A trade group that represents nursing homes and other long-term care facilities is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis for broad liability protections during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a Jacksonville attorney says it’s unnecessary.In an April 3 letter, Florida Health Care Association President Emmett Reed asked for immunity from criminal and civil liability for any harm or damages alleged to have been sustained “as a result of an act or omission in the course of arranging for or providing health-care services,” during the COVID-19 public health emergency.The immunity protection should not extend to criminal misconduct or acts that would qualify as willful, intentional, or gross negligence, Reed said. But he said anything that happens as a result of a staffing or resource shortage should not be considered negligence or misconduct.In the letter, Reed also asked that health care professionals and health-care facilities responding to the outbreak be granted sovereign immunity limits.Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Sec. Mary Mayhew promised the group she would study the request. The group was still awaiting a response on April 15.Reed made the request as various facilities across the state were becoming coronavirus hot spots. Earlier this month, DeSantis ordered state health department strike teams to 93 facilities and the Florida National Guard to work with them to expand the effort.On April 15, Florida Department of Health numbers showed more than 1,100 residents or staff have been documented to be infected statewide. AP reports say more than 3,600 seniors have died in nursing homes across the country during the outbreak.FHCA spokeswoman Kristen Knapp, in an April 15 email, said FHCA was asking for the protections for all health-care providers and professionals, not just the nursing homes and long-term care providers it represents.Not only did FHCA members rush to implement containment measures ahead of social distancing mandates, staff members are risking their lives daily to care for the state’s most vulnerable residents, Knapp said.Meanwhile, the facilities are “desperately” trying to obtain more testing and personal protective equipment, she said.“In the midst of this unprecedented crisis, long-term caregivers should be able to direct their skills and attention to helping individuals who need them and not have to worry about being sued for making tough decisions while trying to comply with government directives,” she said.But Steve Watrel, a Jacksonville trial attorney who heads the nursing home litigation division of CokerLaw, calls the immunity request unnecessary.Watrel points out that the federal Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness, or PREP Act, which was activated in February by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, grants individuals and entities immunity from “claims of loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the manufacture, distribution, administration, or use of medical countermeasures,” related to the COVID-19 epidemic.And the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security, or CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus package that President Donald Trump signed March 27, also provides liability protections, Watrel said. The federal statutes supersede state law, he said.Watrel agrees that nursing home workers deserve praise for their response during the emergency.“They’re doing a hard job here,” Watrel said. “Gov. DeSantis has done a wonderful job limiting access to the facilities, protecting the residents and not responding to dog whistle for tort reform.”While many nursing home facilities and long-term care providers do an excellent job, granting sweeping immunity would encourage bad actors to lower their standards at a time when containment measures prevent families from providing oversight, Watrel said.Watrel worries that nursing homes would use pandemic liability protection to avoid responsibility for neglecting routine care, which can lead to patients developing pressure sores and dying from sepsis, or dehydration and malnutrition.“This whole idea of just prospective immunity, without even thinking it through, I just think is problematic because where do you draw the line?” he said. Apr 16, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories Are liability protections needed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published five case studies today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of patients who experienced serious complications and bacterial infections after receiving treatments for “chronic Lyme” disease.There is no medical definition of “chronic Lyme” and no treatment guidelines; instead, the term is used by patients and some providers to describe several symptoms, including fatigue and muscular pain, attributed to prior infection with Lyme disease. Many patients with a chronic Lyme diagnosis, however, test negative for Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria associated with the ticks that carry Lyme.Some practitioners, including alternative medicine professionals who advertise themselves as being “Lyme literate” prescribe long-term courses of antibiotics and immunoglobulin therapy. But the CDC warns that treating an undiagnosed condition with an unregulated treatment plan can be dangerous for patients.”At least five randomized, placebo-controlled studies have shown that prolonged courses of IV [intravenous] antibiotics in particular do not substantially improve long-term outcome for patients with a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease and can result in serious harm, including death,” the authors write.Poor patient outcomesTo describe the threats of over-treating the undiagnosed condition, the CDC published five patient descriptions that come from state health departments. In one case, a woman died from shock after she received a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) for IV antibiotic treatment for persistent Lyme. Her joint pain never resolved after 3 weeks of treatments, and she eventually died from central venous catheter–associated bacteremia.Another patient, a teen girl, also got septic shock after her PICC became contaminated. She had been seeing an alternative health practitioner who prescribed long-term use of ceftriaxone. Her PICC was removed, but she was hospitalized for weeks.Another patient, a 50-year-old woman, sought treatment for chronic Lyme for 5 years. She developed Clostridium difficile colitis as a result of using several antibiotic, antifungal, and herbal remedies.”The C. difficile infection became intractable, and her symptoms persisted for over 2 years, requiring prolonged treatment. The patient subsequently died from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,” the authors write.Concern over resistance, other complicationsAccording to the CDC, it is not known how many people seek treatment for chronic Lyme, or how many complications occur during the course of treatment.”In addition to the dangers associated with inappropriate antibiotic use, such as selection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, these treatments can lead to injuries related to unnecessary procedures, bacteremia and resulting metastatic infection, venous thromboses, and missed opportunities to diagnose and treat the actual underlying cause of the patient’s symptoms,” the authors conclude.See also:Jun 16 MMWR report
You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020 Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols Oct 16, 2020 In his remarks at the ceremony the CARICOM Secretary General said it was a historic moment for Haiti and for the Community. He said he was very pleased to see that the CARICOM family has responded to the call and have come to celebrate with Haiti as it hosts CARIFESTA for the first time. The Secretary General also used the opportunity to congratulate and thank the Haitian President as well as the Government and People of Haiti, for their willingness and commitment to support regional integration, as demonstrated through the hosting of CARIFESTA XII. Thanks to the warm hospitality, generosity and hard work of our Haitian brothers and sisters, the CARICOM family is here to display over the next ten days, the immense creativity and phenomenal artistic skills and talents, of which we are justly proud, and for which we are world renowned. Ambassador LaRocque reiterated the CARICOM Heads of Government, Ministers of Culture and the artistic community’s commitment to the implementation of a new and improved CARIFESTA. He said everyone should do their best to ensure that each edition of the Festival is in line with the Region’s mission and brings us closer to the goal of presenting a “world-renowned mega festival of Caribbean cultural and artistic excellence that brings economic benefits, unites the region and excites all peoples”. (L-R)Secretary General of CARICOM Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, his wife Sandra LaRocque and Minister of Culture of Haiti Dithny Joan Raton during the opening ceremony for CARIFESTA XII. Sitting directly behind the SG is ASG in charge of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater The Haitian President in very warm and heartfelt remarks said he was very pleased to see CARIFESTA XII happening in Haiti. He also used the opportunity to thank the CARICOM Secretary General and the people of CARICOM for helping to make it happen. President Martelly also extended gratitude to everyone involved in the planning and execution of the event. The event continued with performances from various Haitian artistes who wowed the audience with powerful voices and extraordinary talent but which were curtailed by rain. CARIFESTA XII continues today with the opening of the exhibition “Shared Memories” at the Haitian National Museum (Mupanah) and the opening of the Grand Market in Champ de Mars. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Haitian ladies in tradition dress during the opening parade The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened last night with a plethora of exciting performances, speeches and fireworks! The event began with a parade of all the countries represented dressed in their traditional country wear and arriving in the Haitian traditional mode of transportation, tap-taps! It was a scene of pure excitement, vibrant colors and smiles all around. The Haitians were very gracious and the refrain “welcome to Haiti!” was a common feature of the night’s proceedings. The ceremony was attended by President of the Republic of Haiti H. E. Michel Martelly, Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Minister of Culture, Haiti, Hon. Dithny Joan Raton, Minister of Culture, Sport and Youth, Barbados Hon. Stephen Lashley as well as other dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps. Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Haiti making preparations for CARIFESTA XIIHaiti is currently making preparations to greet and host several thousands of people from the Region and other countries who are expected to converge there for CARIFESTA XII. The festival of arts and culture runs from August 21 to 30 and will feature events across the country. CARIFESTA, which is the largest…May 25, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARIFESTA XII closes on a high!The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts CARIFESTA XII has come to a close. The ten-day mega cultural event ended with a closing ceremony at the Kiosque Ocide Jeanty in Champs Mas, Haiti on Sunday night. The night’s activities included a culmination of performances from various Caribbean groups…August 31, 2015In “CARICOM”CARIFESTA XII Launch: a taste of vibrant, exciting event in AugustCARIFESTA XII in Haiti next month promises to be a vibrant and exciting event if the regional launch is anything to go by! Hundreds of Haitians and CARICOM delegates converged on the Ibo Lele Hotel for the regional launch of the regional mega-event on Tuesday evening. CARIFESTA will be held…July 8, 2015In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp
There is still time to get to know Paddington bear. And we firmly believe anyone with children of any age should know Paddington.The stories of Paddington, the problem-prone bear who moves from “Darkest Peru” to London, have been turned into a movie, and early reviews say it is an excellent one. But before you get to know him on the screen, take the time to get to know him on the page. Paddington creator Michael Bond has been writing about the bear’s misadventures for more than 50 years, and he is a splendid storyteller.We came to Paddington by way of Pooh, whose capers we would read for hours to our son when he was young enough to let us. It was somewhat selfish, really. Pooh author A.A. Milne was a gifted writer who was able to express more in 10 words than most can in 100. We were as transported by Pooh and Piglet’s adventures as our son.Bond and his bear are much the same. Paddington is a marmalade-loving bear with a knack for getting into â and out of â trouble. No matter how crazy his mishaps, he always comes out on top. After stowing away on a boat from Peru, Paddington ends up in London. The kindly Brown family takes in the loveable, talking bear, only to be taken on a series of silly adventures, all of which Paddington dutifully chronicles in his scrapbook.School vacation is the perfect time to embrace Paddington. And to help get you in the mood, we created a cook it-craft it Paddington project. Paddington never is far from a marmalade sandwich (he even keeps one under his hat for emergencies). So we created a delicious and sticky marmalade chicken dinner.And for when you’re feeling crafty, we have an easy project for you and the kids â a brown paper bag scrapbook for chronicling your own (mis)adventures.STICKY MARMALADE-GLAZED CHICKEN THIGHSStart to finish: 25 minutesServings: 41 tablespoon olive oil1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs1/2 cup orange marmalade4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter1/2 teaspoon hot sauce1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon kosher saltHeat the broiler. Set a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Mist the baking sheet with cooking spray.In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the olive oil. Add the chicken thighs and brown for 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.Return the skillet to the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Heat until bubbling and thick, 3 to 4 minutes. Return the chicken to the skillet, tossing to coat with the sauce. Simmer for 2 minutes. Arrange the thighs on the prepared rack. Spoon any sauce left in the pan over them. Broil on the oven’s middle shelf for 4 minutes, or until caramelized.Nutrition information per serving: 440 calories; 190 calories from fat (43 percent of total calories); 22 g fat (10 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 190 mg cholesterol; 27 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 24 g sugar; 34 g protein; 440 mg sodium.ADVENTURE SCRAPBOOKThis scrapbook, made out of brown paper lunch bags, is a perfect spot for pasting photos and recording memories. Its clever construction creates pockets that can store journaling pages, ticket stubs and small souvenirs, Just like Paddington loves to do. Decorate it with maps for a vintage travel look, or choose other prints to fit your theme.Materials:3 paper lunch bagsStaplerScissors or paper trimmerMaps, old atlas pages or other decorative paperCardstockGlueRibbonInstructions:Stack the paper bags on top of each other with the folded flaps facing up. For the top and bottom bag, have the flap on the left side of the stack, and for the middle, have the flap on the right.Fold the stack in half to make the book and staple close the folded edge.To create ties that will allow the book to be secured shut, glue lengths of ribbon to the edge of the front and back of the album. These will be sandwiched between the paper bag covers and the cardstock covers in the next step. Cut two pieces of cardstock, one for the front cover and one for the back. Decorate as desired and glue to the front and back of the album.Decorate interior pages as desired. To make journaling pages that fit in the pockets, measure the pages and cut to fit.(Scrapbook plan by Holly Ramer)J.M. Hirsch is the food editor for The Associated Press. He blogs at https://www.LunchBoxBlues.com and tweets at https://twitter.com/JM_Hirsch . Email him at [email protected]
This Dec. 5, 2017 photo shows a bedroom in a New York City apartment being used as a “woman cave,” with bunches of lavender and mint hung upside down to dry and other decorative touches. The room is kept as a chore-free tranquil space for relaxing, reading, crafts and other quiet pursuits. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) NEW YORK | When people find out that I’m an empty nester with a “woman cave” in my New York City apartment, they seem to have a lot of questions. So I recently created this FAQ about it for Facebook friends, which led to a whole other round of comments and questions.If you’re curious about woman caves or maybe you’re dreaming of creating your own, here’s my FAQ and the comments and responses it generated. This Dec. 5, 2017 photo shows a bedroom in a New York City apartment being used as a “woman cave,” with a scarf hung on the wall, futon with throw pillows, a good reading lamp, small works of art and keepsakes from loved ones and other decorative touches. The room is kept as a chore-free tranquil space for relaxing, reading, crafts and other quiet pursuits. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) WOMAN CAVE FAQ1) Where and what is this woman cave?It is a bedroom in my apartment once occupied by children and other people who no longer live under my roof. At least at the moment, they don’t.2) Why do you need a woman cave?Because the TV is often blaring sports in the living room (my husband lives in the apartment, too) and the kitchen’s not comfy and my bedroom is for sleeping.3) What do you do in the woman cave?I sit on the futon and enjoy the calm. I do projects like organizing recipes. I write lists. Occasionally I nap or read. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of (mostly joyful) commotion in this relatively small three-bedroom apartment — including a few periods when we had five people living there, sharing one bathroom — so it’s just nice to have a tranquil spot to relax now.4) What is not allowed in the woman cave?Food. Strife. Clutter. Noisy things. No beverages other than decaf tea.5) What is in the woman cave?A futon with nice pillows. A really good reading lamp. Beautiful things that loved ones have given me: a bowl, art, scarves (one draped on the sofa, one on the wall). A coffee table with a TV and old laptop that my son set up for me so I could watch a movie or show, but so far I haven’t. Bunches of lavender and mint that I picked from my windowbox after the first frost, hanging upside down to dry.6) Do you socialize in the woman cave?No. It’s a solitary place. Though I might consider letting my friends from high school visit.7) Is there anything missing from the woman cave?No. It’s perfect.COMMENTS AND QUESTIONSComment: “No food or beverages other than decaf tea?? I could forgo the food but would broaden the beverage menu.”Comment: “No cheese?”Response: My husband once brought me a snack to be nice, but it spilled and then I had to clean it up. I just want the woman cave to be neat and clean without any effort.Comment: “Sounds blissful. What about a few joss sticks? Or would incense be distracting?”Response: I have a tiny lavender pillow if I need aromatherapy. That’s enough.Comment (from a neighbor): “I’d like to invite you up to my woman cave. The thing I like most about it is that it’s always clean. No one else’s stuff.”Response: Exactly.Comment: “There was a commercial a while ago that called it a ‘She Shack.’”Response: That suggests disorder and crudeness. Neither is allowed in my woman cave.Comment: “Those are practically the same rules I have for my man cave/media room.”Response: Perhaps we are descended from the same cave dwellers.Comment: “Because my dad is severely handicapped, they created a bedroom for him downstairs in the old den of my childhood home. My mom now has the whole upstairs to herself, so she converted my sister’s old bedroom into her woman cave (although she doesn’t call it that).”Response: Women give a lot to other people in their families and sometimes a small tranquil space is really essential to keep them going. My years in this apartment are often a blur from when kids were little and there were never even five minutes of quiet or an inch of privacy. Part of the trance I go into in there is just processing all the memories and the ups and downs. A room of one’s own is not just a metaphor (or the name of a book).
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dedicated the goal he scored against Real Madrid to his late grandfather after the game. He spoke afterwards, saying: “It’s mine [not Varane’s] and I dedicate it to my grandfather who is no longer with us today.” CEST “My childhood dream? To play at Real Madrid,” he told L’Equipe a few months ago. The Gabon hitman had promised his grandfather that he would one day play for Real Madrid. 28/09/2016 Upd. at 01:00 “When I was a kid, I watched Hugo Sanchez videos. The backflip I sometimes do when I score is actually an homage to him. “In 2014, before he died, I promised my grandfather who was from Avila, 110 kilometers from Madrid, that I would play there. It will be complicated, but it sits in a corner of my head. Sport EN Aubameyang scored in the 43rd minute when he ensured the ball crossed the line after Keylor Navas’ punch bounced off Raphael Varane and towards the goalkeeper’s own net. “Real Madrid, or another great spanish club, would also be a great gift to my mother.”
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1-6-17At the Traveller Pride Awards in Dublin today, Award receipient and all Ireland Boxing Champion, Patrick Mongan and World Champion Boxer Andy Lee.PIc Tommy Clancy – No – Fee June 19thLast 1652kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Bathuhan Citfci (Turkey)91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Viktor Vykhryst (Ukraine) Olympic Boxing Club’s Pat Mongan will face the German boxer Artur Bril of Germany in the last 32 of the 60Kg Category at the European Boxing Championships in the Ukraine with the fight taking place on Sunday. Mongan will be the fourth Irish boxer in action at the championships following today’s draw with Sean McComb the first boxer in action today followed by Kurt Walker and Stephen Donnelly tomorrow. Emmet Brennan will take to the ring after Mongan on Sunday and Brendan Irvine, Dean Gardiner, Joe Ward and Darren O’Neill will be in action on Monday and Tuesday. Jun 17th:Last 3256kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Severiane Childaze (Georgia)69kg Steven Donnelly (Ireland) v Sergei Sobylinski (Russia) European Elite Men’s Championships Kharkiv, Ukraine June 14th/25thJune 16thLast 3264kg Sean McComb (Ireland) v Erik Agateljan (Czech Republic) June 18th:Last 3260kg Pat Mongan (Ireland) v Artur Bril (Germany)75kg Emmett Brennan (Ireland) v Bartosz Golebiewski (Poland) June 20thLast 1681kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Matus Strnisko (Slovakia) or Bou Diabra (France)91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Ramazazaqn Musilimov (Ukraine) or Pawel Jakubowski (Poland)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
ATLETICO MADRID boss Diego Simeone is targeting his son Gio from Fiorentina – but faces competition from Spurs, according to reports.The Vicente Calderon boss’ son, 23, plays as a striker for the Serie A side and his old man was recently at the Stadio Artemio Franchi to see him score.3 Gio Simeone is a target for his dad Diego’s Atletico side and SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyHis contract with Fiorentina runs till 2022 and Viola chief Stefano Pioli is eager to tie him down to a new deal amid interest from the European heavyweights.It is no surprise given Gio scored 14 goals last year, providing five assists along the way.And he netted the sixth in Fiorentina’s opening 6-1 win over Chievo.Atletico are already top heavy, with prime attacking talents in ex-Chelsea man Diego Costa and World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann.🇮🇹 @simeonegiovanni pic.twitter.com/XZtmdghXgq— Diego Pablo Simeone (@Simeone) August 27, 2018 3 Simeone Jr has already netted for the Serie A side this seasonCredit: Getty ImagesLatest football newsLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesAZPI BETTERAzpilicueta reveals turning off phone saved his season after horror startBut AS report Gio is being targeted as a “bet for the future”.He will be quite an expensive prospect, with a fee of around £36million reported as the going rate.But that is described as a price Atletico would be willing to pay.3 Simeone could be in the market to make a late move for his sonCredit: The Mega AgencyYet Simeone could provide back up to Harry Kane, with the Spurs striker currently facing questions over his form and fitness.