Deputy Supervisor Marlette,
Patrick W. Welch, PhD
U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)
Advocate – Consultant – Educator
Deputy Supervisor Marlette,
Patrick W. Welch, PhD
U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia Airlines said a flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing early Saturday, and the airline was notifying next of kin in a sign it feared the worst.The airline said flight MH370 disappeared at 2:40 am local time (1840 GMT Friday), about two hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It had been due to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 am local time (2230 GMT Friday).
There were 4 Americans on-board including an infant.
UPDATE [12:37]: Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island.
Our prayers go out for the passengers, crew and their families at this horrific time.
The Pew Research Center poll released yesterday showing that American Catholics strongly favor allowing the use of birth control — and allowing priests to marry and women to be ordained -
The Pope said in an interview he is willing to reexamines these issues.
Opening Event at Downtown Library Spotlights Month-Long Calendar of Women’s Activities
ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Sawrie Becker, elected officials, representatives of the Buffalo & Erie County Public library, and numerous partner organizations to kick off March as Women’s History Month in Erie County with a noontime event at the downtown library. The local commemoration of March as Women’s History Month matches the national commemoration, declared by Congress in 1987 as advocated by the National Women’s History Project and many other national organizations. This year’s national theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.”
“March gives us a month-long opportunity to celebrate the many contributions women have made to our society, both nationally and here in Erie County. They are our co-workers and colleagues, our mothers, daughters, wives, and friends, and while we recognize their achievements we must also work to ensure a level playing field for them,”said Poloncarz. “New York has a proud history as being the birthplace of the women’s history movement and it’s time to lead again. As I said in my State of the County address, we must end income inequality between genders. Women should be paid on the same scale as men for similar work, and I call on the Erie County IDA to institute such a policy and end discrimination against female employees by companies that seek tax breaks.”
Commissioner Sawrie Becker added, “The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women is proud to collaborate for the fifth straight year to highlight and celebrate women with a vibrant calendar of events and networking opportunity for organizations that serve women. Today, while we remember the extraordinary women of our past, we also recognize that women and young girls in Buffalo and Erie County are making their own exciting history every single day!”
The keynote speaker for the event was Deputy Elizabeth Fildes of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, a 32-year veteran of the force who spoke on the issue of human trafficking in Buffalo and Erie County. Along with the recently-closed Everywoman Opportunity Center’s Director Myrna Young, Fildes was honored with the first-ever “Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment” award.
The kickoff event also included displays from several non-profit partner organizations offering resources and information on services important to women; the unveiling of the 2014 Women’s History Month calendar of events; and remarks from officials, including opening remarks from County Executive Poloncarz.
For more information:
On the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, visit http://www2.erie.gov/csw/
Will Increase Access to Breast Cancer Screening in Erie County
ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® has awarded a $67,500 grant to Erie County Department of Health to support the Erie County Cancer Services Program.
The grant from Susan G. Komen will provide funding for women living in Erie County, who qualify for low or no cost breast screening or treatment services. Komen WNY will also support a new financial assistance program for patients in active treatment for breast cancer.
“Regular mammograms are the best test health care providers have to find breast cancer early. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer” states Erie County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein. “All women should have regular mammograms when they reach 50 years of age, and should continue to do soon on a regular basis for the rest of their lives. There is no reason not to be screened for breast cancer” said Burstein. “This funding from the Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® provides key financial support to the Erie County Cancer Services program.”
Mammograms are available to help all women, regardless of their insurance status, get access to breast cancer screenings and treatments that can help save lives. Women that have mammograms as recommended on a regular basis can identify a potential problem at an earlier stage when treatment is most effective and a cure is possible.
In 2013, the Erie County Cancer Services Program provided mammograms for 1,264 uninsured or underinsured women. Uninsured populations are the least likely to maintain a regular cancer screening schedule and thus have poorer outcomes in general.
“We are very proud to support this program,” said Komen Executive Director, Juliana Janson. “We know from past experience, that the supplemental funding from Komen helps women who would not otherwise be eligible for free or low cost screenings, to access care when they need it most.”
Kathy Weppner launches her congressional campaign today on the steps of Amherst Town Hall.
Kathy Weppner, who earned a loyal conservative following as WBEN Radio’s “Kathy from Williamsville,” officially launched her Republican candidacy against Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins today in – of course – Williamsville.
Weppner told about 30 supporters on the steps of Amherst Town Hall that her dearth of experience in the public sector will serve as one of her main advantages in a campaign against “professional politicians.” And she repeated several themes of the radio show she formerly hosted on Saturday afternoons, criticizing an administration that exercises “over reaching power into our lives” while Americans “are watching their freedoms erode before their eyes.”
Weppner was joined by her family, Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy, and 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl P. Paladino in launching what she acknowledged will prove an underdog effort against Higgins, who holds a number of advantages centering around incumbency, a healthy campaign fund and an overwhelming Democratic advantage in enrollment.
A federal grand jury has returned a five-count indictment charging an Amherst man with possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday.
The indictment charges that Cameron Stroke, 32, possessed graphic depictions in February 2011 of sexual abuse of prepubescent children and children performing sexual acts with animals. He pleaded not guilty to possessing child pornography Jan. 31.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said the images were found when investigators were tracking down someone soliciting minors on the Internet for sexual purposes. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine upon conviction.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the FBI, New York State Police and Cheektowaga Police.
Amazon.com expects to be ready to employ drones by 2015, when the Federal Aviation Administration is due to finalize rules on domestic use of the technology by government and commercial entities. (Photo by Martin Divisek/Bloomberg)
Having panicky thoughts about Facebook potentially buying an army of drones? Stop. Breathe. And remember: All drones are not created equal.
Most people think of drones — pardon, unmanned aerial systems – and their military applications, but Facebook’s possible acquisition and Amazon’s plan to use them as our friendly neighborhood delivery bots stand as good reminders that there are many kinds of drones out there, and they’re subject to different regulations.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook is looking to drones to help it fulfill its mission to wire the parts of the world that still aren’t connected to the Internet — the company has declined to comment on rumors or speculation. The unmanned systems in question are made by Titan Aerospace and are meant to fly way up in the atmosphere to provide Internet connections to rural or undeveloped areas. They can carry a payload of up to 25 pounds and can stay in the air for up to five years.
St. Patrick’s day is just about a week away and once again several Village of Williamsville establishments are hoping to get folks ready for the big day.
Beginning at 2 p.m. and running through the afternoon and evening you can travel from one venue to the next enjoying food and drink.
They’re asking for a donation of $5 or more. The donations will benefit The Buffalo Fenian’s Gaelic Football Club.
Check out the Village website for more details.
Then from March 7 – 17 there will be special offerings at 14 Village restaurants. It’s all on the website.
Ready, set – GO!