Leadership Council – Namiaz http://namiaz.org/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 23:04:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://namiaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7-150x150.png Leadership Council – Namiaz http://namiaz.org/ 32 32 A proclamation for National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2022 https://namiaz.org/a-proclamation-for-national-domestic-violence-awareness-and-prevention-month-2022/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 21:02:02 +0000 https://namiaz.org/a-proclamation-for-national-domestic-violence-awareness-and-prevention-month-2022/

While our nation has made significant strides in addressing domestic violence by responding to the stories and leadership of brave survivors, and through advocacy and legislative action, domestic violence in America remains all too common. During National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we continue to shed light on the causes of this scourge, empower federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local officials, and call on all communities to increase prevention efforts. My administration is working to ensure that all survivors have access to justice and the support they need to heal and prosper.

When I introduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the Senate in 1990, with the support of many members of Congress and community attorneys, we began to bring these abuse cases out of the shadows. For too long, few in this country have been willing to call domestic violence a national epidemic. VAWA improved survivors’ access to services and support, empowered federal law enforcement agencies to hold perpetrators accountable, and improved enforcement of protective orders across state lines. In March of this year, I was proud to enact the VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2022, which extends all current VAWA grant programs through 2027 and increases services and support for all survivors, including by strengthening access to services for the underserved or marginalized surviving communities. It also enhances evidence-based, trauma-based training for law enforcement officers involved in assisting victims and investigating these crimes.

While we know that VAWA is making a significant difference, we also know that there is still a lot of work ahead of us. Millions of women and men are affected by some form of intimate partner abuse every year. Domestic violence can lead to injury, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, home insecurity, missed school or work, and other devastating consequences. Historically underserved populations, including LGBTQI+ survivors, people with disabilities, immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities, and American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Hawaiian Natives, face some of the highest rates of domestic and sexual violence, along with additional barriers to safety and support. The impact of this epidemic is reaching far beyond the home, affecting extended families, schools and the workplace.

For the past three decades, I have continued this commitment to preventing and combating domestic violence and all forms of gender-based violence. To increase our support for victims during the pandemic, as we saw domestic violence surge as survivors became increasingly isolated, faced economic insecurity and barriers to accessing assistance, my government increased funding for shelters and support providers and bid targeted resources for culturally specific, community-based organizations that address the needs of survivors in marginalized communities. Overall, we have invested nearly $1 billion in additional funds from our American Rescue Plan to strengthen these programs.

I also created the White House Gender Policy Council and called for the development of the first-ever government-wide National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence, as well as updating the 2016 United States Strategy for Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence Worldwide. These strategies will provide a roadmap to guide my entire government’s efforts to end domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence.

My efforts didn’t stop there. Last year I signed the National Defense Authorization Act to fundamentally change the way the military investigates and prosecutes domestic violence, sexual assault and related crimes. I also issued an executive order to implement important reforms to the military code. We owe it to those who bravely wear our nation’s uniform to improve support for survivors and expand prevention of all forms of gender-based violence.

In July, I signed the Safer Communities Act, giving states significant resources to implement extreme risk protection laws and also to expand measures to prevent offenders convicted of assaulting their current or former dating partners were, buy or own weapons. Millions of women across America report having been threatened with a gun by an intimate partner, and there is evidence that the risk of death from domestic violence is five times higher when a gun is present. Additionally, as cyberstalking, sextortion and other forms of intimate partner violence using technology become more prevalent, we have established a new White House task force to address online harassment and abuse and expanded our efforts to prevent and address this harm.

As we continue the essential work to end domestic violence, we can all help build a culture where abuse is not tolerated and where survivors are heard, supported and protected. We can express our gratitude to the remarkable people and organizations that provide care and essential services to survivors of domestic violence, and we must remain committed to building a better world, where all people feel safe, respected, and free from abuse can live.

THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the United States Constitution and laws, hereby proclaim October 2022 as National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. I urge all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support efforts to educate all people about healthy relationships that focus on respect; Supporting victims and survivors in their own families and networks; and to support the efforts of victim advocates, service providers, health care providers and the legal system, and survivor leadership in the work to end domestic violence.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have laid my hand upon this thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-seventh.


Diversity Defines Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council Event https://namiaz.org/diversity-defines-greater-kansas-city-interfaith-council-event/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 16:44:43 +0000 https://namiaz.org/diversity-defines-greater-kansas-city-interfaith-council-event/

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Photo credit above: A centerpiece at the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council’s largest annual event. (Courtesy of Irene Gallegos)

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people of faith flocked to attend this year’s Table of Faiths event hosted by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence, Missouri.

This year’s theme, Faith it Forward, was a celebration of cultural and religious diversity that helps define the larger Kansas City community.

Attendees from over a dozen different faith communities lined the venue with eye-catching booths displaying religious symbols, texts, artifacts, literature and even complimentary samosas.

After Director Lama Mathew Rice of the Rime Buddhist Center said the opening prayer, a vegetarian meal was served, followed by the time-honored tradition of presenting this year’s awards.

Poet and English professor Aisha Sharif recites from one of her original poems. (Inas Younis | Plains)

Each year, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council presents the Table of Faiths Award, which honors a local organization that demonstrates interfaith values ​​in the community. This is followed by the Steve Jeffers Leadership Service Award, named for the late Director of Spirituality in Healthcare at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, who made outstanding contributions to the interfaith community.

Chairman Alan Edelman’s opening address emphasized the Council’s mission to raise awareness of the rich diversity of faiths that make up our fellowship.

“The Council strives to provide educational programs about our many faiths and traditions. Our mission is as important as ever, especially at a time when hatred of people of different faiths is growing,” Edelman said.

Edelman presented this year’s Table of Faiths Award to SevenDays, an organization formed after a hateful act when a white supremacist killed Reat Underwood, his grandfather Dr. William Corporon and Terri La Manno murdered outside the Jewish Community Center on April 13, 2014, at Überland Park. SevenDays is now entering its ninth year of fighting hate by promoting kindness and understanding through education and dialogue.

“Recognizing that people are not born to hate, SevenDays creates programs that focus on the education of our youth and sets the stage for interaction between people of different faiths. They encourage all people to come together to cultivate a more religious and pluralistic society,” Edelman said.

Previous recipients include Children’s Mercy Hospital, Unity Church of Overland Park and Dialogue Institute.

SevenDays founder Mindy Corporon delivered a recorded message to the audience while board member Vicky Harris accepted the award.

“While hate continues to be taught, SevenDays will continue to be a testament that kindness can be taught in terms of faith, gender, race and even politics,” Corporon said.

SevenDays, a Kansas City nonprofit that overcomes hatred by promoting kindness and understanding through education and dialogue.
SevenDays, a Kansas City nonprofit that overcomes hatred by promoting kindness and understanding through education and dialogue, recently received the Interfaith Council’s Tables of Faith Award. The event was attended by (front row, from left): Michaelah Weaver, 2015 SevenDays Song Contest Winner; Jill Andersen, director of youth engagement at SevenDays; Beth Roller, volunteer; Ruth Baum Bigus, Director of Media/Community Relations at SevenDays; (second row, from left) Kaleb Weaver, Dawson Gardner, former member of the SevenDays Kindness Youth Leadership Team; Vicki Harris, board member of SevenDays; Inas Younis, board member of SevenDays; Lama Matthew Palden Gocha, board member of SevenDays; Larry Bigus, volunteer. (Courtesy of Irene Gallegos)

Reverend Dr Shawnee Mission Medical Center Director of Spirituality and Health David E. Nelson, Faith Director Zulfiqar Malik, who represents the Islamic tradition, expressed heartfelt appreciation to this year’s Steve Jeffers Leadership Award winner.

“I first met David about 36 years ago at the opening of the Christian-Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Group and later other faith leaders were added to form the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council. At the first dialogue group meeting, David gave us a challenging task: What legacy will you leave behind?” said Malik.

Nelson was one of the early conveners of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council and his legacy was evident that night as the audience stood and applauded enthusiastically after his acceptance speech.

Drawing on spiritual greats such as the late Joseph Campbell and Karen Armstrong, Nelson emphasized our common humanity and highlighted the work of the council and community that he has helped cultivate and promote.

After the awards ceremony, the audience was treated to inspirational presentations and live entertainment, culminating in a beautiful poetry recitation by famous local poet and English professor Aisha Sharif.

“As I pondered tonight’s theme, Faith it Forward, I began to see faith as a kind of offering, one that can be used to help not only give yourself but others to give hope and to help injustices,” said Sharif.

Although the event was filled with conversation and energy, there were moments of deep listening and acceptance, not just with each other but with our innermost beings.

Flatland employee Inas Younis is a freelance journalist and commentator who is also a member of the board of SevenDays.

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]]> District 3 Board of Supervisors Candidates Forum is scheduled for September 27th https://namiaz.org/district-3-board-of-supervisors-candidates-forum-is-scheduled-for-september-27th/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 18:36:40 +0000 https://namiaz.org/district-3-board-of-supervisors-candidates-forum-is-scheduled-for-september-27th/

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Thrive Alliance and Choose Children, in partnership with other nonprofit organizations, are hosting a District 3 Board of Trustees Candidate Forum on Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m registration is specified.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors oversees the county’s departments, programs and properties with an annual budget of over $3 billion. The contestants are Ray Mueller and Laura Parmer-Lohan.

Nonprofit partners include: Age Forward Coalition, Coastside Hope, Puente de la Costa Sur, San Francisco People Power, San Mateo County Leadership Council, Youth Leadership Institute and Caminar.

All districts have changed since the 2020 census report and the subsequent new district procedure. District 3 includes the cities of Atherton, Southeast Belmont, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos and Woodside, Unincorporated Devonshire Canyon, El Granada, Emerald Lake Hills, Harbor Industrial Park, La Honda, Ladera, Loma Mar, Los Trancos Woods , Miramar, Montara, Moss Beach, Palomar Park, Pescadero, Princeton By-The-Sea, San Gregorio, Skyline, Skylonda, Stanford Lands, Vista Verde and West Menlo Park.

Register online.

Thrive Alliance is a non-advocacy and impartial organization and Choose Children is a non-advocacy and impartial effort.

Pierre residents Scott and Julia Jones, Stephanie Judson will be recognized for philanthropic efforts next week https://namiaz.org/pierre-residents-scott-and-julia-jones-stephanie-judson-will-be-recognized-for-philanthropic-efforts-next-week/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 11:02:51 +0000 https://namiaz.org/pierre-residents-scott-and-julia-jones-stephanie-judson-will-be-recognized-for-philanthropic-efforts-next-week/

Three Pierre residents are on this year’s list of honorees from the South Dakota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Pierre’s Scott and Julia Jones are recognized as Outstanding Philanthropists 2022. The couple have made pledges to 44 nonprofit organizations, run multiple campaigns, and served on countless boards. Additionally, Scott Jones is CEO of Delta Dental, which was recognized by AFP as South Dakota’s Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation in 2016.

Stephanie Judson von Pierre is President and CEO of the South Dakota Community Foundation. She is honored as Outstanding Fundraising Professional 2022. Since 2013, Judson has grown the foundation’s staff from 5 to 17 and grown its assets to more than $800 million while maintaining the organization’s original vision and culture.

The philanthropy awards will be presented on Tuesday (September 27, 2022) during the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2022 National Philanthropy Day Conference in Pierre.

Pictured LR: Julia and Scott Jones; Vona Johnson, former board member of Missouri Shores; Sarah Reinhart, general manager of Missouri Shores; Stephanie Judson, SDCF President and CEO.

In addition, this year awards are given to:

  • The city of Alcester, nestled in the rolling hills of Union County, South Dakota, is honored as an Outstanding Philanthropic Community of 2022. AFP SD recognizes the city for its myriad acts of significant and widespread philanthropic support through its volunteer fire and rescue service, community center, community endowment, and other philanthropic endeavors.
  • Construction of tour groups is recognized by AFP SD as an Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation 2022. The Sioux Falls-based company has provided more than 200 gifts in 32 years of giving to support healthcare, education and charitable causes, benefitting thousands of lives.
  • That Student United Way Huron Youth Leadership Council is honored with AFP SD’s 2022 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award. The widely respected and well-known youth council offers opportunities to build strong leadership and engage the next generation of civic-minded community members.
  • AFP SD honors Rod Fouberg and the late Glenna Fouberg of Aberdeen with the 2022 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award. Rod, the longtime CEO and chairman of Dacotah Bank, and Glenna, an educator for 38 years, are known for donating their time and resources to numerous community projects in their city and state.
  • AFP SD will also present awards to its 2021 winners, originally honored during a virtual conference in November 2021. These honorees are the late Ray Hillenbrand of Rapid City, Robin Prunty of Avera Health in Sioux Falls, KBACK Radio of Sioux Falls, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Highlands of Rapid City and the City of Faulkton.

]]> MyMichigan Health names new President and CEO https://namiaz.org/mymichigan-health-names-new-president-and-ceo/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 13:59:00 +0000 https://namiaz.org/mymichigan-health-names-new-president-and-ceo/

SAGINAW, MI – Six months after the unexpected death of Diane Postler-Slattery, MyMichigan Health has a new director and CEO.

According to a MyMichigan Health press release, the Board of Directors of MyMichigan Health has appointed Dr. Lydia A. Watson Named Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Effective December 1, President and CEO of MyMichigan Health.

Watson will succeed Greg Rogers, the organization’s longtime health care administrator, who has served as deputy CEO for the health care system since Postler-Slattery and her husband Don died in a plane crash in northwest Florida in March. Rogers will join Watson in an advisory capacity in December.

“Lydia is a respected and trusted leader in the industry and at home here. She has been instrumental in guiding our system through the pandemic, is a steadfast advocate for quality care and patient, staff and physician satisfaction, and has managed to establish and sustain a culture of excellence,” Rogers said in one Explanation. “With her vision and clinical background, she will play a critical role in the continued growth and development of MyMichigan Health.”

Dave Midkiff, MyMichigan Health Board Member and Selection Committee Chair, added in a statement, “The process used by our team to evaluate Dr. Watson was both objective and thorough. We believe that our Board of Directors’ unanimous support for Dr. Watson, as our next President and CEO, should inspire confidence from our employees, our patients and our communities that she is uniquely qualified to lead MyMichigan Health into the future.”

While at MyMichigan Health, Watson’s career has included positions as chief quality and patient safety officer, chief of staff, vice president of medical affairs and board member of MyMichigan Medical Center Midland. She is a member of the MHA Physicians in Healthcare Leadership Council and serves as Chair 2021-2022. Before joining the administrative staff of MyMichigan in 2013, Watson served thousands of women as a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist at Midland Medical Center. Previously, she was an active staff member at Saginaw General Hospital from 1988 to 1996.

Watson, who is certified in obstetrics and gynecology, received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Wayne State University School of Medicine. During her training, she also served six years in the Army National Guard’s 207th EVAC Hospital, from which she was honorably discharged as a captain in 1992. Today, she retains her position as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproduction in Biology at Michigan State University.

Watson is active in her community and currently serves on the board of trustees of the Strosacker Family Foundation. She is a member of the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance/THRIVE Safety Taskforce, the Midland 100 Women’s Club and serves as Medical Director of the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program. She has also volunteered her leadership for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women event and the Midland Public Schools Sex Advisory Council. She is also the author of several textbook chapters and co-author of a book. She has also received numerous awards including the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce Athena Award and most recently the 2020 YWCA Woman of the Year in Healthcare Award. Watson is married and has two adult children.

“While MyMichigan Health has seen many changes over the past six months following the unexpected deaths of Diane Postler-Slattery and her husband Don, the commitment and care shown to patients has not changed,” said Jenee Velasquez, CEO of MyMichigan Health it in a statement. “The guidance and guidance provided by Greg, Dr. Watson and the entire leadership team were just exceptional. dr Watson’s commitment to the health of our communities, combined with her longstanding leadership and respect for everyone she works with, will continue to strengthen this beloved healthcare system for generations to come.”

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Successful Midland mayors work in partnership with community leaders and members https://namiaz.org/successful-midland-mayors-work-in-partnership-with-community-leaders-and-members/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 22:24:59 +0000 https://namiaz.org/successful-midland-mayors-work-in-partnership-with-community-leaders-and-members/ What exactly is the role of the mayor? Please also describe your vision for the city and offer three things you would like to achieve by the end of the semester

The Mayor’s primary role is to provide visionary and strategic leadership to the city in collaboration with the City Council and staff. As we look back at generations of mayors in Midland, we see that the most successful mayors in our history have been those who have worked alongside other community leaders and members. Their goal was to advance the city’s business for the benefit of all citizens. It is the Mayor’s job to assess the needs of the community and ensure those needs are met today and tomorrow to ensure we leave a better Midland to our children and their children.

Midland is made up of many organizations, tax authorities, non-profit organizations, corporations and thousands of individuals. Each of these organizations and individuals represents a wide variety of perspectives, goals, and priorities. The Mayor has the specific role – and difficult task – of working with the diversity of voices to set a vision and path for the City of Midland.

During my tenure as a member of Midland City Council, I have worked to collaborate with other leaders on issues related to good tax stewardship, long-term water safety, police and fire support, and improved transparency and customer service at City Hall. As a collaborative council, we have sought to improve parks and quality of life projects in our community, using public-private partnerships to encourage growth in our community. Despite all the challenges of the pandemic and everything we’ve been through post-2020, we’ve moved forward at Midland with positive momentum.

As I have listened to the Midlanders over the past few years, I believe three priorities are at the forefront in the minds of most of our citizens. If I am elected Mayor of Midland, I will also make these my priorities:

  1. Maintain strong fiscal responsibility. Midland is made up of people who want to see taxpayers’ money being used wisely. As a working mom in the oil field, I know we want the city to live within its means, just as we do in our own personal and business lives. We also want our community investments – roads, drainage, infrastructure and city facilities – to be well maintained. Deferred maintenance costs us more money over time, and that’s why we need a city tour that prioritizes the care of these essential services that belong to all of us as taxpayers. Our annual budget must prioritize maintenance and responsible city operations. While some cities across Texas have tried to disappoint their police departments and turn the police into enemies, I will always support the blue and make sure they have the support and resources they need. As mayor, I will try to keep our taxes low and not overburden families and businesses.
  2. Create long-term water security and infrastructure. During my tenure on the City Council, we identified and contracted with Fort Stockton Holdings a long-term water source for Midland. I believe this water source, in addition to several other sources secured by previous mayors and councils, puts us in a prime position in arid West Texas to have water for future generations of Midlanders. But our task is not only done with securing the water supply; This is a task that requires additional strategic planning and forethought. We must secure the right of way and build the infrastructure to bring this water to our homes, schools, businesses and hospitals. We need continuity of leadership at this strategic time to move forward from the step we have already taken to secure the source and now plan the engineering and transportation of water to our community.
  3. Improve transparency and customer service at City Hall. Transparency and customer service are key demands that citizens always make of the government structures we elect and establish. Over the past three years, we’ve heard Midlander request more transparency and responded by implementing more robust communication on social media and using more traditional news outlets. We must keep this a priority for the City of Midland by communicating well with all residents as the City continues to grow and change.

Another related concern we hear from Midlanders has been the level of customer service at City Hall, particularly for those looking to build new projects or add a simple extension to their property. Before the end of the year, we will open a one-stop shop for urban development on the first floor of City Hall. This, combined with the pre-development meeting process already in place, should greatly improve the customer experience for everyone. This is a project that is in progress and something I, as mayor, would like to see completed.

As Midland’s population rejuvenates and the many changes in our world since the pandemic, I offer vigorous leadership with proven results to hold fast to our community’s priorities of faith, family and freedom. I ask for your support and vote for Lori Blong as Mayor of Midland.

Mormon Church donates $32 million to UN agency to fight hunger https://namiaz.org/mormon-church-donates-32-million-to-un-agency-to-fight-hunger/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 22:28:01 +0000 https://namiaz.org/mormon-church-donates-32-million-to-un-agency-to-fight-hunger/

Mormon Church leaders have announced a $32 million donation to the UN World Food Program Relief Agency to help with the looming global hunger crisis.

The agency has previously said that the world is facing a “seismic hunger crisis” after years of the COVID-19 pandemic, global climate changes and the disruption in grain exports from Russia and Ukraine following the February 24 invasion by Vladimir Putin’s forces .

“We are so grateful to work with the World Food Program because we know they will provide food to those who need it most,” said Bishop L. Todd Budge, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). . said the Presiding Council of the Diocese. “… Such giving makes God’s children a little happier, and all of us a little holier.”

People in nine nations — Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — will benefit from the donation, a cohort of 1.6 million of what the church calls “the world’s most vulnerable.” named persons.”

WFP Executive Director David Beasley said in a statement that the LDS donation “could not come at a more critical time.”

According to a church statement, an estimated 345 million people worldwide “are facing acute food insecurity.” The group estimates that 50 million people are at risk of starvation. “Without immediate action, around 60 million children will be at risk of acute malnutrition by the end of 2022.”

“My heart rejoices for the millions of malnourished children who will benefit from this donation,” added Sister Camille N. Johnson, worldwide leader of the Relief Society of the Faith.

The WFP donation stems from an eight-year relationship between the two groups. The Church operates a vast farming, packaging, and distribution network for grain, general groceries, and meat. Church officials said they had donated £80million of food for emergency response in 2021.

Last year, church leaders told the church’s Deseret News that the church had doubled its humanitarian spending since 2016 and is now providing “nearly $1 billion in combined humanitarian and social assistance.”

Wednesday’s donation is funded in part by the church’s “fast offering,” in which members skip two meals each month and donate the cost of humanitarian aid.

Cambridge City Council holds its first autumn meeting with new city manager Yi-An Huang ’05 | news https://namiaz.org/cambridge-city-council-holds-its-first-autumn-meeting-with-new-city-manager-yi-an-huang-05-news/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 06:55:52 +0000 https://namiaz.org/cambridge-city-council-holds-its-first-autumn-meeting-with-new-city-manager-yi-an-huang-05-news/

Cambridge City Council held its first regular meeting of the autumn on Monday night – the first to be attended by new city manager Yi-An Huang ’05.

During the meeting, the council approved nearly $16 million in state and local funding for Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Trust and nearly $4 million for “historic preservation and open space projects” under the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act.

In an interview ahead of the meeting, Vice Mayor Alanna M. Mallon said the transition to Huang’s leadership has been a “really exciting time” and that she is optimistic about his relationship with the council.

Huang and the city council will have a retreat to discuss issues raised by Cambridge residents during last spring’s city manager search process, Mallon said. She described the discussion as “long overdue”.

Cambridge Deputy Mayor Alanna M. Mallon pictured at a City Council meeting on Monday By Julian J Giordano

Mallon added that Huang’s work during his onboarding “really validated the decision that we made as the city council to make Yi-An our next city manager and to really tackle some of these thorny issues that we were trying to solve as a one.” long time.”

During Monday’s meeting, councillors, Huang and city officials discussed monkeypox and proposals to increase “linkage fees,” a fee paid by private developers to the Affordable Housing Trust.

Cambridge Chief Public Health Officer Derrick L. Neal presented the status of the Covid-19 pandemic and monkeypox in Cambridge, noting that the city had fewer than 10 cases of monkeypox. He urged Cambridge residents to get an updated booster vaccine to protect against the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and said those eligible for the monkeypox vaccine should do so.

Cambridge City Council discusses Covid-19 in the city at a meeting on Monday.

Cambridge City Council discusses Covid-19 in the city at a meeting on Monday. By Julian J Giordano

The council also passed a resolution on the August death of “legendary Cambridge resident” Peter Z. Valentine, an eccentric local artist known for speaking at council meetings on topics such as “metaphysical energies” and “cosmic consciousness.”

“The joy and spirit and colorful essence of Peter resonates,” Councilor Patricia M. “Patty” Nolan ’80 said during the meeting.

– Staff writer Elias J. Schisgall can be reached at elias.schisgall@thecrimson.com. Follow him on Twitter @eschisgall.

Macedonian judges study judicial ethics in Great Falls https://namiaz.org/macedonian-judges-study-judicial-ethics-in-great-falls/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 14:24:51 +0000 https://namiaz.org/macedonian-judges-study-judicial-ethics-in-great-falls/

Great Falls is far from the headquarters of international diplomacy. It’s fair to say that the small community on the edge of the Rocky Mountains has little influence on state affairs. And yet this assumption could be wrong.

On Friday, a delegation of five young judges from the eastern European country of North Macedonia arrived at Great Falls Airport to attend a week-long conference that could help that country in its bid to join the European Union. Her arrival marks the recent success of the Open World Leadership Center, a government-funded program that brings young leaders from countries dominated by the former Soviet Union to the United States to promote understanding of the people and their democratic institutions.

Her visit is funded by a grant from the Congressional Office of International Leadership, a branch of the US Congress. The City of Great Falls International Relations Advisory Commission will host the eight-day event.