Tribunal backs e-mail policy at Barclaycard

first_imgTribunal backs e-mail policy at BarclaycardOn 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. An employment tribunal has upheld Barclaycard’s right to access itsemployees’ e-mails. Hilary Miseroy, 40, from Northampton, was sacked from the credit card firmlast September over the content of e-mail messages on his computer. The two-day hearing in Bedford last week threw out Miseroy’s claim of unfairdismissal, ruling the organisation had acted in a correct manner. Routine monitoring by the firm found 900 personal e-mails stored onMiseroy’s computer. Further investigation uncovered evidence of Miseroy supplying cannabis to acolleague, insulting e-mails to fellow staff and sharing confidential companyinformation with a rival firm. Speaking to Personnel Today, Barclaycard’s HR director John Sands said thefirm operates a cleare-mail and internet policy so employees know they will bemonitored for excessive use and inappropriate content. “In this situation, during monitoring, the company came across anexcessive number of personal e-mails. Because of this, we looked at thecontent,” he said. last_img read more

TO OPIOID HELL AND BACK

first_imgMaking Sense by Michael ReaganI’m feeling human again, thanks.After three weeks of living in opioid hell – of constantly being sick to my stomach, of throwing up, of having the shakes and feeling depressed and crying – my body and brain are back to normal.I’m no longer high and messed up on pain killers.I’m no longer trying to withdraw from them.And I have a new, up-close-and-personal understanding of the country’s opioid epidemic and how easy it is for a 70-something guy like me to become addicted to potent pain pills.My opioid nightmare started on March 13 when I had my left knee replaced. The surgery went fine, but with knee replacement all the pain comes during recovery.When I was released from the hospital on March 15 my doctor wrote me a prescription for oxycodone.Fifty pills. Two every four hours at first, then one every 12 hours.Hello opioid addiction.For the first 10 days and 30 oxycodones, I was pain-free but a complete mess. I was often nauseous. I threw up now and then.I tried to do my knee exercises as I sat in my recliner chair and watched “The Voice” and whatever else was on.I don’t really remember much else from those first 10 days, except for feeling sick and occasionally throwing up, but my wife told me my whole personality changed.I was angry. I was sad and depressed. The pressure I was putting on my family to take care of me made me start crying.On Sunday, March 25, my wife took my opioids away, but I took pill No. 30 against her will.On Monday morning I got up, felt nauseous – and threw up. I threw up every day after that for ten days, but the third day of my withdrawal was the worst.I felt like I had been hit by an earthquake. I had the shakes all day.When I went to have my surgery staples removed, the knee doctor took one look at me and sent me straight to my heart doctor.The heart doctor took one look at me, ran an ultra-sound on my heart and sent me back to the ER for blood tests.At the ER I threw up.I sat in the ER for several hours, then went home and got lots of fluids. I was shaking so much I couldn’t hold my hand steady or sign my name.Today – April 5 – I can say I’m finally recovering from addiction.Yesterday was the first day since March 15 that I woke up and didn’t feel like I was going to be sick. For the last week I haven’t thrown up once.Last night was the first time I thought I could safely go out to dinner and order food. My wife Colleen and I split a dinner.The worst for me is over and I’ve learned some lessons the hard way.I now understand how powerful and dangerous opioids are. And how important it is to have a loving family at home to take care of you when you’re taking them or trying to get off them.During the last few days I’ve run into several other guys who had their knees replaced.What they said made me feel kind of stupid.One guy said he never touched oxycodone. He took Tylenol 3, which has codeine but is less potent.When I ran into George Thomas, the retired foreman of my father’s ranch, he told me he had had both of his knees replaced.When I told him I was still recovering from opiates, he said, “I didn’t take anything.”OK, well.I’m not as tough as old George.I know opioids are valuable weapons against pain, and that before they were over-prescribed to help create the current crisis they were often under-prescribed.But if I have to have my other knee replaced, I’m going to take Tylenol 3 and keep the oxycodone in the box.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Charity to hold family open day

first_imgThe Bakers’ Benevolent Society (BBS) is holding a family open day, following the success of its 150th anniversary open day last year.The event will be held on Sunday 5 July at Bakers’ Villas in Epping, Essex. BBS president Moira Rank will attend, as will members of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and industry trade associations.The gates will open at 1pm and the theme this year is ’jazz’. A New Orleans jazz band has been booked for the afternoon, which will also feature a hog roast and barbecue.BBS will also use the opportunity to show supporters how it has spent its donations, as well as the work that has been carried out at Bakers’ Villas.last_img read more

Around the Schools: Harvard Kennedy School

first_imgTwo documentaries from this year’s Sundance Film Festival had an exclusive screening at the inaugural Gleitsman Social Change Film Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).Sponsored by HKS’s Center for Public Leadership, the film forum on April 16 and 17 enabled top filmmakers to meet with leading public policymakers as well as student social entrepreneurs and activists hungry for a more in-depth understanding of the possibilities of film as a vehicle for social change.The films showcased at the festival were “Countdown to Zero,” which examines the risk of nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism, and accidental nuclear exchanges, and “A Small Act,” which describes a ripple effect of generosity created by an anonymous gift to help educate a boy in Kenya.Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and David R. Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership, participated in the panel discussions, as did former CIA covert operations officer and nuclear arms trade expert Valerie Plame Wilson.­If you have an item for Around the Schools, please e-mail your write-up (150-200 words) to [email protected]last_img read more

IOP welcomes spring fellows

first_imgHarvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government announced on Jan. 13 the selection of an experienced group of individuals for resident fellowships this spring. Over the course of an academic semester, resident fellows interact with students, participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community, and lead weekly study groups on a range of topics.“This ideologically diverse group of political professionals possesses a deep knowledge of international diplomacy, foreign affairs, speechwriting, and legislating on Capitol Hill,” said Eric Andersen, IOP fellows program director. “We are looking forward to hosting such prominent practitioners on campus to inspire the next generation of leaders in politics and public service.”The following resident fellows will join the institute for the spring semester:Caroline Croft, senior adviser, U.S. Department of StateBob Inglis, U.S. representativeJohn McConnell, senior speechwriter and White House deputy assistant to the president and assistant to the vice presidentEllen Qualls, senior adviser for strategic planning, office of U.S. House Speaker Nancy PelosiEmma Sky, senior political adviser, U.S. Generals Odierno and Petraeus in IraqBart Stupak, U.S. representative, MichiganThe fellows program is central to the institute’s dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to increase interaction between the academic and political communities.last_img read more

FAWL program to focus on worklife balance in the legal profession

first_imgAward-winning author and lawyer Holly English is the keynote speaker at the Florida Association for Women Lawyer’s Midyear luncheon January 21 from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Miami Hyatt Regency Downtown as part of a joint meeting with the National Association of Women Lawyers and the Association of Corporate Counsel, South Florida Chapter.FAWL also will offer a CLE program the same day titled “Taking Charge of Your Career: Best Practices for Women Lawyers.”English is the author of Gender on Trial: Sexual Stereotypes and Work/Life Balance in the Legal Workplace. What started as a book on women’s issues in legal workplaces expanded through the interviewing process to a discussion about gender stereotypes that continue to plague both women and men in the legal profession. In the words of the author, “[W]e are now in a post-discrimination era.. . . The fundamental battle for acceptance has been won, at least in public. Blatant sex discrimination, as evidenced by hostility and rejection of women based strictly on gender, is greatly reduced. The most important gender issues today are ‘work/life balance,’ usually expressed as a problem of retaining women in the workplace.” English has a general litigation practice with a concentration in employment law in New Jersey and writes a regular column on issues affecting lawyers and their professional development for New York Law Journal.The cost for the luncheon is $35 in advance/$40 at the door for FAWL, NAWL and ACC members and $40 in advance/$45 at the door for nonmembers. To register, call the FAWL office at (850) 894-0055 or visit the FAWL Web site (www.fawl.org) to obtain the registration form. Space will be limited and registration must be made prior to January 17 to ensure meal availability.FAWL also joins with the National Association of Women Lawyers and the Association of Corporate Counsel, South Florida Chapter, to present the third in a nationwide series of continuing education programs — “Taking Charge of Your Career: Best Practices for Women Lawyers.”The moderator for the first segment of the program titled “Gender Bias Today” will be Jennifer Coberly, a member of the Bar’s Board of Governors from Miami. Featured panelists include: Hilarie Bass of Miami, a member of the ABA Commission on Women; Professor Mary I. Combs, University of Miami School of Law; and Judge Patricia Seitz of the U.S. Southern District of Florida. The discussion will focus on whether there is a “second glass ceiling,” the subtle issues of gender discrimination today, and tips for how to understand and handle the impact and confines of gender roles as they relate to your practice in 2005.“Developing Client Relationships: How In-House Counsel Selects Outside Counsel” is the title of the second portion of the program, in which a cross-section of in-house lawyers discuss how they select outside counsel, including the key factors that clients look for in outside counsel and how client relationships are solidified. The moderator, Dorian S. Denburg, the rights-of-way counsel for Bell South corporation’s Atlanta office, will lead the panel composed of Marianne Hurd Nation, deputy general counsel of Ivan Corporation in Miami; Eileen Kett, general counsel of Club Med in Coral Gables; Marcy H. Kammerman, general counsel for Tarragon South Development Corporation in Ft. Lauderdale; and Arlene Finkelstein, counsel for Siemens Communications, Inc., and president of the Association of Corporate Counsel, South Florida Chapter in Boca Raton.The program concludes with a segment titled “Organizational and Firm Leadership.” Former ABA President Martha W. Barnett of Tallahassee will moderate the discussion about why more women aren’t in top leadership positions in the legal profession and what essential skills women lawyers must master to achieve success and leadership positions in law firms and other organizations. Panelists will include Angela H. Orkin, executive director of the Florida Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program; Florida Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson of Tallahassee; and Evett Simmons of Port St. Lucie, a former president of the National Bar Association.The cost for the CLE program is $70 in advance/$85 at the door for FAWL, NAWL, and ACC members and $80 in advance/$95 at the door for nonmembers and students. The cost for both the CLE program and luncheon is $100 in advance/$115 at the door for FAWL, NAWL, and ACC members and $120 in advance/$135 at the door for nonmembers. Registration must be made prior to January 17 to ensure meal availability at the luncheon.To register, call the FAWL office at (850) 894-0055 or visit the FAWL Web site (www.FAWL.org) to obtain a copy of the registration form. January 1, 2005 Regular News FAWL program to focus on worklife balance in the legal professioncenter_img FAWL program to focus on worklife balance in the legal professionlast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events for April 2014

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York SeetherThe hard-rock trio hailing from South Africa, known to mingle and create with modern-rock superstars such as Amy Lee of Evanescence, will play in support of their soon-to-be released album, including top-5 single “Weak.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Paramountny.com $28, $30, $32, $45. 8 p.m. April 18John MulaneyThe Saturday Night Live writer and stand-up comedian has left audiences doubled-over in tears on notorious programs including but certainly not limited to: Comedy Central Presents, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live. You may also recognize him as the other old Jewish guy from the “Too Much Tuna” skits on the fast-growing Kroll Show starring Nick Kroll.  The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. Thespaceatwestbury.com $25, $35. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. April 18RuskoThe Mad Decent music label, the same label that pumps out electronic music giants like Diplo, Baauer and DJ Snake, brings Rusko to one of New York City’s hottest weekly parties: Boys and Girls. Disclaimer: this show is not for the faint of heart! There will be lasers, some of New York’s zaniest, and of course, lots of wobbly, in your face, BASS (not the fish). Also featuring: Imanos, Tony Quattro and Resident DJ’s Alex English and rekLES. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (3rd & 4th aves), Manhattan. Websterhall.com $25. doors open at 10 p.m. April 18O ParadisoTucked in the back room of what seems to be your every day bar/restaurant is a hidden gem of a venue where O Paradiso will be headlining a Friday night of eclectic, experimental music performances alongside live painting displays. Featuring musicians/artists: Leila Adu, Simone Kearney, Mike McFadden, and Prism House. Cameo Gallery, 93 N. 6th St., Brooklyn. Cameony.net $8. 8 p.m. April 18Screening of Lucerne Festival with Live SpeakerExperience a live screening of the late Claudio Abbado’s version of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) in C minor. But first, enhance your understanding of the complete work with an enticing lecture given by Gilbert Kaplan immediately beforehand. To further extend your night-out pleasures, inquire about the exclusive “After Opera Dinner” special from The Living Room Restaurant at c/o The Maidstone. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Guildhall.org. $18 public, $16 members. 6:45 p.m. April 19The Weight Performing Songs of The BandThe term “Cover Band” doesn’t do these guys justice. Made up of: Jim Welder, former member of The Band and current member of the late The Band drummer Levon Helm’s project Midnight Ramble Band, Randy Ciarlante, former member of The Band and The Levon Helm Band, Brian Mitchell, current member of Midnight Ramble Band, Byron Isaacs, another current member of Midnight Ramble Band and Marty Grebb, former member of the Fabulous Rhinestones and song writer for The Band. The collective The Band knowledge and experience among these musicians may just surpass that of the whole The Band band. YMCA Boulton Center, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. Boultoncenter.org $50, VIP reserved seating $45. 8 p.m. April 19Kim Russo: The Happy MediumThe expert on the unexplained hosts hit A&E television shows The Haunting Of… and Celebrity Ghost Stories. If paranormal happenings and displays of psychic ability churn your stomach, eat light, but definitely don’t skip out. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. Thespaceatwestbury.com $35, $60, $75, $120. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show April 19The World/Inferno Friendship SocietyOrchestral punk rock featuring Big Band sounds from well… a big band reminiscent of the catchy, angst-ridden tunes of “The Hush Sound.” Consisting of an indeterminate number of musicians playing piano, several drum sets, saxophones, and whatever else the wind blows their way on a particular evening. Promoting their newest album, The Anarchy and The Ecstasy. Joined by “Iron Chic” hailing from Huntington Station, and Philly’s own fresh compilation of rockers known as The Bad Doctors. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn. Musichallofwilliamsburg.com $17 advance, $20 day of show. 8 p.m. doors open 9 p.m. April 19Kira VelellaLong Island-based indie folk singer songwriter. Her most recent EP, Daughter, has been busy winning hearts of notoriously tough indie audience for the last year. Two appearances on Long Island this month. With Jenn Friedman and Scott Barkan-Sip This, 64 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream. Sipthisny.com 8 p.m. April 19 With Scott Barkan- Gentle Brew, 151 E. Park Ave., Long Beach. Gentlebrewcoffee.com11:30 a.m. April 26David KalishThe Opposite of Everything, a romantic comedy debut novel that’s both relatable and totally out-there. When things go bad, like… really bad, our protagonist Daniel Plotnick finds solace in desperate measures. Namely, doing the opposite of everything he’d done before. Get your copy signed and meet the brain behind the partially-fictional do-over that you’ll wish you’d thought of first. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com. 7 p.m. April 22Miley Cyrus: Bangerz TourTwerk team titan, de-Disneyfied diva, Bangerz bombshell rides her wrecking ball to our own esteemed Coliseum to do the job normally reserved for the pizza boy: personal delivery of your guiltiest pleasures. The unstoppable hype surrounding this tour makes it a must-see whether you love her, or just love to hate her. Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. Coliseum-ny.com From $73. 7 p.m. April 24Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing: Rockin’ Fights 13Bronx native boxer-turned-lawyer-turned-boxing gym connoisseur Joe Deguardia presents Rockin’ Fights 13, which promises to be an electrifying evening of fellas beating the daylights out of each other. Headlined by fan-favorite, LI’s own Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin. Also featuring Anthony Karperis of Hicksvillle,, Max Tassy of Nyack, Jason Escalera of New Jersey and the undefeated Constantin Benjenaru. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Paramountny.com $63.50,  $117.50, $171, $225.50. 7 p.m. April 24Frankie Valli and the Four SeasonsBefore the current Broadway SMASH that is Jersey Boys, there was the real Frankie Valli in all of his smooth falsetto glory, singing his way out of the projects of Newark and into the hearts of not only his generation, but also every one after and surely those to come. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ timeless tunes that topped the charts in the 1960s and 70s are newly relevant today by way of Broadway, parents, grandparents, remakes of old songs, and the everlasting charm of Frankie Valli himself. Three appearances at the Westbury Music Fair. NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. Westbury-theatre.com. $80-$500. 8 p.m. April 24-26Carla BruniTouring to promote her fourth studio album Little French Songs. Italian-French ex-high fashion model proves to hold much more substance than her “rock stars’ muse” reputation in past tabloids has allowed the public to realize. While her marriage to French President, Nick Sarkozy is notable, it is but a footnote compared to Bruni’s solo success as a singer/songwriter. Unique opportunity to rock out with a former first lady. The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St., Manhattan. Thetownhall.org $59.50, $79.50, $99.50. 7:30 p.m. April 24John Turturro (Photo credit: Robert Zuckerman/courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image.Fading Gigolo: John Turturro In PersonThe actor joins us for a special viewing of a newly released romantic comedy in which he’s written, directed and starred. As a known comrade of fellow Brooklyn native and director, Spike Lee, Turturro has been taking notes and the sum of those notes equals casting himself as a gigolo, pimped out by 78-year-old Woody Allen and sought after by the likes of Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara… at the same damn time. Followed by Q&A segment. Cinema Arts Center, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Cinemaartscentre.org $20 members, $25 public. 7 p.m. April 25Whoopi GoldbergThe comedy goddess, philanthropic hero, Hollywood staple that is Whoopi Goldberg will star in a one night only must-see evening of laughter. With a lifetime achievement listing far too extensive to list here, Whoopi has transcended what it means to be a master of her craft, as she’s mastered everyone else’s too. She’s got a Grammy, an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, an Emmy (and a daytime Emmy, there’s a difference!) and a Tony in the books. But try not to feel too bad about yourself; she’s also done plenty of fantastic work that hasn’t received the highest honors ever. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Paramountny.com $75, $99.50, $115, $135. 7 p.m. April 26Mickey B’s Disco Explosion featuring: The Sugar Hill Gang, Bonnie Pointer, Harold Melvins Bluenotes, Rochelle Fleming, Dancin’ Machine Orchestra, and Nicole Vanessa OrtizWhat you hear is not a test, so break out your sequins and dancing shoes! Locally known as “The Prince of Rock and Roll,” Master of Ceremonies Mickey B presents the talents that brought you hits like “Heaven Must Have Sent You” and “Rapper’s Delight.” Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. Patchoguetheatre.com $42, $48, $62, $75. 7 p.m. April 26Melissa EtheridgeSinger, guitarist, songwriter, environmental activist, and human rights activist with mega-hits like “Come To My Window” and “I’m the Only One” on her resume. Her This is Me solo tour will feature the familiar acoustic and electronic guitar performance that fans all know and love as well as harmonica and piano stylings, all built to encompass a more intimate heir as a solo act. NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. Westbury-theatre.com. $75-$440. 7 p.m. April 27Long Island Restaurant WeekIndulge in more than you’d like to admit during this go-around of the bi-annual Restaurant Week on LI, when for one week only, you can enjoy three-course prix fixe meals at premium participating restaurants ranging from the East End to Nassau County. Longislandrestaurantweek.com $27.95 all night (Prices dependent on location on Saturday). April 27- May 4Twenty One PilotsThis breakout pop-rock star duo will not fail to elevate both your energy and butt from your seat with their dance-y, high tempo, cool-kid jams. Joined by Hunter Hunted and NONONO. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Paramountny.com $25, $27.50, $30, $35. 7:30 p.m. April 29last_img read more

For Muslim American Voters, ‘Stakes are High’ this Presidential Election

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two weeks before the 2000 presidential election, a group of influential Muslim Americans gathered in the nation’s capital to endorse the one candidate who made an effort to meet with Muslim leaders and address their concerns, both foreign and domestic.It’s unclear if the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council’s pledge played a significant role in sending voters to the polls, but when all the ballots were tallied—Florida recount and all—it emerged that Muslim Americans had come out in droves to support George W. Bush, as the Texas governor enjoyed 70 percent of the Muslim vote.Six days after the horrific attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Bush had not forgotten about these people who helped carry him to victory. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Muslim leaders at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., Bush famously declared: “Islam is peace.”By 2004, however, it became clear that the admiration a majority of Muslim Americans felt toward Bush just four years earlier had waned. It was replaced not with apathy but scorn. This time, it was his Democratic challenger John Kerry who would go on to grab nearly three quarters of the Muslim vote, which essentially served as an emphatic rebuke of Bush’s controversial Patriot Act, the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent monitoring of US Muslims under his watch. As Bush’s first term was winding down, 69-percent of Muslims—nearly the same percentage that supported the president—said they disapproved of his job performance.Dr. Safdar Chadda of New Hyde Park was one of those Muslims who found that Republican values aligned with his political beliefs when he moved to this country four decades ago. But after two terms of Bush in the White House, he abandoned the GOP. In 2008, Chadda backed Sen. Barack Obama.Now it’s unlikely that Chadda, a registered Independent, will vote for a Republican in this year’s presidential election.“This is a matter of life and death…right now, if you hear the rhetoric,” Chadda, the original president of Westbury’s Islamic Center of Long Island, told the Press.After each terror attack, the rhetoric seems to ricochet unabated on cable news and in the mainstream media. In the aftermath of Tuesday’s horrific bombings in Brussels, which killed 31 and injured more than 300, Donald Trump reaffirmed his Muslim ban proposal by saying the US should close its borders. His closest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, suggested authorities “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods” to prevent radicalization. Cruz’s remarks were met with resistance from NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who said Cruz “doesn’t know what the hell is talking about.”Interviews with local Muslim leaders and national organizations committed to amplifying the voices of this much-maligned population revealed a portrait of a community deeply fearful of anti-Islam statements by Republican presidential hopefuls. But at the same time, Muslim American voters appear more committed than ever before to head to the ballot box, advocates say.Indeed, a six-state survey released by the Muslim civil rights organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in February found that 73 percent of registered Muslim voters said they will vote in their respective primary elections, with 67 percent vowing to support Democratic candidates.New York doesn’t hold its primary until April 19 but the deadline to register to vote is Friday, March 25, thus the frenzied attempt to encourage people to register with their local Board of Elections.Chadda said organizing efforts in Nassau County began about six months ago. Each volunteer was charged with encouraging at least 10 Muslim American families to register. Chadda said at least 100 families have since pledged to vote for the next president of the United States.“The stakes are high,” he said.In Suffolk County, Nayyar Imam, the first-ever chaplain of the Suffolk County Police Department, said announcements have been made during Friday prayer at the Selden Mosque reminding people to get registered.If a silver lining can be found in the fog of election warfare, it may be that Muslim Americans are so incensed by Islamophobic remarks that they’re more committed to head to the polls, Imam said.“It’s a wake-up call for the Muslims of America,” he explained, “because, as you know, most of us don’t participate in the political system.”The current political climate may prompt many more Muslims to vote this time around. But, as Imam noted, disagreements over Middle Eastern policies going back to the Reagan administration and continuing under President Obama may also motivate people.“Obama killed more Muslims than Bush…with the drones and with the wars and with the countless bombing of countries,” he said. “Muslim blood is so cheap.”Sadyia Khalique is the director of CAIR’s New York chapter. She said the national organization has been busy overseeing voter registration efforts but the local objective is to reach out to people through social media and in the community.“People have the power to change government. People have the power to get their voices heard,” she told the Press. “Why not utilize that?”A common refrain among voters in liberal-leaning New York is that the April primary here is insignificant and hardly an accurate representation of the national electorate. But, as Khalique puts it, “What we’re finding is with voting, it’s not only something that’s a physical thing to do. It’s an empowering thing to do.”“This is a matter of life and death…right now, if you hear the rhetoric”Absent reliable polling data that would help determine voter turnout by religion, it’s difficult to quantify how many Muslim American voters have already participated in this year’s presidential primaries. Ghazala Salam, executive director for Emerge USA in Florida, a non-profit advocacy group that promotes voter participation in several swing states, estimates that 70 to 80 percent of Muslim voters in Florida actually turned out.Current estimates put the Muslim population in the US at 3.3 million. That number is likely to double by 2050, perhaps making that voting bloc much more desirable for elected officials.“We have the highest number of younger people among all the diverse communities, so for that reason, [in] the future they’re just going to grow in numbers,” Salam told the Press.Still, she added, “You don’t want to marginalize anybody.”While Muslims have been outspoken about xenophobic comments made by Republican demagogues campaigning for president, some insist the best way to offer a rebuke to those candidates is by making people’s voice heard at the polls.Advocacy groups said they believe young Muslim Americans are more engaged in the political process than ever before. Salam credits Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is “resonating more with the younger generation.”Chadda is convinced that anti-Islam rhetoric will die down after the heated election.“Pre-9/11 Muslims were very well respected, very well honored,” he explained.Not everyone is as optimistic.“Our community has already been spied upon,” said Khalique, referring to the NYPD’s blanket surveillance of Muslims after 9/11, which failed to turn up a single lead.She said that CAIR often gets calls from clients who feel the FBI is watching them. That sense of paranoia is not going away any time soon.“We always feel like we’re being targeted,” she said.last_img read more

Family struggles with inaccurate COVID-19 test results, experts explain

first_img(WBNG) — The Kelly family has been back and forth with their coronavirus test results, testing both negative and positive within days. Meantime, local medical experts give advice on how to handle these situations. “This goes back hundreds of years during pandemics is you do what you can do that you can afford and that’s social distancing,” said Gehring. “That really does work.” When Sara thought her father was feeling ill, she immediately took him to UHS Wilson Hospital. There, in isolation, Jack was tested multiple times. Some of the results came up negative and then shortly afterward, some results came up positive. Bewildering his family members, they were put in mandatory quarantine. Sara Price’s father, Jack Kelly, was living in the Elderwood Nursing Home in Waverly with dementia, a hot spot in Tioga County for coronavirus cases. Recently, Jack was returned home after testing negative twice for the virus. With this information, Gehring says it can be easy to not trust the numbers, but says this is the best tracking the nation can do right now in this unprecedented time, so he’s encouraging everyone to stay vigilant, saying, “What we learned from the coronavirus is that discernment is key.” According to Dr. Lazarus Gehring from Endwell Family Physicians, there isn’t anything wrong with the tests. He says every test like the ones that require a nasal or throat swab run the risk of inaccuracy. Gehring says the only method that has proven to help stop the spread in this pandemic and in pandemics in the past is social distancing and wearing a mask. Dr. Gehring says if you test negative in your first result, it might be a good choice to test again, especially if you are experiencing symptoms. You can also get advice from your personal healthcare provider after being evaluated. “At this point, I’m at my wits’ end. I just want this whole thing to be over,” said Sara. “I want to know if there’s something wrong with these tests.” “That depends upon what phase of illness you are in, that depends upon the person who is doing the test, and finally the accuracy of the test, so those three are going to give you the result,” said Dr. Gehring. Meanwhile, Sara Price and her family are still waiting on the rest of their results, hoping these come in with more accuracy.last_img read more

Apple Launches iPhone 12 Studio to Let You Virtually Try Out MagSafe Accessory Combinations

first_imgAre iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Tanishka Sodhi Tanishka Sodhi is a sub-editor at Gadgets 360. As a journalist, she has covered education, culture, and media and mental health. She is interested in the intersection of technology and culture, and its impact on everyday lives. Tanishka is a staunch advocate of gender equality, and the correct use of commas. You can get in touch with her via Twitter at @tanishka_s2 or drop a mail at [email protected] Apple has launched iPhone 12 Studio, a webpage that lets you virtually try different MagSafe accessories. The webpage can be accessed via iPhones and iPads. You can choose between iPhone 12 models and customise them with MagSafe case and wallet colour options. You can also save the look by naming it and return later to buy it. MagSafe uses magnets placed inside the iPhone to wirelessly charge the phone. Accessories like cases and wallets can also attach to the phones.The iPhone 12 Studio can be accessed by iPhones and iPads. On visiting the site, you can choose between iPhone 12 models – iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. When you select a model, brief information about the iPhone will be displayed to you after which you can “scroll down to personalise” and tap on Design.- Advertisement – You can start by choosing the colour of the iPhone and then pick a colour for the MagSafe case or wallet from the available options. The changes will automatically reflect on the picture of the iPhone on your screen. You can keep mixing and matching colours until you find a combination you like. After this, Apple allows you to choose between viewing the final look in a stacked view or doubled-up view, following which you can add your name and download the image.The iPhone 12 Studio will allow users to experiment with colour combinations and give them to freedom to try on different MagSafe cases, even if only virtually. This will ensure that customer have a fair idea about how the new MagSafe accessory they have ordered will look with their new iPhone 12 models. Apple Watch Studio works similarly; customers are allowed to pick a model and customise it virtually.The MagSafe charger is available at Rs. 4,500 and can be purchased from the Apple Store online.- Advertisement –last_img read more