Gov. Holcomb not closing bars despite virus task force recommendation

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook By Network Indiana – July 31, 2020 0 248 Facebook (“Beer” by Quinn Dombrowski, CC BY-SA 2.0) Governor Holcomb isn’t loosening restrictions on bars — but he isn’t tightening them either.Capacity limits on bars and entertainment venues had been scheduled to expire Friday. With seven-percent of Hoosiers still testing positive, Governor Holcomb’s extending those limits for a third time, to August 27. Bars, nightclubs, bowling alleys and other venues are still capped at half capacity.The Centers for Disease Control list positivity rates over five-percent as a “yellow zone” calling for caution, with 10-percent crossing into a dangerous “red zone.” The White House virus task force recommended Sunday that Indiana close the bars. Kentucky did that this week, with a rate only slightly higher than Indiana’s.Holcomb says the administration is releasing as much local data on the virus’s spread as it can, so cities and counties can decide whether their local situations warrant a rollback of reopenings. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett shut down Marion County bars last week. But Holcomb says he believes Indiana can avoid taking that step statewide by adhering to other precautions: hand washing, social distancing and mask wearing.Holcomb’s statewide mask order took effect Monday and was met with resistance in some quarters, including from some Republican legislators. Holcomb attributes the opposition to the newness of the idea of wearing masks. But he warns any pain and inconvenience from wearing masks is dwarfed by the pain and inconvenience of catching the virus. He says masks are a proven and essential means of slowing the virus’s spread, and says the four-week extension of restrictions is aimed at allowing enough time for the mask requirement to do exactly that.Holcomb also appeared to close the door on expanding absentee voting for the November election, after previously brushing the question aside as premature. Holcomb worked with the Indiana Election Commission on rules allowing anyone to vote by mail in the primary, rather than the customary narrow categories for absentee votes. Holcomb notes it wasn’t clear in the spring when Indiana would emerge from lockdown — even the primary date itself was postponed a month. In contrast, he says most restrictions have now been lifted, and Hoosiers concerned about going to polling places on Election Day will have early-voting options.Indiana is one of seven states which have not approved universal mail-in balloting for November. 34 states already had that option on the books, and nine have added it because of the pandemic. Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Twitter Pinterest Gov. Holcomb not closing bars despite virus task force recommendation Previous articlePHM School Superintendent to recommend online learning until Oct. 22Next articleBSU Prof: Beware social media as singular news source Network Indianalast_img read more

New Eric Clapton Documentary Titled ‘A Life In 12 Bars’ Currently In The Works

first_imgA new documentary on legendary guitarist Eric Clapton is currently in the works, as reported by Variety. The movie, which will be titled Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars, is meant to be a career-spanning glimpse into Clapton’s professional and personal life. Lili Fini Zanuck, who produced the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy, is to direct the film, and John Battsek, who produced Oscar winners Searching For Sugar Man and One Day In September, has been brought on board as a producer.In a statement, director Lili Zanuck noted, “Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days. . . . He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.” Zanuck continued, “It is indeed a melancholic victory lap, full of nostalgic myth, but always musically potent, always looking to the future. . . . Despite the fact that his path is strewn with tragedies, addiction and loss, he never fails to regain his bearings and continue to serve what he holds dearest: his music.”To create the film, producer John Battsek noted that for the project, they had “unique access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries — elements with the power to transport audiences to each era, from obsessive student, to peer, to transcendent figure in musical history and one of the greatest guitarists of all time.”As of yet, there is no official release date for the film, though footage from the film will be debuted at Berlin’s European Film Market.last_img read more

AG Sues Nassau Jail Medical Provider, Citing Inmate Deaths

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Roy Nordstrom died after being refused hospitalization for chest pains. Bartholomew Ryan hanged himself despite mental health assessments. Kevin Brown died following inadequate treatment of seizures and hallucinations. And they’re not alone.The three men are among five who died since 2011 at Nassau County jail as a result of inadequate medical care, the New York State Commission on Correction alleged in documents obtained by the Press. The accusations sparked New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to file a lawsuit against the jail’s medical provider, Florida-based Armor Correctional Health Medical Services, seeking fines, an independent monitor over healthcare at the jail, and barring the company from bidding on contracts in the state. This case was announced Tuesday—a week after the fifth death at the jail this year and the 12th since 2011, officials said.“Neglecting the duty to provide adequate care not only defrauds taxpayers, it compromises the health and safety of inmates, with sometimes fatal consequences,” Schneiderman said. “Failing to provide proper health services as required is completely unacceptable.”Nassau County approved an $11 million annual contract with Armor in 2011. The state has ordered the county legislature, county executive, county sheriff, and Armor to review the corrections commission’s findings and begin corrective measures.“Any allegation that Armor has failed to provide quality correctional medical care at the facility is simply false,” Armor said in a statement. “Armor has provided a substantial amount of data that simply is contradictory to any claim of deficient patient care. Armor is proud of its work caring for the inmates at the Nassau County facility, and will continue to do so as long as Nassau County wants it to do so. Armor also intends to vigorously defend against claims filed by the Attorney General.”Representatives for Nassau County Sheriff Michael Sposato and Nassau County Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) did not return requests for comment. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s office issued a statement indicating that the county is hiring a jail healthcare monitor.“While awaiting findings of the Attorney General, the county formed a team of health and mental health professionals to review the delivery of healthcare,” County Attorney Carnell Foskey said. “The county also hired a Commissioner of Corrections and the Department of Health placed a registered nurse in the facility to serve as a health contract monitor. The county is seeking to retain a correctional healthcare monitor until a provider is selected from the RFP issued earlier this year.”The county had hired Armor amid Mangano’s push to privatize county services, including the bus system, sewers, and other work historically handled by government workers.RELATED STORY: Nassau County Jail: Suicides, Healthcare Changes, Budget Cuts Prompt Calls For Oversight Schneiderman’s lawsuit against Armor alleged that the company did not respond to inmates’ requests for care in a timely manner, failed to provide prescriptions to inmates as needed, failed to effectively diagnose inmates, failed to provide proper mental health services, failed to provide access to off-site medical specialists, understaffed clinical and managerial positions, and did not provide state-mandated reports to show it was addressing prior issues.In the case of Nordstrom, the 47-year-old Shirley man died on June 11, 2011 after a physician wasn’t contacted despite the fact that he clutched his chest while complaining of chest pain, was having difficulty breathing, and collapsed, according to a state corrections commission investigative report. Instead, Nordstrom was wheeled back to his cell, until the next morning, when he was finally hospitalized, but it was too late. He was serving a 75-day sentence for violating an order of protection.In Ryan’s case, the 32-year-old Iraq War veteran from East Meadow suffering from PTSD underwent two mental health evaluations, but wasn’t put on suicide watch on Feb. 24, 2014, two days after he was arrested for drugged driving, the state found. An officer who checked on him every 15 minutes found the ex-Marine hanging by a bedsheet from the cell bars, according to the report on his case.Brown, a 47-year-old Far Rockaway man with known histories of traumatic brain injury, seizures and mental health diagnoses, died Feb. 10, 2014 after being jailed for petty larceny, according to his report. Despite officers witnessing Brown hallucinating and increasingly agitated, his care was lacking before he was found dead in his cell, the state said.John Gleeson, 40, of Oceanside, died July 14, 2014 after the state said Armor’s staffers misdiagnosed a heart condition two months after he was arrested. The fifth case involved Antonio Marinaccio, 53, of Levittown, who reportedly died at the jail on May 2, 2015.Aside from lawsuits from the attorney general and the families of the dead inmates, calls for changes at the jail have also been increasing. Lawmakers in the Democratic minority on the county legislature called for intervention, as did inmate advocates. One inmate died March 7, the same day that advocates held a news conference outside the jail in East Meadow to bring attention to the issues. Critics applauded the news that the attorney general filed suit.“We are emboldened by Attorney General Schneiderman’s action and believe that our voices and protests are finally being heard,” said Dean Hart, president of Long Island Citizens for Good Government. “In our minds, there is no question that Armor Correctional Health Services has defrauded the taxpayers by taking public money and providing deficient services.”last_img read more

People moves: Former Railpen chief rejoins NEST trustee board [updated]

first_imgIn addition, NEST has also reappointed Graham Berville and Ian Armfield to the board. The pair took up their positions in 2014, and will serve an additional one year and two years, respectively. CEO Helen Dean – who has led NEST’s executive team since September 2016 – has also been appointed to the board as part of a move to a unitary board structure. AP3 – Kerim Kaskal has taken on the role of acting CIO at the SEK345.2bn (€33bn) Swedish buffer fund following the recent death of CIO Mårten Lindeborg. Kaskal was CIO at AP3 until October 2015, when he left to launch his own investment fund business. He has previously worked at Nektar Asset Management and Brummer & Partners.Separately, the fund has also hired Maria Björklund as a senior portfolio manager for alternative investments. She joins from pension provider AMF where she was also a portfolio manager working in alternatives since joining in 2015. She has also worked for the Posten Pension Foundation specialising in private equity.PKA – Dewi Dylander  has been appointed by Danish pensions provider PKA as leader of a newly established sustainability department. She has been chief legal counsel at ATP and a deputy director at the statutory pension fund since the beginning of 2016, and before that was head of the Danish FSA’s reinsurance and non-life insurance department.PKA described the function of the new department as strengthening its work in contributing to a sustainable society, while at the same time maintaining quality pensions for its members.B&CE – The provider of UK master trust The People’s Pension has appointed Jim Islam and Jim McKinnon to its board of directors. Islam has been head of group finance at Lloyd’s of London since November 2016. Before that he worked at Legal & General for several years, including as CEO of L&G Unit Trusts and managing director of the corporate business division, which covered L&G’s workplace pensions and group protection business lines in the UK and France.McKinnon is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries in the US and a fellow of the UK’s Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He spent more than 40 years at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in the US, most recently in the role of chief information officer. Since returning to the UK, he has been carrying out a number of roles including that of trustee and director at a healthcare group. AllianceBernstein – The $546bn (€480bn) asset manager has hired Zachary Green as global head of liquidity sales, a newly created role. Green will be responsible for sales, marketing, product development and commercialisation of the company’s cash management business.He was previously a product specialist and client service executive at Western Asset Management for more than 10 years, working on the group’s liquidity products. Prior to that he started and led the institutional sales department for Reserve Management.TPT Retirement Solutions – Adrian Cooper has been appointed head of direct distribution at the UK workplace pension provider, a newly created position. Cooper will lead a dedicated team focused on promoting TPT’s ‘DB Complete’ offering to the sponsors and trustees of defined benefit pension schemes.He was most recently at Barnett Waddingham and is currently chair of the Central London Group at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. Before that he held senior management roles at law firm Sackers and consultancy group Towers Perrin, now Willis Towers Watson.  T Rowe Price – The US asset manager announced today that Scott Keller will take over as head of global investment management services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa from 1 January 2019. He will be responsible for institutional and intermediary business in the region. Currently Keller holds the corresponding position for the Asia Pacific region, having joined T Rowe Price from UBS in 2014. At UBS he was head of pan-Asia, leading its institutional and intermediary distribution efforts.Nick Trueman will take on Keller’s Asia Pacific role, while Elsie Chan is adding T Rowe Price’s Asian institutional arm to her responsiblities. She is currently head of global investment management services for Asian intermediaries.Independent Trustee Services – Mark Evans has joined ITS as a director to lead trustee appointments on behalf of the firm. He has 25 years of experience advising clients at major consultancies, with previous roles including head of corporate consulting and head of DB consulting at Capita and principal at Aon.Fisch Asset Management – The CHF10.8bn (€9.6bn) Swiss fund manager has hired two bond managers and an analyst to its fixed income teams as part of a “programme of substantial investments” in its capabilities. Gerrit Bahlo joined Fisch as a convertible bonds manager on 1 July. He was previously a convertibles manager at Man GLG, and had previously worked for the company as a credit and product specialist. Maria Stäheli joined the company’s corporate bond team on 1 August as a portfolio manager. She was previously a senior portfolio manager for investment-grade corporate bonds and other asset classes at the Swiss National Bank.Credit analyst Daniela Savoia also started on 1 August, joining the group’s emerging markets team. She moved from JP Morgan in New York, where she specialised in Latin American investments.Fisch CEO Philipp Good said the appointments represented “a major step forward in our plans to expand capabilities and competencies”. Two more appointments were expected in the next few months, the company said. NEST – The UK’s National Employment Savings Trust has named former Railpen CEO Chris Hitchen to its trustee board, one of four new appointments. Hitchen is currently chair of the Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, one of the eight UK local authority pension asset pooling entities. It is Hitchen’s second spell as a trustee of the defined contribution master trust, having previously sat on the board from 2010 to 2015.The UK’s work and pensions secretary, who approves NEST trustee appointments, also named Clive Elphick, Martin Turner and Mutaz Qubbaj to the board of trustees, which now has 14 members.Elphick is an independent director at National Grid, which manages the UK’s energy transmission network, and is a former board member of the Environment Agency. Turner has held a number of senior risk and operations roles at Barclays and Lloyds Bank, while Qubbaj is CEO of fintech company Squirrel. Otto Thoresen, chair of NEST, said: “The strength of any board relies on the range of experience and skills it can draw upon. That’s why NEST has looked outside the pension industry and appointed individuals from other sectors, who can bring fresh ideas and new perspectives.”last_img read more