Saturday, January 30, 2016

Yesterday on January 28, 2016 the U.S Government has halted oil fracking Off coast of California. The halting of oil fracking is because of a lawsuit proposed By the CBD(center of bilogical diversity.)
The halt in oil fracking is considered a huge victory for the envireslists.Offshore fracking blasts vast volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals beneath the seafloor, at pressures high enough to fracture rocks.The lawsuit provided views from the people to see if it effects the environment. The oil industry has federal permission to dump more than 9 billion gallons of wastewater, including chemical-laden fracking fluid, into the ocean off California’s coast every year. Today’s agreement requires the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to analyze the environmental dangers of offshore fracking and acidization under the National Environmental Policy Act. The settlement requires a “programmatic environmental assessment” to be completed by May 28, 2016. It also requires the public to be given at least 30 days to review and comment on the draft assessment. Today’s settlement follows the city of Long Beach’s decision last month not to move forward with 13 planned offshore fracks, which would have been the first offshore fracks in state waters since 2013.At least 10 fracking chemicals routinely used in offshore fracking in California could kill or harm a broad variety of marine species, including sea otters and fish, Center scientists have found.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Yesterday, of the date January 23,2016 the U.S Government suspends enrollment in Cigna Medicare advantage, drug plans. The U.S Government suspended enrollment for prescription drug plans, stating Cigna had widespread systematic failures. The statements that were given said that Cigna was not doing the appropriate actions relating to the grievances and complaints of there clients. Officials also found problems with the list of covered drugs and said that it did not handle its request for prior authorization. Cigna said in a regulatory filing the suspension , effective immediately, does not affect members currently enrolled. Cigna stated that " We have internal quality review processes in place that identified some of the areas in advance of the audit findings and we have stared immediately to remedy them." Since the suspension the company has faced a drop in shares of 1.2 percent to 138.50 in midday trading. Because open enrollment has closed the impact is expected to be minimal.  

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Earlier today the United States has announced the release of U.S citizen and military personnel. The Associated Press has confirmed that three of them were Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati and pastor Saeed Abedini. There were conflicting reports about the other prisoners. The reporter from the Washington post and his wife have been detained since July 2014,they were seized by Iranian soldiers. Rezian was born in California,he holds a U.S and a Iranian citizenship,was convicted with accounts of espionage and other similar accusations.Former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati of Flint, Michigan, was detained in August 2011 on espionage charges. Hekmati was tried for espionage as well and sentenced to death,but pleaded for a retrial and was sentenced to 10 years. Pastor Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho, was detained for compromising national security, presumably because of Christian proselytizing, in September 2012. President Barack Obama met his wife and children in 2015. At time of arrest, was running an orphanage in Iran.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A couple of days ago on January 7th there was an announcement by the Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. The announcement consisted that Alabama has sued the U.S. Government for putting Syrian refugees into the state with out consulting the state. Alabama has filed a lawsuit stating that the U.S. Government broke the Refugee act of 1980. Alabama is the second state that has sued the U.S. Government for putting Syrian refugees into the state's,the first was Texas. The state of Alabama has filed for a temporary restraining order to block the arrival of refugees,though it was later withdrawn. Bentley and Texas Governor Greg Abbott were among mostly Republican Governors that said that they would bar the arrival of Syrian Refugees,from their states. The Governors cited fears that the refugees were not thoroughly screened, and could pose a security risk.The citizens of the United States and religious leaders have urged political leaders to demonstrate leadership on the issue. Meanwhile, other governess have opened their doors to refugees if they are properly screened and will not compromise citizens safety. I personally think that it should be up to the states and officials if they take them in.