Governor Wolf to Washington: We’ll Fight to Save Medicaid

first_img Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today issued the following statement on news out of Washington, D.C. that Republicans are plotting another effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid:“For the last year and a half, I have worked with bipartisan governors to stop Washington from dismantling the Affordable Care Act, undoing consumer protections for pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps, and making deep and devastating cuts to Medicaid that would hurt seniors and people with disabilities.“As Republicans in Washington plot their next effort to take us backwards on health care, I want to make clear that we are still ready to fight to protect health care for our citizens, especially seniors and those with disabilities. The previous GOP health care proposals would have been devastating for Pennsylvania.“Medicaid expansion is working in Pennsylvania: our uninsured rate is at its lowest point in modern history and hospitals are saving hundreds of millions of dollars now that 720,000 more people have insurance.“Going backwards is not an option. Washington Republicans should be focused on stabilizing the system to lower the cost of health care, insurance premiums, and prescription drugs.” May 17, 2018 Governor Wolf to Washington: We’ll Fight to Save Medicaidcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Waterfront to Add Four More Methanol-Fueled Ships

first_imgCanada-based Waterfront Shipping Company (WFS) and partners have unveiled an investment to build four new ocean-going vessels powered by clean-burning methanol fuel.The parties, including Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (Mitsui), NYK Group (NYK), Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest) and IINO Kaiun Kaisha (IINO), would see the four 49,000 dwt tankers delivered in 2019 from the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.WFS will charter the quartet to replace older tonnage and support growing demand for methanol around the world. Two of the vessels will be owned in a joint venture between WFS and Marinvest, one will be owned by NYK and the fourth will be owned in a joint venture between IINO and Mitsui.To feature MAN B&W ME-LGI 2-stroke dual-fuel engines that can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil or gas oil, the newbuildings will join the existing seven methanol-fueled vessels chartered by WFS.In 2016, WFS, Marinvest, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Westfal-Larsen Management received the seven previously ordered fuel-efficient ocean-going vessels.“With seven engines already in operation and proven in the field, this new order confirms the ME-LGI concept as a mature technology. Since this dual-fuel engine entered the market in 2016, its price has dropped considerably, which makes it an even more attractive propulsion option,” René Sejer Laursen, Promotion Manager, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said.Paul Hexter, President at Waterfront Shipping, informed that 40 percent of the company’s fleet would be powered by methanol-fuel technology in the coming year.last_img read more

Stop Transgender Teaching in Schools – a mother’s reason for a petition

first_imgBy Helen HoughtonI started the petition in response to the Ministry of Education’s recent inclusion of transgender identity as part of the Health and Sexuality Curriculum. As a registered teacher, parent and NZ tax payer I object to social constructionist gender identity teachings taking precedence over established biological fact. I object to being branded as transphobic, simply for exercising my right to question critically what I as a teacher am being coerced into teaching to impressionable minds. I should be able safely to voice my human rights as an individual without being judged as transphobic or discriminatory.Ironically, whilst accusing me of not accepting them and their world view, opponents of my position are attempting to stereotype and pigeon-hole me and my supporters. It has been claimed that I might be someone who has led a sheltered life and is consequently threatened by people who are different from me.  In fact, I currently have a number of roles in which I interact with and support a diverse range of people. I am a registered teacher, a psychology student, a parent, an advocate for women and a protector of children. As part of this advocacy, I work alongside a team of professionals who care for children who have suffered from extreme trauma. I also run a Charitable Trust, which supports women with parenting and educational programmes while empowering them to be the best version of themselves.My reasons for lodging the petition are to highlight the act of gross negligence that the Ministry of Education undertook by posting on Facebook their plans of ‘Inclusive Education’ for one minority group, leaving all other groups subservient to this biased view.The Ministry of Education published these intentions on the Te Kete Ipurangi site before consultation had taken place with the majority of teaching staff and principals.A significant number of the education body was not made aware of the new Learning lntentions in the Health Curriculum, nor have many teachers been supplied with a copy of the Sexuality Curriculum guidelines, numerous resources linking to ideas of how to teach inclusiveness for LGBTQIA as well as links to YouTube videos of transgender youth have been suggested for use in our classrooms. There has been no stipulated age-appropriateness of the resources provided by Rainbow Youth and InsideOUT meaning any teacher could use them at will, with any age group level. I believe this undermines the professionalism of the high standard of code of ethics we as teachers are expected to uphold, yet those making policy decisions have failed to display them.One of the headings within the Health Curriculum, on theTe Kete Irugangi site states; “Make LBTQAI content and themes visible across the curriculum then integrate LBTQAI” This allows no room for conscientious objectors to withdraw and therefore schools will not be safe and inclusive for all students. It should be noted that this is a requirement for all subjects to cover explicitly LBTQAI “content and themes”, therefore parental consent is assumed and does not have to be sought under National Educational Guidelines.Gender stereotypes that are taught are not what ordinary mums and dads assume them to be., as multiple genders are taught as biological facts, including that a child can be neither male nor female. This is the sexualisation of our children under the guise of inclusivity and diversity. Many of the intentions are not age appropriate. The learning intentions for each curriculum level are listed below:Level 1                                                                                   (5-7 Years old)                                                                                                                                                       A4: Describing different types of families(Mum’s new wife is picking me up from school today.)D1 & 2: Dealing with bullying and harassment and speaking out for others (Turning children into Language Police and Trans-activists)Level 2  (7-9 Years old)C2: Affirming diversity, questioning gender stereotypesD2: Identifying locally available health care services(How to get puberty blockers)B2: Questioning and discussing gender stereotypes in games and physical activitiesLevel 3  (9-11 Years old)D2: Exploring community events that celebrate and affirmdiversity (Having a nice family picnic at the Gay Pride Parade with its overt sexualisation)Level 4  (11-13 Years old)A4: Critiquing dominant messages about body image and body size,and affirming diversity. (Note: Affirming diversity, not simply understanding it.)D1: Critiquing gendered and sexualised media imagesThe prescribed curriculum teaching multiple genders undermines the human rights of individual teachers, many of whom hold different opinions about who should be discussing Gender Dysphoria with children.  For the majority of teachers, being directed to enforce these controversial beliefs when they don’t believe them will create a learning culture of mistrust, not only within the education body but impacting crucial relationships of trust between student, parent and teacher. The integrity and moral principles of every teacher are being attacked. Teachers also do not have a right to go against the family values of their students, all the while instilling confusion into children, who are hearing misleading educational content.  Research results illustrate the power of environmental influence on human development. Who can a child trust when the teacher is being forced to teach subject matter that is not age or developmentally appropriate? This in turn goes against our mission statement as schools, to provide a safe learning environment. It impacts on the rights of children to be children, instead of pawns in adult world debates.We are interfering with nature by inserting into the curriculum an ideology that is not scientifically sound. The suggested Learning Intentions are not teaching acceptance but encouraging new gender options.  This is no different from having an expectation for children, parents and society to conform to this social engineering. I don’t recall any time in the history of our education system that we have adopted classical conditioning as a teaching tool in our democratic country.SIGN THE PETITION https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_83774/petition-of-helen-houghton-stop-transgender-teaching-inlast_img read more

Navy’s defense extends past the football field for Saturday’s matchup with Army

first_imgThe Midshipmen were intent upon protecting the team’s mascot, Bill the Goat, because there is extensive history of the goat being kidnaped around the time of their game against Army every year.In fact, the goat has been stolen multiple times and the plots for theft featured elaborate schemes where girlfriends have been used as distractions, boats have been docked for extractions and chloroform has been used for submission. Related News “We regularly review our security posture commensurate with the anticipated threat, and that posture also applies to the goats,” an academy spokeswoman said, via the Washington Post. “The anticipated threat to the goats increases greatly as Army-Navy football nears, and thus the security of the goats does increase.”As of halftime there were no reported goat-nappings surrounding the Army-Navy game, so the Midshipmen defense has doing a great job. They even held an effective Army offense to seven first-half points as well, so Navy clearly covered all of their bases.Now let’s see if they can come back to win on the football field. The Midshipmen focused intently on their defense Saturday — and then they matched up with Army.Before the game Saturday, Navy seriously and intently was on guard for precious cargo. This cargo was not a Naval officer or even a high-profile politician, but one with a much hairier appearance. Mountaineers QB Will Grier will skip Camping World Bowl to focus on NFL Draft The possibility of a goat-napping is so severe Navy doesn’t even disclose the location of Bill the Goat anymore. In addition, the school made a statement about protection of the animal officially.last_img read more