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Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict
The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have reached an agreement aimed at pulling eastern Ukraine back from the brink of war.
The deal calls for the disarming of all illegal groups, who will have to vacate all occupied government buildings and public spaces. Full story
Pictured: Seven hours of negotiations in Geneva ended in agreement on a series of ‘concrete steps’. Photograph: Eric Bridiers/EPA

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guardian:

Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict

The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have reached an agreement aimed at pulling eastern Ukraine back from the brink of war.

The deal calls for the disarming of all illegal groups, who will have to vacate all occupied government buildings and public spaces. Full story

Pictured: Seven hours of negotiations in Geneva ended in agreement on a series of ‘concrete steps’. Photograph: Eric Bridiers/EPA

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(Source: theguardian.com)

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NewsJReview (NJR) A Wednesday Experience:  The Ethics of Jazz series, featuring the 2014 Dr. Charles Norton Elliott Professor of Poetry;

Professor Herbie Hancock, who shares his profound thoughts, on the music, as only Mr. Hancock can profess it, at the Mahindra Humanities Center, at Harvard University: He has indeed lived in it a very long time, experientially,  physically and spiritually (through practice and the study of Sanskrit, Mystic, Lotus, Sutra)  you will discover that, especially in lecture five….I figure the best introduction is the beginning…

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NewsJReview (NJR) After a glitch with computer technology,  a major milestone for  The Affordable HealthCare Act is reached….and surpassed. 7.1 million sign up for health insurance coverage…in the first six months. No, business on earth would not appreciate numbers like that.  Argue, if you like, that number will only increase, because the need is great in America for good healthcare, whether young, old, male or female. Often in our news coverage we play the percentages game when it comes to illness…But, the fact is, illnesses in America are universal…Many, but not all, without insurance make unplanned  visits  at  emergency rooms when medical misfortune occurs: To get an idea of emergency rooms visits in general ….checkout these Statistics.

CDC Stats: 

Emergency Department Visits

(Data are for the U.S.)

  • Number of visits: 129.8 million
  • Number of injury-related visits: 37.9 million
  • Number of visits per 100 persons: 42.8
  • Percent of visits with patient seen in fewer than 15 minutes: 25.1%
  • Percent of visits resulting in hospital admission: 13.3%
  • Percent of visits resulting in transfer to a different (psychiatric or other) hospital: 2.1%