Villagers hold protest against speeding

first_imgMuff residents and local representatives have taken to the streets to highlight the treacherous speeding problems in the village. A protest was held in the border village last Friday to call on Gardaí and Donegal County Council to take action before disaster strikes.The short protest was organised by Sinn Féin Cllr Jack Murray and local election candidate Terry Crossan in conjunction with members of the Muff Residents Group. Speaking afterwards, Terry Crossan said: “In light of some recent near misses it had been decided at a meeting with residents that something needed to be done to bring this issue to the attention of the relevant authorities.“We believe that the Gardaí need to be more proactive in enforcing speed limits and that random speed prevention measures should be introduced by way of a deterrent”.Mr Crossan continued: “Donegal County Council also need to fast track the current plans to their road design team to review speed limits and traffic calming in the village and at other dangerous locations across South Inishowen.” He added that the group intends to carry out further protests at Quigley’s Point, Killea and Carrigans in the coming weeks.“We would ask that all concerned residents would join us in these protests before someone is seriously injured or even killed,” Mr Crossan concluded.Villagers hold protest against speeding was last modified: April 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chiefs launch cyber centre

first_img24 July 2003 Kaizer Chiefs, one of South Africa’s top soccer teams, are making an impact beyond the football pitch by linking up with a major computer corporation to help small companies access the world of electronic business.Chiefs and computer specialists Acer have launched a Cyber Centre in Johannesburg to help smaller entrepreneurs conduct business electronically.The centre, situated in Stannic House, Gandhi Square, offers e-mailing and e-banking facilities so that small enterprises can access clients and partners electronically, “making them more cost- and time-effective”.A computer-training centre where people can learn computer and information technology skills is also available.“The aim of the initiative is to empower individuals on a large scale,” said Acer marketing manager Stella Helwick. By growing small, macro and medium enterprises, Acer aims to “make a positive contribution to the growth of our country”.Helwick said she hoped that a large number of people would use the Cyber Centre “to become computer literate, enjoy the benefits of IT, and gain administration skills”.The centre also has special offers for Chiefs supporters, and there are plans to extend the project. “Our vision,” said Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung, “is to roll out similar centres for all our supporters nationally.”Chiefs and Acer spent more then two years developing the Cyber Centre project, evaluating partners and services. “We need to harness the power of IT and make it work for us to create profitability,” Motaung said.The IT training will also be extended to Chiefs players. “The players won’t be able to make a living from soccer indefinitely, and a number of the players have looked at IT as a possible career after retiring from the game.”The Cyber Centre will “give people a chance to get some IT training and find out if they are suited to a career in this area”, Motaung added.The Chiefs Acer Cyber Centre can be contacted on (011) 833 8848.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

South Africa’s new ‘awesome foursome’

first_imgSo close was the finish that none of the crews knew who had won for a while, but when they saw the result up on the board, South Africa’s new “Awesome Foursome” found enough energy to celebrate a memorable triumph. With South Africa having won three gold medals so far, the country has – within the first week of competition – matched its best gold medal return since it came back to the Olympic Games from international isolation in 1992. That total was achieved in Atlanta in 1996, when Penny Heyns won the 100m and 200m breaststroke and Josiah Thugwane won the men’s marathon. Suddenly it became clear that the white boat of South Africa was making inroads on the three yellow boats in the chase for medals. They had moved ahead of Australia and Britain and were racing Denmark for gold. With the finishing line in sight, it was too close to call. As they had done in the semi-finals, the very experienced Danish team got away from the other five teams at the start on Lake Dornay. Approaching the 1 500m mark, Denmark’s lead was down to about half a boat length over Australia and Great Britain. They went through the three-quarter distance in 4:31.7, a mere 0.2 ahead of Australia. Great Britain were just one second behind the leaders, and South Africa trailed by 1.3 seconds. South Africa’s men’s lightweight fours rowing team of Matthew Brittain, Lawrence Ndlovu, John Smith and James Thompson pulled off a sensational victory at the London Olympics on Thursday afternoon to capture the country’s third gold medal at the Games and its first ever in rowing. The Netherlands struggled from the start and were not a factor in lane one. Meanwhile, South Africa, Australia, Great Britain and Switzerland were bundled together, chasing the Danes. 500 metresAt 500 metres, Denmark led, in a time of 1:29.2, with Australia in second, 1.4 seconds off the pace, South Africa in third, a further 0.2 seconds back, Switzerland in fourth 1.9 seconds behind the Danes, and Great Britain 2.2 seconds off the lead. Denmark’s lead over Australia was down to 0.7 seconds at halfway, which they reached in 3:00.1. The home team, Britain, was 1.8 seconds behind, and South Africa 2.1 seconds adrift. Behind them, it was difficult to separate South Africa and Great Britain, as Switzerland fell back a touch. 500 metres to go Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material As Denmark pulled, they drew ahead, but when South Africa pulled, they now had the lead, which was exchanged a number of times. But then, the men in green and gold inched clear of the Danes, with Britain still challenging, as the noise of the crowd lifted even louder. Great Britain sneaked ahead of Denmark to win silver in 6:03.09. The Danes finished in 6:03.16 and took bronze as a mere 0.32 seconds separated the three medal winning boats. 2 August 2012 It was an incredible final, as close as could be, but the South African crew from the University of Pretoria came through with an amazing late burst of speed to take victory after entering the last 500 metres in third place. Unlike in the semi-finals, Denmark were unable to build up a big lead as Australia, the world champions, made a strong push as the race neared the 1 000 metre mark. Brilliant victoryIt became clear South Africa had an edge over the other challengers and they held on to it, crossing the finishing line in 6:02.84 to take the win and claim gold. It was a brilliant race and an outstanding victory. The crowd, with Great Britain in the running for a medal, was roaring loud support as a tremendous dice unfolded in front of their eyes.last_img read more

Women and Girls Summit tackles issues affecting African women

first_imgOn 13 and 14 October 2014, a thousand women and young girls from all over Africa will gather in Abuja, Nigeria, to try and find solutions to current issues affecting them.The African girl child is much more at risk of dropping out of school than the boy child. (Image: United Nations)Ndaba DlaminiAlthough some progress has been made in uplifting women’s lives in Africa, a lot still needs to be done to overcome cultural, economic and health burdens borne by most both young and elderly women on the continent.On 13 and 14 October 2014, a thousand women and young girls from all over Africa will gather in Abuja, Nigeria, to try and find solutions to current issues affecting them. The conference will touch on the following thematic areas: safety and security, education, health, and economic empowerment.This first ever Women & Girls Summit is organised by the National Centre for Women’s Development (NCWD) and Friends Africa, in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady of Nigeria. The summit coincides with the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, a day set aside to promote the rights of girls and address the unique challenges they face.The gathering of African women and girls comes at a time when violations of women’s rights are under the spotlight, not only in Nigeria but in the rest of the continent. The summit aims to:Create a platform for high-level dialogue on current issues affecting women and girls in Nigeria and AfricaCreate an avenue for the economic empowerment of marginalised women and girlsCommunicate the pulse of the African women and girls to the regional (African Union) and global (United Nations) development processes for women and girlsBuilding on the momentum generated by the United Kingdom and Australia Girl Summits held in the two countries earlier this year, the African summit also aims to create long lasting solutions to decades of institutional challenges marginalising women and girls.Studies show that African women-owned farms produce less than men-owned farms. (Image: Michael O’Sullivan, World Bank)Gender violence and educationAccording to a 2010 UN report on violence against women in Africa, the scourge of violence against women in Africa is still largely rampant, but hidden beneath cultural practices and beliefs. This because of a number of reasons, namely;• the predominance of the system of patriarchy across Africa has meant that women are still perceived of and treated as subordinate to men;• violence against women is accepted as the cultural norm in many societies and is often condoned by community and sometimes state leaders;• the stigma attached to female victims of violence has resulted in very low rates of reporting; and• often if women do report violence against them, they are either turned away because the authorities see violence against women as a matter to be dealt with privately or within the family, or they struggle to access justice in a criminal justice system that is not informed by or sensitive to the needs of women.Recent attacks on young girls in Nigeria and other African areas facing internal strife has also brought to light the security problems that girls face in their efforts to attain education. The importance of education to the girl child cannot be over-emphasised. A recent study on African demographics shows that education for women, even at the primary-school level, was associated with a lower risk of child mortality. In another study by the University of Pennsylvania, it was discovered that in Malawi, one year of additional schooling for a girl cut the probability of testing positive for HIV as an adult by 6% to 7%.United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics’ 2012 edition of the “World Atlas of Gender Equity in Education” shows that in much of Sub-Saharan Africa, school enrolment ratios lag significantly behind global averages, with Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia all showing less than 80% of girl learners enrolled in primary school.According to the UNESCO report, dropout rates are as high as 70% throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, with higher rates for girls. World Bank research on girl education in Africa indicates that the number of girls who are out of school is decreasing only slowly, falling from 25 million in 1999 to 17 million in 2008. On the other hand, the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative states that Nigeria has a 66% literacy rate for 15- to 24-year-old females, versus a 78% literacy rate for males. Girls’ primary school attendance is 60%, compared to boys’ 65%, and by secondary school the rates are 43% and 45%, respectively.The issue of religious violence against girls in Africa has been brought in the forefront by the abduction of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamic Militants Boko Haram. “Boko Haram” roughly translates as “Western education is forbidden”. The incident highlighted the African girl child’s plight at a time when there are concerted efforts, not only by African governments but international organisations such as the United Nations Women, to push for gender equality and the empowerment of women.African women and healthThe World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the health of the African woman is affected by a plethora of factors, most of which revolve around lack of adequate health facilities and infrastructure. Lack of medical facilities, supplies and trained staff and poor transport means that 60% of mothers in sub-Saharan Africa do not have a health worker present during childbirth, a situation which heightens complications, leading to higher maternal and child death, according to WHO.According to a WHO 2012 report entitled Addressing the Challenge of Women’s Health in Africa, the state of maternal health in Africa is dismal, with the region accounting for more than half of all maternal deaths worldwide, each year. Unfortunately, the situation is not improving.In Nigeria, WHO estimates that 800 000 women are living with fistula, a disabling condition often caused by problems in childbirth. The number grows by 20 000 each year. In Tanzania, 9 000 women die annually from complications related to pregnancy. The country’s maternal health facilities are often too far away and the women lack adequate transport.WHO estimates that about a quarter of maternal deaths in Africa could be prevented through emergency obstetric care. In fact, maternal mortality can be prevented. In Europe, for example, maternal mortality is a rare event, occurring in only 20 out of 100 000 live births, compared to 480 per 100 000 on the African continent, the highest ratio of all the regions in the world.Despite the HIV/AIDS scourge continuing to ravage some parts of Africa, other health problems loom, according to WHO. In their advanced ages, African women suffer increasingly from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), notably cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. According to WHO, if nothing is done to address the issue of NCDs, they will represent at least 50% of mortality in the Africa by 2020.African women, equality and economic empowermentPromoting gender equality and empowerment of women is of benefit to any economy and the society at large. However, in many African countries women face stumbling blocks at a time when Africa’s economy is on the upsurge, with economists predicting that over the next decade, the continent’s GDP is expected to rise by an average of 6% a year.A result mainly of cultural practices, gender inequalities and gender-based discriminations are rife in Africa, hence the need to raise awareness about the disadvantages of these discriminations, not only to women and girls, but to the community at large.African women play a significant part in agriculture (the United Nations Development Programme estimates that women farmers account for nearly 50% of the agricultural labour force in sub-Saharan Africa). Despite the role women play in agriculture, productivity on women-owned farms is significantly lower per hectare compared to men, according to a new report jointly published by the World Bank and the ONE Campaign entitled  “Levelling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa”.The report, which looks into the differences between how much men and women farmers produce in six African countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – which together make up more than 40% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population.The report reveals deep-rooted inequalities in African agriculture. In the six countries profiled, the report found that women farmers are refused access to land ownership, credit and productive farm inputs like fertilisers, pesticides and farming tools, and access to markets, factors essential to their productivity.The Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012 agreed that gender equality and women’s participation in the economy are important the sustainable development of any economy.“One of the most important steps countries can take to drive progress is to ensure and improve the political, economic and social rights and opportunities of women”, says Helen Clark on the UNDP website. “Africa has achieved notable economic growth in recent years. To be sustained, that growth must be inclusive, and translate into concrete improvements in the lives of women, men and children.”Countries that eliminate gender disparities in education, for example, will accelerate progress towards eliminating hunger and will improve child and maternal health, as educated women and girls are better able to make informed choices about family planning, nutrition, health, and education.The World Bank estimates that eliminating barriers that discriminate against women’s working in certain sectors could increase labour productivity by as much as 25%.  Ensuring women’s equal access to agricultural resources and financial credit would have a dramatic impact on food security and overall economic growth.Closing the gender gap could help reduce hunger and improve livelihoods for Africa’s growing population, which is expected to quadruple within the next 90 years, according to the World Bank.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Albers family tradition builds on rich German and agricultural heritage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While small towns and villages were forming in the wilderness of what is now western Ohio there was a steady stream of German immigrants coming to the area, regularly noted at the time for their hard work ethic and ingenuity. Part of that rich German tradition continues on the many farms in the region, including the Albers Ohio Century Farm in Shelby County, near McCartyville.The family founder, Henry Albers, left his farm in the Minster area and settled on the farm in 1884 where his eight children grew up. The farm had a home and barns when he moved there. Henry raised hogs, dairy cattle, chickens and crops.Henry died of a heart attack during planting season when his son, John, was 16. John eventually took over the farm and his son, Leonard Albers, grew up in the same house and has farmed the same ground. Leonard was the youngest of 13 children, and with his parents (John and Caroline) and two of his uncles (Herman and Ben, both Henry’s sons), there were 17 Albers living in the house for a few years during his youth.“The only heat we had upstairs was a hole in the floor and we heated the house with a coal stove. WeAll 13 of the Albers children were all together for this picture in 2012. Leonard is the second from the left in the back row.had big feather blankets to crawl under to keep warm,” Leonard said. “I think it was a blessing to grow up with that many people. You learned how to get along with people. We played a lot of monopoly and checkers. I remember the outhouse and I was in high school when we finally got a telephone. We were one of the last ones in the county to get a telephone. In the summer they would always prepare the meals in the summer kitchen.”With his father and two uncles on hand, the children still had plenty to do around the farm growing up.“We always went out to the barn but I don’t know that we really helped out a lot. We had two uncles living here and they did most of the work and I think my dad even had a hired hand,” Leonard said. “We had hogs and chickens — we would sell cartons of eggs.  We grew a few beans, corn, and sugar cane — we’d strip it and take it to the press at Maria Stein. Dad cleared a lot of the woods off too. I remember getting the eggs one time and the rooster came after me. I still don’t like roosters to this day. I didn’t do much with the milking or the hogs, but we had to clean out the farrowing stalls every Saturday. No matter what the weather we had to do that.”Leonard remembers the bread dipped in lard with molasses as one of the favorite treats of his childhoodLeonard Albers got his American FFA Degree in 1973 and then returned to the farm full time.that always followed a visit from the butchering crew that would travel the community and process the hogs in the winter. He also remembers the close adherence to German traditions and customs.“When my older sister went to school, she couldn’t talk in English at all,” he said.Most of his siblings settled nearby. Leonard and his brother, Vernon, took over the home farm with the original acreage.“Now it is a pretty large tract of Albers here around McCartyville,” Leonard said.Leonard came back to the farm after high school, earning his American FFA Degree in 1973.“I was never much of a hunter or anything but I always loved the outdoors. All I knew was farming. I had that in my mind when I started high school to come back and farm,” Leonard said. “When I finished high school, I took over the dairy and my brother put beef cattle and hogs across the road. The dairy hadAlbers farm photograph in 2016 — the farm has changed quite a bit but the dedication to agriculture has not. Albers farm photographs in 1953been here as long as I can remember. When I started in ‘73 we were milking 45 or 50 and we got up to 55 or 60. We fed out a few of our own for beef. We got up to 30 or 40 sows farrow to finish.”There were several opportunities during that time to expand the farm.“The neighbor’s farm went for sale and we bought that 160 acres in 1973. I bought it with my brothers,” Leonard said. “We tiled it and tore the fence rows out. We started growing beans a couple years before I got out of high school. We grew corn, beans and wheat and we grew a lot of alfalfa because we had cows.“Then we bought the next 80-acre farm on down from that. It was originally one of my uncle’s farms and we were able to buy it back. By buying that ground, the farm had just about doubled in size since I came back. It evolved quite nicely. We had local properties come up for sale and we had the good fortune that we could buy them and we kept expanding the crop ground. Later I had two back surgeries and got out of the dairy business after the second surgery in the early 1990s. We got out of hogs too and I started buying Holstein feeder steers. I can usually run about 200 head here. We get them at 500 or 600 pounds and finish them out. Now we farm around 1,150 acres of corn beans and wheat with the cattle and a few chickens.”The farm has a long history of conservation.“The first time we tried no-till it didn’t look very good. Dad said, ‘You’re better off to farm half as much and do it right.’ It was harder in those earlier days without Roundup or any of today’s equipment. We got the first no-till drill that John Deere sold. It took dad a couple of years to think it was OK. Some of that first stuff was pretty bad. You’d do it way back on the back 40 where only one neighbor could see it,” Leonard said. “My dad was a pretty progressive farmer. We hosted the Ohio No-Till Field Day in the 80s and I’m pretty engrained in no-till. We have everything systematically tiled. We bought a ditching machine in ‘73. We’ve done some work with cover crops — clover and radishes. This year we are going to try barley. We put it out so we can put on manure. We’ve also added filter strips and quail habitat and more manure storage for the cattle. And I have served for more than 25 years on the Soil and Water Board.”The equipment on the farm has changed drastically in Leonard’s time there.“I remember the first self-propelled combine we had. It didn’t have a cab on it. My dad had one of the first grain dryers too. It was very inefficient, but at the time it was better than anything else,” he said. “We thought it was really great when we got a corn planter with a monitor on it and now the auto steer equipment and yield mapping has changed a lot. When we put the light bar on the sprayer it was one of the first ones around.”Leonard still lives in the same (though renovated) house of his forefathers and farms with his brother Vernon. His son-in-law now also works full time on the farm. He never gave the history of the farm all that much thought, but his wife, Lou Ann, encouraged him to really appreciate his family’s farming tradition.“I grew up in Cincinnati and I am a public health nurse. I think we’re spoiled these days. There was no heat, no bathroom and they had an outhouse here when they grew up. They had the boys in one room and girls had to share another room — there were six boys and seven girls. They had to learn to get along well and they still do,” Lou Ann said. “It took that whole family to make this farm last this long. They were all very hard workers. I am a city girl looking in and I always appreciated farming. When I met Lenny I just appreciated a family that has had a farm for this long. How awesome to have a family to support this farm for four generations. He and his siblings don’t even think about that.”Leonard never knew his grandpa, who died when his father was only 16, but he does understand the love of farming shared by the founder of the Albers generations on the land.“You want it to always be a farm. You have to have it in your heart to even know what I am talking about,” he said. “It is something that is instilled in you.”last_img read more

Nehru Cup 2012: India look to beat Nepal and seal final spot

first_imgThe confidence oozing in the Indian camp can be gauged from the players’ movement in the practice session ahead of their match against Nepal on Tuesday.Playing an opponent short of confidence gives any side an added edge and the likes of Sunil Chhetri and Syed Rahim Nabi will hope to cash in on that factor and book their place in the final.Coach Wim Koevermans was, however, guarded in his answers while talking about Nepal.”It won’t be an easy game. Although they conceded five goals in their previous match, it does not mean that they will be pushovers. We will play with the same strategy,” he said.The defending champions are also keeping their fingers crossed over the availability of right-back Nirmal Chhetri, who suffered a knock on his shin in the match against the Maldives on Saturday.”I will take a call on Nirmal in the morning,” Koevermans said when asked about the player’s availability.India have bagged full points from both their matches and their performance against the Maldives showed that they are adapting well to the tactics of the coach. Nabi’s performance stood out and the versatile player will be looking to continue his runs down the left side.But the two new players who have made their presence felt and have been instrumental in the goals scored in the tournament till now are Lenny Rodrigues and Francis Fernandes.Lenny, a lanky midfielder much like his idol Climax Lawrence, has shown the vision needed to prise open defences and his diagonal pass to Anthony Pereira for the second goal against Syria in the opening match is an indication of his talent because such precise crosses are a rarity in Indian attacks.advertisementLenny, in his fifth year with Churchill Brothers, is, however, not too disappointed with the fact that he made his national debut after playing at the club level for six years.”I was a bit nervous initially but have settled now. Playing at the club level for so many years has helped me mature as a player. But I never thought too much about making the cut for the national team as I knew that my performances would be noticed,” the 24-year-old said.Lenny made his debut in the AFC Challenge Cup in 2010 against North Korea but played just 10 minutes. Francis, on the other hand, was a member of the team that lifted the SAFF Championship in 2010.”I am enjoying my football and we all try to support each other on the field. Sunil (Chhetri) has been fantastic for us and I hope that we will continue in the same vein in the remaining matches,” Francis said.Nepal, meanwhile, have conceded seven goals in two matches and know that they need to punch above their weights if they want to come away with even a point against India. Marking the in-form Chhetri is the primary concern for them.”He is the dangerman for us. We cannot afford to give him any free space. He is in top form in the tournament and we cannot afford silly mistakes. Our midfield also has not functioned that well. So that is an area we have to work on,” Nepal striker Anil Gurung said.Although this is a new-look Indian team, the young players have caught the eye of rival coaches, such as Nepal’s Krishna Thapa.”The energy level of the team is incredible. They are playing in a new style and Chhetri seems to be in a far more aggressive mode this time and the entire team looks in good shape,” Thapa said.last_img read more

Panathinaikos Edges Aris, 76-69

first_imgBehind Nikos Pappas’ 23 points, Panathinaikos stayed perfect and held off an upset bid from Aris, 76-69, a day after Olympiakos throttled Panionios at Nea Smyrni in the Greek basketball league.Pappas stepped up in the absence of captain Dimitris Diamantidis to run the Greens to 9-0 in a league it has dominated for decades along with its archrival Olympiakos, which is 9-1 this year and got 18 points from American Bryant Dunston to beat last place Panionios, 73-56.AGO Rethymnou is alone in third after its Dec. 13 defeat of Kolossos Rhodes, 70-66 and is only two points behind Olympiakos. In other games in the league,  Trikala surprised surging AEK 87-83 at home, while struggling Panelefsiniakos squeaked past Korivos, 74-73.PAOK played a solid game against Nea Kifissia and won 78-67 for its sixth win in eight matches and KAOD got by Apollon Patras, 82-76 in a bid to avoid relegation. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

August 23 2007 On 81007 we started a report

first_imgAugust 23, 2007 On 8/10/07 we started a report of interior finishing in two first floor apartments with entrances on the north-side of the East Crescent complex. The apartment in Unit 9 thas been designed for handicapped access. This view is of the lightscoop area before just before work begins. [Photo & text: sa] In the lay-out of the apartment, the area in this report is at the bottom of the drawing next to the tiled entrance area. [Photo & text: sa] Workshop participants, architecture students from Korea, Youn Joong Shuk and Ji Seon Yeong work on the first step, the insulation of the inner walls. This report continues on 8/24/07. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Rep Rendon discusses Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan

first_img23Mar Rep. Rendon discusses Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City today welcomed Chris Priest, deputy director from the Department of Health and Human Services to the House of Representatives. The Families, Children and Seniors Committee was given an informative presentation on the positive impacts of Medicaid and the Healthy Michigan Plan.Medicaid is the largest health insurance program in the United States, with more than 1.2 million children and 148,000 seniors who benefit from the program. Since the program’s launch in 2014, Healthy Michigan Plan has covered over 465,000 preventive visits.“I’m sure everyone in this room has seen the positive effects of Medicaid from our friends, colleagues and neighbors,” said Rendon, committee chair. “Many families in need have benefited from Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan, and should continue to benefit from these programs.”For more information on Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan, visit Categories: Daire Rendon Newslast_img read more