Israeli Women Tear Down Centuries Old Gender Barrier at the Western Wall

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWomen in Israel have had their prayers answered.After a three decade-long battle, the Israeli government has agreed to let women pray alongside men at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites.The Wall is one of the few remaining remnants of the Second Jewish Temple, and rules allowed both men and women to pray at the wall — but never together.SEE MORE GOOD NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD…GET OUR APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSA group called Women of the Wall has held monthly protests for the past 27 years demanding the Israeli government bring down the virtual wall between genders and allow women and men to pray alongside one another.Under a compromise approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet, a former archeological site will be turned into a plaza allowing mixed-gender prayers.Costing nine million dollars, the plaza will be able to accommodate 1,200 people at a time, reports the CS Monitor.RELATED:  Thousands of Women Protest for Peace in Jerusalem“This landmark decision gives expression to a fundamental truth: there is more than one way to be Jewish,” Rabbis Noa Sattah and Gilad Kariv, of the Israel Religious Action Centre and the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism said in a joint statement. “There is more than one way to pray. There is more than one way to connect to Jewish traditions and identity.”(WATCH the video below from the Associated Press) — Photo: Edmund N Gall, CCShare This On Your Friends’ Walls…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Have enough money for the retirement life you want

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Retirement planning is full of uncertainties: How long will you want to or be able to work? How many decades can you expect to live? What will happen in the markets in the meantime?by. Donna Rosato and Penelope WangOne way to fill the knowledge gap is with rules of thumb, nuggets of conventional wisdom, or one-size-fits-all retirement products. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find easy answers to how much you should save for retirement and how you can safely spend it. Meanwhile, mutual fund companies will happily sell you a single fund that offers a simple plan for investing your nest egg.Too easy and too simple, says Michael Kitces, a financial planner and director of research at Pinnacle Advisory Group in Columbia, Md. “We rely too much on rough guidelines or underdeveloped knowledge instead of rigorous analysis,” he says. Kitces is one of a group of big thinkers you’ll meet in this story who say that you can do better.Calculator: Can you retire early?New ideas about retirement are especially urgent now. Today’s markets may not be priced to deliver high returns to retirees or those in their peak savings years; at the same time, the cost of health care in retirement keeps rising. continue reading »last_img read more

Elder Law Section offers call-in mentoring sessions

first_imgElder Law Section offers call-in mentoring sessions June 15, 2010 Regular News Elder Law Section offers call-in mentoring sessions Elder law attorneys can earn up to six free hours of CLE credit each year, thanks to the “Tricks of the Trade” program instituted in 2008.The one-hour call-in sessions — conducted by Pensacola attorney Jason Waddell — are held bimonthly, with subjects ranging from pulled trusts to professional periodicals. During the first 15 to 20 minutes, a state expert sets a foundation for the topic of discussion; the remainder of the call is a question-and- answer session between elder law attorneys and the designated expert.“Elder law is one of those areas where we do have a natural flow of people coming from estate planning to elder law,” said Waddell, an elder law attorney with Waddell, Waddell, & Breazeale.“So we may have a very experienced practitioner, but the terms we’re talking about are new to him or her.”The calls are designed to appeal to both the experienced attorney and the young lawyer. So far, the setup appears to be working. More than 40 participants call in every other month to join the conversation.“When you’re entering a new area of law, getting information can be very difficult and expensive, and this is a way for someone to easily get information that they need in their daily practice for free,” said Waddell. “Having a resource like this every other month means six hours each year, you’re going to be getting free information.”The next “Tricks of the Trade” call will be held on Thursday, July 8, at 11:00 CST/12:00 EST. The call-in number for the conference call is 1-888-376-5050.last_img read more

Robson and Schierhorn both in new territory at goaltender

first_imgSchierhorn was Minnesota’s uncontested starter for two and a half years, while Robson came in and disrupted his program-record 94-game start-streak. Now, Schierhorn and the newcomer Robson have been sharing the net, with the lion’s share going to Robson of late.“You see the other guy at the end making saves and I think … it pushes us in practice,” Schierhorn said. “Mat’s a good goaltender and I think I can even learn from him, too.”Prior to Robson’s emergence in the last seven games, Schierhorn played all of Minnesota’s games until mid-December. Schierhorn hasn’t struggled either — some of his numbers this season are better than his career averages. This season, he has a 2.52 goals against average, which is his best in his time with the Gophers.Schierhorn sees himself improving despite his lack of game time, adding some of Robson’s calm playing style that he has been able to watch closely in games the last few weeks. The junior goaltender said he’s been working on making his game calmer even before Robson came in.“You see the game from a different perspective, it’s simpler than sometimes you think it is,” Schierhorn said. “You don’t have to move as much as you think you do in certain situations.”The situation has been fluid this season for the Gophers, but for now, the starter of the last few seasons has been temporarily supplanted while Robson earns playing time.Robson and Schierhorn are close with one another, even though they compete for the same spot on the team.“There’s competition every day at practice and that’s the way it should be,” Robson said. Robson and Schierhorn both in new territory at goaltenderThe sophomore goaltender has played in seven consecutive games.Max OstensoSophomore goaltender Mat Robson reads the play during a game against No. 1 Notre Dame at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Jan. 26. Drew CoveFebruary 22, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe offense has struggled and the defense has thrived, but the biggest story for Minnesota the second half of this season has been in the net.Sophomore goaltender Mat Robson had to sit out the first half of the season and Eric Schierhorn faced the Nittany Lions when they came to 3M Arena at Mariucci in October.The No. 8 Gophers face the final regular season matchup against No. 18 Penn State this weekend and the goaltending matchup will be different this time around.“Sitting out the first half, it was a bit of a battle coming into school,” Robson said. “I knew I’d get my chance and I’m having fun doing it.”One trend for Minnesota’s recent success can be largely attributed to Robson.He came in for the game at Madison Square Garden against Michigan State and has started seven consecutive games since. He has won five of the seven starts, a tie against Ohio State and one loss to Notre Dame. His goals-against-average over that stretch was just under 1.43 per game. The Gophers were two victories over .500 coming into the second game against the Spartans. Since that game, Minnesota has been on a tear. Now with one series remaining, the Gophers are six games over .500 and have improved their conference record to 10-10-2. “He’s certainly giving us an opportunity every night,” head coach Don Lucia said. “He’s given us a chance to win some games 2-1 or 1-0 and that’s an important ingredient this time of the year.”Though Robson’s success has been evident, Minnesota’s other starting goaltender, Schierhorn, has taken the backup’s spot on the bench for the first time in his three years with the Gophers.last_img read more

Australian company buys Las Vegas retail center for $23.4m

first_imgDTZ, a global leader in commercial real estate services, has announced the $23.4 million sale of Las Palmas Village in Las Vegas on behalf of the seller, Donahue Schriber Realty Group of Costa Mesa, CA.DTZ Executive Managing Directors Ryan Schubert and Michael Hackett of Phoenix represented Donahue Schriber in the investment sale. The buyer was Australian-based Citywest Investments Joint Venture. The ±106,838 square foot Las Palmas Village is located at 445-525 E. Windmill Lane.“Las Palmas Village is a solid neighborhood shopping center with daily needs tenants and a strong history of occupancy,” according to Mr. Hackett. “Its location near surrounding master-planned communities and the city’s largest concentration of employment, the Las Vegas Strip, made it an attractive investment opportunity.”Built in 1997, Las Palmas Village is anchored by one of Las Vegas’s highest performing Vons grocery stores, which occupies ±57,566 square feet. The neighborhood retail center is 99.2% leased, with a substantial list of national tenants including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Taco Bell, Fantastic Sams, American Family Insurance, The UPS Store, Pizza Hut and H&R Block. Las Palmas is located on 10.8 acres at the corner of Bermuda Road and Windmill Lane, an intersection that has visibility to approximately 72,000 daily vehicles.last_img read more

Fed shutdown affects disease detection, food safety

first_imgThe nation’s first government shutdown in 17 years could have major impacts on the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to disease threats such as the approaching flu season and new viruses overseas such as H7N9 influenza and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to federal contingency plans.Negotiations on a budget to fund the federal government ground to a halt overnight over disagreements in Congress about language meant to delay the Affordable Care Act. The impact on federal public health and food safety agencies was quickly seen this morning, as red-box banners went up on Web sites warning that updates would be limited, information could be out of date, and inquiries could go unanswered.Shutdown shutters flu surveillance, limits outbreak detectionUS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activities to protect citizens in the United States and abroad will continue at minimal levels, and its parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warned that the shutdown will significantly reduce its ability to respond to outbreak investigations, process laboratory samples, and maintain its around-the-clock emergency operations center.Barbara Reynolds, PhD, who directs the CDC’s division of public affairs, told CIDRAP News yesterday that, of the agency’s 13,000 employees in the states and abroad, about 4,000 will remain working. She said that group includes 3,000 workers who are in the Commissioned Corps or are working in programs that are supported outside of the 2014 appropriations process.Though the CDC will not be able to support the annual seasonal flu vaccination program, the Vaccines for Children program will continue, because it receives mandatory funding. The impact on the flu programs could be pronounced, Reynolds said, because the nation is entering the flu season months, and vaccination activities are well under way.Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May, but it commonly peaks in January or February. The CDC typically begins publishing its more detailed weekly flu surveillance reports in early October.”We won’t be monitoring seasonal flu activity in the US as flu season begins,” she said. The government shutdown will also hamstring the CDC’s rapid response for vaccine preventable diseases such as measles and weaken its surveillance for emerging infectious diseases such as MERS and H7N9.The CDC also won’t be able to support outbreak detection and linking across state boundaries that involves genetic and molecular analysis, which presumably includes PulseNet, the national subtyping network for identifying foodborne pathogens, and a similar system for detecting norovirus, according to HHS. Reynolds said states may continue to find outbreaks, “but we won’t be doing the cross-state consultation and laboratory work to link outbreaks that might cross state borders, such as a recent hepatitis A outbreak.”Reynolds said the government shutdown will also keep CDC officials from routinely inspecting biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) and BSL-4 labs that are part of the nation’s select agent programs.Some of the fully funded programs that will continue include the Strategic National Stockpile, international malaria activities, and the Haiti cholera response, according to the HHS plan.Some activities at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will continue, including some vital duties such as maintaining critical consumer protection to handle emergencies, high-risk recalls, civil and criminal investigations, import-entry review, and other critical public health issues.The HHS said, however, that FDA authorities will have to stop routine establishment inspections and some compliance and enforcement activities. Other suspended activities include import monitoring, notification programs, and most lab research needed for public health decision-making.Some of the FDA staffing will remain in place for “safety of human life” activities, which include certain inspections, recall activities, adverse event reporting, and lot release protocol reviews, according to the HHS.According to the HHS contingency plan, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the federal agency that leads the nation’s response to public health emergencies, will maintain minimal readiness and limited staffing for all-hazards preparedness and response activities. These include the secretary’s operations center, the National Disaster Medical System, and specialized medical countermeasure response under the safety of human life exception.However, ASPR won’t be able to fund medical countermeasure activities, and the government shutdown could delay assisting Colorado with recovery from recent floods and preparing the nation for response if a domestic H7N9 or MERS-CoV case is detected.Research projects on iceAt the National Institutes of Health (NIH), patients at clinical centers will continue to receive treatment from about 2,564 medical staff.  Lab animals will continue to receive care, but minimal staffing will be in place to support ongoing study protocols and safeguard NIH facilities.Centers, however, won’t admit new patients, unless deemed medically necessary by the NIH director, and the agency won’t start any new study protocols or take actions on grant applications or awards.The HHS estimates that 734 of the more than 8,000 people who typically work in intramural research labs will remain on the job to maintain cell lines and other vital research materials.Mary Woolley, president and chief executive of Research!America, a nonprofit health research advocacy group based in Alexandria, Va., in a statement today warned that the inability of elected officials to reach a budget agreement hampers the nation’s research community, which plays a key role in addressing current and emerging health threats.”The research pipeline has already been deeply warped under sequestration, heightening the anxiety of Americans concerned about the future of their health,” she said. “It’s time for lawmakers to put aside ideological differences and take decisive action in short order to sustain funding for medical and health research.”The federal budget stall is even affecting PubMed, a medical and science reference database that the NIH operates as part of its National Library of Medicine. As of today, the PubMed Web portal carries a notice saying it is being maintained as much as possible with minimal staffing, but will attempt to respond to urgent operational questions.Meat inspections continueAt the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will continue its daily on-site inspections of meat, poultry, and eggs, according to the agency’s contingency plan for the shutdown. The FSIS will also continue enforcing regulations and doing work for which it is reimbursed by industry.FSIS will also continue to inspect meat slated to be exported, conduct emergency operations in connection with voluntary recalls of contaminated meat and poultry products, investigate foodborne disease outbreaks, and conduct microbiologic monitoring and surveillance.About 87% of the FSIS’s workforce—8,407 of 9,623 employees—will remain on the job, according to the agency document.Some activities will likewise continue at the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), according to that agency’s posted plan. It says a total of 1,075 employees are exempted from the shutdown because of the need to protect life and property.Another 3,037 APHIS employees are exempted from the hiatus because they’re involved in activities funded by sources other than annual appropriations, such as user fees, trust funds, reimbursable overtime, and “no-year funding,” the agency document says. For example, emergency responses to agricultural pests and diseases are funded through Commodity Credit Corporation no-year funds.Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it can continue activities necessary to protect life and property, including counter-terrorism watches and intelligence gathering. Also, DHS’s Disaster Relief Fund is fueled by a no-year appropriation and may have enough money to continue operating. DHS says it won’t maintain its Web site during the shutdown.Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said yesterday in a statement that the FDA and USDA have developed thoughtful plans for continuing some basic food safety functions in the face of the government shutdown. “But make no mistake: the safety of our food supply will suffer if agreement is not reached on a continuing resolution that funds the government.”IDSA airs impact concernsThe Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) expressed concern today about possible effects of the shutdown on research and public health.Amanda Jezek, vice president of policy and public affairs, told CIDRAP News via e-mail, “IDSA is very concerned about how the shutdown (and continuing inability to have stable, robust federal funding) is impacting key biomedical research and public health activities conducted by or supported by federal agencies.”For example, she said, the NIH will not act on grant applications or initiate new protocols during the shutdown. She also noted that the CDC will be unable to support its annual seasonal influenza program, and its outbreak detection and response and infectious disease surveillance activities will be seriously limited.Among immediate effects of the shutdown, IDSA spokeswoman Jerica Pitts acknowledged that some CDC experts have had to cancel plans to speak at the IDSA’s annual conference in San Francisco this week. She said that no sessions have been canceled, as some CDC speakers will give their talks via video conferencing, while substitutes have been lined up in other cases.See also:HHS shutdown contingency planOct 1 Research!America statementSep 30 CSPI statementWhite House Office of Management and Budget page with links to agency shutdown plansDHS shutdown contingency planlast_img read more

Mipim 2018: Allied London to develop series of new buildings at Enterprise City

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New Review

first_imgThe Southampton Review’s 2019 summer/fall issue is now available for purchase. This is the 25th issue, and will it be loaded with original art and writing pieces.“We changed the cover layout — moving to a full-bleed image on the front,” stated editor-in-chief Emily Gilbert. “We updated the fonts and now use more sans serif to give the review a more contemporary look. We increased the margins; we reformatted the table of contents and moved the bios to the back.”The issue is highlighted by a cover photo by Christopher Stott and writing pieces by Alicia Mountain, Massoud Hayoun, and Lisa Locascio.“I really love Lisa Locascio’s essay, ‘Elegy for Western Time.’ She had a book published last year called ‘Open Me’ and I read it and loved it and emailed her for work, and she sent us a very non-traditional essay about living in LA,” added Gilbert.The writers that are published in the review have won renowned prizes, including the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. This year’s summer/fall issue will officially come out on July 13. Copies of the review can be purchased for $15 at www.thesouthamptonreview.com and can be found at local libraries throughout the East End. Sharelast_img read more