Transylvania – Ardud http://ardud.ro/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:22:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ardud.ro/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1-150x150.png Transylvania – Ardud http://ardud.ro/ 32 32 EU announces new visa waiver scheme that will apply to Australian tourists traveling to Europe https://ardud.ro/eu-announces-new-visa-waiver-scheme-that-will-apply-to-australian-tourists-traveling-to-europe/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:22:40 +0000 https://ardud.ro/eu-announces-new-visa-waiver-scheme-that-will-apply-to-australian-tourists-traveling-to-europe/ Big setback for Australian travelers planning to visit Europe as EU unveils new visa waiver scheme – and it will cost you Australians planning to travel to Europe from May 2023 will need to complete a form The form will be completed on the ETIAS under the new EU visa waiver regime Traveler requests must […]]]>

Big setback for Australian travelers planning to visit Europe as EU unveils new visa waiver scheme – and it will cost you

  • Australians planning to travel to Europe from May 2023 will need to complete a form
  • The form will be completed on the ETIAS under the new EU visa waiver regime
  • Traveler requests must be authorized “within minutes” by ETIAS
  • The program applies to 60 countries, including Australia, the United States, New Zealand and the United Kingdom

Australians traveling to Europe from next year will need to complete an online application under a new visa waiver scheme being rolled out in the EU.

The visa waiver program will be launched from May 2023 and requires visitors from 60 countries to complete a form to obtain approval.

Visitors will need to apply through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) – a “largely automated IT system created to identify security, irregular migration or high epidemic risks posed by visa-exempt visitors”.

Australians traveling to Europe from May next year will need to complete an application on the European Travel Information and Authorization System under the EU’s new visa regime (pictured, a tourist in Santorini, Greece)

The form is completed online and does not require any biometric system.

Travelers between the ages of 18 and 70 will be charged a fee of €7 – or AU$11 – per request.

It is unclear whether people outside this age range wishing to travel within Europe will be charged reduced fees or be exempted from paying.

ETIAS will process and authorize a new application “within minutes” for a “vast majority of cases” – around 95% of applicants.

While most travelers will have their form approved within minutes, the EU website says the approval process in some “exceptional cases” could take up to a month at most.

Anyone whose application is denied can easily appeal the decision online.

ETIAS will be promulgated primarily for security purposes in the EU.

The forms provide EU authorities with “vital information needed to assess potential risks with people traveling to the EU”.

A successful ETIAS application offers international travelers unlimited visits to Europe over a three-year period.

Australians can spend up to 90 days in the bloc for each 180 day period.  Those wishing to stay longer will need to apply for a visa (pictured, Catalonia, Spain)

Australians can spend up to 90 days in the bloc for each 180 day period. Those wishing to stay longer will need to apply for a visa (pictured, Catalonia, Spain)

Australians and visitors from other countries will only be allowed to spend 90 days in the block for each 180-day period.

Those staying longer will need to apply for a visa.

The Visa Waiver Program applies to 60 countries around the world, including Australia, United States, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Israel, Ukraine, Japan and Hong Kong.

The UK is also included in the list of countries after the nation left the EU in January 2020.

Travelers already residing in the EU are exempt from the scheme.

The European Union’s announcement comes as Qantas launched its first-ever direct flight from Perth to Italy on Saturday.

The EU news comes as Qantas launched its first direct flight from Perth to Italy on Saturday (pictured, Qantas planes at Sydney Airport)

The EU news comes as Qantas launched its first direct flight from Perth to Italy on Saturday (pictured, Qantas planes at Sydney Airport)

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told News.com.au that long-haul flights from Australia to Europe will be more common in the near future.

“We are seeing a growing preference for non-stop flying to and from Australia to make the travel experience as efficient and easy as possible and we expect this to be a permanent change in the way people want to travel. .”

Travelers can already fly direct from Perth to London on Qantas flights.

Qantas will launch direct flights from Sydney to London and New York from 2025.

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Man sues NHS for trans surgery he regrets bravely giving up anonymity to share his ordeal https://ardud.ro/man-sues-nhs-for-trans-surgery-he-regrets-bravely-giving-up-anonymity-to-share-his-ordeal/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 21:11:38 +0000 https://ardud.ro/man-sues-nhs-for-trans-surgery-he-regrets-bravely-giving-up-anonymity-to-share-his-ordeal/ Pictured: Ritchie Herron says he was fast-tracked by the NHS for life-changing surgery For Ritchie Herron, a brilliant and eloquent civil servant from Newcastle, life over the past four years has become almost unbearable. It takes him ten minutes to empty his bladder, a painful and slow process. All libido is long gone. In fact, […]]]>

Pictured: Ritchie Herron says he was fast-tracked by the NHS for life-changing surgery

For Ritchie Herron, a brilliant and eloquent civil servant from Newcastle, life over the past four years has become almost unbearable. It takes him ten minutes to empty his bladder, a painful and slow process. All libido is long gone. In fact, he says, his crotch is numb, “shocked” at the damage done to him in apparent NHS custody.

“Numb” rather encapsulates all of Ritchie’s behavior as he struggles to understand what happened to him. Today he reveals – in an exclusive interview – that he is the man plotting legal action against the NHS over an operation that removed his genitals.

Ritchie’s case came to light last week when he posted about his experience on Twitter under a handle, TullipR. Her brief testimony, which was picked up by the Daily Mail, was as shocking as it was damning for NHS ‘gender clinics’ which help people change their sex.

Struggling with mental health issues – and after decades of suppressing her gayness – Ritchie, 35, had thought the answer was to become a woman. But instead, he says, he was sped up to make “the biggest mistake of his life” and was left sterile, incontinent and in continuous pain.

Not only did the NHS clinic fail to consider his spiraling mental health crisis, he claims, but they also failed to properly advise him on the risks.

Ritchie has decided to waive his anonymity to tell the story of his ordeal in full, detail the physical and mental scars he left – and warn that there are others like him ready to sue. in court for the operation which they bitterly regret.

Her account raises serious questions about the safeguards in place at NHS gender clinics, which have seen a 1,700% increase in referrals over the past ten years, mostly from children and young adults.

The speed at which Ritchie – who lived as a woman called Abby – was diagnosed and then referred for irreversible surgery is in itself troubling.

In fact, he says, he had repeatedly refused the procedure and expressed deep concerns to clinic staff about having it.

His case, he thinks, could trigger a wave of new claims.

Pictured: Ritchie dressed in women's clothing and walked by

Pictured: Ritchie dressed in women’s clothes and passed by ‘Abby’ before his operation

“It’s an avalanche waiting,” he told the Mail on Sunday. “The transition is now sold to people on a large scale. It’s like PPI, but more sinister.

“In a few years, I’m sure law firms will be asking people if they’ve made the transition and would like to claim compensation.”

According to Ritchie, no professional explored whether mental health issues might have led him to believe he was trans.

Today, he is one of a growing number of “de-transitioners”, living like a man again and mourning his “mistake”. Much of his confusion was about accepting he was gay, he now acknowledges.

Ritchie says he buried his sexuality, which left him with depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, using repetitive behaviors to mask his unhappiness.

Then, in his twenties, he came across the idea of ​​gender dysphoria in an internet discussion forum. Older men on the forum have convinced the vulnerable young man that he “must be trans”.

At that time, for Ritchie, it felt like a light bulb moment. After a series of breakdowns, he decided in 2012 to call on a professional.

He was referred to a psychologist, who did not dissuade him from the idea that he had gender dysphoria, and then to the Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service, run by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Pictured: Ritchie Herron as a young boy

Pictured: Ritchie Herron as a young boy

The waiting list for appointments was long but, engrossed in the idea, Ritchie took out a payday loan to pay for an appointment at a private gender clinic in March 2014.

According to Ritchie, he was diagnosed with “transsexualism” after just two 30-minute dates.

A psychiatrist recommended that she take medication to block her testosterone production – the first step towards sex change.

The only attempt at a brake came from a close family member, who came with him to the appointment at the clinic. Ritchie says: “She told the doctor I was on a high dose of antidepressants and had a lot of complex issues, and yet they were referring me for gender treatment.”

So why did Ritchie agree? “I was 26,” he says, “but I was very vulnerable.”

He began living full-time as Abby, dressing in women’s clothing. The testosterone suppressing drugs meant he was starting to develop breasts. In March 2015, he was attending appointments at the NHS Gender Clinic in Newcastle.

“The first question you get asked there is, ‘Do you want genital surgery? “‘ he said. ‘I wasn’t sure. But I had heard that you could go to therapy if you were on the waiting list for an operation, so I said yes.

The clinic – which will not comment on Ritchie’s specific case – told the MoS it does not provide mental health services to patients.

Less than six months later, in July 2015, Ritchie received a referral for vaginoplasty surgery. Ritchie says he told the psychiatrist he wasn’t sure and declined, but continued to seek therapy.

In 2017 he received another recommendation for surgery, to be carried out at Nuffield Health Hospital in Brighton but paid for by the NHS. Ritchie again refused – but says he was told that if he did not accept the recommendation he would be fired from the service.

It sent him into a “free fall”, he recalls. He thought this meant his therapy would also be cut off, which had been a “lifesaver”. He had recently admitted that he felt suicidal.

At 10 a.m. on May 23, 2018, Ritchie was taken to the operating room. “I haven’t even seen the surgeon,” he says. “I was really in the mindset of ‘I’m here now, there’s no stopping it even if I wanted to. ‘

The irreversible operation involves removing the penis and testicles and reforming the area to resemble female genitalia.

For eight days he remained in a haze of painkillers. His first thought as he regained his lucidity was, “Oh my God, what have I done?

Ritchie is now planning legal action against Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. His lawyer, Peter Harthan, said patients like Ritchie faced “a lifetime of medical care and consequences” and “cannot be put back together”.

He adds: “My concern is that clinicians have failed to identify red flags and change direction. Particular attention should be paid to issues such as OCD, internalized homophobia, depression, drug use, sexual abuse, and childhood trauma as potential reasons why patients reject their gendered bodies.

In a statement, the Trust said it could not comment on an individual, but added: “Care plans are collaborative and tailored to each patient’s needs and goals, and treatment decisions are made at the following a thorough assessment in accordance with national recommendations.”

Ritchie says, “I’m proof that the whole system needs to become much more robust. How many other people like me are there?

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Breakthrough Milestone: PCGA Welcomes 17pc GST Exemption on Cottonseed https://ardud.ro/breakthrough-milestone-pcga-welcomes-17pc-gst-exemption-on-cottonseed/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:40:34 +0000 https://ardud.ro/breakthrough-milestone-pcga-welcomes-17pc-gst-exemption-on-cottonseed/ The Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) hailed the abolition of the 17% General Sales Tax (GST) on cottonseed meal and cottonseed and called it a revolutionary step, saying that the decision would have a positive and far-reaching impact on the national economy. MULTAN, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – June 24, 2022): The Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association […]]]>

The Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) hailed the abolition of the 17% General Sales Tax (GST) on cottonseed meal and cottonseed and called it a revolutionary step, saying that the decision would have a positive and far-reaching impact on the national economy.

MULTAN, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – June 24, 2022): The Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) has welcomed the abolition of the 17% General Sales Tax (GST) on cottonseed cake and cotton seeds and called it a revolutionary step, saying that the decision would have a positive and considerable impact on the national economy.

PCGA Chairman Sohail Mahmood Harral at a press conference here on Friday said the government’s decision would be helpful in improving the economy, the welfare of farmers and reviving the agriculture sector. ginning.

On this occasion, Haji Muhammad Akram, Malik Talat Sohail, Chaudhry Waheed Arshad, Asim Saeed Sheikh, Mian Rashid Mahmood, Chaudhry Khalid Bashir, Rao Sadruddin and Mazhar Shoaib Khan were present.

He said cotton was the backbone of the country’s economy. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Muftah Ismail, Water Resources Minister Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Food Security Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema, Pakistani Government Advisor Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din and MP Kheal Das played an important role in eliminating the GST on cotton. oilcake and cottonseed for which the association was deeply grateful.

The country’s economy depends on cotton and the government’s decision will lead to a dramatic increase in GDP (growth rate) and foreign exchange reserves, he added.

There will be a significant reduction in the import bill for edible oil and to increase the export of value-added textiles and to provide employment.

The seasonal value of cotton sticks was Rs 300 billion and the government’s decision would lead to an increase in cotton production.

Haji Muhammad Akram said that with the government’s decision, farmers would be attracted to increased cotton production.

Malik Talat Sohail said the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) played an important role in the government’s decision.

Asim Saeed Sheikh said the decision would prove to be the most important for cotton’s survival and recovery.

Group President Haji Muhammad Akram presented the bouquet and congratulated PCGA President Sohail Mehmood Harral, Chaudhry Waheed Arshad, Malik Talat Sohail and others.

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Simplified BVLOS waiver process for eBee X drone pilots in Europe https://ardud.ro/simplified-bvlos-waiver-process-for-ebee-x-drone-pilots-in-europe/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 08:44:03 +0000 https://ardud.ro/simplified-bvlos-waiver-process-for-ebee-x-drone-pilots-in-europe/ The process of obtaining clearances to fly over people and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in 27 European Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland has become easier for pilots using the senseFly eBee X fixed-wing mapping and surveying drone. Indeed, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just released a Design Verification […]]]>

The process of obtaining clearances to fly over people and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in 27 European Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland has become easier for pilots using the senseFly eBee X fixed-wing mapping and surveying drone.

Indeed, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just released a Design Verification Report (DVR) establishing that the eBee X meets Ground Hazard Class Mitigation Qualifications. (GRC) M2 based on Specific Operation Risk Assessment (SORA) methodology.

AgEagle, which acquired senseFly from Parrot last year, says achieving “high” or “medium” robustness levels of M2 attenuation would not require further verification by EASA.

Barrett Mooney, Chairman and CEO of AgEagle, explains:

Regulatory constraints related to the limits of BVLOS and operations on people (OOP) have continued to be a factor triggering the widespread adoption of commercial drone technologies across a wide range of industrial sectors around the world. Being the first company to receive this DVR from EASA for M2 mitigation is a historic milestone for AgEagle and our industry in the European Union and will be a key factor in fueling our customer growth.

Adrian Marina, surveyor at SysCAD Solutions in Europe, is one of the clients mentioned by Mooney. Marina says:

We have a project involving data capture related to quarry excavation volume measurements that will require multiple drone flights throughout the year. However, for this operation to take place, we will need SORA clearance to fly BVLOS and near a populated area. Now that the eBee X has received the DVR from EASA confirming its safety profile, we can move forward with seeking regulatory clearances for this important project.

Armed with a flight time of up to 90 minutes, the eBee X can effectively map up to 500 ha (1,235 ac) while flying at 120 meters (400 ft). The available RTK/PPK allows operators to collect data with an accuracy of up to 1.5 cm (0.6 in) without GCP.

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Top 4 Waiver Threads Added For Week 11 https://ardud.ro/top-4-waiver-threads-added-for-week-11/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 04:46:42 +0000 https://ardud.ro/top-4-waiver-threads-added-for-week-11/ It’s been a crazy fantasy baseball season so far. A number of highly drafted players have underproduced so far. The people who drafted Vlad Guerrerro Jr. with likely a top-3 pick can’t be very pleased. The same can be said for fantasy baseball managers who thought Shohei Ohtani would produce like he did last season. […]]]>

It’s been a crazy fantasy baseball season so far. A number of highly drafted players have underproduced so far. The people who drafted Vlad Guerrerro Jr. with likely a top-3 pick can’t be very pleased. The same can be said for fantasy baseball managers who thought Shohei Ohtani would produce like he did last season. That obviously didn’t materialize, either on the plate or on the mound. Not that it wasn’t good, just far from what it was written for.

Meanwhile, there were some absolutely incredible steals on draft day. CJ Cron has gone between rounds 12 and 16 in most mixed leagues and is among the league leaders for home runs. Likewise, Tommy Edman was expected to be a solid contributor across the board. Instead, he became a player who likely carried a number of fantasy baseball teams as a second-round pick.

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But one thing that is always constant every year is injuries. This year is no exception. Key players like Ozzie Albies, Seiya Suzuki, Mookie Betts, Walker Buehler and many more have recently fallen victim. That leaves fantasy baseball managers turning to the waiver wire for reinforcements. This is where this column comes in. Here are the top four free agents likely to be added to your waiver feed for Week 11.

Top 4 Waiver Thread Additions for Week 11 of the Fantasy Baseball Season

1. Andrew Vaughn – Chicago White Sox 1B, OF

The Chicago White Sox have been an injury revolving door this season. Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn have all spent time on the injured list. But it’s the last one, Vaughn, who didn’t stick with a lot of rosters.

He wasn’t as well-known or as touted at the start of the 2022 season. However, Vaughn hit the ball very well until he was injured in late April. Many fantasy baseball managers decided against retaining him when he went to IL, but it turned out to be reckless.

After returning in mid-May, it hit 0.298 for the rest of the month. That’s when he really turned it on. In June, the White Sox outfielder cut .370 with a .409 on-base percentage. It’s been even hotter than lately.

For the season, Vaughn is hitting .315 on 178 at-bats. His tally stats aren’t where you’d want them to be, 20 RBI and 29 RBI, but some of that is down to injuries elsewhere in the lineup. He consistently hits the top of the Chicago roster and as they get healthier, those should go up.

2. AJ Pollock – Chicago White Sox DE

On a related note, with so many injuries in Chicago, AJ Pollock has had regular playing time in left field. He’s definitely making the most of it, especially lately. Since June 9, Pollock has been on fire at 18 for 37 with one home run, nine RBIs and seven runs scored.

This move may not be permanent, but if a fantasy baseball manager needs immediate help in the outfield, Pollock is a good interim option. It’s available in more than two-thirds of the fantasy baseball leagues on Yahoo.

3. George Kirby – Seattle Mariners SP

Mariners prospect-turned-everyday starter George Kirby is still up for grabs in more than half of the Yahoo leagues. And this, despite his excellent start to his career. He doesn’t possess an amazing swing or miss tricks, but threw a solid 3.56 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP.

In his eight starts this year, Kirby has pitched five or six innings in all but one. Maybe the fact that he only has one win is why the sign-up percentage is so low. Nevertheless, he was very good as a rookie. His double-A balloon pedigree shows there’s still room to grow too.

Any pitcher who can hit 98 miles per hour on the gun and then throw a hook that looks like that, I want him on my team.

Kirby’s command has been excellent with just 1.05 BB/9 and he’s pitching in Seattle. All good things.

4. Michael Harris II – Atlanta Braves OF

Young Braves outfielder Michael Harris II has played 19 games since being called up last month. All he has done is .325 with three home runs, 11 RBIs and two steals so far. Harris II showed in the Double-A ball that he is a threat capable of power speed. These are always dear to fantasy baseball managers.

It’s very likely he’ll calm down when the major league rookies learn how to attack the young prospect. But until that happens, fantasy managers have to ride that train. It’s still available in nearly half of Yahoo’s leagues right now. Go get it and thank me later.

My honorable mention is a callback from a few weeks ago. I mentioned that fantasy baseball managers need to keep an eye out for Luke Voit. The Padres DH showed he has tremendous power when he sees the ball well. Guess what, he sees the ball very well right now. Sees has five two-hitter games since last Sunday, including four home runs. If you need cheap energy, it can be picked up in about half a league.

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Yankees rejection Clint Frazier decides future after allowing waivers after DFA by Cubs https://ardud.ro/yankees-rejection-clint-frazier-decides-future-after-allowing-waivers-after-dfa-by-cubs/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 06:45:00 +0000 https://ardud.ro/yankees-rejection-clint-frazier-decides-future-after-allowing-waivers-after-dfa-by-cubs/ TORONTO – Former Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier has chosen to take his mostly untapped talents and baggage to the land of the cornfields. A week after being designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs, Frazier opted to stay with the organization playing for Triple-A Iowa as an unregistered player rather than become a free agent. […]]]>

TORONTO – Former Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier has chosen to take his mostly untapped talents and baggage to the land of the cornfields.

A week after being designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs, Frazier opted to stay with the organization playing for Triple-A Iowa as an unregistered player rather than become a free agent.

Why?

Apparently no one was willing to sign the oft-injured and controversial redhead to be on their list of greats.

Frazier made his decision Friday after the Yankees and 28 other clubs added him as a waiver request.

The past week has surely been frustrating, humiliating and embarrassing for Frazier, who was DFAed by the Cubs on June 10 while in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium preparing for his first game against his former team.

The DFA news also came a day after Frazier took more hits against the Yankees for having an appearance policy.

“You had to be a cookie-cutter version to make this (Yankees) team,” Frazier told the Chicago Sun-Times. “If not, then you were like a really bad distraction, it seemed. So I don’t miss people telling me how I must have been looking for the last five years.

Frazier hit .216 with an RBI in 19 games with the Cubs, 15 as a starter. He also spent nearly a month on the disabled list recovering from an appendectomy. He played eight rehab games with Iowa, batting .148 with four hits and two RBIs in 27 at-bats.

Frazier, 27, signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Cubs on Nov. 30. He had been released a week earlier by the Yankees, who initially had him DFA to free up a 40-man berth.

For the Yankees, he hit .239 with 29 home runs and 97 RBIs in 707 at-bats in 228 games from 2017-21. Last year, he batted .186 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 66 games, suffering a season-ending injury in August that the Yankees called giddy.

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Randy Miller can be reached at rmiller@njadvancemedia.com.

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Insurers cannot change commissions based on time of enrollment; Idaho, Minnesota Waiver Requests https://ardud.ro/insurers-cannot-change-commissions-based-on-time-of-enrollment-idaho-minnesota-waiver-requests/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 14:36:21 +0000 https://ardud.ro/insurers-cannot-change-commissions-based-on-time-of-enrollment-idaho-minnesota-waiver-requests/ On June 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new guidance confirming that insurers cannot change the compensation of agents or brokers based on whether the person they are helping enrolls during the period of open registration (OEP) or a special registration. period (SEP). Arrangements that reduce or eliminate commissions (and […]]]>

On June 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new guidance confirming that insurers cannot change the compensation of agents or brokers based on whether the person they are helping enrolls during the period of open registration (OEP) or a special registration. period (SEP). Arrangements that reduce or eliminate commissions (and other forms of compensation) for agents and brokers for SEP enrollment violate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) guaranteed issue requirement under the Section 2702 of the Public Health Services Act. Insurers could further violate federal non-discrimination standards if these provisions discourage agents and brokers from marketing to and enrolling consumers with significant health needs.

CMS released the new guidelines in response to reports that some individual market insurers were reducing or waiving commissions for agents and brokers who help consumers take advantage of a SEP. Insurers appear to be doing this while making significant profits and receiving enhanced market subsidies under the American Rescue Plan Act.

Unfortunately, it’s nothing new for insurers to use commissions to discourage enrollment: the media documented a similar trend in 2016 when insurers thought they were losing money on ACA plans in the market. individual. And insurers have long backed policies that make it harder for consumers to enroll using SEPs, saying those who enroll during SEP have a worse risk profile than those who enroll during OEP. . While some early data suggested this might be the case, more recent analyzes show that making it easier (not harder) to take up health insurance improves (not worsens) the risk pool.

This isn’t the first time CMS has looked at this issue either. In 1998, the Health Care Financing Administration interpreted guaranteed issue requirements similarly under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), concluding that it violated HIPAA for insurers to pay less agents and brokers for high risk individuals. These guidelines were issued in response to concerns that insurers were trying to discourage HIPAA-eligible individuals from enrolling in individual market policies by refusing to pay or reducing commissions or premiums. The 1998 guidelines were reiterated in the preamble to an early ACA market reform rule of 2012. And the CMS issued further guidelines in 2016, saying any compensation deal that discourages agents and brokers to market and enroll consumers with a significant health need is considered discriminatory marketing practice.

The new 2022 guidelines confirm that under guaranteed issuance requirements, individual market insurers must maintain typical enrollment conduits for OEPs and SEPs. Compensation policies that eliminate or reduce agent or broker compensation for SEPs relative to OEPs in the same benefit year discourage agents or brokers from marketing and enrolling eligible individuals for SEP (which violates this standard). The only noted exception is when state regulators recommend an insurer not enroll more people due to solvency issues or financial limitations.

These tips are helpful for consumers, agents, and brokers who want to help consumers sign up for marketplace plans and register for the marketplace. Agents and brokers continue to enroll, renew and otherwise assist significant numbers of consumers in market coverage. For plan year 2020, nearly half of all HealthCare.gov enrollees were assisted by an agent or broker. If there are no or fewer incentives for agents and brokers to assist with market listing during SEPs, fewer people are likely to sign up. This is true even with the Biden administration’s efforts to increase access to navigators and certified application advisers.

Those who believe an insurer has violated these requirements should contact their state insurance department (or federal officials in the four states where CMS enforces the ACA). Agents and brokers may also contact the federally facilitated marketplace and are encouraged to provide documentation of the insurer’s compensation structure or practice. Consumers can file complaints about the marketing practices of insurers, agents, brokers and online brokers with the Marketplace Call Center.

Waiver requests for Idaho and Minnesota deemed complete

On June 3, CMS and the Treasury Department notified Idaho that its application for a state-based reinsurance program under ACA Section 1332 was complete. Comments on the application can be made until July 3. Following the feedback process, agencies will approve or deny the request within 180 days.

Idaho’s five-year reinsurance program would be overseen by the Idaho Individual High Risk Reinsurance Pool, an entity created in 2000. The program would begin in plan year 2023 and is expected to reduce premiums by 7 to 10 % each year (compared to what premiums would have been in the absence of the exemption). Individual market registrations in 2023 would increase to 1,600 people.

Although the Pool has been around for a long time, legislation passed in 2022 makes future reinsurance payments for claims in the individual market conditional on approval of a Section 1332 waiver and authorized the Idaho Department of Insurance to request an exemption.

The size of the pool is unclear. For a 7% reduction in premiums, Idaho would have a $41 million reinsurance program for 2023. For a 10-11% reduction in premiums, the program would need total funding of approximately $59 million. dollars (assuming American Rescue Plan Act grants don’t extend through 2023). Much of the program would be funded by federal funding, while Idaho’s contributions would include 1) ceded reinsurance premiums from insurers; 2) other public funds (including an initial investment of $25 million from the Department of Insurance, existing reinsurance funds, and an annual premium tax allocation of approximately $16 million for 2023); and 3) an assessment of the insurers if necessary.

Idaho intends to use both a condition-based list (which builds on earlier 2017 legislation) and a global attachment point model with parameters set annually. Parameters will be defined in the Pool’s Operating Plan, although updates may be approved by the Director of the Insurance Department.

Also on June 3, federal officials deemed Minnesota’s request to expand its current Section 1332 waiver for a state-based reinsurance program complete. Minnesota’s request was deemed complete after state officials submitted a revised extension request; the revisions were made in response to a January 2022 letter from federal officials requesting more information. If approved, Minnesota will operate its program through the end of 2017. Comments are expected July 3.

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No food grain export ban, extend TRIPS waiver https://ardud.ro/no-food-grain-export-ban-extend-trips-waiver/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://ardud.ro/no-food-grain-export-ban-extend-trips-waiver/ Bangladesh once again called on nations not to impose any restrictions on their food grain exports and called for its TRIPS waiver to be maintained until December 31, 2032, in order to save the lives of people and newborns. The current food crisis can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies for people, especially newborns, according to […]]]>

Bangladesh once again called on nations not to impose any restrictions on their food grain exports and called for its TRIPS waiver to be maintained until December 31, 2032, in order to save the lives of people and newborns.

The current food crisis can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies for people, especially newborns, according to world leaders.

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Financially insolvent consumers cannot afford to buy expensive imported food products in their respective markets due to export bans, Trade Minister Tipu Munshi said.

He was speaking to reporters during a briefing after a discussion on emergency responses to the food crisis on the second day of the 12th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Russian-Ukrainian war has had a serious impact on the global food supply chain, with some major producing countries stockpiling or imposing export bans to fortify their own stocks for the future. As a result, food prices have already skyrocketed in many countries.

For example, Indonesia had recently imposed a ban on palm oil exports, although it was later lifted.

Every year, two million newborn babies, alongside 30,000 born to Rohingya parents, are added to the current population of Bangladesh.

Thus, feeding such a large population and maintaining nutritional standards will be difficult if food prices rise due to any sudden export bans on food grains by major producing countries.

The minister also demanded that world leaders extend the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver for Bangladesh so that the country can prepare for the production of generic drugs.

The WTO has granted the TRIPS waiver to least-developed countries (LDCs) until December 2032.

Bangladesh will be excluded from the list of beneficiaries of the TRIPS Agreement once it obtains developing country status from the United Nations on November 24, 2026.

Tipu Munshi also said that Singapore has expressed interest in signing a free trade agreement with Bangladesh.

In addition, Nepal has also demanded tariff concessions on the export of certain goods to Bangladesh and activation of a motor vehicle agreement for smooth movement of people between the South Asian Association nations. regional cooperation, said the minister.

He held meetings with Singapore and Nepal on the sidelines of the conference.

Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Policy Dialogue, said the United States is advocating for country-specific trade benefits for exiting countries.

“However, this might not be beneficial for exiting countries like Bangladesh. Here, further negotiations are needed for a conclusion to be reached by LDCs, including those due to exit,” he said.

LDCs should form a working group to negotiate the extension, whether for six or nine years, he added.

However, Bangladesh should also hold negotiations to enjoy trade benefits as a developing country due to the factors amid which it is pulling out, Rahman said.

TRIPS is very important this year due to the fallout from Covid-19. World leaders could reach a consensus on removing the need to have licenses for the production of vaccines by countries, as this was a very vital element of health.

Md Jashim Uddin, President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said that the private sector in Bangladesh also wants the extension of the TRIPS waiver for the growth of the pharmaceutical industry. .

Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, and Hafizur Rahman, Director General of the WTO Unit of the Ministry of Commerce, were also present at the press conference.

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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds: Week 11 https://ardud.ro/fantasy-baseball-waiver-wire-adds-week-11/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 14:05:28 +0000 https://ardud.ro/fantasy-baseball-waiver-wire-adds-week-11/ As the 2022 baseball season gathers pace, nailing down the waiver wire and available players is key to beating your teammates in season-long formats. Each week, we’ll be looking at players who are registered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues and who can help your teams throughout the season. Remember, if you don’t scour […]]]>

As the 2022 baseball season gathers pace, nailing down the waiver wire and available players is key to beating your teammates in season-long formats.

Each week, we’ll be looking at players who are registered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues and who can help your teams throughout the season. Remember, if you don’t scour the waiver thread, you’re falling behind.

Ross Stripling, PS, Toronto Blue Jays

List percentage: 22%

With the Toronto Blue Jays desperate for an identity as the offense struggled and starters like Yusei Kikuchi really struggled, they quickly fall behind in the AL East divisional race.

One guy who’s been sneakily damn solid is veteran right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling. After spinning five scoreless innings in his last start, the right-hander now finds himself with surprisingly strong ratios of a 3.65 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 37 innings pitched, including 31 outs in the stick.

With Hyun-jin Ryu also on the injured list, he could provide an intriguing boost to your fantasy rotations.

Jake Burger, 1B, Chicago White Sox

Alignment percentage: 16%

With the Chicago White Sox in a total setback and their veteran manager making some curious decisions, one player who has been playing well lately is Jake Burger.

The Missouri State product has been hot at the plate – despite not getting a full-time plate role to start the year, in just 125 at bats the slugger now has eight homers, including 22 RBIs, this year.

While he doesn’t give you much in the way of speed — he hasn’t stolen base yet this season — Burger’s other metrics are pretty decent. If you need some pop at first base or in deeper leagues, maybe the infield corner, Burger looks like a solid addition.

Jason Adam, PR, Tampa Bay Rays

List percentage: 30%

After starting the season blank in the closest role, Andrew Kittredge has been placed on injured reserve and sadly it looks like he will go under the knife and undergo surgery at Tommy John.

If this is a player you had signed up or are looking for backups like almost everyone else in fantasy baseball, look no further than Jason Adam, Kittredge’s teammate. He’s allowed just two earned runs this season and struck out 30 batters in 25 innings.

It might be a bit of a shock in the dark, but there’s a solid path to saving here for Adam.

Spencer Strider, SP/RP, Atlanta Braves

Alignment percentage: 44%

Playing catch-up in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, it looks like the Atlanta Braves have finally come to their senses and put stud reliever Spencer Strider in the starting rotation. It was time.

Strider, who mostly worked in a long relief role, was absolutely dominant in his last outing. He generated 18 swings and misses on 92 pitches, and he struck out eight in 5 2/3 scoreless baseball innings.

This season, Strider’s numbers almost read like a misprint — in 38 1/3 innings pitched, he struck out a ridiculous 57 batters, including a 2.35 ERA and 1.12 WHIP . Add it everywhere.

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Waiver of intellectual property rights is an imperfect solution to achieving vaccine equity https://ardud.ro/waiver-of-intellectual-property-rights-is-an-imperfect-solution-to-achieving-vaccine-equity/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 14:42:50 +0000 https://ardud.ro/waiver-of-intellectual-property-rights-is-an-imperfect-solution-to-achieving-vaccine-equity/ OWhen the history of the Covid-19 pandemic is written, readers will be as stunned by the glaring collective failure to immunize everyone who needed it as by the remarkable successes in vaccine and drug development. A huge failure has been the failure of the global healthcare community to fulfill its moral obligation to older people, […]]]>

OWhen the history of the Covid-19 pandemic is written, readers will be as stunned by the glaring collective failure to immunize everyone who needed it as by the remarkable successes in vaccine and drug development.

A huge failure has been the failure of the global healthcare community to fulfill its moral obligation to older people, people living with chronic conditions and others in low- and middle-income countries who are the most likely to develop severe cases of Covid-19 or die. From this. The inequitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines is not the fault of any particular entity. The global health care community as a whole – governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the biopharmaceutical industry and others – has broken its promise to leave no one behind.

Also, we are not off the hook for this pandemic as the disease continues to spread in parts of the world.

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Today, 2 billion vaccines are stuck in refrigerators around the world, while in some countries the elderly and others vulnerable to severe Covid-19 have still not received their full course of vaccines. By December 2021, global production of Covid-19 had reached almost 11 billion doses, but vaccine manufacturing capacities are now reduced. The Serum Institute of India is halting production of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and Aspen Pharmacare in South Africa fears it may have to shut down its two Covid-19 vaccine production lines permanently unless a new order arrives soon. Aspen leader Stavros Nicolaou told the media: “If Aspen can’t produce Covid vaccines, what hope is there for others.”

Getting Covid-19 vaccines to everyone who needs them remains a huge challenge. Vaccines sit in storage as immunization efforts fail because many health care systems are underfunded and lack trained personnel in both urban and rural settings; there is a lack of coordination and political commitment; the complexity of vaccine handling; and vaccine hesitancy.

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Because lack of demand, not lack of supply, is driving the current challenges, it is surprising that discussions are still progressing on a proposal originally submitted by India and South Africa to the World Trade Organization in October 2020 which would waive intellectual property rights to Covid-19 vaccines to help increase vaccine production. The talks on lifting aspects of trade-related intellectual property rights (TRIPS) are all the more confusing as, according to health intelligence analyst Airfinity, there are more than 380 Covid-19 vaccine partnerships and 150 for Covid-19 therapies. India and South Africa are two countries that have benefited from technology transfer as, in 2021, India was the third largest producer of Covid-19 vaccines, ahead of the United States.

The premise of an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines was wrong from the start. Such a waiver is not sufficient to allow a manufacturer to consistently produce high quality vaccines. Vaccine makers in low-income countries are the first to recognize that voluntary technology partnerships should be just that – voluntary – and achieved by sitting down together to find solutions to production, labor, supplies, quality and regulatory approvals.

It is difficult to understand why the United States lent its support to the proposed waiver in May 2021, the early days of the Biden administration. At the time, the United States had enough vaccine on its books to vaccinate its population six times, global manufacturing scale-up was well underway, and if shared fairly, there would have been enough vaccines to vaccinate the world. The proposed TRIPS waiver makes even less sense when no one can point to intellectual property as a barrier to expanding global manufacturing. It is also unclear how US interests would be served by undermining intellectual property, since more than 40% of US gross domestic product comes from IP-intensive industries. This sends a chilling message to a third of the total workforce working in these industries.

The biggest factor affecting vaccine scarcity last year was not intellectual property but trade. The US Defense Protection Act has slowed manufacturing scale-up by hampering the vaccine supply chain, and India’s export ban on COVAX vaccine supplies has severely affected the fair distribution of vaccines. vaccines in most countries in Africa for much of 2021. Africans have been severely disappointed. by not receiving secure COVAX orders from the Serum Institute. The shortfall was made up within months by other vaccine manufacturers.

And looking ahead, the biopharmaceutical industry (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech) is supporting initiatives to build vaccine manufacturing capacity on the African continent. Moreover, the infrastructure needed for local production in any country will itself be fostered by strong intellectual property protection that rewards successful innovations.

Ahead of the World Trade Organization ministerial conference, which begins on Sunday, negotiators are mulling over language in the latest TRIPS waiver document, which aims to simplify procedures and address the challenges of increased production. But they should keep in mind that rather than solving a theoretical problem, the waiver proposal is more likely to undermine innovation by creating uncertainty and hindering future research and partnerships by changing the very framework that facilitated an unprecedented number of partnerships, voluntary licenses and knowledge sharing. that emerged as a result of Covid-19. The biggest loser will be global health security, the exact opposite of what to do for future pandemics.

Proposed waivers from the TRIPS Agreement are political diversion for industrial policy purposes for some countries and political grandstanding for others. The potential casualty of this heated and dishonest debate on waiver is finding solutions to equitable access, without which global health security cannot be achieved. Whatever the next unknown disease, this pandemic has demonstrated that science and scientific effort combined with collaboration and solidarity will be at the heart of the capacity, speed and equity of the world’s response.

Only by being brutally honest about what worked and what didn’t do we have a chance to better respond to a future pandemic, even if we continue to fight this one.

Thomas B. Cueni is Director General of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations. The opinions expressed here are his own.

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