January 28, 2016 By: Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Aging SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Helping Older Pennsylvanians During Winter’s Worst Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf 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.
Luxury venue Stoneridge Estate ends ban on same-sex weddings in on-site chapelStuff co.nz 20 May 2017Family First Comment: You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that this venue was starting to be put under pressure…“We have never not supported same-sex weddings at the property. However, my mother of 80 years old, has held the historic Christian understanding of marriage as the loving, faithful union of a man and a woman … She believes her wedding chapel has been a gift from God and remains true to her convictions in terms of her Christian faith.” However, after Stuff contacted him on Friday, Gore said his mother conceded her views were “not harmonious with the operating [of] a wedding venue”. “As of now, we will amend our venue contracts, which at this time state that due to my mother’s position she prefers the chapel not be used for same sex weddings. He said no one had ever complained about the policy, but “maybe one couple who have enquired [last] weekend were ‘put out’ by my mother’s position”. (our emphasis added) A perfect example of why the politicians should have allowed for conscientious exemption by venues and celebrants and service providers – which was supported by NZers A luxury Queenstown wedding venue is dropping its ban on gay couples marrying in its on-site chapel, with its owner conceding the policy – based on his mum’s religious views – is out of touch.Stoneridge Estate has hosted nearly 100 same-sex wedding ceremonies and receptions – including one which featured on TV show Married at First Sight – but until now, it’s blocked them from taking place in its chapel.Same-sex ceremonies have instead taken place in the gardens and lodge.Owner Wayne Gore says the policy is based on the views of his mother, Da Vella Gore, who holds a lifetime lease over the chapel, which was built in 2004“We have never not supported same-sex weddings at the property,” he says.”However, my mother of 80 years old, has held the historic Christian understanding of marriage as the loving, faithful union of a man and a woman … She believes her wedding chapel has been a gift from God and remains true to her convictions in terms of her Christian faith.”However, after Stuff contacted him on Friday, Gore said his mother conceded her views were “not harmonious with the operating [of] a wedding venue”.“As of now, we will amend our venue contracts, which at this time state that due to my mother’s position she prefers the chapel not be used for same sex weddings.“She has reconsidered her position … on same-sex weddings in her chapel. She has accepted that Stoneridge Estate has developed a wedding business around the use of the chapel and that it cannot be separated now due to her personal beliefs.”He said no one had ever complained about the policy, but “maybe one couple who have enquired [last] weekend were ‘put out’ by my mother’s position”.Stoneridge is a choice destination for Kiwi VIPs, having hosted the wedding of former All Black Ali Williams to Casey Green in 2011, as well as Richie and Gemma McCaw’s honeymoon earlier this year.In 2016, Lyttelton’s Living Springs venue lifted its ban on gay weddings after a complaint to the Human Rights Commission.Under the Human Rights Act, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is prohibited. That includes service providers, like those hiring out a venue.A wedding celebrant, who asked to remain anonymous, said policies against same-sex couples were “an issue in wedding venues across the country”.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/92779010/Luxury-venue-Stoneridge-Estate-ends-ban-on-same-sex-weddings-in-on-site-chapel?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ.
Boko Haram continues to affect the lives of people across the Lake Chad region.CCTV’s Sophia Adengo met one community struggling to deal with the impact of the militant group.She filed this report.
THISDAY correspondent in Bayelsa reported yesterday that the incident has heightened tension in Okakhi, the community where the deceased footballer hailed from with restive youths expressing anger over the killing.Eyewitness account reported that the soldiers were said to have been on a raid of some parts of the community in search of suspected militants when the encounter led to the death of the central defender who moved from Bayelsa United Football Club to the Ibadan-based 3SC took place.THISDAY further learnt that Izu who helped Shooting Stars retained their NPFL status, died after he was shot three times by the soldiers.“He was an easy going person loved by many in the area. He owned a house in this community,” a friend of the late footballer recalled monday.It was learnt that the shooting incident threw the community into panic, while soldiers shot into the air intermittently to keep residents indoors.Another friend of the deceased footballer, who identified himself as Nyieye, said the deceased along with an unidentified number of friends in the community were shot dead in retaliation as some of the community youths “angered” the troops a day before the incidence.“Though Okakhi community is known for hosting some bad boys, they are not militants. They smoke and drink in the area but do not take part in the militancy prevalent in the Niger Delta region.“As an established footballer from the community, many of the youths usually hang around him anytime he was in town from his base in Ibadan and he would reciprocate by buying them drinks.“We gathered that some of the youths had the previous days angered some soldiers with Operation Delta Safe and they choose to strike when Izu Joseph was hanging out with his people. He was shot three times before the soldiers left him for dead. Other youths also died in the shooting but we only heard about the case of Izu,” Nyieye confirmed to THISDAY.Deputy Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre of OPDS, Lt. Cmdr Thomas Otuji, denied knowledge of the incident but said he would investigate and make a position known soon.“We are just coming out of a meeting and nothing of such was mentioned. I am just hearing it from you and I am going to investigate and let you know the outcome”, the joint task force spokesman stressed in a reply to THISDAY enquiry.Police Spokesman in Bayelsa State, Mr Asinim Butswat, told THISDAY that Okakhi though around the border between the two states, fell in the jurisdiction of the Rivers State Police Command, noting that he couldn’t make any official comment on the issue. Okakhi is located in the Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.In his reaction, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, was much grieved when he learnt of the incident, and immediately put a telephone call through to the father of the late footballer, who agonizingly narrated the tragic circumstances in which the young Joseph was killed.Pinnick said afterwards: “I am sorely distraught with what has happened. It is a most unfortunate incident that has brought sorrow to the Nigeria football family, barely a week after we were celebrating victory in a World Cup qualifying match.“What has happened is most painful. I want to appeal to our football players to always be mindful of the company they keep and the places they go at all times, because they are special assets. At the end of the day, each and every one of us will die, but we don’t want to be losing footballers in the manner Izu Joseph has died.”The NFF boss prayed for the repose of the soul of the late Izu Joseph, while also praying that God will give the family he has left behind, the Shooting Stars Sports Club and the Nigeria football family the fortitude to bear the loss.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Emmanuel Addeh in YenagoaSoldiers attached to the Joint Military Task Force (Operation Delta Safe, OPDS), have allegedly shot dead Shooting Stars defender, Izu Joseph.The player who was on vacation in his home town of Okakhi, a border town between Bayelsa and Rivers states after the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season was shot dead last Sunday.