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Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Health
The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homesBy RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated PressSeptember 17, 2020, 6:52 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission's report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that’s a misinterpretation of their conclusion that much remains to be done to safeguard vulnerable residents.People in long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the U.S. population but more than 40% of the coronavirus deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project, which has tallied 77,000 deaths among resi
Coronavirus: Winter plans revealed in leaked Sage report

Coronavirus: Winter plans revealed in leaked Sage report

Health
A leaked government report suggests a "reasonable worst case scenario" of 85,000 deaths across the UK this winter due to Covid-19.The document also says while more restrictions could be re-introduced, schools would likely remain open.But it says the report "is a scenario, not a prediction" and the data are subject to "significant uncertainty".However some are critical of the modelling and say some of it is already out of date.The document, which has been seen by BBC Newsnight, was prepared for the government by the Sage scientific advisory group, which aims to help the NHS and local authorities plan services, such as mortuaries and burial services, for the winter months ahead.Among its key assumptions are that schools will remain open and that the govern...
States’ GST revenue shortfall can be bridged by monetising debt, NSSF: SBI report

States’ GST revenue shortfall can be bridged by monetising debt, NSSF: SBI report

Finance
MUMBAI: Economists at SBI on Friday proposed three options for states to raise resources to bridge the shortfall in GST revenue from the Centre. This can be done by the Reserve Bank monetising the state governments' debts, enlargement of Ways and Means Advances (WMA), or taking recourse to the National Small Savings Fund, they said. The Centre on Thursday had placed before the GST Council two options for borrowing by states to meet the shortfall in Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenues, pegged at Rs 2.35 lakh crore in the current fiscal. The Centre said a special window can be provided to the states, in consultation with the RBI, for borrowing at a reasonable interest rate. The SBI economists said even though the Centre has given the states the option to borrow as much as Rs 2.35 lakh cror...
IG report: Defense Dept. is failing in mental health care of troops, families

IG report: Defense Dept. is failing in mental health care of troops, families

Business
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The mental health care of U.S. military troops and their families is not being met by the military health system, a Defense Department Inspector General says. The 74-page report, released this week, found that "the DoD did not consistently meet outpatient mental health access to care standards for active duty service members and their families, in accordance with law and applicable DoD policies." Advertisement It noted that, in the December 2018 to June 2019 time period studied, "seven of 13 MTFs [military treatment facilities] or their supporting TRICARE network [civilian and veteran treatment facilities] did not meet the specialty mental health access to care standard." Over half of active duty members and their families, in need of mental health care, did not receive i...
BBC ‘very sorry’ over use of racist term in news report

BBC ‘very sorry’ over use of racist term in news report

Entertainment
The BBC has apologised for a news report which contained a racist term, with its director general saying it "made a mistake".The BBC News story saw social affairs correspondent Fiona Lamdin repeat the n-word, which was allegedly used in a racially-motivated attack in Bristol. It ran on the BBC News Channel and local news programme Points West on 29 July, but the broadcaster stopped running it later that day.On Saturday, BBC 1Xtra presenter Sideman resigned over the use of the term, saying it felt like "a slap in the face to our community".Initially, the BBC said it was aware the n-word would cause offence but said it was used as "we felt the need to explain, and report, not just the injuries but, given their alleged extreme nature, the words alleged to have been used". ...