The wait from just under 19 to 22 minutes “may have played a role” in the death, Curtis said. “It may have played no role, but these are the problems in our system that need to be fixed. Our ordinance addresses these issues.” Adopted in December, the new county ordinance is designed to create a system in which the county contracts with one or more ambulance companies to handle transports in two separate zones, with built-in penalties when response times are too long. The company and the county emergency dispatch center have offered differing timelines and versions of what happened that day. A spokeswoman said that ambulance is being inspected by an independent mechanic to determine what caused it to malfunction. “It’s something we are going to investigate. … We do have a protocol that requires vehicles to be mechanically sound,” Trevithick said. FLINT, Mich. — The long wait for an ambulance after a fatal dirt bike accident in Fenton Township, Mich., last week will be investigated by the county Medical Control Authority. The boy died of internal injuries Monday after crashing his cycle at Fenton Indoor Motocross. And in the wake of the tragedy, two members of the county Board of Commissioners say they still want to move forward with a new ambulance system that would hold companies more responsible for their response times. An eight-minute response time is a standard that doctors and emergency workers say is important for ambulances to meet because it gives medical personnel the best chance to save lives. Bruce A. Trevithick, executive director of the county Medical Control Authority, said the oversight organization will examine the entire Waller episode. The organization has the authority to penalize Regional if it finds that its protocols were not followed. The company has said in a written statement that its dispatch and ambulance crews followed all Medical Control Authority protocols for response, notification of delay and reassignments. “Subject to a resolution, we will hopefully be able to go forward (then),” Stanley said. “We’re not going to go forward with implementation given that we’re in litigation.” Stanleysaid the county has no choice but to defend itself against the lawsuit before it implements the new system. Regional EMS claims its ambulance made it to the Waller accident scene in fewer than 19 minutes more than twice as long as generally considered acceptable because the first rig it sent to the motocross track broke down. “These are the reasons why the Board of Commissioners took this task on three years ago,” Curtis said. The current system generally allows private ambulances to set up bases around the county and handle calls based on which company has the base closest to an emergency – not based on its track record. “It’s a sad thing,” county Commissioner Jamie Curtis, D-Burton, said of the slow response in getting an ambulance to Tyler Waller, 7. Curtis and county board Chairman Woodrow Stanley said a lawsuit filed by Swartz Ambulance Service to block the county ordinance hasn’t stopped them from planning interviews with candidates to fill a new emergency medical services coordinator position. The new EMS coordinator will work for the county commissioners, Curtis said, enforcing terms of a contract with whichever company or companies are chosen to work in the two zones. Commissioners have said their goal is to have the new system in place by the start of next year.
Related Garmin has announced the Forerunner 225, the first Garmin GPS running watch that measures heart rate at the wrist. The Forerunner 225 will integrate industry-leading optical heart rate technology developed by Mio, an award-winning performance wearables brand ‘acclaimed for EKG accuracy demanded by athletes everywhere.’The Forerunner 225 features a colourful graphic interface showing runners their zone and beats per minute at a glance, and a built-in accelerometer that provides distance and pace data for indoor running with no need for a separate foot pod.To keep runners active between workouts, the watch doubles as an activity tracker – counting steps, calories and distance. A move bar with vibration alert reminds users when they’ve been too inactive, and sleep monitoring is incorporated for recovery.“After more than 10 years of developing GPS running watches we are very excited to team up with Mio to introduce our first device featuring wrist-based heart rate,” said Andrew Silver, Garmin EMEA Product Manager, Fitness.“Getting and understanding your heart rate is more comfortable and easier than ever with the Forerunner 225’s real time results on a colourful gauge – allowing runners to evaluate and adjust effort quickly so they can focus on their run.”“We are proud of our partnership with Garmin,” says Liz Dickinson, CEO of Mio Global. “When the leading brand in GPS teams up with a leading brand in wrist-based heart rate monitoring technology, it’s a win for athletes at all levels.”She added, “More and more, athletes are recognizing the role that heart rate plays in their training intensity and efficacy, and it has become evident that heart rate is a must-have feature in wearable technology.”How it worksTo measure heart rate at the wrist the Forerunner 225 uses a built-in optical sensor that shines light into a user’s skin and measures the amount of light returned. Because there are slight changes as blood pumps through the wrist, the sensor detects those changes and uses an advanced filtering process to determine reliable and accurate heart rate.Additionally, a light seal on the back of the watch blocks out ambient light to help ensure proper heart rate detection.Easy to understand heart rate dataThe Forerunner 225 displays a colourful gauge to show a runner’s zone and beats per minute in real time, allowing users to easily follow training programs that require set times or distances within a certain zone. The gray, blue, green, orange and red areas on the gauge show runners at a glance if they are in the warm-up, easy, aerobic, threshold or maximum heart rate zone.Zones are preset based on the user’s age-based max heart rate estimate but can also be customized directly on the watch or in Garmin Connect.Staying active and connectedThe Forerunner 225 keeps runners on track with their training programs and encourages them to stay consistently active throughout the day. Water resistant to 50 metres and boasting up to four weeks battery life in watch mode with activity tracking and seven to ten hours with GPS and wrist heart rate active, the Forerunner 225 is positioned as being optimal for training long hours in all conditions.During indoor runs its built-in accelerometer allows runners to capture accurate distance and pace data without needing a separate foot pod accessory. Available advanced workouts let runners of all levels create custom, goal-oriented workouts with vibration alerts for time, distance, calories and heart rate to push themselves to their highest potential.Between workouts the Forerunner 225’s activity tracking features monitor valuable data including steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep; and its move bar with vibration alert provides motivation to stay active all day.Connected features include automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, a free community where users can save, plan and share activities, social media sharing and live track. When paired with a compatible smartphone the Forerunner 225 will automatically upload a completed run to the Garmin Connect Mobile app for post-run analysis and instant sharing on social media sites.Runners can also use live tracking to allow friends and family to follow along during training or on race day to see stats in real time.The Forerunner 225 will be available in black/red, launching exclusively at Runners Need stores nationwide across the UK, and online from June with a suggested retail price of £239.99.For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine and outdoor recreation.www.garmin.com
NMDOH News:SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announces instructions for where New Mexico health care providers can go online to comply with two public health orders announced March 25th designed to protect our state supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic:Providers reporting how they plan to comply with the ordered three-month delay on all non-essential medical procedures without risk to their patients can now submit their policies via the clinicians section of the NMDOH’s COVID-19 website at https://cv.nmhealth.org/clinicians/.In addition, health care providers and wholesale medical suppliers both can now email [email protected] to report to NMDOH the amounts and types of PPE they have in stock. For more information, both the non-essential services order and the order regarding the sale and distribution of PPE are both available at the links provided.
The comments come as it was revealed that National Museums Scotland (NMS) has been selected ahead of Dumfries and Galloway Council to provide a permanent home for the Galloway Viking hoard. The Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (QLTR) announced the find would be allocated to NMS- subject to them making an ex gratia payment of nearly £2m to the finder. Colin Smyth said, “The decision that the Viking hoard won’t be displayed permanently in Dumfries and Galloway is deeply disappointing. While the National Museums Scotland say they want to work with the Council to allow part of the hoard to be housed on occasions in the region, we should be very sceptical over any offer from NMS. When they closed the Museum of Costume at Shambellie House we were promised local exhibitions and that hasn’t materialised. That’s why I am urging the Cabinet Secretary of Culture Fiona Hyslop to make clear to NMS, which is a Government body, that a substantial part of the hoard should be on display in the region on a regular basis. I have also written to NMS asking them to spell out exactly what they plan to do with the hoard and how much will be displayed in our region. The government has to show that we actually have a National Museums Scotland interested in more than museums in Edinburgh. Displaying at least part of hoard in Kirkcudbright would boost the local economy by attracting more visitors. We won’t get that if it’s only on display in Edinburgh, lost among the many other displays”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInSouth Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has urged the Scottish Government to intervene to ensure that National Museums Scotland hold regular displays in Dumfries and Galloway of internationally acclaimed Viking treasure hoard discovered in the region in 2014. The local MSP Colin Smyth has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop, calling on her to ensure that the National Museums Scotland house at least part of the hoard in the new art gallery being built by the council in Kirkcudbright.
Araya Diaz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Morgan Freeman will lead a star-studded charity table reading of the classic 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.The fundraiser, called Feelin’ Alive, put together by comic Dane Cook, also stars Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn and Henry Golding, and will benefit Penn’s nonprofit CORE, as well as REFORM Alliance — which was launched last year by a group including Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Robert Kraft and Michael Rubin.Exactly which roles the actors will play remains a mystery, although Penn, 59, says he won’t be reprising his memorable role as surfer dude Jeff Spicoli, only hinting, “I’m very confident in the new guy.”The actors’ parts will be revealed at the online event, taking place next Thursday.Original Fast Times director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe will make a special introduction at the event. Crowe, referencing one of Spicoli’s famous line from the movie, says in a statement obtained by Deadline, “It is, as a great man once said, ‘totally awesome.’”The original film also starred Phoebe Cates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold and Forest Whitaker.Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live, will be available to view via Facebook Live and TikTok through CORE’s Facebook page, and will also stream on Live X Live.By George CostantinoCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
And according to Joao Aroso, he will be able to provided he is lucky with injuries. “If he doesn’t have any problems with injuries, he can definitely make it to 41,” Aroso said, per Portuguese Expresso (h/t AS). “I’m not saying he’s different, but he has a set of special characteristics. Upd. at 19:21 12/11/2016 “Even at an older age, he’ll keep on outfoxing defences with his finishing ability and his experience. CET That’s what he claimed he wanted to do while speaking at an event to celebrate his new Real Madrid contract signing. A former Portugal fitness coach has spoken about Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to make it to 41 and still be playing. “Despite gradually losing pace as the years go by, he’ll never be a slow player. Sport EN
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15 July 2014 South Africa’s new immigration rules will allow for more efficient issuing of visas and easier sourcing of critical skills from overseas, while reducing the country’s vulnerability to the security threats of the modern world, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Cape Town on Tuesday. Gigaba was speaking during his department’s budget vote debate in Parliament, a day after the official opening of the new Johannesburg Visa Facilitation Centre, one of 11 new visa facilitation centres designed to efficiently implement the country’s new immigration rules. The rules, which came into effect in May, include the requirements that visa applications be made by applicants in person – so that biometric data (fingerprints and photographs) can reliably be collected – and that minors travel with their own passports as well as unabridged birth certificates. Immigration practitioners and other representatives of the tourism sector have expressed concern about the potential effect of the new rules on South Africa’s tourism industry.No ‘Afro-phobic’ agenda at play Gigaba rejected these concerns on Tuesday, saying: “Opportunistically, South Africa is being advised to drop or relax visa requirements in a world where they are required of South Africans when travelling abroad and where security has become a matter of global concern. “We reject with contempt any suggestion that these regulations are part of an ‘Afrophobic’ agenda to keep Africans – or any nationality, for that matter – out of South Africa.” Gigaba said South Africa had not terminated any visa waiver agreements it currently enjoyed with other countries, and was keen to forge more such agreements “as we are satisfied that more African countries are conducting civic registration of their nationals”.‘Now easier to attract critical skills’ Further, he said, the new immigration regulations would make it easier for South Africa to attract the critical skills it needed from overseas, as foreign nationals with such skills could now be granted a critical skills visa even without having a job, allowing them to enter the country and seek work for up to 12 months. “For some time now, business stakeholders have been asking for families of workers to be considered as a unit, an international best practice which the new regulations now include,” Gigaba added. “These specific improvements, and our commitment to responsiveness to business needs in general, will make it easier for South Africa to attract the critical skills and investment our economy needs.”New visa facilitation centres Speaking at the opening of the new visa facilitation centre in Johannesburg on Monday, Gigaba said the centre, along with 10 others across the country, would efficiently implement the new immigration rules while making life easier for foreign tourists, business people, workers or students who need extended or altered visas within a short space of time. VFS Global, a specialist service provider for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has been contracted to automate and run the visa application process, including managing the call centre and the 11 facilitation centres spread across South Africa’s nine provinces. Foreigners in South Africa who, for example, need to extend their temporary residence visas for study or work, can now apply online and set up an appointment before visiting the nearest facilitation centre to submit their personal biometrics (fingerprints and photographs). Handling and visa fees will all be paid electronically. “All of this constitutes a radical departure from the existing mode of manual application processes that are responsible for inefficiencies within the permitting environment, creating massive inconveniences to clients,” Gigaba said, adding that results were already starting to show. “Where previously our eight-week turnaround time was frequently missed, already applicants who applied for visas and permits in mid-June are beginning to receive decisions. An indication of the enthusiastic response to the new system is that 4 000 applications were received in June alone.”Standard practice abroad Although VFS Global will be responsible for processing visa applications, the decision to approve or reject applications still lies with the Department of Home Affairs. “We exercise full control over the decision-making processes to ensure that our national interests and security imperatives are served at all times,” Gigaba said. The department has already introduced such centres in a number of its high-volume missions abroad – including its missions in China, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria – where it had previously struggled to cut down on long queues and long turn-around times. “While we remain committed to helping the country create a climate conducive for investment and to assist in bringing critical skills to contribute to economic development, it remains critical for us as a country to upgrade security, in the interest of our citizens and foreign nationals in the country, as is the case everywhere else in the world,” Gigaba said. He urged visa applicants “to bear with us, as this system is still new and is bound to confront some technical glitches. This is only natural, and with time it will be addressed and everyone will be happy.” SAinfo reporter
Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market An open source identity platform called the Higgins Project launched the 1.0 version of their service this week and it’s a nice look into what could be the future of user-centric identity online. Higgins offers a variety of features and services, but the basic premise is that it serves as a portable container you can use to carry multiple identities with you around the web. Why would users want that? Because you don’t want to sign in to a social network with the same identity card you use to sign in to financial websites. Higgins aims to replace the assorted user names and passwords we all use today with a set of simple, standards-based identifiers that you can take from site to site.Think of it like a wallet with different credit cards and forms of ID inside. Unfortunately, that’s only a metaphor and there’s nothing about Higgins that’s so easy to do today. Additionally, without a meaningful selection of sites that support the various protocols Higgins lets users leverage – then it’s pretty much a nonstarter. Let’s assume though that identity landscape is going to open up and that OpenID isn’t the only way it will do so. In that case, Higgins is a great idea and interested developers will likely find the project worth a look.In addition to a browser plug-in for users, there’s libraries that site developers can make use of and an API that will let developers make use of the Higgins Global Graph (HGG) and a quite a few other things with even less hospitable acronyms. OpenID is at least intelligible and end users will not run away when they hear it said out loud.RSS has changed the world because it is simple. OPML is fun to take to parties because anyone can learn the rules in minutes. I understand that security is by necessity more complex, but any party where as many acronyms show up as is the case with Identity (see below, for example) is not a party I look forward to attending.The Real Value of Identity DiversificationThat said, there is some comprehensible stuff here that’s clearly worth checking out. You may have stopped by someplace like SpreadOpenID.org and noticed that many OpenID vendors let users expose any of multiple “personas” when logging into a new site. Is that sufficient for security, though? Now that I see the Higgins vision explained, I do think that using one service for everything and trusting that single service to keep personas separated from each other is more trust than I care to put in anyone. To some degree, Higgins is asking you to put your trust in them instead, but the assertion is that you the user are in the driver’s seat.I’m cheering for a clear, simple interface. Hopefully it will arrive sooner than it took the OpenID community to start to move in that direction. That said, I think there’s a lot of potential here in addition to the straightforward and compelling value proposition.Below: The Higgins Interoperability Framework – don’t be scared, it’s ok. Tags:#Identity#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Got Your 6 has announced five new 6 Certified projects in recognition of film, television, theatrical, and digital content that normalizes depictions of veterans as leaders and community assets.HISTORY’s new military combat drama series SIXThe projects range from the re-creation of WWII soldier musicals in “Blueprint Specials” and SEAL Team Six-inspired scripted drama series “SIX,” to the portrayal of a veteran and single mother in “One Day at a Time” and a U.S. Army veteran-turned-police officer in “Patriots Day.”For the first time, Got Your 6 certified a piece of digital content, a nine-minute film produced by The War Horse News and featured in the online version of an article in Vanity Fair. The film follows the medical recovery of Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kyle Carpenter.“Due to our smaller all volunteer force, fewer people today know a veteran than ever before in our nation’s history and are therefore more susceptible to the false narrative that veterans are broken heroes,” said Bill Rausch, an Iraq War veteran and executive director of Got Your 6. “By working with the entertainment industry, we have an opportunity to change commonly held misperceptions about our veterans by recognizing projects that go the extra mile to portray those who served in an accurate light.”Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:“Blueprint Specials”The second theatrical production to be 6 Certified, the “Blueprint Specials” play scripts were recently rediscovered after going missing for half a century. The Special Services Division of the War Department originally produced this series of plays in 1944 and 1945 with the intention of engaging active duty service members in “GI shows for GI audiences.” Written by Army veteran and Pulitzer Prize winner Frank Loesser (“Guys & Dolls,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), these “Blueprint Specials” served to boost morale and bring the arts to troops fighting overseas. Debuting January 6, these historical pieces will be brought back to life in performances by both veterans and Broadway stars aboard the USS Intrepid in New York. Waterwell“One Day at a Time”Launching January 6, this Netflix reboot of the 1975 original by WWII veteran Norman Lear centers on a present-day Cuban-American family. It stars Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez, an Army veteran-turned-nurse and a single mom who excels at raising her teenaged son and daughter with the help of her traditionalist mother, played by EGOT Rita Moreno. The veteran community is also presented throughout the series by way of Penelope’s ex-husband and friends. Netflix“Patriots Day”“Patriots Day” focuses on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and follows the police officers, first responders, investigators, and survivors who sought justice in the aftermath. Like their previous collaborations “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon,” Peter Berg and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg consulted with, hired, and cast veterans. In addition to these cast and crew, many law enforcement characters in the film were played by actual officers, many of whom are also real life veterans. Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons also plays Army veteran and Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, who is quoted as saying, “I don’t consider myself a hero—we’re just a group of ordinary guys who were put in an extraordinary situation, and we just performed extraordinarily.” “Patriots Day” is currently playing in limited release and opens in theaters nationwide on January 13. CBS Films and Lionsgate“SIX”HISTORY’s new military combat drama series “SIX,” follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America’s elite Special Operations unit – what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat and the life-and-death decisions they make to protect and serve their country. Created and produced by veterans, the show also employed a retired Navy SEAL as the series’ technical advisor and associate producer. “SIX” premieres January 18. A+E Studios in association with Weinstein Television“The War Horse News” via Vanity FairAppearing as a video feature of November 2016’s Vanity Fair article “Inside the Painstaking Recovery Process of a Medal of Honor Marine,” medically retired Marine author and journalist Thomas J. Brennan worked with filmmaker George Steptoe to create a nine-minute digital short that follows the long medical recovery of then-Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter. An incredible amount of research was conducted over the course of the year to create this nine-minute multimedia project, which was further verified by Vanity Fair’s fact checking team. The War Horse News, a “nonprofit news outlet and community dedicated to investigating the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs,” is committed to the accurate and fair portrayal of veterans in media. Vanity Fair“The entertainment industry has the unique ability to reach into living rooms across America and help change the perceptions many of us have about our veterans,” said Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” “By developing scripts and characters founded on accurate depictions of veterans, content creators can help eliminate stereotypes and bridge the gap between civilians and those who served.”“The 6 Certified program has developed into a dynamic movement in Hollywood showcasing real impact with dozens of projects across all aspects of the entertainment industry joining the cause,” said Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company. “It’s an honor to be a part of the effort to shift public perception of today’s veterans on a national scale by recognizing the work of content creators committed to getting it right.”“We are so honored to receive this distinction. There are so many veterans in America, each with a different and nuanced story apart from the stereotypes we sometimes see portrayed in the media. As writers, actors, and producers we have an obligation to take every opportunity to present accurate portrayals of veterans, which we hope we have begun to do on ‘One Day at a Time.’ Being recognized by Got Your 6 is truly rewarding,” said executive producers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce.Got Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families. Since the launch, 41 projects have been certified, including Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully,” Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” as well as episodes and seasons of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” FX’s “Justified,” Fox’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” and ABC’s “Modern Family.”To become 6 Certified, a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the 6 Certified Review Committee, an independent group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant 6 Certified status.The current members of the 6 Certified Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company; Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, director of human resources, DreamWorks Animation; Seth Smith, director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media; Marjorie Williams, vice president, business and legal affairs, Endemol Shine North America; and Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6Additional information on certification is available at gotyour6.org/6-certified.The 6 Certified program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran campaign that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The campaign believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”