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Ontario teacher who had sexual encounters with students sentenced to two years

first_imgBELLEVILLE, Ont. – An Ontario middle-school teacher who had sexual encounters with several students and traded nude photos with them has been sentenced to two years in prison.Jaclyn McLaren pleaded guilty on March 7 to two counts of sexual exploitation, two counts of luring, possession of child pornography and making explicit material available to people under 18 and people under 16.Justice Stephen Hunter also set conditions for the 37-year-old Stirling, Ont., woman at sentencing in Belleville, Ont., on Friday.Among those conditions, Hunter ordered McLaren to have no contact with the victims, banned her for 10 years from being in public places where children could be present, and placed her on probation for two years.Ontario Provincial Police originally laid 42 charges against McLaren last year as a result of offences that occurred from 2013 until early 2016 in Tweed, Ont., against young people between the ages of 12 and 15.Six of the eight young male victims were students of McLaren — a French teacher at a school in a community near Belleville — with four of them under 18, and the other four under 16.Court heard that McLaren was blackmailed into sending nude photos of herself after a male student who was using her phone for school purposes in class searched through her personal photos and found one of her exposed breasts.The student showed it to two classmates and after McLaren asked the boys not to tell anyone about the photo, one of them demanded she give him additional photos in exchange for his silence, court heard.One of the teens, none of whom can be identified, said he received photos of her breasts and vaginal area through the image-sharing app Snapchat starting in 2014, when he was in Grade 8, through early last year, court heard. He shared those images with two of the other complainants.McLaren admitted to sending him one image of her breasts while he was 13 and still her student, court heard.Another boy reported receiving similar pictures through Snapchat in the summer of 2014, but the teacher said it was actually a year later, when the boy was 15, court heard.Sometime later, McLaren met the boys on a local trail, where they drank beers before going back to her car for mutual fondling and kissing. She then performed oral sex on both boys back on the trail before leaving, court heard. The boys reported this took place in 2014, while McLaren believes it happened the following year.McLaren performed oral sex on both boys again later on separate occasions, court heard, and one sent her a photo of his genitals.A third student reported trading explicit photos with McLaren starting in 2013, when he was 15. They had sex at her home three years later, just after he turned 18, court heard.A fourth boy later came forward with screen shots of photos McLaren had sent him of her naked breasts, in which her face was also visible, court heard.A fifth teen involved in the case was not a student and McLaren said she was unaware that he was 16 when she sent him a photo of her breasts. She admitted, however, that she did not take reasonable steps to determine his age, court heard.Both the sixth and seventh complainants were students of McLaren when she sent them photos of her breasts, court heard. In one case, she sent a video of herself fondling her breasts, which the then-15-year-old showed to friends at a party, court heard.Last year, an eighth teen was found to have received two photos of her breasts as well as a video of McLaren nude and simulating a sex act, court heard. Again, McLaren said she did not know he was underage but had not made sufficient effort to find out. That boy was 17 and not her student, court heard.(CJOJ, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Kristen Bell Calls For Better Conditions For Pregnant Pigs‏

first_imgThe Humane Society of the United States applauds “Movie 43” star and mom-to-be Kristen Bell for calling on the National Pork Producers Council to end its endorsement of an inhumane pork industry practice that results in millions of pigs being nearly immobilized during their pregnancies.At issue is the pork industry’s use of gestation crates — cages used to tightly confine breeding pigs to the point that the animals can’t even turn around.The actress, whose comedy “Movie 43” opens this week and who plays Jeannie Van Der Hooven in Showtime’s “House of Lies,” is serious when it comes to defending female pigs used for breeding in the pork industry.“I love being pregnant, but I can only imagine how awful and unnatural it would be to be physically restrained for the entire process, and for these pigs, it’s for life,” Bell wrote in a letter to Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council. “The pork industry’s defense of cramming pregnant pigs into small crates where they can’t even turn around or stretch their limbs is just a house of lies.”Kristen Bell joins a long list of food industry titans, veterinarians and family farmers who have taken a stand against gestation crates. Announcements made recently by McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Oscar Mayer, Safeway and more than 40 other leading food companies signal a reversal in a three-decade-old trend in the pork industry that leaves most breeding pigs confined day and night in gestation crates during their four-month pregnancy. These cages are roughly the same size as the animals’ bodies and designed to prevent them from turning around. The animals are subsequently transferred into another crate to give birth, re-impregnated, and put back into a gestation crate. This happens pregnancy after pregnancy for their entire lives, adding up to years of virtual immobilization. This confinement system has come under fire from veterinarians, farmers, animal welfare advocates, animal scientists, consumers and others.last_img read more

Dish Networks Gets a Bone in Sprint TMobile Merger OK

No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Beth Schultz June 07, 2019 A look at news from Yamaha, Talkdesk, Tango Networks, Semafone, and Calabrio As you’ve no doubt heard, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) late last week finally cleared the way for T-Mobile’s $26 billion acquisition of Sprint. The decision will save Sprint from almost certain bankruptcy and offer businesses and consumers a third, and notably different, option for 5G services in the U.S. The biggest concessions involved Charles Ergen, executive chairman of Dish Networks, and his long-held ambitions in the wireless field and a curtsy to the unfounded notion that four nationwide wireless carriers is somehow a necessity (see my previous No Jitter post on this, “One Way or Another, Sprint Needs Out of Purgatory”). Avaya & RingCentral: Does This Alliance Make Sense? Zeus Kerravala October 04, 2019 While the benefits for RingCentral are clear, that’s not so easily said about Avaya. Second, the merger is good news when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT) and the low-power WAN (LPWAN) technologies. With its financially challenged outlook, Sprint hadn’t gotten beyond talking about deploying technologies like LTE Cat M1 or Narrowband IoT, or NB-IoT (see my related post, “IoT Starts with ‘Network’”). T-Mobile, on the other hand, has been rolling out both and has been in the forefront pushing those technologies. To make hay on the consumer side, T-Mobile has unabashedly identified itself as the “un-carrier,” and pioneered integrated Wi-Fi/cellular voice services using Universal Mobile Access almost a decade ago. While unlimited talk and text plans have rendered that idea obsolete, T-Mobile keeps pushing the limits with network-based services like its DIGITS offering. For its part, Sprint originally built its network on 1.9-GHz Personal Communications Service spectrum, but has extensive holdings in the 2.5-GHz band (Band 41) that it is only now working into its infrastructure. Those Sprint 2.5 GHz holdings average 90 MHz-to-100 MHz in all major markets- that’s a lot of good mid-band spectrum. Lastly, Sprint has a wireline division, something T-Mobile sorely lacks. That division houses the hosted UC&C and other business-oriented offerings. From an integrated wired/wireless strategy standpoint, that would put the new T-Mobile on an equal footing with the majors. One Way or Another, Sprint Needs Out of Purgatory Michael Finneran June 19, 2019 For enterprise customers, the benefits of a T-Mobile/Sprint combination are clear, but the politics remain incomprehensible. The initial concession proposed that Sprint divest its two prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. That idea has carried on as part of the deal, and Dish Networks will acquire the two operators for $1.4 billion. Ergen has amassed a minor spectrum trove, mostly in the 1.7-GHz/2.1-GHz AWS-4 band, valued at more than $20 billion. In 2018, Dish announced a $1 billion plan to build a 5G NB-IoT network by 2020, as it faced the potential that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would take the spectrum back — via the “use ‘em or lose ‘em” provision — if they remained fallow. The deal between Sprint and T-Mobile opened the door for Ergen to take his wireless ambitions into the big time. Making SausageAs I noted in my piece a few weeks back, without the T-Mobile hook-up, Sprint was likely on its way to bankruptcy and, possibly, dissolution — not a good prospect for capital appreciation. As it stands, the regulators are stuck on the idea that the country needs four nationwide wireless carriers to encourage competition. However, there’s no basis in economics for this, and the only justification they presented was that four was a number greater than three. Despite its questionable foundation, a number of state attorneys general have adopted this view, vowing to fight the combination even if the deal were to receive DoJ approval (which it has). Log in or register to post comments The merger could be a major boon for enterprises in that they’ll now have a viable third option, and one with a different technology solution and more aggressive attitude toward innovation than “the majors” — i.e., Verizon and AT&T — assuming that T-Mobile’s management can competently execute the combination. Avaya Taps RingCentral in UCaaS Partnership Beth Schultz October 03, 2019 Deal includes RingCentral’s $500 million investment in Avaya. Now, why someone would want to get into the “low margin” end of the cellular business is something of a mystery. I guess Apple wasn’t available for the right price? Cellular is an infrastructure business in which the primary consumer market has reached saturation and competition has degraded to a virtual knife fight over who can give away the most service for the least money — a structure that was driving Sprint into bankruptcy. That prospect had AT&T grab Time Warner and Verizon buy Yahoo. The only utility that might have worse prospects is, you guessed it, pay TV, particularly the satellite variety. Ergen is quite a story himself. A former professional poker player, Ergen founded Dish against all odds and pioneered a number of interesting developments in the pay TV business. However, Ergen has long held ambitions and over the years had even attempted to acquire T-Mobile and Sprint (twice), as well as MetroPCS and Clearwire. Nonetheless, we’d still only have three nationwide carriers. Unfortunately, you can’t simply spin up a nationwide wireless carrier, with tens of thousands of cell towers, mobile switching centers in each major operating area, backhaul facilities, retail locations, billing systems, and a customer service complex, out of thin air. The solution? Make believe you can! A new plan started to form in May. As it became clear that the merger was in trouble, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made a call to Dish’s Ergen, according to The Wall Street Journal. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Beth Schultz June 14, 2019 A look at news from Slack, Symphony, Intel, Nureva, and PGi Click below to continue to Page 2Tags:News & ViewsM&ASprintT-MobileDish NetworksIndustry NewsAnalyst InsightIndepthMobilityNews & ViewsVendor News12nextlast Articles You Might Like What The “New T-Mobile” Brings to The TableA number of factors lay the foundation for a positive combination of Sprint and T-Mobile. Third, both companies have long track records of driving technological innovation in the cellular market. On the services front, Sprint deployed its unique (though not overly successful) Sprint Mobile Integration service almost a decade ago. The company also offers hosted Cisco and Microsoft UC&C services as well as innovative offerings like Business Wi-Fi. First is the combination of spectrum assets. T-Mobile has recently invested $7 billion in spectrum licenses in the 600-MHz band, frequencies that travel greater distances than available on the Sprint network and provide superior building penetration characteristics key for indoor coverage. Presentation1.jpg In the proposed merger plans, T-Mobile’s 600-MHz holding could provide an overall coverage blanket, hopefully extending farther into underserved rural areas, and Sprint’s 2.5 GHz could then be used for denser coverage in urban areas and potentially for indoor coverage. With its combination of spectrum holdings, the new T-Mobile would be able to achieve the 5G goal of network densification without having to rely on the as-yet largely untested millimeter wave bands (i.e., frequencies above 20 or 30 GHz). See All in Industry News » read more

On World Meteorological Day UN rallies youth to take on climate change

“Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth” is this year’s theme for the Day, and the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) noted that today’s youth will benefit from the dramatic advances being made in the ability to understand and forecast the Earth’s weather and climate. Most will live into the second half of this century and experience the increasing impacts of climate change.“Atmosphere and ocean temperatures continue to increase, ice caps and glaciers around the world are steadily declining, sea level is rising and a number of extreme weather and climate events are becoming more frequent and/or more intense,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.“Maintaining our current dependence on fossil fuels will lead us to a significantly warmer planet: by the end of the century the temperature could be up to 4 degrees Celsius higher than in pre-industrial times. Limiting the warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius can still be achieved, but it will require a rapid significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”“Achieving this objective demands urgent, decisive and courageous action. The world’s youth can be a powerful actor of change in this regard. Climate action is not just about CO2 emissions, it is about people, about the values we share and what each of us is ready to do to promote them. Young people are a source of innovation and of fresh insights into problems and their possible solutions. They call for just, equitable solutions,” said Mr. Jarraud.“While the challenges facing the next generations are enormous, the opportunities for addressing them have never been greater,” he said.In order to help increase understanding of weather and climate, WMO revamped its Youth Corner ahead of World Meteorological Day. It is available in English, French, Chinese and Spanish, and is being translated into Arabic and Russian. WMO has also updated its book “A Career in Meteorology” to encourage more young people to enter into this varied and challenging profession.Ahmed Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Envoy on Youth, said the focus on youth was timely. “Youth represent the majority of populations in many countries around the world and have an increasingly strong social and environment awareness and they have the power to transform our societies to low carbon and climate resilient future,” he said in a video message.“We need to strengthen formal and informal education about climate change, promote sustainability and support youth to become environmental champions in their own communities. We must ensure that youth are ready to join the emerging green economies around the world. Let’s remember there is always a Plan B, but there is no Planet B.” read more

Womens Hockey No 9 Ohio State drops conference semifinal 32 to No

The Ohio State women’s hockey team listens to head coach Nadine Muzerall during a timeout in its game against Bemidji State on Feb 8. Ohio State lost 3-2. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternOhio State women’s hockey entered the WCHA tournament semifinal likely needing a win to have any chance of qualifying for the NCAA tournament.On Saturday, Wisconsin redshirt senior forward Annie Pankowski likely dashed those chances with a third period goal to send the Badgers to their fifth-straight conference tournament championship game.No. 9 Ohio State (20-13-2, 12-10-2 WCHA) dropped to No. 2 Wisconsin (31-4-2, 18-4-2 WCHA) in a 3-2 loss that saw three lead changes Saturday in the WCHA Final Faceoff in Minneapolis.Pankowski, the WCHA Offensive Player of the Year, scored her team-leading 22nd goal on a game-winner assisted by junior forward Abby Roque 15 minutes into the final period.Wisconsin tripled the Buckeyes in shot output at 42-14, which was its fifth-straight game of the season dominating Ohio State in shot discrepancy. Just four Buckeyes attempted more than one shot in the game, while 12 Badgers had multiple shot attempts.Ohio State freshman goalie Andrea Braendli, the WCHA leader in save percentage at .939, stopped 39 shots from the NCAA’s second-highest scoring team, but it wouldn’t be enough for the Buckeyes.Badgers’ redshirt junior goalie Kristen Campbell earned her NCAA-leading 31st win amid her WCHA Goaltender of the Year campaign.Wisconsin battled back from a 2-1 second period deficit to end the game with two unanswered goals in the final 21 minutes.A hooking penalty on Ohio State senior forward Jacyn Reeves allowed the Badgers a first period power play opportunity that Wisconsin freshman forward Britta Curl converted 10 minutes into the action.Curl’s 21st goal of the season came assisted by junior defenseman Mekenzie Steffen on Wisconsin’s first shot of the power play.Wisconsin entered the game with the most power play goals in the WCHA with 28 on 112 opportunities, while the Buckeyes lead the conference with 7.1 penalty minutes per game.Ohio State sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs retaliated eight minutes later with her team-leading 17th goal on a rebound from a long range shot by redshirt junior Jincy Dunne to enter the first intermission locked at 1-1. Senior forward Charly Dahlquist extended the Buckeyes’ lead when she deflected senior defenseman Lauren Boyle’s shot past Campbell 12 minutes into the second period.Wisconsin knotted the game up again in the second period’s final minute with freshman forward Sophie Shirley’s 20th goal of the season to send the semifinal to the third period tied at 2.Following Pankowski’s third period strike, Ohio State played with an empty net in the final two minutes, but to no avail.The Badgers advance to the WCHA Final Faceoff championship game Sunday where they seek to avenge last year’s 3-1 loss to Minnesota.The Buckeyes, who achieved their first back-to-back 20-win seasons, await Sunday’s NCAA selection show where they hope to sneak into their second straight national tournament. read more

Pochettino proud of Spurs 31 win over West Ham

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed his side following their 3-1 Carabao Cup victory over West Ham UnitedDespite Lucas Perez getting one back for the hosts, Spurs booked their place in the quarter-finals after a brace from Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente’s strike.Spurs’ win came just 48 hours after they played Manchester City on a dreadful Wembley pitch on Monday night.Therefore, on Wednesday’s game at West Ham, Pochettino made 10 changes to his line-up with Davinson Sanchez the only one left in the team.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“It was a very good performance, I’m very proud because it was so complicated this game and another derby, a derby that in the end we won and it’s important to go into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup,” Pochettino told the club website.“For a lot of players, it was a fantastic opportunity to show their quality, players like Paulo, like Foyth, like Sonny who started to feel the net again.”Pochettino’s side will face North London rivals Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.Meanwhile, Spurs will be on the road again this Saturday when they take on Wolves in a Premier League game at Molineux.last_img read more

Peter C Deddeh to begin twoyear term as presiding judge of San

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:26 PM December 27, 2017 Posted: December 27, 2017 Peter C. Deddeh to begin two-year term as presiding judge of San Diego Superior Court Mondaycenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Judge Peter C. Deddeh will begin a two-year term as presiding judge of the San Diego Superior Court on Monday, court officials announced Wednesday.Deddeh, a 20-year veteran of the Superior Court, was elected to the top judicial leadership position by his fellow jurists in November. He succeeds current Presiding Judge Jeffrey Barton, who finishes his term on Dec. 31.“It is a great honor to lead the San Diego Superior Court for the next two years, through this time of significant challenges and substantial changes,” Deddeh said. “The San Diego Superior Court has a long and storied tradition of delivering fair, open, accessible and timely justice to our community. Although deep budget cuts have resulted in noticeable service reductions, our staff and judicial officers will continue to provide justice for all of our citizens.”Deddeh will be the first presiding judge to oversee operations in the new Central Courthouse, located at 1100 Union St., as he also leads the entire San Diego Superior Court system with its more than 150 judicial officers and 1,200 employees. He will be supported in his efforts by an Executive Committee of Superior Court judges, as well as the court’s executive officer and management team.“In furthering our goal of providing accessible justice, we proudly opened the new Central Courthouse this week,” Deddeh said. “This 22-story, 71-courtroom marvel consolidates departments from three different courthouses into one convenient location.”Deddeh was appointed in 1998 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including serving as the supervising judge in Central Criminal and East County. He has been instrumental in communicating court needs and budget constraints to the state Legislature.Prior to his appointment to the bench, Deddeh worked as a prosecutor for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. He holds a degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.San Diego judicial officers chose Judge Lorna Alksne to serve alongside Deddeh as assistant presiding judge. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Appreciates USTRs Inclusion of Ag in EU Trade Talks

first_imgAs the U.S. begins prepping for trade negotiations with the European Union (EU), the Trump Administration is demanding agriculture be on the table. U.S. law requires the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to publish objectives 30 days prior to negotiations. Today, the Administration included in its negotiating objectives a set of ag-related demands, which has been in question due to the European Union’s reluctance to discuss agriculture.American Soybean Association (ASA) President Davie Stephens, a soybean grower from Clinton, Ky., said the soy industry appreciates the Administration’s strong move Friday afternoon.Stephens commented, “ASA appreciates USTR and the Administration’s commitment to keeping agriculture in these negotiations at a time when soybean growers are looking for long-term solutions to bounce back from a prolonged period of instability.”last_img read more

Six Rodale Mags Up in Ad Pages for JanFeb Issues

first_imgRodale Ad Performance For Jan/Feb 2011 Issues PreventionPagingJan ’11: 57.57Jan ’10: 52.71% Diff: +9.2%RevenueJan ’11: $8,329,100Jan ’10: $7,514,400% diff: +11%Men’s HealthPagingJan/Feb: ’11 72.95Jan/Feb: ’10 59.63% Diff: +22.3%RevenueJan/Feb ’11: $13,404,271Jan/Feb ’10: $10,775,777%diff: +24.39%Women’s HealthPagingJan/Feb ’11: 64.20Jan/Feb ’10: 49.16% Diff: +30.59%RevenueJan/Feb ’11: $11,147,363Jan/Feb ’10: $8,089,423% diff: +37.80%Runner’s WorldPagingJan ’11: 55.00Jan ’10: 53.83% Diff +1.23%RevenueJan ’11: $7,094,390Jan ’10: $6,541,677% diff: +8.45%BicyclingPagingJan ’11: 44.15Jan ’10: 44.00% Diff: +.01%RevenueJan/Feb ’11: $3,012,028Jan/Feb ’10: $2,867,983% diff: +5.02%Organic GardeningPagingDec/Jan ’11: 35.31Winter ’10: 31.81% Diff: +11%RevenueDec/Jan ’11: $840,908Dec/Jan ’10: $693,900% diff: +21.18%Source: Publisher’s estimate/PIB Six Rodale magazines saw ad pages grow (some significantly) for their January or January/February issues, according to Publishers Information Bureau numbers (Rodale’s seventh magazine, Running Times, isn’t tracked by PIB). Women’s Health posted the largest increase, up 30.6 percent in ad pages for its January/February issue, while Men’s Health had a 22.3 percent gain for its January/February issue. Ad pages grew 9 percent for the January issue of Prevention and 11 percent for the Dec/Jan issue of Organic Gardening. Bicycling had the smallest increase between January 2011 and January 2011, up less than one percent. However, ad revenue was up 5 percent to $2.9 million, according to PIB. While PIB revenue numbers typically calculate using full rate card price, Rodale executive vice president and group publisher Mary Murcko says the publisher doesn’t do any special discounts and pricing remains consistent year-to-year. “We’re building off the momentum of a healthy 2010,” she adds. “Health, nutrition and fitness are the core for us and that’s what’s driving the growth. It’s hard to predict anything for the rest of 2011 but we’re cautiously optimistic.”last_img read more

Walmart will let you shop for groceries using Google Assistant

first_img Tags Share your voice Google Assistant Walmart Google Smart Home Tech Industry Internet Services Smart Speakers & Displays Walmart Voice Order lets users shop for groceries using voice commands.  Walmart You’ll soon be able to shop for vegetables at Walmart using voice commands. On Tuesday the retailer announced Walmart Voice Order, which lets customers buy groceries and order deliveries using Google Assistant. Users can say, “Hey Google, talk to Walmart” to initiate their grocery lists and ask Assistant to add items directly to their cart, according to Walmart’s blog post. Google Assistant has reached over 1 billion devices and is available in 80 countries and 30 languages. Those devices include smart speakers, smart displays, phones, headphones and more. Walmart has been beefing up its online grocery business as part of a push to become a bigger player in e-commerce and take on Amazon. In March, the retail giant started expanding its online delivery service to over 100 metro areas nationwide. It’s expected to eventually reach 40 percent of US households. The retail giant isn’t the only player in the grocery market. Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.2 billion in 2017 and has started offering its Prime customers in a handful of markets free, two-hour deliveries of Whole Foods groceries. Target bought online grocery delivery startup Shipt in 2017 for $550 million, adding to the competition. Walmart Voice Order can also reference grocery items that customers have bought before. For example, if you purchased a bottle of 2% Omega milk before, you can just say “milk” and Google Assistant will know to order that specific kind of milk. The Walmart service will roll out to customers over the next few weeks. Originally published April 2, 10:37 a.m. PT.Update, 1:06 p.m.: Adds more information on the online grocery delivery market.  Post a comment 0last_img read more

Other states look to Alaska as model for insurance relief

first_imgInsurance Division Director Lori Wing-Heier, in Juneau Jan. 29th, 2016 (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Donald Trump’s election as president is expected to lead to major changes in the individual health insurance market. While states don’t know what those changes will be, some policy experts suggested before the election that other states follow Alaska’s lead in addressing rising prices.Listen Now With the highest in individual insurance prices in the country, Alaska is facing problems that other states may face soon. Alaska enacted state-level reforms in response to premiums that nearly doubled in just two years.Now policymakers in some states, such as Minnesota, are trying to craft plans to address their own skyrocketing prices for health plans. Some are turning to Alaska as a model.A federal financial safety net program for health insurers is ending, and that’s playing a major role in rising prices. The federal reinsurance program will no longer protect carriers hit with unexpectedly high costs for medical care. Many insurers have been surprised by high costs and big financial losses. So now they’re raising premiums to cover worst-case scenarios.Washington and Lee University health law Professor Timothy Jost wrote a blog post for the influential journal Health Affairs suggesting Alaska as a model.“I think that what we need is a reinsurance program at the federal level,” Jost said. “But if that is not forthcoming, then states that are seeing particular problems with the insurers in their market should be looking at whether there’s something they can do.”Alaska lawmakers enacted a state reinsurance program for next year when faced with a potential disaster. Moda, one of the state’s two insurers, chose to leave the market. The remaining carrier, Premera, was planning to raise the highest rates in the nation by another 42 percent. Premera scaled that back to 7 percent after the reinsurance legislation passed.Lori Wing-Heier, head of Alaska’s Division of Insurance, said it’s relatively rare that Alaska becomes a national model for policy reforms.“I think that for those that were insured with Premera, that the reinsurance bill has been a welcome relief,” Wing-Heier said.The plan called for devoting $55 million in taxpayer dollars to reinsurance. But lawmakers didn’t embrace the idea entirely.Republicans who control Alaska’s legislature raised concerns that the state was being stuck with costs caused by the Affordable Care Act. State Sen. Peter Micciche said he’s concerned the federal government is taking advantage of the state.“It’s really fun to play poker with someone else’s money,” Micciche said during a hearing on the reinsurance bill in the spring. “So when the feds are creating expectations and requirements under ACA and we volunteer to pick up the difference, we’re really not ever pushing back on the feds to cover their unfunded mandate.”The administration of independent Gov. Bill Walker argued that if the Legislature didn’t pass the bill, the result could be far worse.Alaska Deputy Commissioner Fred Parady made the case this way:“Our market is in crisis and the consequence if Premera were to withdraw … 23,000 Alaskans who are currently paying for insurance and receiving coverage, would not have any access to insurance at all,” Parady said.Parady argued the state would have to shell out hundreds of millions of dollars to establish a new insurance company if Premera left.The legislature ultimately agreed to the reinsurance program, but only for two years. What happens next is anyone’s guess. But the state’s reinsurance program is hardly a magic bullet.The program has headed off massive price hikes, but premiums here are already punishing for many and aren’t going down.Moda customers being forced to switch to Premera have to pay 30 percent more for coverage next year if they don’t qualify for federal subsidies.But Alaska’s innovation is making health insurance more affordable for at least one party–the federal government. Alaska officials estimate the reinsurance program will save the feds $20 million a year.last_img read more

Louisville Falls to Indiana in Spring Finale

first_imgFans can follow Louisville men’s soccer on Twitter at @UofLmenssoccer and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UofLmenssoccer. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s soccer team fell to Indiana, 2-1, on Friday night in a rain-filled spring season finale. The Cardinals and Hoosiers traded possession for the entirety of the first period. The Cardinals managed to fire off back-to-back shots in the 17th minute but could not find the back of the net. The opportunity began with a breakaway run by Elijah Amo that was saved by the Indiana keeper, followed by a free kick from Cameron Wheeler that went high of the goal. Story Links After the break, Louisville got on the board in the 56th minute when Jack Fasteen’s corner kick deflected off an Indiana defender and scored for the Cardinals.center_img In goal, Jake Gelnovatch recorded one save for Louisville in 90 minutes of play. Indiana found the equalizer 10 minutes later on a strike by Thomas Warr. The Hoosiers would find the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute on a breakaway goal scored by Ian Black.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Speedrunner Finishes Zelda Breath of the Wild in Less Than an Hour

first_imgEven before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was officially released, some players managed to finish it quickly by using a number of in-game exploits. Since then, speed run times have gotten shorter and shorter. The latest speed run record for the game comes in at under one hour.Speed runner gymnast86 had previously set a world record by finishing Breath of the Wild in 58:01 seconds. That was already an incredibly impressive speed run, but he managed to top himself by finishing the game in 53:13.“This run has many different optimizations and improvements over my previous personal record of 58:01,” says gymnast86 in the video’s description. “These include a new Plateau route which obtains the magnesis before the bombs; a new Hyrule Castle route which skips having to go through Zelda’s Bedroom/Study; and the use of mighty elixirs to speed up the final boss fight.”In the beginning, speed runners used the Smash Bros. Link Amiibo in order to get the horse, Epona. This would enable them to reach Hyrule Castle quickly. As you can imagine, this caused controversy among the speed running community. For this run, gymnast86 doesn’t use any Amiibo. He also plays the game in English. The reason I point that out is that some speedrunners discovered that dialogue moves along faster in German. It’s an odd detail, but every second counts in a speed run.Another technique gymnast86 utilizes is called “whistle sprinting.” Running depletes stamina, but by holding down the D-pad and tapping B, players can maintain a high running speed while recovering in-between stamina sprints. It makes Link look rather silly, but you can’t argue with results.This won’t be the end of Breath of the Wild speed runs. As you would expect, gymnast86 has already vowed to beat this current record. Other players are no doubt trying to set their own world records as well. It’ll be interesting to see how low these speed run records get as the weeks, months, and years pass by.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switchlast_img read more

When travel inspires the gourmet within

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first_imgcruiseWorldwide Cruise Centres Worldwide Cruise Centres is offering two fly/cruise/stay packages.The 38 night Royals & Rainforests departs 12 October 2017 and includes flights from Australia to Manchester UK and a two-night stay in Liverpool before boarding Fred Olsen’s Boudicca. The cross-continent cruise visits Cadiz, Palma, Valletta, Iraklion, and then transits the Suez Canal to reach Sharm el-Sheikh, Salalah, Zanzibar, Mozambique Island, Tamatave, Reunion Island and ends with an overnight stay in Port Louis, Mauritius. Spend two more nights in a hotel before flying back to Australia, arriving 19 November. Prices start at AU$7,559 per person twin share and include an inside cabin on the 33–night cruise, all shipboard meals, return economy airfares, and 4-star accommodation in Liverpool and Port Louis.Colours of Cuba departs Australia 10 January 2018 and takes in the diversity of Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica and New York. The 12-night package includes flights, four-star hotels and a seven-night cruise, flying first from Australia to Cancun for a two-night stay before a domestic flight to Havana to board Voyages to Antiquity’s Aegean Odyssey. The spacious, 350-passenger ship docks overnight in Havana and then visits Cienfuegos, Casilda (Trinidad City) and Santiago, ending in Montego Bay. After disembarking, fly to New York and spend the next day on a sightseeing cruise, plus one more day and night at leisure. Arriving back in Australia on 24 January 2018, this trip is priced from $7,099 per person twin share including accommodation, flights, transfers and the Best of NYC Cruise. While on the Cuban cruise, onboard gratuities, shore excursions, wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner are also included.last_img read more

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