NAFTA to See Big Changes US Commerce Secretary

first_imgU.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaks to department employees in Washington, D.C. on March 1, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images) NAFTA to See Big Changes: US Commerce Secretary By The Canadian Press March 8, 2017 Updated: March 8, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Sharecenter_img WASHINGTON—NAFTA negotiations will probably start late this year, might take about a year, and will include serious changes that could see the addition of several entire new chapters to the landmark agreement.That’s according to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, tasked by President Donald Trump to assist negotiations. And while the president suggests he simply wants minor tweaks in the arrangement with Canada, his point man foresees substantive changes.“The Mexicans know, the Canadians know, everybody knows, times are different. We are going to have new trade relations with people,” Ross told a Bloomberg broadcast interview on March 8.“And they all know they’re going to have to make concessions. The only question is what’s the magnitude and what’s the form of the concessions.”Ross credited the president for preparing other countries to make concessions: “He’s made my job easier by softening up the adverse parties. What could be better than going into a trade negotiation where the fellow on the other side knows he has to make concessions?”In the interview, Ross revealed multiple aspects of his thinking on the upcoming renegotiations of the seminal 1993 agreement with Canada and Mexico. He answered two lingering questions:Will the United States seek only minor administrative changes or more substantive ones that would require consultations with the U.S. Congress under the rules of so-called fast-track legislation and then a vote in Congress? Ross said he intends to involve Congress.They all know they’re going to have to make concessions.— Wilbur Ross, U.S. Commerce SecretaryWhen would the United States start negotiations, which must follow a 90-day consultation process with Congress? Not right away, he said. The United States has yet to get its entire cabinet confirmed, including the U.S. Trade Representative, who is the legally designated point of contact with Congress.“You’re talking probably the latter part of this year before real negotiations get underway,” Ross said. “[Then] I think the negotiations hopefully won’t take more than a year.”Ross says he has an open mind on another key question—whether the final deal should be a three-country arrangement or two bilateral ones. As for the substance, he says there will be significant changes.Ross hopes to add entire new chapters to NAFTA, which currently has 22 chapters. He says the additions would reflect the modern digital economy.“It’s an old treaty. Our economy is very different from what it was [back then],” he said.“There were some things in [the original] that were missed. There were things in it that were not done correctly to begin with. And a lot of things that might have been OK back then but don’t work now. So there’s a lot to fix….“Several chapters need to be added because of the digital economy and other things that have developed subsequently.”He also hinted at substantive changes on auto parts—significant enough to require a phase-in period as car companies adjust their global supply chains. Ross has made no secret of his desire to adjust the rules of origin for tariff-free vehicles, to bring auto-parts production closer to home.What’s unclear is whether his intended target would be limited to Asian parts suppliers, or whether Mexican and Canadian ones might also get hit. Ross didn’t elaborate on that.What he did suggest was that car assemblers might need time to adapt.“You need to be mindful also of the supply chains that have developed [for auto parts]. And to the degree that a transition, a geographic transition, is needed, that takes some time.” Show Discussion Business last_img read more

Mom Calls for Help After 8YearOld Son Faces Bullies Every Day at

first_img US News Share this article Share January 19, 2018 Updated: January 19, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   ( Ethan Allen School in Philadelphia. Google Maps) The mother of an 8-year-old boy who’s been bullied constantly at school has broadcast a call for help.Aiesha Ayala said her son Syris, a second-grader at Ethan Allen School in Philadelphia, has been bullied every day this school year.But the latest time was so bad she’s now calling for help.A group of bullies hurt Syris so badly that he ended up at the hospital with bruises to his back and severe pain in one eye.“He needed help and no adult was there and it was in the middle of the lunchroom and no one came to help him,” his mom told FOX 29.The trip to the hospital comes after Ayala has taken her son multiple times to the doctor following beatings by the bullies. She said she tried to get the principal and others involved but to no avail.“They always try to hurt me. They always want to take my lunch—always try to fight me,” Syris said.The school district said it is working on the problem.“We are aware of issues raised by the parent at Ethan Allen Elementary School, we have taken steps to address this matter, and will continue to investigate,” spokesman Lee Whack said.“It is important that these issues are addressed appropriately and that neither adults nor students resort to threats or violence,” he said.People commented on the article on Facebook.“Parents need to teach their kids it’s not OK to bully. Also the school systems need to work on there bullying system better because nothing gets done,” said one.“A damn shame. Where are the adults to protect these children? That soda tax money should maybe be used for staff willing to put children safety first,” said another.“This is a total disgrace. How can a school allow this to happen. This anti bullying hasn’t done anything to help kids. It’s time to work on a new solution,” added yet another.From NTD.tvRecommended Video: Supermarket clerk has sensational voice! Mom Calls for Help After 8-Year-Old Son Faces Bullies Every Day at School Show Discussionlast_img read more

R Kelly Says Exwife Destroyed His Name Others S

first_img R. Kelly Says Ex-wife Destroyed His Name, Others Stole Money By The Associated Press March 7, 2019 Updated: March 7, 2019 The interview also marked the first time he addressed allegations in the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired in January and alleged he held women captive and ran a “sex cult.”Experts said Kelly’s appearance was risky and could backfire if it gives prosecutors more information to use against him at trial. That’s why most defense attorneys urge clients to keep quiet. “In my history as a prosecutor, I loved it when a defendant would say things or make comments about his or her defense,” said Illinois Appellate Judge Joseph Birkett, who said he did not watch the Kelly interview and was speaking only as a former prosecutor. “I would document every word they said … (and) I could give you example after example where their statements backfired.”R Kelly interviewed by CBS In this frame from video provided by CBS, R. Kelly talks during an interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” broadcast on March 6, 2019. (CBS via AP)There have been cases in which people who spoke up pointed to evidence that ultimately helped win their freedom, but “historically it’s a bad idea,” Birkett said.A recent example of where such an interview might have done more harm than good was in the case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who was charged with falsely reporting a racist, anti-gay attack against him in Chicago. In charging documents, prosecutors cited statements he made during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” identifying two people in a photo of the surveillance video as his attackers. The two brothers pictured in the photo later told police that Smollett had paid them to stage the attack because he wanted a raise and to further his career, prosecutors say.In Kelly’s case, he and his attorney might have decided they had nothing to lose after the Lifetime series, said Fred Thiagarajah, a prominent Newport Beach, California, attorney and former prosecutor.“A lot of the public already thinks he’s guilty, and there is a very negative image of him, so the only thing he might think he can do is try to change their minds,” Thiagarajah said. If the evidence against him is overwhelming, “this kind of interview might be kind of a Hail Mary” to influence a potential jury pool.But the dangers of such an interview might outweigh any benefits if Kelly locks himself into a particular defense, Thiagarajah said, adding that the star “may not know all the evidence against him.”In the CBS interview, for example, he denied ever having sex with anyone under 17, even though he married the late singer Aaliyah when she was 15. A videotape given to prosecutors in his current case purports to show Kelly having sex with a girl who repeatedly says she’s 14. And police in Detroit were looking into a woman’s claims that Kelly had sex with her in that city in 2001 when she was 13.Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, has said his client did not “knowingly” have sex with underage girls. He was not immediately available Thursday to comment on the Detroit allegations.Thiagarajah said he might allow a client to do such an interview—but only if he were confident the client could keep his emotions in check and “stick to a script.”“If you get someone who is ranting and raving, I would never let that kind of person ever do an interview,” he said.On Wednesday’s broadcast, Kelly’s emotions swung wildly as he explained he was simply someone with a “big heart” who was betrayed by liars who hoped to cash in.In a particularly dramatic moment, he angrily stood up and started pacing, his voice breaking as he yelled, “I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me!” He cried as he hit his hands together, saying, “I’m fighting for my (expletive) life.”He insisted people were trying to ruin his 30-year career, but then said his fight was “not about music.”“I’m trying to have a relationship with my kids and I can’t do it” because of the sexual abuse allegations, he shouted. “You all just don’t want to believe it.”Hours later, Kelly went to the child-support hearing “expecting to leave. He didn’t come here to go to jail,” said his publicist, Darryll Johnson. Johnson said Kelly was prepared to pay as much as $60,000. He said Kelly did not have the whole amount because he has not been able to work.A spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Kelly would not be released from jail until he pays the full child support debt. His next hearing was scheduled for next Wednesday.Kelly spent a weekend in jail after his Feb. 22 arrest in Chicago before someone posted his $100,000 bail. His defense attorney said at the time that Kelly’s finances were “a mess.”Interviews with two women who live with Kelly—Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary—also are set to air. Savage’s parents insist she is being held against her will. Kelly suggested during the interview that her parents were in it for the money and blamed them for his relationship with their daughter, saying they brought her to watch him perform when she was a teenager.Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage Azriel Clary, left, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23, leave the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, on Feb. 23, 2019, following R&B star R. Kelly’s first court appearance on sexual abuse charges. (Matt Marton/AP Photo)A lawyer representing the couple bristled at the allegation, saying on Wednesday that Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage never asked for or received money from Kelly. The couple said they have not spoken to their 23-year-old daughter for two years. They spoke later that day.Associated Press writer Kate Brumback in Atlanta contributed to this story.By Tammy Webber and Don Babwin CHICAGO—R. Kelly angrily blamed his ex-wife for “destroying” his name and claimed other people stole from his bank accounts during new portions of an interview that aired Thursday, March 7, a day after the R&B star was jailed for not paying child support.Kelly, who is charged with sexually abusing three girls and a woman in Chicago years ago, shouted and cried as he spoke with Gayle King of “CBS This Morning.” He said his ex-wife was lying when she accused him of domestic abuse, and his voice broke as he asked, “How can I pay child support if my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work?” Entertainment News Musician R. Kelly arrives at the Daley Center for a hearing in his child support case at the Daley Center in Chicago, on March 6, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) Share this articlecenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The 52-year old singer was jailed Wednesday after he said he could not afford to pay $161,000 in back child support. He said he had “zero” relationship with his three children but knows they love him.The interview, which was recorded earlier this week, marked the first time Kelly has spoken publicly since his arrest last month in the sexual abuse case. In segments that aired Wednesday, he ranted while pleading with viewers to believe that he never had sex with anyone under age 17 and never held anyone against their will. Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

A Florida man who routinely used his former positi

first_img A Florida man who routinely used his former position as sheriff’s deputy to frame and arrest drivers on fradulent drug charges, after planting drugs in their vehicles during traffic stops, has been arrested and charged this week.The 26-year-old former Jackson County deputy, Zachary Wester, was arrested on July 10 in Crawfordville, Florida, after a nearly year-long investigation, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).Wester regularly pulled drivers over for minor traffic infractions, or claimed he could smell marijuana from drivers’ vehicles, according to an arrest warrant.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion This is why people say they don’t trust the police—> Deputy Zachary Wester charged with planting drugs on drivers in Jackson County, Florida – The Washington Post https://t.co/Y9XDXCDz2I— Jamira Burley (@JamiraBurley) 11 July 2019 Florida Panhandle deputy arrested for planting drugs on drivers https://t.co/03LFOo3y5D— Joy Collins (@JoyCollinsMusic) 11 July 2019 Crime and Incidents “There is no other evidence that any other deputies or any other Jackson County personnel were involved with Mr. Wester,” Eddin added.In October 2017, one of Wester’s 11 known victims, Benjamin Bowling, lost custody of his daughter after the former sheriff’s deputy planted methamphetamine in a car where he was a passenger.At the time of the incident, Bowling had been released from prison on a DUI conviction for just under a year, when the vehicle was targeted by Wester, reported the Washington Post.Before Wester pulled him over claiming to smell marijuana, Bowling had just been awarded custody of his daughter, and had a clean drug record, according to the report.One of the conditions of Bowling’s release was to be routinely tested for drugs, according to the arrest warrant.However, Wester planted methamphetamine in the vehicle, and accused Bowling of drug possession.After his arrest, he took another drug test and it was negative. He asked to see body camera video, but never received it, and lost custody of his daughter because of the arrest. Share this article File photo of a police car. (Diego Parra/Pixabay) Share “There is no question that Wester’s crimes were deliberate and that his actions put innocent people in jail,” Chris Williams, an assistant special agent in charge for the FDLE in Pensacola, said in a statement.Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts said, “I would like to thank the citizens of Jackson County for their patience during the investigation and my staff for continuing to serve our citizens during this difficult time.”“I also appreciate FDLE and the State Attorney’s Office for their commitment to this investigation.”Prosecutors had to drop charges in nearly 120 cases that occurred between 2016 and 2018. Many of Wester’s young victims sobbed as they said they had never once touched drugs before, investigators said at a news conference on July 10.Since the FDLE began their investigation into Wester’s misconduct, agents spent over 1,400 working hours on the case, analysing over 1,300 minutes of footage, reported WKRN. They are still uncertain of Wester’s motives for his actions.“You’re never certain of what lies in the heart of man,” Eddins told reporters at the news conference.The 26-year-old remains in Wakulla County Jail, where he is being held without bond.The Associated Press contributed to this report. While searching the vehicles, Wester failed to follow his department policy of turning on his body camera, and would then plant methamphetamine in the cars, according to investigators.“Wester circumvented JCSO’s body camera policy and tailored his recordings to conceal his criminal activity,” the FDLE said in a press release Wednesday.Wester faces 52 felony charges of racketeering, official misconduct, fabricating evidence, possession of a controlled substance, and false imprisonment. He also faces misdemeanor charges of perjury, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.The 26-year-old reportedly joined the department in 2016, and was fired on Sept. 10 last year.Bill Eddins, State Attorney 1st Judicial Circuit, said if Wester were convicted of all 52 charges, he could face around 13 1/2 years behind bars, reported WKRN. Former Florida Deputy Faces 52 Charges After Planting Drugs On Drivers in Traffic Stops By Isabel van Brugen July 12, 2019 Updated: July 12, 2019last_img read more

Delta to test free inflight WiFi this month

first_imgBlog Delta Air Lines is preparing to run a two-week pilot of free Wi-Fi on domestic US flights.Delta Air Lines will begin testing free Wi-Fi on 55 domestic daily flights.The pilot is the first step to determine whether the airline will offer complimentary Wi-Fi as part of its onboard entertainment options.During the two-week test period, 55 randomly selected domestic flights will be selected each day for the tests.Passengers will be notified in advance via email and Delta’s mobile app whether their flight has been chosen for the test.At a travel industry conference last year, Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO, hinted that the airline were contemplating a move to free connectivity.“I don’t know of anywhere else besides in an airplane that you can’t get free Wi-Fi,” he said.The Delta test will not support streaming services, but it will enable passengers to browse, email, shop and message.JetBlue Airways is currently the only US carrier to offer free Wi-Fi on its flights. Delta to test free in-flight Wi-Fi this monthcenter_img May 10, 20191 Commentlast_img read more

Staircase designs that will uplift any space

first_imgDesigners put in a lot of thought and craft behind their staircase vision. We have curated some iconic staircases for you, so let us know what you think about them.Sculptural wavy staircase in SMD Apartment designed by Arquitectura en Movimiento WorkshopBuilding for the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment by ARGE Sauberbruch HuttonEscalera Staircase by Giraldo ArquitectosSpiral Staircase at Antinori Winery by Archea AssociatiStaircase at BarentsKrans by Hofman DujardinLight Bulb Staircase at the Museum of Czech CubismDuplex Apartment in 5th Avenue by JGSK Design & Workshop APDThe Boston House Staircase design by Steven Harris ArchitectsSpiral Staircase shot by Morgan SmithCircular Shaped Staircase at Wiedeb+Kennedy by WORKAcSharePinShareFlipSharePocket1.1K Shareslast_img

Bend Downtown Welcomes New Businesses

first_img E-Headlines Tumblr Pinterest Facebook on March 28, 2013 By CBN Share. Google+center_img Bend Downtown Welcomes New Businesses 0 Twitter Another record set…occupancy at 95 percent with 15 new businessesThe Downtown Bend Business Association announces 15 new businesses starting up, some changes and expansions, and the current occupancy rate for the first quarter of 2013. Occupancy leapt up 3 percentage points to 95 percent the highest in 3 years. The occupancy rate is based on the number of leased retail/restaurant spaces in the downtown district.“We are ecstatic about the number of businesses starting up in Downtown Bend. The record jump and occupancy rate means we are going into the busy summer season with a downtown district that has its most diverse set of offerings to date, “says DBBA Executive Director Chuck Arnold.Bond Street, gains Bluebird Coffee Company (550 Franklin facing Bond, next to Noi Thai Cuisine) a community market and coffeehouse. Also on Bond, La Magie Bakery expands into breakfast and lunch adjacent to the retail shop in the former Soba Noodle storefront at 945 Bond.Brooks Street will see the opening of a new smoke accessory shop at 806 Brooks in the former Hip Salon space next to Mazza Bistro.Franklin Avenue gets two new restaurants leased this quarter. Opening this week will be Pure Kitchen (550 Franklin-the former Bo’s Restobar space) offering tapas, small plates, and desserts. The Drake will offer comfort food in a neighborhood diner setting in the former El Jimador space at the corner of Franklin and Wall.Lava Street will see the addition of Studio DeVine (750 Lava-next to Kariella and Jackalope Grill) providing facials and waxing.Minnesota adds three new businesses this quarter including Brickhouse, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant, (5 Minnesota-in the Firehall) which will relocate from Bond Street in Bend. Jeffery Murray Photography comes to 118 Minnesota with a fine photography art gallery and Luvs Donuts will occupy the retail space on the first floor of the Oxford Hotel at 10 Minnesota.Oregon Avenue now has Studio Shen providing massage and bodywork and Revive Skin Services offers facials and microdermabrasion skin treatments-both businesses are located at 115 Oregon. A new restaurant will soon occupy the space at 150 Oregon in the former home of Common Table.On Wall Street many changes are afoot. This quarter saw the opening of Sweet Saigon (915 Wall-in the former Amalia’s space) offering Vietnamese food in a fine dining atmosphere. Ju-bee-lee (903 Wall-the former Volt Lighting storefront) is a lifestyle store offering women’s accessories and gifts. Bend Bungalow (937 Wall) has become Lone Crow Bungalow and still offers unique gifts and décor. Footzone, the running and walking store is expanding with a new shop into the former Topolino space at 842 Wall. 1001 Wall will add Hub Cyclery offering bicycle accessories in the former Bella Moda space. LinkedIn Emaillast_img read more

Tourism Industry Booming

first_img Facebook E-Headlines Tourism Industry Booming on August 27, 2013 Pinterest Director of Visit Bend, Doug La Placa, recently released the FY2013 year-end tourism data stating, “It’s exciting to see the strong and positive momentum in Bend’s tourism industry.  We’ve had two consecutive record years, and Fiscal Year 2014 is off to a great start.”Several factors are generating the positive momentum in Bend’s tourism industry. “The rebounding national and regional economies have a lot do with the increased demand for our destination, but I think the true driving force is Bend’s increasingly compelling mix of recreational, cultural and lifestyle opportunities,” said La Placa. “Bend is evolving quickly in an exciting direction and the country is taking notice. People want to be here.”TRT CollectionsFY2013 total TRT collections equaled $3,888,070.  This was a +10.3 percent YOY increase and a historic high. FY2012 and FY2013 represented back to back record years for TRT collections in the City of Bend.9 of the 12 months of FY2013 posted record high collections for that given month.Citywide Lodging Occupancy (STR data)FY2013 citywide lodging occupancy marked a historic high (data going back to the peak of 2007).Each month of FY2013 established historic occupancy highs for that given month.Average Daily RateThe citywide average daily rate (ADR) for FY2013 marked a historic high (data going back to the peak of 2007)Each month of FY2013 established historic ADR highs for that given month. Website TrafficVisits to www.VisitBend.com during FY2013 equaled 806,752 total visits.  This was a +20 increase over the previous fiscal year and a record high. LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Tumblr Share. 0 By CBN Email Google+last_img read more

Does the US Have the Worst Health Care Not by a Long

first_imgDoes the U.S. Have the Worst Health Care? Not by a Long Shot 0 Twitter Email E-Headlines Google+ By Sally C. Pipes, president, CEO and Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco Share.center_img Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest on July 24, 2014 Few complaints about the U.S. health care system are as common as the claim that we spend too much on health care and get too little for all that spending in return—especially compared to other industrialized nations.  A new Commonwealth Fund report is the latest to indict U.S. health care. It pegs the American system dead last in a survey of 11 developed countries. But like virtually every other study that trashes the U.S. health care system, Commonwealth’s rankings rely on questionable assumptions, like giving weight to those systems that treat people equally rather than well. At the same time, Commonwealth ignores the problems that countries with socialized health care systems have actually treating people once they’re sick. And on that metric—that is, actually delivering care to those who need it—the United States is without peer.The Commonwealth Fund report begins by asserting that the U.S. health care system “is the most expensive in the world.” It’s true that the United States spends a larger share of its Gross Domestic Product—17.9 percent, or almost $3 trillion—on health care than other countries. But by itself, that statistic means nothing.The United States also happens to be one of the richest countries in the world. Once basic needs are taken care of, an increasing share of each extra dollar will go to what were once considered luxuries. That’s borne out by national spending data. Between 1990 and 2012, for example, spending on health care climbed 290 percent, significantly faster than overall GDP growth of 171 percent.But household spending on live entertainment went up more than 500 percent over those same years, while spending on pets climbed 353 percent. By the Commonwealth Fund’s logic, America also faces a pet-care spending crisis. In contrast, spending on staples like food, clothing, housing, and furnishings climbed more slowly than overall GDP.The Commonwealth Fund concludes that the United States “underperforms relative to most other countries on most other dimensions of performance” despite having the most expensive health care system in the world. But a closer look at those “dimensions” calls that claim into question.Take infant mortality rates, where the United States typically places far down the list behind France, Greece, Italy, Hungary, even Cuba. This comparison is notoriously unreliable, because countries either use different definitions of a live birth—or fudge their numbers. The United States, for example, counts every live birth in its infant mortality statistics. But France only includes babies born after 22 weeks of gestation. In Poland, a baby has to weigh more than 1 pound, 2 ounces to count as a live birth. The World Health Organization notes that it’s common practice in several countries, including Belgium, France, and Spain, “to register as live births only those infants who survived for a specified period beyond birth.”What’s more, the United States has significantly more pre-term births than other countries. That fact alone accounts for “much of the high infant mortality rate in the U.S.,” according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC found that if the United States had the same pre-term birth rate as Sweden, our infant mortality rate would be cut nearly in half.What about life expectancy, where the United States ranks below its peers as well? International measures of longevity typically fail to account for differences in obesity, accidental deaths, car accidents, murders, and the like, all of which shorten lives no matter how good a nation’s health care system is. The U.S. murder rate, for example, is far higher than all the other countries in the Commonwealth Fund study. The United States has a worse highway death rate than all but one of them. And U.S. obesity rates are more than double Canada’s and more than four times Switzerland’s.A far more meaningful comparison of international health systems would take stock of how people afflicted with diseases such as cancer fare in different countries. And on this measure, there’s no question the United States stands above the rest. Five-year survival rates for breast cancer are higher in the United States than England, Denmark, Germany, and Spain, according to the American Cancer Society. In the United States, the survival rate for prostate cancer is 99.1 percent. In Denmark it’s 47.7 percent. For kidney cancer patients, the survival rate here is 68.4 percent. It’s just 45.6 percent in England—which the Commonwealth Fund ranked as the number-one health care system in the world.Finally, the Commonwealth Fund study also ignores massive problems with actual access to care in the countries it heralds. Every citizen of a country with socialized medicine may have insurance. But that doesn’t mean they can get the care they need.Treatment delays were so chronic in the United Kingdom, for example, that the government had to issue a formal requirement that patients shouldn’t have to wait more than four months for treatments authorized by their general practitioner. The Royal College of Physicians found that poor care—including doctors trying to keep costs down—caused nearly two-thirds of asthma deaths in the U.K. in 2012.In Canada, the average patient seeking an elective medical service has to wait four-and-a-half months between being recommended for treatment by their primary care physician and actually receiving it. Waiting for care is the norm in Canada, even though Madam Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Canadian Supreme Court declared nine years ago, in a ruling holding a ban on private health insurance in Quebec illegal, “Access to a waiting list is not access to health care.”The Commonwealth Fund is right about one thing—the U.S. health care system is too expensive. But rationing care—as Commonwealth’s favored systems do—is not the answer. Oregonians should pay special heed to this warning since your “Bold Experiment That Failed,” the Oregon Health Plan rationing scheme, is still seen by many as a model for all of you.Sally C. Pipes is President, CEO, and Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco. She is a guest contributor for Cascade Policy Institute. A version of this article was originally published by Forbes. Tumblrlast_img read more

Money Smart Week in Central Oregon Offers Variety of Finance Seminars from

first_img Since 2001, organizations, including libraries, have partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to present Money Smart financial literacy programs. Money Smart Week April 18- 25 has grown in scope and scale since its inception in 2001 and has blossomed into educational programming at various locations across the country. This year Deschutes Public Library joins in the effort to advance financial literacy and education.Timothy Smith, community librarian and Money Smart Week co-coordinator with Nate Pederson, believes this year’s Money Smart Week comes at a critical time in our country’s economic history. “With all the talk of the disappearing middle class and with the great recession a recent memory, this program gives DPL an opportunity to get involved at a grass-roots level, demonstrating our commitment to promoting responsible money management and improved quality of life,” he says. In addition to Library staff, local experts will be leading presentations.“We believe that by partnering with community groups and financial experts, we can help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances,” says Smith.This will be DPL’s first year participating in the nationwide program, says Smith, “but we can see expanding it next year and offering more in the way of financial literacy, smart investing and alternative/non-conventional lifestyles.”Excel BudgetsLearn how to create a budget.• Friday, April 17, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Redmond Library• Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 – 12:00 p.m.Downtown Bend LibraryCraigslist for BeginnersLearn to safely buy and sell on Craigslist.• Tuesday, April 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Downtown Bend Library• Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Redmond LibraryUnderstanding and Managing CreditImprove your financial fitness skills at this NeighborImpact workshop.Wednesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Redmond LibraryeBay for BeginnersLearn to safely buy and sell on eBayWednesday, April 22, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Downtown Bend LibraryExtreme CouponingLearn how to save money with coupons.Thursday, April 23, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.East Bend LibraryFinding Grants for IndividualsFind educational, cultural and professional grants to individuals from foundations. Space is limited and registration is required.Saturday, April 25, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Redmond LibraryVoluntary SimplicitySimplify your life with tips from the experts. Panel Presentation.Saturday, April 25, 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.Downtown Bend LibraryFor more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at www.deschuteslibrary.org. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at (541) 312-1032. Email 0 Google+ Tumblr By CBN Share. Pinterestcenter_img Twitter LinkedIn Money Smart Week in Central Oregon Offers Variety of Finance Seminars from Selling on eBay and Craigslist to Couponing E-Headlines Facebook on April 16, 2015last_img read more

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