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BLOG: Medicaid Expansion by the Numbers (INFOGRAPHIC)

first_imgBLOG: Medicaid Expansion by the Numbers (INFOGRAPHIC) Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  The Blog Check out this by-the-numbers infographic on the Medicaid Expansion graphic from earlier today below, as well as a map of where enrollees live. December 10, 2015 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Map: Where Do Enrollees Live?center_img Click map to view larger.  What do 500,000 newly eligible Pennsylvanians look like?Pennsylvanians age 21– 30 years old represent 34 percent of the newly eligible. The second largest age group are those age 31 – 40 year, at 24 percent.55 percent are woman and 45 percent are men59 percent are white, 23 percent are African-American, 10 percent are Hispanic and 4 percent are AsianEvery county has had a resident able to obtain access to health care coveragePhiladelphia is home to 22 percent of the newly eligible enrollees14 counties have 10,000 or more newly eligible individualsSullivan, Pennsylvania’s smallest county, now has 217 newly eligible residents covered under Medicaid Infographic: Medicaid Expansion By the Numbers SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Metros

first_imgFrance: A ceremony to mark the official start of work on Rennes’ 12 km VAL mini-metro was due to take place on January 6.Germany: Stadtwerke Mainz AG has taken delivery of the first of 16 GT6M-ZR 100% low-floor light rail cars from Adtranz; they will be used on the Finthen – Hechtsheim route.Great Britain: Altram consortium of Ansaldo Trasporti, John Laing and Serco Group, has announced plans to build another seven light rail vehicles as part of its 17-year concession to build a 7 km extension to Manchester’s Metrolink, and operate the entire light rail network.London Underground has prequalified three consortia for its Connect radio communication project. They are Gensys, led by GPT, and consortia led by Racal/BRT and BT.Iran: Alcatel SEL has won a US$20m contract for signalling equipment for Tehran metro Line 1.Mexico: On November 26 Bombardier-Concarril announced that it had won a US$131·5m contract to refurbish 28 nine-car MP-68 rubber-tyred Mexico City metro sets, plus four spare cars; work will be carried out at Bombardier-Concarril’s Sahagun works, with delivery of reconditioned sets over two years from autumn this year.USA: Raytheon Infrastructure Services Inc has ordered a US$17m microprocessor-based train control system from Harmon Industries Inc, providing automatic train identification for the initial Bayonne – Hoboken section of New Jersey’s Hudson – Bergen light rail line.Bids are due in February for construction and equipping of a standard gauge fully automated mini-metro linking Jamaica and Howard Beach stations with New York’s JFK airport.Philadelphia’s Market – Frankford line has restored evening and weekend services following completion of a $326m redecking of a steel viaduct.last_img read more

Guarantees ‘strangling’ Germany’s Pensionskassen – Towers Watson

first_imgThe average discount rate applied by many Pensionskassen in Germany is still above 3.5% despite the yield from bonds having fallen in recent years, Udo Mangold, senior consultant at Towers Watson Germany, told delegates at the consultancy’s Pensionskassen Day in Frankfurt.This means pension funds have had to issue guarantees on reaching this return level – and this is “strangling Pensionskassen” and decreasing benefits, he said.“Too high guarantees are endangering the future survival of a Pensionskasse,” he added.According to Mangold, lowering the discount rate to 0% or 1% would allow Pensionskassen more freedom in their investments, as well as higher returns, which over the long term would benefit members. Earlier this year, Rainer Jakubowski, managing director at Germany’s largest Pensionskasse, the €25bn BVV, argued that limits on investment options were leading to “wrong” asset allocations.At the Towers Watson conference, Marco Herrmann, head of strategy, law and communications at the BVV, confirmed that his fund was already in the process of lowering discount rates – including in existing contracts.According to Mangold, the average discount rate in Pensionskassen will remain high over a long period if a new discount rate is only applied to new contracts.“Transitions where the Rechnungszins is lowered in existing contracts have already been made, and they have been okayed by the German supervisor BaFin,” he said.The consultant also pointed out that guarantees were based on the assumption new entrants would be paying into the Pensionskasse continuously over the next 45 years, which was not always the case.He warned Pensionskassen against promising a life-long pension payout when the contract was signed, as opposed to offering a one-off payout of accrued assets on retirement.“Providers can always offer a pension payout option later,” he added.Herrmann suggested a way to increase assets in Pensionskassen would be to allow a higher percentage of the salary to be transferred.The German government argues that many members have not even reached the 4% threshold currently allowed.But the BVV representative pointed out this was different for members in his fund, which all are working in the financial sector.“In fact, we would need an 8-10% threshold to ensure they can keep up their standard of living on retirement,” he said.The BVV is now trying to encourage more people to contribute to the Pensionskasse themselves.last_img read more

CalPERS joins Dutch corporate governance platform Eumedion

first_imgEumedion, the Dutch corporate governance and sustainability platform for institutional investors, has welcomed the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) as its newest member.Rients Abma, Eumedion’s director, said: “As a reputable player, CalPERS will add weight to our efforts to improve corporate governance and sustainability at Dutch listed companies, as well to our influence on policymakers in both the Netherlands and Brussels.”He said the US pension fund was the first to join the Dutch platform, adding that CalPERS’s investments in the Netherlands totalled approximately €900m.CalPERS becomes the second-largest pension fund among Eumedion’s 70 members, after the €373bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP. Eumedion membership is available to all institutional investors with a stake in companies listed in the Netherlands.Approximately 50% of the organisation’s members are pension schemes; three lobbying organisations for pension funds are affiliated members.Currently, the platform has 12 foreign members, including the UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme, Railpen and Capital Group, as well as US-based asset manager BlackRock.According to Abma, Eumedion’s members manage approximately €4trn in assets.He added that their combined investments in the Netherlands covered 25% of Dutch listed equity.Eumedion recently called for engagement with fossil fuel companies rather than divestment.It also argued against granting extra voting rights or a ‘loyalty dividend’ for long-term investors, “as this would chiefly benefit governments and families at the expense of other investors”.The proposal was part of the EU’s Shareholder Rights Directive.Eumedion is chaired by Peter Borgdorff, director of the €178bn Dutch healthcare pension fund PFZW.last_img read more

South Africa’s anti-smacking law: lessons from New Zealand

first_imgBusinessTech 28 October 2017Family First Comment: Supporting parents in South Africa against an ideologically-flawed smacking ban!Family First NZ, a leading family group in New Zealand, is warning South African families that a smacking ban will do more harm than good by criminalising good parents, and harming children and families with little effect on the real issue of child abuse.“A decade on from the passing of the controversial anti-smacking law in New Zealand, the law has maintained its very high level of opposition, but most significantly the law has had a ‘chilling’ effect on parenting and rather than tackling rotten parents who are abusing their children, it has targeted well-functioning parents,” said Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.“An independent legal analysis at the end of 2014 by a prominent NZ public lawyer of court cases involving prosecutions for smacking found that statements made by politicians that the smacking ban would not criminalise ‘good parents’ for lightly smacking their children are inconsistent with the legal effect and application of the law.”A report at the beginning of last year analysing the 2007 anti-smacking law, “Defying Human Nature: An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law”, found that there was not a single social indicator relating to the abuse of children that had shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the law.Police statistics show there has been a 136% increase in physical abuse, 43% increase in sexual abuse, 45% increase in neglect or ill-treatment of children, and 71 child abuse deaths since the law was passed in 2007.A survey this year found that two out of three New Zealanders said they would flout the law.An earlier survey in 2011 – four years after the law was passed – found that almost a third of parents of younger children say that their children have threatened to report them if they were smacked, and almost one in four parents of younger children say that they have less confidence when dealing with unacceptable behaviour from their children.“New Zealanders predicted all of this before the law was passed, but their concerns were ignored. The politicians and anti-smacking lobby groups linked good parents who smacked their children with child abusers, a notion roundly rejected – and still rejected – by NZ’ers,” said McCoskrie.“The anti-smacking law assumes that previous generations disciplined their children in a manner that was so harmful that they should now be considered criminals. But anti-smacking laws are problematic because they contradict many adults’ own childhood experiences with discipline and their long-term outcomes.”“We would warn South African parents that this law will harm and rip apart families. Even just an investigation – without prosecution – by the police or social services is hugely traumatic and destabilising to families.”“The supporters of smacking bans such as the UN are influenced by political ideology rather than common sense, good science and sound policy-making. Parents use occasional smacking because it works and it’s appropriate. Criminalising good parents who simply want to raise law-abiding and responsible citizens is bad law-making,” said McCoskrie.https://businesstech.co.za/news/government/207817/south-africas-anti-smacking-law-lessons-from-new-zealand/SA smacking ban will do more harm than good, says NZ groupIOL 30 October 2017Family First NZ, a leading family group in New Zealand, is warning South African families that a smacking ban will do more harm than good by criminalising good parents, and harming children and families, with little effect on the real issue of child abuse.“A decade on from the passing of the controversial anti-smacking law in New Zealand, the law has maintained its very high level of opposition; but, most significantly, the law has had a ‘chilling’ effect on parenting, and rather than tackling rotten parents who are abusing their children, it has targeted well-functioning parents,” says Bob McCoskrie, the national director of Family First NZ.“An independent legal analysis at the end of 2014 by a prominent New Zealand public lawyer of court cases involving prosecutions for smacking found that statements made by politicians that the smacking ban would not criminalise ‘good parents’ for lightly smacking their children are inconsistent with the legal effect and application of the law,” he said.A 2016 report analysing the 2007 anti-smacking law, “Defying Human Nature: An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law”, found there was not a single social indicator relating to the abuse of children that had shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the law. Police statistics showed a 136 percent increase in physical abuse, a 43 percent increase in sexual abuse, 45 percent increase in neglect or ill-treatment of children, and 71 child abuse deaths since the law was passed in 2007.A 2017 survey found that two out of three New Zealanders said they would flout the law. An earlier survey in 2011, four years after the law was passed, found that almost a third of parents of younger children say their children have threatened to report them if they were smacked, and almost one in four parents of younger children say they have less confidence when dealing with unacceptable behaviour from their children.“New Zealanders predicted all of this before the law was passed, but their concerns were ignored. The politicians and anti-smacking lobby groups linked good parents who smacked their children with child abusers, a notion roundly rejected – and still rejected – by New Zealanders.“The anti-smacking law assumes that previous generations disciplined their children in a manner that was so harmful that they should now be considered criminals. But anti-smacking laws are problematic because they contradict many adults’ own childhood experiences with discipline and their long-term outcomes,” says McCoskrie.“We would warn South African parents that this law will harm and rip apart families. Even just an investigation, without prosecution, by the police or social services is hugely traumatic and destabilising to families. The supporters of smacking bans, such as the UN, are influenced by political ideology rather than common sense, good science and sound policy-making.“Parents use occasional smacking because it works and it’s appropriate. Criminalising good parents who simply want to raise law-abiding and responsible citizens is bad law-making,” according to McCoskrie.https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/family/parenting/sa-smacking-ban-will-do-more-harm-than-good-says-nz-group-11770446Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

West Florida Defeats Ouachita Baptist in Conference Opening Match

first_imgWest Florida Defeats Ouachita Baptist in Conference Opening Match Share Sept. 29, 2007Box ScorePENSACOLA, Fla. – In a tale of two halves, the UWF Men’s Soccer team shut out Ouachita Baptist 3-0 Friday night. The first half was a struggle offensively for the Argonauts as they only could manage 7 shots, while in the second half, they were able to open it up and take 18 shots.The Halftime Score was 0-0, as Ouachita Baptist (5-3) matched the Argos intensity. However, the second half was controlled by West Florida and they rode two goals from Keith Savage and a goal from Jimmy McHenry to take the shut out.Savage scored the first goal of the match eight minutes into the second half off a pass from Rafael Segal. Savage then gave the Argos some breathing room as he scored again at minute 69, as a result of some nice passing from Nolan Intermoia and Curtis Brashear. McHenry closed out the scoring when he stolen the ball from the defense and put in an unassisted goal at minute 81. The Argos defense did the rest of the work.West Florida Keeper Juan Garcia recorded a shut out, with three saves, but much of the credit goes to the defensive work of Garcia’s teammates, as they only allowed Ouachita Baptist 8 shots.The Argos win puts them at 1-0 in the conference as they take on another GSC opponent, Harding, on Sunday at the UWF Soccer Complex, beginning at 12:30 pm. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

United move close to Blind deal

first_img Press Association Louis van Gaal hopes to boost his Manchester United squad by completing the signing of Daley Blind before the transfer window shuts. United confirmed on Saturday morning they had agreed a fee with Ajax for the versatile 24-year-old. Blind is expected to fly to Manchester to agree personal terms and undergo a medical before Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline. center_img Van Gaal, who has already signed four players this summer, said after the 0-0 draw at Burnley: “He’ll come to Manchester to have a medical, and then we might have a new player.” The deal to bring Blind to Old Trafford is thought to be worth around £14million. Blind was part of Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad earlier this summer and is the son of former Holland defender Danny Blind. The Ajax youth academy product can play in a variety of positions, including left-back and in central midfield. After watching his team go four games without a win, Van Gaal thinks his squad is in need of an overhaul. The 20-time English champions have been linked with a move for Arturo Vidal, but are understood to be cautious about bidding for the Juventus midfielder due to his knee injury. Another target is Roma’s Kevin Strootman, but he again is also just coming back from injury. Van Gaal is expected to sell a number of fringe players before Monday night. Tom Cleverley is in talks with Aston Villa, Shinji Kagawa has been linked with a return to Borussia Dortmund and Javier Hernandez is a reported target for Juventus. When asked about Kagawa after the draw at Burnley, Van Gaal said: “We’ll have to wait and see, because players are deciding (to leave) at the last minute, not the manager.” last_img read more

Region One brothers already making a big impression in cricket on Essequibo Coast

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyTREMENDOUS potential is how you would describe these two teenagers from Waramuri in Region One. Bruce 13 and Nicko Vincent 15, of Amerindian descent, are genuine all-rounders and they have all the qualities to become international cricketers.They both have tremendous pace and bat high in the order as well. In an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport, the quiet-spoken brothers expressed delight at gaining the opportunity to play competitive cricket on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two.They have recently joined Bacchus Bulls Youth Club of Affiance and travel every weekend to play. They contended that they were forced to make the sacrifice to improve their game since there have very little scope in their region given limited resources.‘There are no competitions for us and the pitch that we actually play on is not of a proper quality, hence we cannot strive in that way, they both admitted. “We love cricket to the highest and our parents have decided that they would give us the support in a big way. We will make them proud since we have the talent to compete with anyone,” they stated with confidence.At first glance, Nicko Vincent is top class with a smooth run-up, strong follow-through and releases with genuine pace. He is slimly built but muscular and will create even more pace as he matures. His batting too is quite impressive with a good technique and power.His brother Bruce, on the other hand, is similar in both departments and will now get the chance to impress the selectors in the upcoming Essequibo Cricket Board’s Under-15 trials in an effort to gain selection for the inter-county tournament. Their presence in Essequibo has already raised eye-brows with theie amazing display in just a short period of time. They both attend the Waramuri Secondary School with Nicko Vincent preparing to sit CXC in June, 2020. They both admitted to being a sport-oriented family since their sister Annalisa Vincent in a National Under-20 footballer. Their parents Marcel and Gregory Vincent are also sports enthusiasts and have been travelling with their sons wherever they play. It will be no surprise therefore to witness Bruce and Nicko Vincent in national colours in the near future as Nicko will also be vying for selection at the Under-17 level shortly.They have since thanked Harrischan Ramballi, manager of Bacchus Bulls for providing an avenue to enhance their careers. They were honoured at the Club’s Awards ceremony held on Saturday at the Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance.last_img read more

Live from the Big Ten Tournament!

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — View from the Bleachers Courtside will be bringing you reflections, musings and the occasional analysis live from the Big Ten Tournament. And yes, someone was foolish enough to give me a courtside seat here at Conseco Fieldhouse.This will be a running column with my thoughts from each game. Since I will be posting on my own, there are no copy editors and no one to tell me Helen Keller jokes are a bad idea.Proceed at your own risk.? In a manner of two seconds we just saw Michigan players, coaches, fans and a less-than-impressive band go from “That cute girl just bought me a drink! Happy” to “Oh, it was meant for the football player on my right Sad”.For those who missed it — or, you know, actually went to class today — a gutsy performance from Michigan left Blue fans feeling their slim March Madness hopes were still alive for one more game. The Wolverines led Ohio State by two points with 2.2 seconds remaining after Manny Harris remembered that he is supposed to be a good basketball player and took over down the stretch.Then Evan Turner happened.Receiving the ball with his momentum heading up court, Turner took two dribbles, gathered himself and fired a 35-footer. Of course it was good.The question is, why was Turner allowed the ball at all?There was 2.2 seconds left. That means no time to get the ball back to the inbounder. Why not double Turner and make David Lighty or William Buford beat you? Why allow the likely National Player of the Year a shot at all?While this has yet to be explained, the answer to why Michigan will be playing in the NIT, is quite obvious.? The Badgers failed at basketball’s most basic goal Friday — they simply missed shots.Wisconsin won the turnover battle 17-5, grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to Illinois’ two and forced 11 steals.The energy level was there. The most valuable skill in basketball, however, was not.UW shot an appalling 18 percent from the field in the first half, finished the game with a grade-school like 28.6 percent shooting and only scored eight points in the first ten minutes of the second half. Trevon Hughes led the team with 14 points…but shot four-of-16. Sharpshooting Jason Bohannon finished the game with a one-for-10 stat line and Jordan Taylor beat the both of them shooting three-of-nine.There is a joke here about building the Edgewater Hotel with all of those bricks, but its too obvious even for me.? Much was made in the media room after the Wisconsin game about McCamey’s improved defense from last Sunday.That is just not true. McCamey remains an atrocious defender. The Badgers low shooting percentages were much more them missing decent looks than anything the first team All-Big Ten guard did.The biggest clue McCamey is lost on the defensive end? Look at his eyes. Instead of staring at the stomach or chest like every fifth grade is taught, McCamey looks at his man’s face. He continued to bite on fakes and allowed Trevon Hughes to find space in the lane multiple times — where Hughes just missed shots.Averaging nearly seven assists per game, McCamey may have Steve Nash’s vision on the offensive end, but he also has the Canadian’s deficiencies protecting the hoop.? Most Obnoxious Fans Award hands down goes to the Purdue base.Through sheer energy, volume level and most importantly, extreme stupidity, the Boilermakers blew out the competition, and frankly, it wasn’t even close.Now please, Boiler shut up.Special mention goes to who appear to be Purdue guard Chris Kramer’s parents.By bellowing after every single bit of contact, screaming “three seconds” at the refs — when Purdue was on offense curiously — and generally making complete asses of yourself, you have explained very clearly how Chris got his reputation in the Big Ten.Ironically, if the refs took your advice on physical contact, defensive stalwart Chris would be a useless player in the Big Ten.Keep it classy Kramers.last_img read more

Boeheim impressed with new players at end of exhibitions

first_img Comments Fab Melo chuckled when he tried to explain the foul. He knew. Dumb freshman mistake. ‘Just a freshman mistake, man,’ Melo said after Syracuse’s 91-48 exhibition win over Le Moyne Tuesday in the Carrier Dome. ‘It was a stupid foul.’ Melo was talking about his third foul of the game, one that came as unnecessary and off the ball while the Dolphins were bringing the ball down the court. It was his third foul of the game with a whole 7:45 to play in the first half, and he already was in foul trouble. But Melo said his head coach Jim Boeheim wasn’t upset with him, much to Melo’s surprise. No classic Jim-Boeheim-is-displeased stare went Melo’s way. Boeheim, too, knows it’s just part of the freshman’s learning process.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Part of the two-game learning process for the highly touted four-man freshman class for the Orange. In SU’s two-game exhibition stint before the regular season, all four — Melo, Baye Moussa Keita, Dion Waiters and C.J. Fair — were able to learn the ropes while getting extended playing time. And Boeheim was able to learn a little about each of the freshmen’s strengths and weaknesses. ‘They get to play here in the Dome for the first time,’ Boeheim said. ‘We haven’t practiced here that much, so that’s important.’ For Melo, in 17 minutes Tuesday against Le Moyne, it was about defensive domination, some struggles on offense and the inability to stay out of early foul trouble. Going up against a redshirt freshman from the Dolphins in 6-foot-10 center Jim Janson, Melo used his talent to dominate inside SU’s zone, recording two blocks. He didn’t stop using size to his advantage on the other end of the court, either, as six of his eight rebounds on the day came on the offensive end. But he also struggled with fundamentals on that end, fumbling passes, whiffing on alley-oop attempts and enabling the smaller Le Moyne big men to strip the ball as he held it low. Overall, though, Boeheim was pleased with what he saw out of his new starting center, as well as the kid backing him up. ‘I thought our big guys came through it very well,’ Boeheim said. ‘They were active, doing a lot of good things defensively, offensively. I was very pleased with how those guys played.’ Moussa Keita, the 6-foot-10 center out of Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and originally from Senegal, played extended minutes in the past two games to likely prepare for an extended role thrust upon him due to the likely season-ending injury to sophomore DaShonte Riley. Moussa Keita played 17 minutes Tuesday and 15 minutes in the Orange’s first exhibition game against Kutztown. In the extra time, he said he and fellow freshman and roommate Melo have started to understand and complement each other down low. ‘When I come off sometime, (Melo) says, ‘Do this, do this,” Moussa Keita said. ‘You just learn from each other.’ For Waiters, the first game against Kutztown was about getting the jitters out. This time, it was just about playing basketball. The only other adjustment this time around, he said, was getting used to coming off the bench. Waiters scored 13 points in 23 minutes, dishing out five assists and shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. But Boeheim still kept his performance in perspective, saying he had too quick of a trigger. ‘Dion is trying to figure out what he’s doing,’ Boeheim said. ‘He’s never played where he doesn’t just take the ball and shoot. He’s working on things, and it’s going to be a work in progress. He’s a very talented player. I think some people misinterpreted him a bit. He’s far from the best guard that we’ve ever had here, but he’s very talented.’ After a dominant debut performance against Kutztown in which he had 14 points, Fair scored six in his encore, also going 4-for-4 from the line. All four will play roles in what Boeheim said will be a 10-man rotation going into the season. And with two freebies under their belts — and despite mistakes such as Melo’s foul on the way — Boeheim likes what he sees. ‘I think these two games couldn’t have been better,’ Boeheim said. ‘It’s a good starting point.’ bplogiur@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 9, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more