Empire Life launches extended healthcare policy protection plan

Related news The Empire Life healthcare pooling arrangements, which include the EP3 and supplementary Large Amount Pooling (LAP), provide flexibility and choice to customers. “We’ve designed our healthcare pooling with the best interests of our customers in mind,” says Steve Pong, senior vice president, group solutions at Empire Life. “In fact, we’ve gone several steps beyond the basic requirements of the pooling initiative to ensure all of our customers can take advantage of this cost-effective protection.” Product features include: choice of thresholds, which allows group customers the flexibility to manage their benefit plan costs according to their risk tolerance and budget; inclusion of all extended health care benefits, not just drug claims; and Large Amount Pooling (LAP) for customers who may be ineligible for the EP3, or who may have certain claim costs that are not eligible for the EP3. “We are excited to be offering a solution that helps business owners limit their exposure to high cost claims while helping them to create more sustainable benefit plans for the future,” says Janet Jackson, vice president, group marketing, Empire Life. “Our pooling arrangements are an innovative response to the CDIPC requirements, and they will help employers and individual Canadians manage the financial impact of high cost drugs and healthcare services.” Kingston, Ont.-based Empire Life Insurance Co. Monday introduced new healthcare pooling arrangements to protect group benefit customers who face high cost claims from prescription drugs and medical services. Healthcare pooling is a way to spread risk and limit customers’ exposure to high cost claims. Beginning in January 2013, healthcare insurance carriers must offer an Extended Healthcare Policy Protection Plan (EP3) plan to their group customers. This is a requirement of the Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corp. (CDIPC). Sun Life introduces longevity insurance IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media DFS introduces comprehensive group CI product Keywords Group insuranceCompanies Empire Life Insurance Co. SSQ to introduce comprehensive critical illness coverage Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Homes flattened, thousands in evacuation centres as powerful Tropical Cyclone Yasa strikes Fiji

first_imgHomes flattened, thousands in evacuation centres as powerful Tropical Cyclone Yasa strikes Fiji Oxfam is working with local partners and coordinating with the Fijian government to assess the damage and needs of affected communities following Cyclone Yasa’s landfall in Fiji yesterday and early this morning.Communities are reporting widespread damage to homes, landslides blocking roads, flooding in coastal and low-lying areas and damaged vegetation.Destructive winds of up to 345km/h, heavy rain and storm swells affecting more than 600,000 people in the South Pacific island nation, have disrupted access to essential utilities including water supply and sanitation facilities, as well as shelter and food security.Oxfam in the Pacific’s Regional Director Raijeli Nicole said preparations were underway with local partners to support people affected by the super-cyclone.“Though TC Yasa is moving faster than expected, leaving less time to cause as much damage as was feared, it still has the potential to be devastating for the hundreds of thousands of people in its path. Coastal communities are particularly prone with flooding and coastal inundation expected in low-lying areas, along with strong winds and heavy rain,” she said.“We are extremely concerned about the potential for a second disaster within a disaster. Without assistance, people will be at risk of waterborne infections.“The cyclone is still moving across Fiji and therefore determining the true impact of the damage will take some time. However, Oxfam has contingency stock already in place including hygiene kits with essential items like soap and water purification tablets ready for our local partners to distribute to communities in need.“This is the second Category 5 tropical cyclone to hit Fiji’s main population centres in 2020 after Harold in April, and one of a dozen major storms in the last eight years. Through intensifying cyclones like Yasa, our islands are experiencing the harsh consequences of inaction on climate change right now. It’s past time for world leaders to step up their commitments in this climate emergency,” Ms Nicole added. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:charity, climate, climate change, Cyclone, disaster, Emergency, evacuation, food, Government, Impact, Oxfam, pacific, rain, security, storm, Water, worldlast_img read more

New inspector appointed for police forces and fire services

first_imgNew inspector appointed for police forces and fire services Andrew Cooke QPM will take up the posts on Monday 12 April 2021.Mr Cooke has been appointed to take up the dual roles of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Inspector of Fire and Rescue Authorities in England, overseeing inspections primarily in the North of England.Mr Cooke has worked in UK policing and law enforcement for nearly 36 years, where the majority of his service has been with Merseyside Police. He served at every rank with the force, being appointed to Chief Constable in 2017.During that time he also served as Assistant Chief Constable at Lancashire Constabulary for a period and became the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for the United Kingdom Protected Persons Service.In 2019 he became the national lead for Crime Operations.Mr Cooke has also been commended on 10 occasions and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2014.Mr Cooke said:Although I am leaving what has been for me a vocational career as a serving police officer in an exceptional police force, I am proud to have been appointed by Her Majesty to the Inspectorate.I look forward to working with my new colleagues and both the police and fire services to further improve public safety.Mr Cooke was selected following a stringent recruitment process, which followed the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice.The selection panel was led by an independent chair, Olivia Grant OBE, and also included a Home Office Non-Executive Director (Michael Fuller QPM), a senior civil servant and Sir Thomas Winsor, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Chief Inspector of Fire and Rescue Authorities in England.HMICFRS inspectors are then appointed by HM The Queen on the advice of the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:career, code of practice, Commissioner, council, director, Government, Minister, police, police chief, Prime Minister, Queen, rescue, Safety, Secretary, UK, UK Government, United Kingdomlast_img read more

High Court agrees to hear arguments in BI test case

first_imgHigh Court agrees to hear arguments in BI test case The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) today welcomed the High Court’s request to hear oral arguments on the application for special leave to appeal the NSW Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in the first business interruption test case.The insurance industry remains of the view that pandemics were not contemplated for coverage under most business interruption policies and that the Quarantine Act exclusion excludes COVID-19 related claims.The Court today indicated arguments will be heard on a date to be determined in May or June at the earliest.There are other issues concerning the interpretation of business interruption policies that also need to be resolved to determine whether policyholders will ultimately be covered, which is why a second test case has been commenced in the Federal Court of Australia.The second test case will determine the meaning of policy wordings in relation to the definition of a disease, proximity of an outbreak to a business, and prevention of access to premises due to a government mandate, as well as policies that contain a hybrid of these type of wordings.The Federal Court is expediting the second test case, proposing that the trial take place in the first half of September and any appeal be dealt with the Full Court of the Federal Court in the first week of November.This means that insurers and policyholders will have certainty on most substantial issues in 2021 and reflects the importance of this case to all relevant policyholders and insurers, not just parties to the proceedings.The industry will meet the costs of policyholders in the second test case, as it did in the first test case and will for any appeal.Quote attributable to Andrew Hall, CEO, Insurance Council of Australia:Today’s decision is a welcome next step in this important process and the insurance industry looks forward to presenting what we believe is a compelling case based on a solid legal framework.Given this issue relates to a policy exclusion for which insurers have not been collecting premiums, seeking reinsurance or collecting reserves, there is a strong public interest benefit in the High Court hearing oral arguments.Once final rulings have been obtained from the courts, insurers are committed to applying the relevant principles in an efficient, transparent, and consistent way when assessing claims. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, business, covid-19, Federal, federal court, Government, High Court, industry, insurance, Insurance Council of Australia, interruption, NSW, Outbreak, prevention, public interest, quarantinelast_img read more

Ackley Beverage Group Purchases Merriman Vineyard in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA

first_img TAGSAckley Beverage GroupMerriman Vineyard Facebook Home Industry News Releases Ackley Beverage Group Purchases Merriman Vineyard in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton AVAIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessAckley Beverage Group Purchases Merriman Vineyard in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton AVABy Press Release – November 15, 2016 51 0 ReddIt Previous articleCalifornia Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) Receives Drinks Business 2016 Green AwardNext article2017 Oregon Wine Symposium Features Two Business Tracks Press Release Email Linkedin AdvertisementSeattle based private equity group brings resources to the Northwest wine industryNovember 15, 2016 (Seattle, WA) – Ackley Beverage Group, a private equity company based in Seattle, purchased Merriman Vineyard located in the foothills of the Oregon Coastal Range in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in November. The 44-acre vineyard was planted in 1999 mostly to Pinot Noir with a few acres of Chardonnay. The Merriman Vineyard will expand fruit sourcing for Montinore Estate, Oregon’s eighth largest estate winery, which Ackley Beverage Group partnered with earlier this year.Merriman Vineyard is made up of marine sedimentary soils that create rich fruit flavors with a finesse and elegance found in the highest quality Pinot Noir. Wines produced from neighboring vineyards are already some of the most sought after, due in large part to this marine sedimentary soil.  This flavor profile is a unique combination in the Willamette Valley and will bring additional complexity to Montinore’s wines. Montinore’s current estate vineyard is one of the largest Demeter Certified Biodynamic® vineyards in Oregon.Rudy Marchesi, President of Montinore Estate, was instrumental in the selection of Merriman Vineyard. “I’m looking forward to working with this vineyard and using its high-quality fruit for our wines,” said Marchesi. “Our partnership with Ackley Beverage Group has provided Montinore with new resources. This current vineyard purchase will allow us to expand our existing portfolio of single-vineyard and ultra-premium wine offerings.”Ackley Beverage Group partnered with Montinore Estate in February this year. Operations at Montinore continue to be steadfast with the winemaking and management teams focused on crafting world-class wines. Ackley Beverage Group’s professional team contributes sales, marketing and operational support to Montinore.“We are impressed with the number of outstanding producers in the Northwest,” said Brandon Ackley, President of Ackley Beverage Group. “Our partnership with Montinore Estate is a perfect example of the positive results that can come when great existing teams share long-term strategic goals.”About Ackley Beverage Group:Ackley Beverage Group is a family investment company based in Seattle, WA that brings financial capital and professional resources to partners in the wine industry. With a deep appreciation for the world-class wines produced in Oregon and Washington, Ackley Beverage Group is dedicated to supporting premium artisanal brands throughout the Northwest.Advertisement Share Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Maintenance worker assaulted at Palisades Park

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeMaintenance worker assaulted at Palisades Park Jul. 07, 2016 at 6:13 amCrimeMaintenance worker assaulted at Palisades Parkeditor5 years agoassaultbatterybrandon griffinBrandon Jamel Griffincity of santa monicaCrime Watchhomelesshomeless crimehomelessnessmaintenancepalisades parkSanta Monicasanta monica californiaSanta Monica Crime On June 29 at about 7:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service at the 1500 block of Palisades Park regarding an assault and battery that had just occurred.The victim, a City of Santa Monica maintenance worker, was confronted by the suspect. The suspect was confrontational and challenged the victim to fight.The suspect yelled profanities and insults towards the victim. The suspect attempted to punch the victim multiple times and spat at the victim. The suspect had threatened the victim on three previous occasions.Officers located the suspect in the 1500 block of Alley 1. The victim was desirous of prosecution. The suspect was taken into custody.Brandon Jamel Griffin, 23, homeless, was arrested for stalking, assault, a court order violation and probation violation. Bail was set at $150,000.Note: Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Tags :assaultbatterybrandon griffinBrandon Jamel Griffincity of santa monicaCrime Watchhomelesshomeless crimehomelessnessmaintenancepalisades parkSanta Monicasanta monica californiaSanta Monica Crimeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentA summer potpourri of arts and entertainmentJordan Mathews chooses Gonzaga for final college seasonYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBoardwalk business recovery hamstrung by homelessness crisisClara Harter2 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoFeaturedNewsWoman Arrested With Knife At Buscaino ‘Plan for Safer Los Angeles’ Press ConferenceGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

Council approves new subsidy for senior renters

first_imgTags :daily pressdaily press city councilhousingHousing and Economic DevelopmentSanta Monica City Councilsanta monica daily presssanta monica housingshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentHow are environmentalists using Instagram to further their causes?Man assaults BBB driverYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours ago HomeNewsCity CouncilCouncil approves new subsidy for senior renters Jul. 31, 2017 at 7:00 amCity CouncilNewsCouncil approves new subsidy for senior rentersMatthew Hall4 years agodaily pressdaily press city councilhousingHousing and Economic DevelopmentSanta Monica City Councilsanta monica daily presssanta monica housing  City Hall has approved a new program to help some of the city’s most at need renters stay in their homes.The Preserving Our Diversity program will provide financial aid to low-income, long-term residents, aged 62 and older, who live in rent controlled apartments said the staff report.The POD program would set aside $200,000 to help seniors pay rent and another $100,000 to pay for administrative costs. To identify the eventual recipients, City Hall sent a survey to about 27,500 rent controlled households. Officials received 814 responses and of those, 433 did not already receive a government benefit (a prerequisite for the Santa Monica program).After applying additional criteria, the program identified 26 individuals for the program. The proposal calls for providing 12 months of rental assistance while the study is conducted with funding for an additional two months to conclude or transition the program. While it’s being called a “pilot” program, staff said they have an expectation the 26 individuals chosen for the first year will continue to receive city aid beyond the conclusion of the 12-14 month study.According to staff, the amount of the subsidy will vary per household and is based on providing tenants with a minimum quality of life after paying for housing costs. Staff said in order to meet basic needs, a one-person household needs to have $740 available after rent while a two-person household needs $1,293. Staff said the average subsidy for the first 26 applicants will be $460 for one person and $720 for two.“Of the 26 potential ‘pilot cohort’ households, there are 22 one-person households and 4 two-person households,” said the staff report. “The average head of household age is 72 years. Average annual income is $13,763 for a one-person household and $19,281 for a twoperson household. All 26 households experience ‘rent burden’ at more than 30 percent of income paid toward rent, with 22 households ‘severely rent burdened’ at more than 50 percent of income paid toward rent.”The proposal passed with a unanimous vote of the council but wasn’t without debate.Councilmembers questioned staff’s decision to call it a “pilot” program while also recommending ongoing subsidies for the 26 applicants and some questioned the mechanics of paying the subsidies directly to landlords or directly to tenants depending on the specific situation.Director of Housing and Economic Development, Andy Agle said his office is confident the individuals in the program will know how to make best use of the money.“All 26 of these people have lived here for a long time and while they might only be eating every other day, they’ve figured out how to survive here,” he said.Councilwoman Davis asked how staff will track the money without stigmatizing residents of creating new problems for them with potentially unfriendly landlords.“We want to keep people in housing and still allow them to maintain their dignity,” she said.Housing Commission Chair Michael Soloff said the Commission had spent significant time debating the same issues. He said the city money is the subsidizer of last resort and part of the requirement for the pilot program was that tenants were able to receive other kinds of aid.Soloff said the purpose of the 12-month study will be to evaluate how the program works and refine the criteria if it is continued but said it will never cover everyone who could need it.“Any reasonable expectation of what we could scale this program up to is not going to over the entire need,” he said.Councilmember Kevin McKeown said the dire need of some residents required immediate action, even if the program were not perfect.“We’re in a situation now where many of our neighbors, if they’re not living on cat food, they’re pretty close and I don’t’ feel we can responsibly ignore that, can we help everybody? No, but we can help some and I think we should,“ he said.City Manager Rick Cole said he has previously cautioned the council against establishing new entitlement programs but in this case, it is impossible to know how the program will shape up in the future until staff have had a chance to study it in action.“If we do this and half the people are evicted then clearly, it’s not a good way to use our money,” he said. “If we are successful and compare it to a diff group of 26 people in a similar situation and half of that group are evicted and none of these are evicted then you have to make some hard choices. “The program will be funded with money from the voter approved GSH sales tax and it comes as the County is also preparing to rollout new services following the voter approved Measure H. Mayor Ted Winterer said City Hall will have to wait and see if the local program works in concert with or opposition to new County efforts but the end goal is the same.“Let’s see if we can’t, with city money or other money, make their lives better and more dignified,” he [email protected]last_img read more

Study suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart risk

first_imgHomeNewsGovernmentStudy suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart risk May. 29, 2019 at 4:32 amGovernmentHealthNewsStudy suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart riskAssociated Press2 years agoAmerican College of CardiologyDr. Joseph Wue-cigarettesHoward Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Educationstanford university WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarettes aren’t considered as risky as regular cigarettes, but researchers have found a clue that their flavorings may be bad for the heart.Longtime smokers who can’t kick the addiction sometimes switch to e-cigarettes, in hopes of avoiding the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke.But cigarette smoking doesn’t just cause lung cancer. It’s a leading cause of heart attacks, too, and little is known about e-cigarettes and heart disease. Chemicals in the inhaled vapor may pose unique risks that are important to understand, especially as more and more teens take up vaping.“It’s not possible for me to go into a patient and strip their artery and test it” for a reaction to vaping, said Dr. Joseph Wu, director of Stanford University’s cardiovascular institute.So his team tried the next best thing for a study published Monday: In laboratory dishes, they grew cells that normally line healthy human blood vessels. They exposed the cells to six different e-cigarette flavorings, testing if the flavors — and not just the nicotine — caused any effects.They also tracked what happened when those cells were bathed in blood taken from people right after they had an e-cigarette, the way chemicals from vaping would make their way to the cardiovascular system. They also compared the cells’ exposure to blood from nonsmokers and people who smoked a regular cigarette.Vaping and some flavorings, even without nicotine, triggered blood vessel dysfunction that can increase the risk of heart disease, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.Cinnamon and menthol seemed the most toxic. But overall, cells showed signs of damage and were inflamed, less able to form new blood vessels or heal wounds.Small laboratory studies like this one can’t prove vaping really does harm, cautioned Dr. Jane Freedman of the University of Massachusetts, who wasn’t involved in the research. But she said the work should spark additional safety testing.The findings “suggest that even without the smoke of combustible cigarette products, there may be a smoldering fire of adverse health effects,” she wrote in an accompanying editorial.Another study at a recent heart meeting looked at health records to conclude e-cigarette users had a higher risk of heart attack than people who neither vape nor use tobacco products, but that, too, was only a clue, not proof.Wu’s team plans additional studies. The researchers are working with so-called “iPS cells,” ordinary cells taken from healthy volunteers and reprogrammed into a state where they can be grown into any type of tissue. Next up are tests of heart and brain tissue.U.S. public health officials are alarmed by an explosion of underage vaping, but Wu said it’s not just a question for teens. He worries about people who already have heart disease and may think switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes is enough protection.“This is really a warning shot that people should not be complacent and think that these e-cigarettes are completely safe,” Wu said.The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Tags :American College of CardiologyDr. Joseph Wue-cigarettesHoward Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Educationstanford universityshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLOS ANGELES – Conservation groups sue over Los Angeles County developmentCitywide – Assault arrestYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

Tester Seeks to Amend Food Safety Bill

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Montana’s U.S. Sen. Jon Tester introduced an amendment to exempt certain small farm operations from regulations in the upcoming Food Safety Bill. Senate Bill 510, called the Food Safety Bill, is aimed at giving the federal Food and Drug Administration broader control when dealing with food-borne illnesses and recalls, including the power to increase food processor inspections and require more rigorous food safety standards. Tester’s amendment would exempt small-scale food producers from the new regulations. Such producers must have annual sales of less than $500,000, and sell the majority of their product directly to consumers, restaurants and retailers within the same state or within 400 miles, or that fall within the FDA’s “very small business” category. These producers would still be under local and state food safety and health organization oversight, according to a statement from Tester’s office. “The folks with me here today know firsthand that food-borne illnesses don’t come from family agriculture,” Tester said in a statement after a visit with Missoula farmers in September. “As we do the vital work to make sure the food on our kitchen tables is safe, we’ve also got to make sure we don’t treat small producers the same way we treat big corporate farms. That’s exactly what my amendment will fix.” The senator’s office reported that the amendment has the support from over 150 local, state, and national food organizations and by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-IL, introduced the Food Safety Bill last March and it was amended again last December. Opponents to the bill say it would be too costly for small producers, while proponents argue all food should be inspected the same way to avoid massive recalls. Currently, the bill remains in the Senate for a vote after passing the House last year. According to the Associated Press, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, blocked consideration of the bill in late September because on fiscal concerns. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moved to vote to end debate on the bill when Congress returns after the Nov. 2 elections, the Associated Press reported.last_img read more

MSU Sells Out Season Tickets in Stadium Expansion

first_imgBOZEMAN – Montana State University says all of the season tickets for the expanded section of Bobcat Stadium have been sold for the upcoming football season.MSU Athletic Director Peter Fields announced Tuesday that all 2,250 of the new seats have been sold three months before the Sept. 10 home opener against University of California-Davis.In addition to the 2,250 seats for the season ticketholders, the end-zone complex will have 4,100 student seats and 850 additional seats available on a per-game basis for all but the Montana-Montana State game. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img