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TPR takes ITV to the Upper Tribunal in pensions antiavoidance case

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) and television broadcasting organisation ITV are appearing at the Upper Tribunal this week to begin the hearing for its long-running pensions anti-avoidance dispute.The hearing, ITV and others v The Pensions Regulator, commenced on Monday 29 January 2018 at The Rolls Building, London, and is expected to last for two weeks. The case concerns TPR’s decision to undertake anti-avoidance action in December 2011 regarding Box Clever Group Pension Scheme.Box Clever, which was formed in 2000, was the result of a merger between television rental organisations Granada (now ITV) and Thorn, now known as Carmelite. Prior to the organisation’s collapse, employees affected by the merger were transferred into a Box Clever pension scheme when they moved to the new organisation. This was to ensure that staff received the same benefits they would have gained from their previous pension arrangements. The Box Clever pension scheme currently has approximately 2,800 members, and a buy-out deficit of over £90 million.TPR opened anti-avoidance action in December 2011, to issue financial support directions (FSD) to five organisations that form part of the ITV Group. The FSDs required the organisations to propose how they would financially support the Box Clever pension scheme.ITV originally referred to the Upper Tribunal in January 2012 to question TPR’s determination to issue FSDs in this instance. The broadcasting organisation then challenged TPR’s ability to submit additional evidence to the anti-avoidance case in 2013. Both the Court of Appeal and the Upper Tribunal ruled in favour of TPR and refused ITV permission to appeal, with decisions announced in 2017 and 2016 respectively. This confirmed that TPR is not bound by the original case it presented to the Determinations Panel, but that it is entitled to raise matters not previously raised where a determination is referred to the Upper Tribunal.The case, which will be heard by Mrs Justice Rose, Judge Herrington and Ian Abrams, is the first time an anti-avoidance case by TPR has been heard in full in the Upper Tribunal.last_img read more

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust increases pay for ambulance crew and trainees

first_imgThe London Ambulance Service NHS Trust has announced that it will transition 1,350 ambulance crew members and trainees from pay band four into pay band five, following a re-evaluation of job descriptions.Under the NHS’ Agenda for Change terms and conditions of service, employees in the fourth pay band receive between £21,089 and £23,761 per year, depending on their length of service. Band five, meanwhile, pays between £24,214 and £30,112, also based on tenure.The NHS trust will transition all emergency ambulance crew members to receive a band five salary from September 2019, with pay backdated to 1 March 2019.In addition, staff undergoing training at the trust’s education centres and operational placement centres, or posted to a group station while in a consolidation period, will also see an increase in wages. Currently, these individuals receive a percentage of a band four salary; from September 2019, this will increase so that trainee staff will receive the same percentage of salary within pay band five. Where applicable, this will also be backdated to 1 March 2019.These changes were implemented following an evaluation of job descriptions conducted by the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s job evaluation panel, as well as after discussions at a staff council meeting on 31 July 2019.The London Ambulance Service has paused recruitment for emergency ambulance crew roles while a new Agenda for Change band four job description and contract is developed. The new pay structure, therefore, does not apply to individuals within the recruitment pipeline who do not have a formal contract of employment.Paul Woodrow, director of operations at London Ambulance Service, said: “Following our extensive discussions with staff-side union representatives, the roles of emergency ambulance crew and trainee emergency ambulance crew in our service have been taken through a formal job evaluation process in accordance with Agenda for Change. As a result of this process, these roles have been successfully re-banded to band five.“All clinicians currently working at these levels will now be transitioned to this band. This confirms the commitment the service has to better reflect the skills and requirements placed on our non-registered clinicians, recognising the enhanced level of capability we require to give patients the best care for their needs.”Gordon White, regional organiser at trade union GMB, added: “We are delighted that the collective voice of the staff is being listened to and [that the] London Ambulance Service [is] starting to properly value our members.“GMB asked for a re-evaluation of the [emergency ambulance crew] and [trainee emergency ambulance crew] role back in January 2019. This was taken forward in March 2019 and the re-evaluation panel agreed that this was a band five role.“This is good news for our vast membership within the [London Ambulance Service] and for the treatment [the] patients will receive.“This latest announcement ensures that trainees’ time is recognised and valued too. Our emergency ambulance crews and trainees are in the front line, helping those most in need when they most need it.“It is a very welcome announcement that has seen jobs re-evaluated and pay uplifted. This is a step in the right direction to properly reflect the skills and dedication that these heroes bring to the job.”last_img read more

Fire breaks out at Pembroke Pines strip mall

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out at a strip mall in Pembroke Pines.According to witnesses, the fire started at a restaurant next to an animal hospital.The fire occurred along Pines Boulevard and Northwest 184th Street, Friday morning.Employees were evacuated with the animals as a precaution.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Police suggest preparing scent preservation kits for emergencies

first_imgCITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are suggesting that families prepare scent preservation kits, which would aid law enforcement in case of future emergencies.The kits are easy to put together and could one day help save a life.According to police, the scent preservation kits can help more quickly locate a child or elderly person who goes missing.All you need to prepare a kit at home is a sterile cloth and an airtight jar. You rub the cloth under the arm, place it inside the jar, then keep it on top your fridge.In the case of an emergency, the uncontaminated cloth will be given to trained K-9’s, giving them a much faster window of opportunity to find the victim or missing person.“I recommend it to anybody with small children or elderly loved ones with dementia, Alzheimer’s, anything, you know, that might be prone to wander, basically,” said Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Williams.When asked why the kits are so helpful, Williams responded, “Because the odor’s pure. We have the minimal amount of contamination.” The kits last up to seven years.They are now being sold and used by police across parts of the west coast and Central Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Miramar teen found dead outside apartment complex

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A teen boy has been found dead outside a Miramar apartment complex, early Wednesday morning.Seventeen-year-old Kumasi Kareem was found lying face down in an alley behind an apartment complex near Southwest 33rd Street and Red Road.Officials responded to the scene and declared him dead upon arrival.Residents said they heard gunshots.If you have any information on this case, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

More retailers announce closures for Thanksgiving Day

first_img(WSVN) – Many stores in recent years have tried to appeal to holiday shoppers by opening on Thanksgiving day, rather than waiting for Black Friday.Now as many retailers have been faced with backlash from both the public and employees for opening on a holiday traditionally spent with family, more stores are starting to announce that they will NOT open on Thanksgiving.BestBlackFriday.com conducted a survey of over 500 shoppers, asking how they felt about stores being open on Thanksgiving Day. Only 16 percent of those surveyed responded positively to the move, while over 56 percent of people said they disliked the idea.Fox 13 reports that nearly 70 regional and national chains have said they will remain closed on Thursday, November 23.The list so far includes:A.C. MooreAbt ElectronicsAcademy Sports + OutdoorsAce HardwareAt HomeBabies R UsBJ’s Wholesale ClubBlain’s Farm and FleetBurlingtonCost Plus World MarketCostcoCraft WarehouseCrate and BarrelDillard’sdressbarnDSW – Designer Shoe WarehouseEl DoradoEthan AllenGardner-White FurnitureGuitar CenterH&MHalf Price BooksHarbor FreightHobby LobbyHome DepotHomeGoodsHomesenseIKEAJOANN Fabric and Craft StoresJos. A. BankLa-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)Lowe’sMarshallsMattress FirmMicro CenterMills Fleet FarmMusic & ArtsNeiman MarcusNordstromNordstrom RackOffice Depot and OfficeMaxOutdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)P.C. Richard & SonParty CityPatagoniaPetcoPetSmartPier 1 ImportsPublixRaymour & Flanigan FurnitureREI (closed Black Friday too)Sam’s ClubSears Hometown StoresSears OutletShoe CarnivalSierra Trading PostSportsman’s WarehouseSprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)StaplesStein MartSur La TableThe Container StoreThe Original Mattress FactoryTJ MaxxTractor SupplyTrollbeadsVon MaurWest MarineThe following stores have been closed on Thanksgiving for the past several years, but have not yet announced their decisions for Nov. 23:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

9th Sam Adams Octoberfest held in Wynwood

first_imgMiami’s Wynwood neighborhood welcomed the arrival of fall with brews and delicious food.The ninth annual Sam Adams Octoberfest was held this weekend at the Wynwood Marketplace, located at 2230 N.W. 2nd Ave.The free event, which was open to revelers of all ages, featured some of the best seasonal beers, along with live music, games and a wide array of dining options. It ended Sunday at 8 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Archbishop Wenski leads Christmas Eve Mass in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Catholics around the world attended Christmas Eve Mass, and those in South Florida were no exception.Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski led a Mass at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, located along Northwest Second Avenue and 75th Street in Miami, Monday night.A concert was also held as part of the service.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Mother reunited with wandering child in Boynton Beach

first_imgBOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) – A child has been reunited with his mother after he was found wandering the streets of Boynton Beach.The young boy was found along Congress Avenue near Gateway Boulevard on Monday afternoon. Officers knocked on doors in the neighborhood near the area where he was found.His mother was located shortly after.The Boynton Beach Police Department is currently investigating. UPDATE: The child and mother have been reunited. We are now conducting an investigation into the circumstances that resulted in the child being found wandering on Congress Avenue. The Department of Children and Families has been notified.— Boynton Beach Police (@BBPD) August 19, 2019center_img The Department of Children and Families has also been notified about the incident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Nikiski Pool Closed For Swimming Activities Hopes To Reopen Before October Ends

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Nikiski Pool is closed for public swimming activities until further notice according to a recording on the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Office’s phone. According to an ordinance introduced to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, the NPRSA Board recommends completely replacing the system. North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Director Rachel Parra said in an email that  “we are expediting the processes, procurement of bids etc. to get it completed as soon as possible. So hopefully [we will reopen] sooner than the end of the month.” The septic system issues were found during the pool’s annual maintenance inspection in September.center_img “Due to unforeseen circumstances with the failing septic system at the Nikiski Pool, there will be limited operations until the system can be replaced. The Nikiski Pool will ONLY be open for the showers and some previously scheduled programs. The fitness room & courts will remain open under normal operating hours.Open swim, lap swim, hot tub, waterslide and swimming lessons will be closed until further notice. The lifeguard class will continue Oct 8-12.The limited operations will remain in effect until further notice.We apologize for any inconvenience and are working diligently to get the system replaced as soon as possible. We will provide updates and a timeline once we get them.Thank you for your understanding.” The ordinance says the project will “include engineering, geotechnical investigation of soils, demolition of existing system and construction of new septic system, site restoration including the affected area, and project administrative services at a cost of $50,000.”last_img read more

Moose Wanders Into Alaska Hospital

first_imgIt was an experience Hupton never expected when she moved to Anchorage three years ago from Carroll, Iowa, where she saw her share of deer and cows, but nothing as exotic as a moose. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose wandered into a hospital building Monday in Alaska’s largest city, and Stephanie Hupton was ready with her phone camera. The footage shows the massive animal browsing around some greenery near an entrance before it stands gazing at the camera. Hupton works in medical billing at a physical therapy office inside a medical office building attached to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. When a patient mentioned a moose was inside her building, she dashed out the door and started recording a video. Hupton said the moose briefly lingered before sauntering out through a motion-activated door.last_img read more

KPBSD Contract Negotiations Expected To Continue During Summer Months

first_imgMembers of the Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA) and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association (KPESA) voted on May 22 to authorize a strike over rising healthcare costs. The strike will take place this fall unless an agreement can be reached with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association have been in negotiations with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District since February of 2018 prior to their contracts expiring on July 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Teachers and staff from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District once again stepped up to the bargaining table in hopes of reaching a contract agreement prior to the start of the new school year at a meeting on Tuesday. Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison for the district: “The bargaining teams met until close to 11:30 this morning (Tuesday). From a district perspective, I’d say, The district is open to exploring ways to break the impasse and we hope that this meeting today was a step toward a new agreement. We hope to meet again later this summer.” David Brighton, KPEA President: “We have three sticking points with the District. The first is that we need to remove the healthcare cap. The second is we can’t agree with the district who says we’ll sign off on a contract now and figure the details out at the healthcare committee later. We need to know what the healthcare benefits are going forward. And finally we need to be sure that employees will take home a paycheck and not be forced to write a check to the district for the cost for their healthcare.”last_img read more

Ascend Media Holdings Files for Chapter 7 Liquidation

first_imgAfter a lengthy process of selling off all but one of its business divisions, Overland Park, Kansas-based trade publisher Ascend Media Holdings has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation under the U.S. bankruptcy code.According to the bankruptcy petitions filed last month on behalf of Ascend and its affiliates, the company carries nearly $15 million in liabilities compared to only $25,704 in estimated assets (personal property). The company said it carries $10.98 million in secured claims, $172,114 in unsecured priority claims and $3.78 million in unsecured non-priority claims.Ascend Media Holdings is the remnant of a once large company of about $150 million in revenue. Over the last two years its private equity owners have been divesting it in pieces and the Chapter 7 liquidation filing represents the official, legal declaration of intent. One of those divested pieces, the company’s event and custom media division, was acquired in September by Cameron Bishop, the former CEO of Ascend Media, who retained the name Ascend Media, leaving one ongoing company of that name and another with a similar name that is liquidating. Ascend sold its Allied Healthcare division to Anthem Media Group in August and sold its Practice Developers group shortly before that. Under Chapter 7, an impartial U.S. trustee was named in order to administer Ascend’s case and liquidate or sell its remaining assets. Ascend indicated that after any exempt property is excluded and administrative expenses are paid that “there will be no funds available for distribution to unsecured creditors.”Ascend said it has between 100 and 199 creditors, the majority being unsecured non-priority claims. Among its secured creditors are Wells Fargo and GE Commercial Finance. BPA International, Hallmark Data Systems, Omniture and Quebecor World (now Worldcolor) are among its unsecured non-priority creditors.A creditors’ meeting was scheduled for November 30 in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey.Divesting Since 2007Until last month, Ascend was shopping its final remaining business division: the Ascend Institute for Medical Education. When contacted by FOLIO: about the status of the group Ascend CEO Vicki Masseria declined to comment.In June, Ascend was reportedly “exploring its options” after ownership of the former trade magazine publisher was transferred from management and private equity groups Veronis Suhler Stevenson and CCMP to a group of investors led by Wells Fargo. Ascend sold off its 17-title Professional Service Division, shut down three titles (Physicians Money Digest, Family Practice Recertification and Internal Medicine World Report), divested its four-title dental group and sold Expo magazine to FOLIO: parent company Red 7 Media in 2007. In February 2008, Ascend sold its Princeton, New Jersey-based Ascend Health division to Intellisphere, publisher of the MD Net Guide journal series for physicians.In 2004, Ascend acquired Medical World Communications for $130 million, transforming it into a company with revenues of about $150 million. While the Medical World acquisition was credited at the time for “making” Ascend, many observers blamed that deal for putting the company in a position it couldn’t dig itself out of.last_img read more

Bluff Media Sold to Churchill Downs Inc

first_imgBluff Media has been acquired by horse racing and entertainment company Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) for an undisclosed amount.Bluff co-presidents Eric Morris and Eddy Kleid will continue to lead the company’s brands, which include Bluff and Fight! magazines, along with their websites and the online tournament database The PokerDB.CDI plans to expand and build upon Bluff Media assets, particularly hoping to bank on new business opportunities if U.S. state and federal online poker laws were to become liberalized. The company declined to offer any specifics regarding the deal or its plans for the newly acquired assets.CDI’s existing assets include its namesake horse racing track in Kentucky along with three casinos, a video poker business, a network of off-track betting (OTB) facilities and an online wagering site called TwinSpires.com. In December, Bluff Media acquired a stake in the Mid-States Poker Tour, with plans to expand the event to additional U.S. cities, increase its frequency to eighteen per year and eventually rebrand the series the Bluff Poker Tour.last_img read more

WebMD the Magazine Gets Redesign Increases Distribution

first_imgTopics from WebMD online communities will be explored in detail in the print magazine—an effort to further incorporate audience desires and social conversations into the editorial focus of the brand. “Each page will have almost social cues for the audience,” says the publisher. “We’ll marry the expert opinion or answer to a question that may have popped on WebMD’s community board. We can use the magazine as a place to bring together expert input along with topics that we know consumers are most interested in.”Beginning in January 2013, WebMD the Magazine will increase its distribution by 100,000 copies. According to the most recent Fas-Fax report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations for the period ending June 30, 2012, WebMD the Magazine had a total analyzed, non-paid audience of over 1.3 million, with about 32,400 coming in the form of digital replicas. WebMD.com recieves about 106.9 million unique visitors per month.“The increase came through a combination of demand from readers and healthcare professionals,” says Anderson. “We continue to look for opportunities to expand our print circulation as well as digitally. We launched our iPad app, which was an answer to reader demand for the magazine outside of their doctor’s office.”There are several new interactive components through the free iPad app, including expert questions readers should ask doctors; beauty shopping lists; videos; slideshows and online tools. The app will reflect the redesigned magazine look and feel, and included embedded interactive enhancements from WebMD.comWhile the iPad app and enhanced content sections give advertisers more options, the company is also looking to reach these groups through special interest publications—WebMD Diabetes launched this year, as did WebMD Campus. Healthy living title WebMD the Magazine is reintroducing itself this September with a redesigned publication.“We wanted to modernize the look and feel of our site so we thought it was a really good time to refresh the magazine,” says Heidi Anderson, publisher of the magazine. “From a content perspective, we’ve re-examined the architecture of the magazine to create six distinctive sections that are even more closely mapped to our website.”Through a combination of frequent readership polls and syndicated research of audiences, the title chose six topics that were of greatest interest to readers—both in print and online—and made them the focal point of the reimagined product. The brand is now broken up into the sections of living healthy, healthy beauty, family & parenting, food & recipes, fitness & exercise, and WebMD Checkup.“WebMD Checkup is an inside look at our patients and consumers that are living with a condition,” says Anderson. “It’s a core health section, and we also have a feature well. We wanted this new architecture to create a seamless experience that even better maps to our content on the website.”last_img read more

Abrams Media Taps Business Insider Exec As President

first_img“The timing is perfect,” Dan Abrams, the company’s founder, says in an internal memo published on Mediaite.com. “Bridget comes to us as Mediaite just had its biggest month ever and she is uniquely suited to help transform this rapidly growing business into a significant media company.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! Abrams Media today announced that it has tapped Business Insider’s SVP of Business and Audience Development, Bridget Williams, as the company’s new president.Abrams Media, a network of media, entertainment, technology and sports sites, claims a cumulative audience reach of more than 15 million monthly uniques. Sites include Mediaite, SportsGrid, and Gossip Cop, among others. Williams will oversee day-to-day operations of all company sites, in addition to Abrams Research.Prior to her role at Business Insider, Williams served as president of Split Rock New Media, sales manager at New York Times Digital and a vice president of platform sales at ShortTail Media. last_img read more

Hearst Upgrades Native Ad Services Into Dedicated Product Portfolio

first_img“When the groundswell of native began, we took inventory of what we were offering and put together a cross-discipline task force,” says Whitmore. “The next step was to see what a more robust product offering looked like. We decided to get focused and deliver a suite all at once.”The group whittled an initial list—using specific criteria filters that required the new units must address video, social and mobile, for example—from 40 ideas down to 5. A fundamental requisite was the units had to be useful for readers, whether there’s a sponsor attached to them or not. “We wanted to make sure these were content solutions that could stand on their own two feet, even if there was no advertiser around it,” says Whitmore.The resulting five options include units that fit into developing story streams (see the “Acme Spirits” mockup above), photo collages, themed video collections, social live streams, and mobile flipbook ad units.In every case, branded content is mixed in with existing Hearst content, but labeled with a “presented by” or “brought to you by” tagline. And the more perfect blend, the better. “If it feels forced then it isn’t going to work. So we want to make sure we have the flexibility in execution to have the right content and creative,” says Whitmore. “We don’t want to be the next cautionary tale.”That execution is still being worked out, says Whitmore, but generally, the content will either come directly from the brand marketer, an editor, or someone at Hearst with a bit more marketing copy experience. The buzz around native advertising has reached a point where some publishers are feeling compelled to shift from opportunistic, one-off programs to a formal menu of actual formats. Hearst Magazines is the latest to draw this conclusion with its recent announcement that it is now offering five specific native advertising units that can be inserted across the company’s brand platforms. Grant Whitmore, vice president, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, notes that the company has been offering native advertising opportunities for the last few years—the concept of bringing brand messaging ever tighter with editorial context is not a new idea, after all, especially on the web. But the group gut-checked its sponsored blog posts and other contextual ad strategies as the native concept became more legitimized in the market and new form factors began appearing. last_img read more

Navy Begins Testing Reversible Fuel Cell Technology

first_imgThe Navy has begun testing a novel technology that can both store energy and generate electricity in a single system.Last month, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center held the first live demonstration of the 50-kilowatt, reversible solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif. Engineers are assessing the cell’s ability to support the energy needs of military and commercial customers, reported the warfare center. The system — developed by Boeing of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Sunfire of Dresden, Germany — is scalable to 400 kilowatts.The system is the largest of its kind using a reversible solid oxide fuel cell to store energy from renewable resources to produce clean electricity. The system generates, compresses and stores hydrogen. When the grid demands power, it operates as a fuel cell, consuming the stored hydrogen to produce electricity.“The SOFC is a most promising technology for both remote islands and expeditionary applications,” said project manager Michael Cruz. “Combined with a solar photovoltaic array, a SOFC system generates electricity, potable water and heat with only two inputs, sunshine and seawater,” Cruz said.This first unit was commissioned on the Southern California Edison power grid at Boeing’s Huntington Beach facility before being installed on the Navy’s microgrid at Port Hueneme. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Support for Ending Earmark Ban Remains Strong at Least among Appropriators

first_imgIf the congressional ban on earmarks was supposed to boost the public’s confidence in lawmakers — or even trim spending — it seemingly has failed. In fact, many lawmakers believe the absence of earmarks over the past five years has been one factor contributing to the breakdown of the appropriations process. Those lawmakers, who include many appropriators, would welcome the return of earmarks as long as controls were put in place to prevent questionable projects and private entities from benefitting, reports CQ Roll Call.Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), chairman of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, said he would support lifting the ban if rules were drafted by a bipartisan congressional commission. The ban has been an “absolute disaster” for the appropriations process, he said.“They didn’t understand the appropriations process very well and I think they gave away a lot of power leadership has wielded in the past and it has made the whole place less functional, not more functional,” Cole said.House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) agrees.“I think it has weakened the appropriations process and made it more difficult to pass bills, because members don’t feel any personal stake in the bill passing,” Hoyer told CQ. The change may even have hurt constituents’ faith in the effectiveness of Congress. “One of the things that the elimination of earmarks has done has estranged members from their districts, to some degree. And given people a sense that a member of Congress cannot do anything to help our districts,” Hoyer said.He would support a return to earmarks if the process ensured transparency. It would need to require lawmakers to attach their names to their proposals and prohibit earmarks that benefit private entities.House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said the ban has reduced the House’s authority. “The way it is now, we appropriate funds in a general sense for the executive branch and then they, in effect, earmark those moneys to where they want to see it go. That really should be the Congress,” Rogers said.The Senate’s Republican leaders appear skeptical about bringing back earmarks. But many of the chamber’s Democrat appropriators favor reviving them. Those lawmakers underscore the need for the process to be transparent and benefit public entities.To address the public’s negative perception of earmarks, lawmakers should ensure there is broad political support before ending the ban, James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, told CQ.“I think it needs to be bipartisan, led by leadership and framed in a way that makes it seem less frivolous,” Thurber said. “Some of the earmarks in the past seemed quite frivolous.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Counter Sales Representative at S.G. TorricePart-Time Delivery Driver at Nick’s Pizza, Roast Beef & SubsFull-Time Customer Complaints Specialist/QC Inspector at CutisPharmaPart-Time Laborer/Supervisor at Two Men And A TruckPart-Time DOT Delivery Driver at FedEx ExpressFull-Time Memory Care Activities Staff Person at Windsor PlaceFull-Time Service Technician at SERVPROFull-Time Business Manager at TorchMark AILFull-Time Benefits Coordinator at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Manufacturing Technician at Ametek(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more