The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order Monday protecting some stimulus checks from being seized by creditors to pay past-due bills, but the decision drew a dissent from Justice Geoffrey Slaughter, who asserted the court was overstepping its role.Indiana Legal Services, along with Prosperity Indiana, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and Indiana Institute for Working Families, had petitioned the court to protect the payments that are being issued as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The groups told the court that the checks were intended to help households cover basic necessities such food and rent during the COVID-19 emergency. As such, creditors including auto dealers, credit card companies and hospitals should not be allowed to scoop stimulus money from their debtors.The court order granted in part and denied in part the request for relief.As part of the order, state courts are prohibited from issuing new orders that place a hold on, attach or garnish stimulus payments that are deposited into a debtor’s account.However, the protection of the stimulus money does not apply to judgments or orders for child support. Also, any previously issued court orders placing a hold on a debtor’s account must be subjected to a hearing before any protection is provided to the stimulus funds. Debtors with such holds on their accounts can request a hearing and make an argument about the stimulus payment being exempted under state or federal law. The majority countered the dissent written by Slaughter. Asserting it could suspend the issuance of all holds, attachments or garnishment orders during the coronavirus outbreak, the court maintained such a step would impede legitimate collection efforts.“But as the Court can rightfully take that drastic step, it does not overstep the judicial role to order a much narrower and more carefully tailored subset of that relief during the period of this national and state public health emergency,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote for the majority joined by justices Steven David, Christopher Goff and Mark Massa.In his dissent, Slaughter said the Indiana Supreme Court was going beyond its judicial boundaries. Instead of sticking to its constitutional duty of solely interpreting the law, he wrote, the state’s highest court was making law by extending protections that Congress did not enact.“The Court today invokes our original jurisdiction, with which we supervise the practice and procedure in Indiana courts, to issue an emergency rule providing what is tantamount to substantive legal relief,” Slaughter wrote. “We do so based on the view that individual stimulus payments that Congress recently appropriated under the CARES Act are to be used for life’s necessities and, thus, should be exempt from garnishment and attachment by debt collectors and judgment creditors. Whether or not this result is what Congress intended, it is not what Congress enacted. Nowhere did Congress declare these payments to be off-limits to collectors and creditors. And, to date, neither has our legislature.”As part of its review of the petition, the court invited responses from the creditors’ bar. Those who provided additional briefing included Perry Law Office the International Association of Commercial Creditors and Rubin & Levin, which was joined by Blitt and Gaines and Stenger & Stenger.According to the court, the creditors and their law firms objected to the breadth of the requested relief but they all agreed the stimulus payments should be protected against garnishment by judgment creditors. Also, the court received a copy of the letter sent by the American Bankers Association and other organizations, urging Congress to clarify the CARES checks are exempt from garnishment.The order will remain in effect until Gov. Eric Holcomb declares the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency or until the court issues a subsequent order. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Indiana Supreme Court Partially Shields COVID-19 Stimulus Checks From Debt CollectionApril 20, 2020 | Marilyn Odendahl
TAGSdistributionElkhart CountyfoodFood Bank of Northern IndianafreeKosciusko CountyLaPorte CountymobileOctoberscheduleseptemberSt. Joseph Countystarke county Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Facebook Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – St. Joseph County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 101 N. Adams Street, South Bend, IN 46628This mobile food distribution is sponsored by Saint Joseph Health System and will serve up to 300 households. Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook By Brooklyne Beatty – September 25, 2020 0 417 Thursday, October 1, 2020 – St. Joseph County3 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDTWHERE: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601This mobile food distribution is sponsored by Saint Pius X Church. Thursday, October 1, 2020 – Starke County10 a.m. – Noon CDTWHERE: James R. Hardesty Hamlet/Davis Township Fire Station and Community Center, 15 West Indiana Ave., Hamlet, IN 46532This mobile food distribution is sponsored by the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund through the Starke County Community Foundation. Twitter Pinterest Previous articleNew traffic-focused officer unit created in St. Joseph CountyNext articleMan, 35, shot during armed robbery in Benton Township Brooklyne Beatty (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has released its mobile food distribution schedule for the week of September 28.During distribution, food items are offered free of charge on a first come, first served basis. Food is distributed drive-thru style, so remain in your vehicle and pop open your trunk to receive your items.The schedule is as follows:Monday, September 28, 2020 – Elkhart County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Concord Mall, 3701 S. Main Street (by Carson Pirie Scott), Elkhart, IN 46517 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – LaPorte County10 a.m. – Noon CDTWHERE: Marquette Mall, 201 W. US 20 (outside of J.C. Penney), Michigan City, IN 46360 Google+ Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Sept. 28-Oct. 1 WhatsApp Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – Kosciusko County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Kosciusko County Fairgrounds, 1400 E. Smith Street (Front Parking Lot), Warsaw, IN 46580
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong rang in 2019 with their biggest headlining show to date at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE. As per tradition, the group used the celebration to incorporate a theme, “New Year’s stEve”, exploring the various Steves in music history. With Stevie Wonder as the centerpiece of the theme, the Pigeons also incorporated covers of Aerosmith, Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Steve Miller Band, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and more to play on the various musical “Steves”.Midway through the band’s first set, Magic Bean’s keyboardist Casey Russell and the West End Blend horns joined Pigeons Playing Ping Pong onstage for an extended double-decked “Whoopie”, built up with the grooves of Stevie Wonders’ “I Wish”, and teased Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” and Wonders’ reggae jam ode to Bob Marley “Master Blaster”.Watch pro-shot video of Pigeons’ “Whoopie > I Wish > Master Blaster > Whoopie” below:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong w/ Casey Russell & West End Blend horns – “Whoopie > I Wish > Master Blaster > Whoopie”[Video: Ninja Video]After an incredible year of playing their first headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheater, the halftime show at Madison Square Garden, meeting John Mayer and Bob Weir, and playing dozens of festivals and hundreds of shows, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has concluded and celebrated a grand 2018. The Flock is at its highest and most energetic than ever before, and we’re excited to see what this year has in store for these groovy, psychedelic Pigeons.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong / Stage AE / Pittsburgh, PA / 12/31/18Set 1: Burning Up My Time > Offshoot > Sweet Emotion^  > Offshoot, Somethin’ For Ya > Medicated Goo^ , Whoopie*~ > I Wish^*~#  > Master Blaster^*~  > Whoopie*~, Yo Soy Fiesta, Boogie On Reggae Woman*~”  > Superstition*~”  > PoseidonSet II: Porcupine > Edge of Seventeen^  > Porcupine, Sir Duke*& , Drunk People > Smoke On The Water^@  > Abracadabra^  > The Chain^  > Drunk People, Ocean Flows% > Auld Lang Syne > Isn’t She Lovely^@  > Auld Lang Syne >, King Kong* > Signed, Sealed, Delivered*  > King Kong*, Fortress*, Living For The City^*  > Horizon > Lenny^  > HorizonEncore: Schwanthem*Notes:“New Year’s stEve”^ First time played Aerosmith (Steven Tyler) Traffic (Steve Winwood)* w/ West End Blend horns~ w/ Casey Russell (Magic Beans) on keys# w/ Wild Wild West tease Stevie Wonder“ Last time played 9/05/2015 Stevie Nicks& Last time played 7/06/2011 Deep Purple (Steve Morse)@ Instrumental Steve Miller Band Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks), Outro only% w/ NYE countdown Stevie Ray Vaughn
When you’re hospitalized and the regular doctor is out sick, on vacation, or at a conference, you’re increasingly likely to receive treatment not from the doctor’s colleague or another staff physician but by an outsider hired to fill in, like a substitute school teacher.The trend, a multibillion-dollar industry, is fueled by physician staffing shortages and shifting employment patterns.But do these temps — so-called locum tenens physicians — provide the same level of care as the doctors for whom they’re filling in? The answer appears to be yes, at least when it comes to death rates in the month following treatment, according to research led by Harvard Medical School (HMS) and published Dec. 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The findings, based on a review of millions of Medicare hospitalization records, provide the first insights into this booming business. The results show that patients treated by substitute doctors and regular hospital staffers had similar death rates in the 30 days following hospitalization.Yet the researchers caution there were some small but statistically significant differences in other measures. Patients treated by substitute physicians had somewhat higher spending and slightly longer hospitalizations.“Our findings so far are reassuring, but some of the trends we found demand that we look more closely at how the system works in a more granular way,” said study senior author Anupam Jena, the Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at HMS.Temporary docs might pick up shifts at a number of hospitals around a single metropolitan area, or they might travel across the country to work in a rural hospital far from their homes, Jena explained.These doctors generally do not have any relationship with their patients, are not familiar with the local community, and may never have worked with the hospital’s electronic health records system, staff, or network of local facilities to which patients may be discharged after hospitalization, the researchers said.The researchers analyzed 1.8 million Medicare hospital admissions that took place between 2009 and 2014, using algorithms that allowed the analysts to compare the results for doctors working with similar patients at similar hospitals. Nearly 40,000 of the 1.8 million admissions received care from substitute doctors. In that time frame, one of 10 physicians was replaced by a substitute doctor.Patients who received care from substitute physicians were no more likely to die within a month of hospital admission (8.8 percent of those patients died) than those who received care by regular staff physicians (8.7 percent died in that group).However, when the researchers analyzed various subgroups within the overall sample, they noticed some worrisome trends. Hospitals that used substitute physicians less often had somewhat worse patient mortality outcomes. Daniel Blumenthal, HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and the study’s first author, said the finding might be due to the geographic remoteness of these hospitals, to limited financial resources, or to a lack of robust support systems to help temporary doctors plug into the hospitals’ systems.“As the marketplace shifts and employment patterns fluctuate, we owe it to our patients to make sure that the way we cover for doctors who are out of the office is safe and effective,” Blumenthal said.Co-authors of the study included Andrew Olenski of Columbia University and Yusuke Tsugawa of the University of California, Los Angeles.This study was supported by funding from the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health.
Source: BARRE, Vt. and CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Northern Power Systems, Inc. (www.northernpower.com(link is external)), a next-generation wind energy company and leading manufacturer of community wind turbines in Barre, today unveiled a Wind for Schools package that will help more schools produce their own wind power and engage their students and communities in realizing the benefits of renewable energy. Announced at WINDPOWER 2009, the package outfits educational institutions with a Northwind 100 wind turbine, standards-based K-12 curriculum that is customized and linked to real-time turbine data and web-based access for students and community members.The Wind for Schools package arrives at a particularly critical juncture as schools in the United States face ballooning utility costs and look to take advantage of opportunities presented by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The bill provides over $2.5 billion in grants to help state and local governments fund their renewable energy projects via the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG), and also authorizes an additional $1.6 billion in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs), which schools can take advantage along with various state and local incentive programs.“Our Northwind 100 is perfectly suited to meet the energy, aesthetic and budgetary requirements of schools and universities,” said Jim Stover, Vice President of Product Management at Northern Power Systems. “Now, with our comprehensive Wind for Schools package that includes a ready-made curriculum and other supporting products, we can give schools everything they need to save on electricity costs, improve environmental performance and educate a future generation of leaders on the dimensions of a green economy.”Across the country, elementary and secondary schools spend over $4.1 billion on energy and use over 50 billion kilowatt hours of electricity every year. At 100kW of rated power, a Northwind 100 can offset a large portion of the energy costs for an individual school with a turbine that is sleek, quiet and aesthetically suited to the community. More importantly, with Northern Power Systems’ new package, faculty can teach students the benefits of renewable energy, the value of environmental stewardship and the potential of exciting new career paths.“For Schools, the opportunity is not only to educate tomorrow’s leaders about energy and the environment, but also to gain real savings that can translate to teacher positions, arts programs, facility improvements and even other renewable energy projects,” stated Patricia Barry, Environmental Agent for the Medford Clean Energy Committee in Medford, MA. The city recently installed a Northwind 100 at its local elementary and middle school and their PublicView website is fully operational at: https://smartview.northernpower.com/public/medford(link is external)Similar school-based projects have been installed or planned at other educational institutions across the country such as:Appalachian State College, North CarolinaNature’s Classroom, MassachusettsWassau High School, WisconsinRichland Community College, IllinoisNew England Tech, Rhode IslandThe Wind for Schools package, designed specifically to meet the permitting and budgetary needs of schools and communities, includes the following products and services:Northwind 100 wind turbine: Northern Power Systems’ permanent magnet direct drive technology is recognized as an industry breakthrough.Education Curriculum: Co-created by the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), this curriculum set outfits instructors and students with educational guides, kits to conduct hands-on activities and a custom curriculum designed to work specifically for use with Northern Power Systems’ Northwind 100 and StudentView program.A complete set of monitoring and data acquisition tools chosen from Northern’s Smartview product family:AdminView: monitoring, reporting and turbine control for administrators and facility managers.StudentView: a classroom interface that includes site-specific datasets for use with the custom curriculum.PublicView: real-time data and mini-trends, customized with your school’s logo and links that allow schools to share their success with the local community and other schools across the Internet.Interactive Kiosk: A touch screen display for students and community members that highlights school-specific project work and serves as a focal point for field trips and events.About Northern Power SystemsNorthern Power Systems has over 30 years of experience in developing advanced, innovative wind turbines. In August 2008, Northern was established as stand-alone wind energy company when private investors acquired the business from Distributed Energy Systems (NASDAQ: DESCQ). A subsequent funding round in September 2008 brought the total available working capital to more than $40 million.The company’s next generation wind turbine technology is based on a vastly simplified architecture that utilizes a unique combination of permanent magnet generators and direct-drive design. This revolutionary new approach delivers higher energy capture, eliminates drive-train noise, and significantly reduces maintenance and downtime costs. The company currently manufactures the Northwind 100 turbine, designed specifically for community wind applications such as schools/universities, businesses, commercial farms, and municipalities. Next year, the company plans to launch a 2.2MW turbine into the utility-scale marketplace for wind farm applications. Northern Power Systems is a fully integrated company that designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines into the global marketplace from its headquarters in Vermont, USA. For additional information visit www.northernpower.com(link is external).
By Marcos Ommati / Diálogo August 26, 2019 The United States and its South American partners are committed to working together to address hemispheric challenges affecting Latin America and beyond, the U.S. Southern Command commander said in his opening remarks at the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC), which took place in Natal, Brazil, August 20-22. U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller joined South American security leaders for discussions on regional defense cooperation in response to hemispheric challenges, the main topic of this year’s conference.“Seventy-two years ago — right here in Brazil — U.S. President Harry Truman and Brazilian President Eurico Dutra, along with 17 other heads of state from throughout the Americas, signed the Rio Treaty. This treaty provided a framework for our militaries to enhance interoperability and our collective defense against regional challenges. We have been guided by a shared commitment to regional collaboration ever since — a commitment that we still share today, as we face new threats to our hemisphere’s peace and security,” Adm. Faller said.Speaking to attendees at the start of the conference, Brazilian Air Force General Raul Botelho, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, “The countries present share the same geographical space and have developed, throughout history, a great interest in various fields such as the cultural, social, religious, and environmental areas ,but mainly with regard to Defense. SOUTHDEC 2019 is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the bonds that unite us.”Gen. Botelho also highlighted the fact that military forces are routinely called upon to aid citizens adversely impacted by natural disasters.The Brazilian Minister of Defense, Army General Fernando Azevedo e Silva, also present, said that “our continent stands out due to a long period of stability, as a result of the excellent relations that have been historically cultivated by our countries and by cooperation initiatives. However, we know that the world is going through a time of transition, with a variety of new threats and non-State actors who are fleeing from traditionalism, imposing pressure on the global system. This requires a joint effort to neutralize them. That is why meetings like this are so important.”Throughout the two-day conference, senior defense leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and the United States discussed in detail how the region’s militaries can improve their joint capabilities in the event humanitarian assistance is needed in what they called “the day after,” in Venezuela. Participants also discussed new opportunities for collaboration in joint efforts and lessons learned, among other complex challenges currently facing the region.
Credit union board directors who want to improve their strategic policymaking skills have a new tool from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The agency announced a new video on Friday, “Credit Union Policies and Procedures,” along with a summary of best policy practices and resources.This is the second in the NCUA’s planned series of seven videos covering topics important to credit union directors.Vanessa Lowe, an economic development specialist with NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives, narrates the three segments included in the newest module on policy development. The video covers:How a board is responsible for the development of key policies;Major policies all credit unions should have in place; and,Key differences between policies and procedures. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles paid tribute to Britain’s state-run National Health Service on its 72nd birthday on Sunday, expressing pride in how it has coped with the COVID-19 pandemic.Both have recovered after contracting the coronavirus, with Johnson having said the NHS saved his life, “no question”, after he was admitted to intensive care with severe COVID-19 symptoms.Johnson was expected to join in a “Clap for Carers” at 5 p.m. (1600 GMT), a reprise of what had been a weekly tribute to doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers during the height of lockdown. Topics : “This year, we’ve seen not only the greatest challenge the NHS has ever faced, but also an unprecedented outpouring of affection and support for that institution,” Johnson said in a video tribute.The NHS was founded on July 5, 1948 by Aneurin Bevan, who was health minister in the Labor government at the time. He said the taxpayer-funded service should be free at the point of delivery, with treatment based on clinical needs and not a person’s ability to pay.Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth’s son and heir to the throne, said this founding principle was a “profoundly moving statement of our values” which was never more relevant than now.He paid tribute to the sacrifices made by the staff of the NHS to provide treatment to more than 100,000 patients who have been treated in hospital for COVID-19. He has said he was lucky to get away with only mild symptoms from his diagnosis, and was not admitted to hospital.”To all who have given so much during this present danger, I just want to say that it is you who have been our shield. It is your hands that have held us up,” he said in a video message.”Despite all that has been endured, there is deep cause for gratitude, and a true reason for pride.”
WellSpan HealthYork, Adams, Franklin, Lebanon Wolf Administration Awards $3.4 Million in Grants to Support Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Opioid Use Disorder Lehigh Valley Health NetworkLehigh, Schuylkill The Wright Center for Community HealthLackawanna, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, Luzerne Lancaster GeneralLancaster SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Grant RecipientService Area Berks Counseling CenterBerks Allegheny Health NetworkAllegheny, Fayette November 07, 2019 Press Release, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today his administration is awarding $3.4 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants for support services of pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder (OUD).The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration and administered through the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.“Pennsylvania continues its leadership role in the national, statewide and local fight against the scourge of opioids with a focus on all those affected by this crisis,” Gov. Wolf said. “These grants will go a long way to create or expand programs to help vulnerable pregnant and postpartum women get the services they need to treat opioid use disorder and start a healthy life for them and their newborns.”The funding will be directed to nine providers through grant agreements up to $400,000. Awardees are a combination of providers expanding existing services and developing new programs with the funding. Services may include assisting individuals as they become and remain engaged in evidence-based treatment programs, providing postpartum physical and mental health care, child care during periods when the mother is engaged in treatment, and parenting-, nutritional-, and employment-readiness education. “While we have made strides against the opioid crisis there are still far too many Pennsylvanians suffering from OUD,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “In order to make effective change, we must continue to provide innovative services to those in need. With the unprecedent amount of federal funding flooding Pennsylvania, we are committed to creating services and supports that wouldn’t be available otherwise, while focusing on building a drug and alcohol treatment system that can adequately address all Pennsylvanians, including priority populations like pregnant women.”In July, Gov. Wolf signed an executive order strengthening protections for vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women suffering from OUD. As part of this effort, the administration is committed to support innovation in service delivery and strengthening quality services. Supporting providers that offer innovative, critical services to pregnant women and postpartum women with OUD represent the administration’s continued commitment to providing services and supports that meet Pennsylvanians’ individual needs and help them on a path to happy, healthy lives.“As public servants, we have an obligation to help all individuals but especially vulnerable populations that greatly influence the future of Pennsylvania, like our children,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to the innovative services this funding will support and its positive effects on the health and safety of our youngest Pennsylvanians.”For more information about the work the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids. Geisinger Medical CenterMontour, Northumberland, Luzerne PA Counseling Services, Inc.Lebanon, Dauphin Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc.Schuylkill
More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoThe kitchen at 24 Walker Ave, New FarmA house at 24 Walker Ave, New Farm is set for auction on March 18. The three-bedroom home is on Teneriffe Hill.It sits on a 764sq m block. The home has a wrap around balcony.Once you enter through the main entry way there is a living and entertaining area.The kitchen has views of the Brisbane River and the dining area allows access to the surrounding deck. 26 Castile St, Indooroopilly. Picture: realestate.com.auAt 26 Castile St, Indooroopilly this home has hit the market with a price guide of between $1,680,000 and $1,780,000.The four-bedroom resort-style home has 4.2 metre high ceilings, bamboo floors, a fireplace and commercial grade glass.Decks overlook the swimming pool. 70 Gosford St, Mount Gravatt is one of the new listings. Picture: realestate.com.auMORE new listings are hitting the Brisbane real estate market.CoreLogic figures reveal 4616 more properties were listed for sale in Brisbane in the past four weeks.There are now 19,533 properties listed for sale, 2.3 per cent higher than this time last year.New listings include this home at 70 Gosford St, Mount Gravatt has hit the market with a $749,000 plus price tag.The four-bedroom home has drop ceiling bulkheads, and LED downlights throughout the house.There are 2.7m ceilings throughout the house Sydney blue gum timber floors. 26 Castile St, Indooroopilly. Picture: realestate.com.au