State seeks dismissal of class-action suit challenging rate hikes at Pioneer Homes

first_imgAging | Government | Housing | State GovernmentState seeks dismissal of class-action suit challenging rate hikes at Pioneer HomesDecember 27, 2019 by Eric Stone, KRBD Share:Residents of the state-run Pioneer Home in Juneau are part of a class-action lawsuit against the state after a rate hike that affected nearly 500 people in six of the homes.  (Photo by Heather Bryant / KTOO)State attorneys are asking a Ketchikan judge to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by three Pioneer Home residents after monthly rates more than doubled: with top tier residents liable to owe $15,000 a month for state-run assisted living.Attorneys filed a suit in Ketchikan Superior Court on behalf of Pioneer Home residents in Juneau and Ketchikan claiming that dramatic rates increases threaten to bankrupt elderly Alaskans who live in the state-run assisted living homes.The lawsuit asks a judge to issue an injunction against the rate increases and prevent any residents from being evicted for not paying.One of the plaintiffs, Ketchikan resident Eileen Casey, is now nearly $100,000 in debt to the facility and administrators have threatened to kick her out of the home, according to court filings.The state Attorney General’s office’s 12-page answer filed on Dec. 23 doesn’t dispute these facts. Rather, it asks the court to toss the lawsuit on technical grounds by calling into question the plaintiffs’ standing and other factors.State attorneys also argue that the plaintiff facing eviction hadn’t paid her rent prior to the hike or applied for assistance. It also denies the claim that previous incremental rate increases make a large jump — of around 138 percent in some cases — unfair.The state’s filing lays out some general avenues for a defense. It could argue that Pioneer Home residents haven’t been harmed by rate increases; it could argue that residents had other options for relief besides suing and it could argue that the plaintiffs are acting in bad faith by challenging their bills in court.A timeline for the lawsuit remains unclear. In the meantime, the octogenarians and nonagenarians continue to live in Pioneer Homes in Ketchikan and Juneau. They are among the 497 residents in six Pioneer Homes affected by the increases.Share this story:last_img read more

Alaskans: Today is the deadline to file for your 2021 Permanent Fund dividend

first_imgState GovernmentAlaskans: Today is the deadline to file for your 2021 Permanent Fund dividendMarch 31, 2021 by Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media Share:Alaskans file their Permanent Fund dividend applications in downtown Anchorage in March 2016. The Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks PFD information offices are closed because of the pandemic, but Alaskans can still get a paper application in the buildings’ lobbies. (Rachel Waldholz/Alaska Public Media)It’s that time of year again: The deadline to apply for a Permanent Fund dividend is upon us.Alaskans have until 11:59 p.m. Alaska time on Wednesday, March 31, to submit their applications online. You can send your application by mail, but it must be postmarked by Wednesday.The third option: Get a paper application in the lobby of a PFD information office in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau, fill it out and leave it in the dropbox.  The lobbies close at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Alaska Department of Revenue.So far, more than 590,000 people have applied for this year’s PFD.New residents must live in Alaska for a full calendar year before they’re eligible. To view the other requirements — or check the status of your application — go to pfd.alaska.gov.As for the amount of this year’s PFD?That’s still unclear. Lawmakers are currently debating it.Share this story:last_img read more

London in the Sky: Have a Michelin-starred dinner while dangling 25 metres above St Katharine Docks

first_img London in the Sky: Have a Michelin-starred dinner while dangling 25 metres above St Katharine Docks whatsapp Emma Haslett Share Tuesday 21 July 2015 7:10 am Here’s a restaurant that takes the concept of a “pop-up” rather literally: tickets have gone on sale for a “dining experience” which gives diners the chance to have a Michelin-starred dinner cooked for them – while dangling 25m above the capital. Those with weak stomachs need not apply…London in the Sky offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and “champagne flights” by the likes of Duck & Waffle chef Dan Doherty, Lime chef Robert Ortiz and Tom’s Kitchen creator Tom Aikens. Also on the list are chefs from Morden & Lea, Pont St, M Restaurants, Ceviche and Marcus Wareing. The restaurant, which takes the form of a table hanging from an arm above St Katharine Docks, seats 22 guests who are “securely fastened” before the platform is hoisted into the air. It doesn’t come cheap, mind – tickets range between £50 for breakfast, to a rather steeper £200 for dinner. Lunch will set you back £125 – and if you’re not a foodie, “Taittinger in the Sky” costs £75. Dale Agar, one of the restaurant’s organisers, said it was the first time the event had been held over two weeks. “[The restaurant] will offer unique views of popular landmarks; Tower Bridge, the Shard and the Walkie-Talkie,” he said. Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillUndoTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineAdvertisement The Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game OnlineUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal PastUndo Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wraplast_img read more

Premium / Supply chain radar: RPA Labs & the tech disruption… what disruption? ‘It hasn’t taken place yet’

first_imgBy Alessandro Pasetti 04/09/2019 Premium subscriber LOGIN LOGIN Email* New Premium subscriber REGISTER Password* Please Login 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 Forgotten your password? Please click here Reset Your Password Email* “A US start-up is bringing RPA to the logistics arena, to speed up repetitive processes and customer interaction to free employees for other tasks,” my colleague Ian Putzger wrote a couple of weeks ago, in a story focused on RPA Labs that received strong traction in the marketplace.So I had no choice but to reach out to top chief technology officers in my circle including a new senior entry – whom I nicknamed Sir Star Wars; just Mr Bot to friends and ... Reset Please either REGISTER or login below to continuelast_img read more

Premium / Analysis: Expeditors pats itself on the back. Short-sighted? Ask private equity…

first_img Premium subscriber LOGIN Password* Email* Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Reset Your Password By Alessandro Pasetti 05/11/2020 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 Email* New Premium subscriber REGISTER Cash buybacks frozen, quarterly $0.52 dividends unchanged, as announced yesterday, but cash-rich Expeditors International (EXPD) is still on a roll at $87 a share. And then, operationally, this week confirmed that its balanced portfolio of logistics products gives it an edge in the good and bad times alike.Immediate, useful context (maybe) here: the sharks, attracted to logistics in its multiple forms, are sniffing at opportunities, regardless of price.OptionsIn Seattle, the proud management crew have plenty of room to do what … LOGIN Reset << Go back Forgotten your password? Please click here Please Loginlast_img read more

‘Like a slap in the face’: Dissent roils the AMA, the nation’s largest doctor’s group

first_img Judy is a STAT correspondent based in Denver. Even before the recent election, physicians felt perched on a precipice.Changes sweeping health care have threatened their independence, income, and influence. An epidemic of burnout and depression shadows the profession. And the incoming Trump administration promises still more upheaval. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Politics Mike Reddy for STAT Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included? @judith_graham By Judith Graham Dec. 22, 2016 Reprints GET STARTED ‘Like a slap in the face’: Dissent roils the AMA, the nation’s largest doctor’s group Judith Graham About the Author Reprints Tags hospitalsinsuranceMedicaidphysicianspolicyWhite Houselast_img read more

Animal activists are on the wrong side of the fight against AIDS

first_img Tags HIV/AIDSinfectious diseasesresearch Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. First OpinionAnimal activists are on the wrong side of the fight against AIDS @researchsaves Leave this field empty if you’re human: Despite delivering these important scientific victories, animal research is under attack. Many animal rights activists allege that all research on animals is cruel — and that powerful new computers can simulate much of the research traditionally conducted in animals. They’ve found some sympathetic ears in Congress, as lawmakers have introduced several bills that would limit the use of animals in research, including two singling out dogs and cats.But their case is weak. For starters, animal research is carefully and ethically performed. Regulations governing such research in the United States reach further than those pertaining to research on humans. Researchers are required to provide quality food, shelter, and medical care to animal subjects. That includes administering anesthesia for potentially painful procedures.Those powerful new computers and the use of artificial intelligence, meanwhile, are no match for the complexities of biology. Computer models are useful for studying things scientists fully understand and can replicate. But HIV can interact with living organisms in more ways than even the most robust simulation could ever consider.Animal rights activists claim the moral high ground while arguing against this research. But ending a scientific practice that could help defeat HIV/AIDS is reckless at best — and inhumane at worst.Matthew R. Bailey is president of the Foundation for Biomedical Research, which aims to illuminate the essential role of animal testing and research. HIV infecting a human cell. NIH AIDS could soon be history.Johnson & Johnson recently announced plans to test an experimental HIV vaccine in the United States, South America, and Europe. It’s already conducting a clinical trial of the vaccine in Africa, with results expected in 2021. If successful, this research could yield a workable vaccine within 10 years.AIDS was once a death sentence. A quarter-century ago, HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death among Americans aged 25 to 44. But over the last four decades, scientists have made significant progress against the disease and the virus that causes it. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV can expect to live approximately as long as someone without it, thanks to the latest antiretroviral treatments.advertisement Research in animals made that progress possible — and has put a vaccine within reach. By Matthew R. Bailey Aug. 30, 2019 Reprints Matthew R. Baileycenter_img Inhumane or unavoidable? As Congress scrutinizes an increase in monkey research, scientists defend its necessity Privacy Policy About the Author Reprints Yet HIV is still a public health crisis. More than 1 million Americans have the virus, as do about 38 million people around the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, one of the regions hardest hit by HIV, almost 1 in every 25 adults is infected with HIV.advertisement Animal research has been crucial for every major breakthrough in HIV treatment, in part because HIV is very similar to the simian immunodeficiency virus, which infects chimpanzees and macaques. Consequently, nonhuman primates were instrumental in testing the safety and effectiveness of the earliest antiretroviral treatments, including AZT — the first drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat HIV/AIDS.Animals also aided the development of a second revolutionary drug called saquinavir. After research in animals demonstrated that the drug was ready for clinical trials, saquinavir went on to become the first FDA-approved protease inhibitor. Almost immediately, use of this class of drug helped bring about a drop in AIDS-related deaths and hospitalizations of between 60% and 80% in countries that had access to it.More recently, animal research has helped guide the search for an HIV vaccine. Studies showing that macaques could be immunized against SIV helped demonstrate the feasibility of such a vaccine.In July, researchers eliminated HIV from the genome of a mouse using antiviral therapy and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. It was the first time they’d been able to do so in any animal — and it could represent a first step toward eradicating the virus in humans. [email protected] Related: Please enter a valid email address.last_img read more

Over 100 residents might have to move over Fort Myers apartment safety concerns

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Thief scoops up tip jar at Fort Myers ice cream shop June 16, 2021 AdvertisementThe Executive Director for the Fort Myers Housing Authority, Marcia Davis said, if the complex fails, they can’t continue to give people assistance to live somewhere that’s not safe.The lawyer representing the landlord at Sunrise Towers, Sawyer Smith said, they are working to make repairs.  FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sunrise Towers in Fort Myers was inspected by the Fort Myers Housing Authority on Monday, Dec.14, 2020.The inspection comes after the apartment complex had numerous code violations.This is the second inspection. If the complex fails this inspection, they will have 30 days to make the necessary repairs. If not, people living in 29 units will need to relocate if they want to continue to receive rent assistance from the Fort Myers Housing Authority. AdvertisementTags: Fort MyersRent assistanceSunrise Towers 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 commentscenter_img FMPD surrounds home after shooting June 12, 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 WATCH: Fort Myers lotto looter on the run with stacks of scratchers June 16, 2021 Dealer found guilty for selling drugs in Fort Myers June 17, 2021last_img read more

Laois Ladies set to form MW Hire O’Moore Park double header this Sunday

first_img Twitter Electric Picnic 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSenator among the challengers as five outgoing deputies hoping to hold in Carlow-KilkennyNext articleTributes paid as well-known Timahoe man passes away Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois Ladies set to form MW Hire O’Moore Park double header this Sunday Home Sport GAA Laois Ladies set to form MW Hire O’Moore Park double header this… SportGAA TAGSLaois LadiesLaois senior footballersMW Hire O’Moore Park WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp For the second time in the last six months, the Laois Ladies will play a big game in MW Hire O’Moore Park.After playing last year’s championship clash in Laois GAA HQ in July, Donie Brennan’s charges will play this weekend’s league game in the same venue.Laois Ladies announced that they would play their Division 3 encounter with Longford on Sunday February 9 at 12pm.This will form part of a double header with Mike Quirke’s footballers who face Cavan afterwards in Division 2 at 2pm.Laois GAA Chairman Peter O’Neill said he was delighted that both games could be played together.He said: “I am absolutely delighted that we will have this double header in MW Hire O’Moore Park.“I am encouraging all supporters of our games to come for both matches and give our teams that extra bit on the pitch.”Laois Ladies said: “It gives us great pleasure to announce a double header with Laois this coming Sunday in O’Moore Park.“We are only thrilled to get the opportunity to play in the County Grounds and it’s even better to be a curtain raiser for Mike Quirke’s side.”The news was met with overwhelming positivity last night with Timahoe Ladies pointing to its significance in the year of the 20×20 movement.They said: “As Timahoe ladies Football club are advocates of the 20×20 campaign we are delighted with the announcement this evening of this mouth watering double header in MW Hire O’Moore Pk this Sunday.“Laois ladies will take on Longford at 12pm, midday for what’s sure to be a classic battle of formidable forces.“While the men will host Cavan at 2pm, hoping to keep their position as leaders of Division 2.“This is a major step in the right direction from both county boards to work in partnership for its members who share the same passion and vision.“Our game is all inclusive and it’s only natural that both men and women representing their county have access to the centre stage.Well done to all involved.”Donie Brennan’s Ladies are looking for their first win this season after a draw and a loss in their first two games against Wicklow and Roscommon respectively.While Mike Quirke’s side will hope to remain top in Division 2 by defeating Cavan at 2pm.It is set to be an entertaining Sunday of action.SEE ALSO – Outrage as ‘tyres, nappies and stale pizza’ dumped outside Laois village Facebook Pinterest GAA Pinterest Facebook News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role By Alan Hartnett – 4th February 2020 last_img read more

Manager monitor: BMO manager sees “dividend renaissance”

Keywords Fund managers,  Dividend fundsCompanies BMO Global Asset Management Diana Cawfield What to look for in global dividend ETFs An example of an infrastructure company added to the portfolio is Keyera Corp. (TSX:KEY), which has energy-related assets in Alberta. “It’s all hard assets,” says Harrington, “and hard assets we love. Like pension-like assets, they throw off a lot of free cash flow.” Keyera’s assets include gas-processing plants, storage facilities and rail-offloading facilities. As well, for the most part, “they’re unregulated assets, so they have some pricing power.” Harrington, a vice-president and portfolio manager, Canadian equities, at BMO Asset Management Inc. of Toronto, assumed responsibility for BMO Dividend Fund, along with co-manager Lutz Zeitler, when Michael Stanley retired. Stanley had managed the fund since its inception in October 1994. Harrington and Zeitler draw on a team of six analysts. “Investors were loud and clear as we made our way across the country that they held dear the fact that it was a low-volatility portfolio,” says Harrington. “We’ve tried to maintain that get-rich-slowly, sleep-at-night type of approach.” All of the current 52 holdings in BMO Dividend are income-paying, except for one promising U.S. holding, for which the managers expect dividends to materialize. No annual income yield is targeted for the portfolio but the managers generally favour securities that yield 2% or more. Harrington cites research that has shown that companies with growing dividends outperform non-dividend-paying stocks historically. There are constraints on the sector exposure in BMO Dividend Fund. Normally, Harrington and Zeitler will keep the weights in any sector to within plus or minus 10 percentage points vs the S&P/TSX 60 benchmark. To control security-specific risk, the managers generally limit individual holdings to no more than 3% of the fund’s assets under management. The exceptions are the major banks, for which the weightings in the portfolio are typically higher. “We think the banks offer a pretty compelling story,” says Harrington. “We’re seeing regular dividend hikes, earnings are very stable, and generally the trend is nicely upwards relative to other sectors.” Harrington considers the approximately 12% equity weighting in U.S. stocks to be beneficial in providing diversification across some of the sectors that are not well represented in Canada, such as technology. Harrington says it is difficult for a large fund like BMO Dividend Fund to get exposure to certain themes in Canada, whereas the U.S. is a huge, diverse and very liquid market. The BMO fund’s mandate allows it to hold up to 20% in foreign content. Most of that is held in shares of U.S. companies. Apart from the trading activity that occurred when he took over the fund, Harrington’s portfolio turnover tends to be low. He expects it to be in the 20% to 25% range. Harrington, who began his investment career at BMO in fund sales in 1998, received a bachelor of commerce degree in 2000 from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He also earned his CFA designation that year. He pursued further studies while working at BMO, and completed his master’s degree at Rotman in 2010. In 2001, Harrington joined BMO’s private-banking division as a research associate in the income-trust area. Income trusts became very popular for a time, and Harrington began running a fund dedicated to income trusts in 2002. That mandate lasted until 2007, when the trust market was being wound up in response to federal tax changes. In addition to BMO Dividend Fund, Harrington currently also co-manages BMO Diversified Income Fund, BMO Canadian Diversified Monthly Income Fund and BMO North American Dividend Fund. Looking ahead, “we’re actually seeing a dividend renaissance again,” says Harrington. “It happens about every decade or so.” Despite nervous reaction in the markets over changes in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy Harrington is encouraged by company fundamentals. “A lot of companies have a lot of cash on the sheets,” he says. “I think we saw about 13% on average dividend increase last year, and we continue to see dividend growth.” Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs Since taking over the $3.6-billion BMO Dividend Fund in April 2012, co-manager Philip Harrington has broadened its range of holdings. At the same time, he has retained the fund’s traditional emphasis on companies with growing dividends. One of the few adjustments, says Harrington, was to add a few mid-cap names in energy infrastructure, “where we had a lot of experience. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) were another option for the portfolio.” As well, U.S. equities have been added, an asset class that was pretty much non-existent before Harrington was assigned to the fund. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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