Oil drops again as the International Energy Agency slashes its growth forecast

first_imgFriday 12 December 2014 4:53 am Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveUndoHero WarsAdvertisement This game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndo Emma Haslett Share whatsapp Oil drops again as the International Energy Agency slashes its growth forecast Show Comments ▼ Is £1-a-litre petrol about to become a reality? Oil prices fell again this morning, after the International Energy Agency (IEA) slashed its forecast for growth in the oil sector.According to the IEA’s monthly oil market report, global growth in the market will hit 900,000 barrels a day next year, 230,000 fewer than previously expected. As a result of the report,  Brent Crude fell 43 cents to $63.25 a barrel, while US WTI Crude dropped 67 cents to $59.28.The $1bn question is how falling prices will affect the market. Although consumers are expected to have more spare cash and companies in oil-reliant industries, such as airlines, are expected to benefit, the IEA suggested the stimulus effect of falling prices “may be modest”.Antoine Halff, the report’s author, pointed out “the global economy remains weak, there is no wage growth, there is little consumer spending and the main concern is deflation, all of which is feeding into each other”.Earlier this week Goldman Sachs economist Kevin Daly suggested if prices continue to fall, the price of petrol could drop as low as £1.05, a level which has not been seen since August 2009.And although analysts at DNB Markets have lowered their forecast for prices to “slightly below” $60 in early 2015, Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh has suggested prices could be pushed as low as $40.  whatsapp Tags: Oil priceslast_img read more

Medical training programs need to care about physician burnout. Should the rest of us?

first_img On the other side of physician burnout By Timothy Hoff June 21, 2018 Reprints The medical profession is waking up to the fact that too many doctors are burned out in their jobs with plenty of public handwringing. There’s no question it’s a big issue for physicians. But should the rest of us care about it?I’m not sure, and I study doctors and how they work.There isn’t a lot of systematic research linking burnout among physicians to the health of their patients. I’m not saying that physician burnout doesn’t matter for patients. It likely does. If my auto mechanic is burned out, it probably affects the quality of repairs I get, just as an emotionally exhausted clinician may not be at the top of his or her game.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: I want to care that many doctors are burning out in their jobs. I think that everyone should be aware of this reality, given that health care is a service industry and physicians provide many of its most important services. But I would care more if the profession and its training institutions took their culpability more seriously by shining a light directly on what they must do — and do quickly — to create doctors who are psychologically and emotionally prepared for what they will encounter in their jobs.We don’t have the luxury to roll out curriculum reforms in a piecemeal fashion, or think that widespread culture change will occur naturally without dramatic structural overhaul of the institutions involved in medical training. We need an educational revolution right now: radical shifts in the content of what medical schools and residency and fellowship programs teach their students, how they evaluate and interact with them, and greater awareness that they have the first and most important responsibility for preventing burnout in doctors.Without these, we can expect the problem of physician burnout to get worse, and I as a patient will keep wondering why I should care.Timothy J. Hoff, Ph.D., is professor of management, health care systems, and health policy at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the School of Public Affairs and Policy at Northeastern University in Boston; a visiting associate fellow and visiting scholar at the University of Oxford; and the author of “Next in Line: Lowered Care Expectations in the Age of Retail- and Value-Based Health” (Oxford University Press, September 2017). If that’s the case, why aren’t we talking more about what physician burnout means for patients rather than just what it means for doctors? As a paying customer, is it my obligation to worry about how those who provide me with a service — and who are amply compensated for it — can feel better about what they do? Plenty of workers, from fast-food cooks to bus drivers and accountants go to work feeling burned out every day, yet we aren’t devoting pages of analysis to them even though they, too, deserve to have work that is joyful and rewarding. Nurses have experienced burnout for decades, yet there hasn’t been the same intense hue and cry for them as there is for physicians. Related: Instead, organized medicine lays the blame mostly with external forces like the corporatization of health care; the fragmentation of patient care; rising workloads; the incessant drive to make medical practice more efficient; and use of the dreaded electronic medical record. It’s true that these have made doctors’ workdays more negative, with decreased autonomy, damaged relationships with patients, and heavier workloads. My own research bears this out.But it is a downstream part of the problem. An earlier one is that too many doctors-in-training, most of whom enter medical school as young and idealistic, get put in a deep hole before they even get into their work careers as full-fledged physicians. Solid research shows that by the time many medical students and residents enter clinical practice full time, they are already burning out in high numbers. That undermines their desire to pursue the more altruistic, patient-centered form of professionalism that satisfies many physicians and gives intrinsic meaning to their work. While still in training, many report poor quality of life, and suffer from depression and psychological distress, all correlates of burnout.Knowing early that burnout may lie ahead, many young doctors make pragmatic career choices that emphasize establishing a good lifestyle and creating a balanced identity. Such choices let them pursue work and non-work interests equally and act as spouses, parents, and friends without being undermined by the demands of being a physician. I’ve researched doctors for a couple decades, written books about them, worked alongside them, and know many doctors personally. I also interact with them as a patient. What bothers me in the current discussion of doctor burnout is the lack of blame being laid on the doorstep of the medical training apparatus — medical schools as well as residency and fellowship programs. They have largely ignored this growing problem for years in the students and trainees they work to turn into competent physicians.advertisement I don’t blame them. By the time their medical training is over, physicians have already devoted a good chunk of their earthly existence to working hard, achieving, and making sacrifices just to have an opportunity to go into the profession. And many of them accumulate mounds of debt to fulfill that opportunity that will require years to pay back.This focus on career pragmatism isn’t simply driven by general “millennial values,” although there is no doubt that generation is more aware of the limitations of going all-in on any career. I believe it is an indictment of what is not happening in the critical years during which young men and women should be groomed to become competent, well-adjusted physicians able to thrive in a difficult job.Too many medical schools are nibbling at the margins of curriculum overhaul needed give students the well-rounded education they need to practice as doctors without feeling overwhelmed. And many medical residency programs still see their trainees as at-will employees rather than as highly talented assets in the most impressionable stages of their careers, employees who require a significant investment of resources to develop fully. Despite the rhetoric about change, medical school and residency and fellowship cultures overemphasize academic credentials and book smarts while largely ignoring ways to give students the street smarts, business training, resilience, adaptive mindsets, and emotional intelligence they need to navigate difficult and uncertain work circumstances.Because many role models in medical training are burned out themselves, they often lack the compassion and motivation to teach young doctors about the full rewards and realities of being a doctor, thus spreading their own psychological distress like a contagion.Add to all of this the fact that the environments in medical school and beyond remain highly pressured, overly controlling, ultra-competitive, and power laden to the point where many young physicians feel unempowered right away, and the stage is set for early career burnout to occur. It makes no sense — no other industry I know treats its most prized talent this way. Timothy Hoff Adobecenter_img Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Giving doctors the ‘capability’ they need to care for patients can fight burnout Please enter a valid email address. First OpinionMedical training programs need to care about physician burnout. Should the rest of us? Related: [email protected] About the Author Reprints Privacy Policy Tags educationphysicianslast_img read more

New co-working Digital Hub set to open in Mountmellick

first_img TAGSMountmellick Development Association Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad By LaoisToday Reporter – 8th March 2019 Twitter Pinterest Community WhatsApp Are you tired of unneccesarily early starts and late finishes? Are you fed up of driving long distances to work or rushing to make the train?Would you like to have more time in the evenings to spend with your families or on your hobbies?Do you think you could continue working for the same business but do the work closer to home? Are you currently working from home but could do with a professional, fully-serviced office space to get you out of the house?The new Webmill co-working digital hub in Mountmellick could solve a lot of those issues for you.Significant investment has been pumped into the facility which will have numerous offices and desk space for up to 50 workers.Work is currently underway on the development with the first workers expected to move in at the end of this month.Based in the Mountmellick Development Association (MDA) building in Irishtown, the Webmill co-working Digital Hub boasts the following:High-speed broadbandModern office settingDay and long-term usage optionsFlexible working hoursFree car parkingOn campus restaurantOn campus crecheAdjacent to park and river walksBe part of a like-minded communityAccess to 3rd level institutionsSupports in place to turn you ideas into realities“Mountmellick Webmill is the ultimate mashup of entrepreneurs, startups, growth companies, educational institutions, the Laois Chamber, state agencies and local government,” says Paddy Buggy, manager of the MDA where the Webmill Digital Hub is based.“Mountmellick Webmill allows entrepreneurs to use collaborative spaces, coworking spaces, mingle with other entrepreneurs and have efficient access to everything from insights into the latest technology to legal and financial advice.“Rather than endure long commutes and daily congestion, residents of the Digital Hub can choose to work and live in places that are connected, walkable, bike-able and connected by technology.“Along with Laois County Council, we took the first step in making what we have called the Webmill a reality. In March 2018, renovation started on the Mountmellick Business Park with the Mountmellick Development Association, and soon the Webmill will open the doors officially to startup companies.”For further information, contact the MDA manager Paddy Buggy on 057 8624525 or email [email protected] ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday Home Sponsored New co-working Digital Hub set to open in Mountmellick Sponsored Twitter Podcasts Facebook WhatsApp Rugby Previous articleThe Laois All-Ireland winner who is leading the charges of Limerick’s underage hurling sceneNext articleLaois woman ‘dares to say yes’ on her travels to Panama for World Youth Day LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook New co-working Digital Hub set to open in Mountmellick Pinterest Talking Sport Podcast: County finals galore, international call ups and Mike Henchy interview Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government fundinglast_img read more

BYOD risks: Keeping tabs on your company’s mobile information

first_img A remarkable 75% of Canadian businesses now support the use of employee-owned smartphones and tablets, according to a joint white paper by Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner, Ann Cavoukian, and Telus. The paper, released last week, highlights many of the risks associated with allowing employees to use their own mobile devices for company purposes. And when personal financial data is in the mix, financial advisors are likely to be at the forefront of this rapidly evolving intersection between professional relationships, personal privacy and corporate security. Wealthsimple’s peer-to-peer app goes national Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Digital identity verification comes to Canadian financial institutions Patricia Chisholm RBC adds AI-powered budgeting feature to mobile app Rather than trying to discourage the BYOD trend, the white paper lays out a five-step process to guard against what it says is a potentially dangerous blurring of the line between private and business use of mobile devices. The white paper, called Bring Your Own Device: Is Your Organization Ready?, notes that, “this blurring of the personal and business use of a mobile device raises many privacy concerns which, if not properly addressed, may result in privacy breaches, effectively turning the many benefits of BYOD into losses to the organization.” The white paper lays out a set of five steps or recommendations designed to help companies avoid privacy violations caused by BYOD issues. The concept is to build privacy into the design of a company’s policies, as a more effective means of ensuring that violations do not occur as a result of everyday practices. The steps deal with: identifying the needs of employees who use their mobile devices for work; making choices about which devices may be used by whom and the level of access they are given; developing a written policy dealing with security, monitoring, privacy, how company wi-fi may be used, and actions that will result in termination; additional measures to protect the security of the company’s IT system and how it stores personal information; and, support for employees, including responses to lost or misplaced devices. Timothy Banks, a lawyer at Denton’s who specializes in data governance issues, has reviewed the white paper. He notes that there is one aspect of it where he differs. “In my view, a BYOD policy is insufficient to address the complexities of managing security and privacy expectations and the cooperation required by employees and information technology and security professionals,” he says. Banks recommends that companies develop a written agreement that clearly sets out the rights and obligations of employers and employees who use their own mobile devices for work. With employees expecting privacy and employers expecting security of their data, such an agreement could help to greatly clarify what is fast becoming one of the most complex new trends in the workplace, he suggests. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Keywords Privacy,  Mobile applications and devices last_img read more

Education Minister Satisfied with Security at Duhaney Park Primary

first_imgEducation Minister Satisfied with Security at Duhaney Park Primary EducationOctober 15, 2009 Advertisements RelatedEducation Minister Satisfied with Security at Duhaney Park Primary RelatedEducation Minister Satisfied with Security at Duhaney Park Primarycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Honourable Andrew Holness, has said he is satisfied that there was no breakdown in security at the Duhaney Park Primary School in St. Andrew, where a student went missing on Tuesday (October 13).Yesterday (October 14), members of the community demonstrated at the school, padlocking the gates and forcing classes to be suspended for the day, following reports that 10-year old Annaleise Davis could not be found.Today, Mr. Holness visited the school and had a closed-door meeting with the Chairman of the school Board, the Principal and Vice-principal and Annaleise’s Grade Co-ordinator. Following that meeting, Mr. Holness also met with teachers at the institution, who were shaken up after the demonstration.Speaking with journalists after the closed-door meeting, Mr. Holness said that Annaleise had been returned today and that she was unharmed. The Minister said he was satisfied with the level of security at the school and that the 10-year old appeared to have wandered off the school compound during a change of shifts.Minster of Education, Honourable Andrew Holness (right), and Principal of the Duhaney Park Primary School, in St. Andrew, Dr. Vincent Campbell, speak with journalists today (October 15), following their closed-door meeting to discuss the disappearance of 10-year-old student, Annaleise Davis, from the school on Tuesday, October 14. The student was found today.“I don’t think we could place any great blame on the school for what has happened. There is a period of time, during the normal school operation, when unavoidably, they have to let out the kids and the gates have to be opened. It’s a shift school, so there is a transition period of time. We suspect that may have been the time when the child left the school,” he said.Mr. Holness reiterated the importance of ensuring that teachers check for attendance twice during the day and noted that the incident has brought into sharp focus the need to get schools off the shift system as soon as possible.“We really have to get the schools off the shift system. Whenever I get the opportunity to speak, I always say to the nation that we have to build more schools. We simply do not have enough schools and this is an example of problems that can occur because of the shift system,” he argued.The Minister also expressed disappointment with the manner in which the matter was dealt with by the community.Minster of Education, Honourable Andrew Holness (left), meets with Chairman of the Duhaney Park Primary School Board, Dr. Blossom O’Meally- Nelson (centre), and the school’s principal, Dr. Vincent Campbell, at the school, today (October 15), following demonstrations at the institution yesterday (October 14), by persons protesting the disappearance of 10-year-old student, Annaleise Davis. The student was turned over to the police today.“We would urge our parents not to act in this way; that no one wins like this, that it would have been better to join with the Principal and the staff in actively searching for the child. We wasted a lot of time in protest,” he said.For his part, Principal, Dr. Vincent Campbell, said it was “welcome relief” for the school that Annaleise was not hurt.Meanwhile, counselling has been arranged for the students and teachers who were affected by the student’s disappearance and the subsequent protest. RelatedEducation Minister Satisfied with Security at Duhaney Park Primarylast_img read more

Netball returns to Silverdome

first_imgNetball returns to Silverdome Jane Howlett,Minister for Sport and RecreationSarah Courtney,Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and EventsFresh off the success of their pre-season games in Hobart the Collingwood Magpies have confirmed that they will return to Tasmania to play two Suncorp Super Netball games in 2021.The Tasmanian Liberal Government’s partnership with the Collingwood Magpies and Netball Australia delivers world class women’s sport to our State.The Collingwood Magpies will play two home games at the Silverdome with both games to be broadcast on Channel 9.Minister for Sport and Recreation, Jane Howlett, said the two matches are a coup for Tasmania.“These games have the ability to attract a national audience and we welcome the enhanced economic and social benefits these matches will bring,” Minister Howlett said.“This is once again an excellent opportunity for Tasmanian fans to enjoy some of the sport’s biggest names on the court right here in Launceston.”Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and Events, and Minister for Women, Sarah Courtney said it’s a chance to inspire more Tasmanians to take up a sport.“The Tasmanian Liberal Government’s $1.75 million partnership is a wonderful opportunity to see these athletes back on the court in Launceston,” Minister Courtney said.“We know this significant investment will not only increase grassroots participation but strengthen the pathways for young Tasmanian netballers to realise their dreams of playing at the highest level.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:athletes, AusPol, Australia, business, Collingwood, Government, Hobart, Investment, Launceston, Minister, Small Business, Sport and Recreation, Suncorp, super, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, womenlast_img read more

Anteprima Amarone Showcasing the Italian Vineyards that Sell the Most in…

first_imgFacebook Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Anteprima Amarone Showcasing the Italian Vineyards that Sell the Most in the…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessAnteprima Amarone Showcasing the Italian Vineyards that Sell the Most in the WorldBy Press Release – January 26, 2015 25 0 ReddIt Twitter Previous articleG3 Unveils Innovative New Products for 2015Next articleJoseph W. Saltzman Appointed Sales Representative for Glass Wine Bottles and Rigid Packaging for Saxco Int. Press Release Linkedin Share Email TAGSItalyValpolicella Advertisement Valpolicella’s Golden Vineyards: Worth 4M Euro(Verona, 22nd January 2015). From grapes to a safe-haven asset, from vines to a protection from economic downturns: the Valpolicella with its Amarone of which the 2011 vintage will be presented in Verona on 31st January and 1st February is the most valuable vineyard in Italy. The 7435 hectares of vineyards, according to a study carried out in 2014 by Assoenologi, are together worth around 4m Euros, a number that remains unparalleled by any other appellation of Italian red wine. The 4m Euro value, which has increased by 200m euro over the past 5 years, is the total of the average value per hectare of 530,000 – 550,000 euro attributed by Assoenologi. This is higher than other prestigious Italian red wines such as Montalcino, Chianti, Barbaresco and Barolo (excluding the sub-zone of Cannubi). Another top mark for the Valpolicella is the value of the production of wine : 550m Euro in 2013 (of which 325m from Amarone alone), across Amarone, Valpolicella, Ripasso and Recioto. The land of Amarone, with the 2011 vintaage soon to be presented to international press, produces approximately 60m bottles with 80% being exported and a very high proportion, (96.75% according to ISMEA) of wine that is bottled and certified.Christian Marchesini, president of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella said, “we should add an extra value to the total potential value of our vineyards, which is already high: an intangible value given by the brand of quality that our wine producers have built themselves with Amarone in primis. This is the asset that we are working on to develop the image of our area across the world”. At the 12th edition of the Anteprima Amarone event organized by the Consorzio di Tutela Vini Valpolicella with the support of the Chamber of Commerce of Verona, the 2011 vintage – which shows every sign of being a great vintage – will be showcased by 64 wineries. The event’s opening presentations will concentrate on the international dynamic of the king of red wines of the Valpolicella. Tens of journalists and winelovers from across the world are expected to attend the event and, for the occasion, the city centre will pay tribute to Amarone with special dishes available in restaurants and bottles of the participating wineries in the main shops.The Anteprima Amarone 2011 event will be open to the public at the Palazzo della Grand Guardia in Verona on Saturday 31st January from 4pm to 7pm and on Sunday 1st February from 10am to 6pm (tickets, 30 euro).Advertisement last_img read more

Central KGN Youth Employment Projects Get Funding

first_imgRelatedCentral KGN Youth Employment Projects Get Funding Advertisements Central KGN Youth Employment Projects Get Funding CultureSeptember 2, 2011 RelatedCentral KGN Youth Employment Projects Get Funding FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The top two companies formed under an entrepreneurship competition of the Obra youth initiative have been presented with grants of $120,000 each, to expand their business initiatives. In addition, the companies- Knowledge Unlock Soaring Heights (KUSH) and Glowbal Ink – will also be able to market their products through a partnership with the Sandals Foundation of Jamaica. Their products include crochet sandals and glow in the dark ceramics, respectively. Speaking at the awards ceremony at the Institute of Jamaica, Kingston on Wednesday August 31, Executive Director of RISE Life Management Services, Sonita Morin Abrahams, explained that the programme exposes entrepreneurial/life skills training and internships with private sector businesses and is aimed at improving the participants’ employment prospects. She said that the entrepreneurial training available under phase two of the pilot project incorporates elements of the Junior Achievement-Jamaica programme curriculum, and highlight the concepts of free enterprise, basic principles of business, company formation/structure, customer-product focus, pricing and product marketing, underpinned by instructions in accounting and remedial reading and writing. President of Glowbal Ink, Keresha Edwards, said Obra bridged the gap between theory and simulations, and is teaching “countless lessons”. “This entrepreneurship (programme) has enabled us, as youths, to sit together, discuss, merge our ideas and make difficult decisions about running a business,” she said. President of KUSH, Damion Laylor, said the programme has exposed him to knowledge, while gaining “hands” on experience in planning, building and managing a business. “I can now face the community and the wider society and say we have surpassed the level of a hustler, elevate it to what we youths would call the real big man, and now we are all entrepreneurs,” he said.  The entrepreneurial programme involved 140 youths from Allman Town, Parade Gardens and Fletchers Land in Central Kingston, who conceptualised five companies – Da-Cuss, Glowbal Ink, Creative Instincts, Sassy Coutre and KUSH. Obra is a Latin American and Caribbean 2-year initiative, launched in 2009 by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Youth Foundation (IYF). It is aimed at improving the education and employment prospects of underserved youth in the region. It is also geared at ensuring that young people at risk have improved access to the services and programmes necessary to prepare them for work and life. RISE Life Management Services is the implementing agency for the Obra project in Jamaica. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter RelatedCentral KGN Youth Employment Projects Get Fundinglast_img read more

Bioethics Versus Catholic Healthcare: California Court Ruling Proves My Point

first_img Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share I wrote here yesterday about the intention within bioethics to destroy Catholic healthcare. Now, a court ruling from California proves my point.A Catholic hospital chain known as Dignity Health refused to perform a hysterectomy on a transgendered male, as against Catholic moral teaching. The patient sued for discrimination, but the case was dismissed on the basis that the hospital was legally following its faith principles. Alas, a Court of Appeals reversed the decision, reinstating the case to the active docket. Why am I not surprised?Dignity Health’s faith-based policies require that the institution “protect and preserve the bodily and functional integrity” of patients and that the “functional integrity” of the patient “may only be sacrificed to maintain the health or life of the person when no other morally permissible means is available.”Against Catholic Moral TeachingDignity Health also forbids any sterilization procedure, as against Catholic moral teaching. Surgeries that would have that effect are permissible only to cure or alleviate “a present and serious pathology.” Obviously, the hysterectomy would render the transgendered patient sterile.But the Court of Appeals ruled that under California law, this can constitute illegal discrimination. From Minton v. Dignity Health:The pleading alleges that Mercy allows doctors to perform hysterectomies as treatment for other conditions but refused to allow Dr. Dawson to perform the same procedure as treatment for Minton’s gender dysphoria, a condition that is unique to transgender individuals. Denying a procedure as treatment for a condition that affects only transgender persons supports an inference that Dignity Health discriminated against Minton based on his gender identity. This is true even if the denial was pursuant to a facially neutral policy.In other words, a Catholic hospital can potentially be held to account for refusing to violate Catholic dogma by removing a biologically healthy organ — thereby, sterilizing the patient — as a “treatment” for a biologically non-pathological condition.And Get ThisAfter three days, the hospital offered to find Minton a referral to a hospital willing to perform the surgery. That’s nice, the Court ruled. But too little, too late:In making those alternate facilities available three days later, defendant undoubtedly substantially reduced the impact of the initial denial of access to its facilities and mitigated the damages to which Minton otherwise would have been entitled. However, the steps that were taken to rectify the denial in response to pressure from Minton and from the media did not undo the fact that the initial withholding of facilities was absolute, unqualified by an explanation that equivalent facilities would be provided at an alternative location.A Surreal ClaimThis decision did not arise in a legal or social vacuum. The California Supreme Court previously made it very clear that state law does not give a fig about the free exercise of religion in healthcare when it comes to allegedly discriminating against sexual minorities, leading to a surreal claim by the Court of Appeals that forcing the hospital to violate the institution’s religious principles does not actually violate its freedom of religion:Upholding Minton’s claim does not compel Dignity Health to violate its religious principles if it can provide all persons with full and equal medical care at comparable facilities not subject to the same religious restrictions. If it cannot and to the extent there is any compulsion…the Supreme Court, applying a strict scrutiny analysis, held that any burden the Unruh Act places on the exercise of religion is justified by California’s compelling interest in ensuring full and equal access to medical treatment.If Catholic hospitals can be required to remove healthy organs, why can’t they also be compelled to perform an abortion or assist in suicide, if a law is written declaring such refusals to be unlawful “discrimination”Catholic medicine is on the social justice gibbet. Hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions may soon be forced to choose between ceasing being “Catholic” — or closing or selling hospitals to maintain religious integrity.If hospitals shut their doors because of modern secularists’ authoritarian insistence on forcing faith-based medical facilities to violate their beliefs, will anti-religious freedom zealots fill in the gap?Postscript: Meanwhile, in Nova Scotia, the government is forcing a previously exempt Catholic hospital to allow euthanasia within its facilities.Photo credit: SkyLadderDrones [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.Cross-posted at The Corner. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Recommended TagsabortionbioethicsCaliforniaCalifornia Supreme CourtCatholic ChurchCatholic moral teachingCourt of AppealsDignity Healthdiscriminationeuthanasiafunctional integrityhealthhospitalshysterectomylifemedicineMinton v. Dignity HealthNova Scotianursing homespathologypatientreligious integritysuicidetransgenderismtreatmentUnruh Act,Trending Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Medicine Bioethics Versus Catholic Healthcare: California Court Ruling Proves My PointWesley J. SmithSeptember 23, 2019, 5:09 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Banking on Community Support

first_imgAs the holiday season approaches and temperatures continue to fall, many food banks in the Flathead Valley are seeing customer numbers spike and some supplies run thin. While representatives at each food bank extolled the valley’s generosity and willingness to help neighbors in need, they noted shortages in specific items that, if donated, would help hundreds of local families have a happy Thanksgiving.The food banks stressed that their doors are open, both to those willing to donate and those who may need some help coping with the pressures of a down economy. Here’s a breakdown of valley food banks’ needs, locations and contact information.Flathead Food Bank – KalispellFlathead Food Bank executive director Lori Botkin says her organization is serving more families than she can remember. Janette Nostrum organizes dairy products in the cold of a large refrigerator at the Flathead Food Bank in Kalispell’s Gateway Community Center. Volunteer Cassi Cowan boxes and weighs food for a customer at the Flathead Food Bank in Kalispell’s Gateway Community Center. Email “We are just plain busy,” Botkin said. During the last week in October, the food bank served 549 families, going through about 37,000 pounds of food. That is an unprecedented number.“Six years ago, that’s what we served in a month,” Botkin said. “I panicked for the first time.”With Thanksgiving just days away, Botkin said the food bank needs turkeys, since she expects they will be providing the building blocks for about 1,200 families’ holiday meals. Botkin has seen a significant rise in new customers, especially now that the summer construction and tourism season is over. “The Flathead Valley as a whole is in the process of summer layoffs,” Botkin said. “We’ve seen a lot of that; their seasonal jobs are coming to an end.”Still, business at the Flathead Food Bank is on a four-year upswing, Botkin said, and there are no signs that it will slow down. The local community is already stepping up to help their neighbors, Botkin said, but there is always room for more.Donations, whether of food or money, can be made at the food bank’s new facility at the Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. Highway 2 West, Suite 2.“I just want to thank everybody that is helping,” Botkin said. “The need is so high.”The Flathead Food Bank is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Call 752-3663 for more information. North Valley Food Bank – Whitefish In Whitefish, June Munski-Feenan says the North Valley Food Bank is running short on fresh produce as the holidays approach.“What we really need are fresh vegetables and some fruit,” she said, noting that people have been dropping off turkeys at an admirable rate.Recent donations have also included wild game, which several adept volunteers cut up and wrapped, Munski-Feenan said. A rancher also gave an entire cow, bolstering the protein supply.The food bank has been bustling, she said, “with quite a few new people,” and all donations – food, cash or check – are appreciated. The local Town Pump has also offered to match donations made in November up to $5,000, Munski-Feenan said. “We love the support people give us,” she said.The North Valley Food Bank can be found at 311 East First Street, and can be reached by phone at 862-5863. Columbia Falls Food Bank – Columbia FallsIn Columbia Falls, Jan Von Lindern said turkeys are always needed, but what the food bank is running short on is a bit sweeter. “What we need is pancake syrup,” Von Lindern said. “We have a lot of pancake mix and not enough syrup.”The food bank is prepping for its Nov. 19 Thanksgiving basket distribution, which had 127 families signed up last week with more expected. That’s already about 30 more than last year, she said. Regular business days are Monday and Tuesday, which Von Lindern said have been getting busier as the economy continues to struggle in the valley.“We’re getting new families every Monday and Tuesday all year long, which is unusual,” she said. And while donations will always be needed, Von Lindern said Columbia Falls residents already have a great history of looking out for one another. “The Columbia Falls community is a great community,” Von Lindern said. “If you need something you put the word out and the next week you’ve got it. It’s a great community to live in.”Monetary donations can be sent to the Columbia Falls Food Bank at P.O Box 1081, Columbia Falls, while the physical address is 82 Railroad Street East. The food bank can be reached at 892-0241. West Shore Food Bank – LakesideLeslie Knuth at the West Shore Food Bank said she’s seen about a 40 percent increase in customers, a number that is growing now that cold weather has arrived.“We’re getting about seven new customers a week,” Knuth said. “It’s cold, they don’t have heat anyway, then they get laid off because of the cold weather.” The food bank appreciates all gifts, Knuth said, but at this time of year, turkeys are especially welcome. Anyone donating fowl can mark it for Thanksgiving or Christmas, Knuth said, and can drop it off at the food bank or Blacktail Grocery or Rosauers. Knuth is also stockpiling hams for Christmas and beyond. She noted that donations are usually up through New Year’s, and then they peter out as people get out of the holiday mode. “These people are still going to be out of work in January, February and March,” Knuth said. Any sort of donation is welcome, and can be sent to P.O. Box 192, Lakeside, 59922. To contact the food bank by phone, call 261-4560.Bigfork Food Pantry – Bigfork The Bigfork Food Pantry is an arm of the Flathead Food Bank, located at 7545 Highway 35, north of town. It is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, and can be reached at 837-2297. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more