Tempers simmer before officer appointment is delayed at ECHD board meeting

first_img Pinterest Tempers simmer before officer appointment is delayed at ECHD board meeting Local NewsGovernment Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Roy Perkins, left, of God’s Way engages in a video conference with Richard Llanez using an app called Zoom on Wednesday in his home. Perkins uses Zoom to connect with an audience and speaks about the Holy Bible. Stuck at an impasse, the board started to bicker.Tuesday night at the Ector County Hospital District board of directors’ regular meeting, voting deadlocked during the scheduled appointment of board president during officer elections, leading to tense talk of Facebook posts, of ‘no respect,’ of ‘being treated like idiots’ — ultimately leading to not much except for vented feelings and a delayed appointment.With one of seven board members absent Tuesday during the regular meeting at MCH in downtown Odessa, the vote for board chair knotted 3-3 when annual officer appointments hit the agenda, ultimately leading to stern tones, unsettled posture and shaking heads, until the board moved to delay the vote until a special meeting that could take place with all seven members present.Current board chair Mary Thompson received three votes to remain in her position, while second-year board member Don Hallmark received three. Board member Richard Herrera was absent Tuesday, allowing for an even number of votes and the tie.After a first tie in the voting, board members opened up their opinions in efforts to change the voting — bringing Hallmark to say that the position of board chair hadn’t shown a level of respect that he wanted, before Thompson harkened to name-calling in Facebook posts, which Hallmark said he could only surmise stemmed from last fall’s election season.“I have no respect for someone that stoops to that level of using social media to degrade other board members,” Thompson said during the scruff.“Well, Mary, if you want to get to that kind of squabble, I have no respect for people that will treat people on this board like they’re idiots,” Hallmark fired back.Thompson has been on the board since 1990. Hallmark joined the board in 2017.Bryn Dodd, who’s served since 2017, nominated Hallmark for board chair during the proceedings. Mary Lou Anderson, who’s been on since 2010, also voted for Hallmark.Second-year board member Ben Quiroz voted for Thompson, as did David Dunn, who’s been on the board since 2006.In discussion, Quiroz cited a “positive momentum” for the organization and said he felt the board should stick with what it has. Dunn said that he thought experience was needed for the board president. “It takes time. … It’s a learning process to be able to be a chair,” he said, turning to Hallmark.Dodd vocally supported change. “There’s been several instances within this last year where I personally was disrespected by Ms. Thompson,” she said.Anderson did not comment when invited during the board’s public discussion.Ultimately, after a second vote led to the same result, MCH System chief legal counsel Ron Griffin, advised to the board that bylaws allowed for members to move to suspend the vote until a special meeting that could be attended by all seven members.Griffin said he had studied the bylaws to find the board’s options in such a situation earlier Tuesday, and that he had even called other lawyers about it — cluing everyone in the room in that Griffin was either extremely thorough in his preparation to consider all outcomes in advance, or the way voting played out wasn’t really much of a surprise.The special meeting to vote with all seven members will take place in June, the board said.“I know what that special meeting will result in,” Hallmark said as the motion to plate the vote went through, seeming to imply that Herrera’s vote would go for Thompson. “I just think that we needed to have this discussion.”“I do, too,” Thompson said, as the two seemed to agree for the first time in several minutes.Elsewhere on the agenda, the board accepted reports from the finance committee, the joint conference committee and the audit committee, while also hearing a report from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and quarterly reports from MCH System president and CEO Rick Napper.The board also approved a two-year agreement with CareerBuilder, and moved to send a plot of land owned by the system toward being auctioned by Ector County.But sparks may as well have flown like no other time during the officer appointment.After the vote for board president was suspended, Dunn was unanimously named board vice president. For executive committee member, who would get with the president and vice president for rare emergency meetings in times when the rest of the board couldn’t, Quiroz proposed that, of Thompson and Hallmark, the one who isn’t voted president could take that spot, and the ensuing motion proposing that passed.Eventually, the board moved on.“I think it’s very healthy to get all these feelings and emotions out in the open,” Thompson said after the meeting adjourned. “We need to have healthy dialogues. There has just been an undercurrent since the board elections (in the fall) — a very serious undercurrent.”Hallmark also stood by his notion that it was good for the board members to have that conversation and put it behind them.“It’s not comfortable having this kind of a conversation in public,” Hallmark said. “It’s not meant to be a public kind of conversation. But in our situation, we have to have it.“It went fine. Everybody was OK. We all acted professional and did what we’re supposed to do.”Property to auctionIn other business, the board reviewed an offer to sell about 38 acres in a residential neighborhood outside city limits for $40,500, but the board ultimately moved to decline the offer and move in another direction.Hallmark, who comes to the board from a background in real estate, presented the offer to the board but suggested the board instead try sending the property to auction through Ector County.Hallmark said the property failed to sell at auction in 2004 and has been for sale since.The board agreed to try selling it at auction again.“This is not 2004,” Hallmark said after the meeting. “The way I see it and looked at it, and I spent some time with it today, it’s very sellable.”Donation givenEarly in the meeting, MCH officials presented a check for $8,278 to CASA of the Permian Basin, in funds raised during nursing week.During that week in May, different departments in the hospital put together gift baskets that were displayed and then raffled off on campus at MCH.It was the second year the departments had done the gift baskets raffle, MCH chief nursing officer Chad Dunavan said, and the fundraiser raised twice as much money it did as last year, he said.“It was really a hospital-wide thing,” Dunavan said.“It turned out to be really pretty awesome this year.” WhatsApp By admin – June 5, 2018 Twitter Facebook Previous articleMan given life sentence for shooting at deputyNext articleU.S. Congressional candidate sets Meet & Greet adminlast_img read more

Cougars shutout Gaels behind Walker

first_imgBYU looks for the series sweep Saturday at 1 p.m. MDT. The game will air on BYUtv, BYU Radio and ESPN 960. March 29, 2019 /Sports News – Local Cougars shutout Gaels behind Walker In the seventh, Hale launched a three-run shot over the left-field fence to make it 11-0 for the Cougars. Inouye held Saint Mary’s scoreless over two innings. Ayden Callahan came on to pitch the ninth and close out the shutout for BYU. The Cougars won their seventh-straight game, the longest streak of the seasonBrock Hale homered for the fourth time in the last three gamesEaston Walker continued his run as the nation’s only NCAA qualifying pitcher (at least one inning pitched per team game) with an ERA of 0.00 Player Highlights BYU tacked on another in the second, with Hale doubling to score Hsu from first. In the third inning, Hsu drove home McIntyre on a single through the left side. Cluff scored on a passed ball in the fourth for an 8-0 BYU lead. “We wanted to put the pressure on them early,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “We were hoping to just get on the board in the first inning but putting up five runs was nice.” For the second-straight night, BYU baseball scored five first-inning runs with a combination of hits and help from three Gael errors. Brian Hsu walked, Noah hill hit a bunt single and Brock Hale reached on an error to quickly load the bases. Jackson Cluff was hit by a pitch to bring in the first run, then Austin Deming reached safely off a dropped fly ball to center field to score a run. Walker preserved his 0.00 ERA, throwing six innings, allowing just three hits and fanning three before handing over the mound duties to Blake Inouye. Game Summary After an Abraham Valdez sacrifice fly that scored Hale, Mitch McIntyre singled, then went to second on a bad throw by the Saint Mary’s catcher that helped bring in two more Cougars. Written by Easton Walker: W (3-0), 6 IP, 3 K, 3 H, 3 BB, 0 ERBrian Hsu: 3-4, BB, 3 R, RBIBrock Hale: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – Easton Walker pitched six shutout innings as BYU beat Saint Mary’s 11-0 Friday night at Larry H. Miller Field. Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball/Easton Walker/WCC Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Lotus Ends CO Run With A Bang, Invites Gabe Otto For Original Tune & Talking Heads Cover [Photo/Video]

first_imgOn Saturday night, Lotus finished off their annual winter Colorado run with a performance at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium. Following two fiery nights at the intimate Belly Up in Aspen, the five-piece jamtronica act was dialed-in for the performance, offering up a mix of old-school tunes, tracks from their newer releases, and well-developed jams throughout. Notably, during the second set, the band invited out past collaborator and vocalist Gabe Otto for a take on Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House” and original tune “Eats The Light” off their similarly named 2016 album.Following a performance by Marvel Years, Lotus took the stage around 9:15, leaving plenty of space for the band’s two-set show ahead of the venue’s strict 1 a.m. curfew. With an entrance line winding more than a block as Lotus’ set began, fans slowly trickled in (pro-tip: when the entrance line is long at the Fillmore, the venue frequently opens a second entrance on the east-facing alley), and the room significantly filled out during the first few songs of the night.“Grayrigg”, a tune off the band’s 2009 duel EP release Oil On Glass/Feather On Wood, served as the band’s show opener, marking a melodic start to the show before the song built to its grittier climax. Build‘s funky and sample-heavy “Middle Road” came next, and Lotus used the tune as a launch pad for an extended, high-octane jam. “Destroyer” offered a slow build to its peak, with the tune’s ambient beginnings becoming increasingly propulsive as it unfolded.After a quick word of welcome from Luke Miller and an apology that he was fighting a cold, Lotus launched into their cover of Tom Misch’s “ClapClapClap”. The laidback tune featured heavy bass from Jesse Miller and a slinky guitar riff from Mike Rempel, though it was the percussion section of Chuck Morris and Mike Greenfield who shined during the song’s jam. The drummers led the band in moving the song to a more bouncy and ebullient tone, with the jam beginning to gallop as the transition led into fan favorite “Shimmer And Out”.An old-school classic, “Shimmer And Out”, was the first set’s peak, with the crowd super responsive as the feel-good tune hit its resounding climax. Closing things out, Lotus offered up a “Bellwether” sandwich housing “Sift”. Compared to the distinctly joyful tone of “Shimmer And Out”, Hammerstrike‘s “Bellwether” was grittier and darker and featured Luke offering up effect-heavy vocals. A percussive and extended outro jam served as a rumbling transition into the well-loved older track “Sift”. More funk-oriented and featuring dynamic interplay between Rempel and Jesse, “Sift” was a glorious interlude before the band returned to “Bellwether”, marking an energetic close to the set.For set two, Lotus came out swinging with the infectious grooves of “Cold Facts”, a relatively new song that the band debuted in Boston in early 2016. Drawing on mid-70’s funk, the tune saw vocal ornamentations by Luke and a prominent bass line from Jesse. Next up, the band welcomed vocalist Gabe Otto for Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House”, a cover the group has only played once before when they debuted it in Richmond, Virginia, in October of last year. A synthy jam during the Talking Heads tune offered Rempel the chance to come forward, unleashing a spirited guitar solo. Otto, who the band tapped for their 2014 “Talking Heads Deconstructed” set at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, stuck around for a crowd-pleasing and jammed-out rendition of “Eats The Light”, his collaboration with Lotus off their newest album, Eat The Light. Most notably, during the jam within “Eats The Light”, the group heavily riffed on the gorgeous tune “Marisol” off Oil On Glass/Feather On Wood, and the contrast between the vibes of the two songs took the performance to the next level.“Eats The Light”, “Livingston Storm”, “Behind Midwest Storefronts” [Video: Joel Thompson]After Otto departed from the stage, the band offered up the melodic classic tune “Livingston STorm” off Nomad. A shift in tone following the sit-in that preceded it, the song’s groovy and mellow tone eventually made way for a high-energy and forward-moving jam. Hammerstrike‘s fan-favorite tune, “Behind Midwest Storefronts”, came next, with its placement in the middle of the set surprising many. Almost like a breather, the soulful song served as a way to decompress and slow down before the band launched into their closing combination of “Plant Your Root” into “Jump Off”, both tunes off Nomad.“Plant Your Root” offered effervescent guitar riffs and accelerated drum beats ahead of the song’s dramatic slow down to a more ambient jam. The more spacious jam eventually dissipated, picking up right where the group left off at the song’s peak before a more discordant section during which the keys stood out. The extended transition into “Jump Off” was well played, making Lotus’ landing into their final song of set two all the more triumphant. The cascading and crisp guitar aided the song’s gradual transition to a more fast-paced and energized set closer.For their encore, Lotus first offered up “Bug Love”, which the band debuted at their own music festival, Summerdance, in 2017. The jazzy tune, which the group coincidentally played a few nights prior during their run at the Belly Up, eventually made way for “Hammerstrike”, the title track off their 2008 album. A shreddy end to the show, the thumping tune was a perfect way to cap off the night.Lotus continues their ongoing tour with a performance in Kansas City, MO tonight marking their first time back in the city since Dancefestopia back in 2013. For a full list of upcoming Lotus dates, head to the band’s website.You can check out a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Andrew Rios below.Setlist: Lotus | Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 2/24/2018Set One: Grayrigg, Middle Road, Destroyer, ClapClapClap > Shimmer and Out, Bellwether > Sift > BellwetherSet Two: Cold Facts, Burning Down The House*, Eats The Light*, Livingston Storm, Behind Midwest Storefronts, Plant Your Root > Jump OffEncore: Bug Love, Hammerstrike*With vocalist Gabe OttoLotus | Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 2/24/18 | Photos: Andrew Rios Photo: Andrew Rios Photo: Andrew Rios Photo: Andrew Rios Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Will Ferrell Announces “Best Night Of Your Life” Benefit With Pearl Jam, RHCP, DMB, GnR Members & More [Video]

first_imgBeloved funnyman Will Ferrell has announced a charity benefit show dubbed “Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life”—and judging by the star-studded lineup he’s recruited, that billing could very well turn out to be true.The event, set to take place at Hollywood’s Greek Theatre on Saturday, October 6th, will feature appearances by the best and brightest in comedy and late night TV as well as an all-star musical lineup assembled by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and famous Will Ferrell look-alike Chad Smith. Ferrell has christened to one-time supergroup Chad Smith’s Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars.The list of comedic guests includes Jerry Seinfeld, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Zooey Deschanel, Kumail Nanjiani, Jerrod Charmichael, and more. Chad Smith’s MVP band lineup features Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Brad Paisley, and Chris Martin (Coldplay).“Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life” will raise money for Cancer for College, a non-profit that “provides hope and inspiration to low-income, high achieving cancer survivors through the granting of college scholarships and by providing professional mentor services.”Watch Ferrell’s funny announcement video for the event below. As Ferrell—disguised as an excited fan in a hat, wig, and fake mustache—pleads, “I hope he does Ron Burgundy! That would absolutely bring down the house!” And if we’re talking old Ferrell movie callbacks, our money is on a reprise of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” from Elf with Zooey Deschanel. A cowbell solo or two wouldn’t surprise us, either…Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life Announcement Video[Video: Funny Or Die]General public on-sale for Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life starts on Fri, Sep 21 @ 10:00 am PDT here. For more information on the sure-to-be-hilarious event, head here.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Santos receives 2017 Great Negotiator Award

first_imgColombian President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Juan Manuel Santos has received Harvard Law School’s 2017 Great Negotiator Award, given by the Program on Negotiation for “lifetime achievements in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution have had a significant and lasting impact.”Santos was honored for his work to end Colombia’s 52-year civil war and forge a comprehensive peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The conflict has claimed more than 220,000 lives and displaced more than 6 million people.The ceremony at the Law School on Wednesday — which included a three-hour panel discussion with HLS Professor Robert Mnookin and others — was a kind of homecoming for Santos, who earned a mid-career/master’s in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School in 1981. A former journalist, he was also a Nieman Fellow in 1988.At Harvard, Santos had studied with the late Professor Roger Fisher, co-founder of the Program on Negotiation and the Harvard Negotiation Project. On Wednesday, it was Santos who was the professor, guiding Harvard faculty and students through the intricacies of his six-year negotiation. Some of his tactics were traditional strategies; others, such as making living victims central to the negotiation process during an armed conflict and placing a special focus on women, were implemented for the first time.William Ury (from left), James Sebenius, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, and Deepak Malhotra in discussion at Harvard Law School. Photo by Tom Fitzsimmons“I was convinced this war had to end at the negotiating table, otherwise it could last 20, 30, or 40 more years,” said Santos. With mountains and jungles and money from drug trafficking and illegal mining, “Colombia is the ideal country for guerrilla warfare,” he said.Santos was elected the country’s president in 2010 after serving as defense minister under his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, overseeing a strong military offensive against FARC. He knew adopting the posture of a negotiator would surprise the people who had elected him.“I was warned people would not understand. I was a war hero, a hawk,” he said. “But it was the only way to bring peace. … If you only think about your popularity rate you will never take high enough risks to make a difference.”Santos oversaw a team of negotiators who met with FARC leadership in Havana. For 18 months, the negotiations were conducted in secret. Both sides were highly skeptical about the possibility of success and used the time to build trust. In the meantime, they remained at war — as they would throughout the negotiations.Santos took discreet measures to gain FARC’s trust, including authorizing the Colombian military and police to take a humanitarian approach and provide medical treatment to FARC’s wounded. “The only way for the military to gain legitimacy was by respecting the population, but also your enemy,” he said.The talks covered five main areas: rural development, political participation, drugs, victims, and disarmament. To aid negotiations, Santos built relationships with neighboring countries, including Venezuela. And he engaged facilitators from Cuba and Venezuela — chosen by FARC — and Chile and Norway.Santos also had four principle advisers, one of whom was Bill Ury, a distinguished senior fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project. Ury was a panelist at the Law School on Wednesday, along with Harvard Business School Professors James Sebenius and Deepak Malhotra.Sebenius observed that Santos’ negotiations gave unprecedented attention to living victims by calling for reparations, justice, truth, and non-repetition of the harms they had suffered. Ury called the victim-centered process a key innovation of the Colombian process.Santos said many people had believed that victims would refuse to allow any benefits for the perpetrators of crimes against them. Instead, victims insisted the negotiations continue because they didn’t want to see others suffer as they had, Santos said.The two sides reached an agreement in 2016, which was put to a public referendum in October of that year. Against expectations, it lost by a paper-slim margin, with 50.2 percent against and 49.8 percent in favor. Santos pursued another round of negotiations to win over opponents, and a revised agreement with FARC was signed in November 2016. This time, both houses of Congress and the Constitutional Court approved.Santos said where to draw the line between peace and justice is always a dilemma. “I had no moral doubt that you need to sacrifice justice in order to achieve peace,” he said. “A peace agreement is imperfect by definition. I had to close down the factory of victims.”Santos wrapped up his return to Harvard with a visit to the Widener Library, where he presented Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, with a copy of the Colombian peace agreement.“We are greatly honored,” she said. “May it be a harbinger of peace to come around the world.”last_img read more

​Swedish insurer reveals €395 monthly pension gender pay gap

first_img“We also need to discuss the factors that today make women’s lifetime incomes less than men’s, such as why women are in professions with lower wages and why women work part-time to a greater extent. This is what has major consequences for women’s finances here and now, and in the future.”The company said that, according to figures from the Swedish National Mediation Office, women had nearly the same salary as men, but a real gap could be found in pensions that are based on an individual’s income.The study attributed the difference to womens’ absence from the labour market, which includes factors such as the increased number of women in part-time work, but largely the fact that women take parental leave more frequently than men.Women also use a greater amount of their available time off when they do take parental leave, using an average of 72%, according to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.Data published last week by UK defined contribution provider NOW: Pensions reported that its male members had saved an average £559 (€651) as of last year, while female members had saved on average £433 – a difference of £126. This pension saving gap had increased by more than a third since 2017, the company said.“Women’s pension savings face a double whammy as women typically earn less and are more likely to work part time and take career breaks to care for children or elderly relatives,” said Amy Mankelow, director of communications at NOW: Pensions.“Auto enrolment does little to address this inequality as millions of women are prevented from saving altogether as they earn less than the £10,000 auto enrolment trigger. This means that a large proportion of part-time workers, who are much more likely to be women, don’t have the opportunity to save in the first place.”Additional reporting by Nick Reeve Women in Sweden receive an average SEK4,114 (€395) a month less in pensions than men, according to a new study from pensions and insurance company Länsförsäkringar.The study, which references new income data collected by the government agency Statistics Sweden, revealed differences in income and pensions in seven careers for men and women.The figure of SEK4,114 was based on an average of the seven occupational categories in the study.Emma Persson, private economist at Länsförsäkringar, said: “The fact that we are discussing pay differences between men and women is good and important, but we must not get stuck there.last_img read more

Police detain two suspects for allegedly pelting stones at Australia cricket team bus in Guwahati

first_imgPolice in Guwahati have detained two people in connection to the alleged stone pelting incident on the Australian cricket team bus on Tuesday night.The Australian team suffered a scare following their Twenty20 international win over India in Guwahati after a rock was thrown at their team bus, shattering one of the windows, governing body Cricket Australia (CA) said.Players and staff were travelling from Busapara Stadium back to their team hotel in the eastern city when the rock pierced the window on the right-hand side of the bus, CA said on its website.The board said the rock was “believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball” and had ended up inside the bus.”We have picked up two people from the area under Garchuk Police Station where the incident took place last night. We are interrogating them,” Guwahati police commissioner Hiren Nath told India Today.Posting an image of a shattered window pane, Aussie opener Aaron Finch had first brought the security breach to the notice of the authorities. The team was returning to their hotel when the incident took place despite heavy security.The incident has shocked sports fans across the country with Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal directing state chief secretary to conduct an inquiry and submit an immediate report.”Really unfortunate incident after a great game aimed to tarnish Guwahati’s reputation as emerging sports hub. We strongly condemn it. Vow to take strictest action against the culprits. Investigation is on full swing & Police have already picked up 2 suspects,” Sonowal tweeted on Wednesday.advertisementSonowal, who has earlier served as the union sports minister said, “People of Assam do not approve this. FIFA Under-17 World Cup is going on in Guwahati. FIFA & all teams have expressed their satisfaction at our arrangements.””Whoever got indulged in the hooliganism did it on the sole objective of defaming Assam & derailing its journey towards the top. That’s a design we will foil with the support of the people of Assam. Culprits will face full force of law & given exemplary punishment,” the chief minister assured.last_img read more