Today’s headlines include reports about a new effort launched by the Obama administration and insurers to fight health care fraud. Kaiser Health News: Olympians Face Unique Health Insurance OptionsKaiser Health News staff writer Christian Torres reports: “You might not have the physique of an Olympic athlete, but you could have health insurance like one. That’s the point of a series of ads this year from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the official supplier of health insurance for Team USA. … The Olympic hopefuls often have other policies, too, especially given their high risk for injury and EAHI’s very high deductible. Still, the plan provides what the USOC describes as “a level of base support … in order to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses incurred by insured athletes for costs of medical care” (Torres, 7/26). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Tiffany West: The Role Of Local Health Departments (Video)In this Kaiser Health News video, Tiffany West, the chief of strategic information on HIV/AIDS for the D.C. Department of Health, tells Joanne Silberner that innovative tools and strategic spending can cut into DC’s epidemic. Read the transcript or watch the video.Kaiser Health News: From Zambia To Kansas City: One Woman’s AIDS OdysseyKCUR’s Elana Gordon, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Diagnosed here by chance, Seemani received life-saving care, asylum and eventually U.S. citizenship. If her HIV status had been documented when she applied to come to this country on a work-study visa, she likely would have been denied entry. Up until two years ago, the U.S. banned anyone with HIV from traveling to the country. The change in that policy is what led to the International AIDS Conference taking place in D.C.” (Gordon, 7/26). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Former Obama Adviser Chosen As Commonwealth Fund PresidentNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Jordan Rau reports: “The Commonwealth Fund, one of the nation’s largest health care philanthropies, has named Dr. David Blumenthal as its new president” (Rau, 7/26). Check out what else is on the blog.The New York Times: Hospitals Are Worried About Cut In Fund For The UninsuredPresident Obama’s health care law is putting new strains on some of the nation’s most hard-pressed hospitals, by cutting aid they use to pay for emergency care for illegal immigrants, which they have long been required to provide (Bernstein, 7/26).The New York Times: For Big Drug Companies, A Headache LoomsIt would seem a business executive’s dream: legally pay a competitor to keep its product off the market for years. Congress has failed to stop it, and for more than a decade generic drug makers and big-name pharmaceutical companies have been winning court rulings that allowed it. Until this month (Wyatt, 7/26).Los Angeles Times: How Will Social And Religious Issues Factor Into 2012 Election? Will Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith hurt him among evangelical (or other) voters? Will President Obama lose support among Catholics, a key voting bloc, because of his positions on abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage? In short, will social and religious issues play a significant role in this election, as they have in the past? Two polls released Thursday suggest an answer: Not so much (Landsberg, 7/26).The Washington Post: Health-Care Fight Far From Over For NFIBNo one fought harder against the health-care reform law than the National Federation of Independent Business, which led the legal charge against the divisive legislation all the way to the Supreme Court. Now, with the law upheld and the political spotlight turning back to tax relief and spending cuts, we wondered where the small business group would shift its attention and resources. Turns out, right back to health care (Harrison, 7/26).The Associated Press/Washington Post: In New Effort On Health Care Fraud, Government And Insurers To Share Data On Suspect Billings Stepping up their game against health care fraud, the Obama administration and major insurers announced Thursday they will share raw data and investigative know-how on a scale not previously seen to try to shut off billions of dollars in questionable payments (7/26).NPR: Feds And Health Insurers Partner To Fight FraudThe Obama administration is enlisting new allies to fight health care fraud: insurers. Today the Departments of Health and Human Services and Justice announced a partnership with more than a dozen health insurers and industry groups to nip fraudulent schemes in the bud, instead of tracking down bad guys after the fact (Rovner, 7/26).USA Today: Companies, Government To Share Health InfoInsurance companies, local governments and the federal government will trade health care billing information to help spot fraud trends, the Obama administration announced Thursday (Kennedy, 7/26).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Panetta, Shinseki Acknowledge Frustration In Streamlining Military Health CareSecretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki acknowledged Wednesday that they have been frustrated by departmental bureaucracy in their attempts to streamline military health care for severely wounded service members (7/26).The New York Times’ City Room: Con Ed And Union Reach Contract AgreementThe terms of the four-year accord were not announced. Con Ed had angered the union by demanding changes in pension and health care benefits and by cutting off union workers’ health insurance at the beginning of the lockout, which was a defensive measure against the threat of a strike. The company reinstated health coverage after workers had been off the job for two weeks (Barron and Newcomer, 7/26).The Washington Post: Growing Old With HIVThe challenges of managing as well as preventing HIV among older Americans were a major theme at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington this week, which closes Friday with a speech by former president Bill Clinton (Sun, 7/26).The Washington Post: AIDS Research Renews Hope For A ‘Functional Cure’Two studies presented at the 19th International AIDS Conference and one published this week in a journal have given researchers renewed hope that a cure for AIDS may be possible. None of the strategies are easy, proved or ready for prime time. But all involve procedures or drugs that are already in use and are able to be deployed widely if further research bears out the early findings (Brown and Botelho, 7/26).NPR: Two More Nearing AIDS ‘Cure’ After Bone Marrow Transplants, Doctors SayThe so-called Berlin patient is famously the only person in the world who has been cured of HIV. But he may soon have company. Harvard researchers got an enthusiastic response from an overflow crowd when they presented the first report on the patients at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. (Knox, 7/26). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: July 27, 2012
small insects also let Zhang Kangliang play out of the pattern, and with these tricks also earn money, creating the industry formed its own brand. Have to say do not look down on any industry.
"culture are insectivorous family, career heights
2002 in June, Zhang Kangliang went to Yunnan to visit Nu River, see the local villagers in Derung with wild pupae as delicacy. It touched the business – Zhang Kangliang can not only watch the insect nerve, can also eat corn, mealworms, ants, locusts, crickets, cicadas, Hu Feng, pupa and so can into the dish. With this new idea, Zhang Kangliang has four times to go to Guangdong, Yunnan, Guizhou, with a monthly salary of $9000 to hire insects master, to develop local chefs and the development of a series of insect food. November, Zhang Kangliang and 100 thousand yuan as a starting gold, in Nanchang, the bustling section of the road to rent a store of more than and 300 square meters, the official to enter the carnivorous industry.
2002 in December 10th, Zhang Kangliang and the local culinary Association jointly organized the insect food festival, to the patrons of insects are high protein, nutrient rich, low fat and cholesterol content of green food. In order to allow the public to accept the insect food, they improved the processing method of insects, introduced different tastes crispy, spicy food, let passers-by free taste after purchase. Already tired of eating fish and ducks diners began to come to Zhang Kangliang’s carnivorous shop, business is booming up slowly. The store of fried carnivorous crickets, cricket legs, curry fried chicken three dishes especially popular with the customers, and even attracted many foreign guests to patronize.
2004, 25 year old Zhang Kangliang has found a new business opportunity
D’Urban Park controversy…Finance Minister tells them to “take it or leave it”Contractors are likely to be majorly underpaid for works done at the D’Urban Park complex and Finance Minister Winston Jordan told them they can either “take it or leave it.”Finance Minister Winston JordanThe Minister added that those contractors who are dissatisfied with their underpayment, are free to file lawsuits against the building company, Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) – which was clandestinely registered for the purpose of collecting monies for the D’Urban Park Project.Artist’s impression of the proposed D’Urban Park ProjectThe D’Urban ParkJordan told the yearend press briefing on Monday that the company still owes approximately $298 million to contractors but he noted that Government will not be releasing any more monies.Government on December 14 approved an additional $500 million to be paid out from the Consolidated Fund to a number of contractors and other persons owed varying amounts for works done on the controversial Jubilee Park Project.But the $500 million is inadequate to meet the debts of the company, which owes contractors some $798 million altogether.“Government indicated that it can only accommodate the $500 million as the full and final settlement. What that means is that HDI will have to pay some apportionment relative to the debts owed. This is a ‘take it or leave it’ situation. If you were owed $2 million by HDI, and it works out that you will only get paid $1.2 million, then you could either accept $1.2 million as the full and final settlement or you could sue HDI,” the Finance Minister explained.The Minister refused to expand on his proposal for the disgruntled contractors to file a lawsuit against the building company, shutting down further questions on the matter.“I don’t want to answer any more questions on this,” he expressed, noting that he will only disclose information relative to the financial aspect of the D’Urban Park scandal.It is assumed that the company does not generate its own revenue since it relied on monies from donations and from the public purse for the construction of D’Urban Park.President David Granger had described HDI as a “special purpose” company, setup with the sole purpose of overseeing the D’Urban Park development.It is therefore puzzling regarding the source of the finance for legal proceedings if HDI is sued for underpaying the contractors.Government already pumped $400 million into the D’Urban Park Project, which has been shrouded in secrecy since its inception in 2015.Only several weeks ago it was finally disclosed that a private company was registered in January to collect donations which were given since the previous year towards to D’Urban Park development.Questions still abound regarding which entity collected the monies that were donated before HDI was established. Concerns were also voiced about the absence of public tendering for a project that amounted to close to $1 billion.Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine is a director of HDI but Government never disclosed this information.Following a motion brought by Opposition parliamentarian Bishop Juan Edghill, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson finally announced to the National Assembly the list of those who sat as directors of the company.He failed to disclose that his cabinet colleague was a director, and the coalition Administration is yet to offer an explanation regarding why this information was withheld and what process was undertaken for the Education Minister to be sitting as a director.Other affiliates of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government including Larry London is also a director of HDI.Patterson’s Ministry subsequently took over work of the D’Urban Park Project after Government realised that HDI had run out of resources to complete the arena in time for the country’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.Government also cited the shoddy works done as reasons for the Public Infrastructure Ministry to take over the project.Meanwhile, Minister Patterson had told the House that a total of $27.7 million was received in the form of donations from private individuals and entities, while another $37 million came about ‘in kind’. As it relates to the donations, the Minister provided a list to the House.The Opposition is calling on the Auditor General to conduct an immediate forensic audit into all revenues, expenditure and donations received. It contends that the coalition Government attempted propagate the impression that D’Urban Park was privately funded when only less than 10 per cent of the financing was from private individuals. (Devina Samaroo)
FIFA Member Association Service Director Theodore Giannikos is satisfied with the progress made at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Technical Centre, after yesterday assessing the construction of a 24-room dormitory building at the University of the West Indies (UWI) – based facility. The first phase of the project was completed at a cost of US$480,000 ($61 million) and the second and final phase is expected to start this month end, costing US$620,000 (J$78.7 million). It is projected to be finished in six months. “I am impressed. I think it is a good step towards the development of football in the country,” Giannikos told The Gleaner. “This is creative work, very important help to football. The federation will have a very good base to build from (when the building is completed) to help young footballers develop,” he also added. JFF’s general secretary Raymond Grant says the second phase of the project was sent to FIFA for approval. “The second phase is before FIFA for approval by March 28. If approved a contract should be signed between FIFA and YP Seaton (local contractors for the project),” Grant said. “The good thing is that FIFA is satisfied with the plan, so work is expected to start later this month,” the general secretary said. According to JFF president Captain Horace Burrell it is long time coming but worth the wait. “I’m extremely happy that phase one of the project is completed. The project has taken a long time but the vision is for the future. It will benefit generations to come. A lot has gone into the project. It is about the development of our football. Christopher Shaw, project consultant explained that the three storey building will consist of 24 fully furnished double occupancy rooms, a lobby, manager’s office, patio, canteen, technical area, library, cold storage and meeting area. The property is on lands leased to the JFF by the UWI for 49 years.