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Screenshot: Pat McCaughan[Episcopal News Service] Atlanta Bishop Robert C. Wright, during a June 2 online webinar, said the nation’s eight days of protest and civil unrest are the result “of denying the pain of an entire group of people since 1619” when the first African slaves arrived on America’s shores.His remarks came during “A Cry to God Together: Lament in the Midst of COVID-19,” the third and final webinar in a series about public expressions of collective grief as a path to healing. About 1,300 Episcopalians from across the church participated in the series, hosted by the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Georgia.Executive Director Catherine Meeks said the June 2 webinar intentionally focused on Native and Latino Americans, in general, and the so-called “forgotten” but now deemed essential people in particular: agricultural and sanitation workers, caregivers, cooks and delivery people, whose continued employment makes them vulnerable to contracting COVID-19.“We want to say to them that we don’t have any expendable people in this country. We don’t have any people we can throw away. We’ve got to stop thinking that way,” Meeks said.Wright, a panelist, said lament is both revolutionary and necessary to generate healing. Protests have swept the country and spread worldwide since the May 25 killing of George Floyd, 46, an unarmed black man who died after being pinned to the ground by police with an officer’s knee to his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The police officer, Derek Chauvin, faces a second-degree murder charge and three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting murder as of June 3.Other panelists included Roxana Chicas, a nurse and postdoctoral fellow at Emory University whose research on cooling interventions has helped protect farmworkers from heat-related illness while working in extreme conditions; the Rev. Brad Hauff, The Episcopal Church’s missioner for indigenous ministries; and the Rev. Isaiah Brokenleg, the church’s staff officer for racial reconciliation.‘They bring us fresh fruit and vegetables’Webinar panelists linked systemic racism and its aftereffects — poverty, unemployment, and lack of access to education and health care — with chronic disease and other conditions that lead to COVID-19 vulnerability.Chicas aims to raise awareness about Georgia’s low-wage agricultural workers who are experiencing a coronavirus outbreak — news she said has been both suppressed and underreported.About 80% of the workers are Latino, and many are undocumented, she said. Their harsh living conditions make social distancing nearly impossible — as many as four to five share a room; communal bathrooms are used by up to 10 people.Undocumented workers have been labeled criminals, she said, referring to the president’s anti-immigration rhetoric. But their contributions have sustained the nation’s food supply during the pandemic. “You can’t pick Vidalia onions through Zoom,” Chicas said. “They are the ones who bring us fresh salads and vegetables.”Employment conditions are worse — workers lack adequate health care benefits and occupational protections, and forego lunch and water breaks during eight- to 12-hour daily shifts, “to try to make enough money to get by” while earning about $15,000 yearly, she said.Now, many have received “hypocritical” government letters saying they are essential workers, she said. “So, if they get stopped by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, they cannot be deported. Before COVID-19, we were in a rush to try to deport everyone out.”She urged webinar participants to consider how their vote in the upcoming November presidential election will impact the larger society, and to think, instead of through a lens of “how much progress we’ve made … through the lens of the most vulnerable.”‘As you lose your culture, you lose your health’Native Americans, particularly those living on tribal lands, have been hard-hit by COVID-19, according to Hauff, an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, headquartered in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.In Navajoland, for example, as of May 20, there were more than 4,253 reported cases and 146 deaths from the COVID-19 virus.Hauff said the lingering historical effects of “genocide, land theft and slavery,” as well as continued systematic oppression, have placed indigenous people at greater risk for contracting and dying from the coronavirus.“COVID-19 has the possibility of doing extensive damage to our indigenous community. It’s going to kill our elders, and our elders have been the guardians and keepers of our traditions and our spiritual lives and language. If we lose our elders, we will lose those things and that’s all we have left,” he said.Brokenleg agreed. “As you lose your culture, you lose your health — that is true for the American Indian. You lose community, a sense of belonging, it’s a downward spiral. They took away our way of life.”About 22% of the 5.2 million Native Americans live on tribal lands. The overall percentage living below the federal poverty line is 28.2%, more than twice the 12.3% national average. Many are without running water, electricity and telephone service, which they consider luxuries.Poverty, discrimination, substance abuse, and even dietary changes as Native Americans were forced onto reservations have contributed to increases in such chronic health conditions as diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis and heart disease, Brokenleg said. There is a lack of access to adequate health care —about 55% rely on the underfunded Indian Health Service, which meets about 60% of the need.Local governments have even attempted to thwart efforts to establish checkpoints to safeguard residents from the coronavirus, Brokenleg said.“When people sometimes ask us why we can’t just get over it, the answer is, until you heal from generational trauma, the same stuff will keep coming up,” she said.Often, Native Americans are rendered “invisible. People don’t realize we’re there. We get left out of health data, lumped into the ‘other’ category, which is not helpful to anyone.”Brokenleg referred participants to “Learn, Pray Act,” which includes resources for responding to racist violence, compiled by The Episcopal Church’s Department of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care and the Office of Government Relations.There are things everyone can do, she added. “Don’t be silent when things come up. Silence only hurts the people who are oppressed. It does not hurt the oppressor. Get out there, let people know you see them, that you support them.”Hauff referred congregations to the Native Land website, to learn about “The Acknowledgement,” a movement in the church to discover, honor and pray for the original indigenous owners of the land.“You can make it part of the prayers of the people, or put it on the church’s webpage or in bulletins or newsletters, essentially saying that the land on which their church is built was once the home of an indigenous person and it was taken away from them.”Acknowledging that history “doesn’t take much to do, but it can be so healing and transforming,” Hauff said.Wright, the Atlanta bishop, called white Americans to advocacy and action. “If you got white privilege, we need it to be channeled in constructive, positive ways to change systems.”– The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. 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International honour for Limerick graduate

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print WhatsApp NewsEducationInternational honour for Limerick graduateBy Editor – November 10, 2015 795 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSCathal RedmonddivingExpress DiveJames DysonlimerickMuireann McMahonscubaUniversity of LimerickVoltera V-Onewexford Previous articleNovember journey into SoulscapesNext articleLimerick lecturers in line for national award Editor WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Linkedin Email UL graduate Cathal Redmond who was runner-up in the international James Dyson awards.A 26 year old University of Limerick graduate has been announced as one of two runners-up in this year’s international James Dyson award for his invention – Express Dive.Invented by product design graduate, Cathal Redmond, ‘Express Dive’ is a new lightweight underwater-breathing system, which allows divers to breathe underwater for up to two minutes. Once the air supply begins to run out, the user simply resurfaces and holds a button to refill the one-litre tank.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cathal, who received €2,500 when he won the Irish leg of the award earlier this year, will now receive a further €7,000 from the James Dyson Foundation to develop his product.He is one of just three students (the overall winner and one other runner-up) out of over 700 entrants from 20 countries worldwide to receive an international prize. He is the first Irish student ever in the eleven year history of the awards to win an international prize.His design overcomes the complexities of a scuba set-up by reducing the number and size of parts needed to breathe underwater, vastly reducing the weight and size of the breathing apparatus.Unlike traditional snorkels, Express Dive allows the user to dive to much greater depths as it has its own separate air tank.Meanwhile a full scuba kit can cost in the region of €3,000, as opposed to an estimated €400 for Redmond’s device. Redmond, from Bunclody in Co. Wexford, designed the product as part of his degree course in product design and technology at the University of Limerick, from which he graduated this year.He now hopes to set up his own company to bring Express Dive to market:“I’m absolutely thrilled to be a global runner-up in the James Dyson award. The support I’ve received over these past months since I was shortlisted has been phenomenal, and I just want to thank everybody who has helped get me here, I couldn’t have done it without them. Since winning the Irish leg of the award and talking to different people, I’ve seen there is a huge appetite for Express Dive – I’m going to spend the money developing the safety testing and getting it ready to sell!”Product Design and Technology course director Muireann McMahon said it was a very proud moment for the University of Limerick and its graduates.“We have had great recognition over the years through the James Dyson award, with a total of seven of our students to date either winning the Irish leg of the award or making the international shortlist , but this is the first time one of our students or any Irish student has won an international prize in the award.“We are thrilled for Cathal. It is so important to see him get recognition for his innovation, creativity and extremely hard work. This is great for Ireland and opportune timing it being the Irish year of Design”, she added.The overall winner of the 2015 international James Dyson award is the Voltera V-One rapid prototyping system, which prints circuit boards within minutes invented by a team of Canadian students from the University of Waterloo, Canada. The team will receive €40,000 to develop their invention. Twitter Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebooklast_img read more

Latinos in LA area disproportionately affected by COVID

first_imgvlvart/iStockBy ABBY CRUZ, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — With California ending a regional stay-at-home order issued because of strained capacity in the state’s intensive care units, current COVID-19 data suggests that the local Latino community has been hit the hardest of all.The state reported 4,131 ICU-related COVID cases last month, which has since increased to 4,475. California, as of Tuesday, also reported more than 27,000 new cases and at least 328 deaths. When broken down by race, the state’s death count was at 1,195 Black people, 3,370 white people and 7,443 Latinos.In Los Angeles, Martin Luther King Community Hospital CEO Elaine Batchlor said the disparity among races isn’t entirely unexpected.“These conditions exist all the time, but we’re seeing it more visible during the COVID pandemic because the pandemic is moving so fast,” Batchlor explained. “The low-income population are almost all publicly insured or uninsured. … So that leaves this population without access to health care, and then it leaves them vulnerable to a pandemic like this.”COVID-19 warning signs have been posted in some of LA’s highest-risk neighborhoods, many of them with large Latino populations.Still, according to California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state may be turning a corner.“California is slowly starting to emerge from the most dangerous surge of this pandemic yet, which is the light at the end of the tunnel we’ve been hoping for,” Ghaly said. “Seven weeks ago, our hospitals and front-line medical workers were stretched to their limits, but Californians heard the urgent message to stay home when possible, and our surge after the December holidays did not overwhelm the health care system to the degree we had feared.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Arsenal board consider making approach for Mauricio Pochettino after sacking Unai Emery

first_img Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-defends-arsenal-teams-performance-frankfurt-loss-2059112/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Wolves’ boss Nuno Espirito Santo are said to be among the leading candidates, while Max Allegri, who has been out of work since leaving Juventus at the end of last season, and Napoli’s experienced former Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti are also under consideration.According to The Athletic, meanwhile, the Arsenal board have discussed the viability of Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Tottenham last week after five highly successful years in the white half of north London.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Argentine said last year he would rather return to work on his farm in his homeland, rather than one day to defect to Arsenal, but the dramatic and sudden nature of his dismissal could tempt him to change his mind.Pochettino and his staff still live in London and are available to work, while his track record in developing young players would appeal to the Arsenal board, who have actively talked up the crop of teenagers who have risen through their academy.Who should be Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at Arsenal?Freddie Ljungberg0%Mauricio Pochettino0%Mikel Arteta0%Carlo Ancelotti0%Nuno Espirito Santo0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Granit Xhaka accused of lying to Arsenal boss Unai Emery about injuryMORE: Granit Xhaka accused of lying to Arsenal boss Unai Emery about injury Advertisement Mauricio Pochettino was sacked last week by Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s board is considering making an approach for Mauricio Pochettino following their decision to sack Unai Emery.The Spaniard was given his marching orders on Friday morning, less than 24 hours after a demoralising Europa League defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, played out in front of a half empty Emirates Stadium.Emery replaced Arsene Wenger 18 months ago but, after showing signs of initial promise, the team’s form and the quality of its performances deteriorated rapidly, culminating in a run of just one win in the last nine matches.The 48-year-old arrived for training on Friday morning as usual but was informed of the decision to relieve him of his duties by technical director Edu and managing director Vinai Venkatesham.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFreddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge and will pick the team for Sunday’s Premier League match against Norwich but the search for Emery’s replacement has already begun in earnest. Arsenal board consider making approach for Mauricio Pochettino after sacking Unai Emery Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 6:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link219Shares Advertisementlast_img read more