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Platforms response to coronavirus shows that, when they want, they can

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more March 19, 2020 Platforms response to coronavirus shows that, when they want, they can Denis Charlet / AFP to go further United StatesAmericas Online freedoms Internet News Receive email alerts With the help of regional and international public health organizations, including the WHO, Facebook has been “limiting misinformation and harmful content” about the coronavirus since 30 January, and has modified its recommendation algorithm in order to remove pages and groups linked to the coronavirus. Facebook usually limits the distribution of information that has been verified as misleading by its network of fact-checkers by tagging it as such and by offering alternative sources of information. “During a major public health crisis in which the situation is evolving rapidly, access to reliable information is vital in order to protect the public,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Journalistic freedom and independence play a central role. Platforms must be transparent about the rules governing the promotion of trustworthy information and must continue this approach in the future.” News This is why RSF developed the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), which has formulated indicators of reliable and independent information in order to encourage the use of journalistic methods and compliance with media ethics. Platforms could incorporate the JTI standard as an “integrity factor” into their algorithms. Search engine algorithms are based on many factors but not, at this time, on editorial compliance with certain fundamental principles. According to a confidential US State Department report seen by the Washington Post, between 20 January (the date when the Chinese authorities first reported human-to-human coronavirus transmission) and 10 February, 2 million of the messages posted on Twitter (7% of the total) were spreading conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. To combat this phenomenon, Twitter promotes verified public health accounts and offers users “authoritative” sources of information about the coronavirus. Twitter selects content posted by public health organizations, government officials and certain national media outlets without explaining the rules that determined its selection. News June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation News June 3, 2021 Find out more The measures taken to combat misinformation about Covid-19 shows that platforms have the capacity to implement structural responses to information chaos. In future, RSF urges them to be more transparent about the mechanisms available for promoting reliable information and to undertake to use these mechanisms routinely. These mechanisms should not be discretionary and should be based on transparent principles. RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists In response to the flood of rumours and misinformation about the coronavirus epidemic, leading online platforms have taken unprecedented measures to promote reliable information – measures contrary to their usual practices. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges them to promote trustworthy content whatever the subject concerned. Instagram and Google have modified their interfaces in order to promote verified information. YouTube is offering videos with information panels and is stepping up its efforts to remove false information. In coronavirus related searches, Pinterest just offers information published by the WHO. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas Online freedoms Internet last_img read more

State establishes 2006 Hospital Budgets

first_imgv\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} State of Vermont Timothy McQuiston 2 2 2005-09-16T14:05:00Z 2005-09-16T17:13:00Z 2005-09-16T17:13:00Z 1 1532 8738 Banking & Insurance & Securit 72 20 10250 10.2625 Clean Clean 0 pt 0 pt 0 0 0 pt 0 pt MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}PressReleaseState of Vermont…Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities &Health Care Administration (BISHCA)89Main St. Drawer 20 Montpelier, VT 05620-3101 Main Number:802-828-3301                                          Commissioner:  John P. CrowleyDivisions: Banking,Insurance, Captive Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration(BISHCA) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Commissioner reviewed and considered all of these factors and: 1) Accepted and established the following FY 2006 hospital budgets as theywere submitted in July: [Rate increase requests indicated inbrackets.] Brattleboro Memorial Hospital  [8.7%] Central Vermont Hospital [6.4%] Copley Hospital[0.0%] Fletcher Allen Health Care [8.0%] Gifford Memorial Hospital [3.6%] Grace Cottage Hospital [11.0%] Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center[5.3%] North Country Hospital & Health Center[4.8%]  Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital[8.5%]Northwestern Medical Center [4.5%]Porter Hospital[5.0%] Springfield Hospital[8.0%] 2) Established the Rutland Regional Medical Centerbudget with a reduction in their rate request from a 9.0% to a8.0% rate increase along with a commensurate reduction in expenditures. This establishes an operating margin of 3.2% for the hospital.3) Established the Southwestern Vermont Medical Centerbudget with a reduction in their rate request from a 9.8% to a8.8% rate increase. This establishes an operating margin of 4.1% for thehospital.4) The Commissioner is also requiring that Rutland Regional Medical Center, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center,Central Vermont Medical Center,Northwestern Medical Center, and Brattleboro Memorial Hospitaleach:Conduct a comprehensive debt capacity and financial feasibility study andsubmit the findings to the Department. The studies shall include an analysis ofthe debt associated with current and projected (over the next 5 years) capitalprojects and new programs, and include an analysis of projected operating revenues,expenses, and related capital as well as utilization and related cashflows.  The studies shall describe the anticipated impact of the financialprojections on each hospitalcenter_img Contact: Michael Davis, Division ofHealth Care Administration; 802-828-2989  Date:  Sept. 16, 2005CommissionerEstablishes 2006 Hospital BudgetsMontpelier –The Departmentof Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration (BISHCA)administers the annual binding budget program for all Vermonthospitals in an effort to contain hospital costs. The annual budget processincludes an analysis by the Departments staff and testimony by the hospitalsat public hearings held before Commissioner John Crowley and the PublicOversight Commission. The hearing process took place over a three-day period,on August 23, 24 and 25, 2005. The Vermonthospital fiscal year for 2006 runs from October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006. When he established the FY 2006 budget levels for the hospitals, theCommissioner reviewed the testimony received from the fourteen Vermonthospitals during the August public hearings, the staffs analyses, the UnifiedHealth Care Budget forecast, and the comments of the Public Oversight Commission.  In addition, the Commissioner also consideredthe Health Resource Allocation Plan (HRAP) adopted by the Governor on August 2, 2005.  In particular, the Commissioner noted theseven key factors identified in the HRAP:  Demographics: the emergence of the baby boomers into middle ageChronic Illness: the leading cause of illness, disability, and death, and the chief area for health care expendituresPrevention: a key area for addressing health care resourcesWorkforce: shortages in certain health care servicesHealth Care Information Redesign: information technology needed to improve processes and outcomesPopulation-based Analysis: projecting use and need, and allocating resources accordinglyIntegration of Care: improved efficiency and effectiveness by integrating primary, specialty, physical and mental health care. In addition to permitting rate increases for the hospitals,the Commissioners FY 2006 budget decisions require all of the hospitals towork with the State over the next six to nine months to address significantexpense and revenue pressures on Vermontshospital health care system. Despite the lowest overall hospital spendingincrease since 1997, the Commissioner determined that although the currentoverall financial health of the hospitals appears stable, the future financialpicture raises the following concerns:Difficulty in recruiting certain health care professionals is a significant and ongoing problem representing a significant financial risk to community hospitals.Cost control is a challenge for Vermonts hospitals that are focused on retaining or adding some services while at the same time looking for ways to limit increasing expenditures. Key funding sources such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Critical Access Hospital reimbursement program may become stressed in the next few years and the ability to cost-shift to insurers may diminish.Cost shifting is not a sustainable method of financial stability. To the extent possible in Vermonts non-profit hospital market, cost control is absolutely critical.Professional liability insurance costs are rising significantly at some hospitals. Responses to this vary and a coordinated approach would be useful.    Many hospitals are planning significant capital spending that stresses the financial health of the institutions. In response to these pressures, the Commissioners budgetorders will call for Vermonts 14non-profit hospitals to engage in activities to  increase efficiency and decrease costs.  In order to provide reports and studies thatwill be used in next years budget decision-making process,the hospitals will be required to do the following:   Evaluate all cost drivers, and determine which may not be necessary to the most critical missions of the hospitals.Develop plans to (a) meet physician recruitment needs, and (b) to implement contingency plans to respond to a smaller supply of physicians and other key health care professionals.Explore methods to control professional liability insurance costs, including the potential adoption of captive insurance plans including those covering multiple institutions.Identify and adopt best practices throughout hospital operations and management to increase efficiency and quality.Develop long range financial plans including the use of alternate health care delivery models to provide needed services and maintain and update physical plants.Plan for changes in health care delivery systems such as changing technology, improved information systems, the shifting of care from the acute care setting to the non-acute care setting, and improved chronic disease management.Develop strategies to implement information technology investments. The Department based the final budget levels on a variety of factors,including the budget assumptions pertaining to utilization, new programs,operating surplus, inflation, prior period budget performance, and theindividual circumstances of each hospital.  Fundamental to theCommissioners decisions is the recognition that Vermonters continue to firmly believethe Vermont community hospitalsystem is integral to Vermontslocal communities and the economy of those communities.   The average 7.5% requested rate increase was comprised of individualhospital rate increase requests that ranged from 0.0% to 11%. These raterequests were determined by the individual hospitals as needed to meetincreasing costs and to provide operating margins.   A review of hospital testimony and staff analysis has found that the costincreases were largely driven by utilization growth, inflationary growthrelated to wages, fringe benefits, pharmaceuticals, new programs, and expandingtechnology.  In addition, the hospitals’ testimony before the Commissionerindicated that the hospitals are budgeting to achieve adequate operatingmargins in order to: maintain and improve a financially healthy hospital systemand make capital expenditures to address technology and infrastructure plans.last_img read more

Bacolod pushes hazard pay for city hall workers

first_imgCouncilor Cindy Rojas, who chairs the said the Appropriation, Finance and Health committees, noted that the conference will be held Friday afternoon and the deliberation and approval are slated next week. Meanwhile, City Budget Officer Ma. Imelda Williams said that based on the availability of funds of the city government, each of the qualified personnel will receive a hazard pay of P350 per day for a given number of days actually rendered during the 47-day period. She explained that although the maximum amount for hazard pay is P500 based on the DBM budget circular, the local government unit could give at most P350 per day per personnel.  These personnel include the regular employees, job order workers, and contractual employees.   On the other hand, each of the qualified personnel will receive a one-time special risk allowance, which is equivalent to a maximum of 25 percent of their monthly basic pay. The Department of Budget and Management released a budget circular providing a pro-rated computation of the special risk allowance.  The city council’s committees on Appropriation, Finance and Health will conduct a hearing today, July 17 to tackle this matter.  To recall, Leonardia issued Executive Order No. 26 placing Bacolod under ECQ from March 30 to April 14. He extended this from April 15 to 30. Leonardia ordered another ECQ extension from May 1 to 15 through Executive Order No. 34. Bacolod City was placed under ECQ for a total of 47 days. BACOLOD City – The local government unit here is pushing for the grant of hazard pay and special risk allowance to city hall employees involved in the frontline and other essential services during the enhanced community quarantine.center_img On March 23, President Rodrigo Duterte issued Administrative Order No. 26 authorizing the grant of hazard pay to government personnel who physical report for work during the period of implementation of ECQ. The DBM then released corresponding Budget Circulars 2020-1 and 2020-2 for the guidelines on hazard pay and special risk allowance./PN Earlier, Mayor Evelio Leonardia requested the city council through Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran to pass a resolution seeking to provide hazard allowance to qualified city hall workers. Duterte also issued Administrative Order No. 28 on April 6 authorizing the grant of special risk allowance to frontline public health workers – those who have great exposure to health risks and physical hardships in the line of duty during the period of ECQ.  “This is a form of saying thank you and to show our appreciation to their hard work and heroism during these trying times,” Leonardia said. “A personnel receiving a “regular hazard pay” may avail of a COVID-19 hazard pay – whichever is higher,” Williams said.  last_img read more

Wisconsin earns definitive 6-1 win over Nebraska

first_imgWisconsin wrapped up its regular season with a 6-1 victory over No. 62 Nebraska Sunday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Senior Day.“It was a special day for the seniors,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said after the match. “They really embraced the moment in their last home match here at Nielsen Tennis Stadium and played great tennis. I think they were really excited to play today.”The Badgers (13-11, 4-7 Big Ten) claimed the doubles point with a 2-0 victory over the Cornhuskers (10-14, 2-9 Big Ten).First to finish was UW’s No. 1 pairing of seniors Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov, ranked No. 88 in the country, who defeated Dusty Boyer and Marc Herrmann, 8-6.At court two, Alexander Kokorev and Oskar Wikberg, playing together for just the second time all season, fought through a tough match against Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch to pull out an 8-6 victory. With the doubles point already clinched, Jakhongir Jalalov and Petr Satral had their match against Tom Blackwell and Sebastian Florczyk called at 7-4.“[Coach told us] to keep the intensity up, to keep executing, and to keep being loud and vocal while finishing the big points,” freshman Jakhongir Jalalov said. “[Winning the doubles point] gives us confidence before starting singles play because we are up 1-0, so it relieves stress from our shoulders.”The Badgers came out of the gate firing in singles play by taking five of the six opening sets. Satral was the first to finish his match after defeating Andre Stenger, 6-3, 6-4, in what was his first career win at the No. 1 court.“The one thing we really harped on was getting good starts in singles,” Van Emburgh said. “It felt like we were really able to do that and it was great to see the guys step up today and play some great singles.”After Bertha dropped his final match at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the No. 3 court, 6-3, 6-4, to Herrmann, the Badgers countered with a 6-3, 6-3 victory on court No. 5 as Jalalov defeated Andrew Dzulynsky.The eventual victory was clinched on court No. 6 where Kokorev handled Cornhusker Scott Elsass with relative ease en route to a 6-3, 6-4 win.Kostanov found himself in the midst of a tough second-set battle as he trailed 5-3 to Boyer after winning the first set 6-1. The senior was able to fight through, however, and come back to win the second set in the tiebreak, 7-6 (7-5).Court No. 4 was where the Badgers claimed their sixth point of the day as Blackwell of Nebraska was forced to retire due to an ankle injury, giving Wikberg the 6-0, 5-7, 3-2 victory.The Badgers will now turn their focus to Ohio as they enter the Big Ten Tournament, which begins Thursday. Their first round matchup against Purdue will decide which team earns the right to take on top-seeded Ohio State, who is coming off of its eighth consecutive Big Ten regular season conference title.No matter their opponent, this Badger squad believes it can play with the best of them.“Coach keeps telling us that once the match gets close, we need to step up and take the big matches,” Jalalov said. “We feel like we can play with everyone who we’ve played so far and that’s a great feeling.”Van Emburgh echoed Jalalov’s sentiments, saying, “I’ve been telling [the team] that we need to be confident and have a lot of belief. When you’re playing three or four freshman, they don’t quite get it until they’re in the battle. Right now, the only team in our conference who stands above the others is Ohio State but I feel like on any given day, we can play even with any team.”As for the tournament, their preparation is a segmented process.“We want to try and have a good practice Tuesday before we leave on Wednesday,” Van Emburgh said. “Get ready for Thursday’s first round match and, from there, take it one match at a time.”last_img read more

Racing Post welcomes new Tech leaders in Kryvossidis & Savoy

first_img Share Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Nikos KryvossidisUK betting media group, The Racing Post has confirmed the appointment of Nikos Kryvossidis as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Kryvossidis takes over from Paul Carse who departed the business earlier this year.Kryvossidis joins Racing Post leadership team, from UK National Lottery operator Camelot Group, where he previously served as CTO of Camelot UK Digital properties (2015-2017). Kryvossidis has further industry tech leadership experience have held executive positions at OpenBet (2011-2015).Racing Post continues to invest in expanding its digital capabilities and product portfolio. This investment in digital is evident with the recent appointment of Edgardo Savoy in the newly created role of Director of Software Engineering. Savoy joined from Paddy Power Betfair where he held roles across the retail and digital sides of the business.Edgardo SavoyRacing Post CEO Alan Byrne commented on the appointments: “Having the expertise, flair and skills of both Nikos and Edgardo is a great boost for Racing Post. Both have considerable experience, not only in all technical aspects of our industry but in working for global organisations.”Nikos Kryvossidis commented on joining Racing Post leadership: “I am looking forward to working with such a respected brand as Racing Post and building on the company’s recent successes”.Edgardo Savoy backed Racing Post digital ambitions: “Racing Post is an amazing brand and the company has a great customer culture. The journey ahead is all about using technology to create value for customers, at pace. It’s exciting.” StumbleUponlast_img read more