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Ways and Means Committee Examines Rising Premiums, Tax Consequences Under PPACA

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on July 12 examining the increase in premiums for health insurance plans offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148) created the Marketplace (sometimes called an “Exchange”). Individuals who obtain coverage through the Marketplace may qualify for the Code Sec. 36B premium assistance tax credit to help offset the cost of premiums.PPACA “taxes and fees cost more than inpatient spending,” Joel C. White, president, Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC), testified. According to White, healthcare premiums are increasing about three times faster than wages. Health insurance taxes should be repealed because the costs pass on to the consumer by way of higher premiums, he added.Objective analysts have found that the individual mandate tax penalty is not achieving its intended result of having younger, healthier individuals purchase a health plan through the Marketplace, according to Christopher E. Condeluci, principal, CC Law & Polich PLLC, and former counsel to the Senate Finance Committee. Rather than buying a healthcare plan that an individual cannot afford, “instead, they are choosing to pay a stiff tax penalty,” Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said during opening statements.“Congress has enacted 24 changes to the Affordable Care Act since its enactment, most of them in a bipartisan manner,” White testified. Among those changes, “Congress enacted a moratorium on collection of the health insurance tax, which is expected to lower premiums by 1-to3-percent in 2017,” White said.“It is absolutely an imperfect market today, but it is a vastly improved one, yet it still needs to be improved upon,” Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said. Neither of the four expert witnesses advocated repealing the PPACA when asked by lawmakers, but all agreed adjustments and improvement are needed.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffWays and Means Press Release: Brady Opening Statement: Rising Health Insurance Premiums Under the Affordable Care ActTestimony of Joel C. White, President, Council for Affordable Health CoverageTestimony of Christopher E. Condeluci, Esq., Principal and Sole Shareholder, CC Law & Policy PLLCWritten Statement for the Record of Thomas M. Harte, President of Landmark Benefits, Representing the National Association of Health UnderwritersWritten Testimony Submitted by: Peter V. Lee, Executive Director, Covered Californialast_img read more

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Podcast: Sexist thermostats, fighting climate change, and more

first_imgWhy does weight loss surgery really work? Could sucking carbon dioxide from the air combat climate change? And is the thermostat in your office sexist? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi. Plus, Andrea Marzi discusses a vaccine that is effective against Ebola in monkeys.last_img

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Good old-fashioned hitting is the shortest ride to cricketing fame

first_imgWhy do you think more of Sir Viv Richards than Michael Bevan? Is it because the sight of the ball disappearing into and over billboards satisfies some primal instinct? Or is it that the swaggering charm of the West Indian reminds you of what you could have been – the,Why do you think more of Sir Viv Richards than Michael Bevan? Is it because the sight of the ball disappearing into and over billboards satisfies some primal instinct? Or is it that the swaggering charm of the West Indian reminds you of what you could have been – the clockwork efficiency of the Aussie one-day specialist bringing to mind the classmate who was the perennial star of the prize-distribution day and the villain of your nightmares? You are not alone. Outside the sight of a lucky captain holding aloft the World Cup before millions of viewers, good old-fashioned hitting is the shortest ride to cricketing fame. Only bowlers want to forget hitters like Richards and Sanath Jayasuriya. Lance Klusener’s Cup performances in 1999 alone mean that no matter what his form, he will be held in dread till the day he retires. Hitting is one tradition that is in no danger of going out of fashion. In South Africa, keep your eyes peeled for Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist. Vivian Richards Master blasterThe World Cup is the stage for the kings of cricket. No one combined the regal arrogance and brute power of a monarch better than the son of an Antiguan jail superintendent. There were big hitters in cricket before him and there will be many more after him, but Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards was an original. Richards stood alone in a great team for the clean authority of his batting. A 23-year-old Richards came upon his – and cricket’s – first Cup in 1975 quietly, a debutant who scored 38 runs in all; but he impacted the final against Australia, running out Alan Turner and the Chappell brothers, Greg and Ian, to break partnerships that were threatening the West Indian total of 291. The West Indians ended up winning by 17 runs and were crowned cricket’s first world champions at Lord’s. Four years later when he returned to the World Cup, Richards was regarded as the game’s most fearsome and fearless hitter who swatted bouncers off his face and took on the fastest bowlers with gum-chewing insouciance. In the 1979 final, West Indies were 4-99 but England couldn’t stop Richards. He tore into the bowling, and when the dust settled was 138 not out, off 157 balls (11 fours, three sixes). A 137-run partnership between Richards and Collis King helped West Indies reach a total of 286. It was a bridge too far for England. The most destructive batsman in modern cricket had destroyed them long before they began to bat; England lost by 92 runs. For Richards the second consecutive World Cup win was, he says, “A turning point in the West Indian cricket history. We knew we could beat anybody and had no reason to feel inferior.”advertisementMark Greatbatch Pinch Perfect Mark Greatbatch was unstoppable in 1992. Part of Martin Crowe’s strategy to take opponents by surprise in the World Cup, the hefty lefthander was one Kiwi who took wing and flew far that year. Sent as a pinchhitter – with the brief to lead a kamikaze’s life at the crease – Greatbatch, a middle-order batsman by choice, revelled in rubbing opening bowlers the wrong way. Crowe’s novel strategy of having him hit quick bowlers over the top in the first 15 overs worked well for New Zealand. Opposition quickies didn’t have the time to adapt their bowling against the assault. The prematch meetings of rivals started centring on thinking of ways to contain Greatbatch with only two fielders at the fence in the initial overs. It was during New Zealand’s third league match against South Africa that Greatbatch’s intentions became clear. His 68 took only 60 balls. His 63 against the Windies and 73 in the match with India came in bursts of boundaries and sixes. Other teams were quick to learn the Greatbatch Way. Today, all sides grant one-day openers the licence to go after the bowling in the first 15. Greatbatch couldn’t keep up with the pace he had set and is forgotten today. But every time an opening batsmen gets ready to go for broke, the Greatbatch spirit lives on.Sanath Jayasuriya  Matara Mauler Nobody was afraid of Sanath Jayasuriya when World Cup 1996 began. That was because no one had heard of him. But Jayasuriya took only one month to gain fame to last a lifetime. In partnership with Romesh Kaluwitharana, he took Manoj Prabhakar’s first two overs in the World Cup group match in Delhi for 33 runs. It was enough to shatter the bowler’s confidence forever. The short boundaries at the Ferozeshah Kotla had never looked nearer the batting crease. In the game against Kenya at Kandy, the Lankan was at it again, the team putting up 50 on the board in 20 balls. In the quarterfinal against England, Jayasuriya took four consecutive fours off Richard Illingworth. A six off Phillip DeFreitas landed on the pavilion roof.advertisementThe batsman’s 82 took just 44 balls. In the 1996 Cup, giving even the first ball of the innings the treatment wasn’t beyond Jayasuriya. He still treats bowlers in much the same way.Sourav Ganguly Bengal Tiger The India captain is going through batting horrors at the moment, but there are bowlers from Shaun Pollock to Chaminda Vaas who know what the left-handed opening bat is capable of on the big day. Ever since he took on the job of opening the Indian innings, first with Sachin Tendulkar and now with Virender Sehwag, Ganguly has brought his gift of clean timing, sparkling off-side play and an unabashed braggadocio into play in the one-day game. Ganguly stamped his presence on the World Cup with a mammoth innings versus Sri Lanka in Taunton in 1999. His 183 is the highest score by an Indian in a World Cup innings. Ganguly’s blitz of 183, with 17 fours and seven sixes, also equalled a record for the maximum number of sixes in a World Cup innings. In 2003, he will relish fighting his way out of the corner he is in.last_img read more

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Shane Watson optimistic on Michael Clarke’s fitness for India Tests

first_imgShane Watson would be honoured to stand in for Michael Clarke as Test skipper against India next month even if he thinks it’s increasingly unlikely that Australia will need a caretaker captain.Australia are sweating on Clarke’s hamstring injury ahead of an important three months of cricket on home soil, which takes in the four Tests against India and the co-hosting of the 50-over World Cup with New Zealand.Allrounder Watson, who has had more than a few injury problems of his own in recent years, said he had spoken to Clarke and the prognosis for the injury was improving.”The diagnosis is, I think, better than what it was initially, which is a great thing. It’s all very positive,” Watson told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.”Everyone’s got their fingers crossed. Hopefully, over the next week or so, it’ll continue to improve really well and he’ll right for the first Test.”Watson was the stand-in last year in India when Clarke missed his only Test since he replaced Ricky Ponting as captain in March 2011.On the comeback trail himself in the one-day series against South Africa having missed half a year of international cricket because of injury, Watson said his focus was on proving himself worthy of a recall to the Test side.”I just need to be scoring runs over the next couple of weeks to give myself the best opportunity to be able to do that,” he added.Watson should get his chance in the remaining three one-dayers against the Proteas, in Canberra on Wednesday, Melbourne on Friday and Sydney on Sunday. The series is tied at 1-1.advertisementThe Test series against India begins in Brisbane on December 4 with matches in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney to follow.last_img read more

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Wenger: You can’t deny ‘power’ in Mou’s Man Utd

first_imgJosé Mourinho Man Utd moulded in Mourinho’s image – Wenger sees ‘power’ shift at Old Trafford Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 21:18 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Jose Mourinho Arsenal Manchester United Getty José Mourinho Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Manchester United Manchester United Arsenal Premier League The Arsenal manager believes that his old managerial adversary has made the Red Devils stronger in his second season at the Old Trafford helm Manchester United now boast the “power” commonly associated with Jose Mourinho teams, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.The Portuguese is into his second season at the Old Trafford helm, having been charged with the task of rebuilding in the wake of forgettable stints from David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.He made an immediate impact with the Red Devils, collecting three trophies in his debut campaign, and now has United back in the Premier League title picture and progressing positively in the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger concedes that his arch-rivals now have more of a Mourinho look about them, with an old adversary famed for building around a strong spine and making his teams difficult to bear.“Yes, certainly he has had time to put his print on the team, he is now in his second year,” Wenger told reporters ahead of a meeting with United at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.Arsene Wenger Jose Mourinho moulded Manchester United“They look to be a strong team. They have power, they have a lot of power up front. Every player has power. Romelu Lukaku, now [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic is back and you can’t say this guy lacks power; Marcus Rashford, [Anthony] Martial.“They all have power, so our defensive performance will be important when we don’t have the ball against them. Overall I believe that they are a dangerous side, you look at their players and they can be dangerous everywhere.”While wary of the threat Mourinho’s side will pose his own, Wenger considers Arsenal to be in good shape ahead of a crunch clash.The Gunners have won 12 successive Premier League games on home soil to climb back into the top four and will be full of confidence when welcoming United to north London.”It’s important that you can win and the fact that you have quite a long history of winning games helps,” Wenger added.”But what helps even more is the performance of the day, so I believe the history helps you to go into a good psychological condition, but to win the game you need to turn up with the performance. That’s why it’s important that we focus on that.”last_img read more

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Benzema leads the way as Real Madrid take down Espanyol

first_imgKarim Benzema scored twice during a rampant first-half display as 10-man Real Madrid moved into third place in LaLiga with a 4-2 victory at Espanyol.Having lost 1-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, Madrid were quick to ensure they did not suffer a similar fate this time around – Benzema ending a three-match scoreless run before Sergio Ramos, who later went off injured, doubled the visitors’ tally with his 50th headed goal for Los Blancos.Leo Baptistao hauled Espanyol back into the contest, but Benzema had the final say of a frantic opening 45 minutes when he slotted in on the stroke of half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Gareth Bale’s goal three minutes after his introduction added further gloss, only for Raphael Varane’s red card to make things complicated, but though Roberto Rosales’ stunning volley set up a thrilling finale, Espanyol could not muster an unlikely comeback.Madrid were ahead inside four minutes, Espanyol’s defence wilting as Luka Modric surged forward and forced Diego Lopez into action, with Benzema on hand to tuck home the rebound.Espanyol found themselves further behind 11 minutes later, Ramos heading Modric’s pinpoint cross into the right-hand corner.Madrid’s advantage was halved in the 25th minute, Baptistao thundering a strike into the roof of the net moments after drawing a fine stop out of Thibaut Courtois.But Espanyol’s hard work was undone in first-half stoppage time – Benzema latching onto a loose ball to place a sublime finish into the bottom corner.3 – @realmadriden have scored three goals in a first half of a @LaLigaEN game for the first time this season. Punch. pic.twitter.com/CzJePYmZaj — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 27, 2019 With Modric and Benzema both squandering gilt-edged chances to extend Madrid’s lead, substitute Bale made no mistake in the 67th minute, slamming in after brilliantly turning clear of his markers.Varane’s desperate lunge on Pablo Piatti gave Espanyol hope, but Rosales’ VAR-awarded goal – a fantastic volley into the top corner – proved a mere consolation. What does it mean? Madrid hitting their strapsIt has been a difficult season for Madrid, but after failing to win their opening two LaLiga fixtures of 2019, Santiago Solari’s side have now claimed three successive victories as their battle with Sevilla for third place intensifies.Espanyol, meanwhile, have now lost nine of their last 10 top-flight games, and are lingering dangerously close to the relegation spots.Benzema in bullish formWhile his opening goal was a simple finish from close range, Benzema showed his quality with his second, curling an inch-perfect finish beyond Lopez to restore Madrid’s two-goal cushion and cap an inspired individual display. The Frenchman has now been directly involved in seven goals in his last nine league appearances against Espanyol.Defensive issues pile up for MadridWith Ramos having gone off injured at half-time, Madrid’s defensive problems were compounded when Varane made the rash decision to foul Piatti, and the France defender will now be suspended for Madrid’s next outing.Key Opta Facts- Real Madrid have won 102 games against Espanyol in LaLiga, the most by a team against a single opponent in the competition history. – Benzema’s goal after 187 seconds is the fastest Madrid have scored this season in all competitions. – Ramos is the first defender from the top five European leagues to reach 10+ goals this season in all competitions. – Varane was sent off for the second time for Real Madrid in all competitions – the first one was against Athletic Bilbao in February 2016. – Gareth Bale has scored the fastest Real Madrid goal by a substitute in LaLiga this season (2 minutes and 20 seconds). What’s next? Madrid will look to book a Copa del Rey semi-final place when they meet Girona on Thursday – Los Blancos leading 4-2 after the first leg – before hosting Deportivo Alaves three days later. Espanyol are in cup action on Wednesday against Real Betis, the sides level at 1-1, and travel to Villarreal next weekend. read morelast_img read more

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TMZ Releases Video Of Kareem Hunt Allegedly Attacking A Woman

first_imgKareem Hunt attempts to score for the Kansas City Chiefs.KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 28: Running back Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during the game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Back in February, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was accused of assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in Ohio. Hunt as never arrested or charged, and as a result, he was not suspended by his team or the league.Friday, TMZ got a hold of a surveillance video of the incident, and it shows an ugly scene. In the clip, a man, who TMZ claims is Hunt, is seen pushing, attacking and kicking a woman. He needs to be held back repeatedly by others during the melee.Here’s more, via TMZ:In the video, Hunt is seen arguing with a 19-year-old woman outside of his room at The Metropolitan at the 9 at 3:22 AM on February 10, 2018.Hunt turns a corner and confronts the woman, shoving her hard. The woman strikes him back in the face … and that’s when Hunt goes berserk.As friends try to hold him back, the 2017 Pro Bowler — who led the league in rushing yards — explodes and knocks one of his friends into the woman … who both go flying into a wall.According to TMZ, one of Hunt’s friends told the cops that the woman called Hunt the n-word.It’s unclear if the Chiefs – or the NFL – have seem the video. It’s a safe bet that once they do, some kind of punishment will be coming down the pipeline.Hunt is having another stellar season – rushing for 824 yards and seven touchdowns for the 9-2 Chiefs. It’ll be interesting to see what both the franchise and the league do about the video.last_img read more

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OYO Hotels and Homes leads 2019 LinkedIn top startups list

first_imgNew Delhi: Worlds third-largest hospitality chain, OYO Hotels and Homes, grabbed the top spot in 2019 LinkedIn “Top Startups List”, followed by health and fitness start-up Cure.Fit and online consultation platform TapChief in the second and third spots, respectively. “India is the world’s second largest start-up ecosystem and this made it incredibly exciting to curate the second edition of the Top Startups List. The list is symbolic of the thriving ecosystem, and features companies that are vanguards of key trends in e-learning, healthcare, and financial services,” Adith Charlie, India Managing Editor, LinkedIn, said in a statement. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year According to the Microsoft-owned professional networking platform, consumer Internet start-ups retained their dominance on this year’s list and showcased the emergence of healthcare, wellness, and e-learning start-ups that are embracing AI to offer accessible medical, wellness, and upskilling solutions for consumers. “In terms of creating opportunity, the start-up ecosystem continues to flourish by fulfilling employment needs across various industries in the midst of the economic slowdown. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Our data shows that these 25 companies collectively created about 18,000 jobs in the past year, and are expected to create more than 19,000 new employment opportunities in the coming 12 months,” Charlie added. Nearly 50 per cent of the companies on LinkedIn’s 2019 “Top Startups List” are Bengaluru-based, including firms such as Cure.Fit, TapChief, Bounce and Udaan. The 25 companies on the list have collectively created approximately 18,000 jobs in the past year. These companies are further expected to create 19,000 new employment opportunities in the coming 12 months.last_img read more

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Golf Champion Rory McIlroy To Revisit Haiti With UNICEF

first_imgWorld number one golfer and UNICEF Ambassador Rory McIlroy has announced that he will visit Haiti April 1–2 to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work in the country.While in Haiti, the current US PGA golf champion will visit schools and communities that are benefiting from UNICEF-supported projects to improve child health and education through the provision of clean water and improved hygiene. McIlroy’s first visit to Haiti with UNICEF was in 2011.“We’re thrilled that Rory has decided to support our work by taking time out from his busy schedule to assist our on-the-ground efforts to transform the lives of children in Haiti”, said Peter Power, Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland. “While progress has been made since his last visit, there is still a great deal of work to do to ensure that every child in Haiti has access to health services, education and clean water.
As a global golf superstar, Rory is a role model for so many children throughout the world and his dedication to improving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children is inspiring.

This is Rory’s second visit to Haiti. From his last visit, he has a clear understanding of the challenges which children here face on a daily basis. Haiti was devastated by the 2010 earthquake and the people of Haiti have suffered a great deal. We are responsible for ensuring that children there are not only given a chance to live and be healthy, but also to thrive.”

“Thankfully, I have experienced some success in recent years and this is an opportunity for me to use that success to support a great organization,” said Rory McIlroy. “It has been nearly two years since my last visit to Haiti and I’m really excited to be going back. Haiti is an inspiring and humbling country where children face daily struggles and deprivation unnecessarily. If my presence there helps to create international awareness of the difficulties Haitian children face, then I am delighted to help.

“During my last visit, I witnessed daily life for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. UNICEF’s great work in Haiti is helping to combat disease and change lives. Their work is something I am extremely passionate about and admire.”
Rory McIlroy has been a UNICEF Ambassador since 2011. He will compete in the 2013 Masters Tournament in Augusta a week following his trip to Haiti with UNICEF.Source:US Fund for UNICEFlast_img read more

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Leonard Cohen to be revered at Montreals Museum of Contemporary Art

first_img Twitter Advertisement The legendary singer-songwriter, poet and artist died in November at the age of 82, just one week after the release of his new album You Want It Darker.The exhibition, Leonard Cohen – A Crack in Everything, will debut in November 2017 and will feature commissioned work by filmmakers, visual artists and musicians including Quebec stars Ariane Moffatt, Jean Leloup and French singer Lou Doillon. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook He was both “profoundly Montreal” and “totally planetary” and now the late, great Leonard Cohen’s work will serve as inspiration for Montrealers and visiting artists as part of a special exhibition.It’s organized by Montreal’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) for the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations.“What we want is to…celebrate the incredible musical and philosophical achievements of this great Montrealer,” said John Zeppetelli, chief curator and director of the MAC. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Interactive play Far From The Heart challenges teens to stop sexual assault

first_img Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement In one early scene, a young man becomes angry with his girlfriend’s new dress because he thinks it’s too revealing, and tries to force her to cover up.“It’s a very difficult scene, the girl is hurt, and the audience can stop it at any point and can come up and change things,” said Joan Chandler, artistic director of the Ontario theatre company Sheatre.READ MOREcenter_img An interactive theatre production is teaching audiences how to prevent sexual assault by asking the audience to intervene.Far From the Heart depicts a series of scenes taking place over the course of an evening that lead up to a sexual assault. After running through the performance once, the actors start again from the beginning.The second time, members of the audience are encouraged to stop the action and get onstage, either intervening as a bystander, or even replacing the other actors onstage to try a different approach. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The interactive play Far From the Heart is coming to Sudbury, Ont. this weekend. The actors play out the events leading up to a sexual assault. Then the audience helps change the outcome when scenes are repeated. (Supplied)last_img read more

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About Ayodhya dispute mediators

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered mediation to settle the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya title dispute case by a three-member panel. The members comprise two legal eagles, both proponents of their field and a spiritual leader with a massive following. A brief look at the three who would be leading the mediation for the resolution of the case, which has been dragging on since 1992 and has kept the country on its toes with an anxious fervour. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Retired Judge Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla: The Supreme Court retired judge, who has been appointed to head the mediation committee, began his legal career in 1975 with law firm T.S. Gopalan & Co. He rose through the ranks to become a judge at the apex court in 2012, when he was sworn in by the then Chief Justice S. H. Kapadia. The Tamil Nadu born judge was made Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in 2011 after serving as acting Chief Justice for two months. Kalifulla retired from the profession in July 2016 . Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’ Sriram Panchu: Panchu, also named to be a member of the committee, is a known and expert mediator who founded The Mediation Chambers in 2005. He is the president of the Association of Indian Mediators and a director on the board of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He set up India’s first court-annexed mediation centre in 2005. Panchu was appointed by India’s Supreme Court to mediate a 500-square kilometre dispute between the states of Assam and Nagaland, and another public dispute involving the Parsi community in Bombay. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: A noted spiritual leader known for his mediation skills in several social disputes.last_img read more

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The Latest Facebook CEO declares the future is private

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Latest on Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote speech at Facebook’s annual developers conference (all times local):10:30 a.m.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is declaring at the social networking company’s biggest conference of the year that the “future is private.”Zuckerberg is using the Tuesday keynote address to sum up his plan to turn Facebook and its related services into the equivalent of digital living room where people can share things in more private ways than they currently can on Facebook’s main social network, now populated by more than 2.2 billion users.Zuckerberg launched this new emphasis earlier this year as Facebook tries to recover from a series of huge privacy lapses that have rocked the company over the past 15 months. It continues to run a highly profitable business built on collecting personal information from its users so it can sell ads targeted to their interests.But Facebook has acknowledged its inability to protect its users privacy could result in a $3 billion to $5 billion fine by the Federal Trade Commission.___1:45 a.m.CEO Mark Zuckerberg will kick off Facebook’s annual F8 conference Tuesday with what are expected to be more details about his new “privacy-focused” vision for the social network.He’ll also likely do his best to bat away Facebook’s growing array of critics, emboldened regulators and competitors. Zuckerberg and his lieutenant Sheryl Sandberg have apologized repeatedly over the past year for an array of mishaps over privacy, data misuse and security problems.Last week, the company said it is setting aside $3 billion to cover a possible fine from the Federal Trade Commission over privacy violations. Facebook has also suffered hacks, allowed hate speech and live-streamed mass-shooting horror.Zuckerberg is likely to focus on Facebook’s future by emphasizing private messaging, Facebook’s role in “communities,” and harnessing artificial intelligence to improve discourse.The Associated Press read more

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EU parliament endorses Lagarde as new central bank head

FRANKFURT — The European Parliament has endorsed the nomination of Christine Lagarde to serve an eight-year term as the next president of the European Central Bank.The non-binding vote Tuesday was 394 in favour and 206 against, with 49 abstentions.Lagarde, 63, was nominated by European governments to succeed Mario Draghi on Nov. 1 as head of the central bank for the 19 European Union countries that use the euro. She last week resigned her previous job as head of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund.The parliament and the ECB must give an opinion on the nomination but cannot block it. Lagarde has endorsed Draghi’s stimulus efforts aimed at raising inflation and growth in the wake of the eurozone debt crisis despite opposition in the currency union’s biggest member, Germany.The Associated Press read more

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Bizarre Double Yellow Lines Pic of the Day

first_imgTALK ABOUT TAKING parking restrictions to the extreme!Council workers in Swindon have painted double yellow lines down an alleyway just 1.4 metres wide.Parking must be at a real premium around there. Local resident Liz Adams thinks it is just gas (Rod Minchin/PA Wire)6 people who are NOT happy about spring>Man who hurt himself on Winning Streak: what happened next>last_img

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Prothèse PIP un 4e cas de cancer du sein déclaré chez une

first_imgProthèse PIP : un 4e cas de cancer du sein déclaré chez une porteuse Vendredi, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) a annoncé qu’elle venait d’enregistrer un 4e cas de cancer du sein chez une femme porteuse d’implants mammaires PIP défectueux. Depuis le scandale de 2010, quelques 2.000 plaintes de femmes qui se sont vues poser des prothèses PIP ont été enregistrées à Marseille. Mais la tournure des évènements suscite aujourd’hui de nouveau l’inquiétude. Alors que l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) avait au départ déclaré que les prothèses ne présentaient pas de danger pour les porteuses, cette affirmation semble aujourd’hui de plus en plus remise en doute. Lundi, l’Afssaps a déclaré qu’elle venait d’enregistrer un nouveau cas de cancer du sein chez une femme porteuse de ces implants défectueux. Il s’agit du 4e cas de tumeur connu parmi les porteuses de ces prothèses. En effet, le 24 novembre dernier, l’association des Porteuses de prothèses connues sous le nom de Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) avait déjà révélé qu’une femme de 53 ans était décédée des suites d’un lymphome. Juste avant que deux autres cas ne soient annoncés dont un décès dans le Gers pour lequel l’Afssaps affirme n’avoir toujours pas reçu de dossier.Le nouveau “cas de cancer du sein, qui n’est pas un lymphome (une tumeur rare), a été signalé par une patiente de Toulon”, a expliqué Jean-Claude Ghislain, directeur de l’évaluation des dispositifs médicaux à l’Agence cité par l’AFP. Agée de 35 ans et toujours porteuse des implants, cette femme a développé un cancer du sein deux ans après son opération esthétique et a décidé de contacter d’elle-même jeudi soir les autorités sanitaires, ainsi qu’elle l’a raconté à Var Matin. “Son cas n’était pas connu. Aucun des organismes, ni des chirurgiens qui l’ont soignée n’avait fait remonter l’information. Pas même depuis l’éclatement du scandale PIP”, a ainsi noté le quotidien dans son édition de samedi.Un comité de suivi et une réévaluation des recommandationsÀ lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Afin de sensibiliser les spécialistes à la nécessité de signaler les cas de cancers, sans préjuger d’un lien de cause à effet, “l’Afssaps va lancer cette semaine, une action spécifique sur les prothèses mammaires vers les cancérologues et leur réseau lymphomes”, a noté M. Ghislain. Par ailleurs, un comité de suivi comprenant l’ensemble des parties prenantes (autorités sanitaires, professionnels de santé, sociétés savantes, associations de patients et victimes…) se réunira mercredi. “Il s’agit de voir avec les associations de quels types d’informations, de précisions et d’accompagnement les victimes ont besoin”, a précisé dimanche Xavier Bertrand, ministre de la Santé.Le 12 décembre 2011 à 17:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Cantwell joins plan to block FCCs order

first_imgU.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., joined 15 Senators on Thursday in a plan to block an order by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal “net neutrality” rules. The FCC voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era regulations.“Today’s decision threatens our booming innovation economy,” Cantwell said in a press release. “It’s impossible to know where the next big companies will come from, which makes an open and free internet all the more important to innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators — especially in the tech-driven Pacific Northwest.”Removing “net neutrality” regulations on internet service providers and cable companies means the industry could slow down sites or block content without consequences.Cantwell and her co-sponsors, including Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley, will introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution in response to the decision. CRA resolutions allow Congress to overturn federal agency decisions with a simple majority vote in both chambers.Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., is also expected to introduce a CRA resolution in the House.last_img read more

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Bahamas Prime Minister Minnis Sir Ali Gave Country Full Measure of His

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 25, 2017 – Nassau – Former Cabinet Minister, Member of Parliament and House Speaker, Sir Arlington Griffith Butler, K.C.M.G., was remembered Friday (November 24, 2017) as a man who responded to the injustices of his times by entering the political arena to help bring about racial, economic and social equality in The Bahamas.Sir Arlington was further remembered as a man “who lent his energy to the struggle for Majority Rule.”At an Official Funeral at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis memorialized Sir Arlington as “part of a generation of men and women who must be remembered in our history for their courage, determination and commitment to freedom and democracy.“We have lost a Bahamian patriot and politician who loved his country and who gave his Bahamaland his full measure of devotion.”Sir Arlington Butler was a former educator, attorney, Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, House Speaker, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States of America, and Bahamian sporting community luminary.   He died at the age of 79.  Following the funeral, his remains were interred at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.Delivering condolences at the Official Funeral, Prime Minister Minnis said Sir Arlington was also a “fierce defender of the authority of the Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly.”  (Sir Arlington served as Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly from 1972-1977.)“He revered the House of Assembly which Sir Arthur Foulkes (former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas) once described as the ‘centrepiece of an independent Parliamentary democracy called the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.’“Sir Arlington had a deep respect for the institution and its traditions. He had an extraordinary knowledge of Parliamentary procedure and the rights of Parliament, steeped in ancient history,” said Prime Minister Minnis.“He was a fierce defender of the authority and independence of the Speaker,” the Prime Minister added.Arlington Griffith Butler was a former educator who left the profession to contest a seat in the House of Assembly in 1968. Four years later, he was elected Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly.   After parting ways with the governing party, Sir Arlington ran unsuccessfully in the General Elections of 1977, 1982 and 1987.Sir Arlington returned to the House of Assembly following the 1992 General Elections, and was made a senior Member of Cabinet by Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham.   Sir Arlington was subsequently appointed Bahamas Ambassador to the United States of America, and in 1996, received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his public service and many contributions to national development over several decades.Sir Arlington was also (to date) the longest serving President of The Bahamas Olympic Association.“His presence, exuberant spirit and fellowship will be missed,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “We honour Sir Arlington Butler for his service and love of country. With grateful hearts, we thank him for his many and diverse contributions to our Commonwealth.”By: Matt MauraPhoto captionsHeader: Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, conveying condolences.1st insert: Official Funeral of Sir Arlington Butler, November 24, 2017 at Christ Church Cathedral.  In first pew are Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis.2nd insert: The Bahamian Flag, presented to Sir Arlington’s widow, Lady Hazel Butler, by Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette, at the graveside.BIS Photos/Peter Ramsay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Bicycling Mag Steps Up Content Strategy for Tour de France Coverage

first_imgThe 2012 Tour de France is a sporting event that cyclists and enthusiasts around the globe look forward to. Bicycling, a Rodale title, has this international event on its radar throughout the year and it uses it to increase Web traffic, reach new audiences, enhance social engagement and drive sales in print and digitally.“For cyclists, this is like having the Super Bowl everyday for 23 days in a row,” says Peter Flax, Bicycling’s editor-in-chief. “We know from past experiences that this is the biggest event of the year for people that are interested in cycling, or new to following the sport. Online, we might get a 50 percent bump in traffic when compared to the rest of the year.”Casual fans that may not regularly follow cycling, says Flax, read and engage with coverage of the Tour de France produced by Bicycling and its online properties. In order to capitalize on that enthusiasm, Bicycling creates content for casual readers in addition to producing more niche news and information that focuses its attention on regular readers interested in the Tour and other cycling activities. “I think with the Tour de France, we’re probably going to get more new potential customers digitally and hope to make them print customers in the future,” he says. “The new customers we get on newsstands, we’re hoping to entice them to come to other platforms and experience the Tour in real time, too. The print issue tends to be a strong issue with advertisers because not only will more people buy it on the newsstand, but because of the Tour package, they’ll return to it all month as a reference, piece readers spend more time with this issue.In anticipation of increased Web traffic, Bicycling.com will have a variety of messaging online to promote the print magazine in addition to promotions for apparel and books. “These are added services we can offer people that are not too obtrusive or annoying but will be part of the experience,” says Flax.The magazine has worked to develop a special interest photography publication about the Tour de France that is available on the iPad only, for $1.99. It features 45 pictures of the Tour from photographer and longtime Bicycling contributor James Startt, who has covered the last 23 events. The publication is working with Apple on a promotional schedule to highlight the magazine during the right time of the race.The editorial plan for coverage of the Tour de France never really begins or ends for Bicycling. On June 27, Flax was hosting editorial meetings to plan for the 2013 coverage, though the 2012 Tour de France has not yet taken place. Often, says Flax, the publication tries to be 12 to 13 months ahead of the Tour de France coverage, which helps to plan social initiatives, digital editions, special interest publications and overall content strategy since this issue (pictured) is normally one of the title’s biggest in terms of pages.“This is one of these rare cases that, in terms of resources and assets, we can do much more,” says Flax when asked how his publication can compete with international news organizations that will also be covering the race. “The New York Times might have one or two people in France covering this race. At certain points during the Tour, we’ll have eight to 10 people on the ground, multiple videographers and photographers, writers, editors and others. The depth of content that we create and publish on multiple platforms is just greater than any general interest, big media brand is aspiring to do during the Tour.”Bicycling will be promoting all of its products to audiences on social media and will encourage audiences to cycle everyday of the Tour de France. Using the hashtag #RideStreak, readers will be encouraged to share each time they ride, post stories about their ride, upload photos from their ride route and share GPS and performance data.In addition to its iPad special interest publication, print magazine and digital version, former professional cyclist and television commentator Frankie Andreu will work with Bicycling to produce a series of professional videos for Bicycling.com. The changing media landscape, says Flax, will help the publication drive traffic.“The way that people consume information about the Tour has really changed,” he says. “In the past, people weren’t able to watch the Tour during the day. Now it’s easy to pull up a video player on your computer at work. We’ve been lucky to be ahead of the curve—we’re attracting people with analysis, commentary and color. When you come to Bicycling.com during the Tour, there’s going to be new video content posted in the morning before people in New York wake up. In a sense, we’re almost migrating to do television like coverage of the Tour. For editors and brand managers at other organizations—look at these transformational moments as opportunities rather than threats. You can evolve to give something exciting to your readers, and give you a competitive advantage over other brands.”last_img read more

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