A video showing a family uncovering the shroud of a deceased woman suspected to have been COVID-19-positive in Kolaka regency, Southeast Sulawesi went viral over social media.The video, uploaded by several users onto Twitter, showed a family carrying the body of the dead patient into a house and later unwrapping the plastic from around it.Kompas.com reported that the patient, a 34-year-old female, died in an isolation ward at Bahteramas General Hospital in Kendari on Monday. She had been under surveillance for COVID-19. Bahteramas Hospital’s acting head, Sjarif Subijakto, said the deceased woman had suffered from acute pneumonia. He said her family refused to allow an ambulance to take the body away in a casket. They later took it by themselves in their own car.Rabiul Awal, the spokesperson of the Southeast Sulawesi task force for COVID-19, said he regretted the family’s disobedience of the burial procedures for deceased COVID-19 patients as mandated by the World Health Organization, although the dead patient was still only suspected to have had the disease. Read also: Alone on their deathbed, how COVID-19 keeps families away from loved ones“The hospital had initially wrapped the body with plastic, but the family uncovered it,” Rabiul said as quoted by kompas.com. “The patient had been treated under COVID-19 standards. Only medical personnel were allowed to bathe the body while wearing protective gear.”He said such a situation occurred because of a lack of understanding of the proper protocols for handling deceased people suspected to have had COVID-19.The dead body possessed a high risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus if she eventually tested positive for the disease, the spokesperson said. Therefore, family and other mourners of deceased people suspected to have had COVID-19 were put on the lists of people under surveillance, requiring them to self-isolate at home.Rabiul also asked the public to refrain from speculating about the patient’s status while awaiting her test results. “We sent her samples to Jakarta on Tuesday. It takes three to five days until the results show up.” (dpk)Topics : read more
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services, Medical Marijuana, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Health has approved Ilera Healthcare’s medical marijuana dispensary in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County, as the state’s third dispensary authorized to begin serving patients.“With each announcement of dispensary approvals, we are getting closer to providing medical marijuana to patients with serious medical conditions who desperately need this medication,” Governor Wolf said. “Once the growing process is completed and the dispensary receives medication, patients and caregivers with medical marijuana identification cards will be able to purchase medication.”Ilera Healthcare will be able to sell medical marijuana to Pennsylvanians with medical marijuana identification cards once grower/processors begin distribution, sometime in the next four months.More than 14,000 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with more than 2,300 certified by a physician.To date, the Department of Health has approved 10 grower/processors to begin operations:Cresco Yeltrah, Jefferson County;Franklin Labs, Berks County;GTI Pennsylvania, Montour County;Holistic Farms; Lawrence County;Ilera Healthcare, Fulton County;Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, Lackawanna County;Prime Wellness, LLC, Berks County;PurePenn LLC, Allegheny County;Standard Farms, Luzerne County; andTerrapin Investment Fund 1, Clinton County.In order to become operational, the dispensaries and grower/processors underwent several inspections from the Department of Health. The facilities also are fully integrated with the seed-to-sale tracking system. The grower/processors will now be able to begin accepting seeds and clones to grow medical marijuana.“Our team is working to make sure that all of the remaining grower/processors and dispensaries are ready to operate safely and according to the law,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We anticipate more dispensaries to be able to open their doors in the coming weeks. Our medical marijuana program will be ready for full operation within the 18 to 24-month time-frame Governor Wolf set out when he signed the legislation into law.”Physicians continue to register to participate in the program. To date, 652 have registered and of those, 326 have completed the training to become certified practitioners.“Physicians play a critical role in this medically focused program,” Dr. Levine said. “The response has been encouraging from the medical community as more doctors are becoming educated on how medical marijuana can help their patients.”The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved more than 340 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries, physicians, patients and laboratories, all which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Issued permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;Approved five training providers for physician continuing-education;Approved three laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Launched registries for patients and caregivers, as well as physicians; andContinued to work with permittees to ensure they will be operational.The Medical Marijuana Program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented sometime in 2018. The program will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.Questions about the Medical Marijuana Program can be emailed to RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov. Information is also available at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov.For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Wolf Administration Approves Third Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Begin Serving Patients January 24, 2018 read more
Elliot Springs artist impressionMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The first neighbourhood will offer more than 1,000 homes and include sites for retail and business along with the first of several beautiful parks, hike and bike trails and land for the community’s first primary school, display village and child care facility. The first four hectare park will be a key feature of the development with an all abilities playground, learn to ride for mountain bikes and bicycles, a junior oval, tennis and netball courts, basketball half court and outdoor gym equipment, as well as a place to get a coffee.Located only a short 15 minutes drive from the Townsville’s CBD, Elliott Springs will be home to over 26,000 people and builders from the region will construct approximately 10,000 to 13,000 homes by the year 2057. AN unprecedented buyers demand for North Queensland’s newest community, Elliot Springs has pushed an early release of land sales.Lendlease will today launch its first 42 lots at the Fairfield Homemakers Centre with land parcels priced from $137,000 and will range in size from 400 square metres to more than 1,000 square metres.Lendlease Regional Development Manager for Elliot Springs, Simon Walker said the development had received an average of 100 inquiries per month since its January launch prompting an early land release sale.“Potential buyers will have the opportunity to choose from flat elevated land situated at the base of the conservation area, or creek side living, with our second release nestled in between two natural creek corridors,” he said.“Lendlease is really excited to offer the Townsville community, more open spaces, bigger backyards and diverse choice of homes, offering more opportunities to get out and about and enjoy the fantastic life that we in Townsville know and love.” read more
There might be a bit of this going on at Saturday’s spring auctions in Brisbane. Picture: Toby ZernaTHERE’S nothing better than seeing excited people buying their dream homes on a beautiful Brisbane spring day.CoreLogic said there are 119 auctions being conducted across Brisbane this week, which is down a little on last week’s figure of 138.Brisbane’s clearance rate of 45.6 per cent last week was the lowest for any capital city, although it was a slight improvement on the week before.But let’s put the numbers behind us and look at where the love will be this Saturday.For those sleeping off a steamy Friday night, there’s a 10:00 event at 45 Emma St, Kalinga which should see quite a few attendees. Romance played a big part in the history of 11 Lansbury Parade, AshgroveWhen the sellers settled on the home back in 2012 it was an opportunity for his grand proposal — and she said, “Yes!”Fast forward to 2017 and the couple now have one child and are ready to move.Competing with Ashgrove for your affections at 11:00 will be 9 Derby St, Hendra where a home perfect for those who don’t mind a short stroll from bed to tub awaits. There’ll be hot competition for 16 Cromwell Street, Wooloowin this weekendThe three-bedroom weatherboard home has been renovated and is ready for its next owner.Apart from its brilliant location in one of our city’s hottest family suburbs, the VJ walls and polished timber floors are classic cottage features sure to please the next resident.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook on Kieran Clair — journo Feel free to sashay from bed to tub at 9 Derby Street, HendraIt’s an absolutely fantastic architectural home on offer as well.This two-level stunner will have a queue of onlookers keen to have a gander, so get on over early and see what all the fuss is about.At 12:00, there will be a crowd at 16 Cromwell St, Wooloowin — best beat them to it and take up the good seats first, because Ray White agent, Nick Kouparitis, said to expect action on this one. Come summer, 45 Emma Street, Kalinga might be the most popular home in the street.The two-level home will be perfect for a family, with the current owner keen to move on to the next stage in life.Between the beautiful finish and inviting pool, there’ll no doubt be plenty of buyers hoping to make it theirs.At 11:00, a home for true romantics will be calling for bids as 11 Lansbury Pde, Ashgrove looks for its next loved-up couple.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago read more
Asset owners benchmarking their carbon footprint against market indices risk measuring themselves “against going to hell in a handcart”, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has warned. Anne Simpson, director of global governance at the $288bn (€257.4bn) public pension fund, said a relative assessment of a portfolio’s carbon footprint told investors “nothing useful”.Investors should focus instead on creating portfolios that ensure global warming remains below or on target – the 2C increase viewed as tolerable by scientists.She told the PRI in Person conference in London that measuring the carbon output of portfolios might make some investors feel “virtuous”. But she said it risked missing the ultimate goal of staving off climate change if all that is examined is a portfolio’s relative carbon underperformance compared with market indices.“Where the index is and where the market is – we are all going to hell in a handcart,” she said. “Measuring ourselves against going to hell in a handcart isn’t actually going to help us as fiduciaries.“The investment industry has been bedevilled by the false god of relative performance, and we might be slipping into that with carbon footprinting.”Simpson said it was important to look at how the 2C target modelled by the International Energy Agency could be brought about, noting that it would involve improvements to energy efficiency, a certain increase in renewable energy usage and a decline in the usage of fossil fuel over a 30-year period.“Now that’s the game,” she said, “[and] that’s the game we need to be playing. Thinking about how is our money lined up with that 30-year trajectory.“We need to make sure we are set true on the ultimate objective, which is making sure our capital is deployed to that 30-year trajectory in which we expect to reap rewards because we will be decking our capital to the opportunities.”She added: “Intellectually, we need to be realising it’s just a first step with our footprints – and where we want to head with our work is actually not just measuring for measurement’s sake.”CalPERS was one of the founding signatories of the Montreal Carbon Pledge – together with ERAFP, AP4, the UK’s Environment Agency Pension Fund and others.The Pledge was unveiled at last year’s PRI in Person with the aim of reducing the carbon output of its members.The initiative has so far attracted approximately 70 signatories, far short of the PRI’s 1,378 signatories, which Simpson lamented. read more
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Branches made it clear today that they wanted to reject the proposal. UCU’s greatest strength is that we are run by and for our members and it is right that members always have the final say.“The strike action for this week remains on and we will now make detailed preparations for strikes over the assessment and exam period. We want urgent talks with the universities’ representatives to try and find a way to get this dispute resolved.”The deal – facilitated by by the UK’s workplace arbitration service ACAS – involved a three-year “transition” period from 1 April 2019. During this time the DB accrual terms would have been reduced and discussions would take place about the possible introduction of a risk-sharing model such as collective defined contribution (CDC). The two sides had agreed to lower the cap for DB accrual from £55,500 (€62,000) a year to £42,000. Any staff earning above that threshold would have accrued additional benefits in a defined contribution scheme.During the three-year transition period, employers would have contributed 19.3% and staff 8.7% of salary.University staff have been striking for weeks in protest at proposed changes to the £60bn USS, and protests continued today as the new proposal was put to members.In a statement, a Universities UK spokesperson described the UCU’s decision as “hugely disappointing”.“We have engaged extensively with UCU negotiators to find a mutually acceptable way forward,” the spokesperson said. “The jointly developed proposal on the table, agreed at ACAS, addresses the priorities that UCU set out.“We have listened to the concerns of university staff and offered to increase employer contributions to ensure that all members would receive meaningful defined benefits… Our hope is that UCU can find a way to continue to engage constructively, in the interests of students and those staff who are keen to return to work.”Twitter-stormUCU branches across the UK took to Twitter to declare a mass rejection of the agreement less than 24 hours after it was made public.Craig Brandist, professor at Sheffield University and branch president of the UCU, said there was “not a single voice in favour” of the agreement when it was put to members this afternoon.Other UCU branches made their views clear: UK university staff have rejected a proposal aimed at ending weeks of strike action over pension reforms for the country’s largest pension scheme, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).The agreement, struck last night between employer organisation Universities UK and the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), aimed to preserve the defined benefit (DB) element of USS’ hybrid arrangements but with higher contributions.However, a significant number of union branches rejected the agreement today, according to posts on social media.The UCU confirmed its members had rejected the deal in a statement this afternoon. St Andrews University, ScotlandSo to confirm, then: @UCU ‘s HEC throws out the ‘agreement’! We’re right back to where we were, but now even stronger! Anyone up for picketing tomorrow? YOU KNOW YOU ARE! #USS #USSstrike #NoCapitulation pic.twitter.com/ATSVygum9X— Sheffield UCU (@sheffielducu) March 13, 2018Sheffield University, EnglandUlster, Cambridge, Sussex, SOAS, Goldsmiths, Bath, Manchester, Reading, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Warwick, Strathclyde, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Keele, Liverpool, Hull, York, LSHTM, Exeter, Stirling, UEA, QMUL, Bristol, Cardiff reject deal #NoCapitulation— Warwick UCU (@WarwickUCU) March 13, 2018Warwick University, EnglandWe listened and the voice from our members is loud and clear for #NoCapitulation The branch committee @UCU_Ulster therefore recommends rejection of the proposal. Join us on the picket lines again tomorrow to show our negotiators that we will stay strong in defence of our pensions— UCU Ulster (@UCU_Ulster) March 12, 2018Ulster University, Northern IrelandUcu branch delegates meeting at ucu HQ- not a single delegate has supported rotten deal so far – all reports from membership are unanimous or near unanimous rejections – cannot squander what has been achieved so far. #NoCapitulation— UCL-UCU (@UCL_UCU) March 13, 2018University College LondonUCU called for urgent resumption of talks to end the dispute.Independent valuation groupIn addition to the benefit proposals, the parties had agreed to the establishment of an independent committee to scrutinise the valuation methods used for USS.Since USS’ triennial actuarial valuation was published last year along with a number of other estimates of the scheme’s funding position, academics, unions and universities have debated the validity and accuracy of the different figures put forward to illustrate USS’ liabilities.“The objective will be to inform the next USS valuation and therefore will be completed by the end of 2019,” last night’s statement said. “The group will consider issues of methodology, assumptions and monitoring, aiming to promote greater transparency and understanding, and will take account of the real strengths, sustainability and viability of the scheme.” read more
UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague said the United Kingdom remains a reliable partner for the region.ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Monday January 23, 2012 – The Caribbean is to receive £75 million (US$116.5 million) in development projects from the United Kingdom over four years to help with job-creation, improve security, and combat the threat posed by natural disasters and climate change.UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague said the funds represent a considerable increase on previous aid budgets, signaling the strong commitment to the region.The disclosure was made during the just-ended two-day 7th Seventh UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum held under the theme, “Sustainable Growth Towards Prosperity”.“We are one of the few nations in the world that is maintaining its international development commitments at a time of financial difficulty. We will stick to our pledge to raise our aid to 0.7 of GNI (gross national income), and you will find us a reliable partner,” he told participants.Foreign Secretary Hague said the core task of both regions was to create new opportunities for trade, investment and innovation in their respective economies.Sam Condor, the Foreign Minister for St Kitts and Nevis and the forum co-chair explained that the conference revitalized the partnership between the two regions as reflected in the 31-point Plan of Action agreed to. The discussions, he stated, centred on economic resilience, climate change and security as well as the UK Air Passenger Duty (APD), which regional officials complain discriminates against the Caribbean.Minister Condor stated that the region’s tourism sector was staggering under the weight of the tax that has made travel very expensive.He urged the UK to consider reforming the APD to level the playing field and provide a win-win situation for both regions.Jeremy Browne, Minister of State, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office described the two-day political dialogue as fruitful, noting that the Forum provided a framework for continuing activities with the High Commissioners in London.Caribbean 360 News Share NewsRegional UK boosts Caribbean aid by: – January 23, 2012 Share 25 Views 2 comments Sharing is caring! Share Tweet read more
“No matter how far their place maybe, we’ll find and get them,”Baleros said. Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the Department ofthe Interior and Local Government to delist those found guilty ofviolating quarantine rules from the official list ofpeople benefiting from the government’s social amelioration program./PN Colonel Romeo Baleros, provincial police chief, said he directedall police stations, Mobile Force Companies and other operating units in NegrosOccidental to intensify operations against those who engaged in illegalgambling and drinking intoxicating liquor. BACOLOD City – Authorities in Negros Occidental vowed to intensifytheir crackdown against all forms of illegalgambling following reports that some local residents use their cashamelioration to gamble and engage in drinking sprees while the entire provinceis under quarantine. He warned those who blatantly violate the order will experience thefull force of the law. read more
Batesville, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation has been recognized as the “October Chamber Member of the Month.” The foundation manages 193 funds valued at more than $11 million and has given over $14 million back to the community over the last 20 years.The foundation works with individuals and businesses to create a lasting legacy while serving the needs of the community and donors. More information about the foundation is online here.
Batesville, In. — Batesville officials welcome the public to a groundbreaking for a new park along Six Pine Ranch Road Friday, September 14.Margaret Mary Health has donated more than three acres in the area park that will include walking trails, a playground and nature preserve.The event will begin at 10 a.m. Parking is available at Margaret Mary Health Outpatient and Cancer Center.