Cate Blanchett Video Highlights What Refugees Take When They Flee

first_imgIn the moment they flee, refugees cast a last desperate look around their homes and grab a few vital possessions to take into exile.Cate Blanchett and actors Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, and Douglas Booth rehearse What They Took With ThemCredit/Copyright: Rich HardcastleHighlighting their harrowing choices, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett has launched a powerful video, supporting UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign and petition exclusively on the Facebook platform.The video is based on a rhythmic poem entitled ‘What They Took With Them’ by Jenifer Toksvig, inspired by first person testimony from refugees of items they took with them when they were forced to flee.“As soon as I read Jenifer Toksvig’s poem, and even more so after I took part in an early performance of it, I was struck by its immense power,” said Blanchett.“The rhythm and words of the poem echo the frenzy and chaos and terror of suddenly being forced to leave your home, grabbing what little you can carry with you, and fleeing for safety,” she added.Blanchett performs the poem alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman.“Over 65 million people across the world have been forced to leave everything behind them – everything – and start their lives again from scratch,” Blanchett said. “As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, I believe the very least each of us can do is work together to ensure refugees have the basics with which to build back their lives – an education, somewhere safe to live, the ability to work. I hope this film will urge people to go to withrefugees.org and sign the petition.”The video is exclusively released on the Facebook platform. The centre-piece of the UN Refugee Agency’s #WithRefugees campaign is a petition asking governments to ensure all refugee children can go to school, all refugees have a safe place to live and that all refugees can work and contribute to their local community.It already has nearly 900,000 signatures and will be delivered to the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN General Assembly on Friday September 16 ahead of the historic UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants on September 19.The film of ‘What They Took With Them’ is also being released on UNHCR’s Facebook page at 09.00 BST on September 12 as part of a ‘Facebook live’ from Australia with Cate Blanchett.During the broadcast, Blanchett talks about her personal experience of meeting refugees in Lebanon and Jordan with the UN Refugee Agency, and why the #WithRefugees campaign is so critical in the run up to the Summit on Refugees and Migrants. She will also be answering questions related to her work as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador submitted by viewers.This broadcast will be the first in series of Facebook live events with UNHCR high profile supporters that will sweep across the world encouraging people in every region to sign the #WithRefugees petition, building momentum and support for the campaign in the lead up to the hand-in moment on September 16.One of the sources for the poem was Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR. Many of Brian’s photos, along with firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed, are featured in the film.Sign the #WithRefugees petition and see the full version of the film here.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

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Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan

first_imgHAZARD, Ky. – A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration’s move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.Speaking Monday in the coal-mining state of Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would be issuing a new set of rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s drive to curb global climate change.“The war on coal is over,” Pruitt declared, adding that no federal agency should ever use its authority to “declare war on any sector of our economy.”It was not immediately clear if Pruitt would seek to issue a new rule without congressional approval, which Republicans had criticized the Obama administration for doing. Pruitt’s rule wouldn’t become final for months, and is then highly likely to face a raft of legal challenges.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was among those who said they will sue.“The Trump Administration’s persistent and indefensible denial of climate change — and their continued assault on actions essential to stemming its increasing devastation — is reprehensible, and I will use every available legal tool to fight their dangerous agenda,” said Schneiderman, a Democrat.For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt was among about two dozen attorney generals who sued to stop Obama’s 2014 push to limit carbon emissions, stymieing the limits from ever taking effect.Closely aligned with the oil and gas industry in his home state, Pruitt rejects the consensus of scientists that man-made emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary driver of global climate change.President Donald Trump, who appointed Pruitt and shares his skepticism of established climate science, promised to kill the Clean Power Plan during the 2016 campaign as part of his broader pledge to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines.In his order Tuesday, Pruitt is expected to declare that the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet.Pruitt appeared at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at Whayne Supply in Hazard, Kentucky, a company that sells coal mining supplies. The store’s owners have been forced to lay off about 60 per cent of its workers in recent years.While cheering the demise of the Clean Power Plan as a way to stop the bleeding, McConnell conceded most of those lost jobs are never coming back.“A lot of damage has been done,” said McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. “This doesn’t immediately bring everything back, but we think it stops further decline of coal fired plants in the United States and that means there will still be some market here.”Obama’s plan was designed to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 32 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. The rule dictated specific emission targets for states based on power-plant emissions and gave officials broad latitude to decide how to achieve reductions.The Supreme Court put the plan on hold last year following legal challenges by industry and coal-friendly states. Even so, the plan helped drive a recent wave of retirements of coal-fired plants, which are also being squeezed by low cost natural gas and renewable power. In the absence of stricter federal regulations curbing greenhouse gas emissions, many states have issued their own mandates promoting energy conservation.The withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan is the latest in a series of moves by Trump and Pruitt to dismantle Obama’s legacy on fighting climate change, including the delay or roll back of rules limiting levels of toxic pollution in smokestack emissions and wastewater discharges from coal-burning power plants.On Thursday, Trump nominated former coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to serve as Pruitt’s top deputy at EPA — one of several recent political appointees at the agency with direct ties to the fossil fuel interests.The president announced earlier this year that he will pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement. Nearly 200 countries have committed to combat global warming by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.“This president has tremendous courage,” Pruitt said Monday. “He put America first and said to the rest of the world we are going to say no and exit the Paris Accord. That was the right thing to do.”Despite the rhetoric about saving coal, government statistics show that coal mines currently employ only about 52,000 workers nationally — a modest 4-per cent uptick since Trump became president. Those numbers are dwarfed by the jobs created by building such clean power infrastructure as wind turbines and solar arrays.Environmental groups and public health advocates quickly derided Pruitt’s decision as short sighted.“Trump is not just ignoring the deadly cost of pollution, he’s ignoring the clean energy deployment that is rapidly creating jobs across the country,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.___Associated Press writer Michael Biesecker reported from Washington. Follow him at http://twitter.com/mbieseck___This story has been corrected to show the percentage of coal jobs created under Trump was 4 per cent.last_img read more

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party noconfidence vote but troubles remain

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a brush with political mortality Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and country.May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally that reflected the discontent within the party over her handling of Britain’s exit from the European Union.Despite the victory, Brexit remains her government’s biggest problem. May is heading to Brussels to seek changed to her divorce deal from the European Union in order to make it more palatable to Parliament.The balloting came after May’s Conservative opponents, who circled the weakened prime minister for weeks hoping to spark a no-confidence vote, finally got the numbers they needed to call one.The result was announced to loud cheers from lawmakers gathered in the wood-panelled room where they had voted. Under party rules, May cannot be challenged again for a year.May had earlier vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country “with everything I’ve got,” and spent the day holed up in the House of Commons trying to win over enough lawmakers to secure victory.“A change of leadership in the Conservative Party now will put our country’s future at risk,” May said in a defiant statement outside 10 Downing St.She said that ousting her and a vote on her replacement — a process that could take weeks — could result in Brexit being delayed or even halted. May, who spent Tuesday touring European Union capitals to appeal for changes to sweeten her divorce deal for reluctant U.K. lawmakers, has until Jan. 21 to hold a vote on the agreement in Parliament, a timetable that could be scuttled if she is replaced.In a bid to win over wavering lawmakers, May indicated she would step down before the next election, due in 2022.Solicitor-General Robert Buckland said May told lawmakers at a meeting that “it is not her intention to lead the party in the 2022 general election.”Another Tory legislator, Nick Boles, tweeted: “She was unambiguous. She will not be leading the Conservative Party into the next election.”May has not said what she will do if, as many expect, there is an early election triggered by Britain’s Brexit crisis.The leadership challenge marked a violent eruption of the Conservative Party’s decades-long divide over Europe and throws Britain’s already rocky path out of the EU, which it is due to leave on March 29, into further chaos. It comes days after May postponed a vote to approve the divorce deal to avoid all-but-certain defeat.The threat to May has been building as pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers grew increasingly frustrated with the prime minister’s handling of Brexit.Many supporters of Brexit say May’s deal, a compromise that retains close economic ties with the EU, fails to deliver on the clean break with the bloc that they want.Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson accused May of acting like a “supplicant” in dealings with the EU.“She’s not the person to see Brexit through,” he said.Opposition lawmakers expressed astonishment and outrage at the Conservative civil war erupting in the middle of the fraught Brexit process.“This government is a farce, the Tory party is in chaos, the prime minister is a disgrace,” Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford said during a pugnacious Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons.British business figures had expressed alarm at the prospect of even more political uncertainty.“At one of the most pivotal moments for the U.K. economy in decades, it is unacceptable that Westminster politicians have chosen to focus on themselves, rather than on the needs of the country,” said Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce.Graham Brady, who heads a committee overseeing Conservative leadership contests, announced early Wednesday that he had received letters from at least 48 lawmakers asking for a vote. That’s the 15 per cent of Conservative legislators needed to spark a leadership challenge under party rules.May cancelled a Wednesday trip to Dublin to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar so she could stay in London and battle for lawmakers’ support.But before it, Cabinet colleagues rallied to May’s support. Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted that a leadership contest, with Brexit little more than three months away, “will be seen as self-indulgent and wrong.”Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “I think it’s vital for the country that she wins tonight.”He said that if May lost, “I don’t think we will be leaving the European Union on the 29th of March.”EU leaders tried to stay out of the fray. There was no change in plans for May to address them about Brexit at a summit on Brussels on Thursday.The European Parliament’s Brexit point man, Guy Verhofstadt, could not contain a note of annoyance, tweeting: “Once again, the fate of EU-U.K. relations, the prosperity of businesses & citizens’ rights are consumed by an internal Conservative party catfight over Europe.”___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit crisis at: https://www.apnews.com/Brexit___Associated Press writers Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz in London contributed.Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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SP-rank officer to lead CRPF convoys in J&K

first_imgNew Delhi: CRPF convoys moving to and from the Kashmir Valley will now be commandeered by a higher SP-rank officer and a single motorcade will not have more than 40 vehicles at any point of time, the paramilitary force has ordered in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 troops during a similar movement. A set of new standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the force headquarters in Delhi for vehicle-mounted movement of troops in Jammu and Kashmir, and it has also been ordered that the ‘passenger manifest discipline’ for each vehicle in the convoy be strictly adhered to. Amongst the first set of changed SOPs is the move to depute a second-in-command rank officer (equivalent to Superintendent of Police rank) of the force to lead the convoy instead of the current practice of a junior Assistant Commandant-rank (Assistant SP) officer heading the entourage. This is to ensure that the convoy is led by an experienced and senior officer who will have a better understanding and strategy to manoeuvre the convoy to and from the Kashmir Valley which is operationally very sensitive due to terrorist acts and IED threats, official sources said.last_img read more

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Low content with Germanys goalless draw with France

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low says that he can “live” with their goalless draw against FranceDie Mannschaft put in a battling display against the side that dethroned them as world champions in Thursday’s UEFA Nations League game at Munich.But Germany were made to settle for a goalless draw after France’s third-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola denied Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller and Matthias Ginter.The 25-year-old made a total of six saves to deny Germany.“After our disappointing World Cup, we tried to turn over a new leaf,” said Low, according to BT Sport.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Against Mexico (at Russia 2018), in particular, we were left exposed to counter-attacks and we stopped France from doing that.“We had two or three really good chances and you rarely get so many chances versus a world champion.“So I am pleased with the strong running and fighting qualities of the team. We were compact and well organised. I can live with the result and our performance.”Germany will next face Peru in a friendly on Sunday.last_img read more

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Georginio Wijnaldum reveals how Klopp keeps Liverpool grounded

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed manager Jurgen Klopp is stopping the players from being distracted by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.The Reds are currently top of the Premier League, six points above second place Spurs with City having slipped to third after back-to-back defeats.Klopp has spoken of his players focusing on their on game and Wijnaldum says the team will not be distracted by what other teams are doing.“When we played Wolves away (the Friday before Christmas) a lot of the players didn’t even know who City or Tottenham were playing,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“We were just focused on our own game and trying to get the most out of that one. That is why it goes so well.”“We are only focused on the things we can control. We can control our own performance. We are only busy with that.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“If you are maybe less focused than normal, then you have a manager in Jurgen who will tell you directly that there is no space for doing less or enjoying things too much. He says keep both feet on the ground.”last_img read more

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Derek Johnstone backs Scottish FA decision on Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos

first_imgFormer Rangers footballer Derek Johnstone says Scottish FA were right not to take any action against Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.The forward was involved with Celtic defenders during the last fixture of 2018 played on Saturday at Ibrox and referee John Beaton decided against all expectations not to send him off.Derek Johnstone in his column with Evening times explained why Scottish FA will back the referees decision despite public uproar.The article read:“John Beaton was the man that was on the pitch and in the heat of the battle at Ibrox on Saturday. So, if he sees all of the incidents involving Alfredo Morelos and deems them not to be worthy of any action, then the Scottish FA have to back their man.“We have seen some refereeing decisions -penalties given, players sent off and goals ruled out – this season that I can’t believe.“But if Beaton says that he saw all three incidents with Celtic trio Scott Brown, Anthony Ralston and Ryan Christie and that is satisfied how he dealt with them, fine.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The non-Rangers fans won’t like it, as always, and they will think ‘there are Rangers getting away with it’.“But there have been plenty of times this season already where we didn’t get away with it and we have been on the other side of it.“We have had our fair share against us this season. The supporters, and the manager, will be delighted that this one has gone for Rangers and that Alfredo won’t face any action.“John Beaton will be pilloried by non-Rangers fans but he has deemed that Morelos wasn’t deserving of a red card. You can argue as much as you like, but the man that matters most is the one in black.“When you watch the Old Firm game back, you can see niggles all over the place but, because it is Morelos and with this reputation people have given him, the incidents involving him seem to get highlighted more.“There were late challenges and bad tackles and things happening all over the place but the referee allowed play to go on so many times when he could have stopped it. It made it a better game, a more entertaining game, because it was flowing more.“It certainly wasn’t Morelos that was causing all the trouble. There were several players that were at it at Ibrox but they were fighting hard and that is what you expect in an Old Firm game.”last_img read more

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PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution

first_img Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Mar 2016 – The PNP Party and Administration say that it is through diplomacy they were able to get Beaches Resort to remove the obstructive wooden pier along Grace Bay Beach. The wooden dock, which owner, Butch Stewart says was approved by successive TCI governments had become the target of scorn by residents who say the construction was illegal. Media reports revealed the resort received a citation since January, and last week the board walk over the beach was significantly lowered to allow a free flow of movement along the World’s #1 Beach. The PNP said in a statement on Monday that, “The Honorable Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Amanda Missick, Staff of the Planning Department and Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs were in negotiations with management since November 2015 and they were determined to give residents and tourists alike their twelve miles of beach uninterrupted.”The dock which hovered above the sand and made walking along the beach difficult, even impossible on high tide days has now been dropped to the sand level for free passage. Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:amanda missick, beaches, butch stewart, dock, pnplast_img read more

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Updated Motorcyclist Killed In Collision In Sterling

first_imgThe driver of the pickup attempted to swerve left to avoid a collision, but the motorcycle also swerved left, and struck the front passenger side of the truck. The motorcyclist was ejected off the bike and landed off the road, sustaining serious, life-threatening injuries, to which they succumbed at the scene. Original Story: The Alaska State Troopers responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision in Sterling, around 5:00 p.m., last night. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Troopers have not released the name of the motorcyclist while next of kin is being notified.center_img According to Troopers a Chevy pickup truck was attempting to turn left off Joyful Circle onto Sandline Drive when the driver of the pickup saw a BMW motorcycle traveling toward them on Sandline Drive. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: The motorcyclist has been identified as Michael Corteg, 60 of Sterling. The next of kin has been notified.*The Troopers also updated the location of the crash. It occurred on Joyfull Circle and Peacefull Lane.last_img read more

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Governor Signs Bills To Honor 911 Victims And First Responders

first_imgGovernor Walker will also sign HB 235 today, creating the North Star Medal, which Alaskan Governors can award to first responders who die or are seriously injured in the line of duty while protecting their fellow Alaskans. Governor Bill Walker:“The tragic events of September 11, 2001 are seared into our collective memory. I hope Alaskans will join me today in observing a moment of silence to reflect on the souls taken from us that day, and the first responders who put themselves in danger to run to the aid of others. September 11 is a time for us to renew our commitment to our American values of freedom, service, and courage.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In honor of the 2,996 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, all Alaska state flags have been ordered to be flown at half-staff, today.  The law also includes a measure to establish June 27 each year as Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day. It encourages Alaskans to reach out to friends and family who struggle with PTSD. Earlier this year, the Alaska State Legislature passed Senator Kevin Meyer’s SB 152, establishing September 11 each year as Patriot Day. Governor Walker will sign SB 152 into law today at Anchorage Fire Department Station #1 at 100 East 4th Avenue at 4:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Renewing Call To Arm Teachers Trump Tells Governors The NRA Is On

first_imgEvan Vucci/APPresident Trump speaks during a meeting with the members of the National Governors Association at the White House on Monday.Updated at 3:37 p.m. ETDuring a gathering with governors at the White House, President Trump called for strengthening school defenses and improving the “early warning” system in response to this month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.“Our nation is heartbroken,” Trump said. “We’ll turn our grief into action.”Trump’s controversial proposal to arm some teachers and other school staffers has been pushed by the National Rifle Association, and on Monday he defended the gun lobby group which was a strong backer of the president’s during the 2016 campaign.“Don’t worry about the NRA,” Trump, who had lunch Sunday with the group’s leaders, said. “They’re on our side.”But calls for giving firearms to teachers drew a swift rebuke from Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.“I have listened to the first-grade teachers that don’t want to be pistol-packing first-grade teachers. I’ve listened to law enforcement who have said they don’t want to have to train teachers as law enforcement agencies,” Inslee said. “I just think this is a circumstance where we need to listen. That educators should educate and they should not be foisted upon this responsibility of packing heat in first-grade classes.”Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, defended the “school marshals” program that arms some teachers in his state.“It’s a well thought out program with a lot of training in advance,” Abbott said. He noted some schools will post warning signs about armed staffers inside, as a deterrent against school shootings.Trump, who is ordinarily a staunch defender of law enforcement, also criticized Florida authorities for inaction both before and during the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school that left 17 people dead.“They weren’t exactly medal of honor winners,” the president said, referring to sheriffs deputy Scot Peterson, who waited outside the school building during the rampage. “The way they performed was frankly disgusting.”Trump suggested he would have been more aggressive in engaging the gunman.“You don’t know until you’re tested,” Trump said, but “I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too.”Trump also criticized authorities for not acting on multiple warnings about the Parkland shooter in the months leading up to the massacre.“They should have known,” Trump asserted. “They did know. They didn’t do anything about it.”The president argued that potentially threatening people should be locked up.“We’re going to have to start talking about mental institutions,” Trump said. “You used to be able to bring him into an mental institution, and hopefully he gets help or whatever, but he’s off the streets.”Advocates for the mentally ill say while they would like to see improved services available, comments like the president’s “reinforce inaccurate and negative stereotypes and create barriers to having a real conversation.” The National Alliance on Mental Illness says while all Americans should have access to treatment when needed, court-ordered treatment should be considered only as a last resort.The president made no mention Monday of raising the age limit at which young people can buy guns. Trump appeared to endorse a higher age limit when he met with students and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school last week. But the NRA is opposed to the idea, and Trump hasn’t spoken about it in recent days.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Trump still supports the “concept” of a higher age limit, but is open to discussion about how that might be implemented.Trump did say he would act on his own, if necessary, to ban “bump stocks,” an accessory used last October in the Las Vegas shooting that makes a semi-automatic weapon perform more like a machine gun. Last week he directed the Department of Justice to begin formulating regulations to ban such accessories, but the government may not be able to fully do that without action from Congress.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Research team claims to have accurately teleported quantum information ten feet

first_imgThe research team next plans to extend the distance between the qubits to 1,300 meters, while others presumably will attempt to replicate the first result—if the claims prove true, the breakthrough could mark the first stage of a the development of a true quantum computer, or network. More information: Unconditional quantum teleportation between distant solid-state quantum bits, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1253512ABSTRACTRealizing robust quantum information transfer between long-lived qubit registers is a key challenge for quantum information science and technology. Here, we demonstrate unconditional teleportation of arbitrary quantum states between diamond spin qubits separated by 3 m. We prepare the teleporter through photon-mediated heralded entanglement between two distant electron spins and subsequently encode the source qubit in a single nuclear spin. By realizing a fully deterministic Bell-state measurement combined with real-time feed-forward quantum teleportation is achieved upon each attempt with an average state fidelity exceeding the classical limit. These results establish diamond spin qubits as a prime candidate for the realization of quantum networks for quantum communication and network-based quantum computing.Ronald Hanson Lab: hansonlab.tudelft.nl/Press release: phys.org/wire-news/162888651/beam-me-up-data.html Explore further (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Delft University in the Netherlands is reporting in a paper they have had published in the journal Science, that they have successfully used entanglement as a means of communication, over a distance of ten feet (three meters). Furthermore, they note, they did so with 100 percent reliability and without altering the spin state of the quantum bits (qubits) involved. Artistic impression of quantum teleportation of a spin state between two distant diamonds. Teleportation, is of course, a means of moving an object from one place to another without it having to travel between them. Thus far examples of it have only been seen in science fiction movies. The idea of moving information in similar fashion, however, has met with some, albeit limited success. The idea is to use the concept of entanglement of particles as a means of conveyance. It’s supposed to work because of the strange interconnectedness of the two particles—whatever happens to one, automatically happens to the other, regardless of the distance between them. Such a property should allow then, for the exchange of information. If the spin state of one qubit is altered, then it should be automatically altered in the other qubit—a form of information exchange which can be counted as a message of sorts if a string of such transactions can be carried out.To date, scientists have struggled to use entanglement as a means of communication—it’s been achieved but the error rate has been so great that it would be unfeasible as a real-world application. In this new effort, the researchers claim to have solved the error rate problem—they’ve brought it down to zero percent. They did it, they report, by trapping electrons in diamonds at very low temperatures and shooting them with lasers, resulting in the creation of qubits. The diamonds, the team reports, serve as really tiny prisons, holding the electrons in place. Held as they were, the researchers were able to cause a spin state to exist and then to read it at both locations, which meant that information had been conveyed. © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Research team claims to have accurately ‘teleported’ quantum information ten feet (2014, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-team-accurately-teleported-quantum-ten.html This image is an electron microscope picture of one of the two devices, with a fictitious teleportation beam added. The image is about 40 micrometer wide in reality. ‘Quantum Internet’: Towards realization of solid-state quantum network Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

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Game console provider Nintendo is to drop its Nint

first_imgGame console provider Nintendo is to drop its Nintendo TVii second screen app on August 11 after three years.The service was launched with the Wii U console in 2012 with a dedicated button on the device’s gamepad. TVii allowed uers to search through streaming video services and access a TV guide from the gamepad. It also included personal recommendations and the ability to discuss and rate content.“After almost three years of finding, watching and engaging with Nintendo TVii, we will be ending the service on August 11, 2015. We are deeply thankful for all of the engagement and excitement our users have generated and enjoyed while using the service,” said Nintendo is a statement. The company said that it planned to “focus our resources on other projects”.After TVii is withddrawn, a system update will remove the Nintendo TVii icon from the Wii U Menu and the Wii U GamePad controller’s Home Button Menu. Nintendo said that users will be able to “continue to watch…favorite shows and movies through the multiple Video on Demand applications on the Wii U console”.Nintendo will continue to make content from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and Crunchyroll available on its devices, while the dedicated button the Wii U can be sued to launch the remote control functionality for TVs.last_img read more

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A total of £100000 is available in the new Change

first_imgA total of £100,000 is available in the new Change Something Fund where grants from £200 to £3,000 will be available to young people aged 13-24 who submit applications. ​‘Change Something’ activities can be any project or initiative that is important to you and that will make a difference in your local community.The first open call for the Change Something Fund has been launched this week following the training of a 14-strong judging panel made up of 13-24 year olds who will take funding decisions on the grant applications submitted.Welcoming this week’s launch, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr John Boyle said: “I’m delighted to see the launch of the first open call for the Change Something Fund – and would encourage young people throughout the City and District to apply! THE first open call for applications to the new ‘Change Something Fund’ has been launched this week – and organisers are encouraging young people aged 13-24 throughout the Derry City and Strabane District Council area to apply for grants.The Change Something Fund is your chance to change something in your local community by awarding grants to young people’s projects. It is part of Youth 19 and is funded by Council in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, and is being delivered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Acorn Fund. “This really is a fantastic initiative which allows young people to take a lead role in bringing positive change to their community.“It will not only allow our young people to be the change they want to see in their communities, but also take ownership of Youth 19 by turning imaginative proposals into reality!”Magali Wing, one of the young judging panel members, added: “I have really enjoyed working as a team to develop the criteria for the Change Something Fund. “The key criteria includes ensuring that your application compliments the themes of Youth 19, the activity must take place in the Council area and during 2019. “I’m also really looking forward to hearing what young people want to change in their community and how this fund will support them to do it”.To apply to the new Change Something Fund visit youth19.com/change_somethingThe closing date for the first open call for applications to the Change Something Fund is 5pm on 7th November 2018.For further information and updates on the Change Something Fund visit youth19.comGrants now available for young people to ‘Change Something’ in their community was last modified: October 17th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Change Something FundDerry and Strabane CouncilGrants now available for young people to ‘Change Something’ in their communityYouth 19 ShareTweetlast_img read more

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A NIAS spokesperson confirmed that they responded

first_imgA NIAS spokesperson confirmed that they responded to a call shortly before 12 pm.Two A&E crews, one rapid response vehicle and one paramedic officer were dispatched to the incident.Following assessment and treatment at the scene by the crew, two patients were taken to Altnagelvin Hospital for further treatment.The road, which was closed between Benview Estate and Whitehouse Roundabout, later reopened to traffic. Two people treated in Altnagelvin Hospital after four vehicle crashTWO people have been taken to hospital following a four vehicle crash in Derry.Police and the NI Ambulance Service attended the scene on Buncrana Road Updated news: Two people treated in hospital after four vehicle crash in Derry was last modified: January 18th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet ALTNAGELVIN HOSPITALAMBULANCE SERVICEBUNCRANA ROADPSNIUpdated news: Two people treated in hospital after four vehicle crash in Derrylast_img read more

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One technology stock that many analysts and market

first_imgOne technology stock that many analysts and market commentators are very high on is the Chinese Internet search company, Baidu (BIDU). According to data provided by Thomson First Call, 22 out of 29 analysts currently rate BIDU either a “buy” or a “strong buy.” The median price target among all the analysts covering the company is $142 per share… an extraordinarily high 46% above its recent share price of $97. One analyst sees BIDU going to $215 per share in the next 12 months. That represents roughly a 125% increase from current levels. Many market commentators at the most popular financial websites are similarly bullish. One of the commentators in a recent article called Baidu “the biggest bargain in big tech.” Another claims that Baidu is “the best stock for 2013.” A quick evaluation of Baidu makes it easy to understand the reason for all the optimism. First of all, Baidu – with roughly an 80% search-engine market share – is well positioned to benefit from the rapid Internet adoption rate in the lucrative Chinese market. Second, BIDU sports an incredibly strong balance sheet, with a current ratio of 3.6, long-term debt to equity of 0.15, and intangibles to total assets of 0.17. From a valuation standpoint, BIDU looks very attractive, with a forward PEG ratio of 0.53. But a closer look reveals a very important – and largely ignored – risk that investors should consider before jumping on the Baidu bandwagon. That is the risk associated with the company’s VIE structure. The VIE Structure When you purchase shares of Baidu, you’re not assuming direct ownership of the company, as you would if you purchased shares in a US company like, let’s say, Google or Apple. Rather, you’re buying shares in what the legal minds at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi refer to as “an offshore holding company or shell company whose entire viability hinges on the soundness of its contracts with its Chinese operating company counterpart.” This is what is known as a “variable interest entity” (VIE) structure; it is commonly used by Chinese companies as a way to sidestep China’s ban on foreign investment in certain economic sectors (e.g., the Internet, media, and telecom). Some of the more familiar names that have adopted the VIE structure include: Yoku.com, RenRen, New Oriental Education, Sina, and 21Vianet Group. One major flaw with the VIE structure is that the various contracts and legal agreements between the shell company and the wholly owned Chinese operating company may not be enforceable under Chinese law. And this – as the law firm Robins et al. points out – “exposes foreign investors to the risk that Chinese VIEs may readily breach their contracts with their U.S.-listed counterparts if this serves the VIE’s interests, because Chinese courts will not enforce these contracts against the VIE anyway.” It may happen infrequently, but VIEs do sometimes breach their contracts with the holding company. Once the market becomes aware that a holding company has “lost control of the VIE,” shares go into a tailspin, giving shareholders little time to react. So in a sense, VIE stocks can be a ticking time bomb. Cautionary Tales In early 2008, shares of the PRC seed producer Agria Corporation sank roughly 50% in a matter of days when it was announced that Agria was losing control of its Chinese VIE. The issue was with a Chinese executive at the VIE who became disgruntled at not having received certain compensation for services to the holding company that he believed was owed to him and his management team. The dispute was eventually resolved (and the VIE remained intact) when Agria essentially met the demands of the executive by granting him and other members of management “a significant amount of shares in the offshore parent as well as cash compensation for services rendered to the company.” But shareholders didn’t fare so well; Agria shares never recovered, presumably because investors lost confidence in the company’s corporate structure. Another high-profile example of loss of control over a VIE involved GigaMedia. In early 2010, GigaMedia decided to part ways with a Chinese executive who ran (and largely controlled) its VIE. In an act of defiance, the Chinese executive – emboldened by the fact that he would probably face no legal repercussions – refused to surrender his personal ownership of the Chinese operating licenses for the VIEs… licenses essential to GigaMedia’s business in China. Despite suing the executive in multiple jurisdictions, including in China, GigaMedia wasn’t able to fully regain control of its VIE. GigaMedia shares lost more than half their value as a result. It is important to note that the scenarios above are less likely to happen to Baidu, which has certain safeguards in place to somewhat minimize the risk of losing control of its VIEs. For example, the Chinese executive Yanhong Li, who largely controls Baidu’s VIEs, also has a significant stake in the offshore holding company (BIDU). This serves to align his interests with that of the foreign shareholders, making for a more solid VIE structure. But even with that structure in place, there can be a contagion effect when other companies experience problems with their VIEs. For instance, in May of 2011, Baidu shares fell nearly 30% following the announcement that Alibaba had lost its VIE. The threat of contagion pales in comparison to the threat that Chinese regulators can at any time decide to shut down a VIE. This is what happened to Buddha Steel in March 2011, when it abruptly canceled its proposed public offering in the United States, citing that the company “was advised by local governmental authorities in Hebei Province that [its VIE structure contractual control arrangements] contravene current Chinese management policies related to foreign-invested enterprises and, as a result, are against public policy.” Some have speculated that Buddha Steel was targeted merely because it competed against state-owned steel companies. But others see something more ominous – a potentially broad Chinese government crackdown on the whole VIE structure. Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure: the Buddha Steel case exposed the vulnerability of the VIE structure whenever it faces regulatory scrutiny in China. Our Final Take on Baidu Ultimately, the Baidu bulls’ claims that shares will surge from current levels may prove to be correct. But because of its VIE structure, Baidu is decidedly not the kind of blue-chip stock many are touting it as. Instead, it’s a far more speculative investment, and it should be treated as such. In Big Tech, we tend to shy away from such speculative and potentially disastrous investments as Baidu. Instead, we focus on the rock-solid stocks that can be counted on to deliver 20%+ annual gains. And sometimes, in our quest to find these stocks, we hit one out of the park, as we did with one company that has returned nearly 150% since we first recommended it. Bits & Bytes Robotic Arm: Mind-Controlled Limb Closer than Ever to Real Human Limb (Huffington Post) This is a fascinating and heartwarming article that found its way into my inbox the other day. It’s about a technology that restores movement for paralysis victims. Will Big Data Get Too Big for the Metric System to Handle? (MIT Technology Review) Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at MIT’s Center for Digital Business, believes that global IP traffic will surpass the current limit of measures by the end of the decade. Hedge Funds’ Hail Mary: Bet on Tech (BloombergBusinessWeek) Recent SEC filings revealed that the smart money placed some aggressive bets on technology stocks in the most recent quarter. A Devastating Report for Amazon’s Kindle Business (Business Insider) Bad news for Amazon as Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley projects sales of the Kindle Fire will come in lower than previously expected for 2013.last_img read more

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It is an interesting historical fact that people w

first_imgIt is an interesting historical fact that people who take part in rebellions tend to coin their own money – not when the rebellion concludes, but as it starts. There is good evidence that silver half shekels, like the one pictured above, were actually minted on the Temple Mount during the Jewish Rebellion against Rome in 66-70 AD. (The wonderful Biblical Archaeology Review ran an article on the subject.) And this case is hardly unique; there have been many rebellions that promptly issued their own currency. Here is Massachusetts currency from 1776, issued early in the American Revolutionary War: The primary reason that rebels create their own currency is that monetary control is far more of a force than people realize. Baron Rothschild was not being overly flamboyant when he said, “Give me control over a nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes its laws.” Being able to manipulate a money supply is a fantastic power, affecting every part of an economy. If you know in advance that the money supply will go up (diluting its value) or contract (concentrating its value), you immediately gain a massive advantage over everyone else – and you can target this advantage to help or hurt almost any group you choose. Because of this, a rebel group that is tied to their opponent’s money has nearly lost before the battles begin. Serious rebels learn this quickly. The Modern Rebellion The rebellion that we’re all part of is not an armed rebellion, but a moral rebellion. And, interestingly enough, our rebellion understood very early on that money was a primary factor in our enslavement. The roots of our rebellion go back as far as the first oppressed man or woman who thought clearly about morality, whenever that was. In modern times, however, we can trace our rebellion back to the 1940s – a time in which Mises had already been examining the foundations of money, Hayek was interested in competing currencies, and Rand was examining the morality of money. (I’m passing over very many good people in the above paragraph. May they forgive my brevity.) In our lifetimes, we’ve had David Chaum’s work on digital cash, Orlin Grabbe’s work (both theoretical and practical), e-gold, Pecunix, networks of exchangers, subsidiary services, and, most recently, crypto-currencies, beginning with Bitcoin. Our moral rebellion is not slowing down. What matters about all of these currencies (and many more I haven’t mentioned) is that they are all rebel currencies. Sure, a few criminals and Ponzi operators have made use of our technologies, but that’s simply unavoidable. How many crooks use government money? (Answer: all of them.) Rebel Morality I think it’s important to make a few points about this moral rebellion of ours: We must treat our fellow men and women with respect, even if they are wrong. If they want to be ruled by a state, that’s their choice, and we have no right to rip it away from them. (If it crashes without our coerced “support,” that’s not our problem.) If we think that people are being stupid to choose state serfdom, we should convince them that other ways are better, but we cannot force them to live our way and still call ourselves moral. This is not about attacking anyone or even attacking the current systems of oppression. Yes, every individual has the right to self-defense, but what we’re after here is not to lord it over anyone else, but being left alone to live as we wish.center_img Our rebellion money has actually done a fine job of supporting these two moral points. The supposed failures of these currencies were primarily that they couldn’t withstand coercive and violent attacks. In other words, they worked very well; their “problems” were attacks from the status quo: a system of coercion and violence, masquerading as justice. What we are now seeing is a moral awakening. Young people are questioning the systems that supposedly sustain them but actually use them as slaves. When people begin to see the world in moral terms, they quickly perceive the deep immorality of the status quo – a system that is utterly dependent upon coercion and deception. If there is a root to the continuance and success of honest, rebel money, this is it. In the end, our battle is this: morality versus coercion and deception. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

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Be patient The marijuana industry is still very y

first_imgBe patient. The marijuana industry is still very young. A healthy dose of volatility is to be expected. So don’t obsess over daily swings. Perhaps the biggest tech opportunity in decadesDid you hear the news? Facebook and other social networks are introducing ads using a rising tech that will allow users to try on sunglasses and makeup – right on their smartphones! And that’s not all it can do. To learn more about how to cash in this technology trend, click here. — Use discipline. Only speculate with money that you can afford to lose. Don’t chase high-flying stocks. And stick to your stop losses. Recommended Link • Canada’s marijuana industry is set to explode… According to a new report from CIBC, one of the country’s largest banks, Canada’s legal marijuana market will be a $6.5 billion industry by 2020. That’s far more than Canadians spent on liquor in 2017.You see, Canada will introduce legalized recreational marijuana nationwide this October. By 2019, edible and drinkable cannabis should be available across Canada, too.In other words, Canada’s marijuana market is going to get much bigger in the coming months.Coors can’t afford to let this opportunity sail by. Here’s Frederic Landtmeters, CEO of Molson Coors Canada:Canada is breaking new ground in the cannabis sector and, as one of the country’s leading beverage companies, Molson Coors Canada has a unique opportunity to participate in this exciting and rapidly expanding consumer segment.Of course, Coors doesn’t just have its sights set on Canada. It wants a piece of the global marijuana market, too. Here’s a quote from Coors CEO Mark Hunter:The decision we had to make was do we want to be a spectator or a participant? We’re going to learn a lot and if other markets start to open up… or it becomes federally legal, then we’ll be in a good place.In other words, Coors thinks other countries (namely the United States) will follow Canada’s lead by legalizing marijuana. That’s something it wants to be ready for.• Doug Casey also thinks marijuana legalization will spread around the world… Here’s what Doug wrote in the latest issue of Crisis Investing:The pot industry is going to be as big as the alcohol industry, and it’s going to be bigger than tobacco.Not only are there are a lot of commercial interests in this that stand to make not just billions but tens of billions, and even hundreds of billions of dollars, but this is something that governments are going to love to tax. Since most governments on all levels today, everywhere in the world, are bankrupt, they’re going to go where the money is. The economics alone guarantee that governments are going to continue moving in this direction, because of their financial problems.Doug is absolutely correct. It’s only a matter of time before other countries legalize marijuana. And that will draw even more Big Alcohol companies into the space.That’s obviously good news for existing marijuana companies.• So consider speculating on this emerging industry if you haven’t yet… Just be sure to do a few things before diving in: Do your homework. Study a company inside and out before buying its stock. Learn about its management team. Also, don’t buy any marijuana stock on a whim or hot tip. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. • Coors made its first big move into the marijuana industry on Wednesday…It announced that it’s entered a joint venture with The Hydropothecary Corporation.Hydropothecary is a Canadian cannabis producer. Together, the two companies will develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages for sale in Canada.This is a major announcement. You see, Coors isn’t a small player. It’s the second-biggest brewer in the United States.So this decision tells us that the marijuana industry has gone mainstream.Of course, this won’t be the last time a company like Coors enters the marijuana space. As you’re about to see, many other Big Alcohol companies will soon do the same.And there’s a simple reason for this.• Beer sales are declining… Anheuser-Busch InBev, which owns Budweiser, recently found that just 43% of alcohol consumed by young drinkers in 2016 was beer. In 2006, it was 65%.This is why Coors views legal marijuana as a major threat to its business. From its latest annual report:Although the ultimate impact is currently unknown, the emergence of legal cannabis in certain U.S. states and Canada may result in a shift of discretionary income away from our products or a change in consumer preferences away from beer.And that’s why it just started a new venture with Hydropothecary.But there’s another reason Coors did this… Recommended Link By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch“Coors will fight back. It has no choice. If it doesn’t, it will get eaten alive by Big Marijuana.”I wrote this in March. I said it because legal marijuana poses an existential threat to Big Alcohol.In fact, a recent study found that alcohol sales fell 15% in the U.S. in states that introduced medical marijuana. In states where recreational marijuana is legal, the decline is even more pronounced.But I didn’t just say Coors would fight back. I told you they’d defend themselves by entering the marijuana business.And that’s just what they did… — NEVER Before Seen: The Aurora Borealis of TradingThe Aurora Borealis, or “Northern Lights,” happens when solar particles rip through the Earth’s geomagnetic field and smash into gas atoms. Something similar exists in the stock market… It’s a powerful anomaly called “Quantum.” It appears when 3 major forces collide. As a result, the laws of risk and reward reverse. And the gains that are generated are incredible—both in their return and the speed in which they’re created. •  GDX: 129% in 3 hours •  SONC: 400% in 18 hours •  STRA: 1,285% in 2 days To see where this anomaly will appear next, click here to continue reading… Regards, Justin Spittler Budapest, Hungary August 2, 2018P.S. Marijuana is the fastest-growing industry on earth. But most people still don’t know the best stocks to invest in… Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno has a basket of the top marijuana companies set to soar in the coming years. You can access these names—along with all of his research on the sector—with a subscription to Crisis Investing. Click here to learn more. You’ll see why June 7 was such a critical date for the future of marijuana… and how you can become a “marijuana millionaire” in 2018.Reader MailbagAre you bullish on marijuana companies today? Tell us why or why not right here.In Case You Missed It…Is this Trump’s promised infrastructure plan?In January, the president made a very unusual move…The mainstream press seemed baffled. Even members of Trump’s administration seemed unsure. But Jeff Brown, Bonner & Partners’ top technology expert, believes this one move could secure America’s economic dominance for decades to come. Full story here.last_img read more

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Oh my God we dropped her Sandra Snipes said sh

first_img“Oh my God, we dropped her!” Sandra Snipes said she heard the nursing home aides yell as she fell to the floor.She landed on her right side where her hip had recently been replaced. She cried out in pain.A hospital clinician later discovered her hip was dislocated.That was not the only injury Snipes, then 61, said she suffered in 2011 at Richmond Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Hamlet, N.C. Nurses allegedly had been injecting her twice a day with a potent blood thinner despite written instructions to stop.”She said, ‘I just feel so tired,’ ” her daughter, Laura Clark, said in an interview. “The nurses were saying she’s depressed and wasn’t doing her exercises. I said no, something is wrong.”Her children also discovered Snipes’ surgical wound had become infected and infested with insects. Just 11 days after she arrived at the nursing home to heal from her hip surgery, she was back in the hospital.The fall and these other alleged lapses in care led Clark and the family to file a lawsuit against the nursing home. Richmond Pines declined to discuss the case beyond saying it disputed the allegations at the time. The home agreed in 2017 to pay Snipes’ family $1.4 million to settle their lawsuit.While the confluence of complications in Snipes’ case was extreme, return trips from nursing homes to hospitals are far from unusual.With hospitals pushing patients out the door earlier, nursing homes are deluged with increasingly frail patients. But many homes, with their sometimes-skeletal medical staffing, often fail to handle post-hospital complications — or create new problems by not heeding or receiving accurate hospital and physician instructions.Patients, caught in the middle, may suffer. One in 5 Medicare patients sent from the hospital to a nursing home boomerangs back within 30 days, often for potentially preventable conditions such as dehydration, infections and medication errors, federal records show. Such rehospitalizations occur 27 percent more frequently than for the Medicare population at large.Nursing homes have been unintentionally rewarded by decades of colliding government payment policies, which gave both hospitals and nursing homes financial incentives for the transfers. That has left the most vulnerable patients often ping-ponging between institutions, wreaking havoc with patients’ care.”There’s this saying in nursing homes, and it’s really unfortunate: ‘When in doubt, ship them out,’ ” said David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. “It’s a short-run, cost-minimizing strategy, but it ends up costing the system and the individual a lot more.”In recent years, the government has begun to tackle the problem. In 2013, Medicare began fining hospitals for high readmission rates in an attempt to curtail premature discharges and to encourage hospitals to refer patients to nursing homes with good track records.Starting this October, the government will address the other side of the equation, giving nursing homes bonuses or assessing penalties based on their Medicare rehospitalization rates. The goal is to accelerate early signs of progress: The rate of potentially avoidable readmissions dropped to 10.8 percent in 2016 from 12.4 percent in 2011, according to Congress’ Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.”We’re better, but not well,” Grabowski said. “There’s still a high rate of inappropriate readmissions.”The revolving door is an unintended byproduct of long-standing payment policies. Medicare pays hospitals a set rate to care for a patient depending on the average time it takes to treat a typical patient with a given diagnosis. That means that hospitals effectively profit by earlier discharge and lose money by keeping patients longer, even though an elderly patient may require a few extra days.But nursing homes have their own incentives to hospitalize patients. For one thing, keeping patients out of hospitals requires frequent examinations and speedy laboratory tests — all of which add costs to nursing homes.Plus, most nursing home residents are covered by Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor that is usually the lowest-paying form of insurance. If a nursing home sends a Medicaid resident to the hospital, she usually returns with up to 100 days covered by Medicare, which pays more. On top of all that, in some states, Medicaid pays a “bed-hold” fee when a patient is hospitalized.None of this is good for the patients. Nursing home residents often return from the hospital more confused or with a new infection, said Dr. David Gifford, a senior vice president of quality and regulatory affairs at the American Health Care Association, a nursing home trade group.”And they never quite get back to normal,” he said.’She Looked Like A Wet Washcloth’Communication lapses between physicians and nursing homes is one recurring cause of rehospitalizations. Elaine Essa had been taking thyroid medication ever since that gland was removed when she was a teenager. Essa, 82, was living at a nursing home in Lancaster, Calif., in 2013 when a bout of pneumonia sent her to the hospital.When she returned to the nursing home — now named Wellsprings Post-Acute Care Center — her doctor omitted a crucial instruction from her admission order: to resume the thyroid medication, according to a lawsuit filed by her family. The nursing home telephoned Essa’s doctor to order the medication, but he never called them back, the suit said.Without the medication, Essa’s appetite diminished, her weight increased and her energy vanished — all indications of a thyroid imbalance, said the family’s attorney, Ben Yeroushalmi, discussing the lawsuit. Her doctors from Garrison Family Medical Group never visited her, sending instead their nurse practitioner. He, like the nursing home employees, did not grasp the cause of her decline, although her thyroid condition was prominently noted in her medical records, the lawsuit said. Three months after her return from the hospital, “she looked like a wet washcloth. She had no color in her face,” said Donna Jo Duncan, a daughter, in a deposition. Duncan said she demanded the home’s nurses check her mother’s blood pressure. When they did, a supervisor ran over and said, “Call an ambulance right away,” Duncan said in the deposition.At the hospital, a physician said tests showed “zero” thyroid hormone levels, Deborah Ann Favorite, a daughter, recalled in an interview. She testified in her deposition that the doctor told her, “I can’t believe that this woman is still alive.”Essa died the next month. The nursing home and the medical practice settled the case for confidential amounts. Cynthia Schein, an attorney for the home, declined to discuss the case beyond saying it was “settled to everyone’s satisfaction.” The suit is still ongoing against one other doctor, who did not respond to requests for comment.Dangers In Discouraging Hospitalization Out of the nation’s 15,630 nursing homes, one-fifth send 25 percent or more of their patients back to the hospital, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of data on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website. On the other end of the spectrum, the fifth of homes with the lowest readmission rates return fewer than 17 percent of residents to the hospital.Many health policy experts say that spread shows how much improvement is possible. But patient advocates fear the campaign against hospitalizing nursing home patients may backfire, especially when Medicare begins linking readmission rates to its payments.”We’re always worried the bad nursing homes are going to get the message ‘Don’t send anyone to the hospital,’ ” said Tony Chicotel, a staff attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a nonprofit based in San Francisco.Richmond Pines, where Sandra Snipes stayed, has a higher than average rehospitalization rate of 25 percent, according to federal records. But the family’s lawyer, Kyle Nutt, said the lawsuit claimed the nurses initially resisted sending Snipes back, insisting she was “just drowsy.”After Snipes was rehospitalized, her blood thinner was discontinued, her hip was reset, and she was discharged to a different nursing home, according to the family’s lawsuit. But her hospital trips were not over: When she showed signs of recurrent infection, the second home sent her to yet another hospital, the lawsuit alleged.Ultimately, the lawsuit claimed that doctors removed her prosthetic hip and more than a liter of infected blood clots and tissues. Nutt said if Richmond Pines’ nurses had “caught the over-administration of the blood thinner right off the bat, we don’t think any of this would have happened.”Snipes returned home but was never able to walk again, according to the lawsuit. Her husband, William, cared for her until she died in 2015, her daughter, Clark, said.”She didn’t want to go back into the nursing home,” Clark said. “She was terrified.”Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.KHN’s coverage related to aging and improving care of older adults is supported in part by The John A. Hartford Foundation. KHN’s coverage of end-of-life and serious illness issues is supported in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

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first_imgThe government of Democratic Republic of the Congo has released a new video in its fight to end the Ebola outbreak there. The message: To avoid contamination with the virus, it helps to wash your hands.Sounds simple. At least we thought so until we watched the video. The government is promoting a technique with six separate steps — and that’s not counting “abundantly” wetting your hands and lathering up. Is this a lesson we all need to learn?To find out, NPR got in touch with Dr. Mark Gendreau, chief medical officer at Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals in Beverly, Mass., and a keen promoter of hand-washing. (This conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity).Is this the most elaborate hand-washing procedure you’ve ever seen?Well, it is elaborate — but it’s actually the right way! Basically it’s a rehash of the World Health Organization’s six-step method for hand-washing. A study related to health care facilities found that this was the most effective way of getting the hand completely sanitized in a health care setting.What makes it so effective?It’s really targeting the areas where the microorganisms [that make you sick] tend to concentrate on the hand. The region between the fingers, for instance, and then the thumb. We also know that you need to try to get the top portion of the hand, where the knuckles are. And then that last step, where you saw [the instructor] rubbing the tips of his fingers on the palm of his hand — what that’s doing is trying to rub some of that soap underneath the fingernails. Because that’s another common area for microorganisms. So these six steps really get all of those areas and get them very thoroughly.And yet many of us have never heard of all these steps.Yes, an interesting fact about hand-washing worldwide is that about 30 percent of the human population never wash their hands. And if you look at the U.S. about half of people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom. Men are the biggest offenders. Also among those people who do wash their hands, almost none are washing correctly. Next time you go to an airport or you’re in a restaurant and you find yourself at the sink, watch the people as they wash their hands. They’re doing it for too short a period. It’s — put the hands underneath the water for the quick one-two rub of your hands, then rinse — a total of eight to 10 seconds. How long should we wash?Science tells us it’s got to be a minimum of 20 seconds. That feels like a lifetime to everybody. But that’s the way it’s got to be if you want to be 100 percent correct and ensure your hands are sanitized from any potential microorganisms.Hence the common tip that you should keep washing for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice under your breath. But this video isn’t just about how long you spend. It’s laying out all these specific movements. I can see why they might be crucial for health care professionals, or for people living in an Ebola outbreak zone. Do the rest of us really need to be this thorough?No, I don’t think so. If you get your hands in, like, sewage, or if there’s a major outbreak of some highly contagious, high-stakes disease — then maybe yes. But for the most part, even during flu season, just use soap and water — or even an alcohol-based gel sanitizer — and get the palms, get between the fingers, intertwine your fingers, get the back surface of the hand, get the thumb and do that rubbing for at least 20 seconds.Hold on — what you’ve just described is pretty close to the six steps. Are you saying this actually should be our routine? Yeah, so I mean — and I’m not bragging about this — I have not been sick, and I mean even like a common cold, in over 12 years.What!And I’m an emergency department physician. I work during flu season. I see sick people all the time. And the key is because I do good hand hygiene.And because 80 percent of all infections in the world are passed by human hands.Usually we contaminate ourselves.We’ll touch a chair or a surface that is contaminated with something that someone coughed out or blew out. And it dries on that surface. The microorganism can survive for a day or two in that condition. And then we touch that surface. And then human beings touch their face — eyes, nose, mouth — about 200 times a day. And that’s the portal of entry into our bodies, those mucous membranes in our eyes, nose and mouth.OK, I’m sold. I want to become like you. Outside of your medical practice, when and how often do you wash your hands?You know I’ve never counted — I’m certainly not an obsessive compulsive person. I’ll wash before I eat. of course, after I’ve gotten off a bus, or after I’ve touched an ATM or bought something where I’ve had to type in my PIN. Also, after exiting a mall or being in an airplane, and then again as I’m exiting the airport, I’ll sanitize my hands. Because you’re going down a couple of escalators usually. Basically, you should do it anytime you’ve just touched a highly touched surface in a public area.Is using hand sanitizer just as good as soap and water? Soap and water would probably be the most effective. You’re using the laws of physics to help sanitize your hand: Microorganisms are encapsulated in a lipid membrane. So the foaming of the soap and the rubbing action is going to dissolve that lipid membrane and basically kill the microorganism.But you can also use an alcohol-based gel sanitizer. If you do that I would recommend an alcohol content of 60 percent. In health-care settings we now go up to at least 70 percent because there are some microorganisms in the intensive care units that have shown some increased resistance to the lower alcohol content. But for outside use, 60 percent will get it all.This advice seems particularly apropos here in the U.S. as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.Yes, it’s a big opportunity for you to get sick. A lot of people are going to be traveling on trains and airplanes. You’re going to get into tight quarters with people from a diverse geographic distribution. So you want to make sure that you wash as soon as you get on the plane — instead of sitting down and pulling out your book and then like, you know, five minutes later you find one of your fingers in your mouth after you’ve touched every surface including in security. Which, by the way, has been found to be one of the higher areas of pathogen contamination in the airport.And what about once you’ve reached your destination and you’re ensconced with a bevy of family and friends — all of whom might be harboring viruses?If you avoid touching your face you will stay healthy for the most part. If your eye is itchy or your nose is itchy, sanitize your hands before you touch it. And if you can’t do that then just use your forearm or your elbow to rub your eyelid so that you minimize self-contamination. This isn’t just a touch … extreme?You don’t need to be a germophobe. I’m just suggesting that you be more mindful — have situational awareness. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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