Daily Digest 1/11 - Not Enough Children In CA, Downturn Squeezes Colleges
In California, insurance giants Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are proposing to hike rates by 22, 26 and 20 percent respectively for some policy holders, according to the companies' filings with the state for 2013. "These rate requests are all the more striking after a 39 percent rise sought by Anthem Blue Cross in 2010 helped give impetus to the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, which passed the same year and will not be fully in effect until 2014," the Times reported.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield engages the world in space mission (westcoastjan)
“What we’re doing on Space Station is fundamentally fascinating and I think the evidence shows through a measure like Twitter where the exploration we’re doing, the experiments we’re doing, the view that it gives us of the world,” said Hadfield in news conference from the International Space Station that was live streamed online.
The U.S. House has now overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by Sandy. The bill gives more borrowing authority to the National Flood Insurance Program to pay about 115,000 pending claims.
In 1970, six years after the end of the baby boom, children made up more than one-third of California's population. By 2030, they will account for just one-fifth, according to projections by lead author Dowell Myers, a USC demographer. "We have a massive replacement problem statewide," Mr. Myers said in an interview.
Before the financial crisis of 2008, colleges and universities routinely raised tuition with little effect on the number of prospective students who applied. Some private colleges said that applications actually rose when they increased prices, apparently because families equated higher prices with quality.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the operation on behalf of the city’s parks department, says that in the six weeks leading up to New Year’s Day, the crews in Queens had filtered 94,000 cubic yards of sand. That is enough, the agency estimated, to fill a football field to a depth four feet higher than the goal posts — or 44 feet — said Robert Schneider, an engineer technician for the corps.
First Nations chief threatens to block resource development (westcoastjan)
Aboriginal bands are unhappy about Enbridge Inc’s plans to build a pipeline from the oil sands of Alberta to the Pacific province of British Columbia and say they will not allow the project to go ahead.
Nepinak and other chiefs from Manitoba also said they want Governor General David Johnston, the official representative of Queen Elizabeth in Canada, to be present at the meeting with Harper on Friday. Johnston has already said he will not be there.
The report found that in the US and parts of Europe nearly half of all food bought by consumers is thrown away; and that 30 percent of all crops grown in the UK are not even harvested because they do not meet the stringent cosmetic standards that are set by supermarkets and other food distributors around the world. These statistics are criminal considering the fact that in 2010 nearly one billion people across the world went without food.
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