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Vermont only state to get a second ‘A’ in palliative care congressional report card

first_img“Studies suggest that in states with more hospital-based palliative care programs, patients are less likely to die in the hospital,  are likely to spend fewer days in the ICU, have better pain management and higher satisfaction with their healthcare,” said Dr. Sean Morrison, director of the National Palliative Care Research Center and the study’s lead author.  “Some studies have reported that palliative care may also prolong life.  And beyond patient benefits, the overall cost savings to hospitals have been well documented.”The Report Card demonstrates considerable improvement in the growth of palliative care. (Out of a total of 2,489 hospitals nationwide who participated in this survey, about 1,500 provide palliative care services.) This number is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, but barriers continue to exist in three key areas: Workforce, Research and Access.The report gives seven states plus the District of Columbia an A: Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon,Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Only three states, Vermont, Montana and New Hampshire, received an A in 2008.More than half of the fifty states received a grade of B. Seven states improved from a D to a C (Georgia,Kentucky, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana and Wyoming).Nevada saw dramatic gains, rising from a D to a B grade. Only two states ‘ Delaware and Mississippi ‘ got an F. Oklahoma, Alabama and Arkansas improved from an F in the last report card to a D in 2011.For state and district rankings and policy recommendations visit is external).  The Center to Advance Palliative Care ( is external) , is external) ) and The National Palliative Care Research Center is external) are affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and are dedicated to increasing quality palliative care services.SOURCE Center to Advance Palliative Care NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — To view the multimedia presentation, click:…(link is external)”America’s hospitals have a strong history of caring for patients and families during the most difficult of times,” said Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals and other health care organizations are taking the lead in ensuring health care is patient-centered, reflecting patient’s desires including palliative care assistance.” Congress learned today just how well their home states are doing in terms of caring for our sickest Americans. According to a “Report Card” published by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the nation overall gets a “B” grade, up from a “C,” when the report was first released in 2008.”The good news is that over the last ten years hospital palliative care teams have more than doubled,” said Dr. Diane E. Meier, director of the Center and co-author of the study America’s Care of Serious Illness: A State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals.  “The bad news is that despite its enormous benefits to patients and care givers, millions of seriously ill Americans still do not have access. Given the will of Congress to assure patients receive high quality care while reducing costs, it seems that palliative care should be a natural part of that prescription.”Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps people facing serious and chronic illness more comfortable by alleviating pain, treating a host of other symptoms and focusing on their quality of life.  It is appropriate at any age and any stage of a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.  last_img read more

Norway’s Statkraft to build 519MW wind farm in Brazil

first_imgNorway’s Statkraft to build 519MW wind farm in Brazil FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Norwegian state-owned energy company Statkraft AS will invest roughly BRL 2.5 billion (USD 444.6m/EUR 381m) in the development of a 519-MW wind complex in Brazil.Named Ventos de Santa Eugenia, the asset is expected to break ground in January 2021 and have its first turbines generating power in 2022. Full completion is set for 2023, boosting Statkraft’s capacity in the country to 967 MW.Located in Bahia state, the wind complex will include 14 wind parks with 91 turbines of 5.7 MW each. German wind turbine maker Nordex SE is the equipment manufacturer.Together with Serra de Mangabeira, Santa Eugenia is part of the first phase of the 1.1-GW Ibipeba wind complex.[Lucas Morais]More: Statkraft to build 519-MW wind complex in Brazillast_img read more

Messer: We’re in!!!

first_imgMesserIndianapolis, In. — Indiana congressman Republican Luke Messer has announced his bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Joe Donnelly. The official announcement was made yesterday along with the roll-out of the campaign website observers now predict a Republican primary that could turn brutal, focusing very little on incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly.Messer has assembled a team of top Hoosier Republicans including brother of Vice President Mike Pence, Greg, Marty Obst and Indiana National Republican committeeman John Hammond III.Kokomo attorney, Republican Mark Hurt will also be on the Republican primary ballot.  Hurt is a graduate of Taylor University and also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science/international relations from Baylor University. He has served as a legislative assistant for Iowa Republican Fred Grandy and a senior policy analyst and legislative assistant for Dan Coats. He has also served as a health policy advisor to Michigan governor John Engler. After graduating from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State he has practiced law in the Kokomo area.Messer’s move now has strategists speculating on who will make up the list of Republicans running for his congressional seat. Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill, state representative Mike Braun, state senator Mike Delph and Greg Pence have all been mentioned as possible candidates.Rising Sun attorney Lane Seikman is the only democrat to enter the Indiana 6th District congressional race so far.last_img read more

CAF Confederation Cup: Rangers succumb to late ASCK win

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: CAF initiates financial entitlement payments to clubs Enyimba coach hails players over Confederation Cup win CAF Confederation Cup: Dimgba’s hat-trick helps Enyimba to whip Algerian side Nigeria’s representative in the CAF Confederation Cup, Rangers FC, suffered a last minute loss away to ASCK of Togo in the first leg playoffs at the Stade de Kegue, Lome, Togo on Sunday.The Benedict Ugwu-led team lost 1-2 to the Togolese.The Nigerian side were quick off the block with the trio of Chiamaka Madu, Nnamdi Egbujuo and Ifeanyi George pulling the strings, but were not clinical in front of goal.With the game approaching the half hour mark, the host, who are Togolese league champions, pressed forward and some slack defending gifted Sapol Mani an opportunity to squeeze in the opening goal inside the six yard box on 30 minutes to send the very large crowd of supporters into a frenzy.Stunned as they were, the Flying Antelopes reacted well and went in search for an immediate leveller, which came three minutes after conceding as an Ikechukwu Ibenegbu defence splitting pass found Nnamdi Egbujuo inside the box, but the attacker was wrestled down and the referee wasted no time in awarding a penalty kick that was expertly dispatched by Ifeanyi George to send the few travelling fans into celebration mood.However, the hosts took the game to the visitors in the second half but stout defending by the backline of Rangers ably marshalled by Uche John and Semiu Liadi were spot on with their tackles and clearances while Japhet Opubo did well the few times he was called to duty.A momentary loss in concentration by Rangers defenders in the second minute of the four added on time, saw Yendoutie Richard Nane drill a hard one into the far post past a sprawling Opubo who could do nothing to stop the back breaking goal.Coach Ugwu in a post match talk said that it was a good match which could have ended on an even note stressing: “It was a very tough game for both sides. We did not deserve to lose the match but a loss of concentration in the dying moments of the match by my defenders presented them with the opportunity to score the winning goal. No doubt, we have what it takes to get the result that will qualify us for the group stage in the return leg. I am very positive.”Rangers captain, Tope Olusesi, said: “ASCK is a good side and they passed the ball well but we were able to contain them through most part of the match until that moment of loss of concentration that allowed them to get the win. I believe that we can make it to the group stage after the second leg in Enugu. We can do it.”Rangers will on November 3 battle the Togolese side in the return leg inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium with kickoff fixed for 4pm and aggregate winner picking a ticket to the group stage of the competition. Tags: ASCKCAF Confederation CupChiamaka madulast_img read more

Maybe my players want it too much – Louis van Gaal on scoring goals

first_imgWayne Rooney and his fellow players may be trying too hard to score goals, according to his Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. United have scored the lowest number of goals among the top six clubs in the Barclays Premier League this season, with England captain Rooney scoring just two. Van Gaal suggested it might be a mental block affecting Rooney and the other United players rather than a lack of chances – and used the example of Mario Gomez during his time at Bayern Munich, who scored around a goal a game despite only having nine to 14 touches in a match. Rooney had around 50 touches of the ball last weekend against Manchester City – his average number this term. Van Gaal said: “Players are human beings and they want to score goals but maybe they want it too much and maybe then the choices are not always good. “Maybe he (Rooney) is doing too much, because you never know as a player how you can improve your shape or your finishing. It can also (create) a lot of doubt and I try to influence that. “But it can be too hard and then your mental state shall be a little bit less and that has an influence on everything and that’s the most difficult thing as a manager and player to cope with. “When I was manager of Bayern Munich, the striker was Gomez and he touched the ball nine times on an average in a game – the highest 14 touches – but he scored every game. “I don’t think our strikers touch less the ball – it’s how the balls are coming to him, how he decides, how quick he is in dealing with the situation.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

BCCI stands with MS Dhoni, not willing to remove the Army insignia from his gloves

first_imgAfter the ICC (International Cricket Council) asked BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to remove the Army insignia which were spotted on MS Dhoni’s gloves while he was playing the India-South Africa match in World Cup 2019 on Wednesday.ICC is of this opinion that sporting such logo or symbols is against the regulation of the Cricket Council and no player can exhibit any symbol related to political, religious or racial activities.However, the gesture of patriotism and tribute to the Indian Army PARA Special Forces showcased by MS Dhoni has been highly appreciated by his fans and followers. As Dhoni is conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army on 1 November 2011, he has since then been associated with the Army.The latest controversies created for Dhoni wearing the gloves and ICC asking BCCI to remove it from his gloves have been opposed by quite many fans of the sportsperson. There has, however, been a wave of support for Dhoni in the social media with the hashtag #DhoniKeepTheGlove trending in Twitter.ICC General Manager – Strategic Communications, Claire Furlong told the media that “the BCCI has been requested to have the sign removed. It is against the regulations and we have requested it is removed.”The sources have, however, said that the BCCI is speaking in favour of the former Indian team captain and it believes that the Insignia is neither commercial nor religious. The Insignia does not fall in any of the criteria being banned by the ICC and hence, there is no ground for the ICC to ask the Insignia to be removed. The BCCI sources also added that it will go through all the formalities required in order to avail the approval for the special gloves.BCCI was scheduled to meet the COA (Committee of Administrators) today in which a decision will be taken on ICC’s request to remove Army’s insignia from MSD’s gloves. Also read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni loses cool, former stars unhappylast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSJune Cubs-Cardinals series in London canceledUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13-14. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-MALONEYFormer Syracuse football coach Frank Maloney dead at 79SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse University head football coach Frank Maloney has died. He was 79.Maloney played center and guard at Michigan from 1959-61 and served as an assistant coach at his alma mater before being hired at Syracuse to succeed Hall of Famer Ben Schwartzwalder.Maloney inherited a team that had finished 2-9 in Schwartzwalder’s final season and guided the Orange for seven seasons. His teams went 32-46 from 1974-80. He resigned after the 1980 season and served 27 years as director of ticket operations for the Chicago Cubs until retiring in 2010. April 1, 2020 Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum sent to MLB employees on Wednesday. MLB said March 19 that it had scrapped series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.MLB played in Europe for the first time last June 29-30, when the New York Yankees swept a pair of games from the Boston Red Sox in London.Opening day was to have been March 26, and MLB has delayed the start of its season until mid-May at the earliest.In other developments related to the pandemic:— NFL teams are having to adjust to a new normal as they prepare for the NFL draft in three weeks without being able to visit prospects for in-person evaluations and interviews. The league is responding to the global coronavirus pandemic by forbidding teams from hosting prospects or traveling to interview them as they normally do. The pandemic also scuttled many college pro timing days that prospects were hoping to use to make impressions on NFL scouts. The Broncos say teams will have to rely on game film more than ever. The NFL still plans to open the season as scheduled on Sept. 10. Update on the latest sportscenter_img Associated Press TENNIS-PLAYER SUSPENDEDUnranked British tennis player suspended, fined for gamblingLONDON (AP) — A 24-year-old unranked British tennis player was suspended Wednesday for at least three months and fined at least $500 for betting on six matches involving other players.The Tennis Integrity Unit said if Patrick Keane commits another breach of its rules, he will wind up with a six-month ban and $5,000 fine.Keane’s discipline was reduced based on his cooperation, admission and the fact that none of his wagers were on his own matches. He is not allowed to compete in or attend any sanctioned tennis event until June 29. — The NHL has extended its self-quarantine recommendation for players and staff to April 15. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the extension in an email to The Associated Press. The league had previously sent out a memo recommending self-quarantining until April 4. So far, four NHL players have tested positive for COVID-19. The league and teams are hoping to get players together to skate in small groups once the isolation period is over. State, provincial and local lockdown regulations across the U.S. and Canada could push back the opening of team facilities.— Prominent orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has temporarily halted Tommy John operations at his Florida medical center in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Some have questioned whether a reconstructive elbow surgery for a ballplayer is an essential procedure. Stars Chris Sale, Noah Syndergaard and Luis Severino are among the pitchers who have had Tommy John surgery since spring training started, performed by different doctors.— The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern region of Fukushima. The public will have limited access to view the flame. Organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week. The Fukushima region was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.— A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game. The third-division club (Uerdingen) hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans. Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.” The club, which was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s, hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak.— Being stuck at home didn’t stop a British man from running an outdoor marathon. James Campbell spent his 32nd birthday doing 6-meter shuttles from one end of his small backyard to the other after promising to run a marathon if a Twitter message he sent last week received 10,000 retweets. Campbell completed the marathon in just over five hours and raised more than $22,000 for Britain’s National Health Service in its effort to battle the coronavirus pandemic. His effort was live-streamed and neighbors poked their heads over the backyard fence to give Campbell encouragement.last_img read more

Waite heads to old stomping grounds with 9-0 record

first_imgAfter experiencing just their second losing season under head coach Pete Waite a year ago, the Badgers have rebounded with the addition of five new freshman.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin women’s volleyball has completed quite the turnaround from a season ago.The team finished with a lackluster 11-18 record, the most losses since 1986, and that marked just the second time head coach Pete Waite had ever coached a team with a losing record.However, so far this year, the team has sung quite a different tune.After winning three different tournaments so far, the team’s perfect record remains intact at 9-0.The Badgers will test that perfect record tomorrow as they travel to Dekalb, Ill. to take on another undefeated team in the 11-0 Northern Illinois Huskies.Wisconsin’s hot start, which is tied for the third best in school history excites coach Waite but doesn’t necessarily suggest to him that his team has special potential quite yet.“Yeah we’re undefeated, but it was a lighter schedule because we knew we would be a young team,” Waite said. There are definitely good signs compared to the last two years, we’re playing at a higher level and there’s no doubt about that.”Despite only employing three seniors, the team welcomes the services of five new freshmen who are all making their impact in different ways.Freshman Julie Mikaelsen, however, is dealing with a much harder transition than most freshman are forced to endure.Mikaelsen, a native of Norway, is not only trying to adjust to playing a collegiate sport, but also to a new language and a new country.“It’s hard in different ways, but at the same time the team makes it easier because I always have someone to be with,” Mikaelsen said. “I would be all by myself, but now I have a team that always backs me up, and I feel like the English is coming.”One thing Mikaelsen needs no adjustment to, however, is her hitting game. She led the team with 13 kills last weekend against Central Michigan and remains one of team’s top attacking options.Early on, one of the strengths for UW has surfaced on the outsides. The Badgers pounded the ball last weekend at the Milwaukee invitational, outhitting their opponents by 43 in the three matches.Sustaining the energy level throughout each game remains a slight problem for the team, especially for a young team facing it’s first true road test.“Last weekend playing at home, our fans were behind us and we had a ton of energy,” senior outside hitter Allison Wack said. “This last weekend on the road, I think we saw how we have to create energy on the court with so few fans for us on the road.”This isn’t just another road game for coach Waite and his team. Not only is it a rare matchup of two undefeated squads, but the game has some added significance for another reason as well. Waite coached the Northern Illinois volleyball team for eleven seasons before being hired by University of Wisconsin 1999.Asked if there was any extra pressure for this particular game, coach Waite gave a wry smile.“In general it’s just another game but it’s a city where I put a lot of time in and my family spent a lot of time growing up,” Waite said. “A lot of the fans are still around from when I was there, a lot of family friends will be there, so there is some significance to it and it’ll be fun to go back.”Since his departure after the 1998 season, the Huskies have erected a new gymnasium, so the feel will inevitably be different. But for Waite, still the all-time winningest volleyball coach in school history, an all too familiar environment awaits.The players feel the added significance and have admitted there is extra meaning for this game.“I think there’s definitely some significance for him,” Wack said. “It’s definitely special for him, [but] for us it’s just another match that we’re looking to that we’re really focusing on.”last_img read more

No. 2 Trojans take on Triton Invitational

first_imgThe last time the USC men’s water polo team encountered the Pacific Tigers, the battle ended with the Trojans rejoicing over their sixth straight NCAA championship. There won’t be a title on the line this time, but the fresh-faced Trojans will have to go through the Tigers once again when they open the 2014 season at the UCSD Triton Invitational Sept. 6 and 7 and begin the hunt for their seventh straight championship.Lap it up · Senior driver Kostas Genidounias is the veteran leader of the Trojans this year. USC is aiming to win its seventh straight national title. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe No. 2 Trojans will play No. 11 UC Davis and unranked La Verne on Saturday and Redlands on Sunday morning before going up against No. 5 Pacific in a rematch of last year’s NCAA finals Sunday afternoon. The Trojans defeated the Tigers 12-11 in overtime in last year’s finals to finish the season 28-4.Head coach Jovan Vavic and his team aim to get off on the right foot with a sweep of their first tournament this weekend. Vavic emphasized the importance of starting strong in a conference marked by top-tier rivals Cal, Stanford and UCLA.“Our conference is so competitive that one loss can actually take you out of [national tournament] play,” Vavic said. “You can’t afford an early season setback. We understand that, and we are really looking forward to this tournament.”Following up a 2013 campaign in which he netted 79 goals, senior driver Kostas Genidounias will look to establish his goal-scoring presence again this weekend for the Trojans. Though heading a Trojan squad comprising more than half freshmen, the veteran Genidounias remains focused on establishing USC’s winning presence for 2014 at the invitational.“Starting strong is always important, especially when we have so many new guys,” Genidounias said. “I’m really happy and proud about what we’ve been doing here with the team chemistry. We have a brand new team, and we have to show the other teams from the beginning that we’re not just here to play, we’re back to win.”Last season, Pacific became only the third team in 25 years outside of Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC to reach the NCAA final, finishing the year with a record of 23-5.Davis, Redlands and La Verne come with 2013 records of 14-13, 19-14 and 7-23, respectively.Opening against Davis Saturday, the Trojan defense will concentrate on Aggies utility man Chris Richardson. Richardson scored a team-high 49 goals last year.Sunday’s game against the Tigers will feature many newcomers on both sides, including McQuin Baron for the Trojans and driver Chris Gardhouse for the Tigers. Both players were named First Team All-CIF as high school seniors last year.Vavic said the Trojans’ first tournament of the year will be a big indicator of the team’s lineups going forward.“Our goal [this weekend] is really to figure out our rotations,” Vavic said. “To me that’s the number one thing, to figure out who plays well with whom.”Though he joins USC having previously competed for high school powerhouse Mater Dei and currently for the United States National Team, the 6-foot-9 Baron is not taking his first collegiate tournament for granted.“First weekend tournament, I’d say it’s very important, honestly,” Baron said. “It sets the tempo for the rest of the year, and it shows us where we’re at and what we need to improve on. [My goal] is to play to the best of my abilities. I’m a new goalie, [USC has] had a lot of very, very strong goalies in the past, so I have a lot to live up to.”Despite the changes to both teams since last December, Vavic feels his team is ready.“When you are the returning national champion, you definitely feel much better about [the game] than the opponent,” Vavic said. “I think there’s a lot to prove for them, and this is going to be a game where they try to avenge that loss. For us, it’s really just another game.”last_img read more

Baseball seeks to snap losing streak

first_imgIn the midst of a five-game losing streak, the baseball team will look to get back on track against Long Beach State Tuesday.Head coach Dan Hubbs gave his players the day off from practice Monday in order to “focus” and “mentally prepare” for Long Beach State after a being swept in a three game series on the road against Oregon last weekend.“It was a bad week overall, coming off of a good week,” Hubbs said. “We did not pitch well. We put too many guys on base, threw too many balls over the middle of the plate. And because of that, we lost.”Though Hubbs notes that there were some positive takeaways in the Oregon series from the offense — led by senior Timmy Robinson, who went 3-of-4 on Friday and 3-of-5 on Saturday, Hubbs affirmed that the greatest weakness with the team is its starting pitching.Redshirt junior pitcher Joe Navilhon kept the Trojans largely in the game Friday, pitching seven innings and allowing 4 runs off of six hits. Tied 3-3 until the sixth inning, it was a series of two throwing errors from the defense that allowed Oregon’s Jack Bennet to score the go-ahead run of the contest.But sophomore pitcher Mitch Hart — who is being slowly and cautiously reinserted into the rotation after returning from injury — lasted just an inning in his start Saturday, giving up 4 earned runs on two hits and four walks.Senior Kyle Davis, the Sunday starter, threw five innings, allowing eight hits and 5 runs. Davis too got roughed up in the first inning, allowing 2 runs off of three hits, and failed to stop the bleeding in the second inning, giving up 3 runs off four hits.“We are playing good teams, and when you play good teams with good pitchers, the games are going to generally be close,” Hubbs said, “We have to do a better job of not giving up base runners and being able to execute all of our pitches. And I think, once again, it comes with the intent to get the guy out as opposed to hoping that we make the right pitch.”Hubbs noted if this team is going to turn their season around, players have to place their attention towards winning their immediate game or matchup as opposed to a championship and that the pitchers cannot dwell upon anything beyond winning their immediate battles with the batters in front of them.The Trojans have also had several three-game win streaks this season and Hubbs knows his team is capable of another one.“We have seen how one good weekend can just turn your whole season around,” Hubbs said. “But we need to just have one good game before having one good weekend.”USC defeated Long Beach State 7-4 in their only previous meeting of the year 7-4 on March 1 thanks to a career-high five-hit day from senior outfielder David Oppenheim.Long Beach State has a 21-13 overall record, and Hubbs is preparing his players for a talented pitching staff that generally throws fastballs and sliders for strikes down in the zone. They do not give up a lot of free base runners and boast an athletic offense that likes to run and make sure the runner scores when on base.“At the end of the day, you have to win as many games as we can but we can only win them one game at a time,” Hubbs said. “We have got to focus on Tuesday and then we will worry about Washington State after we worry about Long Beach.”First pitch of the one game series is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more