy Restrictions Order was made at the High Court by Chief Insolvency and Companies Judge Briggs on 5 November.Fiona Cushley, Deputy Official Receiver at the Insolvency Service, said:Christopher Hutcheson disposed of his only tangible asset to his wife knowing that this money should be shared amongst all of his creditors.Christopher Hutcheson was in business for many years and knew how the tax regime works. This transfer only happened after the tax authorities started asking for payment.The result of this case shows that further restrictions can be made if people do not follow the rules of bankruptcy and the Insolvency Service will not hesitate to take action where appropriate.NotesChristopher Michael Hutcheson is of Wrotham Heath in Kent and his date of birth is 14/05/1948.He was the former Chief Executive of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited.Bankruptcy restrictions are wide ranging. The effects are the same whether you are subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or to an undertaking. Guidance on the main statutory consequences flowing from a bankruptcy restrictions order or undertaking. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, court, Family, gordon, Government, High Court, money, running, tax, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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Australia and India pad up for Gabba Fourth Test

first_imgAustralia and India pad up for Gabba Fourth Test JOINT STATEMENTThe Australia versus India Fourth Test at the Gabba on Friday will go ahead.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was good news for Queensland cricket fans.“Like most elite events last year which saw Queensland host several sporting bubbles, COVID-19 has made preparing for Friday’s Test anything but routine,” the Premier said.“We’ll keep listening to the strong medical advice of the Chief Health Officer to keep Queenslanders safe and our economy strong.“The Fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Gabba is no exception.”Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said new health precautions would apply to the Fourth Test at the Gabba.“These new precautions for the Gabba will allow the Test to continue safety and help us to protect Queenslanders and players,” Dr Young said.They include:Maximum daily capacity at Gabba to be capped at 50 per cent, or approximately 18,000 spectators per day;Mandatory mask-wearing for game entry and exit and while moving around the stadium, including when buying food and drink;An allocated checkerboard seating layout for social distancing; andExisting tickets to be refunded by Cricket Australia and new ticketing arrangements put in place by CA to enable social distancing of spectators. “These precautions for the fourth Test are consistent with the SCG and the MCG for the earlier Tests to reduce the risk of seeding COVID, particularly the new UK strain we’ve detected in Greater Brisbane,” Dr Young said.Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said it was important people adhered to the rules to ensure a safe event.“These are small sacrifices to make to ensure we can enjoy cricket at the Gabba and keep Queenlsanders safe,” the Minister said.“I want to thank Cricket Australia and the BCCI for working closely with the Chief Health Officer and the Queensland Government to make this a COVID-safe Test.“With the extraordinary spirit of cooperation behind the scenes, I’m confident we’re going to witness a great Test at the Gabba this week.”Nick Hockley, CA’s Interim CEO, said the ongoing safety of fans, staff, players, broadcast partners and match officials is the number one priority ahead of the fourth Vodafone Test in Brisbane. “We have been working closely with Queensland Health to ensure our strong biosecurity plans guarantees the fourth Test at the Gabba is played safely,” he said. “Throughout the season, we have developed a strong track record for a safe and responsible return to sport thanks to our well-established biosecurity protocols, the ongoing support from public health officials and the incredible hard work of so many people across Australian cricket. “I want to thank the Queensland Government for their cooperation and willingness to working closely with CA and the BCCI so we can deliver the fourth Test as planned, but more importantly delivering on a plan that places the safety and wellbeing of the players, match officials and the wider community as a top priority,” Hockley said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Brisbane, community, covid-19, Cricket Australia, Government, Minister, Palaszczuk, public health, QLD, Queensland, Queensland Health, Stirling, UK, Vodafone, younglast_img read more

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Broken Hill to host a Getting Women Elected forum

first_imgBroken Hill to host a Getting Women Elected forum Wentworth ShireBroken Hill City Council will be hosting a free Australian Local Government’s Women’s Association forum on Friday 11 June 2021 at 4:00pm.These forums are currently being held for member councils across NSW for potential women candidates.The forum is run by ALGWA Executive members, with input from female councillors from the host council.The commencement of the forum includes a welcome speech by the host council Mayor, followed by the first half of the presentation by ALGWA.Half-way through there will be a short break, before the final part of the presentation.A Q&A will follow at the conclusion of the presentation.ALGWA requires all attendees to fill in a feedback form.The content will cover the current climate across NSW in local government, particularly a snapshot of female representation and the steps involved in running as a candidate for local government.It will also involve discussion of the lives experiences of councillors in the ALGWA executive from all walks of life.Potential attendees can register for the in-person or online forum at https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/Community/Events-Calendar/Getting-Women-Elected-Forum. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Broken Hill, climate, council, elected, Government, Internet, local council, Local Government, NSW, online, running, Wentworth, womenlast_img read more

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‘Keep us in mind:’ Medical community urges restraint during Thanksgiving holiday

first_img‘Keep us in mind:’ Medical community urges restraint during Thanksgiving holidayPosted by Chris BrownDate: Monday, November 16, 2020in: Newsshare 0 With COVID-19 trends headed the wrong way, doctors warn gatherings could push hospital capacity to its limitVANCOUVER — Just two months ago, Clark County was averaging 28 new cases of COVID-19 per day. Four weeks ago it was 42 cases per day. Today, that rate is closer to 120 per day, and growing.“They are going up at an alarming rate,” said Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick in a Zoom call with local media on Monday. “Our data show that the case numbers are increasing across all age groups and demographics, with those between the ages of 20 to 49 consistently having the highest numbers of new confirmed cases.”Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County public health officer, urges the public to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings during a Zoom call with the media on Monday. Photo via ZoomDr. Alan Melnick, Clark County public health officer, urges the public to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings during a Zoom call with the media on Monday. Photo via ZoomThe concern of Public Health, Melnick noted, is that cases tend to spread from younger populations to older people, who are much more at risk from the virus.Over the weekend, Clark County Public health reported 310 new COVID-19 cases, and one death. It was the highest three-day total during the pandemic, and brings the total to 6,470 cases and 80 deaths. The county hit 5,000 cases just 12 days ago.COVID-19-related hospitalizations hit 56 on Monday, including six presumed cases, accounting for 8.9 percent of licensed bed space in the county.Clark County Public Health also adjusted the way they’re reporting other available bed space. As of Friday, they were reporting available ICU beds as a percentage of all total beds, rather than licensed ICU bed space. After the adjustment, 25 percent of ICU beds in the county are available. Just under 82 percent of the county’s “acute care beds” were filled as of Monday.“We, the folks in the healthcare system will be here for you, for your family, and our community,” said Raymond Lee, MD, chief medical officer with PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. “But this is also where we most urgently need your help, and asking you to be there for us.”Raymond Lee, MD, chief medical director for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center speaks during a media conference call on Monday. Photo via ZoomRaymond Lee, MD, chief medical director for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center speaks during a media conference call on Monday. Photo via ZoomLee said doctors treating COVID-19 patients have “developed a rhythm and a standardized approach” that is helping to prevent many more deaths than earlier in the pandemic, and bring down the mortality rate of the virus.Still, he warned, a surge in new cases could lead to reduced quality of care for others needing medical attention.“We do our best when we operate within our resources,” Lee said. “Help us avoid the surge that could overwhelm the system.”Already, Hoa Ly, MD, medical director at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center said they’ve cut back on elective procedures by 25 percent in order to prepare for the surge.Ly acknowledged that many are dealing with “pandemic fatigue,” but it’s no different for hospital workers faced with the realities of the virus each day, he said.Hoa Ly, MD, medical director at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, speaks during a Zoom call with the media on Monday. Photo via ZoomHoa Ly, MD, medical director at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, speaks during a Zoom call with the media on Monday. Photo via Zoom“It takes a big emotional and physical toll on the staff,” said Ly, “seeing a patient getting really sick, not being able to have family members. Some of them we have to talk to through an interpreter.”As medical director, Ly said it has been challenging to maintain the morale of the doctors and nurses under his care.“We all try,” he said, “and I know we’ve failed. We all do … We have to deal with this every day, and our fear is there. It’s there.”Even so, Ly admitted that it is a difficult thing to ask members of the community to make as large a sacrifice as giving up gathering on Thanksgiving, or perhaps even Christmas.“It’s very hard for us to overcome those emotions, get ourselves together and make those tough decisions,” Ly acknowledged. “We are social animals, we need to meet with people. And we have delayed that for a long time.”The experts on Monday’s call fully acknowledged that the pandemic isn’t just about the virus. Lockdowns, masks, physical distancing, and remote learning have all led to a concerning rise in mental health trauma, addiction, and even suicide.Dr. Ly’s recommendation to handle the stress is to take each day one at a time, and focus on the fact that your sacrifice is helping to slow a virus blamed for over 250,000 deaths in the United States, and 1.3 million people worldwide.“It’s very difficult, I am with you. But we also are spiritual beings, we are fully capable of making sacrifices for a higher calling,” Ly said. “The virus is very dangerous, and powerful. But the virus can only do what we allow it to do.”While orders issued Sunday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee permit social gatherings if participants can quarantine for 14 days ahead of time, or 7 days with a negative COVID test no more than 48 hours ahead of time, the doctors on Monday’s media briefing said they wouldn’t recommend any socializing outside of your immediate family.“Testing can give you a false sense of security,” said Dr. Alfred Seekamp, Chief Medical Officer at The Vancouver Clinic. “You are most symptomatic when you don’t know it. And, if you have a negative test 48 hours ago, and you are brewing the virus, you may be at your peak during that Thanksgiving dinner.”Melnick added that his department is well aware of the sacrifice they’re asking people to make, giving up a Thanksgiving gathering.“This is the poster child holiday for family gatherings,” he said. “And, given the isolation people have been feeling from the pandemic, and the want and need for social interaction, the Thanksgiving holiday is really tempting for folks, given their pandemic fatigue. And that is exactly what I’m concerned about.”For now, both major hospitals in Clark County say they remain below capacity, and can stretch to accept more patients if necessary. And, while doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers are better equipped to weather this surge, the primary concern is that over-stressed healthcare providers lead to lesser outcomes. “When we talk about hospital resources, we’re not just talking about beds,” said Melnick. “We’re talking about the doctors and the nurses and the other caregivers.”Melnick said the public needs to be aware that a viral outbreak without any natural immunity or vaccine currently available can quickly become “exponential,” with numbers accelerating as the virus spreads.“If we wait until we get to that point, then it’s like turning the Titanic around,” said Melnick. “We have hospital capacity, but there’s a lag between transmission, getting infected, getting sick, and then requiring hospitalization. And that can be several weeks.”Clark County Public Health data for October showed 42 percent of cases for which an infection origin could be determined happened within the same household. While that may seem like a lot, experts say it means well over half of cases are originating outside the home.Most of those (20 percent) were from social gatherings of 1-49 people, with the vast majority of those happening in small gatherings of less than 10.“The stakes of our personal decision before us right now cannot be higher,” said Lee. “I think all personal decisions about adhering to ways to temper the spread of the virus will have a tremendous impact on whether our hospitals are overwhelmed in two weeks or not.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyCovid-19LatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Yacolt Mountain Quarry issued citations for holiday operation; discrepancies addressed by county Next : Governor Inslee Press ConferenceAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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When Trumpism Comes to Santa Monica, Kids Lose

first_imgHomeletterWhen Trumpism Comes to Santa Monica, Kids Lose May. 20, 2021 at 11:00 amletterLettersNewsOpinionWhen Trumpism Comes to Santa Monica, Kids LoseGuest Author3 weeks agoletter to the editorNews Growing up through the Bush and Obama years, politics were always contentious. Until 2016 though, I never fully appreciated just how ugly and bizarre things could get. One could call me naive, but frankly I never expected that nearly half of a Republican nominee’s voters would believe—with zero evidence—that the Democratic nominee for President ran a child sex ring out of the basement of a pizza parlor that didn’t even have a basement. And, aside from the rise of conspiracy theories, I didn’t expect the discourse of a major political party to devolve to the level of “[insert Sleepy Joe/Crooked Hillary] and the Democrats want to destroy America.” Even as I was forced to swallow that new national political reality, as a proud Santa Monican I at least clung to the hope that such juvenile disdain for truth and decency would not overrun my progressive hometown.Now that was naive. At this point, I should say that my mother is SMMUSD Boardmember Laurie Lieberman. I can speak firsthand to the seemingly endless, uncompensated hours she spends working her tail off to improve our schools for each and every kid in this district. I can also speak firsthand to the disgusting, Trumpian, QAnon-esque allegations that a handful of perpetually aggrieved individuals have hurled at my mother, her colleagues, and my family in recent months. I won’t waste anyone’s time or brain cells by detailing each allegation, but my personal favorite is the notion that my mom ran for School Board for the purpose of pursuing grandiose construction/real estate deals to benefit my dad’s law firm. There is quite literally not even a speck of truth to this claim. At its core, it’s a conspiracy theory alleging that a female public official only ran for office to do her husband’s financial bidding. It’s sexist garbage, full stop. Again, it’s also demonstrably false.Here are some relevant facts. I am a third-generation Samohi graduate. My grandfather was student body president back in the ‘40s. My mom’s mom was a professor of education at Columbia and Stanford, my mom’s sister is a history professor, and my sister is a third-grade public school teacher. My mom has been a dedicated public servant in Santa Monica for decades. Someone with an ounce of interest in the truth might have inquired into my mom’s background—in particular how deeply education, especially public education in Santa Monica, is ingrained within her values—before launching a baseless, pathetic character assassination campaign premised on an irrational personal vendetta against a good person.The recall proponents’ tactics are simply a local manifestation of troubling national trends toward a politics of anger, dishonesty, and presumption of worst intentions. No public servant or member of the public deserves to be subjected to these reprehensible smear tactics in Santa Monica.Please stand up to oppose the SMMUSD recall and encourage your friends and family to do the same. As Vice President Kamala Harris stressed ad nauseam in 2020, “we are better than this.”Peter HardingTags :letter to the editorNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCalifornia readies to prevent blackouts, but threats remainPublic Health Connects Businesses to Mobile VaccinationsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agolast_img read more

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Aussie rookie Murray warms up in pro shop, shoots 63 to lead NZ Open

first_imgARROWTOWN, New Zealand – Australian rookie Zach Murray shot an 8-under 63, the best round of his fledgling professional career, to share the first-round lead at the 100th New Zealand Open on Thursday with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Harry Bateman. The 21-year-old from Wodonga in Victoria state, who turned pro in October, had four birdies on each nine. Tokimatsu birdied the last two holes to claim his share of the lead, while Bateman eagled the 17th and birdied the 18th in the last group of the day to ensure New Zealand had a player atop the leaderboard in its centenary Open. Full-field scores from the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open Murray was unaffected by cool conditions which saw new snowfall on The Remarkables mountain range which surrounds The Hills golf course at Arrowtown in New Zealand’s South Island. He tried to purchase a thermal top at the pro shop but it had none in his size. ”It was a strange warm-up for me,” Murray said. ”I hit about five balls and I was like ‘I’m not going to get warm’ and so I just sat in the pro shop and waited until the sun came out, hit a couple of putts and off I went. I do that back at home when I’m just playing with my mates so I suppose I might have to do that more often.” Japan’s Kodai Ichihara is in fourth place after a 65, two strokes behind. Three players share fourth place after 66s – Panuphol Pittayarat and Australians Ashley Hall and Maverick Antcliff.last_img read more

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