Minimum liquor price law outlook grim

first_imgStuff.co.nz 4 July 2012 Despite ongoing work on a minimum alcohol price, a proposal to introduce a pricing regime looks set to fail.Justice Ministry officials are running two meetings this week with industry leaders on a plan that would drive up the cost of some liquor.Prime Minister John Key appeared opposed to the proposal, saying some people would switch to the lowest quality alcohol rather than drink any less volume.“I am not convinced minimum pricing will do that much,” he said.Labour’s justice spokesman Charles Chauvel said that, like tobacco, the price of alcohol had a big influence on how often and how much people drink.“It’s time to get serious about the pricing issue if we’re going to make any significant impact on our binge drinking culture.”Labour has drafted an amendment to the alcohol legislation which would introduce a minimum pricing regime. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7216787/Minimum-liquor-price-law-outlook-grimlast_img read more

Iloilo int’l airport among Asia’s best

first_imgIts location on the Tomas ConfesorHighway, a major highway traversing Panay Island, makes the airport accessiblefrom all parts of Iloilo and Panay by road, while its proximity to thecurrently defunct Panay Railways network could potentially link the airport tothe rest of Panay by rail. Designed to accommodate 1.2 millionpassengers a year over a decade ago, it is poised for expansion as it nowserves 2.4 million passengers annually. *services, facilities and things to do “It is one step closer to bringingcomfort, safety and convenience to one of the busiest airports in the country,”said Arroyo. Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards, and it is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region. Located in Cabatuan, Iloilo, it has a 13,700-square-meter main passenger terminal. It is divided into three levels: arrivals and baggage claim on the first floor, check-in on the second floor and departures on the third floor. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN *comfort (gate seating, rest zone availability, etc.) *cleanliness Getting the DILG onboard was a crucialstep for the proposal to be forwarded to the National Economic and DevelopmentAuthority, explained Arroyo. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Changi Airporttopped the 2019 Sleeping In Airports’ 10 best airports (overall) as well as itslist of top 20 best airports in Asia. *customer service Travellersrank their experiences based on the following factors: Runway lights and an InstrumentLanding System were installed, making the airport capable of supportinglow-visibility and night landings under any weather condition. “Top airports have a lot in common:plenty of seating, rest areas, a good amount of food options, helpful staff andefficient check-in, and security procedures. Some airports go above-and-beyondwith perks like in-terminal movie theatres and gardens,” according to thesleepinginairports.net website. *“sleepability” The Iloilo Airport, located inCabatuan, Iloilo, has a 13,700-square-meter main passenger terminal. It isdivided into three levels: arrivals and baggage claim on the first floor,check-in on the second floor and departures on the third floor. During a visit to the airport in Maythis year, Arroyo announced that CAAP secured the support of the Department ofInterior and Local Government (DILG) to proceed with the expansion. *navigation and ease of transitcenter_img The current airport complex consistsof a single runway, various administrative and maintenance buildings,waste-sorting and water-treatment facilities, a power-generating station, acargo terminal, and a main passenger terminal. ILOILO City – The Iloilo Airportranked 18th in the 2019 Sleeping In Airports’ “Best Airports in Asia” list, theCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced. According to Arroyo, the departmentsof Transportation, Labor, and Justice already signed the CAAP Board Resolutiongranting Original Proponent Status (OPS) to the unsolicited proponent for theIloilo Airport expansion. Three jet bridges protrude from thepassenger terminal above a 48,000-square-meter apron, enabling the airport tohandle up to six aircraft simultaneously. Classified as an internationalairport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas andthe island of Panay to be built to international standards, and it is alsoconsidered to be the primary gateway into the region. It opened to commercialtraffic on June 14, 2007 with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyoinaugurating it. CAAP, she said, may now proceed tosubject the proposal to a Swiss Challenge [third parties would be allowed tomake better offers to the unsolicited offer made by the original proponent;then the original proponent gets the right to counter-match any superior offersgiven by the third party]. The goal is to ensure that the government gets thebest offer. “We expect that more Philippineairports will be included (in the list) next year. The survey for the 2019 listwas done until September. We have airports that were built just recently,” saidCAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio. The Iloilo Airport has one primary2,500-meter runway 45 meters wide. It can support wide-bodied aircraft such asthe Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A350 XWB, Boeing 777(with reduced payloadfor the -300 series or -200 series), Boeing 767, Boeing 757, Antonov An-124Ruslan, McDonnell Douglas MD-11and Boeing 787. *immigration / security Sleeping In Airports is a travellers’guide and resource website (sleepinginairports.net). It conducts an annual surveyasking travellers to rate airports worldwide based on their overall airportexperience. *food options Photo by IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Only one other Philippine airport madeit to the list – the Mactan Cebu International Airport which placed 16th. “I would like to extend my sincerestcongratulations to CAAP for finally getting the green light to start theexpansion of the airport,” said Arroyo. Other airports in the Asia list wereSeoul Incheon Airport, Tokyo Narita Airport, Osaka Kansai Airport, TaipeiTaoyuan Airport, Hong Kong Airport, Kuala Lumpur Airport, New Delhi Airport,Jakarta Airport, Tokyo Haneda Airport, Mumbai Airport, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport,Bangalore Airport, Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport, Hyderabad Airport, DaNang Airport, Islamabad Airport, and Kunming Airport. (With a report from the Philippine News Agency/PN)last_img read more

First Edition February 12 2014

first_imgToday’s headlines include reports about President Barack Obama’s comments yesterday on his administration’s decision to decision to give mid-sized businesses more time to comply with the health law’s employer mandate. Kaiser Health News: Telemedicine Bolsters ICU Care In Rural Maryland HospitalsReporting for Kaiser Health News, in collaboration with The Baltimore Sun, writes: “A critical care doctor 125 miles away was monitoring the patient’s health via voice, video and high-speed data lines constantly streaming information about vital signs, medications, test results and X-rays, a telemedicine service known as Maryland eCare. The physician quickly verified that the patient had the deadly infection and arranged immediate transfer to another hospital with a surgeon who could remove the infected tissue” (Rubin, 2/12). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Questions And Answers On The Latest ACA DelayKaiser Health News staff writers Jay Hancock, Julie Appleby and Mary Agnes Carey report: “On Monday the Obama administration announced another delay in rolling out the Affordable Care Act, weakening the requirement to offer coverage next year for large employers and postponing it for smaller ones. Here’s what it means” (Hancock, Appleby and Carey, 2/11). Read the story.The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama Doesn’t Want Health Law To PunishPresident Barack Obama says he’s giving mid-size businesses more time to comply with his health care law because the goal is not to punish anyone. Obama says the companies are trying to get right with the law and provide insurance for their employees. But they need more time to meet their responsibility (2/11).Los Angeles Times: Obama Says Latest Delay Is ‘Smoothing Out’ Shift To New Health LawPresident Obama said Tuesday the latest delay in implementing his healthcare law is an example of “smoothing out this transition” for a small group of midsize businesses struggling to meet the requirement that they provide health insurance to their employees (Hennessey, 2/11).Politico: Obama: Employer-Based Health Insurance System Not Going AnywherePresident Barack Obama on Tuesday described the latest delay in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as a way of “smoothing out” the transition to the law and said he doesn’t see the employer-based health insurance system disappearing any time soon. “The goal is to make sure folks are healthy and have decent health care, so this was an example of administratively making sure we are smoothing out this transition giving people the opportunity to get right with the law but recognizing there are going to be circumstances people try to do the right thing and it may take time,” Obama said at a wide-ranging joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande (Epstein, 2/11).The Wall Street Journal: Some Small Firms See Little Relief In Latest Health-Law DelaySmall and midsize businesses stand to benefit the most from the latest delay in the health law’s employer insurance requirement. But farm co-owner Laura Pedersen doesn’t plan to take advantage of it. The Seneca Castle, N.Y., proprietor of a produce and grain farm last year rearranged her employees’ schedules and workloads to keep the farm’s full-time staff below 50 workers. Her goal was to avoid having to start providing insurance or pay a penalty in 2015 under the Affordable Care Act (Needleman and Colvin, 2/11).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Health Care Tweak: Big Companies Get Wiggle RoomBig retail stores, hotels, restaurants and other companies with lots of low-wage and part-time workers are among the main beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s latest tweak to health care rules. Companies with 100 or more workers will be able to avoid the biggest of two potential employer penalties in the Affordable Care Act by offering coverage to 70 percent of their full-timers (2/12).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Top White House Aide Defends Health Law DelayA top White House aide defended the Obama administration’s latest decision to delay a part of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, saying Tuesday that policy makers were trying to create a “smoother transition” for businesses. Gene Sperling, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, also blasted Republicans for criticizing the administration’s decision Monday to give many small businesses additional time to comply with parts of the law (Paletta, 2/11).The New York Times: Creators Still In Demand On Health Care WebsiteAfter denigrating the work of CGI and replacing it as the largest contractor on the federal health care website, the Obama administration is negotiating with the company to extend its work on the project for a few months. And the new prime contractor, Accenture, is trying to recruit and hire CGI employees to work under its supervision. The transition between the two companies has interrupted work on the “back end” of the computer system needed to pay insurers, people involved in the project said Tuesday (Pear and Austen, 2/11).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Md. Lawmaker Wants Probe Of Exchange ProcurementA Maryland lawmaker on Tuesday renewed a call for an investigation into the state’s defective health care exchange with a focus on the procurement process of the exchange’s board, which has approved multimillion dollar contracts (2/11).Los Angeles Times: Vaccination Exemptions Still On States’ Legislative AgendasEighteen state legislatures, including California’s, have considered exemptions to immunization mandates in the last several years — and the issue remains a topic of debate, researchers said Tuesday. Most of the bills introduced in those 18 states sought to expand the exemptions available to school immunization requirements, but none of those bills passed, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. (MacVean, 2/11).The Washington Post: Va. Legislators Push Flurry Of Bills At Session’s Halfway PointVirginia’s General Assembly plowed through hundreds of bills Tuesday, reaching broad consensus on ethics, school testing and mental health reforms while also picking new partisan fights and bracing for a Medicaid battle that will test Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s ability to work across the aisle. Racing against a deadline to get bills out of one chamber and into the other, legislators put the final touches on measures aimed at limiting gifts to public officials, reducing standardized tests in public schools and improving the handling of psychiatric emergencies — all priorities that enjoy bipartisan support (Vozzella, Laris and Weiner, 2/11).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. First Edition: February 12, 2014 This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. 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