HR must drive change in health service

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR must drive change in health serviceOn 9 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today ElaineWay, president of the Association of Healthcare Human Resource Management,explains how the successful modernisation of the health service will depend onHR professionals’ ability to drive change.  By Ben WillmottHRprofessionals in the NHS have a great opportunity to raise their profile andincrease their influence as the Agenda for Change programme to modernise thehealth service is phased in. Thisis the view of Elaine Way, president of the Association of Healthcare HumanResource Management (AHHRM), who was involved in the negotiations that securedthe Agenda for Change agreement.Underthe programme, the basic pay that staff receive will reflect the knowledge,responsibility, skills and effort required in their job, rather than their historicjob title or occupational group.Waybelieves the programme will transform the way NHS staff are paid, appraised anddeveloped, creating significant opportunities for HR professionals to provetheir value.”Ratherthan having an automatic annual increment, for the first time ever there willbe a formal annual appraisal for all members of staff to make sure they areapplying the knowledge and skills that you would expect at that stage of theircareer.”Itis important to stress the word ‘applying’,” she added. “Many peoplehave lots of skills and knowledge, but don’t necessarily apply them to theirjobs. “Weneed to match the organisation’s priorities with individual development and HRhas a very important part to play in that.”TheAgenda for Change programme is currently being tested at 12 NHS sites and isexpected to be introduced nationally from October 2004.DevelopmentopportunitiesWaysaid the programme’s appraisal process would help ensure that all staff have apersonal development plan which will enable them to operate to their fullpotential, and to identify and meet training needs, so they can progressthrough the organisation. She also believes it will help NHS HR staff developtheir own skills, and highlight areas where they need to increase expertise.Wayis confident Agenda for Change will help modernise the service by enablingmanagers to be more creative in creating new job roles that meet the needs of achanging health service. “Everythingdone within the NHS should now be evaluated, weight put on it, and have a fairsalary attached to it,” she said.”Inthe past we have come up with good ideas, but because we had to attach aparticular pay grade to it, staff would not see the pay as attractive for thetype of role we were offering.”Adequateresources are essentialHowever,Way – who is also chief executive of Foyle Health and Social Services Trust inNorthern Ireland – warns the agenda will not deliver change unless it isproperly resourced.”TheDepartment of Health needs to ensure it is putting resources in place to ensurethe most can be made of the Agenda for Change,” said Way. “Ifit doesn’t, what will happen is that HR and line managers will be very good atensuring everybody is transferred to the correct new pay band, but they willnot have the capacity to design jobs differently, or deliver servicesdifferently. It is vital we have this investment in HR and servicedelivery.” Accordingto Way, one of the biggest challenges will be freeing managers from their day-to-day responsibilities, so they can be properly trained in elements of jobevaluation.”Itis important when they are writing job descriptions and personal specificationsthat they are clear about the role, the sort of person they want and how thatfits inside job evaluation,” she said.”Theyalso need to know about the new personal development review and how that isgoing to work. Taking them through skills exercises of doing appraisals andfeeding back to people is a lot of down time from hands-on NHS delivery, and wetherefore need resources put in place to take people out of what they are doingso they can do training.”Wayis optimistic that the three-year pay deal negotiated as part of the Agenda forChange will take some pressure off HR departments and help them support thechange process.HRskillsWaytold Personnel Today that AHHRM is beginning to look at how it can support itsmembers in terms of their professional development. Theorganisation is considering looking at creating its own NHS-specific HRdevelopment programme to help members meet the new challenges they face.”Previously,we have taken the view that the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development(CIPD) is the most skilled organisation in terms of supporting professionaldevelopment. But we are beginning to think about how we can supportprofessional HR development specific to the NHS,” said Way.”Wewill be seeking a meeting with Andrew Foster [the NHS HR director] looking athow to take this forward in conjunction with the Department of Health(DoH),” she said.Wayis enthusiastic about the establishment this summer by the DoH of an HRM (humanresource management) capability unit in England to help improve HR skills.”Thisshows investment in developing HR practitioners and directors,” she said.”The whole focus is about developing capability rather than capacity. Theunit has been investing in programmes, particularly around the issue ofleadership in HR.”Similarinitiatives are happening in the other three countries across the UK,” sheadded. “All the departments of health are recognising this as a priority.”WorkforceplanningOneof the key skills Way identifies as being essential if the HR profession ismake its contribution in helping the health service meets its service targetsis workforce planning.Shebelieves excellent progress has been made in recruiting more nurses and alliedhealth professionals and therapists, but said that there were still significantstaff shortages in certain areas and across certain professions, includingdoctors.”Theskill in good recruitment is about effective workforce planning, so you have aclear longer-term view of the skills you will require, and ensure that you puttogether a strategy to meet those needs,” she explained.However,she added, recruitment would not be such an issue if the NHS was better atretaining the staff it already has.RetainingstaffWaythinks retention is closely linked to the extent that staff are engaged withand involved in running their organisation.”Ifyou allow frontline staff more freedom to design out difficulties and designtheir own work patterns, delivery style and training needs, you would improvemorale and ease retention problems.”Ithink it is important to strive to become a leader of leaders rather than aleader of followers, to try and empower frontline managers and staff,” shesaid.Waybelieves the issue of improving morale in the NHS is so critical that AHHRM isto carry out some research in partnership with the DoH and the CIPD to try andpin down the factors that improve morale across the health service. Herown morale is extremely high as she nears the end of her year as AHHRM’spresident. She looks forward to the organisation’s conference on 1-3 October,and is optimistic that HR is well placed to play a central role in themodernisation of the NHS.ElaineWay’s CV1996to present – Chief executive of Foyle Health and Social Services Trust (FHSST)1993– Unit general manager for FHSST1991– Director of HR for FHSST for the Western Area1977– Specialised in personnel management and progressed through various posts inpersonnel to become director of HR for the Western area at FHSST Joinedthe health service straight from university as a graduate management trainee Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 11/20/19

first_img Beau Lund November 21, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 11/20/19 Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONPhiladelphia 109, New York 104Washington 138, San Antonio 132Milwaukee 135, Atlanta 127Brooklyn 101, Charlotte 91Dallas 142, Golden State 94Miami 124, Cleveland 100Toronto 113, Orlando 97Chicago 109, Detroit 89Utah 103, Minnesota 95Denver 105, Houston 95L.A. Clippers 107, Boston 104 — OTNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEOttawa 2, Montreal 1 — OTNY Rangers 4, Washington 1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLLouisville 76, SC-Upstate 50North Carolina 75, Elon 61Memphis 68, UALR 58Tennessee 76, Alabama St. 41Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Out of sight, cleaners perform critical work in COVID ICUs

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — The workers who clean coronavirus intensive care units say that their work has been overlooked since the pandemic began. The cleaners run a daily gantlet of risks to ensure that ICUs run smoothly and are critical to preventing the spread of disease in hospitals. But their status as unskilled laborers in a behind-the-scenes role has left them out of the public eye. One cleaner who works at the main COVID-19 treatment center in Athens, Greece, says the cleaning crew feels like “the smallest cog in the wheel.” Medical experts agree that cleaning is vital in hospitals, where infections are especially troublesome.last_img read more

Video Q&A: Bob Young, CEO of CVPS

first_imgStarting this month, Vermont Business Magazine will begin running full interviews online (VIDEO). The first of these is with Bob Young, CEO of Central Vermont Public Service. The occasion for this piece is his recent announcement that he will step down next May.As Young explains in the interview, there is much to do between now and then and that includes finding his replacement.Young also talks at length about Vermont Yankee. He says that Entergy will have to make a decision on whether to close the plant as early as this winter, in part because it has a substantial fuel buy to make if the plant is to remain in operation beyond the expiration of its license in 2012.He also talks about the future of energy supply in Vermont; the recently agreed-to deal with Hydro Quebec that CVPS and GMP are set to sign; and whether a modestly sized, albeit successful, utility such as CVPS can remain an independent entity. The memorandum of understanding between the Vermont Utilities and Hydro Quebec expires tomorrow, July 31, 2010. As of today, the deal has not been signed.VBM Editor Timothy McQuiston interviewed Young July 16 at his office in Rutland.Source: VBM. 7.30.2010 (VIDEO)last_img read more

Events: Century Club

first_imgRising temps and blooming trees mean it’s time to pull out the spandex. Tune up your steel steed and get ready to spin your wheels at one of these regional rides. Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) Spring Tune-UpMadison, Ga. • April 20-22Cyclists getting ready for the epic weeklong Bicycle Ride Across Georgia in June will congregate for a range of spring training rides, including a fully supported century on Saturday. Choose your distance and pedal flat stretches and rolling hills through Madison’s scenic Antebellum streets.brag.orgBoone RoubaixBoone, N.C. • April 21Dubbed the Hell of the High Country, the Boone Roubaix is a bike ride you’ll never forget. It starts at the Boone Fairgrounds and takes cyclists through a 79K (50-mile) loop of treacherously steep and winding mountain roads. To make things interesting, the ride mixes in 10 miles of unpredictable unpaved roads, including the infamous slog up the Koppenberg of the High Country, which crushes quads with an incline over 20 percent. The ride’s burly 5,000 feet of climbing means some equally screeching descents—some so technical that organizers bluntly warn, “One guy had his ear ripped off.”booneroubaix.comTarWheel CenturyElizabeth City, N.C. • April 28 Beginners looking to reach the 100-mile mark should clip in for the TarWheel Century. Known as the “world’s flattest century,” the ride takes cyclists on a mellow ride through the historic downtowns of Elizabeth City and Edenton. Pedal through quaint waterside communities, where the Pasquotank River winds its way to the Albemarle Sound, past popping azaleas and dogwoods on a spring ride that’s perfect for increasing your mileagerivercitycyclingclub.comWheels for Meals Greenville, S.C. • April 28Ride through scenic upstate South Carolina to help fight hunger. Wheels for Meals features four different rides (25, 40, 62, and 100 miles) that depart from Furman University, including a tough century route that travels north into the mountains of western North Carolina, gaining nearly 4,000 feet throughout the ride. At a past event, Tour de France veteran and local resident George Hincapie came out to pedal with the 3 State 3 Mountain ChallengeChattanooga, Tenn. • May 5Cyclists willing to take on this challenge should be forewarned: the mountains get tougher as the ride goes on. The 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge’s full century features a winding course through rural roads in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia with hearty ascents over Suck Creek, Sand, and Lookout Mountains. The final major challenge—the 2.3-mile climb of Lookout—crushes riders with a 20-percent grade at the top. Shorter course options of 90, 62, and 25 miles are also offered.chattbike.comIt’s Not Your Grandma’s CenturyHayesville, N.C. • May 19Destined to become a regional classic, the Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association is set to host the second running of this rugged ride that’s not for the novice cyclist. Both the century and metric century course options cover remote roads of the Nantahala and Chattahoochee National Forests’ wild and scenic topography in southwestern North Carolina and northern Georgia, respectively. It’s a mountain roller coaster with consistent elevation change from start to finish.sabacycling.comUpland Gran Fondo of LouisvilleLouisville, Ky. • May 19Upland Brewing Co. hosts this 100-mile ride to bridge an Italian cycling tradition with craft beer culture. Cyclists will quickly cross the Ohio River and ride into Indiana for a spin around Floyds Knob before crossing back into Kentucky for a lengthy tour of Louisville’s plentiful greenspace, including Iroquois Park and Jefferson Memorial Forest. After the long ride, you can recover at the post-party at Thurman Hutchins Park with live music and plenty of Upland suds like the Dragonfly IPA or Helios Ale.granfondolouisville.comStorming of Thunder RidgeLynchburg, Va. • May 20Better bring your climbing legs if you want to tackle this epic ride in the Central Virginia stretch of the Blue Ridge. The Storming of Thunder Ridge’s century course features 9,000 feet of climbing, including a relentless 13-mile ascent to the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. After besting the race’s namesake and tucking in for a technical descent from the Peaks of Otter, the latter part of the course moves through Bedford’s rolling scenic countryside before finishing back in Lynchburg. Shorter course options of 75, 45, and 27 miles are also offered.stormingofthunderridge.comBike-cationBicycle Ride Across GeorgiaJune 2-9Details on this year’s route have yet to be announced, but last year cyclists traveled across the Peach State from Atlanta to Savannah.brag.orgBike VirginiaJune 22 – June 27Bike Virginia starts in the quaint Shenandoah Valley town of Berryville and includes five days of riding around the Commonwealth and parts of West Virginia, including stints near Charles Town, Harper’s Ferry, and Shepherdstown.Bicycle Ride Across TennesseeSeptember 8-15Pedal for seven days from Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville through some of Tennessee’s most scenic terrain. The ride includes overnight camping stops at Standing Stone, Pickett, and Harrison Bay State Parksthebrat.orglast_img read more

Study: Flu vaccine doesn’t lower death rates in elderly

first_imgAug 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Some healthcare experts have wondered if large mortality reductions among older people who receive seasonal influenza immunizations are real or if the findings are biased by a “healthy-user” effect. But now a study that more rigorously controlled for confounders suggests that the benefits are overstated.The study, by Canadian researchers who evaluated data from patients admitted to six Capital Health hospitals in Alberta, appeared in the Sep 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.It revealed no statistical difference between in-hospital mortality rates of elderly patients receiving seasonal flu vaccination and of those not vaccinated.It is the latest among a handful of recent studies that have cast doubt on the benefits of flu vaccines for older people and may call for a reexamination of public policy on flu vaccination among the elderly. A study that appeared in the Aug 2 issue of The Lancet suggested that the vaccine’s ability to protect the group from pneumonia was less than expected.Accounting for ‘good behavior’The research group pointed out that most evidence on the benefit of influenza vaccines in older patients is based on observational studies that suggest a 50% mortality rate reduction. However, they said many experts have suspected that such a high benefit is implausible.For example, they wrote that though vaccination rates in the United States’ elderly population have risen from 15% to 65% over the over the past 20 years the increase has not been matched by decreasing hospitalization and mortality rates.”Previous studies were likely measuring a benefit not directly attributable to the vaccine itself, but something specific to the individuals who were vaccinated—a healthy-user benefit or frailty bias,” said Dean T. Eurich, PhD, the study’s first author, in a press release from the American Thoracic Society, which publishes the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Eurich is a clinical epidemiologist and assistant professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health.Also, the researchers wrote that other studies have detected similar mortality reductions during the times of year when influenza viruses aren’t circulating, which cast further doubt on the size of the vaccination benefit.Sumit Majumdar, MD, MPH, principal investigator and associate professor of medicine at the University of Alberta, said in the press release, “The healthy-user effect is seen in what doctors often refer to as their “good” patients—patients who are well-informed about their health, who exercise regularly, do not smoke or have quit, drink only in moderation, watch what they eat, come in regularly for health maintenance visits and disease screenings, take their medications exactly as prescribed—and quite religiously get vaccinated each year so as to stay healthy.””Such attributes,” he said, “are almost impossible to capture in large-scale studies using administrative databases.”Majumdar and colleagues hypothesized that if a healthy-user effect was responsible for mortality benefits, then the same benefit would be seen during the “off season,” when the influenza virus wasn’t circulating.The researchers had access to a large database that allowed them a unique opportunity to explore the bias, because it included a number of potential healthy-user indicators such as smoking and functional status.Looking beyond biasesThey analyzed data from 704 patients ages 65 and over who were admitted to the hospital for community-acquired pneumonia during non-flu season intervals from 2000 through 2002. Researchers matched 352 patients who had received their flu vaccines against 352 controls who did not.Twelve percent (81) of the patients died. When the group looked at in-hospital death rates, they found that vaccinated patients were about half as likely to die as those who weren’t vaccinated (28 [8%] versus 53 [15%]), which is consistent with past observational studies. However, when they adjusted for the healthy-user effects, the benefit was much smaller, and at 19% didn’t reach statistical significance.The authors concluded that a difficult-to-detect healthy-user effect is present among vaccinated patients, and that other analyses of vaccine benefit during influenza season probably overestimate the benefit of vaccination. However, they cautioned that their findings might not be generalized to healthier, lower-risk patients in a nonhospital setting.Putting the findings to useThe findings have broad implications for public health, the authors wrote. Patients with chronic diseases, as well as their contacts, should still get their annual flu vaccines, Majumdar said in the press release. “But you also need to take care of yourself. Everyone can reduce their risk by taking simple precautions,” he said, such as hand-washing, avoiding sick people during flu season, taking antiviral medication, and seeking prompt medical care.Inflated mortality reductions noted in previous studies could hamper efforts to develop better vaccines, particularly for use in elderly populations, they wrote. Evidence-based findings, however, may help policymakers to direct their efforts more toward hand-washing and vaccinating children and healthcare workers, they added.And for researchers, the findings might serve as a useful reminder, Majumder said in the press release. “The healthy-user effect is everywhere you don’t want it to be.”Eurich DT, Marrie TJ, Johnstone J, et al. Mortality reduction with influenza vaccine in patients with pneumonia outside ‘flu’ season: pleiotropic benefits or residual confounding? Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2008 Sep 1;178(5):527-33 [Abstract]See also:Aug 29 American Thoracic Society press releaseAug 8 CIDRAP News story “Study: Flu shots may not protect elderly from pneumonia”last_img read more

Human swine flu cases with unique strain raise concern

first_imgApr 21, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Two California children who had not had contact with pigs recently recovered from infections with “unique” swine influenza viruses, raising concern about possible human-to-human transmission and putting health authorities on alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.The two cases were in a 10-year-old boy in San Diego County and a 9-year-old girl in neighboring Imperial County, but they are apparently unrelated, the CDC said in an MMWR Dispatch report today.”The viruses from the two cases are closely related genetically, resistant to amantadine and rimantadine [the two older flu antivirals], and contain a unique combination of gene segments that previously has not been reported among swine or human influenza viruses in the United States or elsewhere,” the CDC report says.The lack of any known exposure to pigs in the two cases increases the chance that the children contracted their infections from other people, the CDC said. The agency advised physicians to consider animal influenza virus infections in patients who recently were in the two California counties or had contact with pigs.The CDC says it received reports of 12 human swine flu cases from December 2005 through January 2009, an increase from the previous long-term average of about one case every 1 to 2 years. The “vast majority” of such cases do not lead to human-to-human transmission, but all need to be investigated thoroughly, the agency states.Illnesses began in MarchThe 10-year-old boy fell ill with fever, cough, and vomiting on Mar 30, according to the CDC. He was taken to a clinic, where he received symptomatic treatment, and he recovered in about a week. He had not received flu vaccine this season. The boy and his family said he had had no exposure to pigs.Initial testing at the clinic indicated an influenza A virus but was negative for human subtypes H1N1, H3N2, and H5N1, the report says. A sample was sent to reference laboratories, which were unable to identify the subtype. The CDC received a sample Apr 14 and identified the virus as swine influenza A/H1N1.The boy’s mother had a nonfebrile respiratory illness in the first few days of April, and his 8-year-old brother was sick with a cough and fever on Apr 11, but no respiratory samples were taken during their illnesses.In the other case, the CDC received an influenza specimen on Apr 17 that the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego had sent as a type A virus that couldn’t be subtyped, according to the report. The CDC identified the virus as a swine influenza A/H1N1 isolate the same day.The sample came from the 9-year-old girl, who got sick with a cough and fever (104.3ºF) on Mar 28, the report says. She was treated at an outpatient clinic with antibiotics and an antihistamine, and she recovered uneventfully. The girl reported that she had visited a fair with a pig exhibit about 4 weeks before her illness but that she had not seen the pigs, and she reported no other exposure.The girl’s 13-year-old cousin, who was living with the family, had a flu-like illness 3 days before she got sick, and her 13-year-old brother had similar symptoms on Apr 1, the CDC reports. But neither was tested for flu while they were sick.So far, no epidemiologic link between the two cases has been found, nor have any other cases been identified involving the new strain, the report says. Case and contact investigations by the county and states health agencies are under way.A new combination of genesThe viruses from the two patients are similar, and the majority of their genes, including the hemagglutinin gene, are similar to those of swine flu viruses that have circulated in US pigs since about 1999, the CDC reports. But the genes for the neuraminidase (NA) and matrix (M) proteins are similar to corresponding genes of Eurasian swine flu viruses.”This particular genetic combination of swine influenza virus segments has not been recognized previously among swine or human isolates in the United States, or elsewhere based on analyses of influenza genomic sequences available on GenBank,” the report states.While there is no formal system for monitoring what viruses circulate in US swine, viruses with this combination of genes are not known to be circulating in the country, the report adds.Testing is under way to learn whether the two viruses are susceptible to the neuraminidase inhibitor drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir.The CDC advises that clinicians should consider animal as well as seasonal flu virus infections in patients who live in or who visited San Diego or Imperial County or were in contact with sick people from either county in the week before their illness onset. It also urges clinicians to take a nasopharyngeal swab in such cases and to contact their state or local health department to arrange for testing at a state public health lab.CDC. Swine influenza A (H1N1) infection in two children—Southern California, March-April 2009. MMWR Dispatch 2009 Apr 21;58 [Full text]last_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: $17 millones para ayudar a las escuelas a mejorar servicios para estudiantes históricamente desatendidos

first_img August 25, 2020 Gobernador Wolf: $17 millones para ayudar a las escuelas a mejorar servicios para estudiantes históricamente desatendidos Education,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf está dedicando aproximadamente $17 millones para ayudar a 220 agencias de educación locales (LEA, por sus siglas en inglés), incluidos los distritos escolares, a mejorar los servicios educativos para aproximadamente 180,000 estudiantes en escuelas designadas para Mejora y Apoyo Específico Adicional (ATSI, por sus siglas en inglés) en virtud de la Ley federal Cada Estudiante Triunfa (ESSA, por sus siglas en inglés).“Si bien todas las escuelas se han visto afectadas este año por la pandemia de COVID-19, las escuelas que, según la ESSA, han sido identificadas como que necesitan apoyo adicional enfrentan desafíos adicionales”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Esta financiación ayudará a estas escuelas de alta necesidad a medida que implementan sistemas para ayudar a los estudiantes mientras trabajamos para controlar la propagación de este virus”.La Ley de Ayuda, Alivio y Seguridad Económica contra el Coronavirus (CARES, por sus siglas en inglés) autoriza a los gobernadores a determinar el uso educativo de los Fondos de Ayuda para la Educación de Emergencia del Gobernador (GEER, por sus siglas en ingles).ESSA requiere que los estados desarrollen planes para designar escuelas para apoyo y mejoramiento basado en el desempeño de grupos individuales de estudiantes en áreas clave, incluyendo el rendimiento y crecimiento académico; tasa de graduación y progreso de los estudiantes de inglés; y factores de éxito de los estudiantes como asistencia regular y ausentismo crónico. Los grupos de estudiantes incluyen razas, económicamente desfavorecidos, estudiantes del idioma inglés y estudiantes con discapacidades.“Reconociendo que los esfuerzos de respuesta al COVID-19, incluidos los cierres de edificios, es probable que empeoren las brechas de resultados para los estudiantes históricamente desatendidos, se alienta a las escuelas y unidades intermedias a utilizar estos fondos adicionales para acelerar los esfuerzos para involucrar a las partes interesadas locales e implementar mejoras apropiadas basadas en evidencia estrategias”, dijo el Secretario de Educación Pedro A. Rivera.Las subvenciones se calcularon en base a elementos de la fórmula federal del Título I, Parte A, incluido el número de estudiantes en desventaja económica y otros datos de inscripción escolar.Los destinatarios de la subvención recibirán una comunicación directa del Departamento de Educación (PDE, por sus siglas en inglés) con las instrucciones de solicitud de eGrant.Hasta la fecha, la Administración Wolf ha otorgado $87.5 millones en fondos GEER para ayudar a mantener seguros a los estudiantes y educadores y enfrentar los desafíos únicos de COVID-19. Además de los $17 millones para las escuelas ATSI, la Administración Wolf ha destinado $15 millones para educación especial, $28 millones para instituciones de educación superior y proveedores de educación básica para adultos, $14 millones para escuelas K-12 para apoyar la equidad en la continuidad de la educación, $10.5 millones para Centros de educación vocacional y técnica y $3 millones para programas preescolares de intervención temprana.Para obtener más información sobre las políticas y los programas educativos de Pennsylvania, consulte el sitio web del Departamento de Educación o siga al PDE en Facebook, Twitter o Pinterest.View this information in English.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

These homes will bowl you over with their cricket pitches, basketball, tennis courts and pools

first_img44 Rushworth St, Bald Hills. Picture: With Australia’s cricket team in turmoil, now is the time for all those future budding sporting stars to knuckle down and became the next generation of cricketing greats. Heading off to the local nets on the weekend is a great idea, but what if you had the facilities right in your own backyard? At 44 Rushworth St, Bald Hills, a three-bedroom home seeking offers of more than $439,000, has a recently constructed swimming pool, plus a cricket pitch and putt-putt golf.The home has a renovated kitchen, plus a rumpus room or teenager’s retreat. It has an open floor plan which flows out onto a covered patio. 115 Menser St, Calamvale. Picture: house itself has a formal lounge room, large main bedroom with ensuite and built-in robes, and plantation stutters throughout.There are new carpets and Travertine marble floors.It is listed through Liz Richardson of Harcourts Beyond – Holland Park.Head north toward Hervey Bay and a five-bedroom home at 19 Island Close, Pacific Haven, is listed for $1.6 million. 115 Menser St, Calamvale. Picture: is on a 758sq m block of land and is listed through Claudia Rocha of Ray White – Aspley Group. At 115 Menser St, Calamvale, this three-bedroom home would be a cricket lover’s dream. The semirural 10,100sq m property has plenty of room to hit a six without smashing a window.In fact it has just about enough to run your own sporting centre from home.There are two cricket nets, two tennis or basketball courts and a children’s playground as well as a swimming pool and parking for eight cars.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago 9 Island Close, Pacific Haven. Picture: is also a private boat ramp, pontoon, storage shed and five rainwater tanks.It is listed through Michelle Lockwood of RE/MAX Partners Hervey Bay – Torquay. 9 Island Close, Pacific Haven. Picture: riverfront home has multiple living and entertainment areas including a billiards room.There is a 4.5m indoor spa and an 11m swimming pool.The property also has its own beach volleyball court, cricket pitch and a fire pit for cool nights.last_img read more

Joint Cuba-Venezuela ‘Operation Miracle’ benefits more than 1.5 million people

first_img Sharing is caring! 30 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Joint Cuba-Venezuela ‘Operation Miracle’ benefits more than 1.5 million people by: – October 8, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Photo credit:, Cuba (ACN) — More than 1.5 million surgeries to correct eye conditions have been performed since 2004, as part of Mission Milagro (Operation Miracle), a humanitarian and social program created by the governments of Cuba and Venezuela. Venezuelan program coordinator Manuel Pacheco told Venezuelan News Agency the program has treated 158,515 people suffering mainly from pterygium, cataracts and strabismus this year.Currently, about 5,000 patients are operated on each week in Venezuela — that’s the same amount of people who received treatment in a year there before the program started.These services have also helped more than 33,000 people from Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina.The Mission’s ophthalmologists and optometrists attend at scheduled medical appointments in each country. The program was first implemented on July 2004 to offer free service to the poor people with visual health problems.Initially, more than 200,000 patients traveled to Havana per year, where they underwent surgery, while the Venezuelan government implemented an investment plan to refurbish local hospitals. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more