Struggling health department asking for more staff

first_img Ector County Health Department Director Gino Solla looks over a report in his office.  Virgin Coco MojitoTexas Fried ChickenSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Local NewsGovernment Struggling health department asking for more staff By admin – May 20, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleGEEK: Touchpad sensitivity an ongoing problemNext articleCOMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of May 20, 2018 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Home Local News Government Struggling health department asking for more staff Twitter Pinterest Ector County Health Department Director Gino Solla. Pinterest Facebook Ector County Health Department Director Gino Solla talks to a visitor in his office.  1 of 3 Ector County Health Department Director Gino Solla looks over a report in his office.  Ector County Health DepartmentOne day last month, Ector County residents seeking preventative care arrived to the county’s Health Department Building to see a sign on the front door: “Clinic closed today.”The clinic at 221 N. Texas Ave. couldn’t open that day, Health Department Director Gino Solla said, due to the department’s only two nurses both being out. Solla said this is the first time in his 15-year tenure as director he has had to close the clinic for an entire day.“I don’t have the license of a nurse that I can grab a syringe and start giving vaccines,” Solla said. “When the nurses are not here, close down the clinic. We’re out of business.”Closures are a recurring problem for the department, often having to close their clinic several hours early due to the lack of staff, and with the amount of people that come to the Health Department’s clinic; the wait can be quite long for those who do come for care. Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation WhatsApp The small staff of the department is the result of several years of budget cuts by county commissioners in a struggling local economy. In 2015, the health department had a budget of $1,695,725. Over a period of two budget cycles, that number was cut down to $1,351,242, around a quarter of their budget.With those budget cuts came staff cuts, Solla had to cut four full-time positions, bringing the department staff down from 15 to 11, including himself. That included two of their full-time nurses, leaving only two left.The primary function of the Health Department is to prevent and contain the outbreak of communicable diseases. Unlike the Ector County Hospital District, which treats people once they become ill, the health department tries to prevent the illness in the first place. Those who come to their clinic are there for vaccine shots, STD screenings, or tuberculosis testing. The clinic is particularly important to those who are struggling financially.“We are the safety net for people that don’t have health insurance or a means to pay,” Solla said. “If someone comes in and says ‘I don’t have the financial resources,’ we waive our fees.”But if budget cuts to the department continue, Solla is worried those functions may not be possible.“I don’t see where we can cut anymore without cutting services,” Solla said. “The commissioners will have to decide if they want to continue to provide clinical services from the Health Department.”And some staff members have been quitting out of frustration with the limited budget, Solla said. A long-term sanitarian, who handles duties such as restaurant and pool inspections, left abruptly around three weeks ago, and the office manager will be leaving the department soon after 26 years of working there.“They’re tired of not being able to give the citizens their services,” he said. “We’re giving them lip service instead of services.”With discussions for the next budget year beginning Tuesday, Solla said he has some proposals for expanding the department he plans to bring forward to the commissioners’ court. He plans to ask the court for another sanitarian position, a part-time secretary, and two more full-time nurses.Solla said he’s hoping that due to the recent increase in oil prices and land value, there will be more revenue available to prevent any further budget cuts.County Judge Ron Eckert said it is too premature at this point to say exactly what will be done to the department budgets, but that options will be explored throughout the numerous budget hearings. Eckert said they have not received any final certified values, but based upon preliminary values, there should be an increase in tax dollars and revenue, but not considerably more.“We haven’t reached the full extent of the boom cycle yet, and there’s catch-up time for values to catch up with the economy,” Eckert said.With the decrease in staff, came an increase in communicable diseases. Health Department records show that from 2011 to 2017, patients seen for sexually transmitted diseases increased from 866 to 1,328. The number of Ector County residents with sexually transmitted infections increased from 558 per 10,000 people in 2012 to 726.3 per 10,000 people in 2017.And with the staff cuts, Solla said they had to turn away around double that amount of patients. Solla attributed this increase in patients to the closure of Planned Parenthood in Odessa in 2011, which provided STD testing and contraceptives.“I believe the Texas legislators made a big mistake when they cut funding to Planned Parenthood,” Solla said, “because Planned Parenthood was our savior in collaborating with us in fulfilling that need.”Solla said he hoped Ector County residents would pass the sales tax assistance district whenever it next comes up for election, which would create a new 1.25 percent sales tax on goods sold in unincorporated Ector County. Officials estimate it would raise around $15 million a year, more than a quarter of the county’s $59 million expenditure budget.“I feel that will help us not only expand, but help us catch up to the growth that the county is experiencing in new residents,” Solla said. Landgraf prepares for state budget debate last_img read more

moe. Gives Nashville A New Song And A Tasty ‘Meat’ Sandwich [Setlist/Gallery]

first_imgmoe. blew into Music City, Nashville, Tennessee, to kick off the last leg of their winter tour. Billed as a “Night with moe.” the diehards and fresh faces in the audience got exactly what they bargained for, and even a little bit more, as the band gave the crowd a little of the new and a heaping helping of the old.The five guys named moe. paid respect to their setting by delivering a first set filled with more honky-tonk flavored material. Percussionist Jim Loughlin got plenty of opportunities to bust out his washboard, starting with show opener “Time Again.” Al Schnier and the band shared a brand new tune, “Angel,” that had a fun, light, rise-and-fall section that had heads bobbing. As moe. grows more comfortable with the new track, it should develop into a crowd-pleaser judging by its initial reception from the crowd. After opening with a series of lighter tunes, moe. closed out in a weightier way with a strong pairing of “Skrunk” into a wild “Haze.”Returning to the stage after a short break, guitarist Chuck Garvey capitalized on the lingering energy with the call-to-arms anthem “Wind It Up.” moe. wasn’t done waving their battle flag though, and they followed with old-time fave “Awesome Gary.”Next up was a three-song sandwich chock full of old-school fans’ favorite ingredients. For the bread, moe. chose to use their nearly instrumental classic “Meat,” following in the bread-replacement innovations of certain fast food chains. For filling, moe. stuffed the sandwich full with an uproarious “Ricky Martin” and a most-welcome visit from “Lazarus.” When the final strains of “Lazarus” transformed back into “Meat,” the appreciative cheers for the closing of the loop to end the second set were the strongest of the night.The band returned to the stage to a strong chorus of cheers. Schnier read the single “Al.nouncement” while clearly amused bassist Rob Derhak looked on. In response to the message, Schnier attempted a version of Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane” that, despite its comical starts and stops, still drew smiles from his band mates and the crowd.The actual planned encore, Radiohead’s menacing “Karma Police,” was adapted to the moe. signature style with a wink and a smile. Closing out the night, moe. got their southern slide boogie on with a delightful “Queen Of Everything.” Departing Nashville fans were all smiles, happy to have been a part of a truly engaging and entertaining set of shows. You can check out a setlist from the evening below, as well as a gallery with additional pictures, courtesy of Rex | Marathon Music Works | Nashville, TN | 2/17/17Set 1: Time Again, Hi And Lo>Little Miss Cup Half Empty, Tambourine, Angel, Skrunk>HazeSet 2: Wind It Up, Smoke, Awesome Gary, Meat>Ricky Martin>Lazarus>MeatEncore: %Like A Hurricane, *Karma Police, Queen Of Everything% Al Schnier solo unfinished* Radiohead cover Load remaining imageslast_img read more

February 15, 2006 News and Notes

first_img February 15, 2006 News & Notes February 15, 2006 News and Notes News and Notes Bruce J. Berman, a partner in the Miami office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, recently completed the 2006 edition of Florida Civil Procedure, published by West Group and released in December. Adam J. Steinberg of Carlton Fields in Miami has become a certified Florida arbitrator. Maria T. Currier of Hunton & Williams has been reappointed outside general counsel for the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association. Linda Suzzanne Griffin was elected as a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel. She also co-authored the chapter on accounting in Practice Under the Florida Probate Code (fourth ed.). Additionally, Griffin spoke at the 2005 Florida Legal Education Association Seminar in Orlando on “Individual Retirement Accounts.” Griffin also spoke to the St. Petersburg Bar Association on “Hot Topics in Tax Laws” and to the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council on the new “Disclaimer Statute.” Alice Reiter Feld published “Health Care Surrogates, Living Wills, and Related Issues” in Florida Guardianship Practice. Rebecca O’Dell Townsend of The Solomon Tropp Law Group in Tampa was featured as keynote speaker at the Sixth Annual Bill of Rights Banquet held by the Constitution Committee in Palm Beach County. Her topic was “Our Current Constitutional Crisis: The Loss of Our Republican Form of Government.” David W. Singer of Hollywood received the 2006 Nova Southeastern University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Sally Still of Christin D. Hanley & Associates was appointed to serve as a member of Thompson’s Editorial Advisory Board. Andrew Yaffa of Grossman, Roth, Olin, Meadow, Cohen, Yaffa, Pennekamp & Cohen in Boca Raton presented “The Use of Electronics in the Courtroom” to the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. David B. Williams of Bush Ross has been appointed to the Real Estate Advisory Board for the University of Florida’s Center for Real Estate Studies.The Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel has elected new officers for 2006: Edward L. Birk of Marks Gray, president; Jerilynn M. O’Hara of O’Hara Spradley, vice-president; David J. Anderson of Cole, Stone, Stoudemire & Morgan, secretary; Kristy L. Gavin, treasurer, and Crystal T. Broughman, sponsorship liaison, both of Gobelman, Love, Gavin, Blazs & Wasilenko. Mark Terry of Terry & Co. in Miami was appointed to the editorial board of The Bulletin, the official newspaper of the Dade County Bar Association. Joseph G. Jarret recently published “Firefighter Liability” in Public Risk Magazine and recently presented “Public Records Ethical Dilemmas” on behalf of 17 incorporated municipalities. Michael A. Haggard of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Lewis in Coral Gables served as a guest speaker at the Civil Justice for Victims of Crime conference hosted by the National Center for Victims of Crime. Michael J. Higer of Mintz Truppman Clein & Higer in Miami was named the outstanding member of the year of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. George D. Gabel, Jr., of Holland & Knight in Jacksonville was reappointed to the board of directors of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2006. Andy Dogali of Forizs & Dogali was elected president of the board of directors of the Faces of Courage Foundation for 2006. Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Miami hosted a field trip for students from Miami Senior and Carol Senior High Schools’ Legal and Public Affairs Magnet Programs. The event was part of the Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section eMentoring Program. Sandra M. Upegui of Shutts & Bowen was named to the board of directors of Educate Tomorrow and chair of its fundraising committee. Thomas Scolaro of Leesfield, Leighton & Partners in Miami was a featured speaker at the Litigating Premises Liability and Negligent Security Cases Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale. John S. Mills of Mills & Carlin addressed the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce on “The Judicial Nominations Process and How It Affects You.”last_img read more

Need to fill downtime over the holidays, how about training?

first_img continue reading » Season Greetings Compliance friends, I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!As work-related obligations tend to slow down around the holidays, I sometimes try to use this time effectively by catching up on any webinars or training I might have missed throughout the year. Some of these are required based upon my NCCO or CLE obligations, while others are just fun topics I’ve been interested in and want to learn more about! It seems many credit union Board members have also found some time to kill, since NAFCU has been asked a few times over the past week about NCUA’s training requirements for board members.Rather than specific board training requirements, NCUA provides general guidelines addressing the Board’s oversight of the credit union, financial literacy and fiduciary duties among other topics. From there, the credit union’s internal policies and procedures typically set guidelines for what training is required of the board. Thus, training policies can range widely from credit union to credit union. NAFCU has also compiled a helpful list summarizing the training requirements for all credit union employees. That being said, let’s take a journey through some of NCUA’s expectations for the Board of Directors in several areas: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey to be offered to rivals Tottenham in shock loan move

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey to be offered to rivals Tottenham in shock loan move Spurs could get one over on their bitter rivals (Picture: Getty Images)Football clubs have been severely impacted by the global pandemic and Spurs chose to take out a £175 million loan from the Bank of England to help boost their finances.But to make a potential deal easier, the reports states that Juventus could offer to pay a portion of Ramsey’s wages.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsManchester United and Manchester City are also considered to be possible destinations for the three-time FA Cup winner with the Gunners.Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly a big admirer of the midfielder.MORE: Arsenal to axe £20m-rated Ainsley-Maitland Niles to pay for new Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contractMORE: Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris wary of motivated Paul Pogba on Manchester United returnFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Ramsey left the Gunners to join Juventus last summer (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham could seal a shock loan move for former Arsenal hero Aaron Ramsey this summer, according to reports.The Wales international is being offered out to various clubs by Juventus less than a year after making the switch from the Gunners to the Italian side.Ramsey has struggled to nail down a starting place in Maurizio Sarri’s team and could be offloaded to help the club ease the financial burden of the coronavirus crisis.And according to The Sun, Spurs are one of the Premier League clubs to have been offered the midfielder’s services, in what would be a shock move given he was only playing for their rivals last year.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, the 29-year-old’s astronomical £400,000-per-week wages would make a potential move difficult. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 14 Jun 2020 12:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link211Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Azkals score home win

first_imgBACOLOD CITY—Playing in his home pitch, Patrick Reichelt struck in the 78th minute as the Philippines subdued Singapore, 1-0, late Tuesday night to open its AFF Suzuki Cup on a winning note at Panaad Stadium here.Reichelt, the standout winger of Ceres-Negros, broke through the Singapore defense after brothers Phil and James Younghusband combined on the right as the Azkals finally unlocked a tight and compact Singapore defense.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “It’s amazing, scoring at Panaad and getting the three points to start the tournament,” said Reichelt. “We had some problems at the start, but we changed the game in the second half. James (Younghusband) helped us a lot and we made everything quicker.”The goal was a fitting reward for the pressure put in by the Azkals right from the start. The home side bossed possession, but couldn’t seem to find that final ball to break down the Singaporeans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissStephan Schrock was excellent on the left and debutant Patrick Strauss also sparkled in midfield, holding his own against Singaporean star Harris Harun.More importantly, the Azkals picked up three points in what was considered as a potential banana skin for them. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Aside from Strauss, other newcomers were Curt Dizon, Stephan Palla, Joven Bedic and Adam Reed.Dizon and Bedic are capable of delivering even off the bench.Palla has plenty of experience playing in Europe but has been in and out of the squad due to injuries.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Gabuco, Petecio ready for medal quest Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown They also gifted coach Sven Goran Eriksson a victory in his debut.“We’re happy we got the three points, but it was a difficult game,” said Eriksson. “Singapore was playing direct and they were very difficult to defend. But tactically we made some changes and we showed good fighting spirit.”Meanwhile, this year’s Suzuki Cup could see some breakout performances from a slew of newcomers for the Azkals.Eriksson named six players who made Suzuki Cup debuts with most of them expected to rise to the challenge as the tournament overlaps with the Fifa international window.“I think we have depth at almost every position,” said consultant Scott Cooper. “There’s been a lot of competition in the squad and it can only help us improve especially with a big challenge in front of the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

It is just 6/4 Ronaldo will sign for Manchester United this summer – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s John Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants to leave Real Madrid this summer and is said to have told his agent to seal a return to Manchester United.It is 6/4 the Portuguese superstar will move back to Old Trafford this summer, while Paris Saint-Germain are 2/1 to secure his signature.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Sasol Uzbek GTL project one step closer

first_img26 July 2012 Infrastructure development has begun on the site of a planned gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Uzbekistan as the partners in the project – state-owned oil and gas firm Uzbekneftegaz, South African petrochemicals giant Sasol, and Malaysia’s Petronas – move closer to a final investment decision. Speaking at a ceremony at the proposed plant site at Shurtan in the south of Uzbekistan on the weekend, Uzbekistan Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev said the multi-billion dollar project would result in the first such high-tech plant on the Eurasian continent. “Once completed, it will reprocess 3.5-billion cubic metres of gas annually … producing $1.5-billion worth of products including diesel and jet fuels, naphta and liquefied gas,” Mirziyaev said. At the ceremony, the project was officially named Oltin Yo’l GTL. “Oltin Yo’l” translates as “golden road” and is a reference to the centuries-old trade routes which passed through Uzbekistan and specifically through Samarkand, the country’s second city. According to Sasol – a world leader in gas-to-liquid technology – the 38 000 bpd plant will produce a combination of GTL diesel and GTL naphtha and, in an important development in the application of GTL fuels, GTL kerosene for the aviation sector. The GTL project will reduce Uzbekistan’s dependence on imports of crude oil and transportation fuels and will diversify the use of its domestic gas resources. The project will also improve the quality of the fuel pool, reducing emissions and thereby securing associated environmental benefits. Sasol said a final investment decision is expected during the second half of 2013. “Sasol is proud to be part of this strategic project, which will provide Uzbekistan with world-class environmentally friendly fuel, contribute to the country’s energy security, and diversify the utilisation of its domestic gas resources,” Sasol CEO David Constable said in a statement. “This project will significantly contribute to the economic growth of Uzbekistan by bringing billions of dollars of foreign direct investment into the country, thereby creating hundreds of skilled jobs and additional indirect employment opportunities for the country’s population.” Sasol and Uzbekneftegaz each hold a 44.5% interest in the project, and Malaysia’s Petronas an 11% interest. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan prepare two-year deal for Man Utd veteran Young

first_imgInter Milan prepare two-year deal for Man Utd veteran Youngby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are prepared to sign Manchester United veteran Ashley Young on a two-year deal.Young, 33, is out of contract with United at the end of the season and negotiations over an extension have stalled.The Englishman is holding out for a longer contract than the one-year deal put on the table by United.He could get that longer deal from Inter Milan, according to The Sun.Inter’s Serie A rivals Roma are also interested in the fullback, with Young free to negotiate with foreign clubs this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more