Max Healthcare launches community support initiative to feed thousands of underprivileged

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Related Posts community support initiativecoronavirus outbreakCOVID-19lockdownMax Healthcare The initiative commenced on April 1, has seen successful distribution of 25,000 packed food parcels across DelhiAmidst a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, Max Healthcare received an over-whelming response for its community support initiative to feed thousands of underprivileged across Delhi. This initiative, which commenced on April 1, has seen successful distribution of 25,000 packed food parcels across the city in the last one week. Cooked food packets were distributed in various JJ clusters at Munirka, Rajender Nagar, Hauz Rani and Lado Sarai. This arrangement will continue till the lockdown continues.This initiative is the brainchild of Abhay Soi, Chairman, Max Healthcare. Internal kitchens at Max Hospital, Saket and Shalimar Bagh units and the one at BL Kapoor Hospital prepare fresh and healthy meals that is packed and transported in special vehicles to various locations to be distributed. Along with meals distribution, a month’s supply of essential prescribed medicines has also been sent to Anand Ashram, located in Sector 58 in Gurugram, a home for male inmates with psychological disorders on request received from the home.Beginning with 2,000 meals on Day 1, the capacity was enhanced to 3,500 and 4,000 packed meals on Day 2 and Day 3 respectively and subsequently ramped up to 5000 meals a day post the third day.  The parcels have been distributed by the hospital staff and those who are gathering to receive them are also being educated about the necessity to keep hands clean, not touch their eyes, nose and mouth; and the essence of social distancing. Read Article Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on April 8, 2020 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Max Healthcare launches community support initiative to feed thousands of underprivileged Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Add Commentlast_img read more

Piedra helped wage a successful campaign for a new Miami courthouse

first_img By the time COVID-19 struck, the South Florida legal community was well versed on the perils of hidden pathogens.For all its charm and history, the 23-story Miami-Dade County civil courthouse was infested with mold and a potential health hazard. Once the venue of an Al Capone trial, the structure has 1950s era air conditioning, asbestos problems, and is not fully ADA compliant.To Coral Gables attorney and board member Jorge Piedra, it was an afront to Miami’s status as a world-class metropolis.“It’s an iconic, historic structure that should be preserved,” Piedra said. “But it doesn’t work as a modern courthouse anymore. Palm Beach County has a beautiful courthouse, and Broward is getting one, and ours was just inadequate.”So, when Piedra became Cuban American Bar Association president in 2018, he helped wage a successful campaign for a new courthouse. The effort involved behind-the-scenes lobbying, letter writing, interviews, and convincing the community at large of the potential economic benefits.Last year, Miami-Dade County approved a $267 million facility that Plenary Group, under a public-private partnership, will own and operate when it’s completed in 2024.For the complex litigation specialist, father of five, Little Havana Kiwanis volunteer, and Florida Bar leader, the campaign was no small commitment.“I used the bully pulpit and I attended more county commission meetings than I think anybody would ever want to attend,” he said. “I could see them rolling their eyes every time I walked in, but it was important to make sure that they knew that CABA supported it, and the community supported it.”Piedra is quick to say that he was part of a larger effort by the legal community that was spearheaded by 11th Circuit Chief Judge Bertila Soto and Civil Administrative Judge Jennifer Bailey.Local political leaders also led the charge, Piedra said, including commissioners Sally Heyman, Esteban Bovo, and Rebecca Sosa.Piedra marvels that when local voters rejected a bond referendum to pay for a new courthouse five years ago, the two judges were undeterred.“They got right back on the horse and looked for an alternative to a bond referendum and they found one, amazingly, and it worked,” he said.Judge Soto says Piedra’s contribution “made all the difference.”“We are grateful to Jorge Piedra and many of the attorneys in Miami, our legal leaders who did a wonderful job in raising awareness about the need for a new civil courthouse,” Judge Soto said. “As they say, it takes a village, and we are blessed to have had the support of dedicated and tireless attorneys like him and many others — we couldn’t have done it without them.”Piedra’s fellow board member, Roland Sanchez-Medina, says his friend of 20 years invested more than time and energy in the courthouse campaign. Piedra could have forever been associated with a very public failure, he said.“You’re really putting yourself out there,” he said. “If it doesn’t work, if it isn’t successful, there’s a certain element of risk.”Given his professional and family responsibilities, his Board of Governors service, and service to local community organizations, it’s a wonder Piedra ever sleeps, Sanchez-Medina said.“What makes Jorge Piedra special is not only his talent as an attorney, which is crystal clear, but what really resonates with me is his passion for the community, whether it’s the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, or CABA, or helping Miami-Dade County build a new courthouse, he is someone who always dedicates his time and effort to important issues that make a difference in our community,” Sanchez-Medina said.When he’s not working, Piedra enjoys his passions, deep-sea fishing and golf, with his children, Sanchez-Medina said.Piedra said he learned the value of hard work from his parents, who ran a tuxedo rental business in Westchester. His father, who passed away in 2019, loved chatting up the customers as they prepped for family milestones, quinceañeras, high school proms, weddings, “and sometimes second and third weddings,” Piedra jokes.“He loved to talk to everybody that came in, he’d go down to the corner and have Cuban coffee with them,” he said. “He could talk about anything, especially politics and baseball.”Piedra got his first taste of public service working as a college intern, and later as a full-time staff member, for former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.One of Piedra’s fondest memories is accompanying Graham on one of his legendary “workdays,” where Graham would spend a day performing the job of a random constituent.“It wasn’t a political gimmick,” Piedra said. “It was immediately after Hurricane Andrew and we were down in Homestead, working with FEMA and trying to get help to migrant workers. He got down there in the heat and trenches.”Lawyers are required to give back to the community, but Piedra says that’s not why he feels drawn to public service.“The people that I interact with are the people that are involved and give back in some way,” he said. “Those are the happy lawyers for the most part, and it’s one of the reasons I always encourage young lawyers to get involved with something that they are passionate about. It will make you a much more complete person and make you feel better about what you do.” Sep 11, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories Piedra helped wage a successful campaign for a new Miami courthouselast_img read more

Power Tripping

first_imgThings have been pretty interesting on the energy front the past month – as you would expect when energy gets mixed with politics. Most folks know that Flathead Electric Cooperative has been installing a partial “smart grid” here, in hopes of efficiency gains and better cost allocation. But will things pan out? Consider this bit of news from Boulder, Colo., a college ecotopia that makes Missoula look normal: Xcel Energy is asking for a rate increase to cover the $45 million it spent making Boulder a “SmartGridCity.” The Denver Post reported that doing so involved installing “smart meters,” laying fiber-optic cables to 23,000 homes, and software so the smart meters could talk to home base. The cost per installation? $1,947 each! Ouch! While Xcel says the system is helpful at “managing blackouts, voltage surges and maintenance,” the company has decided this spendy little experiment will not be repeated or expanded. Xcel now wants to recover its costs. The Boulder City Council, which backed the experiment to begin with, is now “neutral.” While the official reason is a lack of “consensus” over whether SmartGridCity is of “value” or was a prudent investment, the real reason is more likely pressure from “nonprofit” groups that are demanding that Xcel stockholders, not Boulder ratepayers, take the bath. The Post reports that Xcel is most likely to recover about $30 million through a rate increase. Will they eat the rest? Once … and this little bait-and-switch fiasco is not being ignored in the boardrooms of other power providers. Then there is the idea, and implications, of renewable energy standards (RES). As you’ll remember, Montana has an RES of 10 percent (increasing to 15 percent in 2015) for public utilities (not electric co-ops). That became law in 2005, passing by one vote in the state Senate, when Sam Kitzenberg (remember him?) switched his vote. The bill’s sponsor? Now-U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. On Aug. 12, Montana-Dakota Utilities asked the Public Service Commission for a 13 percent rate hike, mainly because of the higher cost of renewable power. The Billings Gazette reports MDU ratepayers, mostly in eastern Montana, will be hit with a 14.5 percent net increase – about $100 per year per household. Now, why would 10 percent more power cost 14.5 percent more? Oh yeah, renewables cost more. With RES’s set to rise again to 15 percent in 2015, MDU and Northwestern will inevitably be back for what is sure to be more … don’t forget, the first facilities to be built are usually the low-hanging fruit that are easiest and cheapest to bring on line. Electric co-ops are exempt from Montana’s RES, so co-ops can breathe easy, right? Well, consider the Highwood Generating Station near Great Falls. Southern Montana Electric, a co-op consortium, proposed a 250-megawatt coal plant. Their motive was, among other things, expiration of contracts with Bonneville Power by 2011. SME was fought fang-and-claw to a standstill by environmentalists. SME may still be able to protect its customers with “Plan B,” a 120-megawatt natural gas plant, for a time. But any other Montana co-op looking to use fossil fuels is going to have to fight the greens in court. Even better, as the impact of RES’s are felt by utility customers, it won’t be long before they begin looking for ways for co-op users to share some of their fiscal joy. In fact, last week there was a squabble in the interim Energy and Telecommunications committee over regulating co-ops under the Public Service Commission. That idea died, but the committee then turned around and voted 7-1 to approve draft bill language to crank up Montana’s RES to 20 percent by 2020, and 25 percent by 2025. Doing so before the full pinch of current law is felt is premature, of course. All higher RES’s will do is compound the misery of utility customers already stuck with a punitive, unfair burden. So I wonder: Is the stage being set for co-ops to be roped in for not only RES compliance, but regulation by the Public Service Commission in Helena this winter? Or is Montana’s RES law on the way out? Either way, expect some power-tripping. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more