Although OVI recorded a growth of 2018 percent in July 10,8 compared to the same month last year, this is the smallest increase in the last three years, which indicates a significant slowdown in labor demand, according to OVI data in July, and prepared by the Zagreb Institute of Economics.Seasonally adjusted index values offer the same conclusion as the seasonally adjusted index fell 11,8 percent in July, the biggest drop on a monthly basis in 16 months. The slowdown may come from the tourism sector, given that, according to initial data, the July season did not meet all expectations.Thus, the demand for the traditionally most sought-after service occupations in the Adriatic counties in July 2018 compared to July 2017 fell or stagnated: the demand for vendors is almost identical, the demand for chefs fell by 6,6 percent, while the demand for waiters fell by as much as 32 percent. In contrast, central Croatia, which includes the City of Zagreb and Zagreb, Varaždin, Krapina-Zagorje, Međimurje, Sisak-Moslavina and Karlovac counties, recorded a 13 percent increase in labor demand compared to the same month last year, primarily for workers’ occupations. in manufacturing, computer scientists, hairdressers and nurses.The Online Vacancy Index (OVI) is a monthly index of online job vacancies developed at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb in cooperation with the MojPosao portal. The purpose of the index is to provide timely information on the current state of labor demand. The OVI index is created by simply counting the number of unique new ads whose application deadlines end in the month for which the index is calculated. Since ads published through only one portal are taken, the number of ads is expressed as an index (base year is 2015).The index is interpreted as meaning that values greater than 100 represent an increase compared to 2015, and values less than 100 decrease compared to the base year. The index was seasonally adjusted by the X-12-ARIMA method.
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Struggling Capital projectsThe Public Infrastructure Ministry was only able to spend billion out of the .3 billion it was allocated for capital works in 2016. As such they will have three weeks to spend the remaining billion before the ministry is required to close its financial books and return all unused monies to the Consolidated Fund.Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, made the disclosure this past week and revealed that under the allocations for Capital Works for the Ministry only 60 per cent of its programme was completed as at December 6 last.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonMinister Patterson made the disclosure as he was making his contributions to the debates on the 2017 National Estimates and lamented the pace with which the Ministry has been going about with the Public Sector Investment Programme.According to Patterson, the pace of implementation in 2016 was not as anticipated “but we have improved capacity,”He told the House that the Public Infrastructure Ministry has since been able to put district engineers and clerk of works in each administrative region.Providing a review of his stewardship of the Public Infrastructure Ministry during the course of the past year, Patterson disclosed that recurrent expenditure by the Government agency was only 80 per cent of what it was allocated for the entire year.Overall, out of $6.45 billion the Ministry was allocated, $5.345 billion was expended (82.82 per cent), according to Patterson.Waterfront developmentTurning his attention to some of the Ministry’s plans for the upcoming year, Minister Patterson said Government will be looking to vigorously pursue the Georgetown to Ogle Waterfront Infrastructure Development and Enhancement Project.Patterson recalled for the House that during his Budget 2016 presentation, he had listed a myriad of projects to be funded by the Government of Guyana and the UK – Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (DFID).Providing an update Patterson told the House that after reviewing the situation, the preferred option of the Donor is for one large project which would stand out and could be easily visible.He said in a subsequent discussion that the Ministry had proposed another huge project, with two revised projects, namely the creation and/or restoration of modern Waterfront Recreational Areas between Kingston and Ogle and Stabroek Market and Vreed-en-Hoop, along with improved accessibility between Waterfront Development at Seawall and Stabroek Area.He told the House that the acquisition of a dredge is also part of this project.Minister Patterson told the House too of the other project which involves the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Linden to Mabura Road and the construction of a Bridge across the Kurupukari River at Kurupukari Crossing.He disclosed that it will be the Caribbean Development Bank which will be responsible for overseeing these projects and a team from the Bank will be in Guyana from next week so that formal agreement could be finalised on the two revised projects.COREPatterson used the occasion to announce too that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure will embark on a new initiative in 2017 that will lend to environmentally sustainable communities namely the Community Organised for the Restoration of the Environment (CORE).According to Patterson, CORE “is a unique initiative that will see the establishment of 20 community groups across all of Guyana’s regions.”He said each region will have two teams, except Region Two, which will have one team, and Region Four, which will have three teams.Some of the identified communities are Moruka, Port Kaituma, Number 51 to Moleson Creek, Kato, Mahdia, Bartica, Lethem, and Linden.According to Patterson, the initiative is designed to supplement the work of the Special Projects Unit of the Ministry in such a manner that it provides for the environmental upgrade, drainage, and sanitation improvement and general aesthetics of the works being undertaken by the Unit.Speaking of the Ministry’s plans for the upcoming year, Patterson disclosed that works have already commenced on the installation of lights, for the very first time, in Yarrowkabra and “we will be expanding into new areas in 2017.”He told the House that some 50 areas have been identified and include the 14 Friendship Squatting Area; Rosignol Cultivation Area; Mainstay Housing Scheme; Number 30 Village; and Goodland, Canal Number One.He said too that the ministry will in 2017 invite and establish Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for generation from renewable resources at Anna Regina and Bartica.The Minister said 2017 will also see the ministry pursuing an aggressive meter upgrade programme using Advanced Metering Infrastructure compatible meters with the 2017 target set at 16,000 meters. (Gary Eleazar)
First Edition: July 22, 2013 Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. Today’s headlines include reports about the continuing efforts in opposition to the health law as well as a Washington Post investigation into a “flaw” in U.S. health care pricing.Kaiser Health News: Obamacare Delay Is A Relief For A Family BusinessKaiser Health News staff writer Jay Hancock, working in collaboration with The Philadelphia Inquirer, reports: “Like businesses across the country, Angelo’s restaurant has been recovering from a miserable economy, a load of debt and a bottom line that until recently was the color of its special marinara sauce. So owner Michael Passalacqua probably speaks for many when he expresses relief about the decision to delay enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for employer health insurance until 2015” (Hancock, 7/22). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Doctors Interested in MBAs Are Increasingly Looking For Traditional Business Programs, Not Health-Care Specific DegreesReporting for Kaiser Health News, in collaboration with The Boston Globe, Francine Russo writes: “When nervous dental patients make their first visit to Dr. Sree Koka, chair of dental specialties at the Mayo Clinic, they may feel calmer after watching his video on YouTube. It answers many of their questions: Is the doctor male or female? Does he speak English? Is he nice? In the video, Dr. Koka introduces himself, cracks a few jokes and suggests what patients should think about for their first appointment. He created the spot while attending MIT’s Executive MBA program where he learned the benefits of focusing on personal relationships, not just technical expert” (Russo, 7/22). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Medicare Announces Plans To Accelerate Linking Doctor Pay To QualityKaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: “The changes would affect nearly 500,000 physicians working in groups. The federal health law requires large physician groups to start getting bonuses or penalties based on their performance by 2015, with all doctors who take Medicare patients phased into the program by 2017” (Rau, 7/22). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Consumers In Most States Unlikely To See N.Y.’s 50 Percent Reduction In Premiums In Individual MarketKaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby reports: “New York’s announcement this week that insurance premiums would drop 50 percent next year for individuals buying their own coverage in new online marketplaces made good talking points for proponents of the health law, but consumers in most states are unlikely to see similar savings” (Appleby, 7/19). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Analysis: N.Y. Insurance Market Called ‘Poster Child’ For Individual MandateReporting for Kaiser Health News, Roni Caryn Rabin writes: “The nosedive in health insurance prices that New York officials announced earlier this week was driven by many factors, but the most important was the individual mandate, a central component of Obamacare. That’s because insurers are betting they can use that often reviled requirement that takes effect Jan. 1 to nag, nudge, push and prod 2.6 million uninsured New Yorkers, especially the young and healthy, to buy coverage” (Rabin, 7/19). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Humana Fills Blank Spots In Mississippi Obamacare MapNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Jay Hancock reports: “Filling a potential coverage void, Humana Inc. said Friday it will sell health insurance in 36 Mississippi counties that might have otherwise been left out of a marketplace for subsidized policies sold under the Affordable Care Act” (Hancock, 7/19). Check out what else is on the blog.The Hill: Obama Tries To Regain ObamaCare Edge After Mandate Delay SetbackThe standard line from Obama and his allies was that the law had been passed by Congress, signed by the president, upheld by the Supreme Court, and then affirmed again by Obama’s reelection. But the decision to delay the employer mandate cut against that narrative of inevitability, allowing Republicans to argue that the law is collapsing on its own — and creating a double standard that rewarded business at the expense of individuals and families (Baker, 7/21).The Associated Press: After 3 years, House Republicans Still Voting To Repeal ‘Obamacare,’ But Have No ReplacementThree years after campaigning on a vow to “repeal and replace” President Barack Obama’s health care law, House Republicans have yet to advance an alternative for the system they have voted more than three dozen times to abolish in whole or in part. Officially, the effort is “in progress” — and has been since Jan. 19, 2011, according to GOP.gov, a leadership-run website. But internal divisions, disagreement about political tactics and Obama’s 2012 re-election add up to uncertainty over whether Republicans will vote on a plan of their own before the 2014 elections (Espo, 7/21).The Hill: Boehner: GOP Will Do ‘Everything We Can’ To Thwart ObamaCare”ObamaCare is bad for America,” Boehner told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure it never happens.” Boehner’s comments come several days after the House voted to delay the law’s employer and individual mandates over a White House veto threat (Viebeck, 7/20).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Union Fears ‘Destructive Consequences’ From ObamacareThe laborers union has added to organized labor’s drumbeat of dissatisfaction with the Affordable Care Act. In a letter sent to President Barack Obama on Thursday, Laborers International Union of North America President Terry O’Sullivan wrote that the law has “destructive consequences” for the types of health plans that cover millions of unionized construction workers and their family members (Maher, 7/19).The New York Times: Republicans In Arizona Are At Odds On MedicaidFor Gov. Jan Brewer, the passage last month of a Medicaid expansion was a major coup. Despite a Republican majority in the Legislature, where she faced significant opposition from Tea Party members, she rallied the entire Democratic delegation to her side and made a progressive issue palatable to just enough conservatives, casting the expansion as the right decision for the state, morally and monetarily (Santos, 7/21). The Washington Post: Indiana Says Health Plan Costs Will Spike To $570. That’s Not The Full StoryThe average health insurance plan in Indiana will increase by 72 to percent next year and hit $570 under the 2010 health-care law, the state announced Friday. What does that tell us? It certainly doesn’t tell us insurance coverage in Indiana will be cheap; that much is obvious. But it doesn’t really tell us that Indiana’s premiums are outrageous – in fact, when you dig into the documents insurers’ filed, it turns out Indiana’s rates look a lot like the rest of the country (Kliff, 7/20).The Washington Post: Obamacare Already Working In D.C., Officials SayWith less than three months until its go-live date, District officials say the city’s health insurance exchange is already functioning as planned by one important measure: prices. City insurance regulators announced Friday that they have finishing granting approval to the plans set to be offered on the exchange, known as D.C. Health Link, starting Oct. 1. Four insurers are offering 301 different plans, and three of the four lowered their prices from their initial proposals after learning what their competitors were planning to charge (DeBonis, 7/19).The Los Angeles Times: Healthcare Overhaul Leads Hospitals To Focus On Patient Satisfaction For years, the check-in process in the urgent care center of this city’s large, downtown hospital was reminiscent of a visit to the DMV. The ailing and sick walked in, pulled a number, took a seat and waited to be called. Many grew impatient and exasperated. Now, patients at San Francisco General Hospital are greeted by a smiling face and a helping hand to guide them along the path to getting care. It’s one of a series of customer-friendly touches being added at the 156-year-old institution by a newly named “chief patient experience officer.” … Under the national healthcare overhaul, patient experiences matter. Federal payments are being tied to surveys that gauge patient attitudes about such things as a hospital’s noise and cleanliness, communication and pain management (Gorman, 7/20).The Los Angeles Times: National Healthcare Reform Sparks Concern About Scams The national health reform law is expected to open the door for identity theft and insurance scams when millions of uninsured Americans begin enrolling in coverage this fall, officials and advocates warn. The Federal Trade Commission said dozens of consumers have reported fraud since last summer’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the law, and officials predict widespread abuse when enrollment begins in October (Gorman, 7/20).The Wall Street Journal: Student Health Plans Boost Coverage And Price Student health-insurance plans are getting better—and pricier. Under the Affordable Care Act, the minimum annual benefits limit of such plans will jump to $500,000 for the 2013-14 school year, up from $100,000 in 2012-13. And the cap will disappear for the 2014-15 school year. Also starting next year, student plans can’t exempt pre-existing conditions and will be expected to cover the same 10 essential benefits as other individual health plans, including prescription drugs, preventative services and mental-health care. But the plans cost more, too (Blumenthal, 7/21).The Washington Post: How A Secretive Panel Uses Data That Distorts Doctors’ Pay Twelve colonoscopies and four other procedures was a typical day for [physician Harinath Sheela], according to Florida records for 2012. If the American Medical Association’s assumptions about procedure times are correct, that much work would take about 26 hours. Sheela’s typical day was nine or 10. … “I have experience,” the Yale-trained, Orlando-based doctor said. “I’m not that slow; I’m not fast. I’m thorough.” This seemingly miraculous proficiency, which yields good pay for doctors who perform colonoscopies, reveals one of the fundamental flaws in the pricing of U.S. health care, a Washington Post investigation has found (Whoriskey and Keating, 7/20).Politico: The ‘Death Panel’ Bill LivesThe bill is back. Or rather, it’s never gone away.Each Congress, Blumenauer reintroduces it. He’s even added a few new elements, for instance to make sure that care preferences are incorporated into electronic medical records, not just stuffed in someone’s bedside table. He’s picked up 15 co-sponsors, including a few Republicans. Among them is Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe, an outspoken member of the conservative House GOP Doctors Caucus, which helps drive an unwavering opposition to Obamacare (Kenen, 7/21).Los Angeles Times: Anthem Blue Cross Shuns Insurance Market For Small BusinessesHealth insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross is spurning California’s new insurance market for small businesses, a potential setback in the state’s rollout of the federal healthcare law. Anthem, a unit of WellPoint Inc., is California’s largest insurer for small employers. The company’s surprising move raised concerns about the state’s ability to offer competitive rates and attract businesses to its new Covered California exchange that opens Jan. 1 (Terhune, 7/19).The New York Times: Cries Of Betrayal As Detroit Plans To Cut PensionsGloria Killebrew, 73, worked for the City of Detroit for 22 years and now spends her days caring for her husband, J. D., who has had three heart attacks and multiple kidney operations, the last of which left him needing dialysis three times a week at the Henry Ford Medical Center in Dearborn, Mich. Now there is a new worry: Detroit wants to cut the pensions it pays retirees like Ms. Killebrew, who now receives about $1,900 a month (Yaccino and Cooper, 7/21).The Washington Post: After Detroit Bankruptcy Filing, City Retirees On Edge As They Face Pension CutsThe battle over the future of Detroit is set to begin this week in federal court, where government leaders will square off against retirees in a colossal debate over what the city owes to a prior generation of residents as it tries to rebuild for the next. … Orr has promised that retired city workers, police officers and firefighters will not see pensions or health benefits reduced for at least six months. But on Sunday, he said those retirement benefits will have to be cut down the road (Goldfarb, 7/21).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Delaware Governor Signs Bill Capping Co-Pays For Specialty Prescription DrugsGov. Jack Markell is signing legislation that caps co-pays for prescription drugs used to treat certain complex and chronic health problems. The legislation to be signed Monday limits patients’ co-insurance or co-payment fees for certain prescription drugs to $150 per month for up to a 30-day supply (7/22).Los Angeles Times: Health Centers Vary Widely In Quality Of Medical ManagementCalifornia’s community health centers — a key resource for people without medical insurance — vary widely in their ability to control their patients’ chronic diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure, according to federal data (Gorman, 7/21).The Washington Post: Cuccinelli, McAuliffe Spar At Va. Gubernatorial DebateAfter months of assailing each other’s integrity from afar and by proxy, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II and businessman Terry McAuliffe traded direct attacks on stage Saturday in the opening debate of their heated race for Virginia governor. … Cuccinelli reiterated his opposition to President Obama’s health-care plan, but he also criticized Obama for not following his own law by postponing the legislation’s employer mandate for one year. McAuliffe, meanwhile, made clear that he still supports the law and stressed that he thinks Virginia should accept the measure’s invitation to expand the state’s Medicaid program, which Cuccinelli opposes (Pershing and Vozzella, 7/20).The New York Times: Legal Battles Continue As Hospital In Brooklyn Nears Closing DateAs Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn edged closer to shutting its emergency room and transferring its few remaining patients to other hospitals, those who want to close the hospital and those fighting to keep it open skirmished over the weekend in a flurry of legal maneuvers and bitter accusations (Yee and Vadukul, 7/21).Los Angeles Times: 16 Medi-Cal Substance Abuse Treatment Centers Are Under InvestigationSixteen drug and alcohol treatment centers that provide rehabilitative services to Medi-Cal patients are suspected of fraud and of hiring providers with felonies on their records, officials from the California Department of Health Care Services announced this week (Kumeh, 7/19).NPR: State Abortion Laws Differ From Doctors In Defining 20 WeeksTexas last week became the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks. But most of the state laws don’t define 20 weeks the same way doctors do (Rovner, 7/22). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.