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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News May 24, 2020Mayor Terry TornekVice Mayor Tyron HamptonMembers of the Pasadena City CouncilPasadena, CA(By email)Re: Report and Related Documents Addressing Pasadena’s COVID-19 Response in Its Long-term Care FacilitiesDear Mayor Tornek, Vice Mayor Hampton, and Councilmembers:I am a longtime resident of Pasadena, an advocate for homeless neighbors in our community, a retired attorney after 31 years of state service, and a registered nurse (inactive). This letter addresses the following documents the City made public late last week related to Pasadena’s COVID-19 response for patients/residents and staff members residing or working in Pasadena’s long-term care facilities:May 21, 2020 Letter from Brenda Klutz to City Manager Steve Mermell; Ms. Klutz’ chronology entitled “ Onset of COVID-19 and the City of Pasadena’s Public Health Response” (“Chronology”); and City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris’ “Summary of Health Officer’s Authority Relating to Skilled Nursing Facilities.”First, I want to thank you for authorizing the engagement of a consultant to consider Pasadena’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as related to Pasadena’s long-term care facilities. According to the City’s COVID-19 dashboard, the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths related to long-term care facilities in Pasadena are very high: 71% of the total cases and 88.6% of the total deaths citywide. In contrast, Los Angeles County and Orange County report that COVID-19 deaths related to skilled nursing facilities are 52% and 38% of total COVID-19 deaths countywide, respectively.The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVets) reports that, as of May 11, 2020, only two veterans (total) have died from COVID-19 in its eight CalVet Veterans Homes. Of significance, on March 15, 2020, CalVets began restricting all visitation to the homes except to those in hospice care. Prior to that, group events both on and off the campuses were postponed, communal dining for most residents was halted, every employee was screened before entering the home, and the department increased the cleaning and sanitizing of all spaces. (www.calvet.ca.gov/COVID19.)Given these substantial jurisdictional differences in outcomes, I previously requested the City Council to thoroughly examine the imminent report to determine how this City might have better outcomes for our most vulnerable residents on a going forward basis. I urged the PPHD to reach out to other jurisdictions that have had better outcomes and to the California Public Health Department to determine whether additional measures needed to be adopted. Further, if state regulatory gaps were identified, I urged that those be addressed.I have reviewed the three documents referenced above. Preliminarily, the Chronology raises a number of questions suggesting that further inquiry is warranted. Since I will be unable to ask those questions, I respectfully include those questions for your consideration in the Addendum attached to this letter, not to play “Monday morning quarterback,” but to, hopefully, elicit critical information that is missing or unclear that may be useful in protecting the patients/residents and staff in our long-term care facilities from the next wave of COVID-19 and beyond.Ms. Klutz’s one-page report notes that she was asked “to review the City of Pasadena Public Health Department’s (PPHD) actions, orders, public health nurse logs of onsite visits and calls, emails and other documents or assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This review included the information sent to the administrators, directors of nursing and infection control preventionists providing care to the residents of the City of Pasadena’s long-term care facilities.” Ms. Klutz concludes as follows: “As a result of my review, I found the PPHD to have responded in a timely and thorough manner to provide orders and technical assistance to prevent, detect and/or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.”I am unaware of Ms. Klutz’s expertise in epidemiology, infection control, pandemics, or public health. Assuming she is qualified to render the conclusions expressed in her report, the apparent scope of her assignment raises substantial concerns as Vice Mayor Hampton and Councilmember Gordo have already stated. Was she simply asked to review what PPHD did or, was she asked to evaluate why Pasadena’s numbers are so high as compared with other jurisdictions, whether there were possible measures that could have produced better outcomes, and whether there are gaps in regulations covering education, training, inspection and the like? The report itself does not suggest that she was tasked with providing guidance on how Pasadena may have better outcomes in the future by instituting additional protective measures in its long-term care facilities.I am certain that Dr. Goh and her staff are working very hard during this crisis and I am grateful for that. But our COVID-19 case and death rates in our long-term care facilities should receive our City’s highest attention and most resources. Patients and residents in our long-term care facilities are among our most vulnerable residents and they have borne the brunt of COVID-19. While I agree with Dr. Goh’s statement “[t]here needs to be discussions at a national level on how these facilities are funded, staffed and regulated,” what is our City going to do in the meantime? Is the PPHD going to follow the same measures it did in “the first wave” of COVID-19 (since no shortcomings are identified) and yet expect better results?Attorney Bagneris states in her memorandum as follows: “The City of Pasadena Public Health Department is a local health department with specific responsibilities and authorities for the protection of public health under the California Health and Safety Code. A city health department is independent of a county health department unless the city has elected to be included within the jurisdiction of the county health department.” (5/21/2020 Bagneris Memo. to City Council, citing Health & Safety Code section 101185.) It is unclear whether the city has elected to be included within the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Health Department. My review of this memorandum leads me to believe that is not the case, but I may be wrong. Attorney Bagneris also notes that “the California Department of Public Health may, in its discretion, opt to ‘control and regulate’ local health authorities, but has not elected to exercise that control at this time.” (Bagneris Memo., p. 1.) The statutory authority cited in the memorandum suggests that PPHD has a huge responsibility in protecting patients/residents and staff in our long-term care facilities.On May 26, 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be considering whether to approve a motion that provides for the appointment of an Inspector General to provide a report by August 1, 2020, “on the Oversight and Operations of Skilled Nursing Facilities in Los Angeles County (Report), with the Report to include an evaluation of SNFs within the County, and recommendations on operational and programmatic changes necessary to improve the County’s monitoring and oversight of these facilities, including legislative and regulatory recommendations aimed at improving operations within these facilities, given the role of State and Federal regulations impacting the operation of these facilities.” Since Pasadena has its own public health department, it is unclear how the motion applies to this City. I have reached out to Supervisor Barger’s Office for clarification. If the motion would not cover Pasadena’s long-term care facilities, I urge this Council to consider how Pasadena can adopt measures similar to those in the motion in order to provide accountability and best practices for the care and protection of our vulnerable patients/residents and staff members in our long-term care facilities in the future. I urge the Council to also examine the extent of PPHD’s regulatory authority over all of its long-term care facilities. If there are gaps in that authority, the Council should determine how to bridge those gaps.Thank you for your consideration.Sincerely,Sonja K. Berndt, R.N. (inactive), J.D.Cc: Michele Beal Bagneris, City AttorneyPasadena NowGot something to say, email Managing Editor André Coleman, at [email protected] Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 53 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

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Government and banks must protect businesses – Mc Clafferty

first_img Government and banks must protect businesses – Mc Clafferty Facebook Previous articleThe McHugh View – No football this side of ChristmasNext articleSix more Covid-19 deaths in Northern Ireland News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – April 15, 2020 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Donegal Councillor says the government must look at giving breaks to small businesses, in a bid to ensure that as many as possible can be saved.Cllr Michael Mc Clafferty says the starting point should be the deferral of the new Carbon Tax regime, which is due to come into effect next month.Cllr Mc Clafferty says with a new recession looming, government and the banks must act now to protect business and jobs as much as possible…………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/michmcclaff1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

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Holt: Lebron would be ‘tight’ addition to needy Browns squad

first_imgThere are two running punchlines in the NFL right now. One involves Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders. The other is any kind of reference to the Cleveland Browns.Since becoming a franchise again in 1999, the Browns are 55-114. They’ve made the playoffs once in that span, losing a wild card game in 2002. In their best season, the 2007 campaign, they didn’t even make the postseason despite finishing 10-6.It’s not just the Browns that have Cleveland struggling either. The Indians got to watch their former Cy Young winners CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee face off in the World Series this year — for teams not based out of Cleveland. Even the city itself is pretty demoralizing; I mean, you can buy a house for the price of a VCR (Hastily made Cleveland tourism video anyone?). And I’ve been to Cleveland once, so I can make this kind of sweeping, generalized statement.However, there is one shining star for every sports fan in Cleveland. Obviously I’m talking about LeBron James; even people who don’t know a free throw from a touchdown know James is pretty much the best player in the NBA right now. James is the reason citizens of Cleveland will reply “Who?” to any conversation about the Browns.So prior to the Cavaliers’ game Tuesday, James told reporters that “if I dedicated myself to the game of football, I could be really good, no matter what team I was on.” This was in response to ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew waxing poetic about the NBA star’s NFL potential. All them smart guys at ESPN have been parading the possibility of James becoming a tight end for over a year now. It got brought back up again Monday because it’s a great idea, and, well, you have to have something to talk about during a Browns game.Even Browns head coach Eric Mangini wants James to make the crossover. Reporters asked the coach and players what they thought about the idea and Cleveland quarterback Brady Quinn was also on board, saying, “Tell him to suit up and let us know. We’ll get him working. Obviously he’s an incredibly talented athlete. If he wants to try to play a little bit now, we’d be more than willing to pick him up.”Of course you’d be willing to pick him up. The Browns would pick up 57-year-old Lynn Swann if he came out of retirement, that’s how pathetic their offense is. Cleveland could start Johnny Unitas at quarterback and improve its production at the position.But all joking aside, let’s consider this for a minute. James is a freak of nature athletically. He’s marketable. He’s given the idea thought. James shouldn’t be considering a move to the New York Knicks next year, he should be thinking of trading the hardwood for the gridiron.LeBron James needs to play football. And yes, I am dead serious.You might be saying, “Adam, you’re an idiot! That has to be the worst idea I’ve ever heard. Why would he ditch his all-everything NBA career?” Well you know what, maybe it is the worst idea I’ve ever heard too. But it just might be bad enough to work.See, James has a history of football. He was all-state in high school as a wide receiver, but quit football to focus on basketball. In those two first-team All-Ohio seasons, he had over 1,800 yards and 27 touchdowns.He’s also got the body for it. James is 6 feet 8 inches and anywhere between 250 and 275 pounds, depending on who you listen to. He’s got the height, he’s got the athleticism (for reference, see any time he’s ever dunked) and he’s got the stature. And No. 23 also has a 7-foot wingspan and 44-inch vertical, meaning Quinn can just lob balls up in the air without looking (as he tends to do) and reasonably expect James to come down with them.And forget the fact that he hasn’t played football since high school. The San Diego Chargers’ Antonio Gates is one of the best tight ends in the NFL right now and Gates played basketball in college. After NBA scouts told Gates he was too small for the league, he decided he’d just forget basketball and become an All-Pro tight end — no big deal, right?Tony Gonzalez, the NFL’s other premier tight end has a basketball history as well. Gonzalez, arguably the best tight end ever, played on both the football and basketball teams while at Cal. Seventy-eight pro touchdowns later and Gonzalez is a lock for the Hall of Fame. Apparently basketball is a precursor to success as an NFL tight end.At this point, you might be thinking of another No. 23 who decided to take a break from basketball to play another sport. But let’s think less “Michael Jordan” and more “Bo Jackson.” Catching footballs for the Browns is a little easier than toiling in the White Sox’s minor league system. And while neither is an enviable undertaking, the idea of watching James leap over linebackers and toss defensive backs like small children is infinitely more entertaining.There is the issue of job security — James is a bona fide NBA superstar and there’s no guarantee he would succeed in the NFL. But it’s a chance he should take, especially right now. James’ contract with the Cavaliers is up after this season and New York would love to bring King James to Madison Square Garden in 2010.But the Knicks — to put it nicely — suck, and they suck so bad that not even James could save them. He got to see that firsthand earlier this month, when he dropped 19 points on them — just in the first quarter — en route to a 100-91 win that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.And if Cleveland can storm its way to an NBA title this year on James’ and Shaquille O’Neal’s broad, broad shoulders, that would leave James with almost literally nothing left to accomplish in the NBA. He owns a league MVP, All-Star MVP honors and a scoring title. He’s been named to the All-NBA first team and also was a first-team all-defensive selection. If he gets his hands on the Larry O’Brien trophy, he’s just about got a career clean sweep of meaningful awards. Why not take a little break from the NBA to see what could be on the gridiron?There’s really no reason for anybody to object to the move. The Browns, as much as they need wins, need reasons for people to watch their games. The NFL would dump its trunks at the idea of marketing a crossover star like James. TV viewership for Browns games would skyrocket at least into the dozens. The Cavaliers might object, but hey, it’s Cleveland; the city is used to disappointment.James should leave the Cavs after the season — but just down the street to Cleveland Browns Stadium. The LeBron-Kobe Bryant matchup is always intriguing, but I’d rather pay to see the LeBron-Troy Polamalu bill. Worst case scenario, he sucks and goes back to the NBA to win more titles or MVPs or Nike contracts. It would take some time and dedication, but with “legendary” status pretty much locked up in one sport, he’d be stupid not to try for two.Adam is a junior majoring in journalism. So is LeBron playing football the best “worst” idea ever or what? E-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

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Michael Dugher – Betting will support the government in time of need

first_img ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of single industry representative body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has stated that UK gambling will support the government in a time of national crisis.On Friday, the BGC published its ‘compulsory action plan‘ outlining 10 measures strengthening industry social responsibility and consumer standards, which all BGC members will adhere to during the COVID-19 pandemic.Key member pledges include increasing safer gambling messages across websites, the active promotion of deposit limits and safer gambling tools, reporting rogue advertising and expanding welfare checks on customers.“In this time of national emergency, with many of us self-isolating and experiencing social distancing, away from our friends and family, we need to come together as a country and watch out and look after each other,” said Dugher. “And as CEO of the new betting and gaming standards body, the BGC, I know that this also applies to our members too.”The action plan supports the UK Gambling Commission‘s (UKGC) demand that industry operators demonstrate ‘heightened consumer protections’ and responsible marketing during a period where consumers are in lockdown or isolation.Dugher responded to political concerns on gambling engagement increasing during the isolation period, which has led the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to call for the enforcement of a £50 daily spending limit.  Countering APPG concerns, Dugher pointed to COVID-19 realities which see an entire industry kneecapped by the closure of its retail presence (bookmaker and casinos), combined with the blanket cancellation of global sports fixtures.He added: “The idea that the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a boom in betting is just plain wrong.  I understand why the prohibitionists and anti-gambling campaigners want to give that impression, but the reality is that operators have been posting warnings to the market as revenues slide dramatically.”Dugher closed the list of pledges by affirming that BGC members were committed to supporting the government’s ‘National Effort’ in supporting health networks and emergency services fighting against COVID-19.“Britain is at its best when we come together,” he said. “We will come through this crisis, in which we all have a role to play.“I am determined that our industry plays its full part in the Government’s ‘National Effort’ – whether that’s in helping with volunteers or resources or facilities. But it also means us helping to protect people most at risk in these extraordinarily difficult and challenging times. I am determined that we do just that.”last_img read more

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She Cranes secure World cup air tickets

first_imgHowever, Anek has downplayed such concerns, saying that the team is determined to among others beat England and also Scotland that is now ranked seventh in the world.Amidst the pressure to secure funds for the air tickets and other activities, Anek says that the team has been preparing for its opening match against England on July 12th.Anek says that the challenges in securing funds is also a motivator for the team to perform much better at the World Cup, now that Uganda has even moved one rank higher in the world from seventh to sixth position.The Netball World Cup takes place every four years. The She Cranes have participated in two World Cup editions so far, making its first appearance in 1979 and then in 2015 when it emerged 8th.The 2019 World Cup squad includes 7 players who participated in the previous event. They include the Team captain Peace Proscovia, Rachael Nanyonga, Ruth Meeme, Stella Oyella, Jesca Acan, Sylvia Nanyonga and Lillian Ajio.Proscovia will join travel from Australia and join the team in Liverpool.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: She Cranes at the last World Cup 2015 in AustraliaKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The national netball team, She Cranes, has secured air tickets for the upcoming World Cup. The tournament is slated for July 12th to 21st in Liverpool, United Kingdom.Uganda’s delegation, of 25 people including the team, will travel on Friday.The President of the Uganda Netball Federation (UNF), Susan Anek says that although the government has not released funds for the World Cup, it has bought the air tickets for the team and the technical personnel.The She Cranes are among teams drawn from sixteen countries that will take part and are in Group D alongside the hosts England, Samoa and Scotland.   Early this year, the Federation submitted a request to the government to release shillings 2.1 billion for the 2019 World Cup.Government releases funds to national sports associations and federations through governing body-National Council of Sports-NCSThe request was for payment for visas, air tickets, accommodation, feeding, and allowances among others.The NCS Acting Secretary General, Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel says that government will release funds to the team on Thursday.Since the federation has been hunting for funds from the time the team qualified for the World Cup in August, it has left some fans angry and dismayed.Some Ugandan fans including legislators for Workers, Margaret Rwabushaija and Kasese Woman MP, Winfred Kiiza have been concerned that the ministry of finance has delayed to release funds to facilitate the team, which could affect their performance at the World Cup.last_img read more

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Alvarez’s two monster blasts power Pirates over Brewers 5-2

first_imgPedro Alvarez hits a two-run shot into the right field upper deck during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)by Mark KassMILWAUKEE (AP) — Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs, Andrew McCutchen also went deep, and Jeff Locke pitched six shutout innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.Neil Walker added a solo home run for the Pirates, who won for a second time in Milwaukee this season, but for only the ninth time since 2007 at Miller Park — against 47 losses.Locke (5-1) gave up three hits and struck out a season-high seven, to win his fourth straight game. It was the second straight game he didn’t give up a run.Mike Fiers (1-3), starting in place of Kyle Lohse (elbow), lasted four innings, giving up four runs, including three home runs, and five hits.Carlos Gomez homered twice for Milwaukee.Milwaukee is 5-17 in May and has not won back-to-back games since April 29-30 at home against Pittsburgh.The Pirates grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning as McCutchen hit his seventh home run. It was McCutchen’s fourth home run off Fiers during his career.last_img read more

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