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Role of solicitors’ charity is more important than ever

first_img Jennifer was offered the support of a LawCare volunteer, a fellow lawyer who had also spent a long time unemployed, and was referred to SBA. Six months later, she called back to say that SBA had not only provided her with help for living expenses but had also funded some training to improve her chances of finding a job. Although she still had not found employment, she was feeling much more hopeful and supported.’ Matthew Matthew had been a LawCare volunteer for several years when he phoned to explain that he could no longer support other lawyers since he had recently been diagnosed with a serious illness. It also transpired during the phone call that he had been forced to sell his practice as he was unable to work. Jennifer Jennifer called the LawCare helpline sounding very flat. She was out of work, and despite two years’ searching and registering with different agencies, was unable to find any work in her field – conveyancing. She could not afford to renew her practising certificate, or to retrain. Contact details In January 2009, she was diagnosed with MS and given steroids which helped, at least initially. Sarah was able to start working for a few hours, several days a week. However, her firm was making a wave of cuts and she was selected for redundancy. She left work in April 2009. Her health has been up and down and she has to go into hospital regularly for a number of days to receive by drip the steroids that she so badly needs to control her condition. She now needs to use a stick to walk and has a lightweight wheelchair – which she refuses to rely on. ‘Bright and irrepressibly bubbly, Sarah’s courage is an inspiration,’ Wilson says. ‘She keeps herself constantly busy and refuses to give into her cruel illness. She says that MS is “not who she is – but what she has”.’ Matthew was reminded that LawCare was able to support him too, and a LawCare staff member went with him to a crucial doctor’s appointment. He was also reminded that he could apply to the SBA for financial help. He did so, an SBA representative came to see him, and he was awarded a grant to help towards living expenses. He is slowly recovering and hopes to be able to return to work shortly. The charities have many more meetings planned with firms, and there is a new SBA chief executive in place – Tim Martin OBE, who recently had a role in securing improvements in welfare for navy and marine personnel and families affected by operations in Afghanistan. So with enhanced co-operation between LawCare and SBA, both charities are more focused than ever on improving their profile within the legal world. Not least, they know that they need to reach lawyers, support staff and families who may be in need of help, but do not know about the existence of LawCare and SBA. Two key charities that support solicitors and their dependants have seen their workload increase significantly as a troubled economy continues to place strain on the finances and private lives of many lawyers. The number of enquiries for support received each month by SBA The Solicitors’ Charity (formerly the Solicitors Benevolent Association) has increased five-fold since 2003. And year on year the grants and loan advances paid out by the 153-year-old charity have also increased. Similarly, LawCare, founded in 1997 to provide health support and advice to all parts of the legal profession through its helpline, emails, letters and website, has had to respond to a sustained rise in demand. The charity opened 517 new case files in 2010, and fielded 1,000 extra calls. Stress was the leading reason callers gave for getting in touch with LawCare (74%); 12% were identified as suffering from clinical depression. With 469 hits a day, documents on its website were viewed more than 60,000 times in a year. Website visitors average more than seven minutes on the site, highlighting a genuine search for information relating to a mental or physical illness. Research shows that lawyers are four times more likely to suffer from a ‘depressive illness’ than the general population, and that, based on US figures, their rate of suicide is six times higher than for non-lawyers. These figures, and many others besides, tell the story of a profession whose members operate in a pressurised environment, taking on some of the stresses of their clients, and who feel they have a long way to fall if they lose their job and experience financial hardship. They can be subject to bullying too, from other professionals. LawCare’s chief executive Hilary Tilby points out: ‘Many callers are overcoming a taboo by contacting us. There is a strong feeling that a professional shouldn’t need help – whether that is with standing up to a bully, or drink or drug problems.’ Often, Tilby says, the lawyer’s family members ask for help, as the lawyer still refuses to do so. Similarly, SBA’s support for the families of solicitors is central to the work they do. Of course financial problems, stress, and mental or physical health issues will frequently be closely linked. Recognising the overlap in their work, LawCare and SBA have begun to work more closely. SBA’s business development director, Phyllida Wilson, explains: ‘The work of the two charities dovetails so well. We are thrilled to be working more closely with LawCare. It’s about being able to provide a holistic approach for the people who come to us with problems.’ That collaboration takes a practical form in individual cases. As the anonymised case studies of ‘Jennifer’, ‘Matthew’, and ‘Maria’ show (see box below), following contact with LawCare, financial support from SBA can be crucial in creating the conditions for a return to professional life, or retraining, and/or keeping a family together by helping to meet its needs. The two charities also arrange joint meetings with many firms when seeking their support and explaining their work. They will also share some advertising and marketing costs. The LawCare staff member urged Maria to visit her doctor since she seemed to be showing some signs of depression. She was reluctant to take anti-depressants but said that she felt counselling would be of tremendous help. It was suggested that she contact SBA for help with family finances, and for funding for the counselling she required. She trained and qualified in 2008 with a large law firm in the Midlands. Within two months of starting to practise as a solicitor, she began to experience alarming pins and needles in her feet and a progressive numbness which moved up her legs to her stomach. Within three weeks, Sarah was finding it painful to walk, and suffered permanent vertigo so that the room was constantly spinning and out of focus. Within a few weeks she could no longer stand and was admitted to hospital for tests. She didn’t know what to think. She thought she might have a brain tumour. As a result of her aggressive MS causing regular relapses, she is one of only 200 individuals in the country lucky enough to receive ground-breaking treatment which is already producing ‘fantastic’ results. She is just 29 years old. SBA has bought Sarah a laptop and is paying for her to undertake a masters degree in law (which she is taking part-time over two years), so that she can keep up-to-date with changes in the commercial legal world – and one day return to work. SBA also paid for her to have an essential short holiday and to buy Christmas presents for her friends and family. Maria Maria was a single parent with two small children, and a partner in a two-partner firm that was struggling due to the recession. The other partner had recently had a breakdown due to the stress of keeping the practice afloat. Despite all her creative efforts to bring in money and win new business, Maria still faced losing her home. She was despairing, and feeling worthless, exhausted and dejected. Sarah Martin approached SBA The Solicitors’ Charity for help in 2010. She had heard of SBA from a solicitor colleague. Her story, SBA’s Phyllida Wilson notes, ‘is something that could happen to any one of us’. Sarah embraced life from an early age. She excelled at school academically and at sport, particularly running and tennis. She and her brother were the first in her family ever to go to university and she worked in the holidays to pay for her own education. She graduated with an excellent law degree at Nottingham University. There is, then, growing and unmet need here in the legal community. But in raising funds from that community, LawCare and SBA encounter barriers. Tilby explains: ‘It can be the case that I go to a law firm, explain what we do, and the response is that they have counselling and insurance in place to support lawyers and other staff. But there can be a lack of faith in the anonymity of help sought when a counsellor, for example, is employed by the firm. The anonymity we provide is very important when people accept they need to contact us.’ Wilson also points out that the ‘safety net’ offered by firms does not always operate as expected. She points to the case of Sarah Martin (see box right) who came to the SBA after she was diagnosed with MS within months of joining a law firm, and was later made redundant. Support from the SBA allowed her to manage her life around ground-breaking treatment, and subsequently to follow a masters course to help her keep up to date with the law. ‘It really could happen to anyone,’ Wilson argues, ‘and the safety net is not always there in practice’. Managing partners and HR directors, Wilson says, are mostly receptive to the charities. ‘Many though have one or two chosen charities, chosen by the staff or clients – and it can be hard for us to compete,’ she notes. But in meetings with many top-100 firms over the past year, she and Tilby have highlighted ‘conditional donations’. These are made using unclaimed money in client accounts. The donation is ‘conditional’ as it must be repaid by a charity if the client reappears to make a claim on it. This, says Wilson, is extremely rare, noting that using conditional donations means ‘it doesn’t cost the firm a penny’. Working together She was sent details of counsellors in her area who were also former lawyers, and SBA helped her to make her application. LawCare also assigned a volunteer to support Maria. The volunteer reported back three weeks after the initial phone call that Maria had been to her GP, who had been able to refer her to a counsellor on the NHS with a wait of only three weeks for her first appointment. Maria withdrew her SBA application for funding for the counselling. Eduardo Reyes is Gazette features editor ‘It could happen to any of us’ – Sarah Martin More information on SBA The Solicitors’ Charity.More information on LawCare.last_img read more

Bombardier signs Stansted airport train order

first_imgUK: Preferred bidder Bombardier Transportation has signed a £173m contract to supply and maintain a fleet of 120 EMU cars for services between London and Stansted Airport, the company announced on April 2. The trains are worth £155m, and will be built at Derby for delivery between March and June 2011. They will be used on services from London Liverpool Street station to Stansted airport and on commuter services from Cambridge, allowing the redeployment of the Class 317 units currently used by operator National Express East Anglia. Part of the established Electrostar family of EMUs designed for the UK markets, the 160 km/h units will be equipped with large luggage racks and wi-fi. The trains will be owned by Lloyds TSB General leasing (No 8) Ltd, a subsidiary of Lloyds TSB Bank plc which is providing finance for trains for the first time. The units will be maintained by Bombardier at the operator’s Ilford depot under a three-year agreement.last_img read more

Jamaican Songstress Zia Benjamin

first_imgJamaican songstress Zia Benjamin is equal parts beauty, depth and bohemian wise-woman.She’ll be joining young roots reggae artist Kabaka Pyramid on Friday, June 14 in Pembroke Pines for a show at the Reign Restaurant and Cocktail Bar.Benjamin, whose solo musical career came into bloom after cutting her teeth in the industry as a songwriter and featured vocalist for mega-stars like Sean Paul and Major Lazer, has emerged with a soulful bohemian island gyal sound, which she dubs “rum shop blues.”Last December, Benjamin released her “Mr. NeverMan” single (music video above), and followed up with another single called “Rudie”, which she dropped in April 2019.Her RootsBenjamin was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica to immigrant parents, and is of Black Carib-Indian and German descent. Her mother, who was from a small village in Germany, woke up one morning to Bob Marley’s song “Wake Up And Live” on the radio and it changed her life. She left her fiancé and flew to Jamaica without any connections or fluency in the language. She met Zia’s father, Dr. Bernard Benjamin, who had migrated from the small Caribbean island of Dominica. Fast forward through a dramatic love story and Zia was born.Songwriting & PoetryA poet and songwriter, Benjamin has written for the likes of Major Lazer and Sean Paul, and more recently was commissioned for a writing camp for an international pop star (which remains undisclosed at the moment) who is currently prepping a reggae album. “As a kid I always had ink on my hands, all over my school books – lyrics everywhere. I’d drive to the country with my parents and because I had no paper I’d chew up all my bubble gum and write lyrics on the wrappers – just so I wouldn’t forget them. I’d leave the car with lyrics all over my arm’s because bubble gum wrappers can only hold so much,” she says.Documentary-MakingShe also found a passion for documentary production, which was inspired by the tragic killing of her father. Dr. Benjamin was shot by teenagers close to his home in 2005. To find solace, Benjamin dedicated her documentary work to social justice and human rights issues. Her feature on grief won an award for Documentary Producer Of The Year presented by Fanshawe College and Western University in Ontario, Canada, where she attended and studied media/journalism/film. Today, she directs all of her own music videos (she lists Quentin Tarantino as an influence) and continues to pursue her love for visual media. She also represents Kingston, Jamaica as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.Gender-based ViolenceBenjamin currently lectures on resisting gender-based violence and working through trauma using art at post-secondary schools and homes for girls across Jamaica. She isn’t afraid to point out the shadiness of the sleazebags in the industry. Her debut song “No Fame” shed light on a personal #MeToo moment, and it has allowed her to share her story with young females in the Caribbean where it is a prevalent issue. “On the outside looking in, the industry seems so glamorous, but when you’re in it there’s a lot of pressure from the people “guarding the doors” – ‘bow down and I can make your dreams come true’ – it’s so stereotypical, but it’s fact.”Musical InspirationShe is inspired by 1950’s and 60’s jazz bar vocalists, retro dancehall and old Hollywood and obsessed with classic James Bond films. Music and style icons include Billie Holiday, John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, Sade, Nina Simone, Marilyn Monroe, Lady Saw and Shabba Ranks. “I think my style is a mix of opposites: I’m like Shabba Ranks meets Marilyn Monroe, with a Nina Simone soul and a few shots of Appleton rum.”Journalism, Emergency Surgery & Miss Jamaica WorldIf she didn’t pursue her dream of music, Benjamin says she would have been a journalist. “Although my dad wanted me to follow in his footsteps as a doctor – once, when I was a little girl I helped sew someone’s finger back on after an emergency!” Benjamin was accepted into the prestigious McGill University for sciences, but being the non-conformist that she is she declined at the last minute, without telling her parents, to pursue her passion for journalism at Western University instead.Benjamin was also a finalist in Miss Jamaica World, and won the award for Beauty With A Purpose. “I spent the month eating Wendy’s in the bathroom wondering wtf I was doing in a pageant – it was also probably the only time in my life that I was consistently in the gym… to work off the Wendys, but I met a ton of dope chicks and I’m still conquering the world with them, we’re still close.”Benjamin’s newest single RUDIE is currently out on all streaming platforms.last_img read more

D&G NHS Respond To Announcement Of £350,000 Delayed Discharge Cost In One Month

first_imgDelayed discharge is when a patient is medically cleared to go home but cannot leave hospital, often because a social care package is not in place. The number of bed days lost in February 2019 saw a 76% increase from the same period in 2018 when 871 bed days were lost from delayed discharge. The  Scottish Government must take action to fulfil their commitment to end the delayed discharge scandal in Dumfries and Galloway.” Figures published by the Scottish Government’s Information Services Division  (2 April 2019) show that for the most recent figures, 1,537 bed days were lost as a result of a delayed discharge in NHS Dumfries and Galloway. As a result, that cost Dumfries and Galloway health board £358,121. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInSouth Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth  revealed that delayed discharge cost NHS Dumfries and Galloway over £350,000 in one month. Colin Smyth said, “Once again we see the effects of the under investment in our local NHS and cuts to local council budgets from the SNP Scottish Government. The more time a patient spends in hospital, when they could be receiving care in the community, the more pressure there is on NHS resources. A Spokesperson for Dumfries and Galloway NHS told DGWGO News “We are acutely aware of the impact that delays can have on people receiving the right support in the right place at the right time.And it is not only for those waiting to get out of a hospital bed, but those who require one.It is important to note that being ready to leave hospital is not the end of everyone’s journey, and many face ongoing needs which must be met at cottage hospitals, care homes or by care at home services.Some delays are caused by legal processes, adaptations to housing, and disagreements within families about what is best for relatives.People will be aware of the recruitment difficulties we have had in some cottage hospitals, and recruitment generally within the Health and Social Care Partnership. This is not confined to only those with a professional qualification, but extends into care homes and care at home services across the region.All of our providers either have experienced or are experiencing recruitment difficulties.We are also experiencing a shortage of care home beds in specific locations, though the overall number of beds we have available is not far away from the numbers that we believe we would need at this time.The various parts of the Health and Social Care Partnership are working very hard together to try and address the more immediate problems.We continue to develop new and innovative services that are all aimed at keeping people as healthy as they can be and independent as they can be for longer.Work is being undertaken through the Healthy Aging Programme Board to address some of these issues.And work is ongoing through flow meetings in localities, working with providers to ensure that discharges take place promptly and safely.”last_img read more

Irene John nominated chairperson of Roseau City Council

first_img Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 86 Views   5 comments Mrs John replaces Cecil Joseph who served as Mayor of the Council for twelve yearsThe Roseau City Council has nominated Irene John as its new mayor following the election on November 8, 2013.Mrs John was nominated unopposed to become the chairperson of the Council at the first meeting since the election.She replaces Cecil Joseph who served for twelve years in that position but did not contest the election.The elected members of the Council; Corinthia Blanc, Albert Dalrymple, Vanessa Prevost, Reah Brumant, Regina Walsh, Kelda Kimara Hurtault, Irene John and Daniel Lugay met on Tuesday, December 10, to select a mayor.Ivan Soanes, Erickson Romain, Michael Moreau, Clemencia Thomas and Lucy Belle-Matthew, who were selected by the Minister for Community Development Gloria Shillingford to form the thirteen-member Council, also participated in the process.The Council will be inaugurated on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Arawak House of Culture from 4:30pm.Mrs John replaces Cecil Joseph who served as Mayor of the Council for twelve years. Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Irene John nominated chairperson of Roseau City Council by: – December 10, 2013last_img read more

Preservation Farmington hosts workshop series

first_imgPreservation Farmington, a community advocacy group dedicated to preserving and protecting the historic architecture of downtown Farmington, will host a series lectures beginning later this month.Topics include:The historic Edward Beals house (fhgov.com)Researching Your Historic House: Focus on Farmington and the Hills – February 27, 7 p.m., Historic Oakewood Cottage, 31805 Bond Boulevard, Farmington HillsThis updated program on historic house research will focus on resources in the Farmington/Farmington Hills area, but the research techniques presented can be used in any locale. The presentation concludes with a tour of the historic cottage, also known as the Edward Beals house.How Farmington & Farmington Hills Got Their Shapes – March 27, 7 p.m., Farmington Heritage and History Museum, Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Rd. in Farmington HillsPaul Sewick, author of the Detroit Urbanism blog, writes about the history of land development in Metro Detroit. In this talk, Sewick explores the history of how the borders of Farmington and Farmington Hills came to be. You will learn about the 1817 government survey that led to our “mile road” system, annexation battles between city and township, proposed cities that never came to be, and the possibility of future consolidation.The home of Andrew and Wendy Mutch, a Sears “Hamilton” kit house. (kithousehunters.com)Kit House Hunters 2.0 – April 27, 7 p.m., location to be determinedWendy and Andrew Mutch, kit house hunters, have since their last lecture been featured on NBC Nightly News. Learn more about them at kithousehunters.com.Emily Butterfield with her father Wells Butterfield designed First United Methodist Church on Grand River in Farmington. (file photo)The Contributions of Emily Butterfield to the Architectural Landscape – Fall 2018Delve into the life of Emily Butterfield, graduate of the Syracuse University school of architecture and the first female architect of Michigan. Butterfield, a Farmington native, was a dynamic woman with an artistic bent who was an early activist of the women’s movement. Join Jena Stacey as we explore this fascinating woman and her architecture.To learn more about the series, visit preservationfarmington.org, follow the organization on Facebook or Twitter (@pres_farmington). Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Citilink dan GMF AeroAsia Bentuk Anak Usaha Baru di Bidang Pendidikan

first_imgJuliandra menambahkan, di tahap awal, GITC Indonesia akan menyediakan pendidikan bagi SDM untuk menunjang kegiatan operasional di lingkungan Garuda Indonesia Group termasuk pendidikan untuk pilot, awak kabin, engineer dan pengawai darat.“Dengan fasilitas, sarana dan prasarana yang mumpuni serta tenaga pengajar yang ahli di bidangnya diharapkan GITC Indonesia mampu menghadirkan pendidikan di bidang aviasi yang berkualitas baik dan terpercaya” kata Juliandra yang dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari siaran pers yang diterima, Senin (23/9/2029).Ke depannya, GITC Indonesia akan membuka fasilitas pendidikan di bidang aviasi untuk umum, adapun pelatihan yang disediakan mulai dari pendidikan untuk operasional maskapai (airline operation) hingga pendidikan untuk pengembangan bisnis maskapai (airline business). Untuk memberikan kualitas pendidikan terbaik GITC yang saat ini bertempat di Duri Kosambi, Cengkareng, dilengkapi berbagai fasilitas penunjang yang lengkap mulai dari ruang kelas, lounge, asrama hingga simulator berbagai tipe pesawat seperti Airbus A320, Airbus A330, Boeing 737-800NG, ATR 72-600 dan CRJ1000.Sementara itu Direktur Utama GMF Tazar Marta Kurniawan mengatakan bahwa pendirian anak usaha ini merupakan upaya GMF dalam rangka pemenuhan kualitas SDM yang dapat mendukung ekspansi bisnis. Melalui pembentukan anak usaha yang fokus terhadap pengembangan kualitas dan pelatihan tenaga kerja, kedepannya GITC diharapkan dapat melahirkan teknisi-teknisi andal untuk mendorong percepatan pertumbuhan bisnis GMF.“Kedepannya kami berupaya memperluas jangkauan penyedia pelatihan teknisi pesawat dengan menyasar pelanggan lain di luar Garuda Indonesia Group melalui GITC Indonesia” ungkap Tazar.Baca juga: “Dining Experiences” dari Citilink Bantu Penumpang Kreasikan Set Hidangan dalam PenerbanganAdapun bentuk pelatihan yang disediakan bersifat mandatory training, sehingga usaha gabungan ini memiliki potensi pasar yang besar dengan menarik MRO lain baik domestik maupun internasional.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTak Sebut Alasan, Citilink Hentikan Operasional Rute Surabaya-Jember Setelah Enam Bulan26/11/2019In “Bandara”Punya Kinerja yang Menggiurkan, AirAsia Indonesia Berniat Akuisisi Citilink05/03/2019In “Destinasi”Menanti Kedatangan Pesawat Ke-50, Citilink Optimis Penuhi Target di Akhir Tahun19/10/2017In “Destinasi” PT Citilink Indonesia bersinergi dengan perusahaan perawatan pesawat PT GMF AeroAsia (GMF) membentuk anak usaha yang akan bergerak dalam bidang pendidikan di dunia aviasi dan non aviasi yakni PT Garuda Ilmu Terapan Cakrawala Indonesia (GITC Indonesia). Komposisi kepemilikan saham dari dua perusahaan Garuda Indonesia Group yakni Citilink 80 persen dan GMF 20 persen.Baca juga: Citilink Rute Domestik Mulai Beroperasi Sementara di Terminal 2 Bandara Soekarno-HattaDirektur Utama Citilink Juliandra mengatakan, GITC Indonesia resmi berdiri 30 Agustus 2019 kemarin. Dia mengatakan ini adalah bentuk ekspansi bisnis Citilink dalam bidang pendidikan dan pengembangan kualitas SDM serta dalam rangka mendukung operasional Penerbangan.last_img read more

U.S. team a nightmare for Spain

first_img“Our mission is to seek and destroy,” said the Phoenix Suns guard. “We want to be compared with that ’92 (Dream Team). We’re not measuring ourselves against an opponent, we’re measuring ourselves against the best ever assembled.”But in the first half, this year’s version of the Dream Team looked nothing like the Michael Jordan-led group that captured gold eight years ago in Barcelona.Before 19,610 awfully quiet fans at Saitama Super Arena, the U.S. sputtered out of the blocks and allowed Spain to keep it close. The two-time defending Olympic champs, who arrived in Japan on Monday afternoon, were jet lagged and it showed. They missed easy jumpers and sloppy play led to turnovers. With almost eight minutes gone by, Spain led by a bucket and it looked as if the Dream Team’s worst nightmare might actually come true.“I respect the Spanish team,” said U.S. coach Rudy Tomjanovich. “I coached against them a couple of years ago. If you take them lightly, they’ll beat you.”Kidd made sure that didn’t happen. With the game tied 15-15 midway through the first half, the 27-year-old rattled off seven unanswered points that gave the U.S. some breathing room for the first time all night. They were the only points he’d score, but they couldn’t have come at a better moment.The U.S. upped its lead to 17 on a Ray Allen jumper with 1:24 left in the first half, but the pesky Spaniards — backed by captain Alberto Herreros’ eight first-half points — went into the locker room down by only 11.That’s when Tomjanovich lectured his team on the merits of playing sound defense and not carelessly fouling the opponent.“I thought the game was a contrast between the first and second halves,” said coach T. “In the first half, we fouled the shooter too much. We made adjustments (at halftime) and our press became a huge factor . . . We kept constant pressure on them.”Constant, indeed. Spain, which mainly wished it stayed on the plane, ended the day with 24 turnovers, 14 in the second half.“I think the second half is what you can expect from here on out,” Kidd warned. “We’ve been traveling a bit and we had to work out the kinks.”Over the last 20 minutes, the kinks were nowhere to be found. Led by Vince Carter dunks and nifty Gary Payton assists, the Americans opened the second half with an 18-1 tear.Adios, Spain!When Antonio McDyess dropped in a two-footer with 12:15 left in the game, the U.S. was up by 30. They increased their lead to 35 with five minutes left, but that’s as big as it got.Spain looked fatigued on both sides of the ball in the second half. Nothing the team, which has qualified for the Olympics, did went right. But there were bright spots for the European silver medalists early on. Forward Alfonso Reyes racked up 13 points and seven boards (most of those numbers came in the first 20 minutes), while speedy point guard Raul Lopes, 20, created matchup problems for the U.S.All 12 Americans scored at least four points, but no one managed more than 10 (Allen, Payton, Carter and Allan Houston all had 10 points apiece). The U.S. bench out- scored Spain 57-13.The Dream Teamers face Japan, which failed to qualify for the Olympics, at Saitama Super Arena tonight. On Sunday, Spain trounced the host nation by 41 points. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img OMIYA, Saitama Pref. — Tuesday’s game between the Dream Team and Spain was a surprisingly close affair — for the first 20 minutes, at least. After that, the heavily favored U.S. turned the contest into a blowout.Using a balanced scoring attack and a smothering defense in the second half, Team USA thrashed the Spaniards 95-66 in the Super Dream Games 2000, a round-robin tournament also involving the Japanese national squad. After the game, Jason Kidd issued a warning to anyone with thoughts of beating the Americans during the upcoming Sydney Olympics.last_img read more

Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer: “Think About The World Differently”

first_imgShe emphasized the idea that Alaskans cannot leave their response solely in the hands of the local or federal government, rather, that they must act together to maximize the strength of the state’s effectiveness in squashing the spread of COVID-19: “All I want is for Alaskans to be healthy and well together, but that’s going to take all of us. It’s not going to be up to the Federal government, it’s not going to be up to the State government. It’s not going to be up to your local, county, or community. It’s going to be all of us pulling the row together and being able to figure this out together. We truly are stronger together, Alaska.” Her message of “think about the world differently” addressed the questions Alaskans must ask themselves: “What ways can we grow our own food and have it delivered? What ways can we be able to make sure that those who are more vulnerable are cared for? What ways can we have our business work online or by delivery, instead of in-person? The reality is after every pandemic, every war, every major challenge for our society and our infrastructure, we can either decide on how we respond to it like we did with World War II where we figured out how to build new gear, how we were able to mobilize an entire economy to respond to the challenge. Or, we can let it destroy us. We can let it pick us apart and find ways to fight among each other.” Dr. Zink also mentioned that the sacrifices made by Alaskans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic weigh heavy on her mind, but that the response once restrictions are lifted will be all the more telling: “The sacrifices Alaska has made, for the past few weeks, are monumental and have made a huge difference and will continue to make a difference moving forward. This pandemic isn’t done, and didn’t go away, and it’s going to continue to spread around the world. The reality is very few of us have seen this disease, and it’s going to affect us all in different ways. We’re still learning things every single day, and we really have a choice as Alaskans on what we do about this disease moving forward. We have a choice to be able to allow it to run through our community again once we lift restrictions, or a choice to be able to keep it at bay. That’s really going to depend on Alaskans. It’s going to depend on how patient we are. It’s going to depend on how resilient we are. It’s going to depend on our ability to think about the world in a different and new way.” Dr. Zink also reminded Alaskans that the path forward echoes struggles the state has faced in the past: “Alaskans are incredibly strong. We are able to rebuild after the ground that we stand on shakes with an earthquake and destroys our buildings and our roads. We’re able to be strong and resilient across huge vast landscapes, among hard and challenging conditions. I believe in the next few weeks, it’s going to be up to Alaska to find ways to respond.”center_img Dr. Zink: “Each of you, this is your challenge for the next week: find ways that you can think about the world differently. What ways can your respond to this pandemic that makes Alaska strong and resilient? What ways can you help to make face masks for a loved one? What ways can you stand at the grocery store and hand them out so people can be protected? What ways can you think about your business being done differently? We’re all gonna make mistakes. I’ve made mistakes – I will continue to make them and I apologize for each and every one.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, spoke to Alaskans via Facebook on Easter Sunday. She updated residents on the latest COVID-19 numbers, but also issued a challenge to Alaskans to take it upon themselves to react with resiliency to the pandemic.last_img read more