Governor signs bill to protect health care workers

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first_imgCiting a sharp increase in the number of assaults on health care workers in recent years, Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed a bill that would make such assaults a crime with stiffer penalties.  The Governor signed the bill outside the Emergency Room at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, where health care workers requested the change following numerous assaultive incidents. ‘This bill will help us protect the medical personnel who, along with our law enforcement and firefighters, work to keep us safe and protected,’ the Governor said, shortly before signing the bill into law. The number of workplace assaults occurring in the health care industry is four times higher than in the private sector, advocates said. At the Central Vermont Medical Center, the number of incidents has jumped 100 percent in five years. In one case, for example, a nurse had his arm broken by someone visiting the Emergency Room; in another, a patient tried to bite an emergency room nurse, who was then attacked by the patient’s family member. Medical Center CEO Judy Tarr and hospital medical staff also joined the bill signing.The new law adds health care workers to assault laws already protecting law enforcement and firefighters.  A person convicted of simple or aggravated assault against a  nurse or other health care worker while on duty will face fines and imprisonment for not more than one year and up 10 years for repeat offenses. The court will take into account whether the defendant was a patient at the time and had a psychiatric illness, which might have exacerbated the situation. Source: Governor’s office. 5.12.2011last_img

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first_imgMost German foundations have come through the financial crisis relatively well so far, according to a survey from the Association of German Foundations (AGF).Nearly 40% of the foundations surveyed managed to maintain their investment income in 2012, while around 25% have actually increased their earnings.Only one-third saw a fall in income over the same period.The survey was carried out to investigate the effect that continuing low interest rates has had on foundation income, with 250 foundations responding to an online questionnaire last July about their most recent financial results. Hans Fleisch, secretary-general at the AGF, said: “Many foundations have found a way round the crisis by increased fundraising.“Another strategy has been to bring greater professionalism to investing, including the creation or revision of investment guidelines.“Results show that the better the foundation’s knowledge of investments, the higher its returns.”But he warned: “Because of continuing low interest rates, expectations for this year are still subdued.“And the longer the period of low interest, the thinner the air for foundations.”For the third year in a row, investment returns have been very low.In both 2012 and 2011, average returns on assets were 3%, down from 3.5% in 2010.A similar survey in 2008 revealed average returns of 4.4%.However, Fleisch said it was striking that foundations with a higher endowment ­– €1m or above – could usually generate significantly higher returns.For 2012, these foundations reported returns as high as 4.3%.“Larger foundations are more likely to possess in-house professional expertise, which can add a few basis points to income,” Fleisch said.“Furthermore, some investment solutions are not possible if you’re small.”He said most of the return had come from equities – largely German stocks, which had done well because of the performance of the domestic economy.Fleisch estimates the assets of German foundations to be worth €100bn.More than 60% of total foundation assets in Germany are held in conservative assets, largely government bonds, he added.However, he said there has been a noticeable shift over the past year towards real estate, particularly the booming Berlin market.Around 10-15% of total assets are currently in real estate, including commercial and residential property, forestry and agriculture.Very little is in alternatives.The survey showed that while 61% of the larger foundations have an investment policy document, this is true for only 46% of the smaller foundations.Fleisch said that more foundations were now planning to create guidelines, while many of those with a policy already were revising it to allow more investment risk – for example, by permitting a greater percentage of assets to be held in equities.However, some German states restrict risky assets to a specific percentage of the portfolio, or prohibit ‘speculative’ investing.German federal law says the total book value of a foundation’s endowment capital must be maintained over the medium term.Meanwhile, mission-related investing is, for most foundations, still in the future – only one-fifth of trusts that have set guidelines are planning to connect the foundation’s purpose with its investment policy.Only half the foundations responding to the survey said they were planning any concrete measures to deal with the financial crisis.But 68% of larger foundations are planning to improve effectiveness though cooperation with other parties.Fleisch said the economic crisis had not dampened the enthusiasm for creating foundations – each year, approximately 600-700 new ones are formed in Germany.last_img

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first_img Share 22 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! A type of malaria could move from monkeys to humans, say scientistsScientists are warning that a species of malaria could switch from targeting monkeys to humans.Macaques in south east Asia are a vast source of Plasmodium knowlesi which can spread to people, they write in PLoS Pathogens.They believe that growing human populations and increased deforestation in the region could lead to the parasite switching host.But those changes could also reduce the spread of the disease.Around one million people die each year as a result of malaria.It is caused by parasites and is spread by mosquitoes when they drink blood.‘Huge reservoir’P. knowlesi is known as the fifth malarial parasite in humans.It mostly exists in monkeys, however, there have been human cases and it has been shown in the laboratory to be able to spread from human to human.In south east Asia, the macaques are the second most common primate after humans.Blood tests on 108 wild macaques showed that more than three quarters were infected with the malaria parasite.Professor Balbir Singh, from the Malaria Research Centre at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, told the BBC: “they are a huge reservoir of Plasmodium knowlesi.”Genetic analysis showed that P. knowlesi had existed in monkeys since before humans settled in south east Asia. The researchers said humans were being infected from the ‘reservoir’, rather than the disease spreading between humans.Prof Singh raised concerns about what could happen in the future: “We don’t know how mosquito behaviour will change.“With increasing human populations and deforestation we may get a shift to humans. The number of malaria cases is coming down so there is also decreased immunity. Or would deforestation reduce numbers? It could go either way.”Dr Hilary Ranson, from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, said: “It seems a very reasonable thing to speculate.“Deforestation or any perturbation of the ecosystem frequently leads to humans being exposed to an expanded range of biting insects and the pathogens they transmit, yellow fever is a good example of this.”She said if humans catch the parastite more often then P knowlesi may evolve to target humans.“To me the important message is that disruption of the environment exposes people to a range of known and potentially unknown pathogens transmitted by blood feeding insects that do not typically feed on humans” she added.By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC News Tweetcenter_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Monkeys ‘harbour malaria threat’ by: – April 8, 2011last_img

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