Tinkering with Medicaid is a tricky task

first_img Medicaid is a highly complex program that provides vital care for a broad array of individuals. There are no easy solutions when it comes to reducing its costs. Changing Medicaid, just like reforming health care, is at best an incremental process, particularly when one considers the new populations now covered by the program as a result of the ACA, such as families in which an adult is employed but in a lower-income job.advertisement By Gerard Vitti Feb. 10, 2017 Reprints Want a glimpse into the possible future of Medicaid? Head to Indiana In Iowa, financial pain follows Trump-style Medicaid reforms Gerard Vitti [email protected] Related: APStock President Donald Trump’s administration has made clear its intention to remake Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides health care to lower-income families and individuals, seniors, and those with disabilities. It won’t be easy.Medicaid was dramatically expanded under the Affordable Care Act, which the new administration has begun to phase out. The growth in the number of Americans covered by Medicaid (and the related Children’s Health Insurance Plan) — a 30 percent increase from before the ACA to today — and concerns over long-term funding have drawn the ire of some elected officials. In fact, 19 states to date have declined the opportunity to expand their Medicaid programs under the ACA, fearing a runaway budget train.A solution to the Medicaid cost quandary favored by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Seema Verma, the incoming administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is a block grant approach designed to limit funding while providing states with more flexibility.advertisementcenter_img Related: About the Author Reprints When the federal government provides a Medicaid block grant, it gives a state a fixed sum and the state must figure out how to cover all of its Medicaid members with that allotment. Currently, states share the cost of Medicaid with the federal government. Poorer states pay less than richer states. In Mississippi, for instance, the federal government pays about 75 percent of the cost of Medicaid, compared to 50 percent in Massachusetts. Tags MedicaidWhite House A majority of those covered by Medicaid are already in managed care. Many people on Medicaid are on managed care plans, in which case Medicaid pays a fixed fee to a health plan and the plan provides all of the care the member needs, even if the cost of care exceeds the Medicaid payment. That limits how much additional savings states can capture because they are already controlling risk by delegating it, in essence, to health plans.In most states, the federal match is the largest source of revenue. The federal government covers between half and 90 percent of the cost of Medicaid. In many states it is the largest single source of revenue from the federal government. Capping those dollars means limiting a critical revenue source for states.It is indispensable to families with severely disabled children. Medicaid provides health coverage for children with significant disabilities regardless of their parents’ income. This can often mean the difference between financial survival and insolvency for many families that have a child with a disability. If Medicaid doesn’t cover these families, the costs bubble up elsewhere in our health care system. The result will be more bad debt and bankruptcies.There are ways to do things better in any government program, including Medicaid. Every opportunity make the program more efficient should be explored.At the same time, it’s important to keep in mind the remarkable complexity and vital nature of this government program. There is no new material here: Medicaid has been scrutinized for decades by academics, think tanks, government agencies, and private health care entities. In fact, entire organizations, like the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, exist just to study Medicaid.Since Medicaid touches so many American lives, all of us should wish the administration well as it tries to reimagine Medicaid. Trump, Price, Verma, and their colleagues must be fully cognizant that there are no easy answers and that changes made to the program will have downstream effects on both our health care system and our economy.Gerard A. Vitti is the founder and CEO of Healthcare Financial Inc., a company that helps individuals obtain health care benefits. It has often been said that there are two ways to lower Medicaid costs: reduce eligibility to the program or cut the services provided. Neither are attractive options. Turning the program into block grants firmly delegates decisions on that dilemma to the states.Here are five things the Trump administration must know about Medicaid before it proceeds with any change:It’s about more than poor people. Medicaid has become an essential program for many working families. Eligibility guidelines are set by each state, with the income eligibility ranging quite dramatically. Some states, like Alabama, cover children up to 141 percent of the poverty line while others cover them up to more than 300 percent of the poverty line. In Massachusetts, where I live and work, a family of four earning approximately $48,000 can qualify for Medicaid, and more than 1 in 4 Massachusetts residents is on Medicaid. That means almost everyone living in the state has a family member, close friend, neighbor, or coworker covered by the program. Those Medicaid-covered individuals represent a powerful constituency.A minority of members comprise a majority of the cost. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2011 more than half of the program’s expenses went to pay for just 5 percent of Medicaid enrollees. Nationally, the elderly and people with disabilities account for just 21 percent of those covered by Medicaid but 48 percent of Medicaid spending. For this population, nursing home care is a major driver of Medicaid costs. Those numbers are significant because any reduction in the covered population that is not elderly or disabled will yield a smaller share of savings. First OpinionTinkering with Medicaid is a tricky task last_img read more

Industry influence over clinical trial design and reporting lacks transparency

first_imgPharmalot By Ed Silverman Oct. 11, 2018 Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot Industry influence over clinical trial design and reporting lacks transparency STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED Log In | Learn More What’s included? About the Author Reprintscenter_img What is it? Dan Kitwood/Getty Images/Cancer Research UK Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Ed Silverman Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Tags pharmaceuticalsresearchSTAT+ [email protected] Although it is widely known that drug and device makers fund most clinical trials, a new analysis finds these companies are not always transparent about the influence they exert on trial design and reporting. And the researchers suggest business concerns may too often trump patient interests.On the plus side, the analysis found the vast majority of academics and their industry partners, including contract research organizations, contributed to trial design and reporting. And four of five academics had complete access to all of the data generated by the trials that were examined, according to the analysis, which was published in BMJ.last_img read more

EmbraerX and Airservices Australia release Concept of Operations for Urban Air Mobility

first_imgEmbraerX and Airservices Australia release Concept of Operations for Urban Air Mobility EmbraerX, Embraer’s disruptive business subsidiary, and Airservices, Australia’s civil air navigation service provider, have developed a new concept of operations (CONOPS) for the air taxi market, also known as urban air mobility (UAM). Going forward, Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, the new EmbraerX spin-off, will be responsible for this partnership with Airservices and for the development of Urban Air Traffic Management solutions.Australia is one of the countries benefitting from this innovation revolution and is attracting industry interest and investment, largely due to strong government support and a world-leading aviation safety record. This CONOPS was created to help safely introduce and accelerate the growth of the UAM market in Australia.“The creation of the UAM ecosystem requires innovative solutions, which is also a fundamental pillar of Embraer´s growth strategy for the coming years, and EmbraerX was built to address these needs,” said Daniel Moczydlower, President & CEO of EmbraerX. “Through this partnership, we are jointly embarking on the first steps toward Australia becoming one of the world’s first Urban Air Mobility markets.”This CONOPS explores new and practical concepts to safely facilitate the introduction of the air taxi industry. Using the City of Melbourne, Australia as a model, the CONOPS examines how existing air traffic management solutions can initially enable UAM operations while simultaneously preparing for scale of operations through new traffic management technologies.“This exciting initiative combines Airservices’ experience as the national airspace manager with the technical innovation of Embraer,” said Peter Curran, Chief Customer Experience and Strategy Officer at Airservices. “We have the responsibility of keeping our skies safe, and we are excited to leverage our significant expertise and operational capabilities in airspace management and partner with a global aviation expert to develop innovative solutions that ensure safe and equitable access to the urban airspace for a broad spectrum of aircraft, including conventional helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and eVTOL aircraft.”The CONOPS leverages Airservices’ sophisticated simulation technology to demonstrate how air taxis could be integrated with existing airspace users in the highly complex Melbourne airspace. This level of simulation provides a scientific basis to the CONOPS.David Rottblatt, Project Leader for EmbraerX’s Urban Air Traffic Management and appointed to be the future Vice President of Business Development for Eve said, “This CONOPS proposes a safe method for allowing the UAM industry in Australia to scale. Following this first critical step, we will start gathering feedback from industry stakeholders and the community to further inform how we can co-create this exciting future.”To review the CONOPS in its entirety, visit https://embraerx.embraer.com/global/en/uatm. Additionally, you have the option to review the CONOPS and provide your feedback here: Urban Air Traffic Management Concept of Operations | Engage Airservices (airservicesaustralia.com). /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:aircraft, Airservices Australia, Australia, Aviation, business, City of Melbourne, community, Government, industry, innovation, Investment, Melbourne, President, simulation, spin-off, technologylast_img read more

PHILIPPINES: Ramping Up Vaccination, Improving Pandemic Response Can Strengthen Recovery

first_imgPHILIPPINES: Ramping Up Vaccination, Improving Pandemic Response Can Strengthen Recovery Weighed down by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine economy is forecast to grow at 4.7 percent this year before accelerating to 5.9 percent in 2022 and 6.0 percent in 2023, according to the Philippines Economic Update (PEU) released today by the World Bank.These forecasts reflect revisions to growth projections published in the April 2021 World Bank East Asia and the Pacific Economic Update, due to the larger-than-expected economic contraction in the first quarter, the reimposition of stricter quarantine measures in April and May in response to a surge in COVID-19 infections, and the lingering challenges from high inflation and losses in household incomes.“The global economic rebound especially among the country’s trading partners, will boost exports and increase remittances, strengthening recovery in the Philippines,” said Ndiame Diop, World Bank Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. “The country can take advantage of this development by ramping up vaccination and improving overall pandemic response to control infection rates and boost consumer and business confidence.”The PEU notes that the resurgence of new COVID-19 cases and rising inflation have derailed the early signs of economic rebound in 2021. As lockdown restrictions eased in early 2021, people’s mobility stepped up, and employment and earnings of families gradually improved. The better external environment also led to an expansion in trade. However, the surge in COVID-19 cases beginning in late March amid rising inflation derailed the momentum for recovery.The PEU writes that the pandemic has badly hit poor families and the health and schooling of their children.In a recent World Bank household survey, two (2) in five (5) households were worried about not having enough food for the ensuing days. Households reported difficulty accessing health services due to a lack of income. Three in five households cited this as a reason for not obtaining much needed medical treatment.Most of households reported that their school-aged children were enrolled in school, but the effectiveness of distance learning is a big concern especially among poor households. Only 40 percent of the poorest households have internet access, compared to 70 percent among the richest households.Kevin Chua, World Bank Senior Economist, said effective delivery of social protection programs will help to reduce the extent to which the crisis has adversely affected poor and vulnerable families.“COVID-19 pandemic-related shocks, including hunger incidences, have already manifested in higher levels of child malnutrition, especially among the poor,” said Chua. “Social programs, including cash transfers, can help alleviate food and subsistence conditions. National and local government authorities need to coordinate their efforts to ensure timely and efficient deployment of these programs.”The PEU also stresses that mobilizing private sector participation in infrastructure projects will be important as the government faces limited fiscal space in the near term due to slower growth. The report adds that rules on foreign direct investments remain restrictive in the Philippines. Allowing greater foreign participation in the economy can help improve infrastructure and strengthen economic growth.Download the Philippines Economic Update June 2021 here: https://wrld.bg/wVr950F5a61 /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:Asia, Brunei, employment, environment, Government, health services, inflation, infrastructure, Malaysia, pacific, pandemic response, Philippines, quarantine, Thailand, vaccination, World Banklast_img read more

St. Elizabeth Website to Promote Tourism

first_img By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter Advertisements St. Elizabeth Website to Promote Tourism TechnologyJanuary 23, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation has launched a website (www.visitstelizabeth.com.jm), to promote tourism in the parish, and expose other developmental activities to targeted audiences. The website is being financed from a grant of $4.9 million provided by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and a $2.58 million contribution from the community. It was launched on Wednesday (January 18). Speaking at the launch at the Everglades Conference Centre, Parrotte, Chairman of the Foundation, Donna Parchment Brown, said that the site will focus on developmental issues. She said it is an initiative to market St. Elizabeth as an emerging tourist destination, and part of the thrust to develop community- based tourism, as well as a voice for the Parish Development Committee (PDC). “It is intended to be a significant tool in the marketing effort already being undertaken to bring people into the parish. Marketing St. Elizabeth and its tourism product can only succeed with the collaboration and support of our stakeholders, primarily those concerned with parish development and tourism, and we are facilitators in this process,” she told the gathering. Project Manager at JSIF, Stephanie Hutchinson-Ffrench, said her agency was satisfied that the project can allow persons, locally and internationally, to obtain information on tourism accommodation, culture, attractions, places of interest and industries. “And the Foundation is expected to keep populating the website with new information,” she stated. She said that JSIF is delighted with the investment, and believes that it can be a model for other parishes seeking to promote and market their community tourism products and services. “We live in an internet age, and if we do not keep abreast and utilize the technology, we will be left behind. We will continue to monitor the project and provide assistance to the Foundation, as they seek to promote the Best of St. ‘Bess,” she told her audience. The website was developed by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). Director of Corporate Services at the JIS, Errol Gardner, commended the Foundation, saying it has “evolved into an institution,”, and when a visitors go to the site, “if they are a first timer they would want to visit again” and if they are from overseas “they would want to come home.” He said that the objective is to use images to showcase assets and bring out the unique features and icons of St. Elizabeth. “Special effort was made to present the information about the parish in a reader friendly form, such that it could be located without hassle, as many Jamaicans in the diaspora and beyond will be seeking this information,” Mr. Gardner outlined. The website was funded under the JSIF Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), which seeks to boost the capacity of rural communities to promote and market local enterprise and community-based tourism, as part of the agency’s poverty reduction strategy. RelatedSt. Elizabeth Website to Promote Tourism RelatedSt. Elizabeth Website to Promote Tourism RelatedSt. Elizabeth Website to Promote Tourismlast_img read more

Property Crime rises in Santa Monica

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeProperty Crime rises in Santa Monica Jan. 24, 2017 at 7:40 amCrimeProperty Crime rises in Santa MonicaGuest Author4 years agocrimedaily press crimeSanta Monica Crimesanta monica policesmdpsmpdA Santa Monica Police Department squad car leaves the Public Safety Facility on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta [email protected])   As property crime goes up across major cities in California, Santa Monica has also seen an increase in serious crime.Part 1 crimes (including murder, arson, burglary, assault, and grand theft auto) are up 5.5 percent in the city, to a total of 4,515 incidents in 2016. Nearly 90 percent of those incidents are property related and the City’s downtown business area is seeing the most concentrated problem.The Police Department divides Santa Monica into four “beats” and SMPD reports 40 percent of all Part One crimes in 2016 happened in Beat 1: the area that encompasses the beach, the Pier and the Promenade.“We know we need to increase our policing patterns there,” Lt. Saul Rodriguez said. “We’re going to add additional officers out there. You’re going to see them.”Overall, theft is the major cause for increased crime in Santa Monica.Police say unattended cars and bikes are the major targets in the city.Lt. Rodriguez says tackling the car thefts have been a challenging task because of the constant stream of tourists in the City. In 2015, 8.3 million visitors came to Santa Monica, according to Santa Monica Travel and Tourism. Rodriguez says tourists are the most likely to leave bags and electronics unattended in cars, a magnet for smash-and-grab thieves. Shoppers visiting downtown can also become targets when they leave purchases visible in their vehicles.As Beat 1 includes Downtown (with its shoppers) and the Beach (with its tourists), the area becomes a crime hotspot.While officers can patrol downtown, it’s up to individual drivers to make sure their cars are not vulnerable to break-in.“There’s even messages when you go into the parking structures: ‘hey lock up your things and secure your car,’” Rodriguez said.In response to the increasing numbers, SMPD has plans to increase manpower. Civilian officers will be assigned to patrol the parking structures and SMPD is also working to fill existing vacancies for sworn officers. The new officers will not expand the size of the department, but by backfilling vacant positions, more officers will be on the streets.Incidents of pick pocketing, purse snatching and shop lifting were relatively stagnant year over year. There were only 11 reported purse snatchings in 2015 and 2016. The number of parts stolen off cars actually went down during that time, from 180 incidents to 143.Late last year, the SMDP released crime statistics surrounding the three Expo Line stops in Santa Monica. The numbers showed an increase of 54 percent in Part 1 crimes, with nearly half occurring within 1,000 feet of the downtown stop.However, Lt. Rodriguez was hesitant to attribute the rise in crime to the light rail. The police department does not track how perpetrators traveled get to Santa Monica: whether they live here, drove or took public transportation.“It’s very rare you have a criminal who commits a crime and tells you how they got to the City,” Rodriguez said. “That’s data that we don’t have right now.”He said other factors could be contributing to the regional increase in crime and significant changes to California law may be behind the uptick in property crime because fewer offenders are spending time in jail. In order to improve prison overcrowding, AB 109 allowed many non-violent, non-serious offenders to get out of jail early. Two years ago, voters passed Proposition 47, reducing sentences for drug possession and petty theft.“We’re very mindful that we need to change and adapt to what’s going on,” Rodriguez said, adding that other agencies will also play in reversing the rising tide of property crime. “We can’t do it all. We’re only one component of this thing.”Light rail remains an extremely safe option for getting to and around the City, according to the Sheriff’s department. Between May 20 and Nov. 20 last year, there were 18 Part 1 crimes committed on the actual train or platforms. Two of those incidents were aggravated assaults related to the shooting that happened on the Downtown Santa Monica Platform.The rest of the 16 crimes were thefts, nearly all of them involving [email protected] :crimedaily press crimeSanta Monica Crimesanta monica policesmdpsmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentA whale, some bourbon and a bit of belly dancingWoman hits jail staffYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press15 hours agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoFeaturedNewsAfter local teen’s death, parents protest Snapchat’s inaction against drug dealersClara Harter7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

Samsung takes on Nokia with featurephone line for low-cost markets

first_img Related KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move NokiaSamsung Smartphone shipments hit 340M in Q1 IDC bullish on Australian 5G smartphone demand HomeDevicesNews Samsung takes on Nokia with featurephone line for low-cost markets Read more Previous ArticleRogers sees profits soar; CEO to retireNext ArticleAndroid, iOS powered over 90% of smartphones in Q4 – IDC center_img Devices AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 FEB 2013 Matt Ablott Author Tags Samsung has launched a new handset range targeted at emerging markets called ‘REX’ based on the firm’s ‘TouchWiz’ user interface.The South Korean giant described the range as “smart featurephones,” positioning the line squarely in competition with Nokia’s Asha range, which is proving hugely popular in markets such as India.The REX series consists of four touchscreen devices: REX 90, REX 80, REX 70, and REX 60, all offering dual SIM functionality and supporting four GSM/EDGE bands (850/900/1800/1900). The top of the range REX 90 (pictured) has a 3.5-inch display and a 3.2-megapixel camera. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ come preloaded on all devices.Pricing and availability was not disclosed, though a launch event was held in India. Samsung’s JK Shin, the head of its mobile business, said in a statement that the phones would target “all lifestyles and budgets”.“REX devices are designed to seamlessly prioritise and consolidate essential mobile functions that matter most to customers across diverse markets,” he added.Samsung has also launched several low-cost Android-based smartphones in recent weeks.last_img read more

Safety concerns after yet another crash in Carrigans

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – April 9, 2019 Pinterest Twitter Google+ Previous articleNearly 35k Donegal homes & businesses await high speed broadbandNext articleTrolley figures hit record high for 2019 News Highland WhatsApp Serious concern has been raised once again over the safety of motorists and pedestrians after yet another crash in Carrigans this morning. The minor two vehicle collision happened shortly after 7.30am on Main Street, no injuries have been reported.Local Cllr Paul Canning has repeatedly called on Donegal County Council to implement a ramp system on both sides of the village.He says at this stage, the community of Carrigans are at the end of their tether:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/canbnvbmbvmnbvningcrash.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Safety concerns after yet another crash in Carrigans News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAcenter_img Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Campaign intensifies for a Driving Licence centre in Inishowen

first_img Previous articleSwilly and Cockhill face off in Knockalla Caravans Senior Cup First RoundNext articleRevive NW want N4 Sligo – Dublin road upgraded to a motorway admin Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Twitter Google+center_img WhatsApp Campaign intensifies for a Driving Licence centre in Inishowen Google+ By admin – February 8, 2017 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase It’s been claimed that motorists in Inishowen are being let down by the National Driving Licence Service.The campaign for an NDLS office in the Inishowen peninsula has been an on-going issue for some time, with people having to travel to Letterkenny to get a new driving licence.The issue has been raised with the Transport Minister and the RSA by Senator Padraig MacLochlainn who has asked them to examine the possibility of setting up an office there.He says there are a number of options which can be explored……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/paddriving.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterestlast_img read more

Ardara chip van owner will contest council legal action

first_img Facebook Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – November 18, 2010 Facebook Donegal County Council is set to prosecute a woman who has refused to shut a chip-van that has served Ardara for 31 years.Rosaleen McCollum yesterday received notice that Donegal County Council has instructed a solicitor to prosecute her for breach of two laws.Ms McCollum bought the van almost three years ago in Ardara town centre from the estate of former owner Hammy Baskin.For almost 29 years operating on the same site it was known as Hammy’s until Rosaleen and husband Derek renamed it to link it to their surname.But the council, which never prosecuted the previous owner, is now set to bring 37-year-old Rosaleen to court under by-laws on casual trading introduced in 2004.The law confines mobile traders to four hours a day and specifies they be at least 100 metres from any other fast-food outlet.The letter specified that council legal agents had been instructed to prosecute under the 2004 casual trading by-law and for a breach of a roads law.Rosaleen said she plans to fight the council instruction in court. She said her husband would never get back the farm that he sold in the North to buy the Ardara business.She added that both would on the dole. News Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleStudents protest in GalwayNext articleBallyshannon seminar to seek innovative job creation ideas News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Ardara chip van owner will contest council legal action RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more