System Services – Unix Pimps http://unixpimps.org/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 07:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://unixpimps.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png System Services – Unix Pimps http://unixpimps.org/ 32 32 Human rights attorney says Miss T.’s health care system has failed and her family has a cause of complaint https://unixpimps.org/human-rights-attorney-says-miss-t-s-health-care-system-has-failed-and-her-family-has-a-cause-of-complaint/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 04:29:30 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/human-rights-attorney-says-miss-t-s-health-care-system-has-failed-and-her-family-has-a-cause-of-complaint/ The head of the National Justice Project said the mistakes that led to Miss T’s death in Kalgoorlie were some of the worst he has ever seen. Important points: A 16-year-old girl died after being sent home by doctors, despite showing signs of infection. A senior lawyer says her family could take legal action An […]]]>

The head of the National Justice Project said the mistakes that led to Miss T’s death in Kalgoorlie were some of the worst he has ever seen.

The 16-year-old Aboriginal girl was sent home from the hospital on Christmas Eve 2016 despite signs of infection.

She was found hours later by her sister, who was vomiting and twitching in septic shock, and died before an ambulance could arrive.

A coronial report was published late last year.

Human rights attorney George Newhouse said the system had failed, Miss T.

“Many Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders come to us for assistance when they have been ill-treated by the health system, but this is one of the worst I’ve seen,” said Mr. Newhouse.

Reasons for legal action

He said Miss T’s family have legal action against the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) and may be entitled to damages or compensation.

“Given the evidence I’ve seen and the results of the report, there appears to be a case against the WA Country Health Service,” he said.

George Newhouse has represented Aboriginal families who died in custody or in the health care system.(AAP: Paul Miller)

Mr Newhouse said the tragedy resembles that of Ms. Dhu, Naomi Williams and, more recently, Dougie Hampsen.

“We must face the truth so we can address the systemic issues of bias and prejudice in our health services as a nation,” he said.

Both the Minister of Health and WACHS declined interviews and issued statements in which they were aware of the results.

Mr. Newhouse said it wasn’t good enough.

“This is not the first time an Aboriginal person has died this way in WA, and it will not be the last time until the coroner’s findings are implemented.”

The coroner recommended that the Minister of Health establish a short-stay unit on the Kalgoorlie Health Campus and fund the availability of Aboriginal liaison officers around the clock.

Levels of racism in the system

Paul Stewart of the Lowitja Institute, the national institute for indigenous health research, said tragedies like this had an impact on the entire Aboriginal community.

Paul Stewart stands in front of a portrait
Paul Stewart wants the coroner’s recommendations to be implemented.(Delivered: Institut Lowitja)

He urged the Minister of Health to commit to the coroner’s recommendations.

“It is an opportunity for the WA government to really wonder if these recommendations need to be rolled out across the state so we don’t have another Miss T case in another regional city,” said Mr. Stewart.

However, he believes the recommendation of Aboriginal liaison officers is only part of the solution.

“We need to increase our workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, but we also need to provide the broader health workforce with the proper education and training to ensure they provide quality care in a culturally safe manner,” he said.

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Afghanistan: Real-time overview of the ICCT situation report (January 11, 2022) – Afghanistan https://unixpimps.org/afghanistan-real-time-overview-of-the-icct-situation-report-january-11-2022-afghanistan/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 10:27:32 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/afghanistan-real-time-overview-of-the-icct-situation-report-january-11-2022-afghanistan/ This report is produced by OCHA Afghanistan in cooperation with humanitarian partners through clusters. This report covers activities carried out between December 16 and December 31, 2021. It is intended to provide a frequent overview of the measures taken to respond to the needs formulated in the Flash Appeal. The reporting period corresponds to the […]]]>

This report is produced by OCHA Afghanistan in cooperation with humanitarian partners through clusters. This report covers activities carried out between December 16 and December 31, 2021. It is intended to provide a frequent overview of the measures taken to respond to the needs formulated in the Flash Appeal. The reporting period corresponds to the Flash Appeal, which contains a four-month – from September 1 to December 31, 2021 – strategic response to the current crisis. The plan is largely based on unmet needs listed in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2021, but also takes into account emerging needs as currently understood.
This will be the final status report with a real-time overview of the ICCT’s response, focusing on activities since the start of the Flash Appeal. The ICCT will return to its regular pattern of monthly and quarterly reporting in 2022.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Humanitarian workers requested US $ 606 million as part of the Flash appeal to provide priority intersectoral assistance to 11 million people in the last four months of 2021. Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Flash appeal received $ 823 million (135.8 per cent of the entire letter) as of December 31st.

• Humanitarian workers remain concerned about “conditional humanity” or attempts to “exploit” humanitarian aid for political ends. In addition, donors are urged to ensure that transactions and other activities necessary for humanitarian operations are excluded from the scope of the sanctions regimes so that humanitarian operations can continue unhindered.

• As of September 1, 2021, partners have reached 145,605 children with community education activities, assisted 192,294 people with household items, provided food aid to 9.4 million people, reached 1,611,921 people with primary and secondary health care (direct consultations), treating acute acute Treated malnutrition in 275,584 children under the age of five, provided 64,038 people with individual protection assistance, including cash for protection, and reached 552,665 people with WASH assistance, including through hygiene promotion and hygiene kits.

LOCATION OVERVIEW

Forty years of war, recurring natural disasters, chronic poverty, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic have devastated the people of Afghanistan. At the same time, recent economic upheavals and disruptions in basic services, financial systems and public services are emerging, exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation.
Even before the events of August 15, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan was one of the worst in the world. By the middle of the year, almost half of the population – around 18.4 million people – needed humanitarian and protective aid as early as 2021.
The protection and security risks for civilians, especially women, children and people with disabilities, also reached record highs. Although one of the main active conflicts after the events of the 15th armed groups. Reports of attacks on former government and security workers, human rights defenders, media workers, religious elders and humanitarian workers, and sectarian attacks remain worrying. Armed actors are urged to comply with their stated obligations to respect human rights and not to retaliate.
The country is currently experiencing the second drought in four years and the worst of its kind in 27 years. The recently updated analysis of the Integrated Food Security (IPC) phase classification shows that the food security situation has continued to deteriorate, with worrying implications for the lean winter season ahead. An estimated 22.8 million people, or 55 percent of the population, are expected to find themselves in a crisis or emergency level of food insecurity (IPC 3+) between November 2021 and March 2022, an increase of almost 35 percent compared to the same season last year (May 16, 2019) , 9 m). No provinces were included in IPC 1 and 2 during the forecast period up to March 2022. Around 9 million people are expected to be enrolled in IPC 4 – the highest number in the world, both in absolute and relative terms.
In rural areas, this is mainly driven by the drought. In urban areas, the loss of income (due to economic shocks) has contributed to a rapid deterioration in food insecurity. 10 out of 11 most densely populated urban areas are expected to be in IPC 4.
Sharp falls in income, rising food and other raw material prices, rising unemployment and abandoned remittances are likely to contribute to the deterioration in food security. In 2021, no population group had a positive net income.
Estimates show that this year more households are above average in debt. While markets continue to function, the prices of key commodities remain well above pre-pandemic levels and the purchasing power of casual workers and herdsmen is lagging significantly. The WFP’s market observation shows that the prices for wheat and fuel (diesel) have increased by 46 and 39 percent respectively compared to June 2021. As the country experiences severe economic shocks and decouples itself from the world economic system and international development aid, the value of the Afghan currency is falling, affecting the importation of vital goods and the ability of people to buy them. This is critical to consider, because food makes up – on average – more than 82 percent of household income.
The recent change in leadership in the country and the ensuing impact on basic services, financial systems and markets have further deteriorated the situation for vulnerable people. While the full effects of recent events are only becoming apparent after a long time, aid agencies have already experienced a dangerous aggravation of humanitarian needs among a large number of people.
Humanitarian workers in Afghanistan are in a race against time to provide life-saving aid to crisis-hit people and to prepare supplies for the winter. By the end of 2021, humanitarian partners had reached almost 18 million people with life-saving multisectoral assistance in 384 of Afghanistan’s 401 districts.

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Divorce Day and the new divorce system that will go into effect in April https://unixpimps.org/divorce-day-and-the-new-divorce-system-that-will-go-into-effect-in-april/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 08:45:26 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/divorce-day-and-the-new-divorce-system-that-will-go-into-effect-in-april/ Today has been dubbed “Divorce Day,” and is notoriously the first working Monday after New Years when divorce lawyers are reported to have seen a surge in new requests for legal advice regarding their marital or family problems. This increase is believed to be due to an increase in breakups during the Christmas season, which […]]]>

Today has been dubbed “Divorce Day,” and is notoriously the first working Monday after New Years when divorce lawyers are reported to have seen a surge in new requests for legal advice regarding their marital or family problems.

This increase is believed to be due to an increase in breakups during the Christmas season, which can range from factors such as a stressful vacation season, money problems, and from work at home during covids to social restrictions.

However, this year heralds a new era in terms of counseling and filing for divorce.

Charlotte Leyshon, the founder of Lux Family Law, based in Cardiff, says the divorce process is in dire need of an overhaul from April so that couples in the UK can get divorced without blame for the first time.



Charlotte Leyshon founder of the family law firm Lux

Ms. Leyshon said, “Under the current system for immediate divorce, couples must rely on either their spouse’s unreasonable conduct or adultery. This adversarial approach really starts the process on the sharpest footing and is not the way many couples would like to dissolve their marriage. Under the new system, it will be possible for one couple to apply for divorce together and one spouse to apply for divorce against the other alone. This change will allow couples who are divorcing by mutual agreement to make a mutual decision and take a common step to bring the marriage to a united and dignified end. “

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Ms. Leyson said these changes will make a huge difference in how couples individually approach their futures and positively impact their ability to be parents.

For example, it will no longer be possible to defend a divorce that deprives a spouse of the opportunity to try to prevent a divorce. Very often, an abusive or controlling spouse can abuse the current system by defending a divorce and causing their spouse significant legal fees and the emotional aftermath of a litigation.

As such, it is expected that couples can wait for these changes to go into effect later this year before deciding to end their marriage and, according to Ms. Leyshon, Lux Family Law is already taking this into account in their cases.

“We advise all new customers who contact us in the next few months to wait before putting into divorce proceedings, as the new system, which will come into effect in April 2022, could be a friendlier and tastier process for them if that is the case Fall is not an urgent need to get divorced immediately. It will certainly change the way we initially advise clients and the focus can now be on solving the couple’s finances or problems related to their children from the start. “

Lux Family Law was launched in 2018 Divorce Day. Since then, it has grown steadily and has a significant customer base in London, with several cases heard in the High Court. It is currently embroiled in a case before Mr Justice Mostyn that is likely to result in important guidance being given in high net worth financial appeal proceedings.


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Coronavirus: What Happens in Canada and Around the World on Saturday https://unixpimps.org/coronavirus-what-happens-in-canada-and-around-the-world-on-saturday/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 18:11:46 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/coronavirus-what-happens-in-canada-and-around-the-world-on-saturday/ The newest: The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Ontario continues its upward trend, hitting a new pandemic high of 2,594 on Saturday, up from Friday’s high of 2,472. Health officials reported 13,362 new laboratory-confirmed cases on Saturday, though the actual daily number is likely much higher as the province says limited access to […]]]>

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The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Ontario continues its upward trend, hitting a new pandemic high of 2,594 on Saturday, up from Friday’s high of 2,472.

Health officials reported 13,362 new laboratory-confirmed cases on Saturday, though the actual daily number is likely much higher as the province says limited access to PCR tests for most people. The province also reported 31 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

A total of 385 people were being treated in the intensive care unit for the disease, 47 more than the day before.

In Quebec, the number of Hospital admissions related to COVID-19 rose 163 on Saturday to a total of 2,296. Health officials reported 245 ICU patients, an increase of 16 from Friday.

The province also reported 44 more deaths attributable to the novel coronavirus on Saturday, the highest daily death toll in nearly a year.

In Alberta, Alberta Health Services’ early warning system, looking 14 days ahead, suggests the province could see a record number of COVID-19 hospital admissions by then.

As of January 5, the number of out-of-ICU hospital admissions was 448, the data shows. The low scenario of the early warning system predicts that the number will more than double to 968 in two weeks.

COVID-19 hospital admissions outside the ICU in Alberta peaked at 868 on Sept. 27, according to provincial data. On Friday, health officials reported 504 hospital admissions and two more deaths related to COVID-19.

CLOCK | According to the health minister, there could be binding vaccination laws at some point:

According to the health minister, there could be binding vaccination laws at some point

Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says Canada could have mandatory vaccination laws at some point, but provincial leaders in Alberta and Saskatchewan are among those who are already opposed to the idea. 2:44

Canada’s health minister said Friday he believed provinces will need to consider implementing a broader vaccine mandate to counter rising cases.

Jean-Yves Duclos said such a move is not currently being considered in Canada, but his personal opinion is that the country “will get there at some point”.

“We know that COVID-19 will be with us for many more months, maybe even many years,” he said.

Duclos said he spoke to provincial and territorial health ministers on Thursday, commending their continued work in dealing with the crisis.

CLOCK | Health experts urge Canadians to take the vaccine that is available:

Health experts urge Canadians to take the vaccine that is available

Health experts across the country are urging Canadians to stop looking for their preferred brand and take the COVID-19 vaccine that is available. 2:13

Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenney says the province does not have compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations, despite the federal government acknowledging that such intervention may be required in the future.

Kenney said in a brief statement Friday that his government removed compulsory vaccination from the law books last year and “will not reconsider that decision, period.”


What’s happening across Canada

CLOCK | Feds are sending more resources to Ontario First Nation overwhelmed by COVID-19:

Feds are “very quick” sending military to Bearskin Lake First Nation, minister says

The chief of Bearskin Lake First Nation in northern Ontario says he has been waiting for military support as half of the community’s population tested positive for COVID-19. Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu said she expected the military to arrive “very quickly”. 7:10

Given the highly strained and increasingly limited testing capacity in the laboratory, experts say the actual case numbers are likely to be far higher than reported. Regional hospitalization data is also evolving, with several provinces saying they will report numbers that will differentiate the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 from those who are due to another medical problem are in the hospital and also tested positive for COVID-19.

For more information on what’s happening in your community – including details on outbreaks, testing capacity, and local restrictions – click through the regional coverage below.

Read more in the Public Health Authority of Canadawhich offers a detailed look at each region including seven day average test positivity rates in his daily epidemiological updates.

In seafaring, New Brunswick Officials reported 80 patients with COVID-19 in the hospital on Saturday. That set a record for hospital admissions for a second straight day as 11 more people were admitted. Seventeen patients remained in the intensive care unit. Health officials registered 421 new cases and one additional death.

In the North, Nunavut 35 new cases reported on Friday while Yukon 41 new cases reported and the Northwest Territories recorded 149.

In Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Health officials reported four hospital admissions and one other death on Friday.

In Nova Scotia, another death and 48 hospital admissions were reported by health officials on Friday.

Dr. Nathan Stall (right) gives 82-year-old Vincent Doyley as Stall and Toronto Counsel a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Josh Matlow (left) is bringing home-bound seniors and their caregivers a third dose of the vaccine on Friday in town. (Cole Burston / The Canadian Press)

In Prince Edward Island, there were two people in hospital being treated for COVID-19 on Friday, up from four the day before.

In the prairie provinces, hospital admissions are in Manitoba rose to 297, health officials reported on Friday. 34 of these patients are in the intensive care unit.

In the neighboring Saskatchewan, 105 such hospital admissions were reported on Friday – including 11 people in the intensive care unit. In addition, 1,170 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the province, a new high. No other deaths were reported.

In British Columbia, the provincial government announced on Friday that thousands of students across the province will be returning to classes on Monday. There are currently 349 hospital admissions in the province due to COVID-19, according to health officials. Nine other deaths were also reported on Friday.


What’s happening all over the world

As of Saturday, more than 303.5 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracking tool. The reported global death toll was more than 5.4 million.

in the middle East, Hundreds of people gathered in Beirut on Saturday to protest against the measures imposed on the unvaccinated. As of Monday, officials in Lebanon must either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular PCR tests in order to go to work.

Health Minister Firass Abiad criticized the protesters, saying that more than 20,000 people were vaccinated on Saturday alone as part of a government campaign focusing on students and teachers. Educational institutions are scheduled to resume classes on Monday.

A protester holds up a placard during a rally in Beirut on Saturday denouncing Lebanon’s COVID-19 measures. (Hussein Malla / The Associated Press)

In Europe, UK government advisors have advised against giving nursing home residents and people over 80 a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as data shows that a third vaccination provides permanent protection against hospitalization.

The UK Health Security Agency says hospital protection stays at around 90 percent three months after the third dose for people over 65.

In Asia, India reported 141,986 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, most since late May as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus overtakes the Delta version in cities.

Health experts say India’s high infection rate during an earlier major wave in April and May, as well as vaccinations, would reduce the severity of the disease for those infected with the Omicron variant.

Health workers bring a COVID-19 patient to the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, India on Saturday. (Ajit Solanki / The Associated Press)

Almost 70 percent of Indians were infected with the coronavirus by the middle of last year, according to government serological studies, while an almost equal proportion of adults have been fully vaccinated since this week.

Authorities in several Indian cities, including the capital New Delhi, have imposed a nightly curfew on weekdays, closed schools and instructed most businesses to only open on alternate days when there is no curfew.


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General Practitioners Call for Change in Health Funding Status, Incentives to Address Doctor Shortage in WA https://unixpimps.org/general-practitioners-call-for-change-in-health-funding-status-incentives-to-address-doctor-shortage-in-wa/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 21:07:11 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/general-practitioners-call-for-change-in-health-funding-status-incentives-to-address-doctor-shortage-in-wa/ At least once a week, Zaliah Campbell goes on an hour-long trip to see her family doctor. Important points: There is a shortage of general practitioners in fast growing suburbs in the greater Perth area Some doctors say federal funding rules need to change Others say incentives are needed to attract general practitioners to areas […]]]>

At least once a week, Zaliah Campbell goes on an hour-long trip to see her family doctor.

Given the complexities of needs and the need for mental health care, it was not easy to find a doctor near her home in Armadale, southeast of Perth.

Instead, she travels nearly 60 kilometers to the Peel Health Hub in Mandurah to see a specialized group of general practitioners and other health professionals.

“I have borderline personality disorder and it affects how emotions work,” said Ms. Campbell.

Zaliah Campbell with her family doctor.(ABC News: Herlyn Kaur)

“It’s not best to have two children [there], and then try to get them out, work your way through afternoon nap.

The city of Armadale is the fourth fastest growing local government in WA, with an annual growth rate of 3.6 percent – more than three times the state average and more than double the Australian average.

According to the latest data from the Council, poverty, access to services and mental health problems are key issues facing the local community.

Ms. Campbell said the all-round services that the Peel Health Hub provides in the Mandurah community made all the difference to her wellbeing.

“It’s all under one roof. I’m a recreational drug addict, I’ve been clean for three years. I see Palmerston” [rehabilitation service]who is affiliated with Peel Youth Medical Services.

“I can be booked down there for emergency appointments, my doctor calls me if I need an emergency appointment, she finds me time to plan me in.”

General practitioners “fully booked weeks in advance”

Eleanor Britton is Business Development Manager of the Peel Health Hub and helped set up the service in 2018.

She belongs to a group of health professionals fighting against changes to the federal government’s classification system for general practitioners known as the Distribution Primary Area (DPA).

A medium shot of Eleanor Britton standing in front of a sign that says Peel Health Hub.
Eleanor Britton says the government needs to break down the barriers to specialist GPs working in regional areas.(ABC News: Herlyn Kaur)

The Peel area was once classified as a need area but has not been recognized as a primary care shortage area since changing its status to a non-DPA area in 2019.

Similar to Armadale, Ms. Britton said the biggest problem with Mandurah’s growing population is finding enough GPs to keep up with demand.

“We really need one or the other family doctor here and are only a small service, but a really important service.

“We actually serve vulnerable and marginalized parts of the community … so this puts a lot of pressure on us and puts a lot of pressure on the other employees in the building.”

A photo of the outside of the Peel Health Hub.
Peel Health Hub serves marginalized and vulnerable communities.(ABC News: Herlyn Kaur)

Ms. Britton – along with others in the working group formed under the WA Primary Health Alliance – submits an application in which she objects to the non-DPA classification of the Peel region.

“We really feel the pain of this decision and this limitation on us,” she said.

“The general practitioners we need are general practitioners with a special interest in mental health and alcohol and drugs.

She said regardless of DPA status, more needs to be done to attract general practitioners to the area.

“First we have to have a DPA priority status for this region, then we still compete with other regions to attract general practitioners, but I also think we have to promote the region, promote Mandurah as a beautiful place to live.”

Stamm builds on family doctors in high-demand areas

Back in Armadale, several general practitioner offices were forced to close their books to new patients due to overwhelming demand in recent years.

A close up of Harsha Jayatilake in his doctor's office.
Harsha Jayatilake was unable to recruit any more general practitioners.(ABC News: Herlyn Kaur)

Haynes Medical Center owner Harsha Jayatilake said there has been a serious medical shortage since Armadale was classified as a non-DPA two years ago.

In its heyday, the practice had 13 doctors, today there are only seven.

“I’ve advertised all over Seek and the RAC GP website, but the response to my ads and the response from all of these recruiters has been negative,” he said.

The shortage means the practice is about to close to new patients, or possibly permanently.

“We’ll be at a loss at some point, and when that happens we’ll have to seriously consider whether to keep the business going or to come up with something else,” he said.

“Everyone deserves help”

Ms. Campbell’s main concern is the lack of suitable and available GPs near her home in Armadale, as long waits are deterring her from practices in the area.

A photo of Zaliah Campbell with her two children talking to her family doctor.
Ms. Campbell says improving health care in the area would save lives.(ABC News: Herlyn Kaur)

She said better care in the area would help save lives.

“We need more mental health workers, we need more people who sit down and actually care.”

The federal health ministry said its classification system has prioritized areas with significant supply shortages among general practitioners and directed graduates and doctors to rural and remote areas.

It also funds a number of other incentives to encourage primary care practitioner recruitment and retention.

Call for incentives to increase the number of general practitioners

Ramya Raman, WA chairman of the Royal Australian College of GPs and based in Armadale, said the demand for GPs in the area continues to grow.

She said the COVID-19 pandemic had exacerbated the problem.

A woman is smiling at the camera.
Dr. Ramya Raman says Australia needs more general practitioners.(Supplied: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.)

“The shortage of general practitioners is a persistent problem across Australia and was made worse by the pandemic – and particularly by the travel restrictions and the influx of international medical graduates into Australia,” she said.

“I hear the concerns associated with this [the DPA] and there are instances where it has caused problems that are isolated and RACGP has advocated these communities. “

Dr. Raman said the RACGP supports medical practices who want to challenge their non-DPA status.

“We really need to attract and train more GPs across Australia, especially in the communities where they are most needed – especially in regional and remote Australia.

“The shortage of specialists in general practitioners in rural areas is our top priority and … we have long been calling for further investments to attract doctors to these communities.”

She said there needs to be a lot more incentive in urban areas.

“We recommend increasing the workplace incentive programs with additional payments for those doctors who use additional advanced skills, especially in rural areas, graduated according to their skills, in order to enable access to appropriate specialists [Medicare Benefit Scheme] Elements of having a GP with advanced skills … and initiatives to help GPs learn rural medicine and move into rural communities. “


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Road crews ready for the winter mix on the way to St. Louis | St. Louis headlines https://unixpimps.org/road-crews-ready-for-the-winter-mix-on-the-way-to-st-louis-st-louis-headlines/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 04:26:42 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/road-crews-ready-for-the-winter-mix-on-the-way-to-st-louis-st-louis-headlines/ ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Street teams around St. Louis spent Friday refilling salt trucks and keeping a close eye on the forecast as a winter storm system hit the Midwest. American Snow and Ice, a company that serves private properties, said the transition from rain to a wintry mix on Saturday afternoon was worrying. “If […]]]>

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Street teams around St. Louis spent Friday refilling salt trucks and keeping a close eye on the forecast as a winter storm system hit the Midwest.

American Snow and Ice, a company that serves private properties, said the transition from rain to a wintry mix on Saturday afternoon was worrying.

“If we see the temperature drop 30 to 40 degrees over the course of two hours, we could potentially be shock freezing,” said Chris Richard of American Snow and Ice. “The problem with that is that a lot of people don’t understand how dangerous it can be.”

Under these conditions, he said, the road surface looks damp or wet. However, it is often accompanied by a thin layer of ice that makes it very smooth.

With the forecast predicting rain for most of the day, Richard said his crews will use road salt to treat slippery surfaces. As temperatures drop, liquid brine becomes more effective.

“When the intensity of the rain subsides and we’re talking about fog, we may be able to put a layer of salt or liquid on the bottom before it starts to freeze,” he said.

MoDOT said it has no plans to pre-treat roads, although it will have crews on the clock from Saturday afternoon. IDOT said it will make an effort to pre-treat its roads before winter mix.

“We will actually use this rain to do a pre-treatment, to make our own brine and to adapt our schedule over time,” said Joseph Monroe of IDOT.

The city of St. Louis will also have crews on the streets, hoping Saturday’s wind speeds will help remove moisture from surfaces before the temperature drops.

“We should have winds of 20-25 mph, that should really help dry everything out there,” said Kent Flake of the city’s Roads Department.

The latest updates on the weather forecast for Saturday are available in the KMOV News App and KMOV.com.


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True infection rate likely much higher, warns Professor https://unixpimps.org/true-infection-rate-likely-much-higher-warns-professor/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:30:00 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/true-infection-rate-likely-much-higher-warns-professor/ The true number of Covid-19 cases is much higher than the 16,428 reported yesterday, according to an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine at Trinity College. As the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus climbs to 619, that’s an increase from 51 since yesterday morning. Dr. Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, who is also a […]]]>

The true number of Covid-19 cases is much higher than the 16,428 reported yesterday, according to an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine at Trinity College.

As the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus climbs to 619, that’s an increase from 51 since yesterday morning.

Dr. Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, who is also a consultant at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, pointed out that the test system was exhausted.

“I would guess that the real number of cases is actually much higher than the 16,000, which in itself is a pretty astounding number,” she told RTÉ Morning Ireland.

No PCR Covid-19 test slots were available nationwide today at noon.

David Cullinane, the health spokesman for Sinn Féin, said that “an astonishing 6% of the population are tested each week,” with health services nearing full capacity.

“This creates enormous difficulty for people to get access to a PCR test. Omicron is clearly widespread in the community.”

Mr. Cullinane requested that antigen tests be made freely available. He also urged the government to “establish a strategy for how we deal and respond to it” [high cases] … especially with regards to public health tests and news and hospital capacity. “

RTÉ expects the cabinet to meet next week, possibly on Wednesday. It is believed that the government’s position on schools will remain unchanged and that they will reopen after the Christmas break.

In the meantime, Dr. Ní Cheallaigh also today that it is reasonable to assume that a person with symptoms that look like Covid or have a positive antigen test has Covid and should follow public health advice accordingly.

However, she added that there are a number of reasons people want to know if they have a positive PCR test, including for work-related reasons, and it is “challenging”.

Dr. Ní Cheallaigh said it makes sense to reduce the isolation time for positive asymptomatic Covid cases (currently to 10 days) as essential services have to be staffed.

She pointed out that people are most contagious before and just after they get symptoms of Covid.

“If you look at it, maybe a seven-day isolation period with a few tests at the end. To make sure as much as possible that people got rid of the virus. It’s not an unreasonable thing.”

Infectious disease advisor at Beaumont Hospital Eoghan de Barra said the 10-day isolation period for Covid cases may not be sustainable.

Speaking to RTÉ’s News at One, Mr de Barra said that “tough choices” are ahead of us.

He said that changing the isolation period was a government decision and had to be made soon.

When asked if the current 10 day isolation policy was sustainable, he said, “I think it is likely that it will not be sustainable. It’s a very complex topic. “

“You probably know that many different countries are now struggling with this and have changed their guidelines – the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the US is the first to go into five-day isolation.

“And this isn’t the first time isolation has progressed. When we started it was 14 days then 10 and the UK is still debating – they switched to a six day and two negative antigens on separate isolation days before Christmas, “said Mr de Barra.

Call for restriction of activities in the hospital system

In the meantime, INMO has called for all activities in Ireland’s public hospital system to be curtailed, with the exception of urgent emergency care.

Nursing and Midwifery General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha warned: “We are again seeing a large number of emergency rooms across the country today with 287 patients on carts.

“We know from experience that with 287 patients for whom there was no hospital bed on December 30th, this number tripled at the beginning of January.

“Now is the time to reduce all activity in our public hospital system to just emergency activities.”

Even today, the Department of Public Health Mid-West advises people in Limerick, Clare, and North Tipperary to limit social contact during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

It warned: “There is evidence that the number of daily Covid-19 cases in the Midwest is more than double what it was before Christmas.”

Citywest Vaccination Clinic (file image)

Citywest Vaccination Clinic closed after reaching capacity

Walk-in refresher clinics are now open to those aged 30 and over, pregnant women and medical staff in certain vaccination centers across Ireland.

Some walk-in clinics for dose 1 and 2 are also open.

Long lines at Citywest Vaccine Clinic, Dublin, with a wait of up to 2.5 hours resulted in her closing her doors shortly after 11 a.m. because she was fully booked.

Elsewhere in Dublin, a walk-in center at Swords for booster jabs is scheduled to be in operation from 12.40 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. today.

People can also visit City Hall Cork (until 7:30 p.m.), Galway Racecourse (until 7:00 p.m.), Sligo Racecourse (until 7:30 p.m.), Tralee, Co Kerry (until 4:30 p.m.) and the Shoreline Leisure Center in Wicklow (until 7:00 p.m.) Queue for booster vaccinations at 7 p.m.).

Other walk-in clinics operating today include the Kilmore Hotel in Cavan (1:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.), Bantry (12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.), Letterkenny (open until 7:30 p.m.), Roscommon (2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.), Clonmel Park Hotel, Co Tipperary (until 6:30 p.m.) and Astro Active Center, Wexford (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

The HSE Twitter account is currently not showing queues for most venues.


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Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Tuesday December 28th https://unixpimps.org/everything-you-need-to-know-about-covid-19-in-alberta-on-tuesday-december-28th/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 17:39:15 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/everything-you-need-to-know-about-covid-19-in-alberta-on-tuesday-december-28th/ Calgary·THE NEWEST Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenney and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, will be giving a COVID-19 update at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, while critics warn that future numbers of active cases may be dramatically under-reported due to changes in testing protocols by the government. Critics warn that the number of active cases in Alberta may […]]]>
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Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenney and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, will be giving a COVID-19 update at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, while critics warn that future numbers of active cases may be dramatically under-reported due to changes in testing protocols by the government.

Critics warn that the number of active cases in Alberta may be dramatically underreported due to test changes

A girl prepares for her first COVID-19 shot. While data from Ontario suggest that protection from Omicron with two doses of vaccine is poor, its researchers say data from the UK have shown that a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can reduce the risk of infection by up to five times. (Alberta Health Services)

The latest COVID-19 numbers:

  • Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the provincial chief medical officer of health, is expected to be her COVID-19 update at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. CBC Edmonton and CBC Calgary will broadcast it live. Hinshaw also said last week that there would be another update by Thursday’s press conference.
  • Daily updates on the Government pandemic tracking dashboard was slowed down over the holidays. New data, including daily numbers, should be provided on Wednesday and January 4th (so there will be data gaps in the charts in this story).
  • Critics warn against it future numbers of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta could be drastically under-reported, after the government changed its testing protocols last week in response to an expected spate of cases linked to the more highly contagious Omicron variant.
    • Last Thursday, the province changed the testing guidelines to recommend the home Rapid antigen test kits for people with symptoms instead of laboratory PCR testing, except for some priority groups.
    • People who get one positive result of the rapid test kit are urged to consider a COVID-19 confirmation, isolate and notify their close contacts, but the government is not tracking these findings.
    • The government also told people that when they feel symptomatic, should assume you have COVID-19, isolate yourself, and notify your close contacts. The government is not following these results either.
    • The government acknowledged the change would affect the accuracy of the case counts, but said it plans to use Wastewater monitoring and track people with risk factors.
    • Many doctors urge people to Rapid antigen test kits to wiping their throats as well as their noses to improve their chances of catching the virus early.
  • Last Friday, the Alberta Health Services (AHS) made available updated intensive care unit numbers.
    • In Alberta, 229 general adult ICU beds are open, including 56 additional beds. There are 167 patients in the intensive care unit.
    • The province’s intensive care unit capacity – including surge beds – is 73 percent. Without the additional surge rooms, the province’s intensive care unit capacity would be 97 percent.
  • The Alberta government reported in their last full update last Thursday:
    • 1.625 new cases.
    • 8,359 total active cases.
    • No new deaths. There have been 3,299 COVID deaths in Alberta since the pandemic began.
    • 335,047 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.

  • When it comes to them Omicron questionable variant:
    • Last Thursday, the total number of Omicron cases in Alberta was included 2,637, and it was considered the dominant variety in the province.
    • Hinshaw said Omicron cases doubled every two or three days at this point.
    • More than half of the variant cases at this point in time – 1,583 – were in the Calgary Zone.

The latest on restrictions, breakouts, and more:

  • Protection from two doses of COVID-19 vaccines has fallen dramatically since the highly contagious variant of Omicron spread across Ontario, according to data released Monday by the provincial Science Council.
    • The data shows that two doses of vaccine still provide more than 90 percent protection against serious consequences such as hospitalization and ICU admission – evidence that the vaccines successfully achieved the primary goal, said Dr. Peter Jüni, scientific director of the group. However, he said the situation could change in the coming weeks, as so far most of the people hospitalized with COVID-19 have been infected with the previously dominant Delta variant.
    • However, the data from Ontario shows two doses are no longer as effective to prevent people from contracting COVID-19. According to the data, vaccination protection in people who received two doses has dropped to 14.9 percent – from almost 90 percent a month ago.
    • Jüni urged everyone to get a booster as soon as possible, as data from the UK has shown a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can reduce the risk of infection by up to five times.
  • 38 employees tested positive for COVID-19 Drumheller Institute, according to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).
    • Some of the people who tested positive attended a Christmas party earlier this month, but the CSC refused to confirm how many.
    • No inmates tested positive for COVID-19 during the outbreak, but in-person visits to inmates were suspended indefinitely.
  • New restrictions on public health in Alberta to slow the spread of the COVID-19 variant of Omicron went into effect last Friday. They include:
    • Venues in the program for the relief from restrictions that Space for more than 1,000 people should be used to 50 percent. For venues with a capacity of 500 to 1,000 people, 500 people is the limit. No food or drinks may be consumed in these places.
    • Premier Jason Kenney said on December 21 that the changes will apply to NHL games, as well as the World Junior Tournament, which is supposed to start on Boxing Day.
    • Restaurants, pubs and bars are there to have a maximum table capacity of 10 people. Mixing between tables and interactive activities such as dancing or billiards are not permitted.
    • You must stop drinking alcohol at 11:00 PM and close at 12:30 PM

CLOCK | What is the Omicron variant? Infectious disease expert Craig Jenne simplifies the variant:

What is the Omicron variant?

Infectious disease expert Craig Jenne simplifies what the variant is and what it means for the latest round in our fight against COVID. 5:00

  • Hinshaw urged people to reduce their gatherings, but approved gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed.
    • Your warning came about a week after Prime Minister Jason Kenney’s easing Restrictions on private social gatherings on December 15th, Abolition of the rule that only people from two households can meet indoors. He said social gatherings could consist of people from any household but should not exceed 10 Persons (excluding persons under 18 years of age).
    • He also dropped the requirement that everyone be indoors at social gatherings fully vaccinated.
  • Alberta’s health system was repeatedly overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In anticipation of the expected demand from the increase in the number of Omicron variants, the Province of Alberta Health Services advised that unvaccinated doctors and employees wishing to return to work should be able to do so Participation in a temporary test program.
    • This affects around 1,400 full-time and part-time workers who are not fully vaccinated and who have previously been given unpaid leave. The examination is carried out at the expense of the staff.
  • The ruling United Conservative Party was charged with showing hypocrisy when it launched on Jan.
  • The Omicron variant has prompted several post-secondary institutions across the province to back to online learning for the first weeks of the winter semester.
    • These include the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, MacEwan University, the University of Lethbridge, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and Mount Royal University.
  • Alberta had one Limitations of the exemption program, a voluntary vaccination record in place since September 20 after a catastrophic fourth wave of COVID-19. A full list of Limitations and Exceptions is available on the government website.
  • As of December 17th, the Alberta government free take-away-Heim Covid-19 rapid antigen test Kits Available for home use on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
  • There is a limit of one box per person within 14 days and each box contains five tests as it takes time for people’s bodies to develop enough protein from the virus that causes COVID-19 after exposure.

WATCH: How to perform the rapid antigen test:

How to use a takeaway COVID-19 test kit

With the province releasing COVID-19 home rapid test kits, Edmonton-based pharmacist Shivali Sharma is showing Pippa Reed from CBC how to use one properly. 1:51

The latest on vaccines:

  • Last Friday, Alberta ranked last among all provinces and territories for the percentage of eligible people (ages five and older) who had the Covid19 vaccination, according to Vaccine tracker from CBC.
    • 72.2 percent of the total population of the province – or 76.6 percent of eligible Albertans (aged five and over) – have received two cans a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • 78.4 percent of the total population of the province and 83.3 percent of those aged five and over have at least a dose.
    • That is comparable to 82.4 percent the total population of Canada who received at least one dose of vaccine, and 76.5 percent of the total population fully vaccinated. Among the beneficiaries across the country, 86.7 percent have received a dose and 80.5 percent are fully vaccinated.

  • As of December 21, the Alberta government announced that anyone aged 18 or over who received their second COVID-19 vaccine at least five months ago C.I could now book a third dose.
  • Pfizer BioNTech vaccine booster is offered to Albertans aged 18-29 as younger Albertans, especially men from Moderna, have a slightly increased risk of myocarditis – although the government emphasizes that people are much more likely to develop myocarditis from COVID-19 than from Suffer vaccine.

See which regions are hardest hit:

Here is the one latest detailed regional breakdown of the active cases, as the province reported last Thursday (December 23):

  • Calgary Zone: 4,665.
  • Edmonton Zone: 2,539.
  • Middle zone: 460
  • North zone: 424.
  • South zone: 241.
  • Unknown: 30th

Here are the latest COVID-19 stories from Alberta:

The latest updates on COVID-19 in Alberta in charts and graphs:










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Freeport Volunteer Fire Department receives new fire truck funded by the community https://unixpimps.org/freeport-volunteer-fire-department-receives-new-fire-truck-funded-by-the-community/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 22:07:19 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/freeport-volunteer-fire-department-receives-new-fire-truck-funded-by-the-community/ Freeport officials have agreed to fund a new fire truck for the volunteer fire department. The council unanimously voted for a 10-year loan of $ 250,000 through Volunteer’s Financial Services (VFS) at a fixed rate of 3.35%. These funds, plus $ 300,000 in capital projects, will be used to cover the cost of a new […]]]>

Freeport officials have agreed to fund a new fire truck for the volunteer fire department.

The council unanimously voted for a 10-year loan of $ 250,000 through Volunteer’s Financial Services (VFS) at a fixed rate of 3.35%.

These funds, plus $ 300,000 in capital projects, will be used to cover the cost of a new truck from Pierce Manufacturing of Wisconsin.

VFS was founded in 1987 by a volunteer firefighter and has specialized in the financing of equipment and the construction of firefighters.

Councilor Josh James, a district firefighter, did not have to back off the vote, according to District Attorney Matthew Kalina. Councilors Mary Bowlin and Justin DeAngelis resigned prior to this month’s meeting.

The annual loan payments are reported at approximately $ 29,000 and would be covered by the annual $ 30,000 contribution the community pays to the fire department.

The new custom model replaces an outdated truck. The 1987 fire engine Mack Grumman of the volunteer fire brigade failed a pump test that year.

That, combined with other factors, like rust in several places, has pushed it beyond the standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in-service rescue vehicles, said Fire Brigade Marshal Michael Greiser, and it needs to be retired.

The purchase of this new fire engine will help the department meet NFPA standards which will be achieved by increasing manpower, personnel, equipment, and water / pump capacity.

It will also help improve its rating with the Insurance Services Office (ISO). ISO is a consulting and rating organization for the property / casualty insurance industry.

Greiser does the paperwork for the purchase on behalf of the municipality.

“We contacted the manufacturer and presented the signed version of the sales contract last night,” he said. “We’re working on the papers to complete the loan as the final part of the buying process.”

Greiser said the fire engine committee will meet again before production to finalize the final specifications for the truck.

The truck is still in the design phase.

The community is not expected to receive it in at least 15 months.

Suggested specifications include a tank that is at least 750 gallons and a pump that can handle 2,000 gallons per minute. The truck will have a remote-controlled spray gun, a low rear hose bed, a 360-degree camera system, as well as 360-degree reflective strips and LED lighting.

Ladders and other equipment would be stowed inside the truck instead of on the sides.

Council President Clint Warnick said the cost of the fire truck is projected to increase by about $ 40,000 over the next year, so it would be best to approve the purchase later this month.

“We’ve been working on it for between six and eight months since the talks with the fire department began,” said Warnick. “The community has a duty to keep the community safe. We succeeded in doing that. “

James said the new truck will give both the department and the district a boost.

“That’s good news,” he said. “The fire brigade has a 34-year-old engine that has been serving the district well for years. However, it has its problems. With the purchase of this new engine, the fire department receives the most modern and cutting edge technology and technology, as well as long-lasting service and a guarantee to strengthen the longevity of this engine in the community.

“Purchasing this engine will also increase the district’s ISO (fire insurance) rating. As a resident of the district, that’s good news for everyone. “

Michael DiVittorio is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@triblive.com, or on Twitter .



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Public Notice: Yellowknife Testing Capacity and Contact Notifications for Cases https://unixpimps.org/public-notice-yellowknife-testing-capacity-and-contact-notifications-for-cases/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 23:38:33 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/public-notice-yellowknife-testing-capacity-and-contact-notifications-for-cases/ (Yellow Knife, December 24, 2021) – The capacity for tests and contact notifications in Yellowknife is currently limited. There is a high demand for tests due to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases and exposures. This is likely due to a higher number of contacts and exposures due to the nature of the holiday […]]]>

(Yellow Knife, December 24, 2021) – The capacity for tests and contact notifications in Yellowknife is currently limited. There is a high demand for tests due to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases and exposures. This is likely due to a higher number of contacts and exposures due to the nature of the holiday season. It also increases the time it takes public health staff to inform contacts of their exposure to positive cases.

Please keep this in mind for your holiday celebration: This is Christmas Day and many health and social services workers had to forego their own time with family and friends to provide services related to COVID-19. This comes in addition to the regular services that are continued around the clock in the operation of the health and social system. Your actions can help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Testing

Starting December 26th, additional capacity was added to the Yellowknife test site, but available dates remain limited. You can find the latest information on test operating times at www.nthssa.ca/covid-testing. The test site will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Testing is currently only possible by appointment, walk-ins will be accepted again from December 29ththat. You can Book online.

Test capacity is reserved for:

  • People with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Isolation leak test according to your self-isolation plan
  • Basic employee tests
  • Those who have received guidance from public health to get tested

Please note that testing is generally not required for those identified under public exposure reports unless you have symptoms. We encourage everyone to read the exposure notification website and follow the instructions for each exposure site. If you’ve been to an exposure site and a test isn’t required, watch out for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop.

By making sure we maintain testing capacity in these priority areas, we can ensure that we are best protecting public health with the limited resources available to us. Please do not appear for testing if you do not meet the criteria above. You may be asked to reschedule if you don’t meet the priorities above.

Case contact investigations and notification

Because the number of contacts is identified in each positive case, notification of individual contacts who have been revealed will be delayed for up to three days after the case investigation is complete. So, if you’ve had contact with a positive Covid case, it can take up to 3 days for you to learn about your exposure from public health.

To mitigate this, Public Health is asking positive cases to help notify their close contacts. If someone informs you that you have been in close contact, please isolate yourself, evaluate yourself for symptoms, and wait for public health instructions regarding the tests. Again, you are not allowed to present yourself at the test site unless you have symptoms or have been given instructions.

What can residents do to help?

If you have symptoms, get tested. When traveling to the NWT, limit your contacts for the first 72 hours. If you received rapid tests, use them on arrival and after 72 hours and isolate if you get a positive result. If you get a positive result, you will need to isolate yourself until you are tested and assessed at a testing site. Finally, all residents can help by following healthy habits, wearing a mask, limiting contact, staying home if you have any symptoms, and getting vaccinated if they haven’t already.


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