Brazilian-Born Medic Shares Life-Saving Skills With Afghans

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2011 “I don’t think I adopted America. America adopted me,” Brazilian-born Army Cpl. Joel M. Kuhn said as he sat outside of Nangalam Base in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province. As a boy, Kuhn, a combat medic assigned to Task Force Bronco, looked up to his father and cousins, who were in the Brazilian army. When Kuhn first thought about enlisting in the U.S. Army, he said, he was on a work visa in Glendale, Calif., and looking for something else to do that not only was exciting, but also would help to pay his bills. He decided to become a combat medic in 2008 because of an enlistment bonus, and he called his mother in Brazil to tell her the good news. “The first thing she asked me if my [specialty] had to work with the infantry on the front lines or if I would be working in a hospital setting,” Kuhn said. “I told her, ‘You know, I never asked that before. That should be one of the questions that I should have asked my recruiter.‘” Kuhn smiled and shook his head. “But I told her, ‘The way that things are going, the way I see it, I will probably be working with the infantry,’” he said. “And I guess I was right.” Now, on his second combat tour with the infantry, Kuhn couldn’t have been more right. Most days, he treats troops in combat, and on some days, he trains troops what to do in combat. “All right, let’s say your battle buddy gets shot in the leg. Where do you want to put the tourniquet to stop the bleeding?” Kuhn asked Afghan soldiers during medical training at Nangalam Base. He patiently waited for a response, then asked the soldier who answered to show him how to put a tourniquet on properly. Sgt. Nathan A. Timmons, an infantry team leader, said Kuhn behaves in the same way at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, their home station. “You don’t know something, he’ll spend the time to teach you,” he said. “He likes to help people — likes to make sure they are doing the right thing. All in all, I think it’s good for him, [and] good for everybody else, as well.” Timmons deployed with Kuhn during a dangerous tour in Iraq. “I would not take any other medic if I had a choice, and that’s the God’s honest truth,” he said. “Just the way he is, I mean. I’ve seen some medics who know their job. By all means, our medics are good, but Kuhn goes above and beyond.”last_img read more

Should paralegals be regulated?

first_imgShould paralegals be regulated? Should paralegals be regulated? Lawmakers ask the Bar to study the issue The Bar Board of Governors has approved the creation of a new special committee to study whether paralegals in Florida should be regulated.The new panel was recommended by the Program Evaluation Committee and approved by the board at its June 3 meeting. Incoming Bar President Alan Bookman announced he will be appointing members to the new panel and is welcoming suggestions for members.PEC Chair Richard Tanner said bills were introduced in the House and Senate to regulate paralegals earlier this year. Lawmakers agreed not to push those measures if the Bar agreed to study the issue and make its own proposals.The Special Committee on Paralegal Studies is set to report to the board before the March 2006 start of the next legislative session, Tanner said.Bookman noted the four legislators who wrote the Bar about the issue asked for a report by September 1, but he said that is unrealistic. He also said he had written the four legislators and invited their participation, as well as invited help from the Bar’s sections.“The bills did not go anywhere, but the legislature is asking the Bar to get with the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations and hopefully come up with a recommendation,” Bookman said.“I think we need to hear from the legislature; I think we need to hear from the education aspect; and I think we need to hear from lawyers who use paralegals in their practice,” he said. “Additionally, I’d like to have an office administrator on that committee.”He said board member Ross Goodman, who teaches a paralegal course at the University of West Florida, will chair the committee.The issue could be very important to lawyers. Bookman noted one of the filed bills provided that when lawyers submit their bills to courts for payment, they could only get reimbursed for paralegals who are licensed under the proposed legislation. July 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

GOP Considers Gutting Maternity & Preventive Services to Secure House Votes

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Donald Trump’s promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and overhaul health care in America faces its biggest test yet, as GOP lawmakers weigh how repealing Obamacare will affect their constituents.Several news outlets reported Thursday afternoon that House Republican leaders decided to delay the vote in the face of opposition from many in their own party, possibly for a day. House Republicans are still on a mission to recruit undecided lawmakers who’ve held out for a variety of reasons. A group of about two dozen hard-line Republicans wants to further gut mandates imposed by the ACA, while more moderate lawmakers have expressed concern about how a change to Medicaid funding would impact their states.The fight may come down to a provision in the ACA requiring health care plans to cover a range of benefits, including pregnancy, newborn care, substance abuse, prescription drugs and wellness services.Conservative House members of the so-called Freedom Caucus argue that eliminating those requirements would bring down the cost of insurance premiums because insurers would no longer have to cover certain services. But people under the new plan would potentially have to pay for those benefits themselves if insurers offer leaner plans.If House leadership agrees to dismantle essential benefits in the bill, it could mean that insurers would no longer have to provide breastfeeding support and counseling to new mothers or pay for preventive tests and screenings for blood pressure, high cholesterol, lung cancer, depression and other conditions.Lawmakers were negotiating throughout the day ahead of a scheduled vote Thursday night on the bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act, though by mid-Thursday had reportedly postponed bringing it to the floor of the House. Republicans require 216 “yes” votes to move it out of the House and to the U.S. Senate, where some Republicans view the measure even more skeptically than their House peers. A vote on Thursday would come on the seven-year anniversary of Obamacare, which Republicans have been arguing is unsustainable and is driving up costs.The bill, which is the brainchild of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), has the backing of the White House. President Trump has joined the fray on Capitol Hill in an attempt to appease some Republican lawmakers who remain on the fence. The president delivered an ultimatum to those so far opposed to the bill, warning that a “no” vote would come back to haunt lawmakers at the ballot box. But it’s unclear if Trump can use the bully pulpit to strike fear in the hearts of undecided House members, considering his historically low approval rating for a new president, and Obamacare’s increased popularity among Americans.A Quinnipiac poll released this week found that Trump’s base is shrinking in support and that his job approval rating stands at a dismal 37 percent.As for the GOP health care bill, Quinnipiac found that 56 percent of Americans disapprove of it, 26 percent remain undecided and only 17 percent support it. Additionally, a large majority of voters oppose the proposed elimination of federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which handles many women’s issues, such as breast cancer screening and reproductive health.“Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.On the eve of the expected House vote, several dozen demonstrators rallied outside Rep. Peter King’s office in Massapequa Park to pressure the veteran Long Island Republican Congressman to vote “no.”Several people at the rally interviewed by the Press said they interpreted the act as an attack on the poor and other marginalized groups, and a gift to the rich and powerful through enormous tax breaks.Despite the bone-chilling cold Wednesday night, demonstrators waved signs and yelled “No Trumpcare!” and “Don’t take away the ACA!”“This health care bill is a bad deal for most people in the United States,” said Lisa Oldendorp, 70, of Massapequa. “The only people it is good for is the wealthy people who are getting an enormous tax break and the CEOs of the insurance companies, on the backs of the poor and middle class.”“It fails the first test of everyone getting health care,” she added, referring to Trump’s “insurance for everybody” claim he made after the election.Barbara Kaplowitz, an insurance broker, said she’s seen the benefits of the ACA firsthand. She said she knew of a couple who delayed opening their own business because at least one of them needed to get the health insurance through their employer to cover them both. Obamacare changed all that, she said.Standing next to her was Ruth Cohen of Lake Grave, which is not in King’s district, who lamented that the new bill is “about making the rich richer…It has nothing to do with what’s good for people.”Phil Esposito of Bayport said he fears the GOP health care plan is the beginning of an all-out assault on Medicare, the government program by which he receives health insurance.“I think they’re screwing the poor people and giving a tax break to the rich,” he said.King has not yet indicated which way he’d vote on the controversial measure. On Wednesday, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Selden) appeared to be leaning toward supporting the bill after an amendment was added by upstate Congressional Republicans that would eliminate all county funding of Medicaid in New York State, except for New York City.House Democrats are all expected to deliver a resounding “no” vote. When Obamacare passed in 2010, not a single Republican on Capitol Hill supported it.The impending vote has provoked a war of words between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some New York Representatives after he blasted two upstate Republicans for including the provision cutting county Medicaid funding, which is currently capped at 13 percent. Cuomo called the amendment potentially “devastating” to the state and Long Island’s health care industry. Rep. John Faso (R-Albany) told the governor to “man up” and cover the Medicaid costs so the upstate counties no longer would have to chip in. Cuomo’s staff delivered a barrage of emails predicting millions of dollars in losses in those Republican Congressional districts if the bill is passed, including a collective loss of $14.6 million for three hospitals in Rep. King’s district. The amendment would lead to a cut of $2.3 billion from Medicaid in upstate New York and on Long Island, Cuomo said.That prompted Zeldin to admonish Cuomo for fear mongering.“The amendment is a proposal to shift to the state the local share of Medicaid from the counties outside of New York City, including Suffolk County,” Zeldin said in a statement. “It does not propose a $2.3 billion cut. Governor Cuomo is choosing on his own to react to the amendment, by threatening a cut to scare people. Let’s call this for exactly what it is.”But if the bill passes, the governor is saying that there’s no way for Albany to make up for the shortfall unless it raises taxes statewide or imposes drastic cuts in state-provided health care. According to the governor’s office, under the Trumpcare proposal, New York would lose $6.9 billion over the next four years.Meanwhile, Zeldin’s New York Republican colleague, Rep. Dan Donovan (R-Staten Island), has come out against his party’s bill. “I do not believe that the legislation as currently written is in the best interest of the 740,000 people I represent in Congress and I believe we can do better,” he said.“The proposed amendment exempts New York City, putting an unfair and disproportionate burden on City residents to fund the entire state’s share of the Medicaid bill,” he added in a lengthy statement. “That’s wrong. I cannot support a deal that gives our district short shrift.”last_img read more

Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes Europa League time, TV channel, live stream, odds and team news

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 23 Oct 2019 9:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes Europa League time, TV channel, live stream, odds and team news Advertisementcenter_img Unai Emery is targeting more Europa League success for himself (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have had a superb start to the Europa League and they will be looking to continue their winning run at home to Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday night.It is two wins from two for Unai Emery’s team so far, scoring seven goals and conceding none against Eintracht Frankfurt and Standard Liege.It has not been so rosy for the Portuguese side who have lost both their games against the same opponents the Gunners have faced, without scoring a goal in either match.Arsenal are looking to bounce back from a thoroughly disappointing result in the Premier League on Monday night when they lose 1-0 at Sheffield United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen is Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes?The match is on Thursday 24 October with kick-off at 8pm at the Emirates.What TV channel is Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes on and is there a live stream?BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage following Partizan Belgrade vs Manchester United.Subscribers can stream the action on BT Sport Player.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes oddsArsenal 1.28 (2/7)Draw 6.6 (11/2)Guimaraes 13 (12/1)Odds courtesy of Betfair ExchangeTeam newsPierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz are both being rested for this one and Reiss Nelson remains out of action with ligament damage.Alexandre Lacazette may return to the strating XI after recovering from an ankle problem, while Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding are all available.MORE: Rob Holding describes ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘a nightmare for centre-halves’MORE: Ray Parlour urges Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to play Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah Advertisementlast_img read more

OpTic Gaming extends partnership with Turtle Beach

first_imgOpTic Gaming has confirmed a multi-year continuation of their partnership with Turtle Beach.The new multi-year agreement will see Turtle Beach’s partnership supply OpTic’s team in Gears of War, Counter Strike and Call of Duty while adding their DOTA 2 and PUBG squads. More news is set to follow in the coming weeks regarding other esports franchises under Infinite Esports & Entertainment – The holding company of OpTic Gaming.Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation had this to say: “The expansion of esports leagues, competitions, games, and athlete demands is constant, making our partnership with OpTic Gaming a key one. We’ve watched OpTic evolve from being one of the world’s best competitive Call of Duty teams into a multidimensional esports entertainment franchise, so we’re very excited to broaden our great relationship to grow with them”Stark continued: “We joined forces with OpTic Gaming in 2016 as we unveiled the original Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset, and their collaborative feedback has been pivotal to our success in the space. Not only has OpTic helped us refine and expand our marketing efforts, but they also help us develop, design, and enhance the audio supremacy only Turtle Beach can deliver, whether that’s from the highest levels of competition or from future esports pros picking up a controller for the first time.”Ryan Musselman, SVP, Infinite Esports & Entertainment, added: “Throughout our long-standing partnership, Turtle Beach has supported us with unmatched excellence and products. Year over year, the team at Turtle Beach has inherently understood the definitive needs of our players, and as we expanded into new competitive titles they’ve been quick to ensure new players are welcomed with strong products and top tier service. We’re excited to continue teaming up with Turtle Beach in supporting our pro players, the Green Wall, and the expansive esports community.” Esports Insider says: OpTic is making great moves within esports right now, so it’s no wonder a major partner would want to stick around longer. OpTic Gaming and more importantly the Green Wall, offer partners a major opportunity to get to one of the biggest fanbases in esports.last_img read more