Read Full Story Continuous skin-to-skin contact with their mothers during the first days of life may reduce low birth weight infant deaths by more than one-third compared to conventional care, according to a new meta-analysis by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital.The meta-analysis combined studies which examined the effect of kangaroo mother care (KMC) or skin-to-skin care, typically practiced with exclusive breastfeeding, on neonatal outcomes. The most dramatic reduction in mortality rates was for low birth weight or preterm babies. Among heavier or full-term babies, there were also beneficial effects on their oxygenation, temperature regulation, and pain tolerance.“While KMC or skin-to-skin care is particularly useful for low birth weight babies born where medical resources are limited, developed and developing countries are moving to ‘normalize’ KMC or skin-to-skin as a beneficial practice for all newborns and mothers,” said senior author Grace Chan, instructor at Harvard Chan School and a faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital.The paper appeared online December 22, 2015 in Pediatrics.As many as 4 million babies worldwide die each year during their first month of life, and infants born early or at a low birth weight are at particular risk. Health technologies such as incubators can help improve outcomes in high-risk infants; however, such equipment is not widely available in low- and middle-income countries, where 99% of all neonatal deaths occur.
Court strikes statute dealing with pretrial release Says the legislature encroached on its exclusive procedural rulemaking authority Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional a statute dealing with nonmonetary pretrial release as an impermissible intrusion on the court’s exclusive procedural rulemaking ability and has temporarily readopted two Rules of Criminal Procedure that the statute amended back in 2000.However, because the court now says a “vacuum” exists as to when judges may consider some defendants for nonmonetary pretrial release, it is republishing the two rules (3.131 and 3.132) in this News for comments concerning whether they should be amended to reflect the legislature’s intent as demonstrated by the now unconstitutional statute (§907.041(4)(b)). (See notice, page 29)“The court is particularly concerned that it be fully informed as to the policy concerns of the Florida Legislature before it takes any final action on these rules,” the court said in a June 30 opinion. “For that reason, the court expressly invites the legislature to file comments particularly addressing the policy concerns that the legislature was attempting to address by enacting section 907.041(4)(b).”At issue is the court’s finding in State v. Raymond, No. SC03-1263 (Fla. June 30, 2005), that §907.041(4)(b) is purely procedural and therefore an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers clause of the Florida Constitution.The case involves Marti Cassandra Raymond, who was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery that involved domestic violence. Raymond was brought before the Dade County court for her first appearance and was found to qualify for nonmonetary release to pretrial services (PTS) because she had no prior offenses. Despite making a finding that Raymond qualified, the court said it could not grant nonmonetary pretrial release, citing §907.041(4)(b). It provides in pertinent part: “No person charged with a dangerous crime shall be granted nonmonetary pretrial release at a first appearance hearing. . . . ” Misdemeanor domestic violence is classified as a dangerous crime and because Raymond was charged with committing a dangerous crime, even though she was otherwise eligible for nonmonetary pretrial release at her first appearance, the court was required to set a bond.Raymond could not afford to post the $1,500 bond and remained in jail through the weekend, until the second scheduled appearance the following Monday. During that time, Raymond filed a motion seeking nonmonetary pretrial release, alleging that §907.041(4)(b) was unconstitutional because it created a procedural rule that regulated the timing of her eligibility for release to PTS. The county court denied Raymond’s motion but asked the appellate division of the 11th Judicial Circuit if the statute impermissibly intrudes upon the Supreme Court’s rulemaking authority. The 11th Circuit’s appellate division found that it did and the Third DCA agreed. The state appealed, arguing that the statute is substantive in nature for several reasons.The state argued that the amendment alters the presumption from favoring nonmonetary release to a presumption against nonmonetary release when the defendant is charged with a dangerous crime. That presumption is found in the following statutory provision:“(3) Release on nonmonetary conditions.—“(a) It is the intent of the legislature to create a presumption in favor of release on nonmonetary conditions for any person who is granted pretrial release unless such person is charged with a dangerous crime as defined in subsection (4). Such person shall be released on monetary conditions if it is determined that such monetary conditions are necessary to assure the presence of the person at trial or at other proceedings, to protect the community from risk of physical harm to persons, to assure the presence of the accused at trial, or to assure the integrity of the judicial process.”“We do not agree that a change in the presumption in §907.041(3)(a) means that a change to §907.041(4)(b) is substantive,” Justice Peggy Quince, wrote for the 5-2 majority. “The change in presumption does not affect the defendant’s eligibility for nonmonetary pretrial release. Any defendant who was eligible for nonmonetary pretrial release is still eligible for nonmonetary pretrial release. The statutory provision granting this right was fixed in a portion of the statute that is not at issue here. Because the right to nonmonetary pretrial release is not itself at issue — any person entitled to PTS nonmonetary release before the amendment is still entitled to it after the amendment — this is not a substantive provision. The provision at issue here merely affects the timing of the release on nonmonetary conditions.”The court also rejected the state’s claim that the amendment concerns itself with the period of time that a defendant accused of a violent crime must be held before nonmonetary release, thus making it substantive and not purely procedural. The court found the section does not set forth a specific period of time that a defendant must be detained before a judicial hearing.“In fact, even the state agrees that the trial court could have called Raymond’s case for a second hearing immediately following her initial appearance,” Quince said.In 2000, the court said, the legislature amended §907.041, and repealed Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132, relating to pretrial release and pretrial detention, to the extent the act and the session law is inconsistent with rules 3.131 and 3.132 on whether certain defendants will be considered for nonmonetary pretrial release at the first appearance hearing. The rules require the judge to determine and impose the conditions of pretrial release at the first appearance hearing for all defendants, but the session law prohibits such consideration for certain defendants by specifying that “[n]o person charged with a dangerous crime shall be granted nonmonetary pretrial release at a first appearance hearing.”“Thus, those portions of the rules which require the trial judge to determine and impose the conditions of pretrial release for persons charged with a dangerous crime at the first appearance, including nonmonetary conditions, have been repealed by the legislature,” the court said.Although the legislature may repeal a court procedural rule, it cannot create a new procedural rule by statute.“In this case, the legislature repealed a portion of two procedural rules; however, by enacting §907.041(4)(b), which is a rule of procedure affecting the timing of a defendant’s eligibility for pretrial release to PTS, it also imposed a new procedural rule, essentially rewriting the Rules of Criminal Procedure. This the legislature may not do.”Therefore, the court temporarily readopted rules 3.131 and 3.132 in their entirety and is calling for comments concerning whether they should be amended to reflect the legislature’s intent as demonstrated in §907.041.“We are particularly concerned that we be fully informed as to the policy concerns of the Florida Legislature before we take any final action on these rules,” Quince said. “For that reason, we expressly invite the legislature to file comments particularly addressing the policy concerns that the legislature was attempting to address by enacting §907.041(4)(b).”Chief Justice Barbara Pariente and Justices Charles Wells, Harry Lee Anstead and Raoul Cantero concurred. Justices Fred Lewis and Kenneth Bell dissented. August 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Court strikes statute dealing with pretrial release
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Congressman Anthony Brindisi told 12 News on Tuesday that he’s working on a new relief package in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. Brindisi says bi-partisan efforts and talks are occuring down in Washington, his colleagues agree this is an important step to helping those who need it. This new Stimulus package will get additional funding aid to hospitals and health care workers on the front lines, as well as provide support to small businesses applying for loans and will get money to the state and local governments experiencing shortfalls due to the pandemic. “We have to get money to our hospitals, many of our hospitals don’t have a lot of cash on hand to go multiple weeks or months without new revenue coming in. So we have to get funding to our hospitals to fight this pandemic and support our health care workers,” Brindisi says.
Sharing is caring! Share Share Share 9 Views no discussions Tweet LocalNews AID Bank reports decline in nonperforming assets by: – November 8, 2011 AID Bank in Goodwill. Image via: Investdominica.comThe Agricultural Industrial and Development Bank (AID Bank) has reporting a steady decline in the level of nonperforming assets at the financial institution.Chairman of the AID Bank Board of Directors Ambrose Sylvester says proactive measures by the bank’s officials have now resulted in a 13% decrease in nonperforming loans.He says the AID Bank is hoping to reduce it by a further 10 percent within the next year.“Over the last 3 or 4 years there has been a steady decline in the level of nonperforming assets which today is now in the region of 13.5%-13.9%, coming from three years ago almost 24%. We have set ourselves a target of 10% within the next year or two. We have made frequent contact with customers, following up with them,” he explained.He explained that a loan only becomes nonperforming with interest in arrears after three months. “So there is a red flag by the second month and you need to follow up with them. There are a number of chronic delinquent customers but those in the more recent times; we try our best to follow up with the clients to ensure that they remain true to their obligations,” he said.Meantime the AID Bank has introduced a new mortgage plan for single persons earning 2,500 dollars or less and couples earning 4 thousand dollars or less.A number of persons stand to benefit from that facility.Dominica Vibes News
The bright side of early training camp injuries is that many fantasy football owners have yet to have their drafts. The downside is that they throw everything into flux. You’ve made great rankings, cheat sheets and sleeper lists only to have them blow up in your face because A.J. Green is hurt (again). It’s doubly disappointing if you’re a Giants fan with Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate both Week 1 question marks. Then there’s Todd Gurley, who everyone watched struggle down the stretch because of his lingering knee issue.These won’t be the only injuries before Week 1, but they’re already a few major storylines to follow. Check back here for more updates as the preseason goes on and more players inevitably get hurt, hold out or face suspensions. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetHow long is A.J. Green out?Green has torn ligaments in his left ankle and is expected to be out for six-to-eight weeks, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday. That means he’d be expected to miss at least Week 1, and he’d be out multiple regular season weeks if it stretched to the long end of that range. In addition, John Ross could “possibly” miss two weeks with a hamstring injury, per Bengals.com.The obvious winner here is Tyler Boyd. He’d already made a slight case as Cincinnati’s best wideout a year ago, and now he’ll get at least a week and possibly more as the featured WR for the Bengals. We’ve moved him up in our WR rankings. Green’s absence could also make RBs Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard bigger factors in the passing game, as well as TEs C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Eifert.2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200Is Todd Gurley healthy?Gurley dealt with arthritis in his knee at the close of last season. He missed games and looked lik ea shell of his self in the NFC Championship game and Super Bowl. The Rams have called their approach to Gurley this season a “veteran plan.” That will include skipping all four preseason games and not taking every first-team rep in training camp, per Yahoo Sports.Gurley is far from the only player to receive this type of treatment, but coming off his knee issues last year, it causes greater concern. It’s part of the reason rookie Darrell Henderson is on our RB sleeper list. Henderson was one of the best backs in the country at Memphis a year ago, and the Rams sepnt a third-round pick to secure him this year. If you’re drafting Gurley, who’s falling to the second and third round in some early experts drafts, Henderson is a must-have handcuff.2019 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Top 200Sterling Shepard injured, Golden Tate suspendedShepard fractured his thumb last week, and his status for Week 1 is uncertain. The team called it a “week-to-week” injury. But when it rains it pours with the Giants, as recently acquired Golden Tate has been suspended four games for violating the league’s PED policy. Tate is appealing, though, and seems to have a compelling case. In a tweeted statement, Tate explained that he had started a treatment for fertility planning but immediately discontinued use when he realized a substance was banned by the NFL. His appeal is expected to be completed before the season. It’s worth noting there is a precedent for Tate’s case: In 2014, Robert Mathis was suspended before the season for use of a fertility drug (it’s not clear whether its the exact same drug as Tate, but apparently for the same purpose). Mathis’s appeal was denied and he missed Indianapolis’s first four games.DRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STThere’s a lot of ways this situation could go. Shepard could heal by Week 1 and Tate could win his appeal, giving Eli Manning two established targets at WR. What fantasy owners are surely less confident about is who would catch passes if they were both out to start the season. Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram would be featured even more than normal. Cody Latimer, Darius Slayton and Russell Shepard are worth monitoring in the preseason, but none figure to have much long-term value.