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Bartlett hospital reaches agreement with union

first_imgCommunity | Economy | Health | JuneauBartlett hospital reaches agreement with unionJanuary 19, 2017 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:Bartlett Regional Hospital is a major employer in the Juneau community. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)The Juneau Assembly will be asked next week to approve $3.06 million in pay increases for employees at Bartlett Regional Hospital.That’s after the city-owned hospital’s board of directors approved a tentative agreement with its unionized workforce after more than a year of negotiations that ended with the help of federal mediators.Hospital employees have been without a labor contract since the end of 2015.The International Longshore and Warehouse Union represents about 385 hospital workers that includes nurses, therapists and technicians. The new contract will also expand the union’s bargaining unit to include many workers employed on an “as needed basis.”The wage increase would also cover all non-management employees at the hospital not in the union.The tentative contract ratified by the union would include a retroactive pay increase that runs through the end of the year when the new contract would expire. It envisions a cumulative pay increase equivalent to 2.3 percent overall. A second increase of 1 percent would go in effect in July.The contract will go before the Juneau Assembly for ratification at its Jan. 23 meeting.Clarification: This story has been updated to note that the wage increase — not the entire contract — covers all non-management, non-union employees at the hospital. Additional details have also been added.Share this story:last_img read more

Landless communities continue fight for land

first_imgAlaska Native Corporations | Alaska Native Government & Policy | Federal Government | Southeast | SyndicatedLandless communities continue fight for landMarch 27, 2018 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Downtown Ketchikan in spring 2017. The Southeast city is one of five without its own Alaska Native corporation. A bill before Congress would change that. (Photo by Elissa Nadworny/NPR)Representatives of five Southeast Alaska communities continue their fight for recognition under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.But they’re still facing opposition.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/03/26Landless_NPR1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s been almost a half-century since Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which created more than 200 corporations with land, money and shareholders.It left out Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Tenakee Springs and Haines, known as the landless communities.Alaska’s Congressional delegation has introduced a number of bills over the years to address the situation. None has passed.Supporters haven’t given up, and they said it’s not about money.“It’s about the land, said Joseph Reeves, president of the Landless Natives of Ketchikan. “The land is our centerpiece and we ain’t ready to give up that idea.”“Let’s have just a sliver of what we used to totally own,” he said. “And that’s all it is, 23,000 acres in Ketchikan out of the millions of acres around us that we always owned.”He supports terms of the latest legislation, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Improvement Act, which also includes provisions to transfer land in other parts of Southeast and the rest of the state.U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski co-sponsored the measure with Sen. Dan Sullivan.“This is a matter of equity,” she said. “To have five communities that were left out was not right then and it’s not right to this day that they continue to be on the outs.”The bill was introduced last summer and had its first hearing in February.It remains in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which Murkowski chairs.Its best chance of passing is to be part of a larger lands measure.The bill is opposed by a number of environmental organizations, because it would transfer a total of more than 100,000 acres of Southeast’s Tongass National Forest to the five new corporations.One critic, Andy Moderow of the Alaska Wilderness League, also opposes land transfers elsewhere in the state.“Under the guise of correcting past wrongs, Sen. Murkowski is pushing ahead with a bill that will create a whole bunch of new sets of problems in Southeast Alaska and around Alaska by privatizing up to 600,000 acres of land in our state with very few protections for areas that currently are public resources,” he said.The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, or SEACC, also opposes the measure as written.There’s no consensus on why the five communities didn’t get their own corporations.Some have said they weren’t historically Native communities or didn’t have large enough Native populations.A University of Alaska study showed strong similarities to other communities that did get corporations.Others said the Forest Service and the then-thriving timber industry didn’t want to lose access to the land.Still others have said it was a paperwork mistake in the rush to pass the legislation.Reeves thinks that like its predecessors, this bill may not make it through Congress. But he and others will continue the work begun decades ago by people who are now elders or have passed away.“We still have their children and their children’s children here that will benefit from this,” he said. “It will help them in their seeking of an identity as an Alaska Native person in this community. To be a part of an ANCSA corporation is something that we hope will help our people for generations to come.”Most of the people who would gain stock in the new corporations already are shareholders of Sealaska, Southeast’s regional Native corporation. That’s the case for most members of the region’s other 13 urban or village corporations.Share this story:last_img read more

How Dan Ortiz fended off a conservative challenge in his right-leaning House district

first_imgPolitics | Southeast | State GovernmentHow Dan Ortiz fended off a conservative challenge in his right-leaning House districtNovember 17, 2020 by Eric Stone, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) speaks at Ketchikan’s Cape Fox Lodge in 2019. (Maria Dudzak/KRBD)Voters re-elected Ketchikan’s Rep. Dan Ortiz by a wide margin, returning the independent for another two years representing House District 36. KRBD looked at why the former school teacher might have performed so well in a Republican-leaning district that supported President Trump by 14 points.Republicans split ticketsA sizable majority of voters cast their ballots for Republicans at the top of the ticket. President Donald Trump, Sen. Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young each racked up double-digit margins in the district that stretches from Metlakatla to Ketchikan to Wrangell and parts of Prince of Wales Island.Theresa Darlene Heitman said she was one of those Republicans. She says she’s religious, conservative on social issues and generally fits the profile of the mainstream GOP.“When I look at the issues, I’m all against abortion, and I’ve been Republican all my life, so I’m just kind of like going to probably do my Republican thing,” Heitman said.She spoke to KRBD on Election Day at the polling place where she cast her ballot in person. But there was one race where she broke from her party: her local house race.“I did vote one independent because he’s my buddy, and I know him very well. And he’s good, and the mudslinging did not change my mind at all,” she said.“Dan Ortiz. Yeah, I really like him,” she said when prompted.State Republicans didn’t hold their fire in this race. Leslie Becker, the conservative Republican challenger, launched attack ads — in mailers and on the radio — calling Ortiz a liberal ally of Democrats.But those attacks didn’t seem to land with voters like Heitman. She says she’s a former Alaska Marine Highway System worker, and she sees Ortiz as an ally of the ferry.“Because Southeast Alaska, you know, the economy is already starting — getting ready to die. And the ferry helps us a lot — all the transportation and the things that go on the ferries — people do not realize how important it is and how much it benefits Southeast Alaska,” she said.Strength in Alaska Native communitiesThere was another factor in play. Becker polled poorly in communities with large Alaska Native populations. And that helped Ortiz score a 21-point victory.He garnered about 80% of the vote in Metlakatla (84%), Hydaburg (87%) and Saxman (78%).Metlakatla resident David R. Boxley says that’s due partly to Becker’s controversial blog posts that touted resource development as a cure-all for social ills like addiction and alcoholism in rural Alaska Native communities.“I mean, I’d be naive to say that his opponent’s comments weren’t a factor,” Boxley said in a phone interview Monday.Becker rejected any notion that her writings were racist.But the Tsimshian artist says Alaska Natives didn’t just not like Becker — many looked favorably on Ortiz’s three-term track record.“He listens to us. And he knows us. He’s known us for a long time,” he said.‘They know Dan Ortiz.’Neither candidate was born in Alaska. Becker moved here four years ago and recently completed a term on Ketchikan’s school board. Ortiz came to Ketchikan in 1969 as a child and has been a fixture in public life. He often addresses Ketchikan’s city council. He knocks on doors. And he says his 21-point win — his largest margin ever in six years — speaks to the power of being close to his constituents.“District 36 voters know who I am. I’ve been here a long time. They know Dan Ortiz. And, evidently, from what they’ve seen so far, that they’re relatively pleased with the service I provided,” Ortiz said Monday via phone.And as a corollary, Ortiz says his choice to run as a nonpartisan independent makes it easier to reach voters on both sides of the political aisle.In the House, Ortiz wielded influence as a vice chair of the powerful Finance Committee.He says he’s hoping to return to that role. But it’s unclear whether Republicans will have enough members for a caucus or if there will be a return to the bipartisan coalition that Ortiz has been a member of.“I’m pretty confident that I’ll be part of a majority. But confident is different than actually seeing it happen. So we’ve got to wait and see what those two results are,” Ortiz said. Those results are expected Nov. 17.So what’s in store for House District 36’s Republican Party? It’s too early to say. Neither the local GOP chair nor Becker would comment for this story. But like most of Alaska, the Republicans continue to wield more influence than any other party: they remain the second largest voting bloc after undeclared and nonpartisan independents.Share this story:last_img read more

BT names the date for EE vote

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.com Express KCS Share More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org BT shareholders will be asked to approve the £12.5bn acquisition of mobile network EE at a general meeting on 30 April. Shareholders are being invited to the meeting at Old Billingsgate at 10am. A simple majority is all that is required for the takeover to go ahead, although it is still subject to heavy scrutiny from the Competitions and Markets Authority. The deal, which will give BT access to EE’s 31m customers and the largest 4G network in Europe, will be paid in a combination of cash and ordinary BT shares, issued to both Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Orange. If the deal goes ahead, DT will own 12 per cent of BT, mak­ing it the largest single shareholder, and will be permitted to appoint one non-executive member of the BT board of directors. Orange will hold a four per cent stake. Today BT also confirmed that Phil Hodkinson will step down from the board at the end of next January, mark­ing 10 years as a non-executive director. Hodkinson has most recently been chairman of the equality of access board since January 2012, having also spent five years as chair of BT’s audit and risk committee. whatsappcenter_img BT names the date for EE vote Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 1 April 2015 9:11 pm whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Three charts showing the best countries in Europe in which to buy a second home

first_imgThursday 16 April 2015 5:03 am Share Show Comments ▼ Billy Ehrenberg by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteabley whatsappcenter_img Three charts showing the best countries in Europe in which to buy a second home whatsapp The Eurozone crisis was an economic nightmare for many, not least the property sector, with prices falling across the continent.And while there are signs of growth across the bloc, prices in many countries are still low, according to Eurostat, the statistical body of the EU. The Eurozone and European Union (EU) has returned to growth after a double-dip house-price slump.The EU’s big powers, the UK, Germany, France, have had varying fortunes.While the UK’s economy is strengthening and taking house prices up with it, Germany has seen more muted growth while France, which is struggling to meet EU deficit targets, is yet to see its house prices return to growth.The Piigs (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain) have all suffered and have seen varying fortunes since the crisis began. Ireland’s prices have been soaring after dropping by as much as -20.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2009. Price growth is now above 16 per cent.Spain and Portugal both have growing prices too, but they are both climbing from a low base with property prices going through the floor, particularly in the former. Greece hasn’t given useable data to Eurostat since 2011.There are clearly signs of a return, but as the charts show, the challenges for Europe’s property sector are not over yet.  Tags: UK house prices More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comlast_img read more

Premium / Supply chain radar: The Ceva of container shipping – ZIM’s balance sheet is blowing up

first_img New Premium subscriber REGISTER You probably remember when I wrote this recently: Israel’s ZIM is (again) on a wing and a prayer, but it doesn’t matter.So, you should be safe in the knowledge that the carrier must abide by certain financial covenants – it was all good in the first quarter (Q1).Phew.Tiny little detailsIn truth, while the headline story here is that certain headline metrics doubled – those adjusted numbers should have been adjusted for comparable purposes; it’s tricky, right – that’s only because accounting changes, new standards … Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Forgotten your password? Please click here Premium subscriber LOGIN << Go back Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Email* Email* Reset Your Password LOGIN Reset Password* Please Login By Alessandro Pasetti 23/05/2019last_img read more

‘Then the world caved in’: 11 experts describe the day they realized Covid-19 was here to stay

first_imgFirst Opinion‘Then the world caved in’: 11 experts describe the day they realized Covid-19 was here to stay Will the U.S. have Covid vaccine doses for everyone by the end of May? Probably By Patrick Skerrett March 10, 2021 Reprints This week marks two pandemic “anniversaries” — the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020, and former President Trump declared it a national emergency two days later.Tragically, there have been more than a half million deaths in the United States and more than 2.6 million globally since then.To mark these dates, I asked a range of people, from clinicians on the frontlines to virus watchers, vaccine makers, and public health specialists, to share their answers to this question: What was the moment last year when you realized we were in real trouble?advertisement Patrick Skerrett advertisement The short-term, middle-term, and long-term future of the coronavirus Related: Privacy Policy People in Bedford’s field were using a rule of thumb to estimate how many cases of what came to be known as Covid-19 were outside of China. This was at a time when tests were just being developed to detect the new infection. Each case detected outside China, they estimated, represented about 500 exported cases. When we started speaking, Bedford thought there were a total of 13 exported cases around the world.No, I told him. That number is now 29.“Jesus!” he said.“Did you just say ‘Jesus?’” I asked.He got audibly flustered, calculating on the fly how much bigger this thing had, in that instant, become. His evident alarm was contagious.“If it’s not contained shortly, I think we are looking at a pandemic,” Trevor said. He was right.Helen Branswell is a senior writer covering infectious diseases and global health for STAT.By Ugur Sahin: Toward the end of January 2020, I was sitting at the computer late at night with a cup of tea reading an article in The Lancet. It described severe cases of an illness caused by a new virus, SARS-CoV-2, which met all the criteria for a pandemic virus: It was highly contagious, some infected people did not show symptoms, and the virus spread quickly within families. In addition, it belonged to the family of coronaviruses, which had already caused major problems during the first severe acute respiratory disease (SARS) epidemic 18 years ago. At that time, a pandemic was barely averted.Today we are much more mobile. Wuhan is a city with more than 10 million inhabitants that is well-connected to the rest of the world. On reading the article, it became clear to me that this outbreak would not be limited to China. When I saw the pattern, I thought: This is going to become a huge problem.Ugur Sahin is the co-founder and CEO of BioNTech.By Jennifer Doudna: In February, as we started to hear more and more about the novel coronavirus, it seemed like this virus might be different, but it was still vague, distant. Everything changed in quick succession in mid-March.On March 9th, U.C. Berkeley, where I work, announced that it would be switching to remote learning. Later that week, my son Andy, who was a senior in high school at the time, was planning to attend a regional robotics competition in Fresno, and we had to make the call: should he go when things could change at any moment? We put him on the train with the immediate sense that it was the wrong decision.Things did change, and quickly. The WHO declared that COVID-19 had become a global pandemic. In the middle of the night, my husband and I decided that we needed to drive to Fresno without delay. When you’re driving three hours across California in the dark of night to pick up your child because of a fast-moving pandemic, it’s impossible to miss that the world had suddenly entered a dangerous period.Not surprisingly, Andy wasn’t thrilled that we showed up to bring him home, but he agreed to come. As we were leaving, we received confirmation that we had made the right call: Andy got a text saying that the robotics event had been cancelled and everyone had to return home immediately.The next day, on March 13th, I held a meeting with my colleagues at the Innovative Genomics Institute to discuss how we could respond. We had a choice: go home and wait this out, or step up and use our expertise to help our local community. One day later, we started working on launching a clinical testing lab at the IGI, something none of us as research scientists had ever imagined doing. One year later, we have run over 200,000 tests for the UC Berkeley campus and underserved communities in the Bay Area, and we’ll keep going as long as we’re needed.Jennifer Doudna is a professor of chemistry and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley and co-winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.By Paul Stoffels: In January 2020, as I stood on the streets of Davos at the World Economic Forum, I knew that we were in trouble. We had heard for the first time that a novel coronavirus had emerged that was more infectious than other coronaviruses, and that the first person-to-person transmission had occurred in Wuhan, China.That’s when my company — and others — realized we needed to get going.The coronavirus sequence had just been published, and I called our team in the Netherlands and asked them to start working on a vaccine. The team was ahead of me: they told me they had already started working on a vaccine.As someone who has been on the front lines of HIV and Ebola epidemics, I was troubled by the potential for this new virus to have world-wide implications. The global health community had been trying to sound the alarm for many years about the need for more investment in pandemic preparedness. We didn’t know the specific virus that would be the cause, but we were not wrong about the lack of global preparedness to deal with a pandemic.Based on my experience with HIV and Ebola, I strongly believed that a vaccine would be the critical tool needed to stop Covid-19. A year later, I’m incredibly proud of the accomplishments of our team and others. Although the fight against Covid-19 is not over, we must harness the many difficult lessons from this pandemic to ensure there is proactive, coordinated action to be better prepared for the next infectious disease threat.Paul Stoffels is an infectious disease physician, and chief scientific officer and vice chair of the executive committee of Johnson & Johnson.By Juliette Kayyem: Reading Helen Branswell’s Jan. 4, 2020, article in STAT about a “mystery pneumonia outbreak” in China gave me a sense of unease. As a reporter, Branswell had to write what she was reporting, but even she gave a hint that something wasn’t right. I’m an analyst, so I get to analyze. And I thought, “Something’s very wrong with this because China is still claiming there have been no deaths.” China wouldn’t be so nervous about this outbreak unless it was really bad.I started to prepare then. Given my work teaching and advising in homeland security and preparedness planning, my house is pretty ready for the unexpected: extra water, food, medicines, paper products stored downstairs, and the like. But I started to get extras of the basics. I told family and friends to do same; tried to reach audiences by Twitter or CNN, making long tweet storms of what people should do. But I couldn’t truly put into action the enormity of what was coming until I was sitting on a beach in a foreign country around Feb. 20. I was on a surfing trip with one of my sons and it just hit me: We need to get home and stay home. I’m pretty organized about schedules and the entry in my calendar — I still have it here — for Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, is “cancel.” That was it. The entire entry. And so I canceled everything: work trips, vacations, life as I had known it. Related: @PJSkerrett Editor, First Opinion Patrick Skerrett is the editor of First Opinion, STAT’s platform for perspective and opinion on the life sciences writ large, and the host of the First Opinion Podcast. David Quammen: About 10 years agoHelen Branswell: An unsettling interviewUgur Sahin: Reading a paper in The LancetJennifer Doudna: It seemed like this virus might be differentPaul Stoffels: Standing on the streets of Davos at the World Economic ForumJuliette Kayyem: My calendar entry for Feb. 23: CancelAntonio Dájer: We were on our ownSandro Galea: I realized just how unprepared the U.S. was for the looming crisisUché Blackstock: March 11: From a theoretical problem for me to a real oneMargot Kushel: Homeless people were going to be hit hardJaclyn O’Halloran: A decision to leave hospital nursing [email protected] By David Quammen: The “moment last year” when I realized the world was in real trouble occurred about 10 years ago.I was finishing work on my book “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.” I had asked some of the smartest infectious disease scientists I knew these questions: Will there be a Next Big One, a pandemic of infection that sweeps the globe and kills millions of people? If so, what will it look like?The consensus of what they told me, which I published in the book in 2012, was this: Yes, there will be a Next Big One. It will be caused by a virus new to humans that has emerged from a wild animal. That virus could well be an influenza or a coronavirus; the wild animal could well be a rodent, a primate, or a bat; and the spillover could well occur in or near a “wet market” in some country where wildlife is sold as food amid other food products and where an infected person might easily reach an internationally connected airport. We can’t say when this will happen, but it will happen.The moment last year when I realized, more immediately, that the world could be in real trouble was on Jan. 13, 2020, when I was reading an email from the disease reporting service ProMED, about the cluster of atypical pneumonias in the city of Wuhan, and I saw for the first time, on the subject line and in the text, the words “novel coronavirus.”David Quammen is a freelance writer and author of “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic” (W.W. Norton, 2012).By Helen Branswell: On the evening of Jan. 24, 2020, I conducted one of the most unsettling interviews of my career.I was talking with Trevor Bedford, a computational biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He had been using genetic sequence data to chart the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that had apparently emerged in China in December 2019. The first case detected in the United States had been reported three days earlier, though the infected man had actually returned to the country on Jan. 15 after traveling to Wuhan, China, where the outbreak is believed to have begun. Tags Coronaviruspublic health Alex Hogan/STAT; Photo: AP, Getty About the Author Reprints But what was perhaps most on my mind was an awareness of just how unprepared the U.S. was for the looming crisis. We were vulnerable on two fronts: First was the erratic, polarizing approach of the Trump administration. Its failures to lead effectively in the moment were all the more problematic for coming at the end of three years of systematic disinvestment in the policies and institutions that support health. Then there was our country’s broader failure to address the socioeconomic conditions that have kept our public’s health mediocre. From opioids to obesity, gun violence, and socioeconomic inequality, our health is not where it should be — and it is worse for vulnerable, marginalized communities.As the pandemic unfolded, it soon became clear that the heaviest burden would fall on communities already suffering from poor health, as a consequence of their marginalization. So, my sense that our health was in trouble really emerged long before the novel coronavirus ever entered our consciousness. It emerged with my earliest exposure to public health, when I first learned of our collective poor health and the disparities that characterize it. It means that whenever disaster strikes, no matter what form it takes, it will be exploit the health gaps in our society, becoming exponentially worse in the process. Sadly, this is exactly what we have seen with Covid-19, and it is what we will see with the next contagion if we do not address the challenges this pandemic has exposed.Sandro Galea is a physician and dean of the Boston University School of Public Health. The Healthiest Goldfish features his weekly thoughts on public health.By Uché Blackstock: Toward the end of February 2020, urgent care organizations like the one I work for were seeing the end of a busy flu season. The volume of patients had started declining and clinicians like me were finally getting a chance to breathe.Then, on the morning of March 11, 2020, I received an email from my organization and coronavirus went from a theoretical problem for me to a real one. The email laid out that all providers would be required to wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) for their entire 12-hour shifts: gloves, gown, eye protection, and N95 mask. There were rare occasions that required full PPE and I had not been in any of them since I was in medical school in the early 2000s, when I was on my surgery clinical rotation.At the time, I don’t think I had yet seen any patients with Covid-19 symptoms. We were given a quick primer on what to look for: flu-like symptoms plus travel to an endemic area, like China, Italy, or Iran. We didn’t yet know yet that a significant number of people infected with coronavirus displayed no symptoms, or that they may have never been outside of the United States.I remember masking and gowning up at the beginning of that shift totally unaware of what was to come and feeling a sense of dread.Uché Blackstock, M.D., is an emergency physician in New York City and the founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity.By Margot Kushel: I can be a bit of a worry wart: my kids make fun of me that I like to prepare for every type of disaster. But the news out of China in late January 2020 scared me.From years of studying health inequities and working with people affected by racism and social exclusion, I was pretty cleared eyed that homeless people were going to be hit hard by the looming pandemic.In mid-February, I read a paper published in a small journal by Dr. Stephen Hwang, an expert in homelessness, on how Toronto tried to protect its homeless population during the SARS outbreak in 2003. One of their strategies was to move people with SARS from crowded shelters to hotels.That paper helped inform my work to protect the homeless from Covid-19, including the development of what became Project Roomkey, which provided non-congregate shelter (hotel rooms and trailers) for people at highest risk of death from Covid who were homeless, as well as a system of isolation and quarantine units for those who were diagnosed but didn’t need hospitalization or those who were exposed.Pandemics thrive on inequality, on structural racism, on all the divisions that we have. That meant the U.S. was a set up for a terrible outcome with Covid-19. There was no way for fancy health care to overcome racism and deeply embedded structural inequalities, such as lack of affordable housing, poor protection for workers, and xenophobia. I am so thrilled with the vaccines and, in many ways, their development can be seen as a towering achievement. But watching the vaccines roll out — where those most affected by Covid-19 have been the least likely to get vaccines — feels unsurprising and infuriating.Margot Kushel is a professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations.By Jaclyn O’Halloran: Last March, as Covid-19 began its initial onslaught in the U.S., I remember the eerie calm that pervaded the hospital I worked in as a nurse, the swift recession of water before a crashing wave. Administrators worked chaotically to prepare frontline staff and allay our growing fears as we heard the horrors from the frontlines of Italy. My peers and I mentally prepared for the battle to come and built each other up in military-like fashion as best we could.During this time, a seasoned nurse I had worked closely with made the decision to stop working at patients’ bedsides. I remember feeling gutted and angry and even, selfishly, betrayed by her actions. How could she leave us at the eleventh hour?I later realized that moment would have greater significance not only on my career but on health care itself. Watching an experienced nurse leave the work she had loved doing for years should have served as a warning for what was to come. But it took living and working through the first wave of Covid-19 for me to realize how troubled the U.S. health care system is. The ripple effects will linger for years to come.Little did I know then that just a few months after my colleague made her decision to stop working at the hospital, I would do the same thing. I switched to a nursing specialty — hospice — that aligns more with my values as a caregiver. That decision, however, was replete with feelings of doubt, guilt, and failure.I now know how challenging and difficult it must have been for that experienced nurse to leave her job a year ago. The past year with Covid-19 taught me the importance of quality of life, something that must be cherished above all else, but is sadly often dismissed for health care workers today.Jaclyn O’Halloran is a registered nurse who works in Massachusetts. Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: It wasn’t until March 8 that I was able to put into complete words what I knew was unfolding. I got a call from my friend Dante Ramos, a senior editor at The Atlantic, who had noticed that a tweet of mine was, as he said, “atypically panicked.” He asked if I would write about what I was thinking. I said to him, “This is going to be bad.” We worked on the piece and he asked me about a headline. I remember pausing and then saying, “America, you have no idea what’s about to happen,” which was close to the article’s headline.Juliette Kayyem is faculty chair of the Homeland Security Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a former Department of Homeland Security official under President Barack Obama, and author of “Security Mom.”By Antonio Dájer: During the first week of March 2020, the New York City emergency department I work in had its first patient with suspected Covid-19. At the time, getting approval for a Covid-19 test took hours of telephone negotiation with the city’s health department. The test — it took two days to come back — was positive.As I heard the result being announced, a wave of fear unlike any I’d felt in 25 years as an emergency physician burned through my chest.During the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, the pros at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had masterfully directed the city’s response. This time they were absent. The politicians had grabbed the microphones.Worse, the U.S. had no Covid-19 tests, having declined to use the World Health Organization’s version and squandered the month of February, failing to develop its own. We had seen on our TVs what was happening in Wuhan and Italy. That morning in early March my colleagues and I sensed the Covid tsunami — rendered invisible by our testing and leadership fiascos — barreling toward us.We were on our own. The politicians did not lock down New York City for another 16 excruciating days. And then the world caved in.Antonio Dájer is an emergency physician in New York City and a columnist for Discover magazine.By Sandro Galea: Given my work in public health, the possibility of an outbreak like Covid-19 happening has never been far from my mind. In many ways, the pandemic was deeply predictable. We did not know when such an outbreak would occur but we could reasonably assume that one would emerge sooner or later.In public talks on epidemiology, I have often used Ebola and SARS as examples of the interconnectedness of health, reflecting how contagion spreads in the modern world. So when the first signs of trouble emerged in Wuhan, like many in my field I watched with concern. With the rapid global spread in February 2020, it was apparent we faced a serious problem, as I wrote at the time. Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts.last_img read more

Moment in Time: Clough-Ballacolla Dinner Dance 2010

first_imgHome We Are Laois Moment in Time Moment in Time: Clough-Ballacolla Dinner Dance 2010 We Are LaoisMoment in Time SEE ALSO –Late Late Show Valentine’s couple return to Laois location where love first blossomed! By Julie Anne Miller – 18th February 2018 Margaret and John Dowling with Billy Davin at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Facebook John A Delaney, Emma Cuddy, Shane Hanlon and Denise Delaney at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Tommy and Josie Kavanagh and Eamon Kavanagh at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Caroline Gillson, Kate Hyland and Fiona Fortune at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Whatever it is, people love looking back on old photos.This week, for our Moment in Time, we head to Clough-Ballacolla direction as we look back at their Dinner Dance in 2010.They were celebrating their successful 2009 season one that saw the club win an historic first Laois SHC title thanks to a final win over Portlaoise. Ger and Hannah Dunne at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Mary Cashin with her daughters Nicola and Alison at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Liam and Irene Phelan with Breda and Michael Broderick at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Council Caroline Gillson, Kate Hyland and Fiona Fortune at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Stephanie and Pat Hennessy and Sean and Margaret McCartney at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Indeed the win sparked the start of a glorious era for Clough-Ballacolla as they would win the championship again in 2011 and 2015 as well as appear in finals in 2012 and 2017.They held their Dinner Dance in the local Hawthorn Community Centre, and it looked as if a great night was had by all.Over 400 people were in attendance and Alf Harvey was on hand to capture a selection of great images.Check out photos from the Dinner Dance from eight years ago. Marie Delaney, Paula Delaney and Martina Hyland at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla.Picture: Alf Harvey. Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Twitter Pinterest Moment in Time: Clough-Ballacolla Dinner Dance 2010 Canice and Olga Hyland with Gemma and Tom Dunne at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. From left, back: Larry Keyes, Caroline Keyes, Sean Delaney, Vanessa Barros, Kevin Keyes, Mick Byrne and Joe Holohan. Front: Kathleen Keyes, Ber Delaney, Mary Holohan, Brin Fitzpatrick and Linda Byrne at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Sheila Coonan with Ann and Billy Phelan at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Dan Shiel, Mick Delaney, Colm Delaney, Hazel Case, Mary Delaney and Tara Delaney at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. WhatsApp With the Laois Senior Hurling Championship trophy and O’Bradaigh Cup at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. From left: Liam Dunne, secretary; Danny Hanlon, chairman; Brian Allen, Laois GAA chairman; Michael McEvoy, captain and Ollie Byrne, treasurer. Margaret Hanlon and Mary Allen at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Eileen and Danny Hanlon; Michael G Phelan and Catherine Creagh at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. A full house of 400 at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Pinterest Orla Hyland, Karen Hyland and Sandra Murphy at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Rugby 1 of 21 Pat and Olivia Cleere with Willie and Grainne Quigley at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Pat Phelan, Christy Costigan, Eamonn Keane, Rita Phelan, Eithne Costigan and Della Keane at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Jim and Mary Hennessy at the Clough Ballacolla GAA Dinner Dance in the Hawthorn Community Centre, Ballacolla. Previous articlePainting and DecoratingNext articleOur pick of the Top Stories of the Week Julie Anne MillerLaoisToday’s main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan’s at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She’s willing to talk about anything – except football! TAGS2010Clough-Ballacolla last_img read more

MFDA IPC announces new president

first_img Related news PenderFund names new SVP for investments Keywords AppointmentsCompanies MFDA Investor Protection Corp. IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planningcenter_img Sanford has nearly 30 years of experience in financial regulation and consulting, including stints at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, as a director at Deloitte & Touche, and running her own regulatory consulting firm. “Dorothy’s extensive securities regulatory and consulting experience will ensure the MFDA IPC continues its leading role as the contingency fund for the mutual fund industry,” said David Richards MFDA IPC chairman in a release. The fund, which was first established in 2002 and began providing coverage in 2005, is currently targeting an increase in its size to $50 million by 2018. According to its most recent annual report, the fund stood at $35.3 million, as of June 30, 2013; but is also dealing with a dealer insolvency that may impact that total. The mutual fund dealer industry’s contingency fund, the MFDA Investor Protection Corp. (MFDA IPC), has named regulatory veteran Dorothy Sanford as its new president. She succeeds Joni Alexander, who is retiring, as president of the MFDA IPC. CETFA elects new board leader Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

ACROD parking bays are ‘Someone’s Day’

first_imgACROD parking bays are ‘Someone’s Day’ The City of Fremantle is supporting National Disability Services and the ACROD Parking Program in a new community education campaign which aims to reduce the misuse of ACROD parking bays.Featuring the message “This Bay is Someone’s Day: Park Right Day and Night”, the campaign launches today to coincide with International Day of People with Disability.Eye-catching stickers and posters on ACROD bays, as well as social media videos will highlight the impact that parking in ACROD bays without a permit can have on someone’s day.City of Fremantle parking inspectors will also distribute information cards with fines telling drivers who park illegally in ACROD bays that their actions can have significant consequences for people who genuinely need themTo coincide with the campaign, the State Government has increased on-the-spot fines for illegally parking in an ACROD bay from $300 to $500. Court imposed penalties have increased from $2000 to $5000.Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said more than 90,000 Western Australians with severe mobility restrictions had an ACROD permit.“Parking in an ACROD bay without a permit is never acceptable,” Mayor Pettitt said.“ACROD bays provide essential access for people with disability to go about their daily lives, and the misuse of these bays can take away a person’s independence.“We hope this campaign will educate our community and encourage drivers in Fremantle to consider the real-life implications for permit holders who are unable to access ACROD parking.”Fremantle musician Mike Burns, who is himself an ACROD permit holder and wheelchair user, said people who illegally parked in an ACROD bay could stop him from going about his day.“ACROD parking bays are so important because it means I can plan my day effectively, particularly as a musician myself, they are crucial for me to even accept an offer to play somewhere,” Mr Burns said.“It’s hard for me to walk at all, even getting the wheelchair out of the car is tricky, so if I were 1km away from the venue it could take me an hour to get there where an abled person could get there in five minutes.“Sometimes I have to drive home because it’s too hard for me to get myself and instruments there.“Quite often the worst abusers are people who use a relative’s car with an ACROD sticker and then park in an ACROD bay to go and do their shopping.“That can be really annoying. Please remember that an ACROD bay may represent a certain person’s chance to do something that means a lot to them, and by parking there illegally, you may prevent that person of achieving that.”The City of Fremantle is one of 25 local government areas and seven shopping centres across WA which are supporting National Disability Services to facilitate this campaign, in partnership with RAC and funding from the Department of Communities.The City of Fremantle is celebrating the launch of This Bay is Someone’s Day at a community event tomorrow at the City’s Containers for Change Refund Point. /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:campaign, car, City of Fremantle, community, court, disability, education, Fremantle, Government, Impact, launch, local council, Media, National Disability Services, social media, WA, Western Australialast_img read more