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first_img TAGSDecision Apopka 2018 Previous articleBlood tests could reveal the missing pieces in your nutrition puzzleNext articleTo fully appreciate black history, the US must let go of lingering Confederate nostalgia Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Apopka Voice Reader Poll 3.0Decision Apopka 201832 days and counting.On Tuesday, March 13th Apopka will elect a mayor and two city commissioners. The names Kilsheimer, Nelson, Velazquez, Bell, Koutsoulieris, Nolan, Kidd, Knight, Mott, and Smith are becoming abundantly more visible as the 10 candidates for elected office in Apopka roll out their messages on how they would lead the community.You’ve seen two polls from The Apopka Voice in December and January that didn’t show a lot of movement. Is this race already etched in stone? Is the cake baked? Is there any reason for another poll?We believe so.A lot has happened in the past month when we published the Apopka Reader’s Poll 2.0. There was a mayoral debate. There was a candidate forum. There were 30 days of campaigning and door knocking, which in a political campaign is an eternity.For the first time, we heard the unvarnished words of Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson. Who won that debate? Did either of them gain your vote in the last 30 days? Did any of the city commission candidates knock on your door and convince you to vote for them? Did the Farmworker’s Association Candidate Forum sway you?Where do these races stand with a little over a month to go?In this poll, we ask the same simple question “If the elections were held today, who would you vote for?” The poll opened at noon on Friday, February 9th, and closes on Monday, February 12th at noon. This is the third time we have asked this question, so let’s call this The Apopka Reader’s Poll 3.0.This is not a scientific poll. The margin of error is unknown, but it should reflect a snapshot of where our readers stand, with 32 days to go before Election Day. So vote for the candidates you think will best lead Apopka into its promising future. ProceedProceedProceed February 10, 2018 at 6:03 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Joe is going to bankrupt this city if re elected, Vote for Bryan Nelson ,Alice Nolan, and Alexander Smith, to save us. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 2 COMMENTS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 So many new resources as the 429, new businesses and so many needs to provide revenue and quality of life in our beautiful city of Apopka. Why haven’t we moved forward with good jobs and optimizing the heritage of old Apopka? Our original old town looks so tacky. We have a heritage that can be warrants revival. Just take a look at our close neighboring towns. Breathe new leadership into Apopka. Deborah Forman Please enter your comment! James1958 February 9, 2018 at 7:59 pm Please enter your name here Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img

Campaign launched to close U.S. bases

first_imgA conference held at the University of Baltimore on Jan. 12-14 initiated an international campaign to oppose all U.S. foreign military bases.Activists from around the country and indeed the globe gathered to denounce the network of over 800 U.S. military bases in 80 countries that exert imperialist domination over the world.The conference was at full capacity with 200 registered, over 10,000 views via live streaming on Facebook and YouTube, and an additional 1,500 views on Other social media reports are still being gathered.Many groups organized the conference, including the U.S. Peace Council, Black Alliance for Peace, the United National Antiwar Coalition, Code Pink, the International Action Center, World Beyond War, Alliance for Global Justice, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Popular Resistance and Veterans For Peace. Participants attended from BAYAN USA, Okinawa Peace Appeal, the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea, Friends of the Congo, the Hands Off Syria Coalition and many other community and social justice organizations.Research on the economic, political, environmental and military impact of U.S. occupation had been gathered from every corner of the world and was highlighted.U.S. bases impact the environment and public health of millions of people as well as future generations. A majority of global superfund toxic sites that the Environmental Protection Agency identifies as posing risks to health or environment are on U.S. military bases abroad.Regarding Latin America, the conference took up the issue of the 115-year occupation of Guantanamo Bay by the U.S. Navy and demanded its return to Cuba. The Cuban organization MOVPAZ (Cuban Movement for Peace and the Sovereignty of the Peoples) sent a special message of solidarity and support to the conference, highlighting the role of foreign military bases that restrict the sovereignty of oppressed nations.Also condemned was U.S. intervention in Venezuela and other Latin American countries. There were calls for solidarity with Puerto Rico because of the genocidal treatment of the island, whose people continue to suffer after the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.Many struggles were also raised in the Asia-Pacific region. BAYAN USA spoke on the revolutionary struggle in the Philippines and drew the connection between the rebellion going on there and the U.S. military support for the Manila government. From Okinawa, Japanese activists are fighting to not only stop the construction of a new U.S. Marine Corps base on the island, but to remove the existing Futenma Air Station.Activists from southern Korea who have been protesting the deployment of the U.S. military’s THAAD missile “defense” system shared their struggle. With all the lies and aggressive rhetoric in the U.S. media against People’s Korea, a voice from activists in southern Korea opposing the oppressive U.S. military presence there is very important for people here to learn about.The failing U.S. strategy in the West Asia region was also highlighted. Despite 17 years of war, the U.S. has failed in its mission in Afghanistan. And despite seven years of proxy war and direct bombing campaigns in Syria, the Syrian government stands undefeated and grows more united with its neighbors. The danger of the continuing encirclement of Iran and increasing hostility by the Trump regime was also raised as a continuing issue with particular importance at this moment..The expansion of AFRICOM and the U.S. secret and semi-secret military deployments in Africa were discussed. It’s been admitted that these bases were established in order to better secure the extraction of resources under the control of the Imperialists.Resolutions passed for future actionsThe conference passed several resolutions for action moving forward. One called for making Feb. 23 a global day of action against the Guantanamo Naval Base. This date falls on the 115th anniversary of the seizure of the territory from Cuba by the United States.Another resolution called for a national day of anti-war action this spring. This day would raise such issues as ending U.S. wars abroad, closing all foreign U.S. military bases, redirecting the massive military budget to human needs and environmental protection, and disarming the entire U.S. arsenal of nuclear weapons.Finally, a resolution was passed to follow this conference with a larger, international conference against U.S. foreign and NATO bases. The dates and location of this conference are still to be determined.Workers World supports the work of the Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases. We call for closing all U.S. military bases around the world, as they are nothing more than a loaded gun aimed directly at the people of the world who are struggling for self-determination and socialism. It is our job as working-class people living in the belly of the imperialist beast to unite with the working class around the world and do our part to end the read more

Monica Moorehead to Black students: “Become an activist”

first_imgMonica Moorehead and Karina Ross, vice-president of Pace University’s BSU, Feb. 1.Edited from a talk given by Monica Moorehead, WWP secretariat member, at “A gala celebrating Black activism,” sponsored by the Pace University Black Student Union in New York City on Feb. 1. When Karina told me that this program was a tribute to Black activism, I thought what might be of interest is to let you know some of my personal background. Because, as the old saying goes, in order to know where you are headed, you have to know where you come from, right?And my personal journey has been very much influenced by political events, large and small. There is a Marxist saying that your being determines your consciousness or how you think.My journey began with being born under racist segregation in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  My mother, Consuela Lee, a jazz pianist and composer, was raised in Snow Hill, Ala., located between Selma and Montgomery, important battlegrounds during the Civil Rights movement, and my father, Isaac Thomas Moorehead, a college basketball coach, was born in Suffolk, Va., not far from the heroic slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. My mother’s grandfather, William James Edwards, founded a school in Snow Hill for former slaves in 1893, predicated on the philosophy of Booker T. Washington.My dad grew up under extreme poverty. It was rumored that his father, who migrated from the Virgin Islands, was lynched before my dad was born. So my grandmother was a single parent who was forced to become a domestic worker for whites all her adult life, starting at the age of 12.When I was three years old in 1955, my parents joined the Montgomery Bus Boycott, four months after the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi.  The boycott was sparked by Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat to a white man. My parents, professors at Alabama State University, a historically Black college, were part of a tiny minority of Black people who owned cars, so they volunteered their time to drive boycotters to and from work. My parents also attended Dr. King’s church.I, along with all Black children at this time, was being psychologically traumatized living under this extreme level of white supremacy. At the age of 12, I experienced my mom being physically “escorted” out of a white bathroom in Talladega, Ala., by a white cop. These are the experiences you never, ever forget, no matter how old you are.Early days of activismThe turning point in my life, where my political and personal journeys started to mesh, came around 1967, when I attended Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Va. I was one of only 200 Black students out of 1,500. This was a cultural shock for me, after attending all-Black schools for most of my life.When I joined the high school band, I found myself in the precarious position of having to choose or not choose to play the school’s fight song, which included a refrain from the pro-Confederate song, “Dixie.” When I publicly refused to play the song, I was kicked out of the band. This was my first, modest, defiant act. It was a big deal for me because growing up under segregation played a major role in my being a shy, introverted person.I started working with a community group that was providing services to the Black community, like tutoring children. Being exposed to how the rest of the local Black community was being treated led to me expanding my political outlook, both nationally and internationally, because of the tumultuous political period that was erupting.And what do I mean by tumultuous? The Black Liberation struggle burst on the scene in 1967, just two years following the assassination of Black Nationalist Malcolm X, who was evolving into an internationalist when his life was tragically cut short. The Black Panther Party, founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, was advocating the right to self-defense against police brutality and all forms of racist state repression, and creating self-reliance programs in Black communities nationwide. There were the struggles against colonialism and neocolonialism, and for national liberation, on the African continent, in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, inspiring the movements here. U.S. imperialism was being challenged abroad and at home, and direct connections were being made.An important part of the national liberation movements inside the U.S. was taking place in the prisons. The Black Panther Party was recruiting prisoners inside the walls, like Soledad Brother George Jackson, who had been sentenced to life in prison without parole for taking $70 at the age of 17. When his brother Jonathan Jackson attempted to free George by arming himself and other prisoners on trial in a Marin County, Calif., courtroom, Jonathan, along with two other prisoners and the judge, were slaughtered in a van as they attempted to flee. The FBI issued a warrant for the arrest of well-known political activist Angela Davis, who was accused of being complicit in this read more

Federal workers mobilize against Trump’s union busting

first_imgWhile the right-wing majority on the Supreme Court awarded two major wins in anti-union, anti-worker cases this spring — the reactionary Epic Systems and Janus decisions — the bullying billionaire boss in the Oval Office was also busy, issuing union-busting executive orders on May 25 and July 9. These unpublicized orders are designed to strip 700,000 federal workers, particularly women and people of color, of their rights on the job.A crime of such magnitude against working people has to be exposed and fought with a mighty fist.The Trump administration’s new rules are designed to dramatically decrease the threshold needed to fire unionized federal workers. The evidence needed to take disciplinary action against employees has been reduced from over 120 days to 30 days. J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents the workers, told Payday Report: “I have no doubt that the policies and actions of this administration disproportionality impact women and minorities.“The agencies that have been attacked most severely, agencies like [Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Social Security Administration] and the Department of Education not only provide the greatest amount of services to women and minorities, they also have very high percentages of women and minorities in their workforce.” (July 11)Traditionally, affirmative action programs and a workforce unionized at four times the rate of private sector unions have made the federal government a more welcoming workplace for women and people of color. Though African Americans account for only 10 percent of the “civilian” workforce, they account for 18 percent of federal workers.“The new executive orders are going to make it even harder for us to recruit and retain people of color,” said Linda Ward-Smith, president of AFGE Local 1224, representing workers in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The African-American union leader asserted, “This is just giving management more power to just get rid of people because of whatever reason.”Trump’s rules also weaken the union’s ability to represent workers. For example, all Title 38 employees at the VA, including many nurses, physicians and mental health specialists in the majority female workforce, are no longer allowed to have shop stewards represent them in disciplinary hearings on official government time. Now, stewards have to clock out.Studies show workers with union representation are better able to reduce the chances of getting fired.No longer are workers allowed to use federal computers or email to communicate across workplaces, making it difficult for stewards to meet and talk with workers on the job. “They are making us all at-will employees,” notes Ward-Smith. “A lot of times, we take these jobs for protection. This is why we come to the federal government because we have unions, but now it is just as bad as the private sector.”National fightback neededAt the Social Security Administration, where 32 percent of the workforce is African-American, the Trump administration has banned unions from holding meetings in federal buildings, though that’s been accepted practice for decades. Even unions offering to rent office space at market rate have been refused, despite other businesses having been allowed to do it.AFGE Council 220, representing about 29,000 employees in Social Security Administration field offices and service centers, has filed four class-action grievances against the SSA for using a promotion system they say is discriminatory. Statistics over four years show that “twice as many whites as minority people get the highest rating,” said Witold Skwierczynski, president of Council 220. Now, SSA workers won’t be allowed to file grievances showing the promotion system is discriminatory.Council 220 officials view such signs as Trump’s preparation for an all-out war against the agency. “They wanna short-circuit the bargaining we already agreed to by making changes to 21 articles we already agreed to,” stated Skwierczynski. Workers fear agency management will impose a contract on them, instead of bargaining when the current contract expires this summer.In March, the administration imposed a union contract on Department of Education workers that stripped them of many civil rights gains the federal workforce had won over decades.A major focus of AFGE’s fightback strategy so far has been on Congress. AFGE has been supported through a series of letters from lawmakers calling for Trump to rescind his union-busting orders that undermine workplace rights. The latest, sent July 9 and signed by 132 members of Congress, noted: “Federal workers are public servants who deserve the workplace rights and protections that last month’s Executive Orders would take away. Those Orders are unfair and will make it harder to attract and retain a qualified federal workforce.” (, July read more

Document recounts conversation with Ukrainian leader

first_imgFacebook Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Twitter Benton McDonald Benton McDonald Facebook Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams ReddIt Benton McDonald Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit The House of Representatives has launched a formal impeachment inquiry against the President. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. + posts Twitter ReddIt Benton McDonald Benton McDonald Previous articleHoroscope: September 25, 2019Next articleTCU students can prevent deforestation from palm oil Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin printThe White House released an transcript that reconstructs the July 25 phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched an impeachment inquiry Tuesday amid allegations that Trump called for an investigation involving the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. The document is a thorough summary, but not a full transcription of the 30 minute call. Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution last_img

Vice Mayor Calls For City Prosecutor With Subpoena Power in Oversight Model

first_imgGovernment Vice Mayor Calls For City Prosecutor With Subpoena Power in Oversight Model Hampton presents model after Tornek, Kennedy requested he draft proposal last week Published on Monday, July 27, 2020 | 3:14 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News 23 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 Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes During the police oversight discussion On Monday, Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton proposed that the city separate the City Attorney and City Prosecutor as a way to guarantee independence and remove an independent auditor from the City Manager’s office.Mayor Terry Tornek and Councilmember John Kennedy have proposed a commission and auditor that would report to City Manager Steve Mermell.Here is what Hampton proposed:It is recommended that the City Council engage a City Prosecutor and direct the City Attorney work with the newly engaged City Prosecutor to bifurcate the Office of City Attorney and re-establish the Office of City Prosecutor, as described in the Background section of this report.BACKGROUND:Currently, the Office of City Attorney performs the functions supporting the dual roles of City Attorney and City Prosecutor, leading to potential conflicts in certain cases. In short, the City Attorney role is to protect the City, its staff, its Commissioners, and elected officials while the City Prosecutor role is to enforce certain State and City laws.These two roles are in direct conflict when the City, its staff, its Commissioners, or elected officials may have violated State or City laws.Due to this potential for conflict, it is troubling that as currently constituted, the combined office of City Attorney/City Prosecutor performs, as one of its key services, providing advice and training to the Police Department. This raises questions of how the office who is responsible for providing legal training to our police officers may be looked to for holding those police officers accountable – especially in circumstances when the training they received may have been erroneous.The combination of the City Attorney and City Prosecutor offices is within the Municipal Code, meaning that it is entirely within the authority of the City Council to divide these two roles and re-establish the Office of City Prosecutor – no Charter amendment is required.As a further benefit, the role of City Prosecutor may house the role of an Independent Police Auditor (“Auditor”), as well. Doing so would allow the Auditor to report to the City Prosecutor, who will be an appointee of and report to the City Council. Thus, the City Council has the reporting authority required for the Auditor to perform the functions desired by many – provide truly independent oversight to the Police Department.Finally, the City Prosecutor, by virtue of California State Law, will have the subpoena powers required for the Auditor to fully-engage in the role of providing independent oversight.Again, as this re-establishment of the City Prosecutor’s office may be accomplished by amending the Pasadena Municipal Code, there is no need for a Charter amendment process to gain all of these benefits.More particularly, the proper duties of the City Attorney will include:• Represent the City Council and City officers in all matters of law pertaining to their office;• Represent and appear for the City and its officers in all civil actions and proceedings;• Attend meetings of the City Council, Community Development Commission, Fire and Police Retirement Board, and such other boards, committees, or commissions, as required;• Prepare all necessary legal documents such as contracts, deeds, ordinances, and resolutions;• Preparing responses to Public Records Act requests;• Perform legal research and prepares opinions, as required;• Make Risk Management recommendations as relates to the protection of City and its assets;• Recommend the purchase/renewal of Citywide insurance program to include the City’s Operating Companies; and,• Investigate and resolves all pre-litigation claims presented against the City; and,• Track claims trends across all stages of dispute.While the proper duties of the City Prosecutor will include:• Lead support of community needs by leading the Domestic Violence, Nuisance Abatement; and School Truancy programs and coordinating read more

New Details Released in Double-Fatal Shooting at Villa Parke in Pasadena

first_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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 CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Public Safety New Details Released in Double-Fatal Shooting at Villa Parke in Pasadena By BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, April 12, 2021 | 5:13 pm 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. Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News 24 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Homicide detectives are seeking the 2010 Nissan Altima with faded paint and paper “Penske” license plates in connection with a double-fatal shooting at Villa Parke in Pasadena on Dec. 1, 2020. (Credit: Pasadena Police Department)Detectives released a photo of a car, as well as the description of a man, being sought by detectives in connection with a shooting at Villa Parke in Pasadena late last year that left two men dead and another wounded.Investigators published the new information in hopes of generating tips that may help them solve the shooting, which took place about 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the northeast portion of the park, near Parke Street and Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said.The shooting claimed the lives of Cristino Medellin Avila, 51, and Aaron Perez Flores, 40, both of Pasadena, according to police and Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials. A third man wounded by the gunfire survived his injuries.Homicide detectives are seeking a car similar to this newer-model, white Mercedes-Benz with black rims in connection with a double-fatal shooting at Villa Parke in Pasadena on Dec. 1, 2020. (Credit: Pasadena Police Department)No arrests have been and a motive in the attack was not clear.Police last week released a photo of a white, newer-model Mercedes-Benz sedan that was similar to one being sought as possibly related to the shooting.Based on tips generated from that, detectives were able to obtain a photo of a second car being sought in connection with the shooting, as well as a description of a possible suspect, Grisafe said.The vehicle was described as a blue or black 2010 Nissan Altima with faded paint and paper “Penske” license plates, police said in a written statement.Additionally, detectives were also looking for a person described as a Black teen or young man, tall and thin, wearing black clothing.Anyone with information was asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.Related:Police Detectives Identify Vehicle of Interest in Pasadena Double Murder2 Pasadena Men Killed in Shooting at Villa Parke Identified2 Men Killed, Another Critically Wounded in Pasadena Shooting Business News Subscribe Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stufflast_img

HSE announce consultation and engagement process to support Primary Care and GP services

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleSeveral people taken to hospital following collisonNext articleDiscussions continue on Donegal County Council’s Revenue Budget for 2017 admin Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By admin – November 23, 2016 Twittercenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire The HSE have announced that they are undertaking a consultation and engagement process in order to deepen its understanding of priorities that will help support an improved Primary Care and GP service.The process involves service-user consultation and engagement including one-to-one interviews, an omnibus survey, a variety of focus groups with stakeholders and a public consultation survey.Paul Connors is HSE National Director of Communications and he says that they want to establish what matters most to those who use and those who provide GP and primary care services …Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North HSE announce consultation and engagement process to support Primary Care and GP serviceslast_img

4th nor’easter hits East Coast in less than 3 weeks: What to know about this type of storm

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As a fourth nor’easter brings heavy snow and wind to the East Coast in less than 3 weeks, here’s what you need to know about the powerful storm.Nor’easters along the East Coast get their name because the winds over the coastal area are typically from the northeast.These storms may occur at any time of year but are most frequent and most violent between September and April.Nor’easters nearly always bring precipitation in the form of heavy rain or snow, as well as gale-force winds, rough seas, and, occasionally, coastal flooding.Nor’easters usually develop in the latitudes between Georgia and New Jersey, within 100 miles east or west of the East Coast.The heavily populated region between Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston, i.e. the “I-95 Corridor,” is especially impacted by Nor’easters.These storms progress generally northeastward and typically attain maximum intensity near New England and the Maritime Provinces of Canada.The East Coast provides an ideal breeding ground for nor’easters. During winter, the polar jet stream transports cold, Arctic air southward across the plains of Canada and the United States, then eastward toward the Atlantic Ocean where warm air from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic tries to move northward.The warm waters of the Gulf Stream help keep the coastal waters relatively mild during the winter, which in turn helps warm the cold winter air over the water. This difference in temperature between the warm air over the water and cold Arctic air over the land is the fuel that feeds nor’easters.Some well-known nor’easters include the New England blizzard of February 1978, the March 1993 “Superstorm” and the recent Boston snowstorms of January and February 2015, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

Coronavirus updates: 17 reportedly suspended for going to college party without masks

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 794,000 people worldwide.Over 22.7 million people across the globe 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. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 5.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 174,306 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. 10:30 a.m.: Death toll could top 200,000 by Sept. 12, CDC saysThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the number of coronavirus fatalities in the U.S. could top 200,000 by Sept. 12.“This week’s national ensemble forecast predicts that 3,700 to 9,600 new COVID-19 deaths will be reported during the week ending Sept. 12 and that 187,000 to 205,000 total COVID-19 deaths will be reported by that date,” the CDC announced Friday.This prediction is largely flat compared to last week’s estimates and suggests that CDC modeling is taking into account declining case numbers and fewer positive tests in some spots of the country.Last week, the CDC predicted 180,000 to 200,000 fatalities by Sept. 5.Earlier this month, the CDC predicted that between 175,000 to 190,000 total COVID-19 deaths would be reported by Aug. 29. There have been about 174,000 deaths reported as of Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.9:45 a.m.: New York sees lowest hospitalizations since March 16New York state, once the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, is now marking its 14th straight day of a test-positivity rate below 1%, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. Of those tested across the state on Thursday, .72% were positive, Cuomo said. Total hospitalizations in New York fell to 490 on Thursday — the lowest number of people in the hospital for coronavirus since March 16, Cuomo said.9 a.m.: 17 reportedly suspended from college for going to party without masks, distancingSeventeen students have been suspended from Minnesota’s St. Olaf College following a party without masks or social distancing, ABC Minneapolis affiliate KSTP-TV reported. At least one person at the party had coronavirus, the school said, according to KSTP. St. Olaf College began the semester on Thursday. In-person classes are being offered.6:07 a.m.: CDC director warns flu season could overwhelm hospitalsAs the United States gets closer to flu season, the combination with the COVID-19 pandemic could be disastrous for hospitals across the country, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield.He offered the grim outlook Thursday during a JAMA livestream, saying hospitals could be overrun like they were in New York City early on in the pandemic.“The biggest fear I have of course by COVID and flu at the same time, is that our hospital capacity could get strained,” he said Thursday.“And we need to stay vigilant to the mitigation steps right now, because, come the fall, if we have flu causing its problems and we have COVID causing its problems, and they build on each other, we could end up with another loss of significant life,” Redfield said.Though he offered the grim warning, he did stress that the flu vaccine could mitigate those problems. Redfield said that the CDC has purchased 9.3 million additional doses of the flu vaccine, and has a goal of “65% vaccine acceptance across the board.”The CDC estimates that during the 2019-2020 flu season (from Oct. 1, 2019, to April 4) that there were between 24,000-62,000 deaths. So far, COVID-19 has killed more than 174,000 people in the U.S. in less than six months.“This fall and winter could be one of the most complicated public health times we have with the two coming at the same time,” he said during the JAMA live stream. “On the other hand, I’m an optimist that if the American public heeds the advice that we said about the face covering and the social distancing and the handwashing and being smart about crowds, this could be one of the best flu seasons we had, and particularly if they do one more thing. And that is to embrace the flu vaccine with confidence.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img