Trump’s plan will make the sick pay more

first_imgBut with fewer healthy people paying into that system, the premiums for everyone left would rise.This is the very problem that Obamacare was created to solve.Under the Affordable Care Act, the premiums paid by healthy people help subsidize the more expensive care needed by sicker people (the same thing happens in employer-provided health insurance).In return, the healthy have the security of knowing that, if the need arises, they too will be taken care of.Trump wants to dismantle this cooperative arrangement and just let healthy people buy cheaper policies.What happens to the sick under this system — and the healthy, for that matter, when they unexpectedly become sick — Trump did not say.Americans are increasingly inclined to see health care as a collective responsibility. What he didn’t mention is that these potential savings would accrue only to people healthy enough to gamble on skimpy insurance coverage.Sicker people, left stranded in a deteriorating risk pool, would see their premiums rise.In other words: The changes would shift costs, not save money, for the health-care system.Trump has ordered his cabinet to arrange for more small businesses to join in “association health plans” that are exempt from the rules of the Affordable Care Act.And he plans to allow people to remain on short-term insurance policies (also exempt) for as long as a year.Such plans could charge higher premiums for people with preexisting health problems.These people, who have greater-than-average need for essential health benefits like hospitalization and mental health care, could instead remain in the protected Obamacare marketplace. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Six in 10 Americans now think it’s the federal government’s duty.Trump has found other ways to remove healthy people from Obamacare risk pools.His administration is refusing to help people sign up for policies during the fall enrollment period.And he’s dropped many hints that he might soon decline to enforce the ACA mandate that every American have insurance.Trump’s latest executive order, like his previous moves, seems motivated more by frustration at Congress’s inability to repeal Obamacare than by any concern for the smooth functioning of the individual health-insurance market.Regardless, it puts the health of millions of Americans at risk. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appears on Bloomberg View:President Donald Trump has announced some new strategies to destabilize the individual health-insurance market, but his misguided objective is the same as ever: to undermine the Affordable Care Act and, more broadly, the very idea of health insurance.His latest executive order, signed Thursday, will cause premiums to fall drastically for “millions of Americans,” Trump said.last_img read more

COVID-19: Patchy response to President’s call to work from home

first_imgProductively working from home, for those who can, is possible. That’s the message President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his Cabinet members are trying to project to reduce the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.Jokowi led a teleconferenced Cabinet meeting on Monday after urging Indonesians to “work from home, study from home and worship from home”. He said in a press statement following the meeting: “Remote working I think has been effective in working hard to tackle both the coronavirus and economic slowdown.” “I went by my private vehicle today because I’m scared of having to go by the MRT [Mass Rapid Transit],” said Susan, a 32-year-old private sector employee who normally uses the MRT to commute to the office.Read also: COVID-19: City-wide transport restrictions cause buildup at Transjakarta, MRT stationsSusan told The Jakarta Post that her company had implemented several precautionary measures including temperature checks before entering the office building, the signing of a declaration form for visitors and the limitation of business as well as personal travel for the previous two weeks.However, she still has to work from the office, despite her understanding that it is possible for her work to be carried out from home.“I do not know the answer [as to why the work-from-home policy had not been implemented]. Maybe the policy is still being formulated,” she said.The experience from China, South Korea and Singapore has demonstrated that social distancing measures can prevent infection and save lives, on top of aggressive testing and contact tracing.The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, having infected more than 170,000 around the world and claiming over 6,500 lives as of Monday. In Indonesia, 117 people have tested positive for COVID-19 with five deaths.Edgar, a 23-year-old fresh-graduate working in the creative sector, told the Post on Monday that he chose to go to work by taxi that day, instead of going on his usual commuter line transport.“I’ve heard that the commuter line from Bogor to Jakarta is the riskiest [for virus transmission], and the Transjakarta routes are limited, not to mention the long lines,” he said.Passengers line up to enter Lebak Bulus MRT Station in Jakarta, on Monday. The Jakarta administration reduced the operations of city-operated public transportation to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. (JP/Seto Wardhana)Edgar added that his line of work, which involved sorting out data and creating insights, could be done remotely, although there were a few tools and software that would operate faster using the office’s local-area network (LAN).A number of companies have rolled out strict responses to the virus pandemic, issuing internal circular letters on mechanisms to work from home, avoiding both domestic and international business travel and promoting social distancing.Local technology giant Gojek is one that has shared a comprehensive “work from home best practices” document sheet online, including tips on communicating and maintaining productivity levels from home while at the same time maintaining wellbeing.“We are also conducting a work-from-home trial as well as deep-cleaning the office regularly,” chief of Gojek corporate affairs Nila Marita told the Post. Gojek has also been educating its drivers and employees on COVID-19 and how to reduce its spread, as evident in the app’s homepage.Telecommunications firm Indosat Ooredo has also launched the #StayHomeStayConnected campaign to maximize digital technology and to maintain productivity for its clients and customers, which range from online lecturing to digital customer services. For Indosat employees, the company has implemented working from home since Monday until further notice.Read also: Work-from-home policy in effect at major Jakarta companies over virus concernsDigital payment platform OVO and online marketplace Tokopedia have also announced similar procedures.“Today, OVO decided to enact a work-from-home trial for one week for nearly 1,000 OVO employees throughout Indonesia,” OVO president director Karaniya Dharmasaputra said in a written statement.“Tokopedia requires all employees to work from home for one full week, as of today, March 16. Efforts to limit direct interaction [social distancing] are intended to support the prevention of COVID-19, in line with the instructions of the President of Indonesia,” Tokopedia vice president of corporate communications Nuraini Raza said in the release.The work-from-home policy is being considered by companies across the globe as numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise worldwide.Matthew McQueen, director, public health program and associate professor of integrative physiology of the University of Colorado Boulder in the United States wrote in The Conversation that the goal of social distancing is to “flatten the curve” of the highly transmittable virus spread.He explained that the strategy of social distancing could be used in an effort to spread out the virus infections over a longer period of time so that public health agencies and healthcare infrastructure could better respond to the crisis and potentially “significantly reduce deaths from COVID-19”.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati posted on her Instagram account on Sunday a series of videos and photographs showcasing how she coordinated with her team via a conference call.“On Saturday this week, I worked full time carrying out a coordination meeting through a conference call with the board of the Finance Ministry to draft policies and steps on the state budget [APBN] and the state finances in handling the spread of the coronavirus,” the minister wrote on Sunday.“The meeting was done via video to reduce the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus, but it remained effective in formulating policies and carrying out the tasks of the Finance Ministry.” (ydp) For several employees, including those in sectors that require direct contact with customers, working from home may not be a luxury and this has created confusion among employers looking to catch up with the President’s instruction and with public transportation packed during rush hour in Jakarta. Some others, however, have been quick enough to jump on the bandwagon and adopt the work-from-home policy.Susan and Edgar—not their real names—are among those whose nature of work allows them to work from home but have yet to do so. They are concerned about going out and about during the COVID-19 pandemic, but their employers have not issued any official policy on social distancing as advised by the President.Social distancing, a tool that public health officials recommend in attempting to slow the spread of a disease from person to person, means that people stay far enough away from each other to avoid infection.center_img Topics :last_img read more

The futility of gender-neutral parenting

first_imgLos Angeles Times 6 January 2017Family First Comment: “…the scientific reality is that it’s futile to treat children as blank slates with no predetermined characteristics. Biology matters.”Yep. In steadfast pursuit of gender equality and to promote nonconformity, it’s become popular in some social circles to start early, very early, by raising young children in a gender-neutral way: not revealing the baby’s sex at birth, dressing them and their bedroom in various shades of oatmeal, encouraging them to play with gender-neutral toys. There’s also pressure on corporations to help; parental complaints led Target to stop sex-segregating its toys, for instance.Offering kids the opportunity to pursue what they’d like, freed from societal expectations, is an undeniably positive thing — whether it has to do with toys, clothing, or their future aspirations. But the scientific reality is that it’s futile to treat children as blank slates with no predetermined characteristics. Biology matters.A large and long-standing body of research literature shows that toy preferences, for example, are innate, not socially constructed or shaped by parental feedback.Most girls will gravitate toward socially interesting toys, like dolls, that help social and verbal abilities develop. Most boys will gravitate toward toys that are mechanically interesting, like cars and trucks, fostering visuo-spatial skills.One recent study, published in Infant and Child Development, showed that these preferences emerge as early as nine months of age — before children are developmentally aware that gender differences exist, at around 18 months.Another piece of evidence comes from studying girls who were exposed to high levels of testosterone prenatally, in the case of a genetic condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or CAH. Girls with CAH tend to be gender nonconforming, and will prefer toys that are typical to boys, even when their parents offer more praise for playing with female-typical ones. This speaks to the vital role of hormones in developing gender preferences and sex differences in behavior, more broadly.We also see the same trend in our primate cousins, including rhesus and vervet monkeys. Young female monkeys gravitate toward dolls while male monkeys prefer wheeled toys, despite the fact they aren’t encouraged by other monkeys or their caregivers in their choices.In the face of scientific data, the gender-neutral movement nevertheless continues to gain momentum. Indeed, its adherents took heart in a study published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which touted the idea that the brains of women and men are identical. If so, that would offer support to the theory that gender is an artificially created, outdated concept.However, an immense body of neuroimaging research has shown brain differences between the sexes. One meta-analysis of 126 studies found that men have larger total brain volumes than women. Men also show greater white matter connectivity running from the front to the back of the brain, while women have more of these connections running between the two hemispheres.Additionally, when researchers reanalyzed the same brain data from the “no sex differences” study, they found that it was possible to correctly identify whether a given brain was male or female 73% of the time. But this discovery did not receive much attention from the media, and as a result, the initial study’s misinformation continues to spread.I hear from many well-meaning parents who raised their children in gender-neutral homes and were surprised to find that they nevertheless gravitated toward stereotypical interests and toys. Little boys who were given pots and pans to play with turned them into makeshift toy cars, complete with self-generated engine sounds. Little girls turned to one another and started playing house.The gender-neutral trend capitalizes on fears that parents have of inadvertently limiting their child’s potential. We want the best for our children; for daughters to grow up to be as competitive for STEM jobs as their male counterparts, and for sons to possess strong social and communication skills.But whether your child leans toward gender-atypical traits will likely have more to do with the prenatal environment —testosterone levels in utero — than a perfectly balanced upbringing. Besides, so long as children are given the option to take part in activities they find interesting, there’s nothing wrong with being gender-typical.Acknowledging inherent sex differences isn’t harmful or sexist; differences don’t necessitate one sex being better than the other.http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-soh-gender-neutral-parenting-20170106-story.htmllast_img read more

Mali ex-rebels retake control of northeastern town: officials

first_imgMali was shaken by a coup in 2012 that cleared the way for Tuareg separatists to seize towns and cities of the North Mali was shaken by a coup in 2012 that cleared the way for Tuareg separatists to seize towns and cities of the NorthFighters from Mali’s former rebel alliance, the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), took control of the northeastern town of Anefis on Friday after loyalist fighters who seized it last month withdrew, officials said.“CMA rebels have retaken control of the locality of Anefis today,” a security official in MINUSMA, the UN peacekeeping mission the west African country, told AFP. “But without a fight. Several of their vehicles arrived in the city.”The news was confirmed by Almou Ag Mohamed, a CMA spokesperson.“Anefis is under our control,” he said. “In violation of the ceasefire, militias took the town. Under pressure, they left.”The Platform coalition of loyalist fighters seized Anefis in deadly clashes in August that left at least 10 dead.They agreed to pull out, though, and MINUSMA welcomed the completion of their withdrawal on Monday.On Thursday, however, CMA fighters clashed with pro-government militias in northeastern Mali, with the two sides accusing each other of starting the fighting, breaching a peace deal signed this year.Mali was shaken by a coup in 2012 that cleared the way for Tuareg separatists to seize towns and cities of the north, an expanse of desert the size of Texas.Al-Qaeda-linked militants then overpowered the Tuareg, taking control of the region for nearly 10 months until they were ousted in a French-led military offensive.The vast desert region is now controlled by a patchwork of armed groups, loyal to the government or the Tuareg-led former rebels–AFPRelated Mali violence: Tuareg rebels reject UN help following clashes Mali Peacekeepers Repel Rebels From Timbuktucenter_img South Sudan rebels seize Akako townlast_img read more

Buy-bust nets P204-K ‘shabu’

first_imgThe suspects were detained in the lockup facility of Police Station 3. BACOLOD City – Suspected shabu weighing about 30 grams valued at around P204,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Banago. Antidrug officers conduct an inventory of items seized from Henmark Yap and Pj Barbas, who were nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City on Aug. 3. CDEU/BCPO VIA BACOLOD PULIS Barbas and Yap were arrested after they sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, it added.center_img Residents Henmark Yap, 19, and Pj Barbas, 34, yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them./PNlast_img read more

Minister fined for slapping reporters’ behind at a 5km run

first_imgA married youth minister who slapped the behind of a female reporter on live television in Georgia has been fined $1,000 and told to control his hands. Thomas Callaway, 44 who pleaded guilty to the charge was participating in a 5km run when he performed the act and continued the race in a jiffy. He was sentenced to a year probation and fined $1,000 by a Savannah judge who accepted his plea to misdemeanor sexual battery. The judge also ordered him to perform 200 hours of community service Following his sentencing Tuesday, victim Alex Bozarjian told WSAV-TV outside the courtroom that she hoped Callaway would strive to ‘do better’ in future.Advertisement She said she decided to attend the hearing according to daily mail, to finally accept Callaway’s apology A grinning Callaway, who was participating in the race, was seen running up behind Bozarjian and striking her hard, stunning the young reporter who stood motionless in shock for a number of seconds. The clip has since been viewed millions of times. Callaway’s identity was unknown in the hours after the incident, but he later came forward to identify himself as the culprit. Read AlsoFIFA extends Jean-Bart suspension as Haiti sexual abuse investigation grows Bozarjian said while she understands the act has ‘probably disrupted his life more than he ever imagined, nobody has a right to touch anybody or slap anybody for their own amusement.’ Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Will You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Most Stunning Wedding Looks From Around The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The World FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Franklin County Chamber says ‘Sip Sip Hooray’ to the award winners and friends

first_imgBrookville IGA Joe Jester and Dee Kleier, board memberBrookville, In. — The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce held their annual dinner Thursday night at the Brookville American Legion.The Franklin County Community High School led by band director donated their time to serve food, drinks and clear tables. The American Legion Auxiliary cooked a pasta dinner and wine (Olive Dry Red Blend & Moscato) was provided by theJane Klenke and staffowner of Oliver Wine, Bill Oliver.Oliver explained to the guests about how is father grew the family business from the basement of their home to an employee-owned company that produces more than 450,000 cases of wine each year, placing it on the list of Top 50 Producers in the country. He also explained the evolution of products and how something as seemingly insignificant as a label change can influence sales. Oliver expressed the importance of respect for customers, internal and external and having a reasonable plan that can be sustainable.Michele Russell & Connie GaydaThe Brookville IGA and Jane Klenke Tax-Bookkeeping-Payroll shared the Business of the year honor. Both were recognized for their work in the community. The New Business of the Year was Skyline Chili and the Beautification award went to Michele Russell from The Cutting Edge.The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has a new website to serve the community. Get more information here.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua spotted on crutches at ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest

first_imgAnthony Joshua refused to let a serious knee injury prevent him from attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Watford on Saturday afternoon.The unified heavyweight champion of the world was spotted amongst hundreds of protestors who gathered in Watford town centre on Saturday to get behind the movement, which has gained widespread support worldwide. Anti-racism protests are being held across the globe following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in the US after being pinned to the ground with a knee on his neck by a white policeman.And Joshua joined hundreds of BLM supporters in the streets of Watford on Saturday – albeit on crutches.The 30-year-old has been spotted with a brace on his knee in recent weeks and was also forced to wear it during the protest.But with a long walk through the town of Watford in store, AJ opted for a pair of crutches to help facilitate his journey.At one stage he ditched the crutches, however, and was seen riding a scooter amongst his fellow protestors. Earlier last week, an unnamed source shed light on Joshua’s injury, which is not believed to be an “immediate concern”.“Anthony felt a slight twinge in his knee while training,” they told The Sun.“The brace is a precautionary measure on the advice of physios.“It will be further checked by his doctors but there is no immediate concern.”Joshua was one of several high-profile figures who took part in Blackout Tuesday, an initiative which saw social media flooded with symbolic black squares in support of the BLM movement. Along with his black square, the Olympic gold medallist wrote: “Rest in peace to our ancestors who fought & died for our freedom.“Rest in peace to all the Afro-Caribbean descendants that have been murdered, sent to jail, denied jobs, racial profiled, lynched, shot & suffocated! All because of the colour of our skin.“When the lights are turned back on tomorrow, what would you like to see?“I’m so proud of the BLM movement. The peaceful protests! Are you?”RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Premier League teams to have ‘No Room For Racism’ badge on shirts Tags: Anthony JoshuaBlack Lives MatterWatfordlast_img read more

Eskridge, Gulley to play against Florida State

first_img Published on November 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse safety Durell Eskridge and running back Prince-Tyson Gulley will play against No. 2 Florida State on Saturday.Eskridge watched practice on Tuesday while Gulley participated fully.‪Both missed the second half of SU’s 20-3 win against Maryland with injuries this past Saturday. Gulley suffered an ankle sprain that held him to just one carry for three yards while Eskridge was sidelined with an upper-body injury.After the game, cornerback Julian Whigham said Eskridge’s injury was unrelated to the broken right ring finger that kept his hand in a cast for about half of the season.While it’s still unclear what Eskridge is working through, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said the medical staff informed him that Eskridge will be ready to play on Saturday.He sat out of Tuesday’s practice for precautionary reasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They told me he’s going to be ready to play,” Bullough said. “They just want to take precaution. Always with any injuries you want to take precaution.”Linebacker Dyshawn Davis confirmed Eskridge’s status.“You’ll see Durell play this weekend,” Davis said.Running backs coach DeAndre Smith said Gulley not only returned to practice Tuesday, but also had a great session.“He’s doing great,” Smith said. “He had a great day today, full speed, making cuts, so I’ll have all hands on deck.”‬Running back Jerome Smith agreed.Said Smith: ‪“He’s doing good. He practiced fast, looked good. Faster than usual.”‬ Commentslast_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety crime/incident summary between Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21.Crimes against a personAt 5:58 P.M. on April 19, it was reported that a student was sexually assaulted while on 28th Street.At 7:23 P.M. on April 19, a student reported to DPS that another student punched him in the face when he entered a party at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.At 1:51 a.M. on April 20, a student reported that another student bit his ear during a disagreement at The Lorenzo. The student was arrested and sent to 77th station for booking. The student reporting the incident was transferred to the Good Samaritan Hospital for medical treatment.Crimes against propertyAT 5:06 P.M. on April 18, it was reported that a suspect had stolen a bag full of cash and checks from an unattended vehicle parked outside the Dollar Dollar store at the University Village.At 2:22 P.M. on April 19, it was reported that someone had removed a secured bicycle from the Annenberg House.At 4:42 P.M. on April 20, it was reported that an unidentified suspect entered the West 27th Place Apartments and removed a laptop computer.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 4:44 P.M. on April 18, DPS officers received a report of a non-USC female suffering from chest pain at the Keck Hospital of USC. A Rapid Response team evaluated the patient when officers arrived at the scene and she was released after declining transportation for further treatment.AT 7:08 P.M. on April 18, DPS officers received a report that a student at Century Apartments had potentially taken an unknown amount of prescription medicine to possibly harm himself. When the officers arrived, the student was conscious, but lethargic. A Responsive Ambulance unit arrived and examined the student before transporting him to the California Hospital for further medical treatment.At 4:36 A.M. on April 19, DPS officers were notified of a student at Pardee Tower who was vomiting in a restroom. The intoxicated student remained conscious and coherent once officers responded to the report but declined further medical treatment.At 9:36 A.M. on April 20, a staff member reported that a university key broke in one of the door locks at the Physical Education Building.at 6:49 P.M. on April 20, DPS officers received a report that a non-USC male injured his knee while playing soccer at the Dean Bartlett Cromwell Field. The male was transported to California Hospital for further treatment after being examined by a Responsive Ambulance unit.At 9:29 P.m. on April 20, DPS officers received a report of a student with a BB gun in Birnkrant Residence Hall. The student admitted to having five BB guns, a rifle, another gun and a sword in his dorm room. The weapons were confiscated.last_img read more