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Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas publicó nuevas traducciones bíblicas para alcanzar 15 millones de personas

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En 2013 las Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas publicó nuevas traducciones bíblicas en 18 idiomas hablados por 15 millones de personas. Este fue uno de los aspectos más destacados del Informe de Acceso a Escrituras Mundiales, que acaba de publicarse.

El informe, producido anualmente, provee un seguimiento de los proyectos de traducción …
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ONU acusa a Israel de posibles crímenes de guerra en Gaza

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La ONU advirtió hoy que los ataques del Ejército israelí sobre la Franja de Gaza -que han causado la muerte de 620 palestinos, entre ellos al menos 147 niños y 74 mujeres- podrían tratarse de crímenes de guerra. Asimismo, cuestionó “los ataques indiscriminados cometidos contra zonas civiles por Hamas y …
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Iglesia Bautista Westboro dice que las personas fallecidas en el vuelo MH17 fue castigo de Dios

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La organización controversial Iglesia Bautista Westboro (WBC), conocido por sus protestas en los funerales militares y por sus famosas frases ofensivas: “Dios odia a los maricas” está tomando otra postura poco convencional después de una tragedia.

Después que el vuelo MH17 de Malaysia Airlines fue derribado en el este …
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Iglesias de Arizona EEUU son atacadas por satanistas

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La policía de Arizona está investigando una serie de ataques incendiarios y vandalismo contra algunas iglesias. Según la policía estos son crímenes de odio.

Desde mayo varias iglesias ubicadas en el área de Mesa han sido blanco de mensajes satánicos donde se han quemado biblias. Las autoridades creen que …
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Según la iglesia que usted frecuente esta puede afectar el éxito en su trabajo, revela estudio

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Un estudio reciente realizado por la renombrada Universidad de Baylor, Texas, indica que la persona que frecuenta una iglesia puede ser afectada (insatisfacción) en el trabajo, principalmente su éxito.

Los resultados de la investigación fueron publicados en la revista Sociology of Religion, que tituló: “Workplace-Bridging Religious Capital: Connecting Congregations to Work …
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Pastor se suicida y deja carta alegando que su muerte es una protesta contra el racismo

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Grand Saline, Texas.- Un pastor retirado de la iglesia metodista, sorprendió a los habitantes de la ciudad de Grand Saline, Texas (EE.UU.), al incendiarse el mismo, además de dejar una sorprendente revelación. El hombre de 79 años de edad, dejó una carta, la cual establece que se quemaba en honor …
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Even After Open Enrollment, Activity Remains Unexpectedly High on Federal Health Insurance Exchange

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by Charles Ornstein

This story was co-published with NPR’s “Shots” blog.

For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using Healthcare.gov by April 19, the end of the open-enrollment period.

But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. People are allowed to sign up and switch plans after certain life events, such as job changes, moves, the birth of a baby, marriages and divorces.

The volume of these transactions was a jolt even for those who have watched the rollout of the ACA most closely.

“That’s higher than I would have expected,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “There are a lot of people who qualify for special enrollment, but my assumption has been that few of them would actually sign up.”


Federal Insurance Exchange Activity, By Month

Even though open enrollment has ended, enrollment and plan changes continue on the federal health insurance exchange, which covers 36 states.

 Before enrollment deadline
 After enrollment deadline

Note: This data covers health insurance transactions on the federal exchange through July 15. It includes both new enrollments, cancellations and plan changes. The open enrollment cycle drew to a close on April 19.

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The impact of the new numbers isn’t clear because the Obama administration has not released details of how many consumers failed to pay their premiums and thus were dropped by their health plans. All told, between the federal exchange and 14 state exchanges, more than 8 million people signed up for coverage. A big question is whether new members will offset attrition.

ProPublica requested data on the number of daily enrollment transactions on the federal exchange last year under the Freedom of Information Act because the Obama administration had declined to release this information, a key barometer of the exchange’s performance, to the public. The administration also has not put out any data on the exchange’s activity since the open enrollment period ended.

The data shows so-called “834″ transactions, which insurance companies and the government use to enroll new members, change a member’s enrollment status, or disenroll members. The data covers the 36 states using the federal exchange, which include Texas, Florida, Illinois, Georgia and Michigan.

When Healthcare.gov rolled out last fall, insurance companies complained that the information in the 834s was replete with errors, creating a crisis at the back-end of the system.

Between April 20 and July 15, the federal government reported sending 960,000 “834″ transactions to insurance companies (each report can cover more than one person in the same family). That includes 153,940 for the rest of April, 317,964 in May, 338,017 in June and 150,728 in the first 15 days of July. The daily rate has been fairly stable over this period.

It was not immediately clear how many of the records involved plan changes or cancellations and how many were for new enrollments.

An insurance industry official estimated that less than half of the transactions are new enrollments. The rest are changes: When an existing member makes a change to his or her policy, two 834s are created — one terminating the old plan and one opening the new one.

Charles Gaba, who runs the website acasignups.net that tracks enrollment numbers, estimates that between 6,000 and 7,000 people have signed up for coverage each day on the federal exchange after the official enrollment period ended. Gaba’s predictions were remarkably accurate during the open enrollment period.

“That doesn’t account for attrition. That doesn’t mean that they paid,” Gaba said. “That’s been based on limited data from a half dozen of the smaller exchanges, extrapolated out nationally.”

The federal data obtained by ProPublica confirm some other facts about the rollout of Healthcare.gov, which was hobbled initially by technical problems. The slowest day was Oct. 18, when no 834 transactions were sent. That was followed by Oct. 1, the day the website launched, when a grand total of six records were sent to insurers.

By contrast, the busiest day was March 31, the official end of open enrollment, when 202,626 “834″ reports were sent to insurers. The entire last week in March was busy.

About 86 percent of those who signed up for coverage on the federal exchange were eligible to receive government subsidies to help lower their monthly premiums. Those subsidies are being challenged by lawsuits in federal court contending they aren’t allowed by the Affordable Care Act.

Two federal appeals courts came to conflicting decisions Tuesday on the permissibility of the subsidies (one said yes; the other no). They will remain in effect as the cases proceed in the courts, the Obama administration said.

The next time that the general public can sign up for coverage through the exchanges is from November 15 to February 15, 2015.

Click here to download the data (Excel or CSV) released to ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act.

Read our previous coverage of the Affordable Care Act and share your story.


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Mercoledì 23 Luglio 2014 – 289ª Seduta pubblica : Comunicato di seduta

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Seduta Pomeridiana
Ora inizio: 16:06

L’Assemblea ha ripreso l’esame del ddl costituzionale n. 1429, e connessi, recante disposizioni per il superamento del bicameralismo paritario, il contenimento dei costi delle istituzioni, la soppressione del CNEL e la revisione del titolo V della Costituzione.

In relazione alle 920 richieste di votazione a scrutinio segreto, il Presidente Grasso ha convocato questa mattina la Giunta del Regolamento che, considerata la diversità di posizioni, ha deciso all’unanimità di rimettersi alla sua valutazione. Tenuto conto delle disposizioni regolamentari e della prassi seguita rispetto ai ddl costituzionali, il Presidente ha ritenuto ammissibili le richieste relative alle minoranze linguistiche e agli articoli 1 e 18 del ddl, che si riferiscono alle funzioni delle Camere. Non ha ammesso invece le richieste riferite al procedimento legislativo, oggetto dell’articolo 10.

Il sen. Volpi (LN-Aut) ha chiesto informazioni più puntuali. Il sen. De Cristofaro (Misto-SEL), giudicando equilibrata la posizione della Presidenza, si è associato alla richiesta. Anche il sen. Palma (FI-PdL), per accelerare i lavori, ha chiesto la distribuzione dell’elenco delle ammissibilità. Il sen. Zanda (PD), giudicando strumentali molte richieste di voto segreto, ha sollecitato precisazioni rispetto al criterio di prevalenza per materia. Il Presidente Grasso ha precisato che tale criterio si applica soltanto alla votazione finale del provvedimento. Il sen. Sacconi (NCD) si è detto stupito della decisione presidenziale. Il sen. Casson (PD) ha ricordato che il voto segreto è previsto anche su materie che incidono sui rapporti civili.

L’Assemblea è quindi passata alla votazione degli emendamenti volti a premettere norme all’articolo 1. E’ stato respinto l’emendamento del sen. Compagnone (GAL) che prevedeva la soppressione della Circoscrizione estero. Contrari all’emendamento i sen. Micheloni (PD), Uras (Misto-SEL), D’Alì (NCD), Mario Mauro (PI). Il sen. Crosio (LN-Aut) ha annunciato l’astensione. A favore dell’emendamento si sono pronunciati i sen. Crimi (M5S) e Anna Bonfrisco (FI-PdL), che hanno sottolineato le criticità del voto degli italiani all’estero.

I sen. Palma (FI-PdL) e Casson (PD), nel corso della discussione, hanno rilevato che in materia costituzionale non sono ammissibili ghigliottine e non sono previsti limiti di tempo per gli interventi in dissenso dal Gruppo di appartenenza. Il Presidente Grasso ha richiamato la sua funzione di armonizzazione dei tempi, nell’ambito di una discussione che non è stata contingentata.

Intervenendo sull’ordine dei lavori, il sen. Zanda (PD) ha chiesto alla Presidenza di esercitare efficacemente funzioni di armonizzazione dei tempi. Secondo il sen. Casini (PI) una forma sbracata di ostruzionismo è atto autolesionistico, che dà ragione a chi sostiene l’incapacità del Senato di autoriformarsi. Il Presidente di turno Gasparri ha ricordato che la Conferenza dei Capigruppo non ha contingentato i tempi. Secondo il sen. Endrizzi (M5S) l’ostruzionismo scaturisce dall’arroganza del premier che sta imponendo l’approvazione a tappe forzate di un disegno autoritario. La sen. De Petris (Misto-SEL) ha ricordato che proprio la maggioranza ha fissato orari irragionevoli, respingendo la proposta di anticipare l’esame dei decreti-legge per consentire una riflessione sulla riforma costituzionale. Il sen. Sacconi (NCD) ha auspicato una limitazione dell’ostruzionismo a tutela dei diritti della maggioranza. Ritenendo che la tempistica imposta dal Governo sia finalizzata alle elezioni anticipate, il sen. D’Anna (GAL) ha invitato i Capigruppo a riunirsi nuovamente per riesaminare gli emendamenti.

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What We Learned Investigating Unpaid Internships

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by Blair Hickman

After a year scrutinizing the intern economy, ProPublica’s internship investigation is coming to an end. But before signing off, we wanted to do our own end-of-semester review.

WHAT WE’VE LEARNED

Exhaustive data on interns doesn’t exist. Though a handful of research institutes conduct annual internship surveys, the federal government doesn’t track statistics on the intern economy. One recent study found that over half of graduating college seniors had held some type of internship during school. That’s more than double the rate a similar study found two decades ago, and doesn’t even include graduates, adults switching fields or high school students.

Plus, since the Department of Labor doesn’t aggressively pursue complaints, lawsuits often provide the only public insight into the treatment of unpaid interns.

Businesses aren’t the only force behind the unpaid intern explosion. Some colleges (like Arizona State University) hire their own students for unpaid internships. And the government has conveniently created loopholes exempting its interns from federal labor standards. Though a recent study found that wealthier families do not necessarily have greater access to unpaid internships, some interns and experts, like Intern Nation author Ross Perlin, have nevertheless expressed concern that such loopholes exclude lower-income workers from internship opportunities.

I turned down an unpaid internship at a Congressional Office,” said one University of Connecticut political science major. “This internship…did not pay for parking in their parking garage. I calculated that I would have to pay $966 in gas and parking alone for this internship — that does not include the cost of college credits.”

Most unpaid interns do not have workers' rights. Without pay, interns aren’t considered “employees” under the Civil Rights Act, and laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission do not apply to them. Right now, unpaid interns are protected against sexual harassment  only in places that have proactively closed this legal loophole – Oregon, Washington D.C. and New York City. A bill to protect unpaid interns has passed California’s State Assembly, but still needs to clear the Senate. And a bill to protect interns against workplace discrimination has also been introduced in New Jersey, though it doesn’t specifically mention sexual harassment.

Meanwhile, anywhere between 500,000 and 1 million people intern for free every year. The Economic Policy Institute has recommended that Congress change the definition of an “employee…to include interns who perform work for an employer.” But labor lawyer Maurice Piankopoints out that if for-profit companies simply paid interns when they should (which is usually, according to Labor Department guidelines), this wouldn’t be an issue.

Internships improve employment prospects. In one recent survey, 60 percent of employers expressed a preference for hiring applicants with internships on their resume. And several students told us that their internships led to bona-fide jobs.

Interns can learn more on the job than in the classroom. To date, more than 500 current and former interns have shared their stories with us. And while some lamented tasks such as cleaning bathrooms, others praised their internships as more valuable than time in the classroom.

In stories we heard, interns cited attentive mentors, expanded professional networks and the opportunity to produce real work as reasons they had positive experiences.

I was treated like a professional reporter and built an amazing reel during my experience,” said one Northwestern University journalism student“… all of these experiences, combined with the connections I made in the newsroom during my experience, were a major asset when I searched for a job.”

Universities play a critical role in the intern economy. According to one recent study, 90 percent of universities now offer academic credit for internships, and many majors require them. But oversight policies to ensure students aren’t exploited vary drastically from department to department.

For example, Ball State University’s journalism program, which requires an internship to graduate, has adopted a hands-on approach to helping students find, secure and navigate internships. Several Ball State students praised their experiences in our Price of an Internship app.

A 2010 policy studies major from Syracuse University was not so happy. “[I] can’t say that I gained anything notable from the experience other than insight into how cash-strapped even well-known nonprofits…can be,” the intern said.

Still other students questioned the value of their university’s involvement; one New York University 2012 journalism graduate student said the required course assignments weren’t necessary. “It rankled a bit that I had to pay tuition to NYU (I think well over $1,000?) for an internship class credit,” the student said. “We had internship class meetings and help composing resumes and cover letters, but on balance, they were not essential.”

In the year we’ve spent examining unpaid internships, New York University and Columbia have changed their internship policies to ensure better oversight. Other schools have told us that they are in the process of reviewing their policies.

Unpaid interns can collect back pay without ruining their career prospects. Interns can file confidential complaints about current or former employers with the Labor Department. If you’d like to pursue wages you think you deserve, check out our resource guide.


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Spanish Football Club Presents Peculiar T-Shirt

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Spanish football club Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa is a sport association founded in the city of Leon in 1923, that plays in the Second Division B – Group 1 of Spain. On July 22, 2014, the club presented its new t-shirt with a peculiar design that simulates a tuxedo, with shoulder braids, and even a bow tie just below the neck.

Twitter users were quick to express their opinion, not always favorable:

No sé cuál es peor: Las horripilantes camisetas del Lugo y la Cultural Leonesa -Libertad Digital http://t.co/yLywLMve3B vía @libertaddigital

— María José Grech (@mjgrech) julio 22, 2014

I can't tell which one is worse. The hideous T-shirts of the Lugo Club and the Cultural Leonesa one.

Por esto es tendencia “Cultural Leonesa” http://t.co/vfD6oA2v08 | pic.twitter.com/3ABBqMOhkp

— elEconomista.es (@elEconomistaes) julio 22, 2014

This is why “Cultural Leonesa” is trending topic.

Initially, the t-shirt would be used only during a pre-season friendly match. After the unfavorable opinions on social networks, the club is considering using it as the alternate shirt or simply discard it definitely.

Written by Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe · Translated by Gabriela García Calderón
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Annali d’Italia, vol. 3 by Lodovico Antonio Muratori

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Language: Italian
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Speculum Amantis by Various

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Language: English
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