The senseless killing of Miriam Carey

first_imgMiriam CareyBeginning at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3, there was nonstop coverage on all the ruling-class media about a car chase that took place in the heavy security area in Washington, D.C.  The chase involved a driver who crashed gates in front of the White House and on Capitol Hill. Cameras focused on a full mobilization of D.C. Metropolitan and Capitol Hill police along with the FBI and other armed federal agencies.There was endless commentary on how the lives of the police, who had their guns and automatic rifles drawn the entire time, were being threatened in the face of the lone driver using the car as “a weapon.”  After the car crashed and the driver was exiting the car, several police shot multiple times, killing the driver.That driver turned out to be a 34-year-old dental hygienist, Miriam Carey, from Stamford, Conn.  She was shot so many times that it took longer than usual to identify her. This African-American woman and mother of a 13-month-old toddler — who was also in the car but reportedly not hurt — had lost her job in 2012.  Her family and boyfriend reported that she was taking medication for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and postpartum depression.As she stepped out of the car for her final breath, she had no weapon on her.  For all the talk about the police being threatened, only two police officers were hurt, and with only minor injuries.Throughout the day, the press was speculating that maybe this was a terrorist attack or maybe this was someone upset by the government shutdown, which was entering its third day on Oct. 3.  One question that the media have not asked is why didn’t the police shoot at the car’s tires instead of Carey?After Carey was shot to death, they then stated that the incident was “isolated.”But was it really an isolated incident?  Not really. There are many current cases and many more to come of people suffering from mental illness who, instead of receiving the adequate treatment they deserve as fellow members of humanity, are locked up in prisons. One National Public Radio report estimated this number at 350,000.This lack of treatment is due to the systematic closing of hospitals coupled with unemployment, low-wage jobs, homelessness, deadly cuts in food stamps, etc., which bring many to the point of anti-social behavior because all positive outlets for leading healthy lives have been eliminated under a profit-driven system now in crisis. For all the talk about Obamacare, there are millions of people, especially African Americans, the undocumented and the poor in general, who as of now will continue to go uninsured.There are also others, like Miriam Carey, who because of erratic behavior — even if not threatening — have wound up at the mercy of the shoot-to-kill mentality of the police and other repressive forces on a local, state and federal level. Those imprisoned and these victims far outnumber the tiny handful of mentally ill people who actually have been a threat. And those — think of the recent massacres — might have been prevented if the individuals had received adequate mental health care.Miriam Carey does not deserve to be demonized. She did not exhibit criminal behavior.  Any erratic behavior that she may have displayed did not warrant her slaughter.  The criminal behavior belongs to the police and the big-business media that defend the cops’ actions when it comes to protecting the private property of the status quo and their puppet politicians.  In the meantime, another child loses its mother in a split second of senseless state violence.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Resistance ramps up against Detroit bankruptcy as role of banks is exposed

first_imgOct. 28 protest outside bankruptcy court.Oct. 28 — Detroit residents, workers and retirees have been protesting and assembling on an almost daily basis to resist the undemocratic and racist takeover of the city by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and his bankruptcy filing on behalf of the big banks. With the Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy eligibility trial in full swing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in downtown Detroit, activists are pointing out that these banks will profit greatly from the city’s fiscal crisis, a crisis caused in large measure by these very banks because of their predatory lending that led to massive home foreclosures.Orr was appointed by Michigan’s reactionary Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who testified in the bankruptcy trial Oct. 28. Outside, hundreds picketed at a noon action called by National Action Network-Detroit. It was attended by activists from the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs as well as city retirees, youth, unionists and other activists.Inside the court, lawyers and witnesses claiming to represent the “city,” but really representing the banks, argued for bankruptcy. This would allow the banks to reap a maximum return on the city’s “debt” — money that would be taken from residents, workers, retirees and the assets of the city of Detroit.It is illegal under the Michigan state constitution to seize workers’ pension funds, but that is just what Snyder and Orr, at the behest of the banks, are trying to do.16 cents on the dollar and other outragesOrr’s chief financial advisor, Kenneth Buckfire, testified at the trial on Oct. 25 that the Emergency Manager’s plan would pay city of Detroit pensioners — who number about 23,500 — only 16 cents on the dollar, the same as any unsecured creditor. (Reuters, Oct. 25) The city, under emergency management, claims that about half of its alleged debt is owed to workers’ pensions and retiree benefits.As secured creditors, however, the banks would get a guaranteed 80 cents on the dollar.On the eve of the bankruptcy trial, and totally unnecessarily, Orr announced a loan of $350 million was needed in “emergency financing” — not to back up workers’ pensions, but to pay Bank of America and United Bank of Switzerland on interest rate swaps. These tricky and fraudulent transactions have already netted these banks more than $250 million in profit on deals where the interest rates the city paid the banks were 1,200 percent higher than what would have been owed on bonds they replaced!The emergency loan to pay off BoA and UBS is backed up by a first lien on income tax dollars received by the city and any city asset worth more than $10 million. While the Detroit City Council voted down this swindle, the Snyder/Orr clique seems bent on moving forward with the deal in order to satisfy the banks.“It is ironic,” noted an Oct. 28 statement by Moratorium NOW!, “that the same week that Snyder/Orr and their gang of looters testified to their intent to destroy workers’ pensions to pay off the banks, which just so happen to be Jones Day [EM Orr’s ‘former’ law firm] clients, the federal government announced that the banks owed the people of the U.S. billions of dollars for the mortgage fraud they perpetrated, and forced JPMorgan Chase to repay $13 billion.”Banks should be criminally investigatedIn large part because of the exposure by Moratorium NOW! of the banks’ role in the destruction of the city, and the group’s demands for cancellation of the city’s debt and reparations by the banks, more and more activists are visibly and vocally raising these demands.City of Detroit retired workers have written to the federal Securities and Exchange Commission asking that the SEC intervene in the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings in order to initiate a proper investigation of possible “fraudulent, predatory and criminal actions” on the part of the banks involved.“While we are told our pensions are unsecured and must be sacrificed to pay off the banks,” stated the retirees’ letter, “we believe a thorough examination of the banks themselves, in the mortgage crisis which destroyed Detroit’s tax base and then the many bond sways to the City government, very well might undermine the claims of the banks to take precedence over our pensions. Only the SEC can fully expose the breadth of bank misconduct. [The bankruptcy judge] needs to hear this critical information.”The SEC responded that they don’t intervene in “private” bankruptcies. Activists are demanding the SEC read their letter and provide a serious response.Surrounding the courthouse: ‘Make the banks pay!’On the morning of Oct. 23, as the bankruptcy eligibility trial began, the federal courthouse was surrounded by more than 1,000 protesters, including residents, workers, retirees, unionists, students, youth, faith people and other activists.“Hands off our pensions! Make the banks pay!” and “Whose city? Our city!” were among the chants as the overflow protest took the entire street in front of the courthouse. Probably the largest numbers were from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union, including many city of Detroit retirees. The United Auto Workers had a large presence, as did union firefighters and members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Detroit Federation of Teachers, UNITE HERE, and the postal workers’ unions, among others.A high point was the arrival of the Occupy Wall Street delegation, which came in solidarity on a bus from New York City. This multinational contingent marched in with a large banner, chanting, “We are the 99 percent!” while the crowd cheered and joined in. Later, OWS members helped lead a march around the courthouse, which Homeland Security cops were unable to stop, much to their chagrin.The protest was organized by a coalition of Moratorium NOW!, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, and other activists, and was supported by AFSCME Council 25.“Defend retiree pensions and benefits, not one penny to the banksters!” is the battle cry as activists gear up to stop the looting of Detroit by the banks and their politicians. Moratorium NOW! organizers say they plan to escalate the fight by going directly to the doors of the culprit banks and engaging in other struggle tactics.After testimony on Oct. 29, Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will adjourn the trial until Nov. 4.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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The eight Reporters Without Borders nominees for the blog contest

first_img The German radio station Deutsche Welle has published the list of nominees for its weblog contest, including those chosen by Reporters Without Borders for the “freedom of expression” category. The bloggers who have been singled out include former Tunisian judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, currently on a hunger strike in protest against President Ben Ali’s repressive policies. October 24, 2005 – Updated on January 25, 2016 The eight Reporters Without Borders nominees for the blog contest The German radio station Deutsche Welle has published the list of nominees for its weblog contest, including those chosen by Reporters Without Borders for the “freedom of expression” category. The bloggers who have been singled out include former Tunisian judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, currently on a hunger strike in protest against President Ben Ali’s repressive policies.From the more than 130 blogs proposed by Internet users, Reporters Without Borders and Deutsche Welle picked the shortlist of eight because of a particular passion they have displayed in their defence of free expression. All of these eight blogs carry news and information not found in the traditional media. Internet users can vote on www.thebobs.de to indicate who they prefer. But it will be up to the panel of judges to choose the final winners. The results will be announced on 21 November.These are the eight nominees in the special category sponsored by Reporters Without Borders:- China Digital Times (http://chinadigitaltimes.net)A news blog about China that is published outside of the country. A very rich source for those who want to follow Chinese current affairs.- Chronique déplaisante d’une dictature ordinaire(http://www.addisferengi.net)A French resident in Addis Ababa criticises repression in Ethiopia. The blog includes lots of interviews with Ethiopian dissidents.- Manal and Alaa Bit Bucket (www.manalaa.net)An Egyptian blog promoting free expression and human rights. A forum for discussion, but also a resource centre for Arabic-speaking Internet users who would like to set up their own blog. – Wang Yi’s microphone (http://zhivago.tianyablog.com)A Chinese intellectual who uses his blog as a microphone to denounce the repressive system that rules his country.- Hanif Mazrooie (http://hanif.ir)An independent Iranian journalist’s blog which led to its author spending a month in prison in September 2004.- Parastood (www.parastood.com)One of the oldest Iranian blogs, famous for its open criticism.- Colombian realities (http://lacoctelera.com/realidades)A Colombian journalist who writes critically about a range of issues including his country’s pervasive violence and corruption.- Yahyaoui (http://yahyaoui.blogspot.com)The blog of former judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, one of Tunisia’s leading political dissidents and the uncle of cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui. His blog was recently pirated and rendered unavailable. But it can still be accessed by using Google’s “cached” function (enter yahyaoui + blogspot in Google and then choose the “cached” option).Mokhtar Yahyaoui is one of seven Tunisian civil society figures who are currently on hunger strike in protest against the lack of freedom in Tunisia, where his blog is censored, along with dozens of others. Nonetheless, Tunis is to host the World Summit on the Information Society on 16-18 November, which is being organised under the aegis of the United Nations. RSF_en News Organisation Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA to Host Spay/Neuter Day for Feral Cats

first_img More Cool Stuff 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. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Community News Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA to Host Spay/Neuter Day for Feral Cats From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 1:17 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Community News On October 15 and 16, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) will hold a no-cost spay and neuter clinic for feral cats residing in the shelter’s nine service cities. This event is being held in honor of National Feral Cat Day, which is October 16.Feral cats are free-roaming cats that are not socialized to people. They are the same species as pet cats, but often live in outdoor cat colonies with limited human interaction. If left unaltered, these cats produce large numbers of kittens each spring and summer, inundating local animal shelters.The sterilization process for feral cats is commonly referred to as trap-neuter-return (TNR). Members of the community humanely trap feral cats, have them sterilized at a spay/neuter clinic, and then return the cats to their original location. While under anesthesia feral cats are also vaccinated and ear-tipped (a small part of the cat’s left ear is removed to indicate sterilization).“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says Steve McNall, president/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “Most people don’t want to see the cats they’re feeding get pregnant over and over again, so our National Feral Cat Day ‘TNR-a-thon’ will serve as a gentle reminder to caretakers of free-roaming cat colonies to catch and sterilize their cats.”The PHS low-cost public spay and neuter clinic (SNiP) will dedicate October 15 and 16 exclusively to the spay and neuter of feral cats. The clinic expects to book 20 feral cat surgeries each day. A limited number of TNR appointments are also available weekly, Tuesday through Friday.TNR appointments at the SNiP Clinic include free spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations (FVRCP and rabies) and ear-tipping for feral cats throughout our service cities only: Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino and Sierra Madre. Additional services such as FeLV/FIV testing, flea treatment and microchipping are available upon request for an additional cost. A small inventory of humane traps are also available to rent for a deposit of $55, which is fully refunded upon return of the traps.TNR is by appointment only. To make an appointment, email [email protected] or call (626) 792-7151 ext. 166.About the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCAThe Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an open door, community-funded center, which provides all animals a place where they receive a safe haven, care and respect. The agency provides essential animal welfare and control services for the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. For more information, visit www.pasadenahumane.org. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Exasol Rated Best-in-Class Across 10 Measures in Dresner’s ADI Report 2021

first_img Twitter Facebook ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– For the fourth consecutive year, Exasol, the analytics database, has been named a customer experience and a vendor credibility Overall Leader in the Dresner Advisory Services Wisdom of Crowds® 2021 Analytical Data Infrastructure (ADI) Report. Exasol also achieved a perfect recommend score again – 100% of Exasol’s customers who participated in the report would recommend its analytics database. High placement in the upper-right quadrant confirms that customers receive high value and have strong confidence in Exasol. In addition, Exasol was also ranked best-in-class for ten different measures, including reliability of technology, technical support and responsiveness, and integrity. The Dresner 2021 ADI Market Study provides a detailed picture of perceptions, intentions, and realities associated with ADI platform choices. The report examines market preferences for ADI platforms including deployment and licensing priorities, data types, data modeling/management of data associated with ADI, and data preparation and loading priorities. It also covers leading choices in ADI development and deployment, as well as ADI interfaces and analytical features. “We congratulate Exasol on maintaining a perfect recommend score for the fourth consecutive year from customers and receiving best-in-class in ten customer value measurement categories – demonstrating the value its customers perceive with its platform,” Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services. “Business and IT leaders require robust analytical data infrastructure systems more than ever to deliver business value during these unprecedented times.” According to the Dresner ADI report, business intelligence (BI) related use cases—business reporting and dashboards, specifically—ranked as the top priority for ADI platforms. The appetite for traditional BI use cases continues to increase, as performance ranked as the highest priority for ADI platforms in 2021. Additionally, in-memory data capabilities are an important priority for more than 50% of respondents, and columnar data models surpass row-format based models for organizing analytical data. The report also found that the majority of business functions prefer a cloud deployment versus on-premise software, but on-prem isn’t going away any time soon. It is still a priority for 40% of organizations. According to the report, respondents’ preferences are dictated by use cases, with some being more suited to cloud services and others to on-prem deployments. As a result, multiple buying centres are working with hybrid deployment models for ADI platforms, a preference that increases with company size. “As a customer-obsessed organization, it is validation of our day-to-day work that our customers rate us so highly,” said Aaron Auld, CEO at Exasol. “Maintaining a perfect recommend score for the fourth consecutive year is as much as we can hope for and the least which we expect of ourselves. I’m incredibly proud of the Exasol team and the way they put all their energy into helping our customers on their analytics journey. Our outstanding results in the Dresner report are testament to that.” To read the full report, visit our Dresner ADI 2021 page. About Exasol The Exasol high-performance analytics database is built to run faster than any other database, delivering next-level performance, scale and ease of use. Analyze billions of rows in seconds; run high-performance analytics securely in the cloud or on-premise; deliver frictionless analytics with self-indexing that automatically tunes performance; and scale out analytics for one transparent price. To learn more, please visit: www.exasol.com About Dresner Advisory Services, LLC Dresner Advisory Services was formed by Howard Dresner, an independent analyst, author, lecturer, and business adviser. Dresner Advisory Services, LLC focuses on creating and sharing thought leadership for Business Intelligence (BI) and related areas. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005127/en/ CONTACT: PR contact Carla Gutierrez, Head of Global Communications, Exasol Email:[email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA GEORGIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ELECTRONIC DESIGN AUTOMATION DATA MANAGEMENT OTHER TECHNOLOGY TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE SOURCE: Exasol Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 09:02 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 09:02 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005127/en Local NewsBusiness Twitter WhatsApp TAGS  Facebookcenter_img Exasol Rated Best-in-Class Across 10 Measures in Dresner’s ADI Report 2021 By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleHoltzbrinck Buchverlage chooses XpublisherNext articlePPG’s Humbert Recognized With American Chemical Society Pittsburgh Award Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Cllr Tadhg Culbert laid to rest in Letterkenny

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp The funeral has taken place of Cllr Tadhg Culbert.He was buried in New Leck Cemetery after Funeral Mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral at 11 o’ clock.The Tipperary native came to Letterkenny in 1973, working as a post office clerk. As a mark of respect, Letterkenny Post Office closed for the funeral.His coffin was carried through the town centre by family members, friends and political colleagues, and in a poignant moment, it was laid on a trestle outside the post office where he had worked for almost 40 years, and just metres away from a memorial plaque marking the opening of new street improvements on Lower Main Street in 2010 by Mayor Tadhg Culbert. By News Highland – April 20, 2013 Pinterest Previous articleSavita jury return verdict of death by medical misadventureNext articleMore information needed on “Irish Water” takeover – Mc Garvey News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Google+ Facebook Cllr Tadhg Culbert laid to rest in Letterkenny RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News Twitter Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

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North West set to be hit with snow this weekend

first_img Twitter North West set to be hit with snow this weekend Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Donegal and the wider North West are set to be hit with snow this weekend.Wintry showers of sleet and snow are being forecast for Saturday night, with the worst to come on Sunday.There will also be frost and icy patches in places as temperatures drop to 0 degrees.Met Eireann forecaster John Eagleton outlines the areas which will be worst affected:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/weaghgfhgfhgfhther1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebookcenter_img Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleConcern growing over ongoing closure of Buncrana Leisure CentreNext articleBlaney claims Fianna Fail HQ are meddling with election chances News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 8, 2019 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterestlast_img read more

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Wondering about change

first_img Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Wondering about change Sponsored Content We have doors that open upon approach and toilets that flush when you disembark.Why, we don’t even have to wind our watches.That’s cause to wonder what we need to change.And among those clamoring most for change are legions of young adults. What do they want to change?Compared to young people in most other countries, they were born with silver pacifiers in their mouths. They are the designer generation. They wear seventy-five dollar shirts emblazoned with a man on a horse. They tote pocketbooks that cost more than a social security check and they know the name of the manufacturer of the “tennis” shoes they wear.When they get married, they don’t get pots, pans, pillowcases and towels. They are “listed” and family and friends are “invited” to help decorate their houses and in their preference of colors.Isn’t it rather odd that, in these change-needing times, young couples step up when they get married rather than down as their parents’ generation did.They have new houses with new furniture and new cars and they don’t even have to have money to get these things. They just wave plastic around and pay later.Back in my day, when couples got married, they didn’t suddenly have more than their parents had accumulated in 30 years of toil. They stepped down and tried to work up.The first apartment that I had as a young married woman had a bathroom that had been converted from a closet. You could sit on the commode, take a shower and brush your teeth in the lavatory all at the same time.When we moved out into a brand new 12-foot wide trailer, I thought that I had died and gone to heaven.When I got a washing machine when the first baby was born, I was sure I had died and gone to heaven. And, I knew if I wanted to stop hanging the clothes out on the line, things were going to have to change.The belt would have to be tightened. We would have to skimp and save. No more frozen pizza on Saturday night or ice creams at the Dairy Queen.It never occurred to me that Uncle Sam should bring about the change that would make my life easier and better. I kind of thought that it was up to me to do that.I still think that way.I don’t need to depend on the government to make my life better. Nobody owes me anything. If I want change in my life, then it’s up to me.But I feel blessed to have what I have. We are a blessed nation. So many around the world have so much less and some have almost nothing at all. They have cause for change.So, those among us who are screaming for change had better think twice. They just might get it. Change.Mmmmm.That’s all you hear about these days. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “Change. We need change.”But, I’m not exactly sure what “change” we’re talking about.We live in the greatest country on earth. We don’t know anything about living a hard scrabbled life. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Land Transactions April 2 Baley Alloway to Neudie L. Scott: a parcel of land west of an unpaved Pike County road and… read more And, folks, as the song says, the cotton is high and the living is easy.Oh, sure, the gas prices jump 20 cents overnight and our utility bills are through the roof. But, we’re still riding and our homes are climate controlled and somebody picks up our garbage and hauls it off.If we want something to eat, we run-thru the drive-thru or pop something in the microwave. We sit back in our “lazy” boys and surf the channels with a remote control and get instant information by punching a key.We have electric windows in our cars, throwaway diapers for our babies and exterminators for our bugs. Skip By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Published 11:14 am Monday, September 15, 2008 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? 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Frankenstein film festival opens tonight at Troy

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts is sponsoring the 2010 Frankenstein Film Festival as its contribution to the university’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) and the Common Reading Initiative of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” or “The Modern Prometheus.”Dr. Catherine Allard will open the festival at 7 p.m. tonight with a free screening of the 1931 version of “Frankenstein” directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff. The screening will be in Room 101 of the General Academic Building (GAB) and the public is invited.Dr. Maryjo Cochran, CCFA dean, said the college has purchased an extensive library of ‘Frankenstein” films and television programs for this project. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author The Frankenstein films will be screened in Room 101 of the GAB on Tuesday evenings from 7 until 9:20 p.m.“Each screening will begin with a 10-15 minute mini-lecture about the specific film and/or Frankenstein themes and issues,” Cochran said. “Following the film, there will be a brief question and answer period.”On Tuesday Aug. 31, Dr. Kenyon Holder will screen the 1944 film, “Bride of Frankenstein.”September films include “Frankenstein,” 2004 with De Niro and Branagh, “Santo Contra la hija de Frankenstein” in Spanish, “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.”In October, the films will be “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the audience will be invited to sing-along and to dress as their favorite characters. Other films will be “Frankenstein,” 2003 with William Hurt and Donald Sutherland, “The Addams Family vs. The Munsters,” and Mel Brooks’ 1994 “Young Frankenstein” and the university students’ costume contest.Also, in October, the Troy University Pied Pipers will present the “Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein” cartoon and costume festival for children.“Frank Science,” the idea that the food source can be made better through chemistry, will lead off the November programs followed by “The Addams Family,” 1991 and “Jurassic Park.” 1993. “Kung Fu Frankenstein” in Chinese will close out the Frankenstein Film Festival on Nov. 17. You Might Like Goshen holds Relay for Life Kickoff Over $5,000 dollars were raised for cancer research in Goshen Saturday, as Goshen held its Relay for Life kickoff event…. read more Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “The semester-long festival will feature an assortment of ‘Frankenstein-themed’ films– from classic to quirky – documentaries and cartoons,” Cochran said.The Common Reading Initiative for incoming freshmen requires them to read a specific book and to attend at least one of the lectures held during the first two weeks of school.“A faculty committee chooses a book that is applicable to any major, minor or discipline,” Cochran said. “This year, the faculty chose Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ and the faculty will incorporate elements from this book into their classes. “Frankenstein’ will raise ethical questions that foster discussion. Although there may not be a right or wrong answer, the students will have opportunities to engage in stimulating conversations.” The idea behind the Common Reading Initiative is that reading is at the core of all that people do.“We’ve found that our students don’t do a lot of reading, not pleasure reading,” Cochran said.“So we want to give them the nuts and bolts of being educated humans who realize the pleasure of reading and discussing and doing something more than tweet or Twitter.”The Troy University faculty took the Reading Initiative a step further by hosting the Frankenstein Film Festival that will include 15 films for the entire season. Print Article Frankenstein film festival opens tonight at Troy Sponsored Content Skip Published 10:33 pm Monday, August 23, 2010 By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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first_img Major part of law is to give choice • Your story on union recognition and the Central Arbitration Committee (Personnel Today, 25 July) seems a bit wide of the mark. A major plank of the union recognition provisions under the Employment Relations Act 1999 is to allow employers some choice in the question of which union they might want to recognise.The import of the case of the Prison Services Union/Prison Officers’ Association and Premier Prison Services is the same as that in a number of other recent cases, such as Aslef/TGWU at Eurotunnel, ISTC/TGWU at JVC electronics or AEEU/TGWU at Rosti plastics – that is that employers can forestall “advances” from one union for recognition by voluntarily recognising another. While Acas might become involved in such cases, it would seem unlikely that the CAC would overturn such a central tenet of the new legislation. I would expect the CAC to say it doesn’t have a remit to be involved in these cases (unless there is an attempt to derecognise what may be seen as a non-independent “sweetheart” union by a group of workers and gain recognition for an independent union using statutory means).This also means it is only a partial truth for the POA to lament that the “abuse of the thrust of the law”, however great that injustice might actually be. Now we can begin to see in practice the strictures of a law which was heavily influenced by lobbying from employer organisations. Dr Gregor GallSenior lecturer in industrial relationsUniversity of StirlingAnalysis, p13Flexible mums a valuable resource• I have just read your article “HR holds the key to firms survival in flexible future” (Personnel Today, 4 July) and would like to make the following comments.I believe it will take a long time for the vast majority of employers to realise mothers can make a major contribution to a company under flexible working hours.The “enlightened” employers you mentioned must be in a very small minority. As a mother of two, I have had to return to full-time work to: a) make it financially practicable (after paying a childminder/nanny), and b) to be able to work at the same level in the company that I enjoyed before becoming a mother.I have many friends with professional qualifications and many years’ experience who are also in the dilemma of work versus children. If there is any way we can show employers we are capable of holding down a responsible job even on a part-time basis I would love to know what it is.Name and address suppliedReferences must be used with care• After reading “Words of warning when writing staff references” (Legal, 27 June), I totally agree with Louise Fairhurst’s comments. Writing a reference is a worrying task, not to mention receiving a reference and wondering how accurate it is.But where would we be without them? One of the recommendations of the report made post-Beverley Allitt was to take up two references (at least one from the previous employer) for nursing staff in the NHS. If references had been taken up on Allitt they may have found she had missed 126 days out of 110 weeks of training due to unrelated and insubstantiated health problems. This may have indicated that she suffered from Munchausen Syndrome and given cause to question it. This is not an isolated case. When I worked as a personnel officer for the NHS, I came across a situation where a reference on a nurse was refused. On probing further, I found he been administering his own prescriptions and had almost killed a patient. I do not believe we should scrap references, but they should be used and given wisely. I certainly bear references in mind, but also put them in perspective to the position applied for.Emma GilroyPersonnel and training officerPeverel OM Management ServicesIll health is not an easy way out• Re your story on ill health retirement in the public sector (Personnel Today, 18 July). The suggestion that it is easy for staff in local government to get retirement on ill health grounds is a nonsense. A process using stiff (and audited) criteria for assessment of all cases together with the judgement of an independent occupational physician hardly lends itself to being a charter for the incompetent.So what do we do with staff who become too ill to carry on in their job? I should think a few of my colleagues uttered a hollow laugh at the idea that we could conjure up enough jobs that carry what the Government euphemistically called “lighter duties” for everyone with a debilitating illness. The answers are more complicated than Whitehall would have the public believe. As Jackie Wiltshire, head of personnel at Wokingham District Council, said, we use modern HR approaches of preventing illness and redeployment policies when this fails. As the sharp drop in ill health retirements during the 1990s suggests, this is a technique that is working.Dilys Wynn Head of human resourcesWorcestershire County Council Letter of the weekOn 8 Aug 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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