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With regular flights still suspended, Unalaska considers emergency declaration after crash

first_imgAleutians | TransportationWith regular flights still suspended, Unalaska considers emergency declaration after crashOctober 29, 2019 by Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska Share:An effort got underway Friday, Oct. 18., to move a PenAir plane that had gone off the runway at Unalaska’s airport. One passenger died as a result of the incident. (Photo by Laura Kraegel/KUCB)Update (Wednesday, 4:27 p.m.) — Laura Kraegel, KUCB-UnalaskaUnalaska has declared a local emergency over the community’s lack of commercial air service. The Unalaska City Council unanimously approved a declaration at a special meeting on Tuesday. (Read more.)Original storyUnalaska may declare a state of emergency following a fatal plane crash on the island this month.City officials took up the idea after RavnAir Group announced that it would not resume regular flights until early November — and that even afterwards, it would fly smaller, slower planes indefinitely.Now, as the busy winter fishing season approaches, the community is trying to head off negative impacts to its economy, as well as ensure its safe and daily service.Unalaskans gather at Unalaska City Hall on Friday, Oct. 25, for a community meeting about air service. Another session was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29. (Photo by Laura Kraegel/KUCB)Unalaska is not expected to see regular commercial flights until sometime during the week of Nov. 4. If that timeline holds true, the community will have gone for about three weeks without scheduled service to and from Anchorage.“At what point do we start looking at this as a state of emergency?” asked resident Carlos Tayag at a community meeting on Friday.Tayag was one of more than a dozen people who testified about the effects of the crash and stalled flights — from family separations and missed work to canceled medical appointments and grief.“This isn’t something where people are just calling and saying, ‘We’re having travel issues out here in Dutch Harbor,’” said Tayag. “Someone died. At what point do we take this as serious as it is and ask for state help? National help?”Vice Mayor Dennis Robinson agreed the city should consider an emergency declaration. He pointed to the community’s status as the country’s biggest seafood port by volume — and the fact that crab and pollock fishing isn’t far off.“The state of emergency that we’re in is not only stranded passengers,” said Robinson. “The city of Unalaska is going to take an economic hit, because the vessels that fish here are going to have to make a decision (whether) to run to Kodiak or other ports that can get better airline service and tie their boats up there.”Beyond hurting local tax revenue, Robinson said any loss of port traffic would hit island businesses big and small. So he asked city officials and state Rep. Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham to look more specifically at how an emergency order might help.The Unalaska City Council is expected to pick up that discussion at a special meeting on Tuesday.The runway at Unalaska’s airport, photographed from Mount Ballyhoo in 2017. PenAir’s evening flight on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, went off the east end of the runway, to the left side of the photograph. (Photo by Berett Wilber/KUCB)Meanwhile, RavnAir President Dave Pflieger said Unalaska’s daily flights will resume as soon as the airline certifies its De Havilland Dash 8 aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration.“We’re doing our best to get regularly scheduled commercial service going,” said Pflieger. “Unfortunately, it just takes some time for us to get ready to do that.”The Dash 8 is set to replace the Saab 2000, which flew the route on a temporary basis.While the switch in planes has lengthened the delay, Pflieger said he stands by it.“I am the one who made the decision to stop service with Saab 2000 aircraft to Dutch Harbor,” he said. “And before I am ready to allow resumption of regularly scheduled PenAir Saab 2000 operations, I must ensure that we are ready to do (commercial flights) in the safest manner possible.”Ravn offered no timeline for reinstating the Saab 2000, which carries more passengers and cargo than the Dash 8. It also shaves times off the trip between Unalaska and Anchorage — and completes it without a refueling stop.For those reasons, resident and former mayor Frank Kelty told Pflieger that he hopes the Saab 2000s are back in operation before winter wreaks further havoc on travel.“I’m concerned if you’re going to have enough aircraft if we’re still with the Dash (by winter time),” said Kelty. “If we have weather events, which we certainly will in January or February, we don’t have the redundancy to play catch up. You’re going to have 300 or 400 people stuck in the airport — in both airports.”Ravn officials said they’re confident they’ll be able to serve the route with the Dash 8, though they haven’t said yet if the new aircraft will match the two or three daily flights provided by the the Saab 2000. It’s also unclear how much Dash 8 flights will cost in comparison — or if travelers will receive the same baggage allowances and mileage plan options.Ravn is still figuring out those details with marketing partner Alaska Airlines.Share this story:last_img read more

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Best of the Brokers for 15 December 2014

first_img Express KCS Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldcenter_img Best of the Brokers for 15 December 2014 More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com whatsapp Sunday 14 December 2014 11:05 pm To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] upgraded its rating from “buy” to “add” following an interim statement which, stated the broker, “points to improved volume and margin guidance” and “shows that Bellway’s strong and early level of investment post downturn is feeding through to top-quartile returns”.WEIR GROUPCanaccord Genuity upgraded its rating from “hold” to “buy” and dropped its target price to 2,340p from 2,725p. The broker said the valuation of the firm “looks compelling” and added: “On a six- to 12-month view, we believe the risk/reward profile is heavily skewed to reward.”CLARKSONPanmure Gordon reiterated its “buy” rating following an update on the firm’s proposed acquisition of rival shipbroker Platou. Clarksons revealed last week that Ragnar Horn, current non-executive chairman of Platou, will no longer join the company board upon completion of the deal. last_img read more

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PM Outlines Plans for Central Kingston Development

first_imgRelatedPM Outlines Plans for Central Kingston Development FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has informed that there are several project proposals that will directly impact the Central Kingston Constituency, under the Kingston Development Project, that is to be undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).He said it is proposed to establish, in the Parade Gardens area, a cultural village under the theme ‘Out of Many, One People’, to include a Taino village; an English colonial village; a colonial Spanish village; a slave and emancipation village; a plantation village; an Indian village; and a Middle Eastern village.“The residents of the Parade Gardens area will be trained to prepare cuisine of all the cultural villages. Other custom practices of the period, such as their music and their way of dress, will also be taught, with a view to re-creating the atmosphere. This will form part of the tourist attraction that can also be patronised by Jamaican residents,” Mr Golding said.The Prime Minister also informed that a diplomatic district and international financial centre, is to be established in the area bounded by Barry Street, the Caribbean Sea, Hanover Street, Water Lane, Victoria Avenue, Duke Street, Port Royal Street, and Orange Street.Mr. Golding also advised that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will be building new offices on part of the Old Myrtle Bank lands.“Other foreign missions have expressed an interest in also relocating downtown. The area delineated above will accommodate all of them,” Mr. Golding said.Other plans include the proposed establishment of a tertiary educational institution in the Rae Town Community; and the use of the prison lands, once the prison has been relocated, for a mixture of housing solutions to satisfy a range of income groups. Reclamation is also being proposed for land immediately south of the General Penitentiary, to establish a marina complex offering appropriate services, particularly for Rae Town fishermen.Mr. Golding was responding to questions posed by the Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Ronald Thwaites, yesterday (Sept.16) in the Lower House, on the development plans of the constituency, which forms part of the Kingston Development Project. RelatedPM Outlines Plans for Central Kingston Development Advertisementscenter_img RelatedPM Outlines Plans for Central Kingston Development PM Outlines Plans for Central Kingston Development UncategorizedSeptember 18, 2008last_img read more

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December Job Losses Driven by State-Enforced Shutdowns

first_imgDecember Job Losses Driven by State-Enforced Shutdowns The White HouseThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly Employment Situation Report for December 2020 last week. Employment fell by 140,000 from November to December according to the establishment survey, ending 7 consecutive months of job gains as States once again engaged in partial economic lockdowns even while COVID-19 cases proliferate amidst these shutdowns. While employment in many industries increased by 358,000, the leisure and hospitality industry-an industry which represents some of the lowest wage earners on average-experienced a loss of 498,000 jobs.Figure 1 below shows how employment in the leisure and hospitality industry has been generally more susceptible to changes in the prevalence of COVID-19 than other industries, reflecting the regressive nature of government-mandated closures, and the reduction in economic activity that occurs when individuals are subject to these restrictions. As witnessed in the early days of the pandemic, employment in the leisure and hospitality industry fell by almost 50 percent between February and April, while employment in all other industries fell by a much smaller but still substantial 10 percent.Following the economic detriment and subsequent reopening of the economy by June, employment in the leisure and hospitality industry quickly recouped over two-fifths of its losses-although growth began to grow at a diminished pace thereafter as the United States faced a summertime spike in COVID-19 cases. Despite significant gains in the leisure and hospitality industry for 7 months, it remained one of the most affected industries. In December, employment was still at only 77 percent of its February level, while employment in all other industries reached 96 percent of their February level.Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, the achievement of a vaccine renews hope to the American people that States under lockdown will lift restrictions on economic activity, and employees in the leisure and hospitality industry will soon return to work.The household survey component of the Employment Situation Report indicates that the unemployment rate remained unchanged in December at 6.7 percent. While this represents millions of Americans who remain out of work through no fault of their own-and is almost double the unemployment rate of 3.5 percent reached in February 2020-it is also less than half the peak 14.8 percent (revised) unemployment rate reached in April, vastly exceeding expectations early in the pandemic. Moreover, the unemployment rate for Black Americans fell to 9.9 percent in December, marking the first month Black unemployment fell below 10 percent since February. The unemployment rate for Hispanic Americans increased by 0.9 percentage point to 9.3 percent, likely reflecting their disproportionate representation in the leisure and hospitality industry.In the months ahead, it will be vital for policymakers to monitor trends in employment as millions of Americans seek to regain their livelihoods and their freedoms lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the urge of President Trump, extended pandemic-related relief will reach the American people in the coming months as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, signed into law on December 27.In his 2020 State of the Union address, President Trump concluded by saying, “Our spirit is still young, the sun is still rising, God’s grace is still shining, and, my fellow Americans, the best is yet to come.” As we lament the losses felt by our Nation’s workers and families, let us remember these words and continue to work on behalf of the American people. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. 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From the Chancellor: An update on campus efforts to improve anti-racism policies, resources and training

first_imgCategories:Leadership CornerCampus Community Don’t Ignore It.CU Boulder policy prohibits discrimination and harassment based on protected-class identity. All members of the campus community should report any acts involving unfair treatment, abusive words or expressions, or intimidating behavior aimed at any member of the campus community based on an aspect of identity.Get additional information on this and other types of reporting at www.colorado.edu/dontignoreit. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail I am writing with an update on how we are moving forward to enhance CU Boulder’s anti-racism and anti-harassment efforts to improve the campus experience so that all students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, feel welcome, valued and safe. I will continue meeting with student leaders through the semester to make sure I understand their perspectives as we make progress on these efforts.As a follow up to our agreement on next steps, Provost Russ Moore and Chief Operating Officer Kelly Fox and their teams have taken immediate steps to identify how we can respond to the student concerns. Over the past two weeks, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) has met with representatives of student-allied organizations. Through these meetings, ODECE has identified campus experts to address students’ concerns on how we can create a more inclusive campus environment. With this in mind, ODECE is collaborating with these student organizations to create a timeline to move their agenda forward.Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement Bob Boswell is leading the effort to bring together students and university leaders to review our current policies, procedures and training as well as where we need new or modified policies, procedures and training before the end of the fall semester. While we will begin to implement some changes in the spring, we have a goal of full implementation by August 2020. We will share additional updates on our progress through CU Boulder Today.One way you can get involved: attend the annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit on Nov. 12 and 13 in the University Memorial Center. Your voices are key to this conversation.I am thankful for all of you and your commitment to creating a welcoming and safe community for everyone on our campus.Philip P. DiStefano Chancellor Published: Oct. 18, 2019 last_img read more

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Now closer to reality: Prosthetics that can feel

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Daniel Strain • Published: May 21, 2020 Banner image: Jacob Segil poses with a (non-sensory) prosthetic device that he developed as a graduate student at CU Boulder. (Credit: CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science) Humans do a lot of things with their hands: We squeeze avocados at the grocery store, scratch our dogs behind the ears and hold our significant others’ hands. They are things that many people who have lost limbs can’t do.CU Boulder biomedical engineer Jacob Segil is working to bring back that sense of touch for amputees, including veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Segil, an instructor in the Engineering Plus Program and program director for the Center for Translational Research at CU Boulder, is part of a long-running effort to achieve the stuff of science fiction: designing artificial limbs that may one day allow amputees to feel the world around them through electronic sensors. Picture Luke Skywalker twitching after he gets poked in his robotic hand.“In my field, we have a gold standard, which is the physiological hand,” said Segil, also a research healthcare scientist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “We’re trying to recreate it, and we’re still so far off.”Far off, but closer than you might think. Through an effort led by Case Western Reserve University and the VA, Segil and his colleagues have used a unique “neural interface” to give a small number of amputees back the sense of touch in their missing fingers. In a new study, published this month in the journal Scientific Reports, the team demonstrated just how effective this sensory restoration technology can be—helping one amputee to feel his hand adopt a series of postures, such as a gesture resembling the thumbs-up sign. For Segil, who recently received a $1 million Career Development Award from the VA to continue his work, the project is a chance to use his engineering skills to help real people. Top: A human subject lifts a block using a feeling prosthetic; middle: A prosthetic hand with fingertip sensors designed by Jacob Segil in collaboration with researchers at Case Western Reserve University; bottom: A display of fingertip sensors. (Credits: Case Western Reserve University; CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science)center_img “A lot of us engineers would just be happy building stuff,” Segil said. “But as a VA researcher, your work can help the people who served our country. It’s a powerful motivator.”Body senseSegil grew up in a family of physicians and had long been fascinated by the idea of studying the human body as a machine—albeit a pretty complicated one.“It’s really just a bunch of wires and actuators, with a huge microprocessor in your head,” Segil said.That interest led him to earn his PhD in mechanical engineering from CU Boulder and to take on a postdoctoral research position split between two VA centers: the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Ohio and the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. Segil worked with biomedical engineer Dustin Tyler in Cleveland to explore the benefit of prosthetic limbs that can feel. In the 2000s, Tyler invented a way to, essentially, hotwire the human nervous system. His interface, called a nerve cuff electrode, surrounds the nerves and zaps them with electronic pulses. Adjust those signals just right, and they will travel to the brain, tricking it into thinking that it can feel fingers, even if there are no fingers to feel. “We’re tapping into that wire before it gets to the brain, and then the brain can’t tell whether it’s coming from the finger or from our artificial system,” said Tyler, a professor at Case Western and a VA researcher.To date, only four patients have undergone the surgery needed to receive that sensory feedback. But the project is a huge breakthrough in prosthetics, Segil said. He explained that while artificial hands have grown more high-tech in recent years, many amputees still choose not to use them—in large part, because these devices are numb. “All prosthetic devices that have ever been used are ‘disembodied,’” he said. “They are a tools, external to the body. They’re the equivalent of a tennis player and their racket.”In the recently published case study, Segil and his colleagues began to probe whether sensing prosthetics could do more—becoming a meaningful part of a person’s body.The researchers worked with one volunteer, a man in his 40s who had lost his arm below his elbow six years before. They fed his neural interface varying patterns of sensory information—say, cues that he was picking up a penny. The group then asked the man to, while his prosthetic was hidden from view, decide what position his hand was in from a menu of seven postures. The interface did the trick. With enough practice, the man was able to identify the seven postures with up to 95% accuracy.“When you have five points of information, the user is able to synthesize those to get a broader view of what the state of the hand is,” Tyler said.The team is still a long way from their Star Wars moment. But it’s a good start.“I think we need to go further into this embodiment space where the artificial and the physical are blurred,” Segil said. “That’s the stuff the goes beyond prosthetic limbs and redefines the interface between man and machine.”Stories to tellSegil is planning to push his mind-bending research further with his new funding, which will be split between the VA centers in Ohio and Colorado. His current work will focus on the psychology of prosthetics as much as the engineering—what will it take for amputees to think of their artificial limbs as real body parts? He also hopes that patients in Colorado will soon be able to receive their own neural interfaces.For now, the engineer takes his inspiration from people like the (anonymous) human subject who volunteered to participate in his recent study.“Every amputee has a story,” he said. “Everyone has their physical scars, but also emotional triumphs, how they get through their day-to-day. It’s a wonderful environment to work in.” Categories:Science & TechnologyHealth & SocietyNews Headlineslast_img read more

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Bayer’s digital health solutions provide women with accessible advice on endometriosis and contraception

first_img News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Bare Your PainBayerBayer Zydus Pharmacontraceptiondigital health solutionsendometriosisTanu’ Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Bayer’s digital health solutions provide women with accessible advice on endometriosis and contraception Bayer’s Bare Your Pain application and Ask Tanu chatbot aim to empower women by addressing misinformation on endometriosis and contraception, respectively WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share By EH News Bureau on January 31, 2020 Comments (0) Bayer Zydus Pharma has launched ‘Bare Your Pain’, an application to help women better manage their endometriosis, as well as ‘Ask Tanu’, a chatbot, which is the first of its kind in India to provide a reliable resource for advice on contraception and reproductive health.The ‘Bare Your Pain’ application targets a chronic and painful disease like endometriosis, which is known to affect ten per cent of women of childbearing age. About 176 million women suffer from it globally, and, of these, 26 million belong to India alone. The application will enable endometriosis patients to better manage and monitor this chronic health condition. For many women in India, visiting the doctor for regular health check-ups is not a priority. This app would help empower women with the information to manage their disease at home, and also monitor the progression, which would, in turn, help them have better discussions and outcomes whenever they visit the doctor.“Disease management plays a very important role in Endometriosis. The condition can be managed well when the patient is better aware and is able to monitor the symptoms. In many cases, the patients are unable to provide a clear description of their present condition. Digital interventions in healthcare like the Bare Your Pain application will advance awareness levels and allow us to provide better quality of life to patients,” said Dr Narendra Malhotra, Gynecologist and Obstetrician practising in Agra.With half of the country’s population younger than 25 years of age, there is also a need to raise awareness on the use of contraception among the youth, and better family planning among young couples. Women often shy away from these conversations due to fear of being judged. ‘Ask Tanu’ chatbot aims to address misinformation on contraception, reproductive and sexual health, by offering key information and resources on reproductive health in the convenience of a smartphone via the Facebook Messenger app, in a safe and private setting.“According to the NFHS 4 survey, 47 per cent of the married women between 15-49 years did not use any method of family planning, which highlights the pressing need for raising awareness on the topic. Women generally feel more comfortable asking friends or looking up for information on the internet over sensitive topics. What ‘Ask Tanu’ will provide them is one-on-one engagement online. This type of private service will encourage women to ask questions and get the right answers pertaining to their health conditions from a verified source. This will also prompt them to consult physicians if they have more pressing questions,” said Dr Nozer Sheriar, Obstetrician and Gynecologist based in Mumbai.“With almost nine decades of experience, Bayer has been a true pioneer in the field of women’s health, and we are constantly seeking new ways to engage and empower women on the diseases impacting them,” said Manoj Saxena, Managing Director, Bayer Zydus Pharma and South Asia Head at Bayer. “We recognise the power and reach of digital platforms today. The launch of Bare Your Pain App and Ask Tanu chatbot, will allow us to connect better and raise awareness amongst women across India. Both platforms will give women access to credible and reliable information anytime, anywhere without having to worry about possible stigma to make the right decisions.”The ‘Bare Your Pain’ app and ‘Ask Tanu’ chatbot will be able to provide 24/7 support and monitoring, along with sharing credible information, for women in India. Both tools are available across India in the English language. Add Commentlast_img read more

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How PM Modi can reduce shortage of medical personnel to serve in COVID-19 ICUs

first_imgHow PM Modi can reduce shortage of medical personnel to serve in COVID-19 ICUs AssochamCIICOVID-19FICCIIMANATHEALTH and AHPIPMO MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article COVID-19 Updates HR News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By EH News Bureau on April 23, 2021 Consortia representing the private healthcare sector suggest ways to rope in post graduate medical students, interns, foreign medical graduates, final year nurses and technicians, to serve in COVID-19 ICUsIn a letter to the PMO, the newly formed consortia representing the private healthcare sector have suggested ways to incentivise post graduate medical students appearing for the NEET exams, interns, foreign medical graduates, final year nurses and technicians, to serve in COVID-19 ICUs with a combination of stipends and grace marks for future qualification exams.Along with making available of additional manpower the note to the PLO also points out that there is also a necessity to increase/ add-on the existing infrastructure of oxygen beds, ICU beds [with and without ventilators] and ensuring uninterrupted oxygen and medicine supplies.The letter also requested that the Government provide appropriate insurance coverage to all healthcare professionals engaged in overcoming COVID-19.The letter specified that the allotment of the additional manpower thus created is to be managed by the Government and appropriately distributed to the Governmental and private set-ups managing COVID-19.The letter posits that if these suggestions are implemented immediately with necessary administrative requirements, it will ‘instantaneously increase the number of medical, nursing and technical manpower in the country and thereby effectively enable healthcare professionals to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.’The letter from the National Working Group on COVID, consisting of industry leaders of IMA, ASSOCHAM, CII, FICCI, NATHEALTH and AHPI, details the impact of the second wave of the COVID -19 pandemic which is exerting immense pressure on the infrastructure, manpower and management of the healthcare system across the country, ‘almost to the breaking point, and which could become catastrophic.’According to the letter, at present, the country has only 75,000 -95,000 ICU beds which are already full, though the pandemic is yet to reach the peak.Every day nearly 3, 00,000 people are getting tested positive and every positive patient amount to five more patients being positive but not tested.Assuming about 5 per cent of the COVID-19 positive patients need an ICU bed, the letter states that there is a need for least 50,000 new ICU beds every day for the next 4 -5 months.Making the point further, the letter points out that at least 3 lakh nurses and paramedics and between 1.5 -2 lakhs junior doctors, will be needed to staff the additional required facilities of 2 lakh ICU beds. The current pandemic is expected to last at least 4-5 months with waves to occur thereafter.Detailed suggestionsThe letter suggests that the NEET Postgraduate examination, for which approximately 1.7 lakh students appear every year, could be conducted online, and the results announced immediately so that those who are not selected, can be provided with an opportunity to serve in COVID-19 ICUs. They can be incentivised by providing significant grace marks to be considered for the subsequent PG NEET examination.Likewise, interns who opt to work for 1 year in the COVID-19 ICUs, may similarly be provided significant grace marks while appearing for the post graduate NEET examination.The consortia’s letter suggests that Foreign Medical Graduates who are yet to pass the Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG) Examination, could be given an opportunity to work in the COVID-19 ICUs for one year and incentivised by exemption from the FMG Examination and directly enrolled under the State Medical Council.The letter specifies that all three above categories of medical students should be ‘appropriately compensated.’To meet the corresponding need for nursing and technicians, the letter suggests that final year nurses and technicians opting to work in COVID-19 ICUs can be utilised to work in hospitals with an attractive stipend. According to the letter, this has been successfully done in Haryana.Also, these nurses and paramedics can be given significant grace marks when applying for PG and also preference for selection for future Government jobs. Comments (0) Add Commentlast_img read more

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Students in the West to Benefit from I-Pledge Programme

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Thousands of students from 40 primary schools in western Jamaica are to benefit from the I-PLEDGE Programme, launched by GraceKennedy (Western Union), on April 10, at the John Rollins Success Primary School, in St. James.Under the I-PLEDGE Programme (I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education), the schools will be provided with special reading materials, and will be fully computerised by the end of 2013.The project will cost some $10.5 million, and has received support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and GraceKennedy Foundation.Addressing the launch, Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy, Don Wehby, said the company’s investment in Jamaica’s future leaders was prompted by its firm belief that education is going to be a major game changer for the country.“The benefits of reading are tremendous, especially when the love for reading starts from a young age. Have you ever looked into a child’s eyes when he or she can look at a page and bring the words to life? It is like opening a whole new world of possibilities for them. It is the beginning of a solid foundation on which they can build the rest of their lives,” he said.“The focus on reading is deliberate as we are tired of hearing that Jamaica is not a reading society. We have to change that and it starts with our children. A literate society is critical to shaping a competitive and dynamic workforce and a productive Jamaica. It is not a choice for us. It is something we have to do,” Mr. Wehby emphasized.He argued that despite the challenges now being faced by the country, citizens should remain optimistic about the future, which largely depends on how today’s young minds are shaped and moulded.Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen; Mr. Wehby and business leaders from across Montego Bay read to hundreds of students who took part in a Reading Marathon at the John Rollins Success Primary School.By Glenis Rose, JIS Reporter RelatedStudents in the West to Benefit from I-Pledge Programme Students in the West to Benefit from I-Pledge Programme EducationApril 11, 2013 RelatedStudents in the West to Benefit from I-Pledge Programmecenter_img Advertisements RelatedSeven Primary Schools in East Kingston Get Tablet Computerslast_img read more

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Hack The Beach opens 2017 contest

first_imgHomeNewsHack The Beach opens 2017 contest Jul. 17, 2017 at 5:50 amNewsHack The Beach opens 2017 contestMatthew Hall4 years agoCity By The Seadaily presshack the beachNewssanta monica daily presssanta monica newssmdp The City By The Sea is welcoming problem solving proposals from Silicon Beach.Santa Monica has opened applications for the 2017 Hack The Beach contest designed to leverage the skills of the local tech community to improve local quality of life.The contest is in its second year and officials said this year’s event is focused on a set of challenges related to the city’s budget priorities. Anyone with a hardware of software solution is invited to participate provided their entry incorporates technology in some way, address one of the six goals and meets the judging criteria for viability, value and growth.“Hack the Beach is about harnessing the talent of innovators in our backyard to create solutions that offer a better customer service experience for residents,” said Mayor Ted Winterer. “While doing this, participants get to work directly with the City to shape a product with real world application. In our second year, we hope to continue to strengthen the bonds between local government and the tech community to bring value to citizens and anyone doing business with the City.”This year, there are six possible design challenges.Building Community — How might we use technology to encourage residents connect with each other in a very real, genuine, neighbor-to-neighbor way?A Responsive Government — What are ways to cultivate a trustworthy and participatory local government through equitable, transparent, and effective processes?Health — How might we use technology to make it easier to empower residents to access these public resources to take charge of improving their health?Place and Planet — How might we use technology to make it easier to get around town in an environmentally-friendly way?Learning — How might we use technology to champion lifelong education achievements and opportunities for continuous personal growth?Economic Opportunity — How might we use technology to support community needs through a stable, vibrant and diverse local economy?The application process is available online (www.hackthebeach.com) and applications will be taken through September 4. Once the deadline closes the judging process will select up to 10 finalists. Those applicants will receive additional mentoring and feedback to refine their ideas before the final judging in December.Behrang Abadi, Senior Information Technology Manager with the City of Santa Monica, said the contest isn’t a one-off event or a side project, but rather a significant effort to bring new ideas into government. He said large tech firms have the staff and resources to work with a city but many startups don’t know how to get their ideas heard.“What were really trying to do is engage the private sector to create meaningful solutions to things that are of importance to the city,” he said.Abadi said Hack the Beach is designed to bring the City’s needs to creative thinkers in environments that are familiar to the companies and using language that is easy to understand instead of assuming solutions will walk in the door of City Hall.“We really want to co-create solutions,” said Abadi. “We don’t want to pretend the City has all of the answers or all of the resources to solve the issues of the community.”Abadi said the outreach helps spark thinking from companies that might not otherwise realize they could work with government.“We’re bringing city hall to our tech industry, you don’t have to understand how city hall works, you don’t even have to know where it is or what the hours are,” he said.Catherine Geanuracos’ company, CityGrows, won the inaugural contest last year and her technology is actually being used to run the 2017 contest. Her company provides digital templates that allow government agencies to automate and streamline routine processes.She said participation has benefits for the companies and the city.While Geanuracos had some understanding of civic work prior to entering Hack the Beach, she said the specialized mentoring is invaluable to companies that want to do businesses with governments.“It’s hard as a startup trying to work with government. It’s hard to find a champion inside a system like that,” she said. “We were connected with people who are really primed for experimentation.”The contest also opened a window to the culture of government.“I had some government experience but getting inside knowledge of the technological and political challenges was incredibly helpful,” she said. “We learned about how much isn’t just how much better your technology is, that’s just one piece of supporting change management inside government.”She said Santa Monica is a city that is particularly welcoming to experimental ideas and she said city staff are interested in making their jobs more efficient.“What we found was there are a ton of people inside the city who were really motivated to improve things for constituents,” she said. “We know they wanted better services but to also improve the quality of life inside the city.”For more information on the 2017 contest, visit [email protected] :City By The Seadaily presshack the beachNewssanta monica daily presssanta monica newssmdpshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentDemocrtic Club MeetingWoman refuses to identify herself, resulting in arrestYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agolast_img read more