Protesters call for release of incarcerated workers

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this PhiladelphiaAround 50 demonstrators gathered outside the Federal Detention Center at Seventh and Arch streets on Nov. 28 to demand the release of those on the inside – where at least 200 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in less than a month. In the past week, the detention center has reported between 17 to 28 additional positive cases each day.Protesters gather outside Federal Detention Center Nov. 28                      WW Photo: Joe PietteProtesters also called for the release of incarcerated workers in state and local jails across Pennsylvania, raising up the cases of political prisoners Russell Maroon Shoatz and Mumia Abu-Jamal in particular.Opening the rally, Ted Kelly with the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party stated that “The most dangerous place to be right now in the U.S. is prison. The pandemic is happening inside this building and unless we do something, people will die.  We need to build a real abolitionist movement to do justice.”The vast majority of the 1,000 men and women incarcerated at the federal facility have not been convicted and are still pending trial.  In April, the Public Interest Law Center filed a lawsuit seeking to cut down the jail population and allow those most at risk of COVID-19 complications to be released with remote monitoring.  However, rather than being released, the prisoners were put under harsh restrictions: no visits, including from attorneys; limited communications; limited access to legal research; and being allowed out of their cells only three times a week for 30 minutes.Speakers denounced these draconian measures as cruel and unusual punishment that does nothing to stem the spread of COVID-19, since it is guards and other staff who bring the disease into the prisons. There is now a full-blown resurgence of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania prisons, with outbreaks in 21 of the 23 state facilities.  With unlimited movement within the prisons, the guards become super spreaders.Fermin Morales speaking at rally Nov. 28.                                      WW Photo: Joe PietteStatements from Russell Maroon Shoatz and his family were read by Megan Murray, also with Workers World.  Shoatz, now 77 and incarcerated since 1972, has stage 4 colon cancer.  On Nov. 11 he tested positive for COVID-19.  Rather than give Shoatz compassionate release, prison officials held him for 10 days in a gymnasium with 30 other COVID-19-positive prisoners, who all share one toilet.  He was eventually moved to the infirmary after advocacy from family and supporters.Mumia Abu-Jamal, like most prisoners in Pennsylvania, is kept in 23-hour lock-down in his cell, with one hour to shower or make phone calls. Abu-Jamal continues to experience health problems stemming from decades of untreated hepatitis C that have left him with sclerosis of the liver.Fermin Morales with the Philadelphia Boricua Committee stated: “Prisons are concentration camps for poor Black and Brown people.”Throughout the rally, prisoners inside the Detention Center could be heard banging on windows in response. Several drivers, passing by, also honked car horns in support.last_img read more

Women with irregular menstrual cycles may have greater risk of death before age 70

first_img Read Full Story Women who always have irregular menstrual cycles or cycles lasting more than 40 days may have a greater risk of dying before age 70 compared to women with very regular cycles, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They found that among women ages 29-46, those with long or irregular cycles were 39 percent more likely to die prematurely.The study was published Sept. 30 in BMJ. It drew from the health data of 79,505 healthy premenopausal women, collected as part of the long-running Nurses’ Health Study II.In a Sept. 30 article in the Guardian, the researchers stressed that irregular menstruation is a symptom, not a diagnosis. It may indicate polycystic ovary syndrome or another condition. Lead author Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Chan School, said that women should speak to their doctor if they have concerns about their menstrual cycles.last_img read more

Keck students look forward to Hult Prize regionals

first_imgA team of graduate students from the Keck School of Medicine of USC is looking forward to competing in the 2015 Hult Prize regional finals in March with an idea that focuses on bringing tutoring services to low-income urban neighborhoods.In November, the team won the competitions quarterfinals, which included 16 teams from a wide array of disciplines at USC. It challenged student teams to come up with a solution to the pressing issue of early childhood education in poor communities.TEACH for Tots, the business name of the winning team, included global medicine graduate students Nour Al-Timimi, Tanwe Shende, Gunnye Pak, Farah Zerehi and Narineh Ohanian. Competition sponsors included the Hult International Business School and the Clinton Global Initiative.“Our solution for the case is something similar to having a pre-K in these urban slums. Our curriculum will take place at home by recruiting students from local communities with an emphasis on having girls as the tutors because in these areas many of them most likely don’t go to school or even have the opportunity to work and are most likely caretakers for their younger siblings,” Al-Timimi said.Though the team lacked hands-on exposure to business cases, TEACH for Tots used group expertise on educational and global issues they have confronted both in the workforce and their studies.Ohanian, who has been a tutor since high school, elaborated on the group’s winning strategy.“All of the tutoring will take place in the home. Children will be broken out into groups of 1- to 3-year olds and 3- to 5-year olds,” she said. “Our tutors will work with a curriculum that is preset and meet a couple of times a week. This type of exposure to education early on in the children’s lives will be very helpful longer term in breaking the poverty cycle.”The tutoring service will be fee-based with hopes of financial assistance from partnerships with global NGOs or other organizations willing to sponsor the cause.The group will focus on building a base of tutors who will be seen as mentors in the community and small business owners in their own right.“The average age of our tutors will probably be somewhere between 14 and 17 years old,” Ohanian said.  “One main challenge for us will be building trust in the community since we will be coming in as outsiders. We plan on having coordinators in the area who can help bridge that gap. Churches, for example, are very well respected in some of these communities. Our coordinators would be able to introduce our services to them who would then be able to connect us with those in need of our services.”The competition was spearheaded by Anzal Adam, a senior majoring in accounting at the Marshall School of Business and campus director of the Hult Prize Initiative at USC. Adam was able to garner enough support from the Marshall community to get the competition recognized by the university even though she had a small window of time.“One of my main objectives for the competition was to get students to become more conscious about social issues,” Adam said. “A lot of people are talking about participating in the next one already and with the contacts that we were able to make for this past year, I am confident that our awareness level is high and our next competition will be an even bigger success.”The TEACH for Tots group has chosen to participate in the San Francisco regional finals because of the geographic proximity to USC. Other locations for regional finals included Boston, Shanghai, Dubai and London.Following the regional finals, teams are selected to move to an accelerator program with an end goal of being ready to present at the final round in New York. The event will take place at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, with the winner taking home $1 million in prize money and full operational support to launch the team’s new social enterprise.[Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled Tanwe Shende’s name. The story has been updated with the correct spelling. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.]last_img read more

Delano Williams helps Team GB to Rio Games in 2016

first_img Recommended for you Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 May 2015 – It was in heat three of the men’s 4x400m relay that we saw former World Junior Champion and Grand Turk son of the soil Delano Williams represent; a part of Team Great Britain in that hot event which ultimately took Great Britain to the finals of the IAAF BTC World Relays Bahamas and made them an automatic qualifier for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. The squad did not medal in that final race of the meet, which culminated the two days of relays but overall Team GB placed sixth in the Men’s 4x400m which gets the group into the Summer Games next year. The Turks and Caicos’ Delano Williams, who is Jamaica trained as a sprint champion and apart of Team Great Britain which is Olympics bound in advance of the races, told the Jamaica Gleaner not to expect to see him in the sprint relays, in fact Delano is now angling for the 400m where there is less GB competition for spots on that particular squad. In the end, it was the US which pulled out with 61 points after winning the most gold medals at this weekend’s IAAF World Relays staged in Nassau; Jamaica was second with 46 despite a surprising defeat for Usain Bolt and his team in the Men’s 4x100m relay, Great Britain was in eighth place gaining 15 marks while the Bahamas rounded out the top ten with 11 which included two silvers and saw the revival of Golden Girl, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie in the 4x100m sprint; B Final. Related Items:delano williams, relay, rio olympics, UK, world relay games Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Delano Williams return home postponed due to weatherlast_img read more

Former Mayor of Escondido Sam Abed on his campaign for the 50th

first_img Posted: July 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom July 9, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter has another challenger in the 2020 election.KUSI’s Sasha Foo sat down with the former Mayor of Escondido, Sam Abed, who thinks Hunter’s time in Congress is up. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Duncan D. Hunter, Sam Abed FacebookTwitter Former Mayor of Escondido Sam Abed on his campaign for the 50th Congressional Districtlast_img read more