COVID-19 treatment test linked to increased risk of cardiac issues

first_img Read Full Story Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a Public Health Concern of Global Interest on Jan. 30, more than one million have tested positive for the illness in the United States, and more than 62,000 have died. With no FDA–approved treatments available to date, the anti-malarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, has emerged as a potential therapy for the pneumonia associated with COVID-19, with or without the antibiotic azithromycin.In a brief report published this week in JAMA Cardiology, a team of pharmacists and clinicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, found evidence suggesting that patients who received hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 were at increased risk of electrical changes to the heart and cardiac arrhythmias. The combination of hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin was linked to even greater changes compared to hydroxychloroquine alone.“While hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin are generally well-tolerated medications, increased usage in the context of COVID-19 will likely increase the frequency of adverse drug events (ADEs),” said co-first author Nicholas J. Mercuro, a pharmacy specialist in infectious diseases at BIDMC. “This is especially concerning given that that patients with underlying cardiac co-morbidities appear to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and that the virus itself may damage the heart.”Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin each can cause an electrical disturbance in the heart known as a QTc prolongation, indicated by a longer space between specific peaks on an electrocardiogram. QTc prolongation denotes that the heart muscle is taking milliseconds longer than normal to recharge between beats. The delay can cause cardiac arrhythmias, which in turn increases the likelihood of cardiac arrest, stroke or death.In this single-center, retrospective, observational study, Mercuro and colleagues evaluated 90 adults with COVID-19 who were hospitalized at BIDMC between March 1 and April 7, and received at least one day of hydroxychloroquine. More than half of these patients also had high blood pressure, and more than 30 percent had diabetes.Seven patients (19 percent) who received hydroxychloroquine alone developed prolonged QTc of 500 milliseconds or more, and three patients had a change in QTc of 60 milliseconds or more. Of the 53 patients who also received azithromycin, 21 percent had prolonged QTc of 500 milliseconds or more, and 13 percent experienced a change in QTc of 60 milliseconds or more.“In our study, patients who were hospitalized and receiving hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 frequently experienced QTc prolongation and adverse drug events,” said co-first author Christina F. Yen, MD, of BIDMC’s Department of Medicine. “One participant taking the drug combination experienced a potentially lethal tachycardia called torsades de pointes, which to our knowledge has yet to be reported elsewhere in the peer-reviewed COVID-19 literature.”In 2003, preliminary data suggested hydroxychloroquine may be effective against SARS-CoV-1, a fatal but hard-to-transmit respiratory virus related to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. More recently, a small study of patients with COVID-19 appeared to benefit from the anti-malarial drug. Subsequent research, however, has failed to confirm either finding. In light oftheir data, Gold and colleagues urge caution and careful consideration before administering hydroxychloroquine as treatment for COVID-19.“If considering the use of hydroxychloroquine, particularly combined with azithromycin, clinicians should carefully weigh the risks and benefits, and closely monitor QTc — particularly considering patients’ co-morbidities and concomitant medication use,” said senior author Howard S. Gold, MD, an infectious disease specialist at BIDMC and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Based on our current knowledge, hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 should probably be limited to clinical trials.”Co-authors included BIDMC’s Christopher M. McCoy, David J. Shim , Peter J. Zimetbaum, and Timothy R. Maher.last_img read more

Vermont Chamber to accept breastfeeding friendly award

first_imgThe 5th Annual Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards, sponsored by the Washington County Maternal Child Health Coalition, will take place Thursday August 19 at 4 PM in the lobby of the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin. The awards will be presented by Kathryn Saunders, of Central Vermont Midwifery.The awards are given to area businesses that support new mothers returning to work who wish to continue to breastfeed their babies. Vice President of Communications Vicky Tebbetts will accept the award on behalf of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Vermont Chamber President Duane Marsh stated: A happy baby is a happy Mom and a happy Mom is a better employee. Everybody wins when the employer can be flexible and allow its employees the privilege to continue breastfeeding as they return to work after the birth of a child.One way an employer can help a woman continue breastfeeding is by providing break time and a private space to express breastmilk. Praising the flexibility of the Vermont Chamber as an employer, Tebbetts noted, Pumping at work is a privilege that allowed me the best of both worlds. I could continue my career and feel satisfied with my choices. It was an honor to work with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to allow me to accomplish this goal.Recent studies demonstrate the many benefits when businesses take steps to provide time and space for new mothers who wish to continue to breastfeed: the infants are healthier; the mothers are happier and as a result are more productive employees; staff turnover is reduced, staff loyalty is enhanced, and skilled workers are retained; the business experiences decreased absenteeism and lower health insurance costs and can offer added recruitment incentives for women.Governor Douglas recently recognized the importance of breastfeeding when he proclaimed July as Breastfeeding Promotion Month in Vermont. He was joined by Dr. Paul Jarris, MD, MBA, Commissioner of Health, at a health fair on the State House lawn. Breastfeeding is one of the most basic and cost effective acts a mother can do to improve her childs health, said Dr. Jarris.The Vermont Chamber is a member of the Breastfeeding Study Commission, established by the Vermont Legislature.last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters extends tender offer to acquire Diedrich Coffee

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) (“GMCR”) today announced that Pebbles Acquisition Sub, Inc. (“Purchaser”), a wholly owned subsidiary of GMCR, has extended its previously announced $35.00 per share cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Diedrich Coffee, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDRX) (“Diedrich Coffee”). The tender offer will now expire at midnight, New York City time, on Monday, May 10, 2010, unless further extended. The tender offer previously was scheduled to expire at midnight, New York City time, on Monday, May 3, 2010. All other terms and conditions of the tender offer remain unchanged.GMCR also noted that, on Friday, April 30, 2010, GMCR certified to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) that it has substantially complied with the FTC’s request for additional information under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“Second Request”), in connection with GMCR’s offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Diedrich Coffee common stock. As a result, GMCR and Purchaser expect the waiting period applicable to the purchase of the outstanding shares of Diedrich Coffee common stock pursuant to the tender offer to expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on Monday, May 10, 2010.GMCR further noted that, on Sunday, May 2, 2010, GMCR, Purchaser, Diedrich Coffee, the members of the Board of Directors of Diedrich Coffee and the plaintiff in the purported class action on behalf of Diedrich Coffee stockholders reached an agreement in principle to settle the litigation, and executed a Memorandum of Understanding that provides for settlement of the litigation. Final settlement of the litigation is subject to, among other conditions, approval by the court presiding over the litigation.As of 5:30 p.m., New York City time, on April 30, 2010, approximately 2,417,763 shares have been tendered into the tender offer and not withdrawn. The tender offer is subject to customary closing conditions, including, among other things, regulatory approvals. The Board of Directors of Diedrich Coffee has recommended that Diedrich Coffee stockholders tender their shares into the tender offer. Questions and requests for assistance regarding the tender offer may be directed to the Information Agent for the offer, Okapi Partners LLC, toll-free at (877) 274-8654.BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as financial advisor to GMCR on this transaction and Ropes & Gray LLP is serving as its legal advisor.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully’s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics coffee and Timothy’s World Coffee®. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of licensed roasters, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s Coffee and Timothy’s. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certified™ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Forward-looking statementsCertain statements contained herein, including GMCR’s intention to complete the proposed acquisition, are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. The “safe harbor” set forth in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, does not apply to forward-looking statements made in connection with a tender offer. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,”, “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual events or results could differ materially from those stated herein. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, GMCR’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, GMCR’s success in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully’s and Timothy’s wholesale operations and capacity into its Specialty Coffee business unit, GMCR’s success in introducing new product offerings, the ability of lenders to honor their commitments under GMCR’s credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the At Home and Away from Home businesses, the impact of the loss of major customers for GMCR or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, GMCR’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risks described more fully in GMCR’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations as of the date of this press release, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. GMCR does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.Additional InformationThis press release is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, any securities. The tender offer to purchase shares of Diedrich Coffee common stock referenced in this press release has been made pursuant to a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, containing an offer to purchase, a form of letter of transmittal and other documents relating to the tender offer (the “Tender Offer Statement”), which GMCR and Purchaser filed with the SEC and first mailed to Diedrich Coffee stockholders on December 11, 2009. Security holders of Diedrich Coffee are advised to read the Tender Offer Statement, because it contains important information about the tender offer. Investors and security holders of Diedrich Coffee also are advised that they may obtain free copies of the Tender Offer Statement and other documents filed by GMCR with the SEC on the SEC’s website at is external). In addition, free copies of the Tender Offer Statement and related materials may be obtained from GMCR by written request to: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Attention: General Counsel, 33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, Vermont 05676.Source: WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–5.3.2010last_img read more

Shut Down

first_imgThe cool weather is finally starting to show its face around here. Just last week during my stay in Canaan Valley, I couldn’t go a day without talking to one of the locals about their summer temps (or lack thereof). In fact, their summer has been so unusually chill that they’ve already experienced their first frost.While I’m excited about the coming of snow (and working on not being such a ski newb), I’m a little apprehensive about how the Go will hold up in a winter that, according to a number of farmer’s almanac-type sites, will experience below average temperatures and above average snowfall (at least on the East).For me, that means two things – 1) Soak up the warm weather while it lasts and 2) Start planning.Since I’m more apt to procrastinate the planning process, I decided to check off #1 beginning of this week up at Grayson Highlands State Park in southwestern Virginia. To me, this place feels like home. The mountains here are my old stomping grounds. Five years ago when I first started school at Emory & Henry College, my first foray into the backcountry was here to pick wild blueberries on the Rhododendron Trail.Breathtaking views, diverse forest vegetation, wild miniature ponies, blueberries galore, and access to Virginia’s highest point – Mt. Rogers. There’s good reason I was sold on Grayson Highlands the moment I stepped from parking lot to trail all of those years ago.IMG_8200But now, there’s something else that makes this place even more special – bouldering. Just last year, local climber and GHSP AmeriCorps volunteer Aaron Parlier published the first guidebook to bouldering in the GHSP. Thus far, the book has created a wave of interest in southern Appalachia’s bouldering potential, and Parlier continues to update the Grayson Highlands Bouldering blog with POWs (problems of the week) and updates to access trails and new problems.I’ve only been bouldering up in the park a couple of times and usually it’s been during the tail end of fall when it’s really just too cold to climb at that elevation (for me and my sissy circulation at least). Since I was in the area this week, though, I figured I’d give it another go and hopefully get a bit of climbing in before the rock season hits full force next month.After much persuasion, and the promise of some delicious beer from Devils Backbone Brewing Company, I finally convinced my friend and fellow photographer/videographer/all-around-outdoorsman Tommy Penick to join me in the highlands for a little camping/bouldering excursion. Tommy’s more into the rope thing, but I assured him that he would be able to pet a wild miniature pony here, whereas he might get lucky and have an encounter with a copperhead in the Linville Gorge (his backyard crag).I’m not really much of a climber. I like to climb, but it’s such a muscle-specific sport that if I don’t get on rock often, I very quickly lose any progress and strength I’ve gained. I like climbing for the problem-solving aspect, and bouldering (the ‘routes’ which are appropriately referred to as ‘problems’) always seemed to me like the perfect embodiment of that.Until Grayson Highlands Penick Photo.Tommy Penick Photo.Tommy Penick Photo.Tommy Penick Photo.Tommy Penick Photo.Tommy Penick Photo.IMG_8053IMG_8166“I don’t like bouldering because it’s right in your face,” Tommy said as we stared back from the guidebook to the (supposedly) straightforward V1 problem back to the guidebook again.We had been trying to work this slightly overhanging boulder for what seemed like forever with little to no success. The most irritating part? The hold we can’t get to is just above eye-level. I’ve heard Tommy say this before when it comes to climbing, but I’ve never actually agreed with him until now. With the exception of sketchy highballs, boulders around here are normally no bigger than 15-20ft. I could bypass this whole problem, make Tommy give me a leg up, and be happily sitting at the top-out in a matter of seconds.But that takes the whole fun out of climbing the thing. Instead, we both sat on my crash pad staring up at the problem trying, falling, flailing, and ultimately failing to make much of any progress.“Let’s go to another boulder,” I finally suggested, reluctantly accepting the fact that maybe V0s were more my level.We walked down the trail to the Picnic Block, a smaller boulder which nearly touches its neighbor the Picnic Boulder. It was all overhanging, but the problem was short and seemed to have solid holds. I went first and, surprise surprise, could barely get off the ground. Tommy followed my struggle fest by sending the problem with ease and I stared on in furious frustration at the solid-hold-that-was-there-but-which-I-was-too-weak-to-hold-onto.It’s not like we had been bouldering hard for days on end and I was all pumped out, bloodied, and rightfully sore. In total I had successfully topped out on four or five problems at the most and struggled in vain on many more.Tommy tried to cheer me on with various words of encouragement. “Come on, Jess, you got it.” “Quit being a baby and get up that thing.” “What is this sit-on-your-ass-time or bouldering? Let’s go!”No level of tactful pushing could get me up that 10-foot arête and I was finally forced to walk away from it and hit the road for an afternoon meeting, feeling defeated, deflated, and shut down.Why did we go up there at all? I chastised myself on the drive down the mountain. Why did I waste an entire evening and morning getting shut down on some boulders instead of going for a trail run or a bike ride or a paddle (though the rivers here are pretty much rock gardens).I’d lost a chunk of my finger, ripped a hole in my Eddie Bauer pants, and all but abandoned any remaining bit of confidence in my climbing abilities to that last problem, and for what?I had only to browse through the photos Tommy and I shot up in the Highlands to have my answer.Tommy Penick photo.Tommy Penick photo.Tommy Penick Photo.Tommy Penick Photo.IMG_7995Sometimes I get caught up in the “end goal.” You know what I mean. You get your eyes on the prize and before you know it, you’ve lost sight of the process, of what it’s going to take to get there, the blood-sweat-and-tears of it all. We live in an era of instant gratification, and I feel that sometimes, that sense of immediacy breeds impatience in us all. I am certainly guilty of this, particularly when it comes to climbing or mountain biking or trying anything new for that matter.Really, I should have tapped into that person I was five years ago when I was simply in awe at the beauty that is the Grayson Highlands, when I was willing, eager, hungry to try anything no matter how bad I sucked.Getting shut down isn’t the end of the road. It isn’t a total failure and it isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a challenge unmet, and that problem will be waiting for me the next time I find myself up in the highlands with warm, dry weather on my side and an itch for bouldering.Until then, I must say that the company, beer, sunset, and mystery-cheesy-pasta dish were enough to call that a successful outing. Thanks for the rad shots Tommy (and sorry we didn’t get you some pony-love…next time).Tommy Penick Photo.Tommy Penick Photo.IMG_8005Tommy Penick Photo.Tommy Penick Photo.Tommy doin' his thang.Tommy doin’ his thang.Shut down or not, nothing makes you feel more on top of the world than a room-temp Devils Backbone brew.Shut down or not, nothing makes you feel more on top of the world than a Devils Backbone brew.It's just a flesh wound!It’s just a flesh wound!last_img read more

Supreme Court ups bar exam passing standard

first_imgIt just got tougher to pass the bar exam in Florida.Acting March 20, the Supreme Court immediately raised the pass/fail line from 131 to 133 and ordered it raised again a year from now to 136. The court acted on the request of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners in a case that has been pending since 1999. (Case no. SC96869)It has been more than 20 years since the passing standard has been raised and the bar examiners asked for the increase after undertaking a comprehensive review of the examination process, which included two studies involving a large number of trial judges, academicians, and practicing attorneys.“The competent, verified empirical evidence compiled by. . . the board reveals that the current standard for admission has absolutely no relationship whatsoever to ensuring the minimum competency of those admitted to The Florida Bar,” Justice Fred Lewis wrote for the majority. “This court acts today to rectify the situation. In essence, all of the credible data and conclusions presented to this court by the board illuminate that the present standard at this time is invalid and totally without foundation. It is nothing more than a number picked from the air. Because it is without validity, the people of Florida would be placed at risk if we fail to approve the higher standard.”A number of law school deans and predominately African-American bar associations objected to raising the standard, saying the burden of the proposed changes will fall on those already economically challenged and would adversely affect efforts to increase the number of minorities entering the legal profession.The majority, however, rejected those arguments, saying increasing the pass/fail line would impact all applicants evenly, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity.“Indeed, despite many allegations of such, and our keen attention to the possibility of such, no data before this court supports the contention that raising the pass/fail score will adversely impact minority applicants in a manner any different from other applicants,” the court said. “While it is acknowledged that certain current disparities between racial groups may remain, facts demonstrate to us that such are not a product of the examination or its scoring, and it must be clear to all that the key to diversity and equality in Bar admissions is not to be accomplished by promoting unqualified persons to be certified competent contrary to evaluation — indeed, the hallmark of fairness and egalitarianism has always been a commitment to ensuring the recognition of all those who have proven their capabilities, regardless of ethnicity or background.”The court said if the opponents could factually demonstrate that the bar exam is a discriminatory tool, then the court “would certainly be required to address the problem and take corrective action.”Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead, Justice Charles Wells, and Senior Justice Major Harding concurred.In a separate opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, Justice Barbara Pariente — joined by Justice Peggy Quince and Senior Justice Leander Shaw — said they would not have raised the standard out of “concern about potential adverse effect this change could have on minorities.”“Combined results for first-time test takers in the two examinations administered in 2001 reflect greater declines for black first-time test takers than for whites,” Pariente said. “The pass rates for blacks would have declined by 6 percent at a passing score of 133 and 14 percent at a passing score of 136, compared to a 4 percent decline at a score of 133 and a 11 percent decline at a score of 136 for white test-takers.” April 1, 2003 Regular News Supreme Court ups bar exam passing standard center_img Supreme Court ups bar exam passing standardlast_img read more

Credit union shines with commitment to community

first_imgOn a recent Monday at Southwest Montana Community FCU, Nikki Hasley greeted each person who walked through the door with a warm smile, a willingness to help, and often addressed them by name.The day was particularly busy, because it was the second of a two- day Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic. A crew of dedicated volunteers helped complete 59 returns.“These volunteers are amazing, coming from out of town over two separate days to help file returns, with equipment in tow,” said Carin McClain, tax program manager with Montana’s Credit Unions for Community Development.Between phone calls, meetings, and paperwork, President and CEO Tom Dedman also pitched in when necessary. For the past five years he’s been at the helm of the credit union, located in Anaconda, MT, at the foot of the Pintlar Mountains, just eight miles south of the Continental Divide. The credit union has more than 7,200 members, $101 million in assets, and is in a strong financial position after once teetering on the edge of disaster when the local mineral processing smelter closed.Tellers were punching numbers, loan officers were processing applications and two other staff members were discussing plans about Credit Union Youth Month as well as distributing adorable monkey and frog banks to children.It was quite a scene to see services provided with such dedication and commitment. Recently retired board member Howie Thompson was there with his wife, Mary Denise having their taxes prepared. They have been members since the mid-1950s. The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in July and their five daughters have blessed them with thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.The Thompsons are loyal to Southwest Community, because they’ve witnessed the credit union’s commitment to their friends, family, and neighbors for more than six decades. “The credit union is for the people – nothing else, and they take care of their people,” Howie Thompson said.John Duckels is a young baker just starting his career at the local grocery store, who makes a mean oatmeal raisin cookie. He’s had his taxes prepared at the credit union for the past four years.“I so appreciate it, because taxes are one of those things I could probably figure out on my own, but having someone with knowledge helps take the burden off me,” he said.Not all the participants were members of the credit union, but it was never apparent until the question was proposed. Every individual was treated with kindness and respect. It didn’t matter whether they were there to get a cash withdraw, inquire about a loan or use the free tax service.Between the cookies and coffee, reading materials and couches, and warmth shared between anyone in the building, it reminded me of a family room. These day-to-day tasks happen throughout Montana’s credit unions and around the nation, without expecting anything in return. I was proud to witness the dedication and was reminded that there is nothing typical about what happens within a credit union compared to the majority of the business world. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alana Listoe Alana Listoe is an award-winning journalist who joined the Montana Credit Union Network to help spread the good word about the credit union movement. She has been a credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

The Circle of Life: Federal considerations for member decedents

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hello Compliance Friends! Over the holidays, I had a chance to relax, travel and check out some old and new films. One of my favorite movies will forever be Disney’s The Lion King. The death of Mufasa will forever pull at my six-year old heart strings. Today’s blog will talk about what to do when Mufasa Member finds himself in a wildebeest stampede and the circle of life suddenly closes.As compliance practitioners, I am sure that you are aware a lot of these issues would need to be discussed with your local counsel because they directly involve state law issues. However, I have highlighted some NCUA specific and federal law issues that may serve as helpful reminders. I have segmented this post according to subject areas for your convenience.AccountsThe FCU Model Bylaws contain the following provision with regard to keeping a deceased member’s account open. You may want to review your credit union’s bylaws for a similar provision. continue reading »last_img read more

The pearls of the twinset

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Charged exchange: PLN electricity billing confusion enters third month

first_imgIn a statement released on July 3, PLN acknowledged that the anomalies were a result of their new billing method.The new method calculates monthly residential power bills based on consumption during the previous three months. For example, higher-than-usual energy consumption in April and May was billed in June.“Very likely, these are leftover installments from unpaid bills the previous month,” said PLN spokesman Agung Murdifi in a statement on July 3. “PLN will investigate the cases further,” he added.In June, 4.3 million post-paid residential customers saw bills 20 percent higher than in the previous month. PLN attributed this to higher electricity consumption as people stayed at home. PLN then relaxed its billing policy for 1.93 million consumers who experienced a spike in their June bills. It charged 40 percent of the June bill in that month and opted to charge the remaining 60 percent over the next three months on top of the subsequent months’ power bills.Read also: Consumers lament PLN electricity bill spikeYan Kardian’s screenshot of his bills shows that the bill from the previous month had been relaxed and that one third of the remaining sum was charged in the July bill.However, PLN charged Yan more than 70 percent of his June bill in June, higher than PLN’s promised 40 percent under the relaxation scheme, the screenshot shows.PLN executives, government officials and the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) have repeatedly refuted netizens’ claims that the high bills were because PLN had secretly raised electricity tariffs.“Consumers felt they were being cheated with a higher rate. There is no higher rate,” said YLKI chairman Tulus Abadi in a video statement on June 7.Topics : Indonesian households have seen abnormal electricity bills for the third consecutive month, likely a result of the accumulation of monthly charges in state electricity firm PLN’s new payment scheme.Yan Kardian, an employee at a private company, reported on July 2 that his electricity bill rose 15 percent month-on-month to Rp 370,259 ($25.55) in July even though his consumption fell 20 percent to 242 kilowatt hours (KwH) over the same time period, according to a screenshot he posted on Twitter.“How can consumption be so little yet the bill go up?” he wrote on his Twitter account @yankpoesh on July 2.last_img read more

Paul Pogba suffers new injury setback ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal

first_img Comment Pogba is now sidelined with an ankle injury (AFP via Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s injured, he’s feeling some discomfort in his ankle,’ Solskjaer told MUTV.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’ll be out for a few weeks, definitely.’Solskjaer is already light in midfield as Scott McTominay is expected to be out for up to eight weeks with a knee ligament injury.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jan 2020 7:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link537Shares Advertisement Advertisement Paul Pogba suffers new injury setback ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal Paul Pogba is out of Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal due to an ankle injury (Getty Images)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Paul Pogba has missed Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal due to injury.The World Cup winner returned from a three-month absence in December during United’s 2-0 defeat to Watford.And the midfielder was brought on at half-time during United’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day.But Pogba did not travel with the squad for their trip to Arsenal on New Year’s Day and the 26-year-old could now be set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more