Obamacare and obstructionism

first_imgWith the launch of the new state health insurance exchanges on Oct. 1, HSPH professor Atul Gawande writes in a New Yorker editorial about three forms of obstructionism taking place to hinder the rollout: some states not accepting federal funds to expand their Medicaid programs, some refusing to operate state health exchanges, and some conservatives trying to persuade young people to not purchase insurance.“Conservatives keep hoping that they can drive the system to collapse. That won’t happen,” said Gawande, a writer for the magazine. “Enough people, states, and health-care interests are committed to making it work, just as the Massachusetts version has for the past seven years.” Read Full Storylast_img

A Handful of Stars, Starring Keith Duffy, & Land of Our Fathers Will Transfer to West End

first_img View Comments Two Theatre503 productions are set to transfer to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 2. Boyzone star Keith Duffy (Coronation Street) will make his West End Debut reprising his role in the revival of Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars from June 25 through July 25. Chris Urch’s Land of Our Fathers will also play the venue September 2 through October 4. In addition to Duffy, A Handful of Stars’ cast will include Ciarán Owens (Oh What a Lovely War) and Michael O’Hagan (End of Days). First performed in 1988, the play is set in the Irish town of Wexford where Jimmy Brady rails against the moral corruption around him. Land of our Fathers is set on the eve of the U.K.’s 1979 General Election and depicts the dramatic two weeks of a community of Welsh miners trapped down a collapsed coalmine. Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient), will return from the 2014 production, along with  Kyle Rees (The Pride), Taylor Jay-Davies (Great Expectations) and Joshua Price. The creative team will be the same on both shows, which will be helmed by Paul Robinson, the Artistic Director of Theatre503. Design is by Signe Beckman, lighting is by Hartley T A Kemp’s and original music is by Simon Slater. last_img read more

More than 100 Countries to Participate in the 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro

first_imgBy Dialogo October 26, 2010 Excellent article about a little-known event. for me it is a good opportunity to see some sports that I like. And I am student at ECEME and I would like to know where for skydiving will take place. Futhermore, I am sure that Brazil will make a good host and I wish great success to the participants and the organizing bodies for an event of this great magnitude and may God enlighten them. I’m a skydiving fanatic and I would love to get to see the skydiving competition. So sorry for my bad Portuguese. Everyone knows that Rio de Janeiro will be one of the cities to host the 2014 World Cup and will also be the stage for the 2016 Olympic Games. What only a few know is that the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (“Marvelous City”) will also host the 5th Military World Games, the largest military sports event ever held in Brazil, to take place July 6th – 24th, 2011. The choice of Brazil as the host of the 5th Military World Games was made in 2007, at a meeting of the International Military Sports Council (CISM, from the French acronym for Conseil International du Sport Militaire). The country competed against Turkey for the right to host the games. According to the Judging Committee, in the final decision, the sports infrastructure already established in Rio de Janeiro for the 2007 Pan American Games, the city’s experience in hosting large events, and the support for the project demonstrated by the local authorities were decisive for the Brazilian victory. The organization of the Games is a responsibility of the Ministry of Defense. “The ‘2011 Rio Peace Games’ are promoted by the CISM with the aim of developing relationships among the armed forces of the participating countries in the name of friendship and solidarity, contributing to the harmonious development of the military personnel. The activities are based on the CISM’s main slogan, Friendship through Sport,” said Gen. Jamil Megid Junior, the coordinator of the Operational Planning Committee. There will be approximately 6,000 athletes and 2,000 delegates from over one hundred countries. Competitions will be held in twenty sports, some new to the military world games, such as beach volleyball. Other sports include aeronautical, military, naval, and modern pentathlons, parachuting, shooting, sailing, boxing, and taekwondo. Brazil will participate with 250 athletes and will be represented in all sports. The 5th Military World Games will utilize sports facilities used for the 2007 Pan American Games, such as João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, and the Maracãnazinho arena, along with other military facilities. Olympic athletes in different sports have been incorporated into the Brazilian Armed Forces in order to participate in the Rio 2011 Games. “These athletes were mainly attracted by the favorable conditions for training and traveling, by the good infrastructure, and they are supported by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (Comitê Olímpico Brasileiro – COB),” said Vice Adm. Bernardo Pierantoni Gambôa, director of the Brazilian Military Sports Commission (athletes and related). The process of incorporation started in March 2009 in the Navy and was continued in November by the Army. Later on, the Air Force joined in. In the Navy, the chosen athletes were incorporated as corporals and sailors; in the Army, as temporary sergeants, for a minimum period of one year and a maximum of seven. The incorporation of athletes into the armed forces is a common process in European and Asian countries, whose Olympic delegations accommodate athletes with military backgrounds in building up their sports bases. According to CISM data, a total of 755 military personnel were part of participating delegations at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.last_img read more

USS Preble Contributes to Humanitarian Efforts in Japan

first_img USS Preble (DDG 88) was one of the first U.S. Navy assets to respond with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Japan March 15, providing more than 700 pounds of supplies to earthquake and tsunami survivors. Preble, along with embarked Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 43 air detachment personnel, were called into action as first responders to survey the coastline and provide an aerial perspective to other ships in the surrounding area. During the surveillance mission, the pilots and aircrew had firsthand encounters with the Japanese survivors as they landed in various remote locations. “We could see isolated areas where survivors had drawn in the dirt ‘SOS’ or a large encircled ‘H’ as a cry for help. We landed nearby to assess the situation and determine what we could do to help,” said Lt. Joe Landi, describing their patrol. Upon interacting with the stranded survivors and hearing the firsthand account of HSL 43 crew members, Preble’s crew volunteered to provide supplies to the Japanese people from their own deployment provisions. Their contributions included warm weather clothing, wool blankets, non-perishable food and water. The Supply Department on board also provided as many dry goods and bottles of water as possible. In less than two hours, the mess decks were full of donated supplies for the helicopter to bring to land to aid in the rescue and assistance effort. “Today marks a day where we stand with the nation and the people of Japan. I could not be prouder of our team. I am humbled by their selfless generosity and willingness to contribute to the Japanese people in need. It’s amazing what we can get accomplished in such short notice with such limited resources,” said Preble Commanding Officer Cmdr. Joe Cahill. Preble is part of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group and is currently operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Tomodachi. By Dialogo March 17, 2011 I think from my point of view the support brazil gave to the Japanese was very important I’m very proud of their cooperation and ask god to protect us because we are caring for other countries A big greeting to our Japanese friends and a regard to them at this moment in which we know they are going through a tough time, we know they have courage and will overcome this ordeal, from Colombia with love last_img read more

It’s much more than ‘pot’ at The Fourth Corner Credit Union

first_imgThe Fourth Corner Credit Union’s President/CEO Deirdra O’Gorman joins us to discuss the latest news regarding its compliance status and its lawsuits with the NCUA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. But not many folks know that the credit union’s mission goes much deeper than serving Colorado’s cannabis industry. According to Deirdra, it’s about making history.Deirdra also tells us why she took the leadership position at this particular credit union, does she feel she has to go the extra yard with compliance because of the credit union’s association with the cannabis industry, and is all the discord more about a “social stigma” than just starting a new credit union. She answers all these questions and more.Enjoy our candid chat Deirdra and let us know what you think. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

These are the Queensland areas where houses sell the fastest

first_imgLisa and Paul Sandel at Ferny Hills one of the 10 fastest selling suburbs this year. AAP Image/Steve PohlnerTHEY might not be the sexiest suburbs in Queensland, but buyers were falling over themselves to snare a house in Beerburrum, Thuringowa and Ferny Hills this year.The state’s most in-demand suburbs — where houses sell the fastest and properties are under contract within hours of the opening inspections — are not the usual suspects.The latest figures from property analytics company, CoreLogic, reveal Ferny Hills and Salisbury in Brisbane, Beerburrum on the Sunshine Coast and Thuringowa Central near Townsville had the fastest median days on market in the past year. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Houses in these areas sell in just 14 days — well below Brisbane’s average of 30 days.Four of the top 10 fastest selling suburbs in the state are northwest of Brisbane’s CBD, and you can get an average house for under $600,000 in all but one of them.Adrian Thompson of Ray White Keperra just sold a house at 21 Fleetwood Court, Ferny Hills, in two days, and recently sold another house at 19 Irruka Crescent in just six hours. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThis four-bedroom house at 3 Alder Close, Thuringowa Central, is for sale for just $299,000. Picture: realestate.com.au.“Cairns and Townsville haven’t been particularly strong markets, but a couple of areas there are clearly sought-after,” he said.“I’m very surprised Thuringowa Central is on that list, considering median prices are down 15 per cent over the last year.“It could be the fact prices have come back so much that locals are looking at it and saying ‘that’s pretty good value’.”He said it was also unusual to see Beerburrum in such high demand and not other areas closer to the beach on the Sunshine Coast. This home at 21 Fleetwood Crt, Ferny Hills, sold in two days. Pic: realestate.com.au.Mr Thompson said he had no trouble selling a house within 10 days in Brisbane’s northwestern suburbs and believed they were greatly undervalued.“They’re very, very reasonably priced,” he said. “They’ve always been very family friendly, leafy. And they’ve got good access to the train line.“Most people don’t realise how close those suburbs are to the CBD.” BANK TO REFUND MILLIONS TO HOME LOAN CUSTOMERS CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said many of Brisbane’s fastest selling suburbs had much in common, including reasonably cheap housing within 10-15km of the CBD and close to amenities.“If you look at somewhere like Keperra, it’s still reasonably cheap given how close to the city it is, and there are good schools, local infrastructure and shopping close by,” Mr Kusher said.“There’s also a lot of older stock which can be renovated pretty easily.”Data from realestate.com.au shows soaring demand for Ferny Hills, with 1223 visits per property compared to the Queensland average of 322. This four-bedroom house on half an acre at 42 Tiprogargan Dr, Beerburrum, is for sale for $549,000. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Kusher said he had noticed a trend upwards in the number of days on market for houses in recent months.“If we look at the rate of growth in the Brisbane housing market, it has slowed a bit in three to six months, so conditions are not as hot as they were,” he said. “Fourteen days is still very quick rate of sale though.”Mr Kusher said there had also been an increase in housing stock hitting the market, which could be having an impact.The latest quarterly report from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland found house listings in Queensland increased 7.2 per cent in the 12 months to August.FASTEST SELLING SUBURBS IN QUEENSLANDSuburb Distance to Brisbane CBD Average days on market Median sale priceFerny Hills 12 14 $540,000Salisbury 9 14 $565,000Beerburrum 57 14 $399,000Thuringowa Central 1109 14 $250,000Gaythorne 7 15 $666,750 Holloways Beach 4878 15 $387,500 Algester 16 16 $500,000 Jindalee 12 17 $560,000 Keperra 10 17 $535,000Arana Hills 11 17 $534,990 (Source: CoreLogic) This home at 7 Conlo Cres, Ferny Hills, went under contract after two days. Picture: realestate.com.au.Lisa and Paul Sandel had their home at 7 Conlo Crescent on the market for just two days with Belle Property agents Leigh Hutton and Damon Dungey before it went under contract.The three-bedroom, post-war house on a 658 sqm block, within walking distance to shops and the train, has been snapped up. “There’s a lot of new people moving into the area,” Mrs Sandel said.“When we first bought 24 years ago, it was the back flats, but now it’s really not far from the city at all.”Mr Kusher said he was surprised to see Thuringowa and Holloways Beach on the top 10 list of fastest selling areas in Queensland. IT PAYS TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE last_img read more

IBIA: Low Sulphur Fuel Best Solution for Global Cap

first_imgLow sulphur fuel oil is believed to be the best solution for compliance with the 0.50% sulphur limit in 2020, findings released by the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) show.Half of respondents to polls on the best compliance option, put to delegates at IBIA’s Annual Convention in Singapore in November, said that low sulphur fuel oil will be the best solution, while LNG scored a much higher share of votes with 42 percent, compared to abatement technologies, with 8 percent of the votes.Furthermore, few seem to think that as much as 1,000 vessels will be fitted with scrubbers before 2020 with most thinking it will be the mid-2020s before that number is reached.According to the speakers from BP, ExxonMobil and Marine and Energy Consulting at the Convention, the current anticipation is that LNG will play a much smaller role than scrubbers in 2020, and that scrubber uptake will accelerate much quicker to make use of high sulphur fuel oil with scrubbers a much bigger share of the market in 2025 than LNG.Many of the delegates at IBIA’s Annual Convention, meanwhile, seemed to have doubts about how quickly scrubbers will take off and selected LNG as the second most ideal solution in 2020 and beyond.“Low sulphur fuel oil was the clear winner. It is nevertheless interesting how much opinion seems stacked in favour of LNG over scrubbers,” IBIA concluded.last_img read more

Inpex-led Ichthys LNG project ships first condensate cargo

first_imgImage courtesy of InpexJapan’s Inpex said the first condensate cargo departed its Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Australia.The cargo departed from the project’s offshore floating production, storage and offloading facility, the Ichthys Venturer, moored in the Browse Basin, some 220 kilometers off the northwest coast of Western Australia, on Monday, October 1.“This shipment of condensate is destined for the Asian market and signifies an important step forward as we begin to generate revenue from a project we expect will operate for 40 years to come,” Inpex president director Australia, Seiya Ito said.Later this year, the multi-billion dollar Ichthys project will commence shipment of cargoes from Bladin Point near Darwin in Australia –with LNG and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) exports expected to follow in sequence, the company’s statement reads.At peak, the Ichthys project is expected to produce up to 8.9 million tonnes of LNG per annum, 1.65 million tonnes of LPG per annum and up to 100,000 barrels of condensate per day.The project is a joint venture between Inpex, major partner Total, Taiwan’s CPC Corporation and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas.last_img read more

DFDS in Ferry-Swap Agreement with Moby

first_imgDanish ferry and logistics company DFDS has reached an agreement with the Italian ferry company Moby to acquire its the two combined freight and passenger ferries (ro-pax).The company decided to purchase the ships, the 2001-built Moby Wonder and the 2005-built Moby Aki, in order to expand capacity on the Amsterdam-Newcastle route.Moby will in turn acquire the two passenger ferries currently operating on Amsterdam-Newcastle, King Seaways and Princess Seaways, built in 1987 and 1986, respectively.The deal is expected to be completed in the second half of October 2019.DFDS will subsequently bareboat-charter King Seaways and Princess Seaways from Moby until January and February 2020, respectively.Meanwhile, the acquired ferries from Moby will be refurbished to suit the Amsterdam-Newcastle route. This includes commercial and technical investments on board as well as port investments. The refurbished ferries are expected to be deployed on Amsterdam-Newcastle during the first quarter of 2020.The expected completion in October 2019 of the sale of the two ferries is estimated to entail an accounting profit of around DKK 100 million (USD 14.77 million) to be recognised in the fourth quarter of 2019. The full-year outlook for special items is thus increased to DKK 70 million from previously DKK -30 million, DFDS explained.The investment in the renewal, including proceeds from the sale of Princess Seaways and King Seaways, is expected to amount to around DKK 1 billion of which DKK 650 million is expected to be paid in 2019. The remaining DKK 350 million is expected to be paid in 2020. The investment includes a substantial investment in refurbishment.The investment outlook for 2019 is therefore changed to around DKK 3.4 billion from previously DKK 2.8 billion.last_img read more

Harris Auto Racing in 13th year as title sponsor for Modified Race of Champions

first_imgHarris Auto Racing provides a portion of the purse to be paid out in the Modified Race of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Boone Speedway. “Harris Auto Racing has become synonymous with the Modified Race of Champions and we couldn’t handpick a better partner as the title sponsor,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The race never disappoints and will be a career highlight for one Modified driver at this year’s IMCA Super Nationals.” The Boone manufacturer and high performance parts retailer has been sponsor of the event for 13 years and an IMCA sponsor for 24 years. Qualifying for the 12-car, 12-lap, $1,000 to win race is Thursday, Sept. 5 and is open to top drivers in local track standings competing at Super Nationals, former national, regional and Super Nationals champions, and to previous race winners. Two hundred and four different drivers from 24 states and Canada have qualified for the Modified Race of Champions since 1989. Jason Wolla of Ray, N.D., is the defending race winner. BOONE, Iowa – A chassis builder synonymous with IMCA and the Modified division continues title sponsorship support for one of the most popular and prestigious events at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. “With Harris Auto Racing being known for our top quality and a race featuring only champions at such a renowned event as the IMCA Super Nationals, it’s only fitting for Harris to title sponsor and an honor that we’re able to be a part of such a prestigious race,” Brown said. Information about Harris chassis, parts and services is available by calling 515 432-6972, on Facebook and at the www.harrisautoracing.com website. Harris is owned by IMCA Modified and Stock Car driver Kyle Brown.last_img read more