FOOD AID ORGANIZATION ASKS PENTAGON TO HELP FAMILY MEMBERS, STAFF, AND SURVIVORS OF KABUL DRONE STRIKE

FOOD AID ORGANIZATION ASKS PENTAGON TO HELP FAMILY MEMBERS, STAFF, AND SURVIVORS OF KABUL DRONE STRIKE

NEW YORK — Nutrition & Education International (NEI) had a meeting with the U.S. Department of Defense yesterday to discuss what the government can do to make amends after a U.S. drone strike killed aid worker Zemari Ahmadi and nine members of his family in Kabul on Aug. 29, 2021. Mr. Ahmadi was one of NEI’s first six Afghan employees, a key leader on its staff, and held the position of technical engineer with NEI. The American Civil Liberties Union and Cohen Milstein are now representing NEI.

“Zemari was like a son to me, and I join his family in grieving his loss, the deaths of his three sons, and six other family members,” said Dr. Steven Kwon, President & CEO of Nutrition & Education International. “When Zemari started with NEI in 2006, he was a handyman who had never attended school. But he was extraordinarily smart, a gifted engineer, and he became an essential part of our operations and successes. Nothing can bring Zemari or these other precious people back, but we appreciate the opportunity to discuss these devastating losses in detail with senior Defense Department officials. We hope they will act urgently to get surviving family members and impacted NEI employees to safety and to help them to rebuild their lives.”

NEI’s primary concern is for the safety and welfare of Mr. Ahmadi’s remaining relatives, as well as for NEI’s Afghan colleagues. NEI is asking the Department of Defense to urgently evacuate and resettle Ahmadi family members and NEI’s employees at risk, compensate survivors, and conduct a meaningful investigation into the strike.

“It is a privilege for us to support NEI and the Ahmadi family members in this traumatic time,” said Hina Shamsi, Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “The U.S. wrongly killed their loved ones, and what makes this tragedy different from so many others during the war in Afghanistan is that because of public attention, top Pentagon officials met with NEI and explicitly promised to help. We also hope that the investigation into the strike provides NEI and the Ahmadi family meaningful transparency and accountability.”

United Plans Largest Transatlantic Expansion in its History, Including 10 New Flights and Five New Destinations Debuting Summer 2022

United Plans Largest Transatlantic Expansion in its History, Including 10 New Flights and Five New Destinations Debuting Summer 2022

CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — United today announced the largest transatlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new, vogue destinations – Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands. All of the new routes – which are set to begin in Spring 2022 – are not served by any other North American carrier. Additionally, next year, United will add new flights to five popular European destinations: Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Munich, and Rome. Lastly, United will launch seven routes that were interrupted due to the pandemic to Bangalore, Frankfurt, Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Nice, and Zurich. Flights are subject to government approval.

“Given our big expectations for a rebound in travel to Europe for summer, this is the right time to leverage our leading global network in new, exciting ways,” said Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of international network and alliances at United. “Our expansion offers the widest range of destinations to discover – introducing new, trendy locales that our customers will love, as well as adding more flights to iconic, popular cities.”

Amman, Jordan

United will begin new capital to capital service between Washington, D.C., and Amman, Jordan starting May 5. Customers will be able to explore the numerous historical sites in and around Amman, as well as visit Jordan’s other top destinations including Petra, the Dead Sea, and the Wadi Rum desert. United will be the only North American carrier flying direct to Amman with service three times weekly with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

United will add a third Portuguese destination to its global network with brand new flights between New York/Newark and Ponta Delgada in the Azores beginning May 13. The carrier will offer the most flights between the U.S. and Portugal of any North American airline and will be the only airline to fly to the Azores from the New York metro area. This daily service joins United’s existing flights to Porto, which will return in March, and Lisbon, which the airline is currently operating from New York/Newark and will resume from Washington, D.C. next summer. United will fly a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft featuring United’s new signature interior with enhanced seatback entertainment with Bluetooth connectivity and overhead bin space for every customer.

Bergen, Norway

Beginning May 20, United will become the only U.S. carrier to fly to Norway with flights launching between New York/Newark and Bergen. United will offer three times weekly service on a Boeing 757-200, allowing customers to experience Bergen’s surrounding mountainous landscape and breathtaking fjords. United will be the only carrier to fly to Bergen from the U.S.

Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

United is expanding its Spanish beach getaway destinations with three times weekly flights between New York/Newark and Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, launching June 2 with a Boeing 767-300ER. This will be the first and only flight between the U.S. and Mallorca and will add to United’s existing service to Madrid and Barcelona.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Travelers looking for an additional new beach destination can enjoy the stunning black and white sand beaches of Spain’s Canary Islands with United’s new flight from New York/Newark to Tenerife. United will be the only airline to fly direct between the Canary Islands and North America with three-times weekly service launching June 9 with a Boeing 757-200. Along with the new service to Palma de Mallorca, United will fly to more Spanish destinations from North America than any other airline.

Expanded European Service

United is also adding flights to some of Europe’s most iconic cities in anticipation of a resurgence in visitors. Next spring United will add:

  • New daily flights between Denver and Munich – joining existing service from Denver to Frankfurt and London which is expected to resume in March. United is the only U.S. airline to offer transatlantic service from Denver.
  • New daily flights between Chicago and Milan, joining existing seasonal flights between Chicago and Rome. United will be the only airline to offer a direct flight between Chicago and Milan, adding to its existing service between New York/Newark and Milan.
  • New daily capital to capital service between Washington, D.C. and Berlin, joining our other service to Berlin from New York/Newark. United is the only U.S. airline with direct flights to Berlin.
  • An additional daily flight from New York/Newark to Dublin and Rome.

In addition to these new routes, United will begin seven routes that were interrupted by the pandemic:

  • Daily flights between San Francisco and Bangalore beginning May 26
  • Daily flights between New York/Newark and Nice beginning April 29
  • A second daily flight between New York/Newark and Frankfurt beginning April 23
  • Daily flights between Chicago and Zurich beginning April 23
  • Flights from Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York/Newark to Tokyo’s Haneda airport by March 26

Committed to Ensuring a Safe Journey

United is committed to putting health and safety at the forefront of every customer’s journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness through its United CleanPlusSM program. United has teamed up with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic to redefine cleaning and health safety procedures from check-in to landing and has implemented more than a dozen new policies, protocols, and innovations designed with the safety of customers and employees in mind. To manage entry requirements in different destinations, and find places to get tests, customers can visit United’s Travel Ready Center.

United Next

United is more focused than ever on its commitment to customers and employees. In addition to today’s announcement, United has recently:

  • Launched an ambitious plan to transform the United customer experience by adding and upgrading hundreds of aircraft as well as investing in features like larger overhead bins, seatback entertainment in every seat and the industry’s fastest available Wi-Fi.
  • Announced a goal to create 25,000 unionized jobs by 2026 that includes careers as pilots, flight attendants, agents, technicians, and dispatchers.
  • Announced that United will train at least 5,000 pilots by 2030 through the United Aviate Academy, with the plan of at least half being women and people of color.
  • Required all U.S. employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Became the first airline to offer customers the ability to check their destination’s travel requirements, schedule COVID-19 tests and more on its mobile app and website. 
  • Invested in emerging technologies that are designed to decarbonize air travel, like an agreement to work with urban air mobility company Archer, an investment in aircraft startup Heart Aerospace and a purchase agreement with Boom Supersonic.
  • Committed to going 100% green by 2050 by reducing 100% of our greenhouse gas emissions without relying on traditional carbon offsets, including a recent agreement to  purchase one and a half times the amount of all of the rest of the world’s airlines’ publicly announced Sustainable Aviation Fuel commitments combined.
  • Eliminated change fees for all economy and premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S.

About United

United’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” In 2019, United and United Express® carriers operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 162 million customers. United has the most comprehensive route network among North American carriers, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.  For more about how to join the United team, please visit united.com/careers, and more information about the company is at united.com. United Airlines Holdings, Inc. is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”.

Haiti: Two months after the earthquake, health needs remain high

Haiti: Two months after the earthquake, health needs remain high

October 14, 2021—Two months since a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southern Haiti, medical needs remain high in the affected areas. While many people injured in the earthquake continue their treatment and rehabilitation, other medical needs have increased in the earthquake-affected areas due to the destruction of homes, health facilities, and other infrastructure.Haiti

HAITI EARTHQUAKE: MSF RESPONDS TO URGENT MEDICAL NEEDS

In response, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been supporting hospitals and clinics with staff, supplies, reconstruction, and water and sanitation services. At hospitals in Les Cayes, Jérémie, and Port-au-Prince, MSF has provided surgical and post-operative care to 230 people with severe injuries from the earthquake.

“Many of our hospitalized patients have now been discharged and are receiving follow-up care as they continue their rehabilitation,” explains Raphaël Torlach, MSF emergency coordinator in Les Cayes. “We are helping patients with transportation and lodging so they can attend their appointments, because some live far away.”

Evolving medical needs 

At the Immaculate Conception Hospital in Les Cayes, the number of patients arriving in the emergency room and the number of surgeries remain very high. An MSF medical team works together with the hospital’s staff to treat patients in the emergency, surgery, and post-operative wards, while also supplying medication and equipment.

“Nearly 50 patients are still hospitalized in the hospital wards we support,” Torlach says. “They include earthquake survivors with severe injuries but also patients with other traumatic injuries.”https://www.youtube.com/embed/OJeyHvDbR40?autoplay=0&mute=0&enablejsapi=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.doctorswithoutborders.org

In Port-a-Piment, the earthquake severely damaged a public hospital where MSF has provided sexual and reproductive health care for years. Medical services were initially moved outside to tented areas, and MSF renovated its logistical base in Port-a-Piment to provide a space for MSF and hospital staff to treat patients safely.

The OFATMA Hospital in Les Cayes was also badly damaged in the earthquake. Working along with hospital staff, an MSF medical team is preparing to manage pediatric and neonatal care in hospital tents. MSF is also building and equipping a delivery room and providing tents for pre-and postpartum care.

Reaching people in remote areas 

To reach people in isolated areas of Haiti’s Sud department, MSF organized mobile clinics along the southern coast and in the mountains, as well as in displacement camps in Les Cayes. The mobile clinic teams—with a doctor, nurses, health promoters, and often a psychologist—have carried out more than 7,300 patient consultations so far, providing primary health care and mental health services.

With time, the number of patients with earthquake-related injuries has decreased, but many people have ailments related to poor sanitation and living conditions, such as skin lesions, acute respiratory infections, parasites, gastritis, and genital and urinary tract infections. Patients with severe conditions are referred to functional health facilities for care. These include malnutrition, infected wounds and abscesses, pregnancy complications, unmanaged chronic conditions, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

This week, MSF will finish distributing 5,000 kits of relief items to villages and displacement camps in the Sud department.

“We . . . put a big focus on ensuring water supply for the community for the longer-term, with the repair of water infrastructure.”

 Sadie St. Denis, MSF emergency coordinator

In Haiti’s Nippes department, MSF teams have supported health facilities with donations of medical supplies, tents, and financial support. Over the last four weeks, MSF’s mobile clinic teams have treated 1,416 people, mostly for abdominal pain, gastritis, infections, and fever.

In the community of Baradères, the earthquake damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, forcing people to sleep outside or under makeshift shelters. It also damaged water systems, forcing people to find alternative sources.

“While we responded to the immediate needs with water trucking, installation of water bladders and an emergency surface water treatment plant, we also put a big focus on ensuring water supply for the community for the longer-term, with the repair of water infrastructure,” said Sadie St. Denis, MSF emergency coordinator in Nippes.

MSF teams have distributed non-food items such as jerrycans, water purification tablets, soap, hammers, plastic sheeting, blankets, and mosquito nets to help families build shelters and reduce the health risks associated with unsanitary conditions.

Miss New Hampshire Program Drops Fur Sponsor After PETA Push

Miss New Hampshire Program Drops Fur Sponsor After PETA Push

Derry, N.H. – Following pressure from PETA and local groups, including NH Citizens Against Recreational Trapping, the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program will reportedly no longer award pageant winners with fur coats provided by the New Hampshire Trappers Association. In thanks for ending this decades-long sponsorship, PETA is sending a box of vegan bunny-shaped chocolates to the board of directors.

“No kind pageant winner wants to celebrate her new title by having dead animals draped around her shoulders,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is celebrating Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program’s humane makeover, which empowers women to listen to their conscience and reject cruelty.”

PETA notes that animals who are trapped for their fur can suffer for days from blood loss, shock, dehydration, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks by predators before the trappers return to shoot, stomp, or bludgeon them to death. Major fashion brands—including Saint Laurent, Neiman Marcus, Canada Goose, Valentino, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Versace, Burberry, and Michael Kors—are dropping fur in droves, and the Miss Florida USA pageant stopped awarding fur coats to winners a decade ago.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

A member of Opus Dei among us

A member of Opus Dei among us

"every son/daughter arrives with a loaf of bread under his/her arm."

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet é member of Opus Dei.

Opus Dei, formally known as The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, is an institution of the Catholic Church which teaches that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity.

Opus Dei was founded in Spain in 1928 by Catholic priest Josemaría Escrivá and was given final Catholic Church approval in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. John Paul II made it a personal prelature in 1982 by the apostolic constitution Ut sit; that is, the jurisdiction of its bishop covers the persons in Opus Dei wherever they are, rather than geographical dioceses. While Opus Dei has met controversies, popes, cardinals, and many Catholic leaders strongly support its work and teachings.

The order has just a few hundred brothers in Australia, although not much about their careful personalities. The organization landed in Australia in 1963.

According to Josemaría Escrivá, “every son/daughter arrives with a loaf of bread under his/her arm.”

Perrottet and Opus Dei believe that the family is the foundation, the center, of our civilization. He just announced wife is pregnant with the couple’s seventh child. 

The couple is planning to have at least ten kids.