Ecuador Weighs Fighter Purchase

first_imgBy Dialogo June 01, 2010 The Ecuadorean armed forces are weighing the purchase of supersonic fighter planes, the head of the Air Force, Gen. Leonardo Barreiro, confirmed in statements to the local press. The general argued that there is a need for “the recovery of supersonic aviation” in Ecuador, which he views as “of the greatest importance for the defense of our national territory.” In any event, General Barreiro did not offer details on the origin and characteristics of the planes to be acquired. In order to finance the purchase, the Ecuadorean government is considering reducing a part of its order for “the twenty-four Super Tucano planes from Brazil” that it has already agreed to purchase. “The ideal would have been to buy the twenty-four Super Tucano planes; nevertheless, with at least eighteen planes we could operate normally,” the head of the Ecuadorean Air Force added. In May 2008 Ecuador awarded a contract to the Brazilian firm Embraer for a total of 270 million dollars for the purchase of twenty-four Super Tucano planes. The contract “has been signed, and since we are respectful of contracts, we have to handle this subject with a great deal of prudence in order not to cause any problems for the country,” the deputy defense minister, Rosa Pérez, said in reference to the intention to reduce the order for the Brazilian planes. Ecuador’s announced intention adds to what is already described as an arms race in the region, where the majority of countries are investing millions in military equipment, a development that has been questioned even by the Organization of American States (OAS) and to which Peru has responded by proposing regional disarmament.last_img read more

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Wolf Administration Visits CHOP to Discuss Implications of Affordable Care Act Repeal

first_img July 24, 2017 Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Wolf Administration Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller and Department of Human Services Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance Programs Leesa Allen today joined The Concilio family, and Madeline Bell, president and chief executive officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), at CHOP’s Karabots Center to discuss the impacts of repealing the Affordable Care Act on Pennsylvania families and children.“More than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians currently receive coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion,” Governor Wolf said. “Commissioner Miller and Deputy Secretary Allen are tremendous stewards of the state’s insurance and health care programs and I am proud that they are making their voices heard in support of all Pennsylvanians.”Commissioner Miller highlighted the progress the Affordable Care Act has made in providing quality coverage for all Pennsylvanians. Because of the Affordable Care Act, more than 6.1 million Pennsylvanians benefit from access to free preventive care services, 5.4 million cannot be denied health insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition, and 4.5 million are no longer subject to annual and lifetime limits that used to be placed on covered benefits. These protections benefit all Pennsylvanians and are not limited to those who receive coverage through the Medicaid expansion or a plan purchased on the exchange.“Since taking office in 2015, I and other Wolf Administration officials have traveled Pennsylvania meeting with consumers and their health care providers who have been impacted by the Affordable Care Act. But for the last six months, the tone of these meetings has changed. They’re scared by the conversations they hear coming from Washington,” said Commissioner Miller. “These people and everyone like them across the country deserve better.”Commissioner Miller urged lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to keep the voices of consumers in mind when considering the law’s future.“Access to quality and affordable health care should not be a privilege. It’s time to remember the people – the parents, grandparents, and children – behind the statistics and focus on actually helping them rather than waging a political battle,” she said. “Too many people benefit from this law every day to rescind the progress that has been made.”Deputy Secretary Allen shared the impacts that changes to the Affordable Care Act could have on Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program.“The proposed bills would limit the federal funding to a capped amount calculated and would provide no additional federal matching to the commonwealth for health care costs,” Leesa Allen, DHS Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance Programs said. “Over the past five years, our average per capita growth in Medicaid has ranged from 2.2 percent to 5.3 percent, and it’s expected to continue. With the expansion of the Affordable Care Act, we have seen significant decreases in the number of individuals without health insurance. The elimination of funding for the Medicaid expansion would reduce the gains Pennsylvania has made, and more than 715,000 individuals would lose coverage.”Madeline Bell highlighted the importance of the Medicaid program for families served by CHOP and the Karabots Center, which provides primary care services for 32,000 children in the Philadelphia area.“More than 80 percent of our children receive their health insurance through Medicaid; if you’re surprised by that number, you’re not alone,” said Bell. “Medicaid is the largest children’s health program in the United States. It provides health coverage for more than 30 million children – including children with chronic illness, disabilities, and behavioral health concerns. Many of these children have no other options for health insurance.”The Concilio family, whose daughter uses Medicaid coverage to access treatment for spinal muscular atrophy at CHOP, shared their experience with the Affordable Care Act and how it has benefitted their family.“If Claire were to lose Medicaid, we’d lose more than the hope of her ever having a normal life,” said Amy Concilio. “We would lose her. Thank you, CHOP, and thank you, Medicaid, for saving my daughter. Thank you for giving her a chance, and thank you, Pennsylvania, for not taking that chance away.”For more information on how the Affordable Care Act impacts Pennsylvania, click here. Wolf Administration Visits CHOP to Discuss Implications of Affordable Care Act Repealcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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LA Dodgers’ Andre Ethier happy to finally be back

first_imgEthier acknowledged there was some anxiety to overcome when he began his rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, not knowing how his leg would respond to the demands of playing baseball again. That hurdle has been overcome. Whether 41 at-bats against Class-A pitching was enough to prepare him for the major leagues is another unanswered question.“I don’t know,” he admitted. “I’ve had spring trainings where I felt good the second week. And I’ve had spring trainings where I felt good April 30. So, I don’t think there’s a number you can put on it – ‘Hey, I had 45 at-bats. I’m ready to roll.’“It’s not like that. I felt ready enough to come back and contribute. That’s where we’re at. I’m not looking too much into it other than trying to contribute.”Kershaw aftermathA day after throwing 66 pitches in his first big-league start since June 26, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw played catch in the outfield and reported no discomfort in his injured back.“Feels fine,” he said. “That’s a good sign.”It was more than that for Roberts.“For me, that was bigger than the results yesterday and the linescore — just to see how he felt today,” Roberts said. “You see him walking around today with a smile.”Kershaw is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. But he acknowledged he will have to make some alterations to his intense between-starts workout regimen as a concession to the mildly herniated disc in his lower back that kept him on the sidelines for 75 days. Kershaw’s devotion to that workout regimen has been monastic.“Don’t have any choice,” he said of the unspecified adjustments.Quick hitsAfter a bone scan on Friday, left-hander Scott Kazmir was diagnosed with ‘thoracic spine inflammation.’ No timetable has been set for Kazmir to resume throwing. … Reliever Casey Fien was designated for assignment Saturday in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Ethier to be activated from the 60-day DL. Roberts said Ethier will probably make a start in left field on Sunday. With a three-game interleague series at Yankee Stadium next week, Roberts will get three chances to start Ethier at DH. Beyond that, the at-bats could be hard to come by. The Dodgers have a handful of outfield options – stop me if this sounds familiar – and most are playing well.“There’s no promises this time of year,” Ethier said. “It’s one where you just figure out a way to come back, contribute, not get in the way of the good baseball these guys are playing. Whether it’s a pinch-hit off the bench, a double-switch late in the game or a start here and there, I told him I’m ready and willing to do whatever I can to help out these last 20 games or whatever.”That also leaves limited opportunities for Ethier to make his case for inclusion on a potential playoff roster. He will have to jockey for position with outfielders Joc Pederson, Josh Reddick, Howie Kendrick, Yasiel Puig and Andrew Toles.“Oh, no. That’s not even a concern in my mind right now other than trying to find a way to get back on the field,” Ethier said. “I went from a summer of ‘couple weeks and I’ll be back’ to ‘maybe at the (All-Star) break’ to ‘possibly the end of the year’ then ‘we might not have a chance before the end of the year’ to the last four weeks in Arizona and Rancho doing everything possible to get ramped up.“I think I’ve said the last couple times I popped into LA and you guys asked how it was going — all I know is I’m here today and we’ll figure out tomorrow when it comes.” MIAMI >> The longest summer of Andre Ethier’s life finally ended Saturday night with a groundout as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of a 5-0 Dodgers win over the Marlins.Just short of six months after suffering a spiral fracture in his right tibia when he fouled a ball off his right shin during a spring exhibition game, Ethier was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut 141 games into the season.“It was a long summer,” Ethier said. “Those guys (on the medical staff) did a good job. Glad to be back. Ready to contribute.”Just how — and how much — Ethier will have a chance to contribute in the final 22 games of the season remains to be seen. He and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke about his role after Ethier traveled to Miami on Friday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Send Kiefer to D.C., Hollywood

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s only TV, guys: Tortured “24” star Keifer Sutherland has accepted an invitation from the U.S. military to talk to cadets at West Point about how it’s wrong to torture. While there is no word if he will be giving the same speech at the White House, representatives for television audiences are also requesting that Sutherland speak to network sitcom producers. Blame game: After weeks of political fighting between the Obama and Clinton staffs, a joint marketing effort was agreed to by the two, which should cut the field down to only the pair of Democrats. “I’m surprised it took this long,” said political consultant Spin McFib of the new, joint slogan: “For the last 230 years, no war, no depression, no mistake nor immoral behavior has come under a female or black president.” What else? Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has volunteered to personally mentor a 15-year-old tagging suspect. “Once the mayor figured that he can pretty much get away with five minutes of sleep a night, we found that his 2:55 to 2:57 a.m. block was wide open,” said an anonymous member of Villaraigosa’s staff. Wall Street malfunction: This past week, the stock market dropped as much as 500 points during Tuesday’s trading. Much of the problem was traced to a computer glitch. “When we got the e-mail that said we only needed to send a few hundred billion dollars to the widow of a Nigerian prince to be cut in on the trillions he left her, well, it seemed a good bet,” said broker Chuck Schwab. Antigens de Spago: A prep cook from Wolfgang Puck’s in Hollywood was diagnosed with acute hepatitis, exposing guests to the blood disorder at a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue party at the Pacific Design Center on Valentine’s Day. “Sure, they could have gotten sick for a lot less money,” said a representative from Puck’s catering service, “but our viruses are prepared with the finest viral bacteria you can get sick with today.” Not so secret secrets: In the new book, “Secrets of a Hollywood SuperMadam,” author Jody “Babydol” Gibson names former Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda as a client. Lasorda rejects the claim. “To think that I could actually score when I haven’t been able to get to first base for about 20 years is a bit of a stretch,” said the bleeding Dodger-blue Hall of Famer. Pumped up in Anaheim: A report has come out connecting new L.A. Angel outfielder Gary Mathews with a performance-enhancing-drug scandal. The 450-pound, 7-footer, who runs the 100-yard dash in under 5 seconds, said that he will be vindicated. Girl just want to have fun: Paris Hilton, who remains the last celebutante who has not gone into rehab or jail this month, could face up to three months behind bars after she was caught recklessly driving her $190,000 car – which was impounded – on a suspended license. “Ms. Hilton just thought this was a cleaner way to get some publicity than cutting off her hair, getting loaded or throwing a telephone at some lowly maid,” said a friend and butler. “I just thank God she wasn’t driving one of her good cars.” Insufficient funds: A 21-year-old man in Indiana tried to cash a $50,000 check allegedly signed by God. “This guy must have thought I was born yesterday,” said the bank teller. “I checked. God doesn’t have an account in this bank.” Post-Oscar mortem: While many people said last Sunday’s Academy Awards show was the most boring Oscars broadcast ever, I found it to be the most entertaining 11 hours of television I’ve ever seen. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com).last_img read more

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Brilliant Black completes one of the World’s toughest endurance events!

first_imgOne of the World’s toughest! Jason Black has again showed his incredible stamina levels and perseverance after he successfully completed the Race Around Ireland. The event has been described by many as one of the toughest in the entire planet – but Black took on the challenge in aid of the Donegal Autism Family Support Group.The popular businessman got on the saddle last Monday, and completed the gruelling event yesterday afternoon. A delighted and exhausted Black thanked everybody for their support, which he described as ‘incredible’ throughout the week.His support team posted the following message on Black’s timeline.“As Jason crosses the line he carries the Blue banner in support of the “Donegal Autism Family Support Group” which main aims lie with helping create awareness about autism and support for parents and carers of loved ones on the autism spectrum. “Together we conquer, never stop believing.”Messages of goodwill and support have poured in for Black after his incredible feat.Johanna Sweeney wrote, “Incredible achievement Jason Black. Congratulations to you and what unbelievable support from Sharon, your family and your background team.“The live streaming was amazing, very proud to know you, I hope u all enjoy the celebrations and well deserved rest.”Patrick Reilly posted, “Congratulations and well done Jason, it was a pleasure to meet you when you crossed the line in Moynalty this evening. “You are such a positive person and you should be very proud of what you have achieved. Hopefully we will see you cross the line again in Moynalty next year. Susan Shiels O’Reilly wrote, “Many, many congratulations to you Jason and your amazing crew!!!! Absolutely thrilled for you! You are all heroes!!!! Best wishes to you and enjoy the rest!”Brilliant Black completes one of the World’s toughest endurance events! was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:enduranceJason BlacknewsRace Around IrelandSportWorld’s Toughestlast_img read more

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High-scoring Hoopa off to hot start

first_imgThe Hoopa boys basketball team is off to a hot start in 2018 after claiming the South Fork Classic championship over the weekend thanks to some of the highest-scoring offensive play of any team on the North Coast.The Warriors downed Cornerstone Christian 91-71 in Saturday’s championship game after back-to-back wins by more than 40-points in the tournament’s first two rounds.Hoopa’s run-and-gun style of play has propelled the club to a 6-1 overall record as the Warriors have had no issues …last_img read more

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Research & Analysis

first_imgSouth Africa’s global reputation is shaped by perceptions of investment, immigration policies and environment, exports, people, culture and heritage, governance, and tourism.In order to understand domestic trends, and how these shape international perceptions of South Africa and its global reputation, Brand South Africa commissions and subscribes to several research instruments. Our Research Notes and Working Papers intend to inform Brand South Africa’s stakeholders and partners on South Africa’s reputation and competitiveness.Find out more:Reputation Research – South Africa IncorporatedResearch & Reports – Working papersIn keeping with Brand South Africa’s international and domestic mandates, the working papers provide insight into issues that impact on the South African psyche, national pride, and international reputation. The research notes are essentially analytical pieces that highlight trends in reports on South Africa generated by external agencies, institutes and multilateral organisations. The research notes also aim to highlight key findings, and to share research from studies commissioned by Brand South Africa with stakeholders and the nation.For more information contact:Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager: Research, Brand South AfricaEmail: [email protected]: +27 (0)11 712 5000last_img read more

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Percheron Association’s annual Spring Plow Match

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Percheron Horse Association of American held their annual Spring Plow Match in Fredericktown, Ohio. Despite the rainy and cold weather, teamsters showed up to compete in the plowing match.“We had three youth drivers as well, which is very exciting,” said Kristi Wood, executive secretary/treasurer of the Percheron Horse Association of America. “We are excited to start offering more youth programming and youth memberships in 2016.”Winners of the classes were as follows:Obstacle Course judged by Lynn MacVey: Dick Rook; Youth winner- Lydia Ingalls Walking Plow-judged by Robert Sparrow: Joe Reed Sulky Plow-judged by Robert Sparrow: Tie Joe Reed and Dick Rook; Youth winner-Lydia Ingalls Log Skidding-judged by Ron Skinner: Dick Rook; Youth winner: Dakota Goodyear Best Matched Team: Alan Stanley Best Teamster: Dick Rook Best Youth: Lydia IngallsPhotos courtesy of The Percheron Horse Association of America.last_img read more

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Details on Android Market’s New Billing Options

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Yesterday, Google launched its highly anticipated Android Market refresh, an update which now offers consumers the ability to browse and search for mobile applications from their desktop computer and then download those apps to their phone or tablet wirelessly. The experience is a vast improvement over the previous version of the Android Market, which oddly enough, didn’t even offer search functionality.But while the front-facing features of the new Market got a lot of press, there were also two important changes for developers to take note of: added support for buyer’s currency and in-app purchases.In-App PurchasesGoogle had been promising in-app billing support for some time, but finally made good on that yesterday, with the announcement that in-app billing has now arrived in the Android Market. This means that developers who want to monetize their apps using a different paradigm than simply charging for the app itself now have the option to do so. The addition will give rise to a number of new business models for monetizing applications including in-app upgrades, virtual goods purchases, try then buy upgrades, subscriptions and more. sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology This is arguably the most important change out of all the announced improvements yesterday, since clearly a poor Web experience has done nothing to stifle Android’s explosive growth. What has been affecting Android’s true potential, however, is the lack of app sales – and that’s according to Android Platform Manager Eric Chu. At last week’s Social Apps Conference in San Francisco, he even admitted that Google was “unhappy” about the purchases of paid applications in its marketplace.But in-app purchases have the potential to shake up the market. In fact, according to a recent report from billing and analytics firm Bango, in-app purchases will grow over 600% this year to account for nearly 30% of all mobile app payments.In addition, a separate report from analytics firm Flurry noted that in-app purchases accounted for 80% of revenues generated by mobile developers with apps in the social networking and social gaming categories.Prior to Google’s official support, mobile payments companies like Zong and Boku have been offering similar solutions for developers who couldn’t wait for Google to roll out this much-needed monetization option. Those alternatives will still remain useful, especially for developers limited by Google’s version of in-app billing – it requires developers to have a Google Checkout merchant account and consumers to have the most recent version of the Android Market application and a device running Android 2.3 or higher. Also, it cannot be used for selling physical goods, personal services or anything that requires a physical delivery.Google’s in-app billing support is not immediately available. Instead, the company will be rolling out updates to the Android Market client so developers can begin testing the new service. The goal is to have the service live for end users by the end of the quarter. Developers can read more about this option here or view the release information here.Buyer’s Currency ChangesAnother change in the Android Market’s billing options is the addition of Buyer’s Currency support. This means that developers can price their applications differently in different markets while also improving the end user experience by displaying prices in that person’s home currency.As an end user, you may have noticed that paid applications are denoted with this symbol “~” – the punctuation mark meaning “approximately”. Due to currency conversions, this leads to odd prices, like ~$3.17 (the price for the popular launcher app ADW) or ~$2.06 (the price for the top paid widget app Beautiful Widgets). With Buyer’s Currency support, those developers could make the app’s price seem more attractive to shoppers by sticking to the retailing designations we’re comfortable with – for example, in the U.S., that would be prices that end in $.99.This option will roll out to U.S. developers first, then other supported countries afterwards. Google says it expects the process to complete within fourth months. Related Posts Tags:#Android#mobile#news What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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