FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Toledo Blade:It’s back to the drawing board for FirstEnergy Corp. and its subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions, now that a federal bankruptcy judge has struck down an important part of the utility company’s proposed restructuring plan.The plan attempted to free the parent company of liability for mounting losses for the division of the firm that controls FirstEnergy’s unprofitable coal-fired and nuclear power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ottawa County.FirstEnergy Solutions, which has been assigned to take on the debt and operations of those plants, responded by saying it expects to submit a revised disclosure statement for its reorganization plan. The filing will be with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Akron overseeing its Chapter 11 restructuring.FirstEnergy Solutions also wants to assure Ohio and Pennsylvania residents that Thursday’s ruling by Judge Alan Koschik has no impact on the company’s operations or its ability to continue delivering safe and reliable energy.That’s good news for Davis-Besse’s 700-employee workforce and the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District that has relied on property tax revenue generated by the plant since it went online 42 years ago, on April 22, 1977. But the long-term outlook for that plant and others managed by FirstEnergy Solutions remains hazy at best. Davis-Besse remains set to close for good no later than May 31, 2020, unless a buyer or a bailout emerges.Critics from both parties have been fiercely determined to let the situation play out on its own without a bailout or market reforms, some claiming such efforts are acts of socialism.More: Davis-Besse remains in limbo after bankruptcy judge strikes down FirstEnergy plan Planned 2020 shutdown for Davis-Besse nuclear plant raises questions concerning site’s cleanup
By U.S. Embassy in Barbados July 21, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in Barbados recently furnished the Regional Security System (RSS) with nearly $40,000 worth of maritime equipment and upgrades, to assist in the maintenance and longevity of patrol boats of the RSS Maritime Training Center. The patrol boats are used to train police and coast guard forces throughout the Caribbean.“Our U.S. partners continue to support the maritime training vessels through the supply of spares and other accessories,” said Barbados Coast Guard Lieutenant Rolerick Sobers, regional maritime officer for the RSS. “The refurnished fleet of training vessels will enrich the maritime training activities that will support the transfer of knowledge and skill sets that are necessary to have desired, effective, and positive outcomes of operational missions.”Originally donated by the U.S. government, these vessels have played a key role in developing the collective seafaring capacity of Eastern Caribbean coast guards and police forces. The recent purchase of parts ensures the RSS is able to train and prepare coast guard and police officers well into the current decade.“This donation is part of the larger U.S. commitment to our assisting our Eastern Caribbean partners to protect their sovereignty and ensure security of their territorial waters,” said U.S. Air Force Major Shane Moran, deputy chief for the U.S. Military Liaison Office. “As the region has seen an uptick in illicit activities and trafficking, ensuring that Caribbean maritime security officers are well prepared and well equipped continues to be at the forefront of U.S. Southern Command’s priorities as both a regional ally and neighbor.”Donated by the U.S. government in the early-2000s, the patrol boats have been an integral component of the RSS’s maritime training institute, with coast guard and police officers throughout the Eastern Caribbean training and honing their seafaring skills on the vessels. The collaborative efforts of the RSS and regional partners ensure sailors are equipped with a common set of seafaring skills and a high degree of interoperability between organizations.“The importance of skilled mariners in the Maritime Law Enforcement units in the RSS maritime security cannot be understated. As maritime crime continues to evolve, so too must the skill set of officers be kept current,” said Lt. Sobers. “An active and operational suite of training platforms is a great utility from which to deliver maritime training while ensuring that a common set of core competencies are spread across the various maritime units.”In addition to this handover, the United States has provided $3 million in COVID-19 response assistance to the Eastern Caribbean. It also supports the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership, a collaborative effort to build regional capacity to confront disaster response and promote strong communities.
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Read the full interview with Ognjen Bagatin on the portal Total Croatia News , and more information as well as login options on EPIC find out on the official website. Za Earlybird applications, which last until March 20, the ticket price is 750 kuna, or 40% of the total ticket price. Namely, after March 20, the ticket price will be 1250 kuna. On this occasion Paul Bradbury from the portal Total Croatia News, media sponsor and lecturer at the #DayOne conference, talked to Ognjen Bagatin about the organization of the first congress on the experience with patients and innovation in Europe, and which part of the interview we are transmitting. Chief Operating Officer of Cleveland Clinic Joe Sweet, MBA za EPIC stated: “I express my satisfaction and honor to participate in such a large event as the European Patient experience & Innovation Congress, which is organized as a host by the Croatian Polyclinic Bagatin. I am sure that this will be a great opportunity to learn something new, share experiences and network with the aim of a more innovative approach to the patient and raising the quality of the user experience.Sweet pointed out. How nice this title sounds. It is good to repeat it several times: Croatia will be the center of health tourism on a global level this year. This is how global leaders in health tourism come to Croatia – Joe Sweet, Director of International Operations at Cleveland Clinic, Lori Kondas, executive director of the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Office, Mario Škugor, director of PBL case development at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College, Irving Stackpole, President of Stackpole & Associates, Inc., Daniel Coulton Shaw, Ambassador for Global Clinic Rating, Stephen Bender from the Disney Institute, Sheila Stevens, Director of Patient Experience at Mayo Clinic, Rahul Kashyap, professor of anesthesiology and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Frank Papay, President of the Institute of Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, Toby Cosgrove, former CEO of Cleveland Clinic, and director and director of Cleveland Clinic – Ph.D. Tomislav Mihaljević and many other health professionals. “This is where innovation and technology thrive the most, and at EPIC we will have the opportunity to hear about the amazing innovations used by some of the world’s health giants, but also about niche innovations that could bring a significant future for patients and patients. I look forward to listening, learning, and networking with great speakers and amazing attendees from around the world. This should not be a congress held once a year, this should be a way of life for health in Europe. Continuously improving the experience with patients every day of the year, and we wanted to do our best to help”Concludes Bagatin. SAVE THE DATE / OneDay Or DayOne, 02.04.2020. , Forum Congress Center, Zagreb Innovation and technology play a key role in the development of the medical tourism industry, Bagatin said, adding that they affect the way they communicate with their patients, follow procedures from start to finish and ultimately build trust and relationships with patients. Accordingly, the optimization of health services and patient support are emerging as some of the most important topics of the health sector today EPIC Congress – Tom Mihaljević Ognjen Bagatin will also give a lecture at the #DayOne conference and, with a concrete example with Mate Car, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Health, show how cooperation between the private and public sectors is not only possible, but also imperative. Finally, it is important to emphasize once again that last year at the most important conference for health and medical tourism in Europe – International Medical Travel Journal – IMTJ, Polyclinic Bagatin was announced the best cosmetic surgery clinic in the world, and how the Bagatin Polyclinic was awarded two Temos International accreditations for excellence in medical tourism. The goal of EPIC is to focus on the first approach to the patient, and the main goal is to achieve better medical results and their measurement- Ognjen Bagatin, Polyclinic Bagatin EPIC brings together some of the most influential physicians, MedTech startups, and health professionals from Europe and beyond, to improve the patient’s healthcare experience in the near future. “The goal of EPIC is to focus on the first approach to the patient, and the main goal is to achieve better medical results and their measurement. It is important that we see all the decisions we have in healthcare through the eyes of patients, and that is something that everyone in healthcare agrees and understands. If you focus on patients and make first contact with them, we will make better decisions and bring value to patients in all of our health systems. Given that digital transformation is so important to healthcare, we wanted to bring all the best innovations that improve the hospital experience, and thus better outcomes for patients and lower long-term costs for healthcare systems”Bagatin pointed out and added that Cleveland Clinic is a pioneer in the experience with patients and one of the first to open a practice for the experience of patients in their clinic, they even appointed a CXO (Chief Experience Officer). Just the man behind the whole story, Ognjen Bagatin, has been promoting the development of health tourism in Croatia as its main agenda for years, and it sees this event as “an ideal opportunity to learn from the best and to transfer the epicenter of innovations in healthcare from the USA to Europe, to Croatia!” The congress agenda includes, among others, system design to improve the patient experience, the role of science and artificial intelligence in service development, investment opportunities in services, interpersonal methods to improve patient care, mobile applications and personal care applications, and lots of information about the future health. The number of places is limited, so hurry up, secure a place at the conference of the year for the B2B tourism sector where you will hear how to position yourself in the tourism market, where Croatian tourism goes, you will learn concrete examples of how to develop a good tourism story, hear examples of good practice. tourist products are created outside Croatia. Along with the changes brought about by the digital age, but also under the influence of various external and internal factors in a country, the concept and quality of most health services change significantly, as well as the patient’s experience or response to these changes. Health technology, including artificial intelligence, mobile applications, computer algorithms, and robotics, expands the boundaries of the possible, redefines the patient experience, and greatly facilitates the work of health professionals. At the same time, what users, ie patients, expect from healthcare is changing. “But that’s not all, the Cleveland Clinic promotes that if you want to improve the patient’s experience, you must first improve the experience of the medical staff. You can’t have a great patient experience without a great experience with the medical staffBagatin emphasizes. American health tourism expert, with more than 40 years of continuous work in providing and monitoring health services worldwide Irving Stackpole, The president of Stackpole & Associates, Inc., as a congressional announcement, said: “This is one of those congresses I don’t want to miss by any means! From a U.S. perspective, Europe is an ideal terrain for reconstruction and innovation within the health care system, and this Congress is focused on just that segment. I believe that EPIC represents the future of innovation in European medicineSaid Stackpole. Along with the changes brought by the digital age, but also under the influence of various external and internal factors in a country, the concept and quality of most health services, as well as the patient’s experience or response to these changes, change significantly. Health technology, including artificial intelligence, mobile applications, computer algorithms, and robotics, expands the boundaries of the possible, redefines the patient experience, and greatly facilitates the work of health professionals. At the same time, what users, ie patients, expect from healthcare is changing. #DayOne Conference / Ognjen Bagatin and Mate Car – Cooperation between the private and public sector through the development of health tourism All thanks to Congress European Patient Experience & Innovation Congress – EPIC 2020, which will be held in Dubrovnik from March 19-21, organized by the Bagtin Polyclinic, in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic, a world-renowned clinic in providing the highest level of patient care. Cover photo: Polyclinic Bagatin
More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoEconomist Saul Eslake is predicting two or more interest rate rises next year. Picture: Sam Rosewarne.Finder’s Graham Cooke says mortgage holders should still be preparing for rate hikes.“It’s no secret that rates will start rising soon, it’s just a matter of when,” Mr Cooke said.“To minimise rate shock, think about fixing a portion of your interest rate or even switching to a provider that offers more competitive interest.”Brisbane property on the riseBuyer pays $7m in cash for thisGolf course home breaks recordAll four major banks in June raised interest rates by between 0.3 and 0.35 percentage points on interest-only home loans, but they did cut some other rates by a smaller amount.Despite some state and territory governments introducing new policies to improve housing affordability, the majority of those surveyed by Finder believe rent and mortgage stress is increasing.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Picture: Dean LewinsMORTGAGE holders have every right to be nervous ahead of the Reserve Bank’s decision on interest rates tomorrow following comments from a former board member last week.Economist John Edwards used a column to argue that interest rates may have to increase more than two percentage points over the next two years if Australia’s economy was going to improve.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHousehold Debt00:51This information is of a general nature and does not constitute professional advice. You should always seek professional advice in relation to your particular circumstances.But according to a panel of 34 economists and experts surveyed by comparison website finder.com.au, expect the central bank to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent tomorrow.The majority also believe the next move for interest rates will be in a positive direction, with four expecting a rate cut.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREOnly three respondents are predicting two or more rate rises next year, including economist Saul Eslake.“Data releases and other evidence since the last meeting will not have prompted any material change in the RBA’s assessment of the economic outlook or the appropriate stance for monetary policy,” Mr Eslake said.
Company pension funds in Switzerland could face a 15% increase to their long-term pension liabilities due to the county’s discount rate turning negative for the first time, according to Willis Towers Watson.In another strange manifestation of the negative yields phenomenon, the consultancy warned that pension funds might need to take the unusual step in order to comply with international company reporting under IFRS/US GAAP.“The discount rate used in the calculations needed for this reporting would be negative for the vast majority of Swiss pension funds now,” WTW said on its website.Discount rates used in accounting by pension funds are based on corporate bond yields for that country. Swiss corporate bond yields have fallen significantly from their already low levels at the end of December 2018, Willis Towers Watson said, by about 90bps. “This means that for a typical Swiss pension fund the discount rate would be around -0.1% at 27 August 2019,” the firm said.If bond yields remained at similar levels, then companies would need to prepare themselves for significantly higher pension fund liabilities at forthcoming company year-end reporting dates, the consultancy said.“For a typical Swiss pension fund the [pension scheme] liability is likely to have increased by around 15% based on current conditions,” it said.Government bond yield curvesChart Maker10-year government bond yieldsChart MakerAs much as $15trn (€13.6trn) worth of investment grade bonds are trading with a negative yield, according to Cambridge Associates .Norges Bank Investment Management recently reported that it held roughly €60bn worth of negative-yielding bonds in the Government Pension Fund Global, Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund.Negative-yielding bonds have also exacerbated the precarious funding position of many Dutch pension funds in recent months.
If the industry did not act on the idea, Opperman threatened legislation to make providers do so.“I want pensions schemes to drive forward real change quickly but, if necessary, I will consider regulation,” he said. Swedish inspirationSuggesting ideas to motivate people to open the pension statements posted to them, the department looked to an example in Sweden.“The success of the ‘orange envelope’ approach used by the Swedish Pension Agency when sending out state pension statements during a short period each year shows how people can be encouraged to engage with the pensions by generating a national conversation about pensions, supporting the social norming of pension saving,” the DWP wrote in the consultation document.“The Swedish example suggests that having opened their orange envelopes a majority of recipients read their statements,” it said.Within the proposal, the DWP says it is considering transferring ownership of the assumptions underpinning annual benefit statements from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to the DWP.It proposes using a mixture of statutory guidance and regulation to set out assumptions, and aligning assumptions for the Statutory Money Purchase Illustrations (SMPI) with those set by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for Key Features Illustrations (KFIs) – except where it identified good reasons for taking a different approach.The department said the FRC had told it for some time that guidance on the SMPIs should not be their responsibility.“We believe that now is the appropriate time to change ownership of the guidance which underpins the SMPI and seek to move towards greater standardisation in the underlying assumptions,” it said.PLSA urges flexibilityLobby group Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) welcomed the idea of simpler statements, but said guidelines would need to be flexible.“Simpler annual benefit statements, along with the Pensions Dashboard and the PLSA’s new Retirement Living Standards, are a great example of good practice in providing savers with clear and concise information that helps them understand their pension,” said Lizzy Holliday, head of DC, master trusts and lifetime savings at the PLSA.Pension schemes were keen to give members simpler and more consistent messages in their communications, she said.“An important principle is that they should be free to tailor their messages for their own member base as well as innovate the means of communication as technology advances.“The simpler annual statement guidelines must necessarily balance the need for flexibility to allow for this and the need for descriptors that ensure savers get consistent information from scheme to scheme,” Holliday said. The UK government has unveiled a plan for simpler, shorter workplace pension statements – ideally covering just one sheet of paper – reasoning that people will then read them and be encouraged to save more.Pensions minister Guy Opperman said: “Pension statements are too long, too wordy, full of jargon and confuse savers. People don’t read them, or if they do they can’t make head nor tail of them.”Simpler statements provided clear information that people would actually understand, he said, adding that this would prompt them to put more money aside.Launching a consultation to run from today until 20 December, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) said it wanted providers to commit to giving savers clear information about their pension prospects – ideally on no more than two sides of A4 paper.
Tweet Share LocalNews Dominica hosts first International Test Cricket Match at Windsor Park Stadium by: – July 6, 2011 Prime Minister of Dominica Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica will this morning host its first ever International Test Cricket Match at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau from 10:00 this morning. This is a very momentous occasion is the country’s history, the third test match between India and the West Indies.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in an interview with DBS Radio said his Government is delighted to have brought test match cricket to the country.“It is unfortunate that Dominica had to wait over a hundred years to witness the first International Test Cricket Match in our country. But this government is happy to be the one who was able to allow Dominicans to watch this test match at home. If you recall in January of 2010 during my address to the nation after the general elections, I indicated that that was one of our objectives of this government in this new term and it took us less than two years really to get this test match into Dominica. We’re very excited, we’re very pleased and I know the entire country is excited and they are all looking forward to the first ball being bowled there. I have also recognized that there are several citizens who are living in Canada, the US, the UK, and the Islands in the Caribbean who have made their way to Dominica to witness this very historic event. So it is a source of pride, excitement for our people and the Government of Dominica. This Dominica Labour Party Administration is happy to allow the Dominican people to have that sense of pride. We are looking forward to Dominica making its name, and from all reports the teams are very, very pleased with the arrangements, they are excited about the venue.”Mr. Skerrit also indicated that the match will bring much needed revenue as well as marketing to the tourism sector. “This match will be carried live in India and other islands in the Caribbean, North America, the UK and virtually everywhere in the world and this is going to be free promotion for our country over the next five days and if you were to add the cost of this you would go well into million dollars which we would have to invest. Now it is very important to note that the stadium started construction during the austerity program and one could have argued back then that we should not have negoitiated this case with the Chinese at the time because we were going through our very difficult economic period. But we remain committed to the development of sports, we remain committed to the development of a very modern state of the art sports facility and one can appreciate the kind of contribution which has brought to Dominicans over the last several years since its construction. I wish the both teams well and I have no doubt that our Dominican people will come out in the thousands to have the Stadium packed to its capacity and to tell the West Indies Cricket Board in a very strong manner that Dominica is one of the best host nations.”Dominica Vibes News 20 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share
RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Ripley Youth Outreach recently received a $500 grant from the Shopko Foundation to support the Birthday Box Program.Ripley Youth Outreach is a student led initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation which allows local youths to have an active role in the work of the Community Foundation.Over the course of a year, the members of Ripley Youth Outreach have identified a need among the children in Ripley County and devised the Birthday Box Program to address that need.The Birthday Box Program will provide children, 10 and under, whose parents are served by one of Ripley County’s 8 food pantries, with the essentials needed to celebrate a birthday.
Oldenburg, In. — This week, Oldenburg Academy joined the over 6300 Catholic schools across the country to remember and celebrate the gift of Catholic schools. Among the various events planned was an all-school Mass during which OA thanked members of their school communities, both past and present, who are such an integral part of what makes OA so special: their faculty and staff. “All Catholic school educators and staff members are part of a sacred heritage, a legacy of faith and excellence, and for us, one that spans 167 years. When I meet graduates, parents and members of the community and discuss why OA is such a great school, the first thing that always comes to mind is how great our teachers and staff are! And I heartily agree.” states President Diane LaakeCharacteristic of the fact that people retain a life-long allegiance to the Academy, members of the Ammann and Munchel families asked that the Mass be offered for the intention of two former Academy teachers: Sr. Mary Ammann OSF and Mr. Kelly Munchel. “They are icons of dedicated service, barrier-breaking enthusiasm, and the true commitment to making a difference.” Laake reminded the congregation.Also recognized and honored were Amy Grills, Math Teacher, and Cindy Nurrenberg, Finance and President’s Office Support, for their fifteen years of dedicated service thus far.Principal Brian McFee stated: “Over the past 15 years Mrs. Grills has mentored countless students, numerous teachers and just like the ‘roots’ of an established tree she has nourished the lives of all she has come into contact with! Mrs. Grills has taught just about every math course we have to offer here at OA and continues to work to grow as an educator and be a relatable face for all math students.”Mrs. Nurrenberg joined OA when her oldest daughter Kate enrolled as a freshman. Now fifteen years later and the proud mom of 3 Academy grads, she continues to provide faithful service in the Finance and President’s Offices. “She is one of those ‘behind the scenes’ dedicated souls who provide conscientious attention to details. She keeps my plants alive, my office cleaned, and my letters typo-free! She is always the first to remember someone’s birthday, be guiltily delighted by a piece of chocolate and tries her best to keep Sr. Dominica out of trouble.”