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HDATS Mag Introduces: “Nailwood®” International Nail Covering System

HDATS Mag Introduces: “Nailwood®” International Nail Covering System

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Nailwood® International Nail Covering System is a natural wood based nail covering system that replaces Acrylic, Sculptured, Gel, Fiberglass, and Silk nail systems.

Nailwood® reinforces nail stress points.
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Nailwood® grows out natural nails stronger.
Nailwood® covers cracks.
Nailwood® reduces breaking.
Nailwood® is used to repair nails for natural manicure customers.
Nailwood® is used as a nail covering, cap, or overlay for natural nails.
Nailwood® is also used for artificial nails or nail extensions.
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To Order: New Kit at $395.50 (per kit) plus $15.00 international shipping fee (per kit). Make money order out to: Nailwood® c/o Tres M. Scott P.O. Box 2849 Beverly Hills, CA 90213

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Public Policy Insights for the Archdioces​e of Los Angeles – California Catholic Conference: Anti-Bullying Legislation

Roger Mahony - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Archiocese of Los Angeles)

Anti-Bullying Legislation Takes Center Stage

With more than 300 education-related bills introduced in the current two-year legislative session (2011-12), the topic of bullying in schools seems to be one of the prevailing issues on the minds of legislators.

According to a 2009 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of youth across the United States, one in five students in grades 9-12 say they were victims of bullying on school property over a one-year period. The California legislature and state school boards have frequently addressed this issue, enacting many laws and regulations requiring teacher training and enhanced penalties for students who bully others.

This session, California’s legislature has considered 10 separate bills related to bullying and pupil safety in K-12 public schools and postsecondary institutions. However, with imposing legislative deadlines and the state’s recurring fiscal limitations, only five of these bills continue to move forward.

Among those remaining, potentially the most important, is AB 746, introduced by Assembly Member Nora Campos (D-San Jose). This bill relates specifically to “cyber-bullying” and would add “the posting of messages on a social network Internet Web site” to the list of issues school districts are encouraged to address within their strategies to improve school attendance and reduce school crime and violence.

Moreover, it appears that the California legislature is not the only governing body attempting to address this issue, as the issue of bullying has also gotten nationwide attention and has even become a more global issue, with France, Mexico, and Brazil, all adopting measures related to the topic. Citing two global studies on the issue, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a 2006 report that cell phones and the Internet provide “new opportunities for bullying.”

For more information, contact Mary Samaniego, msamaniego@cacatholic.org

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A Black-American Experience & Public Policy Insights for Archdiocese of Los Angeles – California Catholic Conference

No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act Passes U.S. House

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week with strong bipartisan support (251 to 175). The bill would permanently ban federal funding of abortion and forbid federal and state and local governments from discriminating against health care providers who decline to provide, refer for or pay for abortions. It must now go to the Senate.

Calling it a “decisive step” toward protecting life, the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the news. (Read the statement.) In California, the Alliance of Catholic Health Care applauded the House for passing the measure that “will provide strong, unambiguous and permanent civil rights conscience protections to health care providers.”

“For nearly two decades, various California state agencies have threatened to compel California hospitals and health care workers to violate their consciences by forcing them to perform, participate in, pay for or refer for abortions. If passed by the Senate and signed by the president, H.R. 3 would end this discriminatory practice in California and other states,” said Bill Cox, President and CEO of the Alliance, which represents California’s four state-based Catholic health care systems and their 53 hospitals.

Read the full story here. For more information, contact Carol Hogan, chogan@cacatholic.org.

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Public Policy Insights for Archdiocese of Los Angeles – California Catholic Conference from A Black-American Experience

Plans for Expanded California Death Row Facility Scrapped

Late last week, Governor Jerry Brown cancelled plans to build a new $356 million facility at San Quentin State Prison to hold condemned prisoners. The new ‘death row’ would have housed more than a 1,000 men scheduled for execution. The state now has about 700 people condemned to die.

In his statement on the decision, the Governor cited costs: “At a time when children, the disabled and seniors face painful cuts to essential programs, the State of California cannot justify a massive expenditure of public dollars for the worst criminals.”

Blessed John Paul II, when he held the chair of St. Peter, repeatedly called for an end to the use of the death penalty. He called the death penalty “unnecessary” and a painful reminder that our “model of society bears the stamp of the culture of death, and is therefore in opposition to the Gospel message.”

Visit USCCB’s webpage Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty or read more about the concept of Restorative Justice here. For more information, contact Debbie McDermott,

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