Vermont senators issue statement on senior prescription drug rebates

first_imgUS Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today issued a joint statement about the state of Vermont’s plans to ask some seniors, who participate in the state’s VPharm supplemental prescription assistance program, to turn over part or all of their new federal Medicare prescription drug rebates.“At a time when Vermont seniors are hurting, the state should reconsider its plans to ask many low-income seniors to return this much-needed help.  The state’s rebate recall also would add confusion and new layers of complexity for seniors and for the state.  Vermont seniors who are struggling enough already to pay for the medicine they need can use all the help they can get.”Under the new health insurance reform law, federal Medicare offices began sending the first rebate checks Thursday.  In all, some 9,000 Vermont seniors this year will receive a one-time $250 rebate check as the new federal health care law begins to close a gap in Medicare coverage for prescription medicine. Source: Leahy and Sanders. 6.11.2010last_img read more

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Editorial: Indiana Deserves an Open Discussion on Utility’s Coal-Refurbishing Plan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:So many important decisions about Indiana’s future are made without the public discussion and debate they merit. I&M’s plan to refurbish its giant power plant in Rockport, Indiana, is one of them.The Sierra Club, which leads a national campaign to replace coal-fired utility plants with cleaner energy sources, has suggested alternatives to I&M’s multi-billion-dollar plan, which Sierra says will allow the utility to continue to use coal for all its electrical generation until at least 2035. The environmental group maintains that alternative investments in solar and wind power and energy-efficiency programs could allow I&M to shut down one of the two Rockport facilities by 2022 without raising rates or jeopardizing the availability of electricity.Environmentalists focus on the Rockport facility because it is a big polluter – one of the biggest sources of toxic pollution in Indiana. Though I&M plans to introduce new controls to reduce sulfur dioxide at the plant, environmentalists point out that coal is an inherently dirty power source and that many other harmful substances are emitted when it burns.Sierra’s analysis of data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contends that, in 2014, I&M’s two Rockport plants released 5.9 million pounds of toxic pollutants into the surrounding area, including arsenic, mercury and lead.“Experts at the Clean Air Task Force estimated in 2014 that AEP Rockport’s air pollution causes 130 premature deaths, 200 heart attacks and 2,200 asthma attacks every year,” the Sierra Club reported on its website.That pollution and those health problems, of course, don’t directly threaten Fort Wayne. But 32 miles east of Evansville on the shore of the Ohio River, the Rockport plant provides a key part of what I&M calls its “generation mix” that allows the company to ensure affordable power to all of its service area. Thus, customers here have a direct interest in Rockport’s operations and plans.No one wants to cause future power shortages or rate spikes. But there is the question of whether a future built on continued reliance on the coal industry, where costs are rising and production is dropping as the world moves toward cleaner and more sustainable power sources, is wise policy. And how do the health effects of years of continuing pollution in southern Indiana figure into the economic and moral equations? If the Rockport plant is causing death and disease, as the Sierra Club contends, shouldn’t the human cost of that continuing damage be part of the calculations on how to proceed?Full item: I&M must continue clean-energy momentum Editorial: Indiana Deserves an Open Discussion on Utility’s Coal-Refurbishing Planlast_img read more

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Fest Finds

first_imgIt’s more than a well-made reboot of the classic Aloha shirt. Beyond a stylish summer print, the shirt— hand-sewn in Santa Ana— has a secure sunglasses loop and two unique pockets: one made to hold a bottle and another with lining to keep your phone dry. The best addition, though, is the built-in towel that will soak up sweat when you’re dancing under the Southern sun. $135; californiacowboy.com  Sunski Topeka The Allman Betts Band Drop your shades in a festival crowd and they’re likely gone for good. Fortunately Sunski makes relatively inexpensive performance sunglasses that feature high-quality polarized lenses that will cut the glare when you’re trying to find a sightline of the main stage. The newly released Topeka has an extremely lightweight frame and subtle rubber grips around the nose, so you can bob your head to the groove without worry. $68; sunski.com  These lightweight American-made socks—mostly merino wool with a blend of quick-drying synthetics—are all about conforming to the contours of your feet; with gradual compression that doesn’t allow blister-inducing movement. They’re also made with extra cushioning in the heel, arch, and toe, providing much-needed padding for staying nimble on trails or the festival grounds. $19.99; fitssock.com Fans of the Allman Brothers Band should take notice of this family offshoot carrying the legacy forward of the Southern blues explorers. As the name suggests, the Allman Betts Band features the progeny of original Allman Brothers members, including Devon Allman (son of Gregg) and Duane Betts (son of Dickey). Together the guitarists will embark on a massive tour this summer, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers by playing classics like “Blue Sky” and “One Way Out,” while also diving into new material from the forthcoming album of originals, Down To the River. Appearing at: Back Home Festival and Lockn’ Festival  The Yawpers  Named after a line in a Walt Whitman poem and coming off a concept album (2017’s Boy in a Well) about a tragedy set in World War II-era France, the Yawpers are a Colorado-based garage-blues trio that combines distortion with thought-provoking depth. Using a bass-free, two-guitar-and-drums attack, the band delivers raw rockabilly grooves, primitive Delta callbacks, and full-throttle punk workouts, led by front man Nate Cook’s howling vocals and angst-releasing lyrics. Human Question, the band’s third effort for the insurgent country label Bloodshot Records, expands the band’s righteously ragged, roots-driven sound even further; from the juke-joint boogie of “Child of Mercy” to the gospel-fueled “Carry Me.” Appearing at:  FloydFest Hydro Flask 32 oz. Wide Mouth Cool and comfortable shorts are key when you’re hopping from stage to stage. Topo’s River Shorts—available for men and women—are made with breathable, water-repellent nylon that offers two-way stretch to keep you mobile. Another essential feature: the zippered back pocket that keeps your keys, cash, and cards secure when you’re busting a move. $79; topodesigns.com  FITS Light Hiker Mini-Crew Socks Don’t waste your money on an overpriced plastic bottle of water at a concession stand. Most festivals these days have free water filling stations, so be ready with Hydro Flask’s Wide Mouth. The bottle’s pro-grade stainless steel is a healthier way to hydrate, and the 32-ounce size option is extremely durable, with double-wall insulation, so it will keep your liquid of choice cold for 24 hours. You also get additional insulation from the savvy lid, and a rubber handle that makes transport easy. $39.95; hydroflask.com   With drum circles and that drunk dude howling at the moon, getting a good night’s sleep in Tent City isn’t always easy. Sierra Designs comes to the rescue with the Frontcountry Bed, a zipper-free sleeping bag that provides some of the comforts of home, including an integrated comforter and foot vents when you need a little circulation. Earplugs not included. $199.95; sierradesigns.com  Festival Gear California Cowboy High Water Shirt Forsake Men’s Maddox and Women’s Maya Della Maecenter_img Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed 35 Duo Topo Designs River Short Speaking of the Allman Brothers, the Grammy-nominated bluegrass quartet Della Mae crush an acoustic version of “Whipping Post” on the new Butcher Shoppe EP. Lead singer Celia Woodsmith brings a throaty intensity to match the original’s vocals but Kimber Ludiker’s sweet fiddle lines give the staple a pastoral reimagining. Another standout, “Bourbon Hound,” is a ragtime romp with fiery solos that land between lyrics celebrating brown-water-fueled fun. Following the departure of guitarist Courtney Hartman, the group gets some help on the new effort from Molly Tuttle and Alison Brown. As this band of quick pickers finds new footing, they’re heading in a promising direction. Appearing at: Red Wing Roots Music Festival UCO Gear Beta Headlamp  The Soul Rebels Music Finds & Festival Gear Finds The Soul Rebels No need to stumble in the darkness on the way back to your tent. The Beta is a nicely priced headlamp that features four brightness settings and an impressively long battery life—70 hours on three AAAs. Plus the trippy strap patterns will give you some festival flair. $24.99; ucogear.com  If you appreciate a proper blast of New Orleans brass, this eight-piece ensemble always delivers. Well versed in traditional Crescent City sounds, the Soul Rebels also like to branch out from their roots, using powerful horn lines to play brass-band-style covers of beloved pop, rock, and hip-hop songs. At the big band’s energetic live shows, crowds can be dancing to a funky second-line groove one minute, then singing along to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” or the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” the next. The group’s ability to incorporate a wide breadth of musical styles has led to collaborations with a diverse range of artists—from Nas and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Pretty Lights and Marilyn Manson. When home, the band plays a weekly residency at New Orleans’ Le Bon Temps Roule, but they’ve been traveling around the world to play festivals, including some notable events this summer in the South. Appearing at: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and Lockn’ Festival Sonic adventures require the right equipment. Let BRO tune you in to the best gear for multi-day festivals.  A mix of support and breathability—just what you want for a festival shoe. The Forsake Men’s Maddox and Women’s Maya are both made with nylon knit that’s all about airflow, while the ridged rubber soles are gritty enough for both day hikes or stomping along to your favorite bluegrass band. $114.95; forsake.com  Part of the fun of festivals is finding new favorite bands. Check out these four acts playing music bashes in the region.   last_img read more

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Giving thanks for proportional regulations

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » It is difficult to write a column for a global audience and make an analogy that can be understood by all audiences around the world. In the United States, we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving. I considered making a reference to it here, but with some research, I quickly realized not all countries celebrate this holiday and the reference will probably get lost in translation. Australia, Brazil, Grenada, Liberia, Netherlands (one city), Philippines and St. Lucia have similar celebrations, but not necessarily on the same day. Other countries have “harvest” festivals that are similar, also with differing origins and times. So, making a reference to Thanksgiving really does not work for the entire audience of this newsletter.It really reminds me of financial institution regulations. Not all of them work for all types of financial institutions. This is why WOCCU regularly emphasizes including “proportionality” in almost all international standards, so that regulations can be tailored to the size, risk and complexity of a credit union.To that end, I urge you to watch our recent webinar put on by WOCCU’s COVID-19 Response Committee where representatives from the Financial Action Task Force discussed anti-money laundering (AML) risks. There is a good discussion on how AML/CFT regulations at the international level include flexibility within the framework so that these requirements can be tailored for credit unions. Also, look at the recent amendments from FATF on proliferation financing (story below). It includes direction from FATF to apply measures proportionate to the risk of the relevant institutions as well as financial inclusion guidance.Here’s to a happy holiday season for all of us—and more streamlined regulations in 2021.last_img read more

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Schneps Communications, Publisher of Queens Courier, Hosts ‘Kings of Long Island’ Event

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Schneps Communications, the influential Queens-based publishing company with more than a dozen local news outlets under its umbrella, is bringing its venerable Star Networks awards dinner and networking expo to Long Island.Dubbed “Kings of Long Island,” the April 12 event at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck will include a slew of high-profile honorees from the public and private sector.Among those expected to attend are Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his counterpart in Suffolk, Steve Bellone; Glenn Altarac, president of Floor Décor & Design; Anthony Antonetti, finance director at Westbury Toyota; and Mohinder Singh Taneja, president of American Diversity Forum, among other distinguished guests.The Kings of Long Island ceremony will honor New York Community Bank President & CEO Joseph Ficalora, who will be receiving the coveted Philanthropist of the Year award, and Molloy College President Dr. Drew Bogner, the recipient of this year’s Dan Murphy Memorial award.Schneps Communication, publisher of the award-winning weekly newspaper Queens Courier, has hosted similar events in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Past events have honored leaders in business, technology, banking, real estate and medical industries.Schneps’ most recent Star Network event on Long Island, the first annual Power Women of Long Island, attracted more than 700 business people.If previous events are any indication, attendees will have the opportunity to network with other successful business professionals on the Island while also sharing ideas and accomplishments from the past year.The event is sponsored by New York Community Bank, People’s United Bank, Flushing Bank, Investors Bank, Progressive Emergency Physicians, Mangano Plumbing, The Scotto Brothers, Sewer and Drain, Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, Laffie Financial Group, Raich Ende & Malter Co. llp, Mattone Group, Merritt Environmental Consulting Group, Sim Play, Servco Industries, Stop and Share Mobile Media, Sandwire and the New York Daily News.For tickets, visit www.qns.com/upcoming-star-networking-events or call 718-224-5863 ext 237. Leonard’s Palazzo is located at 555 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, NY. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Schneps Communication’s foray into the L.I. market began last year with the acquisition of Morey Publishing’s acclaimed Bethpage Best of L.I. awards competition.last_img read more

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Bernd Leno breaks silence after howler in Chelsea defeat

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Dec 2019 9:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link996Shares ADVERTISEMENTA late winner from Tammy Abraham saw Frank Lampard’s Chelsea claim all three points, leaving Arsenal in the bottom half of the table and 11 points behind the Blues in the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.AdvertisementAdvertisementTheir hopes of securing a spot in Europe’s premier competition through the Premier League look slim and Leno couldn’t hide his disappointment in his role in their late collapse.He posted on social media: ‘Very tough day today😒 but I have to look forward 💪🏽’Leno will hope to put things right in Arsenal’s next match against Manchester United on New Year’s Day.Where will Arsenal finish this season?Top four0%Top six0%Top half0%Bottom half0%Relegation zone0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Pep Guardiola sets Premier League record ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen KloppMORE: Frank Lampard praises Mikel Arteta after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea Advertisement Leno made an error (Picture: Getty )Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno admitted he had a ‘very tough day’ after his clanger gifted Chelsea an equaliser in a disappointing 2-1 defeat.Mikel Arteta looked on course to earn his first victory as Arsenal manager, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener keeping them in front until the 83rd minute but then disaster struck.Leno attempted to claim a cross from Mason Mount, completely misjudged the ball and allowed Jorginho to tap home unmarked from two yards out.Very tough day today😒 but I have to look forward 💪🏽 @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/t6JKdENwqW— Bernd Leno (@Bernd_Leno) December 29, 2019 Bernd Leno breaks silence after howler in Chelsea defeat Advertisementlast_img read more

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GAM to liquidate absolute return bond funds following redemption requests

first_imgFor those investors wishing to retain exposure to the strategies, GAM said it was “working on establishing alternative structures”.Haywood was suspended after an investigation found that he failed to demonstrate adequate due diligence regarding investments made in the strategies. In addition, GAM said Haywood “may have breached” company policy by failing to obtain two signatures on “certain contracts”. The manager also breached policy regarding gifts and entertainment, and used his personal email for work purposes.GAM added that it had not discovered any “material client detriment” during its investigation but the situation remained “under review”.The company also highlighted that there was “no evidence that Haywood was motivated by an improper rationale… or that there was any conflict of interest between him and clients”. In addition to the absolute return bond funds, Haywood also worked on trade finance portfolios worth CHF2.9bn and other fixed income strategies worth CHF653m. These were not affected by the investigation, GAM said.Investment directors Jack Flaherty and Alex McKnight were jointly placed in charge of the absolute return bond strategy following Haywood’s suspension.There have been no changes to the investment process and philosophy behind the funds, and no other GAM strategies were affected, the company said.Zurich-based GAM ran CHF163.8bn in total as of 30 June, across equities, bonds, multi-asset portfolios and hedge funds. Swiss asset manager GAM is to liquidate nine unconstrained and absolute return bond funds worth CHF7.3bn (€6.3bn) after dealing was suspended in the wake of a manager’s suspension.Tim Haywood was suspended on 31 July after an internal investigation identified problems with his risk management and record keeping. Dealing in the funds was subsequently halted after a large number of investors attempted to pull out of the strategies.In a letter to investors dated 10 August, Tim Rainsford, group head of sales and distribution, said the company had decided to liquidate the strategies, which would “allow investors the opportunity to receive proceeds in a more timely manner and ensure equal treatment”.“It is expected that all fund shareholders will periodically receive their proportionate interest in cash as it becomes available throughout the liquidation process subject to any necessary approvals,” Rainsford wrote. “GAM is working with each of the fund boards to maximise liquidity and value for investors.”last_img read more

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Mario Balotelli: ‘Still sick’ ahead of Serie A restart

first_imgMario Balotelli stated on his Instagram Stories that he is ‘still sick’ as a reason for not turning up to Brescia training sessions.Advertisement The controversy has been swirling over the last week, with Brescia President Massimo Cellino calling the entire deal “a mistake” and multiple reports the forward has been skipping training.SuperMario repeatedly denied he was standing Brescia staff up and assured he would explain when the time was right.Today, amid more reports he missed both the morning and afternoon training sessions, Balotelli released a picture on his Instagram Stories.“Still sick,” said the caption with some nausea emojis, as he took a selfie lying down.Read Also:Lionel Messi to return to Barcelona training on FridayAccording to rumours, he is suffering from gastro-intestinal problems, but Brescia club sources insist they have not been told anything officially by the player.It is increasingly likely Balotelli and Brescia will terminate the contract early, although it was due to expire on June 30 anyway if the club did not manage to stay in Serie A for another season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King RemakeTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TV8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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House supports Frye’s bill to improve firefighter recruitment

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in favor of State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation that would expand recruitment opportunities for Indiana fire departments.Currently, fire departments can only employ firefighters from the county their district is located in and the counties neighboring it.According to Frye, this legislation would allow fire departments to hire qualified firefighters who reside within a 50-mile radius of the town, city or township they serve.“For fire departments with a staffing shortage, this legislation would provide more opportunities to recruit across state lines and bolster their ranks with highly qualified firefighters,” said Frye, a former firefighter. “Having larger teams would help to protect current firefighters from working excessive and strenuous ours.”Frye said his legislation would also include emergency management workers and division fire investigations under the public safety officer definition in state law. This would ensure their family members would qualify for the public safety officers’ special death benefits in the event the officers are fatally wounded in the line of duty.House Bill 1258 can now be considered by the Senate. For more information about the 2019 Indiana General Assembly click here. .last_img read more

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