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08 декабря, 17:09

Humana, FullWell to Enhance Value-Based Care in Colorado

Humana Inc. (HUM) recently announced that it has entered in to a value-based agreement with population health leader, FullWell

08 декабря, 17:01

Costco (COST) Earnings and Revenues Miss Estimates in Q1

After posting a positive earnings surprise in the final quarter of fiscal 2016, Costco (COST) delivered a negative earnings surprise in the first quarter of fiscal 2017.

08 декабря, 07:00

Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations

How do so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to market? One reason is that clinical trials are often run on “dream patients” who aren’t representative of a larger population. On the other hand, sometimes the only thing worse than being excluded from a drug trial is being included. The post Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations appeared first on Freakonomics.

07 декабря, 23:10

Remarks by the First Lady

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Washington, D.C. 1:11 P.M. EST MRS. OBAMA:  Oh, my goodness!  (Applause.)  How is everybody doing?  (Applause.)  Wait, wait, wait -- how are you all doing?  (Applause.)  Really?  (Applause.)  Are we excited?  Are we ready to have some fun?  CHILDREN:  Yeah! MRS. OBAMA:  Oh, see, I like this group over here.  They seem really excited.  Can I get a little more excitement down there?  Are we ready to sort some toys?  (Applause.)  Yes, this is what I want to hear!  It is beyond a pleasure for me to be here today, but before we get started I want to thank a few people, okay?  Is that okay with you if I take a little time and thank some folks? I want to start by thanking Lieutenant General Pete Osman, who you just heard for -- not just for that kind introduction, but this man has been a leader.  He’s been someone I consider a friend.  It has been a privilege to work with him for the past eight years, not just on Toys for Tots, but on so many different issues.  He is a role model to me, and I treasure his friendship.  And I hope there’s more work that we can do together in the years to come.  So let’s thank General Osman.  (Applause.) And I also want to thank Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Ronny Green; your base Commander, Captain Frank Mays; and all my good folks from the White House Communications Agency.  Let’s hear it for my WHCA folks and your families.  (Applause.)  We are so grateful for your outstanding service. And I also want to thank Lieutenant Colonel Shane Donahue; Master Sergeant David Pizana, who has actually done all the leadership work on this drive.  He has done amazing work, and I know he doesn’t do it alone.  He has a great team, so I am grateful to all of you for helping to run the Toys for Tots drive here in the D.C. area. And especially on what is the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, when we acknowledge the sacrifice of so many, I want to say a very special thank you to our servicemembers who are here today.  I understand that we have everybody here.  We’ve got Air Force.  (Applause.)  We have Navy.  (Applause.)  All right, don’t embarrass yourselves, folks.  (Laughter.)  We’ve got Army.  (Applause.)  We have Coast Guard.  (Applause.)  They’re always a little small, small and mighty.  (Laughter.)  And of course, we have our Marines.  (Applause.)  There we go, that’s what I like to hear.  And we have your extraordinary families from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.  (Applause.)  But I just want to hear -- I know that we have some military kids here, right?  Where are our military kids?  (Applause.)  You guys are pretty mighty.  We also have some other students here from the Al Fatih Academy.  Where are you guys?  Let’s hear it!  (Applause.)  But we are thrilled to have you here today.  And we have some special guests.  Since this is my last official Toys for Tots drive as First Lady, we thought we wanted to make it a little more exciting, so we brought some good friends with us today.  We have -- and let me know if you’ve heard of these people -- we have Doc McStuffins.  (Applause.)  Doc and I, I don’t know if you know it, but we’ve done some film work together at the White House.  We are good friends and good stars together, so Doc decided to join us today to meet all of you and to help us celebrate.  We also have some of the amazing stars of Disney Channel’s “Descendants 2” and “Bizaardvark.”  We have Sofia, Cameron, Madison, and Olivia.  (Applause.)  They’re going to be helping you guys sort the toys.  We also have hosts from Radio Disney -– we’ve got Alex and Betsy.  Oh, there they go.  (Applause.)  They’re here!  So they’re going to help you guys, because you guys are going to help us sort -- they’re going to help you sort, okay?  So they’re our Santa’s helpers today.  Don’t they look good?  And they’re very smart, and they work very hard.  Way to go.  And we are all here today to support the wonderful work that Toys for Tots has been doing year after year to make the holidays so much brighter for kids across this country.  In fact, since Toys for Tots first started, they have sent more than 512 million toys to over 237 million children in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.  That’s pretty cool.  (Applause.)  And these folks work hard to get it done.  This is not an easy task.  They work for hours, sometimes in the cold and the wind and the snow and the rain, collecting these toys.  And they spend weekends sorting the toys, shipping them to kids all over the country -- kids just like you all. And in the end, that’s really what the holidays are all about.  And I want to say this not just to the families here, but to the families who are watching.  We have to remember that it’s not just about the presents -- even though we’re here to talk about toys for kids who don’t have them -- but it’s about the spirit of service -- the belief that in this country, we should look out for each other.  And if someone, anyone in this country -- our neighbor, our classmates, our friends, people we don’t even know -- if they hit on hard times, kids, it’s up to us to be there for them, right, to help them, to reach out.  Because the truth is, is that no matter what anybody says, we are all in this country together.  And I don’t want you to let anybody else make you think anything different.  You all all belong here.  That is true.  (Applause.)  And that’s true not just during the holidays, but every single day of the year.  And that’s what I’ve seen all across the country these past eight years as First Lady.  I have seen it, first and foremost, in our military families -– in brave men and women who serve around the world, and they keep us safe.  In the military spouses who work so hard to keep their families strong and together while their loved ones are serving.  And of course, I have seen it every day in our amazing military kids, many of them just like you.  I am so awed watching you young people step up when your mom and dad are doing some hard stuff.  You step up at home and you take on extra chores.  You keep an eye on your little brothers and sisters, even if they get on your nerves.  That was a joke.  (Laughter.)  You’re supposed to love your little brothers and sisters, even when they get on your nerves.   I know you guys have to make new friends and get good grades in each new school that you have to attend, because military kids often attend 10, 12 different schools over the course of their educational lives.  And you and your friends are from every possible background -- I want you to remember that -- from every race, every religion.  And many of your families come here from all over the world.  That’s what our military represents.  It represents the true spirit of diversity in this country.  So you all know that whether you attend classes at your local elementary school, or at Al Fatih; whether you celebrate Christmas or Eid; whether you go to a mosque on Fridays or synagogue on Sundays or church -- or synagogue on Saturday, church on Sundays -- we have to remember, especially our kids, we all love our country.  We are all Americans.  And as I said before, we all belong here, every single one of us. And that’s something that we can all celebrate during this holiday season.  It’s something that we have to remember every day:  How we are so beautifully diverse, but we have so much in common –- our love for our families, our pride in our country, our commitment to helping each other in times of need -- particularly in times of need.  And I hope that everyone watching at home today takes that message to heart and considers giving back through programs like this one, like Toys for Tots, over the next few weeks before the holidays really kick in.  It’s not too late to pitch in.  Folks can still go to the Toys for Tots website and give online, or you can go to the nearest drop-off station.  That’s what we did at the White House.  We’ve done it for eight years.  For eight years our staff has stepped up.  And we came here today with cars filled with toys to contribute.  So on behalf of myself and the President and my family, I just want to thank you all for the privilege to serve, and thank everyone at Toys for Tots for everything you’re doing.  And we wish you all a wonderful holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year.  All right, let’s get to work, you guys.  Let’s sort some toys, okay?  (Applause.)  END 1:21 P.M. EST

07 декабря, 17:38

Community Bank to Acquire Northeast Retirement Services

Community Bank System, Inc. (CBU) has inked a deal to acquire Northeast Retirement Services, Inc. (NRS). The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017.

07 декабря, 15:51

Watsco Increases Stake in Carrier Enterprise Joint Venture

Watsco, Inc. (WSO) has raised its stake by 10% in Carrier Enterprise Northeast LLC, a joint venture with Carrier Corporation.

07 декабря, 04:56

Soon-To-Expire Health Benefits For Coal Miners Are At The Center Of The Government Funding Fight

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― After more than a year of stalling, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday pushed to extend health benefits for retired coal miners and their widows in a government funding bill lawmakers hope to take up this week. A bipartisan group of senators has pressured McConnell for months to bring legislation that would direct $3 billion over the next 10 years into health care and pension funds for miners. Roughly 17,000 retired miners are set to lose their health care benefits later this month, and an additional 4,000 would early next year without congressional action. McConnell said he urged House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to include a measure that would extend at least the health benefits for another four months ― the length of the continuing resolution (CR) Congress needs to vote on by Dec. 9 to keep the government open. “I’ve spoken with the speaker on a number of occasions about an issue facing coal miner retirees like those I represent in Kentucky,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “I have insisted that the CR include a provision to address that issue so these retirees don’t lose their health care benefits at the end of the year.” That isn’t good enough for a number of Senate Democrats and Republicans who first tried last year to force McConnell’s hand on legislation that would have protected the pensions, in addition to the health care benefits, for thousands of retired and disabled coal miners. McConnell didn’t budge then, nor when the same bipartisan group of senators tried to leverage their votes on a bill to help Puerto Rico restructure its billions of dollars in debt. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who says he is tired of waiting, vowed Tuesday to block any special requests to expedite other bills until action is taken to help 120,000 miners. Supporters of the bill argue it’s time to follow through on the promise made by the federal government 70 years ago to protect the United Mine Workers’ health and pension benefits. “For several months, we have joined thousands of our states’ retired coal miners and their families to call for a vote on this bipartisan, paid-for bill,” Manchin said Tuesday. “And for several months those calls have gone unanswered. These miners cannot wait another day, and it’s up to us to protect what they’ve earned for a lifetime of dangerous, backbreaking work.” Manchin wants the full bill, the Miners Protection Act, included in the CR. But the text of the continuing resolution, which was unveiled later Tuesday night, only included the language pushed by McConnell ― providing $45 million for continued health benefits, preventing the loss of health coverage for thousands of miners and their families.   “They’ve kind of given up on pensions, at least temporarily,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. “We really should do something to help the miners. We think it should be a full five-year funding provision, and we got a number of Democratic senators who are going to hang very close on that always.” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who will take Reid’s place as the minority leader next year, accused Republicans of opposing campaign promises made by President-elect Donald Trump to help coal miners. “Time and time again, the president-elect said he’d be a champion for coal miners and said he’d stop the war on coal,” Schumer said. “What do Republicans in Washington have to say about that? They tried to throw our coal miners a bone and merely extended their health care benefits by a couple of months.” Asked why the language provides financial support only for the health benefits, which along with the pensions are at risk of going insolvent as the coal industry battles bankruptcies, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) pointed to McConnell. “Sounds like a Mitch McConnell war on coal miners,” Durbin told reporters. Don Stewart, McConnell’s spokesman, shot back, pointing out that “originally there was no extension.” “How does preventing the loss of health care benefits on Dec. 31 constitute a war on coal miners?” Stewart said. “Sen. Durbin wants to block their health care?” Durbin wouldn’t say if Democrats would threaten a shutdown over the miner provision, noting that Republicans weren’t talking to them about the details of the continuing resolution. He added, though, that many Democrats feel that Manchin has been “patient to a fault” waiting for a vote to help the retired coal miners. “There’s always a risk when facing a deadline on Friday night,” Durbin said. Democrats aren’t alone. Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined Manchin and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in voting against advancing a massive bipartisan medical research bill on Monday night over the health and pension benefits. “The pension and health benefits of thousands of retired coal miners in Ohio remain in jeopardy, and the Senate must act,” Portman said in a statement, adding that the full Miner’s Protection Act language should either be attached to the continuing resolution or another must-pass bill before Congress leaves for the year. Portman has not said if he will support the CR if the pension benefits are not included. When pressed about calls for the full bill to be voted on, McConnell stood by his initial recommendation to House Republicans. “What I support is... miners’ health care for the duration of the CR,” McConnell said. A recent Congressional Budget Report found that the full Miners Protection Act would save the government money ― $74 million ― over the 10-year life of the bill if passed. It would be paid for by hiking customs fees on imported goods. “The Republican leader is turning his back on American coal miners,” Sen. Brown said in an emailed statement. “We had the chance to protect the retirement and health care coal miners have earned and save taxpayers money in the process, but Washington leaders chose to pull a bait and switch instead. This is everything that’s wrong with Washington.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

07 декабря, 03:49

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post: Tom Murphy – Under Secretary for Benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs    President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Jerry MacArthur Hultin – Member, American Battle Monuments Commission Lisa A. Hallett – Member, American Battle Monuments Commission Rebecca Hankins – Member, National Historical Publications and Records Commission Naomi L. Nelson – Member, National Historical Publications and Records Commission Lee A. Feinstein – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Priscilla Levine Kersten – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Jonathan S. Lavine – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council President Obama said, “I am confident that these outstanding individuals will serve the American people well, and I look forward to working with them.” President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post: Tom Murphy, Nominee for Under Secretary for Benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs     Tom Murphy is Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a position he has held since June 2016.  In this role, Mr. Murphy also performs the duties of the Under Secretary for Benefits.  From 2010 to 2016, he was Director of Compensation Service at the VA, serving concurrently as the Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits from February to June of 2016.  He was Director of the VA’s Puerto Rico Regional Office from 2009 to 2010.  Mr. Murphy worked at The Home Depot as Director of Merchandise Planning from 2007 to 2009, Director of Sourcing from 2006 to 2007, and as a Store Manager from 2002 to 2006.  He was a Tactical Planning Manager for Qwest Communications from 1999 to 2001.  Mr. Murphy also worked at the Department of Defense from 1989 to 1999 in a number of management, logistics, and personnel roles.  He retired from the military with the rank of Major after 15 years of service in the Colorado National Guard and six years of service with the Marine Corps Reserve.  Mr. Murphy received a B.S. from Colorado Christian University and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Jerry MacArthur Hultin, Appointee for Member, American Battle Monuments Commission Jerry MacArthur Hultin is President Emeritus of Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU).  Mr. Hultin previously served as President of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU from 2008 to 2013 and President of Polytechnic University from 2005 to 2008.  Since 2015, Mr. Hultin has been President, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Co-Founder of Global Futures Group, LLC.  He was Dean of the Howe School of Technology Management at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2000 to 2005, Under Secretary of the Department of the Navy from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Hultin held various roles in the private sector from 1972 to 1997 and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1969.  He is Chair of the Global Advisory Board of the Smart City Expo and World Congress, a Global Fellow of Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, and is a member of the Defense Business Board and the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences.  Mr. Hultin received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations in 2010.  Mr. Hultin received a B.A. from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.  Lisa A. Hallett, Appointee for Member, American Battle Monuments Commission Lisa A. Hallett is Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of wear blue: run to remember, positions she has held since 2010.  Ms. Hallett served as a Parent Educator at the Military Child Education Coalition from 2007 to 2009 and was an instructor at Vernon Parish Schools and Muscogee County School District from 2005 to 2006.  Ms. Hallett received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.Ed.T. from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  Rebecca Hankins, Appointee for Member, National Historical Publications and Records Commission Rebecca Hankins is Associate Professor, Curator, and Librarian for Africana Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Arabic Language at Texas A&M University, where she has worked since 2003.  Ms. Hankins was Assistant Librarian and Archivist at the University of Arizona from 2001 to 2003 and Archivist at the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University from 1988 to 2001.  She is also a Regent for Exam Development for the Academy of Certified Archivists and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.  Ms. Hankins received a B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans, an M.L.I.S. from Louisiana State University, and is a Certified Archivist with the Academy of Certified Archivists. Dr. Naomi L. Nelson, Appointee for Member, National Historical Publications and Records Commission Dr. Naomi L. Nelson is Associate University Librarian and Director of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, positions she has held since 2014 and 2010, respectively.  Dr. Nelson was Co-Director of the Digital Scholarship and Media Studies Graduate Certificate Program at Emory University from 2009 to 2010 and Assistant Director and Interim Director of the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University from 2004 to 2010.  She held numerous positions at Emory University’s Special Collections and Archives from 1991 to 2009, including Director of Digital Archives and Coordinator for Research Services.  Dr. Nelson served on the Society of American Archivists’ Committee on Education, the Research Libraries Group’s Encoded Archival Description Advisory Group, and the Digital Library Federation’s Aquifer Initiative.  She was first appointed to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 2014.  Dr. Nelson received an A.B. from Duke University, an M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Science, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. Lee A. Feinstein, Appointee for Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Lee A. Feinstein is Dean of the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, a position he has held since 2014.  Mr. Feinstein was Senior Director at McLarty Associates from 2013 to 2014.  He served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Poland from 2009 to 2012.  Mr. Feinstein was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2008 to 2009.  He was Deputy Director of Studies and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2002 to 2007 and Principal Deputy Director and Member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State from 1995 to 2001.  Mr. Feinstein served as Special Assistant for Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement Policy at the Department of Defense from 1994 to 1995 and as Assistant Director for Research at the Arms Control Association from 1989 to 1994.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Feinstein received an A.B. from Vassar College, an M.A. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.   Priscilla Levine Kersten, Appointee for Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Priscilla Levine Kersten is President of Square One Foundation and Chair of the University of Chicago Women’s Board, where she has worked since 2007 and 2015, respectively.  Ms. Kersten is a founding member of Impact 100 Chicago and serves on the board of the Chicago Children’s Choir.  She has held board member positions at the Latin School of Chicago, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and the Jewish Women’s Foundation.  Ms. Kersten received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Jonathan S. Lavine, Appointee for Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Jonathan S. Lavine is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, which he joined in 1993, and Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit, which he founded in 1997.  Mr. Lavine was a Consultant at McKinsey and Company from 1991 to 1993 and an Analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1988 to 1990.  He is Chairman of the National Board of Trustees of City Year, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University, and a member of the boards of the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Mr. Lavine is a past recipient of Columbia College’s John Jay Award, Voices for National Service Citizen Service Award, and the New England Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Service Award.  Mr. Lavine received a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. 

06 декабря, 20:01

Топ-10 лучших пляжей мира

В мире тысячи прекрасных пляжей и практически невозможно выбрать лучший, ведь у каждого человека свои предпочтения. Кому-то нравятся тихие, уединенные пляжи, кому-то - роскошные с белым песком и голубой лагуной, кому-то - дикие с утесами и скалами. А какой выберете вы?№10. Остров Фрейзер, Квинсленд, АвстралияОстров Фрейзер - самый большой в мире песчаный остров. Он находится у восточного побережья Австралии, его размеры: длина — около 120 км, ширина — от 7 до 23 км. Площадь — 1840 км2.Дюны острова, достигающие 240 м в высоту, образовались более 400 лет назад и сейчас остров является самым большим песчаным островом в мире и имеет свою уникальную экосистему. Красивейшие пляжи из белого песка растянулись на более чем 100 км.В 1992 остров Фрейзер был включён в список Всемирного наследия ЮНЕСКО как неповторимый природный памятник.№9. Рандеву Бэй, Ангилья, Карибское мореАнгилья - остров на востоке Карибского моря, это самоуправляемая территория Великобритании. Размеры этого кораллового острова 26 км в длину и 5 км в ширину. Весь остров обрамлен пляжами, всего их около 30.Рандеву Бэй - самый лучший пляж Ангильи. Здесь белый и мягкий песок, голубая кристально чистая вода, пальмы, самые лучшие отели - райское местечко.№8. Пляж Матира На Острове Бора-Бора, Французская ПолинезияБора-Бора - один из прекраснейших и романтичных островов в Тихом Океане. Остров располагается в защищенной лагуне, его длина 29 км.Лучшее место на острове - пляж Матира. Полоска белого песка с пальмами и прозрачной, чистой водой лагуны. Здесь вы сможете покататься на водных лыжах, заняться сноркелингом или каякингом. В пяти минутах ходьбы от пляжа располагаются отели, рестораны и закусочные.№7. Лопес Мендес, Илья-Гранди, БразилияОдин из чистейших и красивейших пляжей в мире. Три километра белоснежного песка, который хрустит под ногами и бирюзовая прозрачнейшая вода. На острове нет автомобильных дорог, а пляж окружен джунглями. От Рио-де-Жанейро до острова — несколько часов ходу на катере. Настоящий тропический рай.№6. Пляж Анс Лацио, Праслин, СейшелыУютная, закрытая бухта и невероятного бирюзового цвета вода делают пляж Анс Лацио не только лучшим пляжем на Сейшелах, но и одним из лучших в мире.Белоснежный песок, уютная бухта, лазурная чистейшая вода, склоняющиеся над водой деревья, бегающие по пляжу крабики - все это неповторимый пляж Анс Лацио.№5. Пляж Пинк-Сэнд-Бич, Харбор, Багамские островаНевероятный пляж с розовым песком находится на Багамских островах. Такой необычный цвет пляж имеет благодаря мелким частичкам розовых кораллов и раковин. Эти частички можно рассмотреть если разглядеть песок поближе.На острове нет крупных туристических комплексов, вместо них здесь располагаются небольшие частные виллы. Остров Харбор имеет небольшие размеры - 5 км в длину и 1 км в ширину. Здесь нет автомобилей. Сюда можно ехать любителям спокойного и тихого отдыха.Море здесь спокойное, берег защищен от сильных волн коралловым рифом. Все эти условия делают пляж идеальным для дайвинга и сноркелинга.№4. Остров Сан Айленд, МальдивыОстров Сан Айленд - один из самых красивых и популярных на Мальдивах. Белоснежный песок, голубая вода, бунгала на берегу - все это создает неповторимую атмосферу рая на Земле.Самое популярное и интересное развлечение здесь - сноркелинг и дайвинг. Плавание рядом с рифовыми акулами, кормление скатов, знакомство с муреной (издалека) - все это удивительно и волнующе, особенно для неискушенных туристов.№3. Пляж Фламенко, остров Кулебра , Пуэрто-РикоПляж Фламенко - один из самых красивых пляжей Пуэрто-Рико. Белый коралловый песок простирается на мили веред вдоль береговой линии острова. Коралловый риф защищает пляж от сильных волн. Здесь вы найдете как минимум 4 оттенка воды.Вдоль пляжа расположено несколько лучших кемпингов в Пуэрто-Рико. Некоторые ткристы проводят здесь по несколько месяцев в году.№2. Остров Черепах, ФиджиОстров Черепах - это по-настоящему райское место на Земле. Чистейшая голубая вода, роскошные подводные пейзажи для любителей дайвинга, пальмы, свисающие над идеальными песчаными пляжами. Этот остров - излюбленное место для отдыха знаменитостей.Остров стал известен всему миру после съемок фильма "Голубая лагуна". Подводное погружение, подводное плавание, пеший туризм, каякинг, серфинг, парусный спорт - и это еще не полный список развлечений на Острове Черепах.№1. Белый пляж, Боракай, ФилиппиныБелый пляж - это самый известный и самый длинный пляж Боракая. Длина пляжа - 4 км. Имеемо здесь располагаются большинство самых дорогих отелей острова. Белый пляж уникален благодаря белому мелкому как мука песку и прозрачнейшей воде лазурного цвета.Этот пляж похож на райский, прямо как из рекламы Баунти. На пляже идеальная чистота, на нем запрещено пить, курить и есть еду. Белый пляж не принадлежит ни одному из отелей и является общественным, поэтому вы можете гулять по нему свободно, где пожелаете.Источники:via, via, via, via, via, viaПодписаться на обновленияЯ в других социальных сетях:

06 декабря, 18:04

Coupa Software (COUP) Stock Up on Lower Y/Y Loss in Q3

Coupa Software Inc.'s (COUP) share price surged more than 10% after hours, after the company reported impressive third-quarter fiscal 2017 results.

06 декабря, 17:48

AutoZone (AZO) Meets Q1 Earnings Estimates; Revenues Lag

AutoZone, Inc. (AZO) reported a 13% year-over-year surge in earnings per share to $9.36 for the first quarter (ended Nov 19, 2016) of fiscal 2017 from $8.29 recorded in the year-ago quarter.

06 декабря, 17:35

Bill Gross Reveals The "Global Establishment's Overall Plan" In Eight Simple Steps

Continuing his anti-establishment bent, in his latest letter "Red is the new black", Bill Gross first exposes the "current global establishment’s (including Trump’s) overall plan" consisting of 8 simple steps to "solve the global debt crisis" (yes, the sarcasm is oozing), at which point he goes on to say that "it pays to not fight the tiger until it becomes obvious that another plan will by necessity replace it" and adds "that time is not now, but growing populism and the increasing ineffectiveness of monetary policy suggest an eventual transition." His monthly words of caution: “Red” (in some cases) may be the new “Green” when applied to future investment returns. Be careful – stay out of jail." The full Bill Gross' latest monthly letter courtesy of Janus Red is the New Green I’ve got nothing against national anthems, and I wouldn’t kneel even if I was Colin Kaepernick. I just think as a country, “America the Beautiful” might have been a better choice for ours and that in some cases, some words of “The Star Spangled Banner” don’t ring true. A few countries’ anthems are, in fact, quite pleasing to my ear. “O Canada” has a beautiful melody and words to match, although you’d probably have to be watching hockey to hear it. Our “Star Spangled Banner”? For me – not so much. I can sort of see the “rockets’ red glare”, but it’s hard to sing and quite long – especially if you’re waiting for the kickoff. But like I said, I have nothing against it, except maybe the last stanza. Not the “Home of the Brave” part. Having spent two years in Vietnam, ferrying Navy SEALs up the Mekong Delta, I witnessed a lot of bravery. Not me. I was duckin’ quicker than Bill Murray’s gopher in Caddyshack. The SEALs though. Yeah – tough guys – very brave. I quarrel however, with the part about “Land of the Free”. Free? For almost all of us – “yes” – but for 3+ million of us? Not really.   Take a look at Chart I, and be honest if your eyes don’t bug out. More than any country on Earth – in total numbers, or as a percentage of the population, Americans are incarcerated, imprisoned – freedomless. Of course there’s a legitimate explanation for many of them, but what’s the reason for the rest? Restrictive laws that went too far and tied judges’ hands: California’s “three strikes and you’re out” legislation, for one, that was approved by voters long ago but is perhaps outdated now due to the growing acceptance of marijuana. The privatization of prison management and ownership is even more damning. “Orange Is the New Black” focuses on race and classism themes, but there’s more to the show than that. I’d affirm lead character Aleida Diaz when she says, “We a for-profit prison now. We ain’t people no more. We bulk items, sardines in a can.” I spent one night in a Danish pokey 50 years ago for intoxication, and it was 18 hours too long. We owe it to 1-2 million orange clad prisoners to clean up the system and give validity to our own national anthem.   Well, solving the “Orange Is Not Free” dilemma may take time just as the solution to a global debt crisis (now seven years running) may take even longer. It helps though to understand what the plan is in order to invest accordingly. While I and others have been critical of its destructive, as opposed to constructive elements, it is the current global establishment’s (including Trump’s) overall plan, and the establishment’s emphatic “whatever it takes” monetary policies are the law of our financial markets. It pays to not fight the tiger until it becomes obvious that another plan will by necessity replace it. That time is not now, but growing populism and the increasing ineffectiveness of monetary policy suggest an eventual transition. But back to the beginning which was sometime around 2009/2010: How policymakers plan to solve a long-term global debt crisis: As in Japan, the Eurozone, the U.S., and the UK, central banks bought/buy increasing amounts of government debt (QE), then rebate all interest to their Treasuries and eventually extend bond maturities. Someday they might even “forgive” the debt. Poof! It’s gone. Keep interest rates artificially low to raise asset prices and bail out over-indebted zombie corporations and individuals. Extend and pretend. Talk about “normalization” to maintain as steep a yield curve as possible to help financial institutions with long-term liabilities, but normalize very, very slowly using financial repression. Liberalize accounting rules to make some potentially “bankrupt” insurance companies and pension funds appear solvent. Puerto Rico, anyone? Downgrade or never mention the low interest rate burden on household savers. Suggest it is a problem that eventually will be resolved by the “market”. Begin to emphasize “fiscal” as opposed to “monetary” policy, but never mention Keynes or significant increases in government deficit spending. Use the buzzwords of “infrastructure” spending and “lower taxes”. Everyone wants those potholes fixed, don’t they? Everyone wants lower taxes too! Promote capitalism – even though government controlled, near zero percent interest rates distort markets and ultimately corrupt capitalism as we once understood it. Reintroduce Laffer Curve logic to significantly lower corporate taxes. Foster hope. Discourage acknowledgement of abysmal productivity trends which are a critical test of an economic system’s effectiveness. If you are a policymaker or politician, plan to eventually retire from the Fed/Congress/ Executive Wing and claim it’ll be up to the Millennials now. If you are an active as opposed to passive investment manager, fight the developing trend of low fee ETFs and index funds. But expect to retire with a nest egg. That’s the plan dear reader, and President-elect Trump’s policies fit neatly into numbers 6, 7 and 8. There’s no doubt that many aspects of Trump’s agenda are good for stocks and bad for bonds near term – tax cuts, deregulation, fiscal stimulus, etc. But longer term, investors must consider the negatives of Trump’s anti-globalization ideas which may restrict trade and negatively affect corporate profits. In addition, the strong dollar weighs heavily on globalized corporations, especially tech stocks. Unconstrained strategies should increase cash and cash alternatives (such as high probability equity buy-out proposals). Bond durations and risk assets should be below benchmark targets. On TV, “Orange Is the New Black” yet, in the markets, “Red” (in some cases) may be the new “Green” when applied to future investment returns. Be careful – stay out of jail.

06 декабря, 17:30

Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: Health Insurance Innovations, MoneyGram, Lawson Products, Applied Industrials and AK Steel

Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: Health Insurance Innovations, MoneyGram, Lawson Products, Applied Industrials and AK Steel

06 декабря, 13:00

America's Math Scores Are Getting Worse

When it comes to literacy in math, science and reading, American teens are far from top performers, according to new results from an international exam released Tuesday. American teens posted uninspiring results on the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment, a test taken by a sample of 15-year-olds in 70 education systems around the world. Students’ scores in reading and science remained largely stagnant since the last time the test was administered in 2012, but scores in math dropped to lows not seen since 2006. The PISA exam is administered every three years. The United States posted average scores in reading and science compared to other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an intergovernmental group of 35 mostly industrialized nations. On math, the United States scored below average, with scores of both top- and low-performing students declining.  When disaggregated by location, the scores of students in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Puerto Rico show sharp divides. Average scores from students in Massachusetts are well above the United States average, while North Carolina scores are consistent with the nation’s overall scores. Puerto Rico’s scores were lower than the U.S. average in all three areas.  Singapore ― while not a member of the OECD ― participated in the exam, and posted top scores in all three subjects. On the other end of the spectrum, the Dominican Republic ― also not an OECD member country ― posted the lowest scores out of any country in science and math.  The United States had an average number of top-performing students in science and reading, but a lower than average number in math. Nine percent of American 15-year-olds received a top score in science, but only 6 percent did the same in math (compared to the OECD average of 11 percent).   Peggy Carr, the acting commissioner of the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics, said the declining math scores are “something we should keep an eye on.” “This pattern we’re seeing in mathematics seems to be kind of consistent with what we’ve seen in previous assessments of mathematics literacy,” said Carr, whose agency released the test scores, on a call with reporters. “Everything was just going down across the entire distribution.”  U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. is expected to speak about the results at an event in Massachusetts on Tuesday. While King will express disappointment in the scores, he will praise the New England state as a “bright spot.” “We’re losing ground ― a troubling prospect when, in today’s knowledge-based economy, the best jobs can go anywhere in the world,” King will say, according to prepared remarks. “Students in Massachusetts, Maryland and Minnesota aren’t just vying for great jobs along with their neighbors or across state lines, they must be competitive with peers in Finland, Germany and Japan.” Another bright spot, King will note, is that poverty has become less predictive of performance on this exam since 2006.  “The U.S. has made more progress in closing the socioeconomic achievement gap than any other PISA country,” the prepared remarks read.  Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers labor union, connected the stagnating scores to a lack of investment in education. The scores are “predictable given the impact of the last 15 years of U.S. education policies combined with continuing state disinvestment following the 2008 recession,” Weingarten said in a statement. “Thirty one states still spend less per pupil than before the recession.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

06 декабря, 13:00

America's Math Scores Are Getting Worse

When it comes to literacy in math, science and reading, American teens are far from top performers, according to new results from an international exam released Tuesday. American teens posted uninspiring results on the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment, a test taken by a sample of 15-year-olds in 70 education systems around the world. Students’ scores in reading and science remained largely stagnant since the last time the test was administered in 2012, but scores in math dropped to lows not seen since 2006. The PISA exam is administered every three years. The United States posted average scores in reading and science compared to other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an intergovernmental group of 35 mostly industrialized nations. On math, the United States scored below average, with scores of both top- and low-performing students declining.  When disaggregated by location, the scores of students in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Puerto Rico show sharp divides. Average scores from students in Massachusetts are well above the United States average, while North Carolina scores are consistent with the nation’s overall scores. Puerto Rico’s scores were lower than the U.S. average in all three areas.  Singapore ― while not a member of the OECD ― participated in the exam, and posted top scores in all three subjects. On the other end of the spectrum, the Dominican Republic ― also not an OECD member country ― posted the lowest scores out of any country in science and math.  The United States had an average number of top-performing students in science and reading, but a lower than average number in math. Nine percent of American 15-year-olds received a top score in science, but only 6 percent did the same in math (compared to the OECD average of 11 percent).   Peggy Carr, the acting commissioner of the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics, said the declining math scores are “something we should keep an eye on.” “This pattern we’re seeing in mathematics seems to be kind of consistent with what we’ve seen in previous assessments of mathematics literacy,” said Carr, whose agency released the test scores, on a call with reporters. “Everything was just going down across the entire distribution.”  U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. is expected to speak about the results at an event in Massachusetts on Tuesday. While King will express disappointment in the scores, he will praise the New England state as a “bright spot.” “We’re losing ground ― a troubling prospect when, in today’s knowledge-based economy, the best jobs can go anywhere in the world,” King will say, according to prepared remarks. “Students in Massachusetts, Maryland and Minnesota aren’t just vying for great jobs along with their neighbors or across state lines, they must be competitive with peers in Finland, Germany and Japan.” Another bright spot, King will note, is that poverty has become less predictive of performance on this exam since 2006.  “The U.S. has made more progress in closing the socioeconomic achievement gap than any other PISA country,” the prepared remarks read.  Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers labor union, connected the stagnating scores to a lack of investment in education. The scores are “predictable given the impact of the last 15 years of U.S. education policies combined with continuing state disinvestment following the 2008 recession,” Weingarten said in a statement. “Thirty one states still spend less per pupil than before the recession.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

05 декабря, 23:51

Nordstrom Boosts Presence in New Jersey with Rack Store

Nordstrom (JWN) announced plans to introduce a Nordstrom Rack in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

05 декабря, 21:17

The Best Performing "Trump Stocks"

The Best Performing "Trump Stocks"

05 декабря, 19:35

Executive Order -- Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - SAFEGUARDING THE NATION FROM THE IMPACTS OF INVASIVE SPECIES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and to ensure the faithful execution of the laws of the United States of America, including the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, (16 U.S.C. 4701 et seq.), the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the Lacey Act, as amended (18 U.S.C. 42, 16 U.S.C. 3371-3378 et seq.), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act of 2004 (7 U.S.C. 7781 et seq.), and other pertinent statutes, to prevent the introduction of invasive species and provide for their control, and to minimize the economic, plant, animal, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to prevent the introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species, as well as to eradicate and control populations of invasive species that are established. Invasive species pose threats to prosperity, security, and quality of life. They have negative impacts on the environment and natural resources, agriculture and food production systems, water resources, human, animal, and plant health, infrastructure, the economy, energy, cultural resources, and military readiness. Every year, invasive species cost the United States billions of dollars in economic losses and other damages. Of substantial growing concern are invasive species that are or may be vectors, reservoirs, and causative agents of disease, which threaten human, animal, and plant health. The introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species create the potential for serious public health impacts, especially when considered in the context of changing climate conditions. Climate change influences the establishment, spread, and impacts of invasive species. Executive Order 13112 of February 3, 1999 (Invasive Species), called upon executive departments and agencies to take steps to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species, and to support efforts to eradicate and control invasive species that are established. Executive Order 13112 also created a coordinating body -- the Invasive Species Council, also referred to as the National Invasive Species Council -- to oversee implementation of the order, encourage proactive planning and action, develop recommendations for international cooperation, and take other steps to improve the Federal response to invasive species. Past efforts at preventing, eradicating, and controlling invasive species demonstrated that collaboration across Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial government; stakeholders; and the private sector is critical to minimizing the spread of invasive species and that coordinated action is necessary to protect the assets and security of the United States. This order amends Executive Order 13112 and directs actions to continue coordinated Federal prevention and control efforts related to invasive species. This order maintains the National Invasive Species Council (Council) and the Invasive Species Advisory Committee; expands the membership of the Council; clarifies the operations of the Council; incorporates considerations of human and environmental health, climate change, technological innovation, and other emerging priorities into Federal efforts to address invasive species; and strengthens coordinated, cost-efficient Federal action. Sec. 2. Definitions. Section 1 of Executive Order 13112 is amended to read as follows: "Section 1. Definitions. (a) 'Control' means containing, suppressing, or reducing populations of invasive species. (b) 'Eradication' means the removal or destruction of an entire population of invasive species. (c) 'Federal agency' means an executive department or agency, but does not include independent establishments as defined by 5 U.S.C. 104. (d) 'Introduction' means, as a result of human activity, the intentional or unintentional escape, release, dissemination, or placement of an organism into an ecosystem to which it is not native. (e) 'Invasive species' means, with regard to a particular ecosystem, a non-native organism whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human, animal, or plant health. (f) 'Non-native species' or 'alien species' means, with respect to a particular ecosystem, an organism, including its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that occurs outside of its natural range. (g) 'Pathway' means the mechanisms and processes by which non-native species are moved, intentionally or unintentionally, into a new ecosystem. (h) 'Prevention' means the action of stopping invasive species from being introduced or spreading into a new ecosystem. (i) 'United States' means the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, all possessions, and the territorial sea of the United States as defined by Presidential Proclamation 5928 of December 27, 1988." Sec. 3. Federal Agency Duties. Section 2 of Executive Order 13112 is amended to read as follows: "Sec. 2. Federal Agency Duties. (a) Each Federal agency for which that agency's actions may affect the introduction, establishment, or spread of invasive species shall, to the extent practicable and permitted by law, (1) identify such agency actions; (2) subject to the availability of appropriations, and within administrative, budgetary, and jurisdictional limits, use relevant agency programs and authorities to: (i) prevent the introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species; (ii) detect and respond rapidly to eradicate or control populations of invasive species in a manner that is cost-effective and minimizes human, animal, plant, and environmental health risks; (iii) monitor invasive species populations accurately and reliably; (iv) provide for the restoration of native species, ecosystems, and other assets that have been impacted by invasive species; (v) conduct research on invasive species and develop and apply technologies to prevent their introduction, and provide for environmentally sound methods of eradication and control of invasive species; (vi) promote public education and action on invasive species, their pathways, and ways to address them, with an emphasis on prevention, and early detection and rapid response; (vii) assess and strengthen, as appropriate, policy and regulatory frameworks pertaining to the prevention, eradication, and control of invasive species and address regulatory gaps, inconsistencies, and conflicts; (viii) coordinate with and complement similar efforts of States, territories, federally recognized American Indian tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, Native Hawaiians, local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector; and (ix) in consultation with the Department of State and with other agencies as appropriate, coordinate with foreign governments to prevent the movement and minimize the impacts of invasive species; and (3) refrain from authorizing, funding, or implementing actions that are likely to cause or promote the introduction, establishment, or spread of invasive species in the United States unless, pursuant to guidelines that it has prescribed, the agency has determined and made public its determination that the benefits of such actions clearly outweigh the potential harm caused by invasive species; and that all feasible and prudent measures to minimize risk of harm will be taken in conjunction with the actions. (c) Federal agencies shall pursue the duties set forth in this section in coordination, to the extent practicable, with other member agencies of the Council and staff, consistent with the National Invasive Species Council Management Plan, and in cooperation with State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and stakeholders, as appropriate, and in consultation with the Department of State when Federal agencies are working with international organizations and foreign nations. (d) Federal agencies that are members of the Council, and Federal interagency bodies working on issues relevant to the prevention, eradication, and control of invasive species, shall provide the Council with annual information on actions taken that implement these duties and identify barriers to advancing priority actions. (e) To the extent practicable, Federal agencies shall also expand the use of new and existing technologies and practices; develop, share, and utilize similar metrics and standards, methodologies, and databases and, where relevant, platforms for monitoring invasive species; and, facilitate the interoperability of information systems, open data, data analytics, predictive modeling, and data reporting necessary to inform timely, science-based decision making." Sec. 4. Emerging Priorities. Federal agencies that are members of the Council and Federal interagency bodies working on issues relevant to the prevention, eradication, and control of invasive species shall take emerging priorities into consideration, including: (a) Federal agencies shall consider the potential public health and safety impacts of invasive species, especially those species that are vectors, reservoirs, and causative agents of disease. The Department of Health and Human Services, in coordination and consultation with relevant agencies as appropriate, shall within 1 year of this order, and as requested by the Council thereafter, provide the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Council a report on public health impacts associated with invasive species. That report shall describe the disease, injury, immunologic, and safety impacts associated with invasive species, including any direct and indirect impacts on low-income, minority, and tribal communities. (b) Federal agencies shall consider the impacts of climate change when working on issues relevant to the prevention, eradication, and control of invasive species, including in research and monitoring efforts, and integrate invasive species into Federal climate change coordinating frameworks and initiatives. (c) Federal agencies shall consider opportunities to apply innovative science and technology when addressing the duties identified in section 2 of Executive Order 13112, as amended, including, but not limited to, promoting open data and data analytics; harnessing technological advances in remote sensing technologies, molecular tools, cloud computing, and predictive analytics; and using tools such as challenge prizes, citizen science, and crowdsourcing. Sec. 5. National Invasive Species Council. Section 3 of Executive Order 13112 is amended to read as follows: "Sec. 3. National Invasive Species Council. (a) A National Invasive Species Council (Council) is hereby established. The mission of the Council is to provide the vision and leadership to coordinate, sustain, and expand Federal efforts to safeguard the interests of the United States through the prevention, eradication, and control of invasive species, and through the restoration of ecosystems and other assets impacted by invasive species. (b) The Council's membership shall be composed of the following officials, who may designate a senior-level representative to perform the functions of the member: (i) Secretary of State; (ii) Secretary of the Treasury; (iii) Secretary of Defense; (iv) Secretary of the Interior; (v) Secretary of Agriculture; (vi) Secretary of Commerce; (vii) Secretary of Health and Human Services; (viii) Secretary of Transportation; (ix) Secretary of Homeland Security; (x) Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; (xi) Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; (xii) Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development; (xiii) United States Trade Representative; (xiv) Director or Chair of the following components of the Executive Office of the President: the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Office of Management and Budget; and (xv) Officials from such other departments, agencies, offices, or entities as the agencies set forth above, by consensus, deem appropriate. (c) The Council shall be co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce, who shall meet quarterly or more frequently if needed, and who may designate a senior-level representative to perform the functions of the Co-Chair. The Council shall meet no less than once each year. The Secretary of the Interior shall, after consultation with the Co-Chairs, appoint an Executive Director of the Council to oversee a staff that supports the duties of the Council. Within 1 year of the date of this order, the Co-Chairs of the Council shall, with consensus of its members, complete a charter, which shall include any administrative policies and processes necessary to ensure the Council can satisfy the functions and responsibilities described in this order. (d) The Secretary of the Interior shall maintain the current Invasive Species Advisory Committee established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., to provide information and advice for consideration by the Council. The Secretary shall, after consultation with other members of the Council, appoint members of the advisory committee who represent diverse stakeholders and who have expertise to advise the Council. (e) Administration of the Council. The Department of the Interior shall provide funding and administrative support for the Council and the advisory committee consistent with existing authorities. To the extent permitted by law, including the Economy Act, and within existing appropriations, participating agencies may detail staff to the Department of the Interior to support the Council's efforts." Sec. 6. Duties of the National Invasive Species Council. Section 4 of Executive Order 13112 is amended to read as follows: "Sec. 4. Duties of the National Invasive Species Council. The Council shall provide national leadership regarding invasive species and shall: (a) with regard to the implementation of this order, work to ensure that the Federal agency and interagency activities concerning invasive species are coordinated, complementary, cost-efficient, and effective; (b) undertake a National Invasive Species Assessment in coordination with the U.S. Global Change Research Program's periodic national assessment, that evaluates the impact of invasive species on major U.S. assets, including food security, water resources, infrastructure, the environment, human, animal, and plant health, natural resources, cultural identity and resources, and military readiness, from ecological, social, and economic perspectives; (c) advance national incident response, data collection, and rapid reporting capacities that build on existing frameworks and programs and strengthen early detection of and rapid response to invasive species, including those that are vectors, reservoirs, or causative agents of disease; (d) publish an assessment by 2020 that identifies the most pressing scientific, technical, and programmatic coordination challenges to the Federal Government's capacity to prevent the introduction of invasive species, and that incorporate recommendations and priority actions to overcome these challenges into the National Invasive Species Council Management Plan, as appropriate; (e) support and encourage the development of new technologies and practices, and promote the use of existing technologies and practices, to prevent, eradicate, and control invasive species, including those that are vectors, reservoirs, and causative agents of disease; (f) convene annually to discuss and coordinate interagency priorities and report annually on activities and budget requirements for programs that contribute directly to the implementation of this order; and (g) publish a National Invasive Species Council Management Plan as set forth in section 5 of this order." Sec. 7. National Invasive Species Council Management Plan. Section 5 of Executive Order 13112 is amended to read as follows: "Sec. 5. National Invasive Species Council Management Plan. (a) By December 31, 2019, the Council shall publish a National Invasive Species Council Management Plan (Management Plan), which shall, among other priorities identified by the Council, include actions to further the implementation of the duties of the National Invasive Species Council. (b) The Management Plan shall recommend strategies to: (1) provide institutional leadership and priority setting; (2) achieve effective interagency coordination and cost-efficiency; (3) raise awareness and motivate action, including through the promotion of appropriate transparency, community-level consultation, and stakeholder outreach concerning the benefits and risks to human, animal, or plant health when controlling or eradicating an invasive species; (4) remove institutional and policy barriers; (5) assess and strengthen capacities; and (6) foster scientific, technical, and programmatic innovation. (c) The Council shall evaluate the effectiveness of the Management Plan implementation and update the Plan every 3 years. The Council shall provide an annual report of its achievements to the public. (d) Council members may complement the Management Plan with invasive species policies and plans specific to their respective agency's roles, responsibilities, and authorities." Sec. 8. Actions of the Department of State and Department of Defense. Section 6(d) of Executive Order 13112 is amended to read as follows: "(d) The duties of section 3(a)(2) and section 3(a)(3) of this order shall not apply to any action of the Department of State if the Secretary of State finds that exemption from such requirements is necessary for foreign policy, readiness, or national security reasons. The duties of section 3(a)(2) and section 3(a)(3) of this order shall not apply to any action of the Department of Defense if the Secretary of Defense finds that exemption from such requirements is necessary for foreign policy, readiness, or national security reasons." Sec. 9. Obligations of the Department of Health and Human Services. A new section 6(e) of Executive Order 13112 is added to read as follows: "(e) The requirements of this order do not affect the obligations of the Department of Health and Human Services under the Public Health Service Act or the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act." Sec. 10. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect: (1) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or (2) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals. (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations. (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. BARACK OBAMA THE WHITE HOUSE, December 5, 2016.

05 декабря, 18:40

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Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana

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