When the adults are discovering ways to adapt to new life, it is time to learn from children. A leading scholar had posted in social media that a child came to him and told him that he (the child!) had learnt a new skill – how to mute and unmute oneself in a video call. While that skill is much-needed for adults who, these days, are continuously experimenting with the art of virtual conversations and meetings – not just business but also family get-togethers.We also decided to have a family evening party over a virtual network last weekend. A three-year old child in the gathering was the apple of everyone’s eye. He had recently started a school for the first time in his life. Come Corona and it turned out to be an all virtual environment for him. Nevertheless, he was enjoying and shared the pictures of a pool party that they had two days ago. In response to our surprise and probing, he explained that the children were in bath-tubs / inflatable pools in their respective houses and the teacher played loud music with images of splashing water in the virtual set-up so that the kids could dance and celebrate!It was a light, but an uncommon experience in the party because the adults were all sharing the worries and the wisdoms while the child was narrating his story in immense excitement, unmindful of the gloom around!I tried to gauge his enthusiasm further; and asked him, “Did you go to school today?” Pat came a confident reply, “Yes”I was shocked. All educational institutes were closed. I wondered whether the child was only consoling himself by saying “yes” or perhaps, trying to befool me as if I wouldn’t be knowing about the closure.However, I was sure that he would not yet have been corrupted by the pollution and politics of growing up, when the juvenile purity fades into oblivion and the trickery of adulthood penetrates the tender mind. Behind his emphatic “Yes” there must have been a gleaming light of hope that had created this beautiful mirage – The school is open!I could not resist the temptation to dig deeper and understand what the tender soul had in store for me.I continued, “How did you go?”He replied even more promptly, “I walked”His zeal and tenacity towards discovering happiness was unmatched.My curiosity rose and so did my urge to win over the child. I asked further, “Where?”The reply was prompt, yet stunning. “To the first floor!”The whole family burst into laughter, as I also noticed a smile running across my lips. The child attended online classes in the first floor of his house, which for him, was now a school!The child’s faith and creativity had scored a victory. The questions from a supposedly mature person were flimsy but the answers from a tender fellow were majestic and mature!As the world is in a state of flux, this is also an occasion to look at the ingenuity and perspectives that the next generations are coming out with. The baton must pass on, and pass on with optimism.What a caterpillar calls as the end of the day, the master calls it a butterfly!
Mario Tama/Getty Images(PUNA, Hawaii) — The Puna Geothermal Venture in Hawaii is secure, and if lava did encroach on it the danger of a toxic gas release is “very low,” authorities said.Hawaii Electric Light officials also confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday that even if lava destroyed the power plant, there’s no danger of a blackout because it was taken offline after Kilauea began erupting on May 3.Older, diesel-powered plants have been brought online to provide electricity, Jim Kelly, a spokesman for HEL, told ABC News.Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Tom Travis said “the well field is as safe as we can get the well field.”“The probability of anything happening if the lava enters the well field is very, very low,” he added. The public “should feel pretty comfortable that there should be no untoward events from Puna Geothermal Venture. Assuming that the lava doesn’t change its pattern or its flow. Each time it changes we have to re-evaluate and look at other issues.”This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/Thinkstock(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — Three days after a gunman opened fire in the Capital Gazette newspaper office, killing five staff, the publication in Annapolis, Maryland, thanked the community for its support in a piece printed on its Sunday opinion section.“Thank you. We will not forget,” read the headline.“Thank you for the outpouring of sympathy for the terrible tragedy that took place Thursday in our Annapolis office,” the article begins.It goes on to name the five staff killed: Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith, saying the newspaper will never forget them.The survivors at the Capital Gazette will also remember their community, the “thousands who turned out to support us in a march to City Dock,” the piece continued. “Thank you for the cards, the letters, the emails and the flowers. Thank you for the food, the text messages and the signs.”The article also noted the expressions of appreciation for their journalism, including the more than 800 new subscriptions to the paper’s digital edition on Friday.But the piece also mentioned more negative reactions and seemed to allude to one of President Trump’s criticisms of the press.“Here’s what else we won’t forget: Death threats and emails from people we don’t know celebrating our loss,” the Capital wrote. “We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people,” an apparent allusion to Trump’s tweet in 2017 that called the media in general – and some news organizations by name – “an enemy of the American people.”The paper goes on to reaffirm its mission. “No, we won’t forget that. Because exposing evil, shining light on wrongs and fighting injustice is what we do … We are journalists.”The article ends with the names of 33 of the surviving staff.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/carlballouBY: AARON KATERSKY(NEW YORK) — Karl Jordan and Ronald Washington have been charged with murdering Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay in 2002 while engaged in cocaine trafficking, according to an indictment unsealed in the Eastern District of New York that also charged the two with drug offenses.The pioneering DJ Jason Mizell was shot in the head at point-blank range with a .40-caliber handgun as he sat on a sofa in a Hollis, Queens, recording studio on Oct. 30, 2002. Washington is currently imprisoned on a prior robbery case. The judge ordered Jordan detained pending his bail application. He is due back Sept. 17.Jordan is eligible for the death penalty since the murder was carried out as part of a drug deal. Police had never released a motive for Jam Master Jay’s killing but federal prosecutors said today that the motive for the killing resulted from Jay’s previous acquisition of approximately 10 kilograms of cocaine from a narcotics supplier in the Midwest.The cocaine was allegedly intended to be distributed in Maryland by Washington, Jordan and other co-conspirators, according to prosecutors.Mizell had recently informed Washington that the defendant would not be involved in distributing the narcotics in Maryland, which precipitated the murder conspiracy, prosecutors said.“Today we begin to answer the question of who killed Jason Mizell,” acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Seth DuCharme said in announcing the charges.“Primarily this is a case about a murder that for nearly two decades had gone unanswered,” DuCharme said, noting how the office has been working the case for 18 years. “We don’t give up on these cases.“It was important to us then and remains important to us now to bring justice for the victim.”NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison, a Queens native and self-described Run-DMC fan, said “this arrest was very important to me.”“There are certain crimes for which the passage of time affords no safe harbor and murder is one of them,” DuCharme said.Defense attorney Michael Hueston entered a not guilty plea to the 10-count indictment on Jordan’s behalf. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved
batuhan toker/iStockBy MATTHEW FUHRMAN and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Temperatures in one part of Los Angeles County surged to 121 degrees Sunday, the highest reading ever recorded in that county, as the West Coast grapples with a dangerous heat wave.The National Weather Service said the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Woodland Hills recorded a temperature of 121 degrees, two degrees higher than the previous record set in 2006.California, Nevada and Arizona are in the midst of an excessive heat watch during Labor Day weekend, and the weather is causing air quality issues and strains on power lines.“The temperature at Woodland Hills may yet go up additionally, and many other records around the region will be broken today,” the NWS said in its report.In August, California’s heat and thunderstorms led to widespread wildfires that affected several parts of the state.Several wildfires have erupted this weekend and trapped some residents who live near the woodland areas.Environmentalists have warned that climate change will make these heat waves longer and more severe.Elsewhere in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday issued an emergency proclamation for the counties of Fresno, Madera and Mariposa due to the Creek Fire; for San Bernardino County due to the El Dorado Fire; and for San Diego County due to the Valley Fire.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Minimum QualificationsEducation Required:For Nurse Practitioner: Master’s degree in in Nursing.For Physician Assistant: Master’s degree in Physician AssistantStudies. NOTE: Bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant Studiesaccepted based on terminal degree requirements at time ofgraduation. Covers inpatient hematology & oncology patients for 12 hourshifts in the daytime. Works as part of a multidisciplinary teamincluding an Attending Hematologist or Oncologist to provide carefor current and new inpatients on the acute care floor.Participates in multidisciplinary rounds including medical,nursing, and pharmacy personnel to provide optimal patientcare.Provides all patient care for assigned patients including butnot limited to daily rounding/notes, calling consults, all orderwriting including chemotherapy, completing admission and dischargeplanning and paperwork.Provides support to other team members in the care of inpatienthematology & oncology patients including coordination of care,consenting, and arranging procedures/follow up appointments.Ensures appropriate sign-out of patients under their care. Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.6776CA; CH SummaryThe Pediatric Hematology Oncology Section in the Department ofPediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’sHospital is recruiting Pediatric Hematology-Oncology AdvancedPractice Practitioners.Scope of practice: Experience Required: None required.Certification/Licenses/Registration:For Nurse Practitioner: Current license as a Registered Nurse(RN) by the State of Texas Board of Nursing. Current TexasLicensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN-NP), and specialtycertification as required by department.For Physician Assistant: Current license as a PhysicianAssistant by the State of Texas Physician Assistant Board.Specialty certification as required by department. Job PurposeProvides advanced nursing care to patients in a clinical setting inan area of specialization under the direction of a physician.Job DutiesObtain detailed history and perform physical examinations.Perform, order, and interpret diagnostic procedures inaccordance with relevant health concerns of the patient.Prescribes appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacologicaltreatments.Maintain records and write orders and progress notes in patientcharts as to status, treatments, and procedures.Monitors and ensures accuracy of recording on patient medicalrecords.Provide follow-up health maintenance care to patients inaccordance with protocols established with the supervisingphysician.Communicate with physicians, patients, and the family membersof patients concerning patient care.Collaborates with providers, and practice staff in identifyingappropriate patients for care management.Perform other job related duties as assigned.
Indoor dining was originally reinstated Sept. 30, after months of restaurants being allowed to operate only for outdoor dining, take-out and delivery. But in December, amid rising Covid cases and hospitalizations, Cuomo pulled the plug once again.After the ban was reinstated in December, some restaurants came together to sue the governor over the restrictions. Two lawsuits argued that the ban is unconstitutional, while a separate class-action suit with 70 restaurants as plaintiffs said that it violates their civil rights.The latter lawsuit also alleges that the guidelines for indoor and outdoor dining — which have changed many times over the past 10 months — are a “Kafkaesque nightmare” that have compounded the hardship many of these venues face.While indoor dining will help some restaurants’ survival efforts, some fear it’s still not enough. Fifty-four percent of New York restaurants said they would likely not survive the next six months without federal relief, according to a survey by the New York State Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association. That’s compared to 37 percent of restaurants nationwide.Contact Sasha Jones Message* Email Address* Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo (Getty, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal) The tables have turned, once again, for New York’s restaurateurs.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor dining on Friday, Feb. 12, two days earlier than previously planned. Previously, indoor dining was set to return on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants will be allowed to operate indoors at 25 percent capacity.The move follows pushback from some within the industry who wanted indoor dining to resume as soon as possible. Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, said in a Jan. 29 statement that owners were “broken hearted” that they had to wait until mid-February to get things up and running.“That’s a reasonable request, so we’ll start indoor dining Friday,” the governor said during Monday’s press conference.Rigie tweeted his support for Cuomo’s order, saying that “The advanced opening and better health metrics are welcome news to the city’s decimated restaurant industry and to lovers alike.”Read moreIndoor dining will resume in NYC on Valentine’s DayLawsuits pile up against Cuomo’s indoor dining ban70 restaurants sue Cuomo over “Kafkaesque nightmare” of regulations This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Full Name*
To be sure, the UK is still recovering from a deep recession; living standards have been dented by the financial crisis; and the eurozone’s troubles remind us that there is still turbulence out there. Even so, we have an opportunity to make a real difference. The UK’s coalition government speaks with one voice about the risks of climate change. The British public recognises that inaction is no longer acceptable. And the country’s business community is determined to play its part in addressing the problem.Climate change threatens our way of life, and we will have to face some uncomfortable adjustments over the coming years and decades. The road ahead will be long, hard, and, most likely, expensive.But it is essential that we all invest in the future. We in the business world have pledged that we will keep investing and creating opportunities for the UK to green itself. But, if we are to succeed, we need to see the same commitment from government. Businesses in other countries will also need to see the same level of government commitment and consistency. Now is the time for all of us to show the leadership required to turn bold pledges on climate change into reality.G. Truett Tate is group executive director of Lloyds Banking Group.© Project Syndicate, 2011. Climate change is undoubtedly a complex area of scientific study, and the associated issues can be equally complex, with major questions yet to be answered. How, for example, does one account for and mitigate the carbon emissions embedded in goods? And, when goods cross borders, does the consumer or the producer pay the mitigation cost?Extraordinary degree of co-operationThe problem is one not merely of complexity, but also of ambition. The scale and scope of these challenges necessitate an extraordinary degree of co-operation between government and business. Climate change represents a market failure; in such circumstances, companies must co-operate with their regulators in attempting, for instance, to create mechanisms to generate a representative carbon price.Governments must continue pushing for a multilateral emissions-reduction deal. But in its absence, we can nonetheless aim to promote the UK as a champion of green technology and a hub for green enterprise. After all, while climate change is a market failure, it is also a disruption that provides many opportunities: new ways of doing business, new technologies for maintaining our lifestyles, and new attitudes toward consumption and production. Now is the time for Britain to cement itself as a leader in this field. Pledges and actual policyBut making a promise legally binding is only the first step towards fulfilling it and in this respect there is still much work to be done. In our new report on the government’s environmental strategy, “Seize the day: a call to action for UK climate leadership”, the CLG has identified a series of gaps between such pledges and actual policy. We have yet to see the strategy that will turn aspirations into reality, and we need a simple and clear policy framework that will turn the UK into a pioneering green economy.If businesses are to make the necessary investments, they will require a consistent and predictable set of policies. Unfortunately, we have instead seen numerous examples of complexity and inconsistency – for example, the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme. We recognise that the UK government must use all means at its disposal – including tax levers – to discourage pollution, but we believe that such measures must be linked to a long-term strategy for change.Nonetheless, there have been many achievements. The government’s ‘Green Deal’ could serve as a flagship example of how to create incentives for homeowners to improve their energy efficiency. And the newly established Green Investment Bank should help encourage investment in the sector. But both schemes will need adequate resources and firmness of purpose if they are to make a genuine impact. Some political problems can be solved overnight; others take years to tackle. But, in the distant future, when the financial crisis and the euro’s troubles are long forgotten, we will still be facing the consequences of climate change.A challenge of this scale and depth demands an unprecedented level of cooperation – between countries, between political parties, and between government, business, and citizens. It is for this reason that some of the United Kingdom’s biggest businesses, including Lloyds Banking Group, came together in the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG). In other words, we have committed ourselves to working together to confront this challenge, and our work so far has been extremely promising: we supported the UK’s climate change act; we helped set strong, scientifically robust targets for carbon reduction; and we have supported each successive carbon budget up to the latest, fourth installment.When the UK coalition government was formed last year, we were encouraged by Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to make this the “greenest government ever”. Unless we have precisely that, Britain risks not only missing its carbon-reduction targets, but also falling behind in the effort to create a stronger, more stable, and sustainable economy. One of the important first steps, which the CLG encouraged, was making the UK the first country to establish legally binding targets for carbon reduction well into the 2020’s.
Protest PVV-politici in Tweede Kamer na eis OM tegen #Wilders OM eist geldboete van 5000 euro. #PVV pic.twitter.com/fURvYLCM0w— Gerard ten Voorde (@gerardtenvoorde) November 17, 2016 A Dutch prosecutor on Thursday asked a court to impose a €5,000 fine on the far-right leader Geert Wilders, on trial for inciting hatred against Moroccans living in the Netherlands, local media reported.The prosecutor argued in a criminal court that Wilders has deliberately tried to distinguish Dutch citizens of Moroccan origin from others, and called his comments “unnecessarily offensive.”During a 2014 rally of his Freedom Party Wilders asked supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands. The crowd responded with a chant: “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” Wilders then reportedly answered them by saying, “We’ll take care of that.” The prosecutor asked the court to keep in mind that Wilders’ speech was planned in a cafe during the rally, disregarding the “harmful effects of insult” that would cause “fear, hatred and division.”He emphasized that Wilders “remains indifferent” to the legal proceedings against him, and added that the impact of Wilders’ speech was significant.After the prosecutor’s statement, Wilders posted a video response online, saying the sentence was “crazy.” He vowed to continue saying whatever he wants to say.“The Netherlands is on the brink of becoming a dictatorship. I have to keep saying the truth. It’s no use if politicians do not dare to speak up.”Freedom Party MPs staged a protest in the national parliament in defense of freedom of speech.A ruling in the case is expected on December 9. Also On POLITICO Belgian official: We’d throw Geert Wilders out By Cynthia Kroet