Previous articlePolice discover drugs, stolen property during search of Cass County homeNext articleBerrien County Sheriff’s Office warns residents to avoid scam calls Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Indiana Department of Insurance provides tips for enrolling in marketplace coverage Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – November 18, 2020 0 210 IndianaLocalNews TAGS2021coveragehealth insurancehealthcareindiana department of insurancemarketplaceopen enrollmenttips (Public Domain) The open enrollment period for 2021 health insurance coverage is happening now, and the Indiana Department of Insurance has a few tips to help guide you through the process.Those who currently have marketplace coverage, or will need it in 2021, should make time to shop for plans through Healthcare.gov.If you already have coverage through a marketplace plan, review your information to make sure it’s accurate. You can update your application with any income and/or household changes.The NAICs Health Insurance Shopping Tool is also available to help Hoosiers understand how different policies support specific health care needs.If you’re looking for a new plan, there are three categories of health insurance plans to choose from – Bronze, Silver and Gold. They’re broken up by how costs are shared between your and your insurer. Learn more by clicking here.If you need assistance, a certified Indiana navigator can help with the process to apply for health insurance free of charge. You can find a navigator in your area by clicking here.The open enrollment period ends on December 15, 2020. Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Google+
Editorial: A Call to Invest in the Economic Transition of Coal-Mining Communities FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Los Angeles Times:Though transitioning away from fossil fuels is absolutely necessary, it’s also vitally important to recognize the human and economic cost that such a change entails. That includes a significant number of jobs lost in northern Appalachia, Indiana and Illinois, and Wyoming, where the vast majority of the nation’s existing coal mines are found. Closing coal mines means cutting good-paying jobs in places where replacement work for similar pay is hard to come by. Though that shouldn’t slow the move away from fossil fuel, our energy policies need to be mindful of the disparate effect on coal-dependent communities, many of which are in rural and economically weak areas of the country.A bill in Congress could mitigate some of that economic impact. The proposed RECLAIM (Revitalizing the Economy of Coal communities by Leveraging local Activities and Investing More) Act would tweak an existing program aimed at securing old abandoned mines — for the sake of public safety as well as environmental protection — to make $1 billion available over five years for economic development primarily in old coal mining areas of Appalachia. The measure, introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and backed by a bipartisan group of Appalachian lawmakers as well as the Sierra Club, dovetails with the Obama administration’s Power-Plus program, a broader effort to encourage economic diversification, job creation and other support for communities now reliant on coal mines and coal-fired power plants, as well as carbon-capture and sequestration projects.The RECLAIM Act would take a portion of the money that now goes into the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, which is dedicated to cleaning up mines closed before 1977, and redirect it to economic development projects in old coal communities suffering from their mines’ environmental effects and the decline in coal jobs. The Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund is financed through a fee on mined coal, which has raised $10.5 billion since 1977.Rogers’ bill would make available $200 million a year over five years for reclamation projects that dovetail with economic development proposals on or adjacent to the abandoned mine sites. In essence, the backers say, the RECLAIM Act would take fee revenue that the government already has in hand and make it available sooner than it otherwise would be.There’s a broader concern over whether the shrinking fees collected from coal will be enough to cover all the obligations the fund already has, including about $9 billion worth of “high priority” projects. But supporters say the RECLAIM Act wouldn’t affect that bottom line, since the money allocated under it would still go to reclamation projects.Notably, the reclamation fund isn’t responsible for the restoration work that will eventually be needed at currently operating mines. Those businesses are supposed to post bonds to ensure that the land will be reclaimed once the mining is finished, whether the coal firm survives or not. Several states have let companies off that hook, however, by allowing them to put up little more than a pledge that they’ll fund the work. As the industry collapses, that looms as a significant potential problem for environmental remediation.Still, it makes sense to twin economic development proposals with reclamation projects. Although Rogers’ proposal wouldn’t compensate for all the job losses already caused by the shrinking coal industry, it marks a positive step in both recognizing and addressing the economic fallout of leaving coal behind. Congress should pass this bill and the president should sign it. But the government should also ensure that the initial goal of the reclamation program — to mitigate dangerous abandoned coal mines — is fulfilled.Full editorial: How do we ditch dirty coal power without sending miners to the unemployment line?
By Dialogo August 31, 2012 Peru’s National Police will be reinforced with new weapons and equipment in order to carry out the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, as part of a larger investment in security that the government is implementing, said the Peruvian Interior Minister on August 29. The government is committed to equip the police to improve the fight against drugs and crime; to that end we have a fairly significant investment for the infrastructure and equipment in the order of 640 million soles (about U.S. $ 240 million), said Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza. Weapons have not been purchased (for the police) in 25 years. We are in the process of defining what type of weapons will be acquired, but they will be similar to those of the Armed Forces, the official pointed out. In addition to weapons, the plan includes new equipment and communications systems to improve the way problems of public safety and police intervention in social conflicts are addressed. The police will also have new deterrent weapons to try to avoid fatalities that are produced in social conflicts, Pedraza added. Peru’s national police did not have the proper equipment to address the country’s current challenges of security and narco-terrorism. Now it will rely on equipment that it never had before, said National Police Director Raúl Salazar. The police chief indicated that there will be lightweight assault rifles like the ones used by the Armed Forces, although the caliber has not yet been defined. “In the moment of a confrontation, drug dealers do not discriminate between military or police” he emphasized.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of ten regional councils to address the issue. It is currently Domestic Violence Awareness Month here in New York. “I talk a lot to other victim service providers in our region, but a lot of our conversations are not formalized. It’s kind of more shared concerns and issues we’re seeing,” Nicole Barren said Friday. “Our voices aren’t going up to lawmakers that can actually change policy.” The Southern Tier council is holding a virtual meeting to begin working on these issues together November 5. Barren said she would like to see two things change about how organizations like hers are funded: the criteria used to determine how much funding the provider receives and the ways in which the funds can be used. The executive director of Rise-NY, a local domestic violence service provider, told 12 News she has conversations with other groups like her own, but rarely is she able to make their voices truly heard. The councils, which are the same regions used as control rooms for the pandemic, will connect lawmakers with organizations on the frontline. The goal is to improve services and help survivors across the Southern Tier and beyond. (WBNG) — The state is tackling the problem of domestic violence with a new approach that will have impacts across New York.
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Oct 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women and children younger than 3 in California will soon no longer receive vaccines containing more than a trace of mercury, under a law approved this week.Vaccines for those groups will contain no more than a trace of thimerosal (termed thimerosal-free in the industry)—a preservative in some vaccines that contains ethyl mercury. The law takes effect in July 2006, according to news services.Parent-led activist groups attribute increased rates of autism and other neurological disorders in children to mercury, although scientific studies have failed to confirm any clear link.California becomes the second state, after Iowa, to ban the agent in vaccines.In signing the bill, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “I believe that an abundance of caution merits the acceleration of the process already under way to remove thimerosal from the last few vaccines that contain it,” according to a Los Angeles Times story.The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, said, “Any time we can reduce public exposure to mercury or any other neurotoxin and there is an alternative readily available, we should be promoting the alternative.”Vaccine producers have voluntarily reduced thimerosal levels in vaccines, except for Aventis Pasteur, sole supplier for flu inoculations for children younger than 2, the Times story said. The company was the only vaccine manufacturer to openly oppose the bill. The agent is used to control bacteria and fungi in multiple-dose vials, the usual and most cost-efficient vehicle for distribution of flu vaccine.An Aventis statement expressed disappointment over the law and concern that it might discourage people from getting flu shots for kids. A UPI story from Aug 27, right after the California Senate passed the bill, said Aventis saw the bill “as unnecessarily frightening at a time when the industry is not yet equipped to satisfy demand without using thimerosal.”The American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Public Health Service joined in calling for removal of the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal from vaccines about 5 years ago. By 2001, all the vaccines recommended at that time for children under age 7 were available without thimerosal or with only trace amounts.But this year, in recommending for the first time that 6- to 23-month-old children routinely get flu shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May did not go on record in favor of a thimerosal-free formulation of the vaccine.The CDC’s position is that the risk of flu complications far outweighs the risk from thimerosal in the vaccine.See also:May 6, 2004 CIDRAP News story “CDC neutral on thimerosal in flu vaccine for toddlers”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/news/may0604thimerosal.html
This summer, the Ministry of Tourism presented the proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Hospitality Activity, which was at a public consultation until June 02. 2018 on the eConsulting portal.Regardless of the fact that the discussion took place during the summer season, it is still an important change in the Act and unfortunately there was no real argumentative discussion, ie concrete argumentative proposals for and against for the eSavjetovanje portal, only a dozen comments, which is extremely important. Anyone could find an hour and study the amendments and give their reasoned comment.In addition to various changes, which you can see at the link ( PROPOSAL OF THE LAW ON AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW ON CATERING ACTIVITY ) one of the novelties is that the new Law on Hospitality will regulate that tourist inspectors are given the opportunity to apply the principle of opportunity, ie the possibility for inspectors to issue a warning for minor offenses, with a deadline to correct irregularities and not immediately write fines for FT1P (you are missing one piece of paper) or the wrong “letter”.”No more banging penalties on caterers for minor omissions and deficiencies without warning! Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and craftsmen represent the vast majority of all legal entities in tourism and catering and are immeasurably valid for our economy and our society. They, the businessmen, are the only ones filling the budget from which we finance – everything! The Draft Amendments to the Law on Hospitality, which will soon go to the second reading in the Parliament, gives tourist inspectors the possibility and obligation to apply the principle of opportunity towards service providers who commit misdemeanors, ie prescribing the possibility to eliminate irregularities and shortcomings without punishment. This is now the second important law under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Tourism where we introduce the application of the principle of opportunity and will be in all our other laws as we change them. Entrepreneurship, crafts and the economy in general are immeasurably important for the development and prosperity of our society, and as such we in the Ministry of Tourism perceive and treat them.”Pointed out Tonči Glavina, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, during his presentation in the Croatian Parliament.The proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity will soon go to the second reading in the Parliament.
Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn Saratoga Springs, kids and adults participated in the 7th annual Tuff eNuff Obstacle Challenge mud run to benefit the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council of Saratoga County. The challenge, which regularly draws about 550 participants and more than 1,000 spectators, features mud-covered terrain with hurdles to jump over, crawl under and tread through.” All proceeds of the event go toward the council’s efforts to educate and inform the community about substance abuse, including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The council also offers services to help diminish the adverse effects of substance abuse.In Saratoga Springs, about 350 people participated in the Saratoga Lions Foundation’s 14th annual Memorial Day weekend duathlon, 5K race and team challenge at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The event helps support the club’s efforts to help people with sight and hearing conservation, to fight diabetes and to provide scholarships and community initiatives for kids and military veterans. When the bike-marathon race was first held on the grounds of Skidmore College, only about 50 people participated. Now the event has grown in leaps and bounds, annually raising around $30,000. It also provides serious triathletes with an early-season training opportunity, as well as provides a fun outdoor activity for families and local businesses.In Schenectady, volunteers from Union College, the Social Enterprise And Training Center, Junior ROTC, Proctors, CREATE Community Studios and individual residents, along with contributions from 18 companies and 23 individuals, brought art and fun activities for children and their families as part of the Kids Arts Festival. In addition, free entertainment highlighted local talent, ranging from the Puppet People, Mopco Improv Theater and Dance Me Elite Performers to Mike Purcell and the Oneida Middle School Jazz Band. More than 100 volunteers either helped set up or take down the event or worked with kids on 50 activities that included creating collages, sculpting clay, writing poetry, drawing and painting, learning Chinese calligraphy, and weaving and spinning wool. The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department provided 98 Safe Child IDs and the city fire department provided fire safety lessons. The event, held in the area of Jay and Franklin Streets and outside Schenectady City Hall, was hosted by the ElectriCity Arts District, a nonprofit arm of Proctors.High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected] More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Editor’s note: This article has been updated. Topics : Nine fishermen’s associations made up of 123 fishers at a fishery on Buru Island, Maluku, have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) with the ecolabel, which indicates that the associations’ catch meet the international best practices for sustainable fishing.With the award, they become the first handline yellowfin tuna fishery in the world, and the second recipient in Indonesia, to be certified with the MSC standard.“We’re extremely proud seeing the first Indonesian handline yellowfin tuna fishery meet the highest standard for sustainability. Indonesia is committed to supporting its small-scale fishers and sustainable tuna fisheries, and this MSC certification sets an example for other small-scale fisheries in Indonesia and around the world,” Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo said as quoted by an MSC press release.The recognition also marks another step toward sustainable fishing ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8, with small-scale fishermen as the backbone of such efforts.Small-scale fishers make up around 90 percent of fishermen in Indonesia, according to Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry data in 2015. There are 572,270 fishing boats in the country, 506,720 of which are boats smaller than 5 gross tons (GT), while 43,696 are between 5 and 10 GT, 17,121 between 10 and 30 GT and 4,734 are big boats over 30 GT.The award was the result of ongoing efforts initiated in 2012 by North America’s leading sushi-quality tuna company Anova, local processor Harta Samudra and the Indonesian Fisheries and Community Foundation (MDPI), which focuses on sustainable fisheries. They assisted Buru Island fishermen in getting Fair Trade certification in 2014 and forming Fair Trade Fishing associations, paving the way for the fishermen to attain the MSC certificate.“This is a beautiful stop on the journey toward sustainable fisheries, one that we believe in deeply, and one for which there is still a lot of hard work ahead,” MDPI executive director Yasmine Simbolon said in a statement on May 13.MDPI fisheries policy advisor Saut Tampubolon said the MSC certificate would allow Buru Island fishers to expand to a broader international market, including all of Europe, the United States and Russia, among other countries.In the past, Buru Island fishers said they would only sell their fish in their own village or neighboring villages for lower prices and struggled to search for markets that would buy their catch.Fisher Yusran Tomia said the MSC represented a beacon of hope for his family. “The most important thing that my family felt from [receiving the MSC certificate] is that there’s a big hope now with the broader market access, so no longer will we doubt where our fish is sold,” he said.Around 600 yellowfin tuna fishers under the MDPI’s guidance in six provinces, including Maluku, are currently practicing handline fishing, and fishermen in at least three of the provinces have managed to export their fish to the US under the MDPI’s Fair Trade USA partnership.Fish processing firm PT Harta Samudra director Robert Tjoanda said the fish they received from fishers, including those of Buru Island, were sent to countries like the US, Vietnam, Australia and Japan. The firm partnered with the MDPI in 2013 to improve fisheries for small-scale handline fishers in eastern Indonesia.Indonesia was not alone in celebrating the award. “We congratulate Indonesia Handline Yellowfin tuna fishery and their partners for becoming MSC certified. They are demonstrating true leadership in sustainable fishing,” MSC Asia-Pacific director Patrick Caleo said in a press release.However, Patrick said that, in order to maintain the certification, the Buru Island fishery would need to work with other fishing organizations and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission on important management measures to safeguard yellowfin tuna stocks.
Comment Oliver Young-MylesThursday 2 May 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link261Shares Advertisement Shkodran Mustafi has committed more fouls than any other central defender in the Premier League this season (Getty Images)It is interesting to note, therefore, that of all the central defenders in the Premier League this season, Mustafi ranks top for fouls committed with 38 in total, working out at 1.4 per game. Fulham’s Denis Odoi, Mustafi’s defensive partner Sokratis Papastathopolous and Cardiff’s Sol Bamba, are the only other centre backs to feature in the top 50.Comparing Mustafi to the best central defender in the Premier League may seem slightly harsh but it is rather telling that he has committed over three times as many fouls as Virgil Van Dijk (12 fouls) has this season in 766 fewer minutes.A further example of Mustafi’s tendency to make rash tackles is that he has been cautioned eight times this season – only four other central defenders in the division have received more yellow cards, including his partner Sokratis.Lack of leadershipAlthough Mustafi certainly doesn’t help himself, he is far from the sole reason behind Arsenal’s defensive struggles this season. Of the current top-six clubs, only Manchester United (51) have conceded more goals than Arsenal’s 49 – a total 29 more than Liverpool have let in.AdvertisementCollectively, Arsenal haven’t defended well enough this season and Emery has struggled to rectify failings from the Wenger era in that regard. Compared to their rivals, Arsenal’s pressing system remains incoherent, while their midfield is often too easily bypassed, putting pressure on their backline. Bernd Leno, who admittedly has been excellent recently, has committed the most errors leading to goals (five) in the league this season, meanwhile.Neville also believes that they have lacked leadership at the back this term, another criticism frequently levelled at Arsenal in recent years. The former Manchester United defender believes that the lack of a natural leader in defence has played a part in Mustafi’s haphazard performances. Shkodran Mustafi celebrating with teammates after winning the World Cup in 2014 (Getty Images)After that horror show, Jamie Carragher declared that Mustafi has been a ‘mess’ since he joined the club while Martin Keown dissected each of his errors for the goals in detail, accusing him of losing the runs of Christian Benteke and James McArthur for the first and third goals while making a poor decision for Wilfried Zaha’s strike in between.According to the Telegraph, several members of Arsenal’s squad have been left ‘baffled’ at Unai Emery’s persistence with Mustafi considering his error-strewn displays this season but the Spaniard launched an impassioned defence of Mustafi after the Palace debacle, insisting that he had been ‘consistent’.That doesn’t appear to be a widely-shared view with many Arsenal supporters imploring the club to cut their ties with the Germany international. Regardless of his public backing of Mustafi, Emery has a big decision to make over the defender’s future in the summer.Costly mistakesUnfortunately for Arsenal, Mustafi’s performance against Palace was symptomatic of his displays over the past three seasons rather than a one-off outlier. Wenger’s comments on his focus upon his unveiling as an Arsenal player have proven to be way off the mark, with his lapses in concentration occurring all too frequently.Mustafi’s man-marking has often left plenty to be desired as he has lost opposition players far too easily, usually resulting in disastrous consequences for his side. Against Spurs at Wembley, for instance, Mustafi failed to track Harry Kane’s run from a free-kick, bundled him over and conceded a penalty. Advertisement Shkodran Mustafi conceded a penalty during the north London derby in March (Getty Images)Gary Neville, who worked alongside Mustafi for four months at Valencia, admitted that Mustafi has a tendency to act impulsively, saying: ‘He does like to wander into midfield. If you think about a back four staying in shape, spaces together, making sure you don’t become disconnected, he likes to run into midfield.‘What that then does for someone like his partner or the full-backs, they suddenly have to adjust their positions quickly, you almost quicken up the attack and then give spaces for the attackers to run into and it’s a real problem.’AdvertisementAdvertisementRash challengesAC Milan Paolo Maldini famously quipped: ‘If I have to make a tackle then I have already made a mistake,’ after he was successfully converted from a left-sided defender into a centre back during the latter years of his career.Maldini’s comments play up to the stereotype that Italian’s value defending as an art form like no other, yet while his words are a touch exaggerated, they are certainly correct: if your centre back is regularly launching himself into desperate challenges, you’ve probably got a problem. Unai Emery is planning a summer clearout at Arsenal (Getty Images)The issue that Arsenal face, though, is recouping anywhere near the £35m they paid for him three years ago. At 27, Mustafi should be entering the prime of his career, yet his failure thus far to learn from his mistakes won’t have done much to convince other clubs to take a punt.AdvertisementMustafi’s wages, reported to be between £80,000 and £90,000 per week, could also prove to be a stumbling block when it comes to trying to move him on. A loan with an optional buyout clause could be the club’s main option to offload Mustafi while freeing up some room in their budget.Alternatively, with two years remaining on his contract, Arsenal may decide to give him one more season to prove himself. What happens next largely depends on his manager.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 How Unai Emery can solve the £35million Shkodran Mustafi problem created by Arsene Wenger Gary Neville believes that Nicolas Otamendi had a positive effect on Mustafi while the pair were at Valencia (Getty Images)Citing Mustafi’s time at Valencia, Neville said: ‘I think at the moment he doesn’t have a strong partner alongside him. He had [Nicolas] Otamendi at Valencia the year before I got there who did really well with him. The year after obviously Otamendi went to City he then had a different partner and it became really difficult for him.‘Arsenal signed him and if they are going to play Mustafi they need a really strong partner alongside him.’What comes next?On the one hand, Emery’s steadfast defence of Mustafi in the wake of mounting criticism from his own supporters is to be commended. On the other, his decision to continue picking him is genuinely putting Arsenal at risk of achieving their goals this season.When the transfer window re-opens, Emery’s true estimations of the player may become apparent should Arsenal decide to cut their losses and send Mustafi on his way. According to reports, he is one of as many as seven players available for transfer this summer as Emery attempts some financial gymnastics to increase his transfer kitty. Shkodran Mustafi has endured a difficult couple of seasons at the Emirates (Getty Images)‘He is at the right age. He has good experience. He is a very focused player who can play with the ball as well. We have taken a great player but have prepared well for the future.’Arsene Wenger clearly had high hopes for Shkodran Mustafi after snapping him up from Valencia for £35m towards the end of the 2016 summer transfer window and with good reason considering his status as a World Cup winner with Germany two years before.On paper, it appeared to be a no-brainer. Arsenal’s issues at centre back had been documented for some time and with Per Mertesacker’s career winding down, signing a player primed to replace him in the German national team appeared a savvy move.AdvertisementAdvertisementThree years on, though, and Mustafi is still yet to convince anyone that he is the answer to Arsenal’s defensive problems, with a series of high-profile errors undermining his time at the club. A disaster of a performance during Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace last month laid bare Mustafi’s shortcomings as he was at fault for all three goals.ADVERTISEMENT