Florida Changes Reporting of ICU Beds Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgWith the recent increase in coronavirus cases in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis is changing the way hospitals report the status of intensive care unit beds they have available.Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees does not want hospitals to report the number of patients in intensive care unit beds, but instead only those who are receiving an “intensive level of care.” That change could undercount the number of ICU coronavirus patients.Rivkees notes that some hospitals have COVID-19 wards within intensive care units and are therefore reporting all of their coronavirus patients as ICU patients, although they may not all need the same level of care.In addition, DeSantis says resuming elective surgeries has reduced the number of ICU beds available.last_img

One of three John Deere 4320s ever made displayed at FSR 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New iron wasn’t the only thing on display at the 2019 Farm Science Review. Smith Farms Restoration had two very rare John Deere tractors on display. This 4320 was one of only 3 ever made. In this video Doug Guthrie walks us through two rare John Deere tractors.last_img

PH could lose equestrian gold

first_imgColin Syquia of the Philippines. Photo taken from the official Twitter account of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games @KL2017Filipino-American Colin Syquia has yet to make a decision whether to contest the international equestrian federation (FEI) findings that stated his mount, Adventure E, was found to have taken banned substance.FEI came out with a “table of suspension” that included the horse of Syquia, a New York-based horse dealer who brought the Philippines its only gold medal in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games last August.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight PBA Finals: Durham tows Meralco past Ginebra to avoid 0-3 hole Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., the equestrian head, didn’t reply to text messages sent by the Inquirer.Syquia saw action for the first time in the Philippine team but his stint encountered a major challenge after Adventure E had to travel for 36 hours hopping from New York to Amsterdam, Baku and KL.The Filipino rider, who upstaged his Malaysian counterparts for the SEAG jumping gold, almost didn’t push through with the trip because of the stress undergone by his horse.The Philippines struggled during the SEA Games with only 24 golds to show, its worst in terms of gold medals won in more than 10 years.ADVERTISEMENT If the test is finalized, Syquia could lose his SEA Games gold.Adventure E was found to have Clomethiazole, a banned substance, in its blood. The horse was suspended for two months by FEI. The 46-year-old Syquia was “provisionally” suspended but the FEI decision didn’t say how long.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNational team manager Danny Virata said they were informed of the FEI findings but until now have yet to hear from Syquia.“We still don’t know if that was the first test, or if they are still going to conduct another confirmatory test,” said Virata.last_img read more

Man dies after confrontation with RCMP in Igloolik

first_imgAPTN National NewsIGLOOLIK — Local RCMP have shot and killed a man at his residence in Igloolik, Nunavut.RCMP have said in a statement that they were “checking the well-being” of a man at his home when he advanced toward officers wielding a weapon and uttering threats. During the confrontation, he was shot by an RCMP officer, and later died of his injuries at the local health centre.The nature of the weapon the man was holding is unclear.RCMP said that an investigation will be launched into the incident, and that the Major Crimes Unit is en route from Iqaluit to secure the scene. They also say that it is “too early at this point” to determine what set off the confrontation.An officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries at the scene.last_img

Chiefs up pressure on RCMP Valcourt over release of murdered missing Indigenous

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Grand Chief of Treaty 6 in Alberta is calling for an independent investigator to review the RCMP’s data on murdered and missing Indigenous women in response to a decision by the Mounties to back a claim by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt that Indigenous perpetrators are responsible for 70 per cent of the solved murders of Indigenous women.During a press conference in Edmonton Friday, Treaty 6 Grand Chief Bernice Martial said the RCMP’s decision to back the 70 per cent statistic has created the need for an independent review of the data on murdered and missing Indigenous women held by the RCMP.“We demand an independent investigator to collect all information and data of missing and murdered Indigenous women held by Statistics Canada and the RCMP,” said Martial, during the Edmonton press conference. “More questions have been raised than answered. We demand answers now.”On Thursday, Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch’s office released to the media a letter written by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and addressed to Martial. In the letter, Paulson said “consolidated data” from about 300 police agencies produced the 70 per cent statistic.Paulson was responding to a letter from Martial who wrote the top Mountie asking for data to back up Valcourt’s claim. Valcourt mentioned the 70 per cent statistic during a closed-door meeting in Calgary last month which Martial attended.The RCMP initially refused to back Valcourt saying its “bias-free policing policy” prevented the federal force from releasing ethnically-based information on perpetrators. Paulson’s decision to confirm the statistic runs counter to the policy.APTN asked the RCMP to explain the decision to release that statistic. The RCMP did not respond.“Why did the RCMP, when for two weeks it stated that they have a bias-free policing policy…all of a sudden change their policy within this time frame?” said Martial.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Friday added his voice to the ongoing controversy and called on the RCMP and Valcourt to share all its information on murdered and missing Indigenous women with First Nations.“It is absolutely unacceptable that important information on a priority issue is being withheld from First Nations,” said Bellegarde, in a statement. “The federal government and the RCMP must immediately release all the information they have to First Nations so we can better understand the current situation and work together toward solutions.”Bellegarde said he would be writing the RCMP to formally request the information.The national chief also took aim at Valcourt for his initial decision to use the statistic to counter public inquiry calls from chiefs during the March Calgary meeting.“Blaming the victim is no longer an option,” said Bellegarde.Martial has called for Valcourt’s resignation.It seems unlikely the RCMP would be willing to release all the information it gathered as part of its project on murdered and missing Indigenous women. While the RCMP released a report last spring and plans to release a second report in May, Paulson said in the letter existing agreements prevented it from releasing all its raw data.Paulson said the RCMP obtained data from Statistics Canada and individual police agencies across the country through signed agreements it would not be disclosing the raw information publicly.As part of its massive project to get a statistical handle on the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country, the RCMP obtained Statistic Canada’s annual homicide surveys ranging from1980 and 2012. In order to receive the information, the RCMP signed a confidentiality agreement with Stats Can. The RCMP also signed agreements with police departments across the country to obtain their information.Stats Can’s information, however, did not have completely accurate data on whether perpetrators were Aboriginal or not. The RCMP filled in the gaps found in the data by going back to individual police departments and manually reviewing the files.“The RCMP is currently the source of the most complete information on the Aboriginal identity of the accused,” said Stats Can in a statement.For the first time this coming December, Stats Can’s annual homicide survey will include the “Aboriginal identity” of victims and perpetrators.University of Ottawa criminology professor Ronald Melchers said the 70 per cent statistic that is causing so much controversy is likely accurate.“It is very consistent with everything I know,” said Melchers, who has extensive experience studying the intersection between criminal justice statistics and public policy. “A lot of people are saying we don’t know this, or we don’t know that, but we do know this very well.”Melchers said the RCMP was put in a complicated spot when Valcourt’s musings leaked into the public domain.“They did not want to do it, it violates their internal policy,” he said. “But they were forced into it…they did an assessment of what was the public interest, and the public interest was to release the information.”[email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Blend your summer clothes with winter

first_imgFalling short of winter wear and have an office party to attend? A great mix of summer and winter wear can ease your dressing woes in the winter season.Here are five ways to glamourise your summer outfit for the winter season:Floral summer dress: A cute floral summer dress can go great lengths when paired with the right accessories. Heels can glamorise any outfit, so team your favourite pair of black pumps with your summer dress. Another way of turning a summer dress into a party outfit is by slapping on a black blazer and head to your office party in style. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPlain sheath dress: Do you have any plain dress in your wardrobe? It could be a plain black shirt dress or a plain dress in any colour. You can add glamour to this by either sporting a sequined clutch and high gladiator heels or mules. This look is sporty, chic yet glamorous.A logo shirt: Who would’ve thought wearing a simple logo shirt can make a fun party outfit? Pair the logo t-shirt with a high waist leather skirt. This look is grungey and can make a perfect festive outfit when completed with a pair of black pumps. A pair of studded earrings adds that extra bit of oomph.Playsuits: Playsuits are another great option to turn into party wear. Pull out any solid colored playsuit as they’re flirty and fun, just about perfect for any night out. They’re comfortable yet glamorous and look great the way they are. Pair heels along chunky bracelets and earrings to go with them.last_img read more

El Segundo California – Reported by Elite Travele

first_imgEl Segundo, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine.Luxury travel company Travcoa has announced the August 20, 2011 departure of their Grand Safari with Kenya & Tanzania as the company’s annual President’s Journey. Led by company president Jerre Fuqua and professional Travel Director-photographer Kymri Wilt, the 15-day, small-group, luxury African safari is set to explore the legendary game parks of Kenya and Tanzania using light aircraft to fly between safari experiences.Highlights of the Travcoa safari through East Africa will include Nairobi, Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara in Kenya, and Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti in Tanzania. The President’s Journey Grand Safari is limited to a maximum of 18 guests and will be escorted by Travcoa Travel Director, Kymri Wilt, working in combination with expert local guides. Wilt is a professional photographer and will be available to all guests, regardless of photography skill level, for tips on photo technique and equipment use.www.travcoa.com/grandsafari Accommodations throughout the Grand Safari are in boutique lodges such as Arusha Coffee Lodge, The Manor at Ngorongoro Crater and small, luxury, tented camps in private locations including Serengeti Migration Camp and Governors’ Il Moran camp in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Il Moran’s strategic location at the Mara River maximizes the opportunity for President’s Journey guests to witness the annual river crossing during the migration of over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra into Kenya each year. The East Africa wildebeest migration is widely regarded as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth.Other highlights of the all-inclusive luxury safari include scenic flights between itinerary stops; a lavish picnic lunch set deep in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro crater complete with a private chef, waiters, linens and crystal; an early morning hot air balloon excursion over Kenya’s Masai Mara followed by a Champaign brunch; and a visit to the Sheldrick Trust’s Elephant and Rhino Nursery outside Nairobi in order to interact with orphaned infant elephants and their keepers. Each booking on the Grand Safari will receive a one-year sponsorship of an orphaned infant elephant courtesy of Travcoa.www.travcoa.com/SheldrickTrust In addition to a dedicated Travcoa Travel Director and top safari guides, the all-inclusive Grand Safari features all ground transportation, hot air ballooning, all meals including evening “sundowners” and memorable dinners in the bush. Several other very special events are planned for the President’s Journey departure in August. Price for the 2011 Grand Safari is $10,990 per person based on double occupancy, plus $1,790 for intra-tour air.www.travcoa.com/africalast_img read more