Monthly Archives: May 2016

U.S. State Department Urges Vigilance Against Terrorism in Europe for US Travers

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(사진은 르 투어드 프랑스 바이크 경기 루트)

5월 31(현지 시간) 미 국무성에 의하면, 이번 여름에  유럽에 여행을 계획하거나 여행 중인 미국인들에게 특별히 조심할 것을 권유한다고 밝혔다. 지난 겨울 프랑스에서 발생한 테러 공격을 하나의 예로 들면서 주로 공공 장소에 노출되지 않기를 바라며, 여행을 계획한다면 적어도 8월 30일이 지난 후로여행 계획을 수정하면 좋겠다고 덧 붙였다.

주로 유럽의 여행지, 관광지나, 식당, 공연장이 테러 공격 가능성이 높으며, 이번 여름에 유럽 축구 챔피언쉽 경기( 6/1–7/10 프랑스에서 열릴 예정), 투어 드 프랑스 바이크 경기(7/2- 7/24)가 파리에서 열릴 예정이며, 인근 유럽 국가들을 경유하는 대규모 경기와 함께 폴란드에서는 캐톨릭교회 전 세계 청소년의 날 행사(7/25-7/31)가 열릴 예정이다.

주말에 마시는 한 잔의 시~~ 오월의 장미/조기홍

사진: 조기홍 시인
사진: 조기홍 시인

 

5월의 장미 /조기홍
금방이라도
나에게 가슴 떨리는
눈길주며 다정히 걸어올 듯한
불그스레한 장미

혹여 길손이 꺾어갈세라
밤새 지켜준 별님 덕에
담길따라 그 너머
산기슭 깊은 골짜기 지나도록
자태를 뽐내며 피어난 장미

짓궂은 날씨 탓에
하늘이 변하여 비라도 내리면
송알송알 눈물 맺어 웃는 장미는
즐거움일까 슬픔일까

사랑의 열정은
장미 꽃불처럼 붉고 뜨겁게 다가오고
이별의 아픔은 제아무리 쓰라려도
정녕 아파하지 말자고
자기 온몸을 아픈 가시로
먼저 찔러버린 고고함이여

검붉은 핏물 빛으로
세상을 한없이 수놓는 장미
유혹으로 온몸을 전율지게 한다

감히 누구도 넘볼 수 없는
아름다운 여신이여
올해 5월에도 장미는
뜨겁게 피고 또 피어
온누리를 물들이누나.

 

***오월이 간다. 오월이 밀려간다.

그런데 여전히 담장을 타고 내려오는 장미는 더 깊은 향을 품고 있다.

인생도 그렇지 않을까 생각해본다. 가야할 목적지에 떠 밀리듯이 밀려가는 순간, 목적지가 가까워 올 수록 더 깊은 향을 내지 않을 까 생각해 보며 이 시를 올린다.

 

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N.Y.U Medical School Sends Cadavers to a Mass Grave Against Families’ Wishes for Cremation

 

Photo from N.Y.U cadavers lab
Photo from N.Y.U cadavers lab

5월27일(현지 시간) 더 뉴욕타임즈 지에 따르면, 뉴욕대학교 메디칼 스쿨에서 그동안 시체 해부용으로 시체를 기부받아서 의대생들의 학습용으로 사용해왔던 사체를 사용후에 하트 아일랜드에 집단으로 매장한 것으로 알려져서 사체를 기부한 가족들의 마음을 아프게 하고 있다고 밝혔다.

뉴욕 타임즈지는 최근 3구의 시체를 뉴욕 의대에 기부한 가족들의 호소에 따라 이 사건을 집중 조사한 결과 의대에서 시체 해부를 하고 난 후,  뉴욕 의대가 가족들의 애초 희망사항인 사용후, 화장해서 매장해 줄 것을 요구한 것에 대한 약속을 어기고 그대로 매장한 것으로 밝혀졌다고 알려졌다.

이에 대해 뉴욕대학교 의대 측은 사체 기부자 가족들에게 정중하게 사과하고 이 문제를 해결하며, 이제는 그런 일이 다시는 일어나지 않게 하겠다고 말했다고 한다.

의대들이 밀집되어 있는 필라델피아에서는 매년 사체를 기부하는 가족들을 초대해서 각 의대 학생들이 단체로 모여 추모 기념 예배를 드리고 있으며 가족들의 의견을 존중하고 있다고 한다.

 

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Rep. Honda Fights For AAPIs Against Racial Profiling

 

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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley, Calif.), who leads Democrats on the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations subcommittee, led bipartisan passage of an important change in Federal policy, to ensure accountability when accusations of espionage are leveled against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders and examine whether racial profiling occurred.

 

The new law would direct the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General to examine and report back on whether race, ethnicity, or national origin played a role in cases involving charges of espionage against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

 

Honda has long questioned the motivation behind espionage charges made against Sherry Chen and Professor Xiaoxing Xi. The charges were eventually dropped, but the accusations have damaged their jobs and reputations.

 

“I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to pass an amendment to ensure accountability in these cases,” said Honda. “Injustice like that faced by Professor Xi and Sherry Chen must never happen again. No one in our Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities should be made to feel foreign or be suspected to be the enemy by their own government without cause.”

 

The change in question is contained in the “manager’s amendment” to the 2017 appropriations for Commerce, Science and Justice, passed earlier today.

 

 

Does Trump Care About The American Person?

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5월 25일 (현지 시간) 오전 10시 30분, DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee)정문 계단에서 최근 공화당 대통령 후보자인 트럼프의 부동산 위기에 대한 긍정적인 표현과 함께 부동산 위기로 말미암아 주택을 잃고 가족을 잃어버린 대 재난에 대해 자신의 부동산 사업의 매매 차익만 고려한 언급에 대해 가장 치명적인 피해를 입은 소수 민족들을 대표하는 히스패닉 하원 의원단과 아프리칸 아메리칸 하원 의원단을 비롯한 아시안 아메리칸 태평양계 하원 의원단들이 트럼프의 사과를 촉구하는 기자회견을 가졌다.

Members of the CHC(Congressional Hispanic Caucus), CBC( Congressional Black Caucus) and CAPAC(Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus), including Reps. Xavier Becerra, Linda Sanchez, Luis Gutierrez, Gregory Meeks, Cedric Richmond, Judy Chu, and Ted Lieu attended.

Today, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) BOLD PAC, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) PAC and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Leadership PAC will stand together to hold a press conference about Donald Trump wishing for the housing crisis that cost millions of families their homes because he wanted to profit off individuals struggling to keep their homes and businesses. CNN reported that, in 2006, Trump said he hoped the market would tank, so he could “go in and buy like crazy” and “make a lot of money” when the real estate and housing markets failed. In response to criticisms, Trump said today that his business sense to profit off individuals struggling to keep their homes is “the kind of thinking our country needs.”

O’Hare Is No Longer TSA Trap?

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5월 24일(현지 시간)  지난 5월 14일, 시카고 오헤어 공항등에서 일어나고 있었던 TSA 공항 안전 검색대 통과 지연 문제로 인해 아메리칸 에어라인과 유나이티드 항공사등을 이용하려던 승객들이 비행기를 놓치는 바람에 공항에서 밤을 새거나 근처 호텔에서 밤을 새고 다음 날 목적지로 향했던 일이 발생했다.

이에 많은 항공사와 승객들의 항의에 결국 TSA를 관할했던 안전 책임자가 해직되고, 그 분야에서 더 경험이 많은 새로운 안전 담당 책임자가 고용되었고, 직원을 더 채용하거나, 시간직 직원을 정식직으로 전환하는등 인원확충에 노력한 결과 이번 주말엔 기다리는 시간이 15분으로 줄었다고 시카고 트리뷴지는 밝혔다.

지난 5월 14일 주간은 적어도 450명이 비행기를 놓쳤으며, 적어도 수 십명이 공항에서 잠을 자거나 근처 호텔에서 하루를 묶고 목적지로 향할 수 있었다. 이 모두가 TSA 검색대에서 기다리는 시간이 길어서 이런 사태를 빚었었다.

TSA의 최고 책임자인 피터 내핑거가 지난 금요일 시카고에 방문하여 시카고 시의 책임자들을 만난 자리에서 이번 문제에 대해서 후회하며 사과한 것으로 알려지고 있다. 시카고 오헤어 공항의 검색대 직원들 중에서 100여명의 시간제 직원을 정식으로 전환했으며, 다음 달에는 58명의 직원들이 시카고로 옮겨오게 될 것이며, 새로운 관리팀으로 새롭게 관리하게 되었으며 이들중에는  공항 검색 요원과 함께 하는 케이 나인 팀들도 포함한다고 밝혔다.

네핑거 총 책임자는 시카고 오헤어 공항 안전 검색대 책임자로 Darby LaJoye 씨를 선임한 것으로 알려지고 있으며, 그는 “experienced Federal Security Director” 로 불리워 질만큼 유능한 인재이며, 엘에이 공항, 뉴욕 존에프 케네디 공항등에서 성공적으로 임무를 완수한 베테랑이라고 전해지고 있다.

 

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Obama Announces End to Arms Embargo Against Vietnam

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5월 23일(현지 시간) 비엔남을 방문중인 오바마 대통령은 한때는 적대관계에 있었던 비엔남과의 관계를 다시 정상화한다고 발표했다. 이번 오바마 대통령의 비엔남 방문은 미국과 비엔남 간에 있어서 군사 장비를 비롯한 무기관련 무역관계가 다시 재개되었음을 알리는 기자회견으로 비엔남의 수도인 하노이에서 열렸다고 NBC 는 밝혔다.

기자회견에서 오바마 대통령은 “미국이 비엔남에 군사장비를 판매하는 과정에서 분명히 간과하지 않을 것은 강경한 요구조건과 함께 인권 유린에 대한 문제가 반드시 포함되며, 비엔남도 자국의 안전을 위해 이러한 군사 장비가 필요함을 인식한 것이다.” 라고 말했다.

Quang 비엔남 대통령은 이에대한 답사로 “비엔남인들은 미국의 이러한 움직임에 대해 감사를 표한다.  “치명적인 역사의 한 장” 를 끝낼 수 있는 “중요한 행보”에 대해 환영의 뜻을 표하며 감사하고 있다고 기자회견에서 답했다.

오바마 대통령과 비엔남 대통령은 미국과 비엔남 전쟁후에 처음으로 공식적인 행사에서 보잉사의 비행기 100대(More than $16 billion)를 비엔남이 구매하는 역사적인 순간에 함께 한 것이다. 지난 2014년에도 부분적인 무기 판매 제한 조치를 푼 적이 있다. 중국이 남중국해에 무인섬을 짓고 자신들의 영해로 인정하며 관련 국가간에 영토 분쟁의 원인이 된 것에 대해 미국에서 제한적으로 무기 판매 금지 조항을 해제 한 적이 있다.

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주말에 마시는 한 잔의 시~~ 달빛/홍성재

사진은 홍성재 시인 소유를 빌림
사진: 홍성재 시인

 

달빛

홍성재

암막 사이 틈으로 까치발을 들고서
살그머니 숨죽이어 드느라
거울에 부딪혀 얼굴 밟은 줄도 모른다

선잠 들은 눈으로 일어서면
가슴 밑으로 숨어 눈치를 살피다
암막을 걷노라면 창을 열기도 전
방안 가득 제 먼저 들어서서 설레발을 치는

녀석을 따라 창밖으로 눈을 돌리면
그 끝에 세상 그리움을 모두 지고
날마다 밤을 지새우는 달이 있어

언제부턴가 가슴에서부터 떨어져 간 그리움이
그곳에서 고개를 내밀어 나를 보고 있다

 

*** 홍성재 시인의 달빛을 보았다. 마치 달과 달빛이 서로 대화를 하는 것 같다. 그들의 모습이 아기자기하다.  물론 시는 읽는 자의 몫이다.

 

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White House Recognizes Hepatitis Awareness Movement

 

 

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Twelve health care organizations will be recognized at a White House ceremony tomorrow, May 19, for their outstanding commitment to increasing the number of individuals who are aware of their hepatitis B and C status. Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., acting assistant secretary for health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will present awards as part of the annual National Hepatitis Testing Day observance.  The event will be webcast live at www.WhiteHouse.gov/LIVE from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT.

Viral hepatitis is an underappreciated issue affecting our nation’s health. An estimated 850,000 Americans have hepatitis B and 3.5 million have hepatitis C. Fewer than half of those with chronic hepatitis B and C are aware of their status. When people remain unaware, they cannot take advantage of life-saving treatments and remain at risk for serious liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer, as well as for transmitting the virus to others. Since 2012, deaths associated with hepatitis C outpaced deaths due to all 60 other infectious diseases that are required to be reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, the number of hepatitis C-related deaths reached an all-time high of 19,659.

“Increasing testing for hepatitis B and C is a critical part of ensuring good health for all Americans,” said Dr. DeSalvo. “With coordinated efforts by diverse partners like those being recognized today, we can reduce deaths and disparities in hepatitis B and C and improve the lives of people living with chronic viral hepatitis.”

This is the first time HHS is presenting awards for hepatitis testing. Nominations for hepatitis testing recognition were solicited from CDC-funded state Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators and from national partners engaged in implementing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. The 12 non-profit organizations being honored were selected based on criteria that included their success in reaching out to underserved populations and getting people tested and linked into care.

Richard Wolitski, PhD, acting director of the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, said that partnerships – both public and private – are essential to the hepatitis work HHS does. “I am impressed and inspired by the dedication and motivation of organizations, like those being recognized today, and others across the nation, that are working to eliminate viral hepatitis,” he said.

The honorees include four programs that conduct hepatitis B testing, four that conduct hepatitis C testing and four that test for both hepatitis B and C.

 

HEPATITIS TESTING DAY AWARD RECIPIENTS 201652b0bbd4-58be-428f-9016-a014a98fede3

HEPATITIS B TESTING

CHARLES B. WANG COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Perry Pong

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves foreign-born Asian communities in New York City. The Center strives to screen all high-risk patients for HBV, and works with community partners and volunteers (including college, graduate and medical students) to increase in-language screening in underserved communities. Health center staffers use an electronic medical record (EMR) risk-based system to ensure that all patients are screened. They also created a Hep B Moms program to screen and educate moms to ensure that they and their babies receive appropriate care and treatment.

DALLAS-FORT WORTH HBV FREE PROJECT (DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TEXAS)

Tyler Smith

Medical students at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, lead this project, which engages Asian and African immigrant populations, including Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities across the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The project provides culturally and linguistically appropriate hepatitis B virus (HBV) education, vaccination and screening, and refers those with HBV to care with private practitioners or partner hospital systems. The project also maintains a database to collect screening data/trends and conducts important HBV research.

HOLY NAME MEDICAL CENTER (TEANECK, N.J.)

Kyung Hee Choi

Holy Name Medical Center provides culturally sensitive care to Chinese and Korean patients with limited English proficiency. Holy Name provides detailed HBV information and treatment plans through its Asian Liver Center and Asian Health Services program. The latter program offers community outreach events and educational seminars in Chinese by the Chinese Medical Program’s (CMP) customer navigator and a CMP physician. The navigator program ensures individuals who test positive for HBV are referred to follow-up care.

KALIHI PALAMA HEALTH CENTER (HONOLULU, HAWAII)

Shirley Tamoria

Kalihi Palama Health Center (KPHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center that primarily serves foreign-born Asian or Pacific Islanders (APIs) in urban Honolulu. KPHC collaborated with the Hawaii Department of Health) and Hep Free Hawaii to offer HBV testing to foreign-born API clients who present for medical services. KPHC’s in-house referral system also links to culturally appropriate and in-language follow-up services within clients’ medical homes.

HEPATITIS C TESTING

C A DIFFERENCE (PHILADELPHIA, PA.)

Stacey Trooskin

C A Difference has become a model for successful hepatitis C (HCV) outreach by providing complete testing and linkage to care in both clinical and community-based settings. C A Difference’s success lies in a combination of education and training, using an EMR to identify patients for testing, doing routine reflex testing to improve confirmatory test results, providing linkage to care, developing partnerships with organizations that serve populations at risk and sharing data reports back to program sites to support continuous quality improvement.

CHEROKEE NATION (OKLAHOMA)

Jorge Mera

In 2015, the Cherokee Nation identified high rates of hepatitis C as a public health priority, and developed Hepatitis C in Native Oklahoma: Optimizing Care and Setting a Path Towards Elimination of Disease and Disparity, an innovative, multi-party collaborative effort in response. The program aims to improve the health of American Indians in the Cherokee Nation Health Service by developing a community-based program to test, treat and cure HCV; increasing public awareness; and collecting and analyzing data to inform future HCV prevention, care and treatment efforts.

RHODE ISLAND DEFEATS HEPATITIS C (PROVIDENCE, R.I.)

Lynn Taylor

Rhode Island Defeats Hepatitis C (RID Hep C) is a comprehensive program to identify, treat, and eliminate chronic HCV in Rhode Island. The program works to enhance proactive HCV care and bring resources into the state to help combat the epidemic. RID Hep C holds multiple HCV-related advocacy and educational events, runs an on-site HCV clinic in a non-profit methadone maintenance program and works to increase the number of physicians available to treat HCV.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT SAN ANTONIO REACH (CENTER FOR RESEARCH TO ADVANCE COMMUNITY HEALTH) CENTER (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS)

Barbara Turner

To improve screening and linkage to care for south Texas baby boomers with chronic HCV, the research team developed patient education materials on HCV infection and care, including a mobile app in English and Spanish. The team also developed an EMR algorithm to identify patients born from 1945 through 1965 who have no record of HCV testing or diagnosis. Patients who test positive for HCV gain access to a bilingual case manager/counselor who can answer questions about HCV and address issues of alcohol consumption, depression, and barriers to specialty care. A “promotora” telephones patients to coordinate follow-up testing and linkage to care.

HEPATITIS B AND C TESTING

ASIAN PACIFIC HEALTH FOUNDATION (SAN DIEGO, CALIF.)

Binh Tran (Accepted by Sandy Chong)

Asian Pacific Health Foundation (APHF) is a non-profit organization that provides medical education and free health screenings to San Diego County residents. Through a team of dedicated volunteers, APHF reaches out to underserved communities to dispel misconceptions on the transmission, prevention, and treatment of HBV and HCV. APHF reaches communities with limited English proficiency through Asian ethnic media, including Vietnamese language radio and television programs. APHF also partners with the University of California, San Diego, to increase HBV awareness among health professionals.

HBV INITIATIVE OF WASHINGTON, DC (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Jane Pan

The Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC (HBI-DC) serves Asian and African refugee and immigrant populations in the DC metro area, and also mentors other HBV initiatives around the country. The program has responded to the needs of the populations they serve, providing both HBV and HCV testing and building partnerships to connect with communities that have limited English proficiency. HBI-DC links individuals who test positive to care at local health clinics and through an NIH clinical trial program. HBI-DC developed a customized database designed to improve efficiency and productivity in collecting screening data, generating data reports and analyzing trends.

HEP FREE HAWAII (HONOLULU, HAWAII)

Heather Lusk (Accepted by Chris Taylor)

Hep Free Hawaii leverages partnerships statewide to provide free HBV and HCV testing in community-based settings. The organization also collaborates with local pharmacies to provide hepatitis assessments and referrals to primary care for screening and vaccination for clients coming in for pharmacy services. Hep Free Hawaii is currently collaborating with these partners to integrate point-of-care HCV antibody testing at pharmacies and pharmacy-based clinics.

WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COMMUNICABLE DISEASE UNIT (WYOMING)

Courtney Smith

The Wyoming Department of Health Communicable Disease Unit (CDU) supports extensive low- and no-cost HBV/HCV testing at more than 40 public health nursing, family planning, and community health clinics across the state. CDU uses Knowyo.org, the state’s current HIV/STD social marketing campaign, to encourage and enhance testing. Clinics participating in the campaign are trained to conduct risk-based screening, do motivational interviews, provide vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, link positives to appropriate medical care and support confirmatory RNA testing for all anti-HCV positives tested through the campaign.

About National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day

National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day is an annual CDC-sponsored observance. This year, HHS and Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy are collaborating with the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and Office of National Drug Control Policy for the Hepatitis Testing Day event to highlight the impact of viral hepatitis in the United States, progress on implementing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, and the intersection of hepatitis with both HIV infection and the ongoing opined epidemic.

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Phil Mickelson to Pay SEC on Insider Trading Complaint

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The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Phil Mickelson, a famous golfer, as relief insider trader, which bagged him $1 million in profits, at the U.S. District Court of Southern District of New York. Bill Walters, fellow golfer, and Thomas C. Davis, CEO of Dean Foods, are also implicated in the lawsuit.

Mickelson had owed Davis money from gambling, and instead of paying him back, Davis allegedly convinced Mickelson to invest in the stocks of Dean Foods instead; which Mickelson did; $2.4 million worth of stocks. When Dean Foods announced plans for WhiteWave, a different branch of the store, Mickelson sold the stocks which had risen in price by 40%, and paid Walters back.

Mickelson has not been charged with a crime, and will not need to defend against federal prosecution, but will have to forfeit the $1 million gained through insider trading on the stocks of Dean Foods done in 2011. Mickelson is not charged with a crime, and he supposedly does not wish to keep the money if the SEC believes it to be ill-gotten.

 

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