Half of coronavirus patients given ventilation died: German study

first_imgOlder patients were also significantly more vulnerable, as 27 percent of patients in their 70s died while 38 percent of those above 80 years old failed to pull through.”These high mortality rates clearly show that a relatively high number of patients with a very serious course of disease were treated in hospitals,” said Juergen Klauber, director of WIdO.”Such serious course of diseases mainly affect older people and people whose health is already compromised, but also occur in younger patients,” he warned, urging the population to take necessary precautions to prevent new infections.Of the 10,021 patients, 1,727 were given mechanical ventilation. While almost twice as many who received ventilation were men, the mortality rates were similar gender-wise, the study said. One in five patients hospitalized in Germany over the coronavirus succumbed to the disease, with the fatality rate rising to 53 percent for those who received ventilation, a study showed Wednesday.Data of 10,000 patients admitted to 930 German hospitals between February 26 and April 19 were analyzed by the German Interdisciplinary Association of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, the Technical University of Berlin and AOK health insurance group’s research arm WIdO.Hospitalized male patients had a higher mortality rate than women, with 25 percent compared to 19 percent. Topics :center_img Patients were staying in hospitals for an average of 14 days, with those not on ventilation hospitalized for an average of 12 days while the duration for those who needed help breathing rose to 25 days.Reinhard Busse, professor of healthcare management at TU Berlin, noted that on average, 240 days of ventilation would be required for every 100 hospitalized patients.”These are important numbers to prepare for a second wave of the pandemic. However, we do not anticipate any problems with normal hospital beds, even with high infection rates,” he added.Thanks to its decentralized healthcare system, Germany has been able to significantly ramp up its capacity to treat COVID-19 patients, avoiding scenes like in Italy where some hospitals were overwhelmed by the sudden huge caseload.However, health experts have urged against complacency, with the head of the RKI disease control agency, Lothar Wieler, repeatedly urging the population to keep to hygiene rules like social distancing or mask wearing.With the summer holiday season in full swing, politicians are also watching anxiously at infection numbers which have ticked up in recent weeks.As of Wednesday, Germany has recorded 206,926 cases of infections including 9,128 deaths.last_img read more

Energy Efficiency and Economic Benefits Emphasized in DEP’s 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update

first_img Efficiency,  Energy,  Government Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today accepted the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update that details how increasing energy efficiency in all sectors and at all levels will play a key role in reducing Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions by target year 2030.The Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008 mandated the Climate Change Action Plan in 2009 as well as updates every three years. The 2015 update presents data from the EPA State Inventory Tool for 2000 through 2012 (the most recent data available), showing an overall decrease of 15.93 percent in net emissions, reflecting a shift by some power plants from coal to natural gas, as well as the success of Pennsylvania’s energy efficiency programs. Overall, Pennsylvania’s total greenhouse emissions are projected to be lower in 2030 than in 2000, with reductions in the residential, commercial, transportation, agriculture and waste sectors.“Addressing climate change and the real impact on the health of our citizens, the costs of our businesses and the environment must be a priority for not just the commonwealth, but all sectors,” Governor Wolf said.The update presents 13 work plans to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. An economic analysis of the work plans included in the Plan shows that the majority have the potential to generate not only greenhouse gas emissions reductions but also significant improvements in total employment, total income and real disposable personal income.With Pennsylvania being the third largest emitter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the country, additional reductions are needed. Pennsylvania will be 3°C (5.4°F) warmer by 2050 than it was in 2000, according to the 2015 Climate Impacts Assessment Report by the Penn State University Environment and Natural Resources Institute. The result will be dangerously high summer temperatures and more severe storms, increased threat of certain insect-borne diseases, and drastic changes to agriculture and water quality.“The consequences of inaction on climate change will be felt by all Pennsylvanians,” said DEP Acting Secretary McDonnell, “It will affect the food we grow, the energy we use, our recreation, and even our health.”The majority of work plans in the 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update focus on energy efficiency measures. The greatest emissions reductions would be achieved by holding new buildings to an emissions performance standard 60 percent lower than the regional average. Sizable emissions reduction would also be attained by continuing Act 129 of 2008, which requires utilities to come up with plans to encourage energy efficiency among their customers, through 2031.Other work plans address coal mine methane recovery, the latest building energy codes, heating oil conservation and fuel switching, combined heat and power systems, ground source heat pumps, energy technical assistance for manufacturers, tree-planting programs, energy efficiency financing for homeowners, semi-truck adaptations, and anaerobic manure digesters.The plans were created in partnership with the Climate Change Advisory Committee, whose members include the secretaries of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Department of Community and Economic Development; the chair of the Public Utilities Commission; and Governor’s Office and legislative appointees. All plans were voted on, with most approved unanimously.The Center for Climate Strategies conducted macroeconomic analyses to determine the potential costs, benefits, and job impacts of the work plans. In addition to environmental benefits, the analysis shows economic benefits, including increased jobs.Highlighting the important role that all Pennsylvanians play in helping to lower emissions, the update includes 25 actions individuals can take, including lowering their energy use, finding energy efficiency financing, reducing food waste, and planting trees to absorb carbon.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Energy Efficiency and Economic Benefits Emphasized in DEP’s 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update August 22, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Juncker playing ‘hardball’ in naming Barnier chief Brexit negotiator

first_imgThe European Commission has appointed Michel Barnier, a veteran French politician and the former commissioner in charge of internal markets, as its chief Brexit negotiator.Barnier will lead a commission taskforce in charge of negotiations with the UK under Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, the legal basis for a member state’s exiting the EU.Announcing Barnier’s appointment, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the Commission, said: “I wanted an experienced politician for this difficult job.“He has an extensive network of contacts in the capitals of all EU member states and in the European Parliament, which I consider a valuable asset for this function. “I am sure he will live up to this new challenge and help us to develop a new partnership with the United Kingdom after it will have left the European Union.”Barnier will take up his new role in October.On the basis of the principle of ‘no negotiation without notification’, Barnier’s task will be to lay the groundwork for negotiations with the UK that can commence once it triggers the Article 50 withdrawal process, according to the commission.Once this happens, “he will take the necessary contacts with the UK authorities and all other EU and member state interlocutors”, it said.James Walsh, EU and international policy lead at the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), said Barnier’s appointment confirmed the Brexit negotiations would be challenging and “exposes the very different approaches being taken within the EU to the Brexit negotiations, with president Juncker playing hardball and chancellor Merkel signalling a more accommodating approach”.“The whole process will be highly political,” he added.Barnier was commissioner and then vice-president in charge of internal market and services from 2010 to 2014, when the Commission introduced single market reforms such as Solvency II and the revision of the EU Directive on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs).The PLSA’s Walsh said the association would expect Barnier to carry into his new role the concern he showed for transparency and accountability in financial markets when he was a commissioner.“As a result, we should expect him to insist on a high level of continuing UK compliance with legislation such as MIFID II, EMIR and AIFMD in return for meeting any demands from the UK,” said Walsh.“In practice, it has always been likely the UK would comply with most of this legislation regardless of the outcome of the EU referendum.“We don’t believe it’s in anyone’s interest to have major differences in financial regulation across what are now global markets.”The UK’s outgoing commissioner Jonathan Hill has said the UK’s exit from the European Union would not materially change the Capital Markets Union (CMU). Barnier is also a former French minister and has been a member of the Conseil d’Etat, France’s highest administrative court, since 2005.In other EU news, the Council of the EU, which represents member state governments, has adopted a revised schedule for the rotating presidency of the council as a result of the UK vote to leave the EU.The UK was due to hold the rotating presidency in the second half of next year but relinquished this.The Council has brought forward the order by six months in response, meaning Estonia will hold the presidency half a year earlier than originally intended.Slovakia holds the presidency, having taken over from The Netherlands on 1 July.last_img read more

Murrumba Downs home with mountain views and quirky design sells for $835k

first_imgThere are views from almost every room.According to CoreLogic data, the suburb median house sale price for Murrumba Downs is $520,000.Thirty groups inspected the property, and Mr Owens said the offer came in after a VIP open night. Chilling out here would be a dream come true.The agent said the market had slowed in the lead-up to end of financial year but he expected it to heat up again come July.“July should be a busy month as stock starts to ramp up again. Those expensive properties still don’t last too long.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02 The home has polished oak floors.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The offer came in on the Friday and it was under contract on the Saturday,” Mr Owens said.“It was with another agent for three months.” The open-plan living room opens out to a deck through bi-fold doors.Mr Owens said the home was bought by a couple who were taken by the views.“They loved the view, which is 180 degrees of mountain ranges,” he said.“It’s not your standard four bed and two bath. It’s got a quirky design with some curved walls, as well as the outlook to the range.” The home at 18 Hampstead Outlook, Murrumba Downs, sold for $835,000.MOUNTAIN views are what sold this Murrumba Downs home.Coronis North Lakes sales specialist Hayden Owens said the 18 Hampstead Outlook home sold for $835,000 after two open homes.last_img read more

IU fires Tom Crean

first_imgBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University has fired basketball head coach Tom Crean.The announcement came after a poor season after being ranked as high as number three in the nation.Crean joined the program in 2008, after Kelvin Sampson resigned following NCAA recruiting violations.Over the past five years, Crean led IU to a 120-53 record and won the 2013 and 2016 Big Ten titles outright.last_img

Lallana likens Brighton style of play to Liverpool

first_img Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath Away10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket Adam Lallana has been impressed with Brighton’s style of play, comparing it to former club Liverpool. The 33-year-old has joined Albion on a free transfer. Speaking to the Argus, Lallana said: “In terms of a way of playing, they want to handle the ball, control play and dominate possession – they are some of my strengths. “It excites me to play like that, but you can’t just rely on it. You have to be prepared to win tackles and win the ball back as well. “If you get the right mix by being successful both with and without the ball then that’s a formula to do well.Advertisement Loading… center_img “If you play well more often than you don’t, you’ll win matches by doing the right things. read also:Done deal: Brighton sign Lallana from Liverpool “It’s a project and it takes time to build. I saw it at Liverpool where we won the league in [Jurgen Klopp’s] fifth year, it’s a phase-by-phase development process. “You might not get results overnight, but if you stick to it then you’ll be working towards something and that’s what I can sense we’re going to do here at Brighton.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Bertha Mae Nichols

first_imgBertha Mae Nickols, 82, of Dillsboro, died on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at High Point Health in Lawrenceburg.Bertha was born in Ohio County, Indiana, to Herman and Dorothy Bradley Howard on February 14, 1938. She was a homemaker and Bertha loved making crafts, crocheting, and playing scratch offs.Bertha is survived by seven siblings: Cecil Bradley of Aurora, Paul Bradley of Dillsboro, John Bradley of Moores Hill, Oscar Bradley of Aurora, Shirley Nordoff of Moores Hill, Robert Bradley of Moores Hill, and Bonnie Saunders of Rising Sun; and several nieces and nephews. Bertha was preceded in death by Dorothy and Cecil Bradley and two brothers: Norman Howard and David Bradley.Cremation was chosen and there will be no public services at this time but the family will have a celebration of her life at a later date. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home at 107 Vine Street in Sunman assisted the family with the arrangements. For more information or to send condolences, memories or to sign the online  guest book go to www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home was honored to serve Bertha’s family.last_img read more

Former “Bachelorette” Contestant Tyler Gwozdz Dies After Overdose in Boca Apartment

first_imgTyler Gwozdz, a Palm Beach County resident who appeared briefly on Season 15 of the ABC television show “The Bachelorette,” died on Wednesday, following an apparent overdose that happened last week at an apartment in Boca Raton.Authorities have confirmed to The Palm Beach Post that they are conducting a criminal investigation into the 29-year-old’s death.The Medical Examiner’s Office says all reports in Gwozdz’s death are pending.The investigation began shortly around 10:30 a.m. on January 13, when a woman called 911 and told the dispatcher that Gwozdz had locked himself in a bathroom in her home and was possibly overdosing on heroin.In the five-minute call, the woman, who described herself as a Gwozdz’s friend, can be heard pleading for Gwozdz to wake up. She breaks into the bathroom during the call and finds Gwozdz unresponsive and lying on his side.He was taken to a hospital, where he remained until his death.Gwozdz appeared on the show last May, but left after just one episode, for unknown reasons. He was a psychology graduate student, according to ABC’s profile of Gwozdz, who used the name “Tyler G” on the show.During the show, Gwozdz earned a one-on-one date with the female star, Hannah Brown.The only mention of him after his departure was on the following episode, when Brown said that Gwozdz “had to leave” during her group date, and that she had been looking forward to getting to know him.Producers of “The Bachelor” said in a statement to “Bachelor Nation,” “We are heartbroken to hear the tragic news of Tyler’s passing today. Our thoughts are with the Gwozdz family and his friends.”last_img read more

Instagram bans all content promoting conversion therapy

first_imgInstagram will ban all content that promotes conversion therapy after activists called on it to block providers form advertising their services online.The social media platform, which is owned by Facebook, told CNN on Friday about expanding its existing policies on hate speech worldwide to include posts that advertise or promote the practice.Conversion therapy is a pseudo-scientific process that claims to change a person’s sexuality. It is condemned as harmful by medical associations. Studies show that those subjected to it, or who choose to undergo it, are put at a greater risk of depression and suicide.Earlier this year, Instagram banned advertisements for the process. Now, it will also stop recommending content related to conversion therapy, such as testimonials to its efficacy or posts in praise of or in support of the practice, except those in a legislative context.A number of US states have banned conversion therapy, and Germany became one of the first major countries to outlaw it for minors in May.In the United Kingdom, a total ban promised by Theresa May in mid-2018 has yet to materialize.Facebook and Twitter did not immediately respond to questions about their policies.last_img read more

National : Lehigh enjoying historic season, climbing up national ranks

first_img Published on April 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Comments Cameron Lao-Gosney and his Lehigh teammates looked around at one another after yet another disappointing season came to an end last spring.Despite experiencing their share of low points all year, they repeated what they had said the previous two seasons.Next year was finally going to be ‘the year.’‘We’ve been saying that for the past two or three years,’ Lao-Gosney said. ‘It’s just everybody’s older now. I don’t know exactly at what point we knew it, but I think coming in our mindset this year has just been a little different, you know, ‘This is it. There’s no doubt anymore.’‘That’s really what it was. We were just getting the doubt out.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe doubt is now gone as the Mountain Hawks (10-1, 3-0 Patriot League) are off to their best start in program history, rising to No. 7 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.Lehigh has won 10 games for just the fifth time and the first time since 1997 when the team won 11 games.This year, though, the Mountain Hawks have three games remaining before the Patriot League playoffs begin April 27. Lao-Gosney and his teammates are trying to bring their school its first conference championship since 1999 to follow through on their promise to make this year special.After going 19-27 the last three seasons, the eight seniors came back determined to leave their mark on a mediocre program.Like his players, head coach Kevin Cassese knew the team had the talent to live up to its lofty goals, winning conference titles and playing in NCAA tournaments. But Cassese didn’t see the leadership in the locker room they saw.That changed this year.‘They’ve done a nice job of coming together, realizing we’ve come up short on a lot of our goals over the last couple years,’ Cassese said, ‘and that this year, they were going to make it different.’For Cassese, the turning point for the program came after Villanova trounced his team 17-7 in the team’s home opener and second game of the season.The doubt that had lingered over the Mountain Hawks was back, threatening another promising season. But it also served as a needed wake-up call that Lehigh still had one more hurdle to get over before it could achieve its goals.The leadership that had been lacking among the players was forced to develop. In previous seasons, Cassese said players didn’t want to step on each other’s toes and speak up to push each other at practice or during games.After the loss to the Wildcats, the players called a meeting and vented their frustrations. They didn’t want this year to become like every other year.‘In that meeting the players addressed a lot of topics, but really called each other out and asked each other to step up in a variety of ways,’ Cassese said. ‘And that ability to be honest with one another and to really confront the brutal facts of what we were doing and how we were going through the motions has been the difference in us being able to turn this thing around.’For Lao-Gosney, this year also serves as his last chance to erase the memories of the ‘dark days’ of the program.The senior midfielder arrived as a confident freshman, expecting to compete for conference and national championships.The Mountain Hawks went out and won only four games.Lao-Gosney remembers the pain that came with blowing a 7-1 lead to Bucknell and losing 12-11 last season. The embarrassment of getting run off the field by the Bison 13-5 in the team’s final game in the conference semifinals still creeps into his memories of the disappointing year.But Lao-Gosney said the team has made all the necessary plays this season. It starts with more focus and attention to detail at practice.‘In years past, we’ve let everything slip, but this year they’re really holding everything down,’ junior attack Dante Fantoni said. ‘They want to make sure everything goes right for their senior year.’And everything has gone right since the team’s loss to Villanova on Feb. 18. The Mountain Hawks have reeled off nine straight wins.It hasn’t been easy, as they’ve had to overcome multiple deficits. But this year’s experienced group is confident after playing the last three years together.So when the team fell behind 2-0 early in the season against Penn State in University Park, Pa., the doubt that once surrounded the program stayed away. And it didn’t return with the streak in jeopardy again last Friday when the Mountain Hawks trailed Navy 4-1 into the second period.Lehigh beat then-No. 17 Penn State 9-5. And it beat then-No. 19 Navy 9-4.As the streak continues and the Mountain Hawks rewrite the record books along the way, Lao-Gosney and his teammates have gotten over the hump and made good on their promise.‘It feels surreal. I would imagine it would be different for teams who are used to being in this position, you know, winning and being in the spotlight,’ Lao-Gosney said. ‘… I feel like the feeling is much, much different for teams who are used to being in the middle of the pack and suffering losing seasons, so I’m ecstatic. We’re all ecstatic, my senior class, we couldn’t be happier.‘I have a feeling like we’re meant for this, not meant for this, but we’ve worked so hard that like it’s about damn time, you know?’rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more