Seychelles recognised for improved climate and energy strategies

first_imgAfDB $2.1m grant will aid Mauritania to advance climate risk management solutions. The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) has ranked Seychelles as the most improved country over the past decade in terms of its climate and energy strategies.This biennial report, produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, attributes this ranking to the Seychelles’ commitment to combating greenhouse gas emissions through implementing new policies and schemes.A ‘smart’ approachThis has been achieved through its active efforts in increasing renewable power installations and looking at smarter technologies.Speaking with Seychelles News Agency, the Principal Secretary for Climate Change and Energy, Wills Agricole, explained: “Seychelles has stepped up its effort over the previous years in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the transition to renewable sources of power through introducing smart renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes in both domestics and commercials sectors.”In addition, Agricole said: “The increase of imported hybrids and electric vehicles in the country, which consume less fossil fuel and emit fewer pollutants into the atmosphere, hence decoupling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from economic activity, has contributed to this marked improvement.”To secure a higher EPI ranking in 2019, Agricole said that the Island needs to “improve on data collection, reporting, and verification across a range of environmental issues urgently.”The EPI builds on the best available global data from international research entities, such as the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the World Resources Institute, and the Sea Around Us Project at the University of British Columbia, as well as international organisations such as the World Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.View the full report here. BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Finance and Policy Generation Featured image: Stockcenter_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleEskom: PIC agrees to R5bn bridging facilityNext articleAfDB approves $10m for the African Local Currency Bond Fund Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector last_img read more

Series of earthquakes rattle Los Angeles area

first_imgPetrovich9/iStockBy Jon Haworth, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A series of earthquakes have rattled the Los Angeles area early Monday morning with the biggest being a 4.0-magnitude earthquake centered just east of the Los Angeles International Airport.According to KABC-TV, the first temblor was recorded around 4:15 a.m. about 1 mile east-northeast of Lennox, California.This was followed by a 2.5-magnitude aftershock that was recorded only minutes later near where the initial quake struck.The third earthquake registered as a 4.0-magnitude quake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and was centered about a mile east-northeast of Lennox, which shook the area about 30 minutes later at approximately 4:44 a.m.There are no current reports of any damage or injuries.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Family Medicine Behavioral Medicine Assistant/Associate/or Full Professor Faculty Member/Director

first_imgMinimum Requirements: Doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in clinical or counselingpsychology, family therapy, or social work from an accreditedprogramTraining and experience in individual and group therapy, childand family therapy, or related fieldsClinical training and skills to provide psychologicalassessments and interventions to patients of all ages includingchildren and adolescentsExperience in providing integrative behavioral health care witha team of primary care physiciansExperience in teaching family medicine residents and medicalstudentsExperience in developing curriculum for family medicineresidents and medical studentsExperience in conducting primary care related research(includes IRB submission, grant writing, publications inpeer-reviewed journals, presentations at national meetings,etc.)Excellent verbal and written communication skillsLicensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Florida Duties and Responsibilities as a Clinician: Develop behavioral medicine curriculum, clinical experiences,and evaluation tools for the residency program and ensure theprogram meets or exceeds all ACGME requirements related tobehavioral healthDevelop interpersonal and communication skills curriculum,clinical experiences, and evaluation tools for the residencyprogram and ensure the program meets or exceeds ACGME requirementsrelated to interpersonal and communication skillsAssist the PD with ensuring that all residents and facultyunderstand the social determinants of health of the localpopulation and incorporate them in the design and implementation ofprogram curriculum, with the goal of addressing these needs andhealth disparitiesServe as the program’s Director of Scholarship and assistresidents and core faculty with research, publications, posters,and conference presentationsSupervise home visits conducted by residentsServe as a member on the Clinical Competency CommitteeAssist family medicine residents and faculty with themanagement of patients with behavioral health conditionsProvide didactic teaching related to behavioral healthtopicsFacilitate periodic Balint groupsAssist the PD with the recruitment of high caliber, diverseresidents by actively participating in the interview, selection,and ranking process of residency candidatesAssist the PD with ensuring the program meets or exceeds allACGME and University of Florida Health requirements for residentwellnessRegularly attend faculty meetings and faculty developmenttraining sessionsComplete and submit resident and student evaluations in atimely mannerSupervise psychology, social work, psychiatric nursepractitioner students or interns or other behavioral healthtraineesDemonstrate dedication to Family Medicine GMEDemonstrate stellar professionalism The University of Florida, Department of Community Health andFamily Medicine is seeking a Full Time (1.00 FTE) BehavioralMedicine Assistant/Associate/or Full Professor FacultyMember/Director of Research at Sacred Heart Hospital EmeraldCoast (SHHEC), at the Destin Florida location. The anticipatedeffective start date for the first resident class is 7/1/23. Theexpected start date for the Family Medicine Behavioral MedicineFaculty would be July 1, 2021. Rank will be commensurate withqualifications. This is a Full-time position, however, part-timewill be considered depending upon the needs of the clinic andapplicant.Job Description:The primary responsibilities of the Behavioral MedicineFaculty/Director of Research are to assist the Program Director(PD) with meeting Accreditation Council for Graduate MedicalEducation (ACGME) requirements for Family Medicine Graduate MedicalEducation (GME) in behavioral medicine, interpersonal andcommunication skills, scholarship, healthcare disparities, andresident wellness. As the Behavioral Medicine Faculty/ Director ofResearch, you will provide integrated behavioral health care withinthe Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and you will ensure familymedicine residents are fully competent to independently deliverhigh quality, evidence-based behavioral health care upon graduationfrom this residency program.Duties and Responsibilities as Faculty: Provide medical care in behavioral medicine consistent withcurrent standards of careEvaluate and triage residents with acute and chronic mentalhealth needs. Collaborate with other behavioral medicine providersin the community to ensure residents receive all necessary mentalhealth care to optimize their wellness and maximize their abilityto provide safe patient care.Assess urgency of patient’s medical care needs in determiningnecessary follow-up schedule and/or referral/consultationappointmentsExercise appropriate medical judgment in all issues pertinentto medical diagnosis and treatment on each patient’s behalf To be considered for this position, you are required to applyonline at and enter 69812 inthe search box. Your application is considered complete with theinclusion of your C.V., cover letter, and three signed letters ofrecommendation. Please either add the three signed letterswith your online application or email your signed letters ofrecommendation to the HR Manager at [email protected] review will begin immediately and will continueuntil the position is filled.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Assistant Professor- Theatre & Performance Studies

first_imgDepartment of Theatre and Film Assistant Professor of Theatreand Performance Studies For a complete job description and instructions on how to applyfor this position, visit In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have adisability and would like to request an accommodation in order toapply for a position with Bowling Green State University, pleasecall 419-372-8421. Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD or DFA inTheatre or a related area (e.g., Communication) and an emphasis inPerformance Studies, or the requirements for the degree completedby the start of employment (August 2021); College-level teachingand a scholarly record in cultural diversity in theatre or inperformance; Experience teaching performance studies at the collegelevel; Demonstrated research productivity through one or morepublished or in press journal articles or book chapters or researchpresentations at national conferences; and experience directing forthe theatre at the college level.  Position Summary: The Department of Theatre and Film invitesapplications for a tenure-track position in Theatre and PerformanceStudies. Starting date is August 2021. The successful candidatewill teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Theatre andPerformance Studies. The successful candidate will adviseundergraduate and graduate (Master’s and doctoral) students,supervise graduate instructors, and teach courses with emphases onrace and diversity in theatre and performance. Contribution to ourproduction program is also expected. Demonstrated researchproductivity leading to peer reviewed publication and presentationsat national conferences is expected, as is advising of graduatestudents.  The successful candidate is expected to contributeservice to the department, college, university, and profession atthe national level. Application deadline: April 25, 2021.center_img Preferred Qualifications are: experience teaching other theatreor performance studies courses (e.g., script analysis, introductionto theatre) at the college level; scholarly record in one or moreof the following: cultural studies, Black/African American theatreand/or performance, critical race theory, theatre/performancestudies pedagogy, and other interdisciplinary methodologies and/ortheoretical foundations; and experience teaching online. BGSU is an AA/EEO/Vet employer dedicated to the goal of buildinga culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed toteaching and working in a diverse environment.  We encourageapplications from women, minorities, veterans and persons withdisabilities regardless of age, gender identity, geneticinformation, religion, or sexual orientation. Application: For an application to be considered complete,submit a cover letter that includes statement of teaching andresearch interests, articulates experience to date and professionalgoals for the future; a full curriculum vitae; names and contactinformation of three references who will provide letters ofrecommendation (dated within the past year); statement ofcontributions made and commitment to diversity in higher education;a writing sample of 30 pages maximum (e.g. dissertation chapter, oracademic journal article/chapter); a Statement of TeachingPhilosophy and a Teaching Portfolio that includes at least onesample syllabus, examples of assignments, and student quantitativeand qualitative course evaluations (if available); and a transcriptshowing highest degree earned. Background check and officialtranscripts required for employment.last_img read more

Council looks to expand tenant discrimination laws

first_imgThe City Council on Tuesday will consider a series of bills aimed at curbing renter discrimination (iStock)The City Council on Tuesday will consider a series of bills that would increase protections against renter discrimination.The measures would ban discrimination based on renters’ criminal histories and lawful sources of income — namely federal, state, or local public assistance.Under current law, landlords cannot reject applications for apartments in properties with six or more units based on a prospective tenant’s income source. A bill sponsored by Council member Keith Powers would expand the law to properties with three or more apartments.Another bill seeks to bar real estate brokers, landlords or their affiliates from conducting criminal background checks or asking applicants if they have ever been arrested or convicted.ADVERTISEMENT“We need to stop the prison-to-shelter pipeline and to end the use of discriminatory background checks in housing,” Council member Stephen Levin, one of the bill’s sponsors, said during a Council meeting last month.He called a stable home critical for success after incarceration. “It increases an individuals’ ability to gain employment and foster supportive relationships, both of which contribute to greater public safety and lower taxpayer costs,” said Powers.The Council member noted that other cities including San Francisco, Richmond and Seattle have similar laws.But “ban the box” laws — which forbid employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history — have actually hurt minorities, economists say: Employers guess which applicants have criminal histories, and thus screen out young Black and Latino men.The New York bills will be heard by the City Council’s Committee on Civil and Human Rights.Also on Tuesday, the City Council’s zoning subcommittee is hosting a hearing on the controversial proposal to rezone Industry City.During a press conference Monday, Andrew Kimball, the CEO of the Sunset Park business campus, indicated he would offer the City Council a deal under which the expansion of the Sunset Park campus would depend directly on the number of jobs created.Kimball said if the rezoning is not approved, the development team may move forward with an office-only or last-mile warehouse distribution project. The Council must make a decision by early November.Contact Kathryn Brenzel This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Email Address* Full Name* Message*last_img read more

Everything You Want To Know About Equifunk V: From The Producers

first_imgOver the past few months, Live for Live Music has been giving our readers the 411 on the Equifunk V All-Inclusive Music Festival, set to take place August 17th-19th in Equinunk, PA, right in the heart of the Pocono Mountains (and about 2 hours outside of NYC).  With a little over one week before the party starts, L4LM sits down with Eric Welles and Jeff Fischer, two of the main men behind the Equifunk idea and concept, to discuss everything about the All-Inclusive festival experience, origins, and how it all came to pass.Hey guys, thanks for sitting down with us and taking the time to answer our questions.  We are really excited for Equifunk, and thought it would be great to sit down with you both, to let our readers know just why this festival is so unique and different from your average fest.  What are the origins of Equifunk, and how did you conceive the idea for Camp Equifunk?It’s actually a pretty funny story.  Eric Kamen, the founder of Equifunk, had a friend’s bachelor party at the camp that we all attended as kids one summer, “coincidentally” named Equinunk, and in the midst of all the fun realized he had to grow that experience for more to share in. By the next summer, Equinunk was transformed into “Equifunk”, and a Festival was born…and the rest, they say, is history. What started out with some friends partying to the Zen Tricksters that first year, has grown into a festival that now had bands like Galactic and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk headlining, and the supergroup SuckerPunch playing a very-special late night set. We couldn’t be more excited.  What makes Equifunk different from other festivals?  First, it takes place on the grounds of a summer camp, where festival goers have the opportunity to sleep in comfy cabins, complete with a bed and shower to make their stay extra “homey”.Second, it is the first “ALL–INCLUSIVE” Festival.  Think about that for a minute.  At the extremely reasonable price of $325 for a cabin, you get all of your meals for the weekend, a bed and shower, the chance to bunk with your best friends, unlimited beer, access to all facilities and, of course, incredible live music.  Now compare that to a $200 ticket at another festival and add up all of the $8 beers/water you drink throughout the weekend, in addition to the overpriced food.  The best part of the ALL-INCLUSIVE package is that it makes your weekend stress free.  You know where the beer is, you know where the food is, and you don’t have to worry about walking to get what you want.  We literally bring it to you. And if you like camping under the stars, our camping option for $195 is available as well. Third, our festival capacity is only 1,000 people.  You’re paying for an intimate all-inclusive festival with sets from amazing talent like Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, SuckerPunch, RAC, Orgone,Turkuaz and Bustle In Your Hedgerow to name a few, and you don’t have to fight for position to see the stage or fear the large crowd around you.  It’s you, your best friends, and all the space you want.  This is what it feels like to be a part of our family.Why is a summer camp the ideal place for a festival?Summer Camp = FUN, plain and simple.  Anyone who has attended a summer camp as a kid or adult has experienced some of the funniest and most memorable moments of their lives.  From a first kiss, to a food fight, to stealing candy from your bunkmate – why not take the best pieces of childhood and throw it together with some amazing music?  This is the next level of festival-going.On top of that, the setting of Equinunk, PA is like none other; fresh air, gorgeous hills/lake and an incredible night sky.  What could be better?There is a “Bus to Equifunk” option, correct?  Does that mean people from NYC don’t need to figure out transportation?Correct, we will 100% have buses to transport people to and from NYC.  And it’s only $50 round-trip!!!One of the more impressive and unique aspects of Equifunk is that it is considered the first All-Inclusive music festival; completely unlimited food and beer included in the ticket price. Will there definitely be enough food and beer for each camper?Again, we are 100% all-inclusive.  We have enough beer and food to kill a small herd of bears, dinosaurs, and rabbits. If you find yourself hungry or thirsty come find us and we will personally take care of you.  Because that is what our festival is all about!And there is a pool, right?  TWO POOLS!!!!  Awesome!!!  We have heard so much about these epic pool parties.  Tell us about them.I don’t want to spoil the best kept secret about our festival.  If you want to see what all the talk is about, check out the preview video below from last year’s pool party, and do yourself a favor and start the splashing with us this summer with sets from Orgone, Sister Sparrow and many more!Being at an actual, fully functioning summer camp, the average Equifunk attendee may get a little nostalgic; what other activities outside of the music can one expect to find?  That nostalgic feel is exactly what we are trying to accomplish. Want to play hoops with Galactic?  Tennis with Ivan Neville?  Kick ball with Marco Benevento?  We have every activity you could dream of and they are all steps away from the music and your comfy bed, or tent.What have been some of your favorite acts to grace the stage at Equifunk in the past?That’s a really tough question because there have been so many memorable ones to choose from. Let me go with an experience I’ll never forget – when Big Sam’s Funky Nation came into the crowd in 2010 and led a “Funk Conga Line” with everyone there on the floor. That’s something you’ll never witness and be a part of at any other music festival, and just exemplifies the intimate setting we’ve created at Equifunk. Adam Deitch, Roberts Walters, and Eddie Roberts all played at Equifunk together last year, and have played together a few times since then. How did that come into fruition?  Was that something that just happened naturally for Equifunk?They were only playing as a trio for a select few shows in August (I believe 4 or 5), but loved the idea and were super excited to play together at Equifunk. The festival has been known to bring together some rare combinations of artists playing with one another, and we promise you this summer will NOT be any different!  Take for example the return of SuckerPunch.  You have Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits, Jamie Shields from the New Deal, and Mike Greenfield of Lotus; they haven’t played together as SuckerPunch in almost a decade, and will be making their triumphant return for the first time at Equifunk.  It doesn’t get much more epic than that.  Equifunk is branded as a funk festival, but last year you brought in The New Deal to do one of their last shows.  Explain to us the decision to broaden the horizons of the festival.While funk music has, and always will be, part of the roots of Equifunk, we definitely made it a point to bring in some other genres and spice it up this year. Acts like Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Bustle in Your Hedgerow, and RAC will for sure bring in some new elements different from years past. Not to mention some of the DJ sets we have lined up that will keep people dancing all weekend long… While the option to sleep in an actual bunk is extremely appealing, the more traditional camping option is extremely affordable and unique in its own way. Tell us about this option.For those looking to camp out and hold on to that “traditional” festival element, we’ve set up the perfect camping area situated steps away from the stage, pool, and main dining areas. Included within this extremely affordable rate is everything provided in the cabin package – all meals, beer, access to facilities, and all the live music you can handle. When it comes to camping in the mountains, what’s better than sleeping under the stars?How is this festival evolving from last year?  What, if any, changes have been made to ensure the best possible time for attendees?Right off the bat, this is easily our best line-up yet. And that’s no easy accomplishment, as we’ve had some pretty awesome talent in years past. Aside from that, I’d say the biggest change is the emphasis we’re placing on camp activities this summer. Expect more of what you loved so much about being away at camp – a huge field to play Frisbee, softball games, basketball with your friends, hula-hoop lessons, arts and crafts (for some), and even more of your favorite activities.With many festivals, there are schedule conflicts, and it is really difficult to decide what one wants to see.  Equifunk doesn’t seem to have this problem. Was that something that was preconceived, or did everything just work itself out that way?  I’d say a mix of both. We’re definitely cognizant of other festivals/events taking place that weekend, but at the same time, Equifunk is so unique to anything else going on that it’s kind of like comparing apples and oranges. For those looking for the unique experience our festival has to offer, there’s nowhere else to be Aug 17th-19th.Equifunk has a very close-knit vibe, smaller crowd, and intimate setting, would you ever want to take this festival to a grand scale?  Do you have aspirations to make this a much bigger festival?It’s only fitting that you end with the toughest question, huh? Here’s the thing – as the Festival is currently constructed, it’s so incredibly tight-knit and intimate that adding more people will hardly divert much from that feeling of closeness – it will still feel like a small Festival. And while we definitely want to continue to grow Equifunk, we never want to lose that intimate feeling and stray away from what makes this Festival so incredible and unique. At the end of the day, there’s definitely something to be said about being the best kept secret out there…Anything else that you would like to add, that festival-goers may care to know?Yes – expect the unexpected, because this weekend is unlike anything you’ve ever been a part of.**To purchase tickets to the Equifunk V All-Inclusive Music Festival, use the link below.  And don’t forget to use discount code L4LM to save $25 on your pass!Purchase Tickets HereCheck out this video from last year:Check out this teaser video:See how great the all-inclusive aspect of Equifunk is great: ***To purchase tickets to the Equifunk V All-Inclusive Music Festival, use the link below.  And don’t forget to use discount code L4LM to save $25 on your pass!Purchase Tickets Herelast_img read more

Stewart-Haas Racing reveals Kevin Harvick’s new black Mobil 1 scheme for 2019

first_imgOn the day after Christmas Kevin Harvick unwrapped a new black Mobil 1 scheme that will adorn the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford for nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 2019.The sleek new look will make its debut on March 17 at Auto Club Speedway in Harvick’s home state of California for the Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).RELATED: Harvick through the yearsHarvick won eight times in 2018 en route to finishing third in the Monster Energy Series final standings. Two of those victories (Texas and Michigan) came in a Mobil 1 paint scheme.Here’s a preview of the new scheme:last_img read more

Developments in Ambulance Reimbursement Methodology Signal Change for Fire-Based EMS Systems

first_imgBurwell’s intent was highlighted in the recent passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-10). This bill was passed with strong bipartisan support and signed into law on April 16, 2015. Recently, there’s been much talk regarding the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on prehospital care and EMS. Many have said there will be little impact. Others believe the ACA will have significant impact and will usher in a new era in EMS delivery, similar to the way paramedicine changed the fire service in the early 1970s. One major policy statement came recently from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell. She announced that by 2018, 90% of all Medicare fees-for-service payments will be linked to quality or value. Furthermore, those payments will be tied to quality or value through alternative payment models. Those alternative models include accountable care organizations (ACOs). Although EMS wasn’t included in the original language of the ACA, there’s been considerable focus on the fact that EMS drives huge costs based on where we transport patients. Fire-based EMS providers must look to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and federal government statements to understand the changes the ACA will bring to prehospital care providers. Burwell’s statement that 90% of Medicare payments will be linked to such programs should catch the attention of every fire-based EMS provider, as it will most assuredly impact your ambulance transport revenue. Since ACOs will be paying the ambulance transport fees for their patients, will they be concerned if you continue transporting their patients in a very expensive ambulance to a very expensive ED? Or will the ACOs prefer treating their patients much less expensively in outpatient clinics, freestanding emergency centers or with alternate methods of transportation? Review the 2009 NHTSA work on KPIs, begin measuring your system and make improvements where needed. This review should expose the mindset and direction of this newest effort. The first KPI to be released this year will address EMS care of patients with suspected strokes. Note that some KPIs in the 2009 effort measured organizational financial-efficiency indicators and ambulance vehicle crashes along with expected clinical measures.Talk with the ACOs in your area and help them understand how you can help them solve their problems.Regularly review the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) ACA Web page for white papers and other information about the ACA. Quality programs mandated by HHS have traditionally been referred to as value-based purchasing. HHS ties reimbursement bonuses or penalties to a medical provider’s performance in areas such as key performance indicators (KPIs) and patient satisfaction scores. Remember, the future isn’t hard to predict when those molding it are standing on the mountain top and telling us what that future will look like. Kaiser Health News further describes P.L. 114-10 as “reward[ing] providers who receive a significant portion of their revenue from an alternative payment model or patient centered medical home with a 5% payment bonus.” This concept describes an ACO. ACOs will receive a capitated, or preset, amount of money for each of their patients. They will coordinate a patient’s care with all providers with the goal of avoiding duplication and improving quality of care. If an ACO spends less per patient than they receive, they’ll be financially rewarded. If they spend more, they’ll be financially penalized. Burwell’s statements, the passage of P.L. 114-10 and other CMS actions show a clear need for three actions from fire-based EMS providers: Threats can turn into opportunities with strategic planning. A potential threat to your ambulance reimbursement rates needs your action now. Burwell’s statement and the fact that the federal government, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), awarded a grant to the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) to develop KPIs for EMS, should make us all pay attention. This project may look similar to NHTSA’s 2009 effort to develop KPIs, which ultimately stalled because the developing partners couldn’t agree on all the elements. Call to Action Burwell’s statement about the increasing use of ACOs should also cause our ears to perk up. It implies that in years to come, most payers will be ACOs, not insurance companies. According to Kaiser Health News, P.L. 114-10 “transitions to a new system focused on quality, value and accountability. Existing payment incentive programs would be combined into a new Merit Based Incentive Payment System.” This concept clearly describes the idea of value-based purchasing. ∗Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in On Scene, the digital publication of the IAFC, and is reprinted with permission.last_img read more

What If There Is Proof Of Abundance Everywhere?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWe are so blessed. For real. Need proof?Let’s do an exercise right now…Look around at the abundance that surrounds you. See this incredible scene that you are blessed to look into and the furniture that you might be sitting on.Notice the photos, art, decorations, environment, and beautiful things that might be surrounding you.Look outside and see how plentiful the world is. See the cars, trees, birds, food, and resources around you.Open your address book and look at how many people are in your life. If there is one way to be happy today, it’s by focusing on how much you have and expressing gratitude for it.Imagine the possible shifts in your perspective as you are actively and consciously looking for proof of abundance.Please join me in this journey by posting your best #ProofofAbundance pictures on social media.Be sure to use #ProofofAbundance and tag me in the photo so that I can enjoy it too!Together we can have a ripple effect of gratitude and abundance on each other and beyond!Much Love and BIG smiles,Michelle Ploog  Follow me at @michelleploog(Photo Credit: Simaje, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Say thank you.We are surrounded by abundance. We have supermarkets that offer produce flown in from around the world so that we can experience a massive variety of foreign fruits and veggies. We have roads bustling with thousands of cars, buses and taxis. We have millions of people ready to help anyone in need. We have a supply of fresh air. We are truly blessed.Often we focus on lack rather than abundance. We get caught up in everything we don’t have rather than focusing on everything that we do.There is a fear that has been reinforced through our industrialized society that insists that we never have enough; and even if we do have enough, everything might be only moments away from disappearing.3 Myths That Keep You From Living Fully and Fearlesslylast_img read more

Employment & Economy

first_imgEastern Washington’s population and economic center is Spokane County. Spokane’s economy survived the Great Recession and emerged more diversified. Spokane’s recovery is being led by five industries: advanced manufacturing, health services, finance/insurance, transportation/warehousing and education. Without the advantage of mega employers, these five industries have medium-sized employers that are flexible and efficient in their markets. The region is home to more than 500 manufacturing businesses; distribution centers for PepsiCo, American Tire Distributors and Caterpillar Logistics Services Inc.; and health care providers such as Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital. High-tech companies in manufacturing, scientific and technical industries are creating new jobs and expanding the economic base. Steady growth is predicted to continue in the near future.Spokane County is also home to Greater Spokane Inc., which connects businesses to valuable relationships and resources. GSI provides a wealth of information and resources to entrepreneurs, including a relocation guide, data and statistics, educational and networking events, and ambassadors. For more information on the economy in Spokane and other business resources, visit median age in Spokane County is about 37 years old, which means the workforce skews slightly older. Median household income in the county is $50,550, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There is no state income tax.Rail and Transit AccessThe Greater Spokane area’s highway and rail infrastructure connect it to the global marketplace. Interstate 90, which runs through the heart of Spokane, is a major commuting route for eastern Spokane County and northern Idaho. This strategic freight corridor is the northernmost east-to-west, coast-to-coast interstate. The North Spokane Corridor is a nonstop arterial across the city linking Interstate 90 to the south with U.S. Route 395 to the north. Additional major highways that connect the region to outside markets include U.S. Highway 2 (to Everett and Newport, Washington), U.S. Highway 95 (to Canada and Mexico), U.S. Highway 195 (to Lewiston, Idaho) and U.S. Highway 395 (to Canada).Rail access is provided by the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads. These rail services ship nationally from the shipping yard in Spokane Valley. The area serves as a gateway to and from the interior U.S. and Pacific Rim, with east-west access and reciprocal switching capabilities that few other regions can offer.Natural ResourcesWith agriculture as one of the region’s most important industries, it’s not surprising that nature itself is one of Spokane’s most valuable natural resources. In fact, Washington is the nation’s leading producer of apple juice and the second-largest wine producer. Spokane County boasts the second-highest number of farms in Washington, with about 2,500.The climate and geography are ideal for agriculture but also offer numerous recreational pursuits. The area has miles of trails for hiking and biking, many in lush forests; rock formations perfect for climbing; lakes and rivers ideal for water sports; and more than 30 golf courses, surrounded by stunning landscapes.Fairchild Air Force BaseWith thousands of employees, Fairchild AFB is the largest single-location employer in the region, according to Greater Spokane Inc. The workforce includes more than 6,000 active-duty personnel, Air National Guard, Army National Guard members and civilian members. The base had a total economic impact of nearly $420 million and created more than 2,300 jobs, according to its 2015 Economic Impact Statement.last_img read more