Germany beats recession fears in third quarter – but only just

first_imgRead more: Eurozone industrial production beats predictions but Germany remains weak Germany beats recession fears in third quarter – but only just Joe Curtis The country’s GDP posted a 0.5 per cent year-on-year growth rate from July to September, beating April to June’s 0.3 per cent expansion, Federal Statistics Office data showed. whatsapp Europe’s largest economy thwarted expectations of a contraction as it eked out a 0.1 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth rate. Main image credit: Getty Images “It looks as if either the cyclical factors weighing on German industry will dissipate somewhat, with the entire economy rebounding, or the domestic part of the economy will also slow down,” he said. Angela Merkel will be glad her government avoided a Germany recession (Getty Images) However, economy minister Peter Altmaier warned: “We do not have a technical recession, but the growth numbers are still too weak.” “The German economy can still be divided into two worlds,” he added. “The depressive world and the happy-go-lucky one. In the depressive world, there are very few signs of an imminent bottoming or recovery of the manufacturing sector since the summer of 2018. whatsappcenter_img However, German GDP only rose by 0.08 per cent in the third quarter, after a decline of 0.24 per cent in the second quarter. While Brzeski said low inflation and interest rates have buoyed spending and the construction sector “keeps on booming”, he added that Germany faces an uncertain 2020. Share Household spending rose along with exports to beat economists’ dour expectations of a technical recession, where an economy posts two consecutive quarters of declines. “The sector is facing and will continue to face cyclical challenges, as ongoing trade conflicts, Brexit uncertainty and slower Chinese growth, along with structural challenges, disrupt the automotive industry.” A Reuters poll of analysts found they expected Germany’s economy to contract 0.1 per cent on a quarterly basis, and to expand 0.5 per cent year on year. Meanwhile Carsten Brzeski, European economist at ING, warned that Germany has entered a period of “de factor stagnation”. Read more: How can you stop your credit card being sexist? Thursday 14 November 2019 8:33 am Germany narrowly avoided falling into recession in the third quarter thanks to unexpectedly strong consumer spending, data showed today. More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comlast_img read more

Royal London swings to £181m loss on drop in sales and asset values

first_imgMonday 10 August 2020 8:25 am Royal London swings to £181m loss on drop in sales and asset values Chair Kevin Parry said the business was slowly moving staff back to the office after 98 per cent of its workers switched to home working as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The company said net inflows were £997m during the first half, compared to £5.4bn in the same period last year. Royal London’s assets under management stayed static at £139bn. Royal London posted a loss before tax of £181m for the six-month period, down from a profit of £397m at the half-year in 2019. Also Read: Royal London swings to £181m loss on drop in sales and asset values Its operating profit before tax slipped to £36m from £90m the previous year. Share Parry said: “A phased return to work has been introduced for a small number of key workers and we continue to put plans in place so more of our people can revert to office based working in a safe and measured way. Royal London said its life and pension new business sales fell 18 per cent during the period which it said was a result of “difficult trading conditions experienced during lockdown…as companies deferred decisions to move pension scheme providers and individuals delayed investment decisions.” Pensions provider Royal London today said it swung to a loss in the six months to 30 June which it blamed on falling asset values and slow sales during lockdown. Show Comments ▼ Chief executive Barry O’Dwyer said: “Covid-19 will inevitably continue to have an impact on new business prospects. Looking further ahead, our strong capital position and unrivalled reputation with advisers and customers will stand us in good stead as we continue to help customers meet their protection, investment and long-term savings needs.” Also Read: Royal London swings to £181m loss on drop in sales and asset values James Booth whatsapp “We have paid out claims to the families of more than 1,200 customers as a result of deaths attributable to Covid-19. Our thoughts are with all our customers and their families at this time.” Royal London said: “Strong internal flows and growth in demand for sustainable funds were partially offset by external Institutional outflows, particularly in the segregated fixed income and cash funds.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunGloriousaMother Set Up A Hidden Camera, Her Husband Was Caught In The Act…Gloriousa whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comlast_img read more

Islands of the Four Mountains’ artifacts exhibited for the first time

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Aleutians | Arts & Culture | HistoryIslands of the Four Mountains’ artifacts exhibited for the first timeMarch 6, 2017 by Laura Kraegel, KUCB-Unalaska Share:An aerial view of the Islands of the Four Mountains in the central Aleutians. (Photo by NASA Earth Observatory)Not many people make it to the Islands of the Four Mountains.But with a new exhibit at the Museum of the Aleutians, Unalaskans can now explore one of the chain’s most isolated areas.“It’s a group of islands to the west of us,” said museum Director Virginia Hatfield. “Between the Andreanof Islands, which include Adak, and the Fox Islands, which include Unalaska and Umnak, there’s a little group of islands and they’re very volcanic.”Hatfield was one of the archaeologists who boated out to the islands three years ago for their first in-depth excavation.During the dig, her team uncovered the sites of five former villages. The oldest were occupied 4,000 years ago, while the most recent settlement was only abandoned in 1763.“It was the last occupied site in the Islands of the Four Mountains, during the time we call the Aleut Revolt,” said Hatfield. “The Russians killed a lot of Unangax and relocated whoever survived to Umnak. We found evidence — a metal knife, a glass bead and a musket ball — that tells us the Russians were there at that time.”There’s no evidence that anyone has lived on the islands since that conflict, but Hatfield said the dig produced hundreds of artifacts that point toward a rich prehistoric culture.The exhibit showcases technology the Unangax used prior to the Russian occupation — from 1,000-year-old ulus, fashioned from stone, to elegant bone tools, carved from marine mammal skeletons.“We have a handful of fishing tools, but we also have some needles,” Hatfield said. “We have some root diggers, some bird darts, and a throwing board pin, which is something they used to throw spears.”The exhibit marks the first time that artifacts from the Islands of the Four Mountains have been displayed to the public.Hatfield said scientists are still studying the collection, including the flat griddle stones that were used as prehistoric frying pans.“We have a researcher who’s currently looking at the fat deposits on these griddle stones,” she said. “We expect to find otter, seal and bird fats. We’ll also see fish and maybe even bivalves, like mussels.”The exhibit will stay open in Unalaska for another month, before it moves to its permanent home at the Aleut Corporation in Anchorage.After that, Hatfield said the museum will host a community art show and a traveling exhibit called “Living Alaska,” dedicated to contemporary art from around the state.Share this story:last_img read more

Costain bolsters services with takeover of consultancy Rhead

first_imgTuesday 18 August 2015 5:58 am Costain bolsters services with takeover of consultancy Rhead Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comItsTheVibeMarried With Children Scenes You Simply Can’t ForgetItsTheVibeTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressBeach RaiderDo You Agree That She’s The Most Beautiful Woman In The World?Beach Raider Express KCS COSTAIN, the engineering solutions provider that helped to build the Channel Tunnel, has announced the acquisition of Rhead Group, a commercial management consultancy. Rhead Group will be fully integrated into Costain before the end of the current financial year. The group’s current senior man­agement setup, including chief executive Nigel Curry, is ex­pected to remain with the business.The takeover has cost Costain £36m, all of which will be paid for by the company’s existing cash and debt facilities.In the year ending July 2014, Rhead Group declared revenues of £63.5m, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of £5.2m.The company’s client list contains a number of blue chip accounts, including National Grid, Wales & West Utilities and BAE Systems. center_img whatsapp More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / Terminal operator Patrick and stevedore union clash over port delay claims

first_imgBy Sam Whelan 28/09/2020 Patrick has applied to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to end protected industrial action across its container terminals, as Cosco becomes the latest shipping line to suspend bookings to Australia.Patrick’s application follows a potential new workplace agreement between the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and rival operator DP World, announced on Friday after nearly two years of negotiations.The breakthrough came after DPW lodged its own FWC application for termination of MUA work stoppages on 15 September, and the union subsequently suspended further action until November.But Patrick said today work stoppages by the MUA at its Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle facilities had caused a queue of 40 containerships waiting to berth, with operations at Sydney’s Port Botany are now running three weeks behind schedule, Patrick said, and its Melbourne terminal is delayed by over a week.Patrick CEO Michael Jovicic said there were close to 90,000 containers held up, with “no end in sight” to the delays.He said the MUA’s action, in pursuit of a 6% annual pay rise, was inflicting “serious harm on the business, customers, importers, exporters and shipping lines”, and said the average full-time employee at Port Botany already earned A$172,124 (US$121,000) a year.“Frankly, enough is enough,” said Mr Jovicic. “We have been in talks for seven months on a new enterprise agreement and the MUA has been inflicting strikes, go-slows and work bans  for nearly a month.“And the union is threatening to ramp up the industrial action this week and has notified of a 24 hour strike at Port Botany on Friday.”The MUA disputed Patrick’s “extraordinary and unfounded” claims of vessel delays and accused the stevedore of using “community fear to force through attacks on workplace rights.”It said: “Claims that 40 containerships are sitting off the NSW coast waiting to unload is an outright lie, with vessels due to berth at Patrick’s terminal in the coming days all still travelling towards Sydney. The Patrick terminal is currently unloading several vessels, with more due to arrive this week.“The only industrial action that has occurred at the Patrick container terminal in Port Botany has been a single four-hour stoppage about four weeks ago, along with bans on working excessive hours.”MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin added: “In recent days, Patrick management has cancelled three consecutive night shifts, preventing vessels from being unloaded or containers leaving the port. Any delays at the terminal are the direct result of these management actions.”Patrick’s FWC application contradicts Mr Crumlin, claiming MUA work bans in place have prevented the stevedore from manning 31% of the crane teams it would otherwise deploy nationally.“In Port Botany, the reduction has been in the order of 42% – Patrick can staff only operate approximately six out of every 10 quay cranes,” it said.Meanwhile, on Friday, Cosco became the latest shipping line to suspend bookings to Australia due to the ongoing industrial action, citing “significant disruption” to its South-east Asia network.“We now have vessels on our AAA1, AAA2 and ASAL services that have been delayed around the Australian coast for 2-3 weeks and this is likely to worsen,” the carrier said.“Cosco must take immediate measures for weeks 41-42 to stop all southbound booking acceptance ex-SEA region. Until we have a clearer picture on the schedule recovery, this decision will stand until further notice.”last_img read more

Andy Slavitt can’t stop: How a health care wonk became a rabble-rouser

first_img General Assignment Reporter Eric focuses on narrative features, exploring the startling ways that science and medicine affect people’s lives. About the Author Reprints Congressman Mark Amodei, of Nevada, called it “incredible.” He was one of the Republican members of Congress in whose districts Slavitt held a town hall either in person or by phone. (STAT contacted the offices of seven; neither McSally of Arizona, nor Erik Paulsen of Minnesota, nor Evan Jenkins of West Virginia, nor Alex Mooney of West Virginia, nor Don Young of Alaska responded to requests for comment.)Amodei, who was first elected in 2011, said Slavitt’s town hall project — and Slavitt’s very existence — was news to him.“I have never heard of the guy before, which is probably an indication that we didn’t have a real customer-friendly relationship with CMS under the previous administration,” he said by phone. “Until you asked me the question, I was unaware that this former CMS administrator decided it was his civic duty to hold a telephone town hall after the AHCA vote.”Amodei, who said he held his own town hall in April, before the Republican health care vote, also wondered who was organizing and paying for Slavitt’s. He said he was sure Slavitt does not have “an overriding concern about the issue; I’m sure someone asked him to come into Nevada to whip folks up.”These suggestions don’t worry Slavitt. He finds them laughable. “I was at an event with Rupert Murdoch this week,” he said. “Someone made the comment to him, ‘People are really up in arms about this bill,’ and he said, ‘Don’t believe it for a second, people are getting bussed in.’ That’s what he said. And you know, we just had 3,300 people on a call from Alaska. Where do they get bussed in from?”Participants at the town hall in Arizona were given placards to display. Mark Levy/Sierra Vista HeraldThe idea for the town halls had, in fact, come from Slavitt. His team then turned to local chapters of progressive organizations like Organizing for Action, a nonprofit offshoot of Obama’s reelection campaign, to help set up the events. Slavitt’s team said that Save My Care — an initiative organized by a coalition of liberal groups — helped pay for his plane tickets, while he paid for his own hotels.Slavitt may not have been called in to “whip folks up,” but pressing people into action was part of his goal in Sierra Vista. He knew that the Republicans only have a slim majority in the Senate. If constituents could get Senators John McCain or Jeff Flake to stand up against the bill now, that would change the landscape.Afterward, Slavitt took questions, including some about government employees’ insurance, veterans’ insurance, and why he isn’t advocating for a single-payer system. After responding to more questions and stories one-on-one, he had to go. He would have liked to stop for lunch at the best Mexican restaurant in town, but there wasn’t time: He needed to be at a Tucson news station by 3, and at the airport around 4.While he insists that he’s no politician, Slavitt’s schedule of town halls, skipped meals, and meetings all over the country make it sound like he’s on the campaign trail. “I’ve been getting a lot of ‘Andy, are you going to run for Congress?’ My answer to that is no,” he said. “My answer to that is, ‘I don’t want to run for one congressional seat, I want to run for 25 seats.’” Later that day, he added, “I’m more of an executive branch kind of person.” Please enter a valid email address. By Eric Boodman May 25, 2017 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for D.C. Diagnosis An insider’s guide to the politics and policies of health care. Related: Right now, though, he’s focused on what will happen in the Senate. “It’s not about a bunch of policy arguments,” he said, “it’s about getting out here in the real earthy world where people are going to have to place their votes, and it’s one senator at a time.”On the way back to Tucson, Slavitt leaned his head onto his right shoulder, watching the desert roll by as he did a phone interview. He was still on a business call as he walked from the car into Tucson’s public broadcasting studio. Not long afterward, Slavitt emerged from the air conditioning into the mid-afternoon heat. As he walked back toward the car, he asked Julia Strange, a vice president at Tucson Medical Center, who had driven him to and from Sierra Vista, about the show he’d just been on.Was it big?It was big, she said. Its sound bites would be played on Arizona’s public radio stations all week.“I laid it onto Flake,” Slavitt said. He’d been nice, he went on: He’d mentioned that both Flake and McCain cared deeply about their constituents. But he’d made sure to zero in on the fact that Flake was up for re-election in 2018, and that his action on the Republican health care bill wouldn’t go unnoticed.“He’ll see it,” Strange said.“Good,” Slavitt replied. Then they got in the car and headed toward the airport. Want a glimpse into the possible future of Medicaid? Head to Indiana Leave this field empty if you’re human: In Sierra Vista, the day was hot. A red-tailed hawk wheeled high over the parking lot as Slavitt paused for a photo op outside the library before heading inside.Almost as soon as he got the mic, Slavitt jumped on the Republicans who had voted for the bill: To him, they seemed more interested in “the sport of it all” than in people’s lives.“OK, Andy, why would you travel 1,624 miles to come talk about health care?” he began. “And unless she’s here”— he looked around the room with his finger out, picking through the crowd — “it’s in part because Representative McSally isn’t.”There was laughter, then cheers and applause.“I chose to come here as one of my first visits because, quite frankly, I found her comments to be representative of the fact that for some people this is a game, a sport to be won or lost.”He then laid out some ground rules for his speech. He would try to keep it short, to leave time for questions. He would try to let the audience know when he was giving his opinion, he said, and when he was saying what he held to be facts.“This is not political,” he said — and then he explained how exactly Trump had broken his three big promises on health care.Slavitt said he couldn’t know exactly how many millions of Americans would lose care — estimates are inexact — but that millions would lose their coverage under the new bill. He said the new bill definitely made health insurance more expensive if you’re over 50, and even more expensive if you’re older and live in a rural part of the country. And, he said, “On the House GOP website appeared the words that nobody with a preexisting condition should be charged more than anybody else. After the House vote, that sentence was eliminated. That’s all you need to know. … I don’t know of any other three-letter word besides ‘lie’ for that.”It’s hard to maintain that this is “not political” — and Republicans have sneered at the claim. Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy Eric Boodman SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — The sighting took place on a hot day in May, in the lobby of the Sierra Vista Public Library, not far from the rack where local kids can borrow donated bikes. A blond woman in white tennis shoes nudged her twin sister, nodding toward a man who had just walked past. “That’s him,” she whispered. It was the kind of gesture you might make if you saw Mick Jagger heading into the men’s room ahead of you in the hour before a Stones concert — a mix of admiration and disbelief at seeing in the flesh someone you’ve only ever encountered in print or on screen.But the man looked like your average middle-aged dad — blue jacket, dark jeans, slip-on dress shoes, a salt-and-pepper beard neat enough to look professional — and he was here to talk about health policy.It was Andy Slavitt. From 2015 to early 2017, he had been the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that administers President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and that provides health insurance for children, the elderly, the disabled, those on low incomes. He describes the job as “looking after the programs that serve 130 million people or so.”advertisement Some Republicans think of Slavitt as a carpetbagger; others suggest that his outreach is not as innocent as he says.Those who have been CMS administrators before him, though, express nothing but respect for his recent work, even if they don’t agree with all of his policy decisions. As Thomas Scully, who had the CMS job from 2001 to 2003, under the George W. Bush administration, told STAT: “I’m not sure that’s been done before, but God bless him, he has the right to whatever he wants to do. … Most of us have had to go out and get full-time jobs. But I gave speeches to defend my work when I had time.”Bruce Vladeck, who had the same role under Bill Clinton, considers the work he and others did to save Medicaid in the mid-’90s the high point of his career. “If Bush had come in in 2001 and gone after the Medicaid program, I’d be out there just like Andy, I would’ve had to,” he said. “How could you not? How could you give your life and blood for years to something and then have a bunch of assholes try to destroy it, and just sit there? How can you do that?”Slavitt isn’t, by any means. He has seemingly boundless energy, and the cellphone numbers of a lot of CEOs. The question, though, is whether a wonk-turned-evangelist — who lives outside Minneapolis, no longer a fixture of Washington’s policymaking habitat — can whip up enough public furor to affect the Senate’s plans for health reform.Slavitt (second from left) is sworn in during a congressional hearing on the Affordable Care Act in 2013. Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSlavitt’s interest in health care was crystallized by a tragedy. In the late ’90s, he had finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and done an MBA at Harvard. He had worked for Goldman Sachs and McKinsey. He’d had health care clients while working as a consultant, “but by no means was that my career path,” he said. Even after he left consulting, when he was running a company that set up health and worker’s comp insurance for agribusiness companies, he still wasn’t completely committed to working in the field.But then, his college roommate Jeff Yurkofsky, who had just gotten married and had twins, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Five months later he was dead. He had been a doctor, but, in Slavitt’s words, “was in that post-residency fellowship before … you earn real money.” Jeff hadn’t had any life insurance. So his widow and her kids moved from Baltimore to California, into the spare room in the house where Slavitt was living with his wife and their own newborn.Slavitt was at that point dealing with insurers for his work at the agribusiness company, and he noticed something strange. “Jeff and Lynn had tens of thousands, maybe $60,000 in medical bills,” he recalled. “We were trying to help Lynn to pay those bills, and one of the things that I saw was that he was getting charged a dollar for things that this little company would be contracted and paid 40 cents for.”That gave Slavitt the idea for his next company. Its aim was to help patients find the cheapest option for services that weren’t covered by their insurance.“He came away realizing that the whole health care system was not very consumer-driven,” said Rob Keil, Slavitt’s senior-year roommate in college. “I think he became very passionate because he saw a huge problem.”If a personal crisis pushed Slavitt definitively toward health care, it was a political one that propelled him to D.C. nearly 15 years later. It was October 2013. The Obama administration had launched healthcare.gov — the Affordable Care Act website — and it was immediately a technical disaster. Slavitt called D.C. on behalf of the company he was working for at the time, a subsidiary of the insurance giant UnitedHealthcare, to offer his firm’s expertise. The Department of Health and Human Services accepted. He first arrived at CMS on Oct. 24.“I got to know him at a difficult time … we had made a commitment that by the first of December the website would be functional,” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services at the time, told STAT. One foot out the door, Medicare chief launches Twitter barrage to defend the ACA Related: Trump wants to cut $800 billion from Medicaid. Where does all the program’s money go? Privacy Policy Andy Slavitt (left) speaks with another presenter, Jeff Jeas, at a town hall at the Sierra Vista Public Library in Arizona. Mark Levy/Sierra Vista Herald Slavitt remembers being in the war room that he’d helped set up when the website rounded a corner. “All of a sudden it was popping,” Slavitt said, remembering how everyone stopped working and began staring at the enormous screen. “We were like, ‘People are getting insurance.’ There was this huge cheer.”Yet even with the crisis under wraps, the agency that Slavitt would join was still in a precarious state. One of Slavitt’s former staffers said recently that it needed to be “healed.” Sebelius recalled that the Republican-controlled Senate’s refusal to give Slavitt a confirmation hearing when he was nominated to be administrator “left him in kind of a limbo position. Not that he was any less dedicated or enthusiastic, but it sends a message to other staff people that says, ‘Maybe he will be here, or maybe he won’t.’”As Slavitt was trying to boost the morale at CMS and implement a change in the way that doctors got reimbursed for the care they provided, he was also relatively new to the workings of Washington. Senators would send him an email and put out a press release simultaneously: “Senator so-and-so tells Slavitt to fix this or else,” he recalled. “I would find out in Politico or Modern Healthcare. … And I was just trying to figure out, is this normal?”Slavitt speaks to an audience at a town hall in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Mark Levy/Sierra Vista HeraldA little over halfway to Sierra Vista, as reddish desert streamed by the car windows, Slavitt’s assistant handed him a schedule for the town hall. She had just written it up, on the back of a flyer for a Mexican restaurant that her Uber driver had given her that morning.“Especially if people have come all this way, they’re going to want their questions answered, so I want to make sure we do as much of that as we can,” he said. “And everybody in the world, including me, maybe especially me, talks for longer than we think we talk for. So … we want to keep it brief, because we really want to hear from people.”Stories are important to Slavitt. Growing up in Chicago, he dreamed of being a war reporter, partially under the influence of a melodrama called “The Year of Living Dangerously,” in which a young Mel Gibson is a foreign correspondent covering the political turmoil of 1960s Indonesia. “He plays a very swashbuckling Australian, hard-drinking journalist,” recalled Slavitt, who saw the film some 10 times.“He sees what everybody else is reporting on, which is the sport of it all, and he gets exposed to the people in the villages … and he starts to tell that story.” Related: HeavyweightsAndy Slavitt can’t stop: How a health care wonk became a rabble-rouser The 49-year-old twins hadn’t heard of Slavitt while he was on the job. They only discovered him about a month after he stepped down, when they’d gone to meet their congressional representative, Republican Martha McSally, at two town halls around Tucson. It was right around the time when President Trump was learning that health care was complicated, and the sisters wanted to know more about the Republican alternative to Obamacare. They didn’t find the information they’d been looking for, though, because they didn’t actually meet McSally at either event. “The first we were locked out, the second was an empty chair,” said Jan Stockwell. “She was invited and didn’t attend.”To get their questions answered, they went online, and quickly found Slavitt’s Twitter feed. They weren’t the only ones. “When I left CMS I had 17,000 followers. My younger son said to me, ‘Well, that’s it, you’re not going to get any more followers, no one’s going to care what you say anymore,’” Slavitt told STAT. “And a week later I was like, ‘You’re wrong, I’ve got 23,000!’ And then I had 45,000, and then I had 60,000. I’m not really sure what happened.”advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Now, the Stockwell sisters had driven over an hour to hear their new trusted source on health policy in person — and their reason for being there was remarkably similar to Slavitt’s. The week before, 217 congressional Republicans voted for the bill that would “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. But, as Slavitt noted during the car ride to Sierra Vista, in the congressional recess that followed the vote, only a dozen or so of those lawmakers were holding town halls about the legislation.Slavitt decided that if these members of Congress weren’t going to explain the legislation to their constituents, he would do it for them in a series of his own town halls. His explanations, though, came with an added message: Don’t let your senators pass this bill.Slavitt, 50, insists that he is not an advocate or an activist — “If the Republicans came out with a good bill, I would be out here actually supporting it,” he said — but he has become one of the strongest voices in the fight against the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. He’s also become a kind of amplifier, turned up high enough to create feedback: It can seem as though every story he hears on the town hall trail is broadcast back to a national audience through his daily barrage of tweets, which in turn generate the sharing of more stories, the asking of more questions.While he was at CMS, Slavitt began every morning by reading and responding to emails from those whose health insurance he was administering — everything from “the battery in my wheelchair no longer work” to “my daughter is in an adult facility, she’s disabled, there’s a bad situation we need to change” — and he soon started sending messages straight to the American public on Twitter, with no intermediary.“I drove the White House a little crazy,” he said. He didn’t stop then, and has only ramped it up since he left the government in January — a Trump-like strategy in form if not in content. Related: Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. 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Tropical Development likely in Caribbean this week

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement AdvertisementCurrent models plots reflect this idea, so we will be closely watching the system over the weekend. If a system forms later this week, it would get the name Iota, making it the 30th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season. Count on the NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team to keep you updated.  Epsilon remains Category 1 hurricane October 23, 2020 Port Charlotte man climbs onto roof during storm to save family December 22, 2020 WMO announces storm name retirement and end of Greek alphabet usage March 18, 2021center_img The Caribbean Sea is typically the hotspot for tropical systems to form late in the season during the months of October and November, and it appears we’re on track to see yet another storm develop here later this week. This is the same region where Eta developed into a storm last week, and conditions remain quite favorable for development with warm ocean water and relatively low wind shear.   As of 1 p.m. Thursday, the National Hurricane Center gives this area an 80% chance of developing in the next 48 hours.It’s still too early to say for sure where the storm will end up, as we saw with Eta, but historically, storms in this part of the Atlantic basin this late in the season tend to favor a track toward central America or sometimes even north toward the Gulf of Mexico. Tennis ball-size hail forecasted as powerful storms & tornadoes threaten South March 18, 2021 AdvertisementTags: stormtropical depressionTropical Storm AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

House lawmakers vote to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from assignments

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS WASHINGTON — The House voted to remove Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from her two committee assignments.In total, 11 Republicans voted to remove Rep. Taylor Greene from her assignments. Of those, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart — who serves portions of Collier County — was among them.“I’ve previously stated that MTG’s comments are unacceptable, & today I voted to remove her from her committee assignments,” Rep. Diaz-Balart Tweeted. Taylor Greene has come under fire for her embrace of Q-ANON, touting conspiracy theories and support on social media for violence against elected officials. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Karine Jean-Pierre first Black woman in decades to lead White House press conference May 28, 2021 Florida gains seat in House after 2020 census results April 27, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: House of Representativeswashington dc DC statehood approved by House, could get turned down in Senate April 25, 2021 Advertisement House to vote on $1.9 billion Capitol security bill May 21, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

Laois woman signs for Women’s National League side ahead of new season

first_img Twitter Laois woman signs for Women’s National League side ahead of new season A 20-year-old Laois woman has signed for a Women’s National League side for the 2021-2022 season.Gillian Keenan, who hails from Emo, put pen to paper on a deal with Treaty United recently.The Limerick based club are one of nine senior teams that compete in Ireland’s top women’s soccer competition.The club was founded in 2020 in the place of Limerick WFC, following their financial collapse.They play their home matches at Markets Field, the same ground as their predecessors.In their first ever season, Treaty United finished third in Group 2 behind DLR Waves and Athlone Town.Keenan previously represented the Midlands League at the Gaynor Cup as a juvenile player.A former Emo Celtic player, Keenan has been capped at international level with the Republic of Ireland at U-17 and U-19 level.She played for Peamount United at underage level and was also a fine athlete.She regularly represented Emo-Rath at events including the 100m hurdles.The Women’s National League is set to commence on March 27 and Treaty United begin away to Bohemians.SEE ALSO – Fundraiser launched for family of Laois dad-of-five following sad passing Council Electric Picnic Previous articleMan charged following thefts from shops and cars in Laois townNext articleApartments approved for Laois where pub had been planned Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Home Sport Soccer Laois woman signs for Women’s National League side ahead of new season SportSoccer Twitter Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Electric Picnic TAGSGillian KeenanTreaty UnitedWomens National League Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months By Alan Hartnett – 11th February 2021 Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Kaesong Is Perturbed by Kim Young Cheol

first_imgNews Kaesong Is Perturbed by Kim Young Cheol North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Park Hyun Min – 2008.12.17 4:46pm SHARE AvatarPark Hyun Min News center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter News News The Policy Manager of the North Korean National Defense Commission (NDC) Kim Young Cheol and military authorities visited the Kaesong Industrial Complex on the 17th.Spokesperson for the Ministry of Unification Kim Ho Nyon reported that, “Policy Manager of the NDC Kim Young Cheol and five other members of the North Korean military are visiting the Kaesong Complex. Kim explained the purpose of this visit: to check how well the December 1st Measures were being implemented and to figure out the current situation in the Kaesong Complex.”The December 1st Measure required the reduction of South Korean residing personnel by 880, the curtailment of the numbers who can come and go to Kaesong through the Kyungui Line and fixed time slots when the train can run. According to the spokesperson, Policy Manager Kim and his company notified Kaesong in advance yesterday; this morning they met with enterprise managers in the Kaesong Complex followed by the staff of the Kaesong Industrial Complex Management Committee and will visit factories on the 18th. Accordingly, South Korean authorities are gauging whether the ultimate purpose of the Northern military authorities’ visit is to check the current situation of Kaesong or to hint that the South needs to take some additional action. The South Korean authorities and experts believe that there will be additional follow-up measures, because North Korea announced that the December 1st Measure was the first step. However, a full month has not passed since the move, and there haven’t been any events which could have damaged relations between the North and the South, so North Korea does not have any reason to elevate the level of pressure at this stage. It is unusual, however, that military authorities should have visited the Kaesong Complex in this way, when it is actually managed by the Guidance Bureau for Developing Central Special Economic Zone.last_img read more