Tifton Is On http://www.tiftonison.com/ Wed, 25 May 2022 17:13:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.tiftonison.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Tifton Is On http://www.tiftonison.com/ 32 32 The Richmond Observer – NC Parents’ Bill of Rights heads for first committee hearing https://www.tiftonison.com/the-richmond-observer-nc-parents-bill-of-rights-heads-for-first-committee-hearing/ Wed, 25 May 2022 16:52:57 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/the-richmond-observer-nc-parents-bill-of-rights-heads-for-first-committee-hearing/

RALEIGH — A “parents’ bill of rights” will get its first committee discussion Wednesday morning in the North Carolina Senate. Senate leaders in the NC General Assembly outlined the measure at a Tuesday night press conference, saying it establishes the right of parents to request information about what their child is learning in school, including lessons, textbooks, tutoring services and other details about how their child and school operates. Schools would be required to develop a system for parents to access this information.

The measures were added to the House Academic Transparency Bill from last session and would require parents to be informed of all health services their child is receiving, including notifying a parent of any changes in the physical or mental health of their child, and if their child requests a change of name or pronouns.

“If my child asked a question about something like that, I think I would want to know,” Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said at the press conference on Tuesday. “And I think the onus would be on the school to let a parent know that those are the types of requests a child makes.”

The bill also stipulates that issues such as gender identity and sexual orientation cannot be part of the formal curriculum until after third grade. There would be no ban on casual discussion of the subject in the lower grades.

“There’s no attempt to stop people talking about things,” Berger said. “There is a specific prohibition against it being part of the K-3 curriculum.”

The push to strengthen parental rights in education through state laws is happening in 26 other states, plus there is a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” in committee on Capitol Hill. North Carolina would join Arizona, Florida and Georgia, where lawmakers passed bills in similar language, according to a legislation tracking page.

The bill comes after the COVID-19 pandemic sparked an outcry among parents of K-12 children as schools moved online and parents began to see first-grade instructions. hand that troubled some. Dozens of parents have rebelled against public school closures, mask mandates, radical curriculum choices, controversial sex theories in classrooms and school board meetings closed to in-person attendance.

A recent Civitas poll found that 66% of likely voters say K-12 public education is going in the wrong direction.

A parent’s bill of rights proposed by the John Locke Foundation, which oversees the Carolina Journal, has been proposed with information circulating to lawmakers in recent weeks.

“Many parents feel increasingly helpless about what their children are exposed to in the classroom,” said Dr. Terry Stoops, director of Locke’s Center for Effective Education. “These feelings have been heightened by an increasingly radicalized agenda and policies in the age of the pandemic. Parents should be empowered to make educational decisions for their children and should be able to expect full transparency from schools, teachers and administrative staff.

The measure could not only codify parental rights in public education, but it could also be a major issue in the 2022 election. New Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, won in November after leading a campaign that tapped into parents’ anger and angst over K-12 public education.

The Florida version of the bill has garnered the most national attention. The legislation, lambasted by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, would prevent third parties from teaching K-3 students about sexual orientation or gender identity, in addition to many other protections for the autonomy of parents over their children.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill March 28, saying in a statement that families “should be protected from schools using classroom instruction to sexualize their children as young as 5 years old.”

In April, Georgia lawmakers passed a measure stipulating that parents have the right to see the curriculum their children are learning. Republican Governor Brian Kemp is expected to sign the measure into law.

In other states, a parent’s bill of rights has met with stiff resistance from Democrats and teachers’ unions. Also in April, Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that would have codified several parental rights into state law. These include the right “to determine the names and pronouns used for the child in school” and the right to “withdraw from a course or educational material for reasons based on religion or personal beliefs”.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, also a Democrat, vetoed a similar bill, while measures have also fallen prey to veto pens in states like Pennsylvania.

North Carolina Senate Bill 755, Academic Transparency/Parents’ Bill of Rights, is scheduled to be discussed at 11 a.m. at the Senate Education Committee meeting chaired by Sen. Deanna Ballard, R- Watauga, and Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover.

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Elevating Wellness Summit Raises Awareness of Mental Health in the Workplace https://www.tiftonison.com/elevating-wellness-summit-raises-awareness-of-mental-health-in-the-workplace/ Wed, 25 May 2022 00:30:51 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/elevating-wellness-summit-raises-awareness-of-mental-health-in-the-workplace/

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE)– Feeling stressed at work? The Elevate Wellness Summit took place Tuesday at the Grand Wayne Convention Center where the summit addressed issues regarding mental health and addictions in the workplace.

The Elevate Summit is the first of its kind in Fort Wayne, where nearly 86 participants representing local human resources departments attended in hopes of providing knowledge and resources to help employees and their mental health.

“Times are changing in our workforce since the pandemic, we are seeing an increase in the number of people leaving their jobs and not returning to work. And so we’re really trying to look at it from an educational perspective of what we can do differently to help people and meet them where they are,” Alicia Wells, director of public relations for the Allendale Treatment Center and the recovery of Fort Wayne. mentioned.

The event brought together around 7 speakers who led various training sessions for HR professionals. Trainings included creating a mentally healthy workplace culture, ensuring employees’ mental health needs are met, and an optional Narcan training session.

“Our hope is that today’s attendees will engage, hear something new, and be able to bring that back to their workplace and change the culture so that we can reach more people and give them the help they need. need,” Wells said. .

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Construction underway for a new health facility https://www.tiftonison.com/construction-underway-for-a-new-health-facility/ Tue, 24 May 2022 15:50:40 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/construction-underway-for-a-new-health-facility/

LATHAM, NY (NEWS10) – A new, state-of-the-art medical arts complex is coming to Latham. Community Care Partners has partnered with CDPHP to create ‘Wellness Way’, the largest private healthcare facility in the Capital Region. Representatives from Community Care Physicians PLLC (CCP), CDPHP, City of Colony and Columbia Development Companies held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, three-story, 263,000 square foot medical facility located at 6 Autopark Drive to Latham.

This installation is the new headquarters of the CCP and the CDPHP. CCP plans to move into the building in stages. The project aims to complete all phases by early 2024.

CCP will be the facility’s anchor tenant and will relocate all clinical services currently offered at the Capital Region Health Park two miles to Autopark Drive, which will be renamed Wellness Way to reflect the services offered. Wellness Way will provide additional specialty care services including rheumatology, an expanded AAAASF procedure space and an expanded cancer care program. It will also provide better access to timely, cost-effective, quality care for patients and growth for CCP. “…It’s so accessible for all counties,” said Dr. Shirish Parikh, president and CEO of Community Care Physicians.

Proposed main entrance. 6 Wellness Way, Latham NY

“[This will be] a place where people will get comprehensive services at the outpatient level…everything from primary care, specialty services, imaging, laboratory to outpatient procedures. They will also be able to sort out their insurance issues and navigate the system at the same time,” said Dr. John Bennett, President and CEO of CDPHP.

The facility is also the next step in the integration of services between CCP and CDPHP, which recently announced a partnership to form a management services organization to support all non-clinical functions of the CCP practice family.

CCP is made up of 1,800 people, including more than 420 providers, all sharing a common goal: creating healthy communities, one patient at a time. When completed, the building will not only house the CCP, the largest independent multi-specialist practice in the region, but will also be the largest outpatient medical center in the Capital District. The Wellness Way complex will be visible from the Northway and is designed with the patient experience in mind, with on-site cafes, more green spaces, electric car charging stations, heated sidewalks, multiple points of access for patient filing and greater ability for specialties to collaborate on patient care, regardless of insurance plan.

The CDPHP was established in 1984. It is a physician-founded, member-driven, community-based, not-for-profit health plan that provides affordable, high-quality health insurance plans to members from 29 New York counties.

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Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin on mental health Talking saved my life https://www.tiftonison.com/evertons-dominic-calvert-lewin-on-mental-health-talking-saved-my-life/ Tue, 24 May 2022 07:28:03 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/evertons-dominic-calvert-lewin-on-mental-health-talking-saved-my-life/

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin says this season has been one of the toughest times of his career, adding that telling those close to him about his struggles has helped save his life.

Everton avoided relegation this season after a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in their penultimate league game last week, helped by a late Calvert-Lewin winner.

– Mental Health Awareness Week 2022: Highlighting experiences, voices in sport

The England international has made just 17 league appearances this season after suffering a setback in his recovery from a quadriceps injury and breaking a toe.

“On a personal note, I had to dig deep inside myself at times this season and endured some of the toughest times of my career and life to date,” Calvert-Lewin said in an Instagram post.

“To all the young kings who suppress emotion, I advise you to speak up, to a friend, family member or someone who will listen, speaking up saved my life.

“It will make you realize that things are never as bad as they seem, and you will discover that the paradox of true strength is being able to face your weaknesses.”

Everton finished the season 16th in the Premier League to continue their 68-year stay in the top flight.

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The Syracuse Police Reform Committee touts a work in progress. “I’m really proud of my city” https://www.tiftonison.com/the-syracuse-police-reform-committee-touts-a-work-in-progress-im-really-proud-of-my-city/ Tue, 24 May 2022 00:46:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/the-syracuse-police-reform-committee-touts-a-work-in-progress-im-really-proud-of-my-city/

Syracuse, NY – Police officers in Syracuse now have access to a phone-based language app for communicating with non-English speakers. They can summon mental health professionals to the scene when they need help dealing with people in crisis. And soon, they will receive training on the history of racism in the police, nationally and in Syracuse.

These are just some of the steps being taken as part of the city’s police reform initiative, according to members of an eight-person committee overseeing the process.

But there is still a long way to go, committee members said during a YouTube presentation Monday evening. They urged members of the public to follow the city’s progress online dashboard and to contact the committee with problems or suggestions.

Some of the information on the website is still spotty. A commenter noted during the YouTube event that a few mandatory quarterly reports containing data on traffic stops and other police interactions seemed to be missing. Police Sergeant. Oversight committee member Mark Rusin said he would make sure the data was released soon.

Like other municipalities in the state, Syracuse was held by Order from Governor Andrew Cuomo in June 2020 to review its procedures in light of the deaths of unarmed black men such as George Floyd, whose killing in May 2020 sparked nationwide protests.

But Syracuse is one of the few cities in New York to form an oversight committee and take Cuomo’s command “as an opportunity for quality improvement,” said Barrie Gewanter, former executive director of the local chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

“I’m really proud of my city for doing this, for taking this opportunity,” she said.

During his days at NYCLU, Gewanter had his share of run-ins with Syracuse police over officer conduct, use-of-force policies, and other issues. But as the Common Council appointee to the Syracuse Police Reform and Reinvention Plan Oversight Committee, Gewanter said his concerns were heard.

During an 80-minute YouTube presentation, committee members joined Mayor Ben Walsh and Police Chief Joe Cecile in highlighting information on the city’s website that tracks the progress of 33 actions promised under the reform plan adopted last year. Cécile, who took over as chief last month, said transparency would help police build better community relations.

“Transparency is our friend,” he said.

Among other information, the website contains links to dozens of written police policies, on topics such as body cameras and the use of force. The policy database ranges from “Air Support” to “Warrant Service”.

Ranette Releford, committee member and trustee of the Citizen Review Board, urged city residents to monitor the police reform scorecard and reach out to committee members with their comments.

“We can only do what we know how to do, in a sense, and as much feedback as you provide us with,” Releford said.

In addition to Gewanter, Rusin and Releford, the Supervisory Board includes:

· Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, Committee Chair.

· Chol Majok, Councilman of Syracuse, President of Public Security.

· David Chaplin, appointed by the mayor.

· Susan Katzoff, attorney for Syracuse Corporation.

· Cimone Jordan, Neighborhood and Business Development Planner.

Do you have a topical tip or story idea? Contact journalist Tim Knauss: E-mail | Twitter | | 315-470-3023.

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County commission moves forward with central mental health receiving facility https://www.tiftonison.com/county-commission-moves-forward-with-central-mental-health-receiving-facility/ Sun, 22 May 2022 22:31:07 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/county-commission-moves-forward-with-central-mental-health-receiving-facility/
Commissioner Ken Cornell introduces a motion to move forward with the Central Reception Facility

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

At the end of the line : The county commission voted to move forward with a brick-and-mortar central mental health intake facility, co-located with Meridian Behavioral Health Services. They’ve budgeted $500,000 from their general fund plus $1.5 million in ARPA funds, and they’re asking the City of Gainesville to also increase their contribution from $250,000 to $500,000. They hope a central receiving facility will improve the experience for residents struggling with mental health issues who are often brought to jail due to a lack of other immediate options in a crisis.

At their May 10 regular meeting, the Alachua County Commission discussed options for a central reception system for Alachua County.

Deputy County Executive Carl Smart said staff considered a stand-alone system in their own building, a virtual triage system, and collocating the county program with an existing crisis stabilization unit.

Stuart Wegener, criminal justice liaison with the Department of Court Services, said the motion from the county commission in August 2021 was as follows: 1) Staff should lead and organize funding moving forward with the idea of ​​a central reception center (CRF); 2) Authorize the President to send a letter of invitation to the City of Gainesville and hospitals in the region to participate in the program operationally and financially; 3) Develop plans for an operational and oversight entity of the FRC; 4) Work with Meridian to produce a 3-5 year plan that shows partners and funding sources with the goal that this can be sustainable without ongoing allocations from the county general fund. Wegener said staff turned to the Alachua County Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC) to help gather facts and develop ideas, because PSCC’s goal is to explore ways to reduce the prison burden, and a CRF helps combat overuse. prison and relieves the existing system of crisis services through a coordinated care system. Staff then established a PSCC sub-committee that included PSCC members and community stakeholders.

David Johnson, program manager for the county’s Justice and Mental Health Collaborative Grants Program, said staff do not recommend the virtual triage option, which would involve “using [iPads] basically in the back of police cars to connect people in crisis directly to a mental health therapist. He said it could be a complementary program to a CRC, but staff focused on stand-alone and co-located options. He said a CRF that is on-site in a Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) would reduce transportation costs, as patients would simply walk through a door if staff decided CSU was the best option for them. However, the existing CSUs are not centrally located in the county or the city of Gainesville. He said agreements would also be needed with other receiving facilities, such as partner hospitals, regarding patient transfers.

Johnson said a stand-alone facility would be very difficult to achieve because it would have to be a quasi-hospital facility with “very significant capital requirements”. He said the operational costs would also be double the operational costs of a co-located facility. It would also be difficult to obtain a license for the facility before it is built, which would increase the risk. So, he said, they don’t think a stand-alone facility “is the feasible or responsible route, because of the cost, the time it would take, and the uncertainty of being able to get it up and running.”

Alachua County and the City of Gainesville have committed $250,000 to the effort, and a legislative request is in the budget awaiting the governor’s signature. The institution may be able to access other state grants through Florida Lutheran Services.

Commissioner Mary Alford (who has since resigned) said she “would love to have this up and running as soon as possible”, but with rising prices and supply chain issues for building materials, “I’m really concerned about the delay of any new construction…we’ve been talking about this for years…and now we’re in a place where it’s absolutely the worst time [in decades] do construction. »

“I spoke to a mother yesterday whose son has been brought back to jail yet again, who has been in jail about 20 times and who has a diagnosed behavioral health issue that almost never gets treated because they have to continually dealing with the substance abuse issue that often goes hand in hand with other behavioral health issues, and so, you know, this mother has been doing this for 22 years, something that I can relate to, and the frustration in the community is high – Commissioner Mary Alford

Alford said she preferred a stand-alone facility, “nothing against Meridian. I just feel like…well, I know the patients I’ve treated…almost everyone would prefer this be a standalone facility because of the trauma inflicted on people who go through the system… If someone says they’ve been to Meridian, that’s a stigma they don’t want… We need to do this ASAP I don’t care what the cheapest thing is right now… Yesterday I spoke to a mother whose son has been sent back to prison again, who has been in prison about 20 times and has a health problem behavioral problem that is almost never treated because they have to continually deal with the substance abuse problem that often goes hand in hand with other behavioral health issues, and so, you know, this mother has been doing this for 22 years, something I can relate to, and the frustration in the community is high.”

Alford said if a virtual triage system could be effective “for certain audiences,” she would favor doing it sooner rather than later.

Commissioner Anna Prizzia pointed out that building and certifying a stand-alone facility could take years. She said the “best and most efficient option” would be to co-locate the facility with Meridian. She asked about the budget shortfall and Smart said that if the board decides to go ahead with a co-located facility, staff are asking the county to increase their commitment from $250,000 to $500,000 and are asking also the city of Gainesville to do the same.

Commissioner Ken Cornell said mental health needs had increased for all ages during COVID, so he believed the facility was an appropriate use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. He introduced a motion to implement a CRF as a physical campus, co-located with a Crisis Stabilization Unit, specifically Meridian Behavioral Healthcare. The second part of the motion was to increase county funding from $250,000 to $500,000 and to ask the City of Gainesville to do the same. The third part was for staff to bring back a source of funding, including determining if ARPA funds can be used for this purpose.

County Executive Michele Lieberman told the board that she previously set aside $250,000 to build the facility, along with $1.5 million in ARPA funds to help pay for operations for a few months. years. She said the county had not designated a source of funding for operations once ARPA money ran out, but that ARPA money could be transferred to capital to get the facility built.

A community advisory board is currently being negotiated, but currently consists of representatives from Meridian, North Florida Regional Medical Center, UF Health Vista, a county commissioner, the state’s attorney, the public defender, the mayor of Gainesville, the chief of police, and the sheriff.

The motion is adopted unanimously.


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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) West Virginia hosted an open house Saturday for Mental Health Awareness Month.

The DBSA offers many different resources for people struggling with mental health issues, in which they are:

  • Free meetings
  • Family support
  • Support for veterans
  • Free literature
  • Depression Support
  • Bipolar support

While talking about the resources her institution has to offer, Lynne Vespoint, President of DBSA WV, said, “It’s all free, all of our literature, we have statewide meetings, and the support are intended for anyone suffering from depression, bipolar disorder. disorder, or their family friends, loved ones, anyone. So, for heaven’s sake, dbsawv.org, find a meeting near you, and if there isn’t one, start one.

Vespoint started hosting in 2016, but they’ve been in the Morgantown facility since September, located in the Mountaineer Mall, and opened in January. She said events like these are “important because mental disorders are stigmatized in society” and feels they need to get the word out. At the open house, there was a student art exhibit, door prizes, snacks, drinks, and community support.

Towards the end, the alliance introduced a special room called “Andrea’s Room”. This coin was in memory of Denver Snyder’s daughter, Andrea Snyder. Snyder always put everyone above herself, and was constantly buying things for other people, taking them out, and just being a good person. She was battling depression and her family couldn’t believe it could hurt someone who was so happy.

Synder would take his daughter to places of treatment and bring her home. After she got home, she spent the rest of the day in bed, her depression only getting worse. Andrea Snyder tried different medications, but nothing seemed to help her. Denver Snyder explained that the drugs don’t work for everyone and said, “It’s good if someone can get help, because there is help.” I worked for a pharmaceutical company, they made drugs for depression. And, there are drugs there, you just have to try to take one. Medicine works, but you have to give it a chance.

When Andrea Snyder passed away, her obituary contained the donation link for the DBSA organization. They got a ton of donations from his obituary and they even sold t-shirts. “Andrea’s Room” was put in the facility in remembrance of her. Her bedroom doors have green seafood curtains, and the sign had a mermaid on it, because those were some of her favorite things.

The DBSA is hosting a conference this summer, but the location is yet to be determined. You can find more information and a way to donate here.

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Why this CMO revealed his mental health issues to his team https://www.tiftonison.com/why-this-cmo-revealed-his-mental-health-issues-to-his-team/ Sun, 22 May 2022 08:00:13 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/why-this-cmo-revealed-his-mental-health-issues-to-his-team/

When I took on a marketing manager position at a new company a few months ago, I wasted no time talking to my employees about my issues with anxiety and depression. The results have been tremendous.

To introduce myself, I organized “ask me anything” sessions. More recently, I made one when I first met my team in Brazil. It wasn’t long before they started asking me about mental health.

I shared the story of being bullied as a child and trying to bury all the trauma deep within my psyche as I got older. I explained that when I achieved a career goal of becoming a marketing director at 30, I looked around and couldn’t understand why I was unhappy. From the outside, it looked like everything should be fine. It was only then that I began to realize that professional success was no antidote to what I had to reckon with. So I went into labor – with therapy, medication, meditation, all that.

Sharing this with my employees helped open the floodgates. Some have started sharing their own stories. They talked about stress, struggles during the pandemic, and experience with mental illnesses. The conversation put our relationship on the right foot.

I have a global workforce, with employees in North and South America and Europe. As I met more and more teams, I engaged in similar and open conversations.

Fight the stigma

It has never been more important to make mental wellness something we can talk about without stigma. The World Health Organization reports that the pandemic has triggered a 25% increase in anxiety and depression. A report from Boston University last fall found that rates of depression in the United States tripled in early 2020 and continued to rise in 2021, affecting one in three American adults.

Stigma often prevents people from even recognizing their own psychological struggles. I used to think of these things as signs of weakness, so I ignored them. Companies can do a lot to help end these stigmas.

A McKinsey survey find that 79% of employees say an anti-stigma awareness campaign around mental wellness would be helpful, but only 23% of employers have one. “Additionally, while C-suite directed communications can be an effective tool to raise awareness of support and reduce mental health stigma, only a quarter of employers report using this channel,” the report said.

My experience shows that a “campaign” doesn’t have to be a complex undertaking. It can start with the opening of the frames. But this can be especially hard to do for C-suite people.

“The best leaders are sharers”

In a report for harvard business review, three researchers shared the results of an analysis they conducted on the leadership styles of executives. They found that “the best leaders are sharers,” which they define as those “who openly acknowledge their fears, stress, and other negative emotions.”

Sharing negative emotions can lessen the impact of those emotions on the leader; build empathetic relationships with employees; encourage others to open up; and help people overcome their own difficulties, they wrote. All of this has powerful results, “ultimately booster morale and performance throughout the organization.

Yet despite these benefits, many executives are hesitant to share, “driven by a widely held assumption that true leaders must always be ambitious and results-oriented, and that admitting negative emotions is a sign of weakness.”

If my experience proves anything, it’s that gathering the courage to open up to your own inner turmoil is worth the work. We should all normalize these challenges as just part of what it is to be human.

Of course, opening up to my new company, Gympass, may be easier than for executives at some other companies, since Gympass is all about welfare. But I’ve done similar things in previous companies that weren’t wellness-focused and had equally powerful results.

Of course, these kinds of conversations are just the beginning. Prioritizing employee well-being in an organization requires a series of steps. (See a list of essentials here.) If you’re looking to create a mental wellness program at work, this month presents a particularly good opportunity. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and organizations such as the Center for Workplace Mental Health, part of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, offer tool kits and resources.

There’s a lot of talk these days about how people should be able to bring their “whole selves” to work. The “whole self” includes the whole mind. When we embrace this and seize the opportunity to improve employee mental well-being, everyone wins.

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Giuliani interviewed for hours by the committee 1/6 https://www.tiftonison.com/giuliani-interviewed-for-hours-by-the-committee-1-6/ Sat, 21 May 2022 22:41:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/giuliani-interviewed-for-hours-by-the-committee-1-6/

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, who as an attorney for then-President Donald Trump pushed bogus legal challenges to the 2020 election, met for hours with the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol, a person familiar with the interview said on Saturday.

The interview with Giuliani took place virtually and spanned much of Friday, according to the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.

Giuliani was scheduled to meet with the committee earlier this month, but a spokesperson for the panel said the meeting had been postponed.

The former New York mayor is considered a key aide to the committee, which interviewed nearly 1,000 witnesses, including members of Trump’s family and advisers from his inner circle. The commission is planning a series of hearings in June.

In January, the committee subpoenaed Giuliani and other members of Trump’s legal team who were seeking to overturn election results in battleground states through lawsuits that made unsubstantiated allegations of vast electoral fraud. Trump’s own attorney general, William Barr, said there were no widespread irregularities that could have affected the outcome of President Joe Biden’s winning race, and judges across the country have dismissed the claims. allegations.

At the time of the subpoena, the committee said it was seeking records and an interview with Giuliani, and wanted information about Giuliani’s reported encouragement of Trump to direct the seizure of voting machines and his efforts to persuade state legislators to take action to overturn the election results.

Giuliani also spoke at the rally outside the White House that preceded the Jan. 6 insurrection.

CNN first reported Friday’s interview with Giuliani.

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Associated Press writer Farnoush Amiri in Washington contributed to this report.

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Lake Oswego High champions mental health awareness with ‘LO Kick Back’ https://www.tiftonison.com/lake-oswego-high-champions-mental-health-awareness-with-lo-kick-back/ Sat, 21 May 2022 01:10:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/lake-oswego-high-champions-mental-health-awareness-with-lo-kick-back/

LAKE OSWEGO Ore. (KPTV) – Brotherhood and belonging, Jordan Taff had both.

“You might think you know what’s going on, but you really don’t,” said Jordan’s mother, Anna Taff.

Anna and Rich Taff are in their seventh month of mourning the loss of their youngest son.

“Living life and moving on because that’s what Jordan would have wanted us to do and heal and honor his memory because he was special,” Anna said.

Jordan was a 2021 Lake Oswego High Class graduate who could light up any locker room with his positive vibes.

“It was just the perfect storm, I think about what happened,” Rich Taff said.

Jordan transferred his freshman year from Wells to Lake Oswego. The new kid suited up for the Lakers in the 2019 football title game – when baseball season came, so did COVID-19.

“In the back of your mind, you always wonder, what more could I have done? Could I have said that? Could I have had this conversation? said Lake Oswego High head baseball coach Jake Anders.

Isolation. Separation. Anxiety. Depression.

“He basically started getting depressed in the lockdown environment, and he developed something called malignant catatonia which basically your body starts to shut down, you don’t talk, you don’t talk, it was very difficult “, said Rich.

No sports. No school. No connection. Jordan turned to “dabbing.”

“We just see the effects of all of this, between school and having ‘normal’ kids so to speak and all the different things that happen with them and if you take that on top of consuming don’t any kind of stuff, then it’s gonna perpetuate it even more,” Anders said.

Hospitalized at Randall’s and sent to Utah for electroconvulsive therapy, it was a two-year odyssey for the Taff family that also took Jordan to the Unity Health Center for Behavioral Health in Portland.

“The people who work at Unity are walking angels,” Rich said. “They are literally angels walking this earth.”

Unity is a 24-hour service that provides inpatient psychiatric care and a pathway to stabilization and recovery for people experiencing a mental health crisis,

“Mental health resources in the state of Oregon are in a terrible state, we need more hospitals, we need more resources given to people like Jordan. Anyone with a mental health issue just isn’t there,” Rich said.

Jordan earned a scholarship to become a dual-sport athlete at Pacific Lutheran University. After four football games, Taff hanged himself in his Tacoma dorm on October 12 at the age of 18.

On Friday, Jordan’s alma affair gathered for the “LO Kick Back” — a student-vs.-teacher kickball game hosted by Laker Baseball’s class of entrepreneurs, head coach and teacher, Jake Anders.

“They said they really wanted to focus on adolescent mental health and they really wanted to focus on getting some level of excitement and activity back to school because they don’t hadn’t had dances, they hadn’t had assemblies,” Anders said.

By promoting the community and improving ours, all funds raised through the return have gone directly to what Unity needs.

“Things that they need for everyday, things that kids do like video games or lifting weights and they don’t have a lot of those things, so that’s kind of why we let’s collect our money,” Anders said.

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