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

Port Of Olympia And City Of Olympia Team With Nisqually Tribe…

first_imgFacebook1.5kTweet0Pin0Submitted by the Port of OlympiaThe City of Olympia and the Port of Olympia are proud to partner with the Nisqually Indian Tribe as they host the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey landing in downtown Olympia on July 30, 2016.“The cooperation between the tribe and Port of Olympia and City of Olympia is good and much of the downtown planning is being completed by  them for the July 30 Landing Day,” said Farron McCloud, Chairman of the Nisqually Indian Tribe.The public is invited to celebrate the canoe landing at the Port of Olympia’s shady park at Swantown Marina.The Landing Day events will take place at NorthPoint at the tip of the Port of Olympia peninsula. The tribe is expecting approximately 18,000 people to attend and witness the landing of more than 120 canoes representing more than 50 tribes from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska.“The City of Olympia is honored to partner with our neighbors, the Nisqually Tribe, and support this historic cultural event,” said Cheryl Selby, Mayor of Olympia.Port Commissioner Bill McGregor stated, “As we work with the Nisqually Indian Tribe on the canoe landing, we learn about their history and culture and our respect for them continues to grow. We are honored to have a role in this historic event.”Event InformationParking/Free Shuttle. The public can find parking in designated downtown parkingTaking the DASH is a great option for reaching the landing activities easily.lots or on the street. Access to Marine Drive will be restricted beginning at the Marine Drive – Jefferson Street intersection and the Market Street – Franklin Street intersection where a free shuttle service will begin at 10:00 a.m. The DASH bus will run its regular route with stops at the Farmers Market.Launch Ramp-Moorage Closures. The Swantown launch ramp will be closed on July 30th. The nearest launch ramp is Boston Harbor Marina. Swantown and Port Plaza guest moorage will be reserved for support boats from July 29th through August 8th.Boat Launch Ramp Parking. The Swantown boat launch ramp parking lot will be closed Tuesday, July 26 through Tuesday, August 2. Any vehicles left in the lot on July 26 will be towed at the owners expense.Water Viewing. There is no water viewing of the Landing ceremony.Limited Access. Access will be monitored by local law enforcement from 8:00 a.m until event end (estimated 9:00 p.m.) on Saturday, July 30. Without a valid Swantown Marina Parking Pass, you will be denied access. There will be no way to verify you are a tenant at any of the checkpoints.Food. Food and merchant vendors will be available at the site and the HearthfireThe Port of Olympia and City of Olympia are partnering with the Nisqually Indian Tribe for their July 30 Canoe Journey Landing in Olympia.Restaurant will remain open with reservations recommended.Green Event. Organizers are working to make Landing Day a green event. Water refill stations will be available. Attendees are being encouraged to bring their own water bottles to the venue and a priority has been placed on recycling and recyclable materials. From July 31 to Aug 6, 2016 the canoe journey events will move to the Nisqually Indian Reservation where most of the protocol events will be held on a 40-acre site prepared for seven days of dancing, storytelling, visiting, and protocol. Planning and implementation of this part of the historic event is being completed by a canoe journey committee composed of volunteers and employees of the Nisqually Tribe, under the direction of McCloud and Nisqually Tribal Council.Contact InformationNisqually Indian Tribe and Canoe Journey InformationFarron McCloud, Chairman, Nisqually Indian Tribe360.456.5221 ext. 1238 – [email protected] Indian Tribe Canoe Journey Public RelationsSheila McCloud, Tribal Council Secretary, Nisqually Indian Tribe360.456.5221 ext. 1227 – [email protected] of Olympia, Parking/Shuttle/Food Vendor InformationKellie Purce Braseth, Strategic Communications Director, City of Olympia360.753.8361 – [email protected] Port of Olympia, Port Facility/Volunteer InformationJennie Foglia-Jones, Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator, Port of Olympia360.528.8005 – [email protected]last_img read more

SA’s first biodiversity assessment

first_img8 April 2005The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has launched South Africa’s first national spatial biodiversity assessment, allowing the country to identify the areas of its environment most urgently in need of protection.Undertaken by the SA National Biodiversity Institute, the report presents results of and recommendations for South Africa’s terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine environments.Launching the report in Cape Town on Wednesday, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the results were “a warning to us all”.According to the report, 34% of SA’s terrestrial ecosystems are threatened, with 5% critically endangered; 82% of the country’s 120 rivers are threatened, with 44% critically endangered; three of SA’s 13 groups of estuarine biodiversity are in critical danger; and 12% of its marine bio-zones are under serious threat.Van Schalkwyk said the report made specific recommendations on how best to link conservation with development in most-threatened areas, ensuring both sustainable conservation and community upliftment.According to the report, South Africa is diverse not only in terms of its people and their cultures but also in its biological resources and ecology, with one of the world’s richest diversities of plants and animals.The country’s biodiversity also provides an important basis for economic growth and development, the report states.Preserving this biodiversity is also vital for providing sustainable “ecosystem services” such as clean air and water, carbon storage to counteract global warming, and prevention of erosion, the report finds.Loss of biodiversity, the report argues, would place aspects of the country’s economy and quality of life at risk and reduce the socio-economic options of SA’s future generations.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Google I/O: What The Company Didn’t Announce

first_imgIs there anything that Google didn’t announce at the keynote of its Google I/O developers conference Wednesday morning? Google just unleashed a fury of new features for all of its properties today at the Google I/O keynote. We saw new developer features for Android, a variety of tools  and functions for the Chrome browser and OS, a boatload of pictures and communication features for Google+ (along with a redesign), the expansion of Google’s Knowledge Graph, new music, new maps for mobile and more. It is enough to make your head spin just thinking about how much stuff Google is doing these days.But there were things we thought we might see from the I/O keynote that did not show up.A New Version Of AndroidWe were almost certain that Google would at least provide a small new update to Android. Whether it was Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie (or any mix thereof), how could Google go through an entire I/O and not update its most important platform? Android has seen 900 million activations. Google Play Android apps have been downloaded 48 billion times. Android has become a mature, stable platform. Google does not really need to push out new Android updates at a breakneck pace the way it has done in the past. Today’s Android news seemed more about helping the developer ecosystem and community catch up with the platform, to make their lives easier and make them more money.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Chrome OS#Google IO13#io13#Nexus Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Hardly Any New HardwareGoogle announced a new version of the Chrome Pixel for Chrome OS and a “Nexus” version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. We were not really expecting much in terms of hardware from I/O this year, but compared to 2012, the new gadgets were really sparse. Google did not announce a new Nexus device (because there was no new version of Android). That means no new smartphone or tablet, no updates to Google Glass, no set top box for your television and no smartwatch. No Major Upgrade to Chrome OSChrome was a major topic during the I/O keynote. Google featured the mobile Web, the Chrome Pixel and demoed HTML5 and responsive design features.Yet Google did not do anything groundbreaking with Chrome OS. Google’s desktop operating system never really seems to take major jumps – instead seeing a constant stream of new updates and features. Chrome may not seem like it is evolving much on a day-to-day or month-to-month basis, but look back a year and you will notice that it is significantly different today than it was at last year’s I/O. Google Glass Makes No NewsGoogle co-founder Sergey Brin did not make an appearance at all during the I/O keynote. Hence, neither did his pet project, Google Glass. After all the announcements on Android, Chrome, Search, Maps, Google+ and everything, Google’s most-hyped new product these days got no mention.Larry Page addressed a question from Robert Scoble on Glass at the end of the keynote, but that was about it. It seems that Glass is not a substantial part of Google’s future. It is cool, fun, geeky, but kind of a side show.Note, lead image by Nick Statt was altered to create an empty podium. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Curfew-like restrictions reimposed in several parts of Kashmir ahead of Muharram

first_imgCurfew-like restrictions were reimposed on Tuesday in several parts of Kashmir, including the city, to foil any plans on taking out Muharram processions in the Valley as authorities apprehended that large congregations might lead to violence.The commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed off by placing concertina wires at all entry points where large number of security force personnel were deployed, officials said.Restrictions have been in several parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order in the Valley, they said.Also Read  The officials did not cite any reasons for reimposing restrictions but it is believed that the step was taken to prevent Muharram processions in the city and elsewhere in the Valley. The processions stand banned in Kashmir since 1990 when the armed insurgency began.Muharram is considered as one of the sacred months of the Islamic lunar calendar. The battle of Karbala, in which Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet, had attained martyrdom, is said to have been taken place in the 7th century.Restrictions were first imposed across Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate the state into union territories. The restrictions were lifted in phases from many parts of the Valley as the situation improved with passage of time.Also readA disturbing downward spiral A.S. Panneerselvan  The authorities have been imposing restrictions in vulnerable areas of the Valley every Friday, apprehending that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at big mosques and shrines to fuel protests.Meanwhile, normal life remained severely affected in Kashmir due to shutdown in the Valley which entered 37th day on Tuesday.Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the Valley, the officials said.Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders, including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have also been either detained or placed under house arrest.center_img Development matters, but so does identity last_img read more

Idris Elba To Join StarStudded Sport Relief TV Special

first_imgSport Relief can today announce exciting new details about this year’s campaign, including Idris Elba donning his infamous Luther coat to uncover a serious case of hilarity in an unmissable sketch.The super sleuth will be joined by Lenny Henry, Rio Ferdinand, David Haye, Denise Lewis, Cecilia Noble, Louis Smith, Ruth Wilson and Ian Wright.This special one off sketch that will be shown as part of a star studded night of Sport Relief TV on the BBC, hosted by John Bishop, Gary Lineker, David Walliams and Claudia Winkleman amongst others, on Friday 18th March.Idris said: “This year, for Sport Relief, Luther will be appearing in a totally different light. I am so proud to be lending my support to this cause again. Over the past year I have seen how important the work that Comic Relief and Sport Relief do on the ground as they helped in thefight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. I hope that you will enjoy the different side of Luther and support this important cause by signing up for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games this year.”Idris isn’t the only one getting involved this Sport Relief, as the nation is being encouraged to walk, run, swim or cycle themselves #proud at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games events from 18th – 20th March. The Games will be taking place at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as well as Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich and Sheffield – and with hundreds of local events across the UK, the nation can limber up and show their support in what is already warming up to be one epic weekend.Faces lining up to take part in the fun include Claudia Winkleman, Greg James, Anita Rani, Jamie Laing, Melanie C and Rachel Riley, who can be seen modelling the official Sport Relief t-shirt, available online at later this month and in Sainsbury’s stores from 15th February.The iconic BT Sport Relief challenge is also back in full force, with another brave celebrity getting ready to be put through their paces in the name of charity. This celebrity (to be announced very soon) will be proving they are a thoroughly good sport by taking on a mammoth challenge to follow in the footsteps of Davina McCall, John Bishop and David Walliams in the hope of inspiring the Great British public to take on their own challenges, sporty or not! There will also be an array of other exciting celebrity challenges over the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!On Friday 18th March the BBC will treat the nation to a special night of Sport Relief TV live from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The night is set to be a star-studded show full of celebrity performances and comedy sketches including TV detective Luther, joined by famous faces to help crack the case, along with highlights from this year’s challenges and films about the incredible work Sport Relief supports.Other top telly treats include the return of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off which will see a fresh batch of 16 celebrities compete in the ultimate baking battle, all to raise as much dough as possible. This year’s brave contestants include Samantha Cameron, Ed Balls and Kimberley Walsh, with Jennifer Saunders, Sarah Millican, Ed Byrne and resident Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc presenting an episode each.Let’s Play Darts for Sport Relief will also make a return to BBC Two, hosted by Gabby Logan and featuring the biggest names in the world of darts joining forces with some of the nation’s favourite comedians including Greg Davies, Jon Richardson, Katherine Ryan and Tim Vine and sporting stars Mike Tindall and Robbie Savage. Also joining the Sport Relief TV line up is hard-hitting documentary Famous Rich & Homeless which will see Nick Hancock, Julia Bradbury, Kim Woodburn and Willie Thorne experience first-hand what life is really like living on the streets of London.On Sunday 20th March BBC One will host the Sport Relief Games Show, live from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as the Great British public are joined by numerous famous faces to help spur them on throughout the day. Stars from the world of entertainment and sport will take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games events up and down the country – there’s bound to be an event close by so there’s no excuse for the public not to sign up and get involved at Walk, jog or run the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, choosing from 1, 3 or 6 mile distances Choose from a range of individual and team distances for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon, including 1.5km, 2.5km and 5km or people can choose their own distance with SimplySwim Choose to take on the 25 or 50-mile Cycle at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, enjoy one of the Family Cycles with budding bikers at all six venues, (London, Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Sheffield and Norwich) or choose any distance with SimplyCycle 
Money raised from Sport Relief will be spent helping people living unimaginably tough lives, with half of the money raised used to make a difference right here in the UK. The other half is used to transform lives across the world’s poorest communities.For more information about how to do yourself proud by entering the unmissable Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, go to read more

Ian Somerhalder Delisting Yellowstones Grizzlies Is Premature

first_imgFollowing a new national poll showing that the majority of voters oppose the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove Yellowstone’s grizzly bears from the list of federally threatened and endangered species, American actor and Vampire Diaries star, Ian Somerhalder, sent the following letter to USFWS Director, Dan Ashe, urging him to keep the Yellowstone grizzly bear listed under the Endangered Species Act.“Yellowstone’s grizzlies, once teetering on the brink of extinction, are only now starting to recover,” wrote Ian. “But your recently announced proposal to remove federal protections under the Endangered Species Act is premature and comes at a time where only 700 of these iconic bears are known to exist in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and shockingly only 1,400 to 1,700 bears in the entire lower 48 states. We stand with The Humane Society of the United States in urging you to keep grizzly bears protected.“If the proposal to delist is successful, the future of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears will be placed in the hands of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho state wildlife managers who have already made clear their intentions to open up the population to trophy hunting. Grizzly bears are an iconic species, representing the natural beauty and magnificence in many of our country’s last remaining wild spaces. This holds true no more than in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding region, where grizzly bears are cherished by both tourists and locals alike. Killing these animals in order to stuff them for display and bragging rights is shameful and will only set back our efforts to help the population recover.“We cannot let history repeat itself. Grizzlies were once an abundant species in the Yellowstone region but suffered from overwhelming persecution by hunters up until recent decades. This resulted in the need to list Yellowstone grizzlies as threatened under the ESA in the 1970’s when their number dipped to 136 individuals and the population is faced yet again with a threat to its very existence from trophy hunting if this proposal goes forward.“Yellowstone grizzly bears still need our help. They continue to face critical challenges such as habitat loss and climate change. Removing protections for Yellowstone grizzlies now will leave the population with little hope of recovery. You and your predecessors have invested too much into the recovery of this national icon to give up on them. Please keep the Yellowstone grizzly bear listed as a threatened species under the ESA and prevent history from repeating itself.”Please take a moment to send the USFWS a letter, urging them to not remove federal protections from Yellowstone grizzly bears.last_img read more

TCI considering mutant mosquito in the fight against Zika

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 10, 2016 –  The FDA has given the go ahead for genetically altered mosquitoes to be used in the fight against the female Aedes Egypti mosquito which is the insect carrying harmful diseases like Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Virus and now the dreaded Zika Virus.While the use of these mutant mosquitoes is approved for trial on one of the Florida Keys, there will still be a vote by the public there to determine if the insect is actually introduced to the ecosystem.   Premier Rufus Ewing in July told the Speaker of the House of Assembly that it was something the TCI is considering, and watching to see what other jurisdictions will do about this drastic measure.  In the Florida Keys, residents are resisting, saying the mutant mosquito may open a Pandora’s box of other problems; the decision will be given to the residents of Key Haven in November; Over 170,000 have signed an online petition giving ‘no consent’ to the move. The female Aedes Egypti mosquito carrying the Zika virus is a major health hazard and has the potential to decimate tourism growth in tourism dependent territories like the TCI.  Oxitec is the company which has created this GM mosquito. Related Items:genetically altered mosquito and zika, TCI considering mutant mosquito in the fight against zika, zika in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more