Half of Nursing Homes Scrutinized on Safety Still Treacherous

In 2012, Parkview Healthcare Center’s history of safety violations led California regulators to issue an ultimatum reserved for the most dangerous nursing homes. The state’s public health department designated Parkview, a Bakersfield, Calif., nursing home, a “special focus facility,” requiring it to either fix lapses in care while under increased inspections or be stripped of […]

Asahna Bucha Day

Buddhism is a crucial part of Thai culture, as nearly 95% of the population are Buddhists. As a result, many of the country’s most important holidays are Buddhist. Today is one of those days – Asahna Bucha Day (วันอาสาฬหบูชา wan aa-săan-hà-boo-chaa). It’s a public holiday, so people all over the country enjoy a day off to […]

Court: Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Texas Voter ID Law violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. Photo: filo/iStockphoto by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court has ruled that the controversial Texas Voter ID law is discriminatory and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The U.S. 5th Circuit […]

Prank Phone Calls, Accountability and Your Career

When I was growing up, like many kids my age, my friends and I discovered the joys of making prank phone calls.  We never did anything all that serious.  We might call a girl from our class and talk in a funny voice, for example. The most serious phone call we ever made was ordering […]

Lynch Opposes Obama Gitmo-Emptying Plan

Well, it’s nice to see the attorney general do something right for a change, like standing up for national security and the rule of law. Which is supposed to be her job. From Reuters: President Barack Obama is again facing dissent from within his administration – this time from Attorney General Loretta Lynch – over his […]

Bill removing husband, wife from CA codes heads to governor

Supreme Court Proposition 8 plaintiff Kris Perry, left, feeds a piece of wedding cake to her wife Sandy Stier during a community reception held in September of 2013.(Photo: Rick Gerharter) Legislation that changes the terms “husband” and “wife” to the gender-neutral term “spouse” in more than a dozen sections of California code is headed to […]

The Environment: Latin Americas Battleground for Human Rights

Indigenous Asheninka activist Diana Rios (centre) from the Amazon village of Saweto, Peru is the daughter of slain activist Jorge Rios who was murdered by illegal loggers in September 2014. Credit: Lyndal Rowlands / IPS. By Tharanga YakupitiyageNEW YORK, Jun 22 2016 (IPS) 2015 was the deadliest year on record for the killings of environmental activists […]

Winding Bay Says No to Dredging in Little Harbour

The Marina plans submitted to the BEST Commission by Winding Bay for Little Harbour.   In a letter to the government David Southworth, Principal of the Abaco Club at Winding Bay sought to quash the fears of locals of the community of Little Harbour as he confirmed that no dredging will take place in relation […]