Welch appointed to influential Energy and Commerce Committee

first_imgRep. Peter Welch was named to the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce Monday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced.Energy and Commerce has broad jurisdiction, including oversight of five Cabinet-level departments and seven independent agencies, as well as legislative authority over energy policy, health care, telecommunications, trade, and the environment. The committee s areas of jurisdiction align not only with Welch s top priorities but with a broad swath of President-elect Obama s legislative agenda. This is a tremendous opportunity for Vermonters to have a seat at the table as Congress tackles our nation s most pressing priorities, Welch said. We must reform our health care system, craft a 21st century energy policy and create new, green jobs. On the Energy and Commerce Committee we will be able to directly address these and other issues Vermonters care about most and get this country back on track. The news came on the eve of the 111st Congress, as Welch prepared to be sworn in to a second term in office. Welch will be sworn in today at noon.On the committee, Welch will join incoming Chairman Henry Waxman, who previously served as chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.Waxman said, I am delighted that Peter Welch is joining the Energy and Commerce Committee. Over the last two years, I have worked with him closely on the Oversight Committee and have been extremely impressed by his leadership. His exceptional ability and experience will make an important difference as we moved forward in the new Congress.last_img read more

PhilHealth owes Bacolod hospital P134 million

first_imgGasataya said CLMMRH “badly” need the money to sustain the hospital’s daily expenses amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. He wrote a letter for this call dated July 27 to PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales government.According to Gasataya, CLMMRH medical chief Julius Drilon told him that PhilHealth’s unpaid claims as of June 30 were supposedly intended for the procurement of supplies, like extraction kits, test kits, personal protective equipment, which will be used in the hospital’s molecular laboratory. “If (the reimbursements are) left unsettled, the operations of the hospital would be hampered as expenses for the laboratory consumables per month amount to approximately P7 million,” Gasataya said. BACOLOD City – Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya is urging the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to settle the P134,607,154.94 unpaid claims of Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH).center_img CLMMRH is the only tertiary government hospital in Negros Occidental. The CLMMRH has become the leading institution in the testing and treatment of COVID-19 patients in this province, Gatasaya pointed out./PNlast_img read more

PSA shifts direction under new leadership

first_imgFor the past several weeks, the Political Student Assembly has sponsored multiple events per week, but that might change as the assembly takes a “quality over quantity” approach to becoming an effective resource for politically focused student organizations under the leadership of a new executive director.Edwin Saucedo was voted in as PSA’s executive director Monday following former Executive Director Luke Phillips’ resignation. “PSA as it currently stands is too targeted to people who are already involved,” Saucedo said. “I feel like the purpose of Program Board is to serve the student body as a whole. My goal and vision for the remainder of the semester and the upcoming semester would be to attract a larger audience through political events that bring in big names and appeal to a larger audience … bring that diversity in and make sure everyone in the student body has a chance to become politically involved.”The main purpose of the assembly, one of nine assemblies in Program Board within the Undergraduate Student Government, is to promote political discourse and action among students, a mission they carries out through various speaker and discussion-based events and by supporting the political activism of students and groups on campus. PSA is considered the umbrella organization that supports and advises about 16 member organizations, including the USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans, Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation and Young Americans for Liberty.PSA holds weekly meetings on Mondays for its own executive board members, member organization representatives and students interested in becoming involved in politics at USC. A speaker event typically takes up the first hour of the meeting, while the second hour consists of official business, such as voting on funding requests and which events PSA will co-sponsor with member organizations.USC Red Cross Member President Adrienne Visani serves as her organization’s representative in PSA. She said the assembly allows her to connect with leaders of other organizations and find ways to emphasize USC Red Cross’s political aspects, including international services and human rights.“As a pre-med student, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that people are politically engaged,” Visani said. “It’s one of the reasons I wanted to bring up the political element of USC Red Cross. Because we have a lot of pre-med members, it’s nice to get them exposed to other things that are going on that really do have an impact on people’s health, just not in the way you might think.”Visani said PSA has helped spread the word about her organization’s events, provide a network of support and provide vital funding, such as awarding funds to fly in a guest speaker.Though PSA manages several member organizations, many of opposing viewpoints, the assembly itself is a neutral party. PSA does not endorse any political view, candidate or position, but it does support the right of its constituents to express and lobby for their respective views.PSA Assistant Director Kevin Tsukii said that the assembly vigilantly works to remain nonpartisan at all times.“It’s kind of a struggle to be as impartial as possible, to be unbiased and to welcome as many different viewpoints as possible,” Tsukii said. “We have to find a way to balance all of our programming. It’s being political without favoring one or the other too much and getting people to join the discussion without turning people off.”Though PSA takes a nonpartisan approach, the group does work with member organizations to encourage political engagement within the student body through actions such as registering voters on Trousdale Parkway.Nonetheless, Tsukii said that the differing political views of PSA’s member organizations do surface often.“There’s kind of this underlying tension because you know what other people are thinking when they say things, but it’s really great how we’re able to kind of laugh it off and just get along together and move forward,” Tsukii said. “In an assembly like this, that’s what makes a lot of our events great, the discourse that happens.”In addition to more intimate events about politics, PSA hopes to bring more well-known political figures to campus in the future, according to Saucedo. Last fall, PSA co-sponsored an event that brought comedian and political commentator Bill Maher to speak before a packed audience in Bovard Auditorium.Saucedo also said that PSA will continue to host forums for students to talk about current events. Past events of this nature include a talk about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and those in Hong Kong. “People are really interested in seeing current issues,” Saucedo said. “When we did the Ferguson talks, for example, we had over 70 people because it was a current event. We had a professor come and speak about what it meant and what it means going forward. I want to continue doing these smaller events on topics that are affecting everyone.”Despite the successes of their own events, several members of PSA feel that the organization struggles to combat general apathy toward politics on campus.“It’s a very painfully slow process getting people involved in politics,” said Shikhar Gupta, PSA’s webmaster and a member of two PSA member organizations. “We’ve had really good showing at events at the beginning of the year, but it tapers off. People get busy with midterms, people don’t have the time or might not be engaged in certain issues. It gets frustrating at times, but it’s something that changes over a long period.”Nonetheless, those involved with PSA feel that their goal of increasing political engagement among students, though at times a challenge, is a worthy cause.“People always talk about how the millennial generation is going to have a huge influence on politics, but not yet. Not yet, because we’re still kids,” Phillips said. “But we need to be cultivating the minds of the millennials generation to be thinking about the issues that are going to be facing us as we get deeper into the 21st century. That is where I think PSA is going to have the biggest influence by bringing in inspiring speakers and interesting speakers and by giving students the chance to talk about these issues that they’ll have to deal with 10 or 20 years down the road.”last_img read more

PREVIEW: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Belgium (EURO 2016 Qualifier)

first_img(Source: BHDragons) A goalless draw in Cardiff earned Bosnia a first point in EURO 2016 qualifying, but given the idea that it’s been a disappointing start to the campaign for the team with a home defeat to lowly ranked Cyprus included, there will be a lot to prove and many doubters to silence when the Dragons take to the pitch on Monday night to face one of Europe’s hottest teams in a Belgian side that’s showing signs of rising to prominence in recent times with big fish to fry as they look to qualify for a second consecutive major tournament in two years’ time. With only one point out of two games so far, Bosnia will be desperate to pick up three points and the first win in the qualifying campaign in front of a home crowd in Zenica. A lot is at stake for Bosnian manager Safet Susic in particular, who has been in the heat lately for the national team’s run of bad results. A win would revive confidence among fans and media in his managing abilities.Belgium are coming off a World Cup campaign in Brazil where they went out to eventual runners-up Argentina in the quarterfinals and having brought up some of world football’s most exciting talents in recent years with the likes of Lukaku, Courtois, Hazard, and de Bruyne becoming key members of the Red Devils’ national team and making headlines at the highest level of club football, it’s safe to say that this will be a very different Belgian team altogether in comparison to the one that Bosnia had plenty of success against 5 years ago when back-to-back triumphs over them proved to be the catalyst to Bosnia’s advancement to the playoffs for 2010 World Cup qualifying, where they went out to Portugal and missed out on the finals. Then, Belgium were only considered a decent Pot 3 team that cause some damage to the teams above them, now they may well be ranked amongst the elite countries on the continent and even the world themselves.Both national teams have significantly improved since their last encounter. Bosnia was able to defeat Belgium five years ago with Berberovic, Jahic, Pandza, Nadarevic, Mravac, Muratovic, and other players who have faded from the national team over the years with the inclusion of Lulic, Besic, Hajrovic, Pjanic, etc. Belgium has improved dramatically since, climbing to an incredible #5 in the FIFA Rankings. In the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Belgium crushed Bosnia’s neighbor Serbia in Belgrade by a score of 3-0 and defeated Croatia in Zagreb by a score of 2-1.Belgium are coming into this game on the back of a 6-0 mauling over group whipping boys Andorra, but do have some injury problems to contend with. Axel Witsel is ruled out with a injury he picked up a few weeks ago playing for his club Zenit in Russia whilst they are still sweating on the fitness of Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany, who came off although announced as a precautionary measure midway through last night’s game. Those three aside though, everyone else is available and it will be a near full strength Belgian team that will encounter Bosnia in Zenica on Monday night.For Bosnia though, the injury problems remain very much the same as before the Wales game. Ermin Bicakcic, Sead Kolasinac, Sejad Salihovic, and Goran Zakaric are all out while Emir Spahic has not yet been completely ruled out from playing in the game, even though it does seem unlikely at this stage that he will be able to take part. Should he play though, it would undoubtedly be a massive boost for the Bosnian back four to have their natural and inspirational leader in the man who captained the country for nearly a decade in such a pivotal match that could go a long way towards deciding the immediate future of the national team both in terms of qualifying for the tournament and the security of Susic’s job, not many ways you could bolster your team than by bringing in such an experienced war horse like Spahic into the lineup.Safet Susic will likely field a slightly more defensive team against Belgium than the one against Wales and Cyprus, as he has done so in the past against bigger sides. Vedad Ibisevic may start on the substitutes’ bench in favor of Izet Hajrovic, who will release a lot of pressure from the Bosnian midfield. Also, Mensur Mujdza will likely take on a more defensive role as Hajrovic tracks back on the right wing during Belgium’s counterattacks.Projected Lineup (Bosnia-Herzegovina): Begovic – Mujdza, Sunjic, Hadzic, Lulic – Besic, Medunjanin, Pjanic, T. Susic, Hajrovic – DzekoProjected Lineup (Belgium): Courtois – Alderweireld, Kompany, Lombaerts, Vertonghen – Defour, Nainggolan, De Bruyne, Mertens, Hazard – LukakuClub teammates pitted against each other include Pjanic vs. Nainggolan (Roma), Besic vs. Lukaku (Everton), and Dzeko vs. Kompany (Manchester City). The last time these two sides faced each other was during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.Match Facts:                                                     -Bosnia and Belgium have plenty of history already with each other, with the two teams meeting in qualifying campaigns for both 2006 and 2010 World Cup qualifying. In four meetings, Bosnia came out on top 3 times and Belgium just once. Bosnia have never lost to Belgium at home either.-Belgium qualified for the 2014 World Cup in a group where they toppled three ex-Yugoslav nations in Macedonia, Serbia, and Croatia with 5 wins and a draw in the meetings against those sides. They also beat Wales, one of the rivals in this group and current leaders.-Belgium’s last qualifying defeat was back in October 2011 when a 3-1 loss to Germany ended their hopes of qualification for EURO 2012.-Bosnia have never qualified for a European Championship while Belgium’s last appearance in one was back in 2000, when they co-hosted the tournament along with neighbors Holland.-Jason Denayer and Yannick Carrasco could make their debuts for Belgium if they appear in this fixture, whilst Dujkovic and Kvesic could make theirs for Bosnia if they play.-Bosnia have not gone on a run of three consecutive competitive matches without winning a game since Euro 2012 qualifying when back-to-back draws against France and Portugal along with a heavy defeat in Lisbon to the latter ended hopes of making the cut for Poland/Ukraine that year.The stakes are high and the task isn’t an easy one. A draw wouldn’t necessarily be a bad result, but it’s not the desired one after just picking up a point from the opening two games. Defeat could spell disaster and perhaps the end of Safet Susic’s reign as the head coach of the national team, with a backlash from the supporters and media alike to be expected if it does come down to a bad result here. In terms of qualification for France 2016, the result here will not be decisive but in terms of the immediate future of the national team, it could have severe consequences depending on what is achieved and may bring about the changes needed to restore parity and confidence in the camp with fresh ideas from a new face at the helm. Belgium will pose a serious threat on Monday night, of that we can be sure, but the strength and determination of this team and coaching staff will be tested to its absolute maximum in Zenica and whatever is achieved may well prove to be vital come the end of the campaign as far as qualifying is concerned.last_img read more

Justin Langer backs Aaron Finch to regain form, praises Glenn Maxwell

first_imgAustralia coach Justin Langer on Thursday promised unwavering support for out-of-form Aaron Finch, saying he has no doubts that the limited-overs skipper will soon find his mojo back.Finch’s rough patch has extended to the T20s as he was out for zero and eight in the two T20Is which Australia won to claim their maiden series win in the shortest format in India.”He’s such a good player, such a good person, captain of the team, we know he’ll come good,” Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”We just got to keep giving him plenty of care and support. We know he’ll come good.”Finch has not scored a fifty in his last 19 innings for Australia in limited-overs cricket.However, Langer threw his weight behind Finch.”There’s no more destructive player in the world we talk about ‘Maxi’ [Glenn Maxwell], Marcus Stoinis, a number of our players who can be so destructive but when he’s going, he is as destructive as a player as there is in white-ball cricket,” Langer said.”We know he’ll come good and we’ll be patient with him.”Langer was impressed with the way Finch has conducted himself as a captain during this phase.”Another important part about leadership is that he’s really consistent. We haven’t seen any real change in his personality or his attitude around the group, so that’s a real credit to him. That’s why he is the captain of the team,” he said.”My experience of every captain, the most important thing is they’re playing really good cricket. He’s got to keep his attention on that. He’s got lots of support around him. Like I say, he’s such a good person, he’s got to be Aaron Finch, be himself. He’s doing that.advertisement”He’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. We’ll just keep encouraging him to be himself. His runs will come, keep encouraging him to be himself and I’m sure he’ll come good soon.”While Finch endured a lean patch, teammate Maxwell has been on fire, blasting a 55-ball match-winning 113 in the second T20I. He had also scored a 56 in Vizag.Given his form, Maxwell said a promotion in the batting order in the ODIs might help his game and also the team. The all-rounder was demoted to no 7 following his lean patch.Asked if a potential move up the order for Maxwell is on the cards, Langer said: “We’ll wait and see. We’ll do what’s best for the team I reckon. We’ll see how we go.”Langer said if Maxwell can be more consistent his standing in the game will go to another level.”He’ll be the first to say it, that’s what we’ve been crying out for some time from him. It just goes to show what he can do. When he does things like that, he elevates himself to a world-class performer,” Langer said.”He wants that, we want that and the more he becomes a world-class performer, the more games we win and the more he gets recognised as a great player.”Australia will play India a five-match ODI series against India starting Saturday.Also Read | Glenn Maxwell on viral photo: Think Stoinis, Cummins were genuinely holding handsAlso Read | Having confidence in my game has helped: Glenn Maxwell after Bengaluru heroicslast_img read more