Jamestown Man Sentenced To Decade In Prison For Drug Trafficking

first_imgStock Image.BUFFALO – A 19-year-old Jamestown man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of possession of methamphetamine and having a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking.U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. said Jacob Graham, 19, of Jamestown, who was convicted of possessing with intent to distribute five grams or more of actual methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who handled the case, disclosed that on May 7, 2019, Jamestown Police officers observed two males fighting with another male in the area of Crescent and Cheney Streets. The suspects quickly got into a silver vehicle and sped away from the scene. Detectives followed the suspect vehicle in an unmarked police car, but also requested the assistance of a marked patrol unit. The marked patrol unit initiated a traffic stop at the driveway of a residence on Lincoln Street in Jamestown.A detective approached the passenger side of the vehicle and opened the front passenger door. Inside, the detective observed two baggies of what appeared to be methamphetamine. The front seat passenger, identified as defendant Graham, exited the vehicle and was placed under arrest. Another officer approached the driver’s side door of the vehicle and had the driver exit the vehicle. The driver was also placed under arrest. A back seat passenger was detained but later released. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, investigators recovered a book bag which contained a loaded 12 gauge shotgun. The book bag also contained a digital scale with white powder residue on it and 16 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun ammunition. A records check determined that the firearm was stolen from a Federal Firearms Licensee in Hamilton, Ohio in March 2017.The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

First Night Burlington Hires Development Director

first_imgBURLINGTON, VT – Laura A. Bowe, Chair of the First Night Burlington Board of Directors, announced today that Julie Maslack of Essex has joined the staff at First Night Burlington, Inc. as the Director of Development.Maslack is the primary contact for fund raising and media relations and is responsible for partnering with local, regional and national organizations and groups to fund and promote First Night Burlingtons annual New Years Eve celebration. Before joining First Night Burlington, Ms. Maslack was with Rural Cellular Corporation as part of their project management team and worked extensively with local, regional and corporate-wide groups within RCCs holdings. She brings with her a broad background in customer relations, systems management and product development.First Night Burlington is Vermonts largest, single-day arts festival, whose mission is to bring the community together for a substance-free New Years Eve celebration that is focused on the arts. Burlington was the fourth city in the world to embrace this vision, and First Night Burlington recently celebrated its 23rd anniversary. More information regarding the organization, as well as support and volunteer opportunities, may be found online at www.firstnightburlington.com(link is external).last_img read more

IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: ‘Capital Markets Are Leaving’

first_imgIEEFA Energy Finance 2016: ‘Capital Markets Are Leaving’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tom Sanzillo, IEEFA’s director of finance, said at an Energy Finance 2016 panel this afternoon that coal-fired electricity will continue to lose market share in the U.S.He said in the meantime coal companies will seek through bankruptcy to shed debt in hopes of a market recovery that will not come.Sanzillo said the U.S. coal industry continues to be battered by capital flight as investors abandon the sector. “Private equity is in and out, hedge funds are just bottom feeders, capital markets are leaving.”He said the coal industry generally will continue to be pressed by environmental regulatory issues (“Mother Earth isn’t going anywhere”) and that public service commissions will become increasingly hostile to coal-plant subsidies (“the PSCs have to figure out whether they want to keep overpaying for electricity”).While coal industry executives continue to “think the markets will turn around,” recovery is highly unlikely.Bankrupt coal companies, Sanzillo said, “will continue to be overvalued” even after restructuring.“The price of coal will stay low for a very long time, maybe even lower than it is now.”last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events May 21 – 27

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A.R. RahmanA.R. Rahman is the total package. The hugely popular Indian film composer, record producer, singer and musician may not be a household name in the United States, but he’s internationally renowned for his impeccable skills and masterful compositions. Rahman is credited with composing dozens of films, including critically-acclaimed films Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2011). His work on Slumdog Millionaire earned Rahman two Oscar wins and he’s garnered countless other nominations in various film competitions. This man is a living legend, just ask Tirana. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $75-$175. 8 p.m. May 21.The musician, singer, and composer will be playing at The Paramount in Huntington. (Photo credit: A.R. Rahman/Facebook)Sonic BlissThe Long Island-based rock quintet is known for unleashing ferocious, pulsating sounds with an unmatched intensity that defies expectations. These guys are adept at meshing powerful, head-spinning melodies with fluid ballads as they send audiences into a metal-infused daze. Come ready to rock. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free.  8 p.m. May 21.Brookhaven FairThis month-long family fun fair featuring entertainment, rides, games, attractions, fireworks each weekend returns at 5 p.m. May 22. Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville. BrookhavenFair.com $8. Time vary, through June 22.Don’t Eat This!An opening reception for an art exhibit that takes an everyday topic and makes art of it. The show description says it all … You can’t eat paintings of food but they can still make your mouth water. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. huntingtonarts.org  Free. 6 p.m. May 22.Bobcat GoldthwaitBobcat Goldthwait burst upon the scene when he was only 20 years old, appearing on recently retired David Letterman’s The Late Show and followed that memorable appearance with performances on film and in TV—most notably the Dave Chapelle’s Show, The Man Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The comedian is capable of taking on various subjects, including politics and even his own career. Bring on the laughs. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $42. 8 p.m. May 22.Face The KingLong Island natives Face the King, who’ve been on the Warped Tour three years in a row and earned top accolades at the CBGB Festival in Times Square, now have a debut album out for their legion of fans to enjoy—and they surely will, because, after all, they helped make it possible with a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign that caught the attention of CI Records. What it all comes down to is this: “It’s you, me and the sound.” And that just happens to be the title of one of their best new songs. This alt-rock band works themselves to the bone, pouring out their heart and soul into every stirring performance. Come hear them make the mountains roar. With I-Ignite, The Tallest Trees in the Universe, Allies and The Little Red Men. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $10, $13 DOS. 8 p.m. May 22J AlvarezSummer is coming on strong and “La Temperatura” is starting to get hot. So why not chill out with the coolest of pop crooners, J Alvarez? Claro que si! Born Javid David Alvarez Fernandez in Puerto Rico, J Alvarez is an internationally acclaimed reggaetón artist. Ladies love him and the feeling is mutual. You know what he says: “Mas Dinero, mas mujeres, mas drama!” And for the gringos out there, that simply means: “more money, more women and more you know what.” His style is smoother than a tall glass of Baccardi dark rum on the rocks. And just as refreshing! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporium $25-$40. 10 p.m. May 22.Jewels of India GalaThis historic Hempstead House will be transformed into a royal Maharaja Palace, complete with a marketplace filled with scarves, teas, spices and flowers during this night of traditional Indian culture. Entertainment will include a sitar player and tabla percussionist, traditional Indian and Bollywood dancing. Guests can enjoy rye and gin tastings in the library, scotch in the billiard room, an open bar, as well as Indian and American cuisine, plus plenty of sushi. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. TheSandsPointPreserve.com $200. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 23.Members of US Navy unfurl an American flag. (Photo credit: US Navy)Raid New YorkWatch as Navy and Marine helicopters land on Long Island as part of the “Fleet Week 2015” activities in New York City. First, a combined team of members from the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Five (HSC-9) will present a mine countermeasures demonstration. Then, the VM-22 Osprey, CH-46 Sea Knight and AH-1W Cobra, will perform an area sweep and transport a Marine raid force to the landing zone. Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov/parks. Free. 10 a.m., 12 p.m. May 23.Veil of MayaFor one metallic moment, let’s lift the veil on Veil of Maya. Marc Okubo and Sam Applebaum formed this American deathcore band in Chicago back in 2004, and as their fans know, they set out on the hard road to success, grinding it out through countless tours, putting their sanity—what an inadequate word that is—at risk to make the music they believe in, live by, and are willing, dare we say it, figuratively speaking, to die by! It’s been a long, wild ride, and it ain’t over. Not by a long shot. Their former front man, Brandon Butler, has been replaced by Lukas Magyar on vocals but the rest of the band is doing what they always do, only better. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $16, $18 DOS. 4 p.m. May 23.Gathering of the SlidesKerry Kearney is back with the annual Gathering of the Slides, featuring some of the greatest musicians around all under one roof for an exciting night of virtuoso slide-guitar playing and so much more. On hand with Kearney, who has toured with the Allman Brothers Band as well as Sonny Landreth and Robert Randolf, will be Mario Staiano, Gerry Sorrentino, Shecky Tom Davis, Mark Newman and special guest Casey “The Cigar Box Kid” Baron. These gentlemen are accomplished artists in their own right with careers that have taken them all over the world. From down in the delta to upbeat urban blues, there will be enough inspired riffs to have your hair standing on end and leave you crying with pure joy. So, get your ears in shape for an eclectic evening of electrifying ecstasy. Bend those strings until they break, boys! Don’t fret a thing. We know they’re in good hands. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10-$20. 7:30 p.m. May 23.The BogmenThis wonderfully entertaining Long Island-based indie band first emerged from the wilds of Huntington when Billy Campion, Bill and Brendan Ryan, Mark Wike, P.J. O’connor and Clive Tucker decided they had to rock out together. Signed to Arista Records in 1995, the Bogmen never quite became a house-hold name that they deserved to be with their debut release called Life Begins at 40 Million. But so it goes. And on they went. No matter what, they never let their fans get bogged down, taking their self-described “tribal, huntish” sound to every bar, club and retirement home in the Tri-state area. Over the intervening years, they’ve reunited many times to keep the thrills and spills alive. And that’s why this gig is such a great opportunity to enjoy the Bogmen at their best. With Special Guests – Knock Out Drops, The Last Hombres & American Bombshells. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$60. 8 p.m. May 23.Vic DiBitettoThe comic whose oft-quoted “Bread & Milk” rant video has more than 13 million views on YouTube brings his stand-up routine off the interwebs and into real life. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$69. 8 p.m. May 23.The B-52sB-52s fans can anticipate a transformation of the concert space into the bonafide Loveshack when this fantastically quirky and over-the-top new wave band take the stage. Iconic for the famed beehive hairdo and funky tunes like “Rock Lobster” and “Roam,” the B-52s will make the whole dance floor shimmy and shake! One thing is for certain–audiences are in for a fun night. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centre, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $125-$225. 8 p.m. May 23.Paula PoundstonePerhaps the funniest woman in America today, Paula Poundstone is known for her quick wit and wry responses, right or wrong, on NPR’s popular news quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me heard locally on WSHU-FM. As millions of public radio listeners can attest, Poundstone is a true show-stopper thanks to her unmatched improv skills. When she’s on a roll, nobody can keep up with her. Bay Street Theatre, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $69-$129. 8 p.m. May 23.Bethpage Air Show at Jones BeachOne of the most anticipated events of the entire year, this aerial spectacular boasts military and civilian aircraft of various shapes, sizes and eras performing stunts and showcasing their supreme mastery of the sky will be sure to attract thousands of Long Islanders and their families to the smooth white sands of Jones Beach, marveling in unison as they sit atop their blankets, share “Oooh”s and “Ahhh”s while pointing, laughing, and overall just enjoy one another’s company beneath the cloud-smudged canopy of the heavens above. World War II bombers drift as lonely and ominously as clouds gathering for a storm, sparking the imagination and conjuring waking dreams of conflicts past. Daredevils trace the shore, twisting and turning and zig-zagging and criss-crossing, eliciting fear and wonder and surprise. US Army skydivers, the Golden Knights, drop from the heavens and soar like ever-growing humanoid eagles toward the Earth, the ocean gently whispering ancient secrets of life and death as they descend. US Air Force Thunderbirds defy gravity, roaring atop hellfire, puncturing daily thought processes and forcing the mind to wander. An array of pilots and performers twirl and dive, climb and plummet. Yes, life is magical. Yes, this is two days of sheer amazement, fascination, delight. Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. bethpageairshow.com Free. 12-5 p.m. May 23, 24.10,000 ManiacsNatalie Merchant may no longer front the alt-rock quintet from upstate Jamestown, but the group is still producing albums and performing their hits, including “Because The Night,” “These Are the Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants.” Give ’em what they want while the band gears up for the release of their newest recording, Twice Told Tales, a full-length collection of traditional British Isles folk songs. Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett stephentalkhouse.com $90. 7 p.m. May 24.WWE Monday Night RawWe’re not talking about raw sugar, sweetmeat! We’re talking serious rumbles, over-the-top-rope melees, and clobbering chaos when WWE Monday Night Raw rocks the Coliseum. Folding chairs never look so awesome as they do when they’re flying through the air about to land hard on some brawny back with a loud smack. You don’t take it sitting down, that’s for damn sure. Hell no, you stand up and fight. In the cage and out. Will your favorite wrestlers be there? Throw down your remotes, get off your butts, show up and find out! Either way, the action will be non-stop and the competition can’t be beat! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $20-$125. 7:30 p.m. May 25.Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

A Showdown Year for Reproductive Rights

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Nina Martin, ProPublicaFor advocates of women’s reproductive rights, 2015 was the definition of “annus horribilis:” marked by tough new limits on abortion, a debilitating Planned Parenthood scandal, and a shooting at a Colorado clinic that left three people dead. For abortion opponents, it was the year when decades of incremental political and legal gains merged into something much bigger. Now 2016 is shaping up to be even more turbulent — perhaps the most momentous year for reproductive issues in a generation.At the Supreme Court, justices will decide two cases that could dramatically reshape abortion law and gut what remains of the landmark contraception-coverage mandate in President Obama’s health care reform law. In Congress and state legislatures, lawmakers are preparing a torrent of bills inspired by videos purporting to show an unsavory trade in fetal body parts for research. Looming over it all is a presidential race filled with GOP anti-abortion hard-liners and a female Democratic frontrunner who’s made defending reproductive rights a cornerstone of her campaign.“I don’t think we’ve seen a more critical election cycle,” said Daniel Becker, executive director of the national Personhood Alliance, whose Georgia-based group supports Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, among the most outspoken abortion opponents in the GOP field. “Everything is coming to a head.”The political and legal pressures have been building since the 2010 elections, which gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives and many legislatures across the country, emboldening abortion opponents. According to a new Guttmacher Institute analysis, states enacted 288 new abortion restrictions from 2011 through 2015 — nearly as many as were passed in the previous 15 years. “Momentum is on the side of life,” a jubilant Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, the organization behind many of the legislative gains of the last few years, told the National Catholic Register this week.But Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, pointed to 1992, when the battle over Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court and worries about what conservative justices might do to abortion rights ushered in “The Year of the Woman” — and swept Bill Clinton into the White House. “The parallels are fascinating,” Miller said. If abortion rights supporters can capitalize on anger over the current threats to Roe v. Wade, she said, 2016 could be “a tremendous moment of opportunity.”Here are four issues to watch in the year ahead.1. The Texas abortion caseThe coming Supreme Court showdown in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole has seemed inevitable since Texas lawmakers pushed through the package of measures known as H.B. 2 in 2013. Among other things, the law requires abortion clinics to adhere to surgical-level building requirements and abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Lawmakers say the measures are needed to protect women from dangerous providers like Philadelphia’s notorious Kermit Gosnell, convicted in 2013 of the murder of three babies during botched late-term abortions. Abortion rights supporters insist the Texas rules are a sham designed to force providers out of business and make it impossible for women to exercise their abortion rights.Twenty-three other states have adopted similar laws. But Texas is huge, and its restrictions have had an outsize impact: More than half of the state’s 41 clinics have already shut down. The state has slashed other women’s health services as well, creating “a perfect storm of barriers” to reproductive care, Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, said at a media briefing this week. In some areas, women must travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic, and reports of so-called “flea market” abortions have become common.The Texas case raises a host of important issues: How far can states go to regulate abortion before the rights laid out in Roe v. Wade and the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey become all but meaningless? Is it enough for lawmakers to claim that tough clinic regulations have a rational basis, or must they prove that the rules are medically necessary? This second question reaches beyond abortion, said Stephanie Toti, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights who is representing Texas clinics: “If the courts were to hold that the states can trample on a fundamental right for pretextual reasons, that could have implications across many areas of the Constitution and many areas of core civil rights.”So far, abortion rights groups have submitted at least 45 friend-of-the-court briefs; abortion opponents are busy churning out their counter-arguments. The rhetoric is aimed directly at Justice Anthony Kennedy, who in 2007 wrote the court’s last major abortion decision, affirming the federal ban on partial-birth abortion, but who also voted to uphold Roe in 1992 and gay marriage last year. No one seems to expect Kennedy to overturn Roe, though eviscerating it is a distinct possibility. Oral arguments have been set for March 2, with a decision expected in late June.(Find ProPublica’s reading list on the Texas case here.)2. Contraception and conscienceThe other important reproductive rights case this Supreme Court term hasn’t generated nearly as much attention, but the stakes are high. Zubik v. Burwell is a group of seven cases that, like Hobby Lobby before them, challenge the contraception-coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act. In Hobby Lobby, the issue was whether the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act gave for-profit companies whose owners objected to birth control on religious grounds the right to deny contraception benefits to their employees; by a 5–4 vote, the court ruled yes.In Zubik, the plaintiffs are hospitals, universities, nursing homes, and other religiously affiliated nonprofits. These entities are already exempt from the contraception mandate on religious grounds. But the Obama administration obliges them to submit a one-page “opt-out” form. The nonprofits argue that even this bureaucratic requirement goes too far. Simply by filling out the form, they contend, they are setting in motion a process that allows their employees to get contraception coverage elsewhere. The organizations say this makes them complicit in an immoral act — supporting birth control — and violates their rights under the religious freedom law. “The issue here is whether the court is going to allow the government to second-guess” the beliefs of religious claimants, said Greg Baylor, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal powerhouse. “The question is: Did the [justices] mean what they said in Hobby Lobby?”Lawyers for the nonprofits point out that women would still be able to obtain birth control, though they may face more hurdles and higher costs. Yet Zubik‘s reasoning could broaden the religious rights of organizations in ways that Guttmacher analyst Adam Sonfield called “really sweeping” and “potentially much more dangerous than Hobby Lobby.”Other contraception cases are moving through the courts, raising similar questions about where to draw the line when it comes to claims of religious freedom: Should pharmacists be forced to fill prescriptions for forms of birth control that they find objectionable? Should a nurse who opposes the pill be able to sue a family planning clinic that declines to hire her? Should hospitals be able to deny tubal ligations, the second most common form of birth control in the U.S., to women after childbirth, the safest time to perform them? The number of cases is sure to increase as states — inspired by Hobby Lobby and last year’s Obergefell gay marriage ruling — move to pass their own versions of RFRA. “The messaging by the supporters of these measures is they’re really about carving out a space for those who object to same-sex marriage,” said Katherine Franke, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia University and author of the new book, “Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality.” “But what they’re creating is a really broad license not to be governed by laws that govern anyone else.”3. The Planned Parenthood effectThe sensational — and heavily doctored — Planned Parenthood videos released last summer “caused a watershed moment that we weren’t expecting,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which focuses on electing anti-abortion candidates to state and national office, wrote in a fundraising email in December. “We saw our opening — and we jumped all in.” On the legislative front, attempts to cut funding for the organization have gotten most of the attention. Now, the legal strategists at Americans United for Life plan to use the scandal to advance the personhood rights of the unborn in hopes of further undermining Roe.AUL’s new Infants Protection Project consists of eight pieces of model legislation likely to pop up in statehouses over the coming months and years. Some ideas have been around for a while — bans on the partial-birth abortion procedure, on abortions after 20 weeks, and on abortions for sex selection or disabilities such as Down syndrome. The “Unborn Infants Dignity Act” would bar the sale or donation of fetal tissue and “ensure a deceased unborn infant’s right to a dignified treatment, including a respectful burial”; the “Unborn Wrongful Death Act” goes beyond abortion to permit a civil cause of action for the death of a fetus at any stage of development.The draft bills don’t use the phrase “fetal personhood.” But the implications for the concept of personhood are clear. The initiative is a companion to AUL’s extremely effective Women’s Protection Project, whose legislative framework includes bills like the Texas clinic regulations and limits on abortions that use medication instead of surgery (another category likely to be hot this year).4. The California counteroffensiveIn the recent battles over reproductive rights, California has been a major outlier. Since 2013, the state has passed laws that allow women to obtain birth control directly from pharmacists; ban some deceptive practices common at crisis pregnancy centers that masquerade as abortion clinics; and permit trained people other than doctors to perform first-trimester abortions, the largest expansion of abortion access in the U.S. in more than a decade.This year, much of the action could shift from the Legislature to the courts. Abortion opponents have filed a federal lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Health Care for forcing religious organizations to offer abortion coverage in their health insurance plans, as required by state law. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Dignity Health, the state’s largest hospital chain, for refusing to perform tubal ligations at its Catholic facilities. The National Abortion Federation is continuing its battle against the Center for Medical Progress, the secretive California-based group behind the Planned Parenthood videos. All of those cases are likely to have national repercussions.Reproductive justice advocates have been active in other states as well, resulting in some significant wins beyond abortion: New Oregon laws easing access to birth control and protecting patient privacy, a New York law that lets women sign up for health insurance at any time during pregnancy, measures expanding paid maternity/paternity leave and protecting against pregnancy-related job discrimination. Andrea Miller, of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, expects to see an explosion in these types of measures, which appeal to people along the ideological spectrum and have garnered support even in conservative areas. Even amid the pitched abortion battles of 2015, some state legislatures saw significant action, moving or passing 143 pro-reproductive rights bills, she said. “That’s what gives us such extraordinary hope for the future.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

‘The virus is not going to stop and call a time out’

first_imgTrump’s petulance, and his underlings catering to that petulance, are creating the conditions for a very rocky transition that could affect how quickly vaccines are distributed. That matters, as Fauci explained: “The virus is not going to stop and call a time out while things change. The virus is just going to keep going. The process is just going to keep going.”But Team Trump is digging in. General Service Administration (GSA) Head Emily Murphy is refusing to start the formal transition process, and other top Trump officials are using that as the excuse they wanted to block cooperation, even at the cost of human life.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Once GSA determines that there is—if there is—a transition to do, we will ensure it’s cooperative and professional,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Good Morning America. “But right now the American people should be reassured that we’re moving ahead in collaboration with all of our states and local authorities to make sure the vaccine distribution works well.”No, jackass! The American people should be reassured that you’re moving ahead with a professional transition to make sure there’s a smooth handoff of the vaccine distribution process in just over two months!Following their leader, the top officials in the federal government really do not care if they cause people to die by holding up the vaccination process in the pandemic they allowed to rage out of control. This should be prosecuted as a crime—as two kinds of crime, actually: the crime against democracy by refusing to honor the results of the election, and the crime against human life by weakening the coronavirus response.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Officials urge high-risk groups to get flu shots soon

first_img The CDC recently estimated that Chiron would produce 18 million to 26 million doses for the US market this year. Today Gerberding said Chiron is on track to supply vaccine, but she declined to estimate how much. “We have no reason to be concerned about that, but we’re making no firm statements until we know more,” she said. Schaffner suggested that some healthcare workers don’t understand they are in a priority group for immunization. “We need to do a better job of letting them know that the reason healthcare workers should be vaccinated is so that if they get influenza, they don’t transmit it to patients,” he said. “What they fail to realize is that after they get infected and before they get sick, for 24 or even 48 hours, they can be transmitting the flu virus to their patients.” “Just do it,” echoed William Schaffner, MD, of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, speaking at a news teleconference in Washington, DC. She said the government would provide vaccine for evacuees through the Vaccines for Children program, which provides free flu vaccine for vulnerable children such as Medicaid recipients and those in uninsured families. “By definition the evacuees are being declared uninsured at the moment and therefore eligible for Vaccines for Children vaccine,” she explained. “That [date] gives us a good, solid month to vaccinate those who need it most,” CDC Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, said at the news conference. “We can avoid some of the problems we had last year because of the uncertainty about when the supply would be available for whom and where.” The CDC’s priority groups for vaccination include 6- to 23-month-old children, people older than 64, nursing home residents, children and adults with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, healthcare workers, and household contacts and caregivers of infants younger than 6 months. Sep 1 CIDRAP News article “CDC: save flu vaccine for high-risk groups till Oct 24” Officials specifically recommended early flu shots for hurricane evacuees living in crowded shelters. “We know those are places where respiratory diseases can easily spread,” said Gerberding. In making their appeal, officials expressed confidence about this year’s flu vaccine supply. Last year the supply shrank dramatically when Chiron Corp. had to cancel delivery of 48 million doses because of contamination at its factory in Liverpool, England. “There are going to be more opportunities than ever to get vaccinated, so go out and get your flu shot,” said Mark B. McClellan, head of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in appealing particularly to Medicare recipients. See also: Gerberding said the CDC expects 60 million doses from Sanofi Pasteur, 8 million doses from GlaxoSmithKline, and 3 million doses from MedImmune, which makes the intranasal vaccine FluMist. “That’s a minimum of 71 million doses. Anywhere between 71 million and 90 million doses is what we’re planning for right now.” In response to a question, Gerberding said the policy of reserving flu shots for high-risk groups until Oct 24 is strictly voluntary. “We don’t regulate the distribution of vaccine, and ultimately it’s the physician’s decision about when to vaccinate,” she said. Hoven said employers should make flu immunization free and as convenient as possible for health workers. The latter typically take care of their patients before they take care of themselves, and this can result in repeatedly postponing flu vaccination, she said. “Pneumococcal disease is second only to influenza as a leading cause of death due to vaccine-preventable diseases,” Whitney said. “Severe pneumococcal infection is a common complication of influenza.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that flu shots be reserved for high-risk groups—including people living in shelters because of Hurricane Katrina—until Oct. 24. Medicare covers pneumococcal vaccine, and people can receive that shot and a flu shot at the same time, Whitney said. Adults advised to get a pneumococcal shot include those older than 64, those living in nursing homes or in crowded conditions, those with weak immunity, and those who have diabetes or heart or lung disease, she said. Only 64% of elderly people report having had the shot, she said. Officials were especially emphatic in urging flu immunization for healthcare workers, fewer than 40% of whom typically get vaccinated. Schaffner cited “the stunning fact that children 6 to 23 months old, if they get influenza, have the same high rate of hospitalization as adults 65 years and older.” “The vaccine supply this year is expected to be very good, with over 90 million doses coming online in the weeks ahead,” said Schaffner, who is chairman of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. Officials also urged vaccination against pneumococcal disease for young children and high-risk adults. Pneumococcal bacteria cause a variety of infections, including ear and sinus infections, pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections, said Cynthia G. Whitney, MD, MPH, of the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases. McClellan reminded listeners that Medicare this year more than doubled the reimbursement rate for flu shots, from an average of $8 to more than $18. In addition, the government is now requiring nursing homes to vaccinate residents unless they refuse or have medical contraindications, he noted. Sep 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – National health officials made a major pitch today for healthcare workers and people most at risk for influenza and its complications to get flu shots within the next few weeks. “It’s at best embarrassing and at worst tragic that less than 50% of healthcare workers get vaccinated annually,” commented Gerberding. Officials also commented that antiviral drug treatment may be a way to prevent flu for people who can’t receive a flu shot, such as those who are allergic to eggs. Henry Bernstein, DO, of the American Academy of Pediatrics decried the “dismal” flu immunization rate of 38% for 2- to 17-year-old children with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes. The rate for 6- to 23-month-old children last year was better at 48%, but it still needs improvement, he said. “Every single doctor and nurse in America needs to make getting vaccinated a priority,” said Ardis D. Hoven, MD, a board member of the American Medical Association. She added that one study showed the vaccine was 88% effective in preventing flu in healthcare workers. Bernstein urged parents to schedule flu shots for children in high-risk groups “immediately,” and also called on their household contacts to be immunized.last_img read more

Bishop Malzaire Addresses Civil Society and Political Groups

first_img 164 Views   no discussions WE AS PASTORS AND PREACHERS AGREE:To recognize that our basic obligation is to promote unity in our communities, and therefore to refrain from saying or doing anything likely to be interpreted as partisan politics; andTo recognize our responsibility to give, at all times and especially during the period before and up to election time, moral and spiritual guidance to our flocks. Share Tweet It is my hope that in the days to come the representatives of the various groups: the Dominica Labour Party, United Workers Party, Freedom Party, Dominica Christian Council, Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches and the Media Association will meet to affix their signatures to the document as a sign of their commitment to work for Justice, Love and Peace in this great country, thus continuing on the trajectory of hope for the future that we all deserve. May the good Lord take us safely through this important time of decision-making. CommentaryLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics Bishop Malzaire Addresses Civil Society and Political Groups by: – October 25, 2019 WE AS POLITICAL PARTIES, POLITICIANS AND PARTY SUPPORTERS AGREE:To address issues and to avoid character assassination and/or mud-slinging (“mepuis”) about our opponents;To avoid half-truths and mis-representations which confuse issues and mislead the electorate;To avoid language or behaviour that is intolerant of others on account of their colour, sex or creed;To uphold the laws of this country regulating the conduct of elections;To vigorously resist the temptation to use bribery or the threat of victimization in any form or fashion in order to gain votes or to intimidate the electorate;To avoid all forms of violence and to do everything possible to defuse any situation which might lead to violence;To discourage all persons from using walls and buildings for offensive inscriptions and graffiti; andTo remember that those elected to office as parliamentarians are called to be faithful stewards and that accountability in office should be their prime commitment. Bishop of the Diocese Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire (file photo)Independence & Hope“Saluting Resilience and Rejuvenation … Two Years On” WE AS CITIZENS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE AGREE:To recognize that every adult citizen has the privilege to vote according to his or her conscience, and therefore the duty not to neglect to exercise this precious right;To make an effort to know the parties, their aims, objectives and policies in order to make a reasonable choice;To vote as free persons and not to debase ourselves by selling our votes for money or any personal favour;To oppose and reject any candidates who use bribery, intimidation or threats of violence to win votes;To reject any invitation to join in the harassment of those whose political views are different from ours;To consider that integrity, impartiality, good character and sound judgment are qualities required of those to be chosen;To remember that no political or economic system is perfect; andTo accept the verdict of the majority, even if this differs from how one has voted in accordance with one’s conscience.center_img WE AS PERSONNEL OF THE MEDIA AGREE:To remember the tremendous influence, we wield over the public;To discharge our responsibility in reporting the news and views with bias toward none and in fairness to all;To avoid the temptation of sensational reporting;To be scrupulous in the search for what is true and honest; andTo remember that the freedom of the Press is one of the pillars to build up the community rather than to destroy it. Share Share PREAMBLERecognizing that the People of Dominica, through the Constitution, have affirmed their belief in principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God and faith in fundamental rights and freedoms;Acknowledging that men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law; andDesiring the continuance of a democratic society in which all persons may, to the extent of their capacity, play some part in the institutions of national life and thus develop and maintain due respect for lawfully constituted authority; Happy Independence to everyone! Sharing is caring! In the humdrum of everyday life, every individual and every group of persons need objects of hope to sustain them on the journey towards their particular vision of ultimate fulfilment. This is no less true for a nation. Forty-one (41) years ago our nation, Dominica, took the major step towards self-determination out of a conviction that we have what it takes to chart a course towards development in keeping with our deepest sentiments regarding our needs as a people. A retrospective glance at the socio-cultural and socio-political climate of 1978, one is certain to conclude that it was a great risk.In addition to the turbulent seas on which the Nation had set itself, the breaking from the “safe” administrative and defence ties with the Queen, came Hurricane David in its first ten months. It was no less than a Baptism by fire, as put in biblical parlance. However, here we are, forty-one years hence, having traversed countless trials and challenges, whether by natural causes, like Misses Erika and Maria, or those caused by our many human inadequacies. Thus, the applicability of this year’s national Theme: “Saluting Resilience and Rejuvenation …Two Years On” (or rather 41 Years On).Every year we gather as a nation around this historic occasion to celebrate achievements and to recommit ourselves to nation building with the tacit intention to avoid the errors of the past. In that regard, therefore, every Independence celebration is at one and the same time a moment of festivity and reflection.This year, 2019, is of particular significance, in that, we are on the eve of another very important event in the life of our people. I am referring to the upcoming General Elections, in which every eligible Dominican voter is afforded the opportunity and privilege of having a say in the governance of this beloved country. Like Independence it is one of the greatest symbols of the maturity of a nation. As such, therefore, we are duty bound to act accordingly. While enjoying the full benefit of this festive moment, I wish to invite every patriotic national, to take some time to ponder deeply on the future of our country, as it prepares to engage in this “sacred act”.Therefore, I challenge all citizens: Government, Parliamentary Opposition, the religious community, the Media Association and the entire civil society to take a conscientious look at the Election Code issued by the Dominica Christian Council and which has served throughout the years of Independence, to guide the conduct of the various persons and groups during this pre-election period. It is as follows:E L E C T I O N   C O D Elast_img read more

1.4M WV families receive SAP cash aid

first_imgAccording to DSWD Region 6, 1,130,461 of these families were not beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). The paid-out amount to them reached P6,782,766,000. She urged local government units (LGUs) to hasten the submission of their liquidation reports   so that DSWD-6 could start validating their list of beneficiaries. Macapobre said DSWD would take back the emergency cash assistance given to families found to be not qualified for the SAP. As to 4Ps families, 321,747 each received P4,650 as top-up to their P750 health subsidy and P600 rice subsidy. As of June 1, 94 out of 133 LGUs in the region were able to submit liquidation reports. Each received P6,000. ILOILO – A total of 1,452,208 families in Western Visayas (WV) were able to receive emergency cash assistance from the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP), data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) showed. A total of P1,496,123,550 was allotted to 4Ps beneficiaries that were automatically covered by SAP, said DSWD-6 director Evelyn Macapobre. Macapobre also announced that President Rodrigo Duterte already approved the release of SAP cash assistance to some five million low-income families left out of the first tranche of the emergency cash assistance./PNlast_img read more

Open Mouth Insert Foot

first_imgI am sure by now you have heard the comments put out by Ohio State President Gee. His remarks about the priests at Notre Dame being angels on weekends but devils during the week would have been bad enough, but then he made some remarks about certain southern schools going to do something but probably wouldn’t because they couldn’t read the instructions. I am paraphrasing his remarks to simplify them for this story or it would become several pages. One of these days, you would think people would learn that even if it was said in jest someone was going to record it and put it out there as gospel. All of us at one time or another has done the same thing. We open our mouth before we engage our brain. Every Purdue grad and every IU grad has done this so many times there could be a book written about the remarks. Notre Dame likes the role of being somewhat independent and it isn’t going to change soon. Every conference has made decisions on how they want to accept athletes; and as long as the NCAA feels they are not breaking the rules, it will not likely change. Every university hopes they can produce national champs and still maintain the highest academic standing there is, but we all know that Princeton will not win many national titles and certain other schools will continue to do so. When it is all said and done, money is what keeps a university open and some get the dollars in different ways than others do. Unfortunately, President Gee was forced to retire over his remarks.last_img read more