Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( HY2012 Interim Report

first_imgNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (nahco aviance) is an investment holding company in Nigeria with business interests in aviation services and support. This includes aviation cargo, aircraft handling, passenger facilitation, crew transportation and aviation training. The company was established in 1979 as the sole ground handler at the newly-commissioned Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Today, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc handles 70% of domestic and foreign airlines operating in Nigeria encompassing 35 airlines at 9 airports across Nigeria. Subsidiary companies include Mainland Cargo Options and Nahco Power Energy and Infrastructure. The Federal Government through Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has a 60% equity stake in the aviation enterprise. The remaining 40% is held by Air France, British Airways, Sabena and Lufthansa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Alteo Limited ( Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgAlteo Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Energy sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Alteo Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Alteo Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Alteo Limited (  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAlteo Limited is a holding company, which deals in cane farming, sugar milling, sugar refining, energy production, real estate and hospitality in Mauritius and regionally. The company was established in September 2017 and is headquartered in San Pierre, Mauritius. Alteo Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Episcopalians reaffirm their commitment to the environment

first_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopalians from the Diocese of California gathered under a tree at Lone Tree Point along the East Bay in Rodeo, California, northeast of San Francisco for the April 23 EcoConfirmation, where participants reaffirmed their commitment to the environment. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Rodeo, California] Three words, three additional words, is all it takes to expand the way Episcopalians are called to live out their faith to include care of the Earth.In the Episcopal Diocese of California, the Baptismal Covenant’s fifth and final question that follows the Apostles’ Creed, the question reads: “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of the Earth and of every human being?” The keyword, of course, being “Earth.”“For about as long as the bishop has been here he’s been reminding us in most baptisms and confirmations that we are committed to reconciliation with God, each other and the Earth,” said the Rev. Julia McCray-Goldsmith, the diocese’s canon for discipleship. “Part of that is his own deep commitment to healthy stewardship of the Earth; and I would say to the integrity of our incarnated nature, to ourselves as physical beings who really can’t be separated from the human and natural ecologies we dwell in.”On Saturday, April 23, the day after Earth Day, which this year marked the historic signing of the Paris Agreement, the first international climate agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, the Diocese of California hosted its third annual EcoConfirmation.The Rev. Este Cantor, vicar of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Berkeley, California, leads a regular attendee (behind her), into the Cosmic Walk to be received into the Episcopal Church during the April 23 EcoConfirmation at Lone Tree Point in Rodeo. The man’s dog followed him into the circle where he was received by Bishop Marc Andrus. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceDuring the EcoConfirmation participants uphold their baptismal vow to “cherish the wondrous works of God, and protect the beauty and integrity of all creation.” As a community, they recommit themselves to the Fifth Mark of Mission, “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the Earth.”During his homily, California Bishop Marc Andrus, who represented Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Episcopal Church at the April 22 signing ceremony of the climate agreement at the United Nations headquarters in New York, reflected on the significance of the previous day.“The Episcopal Church and all the Christian world, indeed all the world of faith, is given this moment to stand with all the Earth and the healing of what has become what is a very sick Mother Earth,” he said. “And this little Earth, so fragile, so handmade in every way, and yet so incredibly beautiful to me, is a seed that can be as powerful as the seed that began all of this. Why? Because it is God who starts the seed to grow. It is God that gives the growth. God who makes the seed. God who blesses us with this day.”The Paris Agreement calls on countries worldwide to limit carbon emissions, which will require a transition from fossil fuels to more renewable sources to meet their energy needs. In its third incarnation, rather than take place in a place of unspoiled natural beauty, like a retreat center in Sonoma County or Half Moon Bay, the outdoor service took place at Lone Tree Point in the shadows of an oil refinery in Rodeo, a diverse working-class community in the East Bay 25 miles northeast of San Francisco.The Rev. Susan Champion, rector of Christ the Lord Episcopal Church, Pinole, leads more than 25 participants in the April 23 EcoConfirmation on a journey to the communion table, stopping for prayers at three points along the way where beauty and degradation meet. She and her husband, the Rev. Peter Champion, live in Rodeo. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe poignant location, given the signing of the climate agreement and its emphasis on reducing dependence on fossil fuels, was suggested by the Rev. Susan Champion, rector of Christ the Lord Episcopal Church in neighboring Pinole, who lives in Rodeo with her husband, the Rev. Peter Champion, and substitute teaches in the local public school system.When proposing the location, Champion asked: “What if we held it at a place that would remind us of the human degradation of the environment?”The Phillips 66 refinery is one of five in the San Francisco Bay Area: four are located in Costa County. It processes 120,000 barrels a day. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe Phillips 66 refinery is massive, and is one of five oil refineries in the Bay Area; it has repeatedly received notices for violating state air quality standards and is ranked as California’s seventh most toxic polluter. Not only is the refinery huge, but it’s near a public housing project and a state-run Head Start program serving children. Many residents, said Champion, suffer from asthma and other air-quality related illnesses.Rodeo is unincorporated, she added, and therefore doesn’t have a city council, its residents represented by one man on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. Local media doesn’t cover the refinery, and it was through a brief carried on the Dow Jones News wire that ran in the Wall Street Journal earlier this year that residents learned an equipment malfunction had caused 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide to be released from the 120,000-barrel-a-day refinery.The service began with the Cosmic Walk, a mediation on the history of creation beginning with the Big Bang 14 billion years ago and the formation of the Earth’s atmosphere, through the emergence of homo sapiens, the writing of the Bible and Jesus’s birth to the discovery of gold in California in 1848 and oil becoming a major industry in the state in the early 20th century to 1969, when humans first viewed the Earth from space.So how can the EcoConfirmation remind Episcopalians of the impact humans are having on the planet? “I think the use of the Cosmic Walk reminding us of our deep interrelatedness is important,” said Andrus following the service.Miriam MacGillis, of New Jersey’s Genesis Farms, created the Cosmic Walk as a way to bring the Earth’s 14-billion-year history from something humans know in their heads to something they know in their hearts. Andrus and his wife, Shelia, brought it to the Diocese of California shortly after his consecration as bishop 10 years ago.As Andrus mentioned during the service, the world is in the proposed Anthropocene Epoch, or the epoch when human influence is having a significant impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. To consciously curb human influence will take a shift in human thinking regarding how humans relate to one another and the ecosystems and economies they are a part of.“The move that we have to make at this point is the move from being a world where there are some subjects like humans and then there are many objects, and that would include humans used for labor and trafficking … where humans are used as tools,” he said, following the service. “Basically, the whole Earth has been objectified and that’s a process that’s been going on in the West for about 400 years.“So what we want to do is work our way out of that and into a universe of subjects. This is a very graspable way to understand our interrelatedness to not only each other but to the Earth and all the life of the Earth.”Andrus gave his homily, confirmed one man and received another into the Episcopal Church, and the majority of the remaining 25 people recommitted themselves to Christ and renewed the Baptismal Covenant. Then, Champion led the group on a journey to the communion table, stopping for prayers at three points along the way where beauty and degradation meet.At the first stop, participants looked out over the bay and acknowledged that for 150 years people have allowed pollutants to enter its waters; on the second stop they reflected on the railroad tracks that have transported crude oil in ill-equipped rail cars when oil prices are high, threatening residents’ safety; and finally, to the top of an incline where they viewed the refinery, the dirtiest in California.“This piece of land, when I first saw it – my heart just broke,” said McCray-Goldsmith, adding that the land itself is like stations of blessings and grief. “This land is kind of a sacramental window, an outward and visible sign and an inward spiritual grace that includes the grace of tears, the grace of grief for the damage we’ve done to the Earth … as we’ve gone out to various sites, the sites have become sacraments every time.”– Lynette Wilson is a reporter/editor for the Episcopal News Service. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 May 1, 2016 at 11:13 am I’d love to see the headline, ‘Episcopalians reaffirm their commitment to Jesus Christ’. [God instructs his children to , ‘honor Me –not the created things.’] Press Release Service Episcopalians reaffirm their commitment to the environment Diocese of California hosts its third annual EcoConfirmation Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY April 27, 2016 at 11:17 am The eight commitments of the Baptismal Covenant bind us to belief in the Holy Trinity, and to Christian practice in terms of worship, repentance, evangelism, service, and justice. A confirmation service which emphasizes only one of these areas of practice (and then only through one specific avenue of justice-seeking) is sorely out of balance. Do we also have confirmation services for evangelism? How about penitence?Committing ourselves to environmental service work in the Church’s name is a GREAT idea. But it should not be done through confirmation in such a way as to overshadow the fullness of all the commitments of the Baptismal Covenant. This sort of commitment seems like it would be an ideal use for the grossly under-used “A Form of Commitment to Christian Service” on pp. 420-1 of the BCP, whose stated purpose is “to make or renew a commitment to the service of Christ in the world, either in general terms, or upon undertaking some special responsibility.” L.G. Marshall says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments are closed. 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Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 By Lynette WilsonPosted Apr 26, 2016 Environment & Climate Change Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (4) Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Kenneth Knapp says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Advocacy Peace & Justice, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GAlast_img read more

BT Tower abseil raises over £131,000

first_imgBT Tower Charity Abseil 2014 – Sport Relief & Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund from AWOL Adventure on Vimeo.The final total will be higher as the BT MyDonate page for the event will remain open until the end of the month. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement Tagged with: Celebrity corporate Events BT Tower abseil raises over £131,000 The BT Tower abseil, which saw 30 BT staff, celebrities and Royal Marines abseil down the outside of the iconic London landmark on Monday, has raised over £131,000. The money will be divided equally between Sport Relief and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.The participants abseiled 148m from the 31st floor of the BT Tower.BT CEO Gavin Patterson was the first to go down. Celebrities who followed him included adventurer Bear Grylls, TV presenter Helen Skelton, ex-Lion and England rugby world cup winner Ben Kay, former England rugby player Martin Bayfield and Olympic and World Champion swimmer Mark Foster.  88 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5center_img The event was the idea of Sir Mike Rake, Chairman of BT Group plc. He explained how it came about. Other abseils down BT TowerBT say that only two abseils have taken place in the past 25 years. In June 1985 a police officer abseiled to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where his baby son had been treated. This event was also facilitated by the Royal Marines.The second was a commercial rigging company in 1994 who had to cover the BT Tower windows with a film to enable a light show as part of the 50th anniversary of VE Day. Howard Lake | 13 March 2014 | News UK Fundraising watched some of the participants descend, and then visited T34 at the top of the Tower to join those involved with running the event. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5last_img read more

Christian Aid Week to trial contactless

first_imgChristian Aid Week to trial contactless Christian Aid Week volunteers in the UK will also pilot mobile phone giving, using near-field communication (NFC) technology and QR codes supplied by tech company Thyngs. This technology turns everyday items into contactless donation points, meaning people can use their smartphones to donate through the traditional channels, such as Christian Aid Week donation cards, collection buckets and tins.Christian Aid Week Lead, Lianne Howard-Dace, said:“Christian Aid Week is by far our biggest and best community fundraiser, and has been running for over six decades. Not surprisingly, much of the money our dedicated volunteers collect during the week comes in the form of cash dropped into envelopes, buckets and collection tins.“However, like many charities we’ve seen growing numbers of people who simply don’t carry cold, hard cash anymore: when they spend money, they prefer to reach for their cards and smartphones, rather than coins and notes. That’s why we are trialling new, innovative ways to raise funds to ensure we can continue standing together with people living in poverty for many more decades to come.”Ms Howard-Dace continued:“We are delighted to be partnering with GoodBox, Thyngs and Parish Buying this year, to trial contactless giving and mobile payments. This pilot will give much more flexibility to our supporters as they volunteer at fundraising events nationwide, from bake sales and breakfasts, to street collections and church services.“This will mean we can reach a new generation of digital donors, who will have the opportunity to support our work in a way that is convenient, secure and cost-effective. We hope the public will continue to be generous this Christian Aid Week: whether it comes from a purse or a phone, every pound given will help to transform the lives of families across the world.”The contactless devices supplied by GoodBox have been available for churches to order, via the Parish Buying purchasing portal. GoodBox has waived its usual rental fee for Christian Aid until the end of May. This is part of a pilot that began in April, when the charity trialled the technology to raise funds for survivors of Cyclone Idai.  417 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 Melanie May | 9 May 2019 | News Tagged with: contactless fundraising events Christian Aid is partnering with technology companies and churches to trial cashless donations for this year’s Christian Aid Week.Christian Aid Week runs from 12-18 May, and this year highlights the need to improve healthcare for mothers and babies in countries such as Sierra Leone. More than 12,000 churches are expected to participate and Christian Aid plans to pilot two new ways of collecting donations.During May, churches across England and Wales will trial up to 500 contactless payment units supplied free of charge by digital payment company GoodBox. Churches have been able to order the devices through the Parish Buying purchasing portal, run by the Church of England and Church in Wales.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23  416 total views,  5 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Each GoodBox device features an HD screen displaying Christian Aid’s campaign, and enables a donor to donate between £3 – £30 through a contactless donation. After May, host churches will be given an opportunity to buy the devices at a reduced cost, for their own fundraising.Thyngs is providing contactless technology for Christian Aid Week as part of its Good Thyngs service aimed at charities. Christian Aid volunteers will wear lanyards featuring special donation cards or carry buckets and tins with credit card-sized stickers containing the technology. Elsewhere, QR codes will appear in printed materials such as magazine articles and posters.Through the Good Thyngs service, individuals can decide how much they give, and use all major bank cards, PayPal, Google Pay and Apple Pay. Donations can be Gift Aided and the devices can be used for continuous fundraising in the future.This week’s Red Cross Week has also gone contactless, working with GoodBox and Visa.last_img read more

Mass killings: Ignoring the obvious

first_imgMany psychologists, politicians, reporters and educators are attempting to explain why the number of people who perish in mass killings has spiked, especially this year.Multiple murders have become so common in the United States that President Obama has given at least 15 speeches since taking office responding to these gory tragedies. His theme, and that of his political party, is always to advocate for greater control over gun ownership and excoriate the Republican Party for opposing tighter gun laws.No one in the political/military/financial establishment would even hint, of course, that maybe guns should also be taken away from the killer police and the mass-murdering Pentagon.Many police departments are now issued military-style weapons, supposedly to enhance security at home. And U.S. forces, ships and aircraft are bringing death and destruction to a long list of countries, most in the Middle East, while calling it bringing peace and stability to the area. Hospitals, wedding parties, humble homes and the people in them are vaporized by drones or jet planes as part of the “collateral damage” of these dirty wars.A whole generation has grown up in the United States with it drummed into their heads that the answer to “evil” in this world is to blast “the enemy” with as much firepower as you can muster. Movies, video games, TV shows and presidential pronouncements have validated this view.So what’s the message? If you feel frustrated, angry, insecure, alienated — pick up a gun and blow them away, whoever “they” may be.There are many other countries where it’s easy to own a gun but where these kinds of massacres rarely, if ever, happen. That they are occurring in the United States — the country that spends the most on its military and on its criminal injustice system — is not a coincidence.The U.S. has been the world’s most powerful capitalist country for at least a century. That world dominance has made the very rich billionaires here many times over. But beginning as long ago as 1969, real wages for the working class have been declining. Almost all the mass killers have been young men. A chart online shows that between 1969 and 2009, median earnings for men, including the growing number working only part-time, plummeted by 65 percent! (“Wages aren’t stagnating, they’re plummeting,” Washington Post blog) Of course, 2009 was a crisis year for the economy, but high joblessness and underemployment have persisted since then, especially for the young.Not being able to get a decent job is both financially devastating and extremely alienating. It heightens the sense of being in competition rather than comradeship with your peers. It is especially painful when the culture around you lavishes praise on those who “succeed” — who make a lot of money and spend it wildly.There are of course other factors involved in many, if not most, of these massacres. More than half of the killers appear to have been plagued with mental illnesses but hadn’t received proper medical treatment — a possible reason why such horrible deeds are much rarer in countries with national health systems.Charleston 9 victims.White supremacist racism was the openly admitted motive for the carefully planned, deadly shooting of nine members of the historically Black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The killer had been in touch with an online international network of other racists who gave encouragement for such a cowardly act.Sexism is another factor. Multiple killings of family members usually stem from the patriarchal insistence that spouses and children are the property of men, who would rather see them dead than acknowledge their right to run their own lives. This is often combined with the impact of poverty wages and job loss.The current stage of capitalism — it’s low-wage, dead-end stage, in which spectacular productivity has resulted in massive unemployment, poverty, heightened social insecurity and a sense of panic about what the future will bring — underlies this destructive and suicidal epidemic of mass killings. There is no easy fix for it. Tighter gun laws administered by a repressive state are not the answer. For a healthy tomorrow, let’s continue to build the movement for jobs, not war; for medical care, not mass incarceration; for replacing racist police with community control; for empowering women and the community of people who define their own gender and sexuality. That’s where respect, cooperation and hope for the future lie.  The Workers World Party Nov. 7-8 conference will be discussing these capitalist-based crises and a revolutionary socialist alternative.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Milton, Mass.: Rally protests anti-racist teacher’s suspension

first_imgHundreds rallied on Juneteenth (June 19) in Milton, Mass., calling for an end to systemic racism in school curriculum and voicing support for Zakia Jarrett, an African-American sixth-grade English teacher. Jarrett was briefly put on administrative leave June 5 for her remarks on police violence during a lesson on racism. Credit: Renisha SilvaJarrett, who has taught for 18 years, used the last line of the poem “Allowables” by Nikki Giovanni as a metaphor for racism. The line reads: “I don’t think I’m allowed to kill something because I am afraid.” Jarrett explained that killing out of fear leads to systemic racism and unconscious bias and that the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery did so because of the color of his skin, not because of something he did. She said they were racist, and that there were many police officers who are also racist and kill out of racism. Jarrett’s online lesson was recorded by someone with access to the class. In violation of district policy, that person illegally sent a 13-second clip of Jarrett saying that “many police officers are also racist,” to Milton Police, State Troopers and other members of the community. Jarrett felt terrified and unsafe and complained that the person who illegally recorded and weaponized her lesson was not punished — but she was.The decision to punish Jarrett triggered immediate, widespread outrage among parents and teachers. They wrote a letter and sent angry emails to school officials condemning the district’s response. Jarrett was reinstated later in the day on June 5. Jarrett said that Principal William Fish asked her to admit that she shouldn’t have made the comments, but she declined his request.  The incident also prompted hundreds of people to sign a petition to develop a districtwide anti-racist curriculum. Although Milton is a mainly white suburb about 9 miles from Boston, with a 70 percent white middle school population, the community protest became part of the nation’s Juneteenth uprisings. The demonstration was organized by the Milton Educators Association, a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, which is affiliated with the National Education Association. The protest also included outrage at the death of George Floyd at the hands of racist police.A recent national study revealed that out of about 500 teachers, most teachers from white, conservative districts did not feel they had community support to teach anti-racist curriculum. Only 30 percent felt sure that parents would support curriculum that dealt with race and racial violence. [Home page photo credit: Blake Nissen for the Boston Globe]FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

HEAR The Story of Nicholas

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MORALES Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | 11:15 am Make a comment Nicholas Blank-SpandoniNicholas Blank-Spandoni was your typical school kid growing up, until he developed a hearing problem. With the help of the HEAR center, a non-profit dedicated to helping people of all ages be a part of the hearing and speaking world, he managed to overcome his challenges and live a more normal life.During the HEAR Center’s 32nd Annual Golf Tournament, Blank-Spandoni was invited to be the featured speaker and talk about his experiences.Here is what he has to say:“In elementary school like other elementary school kids, I was screened for hearing. There were discussions with my parents, but it was not really an issue…” Blank-Spandoni tells us. However, in middle school, he started to notice a ringing in his ears. But because of the slow onset, he really didn’t give it much thought. It grew worse over time, where he would turn up the radio just a little more each day.By the time Blank-Spandoni was in high school, “It was pretty pronounced… I used to ask people to repeat themselves now and again but I never thought of myself as somebody with a hearing impairment,” he says. It was during high school that Blank-Spandoni’s issue was given a name. After his latest hearing screening, his teacher “showed me some papers that had my name, and then, ‘High Frequency Bilateral Hearing Loss,’” was written.In college, his hearing problems were pretty obvious and he would joke around with his friends who had vision problems. “Sometimes there were jokes about not being able to see and jokes about me not being able to hear,” he says. After college, things got worse for Blank-Spandoni, to the point when others would tell him to seek some help. “The thing is,” he says, “I’ve had my ears checked out for the last 25 years. We knew exactly what’s going on. There’s not really much else to check at this point.”Blank-Spandoni started checking out hearing aids and finally found his way to the HEAR Center in Pasadena.“I found out more in the first meeting or two with Gayl, my audiologist, at the HEAR Center than I had in 25 years of actually having had the hearing loss! Every time I’d have my hearing screened, it produces what they call audiograph, which is a kind of a little line graph. I had never really known anything, except that it meant I didn’t hear very well,” Blank-Spandoni explains.To give an idea of what his world sounds like, Blank-Spandoni tells us that “vowels had a lower frequency; they’re pronounced at a lower frequency than consonants. So what happens is I would hear something that rhymed with what people said. I would hear the vowels but sometimes I would mistake the consonants.”Blank-Spandoni’s hearing aids, therefore, are designed for his type of hearing loss where it doesn’t necessarily turn everything up to make the world louder, but rather “it only turns up some of the spectrum of sounds. And essentially, the part that would be most responsible for enunciating consonants, and ultimately what makes something rhyme is the matching vowel sound,” Blank-Spandoni explains.Blank-Spandoni tells of one of his experiences:“I got a message from a Tiffany Samari. I’d call the number and say I’m returning Tiffany’s phone call. And they’d say there’s nobody here with the name Tiffany. And I would say, ‘Well, that’s kind of strange, I got a message from Tiffany. This is the number they left, and so I’m trying to return the call. It’s from what sounded like Tiffany Samari,’ and then they would say, ‘Oh, maybe you mean Stephanie Sanadi!’ Blank-Spandoni explains, “They rhyme, so you can mistakenly substitute in some of the consonants. Ultimately if somebody named Stephanie leaves a message, I could think its Tiffany. I’d return a call asking for Tiffany, but there is only a Stephanie there.”Blank-Spandoni will be graduating from USC with his PhD. Though his hearing won’t ever be perfect, with the help of the HEAR Center, he is now able to live a successful life in the hearing world.“For me, it’s a huge benefit, because I can hear what people are saying, I don’t have to ask them to repeat themselves,” Blank-Spandoni’s says.The HEAR Center is located at 301 East Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena. To learn more visit for more details or call (626) 796-2016. The HEAR Center accepts Medicare and is now accepting PPOs. 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Surgery heartbreak for Limerick teenager Megan

first_imgProceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Previous articleMulti car collision on M7 outside Limerick claims one lifeNext articleIreland name squad for remaining Six Nations games Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. First Irish death from Coronavirus Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Email TAGSCrumlinfeaturedMegan Halvey RyanPrime TImescoliosissurgery Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Linkedin Print Twitter Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin regrets that Megan is now being offered her second provisional date for surgery which is23 March 2017. WhatsApp No vaccines in Limerick yet RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Advertisement Megan Halvey RyanMegan Halvey RyanSURGERY that was due to be carried out on a Limerick teenager has been cancelled, leaving her in crippling pain from a serious spinal condition.After a nationwide media campaign resulted in her being offered life-changing surgery at Crumlin Childrens Hospital, Megan Halvey-Ryan (13) from Dooradoyle was scheduled to be in the operating theatre on March 9.But, in a phone call on Tuesday, her mother Sharon was told the operation to relieve the effects of curvature of the spine caused by scoliosis had been called off.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And the mother and daughter say they are not confident that the surgery that would transform Megan’s life will be carried out on the deferred date of March 23. “We are devastated and very frustrated. Megan bawled crying all day when we heard,” Sharon told the Limerick Post.“They said that an emergency came in last week and it put all of the operating lists back. We have no guarantee that the same thing won’t happen on the 23rd”.The curvature of the Dooradoyle schoolgirl’s spine is such that it will require complicated surgery and after-care and this cannot be done at any hospital in Ireland other than Crumlin, which has just one theatre for such operations.Megan is in such constant pain that has not been able to attend Villiers School since before Christmas, has no social life whatever and the condition is making her so ill that she now weighs the same as her eight-year old brother, Aaron.Megan and her mother  are traveling to Crumlin for an assessment with the specialist on this Thursday.“It’s been eight months since she was reviewed and I’m hoping he will see how badly she has deteriorated in that time”.The family have investigated the possibility of treatment abroad under the EU Cross Border Directive but discovered “it’s not feasible. First, she can’t fly for months after the surgery, so we’re talking air ambulances and all kinds of extras and all of the cost has to be paid up-front. The HSE will only reimburse patients for what it would cost to have the surgery done here.“Even then, they won’t take responsibility for her when she comes home so there is no after-care. We’re just weary from battling. We’re devastated,” said Sharon.A statement from Crumlin Childrens Hospital said: “Megan was given two provisional dates for her scoliosis surgery (9 and 23 March 2017) by the hospital.  The provisional date for 9 March is not now possible due to a more urgent case that has been scheduled for that date. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April NewsSurgery heartbreak for Limerick teenager MeganBy Bernie English – March 2, 2017 1094 last_img read more

President Donald Trump Meets With FEMA

first_img Disaster Hurricane Hurricane Dorian 2019-09-03 Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Hurricane Dorian may spare Florida a direct hit, making landfall in South Carolina on Wednesday or Thursday, and in response President Donald Trump cancelled a visit to Poland to meet with FEMA officials at Camp David to discuss the response to Hurricane Dorian, CBS News reports. Hurricane Dorian has been downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane and has been ravaging the Bahamas for hours, The New York Times is reporting as of Tuesday.Reports state that the hurricane is moving west at just 1 mph and is 105 miles from the coast of Florida, as one 12:00 p.m. EST. “Tonight and tomorrow morning, we’ll start to see the pull to the north that we’ve all been anxiously awaiting, because we really need to get this thing off of the Bahamas and moving northward,” Ken Graham, the director of the National Hurricane Center, said in a Facebook video.The storm ripped through the Bahamas late Sunday and early Monday, with sustained winds of over 160 moph and storm surges that raised water levels 20 feet above normal. CBS News states that acting Department of Homeland Security Chief Kevin McAleenan said Sunday that the storm could cause major issues with with winds and rain even if it stays off the U.S. mainland. CoreLogic reports that 668,052 single-family homes could be impacted along the eastern coast of the state, with a reconstruction cost value (RCV) of nearly $144.6 billion. Florida officials declared a state of emergency on Thursday as the storm barreled through the Atlantic. Early projections showed for the storm to strike Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from the devastating Hurricane Maria. The Five Star Institute recently held its Disaster Preparedness Symposium on July 31 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tim Carpenter, Fannie Mae’s Director, Disaster Response & Rebuild, Housing Access, gave an update on Puerto Rico’s rebuild two years after Hurricane Maria at the event. He said working with the Commonwealth and FEMA was helpful, and there has been progress on homes with mortgages, but there continues to be a struggle in non-traditional housing. “No clear title, no permits, no code—you combine these issues and it becomes much more difficult to get a mortgage to repair or sell that home,” Carpenter said.  Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. September 3, 2019 1,110 Views President Donald Trump Meets With FEMA Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Disaster Hurricane Hurricane Dorian  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / President Donald Trump Meets With FEMA Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Savecenter_img About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Addressing Affordability in California Next: Leveling the Playing Field for SFR Investors and Homebuyers The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, Newslast_img read more