Leahy rips GOP over fast-track plan to repeal Obamacare

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On the Senate Floor this afternoon, Senator Patrick Leahy addressed the Senate on the pending Republican-authored legislation to enable and facilitate repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare.  The vehicle being used by Republican leaders for this is a budget resolution, S.Con.Res.3, “To Instruct Committees To Draft Legislation To Repeal The ACA.”Floor Remarks Of Senator Patrick LeahyOn The Budget Resolution, S. Con. Res. 3 (To Instruct Committees To Draft Legislation To Repeal The ACA)Senate FloorTuesday, January 10, 2017The 115th Congress convened just last week, and instead of beginning the year with a renewed sense of cooperation, Republicans in Congress have chosen a different path.  The very first thing on the agenda is to press forward with a sham budget – the only purpose of which is to set up a process to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a simple majority vote.Why?  Because they know such a repeal would never pass otherwise.  Instead of working to finalize appropriations bills for this year – already more than three months in – or to invest in our nation’s critical infrastructure, or to truly bolster our nation’s cybersecurity, or to improve the Affordable Care Act to ensure more people can receive affordable coverage, Republicans are recklessly rushing forward solely to fulfill an ill-considered campaign promise.  They are pushing American families over the cliff with the vague ‘promise’ that eventually they will come up with a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.  Jump first, plan later is anything but a responsible formula for sound decisions, and all the more so when the health insurance of tens of millions of American families is at stake.The Majority Leader and others have said that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act is “only the first step.”  They say that a full repeal is necessary to pave the way for a replacement.  “Let’s leave Obamacare in the past,” they argue.  When you strip away the rhetoric, the only alternative being offered to the American people by advocates of a repeal is: Don’t get sick.The American people have the right to know what a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act really means.  A repeal of this law would not just take away the rights and care of millions of patients and their families; it would eliminate insurance coverage for millions more, from the aging and elderly, to men and women with preexisting conditions, to the most vulnerable children. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would turn back the clock to a time when, once again, women would have to pay more for health insurance than men, insurance companies could rescind a health insurance policy because someone gets sick, and coverage could forever be denied to someone born with a disease or ailment.In Vermont, the Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of Vermonters without insurance by 53 percent.  Tens of thousands have gained coverage under the expansion of Medicaid.  And because the Affordable Care Act closed the prescription drug “donut hole,” more than 10,000 Vermont seniors saved $12 million on drugs in 2015 alone.I have heard stories from many Vermonters about how vital this law is to them and their families.  I have heard from family doctors, like one in Bennington who remembers when his patients couldn’t afford treatment because of lifetime and annual limits on health care coverage.  Or a woman from Westminster whose family hit hard times and moved from job to job but could afford to keep continuous health coverage because of the plans offered through the Affordable Care Act.  Other young Vermonters are able to pursue careers in public service or the arts because they can stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26.  Countless others have underscored that because of previous health issues such as diabetes or cancer, health coverage would be unaffordable without the guarantees and subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act.Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have gone to new lengths to repeat and prolong this political battle.  And that’s all this is.  They have had six years to propose a better alternative but have failed to do that.  Instead, Congressional Republicans and the President-elect have decided to put the cart before the horse and dismantle our health care system before figuring out how to fix it.  The American people rightly expect us to work together to make progress on so many challenges that we face today.  Instead, we are engaged in dangerous political gamesmanship.   I will not support a return to less protection, less coverage, less fairness, and higher costs.  That’s what repeal means.  The Affordable Care Act extended health insurance to millions of families in Vermont and across the country.  Those who represent the American people in Congress should stand ready to get to work for their constituents.  I will not support an effort to reverse the many reforms and achievements we made through the Affordable Care Act, and instead cobble back together a broken system that for too long burdened most American households with health coverage uncertainty and crippling costs.Source: Leahy 1.10.2017last_img read more

Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series and Virtual Running Club launch…

first_imgThe Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, a part of The IRONMAN Group, has announced the addition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running (VR) Series to its portfolio of events – ‘giving walkers and runners alike a start line from anywhere in the world with distances for everyone.’The Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series will be offered exclusively through the newly launched Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club (VRC), a web-based platform allowing runners to race, engage and connect with a new series of weekly races, challenges, and rewards.“For over 20 years, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series community has been ‘Bringing Fun to the Run’ through a mixture of music, community and celebrating achievement,” said Andrew Messick, President & CEO for The IRONMAN Group.“At our core, it is about finding fun and motivation in the moments that challenge us. While this seems truer and more important than ever before, this has always been the brand’s heartbeat. We believe that this new Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club will enable the running community to stay active, find structure and reach their finish lines in a positive, flexible and safe environment as they come together through a common passion.”The new Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club will offer options for everyone including challenges and virtual races in a variety of distances. The inaugural virtual race, Rock ‘n’ Roll VR1, kicked off at 17:00 ET on Friday, April 24. Available to the entire global community it consisted of a 5K run.Starting on Friday, April 24, virtual races will begin weekly on Fridays at 17:00 ET and close Sundays at 20:00 ET.To compete for and earn rewards and additional benefits, participants will track their activity by a GPS and heartrate device and upload to the member dashboard for tracking and displaying activity, member leaderboards, and rewards. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club platform is compatible with many of the top wearable technology devices, including Suunto, Garmin, MapmyRun, and Polar, among others.‘The virtual race collection from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series will feature fun, community-inspired events with distances for everyone.’Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running ClubRunner Dashboard – The athlete’s home base within the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club. Runners can log their races, see their upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series events and challenges, and view achievement badges on an easy-to-navigate dashboard.The Beat – While participants run and race in this new virtual space, resources will be incorporated into a section of the platform called The Beat, making Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club a central destination for all participant’s racing needs. Content will include a library of instructional and motivational videos and articles for users with information related to fitness, nutrition, running, coaching, community and of course playlists. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ non-profit partners, Rock This Town, a program of the IRONMAN Foundation and St. Jude, will be featured in the Community section of the platform.Events – The Rock ‘n’ Roll VR Series will rotate through of a variety of distances including 5K, 10K and half marathon with the inaugural virtual race, Rock ‘n’ Roll VR1, consisting of a 5K run.Challenges – Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club will offer a number of community and partner inspired challenges each week, including challenges from Brooks Running, United Airlines, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Science in Sport. The challenges will be available for free to all to participate in providing a ‘fun way for walkers and runners to train, race, achieve goals, get rewarded and have fun with fellow Rock ‘n’ Rollers from anywhere in the world.’Rewards – The more activity, training and racing walkers and runners do, the more points they gain. Points are earned by distance travelled (not time) and accumulate throughout the year and showcase how athletes stack up against each other. Points also convert into credits, which can be redeemed for rewards that are showcased in the Rewards section of the platform.www.runrocknrollvr.comwww.runrocknroll.com Relatedlast_img read more

Accuride Announces Two Key Quality, Supply Chain Appointments

first_imgEVANSVILLE, Ind. – Accuride Corp. has appointed two new members to its Quality and Supply Chain teams who are responsible for ensuring Accuride provides reliable product quality and dependable delivery performance for its customers.   Jd Marhevko has joined Accuride as vice president, quality, reporting to David Adams, senior vice president and chief technical officer, and brings more than 25 years of quality experience to her new role. She is responsible for developing and implementing total quality systems and procedures for all Accuride business units that comply with TS, ISO/QS and customer requirements, and will work with her team to build the technical resources and skills needed to support quality at Accuride.   Marhevko joined Accuride from Global Productivity Solutions, a Lean Six Sigma Consulting firm, where she recently helped a Fortune 50 company develop its quality strategy. Prior to that, she spent six years as the vice president of quality assurance and process excellence for the Test & Measurement unit of SPX, a diversified industrial company. She also held earlier operations management roles with Eaton, Cincinnati Milacron and Robert Bosch.   An American Society of Quality (ASQ) Fellow, Marhevko holds multiple ASQ certifications, including Certified Quality Manager, Quality Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt.  She earned her master’s degree in manufacturing plant management from Central Michigan University and bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Oakland University.   Accuride also announced that Gerald Merhar has joined the company as manager, supplier quality and development, reporting to Mary Blair, senior vice president, supply chain management. With more than 15 years of experience in quality and supply chain, Merhar will establish supplier quality and development processes aimed at improving performance across Accuride’s global supply chain. He is responsible for establishing Accuride’s supplier quality and development processes, including a Supplier Scorecard; establishing Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) and Customer Incident due to Vendor (CIV) reporting systems; and ensuring that Accuride’s suppliers comply with customer and Accuride quality standards.   Merhar joined Accuride from UCI’s FRAM Group in Chicago, where he had recently served as supplier quality and development engineering manager and led its global SQ&D team. He has prior supplier quality, maintenance and engineering experience at Honeywell and Wheland Foundry. Merhar earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and is pursuing an MBA from Regis University. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer.   Accuride President and CEO Rick Dauch said, “Both of today’s appointments demonstrate Accuride’s commitment to meet and exceed our customers’ quality and delivery standards. By adding Jd and Gerald to our team, we have significantly strengthened the leadership of Accuride’s corporate Quality function and initiated greater rigor and consistency in our Supplier Quality & Development processes.”     AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

DRiV Announces Retirement Of Billy Johnston

first_imgDRiV, the future Aftermarket and Ride Performance Company formed from the former Tenneco and Federal-Mogul Motorparts businesses, has announced the retirement of Billy Johnston, director of business development, North America Aftermarket, DRiV, after 34 years with the company.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. Billy Johnston DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. center_img “I’m very grateful and extremely fortunate to have been with the same company and many great people for almost 34 years,” said Johnston. “I’m very appreciative and humbled for what my coworkers and this company have done for me as I achieved my goal to retire at a younger age.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement “Billy built his career upon knowing that you can’t establish customer trust without striving for win/win situations for both parties – always,” said Jeff Koviak, vice president of sales, North America aftermarket, DRiV.  “I personally thank Billy for his many great years of dedicated service to Tenneco and to DRiV and know that we will all miss his constant passion for making the company a better place for us all.”last_img read more

Oxymat Exclusive – Merging R&D operations is key move

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Japan’s Toho Gas seals LNG deal with Petronas

first_imgJapanese gas utility Toho Gas said Friday it signed a 10-year contract to buy liquefied natural gas from Malaysia’s Petronas.This deal follows the heads of agreement signed between the two companies in March last year.Under the deal, Toho Gas will buy seven to nine cargoes per annum starting from April 2017, the utility said.LNG will be delivered on an ex-ship basis at prices linked to both crude oil and U.S. Henry Hub.According to the statement, the chilled fuel will be sourced from Petronas LNG Complex in Bintulu, Malaysia, as well as from the company’s global LNG portfolio.The contract also allows Toho Gas to change the destination of LNG cargoes after obtaining permission from the Malaysian giant. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

MoJ rules out further reform of legal services regulation

first_imgThe government has ruled out immediate further changes to the framework for legal services regulation following the wide-ranging review launched by the Ministry of Justice last June.In a ministerial statement today, justice minister Shailesh Vara (pictured) said the consultation process ‘did not reveal any options for government to reduce regulatory burdens on legal service practitioners or to simplify the regulatory framework that did not entail changes to primary legislation’.Vara said there was ‘no consensus on the longer-term vision’ for regulation among the 71 respondents to the consultation, which included the approved regulators, consumer bodies, practitioners, legal academics and the judiciary.‘In light of the above, the government has decided not to take forward any changes to the statutory framework at this time,’ he added.The announcement thwarts the radical ambitions of over-arching regulator the Legal Services Board, which lobbied hard for the introduction of a single regulator. Earlier this week, outgoing chair David Edmonds used his final speech to reiterate this demand for reform, while also taking aim at The Law Society and Bar Council by arguing that they should lose their statutory guarantee of funding. Responding to today’s announcement, Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson welcomed the retention of Section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007. This defines how approved regulators are allowed to deploy practising fees, incorporating such ‘permitted purposes’ as raising professional standards and participating in the law reform and legislative process. He told the Gazette: ‘If you look at the submissions to the consultation there were clearly differences of opinion. We are pleased Section 51 remains in place, but disappointed that some of the recommendations The Law Society made to the consultation will not be acted upon.’Chancery Lane argued in its submission for a ‘more proportionate’ regulatory regime, recommending that internal governance arrangements be modified so the Society could assume direct responsibility for training and authorisation to practise.It further argued that investigation and prosecution of offences should be undertaken at arm’s length by an operational arm of the Society with independent decision-making powers, but reporting directly to the Society.In a statement this afternoon, Hudson added: ‘The Law Society shares the government’s desire to reduce the regulatory burden on practitioners in the legal sector and promoting innovation, competition and growth in legal services.‘We argued in our response that while the reforms of the Legal Services Act 2007 have been successful in opening the market to new business structures and in improving the handling of complaints, the new regulatory structure remains complex and consequently creates a significant burden for our members.  ‘In our response we argued that there are a number of low-cost measures, which could be implemented in the short term, that would make regulation more proportionate and effective as well as minimising the cost to the profession. We look forward to working with the new leadership of the LSB and the other approved regulators to take these measures forward.’Consumer watchdog the Legal Services Consumer Panel, which also called for simplification through a single regulator, tweeted that it was a ‘shame’ that the government had ruled out a further overhaul of the system. It did however welcome the fact that a ‘return to self-regulation is off the agenda’. The Bar Standards Board welcomed the government’s announcement. ‘We will continue to modernise our regulatory regime to offer more flexibility and innovation, while ensuring that the public is properly protected,’ it said in a statement.‘We also look forward to working with a refreshed Legal Services Board and its new chair, in the public interest.’last_img read more

Preparation For Seven Mile NHS Fibre Optic Cable On Schedule

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInNHS Dumfries & Galloway and Dumfries & Galloway Council are working in partnership to procure a seven mile long fibre optic cable around Dumfries town, a contributing factor in the delivery of a new ‘digital hospital’, new data centre, and the flexibility to support joined up services throughout the region. Tenders are currently being sought for installation of fibre optic cables into the ducts, with works due to commence early 2017 and be complete by the end of July 2017. The Board and the Council would like to highlight that this is essential work to enable the delivery of improved information technology for public services in our region, and the new hospital which is scheduled to open in December 2017.  They would also like to reassure the public that they will continue to be given advance notice as the works progress through the town over the coming months. Preparation work for the cable to be installed started last May and is currently on schedule with half the ducts now in the ground ready for the cables. Installation of the remainder of the ducts is underway, being carried out by David Hardie Engineering Ltd and due to complete next May.  They will run from Troqueer through Millgreen, Market Square, over Galloway Street into College Street before crossing Glasgow Street into Lochfield Road and Hardthorn Crescent, and connecting to ducts already along Dumfries bypass. Crossing under the River Nith twice at Castledykes is technically the most difficult part and is being carried out by specialist drilling contractor Nicol of Skene from Aberdeenshire.  They have completed the first duct drill downstream of Kirkpatrick Macmillan Bridge, and have recently commenced the second drill upstream of the bridge.   last_img read more


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice officers are working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service looking at the cause of a fire which destroyed a house in Northfield Park, Annan during the early hours of this morning, Monday 6 November 2017.A vehicle parked in front of the house was discovered to be on fire around 00:15 hours this morning and the fire quickly spread to the house.No one was injured in the blaze.A joint police and fire investigation is planned for later this morning to establish the cause of the fire.Image courtesy of D&G Police Departmentlast_img read more