Assembly Language – 1C Plus Plus Street http://1cplusplusstreet.com/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 10:20:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png Assembly Language – 1C Plus Plus Street http://1cplusplusstreet.com/ 32 32 Demand a ban on polls before the elections https://1cplusplusstreet.com/demand-a-ban-on-polls-before-the-elections/ https://1cplusplusstreet.com/demand-a-ban-on-polls-before-the-elections/#respond Sat, 09 Oct 2021 10:03:46 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/demand-a-ban-on-polls-before-the-elections/ One should not fall into the trap of the various pre-poll surveys presented by the media, said BSP chief Mayawati. Lucknow: Launching her campaign for the 2022 Assembly polls on the anniversary of the death of Party founder Bahujan Samaj (BSP) Kanshi Ram, BSP leader Mayawati on Saturday demanded a ban on media polls for […]]]>

One should not fall into the trap of the various pre-poll surveys presented by the media, said BSP chief Mayawati.

Lucknow: Launching her campaign for the 2022 Assembly polls on the anniversary of the death of Party founder Bahujan Samaj (BSP) Kanshi Ram, BSP leader Mayawati on Saturday demanded a ban on media polls for free and fair elections in 2022.

“We must not fall into the trap of the various pre-polls shown by the media. Unlike the polls projected in Bengal, the election results surprised everyone and the Trinamool Congressional government led by Mamata Banerjee has been formed.” Mayawati said when asking the polling organization. to prohibit such investigations.

Mayawati addressed a large rally at the Kanshi Ram Memorial in Lucknow after paying tribute to the late socialist leader.

Launching an attack on the BJP, the Samajwadi Party and Congress, the BSP leader said: “In the upcoming State Assembly polls, if the BSP government is formed in Uttar Pradesh, we focus on providing livelihoods to the poor and unemployed youth in the state. This will be the main subject of the BSP poll. “

Mayawati said that during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) forced workers to migrate from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal failed to take the necessary steps to prevent migrant workers from traveling to their countries of origin. Now the AAP is trying to make big promises like providing free electricity to herald its political entry into Uttar Pradesh. PASB has not announced a new survey manifesto but will ensure that ongoing development projects are completed on time.

The BSP leader announced that her party would not declare an election manifesto, but said if the BSP government was formed in the state, her party would not stop development projects launched by the ruling BJP in Ayodhya, Varanasi and Mathura but would make sure to carry them out. . Whether there are projects related to the construction of roads and bridges, the work undertaken earlier under previous governments will be completed.

Mayawati said several small regional parties are fighting alone or are in alliance with major parties. They are only trying to indirectly benefit the ruling BJP. The BSP should be wary of these small regional parties. She said the Samajwadi party was only adding people with questionable distinctions to increase its numbers.

Mayawati said some people are trying to tarnish BSP’s image by projecting it as a weak team. “Such people should see the huge rally here. They should understand that BSP is still powerful,” she said.

She said all parties are trying to gain ground by invoking Hindu-Muslim community politics, so one should be wary of such parties. Today, atrocities against farmers angry at the central government have reached the highest level, of which the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri is a classic example.

The BSP chief said the people of Uttar Pradesh were determined to bring the party back to power. The people have already witnessed the mismanagement of the SP, Congress and BJP. BSP leaders must remain cautious of such cheap political tactics. In 2007, there was a majority government formed by the BSP in the state and had achieved the best performance in terms of the public order situation. The BJP, SP and Congress are making bogus promises to garner votes, she added.

All of the opposition parties are making big promises in their poll manifestos. Mayawati said:

“I call on the people of Uttar Pradesh not to waste their votes by voting for the BJP.”

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Complainants: New Illinois legislative cards dilute Latin American vote https://1cplusplusstreet.com/complainants-new-illinois-legislative-cards-dilute-latin-american-vote/ https://1cplusplusstreet.com/complainants-new-illinois-legislative-cards-dilute-latin-american-vote/#respond Thu, 07 Oct 2021 13:26:27 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/complainants-new-illinois-legislative-cards-dilute-latin-american-vote/ Plaintiffs in two lawsuits challenging the state’s legislative redistribution plan have filed new complaints in federal court accusing the district cards lawmakers approved in August of diluting Latino voting power and thus violating the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, and Republican […]]]>

Plaintiffs in two lawsuits challenging the state’s legislative redistribution plan have filed new complaints in federal court accusing the district cards lawmakers approved in August of diluting Latino voting power and thus violating the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, and Republican legislative leaders both argue that while Illinois’ Latin American population has grown steeply over the past 10 years, the new maps are in fact reducing the number of Latino “opportunity” districts – those in which Latinos make up 50 percent or more of the voting age population.

“The General Assembly has not simply failed to create more Latino opportunity districts, it has created fewer,” MALDEF argued in its latest dossier.

The two amended complaints were filed in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois on Friday, October 1, a week after Governor JB Pritzker signed the last cards.

Both lawsuits name Speaker of the House Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, and Speaker of the Senate Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, as defendants, as well as the Illinois State Council of Elections and its individual members, as defendants. Both seek to invalidate the division plan and to draw up new maps.

Both groups of plaintiffs initially filed lawsuits shortly after lawmakers passed the first Illinois House and Senate redistribution plan during the regular spring session. These maps were based on population estimates because the Census Bureau had not yet released official census data.

But after the official 2020 census figures were released in mid-August, the House and Senate returned to session to adopt a second set of maps using the official census figures.

In both cases, the plaintiffs are now asking a federal panel of three judges to declare the cards unconstitutional under one person, one vote doctrine as well as illegal under the federal Voting Rights Act, which prohibits states from using any “standard practice.” or procedure ”which results in the denial of the right to vote to any citizen on the basis of their race or membership of a recognized linguistic minority group.

In their amended complaints, both groups of plaintiffs argue that while Illinois lost population overall between 2010 and 2020, the Latin American population grew by over 300,000, to just over 2 , 3 million, while the Latin American population of voting age – people 18 years of age and over – reached just over one million. This means that their overall share of the state’s population rose to 18.2%, from 15.8%, while their share of the voting-age population rose to 11.2%, from 8%.

In the spring session, Democratic lawmakers who control the General Assembly quickly passed new maps, despite lacking official census data, in order to meet a June 30 deadline in the Constitution. Illinois for the legislature to draw maps. After that, the process is turned over to a bipartisan legislative committee where Republicans would have had a 50-50 chance to control the process.

In their lawsuit, Republicans argue that because the first set of cards was unconstitutional, Democrats in fact missed the June 30 deadline, and therefore the process should still be turned over to such a commission. But federal panel judges said the issue will likely need to be decided by the Illinois Supreme Court, not a federal district court.

Under Federal Court rules, defendants have 21 days, or until October 21, to respond. The two lawsuits are tentatively to be tried by the same panel of three judges in late November or early December.

The latest amended complaints come just as lawmakers are about to begin the process of drawing new congressional district maps. The House and Senate redistribution committees have scheduled a series of public hearings over the next two weeks before the fall veto session, which begins on October 19.

The House’s first hearing is scheduled for noon Thursday at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago. The first Senate hearing is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.

Because Illinois overall lost population in the 2020 census, it will lose one of its 18 congressional districts.

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Delays in North Carolina children’s reading skills made worse by pandemic https://1cplusplusstreet.com/delays-in-north-carolina-childrens-reading-skills-made-worse-by-pandemic/ https://1cplusplusstreet.com/delays-in-north-carolina-childrens-reading-skills-made-worse-by-pandemic/#respond Thu, 07 Oct 2021 00:52:34 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/delays-in-north-carolina-childrens-reading-skills-made-worse-by-pandemic/ For the first time in at least five school years, a majority of first, second, and third-graders have not demonstrated reading proficiency, according to a report on the 2020-21 tests from the Office of Early Learning at the Ministry of Education. The data was presented to the State Board of Education on Wednesday. State leaders […]]]>

For the first time in at least five school years, a majority of first, second, and third-graders have not demonstrated reading proficiency, according to a report on the 2020-21 tests from the Office of Early Learning at the Ministry of Education. The data was presented to the State Board of Education on Wednesday.

State leaders have long reported low reading proficiency scores for North Carolina students, but the most recent data is particularly troubling.

Presenters and board members said the findings reflect the impact of the pandemic on student learning while also demonstrating the ways the pandemic is exacerbating pre-existing problems and the worsening effect of these factors on historically marginalized students.

“It goes without saying that our early learners were hit hard during the pandemic,” Amy Rhyne, director of the Office of Early Learning, told the board. “Now more than ever, we need to make sure that a strong plan is in place to address the gaps that have been created during this time.”

Rhyne also provided the results of a survey of North Carolina K-3 teachers conducted by the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), which showed that at least 60% of teachers are aware of a reading instruction. high quality, but less than 40% feel comfortable. apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Inside recent test results

Data for first and second year students are taken from last year’s end-of-year standardized tests (2020-2021). The state waived graduation tests in 2019-20, but last year’s results show a steep drop from the 2018-19 results.

At the end of the last school year, only 38.5% of first graders had demonstrated competence, down 32.6 percentage points from 71.1% two years earlier. Last year, 41.3% of second-graders demonstrated competence, down 36.8 points from 78.1% two years earlier.

Grade 3 scores come from a collection of EOGs from last year and standardized tests from the start of this year. The results show that only 43.7% of students demonstrated competence on the day they took the tests. This is down from 57.3% two years earlier.

“It was in preparation before the pandemic,” said state superintendent of public education, Catherine Truitt, during the discussion with the board of directors after the presentation. Truitt said that is why the state has focused on anchoring reading education in the science of reading and is developing a four-year implementation plan. It takes a lot of teachers, she admitted, but said there was no other choice.

“We cannot continue to have 24,000 third-year graduate students unable to read,” she said. “Reading in grade three is the primary academic predictor of post-secondary success. … We have to change this trajectory, and we have to use science and data to do it.

What about underserved students?

Data disaggregated by race, income and learning differences was not available at the time of publication. Truitt said she had not seen the most recent disaggregated data, but said she memorized some of the data from the 2018-19 school year and was worried, especially about the consequences in subsequent classes.

“What this tells us is that 67% of eighth graders in North Carolina start high school without being proficient,” Truitt said. “Forty-eight percent of Hispanic students start ninth grade [not proficient], and 14% of African Americans. So we can only guess what this disaggregated data looks like [now]. “

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When the state passed Read to Achieve in 2012, summer reading camps were a centerpiece of legislation to support late students.

Recent data, however, has shown low attendance rates of students eligible for priority enrollment in summer reading camps. Only about 30% of eligible first and second graders attended a reading camp. Only 46% of eligible third year students participated.

The data also underscores the urgency of current efforts to improve summer reading camps. Of the 17,317 third-graders who attended reading camps statewide, only 15% were found to be proficient afterwards. Only about 9% of the 16,789 second-graders and 18,862 first-graders were subsequently found to be proficient.

A way forward thanks to EPSA?

The state enacted the Excellent Public Schools Act 2021 to address the still bleak landscape of early reading.

The law, which aims to improve the preparation and teaching of teachers by introducing them to the science of reading, provides that every teacher in kindergarten through fifth grade receives training in essential elements of the language for teachers of reading and spelling (LETRS). DPI has organized this training in three district cohorts by 2024. The first cohort started in August and the second will start in January.

The law also requires the DPI to create a set of standards for the teaching of literacy. In an update to the board on Wednesday, the deputy director of academic standards, Kristi Day, clarified that these standards are different from the standard curricula, which the board approves for academic subjects.

While the standard curriculum sets a level of expectations for students, the literacy instruction standards that DPI is working on sets a level of expectations for teachers, Day said.

“We’re also working on transition planning and sustainability planning based on what districts already have in place and what they need,” Rhyne said.

Rhyne said the FCRR report suggests that teachers start with a good knowledge base when they start LETRS training. A similar study administered by the FCRR after Mississippi completed statewide LETRS training showed an approximately 14 percentile point increase in teacher knowledge after training.

However, the Mississippi and North Carolina recommendations included a call for academic guidance for reading teachers to help teachers apply their knowledge in teaching.

EPSA does not provide for school guides. While the DPI has regional coaches and plans to support instructional coaches from existing districts and schools, Rhyne said she was unsure whether the General Assembly would provide funding for school reading coaches in the state budget.

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Kearney launches digital model factory https://1cplusplusstreet.com/kearney-launches-digital-model-factory/ https://1cplusplusstreet.com/kearney-launches-digital-model-factory/#respond Wed, 06 Oct 2021 13:06:00 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/kearney-launches-digital-model-factory/ CHICAGO, October 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Kearney Global Consulting Firm and Strategic Partner LIFT Manufacturing Institute today officially launched the Digital Model Factory, a convenient facility where industrial companies can explore the best way to apply Industry 4.0 technologies in their operations. The new Digital Model Factory (DMF) is located at LIFT’s 100,000 […]]]>

CHICAGO, October 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Kearney Global Consulting Firm and Strategic Partner LIFT Manufacturing Institute today officially launched the Digital Model Factory, a convenient facility where industrial companies can explore the best way to apply Industry 4.0 technologies in their operations.

The new Digital Model Factory (DMF) is located at LIFT’s 100,000 square foot facility in Corktown, Michigan – a technological center for the automotive, aeronautical and industrial sectors. The DMF comprises a manufacturing and assembly line equipped with advanced manufacturing analytics and augmented reality solutions that allow visitors to experience the power of digitally augmented operations.

“Together, Kearney and LIFT will help businesses through United States take the next crucial step to make digital manufacturing a reality in their factories, ”said Doug Mehl, Kearney Partner and the global head of the company’s Industry 4.0 strategy. “Our common mission is to drive a radical change in the performance of the company.”

“Kearney’s DMF goes beyond to consider Industry 4.0 to find out what it really means implement this remarkable range of emerging technologies ”, noted Azaz Faruki, a director from Kearney who runs the day-to-day operations of the new digital model factory. “This unique facility makes it easy for customers to explore smart manufacturing through workshops, joint research and demonstrations.”

“We are excited to bring Kearney’s in-depth Industry 4.0 expertise to our ecosystem of innovative OEMs, industrial suppliers, research institutes, workforce development organizations, ‘educational institutions and professional societies,’ said Nigel Francois, CEO and Executive Director of LIFT, a public-private partnership between the US Department of Defense, industry and academia.

DMF Network

The DMF network led by Kearney / LIFT covers a range of pioneering companies, including:

Kinexon, which provides sensor networks and IT solutions to manufacturing, logistics, sports and media organizations. Kinexon solutions include wearable devices that track employee movements at manufacturing sites for safety and social distancing; Monitoring of material flow management that provides real-time location data to optimize operation performance and reduce storage costs; and Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) navigation, an intelligent and fast control system for driving AGVs freely, flexibly and autonomously.

Drishti Technologies, whose AI-powered video analytics technology delivers visibility and insight that accelerates the pace and impact of manual assembly line improvement. In 2019, Drishti was selected by the World Economic Forum as a technology pioneer; in 2020, Drishti was named in the Forbes AI 50 and among the top 5 AI companies in North America by NVIDIA. For more information, visit Drishti.com.

Vimana is a global provider of advanced industrial analysis software and services that transforms the way businesses manufacture, sell and service their products.

Contextere which develops industrial AI software focused on improving human and machine performance through a combination of data mining, machine learning and natural language interfaces. Contextere’s analytics engine increases situational awareness, strengthens semantic understanding of dynamic data environments, and reduces cognitive overload.

“Our strategic partnership with LIFT and the DMF network of innovators builds on Kearney’s Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing initiative with the World Economic Forum,” added Harris Ng, a Kearney Partner with expertise in the automotive and industrial sectors. “The launch of DMF is an important next step in moving from concept to reality as we establish a roadmap for the full realization of digital manufacturing and adoption of automation technologies. “

About Kearney

As a global consulting partnership in over 40 countries, our people make us who we are. We are individuals who take as much joy from those we work with as the work itself. Determined to make the difference between a great idea and its realization, we help our clients to break through.

To learn more about Kearney, please visit www.kearney.com.

About LIFT

LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is a Detroitpublic-private partnership based on the Ministry of Defense, industry and academia engaged in the development and deployment of advanced manufacturing technologies and the implementation of talent development initiatives to better prepare the workforce work today and in the future. LIFT is funded in part by the Department of Defense and managed by the Office of Naval Research. Visit www.lift.technology to learn more.

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How art and language education helps bring diverse SoCal populations together – Orange County Register https://1cplusplusstreet.com/how-art-and-language-education-helps-bring-diverse-socal-populations-together-orange-county-register/ https://1cplusplusstreet.com/how-art-and-language-education-helps-bring-diverse-socal-populations-together-orange-county-register/#respond Wed, 06 Oct 2021 00:05:35 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/how-art-and-language-education-helps-bring-diverse-socal-populations-together-orange-county-register/ Phung Huynh is full of hope for the future. As an art teacher at Los Angeles Valley College, she is constantly inspired by the next generation. “I feel so lucky for this,” she said. “There is an exciting new group of artists coming up right now. “ As an educator with previous experience at Pasadena’s […]]]>

Phung Huynh is full of hope for the future.

As an art teacher at Los Angeles Valley College, she is constantly inspired by the next generation. “I feel so lucky for this,” she said. “There is an exciting new group of artists coming up right now. “

As an educator with previous experience at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design and Scripps College in Claremont, Huynh continues to nurture budding talent. “I’m getting old,” she said. “I have to provide a platform for younger and emerging artists. I try to do it the best that I can and support others.

Phung Huynh poses for a portrait in front of his ancestral altar inside his home in South Pasadena on Saturday, August 14, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Huynh, who is the Office of Immigrant Affairs’ first creative strategist, often wonders: How do you teach culture in Southern California?

One way is through language. The French Heritage in La Habra, the International School of Orange and The Language Academy at Aronoff Preschool in Irvine, not to mention the Irvine Chinese School and the Chinese Cultural Center, are just a few places in our area that offer language courses. immersive for the youngest. . Children spend their school days conversing entirely in French, Mandarin, Italian and Spanish. Circle time and songs are taught in foreign languages.

In Aronoff, children are also introduced to Jewish culture in a fun way. Shabbat Star students light candles for the Friday school assembly and prayers are sung like Hebrew rhymes.

Studies have shown that language immersion leads to long term gains in education. It also gives children insight into other cultures. The State of California agrees that multilingual academics are important. Recently, the California Department of Education created this goal: “By 2030, half of all K-12 students will participate in programs leading to proficiency in two or more languages, either through ‘a course, program or experience. By 2040, three in four students will master one or more languages, which will earn them a state seal of dual literacy.

Translation: California’s multilingual education programs will make our children better citizens of the world.

For older students looking for extra-curricular assistance, Language Door in Irvine offers in-person and online classes. Arabic, Armenian, Polish, Russian, German, Dutch, Hindi and Hungarian – over 40 languages ​​are available.

But speaking is only one aspect of culture. What about customs, traditions and tastes?

At Tustin’s Chinmaya Mission, students learn about Hindu culture taught by swamis. Loosely translated to mean “father” or “pastor,” the swamis lead a series of guided Nirvana Shatkam meditation classes and Vedanta classes, while an on-site early childhood learning center introduces young learners to the traditions. Hindu.

This year, other teachers have started offering cultural courses online. The pandemic has led instructors – including Kat McDowell, who teaches Kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pottery – to pivot in the way they approach students.

The Kintsugi Academy revitalized an ancient Japanese art form after the tsunami that devastated the country in 2011. The idea is to honor our broken pieces by mending cracked cups and bowls. The idea that we celebrate our scars and rebuild, even when you feel broken, resonated with many during the lockdown. Isolated teens have also found solace in McDowell’s classes.

In the spring, she plans to hold intimate in-person workshops. But for now, her online sessions and performances – via the live streaming platform Twitch – are the means by which she reaches a younger audience. (More than a third of Twitch viewers are between the ages of 10 and 19.)

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The culture in Southern California is an amalgamation of different countries. We work here in a way that shapes the art and jargon of our region. It also perfumes the food we eat.

The Little Arabia district in West Anaheim offers flavors from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Turkey. In the 1990s, this region began to cultivate a thriving Arab-American community centered on neighboring religious centers – mosques, Coptic Orthodox and Arab Christian churches. Yet, it is the food that most of the locals are familiar with. Egyptian-style feasts at El Mahroosa Restaurant in Anaheim are delicious ways to introduce kids to another country.

Other cities like Irvine host pop-up experiences. The 43rd Annual Greek Saint Paul Festival, October 8-10, offers “a taste of the Greek Islands without leaving Southern California”. The festivities include dancing, music and Greek food. Each bite is a point of reference for understanding another culture.

In a similar vein, the 47th annual Valley Greek Fest will return to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Northridge on Memorial Day weekend 2022.

For Huynh, the food also symbolizes his immigration experience – specifically, donuts, as 90% of all independent SoCal donut shops are run by Cambodian families.

“As a child, my parents took us to Ted Ngoy, the Donut King. My father is a survivor of the [Khmer Rouge] genocide in Cambodia. He traveled to Vietnam by bicycle to seek asylum. … So I have the impression that the drawings of the pink box that I do refer to food as a culture and as a way of talking about our experience of assimilation.

Huynh talks about his next work, titled “Donut Hole: Portraits on Pink Donut Boxes of the Second Generation”. It focuses on “The Donut Kids” from Southern California.

“These are kids who grew up in donut shops,” she says. “Their parents would take them to the donut store at 3 am, put them on the sacks of flour to sleep in while their parents made donuts, then get them up to go to school. These kids worked in the donut shops, did their homework in the donut shops, so I am very happy to honor them.

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Honoring our past is something Huynh examines in his public art commissions for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The idea is that through these images, passers-by discover the past of a neighborhood and immerse themselves in part of its cultural heritage.

“Especially for public art, it’s a service to the community,” says Huynh. “It’s important to research history. Not just written history as much of written history is favored by those who can afford to write it. But the story of workers who do not have time to write their history. For me, it’s important that public art reflects the community… So I research and interview the people who live there. I try to do it because it gives me the opportunity to learn.

At a metro station in El Monte, Huynh’s play “In the Meadow” features a lion’s head, a nod to the closed Gay’s Lion Farm theme park and the local high school mascot – a glimpse into the past. the city. Who knew El Monte once had a theme park dedicated to lions? Huynh wants us to remember our past so that we can build a better future.

“History is alive,” she insists.

Phung Huynh’s work refers to his Cambodian heritage. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

In Laurel Canyon / Valley Village, “Lucky California” features whimsical cherubs playing in blooming California poppies and plump oranges. For the Alhambra Bruscard poster, Huynh delved into the city’s history and painted his innovative iron pipe system, the first of its kind in California.

As an educator, Huynh encourages the next generation of artists to create their own path. Their cultural identity should not limit them. She credits her relationship with another retired LA-based artist / activist and teacher for her passionate connection to history.

“It’s from Charles Dailey, my mentor,” she said. “There are so many healing and connecting points in this relationship for me. When you are a refugee from the Vietnam war [like me], and you see all those horrible Hollywood movies where Asians don’t have speaking roles, women are objectified; and then for Mr. Dailey, my second daddy [and an African American Vietnam veteran], calls me her child and convinces my parents: “Let her be an artist” rather than a doctor or a lawyer. “She’s going to be okay. He believed in me. It is life changing and it is powerful.


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First thing: Facebook’s global outage adds to its many recent woes | US News https://1cplusplusstreet.com/first-thing-facebooks-global-outage-adds-to-its-many-recent-woes-us-news/ https://1cplusplusstreet.com/first-thing-facebooks-global-outage-adds-to-its-many-recent-woes-us-news/#respond Tue, 05 Oct 2021 10:10:00 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/first-thing-facebooks-global-outage-adds-to-its-many-recent-woes-us-news/ Hello. Facebook had a terrible day on Monday. The social media company suffered one of the worst outages in its history, leaving users around the world unable to access its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp, for several hours. As of Monday evening, services were slowly coming back online, with the company apologizing for the prolonged […]]]>

Hello.

Facebook had a terrible day on Monday. The social media company suffered one of the worst outages in its history, leaving users around the world unable to access its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp, for several hours.

As of Monday evening, services were slowly coming back online, with the company apologizing for the prolonged disruption.

The global blackout adds to Facebook’s many recent woes. Over the past month, the social media empire has faced headaches ranging from accusations of putting profit over public good to calls for its dismantling.

Later today, a former Facebook employee who accused the company of putting profit before security will bring her damning accusations to Washington when she testifies before U.S. senators. Frances Haugen, 37, stepped forward as a whistleblower on Sunday behind a series of damaging reports in the Wall Street Journal that increased political pressure on the tech company.

  • What did Mark Zuckerberg say about the blackout? He apologized on Facebook after the website was brought back online, but did not provide an explanation, adding: “I know how much you rely on our services to stay in touch with the people you care about. . “

  • Has Facebook been hacked? There was no evidence that the issue was caused by malicious activity, the Associated Press reported, and the problem could only have been with the company. Facebook said it had no evidence that user data was compromised.

  • What will Haugen say to senators? She is expected to say that Facebook faces little oversight and will urge Congress to take action. “As long as Facebook is operating in the dark, it is accountable to no one,” she said in her written testimony.

Pfizer Covid jab ‘90% effective against hospitalization for at least six months’

The results underscore the vital importance of improving vaccination rates against Covid around the world. Photograph: Dado Ruvić / Reuters

Two doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech Covid vaccine are “very effective” in preventing hospitalizations for at least six months, according to a large-scale study, but protection against infection drops to almost half over the same period.

Efficacy against all Covid infections increased from 88% within one month of two doses being given to 47% after six months, according to research. However, the efficacy against hospitalizations remained high, at 90% overall, and most importantly in all variants, including Delta.

The findings, published in The Lancet, are consistent with preliminary reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Israel’s Ministry of Health which suggest protection against the virus wears off within six months.

The results underscore the vital importance of improving vaccination rates against Covid around the world, the researchers said.

  • The researchers analyzed the health records of 3 million people between December 2020 and August 2021. During the study period, 5.4% of people were infected with Sars-CoV-2. Among those infected, 6.6% were hospitalized. The average time since full vaccination was between three and four months.

  • “Our study confirms that vaccines are an essential tool to control the pandemic and remain very effective in preventing serious diseases”, said lead author of the study, Dr Sara Tartof.

Pandora Diaries Reveal South Dakota’s Role As $ 367 Billion Tax Haven

Records suggest midwestern state now rivals other famous tax havens as a favorite haunt for wealthy internationals
Records suggest that the state of the US Midwest now rivals other famous tax havens as a favorite haunt for wealthy internationals. Illustration: Guardian design

South Dakota is home to billions of dollars in wealth, some tied to individuals and businesses charged with financial crimes or serious wrongdoing, according to documents published in Pandora newspapers.

Records suggest the US Midwestern state now rivals Switzerland, Panama, the Cayman Islands and other notorious tax havens as a favorite haunt for wealthy internationals seeking to protect their assets from local taxes or authorities. .

Wealthy foreigners and their families transfer millions of dollars to South Dakota trust funds, which enjoy some of the world’s most powerful legal protections against taxes, creditors, and prying eyes.

The United States has already faced international criticism of the ease with which shell companies – which can be used to commit tax evasion and financial crimes – can be incorporated in the state of Delaware.

  • What are Pandora papers? Pandora Journals are the largest trove of leaked data revealing the secrets of tax havens in history. They provide a rare window into the hidden world of offshore finance, shedding light on the financial secrets of some of the richest people in the world.

  • Where do Pandora documents come from? The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a Washington DC-based nonprofit journalism organization, does not identify the source of the leaked documents.

In other news …

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said he would do “whatever it takes to defend himself” against an increasingly assertive Beijing. Photograph: Ann Wang / Reuters

Statistics of the day: only 31% of pregnant Americans are fully vaccinated

Pregnant woman receives Covid vaccine in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
Pregnant woman receives Covid vaccine in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Hannah Beier / Reuters

We now know that contracting Covid-19 is much riskier for pregnant women and their fetuses than the average person. But with only 31% of pregnant American women fully vaccinated as of Sept. 18, compared to about 52% of the average population – and with much lower rates among black and Hispanic women – it seems a long history of incomplete science and Fear-motivated medical advice on prenatal decisions broke trust, leaving many mothers to rely on anecdotes and misinformation.

Don’t miss this: the world according to Stevie Van Zandt

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Bruce Springsteen’s loyal sideman says he saw something in the Boss that “no one else has seen”. Photograph: Bill Kostroun / AP

Stevie Van Zandt has an extraordinary life. The mere fact of having been the right-hand man – consigliere, as he says – of Bruce Springsteen from 1975 to 1984, and then again since 1999, would be enough to secure his status. Add to that her lead roles in The Sopranos and Lilyhammer. Then factor in training, writing, arranging, and producing Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and his own solo career with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. And don’t forget his relentless rock’n’roll cheerleaders as a broadcaster for nearly 20 years, and his music education campaign work. It is tiring just to read about it.

Climate balance: can hydroelectric panels bring water to parched communities?

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A range of Source hydroelectric panels in Dubai. Photograph: Source

Over 2 billion people lack adequate access to water and half the world will live in areas of water stress by 2025. As the climate crisis accelerates – causing droughts to intensify, melting glaciers and depletion of freshwater sources – water shortages are predicted. become more acute. Source is one of many companies that claim they can offer a solution to the problem of water scarcity through a technology called Atmospheric Water Generation (AWG): the process of removing clean water from the air. .

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Last thing: dozens of Korean words added to the Oxford English Dictionary

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Girl group Blackpink performs in 2019. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

The wave of Korean culture has swept through the editorial offices of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which added more than 20 words of Korean origin to its latest edition. The “Definitive English Language Record” included words hinting at the worldwide popularity of the country’s music and cuisine, plus one or two whose roots in the Korean language may be less obvious. “Lexical innovation is no longer confined to traditional English centers in the UK and US,” OED said.

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German “synodal path” extended to 2023 as assembly abruptly ends after votes on sexual morality and priesthood https://1cplusplusstreet.com/german-synodal-path-extended-to-2023-as-assembly-abruptly-ends-after-votes-on-sexual-morality-and-priesthood/ https://1cplusplusstreet.com/german-synodal-path-extended-to-2023-as-assembly-abruptly-ends-after-votes-on-sexual-morality-and-priesthood/#respond Mon, 04 Oct 2021 16:09:34 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/german-synodal-path-extended-to-2023-as-assembly-abruptly-ends-after-votes-on-sexual-morality-and-priesthood/ The German Catholic Church’s ‘synodal path’ will be extended until 2023 after its plenary session ended abruptly on Saturday following votes in favor of a text endorsing homosexual blessings and a discussion on the need to the priesthood. Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German Bishops’ Conference, and Thomas Sternberg, president of the Lay Central […]]]>

The German Catholic Church’s ‘synodal path’ will be extended until 2023 after its plenary session ended abruptly on Saturday following votes in favor of a text endorsing homosexual blessings and a discussion on the need to the priesthood.

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German Bishops’ Conference, and Thomas Sternberg, president of the Lay Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), announced the extension on October 2, at the end of the second synodal assembly in Frankfurt, in southwestern Germany. , reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner.

The Synod assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the Synodal Path, a multi-year process bringing together bishops and lay people to discuss four main themes: how power is exercised in the Church; sexual morality; the priesthood; and the role of women.

The synodal path, launched on December 1, 2019, was originally scheduled to end in October 2021, but was extended until February 2022 due to the pandemic. The latest extension means the controversial process will take more than three years.

The Church in Germany is facing an exodus of Catholics following a crisis of clergy abuse. More than 220,000 people officially left the Church in 2020. Only 5.9% of German Catholics attended Mass last year, up from 9.1% in 2019.

The synod assembly ended earlier than expected on Saturday afternoon after Bätzing asked organizers to count whether the meeting had a quorum of 154 attendees after many left early.

They determined that there were only 149 participants, five less than the two-thirds majority required for a quorum.

CNA Deutsch reported that the decision to suspend proceedings was met with disbelief among attendees at the assembly, which was plagued by technical issues.

Speaking at the closing press conference, Bätzing said he saw the sudden end as a “learning moment” which he hoped would sharpen participants’ awareness that the Synod Path was entering a period. “important phase”.

The synod assembly consists of 230 participants, including the German bishops, 69 members of the Zdk and representatives from other parts of the Church in Germany.

During the three days of meeting, they discussed 12 of the 16 texts of the four synodal forums, as well as two founding documents: a preamble and a theological orientation text.

On October 1, 168 participants out of a total of 214 voted in favor of a document challenging the Church’s traditional teaching on sexual morality after its first reading.

The text of Synod Forum IV on “Living in Successful Relationships” calls for the development of blessings for same-sex couples.

CNA Deutsch reported that the forum’s chair, Bishop Helmut Dieser of Aachen, argued that the assessment of sexuality should in future start “from the person”, rather than from natural law.

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said in March that the Church does not have “the power to bless same-sex unions,” describing its reasoning in an explanatory note and a accompanying commentary.

The Vatican statement, released with the approval of Pope Francis, sparked protests in the German-speaking Catholic world. Several bishops have expressed support for the blessings of same-sex couples, while churches have displayed LGBT pride flags, and a group of more than 200 theology professors have signed a statement criticizing the Vatican.

Priests and pastoral workers in Germany organized a day of protest in May during which they held blessing ceremonies in the presence of same-sex couples.

On September 30, the opening day of the synod assembly, participants voted by a narrow majority of 95 to 94 to discuss “whether the priesthood is really necessary,” CNA Deutsch reported.

But during the closing press conference, Bätzing criticized media reports suggesting that the Synodal Way would debate the “abolition” of the priesthood.

“No one can say that the German Church is going to do away with the priesthood. This is not true, ”he insisted, arguing that the vote instead gave the synodal priesthood forum the mandate to“ positively recall the reasoning once again why and where the position of the priestly ministry lies. in the midst of the people of God ”.

While the synod assembly voted to discuss the need for the priesthood, the intricate procedures of the synodal path mean that it is not clear whether there will be a formal debate on the subject.

As the Synodal Path approaches, the German bishops’ conference clashed at the Vatican after initially suggesting that the process would end with a series of “binding” votes – raising fears in Rome that the resolutions would call into question the Church teaching and discipline.

CNA Deutsch noted that the bishops of Germany will have no obligation to implement the resolutions of the Synodal Way in their dioceses.

He added that it remained uncertain how Pope Francis and the Vatican would respond to direct challenges to Church teaching.

Pope Francis expressed his concerns about the Synodal Way in an interview with Spanish radio station COPE broadcast on September 1.

When asked if the initiative had given him sleepless nights, the Pope recalled that he had written a detailed letter expressing “how much I feel for the German Synod”.

Responding to the interviewer’s comment that the Church had faced comparable challenges in the past, he said, “Yes, but I wouldn’t be too tragic either. There is no ill will in many bishops with whom I have spoken.

“It is a pastoral desire, but which perhaps does not take into account certain things which I explain in the letter and which must be taken into account.”

Bätzing said the documents discussed at the synod assembly were “not just texts, but dreams put into words about how we want to change the Church in Germany: a participatory, gender-equitable and walking with the people “.

“Here, we have shown that we listen to each other in calm work and in a good and objective debate. Here in Frankfurt, the texts have been improved. Now it is the task of the forums to further develop the models so that they are ready for adoption next time, ”he explained.

“The forums have a mandate to continue working. We are waiting for the content to be brought to the third synodal assembly and we think we still need a good little time, ”he added.


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Redistricting: incumbents, open seats and partisanship https://1cplusplusstreet.com/redistricting-incumbents-open-seats-and-partisanship/ https://1cplusplusstreet.com/redistricting-incumbents-open-seats-and-partisanship/#respond Sun, 03 Oct 2021 18:51:58 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/redistricting-incumbents-open-seats-and-partisanship/ by Dick Hall-Sizemore Most holders of the General Assembly rest more easily. Democratic and Republican map designers took the advice of the Virginia Redistricting Commission seriously and drew district boundaries placing most cardholders in districts with no other cardholders. As indicated in a previous article, the members of the Commission interpreted the language of the […]]]>

by Dick Hall-Sizemore

Most holders of the General Assembly rest more easily. Democratic and Republican map designers took the advice of the Virginia Redistricting Commission seriously and drew district boundaries placing most cardholders in districts with no other cardholders.

As indicated in a previous article, the members of the Commission interpreted the language of the Virginia code as obliging it to protect incumbents as much as possible. This language prohibits the production of plans which, on the whole, “unduly favor or disadvantage” a political party.

The extent to which the lines have been drawn to protect cardholders is not evident from the maps that have been made public. However, the map designers, while presenting their recommendations on Saturday to the Commission, were able to activate an overlay in their software that showed the precise location of the residence of each holder. Many of these small dots were very close to district boundaries or nestled in an area that suddenly bulged from district to adjacent district.

Asked about the shapes of certain neighborhoods, the card designers explained that they were necessary to protect the holders. No one opposed it. A commissioner, however, expressed some concern about an appendix, spanning a district near Lynchburg, which was used to separate outgoing delegates Kathy Byron and Matt Farriss into separate districts. It wasn’t that she objected to its use, only that it seemed too obvious. The map designer allayed his fears by replying that it would be easy to transfer an enclosure from a neighboring neighborhood to the annex, thereby “smoothing” the boundary of the Farriss neighborhood without having to disrupt the boundaries of another neighborhood. . With a few keystrokes on his computer, the change was made. (For anyone interested in seeing these details, video from the October 2 meeting can be found here, although it usually takes about a day for staff to load the recording from the live stream.)

Fortunately, the Virginia Public Access Project has partially filled this information gap by providing maps showing the districts in which two or more cardholders reside for each iteration of the Commission cards. The discussion below is based on this data.

The most recent Republican card has only 20 holders in a district containing two holders and the latest Democratic card has 24. See table below. In contrast, in two earlier cards, drawn before card designers were ordered to take cardholder addresses into account, the Democratic card designer had 37 cardholders in districts with two or more cardholders, while the Republican map designer had 34 cardholders in these districts. (Both plans even had districts with three incumbents.)

Card designers were also able to protect more Senate incumbents once they were given the green light. Previous Senate cards had paired 14 (Republican card) or 18 (Democratic card) holders. The “integrated” card presented at the start of last week (labeled C2) showed only 10 matched holders and, of these, three had indicated that they did not intend to stand for re-election in 2023, this being the case. which resulted in the twinning of only four incumbents. In Northern Virginia, the couples were Democrats Saslaw / Marsden and Boysko / Howell, but, according to media reports, Saslaw and Howell were planning to retire and not run for office. (This surprised me.) In the Lynchburg area, Republicans Sense. Newman and Peake were placed in the same district, but Newman told the Commission earlier this summer that he would not be running for re-election. This left Kiggans (R) and Lewis (D) paired in an Eastern Shore / Norfolk district and Edwards (D) paired with Sutterlein (R) in the Roanoke area. (No analysis is yet available for the two Senate plans unveiled on Saturday.)

One of the results of the redistribution will be a significant number of open neighborhoods. The latest plans for the Republican and Democratic House indicate 16 open seats. The latest Senate plan for which there is an analysis shows five open seats. It should be noted that these figures exaggerate the effect of the redistribution. The House analysis only includes candidates who will be on the ballot in November. Several incumbents are not on the ballot due to retirement, primary losses or their choice to run for a statewide position. Thus, after November, some of the districts now displayed as open on the redistribution plans will have incumbents.

In attempting to comply with the prohibition against “unduly favoring or disadvantaging” either party, Commission members and their map designers paid some attention to past voting patterns in the proposed constituencies. , but not as much as the protection of holders. VPAP analyzed the partisan tendencies of the proposed cards and the summary of this analysis is presented in the table below. By comparing the two plans of the house, it’s clear why both parties wanted their own card drawers.


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COVID-19 vaccine passports mandatory to access the Legislative Assembly of Quebec – Montreal https://1cplusplusstreet.com/covid-19-vaccine-passports-mandatory-to-access-the-legislative-assembly-of-quebec-montreal/ https://1cplusplusstreet.com/covid-19-vaccine-passports-mandatory-to-access-the-legislative-assembly-of-quebec-montreal/#respond Sat, 02 Oct 2021 21:06:04 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/covid-19-vaccine-passports-mandatory-to-access-the-legislative-assembly-of-quebec-montreal/ The Quebec legislature will soon be accessible only to people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The National Assembly announced Thursday evening the new health decree requiring vaccine passports for staff, visitors and journalists, after a heated debate between the parties. The rule, as drafted, applies to “political staff, administrative staff of the National Assembly, members of […]]]>

The Quebec legislature will soon be accessible only to people fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The National Assembly announced Thursday evening the new health decree requiring vaccine passports for staff, visitors and journalists, after a heated debate between the parties.

The rule, as drafted, applies to “political staff, administrative staff of the National Assembly, members of the press gallery and visitors” – but does not specifically mention politicians.

Beatrice Zacharie of the Legislature’s Communications Office said in an email that all members of the Legislature have reported being properly vaccinated against COVID-19.

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The ruling Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party as well as the opposition Liberals voted in favor of the vaccination passport requirement, arguing that the legislature should set an example for the rest of the population in terms of vaccination.

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Speaking Thursday, the Minister of Health Christian Dubé criticized the parties opposed to the measure by declaring: “I do not understand why parliamentarians do not want to set an example for Quebecers.

Québec solidaire and the Parti Québécois, the third and fourth parties in the Legislative Assembly, opposed the measure because the Department of Public Health did not recommend it.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, the leader of the Parti Québécois, said Thursday that a vaccination passport is supposed to be reserved for non-essential activities – and that parliamentary democracy does not fall into that category.

The vaccination passport requirement is expected to come into effect later in October. The rule will require political staff, legislative staff, journalists and visitors to present identification as well as proof that they have been properly vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access the legislature.

READ MORE: Leaders defend Quebeckers as questions over discrimination erupt after debate

In a telephone interview, constitutional lawyer Julius Gray said it would have been problematic if the rule specifically targeted members of the legislature. He said any provision that effectively prevents unvaccinated people from holding office would potentially violate section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees democratic rights.

He pointed out that a Superior Court judge earlier this year struck down part of Quebec’s secularism law that prohibited MPs from wearing face covers, ruling that it would prevent a person wearing one from sitting. in the National Assembly, even if it was democratically elected.

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“The House can decide which visitors come in and which don’t, but with regard to elected officials, under Article 3 of the charter, you cannot prevent elected officials from entering,” Gray said during a telephone interview.

Gray said vaccine passports, originally designed to access non-essential services such as bars and gyms, are being implemented under an increasingly broad set of circumstances, reflecting the fact that ” society is losing patience “with those who are not vaccinated.

And while he is a strong supporter of vaccines and believes passports may be legal for non-essential activities, he said it was important to ensure that the system was not extended to the point of violating regulations. fundamental rights.

“We look at each (situation) as it arises, but as a rule, if society loses patience and denies people their rights, turns them into outcasts, I think there is a problem. “, did he declare.

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St. Petersburg COVID response team requests mask warrant amid increase in local cases https://1cplusplusstreet.com/st-petersburg-covid-response-team-requests-mask-warrant-amid-increase-in-local-cases/ https://1cplusplusstreet.com/st-petersburg-covid-response-team-requests-mask-warrant-amid-increase-in-local-cases/#respond Fri, 01 Oct 2021 16:23:42 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/st-petersburg-covid-response-team-requests-mask-warrant-amid-increase-in-local-cases/ A sign encouraging COVID-19 precautions last winter in Petersburg. (Joe Viechnicki / KFSK) A St. Petersburg management team responding to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases is begging the public for help. The number of cases stood at around 30 on Wednesday. The team is asking residents to get vaccinated if they can, hide indoors, […]]]>

A sign encouraging COVID-19 precautions last winter in Petersburg. (Joe Viechnicki / KFSK)

A St. Petersburg management team responding to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases is begging the public for help. The number of cases stood at around 30 on Wednesday. The team is asking residents to get vaccinated if they can, hide indoors, get tested, stay home if they are sick and limit gatherings.

The team will also bring a masking warrant ahead of the borough assembly next week.

Local authorities are very concerned – schools are closed, local businesses are affected and health services are limited.

“Well, the cases keep coming in,” said public health nurse Erin Michael.

Michael does a lot of contact research.

“Obviously we are seeing cases in schools and that is having a ripple effect,” she said. “It affects daycares because they may have siblings or family members attending daycares who are close contact. This affects other businesses, the borough.

St. Petersburg colleges and high schools operate remotely due to cases among staff and students.

“We are buried in contact tracing and testing right now,” said Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter.

This year, the Alaska State Department of Education tasked school districts with researching contacts among staff and students.

Some of the Petersburg cases have been students coming to school with symptoms. Others have been caught by compulsory tests for athletes who compete.

“We don’t exist in a vacuum,” Kludt-Painter said. “So the activities and actions that take place outside of school time, in addition to what happens at school, have a direct impact on us. “

Petersburg Medical Center is also dedicating staff to testing in addition to their usual workload. They are running asymptomatic pop-up clinics to deal with the outbreak.

Like other hospitals, PMC also administers monoclonal antibody therapy to some patients with COVID-19. Treatment includes antibodies made in the lab that help people’s immune systems fight off the virus. PMC administered 14 treatments last week.

Jennifer Bryner, PMC’s head nurse, says they have about ten doses left, but there is talk of getting more.

“The other day, the state had 16 doses on its shelves and they were sending them to hospitals that were already running out. So this offer is very limited, ”Bryner said.

If a patient in Petersburg needed a medevac, that could be a problem.

“It’s very tense,” said Liz Bacom, infection prevention manager at PMC. She says large hospitals that usually take medevac patients cannot do so at the moment because they are too full. “This means that if you need an appendectomy, we might have a hard time finding a place for you because these hospitals are not able to accept you. If you have COVID, you may need to stay here longer. We may not be able to provide the same level of care that they could provide to you at Providence. “

Alaska hospitals operate to crisis care standards, which means healthcare workers no longer provide the same type of care to all patients. They prioritize care based on what is available.

PMC hasn’t activated it yet, but CEO Phil Hofstetter says it could be the future.

“If we don’t get our hands on that, we can’t – we’re just going to be in crisis mode,” he said.

The intervention team asks the borough assembly to discuss the implementation of a masking mandate and the limitation of the size of gatherings.

Sandy Dixon is the borough’s emergency manager and is also part of the response team.

“People want things to stay open and operational. This will only happen if we all come together and do our part, ”Dixon said. “So people who reject COVID mitigation measures or think it’s ridiculous or it’s a punishment, please think again because you are or it has an impact on the rest of the community and our ability to operate safely. “

The Petersburg borough had an unenforced masking mandate from November to May. The language allowed many exceptions.


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