Veteran EMT Support Act Passes the U.S. House of Representatives

first_imgClinton, Miss. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1818, the Veterans EMT Support Act, by a vote of 415 to 1. The legislation assists military medic veterans to efficiently transition their military medical training into the civilian workforce and addresses the shortage of emergency medical technicians in states. Formed in 1975 and more than 55,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. “The bill’s passage is a direct result of advocacy efforts by thousands of EMS professionals and other supporters of military-to-civilian transition programs,” NAEMT President Conrad “Chuck” Kearns said. “We applaud all who contributed to the bill’s passage by visiting their representatives, by sending emails and letters requesting congressional support, or by walking the halls of our nation’s Capitol during EMS On The Hill Day on April 20. Our efforts provided the momentum to achieve today’s victory, and honors the bravery and sacrifice of our military veterans.” Learn more about NAEMT’s legislative priorities and EMS advocacy at About NAEMT “The Veterans EMT Support Act is an important step forward to help veterans in their transition back to civilian life, while improving emergency care in our communities,” said Rep. Lois Capps. “These heroes have proven their skills on the battlefield. It is only right that we break down any artificial barriers that delay or prevent them from serving our communities here at home.” NAEMT is grateful to Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Lois Capps (D-CA) for their bipartisan introduction of the bill. They have remained committed to its passage and have been unwavering in their support. Rep. Kinzinger remarked, “I’m proud to see H.R. 1818 pass the House with such strong bipartisan support. The Veteran EMT Support Act is a common sense bill that helps veterans transition into civilian careers, improve public health, and ensure communities have first responders to answer challenging emergency calls like opioid overdoses. Thank you to Congresswoman Lois Capps for her strong support and advocacy of this bill. I look forward to the Senate taking up this important legislation and the several others that were passed this week to help combat the thousands of opioid overdose deaths each year.” This has been a key legislative priority of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), as well as other national and state EMS organizations. H.R. 1818 directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a demonstration program for states with a shortage of emergency medical technicians to develop a streamlined transition program for trained military medics to meet state EMT licensure requirements.last_img read more

New president to be elected on Monday

first_img Share Tweet Share Eluid WilliamsOn Monday 17th, September a new president will be elected into office, the prime minister has announced.Former permanent secretary and chairman of the Independent Regulatory Commission, Eluid Williams is expected to be sworn in as president when Parliament convenes on Monday.“We expect to go to Parliament to elect a new president to serve out the balance of the term of the current holder of the post,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said.The United Workers Party (UWP) has refused to participate in the process of electing a new president or nominate a candidate, citing disrespect of the Constitution.Opposition Leader Hector John told UWP’s public meeting on Monday evening that based on the Constitution of Dominica, there are three ways a president can demit office and a vacancy is essential to that process.“We are still trying to find out what is really going on in the office of the President. Brothers and sisters, a president can demit office in three ways; operation of law that is he is not reelected after his term, secondly by resignation by Section 119 of the Constitution and also by removal, Section 24 of the Constitution; that is three ways, three ways that the president can leave office. Where is the vacancy brothers and sisters?”President Dr. Nicholas LiverpoolHe explained that his party has requested evidence of Dr. Liverpool’s intention to resign but these have proven futile.“We have been asking the Prime Minister, we have been asking the Speaker of the House, we have been asking President, where is the vacancy, where is the documentary evidence? Why is the Constitution of Dominica being violated?”Despite the UWP’s pronouncements and decision not to participate in the process of electing another president, Prime Minister Skerrit has said that their nominee will be elected and sworn in.“We believe from the government’s standpoint that due process has been followed, there is nothing unconstitutional about what we’re doing. We have followed the constitution as we have said on a number of occasions”.According to him, “the constitution does not make specific provisions for cases where a president were to resign or to die in office and therefore we are following the doctrine of necessity”.That decision was made based upon advise by Attorney General Levi Peter which has been confirmed by consulting “a number of other prominent lawyers from around the region and we are satisfied that we are following the constitution of Dominica”.“On the 17th we will elect a new president in that case the government’s nominee and the only nominee that is before Parliament is Mr. Eluid Williams. The president will tender his resignation and that will create a vacancy and to allow for the election. He will be sworn in that very same day”.Dr. Liverpool was first sworn into office on October 2nd, 2003 and consented to serve as President for a second term in 2008.Mr. Williams is expected to serve the remainder of Dr. Liverpool’s term which would have ended in 2013.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews New president to be elected on Monday by: – September 13, 2012 5 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Hong Kong to Cut Rail Links as Virus From China Spreads

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Hong Kong said Tuesday it will cut all rail links to mainland China as the United States and other governments prepared to evacuate citizens from the Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak that has now killed more than 100 people.Wearing a green surgical mask, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told a news conference that train service would stop at midnight Thursday and that the two stations connecting to the mainland would be closed.She stopped short of a total closing of the border, as North Korea and Mongolia have done, but said that flights from the mainland would be reduced.China’s death toll from the new viral disease rose to 106, including the first death in Beijing, the Chinese capital, and 24 others in Hubei province, where the first illnesses were detected in December.Asian stock markets tumbled for a second day, dragged down by worries about the virus’s global economic impact.The U.S. Consulate in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where authorities cut off most access Jan. 22 in an effort to contain the disease, was preparing to fly its diplomats and some other Americans out of the city on Wednesday. Japan and South Korea said they would send planes to Wuhan this week to evacuate their citizens. France, Mongolia and other governments also planned evacuations.U.S. health officials expanded their recommendation for people to avoid non-essential travel to any part of China, rather than just Wuhan and other areas most affected by the outbreak.China’s increasingly drastic containment efforts began with the suspension of plane, train and bus links to Wuhan, a city of 11 million people. That lockdown has expanded to 17 cities with more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease-control measures ever imposed.There were 1,771 new cases confirmed in China on Monday, raising the national total to 4,515, according to the National Health Commission. It said 976 people were in serious condition.The government has sent 6,000 extra medical workers to Wuhan from across China, including 1,800 who were due to arrive Tuesday, a commission official, Jiao Yahui, said at a news conference.A baby boy was delivered by surgery in Wuhan after his 27-year-old mother was hospitalized as a “highly suspected” virus case, state TV reported. The mother, who has a fever and cough, was 37 weeks pregnant, or two weeks less than a standard full term.Doctors wore protective masks and clothing for the delivery Friday at Union Hospital.“It was unlikely for her to be able to give natural birth,” said the hospital’s deputy director of obstetrics, Zhao Yin. “After the baby was born, the mother would suffer less pressure in her lungs and she could get better treatment.”In Beijing, residents of two villages in the capital’s eastern Pinggu district were refusing to allow outsiders to enter in an effort to avoid the virus.“The village has been locked down,” a member of the Beitumen village committee who would give only his surname, Guo, said by telephone. He said villagers are allowed to go out to buy daily necessities.Another village, Jingyu, imposed similar restrictions, said a member of the local committee who wouldn’t give his name.The Education Ministry canceled English proficiency and other tests for students to apply to foreign universities. The ministry said the new semester for public schools and universities following Lunar New Year was postponed until further notice.Hong Kong announced postal services and most government offices would stay closed through at least next week. The education department said schools would reopen on Feb. 17.Chinese financial markets were closed for the holiday, but stock indexes in Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney all declined.Beijing’s official response has “vastly improved” since the 2002-03 SARS outbreak, which also originated in China, but “fears of a global contagion are not put to bed,” said Vishnu Varathan at Mizuho Bank in Singapore.Airlines, resorts and other companies that rely on travel and tourism suffered steep losses. Prices of gold and bonds rose as traders moved money into safe haven holdings.The Shanghai Stock Exchange, one of the world’s busiest, announced it was postponing the resumption of trading after the holiday by three days to Monday.Scientists are concerned about the new virus because it is closely related to other diseases including SARS, which killed nearly 800 people.So far, the new coronavirus doesn’t seem to spread as easily among people as SARS or influenza. Most of the cases that spread between people were of family members and health workers who had contact with patients. That suggests the new virus isn’t well adapted to infect people.China has reported eight cases in Hong Kong and five in Macao, and more than 45 cases have been confirmed elsewhere in the world. Almost all involve mainland Chinese tourists or people who visited Wuhan.On Tuesday, Taiwan said two 70-year-old tourists from Wuhan had been confirmed to have the disease, raising its total to seven cases. Thailand reported six members of a family from Hubei were new cases, raising its total to 14.Germany confirmed its first case late Monday. Infections also have been confirmed in the United States, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France, Canada, Australia and Sri Lanka.The five American cases — two in southern California and one each in Washington state, Chicago and Arizona — are people who had recently arrived from central China. Health officials said they had no evidence the virus was spreading in the United States and they believe the risk to Americans remains low.During the SARS outbreak, Chinese authorities were criticized for reacting slowly and failing to disclose information. The government has responded more aggressively to the latest outbreak.Wuhan is building two hospitals, one with 1,500 beds and another with 1,000, for the growing number of patients. The first is scheduled to be finished next week.The coronavirus family includes the common cold but also more severe illnesses such as SARS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The new virus causes cold- and flu-like symptoms, including cough and fever, and in more severe cases, shortness of breath and pneumonia.The virus is thought to have spread to people from wild animals sold at a Wuhan market. China on Sunday banned trade in wild animals and urged people to stop eating meat from them. 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Sri Lanka Cricket’s chief finance officer arrested for suspected TV rights fraud – police

first_imgCOLOMBO, (Reuters) – Police arrested the chief financial officer of Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday for suspected financial misappropriation linked with awarding telecast rights to Sony TV, police said. The International Cricket Council said this month that its anti-corruption unit was investigating serious allegations in Sri Lankan cricket and had provided a detailed briefing to the country’s president, prime minister and sports minister.“Following the investigation the CID arrested the main suspect. He is the chief financial officer of Sri Lanka Cricket,” Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told Reuters, naming him as 42-year old Wimal Nandika Dissanayake.Dissanayake’s lawyers were not immediately available for comment. He was arrested after the SLC’s chief executive officer lodged a complaint to the police over financial fraud, the police spokesman said.“The complaint says the SLC’s television rights have been going to Sony since 2013. At the last South African tour, this main suspect asked Sony to deposit 15 percent of the television rights fees to a private account in America.”He said the amount of money misappropriated on South African tours was more than $187,000. “Sony became suspicious when this suspect informed it (of the requirement) for a deposit of 50 percent of television rights fees from an ongoing England tour and it informed Sri Lanka cricket.”Sony could not immediately be reached for comment.The arrest came a week after former Sri Lanka captain and selector Sanath Jayasuriya was charged with two counts of breaching the ICC’s anti-corruption code. An official at Sri Lanka Cricket said it had given all its support to the anti-corruption team in its investigation.Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning team captain Arjuna Ranatunga said he and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had sought India’s expertise in dealing with the investigation because Indian police had a good record for probing match fixing and other corrupt practices bedevilling the sport.“We made this request because it is not only the players who are involved in this corruption. There is a group behind the players like bookies and betting agents. If we get the group, we can find out the root cause of this problem,” he told reporters in Colombo after a three day visit to India.last_img read more