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PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – An Oregon jury awarded 12 Army National Guardsmen $ 85 million in damages from defense contractor KBR Inc. on Friday after finding that the company failed to protect them from exposure to cancer-causing chemicals when they served in Iraq.
(Reuters) – Zimmer Holdings Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing problems with manufacturing and testing processes for artificial hip devices made at the company’s Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant.
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Who creates harmony the world over? Women. Who signs peace deals? Men Story from: www.guardian.co.uk Image Attribution: Public Domain? Report calls for more balanced approach to resolving conflict and says female view on freedom from violence is neededAround the world women make peace in their homes and communities on a daily basis. But when it comes to negotiating and signing peace deals on a national or international level they are almost universally shut out according to a report that calls for a more balanced approach to resolving conflict.A 2000 UN security council resolution that called for equal participation for women in “the maintenance and promotion of sustainable peace” has been almost totally ignored not least by the UN itself says the report. There have been no female chief mediators in UN-brokered peace talks and fewer than 10% of police officers and 2% of the soldiers sent on UN peacekeeping missions have been women.Fewer than one in 40 of the signatories of major peace agreements since 1992 have been female according to the UN development fund for women Unifem. They played a bit part in settlements in El Salvador Guatemala Northern Ireland and Papua New Guinea but in 17 out of 24 major accords ” including Croatia Bosnia Sierra Leone Burundi Liberia Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo ” there was zero female participation in signing agreements.A report published by the Institute of Development Studies funded by ActionAid and Womankind Worldwide …
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Delegates from Arizona, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming confess their fears over GOP proposals to rescind President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and restrict abortion rights.
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Japan is slowly edging toward its own version of a “fiscal cliff” as legislation needed to sell bonds for this fiscal year’s budget languishes in a split parliament, suggesting the government could run out of money by the end of October.
Massachusetts health care bill aims to cut 0 billion over 15 years
The Massachusetts state legislature passed a bill last week that aims to cut health care costs in the state by $ 200 billion by 2028. The 350-page Health Care Cost Control Bill (HCCB), which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, will be signed …
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Congressman Mac Thornberry addresses healthcare concerns
Congressman Mac Thornberry came to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Tuesday to discuss upcoming legislation and healthcare reform. He says our area continues to see a decrease in doctors who will take Medicaid and Medicare patients …
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Volusia to get break in Medicaid bill
Rick Scott signed a law that allowed the state to withhold money from counties to pay for about $ 325 million in certain unpaid healthcare costs. (County governments pay a small share of the costs of some long-term hospital stays and nursing-home …
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A medical marijuana trade group and 11 patients sued the city of Los Angeles on Friday, seeking to block enforcement of an ordinance that would shut down most of the city’s storefront pot dispensaries in three weeks.
Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama Saturday over the future of Medicare in his first weekly podcast ahead of the November election.
Ch4 News has obtained a UKBA letter stating that Foreign & Commonwealth soldiers disciplined by the army without court martial, should not be considered for deportation. www.channel4.com The news was today welcomed by L Cpl Isimeli “Bale” Baleiwai, who last month, had been rejected British citizenship after risking his life for the British Army for 13 years during five operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was rejected because of a disciplinary offence against his military record. Unbeknown to him, the offence equated to a criminal offence under an amendment last year to immigration law. His commanding officer dealt with the issue in a summary hearing and fined him £1000. There was no jury, no defence, no witnesses and vitally no court martial. Bale Baleiwai told this programme: “I’d like to ask the immigration minister if he even knows his own policies and how they are being carried out. It seems like they don’t even know what their policy is and their laws.” Reviewing migration routes A Home Office spokesperson told Channel 4 News: “We are reviewing all migration routes including how criminal convictions affect immigration and nationality decisions. “Those with convictions should not generally be granted settlement or citizenship, but military offences with no civilian equivalent should not generally prevent a successful application.” The UKBA has repeatedly said that “applications for citizenship from former members of our armed forces …
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Washington DC (PRWEB) July 14, 2012
Recently an article posted in the news, 12 great jobs for military spouses, by Melba Newsome has made military spouses around the country hotter than the heat wave sweeping across the US. Ms. Newsome is a highly respected journalist and writer; however this list hit a nerve. As a writer, I love when someone produces an article evoking passion from the people reading it, however I dont think this was the type of passion Ms. Newsome was hoping for. I realize she had good intentions; however many women feel like the list of 12 great jobs for military spouses reads more like a traditional 1950s handbook for military spouses. While #1 on the list, direct selling and #2 child care are admirable jobs, the list was in stark contradiction to Ms. Newsome citing, the military spouse population has more education and training than the general public. 84 percent have some college, 25 percent have a bachelors degree and 10 percent have advanced degrees. With all the higher education stats that Ms. Newsome reports why would she put “#5 errand runner or go-fer for others” or “#7 dog walker” on the list? Like most military spouses who read this article, I was happy until I read the list. Monique Rizer, military spouse, makes an excellent point, There are many and varied levels of skills and credentials in our community. Which is exactly what the writer ignored, the list lacked diversity- and completely ignored all the spouses who do have more diverse ambitions in business, law, science, healthcare etc. This is a reflection of the national conversation about women in the workforce. We earn 60 percent of college degrees but we don’t have near that parity in leadership in business, nonprofit OR government. Why??
Before my inbox explodes, I think the jobs listed are very rewarding and can provide real opportunities for people, not just military spouses. However, after Ms. Newsome shined such a positive light on how hard military spouses are working on their education to fulfill a career, the list was disappointing. Carolyn Duft Levering, military spouse and owner of Patriotic AdVANtures commented, “This is just insulting. First of all, like we all haven’t “been there – done that” already. They really came up with NEW and CREATIVE IDEAS! NOT! And I just LOVE the line in #6 Catering and/or cake making “Those hours spent watching the Food Network might be… the genesis of a money-making plan.” Hmmm…yeah, that’s what I did while my DH (Dear husband) was out at sea, watch the freaking FOOD network. In fact, since I didn’t have a decent paying job, I wasn’t paying for cable, so there ya’ go. Love the #13 “Consistent Temp Work” too. Yeah! That’s what I would want to do for 20 years.”
The sarcasm and frustration is all too common among military spouses when it comes to our careers. Having moved many times myself and trying to find jobs in each new state as a Speech-Language Pathologist, I must admit, dog walking sounds tempting. No resume, no paperwork and a client who doesnt argue. However, while I am extremely proud of my husband and his career in the Navy, I am also proud of earning my Masters degree and actually using it. Ironically, it is my background in communication and 13 years of being a Navy spouse that prompted me to start MilitaryOneClick. My goal is to connect the military community and the companies supporting the military on a global level with the incredible opportunities that are available. Since launching MilitaryOneClick just over a year ago, I have met some of the most amazing military spouses and their passion is unwavering. Together we are working hard to improve access to jobs that equal our education and experience level. Sarah Stockwell, a military spouse for over 7 years and stationed in Colorado Springs said, I think they’re (referring to the list of jobs) an insult. I have an engineering doctorate. I have friends who are milspouses who have multiple degrees too and we’re all frustrated. Why doesn’t the DoD hire us for civilian jobs and save a fortune in health benefits while they’re at it?
Over the past year the Military Spouse Employment Program has been working with military spouses and corporations to assist each other in finding the best fit for all military spouses. Furthermore, The First Lady and Dr. Biden have made it their top mission to work with military spouses on career issues through their Joining Forces program. They are connecting Fortune 500 companies with the military community to hire and also retain military spouses even after we PCS (civilian translation = move). The First Lady and Dr. Biden are also combating the licensure issues that many military spouses face when moving across state lines. Licensure concerns have an effect on the majority of careers military spouses have degrees in such as; teaching, nursing, dental care, attorney and physical therapists. We recently spoke with The White House Joining Forces program and they are thrilled to announce that 23 states have now passed pro-military spouse license portability measures. Cheri Kilmurray, a military spouse and college instructor comments, They (12 great jobs for military spouses) clearly don’t get it. The idea is to encourage companies to recognize and capitalize on the skills of trained and educated individuals that have to endure the professional challenges of constant relocation. Any responsible teenager can provide pet sitting services.
The reason I felt compelled to write this article is to share with the civilian world that while we are proud military spouses, we also have a passion for our own careers. I understand what Ms. Newsome was trying to accomplish, however we need successful women like her to help us reach higher and go bigger. Lori Clinton, military spouse and CEO of Your Yeoman is a perfect example of reaching higher and going bigger. She stated,”personally I do not find it insulting, and my business covers several of those items listed. The key to what the article says is “12 ways military spouses can turn their education and/or skills into a money-making venture regardless of location”. Then it goes to list several low cost ways that you can do this. I have over 20 years experience in management, accounting and HR with an education and have managed and supervised many people. However when we moved to Hampton Roads I was not able to find a job that could even come close to making the money I had made in other places. I did exactly what that quote says and have not looked back. Not to mention that I now have 6 employees (all military spouses) who are more then happy to be doing the work because it is flexible, pays well and you can take it where you move. Yes to some, these jobs may sound insulting, but to others who have worked hard and continue to work and enjoy those jobs know that they are just as good as any other job. Your education, skill level and job title do no matter, it is what you get out of the job, how it fits your life style and the feeling of enjoying what you do at the end of the day.”
Cristin Orr Shiffer, a military family policy researcher and project coordinator for the Blue Star Families resume tool kit cites another interesting point, There is another problem besides the fact that most of the great careers identified by the article are really mediocre jobs. Every job featured, with the exception of the one in Information Technology, is historically performed by women. Military spouses wishing to pursue careers, and military spouse employment advocates, must also work to dispel the traditional and gendered lens through which most of American society still views individuals married to military members. Ms. Newsome’s article did bring the conversation of military spouses and their careers alive and for that I am grateful.
I would like to take this opportunity to share my own Top 12 Most Supportive Organizations for Military Spouses. These organizations, companies and people have encouraged me both personally an