Father Michael Pfleger has invited United States President Donald Trump to visit with him in Chicago in order to discuss the ongoing problem with gun violence that plagues the city. The invitation extended by Pfleger is the third time he has reached out to Trump.
Trump was vocal about the gun violence in the city while campaigning for the presidency and has continued to make constant Tweets about the matter. But Father Pfleger feels that it is time for President Trump to stop talking about the problems in the city and actually do something about them.
Pfleger is the priest at St. Sabina Church located in southside Chicago and says he first sent a mail correspondence to the president 10 days after his inauguration. The priest also says that he sent the president a letter a month later but still received no response.
In a briefing that took place at the White House, Sarah Sander, press secretary, was questioned in regards to the two letters sent by Father Pfleger. Sanders responded by saying she was not aware of the letters and would need to check before giving a further response.
This prompted Pfleger’s third letter which he crafted on Tuesday that reiterated the Father’s desire to have the president come to Chicago to see first hand what is happening in the streets and aide the city with ridding itself of “this epidemic.”
Pfleger wants President Trump to speak directly with members of the community that deal daily with the violence that prevails in many Chicago neighborhoods.
Father Pfleger expressed that he finds it offensive that President Trump frequently speaks of how horrible the city of Chicago is but has yet to give any real attention to the matter. Pfleger also stated that he has written to several United States Presidents over the years and Trump is the only one that has not responded.
The state of Washington became the first state in the country to pass its own net neutrality protection on the heels of the rollbacks to the Obama-era protections. On Monday, Governor Jay Inslee signed the net neutrality law into effect from his office in Olympia. The bold move signaled the state’s commitment to protecting the freedom of the open internet.
In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created a set of laws which prohibit communication companies from blocking internet content and applications, or throttling network speeds to the detriment of the consumer. On December 14, 2017, the FCC repealed these rules in a controversial move that caught the ire of many individual states. In January, 20 states vowed to fight the repeal at the state level in an effort to protect internet consumers. With the passing of House Bill 2282, Washington asserted itself as a leader in the fight to protect net neutrality. Following the controversial December reversal, 20 states and the District of Columbia sued the FCC and vowed to fight for net neutrality at the state level. Governor Inslee believes the House Bill will be a catalyst for more states to follow through with their own legislative action.
The new Washington law will take effect on June 6. In addition to the prohibitions laid on internet provider companies, the new law will also mandate transparency regarding information about network management practices, performance, and terms of agreement for consumers. The move was hailed as a victory for both internet consumers and small businesses. By creating a level playing field, net neutrality encourages new business growth by eliminating unfair practices by larger and more established corporations.
Nick Vertucci is an epitome of resilience and persistence as evidenced in his life journey. He had to fight many odds to get to where he is today. He was first hit by the death of his father when he was just ten, leaving his mother with the heavy burden of providing for the family. At just 18, Nick had started doing menial jobs with his van to make ends meet.
Venturing into Business
After a few years in the van, he started a computer parts venture, and things started looking up. Unfortunately, the business went under leaving him to fight a burden of debt. Additionally, he had never thought of investing for the future, and he had a family to feed. His light came when a friend invited him to a seminar that opened doors for him to join the real estate sector. He learned the skills and collected all the reliable knowledge to venture into the field. After about ten years of struggle in the field, he finally found a success formula that enabled him to create wealth. Since then, Nick Vertucci committed himself to teaching the system to other people. He desires to see others get from where he was and rise to create wealth that can last for generations. That is how the Nick Vertucci Real Estate Academy (NVREA) was birthed.
The Nick Vertucci Real Estate Academy
NVREA was incepted four years ago with the aim of providing educational programs to individuals who are looking to excel in the real estate business. The sector comes with a lot of challenges which the program seeks to handle and provide solutions. The experts in the academy are equipped to help anyone move past the hurdles and succeed. The system covers the whole process of real estate deals, from identifying a project to preparing the property and finally making the sale or finding tenants. The system dubbed Fortunes in Flipping gives all the tactics and strategies that one can approach the business with to make a kill. Since the first class, many individuals have registered the program and come out victorious. NVREA has since become the most sought-after destination for real estate skills.
A 14-year-old girl died after someone started shooting at a Florida school on Valentine’s Day. There were 16 other people who were killed by the shooter. Most families have tried to move on from the event, dealing with their emotions the best way that they can. Alyssa Alhadeff’s family has left her room just as it was before she went to school that day in Parkland County. The young girl leaves behind her parents and her brothers. They haven’t managed to go into her bedroom to make any changes. There are still books on the floor, nail polish on her desk and clothes on her bed. It’s as though Alyssa is still coming home from school, but her parents know that she won’t be back to the home to put up her belongings or talk to any of her family members.
Alyssa’s mother has sat on the floor of her daughter’s bedroom, crying and wearing her daughter’s clothes to try to cope with why someone entered a high school in Parkland and started shooting. Alyssa’s mother tries to spend time in the bedroom because it makes her feel close to her little girl. She uses her daughter’s perfume. She can’t eat like she did before the shooting, and she doesn’t get out of the house. Alyssa was smart and took many honors classes in school. When Alyssa’s mother received a message about the shooting, she knew that her daughter was in trouble. Officers pushed her back to the crowd that formed outside the school, not letting anyone inside the building. A few hours later, she knew that her daughter had been killed. A nonprofit organization has been established to help with the funeral costs that the families have as well as other monetary assistance because some parents have taken time off of work to cope with their losses.
Steven Long of Seattle, Washington is a homeless man who has been living in his truck within the city limits since 2014. Last year, Mr. Long parked his truck on Popular Street for a period of five months. During this time, he was cited on numerous occasions for parking violations. According to city regulations, a driver will receive a parking ticket if his car is continuously parked on the street for more than 72 hours.
The unpaid parking fines continued to mount. The city took action impounding Mr. Long’s truck until he paid for his unpaid parking tickets.
Mr. Long wasn’t about to pay to get his vehicle out of impound. In his mind, his truck was his home, and the city had no right to impound his home. Steven Long took Seattle to court.
This week, a judge made the ruling that Seattle cannot impound Mr. Long’s truck, and the city cannot sell the truck. The judge based his ruling on the Homestead Act. This act states that no person can be forced to sell his primary residence to pay for an outstanding debt. Since the truck was Mr. Long’s primary residence, the judge ruled that it was exempt from sale under the Homestead Act.
City officials were astounded by the ruling. While no decision has been made, an appeal is under consideration.
It is estimated that there are 5,400 homeless people in Seattle. Half of these people live in their cars. Per the judge’s ruling, these car dwellers cannot have their vehicles impounded by the city, but parking tickets may still be issued to violators.
We all face challenges at different times in our lives. Sometimes you will grief because of losing a loved one, a failed business deal, losing a pet or a job, or due to a natural disaster. Whatever the cause of your grief, it is important to work towards recovery.
Each person grieves differently. Some cry more than others do. Some will bounce back quickly and move forward while some will feel stuck for longer.
If you have lost a pet, do not be surprised to feel sadder than you would if you had lost a family member or friend. Your relationship with your pet is purer than your relationship to people around you.
Your pet loves you unconditionally, and it may not hurt you deliberately. However, the people around you may have inflicted emotional injuries on you, and your love for them may have waned.
You may have conditioned your pet to fit perfectly into your life schedule and be there whenever you want it to be. The people in your life may however not be as available for you, which may make you feel less attached to them.
Take more care of yourself during a difficult moment. If you are not keen, you may ignore how you look, which will make you feel awful in the end. Convince yourself that you are strong enough to bounce back by maintaining a good outlook.
The Talkspace App allows you to access counseling services at the comfort of your home, from your office or while on the move. The chat messages are accessible on your mobile device or desktop computer.
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Dr. SaadSaad is highly venerated in the field of medicine, thanks to his vast experience and training. The now retired pediatric surgeon boasts over 45 years working experience. Recently, Dr. Saad held an interview with Blogwebpedia and discussed many things, among them his motivation to become a physician and most important life lessons. With a focused mindset, the good doctor believes anyone can achieve whatever they set out to accomplish. He encourages any individual looking to achieve success to avoid targeting anything less. Using his own example, DrSaad said he set out to become a pediatric surgeon during his high school years. While visiting his brother in Kuwait, the heat wave brought emanating from the hot summer took its toll causing him to fall sick and faint. DrSaad eventually decided that outdoor labor or activity wasn’t something he wanted to do.
Interestingly, the hot Kuwaiti summer is what inspired him to become a medic. DrSaad came to the US as a Palestinian refugee and followed through his dream to become a surgeon, and not only that but one who is innovative, successful and experienced. He also appreciates his father for the guidance and the discipline he instilled in him. Dr. Saad’s second life lesson is a resolution that says, do not postpone an accomplishment or task to a later date if you can complete it today. Having lived by this rule, DrSaad decided to make the most out of each day while observing strong work ethics. When he immigrated to the US, DrSaad’sfirst set his sights on becoming a US Board Certified pediatric surgeon. He knew this was not going to be easy, but was fully committed. With hard work, Dr. Saad became the only board certified pediatric surgeon in the US in the mid 80’s that was fluent in English and Arabic.
Upon graduation, DrSaad took up a pediatric surgeon’s job offered to him by the Saudi Royal family. He came back to the US and spearheaded a number of innovations, including overseeing minimal surgical procedures in children. Under his watch, over 2,000 children benefited from the program. A Healthgrades overview offers a detailed summary of Dr. Saad’s academic background and practice. The pediatric surgery has been operating out of Eatontown in New Jersey for over 30 years, specializing in thoracic and pediatric surgery. After his undergraduate studies, DrSaad went to the Cairo University Medical Hospital and graduated from the Medical School in 1971. He completed his first hospital residency in 1979 at the Medical University of South Carolina. He followed this through by completing his fellowship hospital at American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Surgeons in 1984 and 1989 respectively. Learn more: http://www.jerseyshoreuniversitymedicalcenter.com/jsumc/newseventsandclasses/pressreleases/Press-Release.cfm?customel_dataPageID_2021=495087
Born in 1962 in the beautiful country of Great Britain, Daniel Taub had made it his top priority to become the Ambassador for the United Kingdom. He is a truly experienced man, a graduate of Oxford and Harvard Universities.
In a recent article, published back in November of 2013, Daniel Taub expresses deep concern to the United Kingdom and the world of the repercussions of the Geneva deal that is aimed towards the Isreali states. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://www.jnf.co.uk/2015/07/jnf-uk-bids-farewell-ambassador-daniel-taub/ and http://www.alondon.net/index.php?action=art&id=7198&lang=he_IL
This deal mainly concerns the threat of acquiring a nuclear weapon on Iran’s part. For Daniel, this is pressuring him and his allies, concerned that everything will be thrown off-kilter because of this one threat of this bomb ever coming to fruition.
Daniel Taub is passionate about his stance on these issues. He aims to keep the land he supports and protects safe from anyone trying to impose or intrude. Taub has dealt with so man political issues ever since he had been elected into office. Read more: Daniel Taub | LinkedIn and Daniel Taub | Wikipedia
When it comes to war and other diplomatic problems when they arise, he has a full experience. In 2011, he was appointed to be Isreal’s ambassador with his main focus being on trade matters. Dealing with other countries at the time was harsh and uncertain.
Ever since the beginning, Daniel Taub had a deep interest in foreign ministry and thought that he should go and try it, yet he did not know that he would wind up in that field of work. Each day for him is something adventurously different as he manages them.
There are so many aspects to juggle through only one week, from religious issues to the diplomacy that rises up on a daily basis.
What makes Daniel even more amazing is the fact is that he enjoys doing his job, even when it seems to get hectic or frightening when issues start to hit him.
Taub is a truly trusted individual. On top of his game and he is going to work it all the way through for as long as he can. He is one of the people who know which matters come first, for the good of the country he is in.
Many American cities face serious issues with affordable housing, and there is a certain percentage of the population that ends up without a home. This trend has been growing steadily across the United States for more than a decade now. However, one city in the middle of Kentucky has done its best to not only correct the issue, but to turn the tide against it. Lexington, Kentucky, has brought its homelessness rate down to levels that have not been seen since 2004.
A census in January of this year showed that there were approximately 685 people within the municipal area of Lexington who did not have consistent housing. This is fewer than the number has been in more than a decade. The last time there were that few homeless people recorded in Lexington was January of 2005, when a one-night census found 882. The number grew substantially during the Great Recession and afterward, and this census represents a serious decline from its peak.
The elected officials of Lexington have been strongly committed to finding housing and other support services for the poorest residents of the city. This program, combined with others such as a widely publicized pilot program that gives indigent residents fair-paying day labor, has done much to reduce extreme need within the city. The director of the Lexington Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, Ms. Polly Ruddick, has stated that the goal of the program is to make sure that people in the city has access to “safe, decent, affordable housing.” She went on to state that the program hopes to provide this access to every single individual. Although the recent numbers are encouraging, city council candidates such as Arnold Farr have been steadfast in their desire to expand the program until there is no need for anyone in Lexington to be without a home.
A Tuesday report by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service showed the median price of a single-family home in Seattle had risen to a median price of $770,000. The substantial increase was not limited to just Seattle. The median price of a single-family home on the Eastside now sits at $950,000. When examined as a whole, housing costs grew at least 15 percent in every county in the Puget Sound region. Snohomish and Pierce counties have both seen historically high surges over the last few months and indicators show no signs of cooling in this seller’s market.
Condominium prices are also up over 22 percent from the same period last year in King County, with the average cost now topping the half a million dollars mark. This housing cost surge put Seattle at the highest growth rate of increase of any metro area in the United States over the last 16 months. Going back six years, the average house of a home in the Seattle metro area has nearly doubled.
Experts point to the booming economy as the reason why home prices continue to climb at such a fast rate. In addition to a healthy job market, the amount of available houses on the market continues to decrease, leading to an even more competitive real estate industry. Although those homeowners who have been invested in the region prior to the housing boom are likely in good shape, there is concern that Millenials do not have the purchasing power needed to buy a house in this market. Also a concern is interest rates continuing to inch up, making an expensive house even more costly in the long term.