Digital finance technology is wonderful, but we must design it with consumers’ best interests at heart

first_img Jon Holt Digital finance technology is wonderful, but we must design it with consumers’ best interests at heart by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeParenting FactorLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonParenting Factorbonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeinvesting.comCanceled TV Shows Announced: Full Updated Listinvesting.comTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThis Game Can Train Your Brain To Think StrategicallyTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search Ads Thursday 10 January 2019 10:15 am Opinion Every morning, I browse my phone as I commute to work. I check my emails, the news, Twitter, and increasingly I open my various finance apps.I recently logged into my investment platform app and made a new investment – £1,000 in a startup Swedish retailer. Once the money was invested, I was applauded with a series of party streamers darting across my screen. It made me smile and added a little bit of excitement to my journey. But the buzz was short-lived, promptly followed by a thought that surely we should only celebrate if it gets me a return? Then, a further thought: was I becoming victim to the same tactics used by game developers, gambling firms, and social media networks?The instant gratification offered by making a new investment doesn’t really fit with the mantra that investing is for the long term.Mobile phones have completely reset society. While no one gets up to check the front door unless the doorbell rings, we all log into our phones without so much as a notification. Who would ever have imagined a world where “screen-time” was such an issue?I also have a pension app, where every day I monitor money that is being carefully managed to provide a return in 20 or 30 years’ time.As we venture further into a digital world, we will start to see financial firms link with third parties to offer customers an all-encompassing, seamless service. whatsapp City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. But like everything else in the world of finance, the transition needs to be handled with care. For every app that prompts us to spend, we need another that automates saving. For every digital party streamer that celebrates an investment, we need an equally alluring way to comprehend that company’s five-year business plan.Building better financial technology can and must be done by learning lessons from other sectors of the economy. Essentially, it has to be done with consumers’ best interests at heart. Let’s say that you pass a shop and the week before you hovered over an online advert for a coat in that shop. Your phone’s location tracker knows that you’re at that store, and can see that the coat you looked at is in stock and in your size, so your phone sends you an alert telling you that.Further, your banking app lets you know that you can afford it – perhaps with the help of a loan? The opportunities are endless.Returning to my investment in the Swedish retailer, the attention-grabbing nature of my app makes me a fickle shareholder. While asset managers have long debated the pros and cons of quarterly reporting, smart phones take the debate between transparency and short-termism to a whole new level.You may have mistaken me for someone who is anti-fintech – I most certainly am not. In a nation where one in five spends more than half their income the same day that they get it, we need to do everything possible to help people better manage money. Technology holds the key.Similarly, if banks, insurers, and asset managers ever want to see the days of meaningful growth reappear, they need to drastically reconsider their IT and begin to offer the sorts of experiences that social media sites and online retailers do. Share Tags: FinTech Twitter whatsapplast_img read more

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Snakes and Ladders: Who’s moving jobs in the City this week?

first_imgEmployee wellness startup hires new boss in pandemic demand surge KPMG promotes partner to lead telecoms, tech and media deal advisory The firm, which was founded in 2016 and now operates in more than 30 countries with more than 7,500 businesses, said the move comes at a “critical time”.  Share Founding partner Louise Stoten will continue at NQP to provide trust, fiduciary and family office services.  He will help to develop and execute the strategy for entrepreneurial high net worth clients. Noble, who has spent 20 years working for banking giants such as Barclays, also has experience in venture capital and was a founding member of 118 118 Money. He is the chief executive of Allium, which was recently acquired by Tandem. Tandem Bank hires Barclays veteran The investment bank said it is an “important next step” in building its capital markets and advisory business. 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Email [email protected] to be featured. Credit Suisse strengthens investment banking leadership team Despite the unnatural quiet that has replaced the fast-paced bustle of the Square Mile over the last few months, behind the scenes things are still moving.  whatsapp Also Read: Snakes and Ladders: Who is moving jobs in the City this week? Tags: City Moves In his expanded role, Marone will lead an experienced team of 15 partners and directors and more than 100 practitioners exclusively focused on the TMT industries.  Challenger bank Tandem has appointed Paul Noble as chief commercial officer in order to drive its agenda to become the UK’s first fully green digital lender.  She will replace Omar Ali, who has been appointed as EY’s EMEIA financial services managing partner for client services. Snakes and Ladders: Who is moving jobs in the City this week? New Quadrant Partners co-founder Zoe Camp Since joining the KPMG partnership in 2018, Marone has led strategy and deal advisory engagements in technology-enabled services, B2B information and media for corporate and private equity clients. Jessica Clark The restructure follows a year of partner consultations and guidance from external business advisers. It was agreed that the two areas have greater potential for growth if they operate as separate businesses. EY appoints first female financial services leader Wednesday 14 October 2020 3:13 pm Show Comments ▼ Co-founder Saurav Chopra has stepped back to become executive chairman of the board.  New Quadrant Partners splits  The coronavirus pandemic has seen demand for its employee wellbeing services rise, it said.  KPMG has appointed Alfonso Marone as UK head of deal advisory for the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sector, after almost three years as a partner with the firm. While the pandemic has caused mass disruption for many firms, new opportunities have been created at others. From tech start-ups to banking giants, here are the top city moves of the past week.  Meanwhile Camp will move her advisory business to law firm Harbottle & Lewis. whatsapp Alfonso Marone Meissner, who was previously head of global corporate and investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and worked at Lehman Brothers from 2004 until 2008, will join the team on 26 October. Anthony, who has served as the company’s EMEIA financial services tax and legal leader since 2015, will take up her new role at the beginning of next year. She will also join the EY UK LLP board. He will build relationships with investors, boards and shareholders and support them across the entire ownership cycle, in the UK and globally, in partnership with other KPMG firms worldwide. Big Four accountancy firm EY has appointed Anna Anthony as its first female UK financial services leader.  Also Read: Snakes and Ladders: Who is moving jobs in the City this week? Also Read: Snakes and Ladders: Who is moving jobs in the City this week? Boutique private wealth law firm New Quadrant Partners has announced that the business will restructure, with co-founder Zoe Camp exiting the company.  Christian Meissner has been appointed as co-head of international wealth management investment banking advisory and vice chairman of investment banking at Credit Suisse. last_img read more

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Asset manager Intriva Capital swoops on Moneyplus Group

first_imgIntriva Capital, an independent alternative investment manager that specialises in credit businesses, said the management buyout would accelerate Moneyplus Group’s expansion. Asset manager Intriva Capital swoops on Moneyplus Group Wednesday 24 February 2021 12:01 am whatsapp Asset manager Intriva Capital has bought a “significant” stake and supported a management buyout in consumer debt advice company Moneyplus Group. Last summer Intriva Capital bought peer-to-peer lender Lending Works for an undisclosed sum. Lending Works has recruited former Zopa president Jonathan Kramer as Chief Operating Officer with a mandate to create a new institutional funding division. Also Read: Asset manager Intriva Capital swoops on Moneyplus Group Also Read: Asset manager Intriva Capital swoops on Moneyplus Group Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItUndoLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyUndoMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comUndoDad Patrol20 Photos That Will Open Your MindDad PatrolUndoExplored Planet30 Things Not To Do While Traveling InternationallyExplored PlanetUndoZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen HeraldUndoFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableUndoDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepediaUndoBetterBeMaps That Show Us A New PerspectiveBetterBeUndo “Chris and his team have successfully grown MoneyPlus to become a leader in its field with a reputation for understanding customer needs and acting with the upmost responsibility. This transaction is an opportunity for us to invest in a high-growth, dynamic business with a strong management team and an ambitious plan to support underserved markets and geographies,” Intriva Capital managing partner Simon Finn said. Angharad Carrick “When we began talking to the Intriva team, it was clear that they understood our business and broader sector and, perhaps most importantly of all, shared our core values and ethos of supporting customers fairly and responsibly at all times,” Moneyplus chief executive Chris Davis said. “With Intriva’s backing, we’ll continue to grow the business and help more people in need of financial advice and assistance.” Share The asset manager also announced a £60m investment programme to grow the business, which already boasts more than 50,000 customers. The existing management team will continue in their roles. whatsapp last_img read more

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Mekoryuk is likely the first Alaska community to reach 100% vaccination against COVID-19

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Coronavirus | Health | WesternMekoryuk is likely the first Alaska community to reach 100% vaccination against COVID-19April 16, 2021 by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel Share:YKHC Mekoryuk health aides Linda Davis (left) and Shara Davis (right) have helped vaccinate possibly 100% of their community’s eligible population against COVID-19. (Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation)The Nunivak Island community of Mekoryuk has reached as close to 100% vaccination of its eligible population against COVID-19 as the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation can confirm.Mekoryuk is the first community in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta — and likely the first in Alaska — to possibly reach total vaccination for everyone aged 16 and older.The community of about 200 people possibly reached total vaccination the week of April 9, according to data from YKHC.Linda and Shara Davis are a mother-daughter duo who work for the health corporation as Mekoryuk’s two health aides. They talked with KYUK in late March, when the community was 98% vaccinated against COVID-19.“We’re really happy, relieved and excited. We feel more at ease,” Linda said.“I’m really happy that our community members decided to get the COVID vaccine, and relieved, too,” Shara added.The duo ran a constant and personal campaign encouraging vaccination against COVID-19. They made announcements over the VHF radio and called patients one by one. They also connected people who had questions about the vaccine with doctors at YKHC.Their strategy worked: Vaccination numbers climbed quickly.YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges called Mekoryuk’s possible total vaccination “a truly remarkable accomplishment” and attributed its success to Linda and Shara Davis. Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink also commended the mother-daughter team.“Big hats off to those community health aides doing the work, the hard work, on the ground, answering questions, making sure their community feels safe and protected,” Zink said during a press conference.In partnership with the health aides, the Mekoryuk Tribe encouraged vaccination.“We’ll protect our tribe, our children, our elders as much as we can,” Mekoryuk Tribal COVID-19 Coordinator Mona David told KYUK in March.David said protecting elders and children drove most residents to get vaccinated. They also wanted children to be able to return to in-person schooling. In March, that became possible.But a deeper reason also motivated residents to get inoculated.“Because we’re only one of a kind. We’re Cup’ig,” David said.The Mekoryuk tribe is the only Cup’ig tribe in the world, a singular group of Yup’ik Alaska Natives with a distinct dialect. The village is isolated, located on Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea. The tribe imposed strict travel restrictions and health precautions since the beginning of the pandemic to protect residents, making it nearly impossible for non-residents to enter the island.Mekoryuk Tribal Council President Edward Kiokun said past epidemics had killed generations of their tribe, severely reducing their population, so the tribal council did what it could to prevent that from happening again.So far, it’s been successful. The community has had fewer than 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and no one has died from the virus.Share this story:last_img read more

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News / EC clears the way for Maersk takeover of Hamburg Süd

first_img© VanderWolfImages By Mike Wackett 11/04/2017 The European Commission has cleared Maersk Line’s proposed acquisition of Hamburg Süd, subject to the German carrier terminating membership of five vessel-sharing alliances when the transaction closes.The EC said that, having “examined the effects of the merger on competition” in the 17 tradelanes connecting Europe, it found it would have, “as initially notified, created new links between the previously unconnected entities” – namely Maersk Line and the five vessel-sharing agreements.It said: “In order to address the commission’s concerns, Maersk offered to terminate the participation of Hamburg Süd in the five consortia.”It said that this would “entirely remove the problematic links between Maersk Line and HSDG’s consortia that would have been created by the transaction”.Morten Toft, Senior Legal Counsel in Maersk Line’s Competition Law team, welcomed the decision: “We are very pleased that the EU Commission has approved the proposed acquisition in phase one. The commitments, which we anticipated at an early stage, reflect the EU Commission’s traditional approach to consortia in the shipping industry.”Meanwhile, Hamburg Süd issued a customer advisory which said: “We are pleased that this major hurdle has been taken.”Hamburg Süd will withdraw from vessel-sharing agreements operating from North Europe and the Mediterranean to Central America and the Caribbean, the east and west coasts of South America and the Middle East.The affected services are: Eurosal 1/SAWC (North Europe to Central America/Caribbean); Eurosal 2/SAWC (North Europe to west coast South America); EPIC 2 (North Europe to Middle East); CCWM/MEDANDES (Mediterranean to west coast South America) and MESA (Mediterranean to east coast South America).Commenting on the withdrawal from the five tradelanes, Hamburg Süd offered this reassurance to customers: “Such withdrawal will only take place after closing of the transaction and subject to the normal duration and termination notices laid down in each of these agreements.”It added: “For the immediate future it means business as usual as we will continue to service these trades.”In the interim the EC said that a monitoring trustee would “ensure that no anti-competitive information is shared between these five consortia and the merged entity”.Indeed, when Maersk announced on 1 December last year that it was to acquire Hamburg Süd, in a cash deal worth up to $5bn, it said it did not expect to close the transaction before the end of 2017.And in Maersk Group’s 2016 results presentation on 8 February, chief executive Soren Skou would only say that the deal to acquire Hamburg Süd was “progressing well”.In addition to the EU and the earlier clearance from the US Federal Maritime Commission, regulatory approval is still needed from China, South Korea, Australia and Brazil. In regard to the latter, Maersk confirmed it would sell its Brazilian subsidiary, Mercosul Line, to head off competition concerns.Sao Paulo-based cabotage operator Mercosul deploys four 2,500 teu type vessels linking Brazil’s main ports and controls around 18% of the market, according to Alphaliner data. In contrast, Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianca is estimated to have approximately 67% share of Brazil’s cabotage market.According to media reports, bidders for Mercosul could include CMA CGM, MSC, Cosco and Hapag-Lloyd.In regard to Hapag-Lloyd’s interest, the German carrier’s chief executive, Rolf Habben Jensen, told a 2016 results press conference in Hamburg on 27 March: “South America is an important market for us, so if there are opportunities to pick up business there, then we would in principle be interested.”last_img read more

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Premium / Supply chain radar: Is DSV + Panalpina happening or not? You are on the losing side either way

first_img Email* Password* Happy Mondays.The M&A talk in the 3PL arena gets better and better every day; yet reading the signs written in the stars has become increasingly difficult, as we are likely several weeks away from any sort of conclusion with regard to DSV’s Sfr4bn takeover of Panalpina.Or are we? And what is lurking in the background?Rainy daysWhile before the weekend one of my chief sources, Mr IOU, talked of “big things to come”, other senior contacts then whispered that DSV had … Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium << Go back Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Forgotten your password? Please click here Please Login Email*center_img Section925 Premium subscriber LOGIN New Premium subscriber REGISTER Reset Reset Your Password By Alessandro Pasetti 04/03/2019 LOGINlast_img read more

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A mayor fights to save a small-town hospital: ‘It’s life or death’

first_img Related: Talia Bronshtein/STAT Source: The North Carolina Rural Health Research Program GIF / Youtube A bankruptcy and a surprise decisionWhen Pungo District Hospital opened in 1949, it was one of the first in the nation to be designated a Hill-Burton hospital, which meant the federal government offered loans for construction in exchange for a pledge to treat those unable to afford medical care.The area around Belhaven — a vast stretch of the Inner Banks that spans several counties and is home to soybean farmers and seniors settling into retirement — long relied on Pungo for everything from childbirth to critical care.But the 49-bed nonprofit hospital struggled financially. It cobbled together a mix of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, grant funding, and community contributions, yet still spent a few years in bankruptcy in the early 2000s.By 2011, the Pungo District Hospital Corporation, which owned and operated the hospital, had sustained enough losses to consider selling. It reached out to Vidant, which today owns eight hospitals and serves over 1.4 million patients, and which specialized in nonprofit hospitals. By summer’s end, a deal was reached. Privacy Policy Mayor Adam O’Neal wants his hospital back.He was born in Pungo District Hospital in the sleepy town of Belhaven, N.C. Decades later, as mayor of Belhaven, he counted on the hospital to provide not just health care, but scores of jobs. In his rural stretch of coastal North Carolina — beautiful but isolated, with a painfully high poverty rate — he saw Pungo as the “heartbeat” of the community.That is, until the hospital was shut down on July 1, 2014, less than three years after a much larger health system had purchased it.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Vidant started to invest in the Belhaven hospital, including a $2.4 million electronic records system. But in September 2013, Vidant’s board shocked Belhaven residents when it announced the hospital would be closed.Across its entire network, Vidant rang up a surplus of $109.6 million in the year leading up to the closure — but the nonprofit health system lost $1.1 million on Pungo during that period. David Herman, the company’s then-CEO, cited the state’s failure to expand Medicaid as one reason for the shut down; it meant the hospital would continue to limp along without enough insured patients — or revenue — to repair its aging building.Pungo District Hospital in March 2014, before it closed. Eric Byler A ‘crazy mayor raising Cain’It was around then that O’Neal became, as he now quips, “that crazy mayor raising Cain.”Now 47, O’Neal is stocky and starting to gray; he sells insurance whenever he isn’t busy being mayor of Belhaven. More often than not, though, he’s performing those mayoral duties, including the fight to save Pungo.He’s demanded, and received, meetings with top state and federal officials, including North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. He secured a federal loan commitment and a certificate of need, a legal document the state requires to operate a hospital.Along the way, activists like the Rev. William Barber II, the state NAACP president, and Bob Zellner, a prominent civil rights activist, became unlikely allies.With the NAACP’s help, Belhaven sued Vidant over a breach of contract and unfair trade practices. O’Neal argued that the community board never would have sold if they had known Vidant would shut down the hospital, throwing nearly 100 employees out of work in a county that at the time had a 7.7 percent unemployment rate — well above the national average of 6.2 percent. (A judge later dismissed the lawsuit.)The mayor and his allies also filed federal civil rights complaints that accused Vidant of discrimination against “very poor minorities.” One complaint prompted the federal Department of Justice to mediate a agreement in April 2014 that kept the hospital open for several more months. Vidant agreed to transfer ownership of Pungo to a community nonprofit called Pantego Creek LLC. O’Neal still believes Pungo, which brought in $10 million in revenue the year before it shut down, can operate in the black without Medicaid expansion. He cited multiple plans for doing so, including one that would downsize the facility to 10 beds and another that would turn over part of the hospital to serve veterans.But before the hospital could get back online, the community nonprofit that owns it would have to sell it to a health care operator. It came close this past summer, but the deal fell through.Pantego Creek also rejected two offers from an O’Neal-backed group to buy the building and land because they came in at less than the property’s appraised value of $1 million.“If the property is ever sold at fair market value, the proceeds will be reinvested in the community in some manner,” Pantego Creek attorney Arey Grady wrote in an email to STAT. “For instance, Pantego Creek has discussed the possibility of scholarships for local people interested in studying in the health care field and then returning to the area to work in health care — one of just several possibilities.”With no deal in sight, Pantego Creek voted to tear down the hospital, citing its decrepit state. As a demolition crew prepared to move in, several members of the nonprofit filed suit to stop the wrecking balls.A judge issued a temporary restraining order in late November — and will decide at Wednesday’s hearing whether the demolition can proceed.‘You’re likely going to die’The long fight to reopen Pungo has taken a toll on O’Neal. By his own estimate, he’s poured up to 40 hours a week into saving his town’s hospital.It’s a battle, he said, that has “financially destroyed” him, considering how much time he’s spent away from his day job. It’s also taken away from time he could have spent with his two sons and two daughters. But he won’t give up. He won his sixth term as mayor last year.“I don’t have anything left to lose,” O’Neal said. “In life, sometimes, things are bigger than you are. I ran into something bigger than I am. I can’t let people continue to die.” Tags hospitalspatientsphysicians Rural Hospital Closures: 2005 – 2016Press play or drag the timeline handle to see the locations of rural hospital closures over the last decade. The size of the bubble represents the number of hospital beds.Total for JAN 2005 -MAR 2005 He knows locals who had heart attacks that caused far more damage than they should have because with Pungo closed, it took more than an hour to get them to the nearest hospital with emergency services.“There are people with strokes, who could’ve recovered, but can’t now,” O’Neal said. “There are needless deaths.”Since 2010, at least 75 rural hospitals, including Pungo, have been shuttered in the US. Almost half of those were in the South. These hospitals tend to be as small as the towns they serve — and often are found in areas that many health care providers have ignored.Even those that remain open are struggling: More than a third of rural hospitals operate at a loss, according to the National Rural Health Association. One in four is at risk of closing in the next decade. Ever since, O’Neal has fought to revive the hospital. His last chance may come Wednesday as Belhaven residents go to court to try to block its demolition. The mayor sees it, quite literally, as a matter of life and death.“I keep seeing pain in my community, people calling me crying, and that’s why I’m hollerin’ and fussin’,” O’Neal said.advertisement Hospitals scramble to offer mental health care for depressed physicians Adam O’Neal, mayor of Belhaven, N.C., went to the state capitol to talk about his town’s shuttered hospital. Gray Whitley/The Wilson Times/AP Related: Please enter a valid email address. 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In communities like Belhaven, a majority-black town where nearly 1 in 3 residents lives below the poverty line, a hospital closure leaves locals in dire straits.Many in the Belhaven area lack insurance — North Carolina did not expand Medicaid under Obamacare — and don’t have transportation to get to the nearest safety-net hospital, located about 25 miles to the west.Belhaven salon owner Eunice Williams, who lives outside of town — nearly 50 miles east of the nearest open hospital — said many people she knows rely on free rides from their neighbors to get care when they need it. “A lot of people can’t even afford gas to get to Belhaven,” she said.After shutting the hospital, Vidant Health, one of the largest health care systems in North Carolina, built an around-the-clock urgent care center in town. It opened this past summer, offering primary and preventive care, prenatal and cardiac consultations, and a helipad for emergency transport. Vidant spokesperson Christine Mackey said the company believes the urgent care model “is the right direction for communities like Belhaven.”O’Neal and his allies say it’s not enough.In his quest to save Pungo, O’Neal has marched more than 700 miles, trekking to Washington, D.C., on foot multiple times, as well as to the statehouse in Raleigh, usually wearing a “Save Our Hospital” T-shirt. With the help of progressive black activists, including the NAACP, the conservative white mayor has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in futile attempts to buy back the hospital property.The diverse coalition was on full display earlier this month as the Rev. Curtis Everette Gatewood, field director of NAACP’s state branch, led a couple dozen protesters in “Save Our Hospital” chants outside the governor’s mansion in Raleigh. O’Neal stood nearby, clad in his hospital T-shirt, lining up speakers for the parade of local TV reporters.“Whether you’re from Belhaven or New York, whenever a local hospital closes, that is our hospital,” Gatewood told the protesters. “Those are our people dying, because we are part of a larger family of humanity.” Patient navigators can serve crucial roles in hospitals Related: He can’t shake the memory of the first death after Pungo’s closure.The week after the hospital was closed, Portia Gibbs, a 48-year-old mother who lived east of Belhaven, died from a heart attack after a helicopter took more than an hour to arrive so it could lift her to the next closest hospital. Her husband, Barry Gibbs, believed she would have survived had Pungo remained opened. He now worries about what might happen to him.“If you live in this area, you might as well have the mind-set that if anything happens to your [health], you’re likely going to die,” Barry Gibbs said.O’Neal is hoping the lawsuit buys a little time. Earlier this month, he scored a meeting with several top state lawmakers after the protest outside the governor’s mansion. Those lawmakers suggested state funding may become available next year to help reopen the hospital.O’Neal is hopeful, but refuses to get too excited. There’s no saving a hospital next year if the judge green lights the demolition this week. The heartbeat of his hometown hangs on this hearing.“It’s a matter of life or death,” O’Neal said.Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the genders of O’Neal’s children. By Max Blau Dec. 21, 2016 Reprints HospitalsA mayor fights to save a small-town hospital: ‘It’s life or death’ last_img read more

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Port Charlotte drug search leads to discovery of stolen firearm

first_imgPort Charlotte man arrested on 10 counts of child pornography June 4, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A narcotics search warrant in Port Charlotte led to the discovery of a stolen firearm from Sarasota County on Wednesday morning. Charlotte County deputies executed the search warrant at 2433 Elkcam Blvd and found Raul Mojica and Anthony Mojica in possession of the stolen weapon.Anthony Mojica had been arrested a few months back for a drive-by shooting, according to deputies.The weapon that was found in the home had originally been reported stolen out of a vehicle in Sarasota County. RELATEDTOPICS Narcotics detectives said Raul Mojica is responsible for multiple cocaine transactions. Several people were arrested during the Port Charlotte search warrant. A large amount of cash and drugs were found inside the home, including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, marijuana, and dab oil.No further information was immediately available. Port Charlotte sub shop manager caught on camera stealing from cash register June 13, 2021 AdvertisementTags: narcoticsPort Charlottesearch warrant Port Charlotte man arrested for vandalizing local Catholic school June 14, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Port Charlotte man arrested for sexual activity with a minor June 4, 2021 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pandemic hammers airlines, stalls Sunseeker Resort Project in Port Charlotte

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementTags: The Sunseeker Resort AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Scammer pretends to be from Sunseeker Resort to work out real estate deals July 28, 2020 “It’s been here a really long time, and it’s really an eyesore,” Woody Williams said.“Well it’s kind of an eyesore right now, but I do have hopes they’ll be able to finish it as soon as the airline industry picks back up again,” Penny Farthing said. “So for right now we need to put Christmas lights on it or something.”When construction will resume is still up in the air according to Allegiant. For now, the waterfront resort stands as only a skeleton of the renderings.“It’s coming, it’s showing progress, it’s showing growth,” Gammon said. “I don’t think it looks bad now, and I think it’ll look fabulous obviously when it’s finished.”Officials said the public should have hope: if the airline industry does well, cranes could be moving by the end of the year. CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – The highly anticipated Sunseeker Resort Project in Port Charlotte is still at a stand still.The multi-million dollar spot was suppose to open this spring, bringing hundreds of jobs to the area. Don’t expect to stay there anytime soon though, at least until air travel picks back up. A destination resort unlike any other is what Allegiant Air calls the Sunseeker Resort on Charlotte Harbor.“Their funding source is the airline and the cash flow from the airline. As you know, all of the airlines have gotten hammered,” said Dave Gammon, Charlotte County’s economic development director.center_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementAllegiant halted construction at the start of the pandemic. With frequent flyers staying home, airlines are strapped for cash.“Sunseeker is just on their back burner,” Gammon said.Construction began nearly two years ago. With little progress since then, residents said they are growing weary. RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

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Early Childhood Staff Members must be Medically Certified

first_imgRelatedEarly Childhood Staff Members must be Medically Certified RelatedEarly Childhood Staff Members must be Medically Certified FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As of 2007, all staff members, including teachers and auxiliary workers, who care for children in an early childhood institution, will be required, on an annual basis, to be certified by a registered medical practitioner.This is a requirement of the 2005 Early Childhood Act and its accompanying regulations. In an interview with JIS News, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Merris Murray, said that this requirement, like others, was in keeping with the transformation of the early childhood sector, which aimed to give children the most appropriate staffing and learning facilities which are required for them at that stage of their development.“The Act requires that the applicant or the proposed employees of an early childhood institution be certified on an annual basis by a registered medical practitioner, and that certificate should state that such a person is fit and in good health,” she noted. In addition to this requirement, she said that the Act required the operator, in addition to employees of the institution, to present to the ECC, on an annual basis, a food handler’s permit.Miss Murray further highlighted that the regulations governing health care, required that all employees be trained in paediatric first aid, universal precaution as it relates to the prevention of blood borne diseases and the recognition of symptoms of child abuse.The Early Childhood Act, which was passed in 2005, places the operation of all early childhood institutions, such as infant, basic schools and day care facilities within a legal framework.In addition to health requirements, the operators of early childhood institutions will be required to register their institutions with the ECC, ensure that staff is adequately trained in specified areas, ensure that the physical environment is safe for the children and that buildings are in suitable and acceptable condition.The Early Childhood Commission, which was established in 2004, has responsibility for educating all stakeholders about the regulations that will govern the early childhood sector, prior to the implementation of the Act.The Commission will also be responsible for ensuring that all operators of early childhood institutions adhere to these regulations when the Act is duly enforced. Early Childhood Staff Members must be Medically Certified UncategorizedNovember 30, 2006center_img Advertisements RelatedEarly Childhood Staff Members must be Medically Certifiedlast_img read more

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