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The failure of nursing home health commissioner Zucker was worse than expected



The failure of nursing home health commissioner Zucker was worse than expected

Health Commissioner Howard Zucker’s approach to the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes is even worse than we thought: It turns out that the Department of Health did not even try to track deaths at home for a full month after the state reported its first death.

The first confirmed COVID-19 death in New York came on March 14, but it was only on April 16 that DOH asked a nursing home administrator how many residents died of this disease, Syracuse Post-Standard has been revealed.

The department is in contact – sending out daily questionnaires asking how many masks and how many household cleaners are on hand, among other data. But it was not until news spread anger among the families of citizens that the country thought to ask the most important questions.

And then DOH just banged: He sent emails to homes on April 17 at 7:03 am to ask, “What is the total number of people who have died in your COVID-19 nursing home?” This sets a time limit of 8:45 for a reply.

The next day, he ordered the administrator to document every death from the corona virus during the previous six weeks – in the afternoon email at 2:30 p.m. deadline.

All this, as Zucker mandated on March 25, that the home accepts COVID positive patients. That’s right: He gave the order without trying to find out how many people were dying of bugs. (Then again, this is the person who ordered the EMT not to bother trying to resuscitate the victims of a heart attack until The Post reveals the madness.)

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Zucker seems to only focus on keeping the hospital from being overwhelmed, to sending infected patients to the facilities of their homes that are most vulnerable to bugs. Now the virus has claimed 5,600 lives in nursing homes, and experts believe the actual number of victims is far higher.

Governor Cuomo has repeatedly insisted his team base all of its movements on data, but Zucker did not even gather important information about the populations most at risk. Surely Empire State deserves a better health commissioner than this.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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