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Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2020

La Administración Wolf condena la regulación de la Administración Trump que elimina los derechos de los estadounidenses a la atención médica con base en la orientación sexual y la identidad de género

first_imgLa Administración Wolf condena la regulación de la Administración Trump que elimina los derechos de los estadounidenses a la atención médica con base en la orientación sexual y la identidad de género Equality,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf y los miembros del gabinete de sus organismos de salud y servicios humanos condenaron hoy la regulación final de la Administración Trump que quita a los estadounidenses su derecho a recibir atención médica debido a su orientación sexual e identidad de género que anteriormente estaba garantizado por la Ley de Protección al Paciente y Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (ACA, por sus siglas en inglés).“Esta regulación va en contra de cada política y protección que mi administración ha implementado”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Cambiar una regulación de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio que incluye disposiciones para la no discriminación con base en el sexo para incluir solo los géneros masculino y femenino es otro intento de desmantelar la ACA y poner el bienestar de nuestra comunidad LGBTQ en mayor riesgo al tratar de deslegitimar a esta población vulnerable. Es atroz firmar una regulación que podría negar la atención médica a las personas en medio de una pandemia y en el aniversario del tiroteo masivo en el club nocturno, Pulse”.“En un momento en que nuestra nación y el mundo enfrentan una pandemia sin precedentes, es inconcebible que la Administración Trump haga cambios tan importantes en nuestro sistema sanitario que pongan en riesgo la vida de cientos de miles de estadounidenses”, dijo la Secretaria de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine. “Estas medidas no solo ponen en riesgo a la comunidad LGBTQ sino que ponen en peligro a todo nuestro sistema sanitario. Estos continuos ataques a los derechos de los estadounidenses transgénero deben detenerse. El Gobernador Wolf ha demostrado que proteger los derechos de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania es esencial para que nuestro éxito y prosperidad sean constantes: el gobierno federal debería hacer lo mismo”.“Los intentos permanentes de la Administración Trump de socavar la ACA perjudican el bienestar de todos los estadounidenses, independientemente de su edad, raza, género, orientación sexual, identidad de género o cualquier otro factor”, dijo la Comisionada Jessica Altman. “Publicar esta regulación el mismo día del aniversario de las muertes en el club nocturno Pulse, durante el Mes del Orgullo, hace que su decisión de deshacer las protecciones para la comunidad LGTBQ sea aún más condenable. En un momento en que este país está tan desesperado por lograr la unidad, esta decisión solo siembra más división. Yo, junto con toda la Administración Wolf, continuaré rechazando la discriminación y defendiendo los derechos de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania, sin importar quiénes son o a quiénes aman”.“Al poner fin a los requisitos específicos de no discriminación para los servicios médicos, la Administración Trump permite que los profesionales médicos nieguen servicios vitales que salvan vidas que podría generar una atención médica ineficaz o inapropiada para la comunidad LGBTQ y otras personas vulnerables”. Esto solo exacerbará los problemas de salud para la comunidad LGBTQ y otras comunidades”, dijo la Secretaria Teresa Miller. “A medida que nuestra nación sufre una pandemia que afecta a personas de todas las edades, razas y procedencias socioeconómicas, no podemos crear más obstáculos y el acceso desigual a la atención médica. Es nuestra responsabilidad como servidores públicos liderar de una manera que levante y busque corregir las desigualdades entre las personas marginadas y desatendidas. Estos ataques a los derechos humanos dirigidos a las personas transgénero son inaceptables y crueles, y debemos ser mejores”.“Como miembro del Grupo de Trabajo LGBT del Gobernador Wolf, y en colaboración con nuestros numerosos socios LGBTQ, proveedores de servicios para la tercera edad y partes interesadas, el Departamento de Envejecimiento ha hecho de su compromiso con la diversidad, el aumento de la competencia cultural y la inclusión una prioridad”, dijo el Secretario del Departamento de Envejecimiento, Robert Torres. “Esta regulación es un intento vergonzoso de excluir a una comunidad que ya enfrenta retos únicos y merece un acceso igualitario a la atención médica. Nuestro departamento se enorgullece de apoyar a las personas de la tercera edad LGBTQ y a toda la comunidad LGBTQ y abogar por las protecciones que merecen legítimamente”.View this information in English. June 14, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2019

The hope of a second wind

first_imgPam Green of Second Chances believes that true change is possible if everyone plays a part in improving the lives of their fellow citizens. (Images: Second Chances)A complicated break-up left Pam Green destitute, but she managed to overcome adversity with the help of close friends who lent her their support.Following her personal triumph, Green took it upon herself to help other people going through similar struggles who had also been left without a home or a means to provide for themselves.Shortly after making this decision, she founded Second Chances, an initiative aimed at creating social upliftment and embracing ubuntu, the spirit of helping your fellow citizen, through social media.“I have always felt the desire to help,” Green told Independent Online.“In my school days I used to go a couple of times a week and volunteer at orphanages in the afternoons. I started actively initiating projects and getting more involved… It is very important to pay it forward and always remember where you come from.”THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIASocial media has fast become a powerful tool for companies and organisations to get their names into the public eye and drive their business.It is no surprise then that Second Chances tapped into this potential to help drive social upliftment and get South African citizens to play an active role in improving the lives of the less fortunate.The organisation makes use of social media to bring pressing issues such as unemployment, poverty and substance abuse to the attention of people who are in a position to help. In this way, it acts as a link between the source of help and where the help is needed.GET INVOLVEDIf you would like to play a part in this online initiative that is changing people’s lives one tweet at a time, visit its get involved page for more details.To see some of the great work Second Chances is doing, visit its Facebook page.“I’m so grateful to those who now follow the work that I do, who support the work that I do and get involved,” Green said.“But most importantly (I am grateful) to the people who trust me enough to get involved in their lives.”Watch Green pay it forward:PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2019

It’s just $5 an acre…

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University ExtensionIt seems everyone has a “package” that gives an extra yield bump. Many of these packages contain micronutrients. In Ohio, because we generally have clay in our soil and reasonable levels of organic matter, we don’t usually see a yield impact from applying micronutrients. But should we be concerned about micronutrients?Our soil tests are most reliable for pH, phosphorus and potassium and can work reasonably well for zinc, too. We usually use a combination of soil and tissue tests to determine micronutrient deficiencies. Soil pH can also help us know where to look for deficiencies. See your copy of the Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide for descriptions and pictures of nutrient deficiencies by crop.Typically we will see deficiencies occur in small isolated areas of a field first. When these are noted, pull both a soil and a tissue sample out of the “good” area and out of the “poor” area and compare the results. Also check a recent yield map for losses in that area. Nutrient deficiencies I have seen of late are potassium from early dry conditions and occasionally sulfur — neither of these are micronutrients however.It is interesting to note that we have two different philosophies in Ohio on nutrients. We build and maintain for the macros, but wait until we see deficiencies and apply as needed for the micros. This difference in philosophy results from the fact that we have so few micronutrient deficiencies in Ohio.Are we short on sulfur yet? Maybe, in some very low organic matter soils, but generally probably not. In nine trials I have conducted over the past six years I have yet to see an increase in yield from the addition of sulfur, but I am doing the work again this year. I do expect as we continue to clean up our power plant emissions that we will eventually see a need for added sulfur. In the meantime, save your money, or do a little trial work of your own.What about that other “stuff” that costs just $5 an acre. I regularly check out those advertisements, and listen to the sales pitch at farm shows but usually walk away without making a purchase. I recently had a farmer tell me about a product that was absolutely the “best ever, and guaranteed to boost yield.” I asked him why I never heard of it? Because if it’s that good, there would be 25 university tests showing how great it is… and we (the OSU Agronomic Crops Team members) would be telling everyone about it.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2019

RSS isn’t Dead (Just Ask Executives)

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img steven walling It’s become fashionable among a certain set to declare that RSS is no longer the foremost pipeline for news and information on the Web. Steve Gillmor and innumerable others have said they’ve abandoned their RSS readers in favor of Twitter. Twitter hiring Feedburner’s CEO seemed to compound this trend towards dismissing RSS as old hat (though headlines shouldn’t always be taken literally).The usual suspects, such as Dave Winer and our own RSS geek, quickly jumped to the defense of really simple syndication. But where was the data to back them up? And what do businesses think about RSS? The McKinsey Global Survey on Web 2.0 in business came out yesterday, and out of the almost 1,700 executives they talked to, 42% said they see a measurable benefit from RSS. That’s 24% more than those who see any benefit from microblogging (i.e. Twitter).A big part of the disillusionment techies are feeling with RSS may be misdirected. Gillmor and the boys over at CNETZDnet both spent a lot of time talking about the failures of Google Reader to deliver news that matters in a timely fashion. Many of the complaints are problems with Google Reader, not with RSS. Entire businesses have been built on improving the creaky interface of Reader. Gillmor isn’t the only one to confuse RSS with the apps that deliver it. The definition McKinsey provided to execs was “RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an application that allows people to subscribe to online distributions of news, blogs, podcasts, or other online information.” As Winer puts it so well, RSS is how the news flows. But both the public Web and enterprises are using RSS, which is embedded in numerous applications, to do more than just news gathering on items that would be Twitter-worthy. McKinsey Quarterly’s survey was conducted online in June of this year, and garnered 1,695 responses from executives working in a wide range of regions and verticals. The aim of the survey was to ask “about the value they have realized from their Web 2.0 deployments in three main areas: within their organizations; externally, in their relations with customers; and in their dealings with suppliers, partners, and outside experts.” The specific technologies McKinsey asked about included everything from wikis to mashups and prediction markets. 69% of respondents said they’re seeing measurable gains from these types of technologies both internally and externally. RSS racked up quite a bit of support from the executives, coming in third after blogs and video sharing sites. While Steve Gillmor and others may have kicked RSS to the curb in favor of Twitter and other tools, people outside the sphere of early adopters are getting a lot of rewards from RSS still. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 15, 2019

Internet’s founding father Vint Cerf sees IoT security issues

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#Big Data#data security#Internet of Things#IoT#NIST#Vint Cerf Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts center_img IoT is taking the world by storm. With products that let us live out our “Back to the Future” dreams, sans the hoverboards and flying cars, it’s easy to get excited. IoT-related products, from smart watches to connected cars, make us feel like we are living in the future.See also: US DoJ fears big security holes in IoTBut the IoT space is still growing, and with that comes a host of security risks. Some products have not yet developed appropriate security measures, which can allow hackers to compromise smart devices — for example, someone could hack into a smart refrigerator, turn off the power and spoil all the food inside. While this particular outcome is relatively mild, IoT’s security issues pose real problems when applied to medical devices or autonomous cars — a security failure in those areas can result in a life-or-death situation for many people.Public data is essential in building and supporting innovation across fields, and data sets provided by various IoT products and devices are some of the most accurate and informative data sets available. And while the dissemination of public data should absolutely continue, there must be a more rigorous set of standards in determining what is public data. Traffic and climate data, for instance, are fairly innocuous, but it’s easy to see how revealing health or national security data could have tremendous repercussions.NIST sits down with VintThe National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, is working to establish proper security regulations for IoT companies, as well as determining a set of guidelines for what should constitute publicly available data. NIST’s work in the cybersecurity and IoT space will ensure that people’s private data stays private, thus brokering a mutual trust between corporations and consumers. Recently, NIST talked with Vint Cerf, widely regarded as a “Founding Father” of the Internet, about the new security problems cropping up with IoT and affiliate industries. The whole 16-minute conversation can be found here.IoT has a lot of security risks that cannot be ignored. But once the problems are fixed, smart devices will only serve to improve people’s lives and drive innovation further than even “Back to the Future” dreamed. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Maya Raolast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 9, 2019

How Your Superstitions About Monday Calls Ruins Your Results

first_imgOr, an alternative title: Never Give Up Your Monday. Or Any Other Day.I overheard a salesperson explain why they didn’t call the client with whom they are engaged in a rather serious sales conversation. This salesperson’s prospective client has a real and compelling need around a result that is nothing if not strategic. The reason the salesperson offered for not following up with their motivated prospect is that it is a Monday, and they didn’t want to be all over them right after the weekend. It is Monday, after all.You have five days a week, and it doesn’t make sense to give one or more of them up.Bad Days to CallSome sales professionals are not too different from the salesperson in the story above. They share this superstition about Mondays being a “bad day” to call people, as they are just getting back to work. I’ve always wondered what these salespeople do at work, if not work-related things like taking calls about work, having meetings about work, and talking with people about how they might improve their results.If you believe the reason your dream client says no to your request for a meeting because it’s Monday, you’re not looking at factors that weigh more heavily in their decision, like the value you offer in trade for their time, your confidence and conviction, your ability to successfully resolve their concerns, and your persistence.It is a mistake to give up on Mondays. But other people give up enough hours that it equals giving up Monday.Bad Hours to CallSome are superstitious about certain hours. They’re infected with the belief that you can’t call too early because that would be too aggressive. Maybe it’s rude because your contact hasn’t had time to get coffee and settle in. And, you don’t want to seem desperate, do you? Instead of having client conversations in the morning, they fritter away their time on non-opportunity creation and non-opportunity capture activities. The hours they spend avoiding calling clients and prospects are hours they can never recover, in an endeavor in which you are working with the clock or against it.Naturally, some salespeople are uncomfortable calling their prospects and their clients right before lunch. The thinking is that they are winding down, and they aren’t going to be focused enough to take a call from a salesperson. Right after lunch isn’t a good time to bother people either; they just got back from lunch and probably have a full email box to contend with before they can focus on something else.Monday isn’t the only day that people waste and the early hours aren’t the only ones that are not put to good use.Not Enough Time to CallHow about the remaining hour at the end of the day? There isn’t enough time for anything substantial, and your clients and prospects are winding down, trying to get out of their office and on their way home. It doesn’t make sense to do sales-related work when everyone else is checked out or soon will be. And then there is Friday. A day unlike any other day. With most of the week behind you, you check out. You might be at work, but you are not there to work.Giving Up Too Much YearIn a working year of two-thousand eighty hours, giving up one hour a day is to eliminate two hundred and twenty hours or ten and a half percent of your entire year. Deciding to remove two hours from eligibility for sales-related tasks, duties, and outcomes is to all but ensure you lack the time you need to reach your goals.I have a theory that more salespeople would make their quota, reach their goals, end up in President’s Club, and improve their financial position if they would spend more time doing the very few things that result in winning a new client. Many of us dream about salespeople who aren’t account managers and who aren’t asked to spend their time doing the work that rightfully belongs to someone else in a different role.But many of us also dream that salespeople stop clinging to their superstitions, like Mondays being bad days, that certain hours are off-limits, that they should send an email before making a call, that they should connect on LinkedIn first as a way to warm up the relationship, or that they should answer their email first thing in the morning.Time is your single, finite, non-renewable resource, which means you should treat it like your second most valuable asset after yourself. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2019

Stars Join TigerTimes 2016 Stars And Stripes Celebrity Art Auction

first_imgSixteen celebrities from the world of sport, music, dance, design, art, stage and TV have come together to support the TigerTime campaign’s 2016 Stars & Stripes celebrity art auction.Sporty Spice, Melanie Chisholm, who visited India to see her first wild tigers with TigerTime last year, has joined the supporting artists along with Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse and Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer, Elizabeth Emanuel.“Although there are some seriously lovely works among the auction items this annual event is more about raising awareness and funds to protect wild tigers. We’re hugely grateful to everyone who gives their time so generously and to those who bid,” says TigerTime manager, Vicky Flynn.Proceeds from previous auctions has helped fund critical tiger conservation, education, community outreach and anti-poaching work in India, Russia and Thailand.All the works will be on show at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 from Tuesday 28 June to Saturday 2 July. Bids can be made at the gallery or online – bidding closes at 4pm (GMT) on Monday 4 July. Bids can be emailed to: bids@tigertime.info 
Participating this year are: Alan Titchmarsh MBE, Ayden Callaghan, Brian Blessed OBE, Chris Marsh (actor), Elizabeth Emanuel, Emily Lamb (artist), Emre Erturk (NY based fashion designer), Francis Rossi, Joanna Lumley OBE, Jody Craddock (ex Wolves FC turned artist), Lynn Shepherd (author) Melanie Chisholm, Oti Mabuse (Strictly Come Dancing), Peter Egan, Richard Symonds (artist) and Sarah Jane HoneywellYou can view the full catalogue and find out more herelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 14, 2019

Nunavut RCMP response times scrutinized

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut RCMP made their annual report to Iqaluit city council last night, and their answer to a question about responce times has raised some questions in Nunavut’s capital city.That question: How many times do you need to call dispatch to get an officer to respond? The answer is that it is sometimes not just once.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports from Iqaluit.last_img