Youth light up Cuba meeting

first_imgThe annual meeting of the National Network on Cuba included a public event at the University of Illinois in Chicago on Nov. 19-20. Arriving guests viewed images of Cuba’s historic leader Fidel Castro taken by Roberto Chile for Fidel’s 90th birthday. The speakers, cultural presentations and audience itself showed the depth of support in the U.S. for the Cuban Revolution. New generations showed their strength, involvement and leadership.With the recent easing of U.S. government restrictions that had long blocked Cuban representatives from traveling outside New York City and Washington, D.C., this meeting opened broader dialogue in the U.S.First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy Miguel Fraga, director of the North American Division of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) Sandra Ramirez and Leima Martinez, also representing ICAP, shared the podium with Jose López, brother of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera; Aislinn Pulley, of the Black Lives Matter movement; and Harold Rogers, of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.Not realizing that a week later Fidel Castro would die, 35-year-old Cuban Martinez answered questions about what would happen in Cuba without Fidel. She replied, “The young people in Cuba are there to continue his work and ideas. Young people in Cuba feel identified with the objectives of the revolution. … Every policy that has been implemented in Cuba during all the years by the revolution, but mainly during the last five years, has been supported by the young people in Cuba. In fact, the young people are involved in every aspect of the updates of the social and economic model in Cuba.“Those who have visited Cuba know much about what the youth are doing in the university, in the research centers. They are leading the most important aspects of the dialogue between the U.S. and Cuba, because we have identified health care exchanges and so on. We are also proud to say that young people all over the world celebrated the 90th birthday of Fidel, as well as in Cuba.”Chicago anti-racists look to CubaIn a city infamous for racism, police outrages and economic hardship, Aislinn Pulley, co-founder and lead organizer with Black Lives Matter Chicago, came to the meeting from the funeral of yet another victim of police killings. She rejected the “duopoly” of the Democratic and Republican parties, pointing out that Chicago’s mayor is a Democrat, but the police killings continue. The elected officials in Ferguson, Mo., are also Democrats.She asked, “What does justice look like? What is an alternative to the present misery so many people are living in? When we struggle we can win. When we fight we do win. That is the lesson of Cuba. Despite being a tiny country of 10 million-plus people and only 90 miles from the shore of the largest superpower the world has known, the Cuban Revolution is alive and thrives.”Noting that she had been to Cuba three times, Pulley said, “The example of Cuba, particularly in the work I have been involved in, is really important because of the mothers whose children were murdered by the [Batista] dictatorship. They took the streets in Havana and they led marches. And it is the mothers who are leading the marches here in Chicago and across this country. It is the example of that resistance that we emulate, that can teach us to look beyond the mythology of the duopoly in this country, to create a system that is actually provided for and governed by the majority of the populace. The possibility of Cuba is not a mythology. It is a reality.”Jessie Fuentes asked the audience to sign petitions to free Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López Rivera before presenting her spoken word composition “New Puerto Rico.” Andrea Meza delivered spoken word titled “Struggle across borders.”Abeeku Ricks, a 2016 graduate of Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), shared his gratitude to Cuba and explained how different education is in Cuba. “My generation is the health care activists in the world. In the 60s Cuba sent soldiers, now they are sending doctors. Fidel Castro called it one of his greatest accomplishments, the army of white coats.”Ricks shared that he has friends and family members who have been killed by police here: “Our lives do matter. Cuba put it into perspective how Black people can replicate the Cuban revolution. Cuba has a place in my heart.”Earlier in the day, in a series of panel discussions, Ricks and fellow ELAM graduate Dr. Erlyne Hyppolite discussed Cuba’s health care model.Four Venceremos Brigadistas crafted an interactive discussion to look at anti-oppression and anti-racism as a priority in Cuba solidarity work.The Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization and the National Lawyers Guild alerted the meeting to two serious attacks on the Cuba solidarity movement. U.S. government agencies are attempting to punish IFCO for its Friendshipment Caravans by stripping the parent organization of its tax-exempt status, and they are attempting to fine Floridian Albert Fox $100,000 for traveling to Cuba. IFCO outlined its plans to organize against the U.S. blockade of Cuba with caravans in April and a travel challenge in July.A fourth panel examined the definition of ethical travel to Cuba, describing a new organization of travel providers called RESPECT, whose stated principles encourage respect for Cuba’s laws, regulations and sovereignty when planning travel there.Video of these panels and the public meeting are available at, and will be posted soon to thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dana Gioia Wins Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Literary Arts Dana Gioia Wins Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | 1:00 pm Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Dana Gioia, the USC Judge Widney Professor Of Poetry And Public Culture, has been named the recipient of Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry.Gioia, celebrated for his poetry, criticism and arts advocacy, joins a who’s who list of the greatest contemporary American poets who have already been bestowed this national prize honoring lifetime achievement.“I wanted to combine the past and the present—to take the richness of literature and combine it with the energy of movies and popular song to create a new sort of poetry,” Gioia said. “I was not interested in writing just for academics or intellectuals.”The Aiken Taylor Award will be presented Feb. 19 at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn. Poet Laureate of Colorado David Mason will lecture on Gioia’s poetic career the previous day.“Drawing on his array of talent—as a creative artist, scholar, and advocate—Professor Gioia shines a spotlight on the world of American poetry, while establishing his own poetic voice as one of the most profound and distinctive of our time. Our academic community is delighted to celebrate this well-deserved recognition,” said USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett.Sewanee Review, the poetry journal at the University of the South which administers the award, cited not only Gioia’s poems but his impact on poetry itself.“Perhaps no other poet in recent times has, with a combination of criticism, policy, and, above all, exemplary poetic work, sparked as much conversation on the role of poetry in society,” the Sewanee Review writes.Many of the previous 27 winners—including W. S. Merwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins—are part of the pantheon of poets who have become part of the popular culture.“Dana has been a good observer and critic of recent American poetry and we’ve profited from that,” said two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur from his home in Massachusetts. Wilbur was the second winner of the Aiken Award in 1988. “Dana is two things: He is a practical man who exists in the practical world. He can run a government agency with honor and at same time focus altogether on writing poems and do them very well indeed.”Gioia has garnered much acclaim for his mix of business acumen and his ability as an artist.Gioia’s time leading the National Endowment for the Arts—and founding such initiatives as Shakespeare in American Communities, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, and Jazz Masters—led Business Week magazine to dub him “The Man Who Saved the NEA.”For many years, Gioia was called “the business poet” because after earning an M.B.A. from Stanford University, he became vice president in marketing for the General Foods Corporation.But the lasting mark that Gioia will leave is on the written word. The New Formalism movement that Gioia sparked exemplifies a freedom of style that can happily include the discipline of structure or the cadence of everyday language. That mash-up of styles is de rigueur today. Gioia’s poetry has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. It has also been widely reprinted, including in the Norton Anthology of Poetry and the Oxford Book of American Poetry.Gioia has released four books of poetry; translated two collections of poetry; penned three collections of criticism and three opera libretti; and served as an editor for over thirteen anthologies and handbooks. His third collection of poems, “Interrogations at Noon,” won the American Book Award.Gioia’s approach to poetry has much to do with his childhood in Los Angeles, where he was raised by a Sicilian father and Mexican mother and became the first in his family to go to college.“When growing up in L.A. in the ’60s, how can you not recognize the cultural energy around you?” Gioia said. “How do you transform that level of intensity to the solely verbal form that poetry requires?”Not only did he strive to allow poetry writing to be more dynamic, but also to make poetry accessible. In his controversial and influential essay, “Can Poetry Matter?”—published in The Atlantic in 1991—he laments the confinement of poetry to academic circles.That philosophy led to some of the accomplishments Gioia is most proud of. The Poetry Out Loud program engages 400,000 high schools students every year. “Exploring Form and Narrative,” which he co-founded with Michael Peich, is now the largest annual poetry-writing conference in the U.S.“When literature is cut off from popular culture, it atrophies,” Gioia said. “I wanted to get poetry out of the classroom.” More Cool Stuff Top of the News last_img read more

Union Station Homeless Services Appoints New Board Members

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Top of the News Make a comment Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img People Union Station Homeless Services Appoints New Board Members Rob Levy, Owner of The Raymond 1886 and VP at HomeStreet; Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar; and Catherine Simms, VP at Wells Fargo From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, April 21, 2014 | 2:19 pm L-R: Rob Levy, Owner of The Raymond 1886 and VP at HomeStreet, Catherine Simms, VP at Wells Fargo and Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar. Photo courtesy Union Station Homeless Services.Marvin M. Gross, CEO of Union Statin Homeless Services, announced the appointment of three new members to the non-profit agency’s board of directors. The new members are community and business leaders with a vested interest in Union Station’s mission to help men, women and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness. They will serve an initial term of three years.Rob Levy is a Vice President, Branch Manager and Sr. Loan Officer at HomeStreet Bank. Prior to joining HomeStreet, Rob was Sales Manager and Senior Loan Officer at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Sr. Loan Officer at Washington Mutual. He holds a BA from San Diego State University. Rob has served on the board of trustees at Crestview Preparatory School. In addition to his work in the banking industry, Rob is owner of The Raymond 1886, a Pasadena restaurant and mixology bar which the LA Times called “a small cocktail oasis [that] offers labor-intensive libations and a crowd more resembling the low-lighted haunts of downtown than the sleepy, suburban sidewalks of Pasadena.”“Homelessness is an undeniable issue that must be dealt with thoughtfully and compassionately,” says Levy. “I have always admired the work of USHS and had great respect for those who selflessly give of their time and expertise for such a worthy cause. I am honored to be a part of it.”Jim McCarthy is CEO of Goldstar, a Pasadena-based company that is a leader in online ticket sales and audience generation. He focuses on business development through strategic marketing for Goldstar. Before launching Goldstar in February 2002, Jim was Vice President of Marketing for venture-backed Kiko, Inc., and previous to that developed highly successful sales products for GeoCities until its acquisition by Yahoo. Jim has penned articles on e-commerce and niche marketing for such publications as Fast Company, Business Insider, E-Commerce Times, and has been a featured lecturer at such conferences as InTix, Dansk Live, Drilling Down on Local. He has been an active participant at the annual TED conference since 2008. He is an organizer and the curator of TEDxBroadway, the annual event which brings together experts from a wide range of fields to create, share, and stimulate dialogue about making Broadway the best it can be. Jim also serves as Chief Editor for He is a graduate of the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and Harvard University.“Union Station does great work and important work here in Pasadena, and as a longtime supporter of the organization, I’m honored to be asked to join the board,” says McCarthy. “My hope is to make a contribution in some way to helping them in their important mission.”Catherine Simms is a Vice President for the Pasadena region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Catherine was a Vice President and Private Banker at U.S. Trust Company, where she specialized in advising clients on asset and liability management. She has been in the banking industry for nearly 30 years and has extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate, healthcare finance, mortgage banking, and corporate and small business lending. Catherine holds an MBA in Finance from USC. She is currently on the board of Five Acres, Boys and Girls Aid Society, and Pasadena Rotary Foundation. She previously served on the board of Pasadena Rotary Club, and Ketchum Downtown YMCA. She also volunteers at Huntington Memorial Hospital.Catherine has volunteered at Union Station for over 10 years with her family. “The experience has been rewarding for [my family members and I] and we have formed real friendships with the other people who have served with us over those years,” says Simms. “Our children are now grown and involved in their own lives but we continue to look forward to [volunteering together.] I am grateful that USHS can take our small donations of time and money and transform lives.”“We are tremendously excited about the new board members joining us, and appreciate their time and commitment to Union Station and the community over the next three years,” says Marv Gross, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services. “Each member brings a reputation of excellence in his or her respective field. We are truly fortunate to have this caliber of leadership at our organization, and look forward to their contributions to our growth and development.”About Union Station Homeless ServicesUnion Station Homeless Services is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. Our mission is help men, women and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness. Union Station provides comprehensive services to help homeless individuals achieve self-sufficiency, including emergency shelter, case management, career counseling, transitional housing, referrals to medical and mental health services, women’s and family services, and other housing resources.For more information about Union Station Homeless Services, visit Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Pasadena Congresswoman Calls on Airlines to Prevent Racial and Religious Discrimination on Flights

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Government Pasadena Congresswoman Calls on Airlines to Prevent Racial and Religious Discrimination on Flights Published on Monday, June 6, 2016 | 2:08 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Business News Make a comment HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Monday, leaders of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) sent a letter to Airlines for America President Nicholas Calio calling for clearer guidance on racial profiling.The letter comes after a series of recent incidents on airlines where perceived or actual Muslim and Arab Americans were suspected of terrorism or asked to deplane without concrete evidence.Pasadena Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of CAPAC, released the following statement:“We have been warning about the costs of xenophobic and racist rhetoric in our political conversations. And now, as many continue to preach suspicion of Muslims, we are increasingly seeing the effects. In just the past year alone, there have been at least eight reported cases of alleged discrimination targeting airlines passengers based on their perceived race or religion. Flying while Muslim is not a crime and our airlines industry should not act as though it is. I look forward to hearing back and working with Airlines for America to understand what procedures are in place to evaluate current threats and to ensure that no passenger is the unfair target of racial or religious profiling. As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I will continue to fight for policies that keep our skies safe and our passengers welcome.” Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Unemployment Reports Weekly Decline

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Unemployment Reports Weekly Decline Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Employment HOUSING 2020-06-11 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Employment HOUSING Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago In the week ending June 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,542,000, a decrease of 355,000 from the previous week’s revised level, according to the Department of Labor. The previous week’s level was revised up by 20,000 from 1,877,000 to 1,897,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,002,000, a decrease of 286,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 4,250 from 2,284,000 to 2,288,250.The U.S. economy also added 2.5 million jobs in May and the unemployment rate declined to 13.3% from the prior report’s 14.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rates decline in May for adult men to 11.6%, adult women (13.9%), Whites (12.4%), African Americans (16.8%), and Hispanics (17.6%).Construction employment rose by 464,000 in May—gaining back almost half of April’s decline (-995,000). Much of this gain was attributed to specialty trade contractors, with the increase split between the residential and nonresidential’s Chief Economist Danielle Hale said the share of works who expect to return to work within six months remains higher than normal, but “that’s one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal report.”“Even workers expecting only a short disruption in income likely cut back on spending and dipped into savings to make ends meet. Unemployment benefits, which are currently more generous than usual, will help, but major purchases such as cars and homes may be delayed for some buyers until they feel like the jobs market is back to normal,” Hale said. “The longer the disruption in the labor market, the longer consumers may have to wait on making major purchases such as cars and homes.”For the week ending May 23, the states and territories with the highest insured unemployment rates were Maine (26.9%), Nevada (24.3%), Michigan (21.7%), Hawaii (20.1%), and Puerto Rico (19.0%). The national figure for the corresponding week was 14.6%. The insured unemployment rate represents the fraction of the unemployment insurance-eligible workforce currently receiving benefits. For the week ending May 30, Florida and Oregon showed the largest increases in continued claims, rising 306,000 and 201,000, respectively, from the prior week, while Pennsylvania and Texas had the largest declines, falling 166,00 and 160,000, respectively, from the prior week. (All state-level data for the week ending May 30 should be considered preliminary estimates due to the way these data are collected)”As with the prior weeks, a few caveats make this week’s data difficult to interpret precisely,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “On one hand, unemployment insurance eligibility rules have been relaxed recently, increasing the number of people who are able to apply. This makes it difficult to estimate the uninsured unemployed share of the workforce. On the other hand, many states reported a significant backlog of unemployment insurance applications due to a lack of processing capacity, indicating that this week’s release may understate the true extent of insured layoffs.” Previous: Redlining Results in 52% Less Home Value for Homeowners Next: Forbearances Decrease for Second Consecutive Week in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News June 11, 2020 1,131 Views center_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Unemployment Reports Weekly Decline Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Subscribelast_img read more


first_img Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… You Might Like HOMECOMING PRIDE Charles Henderson High School Homecoming Queen Deja smiled and waved to paradegoers Friday afternoon as she stood behind her court…. read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Bryan is well known around this neck of the woods for her chocolate pies topped with meringues that peaks at about six inches. So, she was a bit hesitant to alter her original and “secret” recipe by adding peanut butter in order to compete in the annual contest.“Several friends insisted that I enter the contest but I didn’t want to ruin a chocolate pie by adding peanut butter,” Bryan said with a smile. “I like peanut butter and I like it with chocolate in Reese’s Pieces but I didn’t think chocolate/peanut butter pie filling would be good with a meringue.”When she entered the pie in the competition, Bryan announced that she has “just ruined a chocolate pie.” Sponsored Content Email the author By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Published 8:00 pm Monday, October 28, 2013 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration This pair on a bicycle built for two prove that nothing goes together better with peanut butter than jelly. The PB&J sandwich cyclists were part of the annual Nutter Butter Parade Saturday.Annual festival attracts nutty folks, winnersThousands of people, some in costume, some not, turned out for the annual Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge on Saturday to participate in a 5K, watch the Nutter Butter Parade, sample interesting peanut butter sandwiches and catch a glimpse of artisans demonstrating their crafts – such as basket weaving and cane juice making.Among Saturday’s activities was the judging of the annual peanut butter recipe contest. Annette Bryan of Brundidge won the overall blue ribbon at the Peanut Butter Recipe contest held in conjunction with the 23rd Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge Saturday. Well, that “ruined” chocolate/peanut butter pie took first place honors in the pie category of the Peanut Butter Recipe Contest and then the blue ribbon as the overall best recipe in the contest.“I was shocked,” Bryan said. “I never thought about winning. I just wanted to support the Festival.”Bryan and her original chocolate/peanut butter pie recipe will be featured in an upcoming edition of Blue Ribbon Hunter, a web-based food show on Kierce, Blue Ribbon Hunter senior supervising producer, and a film crew were in Brundidge Saturday to film the Peanut Butter Recipe Contest and other peanut butter events at the Festival. Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits PEANUT BUTTER PASSION Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Tammy Powell, a member of the sponsoring Brundidge Study Club, said more than 40 entries competed for blue ribbons in five categories – cakes, cookies, candies, pies and miscellaneous in both the adult and youth categories.The blue ribbon winners were Bryan, overall winner; Kendra Hetrick, adult cakes; Chelsey Holland, youth cakes; Susan Duckworth, adult candy; Leah Grace Qualls, youth candy; Kate Taylor, adult cookies; Weston Brown, youth cookies; Annette Bryan, adult pies; Audrey Law, youth pies; and Grace Lsuwarata, miscellaneous, coconut peanut butter curry.“It’s amazing that cooks are able to keep coming up with so many different ways to use peanut butter in recipes,” Powell said. “The different ingredients used in combination with peanut butter are different and they are good.”Powell expressed appreciation to all of those who entered the annual Peanut Butter Recipe and encouraged cooks to begin looking for different ways to use peanut butter in recipes in anticipation of next year.“The year, we had a Blue Ribbon Hunter winner and who knows what recognition will come to next year’s winner,” she said. 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Coronavirus updates: Amid racial disparity, Cuomo says ‘let’s learn from this moment’

first_img11:20 a.m.: DOJ investigating conditions at nursing home where more than 30 diedAfter a COVID-19 outbreak left more than 30 dead at a Massachusetts nursing home, the Justice Department’s civil rights division is investigating whether the facility violated its residents’ rights by failing to provide adequate care during and before the pandemic.“The federal Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act specifically protects the rights of those confined in state facilities like the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home,” located in Holyoke, said U.S. attorney Andrew Lelling.“It would be difficult to overstate our obligation to the health and well-being of elderly and disabled military veterans and, by extension, to their families,” Lelling said in a statement.Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called for an independent investigation into the Soldiers’ Home. This probe is the first publicly-announced federal investigation of a nursing home since the start of the coronavirus crisis. 11:40 a.m.: Boris Johnson ‘at an early stage’ of recovery, UK sees deadliest day so farBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in a London hospital battling the coronavirus, is “continuing his recovery, which is at an early stage,” according to a statement from his official residence and office, 10 Downing Street.Johnson, 55, remains “in very good spirits,” the statement added.“The Prime Minister has been able to do short walks, between periods of rest,” a spokesman said. “He has spoken to his doctors and thanks the whole clinical team for the incredible care he has received.”A spokesman said Friday, “I am told he was waving his thanks towards the nurses and doctors that he saw as he was being moved from the intensive care unit back to the ward.”Johnson has been hospitalized since Sunday evening due to “persistent symptoms” of the novel coronavirus. He was transferred to the intensive care unit on Monday after his condition “worsened,” and released from intensive care on Thursday, a spokesperson said.Meanwhile, on Friday the U.K. saw its deadliest day from the coronavirus so far, with 953 fatalities in the last 24 hours. mrtom-uk/iStock(NEW YORK) — The global novel coronavirus death toll has climbed to over 97,000, including at least 16,736 people who lost their lives in the United States.In the U.S., over 467,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.With the U.S. death toll over 16,000, the virus has killed more people in a matter of months than those who died in recent years from homicide, according to FBI data.Worldwide, more than 1.6 million people have been diagnosed since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:center_img 10:50 a.m.: Wisconsin Dept. of Health tracking if new cases emerge from Tuesday’s electionThe Wisconsin Department of Health said it plans to track whether new cases of COVID-19 arise from Tuesday’s in-person election, which was held despite the pandemic. Public health officials said they expect to see any cases from exposure begin to appear next week. “We will continue this important work to ensure that every case is followed up on, contacted, and anyone who may have been exposed notified,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “We hope the extraordinary efforts taken by local clerks, public health, voters and poll workers helped minimize any transmission but we stand prepared to respond if that isn’t the case.”10:10 a.m.: Boris Johnson ‘at an early stage’ of recovery, UK sees deadliest day so farBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in a London hospital battling the coronavirus, is “continuing his recovery, which is at an early stage,” according to a statement from his official residence and office, 10 Downing Street.Johnson, 55, remains “in very good spirits,” the statement added.Johnson has been hospitalized since Sunday evening due to “persistent symptoms” of the novel coronavirus. He was transferred to the intensive care unit on Monday after his condition “worsened,” and released from intensive care on Thursday, a spokesperson said.Meanwhile, the U.K. saw its deadliest day from the coronavirus so far, with 953 fatalities in the last 24 hours.9 a.m.: Amid racial disparity, Cuomo says ‘let’s learn from this moment’In New York, the state hit hardest by the pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo thinks “we’re on what they call the plateau, as opposed to the apex.” “The hospitalization rate is down. The number of new people coming into the hospitals is down,” Cuomo told ABC News’ Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan Friday. “It’s making it easier for the emergency rooms to deal with this because they’re at overcapacity to begin with. “In New York state, over 160,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 — that’s more than any other state in the U.S. and country in the world. The virus has claimed 7,000 lives in New York.“The terrible news is the death toll is going up. And I understand the logic to that,” Cuomo said. “These are people who came into the hospital a couple of weeks ago, they didn’t recover, they were put on ventilators and once you’re on a ventilator, the longer you’re on a ventilator, the worse it gets.” He continued, “The whole system is overcapacity, but we built in some relief valves. We have a 2500-bed capacity at the Javits Center [in Manhattan] that we did with the federal government and the military. We have the U.S. Navy ship Comfort [in Manhattan] which has 500 beds available as an overflow.”As preliminary data showed the largest percentage of coronavirus deaths in New York City was among Hispanics, the governor on Wednesday called for more testing in minority communities. Hispanics accounted for 34% of COVID-19 deaths though they make up 29% of the population. African-Americans made up 28% of the deaths and 22% of New York City’s population. “Are we shocked that the rates are higher in the African-American/Latino community? We shouldn’t be, Michael, if we’re being honest,” Cuomo told GMA. “We know that there’s inequality in the health care system. We know that the poorer communities often pay the highest price for these types of emergency situations because they’re really just bringing to light that systemic racism and discrimination in the system.” “There has to be some lesson that we take from this,” he said.5:35 a.m.: IMF anticipates worst economic fallout since the Great DepressionIn a preview of its World Economic Outlook event next week, the International Monetary Fund says the world should be prepared for the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression due to the novel coronavirus.“Today we are confronted with a crisis like no other. COVID-19 has disrupted our social and economic order at lightning speed and on a scale that we have not seen in living memory,” Kristalina Georgieva, IMF managing director, said in a statement Thursday.Three months ago, the IMF said it expected at least 160 countries would see positive per capita income growth in 2020. As of Thursday, the organization now predicts over 170 countries will experience negative per capita income growth this year.“The bleak outlook applies to advanced and developing economies alike. This crisis knows no boundaries. Everybody hurts,” Georgieva said. “In fact, we anticipate the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression.”In the U.S., more than 16 million people have filed for unemployment insurance in just three weeks, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor.The 2020 World Economic Outlook event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14.4:25 a.m.: FDA, FTC send warning to InfowarsThe Food and Drug Administration, along with the Federal Trade Commission has sent a notice to Alex Jones’ Infowars website to stop selling products it claims can help “mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19.”Officials not only warned against selling alleged treatments for coronavirus, but it also asked consumers not to use the products since none are approved by the FDA to treat COVID-19.Among the items the FDA said the conspiracy theory website was selling include, “Superblue Silver Immune Gargle,” “SuperSilver Whitening Toothpaste,” “SuperSilver Wound Dressing Gel” and “Superblue Fluoride Free Toothpaste.” The products were sold on the website and promoted on Infowars videos, the FTC letter said.The FDA has sent 26 warning letters to companies and organizations claiming to have COVID-19 treatments since March 6. Of those, 14 have been labeled as corrected.While there are trials running across the world, there is no known treatments or vaccines to cure or prevent COVID-19. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Carrier Strike Group 1 changes command

first_img View post tag: US Navy Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey relieved Rear Adm. John Fuller as commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, during a pierside change of command ceremony, June 12, aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, presided over the ceremony and thanked Fuller for his efforts over the past 11 months as strike group commander.“Thank you for being the kind of leader I could count on, your fellow strike group commanders could count on, and, most importantly, your Sailors could count on,” said Alexander. “Please know how very proud we are of you and your accomplishments.”The strike group successfully completed a sustainment training exercise in November and a Western Pacific deployment in April. The deployment included bilateral exercises with French and Japanese maritime forces, as well as a historic visit to Vietnam, the first by a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group in more than 40 years.Alexander presented Fuller the Legion of Merit award during the ceremony.“It has been such an honor that I have been part of such a great team. I feel I gained so much more than I gave,” said Fuller. “To my entire staff, thank you for being a family, leading by example and demonstrating great professionalism, humility and tenacity.”Fuller is scheduled to report to U.S. Northern Command in Colorado to serve as the director for strategy, policy and plans.Holsey addressed strike group staff and leaders after assuming all duties and responsibilities as the CSG-1 commander.“I am honored today to stand before you as your leader,” said Holsey. “We will take every advantage to execute with professionalism, with purpose, and with precision.”Holsey received his commission through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Morehouse College in 1988. He commanded Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 37 from 2007 to 2008 and the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) from 2013 to 2014.Holsey reported to the strike group from the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., where he served as a deputy director for operations.Carrier Strike Group 1 was formally established in 2009. The strike group includes aircraft carrier Carl Vinson; Carrier Air Wing 2; guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57); Destroyer Squadron 1 guided-missile destroyers USS O’Kane (DDG 77), USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Dewey (DDG 105), and USS Michael Murphy; and USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). View post tag: Carrier Strike Group 1 Photo: Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey renders a salute during a change of command ceremony on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Photo: US Navycenter_img View post tag: USS Carl Vinson Share this articlelast_img read more

ESL Lecturers

first_imgMaster’s Degree in TESOL, rhetoric or related fieldTwo years of college teaching experienceExperience teaching English Writing courses at collegelevelExperience using Blackboard or similar learning platforms Teach advanced level courses of English, with a specificemphasis on the development of written and oral skills for academicpurposesAdminister and mark the exams for their courses.Hold office hours for student consultation Please submit the required documents (CV, Cover Letter, and mostrecent teaching evaluations) via Interfolio.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more: legal information General Summary/Purpose:The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of theJohns Hopkins University (SAIS) is accepting applications forpart-time ESL lecturers for the Fall 2019 semester. ESL lecturersteach advanced level courses of English, with a specific emphasison the development of written and oral skills for academic purposesthrough content-based instruction in topics of InternationalRelations. Contracts are renewable based on performance andenrollment needs. This is a part-time position within the LanguageStudies Program; hours will vary according to class schedule, withmost being held Tuesdays through Fridays.Key accountabilities:last_img read more

Welsh True Taste awards open for entry

first_imgThe 10th annual Wales the True Taste Food and Drink Awards will be held in North Wales for the first time, with the categories now open to enter.Taking place on Thursday 9 October at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, the awards feature a Baked & Confectionery product category, as well as more general classes including: Speciality Foods, Food for Health, Organic, Wales the True Taste Product of the Year and Retailer of the Year.The accolades aim to honour excellence and innovation in the Welsh food and drink and hospitality sectors. Past winners include Gower Cottage Brownies, Wigmore Bakery, and Bacheldre Watermill. Companies can be awarded a gold, silver or bronze True Taste badge of honour.To enter visit The closing date for entries is 15 April 2011.last_img