Mar 15, 2021 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories Senate combines COVID-19 liability shield measures Sen. Jeff BrandesThe Senate Rules Committee has approved a universal COVID-19 liability shield — after combining a measure to protect businesses, schools, and religious institutions with another for doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers.The committee voted 10-5 on March 11 to approve SB72 by Judiciary Chair Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.Brandes told the committee that combining the measures would give the Senate a stronger bargaining position with the House, which has already approved a business-protection bill, HB-7, by Rep. Lawrence McClure, R-Plant City.“I think it’s best to have the business community and the health-care community rowing together,” Brandes said. “In this process, it’s easier to defend one fortress than it is to defend two.”SB 72 would establish, among other things, a pre-suit process that gives judges the ability to dismiss claims against businesses that demonstrate “substantial” compliance with government health regulations.Another business-related provision would require plaintiffs to pre-file a physician’s affidavit attesting that the defendant’s acts or omissions were to blame for the COVID-19 related illness, injury, or death.To successfully sue medical providers, plaintiffs would have to overcome heightened evidence standards and prove that the defendant committed “gross negligence” or “intentional misconduct.”Brandes rejected arguments by Democrats, trial attorneys and consumer activists that the measure would protect the small number of nursing home operators who account for the lion’s share of patient injury.Brandes said nursing homes made a heroic effort during the worst of the pandemic, with their staffs donning shower caps and garbage bags when PPE wasn’t available.“To my knowledge, not one nursing home in the state of Florida pushed their residents to the curb,” he said. “We asked them to MacGyver their way through a global pandemic…they were there for our families on the front end of this. We’ve got to be there for them on the back end of this.”Democrats offered amendments that would eliminate or narrow many of the liability protections, but as in the bill’s previous committee stops, Republicans shot them down one-by-one in a series of voice votes.Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Ft. Lauderdale and an attorney, offered an amendment that would have made nursing homes with a history of regulatory violations ineligible for the liability protections.Thurston argued that rewarding “bad actors” is unfair to the nursing homes who provide excellent care.“Essentially what it does is, it says, let’s not have a blanket application,” he said. “When you give this type of exclusion, I don’t think everybody should benefit from it.”Senate Democratic Leader Gary Farmer, who is also a Ft. Lauderdale attorney, offered amendments that targeted everything from the physician’s affidavit provision to the heightened evidence standards.One of Farmer’s amendments would have required businesses to post signs warning customers about the COVID-19 liability protections. Another would have granted a legal presumption to EMTs, firefighters, and other first-responders that their COVID-19 infection is job-related.“We talk so much around here about respect and admiration we have for our front-line workers, our first-responders…firefighters, police, paramedics,” he said. “It’s terribly unfair that we’re not doing something in this bill to take care of these people…”Another Farmer amendment would have sunset the bill after the first year, a move that would bring the measure closer to the House version.But Brandes argued against it, suggesting it may be a major sticking point with the House.Evidence suggests that COVID-19 variants that have been detected in Florida are vaccine resistant, Brandes said.“Unfortunately, we’re still dealing with COVID,” he said. “We’ll be back here next year, and we can address it at that time.HB 7005 by Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland – the medical COVID-19 liability shield — has cleared both its committees and is awaiting a floor vote.
Previous ArticleMVNOs fuel subscriber growth in AustraliaNext ArticleSamsung seeks battery boost with graphene balls IoTNokiaStarHub Singapore mobile operator StarHub and Finland-based Nokia announced they are partnering to develop IoT applications with plans for the operator to roll out commercial services in Q1 2018.In a statement the companies said they will develop IoT use cases and applications in the connected living, vehicle and building segments, with a focus on smart parking, environmental sensors and video analytics.Nokia said it will also back StarHub’s IoT capabilities through developer outreach programmes. Nokia Bell Labs will provide consultancy services to StarHub and its enterprise customers.Chong Yoke Sin, chief of StarHub’s Enterprise Business Group (pictured), said a large part of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative involves deploying IoT devices in the home, along streets, in parks and in offices. The data derived from these sensors will enable enterprises to gain insights from customers, improving operational efficiencies and aid in long-term planning, she said.“We will leverage Nokia’s IoT technology to help address urban challenges faced by our government and commercial customers. We also look forward to building viable business models on this nascent technology,” Chong said. Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Alianza sobre IA entre Nokia y Microsoft Español Joseph Waring Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Home Nokia, StarHub work towards Q1 2018 IoT launch Author Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 NOV 2017 Tags Nokia makes AI move with Microsoft
It’s a real life tale seemingly ripped out of the pages of a 90’s sitcom script. Earlier this January, doctors in the journal BMJ Case Reports published the account of a 40-year-old Brazilian woman who experienced a particularly bizarre set of symptoms following her cosmetic surgery, namely kleptomania. It seems that after the woman returned home… Email Pinterest LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook
One step closer to new framework for dialogue among CARIFORUM, FCORs, OCTsA new framework for dialogue among CARIFORUM, FCORS and OCTs is closer to being completed following a consultation that was held in Barbados over the past few days. The forum, which is facilitating the establishment of the framework that is expected to improve coordination and collaboration among CARIFORUM and the…January 30, 2019In “Associate Member States”CARIFORUM to host Regional workshop on Revised Effective Platforms for dialogueThe Caribbean Forum of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) is hosting a consultation to continue the development of a Framework for an effective platform for structured and continuous dialogue between CARIFORUM and French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs) and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The…January 28, 2019In “Associate Member States”CARIFORUM to host Regional Consultation on effective platforms for Wider Caribbean Dialogue in Barbados this weekThe Caribbean Forum of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) will be hosting a consultation to assess the development of a Framework for an effective platform for structured and continuous dialogue between CARIFORUM and French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs) and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and…April 10, 2018In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp Director General of CARIFORUM, Mr. Percival Marie, has implored participants at a Regional Consultation on a revised framework for dialogue among CARIFORUM, FCORs and OCTs to propose practical outcomes that could be used to advise the political directorate. He was speaking at the opening of the consultation which is being held at the Radisson Aquatic Resort in Barbados, 29-30 January 2019. “This meeting must make pragmatic and practical proposals which would result in the establishment of the institutional framework of the platform that we think is required. This meeting must also establish the norms which would ensure effective operation of the platform, its sustainability and its viability,” Mr. Marie stated Senior Project Officer at CARIFORUM Ms. Sarah Lionel briefing Chairman of the Consultation, EPA Coordinator, Government of Saint Lucia Ms. Lisa Louis Philip before the consultation begins Chief Executive Director at CROSQ Mr. Deryck Omar and Senior Foreign Service Officer, Guyana, Mr. Sherwyn Naughton have a brief chat before the opening Programme Manager, Crime and Security at the CARICOM Secretariat, Sherwin Toyne-Stephenson Deputy Programme Manager, Foreign and Community Relations at the CARICOM Secretariat, Brian Bellevue and Senior Project Officer PANCAP, Vivian Rookhum pose for a quick pic before the opening of the consultation Chairman of the consultation, EPA Coordinator, Government of Saint Lucia, Ms. Lisa Louis Philip and CARIFORUM Director General, Mr. Percival Marie CARIFORUM Director General, Mr. Percival Marie Delegates at the opening of the Consultation Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation Barbados, Mr. Luis Maia Delegates at the opening of the consultation Delegates at the opening of the consultation Mr. Marie said the outcomes of the consultation would be subject to further review from Senior Officials of CARIFORUM and the FCORS and British and Dutch OCTs. He said additionally, that the advice of Regional Organisations would be sought before going into more intense sessions at the level of senior officials on the outcomes. This”, he said, would serve as advice and inputs into a political level dialogue. He further advised that discussions were underway to arrange for the political level dialogue by the end of March. Head of Cooperation from the European Union Delegation in Barbados, Mr. Luis Maia, also spoke at the opening of the Consultation. He reminded officials that the EU had supported efforts to strengthen wider Caribbean cooperation since the 2005 Clovis Beauregard Conference. ”We are convinced that cooperation in this region should be strengthened. it is a win-win situation for all countries and territories concerned,” he said. According to the EU representative, in a world with growing common challenges such as climate change and economic shocks and damage, the territories needed to come to together to maximise resources. He said it was through cooperation and dialogue that new ideas and synergies could be developed. He said he hoped this conference would achieve tangible results. The consultation is being funded under the 10th EDF Regional Indicative Programme through a dedicated Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF) which, in part, aims to strengthen cooperation among CARIFORUM States, the FCORs and Caribbean OCTs. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Feb 19, 2020 COVID-19 redesigning the Foreign Trade Policy Agenda Regional Response to Novel Corona-virus is… Related Posts Oct 7, 2020 Standards, Quality Still Important Apr 1, 2020
UK AT U OF LGame time: 2:05 p.m. Site: KFC Yum! Center. Line: Kentucky by 4 1/2 points. Series: Kentucky leads 32-15 and won the last meeting, 74-69, last season in the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis. Television: ESPN2 (Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas). Radio: WKRD-790 (U of L call); WHAS-840 and WAKY-103.5 (UK call).GAME PREVIEWSTucker: UK preps for first true road gameGreer: U of L tries to filter out the rivalry hypeUK (12-0)Pos.-Player Ht. Cl. Rb. Pts.G-Andrew Harrison 6-6 So. 2.1 7.7G-Aaron Harrison 6-6 So. 2.0 10.6F-Trey Lyles 6-10 Fr. 5.5 7.9F-Karl-Anthony Towns 6-11 Fr. 6.6 8.1F-Willie Cauley-Stein 7-0 Jr. 6.7 10.5Key reserves – Devin Booker, G, 6-6, Fr., 10.0 pts.; Dakari Johnson, C, 7-0, So., 8.8; Tyler Ulis, G, 5-9, 5.0; Marcus Lee, F, 6-9, So., 3.3; Derek Willis, F, 6-9, So., 3.1; Dominique Hawkins, G, 6-0, So., 1.3.Louisville (11-0)Pos.-Player Ht. Cl. Rb. Pts.G-Chris Jones 5-10 Sr. 4.1 12.3G-Terry Rozier 6-1 So. 5.5 16.7F-Wayne Blackshear 6-5 Sr. 6.1 13.7F-Montrezl Harrell 6-8 Jr. 10.0 16.7C-Chinanu Onuaku 6-10 Fr. 5.8 4.6Key reserves – Mangok Mathiang, C, 6-10, R-So., 3.3 pts.; Anton Gill, G, 6-3, So., 3.6; Quentin Snider, G, 6-1, Fr., 2.5; David Levitch, G, 6-3, So., 2.5; Jaylen Johnson, F, 6-9, Fr., 1.8; Anas Mahmoud, F, 7-0, Fr., 1.9; Matz Stockman*, C, 7-0, 1.3; Shaqquan Aaron, G/F, 6-7, Fr., 0.0. * – Stockman’s likely out with a knee injury.KEY MATCHUPSThe guards. For Louisville, no two players appear to be more important to the Cards’ chances on Saturday than Terry Rozier and Chris Jones. Not just their ability to make shots, but their ability to create turnovers and on-ball pressure on defense and then drive and create open shots for teammates on offense. Rozier’s been a fantastic scorer, particularly over the past five games, but Jones needs to elevate his game. For Kentucky, the Harrison twins have some help from Tyler Ulis, whose speed and cunning will play a big part in breaking U of L’s fullcourt press. UK’s recent run of improved 3-point shooting will help, too. And the Wildcats’ depth on the wings, though not quite as heralded as the frontcourt, could be a decisive factor.Related: How Terry Rozier’s Louisville’s biggest X-factorWayne Blackshear vs. himself. This is the biggest game of the season for what’s been trumpeted as the “new” Wayne Blackshear. The 6-foot-5 win frustrated U of L coach Rick Pitino and Cards fans alike with his inconsistent performances over the past two seasons. So far this winter, he’s seemingly found sustainability. In Louisville’s previous three big games, against Minnesota, Ohio State and Indiana, Blackshear’s had two very strong performances and one dud doomed by foul trouble. In the wins over Indiana and Ohio State, Blackshear averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds. But more important, Blackshear had zero turnovers. On Saturday, he absolutely must play with the same control, and he needs to hit some outside jumpers to help take some pressure off Rozier and Jones.Montrezl Harrell vs. UK’s frontcourt. ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said both Harrell and Cats 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein are among the top five contenders for National Player of the Year honors. And while Cauley-Stein is projected to go higher in the draft, Harrell is “the best big guy in the game,” Bilas said. “Willie’s been great, but Harrell can score in more ways than Willie can. But Willie’s a better defender, more versatile defender. I would probably give Harrell the rebounding edge. He’s a hungrier rebounder.” The trouble for U of L: the Cats have three other projected first-round draft picks who are 6-10 or taller: Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Dakari Johnson. Considering Harrell has struggled – with foul trouble in particular – against UK (9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds in three career games), the Cats’ depth in the paint is problematic. As for Cauley-Stein, who has shined against top competition this season: “I don’t really look at it like that,” he said. “I’m kind of battling against myself.”Point-counterpoint: Sullivan, Himmelsbach tackle the Louisville-UK matchupRick Pitino vs. John Calipari. Their all-time record, including a half-dozen NBA meetings, is much closer (and was dead even heading into last season). Calipari holds a 14-12 edge. But since he’s been at Kentucky, it’s been a lopsided series. As the Wildcats’ coach, Calipari has beaten Pitino and Louisville in 6 of 7 meetings. Calipari has knocked the Cardinals out of the NCAA Tournament twice in the last three seasons (Final Four in 2012, Sweet 16 in 2014). Pitino’s only win in that span was at home in the 2012-13 season, which was Calipari’s worst UK team (lost in the first round of the NIT). “I don’t think he’s worried about it,” Calipari said. “All he wants to do is win this one. I think we’re all the same. I don’t go against a coach and say, ‘How many times has he beaten me?’ I’ve been beaten plenty of times and have had some shellackings in there. But I don’t think he’s worried about it, and certainly I’m not worried about it.”Cats vs. Cards’ pressure. Kentucky has taken good care of the ball, averaging just 11.3 turnovers per game and a plus-5.7 turnover margin so far, but the Cardinals’ press will provide a serious test. Louisville ranks fourth nationally in steals. “They’re going to try to put pressure on us and we have to be strong with the ball to be successful,” said point guard Andrew Harrison, who had seven assists and just two turnovers in a Sweet 16 win over the Cards last season. “Dominique Hawkins and EJ (Floreal), they’re both as great of athletes as anybody can have, so they really helped us in practice putting pressure on the ball and stuff like that. They really helped us.” That was likely a part of the prep for Saturday’s game, too. “Two good, strong athletes,” Calipari said, “who get up on you and body you.”
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Ireland 43-67 Germany Ireland’s unbeaten streak at the FIBA U18 Women’s European Championships finally came to an end in the final this evening, as they lost out 67-43 to Germany.Promotion to Division A is still assured, as is the squad’s status as Ireland’s most successful ever basketball team, and they were given a standing ovation at the final buzzer by the capacity crowd who have supported them every step of the way through a superb tournament.“It’s incredible,” said Head Coach Tommy O’Mahony. “Night after night we rolled from one game to the other, we didn’t get a chance to figure out what we’d just done. Tonight wasn’t our night, but the girls have to realize what they’ve done and how big it is in the whole scheme of things. It’s hard to believe, we won’t comprehend it for a few weeks I’d say, but it’s been great.”It was the Germans’ athleticism that caused problems early on, particularly through 6’3 power forward Nyara Sabally, the younger sister of Satou Sabally who is heading to play basketball in the USA. Nyara will be joining the Oregon Ducks in 2018 when she finishes High School.Louise Scannell helped to lift the siege with a massive three-pointer and Sabally soon hit the bench as foul trouble stunted her side’s momentum. Ireland landed five free-throws from six attempts but couldn’t handle Luisa Geiselsoder, who muscled her way to eight points and seven rebounds in the first quarter alone. Sorcha Tiernan’s long two re-energized the crowd, before Laura Schinkel stroked home on the first quarter buzzer from 30 feet for Germany to lead 24-12.The German’s had an average winning margin of 37 points in the tournament and looked even more potent with their main weapons on the floor. It was the game’s smallest player, Annaliese Murphy, who impressed with a long two but Ireland’s offence was misfiring. They were 20 points behind before Claire Melia rallied the troops with a three-point play and Bronagh Power Cassidy capped a 5-0 run for a 41-26 half time score line. Dayna Finn led the charge to eat into Germany’s lead in the third quarter.Meanwhile, the winners were both penetrating inside and accurate from the perimeter, leaving Ireland short on means to shore up the defence. Once again it was substitute Annaliese Murphy who provided a spark with three-points from the win, but Germany had the game locked up at 60-35 by the end of the third. Ireland continued the fight in the fourth quarter, supported every step of the way by the sold out National Basketball Arena. Even as the game began to look out of reach, the crowd that had been around for every single one of Ireland’s games, cheered and chanted. Germany steadily maintained their lead and it was clear they would see the game out.This Irish team created history as the first international squad to reach a European final and also as the first Irish team to clinch promotion to the A Division. While it may not have worked out for them tonight, they have certainly cemented their place in Irish basketball history.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Result – FIBA U18 European Championship Division B final Launch of “100 days to Dublin” ahead of the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Championship 21/4/2017The Ireland U18 Women’s Basketball teamMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy
LUCAS MOURA may have escaped from a dangerous trap after his brilliant double against Manchester United.He was in genuine peril of going from promising wonderkid to grizzled, bald veteran with nothing in between.6 Lucas Moura scored a brilliant double against Manchester United last nightCredit: ReutersAs Chris Smalling could testify, the 26 year old Brazilian seems to have the wind behind him this season.Son Heung-Min’s absence at the Asian Games has opened up a place in the starting line up.A goal against Fulham was followed by one against United – and then, as he was walking off the pitch to be substituted, Danny Rose went down. Mauricio Pochettino had to change his plans. Lucas stayed on and rounded off a man-of-the-match performance with a superb second.That moment was his scene – picking up the ball in space and able to run at a tiring defence.Manchester United 0-3 Tottenham: Lucas Moura bags a brace as trouble continues for Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils 6 South American expert Tim Vickery believes Lucas Moura may have finally found the right environment to flourishCredit: Tim Vickery6 Lucas Moura speeds past Chris Smalling to score against Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty Images – GettyTottenham beat Manchester United at Old Trafford for first time in four years in our Moment of the RoundThis has always been his strength. And it caused him problems, because it led to his being over-rated, over-hyped and over-promoted before he was ready.Alongside Neymar, Lucas put in an eye catching performance at the start of 2011 in the South American Under-20 Championships.He was quick and direct – but frequently frustrating, running down blind alleys as if he was playing inside a tunnel.But all that was forgotten in the last game, with the title at stake. Everything went his way. Uruguay had a man sent off early. There was plenty of space on the field and Lucas ran amok, helping himself to a hat trick.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordThe problem was that Brazil latched on to this performance as if Lucas was capable of doing something similar in every game.He should have gone to the 2011 Under-20 World Cup where, in the absence of Neymar, he would have been the side’s attacking leader, and would have been obliged to think about how to play as part of a team.Manchester United 0-3 Tottenham: Lucas Moura bags a brace as trouble continues for Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils Instead he was promoted to the senior squad, where he spent most of the Copa America on the bench.Over the next few years he made over 30 appearances for Brazil, but struggled to make an impression.He scored a magnificent solo goal against Argentina, breezing his way through the entire defence. But it was a poor side, entirely made up of home based players. Against quality opposition he looked a one trick pony, a winger with blinding pace but little else.Brazil gave up on him before the 2014 World Cup. Dunga had a brief look, and Tite, on taking over in 2016, looked elsewhere.6 Lucas Moura made a name for himself at an early age and was called up to the Brazil squadCredit: AFPLucas Moura takes selfies with Manchester United fans after scoring brace against the Red Devils By this time he was already failing to live up to expectations at Paris Saint Germain. But those expectations were unfair. It should have been obvious that he was a player in development.Even while he was still in Brazil with Sao Paulo he looked lost when asked to play on the left or down the middle.He was at this stage a promising right winger with far more speed than subtlety.But he had been given wonderkid status, and was clearly going to be sold for a huge amount of money – and then judged by the size of the fee.6 Lucas Moura was not ready for a big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2013Credit: AFPHe was not ready for this – but has surely found himself in good hands now that he is working with Pochettino.While with Espanol, the Tottenham boss performed a similar rescue job on the career of Philippe Coutinho. He has a sound track record in recognising strong points, working on weak points and instilling confidence.Operating alongside Harry Kane is already looking good for Lucas Moura.6 Lucas Moura has surely found himself in good hands now that he is working with Mauricio PochettinoCredit: PA:Empics SportKane attracts the marking. There is space for Lucas when he wanders wide, and opportunities for him to use his pace when the England star drops and he moves up to centre forward.And in its way, Lucas’ first goal at Old Trafford was as impressive as the second.The latter showcased his celebrated burst of acceleration. The former, stroking home a Christian Eriksen cross, highlighted a capacity to work in reduced space which has not always been part of the Lucas Moura story.
A 34-year old Asheville man is believed to be another casualty in a growing trend among firefighters.Will Willis died in late February of a rare kidney cancer and doctors believe it’s likely his years of fighting fires caused the illness.Cancer now is the leading cause of death among firefighters, according to the International Association of Firefighters.And it’s not just the smoke that’s causing damage. Experts believe the increased use of synthetic materials in building construction is a huge factor.Willis’s cousin, Josh Jenkins, also a firefighter, says there are ways to reduce exposure, but it comes down to one thing.“So there’s a lot of things we can do at the fire service level,” he states. “All of those things basically boil down to money.“You need money for extra gear. You need money for an extractor, which washes turnout gear. You may need funding for more staff.”New safety codes from the National Fire Protection Association call for fire departments to decontaminate gear after every fire by washing the uniforms. The group also calls for each firefighter to have two sets of turnout gear, but each set costs $3,000.Thirty-seven other states have laws that require firefighters who develop cancer to be covered for worker’s compensation, but North Carolina is not one of them.Jenkins says while he hopes policies are changed in the future, he and the community are standing behind his cousin’s family.“We as firemen won’t leave Bonnie and those kids to fend for themselves, but it would certainly be nice to have states and the federal government to take a closer look at our risks and that line-of-duty death benefit, because he did leave behind a wife and four young kids,” he stresses.Jenkins adds while municipal fire departments can often find some funds to increase safety for their firefighters, it is extremely hard for volunteer fire departments in rural communities to offer the same protection.