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

News story: Blazing a Trail with National Apprenticeship Week 2019

first_imgThe 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week, which will run from 4 to 8 March 2019, is a great opportunity to highlight the fantastic opportunities that an apprenticeship brings to employers, individuals and the economy.The ‘Blaze a Trail’ theme will feature throughout the week to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships to employers, individuals, local communities and the economy.As in previous years NAW2019 will see a range of activities and events being hosted across the country. We want to change the perceptions people have on what an apprenticeship is and who takes them up to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to take up an apprenticeship.The week will also show the number of high quality of apprenticeships opportunities available at all levels around the country in a huge variety of sectors such as aviation engineering, finance and policing.Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: National Apprenticeship Week 2018 was record-breaking, with 780 events taking place across England. The ambition of delivering a 10,000 talks movement – #10kTalks – to inspire the next generation of apprentices was exceeded, reaching over 33,500 people in over 300 schools across the country.A further 130 schools hosted teacher-to-teacher talks, reaching an additional 2,300 adults, to support them to talk to their students about apprenticeships. The Big Assembly reached 20,000 young people with a live video stream, showcasing apprentices and employers sharing their apprenticeships stories.Events also took place to celebrate International Women’s Day, apprenticeships diversity and a launch event with the BBC and Sutton Trust included the announcement of a new ground-breaking apprenticeship programme.Richard Hamer, Education & Skills Director, BAE Systems added: Keith Smith, director, Education and Skills Funding Agency said: We have always supported National Apprenticeship Week. It’s a great, focussed way to showcase the many benefits of apprenticeships. For National Apprenticeship Week 2019 we will be celebrating our apprentices’ achievements through our own internal apprenticeship awards. We’ve been a ‘trailblazer’ in developing new standards across the engineering sector and were delighted to hear that the theme for this year is ‘Blaze a Trail’. We have 2000 apprentices in learning and for 2019 will be recruiting more advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships across a wide variety of apprenticeship standards. More information on National Apprenticeship Week 2019 will be available before Christmas. Follow @Apprenticeships on Twitter and National Apprenticeship Service on LinkedIn to keep up to date. I want the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week to be the biggest and most successful, yet. The theme for this year: Blaze a Trail is at the heart of what apprenticeships are all about. I really hope our partners feel as excited about it as we do and, like previous years, they will can get fully behind the Week. We want everyone to consider hosting an event or activity so more people get to see and hear about the huge benefits apprenticeships can bring to employers, individuals and local communities. Blazing a trail is what being an apprentice is all about and will be our theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2019. Because that’s what’s happening up and down the country – apprentices and employers blazing a trail. I want everyone to recognise the change that apprenticeships can bring – for employers blazing a trail to new markets, apprentices to new career opportunities and for colleges and training providers raising the skills levels for everyone.last_img read more

Pages out of time

first_imgStudents, here’s today’s assignment: Write a paper that weaves together a slab of trilobite fossils, a Polaroid camera, a Bedouin coffee urn, and an 18th-century pocket watch the size of a duck egg.Actually, Sara J. Schechner has already done that. She and a few friends have assembled a multivenue exhibit called “Time & Time Again.” Through the lens of such craftily juxtaposed artifacts, the exhibit jars viewers into thinking about how time is measured and how conceptions of it change across cultures and epochs.In the exhibit, which will run through Dec. 6, viewers start in the second-floor Science Center gallery at Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. They can follow “time trails” by map or app to four other venues within Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Despite its 30-plus stations in five buildings, the exhibit conveys just a few basic messages: that time is not just about clocks, that measuring time through the ages has been arbitrary, and that time measures the social as well as the practical.Time “is not just about science and mechanisms,” said Schechner, the collection’s David P. Wheatland Curator. Conceptions of time vary across cultures, she said. Time has ties to the worlds of work, worship, music, memory, and to conceptions of life and death. Some time markers come from human artifice, and others from nature.Illustration for the “Sunwatch,” a portable sundial that never needs winding, Ansonia Clock Co., New York, c. 1930. Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments/Harvard UniversityTrilobites are index fossils that help geologists to measure deep time. In this case, they serve as markers of the Middle Cambrian Period 510 million years ago. The Polaroid camera, Edwin Land’s personal “Swinger” model, illustrates how people have attempted to preserve time, especially since the invention of the photograph and the phonograph. The Bedouin coffee urn reminds viewers that despite the press of time, people have learned to break from it, too.Then there is that 1724 pocket watch, 2 inches thick. It’s a reminder that along the way humankind moved gradually from measuring time by the sun and the moon to measuring it by mechanical means. (Weight-driven clocks appeared in the 13th century, domestic timepieces around 1400, and pocket watches for the rich in 1575.)Time was the province of the circadian, the celestial, and the seasonal, since earlier agricultural ages looked to the heavens for temporal reliability. Then, beginning in the 13th century, time became a thing measured by weights and springs and gears — though whimsically decorated pocket sundials remained in vogue. Today, time is measured with astonishing precision by atomic clocks. (The exhibit includes a hydrogen maser clock, circa 1960. It’s the size of a water heater.)The idea behind the exhibit was “to tell a more interesting and fuller story” of time, said Schechner. Hence the juxtapositions she had so much fun arranging in the last year. The trilobites, which measure geological time, are in a glass case near Sioux amulets, each containing a dried umbilical cord. Given to children to guard against evil, the amulets represent time as measured by rites of passage, like birth, puberty, marriage, and death. Not far from a line of pocket watches are examples of how nature tells time: tree rings, whorls on a turtle shell, or lines on a clam shell — the slow-growing housing for creatures that can live 500 years.Beaded, turtle-shaped umbilical amulet worn by a young Lakota Sioux girl to mark a rite of passage, late 19th to early 20th century. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology/Harvard UniversityMore will be added to the exhibit over the next eight months or so. A series of time-related lectures, panels, and concerts is planned.“The bottom line is: I want people to think of time differently,” said Schechner. “I hope to challenge people in a positive way to re-examine the way they experience time in their lives.” What comes from nature, and what comes from culture? What do other cultures do that is different or the same? She pointed to a 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablet on which a Sumerian brewer listed monthly expenses for barley.Nearby were timesheets filled out during work on an 18th century canal. “You keep your books — that hasn’t changed,” said Schechner, who counts among her specialties the myriad world of sundials. (Harvard has the largest collection in North America.)“Time & Time Again” is a celebration of material culture. It echoes “Tangible Things,” a 2011 multi-venue exhibit at Harvard that revealed history through resonant objects — and that was paired with a related Gen Ed course. (Look for another, on time, this fall.) In both exhibits also, other Harvard museums were collaborators.Why the theme of time this time? “We were trying to find a topic that would reach across to other museums,” said Jean-François Gauvin, Director of Administration for the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.To get to time artifacts at the other Harvard museums, exhibit visitors use either the exhibit’s printed map or an app from Google or iTunes. (It was developed by Juan Andres Leon, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the History of Science and the collection’s digital projects manager.)The exhibit provides material lessons in how plastic the idea of time has been. To North American Indians, time had no beginning or end. To early farmers, time was simply cyclical, marked by the seasons. With the rise of cities in the 14th century, time was increasingly seen as an unstoppable line, a finite entity that was not to be wasted.The exhibit also shows how time is the creature of politics. In 45 B.C., Julius Caesar revised the solar calendar devised by Egyptians 3,000 years before. He moved the start of the year from January to March and named a month, July, after himself — giving it 31 days. Not to be left out, the Roman Emperor Augustus went on to do the same, naming one month August and stealing days from February to get his 31 days.Some reforms stick fast, like July and August. During the French Revolution, days were ruled to be only 10 hours long, with each hour divided into 100 minutes.No matter how you measure it, the exhibit reminds viewers, time comes to end. Some artifacts depict versions of religious apocalypse, and others lament the finitude of personal time. In “Death and the Standing Naked One,” a 1547 engraving, a young women is grappled by a skeletal figure of death. At her feet is an hourglass.Nearby is a page from a Houghton Library emblem book. It reads, “Live ever mindful of thy dying, for time is always from thee flying.”Time as a reminder of death: Painting of the end of time by Beatus of Liébana in “Commentarius in Apocalypsin.” Visual Collections/Harvard Fine Arts Librarylast_img read more

Friendly Summer Projects

first_imgHot summer days are perfect for home projects. But be careful not to damage theenvironment.”Summer is a great time to enjoy Georgia’s abundant natural resources,” said Wayne McLaurin, an Extension Service horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Butremember, one person’s carelessness can cause environmental problems for all of us.”Using bug repellents, applying lawn or garden chemicals, changing the oil in your caror disposing of garbage all pose an environmental risk.”When using insecticides, always read the labels carefully. And followdirections,” McLaurin said. “Using too much could cause damage, while using toolittle could be ineffective and require additional applications.”Even products labeled as natural or safe for the environment are still chemicals. Usethem with caution. Check product labels for the proper way to dispose of empty containers.If you change the oil in a car, lawn mower, boat or other engines, collect and disposeof it properly.”It’s illegal to dump oil on the ground or driveway,” McLaurin said.”Just a little bit of oil can contaminate a lot of water. One quart of oil cancontaminate thousands of gallons of water.”Most service stations and some auto parts stores now accept used motor oil forrecycling.Open burning is against the law most places in Georgia unless you have a permit. Ifyou’re planning on clearing brush, try to find a place to pile it and allow it todecompose naturally.”Brush piles are sites for wildlife to seek cover and use for homes. Organicmatter is too valuable to take up landfill space,” McLaurin said.Don’t clean your yard by washing everything down the storm drain. Storm drains emptydirectly into a body of water. And everything that goes into them ends up in the water.”Remember, street flooding often is caused by construction materials, branches andso forth clogging the drains,” McLaurin said. “Plus, plants and wildlife can beharmed by paints, fertilizers, pesticides and oil washed down the drain.”To learn more on safely handling pesticides and other tips on protecting theenvironment, contact your county Extension Service office.last_img read more

Top 3 recovery strategies for credit unions

first_imgWhen you start to think about Credit Union DR Strategies it can be overwhelming. It was hard to identify just 3 of the many strategies needed but here is my top 3  disaster recovery strategies for credit unions.Strategies:CommunicationsSystem(s)/Data RecoveryNetwork ConnectivityCommunications is key in many ways and there are so many channels that can be used. Internal communications are used to help in the recovery efforts. External communications are used to notify members of impacted services and media notification so you get your story out before the rumor mill starts churning and people start making up stories about what happened. Identifying the most common ways your credit union communicates will help determine which channels (voice, email, SMS, website, social media, etc.) to focus your recovery efforts. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sprawling luxury home was the most expensive property sold in QLD in the past week

first_img40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs, sold for $2m at auction on Saturday.THIS resort-style suburban Brisbane home was the most expensive property sold in Queensland in the past week.It sold at auction for $2m over the weekend according to a CoreLogic list of top sales out today.The four bedroom, two bathroom, six car garage home at 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs, sits on a massive 2.5 acre site.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe home has a resort feel from the get-go. The home is designed around garden rooms.Called ‘Mandala’, it was marketed by agents Sonya Treloar and Lauren Phair of Ray White Bridgeman Downs “not just a magnificent home, clever in design and perfectly executed, but also an oasis of multiple water features set among award-winning gardens”.Fully secure with gatehouse, back to base security and high fencing, the home was said to have “pathways, gardens, arbours and stonework that will leave you breathless”. The home is named “Mandala” after a spiritual symbol that represents the universe. 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs. Water and pergolas enhance the holiday feel.last_img read more

EU sets out plan for investor sustainability disclosure rules

first_imgThe European Parliament and EU member states have reached a political agreement on the so-called disclosure regulation that forms part of the European Commission’s sustainable finance plan, it was announced today.According to a statement from the EU Council, the EU member states body, the text that was agreed today requires institutional investors to disclose:the procedures they have in place to integrate environmental and social risks into their investment and advisory processes;the extent to which those risks might have an impact on the profitability of the investment; andwhere they claim to be pursuing an environmentally friendly strategy, information on how this strategy is implemented and the sustainability or climate impact of their products and portfolios.The Council said the proposed regulation “should in practice limit possible ‘greenwashing’, or “the risk that products and services which are marketed as sustainable or climate friendly in reality do not meet the sustainable/climate objectives claimed to be pursued”. The rules would “encourage investors to be more aware of the impact of their business on the environment”, it added.According to the Commission, the regulation is about more than disclosure. It said the new regulation set out how financial market participants and advisers must integrate environmental, social or governance (ESG) risks and opportunities in their processes. This was in addition to rules about how those financial market participants should inform investors about their “compliance” with the integration of ESG risks and opportunities.Next stepsEU ambassadors must now endorse the political agreement, and after that the European Parliament and Council will be called on to adopt the proposed regulation at the first reading.An EU press officer told IPE the agreement was a provisional political one, and that further technical work was required on the text to finalise drafting. The text should be made available when it is confirmed by the EU ambassadors.The disclosures regulation is the second of the Commission’s sustainable finance legislative proposals for which there is now political agreement. Last month agreement was reached on a low-carbon benchmarks regulation proposal.‘Delegated acts’It is not clear what was agreed, if anything, with regard to whether the regulation should allow for delegated acts under the new EU pension fund legislation, the IORP II directive.The European Commission’s proposal for the regulation, unveiled in May last year, provided for this, but the EU pension fund industry has lobbied against it.The European Parliament went into negotiations with the Council having stuck with a provision for delegated acts under IORP II, while the member states dropped it from their version.The EU press officer could not say what had been agreed about this.According to the Commission, the regulation covered five financial services sectors, including investment funds, private and occupational pensions, and individual portfolio management. It also indicated the rules were for “manufacturers of financial products and financial advisers towards end-investors”, while the Council statement referred to “financial companies” and “institutional investors, such as asset managers or insurance companies”.Aba, the German occupational pension association, argued that occupational pension funds, which have a social purpose and regularly act as users of financial market products, should not be included in the definition of financial market participants under the regulation.It has also said that pension schemes should not be defined as financial market products because they were embedded in national social and labour law. The Commission said the rules introduced ”a disclosure toolbox to be applied in the same manner by different financial market operators”.The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and the other two European supervisory authorities, plus a joint committee of these three bodies, would “ensure further convergence and harmonisation of disclosures in all the sectors concerned”, it said.last_img read more

Renovation gives Coast family home of 30 years a new lease on life

first_img56 Panorama Drive, Tweed Heads West. 56 Panorama Drive, Tweed Heads West.The master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe while the two bedrooms share a bathroom.The open lounge, kitchen, dining and living area plus a study are at the heart of the home and open out onto a wraparound deck.A lower level underneath offers dual living.It has a combined living room and kitchen, large bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and bathroom as well as a large wraparound balcony.Mrs De Luca said the property had a huge backyard that offered endless opportunities for the new owners. 56 Panorama Drive, Tweed Heads West.A FRESH lick of paint and some tender love and care has breathed new life into this much loved family home.The double-storey dual-living Tweed Heads West house has hit the market for the first time in 35 years.Owners Narelle and Tony De Luca built it in the 1980s and have lived there for almost 30 years.It has been well maintained over the years but recent improvements have given the unique property a new lease on life. 56 Panorama Drive, Tweed Heads West.Mrs De Luca said paining, installing new light fittings and upgrades outside are just some of the changes they have made recently.Its black and white palette with wood featured throughout gives it a more modern style.Mrs De Luca’s favourite feature is the black lattice that divides the kitchen and living area.“I love my lattice work,” she said. “I just thought it was different.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“People might think it’s very dated but I find it’s very appealing.”The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house sits on a 607sq m sloping block. The ground floor is the main house. 56 Panorama Drive, Tweed Heads West. 56 Panorama Drive, Tweed Heads West. 56 Panorama Drive, Tweed Heads West.“There’s room for a swimming pool and there’s room for a half tennis court,” she said.She said it would be an emotional sale as it had been their family home for so many years but it was time to move on now that their children had moved out.“It’s time for us to downsize, it’s just my husband and I,” she said.“My children will miss it because they were raised here.”The home will go under the hammer on Saturday at noon.last_img read more

Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division Recognises International Mountain Day

first_img Share Tweet Share InternationalLifestyleLocalNews Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division Recognises International Mountain Day by: – December 10, 2019 Sharecenter_img 35 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! PRESS RELEASE:                 INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY  2019Morne Trois Pitons is the second tallest mountain in Dominica. Photo credit: panoramio.comEvery December 11th, the United Nations (UN) raises awareness about the importance of mountains and focuses on the opportunities and on the development of mountains. This day also educates people in understanding the role of mountains in the environment and its impact on life. The theme of International Mountain Day 2019 is “Mountains matter for Youth”. The theme focuses on the youth so that they can come forward as active agents of change and as future leaders of tomorrow. It is necessary to educate children and people that mountains provide fresh water, clean energy, food, and recreation.Mountains are home of the 15% of the world´s population and a quarter of the world’s land animals and plants. They provide freshwater for everyday life to half of humanity. Their conservation is a key factor for sustainable development.Unfortunately, mountains are under threat from climate change and over-exploitation. As the global climate continues to warm, mountain people — some of the world’s poorest — face even greater struggles to survive. The rising temperatures also mean that mountain glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates, affecting freshwater supplies downstream for millions of people.This problem affects us all. We must reduce our carbon footprint and take care of these natural treasures.In commemoration of this day the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division has organized a hike to the Boiling Lake that includes various hiking clubs, students from the Dominica State College and members of the general public. The Division also continues its educational school awareness programs on the importance of the sustainable use of our natural resources.last_img read more

Literacy Week At The Convent High School

first_img Sharing is caring! A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. ~ Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades, 1947Photo credit: niagara.eduIn Celebration of literacy week Mrs. Sorhaindo head of the English department along with students from the Convent High School had a def poetry session.Def poetry is a form of spoken word or poetry without form. It is expressive of the individual’s rhythmic style. The best def poets personalize their pieces, interchanging their speech tones and delivery techniques. Therefore, it is not much the words they use but how it is said. In addition, def poetry is more hip pop centered, featuring celebrities in every section of the business; musicians, actors, comedians.Literacy week is important in every child’s school development and life. It promotes creativity in writing, nurturing the imagination of every child. There is no age barrier or limit in this aspect of their life. Overall, literacy week gives every child a chance to express their individuality and is held annually at the Convent High School.Here is one of the poems submitted for the CHS Literacy Week, “My Imagination” by Wynante R. Charles;Great doubt there isTo whether or not, an on or off switch is present.For in every waking hour,Every unconscious night,There seems to be a worldWhere the pain of the day,seems to fade away.My best friend,My worst enemy,Even the strangest of strangersThere is nothing I can hideFrom this all powerful force….The things I’m afraid to sayThe stuff I’m scared to doHe, She, It knows all, sees allI wonder if it wasSent directly from the Father above.For it is imagination that reassures love.Canst there be any faultAny error found in thee.Maybe. Maybe notIn truth, it’s not reality.It’s not the truthIgnorance is blissBut I prefer it than a poisonous kiss.The only one I really haveThe one who knows the other side of meIf they knew the desires that we hold,Jealousy, envy and vengeance they would attireBond by the strong bonds of twin wiresWords cannot express the solaceThat comes with the package.A bond that will last till the heavenly palace.I would cry for it.Because when the sun goes down.It’s still left around. Share Share Tweet By Dominica Vibes ColumnistJerlyn Williams EducationLocalNewsSecondary Literacy Week At The Convent High School by: – March 30, 2011 190 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more