Done Myanmar information and health ministers step down 1 hour ago Content preferences Done YANGON, Myanmar (AP) Myanmar's ministers for information and health have been allowed to retire, state television reported Tuesday, in the country's second Cabinet reshuffle in two months. The evening news read a statement signed by President Thein Sein announcing the resignations of Information Minister Aung Kyi and Health Minister Pe Thet Khin. An official explanation that a minister is permitted to retire is generally taken to mean a resignation under pressure. No reason was given for the resignations. No replacements were announced. Aung Kyi was part of the military group that continues to dominate the country's administration even after elections brought a nominally civilian government to power in 2011. He has a reputation as a moderate and has kept a low profile. Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut has been more in the spotlight because he is also the president's spokesman and is outspoken on public media. Although Thein Sein's government lifted censorship of the media after almost 50 years of repressive military rule, it has recently come under criticism for allowing the persecution of journalists through defamation and other laws. Pe Thet Khin was a civilian doctor and also cut a low profile. <br> http://news.yahoo.com/myanmar-information-health-ministers-step-down-152841897.html
Fitch Rates Universal Health Services' $600MM Bond Offering 'BBB-' - Yahoo Finance
Good organic growth in the mid-single digits, driven by mental health parity rules and UHS's capacity growth initiatives, and moderate margin improvement are expected over the ratings horizon. -- UHS's same-hospital admissions were flat in 2013, better than the 2% and 2.2% declines in 2012 and 2011, respectively, and stronger than many of its for-profit peers. Fitch expects moderately negative to possibly flat acute care inpatient admissions growth to be indicative of stable markets for the foreseeable future. Pricing metrics continue to remain stable as lingering unfavorable payor mix has been offset by relatively strong commercial reimbursement rate increases. -- Fitch views the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a net positive for UHS and its hospital operator peers. Net revenue growth from declining uncompensated care, on a fairly constant cost base, will drive an increase in absolute profits during 2014-2015. Fitch believes it is likely, however, that profit gains will begin to erode in later years due to an overall constrained healthcare reimbursement environment. RATING SENSITIVITIES Maintenance of a 'BB+' IDR will require a continued demonstrated commitment to operating with debt leverage below 3x, with FCF-to-adjusted debt of 8% or higher.
NJ Health Officials: 20 Residents Test Positive For Chikungunya Virus; West Nile Found In Mosquitoes « CBS New York
(CBSNewYork/AP) New Jersey health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illnesses this summer. So far, 20 New Jersey residents have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through the Caribbean. The state Health Department said the residents who came down with chikungunya had returned to New Jersey from the Caribbean. The first twoU.S.-acquired cases of the chikungunya virus were reported in Florida earlier this month . Chikungunya virus,or chik-V , is not usually deadly. Symptoms include fever and joint pain, as well as muscle aches, headaches, joint swelling and rash. Meanwhile, the health department has found West Nile virus in mosquito pools in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties. Human cases of West Nile Virus typically appear from August through October, and residents should be careful to protect themselves, said Deputy Commissioner Dr. <br> NJ Health Officials: 20 Residents Test Positive For Chikungunya Virus; West Nile Found In Mosquitoes « CBS New York