Governor Holcomb Wants To Curb Distracted Driving As Part Of 2020 Political…

first_imgBy Brynna SentelTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb is focusing on reducing distracted driving by barring all drivers from using hand-held devices and raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 in the 2020 legislative session.Holcomb unveiled his top legislative priorities at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Terre Haute Tuesday. Initiatives in transportation, education and public health are on his list of new laws he is asking legislators to consider.Holcomb wants to decrease incidents of distracted driving by enacting a hands-free device driving law banning drivers from using cell phones unless they are hands free. Under the current law, texting while driving is banned but the law is unenforceable because there is no way to prove a text was being sent. Several states have already enacted similar laws.The proposed new law is not about issuing tickets and collecting fines but about making Indiana’s roads safer and saving lives, the governor told the packed room.“So be prepared for an extra presence on not just 70 or 41 but throughout the state of Indiana,” he said.Under public health, Holcomb has prioritized the Tobacco 21 law, which would raise the purchasing age from 18 to 21 for smoking and vaping products. Several states have enacted similar legislation.Holcomb cited data showing that 20% of high school students and 5% of middle school students admit to vaping.“I thought I was pretty cool when I was in middle school sneaking gum and now we got kids in the sixth grade vaping and many times we don’t even know what it is,” Holcomb said. “So we have got to attack this with greater force than it’s attacking us.”“We are especially pleased that the Governor has continued to make the health of Hoosiers a priority,”  Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar said in a press release. “With the Governor championing this policy, in addition to all the other groups, it strengthens the effort and should move us across the finish line.”House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, opposed a similar bill in the 2019 session but has said that he now supports raising the age to 21.The governor’s proposal would also increase penalties for retailers who sell to underage consumers. But neither the governor nor lawmakers are proposing a ban of flavored vaping products.In education, Holcomb is asking the legislature to remove the controversial mandate for teachers to complete 15 of their 90 professional growth points in an outside work activity so they better understand career opportunities for students.He is also asking the General Assembly to not penalize schools for recent low ILEARN proficiency test scores, which would mean that the scores would not have an adverse effect on teacher evaluations or 2018-19 school letter grades.Thousands of teachers rallied at the Statehouse in mid-November to urge lawmakers to drop the outside work requirement, not punish schools and educators for low test scores and raise educator pay.The test score and work provision have wide support from lawmakers in both parties, but teachers will likely have to wait for action on the pay issue. Holcomb has said he will wait another year for recommendations from the teacher pay commission before acting.Democrats in the House and Senate said agree with the “hold harmless” proposal, but say the governor should do more.“Yes, we should pursue ‘hold harmless’ legislation, but we also must explore the obsession with testing pursued by this Governor and the Republicans that has led us into this mess,” said Indiana House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, in a press release.Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, called the agenda “nothing short of disappointing.”“We must hold schools harmless as well as decouple teacher evaluations from standardized test scores and ultimately restructure our accountability system for a long-term solution to this continuing issue that monopolizes our students’ time at the expense of learning,” Lanane said in a press release.As part of his healthcare agenda, Holcomb proposes establishing an all-payer claims database to produce a more transparent healthcare system that would allow consumers access to hospital pricing and insurance reimbursement.He also wants Hoosiers to be protected from surprise medical bills by requiring providers to give an estimate of care costs, including the patient share, two to five days prior to the service if requested by the patient.Holcomb also prioritized establishing a relationship between school corporations and a community health provider by 2022. This is not required but will allow schools to be eligible for Secured School Safety Grants.“Currently, about 60% of our schools are already doing that but we want to make sure that is in place so that there is a phone number and there is a connection should something tragic happen,” Holcomb said.Reimbursing emergency medical service providers, even when transportation is not needed is another priority for Holcomb in the 2020 session. Currently, if a patient does not need to be taken to an emergency room and simply needs in home care, such as care for diabetic shock, EMS personnel will not be reimbursed for their time or efforts.Holcomb hopes changing the law will acknowledge that the EMS community does more than transport patients. This could also help cut down on unnecessary emergency room bills should EMS personnel have an incentive to provide in home care whenever possible.The governor wants lawmakers to consider legislation that would provide workplace accommodations to pregnant workers or new mothers, such as frequent breaks and temporary job restructuring as long as it does not place undue hardship on the business. This is something 27 states have already required.Under a category he calls good government, Holcomb said he is hoping to save Hoosier taxpayers more than $125 million by reallocating funds and integrating Indiana 2-1-1 into the Family and Social Services Administration call center to connect all health and human services.Brynna Sentel is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Series of accounting for captives online courses in May

first_img Designation students- this course fulfills an elective course requirement. To register, contact me at [email protected](link sends e-mail).          ACI recipients- this course fulfills continuing education credits.For further information regarding ICCIE’s ACI Designation Program and further course information please visit our website at www.iccie.org(link is external).        Kate Boucher, ACI      Michael Burdick, ACI            Melissa Hancock            Dan Kusaila Instructors: Kate Boucher, Michael Burdick, Melissa Hancock and Daniel Kusaila  Webconference Dates: May dates, to be posted soon Webconference Time: 2:30- 3:45 p.m. EDT This course is geared toward captive owners, board members and audit committee members, as well as others who are looking for a deeper understanding of the underlying financial reporting components of captive insurance companies. Participants will examine:The accounting standardsImportant internal controlsFinancial statement assertions associated with the significant accounts on the balance sheet and income statement of a captive insurance companyInsurance company income tax issues and FIN 48 View Full Course Description Cost of Course $900 Register Herecenter_img The International Center for Captive Insurance Education has announced a new series of accounting for captives online courses in May called “Accounting for Captives: Interpretation & Management Perspectives.” http://img.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/cards_profes(link is external)…); background-color: rgb(118, 172, 169); border-top-color: rgb(211, 211, 211); border-right-color: rgb(211, 211, 211); border-bottom-color: rgb(211, 211, 211); border-left-color: rgb(211, 211, 211); border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: dotted; border-right-style: dotted; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-left-style: dotted; “> Newest in ICCIE’s Series of Accounting for Captives Courses: “Accounting for Captives: Interpretation & Management Perspectives” Accounting for Captives: Interpretation and Management Perspectives New Online ICCIE Elective  6 CPE credits available If you have questions, e-mail me at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call me at 802-651-9053.  International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE)last_img read more

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Clips of the Week: Ski the Rainforest, Emus Attack, Winter SUP, Explore Park, Freebord

first_imgOur favorite outdoor videos from around the web for the week that was:1. Ski the RainforestValhalla, the latest ski flick from the brilliant minds at Sweetgrass Productions, features some weird/awesome cinematography, but none more so than this clip of some bros who ski the rainforest, during the summer. SPOILER: To read about how the pulled it off, click here.Forest Ski Segment From Valhalla from Sweetgrass Productions on Vimeo.2. Emu vs. Weasel BallThese emus, and one ostrich, absolutely bug out when they come in contact with a weasel ball. What does this have to do with the outdoors? Nothing.3. PocoshockWinter whitewater stand up paddleboarding in Virginia? Sure, why not.Pocoshock from Hunter on Vimeo.4. Explore ParkSome winter riding at Explore Park outside Roanoke, Va. Explore Park has some awesome trails, and these guys do a nice job mixing up the POV camera angles. Good wreck at 1:14.5. Shredding ConcreteThis is a video featuring Freebord, which is essentially a snowboard for the streets. These guys are really good. We have one in the office so look for a review soon.Go Freebord! from Freebord Mfg. on Vimeo.last_img read more

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Are you Bluetooth or WiFi? Why not be both!

first_imgWhen this blog was much younger, I shared a post asking if you were Bluetooth or WiFi.  The premise was simple: Bluetooth represented slower and small-scale, with the added benefit of low-energy. You could make numerous connections nearby and interact with them all seamlessly.  Does that sound like you?  If not, perhaps you were WiFi.  Like your electronic namesake, it stood for high-speed, long reach, and high energy.  Decisions happened quickly, decisively, and everything was high-energy.  However, everything came back to a central location, rather than the point-to-point nature of Bluetooth (Mesh WiFi wasn’t yet a thing).One wasn’t better than the other, simply a different approach.  Which is necessary in our varied industry.  What works in one place may not provide the same results elsewhere.And then I got myself an Apple Watch.What does that have to do with the topic?  As I learned about its capabilities, I discovered an interesting feature.  The normal operation is for the watch to remain connected to my iPhone through Bluetooth (the Low Energy standard, actually, taking our previous metaphor to the next level).  However, if the phone is not available or otherwise out of range, the watch will attempt to connect to known WiFi networks.  It’s the fallback, since, as you learned, WiFi uses more power, thus decreasing the battery life.  Yet the watch adapts as it must. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Progressives Press Biden to Limit Corporate Influence in Administration

first_imgThe Biden transition team did not respond to several requests to comment.The fight over these rules started quietly over the summer when Mr. Biden’s campaign invited dozens of ethics experts, professors and others, including advisers to Ms. Warren and other members of Congress, to make recommendations about an ethics policy to be issued on Day 1 of a possible administration.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – While some argued that the Obama-era lobbying restrictions could hurt a Biden administration’s ability to recruit people with useful expertise, others pushed for tougher restrictions that bar not only lobbyists from being hired, but also corporate executives and consultants who advise companies on getting their way in Washington but do not register as lobbyists.Progressives started growing concerned about Mr. Biden’s personnel moves even before the election, when he announced his first list of top transition advisers. It included Jessica Hertz, who helped oversee government relations efforts at Facebook, and Avril Haines, who worked at WestExec Advisors and also consulted for the data-mining company Palantir.Mr. Biden’s first big move — naming Ron Klain on Wednesday as his chief of staff — drew praise from Ms. Warren and some progressive activists. They had worried that Mr. Biden might pick Steve Ricchetti, a close adviser and former pharmaceutical industry lobbyist who served as his chief of staff while he was vice president.- Advertisement –center_img Mr. Klain has corporate ties, too. He has most recently worked with Steve Case, the founder of AOL, in a venture capital firm called Revolution, and he warned in 2015 about the impact that government regulation can have on technology start-ups.Debates over personnel are common in new administrations, as interest groups and factions of supporters of an incoming president jockey for influence.But they are likely to be particularly intense in the Biden administration after an election in which the liberal wing of the party suppressed its concerns about what they saw as Mr. Biden’s cautious centrism out of a desire to defeat President Trump. The stakes are heightened further by Mr. Biden’s pledge to differentiate his administration from Mr. Trump’s, in which representatives from corporate America and Wall Street held prominent posts, and conflicts of interest abounded.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Sala’s death: Family to mark anniversary in ‘quiet contemplation’

first_imgEmiliano Sala was buried in his native ArgentinaMercedes said she used to go over to France every year to celebrate Sala’s birthday on October 31 and stay with him, bringing with her ingredients for traditional Argentinian dishes such as empanadas. “He (Sala) was shy, but he would always stop, open the windows and start signing autographs and taking selfies,” said Mercedes. “All those fans, today, are the ones that I want to thank, because they are still sending me pictures I had never seen before. “I receive so much stuff from France, from England, from the rest of Argentina.” Dario spoke of how tight-knit a unit they were while Mercedes said she would speak with Sala as often as two or three times a day. “There was distance, but it was like we were all together,” Dario said. “He’d ask me a lot about football, about the team, about his performances.” Read Also: Salah: EPL title is the most important goal, not invisible tag Mercedes says she had never recovered from the death of her eldest son. “I can’t say I found peace, unfortunately,” she said. “I’m still fighting. “I am practically dead while living. It’s been a terrible, terrible year. I loved him so much. I would tell him every day… what a son he was.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney PrincessesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldMost Popular Movies With Sylvester Stallone6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Rarest And Most Valuable Card In The Whole WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World The death of Cardiff forward Emiliano Sala in a plane crash a year ago will be marked by his family on Tuesday in “private, quiet contemplation of their loss”, their lawyer said. The 28-year-old striker was killed when the small plane taking him to join the then Premier League side after being bought from French side Nantes for £15 million ($19.5 million, 17.6 million euros) crashed off the Channel island of Guernsey. Emiliano Sala’s family will mark the year anniversary of the Argentinian striker’s death in private quiet contemplation their English lawyer said There are still unresolved issues surrounding the player’s death, such as who was responsible for the crash in which pilot David Ibottson also died, and, above all, the payment of the 17-million-euro ($18.85 million, 17.6 million euros) fee agreed for his transfer. British aviation accident investigators said Tuesday they would release their final report into the crash by the end of March. In September, football’s world governing body FIFA ordered Cardiff, relegated last year to the Championship, to pay the first instalment of the transfer fee of six million euros. But the Welsh club has taken the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, whose decision is not expected until June.I The Sala family – who suffered another tragic loss when his father Horacio died of a heart attack three months after his son – said their priority was for a full inquest to take place so they could find out what happened on that fateful night. “The Sala family will mark the anniversary of the untimely death of Emiliano in private, quiet contemplation of their loss,” the family’s lawyer in Britain, Daniel Machover, said in a statement. “The family’s primary concern remains for the full inquest to take place as soon as possible, so that they can finally learn the truth about what happened and ensure that no family has to suffer a similar preventable loss of a loved one.” The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said its investigation “is now at an advanced stage and we intend to publish our final report by the end of March 2020.” Sala’s death will be commemorated by supporters in Cardiff on Tuesday and Nantes will remember their former player on Sunday when they play another of his former clubs, Bordeaux. – ‘What a son he was’ – The family – Sala’s mother Mercedes and his younger siblings Dario and Romina – told the BBC when they visited them in Argentina in late December they were overcome by the outpouring of grief and gifts they had received. Even Sala’s French hairdresser had paid the family a visit.last_img read more

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Holmdel Resident Earns His “Wings of Gold”

first_imgHolmdel resident LTJG Andrew J. Ruisi, USN, son of Paula and Chris Ruisi (pictured above with their son), recently earned his “Wings of Gold” as a US Naval Aviator. He graduated from Holmdel High School in 2005 and went on to attend Boston University on a full Navy ROTC scholarship, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in American history. He immediately entered flight school and completed his primary flight training at NAS Pensacola, Fla. and his advanced jet training at NAS Meridian, Miss. with Training Squadron 9. During Advanced Jet Flight Training he earned a Navy “E” for bombing accuracy. He completed his carrier qualifications in the T-45C on board the USS George H.W. Bush in February. He will now be assigned to the Replenishment Air Group in Lemoore, Calif. where he will complete his training on the F-18 A/E Super Hornet.last_img read more

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US could ban laptops on all flights to the US

first_imgTravellers in the US likely face additional delays and tighter scrutiny checks of hand luggage regardless of whether the Department of Homeland Security extends its controversial laptop ban to all flights into the US.The proposed US laptop ban was back in the spotlight over the weekend after DHS boss John Kelly told Fox News on Sunday that he could extend to all flights in and out of the US the ban preventing passengers from taking laptops and other large electronic devices into aircraft cabins.A ban has already been in place since March on direct flights from 10  Middle Eastern and North African destinations and the US recently caused a furore when it suggested the ban could be extended to Europe.Talks have since been underway between US and European officials without any news of a resolution.The DHS had previously played down suggestions of a global ban but Kelly reignited the issue Sunday when he told Fox News that this was a possibility.Asked if was going to ban laptops from the cabins of all international flights both “into and out of the US”, Kelly said; “I might’’.“There’s a real threat … there are numerous threats against aviation,’’ he said. “That’s really the thing they’re obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if its US carrier, particularly if it’s full of mostly US folks.’’On the question of when a decision might be made, Kelly said the DHS was still “flowing the intelligence”.“The very, very good news again is that we are working incredibly close with friends and partners around the world … and in the process of defining this we’re going to raise the bar generally speaking for aviation security much higher than it is now.’’“And there (are) new technologies down the road that we’ll rely on but it is a real, sophisticated threat and I’ll reserve that decision until we see where it’s going.’’The US Transportation Security Administration is testing tighter security requirements that require people bringing carry-on baggage to unpack it and separate out items such as food, paper and electronics.Pointing to airline policies to generate more revenue by charging people for checked baggage, Kelly said people trying to avoid fees to check bags were stuffing their carry-on bags to point where they could not get any more in.This meant that TSA personnel were unable to tell what was in the bags.Asked whether the tougher checks would be expanded nationwide, Kelly said: “We might and likely will.“What we’re doing now is working out the tactics, techniques and procedures if you will in a few airports to find out exactly how to do that with the least amount of inconvenience the traveller.’’last_img read more

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Loopt Launches First Always-On, Location-Aware iPhone App – Hopefully Others Will Follow Soon

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Loopt, a location-aware mobile application and social network, just announced that it will become the first third-party iPhone app that will be able to offer an always-on location service on the iPhone. From what we have seen, AT&T officially sanctioned this feature, which Loopt already offers on other platforms. Normally, apps can’t run in the background on the iPhone. This is clearly a severe limitation for a lot of developers, and few developers have the clout to get around this limitation the way Loopt apparently did (Loopt demoed its app at WWDC last year).What Loopt is DoingWhile the details of this ‘hack’ are not quite clear, it looks like the iPhone will keep a conduit open to AT&T or Loopt’s server that will continuously update a user’s location via the iPhone’s built-in GPS chip. Loopt is only allowing 5,000 users into this program for now. You can sign up for the test here; just note that after an initial 14-day trial, Loopt will put a $3.99 charge on your AT&T bill each month for this service. Once this feature is active, Loopt will always know where you are and alert you automatically when you are close to a friend who also uses the service. Until now, you had to open the app and ‘check in’ to update your location. By running in the background, Loopt will be able to just alert you automatically without the hassle of you having to open the app – something most users are unlikely to do after trying out the app for the first time.A number of mobile phones, including Android phones and the Palm Pre, allow apps to run in the background (and Loopt is available on most of these). Apple’s push notifications only really work for apps that can already run independently on a web server and wait for an email, breaking news event, or Twitter DM to come in. Apps that use push notifications can’t actually wake up apps on the phone and download location data or access any other data on the phone. Loopt, obviously, isn’t actually running in the background on the phone either, but thanks to the way Loopt has implemented this feature, a user would never actually know the difference.Other Apps We Would Like to See Doing ThisThe ingenuity of the hack and the fact that AT&T is allowing Loopt to route around the iPhone’s limitation is interesting in its own right. It’s even more interesting to think about the other services that could benefit from this service. Obviously, Loopt’s competitors like Brightkite and Whrll come to mind here, but advertisers would also be very interested in location-aware services that could alert users to deals at nearby stores (though such alerts could quickly become annoying). The same technique – keeping a pipeline to an app’s server open – could also benefit another class of apps that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention yet: cross-reality apps (for the background on these apps, which are somewhat related to augmented reality apps, see our discussion of cross reality and sensors here). Services such as CenceMe, which uses the iPhone’s sensors to check if you are walking, sitting, running or in a loud place, also currently need to be running exclusively on the iPhone to work. Hopefully – Apple will soon just allow apps to run in the background. While other platforms already offer this feature, none of them come close to the popularity of the iPhone or have a similarly convenient app marketplace. What’s Next?What applications do you hope will use this technique next on the iPhone? Cross-reality apps? A location-aware social networking app from Facebook? Google Latitude? Related Posts Tags:#mobile#news#Trends#web center_img frederic lardinois Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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