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first_img“It Is Time to Put Hoosiers First and Restore America to Greatness.”Dr. Richard Moss formally committed to joining the “Freedom Caucus,” the conservative bloc within the Republican Caucus in Congress at the announcement of his candidacy on September 9, 2017.  Dr. Moss, who ran against Congressman Larry Bucshon in 2016 is deeply concerned about the direction of the Republican Party.  “I intend to win this Congressional seat and join the Freedom Caucus.  We need to build a critical mass of constitutional conservatives within the Republican caucus and transform the Republican Party into an honest to God, hard-hitting principled Conservative party, not the big government, big spending, liberal progressive party it is today.” “It is becoming harder and harder to distinguish the Republicans from Democrats in Washington.  Career politicians from both parties go to Washington, cut deals, grow the size of government, and bankrupt our children.  We need new conservative leadership in Washington DC, new conservative leadership from Indiana’s 8th Congressional district, a new conservative leader who will go to Washington, take on the career politicians in both parties, and fight for we, the American people.”Dr. Moss then focused his attention on Bucshon. “It didn’t take Larry long to become another typical DC politician.  He has even moved his family to Washington, just like Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh.  He would rather mingle with Washington insiders and lobbyists than do what the voters of Indiana sent him to do.  Hoosiers voted Lugar and Baye out of office and they ought to do the same for Larry.”“Larry has never met a spending bill he didn’t like. He votes for massive trillion dollar Omnibus bills, 1500 page monsters that no one reads that fund all the things he says he’s against like sanctuary cities, the EPA, amnesty, Planned Parenthood, the Iran Nuke Deal, and importing more Syrian Muslim ‘refugees.’  Like every establishment Republican he campaigns like a conservative but votes like a liberal.  He voted for the phony House Obamacare replacement bill, Obamacare 2.0. or SWAMPCARE.  It doubles down on Obamacare, maintains its basic structure, only making it worse, ensuring an even more rapid collapse of the health care market, but this time with Republican fingerprints all over it, leading to single payer. That is the SWAMPCARE bill Larry Bucshon voted for.  As a doctor he should have known better. Thank God the Freedom Caucus held strong and prevented it from passing.”Dr. Richard Moss is a board certified head and neck cancer surgeon and was a candidate for Congress in 2016. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice in Jasper and Washington, IN for over 20 years. He is married with four children.  For more information visit RMoss4Congress.com. Contact us at [email protected] Find Moss For Congress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


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first_imgHealthcare UK is a joint initiative of the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and the Department for International Trade. Find out more about what we do here. If you are an innovative healthcare system provider looking to develop operations overseas please contact us at [email protected] to discuss how we can help you. These representatives are from leading NHS hospitals and pioneering British companies whose innovative solutions are delivering results across health and care economies in the UK and around the world. India’s healthcare market is estimated to grow to $280 billion (US) by 2020 (CII-KPMG ‘The Indian services sector: Poised for global ascendancy’ Report 2016). It’s a country with a diverse and geographically spread population, with a real need for excellent in clinical care of lifestyle diseases.With its recent commitment to developing 100 smart cities across the country, demand for innovative healthcare solutions in the Indian healthcare system has never been higher. Indian healthcare leaders are looking for solutions that will drive further efficiencies in costs, increase patient access in remote areas, and provide more personalised healthcare solutions.India looks to the UK for innovative care solutionsThe UK is well placed to meet this demand. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) continues to be ranked by the US-based Commonwealth Fund as the leading health system in the world. To remain at the top of the rankings, the NHS and UK healthcare sector are focusing their expertise towards continuous development of innovative healthcare practices.Healthcare utopia is a future with no waiting time for patients, sophisticated surgical robots in operating rooms, radiology images in the cloud, consulting in real time and flexible touch screens capturing important health data. A future of disruptive technologies; artificial intelligence, wearable sensors, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.India Innovation Mission: February 2018Healthcare UK is bringing representatives of the UK healthcare system to India to learn how India is: approaching the challenges of scale and resource sharing their expertise discussing with Indian healthcare colleagues what can be achieved through working with the latest smart systems and deviceslast_img read more


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first_imgThis year’s Sound Summit, which will be held in the San Franciso Bay area at Mount Tamalpais’ 4000-seat Mountain Theater, has announced a lineup featuring headliner Wilco, along with Los Lobos, Bill Frisell’s Guitar In The Space Age, and The Stone Foxes, and will be held on September 17th.The one-day event raises money for the general upkeep of Mount Tamalpais State Park. Last year’s event, which featured sets from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers and others raised $40,000 for the Roots & Branches conservancy, a non-profit which oversees the upkeep of Mount Tam.Tickets for this year’s event go on sale this Friday, June 17th at 10am PST, and can be purchase at the festival website HERE.last_img


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first_imgSaving green space is on the minds of many Georgians. When the American Community Gardening Association members gather in Atlanta Sept. 7-11, they’ll be looking for ways to keep America’s urban centers greener. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will deliver the keynote address to open the 21st annual conference. Workshop topics for the meeting include raised-bed gardens, community gardening and leadership-training programs, kids’ gardens, teaching gardening in elementary schools and the therapeutic value of gardening. Participants will learn more about finding funding for community gardening projects, as well as organic gardening, heirloom seeds and urban orchards.Register Early Early-bird registration is $175 for members or $200 for nonmembers. After July 28, fees are $200 members and $225 for nonmembers. Special student and youth rates are also available. To learn more, contact Bobby Wilson or Cathy Walker. You can reach them by phone at (404) 762-4077 or e-mail at ([email protected]). ACGA is a national, nonprofit group of people who support urban, suburban and rural gardening and greening. They see their effort as a way to improve the local quality of life. Visit the ACGA Web site at www.communitygarden.org. The University of Georgia Extension Service in Fulton and DeKalb counties sponsors the 2000 annual conference. Other sponsors are the Atlanta Urban Gardening Program, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Skyland Trail and the Atlanta Urban Gardening Leadership Association.last_img read more


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first_imgBy Elizabeth AndressUniversity of Georgia There are many reasons for preserving food at home. Some have to do with satisfaction, creativity or family tradition. Another may be economical. The practice may save money for some, but doesn’t for everyone. If you are going to try and save money by freezing or canning produce at home, find low-cost sources for the raw food. To determine if you can save money this way, compare the cost of similar foods purchased at the grocery store. Food and equipment costsFood costs — whether home grown or purchased — can be a variable expense, depending on your situation. The cost of additional ingredients can also vary widely. You may just need sugar or fruit juice for packing fruits in containers, or your recipe may include herbs, spices, vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic or other ingredients. The cost of equipment, such as a freezer or canner, can be significant if you are just starting out. Supplies such as packaging, funnels, jars and lids factor into the equation, too, as well as the energy of running stoves and freezers. If you assign a monetary value for your time, the expense of producing preserved items at home can suddenly become significant.CanningThe two most common forms of food preservation are canning and freezing. Many foods can also be dehydrated for longer-term storage. Canning can be less expensive than freezing, but more time and energy are spent to prepare and process the foods. There are risks associated with canning foods. Specific preserving methods must be used to keep the food safe when stored at room temperatures. Food can spoil and make you sick if canning directions are not followed exactly. One cost to consider when canning is jars, which cost $8 to $14 a dozen. Jars can be used for many years if handled carefully. If taken care of properly, ring bands should last for years also. The flat lids, however, need to be purchased every year. FreezingFreezing is a faster way to prepare food for long-term storage than canning or drying. Frozen produce, if carefully preserved, tastes fresher than food preserved using other methods. It costs between 38 cents and 50 cents a year to maintain a freezer for one pound of food. In general, chest freezers are less expensive to run, but upright freezers can be more convenient. Better insulated freezers can cost more, but cost less to operate. A well-managed freezer can save time, energy and gas from fewer trips to the store. To get the most out of your freezer, freeze only foods that the family likes to eat, and in amounts that can be served at one time. When freezing foods, be sure to use proper packaging to protect flavor, color, moisture content and nutritional value from the dry conditions of the freezer. Freezer containers should be moisture-vapor resistant, durable, leak proof, flexible, crack resistant and easy to seal and mark. Rigid plastic containers can be used for liquids. Freezer bags and wraps are more suitable for dry-pack products that contain little or no liquid. Vacuum packaging is a great choice for maintaining food quality and is fairly easy to do. Just be sure to read the instructions on how to package wet and dry foods. Vacuum packaging removes the air that can lead to drying, oxidation and off-flavors, even at freezer temperatures. Vacuum packaging does add additional expenses to home food preservation. The packaging is more expensive than other flexible bags and wraps, and of course, there is the initial cost for the appliance. There are different preservation methods for many foods. Choose one that works for your family and produces the form of food you like. Saving money may not be the major goal in preserving food at home. You might find the effort and expense worth the value of creating your own food supply, supporting local farmers in your community or passing along family traditions. (Elizabeth Andress is a food safety specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.)last_img read more


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first_imgNew money appropriated for dependency cases Associate Editor It may not be all that children’s advocates had hoped, but $7.5 million in new funding will make sure more abused and neglected children have guardians ad litem.Before the new dollars, children’s advocates have long bemoaned that only about half of the abused and neglected children in dependency court are afforded guardians ad litem, even though Florida statutes provide that children in Chapter 39 proceedings shall be represented.“There are about 12,000 kids who didn’t have GALs, and what we wanted were more GALs, and we wanted attorneys to represent the GALs,” said Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.The new money is a far cry from the goals of SB 686 that had called for $12 million to double the Guardian ad Litem Program budget, add attorneys to represent the GAL, as well as provide lawyers for the state’s most vulnerable children.“We didn’t change the law, and we wanted to,” Burt said. “We were very disappointed SB 686 didn’t become law, because that would have clarified a lot of rules in dependency cases and the type of representation provided.”While SB 686 easily passed the Senate, in the last days of the regular legislative session, the bill was pulled from the House special calendar before it was scheduled to be heard.At least boosting the underfunded GAL Program became a reality in the special session on the budget.“I give the credit, really, to Senate President John McKay. All of the senators felt very strongly about this issue. In the final negotiations over the budget, McKay was able to keep $7.5 million,” Burt said.In the end, $7.528 million of new funding was appropriated, of which nearly $1.7 million will finance the second year of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Attorney ad Litem Pilot Project, where guardians ad litem are appointed in every case, and attorneys for children are appointed on a case-by-base basis, at the discretion of the judge.The new dollars will fund 137.5 full-time equivalent positions to be established as case coordinators and secretaries in the GAL Program, according to the Office of State Courts Administrator. Funding is provided both for contracts for attorneys to represent the GAL Program and best interest of children. Additionally, there will be some money available for attorneys to represent the expressed wishes of children “when a judge determines it is in the best interest of a child to be represented by an attorney,” according to OSCA.The hope that this new source of money could reap attorneys to represent children popped up during recent oral arguments at the Florida Supreme Court about whether dependent children sent to mental health facilities against their will should have their own attorneys by amending Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.350 (see story page 14 of this News ).Eleventh Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, chair of The Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, argued these children do need attorneys and there are enough pro bono attorneys and law school clinics to represent them. Additionally, Karlan told the justices: “The legislature just passed a statute that provides for $7.5 million in funding under a guardian ad litem provision. But if you read that statute, the last sentence indicates that the money is to go to the circuits, or the circuits are supposed to decide standards of practice of lawyers that are appointed for children in court.”Taking the opposing position was Ninth Circuit Judge Daniel Dawson, chair of the Children’s Court Improvement Committee and a member of the Conference of Circuit Judges, who believes it should be left to the judge’s discretion when a child needs an attorney, as is practiced in his pilot project.“I do not believe that adding an attorney to a proceeding is always the answer to fix the problem,” Dawson told the justices during oral arguments.Of the $7.5 million for legal representation for children, “only about $3 million of that is actually earmarked for attorneys, and the majority of that is ear-marked for attorneys for the GAL Program,” Dawson said. He added that it does provide some money for attorneys to represent children “in the appropriate circumstances.”“I know there have been concerns about the effectiveness of the Guardian ad Litem Program. That concerns our group because the Guardian ad Litem Program was established by statute. It is a substantive right and funded by close to $10 million,” Dawson told the justices.“Actually, we will have about $17 million next year, and it is under the direction of the court and still is unable to have sufficient guardians ad litem to represent children. And what this rule would propose is to create a right to an attorney, and the inability to proceed to a hearing without that attorney. It has been pointed out that in some pockets of the state, there may be sufficient pro bono attorneys, and in many areas of the state there will not be sufficient pro bono attorneys. If there is not specific statutory provisions and funding, there will not be an attorney and there will not be a hearing.”While the debate rages on when children should be represented by their own attorneys or whether a guardian ad litem is sufficient, beginning October 1 there should no longer be children in dependency court deprived of their statutory right to a guardian ad litem.“What passed is the budget, and the budget will ultimately provide that every kid gets a guardian ad litem, and GALs have contract attorneys and staff,” Burt said.Just how that new money will be distributed to the 20 circuits is still in the planning stages. According to a memo from Deputy State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner to chief judges and trial court administrators: “In order to develop an equitable allocation plan, it is likely that the Trial Court Budget Commission will consider factors such as the existing staff in each circuit, the number of dependency petitions filed, and the unmet needs in the circuit.”The increased funding will not begin until October 1, Goodner noted, and “thus there is ample time for the TCBC to make decisions regarding distribution and for the circuits to take appropriate steps to ensure these new resources can be utilized as soon as possible.” New money appropriated for dependency cases July 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more


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first_imgThe migration to EMV, sparked by the liability shift instituted by Visa and MasterCard, was primarily about upgrading terminals at the point-of-sale (POS), as well as re-issuing credit and debit cards to combat counterfeit cards being used to make purchases at brick and mortar stores. It was widely expected that fraudsters would not go away and that fraud would materialize in other forms; primarily online or card-not-present fraud.  But leave it up to the fraudsters to stay one step ahead of the good guys with an increase in fraud at ATMs.ATMs, being always connected to an authorization network, and requiring PIN for any transaction, has historically been an environment where fraud was rarely seen. As fraudsters become more sophisticated, and chip card usage at the POS is growing, skimming mag stripes together with capturing the PIN entry using a tiny camera, has led to an alarming increase in ATM fraud rates. The number of ATMs in the US compromised by criminals rose 546 percent in 2015 over 2014. And whereas skimming previously was predominant at 3rd-party-owned ATMs such as those found in 7-Elevens (in 2014 3rd-party ATMs were 10 times more likely to have a skimmer than a bank-owned ATM), overwhelmingly, bank-owned ATMs have become the most popular location for a criminal to set up a card skim operation because it affords the ultimate opportunity to capture a member’s card account and PIN number.At the same time, fraudsters are becoming more elusive. According to FICO, fraudsters today favor rapid deployment and removal of skimming equipment resulting in a micro burst of fraudulent activity.  By doing this, they capture a steady but smaller stream of mag stripe cards which are then sold in the black market. This plan of attack has been quite successful for fraudsters. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_imgNAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler yesterday shared additional thoughts on the draft “Financial CHOICE Act” with its author, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, emphasizing the need for a positive regulatory environment for credit unions.Thaler prefaced his comments with an overview of the elements NAFCU believes are necessary for such an environment. Among these, he noted, are the ability to pursue healthy fields of membership that are not limited by outdated laws or regulatory red tape; capital requirements that are appropriate to risk and not “one size fits all”; and an independent federal regulator that can address the challenges of the industry.Thaler thanked Chairman Hensarling for his leadership on providing relief to credit unions and expressed NAFCU’s strong support for the proposed repeal of the Dodd-Frank Act’s Durbin amendment. He also noted the association’s support for many of the regulatory relief measures found in the discussion draft.NAFCU’s support for CFPB reforms was noted, as Thaler reiterated that NAFCU was the only credit union trade association to oppose subjecting credit unions to CFPB authority under Dodd-Frank, and the association maintains that CFPB has the authority – and should be using that authority – to exempt credit unions from regulations aimed at bad actors. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_imgState media warned Tuesday of a second wave of infections, with the nationalistic Global Times warning on its front page that “inadequate quarantine measures” mean a second wave of infections is “highly likely, even inevitable.”There have now been over 81,000 cases in China, and the death toll has reached 3,277.As the country tries to control imported cases, there are signs of normality beginning to return to Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province, where some 56 million people were placed under lockdown in January.Travel and work restrictions in the province have been gradually eased and Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first visit to Wuhan earlier this month.Wuhan residents considered healthy can now move around the city and take public transport if they show identification, and they can also go back to work if they have a permit from their employer. But at 74, the imported cases confirmed Tuesday were the highest since officials started reporting the data at the beginning of March, and nearly double those reported Monday.In recent days almost all the new infections in China have been brought in from overseas, and Beijing is growing increasingly anxious about an influx just as it appeared to be bringing the country’s outbreak under control.As nations across the globe battle to contain the pandemic, which has now killed more than 16,000 people worldwide, the tally of imported cases in China has soared to 427.Many cities have brought in tough rules to quarantine new arrivals, and all Beijing-bound international flights are being diverted to other cities where they will be screened for the virus. China reported 78 new cases of the deadly coronavirus on Tuesday, with the vast majority brought in from overseas as fears rise of a second wave of infections.The first new case in nearly a week was also reported in Wuhan — the epicenter where the virus emerged last year — along with three other local infections elsewhere in the country.Seven more people died, the National Health Commission said, all in Wuhan.center_img Topics :last_img read more


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first_img“Based on our projection, we could collect Rp 60 trillion of long-term funding,” Adi said during a hearing with House of Representatives Commission V.The government has laid out a goal to increase the home ownership rate to 70 percent, from the current 56.7 percent, in the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN). It is part of the government’s strategy to resolve the housing backlog, which stood at 7.6 million in 2014.While the Indonesian government has an existing “1 million houses” program, which has contributed 4.8 million houses to the country since its inception in 2015 up to 2019, it has been struggling to continue the program’s funding.Based on Public Works and Housing Ministry data, the government will need Rp 557 trillion to resolve the housing backlog over the next five years. Tapera funding is expected to finance the development of 500,000 houses over the next five years. The management body of the public housing savings program (BP Tapera) has estimated that it will collect and manage Rp 60 trillion (US$4.1 billion) by 2024, mostly to fund housing for people working for government institutions.BP Tapera commissioner Adi Setianto reasserted on Thursday that in the initial phase until 2024, the body would only register employees of government institutions as participants of the housing savings program, which requires employers and workers to contribute to a mortgage loan scheme similar to universal healthcare insurance.The program is expected to have 13.1 million registered participants by 2024, which will consist of civil servants, state-owned and region-owned enterprise employees, Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel, and National Police (Polri) personnel. However, Tapera has drawn a backlash from employers and labor unions as the program is seen as burdensome.Based on Government Regulation No. 25/2020 on Tapera, signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on May 20, the membership for the program is compulsory for all workers.The regulation requires participants to make a monthly deposit equal to 3 percent of the employee’s monthly salary, which is split between the employer and employee for private sector workers, with the employee paying 2.5 percent and the employer paying 0.5 percent.Adi reasserted that private companies were exempt from the compulsory registration for the next seven years and that BP Tapera would only focus on government institution workers prior to the deadline. He added that the government had held a discussion with Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani.“We agreed to focus on the registration of civil servants, TNI and Polri personnel,” Adi said.BP Tapera is set to replace the Housing Savings Advisory Board for Civil Servants (Bapertarum-PNS), with the latter expected to hand over its assets totaling Rp 12.3 trillion to the former.Bapertarum-PNS has a total of 6.7 million participants, both active civil servants and retirees. BP Tapera will focus on managing the transfer of participants from Bapertaperum-PNS until 2021, which Adi said would amount to 4.2 million participants by this year.The government has injected Rp 2.5 trillion into BP Tapera so far for the agency’s operational expenditure.“We are currently in the process of Bapertarum-PNS asset liquidation, and will disburse the agency’s liquidated assets to the active-duty civil servants,” Adi said.Apindo chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani said in early June that the government should utilize the existing social security program, the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan), which already has a legal basis for helping to fund home ownership.“We already have old-age benefits [JHT] that are included in BPJS Ketenagakerjaan that could be used to purchase homes. Why do we need another program that requires us to pay even more, when we already have a similar program?” Hariyadi told The Jakarta Post in an interview.Topics :last_img read more