first_imgThe Jobs for Southwest Indiana Political Action Committee (JPAC) announced their endorsements for the fall elections today.JUST IN:  Southwest Indiana Chamber created JPAC in 1996 as a separate organization to support pro-business candidates for local and state offices.  JPAC is a ten-member, bipartisan board co-chaired by a Republican and Democrat member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The members use long-established criteria and guidelines to determine support for candidates.During this election cycle, the Chamber surveyed candidates in the Evansville Municipal races.  The candidate responses to a pre-determined questionnaire can be found at has endorsed the following candidates in contested races:FOR MAYORMayor Lloyd Winnecke: “Mayor Winnecke has been a true champion of business in Southwest Indiana and for the City of Evansville in his tenure in office. His leadership on our new downtown environment, the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, Mickey’s Kingdom and the coming Deaconess Aquatic Center as well as his leadership on important regional and national initiatives such as the construction of the I-69 Bridge, has made a real difference in our region’s success.  We continue our support of Lloyd Winnecke’s service as the Mayor of Evansville.”FOR CITY COUNCILThe City Council has authority over the regulatory climate of the City of Evansville as well as its budget.  As the center of our region, Evansville’s prosperity and quality of life matter to our businesses, our citizens, and the greater region.  JPAC supports elected leaders that ably represents the interests of their constituents as well as the needs of the larger community and welcomes candidate who demonstrates the skills to do both.This year, Evansville is fortunate to have many worthy candidates who have stepped up to serve.  JPAC continues its support of Missy Mosby, Jonathan Weaver, and Justine Elpers; each of whom has been receptive to the initiatives we find important for a thriving business environment.  We believe the City of Evansville will be well-served by these individuals:EVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL – AT LARGE (3 seats)Ron BeaneKaitlin Moore MorleyJonathan WeaverFOR EVANSVILLE CITY COUNCILEVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL –  WARD #1: Tim O’BrienEVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL –  WARD #2: Missy MosbyEVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL –  WARD #3: Zachary HeronemusEVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL –  WARD #4: Alex BurtonEVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL –  WARD #5: Justin Elpers FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: Health and Social Care Secretary bans fax machines in NHS

first_img Because I love the NHS, I want to bring it into the 21st century and use the very best technology available. We’ve got to get the basics right, like having computers that work and getting rid of the archaic fax machines still used across the NHS when everywhere else got rid of them years ago. I am instructing the NHS to stop buying fax machines and I’m setting a deadline for getting rid of them altogether. Email is much more secure and miles more effective than fax machines. The NHS can be the best in the world – and we can start with getting rid of fax machines. NHS trusts will instead be required to invest in new technology to replace outdated systems.The ban on buying fax machines takes effect from January 2019. They will be phased out by 31 March 2020. NHS organisations will be monitored on a quarterly basis until they declare themselves ‘fax free’.A freedom of information request revealed in July that more than 8,000 fax machines are still being used by the NHS in EnglandFrom April, NHS organisations will be required to use modern communication methods, such as secure email, to improve patient safety and cyber security.It is part of the Health and Social Care Secretary’s tech vision, to modernise the health service and make it easier for NHS organisations to introduce innovative technologies.Digital services and IT systems will soon have to meet a clear set of open standards to ensure they can talk to each other across organisational boundaries and can be continuously upgraded.Any system that does not meet these standards will be phased out and the government will look to end contracts with providers who do not understand these principles for the health and care sector.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: Richard Kerr, Chair of the Royal College of Surgeons Commission on the Future of Surgery, said:center_img Earlier this year, work undertaken for the RCS’s Commission on the Future of Surgery revealed that NHS hospital trusts own over 8,000 fax machines. This is absurd. Advances in artificial intelligence, genomics and imaging for healthcare promise exciting benefits for patients. As these digital technologies begin to play a bigger part in how we deliver healthcare it is crucial that we invest in better ways of communicating the vast amount of patient information that is going to be generated. Most other organisations scrapped fax machines in the early 2000s and it is high time the NHS caught up. The RCS supports the ban on fax machines that will come into place in March 2020. Since we published our data on NHS fax machines, we’ve seen a number of trusts pledge to ‘axe the fax’. They have proved that, with the right will and support, it is possible to modernise NHS communications.last_img read more

Woman on fire: Lavina Johnson’s crusade for justice

first_img November 1, 2005 Regular News Passion burns for woman who has become the ‘unofficial’ spokeswoman for the Kids Deserve Justice plate Camille Murawski Special to the News When Lavina Johnson was just 10 years old, she gripped a pistol with both hands and placed it in her mouth. Lavina had been sexually molested since she was 2, and she was tired, so very tired. Surely, she thought, it would be better to die than to live.Tears rolled down her cheeks as Lavina paused. She noticed the bitter taste of gunpowder residue on the cold hard barrel. Somewhere, in the distance, a child laughed. In the span of that moment, Lavina had one new thought on her mind: “I want to live.”Lavina Johnson, now 38, has crawled from the abyss of despair that day in Paterson, N.J., to become the unofficial spokeswoman for the Kids Deserve Justice specialty license plate. Kids Deserve Justice, one of Florida’s newest specialty tags, funds free legal services for children. Every dollar of the $25 cost of Kids Deserve Justice will go toward grants administered through The Florida Bar Foundation. The Foundation began funding special legal services programs for children in 1999, and last year awarded $697,000 to 15 programs throughout the state. Since the plate’s April debut, sales and donations have recently passed $11,000.The funds generated from the sale of the plate will be used in a variety of ways, including representation of abused or neglected children in dependency court, helping parents advocate before school officials to obtain special education testing and services for their children, helping low-income children gain access to health care, and helping older individual foster children receive the intended services necessary for them to successfully transition out of state care and avoid homelessness.Much of the work done by Foundation-funded children’s legal aid projects goes unnoticed. But just ask, and Johnson will tell you how children’s legal services has changed her own children’s lives.It hasn’t been easy, Johnson acknowledged. Growing up in the projects might have turned a lesser person bitter. “Bitter people can’t hear children laugh,” Johnson said.Johnson and her husband, Rodney, live in Midway, and have four children. Lavina beams as she talks about the accomplishments of each. Raising them to be caring, happy people has also been a struggle, and not just because the Johnsons are poor. For years — nobody knows just how many — a stealthy tumor camped out in Lavina Johnson’s brain, growing cancerous tentacles until it took up nearly a quarter of the space in Lavina’s skull.Lavina never knew. Well-meaning family members covered up her fainting spells. She had never even had a bad headache until one day in 1996, when she was driving to a local grocery store. “I thought someone had shot me,” Lavina said.And even though it wasn’t until months later that a surgeon cut into Lavina’s brain and scooped out as much of the tumor as he could, Lavina still is not bitter. Even when she was nearly electrocuted by faulty wiring in a subsidized home, Lavina kept her cheery attitude. And recently, when she suffered third-degree burns from a grease fire over much of her leg, Lavina has kept smiling. “Why not me?” Lavina asked. “My misery don’t love company. I want everyone to be happy.”Lavina wants everyone to be happy, but she has a special place in her heart for children. Once, when Lavina was picking up her daughter from school, she encountered a crying child. The girl was crying, Lavina said, because she had just moved to the area and was afraid no one would like her. Lavina promised to introduce the child to her own daughter, and a friendship blossomed.Despite a kindness somehow borne out of those bleak days in Paterson, Lavina is not to be trifled with. Soon after she enrolled her children in high school, Lavina said her daughter was attacked by some fellow students.Lavina reported the incident, but trouble kept simmering at the school. Rumors began to circulate that Lavina’s son was the next target. Again, Lavina reported the incident. Again, the matter was largely ignored.About five months after the incident with her daughter, Lavina’s son was attacked. School administrators responded by suspending him, and threatening him with expulsion. Johnson knew she would need an attorney. She contacted Legal Services of North Florida and spoke with Tara Rosenblum and Scott Manion.As Rosenblum, a former teacher, reviewed Marquiece Johnson’s school records, she became convinced that the young man might be an “unidentified exceptional education student.” Rosenblum said she and Manion represented Marquiece at a school hearing during his suspension that resulted in his not being recommended for expulsion (and they requested that he be tested for ESE — exceptional student educational services).Lavina Johnson knew she had found the right person to help her son. “She has passion,” Johnson said of Rosenblum. “She had Marquiece’s back. She made it about my child and she fought the good fight.” Because of Rosenblum’s legal intervention, Marquiece is now in the process of ESE testing, and he has enrolled at a local technical institute. Marquiece is studying welding, and is planning to help rebuild New Orleans once he receives his certificates.Rosenblum called Lavina Johnson “an amazing woman who never gives up. I’ve never seen anyone like her.”Lavina Johnson has no intention of giving up. “I believe in children’s legal services so much,” she said. Looking back, Johnson said she wished she would have known about legal aid in high school. When she was a 17-year-old student, Johnson said other students harassed her. According to Johnson, when she tried to report the incidents, she was largely ignored by school administrators. Knowledge is a powerful thing, Johnson said, and she simply didn’t know that what was happening to her could have been a case for legal aid.Because of Lavina Johnson’s passion for justice, she was recruited to speak at a recent press conference for Kids Deserve Justice. She told her story to a rapt audience as children blew a rainbow of bubbles in the background. “To have any lasting impact on the world,” Johnson read, “We must focus our energy on people, not profits or success. If we can help one person, our efforts will never be in vain.” Camille Murawski is the communications coordinator for The Florida Bar Foundation and can be reached by calling (407) 843-0045 or e-mail [email protected] Woman on fire: Lavina Johnson’s crusade for justicecenter_img Woman on fire: Lavina Johnson’s crusade for justicelast_img read more