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Mayor Price invites community to join in week of service

first_imgIndividuals or teams can still register at the website with events and activities for the week. More information can also be found on the Facebook page. Twitter Linkedin Mayor Betsy Price shared an open letter with members of the Fort Worth community. Recent thunderstorms lead to hazards; more storms to come + posts Twitter Facebook Shelby Whitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-whitson/ Shelby Whitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-whitson/ Shelby Whitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-whitson/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Help a neighborServe someone in needWrite ‘thank you’ letters to teachers, first responders or police officersCreate a family or neighborhood projectVisit a nursing homeServe meals to the homelessDonate clothing to a local shelterThe website lists several organizations with which they have partnered.“It’s important for us to recognize in this city that we in fact have people that are not as well cared for, not as well served as we could be,” said city council member Dennis Shingleton. Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature center_img Facebook Previous articleMartin Luther King Jr. Day Parade organizers hope to spark activism in Fort WorthNext articleStock Show Parade sees no shortage of Confederate Flags despite ban Shelby Whitson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Fort Worth to host ‘Gatsby’ themed party as fundraiser Shelby Whitson Shelby Whitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-whitson/ Linkedin ReddIt Race for Tarrant County Sheriff to go to runoff printFort Worth Mayor Betsy Price invites residents to join for the “Mayor’s Compassionate Week of Service.”Compassionate Fort Worth partnered with the mayor for a series of volunteer opportunities from Jan. 16- 24.“Compassion is the back bone of everything that strong cities should do,” said Price in a promotional video.Last year, the city council signed the International Charter for Compassion, designating Fort Worth as a Compassionate City.Members of the Mayor’s Faith-Based Cabinet are encouraging residents to organize service projects throughout the week.The Compassionate Fort Worth website lists the following ways to participate in the week of service: Rubio mocks Trump at Dallas rally Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Strike action which would have impacted some Limerick hospitals deferred

first_imgFacebook NewsHealthStrike action which would have impacted some Limerick hospitals deferredBy Staff Reporter – June 19, 2019 85 Advertisement Print Twitter Linkedincenter_img Email University Hospital LimerickINDUSTRIAL action scheduled to take place in 38 hospitals across the country, and would have impacted UL Hospitals Group hospitals in Limerick has been deferred.A statement released by University of Limerick Hospitals Group Welcomed the deferral, but says with some exceptions, all outpatient  appointments and elective surgeries will go ahead.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “UL Hospitals Group welcomes the deferral of industrial action by Siptu members that was due to take place on June 20th  at University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital.With a small number of exceptions, all outpatient appointments and elective procedures will now go ahead as planned at the three sites. Most patients whose appointments or procedures had been cancelled have now been contacted and rescheduled.”A small number of patients who were scheduled for colonoscopy at UHL on Thursday will be rescheduled at a later date as the decision to defer strike action did not allow sufficient time to make the necessary preparations for the procedure. The colonoscopy unit will prioritise inpatients for Thursday’s list.” WhatsApp Previous articleMetal at the Castle: They came, they conquered and partied ’til the wee hoursNext articleHometown gig for The Flag Listeners Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Owen Smith pledges to abolish tuition fees

first_imgOwen Smith has revealed plans to scrap tuition fees and replace them with a top-up graduate tax. In an attempt to increase his share of the youth vote in the ongoing Labour leadership contest, the MP for Pontypridd also promised guaranteed apprenticeships and more new starter homes if he were to gain power.Speaking at Nottingham University on Saturday Mr Smith spoke of the way in which the government had ‘let down’ young people ‘time and again’. He said, ‘They have been given a rotten deal and we must turn this around’.In Mr Smith’s plans, tuition fees would be replaced by a graduate tax, amounting to 1-2% of earning above £15,000 for a specified period after graduation. This period is likely to be around 25 years. It is also possible that graduates whose earnings are in the highest tax bracket could be taxed an addition 1-2% of their income. The plans have been criticised as being too similar to the existing earning-based repayment system.Mr Smith has pledged to guarantee apprenticeships for people with level three qualifications. Level three qualifications are most often achieved in the form of at least two A-level passes but include other certificates including level 3 NVQs and BTEC Nationals. The apprenticeships would run for a minimum of two years, with the apprentice guaranteed the national living wage. They would receive a combination of practical training and ‘off-the-job learning’.The new apprenticeships would be funded by increasing the levy paid by large companies for apprenticeships to 1%. It currently stands at 0.5%.Jeremy Corbyn, the incumbent leader of the party and the only rival candidate, has also expressed support for abolishing tuition fees.Voting has already begun in the contest, with around 650,000 people eligible to vote. The result will be announced in Liverpool on 24th September.Meanwhile, international students are likely to face more stringent visa rules, foolowing a recent announcement from Theresa May.According to The Times, the Prime Minister told cabinet colleagues that limits on EU migrants “are a priority” for Brexit negotiations, and “work is under way to examine how to reduce the number of international students coming to the UK”. The Prime Minister is said to want universities to “develop sustainable funding models that are not so dependent on international students”.last_img read more

Red Raiders Crush Bridgeton to go 3-0

first_imgBy TIM KELLYOcean City turned in its third straight dominating football performance Friday night, drubbing Bridgeton 42-0 in a West Jersey Football League Independence Division game at Bridgeton.The Red Raiders raised their record to 3-0 with the win, while the Bulldogs slipped to 0-2.Ocean City is not only unbeaten but also unscored upon, racking up 126 points on the season. The Raiders rolled to their third straight shutout, thought to be the first time in program history that has happened to start a season.“I’m obviously very excited about the win and how we’ve played so far,” Red Raider Head Coach Kevin Smith said. “The level of competition will jump up next week, so we have to be ready for it. But there’s a lot to be pleased about right now.”Unlike last week, when the Raiders scored three TD’s on defense, the offense was in the spotlight this time. Quarterback Joe Repetti was a standout. The 6-foot, 175-pounder lit up the scoreboard with four scoring passes to give him eight for the young season, and as Smith pointed out “with no interceptions.”The junior signal caller hooked up with Jaden Rogers for TD’s of 28 and 14 yards on the Raiders’ first two possessions and added a third 12-yarder to Isaac Wilson later in the quarter.Brandon McGonigle tacked on all three extra-point kicks – on the way to a 5-for-5 night.Rogers’ TDs were his first as a varsity player.“It was great to get him going on offense,” Smith said.Sean Mazzitelli’s one-yard run in the third quarter was his first varsity score as well. Quarterback Joe Repetti, who sparked Ocean City with four touchdown passes, including two in the first quarter to Jaden Rogers, leads the Red Raiders’ offense.For the third straight week, the Raiders sprinted out to a lead of 35-0 or greater in the first half to invoke the running clock “mercy rule,” in which the game clock keeps moving for everything except injuries, scores and charged timeouts. It does not stop while officials are stepping off penalties, of which the Raiders were assessed more than 60 yards.Repetti added his fourth scoring pass of the game late in the first half, a 19-yarder to Jake Schneider, who now has four TD pass receptions for the year. The Raider defense clamped down on the Bulldogs, limiting them to an unofficial total of just seven yards of total offense for the half.“Jake Inserra was all over the field at linebacker,” Smith said. Tommy Oves kept the Raiders’ streak of at least one defensive score in each game going when he fell on a Bridgeton fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter.Ocean City wasted no time at the start of the game establishing its superiority over the Bulldogs, who list only 27 players on their roster. Repetti’s first strike to Rogers came in the first 30 seconds.Then, after a Bridgeton 3-and-out (the Bulldogs would not earn a first down until the third quarter) Repetti led the Raiders on a 10-play, 51-yard drive. One of the big plays along the way was a reverse with Wilson handing off to a streaking Schneider for a 10-yard first down pickup.On his scoring pass to Wilson, Repetti connected for a short gain, and Wilson made some sweet moves to elude two other would-be tacklers.Ocean City will attempt to go 4-0 next Friday when Absegami invades Carey Stadium at 6 p.m.The scoreboard flashes the outcome in Ocean City’s lopsided win. Ocean City players gather along the sideline during a stoppage of play in Friday night’s win at Bridgeton.last_img read more

San Antonio Spurs miss Playoffs for the first time in 23 seasons

first_imgSan Antonio’s record-tying run of 22 consecutive postseason appearances is over, with the Spurs being eliminated from contention for a Western Conference play-in spot Thursday.The Spurs were officially ousted when Memphis defeated Milwaukee and Phoenix completed an undefeated eight-game run in the NBA’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World with a victory over Dallas.Those games went final shortly before San Antonio was playing its final game of the season, against Utah. The Spurs needed the Grizzlies or the Suns to lose to have any chance of getting into the West play-in series that begins Saturday to decide the NBA’s final postseason berth.The 22-year run of playoff spots tied the Philadelphia 76ers’ franchise for the longest in NBA history. The 76ers, starting as the Syracuse Nationals before moving to Philadelphia, went to the playoffs every year from 1950 through 1971.With San Antonio out, the longest active postseason streak now belongs to the Houston Rockets. They’ll be in the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year starting next week.This is how long the streak, all of it with Gregg Popovich as head coach of the Spurs, went: David Stern wasn’t even halfway through his 30-year run as commissioner when the Spurs’ streak started. The Charlotte Bobcats — that’s what today’s Hornets went by then — were still 6-1/2 years from playing their first game. Pat Riley was still coaching the Los Angeles Lakers.last_img read more

Column: NBA still must deal with the race issue

first_imgIn this Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, then-Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng talks with reporters after practice in Independence, Ohio. Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has been disciplined by CEO Steve Koonin for making racially charged comments about Luol Deng when the team pursued the free agent this year. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)ATLANTA (AP) — While the NFL was rightfully being hammered over turning a blind eye to domestic violence, the NBA got a bit of a pass on its latest brouhaha.No longer.Training camps are starting up around the NBA, so it’s time to ask a blunt question: Does the league celebrated for its diversity and inclusiveness actually have a race problem?Any thought that Donald Sterling was just an isolated case of bigotry was quickly erased by a nasty situation in Atlanta, where racially charged comments made by both a co-owner and the general manager have left the Hawks mired in turmoil.On Friday, team officials met with civil rights leaders at Philips Arena, while Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was in New York to huddle with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver over the future of the Hawks.Silver, who acted so decisively in running Sterling out of the league after the Los Angeles Clippers vile owner was recorded telling his girlfriend he didn’t want Blacks at his games, faces a more complex predicament when it comes to the Hawks.This could be an even bigger test for the rookie commissioner, who has faced some mighty big challenges since taking over for David Stern in February.There’s no easy escape plan for the Atlanta problem, no Steve Ballmer waiting in the wings to pay whatever it takes to purchase the franchise of a disgraced owner. In this case, Bruce Levenson, who agreed to sell his share of the Hawks after the revelation of a 2-year-old email in which he complained about the fan base having too many African-Americans and not enough Whites.Also, what to do with general manager Danny Ferry? He remains on a leave of absence after casually tossing around horrific racial stereotypes while discussing the pros and cons of signing free agent Luol Deng.The NBA caught a break in this whole mess, the headlines dominated in recent weeks by Ray Rice and the NFL’s domestic abuse scandal. But the Hawks case should be at least as alarming to the NBA as Sterling’s racist blathering in a private setting, caught by a scheming girlfriend and her recorder.Levenson put his feelings in writing and sent them to Ferry and the other team owners (none of whom, it must be noted, were offended enough to do anything about it in 2012). Ferry was on a recorded conference call with the ownership group when, as the story goes, he read from a scouting report that said Deng has “some African in him” and went on with some nonsense comparing him to a store that looks legitimate out front but sells counterfeit goods in the back.“It is troubling that it could happen in the workplace,” said Richard Lapchick, founder of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. “I think teams really need to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for anything that would smack of racism or sexism or homophobia.”Going by the example he set in the Sterling case, Silver would have already made it clear that someone like Ferry has no place in the NBA, or at least deserve some serious time on the sidelines.Instead, it looks like the wheels are in motion for Ferry to return at some point this season.Early on, Silver said he didn’t think the GM deserved to lose his job. This week, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson met privately with Ferry and changed his previous stance that a firing was in order. Even Deng, who signed with the Miami Heat, said Friday that he has forgiven Ferry and doesn’t think he’s a racist.But before we all give him a pass, the commissioner needs to address some very real issues, such as:— When the Hawks and the NBA announced that Levenson was selling his share of the team, why didn’t they bother to say the whole thing came to light because of an internal investigation into Ferry’s comments this past summer?— If Ferry was merely repeating someone else’s assessment of Deng, who wrote the offensive scouting report?— Why would Ferry feel comfortable enough to repeat those comments in such an official setting, even if they weren’t his own?— Does it even matter if Ferry was reading someone else’s words? Aren’t all stereotypes passed along in one way or another? Would Sterling have deserved a break if he had claimed he was merely repeating views he heard as a child?Lapchick, whose annual reports on racial and gender equality have always given the NBA the highest marks of any professional league, said he’s confident Silver will do the right thing.“If this happened in any other league, I would be more concerned,” Lapchick said Friday in a telephone interview. “But because it’s the NBA, with its record across the board in hiring practices and progressive policies and getting teams working in the communities … all that is a counterweight.”Fair enough.But Silver must act, thoroughly and completely, before clearing the way for Ferry’s return — or, if called for, firmly instruct the Hawks to go in a different direction.Even more than giving Sterling the heave-ho, that might be the best way for Silver to really prove racism has no place in his game.___Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963last_img read more