first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email The Flathead City-County Health Department’s distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has been more tortoise than hare but the local health officer believes his department is on track to immunize the community as efficiently and effectively as possible, even as eager residents struggle to book appointments and available doses sit unused.Logistical complications have hampered the county’s ability to ramp up vaccination efforts quickly and data compiled by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) confirms that Flathead lags behind similar-sized counties across the state. As of Feb. 4, Flathead had administered 88.2 vaccine doses per 1,000 eligible residents, far behind Missoula (129.4), Lewis and Clark (144.7), Cascade (128.6), Yellowstone (146.1) and Butte-Silver Bow (177.7) counties. Only Gallatin County (81.2) reported a total similar to Flathead.Health Officer Joe Russell blamed the disparity, in part, to the number of people in Tier 1A — primarily healthcare professionals — in other counties that allowed those areas to pull ahead, and expressed confidence that Flathead County would catch up over time. And at a clinic at the Flathead County Fairgrounds Expo Center on Feb. 4, held primarily for those in Tier 1B, Russell and his team showed off the thoughtful planning and public-private cooperation that he believes has the county set up to distribute the vaccine more efficiently in the coming weeks.Tom Bertelsen and his mother, 90-year-old Shirley Bertelsen, arrived at the Expo Center Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after Tom received a call that the pair had received one of the precious vaccine appointments scheduled at five-minute increments. Inside, the Bertelsens signed in and confirmed their identities, were given a card with a date for their follow-up second shot, received the first dose from one of eight vaccinators on duty, and watched 15 minutes tick away on an egg timer in case of a rare allergic reaction.The clinic’s operation spans from wall-to-wall inside the16,800-square-foot building with safe social distancing in mind, and volunteers routinely sanitize chairs, pens, clipboards and anything else that could be contaminated. To minimize the chance of an errant vaccine or recipient, every needle and vial is diligently labeled, forms are color-coded, and workers wear different colored vests to correspond with their responsibilities and expertise. Those at work at the clinic Thursday included a contingent of health department employees and contractors, retired and active medical professionals, staff from Kalispell Regional Healthcare, and volunteers with no medical training who assisted in non-medical ways.“It’s a big relief for me and it’s a big relief for (my mother),” Tom Bertelsen said as he settled into a chair in the observation area after receiving his shot. “It’s a happy day.”But for the thousands of people still waiting on a vaccine appointment, their happy day has not yet arrived, and it may not be coming for several weeks. Russell wrote in a press release on Feb. 2 that vaccinating all of Tier 1B would take “several months” and the backlog of appointment requests was around 8,000 as of late January. Flathead County is not unique in its inability to keep up with demand — both in Montana and around the country — but certain challenges here have compounded the delays.At a health department call center, the phone rings about 1,000 times a day with only three or four employees tasked to answer those calls, collect vital information, book appointments when available and answer a flood of voicemails. The small staff is unable to match the volume of calls coming in, Russell said, and the county is currently receiving more doses from the state than it is able to administer. The Kalispell clinic had about 1,500 doses available the week of Feb. 1 but was unable to put that number of shots in arms, although Russell said none of those doses are being wasted.“We have to create our own solutions and a lot of solutions are human resource,” Russell said. “We have the (scheduling) hardware now and we have to continue to staff up.”Russell said the department is working with a temp agency to make additional hires for the call center but that even onboarding those hires takes time, with county computer training mandated before staff can get to work. And inside the clinics themselves, the county has all but maxed out the available personnel and space needed to pull off the event, making operating a second vaccination site impossible.The other factor contributing to the slow pace of vaccinations is a more deliberate one. By the end of the month, the county will be circling back to give second doses of the vaccine to those in the current tier, as well as administering the first dose to a new crop of people. So if the county’s current capacity is 600 or so doses per day, administering 600 first doses now would lead to a huge logjam later this month. Russell sees a semi-solution there, too, with the county expected to open up the larger Trade Center for vaccinations in March, once a series of scheduled events there have been completed. Tearing down and moving the clinic from the Expo Center to the Trade Center and back, depending on scheduling, is not something Russell said is feasible.Once the 45,000-square-foot Trade Center becomes the clinic’s base, Russell says at least 12 vaccination stations will be operating and the clinic will be capable of giving out as many as 900 doses per day. And if the need presents itself, the department is also open to some weekend clinics, again provided supply and staff is available.“When we move forward, we may be more like the little turtle that could,” Russell said. “I really do believe things are working a lot smoother; we’re gaining the efficiencies it’s going to take to really ramp up.”For now, Flathead County’s vaccine clinics are scheduled to operate Tuesday through Thursday, and all shots are administered by appointment only. Those in Tier 1B — anyone age 70 and over, Native Americans and other people of color, and those with select severe medical conditions — can request an appointment at or by calling (406) 751-8119. Callers are asked to leave a message with their name, phone number and date of birth. Calls will be returned in the order they are received and callers are asked to leave only one voicemail.As of Feb. 4, 7,394 vaccine doses had been administered in Flathead County and 2,350 people were fully immunized, according to [email protected]last_img read more

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility The upcoming MLS All-Star Game could be one to go down in the record books.Next Wednesday’s match between the MLS All-Stars and Juventus is poised to have the second highest all-star crowd in history, according to MLS EVP Dan Courtemanche.“We’ve had tremendous success with our All-Star weeks throughout the years, but this will be the biggest and best ever,” Courtemanche said.More than 72,250 people would need to attend to dethrone the 1958 NFL Pro Bowl Game of its second-place all-star attendance spot. Courtemanche said ticket sales recently hit 70,000.“It really is the incredible soccer fans in Georgia and throughout the southeast that will make a historic All-Star week and really showcase Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz stadium and the incredible environment we see each and every week at Atlanta United matches,” he said.Courtemanche said Atlanta United Owner Arthur Blank’s leadership has helped to draw the largest crowds in MLS history to the games. Since the Atlanta United started playing in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, game attendance has peaked at more than 70,000.“The unprecedented success of Atlanta United is really an incredible statement about the passionate soccer fans in the southeast. They’re young, diverse, their digitally savvy and consuming the sport of soccer in record numbers,” he said. “Arthur has put together a tremendous both team on and off the field … and the organization continues to over deliver.”Tickets for the match held at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium are currently being sold for $30 each on Ticketmaster. Share Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Add to My List In My List For Whom The Bell Rings last_img read more

first_img Deadline: 17 October 2013Open to: Media Professionals and Journalists up to 35 years oldRemuneration: to be announced based on €30,000 funding expected from the European Journalism FundDescriptionThe organizers of the multimedia documentary project (IN)VISIBLE CITIES are looking for  journalists, editors and media professionals focused on migration and African diaspora to collaborate in: Italy (Rome and Brescia), Norway (Oslo), Turkey (Istanbul), Belgium (Brussels), Tenerife (Santa Cruz), and the United Kingdom (Cardiff).You will be part of the production of a documentary and series of articles on African migrants settled in the cities indicated. The project was started by freelance journalist Beatrice Kabutakapua and RAI director Gianpaolo Bucci and travelled from the UK to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York.(IN)VISIBLE CITIES is a multimedia project and a documentary series: an insightful portrait of Sub-Saharan African migrants communities who settled in 13 different cities of the five continents. What are their stories and cultures? How do they interact with other local communities? This long-term investigation will answer these questions not from a distance, but from the inner core of the migrants’ districts. Far from the conventional media tendency to focus on tears, despair and struggles, (IN)VISIBLE CITIES depicts their culture and history from all angles. The goal is to provide an educational tool that will discourage people from creating false assumptions.Too often longstanding citizens are likely to assume, without any evidence or direct experience, that neighborhoods in which migrants live are “dangerous”: we call those areas the (IN)VISIBLE CITIES because the locals are used to turn their eyes elsewhere and pretend to know enough about them. What motivates them is the belief they can promote a culture of diversity through (IN)VISIBLE CITIES and thus contribute to social integration.More information about the (In)visible Cities project is AVAILABLE HERE.EligibilityThey are looking for creative and resourceful young professionals who are working or have worked for media organizations. Candidates should possess the following skills:Creative, resourceful and open to brainstormingFluent English and language of the country of residencePrevious journalistic workKnowledge of migration situation in the city of residenceInterest in social integrationDesirable, but not essential skills include:Photographic, Filmmaking skillsCross-Media experienceExperience reporting on African migrantsContacts with local organizations for interviewsRemunerationApproximately €30,000 would be available for the project if passed by the European Journalism Fund. You will be working for the European production of the project for two months or so, in a period of time between November 2013 and August 2014.ApplicationThe deadline for applying is 17 October 2013. Send the following required documents to Beatrice Kabutakapua, Producer/Journalist for (IN)VISIBLE CITIES by email to [email protected]:CVPrevious work (photo, film, articles, cross-media)A letter introducing yourself and interest in the topics listedFor more information, please visit the official website HERE and (In)visible Cities’ Facebook page HERE. Reddit LinkedIn 0 European Media Professionals Needed for Migration Documentary Similar Stories Win Cash & Trip to Italy in Film Festival Poster Contest → +1 Pocket ← Euroculture – Erasmus Mundus Master of Artscenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. CMU Australia Scholarships for International Students Google PhD Fellowship Program for graduate students October 9, 2013 Published by austin Share 0 Siemens Stiftung E-Mobility Innovation Call 2021: “Electric Mobility Made in Africa for Africa” Tweetlast_img read more

first_imgGet holy on Sundays and jam out with Magic Beans’ Casey Russell at Denver’s Mile High Spirits for a free Sunday Jam Service!With the music scene the best its been and continuously growing every day in Denver, the opportunity for musicians to come together to create new music is nothing to overlook. Russell and his house band, comprised of Thomas Jennings (Mama Magnolia), Sean Dandurand (Dandu), and Will Trask (Great American Taxi), provide that opportunity for Denver-based musicians and music lovers to come together for a Sunday evening open jam from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.[Photo: Ali Jay]“There are so many great musicians and music lovers here in Denver! We are happy to host a show where all music heads can gather, enjoy the tunes, cocktails, and hop on stage to make music with the band,” Russell says. “I love the idea of building a community behind a weekly hang. It’s nice to always have something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon!”The group provides amps, microphones, keyboards, and drum kit, and encourage those attending to bring their instrument and sign up to play. Looking for something new and not a musician? Come and enjoy some fresh, new tunes and sip on some cocktails as local musicians come together to prosper Denver’s music scene.Denver-based photographer Ali (Jay) Stinehour talks about the event:Back at the old location in Rhino, Mile High Spirits Distillery very successfully hosted their first open  jam. When they moved locations, they built an awesome venue in their tasting room. After working at Mile High Spirits for about a month or so, I thought, “Let’s get back to our roots!” We are very happy to have such talented musicians hosting this jam on our awesome stage with all the amenities a musician could ask for to simply jam with some of Denver’s finest musicians. It serves as a great place to network, enjoy our premium spirits, and express yourself musically.Sunday Jam Service ft. Issac Teel[Video: Ali Jay]For more information and updates on the weekly Sunday Jam Service, join the Facebook group here.last_img read more

first_imgThe weekly Grateful Dead Shakedown Stream archive concert webcast series returns this Friday, July 17th. For this week’s broadcast, the band will revisit their performance from July 8th, 1990 at Pittsburgh, PA’s Three Rivers Stadium, which was later released as View From The Vault. The webcast will also feature a pre-stream chat with hosts David Lemieux and Gary Lambert alongside Dead & Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.This concert from the Dead’s East Coast summer tour came less than three weeks before the untimely death of keyboardist Brent Mydland, who would die on July 26th of an overdose. While this concert does not feature any of Mydland’s original songs, View From The Vault stands as a testament to the impact of the Dead’s longest-serving keyboard player, and features his powerful backup vocals throughout.Related: Grateful Dead Share Previously Unheard “St. Stephen” From Fillmore West 1968, Graphic Novel ExcerptOpening up with the chart-topper “Touch of Grey”, the band doesn’t look back as the first set is filled with fan favorites “New Minglewood Blues”, “Row Jimmy”, a take on Bob Dylan‘s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”, and a fiery “Let It Grow” to close the first set. The action-packed second set is highlighted by a transcendent “Eyes Of The World”, into “Estimated Prophet”, into “Terrapin Station” movement that rides a blissful jam straight into “Drums” and “Space”. While things cool off for a bit in the second half of set two, the energy reaches a fevered pitch once more for a set closing “Turn On Your Lovelight”, followed by a somber encore of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”.In addition to the July 8th, 1990 performance, View From the Vault also features bonus material from the Dead’s concert two days earlier at Cardinal’s Stadium in Louisville, KY. The extra tunes, seen following the conclusion of 7/8/1990, are “Standing On The Moon”, and “He’s Gone” which leads into an exploratory “KY Jam”.Scroll down to watch this week’s Shakedown Stream pre-show and full-concert webcast on Friday (June 26th) beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.Grateful Dead Shakedown Stream Pre-Show with Dave & Gary feat. Jeff Chimenti – 7/17/20[Video: Grateful Dead]Grateful Dead – View From The Vault (7/8/90) – Full Streamlast_img read more

first_imgThe casket of Rep. John Lewis moves over the Edmund Pettus Bridge by horse-drawn carriage during a memorial service for Lewis, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Selma, Ala. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020.(Brynn Anderson | AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) “I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now,” he said at the time. Trump ordered flags at half-staff at the White House and all federal public buildings and grounds, including embassies abroad and all military posts and naval stations, throughout the day Saturday. Soon, the young man King nicknamed “the boy from Troy” was organizing sit-ins at whites-only lunch counters and volunteering as a Freedom Rider, enduring beatings and arrests while challenging segregation around the South. Lewis helped form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to organize this effort, led the group from 1963 to 1966 and kept pursuing civil rights work and voter registration drives for years thereafter. Lewis earned bipartisan respect in Washington, where some called him the “conscience of Congress.” His humble manner contrasted with the puffed chests on Capitol Hill. But as a liberal on the losing side of many issues, he lacked the influence he’d summoned at the segregated lunch counters of his youth, or later, within the Democratic Party, as a steadfast voice for the poor and disenfranchised. Searing TV images of that brutality helped to galvanize national opposition to racial oppression and embolden leaders in Washington to pass the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act five months later. King swiftly returned to the scene with a multitude, and the march to Montgomery was made whole before the end of the month. He was a teenager when he first heard King, then a young minister from Atlanta, preach on the radio. They met after Lewis wrote him seeking support to become the first Black student at his local college. He ultimately attended the American Baptist Theological Seminary and Fisk University instead, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a guiding voice for a young Illinois senator who became the first Black president. “The American public had already seen so much of this sort of thing, countless images of beatings and dogs and cursing and hoses,” Lewis wrote in his memoirs. “But something about that day in Selma touched a nerve deeper than anything that had come before.” “I told him that I stood on his shoulders,” Obama wrote in a statement marking Lewis’s death. “When I was elected President of the United States, I hugged him on the inauguration stand before I was sworn in and told him I was only there because of the sacrifices he made.” A son of Alabama sharecroppers, the young Lewis first preached moral righteousness to his family’s chickens. His place in the vanguard of the 1960s campaign for Black equality had its roots in that hardscrabble Alabama farm. Lewis was born on Feb. 21, 1940, outside Troy, in Alabama’s Pike County. He attended segregated public schools and was denied a library card because of his race, but he read books and newspapers avidly, and could rattle off obscure historical facts even in his later years. Lewis refused to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration, saying he didn’t consider him a “legitimate president” because Russians had conspired to get him elected. When Trump later complained about immigrants from “s—hole countries,” Lewis declared, “I think he is a racist … we have to try to stand up and speak up and not try to sweep it under the rug.” center_img Lewis was a 23-year-old firebrand, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, when he joined King and four other civil rights leaders at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York to plan and announce the Washington demonstration. The others were Whitney Young of the National Urban League; A. Philip Randolph of the Negro American Labor Council; James L. Farmer Jr., of the interracial Congress of Racial Equality; and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP. After months of training in nonviolent protest, demonstrators led by Lewis and the Rev. Hosea Williams began a march of more than 50 miles from Selma to Alabama’s capitol in Montgomery. They didn’t get far: On March 7, 1965, a phalanx of police blocked their exit from the Selma bridge. Authorities swung truncheons, fired tear gas and charged on horseback, sending many to the hospital. The nation was horrified. Lewis, who died Friday at age 80, was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists who organized the 1963 March on Washington, and spoke shortly before the group’s leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech to a vast sea of people. Lewis announced in late December 2019 that he had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. If that speech marked a turning point in the civil rights era — or at least the most famous moment — the struggle was far from over. Two more hard years passed before truncheon-wielding state troopers beat Lewis bloody and fractured his skull as he led 600 protesters over Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. People paid great heed to John Lewis for much of his life in the civil rights movement. But at the very beginning — when he was just a kid wanting to be a minister someday — his audience didn’t care much for what he had to say. President Jimmy Carter appointed Lewis to lead ACTION, a federal volunteer agency, in 1977. In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council, and then won a seat in Congress in 1986. “Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family,” Trump said via Twitter. “The sight of them rolling over us like human tanks was something that had never been seen before. People just couldn’t believe this was happening, not in America,” Lewis wrote. Lewis’ wife of four decades, Lillian Miles, died in 2012. They had one son, John Miles Lewis. That bridge became a touchstone in Lewis’ life. He returned there often during his decades in Congress representing the Atlanta area, bringing lawmakers from both parties to see where “Bloody Sunday” went down. – APlast_img read more

first_img Related ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Mike Epps is admitting he didn’t use the best judgement Friday night when he decided to dance onstage with a kangaroo at a Detroit comedy show.After a TMZ video of him seemingly egging on the animal went viral, the actor-comedian apologized to fans who called his act violent and described the kangaroo’s treatment as “animal abuse.”“Look I wanna sincerely apologize to everybody. I don’t own the kangaroo and did not mean any harm to the animal it got outta hand and Iam [sic] sorry,” Epps captioned a kangaroo preservation group photo on Instagram late Sunday night. “I will be donating money to this foundation save the kangaroos.” Epps continued, “Sorry if I offedend [sic] anybody I love animals sense [sic] I was a kid I had dogs my whole life !!#imadeabadmistake I keep taking down my post because of the back lash Iam [sic] getting!! thank you for forgiveness !!”According to TMZ, Epps’ apology may be a little too late. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reportedly investigating the incident to ,”make sure the kangaroo was not being mishandled during the comedy show.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more