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Using medical technology wisely

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first_imgThe infrastructure is now in place to use new informational technologies in the American health care system effectively. But a former White House official tasked with improving health care technologies said the challenge is to ensure that innovations do not deepen existing disparities in health care, and instead provide care more effectively across communities.David Blumenthal, who until last month was national coordinator for health information technology, outlined the potential and the pitfalls of additions such as electronic health records as part of the Reede Scholars’ Second Annual Health Equity Symposium on May 12.His was “not a program about technology, although health technology is in the title; this is a program about health care,” said Blumenthal, the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, during the program on “eEquity: Leveraging Technology to Achieve Health Equity.”“It operates under the assumption that information is the lifeblood of medicine and that we are only as powerful as the information we have, whether we are a nurse practitioner, a physician, or a respiratory therapist.”Still, “there is the enduring observation that new technologies do not disseminate evenly in our society,” Blumenthal said. From imaging devices to new asthma treatment, such innovations reach some vulnerable populations later than others. Yet Blumenthal emphasized the progress made. A significant market in producing health information technology programs has emerged, sparked by a new incentive program, he said.This has “created a market where there hadn’t been a market before for the use of health information technology,” Blumenthal said.In early spring, 260 providers, mostly under Medicaid provisions, have received $84 million in “meaningful use payments,” Blumenthal said. About 67,000 registered providers, mostly primary care doctors in small practices, will receive help from 62 new technical centers. “That’s a substantial penetration,” he said.About 7,000 students have been enrolled in 84 community college programs to receive training that will support new medical information technology, he added, saying, “There is increasing coordination between this high tech agenda and the health reform agenda.”Even with the explosion of new products, Blumenthal warned that minority groups may be slower in reaping the benefits of such innovations as electronic medical records.“We can make these efforts through central governmental intervention, but the best long-range solution … is to level the playing field in the health care system as a whole,” he said. “What we need is more of the kind of leadership that brought us health reform.”During a question-and-answer period, Blumenthal made a key observation: “What you have to realize is that everyone you run into who has been paying taxes, has put $100 toward the adoption of electronic health records. Every man, woman, and child in the U.S. is paying $100 for this to happen.“I think that’s a pretty good deal for providers. I think this is a unique investment and an amazing commitment that is really up now to providers to deliver.”The symposium, which was moderated by Lenny Lopez, an internist trained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, featured remarks by Joseph R. Betancourt, director of the Disparities Solutions Center. There were presentations by Quyen Ngo-Metzger, data branch chief in the Bureau of Primary Health Care at Health Resources and Services Administration; by oral surgeon Elsbeth Kalenderian on improving links between medical and dental practices; and by John Moore, a Ph.D. candidate in the New Media Medicine group at the MIT Media Lab, on possible new devices.Moore wowed the audience with a peek at emerging technology aimed at educating and empowering patients by, for example, letting them see and manipulate visual data on the effect of medication in their bloodstream, or by a stethoscope that would let doctors and patients hear heartbeats. The goal — something underscored by questions from the audience — was to replace the scenario of a doctor staring at a computer screen to one in which physician and patient look at data together to develop medical regimens.last_img read more

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Military Camps

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first_imgThe University of Georgia 4-H program has coordinated military dependent camps since 2010 at locations in Georgia and Florida. Teen dependents, ages 14-18, of military service members are invited to apply before May 1 for the two summer camps.“The summits offer military dependents an opportunity to build leadership and life skills in a high adventure environment,” said Laura Goss, Georgia 4-H Military Camp coordinator.  “Teenagers have the opportunity to have fun while connecting with teens to better understand their parent’s military service through targeted lessons, social interactions and service member volunteers. Youth gain independence, mastery and belonging.”UGA operates these two summer camps through the Military Teen Adventure Camps, a partnership funded by the Department of Defense between the Office of Military Community and Family Policy and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture through a grant and cooperative agreement with Purdue University. Camps are open to dependents, ages 14-18, of military members currently serving in active or reserve components. Camp fees, including transportation from the closest major airport, are covered through grant funds. The available weeks include:Joint Component Teen Leadership Summit – June 14-19, 2020, Dahlonega, GeorgiaIslands Military Teen Leadership Summit – July 12-17, 2020, Jekyll Island, GeorgiaApplicants can learn more on the Joint Summit or the Islands Summit through the Georgia 4-H Military Partnership Camp pages and can apply through the Georgia 4-H Event Registration page. We ask that applicants apply by May 15th.The online application requires demographic information as well as short answers and essay responses. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and notifications of acceptance will be sent soon after.Most expenses (airfare and camp registration) are supported by the Military Teen Adventure Camps. Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to the closest major airport, baggage fees and additional funds for snacks, souvenirs and limited travel-day snacks. Also, unaccompanied minor fees are covered on at-needs basis when funds are available. More information will be provided to those accepted to attend.   Youth are supervised during the week by well-trained staff in camping and youth development. Adult volunteers supplement the paid camp staff and include many service members, spouses and family members. All paid and volunteer staff complete youth protection training and undergo a background investigation in accordance with UGA policies.Military spouses and military members (retired or current) are encouraged to apply to serve as volunteers. Volunteers play a major role at camp through participating in activities, supervising youth, chaperoning cabins, assisting classroom time and other related roles. To apply to be an adult volunteer, visit georgia4h.org/militaryvolunteer or reach each out to a staff member at milcamps@uga.edu.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.last_img read more

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Vermont ranks 8th highest in tax burden study

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first_imgNew Jersey Edges New York for Nation’s Highest State-Local Tax BurdenWashington, D.C., August 7, 2008 – New Jersey taxpayers bear the heaviest state-local tax burden in 2008, and Alaskans have the lightest tax burden, according to a new report from the Tax Foundation. In Tax Foundation Special Report, No. 163, “State-Local Tax Burdens Dip As Income Growth Outpaces Tax Growth,” senior economist Gerald Prante computes each state’s combined state-local tax burden, accounting for taxes paid out of state. The nation as a whole paid 9.7% of its income in state-local taxes, down from 9.9% in 2007 primarily because income grew faster than tax collections between 2007 and 2008. New Jersey residents paid 11.8%, topping the charts. New Yorkers were close behind, paying 11.7%, and Connecticut was third at 11.1%. The top ten were rounded out by Maryland (10.8%), Hawaii (10.6%), California (10.5%), Ohio (10.4%), Vermont (10.3%), Wisconsin (10.2%) and Rhode Island (10.2%). Alaskans pay the least, 6.4 percent in 2008, but Nevada is close at 6.6 percent. In four states the residents pay between 7 and 8 percent of their income in state-local taxes: Wyoming (7.0%), Florida (7.4%), New Hampshire(7.6%) and South Dakota (7.9%). Four other states round out the bottom ten: Tennessee (8.3%), Texas (8.4%), Louisiana (8.4%) and Arizona (8.5%). Tax Foundation rankings are sometimes confused with rankings based on Census Bureau’s tallies of state and local tax collections. The difference is out-of-state tax payments. When state and local governments collect large amounts from non-residents, whether as tourists, commuters, businesses or property owners, Census counts those payments in the collections of the taxing state; the Tax Foundation study counts them in the residential state of the taxpayer. The most recent estimates are for fiscal year 2008 which ended June 30, and the historical burden data cover the 32 years starting with 1977. Historical data and rankings, sorted by year and by state, are available to reporters on an embargoed basis. At 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, they’ll be posted at http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/336.html(link is external) and http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/335.html(link is external). The new report, “State-Local Tax Burdens Dip As Income Growth Outpaces Tax Growth,” will also be posted Thursday morning at 10 a.m. ET at (a href=”www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/22320.html(link is external)”>www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/22320.html(link is external). The Tax Foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has monitored fiscal policy at the federal, state and local levels since 1937.last_img read more

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How your sales revenue could benefit from an updated coaching strategy

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first_img continue reading » LeBron James, Serena Williams, Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey: These are individuals that many would consider to be extremely successful. What’s their common denominator? They had – and continue to have – coaches, mentors and colleagues that gave them the help they needed to get to where they are today.Proper leadership and support is vital to the success of your team. Like any athlete or business professional, access to strong, dedicated leadersis at the core of success for these employees and thus your organization.We need to help our sales managers become expert leaders by arming them with the knowledge and resources to do so confidently and successfully. To do that, effective coaching strategies should be adopted, which include the following attributes: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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ECTAA: Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Bulgaria record good package sales, while Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia recover

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first_imgDespite a slight decline in bookings during May and June, most European markets recorded good travel sales for the summer of 2018, the conclusion is ECTAA-e.According to the results of a short telephone survey conducted by the ECTAA office on June 11, 2018, the markets of the 10 countries for which ECTAA received data are recording good sales. Representatives of several markets said a slight drop in bookings was felt during May and June, most likely due to people being less inclined to travel due to the World Cup and mostly good weather in Europe. In addition, representatives of national associations of travel agencies that participated in the survey, pointed out problems related to the specific situation in certain markets (announcement of strikes, security, overbooking, etc.).Travel sales statusMarkets that recorded good sales of the arrangement are Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Bulgaria, etc. The markets of Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia are recovering. The stagnation of travel sales was recorded for the markets of Spain and the USA. The reasons may be in the earlier and direct reservations of passengers and, in the case of suppliers, the lack of capacity in air transport, which has appeared, for example, in the Austrian and Swiss markets due to the insolvency of airlines. More details on the results of the survey can be found in the attachment.Attachment: Booking trends for summer 2018 & general market trendsBooking trendsEuropean Commission Tourism Report for the first quarter of 2018 (ETC 1st quarter report) provides an overview of international tourist arrivals in Europe. In 2017, there was an increase of 8% in international tourist arrivals. Turkey and Iceland achieved the highest growth with 28% and 24%, respectively. Very good results were achieved by Montenegro (+ 19%), Serbia (+ 18%), Malta (+16), Slovenia, Croatia, Cyprus, etc.The ETC predicts that, thanks to favorable economic developments, travel growth will continue in 2018. However, airfare and hotel accommodation prices are expected to rise, making it more expensive to travel to Europe. Growth will continue, but more slowly. Read more in the attachment.Attachment:1.ECTAA: Travel Sales Survey for Summer 20182. Table of Statistics – European travel agents and tour operators RELATED NEWS:ECTAA: PRESS RELEASE ON BETTER PROTECTION OF PASSENGERS IN AIR TRANSPORTBORIS ŽGOMBA RE-ELECTED IN THE HIGHEST BODY OF ECTAAlast_img read more

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The old town on Hvar decided to ban the opening of new hostels

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first_imgStari Grad on the island of Hvar has decided to ban the opening of new hostels, with the aim of managing the development of quality and the offer of accommodation facilities.Namely, recently at the session of the City Council with the third amendments to the spatial plan of the city of Stari Grad, it was decided that it will no longer be possible to build or arrange existing real estate for the needs of hostels, reports Morning paper. The decision was made through the argument that guests staying in a hostel generally stay much shorter in the destination and spend much less. Therefore, the opening of new hostels in the Old Town is prohibited, and currently there are two existing hostels, with a capacity of about 200 beds.”We were not even sure if this idea would work for us, but we realized that we do not want to have “problems” like our colleagues in Hvar or Novalja, where mass party tourism has developed, as we would like. avoid. Stari Grad is a place with 2400 years old history and culture, the center is under UNESCO protection and we decided in time to intervene to direct tourism towards cultural tourism and high quality tourism. Mayor Antonio Škarpa told Jutarnji list.The decision to prohibit the construction or arrangement of existing real estate for the needs of hostels was included by the city fathers in Articles 89 and 90. Amendments to the Spatial Plan of the Old Town stating that “hotels, boarding houses and other catering and tourist buildings other than hostels may be built ”, And“ within the zones of catering and tourist purposes, only hotels, tourist resorts, camps and tourist moorings, such as pontoons, piers, piers and moorings, can be built or arranged ”.Photo: Stari Grad Tourist BoardThe attempt of the city authorities to influence the development of accommodation capacities of the destination is currently visible only in the case of hostels, and the city administration will announce measures to raise the quality of private accommodation in the near future. accommodation, offers and infrastructure.On the one hand, we can certainly praise the need and desire for strategic and sustainable development of the tourist destination, but on the other I must emphasize that such moves cannot be made through a single decision, ie by limiting only one part of the accommodation. Strategic and sustainable development must be defined through various elements and everyone must have a clear vision of destination development through the Master Plan for the development of a tourist destination. One-off measures can certainly never, even in this case, yield concrete results.Certainly, quality accommodation is one of the first preconditions for the development of high quality tourism, but the motive for coming is not accommodation but a tourist destination. So, from the arrangement and offer of the entire content of the tourist destination, and so of course the offer of quality accommodation. The first question is what kind of tourists do we want and what can we offer them, apart from the sun and the sea? Do we have facilities and offerings at that level that will satisfy their needs and desires? etc.… Without a long-term development strategy that accurately defines all processes, there is no quality and sustainable success.last_img read more

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Qatar to leave OPEC from January 2019

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first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of Qatar PetroleumWorld’s largest liquefied natural gas exporter Qatar has decided to step away from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Speaking at a news conference, Qatar’s minister of state for energy affairs, Qatar Petroleum’s president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the country is set to withdraw effective January 1, 2019.Al-Kaabi, said, “Qatar has worked diligently during the past few years to develop a future strategy based on growth and expansion, both in its activities at home and abroad.”The decision follows Qatar’s revision of its international role as well as its long-term strategy that will put even more focus on its natural gas industry.Al-Kaabi added that Qatar is set to attend this week’s OPEC meeting in Vienna. OPEC members will be meeting in Austria to discuss supply cuts.Qatar, currently producing 77 mtpa of LNG has devised plans to increase the production capacity to 110 mpta.last_img read more

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Spring Breaker Apologizes for “If I Get Corona, I Get Corona” Comment

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first_imgA South Florida spring breaker who was seen in a viral video last week saying, “If I get corona, I get corona” has apologized for his reaction to coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.Brady Sluder posted on Instagram:The 22-year-old college student from Cincinnati told a news crew in Miami last week that he was not going to allow concerns over the virus to change his party plans.The video was then shared across social media.Watch it here:”If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying.”Miami spring breakers vow to keep partying despite coronavirus lockdown. https://t.co/Mppjm2qvHP pic.twitter.com/65GGomSpxB— ABC News (@ABC) March 19, 2020last_img

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COMMENTARY: What a season of high school sports it’s been

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first_imgEvery two weeks, Mike Mandell gives his thoughts on the sports scene in Ellsworth, Hancock County and beyond.Depending on whether you’re reading this online or in the newspaper, it’s either the very end of May or the first day of June. Either way, the end of the high school sports season is fast approaching.To say it’s been a fun one to follow would be a massive understatement. From the moment football and soccer kicked off in September to the closing innings of the baseball and softball regular seasons, there have been plays, achievements and teams we will never forget.One of the first games I covered for The Ellsworth American was a boys’ soccer game between Ellsworth and George Stevens Academy in September. In that game, Ellsworth came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. After Colby Clarke scored the game-winner, the team sprinted to the hill on the opposite side of the field to celebrate with the student section.I’ll never forget the looks on the faces of both teams after that game. To borrow an old sports cliché, it showed every aspect of the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” The raw emotions present on the field at Ellsworth High School that day were a reminder that, although a sporting event might be “just a game,” it can mean so much more.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPerhaps it was just a gut feeling, but I knew from that moment that the upcoming season was going to be a special one. That gut feeling was correct; fall brought about Bucksport football’s bounce-back season, state and regional titles for the GSA girls’ cross-country and boys’ soccer teams, respectively, and Mount Desert Island’s first Northern Maine football title.Winter brought basketball season, and with it came the excellence of the GSA boys’ basketball team. From Taylor Schildroth’s 61-point game to Jarrod Chase’s title-winning shot and everything in between, the Eagles were appointment viewing every time they took the court. It’s not easy to live up to the kind of hype GSA had before when the season began, but Dwayne Carter’s team answered the call every step of the way.The MDI boys did the exact same by winning their first Gold Ball since the school’s consolidation in 1968. On the girls’ side, GSA earned the No. 2 seed in Class C North and made it all the way to the regional title game. In the process, the Eagles ended a three-year hex of falling one game short of the Cross Insurance Center.Then, there was wrestling. Of all the unforgettable moments from this past sports season, the roar from the crowd and the tears in head coach Dan Ormsby’s eyes after Bucksport’s David Gross recorded a pin to win the state’s heavyweight title might be at the very top. As Bucksport fans celebrated afterward, the champ’s father said it best: “It doesn’t get better than this.” It’s hard to disagree.There have been other moments, too. The Ellsworth and MDI swim teams finished their seasons on high notes at the state championship meet in February, and it’s likely that at least a few Hancock County baseball, tennis and track teams will add to the list over the next two weeks. After all, playoff games and championship meets are where some of the best and most emotional stories are written.In a way, sports journalists aren’t the only people who write those stories. We do type, research and report them for all to see, but in order to find them, someone has to put them in motion. In sports, that “someone” can come in the form of a player, fan, coach or anyone else who defines what these events can bring to our daily lives.Before long, it will be time for football, soccer and cross-country again. In the endless cycle that is the world of sports, there are also endless opportunities. As long as sports stay around to influence who we are and what we do, so too will the stories they tell. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.last_img read more

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Other Sports Road to F1 has become tougher, says Arjun Maini after shock sports car switch

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first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian driver Arjun Maini’s road to Formula 1 has become tougher with his shock switch to sports car racing but he says it is a matter of time before he is back in a single seater series to pursue his “ultimate dream”. The 21-year-old from Bengaluru announced his switch to endurance racing last week and will be doing a full season of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) besides making his debut in the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans.The move was unexpected, to say the least as he was trying to find his feet in the world of single seater racing including F2 and F3, which are considered as feeder series to Formula 1.”To be honest, I wanted to remain in single seaters but there were not many good options for 2019. A full season of endurance racing and the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans is what I have in hand and I am looking forward to this new challenge. Having said that, reaching Formula 1 remains the ultimate dream,” Maini told PTI.After an underwhelming F2 season last year when he felt let down by his own team, Trident, Maini could not secure a drive with another outfit for the following season. He also tested for Team Le Mans in the highly competitive Super Formula in Japan but, by his own admission, did not do enough to seal a seat. Arjun Maini’s road to Formula 1 – Pursue his “ultimate dreamIndia produced two Grand Prix drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Karun ChandhokJehan Daruvala won two races in Euro F3. “I reached Suzuka the night before the test and when you don’t know the circuit that well, you need some time to get up to speed. The team had already finalised its drivers so there was not much I could do anyway.”I realised how competitive the racing scene is in Japan and you have to really stand out amongst a high quality of drivers,” said Maini, who was also a development driver with Haas F1 Team for the past two seasons but did not get a test drive.He and Jehan Daruvala are seen as Formula 1 hopefuls from India, a country which has so far produced only two Grand Prix drivers in Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.The 20-year-old Daruvala, who won two races in the Euro F3 over the previous two seasons, has joined Prema Racing in 2019 for the all-new F3.While Daruvala too has not been able to attract the attention of Formula 1 teams, Maini feels his contemporary has been wiser with career choices.”He has definitely been more clever, has done the right things at the right time. Looking back, I feel I should not have rushed into F3 after finishing second in British F4 back in 2014. Maybe I was better off doing Formula Renault 2.0 before moving up to F3,” said Maini.He says there is no point being an also-ran in F2 or F3 and “you must finish in the top three” to attract the attention of Formula 1 teams.Considering that the ELMS has only six rounds, Maini is exploring limited single seater opportunities, including another appearance at the Macau Grand Prix.last_img read more

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