In Focus: Kentucky's improving COVID-19 numbers, recovery of Braidy Industries funding

By |2022-10-03T20:21:03-04:00October 3rd, 2022|COVID-19|

KENTUCKY — According to new data from the state's Department of Public Health, Kentucky is in the fourth week of decline or plateau in new COVID cases. During the last week of September, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, patients in the ICU, patients on ventilators and COVID-19 related visits per day decreased.Gov. Andy Beshear (D) continues to urge eligible Kentuckians to get the new booster shots to protect against COVID-19. These boosters are recommended for all persons 12 years and older who had their last COVID-19 vaccine dose at least two months ago. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov. "We are on a very good trajectory. We are on a decline in every metric that's out there, which is wonderful news. Now, while COVID hasn't been as bad in this latest phase as it was before, we still lost people that we love and then people are getting sick which hurts productivity and no one wants to go through being sick. Things look like they are getting a whole lot better. So the World Health Organization said the end is in sight," explains Gov. Beshear. The Governor also discussed the recent announcement that the commonwealth has secured the return of Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration’s $15 million investment in an aluminum mill in Northeastern Kentucky that never materialized. Beshear said that the land, which was previously acquired as part of the proposed project, would also be donated back to the local communities to be used for future economic development opportunities as part of a larger land transaction being negotiated. "We are going to land a major employer on it, maybe multiple employers on it, I think at least part of that land. This announcement has been a long time coming, and I want to recognize members of this administration and Commonwealth Seed Capital, as well as Unity Aluminum, for coming together to do what is right for the community and Kentucky by returning these funds to the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. You can watch the full In Focus segment in the player above.

Courier Journal building sold; newsroom to remain in downtown Louisville

By |2022-10-03T20:21:05-04:00October 3rd, 2022|COVID-19|

The Courier Journal property in downtown Louisville sold last week, but the building will remain the news organization’s headquarters.Properties along Broadway controlled by The Courier Journal collectively were sold to a company called 525 W Broadway Louisville KYLLC for $11,350,000, records show. The Courier Journal’s Virginia-based parent company, Gannett Co. Inc., confirmed the eight-story building has been sold.“The Courier Journal staff remains the largest in the state, and we will remain downtown as we continue our important work covering this great city and its surrounding communities,” Courier Journal Executive Editor Mary Irby-Jones said. “The people of Louisville can count on us to tell their stories and be their watchdog, holding government and elected leaders accountable.”  For subscribers:Hours late: JCPS bus delays are getting kids to school too late for classesThe news organization will stay on as a tenant in the building at 525 W. Broadway, which has been the 11-time Pulitzer winner’s home for 75 years.The buyer shares the same Connecticut address as Twenty Lake Holdings LLC. The Washington Post reported in 2019 that Twenty Lake Holdings is a subsidiary of Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund that has bought up newspapers around the country.A phone message left with Twenty Lake Holdings last week was not immediately returned.The 660,000-sqaure-foot building was built in 1947 and stretches from Fifth Street to Sixth Street, with the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House just a stone’s throw away.It was put up for sale in April 2021, a month after Courier Journal printing presses stopped rolling for good in Louisville after 153 years.  "Like many businesses, our office space needs have shifted significantly, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic prompted an evolution in how we work,” a Gannett spokesperson said. “The Courier Journal remains firmly committed to serving our readers and advertisers, as the community's preeminent source of news and information."  More:Some suburbs near Louisville named among the best places to live in the US. See the listContact reporter Morgan Watkins at mwatkins@courierjournal.com.

COVID-19 metrics continue to improve in Kentucky | News | kentuckytoday.com

By |2022-10-04T00:21:25-04:00October 3rd, 2022|COVID-19|

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – More good news in the weekly COVID-19 report released Monday by the Department of Public Health as new cases, deaths, the positivity rate and hospitalizations all declined from last week, as the trend continues.A total of 3,979 new cases were reported to state public health officials for the week ending Sunday.  That compares to 7,402 cases last week and 9,159 in the week before that. This brings the number of confirmed cases in Kentucky to 1,585,810, since the first one was reported in March 2020.Only three counties reported more than 100 cases in this latest report. Last week there were six counties with 100 or more new cases, and 14 the week before that.  Jefferson County had the most with 714, followed by Fayette County with 239 and Hardin County’s 113.It should be noted, however, that the number of positive cases is likely undercounted, as many people who test positive while taking a home test do not report it to state public health officials, if they do not require medical treatment or were asymptomatic.The Oct. 3 report included 61 new deaths, putting Kentucky over 17,000 since the start of the pandemic.  There were 67 new deaths in the September 26 report, down from 80 the previous week, but above the 65 during the week before that. Kentucky has now had 17,030 COVID-related deaths.The state’s positivity rate, which measures the number of cases from all tests performed except those from home testing kits, continues to decline, and now stands at 7.70%.  That also shows a continuing trend of declines.  Last week’s report was 9.01%, two weeks ago it was 11.96%, and 16.29% the week before.  7.70% is the lowest positivity rate Kentucky has had since the 7.19% in the May 9 report.The hospital census is yet another area experiencing a continued drop.  There are currently 327 people hospitalized with COVID in Kentucky.  Of them, 39 are in intensive case, with 20 on a ventilator.  The September 26 report numbers were 398 hospitalized, 62 in the ICU and 24 on a ventilator.For more details on Kentucky’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, community levels and more, go to the state’s website, http://kycovid19.ky.gov/.

Is a coaching change financially viable for Louisville football?

By |2022-10-03T20:21:10-04:00October 3rd, 2022|COVID-19|

As University of Louisville athletics tries to right the ship during turbulent times in football and basketball, a lack of funding may jeopardize its ability to replace its football coach. Nearing the halfway point of the 2022 season, Louisville faces the decision of whether or not to retain head coach Scott SatterfieldLouisville Athletics faces an uphill financial battle after multiple buyouts totaling nearly $40 millionHiring a coach like Jeff Brohm may not be a luxury that Louisville can afford Louisville football is preparing to enter the back half of a season where its fans and supporters will be more concerned with its next coach than the current product on the field. And, while Athletic Director Josh Heird is in the unenviable position of dealing with the constant PR headache of another losing football season, the coaching market looks promising. The University of Louisville, its facilities, fans, ACC TV contract, future schedule, and more sell themselves. If Louisville makes the decision to cut ties with current head coach Scott Satterfield, there are likely to be plenty of viable suitors for the position. However, the elephant in the room that most supporters of the program are uncomfortable talking about is the financial aspect of firing a coach under contract and bringing in a completely new coaching staff. For a power five program like Louisville to make a major coaching change, it is not as simple as going back to an imaginary unlimited reservoir of money. My educated guess is that the athletic program may have much more seriously considered a different future for its current football coaching staff had it held the money to do so after the 2021 season. Throw in the fact that the university was saddled with yet another buyout of former Men’s Basketball head coach Chris Mack and entered a new contract with current Head Coach Kenny Payne, and you have a recipe for another headache along the financial ledger for years to come. I totally understand, as a lifelong fan, the desperation among the fanbase to win and win now. The 2013 season where Louisville football won a BCS Bowl Game, Louisville basketball won a national title, Louisville women’s basketball played in the national title game, and Louisville baseball made it to the College World Series feels like much more than a decade ago. The scandals, heartbreak, and downfall of a once proud athletic program that ensued were an incredibly difficult burden to carry for fans who live and die by the results of their favorite teams. However, it’s also important to understand the financial implications of this downfall to gain a better understanding of where Louisville stands, what its options are, and what to realistically expect during the Satterfield era and beyond. Through Open Records Requests and candid conversations with Louisville boosters, I sought to gain a better understanding of the decisions that go on behind the scenes. Assessing Louisville athletics net worth In regards to how much value the university carries, the University of Louisville has not, and will not soon, approach anything close to a solvency issue. More simply put, UofL has the ability to leverage its debts against its assets. In terms of how much the university is worth, despite a difficult year in 2020, UofL held serve across the entire university- Not just in the athletic department. UofL’s net worth is calculated by adding all of the university’s assets and subtracting the liabilities. According to the University of Louisville annual auditor’s report, “Current Assets consist primarily of cash; loans, accounts and contributions receivable, inventories, due from affiliates and investments held with the Foundation.” Louisville athletics fans often think of sports as a major component. In actuality, Louisville athletics is a much smaller piece of a very large, very lucrative pie. According to Louisville’s annual report, the operating expenses of the athletic department accounted for less than 10% of the overall money spent last fiscal year. In terms of net worth (again, Net worth = Assets – liabilities), Louisville athletics are performing as expected. In the last normal (non-COVID) fiscal year, Louisville increased its assets while decreasing its liabilities. Louisville’s net worth will typically peak at the beginning of each fiscal year. As of the final fiscal quarter in 2021, Louisville athletics’ net worth or net position was approximately $145 million. Surviving the COVID-19 pandemic Former Louisville Athletic Director Vince Tyra earned a mixed, often ambivalent, reputation for a number of things. However, if there is one thing that we should look back on in a decade and applaud Tyra for, it will be his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tyra made the difficult decision to cut budgets, furlough employees, and tighten up some loose ends in 2020. The result was a pretty clean balance sheet at the conclusion of the 2020 fiscal year. This is a simple business principle that Tyra assuredly has become accustomed to throughout his career, and a reason why he made sense as a permanent hire when former AD Tom Jurich was ousted in 2018. When the money stops coming in, you have to find a way to not spend money you do not have. Louisville only lost an estimated $3 million in cash flow during a sports season massively impacted by a worldwide pandemic. If the University of Louisville remembers nothing else from Tyra’s tenure going forward, the program’s ability to tighten its belt and make difficult decisions during this time may ultimately be what steadied a ship headed far off course. Where the issues lie: Understanding cash flow vs. restricted cash In regards to assets, we have established that Louisville athletics and the University of Louisville are doing a tremendous job year-over-year. However, where the issues lie for UofL athletics going forward deals with the overall cash flow that keeps the athletic department afloat- And in the past, kept it flourishing. Cash flow can be defined as unrestricted cash. Cash flow includes donations, ticket profits, concessions, and various other avenues through which the university brings in money. Unrestricted cash is how UofL operates on a day-to-day basis. From paying coaching salaries to small nuanced operational things that fans don’t even think about, unrestricted cash flow is how UofL pays for the majority of its expenditures. As a non-profit organization, donations are the lifeblood of the University of Louisville athletics department, and any athletic department across the country. Restricted cash, on the other hand, is money that is donated, gifted, or otherwise given for a specified purpose. For example, the $3 million that Rick and David Keuber donated to help the university remodel its practice facility in exchange for naming rights of the Keuber Center- Is restricted cash. Money pledged by Angels Envy to renovate what was formerly the Brown and Williamson level of Cardinal Stadium is restricted cash. Anything that is held and not available for immediate use would fall under this umbrella. This is an important distinction to keep in mind when discussing the financial viability of the Louisville athletics programs going forward. The loan The next thing that is important to consider when examining the current financial state of the athletic department is how Louisville is spending money that it did not bring in. In April of 2021, the athletic department took out a $20 million line of credit from Louisville-based Republic Bank. “Covid-19 has negatively impacted Athletic Department revenues by more than $45M in the past 12 months,” the ULAA stated in the written proposal. “Approximately $25M of this revenue shortfall has been mitigated through department-wide expense reductions. Despite these aggressive measures, operating expenditures will exceed revenues in fiscal year 2021.” Shortly after receiving the loan, UofL spent $9 million of the Republic Bank credit line in April. Keep in mind, this is a capital loan. The university is responsible for paying back the money or risks losing ownership over its leveraged assets. Where Louisville stands financially When Louisville spent $9 million in borrowed money in April, the athletic department dropped approximately $13 million in internally generated cash. So, although the balance will show that Louisville has its head just above water, it’s important to consider the line of credit and that Louisville will still be in the hole for any money that goes against this credit line. Figure A and B show the decrease in cash flow year over year since 2017 and illustrate the spending issue Louisville has had in recent years. ULAA Cash Decrease Post-Jurich Figure A Figure B UofL has an excess cash surge at the start of each fiscal year in June — This number goes down as it is depleted each year. At the start of each fiscal year since Jurich left, Louisville’s cash flow has continued to decrease. Which is likely a major reason for the $20 million loan. Simply put, Louisville athletics has been spending way more money than it is bringing in, and there has been no indication yet that the new administration has bucked this trend. As of the end of the 3rd fiscal quarter on April 1st, 2022, Louisville’s liquid assets had decreased at least $78 million since Jurich’s departure. Figures A and B show the result of an uncontrolled spending issue with a lack of unallocated funds coming in. The bottom line number, when factoring in $9 million against Louisville’s line of credit is now, more than likely, negative. That is, unless something drastic has been done under Heird’s watch to stop the bleeding. When you take into account that the loan is money Louisville owes, rather than money that it has to spend, there is a huge red flag in regards to digging itself out of this major financial hole. As numbers become available, we can begin to paint a better picture of how Louisville is working to rectify the situation. However, an educated assumption would be that the Louisville athletic department is working hard to bring in more unallocated funds from donors. As of the end of the first quarter on March 31st, 2022, ULAA Foundation investments had dipped from $25 million in 2017 to $3.5 million. This is a number that Louisville athletics must see increase in order to right the ship financially. What Louisville is spending money on So, how exactly does Louisville find itself in this situation? A decrease in donations and profits since Jurich’s departure and an increase in money owed by way of coaching buyouts certainly has not helped. While the Jurich administration did well to maintain cash flow coming in, Jurich undoubtedly left the program in a poor position when he left. Much of what Louisville has been responsible for over the last five years has been paying the contracts of fired coaches. Here are the coaching buyouts Louisville has been on the hook for prior to parting ways with Chris Mack. Figure C Collectively, Louisville paid out — or will pay out– north of $35 million for letting go of previous coaches without cause. Now, Louisville will have to pay Mack $1.6 million per year through 2024 for a total of $4.8 million. All told, the Louisville athletic department will be responsible for settling debts of at least $39,963,250 since January of 2018. How Louisville has counteracted budgetary issues Cutting head coaching costs One simple, and seemingly logical, solution that Louisville found during Tyra’s tenure was to simply save money by not overextending on coaching contracts. How do you save money right away? By filling positions with people who are paid less money. While Louisville athletics is still, quite literally, paying the price for signing Petrino to a contract with mind-boggling buyout numbers, Louisville signed Satterfield to a much more reasonable deal. Through 2026, Louisville will only pay Satterfield $3.25 million annually- Considerably less than a contract that would have paid Petrino $4.025 million in 2022. Similarly, Louisville only shelled out $4 million a year to Mack, where it was paying Pitino $5.5 million, plus performance incentives. Kenny Payne is making $3.35 million per year- Another substantial drop in spending. In 2021 alone, Louisville athletics paid its main revenue-generating head coaches and athletic director $4,235,000 less than it was contracted to with Jurich, Petrino, and Pitino at the helm. This number increased to nearly $5 million in 2022. Basketball-specific budget cuts If you’ve noticed some minor changes throughout the men’s basketball program in the post-Jurich era, it may be partially due to budget cuts made in 2018. Per the University of Louisville Athletic Association, Inc Monthly Financial Analysis as of September of 2021, the proposed yearly budget for the men’s basketball program sharply decreased from fiscal year 2018 to 2019. While the majority of sports at UofL have leveled out or seen slightly increased budgets since 2018, Louisville basketball slashed its budget from $9,529,327 in 2018 to $7,228,948 in 2019- more than a 24% decrease. Again in 2020, Louisville cut basketball spending to $6,775,661- a 6% decrease. Since Tyra’s arrival, Louisville basketball slashed $10,646,015 from its operating budget. Most of the budget cuts- approximately $5.5 million- have come in the form of operating expenses. Figure D Cash Flow in the Jurich era vs. Cash Flow in the Tyra Tenure One of the primary concerns for Louisville athletics for the foreseeable future is the amount of cash flow available. Unrestricted cash declined 22% from $72 to $56 million in the final six years of the Jurich era- a decline of 4% annually.  Contrast that to the most recent four-plus years when it has declined by 94%– an annual rate of 22%.  Excess cash on the balance sheet can also be a problem as far as a productive asset.  It’s possible that Jurich recognized that and made a deliberate effort to reduce it, in contrast to the current situation. Whatever the case, the responsibility is now bestowed upon Heird and his staff to increase unrestricted cash flowing in while continuing to limit money spent. What is to come under Josh Heird? The good news for Louisville athletics is that this is not an unsalvageable situation. I felt comfortable with the hiring of Josh Heird because of his experience working under Jurich and Villanova’s Mark Jackson. Heird’s background in college athletics will hopefully usher in a new era of fundraising and trust from boosters. Major donors like Louisville staple Mark Lynn have grown estranged from the university in recent years and there has been a less than silent public distrust in the athletic department since Jurich’s parting of ways. Heird serves as a solid intermediary between those who developed long-standing relationships with Jurich and a new era of donors who came on board during Tyra’s tenure. While Jurich ruled with an iron fist and took calculated risks, Tyra made budget cuts and tried to right a ship in stormy seas. During that transition, however, there was a clear drop-off in donor funding and maintaining relationships from the previous regime. A happy medium between the two previous ADs, Heird has the opportunity to regain the trust of old donors while bringing a no-nonsense approach to the position from a public perspective. He has gotten off to a fantastic start by hiring Payne and constructing a NIL department at UofL in an interim capacity. Now, Heird faces his toughest challenge yet- Making the decision to retain or part ways with Satterfield. Addressing Satterfield’s contract When he was hired, Scott Satterfield signed a 6-year contract that runs through the end of 2024. If he’s fired without cause, Satterfield is to be paid 75% of the remaining value of his contract. So, if Satterfield is let go in 2022, Louisville will be on the hook for $4.875 million, or 75% of two years of his annual $3.25 million salary. So, that begs the first question: Is it worth it to Louisville to wait things out? Louisville paid Petrino north of $14 million to walk. They are paying Mack almost $5 million after he threw in the towel mid-season. While the precedence has been set to do so, these are also recent firings that the university is on the hook for. It’s easy to say “it’s been done before, just do it again”, but given its current financial situation, that is easier said than done. Obviously, there is also a precedence set where boosters and corporate donors can help alleviate the sting of forking over a buyout. However, on the heels of some pretty substantial payouts over the last 5-6 years, that is much easier said than done. The most recent prominent example of this happening was just last month when Nebraska got rid of head coach Scott Frost just three games into the season. Nebraska boosters forked over a significant amount of money to help fund Frost’s $15 million buyout four years before his contract was up. Do Louisville boosters have or want to pay that kind of money? And is the situation bad enough to warrant these actions? That remains to be seen, but the answer to those questions has almost always been a resounding “no”. Finally, there is a clause in Satterfield’s contract where Louisville will not have to pay him the full amount of his buyout if he obtains employment elsewhere. I.e. if Louisville gets rid of Satterfield and can string his payments out into installments of, say, $812,000 over 6 years or $609,375 over 8 years, UofL might get out of some payments if Satterfield finds another prominent coaching gig. The cost of hiring a new coach Once the decision is made to part ways with Satterfield, there are obviously costs associated with hiring the new coach. Louisville may pay upwards of $100,000 to a search firm to help secure their new guy. Glen Sugiyama is a familiar name that helped Louisville basketball come to the decision to hire Kenny Payne earlier in 2022. For those on the Jeff Brohm train, Sugiyama has a track record with Brohm, having assisted Western Kentucky and Purdue during their searches in 2014 and 2017. Then, there is the cost associated with signing the new coach to an enticing contract. Back in 2018, Louisville and Brohm could not come to an agreement, and there were not so quiet whispers that contract negotiations were a major issue. That discussion could rear its head again if Louisville decides Brohm is its guy. In 2019, Brohm signed a 7-year, $36.8 million contract. That averages out to $5,257,142 a year after bonuses and other incentives. When he received his extension, Brohm was the 8th-highest paid coach in college football. To put things into perspective, Petrino was paid $4.475 million in 2018 prior to his termination. If Brohm were to make the move to his hometown team, one would think a pay cut isn’t in the cards. Can Louisville afford to pay someone like that? Are boosters willing to shell over money to see a change? That has never been the case in the past. It’s difficult to imagine that happening this time around. Now, there have been fans clammoring for other coaches with Louisville ties that could be good fits as UofL’s next head coach. Dave Ragone, former Louisville QB, and current Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator makes $400,000 a year. Former beloved Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, now the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, does not have a contract available to the public. However, surmise it to say that he likely makes more than Ragone but less than $1 million annually. Louisville fans really liked the hiring of Kenny Payne because of local connections. There are obvious opportunities out there to do so in football, but Brohm feels like the most untouchable financially. And just for S&Gs since it’s being thrown around on social media, a coach known mostly for his stint with the Louisville Bats, Deion Sanders, makes $1.2 million annually and donates half of his salary back to Jacksonville State. More realistically, I think Louisville football should be considering what has worked in the past: Offensive and defensive coordinators for high-level programs. Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning makes $1.7 million a year. Bill O’Brien, Alabama’s offensive coordinator, makes $1.1 million annually. Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles makes $1.9 million in 2022. And Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is set to make $1.8 million this season. Louisville built much of its success over the last two decades on the backs of Auburn offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino and Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong. The Cardinals faltered under head coaches in Satterfield (App State) and Steve Kragthorpe (Tulsa) and sputtered out after re-hiring Petrino post-Atlanta, Arkansas, and WKU. This, of course, is not to say that it’s black and white. Louisville has examples of success under Howard Schnellenberger, John L. Smith, Lee Corso, and others. However, it’s important to realize that hiring another head coach making a lateral move is almost always going to coincide with pricier and lengthier guaranteed contracts with hefty buyouts- Something Louisville can ill-afford at this juncture. Since Jurich’s departure, Louisville has consistently paid new coaches less than their predecessors in their initial contracts. Based on the state of Louisville’s finances, I feel confident in predicting that this trend will continue with UofL’s next football coaching hire. If things go well for the next coach, things should be going well for the university financially. With this being the case, I’d bank on a high-level coordinator being the next coach to get the job with bigger names out of reach for the near future. You may also like:

Aluminium Ladder Market Key Trends by Top Company Profiles like Werner, Furlion, Little …

By |2022-10-02T22:22:07-04:00October 2nd, 2022|COVID-19|

Aluminium Ladder Market Research Report is a Professional and In-Depth Study on the Existing State of Aluminium Ladder Industry. This report focuses on the Major Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Threats for Key Players like Werner, Furlion, Little Giant Ladders, PICA Corp, Louisville Ladder, Suzhou Zhong Chuang Aluminium Industry, etc. It also Provides Granular Analysis of Market Share, Segmentation, Revenue Forecasts, and Regional Analysis till 2028. Further, the Aluminium Ladder Market report also covers the development policies and plans, manufacturing processes and cost structures, marketing strategies followed by top players, distributor’s analysis, marketing channels, potential buyers, and Aluminium Ladder development history. This report also states import/export, supply, and consumption figures as well as cost, price, revenue and gross margin by region. Request for Sample Copy of Aluminium Ladder Market with Complete TOC and Figures & Graphs @ https://opulencemarketresearch.com/industry-analysis/sample/28451 The Aluminium Ladder market report covers major market players like Werner Furlion Little Giant Ladders PICA Corp Louisville Ladder Suzhou Zhong Chuang Aluminium Industry Hasegawa Hailo Zhejiang Aopeng Tianjin Jinmao Group Günzburger Steigtechnik Fujian Xiangxin Hareware Technology Zhejiang Youmay Industry Foshan Wright Altrex ladder HCAC Ladder Elkop Ltd Shanghai Ruiju Chongqing Xituo FACAL Yongkang Sanma Bauer Corporation Aluminium Ladder Market is segmented as below: By Product Type: Step Ladder Straight Ladder Telescopic Ladder Others Breakup by Application: Residential Use Commercial Use Industrial Use Get a Discount on Aluminium Ladder Market Report @ https://opulencemarketresearch.com/industry-analysis/discount/28451 Along with Aluminium Ladder Market research analysis, buyer also gets valuable information about global Aluminium Ladder Production and its market share, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin, Supply, Consumption, Export, Import volume, and values for the following Regions: North America Europe China Japan Middle East & Africa India South America Others Impact of COVID-19 on Aluminium Ladder Market The report also contains the effect of the ongoing worldwide pandemic, i.e., COVID-19, on the Aluminium Ladder Market and what the future holds for it. It offers an analysis of the impacts of the epidemic on the international market. The epidemic has immediately interrupted the requirement and supply series. The Aluminium Ladder Market report also assesses the economic effect on firms and monetary markets. Futuristic Reports has accumulated advice from several delegates of this business and has engaged from the secondary and primary research to extend the customers with strategies and data to combat industry struggles throughout and after the COVID-19 pandemic. For More Details on the Impact of COVID-19 on Aluminium Ladder Market @ https://opulencemarketresearch.com/industry-analysis/covid-19/28451 Aluminium Ladder Market Report Provides Comprehensive Analysis as Following: Market segments and sub-segments Market size & shares Market trends and dynamics Market Drivers and Opportunities Competitive landscape Supply and demand Technological inventions in Aluminium Ladder industry Marketing Channel Development Trend Aluminium Ladder Market Positioning Pricing Strategy Brand Strategy Target Client Distributors/Traders List included in Aluminium Ladder Market For more Information on Aluminium Ladder Market Research: https://opulencemarketresearch.com/industry-analysis/buying/28451 Frequently Asked Questions What is the scope of the Aluminium Ladder Market report? Does this report estimate the current Aluminium Ladder Market size? Does the report provide Aluminium Ladder Market Size in terms of – Value (US$ Mn) and Volume (Thousands of Units) – of the market? Which segments are covered in this report? What are the key factors covered in this Aluminium Ladder Market report? Does this report offer customization? About Opulence Market Reports: Opulence Market Research is the next generation of all your research needs with a strong grapple on the worldwide market for industries, organizations, and governments. Our aim is to deliver exemplary reports that meet the definite needs of clients, which offers an adequate business technique, planning, and competitive landscape for new and existing industries that will develop your business needs. We provide a premium in-depth statistical approach, a 360-degree market view that includes detailed segmentation, key trends, strategic recommendations, growth figures, Cost Analysis, new progress, evolving technologies, and forecasts by authentic agencies. For More Details Contact Us: Opulence Market Reports Phone Number: +1 (424) 256-1722 Email: [email protected] Website: https://opulencemarketresearch.com/

'Boo at the Zoo' returns to the Louisville Zoo – WHAS11

By |2022-10-01T19:24:42-04:00October 1st, 2022|COVID-19|

Everything you need to know about tickets, the costume contest and discount ticket options. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — If you're looking for a spooky trick-or-treating experience for your family this fall, consider rounding up the kiddos for "Boo at the Zoo". The Louisville Zoo will be transformed every weekend in October with fun rides, amazing characters, great music and lots of trick-or-treating for the little ones. The 41st annual Boo at the Zoo will run Thursdays through Sundays for the entire month of October. You can come by anytime between 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. This fundraiser provides critical support every year to the Zoo’s animal care programs, botanical gardens, visitor experiences and conservation education, according to the zoo's website. ALLERGY-FRIENDLY NIGHT: Thursday, Oct. 20, the zoo will feature peanut-free treat booths and add non-food treats like stickers, tattoos, pencils and more. Children with allergies can receive a teal token redeemable for an allergy-friendly option at the Switch Witch booth.  ATTRACTIONS: Over one mile of themed fun20 treat booths along the wayThe Spooktacular CarouselPhoto opportunities with storybook characters, princesses and superheroesFree-crawling “Not-So-Itsy-Bitsy” Spider HouseVirtual Halloween Costume ContestThe Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow experience JUST FOR ADULTS 21+: For an additional fee, guests 21 and over can unwind with beer, wine or frozen cocktails. Member discounts are not valid on sale items or alcohol. COSTUME POLICY: Costumes are welcomed but not required. Adults may wear costumes, but they must be family friendly and not scary. Since this event caters to small children, adults may not wear costume masks that cover the entire face. You can enter the zoo's Virtual Halloween Costume Contest online. To enter your submission, post photos to your social media using #louzooboo or post photos in the zoo's Facebook comments. COVID-19 CHANGES:  To help provide social distancing and to reduce contact, there will be a limited number of treat booths throughout the zoo. This year, rather than receiving one treat per booth, kids 11 years old and under will receive multiple treats at each station. While you may catch a glimpse of some animals at the zoo, most of the animals will not be viewable during the event. ALL ABOUT TICKETS: All tickets must be purchased in advance on the Louisville Zoo's website. Tickets are $13 per person for non-zoo-members and kids under two years old get in for free. "Party" tickets includes access to all rides, attractions and parking.  You can opt for a "Meijer Anytime Ticket" which allows you to purchase a ticket now even if you're not sure which night you want to attend. These tickets are discounted and valid for any Boo at the Zoo night. Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the WHAS11 News app now. For Apple or Android users. Have a news tip? Email assign@whas11.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Nurses in demand as Kentucky hospitals continue to struggle with shortages – WFPL

By |2022-09-30T21:28:12-04:00September 30th, 2022|COVID-19|

Local hospital leaders say that as COVID-19 pressures go down, lack of staffing has become a new crisis. An August report by the Kentucky Hospital Association found that more than one in five nursing positions were vacant at the end of 2021, representing more than 5,000 unfilled jobs. This was based on a survey of more than 100 hospitals. Representatives from the KHA held a press conference at the state capitol on Thursday to discuss the findings. The survey showed the rate of vacancies among medical-surgical nurses and critical care nurses was higher than the statewide average, at about 30% and 27%, respectively. About one in six total hospital positions were unfilled, according to the report, with the highest vacancy rates among licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. Nearly a third of those nurses were new hires by the end of 2021. Nancy Galvagni, the KHA’s president and CEO, said travel nurses sometimes fill those missing roles. But they usually only stay at a hospital for about 13 weeks before moving on to their next location. “We really saw the increase in the travel nurses hitting during the COVID pandemic. And even though COVID has largely died down, we haven’t gotten away from having to use travel nurses to supplement our staff,” Galvagni said. According to the report, vacancy rates in Kentucky nursing jobs grew significantly over the past decade. For medical, surgical and telemetry registered nurses, around 4% of jobs were unfilled in 2010. That rate rose to 12% in 2015 and jumped to 30% last year. As other states and regions contend with a hiring shortage, local hospital representatives acknowledged the same struggles in their own backyard. Kathi Eldridge is the associate vice president of talent acquisition at Baptist Health, which had 11 Kentucky hospitals take part in the report. She said prior to the pandemic, there were about 1,400 job openings across the company. But now there are over 3,000, leading to a vacancy rate of around 11%. “I think the pandemic definitely exacerbated the labor shortage, especially for nurses… Now that the pandemic is slowing down, what we’re finding is that most of our seasoned workers, our seasoned nurses, are deciding to move out of the industry or take jobs that are not by the bedside,” Eldridge said. She also said there are not enough new nursing school graduates entering the system to fill the gaps, at a time when many more nurses are preparing for retirement. While the report found that the majority of nurses are aged 21 to 40, more than a third of nurses working in psychiatric care and more than a quarter working in operating rooms or post-acute care units are expected to retire by 2030. Last year, the Journal of Nursing Regulation published a report based on a survey of American nurses during the first half of 2020. It found the median ages of registered and licensed practical nurses were 52 and 53 years, and that more than 20% of nurses planned to retire during the next five years. Ken Marshall, the COO of UofL Health, which had six hospitals surveyed, said he believes many nurses are leaving or retiring due to the trauma from working during the pandemic. He added that strengthening the education system to develop new nurses is crucial for combating shortages, but said that could take a while. “My worry is that nothing’s going to happen tomorrow. And that the position that we are in is going to be a position that we are in at least for five years, because that’s about the time it takes to get someone trained and ready to be a nurse,” Marshall said. Thursday’s press conference came after KHA’s Galvagni gave a presentation to the Kentucky legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development. During the meeting, she said hospitals, especially rural ones, have been struggling financially this year due to inflation. To combat Kentucky’s nursing shortage, state lawmakers passed a bill in the spring allowing nursing schools to accept more students and making it easier for nurses licensed in other states and countries to work in the Commonwealth. They also allocated $10 million in the state budget to support career development in the health care industry, including through grants and student outreach. This story has been updated.

Your guide to the St. James Court Art Show 2022 – WHAS11

By |2022-09-30T23:30:43-04:00September 30th, 2022|COVID-19|

We have all the parking, food and performing arts information below. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Old Louisville is opening its streets once again to an award-winning fall staple in the community: The St. James Court Art Show. Sunshine Artist Magazine awarded the Louisville art show second place in "2021 All-Time Favorite Best of Show of All Time" and first place in “2021 Best Fine Art and Design Show of the Past 10 Years”. 2022 is the 66th time Louisville has hosted the art fair, showcasing fine arts and contemporary crafters. The show features 17 artistic mediums and over 600 artists from across the nation. The backdrop of the event is among the U.S.'s largest collection of Victorian homes in the heart of historic Old Louisville. It's the final countdown until the 66th annual St. James Court Art Show!Posted by St James Court Art Show on Thursday, September 22, 2022 This 4-square block, outdoor art show takes place Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the event's website. The show features six unique spots: St. James Court, Belgravia Court, Fourth Street, 3rd Street, 1300 Section and West End Baptist Church. There will be several performing arts shows throughout the event. Some of the groups the expect: Kentucky Shakespeare, Louisville Orchestra, Actors Theatre of Louisville and CenterStage. Full list of performances available online. Sarah Battle from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, is partnering with the art show through a series of lectures about the influence of local African American artists on the arts in Louisville in the 50s and 60s. Some of the local businesses offering food and beverages at the event: Sunergos Coffee, Please and Thank You, SaSa Samosa Kitchen and Bourbon House. Full list of restaurants participating available here. The St. James Court Art Show is offering free COVID-19 boosters, as well as COVID-19 and Monkey Pox Vaccines. You can find them on Magnolia Avenue next to the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Admission is free and children are welcome. However, it is mentioned several times on their website and social medias that there are no pets allowed. Treat yourself and someone special to some early holiday shopping at the St. James Court Art Show, September 30 - October 2. Learn more at Stjamescourtartshow.comPosted by St James Court Art Show on Sunday, August 28, 2022 DIRECTIONS The St. James Court Art Show is held in Historic Old Louisville just south of Central Park on St. James Court, Belgravia Court, Magnolia Avenue, Third and Fourth Streets. Old Louisville is approximately 3 miles south of downtown Louisville and just 3 blocks north of The University of Louisville. During the show, all streets within the event perimeter will be closed. For GPS purposes use this address: 1402 St James Court, Louisville, KY 40208 Find the Art Show on Google maps here. PARKING OPTIONS Please note that when you pay to park at one of the lots listed below, you are helping various non-profit organizations raise funds. Cochran Elementary School: 500 W. GaulbertDuPont Manual High School: 120 W.Lee StreetYouth Performing Arts School: 1517 S. 2nd StreetNoe Middle School: 121W. Lee StreetLouisville Woman’s Club: behind 1322 S. 4th Street Handicapped Parking is available on the east side of 6th (along Central Park) between Park and Magnolia Avenues and the north lane of Hill between 6th and 3rd Streets.  Bike Parking is available in Central Park near the Old Louisville Information Center and LMPD 4th Division. COVID-19 POLICY  St. James Court Art Show is requesting facemasks for those who are not fully vaccinated or are immunocompromised. They also ask community members to stay home if they are feeling sick, according to the event's website. [embedded content] Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the WHAS11 News app now. For Apple or Android users. Have a news tip? Email assign@whas11.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

New restaurant opens in downtown Louisville as area sees boom of tourists – WLKY

By |2022-10-01T02:26:57-04:00September 30th, 2022|COVID-19|

A new downtown restaurant aims to give Louisville a taste of Nashville hot chicken."Downtown is like going home. It has that familiar sound, familiar smell, familiar look," said chef Shaquan McDonald.The spot at 612 South 5th Street was the perfect location for Chef Shaq's Kitchen. As a matter of fact, it's a life-long dream."I started at the old Spaghetti factory when I was 15 years old, and my uncle was the district manager there and he gave me my first opportunity there in the kitchen," McDonald told WLKY.On Friday, McDonald, along with city leaders, officially cut the ribbon on his restaurant. But Mayor Greg Fischer said this won't be the only ribbon cutting on new businesses in the downtown area"We've had some exciting new business announcements as well, Inception is going in one of our towers downtown and we'll be announcing a few other things in the coming week as well," said Fischer.Rebecca Fleischaker is the executive director of the Louisville Downtown Partnership. She said while the pandemic hit downtown businesses hard, in the past six months to a year; things have taken a turn."Downtown is really returning; there is so much activity, actually better than pre-COVID-19," Fleischaker said.It comes at the same time that around 170,000 people attended Louder than life last weekend, making it one of the biggest rock festivals in the country. Another 140,000 attended Bourbon and Beyond the week before. It's a great sight to see for any business starting out. "It's been really good, especially around lunchtime; lunchtime is really good for us," McDonald said.Officials say both music festivals pumped $33 million dollars into the local economy. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A new downtown restaurant aims to give Louisville a taste of Nashville hot chicken."Downtown is like going home. It has that familiar sound, familiar smell, familiar look," said chef Shaquan McDonald.

Louisville NAACP calls on Attorney General Daniel Cameron to resign – Courier-Journal

By |2022-09-30T17:30:01-04:00September 30th, 2022|Breonna Taylor, COVID-19|

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron should resign immediately, the Louisville NAACP announced Friday, “for failing to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor.”If the first-term Republican refuses to step down, the group said it will call on Kentucky’s Republican-heavy legislature to impeach him.“The recent federal indictments of four Louisville Metro Police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor killing has highlighted, demonstrated, and proven the insufficiency of the state investigation led by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth and an absence of an understanding of the Commonwealth’s criminal laws,” the NAACP said in a press release.More:Woman shouldn't face felony for $80 in shoplifting at Walmart, Kentucky Supreme Court saysCameron is running for governor in 2023. In a statement shared Friday afternoon, he said, “I’m proud of the work I’ve done on behalf of every Kentuckian, and I am honored to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth as Kentucky’s 51st Attorney General.”Cameron drew criticism for his handling of the Taylor case, in which he did not charge anyone for her death at the hands of Louisville police in March 2020. Four law enforcement officers were later federally indicted in August 2022 for charges tied to Taylor’s death and the investigation preceding it. In a resolution sent to Cameron and legislative leaders Thursday, the NAACP noted the AG is obligated to “enforce the laws equally and fairly.” Cameron, they continued, has said, “I don’t care what anybody says in the national media, when it comes to supporting and defending law enforcement, we are going to do that. We are going to back the blue.”More:Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron comes to Trump's defense in Mar-a-Lago caseIn separate comments in August just days after the federal indictments were announced, Cameron told the crowd at Fancy Farm, an annual political picnic in Western Kentucky, that he will “always have (law enforcement’s) back and we will always support the blue.”The NAACP wrote “the insufficiency of the investigation and the lack of understanding of Kentucky criminal statutes were the results of the current Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in his own words ‘backing the blue,’ not justice.”In a press conference Friday, NAACP President Raoul Cunningham said calling on the first Black man to hold the AG's office to resign was "not the easiest decision.""Although he is the first African American to be elected to a statewide office, that does not exclude him from his responsibility to the entire community," Cunningham said. "Nor does it exclude him from fairness and equality. And we do not think that he possessed that in his decision."More:Who is running to be Kentucky's next governor?August's federal indictments brought the idea of calling for Cameron's removal back to the forefront for the group, Cunningham said. Cameron's Fancy Farm comments played a heavy role in their decision as well, he said."He already decided to take sides when he said he will basically defend the blue," Cunningham said. "To us, that is taking a position that is not necessarily based on fairness."The Kentucky General Assembly has the authority to impeach constitutional officers, including the attorney general, but impeachments are rare. Spokespeople for the House and Senate Republicans did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Three grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case filed a petition in January 2021 to impeach Cameron, alleging the AG breached public trust and misrepresented findings in his investigation to the grand jury.Cameron's 2021 impreachment attempt was one of a few in a string of high-profile impeachment petitions at the time, including one to remove Gov. Andy Beshear from office over his COVID-19 response.When asked if he thought legislative leaders would do anything, Cunningham said, "I can hope."Reach Olivia Krauth at okrauth@courierjournal.com and on Twitter at @oliviakrauth. 

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