15 Jun
2021

Oppose Trump’s Title X changes

first_imgMarch 5 — President Donald Trump added another notch on his campaign promises belt on Feb. 22. But Planned Parenthood countered that today by filing suit against his proposed changes, which aim to defund the health provider. February 22 was when Trump’s so-called “Health and Human Services Department” issued revised — read “reversed” — rules for Title X. A 1970 addendum to the 1944 Public Health Service Act under President Richard Nixon, Title X is charged with providing “comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services” to 4 million low-income women or anyone not covered by Medicaid.Photo via NWLC TwitterReflecting Trump/Pence right-wing, anti-woman, anti-working class ideology, the new regulations won’t be “comprehensive and preventive.” If instituted in 2020, the revised regulations would deny pregnant people the right to learn anything about abortion — let alone where to get one — from the 4,000 reproductive health care providers enrolled in the program. That’s why pro-choice organizations have nicknamed it “the domestic gag rule,” distinguishing it from the international one Trump instituted in 2017. The new rules mandate that all clinics providing abortions in addition to basic reproductive health care — birth control, wellness checkups, screenings for cancer and sexually transferred infections — must now set up new locations for abortions that are physically and financially separate from other services. Although the rules don’t mention Planned Parenthood, it’s the target of the rule changes — though abortions only account for 3 percent of its health care services. But that hasn’t stopped right-wing attacks on the organization, which is the largest U.S. provider of reproductive health care for poor and working women and gender-nonconforming people — especially women of color, youth, rural residents, women with disabilities and domestic abuse survivors. Planned Parenthood annually provides 41 percent of Title X care in the country. Though anti-choice activists contend that local health centers could serve Planned Parenthood’s current patients if the organization is forced out of the Title X program, Rewire.News reported Feb. 27 that they “would need to increase their caseloads by an average of 70 percent.”The Guttmacher Institute reported Feb. 27: “The Title X gag rule is a blatantly coercive and unethical violation of individuals’ right to high-quality sexual and reproductive health care.” No longer would pregnant patients “receive neutral, factual and nondirective information on all their pregnancy options, including parenting, adoption and abortion,” but the rule requires all patients to be referred for prenatal care, “regardless of their wishes.” In summary: “These restrictions flout medical ethics, dismiss clinical guidelines of leading medical organizations and undermine patients’ right to provide informed consent to their reproductive health care.”Yet the irony is that denying low-wage women and gender nonconforming people access to free or low-cost contraception will only drive up the rate of unintended pregnancies and abortion. Guttmacher statistics show that in 2015 Title X clinics prevented 822,300 unintended pregnancies and 277,800 abortions. Statistics from 2017 show that contraceptives from Title X clinics led to a steep decline in unintended pregnancies and abortions: 44 percent for teenagers and nearly one-third for the entire program.Fightback is underwayThe revised Title X rules were not official until they were posted March 4 on the Federal Register, under a deliberately obscure title, “Compliance with Statutory Program Integrity Requirements.” They are due to go into effect after 60 days, on May 3. But the fightback began right after the changes were first announced on June 1. All the organizations that defend abortion rights and fight for reproductive justice weighed in immediately. On June 8, Rewire.News reported that mayors representing more than 32 million people in 80 cities wrote a letter to HHS denouncing the gag rule. They joined more than 200 U.S. senators and representatives, 14 governors and 274 state legislators demanding quality health care and information. The Pro-Choice Caucus in Congress, led by Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), issued a statement Aug. 1: “[W]e will not stand for this anti-woman, anti-health agenda.” Colorlines reported Jan. 16 that the caucus will reintroduce the EACH Woman Act, which guarantees access and insurance coverage to any woman seeking an abortion. First introduced in 2015, Lee called it “the boldest pro-choice legislation in history.” If passed, the law would end the 1974 Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal Medicaid funding for abortion services.A Hart Research Associates’ national poll shows that 73 percent of the population opposes Trump’s gag rule. As do more than 110 public health organizations.A long list of leading U.S. medical organizations, including nurses and midwives, registered disapproval. The American Medical Association itemized its objections in a letter to HHS in August, stating the amendments would “undermine patients’ access to high-quality medical care and information, dangerously interfere with the patient-physician relationship, conflict with physicians’ ethical obligations, exclude qualified providers and jeopardize public health.” Washington state’s attorney general was the first to file a preliminary motion to block the rule on Feb. 25, arguing that it violates the Affordable Care Act and a federal provision that requires pregnancy counseling to be nondirective. Attorneys general in Connecticut, Oregon, New York and California are soon to follow. Ten newly elected Democratic governors signed a letter condemning the “politically motivated restrictions” and vowed to find “legal options to block it being implemented.” (Rewire.News, Feb. 27)But the real fightback will be when women, gender-nonconforming people and all their allies take to the streets, as they have for decades. The outpouring of women all over the country demanding free, legal abortion propelled the Supreme Court to legalize abortion in 1973. That’s what is needed now. As shown in every civil rights battle, whether against racism or “sodomy” laws, in every labor battle, only solidarity in struggle wins advances for working and oppressed people.Reproductive justice must become a reality for all gender-oppressed people. Women’s liberation now!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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4 Jun
2021

New Irish citizens prepare for election day in Limerick

first_imgNewsLocal NewsNew Irish citizens prepare for election day in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 24, 2016 730 Linkedin Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSDoras Luimnígeneral election 2016limerick Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live DORAS Luimní has been working with new Irish citizens in Limerick ahead of the election to encourage voter awareness and registration, and reminding new citizens that there is power in their vote.Aideen Roche, Doras Luimní, commented, “New Irish citizens now make up a considerable proportion of the electorate, which could go a long way towards influencing Ireland’s next Government. Despite the size of this population, political parties continue to disregard immigration and migrant related issues in their manifestos.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There has been a significant increase in awareness of refugee protection concerns and the scandal of Direct Provision among the general public too, and we hope that the next Government will take swift and effective action on these areas as a matter of priority.”Voter participation among new communities and other marginalised groups can often be very low, said Ms Roche. In an attempt to boost participation, Doras Luimní have been implementing a project that aims to increase voter registration and participation through targeted outreach and voting information sessions.“While many new citizens living in Limerick are well aware of the process, there are a growing number of new eligible electors that benefit from tailored information and assistance. Ireland has a complicated and unique election process, not helped by the usage of Irish language terminology in politics. For people with limited social networks and non-native English speakers, the process of registration and the election system itself can be challenging.”Over 300 people have registered to vote with Doras Luimní’s assistance over the past few months and are looking forward to participating in the election this Friday, February 26. Previous articleLimerick Garda’s hunch led to capture of betting shop thiefNext articleIndiependence 2016: First announcement for music festival Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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1 Jan
2021

> WCAX-TV’s Creative Services Department Wins Two New York State Broadcasters Association Awards

first_img> The Creative Services Department of WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont has> been awarded two first place honors for Television Commercial> Production and Public Service Announcement in the 2003 New York State> Broadcasters Association Awards. The awards were presented at a> ceremony in Lake George, New York on June 22, 2004.>> The New York State Broadcasters Association conducted its 39th Annual> Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting at the Sagamore Resort Hotel.>> WCAX-TV Head writer Thea Dion and Writer/Producer Eric Ford accepted> the awards from CBS Anchor Dan Rather. WCAX-TV was awarded first> place in the Television Commercial category for Johnny Danger, a spot> for Lenny’s Shoes, written and produced by Eric Ford. First place in> the Television Public Service category was awarded to Bop ‘Til You> Drop, a public service announcement for the Sara Holbrook Community> Center, written and produced by Thea Dion. Bruce Babbitt served as> Art Director and Dan Burke served as videographer/editor on both> projects.>> This competition encourages professional performance and recognizes> outstanding achievement among radio and television stations serving> New York, and all stations in the state are urged to submit entries.> WCAX-TV serves the Burlington, Vermont-Plattsburgh, New York> television market. Stations compete based upon market size.>> “I’m especially proud of the creative team and thankful that they have> been recognized by the News York State Broadcasters Association for> the second year in a row,” said Creative Services Director Jim> Strader. “Their creativity, teamwork, and desire to consistently> deliver the best shows everyday, but I am happy to see them recognized> and honored again.”>> Earlier this year, WCAX-TV’s Creative Services Department was> presented similar awards in the commercial, public service, and> promotional categories in competition of the Vermont Association of> Broadcasters, in Montpelier, Vermont.>> WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vermont, and is locally> owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Kessler stays poised as USC readies for BC

first_imgFor the second week in a row the Trojans will match up against a less talented team they are expected to beat — this time, the Boston College Eagles. Unlike the Washington State Cougars and their air raid attack, however, the Eagles feature a power run offense, mirroring the tactics of traditional SEC squads. USC head coach Lane Kiffin, even among rampant cries for his dismissal, is excited for that challenge and believes it should be a good test for his squad, which is trying to rebound from its shocking loss to Washington State last weekend.Ready to go · Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler said he is excited about the chance to seize the starting job. “It was very exciting for me,” Kessler said. “[Kiffin] gave me the keys to the car … the keys to the team.” – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“They have a great physical running back and the offensive line is well-coached,” Kiffin said about the Eagles. “They have a great playmaker at receiver and an extremely mobile defense. They’re heavy on the run and try to open it up with the play action. It’s a Stanford type of offense.”The Trojan defense has played phenomenally up to this point under the direction of the new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, but this week, it will face its toughest test yet against Boston College tailback Andre Williams. The senior is averaging 5.5 yards a carry this season, but will most certainly be going up against the most talented defense he’s seen this season on Saturday.Though the Eagles certainly have a number of playmakers on offense, most Trojan fans will have their eyes glued to the USC offense to see if it can rebound after an awful performance against Washington State.“Lets Roll.”That was the simple message delivered to quarterback Cody Kessler from Kiffin on Sunday night when he told the redshirt sophomore he would be Trojans’ starter going forward, ending the indecision that seemed to plague the offense in its first two games.“I’m not trying to make excuses, but those first two weeks I would be lying if I said it wasn’t affecting me,” Kessler said. “It’s tough to focus on winning the game when you’re worrying about other things. [Being named the starter] instills a confidence I didn’t have in the first two weeks.”The news is obviously a dream come true for Kessler, but he quickly needs to turn his attention to fixing up the anemic USC offense, which has mustered just 226 total passing yards during the Trojans’ first two games of the 2013 season against Hawai’i and Washington State.“I don’t feel accomplished those last two games when [I didn’t] play like [I] wanted to,” Kessler said. “It’s great everyone’s behind me, and now we’re ready to go.”Coach’s dream Possibly the most concerning number for the Trojans from the game against the Cougars is 27.Twenty-seven is the number of yards that Heisman hopeful Marqise Lee had Saturday, far below his baseline productivity from last season. Questions and concerns have been swirling about the standout junior wideout and how Kiffin is wasting his talents calling screen after screen, picking up only a handful of yards at a time.Lee, however, does not seem  at all flustered, either about his performance or Kiffin’s playcalling.“I’ll keep running screens or doing whatever Kiffin and the coaches need me to do,” Lee said. “It’s not about [getting Lee the ball more often], it’s more about involving everyone else.”Players only One thing Lee touched on after practice was how great the last two days have been for the Trojans and how focused everyone has seemed following the loss. Aiding in that cause, in Lee and Kiffin’s opinion, is a players-only meeting that was conducted Sunday.“We had an open conversation and some guys said the things they haven’t been able to say,” Lee said.When asked if the players were worried about the crowd chanting “Fire Kiffin” on Saturday, Lee did not seem phased.“Kiffin’s gonna be there,” Lee said. “I don’t pay attention to it … As a team we’re going to continue to do what we’ve got to do.”Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

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6 Aug
2020

Mobile Food Carts Coming to Artesian Commons

first_imgFacebook109Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaThe City of Olympia is accepting proposals from interested parties for the operations of a Mobile Food Unit at the Artesian Commons. The park is scheduled to open in early May, and vendors will be an important partner in the success of this location. Responsibilities will include operating a mobile food unit, opening and securing the park each day, and providing support for daily functions required to keep the location clean and vibrant. For details and a copy of the packet you can:Visit the Artesian Commons webpage.Visit The Olympia Center at 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA  98502.Call Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation at 360.753.8506 to have the packet mailed or emailed to you.Questions may be directed to Scott River, Associate Director for Parks, Arts and Recreation, at 360.753.8506last_img read more

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3 Aug
2020

Minor Baseball Season in full swing

first_imgThe minor baseball season is in full swing throughout the West Kootenay, and in the Heritage City, the Nelson Jays are out to defend West Kootenay Babe Ruth Baseball Championship won in 2015.The Jays met Castlegar this past week at Queen Elizabeth Park. Both teams battle the opposition, and the weather, during this mid-week contest with the host team coming out on top.The NDBA has fields teams in six divisions — Tee-Ball, Rookie, Minor, Major, Junior and Senior Babe Ruth.The teams play at Queen Elizabeth Lions Park.Nelson plays in the West Kootenay Minor Baseball leaqgue, which  runs until the middle of June when playoffs close out the house league campaigns.The West Kootenay teams — Grand Forks, Fruitvale, Castlegar, Trail and Nelson — then form all-star squads to participate in provincial play.last_img read more

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3 Aug
2020

Countdown is on for MS Bike Challengers — still time to register

first_img“The difficulty and length, combined with the epic scenery of the West Kootenays really sets this event apart from other MS Bike rides,” said Jillian Earl, event coordinator. “It’s not hard to see why many would travel to participate.”Riders are supported throughout the weekend with several rest stops and support vehicles along the route. A dinner is also hosted on Saturday evening, celebrating their hard work.Earl is still encouraging those interested in riding to register. She is hoping to have 25 more join by the event weekend.“The countdown is on, but there’s still time to register,” said Earl.Those interested in riding in the MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge can learn more, and register at www.westkootenayglacierchallenge.ca. In less than two weeks, participants of the MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge will take on 222km of road (and hills) around the Kokanee Glacier, and all for a good cause.Over August 19th and 20th, cyclists will travel from New Denver to Nelson, and back to Nelson via Kaslo raising funds to support the MS Society of Canada. So far, participants have raised over $40,000 towards the event’s goal of $115,000. These funds will support the programs and services offered by the MS Society, as well as research into treatments and a cure for the disease that affects approximately 100,000 Canadians.Of this year’s 75 registered participants, nearly half are taking on the ride for the first time. Many are from the West Kootenays, but some will travel from other parts of the province, and one participant will come as far as Manitoba.last_img read more

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