Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Russell L. MooreThank you: two simple words we often don’t say enough to each other. I want to spend this column letting each and every one of you know how much I appreciate you, your talents and what you bring to this university.We still are relatively early in the calendar year but already are halfway through the spring semester and on the eve of spring break. The three and half months that have gone by have been some of the most eventful times in my career.That said, I am so incredibly proud of our community for sticking with our values, our commitment to creating a better community and our ability to remain focused on preparing tomorrow’s leaders and positively impacting humanity. Thank you for living the Colorado Creed, even when it may be difficult to do so. During my town hall visits to each school and college on campus, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with faculty, students and staff. I continue to be amazed and inspired by your stories, your skills and your passion.Our faculty are among the most accomplished professionals in the academy, and they receive recognition on the national and international stages for their contributions. Their vision, scholarly and creative accomplishments, service to our community and the academy, and steadfast dedication to our students are both inspiring and humbling.We have achieved much together during the previous year, and I look forward to our future collaborations designed to improve the student and faculty experiences. Our students, both graduate and undergraduate, come from all over the world and each one has a compelling life story that has brought them to CU Boulder. Many of my best meetings and discussions have been with students, and particularly hearing about their histories, journeys and what we can do to improve their experiences on campus.Thank you for choosing CU, and please know that my door always remains open should you ever need anything. Our staff continue to amaze me with their creativity, flexibility and dedication to this university. They often find themselves on the front lines of pressing needs, ranging from human resources and procurement to budgeting and finance to counseling and mental health services.I could not do my job without you, and our university would not function without your talents. Regardless of where you are on the org chart or in what division you work, please know you play a vital role in shaping not only the university’s future but the future of every student and faculty member who come to our campus.You all make the university what it is. This is your community, and it is up to you, individually and collectively, to navigate our future course. I am fortunate to call you all colleagues as we chart that journey together.Good luck for the rest of the semester and, once again, thank you! Russell L. Moore,Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic AffairsCategories:Leadership CornerCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: March 13, 2017
The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Digital health VC funding sets new record with $2.5 bn in Q1 2018: Mercom Capital Group Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By Shivasheesh Srivastava on April 17, 2018 Digital health sector has now accumulated $28 billion in disclosed VC funding since 2010.Mercom Capital Group, a global communications and research firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the digital health (Healthcare Information Technology) sector for the first quarter of 2018. Mercom’s comprehensive report covers deals of all sizes from across the globe.Venture capital (VC) funding, including private equity and corporate venture capital, into digital health (Healthcare IT) companies in Q1 2018 surged to a record $2.5 billion raised in 187 deals from $1.7 billion in 192 deals in Q4 2017. VC funding in Q1 2018 was also up compared to Q1 2017 when nearly $1.6 billion was raised in 165 deals. Q1 2018 was only the second quarter since 2010 in which digital health companies surpassed $2 billion in VC funding.The digital health sector has now accumulated $28 billion in disclosed VC funding since 2010. Total corporate funding for digital health companies – including VC, debt, and public market financing – came close to $3 billion in Q1 2018 compared to $1.8 billion in Q4 2017.12 Indian Healthcare IT companies received VC funding in Q1 2018. The companies are HealthifyMe, CallHealth, Healthi, Ventures, The Healthy Billion (THB), Wellthy Therapeutics, eKincare, LiveHealth, Healofy, School Health and Physical Education (SHAPE), MedTel HealthCare, Predible Health.“Digital health VC is off to a record start in 2018 with $2.5 billion beating the previous record of $2.4 billion from Q2 2017. Several large deals over $100 million pushed the funding total up in the quarter, with activity powered by over 400 investors,” commented Raj Prabhu, CEO and Co-Founder, Mercom Capital Group.The top funded categories in Q1 2018 were: $679 million raised by data analytics companies, clinical decision support with $516 million, mHealth Apps with $247 million, telemedicine’s $178 million, benefits with $160 million, and $146 million from electronic health records.There were 55 early-round deals in Q1 2018, including three accelerator and incubator deals. The top VC deals in Q1 2018 included: $240 million raised by Heartflow, $200 million from Helix, $200 million raised by SomaLogic, $146 million by PointClickCare, and Collective Health’s $110 million raise.A total of 412 investors (including one accelerator/ incubator) participated in funding deals in Q1 2018 compared to 371 investors in Q4 2017, of which 13 were accelerators/ incubators. Digital health VC funding deals were distributed across 24 countries in Q1 2018. There were 48 M&A transactions (13 disclosed) in the digital health sector in Q1 2018 compared to 57 transactions (three disclosed) in Q4 2017. There was one IPO launched in Q1 from Chinese fitness tracker and smartwatch maker, Huami, which raised $110 million and listed on the New York Stock Exchange.Practice Management Solutions companies led M&A activity with seven transactions followed by data analytics companies with six transactions. Clinical decision support, mobile Apps, and revenue cycle management companies were involved in three deals each.The top disclosed M&A transactions were: the $1.9 billion acquisition of Flatiron Health by Roche, ABILITY Network’s $1.2 billion acquisition by Inovalon, Intermedix’ $460 million acquisition by R1 RCM, Clearlake Capital Group’s acquisition of ProVation Medical for $180 million, and the $100 million acquisition of Practice Fusion by Allscripts.A total of 698 companies and investors were covered in this report. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha News Read Article MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025
RelatedHolness says violent students must be dealt with by law By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter RelatedHolness says violent students must be dealt with by law Holness says violent students must be dealt with by law EducationMay 26, 2011 RelatedHolness says violent students must be dealt with by law FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY — Minister of Education, Hon Andrew Holness, wants the full force of the law applied to students guilty of violence against teachers. He was speaking to the media on Wednesday (May 25), during a visit to the Cambridge High School, St. James. The school was the scene of an altercation between a male teacher and a group of students a week earlier, during which the teacher was physically abused and had to seek medical attention Mr. Holness described the attack on the teacher as a criminal assault, which should be treated as such. “I want to say to those students who attacked the teacher that I hope that the full force of the law is brought to bear on them. We cannot afford a trend to develop, because of lax application of the law,” he stated. “It is an assault, a criminal assault and should be treated as such, and I hope that the police treat the matter with seriousness, and that the courts take the most severe punishment that could be given for that crime,” he stated. He noted that the policy in the Ministry of Education was quite clear, that what is illegal in the society is also illegal in schools. Following meetings with the principal, board chairman, teachers and general staff of the Cambridge High School, Mr. Holness had high praise for the teaching staff of the institution, noting that their commitment was evident. “I am very pleased that the teaching staff, regardless of what happened with the attack on the teacher, remains committed. I was very impressed with the teachers, and particularly impressed with the teacher who was attacked,” he said. He explained that his intervention was intended to clarify the commitment of the Ministry of Education, and its determination to ensure that none of the nation’s schools fail. He also encouraged the teachers to continue to keep faith. Advertisements
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NAPA, Calif. – The 3-footer that Emiliano Grillo missed on the 18th green Sunday at Silverado wasn’t going to haunt him. Not this time. Seven months ago, he whiffed a short putt on the 72nd hole in Puerto Rico that cost him a career-altering title. He eventually lost in a playoff. “I had nightmares for a week,” he said. “I couldn’t sleep. It was one of the most painful times of my life.” There wouldn’t be a repeat at the Frys. After missing what appeared to be a certain birdie, and after Kevin Na made a mess of the second playoff hole, Grillo wedged to 10 feet and poured in the putt to win the PGA Tour’s season-opening event. It was his first start as a Tour member. The latest success story in a high school class of 2011 that has also produced Jordan Spieth, Daniel Berger, Justin Thomas and Patrick Rodgers, Grillo, 23, is expected to jump inside the top 40 in the world rankings. He is also exempt into the Masters. “They said the word ‘Masters’ twice today,” he said. Then he pointed at his smile. “You see this?” he said. “That is what I’m going to do every single time you say ‘Masters.’” Frys.com Open: Articles, photos and videos Two weeks after winning the Web.com Tour finale with an uphill, right-to-left-breaking 25-footer, Grillo holed virtually the same putt on the final hole of regulation. Twenty minutes later, Na matched Grillo’s 15-under 273 total with a cold-blooded 6-footer of his own, but he never gave himself a realistic shot to win in the playoff. In fact, he was fortunate to even get a second chance. With the sun quickly disappearing behind the mountains, Grillo appeared to be in position to end the playoff early. He nestled his pitch shot on the par-5 18th to 3 feet, but he hammered his putt on the left edge and lipped out – eerily similar to the putt he missed earlier this year in Puerto Rico. “I hit this one good,” he said. “I don’t know what happened.” He had only a few minutes to recover. “My caddie asked me if I was 100 percent and I said, ‘Yes. I want to win it,’” Grillo said. “You know how they say it: Third time is a charm.” Still alive, Na was in ideal position on the second playoff hole, 274 yards away on the right side of the fairway. With the ball slightly above his feet, Na opted for a driver off the tight turf, a shot that he “hit perfect” five or six times this week. This one was far from perfect. He dropkicked the shot and sent his ball screaming into the left rough, behind a tree, about 100 yards out. “I was a little shocked by that,” Grillo said. From there, Na somehow wedged through a small opening in the trees, but his ball skittered through the back of the green. His fourth shot was too aggressive, and he missed the 12-foot comebacker for par. It was his third career overtime loss. “You would think I would get my share,” Na said afterward, “but I certainly haven’t gotten my share of wins for how good I’ve played for the last seven or eight years. But you know what? It’s coming. It’s coming.” Grillo and Na’s playoff miscues were but a sampling of a sloppy first Sunday of the season, when nine players had at least a share of the lead. There was a long line of players who rued their missed opportunities: • Looking to go wire to wire, Brendan Steele overcame a rocky start and was tied for the lead when he made five bogeys in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, dropping all the way to a share of 17th. • Journeyman Jason Bohn had the outright lead when he butchered the par-5 16th, chunking his third shot and making bogey. • Justin Rose, the second-highest ranked player in the field (No. 7), pulled within a shot of the lead but came home in 38. • And Justin Thomas, who made a compelling case for top rookie honors last season, shot 69 in the final round but failed to make birdie on the last five holes, a stretch that includes two par 5s and a short par 4. Though disappointed with the finish, Thomas still stuck around the scorer’s trailer to congratulate Grillo on his 72nd-hole birdie. “He’s really, really good,” Thomas said, “and this isn’t going to be the last time he’s in contention.” Indeed, it’s been a steady rise to prominence for Grillo, who trained during high school at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. A fixture on AJGA and amateur leaderboards, he has battled the likes of Spieth, Thomas and Rodgers since they were 14. Thomas joked that his mom was Grillo’s mode of transportation during those tournaments, waking at 6 a.m. just to get Grillo to the course for an early tee time. Thomas briefly tried to recruit Grillo to join him at Alabama, and Spieth tried the same trick at Texas. But the Argentine had no desire to earn a college degree. He wanted to major in golf. After turning pro at 18, Grillo headed overseas to climb his way up the world rankings. He combined for six top-10s on the European Tour in 2012-13, then broke out at the ’14 Dubai Desert Classic, where he finished second after a closing 66. In five starts this past season on Tour, he lost the playoff in Puerto Rico and also recorded a pair of top-25s. That was enough to get him inside the top 200 in FedEx Cup points, which sent him to the Web.com Tour Finals. He finished in the top 10 in three of the four make-or-break events, including the narrow victory in the finale. “He hits it really, really good,” Thomas said, “and he’s not scared. He’s going to go out and get it done. If you want to win golf tournaments, you have to be able to do stuff like that on the last hole.” Except Grillo’s week at the Frys figured to be remembered for a scary incident Saturday, when he hit into the group ahead on the drivable 17th. Little did he know the player he nearly plunked with his drive was Rory McIlroy. Grillo said that he never got an opportunity to apologize for the incident, that he wanted to jog across a couple of fairways Sunday just to tell McIlroy that he was sorry. “I didn’t want to be the guy who almost hit Rory McIlroy this week,” he said. “I wanted everybody to know me because I have the trophy.”
HONOLULU – The Sony Open features the year’s first cut and there was no shortage of material: From a distance debate that just won’t go away to Jordan Spieth, who is only going home at the moment. Made Cut From strength to strength. Cut Line has applauded the PGA Tour’s strength-of-field requirement that was introduced in 2016. Officials and players had debated for years how to get players – particularly marquee players – to add events to their schedules, and the requirement has proven to be a surprisingly simple answer. The rule proved its worth even more in recent weeks after Jordan Spieth and Ian Poulter failed to fulfill the requirement last season. Instead of fining them, the Tour negotiated much better terms. Spieth added not one but two new events to his schedule this season (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and Mayakoba Golf Classic) and Poulter played both Hawaii stops while also hosting eight guests from the Wyndham Championship at his house in Orlando, Fla. The requirement also drew Rory McIlroy to the Sentry Tournament of Champions last week for the first time in his career. Finding solutions to complicated problems is never easy, but it certainly is refreshing. Consider it settled. Speaking of settling problems, when the Tour announced in November that its ongoing legal battle with Vijay Singh had been settled, there was an assumption that the circuit paid the Fijian to put an end to more than five years of court wrangling. That notion was reinforced this week when Cut Line asked Singh about the settlement. Although a confidentiality agreement prevented him from disclosing any terms of the settlement, he did seem pleased to move beyond the distraction of the lawsuit. “I can get on and do my own stuff and not worry about anything anymore,” he said. “I think both sides are happy, although I might be just a little bit happier.” The Tour was sloppy in handling Singh’s 2013 suspension for an anti-doping violation that wasn’t. If a hefty “settlement” keeps that from happening again consider it a win-win. Your browser does not support iframes. Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF) Going the distance. It took exactly three days for the distance debate to resurface this year. Last Saturday in Maui, Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was asked if he had any concerns over last season’s jump in average driving distance on the circuit, from 292 yards in 2016-17 to 296 yards. “Players are getting younger, they’re getting more athletic and then you look at technology and data, and players can optimize their swings, they can optimize their clubs, and that trend only continues in terms of the power of technology and data,” Monahan said. “You look at course conditioning and you look at weather.” Monahan’s final point is worth noting following last week’s stop in Maui. During the 2017-18 season, seven of the year’s 10 longest drives came on the Plantation Course’s steep and firm fairways. That will change this season with just three of this season’s longest drives coming at Kapalua after just nine events. Heavy rains the week before the year lid-lifter in Maui and a planned renovation to the course after last week’s tournament produced some of the slowest conditions in recent memory. As a result, the Tour’s current driving average (291 yards) is a yard less than it was at this point last year. The driving debate is sure to rage as players get younger and stronger, but ignoring the impact conditions have on those numbers is simply ignoring the facts. When a drop isn’t a drop. Midway through his opening round last week in Maui, Andrew Landry was doing what he’s done hundreds of times in his career – taking a drop. With his arm extended to shoulder height, Landry’s mundane routine was interrupted by Marc Leishman, who was playing in the group behind Landry. At the same moment, a Tour rules official began racing to Landry’s location in the fairway to correct what is now an incorrect drop. Under the new Rules of Golf, players are required to drop from knee height. Landry quickly corrected his mistake, but expect moments like this to become the norm in the coming months as decades old routines clash with the new rules. “You drop it knee height, but like what’s the advantage of dropping it shoulder height? Actually probably a disadvantage, so why can’t you still do that?” asked Jordan Spieth, who had to be corrected not once but twice during his opening round at the Sony Open. “It’s like a frustrating asterisk that I have to pick it up and re-drop from your knee.” Tour types will figure it out eventually, but just like’s Pavlov’s dogs this will take some time. Tweet of the week: @maxhoma23 (Max Homa) “Play better.” Homa, who has become something of a social media savant with his humorous and self-deprecating takes, posted this missive on Wednesday with a picture of his locker at the Sony Open with a card identifying his locker that was handwritten. Most other lockers at Waialae Country Club had signs with players’ names printed on them. Yep, play better. Missed Cut No end in sight. Jordan Spieth took a predictably optimistic tone earlier this week when asked about his expectations at the Sony Open. Following a pedestrian season in 2018 that didn’t feature any victories or a trip to the Tour Championship, he also revealed that his offseason wasn’t as intense as one might think. “I just had very limited work compared to other years past. I think that was good for me,” he said. The light workload may have been good for Spieth’s psyche, but it proved to be a liability in his first start of 2019. He posted rounds of 73-66 to miss the cut, and his struggles on the greens largely persisted. Spieth ranked 82nd in strokes gained: putting for the week. He needed 30 putts on Thursday and was only slightly better on Day 2 with 27. “It’s a learning experience, but I’m tired of learning experiences,” Spieth said. Your browser does not support iframes. New schedule, new problems. This season’s condensed schedule was always going to create some tough choices for players. Adam Scott became the first to reveal how tough. With a particularly busy stretch of top events leading into the Masters and again toward the end of the season after The Open, Scott said he went with a simple approach when picking his 2019 schedule. “I thought I’ll just play the ones I like and that make sense to play. At the moment I have not scheduled a World Golf Championship because they don’t fall in the right weeks for me,” Scott said. “I feel like there are good tournaments right around them that are a preferred option. I thought that was interesting for my schedule change. I wouldn’t have thought that was the case, but that is the case at the moment.” Scott currently plans to skip the WGC-Mexico Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational despite being currently qualified for all of them. He may have been the first to choose convenience and comfort for his schedule, but he won’t be the last.
CROMWELL, Conn. – On multiple occasions Sunday afternoon, Zack Sucher couldn’t find the words. The happy-go-lucky guy who gushed all week about how excited he was to be contending in a PGA Tour event was suddenly speechless. Trying to answer questions behind the clubhouse at TPC River Highlands, he used his finger to dab a spot under his left eye. “It’s life changing, to be honest,” he said. With birdies on four of his last six holes, a chip-in to save his par at the 18th and a 3-under 67, Sucher recorded his best ever finish on the PGA Tour, a tie for second at the Travelers Championship, and his biggest payday. “By a lot,” he said. “Doubles my earnings, I think.” Just about. Sucher’s T-2 finish netted him $633,600. Prior to Sunday, he had earned a total of $856,017 in six years spent predominantly on the Korn Ferry Tour. He racked up about $90,000 of that in just the last few months. Considering the amount of money PGA Tour pros play for – and the fact that they play golf for a living – casual observers don’t often associate Tour life and hard times. The assumption is that these guys are insulated from some of the real-life concerns of society at large. That’s because a lot of them are. But not all of them. And not Sucher. Playing his second season on the PGA Tour in 2017, he missed 11 of 14 cuts as he fought through ankle issues that had gotten so bad they were compromising his knee. It was after this very tournament, the Travelers, that year that he opted for surgery and a medical extension. He wouldn’t be cleared to swing a golf club for 13 months. And for a total of 210 days, until a PGA Tour disability policy kicked in, he and his family were without his income. It was when he discussed that period in his life that he started lose his typically effortless ability to talk. “We had seven months with no income at all coming in two years ago,” he said. “During that, we had to take out some credit cards.” Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the Travelers Championship Travelers Championship: Articles, photos and videos When it was time for a return to golf, Sucher was armed with six starts to make up 347 FedExCup points – no easy task for even a healthy, competitively sharp pro. And then there was the matter of the early-season Korn Ferry Tour schedule, when Sucher played events in Colombia and Panama. You can make a lot of money on Tour, and you can spend a lot, too. Players are responsible for their own travel and food and lodging, plus whatever arrangements they’ve worked out with their caddies. Sucher hadn’t earned a check on Tour in over a year, but he had to go play. In a tweet Sunday night, he thanked his wife for sticking by his side and allowing him to “risk our house by taking out loans and maxing out credit cards to afford my travel expenses.” “We decided to bet on ourselves,” he told GolfChannel.com earlier in the day. It was only three weeks ago that he achieved some much-needed job security. A runner-up finish at the Rex Hospital Open locked up his Korn Ferry Tour card for next year. So he set his sights on a bigger prize: reclaiming his PGA Tour status. Considering all he’s gone through this week, it’s easy to forget Sucher wasn’t guaranteed a spot in the field. Last Friday, as he was missing a cut on the Korn Ferry, he was steadily advancing his way up the Travelers alternate list. He was double committed to this event and a KF stop in Wichita, Kansas. When he did crack the field and arrive outside Hartford, he had just three starts left on his extension and still needed to make up 322 FedExCup points. Taking advantage of the opportunity, he built himself a two-shot lead through 36 holes and pushed his advantage to a whopping five shots when he played the front nine in 4 under Saturday. Then disaster struck. He stumbled through Nos. 10-12 in 5 over par with a bogey and two doubles. In nine holes, he went from five in front to six back. “It’s been a lot of highs and lows,” he said. “You know, honestly, I can’t wrap my head around it.” Fighting for dollars, FedExCup points, and Tour status, Sucher fired a back-nine 30 in the final round, staying tied for second with a hole-out for par on 18. The chip-in alone was worth $216,000, the difference between a two-way tie for second and a two-way tie for third. “Oh, man, that was pretty cool,” he said. “I mean, the first [pitch] was awful, but that’s way better than a regular up-and-down.” In addition to nearly doubling his career earnings, Sucher picked up 245 FedExCup points Sunday. That puts him 126th in the season-long points race and inside Nos. 126-150 re-shuffle on the priority ranking, which will give him an avenue to make additional starts after his medical extension is exhausted. Sucher said earlier this week that he’ll use his last two starts at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the John Deere Classic. He’ll need 77 more points to satisfy the extension. But this week has already changed his season and, as he said, his life. “To be honest, I’m not sure what all this does for points-wise, for next year,” Sucher said. “I don’t even know how that works. “I know that like two months ago we had credit card debt. So I know we don’t have that anymore.”
Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. House District 10 candidates were asked the following five questions:1. What can the Legislature do to spur economic recovery and job growth?2. How should the Legislature address the state government worker pension shortfall, which is projected to exceed $3 billion over the next 30 years?3. The U.S. Supreme Court gave states the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. What should Montana do and why?4. Given that the state is projected to have a surplus, what should be the Legislature’s budgetary priorities during the next session?5. What are the other most pressing issues facing the Legislature and why?HOUSE DISTRICT 10Name: Mark BlasdelAge: 36Party: RepublicanBio: Owner and manager of Vista Linda restaurant in Somers; three-term House District 10 state representative; chairman of House taxation committee and member of education committee; Flathead High School graduate; general studies at FVCC; bachelor of arts degree in hospitality and business administration from University of Nevada, Las Vegas1. First it starts with an attitude in Helena that shows we are open for business. We need to continue the work of the last session in regards to the 20 percent reduction in workers’ comp rates and lowering the business equipment tax. More work needs to be done with the Department of Commerce to help businesses find more avenues for working capital. Most importantly, we need to streamline regulations and reform our state’s legal environment so that government can get out of the way of our state’s entrepreneurial spirit.2. The current pension shortfall is actually around $3.9 billion with a projection of $130 million a year needed for the next 30 years to assure its sustainability. We will have to look at using some coal tax money, one-time-only surplus dollars, and also increasing contributions as a way to make the system viable. Status quo and one-time infusions of money cannot be the only remedy and we will have to start looking at changing the system for new hires so that we do not continue down this path.3. I believe that now is not the time to double the amount of Medicaid recipients in the state of Montana. The federal government offers to pay the full amount for three years, but then after that, the state of Montana will have a projected bill of at least $69 million a year. Even Gov. Schweitzer states that this act will bankrupt the state. 4. First we have to pay our bills from the last fire season and the governor’s veto of certain funding bills. This current fire season has estimated costs of at least $44 million with some of that being paid by current funding accounts. The Legislature will then have to pay the remainder and decide if we are going to refill these accounts for the next biennium. We will also have to pass a supplemental bill ($30+ million) for the education lawsuit that arose from the governor’s veto of HB 316. Some will be needed for the pension system and the rest needs to go back to the taxpayers in permanent tax relief. 5. The most pressing issue facing the Legislature is the current economic environment, especially here in Northwest Montana. We have to do more to help our job creators be successful. Secondly, we must fix this pension system for the long-term viability of Montana. I will also be supporting governor candidate Rick Hill’s proposal to increase oil and gas development for permanent property tax relief to fund education. Last but not least, the Legislature will possibly be taking a look at the water compact involving the state and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes that could have long-term ramifications for western Montana. Name: Alex SchaefferAge: 41Party: DemocratBio: Twelfth year teaching reading at Hedges; tutor; college fellow in English with honors from Jamestown College; certified to train statewide in reading research and dissemination and works with schools statewide; born in Whitefish 1. To start, the Legislature can protect that which we already value, a hardworking Montanan. Right-to-work legislation is a failed economic policy and will be introduced in the next Legislature as the next best thing. This out-of-state voice has no place in Montana. To choose union or not remains with us, and is not for a non-person corporation to destroy. Public education is the greatest foundation for Montana. It provides opportunities for those that will outlive us. Maintaining and growing new infrastructure for business, travelers, and education is critical. Infrastructure for older Montanans in a rural state is nearly non-existent.2. Creating a defined contribution plan as incumbents have suggested will destroy the pension. Many intelligent people have looked at this. They agree. Adjustments to the existing plan can and will create a solvent retirement system. Contributions from the general fund, the employer and the employee and even changes for new hires may all be required.3. We are a good group of folks – us Montanans. Sky is big here, the people even bigger. So, when two Montanans a week die of a preventable illness, we better ask why. If when one of us truly deserves a hand, and if we have a hand to offer, why wouldn’t we? Incumbents voted to secede from the nation when given the opportunity. They left the feds in charge to create our exchange. As this country moves to preventative health incentives, do we ignore those who are now truly sick? Let’s find our own voice again and create Montana solutions. When a Montana life depends upon money, and we say no, we better be able to live with that decision.4. This “surplus” was there for the last Legislature. There it sits. Our citizen Legislature is given one task: balance a budget. We expect taxes to create opportunity and returns. We want great schools. We want safe towns. We enjoy our parks. We take it for granted, but love clean water. My dad and many of you depend upon people coming here and loving this place for a short time just like we do year around. Invest in tourism. Protect water. Revitalize public lands. In Montana we value community. Why demonize teachers and state employees? We depend upon them. Begin with paying those that give us great communities. We value public schools. We actually do. Rebuild them and grow them without depending upon another local levy.5. Who are we electing and why? This last Legislature was a rodeo absent everything but a bunch of mad bulls. True difference makers fought the dust. Meanwhile the super rich bought a voice. Our legislators carried their bills. Enough. Dream big or stay home. Be civil. Create opportunities. Find our own voice. Write our own bills. It could begin in District 10. Creating policies for a Montana beyond us is the legacy of a great Legislature. The next generation will appreciate that. Creating new economies while protecting this place we enjoyed as kids will be the greatest challenge. Email
Homepage BannerNews Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Two separate patients lists from LUH found off site Previous articleExploratory talks called ahead of SIPTU hospital strikeNext articleJason Quigley to defend NABF middleweight title News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Further concerns about data protection at Letterkenny University Hospital have been raised after it emerged that earlier this year, on two separate occasions the hospital was contacted after patient lists were found off site.It comes following revelations yesterday that a patient file containing sensitive medical records of an elderly woman was found in the Bernard McGlinchey Town Park while earlier this year a patient was contacted by the hospital after their file was found in the High Road area of the town.In a statement issued this evening, Saolta says Letterkenny University Hospital takes all breaches of Data Protection seriously and all such cases are managed in line with HSE policy.It was confirmed that in March this year, the hospital was made aware of a patient list which was contained in refuse collected by the litter warden in Letterkenny.In addition in May this year the hospital was advised that a further patient list had been identified off-site.Saolta says, in both cases, the hospital retrieved the information and contacted each patient, 33 in total to advise them of the incidents.An apology was issued to each patient and the Data Protection Commissioner also notified.The hospital says they have very clear data protection guidelines in place and staff are regularly advised of their responsibility to protect patient data. Facebook WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – June 12, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
Homepage BannerNews Twitter Previous articleUrgent calls for enhanced broadband services in NorthNext articleGovernment likely to face calls to ease social distancing measures News Highland Google+ Earagail Arts Festival to go ahead in online format DL Debate – 24/05/21 Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Pinterest While the 32nd festival will not take place in its traditional, physical form, Earagail Arts Festival will still be a highlight to look forward to.Donegal’s premier summer festival will be brought to you via 18 digital events over the 18 days of the annual event’s original dates of 9th to 26th July 2020.In addition to this digital programme of new online and previously unseen archive performances, competitions and interactive creative works through our online channels, festival organisers are working with partners and artists on a host of new artist development and audience engagement initiatives, to ensure Earagail Arts is still able to connect artists, audiences and the community in Donegal to the rest of the world.Mr Paul Brown, CEO & Artistic Director, said the decision to go digital for 2020 was made this week following current public health guidelines and after considerable deliberation and consultation with artists, funders and stakeholders, festival management.The festival director said patrons who have booked for the Home with The Henry Girls and Seachtain leis Na Mooneys residencies, will be contacted individually regarding their bookings.Earagail Arts Festival is proudly supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Donegal County Council and Wild Atlantic Way. Visit www.eaf.ie for updates Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 30, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+