The UK public healthcare system is currently under tremendous pressure to reduce costs as part of a wider review of public sector spending within the UK. However, this doesn’t stop the need for the constant evolution of its IT infrastructure to meet the growing needs of its patients and clinicians.For the last 18 months, VCE has helped a number of local health authorities to rationalise their existing IT estates by modernising aging critical systems through virtualisation, whilst also increasing system availability.“All these health authorities had roughly the same core requirements: they needed to do more with less, both physically to save on continuous power and cooling costs, but also from a management perspective.ShareThe obvious OPEX savings in minimising power and cooling costs by physically reducing a datacentre’s footprint was clear, but a more pressing challenge was enabling the current IT staff to focus on deploying new applications rather than supporting the aging infrastructure.For the first time, clinicians were appealing to their boards of directors to make substantial improvements in the way patient records were stored and accessed. Clinicians need information to be mobile as they move between departments or as patients move between wards on the way to recovery. In order to enable this transformation, IT needed to free up existing staff that had the knowledge of how this data needed to flow, but who were constrained by simply keeping the lights on with the original infrastructure.VCE leveraged our partners’ existing healthcare initiatives to solve these problems and quickly transformed the IT infrastructure to better serve clinicians and patients.By deploying Vblock Systems, our partners and the health authorities were able to quickly utilise a pre-engineered, pre-validated and pre-tested solution that was specifically tailored to their exact requirements. The Vblock Systems dramatically reduced the time it took to deploy infrastructure and transition live workloads. This was seen as a major benefit to both the health authorities and our partners – who viewed the Vblock System implementation as just a single task rather than an elongated project.Our partners were then able to deliver a number of advanced services that they specifically developed for the health authorities within the United Kingdom. Of primary concern was the ability to deliver a secure desktop solution for clinicians to use anywhere in the hospital, accessed via a secure single sign-on technology. Through VCE’s extensive knowledge in this area, we were able to combine both the VDI workloads and backend application workloads within the same Vblock System, whilst maintaining known performance and scalability matrixes for the projected lifespan of each solution. Our partners then integrated the single sign-on technology for different health care applications, providing the clinicians with the portable desktop solution.On top of the clinical desktops, the handling of patient records into a central, single location was achieved through the deployment of EMC’s Documentum product. By deploying this plus other solutions in the form of EMC DataDomain, EMC RecoverPoint and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, VCE and our partners were able to provide the local health authorities with a complete IT infrastructure refresh program. In addition, VCE provided a single number to call for all support requirements, which again reduced ongoing management costs and allowed IT staff to focus on improving clinicians’ IT experience and enabled the clinicians to focus on patient care.The combined experience that VCE and our partners brought to these local health authorities was identified as a tremendous value and something that de-risked an otherwise difficult set of requirements the health authorities needed to achieve within aggressive timeframes.
January 04, 2018 Human Services, Medical Marijuana, National Issues, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today renewed his vow to protect patients seeking legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania from any overreach by the federal government:“Despite backwards moves by the Trump administration, I will continue to protect cancer patients, kids with epilepsy, veterans with PTSD and all Pennsylvanians seeking relief from legal medical marijuana. In Pennsylvania, we legalized medical marijuana in an overwhelming and bipartisan fashion, and we are months away from getting this medicine to patients that need it.“The Trump Administration must put patients’ rights first, and I will not stand for backwards attacks on the progress made in Pennsylvania to provide medicine to those in need. We are evaluating the exact impact rescinding the directive could have on Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program but I will continue to do everything in my power to protect Pennsylvania patients.”Background:Governor Wolf has sent three letters seeking to protect Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program from federal overreach, including one to Attorney General Sessions, one to the Pennsylvania delegation, and one to Congressional leaders.Governor Wolf, in these letters, vowed to pursue legal action should Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program be threatened by federal interference and urged Congress to take action to protect states that legalized medical marijuana. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania Will Protect Medical Marijuana Patients from Any Federal Overreach
WrestleMania 35 will again be the biggest event in sports entertainment and WWE always goes above and beyond to make it an incredible experience. That includes building an elaborate stage to fit the scene. This year’s event is no different and fans are very curious as always as to learn and see what the actual stage will look like at the “Showcase of the Immortals.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWith WrestleMania 35 almost here, we’re starting to get our first glimpse of how the scene looks at MetLife Stadium for Sunday’s big event. Take a look:Crews continue to build the Wrestlemania 35 stage. Official reveal is scheduled tomorrow. Thanks to Crest212 for passing these along. pic.twitter.com/sAqZRD0wuH— HeelByNature.com (@HeelByNatureYT) April 5, 2019Some new photos of the #WrestleMania 35 Set & Stage. They’ll obviously add more to it instead of just a giant screen. pic.twitter.com/890pFRNPUd— Angel Lopez (@xKillSwitch130x) April 5, 2019A little more of a high res photo of yesterday’s leak of the #WrestleMania stage pic.twitter.com/mZPuioPYFA— Flash Gordon (@TheArcherMW) April 4, 2019They go from WrestleMania 29 bridge stage to RAW 2.0 stage. #WresteMania pic.twitter.com/N0DiHkvNGa— Aaron🏴 (@DareToAaron) April 5, 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola said Sergio Aguero had earned the right to determine his own Manchester City future after the Argentinian striker scored a brace in a 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth.The build-up to Saturday’s contest was dogged by talk of Aguero’s supposed discontent at the Etihad Stadium as Guardiola continues to rotate his starting XI.Aguero, City’s all-time leading scorer, is reported to have held talks with club owner Khaldoon Al Mubarak, but he showed no signs of unhappiness against Bournemouth as he scored twice and set up a goal for Raheem Sterling.“I respect Sergio a lot, about all he has done and what he will do in the future,” said City manager Guardiola after the Premier League leaders’ 17th successive league win.“He is a legend. He will decide absolutely everything about his life and his future. I’m delighted to have him here with Gabriel (Jesus) and all the squad.“Aguero is a special player, a legend, and I am so happy when he plays good and he is scoring goals. I know the players who normally don’t play are upset, but all the team deserve to play.”Guardiola : Aguero will decide own futureAguero’s first goal, a clinically taken diving header after 27 minutes following a fine Fernandinho cross, was his 100th City goal at the Etihad.Sterling doubled City’s lead in the 53rd minute, thrashing a low effort home to end a challenging week that saw him racially abused at the club’s training ground last weekend by a man who was jailed for 16 weeks on Wednesday.The England forward appears to have shrugged off that incident and Guardiola believes he is getting better all the time.– Sterling ‘is loved’ – “With and without the ball he’s so aggressive and so intense. I like how clear it’s becoming — he knows when to dribble and when to pass,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.“Before there was a mistake, now he’s enjoying scoring goals. In the past it was a bit scary for him.“He’s loved in the locker room, he’s a young player and important for the national team. He must maintain that level.”After Sterling’s goal, Bournemouth could no longer contain City and the home side began to maraud forward.Aguero nodded home his second header of the match before substitute Danilo ruthlessly finished from 12 yards out with five minutes remaining.Sterling is lovedAlthough they slipped into the relegation zone, Bournemouth showed enough intent and commitment to suggest they can avoid the drop.“City are an outstanding team, very difficult to play against and we came with a game plan to stay in the game then maybe have a go,” said beaten manager Eddie Howe.“For long periods we were good. The (first) goal came from our mistake, which was disappointing, but the rest of the half was OK. The second goal was the killer. We had another go, but it was difficult.”Howe added: “We try to approach every game looking to win, but these are a difficult team to play against.“If you get it wrong here they have the players to expose it. We’ve had an incredibly difficult run, but we are through it and have to focus on the games coming up.”Share on: WhatsApp
by Kriestie RiekenAP Sports WriterHOUSTON (AP) — Johnny Football has done it again.Facing another problem that could have derailed his football career, Texas A&M’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel has evaded serious punishment one more time.Manziel was suspended Wednesday for the first half of the Aggies’ season opener against Rice on Saturday for what the school said was an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.The quarterback was being investigated for allegedly accepting money for autographs from memorabilia brokers, a violation of NCAA rules that could have led to a much longer suspension. ESPN first reported the allegations against Manziel earlier this month.The latest problem isn’t the first time off-the-field trouble has put Manziel’s career in jeopardy.Manziel was arrested last summer after a bar fight near campus and charged with disorderly conduct, possession of a fake ID and failure to identify himself to police. It was an incident that put him in danger of being suspended from school and left him having to earn the starting job in fall camp.Manziel admitted this June that he failed to identify himself to police following the altercation. As part of a plea deal, other charges against the 20-year-old, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed, and it looked as though Manziel’s trouble was behind him before the latest problems came to light.The news of Manziel’s suspension was the talk of Twitter on Wednesday, with many questioning the length of the suspension. Former NFL and MLB star Deion Sanders was incredulous at the brevity of Manziel’s suspension, after Dez Bryant was suspended for an entire season while at Oklahoma State after lying about having dinner with Sanders.“Can we investigate the investigators? @DezBryant got suspended a season 4 lying about a dinner that wasnt a violation & Manziel gets a half,” Sanders tweeted soon after the ruling was made public.The decision also had a major impact in Las Vegas, where the odds of Manziel’s chances of repeating as a Heisman winner and Texas A&M’s chances of winning the national championship shifted dramatically. RJ Bell, the founder of sports betting website Pregame.com, said Manziel’s chances of winning the Heisman jumped from 12/1 to 6/1, and the team’s shot at the title increased from 18/1 to 10/1.The penalty appears to have brought a quick end to an investigation that could have ruined the seventh-ranked Aggies’ season.The school issued a statement Wednesday saying it declared the Heisman winner ineligible and that the NCAA agreed to reinstate Manziel after he sits out the first half against the underdog Owls.“I am proud of the way both Coach Sumlin and Johnny handled this situation, with integrity and honesty,” Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said in the statement. “We all take the Aggie Code of Honor very seriously and there is no evidence that either the university or Johnny violated that code.”According to the statement, Texas A&M and the NCAA “confirmed there is no evidence Manziel received money in exchange for autographs based on currently available information and statements by Manziel.”Conditions for reinstatement include Manziel discussing his actions with teammates and A&M revising how it educates student-athletes about signing autographs.“Student-athletes are often asked for autographs from fans, but unfortunately, some individuals’ sole motivation in seeking an autograph is for resale,” said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs. “It is important that schools are cognizant and educate student-athletes about situations in which there is a strong likelihood that the autograph seeker plans to resell the items.”Manziel likely will be replaced for the opening half by either junior Matt Joeckel or freshman Kenny Hill. Joeckel has thrown only 11 passes in his college career.Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman last season, setting numerous school and Southeastern Conference records while leading A&M to an 11-2 mark and a victory over No. 1 Alabama in its first season in the SEC.He followed that with a high-profile offseason of road trips to Las Vegas and the NBA Finals. Manziel got to meet Heat star LeBron James and rapper Drake, and he posted some Tweets that made headlines.His biggest misstep, however, came during the summer when he departed early from a quarterback camp for high school players run by the Manning family in Louisiana. Manziel said it was a mutual decision after he overslept and missed meetings and activities.Dat Nguyen, an All-America linebacker at Texas A&M in the 1990s and former assistant coach for the Aggies, lamented Manziel’s mistakes, but noted what he’s done for the program.“I’m a little bit disappointed with what’s going on down there,” Nguyen said recently. “Going into the season I thought this would be the year for A&M to win a national championship and this has been a distraction. He made a bad decision and he’s just got to move on … but overall the guy has put A&M back on the map.”Former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum, who is now a special adviser to the school’s president, has watched Manziel’s career with great interest and is looking forward to seeing how he’ll follow up his incredible first season.“This young man has been in a position that no one has ever been in,” Slocum said before the suspension was announced. “He’s been a freshman and a 20-year-old winner of the Heisman Trophy, and he’s done some great things with that and he’s had a few things I’m sure he’d like to have a do-over with. And if I were advising him, I might have said, ‘That’s probably not in your best interests to do that or say that or be there,’ but in terms of the upcoming season, I’m as anxious as anybody to see what happens and see what the results are.”Manziel was the main attraction at SEC Media Days, where he was peppered with questions but answered with the same cool and calm he often shows in the face of a pass rush.“I don’t feel like I’ve done anything that’s catastrophic,” Manziel said at the time. “Of course, I’ve made my mistakes. It’s time to grow up.”The day before the Aggies reported for preseason practice, ESPN reported Manziel signed thousands of autographs for brokers in Texas, Florida and Connecticut, and cited unidentified sources who said Manziel was paid thousands for dollars for the signatures.Manziel has been off-limits to the media since news broke of the NCAA investigation, but has been practicing with the Aggies._____Associated Press writer George Henry in Atlanta contributed to this report. In this April 13, 2013, file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) stands on the sideline during the first half of the Aggies’ Maroon & White spring NCAA college football game at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Karen Warren,, File)