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This city is giving residents $500 per month. Some hope it can become a national plan

This city is giving residents $500 per month. Some hope it can become a national plan

Finance
Tomas Vargas, Jr., of Stockton, Calif., says that receiving money through the city's universal basic income experiment has been life changing.Snap Jackson PhotographyA few years ago, Tomas Vargas, Jr., was having a tough time supporting his family.The Stockton, California, resident, a part-time supervisor at UPS, found his paychecks were not enough to cover his expenses. To pick up extra cash, he looked for more work, by fixing cars and helping neighbors out around their houses."I was stressed out," Vargas, 36, said. "I was living paycheck by paycheck but I was having to hustle on top of it to get my bills paid."Then, something changed. He was selected to participate in a new program offered by the city.Called SEED, which stands for Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, the program ...
NHL, players’ union approve return-to-play plan, four-year CBA extension

NHL, players’ union approve return-to-play plan, four-year CBA extension

Sports
July 10 (UPI) -- The NHL and the players' union ratified plans to resume the 2019-20 season in August and approved a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement, the sides announced Friday. The NHL Players Association on Wednesday started a full-membership vote on both the return-to-play plan and the CBA, and the voting concluded Friday. Advertisement "Today, the NHL and the NHLPA announced a significant agreement that addresses the uncertainty everyone is dealing with, the framework for the completion of the 2019-20 season, and the foundation for the continued long-term growth of our league," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement Friday. "I thank NHLPA executive director Don Fehr and special assistant to the executive director Mathieu Schneider, the more than 7...
WHO experts to visit China to plan COVID-19 investigation

WHO experts to visit China to plan COVID-19 investigation

Technology
Two World Health Organization experts are heading to the Chinese capital to lay the groundwork for a larger mission to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemicBy SAM McNEIL Associated PressJuly 10, 2020, 10:09 AM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- Two World Health Organization experts were heading to the Chinese capital on Friday to lay the groundwork for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. An animal health expert and an epidemiologist will meet Chinese counterparts in Beijing to work out logistics, places to visit and the participants for a WHO-led international mission, the U.N. organization said. A major issue will be to “look at whether or not it jumped from species to human, and what species it jumped from,” W
Biden challenges Trump with ‘Buy American’ economic plan

Biden challenges Trump with ‘Buy American’ economic plan

World
Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden has laid out his rescue plan for the coronavirus-crippled US economy, while berating President Donald Trump as incompetent.Mr Biden said his $ 700bn (£560bn) plan would be the biggest investment in the US economy since World War Two.The "Build Back Better" agenda, he said, would spur a manufacturing and technology jobs boom.The Trump campaign responded that the plan would inflict "catastrophe".Mr Biden is all but guaranteed to face off with Mr Trump in this November's presidential election.Speaking at a metalworks firm near his childhood hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Mr Biden said the president's failures had "come with a terrible human cost and a deep economic toll".
‘Medigap’ insurance covers some Medicare costs. How to choose a plan that’s right for you

‘Medigap’ insurance covers some Medicare costs. How to choose a plan that’s right for you

Finance
Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesFor many older folks, enrolling in Medicare leads to the conclusion that a supplemental plan — aka "Medigap" — is the best fit for their circumstances. However, that decision generally isn't the end of the process. Although Medigap policies are standardized in most places, regardless of which insurance company offers them, premiums differ from insurer to insurer and among locations. And, say experts, this makes it important to understand the differences you could come across when looking at your options.In general, you'd want to know "a carrier's premium rating system, its claims history and how good its customer service department is," said Elizabeth Gavino, founder of Lewin & Gavino and an independent broker and general agent for Medicare plans."I d