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Drenched in sweat, stigma, frontline nurse shares struggle treating COVID-19 patients

first_imgFor D, a 25-year-old nurse who works at Wisma Atlet Kemayoran temporary COVID-19 hospital in Central Jakarta, treating patients with coronavirus has been an uphill struggle.D said every day she had to face a lot of challenges, from bearing the discomfort of wearing a hazmat suit to being harassed by frustrated patients.”Every day we have to wear a thick hazmat suit, several layers of gloves, a face mask and face shield for eight hours. We cannot eat, drink or urinate, imagine that,” she told recently.D, who has been assigned at the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran since May, said many fellow nurses opted to wear adult diapers but she chose not to eat and drink prior to her shift so she did not have to go to the bathroom.Every day when she takes off her personal protective equipment (PPE), all her clothes are drenched in sweat and her fingers are wrinkled.”But as time went by I got used to it,” she said.Uncomfortable PPE is not the only challenge D and other frontline workers have to overcome, patients often swear at her and other nurses when told they are not allowed to go home yet because they are still testing positive.”One of the patients told us ‘you don’t understand how we feel, we want to go home. Why do the test results always come back positive?’, she blamed us for the test result. It was upsetting to hear since we are also tired after treating many patients,” D said.D’s struggle does not end at the hospital, D and other nurses still have to face stigma and discrimination from the public due to their job.”One day I wanted to buy a drink at a small shop behind Wisma Atlet, but the clerk refused to serve me because she was afraid of getting infected,” D said.Another time, she said, a restaurant owner refused to serve one of her fellow nurses after seeing that she was wearing a shirt with the hospital name.Moreover, D said it was discouraging to hear people talking about conspiracy theories, saying that the coronavirus does not exist and that hospitals were just trying to make money.”I experienced it first hand. How could we possibly try to make a profit [out of the pandemic]? [When I am on duty] I have to struggle to take each breath to treat strangers, so such things are very upsetting [to hear],” she said.D also said she felt disheartened to see a lot of people starting to visit shopping malls and gathering at restaurants without following health protocols.”I am disappointed, it seems they don’t appreciate our warning to stay at home,” she said.Despite the struggle, D said there were also heartwarming moments when patients appreciate the nurses’ hard work.”Sometimes, patients send food to towers 2 and 3 of the hospital, where we are staying. Such a simple act really makes us happy because it means there are people who appreciate our work,” she said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Food and drink report 2018

first_img••• The Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to . More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice . By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice .,Source  Company: Bray LeinoFormat: PDFLength: 6 pagesType: White Papercenter_img Bray Leino surveyed 1,400 consumers in London, Wales and the North East on a range of behaviours and attitudes to food and drink. What is influencing their buying decisions? What are they buying more and less of? How do they feel Brexit will impact price and quality? What are the regional differences and what does this all tell us about how food and drink brands should approach their brand-building activity?Download this free white paper to find out nowlast_img read more

Pennsylvania comparte la actualización sobre el panel de monitoreo de alerta temprana de COVID-19, los niveles de transmisión en condados, los casos rastreados hasta negocios

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania comparte la actualización sobre el panel de monitoreo de alerta temprana de COVID-19, los niveles de transmisión en condados, los casos rastreados hasta negocios Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud Dra. Rachel Levine, publicaron una actualización de la situación semanal que detalla las medidas de mitigación del estado basados en el Panel del sistema de monitoreo de advertencia temprana de COVID-19. Las actualizaciones se darán a conocer todos los lunes a partir de hoy.La actualización incluye lo siguiente:El nivel de transmisión comunitaria como base para las recomendaciones para las escuelas de Pre-K a 12 para determinar los modelos de instrucción.Casos que informaron haber visitado un negocio entre las ubicaciones potenciales donde pueden haberse producido exposiciones al virus.Actualización de las recomendaciones de viaje.El panel está diseñado para proporcionar signos tempranos de advertencia sobre los factores que afectan las medidas de mitigación del estado. La información disponible en el panel de monitoreo de advertencia temprana incluye las diferencias de casos semana a semana, las tasas de incidencia, el porcentaje de pruebas positivas y las tasas de las hospitalizaciones, del uso de respiradores y de las visitas a las salas de emergencias vinculadas a la COVID-19. La actualización de esta semana compara el período del 14 de agosto al 20 de agosto con los siete días anteriores, del 7 de agosto al 13 de agosto.“Nuestro porcentaje de positividad disminuyó significativamente esta semana y representa la cuarta semana consecutiva en que el porcentaje de positividad ha disminuido”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Este es un testimonio de que nuestras medidas están funcionando, pero todavía tenemos más trabajo por hacer. El virus sigue circulando y debemos seguir usando máscaras, practicando el distanciamiento social y evitando grandes reuniones para que los números sigan siendo bajos, poder detener la propagación y permitir más libertades”.Hasta el jueves 20 de agosto, el estado observó un aumento de 4,456 casos en el plazo de siete días. El aumento de los siete días previos fue de 5,598, lo que indica una disminución de 1,142 casos en todo el estado la semana pasada.El porcentaje de positividad en todo el estado bajó al 3.4% respecto del 4.0% de la semana anterior. Los condados con un porcentaje de positividad preocupante incluyen Perry (9.1%), Huntingdon (7.8%), Northumberland (7.3%), Indiana (7.1%), Union (5.9%), Susquehanna (5.7%), York (5.5%), Beaver (5.3%) y Blair (5.0%). Cada uno de estos condados está siendo observado mientras el estado continúa monitoreando toda la información disponible.Transmisión comunitariaSegún los datos del viernes, el condado de Union era el único condado en el nivel sustancial con varias fuentes conocidas de brotes que disparaban la transmisión comunitaria. Los departamentos de Educación y de Salud hablarán con los representantes del distrito escolar en el condado de Union para analizar las implicaciones de este nivel de transmisión.Con respecto a la semana que terminó el 20 de agosto, 21 condados estaban en el nivel bajo de transmisión, 45 condados en el nivel moderado, y uno con un nivel sustancial de transmisión:Bajo: Bedford, Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Pike, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Wayne, WyomingModerado: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna, Washington, Westmoreland, YorkSustancial: UnionVisitas a negociosEl Departamento de Salud brinda información semanal sobre la cantidad de personas que respondieron a los investigadores de casos que pasaron tiempo en establecimientos comerciales (restaurantes, bares, gimnasios/centros de fitness, salones de belleza/barberías) y en reuniones masivas 14 días antes del inicio de los síntomas de COVID-19.De los 5,649 casos confirmados informados entre el 9 de agosto y el 15 de agosto, el 45% (2,541) respondió a la pregunta de si pasaron tiempo en un establecimiento comercial.De los que respondieron, el 13% (320 personas) respondieron que sí visitaron un establecimiento comercial 14 días antes de la aparición de los síntomas:50% (159) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un restaurante;23% (75) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a algún otro establecimiento comercial;17% (55) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un bar;8% (26) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un gimnasio/centro de fitness; y12% (38) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un salón de belleza/barbería.De los 5,649 casos confirmados, el 48% (2,710) respondió a la pregunta de si asistieron a una reunión masiva o a otro evento grande. Del 48%, casi el 12% (326) respondió que sí asistieron a una reunión masiva u otro evento grande 14 días antes de la aparición de los síntomas.Comparado con los datos informados el 14 de agosto, los datos de esta semana vieron un aumento de las personas que informaron haber visitado un restaurante (50% frente al 47%), un aumento de las personas que informaron haber ido a algún otro negocio (23% frente al 19%) y las personas que asistieron a un salón de belleza/barbería (12% frente al 9%). Los números de esta semana disminuyeron con respecto a ir a un bar (17% frente a 24%), ir a un gimnasio/centro de fitness (8% frente a 10%). El número de personas que asistieron a una reunión masiva o a otro evento grande se mantuvo igual (cerca del 12%).Las notas de los investigadores de casos incluyeron menciones frecuentes de visitas a bares y a restaurantes entre los casos positivos. Para comprender mejor esta tendencia que cada vez cobra más fuerza, el 13 de julio, los rastreadores de contactos comenzaron a hacer preguntas más específicas sobre los tipos de negocios visitados y si las personas asistieron a una reunión masiva, definida como más de 250 personas al aire libre o más de 25 en un ambiente cerrado.Los números anteriores señalan a los entornos comerciales y a las reuniones masivas como posibles sitios de transmisión. Solo menos de la mitad de los encuestados a quienes se les preguntó qué tipos de negocios visitaron o si asistieron a una reunión masiva respondieron la pregunta. Por lo tanto, el departamento recuerda a los residentes de Pennsylvania que es esencial que las personas contesten el teléfono cuando los investigadores de casos llamen y que brinden información completa a estos profesionales clínicos.Recomendaciones de viajeTambién hoy, el Departamento de Salud actualizó sus recomendaciones de viaje, anunciadas originalmente el 2 de julio, para eliminar a Arizona de la lista de los estados sobre los cuales se recomienda a los viajeros domésticos que realicen una cuarentena de 14 días al regresar a Pennsylvania. No se agregaron nuevos estados.Es importante que las personas entiendan que esta recomendación está vigente para evitar la propagación de la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania. Un número preocupante de casos recientes se ha vinculado con los viajes, y si las personas van a viajar, necesitamos que tomen medidas para protegerse a ellas mismas, a sus seres queridos y a su comunidad, y eso implica la cuarentena.El Gobernador Wolf sigue priorizando la salud y la seguridad de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania a través de la pandemia de COVID-19. Los habitantes de Pennsylvania deben continuar tomando medidas para prevenir la propagación de la COVID-19, independientemente del condado en el que vivan. Esto incluye usar una máscara o cubierta facial cada vez que estén en público. Se ha demostrado que la COVID-19 se propaga fácilmente en el aire y los portadores contagiosos pueden ser asintomáticos.View this information in English.center_img August 24, 2020last_img read more

Danish pension schemes defend use of Cayman Islands funds

first_imgPFA, Sampension and other Danish pension funds have defended themselves against reports that they have been avoiding tax by investing in funds domiciled in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens.A television documentary on Denmark’s national broadcaster DR on Tuesday and a report in national broadsheet Politiken today have both named Danish pension funds as having investments in tax havens.The reports follow the recent large-scale leak of tax-related documents – known as the “Paradise Papers” – implicating wealthy individuals and companies in tax avoidance practices.Politiken today reported that 16 out of 17 Danish pension companies it surveyed said they invested in a number of countries that are seen as tax havens. The paper singled out PFA, saying it had gone one step further and also set up its own fund in one such jurisdiction. PFA said it had set up the Midgard investment fund in 2009 but its choice of the Cayman Islands as the fund’s domicile had nothing to do with “aggressive tax speculation”.PFA said: “Tax was paid in relation to prevailing Danish and international legislation. The reason it was placed in the Cayman Islands at the time was that the fund was also intended for international investors, and the Cayman Islands had an investment set up that international investors can easily adapt to their business.”The Midgard fund had since moved to Luxembourg, it added.Lærernes Pension, the Danish pension fund for teachers, said it had money in a forestry fund registered in the Cayman Islands, but that investing pension money in this fund was not the same as investing it in a tax haven.“This is because we pay tax, both where the investment takes place and in Denmark,” it said. In relation to this investment fund, Lærernes Pension said it paid 19% in corporation tax in Indonesia as well as Danish pensions returns tax (PAL).“We think everyone – big and small – has to pay the taxes that the law requires, and if the law is too slack, politicians and international organisations should tackle this,” the fund said.Sampension said it also invested in the same fund, which backs sustainable forestry activity in three south-east Asian countries. It operates in conjunction with the Danish state investment fund IFU and several pension funds in Denmark and other countries, along with other investors.“The fund has been established [in] the Cayman Islands solely for practical reasons, to bring a range of investors together for investment in several different countries,” the pension fund said.Henrik Olejasz Larsen, CIO at Sampension, said the company did not participate in structures that aimed to avoid paying taxes in Denmark or the country where the economic activity took place.“As a pensions company, we gain no tax advantage from choosing to go with the state-owned development fund IFU and invest in funds in so-called tax havens,” he said.In response to the media reports, the Danish pensions and insurance association Forsikring & Pension (F&P) said that, since 2015, Denmark has had tax information sharing agreements in place with all jurisdictions that were previously deemed to be tax havens.Karsten Beltoft, deputy director at F&P, said: “Pension companies of course do everything they can to make sure they always pay the tax they should – both in Denmark and in the countries they invest in.“But realistically, no one can claim to have perfect knowledge about what ultimately happens regarding payments in third-party countries.”However, MP Pension’s chief executive Jens Munch Holst said his pension fund would use the media reporting as a prompt to take another look at its guidelines.“MP Pension does not approve of tax evasion, of course, however, our guidelines for responsible investments have not specifically focused on tax havens,” he said. “Politiken’s investigation has given us cause to revisit our guidelines.”Separately, in New Zealand, the managers of the country’s NZD36.4bn (€21.7bn) NZ Super Fund confirmed that it had previously used Appleby, the law firm at the centre of the Paradise Papers document release.The firm had been used to help with local Bermudan law advice in respect of certain investments, the Guardians of NZ Super said.However, the manager said it was confident there would be “no negative commercial implications” for the fund from the potential security breach of the Guardians’ documents.“The use of collective investment funds domiciled in locations such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands is legal, common and widely considered best practice portfolio management,” the manager said.“The collective investment fund provides a tax-neutral jurisdiction to ensure its collective income does not pay a second layer of foreign tax in relation to income on which all applicable taxes have already been paid at source.”last_img read more

IPE Conference: How ABB’s digital strategy underpins its multi-national pensions

first_imgShe emphasised that this required a fine-tuned understanding of individual schemes’ liabilities and the specific local interest rate situation.INTEXTLINKTEXT; Elisabeth Bourqui, ABB; Vincent Mortier, Amundi; Liam Kennedy, IPE” src=”/Pictures/web/u/u/a/Highlights-IPE-29th-Nov—-Morning-0_660.jpg” />L-R: Onno Steenbeek, APG; Elisabeth Bourqui, ABB; Vincent Mortier, Amundi; Liam Kennedy, IPEABB’s head of pensions management indicated that the ALM studies helped to integrate the market cycle for equity into the long-term investment policy for the pension funds’ assets, which total approximately €9.5bn.Bourqui added that the ABB pension funds had invested heavily in real assets for its long-term investment policy. It total real estate allocation is approximately 12%.A vote among pensions funds and asset managers at the strategy forum showed that 14% did not have any investments in real assets, whereas 7% had invested more than 10% in the asset class.Vincent Mortier, deputy chief investment officer at Amundi, indicated that the asset manager assumed that returns on real estate and private equity would be 4% and almost 9%, respectively, in 10 years’ time.Also during the panel discussion Onno Steenbeek, director of strategic portfolio advice at the €460bn Dutch asset manager APG, explained that the fates of its pension fund clients – including the €403bn civil service scheme ABP – were intertwined, despite the individual schemes having different objectives. “We need to help them with that,” he said.Steenbeek said APG looked at a scheme’s pension target, costs, contribution rate, risks and sustainability as criteria for establishing a proper asset allocation.ABB’s Bourqui collected two awards at Tuesday’s ceremony in Prague: the country award for best pension fund in Switzerland, and the Gold award for Pension Fund Achievement of the Year.APG took home the Climate-Related Risk Management award. A “very strong” digital infrastructure helps Swiss-Swedish ABB Group knit together its multitude of different pension funds around the world, according to Elisabeth Bourqui, head of pensions management at the technology multi-national.Speaking at a pension fund strategy forum during IPE’s conference in Prague, Bourqui said that the digital system helped to bring together the combined liabilities of the company’s dozens of pension funds.The system was also useful for analysing the local situation for each fund, as well as for communication with the various schemes when generating a broader picture for the overall management, she explained.Bourqui said that ABB Pensions had entered into a partnership with Dutch pensions adviser Ortec Finance, which had carried out local asset-liability management (ALM) studies to establish unique local liabilities, taking into account, for example, individual schemes’ profiles and local regulation.last_img read more

Brunt aware of Benteke threat

first_img The Baggies skipper is wary of the Aston Villa striker ahead of Saturday’s West Midlands clash at The Hawthorns. Benteke has helped Villa to back-to-back wins following a seven-month lay off from a ruptured Achilles and scored his first goal of the season in their 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace last week. Chris Brunt admits stopping Christian Benteke creating “mayhem” again is key to West Brom’s derby hopes. His return was interrupted by a three-game ban after a red card against Tottenham in November but Brunt knows the Baggies must control the Belgium. “Just kick him,” he joked, when asked how they will deal with Benteke. “You just have to watch the stuff when we played against them last year, especially the one at Villa Park, where he caused us mayhem. “He’s a big miss for anyone, a striker of that quality. He brings so many different attributes, he’s good in the air, a strong guy and he can score goals. He’s a good all-round striker. “For them to lose someone like that for so long was a big blow but to have him back is going to give you and others around you a lift. “He is someone we have to contain because he is a handful.” Brunt, who is a doubt with a hamstring injury, scored in Albion’s 4-3 defeat at Villa Park last season where they lost a 2-0 lead for the second time in the campaign. The Baggies were 2-0 up only to draw 2-2 in the first game and the midfielder knows they blew it against Villa. “At home we ran out of steam but the away game was ridiculously daft,” said the 29-year-old, with Albion one point above the Barclays Premier League drop zone. “To go in 3-3 at half time in a Premier League game shouldn’t be happening. “We were under the new coach (Pepe Mel) at the time and things weren’t falling into place and it was pretty obvious on the pitch that night. “We were all over the place and it could have been 10-10. “On the night Benteke caused us all sorts of problems and he’s a massive danger. We are going to have to be very wary of that, seeing the damage he caused last time.” Press Associationlast_img read more

ICC World Cup I am fast bowler, says annoyed Russell after big win

first_imgNottingham:  “I am a fast bowler,” thundered West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell Friday, reminding all who are only in awe of his incredible power-hitting. Russell returned with figures of 2/4 in West Indies’ seven-wicket thrashing of Pakistan at the Trent Bridge, starting their campaign in the World Cup on a high note. “A lot of people have been saying I’m in the team as a big-hitting batter but they don’t remember I’m a fast bowler,” said Russell after the match.“I think they underestimate me. I’ve been jealous in the past couple of years because people have me down as a medium-pacer. When I see ‘Andre Russell’ come up on the big screen and I see ‘medium-pacer’, I’m like, ?who are they talking to?’.“Actually, I’m annoyed. Who’s responsible for that stuff should change medium-pacer to fast.”Russell lit up the Indian Premier League with a flurry of of fours and sixes, the incredible hitting drowning the fact that he can also bowl fast.“At the end of the day I’ve showed them I can bowl 90mph. I think they should put some respect by my name. Today, when you turn up and see a (bouncy) pitch like that, it gives you a vibe to bowl fast, an energy to bowl fast.”Russell is confident he will be fit for the side’s second match against Australia on June 6, despite limping heavily after his match-turning spell in the thumping win.“I’ve been playing for years with these knee injuries,” Russell said after the match.“And sometimes it feels worse than some days but, at the end of the day, I’m a professional. I know what to do to get back. I think I have five days before the next game so that is more than enough time to get my knee back to normal and get it settled.“Let’s just see what happens. I have a good physio team, massage team, here so they’re going to be working with me closely for the next couple of days,” Russell said For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Bowlen family feud trial pushed back from September to 2021

first_imgBowlen family feud trial pushed back from September to 2021 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — The Denver Broncos ownership trial that was supposed to begin next month has been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 1 via videoconference in front of Arapahoe County Court Judge John E. Scipione. It’s now expected to be held in Scipione’s courtroom the first half of next year providing the COVID-19 crisis abates. August 6, 2020 Associated Press center_img ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: AP NFL: and The case pits the two eldest daughters of late owner Pat Bowlen and the trio of trustees who have run the team for the last seven years. The trust was empowered in 2009 to designate Bowlen’s successor upon his death or incapacity. Bowlen stepped down in 2013 because of Alzheimer’s and he died last year a few weeks before of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Bowlen’s two eldest daughters from his first marriage — Beth Bowlen Wallace, 49, and Amie Klemmer, 51 — along with their uncle, Bill Bowlen, have contended in court documents that Pat Bowlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s long before he signed his updated trust in 2009 and they want the trustees removed.The trustees — team president/CEO Joe Ellis, team counsel Rich Slivka and Denver attorney Mary Kelly — and the lawyer who prepared Pat Bowlen’s estate plan have said in response that Pat Bowlen knew what he was doing when he signed the documents in 2009.last_img read more