The second in a series of Regional White House Forums on Health Reform took place today in Burlington, Vermont. The forum was hosted by the University of Vermont and was moderated by Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont and Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, represented the Obama administration. Forum participants included doctors, patients, providers, insurers, policy experts and health care advocates of all kinds both Democrats and Republicans who discussed the urgent need to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, and to curb skyrocketing health care costs that are draining our federal and state budgets, devastating families and small businesses, and undermining our long-term economic prosperity. Today s forum was a tremendous success, said Governor Douglas. The discussion was very helpful and with so many viewpoints represented, I know the White House will come away from this with many good ideas for how we build a more affordable and effective healthcare system in America. In keeping with the Obama administration s commitment to an open, inclusive, and transparent process for health reform, the forum brought together a diverse group of people to voice their concerns and ideas on reforming our health care system. Health care reform in Massachusetts has become a national model with more than 97% of residents insured in just two years, said Governor Patrick. But affordability is still a big challenge and we need payment reform and better cost containment across America to make healthcare truly available for all. Vermont, like Massachusetts, is a model for the rest of the nation, Governor Douglas continued. Our Blueprint for Health, Green Mountain Healthcare products and our Chronic Care Initiative are all programs that will help us bring down the cost of healthcare and lead healthier lives. We really appreciate the opportunity to share these programs with the rest of the country.And Nancy-Ann DeParle represented the Obama Administration. Today we continued our important national conversation on health reform, DeParle said. Exploding costs are bankrupting families and burdening businesses, dragging down state and local budgets, and piling up our national debt. The time to act is now.Regional White House Forums on Health Reform will also be held in Iowa, North Carolina, and California throughout the rest of March and early April. Anyone interested in participating in the discussion can visit www.HealthReform.gov(link is external) to submit their questions.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The number of jurisdictions pursuing a goal of 100 percent renewables keeps growing. Puerto Rico looks to be next, with a late November plan from the island’s governor and a proposal before the legislature both calling for 100 percent renewables by 2050. In October, a diverse group of clean energy advocates also published a proposal, “Queremos Sol,” that outlines a path to all-renewables by the same year.Agreement on the territory’s energy system seems to have coalesced around a renewable portfolio standard and timeline. “I can’t think of any entity that’s said it’s opposed to 100 percent renewables by 2050. That certainly is progress,” said Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), which contributed to the Queremos Sol report. “That’s a consensus that didn’t exist before the hurricane.”It’s taken months to get to this point. And while the long-term vision seems to have been clarified, stakeholders remain divided on short-term goals. “What the problem is, and what we need to be careful about, is how different organizations and groups propose to get there,” said Ruth Santiago, a lawyer at local environmental group Comité Diálogo Ambiental and a contributor to the Queremos Sol report.In its August fiscal plan, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said it was looking to convert some plants to burn natural gas and that it would cost $500 million to build a liquefied natural gas import terminal. When the utility’s current CEO, José Ortiz, came aboard, he said natural gas would support a future with more renewables. PREPA did not respond to requests for comment about the proposed RPS, but in its fiscal plan the utility lays out a path to a generation mix in 2023 that’s 32 percent solar and wind and 41 percent gas.The group of engineers, environmentalists and clean energy advocates who wrote the Queremos Sol proposal are pushing for integration of renewables now. Santiago said investing in natural gas in the short term might be “disastrous” and will likely impede investment in solar.“Renewable energy and storage technologies are available now,” said Kunkel. “And if your goal is to get to 100 percent renewables by 2050, you should start investing in them now. The most important challenges are going to be what investment decisions get made in the next few years. Most of Puerto Rico’s power plants are old and [need] to be replaced in any event. What they get replaced with really matters in terms of what type of fuel infrastructure you’re locking yourself into for the next several decades,” she added.More: Inside Puerto Rico’s quest for 100% renewables: A clash over natural gas Battle brews over short-term energy investment plans in Puerto Rico
“But he’s definitely in a better place in terms of his form and how he looks. He’s smiling and seems happy, which is fantastic for everyone connected with Rangers.” Image:Morelos has scored 84 goals in just 154 games for Rangers Steven Gerrard says Alfredo Morelos is gunning for the Champions League after the Rangers record-breaker rediscovered his hunger for goals.The Colombian has had a lean start to the campaign but two strikes in his last two Europa League outings have seen him move past Ibrox great Ally McCoist to become the club’s all-time top scorer in continental competition with 22 goals.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – All those goals have come in UEFA’s second-tier tournament but Gerrard knows the 24-year-old has ambitions to go even higher.He said: “Yes, he was very happy after the game about his record-breaking (achievement). I think he’s got his hunger back and you can see it in his eyes, he wants to go and score more goals in the competition.“I know he’s got dreams and aspirations of playing in the Champions League one day, which is good for him.” Morelos became the first player to reach double figures in the Europa League for Rangers with his goal against Benfica, and he has now netted 84 times in just 154 games for the club.Gerrard added: “In terms of where he’s at, the goals are back, the hunger is back, the sharpness is back.“I don’t really like comparing him to (the Alfredo) of old because it’s about the now and what he is offering moving forward.- Advertisement –
This year will be the last in which over 92 thousand private renters of rooms, flats and apartments will pay a flat income tax of 300 kuna per bed per year.Namely, the working group preparing the tax reform proposed that the tax be increased from 1 January 2019. The amount of the flat tax for renters has not been decided yet, but several simulations have been prepared, he writes Vecernji list. A flat rate of 300 kuna per year was introduced in 2005, when the daily rental price was 100 kuna, and it was assumed that private owners of flats and apartments would spend only 35 nights during the year, said Finance Minister Zdravko Maric, adding that most of Primorje and Dalmatia today gets much more for a bed. Private landlords who have reported renting ten beds a year pay a flat tax of HRK 3000, the same amount as a net salary of HRK 12 in one month.”Effective taxation of private rent in tourism is three times lower than other forms of income tax, and four times lower than all forms of capital tax”Says economist Željko Lovrinčević, one of the members of Marić’s tax group.Of course, nothing has been strictly defined yet, nor has a final decision been made, but it is obvious in which direction the members of the tax group are thinking, and that is to increase the annual lump sum. Some of the comments on social networks, unfortunately only on social networks and not at the Public Hearing, is that it would be correct to pay by percentage according to the number of nights, and not a fixed lump sum, which is unfair for those who have a small number of nights, while for those who they have a lot more nights, of course the opposite.By the way, at the recent Public debate through eConsultation related to Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity, and which directly concern private landlords, out of over 92.000 landlords, there were only a dozen comments.
Unsure of how the student was allowed to board the flight, Farida speculated that Soekarno-Hatta International Airport health officials in Jakarta may have been overwhelmed by the large number of passengers that day.The Soekarno-Hatta Airport Health Office did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post’s requests for comment.Farida said there were around 90 passengers on the Jakarta-Sorong flight. All of them have been instructed to undergo self-quarantine for the next two weeks.“Meanwhile, the 43 students will undergo swab tests at Sorong Pertamina Hospital,” she said.According to the official government count, Papua is among the provinces hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak outside Java, with 1,670 confirmed cases and seven deaths as of Saturday.Topics : A passenger was allowed on a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta to Sorong, Papua, despite having recently tested positive for COVID-19, Sorong health authorities have said.Sorong Airport Health Office coordinator Farida Tariq said that health officials discovered that the passenger, a 20-year-old student, had tested positive for the disease during a routine health document check conducted when the passengers arrived at Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong on Saturday.According to the latest government regulations on air travel, all prospective passengers must provide documents showing a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid test result before being allowed to fly. The student, a resident of South Sorong regency, traveled to Sorong with a group of 42 other students.“We checked to ensure that all 43 students had the necessary documents, and one of them [had a document] showing their PCR test result was positive,” Farida said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.She added that the document was issued by a West Java Health Agency laboratory on June 21.Read also: Indonesian airlines resume domestic passenger flights with strict health protocols
Share Share 12 Views no discussions Share Tweet Photo credit: siliconcaribe.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A Caribbean open data initiative, backed by the University of the West Indies and the International Development Research Centre of Canada, could improve the region’s access to public information of national significance.A slate of local and regional experts will be gathering for the first regional event of its kind on open data. The conference, titled “Developing the Caribbean”, will be hosted simultaneously across Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago from January 26 to 27. ‘Open data’ is a term used to describe the idea that certain information should always be readily available to everyone. Such access to data should be without copyright, without patent, or without any such restriction that would prevent the end user from determining how the data is used.One of the featured speakers at the event is Trinidad-born technology expert Bevil Wooding, an international advocate for the open data movement in developing countries. He described open data as “potentially one of the most significant advances in how public access to public information is leveraged for the common good”.Wooding, founder of the non-profit BrightPath Foundation, explained that under the Trinidad and Tobago Freedom of Information Act established in 1999, if a member of the public desires access to public information, he or she has to make a formal request for that information to be released. However, with open data, access public information and public datasets is in commonly accessible formats via the Internet for public consumption. “Typically, a substantial amount of important public information, ranging from official crime statistics and national census data to government land allocations and taxation revenues from the energy sector, is locked away in government data repositories. Though it is supposed to be public information, held in trust by the government, it is inaccessible to the public. With open data, governments can take the initiative, in the interest of transparence and accountability in governance and provide access to these public datasets,” he said.He went on to share that such a move to open data brings benefits to both the government and the general public.“Governments can effectively ‘crowd-source’ the work of interpreting and analysing data to the public. Such crowd-sourcing can transform static data into valuable public information services at a pace and in a manner that simply would not be possible given government’s constraints. This opens the door to all kinds of new innovative applications and services,” Wooding said.“Of course, a new level of transparency and accountability can be facilitated when data is made publicly available. This is one reason why, across the world, governments in both developed and developing countries are moving to make more public data available,” he added.Many governments including the US, UK, Canada, India, Brazil and Kenya have opened up their data on sites such as data.gov, data.gov.uk, data.gc.ca, opendatsata.go.ke, with other countries joining the movement at a strong pace.The open data philosophy is straightforward, Wooding said. “The responsibility for making information available to the public falls squarely on those who have the information, as opposed to those who demand it.”Organisers of the upcoming conference are hoping to significantly raise the awareness of how public information can help to solve problems and provide new services to citizens. Web developers will collaborate through live video streaming of all presentations, and groups from other territories will be encouraged to participate virtually. The conference will be recorded and the live stream opened up to the public.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Caribbean open data movement set to open a world of possibilities by: – January 20, 2012 Sharing is caring!
Central-Burden2721â€”12 Â Oxford â€“ Patterson 3, Williams 6, Burkes 13, Norris 4, Crain 10, Shimkus 2, Silhan 2, Catlin 4, Jones 12, Palmer 2, Tincher 5, Kennedy 12. Totals 36 (2) 1-2 75.Tyro Christian â€“ Nunnely 2, Robinson 4, Garrison 2, Medsker 13, Spletcher 8, Wright 2. 9 (3) 10-16 31. Wellington511137â€”36 Wellington:Â Savannah Cornejo 13, Kailey Jenkins 7, Shanlynn Hefley 1, Caitie Williams 7, Megan Amrein 3, Jaedyn Ledesma 2, Sydney Shields 1, Avery Lewellen 2.Kingman: Berschaur 1, Bangert 10, Smith 3, Voran 1, Rohlman 3, Pickering 6.Caldwell 58, Central-Burden 12 Kingman8448â€”24 Tyro Christian103135â€”31 Oxford23211714â€”75 Girls basketball:Â Wellington 36, Kingman 24 Caldwell1524910â€”58 Caldwell711107â€”35 Central-Burden1782414â€”63 By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington girls and boys basketball teams will be playing in the Kingman Tournament Classic Championship tonight. The girls will be playing Sterling at approximately 6:10 p.m. with the boys following at 7:40 p.m.The box scores for the Wellington games as well as Oxford and Caldwell are as follows:Â Boys Basketball:Â Wellington 58 Kingman 53Wellington 11 14 8 25- 58Kingman 5 6 13 29- 53Wellington: Tyler Miles 2,Â Braden Miles 13, Alex Weiss 6, Nick Becker 14, Trevor Nance 3, Logan Woodbridge 4, Noah Wolff 7, Brian Peck 9.Kingman: Andersen 6, Bangert 8, Bradshaw 15, Albright 6, Packard 14, New 4.Wellington JV 45 Kingman 30Whs. 16 12 10 7 – 45Khs. 5 Â 6 Â 6 Â 13 â€” 30Phelps 4,Baker 5,Â Nance 4,Â Reichenberger 12,Â Dunn 6,Â Albright 11.Central-Burden 63, Caldwell 35 Central-Burden â€“ Bannister 2, Foley 2, Moore 3, Ellis 1, Hilario 2, Loewer 2. Totals 5 (0) 2-7 12.Caldwell â€“ Isaacs 5, Bardsley 3, Ward 3, K. York 28, Lebeda 4, Arnold 10, Blake 4, Arnett 1. Totals 23 (6) 6-14 58. Central-Burdenâ€“ Hopper 3, J. Koppelmann 2, Z. Koppelmann 27, Lawson 4, Hilario 2, Loewer 5, Mettling 6, Fischer 14. Totals 26 (5) 3-9 63.Caldwellâ€“ Halling 8, Kendrick 3, Webster 1, York 7, Wenzel 9, Whaley 5, Stuewe 2. Totals 12 (4) 7-8 35.Oxford 75, Tyro Christian 31 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments