Saginaw residents want cash to keep away from water shutoffs. United Means has $12M to present them. Few have inquired.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report contained an incorrect dollar amount in relation to total federal aid available to United Way of Saginaw County. The correct amount is $ 12 million. The correct sum is now reflected in history.

SAGINAW, MI – On Tuesday, Audra Davis’ challenge was to alert hundreds of Saginaw residents at risk of losing water utilities that their nonprofit has $ 3.2 million in federal aid that theirs solve the predicament.

On Wednesday morning, the challenge for the President of the United Way of Saginaw County grew:

At the time, her nonprofit had $ 12 million in federal aid that could help resolve these predicaments.

“I wasn’t expecting that,” said Davis. “I opened my e-mail for this message in the morning.”

This news could be good for the people who live in hundreds of Saginaw homes that are threatened with water supplies because of overdue bills.

The $ 12 million fund is particularly designed to help people in arrears, including water utilities.

However, officials remain concerned about the relative lack of response from affected Saginaw residents, who may not know that there is a solution to their problem.

Dry reception

In some cases, the silence emanating from affected homes could have a simple explanation: maybe no one is home.

In early June, water was turned off in 236 homes before a two-week lockdown began on Monday, June 28. In total, service was restored to 155 of these 236 homes after residents there paid their bills and established a payment schedule with the city, or began the process of seeking financial assistance elsewhere.

As of Wednesday, 81 houses were without a water supply. Officials say 13 citizens living in these apartments are in contact with city officials. They couldn’t reach anyone who lived in the other 68 dry houses.

“Many of the accounts that haven’t contacted us are most likely empty,” said Lori Brown, Saginaw’s finance director. “I see a lot of accounts with zero (water usage) for several months, e-mails sent back, and bad phone numbers on file.”

More than 500 homes remain on the list of homes at risk of water closures in the coming weeks and months.

While other homes in this group may be empty, officials believe many people may avoid contact for reasons including embarrassment over the accumulated debt. The lack of communication can result in residents missing the help available.

“We warned people about it,” said Brenda Moore, the mayor of Saginaw. “It is so sad that we only react at the witching hour. The residents have to understand that if we come out of our silos and unite, we can move this city forward. “

Officials say employees started emailing notifications in January 2021, calling the numbers listed on the 750 accounts at the time.

Employees warned local residents of the end of a pandemic moratorium on shutting down water utilities and informed them about supportive organizations such as United Way of Saginaw County.

The federal moratorium ended in March; Saginaw extended his moratorium until June 15.

“If we don’t spend it, someone else will”

Now that the two-week suspension of the water lock has effectively extended the moratorium, Davis hopes the borrowed time will allow affected residents to finally get in touch with funding.

“We currently have an abundance of funds to help people with homelessness, utility bills, or other issues,” she said of United Way of Saginaw County’s resources. “We want to make people aware of these programs so that they are not underused.”

While other funds are available, the largest pool of financial support for the nonprofit comes from a program called CERA (short for Covid Emergency Rental Assistance). Saginaw County’s $ 12 million in CERA funds are provided by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority through the U.S. pandemic-related CARES bill totaling $ 2.2 trillion.

Davis said $ 3.2 million in CERA funding was available for the county earlier this week, but that number rose significantly through Wednesday, June 30, when state officials told her organization they were now Could distribute $ 12 million to qualified residents.

CERA guidelines dictate that United Way of Saginaw County must distribute the $ 12 million by the end of 2022, she said.

“We urge landlords and tenants to seek help,” said Davis. “If we don’t spend it, someone else will.”

A campaign to educate these residents about resources kicked off this week.

The mayor was among the members of the Saginaw city council, staff and representatives of local non-profit organizations who are available to help affected residents. The three-day information campaign began on Wednesday.

About 20 residents came to the water supply.

The group is expected to be available again on Thursday and Friday, July 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of City Hall, 1315 S. Washington.

Residents are encouraged to bring ID, a copy of their water bill, and proof of income.

Nonprofits expected at the sessions include the First Ward Community Service and the Saginaw Community Action Center.

Davis said United Way of Saginaw County officials will also be in attendance. She attended the Wednesday meeting in the town hall.

Start the process

For residents interested in CERA funding, Davis recommended calling first the Northeast Michigan Chapter of 2-1-1, a nonprofit that acts as a gateway to resources available from organizations such as United Way of Saginaw County.

To connect to the service, individuals must dial 2-1-1 on their phones. The operators can be reached every full hour every day, including public holidays.

In some cases, residents may be better suited to resources other than CERA funds, Davis said. Operators with 2-1-1 can make this decision.

“It’s just more efficient when people call the process with 2-1-1,” she said.

For residents affiliated with United Way of Saginaw County, staff there determine the viability of each applicant by assessing factors such as annual income and family size. For example, a single resident must earn less than $ 36,000 a year to qualify; a four-person household must earn less than $ 51,600 a year in total.

These dollar numbers represent 80% of the median median income in the region; a percentage set under the CERA program. David said most grant programs use math, which requires residents to earn less than 50% of the median median income.

“The fact that we can get 80% or less is great,” she said. “During the pandemic, it was recognized that more people needed help. This means that more people can seek help. “

Residents across the county have already used the program, Davis said.

When CERA funds were available for distribution by United Way of Saginaw County in March 2021, the amount available was $ 5.6 million. In the three months since then, citizens have been allocated $ 2.4 million.

Of that money spent, $ 1.9 million was provided to Saginaw County residents seeking rental assistance, $ 469,849 for customers requiring assistance with water or electricity bills, and $ 28,500 for Internet service costs for the residents.

“In our community, many people struggle to make ends meet,” said Davis. “It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to live without water and electricity, but there is a real need. We want to make sure that we meet this need. “

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United would require new staff to indicate proof of Covid vaccine, following Delta

A United Airlines Boeing 777-200ER is towed while an American Airlines Boeing 737 departs from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.

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United Airlines Starting this month, after a similar step, new employees will have to provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 Delta Airlines.

The new rule requires outside applicants with job vacancies submitted after June 15 to confirm that they are fully vaccinated by their start date, the Chicago-based airline said.

The move comes as companies grapple with the question of whether to vaccinate their employees or find a way to incentivize vaccination. United, Delta and American have offered additional time out or pay to employees who are vaccinated. Great employers like Walmart have taken similar measures.

“As we welcome new employees to the company, it is important that we convey United’s strong commitment to safety,” the airline said in a statement to employees previously by Brian Sumers, editor-in-chief of the travel industry site , Skift was tweeted.

The new employees “have to upload their COVID vaccination card to My Info no later than 7 days after the hiring date,” said the airline. The company added that it will evaluate any religious or medical circumstances of candidates who cannot be vaccinated.

United CEO Scott Kirby said in January that he wanted to make Covid vaccines mandatory for employees, but the airline didn’t take that step.

Airlines have spent much of the last year downsizing, but airlines like United have announced that they will resume hiring pilots and other positions when travel demand picks up again.

United We Type Returns With ’70s Aptitude

Murfreesboro’s most popular upscale hair show returns on Thursday night. the 10th of June with a 70s flair.

United We Style 2021 takes place on Thursday evening June 10th at The Walnut House in historic downtown Murfreesboro with a VIP hour hosted by The Alley on Main, Uncle Nearest Cocktails. Panther Creek Brews, Wine and a silent auction start at 5:30 pm and the show starts at 6:30 pm

Funds raised at the event will benefit the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. Hustle and bustle over too for tickets for the VIP or virtual options.

“I’m very excited to bring Thursday Night Fever to United We Style in the hopes of healing Murfreesboro’s love hangover with our boogie shoes,” said Kara Kemp, United We Style organizer, quarterly storytelling producer, Bloom Stage and ringmaster from Tangerine Salon and Spa.

In the night there will be hot things from Jonny Gowow. United We Style 2021 also welcomes back the winner of the Jonesborough National Story Slam 2018 and the Grand Slam Champion of the Peabody Award-winning Moth storytelling series Mark Lamb.

“The United Way was a huge part of my home community in Sturgis, Kentucky growing up, and I’ve seen it make a difference in the lives of so many people,” said Mark Lamb of his return to the event.

Other well-known storytellers include community leader Sarah Alzabet, a student and a member of Murfreesboro Muslim Youth; Leah Hulan, owner of Grumpy’s Bail Bonds; Eric L. Meriwether, financial advisor at Northwest Mutual; Shannon Wheeler, mortgage broker at a mortgage boutique; and Kempt.

Salons participating in this year’s styling include: Tangerine, L. Grider Salon, and The Boro Barber.

“That’s how I like it,” said Kemp.

In an additional effort to “get to it,” we’re asking our audience to dress in disco-inspired looks if they wish, and The Social Exchange next to Walnut House is hosting an after-party, Kemp said.

For reasons of Covid, they sell tickets based on a limited capacity of 60% for VIP attendance only tickets and provide a virtual ticket for Facebook live streaming of the show. Tickets for the VIP party with limited capacity are available now.

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is a nonprofit whose mission is to improve lives by improving educational, health and financial stability for all. Funds raised for United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties will be used for local causes ranging from disaster relief housing, basic needs, mental health and substance abuse to nutrition and obesity and kindergarten readiness.

About United Way
United Way promotes the common good by creating opportunities for better lives for all. United Way focuses on education, health and financial stability – the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations who have the passion, expertise, and resources needed to make things happen through donations, advocacy, and volunteering.

United desires to fly a brand new era of Concorde-style supersonic jets. Is $100 a ticket a pie within the sky?

Are travelers ready to go supersonic again, almost 20 years after the famous Concorde jet made its last voyage across the Atlantic? That could also be because of how expensive the tickets are.

In a blockbuster announcement on Thursday, United Airlines
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signals that it is ready to revive supersonic air traffic. The air Line has agreed to buy 15 supersonic jets from Boom Technology, an aerospace start-up based in Denver.

The plane, called Overture, will reportedly be able to fly between San Francisco and Tokyo in just six hours and between Newark, NJ and London in just three and a half hours.

Boom is set to bring the Overture jets to market in 2025, and companies are hoping to have passengers on the planes as early as 2029.

Boom is set to launch the Overture jets in 2025, and companies are hoping to be able to fly passengers by 2029, though the planes must first be cleared by regulators.

In the long term, a decade or more after the first flight, Boom’s goal is to be able to fly between anywhere in the world in four hours, with tickets costing just $ 100.

That’s a far cry from the thousands of dollars for a ticket to the Concorde, which was known to be environmentally harmful. The boom should also use 100% sustainable aviation fuel and be climate-neutral.

Achieving this goal of cheap and fast travel will not be easy. It will likely take several generations of the new aircraft for the company to achieve that goal, said Jordan Staab, president of SmarterTravel.

“If Boom can show that it is possible to make flying cheaper and faster, it will likely force competing airlines to lower their prices on long-haul routes in response,” said Staab.

The Concorde failed – in part – because of how much the tickets cost

The Concorde jet, made by British and French companies, could reach Mach 2.04, which was over twice the speed of sound. The airline was first flown in 1969, at a time when many companies around the world were aiming to launch supersonic aircraft like Boeing
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The Concorde finally went into passenger traffic in 1976 and operated until 2003.

A number of factors contributed to the final demise of the Concorde. There have been many complaints about how loud the plane was, particularly because of the sonic boom it made when it exceeded the speed of sound.

The aircraft also suffered from declining popularity in its later years. In 2000, a Concorde jet became owned by Air France
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crashed after taking off from Charles de Gaulle Airport, killing everyone on board. Just over a year later, the September 11 terrorist attacks resulted in a persistent downturn in air traffic that hit many airlines hard.

An Air France Concorde took off for New York in November 2001 on its first commercial flight after the fatal crash in July 2000. Two years later the aircraft was retired.


But the Concorde wasn’t that profitable for the airlines that flew it. Despite ticket prices that could reach as high as $ 8,000 for a round-trip ticket between London and New York, or more than $ 13,000, in 1997, it wasn’t seen as a lucrative endeavor.

“To get that kind of supersonic speed, you had to have a very small plane, a limited number of people on board, and use an exceptional amount of kerosene,” said Scott Keyes, founder of Travel Scott’s Cheap Flights. “The amount they were able to recruit from ticket sales just didn’t match the cost they had for a particular flight on a Concorde.”

According to spokesmen for both companies, United and Boom are already looking to keep costs much lower in order to make the overture a more financially sound company.

“We aim to have Overture’s operating costs 75% less than Concorde’s operating costs,” a United spokeswoman told MarketWatch. “This is one of the reasons we are now starting our partnership with Boom to help them make Overture commercially viable.”

The United spokeswoman said it was “too early to know what future prices will be like”.

Overture flight tickets will come at an “extraordinary cost”

However, a Boom spokeswoman noted that “data shows travelers are willing to spend more to experience a fast, sustainable flight,” although she added that prices charged are left to the airlines.

Travel experts warned they won’t be cheap – not at all. Keyes predicted that if a business class seat on a standard flight from the United States to Japan costs around $ 4,000, a flight on the new supersonic aircraft would likely cost between $ 6,000 and $ 8,000.

“The people who can afford to pay the extraordinary cost of doing so will primarily be either business travelers or the kind of wealthy people who tend to live in very expensive cities.”

– Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights travel website

United will likely choose to fly the planes between major business centers – like Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York or London – rather than tourist destinations like Miami or Hawaii, Keyes said. This, in part, reflects the audience that most craves a supersonic travel experience, even at top prices.

“It’s going to be very business minded because the people who can afford to pay the extraordinary costs that drive them up will primarily be either business travelers or the kind of wealthy people who tend to be in the very expensive areas to live in. “Cities,” Keyes said.

Flying first class on normal flights could get cheaper

Meanwhile, Overture CEO Blake Scholl said CNN Travel that he is aiming for airline tickets in the first-class fare range

And the $ 100 ticket? “Now we need time to get there,” he said, adding, “I find it helpful to think much further and say, ‘Where do we want to be in a decade or two? And what is possible in this timescale? ‘ Then you work backwards and say, ‘How do we get there?’ “

Given the premium experience United is likely to offer with the Overture jets, the new service will be competitive with other airlines’ more traditional first and business class offerings. And that could translate into cheaper fares for those premium seats.

“We don’t see any impact on economy class airfare that most people would pay for transatlantic and transpacific travel,” said Adit Damodaran, an economist at travel company Hopper.

Damodaran compared the impact of the overture on the aviation sector to the impact of the Tesla Model S on the auto industry. The Model S offers “a premium, luxury experience with higher starting prices that may not initially affect the prices of other simpler cars, but could compete with other luxury or sports cars and motivate an industry switch to greener or faster vehicles”. , safer vehicles, ”he said.

But even if first-class airfares on certain routes drop in response to overture, the effect cannot be permanent. Airlines could reduce the number of seats in first class or reduce the number of flights offered on certain routes in order to maintain higher prices on those offerings, Keyes said.

Echoing QAnon boards, Michael Flynn seems to recommend Myanmar-style coup ought to occur in United States – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana Climate

(CNN) – Michael Flynn, the first national security adviser to former President Donald Trump, appeared to be supporting a Myanmar-style coup in the United States on Sunday.

For months now, QAnon and Trump supportive online forums have been celebrating the deadly military coup in Myanmar, suggesting that the same should happen in the United States so that Trump could be reinstated as president.

Flynn made the comments at an event in Dallas on Sunday that attended prominent peddlers of the QAnon conspiracy theory and Big Lie.

“I want to know why what happened in Minamar (sic) can’t happen here?” Asked a member of the audience who identified himself as a Marine, Flynn.

“No reason, I mean it should happen here. No reason. That’s right, ”Flynn replied.

A message posted on Monday to a Parler account used by Flynn claimed Flynn’s words were twisted and he was not calling for a coup.

Attorney Sidney Powell, who has represented Flynn in the past, said Monday that he had in no way promoted “acts of violence or military uprisings.” She claimed the media “grossly skewed” Flynn’s comments. She didn’t explain why Flynn had answered the question the way he did.

Powell was present at a meeting in the Oval Office in the last few weeks of Trump’s presidency at which Flynn suggested that Trump could call martial law as part of his efforts to overturn the elections, CNN has reported. It wasn’t clear if Trump supported the idea, but others in the room forcibly pushed them back and shot them down.

Some QAnon followers are obsessed with the idea that the U.S. military will somehow get Trump back in office. Some believed and hoped that Trump would proclaim martial law on inauguration day to prevent Joe Biden from entering the White House.

Earlier this weekend at the same event in Dallas, Flynn falsely claimed, “Trump won. He won the referendum and he won the election of the electoral college. “

GOP Representative Liz Cheney from Wyoming, for whom Republicans recently voted in the House of Representatives, to be removed from their leadership position after publicly and repeatedly denying Trump’s election claims, tweeted Monday afternoon: “No American should advocate or support the violent overthrow of the United States.” A link to an article with the news of Flynn’s Sunday utterances accompanied the tweet.

Rep. Elaine Luria, a Virginia Democrat who is vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said later Monday that Flynn’s comments were “dangerous” and “incredibly worrying,” adding that she believed official measures were taken against him should be considered.

“Flynn’s remarks border on rebellion. There is certainly some behavior that is inappropriate for an officer. These are both things that can be attempted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and I think as a retired military man this should certainly be a route that we believe has ramifications for those kinds of words, “Luria, a retired Marine commandant, said CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360”.

Flynn is considered the hero of the QAnon movement. Last summer, Flynn posted a video with QAnon slogans. In a recent interview, Flynn tried to distinguish between the QAnon movement, known for outlandish conspiracy theories, and its followers: “What I tell people is to look at the people involved. Look at the values ​​they represent and let’s move on. “

The event in Dallas, entitled “For God & and Country Patriot Roundup,” had been planned for months. Concerns about the event contributed to the decision by the Department of Health and Welfare to transfer unaccompanied migrant children from a nearby location in the city, CNN Reported at the beginning of the month.

Powell, who has often spread the lie that Trump was re-elected, also appeared at the event, saying Trump should “just be reinstated” and that a “new inauguration day” will be set.

Talks among Trump supporters about a coup are not only taking place online; CNN spoke to supporters of the former president in Ventura, California in February who said they wanted to see a Myanmar-style coup d’état here.

United Airways Helps the Leisure Business Take Flight

In the past year, few businesses have seen as many disruptions as the aerospace and entertainment industries.

In 2020, when many theaters were closed and audiences refused to gather in groups, box offices in the US and Canada were down 80% year over year to $ 2.2 billion. Major publications were pushed forward; Some still haven’t come out. At the other end of the pipeline, studios have postponed or halted major productions. Television and indie filming have been associated with persistent delays.

The aviation industry has been placed in a similar frozen state. During the same period, the demand for global air transport decreased by almost 70% compared to the previous year.

Now, however, both sectors are accelerating towards a post-COVID-19 vaccine future. United Airlines attaches great importance to solving the latest travel-related challenges in Hollywood – and winning important partners for them.

As the industry leader in safe production-related travel, United has been a long-standing partner to the entertainment industry. What is less obvious is that United depends not only on travel in the entertainment industry, but also on entertainment products – it’s a uniquely symbiotic relationship. Nearly 50% of the content views on United flights are new releases. During the pandemic, when fewer movies were being released, customer feedback indicated they missed this content.

In response to the pandemic, United debuted industry-leading security and cleaning protocols to keep all forms of urgent travel – including travel for film production – safely on the move. Marie Downey, United for Business West Division General Manager, said, “As part of the United CleanPlusSM program, we partnered with Clorox to improve our cleaning practices with their products and worked closely with experts at the Cleveland Clinic to help us improve our lives Questions to advise on security measures to make our employees and customers safer at the airport and when flying. “

United also identified ways to improve its suite of entertainment products to better support production travel. “Some of these highlights,” adds Downey, “include discounts on flights for production and travel contracts, and prepaid media bags.” [such as camera, film, lighting and sound equipment cases]and a 24/7 support desk available throughout the production process and for any specific industry requirement. “

A few months after the pandemic, director and producer Tyler Perry wanted to help get his staff and production partners back to work. Perry suggested resuming production on a number of projects and moving crews to Camp Quarantine, a “bubble” studio he founded in Atlanta, Georgia.

For Ed White, Vice President of Aviation at MB Aviation (and Perry’s personal pilot), this was a “monumental task”. Perry challenged the White team to come up with a safe and workable solution. “My personal role,” says White, “was coordinating with the president of the studio and production to get people safely from anywhere in the country.”

Working with United, White was able to develop what is known as a “curb to curb health solution”. Three days before their flight, all travelers were given a COVID-19 test and had to show a confirmed negative result in order to board the plane. At the airport, they were tested again, socially distanced and then taken in small groups to an Airbus A319.

For each flight, White says, “We provided our own seat covers, tablet covers and headrest covers. And United and his team provided our passengers with sealed catering, and people had social-distanced seating assigned. “

Once they landed in Georgia, the cast and crew were moved to a pre-quarantine hold. Then they needed an additional confirmed negative test result before officially entering warehouse quarantine and starting production. The tests continued throughout production. Then when each person finished their job and returned to Los Angeles, White managed a similar process for the trip home.

According to White, United had the biggest influence on pricing. “Private travel can be very, very expensive,” he notes, “that’s why we’ve minimized it as much as possible. The largest number of [cast and crew members] came from LA, and we were able to use that on our United flights. We launched a competitive bidding system and United came in and fulfilled all of our requested protocols. We were very pleased with the pricing United had for us. It came under budget. “

United’s longstanding relationship with the film and television industry has given United a unique window into the day-to-day challenges that come with ambitious production. “We know that production logistics have become even more difficult during COVID,” said Glenn Hollister, vice president of United for Business. “That’s why we want to make sure that your United travel experience is the least of your worries.”

During the pandemic, United kept the world moving and led the way in innovation in health, safety and passenger experience for customers and crew alike. With the world reopening, the airline’s ultimate goal is to support the communities and economies it serves every day by making travel safer, more convenient and more comfortable for all. This also means that the entertainment industry can focus on what it does best.

“We’re honored to play a role in getting back to work in Hollywood,” said Luc Bondar, vice president of marketing and loyalty and president of MileagePlus, United. “From the small role we play in realizing big productions to offering our customers the latest blockbuster titles they’ve missed out on in the past 12 months, it’s exciting to see the entertainment industry on board again. “

Boyertown grad is strolling throughout america to boost cash for most cancers | Native Information

For Jarad Schofer, a decent day going across the country involves a lot of street shoulder and the generosity of strangers.

And while he is Smile in all Instagram photos Of the quirky and beautiful places he has walked through, the effort is heavy.

Perhaps not as difficult as Krebs, who touched the lives of his friends and acquaintances and drove him on a donation journey. Nonetheless, constant walking is physically and emotionally demanding.

43-year-old Schofer, a 1995 Boyertown High School graduate, began his 3,000-mile hike in Santa Monica, California on March 14. He walks about 6 million steps on a planned route toward Virginia Beach, Virginia.

He’s not going to drive through Pennsylvania. On Wednesday he left Oklahoma and entered Arkansas.

Schofer teaches math at St. Alban’s School in Washington. The school granted him a sabbatical year for the spring semester.

After graduating from Boyertown, Schofer attended the University of Pennsylvania. He then received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Maryland and shortly afterwards decided to start teaching. His family still lives in Berks County.

To date, he has raised nearly $ 23,000 for the Cancer Research Institute. He would be thrilled to raise another $ 10,000 before it ends.

Schofer has never done anything like this before, but he thought about it for a while, he said. Last year he took part in the Vol State Ultramarathon – 500 km or 314 miles – which was a physical preparation for the grueling journey on foot.

Before that, the death of a colleague and mentor Molly Woodroofe of Pancreatic Cancer in her 40s, Schofer worked for years.

“She was an amazing person, a mentor, a trainer,” said Schofer, adding that the seed for the hike was planted at her memorial service.

In early 2020, Neil Peart, the drummer of his favorite band Rush, died of brain cancer.

“He was considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, and now he’s gone too early,” Schofer wrote on his fundraiser website.

Moved by the losses, Schofer decided to hike.

On an active day, Schofer said he was traveling about 35 miles. His slowest was about 18 miles and he took a few days off. He is wearing a pair of No. 4 shoes.

“My feet feel good,” he said in an email. “I’m dealing with a muscle pull that is really bothering me.”

He pushes a stroller nicknamed Neil with his supplies for the trip. A week later he wondered why he was doing it and thought it might be the dumbest thing to try, he said.

But Schofer prevailed and went on.

The challenge each day is dealing with changes in weather and driving long distances without food or water.

Schofer said the trip could be isolating and he couldn’t eat enough calories not to lose weight. The possibility of something going wrong annoys him all the time, he said.

But he’s more than halfway home now – about 55 days to go to Virginia Beach. Moments of kindness gave him a boost.

In Warner, Okla., Motel owners this week refused to let him pay for his room.

“It’s one of the nicest gestures I’ve seen on this whole trip,” Schofer wrote on Instagram. “Now I’m in the middle of a tornado warning, so I’m not sure when I’ll be out on the street tomorrow morning.”

There used to be a man who brought him a McDonald’s lunch while walking through the bottom of a canyon. The man passed him in the morning and realized that at the end of the day there would be no place to eat. When he returned through the ravine, he brought lunch to Schofer.

Schofer said he was surprised at how much his students continued to engage with his journey.

Also unexpected were responses from people with cancer who wrote to him that they were inspired.

United Method is providing cash to households in want | Saturday Information

FAIRMONT – As the pandemic appears to be resolving, families are still hurting to get financial help.

The Tygart Valley United Way announced on Friday the launch of the Fairmont Family Relief Fund to help families in need. The fund is made possible by money from the CARES Act and helps families affected by COVID and struggling to pay rent, mortgage or electricity bills in Fairmont.

“If families need help with re-letting we can help, if they have utility companies they are unfamiliar with we can help,” said Chris Yost, program manager at Tygart Valley United Way.

Eligible families are limited to a maximum of $ 2,000 in benefits. The United Way received a total of $ 100,000 for the project, which aims to support at least 50 families.

“We’re really grateful that we were able to bring these dollars to the community,” said Brett White, executive director of Tygart Valley United Way. “We wanted to make sure Fairmont got the dollars available.”

The money comes to Fairmont through a Community Development Block Grant, a long-term federal grant program. Commonly known as CDBGs, the grant funds in Washington are paid out to state capitals, which then forward them to the appropriate authorities in the local communities for assistance.

Some cities in West Virginia automatically receive the grants, but Fairmont does not. To help Fairmont families, United Way applied in October 2020 and is now receiving the funds they can give to those in need.

“It was a long process that we had to go through with the state,” said White. “We hope the next few rounds come a lot faster, but this will be a much-needed service for the people of Fairmont.”

Fairmont City Council held an emergency meeting last October to hold a public hearing on the Fairmont Family Relief Fund.

“The funds are used to pay service providers for people who cannot pay their mortgage or electricity bills due to COVID. It’s a coronavirus response scholarship, “Fairmont City clerk Janet Keller said last October. “The City of Fairmont is just the transit provider. We are applying for the grant, but the grant funds actually go to United Way for program administration. “

Since the beginning of the pandemic, those in need have asked the United Way for help. Now you have the opportunity to distribute this aid.

“It was a huge need even before COVID, but COVID really exacerbated the need,” Yost said. “We get calls every day about people needing help with renting or having their water turned off. Having the opportunity to help these families is just great.”

Applications for these dollars will begin on Monday. To apply, anyone can download the form from the United Way website or drop by their office in downtown Fairmont and pick one up outside.

Once the form has been completed and submitted, applicants will be asked to discuss their needs with Yost before they are approved. Applications are open until June 2022 or until the $ 100,000 issue.

“We knew from the beginning of the pandemic that there was a great need,” White said. “There are still a lot of bills that haven’t been received and we wanted to get that money out as soon as possible.”

Applications will be available outside the United Way office starting Monday. The applications can also be downloaded online at For more information on the Fairmont Family Relief Fund, contact Tygart Valley United Way at 304-366-4550.

A European-Type United Nations by Sandra Breka & Brian Finlay

For decades, multilateralism, based on a common overarching vision, has anchored the longest period of peace and stability in Europe. This alone should qualify the European Union as a model for the renewal of the United Nations.

BERLIN / WASHINGTON, DC – Last September, the General Assembly passed a to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations groundbreaking declaration Reaffirm the commitment to “mobilize resources” and “show unparalleled political will and leadership” to “secure the future we want”. The so-called UN75 declaration was an inspiring statement. But will it lead to significant changes?

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History suggests it could be easy. After all, past anniversaries of the founding of the United Nations have brought about significant structural reforms. For example, on the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, the heads of state and government of the world established A peacebuilding commission to help countries make the transition from war to peace has expanded the human rights commission into a stronger human rights council and adopted the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine to protect civilians in conflict areas.

The prospects of the UN75 declaration are further enhanced by the fact that it reflects the will of civil society. Before last year’s General Assembly, the United Nations launched a global survey to see what ordinary people care about. Of more than 1.3 million respondents, 87% said that international cooperation is critical to addressing today’s challenges.

The UN also supported more than 3,000 dialogues in 120 countries on “the future we want, the UN we need”. The results of these dialogues, which took place in “classrooms, meeting rooms, parliaments and community groups”, helped shape the declaration.

At the same time, national governments have worked to revive multilateral cooperation. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the Alliance for Multilateralism Promote global cooperation in a time of resurgent nationalism. The alliance is now supported by more than 50 countries.

Similarly, last February, G7 leaders, including US President Joe Biden, proclaimed that they would work together to “make 2021 a turning point for multilateralism”. Working together to recover from the pandemic and “better rebuilding” were seen as a top priority.

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In particular, the countries also support the UN75 declaration. Two months after its unanimous approval, ten heads of state or government convened by Spain and Sweden published one Joint announcement Reaffirms its commitment to the Declaration and the ambition it embodies, and calls for reforms to the three main organs of the United Nations to create a “more agile, effective and accountable organization” capable of delivering “better” results.

All of these bode well for the future of multilateralism. However, turning words into actions is seldom easy, especially when it comes to so many actors with competing visions and interests. Given the nationalist and populist forces that are powerful in many parts of the world, the challenge ahead is all the greater. To do this, we should look to Europe.

The European Union has been a staunch advocate of multilateralism. In February, for example, the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, issued a common communication to strengthen the EU’s contribution to rules-based multilateralism.

Likewise the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Council Charles Micheland President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen joined the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and Senegalese President Macky sal in demand for one more inclusive multilateralism.

Europe’s leadership in this area makes sense. Although the EU is often classified as slow, risk averse and inflexible, it is characterized by its success in forging effective supranational policies and pooling resources to meet common challenges. The Europeans also particularly support international cooperation. In the UN survey, more than 90% of Europeans – a few percentage points above the global average – described international cooperation as “very important” or “essential”.

Building on Europe’s example of active multilateralism, our organizations, Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and the Stimson Center, along with other partners, recently brought together leading policy makers and experts from Europe and around the world to discuss how the UN75 Declaration will become a reality can. We identified several Key requirements.

For example, to ease pressure on the UN Security Council and the global humanitarian system, world leaders must take action to address the root causes of conflict. This means, for example, ensuring that basic social needs are met; Improving representation in politics; and strengthening national and regional government institutions.

Additionally, we need to address the “knowledge crisis” – including growing skepticism about science – that is undermining COVID-19 vaccination programs and climate mitigation efforts. This can be achieved through international and national campaigns that promote trust and combat disinformation.

A third need is to change the architecture and approach of global and regional financial institutions to fill gaps in digital participation, strengthen education, and make progress towards gender equality. Reforms of the legal and normative framework conditions are just as critical – in order to meet the challenges of today’s online and offline world.

Multilateral solutions can be difficult to develop, agree on and implement. This can make them appear inefficient and inefficient, with actors assuming they are better off doing it on their own. And yet, as Europe has shown time and again, the solutions forged from multilateral processes tend to be more inclusive, more effective and more lasting. Europe owes its longest period of peace and stability to these processes.

That alone should enable the EU to draw some valuable lessons for the renewal of the United Nations. An inclusive, adaptable and empowered UN, taking into account the EU’s experience, can provide a solid foundation for a rules-based international order that promotes global peace and stability while facilitating action to address common challenges. Such an institution could not be more worthy of our unwavering commitment and care.

New merger means United Manner prescription card might prevent more cash on drugs

MACON, Ga. – The United Way of Central Georgia announced that it is merging its FamilyWize prescription drug card with the SingleCare rebate plan.

That means you could save even more money than you did before.

The merger offers a larger network of pharmacies and bigger prescription discounts.

According to United Way, the card has saved Central Georgians an average of 45% on prescriptions, but now those savings can increase to 80%.

“This card really works for everyone. If you get a prescription and give them the individual care information, the drugstore will run it and they’ll give you either the single card price, the insurance price, or the retail price, which is always lower,” said George McCanless .

The card is free, you don’t have to register and there are no conditions of participation.