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Obamacare To Cost Far Less Than Estimated, Budget Office Says Reuters.... A report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said insurance coverage would cost $964 billion from 2015 to 2024, $68 billion below its April 2014 projection

Posted: 01/27/2015 8:52 am EST
WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Obamacare will cost 7 percent less than expected over the next decade for federal subsidies to help lower-income people pay for private health insurance, congressional researchers said on Monday.
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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles in the rain as he
 arrives for Republic Day in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
A report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said insurance coverage would cost $964 billion from 2015 to 2024, $68 billion below its April 2014 projection, due to factors including lower than expected enrollment in federal and state insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act.
Most of those subsidies, which help pay for insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, could be in jeopardy from a U.S. Supreme Court case that seeks to prevent funds from going to consumers in 36 states who obtain coverage through the federal exchange. A ruling is expected by the end of June.
CBO expects 12 million people to enroll in private coverage this year and 21 million in 2016, vs. an earlier forecast of 13 million and 24 million, respectively.
CBO also expects private enrollment to fluctuate between 24 million and 25 million people each year beginning in 2017, fewer than the previous forecast that called for enrollment to stay steady at 25 million.
Even with slower enrollment in private insurance, CBO said higher-than-expected enrollment in the Medicaid program for the poor would help Obamacare reduce the number of uninsured Americans by 19 million this year and by 24 million to 27 million people each year from 2016 onwards. more
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Fidel Castro Issues Statement Apparently In Support Of U.S.-Cuba Diplomacy...."We will always defend cooperation and friendship with all the peoples of the world, among them our political adversaries."

 Reuters |  By Daniel Trotta Posted: 01/26/2015 11:58 pm EST 
HAVANA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comments about his longtime adversary since both countries agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties.
But Castro stopped short of an enthusiastic endorsement of the rapprochement, announced on Dec. 17 by his younger brother and Cuba's current president, Raul Castro, and U.S. President Barack Obama.
FIDEL CASTRO
In this July 11, 2014 file photo, Cuba's Fidel Castro speaks during a 
meeting with Russia's
President Vladimir Putin, in Havana, Cuba. | ASSOCIATED PRESS
"I don't trust the policy of the United States nor have I had an exchange with them, but this does not mean ... a rejection of a peaceful solution to conflicts or the dangers of war," Fidel Castro, 88, said in a statement published on the website of Cuba's Communist Party newspaper Granma.The United States and Cuba held historic high-level talks last week in Havana that are expected to lead to the re-establishment of diplomatic ties severed by Washington in 1961.
"Any peaceful or negotiated solution to the problems between the United States and the peoples or any people of Latin America that doesn't imply force or the use of force should be treated in accordance with international norms and principles," Fidel Castro said.
"We will always defend cooperation and friendship with all the peoples of the world, among them our political adversaries." He took power in a 1959 revolution and spent much of his 49 years in power railing against the United States, which never succeeded in many attempts to oust him.
He was finally forced into retirement in 2008 by poor health and was succeeded by his brother Raul, who is now 83. more

ST MARY, Jamaica (UPDATE) : 14-year-old Tishauna Henry's body found after going to St Mary river to wash...Tishauna is the second child to be found dead in less than a week in the parish.

Monday, January 26, 2015 | 5:57 PM  by Renae Dixon  
ST MARY, Jamaica - The 14-year-old whose body was discovered in Enfield, Annotto Bay, here Monday had reportedly gone to Dry River to wash on Sunday, January 25.
When Tishauna Henry did not return home, family members went in search of her. After the Annotto Bay High School student was not found, a report was made to the Annotto Bay Police who also carried out a search. However, there was still no sign of Tishauna.?
On Monday morning, residents, along with the Annotto Bay Police, continued the search for the teen and her body was  discovered face down among rocks in the river.
Observations of the body reportedly revealed that the body had a wound to the right side of the head.
The St Mary Police say they are awaiting a post-mortem to determine the cause of death. However, they told OBSERVER ONLINE that they are not ruling anything out at this time.
Tishauna is the second child to be found dead in less than a week in the parish. The St Mary Police are still awaiting the post-mortem to determine the cause of death of Crystal Coleman, whose body was found at her home in Frontier Heights, Port Maria, last Wednesday.?
Coleman's father is being questioned in relation to her death. more

Miss Kaci Fennell has won our hearts....Miss Fennell, we believe, was an excellent ambassador for her country throughout this contest and she deserves our congratulations for holding Jamaica's flag high. She highlighted Usain Bolt and Bob Marley in the interview section of the contest.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015    
NATURALLY, Jamaicans are feeling some amount of disappointment at the results of the 63rd Miss Universe pageant held in Florida, Sunday night.
The country had obviously got the sense that in Miss Kaci Fennell we had found the first Jamaican winner for this crown, coming after Miss Yendi Phillipps did us proud by placing second in 2010.
Kaci Fennell...Placed 5th in Miss Universe contest 2015
Already, many views have been advanced in the post-pageant analysis, and a lot of those opinions are being informed by raw emotion, including some who felt that her fifth placing did not adequately reflect the quality of her brilliance.
Amidst the passionate discussion, though, is a fact that we all know, and accept, that people enter competitions with the knowledge that they will either win or lose.
Miss Fennell herself may well be feeling a sense of underachievement. However, if she is, we would encourage her, and the many Jamaicans who supported her, not to, but instead to take pride in the fact that she did well -- extremely well.
Placing in the top five of a competition with 88 contestants is no easy feat. Add to that the fact that it takes considerable bravery and self-confidence to appear on and master a stage in an arena with hundreds of people in the audience, plus millions more watching on television across the world.
Miss Fennell, we believe, was an excellent ambassador for her country throughout this contest and she deserves our congratulations for holding Jamaica's flag high. She used the interview section to further expose our country's enormous achievements in sports and music, proudly trumpeting the fastest man alive in Usain Bolt and the indomitable reggae megastar Bob Marley. more

The White House yesterday announced that the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) : US Energy Boost - Jamaica To Benefit From US$90m Clean-Power Project

Published: Tuesday | January 27, 2015
The White House yesterday announced that the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) would intensify its focus on developing green-energy projects in the Caribbean and thatJamaica is to be the largest benefactor.
Phillip Paulwell
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The US Department of the Interior and the Department of State are working with Jamaica to facilitate commercial renewable energy on public lands.
OPIC, the White House said, will disburse the first tranche of approximately US$43 million in financing for Blue Mountain Renewables' 34-megawatt wind project.
As part of its push to fostering a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean, the Department of State has identified a team with specific responsibility for identifying and arranging financing for Caribbean projects.
When construction begins in June, the Blue Mountain Renewables project will be a tangible example of public and private sectors in both countries working in harmony - and nearly US$90 million of investment in Jamaica's economy, which also will ease Jamaica's dependence on fossil fuels, the White House said.
Three bidders have been selected by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to provide a total of 78MW renewable capacity to the national grid.
Blue Mountain Renewables LLC is to supply 34MW of capacity from wind power at Munro, St Elizabeth; Wigton Windfarm Limited is to supply 24MW of capacity from wind power at Rose Hill, Manchester; and WRB Enterprises Inc to supply 20MW of capacity from solar PV from facilities in Content Village, Clarendon. more

BLIZZARD of 2015: East Coast Snow Storm Shuts Down New York City, Snarls Travel Plans.... Blizzard Warning For 250-Mile Swath... Region Could Be Shut Down All Week... NY, NJ, MA, CT Declare State Of Emergency... Over 7,700 Flights Canceled... Trains, Ferries Suspended… Nonessential Travel On Roads Restricted… De Blasio: 'This Is An Emergency'... TRACK STORM... CRISIS MAP... RADAR... HAZARDS...

AP Posted: 01/27/2015 12:54 am EST 
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Bruce Sullivan of the National Weather Service said Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, could get the most snow, about 2 feet. New York could see 10 inches to 20 inches, Hartford, Connecticut, 1 to 2 feet, and Philadelphia and central New Jersey about 6 inches.
The National Weather Service over the weekend had issued a blizzard warning for a 250-mile swath of the region, meaning heavy, blowing snow and potential whiteout conditions.
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On Monday, life abruptly stopped across the region as officials ordered workers to go home early, banned travel, closed bridges and tunnels, and assembled their biggest plowing crews.
"When you wake up in the morning, it is going to look like a blizzard," said Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, echoing the concern of many government leaders. more