Health & Wellness Integrated Healthcare Centers Provides Charitable Donation to Capital City Rowing

PRWeb Published 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 17, 2018 ~ $5,000 Gift to Non-Profit Funds New Boat, Equipment, Competition Fees for Local Youth ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (PRWEB) March 17, 2018 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Health & Wellness Integrated Healthcare Centers, awarded a $5,000 charitable contribution to Capital City Rowing (CCR), announced President & CEO, Dr. Yvette Mignon. CCR, a local non-profit youth rowing organization, will use the funds to purchase a new shell (racing boat), equipment and to fund entry fees and travel to competitions across the state and the country. Dr. Mignon said, “CCR fosters excellence in rowing to promote fitness and character and is a wonderful outlet for instilling these traits early in the lives of our young people. Setting goals to promote fitness and character development are the same important principles we strive to uphold in our practice’s integrated mind, body and spirit patient care model.” Recommended Video: Now Playing: Already one of the poorest countries in the world, conflict has been raging in the Central African Republic since 2013. To date, up to 6,000 people have been killed in executions and mutilations. Around half the population — some two and a half million people — is in need of humanitarian assistance. There are some 690,000 internally displaced people. Another half a million have fled to neighbouring countries. Boda The village of Boda lies west of the capital Bangui, in what is considered a post-conflict area. It’s a stark contrast with the situation in the rest of the country. Today, armed groups control almost all central and southern provinces. Political instability and religious and inter-ethnic tensions have risen over the last year. AID ZONE | Central African Republic, here we are. CAR is among the poorest countries in the world. Violence has touched the levels of 2013-2014, and hotspots have multiplicated, with massive increase of Continue Reading

Muslim officer works with immigrants in Ohio capital city

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After 10 years in hotel management, Khaled Bahgat grew accustomed to defusing tense situations involving out-of-control banquet hall parties. Often, he had the situation in hand by the time police showed up.One day, an officer asked, "Have you ever thought about being a police officer yourself?" It was the farthest thing from the mind of the Egyptian-born Bahgat, who arrived in Columbus as a teenager in 1980 speaking almost no English. But he applied and has served as an officer in Ohio's largest city for 21 years.Recently, police chief Kim Jacobs appointed Bahgat a liaison officer between the department and the city's growing immigrant populations, particularly people from Somalia and Bhutanese-Nepali refugees. Bahgat joins Columbus officers with outreach responsibilities to the black and gay communities."There has definitely been some areas where law enforcement doesn't understand the culture, and likewise the culture doesn't understand why we do the things that we do," Bahgat told worshippers last month at Masjid Ibnu Taymiyah and Islamic Center, a mosque on Columbus' north side serving mainly Somali immigrants.Yet everyone shares the same goal, he said. "We want to make sure that we can offer everybody a safe neighborhood and we want to make sure that we're all on the same page," said Bahgat, dubbed the department's New American Diversity and Inclusion Officer.Police Chief Kim Jacobs said her goal in appointing Bahgat was breaking down communication barriers preventing police from hearing from everyone in the city. He joins officers around the country who have been appointment to achieve similar goals.Houston police have officers working with the city's Muslim, Vietnamese, LGBTQ, Hispanic and other communities. The Minneapolis police department, with the country's largest Somali population, has outreach officers for the city's East African immigrants along with southeast Asians and American Indians. The Washington, D.C. department has Continue Reading

North Korea ballistic missile crashed into country’s own city

A North Korea military test ended quickly and miserably last year when a ballistic missile crashed into one of the country's own cities. The Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range missile impacted an industrial or agriculture complex in Tokchon, according to The Diplomat magazine. A source told the magazine that the missile's engines failed after just one minute, "resulting in catastrophic failure," The Diplomat reported. The missile never reached more than about 40 miles off the ground, according to the magazine. The failed test took place in April, and it's not known if any lives were lost. Why Trump's North Korea tweet is so dangerously destabilizing It was launched from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province. Satellite imagery confirms that the missile mishap took place, according to The Diplomat. It was reportedly the third test flight of the Hwasong-12/KN17 missile. The magazine notes that the possibility of the same thing happening over the capital city of Pyongyang or other populated areas "remains high." A 38 North article noted last month that "Kim's recklessness is certainly notable, and it hints at an underemphasized and potentially devastating possibility: the threat of a nuclear accident in North Korea." South Korea: Trump agrees to stop military drills during Olympics North Korea has been punished by the UN with unprecedented sanctions over its weapons programs. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier this week that the U.S. would keep "maximum pressure" on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. Sign up for BREAKING NEWS Emails privacy policy Thanks for subscribing! With News Wire Services Send a Letter to the Editor Join the Conversation: facebook Tweet Continue Reading

Ohio’s capital city facing near record-high homicide rate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Earlier this month, with homicides at a near-record high in Ohio’s capital and biggest city, the Columbus police chief declared a “call for action, and a call for peace” in hopes of reducing the killing.“This holiday season is one of those where we hope for peace, but we can bring about peace, I believe, by engaging everyone and trying to solve these problems,” Chief Kim Jacobs said on the afternoon of Dec. 11.An hour later, a 29-year-old man was shot to death on the city’s south side.Two days later, someone in a car shot at people attending a vigil for that victim, killing one man and injuring three other people, including a 9-year-old girl.Police have tallied 138 homicides this year in Columbus, just shy of the all-time record of 139 in 1991 as the nation’s crack cocaine epidemic was underway. The number has soared above last year’s 106 killings and the 96 in 2015. One of this year’s deaths occurred Dec. 21 but involved a woman dying from injuries sustained in a 2014 shooting.Jacobs attributes the increase to more illegal guns on the street and the use of more powerful weapons - meaning more shots fired during crimes - the impact of the opioid epidemic and people turning to guns to solve arguments instead of less lethal means.Lack of cooperation from witnesses, always a problem, seems to be getting worse, she added.“A lot of these victims of these homicides are just found lying bleeding,” she said. “We didn’t know anything about it until we got a call that there was somebody lying on the ground.”Columbus’ overall homicide rate is actually down from 1991 because of the city’s population growth. Columbus is now the country’s 14th largest city.In Cleveland, the city’s 124 homicides to date are running behind last year’s figure of 135. But recent street corner gun battles have so alarmed some officials that they’re calling for Continue Reading

WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES: Teen suicide bomber kills 6 outside NATO headquarters in Afghanistan capital city

KABUL, Afghanistan — A teenage suicide bomber blew himself up outside NATO headquarters in the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing six civilians in a strike that targeted the heart of the U.S.-led military operation in the country, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, which was the latest in a series of attacks carried out by insurgents in the heavily-fortified Afghan capital. The U.S.-led coalition launched a campaign this spring aimed at shoring up security in Kabul before a significant withdrawal of combat troops limits American options. The strategy is part of an overall plan to gradually hand over security to Afghan security forces. While bombings and shootings elsewhere in Afghanistan receive relatively little attention, attacks in the capital score propaganda points for the insurgents by throwing doubt on the government’s ability to provide security even the seat of its power. The attacks also aim to undermine coalition claims of progress ahead of the planned withdrawal of foreign troops by the end of 2014. The bomber struck before noon outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led NATO coalition, on a street that connects the alliance headquarters to the nearby U.S. Embassy, the Italian Embassy, a large U.S. military base, and the Afghan Defense Ministry. The alliance and police said all the victims were Afghans, and the Ministry of Interior said some were street children. Kabul police said in a statement that the bomber was 14 years old. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the target was a U.S. intelligence facility nearby. Musadeq Sadeq/AP A French soldier from NATO forces walks past the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Musadeq Sadeq/AP French soldiers who are part of the NATO forces investigate the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the U.S.-led international Continue Reading

Around NY’s capital city, candidates converge

ALBANY -- Around noon Monday, a bus for John Kasich's campaign rode past a long line of Bernie Sanders' supporters waiting to hear Sanders' 2 p.m. speech.Kasich got out of the bus a block away, huddled privately with Republican leaders in New York, then gave speeches in nearby Troy and Saratoga. Sanders gave an hour-long speech in Albany, sandwiched between events in Binghamton and Buffalo.And that was not all in New York's capital city on Monday: GOP front-runner Donald Trump drew an energetic crowd of about 15,000 to the Times Union Center, where he continued his criticism of a nomination process he says is "rigged."It all made Albany the epicenter of presidential politics Monday, eight days before New York voters cast their primary ballots April 19 in the delegate-rich state."I used to come up to Albany so many times -- I need this approval, I need that," Trump told the crowd as he introduced state senators. "Now I'm on their side. I can't believe it, I'm a politician!"The Albany visits are part of barnstorming tours by the candidates that started last week. Hillary Clinton visited the upstate cities last week and is planning more trips this week.Trump was in Rochester on Sunday and Albany on Monday. On Tuesday, Sanders will be in Rochester, Syracuse and Poughkeepsie."If we make it to the White House, we are going to change our national priorities," Sanders said to cheers from the roughly 3,700 people inside the city's Washington Avenue Armory. "We’re going to rebuild inner cities, we’re going to make sure that every community in this country has clean drinking water, and we will rebuild our roads and bridges and rail system."Kasich said he's not to be overlooked, urging Republican leaders that he's the best chance in New York for their down-ballot races in November. His event in Saratoga was to be aired on Fox News.In Troy, Kasich took audience questions about Social Security, health care and same-sex marriage, highlighting his Continue Reading

The future of NAFTA: a view from Canada’s capital city

One of the world’s most successful trade agreements appears destined to collapse due to domestic and nationalist politics in both Canada and the United States.Such a cancellation would harm U.S.-Canadian trade and relations overall.Over the past 23 years, NAFTA has proved to be extremely beneficial to both countries, with a fourfold increase in trade. About 75 percent of Canada’s exports go to the United States, and Canadian investments in the United States total about $270 billion.Canada is America’s leading export market and its second-largest trading partner with more than $600 billion in goods and services in 2016. Current American investments north of the border total about $350 billion. Every day, more than $2 billion in trade crosses the 49th parallel, and Iowa and 34 other states have Canada as their No. 1 export market.After four rounds of negotiations among the United States, Canada and Mexico on NAFTA, neither Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nor Canadian officials are particularly optimistic the pact can be saved. One high-ranking official in the foreign ministry reported the prospects are at best 50-50 and pointed to the seemingly non-negotiable demands by the Trump administration as the principal reason.These demands include a requirement that autos built in the NAFTA zone contain 50 percent American-origin parts and 85 percent parts from the zone overall, greater access for the American dairy industry to the Canadian market, a dispute resolution mechanism at the national level, and a sunset clause to review NAFTA’s continuation every five years. To date, little progress has been made, and any of these issues could be deal-breakers. The Trudeau government indicated as much by suggesting that some or, perhaps all, are “red lines” for Canada and thus endanger the continuation of the pact.Just as President Donald Trump has contended that NAFTA must be a better deal for the United States and Continue Reading

Hippopotamus escapes from Georgian city zoo amidst widespread flooding, residents told to stay indoors

Residents in Georgia's capital city of Tbilisi have been warned to stay indoors after heavy flooding meant animals have escaped from the city's zoo. Among the animals to escape was a hippopotamus, reports the BBC. The hippo was cornered in one of the eastern European city's main squares and was re-captured after being subdued with a tranquilizer gun. Eight people have been killed by the floods and others are missing. Several zoo animals are thought to have perished as well as a zookeeper. The flooding was caused by heavy rain which turned the Vere river in the center of the city into a raging river, reports Rescue workers are searching submerged homes to look for survivors of the flooding and officials estimate damage at more than $10 million in the Caucasus country. Tbilisi's mayor, Davit Narmania, said the situation was "very grave." There are thought to be more than 300 types of animals at the zoo and it is located in the center of the city. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Monster’ Cyclone Pam damages 90% of buildings in Vanuatu’s capital: president

A monster storm that devastated Vanuatu over the weekend damaged 90% of buildings in the South Pacific archipelago's capital city, officials said. At least 24 people were killed and 3,300 people were displaced when Cyclone Pam hit early Saturday, the U.N. said early Tuesday local time — but those numbers could be low estimates because infrastructure breakdowns have made communication nearly impossible.  The storm, which packed 168 mph winds, took down bridges and trees, making travel and rescue difficult in the capital Port Vila. Aid teams and families have had trouble reaching each other in the hard-hit outer islands. Even President Baldwin Lonsdale said he hadn’t heard from his relatives since the storm hit. "We do not know if our families are safe or not. As the leader of the nation, my whole heart is for the people, the nation," he said. "This is a very devastating cyclone in Vanuatu. I term it as a monster, a monster.” Paolo Malatu, coordinator for Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office, said officials had dispatched every plane and helicopter they could to fly over the islands to survey the damage. The office was expecting to get full reports from the flyover crews early Tuesday. The damaged airport in Port Vila has reopened, allowing some aid and relief flights to reach the country. Island leaders begged for the help — much of the city's water supply has been tainted and food is scarce, officials said. The city's hospital is overwhelmed with patients, and some beds were moved outside due to fears the building is no longer safe. Many of the capital’s 47,000 residents spent Monday cleaning up what was left of their houses. Those left homeless were staying with loved ones whose houses had withstood the storm, officials said. The small archipelago — about a quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii and home to 267,000 Continue Reading

Norway is the best country in the world to be a mom; U.S. slips to 33rd

It's Norway or the highway. The Scandanavian country ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States, which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday. Somalia is the worst place, just below the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. Save the Children released its 16th annual Mothers' Index, which rates 179 countries based on five indicators related to maternal health, education, income levels and the status of women. This year, the United States dropped from number 31 on the list to 33, behind Japan, Poland and Croatia. American women have a one in 1,800 risk of maternal death, the worst level of risk of any developed country in the world, according to the report. An American woman is more than 10 times as likely to die in childbirth than a Polish woman. Scandinavian countries have consistently taken the first spots in the Mothers' Index, with Norway this year beating out Finland, which held the top spot last year. Among the top ten, Australia is the only non-European country, at number nine. France and Britain take the 23rd and 24th spot, below Canada at number 20. The ten worst places are all sub-Saharan African countries. Nine of the bottom ten countries are wracked by conflict. The disparity in terms of infant mortality is striking. In the top 10 countries, one mother out of 290 will lose a child before the age of five. In the bottom 10, that rate stands at one in eight. Dying young in Washington Save the Children also looked at infant mortality rates in the world's 24 wealthiest capital cities and found Washington had the highest rate at 7.9 deaths per 1,000. By comparison, Stockholm and Oslo had infant mortality rates at or below 2 deaths per 1,000. Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles said the data confirmed that a country's economic wealth is not the sole factor leading to happy mothers, Continue Reading