Medicare proposes requiring nursing homes to give flu shots

first_img To improve the incentive for vaccination, CMS in January increased the average Medicare payment for administering each shot from $8 to $18, in addition to a separate payment for the cost of the vaccine, officials said. Medicare officials hope to raise immunization coverage among nursing home residents for both flu and pneumococcal disease to 90%. A national nursing home survey in 1999 revealed that only 65% of residents had received flu shots and 38% had had a vaccination for bacterial pneumonia, the agency said. In case of a vaccine shortage, state agencies would have the option not to cite nursing homes for failing to comply with the immunization rules, according to the plan. CMS also wants nursing home workers to get flu shots, but will not require that. The agency said research from the last flu season showed that only 36% of all healthcare workers received flu shots, even though immunizing nursing home employees has been shown to reduce death rates among residents of the homes. Nursing homes would have to give the immunizations unless the patient or patient’s family refused or the shots were medically contraindicated, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said in a news release. “Vaccines against these diseases are effective in preventing hospitalizations and death,” CMS Administrator Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, said in the news release. “However, many people are not getting the vaccines they need. This initiative will be critical to maintaining high-quality care in the nation’s long-term care facilities.”center_img About 2 million Americans live in nursing homes, and people aged 65 and older account for more than 90% of flu-related deaths in the United States, the CMS said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 36,000 people die and 200,000 are hospitalized because of flu and its complications each year. Aug 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Nursing homes that serve Medicare and Medicaid recipients would have to vaccinate residents against influenza and pneumococcal disease to stay in the federal programs, under a plan announced last week. The proposal was to be published Aug 15 in the Federal Register. Because of the approaching flu season, CMS set a comment period of only 15 days. In developing its proposal, CMS received advice from the CDC and two large nursing home industry groups, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and the American Health Care Association.last_img read more

Frogmore to join Elephant & Castle bid

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Majority of Indonesians want transparency about COVID-19 patients

first_imgMost Indonesians believe that some information regarding COVID-19 positive patients should be available to the public to be used for contact tracing, as reflected by a recent survey.The survey was conducted between March 20 and 21 by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), in collaboration with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and other institutions, to find out the public perception of information transparency in regard to the COVID-19 outbreak.The report showed that 97 percent of 15,101 respondents agreed that the recent travel history of COVID-19 positive patients should be made available to the public. Meanwhile, 65.8 percent of survey respondents supported transparency regarding the detailed address of each patient. Respondents were citizens aged 21 to 40 years old selected randomly, 65 percent were women.“Respondents from both Java and other islands consider it important to publish the last 14 days travel history of COVID-19 patients,” University of Indonesia School of Psychology crisis and disaster researcher Dicky Pelupessy said during an online press briefing on Friday.Read also: COVID 19: Public fend for themselves amid scarcity of information from governmentSuch information would help people to be more cautious and impose self-quarantine if they happen to have had direct contact with a confirmed positive patient, he went on to say. Around 61 percent of respondents agreed that authorities should announce the patients’ names, although they later said it was unnecessary to publish such information.In addition, 64 percent of respondents agreed that the patients’ addresses should be disclosed, but that the information should be limited to the name of the district in which they lived. Furthermore, only 60.8 percent of respondents said the subdistrict where the patients lived should also be announced.“People would be more cautious if they found out that someone in their neighborhood was infected with COVID-19,” Dicky said.Based on the survey, researchers recommended that authorities make the home addresses of COVID-19 patients available to the public, but only up to the neighborhood unit (RT) level.”The government also needs to guarantee the publication of personal information under a clear legal mechanism. Anyone misusing such information could be charged under regulations,” LIPI population researcher Rusli Cahyadi said.“Such recommendation is not against the law. In fact, it will support other regulations regarding the imposed quarantine policy.”Read also: Coronavirus spreading fast but stigma is more dangerous: WHOPrior to the survey, Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) chairman Daeng Mohammad Faqih urged the government to reveal COVID-19 positive patients’ identity in order to help medical workers carry out contact tracing. Such disclosure would also help the government estimate how widespread the disease is, he added.The Central Information Commission (KIP) also urged the government and its COVID-19 rapid response team to proactively deliver correct and updated information regarding the disease. However, the commission warned that patients’ personal information should only be published with their consent.The country’s first two confirmed COVID-19 cases were hit by stigma after their personal details – initials, age and home address – were disbursed on social media from unclear sources, not long after the government broke the news on the cases.The number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country reached 1,000 on Friday, with 1,046 cases confirmed and 87 fatalities. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Residents of crowded Kebon Kacang in Central Jakarta test positive for COVID-19

first_imgThe capital, home to at least 10 million people, has countless densely populated areas, known as kampung, often next to upscale residential areas and along riverbanks.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded that Jakarta had 445 community units that were categorized as “slums”, 15 of which were categorized as high density, 99 moderate, 205 light and 126 very light.Meanwhile, Kebon Kacang subdistrict head Aiman said he was concerned that many residents in the densely populated area near the banks of the Krukut River in Kebon Kacang were still going outside and not obeying physical distancing measures amid the city’s implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).“We’ve been monitoring but the people keep gathering outside, sometimes without wearing a mask and not maintaining a safe distance. It’s very dangerous as the neighborhood is a densely populated area in which houses are adjacent,” Aiman said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com. He said his administration, the police and the military had warned residents and asked them to stay at home and practice physical distancing to curb the spread of the disease.Read also: Hand washing to counter COVID-19 still a luxury for Indonesia’s urban poorHe added that even people under general monitoring for COVID-19 had been found engaging in activities outside their homes. “They have been told to self-quarantine at home for two weeks straight but apparently they didn’t listen,” he said.As of Wednesday, Jakarta had recorded 4,709 confirmed cases, with 420 deaths ‒ a death rate of 9 percent. So far, 713 people have recovered from the disease.Topics : A total of 21 of 150 residents in a dense neighborhood in Kebon Kacang subdistrict, Central Jakarta, who underwent rapid testing for COVID-19 on Monday have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.The Jakarta Health Agency is starting to map SARS-CoV-2 transmission in crowded settlements. “We’re currently identifying samples in densely populated settlements to see if transmission occurs there as well as to expedite handling of cases if cases are found in the area,” the agency’s head of the disease control and prevention division, Dwi Oktavia Handayani, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.She said the agency would choose the most densely populated area in each district and conduct rapid tests for about 200 people in each area. Jakarta has 267 districts, 260 of which have reported COVID-19 cases. Previously, experts warned that the urban poor living in crowded conditions were at higher risk of contracting the virus.Read also: 133 more COVID-19 cases in Jakarta despite ‘flattened curve’ claimslast_img read more

Jeffrey pips Mayers for Pole position

first_imgKRISTIAN Jeffrey let his Mitsubishi Evolution do the talking to take pole position in front of Barbadian Barry Mayers for today’s International Race of Champions.The event which forms the basis for the final leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship(CMRC), saw the hometown hero overhaul the Barbadian threat.However, there is no room for comfort, since the Bajan speedster is just a shade behind him after yesterday’s qualifying session.Jeffrey posted a 33.205 seconds, ahead of Mayers’ 33.273 seconds, as the duo fought for supremacy in the CMRC final leg.The six lap session had those present on their seats’ edge as the two renewed a duel last held in Barbados.Roger Mayers Ford Focus (GT Ridez photo)Though they qualified in different sessions, their times were closely monitored by fans and officials alike.The closeness of the times mean that today’s battle will be even more interesting, especially since Mayers promised to take the lap record.Meanwhile in Group 3, Danny Persaud will start ahead of Vishok Persaud, Stefan Jeffrey and Trinidad and Tobago’s Ravi Singh.In group two, Shairaz Roshandin will start ahead of Chet Singh and Mark Thompson of Barbados.The superstock end of things will see team Mohamed’s Matt Truelove starting ahead of Bryce Prince and Matthew Vieira, with Jason Aguilar leading the super sport class.In the first of the three races yesterday, Narine Dasrat won the street tuner; Anand Ramchand won the starlet cup and Daniel Deokie won the sport tuner class.last_img read more

‘Gentle Giant’ Wendell Manifold dies in New York

first_img… Teammates remember stalwart defenderBy Ras WadadaTHE Pele FC continues to mourn the recent loss of the club’s first captain Wendell Manifold, who passed away due to cardiac arrest at the Brooklyn Downstate Hospital last Wednesday. Sunrise:23-051954 – Sunset 25-03-2020. The 65-year-old former student of Charlestown Secondary School had to be rushed to the Medical Centre via EMS after he took ill at home last Monday.The former national Under-18 captain who left Guyana in 1974 on a football scholarship to Clemson University in South Carolina, USA at the age of 20 is considered by his peers and many others, who were privileged to see the big 6-footer commanding and leading on a pitch, as the best defender ever to don the senior national colours.Chronicle Sport caught up with several players who played with ‘Dragga’ or ‘Ganghi Boor’ as he was affectionately known, and all expressed glowing tributes. Bert Smith, Administrator/Coach NY Santos:Dragga is the premier centre-back that I have seen coming out of Guyana, and probably the best ever. In New York he was always outstanding when he played for Blackpool FC and Santos FC. His versatility was, in fact, the reliability for the team because when a goal was needed he would calculatedly leave the defence to join the attack and either scored or assisted.He was rock solid in defence and in my estimation the best sweeper back Guyana has produced. Besides being an extremely talented player, he was an extreme human being off the field of play, a very nice person. He truly loved the game and still played in the Masters Over-50s with command and respect. Wendell ‘Figaro’ Sandiford, former Pele, GFC and (Youth and Senior) National Goalkeeper:Wendell was my first captain at Pele FC and it was a pleasure playing with him as my fullback cause he was like a wall in defence. We communicated well and had a fantastic understanding as goalkeeper and sweeper. I would always know when he played the ball back to me without being called out. What stands out in my memory of ‘Dragga’ as captain and senior player to the team is his advice along with instructions to younger players on all aspects of the game which enabled us all to improve and develop to the next level. He definitely moulded us, before he migrated to the U.S., into becoming the top football team in the country.His vast knowledge of the game at such an early age was phenomenal. He earned the respect on the pitch everywhere he played and no doubt Guyana has lost a great son of the soil. He will be missed. Brenthley Babb, former Pele and Santos FC midfielder:He was one of Guyana’s greatest-ever footballing talent, a defensive icon and leader. Wendell mastered every aspect of the defensive game and was an imposing and tenacious player with supreme confidence and at times demonstrated the skill and fluidity of a central midfielder.He was the most resolute tackler on any field, but always a gentleman off the field. Always he was encouraging and respectful to his teammates and opponents, even the least talented. Although he never represented Guyana at the senior level he was being compared, as a teenager, with the likes of the legendary Earl O’Neal, who at that time was Guyana’s top central defender. I must admit he was the most difficult defender to dribble and was enormously influential to me in my football. He will never be forgotten. Clyde ‘Farmer’ Browne former Santos and national defender:Wendell was the personification and face of Pele FC when it was formed. I was the coach in charge of the defensive section of the team and had the pleasure and honour to coach him. As the captain of the team he was an astute defender and is the reason why Pele FC became so successful.We were roommates at Clemson and became even greater friends mainly because of his jovial character. I always felt assured that he had my back both on and off the pitch. I have no doubt that myself and all of his former teammates will surely miss ‘The Captain’, but we all will forever cherish the great memories that he has left us. Gordon Alphonso, former national youth player and teammate at Clemson:“I had the privilege and honour of playing soccer with Wendell at the club, National U-17 level and at Clemson University. He was a very skilled player who played in defence with an icy coolness, fierceness and intensity. I always knew that with Wendell in defence our team always generated the feeling that we could not lose. He was not only combative but was a very good reader of the game and always aware of situations and how to counter.He was a defender and student of the game of the highest order. Off the field he was nothing short of a ‘Gentle Giant’ who was a very loving and caring person towards his friends and family. His conversations on life’s experiences were always a pleasure to engage him on. I am sure we all who had the honour to know him will surely miss him.Patrick ‘Labba’ Barton former Pele FC captain and youth and senior national player:“Wendell was a fullback who had tremendous attacking abilities whenever he chose to or saw the need to join the attacking flow. He was incredibly fit and had a great awareness without leaving too large a gap between him and the rest of the team which allowed him to quickly recover in the event of a counterattack by opponents. His main strength was his decision-making ability and he was always calm and composed under pressure and never panicked.He understood his teammates and was gifted with sound technical skills that allowed him to dominate any player within the 18-yards box which was his domain. I was fortunate to play with Wendell for both Pele FC and Blackpool FC in NY.Taking over the captaincy from Wendell when he departed for Clemson was a pair of huge shoes to fill but he had laid the foundation and set the bar. We will all be indebted to him for the success Pele FC enjoyed and surely he will be most remembered and missed. James ‘Berbice’ Paul, former Arsenal, Santos and National (youth and senior) player: With the passing of Wendell Manifold, Guyana has lost a gentle giant. That ‘gentle’, however, only applied to his cool demeanour off the field since on the pitch he was as cagey and resilient a baller as any. A tall, skilled and tenacious defender, Wendell commanded the centre-back position like a general. I had the honour of playing against him in his twilight years and though he had passed his prime he won most of the many battles we were engaged in at the notorious ‘Dust Bowl’ at Caton Park in Brooklyn.As a young footballer from Berbice I distinctly remember seeing his name and photos featured prominently in the newspapers and have also heard many stories of his outstanding contribution to the success of perennial league champion, Pele FC. He will certainly be missed.Wendell Peter Manifold will be buried this coming Wednesday in New York, but due to COVID-19 only immediate family will attend. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date for friends and well-wishers.Rise In Power Dragga/Ganghi Boor!last_img read more

Syracuse falls 1-0 to Pittsburgh after conceding penalty kick in OT

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-10-1, 0-6 Atlantic Coast) suffered a 1-0 overtime loss to Pittsburgh (10-3-1, 4-2) at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Sunday afternoon.In the game’s 99th minute, SU’s Jackie Firenze was whistled for a foul in her own penalty box and received a yellow card. On the ensuing penalty kick, Pittsburgh’s Hanna Hannesdottir found the back of the net — enough for the Panthers to hand the Orange its sixth consecutive loss.Syracuse managed only two shots on goal throughout the game, coming off the feet of Eva Gordon and Alex Lamontagne. On the other side, Pittsburgh got seven shots on goal, the first six of which SU goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan was able to save.But in the game’s final moment, Brosnan couldn’t save the penalty kick. It was the second time this season Syracuse lost a 1-0 game in overtime after giving up a penalty kick. It also happened at Buffalo on Sept. 26.The Orange will return to SU Soccer Stadium for its next game, when it hosts North Carolina State on Oct. 18.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on October 11, 2015 at 3:50 pm Contact Michael: mdburk01@syr.edulast_img read more

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The lost demographic of the female esports audience

first_imgAs esports itself evolves so does the demographic of viewers. We’re now beyond the point where esports fans are largely made up of ‘boys in their parents basement’. While the male to female ratio for general gamers is fairly even, the statistics of the female esports audience has been relatively low to date but we are seeing clear signs of growth. According to Nielsen’s latest Esports Playbook data, 30% of esports fans are female, while 23% of esports fans that watch esports on a weekly or more basis are female. This draws the conclusion that it’s no longer simple to say the main demographic of esports is 13-40 year old males. One contributor to esports seems to not realise the trend; brands. In 2014, ESL’s Programming Director, Michal Blicharz told Polygon: “Historically all attempts to target non-core esports demographics have been failures.” Compare what esports was in 2014 to now and you can imagine the changes you can safely assume have taken place. But brands and advertisers still seem to hold this mindset and have yet to continue to evolve from where they were three years ago.Most brands don’t necessarily cater to a specific gender, but they obviously drive to males as they are the most desirable and easiest demographic to target. Understandably it can be difficult for certain brands to reach the female audience, endemic or not. How exactly would you start an advertising campaign targeted specifically to women for a keyboard? It’s a tricky proposition, but it’s not impossible, so why don’t we see more of it in esports advertising? Cliff Morgan, Founder and CEO of GFUEL, and Nick Lacagnina, Chief Marketing Officer, told Esports Insider that whilst their customers are predominately male, they find most of their Amazon customers are female: “We are always trying to widen our demographic and some flavours like Pink Lemonade and other light flavors were designed to appeal to women as well as men. We are contemplating an organic line of GFUEL because it’s a growing market that also attracts more females.”Aside from the fact that brands simply don’t want to put their energy into targeting a smaller demographic, the esports audience overall is difficult to reach. With tools like AdBlock, companies have had to drastically shift the way they approach their marketing strategies. Advertising is no longer solely on broadcasts, it’s through direct sponsorship of players, influencers and streamers. “When sponsoring a team or individual it’s always important to show your audience someone they can relate to or aspire to.”While co-ed teams are a rarity, so increases the number of female-only teams, most of which are members of established organisations with their own sponsors. The same goes for sponsoring female influencers. This strategy seems to bode better than direct advertising as the number of female professional players is quite low. Team Dignitas’ Female CS:GO team sponsored by the likes of Alienware, Twitch, Corsair and IntelBen Malka, community manager for HyperX, tells us because of their wide demographic it’s important to sponsor players and influencers along with targeted advertising: “When sponsoring a team or individual it’s always important to show your audience someone they can relate to or aspire to and working with gamers such as Nysira, Pokimane and Chloe Lockley-Middleton they’re great examples especially to our younger female audience. When it comes to our older audience, they may not be engaging with streams or esports so we also have to target our advertising effort to more suitable platforms they are engaging with in order to get our message out there.”HyperX advertisement for Capcom’s Pro Tour“In the past two years we have started seeing an increase in engagement from the female gaming audience. The reason we believe this trend is occurring is from the quality of female gamers out there creating great content through Twitch, YouTube and other social platforms. Through our partnerships, HyperX as a brand is able to highlight that our products are not gender specific and are enjoyed by all gamers.”Along with teams, there are initiatives out there for diversity in esports. AnyKey is an advocacy organisation dedicated to supporting diverse participation in esports, particularly for women. AnyKey was created as a result of a partnership between Intel and ESL, two of the largest companies in esports. While they provide competitive gamers with resources and opportunities for collaborations, AnyKey also is pursuing research and initiatives that will “help build a gaming culture in which players are noted for their skills, not personal traits.” An initiative like AnyKey not only provides a backbone for professional female gamers, but proves to the fans that anyone can achieve success as a professional gamer regardless of gender.Brands have some catching up to do when viewing the esports demographic. With data being collected like that of Nielsen’s Esports Playbook, it’s no longer valid to assume spending time and money targeting the female fans would be a waste.last_img read more

Urban Meyer claimed no knowledge of 2015 incident involving Zach Smith, report says

first_imgMeyer also texted Smith about being more responsible. From USA Today’s report:”From this point forward…All grown ass man conversation, never again childish (expletive)….use ur gifts and knowledge. Cell phone away-full engagement and become a coordinator. U have the ability.”In another released text, Meyer’s wife, Shelley, expressed her fear the day Zach Smith was fired that he could become violent.”I am worried about Zach’s response,” Shelley Meyer wrote, per USA Today’s report. “He drinks a lot and I am just not sure how stable he will be. Afraid he will do something dangerous. It’s obvious he has anger/rage issues already.” Urban Meyer told his former Ohio State colleagues last year that he was not aware of a 2015 domestic incident involving former football assistant Zach Smith, according to documents the university made public Friday afternoon.Meyer made the claim in a text July 23, 2018, the day Ohio State fired Smith and one day before Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. OSU dismissed Smith hours after college football writer Brett McMurphy published on Facebook allegations of domestic violence against Smith by Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney. “I received text asking about Zach issues (I knew about-it was dropped),” Meyer wrote in a text, per documents obtained by USA Today, the Columbus Dispatch and other media outlets.”Also 2015 said felony arrest. I know nothing about this,” Meyer wrote. “Is there a way to find out exactly what his issues were. I know about 2009 and last week. That’s it. Need some guidance here so when I speak to media I’m not wrong.”MORE: Urban Meyer and Zach Smith timelineAccording to the documents released Friday, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith replied, “I would be careful. Do not get too detailed . . . . What ever you say, say in opening statement and take no more questions on it.”Meyer’s comments to media on July 24 set off a chain of events that ended with Meyer being suspended for the first three games of the Buckeyes’ 2018 season. Meyer stepped down as head coach after Ohio State won the Rose Bowl Game in January. He is now a college football analyst for Fox Sports.McMurphy’s initial reporting said Zach Smith was arrested in October 2015 by police in Powell, Ohio, on felony counts of domestic violence and assault against Courtney Smith. Later reporting and a release of police documents showed that Courtney Smith reported an incident with her estranged husband and claimed, among other things, that Zach Smith refused to return their son after a parental visit.In November 2015, Powell police investigated Courtney Smith’s claim of menacing by stalking by Zach Smith but did not charge him.A judge in Ohio issued an order of protection against Zach Smith on Nov. 10, 2015. Smith violated that order in May 2018 when he was cited for misdemeanor criminal trespass in Powell after another incident with Courtney Smith.In the 2009 incident to which Meyer referred, Zach Smith was arrested in Gainesville, Fla., on suspicion of battery against Courtney Smith. The charge was later dropped because of insufficient evidence. Courtney Smith told McMurphy that former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, Zach Smith’s mother and the attorney representing her husband all pressured her to drop the charge. Bruce, now deceased, was Zach Smith’s grandfather.The documents released Friday were products of an independent investigation into the Meyer matter. Among them were text messages from Meyer to Zach Smith in January 2018, in which Meyer asked Smith not to leave Ohio State for Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama. Meyer wrote to Smith (per USA Today) that he had “personally invested far too much” in him for him to leave.last_img read more