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Where’s the City’s most eligible bachelor?

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Virgin Money snaps up £363m of credit card assets from MBNA

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first_img Tags: Company Virgin Money Holdings Challenger bank Virgin Money yesterday bought another portfolio of credit card assets from MBNA, continuing its acquisition spree as the lender bulks up.Virgin Money paid £363m for the assets, 11 months after it bought a similar book for £1bn.The lender snapped up the good bank part of Northern Rock to fully launch itself on to the high street in 2012, and is expanding its cards unit.“This strengthens further the platform upon which we will build our future credit card business,” said chief executive Jayne-Anne Gadhia.“During 2015. we will look to introduce new product lines and distribution channels to diversify our credit card offering and bring some fresh new competition to the UK market.”The bank also sold its Church House Trust subsidiary, a savings and mortgages firm, for £13m to Ocean Industries. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo - Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan's Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars MoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus Eliminator Share More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Tim Wallace center_img Monday 1 December 2014 8:56 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Virgin Money snaps up £363m of credit card assets from MBNA whatsapplast_img

Long-awaited study finds monthly Vivitrol as effective as daily pill for opioid addiction

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first_img A former drug czar weighs in: What Trump should have done about the opioid crisis The finding, however, comes with a major caveat. A large number of people were unable to even start treatment with Vivitrol. That’s because participants had to thoroughly wean themselves off opioids for a period of three days before they could start taking Vivitrol, to avoid sudden symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Because of that hurdle, patients failed to start on Vivitrol at four times the rate that they did Suboxone. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Indivior, the company that makes Suboxone, donated drugs to this trial and “had access to periodic safety data only, with no input or review of this manuscript,” according to the study.Volkow, for her part, believes physicians should be prescribing medication out of a series of choices. For instance, Vivitrol might be a better treatment for someone in a rural area because he or she wouldn’t have to drive as frequently to a faraway clinic; chronic pain patients might respond better to Suboxone, as it blocks pain receptors.Ultimately, Volkow feels more long-term research and development of opioid addiction treatments — including extended-release buprenorphine — is needed now to truly know what works best for patients.“They’re not perfect — in this trial 50 percent of the patients relapsed after six months,” Volkow said. “So it behooves us to research more and develop more medications.”David Armstrong contributed reporting. Addiction experts say this study, which confirms the results of a smaller head-to-head trial recently published, offer more clarity at a time where misconceptions have clouded the public’s judgment about treatments for opioid addiction.Costs and benefitsThe research was conducted between 2014 and 2017 at eight community-based inpatient treatment facilities across the U.S. A group of 570 opioid-dependent adults — the majority of whom were white men between the ages of 25 and 45 — received one of the two medication-assisted treatments.Over the subsequent six months, researchers both solicited self-reports of opioid use as well as weekly urine samples. Participants also reported side effects and their level of opioid craving. At the end of six months, 52 percent of those who had received Vivitrol had relapsed, compared with 56 percent of those receiving Suboxone. However, 28 percent of participants assigned to Vivitrol couldn’t make it through the detox period, as compared to 6 percent of people who quit the study before initiating Suboxone dosage. Taking into account all the participants, Suboxone had a lower rate of relapse than Vivitrol. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. The largest head-to-head study to date between two leading drugs to treat opioid addiction has found them roughly equivalent — an outcome that could dramatically change prescribing habits and boost the fortunes of the newer drug, Vivitrol.The study, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that a monthly shot of naltrexone (sold as Vivitrol) is as effective as its main competitor, the daily pill of buprenorphine and naloxone (sold as Suboxone). Researchers found that about half of people with opioid addiction who took either drug remained free from relapse six months later.Previously, there’s been a “widespread belief” that patients “don’t do as well on naltrexone as they do on buprenorphine,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of NIDA. “We’re hopeful this changes the prejudice.”advertisement Leave this field empty if you're human: Vivitrol, which received Food and Drug Administration approval in 2010 for opioid treatment, is seen as attractive option because patients only have to take it once a month, and it doesn’t contain opioids. Suboxone, by contrast, has been treated with skepticism by some physicians and officials — including former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price — because it’s “substituting” one opioid for another. But Vivitrol, which costs about $1,000 a shot, is also much more expensive than Suboxone, and up until now has had limited evidence showing how well it works.advertisement HealthLong-awaited study finds monthly Vivitrol as effective as daily pill for opioid addiction center_img Dr. Joshua Lee, an associate professor with New York University’s School of Medicine and a leading author of the study, which published in the Lancet on Tuesday, said the findings indicate that each drug can help certain patients, rather than one simply being better than the other.“Both medications worked quite similarly and, therefore, both should be discussed as treatment options,” Lee told STAT. “The problem is not enough people are getting into treatment anyway, and when they do go into treatment, they don’t get any of these treatment options. Enough of the circular firing squad among the addiction treatment providers, and the war amongst all these different medications.”But other addiction doctors said that the gap in rates of people who successfully started each treatment was an alarming sign.“The take-home from this study is that buprenorphine [Suboxone] is more effective” than Vivitrol, said Dr. Sarah Wakeman, the medical director of the Substance Use Disorders Initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital. She said the study confirmed what she sees at her clinical practice — that it is easier to initiate Suboxone treatment with patients, and patients stay with the treatment longer.She also pointed out that many of the overdoses in the study occurred after detox — a phase that isn’t required if patients are given Suboxone.Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University, agreed. “Buprenorphine outperformed naltrexone, period,” he said.The need for evidenceOne charge the study does settle is that there is a lack of evidence supporting Vivitrol’s touted effects. Alkermes, which manufactures the drug, was dinged by a number of investigative reports earlier this year highlighting the company’s expansive claims about the drug’s potential to investors and its aggressive lobbying of federal lawmakers.Alkermes did not donate drugs to this trial. But two of study’s senior authors — Lee and Dr. John Rotrosen, a psychiatry professor at NYU’s School of Medicine — had received free drugs from Alkermes for an unrelated trial. Two other researchers involved in the study disclosed receiving either research support or consulting fees from Alkermes in the past. In a statement, Alkermes CEO Richard Pops said the “data from the study reinforce the value of [medication-assisted treatment] and the distinct differences between two important options” for opioid-use disorder. Related: The White House punted to Congress on opioids funding. Congress doesn’t have a plan Please enter a valid email address. By Max Blau Nov. 14, 2017 Reprints Related: Privacy Policylast_img

The downside of strong growth in health care jobs: higher costs

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first_img @bobkocher Adobe [email protected] Ezekiel J. Emanuel Hospitals and physician offices are often among the biggest employers in cities and states. In Missouri, for instance, the biggest employer is Ascension, a religiously affiliated health care system with more than 100,000 jobs statewide. In Tampa, Fla., the biggest employer is BayCare Health System with 28,400 employees. In Springfield, Mass., it’s Baystate Medical Center. In Denver, four of the top 10 employers are health care systems. Even in the Bay Area, health care systems are among the top employers, with Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health employing more people than Google.This is a problem because more health care jobs mean higher health care costs.Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, increases in health care costs have moderated. But over the past few years, the Department of Health and Human Services has reported higher year-by-year increases in health care costs. In 2018, national health expenditures rose 4.6%, accounting for $150 billion more than the previous year.When Americans are polled, health care affordability is their number one issue. About one-third of Americans report foregoing medications because of cost — more than in any other developed country. A survey by University of Chicago researchers found that in 2017, 44% of those surveyed did not go to the doctor when they were sick or injured for fear of the cost.Americans who worry about affordability have to worry about those “great” new health care jobs. About 55% of all health care spending is related to salaries and wages. Adding more jobs adds more salaries, and adding more salaries increases health care costs.Translating job growth into dollars means that adding 414,000 new jobs in one year translates into about $35 billion more in health care spending — and that doesn’t even account for the annual pay increases for the more than 17 million Americans already working in health care.These costs are passed through to all Americans in the form of higher premiums and higher taxes.Stunningly, only about 40% of these jobs represent more doctors and nurses caring for patients. For instance, between 2017 and 2018 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an increase of fewer than 13,000 physicians and about 150,000 nurses. Most of the new jobs are administrative and roles that don’t interact with patients: people working in back offices processing claims, administering physician offices, or working in laboratories.This is surprising. Across most of the U.S. economy, companies have gotten very good at automating, removing administrative jobs, and increasing back-office productivity. This is driven by a combination of pricing pressure, competition, and adoption of information technology. Health care lags far behind all other commercial sectors when it comes to productivity.Because health care is so labor-intensive, wages to workers are the real reason it costs so much. Wages explain why hospitals are so expensive: They are filled with workers. Hospitals are able to keep hiring since most have the market power to pass on new salaries as higher prices to insurers.It is impossible to imagine how we can make health care more affordable if we keep adding hundreds of thousands of health care jobs each year. As Jonathan Skinner and Carrie Colla, two Dartmouth health economists, write in a forthcoming book about the Affordable Care Act, “The Trillion Dollar Revolution,” that one of us (E.J.E.) co-edited, “It is unlikely that health care cost growth will moderate without a corresponding moderation in the growth of health care employment.”What we really need are stronger incentives for dramatic improvement in health care labor productivity. This is a sector where robots replacing administrative jobs should be welcomed as a way to make health care more affordable, a goal that Americans desperately need.Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., is vice provost and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, a venture partner at Oak HC/FT, and author of the forthcoming book “Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?” (Public Affairs, June 2020). Bob Kocher, M.D., is a partner at Venrock, a venture-capital firm; a nonresident senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics; and an adjunct professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Both authors worked in the Obama White House on the Affordable Care Act. Bob Kocher By Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Bob Kocher Jan. 14, 2020 Reprintscenter_img Why isn’t that wonderful news? After all, health care jobs are said to be “good” jobs — they tend to be high-paying with benefits. Health care is also counter-cyclical: People get sick regardless of consumer confidence or economic conditions. Unlike manufacturing or retail sales, during a recession the demand for health care does not decrease very much, and health care jobs tend not to disappear.During the Great Recession from 2007 to 2009, health care actually added jobs each month, for an overall total of 852,000 new jobs, while the rest of the economy shed 8.7 million jobs. As one writer put it, “People who work in the medical field often enjoy fantastic job security.”advertisement About the Authors Reprints First OpinionThe downside of strong growth in health care jobs: higher costs Jobs growth soars (CNBC). November Job Growth Booms (USA Today). US economy smashes forecasts (Business Insider).That enthusiasm was the general reaction to the November jobs report tallying an increase of 266,000 jobs.But inside that report is a dark cloud that went largely unnoticed: the addition of 45,000 jobs in health care. Over the last 12 months, health care has added 414,000 jobs. And that doesn’t include jobs in the health insurance industry, which are classified under financial activities, and jobs in the pharmaceutical sector, which are classified under manufacturing. Health care added more jobs than either information technology or retail sales last month and last year.advertisement Tags health carelast_img

Managers forecast gains if vaccines roll out smoothly

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first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Uncertain outlook creates risks, opportunities for equity investors The coming year looks healthier for both people and economies with the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines.“Ultimately our framework in terms of the state of the economy and health of the economy begins and ends with health,” said Joe Davis, global chief economist and head of the investment strategy group at The Vanguard Group Inc. in Valley Forge, Pa. As volatile year winds down, investors expect major growth in 2021 Related news Silhouette of man at sunset iStockphoto/anyaberkutcenter_img Davis spoke in December as part of a virtual press conference for its report, Vanguard economic and market outlook 2021: Approaching the dawn.Managers at Toronto-based Franklin Templeton Investments (FTI) were also optimistic about global growth but believed economies could hit a few bumps in the coming months.“We do see some headwinds to global growth,” said Ian Riach, senior vice president of portfolio managers with FTI at a December outlook presentation. “We do believe the coronavirus will dampen activity as cases continue to rise. But there’s positive news on the vaccine front and we have learned a bit more about treatments and management of cases since last spring.”Several pharmaceutical companies announced successful vaccine trials in November 2020. Since then, countries have been working on vaccine rollouts.This closing of the “immunity gap” — the number of people who are vaccinated/immune versus those who are not — was a cornerstone of Vanguard’s positive economic expectations for this year. This gap was predicted to close toward the end of 2021, thereby encouraging a return to normal business activity, particularly in the service sector.In Canada, the government plans to vaccinate the population by September, which is good news for the economy. The Business Development Bank of Canada, for example, predicted GDP growth of 4.5% in 2021 if vaccines roll out as planned, while a BMO report predicted 5% growth.The U.S., meanwhile, was expected to grow around 5% in the coming year. This estimate was also based on a vaccine rollout, virus containment and fiscal stimulus of around a trillion dollars (following the report’s release, the U.S. Congress approved a $900-billion pandemic relief bill on Dec. 21, 2020).Hopping across the pond to continental Europe, Vanguard had similar growth expectations of around 5%. Vanguard said Europe could hit pre-pandemic economic levels by the end of 2021, despite a contraction in the fourth quarter of 2020 due to severe lockdowns.Vanguard also predicted slightly higher rates of growth in the U.K. in 2021 of 7% to 7.5% (those predictions were made before the U.K. announced a third lockdown Monday).“It’s not because the U.K. is doing particularly well, it’s just because of the sheer fall in activity this year was so great that the U.K. has further to come up,” said Peter Westaway, Vanguard’s European chief economist, at the December presentation.Another headwind for the U.K. economy is Brexit. On Jan. 1, the U.K. left the European single market. The island country and continental Europe reached an agreement on Dec. 24, 2020, which included a no tariff and no quota deal for trade.For its part, however, Vanguard — which released its report prior to the agreement — did not anticipate that a deal would significantly affect the U.K.’s growth in the long run and said the country’s output could fall between 6% and 8% over the next 10 years.China, meanwhile, is set to post strong economic results in the coming year. Vanguard said the Asian powerhouse could grow 9% in 2021 as a result of its virus containment efforts.The emerging markets generally were expected to see aggregate growth of around 6%. Vanguard noted a few regions could take longer to recuperate in the coming year due to their government’s slow reaction to the crisis, such as Brazil and the Philippines.In terms of equity markets, Vanguard expected global returns of between 5% and 7% over the next decade. In a change from recent years, the investment company said regions outside of the U.S. will shine in the coming year.FTI, meanwhile, suggested the U.S. and emerging markets are likely to outperform the Canadian market over the next 12 to 18 months due to Canada’s high debt levels and energy sector concerns.“Higher break-even costs here in Canada means we may lag other energy producing nations on any rebound,” said Riach.Perhaps unsurprisingly, both companies were less enthusiastic about fixed income with interest rates expected to remain low until 2023. Given this, FTI was overweight equities, but as Riach said, “we’re not abandoning bonds and believe they still play a vital role in portfolios.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Outlook 2021 Fiona Collie last_img

Spring Diversity and Inclusion Summit partners with Diverse Learners Awareness Week

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first_img You're invited to join CU Boulder in embracing and embodying our human differences and celebrating the diversity of ways in which people learn during the Spring 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Summit (Feb. 23) and the Diverse Learners Awareness Week (Feb. 20-24).The spring summit will continue with the theme "Ubuntu, or “I am because we are," because it complements the campus' Inclusive Excellence values of embracing and embodying our human differences.The Diverse Learners Awareness Week is intended to help attendees build the sensitivity and skills to become an effective advocate for diversity in learning.Learn more Diversity and Inclusion Summit Diverse Learners Awareness Week Published: Feb. 7, 2017 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Diversity summit last_img

News / Praise for Whitehall as spotlight falls on air freight, post-Brexit

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first_imgBy Alexander Whiteman 21/07/2017 Air cargo’s importance to the UK is not being overlooked, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which praised the government for today’s launch of an aviation strategy consultation.Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling said a strong aviation sector was vital for building a “truly global” Britain.“This is an industry that contributes billions to our economy, supports thousands of jobs, strengthens the union and develops skills,” he said.“Now, as we leave the European Union, it is more important than ever that we build on this success… a thriving aviation sector will be central to our future prosperity.”The report shows £160bn worth of cargo was carried by air between the UK and non-EU countries in 2015, with air freight the only mode of transport where the country’s exports exceeded imports.The report says the consultation will look at specific obstacles that may be faced by the air freight industry and identify how the government could help it grow.“Goods shipped by air freight tend to be of a high value, such as pharmaceuticals, bespoke or high-quality manufactured goods and fresh food,” it says.“Heathrow handles 65% of our air freight, and its importance to the air freight market and potential for growth, was an important argument for supporting the proposed expansion there.”Responding to the report, the FTA noted one of the DfT’s aims was to gain evidence from stakeholders on global connections, which the FTA noted was of “huge” relevance to freight.Head of air cargo policy at the FTA Alex Veitch said he was “delighted” to see the key role of the air cargo sector recognised in the consultation paper.“Air represented over 40% of the UK’s extra-EU trade by value in 2015 and this shows the importance of aviation to our global trade. The report also acknowledges the importance of Heathrow to the air freight market, and its potential for growth was an important argument for supporting the proposed expansion there.”Mr Veitch described the consultation as “refreshingly transparent” in highlighting the UK’s current standings (13th in the Air Trade Facilitation Index and 22nd eFreight Friendliness Index).“The UK should be top of the league for international trade in all sectors – including air cargo – but is currently languishing mid-table,” said Mr Veitch.“The document is refreshingly transparent about the scale of the challenge to improve the position of air freight; we look forward to working with the government to find ways to improve it.”Mr Veitch also said he was “pleased” to see ministers were already noting the implications of Brexit for the air freight trade and had underlined it as a priority.“As the paper states, alternative arrangements will be required for air services to or from the 44 countries (EU and non-EU) where market access is via EU-negotiated agreements,” he added.“New arrangements have been identified by the government as a top Brexit priority.”last_img

News / Enough sniffer dogs? Concerns as US freighter screening deadline looms

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first_img By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 28/04/2021 Yesterday, 360K9, the largest group of canine-based security companies in North America, announced a strategic partnership between member firm Cargo Screening K9 Alliance and Vancouver-based Canadian K9.The firms say it will ensure ‘Canada-wide service coverage of airfreight screening’ under the country’s new Explosive Detection Dog Handler Team Program.But some in the US air cargo industry will not be thrilled by the news of a shift of canine detection resources across the border – they are bracing for the mandate to extend screening of air cargo to all-cargo aircraft.So far, cargo on freighters has been exempt from the screening requirement, but from 1 July, the mandate covers all airfreight in all member states of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. © Viacheslav Iacobchuk center_img To a large extent the industry relies on sniffer dogs to detect explosives; in the US they have made a huge difference since introduction in 2018, according to Brandon Fried, executive director of the US Airforwarders Association.But now there are concerns that the magnitude of the job may exceed capacity.“I’ve heard that getting adequate inventory of certified dog teams is a challenge,” he said.His organisation already had concerns about a shortage of dog teams a year ago, but the surge in cargo has made the challenge considerably more daunting, he added.Concerns about the extension of screening to freighter aircraft have not been allayed by the US Transportation Security Agency (TSA) when, in January, it presented a plan to industry stakeholders for a scheme that would allow shippers to secure cargo on their own premises.Contrary to previous practice, the agency had not consulted with the industry earlier on developing rules through dialogue.Details of the scheme cannot be disclosed to third parties, but participants were reportedly perplexed and frustrated. Seemingly, the programme would meet the needs of a small group of players but not the majority of cargo users.Industry stakeholders have submitted comments on the plan and offered to work with the TSA on it, but have not received a reply so far, according to one source.Now, with the new regime barely two months away, air cargo executives are apprehensive.“Our members are concerned, for a lot of reasons,” said Mr Fried. “They’re not sure what’s going to be required of them or the availability of canine screening assets. There are a lot of unanswered questions.”According to one forwarder, the confusion has reinforced the reliance on third-party dog teams to cope with the screening mandate. A number of airlines say they plan to use canine screening alongside technology and some physical checks, but it seems the lion’s share of the effort will be placed on the dog teams, which cost less than technology.But, added Mr Fried: “There will always be a need for technology in the screening process. There are commodities that require technology.”The industry has constantly pushed for a greater role for threat assessment in the air cargo security regime, but this does not appear to have made much headway. Artificial intelligence is being increasingly deployed to improve operations and productivity, but no significant advance has been reported in the security arena.Digitisation has to advance, Mr Fried stressed. “As long as you’re dependent on security declarations on pieces of paper, it seems we’re moving backwards,” he said. “I think the pandemic derailed a lot of well-intentioned plans and put the TSA behind the eight ball – and the industry.”On a more positive note, it appears the Certified Cargo Screening Programme (CCSP) has gained some traction among shippers lately. The TSA has signalled a spike in certification, Mr Fried noted.“That’s what the programme was supposed to be for – to move security upstream, all the way to the shipper. We were disappointed when shippers didn’t want to participate,” he said.Despite the misgivings, he is optimistic that the industry will cope with the freighter screening requirement. He recalled worries 10 years ago when the screening mandate for belly cargo on flights departing from the US was looming, but implementation went without a serious glitch.last_img

Kennesaw Mountain On The Verge Of Adding 8 Acres — And More History

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first_img No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) Kennesaw Mountain is the site of a battle that Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman lost on his way to Atlanta, though he eventually made his way through. The National Battlefield is a place to learn that Civil War history, but with the Wallis House, the park will be able to expand the kinds of stories it tells.“The story is not just soldier life. It’s civilian life, it’s families, it’s the kids,” said Marjorie Thomas, chief of interpretation at the park. “What was life like back in the 1860s?”According to the park, the Wallis family didn’t own slaves. In the 1860 census, they had three kids, and grew corn, oats, cotton, potatoes and sweet potatoes. They made butter and harvested honey. And they owned horses, cows, oxen and pigs.Right now, Cobb County owns Wallis House and is ready to transfer it to the Park Service. So, with all these plans and ambitions, what’s been the holdup?The U.S. Congress.To expand the boundaries of a National Park, you need an act of Congress.“I’ve been working on it since I’ve been in Congress,” said Republican Barry Loudermilk, who represents Georgia’s 11th District. He was elected in 2014. Before him, his predecessor, Phil Gingrey, also worked on expanding the park.“So it’s been a long time coming and somewhat frustrating process,” Loudermilk said.Frustrating, he said, because there wasn’t any real opposition, it just got caught up in partisan politics.“It was just a political tool to put a hold on the bill to use it as leverage for other things,” he said.Last week, it finally passed. The bill to expand Kennesaw Mountain got rolled into a big, bipartisan public land conservation bill that created new parks and expanded others around the country. In Georgia, two other parks – one near Macon and one on St. Simons Island — will also be able to expand their boundaries.The bill passed with wide margins in both the House and the Senate and is now waiting for the president to sign it.“I’m not going to breathe a sigh of relief until actually his signature is on it, but I don’t see that there’s anything that he would oppose,” Loudermilk said.Loudermilk said expanding the park is important to him because, right now, you mostly get the Confederate side of the battle. The expansion would add an important Union Army perspective.Kennesaw Mountain is visible through the trees on top of Harriston Hill. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE)Marjorie Thomas is happy about being able to add that, too.“This will give us a more balanced, well-rounded interpretive program,” she said, from the top of a hill just down the street from the Wallis House.We’d walked up the hill – after parking outside a subdivision named Wallis Farm – through thick underbrush, to find a view of Kennesaw Mountain.“This would have been the area that the Union would have been,” Thomas said.Harriston Hill was used by the Union to signal troops down below. The Confederates were even higher up – on Kennesaw Mountain.Marjorie Thomas, chief of interpretation at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, said she’s excited to broaden the stories the park tells with the additional historic sites. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE)“So the Union could see the Confederate line at the top of the mountain,” said Thomas.This hill is part of the expansion, too. If it happens, park visitors will eventually be able to have this same view.Park Superintendent Nancy Walther said after the stops and starts in Congress, she’s excited to add Harriston Hill and the Wallis House to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.“Already I’ve had people reach out to me and say, ‘Really is it true?’ And I say, ‘One more step and we’ll be there.’”Walther said once President Donald Trump signs the bill, work on a trail up Harriston Hill could start pretty quickly.  The Wallis House restoration could take a few years. Share 3:57 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) After more than a decade of trying, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is likely – finally – going to get to grow.The park stands to add two historic sites from the Civil War that would allow the park, which now mostly focuses on the Confederate Army’s side of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, to tell a broader story.The Wallis House, a white-painted old farmhouse set back from the road on a little weedy hill, is one of those sites. It was built in 1853, said Nancy Walther, superintendent of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield.“The Wallis family actually lived here; they were displaced when the war broke out and came through Atlanta,” she said, looking around in one of the original rooms in the house.The house didn’t stand empty after the family left. The Confederate Army used it as a hospital. Then the Union took it over.Now, the National Park Service is on the cusp of owning it.Over time, extra rooms have been added to the house. There’s a washing machine in the back, a bathroom with relatively up-to-date fixtures, carpet, art on the walls. But once this belongs to the park, they’ll start stripping that all away, Walther said. No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility No one currently lives in the Wallis House, which is now owned by Cobb County. Once it's transferred to the National Park Service, Superintendent Nancy Walther said they'll strip away additions and restore it. (Kaitlin Kolarik/WABE) last_img

Training “Entrepreneurs for Social Change” in Torino, Italy

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first_img LinkedIn 0 Public Call for Participation in the WEB4YES Training for Development of Entrepreneurial and Business Skills Reddit Share 0 Swedish Institute Management Program Northern Europe 2020 +1 Deadline: 14 July 2014Open to: : youths age 18 to 35 who are citizens of one of the countries of the Euro-Mediterranean regionVenue: 16-22 October 2014 in Torino, ItalyDescriptionThe United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is organizing a 7 day training event in collaboration with Fondazione CRT and the Italian Government, which will bring 20 young people from the Euro-Mediterranean region to enhance the skills needed to boost a business idea with a social mission, and be a powerful motor of economic development and social inclusion.In addition to this training function, the event would also allow young participants to exchange with their peers from other parts of the region regarding opportunities and challenges related to multicultural settings and to get in touch with potential investors.The event will be organized at Fondazione CRT premises in Torino ,Italy, from 16 to 22 October 2014.EligibilityBe resident in one of the Euro-Mediterranean countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands,Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom, Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Monaco,Montenegro, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey;Be between 18-35 years old;Be fluent in English;Have a social enterprise or just started a social enterprise.CostsThere is no participation fee, and selected participants will be provided with round-trip international tickets to Torino as well as accommodation, meals and visa support.ApplicationAll the applications should be submitted before Monday, 14 July, and must include the following documents:The application form ( in English);CV( in English with a maximum of 3 pages);A scan of the identification page of your current valid international passport.The complete application package must be sent by email to: [email protected] further information please visit the official website. Similar Stories Training “Entrepreneurs for Social Change” in Torino, Italycenter_img D-Prize Challenges for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Pocket Roma Education Fund Scholarship Program → July 2, 2014 Published by atredondo Tweet ← Traineeship at the Court of Justice of the European Union Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. last_img