A preliminary rendering of the Metcalf Crossing development.The last details of the Metcalf Crossing redevelopment agreement have been worked out and the project is headed for June 4 public hearings at the Overland Park City Council meeting.The project, which replaces two run-down hotels at Metcalf Avenue and Shawnee Mission Parkway with a self-storage building, retail and another hotel, has been working its way through city offices since early this year but hit a minor snag recently on technical issues. City council members say they are keen to do something with the five-acre area because of the blight and police calls generated by the Ramada Inn and Knights Inn while they were partly occupied. Both hotels closed at the end of 2017.Under the proposed timeline, demolition of the hotels would be done this year and a three-story self-service facility built by April of 2020. The new four-story hotel would go up by the end of 2022. There is no deadline for the retail shops.The $39 million project proposed by Wes Grammer of Sky Real Estate, comes with some public financing asks. A tax increment financing district would generate as much as $2.9 million to the developer and a community improvement district with a one-percent sales tax district would raise $3 million for development costs.Various city and planning commission members have signed off on aspects of the plan, but the redevelopment agreement was delayed while city officials and developers worked out how much approval power the city will have over future sale of components of the development.They eventually agreed that the city will have approval power until “substantial completion” of the buildings. Afterwards, their sale can be made without city approval.Some city council members have worried at previous meetings that self storage and another hotel won’t be a huge improvement on the intersection, especially if the developer never gets enough tenants to build the retail shops. But Todd LaSala, who gives the city legal advice on development questions, said during the council’s recent finance, administration and economic development committee meeting that high quality standards have been promised and that developers are motivated to build the shopping area because it will provide sales tax money to help pay development costs.A unanimous committee quickly passed the plan on to the full council last week. Developers are facing a June 28 deadline to close on the property.
Rep. Sharice Davids has introduced legislation to help prevent surprise medical billing. File photoRep. Sharice Davids introduced legislation on Monday designed to address the growing issue of surprise medical billing.The bill, called the Insurance Accountability and Transparency Act, would require insurance companies to update their provider directories at least once every six months so that patients don’t unintentionally go to an out-of-network provider.“When Kansans look to see if a doctor or hospital is in-network from their insurance company, they expect and depend on that information to be accurate, so they can make decisions about care for themselves and their families,” Davids said. “But right now, too many folks are unknowingly relying on inaccurate information – and are paying the price in surprise medical bills.”There are no federal laws mandating that insurance directories stay updated with a list of doctors, hospitals or other providers that are in-network and covered by an insurance policy, according to Davids’ office. As a result, patients may visit a doctor that their insurance directory says is in-network, then find out later on that the provider is out-of-network when they’re hit with an unexpected bill.A recent study out of the University of Chicago found that 57% of American adults have been surprised by a medical bill they thought would be covered by their health insurance. Of those surprise medical bills, 20% came as a result of a doctor not being included in the patient’s health insurer’s network.“This commonsense legislation will help ensure insurance companies do their part to provide folks with accurate information, so they aren’t hit with a crippling bill they never saw coming,” Davids said. “Health care is expensive enough as it is, and surprise medical bills only add to the burden. This is an issue that Democrats and Republicans agree need to be fixed, and I’m committed to doing just that.”While this bill addresses one piece of the bigger picture, the House of Representatives is working on a larger surprise medical billing package that will address other areas of healthcare. For instance, one common way people get surprised with a medical bill is by getting emergency care, such as a visit to the emergency room or a ride in an ambulance or air ambulance.The House’s package would address issues such as large bills for emergency care service and ambulance rides. Davids’ office staff said they hope her bill will be part of that larger package.Surprise medical billing was the main topic of discussion at a recent panel led by Davids earlier this month with Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and healthcare professionals from St. Luke’s, Alzheimer’s Association and AdventHealth.Johanna Warshaw with Davids’ office said more than 150 people filled the room to follow the panel discussion and participate in the conversation. A recent survey by Davids’ office also collected hundreds of responses from people who have been affected by surprise medical billing.“Whether it was during our round table on surprise billing or from folks calling into our office, I’ve heard from hundreds of people across the Third District and in Johnson County who have struggled with surprise medical bills they simply can’t afford,” Davids said. “This legislation is one part of a larger solution to address the problem of surprise medical billing and protect families in our community.”
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today’s workers are responsible for their finances in ways earlier generations weren’t.by. Susan TiffanyConsumer attitudes about the economy are “mixed,” Jean Chatzky says. Chatzky spoke via webinar, hosted by the Filene Research Institute, as director of education for SavvyMoney.While the economy has rebounded significantly, Chatzky, who also is financial editor for NBC’s “Today Show,” says 10% of mortgages still are underwater, compared with a historical rate of 5% in a normal economy.Unemployment is down, but many workers are underemployed. Further, half of all consumers save nothing.“The recovery is very regional,” Chatzky explains. “It all depends on the job and housing market where you live, and on your industry.”She points out, too, that workers today have to be responsible for their finances in ways earlier generations did not: Previous workers had pensions, health coverage from an employer, and confidence in Medicare and Social Security. continue reading »
Advertising Update Oct 01, 2015 Prepared by the Staff of The Standing Committee on Advertising Advertising Updates Recent Decisions of The Board of Governors on AdvertisingJuly 2015The Board of Governors of The Florida Bar considers appeals from opinions of the Standing Committee on Advertising. The Board’s decision on advertising issues at its most recent meeting is as follows:TextingThe Board of Governors reversed the decision of the Standing Committee on Advertising and determined that an advertisement delivered via text message is not a prohibited solicitation under Rule 4-7.18(a), but must comply with the requirements of Rule 4-7.18(b) based on the inquirer’s representations that recipients are never charged for the texts, that the inquirer is in compliance with FCC regulations for commercial text messages, and that the recipient may opt out of receiving texts.Recent Decisions of The Standing Committee on AdvertisingMarch, May and August 2015At the committee’s recent meetings it made the following decisions on appeals from staff opinions on lawyer advertising:Characterizes Skills, Experience, Reputation or RecordRule 4-7.13(b)(3) prohibits advertisements that contain statements, words or phrases that characterize the lawyer or law firm’s skills, experience, reputation or record unless it is objectively verifiable. The committee determined that the following italicized language is objectively verifiable and therefore is permitted:Spoken & on-screen text:The committee also determined that the law firm name “El Ticket Tigre” as expressed throughout the advertisement, including the domain name, telephone mnemonic device, and cartoon logo does not characterize the skills, experience, reputation or record under Rule 4-7.13(b)(3) and does not unduly manipulative under Rule 4-7.15(a) and therefore is permitted. Additionally, the committee determined that the law firm is a permissible trade name under Rule 4-7.21(b). The committee commented that the cartoon tiger used in the logo was unaggressive and nonthreatening, but noted that if the logo were changed to a more aggressive tiger that the committee may not reach the same conclusion.Lawyer Referrals Rule 4-7.22(c) defines a lawyer referral services as “any person, group of persons, association, organization, or entity that receives a fee or charge for referring or causing the direct or indirect referral of a potential client to a lawyer drawn from a specific group or panel of lawyers” or “any group or pooled advertising program operated by any person, group of persons, association, organization, or entity wherein the legal services advertisements utilize a common telephone number or website and potential clients are then referred only to lawyers or law firms participating in the group or pooled advertising program.” The committee determined that Lawyer.com, which offers premium services to paying members in Florida for exclusive referrals for a one hour period of time before non-paying members can accept referrals, is a lawyer referral service as defined in Rule 4-7.22(c).Celebrity FiguresAn advertisement cannot contain the voice or image of a celebrity. Rule 4-7.15(c). A celebrity is defined as “an individual who is known to the target audience and whose voice or image is recognizable to the intended audience. A person can be a celebrity on a regional or local level, not just a national level.” Rule 4-7.15, Comment. The committee determined that an advertisement’s inclusion of a former major league baseball player, who is the brother of the advertising attorney, is an impermissible use of the voice or image of a celebrity, in violation of Rule 4-7.15(c) because the advertisement included on-screen text identifying the individual by name and as a former major league baseball player. The committee determined that if all information identifying the individual’s name and his status as a former major league baseball player were removed, then the individual may remain in the advertisement because his professional baseball career ended in 1997 and he was not readily recognizable by his on-screen image alone.Misleading Information in AdvertisementsRule 4-7.13(a) provides that a lawyer cannot make deceptive or inherently misleading communications about the lawyer or services offered unless the statements are factually and legally accurate and no material information has been omitted to avoid misleading consumers. The committee determined that the use of an actor in a pro-football jersey stating “I’m [advertising lawyer’s name] with the on-screen disclaimers, “THIS IS NOT [advertising lawyer’s name] and “Actor. Not Actual Member of the Firm” is not deceptive or inherently misleading under Rule 4-7.13(a) because the tone of the advertisement appeals to the viewer’s sense of humor and not intended to mislead anyone.Awards and RatingsAdvertisements cannot contain information about awards, honors, ratings or memberships of lawyers “unless the entity conferring such membership or recognition is generally recognized within the legal profession as being a bona fide organization that makes its selections based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria, and that includes among its members or those recognized a reasonable cross-section of the legal community the entity purports to cover.” Rule 4-7.14(a)(3). The committee has determined that the use of awards/recognitions by the organizations “National Trial Lawyers” (Top 100 Trial Lawyer) and “The National Advocacy for DUI Defense” (Superior DUI Attorney) are permissible because they are given by bona fide organizations that use objective selection criteria as required by Rule 4-7.13(a)(3).Economic IncentivesAn advertisement cannot offer an economic incentive for consumers to hire the lawyer or view the advertisement. Rule 4-7.15(d). The committee has determined that a membership to a savings program (Brandply) could be offered only to a lawyer or law firm’s clients who have already established a relationship with the firm. The savings plan is a discount plan in which lawyers agree with the company organization the savings plan in which the lawyer would pay a one-time set up fee plus a fee per participant to offer coupons and discounts for services, products, and companies that the firm clients would access through a website that displays the law firm’s name, contact information, and a link to the law firm’s website together with the coupons and discounts offered to participants. The committee members commented that the program could not be offered to former clients or to prospective clients, or on the firm’s website as an incentive to visit or hire the firm, because to do so would be a prohibited economic incentive to employ the lawyer or law firm’s services, in violation of Rule 4-7.15(d). The committee commented that it is not authorized to interpret rules other than the lawyer advertising rules, but that a lawyer or law firm’s participation in the savings plan raised ethics concerns such as prohibited financial assistance if offered to clients with pending or contemplated litigation and potential conflicts of interest depending on the services, products, or companies offered through the savings plan, and that the lawyer or law firm is lending its imprimatur to the services, products, and companies offered by the savings plan.The information provided in this article is for educational purposes. The content of any advertisement noted in this article may constitute the intellectual property of the advertising lawyer or another person and use of any of the content of the advertisements may require permission of the copyright holder. If you have any questions regarding lawyer advertising, call the Ethics Hotline at 1-800-235-8619 and we will be happy to assist you.
City of Casa Grande The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues with its ongoing study of the proposed Interstate 11. The primary aim of the study was to propose and plan a high-priority link between Phoenix and Las Vegas, but ADOT recently indicated that the I-11 planners are considering extending the range of the interstate from Mexico to Canada. This extended transportation corridor could enhance commerce, international trade, tourism and create a border-to-border manufacturing corridor. The southern segment of the corridor would link Nogales with Tucson, then Phoenix, and, potentially, be routed through Casa Grande. This could put Casa Grande in the center of a significant commerce, manufacturing and tourist corridor, linking it to vast numbers of communities to the south and north. Currently, there is just the study, which is very important in the initiation of the planning process. That would include additional studies, such as environmental, engineering and routing studies. Funding is not yet available for the project, which will cost billions of dollars, and could be years if not decades away.City of CoolidgeRecently, the Coolidge City Council approved changes to its general plan that would allow for the future economic development and planning of approximately 11,500 acres of land that is mostly owned by Pinal Land Holdings (PLH) and has been known for many years as the “Mesa Water Farm Property.” The City of Mesa purchased the property for future preservation of its water rights but sold much of the land to PLH this past year. PLH is now in the process of rezoning the property for various uses. Coolidge leaders have expressed excitement about the potential for growth and development of this property resulting from the general plan changes and are proposing to annex the area by the end of the year.City of PhoenixThe Phoenix City Council recently gave tentative approval to the city’s proposed impact fee structure for 2015. Impact fees are developer-paid fees used by the city to deliver services to new development. They are used by the city to pay for development improvements such as streets, drainage infrastructure, water and sewer facilities, and to fund fire and police, library and park facilities. The new fees are proposed to be increased by approximately 4.6 percent to 43.1 percent, depending on which impact fee zone is addressed. The northwest impact fee zone has the highest current fees but is proposed for the lowest increase of 4.6 percent, while the Ahwatukee zone has the lowest current fees but is proposed for the highest increase of 43.1 percent. The new fee proposal is available for public review and comment before final action is taken.City of Tempe Charged by the Tempe City Council with finding ways to improve the development and home improvement process, Tempe’s public works, engineering and community development staff have reorganized to improve service. Most questions about residential or business projects on private property and parcels of land may now be answered at the community development front counter. Issues involving city right-of-way on major arterials, capital improvement projects and bid openings will be addressed through public works or engineering. Community development front counter staff can assist residents with permitting (except utility permits for utility companies), property information, plats, underground utility information, right-of-way and haul permits, floodplain information, address assignments and inquiries. From residents who want to add a pool or garage to contractors, land use attorneys and developers, these changes will streamline processes. After months of meetings and planning, the drafts for Tempe’s first character area plans are ready for review and comments. Hundreds of Tempe residents have participated in a series of public meetings and surveys to come up with the elements that define their character areas as well as the desired conditions that they would like to see embraced in the future. Character areas recognize groups of neighborhoods that contain common design, land use and commercial characteristics distinct from neighboring areas. Similarities in age of housing, styles of architecture, patterns of development, land use or street patterns and landscaping form some of the recognizable differences. Meetings to review the drafts for character areas 7, Corona/South Tempe, and 8, Kiwanis/The Lakes, have already taken place. However, each section of the city will have an opportunity to participate in the character area process for their neighborhood at future meetings.City of ScottsdaleScottsdale is preparing a zoning ordinance text amendment to the service residential district of the zoning ordinance. This effort will include revisions to all sections of the district, including, but not limited to, a purpose statement, use provisions and development standards. The proposal may include revisions to definitions, conditional-use criteria and administrative requirements, general provisions, signs, parking and landscaping. As part of a citywide outreach on this proposal, the community is invited for review and comment.
Share on Facebook Share Pinterest The researchers surveyed 379 Singaporean young adults regarding their childhood exposure to parenting by lying, their current deceptive behaviors toward their parents, and their general social and psychological functioning.The participants were asked to recall if their parents told them lies that related to eating; leaving and/or staying; children’s misbehaviour; and spending money. Some examples of such lies are “If you don’t come with me now, I will leave you here by yourself” and “I did not bring money with me today, we can come back another day”.Participants who reported being lied to more as children were more likely to report lying to their parents in adulthood. They also said they faced greater difficulty in meeting psychological and social challenges.The researchers also found that being lied to by parents was associated with adjustment difficulties such as disruptiveness, conduct problems, experience of guilt and shame, as well as selfishness and manipulative traits.“Being lied to in childhood predicts lying to parents and social challenges in adulthood. The lies we studied were parental lies told to manipulate children’s emotions or behavior. The implication of the study is that parents should consider lying less to their children,” Setoh told PsyPost.“Parents can consider alternatives to lying. As parents, we aim to build a trusting and positive relationship with our children. We can do this by acknowledging children’s feelings, and providing them accurate information so that they can problem solve on their own. This aids the development of their reasoning skills and emotion regulation.”The findings are in line with a previous study, which also found that parenting by lying was associated with negative outcomes later in life.Some limitations of both studies, however, include the fact that the data are correlational and based on self-reports.“A major caveat of the study is that it depended on young adults reporting on their childhood memories. The causal pathways are unknown – does lying to parents cause psychosocial problems, or do psychosocial problems cause lying to parents? Another caveat is that we relied on young adults’ reporting,” Setoh explained.“Future studies can be longitudinal to follow children as they grow so that we can determine causal relationships between the variables of interest over time. Finally, the young adults were the only ones surveyed, and future studies can utilize multiple respondents, such as parents reporting on the lies they tell their children, and parents, teachers, and friends reporting on the children’s psychosocial adjustment.”The study, “Parenting by lying in childhood is associated with negative developmental outcomes in adulthood“, was authored by Peipei Setoh, Siqi Zhao, Rachel Santos, Gail D. Heyman, and Kang Lee. LinkedIn Email Childhood experiences of being lied to by parents is associated with maladjustments in adulthood, according to new research that was published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.The findings suggest that parents may be unknowingly teaching their children that dishonesty is an acceptable means to an end when they tell lies such as “we do not have enough money to buy that toy.”“I’m interested in this topic because lying to children is a common parenting practice, yet we do not know if it has good or bad outcomes for children,” explained study author Peipei Setoh, an assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University and director of the Early Cognition Lab. Share on Twitter
CDC: 10 more people infected with Salmonella linked to hedgehogsThe Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday announced 10 more cases of Salmonella Typhimurium illness linked to pet hedgehogs, and 6 more states are affected. The new cases raise the outbreak total to 27 cases in 17 states.Two people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, but there have been no reported deaths. Forty-two percent of cases involve children aged 12 or younger, the CDC said. In interviews, 90% of patients said they had contact with a hedgehog prior to symptom onset. Illnesses were reported from Oct 22, 2018, to Apr 8, 2019.”The outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium was identified in samples collected from 10 hedgehogs in Minnesota, including 5 hedgehogs from the homes of five ill patients. A common source of hedgehogs has not been identified,” the CDC said.Minnesota has the most recorded cases, with 5, followed by Missouri (3), and California, Indiana, Virginia, and Wyoming with 2 each. Eleven states have reported 1 case.The CDC recommends good hygiene when handling pet hedgehogs and says to avoid kissing or snuggling the animals. May 30 CDC update CDC records 2 new pediatric flu deaths, 1 variant H1N1 caseToday the CDC recorded 2 new pediatric deaths from influenza in its weekly FluView report, raising the 2018-2019 total to 113. The agency also notes an infection with a variant strain.The rate of influenza-like-illness (ILI) remained at 1.5%, well before the national baseline of 2.2%, signaling flu is circulating at low levels typically seen in summer months. All 10 regions reported ILI activity below their region-specific baseline levels.”CDC continues to recommend vaccination as long as flu viruses are circulating until all vaccine expires at the end of June and prompt antiviral treatment in people with flu symptoms who are very sick or who are at high risk of developing serious flu illness,” the CDC said in a summary statement last week.The CDC said the variant influenza A strain, H1N1v, was recorded in a patient in Michigan. The patient is older than 65, has no history of swine exposure, and has fully recovered. This is the first H1N1v case recorded in the United States in 2019. May 31 CDC FluView report May 24 CDC FluView summary H1N2 seasonal flu reassortant infects Danish womanEuropean health officials recently reported a novel H1N2 infection in Denmark, a reassortment involving two seasonal flu strains: the 2009 H1N1 virus and H3N2. The original source of the report was the European Union Early Warning and Response System (EWRS), according to a post yesterday on Avian Flu Diary (AFD), an infectious disease news blog.The latest novel H1N2 case marks Europe’s third in just over a year; earlier cases were detected in March 2018 in the Netherlands and in February 2019 in Sweden.In the Danish case, the sample was collected on Apr 11 as part of routine surveillance. The patient is a 74-year-old unvaccinated woman who had traveled by plane to Croatia, then returned home after also visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her symptoms began after returning to Denmark on Apr 7, and she was hospitalized on Apr 11. She was discharged on Apr 13. It’s not clear where she contracted the virus. No other cases have been detected in other contacts or fellow travelers.A genetic analysis of the novel H1N2 virus found that has a hemagglutinin gene from the 2009 H1N1 virus and a neuraminidase gene from H3N2. No evidence of coinfection was found.Last year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a risk assessment that the reassortant H1N2 virus is similar to other seasonal flu viruses and that current seasonal flu vaccines are likely to offer some protection. It also said the virus doesn’t show any markers to suggest resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors.May 30 AFD post Feb 6 CIDRAP News scan “Rare H1N2 flu reassortant reported in Swedish adult” Mar 23, 2018, CIDRAP News scan “Dutch officials report reassortant seasonal flu H1N2 infection” Polio cases confirmed in Pakistan, SomaliaPakistan has two more wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases, and Somalia has one vaccine-derived polio case, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s (GPEI) latest weekly situation report today.Pakistan has now recorded 19 WPV1 case in 2019, an increase from 2018’s total of 12. The two most recent case-patients, from North Waziristan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, experienced symptom onset on May 3 and 5, respectively.In Somalia, the vaccine-derived case of circulating poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was recorded in Togdher, with an onset of paralysis on Apr 22. This is the second cVDPV2 case recorded in Somalia this year.In addition to the three new cases, the GPEI also reported new positive environmental samples collected in Cameroon and Iran, but no associated cases of paralysis in those countries. May 31 GPEI report Almost 7,000 sickened with dengue in Honduran outbreakDoctors without Borders (MSF) is ramping up its efforts in Honduras, as the country has tallied 6,883 cases of dengue fever since the first of the year.Sixty-one percent of cases have been recorded in Honduras’s Cortes department, and the nearly 7,000 cases include 2,111 cases of severe dengue, MSF said in a press release.”The behaviour of this epidemic is unusual compared to previous dengue outbreaks,” says Deysi Fernandez, MD, MSF’s medical activity manager for the dengue response in Honduras. “This epidemic fluctuates, with a high number of cases some weeks and a decrease in other weeks.”MSF said it is engaging in community education and extensive mosquito control. May 29 MSF press release
DOJ News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan has announced awards of more than $45 million to help law enforcement agencies and crime labs process sexual assault evidence and increase the number of sexual assault kits submitted to crime labs in order to solve more crimes, including cold cases.OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance made 36 grants to support the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), an effort to strengthen jurisdictions’ capacity to act on evidence resulting from rape kits, and three grants to the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence ‒ Inventory, Tracking and Reporting (SAFE-ITR) program.“Far too many people endure the physical and emotional trauma of a sexual assault only to have evidence of the crime remain unanalyzed,” Sullivan said. “These grants will help investigators get these kits to labs, where they can be tested, used to solve crimes and ultimately bring justice to victims.”With this year’s funding, SAKI has committed more than $238 million to 70 sites across 44 states. As of December 2019, SAKI sites had uploaded 20,005 eligible DNA profiles to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), where the profiles have found 9,892 matches to offenders and additional crimes, including long-standing cold cases. From 2016, SAFE ‒ ITR has distributed 19 awards valued at nearly $8 million. “We are committed to supporting the SAKI and SAFE ‒ ITR programs, which empower law enforcement to identify and remove rapists from our streets through the analysis of critical forensic evidence,” Acting BJA Director Kendel Ehrlich said. “These grants will help state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies reduce the number of unsubmitted sexual assault kits, expand their capacity for handling forensic evidence in the future, resolve more sexual assault cases and bring a measure of justice to victims of sexual assault.” For a complete list of individual grant programs, amounts, and the jurisdictions that will receive funding, click here. Additional information about Fiscal Year 2020 grant awards made by the Office of Justice Programs can be found online at the OJP Awards Data webpage.
Read more at: Nation News Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 15, 2020 Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week launched to raise awareness on preventing ZikaEliminating mosquito breeding sites, avoiding mosquito bites, and protecting pregnant women from Zika virus are the key messages of the inaugural Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week, launched Monday by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the CARICOM Secretariat. With the slogan “Fight the bite,…May 10, 2016In “CARICOM Secretariat”CARICOM SG lauds Dominican heading PAHO for second termDominican Dr Carissa Etienne was sworn in for a second term as Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) on Thursday and was commended for the achievement by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Delivering an address at the inauguration ceremony at PAHO Headquarters in Washington D.C the CARICOM Secretary-General…February 1, 2018In “Dominica”Countries move towards elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, Chagas disease“Significant progress has been made towards ensuring a generation free from AIDS and syphilis, and now efforts are also being made to stop children from being born with hepatitis B and Chagas.” – PAHO Director, Carissa F. Etienne (PAHO Press Release)- Countries are moving towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission…May 20, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp (Nation News) Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Dr Carissa F. Etienne has warned that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is threatening to set the region back in its fight against diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis (TB) and mosquito-borne diseases. She said such disruptions were likely to drive infection rates up in the coming months and predicted that: “In the short term this means that more people will die from preventable and treatable conditions and in the long term, the progress that we have made in recent decades could be lost in a few months. Yet she said all was not lost as it was ‘not too late to prevent these outcomes’.” In a webinar media briefing Tuesday, Etienne said just as the region was making significant progress against neglected tropical diseases, the pandemic “interrupted the mass drug administration campaigns that are vital to the elimination efforts”. Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020
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