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BLOG: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Seniors

first_imgRead more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Aging BLOG: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Seniors January 14, 2016center_img Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Seniors,  The Blog,  Year in Review Ensuring that Pennsylvania’s government is working for all citizens of the commonwealth is one cornerstone of the Wolf Administration. In my department, we are thrilled that one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities is to protect older Pennsylvanians from all types of abuse and to ensure that they can age in place, in their homes and communities, with the dignity and respect they deserve.Given the state’s commitment to these values, the Department of Aging strives daily to serve, protect, enable, and empower the commonwealth’s 2.7 million persons age 60 and older who call Pennsylvania “home.”By working with the Governor’s Office and other state agencies on initiatives intended to promote quality of life and provide quality care to older adults, the Department of Aging serves as the focal point of state coordination and planning for all long-term services and supports.Our success is in our capacity to demonstrate how we work to support older Pennsylvanians by providing key assistance, such as community-based long-term services and supports, as well as pharmaceutical benefits that keep people healthy and active in their homes and communities.Improving Medicare AssistanceDuring 2015, the department’s State Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIP), commonly referred to as APPRISE, provided free, unbiased assistance to help guide Medicare beneficiaries through their many health insurance options, including Medicare and Medicaid, Medicare supplement insurance plans, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare prescription (Part D), long-term care insurance policies, and other health insurance and public benefit programs.As a result of these efforts, 6,541 individuals were enrolled in “Extra Help” or the low-income subsidy, 2,787 were enrolled into a Medicare Supplement Program, and our APPRISE Program ranked 7th among all states nationwide by the federal Administration on Community Living (ACL) which evaluates the performance of all SHIP programs.Improving Hospital AccessAdditionally, on November 30, 2015, Governor Wolf announced that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania had reached a decision in the UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) and Highmark Medicare Advantage case.In this decision, the Supreme Court affirmed and upheld the ruling handed down earlier in the year by the Commonwealth Court preserving in-network access to UPMC hospitals and doctors for nearly 182,000 western Pennsylvania seniors with Highmark’s Medicare Advantage health insurance plans until 2019.Our department’s APPRISE Program staff played a significant role in ensuring this successful outcome, as the final opinion of the Supreme Court pointed directly to the testimony offered by the APPRISE Program. This decision is not only a victory for the commonwealth, but also a huge victory for seniors across western Pennsylvania. Moreover, a decision like this strikes at the heart of why the leadership and presence of the APPRISE Program is so important.Improving Senior SafetyIn September 2015, the department was notified by the Federal Administration on Community Living that ‘Healthy Steps for Older Adults,’ a falls prevention program, was deemed to meet the highest-level evidence based criteria established by the ACL.This honorable distinction was achieved following a rigorous evaluation and testing period and allows the department to continue to qualify for funding and to make the program available for other states to replicate.Improving Prescription AccessAs the administrator of the PACE (Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly) Program and PACENET Program, the department provides comprehensive prescription coverage to older Pennsylvanians while also protecting program participants from adverse drug events.Since its inception, through the PACE Program, the department has implemented several initiatives intended to support the needs of older Pennsylvanians through the PACE Program.One such initiative is the SUSTAIN (Supporting Seniors Receiving Treatment and Intervention) Program. In partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, support is offered to best address the behavioral health needs of low-income, elderly persons who live in the community. The program’s goal is to identify community-dwelling elders at risk of poor health outcomes, including nursing home admission, and to support those elders and their primary care physician to manage their mental health care, consistent with evidence-based guidelinesDuring the past five years, over 4500 seniors have been engaged through this program. In October 2015, the work of the SUSTAIN program received the American Psychiatric Association’s Psychiatric Services Achievement Bronze Award, a distinction that recognizes another facet of the proactive, positive steps taken every day to ensure that older Pennsylvanians are served and protected.Improving Direct Care Worker EducationIn addition, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Homecare Association’s online ‘My Learning Center’ tool, we saw a 28% increase in new site users. As a result, there are over 14,150 more direct care workers who accessed free training on topic areas such as Elder Abuse and Neglect, Understanding Dementia and Pain Management for older adults thus providing better care and protection to those who need it most.On Track for Another Great YearI am delighted to continue the great work of my department in 2016. I know that with the successes of 2015 as our foundation, Pennsylvania will continue to see tangible results of the Wolf Administration’s commitment to seniors.For more information on the Department of Aging’s programs and services, please visit or call 717-783-1500. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

School costs parents more

first_imgNZ Herald 10 Sep 2012Increase in ‘voluntary’ donations outstrips rise in Government funding under National. The amount parents paid in school donations jumped more than $23 million between 2008 and 2010 – a 31 per cent increase over a time in which Government funding for schools increased by 8 per cent. Ministry of Education figures show parents paid a total of $98.4 million in donations to schools in 2010 – up from $75 million in 2008. The figures were obtained by Labour, which said donations increased by only 6 per cent over the six years preceding 2008, when it was in Government. The sharpest increases in donations were in mid-decile schools – the total raised in donations by decile seven schools increased by 56 per cent, and the increase in decile four schools was 46 per cent. The only decile in which less was received was decile one schools, where the amount had dropped by 7 per cent. Labour leader David Shearer said it was likely that was because of parents’ inability to pay. The donations have long been controversial – although they are legally voluntary, schools have taken steps such as calling in debt collectors to follow up on non-paying parents. read more

Karcz captures first SpeedZone feature win

first_imgOSHKOSH, Wis. (June 27) – Veteran Larry Karcz Jr. made his first-ever visit to victory lane at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway Friday night.The Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Cars saw Justin Jacobsen in front on the opening circuit with Karcz, David Hoerning, John Heinz and Dylan Heilmann close behind. The battle was a three-car contest the entire way, with Jacobsen able to deal with the pressure. Karcz went to the high side and retook the runner up spot with five laps remaining and pulled along­side Jacobsen. Karcz was scored as the leader as the white appeared and was able to hang on to collect his first-ever SpeedZone feature win and also his first feature win of the sea­son. Jacobsen finished in second with Heinz third. Marcus Yarie caught John Shultz for the lead following a lap 12 restart and won his second Automo­tive Supply Company IMCA Modified main event of the season.Steve Schneider won for the fourth time in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.last_img read more

COVID-19: Kenya among four African countries participating in clinical trials

first_imgIn his report, Dr Nkengasong said Africa targets to vaccinate 60 percent of her population at an estimated cost of 10 to 15 billion USD once the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deathsIn their report presented by Rwandan economist Donald Kaberuka and Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa, the envoys applauded the IMF for being the most responsive bilateral institution to Africa’s Coronavirus response.Mr Kaberuka said the lender had injected a total of USD 23.5 billion into African economies in the last four months, followed by the World Bank (14.3 billion USD) and African Development Bank (700 million USD).The former president of the African Development Bank said Covid-19 risks wiping out a decade of Africa’s economic progress and warned that the next three to four years will be particularly tough for the continent.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weekMr Masiyiwa said a total of 51 countries had subscribed to the Africa Medical Supplies Platform. Among these nations are six Carribean countries led by Barbados.The platform, he said, has attracted 800 suppliers including eleven African manufacturers offering 600 products, including all key Covid-19 medicines recommended by WHO.In his address, President Kenyatta said Africa needs to elevate its global partnerships in the search for a Covid-19 vaccine so as to “ensure that African countries are not further marginalised but are positioned to be among first line of beneficiaries, once a breakthrough is made”.He commended the special envoys for their efforts in helping the continent deal with the health and socioeconomic impacts of Covid-19.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve Parliament“The economic challenges we face require concerted multilateral effort, such as prioritising debt cancellation and Bretton Woods led relief package, that do not exacerbate emerging local challenges,” he said.President Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and President Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique) speaking on behalf of the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) emphasized on the need to ensure that Africa is not left behind in the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine when ready.The African Heads of State present at the meeting were African Union Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa, President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite crossing the one million mark of COVID-19 infections, Africa had in the last two weeks witnessed a reduction of 37 percent reduction in reported daily infections.Speaking during a virtual meeting of the African Union Bureau convened to discuss the continental response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Thursday evening, the Director of Africa CDC Dr John Nkengasong informed the African Heads of State that seven Covid-19 vaccine trials were nearing World Health Organization (WHO) approval.Four African countries among them Kenya are participating in the clinical trials for these vaccines. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and African special envoys on Covid-19.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Mancini: Why I won’t call up Balotelli to Italian team

first_imgRelatedPosts Brescia threatens to sue Balotelli, agent Club set to terminate Balotelli’s contract Lazio fined €20,000 for Balotelli abuse Italy coach Roberto Mancini has said he will only call up Mario Balotelli if he deserves it for football reasons, not to make a statement against racism.Balotelli, who has not played for Italy since September 2018, kicked the ball towards opposition fans and threatened to walk off the pitch after being subjected to racist insults from the crowd during Brescia’s Serie A match against Hellas Verona earlier this month.“When I call Mario Balotelli it will be because he deserves it, not because of the colour of his skin,” Mancini told a news conference.“I know Mario and I love him. Remember, I got Mario to play when he was a boy, so I know him really well.”Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina said last week that naming Balotelli in the squad would send a strong message against racism, but Mancini said the player had not done enough on the pitch to deserve a recall.“You can think like the president said, but you need to understand that if Balotelli gets another chance, it will be because he deserves it from a technical point of view,” Mancini added.Racism has been a problem in Serie A in recent months.Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was abused by Cagliari fans in September and a game was briefly suspended when Fiorentina defender Dalbert said he had been racially abused by Atalanta supporters.Italy has already qualified for next year’s European Championship but victory Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday would give them a 10th consecutive win. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Mario Balotellilast_img read more

World Test rankings … Windies remain rooted at eighth after annual update

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – West Indies remained rooted at eighth in the World Test Rankings released yesterday following the annual update in which series results from 2013 to 14 are no longer included and outcomes from the 2015-16 series are weighted at 50 per cent.The Jason Holder-led side have gained five points in the period under review and now have a total of 75, trailing sixth-placed Sri Lanka by 16 points and ahead of ninth-placed Bangladesh by six points.West Indies lost their last three Test series against India last year on home soil, followed by Pakistan last year in the United Arab Emirates and the recently-concluded series on home soil. Out of the 10 matches, West Indies registered wins in two matches, lost six and drew two.India have retained the No.1 Test ranking, leading South Africa by six points, but only nine points separate third-ranked Australia from seventh-ranked Sri Lanka.India has moved to 123 points after gaining one point. Second-ranked South Africa however, now have the table-toppers firmly within their sights after vaulting from 109 points to 117 points. This jump means the pre-update gap of 13 points has now been trimmed to just six points.While India and South Africa have made upward movements, Australia, England and Pakistan have headed in the opposite direction.Australia have retained their third place, but have plummeted from 108 points to 100 points; England have stayed in fourth position, but have slipped to 99 points after conceding two points;while Pakistan have dropped behind New Zealand in sixth place after conceding four points to sit on 93 points.last_img read more

Liana Ching graduating as valedictorian

first_imgIt might seem unlikely, but for the past three years, the senior class valedictorian has come from the Viterbi School of Engineering.First in line · Liana Ching, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, is this year’s valedictorian. She will deliver a speech at commencement. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan The extensive math and science demanded by Viterbi’s curriculum is enough to scare many people away, but this year’s valedictorian, Liana Ching, embraced the challenge.Ching, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, earned an overall 3.98 grade point average, which — combined with her extracurricular activities, post- graduation plans and an essay — won her the honor of 2010 valedictorian.“In a way, I’m being asked to represent the achievements of the class of 2010,” Ching said. “It’s taking kind of a long time I would say for the gravity of that to sink in.”Ching was among 18 seniors invited to submit an application for valedictorian in the beginning of March. Each candidate has a 3.98 grade point average or above and a transcript without any B’s, said Gene Bickers, vice provost for undergraduate programs.“We try to make sure that we go over every student who’s eligible,” Bickers said. “I’m glad I don’t have to make the selection because they’re all amazing students.”In addition to Ching’s chemical engineering major, she has an emphasis in environmental engineering and a minor in forensics and criminality. Ching will spend this summer in Oregon working on air pollution for Intel’s Logic Technology Developmental group and then will attend Stanford University in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in environmental engineering.At USC, Ching has been project manager of Engineers Without Borders, an organization in which students travel to developing countries and facilitate the building of a necessity for the community, for the past few years. She has focused on constructing a water system in Honduras since her freshman year.“The big challenge is just getting it all done, getting all the work done on time and still having time to get to do other things,” she said.Ching also played on the women’s club soccer team and several intramural sports, represented Viterbi as a student ambassador and participated in the Society of Women Engineers, among other organizations.“Liana is very special,” said Louise Yates, dean of Viterbi admissions and student affairs. “She’s also someone who’s been incredibly involved … She doesn’t sleep, I don’t think.”Ching attended a small private high school in San Diego, which she said jumpstarted her education and placed her ahead in math before she was a freshman at USC. Looking for a bigger school, Ching chose USC for its vibrant community.“When I came to college, I actually wanted to let myself not have the grade be the ultimate goal in my courses,” Ching said.With the hefty requirement of 132 units for a chemical engineering major, Ching focused on learning the material and understanding the concepts, which consequently produced good grades, she said.Viterbi gave her a sense of place, Ching said, and made her feel like the faculty and staff knew each student by name.“It’s awesome because it’s almost like another small university within the university,” Ching said. “It’s like that small-school feel with all of the resources of a larger school.”Ching, who studied in Rome during the summer 2008 as part of a study abroad program specifically designed for engineering students, said she is grateful for the opportunities USC afforded her.“I’m going to miss being a student here and having ridiculous perks and having access to tons of activities without even trying,” Ching said. “I’ve really gotten to explore new things here.”Ching said that, more than anything, she is grateful for the help she has received along the way. “I think that every stage of life kind of builds on the ones before it,” Ching said. “And I’ve definitely had all the support that I could have asked for.”last_img read more

SCALE petitions against USC sweatshop affliation

first_imgThe Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation launched a campaign, “End Deathtraps Vote,” this week to stop USC from contracting with sweatshops that make college apparel.Activism · Junior Matthew Shoemaker (right), a member of SCALE, talks with Leanne Tracy (left), a missionary, as she signs the petition. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan The campaign is working toward acquiring student signatures for a petition requesting that USC only work with companies whose factories in Bangladesh adhere to a recently written safety accord, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.The agreement calls for “safety inspections, remediation, and fire safety training” in company factories.The accord was created by a coalition of international trade unions, Bangladesh trade unions and international brands and retailers. Currently more than 100 apparel corporations from 19 countries have signed the accord.The independent agreement was written after several factory fires and collapses. One of the largest collapses, the Rana Plaza factory fire, resulted in the deaths of more than 1,100 factory workers.SCALE has previously worked to promote the inspection of Bangladeshi factories affiliated with USC.“[SCALE’s] campaign last year was for the Workers’ Rights Consortium, which is essentially a watchdog that enables monitors to come into these factories and actually check if these working conditions are what they are reported to be,” said SCALE member Aidan Blant, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and computer science.In March of last year, USC agreed to sign onto the Worker Rights Consortium.Blant explained that SCALE hopes to keep advancing its campaign with this week’s vote.“What we’re doing in this campaign is the next step,” he said. “Now that we can go into these factories and know these injustices are happening, we can push the university to take these steps to actually improve that.”Universities that have endorsed this measure with their licensing brands include Duke University and New York University.Students from SCALE hope to address their concerns directly with school administration.Julia Wang, a SCALE member and senior majoring in neuroscience, spoke of the organization’s past involvement with administration.“We’ve been delivering letters and addressing President Nikias throughout our entire campaign so far,” she said. “We’ve had a pretty positive relationship with him over our last campaign. We were able to talk to him about having USC sign onto this independent monitor. About two weeks after the meeting, he agreed to sign USC onto the Worker Rights Consortium.”The organization hopes to continue working closely with Nikias’ administration.“We’re hoping to sit down to talk to President Nikias about moving this university forward and ending USC-affiliated deathtraps, like the factories that don’t follow safety standards,” Wang said.Sarah Newell, a SCALE member and junior majoring in business administration, explained that she learned about factory safety issues after coming to USC.“I knew nothing [about factory safety issues] when I came to USC, but I really got educated about the sorts of conditions and the sorts of troubles that extended members of the Trojan Family face as they’re trying to make our apparel,” she said. “The Rana Plaza collapse -— the pictures and stories — is something that I couldn’t in good conscience walk away from, especially knowing that USC has the power to make such a real, tangible impact.”SCALE hopes to encourage students to learn about the issue through a campus-wide vote. Members have promoted the vote both online as well as in person around campus.“We want to show our administration that the USC student body supports this cause and that there is a broad base of people behind it,” Newell said. “We’re trying to demonstrate to USC that this is the right thing for them to do. We just don’t think USC should be doing business with brands that have blood on their hands. It’s not the sort of thing that we want to see associated with the Trojan name.”Lorelei Christie, a SCALE member and freshman majoring in philosophy, politics and law, added that the week-long campaign was part of what has been a year-long effort.“We’ve been running this campaign for the majority of the year, and this week is the vote,” she said. “It’s a power week, and the goal is to show USC that within a couple of days, we have a huge body of people who are interested.”Students on campus seemed to have mixed reactions toward SCALE’s efforts.Sarah French, a freshman majoring in biophysics, said she believes that USC should address the issue.“Considering how much money USC has, it’s silly that we aren’t willing to pay a little more for apparel that isn’t made in terrible working conditions,” she said.Linda Xu, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering, worried that the shutdown could cause the loss of jobs.“It’s important to know that your products come from a good area. You want to know that the place it’s being made is being regulated and safe,” she said. “But on the other hand, you think of the workers in Bangladesh who might be out of a job if demand at the factories decreased.”The administration could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

UW Athletics: Catching up with your favorite Badgers in professional sports

first_imgOver the years, many of Wisconsin’s athletes have moved on to productive careers in professional sports. With so many prominent Badgers making a living at the next level, you’re sure to recognize many of the players in this list. Well-represented in all four major sports, let’s take a look at former Badgers that are making their mark on the professional world of athletics. Football: J.J. Watt (DE, Houston Texans) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2009-2010In his nine seasons in the NFL, Watt has established himself as one of the most dominant defensive players in recent memory. Watt has a variety of skills that allow him to line up in a handful of defensive positions, making it difficult for opponents to game plan against him. During his career, Watt has racked up numerous individual awards including five Pro Bowl appearances and three Defensive Player of the Year awards — the most among active NFL players. Destined for a spot in Canton once his career is over, Watt still searches for one prize that eludes him — a Super Bowl ring. Only time will tell if he achieves the ultimate team goal.Watt’s time at Wisconsin was limited following his freshman season at Central Michigan and his early departure for the NFL. Yet Badger fans will remember his crucial contributions during the famous upset of the then No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall. T.J. Watt (OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2015-2016T.J. is the youngest of three Watt brothers and looks to be following in his older brother J.J.’s footsteps as one of the league’s premier pass rushers. After being selected in the first round in the 2017 NFL draft, Watt has lived up to expectations, collecting 34.5 sacks in three seasons with the Steelers. This past year, Watt was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and at only age 25, it appears Watt will wreak havoc for opposing quarterbacks for years to come. During his time with the Badgers, Watt underwent a lengthy transition to offensive linebacker following his original recruitment as a tight end. Despite multiple injuries and learning curves along the way, Wisconsin continued its long tradition of crafting NFL-caliber linebackers and developed Watt into a tour de force in the NFL. UW Athletics: Profile of UW Club Baseball’s team president, JJ LambThe coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in different ways. For myself and most other people, it means sitting inside Read…Russell Wilson (QB, Seattle Seahawks) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2011Wilson has been one of the league’s most consistent quarterbacks during his career with the Seahawks. A fearless leader, Wilson does whatever it takes to win games which can be shown through his career 66.8 winning percentage, second-best among active quarterbacks with over 40 career starts. Following Marshawn Lynch’s retirement after the 2015 season, Wilson was forced to take on a larger responsibility in Seattle’s offense and has developed into one of the league’s best quarterbacks, throwing for 121 touchdowns and only 34 interceptions in that span. While Wilson only came to Wisconsin with one year of eligibility left after his transfer from North Carolina State, his impact on the program was immense. Wilson is still considered to be one of, if not the lone best quarterback in Badger history.Basketball: Frank Kaminsky (F/C, Phoenix Suns) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2011-2015Following a historic career at Wisconsin, Kaminsky was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Kaminsky spent four years in Charlotte, then signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns. Though his season was shortened with a stress fracture in his right knee, Kaminsky was productive when on the floor with Phoenix, averaging 11 points per game on close to 35% shooting from long-range. As Kaminsky enters the 2020-21 season as a restricted free agent, it will be interesting to see where the versatile forward lands. Sports video games to try during quarantineThere’s simply no way around it, it’s a tough time to be a sports fan. All large gatherings necessary for Read…Hockey:Joe Pavelski (C, Dallas Stars) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2004-2006A native of Plover, Wisconsin, Pavelski has been a consistent goal scorer in the NHL for both the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars. In five of Pavelski’s 15 seasons, the center has netted over 30 goals and, in the 2013-14 season, he made his first All-Star appearance. Before the 2019-20 season, Pavelski agreed to a three-year $21 million contract with the Dallas Stars. Prior to the NHL suspending play due to COVID-19, Pavelski netted 14 goals and 17 assists in 67 games played. Brian Elliott (G, Philadelphia Flyers) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2003-2007 In 2006, Elliott, along with Pavelski, won the National Championship for the Badgers and received a spot on the 2006 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. Elliott has continued his success in the NHL as he has been named to two All-Star teams and received the 2011-12 William M. Jennings trophy for allowing the league’s lowest number of goals. Jennings is currently in his third year with the Philidelphia Flyers. Women’s Soccer:Rose Lavelle (Midfielder, United States Women’s National Team/Washington Spirit) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2013-2016Lavelle enjoyed a tremendous career at Wisconsin and received a handful of national recognition, being named an All-American in three of her four years with the Badgers. Lavelle was named to the United States 2019 World Cup team and appeared in six of the United States’ seven matches. Lavelle was extremely effective when on the field for the U.S., scoring three goals in the World Cup including a clutch goal in the 69th minute in the final against the Netherlands that secured the U.S.’s second consecutive World Cup title. Football: Top recruits, developing talent leave Badgers primed to reload in key positions for 2020 seasonAs the 2020 NFL draft approaches at the end of next month, Badgers Jonathan Taylor, Zack Baun, Chris Orr and Read…It is clear to see that, with such strong athletics programs year in and year out, Wisconsin has developed an extensive network of alumni that represent the Badgers at the next level of competition. With sports currently on hold, it’s always worth a look back at the memories each of these talented individuals has created for Badger fans around the nation.last_img read more

Codere eyes Malta expansion for tax relief

first_img EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Embattled Spanish gambling group Codere SA is reported to be reviewing its financial structures, seeking to increase its operating presence within Malta, as corporate governance moves to lessen the firm’s fiscal liabilities.The Bolsa-Madrid enterprise seeks to replicate the operating structure of many European gambling counterparts, maintaining its management headquarters in Madrid, whilst migrating certain operational departments to Malta.At present, Malta’s corporate tax-rate amounts to 35% for domiciled firms, one of the highest % for a European Union member state.Nevertheless, the island has become a popular operational hub for digital and financial enterprises maintaining a tax framework which significantly discounts tax on transactions and profits for non-domiciled firms.In 2017, European Commission reports found that ‘true’ Maltese corporation taxes averaged around 5% a significantly lower rate than the EU-28 average of 22%.Malta’s corporate tax framework has been severely criticised by EU counterparts, with a number of MEPs labelling the island as ‘Europe’s Panama.’ Seeking to harmonise Europe’s corporate tax structures, for 2019 the EU Council seeks to introduce a mandatory 3% point-of-consumption tax on digital transactions, referred to as the ‘EU common digital tax policy’. France and Germany lead the proposal, which will likely be contested by the member states of Malta, Ireland, Cyprus and Luxembourg.At home, a troubled Codere faces the reality of increased duties in 2019, as the socialist democrat PSOE minority government seeks to implement increased taxes on registered multi-national corporations, as the European Union review its 2019 Budget proposal. Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more