Health care reform to change individual health insurance, not destroy companies

first_imgIn his February 26, 2012, Health Stew blog on Boston.com, HSPH’s John McDonough, professor of the practice of public health and director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, writes that he is encouraged by recent comments from Aetna CEO and President Mark Bertolini that the end of health insurance companies doing business as usual is at hand. Bertolini said that much-needed changes are under way in the industry, and that health care reform will not stop even if the Supreme Court strikes down aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).By ending medical underwriting, the process by which insurers cover individuals based on their perceived medical risk, and also banning exclusions for pre-existing conditions, the ACA will “mean the end of individual insurance as it has been known in most parts of the U.S.,” McDonough wrote. But in states where these changes already have occurred, including Massachusetts, insurance companies have survived and are doing fine, he added.McDonough also wrote about the ACA in two other recent posts on his Boston.com blog. On February 21, he shared stories published in the Denver Post about Americans whose lives have improved because of ACA provisions that already have been implemented, including the mother of a boy born with severe hemophilia. Lifetime caps on the child’s insurance coverage had placed his family in dire financial straits. Now that the ACA has banned caps, the family will no longer have to worry about losing coverage for his treatment. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Alta Gracia promotes fair factory practices

first_imgFocused on promoting service and socially responsible business practices, members of the Notre Dame community met in Geddes Hall on Wednesday to discuss the apparel company Alta Gracia. The clothing company provides workers with living wages while maintaining competitive pricing in the apparel market. Since its inception 10 years ago, Alta Gracia has surpassed Nike and adidas as the No. 1 supplier of collegiate apparel and is gaining ground as Notre Dame’s chief source of blank T-shirts, event presenters said.  Alta Gracia’s website states it is also the only clothing factory in the world that pays the people who make the clothing a living wage, the amount of money needed to support a family. During the presentation “Alta Gracia: Changing Lives One Shirt at a Time,” senior Alta Gracia intern Caitlin Alli said the company can provide adequate food, clean water, clothing, shelter, healthcare, child care and education for its workers by charging $0.30 more per shirt.   “With the extra $0.30, Alta Gracia is able to pay their workers a living wage of $2.83 an hour — that is 240 percent higher than the minimum wage of $0.83 an hour in the Dominican Republic,” Alli said. College students nationwide have demonstrated an interest in paying extra if it means their purchases will have a direct positive impact on workers’ lives. Notre Dame, Duke, UCLA and Brown are among the 350 schools nationwide that are currently working with Alta Gracia to produce their collegiate apparel. Alta Gracia has already partnered with The Shirt Committee and agreed to produce The Shirt for the 2012 football season. Junior Andrew Alea, president of the 2012 Shirt Committee, said Alta Gracia’s mission makes it the perfect vendor for this year’s version of The Shirt. “They produce quality shirts, have a quick turnaround time, are fully committed to The Shirt Project and their message of ‘changing lives one shirt at a time’ is consistent with the inherent goals of The Shirt Project and the University of Notre Dame,” Alea said. According to the presentation, Alta Gracia relies heavily on workers’ stories and college student activism for marketing. Senior Amanda Meza had the opportunity to visit the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic last spring. “During my time in the Alta Gracia village in the Dominican Republic, I stayed with a local family,” Meza said.  “There was little water and the electricity went out frequently. I was able to talk with the factory workers and to spend some time in their shoes.” Meza has since returned to Notre Dame with a passion for the Alta Gracia cause and hopes the community becomes more involved in the company’s mission. “Alta Gracia can make the shirt for any Notre Dame club on campus,” said Meza.  “The factory makes the literal shirt, and a local South Bend vendor imprints the graphics. We need students’ support.” Sophomore Alta Gracia intern Samuel Evola said Notre Dame’s proponents of Alta Gracia are working to sell more of the company’s clothing at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, as well.   “We know that socially responsible clothing is highly profitable, so we hope the [Hammes] Notre Dame Bookstore will support Alta Gracia,” Evola said. “We’re hoping to have as much as $500,000 worth of Alta Gracia gear for sale in the bookstore down the road.”last_img read more

Wild boar, water cited in E coli outbreak

first_img The ranch where all the matching samples have been found consists of a pasture where cattle graze and a spinach growing area that is fenced off from the pasture. Investigators found areas where the fence was broached, with animal tracks leading from the pasture onto the spinach fields. He said all the positive samples were from the pasture area, located within a half-mile of the spinach field. Oct 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Six more samples of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 strain that killed 3 people and sickened more than 200 who ate raw spinach have been found on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley area, state and federal officials announced yesterday. “That’s where the investigation is centered right now: how it moved from the pasture and onto the [spinach] field,” Reilly said. “There’s evidence that the [wild] pigs could be one of the means, but we’re still investigating.” Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials had previously traced the tainted spinach to one infected lot that contained spinach from four different farms in Monterey and San Benito counties. Reilly said sampling from the other three ranches has turned up E coli O157:H7, but it is not the strain linked to the nationwide outbreak. Reilly said E coli O157:H7 is not an unusual finding around cattle and other ruminant species such as deer. A total of 750 environmental samples have been taken so far from the four farms, he said. According to the most recent FDA tally, the outbreak sickened 204 people, killed 3, and spanned 26 states and one Canadian province. Thirty-one patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious kidney condition, and 104 were hospitalized. In a press conference, Kevin Reilly, deputy director of prevention services for the California Department of Health Services, said the newly identified matching samples are from creek water, a wild boar, and four pieces of cow manure. All samples are from the same farm where investigators had already found three manure samples with E coli that matched the outbreak strain, bringing the total to nine. Reilly said that the close proximity of cattle operations to growing areas is not unusual in the area where the four ranches are located. Reilly said all evidence indicates that the outbreak is over, though some illness cases are still under investigation. The wild boar sample that tested positive for the outbreak strain was taken from the gut of a boar that had been killed on the property, he said, adding that pigs can be colonized with O157:H7, but researchers don’t fully understand the ecology of the organism in pigs. In related developments, the FDA in an Oct 20 update said it was reviewing a petition to permit the irradiation of multi-ingredient foods, including prepackaged fresh produce such as fresh spinach, to control contamination. The agency said the food industry must examine the suitability and efficacy of irradiation on a product-by-product basis. The stream that the positive water sample came from is within a mile of wells used for irrigation, Reilly said. Investigators are trying to determine if the O157:H7 in the stream contaminated the aquifer that supplies irrigation water.last_img read more

Rennes midfielder prepares for France debut

first_img Loading… Eduardo Camavinga is among a host of youngsters who could make their senior international debuts this September.According to Marca, the Rennes midfielder is the third youngest player ever to receive a call-up to the French senior squad at the age of 17 years, nine months and 17 days.If the Real Madrid target features against either Sweden or Croatia, he will become the youngest player to earn a cap for France since the Second World War. Camavinga made his Ligue 1 debut at the age of 16 years, four months and 27 days old and acquired French citizenship last year.He’s been called up by Didier Deschamps for September’s Nations League fixtures after Paul Pogba tested positive for coronavirus.“He has something special,” Deschamps said, referring to the teenager.“He makes everything look easy.“I don’t know if it’s too soon, but he’d have made it sooner or later.“You really notice when he’s playing and when he’s not at Rennes.“I didn’t call him up to please anyone.“The fact that he’s in this squad means he’s one of the 23 that could go to Euro 2020 – the same as the others who have been called up.”Camavinga enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in Ligue 1 last season as a holding midfielder.He made more tackles (105) than any other player in the French top flight and was second in the standings for duels won with 214.This season, though, he’s shone in a more attacking role.“With the arrival of [Steven] Nzonzi, he’s been liberated,” said Rennes boss Julien Stephen.“In the future, he has to be more decisive in goals and assists because he has the potential to be an attacking midfielder.”In just 113 minutes of action this season, Camavinga has completed more dribbles (six out of eight attempts) than any other player in Ligue 1.He’s already found the net this term, too, scoring against Montpellier at Roazhon Park. Read Also: JUST-IN: Lionel Messi could stay at Barcelona until 2021“The more matches I play, the more competitive I get,” Camavinga said.“Since I made my professional debut, I’ve been developing my taste for defending, which I didn’t care about before, and my goalscoring.“I also have to improve my [weaker] right foot and be more consistent over 90 minutes.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “Representing your country is something great and playing would fulfil a childhood dream of mine, although I’m still a kid,” Camavinga said.“Being the youngest player isn’t what’s most important. The main thing is staying [in the senior squad] for as long as possible.” Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their Kids7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI ForeverCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

India’s Bumrah seeks ‘alternative’ to saliva on cricket ball

first_imgNew Delhi (AFP) – Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah said cricket should seek an “alternative” for shining the ball if the game’s governing body ban the use of saliva during the coronavirus pandemic.The International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to implement a ban for the game’s return when they meet next week after receiving medical advice that spit poses a COVID-19 transmission risk.Handshakes, celebratory high-fives and hugs are also likely to be off-limits when international cricket resumes with safety protocols in place.“I was not much of a hugger anyway, and not a high-five person as well, so that doesn’t trouble me a lot,” Bumrah said in an ICC video chat with the former West Indies pace bowler Ian Bishop and the ex-captain of South Africa, Shaun Pollock.“The only thing that interests me is the saliva bit,” added the 26-year-old Bumrah.“I don’t know what guidelines that we have to follow when we come back, but I feel there should be an alternative.“If the ball is not well maintained, it’s difficult for the bowlers. The grounds are getting shorter and shorter, the wickets are becoming flatter and flatter. So we need something.”Pace bowlers usually try to make the ball swing through the air by shining one side on their clothing aided by using sweat or saliva and leaving the other half to become scuffed.Anil Kumble, chairman of the ICC cricket committee that recommended banning saliva, insisted the move was only an “interim measure”.Australian cricket ball manufacturer Kookaburra is developing a wax applicator that allows players to shine the ball without using saliva or sweat.But its use would need a change in the laws of cricket which forbid the use of any artificial substance to alter the ball.Test players have in the past been accused of using lozenges, petroleum jelly and resin to keep the shine on the ball, and also scuffing it with bottle tops, trouser zippers, grit or fingernails.The most notorious recent incident was in 2018, when Australian players attempted to alter the ball with sandpaper during a Test against South Africa in Cape Town, resulting in lengthy bans for the three involved — Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.Bumrah, who has emerged as India’s lead paceman since his Test debut in 2018, has claimed 68 wickets in 14 Tests and 104 scalps in 64 one-day internationals.last_img read more

Clippers’ Griffin eager for Monday’s test against Bulls

first_imgThe Chicago Bulls are 7-3 and currently third in the Eastern Conference behind Toronto (8-2) and Washington (7-2). They’ll be in town Monday to take on the Clippers at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center (on Prime Ticket), but forward Blake Griffin intimated to reporters following Saturday night’s 120-107 victory over Phoenix that he doesn’t want to get carried away with the game’s significance.“Personally, I don’t like to get into whether (any game) is a defining game, especially this early in the season,” Griffin said. “It is a good test for us. … They are a great defensive team, so we are just going to have to really trust our system and trust our offense.”It will take more than that, Griffin said.“We are going to have to play good defensively as well,” he said. “They can score the ball. They’ve got a great team. It will be a fun game and it will be a good test right before we go on the road.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Indeed, the last thing the Clippers want is to follow their best effort of the season with a poor one and then hit the road for seven games over 11 days beginning Wednesday at Orlando; Thursday, they’re at Miami.Chicago is scoring an average of 102.2 points, 11th best in the league. They are allowing 97.9, 13th in the NBA. The Clippers (5-3) are ninth in scoring at 103.1 points, 21st in defense by allowing 102.4 points.The Bulls are led in scoring by guard Jimmy Butler, who is averaging 21.3 points. Former Laker Pau Gasol is averaging 18.6 points and a team-high 10.6 rebounds. Point guard Derrick Rose is averaging 18 points and five assists, but he has missed five of the 10 games with ankle and hamstring injuries. He may or may not play.Speaking of offenseThe Clippers on Saturday had their highest point total of the season, surpassing the 118 they scored in a victory over the Lakers. But that two-point differential doesn’t begin to tell the story. The Clippers shot 52.9 percent from the field Saturday, 48.3 percent from 3-point range. They shot 47.9 percent against the Lakers, 36.4 from beyond the arc.center_img Moreover, that 42-point third quarter Saturday was just fantastic stuff. They shot 72 percent (13 of 18) in the quarter, making 6 of 10 of their 3-pointers (60 percent).That’s not going to happen too often, but it gave an indication of how lethal the Clippers can be when things are going well. They pushed the ball, and played terrific defense. The Suns made just 6 of 22 from the field (27.3 percent) in the third; they shot just 38.4 percent for the game.“We ran our offense well,” Griffin said. “It is amazing how much better your offense runs when you are getting stops and getting out and getting some easy baskets. The other team starts to press a little and you can get your offense going.“Last year, that was a key for us all of the time, getting stops. Our offense got initiated from our defense.”Paul talks D.J.Doc Rivers referred to DeAndre Jordan as the “star” of Saturday’s victory. Jordan scored 12 points, but more importantly, had 18 rebounds and seven blocks. He was mean.Teammate Chris Paul assessed his 6-foot-11 teammate.“He is unbelievable,” Paul said. “D.J. is just one of those guys that, thankfully, does not miss games.”Paul knocked on wood when he said that.“I almost could not imagine him not out there because he covers up so much for us on the defensive end,” said Paul, who had 32 points Saturday and made 5 of 6 shots from 3-point range. Three of those 3-pointers came in that decisive third period that broke up a tied game at halftime. “When guys blow by us, they know they have to get by D.J. down at the rim.”last_img read more