Day: December 30, 2017

Cornwall on flood alert from Storm Dylan as heavy rain swells rivers – Cornwall Live

“Please take care in the area and monitor your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages.”

The alerts, issued by the Environment Agency on Saturday evening, read: “Flooding is possible from late on Saturday evening and through Sunday morning due to prolonged heavy rainfall which is expected to cause river levels to rise in the area. At present the expected river levels suggest that primarily there may be flooding to low-lying land and roads.

Prolonged rainfall means the levels of rivers in Cornwall have risen so significantly, leading to concerns of localised flooding.

“Further showers, some of which may be heavy, are then expected throughout Sunday and into New Year’s Day. River levels are therefore likely to remain high throughout this period.

“Bus and train services will probably be affected along with spray and flooding on some roads making journey times longer. Flooding of a few homes and businesses is also possible.”

For Sunday, the forecast is for early rain, heavy at times, will gradually clear to the east. It will leave a mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers, with gales in places. However it will fell warm, with temperatures forecast around 11 degrees centigrade.

The Met Office said: “Heavy rain is expected across much of southeast Wales, southwest England and parts of central and southern England from Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday morning.

California’s real estate gold rush is even boosting Stockton, but at what price? – Los Angeles Times

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California's real estate gold rush is even boosting Stockton, but at what price?
Los Angeles Times
“Now we're seeing rent increases, and it's not like Coastal California, but we're starting to have signs of housing shortages and rising prices,” said Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at University of the Pacific in

Think health financing – The Hindu

in the private sector

Need for incentives

At present, a lot of funds are being earmarked for creating infrastructure. While this is important, it limits the availability of funds for health financing schemes and the only solution is to implement a long overdue increase in health-care budget allocation.

Health coverage is the target of most health insurance schemes. The unfathomable fact, however, is that adequate and comprehensive coverage for a range of services and diseases remains elusive. Curative- and invasive-interventions, such as surgeries and inpatient care, are covered in most public health insurance policies. However, in spite of non communicable diseases (NCD) being held responsible for 60% of all deaths in India, health insurance schemes seem unprepared to meet this disease burden. The absence of coverage for outpatient care and pre-existing diseases is now an impediment to a comprehensive and affordable health insurance cover. Similarly, coverage for diagnostics and health tests remains patchy. A recent study by Brookings India, “Health & Morbidity in India: Evidence and Policy Implications”, indicates that the latter has been the largest contributor to health expenses in urban India.

The gaps

Dr. Karan Thakur is a medical doctor and an administrator

Access to quality health services has remained an abiding challenge for India. Given our complex socio-economic reality and disparities in the quality and availability of health services, the need to focus on health financing is an important economic and social imperative. The key to increasing access to quality health care in India lies in increasing the patient’s ability to pay. The only sustainable way to do this is by increasing insurance cover because price capping, in a country that already enjoys the lowest prices, is simply not sustainable.

Besides focussing on health insurance, we must add quality and outcomes to the important considerations on which a 21st century health system for India is to be created. As the Brookings Study indicates, catastrophic health expenses continue to rise in India, something that India can ill afford. But price control or even increased insurance coverage cannot address this and other challenges. Focus on quality, outcomes and reliability, coupled with greater budget allocation for health care, must all be central to our combined efforts for an accessible, equitable and effective health system. Lastly, weakening our commitment to intellectual property rights ultimately serves to delay the advent of the newest medications and technologies. A recent study by the Commonwealth Fund on drug pricing in the U.S. vis-à-vis 10 other high-income countries suggests innovative centrally negotiated cost control measures and expansion of insurance cover as more effective measures to reduce out-of-pocket spend and control costs.

The current scenario in the country suggests there is a dire need for a movement towards incentives for health coverage. With most incentivised health insurance schemes, premiums are included in the list qualifying for standard deductible. However, this does not benefit the non-tax paying population. Clearly, health coverage needs to be re-evaluated and health insurance needs to become a part of a broader social security bouquet. Similarly, innovative social insurance models also need to be explored.

Year in review: Another year, another Cedar Rapids casino fail – The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Year in review: Another year, another Cedar Rapids casino fail
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
26, state regulators voted 3-2 to reject a casino license for Cedar Rapids — rejecting proposals from two development groups that envisioned three options for an urban casino. The latest effort started in September 2016 when a $40 million “boutique

Ryan Bennett has final say against Bristol City to put Wolves 10 points clear – The Guardian

“When you get a man sent off so early in a game then you firstly have to become compact and defend well, which we did. But what character my players showed to also go forward and create the sort of chances that led to our first goal. I am very proud of the players, but I am already thinking of our next league game against Brentford.”

“You have to give huge credit to Wolves for the character they showed after going down to 10 men. It was very disappointing to lose the game so late, but there was a huge deflection involved so I can’t be too critical of my defenders. Wolves are a good side and it is going to be very difficult to close a 10-point gap on them.”

The City head coach, Lee Johnson, said: “It was a disappointing result because we were in complete control of the game until Frank Fielding was sent off. In retrospect he probably should have let the lad go round him and score so we kept our man advantage. But that is easy to say. Frankie has been fantastic for us this season and had to make a split second decision.

Batth was shown red for a challenge on the left-back Hordur Magnusson in the 14th minute and Nuno was thrilled with the way his side adapted.

He said: “First of all I was sent from the dugout because I encroached one foot on to the pitch, not for any disrespect. We will appeal [against] the Danny Batth sending off. I need to look at it again, but I believe I have seen challenges made against us in the Championship that were not red cards.

Bristol City v Wolves

Wolves players celebrate the winning goal scored by Ryan Bennett against Bristol City, a result that put Wolves 10 points clear at the top of the Championship.
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Ryan Bennett has final say against Bristol City to put Wolves 10 points clear

Nuno Espírito Santo saw his Wolves side go 10 points clear at the top of the Championship after an injury-time winner at Bristol City and insisted: “It was the performance of a team who are growing with every game.”

The manager was in relaxed mood at the end of an eventful afternoon. Wolves had their captain, Danny Batth, sent off early on, and Nuno was also banished to the stands, before Bristol City had their goalkeeper, Frank Fielding, dismissed in the second half.

It looked good for City when, with a man advantage, Bobby Reid gave them a 53rd-minute lead with his 13th goal of the season, a low shot from 12 yards from Jamie Paterson’s pass. But the match turned when the hosts had Fielding sent off on 64 minutes for fouling Matt Doherty, thereby preventing a clear goalscoring chance.

Irish give back by hanging out and having some fun with Orlando area kids – WNDU-TV

The kids in attendance were from area boys and girls clubs in Orlando as well as the neighborhoods surrounding Camping World Stadium.

“They kind of had an idea what these kids go through on a day-to-day basis so the opportunity to spend some time with them today they were pretty excited about,” Irish coach Brian Kelly said. “They like giving back and this is their opportunity after having a lot of fun during the week.”

Saturday was a chance to make someone else’s day as Notre Dame and LSU players came together to give back to area kids in Orlando.

Book spent the better part of an hour hanging out with his friend Cornell. The two even went zip-lining together.

Other Irish players like linebacker Jonathan Jones did a lot of dancing and Dexter Wiliams and Te’Von Coney took pictures in the Citrus Bowl photo booth with kids.

Notre Dame and LSU will kickoff at 1pm on Monday in the Citrus Bowl.

“To be dealing with the boys and girl club is an amazing opportunity,” adds cornerback Julian Love. “When I was that age I didn’t get the opportunity to hang out with the Notre Dame football team or a team like LSU. I think they will really appreciate this. It’s fun we are having fun with them and it’s a great opportunity.”

“It’s awesome to come and hang out with all the kids in the area and hang out a little bit and talk about the game and talk about a bunch of stuff that we both have in common since it’s been awesome,” says Notre Dame backup quarterback Ian Book.

Forecast calls for a frigid New Year’s Eve – Baltimore Sun

“It’s going to be frigid,” said NOAA meteorologist-in-charge James Lee. “Champagne will be freezing in the glass.”

“The first chance of even being around freezing is Wednesday, and even that’s a stretch,” Lee said.

Most of the area recorded less than an inch of snow, including BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, where half an inch of snow fell, according to the National Weather Service. The additional snow Saturday night was expected to lead to “little or no accumulation.”

“Anyone going out any time in the next 48 hours needs to bundle up in layers, and watch out for frozen spots” as a result of Saturday’s precipitation, Lee said.

Maryland, like much of the Midwest, Northeast and South, remains stuck in a pattern of cold weather.

That means New Year’s Eve revelers and Ravens fans heading to Sunday’s 4:25 p.m. game at M&T Bank Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals should dress warmly.

A dusting of snow coated Baltimore and much of Central Maryland early Saturday morning. Scattered snow showers resumed late in the afternoon and were expected to continue into the night.

New California laws cover immigration, marijuana, education – The San Luis Obispo Tribune


But it will be illegal to take and drive a under bill taking effect Jan. 1 that outlaws smoking and ingesting marijuana, just as it’s already unlawful for drivers or passengers to drink alcohol while driving. A separate law that took effect in June bars the possession of open containers of cannabis while driving.

It will be illegal to deny admission to long-term care facilities based on gender identity or sexual orientation or to repeatedly fail to use a resident’s preferred name or pronoun.

Public schools serving low-income students in grades 6 to 12 must provide free tampons and menstrual products in half of restrooms.

Families of youths in the juvenile justice system won’t be charged fees that advocates say many can’t afford to pay under a separate law. Another will require offenders age 15 or younger to consult with attorneys before waiving their rights.

The state minimum wage will increase to $10.50 per hour for businesses with 25 or fewer employees and to $11 per hour for those with 26 or more employees.


New law to limit availability of opioid pain killers – Fayetteville Observer

In 2018, he expects it will consider legislation to further regulate pain management clinics, as some of these have fostered the problem, he said. And he wants lawmakers to review criminal sentencing laws for people caught abusing opioids so that nonviolent offenders can get treatment instead of incarceration.

The legislators want to prevent patients from becoming addicted, and to prevent them from selling the medication to the black market, Davis said. Some doctors need to be more conscientious in how they prescribe the painkillers, he said.

Staff writer Paul Woolverton can be reached at or 486-3512.

The next phase in North Carolina’s effort to stem the opioid addiction crisis takes effect Monday when a new law will restrict how much opioid-based pain medication that medical professionals can prescribe.

The legislature will continue to look at the matter, Davis said, and refine the law as needed.

A study in 2016 found that Wilmington had the highest rate of opioid abuse in the nation, and Fayetteville ranked 18th. North Carolina had four of the top 25 cities for rates of addiction.

The addiction rates showed correlation with communities that had high rates of prescriptions that were misused by patients.