Hospital Association: Rumors of inflated COVID-19 death count are unfounded

first_img Google+ Hospital Association: Rumors of inflated COVID-19 death count are unfounded Facebook By Network Indiana – November 16, 2020 0 247 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook Google+ This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML) There are some who believe that the death count when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic is not accurate.The rumor is that hospitals are inflating the number of people they report having died from coronavirus in order to get more money. For example, some believe that hospitals are attaching COVID-19 to the cause of death to a person killed in a car accident, when in fact the virus had nothing to do with their death whatsoever.Brian Tabor, the head of the Indiana Hospital Association, calls that whole notion “hogwash.”“It’s just not true,” he said to Indy Politics. “These are sophisticated tests that demonstrate that a person, whether or not the death was because of COVID or not, because of COVID. There’s a lab test that confirms it.”Tabor also said that any funding hospitals get, whether it is from the state or the federal government, is in no way directly tied to the number of people they report having died because of COVID-19.However, he did say that Medicare does pay more to a hospital to cover the stay of a person with coronavirus.“When a patient does have COVID, medicare does pay more, it’s about a 20-percent increase for a stay for a COVID patient compared to a regular patient,” said Tabor. “That’s something that Congress passed.”But, Tabor says that increased medicare payment does not cover the total cost of that patient’s stay. Thus, he said this is not a “lucrative endeavor” to seek out coronavirus patients when there are none. Previous articleGovernor Whitmer’s restrictions on indoor social gatheringsNext articleCromwell man killed in crash on State Road 13 Network Indiana Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Education task force wants civics lessons to take bigger priority in schools

first_img Google+ Pinterest (“old school” by alamosbasement, CC BY 2.0) Civics would be a bigger part of your kids’ school day under recommendations from an Indiana task force.The 16-member task force of educators and representatives of all three branches of government says civics should be added to Indiana’s curriculum standards when they come up for review again in five years, with civics and political science courses added to the requirements for a teaching license.Brown County Schools Superintendent Laura Hammack says civics deserves the same emphasis the so-called STEM subjects have gotten. She says civic education can be woven into how those courses are taught without adding burdens to teachers’ workloads.The task force envisions elevating civic education in ways similar to what’s been done with science and math. It suggests certifying “democracy schools,” with at least 30 schools earning that designation in five years through programs from mock trial to volunteer projects. Teachers and students could receive extra recognition for excellence in those projects.The task force recommends requiring fifth and eighth graders to complete a civic education project, getting involved in new initiatives either in their schools or in the community.Shawn Healy, who chaired Illinois’s civic education task force says there are benefits beyond civics. He says Illinois found a correlation between teaching civics, better attendance and higher grades.Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch chairs the task force, which grew out of Indiana’s biannual Civic Health Index. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Education task force wants civics lessons to take bigger priority in schools Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Previous articleIndiana Chamber of Commerce issues priority list to lawmakersNext articleHealth leaders and hospitals in Marshall County fearing the worst Network Indiana Google+ By Network Indiana – November 21, 2020 1 337 WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Press release: Parole Board chair pushes for greater transparency for parole system

first_imgProfessor Nick Hardwick, Chair of the Parole Board today called again for greater transparency of the parole system.Speaking at the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference in Nottingham, he said:“In a democratic society, surely, for confidence in that exchange to hold, justice needs to be seen to be done. Equally, most democratic societies accept that there are justifiable and necessary limits to the principle of open justice.”He continued:“The scrutiny the Parole Board has been under provides an opportunity to make positive change in the parole system. We welcome that. Whatever the results of the judicial reviews I hope the Ministry of Justice review will lead to significant change. That should include harnessing modern technology and social media to provide a much more responsive service to victims and others. We want to and can provide an explanation of our decisions while balancing that with the privacy of victims, prisoners and others involved. We would welcome a simple system that allows our decisions to be reviewed.”Find Nick Hardwick’s speech to Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference 2018 here: This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. MS Word Document, 28.4KB Nick Hardwick’s speech to Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference 2018center_img Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.last_img read more

Statement to Parliament: New measures to ensure lower emission lorries will pay less to use UK roads

first_img Euro 0-V rate from Feb 2019: £1,200 The government is today (28 March 2018) announcing new measures to change the rates paid by hauliers of less polluting lorries, as part of our plans to improve air quality across the UK.The newest lorries generate 80% less nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions than older ones. From February next year (2019), lorries that meet the latest Euro VI emissions standards will be eligible for a 10% reduction in the cost of the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) levy. Euro V and older vehicles, which do not meet these emissions standards, will pay 20% more.The HGV Road User Levy, introduced in 2014, was brought in as a first step to ensure lorries pay a charge to cover the greater wear and tear they cause to road surfaces than other vehicles. This change to the levy will incentivise the industry to choose less polluting lorries.The government will make the first changes to the levy to implement the reductions for Euro Class VI vehicles through a Statutory Instrument being laid today, with the remaining changes to increase the rates for Euro V and older vehicles expected to be included in the Finance Bill in the Autumn.Levy rates will continue to comply with the relevant maximum levels set under European law, which for Euro 0-V rates will be determined at the time of the Finance Bill.Changes to the levyNote that the following shows the maximum levy rate. Levy rates depend on vehicle weight and number of axles.Current rate: £1,000Euro VI rate from Feb 2019: £900last_img read more

Press release: Hull based retailer fined for selling rotten fruit and vegetables

first_imgA shopkeeper and his fresh produce company have been fined over £800 for displaying and selling rotten fruit and vegetables in a store in Hull.During an investigation by Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI) a number of decaying items, including rotten sweet peppers, apples, pears, red onions and radishes were found on display at Bekhal International Foods Ltd, Spring Bank, Hull.Rural Payments AgencyHorticultural Marketing Inspectors are part of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and are responsible for the enforcement of the EU marketing standards for fresh fruit, vegetables, salad crops, nuts and cultivated mushroom, throughout England and Wales. These standards will continue to be enforced after we have left the European Union.Appearing at Hull Magistrates Court on 31 May, the owner of the retail business, Mr Alaan Azadi, pleaded guilty to a quality and labelling offence related to the sweet peppers. A further four remaining offences were taken into account.FineMr Azadi was fined £250 and was ordered to pay costs of £105, a victims’ surcharge of £30 and £50 for breaking a suspended sentence. The company was fined £250 and ordered to pay costs of £105 with a £30 victims’ surcharge.Peter Bainbridge, RPA Operations Director said: The prosecution followed a series of risk-based enforcement visits and inspections, carried out by the HMI between February 2017 and July 2017.Concerted efforts were made by the HMI to work closely with Mr Azadi and his staff, with face-to-face meetings, verbal warnings and formal written notices, all aimed at achieving improved compliance from the business. Consumers should be confident that the produce they are buying is fresh and in good condition, if it is being sold to them on that basis. Our inspectors work closely with the fresh produce industry so that retailers understand the role marketing standards can play in adding real value to their business. However, that support and advice is not always heeded and when rotting goods are continuously found on display we will resort to the use of criminal sanction to bring about a required change in behaviour.last_img read more

Press release: Scotland’s space expertise key to gravitational waves study

first_imgThe UK, through the work of the University of Glasgow’s Institute for Gravitational Research and the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh, will develop the optical benches for the European Space Agency’s LISA mission (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna). These optical benches are at the core of the laser interferometry measurement system, the key technology needed to detect gravitational waves.The space observatory, planned for launch in the 2030s, will allow scientists to study these mysterious waves, improving our knowledge of the beginning, evolution and structure of the Universe. It will build on the success the LISA Pathfinder mission, which in 2016 successfully demonstrated the technology needed for LISA. It will also build on work already taking place here on Earth where UK researchers, including from STFC and the University of Glasgow, are contributing to the ongoing LIGO project that made the first detection of gravitational waves in 2015.Chris Lee, Head of Space Science at the UK Space Agency, said:“The University of Glasgow has a worldwide reputation for gravitational waves research, with the pioneering work of Professor Ron Drever in the 1960s leading to the Nobel Prize-winning detection of the waves in 2015. This new funding ensures this legacy continues with the LISA mission, alongside crucial technology innovation from the UK ATC in Edinburgh. Scotland is yet again at the heart of UK space activity.”The detection of gravitational waves in 2015 marked the start of a new era in astronomy.  First predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, these tiny ripples in the fabric of space-time are generated by cataclysmic events like the merger of black holes or neutron stars and offer an entirely new way to study the Universe.Dr Ewan Fitzsimons, who was part of the team at the University of Glasgow which developed the LISA Pathfinder optical bench and is now leading the LISA team at STFC’s UK ATC, said:“It’s a very interesting time right now – the amazing science that LIGO has enabled is showing us the potential of gravitational wave astronomy to revolutionise our understanding of the Universe. In addition, the success of the LISA Pathfinder mission, and now the commencement of work on LISA with UK participation has been excellent news.“This UK Space Agency investment will ensure that UK scientists are centrally involved in developing and utilising one of the most exciting and significant astronomy projects of the next few decades.”Dr Harry Ward, who leads the University of Glasgow’s LISA team, said:“The funding announced today sets the Glasgow and UK ATC teams firmly on the road to playing a leading role in a mission that promises to provide dramatically new insights into the nature and evolution of the Universe.“After working very hard for over 15 years to bring LISA Pathfinder to such a successful conclusion, we are very happy indeed to be so strongly supported to take the crucial next step towards LISA. This commitment from the UK Space Agency will ensure that UK technology will lie at the heart of the most revolutionary astronomy mission of the next 20 years.”Gravitational waves can be studied from space, away from ground-based ‘noise’ and measured over vast distances. LISA will be able to observe new sources invisible to the ground based gravitational wave observatories like LIGO. The LISA mission will study these gravitational waves using three spacecraft flying in a triangular configuration, separated from each other by a distance of 2.5 million km. At the heart of each spacecraft will be an interferometer.These interferometers fire laser beams between each satellite, using them to measure tiny fluctuations in the distance between the spacecraft, which arises when a gravitational wave passes by.  Although the waves are generated by massive, violent events, they are miniscule and the interferometers must measure these tiny squeezes and stretches of the light beams to a few trillionths of a metre.To support this the optical components of the interferometer must be arranged on an innovative optical bench that is thermally and mechanically isolated from any other effects apart from gravitational waves.The team at the University of Glasgow designed and built the optical bench for LISA Pathfinder with funding from the UK Space Agency and STFC, supported in the early development phase by STFC’s RAL Space.  The LISA Pathfinder mission, which launched in 2015 and ended in 2017, successfully showed that two test masses at the heart of the spacecraft could be put into a state of virtual free fall in space, under the influence of gravity alone and unperturbed by other external forces, with a precision more than five times better than originally required. The Glasgow team will build on this world-leading experience to develop the optical benches for LISA.LISA Pathfinder only used one optical bench, which the Glasgow team built by hand, while LISA will be more complex and on a larger scale, requiring up to 12 benches. STFC’s UK Astronomy Technology Centre will partner with the University of Glasgow to develop the robotic ultra-precision technology required and lead the overall design and build of the LISA optical benches. This technology will be developed specifically for LISA, but the work of the UK ATC facility in this area is expected to be of considerable interest to UK optics and photonics companies once the robotic technology is proved.The first optical bench is due to be delivered to ESA around 2030.last_img read more

News story: Minute’s silence to mark Finsbury Park Attack one year ago

first_imgA minute’s silence will be held on Tuesday 19th June 2018 at 12noon in remembrance of those who lost their lives and were affected by the Finsbury Park attack, one year ago.The silence will be marked at UK government buildings and other organisations may follow suit.last_img

Statement to Parliament: SoS, Dominic Raab statement on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union: 12 July 2018

first_imgWith your permission, Mr Speaker, I will make a statement about the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.Let me start by paying tribute to my right honourable friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden, And his Herculean efforts along with my HF the Member for Wycombe and the wider Dexeu team, To get us to this point …… in both the negotiations and the successful passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill. It is a striking achievement.My RHF is a loss to Government, but I suspect … with the mildest apprehension … a considerable gain to this House.Shortly, we will publish the government’s White Paper on the UK’s Future Relationship with the European Union.It is a new and detailed proposal for a principled, pragmatic and ambitious future partnership between the UK and the EU, in line with the policy agreed at Chequers last week.I am placing a copy of the White Paper in the Libraries of both Houses, but let me briefly set out the key proposals.Mr Speaker, the Government is determined to build a new relationship that works for both the UK and the EU,One grounded in our shared history, But which looks to a bright and ambitious future. A relationship that delivers real and lasting benefit to both sides.First, Mr Speaker the White Paper confirms that the UK will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, forging a new way in the world – outside the Single Market, outside the Customs Union.It safeguards the constitutional and economic integrity of the UK.It reclaims the UK’s sovereignty. And it protects our economic interests, by minimising the risk of disruption to trade.Mr Speaker, it delivers on the instruction we received loud and clear from the British people – to take back control of our laws, our borders, and our money.In delivering on this vision, the Government proposes an innovative and unprecedented economic partnership, Maintaining frictionless trade through a new UK-EU free trade area for goods underpinned by a common rule book,Covering only those rules necessary to provide for frictionless trade at the border.This will support business, And meet our shared commitments to Northern Ireland and Ireland, Avoiding recourse to the so-called ‘backstop solution’.A key component of this will be our proposal for a Facilitated Customs Arrangement (FCA), a business-friendly model that removes the need for new routine customs checks and controls between the UK and the EU, Whilst enabling the UK to control its own tariffs to boost trade with the rest of the world.We want a deep and comprehensive deal on services, based on the principles of international trade. Our approach minimises new barriers to service provision, Allowing UK firms to establish in the EU and vice-versa, And it provides for mutual recognition of professional qualifications.On financial services, we propose a new economic and regulatory approach with the EU that will preserve the mutual benefits of our uniquely integrated markets, While protecting financial stability.And, critically, the autonomy of our own rule-making.Crucially, our proposals on services provide the UK with regulatory flexibility in the sector… including our dynamic, innovative and digital sectors …. which will, in turn, open up new possibilities in relation to trade with the wider world.Mr Speaker, as we leave the EU, free movement of people will come to an end. We will control the number of people who come to our country.We will assert stronger security checks at the border. The Government will also seek a reciprocal mobility arrangement with the EU,In line with the approach we intend to take with other key trading partners around the world.In practice, having ended free movement, this is about enabling firms to move their top talent across border to deliver services,Facilitating travel without a visa for tourism and business trips,And making sure that our students and youngsters, in the UK and EU, Continue to benefit from the educational opportunities in universities, colleges and indeed the rich tapestry of cultural life across the continent.Next, Mr Speaker, the White Paper addresses Europe’s security, which has and will remain the UK’s security. This is why the Government has made an unconditional commitment to maintain it.The Government’s proposal is for a new security partnership with the EU to tackle the shared, complex and evolving threats, Enabling the UK and EU to act together on some of the most pressing global challenges.It is important that the UK and EU can continue operational cooperation on law enforcement and criminal justice to keep people safe across Europe.Our proposals extend to other areas of cooperation of vital importance to the UK and EU, including the continued protection and exchange of personal data, new arrangements on fishing, and cooperative accords on science and innovation, culture and defence research.Mr Speaker, when we leave the EU, the European Court will no longer have jurisdiction over this country. At the same time, we need to be able to interpret what we have agreed accurately and consistently,And manage any future bones of contention sensibly and responsibly.Our proposals provide for proper accountability and the consistent interpretation of UK-EU agreements by both parties.We envisage resolving disputes that may arise through arbitration,Which is fair, balanced and reflective of global practice.And to provide the foundation for an enduring new relationship, the agreement must be flexible enough to enable us to review and – if necessary – revise its operation over time, in the best interests of this country,As is common in free trade agreements across the world.Finally Mr Speaker I would like make one thing very clear. We will not sign away our negotiating leverage, or spend taxpayers’ money in return for nothing.The financial settlement, which was agreed in December – substantially lower than EU demands – was agreed on the basis that it would sit alongside a deep and mutually beneficial future partnership.We agreed that we would meet our commitments ‘as they fall due’, With ever declining payments over a finite period, which add up to a tiny fraction of what would have been our net contribution.Both sides have been clear nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.Indeed, that is in keeping with the spirit of Article 50.There should be a firm commitment in the Withdrawal Agreement requiring the framework for the future relationship to be translated into legal text as soon as possible.And of course if one party fails to honour its side of the overall bargain, there would be consequences for the whole deal.For our part, today, the UK Government is demonstrating, with good faith, and good will, our ambition and resolve to ensure we build that deep and special partnership, with the publication of this White Paper.Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister first outlined a blueprint for a deep and special relationship with the EU at Lancaster House, and expanded it further in her speeches in Florence, Munich and at Mansion House.Those speeches have shaped, and they continue to shape, our negotiations with the EU. I am confident that a deal is within reach, given the success of the Prime Minister and her negotiating team so far.Most issues under the Withdrawal Agreement have by now been resolved, With a deal in place to secure the rights of over three million EU citizens living in the UK and around a million UK citizens living in the EU.And we have agreed a time-limited implementation period which gives businesses, governments and citizens the certainty to plan their lives, and invest for the future.We will shortly publish a White Paper on the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill, setting out how we will give effect to the Withdrawal Agreement in domestic law and demonstrating to the EU that the UK is a dependable negotiating partner, One that will deliver on its commitments.So Mr Speaker, our discussions with the EU will squarely focus on our shared future. This White Paper sets out how we can achieve that new partnership.Now, it is time for the EU to respond in kind. We approach these negotiations with a spirit of pragmatism, compromise and indeed friendship.I hope, I trust that the EU will engage with our proposals in the same spirit,And I plan to meet Michel Barnier next week to discuss the detail in person.At the same time, Mr Speaker, the government is preparing, in the event that that spirit of pragmatism and goodwill is not reciprocated.And on Monday, I spoke with my right honourable friend, the Prime Minister.We agreed to step up our planning for a no-deal scenario, So that the UK is ready for Brexit … no matter what the outcome of these negotiations. It is the responsible thing for a Government to do.Mr Speaker, this White Paper sets out the right Brexit deal:Delivering on the result of the referendum, taking back control over our money, laws and borders.Supporting the economy By maintaining a strong trading relationship after we have left.Ending free movement,Whilst avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, or indeed between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.Restoring the sovereignty of Parliament and the authority of the UK Supreme Court.Seizing the opportunity to forge new trade deals around the world.And maintaining cooperation with the EU in many other areas we prize, including security co-operation to keep our people safe.This is our vision for a bold, ambitious and innovative new partnership with the EU.Principled and practical,Faithful to the referendum,It delivers a deal that is good for the UK, and good for our EU friends,And I commend this statement and the White Paper to the House.last_img read more

News story: Joint UK-Qatari Typhoon squadron stands up as defence relationship deepens

first_imgDefence Secretary Gavin Williamson hosted the Amir Of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani at the standing up ceremony of the UK-Qatar Joint Typhoon Squadron today (24th July).The event, held at Horse Guards, marked an important milestone in the two countries’ defence relationship and included defence talks to further strengthen the close partnership between the UK and Qatar.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Qatar remains a close and important friend to the UK and it is the only nation with which we have a joint squadron. This requires a level of trust, born from our long-shared history and our commitment to a shared future. Our formidable Typhoon jets will boost the Qatari military’s mission to tackle challenges in the Middle East, supporting stability in the region and delivering security at home. As part of the multi-billion-pound contract to supply Qatar with 24 Typhoon aircraft 9 Hawk T2 aircraft, No.12 Squadron will integrate Qatari personnel, including pilots and ground-crew, from 2019. The personnel will be initially stationed at RAF Coningsby, and then in Qatar, undertaking a package of training and co-operation with their UK counterparts. It represents a unique initiative, and not since the Second World War and the Battle of Britain has the RAF formed a squadron with another nation.The Joint Squadron will provide the Qatari Amiri Air Force (QAAF) with valuable experience operating the aircraft and speed up their preparation for when the first QAAF Typhoon are delivered in 2022.At the ceremony at Horse Guards, the Amir also received his Sandhurst Medal, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of his graduation from the Academy. The ceremony celebrated the historic and enduring links between UK and Qatari defence training academies.The two countries share mutual interests in countering violent extremism, and ensuring stability in the region, and this formation will further reinforce those ties by helping to prevent terrorism from spreading and protecting the prosperity and security of the UK at home.last_img read more

News story: CMA refers merger of credit score providers for in-depth investigation

first_imgExperian and ClearScore provide credit-score checking in the UK. These services allow people to understand their finances, and choose loans and credit cards online.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that Experian and ClearScore are the two largest credit checking firms and each other’s main competitors. Its initial (phase 1) investigation identified concerns that the merged company would be less likely to innovate to help people better understand their finances, potentially leading to people paying more for credit cards and loans.Therefore, earlier this month, the CMA said it would refer the deal for an in-depth (phase 2) investigation unless Experian offered acceptable ways to address the CMA’s competition concerns.Experian has chosen not to offer proposals to address the CMA’s concerns and so the merger will now be referred for an in-depth investigation by an independent group of CMA panel members. The deadline for the final decision is 14 January 2019.Further information about the investigation will be published on the case page.last_img read more