Pregnant Women Face Danger in Venezuelan Hospitals

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo June 03, 2020 Among the areas where the hospital crisis is particularly notorious in Venezuela are maternity wards. Giving birth in this country puts the lives of women and newborns at risk.The Nicolás Maduro regime is not disclosing childbirth mortality rates, but several nongovernmental organizations, such as Doctors United of Venezuela, have reported multiple health care problems in hospitals.Citizens protest outside JM de los Ríos Children’s Hospital over the lack of supplies, medicine, and water, in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 12, 2020. (Photo: Jonathan Lanza/Nur Photo/AFP)Doctor Jaime Lorenzo, executive director of Doctors United of Venezuela, told Diálogo that women are at risk because the health care system does not provide prenatal checkups for a safe pregnancy, and some women arrive ready to give birth without any previous examination.“We’ve had this problem for a long time since there are no prenatal checkups, which is the only way to detect complications before childbirth,” said Lorenzo. “We receive a large number of patients with problems, such as women with hypertension, malnutrition, diabetes, or sexually transmitted diseases; this elevates drastically the risks during childbirth.”Another life-threatening problem for Venezuelan women in maternity wards is the scarcity of health care supplies, everything from basic supplies to assist deliveries to even cleaning supplies, which  exposes women to serious infections.José Ángel Chavero, a Venezuelan pediatrician and neonatologist in Bolívar state, has witnessed the situation patients experience in the country’s maternity wards, especially when they have complications during delivery.“Patients must provide the C-section kit in the [Bolívar] state’s maternity wards; there are no blood banks or intensive care,” Chavero told Diálogo. “Any high-risk pregnancy must be referred to other hospitals, because there is no capacity for care.”“Some hospitals have reported that they do not have any sutures to repair tearing during delivery or C-sections. Several hospitals are even asking women to bring the medical supplies themselves,” Lorenzo added. “Hospitals also lack supplies that aren’t for direct patient care, but for cleaning; they lack water and other products, like chlorine. The risk of infection is high.”The situation is even more serious in small town hospitals. According to the specialists interviewed, women face transportation  issues, because supplies for ambulances are lacking.“The problem is general, but it’s always worse in obstetric centers located far from state capitals, because there is also a shortage of gasoline and spare parts for ambulances to make transfers,” Lorenzo said.Maternity wards are also experiencing a shortage of specialists, just like the rest of the Venezuelan hospital system. Many professionals are leaving the country due to the economic crisis the regime has caused. About half of the country’s doctors, some 30,000 professionals, fled Venezuela in 2019, Douglas León Natera, head of the Venezuelan Medical Federation, told the press.“The number of childbirth beds was in decline as maternity wards were closing, and the big problem is the lack of human resources. Neonatologists, perinatologists, and anesthesiologists are some of the doctors who have migrated in large numbers,” Lorenzo said. “For example, Caricuao Children’s Hospital in Caracas has anesthesiologists only twice a week, and women who need a C-section or anesthesia during childbirth have to be transferred to another hospital.”For his part, Maduro hides the problems of the health care system. On March 4, he encouraged women via YouTube to “give birth, give birth,” adding that all women should have “six children, all of them.”last_img read more

Most Canadian firms not tracking gender pay gap advancement rates report

first_imgThe majority of Canadian companies are not closely watching differences in pay or advancement between men and women and other key measures of progress, according to a report on gender equality in corporate Canada and the U.S.The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders’ commissioned a survey of human resources professionals in Canada and the U.S. and found that just 39 per cent of Canadian companies had accurate data on gender pay differences.The survey of 150 human resources executives in Canada and 250 in the U.S. also found that 48 per cent of Canadian companies said they do not have accurate data on the percentage of women at the management level.While corporate commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high, these survey results point to a “critical gap” between intention and action, the cross-border council said.“Many companies want to see women advance, but do not approach the goal with rigour and discipline as they would any other business priority,” it wrote in its report released last week.Pressure to improve gender equality in Canadian workplaces has long been mounting but women continue to be paid less than their male counterparts and are vastly underrepresented in companies top ranks.Canadian women make on average 74 cents for every dollar of annual salary made by men among the entire working population, according to the most recent Statistics Canada data. Among the companies on the TSX 60 index, none listed a woman as its chief executive officer in their compensation disclosures for the most recent financial year, according to a Canadian Press analysis of management information circulars. There were only 25 women out of the more than 300 named executive officers — defined by regulators as a company’s most highly compensated roles, which companies must disclose — of TSX 60 companies, and they were paid on average 64 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.It is against this backdrop that the cross-border council was created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump last year. The council has 10 female executives — half from Canadian companies and the other half from American companies — and its aim is to help women-owned businesses contribute to economic growth, competitiveness, and the integration of the two economies.The council’s fifth and final report released on Oct. 31 outlined survey findings that showed that many Canadian and American companies have “a lack of essential data that could measure progress and identify potential obstacles to the advancement of women.”The survey found that just 36 per cent of Canadian companies have a plan to advance women to senior leadership roles, compared to 40 per cent south of the border.“Equal pay for all is within reach, as it does not require an overhaul of the organization’s goals or a cultural change,” the council said in its report. “The solution is to put in place a thoughtful process that reviews pay and fixes any inequalities identified.”Meanwhile, it has been just over one year since the emergence of the Me Too movement, which began as a reaction to allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, that has also put additional pressure on companies to ensure fair treatment of women in the workplace.The Me Too movement has led to a surge of harassment and discrimination complaints to the Law Society of Ontario, according to a recent report.Between January 1 and June 30 of this year, the law society’s Discrimination and Harassment Counsel — a service which confidentially assists anyone who may have experienced this from a lawyer or paralegal — saw 125 complaints, up 58 per cent increase from 79 during the same six-month period in 2017.“The number of contacts to the DHC office increased noticeably beginning in the fall of 2017 as the #MeToo movement emerged,” the counsel wrote in its latest report. “That higher level of contact has been sustained, with a number of callers citing the #MeToo movement as giving them confidence to come forward to report.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated that less than half of Canadian companies had data on women in management.last_img read more

Amazons NYC home in opportunity zone for Trump tax break

first_imgNEW YORK — Much of the New York City neighbourhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal “opportunity zone,” a designation created by President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul. The designation offers developers potentially millions of dollars in capital gains tax breaks to invest in high-poverty, low-income areas.Critics question whether Long Island City in Queens needs such breaks. Median income around Amazon’s planned campus is $130,000, poverty is half the city average and new buildings were going up long before the tax overhaul.Under the new tax law, officials in each state designated 8,700 such zones across the country that have high poverty and unemployment, and are in need of development.The site of Amazon’s other new headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, was not in an opportunity zone.Bernard Condon And Stephen Braun, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Goodbye Dead Puck Era

It could be that the ongoing analytics boom in hockey has affected a change in the old “get the puck to the net however possible” evangelism that once was pre-eminent. It’s true that the puck won’t go into the net unless it’s guided toward the net, but not all shots are created equal: An unimpeded shot from between the dots has a much better chance of hitting the twine than a shot taken from the blue line and directed toward a bunch of traffic in front of the net, for example. If expected goals are any indication, players are taking smarter shots — not more shots — than they did in the past, and that’s leading to more goals.We might expect that slumping goaltending could also provide part of the answer. The average save percentage (.908) across the NHL is the lowest it’s been in a decade. But if we isolate goaltenders who were roughly in their prime (between the ages 25 and 31) in both 2015-16 and 2018-19 — presumably a group whose inherent skills haven’t changed very much even as the NHL’s goals-per-game average has — their average save percentage has dipped by an astounding 12 points over that span.By comparison, the overall league average in save percentage is down by only 7 points, which indicates that goaltenders who were not in the goalie population in 2015-16 are having a better time adjusting to the league than goalies who were already around — even ones still in their primes. It’s fair to conclude, then, that goaltending has gotten demonstrably more difficult in a short period of time, and veteran goalies appear to have had a hard time adapting to shooters who have figured out how to take smarter and more dangerous shots.This is all in sharp contrast to the amount of scoring that occurred in the past decade-plus. In the past, changes to the NHL rulebook have had a bubble effect: Scoring increases immediately but regresses within a season or two. That was certainly the case in 2005-06, which was defined by a spate of rule changes and a cadre of whistle-happy referees. That season, the size of goaltender equipment was reduced; the two-line offsides rule was abolished; the neutral zone was reduced by 4 feet, expanding the space each team had to mount an offensive zone attack; and goaltenders were no longer allowed to play the puck anywhere they wanted behind the goal line, instead restricted to a trapezoid behind their own net. Power-play opportunities skyrocketed to 5.85 per team per game, up by 1.61 from 2003-04.This all meant that scoring jumped from 5.14 goals per game in 2003-04 to 6.16 goals per game in 2005-06. The boost was short-lived, however. Scoring dipped beneath 6 goals per game the following season, and as the decade post-lockout progressed, scoring continued to suffer. Power-play opportunities declined drastically, goaltenders got better, and the average goals scored per game stayed below 6 for a dozen seasons. Until this season.Whether the scoring uptick can be attributed to a culmination of rule changes, smarter shot selection, worse goaltending or evolved tactics — or some combination of all of that — one thing is certain: The NHL is a scorer’s league again, and the 2018-19 iteration is the most entertaining in nearly three decades. Players in the NHL are scoring at a prodigious pace. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov is on pace to score 125 points, which would be tied for the highest point tally of the new millennium. If they keep up their current clip, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid would score 122 points, Chicago’s Patrick Kane 119 points and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen 117 points. All of these point totals would smash each player’s previous career high. This makes sense given the climate of the NHL this season — it’s the highest-scoring season since the one that took place immediately after the lockout of 2004-05. There are currently 40 players scoring at least a point per game.1Among players who have played in at least half of their team’s games. If the season ended today, it would be the highest number since 1995-96, when 42 finished the season with a point per game or better. This is excellent news for a league that’s constantly tinkering with its rulebook to increase scoring.For the first time in more than a decade, the average goals scored per NHL game has surpassed 6. But unlike previous spikes in scoring, there weren’t any sweeping changes made to the rulebook before the season,2The league did reduce the size of goaltending equipment again, but whether that meaningfully affects scoring numbers is up for debate. so what exactly is going on?An obvious stat to look at is the average number of power-play opportunities teams are getting each game. More man advantages, it would seem, might lead to more quality scoring opportunities. But power-play opportunities per game have actually decreased steadily since 2005-06, the season after the lockout, and are static when compared with last season, when the average goals scored per game was below 6.Shooters do appear to be taking better shots in five-on-five scenarios. The average for the league in expected goals per 60 minutes per team3Expected goals functions as a proxy for shot quality. is 2.38, according to data from Corsica Hockey — up from 2.19 in 2015-16. And shooters are actually performing better than the expected goals model suggests they should be: The league average goals per 60 minutes per team is 2.49. A 10th of a goal may not seem like a lot, but it translates to about 254 more goals scored per season. Shots against per game have remained fairly stable since the lockout of 2004-05, which makes it somewhat difficult to explain the sudden glut. read more

NFL week 8 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Ryan Fitzpatrick: Is there a hotter quarterback in the NFL than Fitzpatrick? Since taking over as the Bills quarterback, the Harvard grad has thrown for 969 yards with eleven touchdowns and four interceptions. Fitzpatrick should have no trouble against Kansas City, which has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Fitzpatrick is a great sleeper and worth a waiver claim against the Chiefs. Carson Palmer: Palmer erupted last week against Atlanta with 412 yards and three touchdowns. Look for Palmer to air it out against a Dolphins defense that has allowed back-to-back 300-yard passing games. Ryan Torain: Despite two fumbles, Torain turned in a solid performance last week against Chicago with 125 rushing yards. With Clinton Portis likely out, Torain will continue to get the majority of the carries against a Detroit run defense that allows 139 rushing yards per game. Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles: Jones continues to be a factor and is a must-start against Buffalo. Last week against Jacksonville, Jones and Charles combined for 196 yards with two touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Cassel seems to have found the passing game, allowing Jones and Charles to run wild. Pierre Garcon: Garcon’s role will increase with Austin Collie recovering from hand surgery and Dallas Clark out for the year with a wrist injury. Defenses will continue to focus on Reggie Wayne, which will free up Garcon. Last week, Garcon had 103 yards and a touchdown. Coming off a bye, expect the Colts to take advantage of the worst passing defense in the NFL. Kenny Britt: Another receiver having a breakout year (seven touchdowns) is Britt. Britt torched the Eagles last week, 225 yards with three touchdowns. Britt has a tough task this week against the Chargers’ top-ranked pass defense, but at this point Britt is considered a starter. He has recorded a touchdown in five straight games. Bench ‘Em Matt Hasselbeck: Don’t be fooled by the chemistry between Hasselbeck and receiver Mike Williams. Seattle’s last two games were against Chicago and Arizona respectively. This week, Hasselbeck faces an improved Raiders defense that allowed Kyle Orton to complete 12 passes last week. The Raiders rank fifth in the league with 192 passing yards allowed per game. Ryan Mathews: One of the biggest disappointments this season has been Mathews. He has yet to eclipse 100 rushing yards and is losing carries to Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles. This week, Mathews faces a Titans run defense that ranks 10th in the league. Mathews may breakout soon, but not this week. Michael Bush: Bush continues to be productive, but the problem is Darren McFadden. McFadden continues to shine and that leaves Bush playing the backup role. Last week, Bush had 52 yards and a touchdown. Expect Bush to struggle against a Seattle defense that allows 70 yards per game on the ground. Fred Jackson: Due to Fitzpatrick’s performances, Jackson has looked like an afterthought in Buffalo. Jackson carried 23 times for 73 yards against Baltimore last week. The Bills will be tested against a stellar Kansas City run defense. Consider Jackson a flex option in deeper leagues. Wes Welker: The Patriots passing game is not the same without Randy Moss, and Welker is struggling without him too. Last week, Welker had four catches for 25 yards. Defenses will continue to locate Welker and force Deion Branch or Brandon Tate to step up. Welker is considered a No. 3 Fantasy option from here on out. read more

Danish FA reports Nicolai Jorgensen death threats

first_imgNicolai Jorgensen has received numerous death threats and abuse from supporters who were disappointed that he missed keeping the penalty shot against Croatia that led to the exit of Denmark from the World Cup.Following the abuses and threats, the Danish Football Association has reported death threats made against the striker, Nicolai Jorgensen to the Police.Jorgensen, who plays for Feyenoord in Holland, was amongst the three Danish players to miss from the spot during the shootout. But has come up to face more violent threats his miss that led to Denmark’s exit from the World Cup in Russia.Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…“Our society must never accept death threats, neither against players or politicians. It is completely unacceptable and indecent, and we are reporting the case to the police to end this madness” the Danish FA said according to Sky Sports.Jorgensen has been attracting interest from the premier league, with Newcastle reportedly preparing a club record fee to sign the striker from Feyenoord.last_img read more

Giroud sympathises with Gary Cahill

first_imgThe Chelsea defender has been reported to want a move out of the club in January, after not playing in many of the team’s matches this seasonDefender Gary Cahill has been with Chelsea since 2012. From then on, he has appeared in 190 matches for his team, scoring 13 goals.But this season he has only appeared once for Chelsea, and that was to replace injured Antonio Rudiger on Sunday.And former Arsenal footballer Olivier Giroud understands Cahill’s unhappiness.“We have a lot of good players who can play in the starting XI. The problem is we have four or five center-backs and the coach made his choice,” Giroud told ESPN.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Gary is not in a good position because it is quite tough for him, he doesn’t play so much. I understand that he wants to play more. At one stage I was the same and I didn’t like that. As players, we are happy when we are on the pitch.”“I think his heart is still in Chelsea and hopefully we will keep him because we need him,” he added.“He needs to be happy, that is the main thing, but I hope he stays because he is important for us.“He is a very good player. He’s been at Chelsea for six years, he is one of the faces of Chelsea and one of our captains. We need him,” he concluded.last_img read more

Domestic Violence Awareness called for by PDM Leader Police extend questioning of

first_img Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 May 2015 – The Leader of the Opposition PDM says she is incensed by the violence being played out against women recently; one of those women dying at the hands of her attacker. Hon Shalene Robinson said the battery of laws recently passed at the House of Assembly, as she put it, “provided greater rights and protection of and for women, parents and children. Among these pieces of Legislation was the Domestic Violence Legislation which secured greater rights and protection and called for greater resources.” Robinson believes, that in light of the two attacks – one a stabbing death, the other a woman lit on fire – there should be a mobilization of relevant agencies to begin “educating women and other persons in domestic relationships on the rights and provisions under this new Bill and also to provide the much needed resources for those who may need practical assistance.” Sharlene Robinson also expressed concern at a home invasion which, she said, “left one of our sisters battered and we are truly saddened by this event as we continue to see a serious change in the way we are used to living in our homeland.” The man police believe responsible for the Monday afternoon stabbing death of a 44 year old Haitian woman has already been to court; but not for formal charges to be laid. The Police got more time to question the suspect from the judge; ten days more. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:domestic violence, Hon Sharlene Robinson, Pdm, police TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

San Diego native and professional illustrator draws on the air before he

first_img Updated: 5:36 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Bobby Alcid Rubio was born and raised right here in San Diego. He went to Morse High School and grew up in Paradise Hills. He has been drawing since he was a child. He attended the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (Cal Arts) and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts.After graduation, he worked for Homage Studios (Image Comics) in La Jolla, and then continued on to pursue a career in animation. Bobby worked nine years with Walt Disney Feature Animation as a traditional animator and storyboard artist on several films including “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet.”After Disney, he worked as an assistant director/storyboard artist for Nickelodeon Animation Studios on the series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” for 2 and 1/2 years.Currently, Bobby is a story artist for Pixar Animation Studios and has worked on the animated short “Tokyo Mater” and the feature animated movie “Up” and the most recent block-buster “Incredibles 2.” After hours, he works on his creator-owned and independent comic series, “Alcatraz High” and “4 Gun Conclusion.”Bobby is married to his junior high sweetheart (Susan) for 21 years and has three boys. The Rubio family lives in Oakland (where Pixar is based). Lauren Phinney, KUSI Newsroom July 19, 2018 Posted: July 19, 2018center_img San Diego native and professional illustrator draws on the air before he heads to Comic-Con Lauren Phinney, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more