Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
Por: Ricardo Tribín Acosta
Esta frase me acuerda mucho de una bella canción interpretada por Fernando Valadés en los setentas en la que el agregaba “Si lo que más quería, se acaba de marchar”. Contrapongo esto a lo que pasa cuando los pequeños varones lloran por algo y sus progenitores los regañan diciéndoles “Deje de berriar que los hombres no lloran”
Llorar, la verdad es que no es malo, trátese bien que se trate de un hombre o de una mujer. Es un desahogo bastante bueno cuando se pasa por una pena o se vive algún tipo de angustia manifestada en exceso, y por ello no es pertinente criticar su ocurrencia ni tampoco considerar que se sea invulnerable. Vaya, vaya, ni que uno fuera Superman.
Sin embargo pasar de tener dolor a permanecer en el sufrimiento es otra cosa, puesto que lo primero es inevitable y lo segundo opcional y como tal pertenece al libre albedrio de cada persona. Insistir sin embargo en el dolor, después de sentirlo y experimentarlo, no vale la pena, entendiéndose que esto de salir de él no es automático y que por tanto, como muchas cosas en la vida, tomara un tiempo superarlo.
Miami, Diciembre 27 de 2014
Posted by CAMACOL at 12/29/2014 09:26:00 AM
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
What sort of presents are children asking for this year?
A lot of them want iPhones and computers – things like that. A lot of the girls are asking for Anna and Elsa dolls (characters from the animated film, "Frozen"). They're pretty popular.
A lot of the boys want monster trucks and ATV's. Some of the bigger kids want clothes.
Trains are always popular with both girls and boys.
I ask them if they've been good, but I tell them "We'll see what we can do. I don't know if the elves have made that many (of the requested item) but we're working on it."
Do you have a lot of elves helping you make all those toys?
Yes, we have a lot of elves, and they are a pretty jolly bunch. They make fun out of the work, actually wondering who is getting what.
Do all the requests involve toys or clothes?
Sometimes I hear about a family member who doesn't have good health, and the children ask that they be made better -- make their grandpa not have cancer. And I tell them we will pray for them.
Also, a lot of their family members are overseas in the military and they'd like to have them home. They're missed.
What about that list of who's naughty and nice? Do you actually keep track?
Certainly! The elves help me to keep track, and the Elf on the Shelf helps to make sure the children are being good.
Sometimes children leave you some cookies and milk. Which cookie delights you the most?
Chocolate chip because that's everybody's favorite. I usually ask the children what their favorite cookie is, and I say, "That sounds good to me." That way, if Santa can't eat them all, they'll have some for themselves.
You rely heavily on the reindeer to get you to your destinations. Which one is your favorite?
Rudolph because he's the lead reindeer. He's been with me the longest, but they're all very important to me. They are very eager to get hooked up to the sleigh. There's nine, including Rudolph.
Does Rudolph actually have a glowing red nose?
Certainly – it comes in handy on foggy nights.
What do you do during the year when you aren't visiting with children? Do you ever take some time off?
We're very busy making toys and getting new ideas for the children. We also take care of the reindeer there at the North Pole.
We get started on making new toys after the first of the year. The elves get a little vacation. Mrs. Claus and I take some time off, too. Mrs. Claus works pretty hard and her job is just as hectic as mine.
How is Mrs. Claus doing? What does she do when you are out delivering presents?
Mrs. Claus is pretty healthy – and busy, too. When I take off with the reindeer, we communicate and keep an eye on the weather and everything.
What would you most like to tell the children of the world?
I'd like them to just be good and respect their elders – their parents and grandparents and to help make the world a better place for everybody.
Linda Kinsey at email@example.com.
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Posted by CAMACOL at 12/24/2014 11:02:00 AM
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Sandhills Pediatrics, a group practice near Fayetteville, N.C., recently hired a child psychiatrist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. It also expanded a satellite office in Hoke County, where almost a third of children live in poverty. About half of Sandhills’ 20,000 patients are covered by Medicaid, the joint federal-state health program for the poor, and the practice was able to add the services thanks to a boost in the reimbursement rates Medicaid pays primary-care doctors under the Affordable Care Act.
The 2010 law guaranteed federal funding to cover the higher rates only in 2013 and 2014. President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget would have continued the higher payments, but that provision never made it into the $1.1 trillion spending bill Congress passed on Dec. 13. As a result, federal reimbursements will drop to 2012 levels starting in January. Sandhills expects its Medicaid revenue to fall 26 percent next year. “It means a tremendous loss,” says Sandhills managing partner Christoph Diasio.
Treating Medicaid patients is usually a money loser for doctors, which is why many physicians refuse to do so. The Affordable Care Act, which extended coverage to poor Americans by widening eligibility for Medicaid, added 9 million people to the program rolls. To encourage doctors to see them, Congress offered a carrot: Medicaid would pay the same rates as Medicare, the federal health insurance program for Americans older than 65. Medicare fees are generally higher than Medicaid fees.
Only half of family doctors accepted Medicaid in 2013, down from 65 percent four years earlier, according to a 15-city survey by physician staffing firm Merritt Hawkins. About half the providers listed by privately run Medicaid managed-care plans aren’t taking new patients, according to a report published in December by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. Of those offering appointments, more than a quarter were booked for at least a month.
The bump in Medicaid reimbursements cost the federal government $5.6 billion for the first 18 months of the program. The program spent $449 billion last year, more than half of that funded by Washington. Medicare spent $586 billion in 2013, almost all of it from the federal government.
With about 63 million enrollees, Medicaid serves more patients than Medicare, which has about 54 million beneficiaries. (Some people are eligible for both.) But Medicaid doesn’t have the same political clout. Medicare is a top priority for the influential AARP lobby, and its older beneficiaries are more reliable voters than generally younger and poorer Medicaid recipients. “The program is marginalized,” says Mark Gallant, an attorney at Cozen O’Connor who represents Medicaid providers.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the programs, requires states to pay only enough to ensure “adequate access” for patients. It could set the minimum reimbursement rates for Medicaid without congressional approval if too many patients can’t find doctors to care for them, Gallant says.
At least 15 states plan to keep paying doctors at higher rates even without federal subsidies, according to the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington. Michigan’s Republican-led statehouse is one. Payments from Medicaid would have dropped by more than half if the state hadn’t agreed to make up the difference, according to the Urban Institute. Cheryl Gibson Fountain, an obstetrician-gynecologist on the board of the state medical society, says Michigan has seen the consequences of paltry Medicaid payments.
St. John Detroit Riverview hospital, where she worked for 20 years, closed in 2007, partly because so many of its patients were on Medicaid. Detroit now has no ob-gyns in private practice, she adds—they’ve moved to the suburbs in search of patients with better insurance, they’ve retired, or they’ve gone to work for hospitals, because they can’t afford to stay in business. “If it costs you a dollar to care for a patient and you’re only getting paid 60¢,” she says, “you’re actually paying to take care of a patient.”
Tozzi is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.
Posted by CAMACOL at 12/23/2014 09:20:00 PM
Monday, December 22, 2014
Summary:The Sony take-down didn't provide many new lessons for IT, but did emphasize the fact that even those with plenty to lose still have a blind eye
By John Fontana for Identity Matters
By John Fontana for Identity Matters
In some debates it may matter whether North Korea was involved in the Sony hack, but from an IT and corporate perspective it has little bearing on what lessons there are to learn.
Sony Pictures Entertainment seems to have mishandled its situation from the start including poor security standards and sloppy IT procedures, bad public relations judgment, and ultimately a panned decision to cave into hacker demands.
All that and the hack and its fallout are far from a conclusion.
It also reeks because another hack under the Sony umbrella, the PlayStation data breach, reached a preliminary $15 million settlement in a class action lawsuit shortly before this latest horror began brewing inside Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Leaked documents and statements from ex-employees show that Sony wasn't running a competent IT operation. The Associated Press reported Sony had suffered previous technology outages the company blamed on software flaws and inept IT staff even as the most recent hackers were mucking around.
Also, encryption was missing on sensitive documents containing salary and revenue date, strategic plans and personal employee information. Passwords were stored in electronic folders succinctly marked "passwords."
These are the sorts of oversights and rookie mistakes seen often but nonetheless are reckless at best and damning during a breach (and subsequent legal action).
A contractor who worked for Sony was more blunt, telling Business Insider, "The security team has no f---ing clue."
That was mistake one, disregard for industry best-practice security measures and poor staffing decisions.
Once the hack was revealed, Sony's damage control began to look as inept as its network skills.
The company brought in reputable cybersecurity firm Mandiant, but things went south when Sony CEO Michael Lynton issued a memo, picked up by media, saying the firm had told him the hack was "unprecedented" and "neither Sony Pictures Entertainment nor other companies could have been fully prepared."
Other cybersecurity firms panned that conclusion and Sony was left looking like it paid for a positive assessment that might possibly win it public favor as a bullied victim.
When public sentiment didn't come and the story got out of control, Lynton struck out at the media, hiring high-powered lawyer David Boies, who represented the Justice Department in the case against Microsoft, to tell media outlets they were in possession of stolen information and they should destroy it.
Media refused, cited responsible reporting, and again left Sony looking like the bad actor in its own personal Armageddon.
That was mistake two, trying to hang a veil in front of the media instead of being transparent and sticking to reasonable disclosure processes.
The third strike came when Sony pulled "The Interview" movie from release, touching off a national debate around the First Amendment and setting off an outcry from entertainment luminaries and others artists devoted to free expression.
The Sony hack now is generating a storm of hype around cybersecurity, cyberwarfare and Hackivism that is likely to touch off new rounds of lengthy legislation that will further burden overworked corporate security architects and keep Sony in the spotlight.
For enterprises, it's time to shut out the noise. The bulk of the lesson here has been served and the message isn't much different than it was pre-hack.
Security architects need to work on correcting their obvious weaknesses and work toward tightening the screws around security technologies already deployed. Email and document storage policies and procedures need to be revisited. Corporate communications needs to think before it acts, prevent executives from doing the same and shore up (or create) crisis plans.
And the executive suite needs to listen, to comprehend risk, and fund IT work that minimizes the possibility of a breach or lessens the damage if one occurs.
These are familiar refrains that are often addressed with lip service. But there is a company out there storming toward becoming the next Sony Pictures Entertainment. Will it be yours
Posted by CAMACOL at 12/22/2014 07:17:00 PM
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Testimonio de una persona que recibió la Cena:
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:51 PM
Subject: Thank You!
Subject: Thank You!
I would like to thank you, your staff and all the sponsors for the bag of food that I was able to get today. Thanks to all the volunteers that made the process smooth. I would like to let you know that because of this, my family will be able to enjoy a wonderful Christmas dinner.
I wish you and your family and all the staff at your corporation, a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Years.
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Posted by CAMACOL at 12/18/2014 10:11:00 AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Despite claims the UK and US are in the grip of an IT skills shortage, the number of people being accepted for IT apprenticeships has fallen by one third - with less one in 10 applicants securing places.
A perennial complaint is that businesses are suffering from a shortage of IT skills in both the UK and the US.
Earlier this year, a report by consultancy KPMG and the Recruitment Employment Confederation estimated demand for IT workers in the UK was at its highest point in 16 years.
To address the talent shortfall in IT and other industries the UK government has launched a scheme to encourage employers to create thousands of new apprenticeships.
However, the number of people securing IT apprenticeships has fallen by one third in the past year, according to official figures. While 13,060 people started IT apprenticeships in 2013/14, that number was down from 2011/12, when 19,520 students undertook such roles.
During a similar period the number of applications for IT apprenticeships almost trebled, from 48,350 in 2010/11 to 133,800 in 2013/14. There are more than 10 applicants for every IT apprenticeship, compared with 2.5 in 2010/11.
The number of IT apprenticeships awarded compared with the number of applications.
Figures from the UK Skills Funding Agency
"The government has made apprenticeships a policy focus for a number of years, but despite us noticing an upward trend in the number of roles for IT contractors, the number of apprentices in the IT sector is on a worrying downward trend," said Simon Curry, CEO of SJD Accountancy.
"The UK tech sector has been one of the star performers of the economy in recent years and has created significant demand for fresh talent.
"It is therefore vitally important that we continue to bring young talent into the industry. The jump in apprenticeship applications shows that there is growing appetite among candidates for careers in ICT.
"The concern is that employers are not being provided with the right encouragement to take on and train young professionals."
In response to the low uptake, the government cited its investment in various schemes, as well as changes in regulations, aimed at encouraging firms to take on apprentices.
"We are committed to raising not just the number of apprenticeships, but also driving up quality, and have insisted that all apprenticeships are jobs, have a minimum duration of a year, include off the job training and meet the needs of employers," said a spokesman for the UK government's Skills Funding Agency.
The whole notion there is an IT skills shortage has been called into question in both the UK and the US, by commentators pointing out relatively high levels of unemployment among graduates who studied computing.
SJD Accountancy is hopeful employers maybe willing to take on more IT apprentices from April 2016, when the government will scrap employer contributions on earnings up to the upper limit for people aged 25 and under.
The firm also recommends government helps senior IT workers update their skills and increase their employability by making training a tax-deductable business expense.
Posted by CAMACOL at 12/16/2014 12:39:00 PM
Friday, December 12, 2014
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Portland has filed suit against Uber, just as the app-based car service is banned in Spain and Thailand
Posted by CAMACOL at 12/10/2014 09:42:00 AM