Image of the Day: Rainbow Forms over USS John C. Stennis

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Rainbow Forms over USS John C. Stennis View post tag: Rainbow February 5, 2015 View post tag: USS John C. Stennis Image of the Day: Rainbow Forms over USS John C. Stennis View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Pacific Ocean While sailing in the Pacific Ocean, the US Navy’s aircraft carrier experienced something amazing.The Sailors of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) were able to witness a rainbow that formed over the bow of the vessel.John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments.It is the seventh Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the United States Navy, named for Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi. She was commissioned on 9 December 1995. Her home port is Bremerton, Washington.Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Authorities Share this article View post tag: Image of the Day View post tag: Forms View post tag: americaslast_img read more

Ecstatic Strangler

first_imgA man is in court for strangling his fiancée to death in an Oxford hotel last year. He claims both he and his fiancée were high on drugs at the time, and wants “mitigating circumstances” to be taken into account . Stephen Ellis has been charged with the murder of Donna Rowe, his fiancée, at the Travel Lodge Hotel, on 3 August. He claims they had a couple of grams of cocaine, five or six ecstasy tablets and were smoking cannabis throughout the night. The couple were in Oxford to attend the wedding of Ellis’ cousin at Headington Hall. Ellis later spoke of how he thanked his cousin for “providing a dry run” after the wedding and how he and his fiancée had been prompted by the wedding to discuss their own ceremony, due to take place a month later, including “what songs to play on the night itself ”. He told police he “thought he killed Miss Rowe”. Ellis has denied murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

Phish Announces Highly Anticipated ‘Slip, Stich and Pass’ Vinyl Release, Set For Black Friday

first_imgBefore its unfortunate and untimely cancellation, Phish‘s Curveball festival announced the return of the JEMP Records Store, which planned to carry a “vast array of vinyl releases from the band’s catalog from years past including Billy Breathes, A Live One, The White Tape, Junta, Lawn Boy, Rift, A Picture of Nectar and side project pressings.”In addition to their previously released work, the JEMP Records Store at Curveball was planning to feature an exclusive vinyl release of 1997 live Phish album Slip, Stitch and Pass. When it didn’t show up in the band’s charity sale of Curveball merch, fans were left wondering when the already-pressed Slip, Stitch and Pass vinyls would see the light of day. Luckily for fans anxiously awaiting its release, the record will be made available on vinyl for the first time at independent record stores on Friday, November 23rd (Black Friday). Pressed on two color splatter (blue and purple), foil numbered LPs (limited edition of 6000), each vinyl will come with a Limited Edition Phish “Slip, Stitch and Pass” screen print by Drew Millward.Other Black Friday 2018 vinyl releases include the Grateful Dead’s Playing In The Band, Seattle, WA 5/21/74, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band’s Almost Acoustic, Dave Matthews Band‘s DMBLive 2.22.94 Trax – Charlottesville, VA, Eric Clapton’s Happy Xmas, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Catch a Fire,  and Paul McCartney’s I Don’t Know/Come On To Me. Head here for a full list of Record Store Day’s upcoming Black Friday releases.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

OpenScholar: A Harvard invention

first_imgIn the past few years, more than 13,000 Harvard faculty, students, and staff, individually or in groups, have created more than 6,500 websites on Harvard’s OpenScholar platform, a free, open-source software project based on technology invented and developed at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS).Now available to the Harvard community through a hosted service run in collaboration with Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications (HPAC), OpenScholar distributes a considerable volume of information by and about Harvard scholars, departments, centers, and projects. It provides the first coherent online presentation of the Harvard brand, empowers individual scholars to create excellent websites, and has saved the University more than $100 million in external Web development fees.It started with faculty websites.“We conceived of OpenScholar because of an opportunity we noticed at IQSS,” said Gary King, the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and director of IQSS, “but we tried to write the software-based solution sufficiently generally so that the entire University, and indeed other universities, could benefit.”King said IQSS’s affiliates and leaders of the institute’s centers, programs, and projects routinely asked IQSS to pay their substantial Web development costs. “We then studied these sites and realized that pretty much all scholar Web sites” — 99 percent — “are structurally identical. Every one has lists of courses, publications, CVs, contact information, and many other common features, even though the design of each is often unique.”In response, IQSS invented a single software installation, with the information in all scholar websites represented in one database. OpenScholar lets each scholar choose his or her own URL, graphic design, and look and feel, and massively reduces the costs of running the site.The software is free for anyone at Harvard. It is self-service, and does not require any programming knowledge.As an alternative, users can seek expert help from Harvard Web Publishing, the University’s in-house Web publishing group, which will help build a site at rates well below those of outside vendors. HWP also offers product support and training.Based on social science researchOpenScholar helps scholars disseminate, promote, and make the knowledge created at Harvard more accessible to others. OpenScholar’s approach is closely tailored to the needs of academia, so the result is far more impactful than sites designed with general-purpose website builder tools.The system was also designed to include incentives. For example, OpenScholar automatically and instantly pushes its publications to indexing services such as Google Scholar, DASH, RePEc, and the Web of Science, to increase the Web visibility and even academic citation counts of works on its sites. All project metrics are public and change in real time. Harvard scholars have responded by posting on their websites more than 72,000 publications and more than 300,000 associated files.OpenScholar also lets faculty choose individualized presentation and unique branding. Its sites are “totally customizable,” said Bilsi Balakrishnan, the software development lead for the project. From URL to theming to whether to include a Twitter feed, each site can look and feel like no other.Data science for HarvardOpenScholar was designed to help leverage Harvard’s internal store of “big data.” Quantitative social scientists such as the researchers at IQSS are playing a critical role in developing methods to make sense of staggering quantities of data — all toward the goal solving the challenges that plague society. OpenScholar applied these same principles to Harvard. It also comprises a centralized database of information about Harvard’s scholars, labs, centers, and departments, compiled in a structured format that can be shared, quantified, and analyzed. OpenScholar gives the University access to massive and growing quantities of information about itself in a systematized and actionable format. It also has better information than ever before —hundreds of millions of Web clicks and other online behavior, and real-time information about trending interests, discoveries, and concerns — about what about Harvard interests the outside world.Working together to help HarvardNow celebrating its sixth year, OpenScholar continues to enjoy and grapple with the challenges of ever-increasing adoption. “If anything goes down, even in the middle of the night, we’re there,” said Balakrishnan. Making a system that can cope with that kind of demand, and grow with users’ changing needs, is both challenging and rewarding. “Our traffic has doubled in the last year alone,” she said.Growth is being driven in part by the team’s continued commitment to improving the product. Balakrishnan said her group is in the process of overhauling the administrative interface to improve the user experience. “We want users to be able to manage their sites even more easily.”Mercè Crosas, IQSS’s chief data science and technology officer, added, “Software is never finished. Technology keeps improving, allowing us to make components faster and more interactive.”OpenScholar increasingly is becoming the go-to source for academic sites not only at Harvard, but beyond, with installations at institutions such as Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and many others, As King noted, “Harvard is in the business of creating, preserving, and distributing knowledge. We made OpenScholar open-source so other universities could benefit as well.”Most recently, OpenScholar has streamlined the process of obtaining an academic website for thousands of scholars, making global interconnectivity immediate and significantly less expensive.“Part of the University’s mission is getting the knowledge created here out there,” said IQSS Executive Director Cris Rothfuss. “That’s what OpenScholar does.”last_img read more

SMC walks to fight hunger

first_imgSaint Mary’s asked students o stop local and global hunger this weekend by supporting the annual St. Joseph County CROP Hunger Walk. More than 400 walkers and donors, including students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross, participated in the walk in Howard Park. Saint Mary’s Learning Tree Director Jayne Fogle said the walk represents a community-wide benefit sponsored by Church World Services to raise funds in an effort to end hunger and poverty at home and around the world. “We were thrilled when Saint Mary’s came on board. That worked out really great,” Fogle said. “It’s my passion.  I get so excited every time. I go out there and [I’m like], ‘let’s go.’ I know the need is great, and if it’s one little thing to do to help out, I’ll do it.” The CROP Walk, an acronym that stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, takes place in different counties throughout the country. Walk donors may designate gifts to other approved international hunger-fighting agencies, a specialty no other charity offers, Fogle said. Fogle said 25 percent of the money goes to the local community and the rest goes to worldwide global issues. Participants had the option of walking the one-mile or four-mile route through Howard Park and downtown South Bend, Fogle said. Participants in the walk represent various religious affiliations, schools, and organizations in the area.   Endorsed as a benefit in which neighbors, families, and even pets can walk together to take a stand against hunger and poverty in the world, the event’s interfaith component contributes to the idea and mission of “Ending Hunger One Step At A Time” as a community, Fogle said. “It’s a fun event because it’s a nice time being out, the energy keeps coming, and all denominations [are included].  In the past we’ve had Christians, but we’ve also had [different faiths] and different organizations in the community,” Fogle said.   This year marks the CROP Hunger Walk’s 66th nationwide anniversary and its 31st in St. Joseph County, Fogle said. She said she has been on the county recruiting committee since 2001. Saint Mary’s Social Work Club President Natalie Stoerger and Vice President Corinna Martinez joined Fogle as Saint Mary’s representatives. Stoerger said participating resonated with the event’s motto, “We walk because they walk.” “People do have to actually have to walk to get food and water,” she said. “I just think there’s a need to put yourself in someone else’s shoes [and] having that whole reflection through the walk and knowing that Saint Mary’s gave some money towards this good cause. It’s a really good volunteering program, and with Jayne [Fogle], we have a really good connection with her church and the community.” The integration of the Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame student bodies with the outside South Bend public is a significant factor of their participation in Sunday’s event, Stoerger said. “What I want to come across to the students here at Saint Mary’s is that there’s a community outside of our bubble of Notre Dame, Indiana,” she said. “I think we get so wrapped up in everything that’s happening here which is wonderful, but there’s also lots of different opportunities, cultures, and lots of other people outside in South Bend.” Stoerger said she hopes the College’s involvement with the walk will continue and she encourages all students to give of themselves and become active members in their environment.   “If Saint Mary’s can get more involved with the community, it will help out the community grow in a better way,” she said. “There is a stigma out in South Bend of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s; we’re put on a pedestal. It’s true, but it saddens me because I feel we don’t do enough for the community. I feel there’s a dividing line where we’re at. I even hear from community members [that they] feel there’s not a lot of involvement and not a lot of people caring, which is sad, but somehow that’s still shadowed by the stigma of the colleges.” She said college provides the perfect environment to try getting involved with new and different things. “Some time in your life you have to step out of your comfort zone, and why not do it when you’re in college?” Stoerger said. “When you’re out in South Bend, you find out that people are just people, but when you really take the time to get to know someone, you realize that we’re not that different.” CROP Hunger Walk donations will continue to be collected through the online database, www.crophungerwalk.orgsouthbendin, through Oct. 11.last_img read more

Construction mishap causes Wi-Fi outage at SMC

first_imgOn Saturday, Saint Mary’s campus had a major systems outage that started at approximately 8:40 a.m. when Internet fiber cables were cut downtown near Memorial Hospital.According to an email sent to students on Sunday afternoon, during some construction a crew member cut through a large bundle of dark fiber that severed Internet service to many customers.Repair began around 5:30 p.m. Saturday to splice the cables back together and service was restored around 12:15 p.m. Sunday.Chief Information Officer Michael Boehm apologized for the inconvenience to students in an email after the outage.Boehm said in the email, “We attempted to send out updates via email to our user community over the last 24 hours but due the Internet outage not all users got the updates.”Senior Torie Otteson said she realized the Internet was out on Saturday morning before the game when she tried to download her ticket for the Navy game.After the game, Otteson said she tried to work on midterm assignments but the outage hindered her ability to access readings on BlackBoard and research for two papers due next week.“I would say I lost approximately 5 hours of work time,” she said.Otteson said she understands that the Wi-Fi outage was out of the Saint Mary’s IT department’s control.“I still wish they would have some sort of backup to help assuage issues like this in the future,” she said. “We live in the 21st century, and it is impossible now to do basically anything without Internet connection.”According to an email sent to students, the department of information technology will continue to monitor the service over the next several days to ensure things continue to work as expected.Tags: IT, saint mary’s, systems outage, wi-fi outagelast_img read more

Senate hears presentations on listening sessions, meal plan restructuring

first_imgAt its weekly meeting, the Notre Dame student senate approved the nomination of the president of The Shirt project for the upcoming year and heard presentations on both the campus listening sessions regarding sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and campus dining meal plan restructuring. As the first order of business, senior Jin Kim, student union treasurer and chairman of the Financial Management Board, read a letter nominating senior Kristin Andrejko to serve as president of The Shirt project. According to Kim’s letter, Andrejko has been a part of the Shirt Project since her freshman year and served as its president last year, as a junior. “When I spoke with Kristin, I could tell that her enthusiasm and dedication for the Shirt Project was second to none, and her work experience and accomplishments within The Shirt Project speak for themselves,” Kim said in the letter. “I believe she is more than qualified to take on this role, and I have no doubt that she will lead The Shirt Project to deliver yet another record-breaking year.” Andrejko was approved by the senate unanimously for the position. Sophomore and director of faith and service for student government Aaron Benavides then presented to the senate about the listening sessions for students regarding the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The sessions are being put on by the Campus Engagement Task Force, a nine-member group chaired by vice president for mission engagement and church affairs Fr. Gerry Olinger and associate law professor Jennifer Mason McAward. “Essentially, our duty is to facilitate dialogue and listen to the observations, thoughts and recommendations of different members of the Notre Dame community in regards to the crisis in the Catholic Church right now,” Benavides said. “What we’re really focusing on is what Notre Dame itself can and should be doing as a Catholic institution of higher learning.”Benavides stressed Notre Dame’s duty as a Catholic school to take action in a time that is difficult for members of the Catholic Church. “What’s going on in the church right now is incredibly upsetting, and I think that we, being here at the University of Notre Dame, have a special honor being here, but also a duty to help in whatever way we can,” Benavides said. The task force is hosting seven listening sessions in total. Five of the discussions are solely for faculty and staff, but two of the sessions, one held on Monday, Nov. 5 and the other Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in 720 Corbett Hall, are for students, who are encouraged to attend. Following Benavides, junior Eduardo Luna, co-director of student life, gave a presentation regarding the University’s efforts to restructure the campus dining meal plans. Luna’s presentation included statistics about the use and efficiency of the dining halls on Notre Dame’s campus. The University currently offers three on-campus meal plans: the Blue plan, which includes 21 meals in the dining halls and no flex points; the default Gold, which includes 14 meals per week and $500 in flex points and Green, which includes 14 meals, $360 flex points and $360 Domer Dollars.According to the Notre Dame campus dining website, more than 99 percent of resident undergrads pick the default Gold Plan.Luna said the cost to the student per meal is $9.13 for the Blue Plan, $11.67 for the Gold Plan and $11.85 for the Green Plan. “The general trend is that the more meal swipes you purchase, the cheaper the meal is on average,” Luna said. Anywhere from 20,325 to 40,650 meal swipes go unused per week, Luna said. Due to the general trend of students using fewer meal swipes, Notre Dame is taking steps to reevaluate its meal plans and holding focus groups regarding this restructuring in order to gather student input. There are several possible options for changing the meal plans that have been proposed, including reducing the meal swipes, switching to a system with only flex points, switching to a meal block system, making the meal swipes unlimited and removing late lunch. Luna said making meal swipes unlimited is the option he prefers. “The pro is that it eliminates the possibility of wasting swipes. Students are wasting a lot of swipes at the dining hall,” Luna said. “I think if overall swipe usage goes up, then what’s going to end up happening is the food budget will go up and the overall quality and variety of food go up.” Tags: Campus DIning, Campus Engagement Task Force, campus meal plan, ND student senate, Senate, sex abuse crisis, The Shirtlast_img read more

Bennington’s Plasan sees armored vehicle contract expanded

first_imgPlasan’s success is a combination of innovation, a high level of commitment and a full range of in-house capabilities. As a preferred supplier to the Israel Defense Forces and an approved supplier to ministries of defense around the world, Plasan’s solutions have been tried and tested by dozens of armed forces in the most demanding battlefields such as Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. Sources: Leahy’s office. (WEDNESDAY, August 5, 2009); Plasan. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that the Pentagon has increased the order for troop vehicles built in part by Bennington-based Plasan North America, creating additional jobs in the area. He said the Defense Department has approved a second contract for Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corporation and Plasan North America to build an additional 1,700 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain-Vehicles (M-ATV) for $1.06 billion. At the beginning of July, Leahy announced a $1.05 billion Department of Defense contract to produce 2,244 M-ATVs. The first contract created an estimated 100 jobs and this second contract will solidify those positions for a longer term and create up to 50 additional jobs beyond the 100 created last month.The M-ATV is a smaller version of the life-saving Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle that has already been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Leahy said the new M-ATV is being designed specifically to negotiate the difficult terrain and dirt roads of Afghanistan without compromising the protective nature of the design of the vehicle and the armor supplied by Plasan. The Defense Department could contract additional vehicles with Oshkosh and Plasan, eventually reaching $3 billion for more than 5,000 vehicles.Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Defense Subcommittee, which handles the Senate s work in writing the Pentagon s budget. Earlier this year Leahy worked to secure a provision in the supplemental appropriations bill for Afghanistan and Iraq, which was signed into law in mid-June, to accelerate the development and deployment of the M-ATV with a total of $3.4 billion for the program.Leahy visited troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in late May and saw first-hand the need for these vehicles in rugged Afghanistan. Leahy said, This contract helps ensure that more of our soldiers in Afghanistan will have the protection of these state-of-the-art vehicles. This contract also provides more jobs and more job stability to the Vermonters who are building the vehicles in Bennington.As part of the first contract, Plasan and Oshkosh delivered 46 M-ATV vehicles in July, which was one more than required by the end of the first month of the contract.Dan Ziv, CEO of Plasan, said of the contract: “Plasan has met its first deadline to supply protection to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. We are honored to have the Department of Defense increase its recent order with us, acknowledging Plasan’s proven track record of on-time delivery. We are continuing our efforts to expand our supply chain capacity and integrate more sub contractors to be ready to ramp up deliveries. The M-ATV is the latest example of Plasan’s design and planning capabilities for mass production solutions for survivability and armor protection.” Plasan combines innovative survivability engineering and design with advanced armor materials development. Its unique development process is based on continuous interaction between the R&D and the Design & Prototyping departments. During this process, Plasan combines computer-generated analysis and simulations with real-time calibration and ballistic test data. The effective combination of test and simulation data enables improved simulation accuracy and performance, resulting in the optimal survivability solution. About Plasan Plasan’s engineers are unique in terms of their military backgrounds and hands-on experience. As veterans of the Israel Defense Forces they are familiar with soldiers’ behavior during combat and share a common language with the end user. This often contributes to the development of life saving solutions. Plasan provides customized survivability solutions for tactical wheeled vehicles, aircraft, naval platforms, civilian armored vehicles and personal protection. A recognized global leader and industry veteran, Plasan’s survivability solutions offer the optimal combination of protection, payload, and cost by combining in-house R&D, design, prototyping and manufacturing capabilities.last_img read more

GOP, Trump Pull Obamacare Repeal Bill Amid Party Revolt

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York House leaders sought to mollify obstinate Freedom Caucus members by agreeing to additional modifications to Medicaid and eliminating the “essential benefits” provision under the ACA. Meanwhile, moderate Republicans whose states expanded Medicaid under Obamacare pushed back at cuts to Medicaid amid concerns that the measure would not benefit their constituents.The full-court press for votes included the president himself. He held private meetings with various members and warned that failure to support the bill would make them vulnerable at the ballot box.As Republican lawmakers dealt with the blow of failing to bring the bill to the floor Thursday night, the Congressional Budget Office released yet another unfavorable outlook on the bill. The report found that savings would be less than originally predicted while the number of people who would lose health insurance remained mostly unchanged.It’s unclear where Republicans go from here. Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, has said there is no alternative option, as the administration fully expected the vote to end up in their favor. Ryan on Friday said his members would reflect on the failed effort and consider their next step. Republicans for years have tried to repeal Obamacare despite the former president holding veto power while in office. The November election turned out to be a game changer. Not only did Republicans secure control of Congress, but also Trump’s ascension to the White House gave them the edge they needed to push ahead with their grandiose plan to repeal Obama’s legacy health care legislation.Republicans interpreted Trump’s election victory as national rebuke of Obamacare, given then-candidate Trump’s characterization of the health care law as disastrous. House GOP leaders seemed to have dismissed Trump’s popular vote defeat by three million or rising approval of Obamacare over the last several months.A Congressional Budget Office report that found as many as 24 million Americans would lose insurance under the GOP plan was the first signal that the bill was in trouble.The number of Long Islanders potentially in danger of losing health insurance was estimated at 133,324 and 152,631 in Nassau and Suffolk counties, respectively. In New York State, the estimate was 2.7 million—the equivalent of roughly the entire population of Long Island.Just as Republicans were whipping votes to get undecided lawmakers on board, Quinnipiac released a gloomy poll that found only 17 percent of people support the health care bill, with 56 percent of Americans in opposition. A survey released a day earlier reported that Trump’s approval rating stands at a ghastly 37 percent.The fight for an alternative to Obamacare took on greater urgency in New York after two upstate House Republicans pressed for an amendment that would shift county funding of Medicaid to the states.The provision provoked a firestorm in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed the GOP members as traitors to their constituents in order to draw favor with the Speaker and other Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.Cuomo’s office throughout the week disseminated gloomy outlooks if the bill were to pass, including a loss of millions to nursing homes and hospitals on Long Island. In the South Shore district of Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), for instance, Cuomo’s office said three hospitals would lose a combined $14.6 million in funding. According to the governor’s office, under the Trumpcare proposal, New York would lose $6.9 billion over the next four years.Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) disputed Cuomo’s findings while accusing the governor of resorting to scare tactics.The long-promised Obamacare repeal worried some health industry experts on Long Island. Since the ACA was passed, the Island’s health care economy has increased by more than 25,000 jobs, with 218,000 people currently employed in the industry. Northwell Health, with more than 61,000 employees, is the largest private employer in New York State.“We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” a visibly disappointed Ryan said. At a rally in Kentucky last week styled after President Donald Trump’s boisterous campaign events, the president’s supporters donned his now ubiquitous “Make America Great Again” ball cap and waved signs that proclaimed: “Promises made, promises kept.”In Trump’s first true test of his mettle as a prodigious dealmaker, the president failed to deliver on his pledge to quickly and decisively repeal Obamacare. The president reportedly asked House Republicans to pull the bill just before it was supposed to go up for a vote.The move to scrap the bill minutes before lawmakers were to vote marked a stunning defeat for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), both brought together by their apparent disdain for Obamacare and long-held promise to kill the Affordable Care Act. The controversial legislation was billed as a palatable replacement to Obama’s legacy health legislation. The bill would have needed 216 votes to pass.Speaking to reporters from the Oval Office late Friday afternoon, Trump said he was open to pursing new legislation in the future, predicting that Democrats would hop on board once Obamacare “explodes.” “The best thing that we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode, it’s exploding right now,” Trump said. “This is a disappointing day for us,” Ryan said shortly after the American Health Care Act was pulled under his recommendation. “Obamacare is the law of the land and it’s going to remain the law of the land until it’s repealed,” he added, while characterizing their failure to reach a consensus as “growing pains.” The debate over the bill has made apparent a deep-seated ideological split within the Republican Party. House Republican leaders acquiesced to a small minority in the party called the House Freedom Caucus. But some concessions, particularly the elimination of an ACA provision mandating “essential benefits,” proved too tough a pill for moderates to swallow. The party spent much of the last week in open revolt despite years of campaigning against Obamacare.More than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, including 334,000-plus living in Nassau and Suffolk counties.The GOP plan would have dismantled much of Obamacare while absorbing popular aspects of the law that allows adults to stay on their parent’s plans until 26 and prohibits insurers from dropping people based on pre-existing conditions. Republicans also hoped to eliminate a part of the law mandating that all Americans have insurance or face a tax penalty and would do away with government subsidies. In an updated report issued Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office determined that 24 million people would lose health insurance by 2026 under the GOP alternative.House GOP leaders postponed a scheduled Thursday vote that they hoped would deal a satisfying and symbolic deathblow to Obamacare on the seventh anniversary of its implementation. Later in the evening, Trump ceased further negotiations and issued a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum: support this bill or Obamacare will remain the law of the land.On Friday, the bill’s survival remained in doubt with Ryan and other Republicans still deal making. While the House debated the measure on the floor, Ryan rushed to the White House to reportedly inform the president that they did not have the votes.“We are confident that we’ve done everything,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said during his daily press briefing. Apparently, it was not enough.Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Describe your bus

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “How do you guys do it?” I asked.I was speaking with the COO of a Texas credit union. They had huge loan growth. Huge membership growth.His answer was simple.“Our bus runs fast.”He went on to say that many know of the famous book that says to get the right people in the right seat of the bus.But at his credit union, they talk about the bus. It runs fast. Really fast.So they look for employees that like a fast bus. Not everyone does, he noted. continue reading »last_img read more