BLOG: Helping Older Pennsylvanians During Winter’s Worst

first_img January 28, 2016 By: Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Aging SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Helping Older Pennsylvanians During Winter’s Worstcenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: PSA,  Seniors,  The Blog,  Weather Safety Though its impact is still being felt in communities and neighborhoods across Pennsylvania, one of the worst winter storms in the history of the commonwealth did not disturb the commitment of scores of social and health care workers who care for older Pennsylvanians.From hospitals and nursing homes, to personal care homes and group homes, direct care workers, cooks, dietary aides, nurses, and support staff from various other facility departments worked around the clock to make certain that residents who rely on them for care and shelter were tended to before, during, and after the storm.Administrators from facilities most directly impacted by the storm have shared countless stories hailing these often unsung heroes who left the solace of their own homes to ensure that their facility’s patients or residents would be safe, cared for and comfortable.One such story involved an 18-year-old high school senior, Elsie McCarthy, who walked two miles so that she could be at her job at a Harrisburg-based assisted living community, ensuring that breakfast, lunch, and dinner was prepared, served, and cleared without interruption. Because of the dedication of workers like Ms. McCarthy, those who reside in such facilities don’t have to worry about having enough food or shoveling snow.I would also like to praise our local area agencies on aging, who ensured that extra meals were delivered and extra wellness checks were made. In one local community, the area agency on aging director calmed the fears of an out-of-town son by ensuring that his elderly mother’s pilot light was functioning and the vent pipe on her roof was clear of snow.This winter, the PA Department of Aging is reminding Pennsylvanians that while these dedicated workers have kept care facilities running, the majority of older adults who live on their own must practice caution and safety on their own accord when winter storms wreak havoc.While age alone does not make a person vulnerable or compromised in their capacity to respond to and recover from such storms,  there is a correlation between advancing age and the likelihood of having special needs, such as being house-bound or socially isolated, having impaired mobility, or being reliant upon nursing, home health care or food from aging service providers or volunteer agencies. These needs increase frailty and thus heighten the need for an elderly citizen’s community to be good neighbors.There have been numerous incredible examples of neighbors stepping up to support each other. When severe weather strikes, being a good neighbor can help save a life.Here are some tips for checking on your elderly neighbors during winter weather:Take a few minutes to shovel out their driveway and sidewalks and clear the front of all the doors, so that even if the elderly occupant does not need to get out, if need be, medical personnel, home health workers, or volunteers can get in. If they have a car, offer to clean off the snow, start it up, and let it run for a few minutes.Engage in a conversation with your elderly neighbors. Ask them if their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work and if they have an adequate supply of oil, batteries, water, food, and medications. If you are headed to the market, call and ask if you can pick anything up for them.Knock on the door of those you may not have seen out and about during and after the storm. Sometimes a quick check-in can make a big difference — for safety or for those who may be lonely.As we witnessed throughout the commonwealth during and after this weekend’s blizzard, facility and home based health and direct care workers, area agency on aging staff, and community neighbors did a tremendous job to care for Pennsylvania’s seniors, despite the extreme forces of Mother Nature. I thank them for their vigilance and commitment as together we strive to enable, empower, serve, and protect older Pennsylvanians.last_img read more

West Indies to wear Black Lives Matter logo on Test shirts

first_imgWEST Indies will wear a Black Lives Matter emblem on the collars of their shirts during July’s Test series against England.Captain Jason Holder hinted in his first press conference of the tour that West Indies would look to support the movement in some way, and said in a statement on Sunday: “We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness.”The logo used will be that worn on the shirts of all 20 Premier League football clubs since the sport’s restart earlier this month, designed by Alisha Hosannah, whose partner Troy Deeney is Watford’s captain. Deeney was contacted by CWI for approval, and the ICC gave permission for the emblem to be worn on the teams’ collars.This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team,” Holder said. “We have come to England to retain the Wisden Trophy but we are very conscious of happenings around the world and the fight for justice and equality.“As a group of young men, we know of the rich and diverse history of West Indies cricket and we know we are guardians of the great game for generation to come.“We did not take our decision lightly. We know what it is for people to make judgments because of the colour of our skin, so we know what it feels like, this goes beyond the boundary. There must be equality and there must be unity. Until we get that as people, we cannot stop.“We have to find some way to have equal rights and people must not be viewed differently because of the colour of their skin or ethnic background.”Deeney said: “Alisha and I are immensely proud to be asked and take part in a monumental moment in world sport, this amazing decision by the West Indies cricket team to show their support for Black Lives Matter.“Watching cricket with my grandad, and seeing Brian Lara transcend from being a cricketer to a worldwide superstar, shaped my childhood, so it’s great to be able to help West Indies cricket show their support in such a meaningful way.”The shirts are expected to be worn for the first time in this week’s first-class, four-day warm-up match at Emirates Old Trafford, which starts on Monday.The ICC had previously told ESPNcricinfo that they would operate a “common-sense approach to the implementation of regulations” regarding demonstrations of solidarity with the movement, which would be assessed on a “case-by-case basis”.England are also expected to mark their support for the movement during the series following discussions within the squad, and may also wear blue armbands in recognition of the contribution of NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ECB announced last week that players would wear the names of cricket-supporting key workers on their training shirts ahead of the first Test.West Indies’ shirts will also be the first to feature a chest sponsor, like those seen in football since the 1970s. The ICC’s chief executives’ committee ratified a change earlier this month to allow a relaxation of rules on apparel logos for the next 12 months, seemingly to help them maintain relations with sponsors during a difficult financial period.Logos on the fronts of players’ shirts will not be permitted to exceed 32 square inches in size, as per the regulations for ODI and T20I kits. England are also expected to release a shirt with a chest sponsor in the next few days.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

13 White House hopefuls address 13,000+ at Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser

first_imgDES MOINES — Thirteen presidential candidates took center stage Friday night in the largest sports arena in Iowa’s capital city, for the largest event before Iowa’s February 3 Caucuses.More than 13,000 people were in the venue for the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual fall fundraiser. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg drew the slot to give the opening pitch, offering a 2020 argument with a throw back to some of Barack Obama’s 2008 message.“If talking about hope and belonging sounds optimistic to you for a time like this, fine,” Buttigieg said. “Call it optimistic, but do not call it naive, because I believe these things not based on my age, but based on my experience.”Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren didn’t name names, but she sliced into rivals like Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden for running “safe” campaign with “vague ideas designed not to offend.”“And anyone who comes on this stage and tells you to dream small and give up early is not going to lead our party to victory,” Warren said.During his turn at the center of the arena stage, Biden suggested Warren’s support of “Medicare for All” was a liability and the former vice president closed by emphasizing America’s standing on the world stage.“The next president is going to be the commander-in-chief of a world in disarray,” Biden said, adding a sentiment that’s been his core message: “There’s going to be no time for on-the-job training.”Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the other candidate knotted at the top of recent polls along with Biden, Buttigieg and Warren, opened his remarks by saying he’d donated $20,000 to the Iowa Democratic Party, “to make sure that in this vitally important battleground state we take back Iowa in the General Election and defeat Trump and defeat him badly.”Sanders rented space across the street for his supporters to watch as he delivered remarks at the party fundraiser.California Senator Kamala Harris argued winning in 2020 means looking to the future rather than to yesterday.“We’re going to need a nominee on that stage with…who has the ability to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump,” Harris said, “and Iowa, you’re looking at her.”Amy Klobuchar told the crowd Democrats must “win big” in order to take action on gun laws and campaign finance reform.“And when people tell me that a woman can’t beat Donald Trump, I tell them Nancy Pelosi does it every single day,” Klobuchar said.New Jersey Senator Cory Booker focused on a response to the “moral vandalism” of Trump’s presidency.“With a president who tries to divide us, the end for Democrats shouldn’t be to beat Republicans,” Booker said. “The calling of this party must be to unite Americans again in common cause and common purpose.”New York businessman Andrew Yang urged Iowa Caucus-goers to change the course of history.“The only way we will do anything is if you are to create a wave,” Yang said, “…and bring that wave crashing down on our heads.”Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro suggested Democrats must expand their message.“We’re great at talking about the middle class…but we also need to fight for the poor and those who have the least,” Castro said.The other Texan who had been scheduled to speak in the arena dropped out of the race late Friday afternoon. Beto O’Rourke told supporters outside there’s wasn’t a path for him to win the presidential nomination.“I love you all and I know I will be seeing you down the road,” O’Rourke said shortly before the program inside the arena began.His exit shocked backers who were in Des Moines for the event. Peggy Crowe, a supporter of O’Rourke’s presidential campaign as well as his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 2018, flew in from Asheville, North Carolina.“I never knew anything about politics and after Trump got elected, I knew I couldn’t be complacent,” she said.Bruce and Verlane Edwards of West Des Moines are undecided voters who think O’Rourke may be a good running mate for their party’s 2020 nominee. Bruce Edwards has Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Harris on his list for Caucus night.“Quality people there,” he said before Friday night’s program began. “Biden, we’ve always loved and adored him, but he’s over-the-hill and he really needs to get out and endorse somebody else.”Verlane Edwards likes Harris, but after Hillary Clinton’s loss, she’s worried the country isn’t ready to elect a woman and she’s worried about Biden’s age, too.“I’m looking for someone younger. I’m a little tired of the old white guys,” she said. “I love Pete. I think he’s wonderful. I see a big group here for him.”Fran Mersnick and a friend drove from Pacific Junction to Des Moines to cheer for Buttigieg on Friday night “because Pete is intelligent. He has good plans. I believe in what he’s saying and what he’s going. He’s just an all-around great person and we think that he can win.”Don Hirt of Eldora, who sat in Warren’s cheering section, said all the candidates are good, but Warren is “a tiny bit better.”“Legitimate, real, approachable,” Hirt said. “I saw her speak up in Iowa Falls…at a small venue. She just seems very genuine.”Hollie Gray, Jr. of West Des Moines is another undecided voter who’s worried about nominating a candidate who’s an advocate for free college and Medicare for All.“I say this and I don’t mean it to be rude, but nothing in life is free,” Gray said. “It has to be paid for somehow, some way.”Mandy Lundberg of Indianalo, a Republican-turned-Democrat who describes herself as “anti-Trump”, heard Harris speak in Ankeny Thursday, immediately became a supporter.“I felt like I wanted to hashtag #lawyeredup or something because she was very matter of fact, like: ‘This is the argument…Can we just agree to work together on this?’” said Lundberg, who was among those in the Harris cheering section Friday night.Geena Schmidt of West Des Moines sat in the Yang section. She became a Yang supporter after a friend connected her to the campaign through social media.“I like how progressive he is for prison reform and drug reform and, of course, the ‘Freedom Dividend,’” Schmidt said. “But I really like how progressive he is for marijuana and opioids.”Yang and most of the other candidates who spoke Friday night in Des Moines are campaigning around the state this weekend.last_img read more

Imam Ali Krayee Wants Complete Overhaul of Education System

first_imgChief Imam of Liberia, Sheikh Ali Krayee…In order to win the battle against corruption in LiberiaThe Chief Imam of Liberia, Sheikh Ali Krayee, has called for the complete overhaul of the country’s education system so as to win the battle against corruption.Krayee spoke at the occasion marking the observance of this year’s World Anti Corruption Day in Ganta, Nimba County on Monday, December 9, 2019.He said moral education is almost absent from the curriculum, and has therefore made the education system to lose it once merit.“Morality is what discipline people, and with the virtual absence of moral education; and collapse of the merit system in most school, those we called educational institutions have largely produced a generation of clever devils,” he said.This year’s commemoration was held under the theme, “Together, We are United against Corruption.”With this theme, Imam Krayee cautioned Liberians not to a part of this struggle, and at the same time, remain among the countless self-centered individuals, whose appetite for corruption is unbending.He said corruption has never lost any battle against its enemies, and some cases it suffers temporary setbacks.He maintained that corruption gets reinforced and launcher a counter attack that forces those who fight it to beg for mercy.Imam Krayee said, before the war in Liberia, academic corruption was somewhat unpopular, where student aspired to places of admiration among their colleagues, while their role models were men and women, who proved to be exceptions in terms of their intellectual ability.“Teachers were generally self-respecting personalities, and they were highly respecting in the communion and rural areas,” he said.He added that morality was in some ways promoted, but the country’s 24 years civil war created a brain drain in a nation that was already low in terms of literacy.Imam Krayee said that in the aftermath of the war, those trained teachers were replaced by unqualified ones, and those unqualified ones became the available teachers.Imam Krayee, who was vocal in his deliberation, said, “The fact that even teachers failed WAEC, it is a conspicuous evidence that what we have is not merely a messy education system, but a national disaster.”Rhetorically, he asked, “how do you expect a nation that institutionalizes fraud in her education sector to fight corruption?”He said, probably, most of our people were traumatized by their experiences during the war years, then the students, who should be prepared to build the nation were brought up to believed that is just a word and success is a product of chance.“Unless the education sector is revived in a serious and fundamental way, there is no hope that we will be united against corruption,” he said.Deputy Auditor General, Wingley S. Nanka, urged students to conduct themselves with integrity and stop cheating during public exams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more