Washington to offer first public option insurance in US

SEATTLE — Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option.A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid to providers. But unlike existing government-managed plans, Washington’s public plans are set to be available to all residents regardless of income by 2021.The Legislature approved the plan last month, and Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign it into law Monday.The move thrusts Washington into the national debate over the government’s role in health care, with a hybrid model that puts the state to the left of market-only approaches but stops short of a completely public system.Instead, the state will dictate the terms of the public option plans but hire private insurance companies to administer them, saving the state from having to create a new bureaucracy — and guaranteeing a role for the insurance industry in managing the new public option.Lawmakers in at least eight other states including Colorado and New Mexico have proposed their own public option measures. But so far none have passed legislation implementing a public option.Backers acknowledge the rate caps at the heart of the plan risk creating coverage gaps in rural areas. But they hope to persuade doctors to accept lower rates by bringing the state’s purchasing power to bear. The savings would be used to sell the plans at a competitive price.Inslee, who is also running for president, embraced the idea based on early work by a state legislator and later officially requested the public option bill.Its sponsor, Seattle Sen. David Frockt, a Democrat, said the hybrid system was a compromise.“What’s important about this plan is that the government is coming in and taking a more aggressive role in regulating the cost drivers of health care,” Frockt said.The core proposition of Washington’s plan, dubbed Cascade Care, is that it will save consumers money by capping payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.The cost cap is central to the program’s long-term survival: Set it too high, and there will be no savings to pass along. Set it too low, and the state runs the risk of providers declining the plan, leaving it to whither as consumers seek alternatives that provide more choice, said Jennifer Tolbert, director of the Kaiser Foundation’s state health care analysis program.The question is especially critical in Washington’s rural counties, many of which were already hit hardest by health care cost increases.To attract providers, Washington lawmakers chose a relatively high figure to start: The plan caps payouts at 160 per cent of federal Medicare rates.That’s more than other states have proposed. In New Mexico, lawmakers considered using Medicaid rates, among the lowest paid to doctors and hospitals by any insurance plan. Lobbying firm Manatt estimated that could have translated into cost savings for consumers of more than 20% compared with similar private plans on the individual market.By comparison, Washington’s higher pay rate for doctors is estimated to save participants only 5 to 10%, according to Jason McGill, Inslee’s senior policy adviser on health.But even at the higher rate, the plan risks leaving coverage gaps in the least-populated counties, said Democratic Rep. Eileen Cody, an early architect of the plan who chairs the House Health Care and Wellness committee.The state has already had problems guaranteeing private coverage in those areas. Two counties were recently at risk of having no insurers offering individual plans, and others have only a single hospital or hospital network, allowing providers to drive up costs.The result has been rural areas bucking the state’s broader trend of moderate cost increases: A quarter of Washington counties, mostly rural, have seen triple-digit increases in the cost of premiums for a benchmark bronze-level plan in the last year alone, with some rising by as much as three times the increase seen in King County, home of Seattle, according to data from the Kaiser Foundation.Another unique aspect of Washington’s plan is its hybrid management model.Despite its name, the public option won’t be provided by the state itself, and state employees won’t deal directly with patients.Instead, the measure directs state health care authorities to hire one or more private insurance companies: The state will determine the broad outlines of the public plans, but private companies will handle day-to-day administration, including enrolling patients and paying out claims.“It’s an attempt to keep the insurance companies in the game,” said Aaron Katz, a University of Washington professor who teaches health policy and has studied U.S. health care markets.Like earlier decisions to have private companies administer parts of the Medicare and Medicaid systems in some states, Washington’s hybrid model tries to preserve some competition while fixing problems like stability and coverage gaps, Kaatz said.But it also has the effect of weaving insurance companies further into the fabric of public health care — potentially creating a barrier for later efforts to move to a completely public system.“The size of the business that we are giving to private insurers makes it ever more difficult to ever extract ourselves from those dependencies,” Katz said.It’s also a departure from public option proposals that have cropped up in other states, where lawmakers have mostly tried to broaden eligibility for programs like Medicaid, said Emily Blanford of the National Conference of State Legislatures.Still, a hybrid model theoretically has some advantages, Blanford said, including allowing the state to start from scratch designing rates and provider networks without needing a new program and staff.Tom James, The Associated Press read more

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UN mission reports early success in demobilization efforts in eastern DR Congo

12 February 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported early successes in the disarmament campaign it is carrying out around the town of Beni, close to the country’s eastern border with Uganda. The Beni office of the UN Mission, also known as MONUC, launched a sensitization programme via radio last month targeted at the roughly 1,000 Congolese and Ugandan rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces/National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF/NALU).In the broadcasts which aim to persuade young rebels to give up their weapons, the methods available to renounce the rebellion with honour, as well as ways to return to their respective countries with MONUC’s assistance, are explained. To reach the widest audience possible, the programme is broadcasted in such languages as Swahili, Kinade/Lukonjo, Ugandan, French and English.On 13 January, two rebel Ugandans, ages 23 and 27, who had been forced to join the ADF/NALU when they were 14 and 16, surrendered.Rebels are banned from listening to disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and reinsertion (DDRRR) programming, yet “it was through word of mouth that both soldiers had the chance to listen to the broadcasts with their colleagues,” according to Major Rohit Mishra and Mwitiravali Sikuli of MONUC.“Both ex-combatants really wished to join the DDRRR programme, and renounce their part in an illegal rebellion which was being made less and less justifiable by the major political changes taking place in both Uganda and the DRC,” they added.Despite the formal end in 1999 of a civil war, widely considered the most lethal conflict since World War II, which cost 4 million lives due to fighting, hunger and disease, threats to law and order remain. MONUC has overseen the country’s transition, culminating in a landmark multi-party election in 2006, the country’s first in over four decades. read more

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Business Highlights

___WeWork CEO stepping aside amid questions about companyNEW YORK (AP) — WeWork’s charismatic but controversial CEO is stepping aside from the communal office-space company he founded, another moment of reckoning between the fast-growing startup and its disenchanted investors. The New York-based company said Tuesday that Adam Neumann will be replaced by two co-CEOs: Artie Minson, formerly co-president and chief financial officer, and Sebastian Gunningham, formerly vice chairman. Neumann will remain on its board as non-executive chairman.___Google wins case over EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ rulesBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s highest court has handed Google a major victory. It says that the EU’s “right to be forgotten” rules that allow people to control what comes up when their name is searched online do not apply outside the 28-nation bloc. People in Europe have had the right to ask Google and other search engines to delete links to outdated or embarrassing information about themselves, even if it is true.___US home prices rise at slowest pace in 7 yearsWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in July from a year earlier by the smallest amount in seven years, as modest sales are forcing sellers to keep costs in check. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index moved up 2% in July from a year ago, down from a 2.2% annual gain in June.___Volkswagen bosses charged in Germany over emissions scandalBERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have dealt a blow to Volkswagen’s efforts to put the 2015 emissions-cheating case behind it. They have charged the automaker’s chief executive, chairman and former CEO with stock manipulation for not telling investors at the time that the scandal was about to break. The charges come as VW pushes ahead with its shift toward zero-emissions vehicles and a new, more environmentally friendly image.___Feds: Engineer manipulated diesel emissions at Fiat ChryslerDETROIT (AP) — An engineer has been charged with conspiracy and fraud in an alleged scheme to fool regulators about engine pollution from more than 100,000 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles. Emanuele Palma is due in a Detroit federal court Tuesday on a raft of charges. Palma, who was a manager until June 2016 at an engine company owned by Fiat Chrysler, is accused of manipulating emissions during government tests to make it appear that engines were producing less pollution than they were.___World postal union rejects Trump’s favoured reform planGENEVA (AP) — In a showdown at a Universal Postal Union meeting, countries rejected the Trump administration’s favoured approach to an international mail problem that is making the U.S. consider leaving the 145-year-old body. Trump trade envoy Peter Navarro appealed at an emergency meeting to urge other countries to support Washington’s reform push. But delegates voted to reject the option 78-57 with nine abstentions. The U.S. says countries like China are not paying enough to send packages to the U.S.___Stocks fall as Democrats turn up heat on TrumpNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks dropped on Wall Street Tuesday as House Democrats met to consider a potential impeachment probe of President Donald Trump and a report showed a drop in consumer confidence. After a higher open, stocks declined as the Conference Board, a business research group, reported its consumer confidence index fell to 125.1 in September from a revised reading of 134.2 in August. That’s worrisome because consumer spending has underpinned the economy during a slowdown in manufacturing.___US consumer confidence drops as economic uncertainties riseWASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer confidence fell sharply in September, a likely indication that growing economic uncertainties are taking a toll on American households. The Conference Board, a business research group, says its consumer confidence index fell to 125.1 in September from a revised August reading of 134.2. Consumers’ assessments of both current economic conditions and expectations for the next six months slipped.___Top UK court: Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was illegalLONDON (AP) — In a decision that badly undermines Boris Johnson’s authority, Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that he broke the law by suspending Parliament. The court blamed Johnson for squelching legitimate scrutiny of his Brexit plan. The historic move by Britain’s highest court offered a ringing endorsement of Parliament’s sovereignty and slapped down what it viewed as Johnson’s attempt to use executive power to silence the legislature.___Investigator says FAA training inspectors weren’t qualifiedA federal investigator says safety inspectors who set pilot-training standards for the grounded Boeing Max weren’t qualified, and the FAA misled Congress about the matter. But the Federal Aviation Administration isn’t backing down; it says all inspectors who worked on evaluating the Max were fully qualified for the work they did.___The S&P 500 index fell 25.18 points, or 0.8%, to 2,966.60. The Dow slid 142.22 points, or 0.5%, to 26,807.77. The Nasdaq lost 118.84 points, or 1.5%, to 7,993.63. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 24.64 points, or 1.6%, to 1,533.61.The Associated Press read more

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CocaColas profit rises despite sluggish growth in face of bumpy global economy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Coca-Cola’s profit rises despite sluggish growth in face of bumpy global economy by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2013 5:54 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Coca-Cola reported a higher quarterly profit as the world’s biggest beverage maker managed to sell more of its drinks despite choppy economic conditions.The maker of Sprite, Powerade and Vitaminwater said global sales volume edged up 2 per cent for its third quarter, helped by its performance in countries such as China, India and Russia.Still, the company conceded that it was facing an economic slowdown in many parts of the world including Mexico, where the government is also considering a tax on sugary soft drinks.In a conference call with analysts, CEO Muhtar Kent pushed back at the suggestion that the company’s days of growth were coming to an end. He noted that the company is emphasizing affordability and smaller packages to “keep the drinkers base growing” in developing markets.That strategy is critical for “when economies also start turning up and when disposable incomes start heading north,” he said.Kent also shot down the prospect of the tax in Mexico, saying that such measures don’t work and that he didn’t want to discuss the matter any further because “the discussions under progress.”“We’ve made our case to the government,” he said. The company stood by its goal to double system-wide sales by 2020, from 2009.Back in the U.S., where soda has been under fire as well for fueling obesity rates, the Atlanta-based company rolled out smaller cans and bottles of soda that are more profitable and better suit the reduced portions people are seeking. Coca-Cola is also focusing on other drinks, such as flavoured water, as Americans continue to cut back on soda.In North America, for instance, soda volume was flat for the period, following a 4 per cent decline in the previous quarter and flat growth a year ago. But uncarbonated drinks such as tea, juice and bottled water rose 5 per cent. That lifted overall volume for the region by 2 per cent.Meanwhile, soda sales are faring much better in developing markets. The company said its namesake brand saw volume growth of 22 per cent in India. In China, soda volume rose 8 per cent.The company blamed volatile economic conditions for more disappointing results in other parts of the world. In Europe, volume fell 1 per cent. Coca-Cola also cited hurricanes for a 2 per cent volume decline in Mexico.For the quarter, the company said it earned $2.45 billion, or 54 cents per share, up from $2.31 billion, or 50 cents per share, a year ago.Not including one-time items, earnings per share were 53 cents, which was in line with Wall Street expectations.Revenue fell 3 per cent to $12.03, hurt by structural changes and unfavourable currency exchange rates. Analysts had expected $12.05 billion, according to FactSet.The results for the quarter were boosted by a gain related to a bottling transaction in Brazil.Shares of Coca-Cola Co. rose 1.6 per cent at $38.51. Over the past year, the stock is down almost 1 per cent.____Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi read more

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UNESCO chief denounces killing of media workers in Pakistan

“Violence and fear must not be allowed to prevent journalists and media workers from doing their work,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a news release, following the killing of Arshad Ali Jaffari and Aftab Alam.“The safety of journalists and media workers is an essential condition for the press to keep the public informed. It is important that the authorities investigate these cases and bring those responsible for them to trial.”Mr. Jaffari, a satellite broadcast engineer for Geo News TV, was killed on 9 September in the city of Karachi when gunmen fired on a broadcast van in which he was working.A few hours later, Mr. Alam, who had reported for a number of news outlets including Geo News TV and Samaa TV, was shot while driving his car near his home in Karachi. read more

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54 plate delivers £6bn new car market in September

January to September new car market remains up 0.3 per cent at 2,079,956 units September 2004 market cools two per cent to 430,763 units New car registrations are 19,606 units above 1999-2003 September average Commenting on the September new car market, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We need to be clear that demand for new cars remains strong. However, it is inevitable that a plateau would be reached after three record years and it appears that further growth this year is unlikely. The impact of rising interest rates and the effect on consumer demand from a cooling housing market has, no doubt, accelerated the slowdown in the new car market in the last few months. ‘In an intensely competitive market, new car buyers can expect some great deals in the next few months and despite modest reductions in volume, we still expect to be close to last year’s record when more than 2.57m new cars were registered in the UK.’ September 2004 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by SMMT. Notes to editors 1.The twice-yearly plate change was first introduced in 1999.2. New car registrations in the UK reached a record 2,579,050 units in 2003, up from 2,563,631 units in 2002 and 2,458,769 units in 2001.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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CPL 2017 Walton Ronchi ensure Amazon Warriors all but qualify

By Peter Della Penna Guyana Amazon Warriors 150 for 1 (Walton 84*, Ronchi 55*) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 149 for 7 (McCarthy 44, Sangakkara 38) by nine wicketsChadwick Walton lays into a pull shot Randy Brooks – CPL T20 / Getty Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTallawahs qualify for Hero CPL knockoutsJuly 21, 2016In “Sports”CPL 2017: Calm Williams takes Tallawahs up to second in thrilling finishAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”Guyana Amazon Warriors book place in Hero CPL finalAugust 4, 2016In “latest news” There was no respite at the other end as Luke Ronchi – who entered at the end of the first over after the fall of Sohail Tanvir – smashed Thomas for two sixes and a four in the third over. Ronchi then signed off on Williams’ disastrous 26-run fourth over with a six clubbed back over the bowler’s head.Even when change bowlers stemmed the flow of runs, the Tallawahs fielders did them in. Williams’ wayward throw from short fine leg to the bowler’s end off Mahmudullah resulted in four overthrows in the fifth over. Ronchi and Walton were then dropped off consecutive balls bowled by Mohammad Sami in the sixth over. By the time the Powerplay was done, Warriors were on 88 for 1, the joint-highest Powerplay in CPL history, equaling Trinbago Knight Riders’ electric chase earlier this year.Partnership markThe runs and no-balls – Williams overstepped another three times on consecutive deliveries in the 10th over – continued unabated for the rest of the chase as Walton and Ronchi finished with an unbeaten 135-run stand, the highest partnership for any wicket in CPL 2017. Both had opportunities to eclipse the individual fastest half-century of the season – jointly held by Darren Sammy and Colin Munro, in 23 balls – but Walton eventually reached his half-century in 26 balls while Ronchi took one delivery longer. (ESPNcricinfo) Guyana Amazon Warriors’ surge toward the final CPL playoff berth continued on Friday night at Sabina Park as they walloped the Jamaica Tallawahs by nine wickets. Chadwick Walton rocked to the top of the CPL scoring charts after his unbeaten 84 off 40 balls helped clinch victory with 57 balls to spare.Warriors started the week with a +0.061 net run rate advantage on Barbados Tridents. But their second heavy win of the week, following on from their 99-run demolition of Barbados Tridents on Tuesday, has swelled their lead in the tiebreaker to +1.409. It means the Tridents will need to beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and first-place Trinbago Knight Riders in their final two matches this weekend by sizable margins to overtake them.Sangakkara’s fifty streak endsTallawahs had made an assured start after a 79-run stand between captain Kumar Sangakkara and Andre McCarthy. When McCarthy fell in the 14th over for 44 off 35 balls, it was up to Sangakkara to carry on for a big score.However, he fell a dozen short of the milestone for 38 when his attempted paddle flick over short fine leg off Rayad Emrit failed to clear Jason Mohammed on the circle on the last ball of the 16th over. With both set batsmen now gone, Tallawahs limped through to the end of the innings, adding just 29 off the final four overs.Free-flowing WaltonOshane Thomas began his first match on Wednesday night with three dots including the wicket of Chris Gayle. On Friday night, his first two deliveries were a pair of massive oversteps. Walton pulverized both free hits over square leg for six – the second one a deep strike into a parking lot. Walton punished Krishmar Santokie’s opening over from the opposite end for three boundaries, driving him twice through mid-off and a third time over point.The free-hits for Walton returned in the fourth over courtesy of Kesrick Williams. After a boundary through midwicket to start the over, Walton carved a Williams no-ball over point for another. Walton then made it a hat-trick of sixes off free-hits with a slash over third man. Walton mocked Williams’ notebook wicket celebration after each shot, plucking out his own quill to mark notches in his bat.Powerplay mark read more

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BCI Minerals brings in GR Engineering for Mardie potash DFS

first_imgBCI Minerals says it has appointed GR Engineering Services as the lead engineer for the Mardie salt and potash project definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the northwest coast of Western Australia.As lead DFS engineer, GR Engineering will be responsible for coordination and integration of the process and engineering design packages for the ponds and crystallisers, salt plant, sulphate of potash (SOP) plant and port facilities. It will also prepare and verify the DFS level capital and operating cost estimates and will undertake the design and supervision of pre-final investment decision site works and supporting infrastructure during 2019.BCI said: “GR Engineering is a reputable Perth-based engineering group with significant experience in study management, engineering design and construction of resource projects in Western Australia and globally, both as engineering, procurement, construction and management and EPC contractor.“Members of the GR Engineering team nominated for this engagement have appropriate experience in salt operation and sulphate of potash study management.”Following completion of a prefeasibility study during the June 2018 quarter, BCI commenced the Mardie DFS. As well as improving design accuracy and further de-risking the project, BCI is aiming for the DFS to improve on the PFS development plan and business case in a number of key areas, including:Increasing the production capacity to 4 Mt/y salt and 100,000 t/y SOP;Establishing the tenure, approvals and designs for a fit-for-purpose export facility at the Mardie site, which will eliminate haulage costs to the Cape Preston East Port site, and;Establishing test ponds and completing construction of project support infrastructure to bring forward the target date for first salt and SOP production.The site works GR Engineering will initially carry out include a 135-ha trial pond, seawater intake pumps, circa-20 km upgrade of access roads, initial accommodation camp and power generation.BCI’s Managing Director, Alwyn Vorster, said: “We are focused on delivering a high quality DFS that will place BCI in a strong position to reach a final investment decision by the first (March) quarter of 2020. GR Engineering’s technical ability and project management strengths will make them a valuable partner to BCI as Mardie is progressed towards full project construction.”BCI’s areas of focus in the period to June 30, 2019, include:Appointments of process design engineers (ponds, two plants and port);Geotechnical drilling programme of pond, plant and port areas completed;Construction of small-scale trial evaporators completed;Port tenure negotiations with the Pilbara Port Authority(PPA);Environmental Review Document submitted to the Environmental Protection Authority(EPA);Construction of the 135-ha trial pond and supporting facilities (camp, roads, power, pumps) commenced;Funding discussions with Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and other entities progressed;Product offtake potential developed, and;Significant potential investor/financier briefings.BCI said all activities until the final investment decision in Q1 2020 – estimated at A$25 million ($17.8 million) – will be funded from BCI’s existing A$36 million cash and the ongoing quarterly royalties from Iron Valley, the company said.last_img read more

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Here are the progay kids books Singapore is clamping down on

first_imgI have instructed NLB not to pulp the two other titles, but instead to place them in the adult section of the public libraries.I have also asked NLB to review the process by which they deal with such books.“The decision on what books children can or cannot read remains with their parents. Parents who wish to borrow these books to read with their children will have the option to do so,” the minister added.More than 20,000 people gathered in a peaceful rally on 28 June supporting gay rights despite a fierce online campaign against the event by conservative Muslims and Christians.Additional reporting by Dan Mac Guill.- © AFP, 2014Read: 33 ways Adrian Mole looked at life> SINGAPORE TODAY STOPPED short of destroying two children’s books with gay themes following an outcry over literary censorship in the tightly regulated city-state.Instead, Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim ordered the books to be moved to the adult section.Here’s a quick breakdown of recent literary orders by the country’s government:Pulped Source: Amazon.com“Who’s In My Family” discusses different types of families, and includes references to gay couples.Banned“Life With Archie” – Volume #16. This installment of the long-running US comics series was banned because its depiction of a marriage between two men was deemed to breach local “social norms”.Moved from children’s to adult section of libraries Source: Seegon/Wikimedia“And Tango Makes Three” is a true story about two male penguins in a New York zoo that raised a baby penguin. Source: The White Swan Express“The White Swan Express” features children adopted by straight, gay, mixed-race and single parents.“We stand by NLB’s decision to remove the three books from the children’s section,” Yaacob said on his Facebook page, adding that the board “will continue to ensure that books in the children’s section are age-appropriate”.Government officials insist most Singaporeans are conservative and do not accept homosexuality.Some 400 people including parents gathered at a library branch last weekend to read the banned books to their children as a show of protest.‘A deep-seated respect for the written word’Sex between men is illegal in Singapore and punishable by up to two years in jail under a provision in the penal code dating back to British colonial rule.The government’s refusal to rescind the law – which is not being actively enforced – has become a lightning rod for a growing movement for gay rights and inclusiveness in the multi-racial island nation of 5.4 million.Yaacob, the information minister, said objections to the destruction of books “reflect a deep-seated respect in our culture for the written word”.last_img read more

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Judge in Tipperary murder trial says its being discussed by just about

first_imgJudge in Tipperary murder trial says it’s ‘being discussed by just about everyone in the country at this point’ Ms Justice Eileen Creedon discharged the jury until next Wednesday this afternoon. Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Eoin Reynolds Friday 15 Mar 2019, 1:39 PM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4544444 Patrick Quirke (pictured) is accused of murdering Bobby Ryancenter_img Patrick Quirke (pictured) is accused of murdering Bobby Ryan Image: RollingNews.ie No Comments Share2 Tweet Email1 Mar 15th 2019, 1:39 PM 20,625 Views A CENTRAL CRIMINAL Court judge has told the Patrick Quirke jury not to speak to people about the trial which, she said, is “being discussed by just about everyone in the country at this point”.Justice Eileen Creedon told the six men and six women this morning that they will not hear any evidence today and are not required again until next Wednesday.She added that she is “very conscious” of the level of media coverage the trial has attracted and the pressure that brings.She reminded the jurors that they decide the case based only on what they hear in court, adding: “It’s being discussed by just about everyone in the country but don’t talk to anybody about the evidence.”The trial will continue next week.Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of part-time DJ Bobby Ryan.Ryan went missing on 3 June 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home at about 6.30am.His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Ms Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary 22 months later in April 2013.The prosecution claims Quirke murdered Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Ms Lowry (52).Comments are closed for legal reasonslast_img read more

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Airbnb is urging hosts to contact politicians to ask for a grace

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4595003 Maria Bailey (TD) is chair of this Committee. Sharing your story with her and to the Committee will be vitally important in the coming days; reasons why you host and what the regulations will mean to you and to your local community.The correspondence then lists the politicians’ contacts details and attaches some “suggested text” that members of the public should send to the TDs and senators “to help you frame your story”.  ‘Hold our nerve’When asked for a comment after the correspondence came to light, Murphy said: Airbnb is urging hosts to contact politicians to ask for a ‘grace period’ in new laws Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has asked politicians not to take heed to representations made to them calling for a delay. We are in a minority government. This is the correct thing to do for people living and working here. We need to hold our nerve as an Oireachtas.Sinn Fein’s housing spokesperson Eoin O’ Bróin said he had received no such emails as of yet, but said if he does receive any they will “certainly not have an impact” on his view. He said committee members have been lobbied by a lot of hosts since the new rules were announced last year. He acknowledged that some homeowners who use their home for Airbnb had “genuine concerns” but these are addressed in the legislation. “Clearly, commercial operators of short-term lets are going to have a real difficulty with what’s on the table,” he said, adding that ” we have to do what’s right.“The housing crisis is so bad now, we need to move those units back into the rental market,” he said.No delay He added that there is “no need to delay this”, stating that he has been raising the issue of short-term lets impact on the housing crisis since 2016. O’ Bróin said there has “more than enough time” for people to get all in order before the new law comes into effect this summer. The Sinn Féin deputy said the next move must be regulating short-term let platforms, such as Airbnb, stating that they should be obliged by law to share rental information to local authorities and revenue, as it will ensure enforcement of the new rules is a lot easier. He said this needs to be done a matter of urgency. Murphy has indicated in previous committee hearings that any such regulations would lie with the Tourism Minister Shane Ross. O’ Bróin said such regulations should not lie with Ross stating “this is about property regulation, not tourism”. He added that it makes “no sense to have a situation where there are no sanctions on the platform if they advertise properties that are not compliant with the law”. In a statement to TheJournal.ie, Airbnb said: “Thousands of families across Ireland use Airbnb to share their homes and many say the additional income actually helps them afford their homes and make ends meet. We believe these families should have the opportunity to share – in their own words – how home sharing supports them and how clear, fair and proportionate rules can support people-powered tourism that benefits everyone.“Airbnb continues to lead calls for home sharing rules that work for everyone in Ireland, like we have already with more than 500 governments around the world.”The company maintains it has long led calls for regulation that gives clarity to hosts across Ireland. Wednesday 17 Apr 2019, 12:05 AM Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Share5 Tweet Email4 By Christina Finn 69 Comments 18,030 Views The correspondence from Airbnb states that they should have received an email from Airbnb regarding an update on short term rental regulations.It continues: Short URL Apr 17th 2019, 12:05 AM HOUSING MINISTER EOGHAN Murphy has told politicians to “hold their nerve” and not take heed of representations made to them calling for a “grace period” in the new short-term let laws.TheJournal.ie understands that an email from Airbnb has been sent to a number of hosts asking them to contact politicians about the proposed regulations and request a postponement. Under the proposed new laws, which are due to take effect on 1 July, homeowners who currently let a second property on a short-term basis will no longer be allowed to do so. In addition, an annual cap of 90 days will apply for the renting out of a home and homeowners can only rent out their homes for 14 days or less at a time.Short-term lets of second properties will also not be permitted in Rent Pressure Zones, such as Dublin city centre. Where a home or apartment is a person’s principal private residence, they will be permitted to rent out a room, or rooms, within their home for short-term letting without restriction. This includes B&Bs.New lawThe correspondence from Airbnb provides a list of emails for Oireachtas members who sit on the housing committee, and encourages hosts to ask politicians to seek a “grace period” in the legislation. The correspondence from Airbnb seen by TheJournal.ie state that the company is seeking a “grace period from government”, and mentions that the Housing Committee will be considering the regulations today. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie At this point, it would be timely for hosts affected by the proposals to continue to contact members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing Planning and Local Government.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Puccinis Turandot at San Diego Opera Civic Theatre through March 4

first_imgPuccini’s ‘Turandot’ at San Diego Opera Civic Theatre through March 4 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe San Diego Opera’s season continues with one of the all-time greats coming to the San Diego Civic Theatre this weekend.KUSI’s own Sasha Foo had a chance visit the stage and meet some of the performers behind the musical. Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Posted: February 23, 2018 February 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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2014 ASADuPont Young Leader Application Deadline Approaching

first_imgThe deadline for applying for the 2014 ASA/DuPont Young Leader program is fast approaching. If you are interested or know of a grower couple who would benefit from a training program designed to enhance leadership skills while networking with other farmers/farm couples from across the country, please apply online at soygrowers.com/learn/young-leader-program/. The 2014 class of ASA/DuPont Young Leaders training program will kick off with a session Nov. 19-22, 2013 at Pioneer’s Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. Young Leaders will continue their training in San Antonio, Texas February 25 – March 1, 2014. While in San Antonio, Young Leaders will also have the opportunity to participate in Commodity Classic. All program related travel, lodging and most meals will be covered.Now entering its historic 30th year, the ASA DuPont Young Leader has a long standing tradition of identifying and cultivating farmer leaders who not only help shape U.S. soybean industry but all of agriculture.ASA, its 26 state affiliates, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario, and DuPont Pioneer will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of this program. One couple or individual per state will be chosen to participate.last_img read more

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Washougal man arrested after Ore police chase identified

first_imgASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of leading Astoria, Ore., police on a high-speed chase after he was shot and wounded has been released from a Portland hospital, charged with attempted aggravated murder and ordered held on $10 million bail.Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis also identified the 37-year-old man on Friday as Yevgeniy Savinskiy of Washougal, Wash. In all, the man is charged with 13 counts, including attempted assault, identity theft and felony attempt to elude.The charges stem from an encounter with officers last Sunday at the Lamplighter Motel in Astoria.The motel contacted police after finding items in the man’s room. The district attorney says police found what appeared to be a gun silencer.Officers returned later and say the man pointed a loaded handgun at them. Marquis says two officers fired, wounding Savinskiy, but the bleeding man drove off in his rental van. The chase down U.S. 101 reached speeds of 110 mph before he was stopped.Police say they also recovered ammunition and an assault rifle. Marquis says the man told police he carried a gun because he had received death threats.last_img read more

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Syllouris censured for Golden Dawn dinner invite

first_imgA Greek MEP censured House president Demetris Syllouris for inviting members of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to a dinner he was hosting for Cypriot and Greek members of the European parliament.In a letter responding to Syllouris’ invitation, Greek ruling party Syriza MEP Stelios Kouloglou declined because two Golden Dawn MEPs had also been invited, apparently breaking with the established practice of past years.“I don’t know if you know that the neo-Nazi formation is on trial in Greece, charged with being a criminal organisation after the murder of (rapper) Pavlos Fyssas and the murderous attacks against Greek citizens and migrants,” Koulouglou said in his letter.“It is however, impressive, that the president of the Cypriot parliament invites MPs from the party of the people who longed for the April (1967) dictatorship, which is responsible for the treachery in Cyprus and its occupation by Turkish troops,” he added.Golden Dawn has two MEPs out of Greece’s 21.Golden Dawn was put on trial following the stabbing murder of outspoken songwriter and singer in the Piraeus suburb of Keratsini on September 18, by a self-confessed member of Golden Dawn.The party is accused of being a criminal organisation structured along a strict hierarchy that determines its members’ actions.At issue are Fyssas’ murder, but also attacks on members of a Communist-affiliated union as well as on migrant workers and individuals opposed to the party.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Exminister and officials fingered in MRI coverup

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouA DISCIPLINARY probe into alleged misconduct over the purchase of a magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) scanner at the Nicosia General Hospital, which had been closed by former Health minister Petros Petrides but re-launched in June 2014 by his successor, Philippos Patsalis, concluded that several high-ranking public officials may have been involved in efforts to cover up the issue, local daily Politis reported on Friday.According to the findings of the report prepared by Labour ministry undersecretary Andreas Assiotis, these include Petrides, contract coordinator and head of Radiology at Nicosia General Dr Vaios Partasides, his secretary Marilena Gavriel, former Health ministry undersecretary Dionysis Mavronicolas, former deputy undersecretary Christodoulos Kaisis, and Nicosia General Hospital director Petros Matsas.The issue arose in 2009, upon expiry of a contract signed between the hospital and private company Papaetis Medical Co, which included an obligation by the contractors to supply training for hospital staff by an accredited university on the use of the hospital’s MRI machine. Failure to do so would trigger the calling of a £181,125 (approximately €280,000) bank guarantee by the government, which expired on October 4, 2009.But, although no proof of university-level training was ever produced by the company, the guarantee was left to expire with no action taken by contract coordinator Partasides, the report found.Following dozens of letters by former Auditor General Chrystalla Georghadji since 2009, an administrative probe was first ordered in January 2012. The ensuing report found “weaknesses and omissions”, and was forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for further handling in late 2013.The AG’s office concurred that there appeared to be an omission in taking timely action before the bank guarantee expired, although the contractor clearly had been in breach of the contract, but advised that it fell to the Health ministry to study the reports and decide on whether any action should be taken against public officials.But the procrastination and indifference that appeared to have followed the AG’s recommendation raised suspicions, which culminated in a disciplinary probe ordered by the Health minister last June.A letter by Partasides, addressed to the Health ministry’s Medical Services, in which he sought to exonerate himself of any blame, was the object of extensive investigation in the scope of the probe. Three versions of the letter were found, one dated September 22, 2009, (prior to the expiry of the bank guarantee) and the other two dated October 28 and 29 of the same year.Investigations revealed that the letter was only prepared on October 22, 2009, more than two weeks after the guarantee expired, and subsequently back-dated, meaning Partasides and his secretary will likely be on the hook for trying to defraud investigators.The rest of the officials named in Assiotis’ report were found to have exhibited “inexplicable indolence” in investigating the suspicions raised.“Their approach is tantamount to covering up negligence and errors, mainly because the avoidance of proper investigation and promotion of responsibility paves the way for their reappearance,” Assiotis’ report said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchResearch Stair Lifts Rowland Heights California: Stunning New Stair LiftsYahoo SearchUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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