Gender expert to speak on white masculinity

first_imgVancouver – Sociologist and author Michael Kimmel will lecture on his new book “Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Washington State University Vancouver.The presentation will be held in Room 110 in the Dengerink Administration Building. A meet-and-greet will follow. The event is free and open to the public.Kimmel, a professor of sociology and gender studies at Stony Brook University in New York, will discuss why men seem angry, and the different groups that organize and express that anger. Topics will include men’s rights groups, workplace violence, angry white boys and the extreme right wing, according to a news release.Kimmel has written nearly a dozen books on gender and masculinity and founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University. He has also delivered International Women’s Day lectures at the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe, the news release said.Free event parking is available after 6:30 p.m. in the Orange 2 lot.More information about Kimmel can be found at his website: read more

Headon injury crash blocks Highway 14 near Washougal one hurt

first_imgA Washougal man was hospitalized following a head-on collision Thursday afternoon on state Highway 14 near Washougal.According to the Washington State Patrol, 27-year-old David Garcia Hernandez, of Wapato, was heading west on Highway 14 near Washougal around 2 p.m.Richard S. Janiszewski, 50, was heading east. The State Patrol said Garcia Hernandez’s pickup crossed the center line and collided with Janiszewski’s SUV in the eastbound lane.The crash totaled both vehicles, which came to rest in the roadway.Garcia Hernandez was uninjured, according to the State Patrol, but Janiszewski was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. He was listed there as in satisfactory condition early Thursday evening.The crash blocked traffic heading both directions on the highway around Washougal River Road and 32nd Street for a little more than an hour, as officials redirected traffic.The State Patrol said inattention caused the crash, and that Garcia Hernandez was cited for failure to drive on the correct side of the road.Multiple collisions, traffic incidents, nasty weather and other backups in the more eastern reaches Highway 14 were also reported Thursday.last_img read more

Gunfire leads to arrest in Vancouver parking lot

first_imgA 21-year-old Portland man was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly fired a handgun after a confrontation in a grocery store parking lot in Vancouver.Vancouver police responded to a call about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. A person involved in the confrontation reported following another vehicle with the suspect who had allegedly fired the gun, according to a statement from the Vancouver Police Department.Officers responded to the area of 2200 E. Fourth Plain Boulevard and arrested Treston J. Thomas, 21, on suspicion of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. According to police, Thomas allegedly fired a handgun in a grocery store parking lot at Mill Plain Boulevard and Chkalov Drive after becoming angry during a confrontation.According to police, no one was injured.last_img

Oregon man convicted of assaulting 2 officers with explosive

first_imgPORTLAND — An Oregon man has been found guilty of assaulting two officers by igniting an explosive as a federal terrorism task force attempted to arrest him.The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that 27-year-old Jason P. Schaefer was convicted Wednesday in Portland of charges including assaulting officers, using and carrying a destructive device in relation to the assault, and using an explosive to commit a federal felony.Authorities say Schaefer used a lighter to ignite a cigarette pack filled with explosive material in his car on a Portland street in October 2017.The task force had an arrest warrant for Schaefer, who was already a felon, for possessing explosives and chemicals used in explosives purchased through eBay.Schaefer faces up to 30 years to life in prison during an August sentencing hearing.last_img read more

Man accused of illegally towing selling vehicles from Vancouver Portland

first_imgA man has been accused of illegally towing and selling roughly 370 vehicles from Vancouver and Portland since July 2018.Carlos Lopez-Torres, 51, has been indicted on 117 counts, according to a Thursday news release from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. The indictment alleges that Lopez-Torres likely used a homemade tow truck to steal the vehicles before selling them and collecting more than $86,328.20 from a scrap metal company.Lopez-Torres sold the vehicles under a company named Carlos Towing LLC, and made false statements regarding the ownership of the vehicles, the news release said. The business is not registered with the city of Portland, and Lopez-Torres does not have a towing license, dismantler’s license or vehicle dealer’s license in Oregon, the release said.The tow truck consisted of a red pickup with a hydraulic boom installed in the bed, according to the release. The vehicle did not have safety gear, an improved braking system or any company signs, the release said.Law enforcement located several text messages alerting Lopez-Torres about cars parked on the side of roads, according to the release. Lopez-Torres paid a $70 “vehicle finder’s fee” to those who notified him, the release said.In each of the cars Lopez-Torres sold, he removed catalytic converters and sold them separately, according to the release. The crimes continued through July 2, when Lopez-Torres was arrested on the 5900 block of Northeast 60th Avenue in Portland, the release said.last_img read more

Saayii Tolof – Part 225 EPISODE 17 Difficult Marriages –

first_imgAt the Hotel Nyaling went home to give Os the papers to sign his part, her arrangement is for them to elope and get married at the U.K she went to her rented house but he was not there but going through his briefcase she saw the address of a motel and she rushed there and what did she see, there was Os interlocked in bed with a ‘Sweet 16’ as he calls her and having fun. Nya went into tantrums and turned the room upside down hauling obscenities at Os and went to attack Rabbiatou whom she later learnt to be Os’ fiancée. Osseh hit her hard and pushed her down as he also hauled insults at her.Osseh “Are you not a fool? In your wildest dream do you think I’ll marry a ‘married whore’? What did Esau Hussein did to you but to love you with a golden heart? How did you pay him in his hour of need? Did you not abandon him in the cold with his family and went after a young blood in me? Am I a fool like him? Not at all as you steal from your poor husband I reaped where I did not sow and better my life out of it; are you not the loser here? Rabi here is my fiancée, my ‘Sweet 16’ God willing I’ll marry her and we will travel abroad I have already made my contacts and thank you very much for your generosity, get out of the room and now!” Osseh pushed her out and shut the door behind her.Nyaling She wanted to commit suicide, “No! This is not me, am I dreaming?” She pinched herself then she yelled and fainted. The motel staff came and administered First Aid then she sneezed waited for a while the reality struck her again then she realized the gravity of her mistake and sobbed bitterly a lady attending to her asked what the problem was. “Okay it is alright I can handle it, thank you for your concern.” Then she left for home.The Disappointment   Nyaling rushed home to pick up the pieces of her life thinking Esau was still mad at the village; as she approached the house she heard some music some of their favourite; “Who is in my house? Esau is the only one who has the spare key.” She tried to open but a key was already there. She knocked hard who came to open the door? There was Esau who proudly looked down at her and yelled at her; “He is tall, muscular, handsome, fair and regal! How callous I was not to stand for him when he stood for me to marry me against his family’ wish.” I soliloqued. “What are you doing here ‘married prostitute’? Do you think it was my portion to die a lunatic? Omadi’ wife Ragal Angel went away for a purpose to educate their child; my twin brother Jacob’ wife stood the run and won the race; what about you didn’t you wish me dead went away with a lover squandered our joint savings plan to elope with your young lover, where is he now? Haven’t you meet your nemesis? As you steal from us he too steals from you and invest into their life himself and his fiancée, aren’t you surprise that I am well posted? As soon as I came back regaining my senses and knowing the kind of flirt I’ve married, a leopard can never change its spots, I hired a detective who was following your tracks and feeding me correct information, as you should know I am back to my feet my company was left to safe hands and I’ve lost nothing; get into the house and take everything that belongs to you as I don’t want to be reminded of my past mistake with you. “ He called Essa his security and asked him to help take out Nyaling’ suitcases and other personal things.Nyaling  She fell upon the ground and begged for mercy; “It was the work of the devil I am very sorry.” “The devil! The devil! Whatever nonsense you do is ascribed to the devil would you have been here had he not dump you? No sensible man will marry you after knowing how you treated me; what have I done to you to deserve such treatment? My family disapproved of you but I went ahead and married you because of my love for you. Good riddance to bad rubbish! Get out of my compound!” Essa pushed her out and locked the gate after her. She wept bitterly and went back to the ghettos.Osseh He married Rabbi and during the ceremony Nyaling contact told her and she hired some thugs to go and disrupt the activity Osseh knows her and had already taken some precaution by placing detectives at strategic locations the thugs were arrested and their activity lead to Nyaling who was apprehended, taken to court and fined for trespass and bound over the peace. This was a further disgrace after the disappointment she stayed at home and licked her wounds as she became the latest gossip in town for quite a while. Osseh travelled to the U.K with his new bride Rabbi.Hussein Esau  He also marry a childhood sweet heart who was Mama’s favourite but the sisters except Dego stereotyped as a griot and not Esau’s class. She went abroad and came as a barrister dignified and focused. The sisters apologized and supported Esau and finally carried out Mama’ wish.Faida One of the sisters said, “Mamma said it ‘wahimag du fanan ala daffa endu’ look at our choice and what she has done to our brother. Have we not learnt our lesson?” The others concurred as Dego laughed at them. “Nyaaka Bubu Nyaaka Chen’ is what has happened to Nyaling.” Dego posited.The Three brothers As Mamma has advised and the Pastor reinforced their union became tighter together helping each other and it was very well demonstrated during Hussein Esau marital crisis up to his resolution. The sisters were also bonded to each other as Dego was given the lead to guide them always seeking Pastor’ help in their time of need. The family became blessed and whole again as it was prophesized by Baaba.Ragal Angel   She came back with Magal and it was an emotional scene when Omadi first set his eyes on them; Magal rushed to daddy when she saw him as Angel hesitated thinking she has offended his husband by walking away at his time of need; Omadi hugged his daughter with emotions then looked towards his wife who wept bitterly out of guilt he called her by her pet name; “Sunshine! Come here come to daddy you have done nothing wrong you did as instructed everything for little Magal my predicament should not jeopardize her progress in life and that’s the choice you made for us I would have done the same if I were in your position.” Ragal rushed and he embrace his family. There was complete family reconciliation as Baaba and Ma Ne Family became blissful and whole again giving out and helping society with what God has given them.END OF EPISODE 17last_img read more

Report Mancini agrees twoyear deal with Italy

first_imgRoberto Mancini has reportedly agreed a two-year contract to become the new head coach of Italy, reports Sky SportsThis new development comes in light of Zenit St Petersburg announcing yesterday that their Italian boss has left after just one year into his three-year deal with the Russian Premier League side.“Zenit and Roberto Mancini have reached an agreement over early termination of his contract,” read a club statement, via Sky Sports.“The contract was cancelled by mutual consent of the parties without any indemnity payments.”It has now emerged that the former Manchester City and Inter Milan manager has agreed on a two-year deal with the Italian FA to take charge of the national side and will sign the contract tomorrow.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….BREAKING: Roberto Mancini agrees two-year deal to take over as Italy head coach and will sign tomorrow. #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 14, 2018Italy has been without a permanent head coach since they fired Gian Piero Ventura in November after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.last_img read more

Higuain banned for two matches

first_imgThe AC Milan striker screamed at the referee on Sunday and was sent off, now he faces a two-match banAC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain has been handed a two-game ban by the Italian Lega Serie A after being sent off on Sunday in the match against Juventus.The Argentinean screamed at referee Paolo Mazzoleni after being shown a yellow card, earning him another one and being sent off.According to Football Italia, video replays showed him screaming “you always whistle at me!” after being sent off.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Higuain has been also awarded a warning for his attitude after refusing to leave the pitch.The Argentinean footballer will miss the match against Lazio on November 25th, and the Parma game on December 2nd.He will be available for the UEFA Europa League match on November 29th against Dudelange.last_img read more

Cardiff to be active in January window says Warnock

first_imgCardiff manager Neil Warnock has revealed that the club will bring in reinforcement in “two or three positions” when the transfer window opens in January.Warnock has been playing Callum Paterson, a right back in the striker role in recent games, and has identified the center forward position as one of his priorities.“We’re looking at two or three positions,” Warnock told Sky Sports.“We’ve made offers for strikers but it’s not as simple as that. Not only is it the offer that’s got to be accepted but is they better than what you’ve got in January? Are the teams going to let good players go in January?AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“We’re not the market where we can go and spend anything like the top half of the Premier League. We’ve got a certain market and we’ve got to try and get the best out of it.“I don’t think we will be spending silly money – well, I know we won’t. Mehmet Dalman, the chairman, he’s been working hard to bring a striker in. He knows how difficult it is now because it is a bad time to try and get one in.“They’ve always been supportive but for me, if they’re not better than what we are or if it’s ridiculous money I’d rather stick with what we’ve got. I know it sounds silly but I’d rather stick with what we’ve got, because we’ve got a great group.”last_img read more

PDM vows to push for Freedom of Information did not make House

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Aug 2015 – The PDM party did not get to debate the Private Members Motion for a Freedom of Information Act to be established. The party is disappointed in the run of the agenda during House of Assembly this week and the fact that the motion did not make it to Monday or Tuesday’s debates. The party blames re-ordering of the agenda by Premier Rufus Ewing for time running out; saying only two of four bills on the agenda were tabled and the Private Members Motion for the FOI did not see action. It was brought by party leaders, Sharlene Robinson and Sean Astwood. The PDM in a media statement says it “will continue to raise this issue…” and that “we stand firm that the people have a right to know and have access to information on what its government is doing.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:freedom of information, Pdm, sean astwood Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more

Commonwealth Bank Donates 25000 to Red Cross for Hurricane Relief

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 16, 2017 – Nassau – Declaring ‘We will stand by you and help you to once again stand on your own,’ Commonwealth Bank donated $25,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross this week to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma.Executives of the all Bahamian-owned and operated bank presented the cheque at Red Cross headquarters while announcing other measures to assist in the wake of the powerful storm that lashed the southern islands of The Bahamas exactly one month earlier.“Just one year ago, it was Hurricane Matthew that brought devastation to some of our beautiful islands.   This year, with many residents and businesses not fully recovered from previous hurricanes, Hurricane Irma took aim,” said Jacqueline Farrington, Vice President, Internal Audit and Credit Inspection.   “For those impacted by Hurricane Irma Commonwealth Bank wants you to know that we will do all we can to stand by you and help you to once again stand on your own.”In presenting the cheque, Mrs. Farrington said lending support to organisations engaged in providing assistance was one of the ways the bank could help those in places like Ragged Island get back on their feet after winds from one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in history left almost no building unscathed.   It did not matter, she said, that the bank did not have a physical presence on that island, where help was needed, Commonwealth Bank wanted to assist and believed the Red Cross would use the funds wisely.“Today we are pleased to present the Bahamas Red Cross with a cheque for $25,000 dollars,” she said.   “We know the funds will be used wisely for emergency medical supplies, food, water, and other essentials items for those residing in areas hardest hit, and where living conditions remain very challenging.”Bahamas Red Cross Executive Director Caroline Turnquest expressed gratitude.“The Bahamas Red Cross is very grateful to Commonwealth Bank for once again making a generous donation,” Mrs. Turnquest said.   “The Bahamas Red Cross has always been able to count on Commonwealth Bank which steps up to support us as we try to assist those who have been impacted by natural disasters.   They are truly the Bahamian bank supporting Bahamian needs.”While Mrs. Turnquest said some of the highest outstanding costs involved getting supplies to affected islands and moving and finding housing for displaced people, there is still a great need for water, food, baby supplies, medicine and blankets.   Tents and temporary facilities are costly but the call for clothing has been suspended, thanks to public donations.The bank unveiled additional measures to assist.“If you have been impacted and you have heard our messages, please call or come in and see one of our representatives,” Mrs. Farrington said.   “If you need to extend a loan repayment, to borrow funds for repairs for your home, school, church or small business, please contact us, we our here to work with you.   We have also put out collection boxes in our branches and we maintain an account for the Bahamas Red Cross. If you would like to donate, please visit one of our branch locations.”The bank operates 12 branches in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, its newest.   According to its most recent filing, it has $1.6 billion in assets, more than 6,000 shareholders and employs over 500 persons in full-time positions.Release: DPA NewsPhoto caption:   Commonwealth Bank donation – Commonwealth Bank, the highly successful all Bahamian-owned and operated bank, donated $25,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross to assist with Hurricanne Irma relief efforts.   Pictured at the recent presentation at Red Cross headquarters in Nassau, l-r. Bahamas Red Cross Executive Director Caroline Turnquest, Commonwealth Bank Vice President and Chief Information Officer Charles J. Knowles and Commonwealth Bank Vice President  Internal Audit and Credit Inspection Jacqueline Farrington. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Hasselbaink backs Sarri at Chelsea

first_imgThe former Chelsea footballer believes Maurizio Sarri can still do well in the English Premier League.Chelsea started the 2018-2019 English Premier League season with a bang, winning 12 consecutive matches.But then they fell into a slump, and have struggled recently to pick up points.The Blues are currently in the fourth position of the standings with 50 points, seven behind third-place Tottenham Hotspur and 12 behind second and first place, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.And for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, a former Chelsea striker, boss Maurizio Sarri can still lead the team to greatness.“I think the criticism is a little unfair towards him, he had a really good start to the season,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News.“You need to give him the time, it’s only six or seven months that he’s been in the building, so you need to give him the time and you need to give him the trust.”“He’s put Kante in a different position because he sees that position in a different way and that’s where it (the criticism) started,” he added.“Whatever you say, Kante’s the best defensive midfield player at winning the ball back, so that has raised eyebrows.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The ex-Netherlands international played for Chelsea from 2000 to 2004, scoring 70 goals in 136 matches.He also played for Telstar, AZ, Campomaiorense, Boavista, Leeds United, Atletico Madrid, Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic, and Cardiff City.And now he’s a coach, having managed Royal Antwerp, Burton Albion, Queens Park Rangers, and Northampton Town.“He believes in playing football in a certain way and that is dominating the ball in possession,” the 46-year-old continued talking about Sarri.“That’s how he believes Chelsea is eventually going to win titles and cups.”’I want to see him happy.’— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 8, 2019last_img read more

King Tides prompt Coastal Flood Advisory for San Diego beaches

first_img July 14, 2018 King Tides prompt Coastal Flood Advisory for San Diego beaches SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The highest tides are forecast Saturday evening for the Orange and San Diego county coastlines, the National Weather Service said.So-called King Tides resulted in coastal flooding since Wednesday night when water breached a seawall on Balboa Peninsula causing street flooding.The National Weather Service in San Diego issued a Coastal Flood Advisory through 11 p.m. for areas susceptible to flooding during high tides, including Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Newport Beach, Balboa, Oceanside Beach and Imperial Beach.The high tide at Newport Beach was forecast to hit 6.7 feet at 10:50 p.m. The tides were expected to hit 6.7 feet at 10:45 p.m. in La Jolla.“Low lying roads or parking lots near the water’s edge may experience minor tidal overflow during the highest tide cycles,” the NWS advisory reads. “Minor flooding of roads occurred Wednesday evening in Newport Beach between 26th and 38th streets.”“A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates onshore winds and/or tides will generate flooding of low areas along the shore, “the NWS said.“King Tide is a non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally high tides.,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. “Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is ‘pulled’ back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. Higher than normal tides typically occur during a new or full moon and when the Moon is at its perigee, or during specific seasons around the country.” Posted: July 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Gavin Newsom speaks after touring the immigration detention center and meeting with

first_img November 29, 2018 Updated: 6:15 PM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom visited San Diego County Thursday to get a first-hand look at local immigration facilities and meet advocates offering legal help to asylum seekers.Newsom visited the Otay Mesa Immigration Detention Center and spoke with reporters at the San Ysidro Civic Center. In addition to the border visit, Newsom said he plans to meet with officials from the Mexican government during this weekend’s inauguration of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.At the post-visit news conference, Newsom called on the city of San Diego and San Diego and Imperial counties to do more to support immigrants illegally coming to the U.S., rather than just simply responding to the influx.Newsom acknowledged that the state government also needs to make a greater effort in supporting immigrants and asylum seekers, suggesting that they often end up homeless without access to the proper support networks and resources.“My job is to be constructive, my job is to try to find ways to bring people to the table and to address what legitimately can be described as a humanitarian crisis,” Newsom said. “We’re all in this together. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to address the issues that we as a broader community face and I think we need to humanize this issue, not politicize the issue.”Newsom critiqued federal immigration authorities on Twitter over the weekend after a clash between members of the migrant caravan in Tijuana and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents resulted in the use of tear gas to quell the crowds.CBP officials shut the San Ysidro Port of Entry completely for multiple hours as a result of the incident and multiple migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.“These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas,” Newsom wrote on Twitter after photos surfaced of a woman at the border with two young children trying to avoid tear gas cannisters. “Women and children who left their lives behind — seeking peace and asylum — were met with violence and fear. That’s not my America. We’re a land of refuge. Of hope. Of freedom. And we will not stand for this.” center_img KUSI Newsroom, Gavin Newsom speaks after touring the immigration detention center and meeting with asylum advocates Posted: November 29, 2018last_img read more

State Auditor releases report on San Diego Countys handling of the Hepatitis

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- It was one of the worst hepatitis A outbreaks the nations had seen in decades and it happened in San Diego. Thursday, the State of California will release its findings on how well or poorly San Diego dealt with the outbreak.Background information of the report is included and it reads, “In early March 2017, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced a detected increase in hepatitis A cases. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease that can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. In adults, hepatitis A presents with flu‑like symptoms, including fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite, and it can also cause jaundice, a condition that turns a person’s skin or whites of the eyes yellow. Once infected, most people fully recover and develop life‑long immunity. However, in rare cases, hepatitis A causes liver failure and death. On March 10, 2017, HHSA issued a health advisory to the San Diego medical community that an outbreak of hepatitis A was occurring and that it was disproportionately affecting two primary populations: individuals experiencing homelessness (the homeless population) and individuals who use illegal drugs (the illicit drug‑using population). HHSA stated in the health advisory that 19 cases of hepatitis A had occurred in the county of San Diego (county) from November 2016 through early March 2017, more than double the seven or eight cases that the county expected for that period.”Furthermore, the California State Auditor, Elaine M. Howle, wrote the following letter to the Governor of California and Legislative leaders about the report:The Governor of CaliforniaPresident pro Tempore of the SenateSpeaker of the AssemblyState CapitolSacramento, California 95814Dear Governor and Legislative Leaders:As requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the California State Auditor presents this audit report regarding the response to the 2017–18 hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County (county) and the city of San Diego (city). This report concludes that the county, which is responsible for the area’s public health matters, took steps to understand the increasing number of reported hepatitis A cases, determine the necessary interventions to contain the outbreak, and identify the characteristics and size of the at‑risk populations. However, the county failed to include critical details in planning its response such as identifying the number of vaccinations it would administer, the timelines for administering them, and the resources—primarily, nursing staff—needed to carry out the vaccination program. As a result, the county did not accelerate vaccination efforts until September and October 2017. Had the county hastened its vaccination efforts, it may have more quickly reduced the risk of the disease’s spread, which grew to include 584 reported hepatitis A cases, 398 hospitalizations and 20 deaths by the end of January 2018.Although the county also identified multiple sanitation measures that could address the outbreak, neither it nor the city promptly implemented all of them. For instance, despite conversations between the county and city as early as June 2017, neither began fully implementing measures related to hand‑washing stations, public restroom access, and street sanitation until September 2017 and only after the county’s health officer issued a directive telling the city it had to take action on the sanitation measures. The county health officer did not issue the directive earlier because the county wanted to work with the city first before it resorted to mandating compliance.Finally, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the county, and the city have identified changes to improve their response efforts to future incidents, but room for improvement remains. For example, CDPH created guidance for responding to future hepatitis A incidents, but this guidance omits two critical steps: establishing time frames to achieve target vaccination rates and determining the number of nurses or other resources needed to administer the vaccinations within those time frames. Furthermore, the county acknowledged that it would have been appropriate to include leadership from affected local jurisdictions in a policy group to manage their response, and it has drafted—but not yet finalized—policies related to activating such cooperation in future threats to public health. The city has issued its own report about its response to the incident; however, its analysis was limited to only the time during which the local health emergency was in effect—September 2017 through January 2018. By not also assessing its actions before the local health emergency declaration, the city missed an opportunity to address issues that contributed to delays in implementing sanitation measures.Respectfully submitted,ELAINE M. HOWLE, CPACalifornia State AuditorA full summary of the report, and additional information can be found here.The City of San Diego issued a statement about State Auditor on response to Hepatitis A outbreak, it is pasted below:A state audit was released today about the region’s response to last year’s Hepatitis A public health emergency. The report included nine recommendations, two of which were directed to the City of San Diego. In response to the report, Chief Operating Officer Kris Michell issued the following statement:“Audits are an important way to analyze how government is working, and can lead to improvements that make government better. We appreciate the extensive review the State Auditor did in looking at the region’s response to the severe Hepatitis A outbreak last year.” “We agree with the recommendations, particularly that the City and County should strengthen their relationship as it relates to responding to regional emergencies. We look forward to working in partnership with the County on this recommendation.” Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 19, 2018 State Auditor releases report on San Diego County’s handling of the Hepatitis A outbreakcenter_img Updated: 11:11 AM December 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Solana Beach parent charged in college bribery scheme set to plead guilty

first_img BOSTON (AP) — A California man accused of paying $250,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California is expected to plead guilty to a federal charge.Jeffrey Bizzack is scheduled to enter his plea in Boston’s federal court Wednesday. He agreed in June to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.Authorities say the 59-year-old paid $250,000 to get his son admitted as a fake volleyball recruit. His son was accepted in 2018. Bizzack’s lawyers have said his son did not know about the arrangement.Prosecutors are recommending nine months in prison and a $75,000 fine.Bizzack, of Solana Beach, California, is the 51st person charged in a sweeping scheme that involved rigging test scores and bribing coaches to get students into elite schools. Posted: July 24, 2019 AP Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter AP, Solana Beach parent charged in college bribery scheme set to plead guilty July 24, 2019last_img read more

ASA Joins Ag Community in Urging Estate Tax Action Before End of

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) joined counterparts from the commodity, dairy, livestock and specialty crop industries in urging the House and Senate to enact legislation before the end of the year to provide permanent and meaningful estate tax relief. ASA supports permanently keeping the current exemption at $5 million per person and retaining the top rate of 35 percent. ASA believes it is also imperative that the permanent estate tax law index the exemption to inflation, provide for spousal transfers, and include the stepped-up basis.If Congress does not take action on ASA’s recommendations before the end of the year, the exemption will drop to $1 million and the top tax rate above the exclusion amount will increase to 55 percent.”If estate taxes are allowed to be reinstated at the beginning of 2013 with only a $1 million exemption and top rate of 55 percent, the negative impact on our industry will be significant,” stated the groups. “The 2013 change to the estate tax law does a disservice to agriculture because we are a land-based, capital-intensive industry with few options for paying estate taxes when they come due. The current state of our economy, coupled with the uncertain nature of estate tax liabilities, makes it difficult for family-owned farms and ranches to make sound business decisions.”In letters to both chambers Friday, ASA encouraged Congress to show its support for “permanent and meaningful estate tax relief” with the cosponsorship of bills reforming the estate tax. In the House, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) has introduced the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act (H.R. 1259), while Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has advanced the counterpart Senate bill of the same name (S. 2242).”This action will strengthen the business climate for farm and ranch families while ensuring agricultural businesses can be passed to future generations,” continued the groups. “Allowing estate taxes to be reinstated without an exemption and rate that protects family farms puts many operations at risk and threatens succession to the next generation of farmers.”last_img read more