first_imgAstoria Investments Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2015 presentation For more information about Astoria Investments Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Astoria Investments Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Astoria Investments Limited (  2015 presentation Company ProfileAstoria Investments Limited is an investment company with permanent capital. The company runs its operations in the United States, Europe, Asia, South Africa and Mauritius. Astoria Investments invests in global equity dominated holdings of primarily direct, high quality listed businesses. The company invests in sectors such as technology, insurance, pharmaceutical, entertainment, financial, consumer products, retail and transportation. Astoria Investments Limited has a primary listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.last_img read more

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCenter For Disease ControlZika Previous articleApopka is the Epicenter of Central Florida EcotourismNext articleArt and Foliage Bus Tours add even more context to Festival Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here On Wednesday, CDC scientists concluded that Zika is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. There have been 87 reports of Zica in Florida, five in Orange County.A woman infected with Zika during her pregnancy has an increased but not certain probability of having a baby with these health problems, the study found.“We are also launching further studies to determine whether children who have microcephaly born to mothers infected by the Zika virus is the tip of the iceberg of what we could see in damaging effects on the brain and other developmental problems,” Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H, director of the CDC, said.“We are working to do everything possible to protect the American public.”The conclusion, drawn not from a single piece of evidence but from evaluating many recent studies, is an “important step” in driving prevention efforts, focusing research and reinforcing the need to spread awareness about the risks of Zika, the CDC said.The next step, in terms of research, now that a “causal relationship” has been found between Zika and birth defects, is to try to find a way to treat pregnant women who are infected.The CDC’s prevention and best-practices guidelines remain unchanged:-Pregnant women should continue to avoid travel to areas where Zika is actively spreading-If a pregnant woman does travel to or live in such an area, she should talk with her healthcare provider and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika.-The CDC also encourages women and their partners, in areas with active Zika transmission, to engage in pregnancy planning and counseling with their healthcare provider so that they know the risks and the ways to mitigate them.About ZikaZika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus), but can also be spread during sex by a man infected with Zika to his partners. Most people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms, but for those who do, the illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. –From CDC.govZika has not been yet transmitted by mosquitoes in the continental U.S., but there have been local cases of sexual transmission by someone returning from travel.So far, the areas where Zika is being actively transmitted by mosquitoes are limited mostly to South and Central America, Oceana and the Philippines, and Cape Verde, Africa. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 last_img read more

first_img Please enter your name here TAGSPassover Previous articlePassport Week in Apopka Ends TomorrowNext articleFood for Thought: Cooking for Your Heart Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From The AlgemeinerBy Bernard StarrThe Passover holiday commemorates the exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. It is a celebration of freedom. On this basis alone, Christians should join Jews in celebrating Passover. Why? No exodus, no Christianity.But there’s a more persuasive reason. In Jesus’ time, Passover was the holiest celebration on the Jewish calendar. Hundreds of thousands of Jews from surrounding nations and communities poured into Jerusalem for the annual festival.For Jesus, a dedicated practicing Jew, Passover was a seminal event. Although the Gospels do not give us a fully developed biography of Jesus, they do make it clear that Passover looms large in his life. After announcing his birth, the Gospel of Matthew (2:13-16) reports that Jesus was taken to Egypt to escape the edict of King Herod to kill all Jewish children in Bethlehem two years old and younger. According to the Gospel of Luke (2:21-22), after the birth of Jesus, Mary performs the Jewish rituals and prayers mandated by the Torah and the family returns to Nazareth. In Matthew the family returns to Nazareth from Egypt about six years later, after the death of Herod (Matthew 2:19-21).Then there is no news of Jesus for six years. The only thing we learn about him during this time gap is that he and his family traveled to Jerusalem every year for Passover, as cited in the Gospel of Luke (2:41) :“Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.” This arduous 80 mile trip over crude roads, with donkeys, provisions, and lambs for the ritual sacrifice, could take as long as seven days. Jesus’ family’s faithful participation is a testament to their dedication to Judaism and the Torah — and the importance of Passover in their religious practices.We next meet Jesus at age 12 at that year’s Passover celebration in Jerusalem. During his family’s return trip from the festival, Mary and Joseph noticed that Jesus was not among the extended family and other Jews from Nazareth. They returned to Jerusalem to search for him and found Jesus in the Temple debating the Torah with learned rabbis:And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.– ( Luke 2: 42-47).After this incident Jesus again vanishes from the Gospels, this time for 18 years. He resurfaces at age 30, when he is baptized by John the Baptist in the river Jordan and his ministry begins. Three years later, at the end of his ministry, Passover again takes center stage among events that will be monumental for Christianity and the world. Early on the day of the Passover feast, before Jesus is arrested in Gethsemane garden, the event that leads to his trial and crucifixion, he tells his disciples to prepare the traditional Jewish Passover as prescribed in the Torah:Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the Passover must be killed [meaning when the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed and eaten]. And he sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare us the Passover, that we may eat.’– (Luke 22:7-13)That on the very day that Jesus forecast his imminent death he chose to celebrate the traditional Passover meal with his Disciples is a powerful statement of the importance of Passover in his life and his dedication to Judaism.Over the centuries, the Passover Seder has evolved to reflect the different cultures of Jews as they scattered throughout the world after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. Today, in addition to retelling the story of the exodus from Egypt, many Jews include in their Haggadahs (the Passover ceremony guide) contemporary and personal perspectives on freedom, slavery, and other social issues.In the present era of reconciliation, as reflected in Pope Francis’ pronouncement that “inside every Christian is Jew,” the Passover celebration offers Christians an opportunity to reconnect with the common foundation of the two faiths and experience the authentic Jesus as he lived and worshiped. At the same time, they can add to their Passover celebrations issues from a Christian perspective while honoring the Exodus and freedom.To read the entire article, go here.Here is an article by Crosswalk entitled “What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover” It has a five-step plan to celebrate Passover.Bernard Starr, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York (Brooklyn College). Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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The Bismarck House is the younger sibling of a pair of semi-detached dwellings in Bondi. The design uses raw materials and sculpted spaces to integrate house and garden while orchestrating social interactions between the more public areas of the house and the laneway that runs along the semi’s northern boundary.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsSave this picture!PlansSave this picture!© Peter BennettsOur conceptual starting point for the project was to map the detailed context of the laneway: a long thin footprint immediately adjacent to the gritty rear-lane access for multiple commercial properties fronting onto Bondi Rd.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsInto this context the ground floor of the house was conceived spatially and materially as a continuous garden between the boundary walls of the site. The brick common wall of the semi to the south was exposed and the new laneway edge to the north was rebuilt using bricks recycled from the site demolition. The garden is formed around key figures within the plan: the kitchen bench, a window seat to the lane, a concrete structural blade wall, a steel cabinet for storage.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsSave this picture!Conceptual Diagram 01The upper level, containing three bedrooms, is conceived as a solid mass that carves voids for light, creating diagonal and oblique viewing lines along the length of the laneway for the bedrooms, thereby moderating potential privacy loss from the rear facades across the laneway. These scoops of light allow the garden to be continuous along the majority of the site length, with the main scoop shaped around a new Bismarck Palm introduced as part of the garden works.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe house is an open, light filled, and flexible dwelling. It has been specifically designed to orchestrate many possibilities and uses, both functionally and socially, while showcasing our client’s capability in construction and landscape design. The house seeks to energize its laneway context, transforming the typical semi typology materially, formally, and socially through its response to the lane.Save this picture!Cross SectionAn over scaled kitchen window with a generous window seat opens directly onto the lane, encouraging conversations between occupants of the kitchen and the laneway – whether with the kids playing in the lane, or people passing by. The upper level of pleated aluminum scoops and curves to create a series of gardens running the length of the laneway, buffering the upper level rooms from the immediacy of the many neighbours across the lane.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsOur brief was to provide a flexible house that could be used as a holiday rental or as a future city house if our clients ever moved away. The house was also to be experimental and original in nature, showcasing Robert Plumb Projects’ building capacity, while also prioritizing the garden, to be designed by Will’s landscape company DBS, as an integral part of the house. The house is a very direct response to these functional and creative goals of our client’s brief.Save this picture!© Prue RuscoeWilliam Dangar (landscape architect/client), brought Andrew Burges Architects, David Harrison & Karen McCartney (interior), and Robert Plumb Build together at the onset of the project. The material palette was honed through close collaboration between all, and with key trades: The pleated screen sits off an insulated, standard colorbond sheet wall, prototyped with the roofer to test window integration and transparency.Save this picture!Laneway ElevationCustom designed, locally made pieces enrich each space: the living room primer-red steel storage unit/wall; bespoke steel doors integrate into raw concrete and brick reveals; crafted timber screens mediate laneway activity; bedroom shelves curve with fine rods tracing overhead.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsRobust materials were chosen for longevity and their suitability for integrating energy efficient heating and cooling. The concrete floor slabs at ground and first levels are the final finished slabs and soffits. Each floor has hydronic heating coil cast in – a long view cost choice. Cost was a major factor, so a limited palette also framed the development of the interiors, supplemented with carefully selected vintage pieces involving many hours and hand selected items collected by David and Karen. We also liked that choosing vintage is a sustainable choice that gives a second life to existing pieces.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe site was chosen for its NE aspect, the proximity of infrastructure and the coast, and the potential for borrowing along the northern laneway. The internal footprint is restrained to enable a continuous garden running along and between rooms, while facilitating cross ventilation between interior and garden. Ventilators channel the NE breeze.Save this picture!Street ElevationGarden courtyards provide privacy and shade, while folded steel awnings and screens protect the glass. The bricks are all recycled from the original structures on site. Each floor has hydronic heating coil cast into the slab: sustained heat in winter and a cool base in summer. Upstairs, the curved external walls are sheltered by a pleated, perforated screen forming permanent shade, (supplemented by the Bismarck palm canopy). The light scoops cut out of the floorplate allow the bedrooms to be oriented diagonally across the lane, and open the site to the north and north east.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe screen, and all the construction, were designed and fabricated through collaboration with local workshops. The garden is both beautiful and hardy. Species are native and/or succulent, with no lawn. It is an extremely low water-intensive green space, including the raised garden bed that shelters the main bedroom from the harshest westerly sun.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse Altinho / António Costa Lima ArquitectosSelected ProjectsShanghai Qingpu Pinghe International School / OPEN ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Year:  Interior Consultant: Area:  175 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

first_imgIndigenous Peoples Day in New York City.By Johnnie Stevens and Sara CatalinottoIndigenous Peoples Day in New York City this year featured a two-day cultural festival, a museum tour and a rally of 1,000 people to demand removal of colonial statues, along with other actions and declarations.Redhawk Native American Arts Council hosted the Indigenous Peoples Celebration on Randall’s Island in the Harlem River on Oct. 8 and 9, with the theme “Rethinking Columbus Day and Honoring Water Protectors.”Decolonize This Place held its second annual anti-Columbus Day tour at the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West, where another offensive statue disgraces the front steps: U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt in uniform on a horse, with a half-naked African man and an Indigenous man below and behind on either side of the horse. Roosevelt was instrumental in the military colonization of Puerto Rico, currently continued in U.S. efforts at economic recolonization combined with the aftermath of devastating hurricane damage on the island.In the afternoon museum action, hundreds went inside, lined up for tickets and then conducted a tour using the “people’s mike” technique. (Video at While singing, drumming and explaining how the artifacts were acquired, participants also passed out a brochure to museumgoers titled “Debunking Christopher Columbus: #NotMyHero.” ( the time the tour left the museum, the crowd had grown to a thousand strong. The rally outside reflected the growing struggle against colonialism and racism, which also includes the movement to take down Confederate symbols. Indigenous activists were joined by activists in Black Lives Matter of Greater NY, the Puerto Rican diaspora and from Palestine and many other cultures. Solidarity groups, veterans and community groups such as Brooklyn’s Movement to Protect the People and citywide Parents to Improve School Transportation were there, too.Various speakers noted that there must be some better way to honor working-class Italian immigrants and their descendants than to associate them with the horrific aftermath of Columbus’ expedition that perpetrated genocide on peoples of the Americas and of Africa.In the buildup to the anti-Columbus Day action, the corporate media and police spread false rumors that opponents of local Columbus statues 1) are anti-Italian, 2) might knock down a 125-foot statue in the middle of a major traffic circle or 3) would disrupt the Fifth Avenue Columbus Day parade. But the movement itself expressed solidarity with Italian-American pride as well as Indigenous pride.A call-in campaign by Remove Columbus is focusing on two leaders of the city’s new Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers, seeking removal of five local Columbus statues. The commission — which also includes civil rights activist Harry Belafonte and president of historically Black Spelman College Mary Schmidt Campbell — is tasked with advising Mayor De Blasio by December 2017 “on issues surrounding public art and historic monuments and markers on city-owned property,” according to a brochure about the commission.A concerted effort to change the city’s Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day was announced at a Oct. 9 press conference by New York state Assemblyperson Charles Barron, who has introduced a bill to that effect, supported by New York City Councilmember Inez Barron. Both also suggested renaming the Columbus Day Parade as the Italian American Day Parade. ( New Jersey, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka issued an executive order recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October in the city, calling that “an opportunity to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of the Indigenous Peoples of our region.” ( Each of these three elected officials is a product of the 20th century Black Liberation Movement in this country.Although the city of New York has yet to rename the October holiday, Teamsters Local 808 Secretary-Treasurer Chris Silvera told WW that the day has been listed as Indigenous Peoples Day in his local’s contract since 2015.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgSource: NAFB News service If the House can’t reach agreement on a bill to reauthorize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program before leaving for the August recess – House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas says the farm bill conference should proceed. When members left Washington Thursday – there were no apparent plans to take up a nutrition bill in the final days before the recess. Lucas has stated his personal goal is to move on conferencing with the Senate if it’s clear consensus on nutrition can’t be achieved. The nutrition working group established by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor did meet Wednesday – but did not reach conclusions on a path forward on a nutrition bill.As for the House-passed farm-only farm bill – during a radio interview with National Association of Farm Broadcasting member Ron Hays – Lucas defended the provision to repeal current permanent laws and make the commodity title of the 2013 bill permanent law. Lucas said having good policy in place provides a real safety net moving forward. He said the lack of understanding of rural America and production agriculture has created a situation where you could end up with nothing. Lucas said he’s trying to craft good policy that agriculture can live with not just for the next five years – but the next 10 or 15 years. He said he wants to use that as permanent law to protect agriculture from a day when Congress can’t pass any farm legislation. At that point – he said it becomes a defensive battle – protecting what we have – not trying to scare people by using bad old policy. Lucas said his fear is that the idea would come about to simply repeal the 1938 and 1949 law – and then agriculture would have nothing. By Gary Truitt – Jul 25, 2013 Home Indiana Agriculture News Without Nutrition Consensus, Lucas Wants to Move Forward with Farm Bill Conference SHARE Without Nutrition Consensus, Lucas Wants to Move Forward with Farm Bill Conferencecenter_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleAmerican Ethanol Brings Home a Victory for Farmers with Dillon WinNext articleSoybean Market Falls Apart and Now Concern About Corn Basis Gary Truittlast_img read more

first_imgHome Energy Oil Ends at Three-month Low as U.S. Supply Jumps Facebook Twitter Oil futures dropped below $102 on Wednesday to log their lowest settlement in more than three months after the U.S. government reported that crude supplies last week jumped about three times more than the market expected.Crude oil for November delivery lost $1.88, or 1.8%, to settle at $101.61 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices traded around $102 shortly before the government supply report.Tracking the most-active futures contracts, the settlement was the lowest since July 3, according to FactSet.The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that crude stockpiles for the week ended Oct. 4 rose 6.8 million barrels. Analysts polled by Platts were looking for a climb of 2.2 million barrels.The latest petroleum-supply report may be the last until the government shutdown is over. An EIA spokesman said Monday that he expects this week’s reports to be released on schedule, and by the end of this week, could offer information regarding next week’s reports.Dollar-denominated oil prices were already weighed down by a stronger dollar Wednesday and by the increase in crude supplies reported by the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday, but the EIA data provided an “even bigger shock” than the API data, said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at GFT Markets, in an email. Late Tuesday, the American Petroleum Institute, a trade group, reported a 2.8 million-barrel climb in crude supplies.The EIA on Wednesday said gasoline supplies rose 100,000 barrels, while distillate stockpiles fell 3.1 million barrels. Gasoline stockpiles were expected to rise 1.3 million barrels, while forecasts called for a decline of 1.9 million barrels for distillates.On Nymex, November gasoline closed at $2.62 a gallon, down less than a penny, or 0.3%, and heating oil for November delivery fell 1.5 cents, or 0.5%, to $3.02 a gallon. SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Oct 9, 2013 Oil Ends at Three-month Low as U.S. Supply Jumps SHARE Previous articleFarmers Help Build CommunitiesNext articleIvy Tech Kokomo to Steer USDA Grant to Precision Ag Program Andy Eubanklast_img read more

first_img ItalyEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information News RSF_en News Related documents italian versionMSWORD – 25 KB Reporters Without Borders hailed a ruling by the Italian broadcast regulatory authority that for the first time condemned Silvio Berlusconi’s abusive exploitation of the media.The press freedom organisation welcomed a fine of tens of thousand of euros levied on Mediaset, which is controlled by the Italian prime minister’s family, for violating rules giving fair allocation of airtime.This ruling is on Silvio Berlusconi’s conflict of interests by which he is head of a media empire as well as being head of government, it said. “We are delighted at this step but the situation remains a unique anomaly in Europe, which is dangerous for the independence of the media and unworthy of a democratic state.”“We urge the Italian media to allow a fair share of airtime to all candidates to the legislative elections on 9 April.”Berlusconi has been monopolising TV screens since the start of the year, giving him a serious advantage in the legislative race. His group, Mediaset, was ordered by the Italian communications watchdog on 9 February 2006 to pay a 150,000-euro fine for exceeding his airtime.The body particularly criticised him for appearing alone, with no-one to challenge him, on a debate during the programme “Liberi Tutti”. Berlusconi was surrounded by leading Mediaset journalists and the former coach of AC Milan football club, which he owns, who never stopped singing his praises. The television debate was aired on 4 February by Rete4, of which he is the boss, and then re-broadcast in full on 6 February.“The fine imposed on the head of the Italian government is more symbolic than real,” said Reporters Without Borders. “It is derisory for a group as powerful as Mediaset and does not resolve the problem of access to the media for the other candidates to the legislative elections on 9 April.”Airtime accorded to politicians is regulated by the 22 February 2000 law on fairness of access to means of communication. The electoral campaign only began officially on 11 February after parliament was dissolved. But the law also applies to any pre-electoral period and should be respected by both public and privately-owned channels.The regulatory authority, concerned about balance, told channels to apply the law in advance. Romano Prodi, who is Berlusconi’s main challenger, complained that he had only been given eight minutes airtime since mid-January compared to more than three hours for “il Cavaliere”.The authority has also opened another investigation into Berlusconi’s participation, once again alone without any candidate opposing his Forza Italia party, on a programme put out by RAI’s Isoradio channel.Mediaset has said it will appeal against the ruling. Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to pay a fine for having exceeded his allowed airtime on Italian TV channels – at last a sanction against the Italian head of government’s media monopoly. Reporters Without Borders now calls on the Italian media to give a fair share of airtime to all candidates for the 9 April legislative elections. to go further Follow the news on Italy February 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media urged to give a fair share of airtime to election candidatescenter_img Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union ItalyEurope – Central Asia RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News Organisation November 23, 2020 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena On Tuesday, December 9th, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, held a hearing entitled “The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States.”The hearing was held days after two grand juries chose not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and one day after the Department of Justice released long awaited updates to the profiling guidance. As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) submitted a statement for the record.In her statement, the Congresswoman detailed incidents of hate violence in the aftermath of 9/11, and discussed the rise in hate crimes and xenophobia against American-Muslims, government surveillance and mapping, and profiling by law enforcement. She urged passage of the End Racial Profiling Act, and expressed strong disappointment regarding the loopholes that still exist in the DOJ’s revised profiling guidance. The loopholes allow bias-based profiling at airports and at the border.Rep. Chu’s statement is included below:Senate Judiciary CommitteeSubcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights hearing on“The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States”December 9, 20142:30 P.M. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226Written Testimony submitted by Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Cruz and Members of the subcommittee, thank you for holding this timely hearing on the state of civil and human rights in our country.It has been nearly five months since Michael Brown was shot and killed on a street in Ferguson, Missouri. Two years before his death, almost to the day, the Sikh community was shaken to the core when a gunman opened fire at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people and injuring others. These events are symbolic of the uncomfortable truth that racism and xenophobia are ever-present in the United States.This hearing comes at a crucial time. It is colored by the recent rise in hate crimes, the release of long overdue profiling guidance from the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the news that the Muslim community is still being watched by our government. These events are continuous reminders that many communities of color are feeling that they are not being treated fairly under the law.So much has changed since that unthinkable day on September 11, 2001, when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. Among the impacts of 9/11 that we can never forget, we must include the ugly hate crimes that occurred and continue to occur.That is why, as Chair of the Select Committee on Hate Crimes, I introduced AJR 64 in the California State Legislature, a resolution which condemned acts of violence and bigotry against Muslim Americans, Arab Americans, Sikh Americans and South Asian Americans. I’m proud to say that this resolution got a unanimous vote.Yet as great as that moment was, I was quickly brought down to earth. After a Sikh American spoke at a press conference celebrating the resolution, he drove home, and stopped at a gas station in Los Angeles. He paid for gas and heard a commotion. As he stepped outside, he sees a man in his car, face beet red, sticking out his middle finger, and shouting uncontrollably, “F__ you! Take that rag off your head, and go back where you came from!”Too many tragedies followed over the years.In 2011, two Sikh men in Elk Grove, northern California were shot down while they were out on an afternoon stroll. They were not murdered for money; they were murdered for their turbans.One year later, the shooting of a Sikh gudwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin left six dead and several others injured.And in September of this year, Linda Sarsour, a prominent Muslim community activist and her colleague, were chased down the street in New York by a man who threw a trash can at them and told them, “I’m going to cut your head off and see how your people feel about that.”These stories show us that we still have a long way to go as a nation to end the hate violence and xenophobia in the United States.A dynamic of hostility and fear still surround many Muslim communities, and has resulted in troubling levels of violence and a rising tide of xenophobic rhetoric. The number of hate crimes targeting Muslim Americans increased by nearly 50% between 2009 and 2010, and since then, the number remains high. In New York City alone, there were 15 incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2014, compared with seven last year; 12 took place between July and August of this year. In 2012, half of Americans reported discomfort with women in burqas, mosques in their neighborhoods, or Muslims praying in airports.Such xenophobia has found its way into the political sphere, where public officials have used divisive rhetoric and fear mongering in political discourse. Such rhetoric was seen in the March 10, 2011, Congressional hearing held by the House Homeland Security titled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.” The hearing, spearheaded by Congressman Peter King (R-NY), claimed Muslim communities warranted suspicion and special scrutiny.The rise of hate crimes in South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities is compounded by the fact that these communities remain targets of discriminatory government policies, such as profiling and surveillance by law enforcement agencies at multiple levels. I was disturbed to learn that the New York Police Department (NYPD), with help from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), had a massive surveillance program targeting Muslim college students across the Northeast. It was also revealed that the NYPD’s surveillance program spread to places where Muslims eat, shop, and worship. Yet, there was no evidence of wrongdoing by any of the targeted individuals and the program failed to yield a single terrorism investigation or lead. NYPD recently decided to dismantle the very unit that targeted Muslim student groups, but this is only the first step as other biased policing programs remain in place.In addition, the mapping of Muslim American communities is widely being used by federal law enforcement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is authorized to “identify locations of concentrated ethnic communities” if the locations will “reasonably aid in the analysis of potential threats and vulnerabilities.” National security must be a priority for this country, but it cannot serve as a justification to arbitrarily target people simply based on their faith or appearance.When entire communities are cast as being suspicious by law enforcement, there are serious consequences for our nation. A study by the Muslim American Civil Liberties Union found that NYPD spying both interfered with religious life and expression, and chilled freedom of speech. Furthermore, such tactics build mistrust between law enforcement and the communities they target. Muslim Americans are expected to report incidents of hate crimes to the very same law enforcement agencies that are conducting surveillance of their communities. We must end the massive surveillance programs, and instead work to build relations based on understanding and trust with the Muslim American community.As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I am working to prevent profiling within our communities. Policies at the legislative and administrative level still allow profiling to occur at airports, at the border, and at the hands of state and local law enforcement. For many years now, I have continually pressed Attorney General Eric Holder to update the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) 2003 Guidance on the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement to include a ban on profiling based on religion and national origin, and to close the loopholes that allow law enforcement to profile at airports and at the border.Just yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder released much anticipated updates to the DOJ’s profiling guidance. This comes at a crucial time when communities of color are increasingly feeling that they are being treated differently by law enforcement and before the law. These changes are a positive step forward in that religion and national origin are included in the definition of profiling, and that data collection and enhanced training will be required by law enforcement.And Congress must not shy away from its responsibility to address racial profiling and our broken criminal justice system. We must pass the End Racial Profiling Act, which was introduced by Congressman John Conyers and Senator Ben Cardin. This important piece of legislation would play a significant role in prohibiting law enforcement agencies from engaging in racial profiling, and would ensure accountability by offering sanctions and remedies for violations of law.In addition, the updated profiling guidance retains concerning loopholes for the FBI, Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Patrol that would allow law enforcement to continue using biased-based profiling. These entities will still have a license to profile racial, religious and other minorities at the border under certain national security contexts. Law enforcement’s practice to map entire communities based on their race, ethnicity and religion will still continue. These gaps are particularly troublesome to American Muslim and South Asian communities, who are increasingly subject to this type of surveillance. Our work is not done here. We must continue to press for meaningful changes through implementation of the new guidance.There is a tide turning in our country. Communities of color are increasingly feeling as if they are being left out and treated unequally before the law. But, Ferguson and protests around the country tell us that these communities are speaking up and demanding real change. As we have more and more persons from diverse backgrounds speak out against injustices as well as racially and religiously motivated attacks and rhetoric, it is my hope that we will have a country that will be inclusive of all people, where no one feels unsafe, unequal, or un-American because of the color of their skin or their faith. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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first_imgFacebook Advertisement Previous articleWATCH: Peter O’Mahony on Gloucester’s strengths and Munster’s squad powerNext articleFirst single from new album by The Cranberries due on Tuesday 15 Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TAGShealthLimerick City and CountyNewsuniversity hospital limerick Updated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals Group Twitter WhatsApp Email Linkedin Printcenter_img NewsHealth155 vacancies at Ireland’s most overcrowded hospitalBy Bernie English – January 11, 2019 4540 University Hospital LimerickTHERE are 155 job vacancies at University Hospital Limerick (UHL), including positions for four consultants, ten junior doctors and 24 nursing posts.The figures were confirmed after UHL was identified as the hospital with the worst overcrowding problem in the country last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) 11,437 people were waiting on trolleys or in overspill wards at the hospital for beds in 2018.HSE figures released to Limerick Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan showed that 155 posts have to be filled at the hospital.Four consultant’s posts have been vacant for an average of 18 months, and ten junior doctors positions are due to be filled by January 14.24 vacant nursing positions have been vacant for an average of six months, with the hospital promising that 12 of those jobs will be filled this month.18 patient/client care positions remain unfilled for an average of six months and 41 clerical and administrative posts have been left empty for an average of two months.There are 16 health and social care professionals needed and these jobs have been vacant for an average of six months while the hospital needs to employ 42.81 more general support staff.Deputy Quinlivan has now called called on Health Minister Simon to urgently address the recruitment and retention crisis.“This is quite a worrying figure, especially given the fact that UHL was the most overcrowded hospital in the state in 2018. This severe overcrowding combined with so many vacant positions is resulting in workers being put under substantial pressure across various sections of the hospital,” the Limerick TD stated.“This is unequivocal evidence of the recruitment and retention crisis the HSE is facing due to government policy.“The situation in University Hospital Limerick has reached a tipping point, and urgent measures are needed to address the capacity and staffing issues at the hospital.“Despite the number of people waiting on trolleys at UHL rising from 8,869 in 2017 to a massive 11,437 last year, the number of beds open at the hospital has remained stagnant at 451. This is totally unacceptable,” Deputy Quinlivan declared.University of Limerick Hospitals Group chief executive Professor Colette Cowan, said that it could take up to 18 months to fill some posts due to the need for Garda vetting as part of the process.“Recruitment of nurses and midwives is a constant process and continues to be a priority for UL Hospitals Group, we continue to recruit successfully, both nationally and internationally.“We have been successfully recruiting nurses over the last 18 months to facilitate the opening of new services including the emergency department, expanded dialysis service, additional intensive care beds while also filling general nursing vacancies.“Nurses are a highly mobile workforce whose skills are greatly in demand at home and abroad. Our recruitment department actively works to fill vacancies as and when they occur on an ongoing basis due to retirements, career breaks, promotion or resignation.“The nursing turnover in UL Hospitals Group is in line with other hospital groups in the country and year on year the recruitment and retention of nursing staff is improving. At the start of December, the Group employed 102 more nurses than at the same time in 2017,” Professor Cowan said. Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days 64 patients waiting for beds in UHL 53 patients waiting for beds at UHL RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Management at most overcrowded and most COVID-hit hospital apologise to patients ‘waiting over 100 hours’ for a bedlast_img read more