ACA Enrollment In Georgia Falls 16 Percent In 2017

Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings An audio version of this story.0:32More than 9.2 million Americans are covered by the Affordable Care Act this year, about 500,000 less than in 2016.Georgia is among the states where enrollment declined.Nearly 494,000 Georgians signed up for Affordable Care Act in 2017.That’s a 16-percent drop from the previous year, according to Georgia Health News.Most of the enrollees — about 378,000 people — are from Metro Atlanta.The Savannah area had the second-highest number of enrollees with nearly 41,000, followed by the Augusta and Macon markets respectively.President Trump has repeatedly blasted the ACA, also known as Obamacare.He and the Republican-led Congress say they are focused on repealing it.Like us on Facebook    0:32 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Share Related Stories read more

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Ellen, to the Max: Degeneres lands multi-show deal with HBO streaming service

first_imgABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Ellen DeGeneres has teamed up with HBO Max — WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service — for three original straight to series shows, plus another project that’s still in the works.On her syndicated talk show, Ellen revealed that HBO Max subscribers will soon see Ellen’s Home Design Challenge, First Dates Hotel, and the animated series, Little Ellen, as well as the docu-series, Finding Einstein, which is currently in development. “I’m very excited to bring my new shows to HBO Max,” Ellen said, joking, “I don’t know who Max is, but I can’t wait to work with him.”HBO Max is set to launch in the spring of 2020.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Mvelaphanda moves into platinum

first_img27 August 2008Black empowered mining group Mvelaphanda Resources has secured funding from Nedbank Capital to increase its stake in Northam Platinum from 22% to 63%, in a R4-billion deal that will create the fourth-largest platinum producer in the world.According to a Nedbank statement last week, the transaction will be done through directly acquiring Anglo Platinum’s 22% stake in Northam Platinum, as well as through the vending-in of a 100% stake in Booysendal – 50% of which was acquired from Anglo Platinum – to Northam Platinum.Mvelaphanda Resources chairman Lazarus Zim said the company was excited by the prospect of becoming a world-class platinum mining business, which will rank behind Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin, in terms of platinum group metals (PGM) resources.He said that the company was particularly positive about the acquisition of a stake in Booysendal, which still has a life of mine in excess of 100 years. This is as opposed to Northam Platinum, which was only left with a life of mine of 17 years.“Prospects of our continuing presence in the PGM space looks decidedly positive,” said Zim. “This acquisition will strengthen our position both in the western and eastern limbs of the Bushveld where the PGM ore body is mostly found.”A first for platinumAccording to Zim, the acquisition of Booysendal by Northam was a landmark event, creating the first fully integrated, black-controlled platinum mining entity.“This deal reinforces what we envisaged when Mvelaphanda Resources and Afripalm Resources joined forces in 2007, which is to become a pre-eminent black controlled mining house and principal consolidator of key opportunities,” he said.“As we promised at the time, we will continue to unlock value in our operations, diversify our portfolio and achieve a better balance between the existing components of diamonds, gold and platinum as well as pursuing other interests in other commodities.”Nedbank Capital acted as sole arranger and underwriter, as well as advisor to the deal, providing funding of R2.5-billion, with the balance being financed from Mvelaphanda’s own cash resources.Nedbank Capital MD Brian Kennedy said the bank was proud to have structured a deal that would help create an extremely significant BEE player in the platinum mining arena.“This is a continuation of our relationship with Mvelaphanda Resources after Nedbank Capital was involved in financing Afripalm Resources in the acquisition of its stake in Mvelaphanda Resources in 2007,” he said.“This deal marks a historic occasion in the BEE mining space, and we feel honoured to have acted as advisors to the parties involved.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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USA’s Timmy Reyes claims Mr Price Pro title

first_img7 July 2014The USA’s Timmy Reyes claimed the biggest victory of his career at the Mr Price Pro Ballito north of Durban, South Africa on Sunday, defeating Australia’s Matt Wilkinson in six- to eight-foot (1.5- to 2-metre) surf in the final of the event.A former World Championship Tour (WCT) campaigner turned big-wave free-surfer, Reyes opened his account with a 7.17 (out of a possible 10 points) for an early lead off his powerful performance on a reeling right-hander.While Wilkinson answered back with an impressive 9.2 score, Reyes maintained his composure and, using a strategy he had dreamed about, he managed another big score of 8.27 to secure his victory over the Australian.‘The biggest win I have ever had’“This is definitely the biggest win I have ever had in my life,” an emotional Reyes said afterwards.“I knew Matt would get a nine, and he did, but I had a dream a few days ago that I should just sit wide, be patient, and the wave would come to me. Almost every heat I had, the same thing happened and that’s what happened on my 8.25 in the final.”Having returned to the water only two weeks ago after being out for 10 weeks with a shoulder injury, Reyes’s razor sharp performance saw him pocket $40 000 and 6 500 rankings points. His victory also rocketed him from 131st on the Qualification Series (QS) rankings to a remarkable number five in the world, opening the door for a chance to re-qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) in 2015.‘Amazing support’“I’m just going to take it one contest at a time, and one heat at a time and see what happens,” Reyes said. “It’s been a special day for me. Ballito came alive and I’ve had amazing support from the locals and my friend Sid who gave me a home away from home this week.”Wilkinson, currently ranked 33rd on the WCT, was a standout performer, netting some of the highest scoring waves of the competition including, a 9.90 in the semi- finals and a 9.2 in the final. However, he failed to find a second high scoring ride in the final and was forced to settle for a second place finish.‘An unreal event’“It’s been an unreal event. I’ve had so much fun here and the waves have been amazing,” Wilkinson said. “I got that 9.2 under Timmy’s priority, and I thought I had it until I let him take a wave under my priority and he got that 8.2 score. I’m really stoked to come second, but obviously I’m pretty disappointed at not winning.”Tiago Pires of Portugal and Australia’s Adam Melling finished in equal third place.Pires stuck to his game plan in his semi-final decider against Reyes, but with high tide conditions providing few opportunities, found himself with his back against the wall and was narrowly eliminated with 11.26 to Reyes’ 11.50 (both out of 20.00).Strategy“It was a very weird heat for waves, and I had a strategy that didn’t really pay off,” Pires admitted afterwards.“It’s always good to come here and make a few heats and build up a bit of momentum. I’m not really looking for a qualification on the QS, but it’s a pity I didn’t make the final. It’s always big for our careers to win such a prestigious event here in South Africa and one of the longest running ones in the world.”Melling’s strategy also did not pay off in his semi-final against Wilkinson. While Wilkinson kept busy, Melling chose to be patient and soon found himself in a combination situation, needing an excellent scoring ride to advance.‘Stoked’“I’m pretty happy with this result and I’m stoked for ‘Wilko’. He’s been surfing amazingly and I’m glad there’s an Aussie in the final,” Melling said. “Wilko built a lot of momentum in that heat and unfortunately I was just caught sitting around waiting for something that never came.”Finishing in equal fifth place were Brazil’s Filipe Toledo and Jadson Andre, Dillon Perillo of the USA, and Jack Freestone of Australia, who were all eliminated in the quarter- finals.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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How Utilities Can Increase Productivity with Mobile Devices

first_imgRuggedized tablets are bringing computing to the point of service, increasing productivity and reducing costs for utility companies.We caught up with the team at Motion Computing, now Xplore Technologies, to learn more about the total cost of ownership of mobile devices, overcoming that “last mile” with mobile technology, and the benefits of issuing tablets per worker rather than per work truck.Watch the above video clip and let us know what questions you have. How are you leveraging ruggedized tablets?last_img read more

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Richard Johnson looks to ‘family pet’ for his Gold Cup inspiration

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Johnson is not short of reasons to be grateful to Looks Like Trouble, having eventually married Fiona Chance, daughter of the horse’s trainer. “I gained a wife and a father-in-law and everything else out of it,” he recalls cheerily. Just as readily, he admits it was the kind of success which can make the game seem easy when it comes so early in a career.“I definitely didn’t appreciate winning the Gold Cup when I was 22. I think I thought, ‘Oh, these horses come along all the time.’ And then you realise how hard it is just to get a horse good enough to ride in the race, let alone win it.”Johnson has always had a big reputation, which he has justified with more than 3,000 winners. An outsider would imagine he would be a fixture in all the big races but the reality is that jockeys depend for their chances on the trainers and owners who regularly support them. It so happens that Johnson’s backers have come up with just six Gold Cup rides since that heady day in 2000 and only one of those was good enough to make the first three. Share via Email In a field behind Richard Johnson’s Herefordshire home lives a constant reminder that the Cheltenham Gold Cup, jump racing’s most prestigious prize, can be won. Looks Like Trouble, who bore him to glory when the jockey was a mere stripling of 22, has spent a happy retirement with his former rider, who can look out the window and smile about the day they outbattled the classy Irish raider Florida Pearl.But perhaps the old horse’s presence also underlines how long it has been since Johnson, now 40 and the champion jump jockey of British racing, has got his hands on this particular trophy. “He’s the family pet,” Johnson says. “He’s 26, he doesn’t do quite so much but my little girl, Willow, she’s ridden him. He’s a gentle giant.” … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cheltenham That was the doughty chestnut Native River, a game third last year after leading most of the way. On Friday, Johnson climbs aboard the horse for another crack at the Cheltenham Festival’s feature event and his conversation thrums with confidence,“He’s my best ride of the week. I was delighted with him at Newbury last month and he probably has had a better build-up to the race than last year, in that he hasn’t had the stresses and strains of running in two very big handicaps.”No one worked harder than Native River that winter, when he won the Hennessy and then the Welsh Grand National under big weights on his way to Cheltenham. But his trainer, Colin Tizzard, endured a frustrating and winnerless Festival, most of his horses seeming shy of their best. Whether it was stable form or his previous exertions, Native River found something sapping at him up the famous hill climb to the post.“He didn’t quite finish out his race,” recalls Johnson. “At Aintree, Colin’s horses were absolutely on fire again but maybe at Cheltenham they weren’t quite on the same form. And you do need everything in your favour at the Festival. Any little thing gets highlighted there, because it’s such strong, competitive racing.”This time round, Tizzard kept the wraps on Native River until deep into the season, with the Gold Cup as the only focus. He has had a single, impressive run. A softer surface should help him, just as it may be a problem for his main rival, Might Bite, whose stamina for this test is not quite proven. Since you’re here… Share on Twitter After the Presidents Club scandal, hurdles await at Cheltenham and Cannes Simon Goodley Facebook Looks Like Trouble and Richard Johnson go clear of Florida Pearl, ridden by Paul Carberry, on their way to victory in the 2000 Gold Cup. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Horse racingcenter_img Cheltenham Festival Twitter Cheltenham Festival 2018 Topics Read more Cheltenham Festival 2018 racing tips: the week’s best bets Share on Facebook Read more features Pinterest Share on Pinterest “Everything, as much as it can be, is right on target for him and he goes there hopefully with a great chance and conditions to suit. That’s all you can ask for and we’ll find out.”Johnson has been the most successful British-born jockey at the Festival, where he has enjoyed 22 winners. Most have been supplied by his longtime collaborator Philip Hobbs, but the Minehead trainer’s winter has been undermined by an equine virus. He believes his horses are now healthy but most have seemed short of their best on the track. “They’ve been working really hard to get the horses back,” Johnson says. “It’d be lovely to finish the season on a bit of a roll. There’s a lot of horses to look forward to for next year anyway.” The jockey believes Louis’ Vac Pouch and Crooks Peak give the two men their best chances of success at this Festival.The critical thing is to get on the scoresheet. “The Festival, if anything, has grown bigger and bigger over the last 10 years. It’s a massive sporting occasion now and you want to do well there. It’s a long week when you don’t have a winner.” Reuse this content Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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12 days agoMan Utd, Liverpool target Kai Havertz admits Low transfer influence

first_imgMan Utd, Liverpool target Kai Havertz admits Low transfer influenceby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz says he’ll speak to Germany coach Joachim Low for advice on his transfer.Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been attributed with interest in the 20-year-old, who starred for Germany in their recent draw with Argentina.The attacking midfielder netted 20 goals across all competitions for Bayer last season and is seen as one of the next big things on the continent, leading to rising interest in his signature.“I listen to many people but in the end it will be my decision. “I will embrace any advice Low will give me because he has a lot experience – it wouldn’t be smart to not listen to him,” he said. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Fuel public transportation likely to see a hike in prices in coming

first_imgTwo hikes in the per-liter price of fuel could hit drivers’ pocketbooks this month, and taking a bus or a taxi won’t help save much money, as those rates are set to increase as well.The first increase in fuel prices could be approved in the second half of the month and would mean a ₡26 increase in the per-liter price of “Super” gasoline, a ₡25 increase for “Plus” gasoline, and a ₡19 increase for diesel.The National Oil Refinery (RECOPE) also has requested a hike in profit margins on fuel prices, as set by the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP). If approved, fuel prices would jump again this month by 47 percent. ARESEP, however, rejected a similar request from RECOPE last year.The regulatory agency also is studying a request for a ₡10 increase in taxi fares, which could be approved later this month. If it moves forward, the base taxi fare will increase from ₡605 to ₡615 ($1.14-1.16). In addition, cabs providing service to Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside the capital, could increase base fares by ₡40.ARESEP also is evaluating an increase in bus fares for routes across the country. If approved, those hikes could take effect in early April. The increases would total about 1 percent on average, the agency reported.ARESEP officials currently are preparing public hearings to allow citizens opposed to the increases to express their opinions. Facebook Comments Related posts:Electricity rates to remain unchanged through December 2015 Fuel prices to increase again, setting yet another record high in August RECOPE asks for fourth consecutive decrease in fuel prices Fuel prices to drop this weeklast_img read more

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Australians still travelling to Germany

first_imgThe number of Australians travelling to Germany in the past year has increased, said the German National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) in Sydney yesterday.After experiencing a -4.9% slump in visitor numbers in 2009, Germany bounced back as a destination in 2010, highlighted by a growth of 29% in room nights booked by Australians. “Even in these difficult times, and despite visitor numbers from other countries dropping off, Australia has continued to be a stable market for German tourism”, GNTO head of Australian marketing and sales Maike Bates told guests at a media lunch at Sydney’s Etch restaurant.The festive spirit was well and truly in the air at yesterday’s event, with guests being urged upon arrival to participate in the making and decorating of traditional German gingerbread houses.“Christmas in Germany is a time of good food and mulled wine”, Ms Bates said.In 2011, Germany will play host to the 125th anniversary of the automobile with 125 days of celebrations, as well as the women’s World Cup, for which Australia’s Matildas have qualified. Health and wellness tourism will also be a major focus for the GNTO next year, with Germany boasting a number of state-of-the-art spa and health resorts. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Cologne – one of the big winners for German tourism in 2010last_img read more

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