Teen Mom 2’s Kailyn Lowry Is ‘Done’ Fighting With Her Children’s Fathers

first_imgReaching a compromise. Kailyn Lowry said that she no longer intends to butt heads with the fathers of her four children — Javi Marroquin, Chris Lopez and Jo Rivera.On a recent episode of her “Baby Mamas No Drama” podcast, the Teen Mom 2 star spoke with her cohost, Vee Rivera, about agreeing to allow her children to be with their dads on Christmas Day.- Advertisement – Late last month, Us Weekly confirmed that Lowry was arrested in September for allegedly assaulting Lopez while exchanging custody at his house. The MTV personality was accused of punching her former beau during a dispute regarding their 3-year-old son.According to court docs obtained by Us, Lopez alleged that Lowry “started attacking him [and] punching him several times on the head and upper torso because she did not want the child’s hair cut.” He additionally claimed that he “did not fight back,” and his sister said that she allegedly “attempted to pull Kailyn off” of him.Lowry later spoke out about the allegations through her attorneys. “Ms. Lowry has filed a petition for custody in the matter involving her children Lux and Creed,” her rep said in a statement to Us on October 29. “The judge in the Delaware Family Court has ordered the parties to refrain from discussing all domestic matters until after the hearing next year.”- Advertisement – “In our agreement that I have with Javi and Jo, it says that this year, Christmas Eve, I think, is mine until Christmas Day at 12. But I don’t personally care about Christmas, so we don’t have to listen to the agreement,” the 28-year-old explained on the Tuesday, November 3, episode. “I told both of them they can have Christmas, like, that’s all theirs. I don’t care. But in the event that we got into a fight and I changed my mind, we would just fall back to the custody agreement because that is supposed to help.”Teen Mom 2 Kailyn Lowry Says She Is Done Fighting With Her Childrens FathersKailyn Lowry with Isaac, Lux, Lincoln and newborn Creed Courtesy Kailyn Lowry/InstagramThe reality star continued, “I’m not gonna fight. I’m not fighting with nobody. You know what? [In] 2021, Vee, I’m not even f–king playing. I am done paying for attorneys. I have six attorneys. When I told you I’m done paying f–king all of them, unless it’s related to my f–king businesses, I am done. I’m done! We [are] working this s–t out.”Lowry shares son Isaac, 10, with ex-boyfriend Rivera, 28, son Lincoln, 6, with ex-husband Marroquin, 27, and son Lux, 3, with ex-boyfriend Lopez, 26. In July, she welcomed her fourth son, 3-month-old Creed, with Lopez.- Advertisement – The statement continued, “Currently, Ms. Lowry has been awarded sole custody of the children despite the allegations pending in Family Court. Ms. Lowry does deny all of the allegations but cannot respond specifically at this time due to the orders of the judge.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement –last_img read more

What Biden’s victory means for the future of Obamacare

first_imgPresident-elect Joe Biden’s victory over incumbent President Donald Trump will establish “a sea change in attitude” about the future of the Affordable Care Act, said Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation.The landmark health-care law, more commonly known as Obamacare, has been under attack since Trump was elected to office in 2016, said Pollitz, who focuses on health reform and private insurance.- Advertisement – He has also proposed a new public option that would allow some Americans to choose a government-run health insurance plan similar to Medicare or Medicaid as an alternative to a private insurer. Additionally, Biden has said that he would pass legislation to protect patients from surprise bills and allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices, among other proposals.“That’s just a wholly different approach” than Trump, Pollitz said in a phone interview with CNBC, adding the U.S. will no longer have a sitting president who is actively trying to dismantle the current law. “Biden would really build on it.”To be sure, much of what Biden will do on health care and when he’ll do it will depend on the Supreme Court and Congress, Pollitz added. The Supreme Court is set to hear the latest constitutional challenge to Obamacare — in California vs. Texas — on Tuesday. A coalition of GOP state attorneys general, joined by the Trump administration, is arguing that the health law is unconstitutional because Congress reduced the penalty on people who didn’t have health insurance, the so-called individual mandate, to $0 in 2017. The mandate imposed a tax penalty on consumers who went uninsured and was a key part of the health-care law.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg earlier this year has created a new level of uncertainty over the health-care law. It’s unclear how Trump’s new Supreme Court pick, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, will side on the landmark case. Barrett repeatedly said during her confirmation hearings last month that she is not hostile to the Affordable Care Act.A decision in the case, which could disrupt the health-care coverage of tens of millions of Americans, is expected by June of 2021. “Nobody really knows how the Court will decide,” Pollitz said. “Justice Barrett was very careful not to answer questions on this during her hearing.”Biden addressed the Supreme Court case during his final presidential debate with Trump last month. When asked by NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker what he would do if the Supreme Court rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Biden said he would turn the health law into “Bidencare.”“What I’m going to do is pass Obamacare with a public option, become Bidencare,” he said on Oct. 22. “If you qualify for Medicaid and you do not have the wherewithal in your state to get Medicaid, you are automatically enrolled, providing competition to insurance companies.”Even if it appears the Supreme Court will side with the Republican-led states, there is some thought that a Biden presidency and a Democratic-controlled Congress could enact quick legislation to reinstitute the individual mandate penalty, Pollitz said, making the case moot. Raymond James analysts echoed this remark in a note to investors last month.“If the individual mandate is deemed unconstitutional and Democrats do sweep in November (which we place as the most likely scenario at the time of writing this piece), they could immediately increase the individual mandate penalty to a higher dollar amount,” Raymond James analyst Chris Meekins wrote in a note published Oct. 27.“Additionally, if an opinion is not yet released, they could retroactively change the tax penalty when they enter office in January 2021,” he added. “If they change the penalty amount, the Supreme Court could have to decide if they should even consider the case as the penalty would then meet the constitutional requirement of producing revenues for the federal government.”Brandon Couillard, an analyst at Jefferies, also said Biden needs the Senate to “make a significant change.” That will likely be negative for health-care stocks, though, as it wouldn’t keep the “status quo,” he added.“If Biden wins, Democrats need to take control of the Senate (while maintaining the House, which most expect) in order to have any chance of advancing a significant healthcare agenda,” he said Sept. 22. “This scenario creates more volatility for healthcare stocks. If Biden wins, but has a split Congress, his healthcare plans are likely dead on arrival.”— CNBC’s Tucker Higgins contributed to this report. Trump spent the majority of his four years in the White House vowing to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law. While unsuccessful, he has been able to hobble it, including slashing its budget and allowing people to remain on short-term health plans, which as a rule offer less comprehensive coverage of benefits, for a year.Obamacare is “unacceptable to me because it’s too expensive and doesn’t really do the job as well as we could have,” Trump said during a speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 24. “It was terrible. That’s the way I feel, too. It was terrible and very, very expensive. Hurt a lot of people.”During his campaign, Biden promised to not just preserve but build on Obamacare by expanding the number of people who are eligible for subsidies under the health-care law. The subsidies are currently available to families whose income is from 100% to 400% of the federal poverty level. For an individual, that means income from $12,490 to $49,960 in 2020, according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation published in September.- Advertisement –last_img read more

The burning scar: Inside the destruction of Asia’s last rainforests

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Switzerland dubbed best place for talented workers

first_img– Advertisement – The U.S. came in 15th, ranked behind Germany (11th), Australia (13th), and Hong Kong (14th). It was just ahead of Ireland (18th), Taiwan (20th) and the U.K (23rd).Among the bottom 10 countries were: Russia, Bulgaria, Mexico, Romania, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Slovak Republic, with India and Mongolia coming out last in the ranking.Now in its seventh year, the IMD annual ranking seeks to provide a picture of leading economies’ talent pools, and therefore their global competitiveness. It does so by drawing on a mixture of hard data and surveys to measure markets.- Advertisement – Switzerland was praised for its high-quality education system and focus on apprenticeships, as well as its ability to attract overseas professionals with high living standards and strong pay packets. Denmark, meanwhile, performed well for its emphasis of equal opportunity across society, and Luxembourg ticked up followed sustained investment in its workforce over recent years.Here are the top 10 countries on the list of 63 countries, which was heavily led by Western Europe.1. Switzerland 2. Denmark 3. Luxembourg 4. Iceland 5. Sweden6. Austria 7. Norway 8. Canada 9. Singapore10. the Netherlands- Advertisement – Countries are assessed across three key criteria: ‘Investment and development’ looks at how a country fosters domestic talent; ‘Appeal’ assesses the extent to which an economy retains homegrown talent and draws international talent; and ‘Readiness’ measures the quality of skills and competences available.As with previous years, the latest study was conducted between January and April, and as such, does not fully account for the impact of the pandemic. However, Jose Caballeros, senior economist at the IMD World Competitiveness Center, told CNBC Make It the findings provide some indication of which job markets may feel the greatest social and economic fallout.“The performance of the top talent-competitive countries remains relatively strong,” said Caballeros. “It is among the other economies where we see more fluctuation.”Indonesia, which came in at position 45, and Malaysia, which was 23rd on the list, both fell in the rankings this year. That was due to “brain drain” — the emigration of educated workers away from their home country — and a reduced ability to attract foreign highly skilled workers and international managers, Caballeros said. He added that the pandemic will likely make that problem worse.Meanwhile, other countries that are largely reliant on overseas talent, such as Singapore, Australia, the U.S. and the U.K., could also see a negative impact from recent border restrictions, the report noted.But Caballeros said the pandemic has also provided a spot of opportunity for economies to invest in their people and adapt to new ways of working.“Enabling employees to acquire new or redeploy existing skills — to transition to remote working for example — will also be essential to sustaining the effectiveness of the talent pool in the near future,” he said.“This effectiveness will be necessary to tackle the new challenges that may arise following the current crisis. Facilitating the adoption of flexible new technologies will also be helpful for such economies since they will be able to be redeployed to address the needs of a continuously changing context,” Caballeros added.Don’t miss: Happiness expert: One technique for staying upbeat during the pandemicLike this story? Subscribe to CNBC Make It on YouTube! Switzerland has been named the best place in the world for attracting and nurturing skilled workers, even as the coronavirus pandemic weighs on many countries’ ability to win over top talent.Retaining pole position for the fourth year running, the central European nation beat out other continental neighbors including Denmark, Luxembourg, Iceland and Sweden to secure the top spot in IMD’s World Talent Ranking 2020 released Thursday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

DHS committee confirms Trump lost in a fraud-free election

first_imgThe impeached, two-time popular vote loser has been hiding in the White House for the past several days (with rare exception) as he contemplates how to face a country that literally danced in the streets at the news of his unseating. In the meantime, he’s been tweeting nonsense and firing people, while his lackeys attempt to delegitimize the election by filing nuisance lawsuits (including racist ones) in multiple states.  Control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. We need you to phonebank, textbank and do other crucial work necessary for Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock to win seats in Georgia. Click to find the activity best for you.- Advertisement – We’ve got one last shot at booting Senate Republicans from power in January. Please give $3 right now to send the GOP packing. Here’s the full statement:The members of Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) Executive Committee – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Assistant Director Bob Kolasky, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chair Benjamin Hovland, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) President Maggie Toulouse Oliver, National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) President Lori Augino, and Escambia County (Florida) Supervisor of Elections David Stafford – and the members of the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) – Chair Brian Hancock (Unisyn Voting Solutions), Vice Chair Sam Derheimer (Hart InterCivic), Chris Wlaschin (Election Systems & Software), Ericka Haas (Electronic Registration Information Center), and Maria Bianchi (Democracy Works) – released the following statement:“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.“When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.“Other security measures like pre-election testing, state certification of voting equipment, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) certification of voting equipment help to build additional confidence in the voting systems used in 2020.“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”The statement comes as a growing number of Republicans and prominent right-wingers—from Geraldo Rivera to at least five GOP senators—reluctantly admit that Donald Trump is indeed a one-term president.- Advertisement – x – Advertisement –last_img read more

Experts propose steps to ease food safety info flow

first_img The study was produced by the Food Safety Research Consortium (FSRC), a group of university-based research institutions, based at the University of Florida in Gainesville, that is working on initiatives to improve the nation’s food safety system. The group’s projects include the development of analytical and decision tools to help guide interventions and resource allocation. The new report was funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Assess the costs and benefits of proposed changes The report lists several examples of shortcomings in the food safety information system. It says that government and industry lack research plans on how to address contamination in produce and that planning for the FoodNet system, which collects foodborne illness data, has not involved food-industry risk managers. Analyzing information gaps May 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A team of food safety researchers, flanked by federal, state, and industry officials, today unveiled a sweeping report on how food safety information is shared and called for new federal policies to make the system more transparent and useful. “For all actors in the food safety system—public and private—the effectiveness of what they do depends on the quality of the information they have on potential hazards and how to minimize them,” the FSRC noted in the report’s introduction. Authors of the report are Michael Taylor, professor of health policy at George Washington University, and Michael Batz, executive director of the FSRC and head of food safety programs at the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute in Gainesville. Prioritizing information needs Establishing a gateway Web site that could connect the network of food safety databases If government agencies and the food industry could somehow pool their data on chemical and microbial contamination, “this data would provide a much more robust picture of the nature and distribution of hazards across the food supply than we have today,” the authors wrote. To support more information sharing, stakeholders need incentives and the federal government should take a lead role to establish policy changes, Taylor and Batz asserted. Though some federal legislative proposals call for putting all federal food safety functions in one agency, the authors said their suggestions don’t depend on that reform measure, because such unification wouldn’t solve all of the information-sharing problems. “The need for improvement extends well beyond federal agencies,” they wrote. Taylor and Batz concluded that though there are no quick cure-alls for improving the flow of food safety information, they are buoyed by stakeholders’ high interest in removing some of the roadblocks. Taylor and Batz based their evaluation of the nation’s food safety information systems on the results of four workshops that were attended by public health and food safety experts, government officials, industry representatives, researchers, and consumers. “We believe that lasting solutions must respect these institutional realities and must include mechanisms that facilitate diverse institutions working together in new ways,” they wrote. Seek regular input from all food safety participants Identify legislative changes needed to ease the flow of information The report suggests establishing a food safety information system council, housed in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), composed of senior food safety officials from key federal agencies and state and local departments. With a budget of $25 million the council would: See also: Launching a food safety epidemiology user group to ensure that data from publicly funded epidemiology efforts are accessible and timely Prioritize, plan, and coordinate actions to improve the collection and flow of food safety information Compiling a database of past and future food safety research activities However, Taylor and Batz wrote that much of the food safety information system is in “stove pipes” that are isolated and inaccessible to other users. They attribute the fragmentation to a variety of causes, including regulatory constraints, intellectual property concerns, and a variety of funding sources. They also found that food safety agencies are overburdened with competing priorities and responsibilities. Food Safety Research Consortium report on improving the nation’s food safety information infrastructure Easing access to industry food safety information Increasing access to information from publicly funded food safety research In addition, the report calls for a food safety information system stakeholder forum that would advise the new council and help implement new initiatives such as: More effective communication between food safety groups is need to ensure safety and reduce risks, since food production and distribution over the past decades have become increasingly complex, the authors wrote. At the same time, technology for collecting, managing, and sharing data has also advanced and has the potential to improve food safety, they said. Report annually to Congress The 129-page report, Harnessing Knowledge to Ensure Food Safety: Opportunities to Improve the Nation’s Food Safety Information Infrastructure, was released at a briefing at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is available on the group’s Web site.last_img read more

Google funds projects to find, fight new pathogens

first_imgOct 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The philanthropic arm of the Internet search company Google today announced it is awarding more than $14 million for various projects aiming to prevent the next pandemic by detecting new pathogens and disease outbreaks in Africa and Southeast Asia.The awards by Google.org are going to six different initiatives aiming to “identify hot spots where new diseases may emerge, detect new pathogens circulating in animal and human populations, and respond to disease outbreaks before they become global crises,” the company said in a news release.”Business as usual won’t stop the next AIDS or SARS,” Dr. Larry Brilliant, Google.org executive director, said in the news release. “The teams we’re funding today are on the frontiers of digital and genetic early detection technology. We hope that their work, with partners across environmental, animal, and human health boundaries, will help solve centuries-old problems and save millions of lives.”The statement said three of the grants are for efforts to use mapping and weather and climate data to help predict where and when disease outbreaks will occur:The Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Mass., will receive $2 million to support satellite mapping of forests to improve monitoring of forest loss and settlement expansion in tropical countries.Columbia University International Research Institute for Climate and Society will get $900,000 to improve the use of forecasts, rainfall data, and other climate information in East Africa and to link weather and climate experts to health specialists.University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., is awarded $900,000 to develop a system for using weather projections to inform and target responses to disease threats in West Africa.”For Rift Valley fever and malaria, long-term weather forecasts and deforestation maps can show us where to look for outbreaks, up to six months in advance,” said Frank Rijsberman, director of the grant program for Google.org.The other three grants, the company said, are for projects designed to detect early signals of possible epidemics through blood sampling, molecular diagnostics, mining of digital data, and other surveillance efforts:The Global Viral Forecasting Initiative (GVFI) will receive $5.5 million for collecting and analyzing blood samples from humans and animals in hot spots in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Malaysia, Lao PDR, and Madagascar. The grant will be matched by the Skoll Foundation. Dr. Nathan Wolfe, GVFI’s founder and director, said the project’s aim is to monitor the movement of viruses from animals into people.Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York City, is awarded $2.5 million to support research to speed the discovery of new pathogens and promote rapid regional responses to outbreaks by establishing molecular diagnostics in hot spot countries, including Sierra Leone and Bangladesh. Columbia’s Dr. Ian Lipkin and colleagues already have discovered more than 75 viruses.Children’s Hospital Corp., in Boston, will receive $3 million to combine the online disease-detection efforts of HealthMap with ProMED-mail’s global network of human, animal, and ecosystem health specialists who report disease outbreaks. The project will assess emerging-disease reporting systems, expand networks in Africa and Southeast Asia, and develop news tools to improve outbreak detection.See also: Oct 21 Google releasehttp://www.google.com/intl/en/press/pressrel/20081021_googleorg.htmlJuly 21 CIDRAP News story describing HealthMap and other nontraditional disease-monitoring initiatives: “More efforts look outside the box for outbreak signals”last_img read more

Record tourist year: 102 million overnight stays last year

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic generated in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system) from January to the end of December 2017, there were 18,5 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 102 million overnight stays (+12 percent). These are certainly historical tourist results for Croatia-Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić are satisfied with these results, and in 2018 they announce a stronger development of year-round tourism based on sustainable development and destination management.”Tourism results in 2017, and especially during the pre- and post-season, are the best indicator of how key positive strides can be made in the short term. That is why our intention in 2018 is to continue with improvements in order to further position Croatia as a year-round destination, thus enabling more competitive business of entrepreneurs in tourism, further investments, better conditions for tourism workers and further stimulate the entire Croatian economy. With key legislative changes, and through other programs and activities of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board, I believe that 2018 will be very successful and that we will create new foundations for further development of Croatian tourism”Minister Cappelli pointed out.During 2018, the Croatian Tourist Board will carry out a series of activities aimed at even more efficient promotion in various markets around the world, and improving cooperation with partners in foreign emitting markets, said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić and stressed the importance of maintaining positive trends in this. years ” The emphasis will be on further expanding the program and introducing new airlines. I am sure that the Croatian tourism sector, which is getting richer and more competitive every year, will once again make its immeasurable contribution. Namely, today Croatia is a very interesting and popular destination, both for tourists and businesses, and in order to maintain their interest we must maintain a positive atmosphere and growth trends.” concluded director Staničić and added that the Croatian tourist offer, this year, will be presented at 26 tourist ones.Of this number, there will be appearances at 9 specialized fairs that include nautical, congress and camping offer, while a new visual concept and a new creative solution of the CNTB stand will be presented for the first time at ITB Berlin in March. In order to achieve even better results in certain markets, it is planned to expand the current network of representative offices with new offices in China – Shanghai, South Korea – Seoul, USA – Los Angeles and Italy – Rome.Photo: MINTA record year in arrivals and overnight staysIn the period from January to December, foreign tourists made 16,5 million arrivals (+14 percent) and 89,8 million overnight stays (+12 percent), while domestic tourists made 12 million overnight stays and grew by 14 percent. . In the period from January to the end of December, most overnight stays were realized in Wife (28 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (19 million overnight stays) and in Kvarner (18,6 million overnight stays). They are followed by Zadar County (13,7 million overnight stays), Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 8,5 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 7,1 million overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 3,2 million overnight stays and Zagreb with 2,3 million overnight stays .2 million overnight stays (+15 percent) were realized on the continent, and the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Karlovac County (576 thousand overnight stays), Krapina-Zagorje County (322 thousand overnight stays) and Osijek-Baranja County (188 thousand overnight stays).Germany remains the main emitting market During the twelve months, most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (20,7 million overnight stays), Slovenian (10,1 million overnight stays), Austria (7,6 million overnight stays), Poland (6,3 million overnight stays) and the Czech Republic (5,4 million overnight stays). Outside European countries, most overnight stays were made by guests from United States of America (1,4 million overnight stays), Australia (667 thousand overnight stays), South Korea (533 thousand overnight stays), Canada (415 thousand overnight stays) and Kine (237 thousand overnight stays).Top destinations per night are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Medulin and Umag. Out of the total number of overnight stays, most of them were realized in household facilities (35 million overnight stays), hotels (25 million overnight stays) and camps (19 million overnight stays), while 3,2 million overnight stays were realized in nautical charter during twelve months.Related list:TOURISM REVENUES INCREASE 10 PERCENTlast_img read more