0 Community Corner Nelson Fialho, who served as Pleasanton City Manager for 17 years, started Monday as interim CEO of the Three Valleys Community Foundation. Michael Wittner , Patch Staff Posted Reply PLEASANTON, CA —Former Pleasanton city manager will now serve as interim CEO of the Three Valleys Community Foundation, the nonprofit announced Monday . Fialho's appointment begins immediately. Fialho, who retired in November following 17 years as Pleasanton City Manager , will lead the newly-formed organization through a "thorough strategic planning process, setting the stage for the Foundation's short-term growth and long-term vision." Founded in November 2021, Three Valleys is a community development nonprofit that will "offer a local alternative to traditional, nationally-based donor advised funds (DAFS) and endowment fund services – with a special focus on local grantmaking and helping donors find worthy causes to … [Read more...] about Former Pleasanton City Manager To Lead Three Valleys Nonprofit
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COVENTRY, England — Along with millions of Britons, Jules Barcroft bought into the bold promise made by Boris Johnson in the 2016 Brexit campaign: that leaving the European Union would bring buckets of new money into the long starved National Health Service. So she voted for Leave, staking her own health — she has multiple sclerosis and lifelong diabetes — on that pledge by Mr. Johnson, now the prime minister. Three years later, however, she feels used. “That was all a lie,” Ms. Barcroft said. “Why would they look after our medical needs? That’s not high on their agenda at all.” With Britain on the precipice of an election that could soon lead to a decisive break with the European Union, Brexit looks to many people more like a threat to their cherished health service than its salvation. The system has already deteriorated under the watch of Mr. Johnson’s Conservative Party, with beds overflowing, waiting times swelling and nurse and doctor vacancies piling up . … [Read more...] about U.K. Health Service Poses a Late Election Issue for Boris Johnson
LONDON — After nine months of waiting for surgery, Ruth Fawcett’s knee muscles wasted away, causing her joint to come loose in its socket and leaving her unable to walk without assistance. “They’ve just stopped doing surgery for cases that they call nonlife-threatening and when they start again, they will probably have to prioritize the most urgent cases,” she said, taking a deep sigh. Ms. Fawcett, 82, a jewelry designer from the northwestern county of Cumbria, is one of nearly four million people in England on the National Health Service waiting list for routine hospital treatments, which have been disrupted in recent months as hospitals have been forced to suspend services in favor of coronavirus cases. Many patients like Ms. Fawcett are experiencing a significant deterioration in their health because of the delay and are growing anxious and frustrated because of the lack of guidance as to where they are placed on the list, or how long they will have to wait before they can … [Read more...] about Long Waits for U.K. Hospital Treatment as N.H.S. Fights Coronavirus
The White House announced on Wednesday new measures to boost cybersecurity within federal agencies following increased cyberattacks on private and public U.S. infrastructure. According to a memo released by Shalanda Young Shalanda Young One year on, a critical role needs to be filled by the administration Biden taps Shalanda Young to lead White House budget office Senate panels advance Shalanda Young nomination for deputy OMB director MORE , the acting director for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), agencies will be transitioning to a "zero trust" approach that assumes no actor, system or network operating outside the security perimeter is to be trusted. "Instead, we must verify anything and everything attempting to establish access," the memo reads, calling it a "dramatic paradigm shift in philosophy of how we secure our infrastructure, networks, and data." ADVERTISEMENT “This zero trust strategy is about ensuring the federal government … [Read more...] about White House moves to boost cybersecurity at federal agencies
LONDON — Lara Wahab had been waiting for more than two years for a kidney and pancreas transplant, but months had passed without any word. So last month she called the hospital, and got crushing news. There had been a good match for her in October, the transplant coordinator told her, which the hospital normally would have accepted. But with Covid-19 patients filling beds, the transplant team could not find her a place in the intensive care unit for postoperative care. They had to decline the organs. “I was just in shock. I knew that the N.H.S. was under a lot of strain, but you don’t really know until you’re waiting for something like that,” she said, referring to the National Health Service. “It was there, but it sort of slipped through my fingers,” she added of the transplant opportunity. Ms. Wahab, 34, from North London, is part of an enormous and growing backlog of patients in Britain’s free health service who have seen planned care delayed or diverted, in part because of … [Read more...] about U.K.’s Other Health Crisis: A Huge Backlog of Delayed Non-Covid Care
To the uninitiated, the neti pot may seem like yet another wellness trend. After all, the teapot-like vessel was popularized in the United States by the celebrity surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, who called it a “ nose bidet ” on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and has been criticized for promoting unproven supplements and health products . Rinsing warm saltwater through your nose — in one nostril and out the other — as an antidote for a variety of woes like sinus inflammation, congestion and allergies may seem strange and possibly scary; especially if you’ve heard about its links to rare but deadly brain-eating amoeba infections . But according to ear, nose and throat doctors, nasal rinsing, which traces back thousands of years to the Ayurvedic medical traditions of India, is an unusual example of a practice that is at once ancient, trendy and evidence-based. And, it’s safe and inexpensive to boot. It has a “very, very high level of evidence, randomized controlled trial evidence, that … [Read more...] about Do Neti Pots Really Work?