Law students help victims of Katrina

first_imgShe also said he spoke of children not having transportation to school and how food was provided to the elderly last. “He talked about the place like he was living in a prison camp,” she said, noting that security guards line the remote community. “He feels like they’re being treated as pariahs – being picked up \ and put somewhere so no one has to look at them. “There’s a sense that they want to hide \ so they aren’t faced with what they’ve done and what’s happened,” she continued. “It broke my heart.” Nguyen said while it is “depressing” to think how much more needs to be done for Katrina victims, she does feel good about the things the law students were able to accomplish. “It’s helpful to see how much people who are exploited or left vulnerable by their circumstances can be helped by attorneys,” she said. “I didn’t see that in Los Angeles. Seeing it so blatantly in Mississippi, that’s something I can take away from that – knowing that we as attorneys can actually make a difference in people’s lives.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Four area students from the USC School of Law spent their semester break using their legal education to assist Hurricane Katrina victims in still-devastated towns along the Gulf Coast. Stacie Torres, 25, of Sierra Madre said she was shocked to see skeletons of formerly majestic mansions and homes for miles and miles along the coast near Biloxi, Miss. “Mississippi has kind of fallen by the wayside,” said Torres, who worked with a public interest firm called the Mississippi Center for Justice while in Biloxi. “Piers where boats used to be tied up are just concrete pillars and shards of wood in the water. There is still clothing in trees, tattered flags flying and water hoses wrapped around trees.” Despite feeling as though they were “barely chipping at the tip of the iceberg,” as Torres put it, about 550 law students – 30 of whom were from USC – came to New Orleans and Biloxi to lend their legal knowledge to firms that needed people on the ground to research and gather information from the locals affected by Katrina. Along with Torres, Tien Nguyen, 25, from Cerritos, and Jessica Charles, 23, from Pasadena, worked with the center, interviewing people and bringing the information gathered back to the organization for use in future class-action lawsuits. The major problem, Charles explained, is that many of those stricken by the hurricane are of a lower-income bracket and unaware of their legal rights. “A lot of them are living in \ trailers and need assistance moving into houses,” she said. “They need to know their rights when speaking to landlords. People’s rents have doubled and quadrupled during the storm. People need someone to take a stand and talk to people for them.” Most deplorable to USC law student Elizabeth Gonzales, 29, from Pico Rivera, was the way in which the roughly 2,000 residents of Renaissance Village – a FEMA trailer park located in Baker, La., on the outskirts of Baton Rouge – were treated. Gonzalez, who was sent to the trailer park by the New Orleans’ NAACP Gulf Coast Advocacy Center to interview residents about their jobs, said one man told her that those who complained about the living conditions were kicked out. last_img read more

Gaoth Dobhair nursing home falls well short of compliant standards, report finds

first_imgA new report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has found the Aras Gaoth Dobhair Nursing Home not to be compliant with ‘the governance, operational management and administration of the centre on a regular and consistent basis’.An inspection was carried out in November 2018 and details of the report were released on Monday.A Lead Inspector found while a clear and defined internal management structure was in place, the arrangements for the governance and administration oversight for the centre required improvement. Formal and minuted meetings with staff and between management were described as infrequent but occurring occasionally. This did not assure the inspector that robust governance and management arrangements were in place.However, the overall the quality and safety of the care and support provided to residents was of a reasonable standard but some areas were in need of improvement to achieve the aims and objectives of the centre’s statement of purpose.The report found that residents with advance care did not have an end of life care plan, and a care plan for all had not been developed within three months of a residents admission in accordance with the centre’s policy.Inconsistencies were also found in training and staff development, resident records and a suitable written agreement and official Garda vetting clearance document were not in place for volunteers. In follow up to the actions required from the previous inspection, the inspector was informed that the fire safety precautions and arrangements that required improvement had been addressed to the satisfaction of the local Fire Authority.However, a record demonstrating that the fire safety works were complete to the satisfaction of the fire Authority was not available following a recent review and gaps within fire safety training were found in the staff training matrix record.The inspection also found that there was insufficient evidence to confirm that all staff had received training in relation to the detection and prevention of and responses to abuse.While the numbers of staff on duty during the inspection was sufficient, confirmation to demonstrate staff were sufficiently experienced and suitably trained was not available or demonstrated for all staff working.As a result of noncompliance’s found, the inspector was not assured that the registered provider and the person in charge were sufficiently engaged in the governance, operational management and administration of the centre on a regular and consistent basis. Gaoth Dobhair nursing home falls well short of compliant standards, report finds was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:aras gaoth dobhairGOATH DOBHAIRlast_img read more

Alex Smith’s wife celebrates ex-49er’s recovery from ghastly leg injury in emotional Instagram post

first_imgRemember when life was simple for Alexander Douglas Smith? All he had to worry about was the notoriety of being taken with the first pick in the 2005 NFL draft by a 49ers team in the midst of eight consecutive losing seasons. And being paired with novice head coach Mike Nolan whose expertise lay on the defensive side of the ball. And then being passed off to Mike Singletary, another head coaching novice whose expertise consisted of knocking quarterbacks down, not building them up.Related …last_img read more

Kesivan Naidoo: living in rhythm

first_img13 November 2008Kesivan Naidoo, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz 2009, “caught the beat” at the tender age of 11, falling in love with percussion when he heard his aunt’s boyfriend playing the drums over a song on the radio.That was in 1990. Three years later, aged 14, Naidoo made his professional on-stage debut at the Hogsback Arts Festival, playing with the Webster Jazz Quintet. Shortly thereafter he started to play for the Hudson Park Jazz Band as well as the Hudson Concert Band.In 1994, Naidoo’s passion for music was fuelled further at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, where he got the opportunity to have lessons with internationally acclaimed drummer and jazz musician Lulu Gontsana. These sessions started a mentorship process that would continue for two years.Naidoo grew up in East London and studied music at the University of Cape Town. In 1999, he became the youngest person to win the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition, and used this opportunity to study at the prestigious Rhabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India, studying under sitar guru Sanjay Bandophadyah.No stranger to the national jazz scene, Naidoo has played with the East Cape Big Band (of which he was a founding member), the UCT Big Band and the UCT College Jazz Ensemble.He has shared the stage with an impressive string of leading South African musicians, including Miriam Makeba, Selaelo Selota, Feya Faku, Bheki Mseleku, Jimmi Dludlu, Marcus Wyatt, Zim Ngqawana, Judith Sephuma, Errol Dyers, Abdullah Ibhrahim, Hotep Galeta and Steve Newman.Naidoo has also taken his music to international audiences, performing in Germany, France and England as a member of the Hudson Big Band. In 1995, 1999 and 2000 he was chosen for the South African National Youth Big Band, with which he toured to New York City.In 1999 he became the only South African to have performed with the Kennedy Centre Jazz Ambassadors, a touring group from New York City.Naidoo has also shown a flair for composing musical scores for television and film. He co-composed the music for a documentary on South Africa with Carlo Mombelli, and also wrote the music for The Devil Breaks My Heart, a series of documentaries celebrating South Africa’s 10 years of democracy, for the SABC.Naidoo has a wide range of eclectic musical influences that range from Charles Lazar, Jojo Mayer and Prince to Rage against the Machine. Drummers that have inspired him include Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Tony Williams, and the drummers who have played for James Brown. Musicians who have influenced his compositions include Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. His favourite music styles are jazz, electronica and world music.Naidoo has also ploughed his experience into developing the future of South Africa’s performing talent by facilitating workshops on performance at many South African universities. He was also the youngest person to be invited to lecture at the Grahamstown Youth Jazz Festival in 2003 and 2004.“I believe that creative people with new ideas is what is going to make this country work,” says Naidoo. “Good ideas mean nothing if they don’t become part of reality, just like a musical composition means nothing unless it gets performed.“So I am working on creating venues throughout South Africa so that creative music can live.”Some of Naidoo’s more recent ventures include co-founding a company called Silent Revolution Productions with Lee Thomson. They own the Armchair Theatre in Observatory, Cape Town, and aim to use the venue to raise the awareness of art music in South Africa.He currently plays with Tribe, Babu, Restless Natives and Closet Snare.The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstownlast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Miscellaneous 2

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Reading for life

first_imgBiblionef, established in 1918 by former Dutch ambassador, Max Vegelin van Claerbergen, is an international network of independent non-profit organisations (NGOs) donating new story books to children in developing countries.Prieska Primary in Northern Cape recently received over 2 500 books from Biblionef South Africa in late 2013The organisation has depots in five countries; Netherlands, France, Belgium, Suriname in South America, and South Africa.The South African depot in Central Square, Pinelands, in Cape Town, is the only one in Africa and was established in 1998 by its current executive director, Jean Williams. Williams has 20 years’ experience working in public libraries.“I worked at the Ocean View public library, which is approximately four kilometres away from Masiphumelele and reached out to supply books from the boot of my car to this area in 1994. We eventually opened up a satellite library in a farm house in Masiphumelele in 1995,” said Williams.In 1998, with Biblionef’s assistance, she opened the Masiphumelele Library, near Noordhoek.Biblionef works with a number of organisations to distribute English and indigenous language to  where they are needed. The organisation has donated one million books from 1998 to 2012 and, aiming to build a lifelong love of reading in children across the world, wants to donate another million books by 2016.MOTHER TONGUE LEARNINGOn winning the Western Cape Government‘s Promotion of Marginalised Indigenous Languages award, at the Arts and Culture, Language, Heritage, Geographical Names, Museums, Libraries and Archives Awards in February this year, Walters said, “We are excited about receiving the award and going to our next big event which is the handover of Setswana books to the Ministry of Education in Botswana at the end of February. This motivates us to work even harder.”She adds, “Mother tongue learning and reading is every child’s right.”“From the ages of one to seven years there is so much potential for brain development but the environment for this needs to be created. The possibility, therefore, exists for children to be introduced to English without sacrificing their mother tongue.”The Biblionef office receives requests for book donations on a daily basis; it responds by providing books to Early Childhood Development centres, schools and informal libraries mostly in townships, informal settlements and remote rural areas. Each request is assessed according to merit and needs.To foster a lifelong love for reading among the world’s children, Biblionef donates books to schools, libraries and early childhood development centresBIG DONATIONThis year Biblionef partnered with the City of Johannesburg‘s Library Services, benefiting schools across the city. Each primary school will receive 250 brand new storybooks in the children’s home languages and books in English.“Our recent big donation was made to 122 schools in the Central Johannesburg area in partnership with the library service of the City of Johannesburg. The amount of books donated was 30 500 to the value of R1.83-million,” said Walters.“A book is a resource which can be used over and over again. If anyone has books at home which they are not using I would suggest that they look for a school or charity and pass it onto them. Biblionef deals only with new books as we see our donation as a ‘gift’ and want the children to get excited about receiving colourful, inspirational books in their home language,” she added.Biblionef’s books have reached more than 3.2 million children. The NGO donates an average of 12 000 books per month; has assisted 51 schools and communities with informal libraries with shelves, cupboards, container and farm libraries; and has supported 21 schools for the blind and partially sighted with Braille and large print books.In partnership with Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development and funder Ibby SA, 15 schools in the Mqanduli area of Eastern Cape will be receiving books throughout the year of 2014 (Images: Biblionef South Africa Facebook page)Biblionef has also had more than 83 titles translated into the country’s eleven official languages.“We managed to get the book Fly eagle, Fly translated and printed in all 11 official languages. This book, written by Anglican bishop, Christopher Gregorowski, has been claimed as one of the best books ever written in South Africa,” she said.PLAY YOUR PARTTo donate the price of a book (R60), visit the Biblionef website and donate through the secure payment option, or make an EFT or direct deposit into the NGO’s bank account:Account name: BiblionefBank: NedbankBranch: PinelandsBranch Code: 104709Account Number: 1047029170For more information on Biblionef, contact the office on 021 531 0447 or visit the website.last_img read more

Minnaar makes South Africa proud

first_img6 July 2015South Africa’s Greg Minnaar has re-written the record books after he won his 18th Downhill World Cup crown in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Saturday, 4 July.The win, Minnaar’s second of the season in four attempts, means that he moves one above Englishman Steve Peat on the list of all-time World Cup wins. It also means that Minnaar moves up to third place in the overall standings with three rounds remaining in the season.“I’ve never been so nervous on the hot seat,” Minnaar told the UCI’s official website.“I’m trying to soak it up [18th win]. It was nerve-wracking watching [Loic] Bruni coming down. It’s incredible because I didn’t feel I had it in me this week to win and I just wanted to put in a solid run.”He added: “I think the conditions played a huge part, being so rough and tricky. I’m stoked to win my 18th World Cup, just a bit overwhelmed, really. I just tried to be safe everywhere and carry speed where I could. I knew it was going to be super close and I didn’t think I had it in me, but the team put in a big effort with bike testing all week and it paid off.”Take the ride through Minnaar’s helmet camera in Lenzerheide:Lenzerheide World Cup results (downhill men):Greg Minnaar (RSA) – 3:00.535Loic Bruni (FRA) – +0.960Lucas Dean (AUS) – +1.807World Cup overall standings:Aaron Gwin (USA) – 749Loic Bruni (FRA) – 645Greg Minnaar (RSA) – 633Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Element Critical to go after data center acquisitions

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Data center provider CentralColo has announced a comprehensive rebranding, starting with a name change. It is now called Element Critical and will be pursuing an “aggressive acquisition strategy” to combat the limited customer data center choices.Element Critical currently has two data center facilities in Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley. It is looking to expand at a rate of two to three properties each year, with a possible interest in international acquisitions.See also: How data center consolidation will change how we store data“We live in a world where one size doesn’t fit all and the combination of data center elements change more frequently than ever before,” states Ken Parent, CEO of Element Critical. “We’re designing solutions ranging from a customer moving a lab into a data center for the first time to hyperscale Artificial Intelligence companies requiring liquid cooling for their 30-45 kW racks. We’ve assembled an impressive roster of industry veterans who possess the vision necessary to execute upon a simple proposition – translate data center requirements into custom solutions for less than the big box providers.”A new world for data centersIt’s been a wild few years for data centers. It’s a bit of a wild west feel as IoT needs, as well as heavier content loads driven by new technologies like AR/VR, are driving a land-grab around capacity. At the same time as large cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft and Google are building out their offering, “on-prem” data centers run by companies themselves are consolidating and modernizing, due to mergers and tech upgrades.As well, pressures to move compute capacity to the edge to accommodate growing networks of linked devices, from wearables to autonomous cars, will continue as will the needs of data-acquiring firms to manage and process that data as efficiently and cleanly as possible.Parent says within these forces at work, there are opportunities to acquire data centers with some existing client base but whose footprint needs optimization across to unlock value.center_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry Tags:#AI#CentalColo#data center#edge computing#Element Critical#MWCA17#Silicon Valley last_img read more

Crime Branch to probe elephants’ deaths

first_imgChief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday ordered a Crime Branch probe into the electrocution of seven elephants in Dhenkanal district. Expressing concerns over the incident, Mr. Patnaik directed that appropriate action be taken in case of any criminal negligence.Subsequently, a team of the Crime Branch visited Kamalanga village in Dhenkanal where seven elephants had died after coming in contact with sagging live 11 kV electric wire on Saturday.“We have already constituted a probe team under the leadership of CID Superintendent of Police Madhkar Sandeep Sampat. He would personally supervise the case. The probe would detect lapses that led to such a tragic incident,” said Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, Additional Director General (Crime Branch).Meanwhile, the State Forest and Environment department on Sunday filed a complaint against five executives of CESU, the power distribution company, at the Kantabania police station under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. Naresh Patnaik, the CESU’s circle manager of Dhenkanal, Nihar Panigrahi, executive engineer, and Artatran Nayak, assistant engineer, have been named in the complaint.CESU blamed State’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy had squarely blamed the CESU for the death of the elephants.“Due to non-rectification of sagging electric lines and non-cabling of transmission lines, the accident has occurred, claiming the lives of seven elephants in Meramundali section of the Dhenkanal forest division,” he said.The Divisional Forest Officer of Dhenkanal in November last year had written to the executive engineer of CESU to rectify sagging overhead transmission line of 11 kV from Kamalanga to Kalitalia of Meramundali section. But it was not rectified. As a result, the live wire were found sagging at a height of seven to eight feet.According to Ranjit Patnaik, a wildlife researcher, Indian Electricity Rules, 1955, mandates testing of all apparatus, cables and supply lines periodically. The same was decided at a number of coordination meetings between forest and energy departments. However, RTI information about inspection of power lines for the period from April 1, 2011 to December 15, 2016 (nearly six years) revealed no inspections, said Mr. Patnaik.last_img read more

Pacman out, ‘Pretty Boy’ takes slot in undercard of Horn-Crawford

first_imgAncajas, who was impressive in a 10th round stoppage of Mexican Israel Gonzalez on Feb. 4 in Corpus Christi, Texas, will be staking the 118-pound title for the fifth time against Sultan, the mandatory challenger.According to head trainer Joven Jimenez, who was in Tokyo to man the corner of Ernesto Saulong in his quest for the International Boxing Federation junior featherweight title of Japanese Ryosuke Isawa Thursday night, they’re ready to stake the title against Sultan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAncajas (29-1-1 with 20 knockouts) has already started light training at Survival Camp in Magallanes, Cavite, and Jimenez said MP Promotions matchmaker Sean Gibbons is headed for Los Angeles to finalize the details.This will be the first time since 1925, when Pancho Villa defended his flyweight title against Clever Sencio, that two Filipinos will dispute a world crown. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Read Next Boxer Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe all-Filipino world title fight between Jerwin Ancajas and Jonas Sultan will happen sooner than expected.With Manny Pacquio shunning a fight with Mike Alvardo in the undercard of the WBO welterweight crown showdown between Australian champion Jeff Horn and American Terence Crawford on April 14, Ancajas has been tapped by Top Rank to take over the vacated slot.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Petron overpowers Smart MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivinglast_img read more