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As Trump slashes health care outreach 90 percent, Walker asks Congress to shore up system

first_imgEconomy | Federal Government | Health | Southcentral | State Government | WesternAs Trump slashes health care outreach 90 percent, Walker asks Congress to shore up systemSeptember 6, 2017 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Alaska Gov. Bill Walker discusses a compromise budget in June. He joined a bipartisan group of governors last week in asking Congress to make changes to federal health care laws. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The fact that individual health insurance costs in Alaska will drop more than a fifth next year has drawn national attention. But it’s not yet clear how many Alaskans will actually sign up for the insurance. Gov. Bill Walker has joined a bipartisan group of governors in asking Congress for increased outreach to attract healthier people to the individual market.Walker said he decided to join seven other governors in a letter asking for changes to federal health care law, because what happens at the federal level will affect Alaska.“The governors are very involved in what happens, because sometimes those costs get shifted onto states and so we should have a say in this process,” he said.The Aug. 30 letter to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate recommended a series of steps to increase participation by both insurers and consumers, as well as to reduce costs.The same day the governors released the letter, President Trump’s administration announced it would cut outreach for the individual and family market by 90 percent.“Well, I think that would be pretty devastating for Alaska, given the number of languages spoken in Alaska,” Walker said. “We need to have the ability to have the outreach effective and not cut off.”Walker said federal outreach funding has been particularly important in reaching Alaska Native language speakers. For instance, the feds prepared an advertisement in Yupik last year. The number of Alaskans who signed up for individual insurance fell last year. That may be the result of Moda Insurance dropping out of the Alaska market, which led to former Moda customers paying more.One thing that could attract more customers year is the 22-percent drop in individual insurance premiums. One factor in the price cut is the Alaska Reinsurance Program. That program combines state and federal funding to cover the costs of patients with some of the most expensive-to-treat conditions.The bipartisan governors’ letter recommended the federal government increase funding for reinsurance, and make it easier for other states to have programs like Alaska’s. Walker said other states could soon be in a similar position to Alaska as more insurers leave the marketplace.“They are looking to Alaska, partly because we have the highest cost of health care in the nation,” Walker said. “We had to do something just because of what was happening up here. We were losing carriers.”Heather Howard is an expert in state health insurance with Princeton University. She said support for reinsurance from the bipartisan governors draws from Alaska’s experience.“That’s really a validation of the Alaska model, of what Alaska did last year by starting a reinsurance program, which has stabilized and actually reduced insurance premiums for the residents of Alaska,” she said.People will have half as much time as last year to get individual and family coverage after the enrollment period begins on Nov. 1. The Trump administration moved up the deadline from Jan. 31 to Dec. 15.Howard said it’s important to reach those who aren’t aware of the shorter time frame.“It ends just before the holidays,” she said. “So at a time when people are pretty busy and have a lot on their plate, there’s a concern that people will miss the opportunity to sign up. The sicker people are likely to sign up, because they want and need insurance, whereas the younger and healthier people may not.”Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska is the only remaining insurer in the individual market. Premera spokeswoman Melanie Coon said most of the company’s communication in the state this fall will be in the form of letters and emails to customers. The company also is encouraging insurance brokers and others to reach out to customers prior to and during the enrollment period.Share this story:last_img read more

5 Things You Have to Do at the World’s First Hello…

first_imgArtFashion5 Things You Have to Do at the World’s First Hello Kitty ConventionFree tattoos, carnival games, and tons of exclusive merchandise, this is Comic-Con for devotees of the feline figureBy Michelle Yee – October 30, 20141041ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, 2014If you were lucky enough to get a badge to Sanrio’s first ever Hello Kitty Convention (they sold out long ago and 25,000 attendees are expected) you’re in for a treat. Hello Kitty Con, which starts today and runs throughout Sunday, is being held at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, conveniently located next to the Japanese American National Museum and its uber-adorable exhibition, which celebrates Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday. She doesn’t look a day over 32.You go to the JANM exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, to learn about Hello Kitty’s history and gaze at art inspired by the global icon’s. You go to Kitty Con to shop. And to step inside a giant plastic coin purse, a replica of the first item to bear the Hello Kitty character. The first global gathering of its kind, Kitty Con is a sort of Comic-Con for devotees of the feline figure. (We don’t care what Sanrio says; she’ll always be a cat to us.)There’s a boatload of limited edition merchandise (pajamas, headphones, notebook, makeup, dresses, t-shirts, figurines, watches… the list goes on), but there’s also plenty to do: an interactive game room, workshops, and free tattoos.1. Hello Kitty Friendship VillageAs Hello Kitty is fond of saying, “You can never have too many friends.” On the convention’s main floor, fans can explore her whimsical world with several fantastic photo opps: a large teacup you can sit in, a huge replica of the original 1974 Hello Kitty coin purse, and a mini-kitchen done entirely in Sanrio housewares. You can also snap pics Hello Kitty herself; she’ll be making daily appearances along with the rest of the Sanrio gang. Also, make sure to catch a sneak peek of Sanrio’s newest show debuting in 2015, Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival, on the Main Stage.2. Super SuperMarketInspired by Japanese marketplaces this shop carries merchandise that’s exclusive to Kitty Con. That includes Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and a Hello Kitty SPAM musubi set inspired by chef Roy Choi. In addition to exhibitors such as JapanLA, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Sephora, Ju-Ju-Be, and Loungefly, the Sanrio Vintage Shoppe showcases retro items seen in the JANM exhibition. Don’t forget to stop by the Friendship Station Pop-Up shop for official Kitty Con merchandise.3. The Adventures of Hello Kitty and BullseyeTarget has teamed up with Sanrio to present an interactive arcade. Fans receive free RFID (radio frequency identification) game cards that they can use to win points at various carnival-style games; the points can then be traded for cute prizes. Need another selfie? The Floating Photobooth lets attendees choose cute backdrops including an underwater one.4. Lovely Kitty Wonder and the Art SceneLocated on a balcony near the main floor and curated by Stephiee Nguyen of JapanLA Clothing, this area displays fashion inspired by the feline icon. We’re partial to a mermaid dress with Hello Kitty sequins and a structured steel corset with Hello Kitty engraved as the center piece. Check out the Art Scene, which contains works by artists Dabs Myla and Pose and a limited edition poster (designed by Globe Poster) commemorating Hello Kitty Con.5. Hello Kitty Panels & LecturesWhat’s a convention without some panels? Held next door at JANM, all the lectures and panels are free for Kitty Con attendees on the day-of. Topics include Hello Kitty fandom, Japanese pop culture, and the history of Hello Kitty. Highlights include Cute Culture, which features Dr. Christine Yano, who curated the Hello Kitty exhibition, and For the Love of the Red Bow –Superfans Unite!, a special panel for superfans.BONUS: Free Tattoos!Yes, you read that right. On the convention’s main floor you’ll find a room with a few tattoo stations where you can get inked with images of Hello Kitty. Sorry, they’re only Hello designs, but they’re real tattoos, not temporary ones. TAGSChristine YanoComic-ConConventionHello KittyJANMKitty ConSanrioTattoosPrevious articleScene It Before: The Thriller HouseNext articleAn Early Look at Venice’s Gjusta BakeryMichelle Yee RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM [email protected] Sets Out to Salvage Fandom’s Favorite WeekComic-Con Has Been Canceled for the First Time in 50 YearsThe Scene Inside Comic-Con’s Wildest Partieslast_img read more

In Pictures: Very successful launch of Timahoe Conservation Plan

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Sarah Cullen – 20th August 2018 Previous articlePortlaoise Musical Society celebrating 20 years with Anniversary ConcertNext articleAll of Monday’s Laois GAA results as Rosenallis reach another final Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. Facebook Home News Community In Pictures: Very successful launch of Timahoe Conservation Plan NewsCommunity Pinterest WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Rugby Twitter Twitter In Pictures: Very successful launch of Timahoe Conservation Plan Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community TAGSHeritage Week 2018Laois HeritageTimahoeTimahoe Heritage site Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebook Community Fiona MacGowan, Ecologist; Roghan Headen, committee chairman; Mary O’Dwyer and Anne Duff, committee members; Margaret Quinlan, Conservation Architect; Tom Nelligan, Historian; Michael Parsons, Heritage Council chairman and Laois Heritage chairman; Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer and committee member Catherine Duff at the launch of the Timahoe Conservation Plan in Timahoe Heritage Centre.Picture: Alf Harvey. The Timahoe Conservation Plan launched Sunday August 19 as a part of Laois Heritage Week.Historian Tom Nelligan of The Standing Stone launched the plan on the night.The plan was written by Margaret Quinlan and constructed alongside ecologist Fiona McGowan, archaeologist Dave Pollock and art historian Rachel Moss.The plan was done in partnership with Timahoe Development Association, led by Roghan Headen.The Heritage Council were represented at the launch by Chairman Michael Parsons, who funded the plan.Eoin Barry, labour area representative tweeted; “Attended the launch of the Timahoe Monastic Site conservation plan this evening.“Great work has gone into the plan from the local community. The site is definitely worth a visit if you’re traveling in Laois.”Copies of the plan can be purchased at Timahoe Heritage Centre, and an electronic version will be on Laois.ie shortly.Alf Harvey went along to take some photos and you can see them below:Committee members Anne Duff, Mary O’Dwyer and Catherine Duff at the launch of the Timahoe Conservation Plan in Timahoe Heritage Centre.Picture: Alf Harvey.John Delaney, Roghan Headen and Noel Ramsbottom at the launch of the Timahoe Conservation Plan in Timahoe Heritage Centre.Picture: Alf Harvey.Kevin and Teresa O’Leary, Clondalkin History Society at the launch of the Timahoe Conservation Plan in Timahoe Heritage Centre.Picture: Alf Harvey.Peter Bennett and Kate Doyle at the launch of the Timahoe Conservation Plan in Timahoe Heritage Centre.Picture: Alf Harvey.Roghan Headen, committee chairman; Fiona MacGowan, Ecologist; Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer; Michael Parsons, Heritage Council chairman and Laois Heritage chairman; Margaret Quinlan, Conservation Architect and Tom Nelligan, Historian at the launch of the Timahoe Conservation Plan in Timahoe Heritage Centre.Picture: Alf Harvey.Michael Parsons, Heritage Council chairman and Laois Heritage chairman; Margaret Quinlan, Conservation Architect; Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer; Fiona MacGowan, Ecologist; Roghan Headen, committee chairman and Tom Nelligan, Historian at the launch of the Timahoe Conservation Plan in Timahoe Heritage Centre.Picture: Alf Harvey.The launch of the Timahoe Conservation Plan in Timahoe Heritage Centre.Picture: Alf Harvey.Fiona MacGowan, Ecologist; Roghan Headen, committee chairman; Margaret Quinlan, Conservation Architect; Tom Nelligan, Historian and Michael Parsons, Heritage Council chairman and Laois Heritage chairman at the launch of the Timahoe Conservation Plan in Timahoe Heritage Centre.Picture: Alf Harvey.SEE ALSO – Here’s your day-by-day guide to an action-packed Laois Heritage Week WhatsApplast_img read more

Help your clients prepare for de-accumulation

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Scotiabank partners with Israeli technology firms

first_img Court approves data breach settlements with BMO, CIBC James Langton Toronto-based Bank of Nova Scotia is stepping up its investments in techology by teaming up with an Israeli fintech venture fund and an Israeli cybersecurity think tank. Related news Mogo to acquire investing app The bank announced on Wednesday that it’s participating in a fintech-focused venture fund, Viola FinTech I, LP, that’s being established by Israeli venture capital firm, Viola Group. The fund is aiming to invest between US$120 million and US$150 million to finance burgeoning fintech firms in Israel, North America, and Europe. At the same time, Scotiabank is also partnering with an Israeli think tank and incubator, known as Team8. Aspart of the arrangement, Scotiabank will be taking a seat on Team8’s advisory board. Both ventures are intended to help drive Scotiabank’s ongoing shift toward increasingly tech-driven services, while also bolstering its cybersecurity expertise. “We are delighted to partner with Viola Group to accelerate the bank’s digital transformation and work with the most promising fintechs across the globe,” says Ignacio (Nacho) Deschamps, group head of international banking and digital transformation at Scotiabank, in a statement. “This partnership will allow us to access Israel’s innovation ecosystem including well-established cybersecurity and anti-fraud expertise by leveraging Viola Group’s unique entrepreneurial and operational expertise.” “We look forward to our partnership with Team8 to deepen our technology capabilities and know-how, which are foundational to Scotiabank’s digital transformation,” adds Michael Zerbs, chief technology officer at Scotiabank, in a statement. “This partnership will increase our access to Israel’s world-class cybersecurity and fraud prevention ecosystem.” Photo copyright: deymos/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Estateably expands to Alberta Keywords Cybersecurity,  FintechCompanies Bank of Nova Scotia Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter elected IIF treasurer Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Economic risks tilted to the downside: Fitch

first_img A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Share this article and your comments with peers on social media eavy clouds bringing thunder, lightnings and storm prudkov/123RF In short, the agency sees the threat of a relapse in the economy as a more likely prospect than a faster-than-expected recovery.“Consumer and corporate sentiment have been badly damaged. Just the possibility of further unpredictable resurgences will weigh down prospects for meaningful and — importantly — sustained improvement in confidence,” it said.Against this backdrop, Fitch doesn’t expect ratings to stabilize this year where ratings facing negative outlooks.Currently, more than one third of corporate credit ratings have a negative outlook, or are under a negative rating watch, it said.Fitch noted that, historically, 50% to 60% of these ratings will experience further downgrades in the following 12 months. Related news Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says The risk to economic activity and corporate bottom lines in the months ahead is largely to the downside, says Fitch Ratings.In a research note, the rating agency suggested that the downside risks to its base case are more significant than the upside risks. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Coronavirus,  Pandemics,  Economic forecastsCompanies Fitch Ratings James Langton Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAOlast_img read more

Bolt Stands with Garvey and Marley – Grange

first_imgRelatedBolt Stands with Garvey and Marley – Grange Advertisements RelatedBolt Stands with Garvey and Marley – Grange Bolt Stands with Garvey and Marley – Grange UncategorizedAugust 20, 2008center_img RelatedBolt Stands with Garvey and Marley – Grange FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Sports Minister Olivia Grange said Usain Bolt ran himself into the league of the greatest Jamaicans of all time tonight by smashing multiple records in Beijing. She rated his performance at the 29th Olympic Games where he won gold in the 100 and 200 metres in world record times as comparable to Garvey’s seminal, philosophical impact on the world and Bob Marley’s iconic status as a music and revolutionary figure worldwide.She said: “Usain has placed himself amongst our greatest heroes. He has brought the name Jamaica to lips of billions of people worldwide. He has introduced them to a great nation and a great people. At this point, he is our greatest ambassador and he is not only taking our athletics into the mainstream, but he’s working overtime to ensure that Jamaican culture is recognized across the world. ”Bolt not only erased Carl Lewis’ 24-year record of winning both short sprints at the Olympic Games, but also rewrote Michael Johnson’s 12-year, 19.32 record in the 200 Metres by posting a phenomenal 19.30 seconds. He became the first man in history to break the world record in both races, having recorded 9.69 in the 100 Metres on Saturday.Minister Grange said Bolt had positioned himself to stand among the nation’s greatest achievers from all walks of life, with these results.“What we witnessed tonight in Beijing was extraordinary. As we say in Jamaica, ‘it nuh normal!’ We always knew Usain was going to be special in these Games but it’s hard to believe what we have been witnessing in Beijing. This will be taught in schools; it will be included in history books; Usain Bolt is a legend that will be part of Jamaican folklore for centuries to come.”“I wish him a Happy Birthday tomorrow but he’s so special that he chose his own birthday present. We often look on in awe at people from other countries doing astonishing things. This is the time for others to look at Jamaica and as Sports Minister I’m in a continuous state of euphoria in Beijing. I can’t imagine that it could have been better.”Minister Grange also expressed congratulations to Melaine Walker, who devastated the field to cop gold and an Olympic record in the Women’s 400 Metres Hurdles.She said: “Melanie came into these Games with a fantastic record. She distinguished herself as a champion. She capped the night when Jamaica reminded the world that great achievements come from our tiny island. Melanie has brought joy to so many people in Maxfield Avenue, Kingston, and Jamaica on a whole.“These athletes are not only showing the world that we are special but they are telling ordinary people in Jamaica that we can be what we want to be. Our young people have many reasons to draw inspiration from what we are seeing. We want to use these successes to reassure those who are already on the path to success and encourage those who might be headed in the wrong direction to find focus and share in the bliss of success.”last_img read more

Toxic strangler weed found in Bourke and Brewarrina shires

first_imgToxic strangler weed found in Bourke and Brewarrina shires Property owners and land managers in north west NSW have been urged to check their properties for the toxic invasive weed, rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora), which is now being eradicated from four sites near Wanaaring, Yantabulla and Weilmoringle.NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) State Priority Weeds coordinator, Nicola Dixon, said people in the Bourke and Brewarrina Shire Council and unincorporated areas should check homestead gardens, yards, sheds, rivers and creeks for the prohibited weed.“We have found rubber vine which was planted in homestead gardens decades ago, triggering a substantial surveillance effort as plants could survive anywhere there is a water source and could have spread far from the original sites,” Ms Dixon said.“Please contact the NSW DPI Biosecurity Helpline on 1800 680 244 for assistance and do not attempt to treat or dispose of this weed yourself.”NSW DPI is working with Western Local Land Services and local councils to detect and eradicate rubber vine.As part of an ongoing 46,000 square kilometre survey of north-west NSW, between Tibooburra and the Narran River, 191 properties have been inspected for rubber vine.Rubber vine is a multi-stemmed shrub which can scramble up to 30 metres high in tree canopies or grow unsupported to three metres, forming dense thickets with dark green, glossy leaves. Its flowers are trumpet-shaped, up to five centimetres long and wide with five light-purple, pink or white petals.The weed smothers and kills other plants, invades pastures, waterways and natural areas and makes livestock movement and mustering difficult. It can reduce native plant and animal numbers and the water quality of streams.All parts of the plant are poisonous to people and livestock if eaten. Sap from the plant irritates skin and can cause burning, rashes and blisters. Dust from dried plants can cause irritation to the throat, nose and eyes.Rubber vine is a Weed of National Significance which poses a significant biosecurity risk and is listed as prohibited matter in the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015.Information about rubber weed is available from the DPI website. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biosecurity, Bourke, Brewarrina, council, Government, industry, livestock, local council, Local Land Services, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Department of Primary Industries, quality, surveillance, survey, Tibooburra, Wanaaring, water quality, websitelast_img read more

Canada and Ontario invest in culture and recreation infrastructure in City of Hamilton

first_imgCanada and Ontario invest in culture and recreation infrastructure in City of Hamilton From: Infrastructure CanadaCanadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Federal Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Bob Bratina, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek; Donna Skelly, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Member of Provincial Parliament for Flamborough-Glanbrook, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship Fred Eisenberger, Mayor, City of Hamilton, announced joint funding to support three culture and recreation infrastructure improvement projects in the City of Hamilton.The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.1 million in these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $2.5 million, with the recipients contributing more than $1.8 million total toward their respective projects.This joint funding will support improvements to three facilities. The Ancaster Fairgrounds will benefit from the addition of a new 75,000 square foot building to accommodate larger agriculture events, as well as fairs and concerts. The new heated building will allow the Ancaster Agricultural Society to host quality events all year round, creating jobs, and supporting the local economy.Funding will also support the construction of a 2,600 square foot addition to the Hamilton Children’s Museum, creating a larger and more accessible learning space. Dundas Valley School of Art will also benefit from faucets retrofitted with sensors to improve hygiene, energy efficient lighting, and upgraded HVAC systems, creating a safer, more accessible learning environment for students and staff. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Canada, children, community, Economic Development, environment, Federal, Government, Hamilton, health and safety, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, pandemic, parliament, studentslast_img read more

Increased presence at sea deters illegal fishing

first_imgIncreased presence at sea deters illegal fishing Vastly increased offshore patrols, aerial surveillance and monitoring have ensured illegal fishing has been kept at bay in England’s seas since the UK became an independent coastal state on 1 January this year.With additional government investment of £32m, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has enhanced its surveillance and fisheries control capacity. It has more marine officers on shore, more patrol ships at sea, increased aerial and radar surveillance to complement existing electronic monitoring systems.Michael Coyle, MMO Head of Compliance and Control said:MMO activity at sea or on shore operates on a risk based, intelligence led approach and matches the seasonal pattern of fishing activity. Levels of activity are usually reduced during the winter months, but we’ve maintained our enforcement presence at sea throughout.During March, inspections are at a higher level than ever due to the increased capacity we’ve introduced. There have been 41 inspections so far in March; 15 of these were UK vessels and 26 were EU vessels.The overall intent is to enable fishermen to go about their business while MMO exercises control duties in a proportionate and reasonable way.While inspections at sea help the MMO gather important data that could lead to prosecution, such as incorrect mesh sizes, undersized species, undeclared catch – they are not the means by which the government acquires data on what is being fished where and when. This information comes from fishing catch, landing and sales records that all fishing vessels and merchants are legally required to supply.The MMO also works with partners including the devolved fisheries administrations, Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities and the Joint Maritime Information Centre to ensure a coordinated approach to control and enforcement across UK waters. This sophisticated intelligence network is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.The UK currently can also request data on EU fishing vessels to support enforcement efforts and the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides the framework for continued data exchange. There are ongoing technical conversations with the European Commission to rapidly establish a mechanism to allow sharing of this data moving forward. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, business, Commission, conservation, EU, Europe, european, Fisheries, Government, intelligence, Investment, maritime, prosecution, surveillance, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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