3 COMMENTS The VOICE of InspirationBy Don Lindsey.One Saturday morning about a month ago, I was sitting at my laptop writing an article when I decided that I would consider highlighting organizations and people who work to make our community and the lives of the folks in it better. The first one is a no-kill cat rescue/education group called Candy’s Cats Inc.I’ll be honest here and explain that I do have an emotional attachment to this group since three of our six cats have come out of the Candy’s Cats system. We even have one dog that was initially rescued by one of the organization’s volunteers. I have seen firsthand how dedicated its volunteers are. In fact, my wife Tammy was one for quite some time, and while I thought that I was going into this project with a lot of knowledge about this group, I realized once I started my research that there was much that I didn’t know about the work that these people do.As a 501 (c) (3) Florida non-profit organization, Candy’s Cats uses their donations and resources towards caring for the cats that they take in. They also work tirelessly within the community to educate the citizens about such things as spaying and neutering, and “throw away cats” (people moving away and leaving the animal or deciding that the animal can no longer be in their care and leaving it outside). These people dedicate their entire lives to bettering the futures of every cat or kitten that they take in. The organization’s founder Candy Sullivan and I have repeatedly tried to talk about this column but couldn’t find the time due to her dedication to the work that Candy’s Cats does. The volunteers are just as dedicated. At any given time, up to 30 folks will foster cats and prepare them to be adopted. It might mean waking up at all hours of the night to bottle feed the kittens, wean them from their mother, give medicine to sick animals and making sure that the cats are making all vet appointments along with transporting them to the adoption centers during the weekends or events. The adoption centers consist of Pet Smart in Winter Garden, and three Pet Supermarkets locations on S. Hiawassee, S. Chickasaw Trail and Alafaya Trail in Oviedo. Volunteers that cannot foster will work at these centers, cleaning cages, taking pictures to post on the website to help people find cats to adopt, and handling the adoption process. There are also events that they do for fundraising, adoption, and education. For more about these events and the organization, you can go to the Candy’s Cats website here.Earlier in this column, I said that I’d experienced firsthand the dedication that these people give to their work. I’ve also experienced the way that they educate. Being someone that considers himself a cat person, I’ve had a few of the furballs over the years and had no idea until I moved here and learned about this organization how painful it was for a cat to be declawed. I had always had my cat’s front claws removed to save my furniture. It was my understanding that while it was a surgery that the animal had to recover from, that it wasn’t necessarily a traumatic experience for the cat. The way it was described to me was like someone having an ingrown toenail removed. Thanks to Candy’s Cats, I now know that this way of thinking couldn’t be further from the truth. Declawing is a painful and traumatizing thing for the cat to go through and I have wished more than once that I had this knowledge before putting my animals through that. I’ve also learned the importance of vaccinating your cats along with all the different diseases and illnesses these animals are at risk for. It may sound strange that I as a cat lover was so uneducated about these wonderful creatures, but in truth, there are many like me… and organizations such as Candy’s Cats are a blessing because the information they provide has helped me be a much better cat owner.I, along with so many others, have spent time discussing all the ugly that we have in our world currently, and I have tried in these columns to provide my view of how there is still good in this world for us to focus on and draw hope from. This organization and the work that they do is a shining example of what I mean by that. They find or are brought these helpless little souls and not only bring joy to the lives of those cats but also bring love, and happiness to the people that end up adopting the cats. In my opinion, they are not just doing a “good deed” for the animals and the community, they are doing God’s work by trying to end suffering where they see it.Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor. Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community. October 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Reply Please enter your name here charles towne Don, I have cats, and I love my cats too, as well, as I love dogs. One of my cats, insisted on ruining my sofa and love seat set by scratching on them. I didn’t get him declawed, however. I bought scratching posts that were made really nice, for him, and it didn’t work, he wanted to tear up my furniture instead, and he did. There are glue- on claw tips, that you can purchase at the pet shops, like Pet Smart, for cats, to prevent their ruining the furniture, instead of declawing surgery. I didn’t know about them until later…LOL… I suppose the vet would have to put them on the cat. I know my cats would not sit still for that…..and a lot of people don’t know what a clipped ear tip means either, when they see a cat outside. It means they have been spayed or neutered. Thanks for the great article Don, now I know about Candy Cats. Donny, ain’t it the truth? Le Chat is a most wonderful beastie. I must admit to not always being a fan of the speaker of meoww, but having been possessed by assorted cats over the last few years I find their race charming indeed. The katt is a benign, sweet, adorable, cuddly friend- and a killer extraordinaire at the same time. Mr. or mrs puss, if allowed to roam outside, can and will stalk and kill anything that moves. If you are going to reside with a cat then be responsible and keep them inside. Believe me when I say that he will be safer and happier as will the wild creatures in the neighborhood. God bless all the creatures, great and small. Sincerely, Chaz October 15, 2017 at 10:38 am TAGSDon LindseyInspiration Previous articleSuzanne Kidd starts campaign with huge fundraising monthNext articleBears are people too… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Mama Mia Don Lindsey Yes sir, they truly are wonderful critters! The places we lived in when I was younger wouldn’t allow dogs so at about 16 or so, I got my first cat and have always had one since. While they can be maddening with their constant getting into EVERYTHING, the love, comfort and humor that they provide override that. Hope all is well Chuck, God bless. Reply October 14, 2017 at 10:31 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Melanie May | 30 January 2017 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Awards impact The fourth annual Care2 UK Impact Award is open until 11th February for nominations.The award recognises a campaign or initiative in the charity sector that has made an outstanding impact on the field of online advocacy, online fundraising or both. The winning organisation will receive the Award and a cash donation of £1,000, while the runners up will each receive an Innovation Award and a £200 donation to each organisation.The judges are looking for entries that best answer the following four criteria:Innovation. Did this campaign introduce valuable new ideas and approaches to the nonprofit sector?Influence. Did the initiative produce a ripple effect to influence and benefit other professionals in the sector?“Impact Delta.” Is there a quantifiably large difference between the “before” and the “after” of campaign – measurable in fundraising income, or the quantity and quality of advocacy victories won, or the number of citizens participating in a cause? [Note that a proportionally large impact at a small organisation is just as important as a big impact at a large organisation.]Advancing The Cause. Did this campaign help accomplish something that advanced their cause(s) meaningfully, such as via organising or winning advocacy victories? Or by providing the funds needed to fuel campaigns that won victories?Any member of the community can make a nomination. Five finalists are selected by a panel of judge before a public online vote for the overall winner.The award will be presented in March at the Campaigning Forum 2017 in Oxford. 185 total views, 1 views today Advertisement Care2 Award open for nominations 186 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3
18 de mayo: El Gerente Ejecutivo, (CEO siglas en inglés), de Ford Motors, Jim Farley, dijo durante una reciente conferencia telefónica: “La industria automotriz es el motor económico [de los EE. UU.]. Reiniciar todo el ecosistema automotor es cómo reiniciamos la economía “. (New York Times, 18 de mayo)Los trabajadores protestan por condiciones inseguras debido a COVID-19 cuando la planta de automóviles Tesla reabre sus puertas en Fremont, California, el 17 de mayo.Pero Farley se equivoca. Son los 400.000 trabajadores de producción de los fabricantes de automóviles Detroit Three – Ford, General Motors y Fiat Chrysler (FCA) – quienes continúan trabajando hoy en todo el mundo quienes tendrán la última palabra. Después de una serie de huelgas improvisadas en toda la industria a mediados de marzo para protestar contra las condiciones de trabajo inseguras en lugares cerrados y la falta de equipos de protección, los trabajadores regresan con algo de protección, pero no suficiente. Se tomarán sus temperaturas después de presentarse al trabajo todos los días, y se requieren máscaras, guantes y protección para los ojos.Según el periodico The New York Times, FCA ha instalado cortinas transparentes para evitar la transmisión entre personas que trabajan juntas y pantallas para dos trabajadores que instalan simultáneamente componentes debajo del capó. Ford ha instalado fregaderos portátiles y dispensadores de desinfectante para manos en todas las plantas y grifos sin contacto y dispensadores de jabón en los baños. General Motors solo comenzará con un solo turno.El sindicato United Auto Workers (UAW siglas en inglés) ha abogado por pruebas obligatorias de todos los trabajadores diariamente o semanalmente. Pero los tres jefes de Detroit solo acordaron evaluar a los trabajadores con síntomas. Autoworker Caravan, un grupo activista de base en la UAW, está solicitando respiradores N95 para cada trabajador.El primer día de regreso, los trabajadores ya vieron problemas: máscaras sin envolver colocadas en las mesas por guardias que no usaban guantes, superficies que no se han limpiado desde marzo, trabajadores con síntomas de virus permitidos a trabajar, ventiladores sucios y más.A los trabajadores no sindicalizados que fabrican automóviles para empresas extranjeras, principalmente en el sur, se les ordenó volver a trabajar en varias fechas en mayo. Esta escritora no ha encontrado informes de los medios sobre estos trabajadores, aunque sus preocupaciones son las mismas que las de los trabajadores del automóvil representados por la UAW. Algunos activistas protestaron frente a la planta de vehículos eléctricos Tesla en Fremont, California, donde el CEO Elon Musk prometió desafiar la orden de permanencia en el hogar del gobernador y obligar a los trabajadores a volver a trabajar sin medidas de seguridad.Las protestas de los trabajadores continúan creciendoPayday Report ha catalogado 206 huelgas, ausencia por enfermedad, abandonos de puestos, sentadas y piquetes que exigen condiciones de trabajo seguras en todos los rincones del país desde que COVID-19 se aceleró en los EE.UU. El boletín cree que es un recuento muy bajo, estimando que hay decenas de pequeñas acciones tanto de trabajadores no representados como de miembros del sindicato.Un ejemplo de esto último son los 25 trabajadores de Hood River Distillers en Hood River, Oregon. Los miembros de Teamsters Local 670 establecieron una línea de piquete el 6 de mayo después de que la gerencia hizo una oferta de contrato final con beneficios de salud debilitados y aumentos salariales insignificantes. (nwlaborpress.org, 13 de mayo)Mientras tanto, algunos trabajadores esenciales están teniendo problemas personales y financieros. Los conductores de reparto protestan porque no pueden encontrar baños, ya que las ubicaciones habituales en los restaurantes de comida rápida y las cadenas como Applebee’s, KFC y Subway solo están abiertas para recoger. Un grupo de camioneros rodeó la Avenida de la Constitución en Washington, D.C., el 13 de mayo, protestando por los bajos salarios y las condiciones inseguras. Cuando algunos conductores independientes solicitaron préstamos como pequeñas empresas, se les dijo que no reunían los requisitos para recibir fondos.El sindicato United Farm Workers está pidiendo a todos los simpatizantes que firmen una petición que respalde el proyecto de ley HEROES, que incluye asistencia financiera para trabajadores agrícolas indocumentados y protege legalmente a estos trabajadores esenciales de la deportación durante la pandemia. Firme la petición en tinyurl.com/ycxns8af/.Protestas por trabajadores migrantes crecenLos que más se arriesgan al defender sus derechos son los trabajadores inmigrantes. Pero eso no impidió que los migrantes mexicanos que recogen fruta en el famoso Valle de Yakima del estado de Washington se declaren en huelga por medidas de seguridad y aumenten el pago de riesgos la semana del 15 de mayo en siete sitios principales. Los trabajadores de otros seis sitios se unieron durante el fin de semana.Están surgiendo evidencias de crecientes brotes de COVID entre los trabajadores agrícolas migrantes. Si bien practican el distanciamiento social en el campo, el problema son los hoteles proporcionados por el empleador: cuatro trabajadores por habitación, dos por cama. Al 8 de mayo, 169 de los 340 migrantes bajo contratos H-2A de México y Haití que recogen, plantan, clasifican y empacan tomates en la granja hidropónica de 32 acres Green Empire Farms cerca de Oneida, N.Y., dieron positivo. Después de estar en cuarentena durante dos semanas, volverán a trabajar.Pero el organizador Celso Mendoza, quien emigró de Veracruz, México, en 2002 no podrá. Hace años, Mendoza fue instrumental en la organización de trabajadores contratados mexicanos que ganaban $6 por hora en una planta avícola de Forest, Miss. Después de que el contratista laboral que contrató a los trabajadores intentó reducir los salarios en un 10 por ciento, Mendoza organizó a los trabajadores en protesta, y en un año se unieron al Sindicato de Trabajadores de Alimentos y Comercio (UFCW). Su contrato proporcionaba mejores condiciones salariales y laborales, y ningún contratista laboral externo.Los trabajadores avícolas se vieron obligados por una orden de la administración Trump a volver a trabajar a pesar de la epidemia, que es muy contagiosa en lugares cerrados. Trágicamente, la vida de Mendoza se vio truncada a la edad de 59 por COVID-19. Celso Mendoza! Presente!Los trabajadores inmigrantes toman cada vez más medidas para protegerse durante la pandemia. Maritere Gómez, una organizadora del centro de trabajadores Arise Chicago, que ayudó a organizar a los trabajadores contratados mexicanos que fabrican equipos de protección personal en LSL Healthcare, cerca de Chicago, dice: “Creo que los trabajadores indocumentados necesitan unirse. … Si las personas indocumentadas no se defienden por sí mismas, nadie lo hará, ciertamente ni su jefe ni el gobierno”.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia On the seventh anniversary of editor Elmar Huseynov’smurder, the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) remainsdeeply concerned regarding the continuing cycle of violence against journalistsand impunity for their attackers in Azerbaijan. The IPGA calls for theauthorities to bring Elmar Huseynov’s murderers to justice and to seriouslyinvestigate and prosecute all cases of violence against journalists.Today marks the seventh anniversary of the murder of Monitor editor-in-chief Elmar Huseynov, who was fatally gunned down in his apartment building in a well-organised attack in 2005. Since Elmar Huseynov’s murder, there have been dozens of violent attacks against journalists in Azerbaijan, including the murder of prominent journalist and writer Rafig Tagi in November 2011. None of these attacks have been seriously investigated or prosecuted, resulting in a climate of impunity for those who wish to use violence to silence critical voices.“In the seven years since Elmar Huseynov’s murder, the Azerbaijani authorities have failed to protect the right to freedom of expression in nearly every respect. Not only have they allowed for the emergence of a climate of impunity for violence against journalists, they continue to arrest journalists and bloggers for voicing critical opinions and political activists and ordinary citizens for taking to the streets in protest. Azerbaijan must take immediate steps to address this alarming state of affairs and fulfil their international human rights commitments”, said ARTICLE 19 Executive Director Agnès Callamard.“Seven years on, the killers of our colleague Elmar Huseynov walk free whileindependent journalists in Azerbaijan continue to face harassment, obstruction,violent retaliation, politically motivated prosecution, imprisonment, and murder fortheir work. Azerbaijan must demonstrate its commitment to justice by prosecutingthose responsible for Huseynov’s assassination as well as other crimes against thepress”, said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova.”The continuing impunity for Elmar Huseynov’s killers and the lack of results in theinvestigation into Rafig Tagi’s murder cast a dark shadow over all Azerbaijani journalists, infusing a sense of insecurity and despair. Threats and physical attackshave become commonplace for them. Azerbaijan has never been ranked so low in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. The authorities could put an end to this situation if they wanted. It is high time they acted”, said Reporters Without Borders Director Olivier Basille.The IPGA condemns the use of violence to restrict freedom of expression and callsfor the authorities to end this vicious cycle by immediately and impartiallyinvestigating all attacks against journalists and bringing those responsible to justice.- Article 19- Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) – Freedom House- Human Rights House Foundation- Index on Censorship- International Press Institute- Media Diversity Institute- Norwegian Helsinki Committee- Reporters Without Borders- World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)ENDS NOTES TO EDITORS:For more information on the cycle of violence against journalists and impunity for their attackers in Azerbaijan, see the joint report Free Expression Under Attack: Azerbaijan’s Deteriorating Media Environment available athttp://www.article19.org/pdfs/publications/free-expression-under-attack.pdf.The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan is a coalition of 20 internationalNGOs working to promote and protect freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. Formore information about the Partnership, please contact Rebecca Vincent at ARTICLE 19 on +44 (0)207 324 2500 or [email protected](Photo : Human Rights House Foundation June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News Related documents Joint press releasePDF – 284.97 KB News March 2, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seven Years On, Still No Justice for Elmar Huseynov Organisation Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh April 9, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan to go further RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says
UgandaAfrica UgandaAfrica Follow the news on Uganda Organisation Reporters Without Borders deplored the destruction today of a radio station in the northern Uganda town of Lira by rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).”We ask you to do everything possible to ensure the safety of journalists and media so they can continue doing their work,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. “The rebels understood how very important the radio station was as the population’s main source of news.”A score of rebels used axes to smash their way into the station, Radio Wa, run by Roman Catholics, and then exploded grenades which set off a fire that destroyed the whole building. Shortly before, the radio’s managers had asked the authorities to protect the premises and 12 soldiers guarded the station during the night of 26-27 September. However, all but one fled when the rebels appeared on the scene.Belgian journalist Els De Temmerman, formerly with the radio station VRT, was targeted in July by the rebels. An undelivered letter from their leader, Joseph Kony, ordering her to be killed, was found on a rebel captured by the Ugandan army on 31 July. The threat followed publication of her book, Aboke Girls, in which she described the ill-treatment of teenagers forced to join the rebel army. Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out more Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges News Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily RSF_en to go further Help by sharing this information News September 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rebels destroy radio station News January 13, 2021 Find out more
AndreyPopov/iStock(NEW YORK) — The man who rammed his car into a crowd at the Charlottesville rally in 2017 where one counter-protester was killed and others injured has been found guilty of first-degree murder.Suspect James Alex Fields was on trial for the death and injuries he is accused of causing when he drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.His lawyer said in court that Fields was “scared to death” after the Unite the Right rally turned violent and clashes had broken out between protesters and counter-protesters, and they built their case around the claim that he was acting in self defense.The 10 charges he faced in this trial in the Charlottesville City Circuit Court are separate from the 30 federal charges he faces that relate to hate crimes. One of those federal charges is eligible for the death penalty. He entered a not guilty plea in both the Circuit Court case and to the federal charges.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,AndreyPopov/iStock(NEW YORK) — The man who rammed his car into a crowd at the Charlottesville rally in 2017 where one counter-protester was killed and others injured has been found guilty of first-degree murder.Suspect James Alex Fields was on trial for the death and injuries he is accused of causing when he drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.His lawyer said in court that Fields was “scared to death” after the Unite the Right rally turned violent and clashes had broken out between protesters and counter-protesters, and they built their case around the claim that he was acting in self defense.The 10 charges he faced in this trial in the Charlottesville City Circuit Court are separate from the 30 federal charges he faces that relate to hate crimes. One of those federal charges is eligible for the death penalty. He entered a not guilty plea in both the Circuit Court case and to the federal charges.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock(NEW YORK) — More than 33,000 people have died around the world as the amount of novel coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket, with the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases globally surpassing 713,000 on Sunday.The number of cases has grown exponentially in a matter of weeks. Last Thursday, there were 500,000 cases worldwide, which was double the number of worldwide coronavirus cases from the week before.The U.S. stood at more than 136,000 diagnosed coronavirus cases on Sunday, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 2,409 deaths in the country.At least 148,000 people have recovered from the virus during this pandemic.Here’s how the news developed Sunday. All times Eastern:9:18 p.m.: LA Convention Center to be used as medical stationThe Los Angeles Convention Center is being converted into a federal medical station to help relieve area hospitals, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced.The effort is being led by the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Guard.The city is expected to experience a surge in coronavirus cases this week, the mayor said.Los Angeles County had five new deaths since yesterday, bringing the countywide total to 37. Cases jumped by 332 to a new total of 2,136.Los Angeles joins other cities that are converting large structures to overflow medical facilities, including New York City’s Jacob Javits Center and Seattle’s CenturyLink Field Event Center.7:03 p.m.: 15-minute coronavirus test is on the wayA new 15-minute coronavirus test is on its way to doctors’ offices and hospitals now, officials announced at Sunday’s White House Task Force briefing.Adm. Brett Giroir said that Abbott Laboratories will be providing 50,000 of the tests per day, starting April 2.Giroir said that “18,000 of these little toaster-sized machines” are in doctor’s offices and hospitals now.He also said that the test is performed with a self-nose swab, unlike the less comfortable tests that require a swab to go far up the nasal passage.As of the close of business Saturday, 894,000 coronavirus tests has been performed in the U.S., Giroir said.6:12 p.m.: Trump extends U.S. coronavirus guidelines to April 30President Trump officially reversed his call to reopen businesses by Easter and said he will extend the nation’s coronavirus social distancing guidelines to April 30.“The modelling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks,” Trump said at his daily briefing at the White House. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won.”The guidelines cover work from home directives, travel limitations, business closures and other efforts to combat the virus. Trump said that his office will give more details about the new plans on Tuesday.“We can expect that by June 1st, we will be well on our way to recovery,” Trump said. “We think by June 1st, a lot of great things will be happening.”The announcement came just days after the president said he hoped that Easter would be a celebration of the virus’ defeat.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the new extensions are a “wise and prudent decision.”In the interim, Trump said that his public health advisers recommended against loosening social distancing restrictions in states or regions that haven’t been as hard hit by the virus, as had previously been discussed.According to the data, up to 2.2 million people would die if nothing was being done to stem the virus, Trump said. Fauci has estimated that even with the measures being taken, it was possible that 100,000 to 200,000 people in the U.S. would die as a result of the virus.Also during the briefing, Trump announced that two of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, Humana and Cigna, will be waving copays for anyone treated for the coronavirus.He was also asked what people suffering financial hardship should do about paying rent with the first of the month approaching.“I will tell you, I think landlords are going to take it easy,” he said. “We may put out a statement on that. I think a lot of people that are owed money are going to take it easy. They don’t sort of have a choice.”Several cities and states have issued moratoriums on the eviction of tenants for non-payment of rent during the COVID-19 crisis.5:25 p.m.: White House asks hospitals to send daily data updatesThe White House is asking the nation’s private hospitals to send their coronavirus testing data to the federal government every day by 5 p.m.The request came in a letter sent by Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the White House Coronavirus Task Force.Many of the hospitals already send the data to their state governments, but Pence said the CDC needs the data to “better understand disease patterns.”“As you know, partnership is essential as we work together to address the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, we are requesting your assistance with reporting data that is critical for epidemiological surveillance and public health decision making,” he wrote in the letter.During a meeting with supply chain operators, President Trump also accused some hospitals of hoarding ventilators and other equipment.“We have to release those ventilators, especially those hospitals that are never going to use them,” he said.4:05 p.m.: Texas increases travel restrictions for more statesTexas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state will mandate self-quarantine orders for travelers from several locations.The state already ordered 14-day self-isolation for any traveler from New York City and New Orleans airports. Now the quarantine mandate will be issued for travelers from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, all California airports and all Washington state airports.Non-commercial drivers from Louisiana who travel into Texas will also have to self-isolate.3:32 p.m.: Country music artist Joe Diffie dies after coronavirus diagnosisGrammy-winning country music star Joe Diffie died from COVID-19 complications, according to his representatives.He was 61 years old.Diffie rose to fame in the early 90s with several No. 1 singles including “Home,” “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native also wrote songs for other country music artists including Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty and Jo Dee Messina.3:30 p.m.: Stimulus money will be sent out ‘within three weeks’: MnuchinTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters on Sunday that the direct checks to Americans from the $2 trillion stimulus plan will be deposited into bank accounts “within three weeks.”For those who don’t have direct deposit on file with the IRS, a website will be created that will allow Americans to upload their information to receive their money. Mnuchin also urged companies to consider their laid-off employees and give them a second chance.“Go back and hire your workers because the government is paying you to do that,” he said.3:21 p.m.: Global COVID-19 cases surpass 700,000The number of coronavirus cases around the world have reached over 710,000, according to Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The U.S. leads the world with 135,499 cases followed by Italy with 97,689 cases and China 82,122 cases, according to the data. Italy has the most COVID-19-related fatalities with 10,779 deaths, followed by Spain with 6,606 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. 2:47 p.m.: Moscow orders lockdown starting MondayMoscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin issued an order that mandates all residents self-isolate starting Monday.No one will be permitted to leave their homes except for traveling to work, buying groceries or medications, seeking medical care, taking a pet for a walk and throwing out garbage, according to the mayor’s office.Residents who have to take their pets for a walk will only be permitted to go no more than 100 meters from their homes, the mayor’s office said. 2:43 p.m.: TSA screenings drop to lowest in decadeThe number of people who passed through TSA screenings around the country was 184,027 on Saturday, the second consecutive day of screenings below 200,000, the agency said.The number represents the lowest number of TSA screenings in over a decade. Nearly 2.2 million people passed through TSA screenings during the same day in 2019, according to the TSA.Screenings have dropped every day for the last two weeks.2:30 p.m.: Cuomo says New Yorkers ‘feel under attack’Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave some reassuring words to New Yorkers as the coronavirus outbreak has made them a target by other leaders who enforce strict rules against them.This weekend, Gov. Gina Raimondo reversed an order that mandated only New York residents go into self-quarantine if they visited the state and President Donald Trump toyed with an idea that New York City to go into a quarantine. Cuomo said New Yorkers feel like they’re “under attack,” but reiterated that they are well in this crisis together.“We have made it through far greater things. We are going to be OK,” he said. “We are strong. We have endurance, and we have stability. We know what we are doing.”The governor said that the state health department did make some progress when it came to detecting COVID-19 cases. The health department has developed a less-intrusive coronavirus test that uses saliva and short nasal swab.The test requires less PPE and will be ready for use as soon as next week, according to Cuomo.1:20 p.m.: Deaths climb to 965 in New YorkNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the death toll in New York state climbed to 965 on Sunday, an increase of 237 from Saturday.“I can’t say you are not going to see people pass away because they are. That is the nature of what we are dealing with and that is beyond our control,” Cuomo said at a news conference.Based on the projections models, Dr. Howard Zucker, the state’s commissioner of public Health, said it appears the death toll in the state will rise into the thousands.“I don’t know how you look at those numbers and conclude anything less than thousands of people will pass away because remember who its attacking, it’s attacking the vulnerable, (people with) underlying illnesses etcetera,” Cuomo added.The bulk of the deaths have occurred in New York City, where the death toll rose from 517 at 10 a.m. on Saturday to 678 at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to data from the city’s Health Department.Cuomo also said that new hospitalizations in the state rose by 1,175 overnight while 3,572 patients were discharged.A total of 172,000 people have been tested in the state for the coronavirus and more than 59,000 have tested positive with 8,503 hospitalized and 2,037 in intensive care units.Cuomo also announced that he is extending his “New York Pause” program requiring nonessential state workers to stay home for another two weeks. The new deadline is April 15.12 p.m.: Number of new coronavirus cases in Italy appears to be droppingItalian health officials said at a news conference on Sunday that the number of deaths and the number of new coronavirus patients appears to be slowing, an indication that that hard-hit country is approaching or has reached its apex.For the third straight day, Italy saw the number of daily deaths slightly decline. On Sunday, officials reported 756 new deaths compared to 889 on Saturday and 969 on Friday.Italy still has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world at 10,779. But the percentage increase in the total number of new cases was the lowest it has been since the start of the pandemic.The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy is now at 97,689, but the number of infected people in ICU decreased 5.2% on Sunday to 3,906.10:50 a.m.: Dr. Fauci says US could see 100,000-200,000 deathsDr. Anthony Fauci, the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, said it is possible that 100,000 to 200,000 people in the U.S. will die from the coronavirusFauci, who appeared on CNN Sunday morning, was asked about how many cases there will be in the U.S. and estimated there will be anywhere from one to two million cases.The doctor noted that while his previous experience shows that modeling overshoots to show the best and worst case scenario, the “reality is somewhere in the middle.”Fauci cautioned that the latest model projections are based on “various assumptions” and are “only as good or as accurate as your assumptions.”“I’ve never seen a model of the diseases that I’ve dealt with where the worst case scenario actually came out,” Fauci said.“We’re going to have millions of (confirmed coronavirus) cases,” he added. “But I just don’t think we really need to make a projection when it’s such a moving target that you can so easily be wrong and mislead people.”10:30 a.m.: Spain records 838 deaths in 24 hoursPublic Health officials in Spain said that the country recorded 838 new coronavirus-related deaths in a 24-hour span between Saturday morning and Sunday morning. The total number of deaths in Spain from the pandemic has now grown to 6,528, making it second for the number of fatalities to Italy’s 10,023.As of Sunday morning, there were nearly 79,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain, including 4,907 patients in intensive care units.10:20 a.m.: Cat tests positive for coronavirus in BelgiumA cat in Belgium has tested positive for COVID-19 after its owner came down with the virus and was quarantined at home, officials said.Describing it as an exceptional case, officials at the Liege Veterinary University Faculty said they tested the feline after it began to exhibit symptoms similar to humans who have contracted the virus, including respiratory problems, diarrhea and vomiting.After conducting further research, the officials at the university said they are convinced that there is no evidence that an infected pet can be contagious for human beings but advised people to practice social distancing with their domesticated animals.The cat has now fully recovered and is coronavirus free, and the owner is also doing well, officials said.10 a.m.: ‘Biggest assistance package in history’ may not be enough, Kudlow saysWhile touting President Donald Trump’s signing of “the biggest assistance package in history,” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow acknowledged the difficulty in knowing if the funds would be enough to meet the needs of the millions of Americans impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.“It may not be perfect, but I think it’s going to give a tremendous amount of resources to get us through what we still believe is going to be a question of weeks and months,” Kudlow said Sunday on ABC’s This Week.Trump signed the $2 trillion stimulus package on Friday, calling the bipartisan legislation a catalyst to “stabilize the economy.”“It’s the largest mainstream financial assistance package in the history of the United States, so it’s hard to know if we could get everything, help everybody,” Kudlow said.9:45: President approves disaster declarations for Oregon and ConnecticutThe president approved disaster declarations for the states of Oregon and Connecticut late Saturday night, making the states eligible to receive more federal aid to battle the coronavirus pandemic.Trump has already signed disaster declarations for numerous other states reeling from the growing number of confirmed virus cases, including New York, California, Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana and Illinois.9:21 a.m.: Louisiana governor says health care system could be overwhelmed by AprilLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said cases of novel coronavirus are expected to surge in Louisiana and overwhelm the state’s hospitals within a week.“We remain on a trajectory, really to overwhelm our capacity to deliver health care by the end of the first week of April,” he said on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.Edwards announced earlier Sunday that a 33-year-old staffer in his office, April Dunn, died due to complications from the coronavirus.9 a.m. New Jersey governor responds to proposed travel restrictionsIn response to a travel warning President Donald Trump said he was mulling for residents from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday on This Week that residents from his state were already not traveling much as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak.“A travel warning, we’re fine with,” Murphy said. “The fact of the matter is we are all in on flattening that curve, social distancing as aggressive as any states in America.”Trump decided not to enforce any quarantine late Saturday night.6:46 a.m.: UK lockdown will last ‘an extended period,’ senior minister saysMichael Gove, a senior U.K. Cabinet Minister, speaking for the government on the Sunday morning TV shows while the prime minister and health minister self-isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19 last week, refused to give a precise timetable for how long the country would be on lockdown.Asked how long the U.K.’s lockdown will last, he said “I can’t make an accurate prediction, but everyone does have to prepare for an extended period.”He added that the U.K.’s peak is “not a fixed point” in the calendar and timing depends how closely people follow the rules.After Boris Johnson and a number of other MPs tested positive for the virus, Mr. Gove insisted the government had been doing everything to observe the social distancing advice.“We’ve been doing everything we can to observe the advice. Within the House of Commons we’ve been trying to observe that advice.”5:25 a.m.: King County, Washington, health officer warns patients could be detained if they defy isolation ordersDr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County has signed an order and directive on March 28 making it mandatory for people with a positive COVID-19 test to follow isolation protocols at home or at a recovery facility. The directive requires everyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing) who has a test pending to stay quarantined.Said Dr. Duchin: “Many steps we are taking as a community are helping to decrease the number of people who get sick, need hospital care and who die. However, we cannot stop the outbreak completely and our community will likely remain at risk for months to come. Through my health order and directive today, I am re-emphasizing the requirement for people who are infected with COVID-19 to follow our existing recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others in the community by staying isolated from others while ill, and to stay quarantined with symptoms while test results are pending. Each of us need to do whatever we can to prevent others from becoming ill. Everyone—young and old, whether you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or not—should stay home and avoid all non-essential contact with others.”To protect the public, if an individual with active COVID-19 is not voluntarily remaining isolated, or if an individual who has COVID-19 symptoms with a test pending is not remaining self-quarantined, they may be subject to enforcement actions, which could include legal actions for involuntary detention.4:25 a.m. Former MLB star Jim Edmonds went to the hospital for coronavirus testingFormer All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms.The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his life, but was awaiting results of tests for the coronavirus.“I’m just trying to rest up and get better,” Edmonds said, adding that he’d provide an update when he heard from doctors.Earlier Saturday, Edmonds posted a photo of himself in a hospital room with a face mask covering his nose and mouth.“Held off as long as I could,” he wrote on the post. “I thought I was tough enough to get through. This virus is no joke. #gethealthy.”He said he was feeling “super sick” and added that he wasn’t “taking any chances because it’s so hard to get tested by the rules of the CDC.”Edmonds played 17 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He won eight Gold Glove awards, and finished with a .284 career batting average with 393 home runs and 1,199 RBIs. Edmonds also helped the Cardinals win the World Series in 2006. He also played for the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds late in his career before retiring in 2011.2:05 a.m.: Louisiana governor announces passing of 33-year-old stafferGovernor John Bel Edwards announced the passing of 33-year old April Dunn who succumbed to complications from COVID-19. April was a dedicated staff member who served in the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs and a tireless advocate for people with disabilities.Gov. Edwards issued the following statement:“On behalf of Donna and my entire administration, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear April,” said Gov. Edwards. “She brightened everyone’s day with her smile, was a tremendous asset to our team and an inspiration to everyone who met her. She lived her life to the fullest and improved the lives of countless Louisianans with disabilities. April worked hard as an advocate for herself and other members of the disability community. She served as the chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, and when I created the State as a Model Employer Taskforce, April told me how much she wanted to be part of it because of her struggles to find meaningful employment. I was proud to have an advocate like April on the task force and on my staff. She set a great example for how other businesses could make their workforce more inclusive. I ask the entire state to join us in prayer for April’s mother Joanette and her grandmother Gloria.”11:22 p.m.: Zaandam will pass through Panama CanalAfter initially being restricted from passing through the Panama Canal, the country has changed its tune and the cruise ship MS Zaandam will be allowed through.There are more than 130 people on the ship suffering from “flu-like symptoms,” as well as two people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and four elderly passengers who have died.The MS Rotterdam, owned by Holland America, like the Zaandam, was also waiting to transit the canal.“We are aware of reported permission for both Zaandam and Rotterdam to transit the Panama Canal in the near future,” Holland American said in a statement at 11 p.m. Eastern time. “We greatly appreciate this consideration in the humanitarian interest of our guests and crew. This remains a dynamic situation, and we continue to work with the Panamanian authorities to finalize details.”11:02 p.m.: 1st inmate dies in federal prison of COVID-19An inmate has died from COVID-19 at FCI Oakdale in Oakdale, Louisiana, two sources told ABC News.This is the first known death inside the Bureau of Prisons.Patrick Jones, 49, was sentenced to 324 months in prison for or possession of 425 grams of crack cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a junior college, the BOP said in a press release.Jones was the first inmate inside the BOP to test positive on March 19. He was placed on a ventilator one day later and he died Saturday.Officials said he had preexisting conditions that contributed to his death.10:15 p.m.: Knicks, Rangers owner tests positiveMadison Square Garden Company CEO James Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a spokesperson.Dolan, 64, took over as CEO of Cablevision, the powerhouse cable company, from his father, Charles, but is most known in New York City for being owner of the NBA’s New York Knicks and NHL’s New York Rangers.As chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, he oversees those teams as well as television station MSG Network and owns the world famous Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.Cablevision was sold in 2016 upon which time he left as CEO. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article The special European Union summit in Lisbon has committed member states towide-ranging action to promote employment, focusing on boosting the IT sector.Heads of government pledged to raise the EU employment rate from 61 per centto 70 per cent by 2010, increasing the number of women in work from 51 per centto more than 60 per cent by 2010. The council decided to:• Establish a Europe-wide database on jobs and learning opportunities,• Promote programmes to enable unemployed people to fill skill gaps,• Encourage on-the-job training, through flexible management of working timeand job rotation. The council said a European award for particularly progressive firms wasplanned and a benchmarking system would be introduced, enabling companies tomeasure their performance in promoting training.The summit agreed a package promoting IT employment, including the pledgingof up to £10bn of loans from the European Investment Bank for R&D projects. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Europe to boost work in IT sectorOn 4 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today
Related posts:No related photos. Ask the right question to get the right answerOn 5 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. InHR you are only as good as the questions you ask. Vague and nebulous questionsusually result in vague and nebulous solutions. For example, the question,”How do we work well in teams?” receives the answer “byteambuilding”. Unfortunately,senior managers do not help much. They are not very good at articulating theirmost difficult personnel issues, but still have an expectation that HR willcome to them with a solution. There are plenty of pre-prepared solutionsaround, but genuine business partners in HR will have made sure that they haveclearly defined the problem first.DiagnosingHR causes is notoriously difficult, but a clear and focused questioningtechnique should be capable of producing the correct solution. The key questionshould always be, “How will this add value?” Unfortunately,”value” is a word that appears to have different meanings forstakeholders with differing perceptions. HRprofessionals know all about organisational values and regard them as somehowsoft and cultural. To a line manager, added value is hard and only comes fromdoing more with less – increasing revenue or cutting costs – while the customerperceives value only in the “value for money” sense. The trick for HRis to make a connection between all three.Sodoes a command and control culture, and the values that go along with that,normally result in excellent levels of customer service at the right price? Idon’t know, is the honest answer. Butthere seems to be an assumption behind most change management programmes thatflexible, no-blame cultures lend themselves to improved customer service. Thismay be true, but unless it is absolutely clear to everyone concerned how changemanagement is going to add value, then where will the motivation for changecome from? “Changeagents” often try to articulate which behaviours will be evident in ano-blame culture. They talk about stimulating innovation, sharing knowledge andimproving responsiveness, but rarely, if ever, do they use hard figures to backup their theory. Theadded value question asks where the hard results will start to show up in suchan organisation – in higher output, lower costs or customer feedback on qualityand service? It also immediately begs the question of which measures we have inplace to gauge this shift. Funnily enough, the required measures are often notalready collected, which leads to the obvious but slightly embarrassingquestion of what prompted the need for change in the first place.Notall change is for the better, and change without progress is pointless.Questions on anticipated, measurable outcomes should ensure that changeactually adds the sort of value everybody is seeking.ByPaul KearnsSenior Partner, Personnel Works
A housing market social media platform has abandoned its crowdfunding effort and turned to City investors instead to fund its next stage of development.PropertyHeads.com says the change of direction is not related to the Coronavirus crisis after raised just £48,000 of the £150,000 it was seeking.Davis instead says the Coronavirus lock-down may give his business an opportunity as the whole nation hunkers down with their laptops and smartphones indoors, giving all online social platforms a huge boost.Founder Ben Davis says he was spending too much time fielding hundreds of enquiries from individual investors rather than focusing on the business and has instead turned to contacts from his time working in the City.Davis says he is about to announce an acquisition funded by his City cash that will see his business grow from 20,000 registered users to over 700,000 overnight.Registered users“This means we can now speak with estate agents and, rather than asking them to list their properties with us in the hope of getting an instruction lead from us in the future, we will now have 300 registered users in every postcode,” he says.PropertyHeads offers users both listings from estate agents and also local home improvement services which, Davis claims, makes it different to Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket.“We are different because our business model isn’t wholly dependent on property transactions and instead we’re creating a local community of engaged home owners, buyers and sellers who keep using us to gain tradespeople recommendations,” he says.Read more about PropertyHeads.com PropertyHeads Ben Davis March 26, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Property platform buys rival but abandons crowdfunding effort previous nextProducts & ServicesProperty platform buys rival but abandons crowdfunding effortPropertyHeads says it is now funding next stage of development via founder’s City investor contacts.Nigel Lewis26th March 20200444 Views