Britain could lead a robotic revolution with cost savings of 16 per cent by 2025

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp By 2025 the country’s workforce could look very differentThe UK is set to be among the leading adopters of industrial robots over the next decade, benefitting from improved productivity and a huge reduction in labour costs. While global average cost savings from the use of robots is expected to be around 16 per cent by 2025, Britain’s fast adoption is expected to push savings nearer to 21 per cent, according to a report out today on the global impact of robotics from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). “We’re seeing a fundamental trend where the cost of robotics are getting so low that it’s fundamentally changing the calculus of manufacturing, and for us that’s a big sea change,” BCG senior partner, managing director and co-author of The Shifting Economics of Global Manufacturing, Harold Sirkin told City A.M. The report predicts that the UK’s adoption of industrial robots in industries like automotive engineering and manufacturing will outpace that of Germany, France and Spain, with 45 per cent of automatable tasks handed over to robots by 2025.  The cost savings from this change could be tremendous for UK industry says Sirkin: “In the US a spot welding machine will do welds for about $8 an hour, while a human would cost about $20 an hour to do the same.” Although BCG’s report predicts a far smaller workforce, those working in the robotics industry believe the use of robots could result in a larger, more skilled workforce. “As companies adopt robots they will employ more people, it sounds contradictory, but you’ve got growth and increased productivity due to automation making businesses more competitive and therefore they’re expanding,” says Fraser Reid chief executive of Cyber-Weld, an Oxfordshire-based supplier of robotic welding solutions to businesses including Jaguar and Land Rover manufacturer Sertec. His comments were supported by Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke, who told City A.M.: “As part of a future industrial strategy, ministers need to ensure that robots are built by skilled workers in the UK – and structures need to be in place to achieve this goal.” “The march of the machines must be harnessed to create thousands of jobs for skilled workers and apprenticeships in Britain’s manufacturing sector.” Indeed the real danger for Britain’s workforce, Reid says, could be if industry fails to lead the robotics revolution. “I’ve been in the robotics business for 35 years and I’ve never seen jobs taken because of robots… If we don’t invest in robots and automation, then jobs will definitely go because we won’t be competitive.”  Monday 9 February 2015 9:15 pmcenter_img Tags: NULL Express KCS Britain could lead a robotic revolution with cost savings of 16 per cent by 2025 Sharelast_img read more

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Virtual design of Cadillac Lyriq cuts development time and ensures quality

first_img RELATED TAGSCadillacElectricLuxuryElectric VehiclesLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicleslyriqvirtual design Anderson says, “Virtual design has resulted in cutting development time by a half to two-thirds, and a leap in first time quality.”Ah yes, quality. Those skeptics and Luddites among us might be wary of a suspension bit or protective door beam that has been spit from a number-crunching HAL, and not gone through the time-honored physical torture testing. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2023 Cadillac LyriqCadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2023 Cadillac LyriqCadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2023 Cadillac LyriqCadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2023 Cadillac LyriqCadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2023 Cadillac LyriqCadillac Anderson says virtual design, development and validation is definitely where things are going. “What started as a cost cutting measure has expanded to significantly better-quality first-line products, and they come online much faster. Instead of having 1,000 issues with a prototype, and then testing many subsequent iterations, we’ll see just a handful of issues, and only one prototype to be sorted. Essentially, we’re measuring twice and cutting once.” General Motors engineer Mike Anderson works with computers. A lot. In his 28 years with GM he has worn many hats, but now is the Executive Director of Global Virtual Design, Development and Validation. In short, Anderson is at the pointy end of a new automotive frontier, with the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq BEV (battery electric vehicle) leading the GM wagon train.With the exponential increase of computing power comes the capacity to sidestep many of the production processes of yore that involved building prototype vehicles, testing parts, breaking parts, redesigning parts, driving millions of test miles, and so on. All time consuming, costly and inefficient. Granted this has been the way for over 100 years, but Anderson says we are now at a tipping point where engineers can design and fully test almost any part of a vehicle virtually before the piece is ever manufactured. RELATED Cadillac halts development of gas-powered cars as flagship 2023 Lyriq EV bows See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Mike says it’s actually the opposite case — their deep understanding of materials, loads, how parts interact with each other along with the ability to run hundreds, sometimes thousands of durability tests has engineers “accounting for variations we could never imagine before.” A notable example is the tough one-quarter overlap crash test where engineers can crash a digital vehicle over and over, gather vast amounts of data and modify parts in real time. The old way: run the prototype into the barrier, examine the wreck, glean what’s needed and send it to the scrap heap. And yes, some virtual crash results are now being accepted as official.Wind tunnel time could also become a thing of the past as insanely powerful wind tunnel modelling is proving more beneficial than the real thing. “The grid sizes are now so small we can account for such minutia as body cut lines.” This also applies to movement of air within the cabin, where airflow from vents can be predicted with uncanny accuracy.With people working from all parts of the world on different aspects of one virtual vehicle, how can this all come together? Anderson grins and says it can be functional chaos. “With 3,000 parts to a car, things can get a bit chaotic. If everybody waits for everyone else, nothing happens.” Evidently Mike is the guy to manage all this and keep things moving.FOR IN-DEPTH EV NEWS & ANALYSIS TUNE IN TO OUR PLUGGED-IN PODCASTI asked him if there is a green aspect to this virtual design process, as it does away with so much prototype manufacturing and seat time. “Absolutely. Just at our Milford Proving Ground we’ve seen a 60 per cent reduction of prototype vehicles over the past couple of years.” center_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Largest Restaurant Offering of Chateau Petrus in U.S. Comes to San…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Largest Restaurant Offering of Chateau Petrus in U.S. Comes to San Ysidro…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessLargest Restaurant Offering of Chateau Petrus in U.S. Comes to San Ysidro RanchBy Press Release – May 10, 2021 159 0 TAGSSan Ysidro Ranch Linkedin AdvertisementStonehouse Restaurant at Santa Barbara Resort Installs 70-Bottle Vertical Collection of Chateau Petrus, Capping Off Revitalization After Cellar DestructionMay 10th – (Santa Barbara, CALIF)—With the arrival of a rare 70-vintage vertical collection of Chateau Petrus in the newly re-built cellar of the Stonehouse restaurant at the famed San Ysidro Ranch resort, the reconstruction of one of the world’s most renowned restaurant wine collections has been completed. The Petrus collection at the Stonehouse, which has garnered five Grand Awards from The Wine Spectator, represents the most extensive restaurant offering of Petrus in the United States.The 70-bottle vertical of Chateau Petrus includes every bottle produced by the renowned Bordeaux estate reaching back to the famed 1945 vintage. This rare collection of wine serves as the centerpiece of the reconstructed Stonehouse restaurant wine cellar, which saw its entire inventory of 12,500 bottles destroyed by mudslides that flowed through the resort and restaurant in January 2018.COLLECTION INCLUDES SOME OF MOST COVETED WINES IN THE WORLD“Recreating the Stonehouse’s wine cellar was a painstaking process that took us across the globe tracking down the rarest and most coveted wines to make the restaurant’s cellar even better than it was before the disaster of 2018,” said Stonehouse wine director Tristan Pitre. “Patience and persistence paid off for us when we finally procured and received delivery of this historic collection of one of the greatest wines in the world.”The 70-bottle vertical collection was procured with the help of The Wine Source from two collectors located in Bordeaux. It includes every vintage produced by Chateau Petrus beginning with the famed 1945 Victory vintage up to the current vintage, including the renowned 1947 vintage and the celebrated vintages of 1959, 1961, 1964, 1982, 1990, 2000, 2009.In procuring this world-class collection of Petrus, San Ysidro Ranch insisted that its authenticity and provenance be beyond question. Working on behalf of the ranch, The Wine Source located the wines in Bordeaux, where they had sat undisturbed with the original purchasers who acquired the bottles directly from the Chateau upon their releases. The provenance, storage, and authenticity thus were determined to be impeccable. In all, the two collections of Petrus acquired from sources in Bordeaux and make up the 70-vintage vertical collection amount to a total of 119 bottles including duplicates.“Without question, the Stonehouse Petrus vertical is the most extensive restaurant collection of Petrus in America and one of the most extensive collections anywhere in the world,” said Ty Warner, owner of San Ysidro Ranch. “More importantly, the ranch’s collection represents the hard work and commitment that went into returning the Stonehouse and its wine program to greatness following the disastrous events of 2018.”San Ysidro Ranch is part of Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts, which was founded by entrepreneur Ty Warner. Ty Warner Hotel & Resort Properties include:  San Ysidro Ranch, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Four Seasons Hotel New York, Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Montecito Club, Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, Sandpiper Golf Course and Rancho San Marcos. For more information on the property, visit http://www.sanysidroranch.com.Advertisement Share ReddIt Previous articlePremium Crush Facility Ramps Up Equipment, Operations and Hospitality ServicesNext articleO-I Glass Releases Recyclable Glass Solution to Growing Drink-to-Go Category Press Release Pinterest Facebook Email Twitterlast_img read more

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Senate looks at giving Councillors powers of a JP

first_img CONTACT: LATONYA LINTON Senate looks at giving Councillors powers of a JP ParliamentFebruary 14, 2011 Advertisements RelatedSenate looks at giving Councillors powers of a JP FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Senate on Friday February 11 delayed the passage of the Attestation of Instruments (Facilities) (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to give Parish Councillors and Mayors the powers of a Justice of the Peace. While agreeing in principle with the proposed legislation, Senators were concerned about the lack of clarity in how the Mayors and Councillors would carry out these functions. As a result, it was suggested that the passage of the Bill be suspended, to allow Minister of Justice, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, to prepare regulations detailing their functions. “I would want to propose that a clause be inserted (in the Bill) that would give the Minister the power to make regulations, to set out how the functions of these ex officio Justices of the Peace (JPs) will be carried out,” Minister of National Security, Senator Dwight Nelson, suggested. Senator Lightbourne, who piloted the Bill, noted that it seeks to give Councillors and Mayors of municipalities the powers of a Justice of the Peace (JP), for the purpose of attesting documents for the period they hold office. She said it would make it easier for Jamaicans to carry on their businesses, and access crucial government services.  “Justices of the Peace play a very important role in relation to the verification of documents, and it’s particularly important, because it enables citizens to obtain jobs, open bank accounts, acquire loans, as well as obtain passports and other forms of documentation,” Senator, Lightbourne said. She also noted that sometimes there was a disproportion of Justices of the Peace, and often “in areas you will hear complaints that a citizen cannot find JPs.” “There are some 222 elected Parish Councillors and Mayors of Municipalities in the island, and they are in a strategic position to remedy the situation of lack of JPs,” Senator Lightbourne noted.  She said that, currently, Parish Councillors and Mayors of Municipalities interact a lot with the citizens in communities they represent. She also observed that only Members of Parliament are currently conferred, under the Bill, with the Powers of Justices of the Peace for the purpose of attesting documents for the duration of the period they hold office. Opposition Senator, Sandra Falconer, while supporting the Bill, questioned the reason why Senators were not included to be conferred with the Powers of a Justice of the Peace. Senator Lightbourne explained that the Ministry was “looking at persons who really interact and represent a community or a constituency.”  She pointed out that Senators were not elected, and are more restricted in their movements although they do a lot of social work. She however encouraged Senators to apply for the post of Justices of the Peace within their communities. RelatedSenate looks at giving Councillors powers of a JP RelatedSenate looks at giving Councillors powers of a JPlast_img read more

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Bureau of Standards on Mission to Resuscitate Bamboo Industry

first_imgRelatedCommerce Minister Calls for Small Business to Formalize Operations RelatedPrepare For Employment Opportunities Under Logistics Hub Project Photo: JIS PhotographerTeam Leader for the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) Focal Point Jamaica, Gladstone Rose, highlights to JIS News initiatives being undertaken as part of the bamboo resuscitation project, by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) is on a mission to resuscitate the bamboo industry in Jamaica, which has the potential to significantly boost the economy and generate employment.Jamaica, in January 2012 became the 38th member of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) – an inter-governmental organization headquartered in China, comprising countries that have bamboo and/or rattan resources in quantities that can be commercialized.Through its network of member countries, organizations and individuals from all continents of the world, INBAR develops and assist in the transfer of appropriate technologies and solutions to benefit the peoples of the world and their environment.The BSJ has been designated by the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) to be the focal point for INBAR in Jamaica and has already received transfer of technology models, documents and publications that have assisted the organization to collaborate with private sector companies to produce prototypes of bamboo-made products, such as plywood, tiles, flooring, board, knives, spoons, student chairs and desks and other engineered products using the local variety of bamboo (bambusa vulgaris).Team Leader for INBAR Focal Point Jamaica, Mr. Gladstone Rose, points out that Jamaica is poised to benefit from this lucrative industry. “The country has approximately 106,000 acres or 50,000 hectares of the valuable, renewable resource which grows rapidly and is a good substitute for wood which we obtain from cutting down trees that take 20 to 40 years to grow,” he tells JIS News.“The economy stands to gain a lot from the membership of INBAR, as the countries that are in it all report that they are able to create jobs, protect their environment and get sustainable development because of bamboo,” the Team Leader adds.Mr. Rose explains that the most successful countries of INBAR are India, China, Indonesia, Ecuador and Brazil, and with the knowledge, technology and standards to be obtained, Jamaica should be able to match those countries eventually.“For China, it is a US$ multi-billion industry as it exports about US$10 billion worth of bamboo products and consumes about $2 billion worth per year,” Mr. Rose informs, adding that bamboo has contributed significantly to Brazil’s gross domestic product (GDP), and is a means of alleviating poverty in India.He points out that since the project’s inception, the Focal Point has collaborated with private stakeholders and the Glengoffe community to develop training modules and produce bamboo product prototypes from the local variety of bamboo.The team is now seeking venture capital to supply already identified markets locally and in the United States.“We were successful in making the bamboo plywood, then one of our members took that plywood and made furniture, such as student chairs and desks, which we showed to the Ministry of Education and this resulted in an order of 1,000,” Mr. Rose tells JIS News, noting that this is the start of the development of an entire value chain.The pilot training programme using materials received from INBAR began in April 2012 in Glengoffe and will be delivered to community development committees over the next two years.President of the Glengoffe Community Development Committee, Roosevelt Lawrence, says the community has been on board with the BSJ from the initial stage, with particular interest in the production of bamboo charcoal.“We are in the process of developing some products for the local market and have started burning the coal. We also plan to reap the bamboo and distribute it to the manufacturers in Kingston and wherever else we can, because we have a lot of bamboo,” Mr. Lawrence notes.“This project will create employment within the community as there are no factories or means of employment other than farming, so the community stands ready to benefit,” he tells JIS News.Local Manufacturer and team member of INBAR Jamaica, Roger Chang, fully endorses the initiative and is integral in getting potential markets on board.He says that he saw the potential of the bamboo charcoal, began packaging the product and sold it to several local supermarkets and jerk centres.“It so happened that there was a visitor to Jamaica (Jim), who found it in one of the supermarkets, bought some, tried it out on some jerk chicken and loved it, then went back to the United States with plans of making a business out of it,” Mr. Chang informs.“He (Jim) projected, after research, that there is a market for six million pounds of bamboo charcoal…so we should be producing to fill that order right now,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Chang points out that the next item on the list is bamboo briquettes. “I have a standing order right now for five containers of briquettes a month, so it is just a matter of time before we finish the research and development and start producing that for export,” he notes.He says there are also plans to supply a North American company with bamboo coffee stirrers, while work continue in securing markets for “simple stick products, such as tooth picks and chops sticks.”Persons who are interested in the bamboo resuscitation initiative should call the BSJ at 926-3140 to get details on the registration and training programmes. Bureau of Standards on Mission to Resuscitate Bamboo Industry CommerceNovember 22, 2013Written by: Kadian Brown Bureau of Standards on Mission to Resuscitate Bamboo IndustryJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe bamboo industry has the potential to significantly boost the economy and generate employment.In January 2012 Jamaica became the 38th member of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR). The most successful countries of INBAR are India, China, Indonesia, Ecuador and Brazil. RelatedExporters Urged to Seek New Opportunities Advertisementslast_img read more

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BT offloads swathe of Latin American assets

first_img Related Home BT offloads swathe of Latin American assets Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Previous ArticleMobile Mix: Thriving AfricaNext ArticleNokia reaches 5G deal milestone BT Author BT completed the sale of domestic operations and infrastructure assets covering 16 countries in Latin America, as it continues to slim down its international business.The UK incumbent, which is in the process of cutting costs, announced the sale of the assets to CIH Telecommunications Americas in March 2019 subject to regulatory approval.Financial terms, but as part of the agreement BT signed a sales channel partnership with Sencinet, the newly formed CIH division housing the business.The deal included fibre networks covering 650km, a further 2,000km of leased fibre lines, four data centres and five telecom ports. The unit had been based in BT’s offices in Sao Paolo, Brazil.In a statement, BT noted it would continue to have a strong presence in the Latin American region, selling networking, cloud and security services to multinational corporations in 21 markets.BT Global CEO Bas Burger added the transaction “represents the next step in our strategy to become a more agile and focused business”.During the company’s annual results call, held in May, BT CEO Philip Jansen pointed to the transaction as an example of how the operator was already refocusing its business, as he announced plans to slash £2 billion from overheads within five years. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 02 OCT 2020 BT preps renewed 5G push, pandemic hits earnings Tags BT consumer boss opens net neutrality debate BT mulls options for sports TV service Chris Donkin last_img read more

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Health Reform Off to Rocky Start

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Christine Neater arrived at the library in downtown Kalispell last Wednesday ready to help residents shop for insurance under the nation’s new health care law. But the HealthCare.gov website was down.Neater, a counselor with Flathead Community Health Center trained to help people navigate the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act, answered any questions she could about the sweeping changes in the health care system. But when it came to the fundamental part — using the online marketplace to actually enroll residents — Neater was rendered helpless like millions of other Americans. “It is causing struggles,” she said of the persistent technical glitches that have blocked people from signing up for insurance and led the first four Kalispell residents at Neater’s information session to leave frustrated. “It would be wonderful if we could just go into the website and answer the questions and get the results for what they’re eligible for and enroll. That’s how the website is designed to work, but we’re just patiently waiting for that.”These are the troubled opening days in a new era for health care in the U.S.Nothing has come easy for the historic overhaul, from its narrow passage into law three years ago to fiery opposition that remains entrenched to a close call with the U.S. Supreme Court. The latest chapter is no less tumultuous.A month after launching and two months before taking effect, the federal government’s online marketplace that 36 states including Montana rely on for enrollment is still consistently crippled by technical issues. Concerns have also spiked over canceled health plans for existing individuals and small businesses that buy their own insurance. GOP lawmakers are seizing on the moment to prolong their attack on the ACA, while President Obama is pointing out the emergent benefits that are beginning to materialize for millions of Americans.Indeed, the biggest change to the U.S. health care system in nearly 50 years is playing out in dramatic fashion. The most recent turmoil is centered on website malfunctions and canceled health plans for a segment of those with private insurance.Beginning Jan. 1, all insurance plans must meet new standards under the ACA. Insurance companies are required to remodel private policies by covering a minimum share of health care expenses and 10 “essential health benefits.” Those benefits include emergency services, prescription drugs, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, hospitalization such as surgery and pediatric services. Insurance companies have begun sending notices to an estimated 10-15 million Americans informing them that their existing plans will be canceled. Customers will be offered new plans, often with better coverage, but in some cases, the president has acknowledged that “a fraction of Americans with higher incomes” will likely pay more. In Montana, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurance provider and one of three companies offering plans on the state’s marketplace, mailed roughly 13,500 letters to customers affected by private policy changes.“We are not dropping insurance for our members. We are merely altering our plans,” John Doran, a spokesperson with Blue Cross Blue Shield, told the Beacon.“Some of our members are being notified that their current benefit plan will no longer be available after Dec. 31 of this year, but they will have other coverage options to choose from.”There is, in fact, one change taking place specific to Montana. Nearly three decades ago, the state Legislature created the Montana Comprehensive Health Association to help residents who could not obtain insurance through traditional means. For example, people with cancer or other diseases deemed high risk could be denied insurance, but through the MCHA, Blue Cross Blue Shield offered coverage. Now that no one in America can be denied insurance under the ACA, the MCHA is disbanding Dec. 31.Doran said roughly 3,500 people are covered under the MCHA and will need to purchase new plans in the marketplace.“They have a number of new safeguards that have historically only been provided by employer-based insurance,” Doran said. “And by purchasing a health insurance plan through the marketplace they will most likely have a better plan at a much more affordable cost.” In light of the ongoing technical problems plaguing the online marketplace, Doran urged residents to remain patient and use other resources like Blue Cross Blue Shield’s online calculator that can prepare customers for deciding which insurance plan to choose. Enrollment remains open in the marketplace until March 31, 2014. After that, most Americans who do not sign up for coverage face tax penalties. Residents can also enroll over the phone or by mail, but the HealthCare.gov site is the go-to source for information about insurance plans.“With any new system of this magnitude, it’s not uncommon for there to be some glitches,” Doran said. “We expected and are prepared for ebbs and flows throughout the entire open enrollment process.” Meanwhile, the 17 states that opted to establish their own marketplaces have largely avoided the debacle playing out with the federally-run program. “I think we will see better enrollment in the states that run their own exchanges, and that will play out for years to come,” Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalera Health, which has been tracking the nation’s insurance marketplaces, told Fox Business last week.Montana’s insurance commissioner, Monica Lindeen, has taken the opportunity to remind state legislators about her persistent campaign to create a Montana-run marketplace, which she unsuccessfully proposed in the 2011 legislative session; the Legislature opted to go with the federally built marketplace. Lindeen is now echoing others’ frustration over the troubled website, calling for answers and a solution. She recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with health department officials.“I want to know what went wrong, what they’re doing to fix it – and when,” she said in a statement. “This website is integral to the smooth operation of Montana’s insurance markets. It’s a lifeline for working families looking for affordable, quality health insurance and it’s important it work correctly as soon as possible. I want answers.”Appearing on Capitol Hill last week, the secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius, faced a wave of criticism and apologized profusely for the bungled rollout, taking full responsibility and ensuring that sign-up problems would end by Nov. 30. President Obama joined in the damage-control effort, expressing regret for the administration’s blunder while reassuring Americans that the historic health care overhaul would succeed. He defended his signature legislation at the same site in Massachusetts — Faneuil Hall in Boston — where in 2006 then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed the state’s reformed health care system into law, creating an eventual model for the Affordable Care Act. “All the parade of horribles, the worst predictions about health care reform in Massachusetts never came true,” Obama said. “They’re the same arguments that you’re hearing now.”He added, “We are going to see it through.” Emaillast_img read more

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Almost 6,000 without power in Donegal as Storm Aiden hits

first_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Pinterest Almost 6,000 without power in Donegal as Storm Aiden hits WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Up to 10,000 homes and businesses are without power this afternoon as Storm Aiden hits the country.The north west is worst affected, with almost 6,000 without power in Donegal, according to the ESB.The utility says it expects crews to repair the faults over the course of the afternoon.Five atlantic coastal counties remain under a status orange wind warning until 4pm, with severe and damaging gusts of up to 130 kilometers per hour forecast.A status yellow wind alert’s in place for the rest of the country over the same period, along with a warning of some coastal flooding.Brian Farrell from the Road Safety Authority says drivers need to be extra careful:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/weather12.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articlePaul Nolan looks ahead to the National Hunt SeasonNext articleDonegal and Tyrone name teams for Ulster SFC Quarter Final News Highland Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ By News Highland – October 31, 2020 last_img read more

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Ballycolman Flooding Multi-Agency meeting held

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ballycolman Flooding Multi-Agency meeting held FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleThe Score – 27/08/20Next articleVisitor numbers in Ards Forest Park soar this summer News Highland Twitter Google+ A number of agencies have promised to work together to alleviate flooding problems in Strabane’s Ballycolman Estate. A meeting was held in the estate yesterday, with senior NI Water, Rivers Agency and Roads Service officials discussing the situation with local politicians and resident representatives.The meeting was arranged by West Tyrone MLA Maolíosa McHugh, who says it was a constructive discussion.He says a joined up approach is being promised:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/maoFDGFDGDFliosa1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterestcenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – August 28, 2020 Google+last_img read more

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Donegal people without broadband are disadvantaged, Dail hears

first_img Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Facebook Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The Dail has been told that the success or failure of the National Broadband Plan will be one of the litmus tests on which the current Government is judged.Donegal Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn told Rural Development Minister Heather Humphreys that Covid-19 has shone a light on the fact that broadband is no longer a luxury, but an absolutely essential service. He said medical appointments, education, banking, and meetings are now routinely happening online, and the people and communities who do not have broadband in Donegal are at a serious disadvantage.He urged Minister Humphreys to take immediate action…………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/podbbWEB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – November 19, 2020 AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+center_img Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Previous articleMeeke to tackle Dakar RallyNext articleNurses getting parking fines at Altnagelvin Hospital News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal people without broadband are disadvantaged, Dail hears Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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