ABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about ABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ABC Banking Coporation Ltd (  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileABC Banking Corporation Limited is a financial institution that specialises in the provision of banking services for individuals as well as corporate institutions. The company’s offered services include, covers deposits, lending and cards, leasing as well as trade finance and treasury products, catering for both the local and international markets. ABC Banking Corporation Limited operates in three man pillars which are; domestic banking, international banking and treasury operations. ABC Banking Corporation Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Help the Hospices chooses Ascent from CIBER UK for relationship management

first_img  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Help the Hospices chooses Ascent from CIBER UK for relationship management Howard Lake | 13 September 2005 | News Tagged with: Technology About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. National hospice charity Help the Hospices has selected the Ascent Relationship Management Solution from CIBER UK to provide a single, centralised view of all their contact data to help ensure consistent, targeted communications with their supporters and stakeholders.Over time the charity has developed a number of different contact databases designed for different purposes such as communicating with supporters, with palliative care staff, and for training hospice staff. Help the Hospices staff realised however that the organisation needed to ensure that information was shared across the organisation in order to be more effective. As a result, Simon Brasch, Database and Website manager, launched a project to consolidate the range of existing databases onto one platform.The charity received approaches from 11 suppliers, of which it chose CIBER UK’s product. Simon Eady, IT Support Manager at Help the Hospices, said: “The technical architecture of the Ascent Solution was an important consideration in our decision making process. The .NET Framework will enable us to support remote users and deliver a full range of functionality to them via the internet.” read more

How far will the violence continue to escalate?

first_img RSF_en January 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 How far will the violence continue to escalate? News Live rounds were fired at Yuri Gruzinov, a cameraman with the Babylon ’13 documentary project, while he was filming clashes on Hruchevskoho Street with a camera on a tripod in the early hours of 22 January. One of the rounds, about a centimetre in diameter, penetrated his body near his armpit, passing very close to his lungs.Members of the special forces have often deliberately attacked journalists, damaging their equipment. The camera of an Inter TV cameraman, for example, was smashed by a baton blow (watch video below). News – Follow the events on Twitter: #euromaidan, #євромайдан- Read our previous statements on the crisis in Ukraine(Photo: Ilya Azar /, Anatoliy Stepanov / AFP) to go further Journalists are being exposed to unprecedented violence when they cover the ongoing protests and turmoil in Ukraine, where a legislative package drastically restricting freedom of information took effect on 22 January.“We reiterate our appeal to all parties to act with restraint and to show respect for the work and the physical integrity of media personnel,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The many acts of deliberate violence against journalists by members of the special forces and others must be fully and impartially investigated. Clear instructions must be given so that such behaviour, for which there is no justification, does not recur.“We take note of President Viktor Yanukovych’s announcement that journalists arrested during the clashes will be released and we hope it will be implemented quickly and fully. But we point out the media will not be able to operate properly until the draconian laws promulgated on 17 January are repealed.”Escalating violenceFive demonstrators have so far been killed in the clashes and many reporters are among those who have been hurt. The number of journalists injured in connection with their work since 19 January currently stands at 47. Most of the injuries are the result of rubber bullets or stun grenades fired by the “Berkut” riot police.Rubber bullets were deliberately fired at two Associated Press journalists, Yefrem Lukatski and Dmytro Vlasov, on 22 January, hitting Lukatski in the head and Vlasov in the groin. Like most of their colleagues, they were wearing vests with the word “Press.” Only their protective gear spared them more serious injury.Freelance photographer Maksym Dondyuk was injured in the leg on 22 January by a stun grenade that exploded at his feet and lashed his body with flying shrapnel. Stanislav Grigoryev, a presenter with Russia’s REN TV, is still hospitalized after being hit by a stun grenade during a live broadcast (watch video below). February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts March 26, 2021 Find out more Journalists began being targeted outside Kiev as the clashes spread to the rest of the country. Pro-government demonstrators sprayed Novosti Donbasa reporter Violetta Tarasenko with red paint and threw eggs at Tetyana Zarovna, a journalist with the news website, in the eastern city of Donetsk on 22 January.Oleg Ogilko, the editor of the local news website, was badly beaten by unidentified attackers while filming opposition activists laying siege to the headquarters of the regional government in the central city of Cherkasy at around dawn yesterday.Because of the scale and systematic nature of the violence, Reporters Without Borders has paid for the purchase of 50 helmets for use by reporters covering the current events in Kiev.Journalists arrested and mistreatedAndrei Kiselev, a Russian journalist with the Lenta.doc documentary project, was arrested along with a group of demonstrators early yesterday morning and was badly beaten by Berkut members. He and the other detainees were forced to kneel in the snow for nearly an hour before being taken to a police station.Kiselev was released yesterday afternoon after an initial charge of participating in violence was dropped, but he continues to be registered as a witness in the case. Freelance photographer Marian Havryliv suffered a worse fate. He was taken out into the open countryside along with a group of detained demonstrators and was beaten. He is currently hospitalized under police cameraman Volodymyr Karagyaur, who was arrested on 20 January while buying gasoline for his generator, has been placed in two-months pre-trial detention on a charge of planning to make gasoline bombs, which carries a possible 15-year jail term. The only evidence against him is his presence at a gas station.Andriy Loza of the opposition newspaper VO Svoboda, who was arrested while photographing a demonstration in the eastern city of Artemivsk from atop a Berkut bus with other reporters on 19 January, has been placed in two months pre-trial detention on a charge of organizing an illegal protest, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.Serious threatsAmid violence that is unprecedented since the end of the Second World War, journalists are also being subjected to intimidation. Vitaly Portnikov, a reporter and political analyst with the opposition television station Tvi, fled the country on the evening of 20 January after being the target of a month-long smear campaign and being followed for the final week.He also received threats, including a warning that he risked becoming “the second Gongadze.” On 20 January, three unidentified individuals tried to force the door of his apartment, while uttering threats.Andriy Yanitski, a journalist with the news website, did not leave his home for several days after receiving threats that he was going to suffer the same fate as Ihor Lutsenko, an opposition activist who was kidnapped at the start of the week and subjected to a mock execution.Another opposition activist who was kidnapped at the same time, Yuri Verbitski, was found dead on 22 January. He bore the signs of torture. Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on Ukraine Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News UkraineEurope – Central Asia Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Post Offices Close in Observance of President’s Day Holiday

first_imgGovernment Post Offices Close in Observance of President’s Day Holiday Published on Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 11:05 am 5 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business Newscenter_img Post Offices will be closed Monday, February 17 in observance of the Federal Holiday. There will be no residential or business delivery with the exception of Priority Mail Express, which is delivered 365 days a year.Post Offices will be open on a normal schedule on Tuesday, February 18. Normal delivery and collection schedules will resume Tuesday, February 18.Please note:* Stamps are available at many grocery, pharmacy and convenient stores.* For 24/7 access to most postal products and services, go to where you can look up a ZIP Code, track a package, buy stamps, hold mail, print postage online, submit a change of address, schedule a package pickup and find Post Office locations including self-service kiosks.Customers can visit for specific Post Office hours and to find locations of Self-Service Kiosks (SSK) available in Post Office lobbies, many which are open 24/7.The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. Top of the News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Advancing Fair Housing, Racial Equity Through Federal Policy

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Layton: GSE Scorecard Brings Little Value to the Public Next: HUD Secretary: Annual Homelessness Assessment Results Are ‘Startling’ Advancing Fair Housing, Racial Equity Through Federal Policy Sign up for DS News Daily March 18, 2021 1,115 Views Related Articles Eileen Kornmeyer is the Director of the American Mortgage Diversity Council and the Property Preservation Executive Forum, both of which are part of the Five Star Institute. Her most recent tenure with the Dallas Business Journal allowed her to grow the paper’s readership while connecting and partnering with some of the top companies and organizations in DFW. She has notable tenure as sales manager for “The World of Concrete,” one of the Top 20 largest events annually. A native New Yorker, she cites the Adirondack Park as her place to recharge her batteries hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 2021-03-18 Christina Hughes Babb  Print This Post Urban Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell this month hosted the latest installment in Urban’s conversation series, “Evidence to Action.” During the virtual event, Julián Castro, former Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Obama administration, discussed how the new administration can fulfill its obligations under the Fair Housing Act and close equity gaps in housing.  Following the discussion with Secretary Castro, Solomon Greene, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, Gustavo Velasquez, Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and Lisa Rice, President, and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, joined Wartell to address what states will need from the federal government to advance fair, equitable housing and discuss the most impactful actions the Biden administration could take. Wartell kicked off the broadcast by noting the “most extraordinary response to registrations for this event” for a late Friday afternoon discussion, a testament to the strength of the panel and topic.  She noted that President Biden’s day-one executive order indicates the administration will take an all-of-government approach when considering equity implications in all aspects of policy choice and that the federal government will work closely with states to fulfill its obligations under the fair housing act. When asked his thoughts on President Biden’s day-one commitment, the Secretary said he was glad to see it, and that it sends a strong message to the agencies who will carry out this work. He stated it will be necessary to “connect the dots of these policies. People don’t live their lives in silos, it’s about fair housing.” He added this also is about connecting to other opportunities that will break down the barriers of discrimination. Castro further remarked that the idea of a public credit reporting agency outlined during the Biden campaign would potentially help all homeowners, especially those of color, gain better access to capital. The conversation then shifted to the Presidential memorandum that acknowledged past federal housing policies’ contribution to segregation and the denial of opportunities in disadvantaged communities, particularly in Black and Brown neighborhoods. “You can’t fix a problem until you acknowledge it,” said the Secretary. Noting the previous administration sought to change the mission statement of HUD, Castro says this is the true history of how policies have created disadvantage: acknowledgment and working to overcome it.  The Presidential mandate directs HUD to revisit policies integral to fair housing, including Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) seen as unfinished business from the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The Biden Administration will also extend housing protections for the LGTBQ community, including transgender individuals. Greene pointed out that while it’s disturbing to accept the government had a role in contributing to segregation, they will have a role in correcting it. Greene also noted “there is a growing body of research that shows how segregation hurts everyone. It hurts the families that are locked out of neighborhoods rich in opportunity, it drags down our economy, and poses grave health risks.” He also added more segregated areas experience higher rates of homicide, lower earnings, and lower property values.  Rice says the only way President Biden can deliver on his campaign promise to address housing and racial inequities is to immediately fix the problems with the disparate impact rule and reinstate AFFH to the 2015 rule change under the previous administration.  “We can use AI and machine learning to really bring the force of technology to bear to help identify where there are barriers to lending and housing opportunities, and then fix them.” Rice says public housing authorities and stakeholders for decades have been asking for technological training and support as it relates to implementing AFFH.  Velasquez echoed that reinstatement of the AFFH to the 2015 rule is critical. He further explained how the state of California at state and local levels anchor AFFH work in law AB686. Passed in 2018, it was in response to the federal policy of no longer enforcing the 2015 rule. Velasquez says more affordable housing can be achieved with higher density zoning in the right areas without exacerbating segregation. “The city of Sacramento, for example, is a good example. The capital of our state saw the need to take significant action and they recently eliminated in essence single-family zoning and we are starting to see a trend here that other cities may follow soon.”  To round out the discussion, each panelist was asked about their hopes for the next four years. All agreed that working across the silos mentioned by Secretary Castro and resetting the AFFH to the 2015 rule are priorities they would like to see come to fruition. Hear the entire conversation below or at About Author: Eileen Kornmeyer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / D&I / Advancing Fair Housing, Racial Equity Through Federal Policy Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in D&I, Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

COVID19: US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments For April, Looking At Alternatives To Conduct Proceedings

first_imgForeign/InternationalCOVID19: US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments For April, Looking At Alternatives To Conduct Proceedings Karan Tripathi6 April 2020 12:30 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court of the United States of America has decided to postpone the oral arguments that were scheduled to take place in the month of April. The said decision has been taken in light of the rising cases of COVID19 in the country, and to keep with the public health guidance issued to curtail the same. The US Supreme Court was supposed to hear oral arguments…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court of the United States of America has decided to postpone the oral arguments that were scheduled to take place in the month of April. The said decision has been taken in light of the rising cases of COVID19 in the country, and to keep with the public health guidance issued to curtail the same. The US Supreme Court was supposed to hear oral arguments on crucial constitutional matters in two phases – April 20-22, and April 27-29. As the court’s term comes to an end in June, it has decided to schedule both the sessions pending from March and April before the end of its term, if the circumstances permit. It said: ‘The Court will consider rescheduling some cases from the March and April sessions before the end of the Term, if circumstances permit in light of public health and safety guidance at that time.’ As the cases would begin to mount due to repeated postponement, the apex constitutional court in the US has noted that it will consider a range of scheduling options and other alternatives if arguments cannot be held in the Courtroom before the end of the term. However, it is clarified that the court will continue to work on the resolution of cases which have already been argued. Moreover, court’s opinions on such cases will also be uploaded on the website. The court will also continue to regularly hold its scheduled conferences and issue Order lists. In its release, the Supreme Court has also mentioned that the court building will be open for court officials, although most personnel are teleworking. To avoid crowding of courts and maintain social distancing, the Supreme Court building will remain closed to the public until further notice. Next Storylast_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Olympic optimism as IOC’s Bach meets with Japan PM Suga

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide.Over 54.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has also varied from country to country.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica. The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 11 million diagnosed cases and at least 244,283 deaths.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Nov 16, 5:12 amRussia’s daily coronavirus cases hit all-time recordRussia registered a total of 22,778 new coronavirus infection cases and 303 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the coronavirus response headquarters in a statement that was released on Monday.The city of Moscow alone recorded 6,360 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.Russia has now seen a total of 1,948,603 coronavirus infection cases and 32,489 people have died of coronavirus in Russia over the entire period of the pandemic.Nov 16, 4:52 amOlympic optimism as IOC’s Bach meets with Japan PM SugaAs global coronavirus infections spread and countries impose new lockdowns, a glimmer of hope for the Summer Olympic Games was seen briefly in Japan’s capital on Monday. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is in Tokyo, his first visit since coronavirus forced the decision to postpone the summer games for a year. At the prime minister’s office, Bach and Prime Minister Suga met for about 30 minutes. The two fistbumped for photographers before making optimistic statements.Bach said, “We again will make this Olympic Games a great symbol of solidarity and unity of humanity in this world, which by then will be a post-coronavirus world.”Suga said, “We are determined to host the games as proof that humanity has defeated the coronavirus pandemic.” Bach’s four-day visit to Tokyo began on Sunday. On Monday night, the IOC president is expected to meet Japan’s long-serving former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who made the call to delay the games in March. Bach is also scheduled to meet Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee president Yoshiro Mori. Despite not implementing harsh measures to combat COVID, such as a European-styled hard lockdown, Japan seems to have sidestepped the ravages of the disease.There are currently under 120,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and less than 2,000 deaths. Like other nations, as temperatures fall and people head indoors, coronavirus numbers are expected to rise. Health officials reported 1,441 new coronavirus cases on Sunday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Separating Fact from Fiction: The American Health Care Act (AHCA)

first_img Supporters of the Affordable Care Act have been on a smear and spin campaign mounting a full court press to stop the American Health Care Act and protect the status quo that is failing patients across the country. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare MORE >> Read the Bill Let’s separate the facts from their fiction.Myth: The AHCA does not cover pre-existing conditions.FACT: The AHCA explicitly maintains protections for pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, NO STATE, under ANY circumstances, may ever obtain a waiver for guaranteed issue of coverage, guaranteed renewability of coverage, or the prohibition on denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. All of these protections will remain the law. To be absolutely certain, the legislation specifically clarifies that its provisions cannot be construed as allowing insurers to limit coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.Myth: The AHCA will price those with pre-existing conditions out of the market, making health care unaffordable for them.FACT: To the contrary. The AHCA actually includes reforms to allow states the flexibility to meet the needs of their unique patient populations and drive down costs for everyone. States may apply for a limited waiver for health ratings; however, the states must first set up a program for high-risk individuals or premium stabilization, or to participate in the federal invisible risk sharing program. No state may obtain a waiver for health status unless it has taken these efforts to protect those who might be affected. In states with a waiver, individuals who maintain continuous coverage could not be rated based on health status and the AHCA implements several layers of requirements and protections. First, states must show that the waiver would bring down premiums or increase the amount of people covered. States must also set up a risk-sharing program if they wish to allow some individuals to be charged based on their health status. But an individual can only be charged based on their health status if he or she waits until they are sick to purchase insurance or lets their coverage lapse for 63 days. It is important to remember that this waiver only applies to the individual insurance market, which covers approximately 7 percent of Americans. The vast majority of Americans with employer-provided coverage or government coverage (Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VA benefits, etc.) would not be affected. Importantly, patients who failed to maintain continuous coverage could only be charged based on health status for a period of one year. After an individual has maintained continuous coverage for twelve months, they would return to standard rates. These protections would also be in place for new enrollees (so long as they maintain continuous coverage going forward). Under AHCA, $8 billion is specifically set aside to help lower premiums and other out-of-pocket costs for patients in the individual market with pre-existing conditions who do not maintain continuous coverage and live in states that request and receive a waiver. The AHCA includes an additional $130 billion for states to implement risk sharing programs to drive down cost even more. Our plan already ensures that insurance companies are prohibited from denying coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, banned from rescinding coverage based on a pre-existing condition, and prevented from raising premiums on individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage.Myth: AHCA states do not have to cover essential health benefits.FACT: The AHCA ensures essential health benefits are the federal law of the land and maintains other important protections. States have the option to obtain a waiver regarding federal essential health benefits, but the state must publicly attest its purpose for doing so and meet these requirements: reduce average premiums for patients, increase enrollment for residents, stabilize the state’s health insurance market, stabilize premiums for individuals living with pre-existing conditions, increase patients’ health care plan options and it must specify the benefits it will require instead of the federal standard.NO STATE, under ANY circumstances, may ever obtain a waiver for pre-existing condition protection, prohibition on gender discrimination, for guaranteed issue and renewability, or for the right of dependents to stay on a family plan up to age 26.Myth: 129 Million Americans have pre-existing conditions and could be denied coverage.FACT: This legislation addresses the 7% of Americans on the individual market, and those in the small group market. Anyone with employer-provided coverage or government coverage (Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VA benefits, etc.) would not be affected. Again, this amendment would not allow any state to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and would require the extensive protections described above for those with riskier health profiles. Additionally, the bill includes $138 billion in funding to drive down costs for patients. This claim was awarded 4 Pinocchios by The Washington Post.Myth: The AHCA allows rape to be considered a preexisting condition.FACT: The AHCA absolutely does not classify rape or sexual assault as a pre-existing condition. Nor does it declare that individuals who have been raped or sexually assaulted would ever be denied coverage. This claim was awarded 4 Pinocchios by The Washington Post.Myth: Members of Congress and their staff are excluded from the bill.FACT: Not true. The House passed legislation to make a simple technical correction to ensure that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and its amendments apply equally to everyone, including Members of Congress and their staffs. Find out more about the bill here: The AHCA would cause premiums to spike for Americans across the country.FACT: Obamacare has caused premiums to skyrocket across the nation, up about 25 percent on average this year. Patients have been left with premiums and deductibles they can’t afford. The AHCA will lower premiums over time by an average of 10 percent – and potentially more as further reforms are made and new and innovative ideas implemented that aim to lower premiums.Myth: Patients with mental health conditions and substance abuse will be turned away from treatment.FACT: The AHCA includes $15 billion specifically toward mental health and substance abuse disorders. While some have suggested Medicaid expansion enrollees will lose access to mental health or substance abuse services, our bill allows states to keep Medicaid expansion at a state’s regular matching rate. Furthermore, last Congress we passed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act. This new and innovative law includes a comprehensive mental health package with significant resources for states and reforms to improve the delivery of mental health care.Myth: The AHCA kicks patients off of Medicaid.FACT: Obamacare’s enhanced funding for the coverage of able-bodied adults prioritized them above those the Medicaid program was originally designed to help: the elderly, the disabled, and children.  The AHCA responsibly unwinds that enhanced funding for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion allowing patients to remain in Medicaid as long as they remain eligible. Starting in 2020, states can keep Medicaid expansion programs, but would receive their regular matching rate for new expansion population enrollees. For patients remaining in the program, the state will still receive the enhanced match. Over time, as the individuals see changes to their income or eligibility, they will naturally cycle off the program into other sources of coverage like employer-sponsored coverage, Medicare, or could receive a tax credit to purchase insurance in the private market.Myth: The CBO says AHCA will kick 23 million Americans off their insurance.FACT: Not true. The CBO does estimate that fewer Americans will make the decision to purchase insurance if the government does not mandate they do so and send the IRS after them if they don’t. The majority of the coverage gains from Obamacare come from the law’s individual mandate – a fine from the federal government for failing to buy government approved coverage. There is a distinct difference between individuals making the decision to not purchase insurance and claims that these individuals will be “kicked” off their insurance. Furthermore, the CBO has an unreliable record regarding its estimations related to social behavior. For instance, the CBO projected that 21 million Americans would have coverage in 2016. The reality was half that number, about 10.4 million gained coverage. In fact, more than 19 million taxpayers either paid the penalty or claimed an exemption from the individual mandate. More people are paying or avoiding the penalty than gained coverage through Obamacare’s exchanges. Despite this reality, CBO still believes the individual mandate will be effective in increasing coverage, so that affects their assumptions on “lost” coverage. The AHCA provides every American access to affordable coverage, but does not force them to purchase insurance. What’s in the Bill: The American Health Care Act (AHCA)The Good News and Faulty Assumptions in CBO’s New Analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA)The Washington Post: Outrageous AHCA Claim is FalseThe Washington Post Fact Checks Rhetoric on Preexisting ConditionsDr. Bucshon Cosponsors Bill to Ensure Members of Congress Aren’t Exempt from Health Care Legislationlast_img read more

Top-20 companies stretch lead at top

first_imgThe leading 20 companies in the UK baking industry are strenghtening their grip on the market, according to a new survey from Plimsoll Publishing. In the last four years they have increased sales by 50%, improved profits by a massive 150% and raised staff levels by 28%, it says.The leading 100 companies now account for 92% of the market by turnover, up from 87% four years ago, according to the report. However, within the 100, it is only the top 20 that are poised for growth.In contrast, Plimsoll senior analyst David Pattison believes 60 firms have their work cut out to get their principal business on a firm financial footing, while 20 companies are facing financial distress where the safest option would be a period of consolidation. And that consolidation could cost up to 4,600 job losses, says Pattison.These 80 businesses have increased sales by only 13% in the last four years. In that period profits have fallen 1% and staff numbers remained flat. Plimsoll’s top 20 is seen as primed for further growth, with the potential to put market share well beyond current performance.last_img read more

Warrens Bakery to open second Canterbury site

first_imgWarrens Bakery has revealed it is to open a second site in Canterbury this month, following the success of its opening in the city in December. The first store, which officially opened on 18 December, welcomed nearly 700 customers during its first three days of trading, Warren’s said.So far, the most popular products at the store on St Dunstan’s have been Warrens’ pasties, with 490 sold in its first few days. Other best-sellers have included sausage rolls, cheese and bacon slices and tiger baps.Following this success, the craft bakery has revealed plans to open another Canterbury store on 22 January at 34 Burgate. “It’s fantastic to rejuvenate what was an empty building into a new bakery, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere ready to welcome in the local community,” said Carl Mortimer, franchise operations manager at Warrens Bakery.“The new Canterbury store at St Dunstan’s joins our existing Ashford bakery in Kent, which opened last summer, and we are looking forward to opening many more stores across the region with our franchise partner.”Warrens Bakery is also to open its first store in Worthing, West Sussex, with franchisee Lee Johnston who opened a store last year in Bognor Regis.last_img read more