French and Dutch finance ministers snub Saudi investor conference

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State backlog means long wait for health coverage for some Alaskans

first_imgFederal Government | Health | Juneau | Southcentral | State GovernmentState backlog means long wait for health coverage for some AlaskansJune 15, 2018 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Jill Yordy and her daughter Raven, 5, are waiting for an application for Denali KidCare to be completed. The family is moving to Colorado. (Photo courtesy Jill Yordy)There are 20,000 unresolved applications for Alaskans waiting for Medicaid and other public assistance programs.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180615-02.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The state is taking action to reduce the backlog. But some people have been waiting for a long time.Anchorage resident Jill Yordy has been waiting since January to learn whether her 5-year-old daughter Raven has qualified for Denali KidCare. That’s the state and federal program that provides health care to children in lower-income households, much like Medicaid does for adults.Yordy recently spent a day trying to learn more about Raven’s application. Since she couldn’t reach anyone on the phone, she waited in line at the Division of Public Assistance Anchorage office.“How are people supposed to keep jobs if they’re required to stand in these lines all day, without knowing when they’ll be seen, without knowing when their case will get an answer and you have to just stay there?” Yordy asked. “You’re chained to that office until your name is called, or you miss your chance.“Raven isn’t alone. More than 15,000 applications have been waiting more than four months to be processed. Some have it worse. One hundred and two have been waiting for more than three years.The state leaders who work on public assistance say the size of the backlog overstates the number of people actually waiting. The state uses two different computer systems to handle the applications. And they don’t always talk with each other when cases are resolved.Juneau resident Corey Peratrovich has a unique perspective on the backlog. Until February, he worked in a Division of Public Assistance office, including answering phone calls from those in the backlog.“There were times when I had over 100 calls per day … and they are very upset,” he said. “There was a number of people who would use choice four-letter words and there were other people in tears.”Corey Peratrovich is a Juneau resident who is waiting to receive his Medicaid card. He worked for the Division of Public Assistance until February. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)Peratrovich left the job and applied for Medicaid in February. Now he’s part of the backlog. It’s been a confusing experience.“I’ve received a letter saying that I am approved for Medicaid; I was not approved for Medicaid; and then I was approved for Medicaid,” he said. “So I received two letters saying approval, one letter saying denial and all these letters came in at the same time.”On the other end of the process is Matt Stangley. He’s been working on the backlog for the state as the chief of policy and program development for the division. He said the job of processing the applications has been stressful. The attrition rate doubled after the backlog grew four years ago.“They take these positions because they want to help people in need, right?” he said. “They’re also human, so it’s hard not to take this job home. And they realize that there’s a large amount of work to be done, and they know the work that it takes to do that. So certainly that’s going to weigh on them and increase the stress that they feel.”The state plans to hire 20 new workers to handle the applications. The Legislature approved half the 40 workers Gov. Bill Walker’s administration requested.Stangley hopes that having more workers will improve the morale for the rest of the workers and reduce the attrition rate.“We’re grateful for the positions that we got,” he said. “And we’re going to do the absolute best that we can with them. And then, obviously, we’ll report back to the Legislature next year.”Stangley said the backlog began to grow when the federal Affordable Care Act was rolled out. At the same time, a new state enrollment system wasn’t ready. People applied, didn’t hear back, and then they reapplied, adding to the backlog.Stangley said the state is working to speed up the applications for those with urgent needs. The state has hotlines to assist pregnant women and Alaskans requiring urgent care apply for public assistance.Stangley said the division has emphasized meeting applicants in person, rather than answering the phone. The new workers will be assigned to reduce the backlog and to rural offices.Jill Yordy won’t be waiting much longer for Raven’s Denali KidCare application to be processed. She and Raven are moving to Colorado. She would have liked to have seen the Legislature approve more workers to clear the backlog.“It sounds like a recipe for burnout to me for those employees,” Yordy said.Yordy is a former legislative aide who was statewide coordinator for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. She said legislative candidates should do more for those in the backlog.“I think they need to spend at least one day of their campaign standing in line with everyone who’s waiting to get assistance and hearing their stories and hearing the struggles this backlog causes,” she said.The state will start hiring the new workers in July.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Container lines prepare for new capacity via new ULCVs and ‘ship-jumboisation’

first_img MSC is set to receive some 330,000 teu of newbuild tonnage this year and will close the gap on its 2M partner, Maersk Line, in the capacity rankings.According to new analysis by Alphaliner, MSC has the largest newbuild pipeline of all ocean carriers this year, with 20 vessels expected, for an aggregated total capacity of 334,550 teu.It said the privately-owned carrier was also expected to launch a “ship-jumboisation” programme this year that will see a series of 14,000 teu vessels converted to raise their nominal capacity to over 17,000 teu.Meanwhile, stock market-listed Maersk Line is being obliged to adopt a much more cautious approach to its orderbook, with a view to not spooking investors concerned about the possibility of a global slowdown.The Danish carrier only has six ships due for delivery, for a modest 73,600 teu of capacity, noted Alphaliner.Indeed, without Maersk’s acquisition of Hamburg Süd and its fleet of around 650,000 teu, MSC would have been almost neck-and-neck with its top-ranked rival at the end of this year, with around 3.6m capacity.MSC’s delivery pipeline this year includes eight 23,000 ULCVs for delivery in the second half. Alphaliner said it expected some of these to be deployed on the extended rotations of the 2M’s six Asia-Europe strings, while others were expected to cover for vessels taken out of service for around six weeks in the second half for the retrofitting of scrubber systems, ahead of IMO 2020.The carriers with the next largest 2019 capacity expansion plans are Ocean Alliance partners Cosco and Evergreen, with newbuild pipelines of 181,000 teu and 134,000 teu, respectively.“Cosco will continue its relentless growth in 2019, fresh from last year’s acquisition of OOCL,” said Alphaliner.With this capacity injection, the Chinese state-owned carrier will widen the gap on the remaining alliance partner, CMA CGM, currently in fourth place in the rankings.Evergreen’s 2019 newbuilds will see the Taiwanese carrier narrow the capacity gap to its closest rivals, THE Alliance partners Hapag-Lloyd and Japanese grouping ONE.Like Maersk, stock market-listed Hapag-Lloyd has taken a very cautious approach to ordering new tonnage – in fact, the German line has a blank orderbook. And ONE, which continues to consolidate its business after a chaotic merger launch last April, has just three ships on order.The aggressive ordering by MSC in the 2M alliance and by Ocean Alliance partners will further increase the capacity gap they have over THE Alliance – the only newbuild capacity growth in THE Alliance this year will be for Yang Ming, which is expecting four 14,200 vessels. By Mike Wackett 09/01/2019last_img read more

News / Assisted picking all the rage for DHL as more robots get in line

first_imgBy Nick Savvides 03/06/2021 DHL Supply Chain has contracted Locus Robotics to deliver up to 2,000 ‘assisted picking robots’, in what the company said was a “multimillion-dollar agreement” that will further its Accelerated Digitalisation Strategy.Delivery of the robot pickers is due next year, and they will be deployed in e-commerce and consumer warehouses, working on orders and inventory replenishment, which will increase efficiency and accelerate delivery, according to DHL.Markus Voss, global CIO & COO, said: “So far, more than 500 assisted picking robots are already in use in our warehouses in the US, Europe and the UK. By the end of 2021, another 500 are to be added in a total of more than 20 locations.”DHL plans to expand the number of locations in which the robots are deployed next year, aiding warehouse staff by offering images of goods to be picked, calculating optimal navigation routes and reducing training time.DHL adds that the robots can be “swiftly integrated into the warehouse system landscape via DHL Supply Chain’s Robotics Hub”.It said: “In addition, during peak operational periods, the robots provide an optimal solution for capacity expansion as we can swiftly bring in more robots with minimal onboarding effort to the existing fleet.”last_img read more

I’m a nurse in a Covid-19 unit. My hospital’s leaders frighten me more than the virus

first_imgLeave this field empty if you’re human: I wonder if the patients know their nurses are overwhelmed, and that many of them are scared they’ll make a deadly mistake.“Everyone is out of their comfort zone, just hang in there,” we’re told.Doctors have been instructed not to enter patients’ rooms unless they must as a way to minimize their exposure to the virus that causes Covid-19 while nurses go from one room to the next, medicating, bathing, turning, and comforting their patients without changing their uncomfortable personal protective equipment, since supplies are limited. This work can take hours. It is not uncommon for nurses to go all day without drinking water or eating because that would mean removing our protective gear.During one of my shifts, a doctor at my hospital posted several TikToks he made while sitting at the nurses’ station of a busy Covid-19 unit as nurses whispered words of encouragement to patients clinging to life supported by ventilators. Over our words and the hum of the ventilators, I wondered if our patients heard music coming from this doctor’s TikToks.“We hear your concerns, but there’s nothing we can do,” doesn’t reassure or encourage us.One day as I worked in the makeshift ICU, one of the hospital’s leaders went floor to floor making an important delivery. She approached our nursing station in her crisp professional attire and fresh disposition, and proudly delivered a supply of makeup-removing wipes. She told us to use the wipes to clean our faces before putting on our N95 masks so we could reuse the masks later, then moved on to the next nurses’ station without asking how our staff was doing or if we needed anything. I wonder if she had noticed the nurse crying in the supply closet.“That’s above us, we don’t make those decisions,” is passing the buck at its worst.Excuses from hospital administrators seem to have punctuated every shift for the past six weeks. The praise and applause from hospital leadership only go so far. [email protected] First OpinionI’m a nurse in a Covid-19 unit. My hospital’s leaders frighten me more than the virus Covid-19 opens unexpected rifts between health care workers “It’s out of our hands,” we hear from hospital administrators.Nurses who typically work in outpatient clinics are being sent to inpatient floors and assigned to care for patients who are acutely ill. Many haven’t worked at the bedside in decades. The number of patients who have fallen in this unit has risen exponentially in the past two weeks due to lack of training of outpatient nurses. Related: I’ve been a nurse for almost 10 years, working mainly on a hospital’s cardiac floor.One day I was assigned to a makeshift intensive care unit that had previously been an observation unit for highly stable patients waiting for test results. Many of the patients in this new Covid-19 unit were intubated, with ventilators breathing for them.When I started the shift, a trained intensive care unit nurse was crying in the supply closet. She was overwhelmed and anxious, hadn’t worked on her familiar unit in weeks, and had been told that her next shift would be an overnight one — and she had no choice in the matter.advertisement Many of us don’t have a choice. We are assigned to work in unfamiliar units, with patients who are outside our expertise, without any training. We’re lost.Most shifts start with nurses crying. Most shifts end that way too.advertisement Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Tags Coronavirushealth care workersnursing Jaclyn O’Halloran I can read in my co-workers’ faces and hear from the stories they tell that the biggest danger we face is not Covid-19. It’s the hospital’s administration.Leadership is failing us, even as we stand firm in not failing our patients. We care for your loved ones, Covid-19 or not, monitor their vital signs, give them medications, rub lotion on their backs, help them to the bathroom, and brush their hair. We FaceTime their families from our personal phones so they can see their loved ones fighting to live. This is important care that nurses are proud to provide.The narrative is simple. Nursing, and nurses, are not valued. It’s a shame, and maybe even a deadly shame, that hospital leaders don’t care about nurses like we care for our patients.Jaclyn O’Halloran is a registered nurse who works in a hospital in Massachusetts. Please enter a valid email address. By Jaclyn O’Halloran May 6, 2020 Reprints A nurse treats a patient with coronavirus in the ICU at a hospital in Maryland. Win McNamee/Getty Images About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

Publix cancels Monday’s vaccine registration due to weather shipping delays

first_imgLee County COVID-19 vaccine site moving to North Fort Myers this month June 13, 2021 Mobile pediatric vaccination clinic happening in Cape Coral Friday June 11, 2021 Publix said they will announce when the next opportunity to book an appointment will be. People 65 and older and healthcare workers are eligible to sign up for appointments in multiple Florida counties. Vaccination appointments are scheduled online only. Appointments can not be made by calling Publix or Publix Pharmacy.Click here for what you can expect when booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through Publix. AdvertisementTags: covid-19 vaccinePublix Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 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 commentscenter_img 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 LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Publix has canceled COVID-19 vaccine appointment registration for Monday, Feb. 22 due to weather-related shipping delays. Publix officials have not confirmed if other appointment registration times will be impacted this week. Appointment registration was also canceled Wednesday and Friday this past week. The most up-to-date information can be found here.The online registration typically opens at 7 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays after Publix announced its scheduling expansion. Ex-wife of Palm Beach Publix killer responds to sheriff’s criticism June 16, 2021 Publix said they are actively engaging with customers on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Customers can also call the Publix helpline after 9 a.m. at 1-800-242-1227. Click here for county-by-county COVID-19 vaccine updates. Advertisementlast_img read more

Laois man selected for U-17 Irish basketball development squad

first_img Rugby Twitter By Siun Lennon – 21st February 2018 Council Twitter Laois man selected for U-17 Irish basketball development squad Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad His coach also highlighted Rian’s workrate and commitment, as well as as his obvious skill.“He’s a natural captain and the ultimate team player. Whether its playing out of position, playing hurt, playing tired, or sacrificing his offense to stop an opponents top threat, Rian will do whatever it takes. No complaints, no dropping the head and an uncanny ability to make plays at important times in close games.Someone to look up to“If younger players are looking for role models in the club, then this is the guy to look up to. He is talented in multiple sports as well as being a strong student academically, he is the totem pole that you build teams and clubs around,” added Fennelly.The Portlaoise man is also at the heart of an extremely young Senior Men’s team currently making waves in the Midland League.Rian’s teammates James Phelan, Trevor Swayne, Gary Morrissey and Pierce Bolger Hinds also attended the trails, all putting in impressive displays at the trials and were unlucky not to be selected.The young Portlaoise man is now looking forward to testing his skills against the best in the country and hopefully beyond.SEE ALSO – WATCH: Two national titles for Laois athletes at Indoor Championships Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Pinterest Facebook Facebookcenter_img Rian O’Connell Portlaoise basketballer Rian O Connell has been selected to represent Ireland in U-17 basketball once more.The young Portlaoise man has been selected for the development squad.His Portlaoise Panthers coach John Fennelly gave Rian high praise when talking to LaoisToday.“In an era of flopping and faking, fancy moves and flashy footwear, it is so refreshing to see a player built with old school values of hard work, honesty and dedication being awarded with selection on the National Squad.“That’s not to say that Rian doesn’t possess silky talents because he certainly does. They’re armed with an arsenal of inside and outside weapons and the rare ability to cover most, if not all, spots on the floor. He plays with a wisdom and maturity far beyond his years,” said Fennelly. WhatsApp Previous articleAppeal from parish priest following Portlaoise robberyNext articleLaois Lithuanian Community set to welcome their Ambassador to Portlaoise Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Home Sport Basketball Laois man selected for U-17 Irish basketball development squad SportBasketball Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Community TAGSBasketballBasketball IrelandRian O Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApplast_img read more

Spreading North Korean Orphans’ Circumstances on Campus

first_img Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Spreading North Korean Orphans’ Circumstances on Campus Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” [imText1]Traditionally, South Korean university campuses have been a hotbed of left wing extremism. Recently, however, some diverse voices have been arising unawares. This sign of changing attitudes can easily be seen in students’ organizations advocating North Korean human rights. At the core of the change there is the Youth and Students Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea (Students Alliance), which leads North Korea human rights movements in college students’ unions. The Students Alliance is preparing the “North Korean Human Rights Campaign 2008” for the student conference which is being held on the 26th. Yoon Joo Yong, the representative for the Students Alliance, revealed the current preparations and the purpose of the event. Yoon believes that “60 percent of students have already got knowledge of North Korea but they do not know what they should do with it. Therefore, there has been inertia in the student movement to address North Korean human rights issues.” He said that “Many North Korean orphans staying in China still cannot enter South Korea, but students can work voluntarily for these children. We will spread news of the conditions for North Korean orphans in China, children who inherit the North Korean depressed reality from their parent’s generation.”Yoon revealed their plan, “If we release the stories of these orphans, who aren’t protected by any laws or by any adults, through the Internet or on university campuses, we can generate charity to bring them safely into South Korea. After entering South Korea we plan to link student volunteers to them to teach and help them adapt to South Korean society.”Regarding student opinions of North Korea, Yoon explained that “In the previous situation, where information inflow was mostly blocked, students of the time had only pro- or anti-North Korean ideologies. But now, many students try to consider North Korea rationally and without bias.” He added, “We have shared information on human rights issues with the U.S., Japan, defectors, and South Korean students through this kind of international conference. We plan to further spread the issue to European students too through a kind of mock EU Assembly. We will also include some more international topics like the Myanmar issue and the problems of other third world countries.” The Student Alliance has been holding mock congresses, student festivals to advocate North Korean human rights, forums and other events since 2005. SHARE AvatarKim So Yeol center_img Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion By Kim So Yeol – 2008.09.25 1:35pm Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Qtrade introduces new robo-advisor

first_imgMandeville, Smart Money introduce WealthPort service Fiona Collie Vancouver-based Qtrade Financial Group is helping its financial services institution partners jump into the robo-advisor market with the launch of VirtualWealth on Thursday. Wealthsimple raising $750 million in latest financing deal, valuation hits $5 billion Related news Wealthsimple sells U.S. biz to Betterment Specifically, VirtualWealth allows 150 financial services institutions that are partnered with Qtrade to offer clients an automated digital wealth-management platform on top of their current service offering. “VirtualWealth extends our partners’ suite of seamlessly integrated wealth-management solutions and enhances their ability to meet the advice preferences of all their clients,” says Catherine Wood, Senior vice president and head of online brokerage and digital advice with Qtrade Financial Group, in a statement. “Investors who value a face-to-face relationship can have great advice from a qualified advisor. Those who want to self-manage some of their own investments can choose online brokerage. Now, robo-advice is another option in that broad continuum of wealth services.” Clients can sign up for a VirtualWealth account by answering a set of questions online about their risk tolerance and financial goals. Based on their answers, clients’ investments will be placed in a portfolio of ETFs, which will be rebalanced automatically to the target asset allocation. Read: Robo-advisors target the mass affluent Like other robo-advisor platforms, VirtualWealth allows clients to track their progress toward investing goals or to contact a registered representative should they have a question regarding their accounts. Says Wood: “It delivers the ease of use, convenience and personalized approach that investors now expect from digital services.” Photo copyright: tammykayphoto/123RF BMO’s adviceDirect launches premium service Keywords Robo-advisorsCompanies Qtrade Financial Group Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Five things to watch for in Canadian business this week:

first_img Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Related news Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter 2. Household debtStatistics Canada is expected to release the national balance sheet and financial flow accounts data for the fourth quarter 2018 on Thursday. The release includes the much-watch household debt-to-income figures. The figures come after Equifax Canada said consumer delinquencies climbed higher in the fourth quarter of 2018 and warned that rising delinquency rates are likely to become the norm this year.3. Wilkins speechCarolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor at the Bank of Canada is scheduled to give a speech in Vancouver on Thursday. The central bank kept its key interest rate target on hold at 1.75 per cent last week as it pointed to “increased uncertainty” about the timing of future rate hikes following the economy’s abrupt deceleration in late 2018.4. Transat looks to turn the pageTransat A.T. hosts conference call following earnings release on Thursday. The Montreal-based airline is aiming to improve its position after a rough summer in 2018, as rising jet fuel prices and currency fluctuations reduced the travel company’s profits ahead of the ramp-up of competition from Canadian airlines.5. Home salesThe Canadian Real Estate Association is expected to release its latest home sales figures on Friday. The year began with the weakest January home sales since 2015, with the number of transactions down four per cent nationally from last year. 1. Quebecor earningsQuebecor and Quebecor Media will release fourth-quarter earnings and host a conference call on Wednesday. Quebecor’s TVA Group announced in February that is has an agreement to buy the Incendo group, a Montreal-based producer and distributor of television programs for international markets, for about $19.5 million. Keywords Earnings Laurentian Bank reports $53.1M profit in Q2, beats expectations Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter 123RF Canadian Press last_img read more