Fears raised over transfer times for children needing transplants

first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 5th 2017, 7:21 PM A TD HAS called on the HSE to immediately clarify what contingency measures are in place for transporting transplant patients.This is after a confidential report from the chief executive of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin to the board of directors said that current travel arrangements are “unsustainable”.The report – which was seen by Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly and RTÉ’s This Week programme – expresses serious concerns about the viability of travel arrangements for organ donor patients.According to RTÉ, the report points to staffing difficulties with pilots and air traffic controllers as a reason for delayed transport times for patients.It states that the HSE’s National Aeromedical Command Centre (NACC) (which is run by the National Ambulance Service) notified the hospital that staffing difficulties meant “transport of and transport timelines for Priority 1 children called for heart and liver transplants to the UK could not be guaranteed over the Christmas holiday period”.O’Reilly has now called on the HSE to outline what contingency measures are in place for children who are in high priority need for an organ transplant“This is very worrying and the HSE need to outline in detail what contingency arrangements are in place for children who are priority 1 on the transplant list,” she said.These desperately ill children and their families need clarity from the HSE about what arrangements are in place.In a statement to This Week, the HSE said it was “aware of pilot and air traffic personnel issues within the Irish Air Corps regarding the aeromedical services for paediatric organ transplant patients. Consequently, the availability of fixed wing aircraft for such transfers has recently been reduced”.It also said it has “engaged with the Irish Coast Guard and private air ambulance providers in an effort to ensure that contingency arrangements are in place. These services will be utilised when needed and as available”.Read: Citizens’ Assembly chair says balance ‘fundamental’ following criticism from anti-abortion groupsRead: Minister who got job after coin toss to swap role with close ally by August Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 7:21 PM Short URL Share4 Tweet Email Fears raised over transfer times for children needing transplants A confidential hospital report has said that current travel arrangements are “unsustainable”. 4 Comments Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland http://jrnl.ie/3224174 5,985 Views last_img read more

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Press council rules that controversial cartoon of Serena Williams was not racist

first_img Serena Williams reacts during after receiving a game penalty at the US Open Women’s Final last year Image: UPI/PA Images By Stephen McDermott 25 Comments Image: UPI/PA Images Monday 25 Feb 2019, 12:00 PM Press council rules that controversial cartoon of Serena Williams was ‘not racist’ and in public interest The cartoon was published following Williams’ behaviour at the US Open last year. Serena Williams reacts during after receiving a game penalty at the US Open Women’s Final last year Share151 Tweet Email center_img Feb 25th 2019, 12:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/4511704 35,137 Views THE AUSTRALIAN PRESS Council has ruled that a controversial cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams did not breach media press standards.The cartoon by illustrator Mark Knight, published by the Melbourne-based Herald Sun newspaper last September, showed Williams reacting angrily during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open.Williams was depicted with her mouth open wide, wither her hands in fists, and jumping above a broken tennis racket and a baby’s soother.An umpire was also shown telling a blonde woman – meant to be Osaka -”Can you just let her win?”It followed Williams’ behaviour in the final, when she received a warning from the chair umpire for receiving coaching from the sidelines before emphatically defending herself and smashing her racket in frustration a short time later.After being docked a point, the 23-time major winner protested and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalised her a game point. Source: Twitter/@damonheraldsunHowever, critics claimed the cartoon showed a stereotype of black women, depicting Williams as an irate, big-mouthed black woman jumping up and down.The Australian Press Council also said it had received complaints from people who believed the cartoon was racist and sexist.In response, the Herald Sun claimed the cartoon used “satire, caricature, exaggeration, and humor” to depict an event of public interest.And in a ruling published today, the press council said it accepted the newspaper’s contention the cartoon was in response to Williams’ behaviour during the match.The council said that while it “acknowledged that some readers found the cartoon offensive”, there was sufficient public interest in commenting on the behaviour of an athlete with a global profile.“Concern was expressed that the cartoon depicted Ms Williams with large lips, a broad flat nose, a wild afro-styled ponytail hairstyle different to that worn by Ms Williams during the match and positioned in an ape-like pose,” the council said in a statement.“The council considered that the cartoon uses exaggeration and absurdity to make its point but accepts the publisher’s claim that it does not depict Ms Williams as an ape, rather showing her as ‘spitting the dummy’, a non-racist caricature familiar to most Australian readers.”It added that the Herald Sun argued that the cartoon was not intended to depict any race or gender negatively, and was drawn in a style that the cartoonist had used over several decades.Knight responded positively to the council’s findings, telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he was “very happy” with the ruling.“I will not be changing the way I draw cartoons because I think I’m a very free and fair cartoonist and I accept issues on their merits and draw them as such,” he said. With reporting from Associated Press. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Jayne: Time to dispense with belief that tax cuts equal jobs

first_img Let’s get this out of the way: The best path for improving your lot in life and reducing your personal income inequality is to develop marketable skills for which somebody is willing to pay.Attaining an education, securing an apprenticeship to learn a trade, building a better mousetrap — any of these can help you get all boot-strappy to increase your income and improve your future.That, after all, is the American way — well, that or winning the lottery. Or so we like to think. But the reality is that the current system is not working for too many people, and in the process that system cannibalizes itself.A year ago, a Harvard University study surveyed millennials — young adults between 18 and 29 — and found that 42 percent of them support capitalism while 51 percent do not support our economic system. In additional to making Alexander Hamilton roll over in his grave, this does not bode well for the future of a system that has served us pretty darn well for about 245 years.But rather than decry this as the inevitable result of an everybody-gets-a-trophy, everybody-wants-something-for-free generation that has produced a collective group of special snowflakes, there is a more productive response. Greg Jayne, Opinion page editorlast_img read more

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Two killed one injured after boiler explodes in Srikakulam

first_imgSrikakulam: Two people were killed and a person was grievously injured after a boiler at Aurobindo Pharmaceuticals in Phydibhimavaram of Ranastalam mandal in Srikakulam exploded here on Sunday. The deceased are identified as Rahul Kumar and Raja Rao while the injured Sanyasi Rao has been shifted to a private hospital for treatment. The blast is learned to have occurred due to excess pressure in the boiler. Meanwhile, the activists of CITU demanded action against the management.last_img

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Despite It All Give Thanks

first_imgWith a little more than two weeks before the 45th President of the United States takes office, there continues to be much gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands here and around the globe.Perhaps for good reason; Donald Trump continues his seemingly naive (and some argue treasonous) infatuation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and recently Trump has begun taunting (via Twitter of course) the dangerously unstable Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un. Without delving into the much publicized details of each scenario, both Trump entanglements could have catastrophic consequences.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)In the words of the venerable Hip Hop trio De La Soul, “Stakes is high.”And the American people seem to have little confidence in the incoming president’s ability, well, to do much of anything competently.According to the results of a Gallup Poll published January 2, less than half of Americans believe Trump can handle several duties and his numbers lag woefully behind former recent incoming Presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.Only 44 percent of respondents believe Trump could prevent major scandals in his administration, compared to 74 percent for Obama and 77 percent for Bush as they entered the Oval Office. Only 46 percent believe in Trump’s capacity to handle an international crisis, compared to 73 percent for Obama, 71 percent for Bush and 70 percent for Clinton. And according to Gallup, only 47 percent of Americans believe Trump will use the military wisely, as opposed to 71 percent for Obama and 78 percent for Bush.Despite the signs, which foreshadow bedlam in the White House, in Baltimore we are forced to confront our own collective madness as we exit yet another murderous year of epic violence.2016 was the second most deadly year (318 homicides) on record, only behind 2015 (344 homicides). In comparison, New York City, with a population of 8,550,405 (more than 10 times the population of Baltimore’s 620,961) had 334 homicides.Further, the population of people experiencing homelessness is burgeoning, affordable housing seems more scarce and Baltimore City Public Schools is reeling under a massive fiscal deficit.Despite of our challenges, the last live broadcast of First Edition for 2016, focused on “gratitude,” and shed light on the vital community work of a group of dynamic leaders, including Ericka Bridgeford, director of training for Community Mediation Maryland.“I am most grateful for the ability to love who I am. You know, being a Black girl from inner city West Baltimore with one hand, I spent a lot of my life believing other people’s perceptions of me… I am grateful for learning what loving me looks like and feels like and I’m so appreciative of who I am in the world,” she added.All too often we fall prey to, `other people’s perceptions of us.’Despite of what much of the world, the national media and millions of non-Baltimoreans (with minds infused with “Wire” inspired fantasies), think about us, perhaps we should pray and meditate on the real strength of our city, its resilient people.There are literally thousands of brilliant, courageous and innovative people who plunge into the streets of our city everyday and do the thankless, hard work that sustains thousands of others operating on the fringes of our communities.The foundation of our neighborhoods are families of every configuration imaginable who hold it down for each other and others, day in and day out fueled by unconditional love.On Christmas Day, I sat down with one of my favorite families, the family of one of my dearest friends, Lisa Respers France. I met Lisa when she was a young reporter for the Sun back in the mid 1990’s (we’ve been friends ever since), now she’s a senior writer for CNN digital. Breaking bread with her family and savoring her mother, Patricia “Ms. Pat” Respers’ food (arguably the best in Northwest Baltimore) and sipping on brown liquor has been our Christmas tradition for a couple of decades. In Lisa’s words, “decades of love, yo.”What a wonderful way to wind down what for many was a disastrous 2016.Despite the good days, bad days and halfway days (to take a line from D’Angelo), we made it out of 2016. And, we have another year, another chance to make things better.So, give thanks.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO, and host and executive producer of, AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 pm.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img
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Microsoft Net Framework 472 released

first_imgMicrosoft .Net Framework 4.7.2 released by Martin Brinkmann on May 01, 2018 in Windows – 5 commentsMicrosoft .Net Framework 4.7.2 is a new version of Microsoft’s .Net Framework. The new version is integrated in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update release; if you run older versions of Windows, you may download and install the new version to update the framework to the latest version.Microsoft released updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as well as Windows 7 versions 1607, 1703 and 1709.Windows users and administrators may download a web installer or offline installer. The Web Installer is just a small-sized installer which downloads the .Net Framework 4.7.2 from Microsoft servers during installation; the offline installer is a bigger download but it does not require an Internet connection during installation.Download information for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2Note: the downloads are for all supported versions of Windows including Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 on the client-side, and Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on the server-side.You don’t need to download and install the new version if you run Windows 10 version 1803 as it is included already.Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 web installer for WindowsMicrosoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 offline installer for WindowsThe offline installer has a size of 68 Megabytes.Microsoft lists new features of the .NET Framework 4.7.2. on this Microsoft Docs page. Here are the highlights:The .NET Framework 4.7.2 features a large number of cryptographic enhancements, better decompression support for ZIP archives, and additional collection APIs.Support for ephemeral keys.ASP.NET Support for same-site cookies.ASP.NET Support for dependency injection in Web FormsSQLClient Support for Azure Active Directory Universal Authentication and Multi-Factor authenticationSQLClient Support for Always Encrypted version 2HDPI-aware applications for Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) can all be deployed by using ClickOnceWindows Presentation Foundation Support for Finding ResourceDictionaries by Source, Finding ResourceDictionary owners, and Finding ResourceDictionary owners.Closing WordsShould you update right away? In my opinion, it is probably better to wait and see if the new version causes any issues before you upgrade unless you need it for work or development right away.I suggest you use the offline installer to update as it is less error-prone and reduces the connections your device makes to Microsoft to install the new NET version.Now You: Which Microsoft .NET Framework version is installed on your device? (via Born)Related articlesBlocking .Net Framework 4.7 installationsMicrosoft releases .NET Framework 4.7Microsoft releases .NET Framework 4.7.1NET Framework verification and cleanup tools for Windows 10Run .Net Framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 on Windows 10SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft .Net Framework 4.7.2 releasedDescriptionMicrosoft .Net Framework 4.7.2 is a new version of Microsoft’s .Net Framework. The new version is integrated in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update release; if you run older versions of Windows, you may download and install the new version to update the framework to the latest version.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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HealthMyne Announces FDA Clearance of Imaging Analytics Package

first_imgTechnology | Analytics Software | April 22, 2016 HealthMyne Announces FDA Clearance of Imaging Analytics Package Analytics software package gets FDA clearance HealthMyne, an imaging informatics company, announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new analytics software package is designed to provide radiologists with significant workflow efficiencies related to oncology cases, as well as advanced decision support.New image characterization and tracking features are now provided in a comprehensive, quantitative imaging dashboard, which includes time-sequenced Epic EHR (Electronic Health Record) information. The analytics software also offers convenient tracking of a nodule or tumor over multiple, spatially registered imaging studies. This can reveal crucial information about whether the structure is growing, shrinking, or stable.Structure change can be particularly useful in monitoring and/or adjusting a patient’s treatment regime. Importantly, with cancer treatment options continuing to increase in both number and specificity, the HealthMyne software can provide valuable quantitative insight for improved clinical decision-making.Cancer screening programs can also benefit from nodule characterization. As an example, nodule growth is automatically identified by HealthMyne software for patients participating in lung cancer screening programs. This can be an indicator of potential nodule malignancy, and therefore, suggest extra scrutiny.“By automatically delineating the boundaries of a lung nodule (or tumor), our software can make other sophisticated measurements within those boundaries – such as quantitatively describing important properties like size, shape, and texture,” stated Roger Chylla, CTO for HealthMyne. “Physicians can examine these properties to make critical judgements about a patient’s prognosis, follow-up schedule, or how to best treat them.”For more information: www.healthymyne.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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Sir Richard Branson apologizes for Virgin Blues

first_imgSir Richard Branson has officially apologized for Virgin Blue’s recent technical troubles in an effort to appease customers who have been affected by delays. “It’s been a terrible 24 hours with the computer system going down,” he told Channel Seven in Jakarta yesterday. Virgin Blue staff nationwide were forced to process customers by hand following the collapse of the carrier’s computer check-in system on Sunday. This has led to a number of flight cancellations over the past two days and stranded passengers have been forced to put themselves up in hotels. Some Virgin Blue passengers were still unable to board flights last night, leading to a second night in alternative accommodation.Virgin Blue had no flights listed as cancelled on its website at 4:00am (AEST) today. Source = e-Travel Blackboard:C.Flast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Four Seasons Hotels and

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFour Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Berjaya Okinawa Development Co. Ltd  have revealed plans for a new development on the island of Okinawa, Japan. The project will debut as part of the development’s masterplan as Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa.Comprising more than 40 hectares of beachfront land, the project site is located along the western coast of the island, approximately 50 kilometres northeast of Naha International Airport. The resort will comprise 12 hectares of the project development land area, with 120 hotel rooms, 120 residences and 40 villas. It is expected to take approximately four years to complete with a total development cost of US$400 million and estimated gross development value of US$1 billion.The masterplan for Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa, including planning and landscape architecture, is developed by internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm EDSA Inc; Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Kuniken will serve as joint architects of the project. Kengo Kuma’s work has been internationally acknowledged and he was recently chosen to design Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games.The vision is to create a destination that portrays the cultural heritage of Okinawa island along with its natural landscape and resources. The resort will be anchored by a resident beach club nestled on the east side, where guests – as well as homeowners – will be able to access the beach. Additionally, the low-density layout of the resort will allow guests and homeowners to access every amenity by foot, bicycles or golf carts. The resort facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, specialty dining and lounge, retail shops and recreation facilities, as well as public grounds and gardens.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Cheap flights carrier Monarch has announced that i

first_imgCheap flights carrier Monarch has announced that it will be launching new services to Ibiza as part of its 2009 summer schedule.Tickets for the new routes, which operate from London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham, went on sale on Friday (December 5th), with prices starting at £47. The flights will commence on May 21st and operate until October 5th.Commenting on the new Ibiza services, Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled division, said: “The success of our flights to Ibiza over the past two years has been staggering and we are delighted to once again be operating flights to the White Isle for summer 2009.”Flights will depart from Gatwick and Manchester five times a week, while four weekly flights will operate from Birmingham.A recent poll conducted by the airline revealed that people in the UK were still willing to book flights to the Mediterranean despite the effects of the credit crunch.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMyAir adds Ibiza flightsMyAir adds Ibiza flightsMonarch to launch cheap flights to SantoriniMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.Monarch makes Manchester rock of Gibraltar servicesMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.last_img read more

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June 30 2017Welcome to the June 25 2017 workshop

first_imgJune 30, 2017Welcome to the June 25. 2017 workshop participants.top from left: Alexander Lövgren from Sweden, Alexander’s father Ivan Takacs from Sweden [seminar + wk 2], Vaite Boosieupper middle from left: Chile Chilelli, Rei Champion, Sarah Kelley, Samuel Rayburn, Camille Bechier from France [seminar + wk 2], Aman Sinha from India, Chris Hatherill from Hong Kong [seminar + wk 2]middle from left: Du Hao from UK [wkshp + construction internship], Jennifer Curtis  [wkshp + planning internship], Grant Mueller, Paula Kessler [seminar week] and her daughter Jordy Brown [seminar week]front from left:Christian Sawyer, Jesse Fernandezlast_img read more

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Committee approves Glenn bill to allow conceal carry at armories

first_img Categories: Glenn News A bill sponsored by Rep. Gary Glenn, of Larkin Township, to protect gun rights for Michigan National Guard members, received unanimous, bipartisan support from the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today.National Guardsmen, including full and part-time personnel, who hold a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) would be permitted to carry their personally owned concealed pistol while on the premises of a National Guard armory or recruiting office under the legislation.“National Guard members should have the ability to concealed carry their personal firearms while in National Guard property in order to properly defend themselves and the location,” said Glenn, who served eight years in the Army Reserves and Army National Guard including the 1460th Transportation Company headquartered in Midland.The bill puts into law the current practice of the state’s National Guard, ensuring the practice will continue in the futureThe bill now moves to the House floor for further consideration by the full House. 30May Committee approves Glenn bill to allow conceal carry at armorieslast_img read more

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Rep Whiteford New school year brings record state funding

first_img With K-12 schools all over Michigan opening or preparing to open their classrooms to a new school year, Rep. Mary Whiteford today said school districts will have a record amount of state funding on tap.Whiteford, of Casco Township, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, said budget planners worked hard to increase per-student funding for every school district in Michigan by $60 to $120.“We consider this an investment in our children’s future so they will be best prepared to pursue a career tailored to them. Whether their next step is college, a career in the trades, or an entry level job, it’s important that we have options for our children’s education,” Whiteford said. “On top of the per-student increase, we also are allocating $25 extra for each high-school student in the state, which will help offset the increased costs of providing a balanced high-school education.”The school budget also increases funding for career technical education so more students who enter the workforce right after high school can be trained for in-demand jobs.“There is a shortage of qualified skilled tradesmen and women for all the good-paying positions available with Michigan job creators,” Whiteford said. “We want to give young adults the tools they need so they can succeed in these skilled-trades jobs.”Whiteford was involved in budget discussions this spring and voted for the funding increases.School districts in communities represented by Whiteford will receive the following estimated increases:Allegan Public Schools, $606,675;Bloomingdale Public School District, $304,911;Fennville Public Schools, $362,069;Glenn Public School District, $6,050;Hamilton Community Schools, $612, 313;Holland City School District, $925,641;Hopkins Public Schools, $388,402;Innocademy Allegan Campus , $15,825;Martin Public Schools , $142,111;Otsego Public Schools, $458,226;Outlook Academy, $8,995;Plainwell Community Schools, $579,279;Saugatuck Public Schools, $112,055;South Haven Public Schools, $441,272 ; ##### Categories: News,Whiteford Newscenter_img 29Aug Rep. Whiteford: New school year brings record state fundinglast_img read more

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Rep Leutheuser supports resolution extending public safety protection

first_img Measure enables sheriff to patrol city, village streets State Rep. Eric Leutheuser today applauded a resolution that extends funding for the Branch County Sheriff’s Department to continue patrols of city and village streets in the county.Leutheuser, of Hillsdale, said budget challenges have forced some municipalities to cut local police department ranks, and county patrols have stepped in to help maintain public safety. The resolution, introduced by state Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis, extends secondary road funding to county sheriff’s departments so they can provide patrols to municipalities that have reduced their police departments because of economic hardship.“This resolution is vital to cities and villages in Branch County, which have had particular economic challenges that forced many of them to reduce municipal police forces,” Leutheuser said. “If this resolution was not adopted, sheriff’s patrols would not have the necessary state funding to help protect people in these communities.”The measure was approved today by the House Appropriations Committee and now goes to the full House for consideration.##### 20Sep Rep. Leutheuser supports resolution extending public safety protectioncenter_img Categories: Leutheuser News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Cole votes to end driver responsibility fees on Oct 1

first_img All outstanding debt forgiven under plan 14Feb Rep. Cole votes to end driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1 Categories: Cole News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Triston Cole today voted for bills that are part of a legislative package to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt by Oct. 1.Cole, of Mancelona, said the senseless fees were contrived by a previous administration that was desperate for money after irresponsible spending created a budget shortfall. Although intended to improve the driving skills of those paying them, the fees did nothing but place families under financial hardship.“I was recently approached by a woman in Mio who told me about the devastating impact driver responsibility fees have had no her family and what a tremendous financial hardship it presented,” Cole said. “So many other Northern Michigan families have been negatively affected by these fees, and I am more than happy to vote for legislation that will relieve them of the obligations to pay an unnecessary fee.”The legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the bill thorough Dec. 31 that enables them to get their driver’s licenses back without paying a $125 restoration fee. People on monthly payment plans will receive immediate forgiveness, and others may participate in workplace development training programs to regain their driver’s licenses prior to Oct. 1.The bills now go to the governor for consideration.#####last_img read more

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Rep Calley School year begins with record K12 funding more skilled trades

first_imgAs classes resume in Barry and Ionia counties, students will return to familiar classrooms, teachers and friends.They also will be greeted by a record amount of K-12 funding, more skilled trades backing, and schools with additional security planning to keep them safe, said state Rep. Julie Calley, of Portland.“The Legislature has steadily increased Michigan’s investment in K-12 education during the past several years, and this budget is no exception,” Rep. Calley said. “The per-student amount increased in this budget by up to $240 over the current fiscal year, and every school district in the communities I represent will receive the full $240 per student.”Rep. Calley said more money is being directed toward providing students with the tools necessary to work in the skilled trades, including allocation of $100 million for the Marshall Plan for Talent.“Students need access to training which will equip them to fill the in-demand, high-paying careers available in today’s diversified economy,” Rep. Calley said.In the past two years, Rep. Calley has helped deliver an estimated $7.4 million funding increase for schools in Barry and Ionia counties. The overall school budget for the coming fiscal year totals $14.8 billion.More money will go into early literacy and special education programs this year, following up last year’s significant increase in funding for students who are considered at risk, either financially or academically.Rep. Calley said school safety is also a priority, with $25 million set aside statewide for grants to bolster building security, plus additional resources to expand the OK2SAY school safety tip reporting system.##### Overall $14.8 billion school aid budget takes effect Oct.1 24Aug Rep. Calley: School year begins with record K-12 funding, more skilled trades opportunitiescenter_img Categories: Calley News,Newslast_img read more

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Stories of Surviving Dire Poverty—in a Reddit Thread

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 14, 2015; Washington PostMax Ehrenfreund, a young blogger with the Washington Post, has compiled comments posted on a Reddit thread about how people survive in these United States while being poor, and the picture is amazing and distressing.“The poor pay more for everything, from rolls of toilet paper to furniture. It’s not because they’re spendthrifts, either,” Ehrenfreund writes about the story painted by the Reddit posts. “If you’re denied a checking account, there’s no way for you to avoid paying a fee to cash a paycheck. If you need to buy a car to get to work, you’ll have to accept whatever higher interest rate you’re offered. If you don’t have a car, the bus fare might eat up the change you’d save shopping at a larger grocery store as opposed to the local corner store.”According to one Reddit user, “When you are poor, the ‘system’ is set up to keep you that way.” Another wrote, “Growing up really poor means realizing in your twenties that Mommy was lying when she said she already ate.”“I buy ‘fish’ antibiotics online because I can’t afford health care…amoxicillin and such,” yet another Reddit user wrote. “Mostly for husband who has Lyme’s disease. We can’t afford our monthly health care rates. We are 30somethings in the US. Really feel like a ‘bottom feeder.’”Ehrenfreund references the “ghetto tax,” the economists’ concept of poor people having to pay higher costs associated with daily living. Examples include the expense of cashing checks, the higher rates of homeowner’s insurance in poor neighborhoods, higher costs associated with buying and insuring a car, the costs of installment plans for purchasing appliances, and more.The many additional examples in Ehrenfreund’s article are simply heartwrenching. The quotes from the Reddit users sound like stories from the Great Depression, as though they were retold by James Agee and photographed by Walker Evans, but they are stories of today—in a society that purportedly has recovered from a recession, is making some people extraordinarily wealthy, and producing record stock market returns. Nonprofits know this narrative all too well, but the American public generally doesn’t. That makes Ehrenfreund’s article—and the entire Reddit thread—important reality reading.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Texas Threatens Refugee Nonprofit with Legal Action for Noncompliance but Group Stands

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesNovember 30, 2015; CBS NewsAs readers know, NPQ has been covering the standoff between some resettlement nonprofits and state administrations that have attempted to order them not to serve Syrian refugees. In some cases, this is producing legal action against the states, which have no legal standing to exclude the newcomers, but in Texas, the state is threatening to sue one of the agencies for their noncompliance.A Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner sent a letter on November 25th to a nonprofit resettlement agency which is not complying with the state’s order to refrain from serving Syrian refugees or helping them to settle in Texas; in the letter, Commissioner Traylor threatened legal action if the agency did not contact his office by yesterday.The letter, which is embedded in full on the Houston Chronicle’s website, read in part:As you are aware, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) communicated to you and other resettlement agencies regarding the state’s concerns regarding the resettlement of certain Syrian refugees. Many of your fellow organizations expressed a willingness to work with the state to identify alternative outcomes for refugees from Syria who might otherwise relocate to Texas. However, we have been unable to achieve cooperation with your agency.Specifically, your agency insists on resettling certain refugees from Syria in the near future. I must ask that you fulfill your statutory duty to conduct your activities “in close cooperation and advance consultation” with the State of Texas pursuant to section 1522 of Title 8 of the United States Code. If you remain unwilling to cooperate with the state on this matter, we strongly believe that a failure to cooperate with the State on this matter violates federal law and your contract with the state.Rather than continue on your current path, in violation of the Governor’s directive, please contact my office no later than Monday, November 30, so that we can, indeed, work together “in close cooperation” as required by federal law.The nonprofit in question is the International Rescue Committee, which is based in New York and has been in existence since 1933.According to the Texas Tribune, the agency responded by letter that it has worked cooperatively with the state’s government for 40 years and wants to maintain a good relationship, but it will continue to provide resettlement assistance in Texas to all legally admitted refugees in accordance with Federal Guidelines and its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State. It also published a statement on its website yesterday, reading:The State of Texas has long been a safe haven for the world’s most vulnerable refugees. Refugees from Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan and, very recently, Syria, have all found sanctuary here, and the opportunity to live a productive and law-abiding life.The International Rescue Committee hopes that Texas will continue to honor this long-standing tradition and its commitment to the US Constitution, and would welcome the opportunity to meet with Governor Abbott and other state officials to discuss the resettlement of Syrian refugees.In response to statements about the state’s security, the statement says:Syrian refugees are the most vetted group of people to come to the United States. Apart from swimming the Atlantic Ocean, the refugee resettlement program is the most difficult way to enter the United States. Refugees go through rigorous security screenings. Multiple intelligence agencies are involved—from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Defense to the Department of State—and the screening process itself can take up to 24 months. Resettlement is only an option for the most vulnerable. Of the over four million refugees now living in limbo on Syria’s border, the U.S. government has committed to resettling a modest 10,000 Syrians in 2016.The Obama administration has reiterated to the states that they have no legal authority to exclude Syrian refugees, so the IRC is apparently caught between two funder/authorizers and has chosen a side which is, in the end, bigger than Texas. —Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Daleiden Walks Away from Sting Charges but Civil Suits Await

first_imgShare1TweetShareEmail1 SharesJuly 26, 2016; CBS NewsNPQ has reported on the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion nonprofit and its founder, David Daleiden, who became famous for recording and posting videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood clinic officials negotiating the sale of aborted fetuses and fetal components. A Texas grand jury indicted Daleiden and a colleague in January for tampering with a government record (making and using fake IDs) in order to carry out the subterfuge. Daleiden was additionally indicted on a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. The misdemeanor was dismissed in June, and on Monday a Texas judge dismissed the tampering with a government record charges against both Daleiden and Merritt “upon the request of the Harris County prosecutor’s office,” according to multiple media reports.One interesting aspect of the legal proceedings is the legal representation that Daleiden, Merritt, and the CMP are receiving from conservative nonprofits. Attorneys from both the Thomas More Society and the Life Legal Defense Foundation have been working on the cases, according to the Christian news site OneNewsNow.com. Though it’s not the typical example of nonprofit collaboration, it appears to have been effective in this case. Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress still face at least three lawsuits (from StemExpress, the National Abortion Federation, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America) related to the undercover “sting” videos of NAF conference attendees, Planned Parenthood staff and StemExpress contractors. It is unclear whether the Texas judge’s decision will inspire CMP to publish additional videos on its website, or whether the controversial U.S. House “Select Investigative Panel” will hold new hearings that include CMP and Daleiden’s participation and supplement the “Interim Update” released earlier this month.Long before Daleiden and CMP’s videos were made and became known, NPQ’s Rick Cohen wrote about the perils of nonprofit organizations confronted with sting videos and how the practice of producing such videos cheapens public discourse. Since almost all the players on both sides of this dispute are nonprofit organizations, staff, contractors, and executives, we have an uncomfortable and unusual opportunity to see the sting video scandal and its deleterious effects play out within the nonprofit sector—with significant roles reserved for the media and the courts.—Michael WylandShare1TweetShareEmail1 Shareslast_img read more

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After 60 Years Are We Honoring the Little Rock Nine

first_imgShare26Tweet14Share7Email47 SharesBy New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Albertin, Walter, photographer. [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSeptember 25, 2017; WKSU-FM and AlterNetSeptember 25th was the sixtieth anniversary of an important milestone in our nation’s effort to end racial segregation. That day in 1957, the nation watched U.S. Army troops escort nine brave African American students through an angry crowd of protesters to enroll in Little Rock, Arkansas’s formerly all-white Central High School. The story was repeated in cities across the country—sometimes with less drama—as school districts complied with what the U.S. Supreme Court ruled was the law of the land in Brown v. Board of Education.The bravery of the “Little Rock Nine” calls upon us to reflect upon how well we have honored them with enduring change. A look at our schools today presents a worrying picture; in too many cities, despite a more diverse national population, they are just as segregated as they were then. Courts and Congress did push integration forward, but their efforts have not been enough to change the cultural biases that made segregation so desirable to many.By 1966, the Little Rock School Board was set to implement a final plan to complete the job of integration. But the backlash to the proposed plan, which included having one high school serve all juniors and seniors, was too great. William Meeks, then campaigning for a seat on the school board, described his opposition to a plan to fully integrate his community’s schools: “I feel it offers only tension, confusion and a lowering of the educational standards of the school district.” Unspoken were the worries that housing values would fall in all-white neighborhoods. His side of the debate took control and derailed local plans for full integration.It took further court rulings to continue to push an unwilling community to fulfill the promise of Brown v. Board of Education. Barclay Key, associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, describes in his article at AlterNet the impact of white families deciding they did not want an integrated school system and moving to the suburbs:By the mid-1970s, the majority of students in the Little Rock School District were Black and for the next forty years, district leaders remained obsessed with enticing white families back to the district. A 1989 agreement, for example, created specialty magnet schools that would provide unique learning opportunities for students in science, arts, or foreign languages, while maintaining a balance of Black and white students. The percentage of white students continued to decline, however, so this system actually favored white families.Today, Little Rock’s schools are 70 percent Black in a city that, as of 2016, is 55 percent white.The failure to addresses the roots of segregation is reflected inside the walls of Central High today. Zia Tollette, a current student at Central, marked the anniversary in article published by Youth Radio:It’s been 60 years since the Little Rock Nine broke color barriers in education. But, living here, it doesn’t feel that long ago. Central is desegregated. But, like many schools across the nation, it’s not exactly integrated. These divisions are clear cut: black students eat in the cafeteria; white students eat on the patio. Central has AP, or advanced placement, classes, but those classes tend to be mostly white.At the official anniversary ceremonies, Little Rock Judge Wendell Griffin told NPR reporter Debbie Elliott, “I’m not denying that what they did 60 years ago was not only historic and courageous but was radically revolutionarily progressive. My point is that this community, this state, this nation has not kept faith with their sacrifice.” Former president and Arkansas governor Bill Clinton said, at the same ceremony, “So I wanted to say, you did 60 years. Take a victory lap. Put on your dancing shoes. Have a good time. But instead I have to say, you’ve got to put on your marching boots and lead us again.”Little Rock is, unfortunately, not unique. Gary Orfield and Jongyeon Ee, in a recently published report for the LeRoy Collins Institute, Florida State University, concluded,Florida has the most diverse student body in its history, and data show the diversity will become far greater. Since Brown v. Board of Education—the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on segregation—schools in the South changed sharply to promote integration, and so did Florida schools. Although Florida schools achieved more integration than those in most other states, the trends in this report show that re-segregation is underway in Florida schools and that segregation now is more complex than it was a half century ago. The proportion of Hispanic students dramatically increased for the past decades, adding racial and linguistic diversity in Florida schools. Moreover, segregation is concentrated in urban areas, exacerbating education quality of schools located in low-income urban communities where school segregation is deeply associated with residential segregation. Additionally, it is mainly black and Hispanic students who attend such segregated schools in Florida.For signs of the will to overcome the persistent power of bias, one might turn one’s eyes to Denver, which has taken steps to increase its schools’ economic integration. Earlier this year, NPQ examined their strategy, which might also work to minimize racial segregation: redrawing school catchment boundaries to ensure diverse neighborhoods share each school building, enacting standards that favor underrepresented populations, creating desirable choice schools, and ensuring transportation systems are in place to make choice practical. As Brian Eschbacher described the results in Brookings’ Brown Center Chalkboard,Since 2010, DPS has become less segregated as a result of the strategies above. In 2011, the year before SchoolChoice launched, 42 percent of DPS students attended schools with either more than 90 percent [receiving free or reduced-price lunch (FRL)] or less than 10 percent FRL. Over the last five years, the percentage of students attending schools with those demographics has steadily declined, down to 30 percent in 2016.Sixty years after Black and white students first shared a classroom in Little Rock, we still must decide if we actually want diverse integrated communities and schools that reflect them. This decision doesn’t ask us to choose between the social value of integration and educational quality; recent research has confirmed that all students benefit from attending diverse schools. Instead, this struggle is about the willingness of those with power to do the right thing.—Martin LevineShare26Tweet14Share7Email47 Shareslast_img read more

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