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International students look forward to returning to campus in the fall

first_imgAbby Hoffacker Facebook ReddIt Linkedin ReddIt Academics at TCU printFor many international students who have been studying from their home countries during the pandemic, TCU’s decision to move students back into the classroom next fall could mean a good night’s sleep.Time differences between their homes and TCU can be more than 10 hours for some students meaning they are attending synchronous class in the middle of the night. “Most of my classes are scattered around 9 p.m. till 7 a.m. in the morning,” said Hiep N. Nguyen, a first-year computer science major from Haiphong, Vietnam.  Even though most teachers are lenient with tests, allowing Nguyen to take them asynchronously, the Zoom classes are still taxing.  “It’s not a good experience but it’s tolerable,” Nguyen said.  There is a 12-hour time difference between Texas and Vietnam, where most of TCU’s international students are from, according to the 2020 TCU Fact Book. Top 10 Student Countries (fall 2020)InfogramInternational students struggle with time change difficulties TCU’s International Services program director John Singleton said 30% to 40% of international students are not on campus. He said enrollment has not dropped, but some students have opted to defer, rather than do virtual learning.“After the fall [2020] semester, a number of our students did not choose to go online again for spring … because they found it to be so difficult,” said Singleton.  Most online TCU classes meet synchronously on Zoom, which can be hard for international students to attend when there are drastic time differences. Christian Choong, a sophomore graphic design student from Hong Kong, China, returned to campus for the spring after completing his first semester of the school year online. “I just couldn’t do online learning anymore,” Choong said. “I’m honestly glad that I came back.” The time difference made certain things many people take for granted, like mealtimes, difficult.  “In Asian communities … eating with your family is a big thing,” Choong said. “I can only eat when they eat.” And because his classes were spread throughout the night, due to a 13-hour time difference, that meant sleeping instead of eating lunch with his family.  “In between dinner and breakfast, I would have no food and barely snacks,” Choong said.  Choong also thought TCU would have offered more asynchronous options for international students. Map of World Time Zones (Vox)Optimism for the fall Other international students are choosing to finish the academic year online, before coming back to campus in the fall.  “I am a first-year, so all of my experience has been online,” said Khánh Phạm, first-year economics and math major, who is also from Vietnam.  A week before her scheduled move-in day to TCU, Phạm got on a flight back to Vietnam after realizing all her classes would be online and feeling homesick. Because of further concerns over the pandemic, Phạm’s parents did not let her return to campus in January. She then went into her second semester of all online classes. While she has joined some student organizations, she usually can’t attend meetings because of the time difference. She uses her free time after her day of classes to catch up on sleep. After nearly a year of online, she is ready to come back. “I want the interaction with people… real interactions with my classmates and professors,” she said. “I also want to go back to my normal sleeping schedule.” As for her reaction to the fall in-person classes: “That’s awesome” Phạm said. “I am ready to … get back.” Nguyen reacted similarly. “That’s actually very exciting news,” he said. “Finally a social life.” He added that he is excited to meet fellow students who he has only interacted with virtually. “The first thing I’d do [once on campus] is meet all of my new friends from online classes that I’ve talked to over the year but I have not met in person,” Nguyen said. “It’s [been] kind of like a long-distance relationship with friends… all across the country.” For other international students, who have gotten used to an online learning routine, walking to in-person classes may take some time to adjust back to.  “I’ve gotten so used to [online learning] … once in-person classes startup, I have to roll out of bed and get changed,” Choong said.  TCU announced its plan for in-person classes on March 12. “The university will utilize its full schedule, Monday through Friday, to achieve an on-campus experience with nearly all classes in-person. Space limitations and classroom structure mean only a small number of classes will be held online,” Chancellor Victor Boschini wrote in an email to the campus community. Singleton said that international students need to come back. “Every international student has to be back at TCU,” Singleton said. “They can’t do distance learning.” In-person classes for the fall are set to begin Aug. 23. Campus NewsAcademicsNewsTop StoriesInternational students look forward to returning to campus in the fallBy Abby Hoffacker – March 25, 2021 874 Students will be back on-campus on August 23.(Esau Rodriguez Olvera/Staff Abby Hoffacker Linkedin Twitter Academic and writing resources help play a role in TCU’s retention rate Abby Hoffacker Abby Hoffacker Previous articleHoroscope: March 25, 2021Next articleWhat we’re reading: Biden taps Harris to oversee immigration issues, North Korea launches 2 missiles Abby Hoffacker Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Abby Hoffacker TCU traditions and history + posts Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution last_img read more

Whistle-blowing journalist accused of using drugs by local security committee

first_img GuatemalaAmericas October 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Whistle-blowing journalist accused of using drugs by local security committee GuatemalaAmericas May 8, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Guatemala News The Guatemalan state is unable to maintain order in the corrupt social and political climate since the end of the civil war in 1996, and juntas and committees have sprung up which devote themselves to “social cleansing” of delinquents. Receive email alerts to go further January 7, 2021 Find out more August 21, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News Help by sharing this information Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! In her article, Escobar accused several influential members of the committee, as well the town’s mayor, Gerardo Higuero, of “representing and defending the ‘hooded men” (“los encapuchados”) of Panajachel, who go around at night with their faces hidden and armed with all sort of weapons, such as baseball bats and tasers, to enforce security in the town. “Up to now, more than 30 complaints have been made against these hooded men for various crimes, such as abuse of authority, torture and illegal detention,” the article said. “One could also point to assassinations, social cleansing and extra-judicial killings.”The committee responded through the Panajachel television station Canal 10, owned by the mayor, on 27 October during a televised meeting, with members accusing Escobar of being implicated in the trafficking and consumption of drugs. The Latin American journalists’ organization IPYS reports that she has received threatening messages, telling her she will be found at the bottom of Lake Atitlán, a reference to the last sentence of her article: “If I am the next (victim) to lie at the bottom of the most beautiful lake in the world with my body weighed down with stones, you will know who is responsible.”According to a report published on 27 October by the secretariat of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, Central America is the most violent region of the world, because of armed groups linked to organised crime, which makes it a dangerous region for journalistic investigation. In Honduras, Edy Andino, a journalist with the television station Canal 6, was shot and seriously wounded in the northern city of San Pedro Sula by four men firing from a tourist bus while he was driving home. The gunmen stopped firing when he told them he worked for Canal 6, a sign that the attack was not linked to his work. The journalist is out of danger. Lucía Escobar, the head of the radio station Radio Ati in the town of Panajachel, in the Sololá department of south-western Guatemala, accused the town’s security committee on 27 October of being behind threats she has received since she published an opinion piece in the newspaper elPeriódico. Her article drew attention to the involvement of several members of the committee in the disappearance of a young man two weeks ago as well as in “social cleansing” carried out by the urban militia, in place since 2009. Escobar left home two days ago to seek shelter in a secret location.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to ensure her protection and to conduct a serious and effective investigation into those behind the threats. RSF_en News Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía Organisation last_img read more

From Home Listings to Home Flipping

first_img Related Articles David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Flipping House Flipping Zillow Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Industry Sounds Off on Dodd-Frank Reform Bill Next: Carrington Holding Company Expands Leadership Zillow made its name as an online real estate database, helping homebuyers shop for houses whether they were right down the street or on the other side of the country. Recently, however, Zillow announced it had plans to branch out beyond that core business model, announcing plans to buy, refurbish, and resell homes on its own. The news stirred much discussion in the industry, and this week Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff put in an appearance on Jim Cramer’s Mad Money on CNBC, where he discussed Zillow’s home-flipping plans and explained why the shift is like Netflix’s move into producing original content. Watch the whole segment below. Home / Daily Dose / From Home Listings to Home Flipping May 22, 2018 1,968 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago From Home Listings to Home Flipping Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home Flipping House Flipping Zillow 2018-05-22 David Wharton The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, REO Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

The Ripple Effect of Rising Home Prices

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Ripple Effect of Rising Home Prices Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and, MReport and She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Previous: Can Education Costs Spur More Foreclosures? Next: Slashing Through the Servicing Jungle Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save GDP Home Prices Housing Market Rent-burdened Households Rising Home Prices Urban Institute 2018-11-23 Krista Franks Brock Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: GDP Home Prices Housing Market Rent-burdened Households Rising Home Prices Urban Institute Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Related Articles Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / The Ripple Effect of Rising Home Prices The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Rising home prices and elevated home prices have been making headlines for some time, but for those not in the market for a home in the near future, does it really matter? Researchers from the Urban Institute say it does. Home prices affect the economy at large, and thus everyone in it.Today’s elevated home prices are driven by “inadequate supply, not easy credit” as in the years leading up to the housing crisis in 2008, explained the researchers from the Urban Institute in a blog post on the Urban Wire. They asserted that “today’s high prices don’t make the market vulnerable to a similarly severe downturn.”Nonetheless, elevated home prices do have a broader impact on the economy.Between 1980 and 2000, housing contributed between 4.5 and 5.3 percent of gross domestic product. In 2005, housing’s GDP contribution peaked at 5.9 percent. In 2010, it reached its trough of 2.5 percent.Housing has rebounded somewhat and has varied between 3.3 and 3.4 percent of GDP since 2016, but it remains “significantly below the historical average,” the researchers stated.The researchers zeroed in on the impact of high home prices, laying out four major ways the economy and consumers are impacted: First, high home prices drive up rental prices increasing the amount of rent-burdened households. Second, high home prices drive down demand for consumer goods. Third, a misallocation of labor results when employees cannot afford to move for jobs. Fourth, wealth disparities widen when home prices climb.In the current housing market, home prices have climbed steadily with significant growth at the lower end of the market, precluding many low- and middle-income earners from homeownership. Thus, rents become more competitive. In fact, the Urban Institute found that the percentage of rent-burdened households—those paying more than 30 percent of their incomes on their rent—rose from 39.8 percent in 2000 to 49.7 percent in 2016.This issue is highly magnified among lower income earners. When observing specifically those earning between $20,000 and $50,000, the researchers found the share of rent-burdened households rose from 27.3 percent in 2007 to 62.3 percent in 2016.The second impact, lower demand for consumer goods, is a direct and obvious impact. When housing takes up more of one’s income, one has less to spend on other goods and services. Thus, other areas of the economy suffer. Were the current home price trend to be reversed, the researchers suggest there could be “greater consumption of other goods and services that stimulate growth and employment gains in other sectors, which could have a multiplier effect.”The third impact, misallocation of labor, occurs as it becomes too expensive for people to live in some areas, even if there are job opportunities there.Lastly, researchers point out that wealth disparities grow with rising home prices. Lower income earners end up paying a higher percentage of their incomes on housing as rents and lower priced homes are especially inflated. Meanwhile, those who already own a home experience rising wealth.“This widens the wealth gap between owners, who already have higher-than-average income and wealth, and renters, whose income and wealth are lower than average,” the researchers stated.The answer to today’s problem of high home prices, which is easier to identify than to overcome, is insufficient supply. Increase the supply of homes, and rent burden, lower consumer goods demand, misallocated labor, and growing wealth disparities may begin to diminish. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago November 23, 2018 5,831 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Krista Franks Brock Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Blocked footpaths in Carndonagh cause upset for wheelchair users

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Blocked footpaths in Carndonagh cause upset for wheelchair users Previous articleSouth Inishowen residents left without a doctor for over a monthNext articlePost mortems due on bodies found at Derry property News Highland Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp WhatsApp By News Highland – July 15, 2019 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Wheelchair users and those with a disability in parts of Inishowen are said to be at their wits end over motorists blocking local footpaths.It’s understood that the issue is particularly prevalent in Carndonagh, with people unable to go about their daily business because a vehicle is parked on up the footpath, making it inaccessible for those with a disability.It has led to calls for more action from the Gardai in a bid to curb the problem.Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen MD Cllr Martin McDermott says it effectively results in those affected not getting from A to B, and that’s totally unacceptable:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

PLAS students ‘thank a veteran’

first_img Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Troy Trojans not overlooking 1-8 Chanticleers The Troy Trojans are set to take on Division-1 newcomer Coastal Carolina on Saturday afternoon. Despite their 1-8 record, Neal… read more Neal Thrasher, VFW Post 7055 in Brundidge, agreed that Vietnam veterans did not get the respect due them.“Vietnam got bad publicity but people are beginning to understand that whether they agreed with the issues or not, it is important that these men and women are recognized for their commitment to their country and they fellowmen.” Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like By The Penny Hoarder Skip Published 3:00 am Friday, November 10, 2017 123456789101112131415161718192021PrevNextStartStop The Pike Liberal Arts School sixth graders lived up to their billing as patriots on Thursday as they honored all American veterans for their service at the school’s annual Veterans Breakfast and Appreciation Program.The students thanked the veterans for their service on the home front and on foreign fields. The message throughout the program was if you cherish your freedoms “thank a veteran.”Veterans from each branch of service were honored as their service song was played by the Pike Liberal Arts band. For Wyman Roten, who is retired from the U.S. Army, the program was meaningful and reminiscent of the patriotism Americans displayed during World War II.“I appreciate all these young people and the honor they show to veterans,” he said. “I hope that there are no wars for them to have to fight.”Former Marine Sgt. Donnie Daniels said when soldiers returned from Vietnam, no bands played and no crowds gathered to welcome them home.“The sacrifices that were made during Vietnam were the same as in other wars,” he said. “No wars are popular but the World Wars and Korea were believed necessary wars. The American public did not think we needed to be in Vietnam and took it out on the men and women that were called to duty.” Print Article PLAS students ‘thank a veteran’ Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Becky Baggett, PLAS headmaster, said patriotism is at the forefront of all that PLAS stands for.“We want all of our students to understand that the freedoms we have were not given to us,” she said. “These freedoms do not come to us free. People have suffered and died defending our freedoms and we must never forget to honor them for their sacrifices.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

Residents upset as E911 plans to rename Pike County road

first_img Sponsored Content Residents upset as E911 plans to rename Pike County road Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Skip Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “Why not designate both roads, 1112,” he said. “That would be much simpler and the change would affect fewer residents.”Mills said if there is a problem with locating County Road 1112, then the problem is signage.“The only sign that designates 1112 is a small green sign that faces north on Highway 231 south.  If you are going north from Troy, the County Road 1112 road sign is on the other side of the highway and hard to see traveling south and very difficult to see traveling north, especially at night.”County Road 1111 that joins CR1113 is well-marked going both north and south.The residents of Country Road 1112 have made their concerns known to Dozier and Johnson.“The solution to what is being made into a problem is that if County Road 1112 was properly marked, there would be no problem for first responders or for the mailman,” Branson said. “The residents of CR1112 don’t understand why E-911 should change 20 addresses when all is need is a visible road sign or two.Chris Dozier said changing road numbers is a last resort and the situation with County Road 12 is no exception.“I was contacted about a problem with mail service in that area and, in checking with the post office, found that the addresses were incorrect so changes had to be made,” he said. “I understand that the residents on County Road 1112 are concerned and why. I’ve had to change my address before, too. But, everyone that I have consulted has agreed that changing the road from 1112 to 1113 is what needs to be done and the best thing to be done.”Dozier said the residents of County Road 1112 have asked why not just change CR 1113, the shorter and less populated road, to CR 1112.Dozier said even, if that were done, the residents’ addresses would still have to be changed because they are incorrect and that would involve more address changes for more residents, he said.“A lot has gone into this decision,” Dozier said. “I know the situation is confusing and I welcome the residents who have concerns to attend our board meeting.  Or, I’ll be happy to sit down with them and explain the situation and look at the maps with them. This decision was the last resort and I want the residents to understand why it was made.” Branson said he was told by Dozier that someone had complained about their mail delivery.“That should be taken up with the post office,” he said. “Getting the wrong mail delivered would be no reason to change the road number and cause all the residents along that road to have to change their mailing addresses.”Nineteen residents of County Road 1112 signed a letter of concern and directed it to Pike County E-911. Mills said Pike County Commission Russell Johnson, who represents that area of the county, has also been contacted with the concerns of the residents.Branson said County Road 1113 is a short road that joins CR1111 and 1112. Its distance can be measured in hundred yards. CR1113 has only a few residents while County Road 1112 is a long stretch that connects to U.S. Highway 231 and has a larger number of residents. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies…center_img Mills contacted Chris Dozier, Pike County E-911 director for answers to his questions.“Chris Dozier said County Road 1112 was difficult for ambulances to locate,” Mills said. “In the last three years or so, ambulances have answered calls to my address about 12 times and only one time did any of them have the least bit of trouble.”Mills said he is sure that first responders have accurate maps and, probably, on-board equipment that could easily located County Road 1112. He doesn’t understand how changing the number of the road would make it easier to locate. You Might Like Residents along County Road 1112 north of Troy recently received notices from the Pike County E-911 board that their addresses are going to be changed from County Road 1112 to County Road 1113 and they will be assigned new house numbers.For J. C. Mills, Doug Branson and other residents along County Road 1112, that was cause for concern. Changing the road number and house addresses would require the changing of their addresses on their social security cards, driver’s licenses, insurance cards, business and legal documents and all correspondence.“That’s not an easy thing to do,” Mills said. “It’s time consuming and costly and I don’t understand why it’s needed or necessary. We’ve been getting our mail at this same address for 14 years and with no problems. Why now and for what?” By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 5:43 pm Thursday, July 30, 2020 Demand for tests surging in county Pike County added 15 cases of COVID-19 overnight Wednesday as the state of Alabama added nearly 2,000 new cases. According… read more Print Article Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

All 3 on board corporate jet die when it crashes in Indiana: State police

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  All three people on board a corporate jet have died after the plane crashed in a rural, wooded area of southern Indiana, the Indiana State Police said Friday.The crash took place shortly before 11:30 a.m. local time in Clark County, just north of Louisville, Kentucky.The Clark County Airport in Sellersburg, Indiana, said the plane had three people, including the pilot, on board when it took off at 11:24 a.m., according to police.The jet was headed to Chicago’s Midway International Airport when it fell from air traffic radar, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Chicago office told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating. The NTSB identified the plane as a Cessna Citation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

South Carolina emerging as coronavirus hot spot, as hospitalizations rise and virus spreads

first_imgsolarseven/iStockBy OLIVIA RUBIN and LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to pummel states across the country, South Carolina is dealing with a brewing crisis of its own with daily case records akin to those in more notable hot spots across the south and west, prompting some local health officials to ready surge plans should hospitals become overwhelmed.“It’s not much better here than it is in Florida or Texas,” Dr. Helmut Albrecht, the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Prisma Health, the largest nonprofit health organization in the state, told ABC News. “It has still not plateaued — every week is worse than the last. I don’t think we can set new records anymore.”A Harvard Global Health Institute tool used to track the severity of the outbreak recently ranked the state as the third highest in the country in terms of risk level — behind only Florida and Arizona — and the data indicates the virus is showing no signs of slowing down. An ABC News analysis of the data found the state is seeing increases three major categories: cases, hospitalizations and deaths.An internal state report obtained by ABC News warned of hot spots and rising cases across the entire state, but with a particularly troubling focus on coastal counties to the south — a trend reflected in the Harvard tracker.In Charleston County, for example, the report warned that there is “no sign of cases slowing down.” In Horry County, home to the popular tourist destination Myrtle Beach, “cases continue to sharply rise … widespread travel to the area contributing to cases,” says the report, dated July 4.“New hot spots continue to develop. Consecutive hot spots week after week becoming the norm,” it says.Dr. Rick Foster, a former head of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina, a coalition of public health leaders, echoed that sentiment and suggested that an influx of both in-state and out-of-state tourists likely aggravated the bump in cases along the state’s coast.Experts in South Carolina say basic but critical issues with testing and contact tracing are making it difficult for state officials and health care providers to keep up with the rapid spread of the virus.“I think we need to massively increase testing capability,” Albrecht said. “Right now, our delays from commercial and public health labs has gone up.”Albrecht lamented slow turnaround times for viral tests — one week, on average, he said — as being “not useable.”“By that time you have not only the patient to deal with but three to five others,” Albrecht continued. “We haven’t been able to surge the testing supplies as much as nature has been able to surge cases. The more cases you have, the more you have to test. We don’t have that surge capability with testing.”The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment for this report Tuesday.South Carolina was one of the first states to reopen on April 24, though Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, never fully shut the state down and reopened it without meeting the White House’s recommended guidelines. The state also does not have a mask mandate, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends to slow the spread of the virus. McMaster’s office did not provide comment for this report when reached late Tuesday.McMaster has previously defended his approach to combating the pandemic. “There are going to be ups and downs,” McMaster said during a press briefing on May 28, according to a local news report. “But the effort that we are undergoing in South Carolina is strong, it is thorough, it is well thought out. It has been acknowledged as such and we expect to have success.”But now the internal state report warned the state is “starting to see hospital strain.” On Tuesday, 1,324 were hospitalized in the state, a new record.Dr. Christine Carr, a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, called the influx of hospitalizations — which she attributed in part to carelessness in the community — “concerning.” She said beaches have been overflowing and citizens have gone mask-less for weeks.“There’s a ton of community spread right now,” Carr said. “It’s people that don’t know what they don’t know — they have no idea how many people they are infecting.”Statewide hospital capacity is steady for now at 69%, according to Melanie Matney, the chief operating officer at the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA), and ICU capacity is at 72%. Matney said that while those figures are sufficient for the time being, health care officials and providers are watching those numbers “very carefully.” Some individual hospitals are reporting higher capacity rates on their own, Matney added.With cases on the rise, Matney said the SCHA may soon implement a so-called surge plan, which was developed back in April in case of emergency. She said health officials are “expecting” cases to rise following the Fourth of July weekend, much like they did after Labor Day.Matney said the surge plan, which could be implemented in a matter of days, would activate sites across the states as health care overflow facilities. They include several hotels and the volleyball center at the University of South Carolina, which would be used for less sick patients to free up room for critical ones in the hospitals.As hospitalizations continue to climb, Matney said the “main worry” remains staffing concerns. According to the state’s health department, nearly 2,300 health care workers have already tested positive for COVID-19. Matney said the SCHA surge plan would possibly activate nursing students or out-of-state nurses to help in their hospitals.“They’re ill or quarantined for exposure, so it’s very complicated,” Matney said.At Tidelands Health, a small health care system with locations in communities near the coast, staffing struggles are top of mind. According to Bruce Bailey, the president and CEO of Tidelands Health, at least 42 staff members have tested positive for the virus – a situation that has exacerbated challenges in treating the influx of patients.“Our [emergency rooms] are at capacity, and a lot of this is staffing — just having the nurses and the doctors to manage the surge of patients,” Bailey said. “We have bed availability, we have ventilators, we have [personal protective equipment], but the real challenge is finding enough nurses and doctors and the specialists to meet the surge in demand.”Last week, Tidelands Health reached out to the National Guard for support and assistance with staffing. No plan has been made, Bailey said, but talks are scheduled to continue this week. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gender pay gap narrows for top-level HR workers

first_imgHR is winning the gender pay battle within its own profession, according toCIPD research. The poll of 2,000 HR professionals shows that the gender pay gap at HRdirector level is now almost non-existent. The Rewards Survey lists female HR directors as being paid 1.3 per cent lessthan their male colleagues, compared to a gap of 5.6 per cent last year and30.2 per cent 10 years ago. The gap at senior manager level has halved over the past 10 years, althoughit still stands at 8.2 per cent. This figure, however, is way below thenational average of 18 per cent. Pay comparisons at lower HR grades show negligible differences. The researchalso highlights that there is no gender bias in HR over bonus payments. Charles Cotton, rewards and employment conditions adviser at the CIPD,believes it is important HR is showing the way in reducing the gap. “HR must lead by example in gender pay. What is really pleasing is thatthe gap is small when bonuses are included,” said Cotton. “All tooften, people just look at base pay, but its shows that women have equal accessto incentive pay as well.” The study also reveals that although HR directors received higher thanexpected annual pay increases last year, they are losing out compared to theircounterparts in other functions. In 2002, HR directors received an average 4.6 per cent increase, takingtheir average pay to £57,449 a year. However, they are still earning more than 4 per cent below directors ofother business functions, who average £60,000 a year. In contrast, during 2000HR directors’ average pay was 3.2 per cent above their counterparts in otherdepartments. Cotton feels HR professionals are losing out on pay because of the sector’sincreasing popularity. “HR has become a sexy sector with more people wanting to enter theprofession – it is simple supply and demand,” he said. By Paul Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Gender pay gap narrows for top-level HR workersOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more