Gov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman: New Task Force for Health Disparity to Address How COVID-19 Affects Minorities

first_imgGov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman: New Task Force for Health Disparity to Address How COVID-19 Affects Minorities SHARE Email Facebook Twitter African American Affairs,  Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Latino Affairs,  Press Release,  Public Health Amid growing concern for how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting minority populations in the state and adding to existing health disparity issues, today Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced the creation of a COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity that will help communicate issues with how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and vulnerable populations.“We know of instances in Pennsylvania where major COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in vulnerable communities, including ones where people do not speak English,” Gov. Wolf said. “We’re working to improve our data collection so we can get a better statistical understanding of how the virus has affected different groups of people. The Lieutenant Governor will be chairing a new Health Disparity Task Force that will work to identify short- and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in our vulnerable communities.”The Task Force is comprised of members of the Wolf Administration, led by Lt. Gov. Fetterman and including the executive directors of each of the governor’s five commissions representing minority populations, members of the Department of Health’s Health Equity Response team and those that serve as the contact for stakeholders, constituents and legislators on issues and concerns surrounding health disparity in Pennsylvania’s vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.In addition to multiple information-gathering meetings each week, this working group will proactively reach out to leaders in these communities to collect feedback, ideas, and general comments on this issue.The goal of the task force is to prepare recommendations to the governor that will address the short- and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state’s minority and vulnerable communities.“It’s unconscionable for Black, Hispanic, and Asian-Pacific Pennsylvanians to be hit harder by this pandemic, which has highlighted the systemwide inequity that already existed in these communities,” said Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman. “It’s our job to keep all Pennsylvanians safe, and we need to reach into these communities and create a line of communication straight to the governor, so we can stop the spread of COVID-19.”The Department of Health releases daily data on those affected with COVID-19, but data on race has been in short supply.“Currently we are missing that vital race information from approximately 70% of the data we are receiving from providers,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the Department of Health. “Yesterday we issued a reminder to hospitals and other providers that it is mandatory to report race data. We need to gather this information for a complete picture of how the virus is affecting black or African-American, Hispanic and other vulnerable communities. An increase in reporting race data means less anecdotal evidence and more facts to rely on for accurately tracking where and how we can best serve our minority populations.”“By working proactively with leaders of different communities across our commonwealth, we can better ensure nobody gets left out as we start to recover from this crisis,” Gov. Wolf said. “We all need to continue to work together to get through this pandemic. We need to continue to care for one another. We need to continue to support each other. And we need to continue to be mindful of how our actions affect others.”View this information in Spanish.center_img April 15, 2020last_img read more

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USACE to Determine Level of Shoaling Along San Jacinto River

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, began surveying levels of sediment deposits last weekend within the West Fork of the San Jacinto River in response to a State of Texas and FEMA request.To determine the level of shoaling and silt accumulation within the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, a New Orleans District Corps survey crew and vessel collected GPS and sonar data near Humble and Atascocita from April 6-9 along a five-mile area between Hwy 69/59 and West Lake Houston Parkway“Corps Surveyors operated a 20 foot Xpress Boat with survey grade GPS and a sonar transducer to determine sediment deposition,” said Alicia Rea, an emergency management response official with the Galveston District.           “County and City officials conducted a site visit to the locations on April 10, 2018. We believe this is the most prudent action to take to better define the scope of work. The USACE and FEMA are working diligently to expedite the process.”  FEMA responded to a request from the State of Texas and under Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act of 1988, FEMA directed the Corps to begin the initial assessment of the conditions.Corps Hydrologists will utilize the survey data and use hydrologic modeling to determine the best course of action.[mappress mapid=”25041″]last_img read more

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Guinean legislative election postpones World Cup qualifier

first_imgFederation Guinean de Football (FGC) has pleaded with the Nigeria Football Federation for the postponement by one week of the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup second round, first leg qualifier between both countries earlier scheduled for this weekend in Conakry. The Flamingos, quarter finalists at the 2010, 2012 and 2014 FIFA Under-17 World Cup finals, missed the last edition of the competition hosted by Uruguay but have vowed to return at the seventh edition billed for India later this year. Earlier scheduled to fly out of the country to Conakry on Thursday, 27th February, the Flamingos will continue their technical and tactical sessions under the watchful eyes of first assistant coach Bankole Olowookere and the technical team. They will now travel on Thursday,  March 5. Read Also:Prioritise good character,ability in players’ selection – Sanusi charges coaches of U-17 girls Guinea ousted neighbours Guinea Bissau after two legs in the first round of the qualifying race to be eligible to file out against the Flamingos. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 FGF’s reason is that the set date of Saturday’s 29th February coincides with the Guinean legislative election, and it would not be auspicious to host such an important game that same day. The NFF has sent a letter of no objection, and though the FGF has fixed a new date of Saturday, 7th March for the encounter and the NFF has accepted (meaning there would be only one week in-between the first leg and the return slated for the Agege Stadium, Lagos), the Confederation of African Football still has to give a stamp of approval, as a formality.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their Kids8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daylast_img read more

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Playtech BGT Sports tops Grand National turnover record

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) provided by Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) took more than double the number of bets from last year’s Grand National.This weekend, the omni-channel sports betting solutions provider enjoyed record turnover from the biggest National Hunt horse race, first held at Aintree in 1839.PBS confirmed that turnover increased by 135% when compared to 2018, highlighting the increasing popularity of SSBTs compared to over-the-counter (OTC) sales.Between 2017 and 2018, the number of bets taken on the Grand National went up by 49%, with turnover jumping 75% year on year. The average amount bet on the race has also increased from £5.46 to £7.94 in the five years since 2014.PBS Senior Commercial Director Lee Drabwell said: “We are finding that an increasing number of customers both old and new are enjoying horseracing on our SSBTs.“Having good quality data at their fingertips, particularly the Racing Post content we have on an exclusive basis, and a quick transaction means they don’t have to worry about queues or missing the start of the race.“As we’ve seen over the weekend, the Grand National is steeped in tradition and history, but new SSBT technology is ensuring it is just as relevant today and will have a bright future as a betting event.”PBS has continued to introduce a wide range of new products and innovative features in recent months to boost both customer engagement and revenues for retail operators, particularly around in-shop in-play functionality.This includes a new contactless payment functionality on its self-service betting terminals, which is currently being trialled by Paddy Power, as well as in-play golf wagering ahead of the forthcoming US Masters.It has also developed a state-of-the-art content engine, which uses artificial intelligence to suggest relevant selections and interesting content by harnessing millions of previous calculations and comparisons. Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

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Rail Europe has shared that four new highspeed ra

first_imgRail Europe has shared that four new high-speed rail projects are currently under construction and will be due to open from as early as the European spring this year.Providing higher efficiency and better quality services to which rail travellers are growing accustomed, rail carriers across Europe are continuing to upgrade their fleet and services to meet increasing passenger demands and expectations.These four new train services will add to the continent’s expanding portfolio of existing high-speed services, with the latest addition being the Gotthard Express in Switzerland, which started operations in December 2016. Rail Europe says these services will no doubt create even more demand for rail travel in Europe, for not only will travellers enjoy faster and more comfortable train journeys, but they will also be able to travel further and still spend quality time indulging in local experiences.Spring in France will see the services of the new Paris-Rennes begin operation, reducing travel time between the two cities to 1:25 hour, 30 minutes shorter than the current service.Then from mid-year, the new Paris-Bordeaux high-speed service will save travellers an hour of travelling time from the current three-hour journey.In Germany, Berlin and Munich will be brought closer together with their new high-speed connection service scheduled to start in December. The direct connection will travel at 300 kilometres per hour, shortening the journey to under four hours from the current six.Finally, in 2018, Spain will introduce the world’s fifth largest, third deepest and the second most complex tunnel, “Variente de Pajares”, which will link Madrid to Asturias via the cities of León, Oviedo and Gijon. Journeys on the current route will be shortened by about two hours.In addition to the increasing number of local rail commuters in Europe, Rail Europe reports that the four million-plus international travellers using the same train services each year when touring the continent continues to rise as well. Globally, the company enjoys an average of 7% increase in rail pass and ticket sales each year.last_img read more

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