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To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: With more parents refusing to vaccinate their children, Houston pediatricians are reconsidering policies at their clinics, including refusing to treat patients whose parents won’t vaccinate them.In Texas, there were 15 confirmed cases of measles in the first three months of 2019 — more cases than all of last year. And one-third of the Texas cases this year were in the Houston area. Dr. Melanie Mouzoon, who oversees immunization practices across Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s 20 Houston locations, said their clinic in The Woodlands has more families that refuse vaccinations than the other locations.“There have been some practices in town that have decided to not accept families that do not vaccinate their children,” Mouzoon said. “And we’ve had an influx of vaccine hesitant families, and so that’s been something that our system is struggling to deal with.” At Kelsey-Seybold, individual practices decide whether to refuse to treat a family. The Texas Children’s Hospital system uses a similar approach. Jenn Jacome, a spokesperson with Texas Children’s, said in a statement their position is that “unvaccinated children may pose a risk to some individuals who come to our practice sites.” That’s why “each TCP practice determines whether or not to accept patients whose parents refuse to vaccinate.”For Kelsey-Seybold, Mouzoon said there’s a growing demand for a system-wide protocol. “I think we are likely to put in place a policy or at least put in place a brochure or something to give parents that explains our position,” Mouzoon said. “That also will give us some backup support in terms of eventually dismissing a family if it comes to that, if the trust is lost.” Two decades ago, doctors across the country were discouraged from dismissing families. That has changed in recent years. Rekha Lakshmanan with the Houston-based Immunization Partnership said that it’s out of concern for their other patients.“I mean you’ve got newborns coming in,” Lakshmanan said. “If you have an active case of an infectious disease in your waiting room, it puts that newborn and others at risk. A decision has to be made by that physician, ‘Okay what am I going to do?’”Some people say it’s enough to separate patients into two separate waiting areas, one for sick children and one for well children. However, Mouzoon said that’s not a sufficient protection for many children because measles can stay in the air for two hours after an infected individual has left the clinic. In addition, air circulation can spread measles.“Measles is something that children are not vaccinated against until they’re a year old, so it’s not that parents are negligent in that case,” she said. “Their children are too young for that vaccine, and so we have to do something to protect those families.”Improving transparencyAnother strategy doctors are turning towards is making more information available to parents. Currently, in Texas, parents can’t find out how many kids are unvaccinated at their school. School nurses collect that exemption data, but it’s reported only on a district level. And that’s not always helpful for parents or public health officials.“It’s not the overall county rate that really matters,” Mouzoon said. “What really matters is the rate in your kids’ school.” There’s a push in the Texas legislature to change that. Gatesville Republican Rep. J.D. Sheffield, who is a family physician, is proposing a transparency bill that would make that information public. The Immunization Partnership recently held a rally along with 300 attendees at the state capitol to support the bill.Lakshmanan said that data would likely reveal some schools have exemption rates well beyond the five percent threshold that doctors consider safe.“It wouldn’t surprise me,” Lakshmanan said. “In the data that are publicly available there are some schools that have close to 50 percent exemption rates. These are a couple of private schools in the Austin area. It’s in the high 40s. It is not safe, no.” She said unimmunized kids tend to cluster in particular schools. Mouzoon has seen this a lot in educated, wealthy neighborhoods.“We know vaccine hesitancy is high in the River Oaks/Tanglewood area and in the Woodlands,” Mouzoon said. “Kingwood also has some hesitancy. And really that’s because parents get together and talk and they share their concerns so fear spreads, panic spreads, hesitancy spreads.”Some doctors are worried policies won’t change unless things get worse. Dr. Peter Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.“Eventually, this whole problem will autocorrect, but it will autocorrect at the expense of children,” Hotez said. “It will autocorrect because of a horrific measles outbreak like the one that happened in California.” After that outbreak in 2015, in which 147 cases were reported, California banned non-medical exemptions. Without legislative solutions, Hotez said doctors have limited options.“It’s become so pervasive now that I think we’re seeing a certain amount of frustration setting in,” Hotez said. “I think pediatricians are wondering what else to do at this point.” X Wikimedia CommonsA vaccine vial. Share 00:00 /03:47 Listen
Kolkata: St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) is taking a slew of measures for academic expansion and infrastructure development and also setting up hostels for boys and girls on its Raghabpur campus in South 24-Parganas to cater to the students from the far-flung rural areas of the Sunderbans.”We have found out that currently only students within a 15 km radius attend the college at Raghabpur, whose medium of instruction is Bengali. Hence, we have planned to set up two hostels – one each for boys and girls so that students from the interiors of Sunderbans can have access to higher education. The hostel fees will be nominal to ensure that they face no difficulty in staying in the hostels and pursue their studies,” Rev Dr Dominic Savio, principal of St. Xavier’s College said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the Raghabpur campus, which started five years back, has been doing very well and the college intends to impart some soft skill development programmes and vocational training programmes to make them industry friendly. The college also intends to set up a community college on this campus.”We will start post graduate courses in English, Political Science or International Relations and Education on its Park Street campus and in Bengali on Raghabpur campus from the academic year 2019-20. The College also has plans to start PG course in Chemistry,” Savio said. The college also has plans to offer PhD in the subjects that will be introduced from the next academic year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe College is also introducing Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in all the subjects from the current academic session. Preparations began in July 2017 for framing curriculum and examination modes among other academic changes and now the college is ready to introduce CBCS. “We had introduced the same in Commerce and Business Administration department last year and now it will be introduced in all subjects of Science and Arts,” a senior official said.The college is also starting a counseling cell for parents. “We have counseling cell for students. Now, we will be extending the facility to the parents as well as they are major stakeholders in progress and overall development of students. We believe in holistic development,” the Principal maintained.
Kolkata: Pandiyaraj G V, the assistant commissioner of CGST, said steps should be taken to inform everyone about the recent changes in GST council.For those businesses that came under late fee filers, the government has given a benefit to file return by March 2019. The government has given a lot of rate cuts to benefit businesses. Rate cuts have to be passed onto final beneficiary as he pays taxes. Also he mentioned that much of the issues can be resolved if technical issues are reported. Also GST practitioners’ exams will come in future. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BosePandiyaraj was addressing a day-long session organised by the Bengal Chambers of Commerce on Friday. The target for the state is to achieve 18,000 crore (CGST) in this financial year, till now 12,000 crore have been achieved (December, 2018). If a person or business fails to file GST return, for two consecutive months, a ten rupees fine would be applicable. Also, e-way bill will not be issued unless he files his return as system will not work Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking at the opening address, T B Chatterjee, Chairperson, Indirect Taxes Committee, The Bengal Chamber and senior partner and mentor Tax Connect Advisory Services LLP said: “Most of the judgments on GST that have been passed by high courts have all come through writ petitions and not appellate proceedings. GST is still in its nascent stage and it would take another 2-3 years to get good judgments on relevant topics. It would take some time to understand GST and its recent notifications and its impact on businesses and individuals. “The GST legislation is also one of the most important legislations after independence. We have significant issues at the initial stage and I must say issues are getting resolved. I must appreciate initiatives of the government of India and GST councils,” Chatterjee said.The Bengal Chamber has organised four GST workshops in the past. The objective in holding such seminars is to appraise members about GST so that they can implement it in their respective organisation. The Bengal Chamber also conducts courses on three specific subjects — international taxation that includes direct and indirect taxation, international trade that include costing, pricing, strategic management and lastly, the chamber will start a course to train candidates to make them suitable for giving GST examinations.
Kolkata: Major security lapses were detected when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s chopper reached almost 50 minutes behind schedule at the rally ground in Chopra on Wednesday.According to sources, On Wednesday afternoon, Banerjee’s chopper took off from Bagdogra Airport at Siliguri to go to Chopra. The distance between Chopra and Bagdogra is about 15 minutes. But after almost 20 minutes went by, Banerjee and her co-passengers sensed that something was not right. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn the meantime, the pilot of the chopper informed that he was not receiving any signal from the landing point. He had initially thought of returning to Bagdogra Airport, but later decided to land somewhere else. Sources informed that during the whole imbroglio, the pilot was worried that he had accidentally entered the Bangladesh airspace, which is close to Chopra. Nepal airspace is very close to the area as well. In the midst of the confusion, the chopper kept on flying for almost 50 minutes. Later, some of the passengers found mobile network and was able to detect the location. Later, the chopper landed safely with Banerjee and the others reaching almost 55 late from the scheduled landing time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe process of flying and landing of choppers is much different from an airplane. An airplane is guided by the Air Traffic Control, whereas a chopper follows the Visual Flying Rules which means it will fly according to visibility. Also, to land a chopper, the pilot needs a proper signal from the landing point. In this case, the pilot specifically alleged that he did not see any signal such as smoke signal or light signal (used at night) from the landing point. Subsequently, questions arose on whether the persons on duty at the landing point were aware of the chopper taking off from Bagdogra and if they were aware of it, why no smoke signal was given to the chopper pilot.
Shamshi, Pakuahat, Kaliachowk (Malda North/South): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said there will be no democracy in India if the fascist BJP government under Narendra Modi gets voted back to power.”BJP will not come back but if they are voted back to power then the fascist government under Modi will bid goodbye to democracy in India,” she said. Banerjee addressed three rallies at Shamshi, Pakuahat and Kaliachowk in North and South Malda, where elections will be held on April 23. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMalda and Murshidabad are two districts where Trinamool Congress did not have any MP until recently. Both the MPs in Malda were from Congress, until Mausam Benazir Noor joined Trinamool Congress. AHA Khan Chowdhury had won the Malda South seat by 1.64 lakh votes, while Mausam had won the Malda North seat by over 65,000 votes. Both the ministers in Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet, Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and Sabitri Mitra, had lost in the 2016 Assembly election. But the Trinamool supremo is expecting a change in the Congress stronghold this time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateRecalling her long association with Congress, Banerjee said: “As a Congress worker I felt that it was not possible to oust CPI(M) from Bengal as Congress made compromises with the party. Trinamool Congress was set up in 1998 and because of Trinamool, CPI(M) was ousted from Bengal. Trinamool does not make any compromise with any party,” she said, adding: “I asked Mausam to join Trinamool because she is a genuine worker. She will work for the people.” Criticising Congress, Banerjee said the party “Does not work and always refers to the work which had been carried out by ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury many decades ago,” she pointed out. Coming down heavily on BJP, she said: “BJP is a fascist government that survives on lies. Their leaders come from Delhi and speak lies to create confusion among the people. The statistics they put forward are concocted and full of lies.” Banerjee said in the past five years, the condition of common people has turned from bad to worse under the BJP government. “From banning of high value notes to hasty implementation of GST, the economic condition of India has been badly hit. Thousands of people have lost their jobs and the farmers are committing suicide. Bengal is the only state where the premium of crop insurance is paid by the state government. We take care of the farmers and working class,” she said. Banerjee maintained that the attitude of the parents towards their daughters has changed because of the Kanyashree scheme. Under the scheme, girls can carry on with higher education with the help of state government scholarship. “Kanyashree has not only bagged a prestigious award from the United Nations, but has also changed the attitude of parents towards their daughters. Daughters are no longer their burdens,” she said. She said after Bangladesh stopped import of mangoes from Malda, Bengal government opened business with Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries, where mangoes are being exported now. There will be an export centre in malda soon along with a new airport, she maintained. She urged the voters to cast their votes in favour of Mausam in North Malda and Moazzem Hossain in Malda South. “Do not waste your vote by casting it in favour of Congress or CPI(M). If you vote in favour of Congress or CPI(M), you will actually strengthen the hand of BJP. Vote for Mausam and Hossain saab, who will work for the development of Malda,” the Trinamool supremo said.
Travelweek Group Tuesday, October 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Tags: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hawaii, Promotions, Wellness Travel WAILEA, HAWAII — In keeping with Hawaii’s long-standing tradition of maintaining mindfulness and wellness, Fairmont Kea Lani has unveiled a new wellness package that promotes healthy living and inner balance.Called ‘inspire Your Energy Wellness Package’, it includes daily breakfast buffet at Kea Lani Restaurant, daily fitness classes like barre, meditation and pilates, a 30-minute consultation with a fitness & wellness coordinator, and two 60-minute body treatments at the award-winning willow Stream Spa.The package also includes daily access to Willow Stream Spa’s heat and hydro facilities, and a signed copy of Eric Saperston’s book ‘Live in Wonder: Quests, quotes and Questions To Jumpstart Your Journey’.Package rates start at US$789 per night, double occupancy, in a Fairmont Suite.“The Inspire Your Energy Wellness Package is designed for guests interested in living a healthy, uplifted and energized life,” says Shannah Milstead, director of sales and marketing of the 450-key all suite and villa resort. “We’ve combined restorative treatments and mindfulness with an opportunity for guests to recharge and transform into a better version of themselves,” explains Milstead. “The Inspire Your Energy Wellness Package allows guests to approach wellness in a very personalized way with the guidance and expertise of our Energy Ambassador.”Launched in 2016, the Fairmont Kea Lani’s Inspire Your Energy program provides an integrated style to wellness by connecting guests to the activities they are passionate about while enjoying the tropical outdoor surroundings of Wailea, distinct mana (power or energy) of the islands and unique culture of Hawai’i.Fairmont Kea Lani, is Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa luxury resort. Nestled on the golden sands of Wailea’s Polo Beach, this award-winning oceanfront property is renowned for its distinct approach to beach resort luxury. Be well, live well with Fairmont Kea Lani’s new wellness package