Welch calls for legislation to allow young people to remain on their parents’ health insurance plan

first_imgCongressman Peter Welch on Tuesday called for legislation allowing young people to stay on their parents health insurance policies until the age of 27. At a press conference at the University of Vermont s Waterman Lounge in Burlington, Welch said that comprehensive health reform legislation should make coverage affordable and accessible for the nation s largest group of uninsured people. In 2007, 13.2 million young people 30 percent of that age group were uninsured. Allowing young people to stay on the family health insurance plan will provide peace of mind to parents and affordable health care to young people, Welch said. As they leave high school or college, many young people find themselves unable or unwilling to buy health insurance leaving them at risk of serious illness or injury. This common sense legislation will save families money, reduce the risk of medical debt and keep people healthy.At the Burlington event, Welch outlined his support for the Young Adult Health Coverage Act (H.R. 2831), which Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently indicated would be incorporated into the final House version of comprehensive health reform legislation.Welch was joined at the press conference by Donna Watts, whose 21-year-old son, Kerry, was injured in a serious accident this summer after he was forced off his family s health plan and took a job that did not provide insurance. Kerry now faces thousands of dollars in medical bills. One of the most anxiety-inducing experiences for any parent is when you reach that point in your child s life when he or she is no longer eligible for your health insurance coverage, Donna Watts said.While Vermont s Catamount, Dr. Dynasaur and Vermont Health Access Program initiatives have made it one of nearly 30 states to offer some form of extended access to young people, Welch said that too many young Vermonters remain uninsured.According to a 2008 BISCHA survey, 21,807 Vermonters between the ages of 18 and 34 were uninsured. Nearly 22 percent of Vermonters between 18 and 24 were uninsured, compared with an overall rate of 7.4 percent making young Vermonters three times as likely as older Vermonters to be uninsured.Welch was also joined at the event by Vermont Campaign for Health Security executive director Peter Sterling and Cassandra Gekas, a 27-year-old Burlington resident who was unable to afford health insurance for two years.Source: Welch’s office. 10.20.2009.last_img read more

Panamanian authorities seize 1.3 tons of cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo July 31, 2012 PANAMA CITY, Panama — Local authorities announced July 30 that they seized 1.3 tons of cocaine and detained four alleged drug traffickers in two recent operations around the country. Panama’s National Aero-Naval Service (SENAN), a component of the Public Security Ministry that combines navy and air force operations, seized 846 kilograms (1,865 pounds) of cocaine in a boat sailing near the city of Colón, on the country’s Atlantic coast. SENAN officials arrested two Hondurans who were in the boat and seized US$42,434 in cash. The suspects’ names were not made public. In a second operation, authorities seized 521 kilograms (1,149 pounds) of cocaine at La Arenera beach, located east of Panama City, on the country’s Pacific coast. Police arrested at the site a Colombian and a Panamanian, whose names were not released, and seized US$27,000 and three Colombian passports. [AFP, 30/07/2012; Aeronaval.gob.pa (Panama), 30/07/2012]last_img read more

Pols: Brookhaven National Lab Possible Victim of Trump Budget Cuts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s premier scientific research center could lose millions in federal aid under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, lawmakers warned Friday.U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held a press conference at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton in which he raised concern over the potential loss of funds as part of Trump’s proposed $900 million cut to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The lab, which falls under the purview of the Energy Department, employs close to 3,000 people, many of them decorated scientists. BNL in recent years has received more than $540 million in federal funds from the various agencies that support scientific research, including the Energy Department’s Office of Science. “This major Department of Energy budget cut is a cut to our future, a cut to our knowledge, a cut to our research and a cut to good-paying Long Island jobs,” Schumer said. “Brookhaven National Lab is home to some of the world’s brightest minds and most cutting-edge innovations, which both advance human knowledge and spur our economy.” Trump released the first budget proposal of his presidency this week, and it features more robust spending for defense and significant cuts to the State Department and environmental initiatives. A bipartisan group of lawmakers from Long Island and Connecticut have already called on new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, to ensure funding for Long Island Sound protection projects remains in place. Among the signatories to the letter to Pruitt was Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) who on Friday said he “strongly” opposes potential cuts to BNL and other research centers in his district, including Stony Brook University. “Throughout the years, we have seen some of the world’s greatest science research conducted at these facilities,” said Zeldin, adding that he supported more funding for national security and veterans care. Federal funding for BNL helps the lab conduct cutting-edge research to improve the country’s energy security and is an important economic engine and job creator, Schumer argued. Loss of federal aid could put a strain on projects like X-ray imaging and the lab’s highly touted Relativistic Ion Collider, which allows scientists from around the world to study the universe’s makeup as it was shortly after its creation. The president’s budget still needs to go through the legislative process, and it’s possible the budget could take on a different form once Congress has an opportunity to scrutinize the package offered by the administration. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday came out in vehement opposition to Trump’s budget, criticizing certain cuts as anathema to American values. “Enacting this bill would mark a fundamental transformation in what America stands for, and what role our country plays in the world,” Cuomo said. “We have always maintained a strong military, but we have always offered the world more than arms. The Lady in the Harbor does not brandish her fist at the world; she raises a light.”last_img read more

Semarang launches first drive-thru PCR test for COVID-19

first_imgThe other four laboratories are the Center for Research and Development of Vector and Reservoir Diseases (B2P2VRP) in Salatiga, the Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, the Moewardi Hospital and Sebelas Maret University Hospital, both in Surakarta.The drive-thru service lets people have their specimens taken without getting out of their car. They only need to stop their vehicle in front of the hospital lobby. Medical workers using protective gear will immediately come over to take a swab sample.RSND director Sutopo Patriajati said the method was considered safe and aimed at reducing the potential of COVID-19 transmission, as people did not need to crowd in a waiting room and make contact with many people.Sutopo said the lab was able to process up to 100 swab samples per day.”We will continue increasing the lab capacity and human resources, as well as testing more samples,” he said.With the establishment of RSND as a PCR laboratory, the handling of COVID-19 in Central Java is expected to be faster.”Health workers could make faster decisions in handling COVID-19 patients as the need to treat patients in hospitals keeps growing,” Ganjar said.Topics : Diponegoro National Hospital (RSND) in Semarang is offering drive-thru polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19, lauded as the only such service in Central Java.“This is very cool. Very innovative. I think this drive-thru PCR test is the first in Central Java,” Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said when launching the service on Wednesday.RSND of Diponegoro University is the fifth laboratory appointed to conduct PCR tests to detect COVID-19 in the province.last_img read more

Southport apartment buyers choose convenience and affordability

first_img101 Pohlman Street marks Choice Homes’ first foray into Southport. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago101 Pohlman Street marks Choice Homes’ first foray into Southport.“The suburb of Southport has seen unprecedented growth and a dynamic transformation in recent years,” Mr Knight said. “With the Broadwater, rejuvenation of shopping and dining precincts, entertainment, transport and world-class education institutions, it’s really coming into its own. “We created 101 Pohlman Street to take advantage of all this and all the action in the lead up and beyond the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.” 101 Pohlman Street marks Choice Homes’ first foray into Southport.SIX apartments in a new Southport development have sold before being released to the market.The development, at 101 Pohlman St, marks Choice Homes’ first foray into the suburb.It features 12 two-bedroom apartments and six one-bedroom apartments, with all six one-bedroom apartments snapped up.Choice Homes director Troy Knight says demand for convenient and affordable housing in the area is growing significantly.center_img 101 Pohlman Street marks Choice Homes’ first foray into Southport.Each apartment features custom-built cabinetry, stone benchtops, chrome fixtures and quality appliances.Two-bedroom apartments start at $470,000.last_img read more

North Ward the place for consistency

first_imgAerial photograghs of the Strand, North Ward, Castle Hill.PROPERTY prices in North Ward are expected to grow steadily, according to national property analyst Terry Ryder.Mr Ryder has released the summer edition of the Price Predictor Index which ranks Australian suburbs, including eight in Townsville, as either danger markets, markets that have plateaud, consistent markets or markets either rising steadily or rising fast.While no Townsville suburbs were danger markets, Annandale, Bushland Beach, Douglas, Kelso, Kirwan, Mount Louisa and Rasmussen were “plateau” markets.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020According to the report plateau markets are suburbs which have reached their peak and plateaued but are still higher than levels of a few years earlier. North Ward was the only Townsville suburb classed as consistent with a median house price of $525,000. The report stated suburbs rated as consistency markets, such as North Ward, were a good option for buyers looking for safe investments.Consistency markets are “locations likely to record steady price growth over the longer term and are less likely to experience price decline”.The Price Predictor Index relies on sales volume data, rather than median prices.Mr Ryder says measuring market movement by median price change was flawed as medians only record the recent past prices whereas sales volumes predict the future.last_img read more

Celebrating a pro-life saint

first_imgMother Teresa, famous for her work with the extreme poor in India, has become a household name, synonymous with selflessness, goodness and charity. But not everyone knows that Mother Teresa was a GIANT in the fight for life.In 1994, Mother Teresa addressed the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. In attendance were (then) President Bill Clinton, and his wife, Hillary Clinton – two of the most extreme pro-abortion advocates in the World.You can imagine the look on their faces when the diminutive nun devoted a large section of her speech to speaking courageously against the injustice of abortion.last_img

HK police storm mall as protest turns violent

first_imgHundreds of protesters, young and old,gathered in the mall in the New Territories town of Sha Tin, chanting: “Fightfor freedom” and “Liberate Hong Kong.” Anti-government protesters hold a rally in a shopping mall in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, China Sept. 22, 2019. REUTERS HONG KONG – Hong Kong police stormed ashopping mall where a pro-democracy protest turned violent on Sunday, andactivists trashed fittings at the rail station next door.center_img Protesters also called for a boycott ofbusinesses in the Chinese-ruled city seen as pro-Beijing and made a paper chainof receipts from those stores, which were then hung across the mall. (Reuters)last_img

Royal Caribbean claims video shows grandfather of child who fell out of window knew it was open

first_imgRoyal Caribbean Cruises is claiming that they have video proof that the grandfather of the toddler who died last year after the grandfather accidentally dropped her out of an open window, was “unquestionably aware” that the window was open before the incident occurred.Chloe Wiegand fell to her death while abroad Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship in July when her grandfather lifted her up onto the window’s ledge and she fell 11-stories to the deck below.During the investigation, the grandfather Salvatore Anello, told authorities and his family that he lifted the child up so she could bang on the windows like she does at her older brother’s hockey games, but he was unaware that the window was open. Additionally, Anello told authorities that he is colorblind so he could not tell the difference between which windows were open and which were closed.The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company stating that the company violated industry standards by failing to provide reasonably safe windows in an area where children play on the ship.In a counter to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family, Royal Caribbean cruises reported that surveillance video shows that the grandfather was fully aware that the window was open because he leaned his upper body out of it seconds before picking the child up and dangling her out of the window for half of a minute:“This is not a case of an unknowing child approaching an open window and falling out because the window was defective or improperly positioned,” the court documents read. “Rather, this is a case about an adult man, Chloe’s step-grandfather who, as surveillance footage unquestionably confirms: (1) walked up to a window he was aware was open; (2) leaned his upper body out the window for several seconds; (3) reached down and picked up Chloe; and (4) then held her by and out of the open window for thirty-four seconds before he lost his grip and dropped Chloe out of the window. His actions, which no reasonable person could have foreseen, were reckless and irresponsible and the sole reason why Chloe is no longer with her parents,” according to court records obtained by WPTV.Royal Caribbean cruise also added that all the windows have a green film on them to help distinguish which ones are open and which are closed, as well as handles on the ones that do open.The cruise company has since submitted the videos to officials and is seeking the dismissal of the family’s lawsuit.last_img read more

3 Ellsworth Wrestlers Are State Runners-up

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) BELFAST — Three Ellsworth wrestlers finished as runners-up Saturday at the annual Pine Tree Wrestling League state championships at the Troy Howard Middle School.A team from Dirigo took top honors in the 22-team middle school level competition with 132.5 points and Mountain Valley was second with 116.5 points. Rounding out the top five were Fryeburg with 116, Troy Howard with 100 and Ellsworth with 77. For Ellsworth, runners-up were Robert Banner the 124-pound weight class, Robert Hall in the 190-pound class and Michael Garland in the 240-pound class. Also placing for Ellsworth were Sam Lounder, who was third in the 145-pound class and Dustin Smelley, who was fourth in the 110-pound class. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more