As new year kicks off, Obamacare brings profound changes to U.S. health care

first_imgAs Obamacare ramped up on January 1, 2014, the United States underwent a profound change in its health care system, according to health policy expert John McDonough, professor of the practice of public health at Harvard School of Public Health.McDonough spoke Jan. 6, 2014 on Dr. Timothy Johnson’s “Truth About Obamacare” podcast on WBUR’s CommonHealth. Johnson, MPH ’76, is retired medical editor for ABC News.“I’m hard-pressed to think of another day of such important consequence” in U.S. health care, said McDonough, a regular panelist on the four-month-old podcast series. He listed four major changes that took effect at the beginning of the year: The health insurance industry is now no longer able to deny people insurance because of pre-existing medical conditions; 2.1 million people chose a private plan for health insurance coverage after a December enrollment surge; 3.9 million people are newly enrolled in Medicaid; and Americans are now required to have health insurance—under Obamacare’s “individual mandate”—or pay a tax penalty. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Officials Consider Delaying Start of School in Palm Beach County

first_imgPalm Beach County School District officials are discussing a possible delay to the start of the school year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.Florida is seeing a spike in new COVID-19 infections, including 5,511 new cases that were reported on Wednesday.The district recently created a task force and also distributed a survey to parents, in an effort to determine options for reopening safely in the fall.In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a series of recommendations for schools, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. The agency noted the risk of the virus spreading increases in these situations:-Lowest Risk: Students and teachers engage in virtual-only classes, activities, and events.-More Risk: Small, in-person classes, activities, and events. Groups of students stay together and with the same teacher throughout/across school days and groups do not mix. Students remain at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects (e.g., hybrid virtual and in-person class structures, or staggered/rotated scheduling to accommodate smaller class sizes).-Highest Risk: Full sized, in-person classes, activities, and events. Students are not spaced apart, share classroom materials or supplies, and mix between classes and activities.The district is also considering three education options for when students return: full-time classroom instruction, full-time distance learning, or a hybrid model that would involve students being in the classroom two days a week and then at home for distance learning the other three days a week.Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donald Fennoy says more than 66,000 parents and guardians responded to the district survey asking them which of the three learning models they prefer.“Right now, a district data team is analyzing all those results,” Dr. Fennoy told board members. “Generally, the respondents were fairly evenly split in their back to school preferences when asked about returning to school full-time, continuing distance learning full-time, or some form of a blended model.”Officials are expected to make a final decision on the format of the 2020/21 school year on July 15.Wednesday’s discussion is a virtual meeting.last_img read more

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Thrill, competitiveness similar in poker and cricket: MS Dhoni

first_imgNEW DELHI: Poker Stars India, one of Indias most popular online poker portals, has announced former India captain M.S. Dhoni as its new brand ambassador.”I am excited to be associated with the PokerStars family. The thrill, the excitement, the pressure and the competitiveness of it – these are just some parallels I can draw between poker and cricket,” said Dhoni. “In the last few years there has been a change in the mindset of people when they think of online poker. Online poker like any game of skill requires one to be strategic and play responsibly. Slowly but surely it is being recognised as a sport that is fun and quick to learn but rich in its complexity. “With this collaboration we hope to take online poker to a larger audience.” he added. To mark his ambassadorship with the brand, the veteran cricketer stars in PokerStars India’s latest campaign – ‘I’m In’ in which Dhoni can be seen enjoying a game of poker with three unique personalities, while inviting others to join in the fun game of skill and thrills. “It’s already well established that MS Dhoni, who has led India to many international victories, is one of the all-time cricketing greats. What is less known is that his Zen-like poise, combined with his ability to make fearless decisions, make him a perfect poker player and a truly valuable member of Team PokerStars India,” said Ankur Dewani, CEO, Sachiko Gaming. “With MS Dhoni at its heart, the campaign showcases how poker is a game for absolutely anyone, a truly universal sport. We cannot wait to see the response of our audience and players across the country,” he added. (IANS) Also watch: #NewsMakers: Youth sensation Ashish Chanchlani in an exclusive conversation with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

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Sports Reform Committee Report for Presentation Thursday

first_imgThe Sports Reform Committee set up by the Minister of Youth & Sports, Solomon Dalung, will present its report tomorrow at the National Stadium, Abuja.The event scheduled for 12.30 pm is expected to attract many stakeholders who have eagerly awaited the report which hold a lot of promise going by the elaborate debates and open house presentations from well placed resource persons.The Committee inaugurated April 8 was expected to turn-in its report July 14 but asked for a ‘reasonable extension’ to complete the project. “It has been a lot of hard work and personal sacrifice on the part of the Committee members,” Chairman of the 12-member committee, Godwin Kienka, said, adding, “We hope Nigerians will find it worth the wait.”Members of the Committee include; Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, Segun Odegbami, Mary Onyali, Sam Ahmedu, Florence Adeyanju and Laminu Waziri.Others are Yusuf Datti, Demola Are, Despan Kwardem, Kayode Thomas and Ayo Olubato.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse misses game-winning opportunities in scoreless overtime draw to No. 20 Louisville

first_img Published on September 13, 2019 at 10:12 pm Contact David: [email protected] After Ryan Raposo shifted the ball back onto his right foot and lost possession, it looked like one of Syracuse’s best chances of the game had been wasted. With 10 minutes remaining in a scoreless game, the Orange were desperate for a breakthrough in a game they dominated. As the home crowd sighed, Raposo dashed toward the ball, won it back and fired a shot directly at Louisville goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch. The parried save bounced back to Raposo, who, in a cluster of orange and white, flicked it to freshman Luther Archimede. From point-blank range, Archimede’s strike was miraculously tipped wide by Gelnovatch to preserve the goalless scoreline.Archimede laid on his back and covered his face while Raposo sat on his knees and stared at the ground. The Syracuse attackers couldn’t believe they weren’t a goal ahead against the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament champions.“I was pretty upset that those didn’t fall for us,” Raposo said. “Those were probably two of our biggest chances, they just happened to be one right after the other.”Syracuse (1-1-3, 0-0-1 Atlantic Coast) failed to capitalize on its opportunities as it drew No. 20 Louisville (2-1-3, 0-0-1), 0-0, on a windy Friday night at SU Soccer Stadium. The contest marked the Orange’s third-straight double-overtime game, its longest streak since Sept. 2010.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll night, Syracuse peppered shots at the Louisville net, tallying 14 (seven on target) in total to the Cardinals’ six (four on target). Despite the array of shots, the Orange were held scoreless for the first time in 2019.“It’s a game of moments,” forward Massimo Ferrin said. “You can’t expect to be tapping the ball in two yards away for every goal. It’s the little moments of magic. We came close, but you have to put the ball in the net.”Syracuse’s first chance of the night came after just five minutes through Simon Triantafillou, the first of SU’s six shots in a dominant opening 45 minutes. The front three of Ferrin, Raposo and Archimede put constant pressure on Louisville’s backline and midfield as they tried to keep possession, often helping the Orange win the ball back.With 25 minutes left in the first half, Sondre Norheim launched the ball up the field, allowing Archimede and two Cardinals defenders to chase after it. The freshman was quicker than both Louisville backs and oncoming Gelnovatch but couldn’t squeeze the ball into the goal from a tight angle.Eight minutes later, Raposo nearly opened the scoring with a spectacular strike. Hilli Goldhar zipped in a cross from the left side to Raposo, who, from 15 yards out, backheeled the ball on the fly towards the top right corner of the frame. The ball floated in the air before colliding with the crossbar, denying the sophomore his fifth and most brilliant goal of the season.“It would have [been the best goal I’ve ever scored],” Raposo said. “I pictured it in my head as it was coming to me.”The Orange continued to put pressure on the visitors as the first half wound down. In a one-on-one with Louisville’s Louka Masset, Archimede drove past the Cardinals’ defender and dragged the shot just wide of the left post.Despite having the majority of possession and more shots in the first half, Syracuse posted fewer shots on target (two) than the Cardinals (three). All three of Lousiville’s first-half attempts tested SU goalkeeper Christian Miesch. With five minutes until halftime, Leonard Getz’s corner kick almost snuck in thanks to the windy conditions, but Miesch reacted quickly and avoided a costly error.The start of the second period had none of the fluidity or quality both teams put on display in the first half. Rather, the sides, particularly Syracuse, tried to impose their will physically. Fouls from Ferrin, Amferny Sinclair and Julio Fulcar in the first 12 minutes of the second half led to three yellow cards. The teams combined for a whopping 46 fouls and 10 yellow cards on the night.“The takeaway at halftime was that we’re in a good position and we can play at this level,” McIntyre said. “We lacked a little bit of quality in the seconds half. It took us to the last 20 minutes of the game to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.”Archimede found himself in another one-on-one with a Cardinals defender after intercepting an errant pass from Getz, but the freshman lost control of the ball before he could fire a shot. After a 20-minute spell of defending and no shots, the Orange had two chances in quick succession — headers from Raposo and Ferrin that looped over the crossbar.Syracuse registered five more shots, including the two from Raposo and Archimede, before the end of regulation. After the horn sounded signaling the end of regulation, Archimede was issued a second yellow for tripping a Louisville defender, meaning the Orange had to brace overtime with 10 men.“It’s definitely a challenge to keep it fresh and to try and stay as close to 100 percent as possible. You have to be able to give it your all, especially in big games like this,” Ferrin said about SU’s third-straight double-overtime game. “It’s difficult, but everybody has to deal with it.”Just as it did against then-No. 22 New Hampshire on Sunday, Syracuse sat back and absorbed pressure during the overtime periods. The home team failed to tally a shot in the 20 minutes of extra time while Louisville recorded two shots and four corner kicks.McIntyre’s big takeaway was not SU’s missed opportunities, its fatigue after three-straight double-overtime games or the physicality of the game. Rather, it was that the Orange’s players, several of which were making their ACC debuts, were able to hang with the defending conference champions.“My initial emotion is of tremendous pride,” McIntyre said. “We really limited their opportunities and we were good value for at least a point tonight.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Minute with the Mayor: New bike shelters in downtown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMike Beiermeister and Mayor Matt Waligora discuss the possibility of new bike shelters in the downtown. At the last city council meeting, city council looked over a plan to install two bike shelters in the downtown area. The goal is to help keep bikes out of main sidewalks. Members questioned the price tag on the project among other things. The city has budgeted $25,000 for the project with the Alpena Downtown Development Authority offering up $10,000. The city will cover the rest of the cost. Right now, the project has a price tag of just over $17,000.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena DDA, Alpena Downtown Development Authority, Bicycles, Bike Shelter, Bikes, Downtown, Matt Waligora, Minute with the MayorContinue ReadingPrevious The show must go on for Civic Theatre’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”Next Storm spotting, how your reports help the National Weather Servicelast_img read more

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Human rights tribunal resumes hearings on First Nations child and family services

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe human rights case against the federal government resumed this week with a history lesson on Indian Residential Schools.The child welfare case resumed with testimony from a well-known historian, professor and author.John Milloy provided the tribunal with an historical road map of the policies and roles of the federal government.The expert witness is scheduled to be on the stand all week.His testimony will cover the establishment of Indian Residential Schools and the transition to placing Aboriginal children into the child welfare system.last_img

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