WASHINGTON – A national veterans task force is advocating radical changes in the medical system for America's former military personnel, including a choice to receive subsidized private care and conversion of the Veterans Health Administration into a non-profit corporation rather than a government agency.The reform measures, if enacted as law, would dramatically affect America's roughly 22 million veterans, especially the 8.5 million who are enrolled for care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Repercussions would be even more profound for future veterans.Concerned Veterans for America sponsored the reform study amid a crisis in VA health-care services, unveiling it at a summit attended by key members of Congress Thursday. EDITORIAL: Putting veterans ahead of bureaucracyAmong its key recommendations:— Health care should be reprioritized to focus on veterans with service-connected disabilities and specialized needs. Patients already in the VA medical system would … [Read more...] about Radical changes in VA health care proposed
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Programme promotes family's role in domestic violence prevention The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam Women's Union agreed to implement a programme to enhance the role of families in preventing domestic violence. The deal was signed by Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien and President of the Union Nguyen Thi Thu Ha in Hanoi on November 21. The programme will be piloted in six provinces and cities across the nation, namely Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Quang Binh, Dak Lak, Tien Giang and HCM City. It aims to enhance awareness of the role of the family in educating attitudes, lifestyles and behaviours among family members, thus preventing domestic violence. It is also expected to help reduce the number of cases and the seriousness of domestic violence in the localities while utilising the resources of the two sectors to build happy families. Under the programme, legal documents will be completed to help women build happy families, with a focus on domestic violence prevention and … [Read more...] about Social News 23/11
Bruce Springsteen has never performed at the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, whose 2018 edition will feature such acclaimed artists as pianist and actor Hershey Felder, comedian Elon Gold and the bilingual theater company Teatro Punto y Coma.But Springsteen’s charged 1979 rocker “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)” would be an ideal theme song for this proudly eclectic event. The Lipinsky Festival is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a dozen music, theater, comedy and photographic presentations at four venues in San Diego and North County.“It started in 1994 as a one-day event at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. In our third year, we decided to make it a weeklong festival and it was named for the Lipinskys in 2001,” said Todd Salovey, who has guided the ambitious multicultural celebration since its inception. He is the Rep’s Associate Artistic Director and teaches courses in theater, acting and leadership … [Read more...] about Lipinksy Family Jewish Festival of the Arts will celebrate 25th anniversary with diverse slew of shows
Corrections & Clarifications: The city of Scottsdale paid to build Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, while the non-profit that runs it was required to come up with more than half of the funding for its operations. A previous version of the story gave incorrect information. More than 2½ years after opening, Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West is growing attendance and officials hope to renew city funding, which has at this point run dry.The museum's experience becomes increasingly relevant as plans for the controversial Desert EDGE, formerly known as the Desert Discovery Center,are partly modeled after the Museum of the West's business plan. Both are public-private partnerships relying on bed-tax dollars for construction and operation.The museum, one of more than 200 Smithsonian affiliates in the U.S. and eight in Arizona, is owned by the city and run by a non-profit.Among the 19th-century lawman badges and artifacts from … [Read more...] about Desert EDGE business plan is based on Museum of the West’s. So how is the museum faring?
One cold evening in October last year, 15-year-old Iskinder* and two of his friends woke up to the sound of shouting and the hissing of spray cans. They were in a cold, unfamiliar place, thousands of miles from home, sleeping under a bridge by a main road. The police, who violently woke them, sprayed chemical agent on them and took away their sleeping bags. The boys were arrested, with no explanation given. The chemical agent can cause allergic reactions and lesions if it gets on your skin. The three boys, all under 18 years of age, were handcuffed and struck on the top of their legs repeatedly with batons, their valuables smashing in their pockets. In Calais, in the north of France, this is far from an isolated case. “Anybody you talk to here will have at least one account of being physically assaulted by the police,” says Charlotte Head from the Human Right Observers, an organisation established in October 2017 to investigate police violence towards refugees … [Read more...] about For refugees in Calais, police brutality is a daily occurrence
HCM City's IIP surges 7% in seven months Notably, key industrial sectors, such as mechanical and manufacturing industry, electronics, chemicals, rubber and plastics and food processing, posted a year-on-year rise of 7.3 per cent, higher than the average growth of industry as a whole. This was attributed to their efforts to expand markets, update technology with new equipment and improve product quality and competitiveness, the municipal people's committee said. Sectors that posted growth in production are food and beverages (14.3 per cent), non-metallic products (21.3 per cent) and machinery and equipment (32.1 per cent). In July alone, the city's industrial production index rose by 3.1 per cent. During the month, the processing sector and industrial parks focused on drawing hi-tech investment projects and supporting business activities to record turnover of US$3.16 billion in exports and $3.17 billion in imports. The IIP in the first seven months of last year grew by 6.6 per … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 14/8