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NBS Bank Limited ( HY2010 Interim Report

first_imgNBS Bank Limited ( listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the half year.For more information about NBS Bank Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NBS Bank Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NBS Bank Limited (  2010 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNBS Bank Limited is a leading commercial bank in Malawi; providing corporate and retail banking solutions, and treasury managements products and services. The company was established in 1964 when Central Africa Building Society, Commonwealth Century Building Society and First Permanent Building Society merged to form New Building Society (NBS). The financial institution became a commercial bank in 2004 after it was issued a banking license by the Reserve Bank of Malawi. NBS Bank is a subsidiary of NICO Holdings Limited. In addition to general banking products and services for the corporate and private sector, NBS Bank provides solutions for international trade, SME loans, asset finance and mortgage loans and short- and long-term insurance products. NBS has a national network of 37 service centres, with its head office based in Blantyre, Malawi. NBS Bank is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ – Week 1

first_imgThursday Feb 19, 2015 The Wraparound from Rugby HQ – Week 1 Super Rugby is back which means that it’s that time of year when the Fox Sports guys put in the long hours to bring us all their weekly serving of random titbits from the week gone by. According to Sean Maloney there will be no more Top 5’s, so this new format is set to replace those segments.On this occasion they feature some outrageous clips from the USA Sevens, a shocker of a missed try from Super Rugby, a George North/Israel Folau renenactment in club rugby and that man Sean O’Brien casually clearing out two or three forwards in the Six Nations, as you do.View our Top 5 archive for more great funnies and brilliant rugby moments from years gone byADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Plays of the Week Related Articles 123 WEEKS AGO WATCH: France destroy Wales in Women’s Six… 138 WEEKS AGO Waikato winger scores four tries in epic… 304 WEEKS AGO The Wraparound from Rugby HQ – Week 27 From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Sunday Apartments / Woods Bagot

first_imgSunday Apartments / Woods BagotSave this projectSaveSunday Apartments / Woods Bagot Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard photographs:  Trevor MeinPhotographs:  Trevor Mein Save this picture!© Trevor MeinText description provided by the architects. Located in Southbank, Melbourne, the new 15-storey Sunday Apartments is a mix of 237 one, two and three bedroom apartments with a stunning outdoor pool, spa and entertaining area – a unique feature in Melbourne. Delivered during the period where purchasers could still take advantage of the Government’s First Home Owners Grant, Sunday Apartments re-defines what can be achieved on a budget without sacrificing design or community impact. Save this picture!© Trevor MeinCapitalising on its urban context in the rapidly-developing residential precinct of Southbank, Sunday Apartments invites residents to feel part of a community, with the option to socialise in shared leisure areas, but also offering privacy. Built on a large site, the bulk of the building has been reduced by the introduction of a 10m wide central atriumconnected by a podium to create an H profile. By cutting a central courtyard into the mass of the building the apartments has transformed from a ‘box’ to a place with a unique sense of home for every resident.Save this picture!© Trevor MeinThe courtyard atrium provides a community zone for the residents and includes a north facing pool and landscaped terraces. Other features include covered and open cabana seating areas, BBQ zone, open pit fire and tranquil zone. The façade provides a distinctive look for the building via a combination of coloured glass and aluminium louvres. It also allows a sense of connectionbetween the residential floor and the communal amenity of the landscaped terraces, and cross flow ventilation to the apartments.Save this picture!© Trevor MeinWith inventive internal planning to compensate for the reduced footprints for predominantly one and two bedroom modules, design includes isolated central storage pods that contain all the services and storage effectively deleting the need for any ceilings. The Sunday Apartments demonstrates the impact of design innovation (Woods Bagot) and branding (Cornwell Design) on a high yielding property development.Save this picture!© Trevor MeinPremier Capital Developments are development and project managers on the Flagship Property Holdings AUD 100 million residentialproject. Landscaping is by Jack Merlo Landscape Design. Apartments were sold off the plan, with one bedroom apartments starting at AUD 335,000 and two bedroom apartments from AUD 537,500, future sales within the development are expected to be limited.Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessGlobal Center for Academic and Spiritual Life / Machado and Silvetti AssociatesSelected ProjectsScaled Back House / ROOVICESelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Coventry Street, Southbank, Melbourne, AustraliaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Apartments Projects Sunday Apartments / Woods Bagot ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” ArchDaily Architects: Woods Bagot Photographs Save this picture!© Trevor Mein+ 25 Share CopyApartments•Melbourne, Australia “COPY” CopyAbout this officeWoods BagotOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMelbourneHousingResidentialAustraliaPublished on August 03, 2013Cite: “Sunday Apartments / Woods Bagot” 03 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorGlassMitrexSolar PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemSealantsAGROB BUCHTALHow To Benefit From Ceramic Tiles With Hytect SurfaceSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassFacade SystemsTrimoTrimoterm FTV in the BASE – Backing wallSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingDoorsVEKAFront Doors – SOFTLINECurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsVentilated Facades on Building in PamplonaDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewAccessories / TV MountsYellow Goat DesignScreens – BlossomMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

GSK commits to second year’s sponsorship of Wrong Trousers Day

first_img Howard Lake | 25 February 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis GSK commits to second year’s sponsorship of Wrong Trousers Day  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. For the second year running, the principal sponsor of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation major fundraising event, Wrong Trousers Day, will be pharmaceutical and healthcare company GSK.Wrong Trousers Day is the Foundation’s major annual effort to raise funds for children in hospitals and hospices in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This year it will take place on Friday 2 July 2004. On this day, the public and a host of celebrities will be asked to wear the Wrong Trousers and donate £1 to the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation.Nicola Masters, Director of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation said: “We are delighted to be working with GlaxoSmithKline once again this year. Their magnificent support in 2003 saw Wrong Trousers Day become a national event and proved to be invaluable.” Advertisement Tagged with: Eventslast_img read more

Deadline for ePhilanthropy Awards nominations extended

first_imgDeadline for ePhilanthropy Awards nominations extended * Best Integrated Online and Offline ePhilanthropy Campaign* Best Online Donations/Fundraising Campaign* Best Online Special Event Registration and/or Membership Campaign* Best Community Building/ Volunteerism and/or Activism Campaign* Best Senior-Friendly Website Design and/or Online Campaign* Global People’s Choice AwardNominations will be accepted online until 16 July 16 2007 for projects/programmes and campaigns taking place or concluded between 1 May 2006 and 1 May 2007.Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York on on 20 September. The deadline for entries to the ePhilanthropy Foundation’s 2007 International ePhilanthropy Awards has been extended to 16 July 2007. Self-nominations are welcome, say the organisers.The awards are designed to recognise those individuals, organisations and companies working in the ePhilanthropy field who have “demonstrated extraordinary talent, creativity and insight in drawing the public’s attention to the important use of the Internet for philanthropic purposes and/or have created services or strategies that support this effort”. Categories are: Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 2 July 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Awards Digitallast_img read more

Use inheritance tax to fund education for workers, says Nesta

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Melanie May | 20 March 2019 | News  125 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Innovation foundation Nesta is recommending using inheritance tax to fund free training and education for all adults in the UK.A report, Imagination Unleashed: Democratising the Knowledge Economy, published this week by researchers at the charity, in collaboration with Brazilian political philosopher Professor Roberto Unger, argues that opportunities of a more knowledge-based economy are being unnecessarily confined to a few companies, places and small parts of the population, causing inequality, stagnant productivity and political tensions.Nesta’s recommendation stems from analysis in the report. The report argues that the current structure of the knowledge economy means that its biggest firms are among the highest valued in the world but that its benefits are only felt by small numbers of people and places.It calls for revolutionising the way small businesses and entrepreneurs access funding, technology and advanced productive practices to support their growth; giving citizens greater ownership and control over companies and personal data; creating a new social inheritance fund; using new tools to increase democratic participation, and creating the basis for a strong independent civil society and trade unions equipped for the future.Nesta believes the proposal for lifelong learning budgets for every working adult would go some way to providing everyone with a means of accessing the economic opportunities offered by new technologies and business models.The foundation points to France as one example, where the Compte Personnel de Formation (individual training account) credits full-time workers with 24 hours of training per year worked, up to a maximum of 150 hours. This model, it suggests, could be extended to provide support for other expenses associated with learning, similar to those provided to people doing jury service. It could be funded from increases in inheritance tax receipts.Report co-author, Madeleine Gabriel, Nesta Head of Inclusive Innovation, said:“Last week’s university admissions scandal in the USA underlines two things – the fact that an undergraduate education at a top university can be make-or-break in determining how our careers pan out, and the role that wealth plays in shaping people’s opportunities.“If we want a knowledge economy that benefits everyone, we need to change both these things. With technology moving so fast, we can’t expect our learning to be complete by age 21. We’ll need to develop new skills throughout our lives. AI and other technologies will disrupt many industries, creating huge opportunities for economic gain but we need to face up to the insecurity this will cause for those without the wealth to take advantage.“We can help tackle this problem by ensuring funding for learning follows individuals, not just institutions. Lifelong learning funded from inheritance tax is just one way that we can make sure that the wealth of one generation creates opportunities for everyone in the next, not just the lucky few.” Tagged with: Funding researchcenter_img Use inheritance tax to fund education for workers, says Nesta AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6  126 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6last_img read more

Rathkeale youth are getting ready to ROAR

first_imgNewsCommunityRathkeale youth are getting ready to ROARBy Liam Togher – May 1, 2014 741 THE new Rathkeale Youth Space will be formally opened by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald later this month.This new dedicated centre will be opened on Thursday May 15 and will provide a permanent base for the Rathkeale Youth Project, which has operated out of temporary hubs up to now.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister Fitzgerald will be joined at the opening ceremony by Bishop Brendan Leahy and Rev Trevor Russell, as well as local civic and political representatives and the community of Rathkeale.Speaking ahead of the launch, Sasha Noonan of Limerick Youth Service’s Sasha Noonan said: “At the moment it is all hands on deck with young people, volunteers and staff busy preparing for the launch which our youth committee has called ROAR – Reclaim Our Amazing Rathkeale.“With the stereotyping and negative media that is often associated with Rathkeale, the young people see the launch of their Youth Space as an opportunity to give a positive and more accurate image of Rathkeale.”Joe Walsh of Limerick Youth Service added: “Rathkeale Youth Space will be a hub for youth work activities and programmes as well as open evenings and volunteer training in Rathkeale and west Limerick.“In addition to the outdoor facilities, which will be available to our young people, Rathkeale Youth Space will have three activity rooms and a dedicated Youth Café.“We’re delighted that Rathkeale will have its very own Youth Café and it promises to be a fun filled addition to the town.”The opening day celebrations run from 4pm to 7pm with a barbecue and live music WhatsApp TAGSCommunityFrances FitzgeraldJoe WalshLimerick Youth ServiceRathkealeRathkeale Youth SpaceROARSasha Noonanyouth Advertisement Twitter Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matter center_img Facebook Print Email Limerick Youth Service Calling for Additional Investment in Youth Work Sector Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Heartbroken publicans call time on their Covid lockdown Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleLimerick homeowners told ‘pay property tax or else’Next article€16.8 million for Limerick station Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing.last_img read more

Goa Assembly Speaker Agrees To Pass Orders On Disqualification Of 10 MLAs Who Moved From Congress To BJP: SG Tells Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesGoa Assembly Speaker Agrees To Pass Orders On Disqualification Of 10 MLAs Who Moved From Congress To BJP: SG Tells Supreme Court Srishti Ojha6 April 2021 4:46 AMShare This – xSupreme Court has on Tuesday been told that the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly has agreed to pass its final order regarding disqualification of the MLAs who moved from Congress to BJP. A three-judge Bench led by CJI was hearing the plea filed a plea filed by Goa Congress Chief Girish Chodankar seeking for a direction to the Goa Assembly Speaker to dispose of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court has on Tuesday been told that the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly has agreed to pass its final order regarding disqualification of the MLAs who moved from Congress to BJP. A three-judge Bench led by CJI was hearing the plea filed a plea filed by Goa Congress Chief Girish Chodankar seeking for a direction to the Goa Assembly Speaker to dispose of the disqualification proceedings expeditiously.
The Court has decided to hear the matter next on 21st April following the Speakers orders on April 20th 2021.
Initially the Court was informed by SG Mehta that the orders will be passed by the Speaker on April 29th. However the Court stated that 29th April is not acceptable to the Bench, and the Speaker be asked to dispose it soone “There cannot be such a long delay. After 24th, we cannot hear the matter. 29th April is not acceptable to this Bench.” the Bench observed”As Solicitor General you can ask him to dispose it sooner. Do you want a new Bench to hear the matter all over again?” the Bench added Further SG Mehta took instructions and informed the Court that the Speaker was ready to pass orders on 22nd April. However, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal expressed his disapproval with the date and stated that the orders must be passed atleast a week before CJI Bobde is scheduled to remit office on 24th April. He stated that in case the Speaker doesn’t pass orders on the said date, he should have enough time to argue on merits.Sibal stated that this is making mockery of the whole procedure. The Court had recorded in its statement in Feb that the Speaker will dispose it off on 26th Feb. He added that even though the orders have been reserved, the Speaker has not pronounced it since 26th Feb till now.
The Bench observed that even after being asked again, the Speaker has said he can pass orders only on 22nd April. “We have put it to him, he is saying he’ll pass orders on 22nd. We don’t know what to do.” CJI said.Sibal responded by saying that the Court cannot be helpless in these matters.”I won’t be able to argue the merits if he doesn’t pass order. It’s unfair. He hasn’t been passing orders!” Sibal said.At this juncture, the Bench asked SG Mehta to get instructions as to whether the Speaker can pass orders on April 20th. SG Mehta informed the Court that the Speaker has agreed to pass orders on 20th April .”My apologies, while representing Constitutional machineries we have to do this.” SG said “We are more conscious of this than you are.” the Bench respondedThrough the present plea, Girish Chodankar approached the Court submitting that despite express orders from the Supreme Court on 11 August, 2020 that the plea should be listed after two weeks, the plea was not being listed by the Supreme Court Registry.
The petition, filed against the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly and ten MLAs, states that the MLAs had shifted from Congress to BJP. Accordingly, a disqualification petition was filed against them for defection before the Speaker. However, despite the same having been filed in 2019, the plea is yet to be heard.
On 11 August, 2020, a Bench headed by CJI Bobde ordered for the listing of the matter after a period of two weeks. Chodankar, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President, then approached the Court in November, submitting in his plea that despite being listed in the tentative hearing list 18 times since August 2020, his plea never made it to the final list.

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High school students gift new clothes to bullied classmate in video

first_imgTwann Lovee/Facebook(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — A Memphis high school student who was bullied for wearing the same thing day after day has a new set of clothes and sneakers thanks to the generosity of two of his classmates.A video of the students, Kristopher Graham and Antwann Garrett, presenting the gift to Michael Todd, a freshman who is new to the Memphis-area school, has attracted attention online. In it, the two boys, whose backs are to the camera, unpack a bag full of things and present them to Todd, as several female students look on.On social media, people reacted to the video using the hashtags #stopbullying and #bekind. People who want to help can send donations to MLK College Preparatory in Memphis, Tennessee.In interviews with local media, Todd said he had endured taunts for weeks. Graham and Garrett said they texted one another about what each could spare, and surprised Todd by the lockers.One in five high school students reported being bullied on school property, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said in 2018. The CDC says bullying can manifest itself in physical behavior, like pushing, as well as teasing, name calling and excluding someone from social situations.While overall rates of bullying have stayed consistent, cyber-bullying has been sharply on the rise.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

First responders talk about the often-hidden pain and trauma of working in a pandemic

first_imgCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. iStock/Motortion(NEW YORK) — For Neda LaFuente, everyday moments with her family are not only precious, but they also play a vital role in her job.“They say, as paramedics, your most important time is your downtime … because that keeps us healthy,” she told “Nightline.” “If we have a healthy life outside of work then we can maintain a healthy life at work.”The 42-year-old has been working as an EMT for almost 20 years. She’s a field commander in the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Unit and her team is on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in their corner of Texas.When she’s not responding to calls, LaFuente volunteers as a team leader in the department’s peer support group. For medics like her, the group is a critical way to process the traumatic situations they often encounter on the job. The group’s goal is to destigmatize the mental health crises they often face, and not just in the field.“As a leader, my job is to serve not only the patients but [also] to serve my paramedics and my medics, so I just focus on one task at a time,” LaFuente said.In the early mornings, as she says goodbye to her husband and her nearly 2-year-old son, she says she thinks “about making sure that my day is as safe as possible so that I can come back.”Her fears are more than valid. In Austin, over 50,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported since December. And last month in March, Governor Greg. Abbot lifted the mask order.The policies around COVID-19 directly impact the lives of medics like LaFuente. Their work is twofold: caring for others while also making sure they care for themselves.“It’s hard as a medic to look at yourself and say, ‘Hey, I need help,’” she said. “We go to the extreme and then we realize that our limb is broken and we need to get help, too.”Daniel Owens, a field medic who is also with Austin-Travis County Emergency Services, says it’s “one of the most fulfilling jobs that you can absolutely do.” But he admitted, “in full transparency, it’s a profession that really does kind of tear at you.”Owen said he often thinks about the people he was able to help on the job and its this sentiment that makes the job meaningful.“You run certain 911 calls where you know that you absolutely made a difference, and you realize that, at that point in time, you were able to perform an intervention that may have saved someone’s life,” he said.Owens and his partner, Andre Thompson, have been working in emergency services since before the pandemic began, and their experience shows.“You get up and you come to work and anything can happen. A workday could turn out in a million different ways,” Thompson, a field paramedic at the department for over 11 years, told “Nightline.”In March 2020, Owens made the difficult decision to move away from his wife Jessica and their two boys, ages 6 and 4, in order to keep them safe from the risk of contracting COVID-19, which his patients might expose him to at any time.“When Jessica and the kids left, we decided we’d just ride out — two or three weeks until things kinda got under control. Things never got under control,” he said.Returning home to his boys made his hard days at work more bearable, Owens said.“If you want to feel like a million bucks after you have just a horrible, cruddy shift, come home to two boys who think that you’re just the man who hung the moon,” he said. “[They] just think that you’re an absolute hero… They are just happy that you’re home.”During the hard times, Owens said he leaned on counsel from his father, who was a firefighter for more than 30 years.“He’s the reason I am in this occupation. I just kind of followed in his footsteps,” Owens said. “So, dad understands my stories when I talk to him about work because he lived it, too, and he carries a lot of burdens from … years of being a first responder as well.”Owens said the overwhelming changes to his job and personal life over the last year came as an onslaught.“Everything about our profession, and how we responded to very basic 911 calls, changed,” he said. “We’re dealing with picking up extra shifts because we’re now short-staffed with multiple coworkers … experiencing COVID-19 of their own, and we are now experiencing life with daily COVID-positive patients,” he said.While many of their calls are for suspected COVID-19 cases, they must be cautious to treat seemingly unrelated cases as possible COVID-19 exposures, too.“You can run a stabbing victim — boom, they have COVID,” Thompson said. “So, even people who have other kinds of complaints may still have COVID and be contagious. So our safety is a bigger concern.”Owens said they were just beginning to grasp their new responsibilities during the pandemic when the country was rocked by a reckoning on racial inequality.“Not only were we dealing with this pandemic that was going on, but now we also had political unrest,” Owens said. “Every single 911 call you do, someone is judging your performance, whether it’s the public, it’s your bosses, it’s your coworkers.”He says that having Thompson by his side has helped him navigate a world he couldn’t understand.“It is very rare to have a Black paramedic,” Owens said. “Only 3% of our paramedic workforce is Black, and so, for Andre and I to go into calls, especially into Black homes, you see a difference.”“It makes a huge difference in the quality of health care, I wish people could understand how important that is and why representation is so needed in a critical way,” Owens added.Thompson said working with Owens has been a “mind-expanding experience.”“He’s a white guy from rural Texas and then I am me,” Thompson said. “So the conversations we’ve had, some of the perspectives that he has are things that I would never have considered.”Both of the first responders agreed that these conversations are just the beginning for truly understanding the long-held pain and trauma in this country.“We are pretty open with what we talk about and nobody gets hurt feelings. Yeah, we both say what we need to say,” Thompson said.And with a job that is physically and mentally exhausting, there is also a pain from their work that’s rarely discussed.“We can’t call 911 because we are 911. There’s no backup,” Owens said. “We have created this false machismo. If you start having cumulative stress, it’s because you are weak. For most medics in the profession, it’s going to come at a great cost.”In 2015, two Austin medics died by suicide. In response, the department launched the peer support program, one of several initiatives focusing on mental health and wellness.Tania Glenn, Psy.D., specializes in treating severe stress and trauma. She’s worked with first responders in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Sept. 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. “When you take a human being, and you put them in the worst days of people’s lives, and they see the worst things happening to innocent people, and they see awful things and tragedy and accidents and death and destruction, it does take a toll,” she said.Glenn launched the paramedic peer support program in Austin and several other cities across the country.“First responders will not go to therapy if there’s a paper trail, if there’s a diagnosis attached to their name,” Glenn said. “I proposed this program to put my practice on a separate contract with the specialty of dealing with first responder issues, and that I would submit an invoice once a month with no names on the invoice.”She said her number one focus is “mitigating those traumas so that it doesn’t become post-traumatic stress disorder,” and then helping the medics cope with the burnout while trying to keep it all in perspective.Owens explained that many of his colleagues want to stay anonymous because “there is that fear that somebody is going to hold your struggles against you in a professional setting.”“A peer support team creates this bubble of trust. Because it’s someone who works in the same profession as you,” Owens said. “It’s someone who is not going to go on an administrative tear and try to take away your job.”“Post-traumatic stress disorder is when an individual is exposed to a stress trauma [that’s] so extreme it’s beyond their human coping capacity,” Glenn explained.Glenn said that while the country has made some progress in the way mental health is discussed and understood, it still has a long way to go.“I think that the more we do education and awareness and normalizing mental health issues, the better we all get at understanding what that is,” she said.LaFuente said that at one point in her career, she experienced symptoms of PTSD. She says she was able to better cope with the stress and trauma that had compounded after talking to Glenn.“When my son was born, something turned on inside of me where I was constantly anxious and looking for things that may happen,” she said. “I’ve been on lots of calls where the baby died because the parent slept while they were holding their baby, and then whoever wanted to hold my baby, I would watch them. I couldn’t get my eyes off them because I was afraid they’ll fall asleep even though it was broad daylight.”LaFuente said the anxiety caused her to begin asking her family and friends if it was normal since she was a first-time mom.“They had to bring it to my attention. They said, ‘Out of the thousand times that somebody does something, you see that one time where it went wrong,’” LaFuente said.LaFuente also has an additional layer of stress: She’s one of the very few women leading a team in a field traditionally dominated by men.“Statistically, being a woman and being a woman of color, I’m outnumbered,” LaFuente said. “As a woman, your voice has to be a little stronger and you have to have a little bit more of a presence to get that attention. And it’s not just from our department; it’s society in general.”For LaFuente and her fellow front-line heroes, success isn’t just measured in how many lives they save, but how they maintain their own.Owens has been working toward building that balance for other first responders. Over the past three years, he said he’s volunteered his time as the executive director of the Association of Texas EMS Professionals, lobbying to ensure EMS professionals are “recognized and represented at all levels.”last_img read more