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Exclusive: The government is working on a social care insurance scheme following last year’s ‘dementia tax’ row

Catherine Neilan whatsapp whatsapp Share Exclusive: The government is working on a social care insurance scheme following last year’s ‘dementia tax’ row Wednesday 25 July 2018 12:08 am The new plan, which is believed to have been worked on by former health secretary Jeremy Hunt and now taken on by his successor Matt Hancock, will encourage people to start saving in their 20s or 30s, culminating in a lump sum of £40,000-£50,000 to pay for any care required in their elderly years.It is not clear whether the pot would be personal to the saver or pooled, akin to National Insurance, although the latter is thought to be more likely with existing schemes in countries such as Japan.Number 10 is also understood to be working on the plan, with one source saying Prime Minister Theresa May viewed social care as “the big domestic agenda prize” for her legacy.“The election was a disaster for that idea, that conversation,” the source added.They compared the new approach to the one taken for statutory pensions, saying: “This doesn’t all come into tomorrow. It will be a phased approach, with options for those who have saved to be able to actually access a scaled up service.” The government is working on a new plan to address the escalating cost of social care, as it tries to shrug off the spectre of its proposed “dementia tax” – a policy that provoked a furore during the Conservatives’ disastrous 2017 General Election campaign.City A.M. understands that a set of proposals are being readied in time for the Conservative party conference in October, where a fresh approach that focuses on an insurance-style savings pot will replace the previous recommendation that the cost be offset against individuals’ homes. Another Westminster insider told City A.M. the position had shifted because Number 10 “doesn’t want to scare people so this is about dealing with future generations – they don’t want to piss off older people”.Currently older people with assets worth more than £23,250 must part-fund the cost of the care they receive, but there are growing fears of a looming crisis as a result of the UK’s ageing population.The Local Government Association claims the social care shortfall could hit £3.5bn by 2025.Industry is ready to back the idea, which will be the subject of a green paper in the autumn.“If government can get the package right, long-term investors and insurers are ready to play,” said Iain Anderson, executive chairman of City lobbyists Cicero. “It also moves the country on from its Brexit obsession.” A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers said: “If some kind of compulsory social insurance based model is pursued it is important that the funds raised are ring-fenced so it is spent on social care alone and not diverted to other areas at a later date. A compulsory system should also leave some incentive for individuals to make private, top-up provision, as is typical in other countries.”Stephen Lowe from retirement experts Just Group said: “Although the aim [of the green paper] is to put in place long-term solutions, the reality is that our ageing society is in urgent need of some quick fixes to see us through the coming years and perhaps decades… retired people have billions tied up in the value of their homes, usually far more than in their pensions or other assets. That puts property wealth at the centre of the debate about what can be done in the short-term.”A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We’re committed to reforming social care to ensure it is sustainable for the future.” read more

Options are running out for the man who destroyed Venezuela

first_imgCountries like Norway have shown that it is possible to balance generous welfare states by squirreling away oil money for a rainy day through a sovereign wealth fund. But this kind of soft socialism has been anathema to Venezuelan radicals.They have bet the house on blowing every penny of oil income on current expenditure rather than investment. And Venezuela’s people are now having to live with the consequences.The facts speak for themselves. Over 10 per cent of Venezuela’s population have fled the country in one of the western hemisphere’s largest historic migrations not occasioned by war.Shortages of food and medicine abound, causing widespread malnutrition and the return of diseases like malaria, eradicated in 1961 but now projected to claim one million victims this year.Even when basic items can be obtained, they cannot be afforded by the poorest in society. The inflation rate was estimated to have run to 1.3m per cent in the 12 months to November 2018, and the official currency is worthless. Options are running out for the man who destroyed Venezuela It is a tragic state of affairs, but one likely to endure in the short term because Venezuela’s military – ideologically purged in its higher ranks under Chavez – has kept faith with Maduro.Yet this will surely change. Even the most selfish military leader can recognise which way the political wind is blowing, and Guaido has upped the ante with an offer of amnesty for past crimes for any soldier willing to defect. The lower ranks, with families facing the same shortages as most of Venezuela’s population, are growing impatient.Change is surely coming. The only real questions are when, and whether it will be handled peacefully or through a violent explosion by an increasingly desperate population.For the sake of Venezuela’s people, let us hope it is the former, and that Maduro recognises that he will need to jump, before he is pushed. Tags: Donald Trump Oil prices People Venezuela City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Venezuela has run into the perfect storm, and the captain has no idea how to save the ship – if indeed he is actually the captain. The international consensus in the democratic world is that Venezuela’s legitimate interim President is Juan Guaido, head of its National Assembly, because Maduro’s last re-election was illegitimate owing to numerous electoral infractions.Venezuela’s constitution supports this position. There has been increasing pressure on Maduro to break the impasse, that has seen hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans take to the street in protest, by holding free and fair new elections.Alas, Maduro has chosen to double down instead. Despite an increasing number of countries recognising Guaido’s position, Maduro retains the support of Russia and China and has adopted the traditional failed strongman strategy of trying to focus attention on a fictitious threat from abroad.Disgracefully, he has also blockaded his own country internally to prevent much-needed foreign aid from alleviating the humanitarian disaster now unfolding. His absurd justification for this is that such aid would be the first step in a military intervention by the US.In reality, he is so desperate to prove that he has not lost control of Venezuela’s economy that he would rather his people starve than allow them to be fed by others. Thursday 14 February 2019 8:33 am Opinioncenter_img Alan MendozaAlan Mendoza is executive director of the Henry Jackson Society. It takes some front for a man who has presided over a double-digit recession for three successive years to claim that his country is being destabilised by a “gang of extremists” rather than his own inept economic performance.But that is exactly what Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro did this week, when he stated that the US – as opposed to his own regime – was responsible for the Venezuelan people’s misery. Share It would be fair to say that Maduro’s diatribe against Donald Trump – who he labelled a white supremacist in a bid to play a racial as well as colonialist card – was not his finest hour.Then again, there haven’t been many of those since he took over the presidency from the far more charismatic and wily Hugo Chavez, with the possible exception of his being constantly feted by assorted Corbynistas over the years, including by Saint Jeremy himself.It was always only going to be a matter of time before Venezuela’s socialist financial profligacy ran aground. It is Maduro’s misfortune that it has occurred on his watch rather than on Chavez’s, but the outcome was never in doubt, just the timing.The Chavez-Maduro policy of price controls, redistribution, and extreme public spending was only ever economically viable at a time of high oil prices, when increasing revenues from the country’s oil industry were able to balance increased expenditure.Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves, so there is a lot of oil money to go around. But not so much to cope with a global downturn in prices and the shambolic administration of the oil industry which has seen a catastrophic fall in pumping capacity over the past few years. whatsapp whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoskito ProThis $39 Bracelet Helps You Get Rid of Mosquitos Without Using ChemicalsMoskito ProHashtagChatter.comRussian Scientists Found This At The Bottom Of The Deepest HoleHashtagChatter.comTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait 105 Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderDepressionFixed.comWhat Will Happen if You Eat 2 Bananas a DayDepressionFixed.comPensAndPatronPrince Charles Finally Reveals His Thoughts On Marrying Princess DianaPensAndPatronWorld LifestyleNavy Man Realizes That His Wife Lied During DeploymentWorld Lifestylebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comManuka FeedThis Is What Happens To Your Body If You Eat Grapes Every Day For 1 MonthManuka FeedQuizscape8 Out Of 10 Men Fails This Car Engine Quiz. 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Trump: China wants a deal ‘very badly’

first_imgAt the end of a characteristically unpredictable weekend of mixed messages from the US President, Trump said that he believed China wanted to reach an agreement to end the standoff. Markets were rattled earlier this month as Trump’s trade war intensified. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamabonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory Donald Trump helped stocks rebound today as investors bought into renewed hope of a trade truce between the US and China. Chinese vice premier Liu said today that China wanted to reach a solution to the trade war via “calm” negotiations. Talk of a solution to the long-running trade conflict boosted Wall Street. The tech-heavy Nasdaq had risen 1.2 per cent by 5.30pm UK time, while the S&P 500 had climbed one per cent and the Dow Jones industrial average was 1.1 per cent higher. The dollar had risen 0.3 per cent against the euro to €0.889. The positive rhetoric soothed investors’ nerves after a bruising day of falls at the end of last week, when Trump announced he would ramp up tariffs on almost all Chinese goods in the latest retaliation between the two sides. Meanwhile, at a press conference today Trump also said he was open to meeting Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani under the right circumstances, adding that he had “good feelings” about the prospect of a new nuclear deal following a tense standoff between Tehran and Washington in recent months. Trump also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling him a “great leader” and a “brilliant man” – despite labelling him an “enemy” on Twitter last week. Share Read more: Global stock markets rise However, equities recovered today as US and European markets climbed into the green. Trump: China wants a deal ‘very badly’ Trump spoke positively about trade negotiations during the G7 leaders’ summit in France, where world leaders met to discuss issues ranging from fires in the Amazon rainforest to potential taxes on tech giants. Trump claimed Beijing was actively reaching out to resume trade negotiations and looking to “make a deal” to end the stalemate. “I think they want to make a deal very badly. I think that was elevated last night. The vice chairman of China came out, he said he wants to see a deal made,” Trump said. “The longer they wait the harder it is to put back, if it can be put back at all… I don’t think they have a choice.”center_img Read more: UK economy on course to stagnate in Q3, BofE governor warns Sebastian McCarthy WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 21: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing from the White House on August 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump spoke on several topics including the U.S. economy and why he canceled his trip to Denmark. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) whatsapp Monday 26 August 2019 7:25 pm whatsapplast_img read more

Staffline swings to loss as it issues dire outlook

first_imgCEO Chris Pullen said: Recruiter Staffline’s share price dives as it swings to £8m loss whatsapp Why it’s interesting Share Read more: Recruiters warn City job hunters over old social media posts Aside from blaming Brexit uncertainty, Staffline admitted a delay in publishing its last set of annual results “created uncertainty” among customers. Auditor PwC resigned shortly after. Shareholders suffered a loss per share of 22.4p, a 168.3 per cent nosedive from last year’s 32.8p earning per share. In October Lloyds quizzed employees for the second time on the firm’s culture. Revenue rose 11 per cent to £534.6m year on year, despite a 19.5 per cent decline in People Plus revenue to £41.4m, as the division undergoes a transformation. “Since the publication of the 2018 full year results, weak consumer confidence has weighed on our end customers, particularly in food and retail, which has had a direct impact on demand for Staffline’s services,” the recruiter added. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factoryzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamabonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistate Staffline opted not to pay any interim dividend. Read more: PwC resigns as Staffline audit after delay to 2018 results Despite this, we remain convinced that the challenges the  group is currently facing are short-term and that the business is sufficiently differentiated in its service proposition to return to future growth.We have developed an excellent platform as a result of the strategies we have put in place, and look forward to continuing to further enhance the leading positions we have in each of our core markets. The firm warned that “trading remains challenging”, saying it will only deliver £20m in operating profit.center_img Staffline’s share price sank 20 per cent in early trading to 123p as the results proved worse than investor expectations. Staffline also acknowledged investor anger after it issued new shares in July to raise £37m to tackle debt, with the result that it diluted existing shareholders’ stakes, including activist investor Cat Rock. But Liberum said the recruiter’s investment in employee engagement would yielf benefits “when markets recover”. Tuesday 17 September 2019 9:20 am The figures What Staffline said Joe Curtis whatsapp The first six months of 2019 presented a number of unforeseen challenges for Staffline. The delay in the publication of the 2018 final results created uncertainty, which has been compounded by a challenging trading environment. As a consequence of this and the transformation of People Plus, this year’s result will be more heavily weighted than usual towards the final quarter.Brexit has become the source of unprecedented uncertainty for our end customers and is increasingly weighing on consumer confidence. The performance of our end customers in food and retail has a direct impact on the demand for our services. Today it said that situation was made worse by a difficult hiring environment. Meanwhile net debt more than doubled to £89.2m from £36.9m a year ago under the weight of a spree of acquisitions in 2018. Recruiter Staffline swung to a near £8m loss in the first half of 2019 as it warned of a slowdown in new business contracts, sending its share price crashing. Staffline blamed a series of “unfortunate challenges” as well as Brexit uncertainty for falling to a £7.7m loss, down from a £10.5m profit this time last year. The broker added: “People Plus should return to profitability in H2 given the changing mix and cost savings. 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Carney appointed UN climate envoy ahead of BoE exit

first_img Harry Robertson Share He said it “provides a platform to bring the risks from climate change and the opportunities from the transition to a net zero economy into the heart of financial decision-making”. Sunday 1 December 2019 2:23 pm A key focus of the UN is to push the financial system to mobilise private finance to tackle global warming. Bank of England boss Mark Carney has been appointed United Nations special envoy for climate action and finance, it was announced today, as he looks towards life beyond the governor’s chair. whatsapp Carney has taken up the new role with just two months left to run of his six and a half-year tenure as BoE governor, which ends on 31 January 2020. UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres has tasked Carney with galvanising global finance into addressing the perils of climate change and helping limit warming to 1.5 degrees celsius. However, there is a growing chance that he may have to stay on at the Bank, given that the end of his term coincides with the new Brexit date, that no successor has yet been found and that the recruitment process has been suspended ahead of the 12 December General Election. Carney has been one of the most vocal global figures on climate change, driving initiatives in the BoE to ensure the UK’s financial system confronts the issue.center_img Carney said: “I am honoured to have been asked by the Secretary-General to take on this important role.” Read more: Mark Carney says Bank of England to stress test banks with ‘catastrophic’ climate scenario Carney’s new role will see him push for major changes in finance, including better reporting and risk management, ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting in Glasgow in November 2020. Read more: Bank of England’s Mark Carney defends move not to publish governor shortlist Mark Carney appointed UN climate envoy ahead of Bank of England exit The Canadian has given little indication of what he wants to do after leaving Threadneedle Street. The UN climate job suggests he will seek an active role in global affairs, however. In 2021, the Bank will carry out groundbreaking climate stress tests that Carney has said will include a “catastrophic business as usual scenario”. Mark Carney has been one of the most vocal central bankers on climate change (Getty Images) Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoNinjaJournalistMichael Jordan’s Divorce Settlement Has Finally Been Revealed.NinjaJournalistUndoJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistateUndo whatsapplast_img read more

FAA addresses aircraft noise concerns in Homer

first_imgOutdoors | Southcentral | Tourism | TransportationFAA addresses aircraft noise concerns in HomerJune 11, 2017 by Aaron Bolton, KBBI Share:Floatplanes on Beluga Lake in Homer. (Photo by Aaron Bolton/KBBI)Floatplanes and other aircraft are taking off from Beluga Lake and Homer’s airport several times a day. With more than a handful of flightseeing, bear viewing and air taxi operations in town, some residents are concerned about low flying aircraft and the noise that accompanies them.Homer City Council member Donna Aderhold started hearing complaints last year during a meeting about a floatplane access road. She started working with City Manager Katie Koester to see what the city could do to mitigate the issue. She added residents also suggested their own measures.“There was a suggestion of a no-fly zone over Homer, changing traffic patterns, things like that,” Aderhold explained.Aderhold and Koester asked Ken Thomas with the Federal Aviation Administration what could be done.Ken Thomas works with the FAA’s Flight Standards Division. He was in Homer last month to hold a general safety meeting but returned Thursday for a community discussion. Thomas told the few in attendance that he’s heard the complaints.“Over the past couple of years, I’ve heard a lot of different instances. ‘They’re 200 feet over my house, 500 feet over my house, the noise is rattling the dominos on my table,’” Thomas said, listing general complaints called into the FAA. “I know those are real, but what it boils down to for flight standards to get involved is a safe operation, and 200 feet over somebody’s house is not a safe operation.”Thomas explicitly said the FAA’s primary concern is safety. It does not hold any direct authority over small aircraft noise but can impose measures when safety and efficiency are a concern. Its Airports Division also can guide airports through a few initiatives to mitigate noise.Thomas notes that if pilots are following safety standards, noise should be minimal. Homer is considered a congested area, and planes should gain a minimum of 500 feet before making any turns away from the airport’s traffic pattern and must climb to 1,000 feet after takeoff.“There’s plenty of room in Homer to get that 1,000 feet prior to turning towards the bluff. To take off and make the decision over the west end of the airport to turn towards the bluff immediately, that would be a really poor choice,” Thomas explained, “from the noise factor flying right over town, but we never climb into rising terrain.”Planes flying over towns and crowds are required to fly 1,000 feet over the tallest object within a 2,000-foot radius. Thomas said pilots can fly along the coast to gain that altitude before passing over Diamond Ridge.FAA inspectors need proof to identify any problem pilots. Thomas said pictures and video are best, but identification numbers on the aircraft, time and direction of flight are all important.Pilot and flight instructor Tom Young said he’s seen problems as well but adds it’s generally pilots from out of town that are the issue.“They’ll not follow the traffic pattern or fly over the ridge low, just conflicts with traffic sometimes,” Young said. “Generally it’s people who aren’t familiar with the area.”The FAA does mandate that pilots obtain information about the airport they’re flying to. Thomas said he’ll keep tabs on the Homer area going into the future and plans to hold another pilot safety meeting this fall.Share this story:last_img read more

Some charter companies would trade number of fish for more fishing

first_imgFisheries | TourismSome charter companies would trade number of fish for more fishingMarch 31, 2018 by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak Share:Chris Fiala of Kodiak Island Charters. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT)A declining Pacific halibut stock means more restrictions for charter companies. NOAA Fisheries released both the Pacific halibut catch limits and the charter management measures this week, just days before the season opener on March 24. Numbers are down – roughly 9 percent overall from last year.There are some days where charter companies can’t fish halibut by regulation. And those days vary year to year.“We never know whether it’s gonna be three days, four days, whether they’re gonna do all of ‘em,” Michael Ensley, with Happy Hooker Charters, said.Ensley says businesses often learn about the restrictions long after the customers book their trips.“I’ve gotta call these people and let them know, see if it’s an option to move the dates or [if they’re] willing to accept, and then turn around and have to give them some kind of special deal for the days that they can’t fish halibut,” Ensley said.This year, charter fishermen are barred from fishing halibut all Wednesdays and six days in July and August. That’s an additional three days from last year.And each person is limited to two fish daily, with one less than or equal to 28 inches. That’s been pretty consistent over the last few years, and Insley says he doesn’t take issue with it.But Ensley would be willing to trade more fishing for fewer fish. He says he’d take an allotment of one fish per person in exchange for keeping all the fishing days.“We don’t need that two halibut. Especially in Kodiak,” Ensley said.Chris Fiala of Kodiak Island Charters agrees. He says the Kodiak area is lumped into the same regulatory district as communities along the road system like Homer and Seward.“And the problem is that we’re significantly different than their type of demand,” Fiala said. “They have the impulsive demand from the larger areas, from Anchorage.”Fiala says a lot of tourists fly into Kodiak for week long stays, and while his customers catch a lot of different types of fish, he calls halibut a number one draw.“They want to be able to go out and catch halibut any day they go out,” Fiala said. “So the one fish really fits us really to a T.”Fiala says Kodiak charter businesses have talking about a more open schedule for years, and he’s still hoping for a change sometime in the future.Andy Mezirow is a charter operator in Seward and serves on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.Mezirow says it’s unlikely that Kodiak could cut off from the rest of the district with its own management measures.“The problem is if we created a rural designation and we tried to manage them separately, it wouldn’t just be Kodiak,” Mezirow said. “It would be every rural area that wants in on it. And then there are a lot more boats and then their behavior – it’s just, it’s much more difficult to break it down by sub areas.”Mezirow says the entire district is “feeling the pinch of a restricted harvest” and everybody would like more days and more opportunity, but there has to be a way to stay within the allocation to do that.“And I think the better question for the Kodiak fishermen to consider is do you want to consider selling one halibut under 30 pounds or one over 200 as the option that you’re selling in order to free yourself up to do more trips? And in the rest of 3A, most fishermen have felt no,” Mezirow said.Mezirow says they’d rather use their boat to do sightseeing or salmon fishing or other activities on those closed days and have less dependency on halibut built in their business models.Mezirow says adapting and diversifying could be the key to attracting customers despite bag limits.Share this story:last_img read more

New COVID-19 rules in place for Alaska’s ferries, including testing, mask wearing and social distancing

first_imgCoronavirus | Health | Public Safety | State Government | TransportationNew COVID-19 rules in place for Alaska’s ferries, including testing, mask wearing and social distancingJune 22, 2020 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:The Matanuska docked on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Auke Bay ferry terminal in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)The Alaska Marine Highway System announced a set of new protocols over the weekend that it says will protect against the spread of coronavirus on its vessels.Passengers on Alaska’s mainline ferries are now being required to get a COVID-19 test before traveling. While passengers on shorter haul voyages aboard the LeConte and Lituya will be asked to sign a screening form instead, attesting they’ve had no symptoms nor have traveled to an infected area without social distancing.But the testing requirement, which mirrors rules for visitors arriving from outside Alaska, will be in force on the fleet’s mainliner ships (Kennicott, Matanuska and Tustumena) even for short trips. Passengers will have to show evidence of a negative test from within 72 hours before being allowed to travel.Passengers and crew will also not be allowed on shore during port calls and will only disembark at their final destination. And with some exceptions, passengers 2 years and older will be required to cover their faces on all vessels unless they are in a stateroom, a smoking area or eating.Alaska’s ferry link with the Lower 48 is scheduled to resume June 25 with a return voyage from Ketchikan to Bellingham. Passengers are being notified of the new testing rule, though it can take several days for COVID-19 results to be processed.“We understand that testing can be a challenge, but for the safety of crew and passengers it is really important that we do everything possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meadow Bailey wrote in a statement. “If we have one positive person on board, vessels and crews have to be pulled out of service. In addition to mitigating the spread of COVID-19, we also need to have a dependable system.”The marine highway began running ferries at reduced capacity at the end of May to allow social distancing on board. The policy wasn’t announced in advance and some passengers reported being turned away and denied tickets. Earlier this month seven crew members tested positive for COVID-19 aboard the Tustumena during a trip to the Aleutians. All sailings of that ship are canceled until July 2.The announcement reverses an earlier policy that didn’t require masks of its passenger and crew on state ferries.Share this story:last_img read more

Rise in house building insufficient

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe Wrap’Kevin Can F**k Himself’ TV Review: Annie Murphy Blows Up the Idea of aThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayot’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Rise in house building insufficient by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTotal 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 Express THE NUMBER of houses being built in the UK is climbing, but experts are warning that it needs to pick up further if affordability is to improve.Builders began work on 40,300 new houses in the three months ending a March, according to figures published yesterday by the Department for Communities and Local Government.Housing starts are up 11 per cent on the same period last year, but experts have long said more need to built to meet the UK’s demand for homes.“Our research show that London provided planning permission for just 27,000 homes, against a target of 40,000. The capital is more than just our financial centre, it’s a symbol for the entire country. It’s no good setting our sights on housing targets if we’re just going to run into the brick wall of planning applications before so much as a trowel leaves the toolbox,” said Andrew Bridges, managing director of estate agents Stirling Ackroyd.House prices rose 9.6 per cent year-on-year in March across the UK, according to official figures. Data released today by the Council for Mortgage Lenders show housing market activity slowing around the General Election, with mortgage lending down four per cent year-on-year in April. But lenders said they expect lending to pick up on the back of extremely competitive mortgage rates. Tags: NULL Express KCS center_img Show Comments ▼ Thursday 21 May 2015 8:59 pm whatsapp Share whatsapplast_img read more

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: More Robert Califf opposition, J&J settling thousands of lawsuits

first_img Rise and shine. Another hectic day is on the way. Of course, busy is good, as they say, so no need to kvetch, yes? So time to dig in to the usual routine of deadlines and phone calls and whatnot. As always, we are helped along by a few cups of stimulation, which are especially comforting since a new study says they do not make our heart race any faster. So feel free to join us. Meanwhile, you have a splendid day and let us know if you hear anything interesting …US Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) plans to filibuster the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf as Food and Drug Administration commissioner, making him the fourth senator to raise objections. “The FDA and Commissioner’s number one priority should be public health and it is inappropriate for the FDA Commissioner to have had such close financial ties with the pharmaceutical industry,” he said in a statement.Artisan Partners, a major shareholder in Johnson & Johnson, urged several activist investors to pressure the company to consider separating its three product divisions, Reuters reports. Artisan, which manages nearly $100 billion, also suggested the health care giant should look at replacing board members and review standards for executive pay and financial reporting.advertisement [email protected] PharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: More Robert Califf opposition, J&J settling thousands of lawsuits @Pharmalot Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Tags FDAJohnson & JohnsonRobert Califf Alex Hogan/STATcenter_img Chinese regulators halted drug imports from four drug makers for violating good manufacturing practices, and India’s Aurobindo Pharma was sanctioned for delaying an inspection, Regulatory Focus says.Despite speculation, Biogen has not specifically ruled out raising prices again this year for its multiple sclerosis drugs, TheStreet tells us.Novartis said US government and commercial insurers are taking longer to cover new medicines than in Europe, which contributed to weak sales of its new Entresto heart failure treatment, Reuters reports.The FDA agreed to review a Merck drug that may prevent the recurrence of the Clostridium difficile superbug, The Wall Street Journal writes.Vertex Pharmaceuticals hasn’t yet provided guidance on its newest cystic fibrosis drug, and The Boston Business Journal provides some reasons. Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman Jan. 28, 2016 Reprints About the Author Reprints Roche CEO Severin Schwan believes drug makers should expect tough scrutiny on pricing ahead of the US presidential election and focus on more innovative products to avoid further pressure, The Financial Times writes. “If you have truly differentiated medicines … then I do believe that societies will continue to reward this innovation and this is particularly true in the US,” he said.Johnson & Johnson is moving to settle thousands of lawsuits filed by women who blamed the company’s vaginal-mesh inserts for their injuries, according to Bloomberg News. The health care giant agreed to pay more than $120 million to resolve between 2,000 to 3,000 lawsuits that alleged women suffered organ damage and constant pain by mesh devices that that were surgically inserted but eroded in their bodies.advertisementlast_img read more