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In Burrillville, Raimondo offers little comfort to foes of power plant

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — If opponents to the natural gas-burning power plant proposed in this quiet corner of Rhode Island were hoping that Governor Raimondo would use Monday’s community meeting to drop her backing of the controversial project, they were disappointed.

While Raimondo listened politely and showed sympathy for their concerns, she did not signal a reversal in her longstanding position that the $700-million facility put forward by Chicago-based Invenergy would create much-needed jobs in Rhode Island and help temper the state’s electric rates, which are among the highest in the nation.

Despite the large number of objectors in the standing-room-only crowd in the Burrillville High School auditorium, the governor entered to a standing ovation. She was joined on stage by the state energy commissioner, Carol Grant; the associate director of the state Department of Environmental Management, Terry Grant; and other officials.

In opening remarks, Raimondo said that the state must rapidly develop offshore wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy but she also said there is still a need for facilities like the one Invenergy intends to build.

Read more: http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160718/in-burrillville-raimondo-offers-little-comfort-to-foes-of-power-plant

Medicare Payments to Puerto Rico May Increase

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that will increase reimbursement rates for physicians in Puerto Rico under the Medicare program. The change will take place on January 1, 2017.

The difference in funding between Puerto Rico and the 50 states has been a problem for Puerto Rico for many years. With the rise of the Zika virus and the economic crisis in Puerto Rico, the effects have become even more dire. Reports from Puerto Rico say that lack of medical supplies and even of electricity and water are affecting healthcare facilities, government payments have dropped even further, and that doctors are leaving Puerto Rico at the rate of one a day.

The government of Puerto Rico is responsible for significant medical costs, with the majority of the population eligible for public health benefits. The government also has to pay a higher proportion of the costs than the governments of the 50 states do. Medicare payments in Puerto Rico are lower, and reimbursements to doctors are also lower. Increasingly, Puerto Rico’s medical professionals have been finding that they cannot survive on their earnings.

Three factors are included in decisions about Medicare payments:

* “Physician Work” considers the cost, including time, of providing a service.
* “Practice Expense” reflects the cost of maintaining a medical practice, including rental of office space, staffing costs, and the costs of equipment and supplies.
* “Malpractice” is based on the price of malpractice insurance.

Read more: http://www.puertoricoreport.com/medicare-payments-to-puerto-rico-may-increase/

Puerto Rico gives away over $519 million to multinational seed corporations, including Monsanto

Millionaire enterprises, including Monsanto, Pioneer Hi Bred and nine other multinational producers of transgenic and hybrid seeds, benefited from over $519.7 million in Puerto Rican public funds throughout the last 10 fiscal years. They took advantage of corporate welfare while the country headed toward a $69 billion debt that cannot be paid to its bondholders, which prompted the enforcement of the Fiscal Oversight Board by the U.S. Congress.

Governors Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Luis Fortuño and Alejandro García Padilla’s administrations awarded these companies preferential tax rates, tax exemptions, industrial incentives and wage subsidies. Those wage subsidies come from the General Fund, which is the money collected directly from Puerto Rican taxpayers. They also allowed Monsanto and Pioneer, for example, to receive 238 million gallons of free water from an underground water reserve in the south of the Island, between Salinas, Guayama, Juana Díaz and Santa Isabel.

And so it was that 11 agricultural biotechnology enterprises found an oasis of easy money in Puerto Rico throughout 10 years of fiscal crisis, according to findings by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo) after requesting and analyzing reports by the local Department of Treasury, the Administration for the Development of Agricultural Enterprises, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company and Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. The only information available on the issue originates from the same agencies that grant benefits to the companies.

During that decade of fiscal crisis, incentives were also granted to multinational companies AgReliant Genetics, Mycogen Seeds, 3rd Millennium Genetics, Syngenta Seeds, RiceTec, Bayer Puerto Rico, Illinois Crop Improvement Association, Dow AgroSciences and Dupont Agricultural Caribe Industries.

Read more: http://investigativereportingworkshop.org/articles/puerto-rico-millions-multinationals/

Puerto Rico flag black and 'in mourning' over US-imposed financial oversight board


The famous door in Old San Juan now has the Puerto Rican flag painted in black and white, as a sign of mourning and resistance. There is also a small altar. Photo by Marina I. Pineda Shokooh, used with permission

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- For many Puerto Ricans, the national flag is a symbol of cultural pride and identity, especially in light of the island's colonial status under the United States’ government. Now, with an artistic tweak, the flag also represents the state of mourning that the island has been experiencing since the US government imposed a federal control board with power over the commonwealth's jurisdiction.

A group of artists have altered a famous door painted with the Puerto Rican flag by changing its original colours from blue, red, and white to black and white to mark the approval of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, also known as PROMESA. Passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama, the act was promoted as a way to manage Puerto Rico's more than $70 billion of debt.

But PROMESA severely undermines the island's political autonomy. Its measures, which include a decrease of the hourly minimum wage to US$4.24 (about $3 less than the US federal minimum wage), have galvanized people to organize daily civil disobedience events and camps.

The flag mural is located on the facade of an abandoned building on San José Street in Old San Juan, and before its makeover locals and tourists alike often took photos of it as a memory of their visit. The door is surrounded by litographs of famous Puerto Rican artists made by the collective Grabadores por Grabadores.

Read more: http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/topstory-Puerto-Rico-flag-black-and-%27in-mourning%27-over-US-imposed-financial-oversight-board-31119.html

VI BMV Given $450K In 2015 For Rank And File Employee Raises; Year Later--No Money Left, No Raises

ST. CROIX — Bureau of Motor Vehicles officials met Thursday at the Fritz E. Lawaetz Legislative Hall before senators who make up the Committee on Finance, to give testimony on the bureau’s fiscal year 2017 budget, which totals $3,019,813, $1 million of which coming from funds collected by B.M.V.

Lawrence Olive, B.M.V.’s director, spoke of apparent improvements made at the bureau, stating that employees met two of four performance indicators, including “the average waiting time for customers registering a non-commercial vehicle,” and “the average record retrieval time of a lost license.” Mr. Olive also said that a “significant” decrease in customers’ wait time at B.M.V. had been realized, adding that it had improved customer service satisfaction.

Of paramount importance, Mr. Olive said that B.M.V. had chosen a contractor that would bring the territory’s registration and titling system into compliance with the federal government’s Real I.D. Act, and was awaiting approval. Earlier this year, Mr. Olive said the territory would come into compliance by the end of this year; beating the federal government’s extension deadline by one year.

But B.M.V. officials stuttered when asked by Senator Kurt Vialet about some $450,000 that the legislature appropriated to B.M.V. in 2015, to be used specifically for rank and file employee raises.

Read more: http://viconsortium.com/breaking-news/bmv-given-450000-in-2015-for-rank-and-file-employee-raises-one-year-later-the-money-is-gone-but-with-no-raises-given/

New coalition rallies against proposed rate hike by SCE&G

COLUMBIA — Leaders from small business, environmental and community groups joined forces Monday to challenge South Carolina Electric & Gas’ largest rate increase proposal in years.

The Coalition to Stop the Blank Check said the utility’s 3.06 percent rate increase plan is detrimental for low-income customers and small businesses. The increase would cover ballooning costs at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, north of Columbia.

Frank Knapp Jr., president and CEO of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce, said the state needs to stop letting SCE&G’s pass along the costs to customers.

“Right now there’s a blank check that the company holds and they are exercising that blank check by raising costs dramatically and delaying the plant’s construction,” Knapp said during a Statehouse news conference Monday.

Read more: http://www.postandcourier.com/20160718/160719429/new-coalition-rallies-against-proposed-rate-hike-by-sceg

Road-building industry funding group pushing half-cent sales tax increase

A new group poised to begin promoting Charleston County’s $2.1 billion half-cent sales tax referendum is being financed largely by road-building interests.

Jim Rozier, former Berkeley County supervisor and former chairman of the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission, is leading the nonprofit group called Complete the Penny, which was formed in April to help get the plan on the Nov. 8 ballot, and promote it if that happens.

He said the group is largely being funded by people and companies connected to the road-building industry, including engineering and paving companies, but didn’t specify which companies or how much money the group has raised.

Charleston County Council on Tuesday will take an initial vote on whether to move forward with the referendum that would let voters approve or reject raising the sales tax to pay for roads, public transportation and green space. If it passes, council would have to vote two more times before giving it final approval. Meetings when such votes could take place are tentatively scheduled Thursday and July 28.

Read more: http://www.postandcourier.com/20160718/160719435/road-building-industry-funding-group-pushing-half-cent-sales-tax-increase-

In Dylann Roof hearing, judge rules jury should be picked from Charleston area

The 12 jurors who decide Dylann Roof’s fate should be residents of the Charleston region, a federal judge said Monday.

Fearing the defense would later ask for the trial to be moved to a different courthouse, prosecutors in the death penalty case had asked U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel to summon prospective jurors from across South Carolina instead of the nine-county local area.

But in settling the issue during a hearing in downtown Charleston, Gergel noted that the defense had no plans to seek such a change of venue.

“It would take an unusual ... situation” to use a statewide jury pool, the judge said.

Read more: http://www.postandcourier.com/20160718/160719596/in-dylann-roof-hearing-judge-rules-jury-should-be-picked-from-charleston-area

Clemson surpasses $1 billion goal in The Will to Lead capital campaign

Clemson University has surpassed its goal of raising $1 billion in 10 years, making its capital campaign, The Will to Lead, the largest successful fundraising effort by a public university with fewer than 150,000 alumni, according to the university.

The campaign went over the billion-dollar mark by more than $62.5 million as of June 30.

“Our alumni and donors have made this the largest fundraising effort in the history of South Carolina,” President Jim Clements said. “Completing this campaign is an incredible milestone for Clemson, and it is a true testament to the loyalty and dedication of our alumni, donors, corporate partners and friends.”

The campaign, begun under the presidency of Jim Barker, had started in 2006 with a goal of $500,000. Then the Great Recession hit.

Read more: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/local/pickens-county/2016/07/18/clemson-surpasses-1-billion-goal-lead-capital-campaign/87248592/

HIV researchers at UNC secure more funding

CHAPEL HILL – HIV/AIDS researchers based at UNC have landed another $23 million in funding, via a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The award to the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication, CARE for short, was one of six the NIH announced earlier this month. The agency is committing about $30 million a year to the six groups.

Recipients are supposed to use the money to try developing a cure for HIV/AIDS, specifically by countering the way the virus can remain dormant in the body even after drug treatment has suppressed it.

The NIH is funding research groups pursuing a so-called “kick and kill” strategy, the idea being they need to find a way to first stimulate the virus and then reinforce the body’s immune system so it can get rid of it for good.

Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/hiv-researchers-at-unc-secure-more-funding/article_77654e4e-4d2e-11e6-a6ae-c360c53a26c1.html
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