Mueller Report hasnt been released but Amazons already taking preorders

first_img $59 at eBay Sprint See it 0 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 $60 at Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $155 at Google Express Post a comment Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read Google Home Hub review Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Cheapskate Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See at Amazon Tags $999 Politics Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Boost Mobile Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Comments JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. The Mueller Report is available for preorder, though it hasn’t been released yet. Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images It’s unclear if or when the Mueller Report, the culmination of a nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, will be released to the public, but you can apparently preorder it on Amazon. There are two listings for the report so far, one to be published by Skyhorse Publishing and the other from The Washington Post. The former is already ranked on Amazon as a bestseller. Both listings contain a disclaimer that the publication date listed, April 30, 2019, is a placeholder. Amazon and the Department of Justice didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for Skyhorse Publishing said via email that it intends to quickly publish the report in book form once it’s released. “We are planning to publish the report with my introduction as soon as it is available,” said Alan Dershowitz, who is listed as the author for the introduction on the Skyhorse version, in an email. Dershowitz said he’s started to outline his introduction based on the summary letter Attorney General William Barr submitted to Congress over the weekend.Likewise, The Washington Post said in February that it would “instantly” publish the report as an e-book and also as a paperback.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Sunday calling for the release of the full report to Congress. Originally published at 8:42 a.m. PT.Update, 12:25 p.m.PT: Adds comments from Skyhorse Publishing and additional information from The Washington Post. $299 at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Angela Lang/CNET Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best Buy See It $520 at HP DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice Rylo Tags Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It Apple iPhone XS Share your voice 7 See It $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turolast_img read more

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TSCOST comes up with biodigester to produce methane gas

first_imgHyderabad: A small but significant technological intervention by the Telangana State Council of Science and Technology (TSCOST) is all set to save about Rs 40,000 per month to the social welfare residential schools and hostels in the State. According to the TSCOST Project Officer M Nagesh, the TSCOST has come up with a bio-waste digester to convert a daily bio-waste of leftover foods and vegetables of 75 kilograms into methane gas. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us In turn, it will be used to produce bio-gas for the hostels to be used for cooking purpose. The 15 cubic metre bio-digesters balloon volume has the potential to save nearly 7 to 8 commercial LPG cylinders that are being used by these schools in a month. Also, in case of those using firewood, it will save about two to three tons of firewood in a month. Further, usage of the bio-digester will reduce leaving carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us “The bio-digester is commissioned with cow dung initially and the bio-waste coming from the hostels and schools are used to produce the methane gas to be used. As per the calculations arrived at, each school can save around Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per month,” he said. Seeing the advantage of the intervention initially it was installed at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (NIRDPR), National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal and CCMB, Hyderabad on a pilot basis. As it is working fine, now the State government has sanctioned to install 18 more in the welfare schools and hostels, he said.last_img read more

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Three Sistahs Stage Play Comes to Metro Stage

first_img“Three Sistahs” is a musical about three women who reflect on the promise of the future, while revealing the pain of the present and their regrets of the past. The musical was written and directed by Thomas W. Jones II. It will run at the Metro Stage, located at 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria, Va. from Sept. 17 to Nov. 2.For tickets or more information, visit http://www.metrostage.org/three-sistahs.html#.VA7gpMJdWSo.last_img

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Digital screen use may up wellbeing in teenagers

first_imgSpending hours in front of digital screen may be harmful for adolescents. However, but moderate use may not harm but increase their well-being, researchers say.“Digital screens are now an inextricable part of modern childhood. Our findings suggest that adolescents’ moderate screen use has no detectable link to well-being and levels of engagement above these points are modestly correlated with well-being,” said lead researcher Andrew Przybylski, psychological scientist at the University of Oxford. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings showed that as a result of a digital “sweet spot” between low and high technology use, moderate screen time can increase teenagers’ well-being. This sweet spot benefits teenagers’ well-being by providing opportunities to develop social connections and skills, the researchers said.For the study, the researchers examined data measuring screen time and well-being collected from 120,115 teenagers, with an average of 15 year olds.  Nearly all of the participating adolescents reported spending time using at least one type of digital technology on a daily basis. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe also reported spending more time engaging in digital activities on weekend days than on weekdays and that they spent more time using smartphones in overall compared with watching TV.Using statistical methods to determine the tipping point for each type of activity, the researchers found that on weekdays, teenagers’ well-being peaked at about 1 hour and 40 minutes of video-game play, about 1 hour 57 minutes of smartphone use, about 3 hours and 41 minutes of watching videos, and about 4 hours and 17 minutes of using computers.However, above these tipping points, screen time turned potentially harmful and was associated with decreased well-being.The study was published in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

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US samesex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

first_imgFilipino LGBTs (Lesbians Gays Bisexual and Transgenders) hold hands as they gather for a Gay Pride rally Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Mania, Philippines to push for LGBT rights and to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriages in all U.S. states as a victory for their cause. The rally was scheduled to commemorate the 1969 demonstrations in New York City that started the gay rights movement around the world. Jonas Bagas, executive director of the pro-LGBT rights group TLF Share, said the U.S. court ruling “will reverberate in other corners of the world.” (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) Marriage equality is also not part of the conversation in many parts of Africa, where more than two-thirds of the countries treat homosexuality as a crime.That is true of Cameroon, which has pursued dozens of prosecutions in recent years under an anti-gay law imposing up to five years in prison for same-sex acts.Lambert Lamba, a leading Cameroonian activist who has been imprisoned on accusations of violating anti-gay laws, said he was “exulting” in the U.S. ruling.“It’s a giant step for the fight in the United States,” he said. “And it confirms for me that we can take giant steps in Cameroon as well.”___Associated Press writers Oliver Teves in Manila, Philippines; Nirmala George in New Delhi; Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia; Debora Rey in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Milos Krivokapic in Paris; Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin; and Karin Laub in Amman, Jordan, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories In Australia, where parliament may vote on a same-sex marriage law later this year despite opposition from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, legislators who back the measure said the U.S. ruling leaves Australia alone among developed, English-speaking nations in its refusal to legalize marriages between same sex couples.Opinion polls show backing for the measure has increased in Australia in the month since Ireland endorsed same-sex marriage. Opposition leader Bill Shorten — capitalizing on the momentum building in other countries — introduced the bill in Parliament just days after Ireland voted.He said Saturday that Australians should see the U.S. ruling as “a call to action.” Legislator Janet Rice, Greens Party leader, called the U.S. ruling “the loudest call yet for marriage equality in Australia .”Still, staunch opposition remains, with Australian Marriage Forum president David van Gend calling the U.S. Supreme Court decision proof of “moral dementia.”“We must not let that happen here,” van Gend said.The issue is different in India, where activists believe the U.S. ruling may make Indian judges and legislators feel uncomfortably isolated by the 2013 Indian Supreme Court decision to reinstate a colonial-era law making homosexuality a crime. The law calls homosexuality an “unnatural offense” punishable by 10 years in jail. In the past, police have used it to harass people and demand bribes from gays.Ashok Row Kavi, head of the Humsafar Trust advocacy group, said the U.S. ruling may force India’s highest court to take a fresh look at the issue.“In the light of globalization, the (Indian) Supreme Court judgment is being cited as a totally reactionary judgment,” he said. “A judgment that goes against the whole concept of human rights which had been on a progressive upsurge in India.”At gay pride parades in Dublin, Paris and other cities Saturday, the U.S. ruling was hailed by many as a watershed.“Soon in all countries we will be able to marry,” said Celine Schlewitz, a 25-year-old nurse taking part in the Paris parade. “Finally a freedom for everyone.”The U.S. ruling boosted street celebrations Saturday in Dublin, where Ireland mounted the biggest gay rights parade in the country’s history.Led by rainbow banners and drag queens, more than 60,000 people paraded through Dublin at the culmination of a weeklong gay rights festival in the Irish capital. While the mood was already high following Ireland’s referendum last month to legalize gay marriage — becoming the first nation to do so by popular vote — many marchers said the Supreme Court decision provided a bonus reason to celebrate. Influence is a two-way street. Five years ago, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage. Activists there said they believe their example helped influence the U.S., and that Friday’s U.S. ruling will in turn shape attitudes and actions in other Latin American countries.“The U.S. decision will have a big impact in other countries,” said Esteban Paulon, president of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals, adding that his organization contributed documentation to U.S. legal groups arguing the case before the Supreme Court. “Sometimes U.S. influence is negative, but we believe in this case it will be positive and accelerate the process of approving gay marriage in other parts of the world.”Twenty-one countries now allow same-sex marriage, according to the Pew Research Center, and Mexico permits it in some states, with many other countries offering various legal rights that fall short of marriage to same-sex couples. In most of those countries, well-organized advocacy groups are lobbying for full marriage rights.These movements, and startup campaigns incubating in other countries as well, may get a real but hard-to-measure boost from the U.S. Supreme Court. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img LONDON (AP) — The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause.In the Philippines, in India, in Australia and elsewhere, gay rights advocates think the U.S. ruling may help change attitudes, just as American activists — and judges, educators and legislators — had earlier been influenced by the easy acceptance of same-sex marriage in some European countries, where the laws were changed smoothly without much fuss. Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like In today’s wired world, political movements cross national boundaries in the blink of an eye, and the trend toward legal acceptance of same-sex marriage is gaining pace, though still rejected outright in some parts of the globe. The U.S. is neither laggard nor leader in this movement, which reflects a fundamental change in public views in many parts of the world, but the ruling of its highest court is expected to have a ripple effect elsewhere.In the Philippines, activists seeking to win legal recognition for same-sex marriages believe the U.S. ruling will be useful, particularly since the country’s legal setup is largely based on the U.S. system, said Sylvia Estrada Claudio, a gender rights advocate and professor at the University of the Philippines.“This ruling will have positive repercussions for our own movements here,” she said.The Philippines’ civil code limits marriage to a union between a man and a woman — but the constitutionality of this proviso is being challenged by a lawyer, Jesus Nicardo Falcis III.Countries are taking different routes to the same conclusion: the U.S. pathway relied on a Supreme Court ruling to establish that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, while Ireland last month used a popular vote that showed strong public backing, despite the country’s deep Catholic roots. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology “Everybody seems to be gay in Dublin today,” said Sen. David Norris, Ireland’s most prominent gay rights activist. He quipped that Ireland was pleased to see the United States, though the Supreme Court judgment, “start to catch up to us.”In other countries where gay sex is treated as a crime, beleaguered activists said they took heart from the U.S. ruling even though same-sex marriage is not on the horizon. In most cases, activists seek to decriminalize homosexuality before pressing for marriage rights and other benefits.In the deeply conservative Arab world, where homosexuality is regarded as a crime in many countries, some clerics warned that the U.S. ruling would lead to the collapse of civilizations.In Jordan, where homosexuality is not illegal but is considered taboo, one member of the small gay community said the U.S. ruling is “a victory for human rights in general and gives everyone hope.”He is hopeful same-sex marriage will one day be legal in Jordan.“In this region, we are going through the dark ages, and when we come out, we will move toward full rights,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared the consequences of being identified as gay. Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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Growing Demand Buoys Builder Confidence

first_img builders Confidence Demand homes HOUSING Lumber market National Association of Home Builders Single-Family Homes 2018-05-15 Radhika Ojha Builder Confidence reached a high of 70 points for the fourth time in 2018 according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released on Tuesday. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) derives this index from a monthly survey that gauges builder perception of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months. The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers. The scores for each component are then used to calculate the seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good.Builder confidence in the market rose two points against April according to the survey, while the HMI chart gauging current sales conditions increased two points to 76 in May.Despite the solid numbers of the May report due to “growing consumer demand for single-family homes,” Randy Noel, Chairman, NAHB said that record high prices of lumber were hurting bottom lines and “making it more difficult to produce competitively priced houses for newcomers to the market.”Explaining the factors that were likely to increase consumer demand, Robert Dietz, Chief Economist at NAHB said, “Tight housing inventory, employment gains, and demographic tailwinds should continue to boost demand for newly-built single-family homes.” Additionally, he said that these fundamentals were likely to improve the housing market at a steady pace in the months ahead.The HMI data measuring buyer traffic and builder expectations in the next six months, however, remained unchanged at 51 and 77 respectively.Regionally, on a quarterly basis, HMI data for the West and Northeast remained unchanged at 76 and 55 respectively, while the index declined one point each to 72 and 65 for the South and Midwest. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News May 15, 2018 593 Views center_img Growing Demand Buoys Builder Confidence Sharelast_img read more

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In an act of pure class Arizona Cardinals tight e

first_imgIn an act of pure class, Arizona Cardinals tight end Todd Heap flew to Baltimore on Monday to attend former Ravens owner Art Modell’s funeral.Nestor: Todd Heap is in #Ravens locker room now chatting w/Pitta & Flacco. Flew in for Art Modell funeral. All class…— WNST (@WNST) September 11, 2012 Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Heap played 10 seasons in Baltimore after being drafted from Arizona State University.Modell was 87. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

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Los Cabos Celebrates Sea TurtlesLos Cabos Mexico

first_imgLos Cabos Celebrates Sea TurtlesLos Cabos, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineLos Cabos, Mexico’s premier resort destination, is currently preparing for one of nature’s most phenomenal events; the return of the sea turtles to the tip of the Baja Peninsula. Each year, five species of sea turtles return home to the beautiful beaches of Los Cabos to lay their eggs on the exquisite sand where they were born. In order to protect and observe this instinctive tradition, guests in Los Cabos can take part in special eco-tours and hotel programs offered throughout the destination and lend a helping hand to the sea turtle conservation effort.Travelers can participate in the conservation effort with Baja Outback by adopting a baby sea turtle from the nursery camp and releasing it back into the ocean. Through the “Turtle Release” tour in San Jose del Cabo, guests will help to preserve the sea turtles and learn about their incredible life journey and habitat. This three-hour tour additionally includes transportation via Hummer H2s, guidance from experienced naturalists, adoption certificates and healthy refreshments. For more information or to book an excursion, please visit www.bajaoutback.com.Another popular tour operator, Baja Wild, invites visitors to experience the liberation of baby sea turtles back into the Sea of Cortes through their “Adopt a Turtle” program. Participants watch in awe as the baby turtles start their new life in the wild, and assist in protecting one of nature’s most magnificent endangered species.This once in a lifetime experience includes bilingual naturalist guides, transportation and more, all within an unforgettable two-hour adventure. For more information or to book an excursion, please visit www.bajawild.com. In addition to the turtle release tours, many hotels throughout Los Cabos participate in the conservation effort by becoming certified as Sea Turtle Watch and Rescue Sites by PROFEPA (the federally funded organization dedicated to ensuring environmental justice in Mexico).Achieving this certification is an extensive process requiring numerous applications, workshops and close supervision by PROFEPA. Once certified, the participating hotels are able to ensure the safety of the turtles by safeguarding and relocating nests, recording numbers of eggs and varieties of species, registering dates of births, and warding off sea and land predators. Guests of these hotels are encouraged to help in the sea turtle protection process – from the incubation of the eggs to the birth and release of the healthy baby turtles.Hotels and resorts hosting certified Sea Turtle Rescue programs include Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Crowne Plaza Los Cabos Grand Faro, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Hotel Finisterra, Grand Mayan Los Cabos, Marquis Los Cabos, One&Only Palmilla, Presidente InterContinental Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa, Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Royal Solaris Los Cabos, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, Solmar Hotels & Resorts, Villa de Palmar, Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos and Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos.Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is home to award-winning hotels and resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-class sport fishing and much more. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and white sand beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach of most U.S. cities.www.visitloscabos.travellast_img read more

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Disy proposal on Enosis goes to plenum with help from Akel Update

first_imgRuling Disy’s proposal for a legislative amendment to shift decision-making power on school celebrations from parliament to the education ministry was approved by the House education committee on Wednesday and is to be tabled to the plenum at the end of the month.The bill was tabled by Disy in the aftermath of the fracas caused by the introduction of a brief annual commemoration of the 1950 Enosis (union with Greece) referendum in state schools last month, prompting Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to withdraw from the reunification talks until the decision was rescinded.The amendment was put to a vote in the House education committee on Wednesday and approved with the backing of Disy and Akel MPs, despite tension during its discussion.The tension was caused after Akel deputy Giorgos Loukaides, who is not a committee member, told his colleagues that his party’s MP and committee member Giorgos Georgiou, who was not present at the discussion, wished to cast his positive vote.Prior to Loukaides’ intervention, there was a tie, as the five deputies of opposition parties – Diko, the Citizens’ Alliance, the Solidarity Movement, and the Greens – opposed the move, and the Akel and Disy MPs’ positive votes were also five because Georgiou was absent.This sparked a discussion concerning House rules and whether absent MPs had the right to vote by proxy. Citizens’ Alliance deputy, Pavlos Mylonas, left the discussion in protest.According to the rules, the decision to table the bill to the plenary was taken after committee chairman Kyriacos Hadjiyiannis, a Disy MP, cast the tie-breaking vote.The bill is understood to be an indirect way for the government to revoke parliament’s decision as regards the Enosis vote commemoration, thereby easing tension between the two sides.President Nicos Anastasiades had admitted that the move was wrong, but had said that he would not take any actions to have the vote rescinded. He also accused the Turkish Cypriot side of overreacting and using the issue as an excuse to stall the talks.Akel said it supported Disy’s amendment reluctantly, as it did not agree with granting this authority to the education ministry, but accepted the bill needed backing to make it to the plenum.Loukaides said following the vote, that his party had backed the proposal not on its merits but to facilitate the settlement negotiations.This discussion would have been avoided, he said, if his party’s opinion had been heard during last month’s plenary session where the commemoration of the Enosis referendum was passed.Akel deputies had been the only party to oppose the proposal, which was submitted by nationalist Elam and backed by Diko, Edek, the Citizens’ Alliance, Solidarity, and the Greens. Disy abstained, thus allowing a majority to turn the proposal into law.Disy head Averof Neophytou, said that his party’s proposal aimed at “rectifying a distortion concerning the intervention of political parties in education”. This distortion, he said, had caused excessive reaction and misinterpretations.The smaller opposition parties however, were not impressed by the decision to table Disy’s proposal to the plenum.In a barb against Neophytou, who was revealed to have attended an informal dinner with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci last week, Diko MP Panicos Leonidou said Akinci’s “instructions were followed” and that “secret consultations worked as intended”.“Every vote in support of Disy’s proposal is a vote against the Greek Cypriots’ dignity and democratic institutions, as it affords the Turkish side the right to intervene and overturn parliamentary decisions,” he said.Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos said the proposal was unconstitutional and hinted that the party would contest its legality in court.Solidarity Movement’s MP, Michalis Giorgallas, said that the only person that would be satisfied by the effort of Disy and Akel to overthrow the Enosis commemoration was Akinci.Hitting back, Disy MP Nicos Tornaritis said the tension during the session had been staged by certain parties over procedural issues.“In their effort to promote policies through the education system, they have created a storm in a teacup,” he said.“We can’t continue to burden the pupils’ schedule with announcements, leaflets, ten-minute commemorations, and so on. Education has to be kept away from party politics.”       You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: Seniors Born Before 1970 Surprised By New Mortgage RuleAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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EU directive to protect shareholder rights create more transparency

first_imgThe European Council has adopted a directive aiming at improving corporate governance in major European companies by regulating proxies and giving shareholders more say.“The directive will encourage transparent and active engagement by shareholders of listed companies by reviewing the current Shareholders’ Rights Directive (2007/36/EC),” the Council said in a statement on its website on Monday. “The financial crisis revealed that shareholders in many cases supported managers’ excessive short-term risk taking. The revised directive is intended to redress this situation and contribute to the sustainability of companies, which will result in growth and job creation”.The new directive, which member states will have a deadline of two years to incorporate into their national legislation, will allow the assessment of the remuneration of a company’s directors by its shareholders based on financial and non-financial criteria, such as environmental, social, and governance criteria that facilitate a company’s long-term business strategy and sustainability, the Council said. “Remuneration policy will also have to be publicly disclosed without delay after the vote by the shareholders at the general meeting”.The directive also provides for more transparency with respect to the identification of direct and indirect shareholders aiming at facilitating the exercise of their rights –including participating and voting at a general meeting, the standardised and timely disclosure all information required and of new rules— and engagement in the company.“Member states may provide that companies in their territory are only allowed to request identification with respect to shareholders holding more than a certain percentage of shares or voting rights which will not exceed 0.5 per cent,” statement said.It also requires institutional investors and asset managers, who often in the role of proxy advisers, provide research, advice and recommendations on how to vote to other shareholders at general meetings and so can influence their voting behaviour, to either develop and make public a policy on shareholder engagement or explain why they decide against it, the Council said.“This policy will describe how they integrate shareholder engagement in their investment strategy and the engagement activities they carry out,” the Council said. “It will also include policies to manage actual or potential conflicts of interests, in particular in a situation where the institutional investors or asset managers or their affiliated undertakings have significant business relationship with the investee company”.Last, the new directive provides for the approval of related party transactions by either the shareholders or an administrative or supervisory body in order to protect the interests of the company and so avoid cases of related parties appropriating company value, the Council said. “Companies will have to announce publicly material transactions at the time of the conclusion of the transaction at the latest, with all the information needed to assess the fairness of the transaction,” the statement said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus registers the secondhighest NPL ratio in the EU

first_imgThe Cyprus banking system continues to post the second highest Non-Performing Loan (NPL) ratio in the European Union, following Greece, according data published by the European Banking Authority (EBA) on Thursday.The EBA issued its risk dashboard for the first quarter of 2019 showing that the NPLs (90 days past due definition) in Cyprus’ three systemic banks amounted to 34.1 per cent compared with the EU average of just 3.1 per cent of total loans. In absolute terms, bad loans amounted to €6.9 billion. Greece holds the top spot with an NPL ratio of 41.4 per cent or €84.3 billion.  Portugal posted the third highest NPL rate with just 9.57 per cent and Italy the fourth highest with 8.25 per cent.However, the EBA noted that NPLs continued their declining trend albeit at a slower pace in the first quarter of the year. Cyprus NPL coverage ratio was however slightly above the EU average with 45.9 per cent compared with 45.1 per cent.The Cyprus banking system capital ratios were below the EU average in the first quarter of 2019. The CET1 capital ratio for the Cypriot banks amounted to 13.7 per cent, compared with the EU average of 14.7 per cent, while Cyprus’ total capital ratio reached 17.4 per cent compared with the EU average of 18.9 per cent.Cyprus’ ratio of net interest income (NII) amounted to 2.16 per cent compared with the EU average of 1.41 per cent, while the Cypriot banks return on equity climbed to 13.6 per cent compared with the EU average of 6.8 per cent.Furthermore, Cyprus posted the fifth highest NII to total operating income indicator which in the first quarter amounted to 72.4 per cent compared to the EU average of 59 per cent.According to EBA’s data, Cyprus posted the fifth highest cost-to-income ratio in Q1 this year which amounted to 70.8 per cent compared with the EU average of just 6.63 per cent.Cyprus’ loan to deposit ratio amounted to 60.1 per cent compared with the EU average of 116 per cent.Moreover, Cyprus continues to post high liquidity ratios, recording the third highest Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) with 326 per cent compared with the EU average of 153 per cent. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Governor signs bills supported by Rep Glenn

first_img Categories: Glenn News 16Apr Governor signs bills supported by Rep. Glenn Reformed laws simplify wage garnishment process Job providers will have less administrative burden and no longer be responsible for the unpaid debts of employees through updates to Michigan’s wage garnishment laws state Rep. Gary Glenn supported that were signed by Gov. Rick Snyder this week.Public Acts 14 and 15 of 2015 reform the state’s wage garnishment process to reduce the administrative burden on employers, limit the liability for administrative errors and recoup costs from employee wages in certain circumstances. The measures do not change child support or tax-related court orders.“The main goal of this law reform is to protect small business employers with limited staff that can’t always implement garnishment orders fast enough from being forced by law to pay the employee’s debt,” said Rep. Glenn, R-Midland. “Michigan needs laws that help small business owners succeed financially so they can offer people jobs that contribute to building our economy.“While creditors definitely need a reliable debt collection system, tying up a company’s resources in a mess of garnishment paperwork forms and subjective deadlines to keep track of, at the risk of being penalized to pay the debt, isn’t reasonable either.”PA 14, formerly House Bill 4119, ensures that a writ of garnishment be served in accordance with Michigan Court Rules with proper notices of payments due, unpaid balances and deadlines for the employer to institute the garnishment. It increases from $6 to $35 the fee a creditor must pay to an employer for garnishing an employee’s wages.PA 15, formerly HB 4120, allows an employer to deduct from an employee’s wages any debt the employer pays on behalf of the employee, with a written notice one pay period in advance, so long as the amount is not greater than 15 percent of gross wages earned; is taken after all other deductions are made; and the deduction doesn’t result in reducing the employee’s net pay below applicable minimum wage lawsRep. Glenn supported the legislation as a member of the state House Commerce and Trade Committee and voted in favor of bills when they were before the full House.The reforms were supported by the National Federation of Independent Business–Michigan, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and Michigan Restaurant Association.Rep. Glenn can be contacted toll free at 1-855-GLENN98; by email at GaryGlenn@house.mi.gov; through his website, RepGaryGlenn.com; or by mail at Anderson House Office Building, S-1287, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, and Rep. Daniela Garcia, R-Holland, discussed her wage garnishment reform legislation during a February House Commerce and Trade Committee meeting.last_img read more

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Rep Theis welcomes reading contest winner to Capitol

first_img Categories: Theis News,Theis Photos State Rep. Lana Theis today hosted a very special guest when Hannah and Olivia Beam of Hornug Elementary in Brighton joined the lawmaker at the Capitol.Hannah (right) was selected as the winner of Rep. Theis’ summer reading contest. The reading contest—which took place between May and August of 2015—invited elementary school students to fill out an entry bookmark each time they completed reading 10 books to win a trip to the Capitol.“The importance of reading cannot be emphasized enough,” said Rep. Theis, R-Brighton. “Hannah’s dedication to her education both inside and outside the classroom makes her a leader among her peers and a great example for others. I very much enjoyed having her with me today.” 16Feb Rep. Theis welcomes reading contest winner to Capitollast_img read more

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Sen Shirkey and Rep Alexander sign legal brief in support of Jackson

first_img05May Sen. Shirkey and Rep. Alexander sign legal brief in support of Jackson community’s prayer at public meetings Categories: News LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey and state Rep. Julie Alexander have signed an amicus brief in support of Jackson County in its court case concerning prayer at Jackson County Board of Commissioners meetings.Shirkey said the prayers are an example of free speech.“Opening with prayer at public meetings is not prohibited by our Constitution and actually has a long history in our state and country,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “Those words are as free as the ones you’re reading in this paper. We are eager to see this suit resolved in support of free speech.”The case in Jackson County came to light after a resident said he was offended by the opening prayers at county commissioner meetings after he began attending in 2013.The person brought a lawsuit against Jackson County, and the case is now before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Alexander said local government officials have opened meetings the same way for many years, without incident.“As a former Jackson County commissioner who has personally opened commission meetings with prayer, I will always support free speech and all rights as provided and protected by our Constitution,” said Alexander, R-Hanover.In a show of support, legislators from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee and three former Kentucky governors have signed the brief.The next step will be the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which is expected on or after June 14.last_img read more

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Rep Kahle invites residents to indistrict office hours

first_img30Nov Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hours State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, Dec. 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. US 223 in Adrian.“Since taking office in January, I am proud to have held in-district office hours for 11 consecutive months,” Rep. Kahle said. “Staying accessible to the people I represent is a top priority. I look forward to listening to any questions or concerns that local residents have with their state government.”No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov. Categories: Kahle Newslast_img read more

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Rep Rendon votes to provide funding for Grayling water contamination

first_img State Rep. Daire Rendon today praised her colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving funding to address the emerging threat posed by a type of chemical contaminant recently discovered in water sources in Grayling.Rendon said the $23.2 million allocation will provide testing, monitoring and technical assistance at more than a dozen sites across Michigan where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in groundwater, including at Camp Grayling.“These funds are critically important for our community,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “The money will be used to help determine the extent of PFAS contamination in and around Camp Grayling, aid in remediation efforts and help families affected by PFAS by increasing health services through county health departments.”The funding will also pay for improvements to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s water testing laboratory, which is not currently equipped to test for PFAS.“Water samples from homes in Grayling are currently shipped out of state because none of the water testing facilities in Michigan have the capability to test for PFAS. Right now families have to wait about eight weeks for results,” Rendon said. “Upgrading the state’s DEQ laboratory will ensure a reliable, timely response for our residents.”Rendon said the legislation requires any private or public entity responsible for PFAS contamination, including the federal Department of Defense, to reimburse the state.The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.### Categories: Daire Rendon News 13Dec Rep. Rendon votes to provide funding for Grayling water contaminationlast_img read more

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Texas Orders Local Nonprofits Not to Serve Syrian Refugees

first_imgShare416TweetShare11Email427 Shares November 20, 2015; KHOU-TV (Houston, TX)As was reported by Rick Cohen last Monday, Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, joined other Republican governors in declaring that Syrian refuges were not welcome to be resettled in that state. “As the governor of the state of Texas,” he said, “I will not roll the dice and take the risk on letting a few refugees in simply to expose Texans to that danger.”In Cohen’s newswire last week, he wrote:This is yet another of those issues that nonprofits might hope to dodge as “not their issue,” someone else’s concern and priority, but it’s not. If the U.S. slams the door on desperate Syrian refugees, the nonprofit sector that claims to represent openness, inclusion, and democracy will find its credibility seriously damaged should it fail to do whatever it can to confront the politicians using fear and hatred as a tool for political advancement.Now, that representation is being tested, and the sector’s reaction has been mixed.Though governors have no right to exclude refugees, they do have other ways to make resettlement difficult. In a letter sent to several local nonprofits from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, nonprofits involved in resettlement were asked to stop serving Syrian refugees by Friday—and according to this report, several complied. (Of the 7,200 refugees that resettled in Texas last year, 213 were Syrian.)Some say the message comes across as a threat. “It puts them in a situation that I think is very uncomfortable,” said immigration attorney Gordon Quan. “This is basically saying, ‘Don’t do resettlement. If you do resettlement of these Syrian refugees, you may be endangering the whole program that you have.’”Quan says that though the funds for refugee resettlement come from the federal government, the state is free not to accept the money, thus cutting essential funds for those programs doing resettlement as part of their core service mix.Ghulam Kehar, CEO of Amaanah Refugee Services, says though they do not rely on federal or state funding, some of their partner agencies do. “At this moment, I think they are just figuring out what this means and how it logistically and operationally will impact what they’re doing,” said Kehar.But Texas is not the only state where nonprofits are feeling intense pressure. Not only have more than half the governors in the United States been making those desperately fleeing war-torn Syria unwelcome pariahs, but at the federal level, the House of Representatives has passed legislation to impose new restrictions on refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq. The measure would create additional certification programs that would, according to Refugee Council USA, leave refugees, many of them women and children, to “languish in camps and dangerous situations” for years longer than is now the case.More than half the nation’s governors have tried to block Syrian refugees from coming to their state, at least temporarily, and a state lawmaker in Tennessee called for the National Guard to “gather up” the ones already there.“We are being—a polite word would be harassed by state governors and their governmental staff for information that they’ve never asked for before,” said Lavinia Limón, the CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.Republican presidential candidates have also weighed in with tough talk, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introducing a bill that goes even further than the House legislation, and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson comparing some of the refugees to “rabid dogs.”The national advocacy groups are considering a lawsuit, but, legal rights notwithstanding, the political hostility is in and of itself enormously dangerous because it creates a larger climate of fear and hostility in the community. As Cohen wrote last week:It isn’t hard to see through the veneer of the politicians; this antagonism is not just aimed at bringing Syrian refugee resettlement to a halt, but throwing a monkey wrench into the nation’s entire refugee process, which, if it were allowed to continue, could bring in all of 85,000 asylum-seekers next year, of whom perhaps 10,000 might be Syrians if they were to make it through the vetting process.It also isn’t difficult to see how this plays into the hands of the terrorists, who are hungry for evidence that secular societies in the West will discriminate against Muslims.—Ruth McCambridgeShare416TweetShare11Email427 Shareslast_img read more

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Aetna Plays Hardball Joins Major Insurers Fleeing Obamacare Exchanges

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAetna entrance logo sign / WonderlaneAugust 16, 2016; NPR, “Shots”NPQ has covered the costs to establish the state-based marketplaces and the closing of most of the health insurance CO-OPs, or “consumer-oriented and operated plans,” implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act. We have also covered the plight of insurers participating in the state health care insurance exchanges. Now, Aetna has announced its decision for 2017 to withdraw from 70 percent of the exchange markets in which it sold policies in 2016.On the surface, the reason for Aetna’s decision isn’t hard to understand. The giant insurer lost $430 million in the first six months of 2016. The three key reasons cited—by the insurers themselves as well as federal government spokespeople—for the losses include underpricing insurance at the time the exchanges opened, finding that people buying insurance on the exchanges required more covered medical care than anticipated (a phenomenon referred to as “adverse selection”), and the lack of funding available through “risk corridors.” Risk corridors were included in the ACA as a way for profitable insurers to assist unprofitable ones adjust to the new insurance market which now includes guaranteed acceptance and broader required treatment coverage.However, as HHS officials point out, Aetna’s decision is an about-face from its position a few months ago. As NPR reports:In April, [Aetna CEO Mark] Bertolini called the marketplace plans “a good investment” because it would have cost the company far more than $430 million to try to attract that many customers.“If we were to build out 15 markets, it would cost us somewhere between $600 million to $750 million to enter those markets and build out the capabilities necessary to grow that membership,” he said on the company’s April earnings conference call with analysts.Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) believes that Aetna’s policy change is a reaction to the U.S. Justice Department’s recent decision to sue to stop Aetna’s proposed merger with Humana. At the same time, the government announced a lawsuit to stop Anthem from purchasing Cigna. “The health of the American people should not be used as a bargaining chip to force the government to bend to one giant company’s will,” she said.The healthcare market is in the process of consolidating, whether one is looking at hospital systems, provider networks, or insurance companies. In fact, many formerly independent hospitals have become components of “integrated health care delivery systems” that include multiple hospitals, healthcare providers, clinics, and their own insurance companies. The ACA’s model of whole population health management as a major component of wellness promotion and cost containment encourages mergers and acquisitions, though the Federal Trade Commission sometimes enforces antitrust law against such moves. Regulators and ACA proponents see the value in consolidation while also fearing that the federal government may lose bargaining power as formerly competing healthcare providers and insurers become fewer and larger.As more insurance companies are applying to states for health insurance rate increases for 2017, and as insurers continue to leave the exchanges, it remains to be seen how many people will continue to purchase policies on the exchanges. If purchases hold steady or even increase during the upcoming open enrollment period, then the exchanges will likely sustain themselves, according to Larry Levitt at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “If not, expect a debate about fixes to the law.”—Michael WylandShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Are You Paying More in Taxes than Donald Trump Today

first_imgShare8TweetShare1Email9 SharesPixabay. Public domain. [CC 0]April 17, 2017; New York TimesWho knows what Donald Trump pays in taxes? The effects of that question on the prospects for tax reform remain unknown. In an editorial in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, the paper’s editorial board posed a set of queries:Does he have business entanglements overseas that might affect his foreign policy decisions? Does he owe money to Russian lenders? How much does he give to charity? Does the nation’s convoluted tax system mean Trump pays taxes at a lower rate than middle-class Americans? In what years did he pay no taxes at all, and why? What other conflicts of interest exist that we can’t even guess at?In yesterday’s New York Times, Alan Rappeport wrote that Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns is going to be a hurdle to any intentions he may have to reform the tax code.On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reiterated that Trump’s returns would not be made public. “I think the president’s view on this has been very clear from the campaign, and the American people understood it when they elected him in November,” Spicer said. In response, In response, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Minority Leader, said that continued refusal would make any plans for action on the tax code that much harder.The president’s position is that he is uniquely qualified to take on the matter of tax reform; in his eyes, he understands America’s complex tax laws “better than anyone who has ever run for president.” However, the administration has yet to put forward a viable plan. Even economist Larry Kudlow, who helped Trump develop his campaign’s tax plan, says, “If they have no plan, they can’t negotiate…in that case, tax reform is dead.”Rappeport writes,The president’s own vision for a new tax system is muddled at best. In the past few months, he has called for taxing companies that move operations abroad, waffled on the border tax and, last week, called for a “reciprocal” tax that would match the import taxes other countries impose on the United States.Over 100,000 critics marched on the streets this weekend around the country demanding the president release his taxes. They say without them, Trump’s tax reform could be a plot to enrich himself and his progeny.Perhaps the most consequential concern relates to a House Republican proposal to get rid of a rule that lets companies write off the interest they pay on loans—a move real estate developers and Mr. Trump vehemently oppose. Doing so would raise $1 trillion in revenue and reduce the appeal of one of Mr. Trump’s favorite business tools: debt.Polls show that though a majority of Americans want Trump to release his taxes, the issue is a low priority for voters.With little appetite for bipartisanship, many veterans of tax fights and lobbyists in Washington expect that Mr. Trump will ultimately embrace straight tax cuts, with some cleaning up of deductions, and call it a victory. Even that would be difficult, with a narrow Republican majority in the Senate and a widening budget deficit.There is a lot at stake. More than a dozen Republican senators and representatives have now joined with Democrats and the (unpaid) rabble in the streets on Saturday, calling on Trump to release his returns. Even former Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois, an outspoken Trump fan, told MSNBC “this issue will come back and bite him on the butt.”—Ruth McCambridge and Cyndi SuarezShare8TweetShare1Email9 Shareslast_img read more

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Interactive TV technology provider Rovis TotalGui

first_imgInteractive TV technology provider Rovi’s TotalGuide solution has launched on Panasonic’s 2012 Smart TVs and Blu-ray  recorders for the European market.Panasonic’s Viera Connect platform on these devices features a customised implementation of TotalGuide for finding and discovering broadcast TV programmes through advanced search and recommendations, rich TV listings and images. TotalGuide enables access to linear broadcast content, internet-based content including pay-per-view, video-on-demand, photos and music services.“We continue to expand our range of applications available to enhance the consumer experience on Viera Connect,” said Fabien Roth, director TV group, Panasonic Marketing Europe. “Through our collaboration with Rovi, we are able to offer an advanced guide application that makes navigation easy and intuitive – enabling viewers to further enjoy our excellent range of Smart Viera TVs.”last_img read more

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