Icebreaker could lose out to border wall in budget dispute

first_imgFederal Government | Military | Nation & World | PoliticsIcebreaker could lose out to border wall in budget disputeNovember 29, 2018 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot icebreaker homeported in Seattle, Washington, breaks ice in support of scientific research in the Arctic Ocean on August 9, 2006. (Public domain photo by Petty Officer Prentice Danner/U.S. Coast Guard)President Donald Trump is in a stand-off with Congress. He said he’ll shut down the government if he doesn’t get $5 billion for border security, and one of his top priorities is a wall on the southern border. But if he gets his way, it could mean Alaska’s congressional delegation would lose one of its top priorities: a polar icebreaker.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/11/ann-2018128-03.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You may have heard: We’ve fallen way behind on icebreakers. Russia has 46 now. The United States is down to two that are operational.And you may have heard Congress has agreed to build more. That’s partially true. Congress approved an icebreaker construction program, and Congress has put some money into it — $150 million here, $150 million there.But this year, the Senate went for it.“$750 million,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski said. “That’s what the Senate looked at and said ‘We need this icebreaker. We need to get it going. That’s the commitment. It’s one of six, but we’ve got to get it going.”She wants that money to stay in the final spending package. But there are a lot of moving pieces as Congress tries to negotiate an agreement with the president to keep the government running beyond the Dec. 7 deadline. Murkowski said the icebreaker money is an attractive target to lawmakers who want to end the impasse by spending more on a border wall.“This is the beauty of the magic of the horror of what goes on with the process at the end,” she said, “is where they might find the money.”The House has agreed to spend $5 billion, as the president requested. The problem is the Senate, where Democrats aren’t willing to spend that much — and where it takes 60 votes to pass a spending bill. The Senate has approved spending $1.6 billion for border security.Murkowski said that could fund a wall, or portions of a wall, between the border states and Mexico.“There have been areas that have been identified as good areas within which you can erect a physical barrier,” she said. “There are other areas — many, many miles, perhaps hundreds of miles — that are not good candidates to spend money on a wall.”She said other security technology would be more effective there. But the president wants a wall, and icebreakers aren’t as high on his priority list.Share this story:last_img read more

Profits boom as Santander UK wins seven-day switching war

first_imgTuesday 3 February 2015 8:46 pm Santander UK has converted its flood of new current account customers into a strong rise in profits, yesterday reporting an improvement across all its business lines.Profits rose 26 per cent to £1.4bn for 2014, as the number of current account customers rose from 2.1m to 3.3m – Santander gained one quarter of all customers who used the seven-day switching service.The increase in customers helped push retail deposits up from £27.9bn to £41.1bn.The bank said it is also making progress on customer service – traditionally seen as one of the brand’s weak points.Retail complaints are down to 38 per cent of their 2012 level, and the bank’s customers are reporting satisfaction levels which are almost on a par with industry leaders.However, some problems still remain. It had to set aside an additional £95m to cover PPI mis-selling compensation claims last year, and believes the scandal will go on for longer than previously thought.UK chief Nathan Bostock took over from Ana Botin in September, as she inherited her father’s position at the top of Santander Group.Globally the bank also performed strongly, recording profits of €5.8bn (£4.4bn) in 2014, a rise of 39 per cent on the year. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online Game Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Express KCS whatsapp Profits boom as Santander UK wins seven-day switching war last_img read more

BP chief economist says the world will never run out of oil

first_img whatsapp Tuesday 13 October 2015 6:32 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ BP chief economist says the world will never run out of oil Sharecenter_img The announcement comes before countries are due to meet in Paris between November and December to bash out a new agreement on climate change, attempting to vastly reduce greenhouse emissions, which Dale said has put more emphasis on climate change concerns.The speech also comes days after Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, announced the organisation would give $29bn (£19bn) in financial assistance to poorer countries in the fight against climate change. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunGive It LoveThis Man Bought An Old Log Cabin For $100, And What He Did With It Made Everyone JealousGive It LoveFolliboost Hair GrowthThinning Hair? Use This for 1 Month, See What HappensFolliboost Hair GrowthDad Patrol20 Photos That Will Open Your MindDad PatrolNext RefinanceFishermen See Animal On Iceberg, But Then Look CloserNext RefinanceHealthyGemAlways Place A Rubber Band On Door Knob When Alone, Here’s WhyHealthyGemTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farm James Nickerson Two changes in particular had led to this. Firstly, the shale revolution in the US, and secondly, rising concerns over climate change mean that the world’s remaining oil reserves will never be fully exploited, Dale told an economists’ conference on Tuesday in London.Read more: Carney warns of financial risk posed by climate changeHowever, Dale added: “Increases in available oil resources are nothing new. But what has changed in recent years is the growing recognition that concerns about carbon emissions and climate change mean that it is increasingly unlikely that the world’s reserves of oil will ever be exhausted.”If correct, the findings suggest there is no longer a strong reason to expect the relative price of oil to increase over time, Dale concluded.Read more: World Bank pledges extra $29bn to poorer nations in fight against climate change The black stuff will never run out, so says BP’s chief economist Spencer Dale.​The world has changed in the last 10 or 15 years, Dale said, meaning new principles for understanding the oil industry are needed, replacing older, outdated assumptions.last_img read more

Funding extension for Lifeline hotline

first_imgFunding extension for Lifeline hotline Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Mental Health and WellbeingThe Tasmanian Lifeline service has been extended with a further $300,000 investment until 30 June 2021, to continue providing mental health support to Tasmanians impacted by the changes COVID-19 has had on their lives.The 1800 98 44 34 service was established as part of the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and provides support to those facing challenges including social isolation, loss of employment, and drug and alcohol issues.The service, which is staffed from 8am to 8pm seven days a week, has been invaluable in providing support and information regarding the resources available for people needing additional assistance.Three types of support are provided through the service including:– Call in – people receive psychosocial support from a trained support worker to discuss their concerns, and if appropriate, are linked in to a referral service;– Call out – contacting socially isolated older Tasmanians to check in on their welfare. These people are identified either through existing services, concerned family and friends, or other health professionals; and– Reach out – in partnership with industries significantly impacted by coronavirus, individuals who may need support are identified and reached out to and provided counselling or linked in with employee assistance programs.Tasmanian Lifeline took 100 calls in May when it commenced, and the monthly average number of incoming calls has increased to more than 170, with as many as 80 reach out calls also being made.While the service commenced specifically in response to the mental health and wellbeing impact of coronavirus, more recently callers have identified general mental health concerns, not necessarily related to coronavirus, as their primary reason for calling.The additional funding will allow the service to plan for further engagement with key Tasmanian industries and continue to respond to the general mental health and wellbeing needs of Tasmanians.More than 25 new jobs were created to deliver this important service, with social work, psychology and counselling students from the University of Tasmania professionally trained to help staff the call centre. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Alcohol, AusPol, Australia, coronavirus, covid-19, employment, Government, health, Investment, mental health, Minister, resources, social work, students, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, university, University of Tasmanialast_img read more

Westpac announces interest rate decreases for SME business loans

first_imgWestpac announces interest rate decreases for SME business loans WestpacWestpac Group has today announced reductions to some business lending interest rates on new lending for products offered under the Federal Government’s SME Guarantee Scheme.The reductions in small business lending rates will further support Australian small businesses as they look to rebuild and capitalise on growth opportunities available as the economy continues to recover.Chief Executive of Westpac’s Business division, Guil Lima, said providing businesses with access to cheap funding will help them reposition for growth.“It’s pleasing to see such positive indicators the economy is starting to recover, and there’s a clear opportunity for some businesses that may be in a position to invest for future growth, which many are telling us they are looking to do.“We also know that some customers are still impacted and having a difficult time, and we continue to work with them and provide support through our hardship program,” said Mr Lima.SME Guarantee interest rate changeBusiness LoansCurrent rateNew rate effective 1 March3 year unsecured fixed (on Business Advance)44.48% p.a.3.99% p.a.13 or 5 year secured variable3From 3.09% p.a.From 2.99% p.a.23 or 5 year fully secured fixed and fully drawn32.38% p.a.2.38% p.a.2 /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, bank, business, Economy, Federal, federal government, future, Government, Lima, Small Business, Westpaclast_img read more

El Celler de Can Roca Wins the Ferrari Trento Art of…

first_imgTwitter AdvertisementThe Art of Hospitality Award is a partnership between The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Italy’s leading producer of luxury sparkling wine, Ferrari TrentoMelbourne, Australia (April 5, 2017) – The endeavor by Ferrari Trento to promote the Art of Hospitality continues in superb fashion: after launching the Ferrari Art of Hospitality Award in 2016 in partnership with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the 2017 edition of the prize was awarded today in Melbourne. The award was bestowed on El Celler de Can Roca at an exclusive awards ceremony during the announcement of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2017.Last year’s winner of the inaugural Ferrari Art of Hospitality award, Eleven Madison Park of New York, ranked at the No. 1 spot in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 list.Will Guidara, co-owner and restaurateur of the establishment, says winning the accolade last June was a career highlight that spurred his dining room team to be even better: “There are so many awards for chefs and there are restaurant awards for elements we share together, but service and hospitality is our passion and our craft – it’s the thing that we give our lives to,” says Guidara. “It’s where I fill my gas tank, pursuing that side of Eleven Madison Park, so it’s hard to explain how powerful it was for our team just to be acknowledged for it.”While there are great things to come, Guidara says the hospitality award has given his team the impetus to provide even better service. “Affirmation is a really beautiful thing,” he says. “We don’t do it for the affirmation, but it gives you the motivation to dig that much deeper. It energises you every single day as you step onto that floor.”The Ferrari Art of Hospitality Award recognizes the restaurant that has distinguished itself above all others in providing its guests with a memorable experience based on the magical chemistry created by the perfect balance of high-quality service, hospitality, and conviviality. This year it was El Celler de Can Roca that received the highest recognition for its Art of Hospitality by winning the coveted Ferrari Art of Hospitality award.It is no secret that a great meal is based not solely on the food but on the Art of Hospitality also. Hospitality is equally important in creating exceptional culinary experiences and it is an element of the dining experience that is often overlooked. The award celebrates the subtle alchemy of excellent service and a convivial atmosphere that contribute to a complete restaurant experience.Ferrari Trento, the official sparkling wine at The World’s 50 Best event, sponsors the award. Matteo Lunelli, President and CEO of Ferrari Trento adds: “Hospitality is very important in Italian culture, and Ferrari prides itself in being an ambassador of Italian lifestyle the world over. We are therefore delighted to partner with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants to recognise the ‘Art of Hospitality’, an element so central to our brand and culture. As a producer of high-end sparkling wine and a global representative of the ‘Italian Art of Living’, we are uniquely positioned to celebrate this aspect of the restaurant experience: a glass of bubbles is synonymous with welcome and the toast is by definition an act of conviviality. Now in its second edition, we extend a hearty congratulations to El Celler de Can Roca for being awarded the Ferrari Art of Hospitality Award 2017.”To reach a decision on the winner of the 2017 award a global panel of over 1000 members voted on their best front-of-house experience. Voters are asked to consider overall quality of the service from professional standards to engagement and personality. They are also asked to judge the ambience created, the delivery of unique experiential elements and the warmth of the hospitality and environment. Ferrari has been the toast of Italy for over a century. All Ferrari labels are Trentodoc, bottle-fermented sparkling wines created using only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes cultivated on the alpine slopes of the Trentino region in Northern Italy. Long championed by chefs, Ferrari Trentodoc wines are the choice of high-end restaurants worldwide for their versatility in complementing the creativity on the plate. The Ferrari Perlé, a 100% Chardonnay Trentodoc wine,  was awarded World Champion and Best Italian Sparkling Wine by The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships this past year.Find out more by visiting www.ferraritrento.it/en or following @FerrariTrento.ABOUT FERRARIEstablished in Northern Italy’s Trentino region over a century ago by Giulio Ferrari, Ferrari crafts bottle-fermented sparkling wines according to the regulations of Trento D.O.C.  The technique is similar to the one used by the finest Champagne houses, but is profoundly Italian in craftsmanship and reputation. Ferrari is a family-run company, led by the third generation of the Lunelli family. The four cousins at the helm are the proud descendants of Bruno Lunelli, who purchased the estate in 1952. Every generation since has continued Giulio Ferrari’s uncompromising search for excellence, staying true to Trentino and its mountain agriculture in the pursuit of quality. In 2015, Ferrari was named Wine Enthusiast’s “Best European Winery” as well as “Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year” at The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.Advertisement ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Home Industry News Releases El Celler de Can Roca Wins the Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessEl Celler de Can Roca Wins the Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality AwardBy Press Release – April 7, 2017 74 0 Email Share Pinterest TAGSConsumerEl Celler de Can RocaFerrari Trento Previous articlePreparing for Tomorrow’s Marketplace: IBWSS Sets the Agenda for July ConferenceNext articleU.S. Producers Betting on Rosé and Challenging French Dominance Press Releaselast_img read more

Supreme Court reminds appellants of its limited jurisdiction

first_imgSupreme Court reminds appellants of its limited jurisdiction Oct 15, 2019 Top Stories The Florida Supreme Court has limited jurisdiction and cannot hear an appeal merely because a party is unhappy with a lower court ruling.The court, in a unanimous opinion written by Justice Alan Lawson, recently dismissed an appeal it had original accepted after the appellants, in their jurisdictional brief, failed to list a reason the case met the standards of Art. V, Sec. 3, of the Florida Constitution. That section spells out 10 areas where the Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear cases.Lawson wrote that the appellant initially said the First District Court of Appeal ruling in the case conflicted either with other DCA opinions or a Supreme Court ruling — where the court does have purview.When the jurisdictional brief was filed, though, the appellant merely said, “the case ‘may present federal issues’” and asked the court to grant discretionary review.“Because the Florida Constitution does not authorize this Court to review cases that ‘may present federal issues,’ we deny the petition,” Lawson wrote. “Because we have received a number of similar briefs recently that identify potential ‘federal issues’ but fail to identify any basis for our review, we write to explain why we do not have jurisdiction in this case or similar cases.”The jurisdictional brief cited an Illinois case involving a habeas corpus appeal to the federal courts after state court proceedings and involved claims not raised in state court.“We fail to see the relevance of [the Illinois case] to the question of our jurisdiction to review the First District’s opinion.. . , ” Lawson wrote. “First, of course, our jurisdiction is established by the Florida Constitution, not by federal law. And, second, unlike the Illinois Supreme Court, which ‘has the opportunity to decide which cases it will consider on the merits’. . . we do not. Art. V, § 3(b), Fla. Const.”The court acted October 10 in Mallet v. Florida, Case No. SC19-1038.last_img read more

How, Where, and Why Montana Became the Grayest State in the West

first_imgEditor’s Note: Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with those challenges, opportunities. Graying Pains is a six-month series of weekly stories and broadcasts exploring those challenges and opportunities in communities statewide. By investigating how other communities have responded to the issues raised by aging, Graying Pains hopes to point the way toward policies and innovations that can help Montana, and Montanans, improve with age.The series is produced by the Montana Fourth Estate Project, a collaboration among 16 Montana newsrooms and the University of Montana School of Journalism under the auspices of the Montana Newspaper Association and the Solutions Journalism Network. See montanafourthestate.org for the collected Graying Pains stories and more information.<<<<<<<<<<•>>>>>>>>>>People have been parsing the human lifespan into a taxonomy of ages forever. Aristotle proposed three categories: youthful, prime of life, and elderly. Two thousand years later, Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man carved human chronology into seven slices, with the body’s final frailty circling back to the original oblivion of infancy. And in the 1980’s, British historian Peter Laslett proposed a revised map of three ages, with a caveat for the third: it could be a time of post-retirement fulfillment and achievement, or it could collapse, a la Shakespeare, into dependence and decrepitude.The character of any individual’s third age hinges on some key factors, including health, wealth, community, and the government policies and cultural customs that influence them. Navigating those factors requires independence, assistance, access, and education. The latter, especially, is lacking. Missoula Aging Services Executive Director Susan Kohler told a room full of Montana journalists in November that one of the biggest impediments to a fulfilling third age is “lack of preparedness.”GET READYAlready, Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, according to median age statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. With half the state’s population 40 or older, we’re the 9th oldest in the nation, out-grayed only by Florida, Maine, and a few other eastern states.Peak age is yet to come, according to demographic projections produced for the state Department of Commerce by consulting firm REMI. As of 2017, the baseline year used by those projections, 18% of Montanans were 65 or older, up from 14% in 2001. The figure is expected to climb to 22% by 2030 then plateau through 2040 as boomers reach the end of their lives.Interactive version of graphic at top of story: https://apps.montanafreepress.org/graphics/2020-graying-pains/graying-map/Different parts of the state, however, are on very different trajectories. Sparsely populated rural counties tend to have higher percentages of seniors and are, in many cases, on track to become even more disproportionately older. Petroleum County’s 520 residents make it the lowest-population county in Montana, and by 2030, 37% of county residents will be past retirement age, up from 23% in 2017. For Teton County, northwest of Great Falls, the 2030 figure is projected to be 27%, up from 22%.Population centers like the Billings area tend to trend closer to the state as a whole, age-wise, though college towns Missoula and Bozeman are substantially younger than other urban areas, and are expected to stay that way. Seniors 65 and over accounted for 16% of the population of Yellowstone County (including Billings) and 12% of the population of Gallatin County (including Bozeman) in 2017. Those figures are projected to rise to 21% and 15%, respectively, by 2030.Counties with sizable Native American populations, such as Roosevelt County (including Wolf Point), Big Horn County (including Hardin and Crow Agency), and Glacier County (including Cut Bank and Browning) are also younger than neighboring rural areas. Roosevelt County, with only 11% of its population over 65, is the state’s youngest by that measure.WHY THE STATE IS AGINGDriving those trends are three key demographic forces: birth, death, and migration. Higher birth rates pull areas younger while longer lifespans populate communities with more elders. Migration, in turn, tends to siphon young, mobile residents away from some places and toward others.Montana’s population is skewing older, in part, as the oversized generation of baby boomers born in the aftermath of World War II, between 1946 to 1964, reaches retirement age. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, longer life expectancies and declining birth rates are also a factor that’s aging American communities across the nation. While average life expectancy in the U.S. was 68.2 in 1950, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, it was a decade longer, 78.6, in 2017.In Montana, the median age of death is now 75 for men and 82 for women, according to the state Department of Public Health and Human Services. Montana’s Native communities are younger in part because death typically comes much earlier for American Indian Montanans, with DPHHS reporting a median age of death at 60 for Native men and 63 for Native women.Counties with larger Native populations also tend to have higher birth rates, which means more young residents. For example, Roosevelt County, which is 57% Native, saw a rate of 22.3 births per 1,000 residents annually between 2010 and 2018, according to a Montana Free Press analysis of census data. The equivalent figure for Yellowstone County, in comparison, was 13.2.Graphic by Eric Dietrich of the Montana Free Press.Migration rounds out the picture. While Montana attracts some older migrants looking for a change of scenery in retirement, migration is on the balance a youthening force for destination communities, because young people constitute the lion’s share of movers. According to census estimates based on surveys conducted between 2014 and 2018, 58% of Montana’s new arrivals to Montana are under the age of 30, versus just 11% who are 60 or older.As such, migration patterns also contribute to the graying of places where there aren’t enough new arrivals to balance the number of young people moving away for school or work, creating the “brain drain” dynamic that has posed a challenge for swaths of rural Montana for decades.WHAT IT MEANS FOR MONTANAThose trends create challenges.At a community level, an older population means more demand for health care services. A 2012 study by economists at Montana State University, for example, estimated that the state’s aging demographics would necessitate increased state Medicaid spending. And with large portions of the health care system funded by the state-administered Medicaid program, aging creates public policy questions at the state government level as well.At the same time, an aging population is predicted to diminish the proportion of state’s residents who are in the workforce and available to staff nursing jobs, not to mention other businesses. Montana’s working-age population of residents between the ages of 15 and 64 was 64% of the populace as of 2017. While the total number of working-age Montanans is projected to increase with population growth, the working-age share of the population is expected to decrease slightly, to 60%, by 2030.That study also concluded that the aging of Montana will produce a modest shift in state revenue sources away from income taxes, which are highest for workers in the peak of their careers, and toward property taxes, which are higher for older adults, including retirees, who tend to live in more valuable homes than younger residents.WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUAn aging population doesn’t just influence tax projections and hospital budgets and worker supply.It affects family farming and Elks Clubs.It affects churches and nonprofits and all manner of governmental safety nets, whose funding structures are already strained.It affects the aging and the aged, many of whom face financial insecurity and isolation. And it affects the generations behind them, who are increasingly called on to care for elderly parents, even as many raise their own children, who may one day help care for them.The average American life expectancy has increased by three decades over the course of the 20th century, contributing to the aging of America and suggesting the need for what a 2018 Stanford Center on Longevity initiative calls a “new map of life” that reimagines education, work, retirement, intergenerational relationships, financial planning, and health care to support a society in which more of us than ever are living in Laslett’s third age. Montana is on the forefront of that national trend, giving Montanans an opportunity to, as Center on Longevity Director Laura Carstensen wrote in the Washington Post, “redesign how we live.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

HSE urged to seek cross border help as LUH overcrowding worsens

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By admin – January 6, 2017 Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder The HSE is being urged to seek cross-border help to ease the overcrowding crisis at Letterkenny University Hospital.The situation in the hospital at present has been described by Industrial Relations Officer with the INMO Maura Hickey as ‘unsustainable’.She says at this stage, other options must be explored and is urging the HSE to contact neighboring hospitals in Northern Ireland asking them to assist with the chronic overcrowding………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/06maura.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Yesterday, the initial INMO Trolley and Ward Watch report revealed that were 25 patients waiting for a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital however according to the INMO that figure rose to 46 as the morning progressed.In a statement the INMO says that The Emergency Department National Escalation Policy was applied at Letterkenny University Hospital with management opening three escalation areas to house some of the patients, while others were nursed in treatment rooms or on ward corridors.Some Day Services work was cancelled. Elective work in theatres was also cancelled. Nursing staff in the Day Services Unit were looking after patients in the overflow escalation areas. It’s understood that the situation has progressively worsened over the past month.The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have learned that there were over 14 patients in the hospital who have been clinically discharged, to other services, which are unavailable at the time. GP and self-referrals to the ED continue to be high.The hospital has seen an increase of 10% in ED attendances since January this year.INMO says special emergency and immediate measures are now required. Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR HSE urged to seek cross border help as LUH overcrowding worsens Homepage BannerNews 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Google+center_img Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Twitter Previous articleDerry City to play Friday night at Maginn ParkNext articleTraffic calming measures sought on Oldtown Road admin Twitter Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Pinterest Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Pinterest Google+ Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

News / HHLA must look elsewhere for growth as port of Hamburg volumes weaken

first_img“However, the competitive landscape might change in favour of Eurogate, as one of its leading customers, Maersk Line, acquired Hamburg Süd, which currently calls at an HHLA terminal.”A wider problem is that volumes moving through Hamburg appear to be stagnating – according to Alphaliner its 2017 throughput of 8.86m teu was 0.8% down on 2016’s 8.93m teu.In a year in which most gateway ports posted significant gains, volumes at Antwerp rose 4.1% to 10.45m teu and at Rotterdam by 10.9% to reach 13.73m teu. This indicates that Hamburg could be in the midst of a longer-term decline and HHLA – as its principal container terminal operator – will need to seek opportunities elsewhere for sustainable growth.Drewry said: “We believe modest growth expectations in the port of Hamburg have driven HHLA to seek growth through international acquisitions, although this comes after a long hiatus.“A full 13 years after its last international acquisition in Odessa, HHLA announced the acquisition of Estonian terminal operator, Transiidikeskuse.“The acquisition marks the entry of HHLA into the small, albeit rapidly-growing, Estonian market. We applaud the company’s effort to pursue a policy of regional diversification and expect the management to continue to pursue its goal, to unlock greater value for shareholders.”Transiidikeskuse operates a terminal at the port of Muuga, Estonia’s primary container gateway with a current annual capacity of 300,000 teu.Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA’s executive board, said: “Estonia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe and a pioneer when it comes to digitisation. We are therefore pleased to be integrating Transiidikeskuse– already a profitable and high-performing company – into the HHLA family.“One of HHLA’s targets is to grow internationally. The successful conclusion of this contract shows that we are doing just that. The acquisition enables us to enter a promising regional market that offers growth potential as a result of its geographic position and its link to the ‘New Silk Road’.”The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of this year. By Gavin van Marle 11/04/2018 Muuga portcenter_img German terminal operator HHLA is increasingly eyeing international acquisitions as a means of mitigating against future volume weakness in its home port of Hamburg, Drewry Maritime Financial Research argued today.Although 2017 saw HHLA post “inspiring results”, with revenues up 6.3% to €1.25bn and EBIT increasing 5.6% to reach €173m, any container throughput growth was largely due to last year’s shift in alliance volumes and could come under pressure this year.HHLA handled 7.1m teu last year, while Hamburg competitor Eurogate saw volumes decline 25.6% to 1.7m teu.DMFR said in an investor note: “HHLA registered sterling growth of 8.1%, year on year, in throughput volumes, largely benefiting from shuffling in liner alliances that took place last year as it captured some market share from Eurogate.last_img read more