Prosecutors Oppose Delay in Sentencing of Don Blankenship

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that they oppose former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s request for a delay in the sentencing for his mine safety conspiracy conviction. In a new court filing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby said that prosecutors agree that matters about restitution payments by Blankenship should be handled through a hearing separate from his sentencing hearing, which is currently scheduled for April 6.But, Ruby said, the sentencing — including matters about potential jail time and a fine — should not be delayed. “Defendant asserts that he is prepared to proceed on that date, and the United States is, as well,” Ruby wrote. “All sentencing issues other than restitution should be resolved on that date, as scheduled.”U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger is scheduled to sentence Blankenship after the former Massey CEO was convicted in December of conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29 workers died in an April 2010 explosion. Blankenship faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.Full article: Prosecutors oppose delay in Blankenship sentencing Prosecutors Oppose Delay in Sentencing of Don Blankenshiplast_img read more

Treasury Targets Major Lebanese-Based Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Network

first_imgBy Dialogo February 04, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on 26 January designated Lebanese narcotics trafficker Ayman Joumaa, as well as nine individuals and 19 entities connected to his drug trafficking and money laundering organization as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Ayman Joumaa has coordinated the transportation, distribution, and sale of multi-ton shipments of cocaine from South America and has laundered the proceeds from the sale of cocaine in Europe and the Middle East, according to investigations led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Operating in Lebanon, West Africa, Panama and Colombia, Joumaa and his organization launder proceeds from their illicit activities – as much as $200 million per month – through various channels, including bulk cash smuggling operations and Lebanese exchange houses. As a result of today’s designations, U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these individuals and entities and any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen. “Ayman Joumaa runs a complex money laundering scheme moving hundreds of millions of dollars of illicitly derived proceeds through businesses operated by him and his associates,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “By exposing this international drug trafficking and money laundering organization, today’s action will disrupt this network and obstruct their access to the international financial system.” Three Lebanon-based money exchanges used by Ayman Joumaa and his organization to launder illicit proceeds were also designated today: the Hassan Ayash Exchange Company, the Ellissa Exchange Company, and New Line Exchange Trust Co. OFAC also targeted Hassan Ayash, Hassan Mahmoud Ayache, Jamal Mohamad Kharoubi, Ali Mohammed Kharroubi, Ismael Mohammed Youssef, and Ziad Mohamad Youssef for their roles in these money exchanges. Ali Mohammed Kharroubi owns Ellissa Holding, which was designated today. Ellissa Holding controls nine companies in Lebanon, Benin and the Democratic of Congo, including Ellissa Group SA, the subsidiary of Ellissa Holding in Benin involved in the sale of used cars in Africa. Joumaa’s brothers Akram Saied Joumaa, Anwar Saied Joumaa and Mohamad Said Joumma were designated for their involvement in the drug trafficking or money laundering activities of the Joumaa organization. Akram Saied Joumaa is the CEO and general manager of Caesar’s Park Hotel, also designated today, which the organization uses as a location to broker drug trafficking and money laundering activities. Lebanon-based company Phenicia Shipping Offshore SARL, Panama-based companies Goldi Electronics S.A. and Zona Libre International Market S.A., and Colombia-based companies Almacen Junior, Almacen Junior No. 2 and Commercial Planeta were all designated today for being owned or controlled by members of the Ayman Joumaa organization. The action of 26 January, supported by the DEA’s investigation of the Joumaa organization, is part of ongoing efforts under the Kingpin Act to apply financial measures against significant foreign narcotics traffickers worldwide. Internationally, more than 950 businesses and individuals linked to 87 drug kingpins have been designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.last_img read more

Improving member experience in an omni-channel environment

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr First Tech FCU’s digital platform helps better serve members online and Mike Upton and Stephen OwenFirst Tech Federal Credit Union members embrace technological innovation in their daily lives and they expect their financial partner to innovate with them, providing banking services when, where and how they need them.That’s why First Tech CU created an omni-channel digital platform with a 360-degree view of our members. Having a single pane of glass through which our employees can see members’ online and offline activities enables us to provide more relevant and personalized sales and service experiences. We believe this approach can be beneficial at other credit unions and make a real difference across the industry.First Tech FCU partnered with Salesforce to create the omni-channel digital platform that consists of a six key components:Member Relationship Platform – Within one screen, employees can see all the business lines a particular member utilizes with First Tech FCU. By making this information readily available to our employees, the member relationship platform facilitates a more efficient and seamless experience for the member. When seeking assistance, members need not repeat themselves as they switch from online to the phone to visiting a branch.Digital Marketing Platform – With the 360-degree view of the member provided by the member relationship platform, the DMP enables First Tech FCU to provide relevant and topical messaging to members based on their current engagement and business-line utilization. continue reading »last_img read more

Members: The best advocates for credit union brand and value

first_imgBy the time the average American reaches 16 years of age, he or she will encounter more than 170,000 advertisements. As adults, experts say we see 5,000 marketing messages every day. We are bombarded with ads on TV, radio, movies, in the sky, on the road, on buildings, on our clothes, on the web, and we are now seeing ads on the phone we hold in our hands. While new channels are being rapidly invented to deliver even more advertising, the cognitive awareness to process and remember these marketing messages is declining.Because it is getting harder to be seen and heard, the conventional wisdom has long been to buy a bigger stage and start singing louder. Unfortunately, throwing more money at the problem won’t work this time because the level of investment required to keep pace with the aggressive media buying of for-profit competitors is out of reach for most credit unions.Here’s why: For every traditional marketing dollar that credit unions invest to promote their brand in this omni-channel, multi-screen, advertising-soaked climate, national banks are spending $43. Being outspent at a ratio of 43:1, credit unions are hardly heard and barely recognized above the noise made by the hungry roaring giants. Fighting for traditional advertising exposure against big banks in a dollar-for-dollar war is simply a battle that the credit union industry won’t win without a continuous collective infusion of roughly $2.3 billion per year. Being outspent so dramatically is overwhelming, but there is a unique opportunity most credit unions can take advantage of today to promote their brand.This golden opportunity first presented itself three years ago, when PSCU kicked off an award-winning campaign to reach millions of Millennials through social media. The campaign is called “Make Your Money Matter” and over 400 credit unions are currently using the free content created for them by PSCU every month. Having that many credit unions sharing the same content at the same time provides the ability to test different messaging on a large scale.One of the Make Your Money Matter images, which simply says, “I heart my credit union,” has outperformed almost every other. The image was initially given to only eight credit unions to share on Facebook. Although it was originally posted in eight local cities, those credit union members shared it with friends, cousins, nieces and nephews, and in a few weeks, the image had been shared in all 50 states.The viral activity resulting from that one image was an “ah ha!” moment that demonstrates how much members love their credit union and are willing to advocate on its behalf. If activated effectively, members can help close the awareness gap. While big banks may be able to line the highways with billboards, buy Super Bowl ads, and saturate every screen and surface with their brand, credit unions have something they do not have. No amount of ads can speak louder than the voice of a happy brand advocate.Every year, customer satisfaction is measured across 46 industries. Credit unions are consistently ranked among the highest of all the industries measured. Meanwhile, national banks have been ranked third worst every year since 2008, with only the government and tobacco industries held in lower esteem. This is an excellent opportunity for credit unions to redirect their investments from expensive, underperforming advertising into more effective brand advocacy programs.CUNA President and CEO, Jim Nussle, said in a recent article in Credit Union Magazine, “When consumers finally solve the credit union “mystery”—when they learn about our cooperative, service-first model that allows us to offer the best and most affordable products and services on the market—time and again they turn their attention squarely to us. Recent research we’ve compiled reveals that roughly 90% of consumers view credit unions positively after learning the difference between us and banks. And the more our members know about how we differ from banks, the louder our collective voice becomes on Capitol Hill when advocating for issues important to ensuring credit union growth.”It will take some time and effort to build an effective advocacy program, but when done properly, history has shown that the kind, heartfelt words of an advocate can exponentially increase a credit union’s profile in its community. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myles Bristowe Myles brings 20 years of executive leadership and practical innovation in the disciplines of digital, mobile, social media and integrated marketing. He leads the Make Your Money Matter movement for … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Respect: Credit unions leading the change

first_imgAnd to keep our feet on the ground…How can this effort benefit the credit union and its members? How will this help us better serve our members and our community?Now a word of caution: I’m not talking about stifling disagreement. The competition of ideas is vital to our progress within our organizations and in the community around us––from Main Street to Capitol Hill, from the front lines to the board room. What we need to do is disagree without retreating to separate, intractable camps that never face our conflicts in the arena of ideas. We need to discuss and debate in a productive environment of respect and civility where we can find meaningful synergy that helps us resolve our differences, solve our problems and achieve higher goals.This is not just something nice we can do together. History is full of examples of societies collapsing under this pressure. We’re watching several societies implode before our very eyes right now.Until and unless we start showing more respect and civility for one another, our society will continue to fracture. Ultimately this leads to dangerous levels of segregation and mistrust. In this type of environment people do not do business together. They do not engage with those larger goals that help us meet challenges and grow our communities. They do not share their resources for their common benefit as they now do through our credit unions.We’ve got to resolve this issue and I believe the compassionate and courageous people in the credit union world are well suited to lead the charge. As CU leaders, it’s up to you to manage this environment both inside your organizations and facing out as you deal with an ever more diverse group of members. I’m challenging us all to not just manage this issue, but to lead the way in changing this dangerous social climate and bring people together to improve and strengthen our communities.Here’s the excerpt from the book, then I’ll chime back in with a couple of observations and challenges: “Sensei––respect means taking care of one another.” “Respect means taking care of one another.” Bam! I felt like I’d just been kicked in the stomach. I actually had to sit down to catch my breath and gather my thoughts. “What does the word respect mean? Give me a definition!” Have you ever heard a better definition?Isn’t that at the heart of the CU mission? To “take care of” the people you serve? Both inside your organization and in the community at large? In every area of our lives today Respect is being challenged. We are dealing with tremendous levels of animosity, disrespect and incivility. Instead of coming together to face today’s challenges, we are too often dividing ourselves into separate camps based on political identity, class, gender and race. I was asked to speak for a group of elementary school kids. This was one of my first experiences with true public speaking––and who could ask for a tougher audience? I stood. I returned his bow and said, “Kid––you’ve got it!” What can each of us do to promote civility and respect within our own organizations?What can we do to extend our culture of respect to the community around us?How can we address and counter incivility and disrespect when we see it?center_img I wanted to get the kids engaged quickly. Lectures don’t work well on most adults and they certainly don’t work with 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. I opened with a simple question––and I still start with the same question today in nearly every workshop, even with C-suite level executives. Local teachers had noticed that the kids in my martial arts program were by and large outperforming many of their peers. Some of the kids who had struggled in school before martial arts were now exceeding expectations. Better still, my kids were respectful––most of the time! They were addressing their teachers with deference and treating other kids with compassion and empathy. So a couple of these teachers asked me to speak to their students on respect and responsibility. Right now our entire society seems trapped in a whirlpool of blame. Each side of every divide is pointing fingers at the other. “They” do this and “they” do that. “They” did it first.When it comes to changing things for the better–––leaders go first. It doesn’t matter who started it, particularly when it comes to this terrible environment of political vitriol. The plain simple fact is that we all work and live with people with different beliefs, opinions, feelings and convictions.Here are some challenges we can face together: Today I’m sharing with you part of a chapter from a new book I’m working on. I won’t share the title with you because I haven’t quite decided on one yet and anyway, my intention today isn’t to promote the book.I’m sharing this prematurely because this is an extremely timely topic: Respect. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     After a little moment of silence, one young man stood up. His teacher had obviously prepared him to meet the Sensei because as he stood, he placed his left hand over his closed right fist, our Kenpo salute, and he bowed––most respectfully! His next few words would redefine my life and my work… Of course I’d prepared the standard dictionary definition to share with the kids. Now my entire presentation was derailed. If you’ve ever spoken in public, you’ll understand that while this exchange lasted probably about ten seconds, it felt like ten minutes. All I could think of to do was this… Vision: To promote … Web: Detailslast_img read more

‘How Did We Not Know?’ Gun Owners Confront a Suicide Epidemic

first_imgYears earlier, when Mr. Demicco was just an employee at the store, he had reluctantly sold a gun to a woman who radiated unhappiness. But the store owner’s wife knew her and vouched for her. “Would you believe,” Mr. Demicco said, “the next morning, that same lady, to whom I sold a gun, took her 7-year-old daughter, drove to a remote location, and killed her daughter and herself.”In the years that followed, Mr. Demicco said, he took action that he believed prevented suicides on dozens of occasions. In one case, he said, a well-dressed woman came in, walked straight to the counter, pointed to a handgun and said she wanted to buy it, without ever making eye contact with him.- Advertisement – The poster reads, “Concerned about a family member or friend? Hold on to their guns.” It lists warning signs that a person might be suicidal, such as depression, anger, reckless behavior, a recent breakup or other setback, substance abuse and talk of “being better off dead.” – Advertisement –center_img “I said to her, ‘Should you be buying a gun?’” Mr. Demicco recalled. The woman started crying, he said, and confided that she had just been discharged from the hospital. He encouraged her to go home, and called her doctor on her behalf.‘How are you going to save lives?’The discussions that brought public health experts and gun owners together in New Hampshire gave rise to the Gun Shop Project, a coalition of public health and mental health practitioners, firearm retailers and gun rights advocates, under the aegis of the New Hampshire Firearm Safety Coalition.The project created suicide-prevention posters and fliers to distribute in gun stores that could be reproduced for free, on one condition, Mr. Demicco said: “You stick to the spirit and intent of our materials, which is not anti-gun but anti-suicide.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Clinicians raise questions about respirator use in pandemic

first_imgNov 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Last month the US Department of Health and Human (HHS) called for a greater role for N95 respirators in protecting healthcare workers in the event of an influenza pandemic, and now clinicians are raising questions about potential problems such as inadequate supplies and poor fit.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fielded questions from clinicians today during a teleconference with Michael Bell, MD, associate director for infection control in the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.In October, HHS issued new interim guidance saying that the use of N95 respirators, designed to stop 95% of small airborne particles, is “prudent” for medical workers providing direct care for patients with confirmed or suspected pandemic fu and is recommended when caring for patients with pneumonia. HHS also said that respirator use is prudent for support workers who have direct contact with patients.The recommendations were a departure from guidance in the HHS pandemic influenza plan released last year, which urged healthcare workers to wear simple surgical masks, designed to block large respiratory droplets, for routine care of pandemic flu patients. Both documents recommend use of N95 protection during procedures likely to generate airborne infectious particles, such as nebulization or endotracheal intubation.Bell emphasized that the new HHS guidance is not intended to change how clinicians respond to patients who have seasonal influenza. He said the difference in recommendations between seasonal and pandemic influenza stems from uncertainty about inherent immunity to a pandemic flu strain and potential shortages of antiviral medication and vaccines in a pandemic. “As a result, there’s more attention being paid to personal protective equipment,” he said.He predicted that recommendations about respirator use will continue to evolve as researchers learn more about flu virus particle size and virulence. “The interim guidance is very much interim,” he said.Another useful thing the recent HHS respirator recommendations do is to make a distinction between respirator use and use of negative-pressure isolation rooms, Bell said. “It’s one thing to supply respirators and another thing to reengineer rooms,” he said.The HHS guidance states that negative-pressure isolation is not required for routine care of patients with pandemic influenza, though such rooms should be used whenever possible for performing aerosol-generating procedures such as inhalational intubation. If negative-pressure rooms aren’t available, it is prudent to perform such procedures in private rooms with the door closed or other enclosed areas, the document says.One clinician who took part in the teleconference said she and her colleagues were worried about the supply of N95 respirators and said her hospital had difficulty obtaining enough even for routine tuberculosis care.Another clinician had questions about reusing respirators if a pandemic occurs and the devices are in short supply. Bell said healthcare workers had to be creative during the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak; some kept their masks in plastic bags and reused them. He said breathing through the mask, over time, could reduce some the electrostatic charge that provides some of the filtering mechanism. “There are no clear recommendations, though the Institute of Medicine says they are disposable and not suitable for reuse,” Bell said. “There may be safer ways to reuse them.”Bell said HHS officials and other healthcare groups are brainstorming about how to stimulate more production of N95 respirators. “The companies are concerned about liability. They want to be free of that before they produce mass quantities,” he said.Other clinicians had questions about how well the N95 respirators have to fit to provide adequate protection. They said respirator products range from models that don’t require any fitting to ones that require time-consuming fitting procedures. Bell said that from a regulatory perspective, OSHA recommends strict attention to the fit of the respirator. “But in a pinch, you’d expect some benefit, even if the respirator isn’t a perfect fit,” he said.Some clinicians said they were already fielding questions about community use of N95 respirators. Bell responded that HHS has just drafted guidance on such use. He anticipated that the recommendations would be posted on the government’s pandemic flu Web site within the next 3 or 4 weeks. Bell said HHS probably won’t recommend N95 respirators to the general public unless people are caring for family members or neighbors who have pandemic influenza.See also:Oct 18 CIDRAP News article “HHS backs respirator use in caring for pandemic flu patients”Sep 29 CIDRAP News article “Airborne flu viruses threaten health workers, expert says”HHS’s “Interim Guidance on Planning for the Use of Surgical Masks and Respirators in Health Care Settings during an Influenza Pandemic” read more

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Guide helps homeless shelters prepare

first_imgEditor’s Note: CIDRAP’s Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a biweekly series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.Dec 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Homeless people could face significant disadvantages during public health crises, which is why Public Health –Seattle & King County has developed a plan to help the county’s homeless service agencies prepare for an influenza pandemic.The plan provides information on what to expect during a pandemic and how to prepare for and respond to issues of special concern to the homeless. Research by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) has found it to be one of the most comprehensive pandemic plans for the homeless in the United States.After a glut of media coverage on pandemic flu and social distancing, homeless shelters began calling Public Health–Seattle & King County with concerns about how to cope with a pandemic, said Janna Wilson, head of the department’s Health Care for the Homeless Network.”They had a pretty complicated set of questions and were asking for guidance that was more tailored to them and their clients,” Wilson said. Apart from social distancing and caring for sick clients, key concerns included:How homeless people would receive vaccines and antiviral drugsHow to manage such a crisis with limited resourcesHow to keep operating despite staff shortagesEarly collaborative effortsIn response, the public health department created an ad hoc pandemic flu work group, which began meeting in September 2006 to develop the guide. The guide was created through a collaborative process with input from public health specialists, local clinics, homeless service and mental health agencies, among others, Wilson said.But the group had a framework around which to build its guide. “Luckily we were able to base it loosely on a guide the Toronto health department had published,” Wilson noted.Working with the homeless services agencies proved to be a valuable learning process and led to more thoughtful overall community planning, she added. “The questions they posed were very instructive and made our health department think more in depth about emergency preparation for vulnerable populations,” said Wilson.King County is home to more than 1.8 million people. A severe pandemic would affect as many as 540,000 people and cause more than 11,000 deaths, according to county planners’ estimates. There are at least 8,000 people without permanent housing, according to county estimates. The Seattle/King County Coalition for the Homeless conducts a “One Night Count” each year—of the 7,839 people counted on Jan 26, 2,368 were staying in emergency shelters and 3,312 lived in transitional housing.”Our focus is definitely on the shelters, because they are the facilities where social distancing has been more challenging,” Wilson said. In a flu outbreak, disease control would be particularly daunting for large, congregate shelters where the homeless are in close quarters, compared with apartment-style shelters, she added.Population-specific concernsIn general, the homeless are more susceptible to disease because of their living conditions, chronic and acute medical problems, addiction and mental illness, and a lack of access to regular healthcare, according to the county’s Health Care for the Homeless Network. These factors may also increase their risk of contracting influenza.The county’s shelters are already familiar with the difficulties of infectious disease outbreaks. Recently, there was a norovirus outbreak in a men’s shelter that spread very quickly, and several shelters dealt with a tuberculosis outbreak a few years ago, Wilson said. While facilities are already aware of the need for safe daily practices, Wilson said the threat of a pandemic evoked additional concerns.One clinic’s stepsAt Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC), a community-based mental health agency whose clientele includes the homeless, portions of the guide were used in revising the organization’s entire business continuity plan, said Stacey Glyde, administrative service manager. Glyde was part of the committee that helped create the pandemic guide.The plan provided an impetus for CPC to start thinking about its own efforts, Glyde said.CPC applied for county grants made available for preparedness to initiate specific activities around pandemic planning, such as training presentations for staff and installation of hand hygiene stations with hand sanitizers, tissue, and trash cans at the agency’s different locations.”It seems to be very effective,” Glyde said of the steps aimed at getting people to think about consistent hand hygiene. Hand cleaning is one of the tips the guide recommends for routine infection control.Unique obstaclesFor some facilities where every day is an emergency, however, long-term contingency and continuity planning may be difficult.”For one thing, it’s challenging to make time to plan,” Wilson said. “[Also,] space is at a premium. They may simply not feel they have the space to store food and water.”Bob Goetchius manages the St. Martin de Porres Shelter in Seattle, for men older than 50. Capacity remains the biggest challenge when thinking about a pandemic, said Goetchius, whose facility houses at least 212 clients each night.”We’re not going to have the capacity to deal with [a flu pandemic],” he said.Goetchius also served on the ad hoc committee that developed the guide. “Are we prepared? No. Would we like to be prepared? Yes.”Many people are turned away from shelters nightly and forced to sleep on the street, he said, adding that he wonders how already-strained facilities would manage the people who are likely to seek help during a pandemic.”Without capacity you couldn’t do anything,” he said. “None of our shelters have excess room.”Financial constraints present additional challenges. Goetchius said that as a nonprofit agency, St. Martin de Porres already runs on a “shoestring budget.””To fund for emergencies is beyond our abilities,” he said. The county is already working to address such problems.New resources, adaptable guidanceSince the guide was released, new resources to help homeless shelters implement pandemic planning have been developed, including small grants and training programs. The county has already been providing ongoing technical assistance, best practice guidelines, and training sessions with public health nurses on different health issues, Wilson said.Wilson added that the county and its partners in homeless services are also working to bolster resources that would be useful during a pandemic, such as creating a flu recovery center for homeless people. In addition, the county is developing a communication listserv with homeless service agencies.The guide states that it can be adapted to suit different facilities’ operating needs and is useful for agencies that provide the homeless with a place to stay as well as other services, such as meal programs, employment agencies, mental health agencies, and drop-in centers. It includes prepandemic, pandemic, and postpandemic guidelines, including how to establish an incident command system, care for the sick (what the guide calls a “tea and toast” level of care, which would be the same as what one receives at home), reduce client mobility to prevent disease, and deal with deaths on site.The plan has been distributed widely, Wilson said, and at least five other communities have asked if they can tailor it to their own needs. She added that it is difficult to gauge how much agencies are changing their approach, although changes have occurred.”We get more value if other communities use it,” she said.See also:View tools and reviewers’ comments for the “Pandemic Planning Guide for Homeless Shelters” practice read more

Arsenal and Man Utd target Thomas Partey set for new £92m release clause

first_imgArsenal and Man Utd target Thomas Partey set for new £92m release clause Advertisement Comment MORE: Liverpool begin talks to sign Eduardo Camavinga ahead of Man Utd and ArsenalMORE: Arsenal make Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer decision as Manchester United prepare £50m bid Advertisementcenter_img Partey has been excellent in the Atletico midfield this season (Picture: Getty Images)Atletico Madrid are working on a new deal for midfielder Thomas Partey which would see his buy-out clause rise to £92million, according to reports.Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with the 26-year-old, but may be put off by a higher fee.Partey’s current contract which expires in 2023 has a release clause of just £42m, but the Spanish club are looking to tie down his future for the long term. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Mar 2020 6:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Simeone wants to keep hold of midfield talisman Partey (Picture: Getty Images)According to Goal, Atletico are aware that the midfielder’s current cut-price fee is popping up on the radar of other European clubs, which will prompt them to take swift action.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe club acknowledge that the current terms of his contract are outdated relative to his importance to the team, making 24 La Liga appearances so far this season.The Ghana international was pivotal in both legs of Atletico’s Champions League win over Liverpool, which secured their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsArgentinian boss Diego Simeone is also keen to hold onto Partey, who came through the Spanish side’s academy.The club are also happy with his attitude throughout the contract negotiations, and are confident they can offer a deal the player will be willing to accept.The report states Partey is in line to take home an annual pay packet of around £4.1m, a big increase on his current salary.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Transition caused more problems than it solved

first_imgThe Guardian 16 September 2017Family First Comment: Some fascinating statements in this piece…““I started to realise that I could have dealt with my own issues so much better without changing my body because that has brought so many more difficulties.”..He now thinks he was rushed into transitioning by well-intentioned but ultimately misguided people.“I told the psychologist I wanted to be female but nothing about the other issues involved, such as being bullied. I wasn’t aware that bullying had anything to do with my gender issues, but he didn’t ask any deeper questions. So, I was just like, ‘This is who I am and this who I want to be’, and they were like, ‘That’s great!’, and after just two sessions I was given hormones, which was actually not good practice.”But here’s the key bit…“Being critical about trans issues is definitely going against the grain right now in psychology. I have felt like I was fighting a constant battle for some time, but it feels like there are a lot more people speaking out about detransition, as well as more clinicians who are interested in looking at alternative ways to deal with dysphoria.” Anthony knows more than most about trans identity issues. Born a boy 42 years ago, he transitioned from male to female at 19 and then detransitioned to male three years ago. While his story is enlightening, it is also immensely challenging and it took him a long time and a lot of therapy to conclude that he had made a mistake.“There are definite steps and support around transitioning, but not around detransitioning, so I felt I had to make my own road in many ways,” he says. “And realising that the transition had caused more problems than it solved was hard.”It was also a shock because, as attitudes changed over the last two decades, one thing that stayed constant with Elan was the idea that gender identity was fundamental.“I believed that I was female and that could never change. There were times I wondered if I’d got it wrong and should actually be a man. The idea of fluid gender is relatively new in terms of public awareness but it did actually exist in the 90s.“I started to realise that I could have dealt with my own issues so much better without changing my body because that has brought so many more difficulties. Detransitioning isn’t as unusual as you might expect, but it is underground, for a number of reasons, and the trans community isn’t happy discussing this.”He now thinks he was rushed into transitioning by well-intentioned but ultimately misguided people.READ MORE: read more