Trump uses executive pen to chip away at Obamacare

first_imgFederal Government | Health | Nation & World | NPR NewsTrump uses executive pen to chip away at ObamacareOctober 12, 2017 by Scott Horsley, NPR Share:President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that is intended to provide more options for people shopping for health insurance. The president invoked his power of the pen after repeated Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, have failed.“The competition will be staggering,” Trump said. “Insurance companies will be fighting to get every single person signed up. And you will be, hopefully, negotiating, negotiating, negotiating. And you will get such low prices for such great care.”The order directs the Labor Department to make it easier for groups of employers to band together for the purpose of offering insurance. In some cases, groups might purchase coverage across state lines — a move that Republicans have long advocated as a way to lower costs.Trump described his action as a response to reduced insurance offerings and rising premiums in Obamacare’s individual market.Critics complain the president’s move could make matters worse — offering a cheaper option for younger, healthier insurance customers but driving up prices for those who need coverage most.Broader access to so-called association health plans, or AHPs, is an idea that has been promoted by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.“President Trump is doing what I believe is the biggest free-market reform of health care in a generation,” Paul said during a signing ceremony in the White House Roosevelt Room. “This reform, if it works and goes as planned, will allow millions of people to get insurance across state lines at an inexpensive price.”State regulators and some insurance companies warn that association plans might cherry-pick the healthiest customers, offering discounted insurance to those who don’t use a lot of medical care but driving up costs for others. Administration officials downplayed that concern, noting that association plans must offer coverage to any employee in a participating group.The president’s order also calls for expanding access to short-term insurance policies, which are not subject to some of Obamacare’s coverage requirements. And it directs the Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury departments to make it easier for employers to offer tax-free reimbursement to employees to help cover deductibles, copayments and other health care expenses.All of the changes will be subject to a formal rule-making process, including a public comment period. Administration officials said any new insurance offerings would come in months, not weeks.Trump said Thursday’s order is not a substitute for congressional action, and he vowed to continue to press lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act.“Today is only the beginning,” Trump said. “In the coming months, we plan to take new measures to provide our people with even more relief and more freedom.”Critics argue that the Trump administration has deliberately tried to sabotage the Obamacare exchanges. Trump has repeatedly threatened to withhold cost-sharing subsidies from insurance companies, and he has slashed spending on marketing efforts to bring more customers into the exchanges.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit this story:last_img read more

Bank of England’s Mark Carney: Interest rate cut is possible as UK heads toward deflation

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German police bust one of the world’s largest child sex abuse imagery networks

first_imgCNN – German police busted one of the world’s largest platforms containing child sex abuse materials, prosecutors announced on Monday. Police arrested three people in connection with the network. A fourth person was arrested in Paraguay, according to Interpol. The online platform, which was known as Boystown and was hosted on the dark web, had 400,000 registered users when it was taken offline by an international taskforce, CNN reported. The global team, spearheaded by the German Federal Criminal Police — the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) — included the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) and law enforcement agencies from the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Canada and the United States. Cape Coral man pleas guilty to possessing child sex abuse material May 1, 2021 AdvertisementPolice arrested three main suspects accused of operating and maintaining the Boystown platform during raids on seven properties in mid-April, Reuters reported.All of the suspects are male German nationals, according to Europol, who said on Monday that a 40-year old man was arrested in the west German city of Paderborn, a 49-year-old man was arrested in Munich and a 58-year-old man was arrested in Paraguay, CNN reported. The fourth suspect, who is a 64-year-old man from Hamburg, was arrested on suspicion of being one of the site’s most active users. He allegedly became a member of the platform in July of 2019 and has posted more than 3,500 times. RELATEDTOPICS Cape Coral man arrested after child sexual abuse videos were found on his computer May 12, 2021 Port Charlotte man arrested on 10 counts of child pornography June 4, 2021 Europol also said on Monday that several other chat sites used by perpetrators of child sexual abuse had been seized on the same occasion.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Advertisementcenter_img AdvertisementTags: Child pornographyGermany GERMANY, WIESBADEN – JULY 27: Exterior view of the Federal Criminal Investigation ( Bundeskriminalamt BKA) in Wiesbaden provides federal situation report cybercrime, 2015. Exterior view of the BKA. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images) AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Florida man pleads guilty to selling child abuse images online May 17, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Tesla slams into FDOT Road Rangers stopped for a crash on I-95

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementFlorida law requires drivers to move over a lane — when safe to do so — for stopped law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, utility service, tow trucks, and traffic crashes. If you can’t move over, drivers should slow down to 20 MPH or less. RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Woman poses as student to get into Florida high school and promote her Instagram May 12, 2021 MIAMI, Fla. — A person behind the wheel of a Tesla sedan slammed into a Florida Department of Transportation Road Ranger on Interstate 95, officials said.The Road Ranger was blocking the left northbound express lane of I-95 near NW 103 Street in Miami. A black Tesla heading north slammed into the back of the pick-up truck that had two people inside. The two Road Rangers were taken to Jackson North with non-life-threatening-injuries and the Tesla driver was brought to Ryder Trauma with severe, but non-life-threatening-injuries.Traffic cones, emergency lights and an arrow board were all being used by the Road Rangers before the crash. 3 dead, including corrections officer, in Florida grad party shooting June 8, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: Florida Department of TransportationInterstate 95Miami Third victim dies after mass shooting at Florida club June 6, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Surveillance video shows masked suspects who police say opened fire outside Florida concert June 1, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

CASE Explores Biogas as Energy Alternative

first_imgRelatedCASE Explores Biogas as Energy Alternative CASE Explores Biogas as Energy Alternative UncategorizedDecember 6, 2007 RelatedCASE Explores Biogas as Energy Alternative Advertisementscenter_img RelatedCASE Explores Biogas as Energy Alternative FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) is conducting research into the use of biogas as a viable alternative for generating electricity.Senior lecturer in the Department of Animal Science at the college, Dr. Paul Logan, tells JIS News that the research entails the conversion of pig excrement into biogas and using it to generate power. He adds that the project, which is being undertaken by final year students in the faculty, is part of a larger renewable energy venture being undertaken by the college.“We have a plant, where we produce biogas from pig faeces. The research is about using the biogas produced to generate electricity,” outlines Dr. Logan, who is supervising the students’ project.He explains that the college has a generator, which is powered by diesel and biogas. “The generator is started with diesel, and the biogas is introduced after a few minutes. In so doing, a portion of the diesel is substituted with biogas so there is a saving on the amount of diesel used to generate electricity,” Dr. Logan explains.In outlining the biogas production process, the CASE lecturer says the fecal matter is placed in a machine called an agricultural digester along with “special bacteria”, which converts the waste to carbon dioxide and methane. The methane, he says, is used for heating, lighting, and the production of electricity, etc.”Once the biogas has been produced, pipes are attached to the digester and also connected to the machine or equipment to be powered, resulting in the gas flowing accordingly.Dr. Logan explains that the biogas is “introduced along with the air used to operate the generator’s engine. Once the generator senses that there is a richer mixture (of fuel) entering the engine, its (engine) speed increases and the generator will cut down on the amount of diesel (needed) to keep the speed constant”. This, he tells JIS News, is to ensure that the electricity output is consistent with the voltage that the particular circuitry can accommodate.He notes that the pig unit is self-sufficient in energy, as biogas is combined with solar energy and diesel to create a hybrid system.“We have security lights, a refrigerator to store vaccine, and during the colder months, when the piglets need supplemental warmth, we either use biogas directly to provide that heat source or we can convert the biogas into electricity and use it for that purpose as well,” he discloses.In the meantime, the CASE lecturer discloses that the students are currently trying to measure the level of diesel substitution possible using biogas. “The machine can go to a point (using biogas), we have been told by researchers in India, where it can substitute up to 90 per cent of the diesel that would normally be used,” he points out.He says the college has done some research but the results have been inconsistent. “There are days when we get as much as (an) 85 per cent (reduction) and other days when we get as little as 50 per cent,” he points out.“What we are thinking is that the way in which we are measuring (diesel reduction) is not very precise and we’ll have to work on that because the fluctuation is not supposed to be so wide,” the lecturer reasons.He tells JIS News that the ultimate goal is to enhance the college hybrid renewable energy project, incorporating solar energy, with biogas as a sustainable alternative.last_img read more

CU-Boulder Students To Help Others During Alternative Spring Break Trips

first_img Published: March 18, 2008 More than 60 University of Colorado at Boulder students will forgo spring break vacations this month to help rebuild hurricane-ravaged Biloxi, Miss., work on trails in Yosemite National Park or engage in seven other service activities from South Dakota to Mexico.The students will participate in nine different trips organized by the Alternative Breaks program of CU’s Volunteer Clearing House. Other trips include building housing in Agua Prieta, Mexico, and bunk beds on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota or helping disadvantaged youth in Houston, the homeless in Las Vegas or a women’s shelter in Kansas City, Kan.CU’s spring break is March 24-28 but some students will leave on their Alternative Breaks trip the evening of March 21. Eleven Alternative Breaks programs are being offered this year, more than twice as many as last year, including the first-ever trips offered during winter break and following the end of spring semester.Another first is the hiring of CU’s first paid coordinator of the Alternative Breaks program, CU senior Brie Sampson, who began going on service trips when she was a freshman. Sampson has now made three trips in the program to Shiprock, N.M., New Orleans and Dallas.In addition to involving CU students in community service, the projects also expose students to issues faced by people with whom they might otherwise have little or no contact, Sampson said. All students take part in pre-trip training about the issue they will help to address before they set off on their trip.”It was definitely an eye-opener for me and eliminated a lot of stereotypes,” Sampson said. “It takes a lot of person-to-person interaction and that is something I became very comfortable in doing.”CU junior Alyssa Willet took her first Alternative Breaks trip as a freshman to help a battered women’s shelter in Shiprock, N.M., and will be one of two trip leaders this month going to Los Angeles to work with three AIDS-related organizations. “I just loved the experience so much,” Willet said of her trip to Shiprock. “I made lifelong friends with other CU students and wanted to come back as a trip leader to do more service.”The six students will stay at a local church in Los Angeles. Before the trip the students have held three meetings to prepare, including a visit to the Boulder County AIDS Project in Boulder.Alexander Rowan is one of two trip leaders making a 22-hour drive to Biloxi, Miss., as part of a six-student group working with Hands On Gulf Coast. The CU students will join with college students from several other schools to help fix houses damaged by Hurricane Katrina and will work with local high school students in after-school programs.Another CU-Boulder group will travel to Portland, Ore., to work in a warehouse that recycles building materials for the community. The CU students also will help educate high school students on environmental issues.CU-Boulder last month was one of only three colleges and universities in the United States to receive a 2007 Presidential Award for General Community Service. The student-sponsored Volunteer Clearing House, one of the first organizations of its kind in the nation, has worked to fill community needs since 1965.For more information on the Volunteer Clearing House, visit For more information about VCH’s Alternative Breaks program go to Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Odisha announces sanitary hygiene initiatives for school girls and rural women

first_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Odisha announces sanitary hygiene initiatives for school girls and rural women Khushi campaign will be implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of 70 crore per yearTaking forward their narrative of women-friendly governance, the Odisha government launched a state-wide campaign, titled Khushi, to provide free sanitary napkins to every school girl in government schools across the state. In addition to school-going girls, the Odisha government will also provide sanitary napkins to women in rural communities at Re 1 each.“Women empowerment is very close to my heart,” said Naveen Patnaik,CM. “From Mission Shakti that has benefitted 5mn women to MAMATA Yojana and 50 per cent reservation (in Urban local bodies), women have been the focal point of all our key interventions.”“Biju Babu has been the initiator and the pioneer for empowerment of women, and I am taking forward his legacy”, added Patnaik.This most-recent campaign, will be implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of 70 crore per year. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Share Read Articlecenter_img News By EH News Bureau on March 5, 2018 Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

JBDC Preparing MSMEs for Logistic-Centered Economy

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerDeputy Chief Executive Officer at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Harold Davis. RelatedVoluntary Recall of Grace Baked Beans The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) has been spearheading the thrust to make the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) business-focused and ready to take advantage of the opportunities to emerge from the Logistics Hub Initiative.Speaking with JIS News, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the JBDC, Harold Davis, said the agency is providing the MSMEs with the necessary information, services and products, that will enable them to play a key part in the logistics-centered economy.“Micro, small and medium- sized businesses really are the backbone of our economy already, so if we are going to move and transform our economy into this logistics-centered economy, we have to ensure that we bring all of these businesses towards that paradigm shift…that new thinking that needs to happen to bring them on a growth path as a viable partner and an attractor in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs),” Mr. Davis highlighted.He added that the agency, through its various thrust and initiatives, is working to move  MSMEs towards “a world-class standard operation to making sure they are prepared and ready to move into this new phase of doing business.”A major initiative is the Mobile Business Clinic, which offers the full suite of business development and technical support services to MSMEs islandwide.The clinics are held in major town centres and remote communities across Jamaica, tackling and addressing cross-cutting issues that address business development and capacity readiness for MSMEs.The Deputy CEO informed that the mobile business clinic has already travelled some six parishes with over 2,000 persons benefiting.“The feedback for the clinic has been phenomenal…the energy, the hunger that persons have for the information is sometimes overwhelming. There is definitely a change in the mindset and the type of entrepreneur that is coming to the table asking for assistance…these entrepreneurs are more mature, serious persons looking for serious opportunities,” Mr. Davis noted.President of the MSME Alliance, Donovan Wignal, endorsed the efforts by the JBDC and other entities in developing the MSME sector.He noted that the MSME policy that has been put in place “forms the fundamental pillar where MSMEs in Jamaica can grow, and along with the financial initiatives coming from the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and training from entities such as HEART Trust/NTA, is preparing MSMEs to take advantage of what is to come.”Mr. Wignal pointed out that the sector will be integrally involved in the Logistics Hub Initiative in terms of “moving the equipment and all the paraphernalia that will be needed to set up the different areas, the attendant port facilities, the different types of construction, and participation in the SEZs”.He noted that the MSMEs have benefited from significant reforms over the past 24 months, including changes in legislation to enhance the business environment.“It is evident that Jamaica is shifting to a new paradigm where business is concerned. “I implore persons to go and get the training, learn about logistics and what it offers, learn about new businesses because where opportunity meets preparation you will have success,” Mr. Wignal said. RelatedJamaica Film Festival to Attract Major Players RelatedGov’t Focused on Growing Creative Industries – Minster Hylton JBDC Preparing MSMEs for Logistic-Centered Economy CommerceJuly 14, 2015Written by: Kadian Browncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail JBDC Preparing MSMEs for Logistic-Centered EconomyJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsThe Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) has been spearheading the thrust to make the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) business-focused and ready to take advantage of the opportunities to emerge from the Logistics Hub Initiative.Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the JBDC, Harold Davis, said the agency is providing the MSMEs with the necessary information, services and products, that will enable them to play a key part in the logistics-centered economy.He added that the agency, through its various thrust and initiatives, is working to move MSMEs towards “a world-class standard operation.” Advertisementslast_img read more

Regulator warns Italian operators on EU roaming

first_img Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Previous ArticleAT&T reveals plans post Time Warner mergerNext ArticleCharter snubs Sprint merger plan Chris Donkin Telecom Italia confident on hitting annual goals Related Tags Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Italian communications regulator Agcom told Vodafone, Telecom Italia and Lycamobile they must comply with all aspects of EU roaming legislation, amid concerns the companies are not fully adhering to new rules.In a statement, Agcom’s supervisory authority said although the country’s operators had shown “substantial respect” for the EU legislation, it believed some features were not being universally applied.The regulator pointed to promotions from both Telecom Italia and Vodafone, which were limited to Italy and – as such – didn’t adhere to digital single market rules.Its case against Lycamobile is based on a wider flouting of regulations. Agcom said the MVNO “does not apply the same conditions that you subscribe to at the national level to the use of roaming services.”All three operators are required to inform Agcom of changes they plan to make to comply with EU law.Roam like homeEU regulations were imposed on June 15 to abolish retail roaming charges across the economic zone, although individual operators can apply to their national regulator for permission to add a small surcharge or change their charging model in “exceptional circumstances”.The negative impact of the law has been flagged by several operators in recent trading updates and is expected to begin to be felt on their bottom-lines during the third quarter of this year.Despite industry concerns, ahead of the regulations coming into force, the European Commission released a statement warning operators against trying to circumvent regulations by applying roaming-only allowances or changing tariffs to extend home market-only services as a promotion or gift.Last week, Telefonica’s UK unit – O2 UK – admitted it had temporarily throttled roaming speeds to ensure service availability for a greater number of customers following high roaming demand. Author Home Regulator warns Italian operators on EU roaming AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 JUL 2017 AgcomEU roamingLycamobileTelecom ItaliaVodafonelast_img read more

News / Menzies/Iraqi Airways JV aims to ‘clean up’ cargo handling at Baghdad Airport

first_img“Menzies did a terrific job,” he said. “Cargo handling is not good and there is a very high rate for Customs duties. Erbil, for example, is only about one-quarter of the price at Baghdad. Over the years there has been corruption and bad organisation, so lots of freight went to Erbil instead.“They seem to have started again by appointing a good handling agent, so they must be pretty keen to fix the problem. Baghdad is a shorter distance for us than Erbil.”Menzies, which has employed and is training 65 staff, said its priority would be improvements such as technology and boosting safety, security and operational performance.A spokesperson added: “Our rates will reflect the level of service airline customers and other stakeholders will receive from the Menzies Aviation-led MASIL consortium, and take into account the significant capital expenditure that will be invested to improve the facility to be competitive in the region.”Menzies did not say how long this would take, but said it had already put in place “a full transition and integration plan to ensure that our Baghdad operations are in line with those at any of our other 200 locations around the world”.It added: “We have a large team of trainers on the ground who have provided full dual language training for all staff to understand and follow not only Menzies but IATA standards. We’re committed to supporting the continual development of operating practices and training programmes in Iraq as part of this joint venture.”The handler said its agreement as part of MASIL allows it to extend its services to Mosul, “once it has been re-built”, and added: “The consortium may also participate in competitive tenders to extend our presence at other airports throughout the country. Menzies is actively looking at other opportunities to expand in the region.”One airline source said the Iraqi market was in good health, and offered opportunities.“Erbil is buoyant, the Kurds have money. There is lots of business in Kurdish Iraq, as there is oil and money – and demand for hi-tech. But the Iraqis have money too, it’s just been difficult to make it work through Baghdad.”Meanwhile, forwarders and airlines working in Afghanistan have expressed concern over the future of the market as the US withdraws. One source said: “A fair bit of revenue will exit the economy; the US was a big part of it. Bagram [the huge military base] was a mini-city.” By Alex Lennane 28/04/2021 Costs for air cargo operators are expected to fall at Baghdad, following the news that Menzies Aviation, via its joint venture with Iraqi Airways, has started handling at the airport.The JV, branded MASIL, has launched a ‘Cargo Go Live’ initiative with a manifesto for creating “a world-class terminal”.The news that MASIL was awarded an exclusive contract for Baghdad – the first for a foreign aviation services company – by the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority was welcomed by the industry.One operator into the capital said it had already used Menzies’ services and that the installation of a new company would help “stamp out some of the problems” at the airport.last_img read more