Businesses flouting Covid rules get free pass

first_imgThe HSE told the Guardian it had scaled up its proactive work to check, support and advise businesses on public health guidance, and had carried out more than 32,000 visits during the pandemic. Businesses flouting Covid rules get free pass Sunday 17 January 2021 9:56 am whatsapp whatsapp Overall just 0.1 per cent of the nearly 97,000 Covid safety cases dealt with by the agency during the pandemic have resulted in an improvement or prohibition safety notice, and not a single company has been prosecuted for Covid-related breaches of safety laws, according to the Guardian. Also Read: Businesses flouting Covid rules get free pass Share Inspectors were contacted 2,945 times about workplace safety issues between 6 and 14 January, the Guardian reported, but no notices were served. Also Read: Businesses flouting Covid rules get free pass “Inspectors continue to be out and about, putting employers on the spot and checking that they are complying with health and safety law. Our role in contributing to the national response to reduce Covid-19 transmissions and support economic recovery has been widely recognised,” a spokesperson added. No enforcement notices have been served on companies by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors for Covid safety breaches since the country entered its latest lockdown. Hannah Godfrey In the latest national lockdown all non-essential shops are supposed to be closed and workers have been urged to work from home unless they absolutely cannot do so, to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Show Comments ▼ Enforcement notices initially ask businesses to remedy unsafe practices, and are later followed by fines if businesses do not comply. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comMoney PopThe Most Overpriced Vehicles On the Market Right NowMoney PopLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthQuizscape8 Out Of 10 Men Fails This Car Engine Quiz. Can You Pass It?QuizscapeAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco Relish Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

Superbug resistant to last-resort antibiotics now found on multiple continents

first_imgHealthSuperbug resistant to last-resort antibiotics now found on multiple continents This week, the Lancet Infectious Diseases published five more reports of work done by researchers in a number of countries who searched their databases for mcr-1. A group from the Netherlands identified the gene in E. coli found in stool samples collected from six travelers who had been on three different continents: South America (Bolivia, Peru), Africa (Tunisia), and Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.)The travelers took part in a study in which stool samples were collected before and after foreign travel, providing a nice reminder that an antibiotic-resistant gene such as mcr-1 can journey the world over in the stomachs of healthy people while no one is the wiser, said Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University.Price said he hopes the rapid discovery of the gene across such a large expanse will serve as a wake-up call.Mcr-1 is a gene that gives bacteria that carry it resistance to a drug called colistin, the last antibiotic that can cure highly resistant infections. From a human point of view, that’s a very bad skill for bacteria to have.But it gets worse: This gene is carried on a plasmid, a mobile piece of DNA that that can be swapped from one bacterium to another within a family like E. coli, but also to other bacterial families as well.This gene can get around. And it clearly has been.After Chinese researchers reported the first discovery of mcr-1 on Nov. 18, researchers with access to databases containing the genetic sequences of E. coli, Salmonella, and other bacteria scrambled to search those collected codes for evidence of mcr-1. The hope, of course, was that this bug was contained to China.Not even close, it turns out. Two weeks later Danish researchers reported finding the gene in samples taken from one hospital patient and five commercial meat products. The earliest evidence of it in Denmark was from 2012.“I had really sincerely hoped not to see it,” Frank Aarestrup, head of the genomic epidemiology group at Denmark’s National Food Institute, told STAT the day he and his colleagues reported their finding. Tags antibioticsbacteriainfectious disease Helen Branswell Epidemiologists — people who track diseases — use an expression: Seek and ye shall find. It’s a reminder that sometimes when you see a phenomenon, it may not be entirely new. It may be that you’ve only just noticed it.Well, the world seems to be having a major seek-and-ye-shall-find moment right now with a worrisome new superbug.This week alone reports have emerged that the mcr-1 gene, which confers resistance to an important antibiotic of last-resort, has been found in bacteria previously collected in the Netherlands, Laos, Algeria, Thailand, and France. There is reason to believe it may also be circulating in Bolivia, Peru, Tunisia, Portugal, Malaysia, and possibly Vietnam and Cambodia.advertisement Pigs have been found to carry bacteria with the mcr-1 gene. Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images New superbug in China threatens to defeat last-resort antibiotics The poultry meat in Denmark that turned up mcr-1 containing E. coli had been imported from Germany, which adds to the evidence that this gene is hopscotching around the globe.Colistin is actually not a great antibiotic — it can be toxic to the kidneys. In fact, for decades, it was rarely used. Other, newer antibiotics were easier to take, so doctors in the main stopped using colistin, which is probably why it still works.As the newer, better drugs have fallen prey to resistance, colistin has gained a new place of prestige in modern medicine. The World Health Organization actually declared it critically important for human medicine in 2012.But China has been using the drug in agriculture, which is what likely led to the development of mcr-1, experts believe.Price said the emergence of mcr-1 and the evidence of its wide spread is proof the time has come to draw some firm boundaries between the antibiotics that should be reserved for human use and those that can be used to treat infections in animals.Feeding antibiotics to pigs, cows, and other food animals as growth promoters, or to prevent the diseases that arise as a result of industrialized production practices, simply shouldn’t be allowed, he said.These developments come in a week when Congress upped spending on antibiotic resistance, increasing the pot being shared by a number of federal agencies by $303 million — a 64 percent bump.One might be tempted to see that as a sign that the US government is seized of the threat antibiotic resistance poses to modern medicine. But Price noted that none of that extra money was allocated to the Department of Agriculture, even though the agricultural sector uses many times more antibiotics than human medicine does.He thinks it is a sign of continued resistance to the need to limit agricultural use of antibiotics. “They do not want clear lines drawn,” Price said.This story was updated to include discussion of colistin’s agricultural use. Superbug resistant to last-resort antibiotics turns up in Europe center_img @HelenBranswell Related: About the Author Reprints The journal that has published many of these findings, the Lancet Infectious Diseases, indicated on its Twitter feed Friday that it has more mcr-1 reports in its hopper: “There will be another wave of reports soon.”This is in addition to Denmark and Britain. Scientists in those two countries reported finding the bacterial resistance gene earlier this month. All these findings have come to light in the month — one single month — since Chinese scientists made the first-ever report of mcr-1.advertisement Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. By Helen Branswell Dec. 18, 2015 Reprints Related:last_img read more

NASA mission will zoom by asteroid before returning sample to Earth

first_imgCuriosity rover spots colorful, sparkling clouds on Mars June 2, 2021 Jeff Bezos to go to space on first crewed flight of Blue Origin rocket June 8, 2021 New NASA photo shows our galaxy’s ‘violent energy’ June 1, 2021 A NASA spacecraft that took a sample from an asteroid 200 million miles away now has a plan to come back home.On May 10, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will leave the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and begin a nearly three-year journey back to Earth, NASA officials announced this week.The spacecraft, formally known as the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer, is carrying a hefty sample it collected from the asteroid’s surface in October, CNN reports. The goal of the mission was to collect 60 grams or two ounces of material — and even though the scientists won’t know for sure until they open it, it appears the collection event exceeded this goal. Regolith is a layer of dust and broken rocks on the surface of asteroids and planets.The sample from the asteroid could shed more light on the formation of the solar system and how elements like water may have been delivered to early Earth by impacts from these rocky leftovers. RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Advertisement Solar orbiter mission captures sun blasts that could disrupt technology on Earth May 19, 2021 Originally, OSIRIS-REx was scheduled to leave Bennu in March.“Leaving Bennu’s vicinity in May puts us in the ‘sweet spot,’ when the departure maneuver will consume the least amount of the spacecraft’s onboard fuel,” said Michael Moreau, OSIRIS-REx deputy project manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, in a statement.“Nevertheless, with over 593 miles per hour (265 meters per second) of velocity change, this will be the largest propulsive maneuver conducted by OSIRIS-REx since the approach to Bennu in October 2018.”The early April flyby wasn’t initially part of the mission, so a May departure allows more time for this last look, CNN confirmed.If all goes according to plan, OSIRIS-REx will fly over the sample site, called Nightingale, from two miles away.When the sample collection head on the spacecraft’s arm descended to the asteroid’s surface in October, it actually sank about 1.6 feet beneath the material sitting on the asteroid. This was called the TAG, or Touch and Go, event.The spacecraft also fired its thrusters to safely back away from the asteroid.Both of these events likely kicked up material on the surface of the asteroid and changed the appearance of the Nightingale site.This flyby will be similar to the observational ones OSIRIS-REx conducted of Bennu for about a year before the mission team decided on the right place to land and collect a sample.The spacecraft will observe a full rotation of Bennu, including its northern and southern hemispheres and equator, and those images can be compared with the images it collected in 2019.The flyby also serves as a good test for the scientific instruments on OSIRIS-REx, which may have been covered in dust during the sample collection. The spacecraft may have a future beyond this mission if everything is working in order since it will simply drop off the sample to Earth, not land back on the planet.Once OSIRIS-REx approaches Earth in 2023, it will jettison the capsule containing the sample, which will shoot through Earth’s atmosphere and parachute down in the Utah desert.A team will be ready to retrieve the sample from an aircraft hangar that will serve as a temporary clean room. The sample will then be whisked away to labs that are currently under construction at Johnson Space Center in Houston.“OSIRIS-REx has already provided incredible science,” said Lori Glaze, NASA’s director of planetary science, in a statement. “We’re really excited the mission is planning one more observation flyby of asteroid Bennu to provide new information about how the asteroid responded to TAG and to render a proper farewell.”The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementWhen OSIRIS-REx departs Bennu in May, it will begin the 200 million-mile trek back to Earth. It’s expected to deliver the sample to Earth on September 24, 2023.The spacecraft first arrived for a close look at Bennu in 2018 and has been orbiting the asteroid ever since, according to CNN. And it’s going to take one last look at the asteroid before the spacecraft bids farewell to its single companion in space for the last few years.In April, the spacecraft will conduct a final flyby of the asteroid to see how the spacecraft’s contact with Bennu’s surface may have altered the sample collection site. 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No Solution is Possible to the Nuclear Problem Without a Change…

first_img AvatarSohn Kwang Joo, Editor News News [imText1]- The ‘North Korea problem’ includes a number of problems including nuclear development, liberalization, human rights, establishing peace in the peninsula, and reunification. Especially the nuclear problem, which has long been a problem without a solution, and will be one of the most important matter to be addressed in Northeast Asia in 2005. I would first like to confirm with you if it is true. Is it true that there are completed nuclear weapons in North Korea? “The fact that I am sure is because before the Geneva Agreement of 1994, North Korea completed building at least two plutonium nuclear weapons. This is what Jun Byung Ho, secretary of military industry, who was in charge of nuclear weapons development at the time said at a meeting with all the secretariat level officials of the Central Party. During the first North Korea nuclear crisis in 1993-1994 Secretary Jeon asked me, “I have reported the above(Kim Jong Il) that we have completely finished underground nuclear testing preparations but there is no reply. I think this is because the above is considering international relations. What do you think about it as a secretary of international affairs?” At the time, North Korea was capable of conducting underground nuclear testing. You will be able to guess how many nuclear weapons North Korea may possess if you calculate the amount of plutonium they have retrieved from the spent nuclear fuel rods.”There is a difference in U.S. and Korean estimations of how many nuclear weapons North Korea currently possesses. While South Korea estimates the number of weapons to be one to two, U.S. officially states that it predicts North Korea to have about two to three. On the other hand, American research institution estimations reaches up to five to seven weapons. During the U.S. presidential election campaign, presidential candidate Kerry stated, ‘it is predicted that North Korea already possesses five to seven nuclear weapons.’ South Korea and U.S.’s official estimated number of North Korean nuclear weapons seems to refer to past nuclear weapons of 1993-1994. After the North expelled the IAEA inspectors in December 2002, if North Korea was able to retreat all of the 8000 nuclear fuel rods, then it is possible that North Korea possesses five to eight nuclear weapons. – What do you think about nuclear weapons with enriched uranium? North Korea has acknowledged at first but has been denying its possession ever since US special envoy James Kelly visited North Korea with evidence of North Korea’s enriched uranium nuclear development in October 2002. “Secretary Jeon Byung Ho did not attend central secretariat meetings for a while in 1996. Then sometime between the summer and fall of the same year, he came and told us, ‘We no longer need to import plutonium from foreign countries. We have signed an agreement with Pakistan on making nuclear weapons and agreed to make nuclear weapons with uranium 235.’ The agreement with Pakistan was on North Korea providing Pakistan with missile technology and Pakistan providing North Korea with enriched uranium nuclear treatment technology. Later, I heard that Pakistani nuclear scientists have visited North Korea. Enriched uranium nuclear weapons would have started about that time.” – It has been eight years since 1996. We could predict that enriched uranium nuclear weapons development is now preceded by much. Generally speaking, how far could we predict North Korea has come with its nuclear weapons development? “Regarding disputes on how many nuclear weapons North Korea developed and on what kind of technology North Korea has to transfer its nuclear weapons, I do not have expertise on technical matters. But I have heard several times from important officials of the central party military industry part, ‘We have solved the problem of solid fuels. We do not know if it will hit the exact target but it can reach the U.S. territory.’ I worked with Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il for forty years. According to my experience, I predict that North Korea possess useable nuclear weapons. Otherwise, North Korean officials will not be able to say, ‘we possess nuclear weapons’ or ‘we have completed reprocessed nuclear weapons.’ North Korea’s announcement of completing nuclear repression is nothing more than a trick to conceal the bigger problem, enriched uranium nuclear weapons.” Do Not Underestimate the Level of North Korean Nuclear DevelopmentJune 8, 2004, Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese vice foreign minister, said in his interview with The New York Times that he doubts North Korea had an enriched uranium program, saying further that the U.S. has not provided clear evidence for it. On the other hand, after his visit to North Korea, US special envoy James Kelly stated, “We have solid evidence on North Korea’s HEU program.” There is a limitation in obtaining evidence due to the nature of the Kim Jong Il regime. Therefore, human resources are imperative. – How reliable do you think domestic and foreign media on North Korean nuclear-related information? “We cannot say the nuclear experts have expertise in the reality of North Korea. Furthermore, their information has not been verified by their visits to North Korea. They are underestimating the level of North Korean nuclear development based on their predictions. Some of the foreign technicians’ statements sound as if they speak for the North Korean government. Considering that even if it is not with the nuclear weapons, because North Korea’s biological and chemical weapons are enough to threaten us, we must not underestimate North Korea’s capability of building weapons of mass destruction.” – Who do you predict to be the person in charge of North Korean nuclear development and management? “In North Korea, biological, chemical and nuclear weapons development including all the new technology weapons development are conducted under the Military Industry Department of the Labor Party. However, once the weapons are completed, it is the North Korean military that controls and manages them. We could say that when North Korean nuclear weapons are completed, they are already in the hands of the military.” – Although not possible now, if North Korea rejoins the NPT and accepts the IAEA inspections, do you think the truth about North Korean nuclear development will be all revealed? “With a nuclear inspection, North Korean nuclear weapons will be discovered without a doubt. What North Korean officials fear the most is the nuclear inspection. However, the ultimate problem is not the North Korea’s nuclear weapons, but the Kim Jong Il dictatorship. If it was not for Kim Jong Il, even North Korea had hundreds of nuclear weapons, we will not face the present threat. With Kim Jong Il, there will always be biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons posing a threat to us. This is the absolute truth. Therefore the essence of the problem does not lie in getting rid of North Korean nuclear weapons but in overthrowing the Kim Jong Il regime.” Facebook Twitter News SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Sohn Kwang Joo, Editor – 2005.01.26 5:39pm No Solution is Possible to the Nuclear Problem Without a Change in the Kim Jong Il Regime Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Basel issues guidance on settling FX transactions

Global banking regulators issued new guidance Friday targeting the risks associated with settling foreign exchange (FX) transactions. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued its new guidance, updating measures that were first published in 2000. Since then, it notes, the foreign exchange market has made significant strides in reducing the risks associated with the transaction settlement, but substantial risks remain, it notes, “not least because of the rapid growth in FX trading.” Forex frauds on the rise Asset managers must adopt FX code: BIS Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Foreign exchangeCompanies Basel Committee on Banking Supervision The original guidance focused mainly on the principal risk element of FX settlement risks, the new guidance is intended to address a broader spectrum of FX settlement-related risks, it notes; including, governance, replacement cost, liquidity, operational, legal, and capital risks. As such, it provides more comprehensive and detailed direction on governance arrangements and the management of these various risks. “The guidance will be an important step towards further improving banks’ management of FX settlement-related risks, which is a potential cause of major financial disruptions,” said Stefan Ingves, chairman of the Basel Committee and governor of Sveriges Riksbank. “The Committee encourages full adoption of this guidance by supervisors and their supervised banks, in particular internationally active banks, and intends to monitor and review banks’ and supervisors’ progress in applying this guidance,” he added. Related news Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Budget 2021: Minister Fortier highlights Budget 2021’s investments in Richmond B.C

first_imgBudget 2021: Minister Fortier highlights Budget 2021’s investments in Richmond B.C From: Department of Finance CanadaToday, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona Fortier, continued her cross-country virtual Budget 2021 tour by meeting with members of the Richmond, British Columbia community.Today, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona Fortier, continued her cross-country virtual Budget 2021 tour by meeting with members of the Richmond, British Columbia community.Her visit included a Richmond Chamber of Commerce speech with Parliamentary Secretary Terry Beech, an address to the ICONNBC Business Association with Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, and she hosted a virtual meeting with seniors along with Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough.Budget 2021 is an historic investment to address the specific wounds of the COVID-19 recession, put people first, create jobs, grow the middle class, set businesses on a track for long-term growth, and ensure that Canada’s future will be healthier, more equitable, greener, and more prosperous.The Government of Canada’s top priority remains protecting Canadians’ health and safety, particularly during this third, aggressive wave of the virus and its variants. Vaccine rollout is underway across Canada, with federal government support in every province and territory and Canada is on track to meet the commitment that every Canadian who wants to will be fully vaccinated by September. To date, more than 1,834,430 vaccine doses have been shipped to British Columbia. On March 25, 2021, the federal government tabled legislation in order to provide a one-time payment of up to $1 billion to the provinces and territories, on an equal per capita basis, to help administer vaccines as quickly as possible.COVID-19 has been devastating for Canada’s seniors. It is essential that we protect the health and well-being of seniors, and the personal support workers who care for them, through this difficult time and into the future. Budget 2021 proposes to provide $3 billion over five years to support provinces and territories in ensuring standards for long-term care are applied and permanent changes are made. And as announced in March 2021, the federal government is proposing to provide provinces and territories with $4 billion through a one-time top-up to the Canada Health Transfer.The federal government is making these investments to shore up public health systems so that they can continue to provide world-class care to Canadians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Quotes“The best way to keep the economy strong is to keep Canadians healthy, and Budget 2021 is as much about jumpstarting our economy as it is about investing in measures that will increase the quality of life for our citizens – things like health care, child care, arts and culture, the environment and public infrastructure.”Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona FortierQuick factsBudget 2021 includes $101.4 billion over three years in proposed investments as part of the Government of Canada’s growth plan that will create good jobs and support a resilient and inclusive recovery. Key measures include:Establishing a Canada-wide early learning and child care system, in partnership with provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners, which will help all families access affordable, high-quality, and flexible child care no matter where they live, and no longer shoulder the burden of high child care costs. The budget proposes new investments totalling almost $30 billion over the next five years. Combined with previous investments, a minimum of $9.2 billion per year ongoing will be invested in child care, starting in 2025-26.Extending emergency supports to bridge Canadians and Canadian businesses through to recovery, including:Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support until September 25, 2021.Extending the number of weeks available for important income support for Canadians such as the Canada Recovery Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit.Enhancing Employment Insurance sickness benefits from 15 to 26 weeks.Increasing Old Age Security for seniors age 75 and older to provide them with better financial security.Supporting women, Black Canadians, and other underrepresented entrepreneurs who face barriers to launching and owning businesses through $300 million to enhance initiatives like the Black Entrepreneurship Program and the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.Enriching the Canada Workers Benefit, which will support about 1 million more Canadians and lift nearly 100,000 people out of poverty. This will result in additional support of $8.9 billion over six years for Canada’s low-wage workers.Helping to build, repair, and support 35,000 affordable housing units for vulnerable Canadians through an investment of $2.5 billion and a reallocation of $1.3 billion in existing funding. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:affordable housing, British, Canada, Chamber of Commerce, Defence, disability, entrepreneurs, environment, federal government, Government, health, health and safety, infrastructure, legislation, public health, Richmond, womenlast_img read more

Ongoing Telehealth drives innovation and gives everyone better access to healthcare

first_imgOngoing Telehealth drives innovation and gives everyone better access to healthcare The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the extension of Medicare coverage for telehealth consultations for GPs, allied health and specialists to the end of 2021.To be able to consult with your health care provider by phone or video was an important step in making ongoing healthcare safer for patients during the early days of the pandemic.“This was particularly essential for people with complex and chronic conditions who needed ongoing care.” said the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells.Before the introduction of the telehealth items, there was fear and concern in the community about the spread and virulence of the virus, to the extent that many people stopped going to their regular medical appointments and were also not following up on referrals.“It makes good use of the technology we already have, Ms Wells said.“Ongoing, telehealth is about modernising Medicare.“Telehealth supports treatment and management plans and has considerable benefits when combined with face-to-face consultations, Ms Wells said.“It’s convenient for consumers and gives both health care providers and their patients the flexibility and choice to consider how telehealth best fits their needs.“Telehealth also presents the opportunity to accelerate new ways of delivering health care – building on remote monitoring and consultations that are already happening in rural and other health care settings”, said Ms Wells.“This means that many rural and regional patients receive fairer opportunities to access health care as they can more often avoid costly travel and accommodation in capital cities.Australia should invest in digitisation across healthcare to enable improved patient care and address access barriers such as poor internet and low digital literacy.This investment also requires focused attention on reaching a balance between increasing the efficiency of sharing information across systems, while building safe repositories where consumers can trust that their personal information is protected.In order to do this well, we need to develop a ‘national strategic plan for digital access and innovation’.“As telehealth becomes more commonplace, work also needs to be done on standards and quality”.High quality telehealth and virtual care should be a part of healthcare for all. CHF calls on the government to make telehealth permanent under Medicare in the Federal Budget and a central feature of the 10 Year Primary Health Care Plan currently in development, as we said in our pre-budget submission to the Federal Government in January 2021. This was a recommendation in the COVID-19 Consumer Commission Report: Making Health Better Together.Ongoing access to high quality, affordable telehealth and virtual health care is a continuation of the uptake of technology to make healthcare for all consumers more accessible and affordable. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Commission, Consumers Health Forum, efficiency, Federal, federal budget, federal government, Government, health, healthcare, Investment, Medicare, patient care, technology, telehealth, virtual carelast_img read more

Hyundai to develop driverless cars with Aptiv in US$1.6-billion deal

first_img advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Google appoints ex-Hyundai CEO to lead self-driving car push Under the agreement, Hyundai will contribute engineering services, research and development resources and access to intellectual property, while Aptiv will provide autonomous driving technology and about 700 employees. The companies will appoint an equal number of directors in the venture, which will be based in Boston and led by Karl Iagnemma as president. Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia aim to commercialize autonomous vehicles in some cities from 2021 and have a goal of launching fully driverless vehicles by 2030.RELATED RELATED TAGSHyundaiNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Hyundai will spend US$1.6 billion to develop autonomous vehicles with Aptiv, marking one of the biggest investments yet by a traditional carmaker into the burgeoning robocar industry.Aptiv will take a 50-per-cent stake in the venture, while Hyundai Motor Co., Hyundai Mobis Co. and Kia Motors Corp. will contribute a combined US$1.6 billion in cash and US$400 million in areas including research and development, valuing Aptiv at $4 billion, the automaker said in a statement Monday.The venture will begin testing fully driverless systems in 2020 and have a production-ready autonomous driving platform available for robotaxi providers, fleet operators and manufacturers in 2022, the statements said. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next › Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada See More Videos Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Hyundai Venue  Andrew McCredie / Driving Audi, Hyundai to join forces to push fuel-cell technologySouth Korea’s automakers and global rivals are investing heavily to develop new models and technologies for electrified and autonomous vehicles. last_img read more

Man tired of being low-balled by buyers crushes classic Dodge Charger

first_imgVideo of the owner of a classic Dodge Charger willfully crushing his car to send a message to prospective buyers that instead have just “jerked [him] around” is blowing up across Mopar pages and muscle car enthusiast groups on Facebook.“1970 Charger 500 I’m bringing to the scrap yard today because I’m tired of being jerked around,” the owner posted October 28 in one group, with a photo of a worn-but-solid-looking black Dodge with a white driver’s side door.The man was allegedly asking for US$10,000 for the car, reports TireMeetsRoad.com – in a post in one group, he says he was actually asking US$8,500 before lowering it to US$5,000 – but instead of offers for around that price, he was, apparently, low-balled, visited by “tire-kickers” not interested in paying that much for the car, or, mostly, contacted by prospective buyers who just simply not show up. Insurance company Hagerty values a daily-driver condition 1970 Dodge Charger 500 with a 318 V8 at US$27,000 on average. advertisement Watch: This guy rebuilt a Dodge Challenger Hellcat that’d burnt to the groundTo the dismay of Mopar enthusiasts everywhere, the owner followed up on his threat and had the car crushed at a wrecking yard while a friend filmed it. “Beautiful! That’s what you guys f**kin’ get!” the cameraman can be heard shouting as the forks of the tractor first come down on top of the Charger’s roof. “Everybody wants to be a car guy until it’s time to do car guy shit!”As TireMeetsRoad.com notes, in the video, the engine can be seen still in the car, suggesting the owner hadn’t really attempted parting out the Charger. It’s not certain if the car still ran or not.The reaction on Facebook was mostly one of disgust over someone putting to waste a classic car – or, at the very least, a classic set of fenders, glass, and other good parts – because they were obstinate about getting their asking price. However, many also defended the owner’s actions, saying he is free to do with his property as he sees fit.At the end of the video, the owner dispels any speculation about his motives for crushing the Dodge Charger. He insists he doesn’t use drugs, and is not doing it for money—it’s strictly to send a message. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. He even seems to revel in the car’s destruction as the tractor’s forks pierce through the sheet metal: “I’m gonna sleep good tonight!” RELATED Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videoscenter_img Is the classic car value bubble about to burst? The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSChargerDodgeClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksNew Vehicles ‹ Previous Next › Trending Videoslast_img read more

Middling: The Internet’s best reactions to Jeep’s Super Bowl LV ad

first_img See More Videos RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryNewsAdvertisingcommercialsJeepSuper Bowlyoutube advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca — Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) February 8, 2021What do you think? Is this an example of advertising gone awry? Was it a decent message hampered by its delivery? Or should car companies simply show the features and benefits of their rigs? Let us know in the comments or on social media. Every year, advertisers try to outdo each other with their Super Bowl ads. Being gearheads, we naturally perk up for the automotive ads — Volkswagen, Chrysler, and GM have all had a few winners in the last decade or so.Then there’s the ad Jeep decided to run this year. Titled ‘The Middle’, it showed zillionaire Bruce Springsteen climbing aboard a top- and doorless CJ-5 [turns out it’s his own personal CJ-5 —Ed.] and driving to a chapel physically located in the geographical centre of the United States.The Boss was shown doffing his cowboy hat and wearing blue-collar clothes while a voiceover spoke of how ‘we need the middle’ and how there’s ‘hope on the road up ahead.’ It then closed with a map of the country with ‘The ReUnited States of America’ overlaid in a serif font. Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED Entertainment Super Bowl 55: Detroit automakers’ ads dominate at the Big Game by  Coleman Molnar  | February 8, 2021 As you’d expect, the internet exploded with reaction. In fact, some pundits banded together like a clowder of cats for the sole purpose of panning Jeep’s ad. We donned a hazmat suit and waded through various comment sections to bring you a sampling.[Note: Jeep’s “The Middle” ad was pulled from YouTube less than three days after it was broadcast, after Springsteen’s November 2020 DUI charges came to light. Instead, the automaker began promoting this “The Road Ahead” campaign spot. Since we can’t include the former, here, we’ve embedded the latter. —Ed.]Ostensibly, the whole ad was supposed to be about a country coming together after what has certainly been a tumultuous time in its history. The voiceover even went so far as to specifically say ‘red and blue’ when talking about reuniting. If you couldn’t guess, he wasn’t referring to Habs and Leafs fans.The ad pulled off the rare trick of alienating people on both sides of the aisle. Some viewers pointed out their lack of interest in entertaining the thought of uniting with anyone sympathetic to those who entered the U.S. Capitol back in January.I’m sure Bruce Springsteen had reasons for doing that Jeep ad, but meeting white supremacy and fascism in the middle is just not what we should be doing ever.Also, the Christian nationalism was super gross and they should do better.— Eric (he/his) (@eric_clapp) February 8, 2021No trouble figuring on what side of the table those people sit. Predictably, people from the other end of the political spectrum were also upset. Here’s a sampling from the YouTube comments.Yikes. Given the volatile nature of politics and the potential for polar opposite opinion, some responses were surprisingly measured. From Facebook:There were those who sounded off on the fact that, while talking about unity, the ad showed a single religious faith and much of its imagery being visited by a famous white guy.As an American who values freedom of belief—including all religions and non-religion—I was disturbed by your Super Bowl ad’s heavy-handed Christian images, tying the Cross to the American flag.This is NOT “unity” or “meeting in the middle.”It’s disrespectful and divisive.— likeaphantomlimb (@babatjienomore) February 8, 2021But others pointed out that since there is a chapel at the geographical centre of the country, a location which was the crux of this ad, those images should have been expected.I’m pretty sure the crosses were there to keep with the religious theme of the chapel that’s in the center of the US. I’m no expert, but that’s just how I interpreted it.— Weeaboo Slayer (@LeSwause) February 8, 2021Even the simple imagery chosen to close the commercial – a slightly mottled map of America with the ad’s slogan printed across it – was panned by some. A few people with overly active imaginations suggested Jeep could have chosen a colour other than red for the star. We’ll let you draw your own conclusions to the suggestions being made there.It also didn’t help that the map Jeep chose to display omitted Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s not polite to upset Da Yoopers.Hey @Jeep – you forgot us! In a commercial about unity … you failed to include a portion of this country! 👎🏻 pic.twitter.com/cq0uI1byKb— Heather French (@fallulahass) February 8, 2021But there were also plenty of people who thought the ad was spot on.It’s great to see the Boss. Best ad of the night. #BruceSpringsteen #Jeep #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/yRfFe2uv0r— Kurt Glenn (@glenn_biz) February 8, 2021People are really overthinking the Bruce/Jeep ad IMHO but God bless you all. Sweet dreams. 👊 ‹ Previous Next › First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpenedlast_img read more