Making Sense by Michael ReaganHillary Clinton may have been better off wearing the Emperor’s New Clothes during her victory speech after the New York primary, rather than what she chose to wear and her aides managed to overlook.Clinton, who has decried income “inequality” throughout the nation during her campaign, stood before the assembled– and carefully screened – crowd wearing a $12,495 Giorgio Armani jacket.What she paid for the coat– assuming it wasn’t a party favor from her Goldman Sachs speech– is just a bit less than the amount the average first time home buyer is required to post as a down payment for his dream home, or as The Washington Free Beacon calculates, “roughly 40 percent of what the average American worker makes in a year.”She’s fortunate the price tag wasn’t dangling from her outfit like that of Minnie Pearl.This is beyond tone deaf. It’s a combination of obliviousness and hypocrisy on a truly Clintonian scale.If Hillary was sashaying down the runway at a Paris fashion show, there might be a justification for wearing a jacket that cost 12K, assuming she gave it back after the show. But to own this One Percent Wear is something else entirely.During her speech Hillary proclaimed, “In this campaign, we are setting bold progressive goals backed up by real plans that will improve lives, creating more good jobs that provide dignity and pride in a middle class life, raising wages and reducing inequality, making sure all our kids get a good education.”How does one talk of “inequality” and then wear an outfit where a single piece of the ensemble costs the equivalent of 833 hours of labor– about five months– at her new $15/hour minimum wage?Maybe one of those “good jobs that provide dignity” is cleaning her coat with tweezers, Q-tips and the tears of virgins.No one expects Hillary to campaign in Walmart overalls, although it might provide an arresting visual, but is it too much to ask this tribune of the people to save her Armani for Wall Street speeches and Davos dinners?She can probably find something flattering and just her size at Ann Taylor, and with the money left over she can splurge and take the entire campaign staff to lunch at her nearest Chipotle. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
NHS trusts will be allowed to keep some pagers for emergency situations, such as when wifi fails or when other forms of communication are unavailable.The WSFT pilot project used Medic Bleep, a messaging and calling system similar to Whatsapp, with enhanced data protection.The move to replace pagers with modern technology is the next step in achieving a fully digitised NHS – a crucial part of the tech vision and the NHS Long Term Plan.Digital services and IT systems used by the NHS will soon have to meet a clear set of open standards to ensure they can talk to each other across organisational boundaries and can be continuously upgraded.Any system which does not meet these standards will be phased out and the government will look to end contracts with providers which do not understand these principles for the health and care sector.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: WSFT medical director, Nick Jenkins, said: NHS trusts will be required to phase out pagers by the end of 2021. All hospitals will be expected to have plans and infrastructure in place to ensure this is possible by the end of September 2020.Staff will instead use modern alternatives, such as mobile phones and apps. These can deliver more accurate 2-way communications at a reduced cost.A pilot project at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) in 2017 saved junior doctors 48 minutes per shift and nurses 21 minutes on average.The NHS uses around 130,000 pagers at an annual cost of £6.6 million. More than one in 10 of the world’s pagers are used by the NHS.Most mobile phone companies have phased out support for pagers, leaving only one provider in the UK. This means a single device can cost up to £400.Removing pagers brings a number of benefits to NHS staff: Pagers only offer a one-way form of communication. The recipient is unaware who is contacting them, the reasons why, or the level of urgency. This can interrupt work, waste time, make the prioritisation of tasks difficult and the evidence trail of communications is limited. Pagers do not support the sharing of information between staff on the move. Mobile phones and apps are able to do all of this more quickly and at a reduced cost. Every day, our wonderful NHS staff work incredibly hard in what can be challenging and high-pressured environments. The last thing they need are the frustrations of having to deal with outdated technology – they deserve the very best equipment to help them do their jobs. We have to get the basics right, like having computers that work and getting rid of archaic technology like pagers and fax machines. Email and mobile phones are a more secure, quicker and cheaper way to communicate which allow doctors and nurses to spend more time caring for patients rather than having to work round outdated kit. We want to build a health and care service which is fully able to harness the huge potential of technology. This will save lives, support hard-working staff and deliver the cutting-edge care set out by our Long Term Plan for the NHS. As a global digital exemplar trust, we’re always keen to explore new digital opportunities that could improve experience for staff and patients. There is scope for Medic Bleep to be used for everything from arranging shift cover to sharing patient observations. For us, it’s about a digital tool helping our communications to become more efficient. Contact with other clinicians can be made much more easily than with a physical bleep, and responses are much quicker. All that time we save can be spent caring for patients, so we benefit, but more importantly, our patients benefit too.
Perth & Kinross Council said in their latest announcement that communities along the banks of the River Almond will be given greater protection from flooding following the opening of a £25 million protection program.The completed scheme, which is the result of partnership working between the Council and its contractors Balfour Beatty, consists of a series of flood defenses along the River Almond and the East Pow Burn.The defenses comprise of flood walls, raised embankments and erosion protection measures.A total of £5.1m added social value has been achieved through this project, including £2.6m spent with local small to medium enterprises and £1.7m of value achieved through local employment and skills development programs.Sixty-eight per cent of the workforce employed on the scheme, including within the supply chain, is local to the project. Additionally, some 358 tonnes of waste material has been diverted from landfill for recycling.
“It’s different for us because we were down to 17 games, but we were out of the playoffs. It feels like the end of the season for our team. It just does.”The NBA has considered resuming the regular season with teams playing games in isolation without fans, which would ultimately lead to a unique situation for a Warriors team with nothing to play for if their players are forced to play essentially scrimmages in empty gyms. “We don’t know anything officially,” Kerr said. “There’s still a chance the league could ask us to come back and play some games, but given what we went through this season with all the injuries and the tough record, it’s been more of the case of we’re staying in touch with guys but everybody is just sort of assuming that this is kind of it. We’re not going to be involved much anymore.” “It feels like the offseason,” Kerr said during a Zoom conference call on Tuesday.MORE: Draymond Green rips Kevin Durant for Warriors attitude”And in fact we had a Zoom call, [Warriors general manager] Bob Myers and I got on a Zoom with our players, our whole roster last week. And it was just a chance to check in, but it was also a chance for Bob to update the players on his contact with the league and the latest news, but it also kind of felt like our annual team exit meeting.”Our coaching staff and I have been undergoing staff evaluations, offseason plans, so we are absolutely in offseason mode right now.”Speaking with Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts and University of San Francisco women’s basketball coach Jennifer Azzi as part of a virtual town hall, Kerr said that with Golden State sitting at 15-50 and at the bottom of the Western Conference, it is tough for his team to be motivated to want to come back and play when they are out of the playoff picture.”The suspension came at an interesting time and it really made a difference, depending on where your team stood in the standings,” he said.”So I’ve talked to some of my fellow coaches who are coaching teams that are right in the thick of the playoff hunt. They’re trying desperately to stay in touch with their team, some of them are even doing group workouts on Zoom with their training staff, and they’re trying to find hoops for their players to shoot at where they’re able to do so. While the NBA is hoping it will be able to resume its 2019-20 season that was put on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is in no rush to return and is already looking ahead to the 2020-21 season.The NBA season was suspended last month because of COVID-19, which has killed more than 217,800 people worldwide.