Stefanik’s office was helpful on benefits

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We were having issues with one of us obtaining Part “B” of Medicare. It’s too long of a story to go through all of the details. However after many, and we mean many, months of phone calls and several faxes sent to many locations, we were getting nowhere and over a year had passed. This is when we contacted Rep. Elise Stefanik’s office and asked for help.Her staff was great right from the first phone call. They returned calls and kept us advised all the way back through the process. We don’t know how they did it, but within a short period, we were receiving phone calls from Medicare. And within a very short time, Jan received the benefits that should have been in place over a year past due. We are grateful for Elise and her staff for showing what a true leader can do. Thank you once again, Rep. Elise Stefanik. We couldn’t have done it without you.Jan HarrisFred HarrisBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation In times when it’s so easy to criticize our elected officials and question what they do, I’m a firm believer to give credit where credit is due. last_img read more

Indiana Parks Alliance backs federal measure to support conservation efforts

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Recognizing the wisdom of using existing funds for the monitoring and conservation of species at risk in Indiana, the Indiana Parks Alliance enthusiastically supports H.R.4647, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. IPA support for the Recovering American’s Wildlife Act reflects its mission of supporting Indiana state parks and nature preserves and the resources they steward.The bill, with the support of more than 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, would provide more than $1.3 billion annually in royalties collected from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters. A Senate version would require annual appropriations from Congress. Neither version requires a tax increase.According to Tom Hohman, president of the Indiana Parks Alliance, “This is an opportunity to shore up conservation efforts on behalf of so many Indiana species fighting to survive and thrive. Without increasing taxes, this act would ensure robust funding for Wildlife Action Plans in every state.”IPA joins a wide array of conservation, environmental and other groups in calling for a hearing by the full House Natural Resources Committee and continuing to add co-sponsors in the House and Senate.The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was spurred by a 2016 report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources, which noted that “These funds would provide states with the resources needed to implement State Wildlife Action Plans which are designed to conserve 12,000 species in greatest conservation need.”Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are in trouble or vulnerable due to habitat loss, invasive species, and severe weather taking a toll on birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and bees.Indiana impact: $20 million annuallyAccording to the Indiana DNR, among the many species that are endangered or of special concern are the cerulean warbler, trumpeter swan, black bear, lake sturgeon, red salamander and spotted turtle.Indiana’s State Wildlife Action plan is a blueprint for conservation of non-game species by assessing the health of wildlife and habitat and identifying the species of greatest conservation need. Indiana has a proven track record of success for restoring Hoosier species such as the bald eagle, osprey, otters, falcons and others in the non-game categories in addition to white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and numerous fish species for hunting and angling.Indiana would be required to provide a $6 million match to fully access the $20 million estimated as Indiana’s share of the newly dedicated funding source. This support would continue indefinitely as part of the Pitman-Robertson Act that has funded state fish and wildlife programs since 1937. There are currently more than 100 co-sponsors of H.R.4647, including Rep. Andre Carson.Taking actionAdvocates are urged to contact their members of the U.S. House and Senate and urge them to join as co-sponsors for the future of Indiana’s wildlife.last_img read more

Intermittent stoppages planned this weekend on I-74 in Decatur County

first_imgDECATUR COUNTY, IN — INDOT contractor Beaty Construction plans to conduct intermittent stoppages on I-74 this weekend near St. Omer in Decatur County. Crews will be completing overhead demolition work as part of the $1.2 million superstructure replacement project on C.R. 700 N. that began earlier this month.   Starting as early as 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning (March 28), all lanes of I-74 EB will close west of Greensburg near the C.R. 700 N. overpass for up to 20 minutes. Traffic will be held and then released until normal flow is reached. Intermittent stoppages will take place throughout the day for up to 12 hours. Demolition will continue over I-74 WB on Sunday, March 29, with westbound stoppages beginning around 7:30 a.m.Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route to avoid delays or allow extra time when traveling through the area. Drivers should slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.Stay InformedMotorists in Southeast Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts any time via:Facebook: @INDOTSoutheastCARS 511: indot.carsprogram.orgMobile App: iTunes App Store and the Google Play store for Androidlast_img read more

Keep the faith this Sunday from the comfort of home

first_imgSo tune in Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, and every Sunday to 103.9 WRBI on the radio or listen live online by clicking here. Batesville, IN—Spirituality has many benefits for stress relief and overall mental health. It can help you feel a sense of purpose, connect to the world, release control, and more.  But due to the Governor’s emergency order, going to your local church is impossible during the pandemic. WRBI offers several options on Sunday morning to help you keep the faith while at home and still hear the good message.  Below is a listing of the shows:7:30 am- Pastor Wayne Ison at Metamora Church of God8 am-Christian Sports interview Face-to-Face with Tom Rust8:30 am-Services from Batesville Christian Church9 am-Faithfully Yours with Pastor Joe Foster9:30 am-St. Paul Smyrna Lutheran Church with Pastor Doug Brougher10 am- Mass from St. Mary’s Catholic Church Greensburglast_img read more

Wenger hits out at ref’s ‘spirit’

first_img Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there were some “deep” problems with the decisions of referee Anthony Taylor as his side crashed to a 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the new Barclays Premier League season. “I would understand if the linesman said it was a penalty, but you have to live with that and just because you get these decisions given against you that doesn’t mean you should go on to lose the game.” The Arsenal manager added: “Not only did we lose the game, we had many kicks, many injuries. We have some problems for some people to recover for Wednesday night.” Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was understandably impressed with his side’s efforts. “I think everybody up and down the country would have thought it was a home banker really, but I have got lads in there who are really good, top footballers,” said Lambert, whose side travel to Chelsea on Wednesday night. “The no-fear attitude was key. Because we are young, everyone probably thought there would be an adverse reaction to it, but I have got to give them a lot of credit.” Wenger, who has so far failed to land any major summer transfer targets, saw his side racing into an early lead through Olivier Giroud. However, Villa – who spent much of last season battling against relegation – hit back when Christian Benteke equalised from a penalty rebound. In what proved to be the defining moment of the match, the visitors were awarded a controversial penalty on the hour when Laurent Koscielny looked to have won the ball in his challenge with Gabriel Agbonlahor, before Benteke netted from the spot. The France defender, booked for his challenge, was then soon shown a second yellow by Taylor for clattering into Andreas Weimann Arsenal – who face a crucial Champions League play-off first leg away to Fenerbahce on Wednesday – rallied with 10 men, but were not able to break down a determined Villa defence, as goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a couple of smart saves. New signing Antonio Luna added a late third for the visitors – before unhappy chants of ”spend some money” rang out from the home support at full-time. Wenger, though, was left perplexed by the whole series of events in a match which was also notable for featuring the first use of the Premier League’s new goal decision system (GDS) when a 52nd-minute effort from Villa midfielder Fabian Delph struck the inside of the right-hand post and rolled across the line. “I didn’t like his performance, but more than his performance I didn’t like his spirit of how he refereed the game,” Wenger said of Taylor. “I didn’t like the fact the way the game was refereed and this is a deeper question that just one decision. “I don’t like to lie, I didn’t like what he did. “The linesman said he to me he did not give the penalty and he was at the level of the tackle, so why does the referee who did not give the penalty straight away suddenly give the penalty? That is what is amazing to me. last_img read more

Black Cats capture Van Aanholt

first_imgSunderland have announced the signing of Holland defender Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea. The left-back has joined the Black Cats on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Van Aanholt, 23, is Sunderland’s fourth new recruit of the summer, following on from the arrivals of Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon and Jordi Gomez. His time with Chelsea, for whom he made a total of just eight appearances, has featured a series of loans including stints with Coventry in 2009, Newcastle in 2010 and Leicester and then Wigan in 2011. He has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons on loan at Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem and has been capped twice at senior international level. Van Aanholt was named in Louis van Gaal’s 30-man provisional Holland squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup, but did not make the final 23-man cut for the tournament in Brazil. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pakistan’s Hassan Ali named player of ICC Champions Trophy

first_img… Hassan also wins Golden Ball trophy; Shikhar Dhawan wins Golden Bat trophyFAST bowler Hassan Ali was named player of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after he bowled Pakistan to its maiden ICC Champions Trophy title at The Oval.Sunday’s 181 runs victory over traditional rival India was also Pakistan’s first title in a 50-over tournament since winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992.Pakistan had won the ICC World Twenty20 England 2009, and as such, has become only the fourth side after India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies to win all the three ICC majors.Hassan also won the Golden Ball trophy after finishing the series with 13 wickets, while India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who had won the player of the tournament in 2013, walked away with the Golden Bat trophy with 338 runs.Hassan Ali was in sublime form in the tournament when he displayed excellent variation, picked up wickets consistently and in crucial phases during Pakistan’s successful journey in the competition, which had started with a 124 runs drubbing at hands of India at Edgbaston on 4 June.After being at the wrong end of the stick against India when he picked up one for 70 in 10 overs, Hassan bounced back strongly and returned figures of three for 24 against South Africa, three for 43 against Sri Lanka, three for 35 against England in the Cardiff semi-final and three for 19 in the final against India.As such, he finished the series with 13 wickets at an average of 14.69 and an economy-rate of 4.29.Hassan was selected as the Player of the Tournament by a five-person selection panel that comprised Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager – Cricket, and Chairman Event Technical Committee), former captains Michael Atherton of England, India’s Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan, as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack, and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (correspondent of the Agence France-Presse).Meanwhile, Dhawan won the Golden Bat trophy after finishing as the leading run-getter.The left-hander scored 68 against Pakistan, 125 against Sri Lanka, 78 against South Africa, 46 in the semi-final against Bangladesh and 21 against Pakistan in the final.ICC Champions Trophy Player of the Tournament winners:1998 – Jacques Kallis (South Africa)2000 – Not awarded2002 – Not awarded2004 – Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies)2006 – Chris Gayle (West Indies)2009 – Ricky Ponting (Australia)2013 – Shikhar Dhawan (India)2017 – Hassan Ali (Pakistan)last_img read more

India great Dhoni retires from international cricket

first_imgShortly after Dhoni’s announcement, former India all-rounder Suresh Raina also said he was retiring from international cricket “It was nothing but lovely playing with you (Dhoni),” Raina, a Chennai teammate, wrote on Instagram. “With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India.” As well as 18 tests and 78 T20s, the 33-year-old Raina played in 226 ODIs, where he averaged 35 with the bat, including 36 half-centuries and five 100s, and took 36 wickets. ___More AP sports: and Dhoni, who played in 90 tests, 350 one-day internationals and 98 Twenty20s for his country, was dropped from India’s list of 27 centrally contracted players in January.Fellow India great S​achin Tendulkar said Dhoni’s contribution had been immense. “Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life,” the 47-year-old former batting maestro tweeted. “Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings.”Dhoni has not played international cricket since last year’s 50-over World Cup.He made his test debut in 2005 and retired from the longer format of the game nine years later.Dhoni was one of his country’s most successful captains before standing down as skipper of the limited-over teams in 2017. August 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW DELHI (AP) — India great Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday.“Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hours consider me as retired,” the 39-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman posted on his Instagram account.The news came as he joined his Chennai Super Kings teammates ahead of next month’s Indian Premier League tournament which will be held in the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic. Under his stewardship, India won the T20 World Cup in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. The team also reached the top of the test rankings in 2009 under his leadership.In tests, Dhoni made 4,876 runs with the bat, averaging 38. He hit 33 half-centuries and six centuries, and also took 256 catches and made 38 stumpings.In ODIs, he totaled 10,773 runs, averaging 50. He hit 73 half-centuries and 10 centuries, and also took 321 catches and made 123 stumpings.In T20s, Dhoni made 1,617 runs, averaging 37. He hit two half-centuries, and also took 57 catches and made 34 stumpings. India great Dhoni retires from international cricket Associated Press last_img read more

England drop Moeen Ali with Jack Leach recalled for second Test

first_imgENGLAND have dropped Moeen Ali and replaced him in the squad with slow left-armer Jack Leach for the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s.Off-spinner Moeen returned match figures of 3-172 and scored only four runs in the 251-run defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston.Jofra Archer is likely to make his Test debut, with pace bowlers James Anderson and Olly Stone missing through injury.The second Test of the five-match series begins on August 14.Leach, who has played five Tests, was man-of-the-match when England beat Ireland at Lord’s in July after making 92 as a nightwatchman.Archer was named in the squad for the first Test but was left out of the team to give him more time to recover from a side strain.He took 6-27 and hit a 99-ball century for Sussex 2nd XI this week.Anderson bowled only four overs at Edgbaston after aggravating a right calf injury, while Stone will be out for two weeks with a lower back injury.England, who trail the series 1-0, have not lost a home Ashes series since 2001.England squad for second Ashes Test: Joe Root (capt.), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wkp.), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wkp.), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.Batsman Joe Denly, who made scores of 11 and 18 in the first Test, has kept his place in the 12-man squad, as have Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, who scored a combined 20 runs at Edgbaston.Moeen has struggled for form throughout the summer and was dropped by England in the decisive stages of their World Cup campaign.He has taken 181 wickets in 60 Tests and in the last 12 months he has taken more wickets – 48 in 10 Tests at 25.12 – than any other bowler in Test cricket.However, he has made just two half-centuries in his past 20 innings for England and has particularly struggled against Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon, who has dismissed him nine times in 11 matches.The left-hander has made four ducks in nine Test innings in 2019 for a total of only 90 runs, 60 of which came in one innings in Antigua against West Indies.Moeen was unable to profit from a turning pitch at Edgbaston, while Lyon took 6-49 on the final day to bowl England out for 146.He has scored 476 runs at 25.05 in 11 Tests against Australia and taken 20 wickets, with a best of 3-59, at 64.65.Former Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson said on Monday that he “feels” for the all-rounder, adding: “His record against Australia isn’t that great. I can feel for him a bit but that’s part of playing professional sport.”Leach has taken 20 wickets in five Tests for England since making his debut against New Zealand in 2018.The selectors have chosen general tinkering over a mass cull, however tempting that might have been after the disappointment of Edgbaston.Moeen’s form with bat and ball is suffering, to the extent that on the evidence of the first Test, he cannot be trusted as the only spinner.Leach will be expected to give Root the control that was lacking there while Archer will bring some much needed pace and hostility, which can be channelled towards Steve Smith in particular.However, the batsman that failed last week will be under no illusions that they need to step up, otherwise further changes will be necessary. (BBC Sport)last_img read more