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  • House Judiciary chair says there won’t be a gun control law this session

    first_imgMental Health | Politics | Public Safety | Southcentral | State GovernmentHouse Judiciary chair says there won’t be a gun control law this sessionApril 12, 2018 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Rep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, talks to reporters at a House Majority press availability in March. Claman said Thursday that House Bill 75 will not pass this legislative session. The bill is intended to allow Alaska judges to order temporary seizures of guns from people they find likely to be threats to themselves or others.  (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The only gun control measure the Alaska Legislature was debating will not pass this legislative session.The bill is intended to allow Alaska judges to order temporary seizures of guns from people they find likely to be threats to themselves or others.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Matt Claman said Thursday that not enough committee members supported House Bill 75.Claman said the bill foundered on disagreements with the National Rifle Association. Especially over not requiring the subject of the gun violence protective order to be present for the judge’s hearing. These are known as ex parte hearings.“The bottom line was the National Rifle Association wasn’t willing to support a bill that allowed the ex-parte order to seize weapons,” he said.Claman said it’s not practical.“If you call them up and say, ‘Well, let’s go down to court and talk about what’s going on,’ you’re kind of inviting somebody who’s not acting rationally, who may have significant psychiatric issues, and has a gun, you’re kind of inviting them to go off and start doing tragic things, just because we’re trying to give them a chance to be heard in court,” Claman said.The NRA could not immediately be reached for comment.Claman said he would continue to work on the issue after the session. This could lay the groundwork for revisiting the legislation next session. Other state legislatures are considering similar bills.Share this story:last_img read more

  • The 2019 cruise ship season has begun

    first_imgBusiness | Economy | Juneau | Southeast | TourismThe 2019 cruise ship season has begunApril 29, 2019 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Vicki Logan of Travel Juneau greets and hands out walking maps to passengers of the Ruby Princess at the Franklin Dock on Sunday. The Yées Ḵu.oo dance group performs behind her as part of a welcome party for the first big cruise ship of the season. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh)Audio Playerhttps://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2019/04/29FIRSTSHIP-NPR1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The first big cruise ship of the season tied up in Juneau on Sunday morning.It was the Ruby Princess’ first of 20 scheduled visits this season. Its combined crew and passenger capacity tops 4,000.The Yées Ḵu.oo dance group and Travel Juneau’s Vicki Logan, armed with a stack of walking maps, were among the many locals greeting the ship and its disembarking passengers.“Welcome to Juneau, so glad you’re here. Welcome. Would you like a walking map?” Logan said, hundreds of times.The 12-day cruise began in Los Angeles. It’s Freddie Quevedo’s second cruise to Alaska.“The first time that we came in here, there were no glaciers at the time, because we came (in) late September,” Quevedo said. “So we’re here just to see those glaciers.”The glaciers are here year-round, of course. He rephrased and said he didn’t see any glaciers last time. For this trip, the Angeleno said he was hoping to take a helicopter ride and walk on a glacier.The last ship of the season, the Norwegian Jewel, is scheduled to arrive on Oct. 2Share this story:last_img read more

  • Plaintiffs appeal judge’s rejection of request to mail absentee ballot applications to every Alaska voter

    first_img2020 Alaska General Election | Election Coverage | Politics | Southcentral | Southeast | State GovernmentPlaintiffs appeal judge’s rejection of request to mail absentee ballot applications to every Alaska voterSeptember 9, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Secrecy folders for ballots and “I Voted” stickers at a polling place in the State Office Building for early and absentee voting, Aug. 15, 2016. On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Joshua Kindred rejected a request to require the state Division of Elections to mail absentee ballot applications to every Alaska voter. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)A federal judge rejected a request to require the Alaska Division of Elections to send absentee ballot applications to every voter. A group of plaintiffs filed the lawsuit after the division sent applications to all voters 65 and older. They asked U.S. District Court Judge Joshua Kindred to require that all voters be mailed the applications. But Kindred denied the request on Thursday. He wrote that the plaintiffs hadn’t persuaded him that a preliminary injunction would be in the public interest. He also wrote that they hadn’t shown they were likely to prove that limiting the automatic mailing of applications based on voters’ ages violated the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs are the Disability Law Center of Alaska, Native Peoples Action Community Fund, Alaska Public Interest Research Group and two individuals, Aleija Stover and Camille Rose Nelson.The plaintiffs have appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Scott Kendall, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, said he’s disappointed in the ruling. “His decision, we believe, is erroneously based in the idea that you can favor one group of voters over another,” Kendall said. “His decision seems based in the fact that, as long as you don’t take away voting rights, you can give special access to any group.”The original lawsuit sought to have the state send applications to every voter. But the appeal will be more narrowly tailored. It will seek to have applications mailed to more than 30,000 Alaskans who don’t have state-issued identification required to apply for an absentee ballot online. In addition, the plaintiffs want applications mailed to roughly 100,000 people without reliable internet access. Kendall says those voters could be identified by ZIP codes with less reliable access. Kendall noted that the state plans to email every Alaskan who registered for permanent fund dividends using the state’s myAlaska web portal with information on how to apply to vote absentee. “We think that kind of narrows the gap of outreach, but there are these other uniquely situated voters that either, by lack of internet or lack of ID, simply can’t use that system,” Kendall said. Every Alaska voter’s household will receive one absentee ballot application in the election pamphlet mailed three weeks before the election. But Kendall said this isn’t the same as the applications mailed separately to voters 65 or older earlier this year. That’s because the pamphlet doesn’t come with a return envelope. Pamphlet recipients might not notice the application. And there’s only one application in the pamphlet for every household. Assistant Attorney General Margaret Paton-Walsh said the state is pleased with Kindred’s ruling. She said the Division of Elections made the decision that it wasn’t necessary to send an application to every voter. “Our primary concern is to allow it to focus its capacity on running the elections as best it can, given the additional complexities created by the pandemic,” she said.Paton-Walsh said there are several different ways voters can apply to vote absentee, including online. Having more people apply online will make it easier for the division to process the paper applications.  Share this story:last_img read more

  • People / Mike Fang to take over as head of Maersk Line’s Greater China operation

    first_img Maersk Line veteran Mike Fang (pictured) will become the new head of the carrier’s Greater China operation on 1 January, based in Shanghai.He will take over from Silvia Ding, who is moving to Copenhagen as head of trade management in Maersk Line.She said: “Moving to headquarters and stretching myself into a job that can make a multiplying impact on our business, customers and organisation has always been in my long-term career plan in Maersk.“I can pass the baton into Mike’s capable hands. I’m sure the performance of [the] Greater China Cluster will be raised to the next level, building on a strong foundation we created in 2016.”Mr Fang has had a 22-year career with Maersk after joining the company as a sales representative. He has held a succession of management positions in China and is currently head of sales for Greater China.He said: “I feel privileged that I can take on this new role. Greater China Cluster contributes around 30% of Maersk Line business globally – this is where we have to win in the marketplace. I’m keen to explore the opportunities and growth spots with my colleagues.”Robbert van Trooijen, Maersk Line Asia Pacific region chief executive, said: “Mike has a track record of outstanding performance in many leadership roles in Maersk Line. I believe that his extensive experience, passion for serving our customers and deep insight of the local market will bring great value to our Greater China organisation.”Mr Fang was born in 1968, graduated from Hua Zhong University of Science and Technology with a Masters degree in system engineering in 1992 and earned an Executive MBA from the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in 2004. By Gavin van Marle 15/11/2016last_img read more

  • Fee for service is a terrible way to pay for health care. Try a subscription model instead

    first_img Instead of furloughing employees, ChenMed and Iora Health have been working hard to keep their subscribers. With their revenue intact, they’re not lobbying for bailouts. And instead of reducing services, they are ramping up, enhancing telehealth, supporting home delivery of food, and keeping their clinics open for urgent care visits.This subscription payment model offers three main advantages to traditional fee-for-service:First, it maintains the right incentives for clinicians to provide the best care, particularly by investing in prevention and primary care. With the right models, practices like these can save 25% to 30% on health care costs, mostly by avoiding hospitalizations, and improve the lives and extend the independence of elderly patients.Second, it reduces the massive and unnecessary administrative burden that contributes to burnout rates among physicians of nearly 50% while adding little value to health care.Third, it provides a reliable source of funding that can help hospitals and medical groups weather lockdowns like what we are experiencing during the Covid-19 pandemic, limiting the incentive these groups may have, like any other business strapped for income, to be tempted to overcompensate for lost revenue with unnecessary care.No one opens their window each night to applaud the size of a hospital bill. What we support is the commitment and success of all the workers who are keeping us healthy and safe. Our billing system should do the same.Vivian S. Lee is a physician, president of health platforms at Verily Life Sciences, senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and author of “The Long Fix: Solving America’s Health Care Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone” (WW Norton, May 2020). Amid the nightly roar of applause for health care workers courageously caring for Covid-19 patients, many of them are losing their jobs.The crisis behind quarantine clapping — a communal show of gratitude for the workers braving the pandemic — has overwhelmed intensive care units in hospitals located in Covid-19 hot spots like New York, Boston, Detroit, and Seattle. At the same time, it has also tanked demand for primary care, dentistry, dermatology, and other clinical services. Why? Many of those in need of those services are among those also at greatest risk of contracting the virus that causes Covid-19.In March, 43,000 health care workers were laid off. That ballooned in April to more than 1.4 million, mostly from the offices of dentists and primary care physicians. In late May, Becker’s Hospital CFO Report listed more than 266 hospitals that had announced they would furlough employees. One-quarter of rural hospitals are at high risk of closure, even though more than 80% of counties have reported positive cases of Covid-19.advertisement Vivian S. Lee Our health care system now faces both a scarcity of workers on the front lines of Covid-19 and a scarcity of patients just about everywhere else. By Vivian S. Lee June 12, 2020 Reprints Related: First OpinionFee for service is a terrible way to pay for health care. Try a subscription model instead Primary care is being devastated by Covid-19. It must be saved For too long, U.S. health care providers have operated within the grip of a fee-for-service model that incentivizes billable treatments over healthy and efficient outcomes. At the same time, insurance companies contest these fees with denials of coverage and requirements like prior authorization. Each year, this trillion-dollar tug-of-war leaves too many patients and their families with unexpected bills for unexpected treatment.With this misery comes enormous waste. Health care has become busier with its paperwork than its practice: The U.S. wastes more money on billing and administrative costs than some nations spend on health care altogether: 8% of each U.S. health care dollar goes to administration, compared to 3% among comparable nations. It costs more than $99,000 in expenses per year per physician just to bill for their services.There is a better way: Instead of funding medical groups by paying the bill after treatment, pay doctors and hospitals upfront to keep their patients healthy in the first place.Consider, for example, the difference between most clinics in the U.S. and those run by ChenMed, founded in Miami and now with more than 70 clinics in the eastern U.S., or Iora Health, founded in Boston, with nearly 50 locations across the country. Instead of getting paid per visit, per procedure, these medical groups have embraced new ways of getting paid — what Dr. Chris Chen, the founder of ChenMed, refers to as a “subscription model” by which Medicare sets an annual budget per patient and pays the doctors a set amount monthly to provide care. In this Medicare Advantage model, patients have a choice whether to renew each year, and Medicare is also a stickler for measuring quality of care and patient satisfaction. Related: Adobe The financial distress of hospitals during the lockdown highlights their reliance on a constant flow of patient visits and billable services to stay in business. This says a lot about their incentives: a hospital bankrupted by a decline in treatments provided is a hospital with a strong motivation, financially, to maximize those treatments — necessary or not — once America reopens.advertisement Tags financephysicians Hospitals are busier than ever — and going out of business About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

  • Almost 60 sheep attacked in Laois area by dogs

    first_img By Odhran Delaney – 27th February 2019 Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Sheep kills can be devastating and dog owners have been warned to keep their pets under control this lambing season. Three sheep have been killed by dogs ‘not kept under proper control and rambling’ according to the Laois Dog Pound Shelter.The attack, which took place in Clonard, Kilbricken area of Mountrath, involved 58 sheep.One dog was shot by a farmer and reported to Gardai while another dog was followed back to its home and the owner had this dog euthanized by vet.The Laois Dog Warden is patrolling around a 10km radius of the Clonard, Kilbricken area of Mountrath.This is where sheep had been killed and worried and areas include: Donore, Forest, Trumera, Brandra, Derrybeg, Rosskelton, Tarbert, Doon, Parkavilla, Shanahoe, Derrykearn, Blackhills, Oldtown & Abbeyleix areas.The Laois Dog Warden will be checking Dog Licences and Microchips of dogs in these areas also.SEE ALSO: Bord na Mona voluntary redundancy scheme ‘oversubscribed’ Community Community Almost 60 sheep attacked in Laois area by dogs Facebookcenter_img Home News Community Almost 60 sheep attacked in Laois area by dogs NewsCommunity TAGSsheep Pinterest Previous articleBord na Mona voluntary redundancy scheme ‘oversubscribed’Next articleWATCH: Laois man Tuohy makes young AFL fan’s dream come true Odhran Delaney Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

  • Support for farmers but claims that Minister thinks ‘milk comes from a bottle’ in heated exchanges

    first_img WhatsApp Support for farmers but claims that Minister thinks ‘milk comes from a bottle’ in heated exchanges Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA TAGSbeef pricesCllr Tom MulhallFarmers’ protestLaois County CouncilLarry Goodman Pinterest Home News Council Support for farmers but claims that Minister thinks ‘milk comes from a… NewsCouncil Farmers wearing masks at a beef price protest. The protests have continued all year with little improvement in the price per kilo to farmers. Farmers protesting over poor prices for their produce from the factories and supermarkets have got more moral support in Laois this week.A motion before the December meeting of Laois County Council saw local elected representatives rally behind the farmers in their campaign for a fairer deal.A cheap food policy, the profiteering of the larger supermarket chains and the excessive control of the meat industry by Larry Goodman and the beef factories were all blamed as the reasons for the current precarious plight of beef farmers.But the issue wasn’t without its edge, as there was also some political cross-fire, sharp exchanges and tetchiness, despite the season of goodwill.There was definitely a political tension in the chamber, perhaps indicative that the scrapping for political advantage in the lead in to the 2020 general election is already underway.It was Cllr Tom Mulhall who raised the topic and who also got involved in some of the political verbals.Between the factories and the supermarkets he said that they had farmers frustrated and squeezed to the point where they are losing money on their produce, with Irish beef farmers being paid the lowest rates in Europe.He said that farmers are resilient and had proven this during the economic downturn but they invested their earnings back into their enterprise and our economy relied on farming to prosper.“There was a time when a farm kept a family but now families are struggling to keep the farm and are propping up their outgoings with off-farm incomes.“We lost our sugar beet industry in 2005 and the loss of our beef sector would be far bigger and far worse,” he maintained, adding that he hoped they didn’t just get the standard stock reply back from the Minister for Agriculture on the issue. He wanted to see action and intervention from the Minister.Cllr Ollie Clooney was vocal in his robust support for calling on Ministerial action.“It’s farmers who are paying for your special offers in the supermarkets,” he contended.“This cheap food policy and profiteering of the supermarkets has farming destroyed for the small family farm and when the banks come calling they have no mercy, it’s very serious out there,” said Cllr Clooney.“Larry Goodman and the factories have too much control, that’s the main problem and they have a lot to answer for,” contended Cllr John King, who referenced his knowledge of the meat industry from his days as a butcher. “What about the suckler man,” he asked before giving some insight into the various meat cuts and characteristics of the various breeds and beasts.“What about the tillage man, they’re struggling as well,” suggested Cllr Paschal McEvoy, never one to give Cllr Mulhall his pound of flesh.“I already mentioned tillage and the beet industry, sugar, do you understand where it comes from? Don’t get me started, you don’t know what you’re talking about,” retorted Cllr Mulhall, clearly riled up.Cllr Ben Brennan joined the fray: “I blame the Government and the Minister, he hasn’t a clue. The factories are dictating the whole show, the Minister is not there. He probably thinks that milk comes from a bottle.”“I’m a farmer born and reared and went through it all. I milked cows before you were around,” Cllr Mulhall defended his credentials. He apparently milked cows by hand and wasn’t giving any ground to his detractors or critics of his Ministerial colleague.“You may go and advise the Minister so, you know it all,” Cllr Ben Brennan kept stirring it.“Your husband is supposed to be the spokesman on Agriculture in the Dáil and you here with nothing to say on the issue,” Cllr Mulhall unwisely decided to open another front with a jibe at Cllr Caroline Dwane-Stanley.“You don’t start me, you don’t. I don’t come here to speak for my husband,” glared Cllr Dwane, deciding to best leave it at that, despite the unnecessary dig at her husband Deputy Brian Stanley of Sinn Féin.But Cllr Aidan Mullins decided he’d join the fray and lob one over on Cll Mulhall’s lap: “All you’re doing is writing another stupid letter to a Minister to get back another stupid answer.”“This is worse than Ballymagash,” observed Cllr Paddy Bracken.Under fire, Cllr Mulhall then turned on the Chair and complained to Cllr Willie Aird that he would be better off controlling the meeting.So much for Christmas and the price of beef. Farmers everywhere impressed no doubt.SEE ALSO: Farmer’s Market to remain at its new location in Portlaoise each Friday SEE ALSO: The Laois Today store has the perfect stocking fillers for you Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleInsurance rip off can’t be ignored any longer, says Laois TD as Consumer Contract bill is passed in the DáilNext articleCourageous Scoil Chríost Rí downed by Moate in Leinster ‘A’ schools final John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. By John Whelan – 20th December 2019 GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook GAA Facebook Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

  • Laurentian Q1 profit drops 16%

    Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Canadian Press Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Related news Laurentian Bank (TSX:LB) says first-quarter profits dropped 16 per cent as it booked acquisition costs related to its purchase of MRS Companies. The Quebec-based bank’s earnings fell short of analyst expectations, with a profit of $31 million, or $1.16 per share, reported for the quarter. Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Analysts, on average, were expecting $1.26 per share, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters. The earnings results are down from $36.9 million, or $1.41 per share, a year ago. Revenue was up four per cent to $193.7 million from $186.9 million. Keywords EarningsCompanies Laurentian Bank of Canada Laurentian Bank reports $53.1M profit in Q2, beats expectations read more

  • MFDA fines former branch manager $160,000

    IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada has fined a former Ontario mutual fund salesman and branch manager $160,000 for breaching MFDA rules. A disciplinary hearing in the matter of Stephen Popen was held Thursday in Toronto, before a hearing panel of the MFDA’s Central Regional Council. Keywords EnforcementCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association The panel found that the allegations against Popen made by MFDA staff in the April 27, 2012 notice of hearing had been established. Popen was registered in Ontario with Investors Group Financial Services Inc. as a mutual fund salesperson from December 1999 to September 2009. He was also a branch manager from May 2004 to September 2009. He was terminated by Investors Group on Sept. 17, 2009. The hearing panel found that from April 2007 to September 2009, Popen operated a business services and consulting firm without disclosing his occupation to Investors Group. In addition between July 2008 and September 2009, Popen engaged in personal financial dealings with clients by borrowing directly or indirectly through his company a total of $225,000 from three clients. Beginning in February 2011, Popen failed to produce for inspection copies of documents and records requested by the MFDA during the course of its investigation. The pane permanently prohibited Popen conducting securities related business in any capacity while in the employ of or associated with any MFDA member. It also fined him a total of $160,000, and ordered him to pay costs of $7,500. The panel advised that it would issue written reasons for its decision in due course. Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news BFI investors plead for firm’s sale read more

  • Economists divided on health of real estate market

    Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news That’s 2.5 per cent lower than the annual rate of 204,616 starts in May. Robert Kavcic, a senior economist at the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), called the results “impressive” given the floods in southern Alberta and a two-week strike in Quebec by about 175,000 construction workers. “With sales finding a floor in recent months, prices well behaved and homebuilding close to demographic demand, the soft landing story looks firmly in place,” Kavcic wrote in a note. But an economist at Desjardins didn’t share Kavcic’s optimism that the housing market has achieved the desired cool down. Instead, Helene Begin said the high number of new starts compounds fears of an oversupply in the housing market. “While the recent trend in new construction is favourable to the country’s economic growth in the short term, it raises other concerns,” she wrote in a note. “A building lull is needed in order to resolve the persistent imbalances of the Canadian housing market. It looks like that market will have trouble making a soft landing.” Meanwhile, CIBC (TSX:CM) economist Emanuella Enenajor said she expects the market will slow down in late 2013 and in 2014. While last month’s figures suggest a little bit of softening has already occurred, overall homebuilding was likely a “mild contributor” to economic growth during the second quarter, not a hindrance, said Enenajor. “While a slowdown in winter-time homebuilding suggested housing was starting to cool off, today’s reading… suggests residential construction still has some steam left,” she said in a note. “We still see housing slowing in later quarters, although that softening will likely be deferred.” CMHC says the annual rate of urban starts decreased by 2.7 per cent in June to 177,085 units, as both single and multiple urban starts declined. Single urban starts decreased by 4.1 per cent to 62,743 units on an annual basis in June while the multiple urban starts segment was down by two per cent to 114,342 units. June’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased in British Columbia and decreased in all other regions, including Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Quebec and the Prairies. Meanwhile, a report released by real estate company Royal LePage Tuesday suggests home prices show no signs of falling this year. The report said the average prices for standard two-story houses and detached bungalows went up by 2.7 per cent during the second quarter of this year, compared with a year ago. Houses were listed for an average price of $419,614, while bungalows had an average price of $386,547 during April to June. Royal LePage said the upward trend will likely continue until at least the end of this year, projecting a three per cent increase in home prices year-over-year. Tougher stress tests won’t chill housing market: Scotia Global housing prices rise amid pandemic: BIS Keywords Housing Despite flooding in Alberta and a construction strike in Quebec, the annual rate of housing starts dipped only slightly in June, leaving economists divided over whether the market has achieved the desired cooling or is headed for an oversupply. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. estimates there were 18,215 actual starts in June which, extrapolated over 12 months, gives a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 199,586 starts. Alexandra Posadzki Share this article and your comments with peers on social media GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB read more