Lollo is a journalist and video maker, who because of his activity in the Italian revolutionary left, had to live in exile from 1975 to 2010. This article was published in tlaxcala-int.org, the international network of translators for linguistic diversity, in Italian and Portuguese on April 3 and in English on April 5. Translation by WW Managing Editor John Catalinotto.Satellite images of Venezuela the night before (l.) and during the blackout attack on March 8.“Operation Constitution” [planned by the U.S. and the Venezuelan right wing] ended with [self-proclaimed presidential pretender] Juan Guaidó’s miserable and silent return to Caracas and the capture of the four commanders of the ragtag “Venezuelan Liberation Army” (1). [But] currently, in the Tona region in the Colombian department of Santander, the “antennas” of the CIA and the Colombian officers of the Combined Military Intelligence and Counterintelligence-J2 continue preparations to set up a subversive “focus” in the Venezuelan states of Tachira, Zulia, Amazonas and Apure. The [CIA’s] aim is to promote a civil war, which would then involve Colombia and therefore the immediate military intervention of the United States.Based on this [plan], on March 4, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence returned to the attack, recalling: “President Donald Trump continues firmly convinced of the urgent need to depose the government led by Nicolás Maduro, even with a military solution (2) and without international authorization.”Colombian generals dissent from U.S. planThis scandalous statement was not appreciated even by the lackeys of the Lima Group (3), which again saw dissent from the Brazilian and Argentinian generals and also the disagreement of many Colombian senior officers.In fact, on Feb. 25, the vice president of Brazil, Gen. Hamilton Mourão, present at the meeting of the Lima Group held in the Colombian capital, Bogota, reaffirmed to the amazed Mike Pence the contrary position of the Brazilian military. General Mourão himself had earlier announced support, for the first time on Jan. 23, immediately after [Donald Trump’s] coronation of Juan Guaidó with the title of “Interim President.” [Mourão’s later dissenting] pronouncement undermined the White House’s belligerent stance, since Mourão, who at that time held the presidency in the absence of President Jair Bolsonaro, ruled: “Brazil and its armed forces will not meddle in Venezuela’s internal politics.”The position expressed by Mourão at the meeting of the Lima Group influenced the position of the Argentine generals, who, despite the warlike statements of Argentinian President Macri, categorically pointed out: “The Argentinean armed forces could only integrate a peacekeeping mission to Venezuela if it were voted for and authorized by the United Nations Assembly.”In the Colombian capital — where the political climate is increasingly complex due to the economic crisis and the permanent state of instability caused by corruption and drug trafficking — the hugs and handshakes of President Iván Duque Márquez with Vice President Mike Pence have not convinced the generals of [that country’s] General Staff. After the 10-year tragic experience of [the U.S.-instigated] “Plan Colombia,” no Colombian officer and soldier wants to risk their lives in a difficult “jungle war,” especially with Venezuela.U.S. SouthCom defines military attack as ‘risky’In fact, only the explosion of a destructive [Venezuelan] civil war, which threatened to damage [that country’s] oil infrastructure (wells, refineries and ports of embarkation), could convince the U.S. Congress of the need to intervene militarily in Venezuela and authorize the generals of the Pentagon to carry out a “surgical attack” against Venezuela.Such an attack Admiral Craig Faller, head of the Southern Command of the U.S. Armed Forces, defined as “risky” last October at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Defense, because “the Bolivarian army is structured horizontally, with about 2,000 generals commanding and controlling the different sectors of territorial defense.”In an interview with BBC News Mundo, Galen Carpenter, analyst of the conservative Cato Institute and specialist in international military issues, underlined the risks: “Although there may be reasons for internal division, it is certain that most of the Bolivarian army forces will mobilize to repel the invasion.”Venezuelan armed forces readyThis argument does not surprise the officers of the Venezuelan National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB). In fact, in 2018 Venezuelan Gen. Jacinto Pérez Arcay (4), immediately after the decision of the Bolivarian government to replace the dollar with the Chinese yuan in oil sales operations, presented to the General Staff of the FANB and to President Maduro himself, a detailed study on the possible operations SouthCom might carry out to pave the way for a land invasion by U.S. troops.According to Pérez Arcay and other sources of FANB military intelligence, “[T]he first war operation of SouthCom would be a surgical attack with planes and missiles against the air bases of Palo Negro and Barcelona and against the naval base of Puerto Cabello.”As former Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis declared, such a surgical aerial attack must be carried out on all military objectives in Venezuela without suffering any loss in order to cause the dissolution of the organization of the Venezuelan army and encourage the possible arrival of U.S. Marines with the function of “pacifying” and not fightingFor Mattis, the organic dissolution of the FANB has always been the sine qua non condition to complete the invasion of Venezuela and establish a new government quickly and without serious losses. For this reason, Mattis always warned President Donald Trump that “without this condition the attack could become a tragic adventure.”According to some analysts, this position, repeatedly iterated by Mattis, was one cause for his dismissal from the position of Secretary of Defense by President Trump. Generals H.R. McMaster, John Kelly and Michael Flynn, all hired and then fired by the president, had real quarrels with Donald Trump because of the political and military issues related to the Venezuelan issue.War in the hands of the CIAConsequently, Mike Pompeo — the gray eminence in the Trump government — without the binding opinion of the generals, was able to give the CIA absolute responsibility for the planning and implementation of all the subversive operations [deemed] necessary to cause a deep and destructive crisis in Venezuela, capable of destroying the resilience of Nicolás Maduro’s government.Having received the clear support of many “democratic” countries of the European Union, the Trump government has tripled the so-called “fund for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela,” which now exceeds $120 million. On top of these are the funds for the “top secret operations” of the CIA in Venezuela, which according to rumors are estimated at eight hundred million dollars for the current year alone.On this basis, the CIA has been able to strengthen its collaboration with the Brazilian and Colombian secret services and with [those countries’] military intelligence sectors, in order to understand what is happening within Venezuela. In fact, for Langley’s [CIA headquarters] analysts it is important to know to what extent the different sectors of the opposition are still credible, what kind of mobilizations they would be able to carry out, and whether the conditions and the ability to create an “urban subversive focus” exist in the main cities of Venezuela, at the same time as paramilitary groups would orchestrate a “rural subversive focus” in the Venezuelan states bordering Colombia.U.S. cybernetic terrorism underwayThe division within the [Venezuelan rightwing] opposition after the adventure of Juan Guaidó and the consequent inactivity of those opposing parties have pushed the CIA to resort to the action of cybernetic terrorism, which remains the only element of active conflict of this hybrid war, and which is increasingly isolated from the masses in political terms, including among the middle class.In the last 30 days, cybernetic terrorism has caused serious damage to the [Venezuelan] economy with various sabotage of electricity supply centers and transmission lines. On March 7, the first national power outage was recorded; it lasted 60 hours, paralyzing all computer networks in the country.This sabotage, however, failed to reduce the confidence of the majority of the population in [their] government. On the contrary, the “power outage” has caused greater discredit to the Venezuelan opposition parties, especially those who support the need for immediate political change and who use all forms of struggle, including violent ones. For this reason, and to mask the political failure, President Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo re-raised the flag of the military solution and stimulated psychological warfare by the [U.S.] media, hoping to resurrect the opposition (5).U.S. plans ‘hybrid war’ to control Latin AmericaAt this point, the political situation in Venezuela raises three questions: Why do President Donald Trump and the neocon group, even though they know that the opposition is practically delegitimized, insist on urgently and at all costs deposing President Maduro’s government? Why did Mike Pompeo consider the subversive project formulated by the CIA (the progressive economic destruction of Venezuela) to be “interesting”? Why did [U.S. National Security Advisor] John Bolton dismiss the opinion of the Pentagon generals. According to them the development of subversive actions would strengthen Maduro’s position and the role of the Bolivarian army, annulling the peacemaking mission of U.S. Marines and the possibility of “re-establishing democracy” without incurring casualties?To answer these questions it is necessary to resort to the analyses of some political scientists specializing in “geostrategy of the dominant blocks.”In August 2018, Brazilian professor José Luis Da Costa Fiori (6) published an article in which he analyzed the new role of the so-called “hybrid war” as an integral part of the geostrategic policy of the government of Donald Trump. [This strategy is] understood as an extreme attempt to impose U.S. control over all states of the Latin American continent through a war of low intensity.For Professor Fiori, the term “hybrid war” identifies the evolution of the traditional U.S. military solution (bombing and invasion by Marines) or the historic U.S. attempt at a coup d’état with a “Fourth Generation War.” In this, the State Department, the CIA and the White House coordinate a simultaneous series of attacks (economic, legal, financial, diplomatic, media, political, psychological, subversive and cybernetic), with the aim of destabilizing the government of President Maduro, demobilizing the Chavista movement and, above all, tearing apart the Bolivarian armed forces.When the computer keyboard turns into a weapon of war…Why is U.S. waging ‘hybrid war’ now?A key element of this “hybrid war” was the urgency of Donald Trump’s imperialist government to set in motion [within Venezuela] a complex multiplicity of subversive elements of “low-intensity war.” The main [U.S.] objective was to carry out an apparent spontaneous popular rebellion, capable of absorbing the main branches of the army and the most dynamic workers’ sectors of the state energy and oil companies.The most obvious example [of this] was the failed “Operation Constitution.”The government of Donald Trump, after the Bolivarian government succeeded in circumventing most of the financial sanctions, played the card of “interim president,” hoping that the [Venezuelan rightwing] opposition would be able to achieve a “color revolution” [which occurred in some Soviet states in the 2000s after the dissolution of the Soviet Union] and impose a new government totally dependent on the White House and the multinationals.In reality, the CIA, the State Department and the White House tried to carry out a second “Operation Maidan” south of the Equator (7). That code name was used for the subversive project by which the CIA and the U.S. State Department overthrew the government of Ukraine.The failure of the [“Operation Constitution”] project exacerbates more and more the criticism from the U.S. oil companies linked to Rex Tillerson, a manager of the multinational Chevron, who was hired and then fired by President Trump [from the position of Secretary of State]. Pressure from U.S. oil companies and the dollarThe discontent of U.S. oil companies is due to the fact that without the 1.3 million barrels of Venezuelan oil, they are now forced to import from Saudi Arabia at higher prices. All refineries in Texas used Venezuelan oil before the sanctions decreed by Trump against PDVSA [Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company].But Trump’s sanctions did not paralyze PDVSA’s production, as OPEC fixed new production quotas with higher prices. China and India immediately signed new purchase contracts with PDVSA, buying all the quantities of oil that were previously destined for the U.S. through CITGO Petroleum Corporation. It should be noted that PDVSA’s new contracts were not signed in dollars but in yuan, the Chinese currency used these days by Russia, China and India in bilateral trade.The use of the yuan, as well as the cryptocurrency created by the Bolivarian government, is the real reason for the White House’s geostrategic urgency to destabilize Maduro’s government. This type of trade transaction helps weaken the power of the dollar in world financial markets.Iraq, Libya — and ChinaIt is also imperative to remember the U.S. war of aggression against Iraq, as well as the war against Libya. These [were initiated] when Saddam Hussein and then Muammar al-Gaddafi tried to [move their countries’ financial basis] away from the dollar. They sold U.S. debt securities to buy gold, silver, diamonds and then used the euros as a base currency in the sale of oil and gas.We must not forget that 15 days before the “humanitarian” attack on Libya by NATO planes [March 2011], the Bank of England appropriated Libya’s gold reserve, denying President Gaddafi the right to transfer it to the Central Bank of Tripoli. It may be a coincidence, but the Venezuelan government also suffered the same “expropriation” by the Bank of England, when President Maduro requested the repatriation of the gold reserve of Venezuela, deposited in that bank since the 1970s.The last [basis] for the urgency of the “hybrid war” concerns U.S. attempts to interrupt the presence of Chinese and Indian companies in Venezuela. That presence guarantees the Bolivarian state new forms of wealth by exploiting numerous mineral deposits, in particular those of coltan and gold (8), and the realization of large infrastructure projects.This presence, above all that of China, the White House considers a danger, since all over Latin America China’s companies provide a possible alternative to the rigid rules imposed by the International Monetary Fund and by the U.S. and European multinationals. These companies also present enviable technological solutions that break the hegemony of the Wall Street conglomerates.Cyber bombs as 21st century warfare.The fighting preparation of FANBImmediately after the failed 2002 [U.S.-backed] coup d’état in Venezuela, President Hugo Chávez implemented a great geostrategic reform and restructuring of the national defense system.That action was considered by all successive administrations in the White House an authentic act of war. The military strengthening of the Venezuelan armed forces, coordinated by Commander Chávez himself, [was met] with conflict which the United States government has accentuated in the last 10 years. With the government of Donald Trump, this latent conflict [has] turned into a silent low-intensity war.However, the main reason that prompted the Pentagon generals to consider the Bolivarian state “as irrecoverable as the Cuban state” is strategic as well as military. The new concepts of territorial defense and the new mechanisms of military organization that President Hugo Chávez introduced into the Venezuelan armed forces wiped out with [unbelievable] speed the organizational methodologies and theoretical concepts imported from the military academies of the United States.Commander Chávez emulated CubaIn the 1960s, the Venezuelan army was considered the Pentagon’s star pupil and presented as the model for all the armies of the South American continent. However, Commander Chávez — following the experience of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR)– modified the entire structure of the defense system, in addition to its theoretical foundations. Chávez invested several billion dollars to buy new technologically more advanced weapons and equip all units, including the “Milicia,” with a system of the latest generation of communications. [The Milicia Bolivariana (MB) is a peoples’ militia of civilians and exmilitary.]This war materiel, much produced by Russian companies immediately after the end of the Cold War, exceeds the war efficiency of many military industries in the U.S. or the EU countries. This is the case with Sukhoi fighter bombers and especially the S-300VM Air Defense Radar and Missile System, produced by the Russian company Antey-Almaz.The most important element of the geostrategic and military reform of Chávez was not only the introduction of new technologically advanced weapons, but, above all, the structuring of the war potential on new lines of defense drawn in the country. The great innovation was the creation of the Command of Integral Aerospace Defense (CODAI), the operational branch of defense subordinated in a direct line to the Operational Strategic Command with headquarters in Caracas.Revolutionary Bolivarian soldiersWith the application of a new conception of territorial defense, understood as a fundamental element of the political alliance of the armed forces with the people, it was easy to transform the old army — subject to the despotic intentions of the oligarchies — into a genuine popular army in permanent mobility to defend the sovereignty and legitimacy of the Bolivarian government.This condition allowed the rapid intellectual and political growth of the corps of officers and conscripts, promoting the formation of a national Bolivarian militia, perfectly armed and organized to integrate the system of national territorial defense at the side of the FANB. As in the Cuban FAR and in all armies created to defend a revolutionary perspective, the element that most distinguishes the FANB organization and structure is, without doubt, the political combat preparation. This transforms the soldier and the officer into an active political subject, who is immediately present in the evolution of the social and economic context of the country. For this reason, all the appeals of the [right wing Venezuelan] opposition for a mass desertion [of soldiers] or for a coup against the Bolivarian government have failed.Cutting-edge air defense systemHowever, the element that most irritated the Pentagon generals was the decision of President Nicolás Maduro to install the S-300VM Air Defense System in all border regions. In this way, any attempt at penetration of Venezuelan airspace by missiles, spy planes or fighter bombers is immediately detected by radar that has an effective reading capacity up to 10,000 meters in height and 300 linear kilometers.Those who seek to violate Venezuelan airspace without authorization are shot down by the anti-aircraft defense system, which consists of five lines of fire: (1) 20mm and 40mm anti-aircraft guns; (2) MANPADS Igla5 portable missiles with a range of 5,000 meters (m); (3) Missiles S-125 PECHORA 2M with range 20,000 m; (4) Missiles BUK-2ME with range 25,000 m; (5) Missiles S-300VM with range 30,000 m.This defense system is the context always present in the difficult meetings of Generals James Mattis and John Kelly with [politicians] Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo, as they discuss carrying out a “surgical bombardment” to destroy strategic objectives in Venezuela.Trump and Pompeo, having no knowledge of military technology, have never understood that given the creation by the Venezuelan CODAI of an efficient area of aerial exclusion (NOTAM A0 160/19), it would be extremely risky to carry out aerial bombing missions. All Venezuelan air space is protected by S-300VM missiles, including maritime air space extending to the islands of Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire.Venezuelan radars perfectly control air activity more than 100 kilometres from their borders. In particular, they defend the airspace of the Colombian region of Cucuta and the Brazilian region of Pacaraima, which, according to the subversive plan “Operation Constitution,” were to have been the starting point of the projected U.S. invasion masked [by the pretext of sending humanitarian aid]. Thus, President Maduro, following the orientation of Hugo Chávez, has completed the protection of all Venezuelan air space with a genuine umbrella armed with anti-aircraft missiles, guided by powerful Russian radars, able to cancel up to 300 kilometers any type of electronic interference.At this point, given the impossibility of promoting a “popular” insurrection, with a coup d’état impracticable and the impeachment of President Nicolás Maduro unworkable, the men of the CIA are trying to exhaust and delegitimize the Bolivarian government with cybernetic sabotage (9) — the last chapter of the hybrid war invented by Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump.Notes On Feb. 1, special units of the Army and SEBIN captured on the José Antònio Paez motorway the first two self–nominated “commanders” of the nascent “ELV” (“Venezuelan Liberation Army”) the retired colonels Oswaldo Garcia Palomo and José Acevedo Montonès. The other two “commanders,” Antonio José Labichele Barrios and Alberto José Salazar Cabana, were captured later. On Feb. 4, U.S. President Donald Trump, in an interview with CNN, reiterated “the willingness of the White House to depose the ‘Venezuelan dictator’ even with a military solution.” The “Lima Group” was formed within the OAS (Organization of American States) to diplomatically isolate the Bolivarian government and support the subversion of the [rightwing] opposition. Gen. Jacinto Péerez Arcay exercises the position of general chief of staff of the Command of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB). The neocons (new conservatives) form a group within the U.S. Republican party headed by Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, who have always supported Donald Trump. José Luis Da Costa Fiori is a Brazilian academic specializing in international political macroeconomics, who was an analyst at the BID (International Development Bank) and then taught for two years (2005-06) at the University of Cambridge. Operation Maidan is the code name of the subversive project that the CIA and the U.S. State Department used to overthrow the government of Ukraine. The Russian Central Bank was the main global buyer of gold in 2018. Specifically, it sold all U.S. government bonds it had on its balance sheet at the same time buying 274.3 tons of gold. In this way, the Russian Federation became the fifth largest gold holder in the world after the U.S., Germany, France and Italy. On March 7, Venezuela was the target of a series of cybernetic attacks on the control system of the El Guri hydroelectric power plant. After the blackout, a new attack was orchestrated against the country, this time in the structures of the oil fringe of the Orinoco, the largest reserve of crude oil on the planet. The Bolivarian government said that this sabotage was carried out with technology that only the U.S. government owns to generate power outages across the country.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Twitter Renee is a journalism major. She is dedicated to improving her journalism skills to effectively and ethically inform others. Facebook Renee Umsted World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Jacqueline Lambiase is still fighting for students Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ TCU will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year Previous articleBellaire Drive closed to pedestrian trafficNext articleRepresenting TCU admission in a smaller region Renee Umsted RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt The sign, which is the only one on campus, shows how many spots are available in the 400-space lot. Photo by Renee Umsted printThe Student Government Association (SGA) has paid for this new sign outside the parking lot off of Lubbock Avenue. Photo by Renee UmstedIn efforts to address parking issues on campus, the Student Government Association (SGA) installed a sign outside Lot 15 on Lubbock Avenue that shows how many spots are open. The sign, which was put up mid-November, was inspired by students’ requests for better parking and solutions formulated by similar universities, such as Baylor, said Paige Shiring, SGA’s treasurer. The sign is currently part of a pilot program. Within the next year, SGA will take a sentiment survey to gauge student’s feelings about the sign. Additionally, SGA plans to ask for feedback from the administration and Facilities, the group responsible for maintenance of the sign. SGA paid $14,000 for the sign; however, they only had the budget to purchase one, said Jack Leonhard, the speaker of the House of Representatives.“We want to be able to optimize the students’ dollar and really put it towards things like that, that people see,” Shiring said. Here’s how it works: when a car crosses the sensor in the entrance lane, the counter deducts one point, and when a car exits the lot, one space is added to the count. The sign has the potential to save time when searching for a place to park, but its count can easily be inaccurate. Project manager Woody Bruner said some people will, for example, exit through the entrance lane when the line gets backed up, which would disrupt the count. In order to correct the count, it has to be adjusted with a laptop. “That’s a systemic thing that no technology can fix,” Leonhard said. The counter also cannot distinguish between cars parked in the lot and cars that are driving through the lot, Shiring said, so the sign will show an incorrect value until the cars that are circling leave the lot.In addition, the lot has to account for certain spaces that regular cars cannot park in, such as ones designated for electric vehicles, Bruner said.Senior biology major Ashlyn Therkelsen said the sign is helpful for her when she arrives at campus later in the morning. She believes if additional lots had the signs, it would streamline the process of searching for a parking spot.“It’s like a chain reaction, you know? You start from the closest, and then you work your way out,” Therkelsen said. Kayla McKenzie, a senior kinesiology and health & fitness double major, said she parks in the lot three times per week. She said when she sees a low number on the sign and no one walking to the lot, she opts for a different lot. McKenzie agreed with Therkelsen, saying having the signs on additional lots would be helpful. “If this does work, there’s got to be more than one lot with [the sign],” Leonhard said. “It’s gotta target lots that students are parking in and have trouble parking in.”Leonhard said SGA would consider purchasing additional counters for other lots on campus if students reported positive sentiments about it and university officials were open to the installation and upkeep of more signs. Linkedin Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ ReddIt Twitter Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ + posts Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025
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Community News Top of the News Sam Polk isn’t a guy you hear about everyday. By age 30 he was a senior trader for a successful hedge-fund company on Wall Street and was living the fantasy of the glitz and glamour lifestyle he always dreamed of as a poor kid growing up in Glendale. After a great sense of pressure and personal emptiness that flooded his conscience from profiting during the economic crisis of 2008, Polk decided to start fresh and give back to people who need it most.He stopped by Innovate Pasadena’s Friday Coffee Meetup to provide some insight about what defines success and his mission to address health inequality in Los Angeles.“I started to have a sense about this industry that I was a part of,” said Polk. “My definition of success up until that point was about pulling all of this money and power to me and me alone. I began to understand that something was missing in my life,” said Polk.Polk grew up in an unstable and volatile household that left him to dream big and achieve his biggest dreams that mostly consisted of wealth.“At a very early age my overriding goal in life was to be rich and successful,” said Polk. “I nurtured this fantasy of what it would be like to be rich and it happened.It was only a matter of time until Polk was questioning his life path, despite bringing in a $3.6 million bonus.“Wall Street was this world that I felt like I could only imagine before seeing it. I loved the intensity and camaraderie. By time I was in my mid twenties I was living a spectacular life, but I had this moment where I just felt empty even though my life looked like what I fantasized when I was a kid,” said Polk.Polk eventually left his profitable Wall Street job and cashed out of the high life to invest in a meaningful new future in Los Angeles in search of fulfillment.He was moved by his encounter with the reputable work of Homeboy Industries, a non-profit that serves high-risk, formerly gang involved men and women with free services, programs and operates several social enterprises that serve as job training sites.“Their work was about the equal value of every life. Where my life was about clawing my way to the top, their’s was to reach down below them to lift up the people that needed the most help. That was something closer to what I wanted to do than become a billionaire hedge-fund guy,” said Polk.Polk eventually founded Groceryships, a non-profit that provides a comprehensive program of nutrition education and emotional support, along with scholarships for groceries to empower families to increase health by incorporating more healthful foods into their diets.Groceryships initially served families in South Central Los Angeles in areas referred to as food deserts that have a high volume of fast food options and very little fresh food. This ideas was inspired by Polk’s family’s history dealing with health issues that were linked to nutrition and wellness.“It was the beginning of something really special,” said Polk.The success of Groceryships sparked a new for-profit endeavor called Everytable which aims to make daily packed, fresh food available for everyone and is priced according to the neighborhoods. Ultimately the food is healthy and more affordable than traditional options.“We built our menu with the families in the communities that we are trying to serve,” said Polk.Everytable has store locations in South L.A. and is opening one in downtown L.A. soon. Polk plans to expand stores all over the southland to bring fresh food at affordable prices for people on the go.For more information, visit www.everytable.com and www.groceryships.org. 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Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash University Hospital Limerick Previous articleFan favourite O’Donnell will leave a hole in the heart of Munster RugbyNext articleWarren Gatland’s Lions Coaching Team Confirmed Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Linkedin Twitter WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print NewsBreaking newsHealthLimerick63 patients waiting for beds in UHLBy Staff Reporter – April 13, 2021 130 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener 316 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch. 267 patients are waiting in the emergency department, while 49 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital.
Google+ Twitter By News Highland – November 26, 2010 Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleDonegal South West By-Election – Fourth CountNext articleBus Éireann services in North West delayed News Highland Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Donegal Sinn Fein Senator Pearse Doherty is to move from Seanad Eireann to the Dail after winning the Donegal South West by-election in emphatic fashion. He was declared elected after the fourth count, without reaching the quota. However, as his total vote exceeded the combined votes of the remaining candidates, Cllr Barry O’Neill of Fine Gael and Senator Brian O’Domhnaill of Fianna Fail.Deputy Doherty finished with 16,897 votes, 316 votes off the quota Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Pearse Doherty elected in Donegal South West 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal News Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
CDC(ATLANTA) — A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee has been found dead nearly two months after he mysteriously vanished, authorities said Thursday.The body of Timothy Cunningham, 35, was found Tuesday night in the Chattahoochee River, according to the Atlanta Police Department. Additional information was not immediately available. Cunningham, a commander in the Public Health Service who responded to public health emergencies including the Ebola virus and the Zika virus, disappeared on Feb. 12 after he said he was sick and left his Atlanta office. All of his belongings, including his dog, were left at his home, according to police and ABC affiliate WSB.“This is an extremely unusual set of circumstances,” Maj. Michael O’Connor of the Atlanta Police told reporters in February.“The most unusual factor in this case is that every single belonging that we are aware of was located in the residence,” O’Connor said. “His keys, his cell phone, credit cards, debit cards, wallet, all his identification, passport — everything you can think of, we’ve been able to locate. None of those items are missing.” In March, Cunningham’s sister, Tiara, told ABC News that her parents were “remaining positive and prayerful.”“I have been trying my best to go through daily activities such as work without getting distracted,” she said. “But no one can really prepare you for seeing your face or your brother’s face on the news while at work.”This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — Police in Tampa say a mother pushing a stroller was killed Wednesday due to street racing.The Tampa Police Department have arrested Cameron Coyle Herrin, 18, Tristan Christopher Herrin, 20, and John Alexander Barrineau, 17, in connection with the death of 24-year-old Jessica Reisinger, it announced today.All three suspects are Tampa residents, according to police.Ressinger, a resident of Jeromesville, Ohio, was walking with her 1-year-old daughter on Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard when they were struck, police said.Witnesses told police that they saw a 2018 black Ford Mustang, allegedly driven by Cameron Herrin, traveling northbound on the boulevard at a high rate of speed while racing with a gold Nissan, allegedly driven by Barrineau, according to a press release. Tristan Herrin was allegedly a passenger in the Mustang, according to police. The cars were sometimes driving side by side, and sometimes they switched places and switched lanes, witnesses told police.The Mustang then struck Ressinger and her daughter as they were attempting to legally cross at a pedestrian ramp at an intersection, police said, adding that the baby girl was seriously injured.Reisinger was later declared dead at a local hospital.The drivers in the incident have been charged with street racing, vehicular homicide and reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury, while Tristan Herrin faces a misdemeanor count of racing, police said.Tristan Herrin is being charged under Florida Statute 316.191(2), which states that it is illegal for a driver to engage in racing and that it is also illegal to “knowingly ride as a passenger in any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition,” according to police.ABC News could not immediately reach the suspects for comment. It is unclear if they have obtained a lawyer or entered a plea.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A round-up of news from the professional journalsBiological warfare Nurses have been urged not to wait for NHS officials to pass on informationon biological weapons. “Get the information” is the message frominfection control nurse Lynda Taylor, who has been appointed to a Public HealthLaboratory Service (PHLS) taskforce on deliberate releases of potentiallyharmful substances. She was responding to claims that, although frontlinenurses had received information on anthrax, few had been given details onbotulism, plague and smallpox. Nursing Standard 31 October 2001 Ethical recruitment The Government has issued a code of practice to crack down on the unethicalrecruitment of nurses and other healthcare professionals from overseas, amidgrowing concern that the UK is depriving developing countries of their nurses. Nursing Times 18 October 2001 Nursing homes Nursing homes could be scrapped and replaced by services that people receivefrom the comfort of their own homes, a government minister has hinted. Healthminister Jacqui Smith was giving evidence on the Government’s healthexpenditure at the parliamentary health select committee. Nursing Times 23 October 2001 Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. BriefingOn 1 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article