Washington Healthplanfinder Expands In-Person Health Sign up November 18

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by GHB InsuranceThe Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that GHB Insurance, Inc. will provide expanded in-person help in Olympia this Saturday, Nov. 18 for “Get Covered WA” – a statewide effort to get Washingtonians signed up for 2018 health and dental plans before it’s too late.People can get in-person help navigating health and dental insurance plans. Photo courtesy: GHB InsuranceThe full-service enrollment center located at 556 Lilly Road SE, Suite A in Olympia will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm this Saturday with trained brokers available at no charge to guide customers through the process of signing up for coverage. A map of all the in-person help locations that will be open this Saturday can be found at wahbexchange.org/getcoveredwa.While the 2018 open enrollment period extends through Jan. 15, 2018, the deadline to sign up in Washington Healthplanfinder for coverage that starts on Jan. 1, 2018 is Dec. 15. Partners are encouraged to join in and amplify the call to #GetCoveredWA with materials available in the Exchange’s partner tool kit.“Because the holidays can be a busy time for many, we are encouraging Thurston County and neighboring county residents to join us this Saturday, Nov. 18 to sign up for their health and dental coverage for 2018,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Customers still needing to sign up should visit wahealthplanfinder.org to access coverage on their own, or connect with an in-person assister in their neighborhood to learn about their plan options and avoid any delays in gaining coverage that begins next year.”Services provided by navigators and brokers available at GHB Insurance, Inc. include help identifying when customers are eligible to receive financial help like tax credits that can lower the cost of premiums, as well as cultural, linguistic, and disability support for customers with special needs.“Our staff is ready to respond to customers who need our personal and caring expertise in choosing their healthcare,” said Ron Bruchet, president of GHB Insurance. “GHB is doing everything we can to help, including opening our doors for the ‘Get Covered WA’ event this Saturday as well as most Saturdays during the enrollment period. ”Both this Saturday and throughout the open enrollment period, customers may locate a nearby navigator or broker by downloading the new WAPlanfinder mobile app or by clicking the “Customer Support” link on www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Additional assistance is available through the toll-free Customer Support Center (1-855-923-4633), which will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Saturday.Washington Healthplanfinder saw strong interest in the first week of open enrollment with web site traffic increasing by 24 percent over the previous year, and the number of new sign-ups jumping by more than 50 percent. Nearly 50,000 of those who have already shopped online have used digital resources such as the Smart Planfinder tool to customize their health plan choices according to factors such as preferred doctor or facility, how many doctor’s visits they expect to make next year, and how frequently they fill or refill prescriptions.Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Customers enrolled in Apple Health will receive a notice 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.last_img read more

The Thurston Chamber is Postponing All Chamber Events Through March 31…

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County ChamberThe Thurston County Chamber remains committed to the health and well-being of our members and community. Yesterday, health officials updated protective measures surrounding COVID 19. For the health and safety of our members, community and staff, the Thurston Chamber has decided to postpone all Chamber events scheduled now through March 31. It is our responsibility to protect the vulnerable and participate in the necessary community-wide effort to contain the spread of the virus.This postponement includes:TYP Smart Talks, March 16 and 23Business After Hours, March 19A Night on the Town, March 27We’d like to thank all of our event sponsors, event ticket holders and community members for their support during this uncertain time. We will contact everyone who will be impacted by these postponements in the near future.last_img read more

A SKY light for Soweto kids

first_imgBob Nameng founder of the SowetoKliptown Youth Project imparts valuablelifeskills to the youth of Soweto(Image: Tamara O’Reilly) Members of the Soweto Kliptown Youthhave learned to use their artistic talents to create business opportunities for themselves(Image: Tamara O’Reilly) Tamara O’ReillyBob Nameng’s work as the founder of the Soweto Kliptown Youth project has turned him into a celebrity of sorts in Kliptown, so much so that engaging in conversation with him without being interrupted is impossible.Sitting in the shade of a fence that separates a train station from one of the project’s art workshops, everyone who notices him stops to have lengthy cordial conversations – and he’s so accommodating he doesn’t even give them the standard “come back later” response.“No matter what I’m doing, I never turn anyone away,” says Nameng. “It’s not my policy. My doors and arms are open to anyone.” With the number of projects he’s undertaken to improve the lives of people in this community, that statement seems genuine. At the age of 16 he founded the Kliptown Child and Youth Club, now known as Soweto Kliptown Youth or SKY, one of the oldest surviving centres for youth in Soweto.The need for such a centre grew out of his own observations of what was lacking for the younger generation of Soweto and his own tragic experiences.Kliptown is a crowded informal settlement of about 50 000 people. As the birthplace of the Freedom Charter of 1955, the beginning of a long battle against apartheid, the area has great historical importance. Since democracy was achieved hundreds of economic, social development and infrastructure projects have take place in Soweto, however this area still has a high unemployment rate, poor infrastructure, few libraries and clinics, and the prevalence of HIV/Aids remains a concern.“I grew up in nearby Meadowlands. My mum died when I was four, my father when I was six and my physically challenged brother when I was 12. With all this darkness around me I was searching for some light which I obviously wasn’t getting at home. So I joined the streets,” says Nameng.The dawn of SKYAfter a year of no school and resorting to thuggish means to survive, an aunt “rescued” him, taking him to her home in Kliptown where she cared for him. It was the power of knowing that someone cared, says Nameng, that made him decide to offer kids from similar backgrounds a place to go where they also felt loved and sheltered.At the age of 16, in the two-roomed home where he still resides, he began holding choir sessions with 12 youths from the neighbourhood. The number of members soon increased and after school and weekends became a time of drawing, reading, learning and discussing issues, and finding solutions to the issues that affected members.Soon it became a place where children and teenagers would gather after school for entertainment ranging from dance to craft-making – a tradition that has lasted 22 years. As part of their development, kids are also encouraged to participate in sports like basketball, cricket and soccer.“Soccer is a much-loved game in this community. It has the power to give the young guys and girls characteristics like confidence and assertiveness. These are things you need if you want to make it in this community. You have no idea how many kids have been part of SKY. Many of them came here with a serious lack of ambition and I feel we managed to instil that in many of our members,” says Nameng.Feeding developmentEvery day about 300 children from the age of four upwards are fed at the centre – before school, after school and just before returning to their homes. Some of the vegetables are grown on the premises giving the youth a chance to learn basic farming skills.“We all know that a child cannot learn on an empty stomach and very often there is no food to eat when they get home. Through our feeding project we aim to educate children about nutrition, and to contribute to their physical and mental development. One of the most important reasons we have this project is to provide for the nutritional needs of those kids who are infected with HIV.”The organisation and its activities are sustained through generous donations from people all over the world who hear about SKY, as well as proceeds from various arts and entrepreneurship projects. One such project is providing a tour guide service to local and international tourists.“I’m trying to kill this culture of handouts that has been entrenched in so many people, especially youngsters,” says Nameng. “Being underprivileged does not mean that things are owed to you. Our youth need to be taught to be self sufficient and the tour guide operation and art and craft business are some of the ways we achieve that with our members.”Spreading the wordThe SKY foundation has spread to other parts of Johannesburg, with 14 community centres being established in impoverished areas of the city, like the Orange Farm informal settlement south of Johannesburg. Exchange programmes with schools such as Noble and Greenough in Massachusetts in the US as well as invitations for members to perform at international music and art festivals have put SKY on the map.Useful links Soweto Kliptown Youth Exchange programmelast_img read more

Gender council to engage communities

first_img23 May 2013The National Council Against Gender-Based Violence has completed its annual action plan and will soon be engaging with communities across the country, says Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana.Delivering her department’s budget vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Xingwana said the council would be conducting roadshows, consultation summits and educational campaigns in all nine provinces.The council, launched on 10 December under the chairmanship of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, will support victims and survivors of gender-based violence and address all forms of violence against women and children in South Africa.Xingwana said that, working together with the ministers of police, justice and correctional services, her department would continue to support, promote, coordinate and monitor access to justice for women.“This includes effective and efficient services to all victims, such as the Sexual Offences Courts; the Family Violence and Sexual Offences Units in the South African Police Service; the training of police and forensic social workers; restorative justice as well as effective rehabilitation of offenders.”UN praises South Africa’s stanceXingwana noted that South Africa had registered its commitment to the United Nations campaign to Commit to End Violence against Women and Girls at a signing ceremony in New York in March.Xingwana said that during the ceremony, Michelle Bachelet, the under secretary-general of UN Women, had commended South Africa for its solo stance in Africa on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identities as well as on the matter of sexual and reproductive rights for women and girls.“We were also congratulated for developing a multi-sectoral approach towards fighting gender-based violence by launching the National Council against Gender-Based Violence … as well as launching the Orange Day campaign as part of our 365 Days National Action Plan,” Xingwana said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Leak! Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) to come with 18:9 display, dual selfie cameras

first_imgOnly a week ago we spotted Galaxy A8 2018 smartphone with slim bezels and dual cameras and now a Plus variant has surfaced online for the first time ever. The live images shared by a user on Weibo reveal a Samsung Galaxy phone with large and nearly bezel-less display.There are two images shared by the user. The phone in question is seen sporting an 18:9 ratio display and has SM-A730F/DS model number. There are relatively less bezels seen but the phone cannot be called as bezel less as the Samsung’s recent flagships- Note 8 and Galaxy S8.A dual selfie camera can also be seen. The rumoured phone is  expected to be a Plus variant  of the Galaxy A8 2018 which was spotted only a week ago. Rumours suggest that the Galaxy A8 Plus(2018) will come with a 16MP rear camera and 16MP front camera.  Further, the phone is expected to be powered by an Exynos 7885 Octa-Core processor paired with 4GB RAM.  On the storage front, the Galaxy A8 Plus(2018) could come with 32GB internal storage which would be expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The device will run on the Android 7.1.2 Nougat most probably.The Galaxy A8(2018) in its leaked images is seen sporting very thin bezels and a 5.7-inch touchscreen display with 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels of resolution. The phone will come with dual selfie camera.Samsung also working on a zero-bezel smartphoneIn a separate rumour, Samsung is also believed to be working on a smartphone with no bezels at all. A Galaxy phone with zero bezels , meaning no notch or bezels at the top or bottom, no side bezels, only a main display bent at 180 degree and stretched from front to the rear panel of the phone.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung working on world’s first truly bezel-less phoneAccording to the Dutch website LETSGODIGITAL, the company believes that the phone with zero bezels will offer a good hold on the phone. If in real, it would be a stunning looking phone. Also, it would be interesting to see what all new features does the Samsung cram in the phone. We are expecting edge gestures and an improved iris scanner for the phone.last_img read more

a month agoMourinho admits he deserved Man Utd axe: But I’m not enjoying this

first_imgMourinho admits he deserved Man Utd axe: But I’m not enjoying thisby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho says he deserved to be sacked as Manchester United manager.But speaking after United’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United on Sunday, the Portuguese insists he did not enjoy watching the club struggle under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”I’m not the right person to answer it,” Mourinho said on Sky Sports when asked about United’s problems.”They are far behind. It’s difficult for me to answer. I was there for two seasons where I could feel lots of positive things and I could feel the direction to go in, then obviously the third season was not good enough.”I was sacked, I probably deserved to be sacked because I was responsible as the manager, but the sad reality is that they are worse than before.”And for me that is a sad thing. Maybe people think I’m enjoying the situation but I’m not enjoying it at all.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ayodhya panel ExSupreme Court judge spiritual guru and lawyer

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday referred the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for mediation by a panel headed by former apex court judge F M I Kallifulla and gave it eight weeks to complete the process.The other members of the panel will be spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, said a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The bench directed that the mediation will be held at Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh and the process should start within a week from Friday. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, said the panel should file a progress report of the proceedings within four weeks and complete the process within eight weeks. The apex court said “utmost confidentiality” should be maintained to ensure the success of the mediation process and no media, neither print nor electronic, should report the proceedings. The panel of mediators can co-opt more members in the team, it said. In case of any difficulty, the chairman will inform the apex court registry about it, it added. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyOn Wednesday, the bench had reserved the order after hearing various contesting parties. Hindu bodies, except Nirmohi Akhara, have opposed the apex court’s suggestion to refer the issue for mediation, while Muslim bodies have supported it. The bench had concluded the hearing by asking stakeholders to give the names of possible mediators. The apex court in its Wednesday hearing observed that the issue is not about 1,500 square feet land, but about religious sentiments. The bench said it was conscious of the gravity and impact of the issue on “public sentiment” and also on the “body politic of the country”. It said the judges were aware of the history and were seeing that the dispute is resolved amicably. “It is not only about the property. it is about mind, heart and healing, if possible,” the bench said The bench also said it was not appropriate to pre-judge that the mediation would fail and people would not agree with the decision. “We are not concerned what has happened in the past. Don’t you think we have read the history? We are not concerned what Babar did in the past or who was the king and who invaded. We cannot undo what has happened but we can go into what exists in the present moment,” the bench said when a lawyer contended that injustices were meted out to Hindus by invaders in the past. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the legal heirs of original litigant M Siddiq, said outlining of the dispute is not necessary and the court can order mediation by a mediator when parties are unable to settle it. To this, the bench said that there may not be one mediator but a panel of mediators to deal with the issue. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya is partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.last_img read more

LS polls Vehicles carrying reserved EVMs VVPATs to be fitted with GPS

first_imgNew Delhi: Vehicles carrying reserved EVMs and VVPATs during the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls will be mandatorily equipped with GPS to track their movement, the Election Commission has said. The decision came in the backdrop of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines being found in hotels, roads and even at the residence of an MLA during the assembly elections held in five states late last year. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Instructions have been issued to all state chief electoral officers to carefully monitor ‘end-to-end’ movement of all reserved EVMs and paper trail machines. For the purpose, vehicles of all sector officers carrying reserve machines will mandatorily be fitted with GPS tracking system, it said. When incidents of “missing” EVMs were reported, the poll panel had found that in most of the cases, the polling personnel were careless and did not follow the standard operating procedure. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed The EC will set up nearly 10.35 lakh polling stations in the country, as compared to nearly 9.28 lakh set up during 2014 parliamentary polls. This marks an increase of 10.1 per cent. “The increase is largely due to rationalisation of polling stations, which the commission undertook in the recent years,” the EC said. Nearly 39.6 lakh electronic voting machines and 17.4 lakh paper trail or voter verifiable paper trail machines would be used in these polling stations. These include reserves. One control unit and at least one ballot unit where buttons are placed constitutes EVM. Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 in seven phases. The counting of votes will be held on May 23, the Election Commission announced Sunday, kick-starting a mega electoral battle.last_img read more

Police seek details on body armour present in districts

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has written to all districts seeking details regarding the body armours present with them and their condition.The law enforcement agency also asked their officers for the future requirement of these armours in the next five years. Sources told Millennium Post that a letter was written from a unit in Delhi Police to all districts, other units, battalions in which the subject was the requirement of body armours by State/UT police forces in the next five years. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”It is stated that a letter received Government of India, MHA, Police Modernization Division in which Under Secretary of the Government of India has directed to say that Government of India is working towards increasing the soldier protection level and decreasing end article weight,” sources said quoting the letter. Sources further added that plans are going on to set up a manufacturing unit for lightweight armour materials in India for which five years projections of the number of units of BP jackets, vest, helmets, vehicles and helicopter required for the forces. The projections would be factored for finalizing the production capacity and estimating the investment required in this regard. “In view of the above, it is therefore requested keeping in view of the operational requirement is required to the production plan in the country to produce lightweight armour material that operational requirement of items for the period of next five years in the prescribed format, furnish to this office for persual of MHA,” sources further said quoting the letter content.last_img read more

Blaz Rola wins mens NCAA Singles Championship

Blaz Rola, junior for the Ohio State men’s tennis team, has been crowned the 2013 NCAA singles champion.Rola took down No. 3 Jarmere Jenkins of the University of Virginia 7-6(8), 6-4 on Sunday to complete his run through the tournament to claim the first ever singles championship in program history.Mark Batke / Lantern photographerAfter the Buckeyes fell to No. 1 UCLA last week it looked as though the men’s tennis program would be left without a national championship again this season. Rola was the highest ranked player entering the tournament for the Buckeyes but his No. 12 ranking did not instill much confidence in the OSU faithful.Despite this Rola defeated six ranked opponents, and only lost one set throughout the tournament en route to his championship victory.The championship comes a year after Rola advanced to the semifinals but fell 6-2, 6-1 to Kentucky’s Eric Quigley. It completed a 32-1 season for the Slovenian, his only loss coming at the hands of Jared Hiltzik of Illinois, the Big Ten freshman of the year.A hard fought first set saw Rola win the tiebreak 10-8 despite giving up four-consecutive wins to allow Jenkins to tie the set at 6-6. In the second set Rola broke in the 7th game and held serve for the rest of the match for the 6-4 and the championship.This was not the first national championship Rola has earned in his time at OSU. He was last season’s doubles champion with his partner Chase Buchanan. Rola is also a four-time All-American and a three-time unanimous First Team All-Big Ten pick. read more