European Union may enact binding limits on methane emissions from gas industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The European Union is considering binding standards for natural gas to limit emissions of methane, the second-largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide. The 27-member bloc is the world’s biggest importer of gas, and imposing such standards could affect its major suppliers, which include Russia and Norway.Published on Wednesday, the EU methane strategy includes a clearer commitment than previous drafts, which shied away from methane limits on gas consumed in Europe. It said any legislation would follow an impact assessment involving international partners.“The Commission will consider methane emission reduction targets, standards or other incentives for fossil energy consumed and imported in the EU in the absence of significant commitments from international partners,” the policy said. Curbing methane is key to plans to cut EU greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. However, that target does not capture the emissions released to produce or transport gas to the EU, whereas methane standards for imported gas would.Methane, which is emitted from leaky oil and gas pipelines and infrastructure, unused coal mines and farming, is 84 times more potent than CO2 in its first 20 years in the atmosphere.The Commission will propose legislation next year requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and report methane emissions and repair leaks. It will consider banning venting and flaring, which release methane into the atmosphere or deliberately burn it.Satellite data has shown methane emissions significantly higher than levels reported by industry. The Commission said it will help launch an independent international body to gather data, supported by EU satellites.[Kate Abnett]More: EU considers binding methane emissions standards for gas European Union may enact binding limits on methane emissions from gas industrylast_img read more

Sunday blog: The economic multiplier, SRMC and the local economy

first_imgEditor’s Note — The following is a guest editorial by John Cook, who is a licensed pharmacist at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Commentary by John Cook, R.Ph. MBA — Typically, rural community residents pay little attention to their local health care system until it is needed. Consequently, many rural people have little idea of the overall importance of the health care sector to their community’s economy, such as the number of jobs it currently provides and its potential to provide more jobs. To ensure that health care services remain available locally, rural communities need to understand these economic relationships.The Economic MultiplierThe Economic Multiplier is the theory that says if an entity, be it government, business, school system, hospital etc. spends a dollar buying products or services, the money is transmitted through the economy many times over as each recipient purchases goods or services. The multiplier can be calculated and is used to evaluate how a given government policy or business decision will affect the local economy. The multiplier effect can be positive or negative.According to the Sumner County Economic Development Commission, Sumner Regional Medical Center ranks ninth in the total number of employees in Sumner County at 130 FTE’s (Full time equivalents). Sumner Regional’s annual payroll is approximately $5.75 million. In 2012 the hospital delivered $581,924 in uncompensated care at a cost of $284,941.  In 2013, SRMC supplied $798,640 in uncompensated care at a cost of $471,666.  The cost of uncompensated care is not expected to decrease for 2014 and 2015.Kansas Rural Health Works, The Importance of the Health Care Sector to the Economy of Sumner County, Kansas Hospital Association, November 2013  is a report whose purpose is to provide information resources that may be used to communicate to community leaders and concerned citizens the relative importance of health care to the local economy. The report can be found here.The report introduction states:The rapidly changing delivery of health services in rural counties has the potential to greatly impact the availability of health care services in the future. These changes include:Insufficient Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals and providers may force a reduction in the provision of health care services.•Although Kansas rural health networks are already fairly strong, creation of provider networks may substantially change the delivery of, and access to, local health care services.•Use of telemedicine could increase access to primary, consultative and specialty health care services at the county level.•Development of critical access hospitals could help health care services remain in rural counties.•Kansas currently has over 80 critical access hospitals.As a result, according to the report, the health care sector can have a large impact on the local economy. All of these changes make it imperative that decision makers in Sumner County become proactive in maintaining high quality local health care services.The report goes on to say:Health care facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes provide jobs and income to people in the community. As these employees spend their income in the community, a ripple spreads throughout the economy, creating additional jobs and income in other economic sectors. To help understand this important connection between the health sector and the local economy, this report will:•Discuss the role of the health sector in rural development.•Measure the employment, income, and retail sales impact of the health sector on the Sumner County economy.The report places the economic multiplier for the Health Sector Impact, Hospitals, on Employment, 2011 at 1.33 and the Health Sector Impact on Income and Retail Sales, 2011 at 1.15 for Sumner County.The impact of SRMC’s 130 employees is an additional 42.9 jobs across all businesses and industries in Sumner County (130 x 0.33 = 42.9). SRMC’s total impact on Sumner County employment is 172.9 jobs (130 x 1.33 = 172.9).The impact of SRMC’s $5.75 million payroll (direct income for hospital employees) is $6.61 million, generated in all other businesses and industries in Sumner County’s economy.In both examples, the gains would be losses to the economy if the hospital no longer existed.Kansas Health Matters Community Dashboard Homeownership reports that 65.1 percent of the housing units in Sumner County are occupied by homeowners through 2013. (See here.) SRMC employees represent 84.6 taxpaying homeowners in Sumner County.Sumner Regional Medical Center has a significant impact on the economy, and quality of life in Wellington and Sumner County. Licensed as a hospital, SRMC is required to provide emergency services, regardless of ability to pay to any individual needing services — emergency or not. These services are provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. By comparison, Minor Emergency and Immediate Care centers are not licensed as hospitals and are not required to provide services regardless of ability to pay. They may or may not provide services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.SRMC provides training and education of future health professionals by serving as a training site for medical, nursing and technical school programs. Medical residents and students along with local physicians, RN and LPN nursing students, pharmacy students and Pharmacy Technician Students, Medical Laboratory Scientists, phlebotomy students, Occupational and Physical Therapy Students, from Wellington, Sumner County and the surrounding area, benefit from SRMC’s participation in their education.As you read and consider the information presented in the media regarding SRMC and its relation to the City of Wellington and Sumner County, please consider the “food for thought” presented here.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (27) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Big D · 265 weeks ago Place a 1% county wide sales tax to support health care. A sales tax instead of property tax draws income from all, not just property owners and would actually be getting income from where the majority of un compensated care is generated. With the income from the sales tax, split it 90% SRMC and 10% Hosp dist. #1 in Caldwell. We must educate our young and heal our sick. Report Reply 5 replies · active 265 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Guest · 265 weeks ago Hopefully this opens some minds and gets people to thinking about the need for a hospital here. I am an aging resident. I have had some heart issues. I worry what will happen should I need some sort of immediate care for my heart condition in an emergency if we no longer have a hospital. I for one, will consider moving to Wichita to be closer to a hospital should this hospital close. I doubt I am the only one. Harper County has a tax-payer subsidized hospital. Have we as a community investigated to see how a town the size of Harper, who just recently increased the footprint of their hospital with a nice new addition, is making their hospital profitable? Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down MRH · 265 weeks ago Well thought out and presented. Wellington needs to think long and hard about SRMC. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 265 weeks ago It is critical that the Council and city manager maintain a very communicative relationship with the hospital administration, the health authority board and the doctors when looking at options. Much from the heart collaboration needs to go on rather than competitive, antagonistic talk. It will be tough. Tough for all of us, especially our city administration as the proposed city budget has cuts to many of the departments because of previous support of the hospital. The 2016 budget is being put together now. It will take money and ample time to look at the options. Let’s hope there is money to allow for engagement on the hospital issue. Attend the town hall meetings the mayor/council are holding (next one 7.14.15), attend council meetings, council work sessions and be aware what and for what reason cuts, decisions are being made. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Larry · 265 weeks ago I understand what Mr. Cook is saying and it makes sense, but the hospital, like any business cannot continue to operate if the keep losing money. At some point they either have to sink or swim. If they sink and take the city of Wellington with them then things will become a disaster. If some way can be found to support the hospital and not put a huge burden on the city and it citizens then it has to be found and soon. If not then the city has to let it go or the city will fail. The Hospital must change it way of operating or it will fail to stay open. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down Phoebe Lord · 265 weeks ago i personally don believe a hospital is needed in Wellington, since most really serious illnesses should be sent on to Wichita, Why not make it a minor emergency center? We have them here in Enid, and we rarely have to go to a doctor office or hospital. But can be sent to one if necessary. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Just Sayin’ · 265 weeks ago Has anyone ever thought that maybe the hospital wouldn’t be in this situation if people paid their hospital bills..? And most of the ones who are so quick to say how awful SRMC is are the ones who owe hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to the hospital.. Report Reply 3 replies · active 263 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 265 weeks ago So can we just take unrelated statistics and apply them as we want? Is that how it really works? Mr. Cook states “Kansas Health Matters Community Dashboard Homeownership reports that 65.1 percent of the housing units in Sumner County are occupied by homeowners through 2013. SRMC employees represent 84.6 taxpaying homeowners in Sumner County.” Sure I looked at the web site. Yes, it says 65.1% of the residents in Sumner county own the home they live in. But that says NOTHING about the hospital employees. You just can’t simply assume 65.1% of the hospital employees own their own home. He obviously felt it was important to get this made up statistic in there. Wonder why? Report Reply 7 replies · active 265 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down get the ball rolling · 265 weeks ago Mr. Cooks information was very informative and really made one think. Is there really a need for a hospital here in Wellington, Ks? We as a community have an option to back this hospital or see it fail. We can attend council meetings that are open to the public, we can write letters to our new city manager, we can also, pay our bills! I do understand the hardships ones face regarding bills, what is great, you can make payment arrangements with the hospital. I am one who has had to utilize this process more than a couple of times. They are actually willing to work with anyone if you are just upfront and honest. The over use of the ER is a huge problem nationwide. With the individuals who have no insurance, or the ones who have been “fired” from their doctors,or using the ER as a clinic, they do cost the hospital a lot of money. Everyone is quick to blame others for the hospitals demise, when we as a whole have helped cause this problem. The administrators are at fault, the patients that don’t pay their bills are at fault, the list goes on. It does seem clear that Mr. Eckert seems to be set on closing this hospital down, for what reasons he is going after the hospital suddenly is beyond me. Yes, the “city owned” hospital owes a lot of money to the city, we all get that. This has been an ongoing problem, the hospital has made many administrative/financial mistakes, who hasn’t? Maybe there need to be new changes regarding the administration at the hospital?? If this hospital is “failing” make cuts where they are necessary. A failing hospital can’t afford to pay millions of dollars out as it does according to Mr. Cook’s report. Make changes, unfortunately the word “layoff” does ring true. I hate to see anyone lose a job, but if we are wanting to keep this hospital floating for the time being, there may need to be “layoffs” as needed. If the hospital is gaining monies as Mr. Hernandez stated, they shouldn’t be “laid” off for too long. Then there is everyone’s solution, IMMEDIATE CARE. I am all for that, but we do need an actual ER for true emergencies, after all we are right off the turnpike, and major highways. Make and immediate care and let only TRUE emergencies go through the ER! That might generate a bit more money as it is a “pay up front” clinic which does file insurance. I have used these in Wichita on the weekends rather than come to our ER, cheaper and doesn’t keep the ER doctor from other emergencies. I could go on, but in all actuality, something does need to be done. Mr. Eckert, Mr. Hernandez, the city council, citizens of Wellington, what do you all really want? If it is to close this hospital, get the ball rolling. Everyone’s tired of hearing everyone complain about it, lets do something about it. If you all want to fight for it, then lets put up a fight. We are beating a dead horse continuing to complain about the electric bills, the bonds, etc, etc. PUT SOMETHING TO MOTION TODAY! I wish you all the best of luck! Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 265 weeks ago Wellington SRMC needs to collect their un paid bills. By getting the bill sent out monthly, not wait 6 or 8 months to send them out. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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Next generation smells fear after Federer, Djokovic exit Shanghai

first_imgNobody should be writing the triumvirate off: the 32-year-old Djokovic is number one and the player poised to take top spot off him in the coming weeks is the 33-year-old Nadal.The 38-year-old Federer is third in the world, while Nadal and Djokovic divvied up all four Grand Slams between them this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manBut in making the last four in Shanghai, Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21, Alexander Zverev, 22, and the 23-year-olds Matteo Berrettini and Daniil Medvedev made a piece of history.For the first time in 20 years at a Masters 1000 event, all four semi-finalists are 23 and under, according to Shanghai Masters organizers. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “They’re knocking on the door big time,” Federer said after the 20-time Grand Slam champion was handed a penalty point in a three-set quarter-final loss to Zverev on Friday.Earlier in the week, before his title assault turned sour, the Swiss said that he had noticed “big improvements” in the performances of the next generation.“Not like there were none beforehand, but now they are playing with the big boys and really able to challenge us, beat us,” he said.“Having good rivalries also within each other, which I think is important for them to improve as players.”‘They feel threatened’ ADVERTISEMENT View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men’s singles quarter-final match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 11, 2019. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)Defeats for Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic mean that the winner of the Shanghai Masters will be aged 23 or under — more proof that the next generation of men’s tennis stars is closing in.With Rafael Nadal absent from the tournament with a wrist injury, none of the vaunted “Big Three” will win the title on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “(Or) maybe in the following year, but in the next two years, I think 100 percent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Greek Tsitsipas dumped out reigning champion Djokovic, who until that point had looked imperious in Shanghai and did not drop a set in winning the Tokyo title last week.Tsitsipas has now defeated Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in 2019.In an interview with AFP last month in Zhuhai, southern China, the world number seven gave an insight into the mindset which propelled him to those victories.Tsitsipas drew accusations of arrogance after saying that he was not prepared simply to tread water and wait for Federer and the others to play themselves into retirement.“I don’t think it’s right to wait because you kind of surrender when you wait,” he said.The young Greek made similar comments after turfing the Serb Djokovic out of the quarter-finals in three sets.“I think be more aggressive because once you get aggressive and they see that you’re really going for it, I might even say they get scared,” he said.If that was a bold claim, Tsitsipas also said: “I honestly feel like they are more threatened than I am.”Zverev has long been mentioned as the “next big thing”, and even though he has endured a poor season by his standards, the German feels that a generational shift is imminent.Asked if someone else other than Federer, Nadal or Djokovic can finally win a Grand Slam next year, he said: “I think so, to be honest. MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcio Lassiter makes long awaited return from injury for San Miguel DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIESlast_img read more