Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." -Charles R. Swindoll

The White House: President Trump signs health executive order calling for fewer regulations on health care plans including the following; association health plans that allow small businesses in the same line across the country band with one health insurance provider, expand short-term plans, and health reimbursement arrangements for employees for health care expenses. The president also plans to cut off subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage. 

Politics: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) says the Puerto Rico is a facing a "humanitarian crisis" and says the federal government has the reasonability to provide personnel and aid to the island. Ryan said, "they've already had tough fiscal problems, to begin with... We've got to do more to help Puerto Rico rebuild its own economy so that it can be self-sufficient."

Business: Samsung Electronics & Display CEO & Vice Chairman, Oh-Hyun- Kwon has decided to resign but will remain on the board until the end of March. Kwon said he had been thinking about his departure for some time now but "could no longer put it off." He first joined Samsung in 1985 as a researcher and made his way to CEO in 2012, under his leadership Samsung has grown to be a $325 billion dollar tech company. 

U.S.: California wildfires continue their sweep throughout the north killing at least 31 lives while 400 people reported missing and more than 190,000 acres have burned. In the city of Santa Rosa officials claim nearly 3,000 homes destroyed. As many as 8,000 firefighters and support personnel are helping battle the fires, Gov Jerry Brown (D-CA) has declared a state of emergency for northern counties. Firemen throughout California have been deployed to assist and request for additional resources has gone out to Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, North and South Carolina, and Australia. 

World: Paris City Hall hopes to ban gas-powered cars in the city by the year 2030 and ban all diesel cars by 2024. The city hopes for people to get around using public transportation, bicycles, and electric cars. Mayor Anne Hidalgo says, "transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers... so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles. 

Science/Tech/Health: Google announced Thursday it will give $1 billion over the next five years to nonprofit organizations help train people in high-tech jobs. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said, "The nature of work is fundamentally changing. And that is shifting the link between education, training, and opportunity... One-third of jobs in 2020 will require skills that aren't common today. It's a big problem." 

Entertainment: Actress Kate Beckinsale says she was 17 years-old when she was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at a hotel room in London, where he offered her alcohol and sexually harassed her. Kate shared her story on Instagram, "He opened the door in his bathrobe. I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning, I left, uneasy but unscathed." 

Sports: The Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 9-8 in game 5 of the series to advance to the National League Division Series championship against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Photo credit: Yahoo


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