Paul Farmer, Haiti’s One-Man Health Organization

first_imgPaul Farmer lives his life by one rule: the Golden Rule.Farmer, a Harvard-educated medical doctor, operates a clinic in rural Haiti. “If you were sick, you’d want someone to walk or be willing to walk five miles to see you,” he said in a 2003 e-mail from his clinic. “These patients do not live near roads. Someone has to go and see them. I think doctors should be among those willing to schlep a few miles (to see) a sick patient. Even if others disagree, I like doing it…”Read more here (Investors Business Daily)last_img

Panel discusses sustainability in cities

first_imgSouth Bend and the University of Notre Dame must work with individuals to become more sustainable, members of the Sustainable Cities Panel determined. Students for Environmental Action hosted the event Thursday. Officer for Students for Environmental Action Regina McCormack said citizens hold the key to improving sustainability. “We often talk about what cities can do to be more green, but today we want to extend the conversation to what individuals can do,” she said. Director of the Office of Sustainability Heather Christophersen said sustainability is an integral part of Notre Dame’s mission. “It is important to our Catholic faith,” she said. Christophersen said the Church has made changes to be more sustainable, starting from the top. She said Vatican City is the first carbon-neutral country in the world, with the Vatican Museum adding solar panels to its roof. Notre Dame has adopted the Church’s view about the importance of sustainability, she said. “The negative impacts of climate change often falls most heavily on the poor and as Catholics, it is our duty to care for the poor,” Christophersen said. Christophersen said sustainability has an effect on the reputation of a university. The University hopes to decrease its carbon footprint and its waste output, in addition to teaching students about green living, she said. “[Notre Dame] hopes to educate us to change our behaviors on campus in the hope that we will take those behaviors and practice them at home also,” Christophersen said. Christophersen said the University has encouraged sustainability on campus, with a new community garden, more courses regarding sustainability and special events such as the dorm energy competition and Energy Week. Municipal Energy Director Jon Burke said South Bend has begun to encourage sustainability. The city just started an office of energy in September, he said. “We’re in the embryonic stage,” Burke said. Burke said South Bend’s solution to become more sustainable starts with each citizen of the city. “Programs to increase sustainability aren’t going to be enough,” he said. “The solution is really going to come when individuals decide they are going to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.” Burke said students must always play an important role in improving sustainability. “I plead to you to get involved with sustainability because it’s going to affect you a lot more than it will affect me,” he said. “For centuries students have been the driving force for social change.” Architecture professor Lucien Steil said constructing economically friendly structures is important. He said buildings are the greatest source of carbon emissions. “We have to become citizens of the planet again,” Steil said. Industrial design professor Ann-Marie Conrado said products we use daily can be detrimental to the environment. She said the University is recycling-friendly. “On this campus, the only thing that isn’t recyclable is food waste,” Conrado said. Conrado said current recycling bins do not cater to this, as the area for recyclable waste is significantly smaller than the area for trash. She said improving the small things goes a long way in working towards sustainability. “Through design we can actually educate and change behavior,” Conrado said.last_img read more

Vermont Foliage Report: Near-peak to full color arrives in Northeast Kingdom

first_imgFor more information, visit www.VermontVacation.com(link is external). The foliage change appeared to slow to a near standstill during the misty, atmospheric weather of this past weekend.  But with a frosty night or two before the coming weekend and sunny weather forecast through Monday, near-peak to full color change is expected along the spine of the Green Mountains and will begin to emerge in the mountain valleys. Ray Toolan, who reports from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, observes a variety of foliage in the area. ‘Not a great deal of change from last week, most likely due to the wet weather. Still, we have a lot of variation, with the best colors in the higher elevations and around swamps and wetlands. In many places mid-slope forests are still in early stages while other areas are at or just past peak. Pretty much any of the paved roads in Lamoille and Orleans counties are showing nice color,’ Toolan says. Elsewhere, expect various stages of color across the state, including the mountain and river valleys where the foliage change ranges from early to mid-stage. The foothills east and south of Burlington are at mid-stage, reports Forester Keith Thompson. ‘The highlights are Jericho, Underhill and Huntington. It’s not as far along near the lake,’ Thompson says. ‘Overall a full array of vibrant fall colors are popping out from Middlebury Gap south to Killington, Bridgewater south to Ludlow, and Rutland south to Mt. Taber,’  reports spotter Tom Olson from the Maple Museum. The cooler temperatures are also moving the color change in the lower Champlain Valley and the foothills of the Taconic and Green Mountains into mid-stage, while the red maples in marshy areas are nearing peak. ‘Look for brilliant shades of red, yellow and gold in these areas,’ says Olson. In southern Vermont mid-stage color predominates along the higher elevations while the early stages prevail in the valleys where swampy areas are splashed with the crimson of red maples. For current road conditions and detailed planning information, please check our frequently updated map:  http://www.vermontvacation.com/vtopenforbusiness.htm(link is external) Best Bets: In northern Vermont, recommended scenic routes for peak color viewing include Route 114 between Lyndonville and Norton, Route 58 from Irasburg to Montgomery Center, Route 105 from North Troy to East Charleston, and Route 102 along the Connecticut River. Also try Route 302 east from Barre or Route 232 through the Groton State Forest; Route 2 between Marshfield and Lunenburg, Route 215 in Cabot, and Route 15 between Walden and Cambridge. Also, try back roads in Burke, Peacham, Barnet and Danville, which offer a variety of close-up and long-range views. Vistas from Interstate 89 from South Royalton to Richmond offer . Colorful foliage can also be seen on Route 108 between Stowe and Cambridge, Route 100 between Warren and Stowe, and Route 12 between Montpelier and Elmore. In the area around Rutland mid-stage color is emerging along Routes 7 (Middlebury to Rutland), 30 (Sudbury to Cornwall) and 4 (Rutland to Castleton). Mid-stage to near-peak foliage color is showing at higher elevations: Route 4 west from West Bridgewater to Killington and Sherburne Pass (including the Killington Ski Area Access Rd); Route 103 north from Ludlow to Route 7; Route 140 west from Mt. Holly to Wallingford and Middletown Springs. In southern Vermont where the foliage change ranges from early to mid-stage, suggested drives include Route 11 between Peru and Chester, Route 30 between Winhall and Newfane, Route 7A between Manchester and Bennington, Route 35 from Townshend to Grafton, and Route 9 between Bennington and Brattleboro. The Vermont Hospitality Council advises making advance reservations because the most popular lodgings may fill early on busy weekends during the foliage season. Some innkeepers may require a minimum two-night stay, especially on busy weekends.   Vermont tourism officials encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek specials during the foliage season as part of the statewide ‘Midweek Peek’ promotion. Deals range from discounted lodging to free Vermont products. For details, visit www.VermontVacation.com(link is external) Also available on the website are several tools for planning a Vermont Fall Foliage tour: Fall Foliage ForecasterLodging Availability ForecasterScenic DrivesFall Travel Tips last_img read more

House, Senate committees set pandemic hearings this week

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » CUNA will be engaged with House and Senate committee hearings this week on the federal government’s response to the pandemic.The Senate Banking Committee will conduct a hearing, “The Quarterly CARES Act Report to Congress” Tuesday, 10 a.m. (ET). Witnesses will be Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell.The House Financial Services Committee will conduct a hearing, “Oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response,” Wednesday at 10 a.m. (ET). Mnuchin and Powell are expected to testify, and the committee will discuss two pieces of legislation.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cops Responding to Fatal Massapequa Fire Among 4 Injured in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Nassau County police officers responding to a house fire that killed its sole occupant were among four people injured in a chain-reaction crash in Massapequa Thursday morning, police said.The officers sustained only minor injuries, police said. The woman involved in the collision with police and a pedestrian who was knocked into a parked car were both listed in serious condition.The dramatic crash came as the pair of officers were racing to a raging fire on North Suffolk Avenue just after 9 a.m., said Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, the department’s chief spokesman, at the scene of the crash.According to LeBrun, the officers were crossing the intersection at New York Avenue and Broadway when their vehicle was struck by a 2002 Toyota Camry. Then the Camry jumped the curb and slammed into a pedestrian, who was launched into a parked Nissan Rogue.The mangled Camry only came to a stop after it had barreled into a corner hair salon that was unoccupied at the time of the crash. The salon, which had a “Grand Opening” sign dangling from its facade, suffered extensive damage.The 63-year-old female driver of the Camry was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, LeBrun said. The pedestrian was said to be in very serious condition at a local hospital.The officers were undergoing a medical evaluation, LeBrun explained.“There’s never any routine police call—every call is serious,” LeBrun said. “We always try to use good judgment; they did have the right of way, they’re responding to a 911 emergency call. Unfortunately the woman did have the stop sign and did proceed through that intersection.”LeBrun said the department’s main focus was the health of those who were injured.“At this point we just want to make sure everybody is safe,” he said.Police did not immediately identify the 79-year-old victim of the morning blaze. The man, who was alone in the house, was pronounced dead at the scene, LeBrun said.LeBrun said the officers “did their best to try to enter the home” but were unable to because of the extreme heat emanating from the house.LeBrun did not say what had sparked the fire.Portions of Broadway and the street where the blaze occurred remained taped off through the afternoon.The collision was the first major incident involving Nassau police since the department temporarily ordered officers to patrol in pairs earlier this week. The department triggered its heightened-alert protocol following Sunday’s ambush slaying of three cops in Baton Rouge.“Until further notice we have two police officers in each car,” LeBrun said. “We assess daily with regard to any changes that we’re going to make.”last_img read more

What budget cuts to developmental disability services will look like in the Southern Tier

first_img(WBNG) — Local community advocacy groups are now fighting against new budget cuts they say would devastate their programs. Howard said the not-for-profit, which provides residential and daytime programming to hundreds of individuals locally, expects to lose $500,000 as a result of the budget cut, all of which will be taken from residential services. Achieve NY told 12 News Thursday the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is cutting $238M of funding in its budget this year. With these cuts, Achieve’s director said their effects will definitely be felt in the Southern Tier. “For us, to be able to incorporate a cut like that it would mean jobs; it would mean we need to operate our group homes and residences with bare minimum staffing levels,” said Amy Howard. Additionally, Howard said the group’s ability to provide new programming and services will also be affected. She said not only has Achieve lost revenue, but its expenses have also increased. The non-for-profit said it has been financially devastated by the pandemic and relies on the state to help provide its services.last_img read more

COVID-19: Idul Fitri exodus will be dominated by private vehicles, ministry predicts

first_imgRead also: Train tickets for Idul Fitri to go on sale Feb. 14Every year, millions of Indonesians make the annual exodus trip, known as mudik, from big cities where they work to their hometowns across Indonesia to celebrate the long Idul Fitri holidays with their families. This year, Idul Fitri is expected to fall on May 24 and 25.In the 2019 exodus, 18.3 million passengers used mass transportation in the seven days before and after Idul Fitri. For this year’s exodus, the Transportation Ministry will continue organizing its annual free mudik program, preparing 1,317 buses to carry 59,265 passengers from Greater Jakarta to 37 destination cities across Indonesia.“As of today, we have also instructed all stakeholders in land transportation to increase their anticipatory measures including cleaning ferries and having their passengers’ temperatures checked before boarding,” Budi said.The ministry will also prepare 111 trucks to accommodate 4,995 motorcycles in the free mudik program. The program is designed to reduce the risk of people making long journeys on motorcycles.Topics : The Transportation Ministry predicts that many more people will opt for private vehicles rather than mass transportation during the annual Idul Fitri exodus this year, if the COVID-19 situation is not brought under control by the time of the annual holiday.Land Transportation Director General Budi Setyadi said in anticipation of this the ministry had identified several traffic points across Indonesia’s exodus routes that were prone to congestion. It is also working with the National Police traffic corps to implement various traffic scenarios, including contraflow and one-way systems on toll roads.“If the coronavirus is widespread [during Idul Fitri], I think many people will use private vehicles. However, I hope that this will not happen as I hope the government has enough time for recovery [before Idul Fitri],” said Budi on Friday. “But if this doesn’t happen, there will be a trend of people using more private vehicles, and that is what we will anticipate.”last_img read more

House continues deliberation of controversial family resilience bill

first_imgThe House of Representatives has started to deliberate the controversial family resilience bill as lawmakers behind the bill, which is deemed by critics to interfere in the private lives of residents, submitted the substance to the House’ Legislation Body (Baleg) on Monday.Lawmaker Netty Prasetiyani of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) highlighted in the meeting with Baleg that the government must protect families, the basis for making public policies, from “vulnerability”.“If each family is able to build ‘immunity’ and ‘antibodies’ against [life challenges], then family resilience will become a pillar of national resilience,” Netty said, as livestreamed on YouTube on Monday. Another proponent of the bill, lawmaker Ali Taher of the National Mandate Party (PAN), argued that the bill was important to address the social gap between rural and urban areas, which according to him, would cause various social issues that disrupted family resilience.“Gaps between rural and urban areas would cause six basic problems, namely unemployment, poverty, family disorganization, crime, free sex and drugs, which affect family resilience,” Ali said.“So the presence of this law is important to strengthen our national resilience.”Ali further said the family resilience bill was also necessary to protect families from the negative impact of globalization, which he said could shake the socioeconomic order and cause a shift in Indonesian cultural values. Read also: Bedroom bill: Silly in the streets, unenforceable in the sheetsThe bill was widely debated earlier this year after it was included in the House’s 2020 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list, along with several other problematic bills.Members of the public and activists have heavily criticized the 98-page draft bill as it included provisions interfering in personal matters and attempts to bring back the traditional and patriarchal way of managing households.Critics pointed out some questionable provisions in the bill, such as Article 24, which stipulates that married couples must love each other, and Article 25, which states that husbands and wives must perform their individual roles in accordance with religious norms and social ethics.The bill also sought to prohibit sperm and egg donors and that parents and children, as well as brothers and sisters, should have separate bedrooms. The bill also specified that LGBT people and bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism (BDSM) practitioners must undergo rehabilitation, with their families obliged to report them to the authorities.Besides Netty and Ali, the other initiators of the family resilience bill were Ledia Hanifa of the PKS, Endang Maria Astuti of the Golkar Party and Sodik Mudjahid of the Gerindra Party.However, Golkar, Gerindra and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) have denied they are officially supporting the bill, saying any expression of support came from individual members acting on their own and not from the parties.In July, the House and the government revised the 2020 Prolegnas list, approving to drop 16 of 50 bills and adding three more. However, the family resilience bill and other controversial bills, namely the omnibus bill on job creation, as well as bills on the criminal code, correctional center and Pancasila ideology guidelines (HIP), remained on the list.Topics :last_img read more

‘Salvage’ victim found in Murcia

first_imgMurcia police stationchief Major Robert Dejucos said the victimsustained a gunshot wound on the head. Residents discoveredhis lifeless body around 8:35 a.m. on Saturday morning. Dejucos said the victim was wearingblack and white stripe polo shirt and khaki pants with a tattoo on his chestand right arm. He was estimated to be 30 years old. His head was covered withplastic and his hands were tied with packing tape. BACOLOD City – An unidentified man believed to be a victim of summary executionwas found dead, hogtied in a sugarcane plantation in Barangay Pandanon Silos,Murcia, Negros Occidental. center_img Dejucos said they have no lead yet onthe motive and identities of two or more suspects behind the killing./PNlast_img