With the appointments of a new Chief Designer, Estrella Archs, and more surprisingly, a new Artistic Advisor, Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan, venerable Parisian fashion label Emanuel Ungaro receives an infusion of new talent.The eyebrow-raising move is an attempt to attract a younger customer to the House of Ungaro. Spanish-born Archs comes to her new post with an impressive resume that includes a degree from Central Saint Martins in London, stints at Nina Ricci and Emilio Pucci, and even roles working under the artistic direction of both Christian Lacroix and Miuccia Prada.The position of Artistic Advisor was created specifically for Lohan, whose recent forays into fashion have included designing a line of leggings called 6126, in addition to a television appearance on “Project Runway” as a guest judge. While the decision to hire the young actress—who has spent more time in the public eye defending her reputation than discussing her work in recent years—might seem controversial, that’s exactly what Emanuel Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige had in mind. “Mr. Ungaro’s success was based on his genius for design and his controversial eye to whom his consumer was,” he says, adding, “Lindsay is a world consumer with a clear eye for fashion.”The pair will show off their first collaboration for the label with the Spring/Summer 2010 showing, which debuts October 4 during Paris Fashion Week. Visit www.ungaro.com for more information.
First Russia, and now China. US politicians aren’t doing themselves any favors getting involved in foreign disputes, especially with their track record of failed foreign policy. “Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China’s internal affairs,” Chinese Embassy spokesman Geng Shuang states. “We hope that some countries and people can be prudent in their words and deeds, refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Hong Kong in any way, do not support the illegal activities such as the ‘Occupy Central,’ and do not send any wrong signals.” Don’t make any mistake about this official statement: this was China’s way of telling the US politicians to zip it and mind their own business. How did all this start? With US Senator Menendez. New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez sent a letter to Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying asking that he respect the rights of his people (Hong Kong citizens), and condemning the Hong Kong government’s “excessive” use of tear gas under his watch. Tomorrow, US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. With China already having passed along its “butt out” message to the US, it will be interesting to see if Kerry tries to push his country’s misguided agenda, and if the mainstream media pick up on any of it. But what does this all mean? It means the US is being firmly put in its place by the emerging superpowers in the world. First it was President Putin standing up to Obama over Syria in 2013. Then again in early 2014, Putin stood up to the US sanctions. Now China has sent a sharp official message to the US, warning it to stop meddling. It’s hardly a new US tactic to foment dissent in a foreign state. We saw it in the support of anti-Assad rebels in Syria. We saw it again in Ukraine, where the US financed the February coup. With China, Washington will have to resort to words rather than guns, but it would love to see the people rise up against communism. Last Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest made that clear when he stated, “The United States supports universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and we support the aspirations of the Hong Kong people. We have consistently made our position known to Beijing and will continue to do so.” Earnest is just the messenger, of course. That message comes directly from Obama’s Oval Office. China is no backwater nation. It’s a global economic giant. It will stand up to the US on this issue, and not just because of how much it resents outside agitators. The more important reason is that the last thing the government of China needs is a wave of democratic protests across the nation. Remember, China has more than 160 cities with a population over 1 million. Vancouver, BC, Canada, the epicenter of the junior resource sector, doesn’t even have 1 million people (the greater Vancouver region does, but the city core doesn’t even have 750,000 inhabitants). For further perspective, consider that all of Europe only has 35 cities with 1 million people or more. China now has over 160 such cities, and it’s projected that by 2025—just 11 years away—that number will jump almost 40%, to 220! If a wave of protests were to spread across any large percentage of those 160 cities, that would be a disaster for the Chinese economy. And the worse the economy got in China, the worse the protests would become. Things could spiral out of control very quickly, and the government and military would have some serious problems on their hands. Given the dangers, it’s easy to understand why the Chinese government would go to great lengths to suppress any widespread protests. The last thing the government wants is another incident like Tiananmen Square, where hundreds of students were massacred by the authorities in June of 1989. We must bear in mind that what goes on in China may seem mysterious to an outsider who’s been raised on the notion that all the world’s people crave democracy. But for the majority of the Chinese, what they’ve grown up with is completely normal to them. What the governmental authorities feel they need to do to keep order may be repellent to Americans, but that’s their normal. So… how does what happens in China affect you? If you’re an investor, work in the resource sector, and/or have a job that’s involved in international finance, pay attention. All resource investors must realize that whatever happens in China will affect commodities around the world, for good or ill. Napoleon was quoted as saying, “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” He was right. China is awake, and it has more than shaken the world. There isn’t a better quote to summarize the importance of China today in the resource markets. Whether you’re talking coal, oil, iron ore, or copper, China matters. Take oil, for instance. In the month of September 2014, the US imported an average of 7.47 million barrels of oil a day. Ten years ago, the US imported an average of 9.73 million barrels a day in the month of September. These are data from the US’s Energy Information Administration website. (By the way, we’ve seen many reports from misinformed reporters claiming that the US imports only 5 million barrels of crude oil a day now. That is incorrect information, as the government data show.) How much oil does China import? A little over 6 million barrels of crude per day. China is the world’s second-largest oil importer after the US, which it is expected to pass in 2015. China also has the second-largest refining capacity of nearly 14 million barrels of oil a day, trailing only the US’s total of just under 18 million barrels. Again, China is projected to forge ahead in 2015. 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The shelter is prepared to serve up to 1,000 people. Red Cross team leader Jaici Murcia urges residents to stay vigilant and to remember that recovery could be a long road. “Not only is there the immediate disaster, but sometimes in heavily impacted communities, there’s the disaster after the disaster, which is the economic impact.”Murcia says she’s not sure how long the shelter site will be open. The Red Cross has access to the Joel Coliseum until September 26th because of the local fair that’s held on the grounds. If needed, Murcia says they will find another location in the area to help those impacted by the storm.To find the nearest American Red Cross shelter click here.*Follow WFDD’s Keri Brown on Twitter @kerib_news As Florence batters the Carolina coast, thousands of residents have fled the region for shelters farther inland, including here in the Triad.On Friday morning, the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem was home to about 60 evacuees, with Red Cross staff and volunteers providing food, water, medical staff and shower facilities. That number increased to nearly 80 by 2 p.m.Robert Talbot from Wilmington came to seek shelter since a lot of those in his area are full. His family took a bus to get to Winston-Salem. Friends and family say they’re seeing flooding in Wilmington, so his mind is also there.“Some are staying at the shelter, and they are full down there and are sleeping on the floor, and I hear that some places are flooded,” Talbot says. “My vehicle is up there and I don’t know what will happen.”William Mingo from Mooresville was able to get a ride to the shelter. “I left my apartment. Some people went to other shelters and others stayed behind. It concerns me because I have stuff that I’m renting. I have a system and TV, so I’m hoping they will be alright when I get home.”The Red Cross is encouraging volunteers at the Joel Coliseum Shelter to register online. The coliseum is located at 2825 University Parkway in Winston-Salem. KERI BROWN/WFDDHundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina are already without power from Hurricane Florence.Some residents in the Triad anticipate it will happen here too, and they’re not taking any chances. Carrie Russell from Winston-Salem is staying with a family member at the shelter.“My sister is on oxygen 24/7 and we were afraid that if we had a power outage her concentrator wouldn’t give her oxygen and she doesn’t have enough containers to last her one day, so we just want to make sure we have a place to stay and food to eat – and safe.”Officials at the shelter are anticipating the number of evacuees to climb due to the threat of flooding. Sherry Thompson and Cristien Farrior from Winston-Salem came to get shelter for their children.“The power, the flooding, also being able to stay away from the windows and stuff, that’s why I came here,” says Thompson. Farrior adds, “And also, their little needs and stuff. They are going to be hungry and you can’t cook without the power, so it’s best to be here.”Walmart, Krispy Kreme, Deweys and other local businesses have donated food and supplies to the shelter. The Red Cross says it welcomes volunteers and monetary donations. The organization says those who are interested in volunteering their time should register on their website, instead of coming down in person.The organization says anyone who wants to donate clothing or other items should drop them off at the Goodwill located beside the Joel Coliseum on University Parkway and specify that they are for the shelter.Red Cross officials say the Winston-Salem site is also pet-friendly.
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One of the country’s most influential disabled campaigners is to take control of BBC Radio’s flagship news programme for its first show of 2016.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured) has been chosen as one of six guest editors who will each take over the Today programme on Radio Four for one day between 28 December and 2 January.For her slot on New Year’s Day, the BBC has said she will examine reform of the House of Lords by asking a new SNP MP to “find out whether working peers can justify their existence”, while also going “head-to-head with Times columnist Matthew Parris on the right to die”.In its announcement of her guest slot, the BBC referred to Baroness Campbell’s background of activism, which helped lead to the Disability Discrimination Act 20 years ago.But Baroness Campbell is also a patron of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, and was a co-founder of the National Centre for Independent Living, and has campaigned on independent living issues for most of her adult life, so there are hopes that these subjects could also be aired in the programme.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service that being a Today guest editor was “a huge privilege and one that carries great responsibility because choosing five or six features, when I have so much to say about the world, was much harder than choosing my Desert Island discs”.She said she could not comment on what issues she had chosen to cover, apart from the two mentioned by the BBC, but added: “I hope listeners (whoever is awake at that time, besides our Labrador, at 6am on New Year’s Day) will appreciate the mix.”Parris has already been interviewed by Baroness Campbell for the 1 January programme about his views, originally expressed in a column in The Spectator, in which he put forward the “Darwinian” argument that “tribes that handicap themselves will not prosper”.He argued in the column in September that “as medical science advances, the cost of prolonging human life way past human usefulness will impose an ever heavier burden on the community for an ever longer proportion of its members’ lives”, and that eventually it will be thought “selfish” to “want to carry on” when life is “fruitless”.Parris wrote about his interview with Baroness Campbell in his Times column this week, admitting that when she asked him if “people like me should be exterminated” his defence was that “we can’t all be in the House of Lords and have vastly expensive help and technology to sustain us”.Other guest editors chosen for the week are cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins; architect David Adjaye; Lord [John] Browne, former chief executive of BP; actor Michael Sheen; and lawyer Miriam González Durántez.
Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Teens bypass after-school jobs for virtual world businesses where the money earned and the skills learned are real. –shares Laura Tiffany 6 min read Next Article In a virtual world, you could be interacting with anyone. That night elf is a night-shift nurse. The girl with the pink hair and iridescent butterfly wings is a mid-level corporate exec. That boy flying by with the floppy brown hair and seriously customized kicks? He may be a high school student who’s figured out there are much better ways to earn summer cash than flipping burgers and busing tables.”Single-player games offer safe, controlled environments, but a virtual world like Second Life adds, ironically, realism. If a young person wants to experiment with running a business, they’re not just engaging in thought experiments and case studies; they’re actually working with real people and real money,” says Joey Seiler, editor of VirtualWorldNews.com, an industry news source that’s part of Virtual Worlds Management, a company that provides trade events, media, research and online services.According to Virtual Worlds Management, more than 100 youth-oriented virtual worlds are either now live or in development, including offerings from MTV and Disney. Research firm eMarketer estimates that 24 percent of the 34.3 million users ages three to 18 used virtual worlds at least monthly in 2007–and that will jump to 53 percent by 2011.Although some MMORPGs (massively multi-player online role-playing games) like World of Warcraft forbid selling in-world items and characters for cash, a few like Entropia and Second Life provide entrepreneurial opportunities for enterprising teens.”Often, the amounts [to be made] are limited and the startup costs are relatively minimal,” Seiler says. “In other words, you get the low cost and ease of setup of a lemonade stand, but you’re competing and selling to a lot more people than just your neighbors.”Designing a FutureBoth Mike Mikula and Eric Lomeli began selling in-world wares within a week of joining Second Life and Entropia, respectively. Mikula, whose avatar is named Mike Denneny and who recently turned 18, started exploring Second Life two years ago when he discovered its teen area. He was intrigued by the in-world design capabilities that allowed him to expand his interest in graphic design by learning 3-D design skills without expensive software.”I’ve designed [in-world] school buildings. I’ve designed stores, homes, furniture, clothing,” says Mikula, who lives in Racine, Wisconsin, and will be a high school senior in the fall. “I’ve made simple scripts that allow showers to go off, doors to open, stuff like that. But I’m most known for my architecture.”His skills have garnered him large projects like building a virtual school for Skoolaborate, a global education project based in Australia. His work in Second Life has convinced him to change his future plans from electrical engineering to architecture, and he even has an offer to visit a leading architect in Australia.During the school year, Mikula brought in $2,000 a month. His projections are a little off this summer as he had to move to the adult Second Life on his 18th birthday.”When I started on the teen grid, I spent my first year just talking and meeting everyone. I learned how the successful people there worked, and then, eventually, I became one of the successful people,” Mikula says.Now that Mikula is on the main grid, he’s restarted and needs to make new friends. Still, he estimates he can make $4,000 a month–without any investment other than his own time.One thing he enjoys about his virtual business is the ability to make a difference.”I can’t be in a job where I can’t progress and get better,” Mikula says. “In Second Life, I can see how I can change things about myself to keep doing better and better, instead of just being stuck doing one thing.”Some of the things he has learned during his Second Life entrepreneurial endeavors are “customer service, strategies to be more effective for the business, how to make sure that you don’t talk bad about any other business, no matter if they’re really competitive with you.”A Valuable ExperienceFor Eric Lomeli, time spent in Entropia cemented what he always knew about himself:”I’ve always planned on owning my own business,” Lomeli says. “[With Entropia,] I learned how to manage a business, how to manage capital and profits, how to watch markets and market trends. The experience that I gained was unmatched by any after-school job I ever had.”Lomeli, 21, started when he was 16. He first acted as a middle man, selling materials gathered by hunters to crafters. He soon had his own shop selling mid-level armor and weapons.”I found most shops either focused on new players or ‘uber’ players. This left a great market void that I capitalized on,” says Lomeli, who now has a non-virtual business, Entropiaoutfitters.com, with business partner Keith Ward. The site sells Entropia-inspired apparel and accessories, and the pair also offer consulting for those interested in Entropia.While still in high school, Lomeli spent about three hours a day on his Entropia business. He invested $300 at one point and had $5,000 Entropia net worth when he graduated. A year later, he sold the company and made $17,000.On the side, Lomeli owns two real-world businesses: one that restores and manages repossessed properties for mortgage companies and one multi-level marketing company that he says is still getting off the ground.While Lomeli acknowledges he had some difficulty playing as a teen–he had limited time and resources compared to his adult competition–he still advises interested teens to start up now.”The [Entropia] universe is only getting stronger, and the best time to get into a good investment is as soon as possible,” Lomeli says. “The great thing about Entropia is it’s fun. It’s not your everyday investment. You get to hunt and play around while you make money. Where else do you get to do that as a teen?”For those who want to get started, Seiler says the skills required aren’t that different from real-world businesses.”You still need interpersonal skills for management or sales, but now it comes in how you operate your avatar.” Seiler says. “You still need product design skills and the ability to manufacture something (unless you’re selling a service), but that comes in scripting or 3-D modeling instead of working with a hammer and nails. You still need to manage finances, but now you work with virtual currencies as well as real currencies.”Seiler does emphasize the need to learn the “ins and outs” of the virtual world you choose, as well as the product or service you hone in on.”There’s an inclination to view this as a get-rich-quick opportunity, where you need only set up a booth/website/virtual island, announce that you’re selling something and wait for money,” Seiler says.Though no business takes such little effort, for teens already glued to a screen for many hours in a day, putting the time and effort into a virtual-world business is not only a fun way to make extra money, but also a way to learn vital business skills and change the course of their future. July 10, 2008 Add to Queue Virtual Success Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Entrepreneurs Register Now »
Technology Ray Hennessey Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares New York state financial regulators have issued subpoenas asking Bitcoin-related companies for information into whether safeguards are in place to prevent the virtual currency from being used in illegal activities such as money laundering.The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, said the New York Department of Financial Services also wants information on whether the companies have consumer-protection measures in place, in addition to investment strategies for Bitcoin.Leading companies Coinbase Inc, BitInstant and Coinsetter are among the companies receiving subpoenas, according to the Journal. New York regulators also sent subpoenas to companies backed by high-profile Bitcoin investors, including venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the Journal said.The Journal says the subpoenas come as New York plans to issue a memo raising questions over whether Bitcoin companies are following state law. The memo and subpoenas also suggest Bitcoin companies will be subject to a host of new rules and regulations, which, up to now, they have avoided.”We believe that — for a number of reasons — putting in place appropriate regulatory safeguards for virtual currencies will be beneficial to the long term strength of the virtual currency industry,” Benjamin Lawsky, New York’s superintendent for financial services, wrote in a draft memo reviewed by the Journal. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Editor-at-Large August 12, 2013 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read Add to Queue Bitcoin Companies Subpoenaed Over Regulatory Concerns Image credit: AP Next Article Guest Writer Register Now »
March 17, 2014 Kim Lachance Shandrow Former West Coast Editor Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto wants reporters off his back, out of his business and away from his family. And, no, once and for all, contrary to what Newsweek reported, he did not “create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin,” according to an official statement released last night denying his alleged role in inventing the controversial cryptocurrency.The somber letter of denial, which Reuters financial journalist Felix Salmon posted on Twitter last night, was reportedly issued through Nakamoto’s lawyer Ethan Kirschner.Related: The Obsessively Secretive Founder of Bitcoin Has Been UnmaskedDorian Nakamoto official statement/denial. Very interested to see how @newsweek @truth_eater @jimpoco respond. pic.twitter.com/wfCyK1dQ48— felix salmon (@felixsalmon) March 17, 2014 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue 4 min read Nakamoto’s Echo Park, Calif.-based business and entertainment industry attorney also took to Twitter last night to retweet Salmon’s tweet about his client’s written denial. He also retweeted an alleged police report filed by Nakamoto claiming reporters and photographers stalked him outside his Temple City home. Ever since Leah McGrath Goodman’s Newsweek “The Face Behind Bitcoin” story broke, Nakamoto has been at the center of what TechCrunch writer Pankaj Mishra aptly compared to a “a modern tech manhunt,” with media staking out his home and later chasing the 64-year-old on foot and by car around Los Angeles. Here are four claims from Nakamoto’s official letter of denial:1. He is not who Newsweek said he was. The publication’s widely criticized “unmasking” story catapulted its reentry into print journalism — and Nakamoto — into the global spotlight. “I am the subject of the Newsweek story on Bitcoin,” Nakamoto’s statement reads. “I am writing this statement to clear my name. I did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin. I unconditionally deny the Newsweek report.” Nakamoto has repeatedly denied any alleged ties to Bitcoin, though this letter serves as his first written denial. Related: 6 Things You Need to Know About Bitcoin This Week2. He’d never heard of Bitcoin until about a month ago. He says in the statement that the first time he heard “the term ‘Bitcoin’” was from his son in mid-February 2014. “After being contacted by a reporter, my son called me and used the word, which I had never before heard. Shortly thereafter, the reporter confronted me at my home. I called the police. I never consented to speak with the reporter. In an ensuing discussion with a reporter from the Associated Press, I called the technology ‘bitcom’. I was still unfamiliar with the term.” 3. He has fallen on hard times. The letter seemed to serve two purposes for Nakamoto — to divorce himself from any alleged ties to Bitcoin and to bring attention to his financial woes. “I have not been able to find steady work as an engineer or programmer for 10 years,” he said. “I have worked as a labourer, polltaker, and substitute teacher. I discontinued my internet service in 2013 due to severe financial distress. I am trying to recover from prostate surgery in October 2012 and a stroke I suffered in October of 2013. My prospects for gainful employment has [sic] been harmed because of Newsweek’s article.”Meanwhile, Blockchain chief security officer Andreas M. Antonopoulos kicked off a fundraiser on Reddit to help raise money to help Nakamoto cover his legal and medical expenses. “If this person is not Satoshi, then these funds will serve as a ‘sorry for what happened to you,’ help with medical bills his family is facing, any legal bills they may incur, or anything else,” Antonopoulos wrote in a post on Reddit. “Most of all, it serves to soften the damage caused by irresponsible journalism and to demonstrate the generosity and empathy of the community, which I know is huge.”Related: 3 Big Misconceptions About Bitcoin4. He is pleading for privacy. He said in the statement that “Newsweek’s false report has been the source of a great deal of confusion and stress for myself, my 93-year-old mother, my siblings, and their families.” It appears that Nakamoto hopes his written denial will close what seems to be a very painful chapter in his and his family’s history. He wants further media inquires to stop, asking “that you now respect our privacy.” He also said this will be his last public statement on the matter. Bitcoin ‘I Did Not Create Bitcoin’: 4 Major Takeaways From Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto’s Letter of Denial –shares Register Now »
Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Matt Straz Healthcare costs are rising, and that means one thing for employers: more expensive employee benefits. Founder and CEO of Namely How to Control Increasing Employee-Benefits Costs Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Health-care Costs Image credit: Shutterstock –shares 5 min read Enroll Now for $5 Guest Writer Healthcare costs are rising, and that means one thing for employers: more expensive employee benefits. In fact, an August survey of 133 large U.S. employers by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) found that employers surveyed expected health-plan premiums to rise in 2017 by 5 percent.Related: 6 Hacks for Taking Control of Your Healthcare CostsStill, many of those employers are optimistic that they can lower that increase by making changes to their plans. Those changes will target the top factors expected to raise the cost of benefits and will ultimately help make health care more affordable for everyone.Here’s a look at the top cost drivers and how employers plan to control them:Specialty pharmacy benefitsPrescription drugs are driving increases in costs associated with employee benefits. According to a March 2016 report from Express Scripts, the prices of these drugs are expected to increase 7.3 percent in 2017. Spending on specialty drugs has been deemed the most influential factor of these high prices, and the same report expects those costs to rise 16.8 percent in 2017.Employers agree that specialty medications have a huge impact on healthcare costs. Among those surveyed by the NBGH, 80 percent listed specialty pharmacy benefits among the top three cost drivers, while 31 percent rated them number one.Controlling costs: To control specialty drug costs, consider pharmacy-management techniques. The goal is to have employees make the most efficient decisions when it comes to medication, and 68 percent of the surveyed employers planned to give the strategy a try.For general medications, practices here can include requiring prior authorization before filling a prescription and using quantity limits or step therapy to encourage employees to try less expensive drugs, first. There are specific strategies for specialty drugs, as well. For instance, 68 percent of employers said they will require specialty medications to be obtained from a specialty pharmacy, a facility that carries only this kind of drug. Partnering with specialty pharmacies not only helps control employee-benefit costs, but also connects employees with specialty pharmacists who can help them better manage their condition and medications.Related: Diagnosing a Sick Healthcare IndustryHigh-cost claimantsIn the NBGH survey, the next biggest influencer was high-cost claimants. The American Health Policy Institute (AHPI) defines a high-cost claimant as a patient who costs $50,000 or more annually, and 74 percent of respondents rated this issue among the top three drivers of employee-benefit costs.In the AHPI’s recent analysis of claims data from 26 large employers, it found that the average high-cost claimant costs $122,382 each year — 29.3 times the cost of the average member. While these expenses account for 31 percent of healthcare spending among the employers surveyed, these individuals made up just 1.2 percent of all members.Controlling costs: Offering consumer-driven health plans (CDHP) and health savings accounts (HSA) puts employees in the driver’s seat and makes costs more manageable for everyone. CDHPs make employees responsible for a greater amount of their initial healthcare costs. In other words, employers manage less of the insurance cost.But these plans are beneficial for employees, as well. Employees pay lower monthly premiums, and can prepare for future costs by saving money tax-free with HSAs. HSAs are similar to flexible spending accounts, but employes keep the money they save even if they change jobs or retire. HSAs can help employees meet the deductible for medical expenses and can lead to considerable pre-tax savings — especially when employers contribute to those accounts.That’s why more employers will offer CDHPs and HSAs in 2017, the NBGH report found. Thirty-five percent of employers will offer only CDHPs — up from 33 percent in 2016 — and the number of employers offering HSAs will increase from 87 percent to 92 percent next year.Diseases and conditionsEmployers surveyed by NBGH also rated a different aspect of costly claims among the top three drivers of employee benefits costs: high-cost diseases and conditions. In fact, the AHPI analysis found that 53 percent of the healthcare costs for high-cost claimants are for chronic conditions, while 47 percent are for acute conditions.Controlling costs: To control the costs of diseases, employers are going to the source. NBGH found that 80 percent of the employers surveyed planned to offer nurse-coaching for care and condition management, while 72 percent will offer nurse-coaching for lifestyle management.Nurse-coaching and other wellness programs help employees manage their conditions. Programs help workers with everything from taking their medications correctly and consistently to following a proper diet and exercise regimen for their condition. They also make sure employees meet with doctors regularly and take other steps to keep the condition under control.Employers are further turning to telehealth as a low-cost option of condition management. Telehealth provides employees communication with a health provider without their having to travel to a doctor’s office. These services may be especially useful in treating mental health conditions, such as depression, and benefit both the employee and employer. Employees gain convenient counseling services, while employers save on costs.Related: Are Better Benefits the Solution to the Employee Wellness Problem?Among large employers surveyed by NGBH, 90 percent will make telehealth services available to employees, in states where they are allowed, in 2017, up from 70 percent this year and 46 percent in 2015. Next Article Add to Queue September 5, 2016
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 4 2019Democrats on Thursday officially launched their pushback against a December federal court decision that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.A group of 17 Democratic state attorneys general formally appealed the Dec. 14 decision in Texas v. U.S. issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor. In the case filed by 18 Republican state attorneys general and two GOP governors, O’Connor ruled that when Congress in 2017 reduced the tax penalty for not having insurance to zero, the rest of the law became invalidated.”Our coalition of attorneys general has been working around the clock to challenge the decision from the Northern District of Texas that threatens our entire health care system,” said California AG Xavier Becerra, who is leading the Democratic group. “This case could impact children, seniors, women, families and workers who have their own insurance through employers,” he said.The far-reaching impact of invalidating the law cannot be overstated. Even Republican health efforts — including many Trump administration initiatives — would be threatened by the disappearance of the ACA.There was a brief lag between O’Connor’s opinion and the Democrats’ appeal because the judge did not issue last month’s ruling as a formal, final decision, given it didn’t address other aspects of the GOP challenge. At the request of the Democratic attorneys general, on Dec. 30 the judge finalized his findings for this part of the case, and clarified that the law would remain in effect during the appeals process.Separately, the brand-new Democratic majority in the U.S. House voted to support the appeal of the decision on their first day in charge of the chamber.They approved language authorizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “to intervene, otherwise appear, or take any other steps in any other cases involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” better known as the ACA.Related StoriesGender biases are extremely common among health care professionalsFirst smartphone app to detect childhood ear infectionCannabis could help people with opioid addictionHouse Democrats also filed a motion to intervene in the defense of the ACA against the GOP-led lawsuit.Republicans on the House floor were not impressed. “That effort does not preserve preexisting conditions,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), now the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said on the floor. Walden, who helped lead the GOP’s unsuccessful “repeal-and-replace” effort in the last Congress, suggested that lawmakers should instead pass a law reaffirming the preexisting condition protections.Some backers of the law agreed with Walden. “The House should pass a bill. Send it to the Senate. See what happens,” tweeted University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley.In an op-ed written with fellow Michigan law professor Richard Primus, Bagley said Congress could more effectively remove the legal threat to the law by raising the mandate penalty to a dollar, by repealing the mandate entirely or by clarifying that eliminating the mandate penalty does not require the invalidation of the rest of the law.”Any of these solutions could be accomplished in a one-sentence statute, and any one of them would end the Texas lawsuit,” they wrote.California Healthline’s California politics correspondent Samantha Young contributed to this report. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 9 2019Teens who experience cyberbullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, which in turn raises levels of depression, found a University at Buffalo study.Although research has examined the relationship between online bullying and depression, the UB study is one of few to explore the connection between cyber victimization and sleep quality.The study surveyed more than 800 adolescents for sleep quality, cyber aggression and depression.The research will be presented by Misol Kwon, first author and doctoral student in the UB School of Nursing, at SLEEP 2019, the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in San Antonio, Texas from June 8-12.Related StoriesSocial media use and television viewing linked to rise in adolescent depressive symptomsNew structured approach to managing patients with depression in primary careNovel bed system with VR brainwave-control for sleep bliss”Cyber victimization on the internet and social media is a unique form of peer victimization and an emerging mental health concern among teens who are digital natives,” said Kwon. “Understanding these associations supports the need to provide sleep hygiene education and risk prevention and interventions to mistreated kids who show signs and symptoms of depression.”Nearly one third of teens have experienced symptoms of depression, which, in addition to changes in sleep pattern, include persistent irritability, anger and social withdrawal, according to the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health.And nearly 15 percent of U.S. high school students report being bullied electronically, says Kwon. At severe levels, depression may lead to disrupted school performance, harmed relationships or suicide.The risks of allowing depression to worsen highlight the need for researchers and clinicians to understand and target sleep quality and other risk factors that have the potential to exacerbate the disorder.The research was supported by a $1.8 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the National Institutes of Health awarded to Jennifer Livingston, PhD, principal investigator and associate professor in the UB School of Nursing.Additional UB School of Nursing investigators include Suzanne Dickerson, DNS, professor and chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Clinical Sciences; and Eunhee Park, PhD, assistant professor. Young Seo, doctoral candidate in the UB Graduate School of Education, is also an investigator. Source:http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2019/05/012.html
The goal this offseason was to ensure that Year 2 of LeBron James in LA would go nothing like the first, a season in which the team missed the playoffs after going 37-45 as a result of a myriad of injuries and misfortune.Going from a lottery team to a title contender is no easy task, but the Lakers have attempted to do just that with an offseason overhaul.Have they succeeded? Let’s take a look back at how their offseason has gone.OFFSEASON GRADES: Toronto RaptorsA New Head Coach (NBA Getty Images) Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/NBA_Global_CMS_image_storage/2/48/getimageashx-12jpeg_e8ntopmjcslazsocmux1xcte.jpeg?t=-671980973&w=500&quality=80With just James, Kuzma, Davis and second-round pick Talen Horton-Tucker under contract, the Lakers had freed up over $30 million in cap space.The front office had two options: Fill out the roster with a number of role players based on need or use its max slot to sign a superstar.LA opted for the latter with superstar Kawhi Leonard in mind; the team aggressively pursued the reigning Finals MVP and on multiple occasions, it appeared he would sign with the storied franchise. While Leonard took his time with his decision, a number of high-quality free agents agreed to deals elsewhere around the league.As Kawhi would ultimately choose the LA Clippers, the Lakers were forced to quickly pick up the pieces to fill out the roster with the best remaining free agents, and they did so rapidly.MORE: How the Lakers signings fit with LeBron and ADFirst, LA signed reigning NBA champion Danny Green to a two-year, $30 million deal, adding perimeter defence and an elite-level 3-point shooter. In the 2018-19 season, Green narrowly missed earning a selection to an All-Defensive team while shooting a career-high 45.5% from beyond the arc.Almost immediately after, the Lakers reached agreements to re-sign centre JaVale McGee and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who both averaged over double figures last season. Later on that day, the team would also reach an agreement to bring back point guard Rajon Rondo, who averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds in the 46 games in which he appeared last season. Few teams have had an offseason as busy as the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony Davis and LeBron James https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/NBA_Global_CMS_image_storage/98/79/anthony-davis-lebron-james_1t25wmfbl02yj1ln03a5ln1wgw.jpg?t=-73904909&w=500&quality=80In a now duo-driven NBA, the Lakers have paired two of the league’s best players in LeBron and AD. Missing out on Kawhi didn’t end up being as detrimental as it could have been for the Lakers, who were still able to satisfy a number of needs with their available cap space. While waiting on the two-time Finals MVP caused LA to miss the opportunity to sign a number of players, the team was still able to check the boxes of defence, shooting, playmaking and size with the 10 signings it did make.Whether or not the pieces will mesh well together remains to be seen. (NBA Getty Images) https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/NBA_Global_CMS_image_storage/b4/ff/davis_tirdi4e2k39g1gd1038uxp0zb.jpg?t=-201814973&w=500&quality=80It wouldn’t become official for weeks, but the trajectory of the Lakers’ future took a shift for the better midway through June, when reports surfaced that the team would acquire six-time All-Star Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.The trade sent Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram along with the No. 4 overall to New Orleans while Moe Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones were sent to the Washington Wizards.It was a steep price that completely gutted the Lakers roster, but when you have a chance to acquire a player of Davis’ calibre, you absolutely have to do it.MORE: How AD fits with LeBron and the LakersIn addition to bringing Davis in, the agreed-upon trade package ensured that Kyle Kuzma would remain on the Lakers roster, meaning that as they built moving forward, he would be a key member of the team’s core alongside James and its newly-acquired superstar.Now, after failing to acquire a superstar to complement James in the offseason of 2018, they added the 26-year-old Davis, who is coming off of a season in which he averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists over 56 games.Just like that, the Lakers brought in the most talented player to play alongside LeBron during his 17-year career.Phase 2 complete.Free Agency (NBA Getty Images) Frank Vogel https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/NBA_Global_CMS_image_storage/ae/75/vogel_ka7zqu51968c1i4h0asensr8k.jpg?t=-146020589&w=500&quality=80After parting ways with Luke Walton at the end of the 2018-19 season, the Los Angeles Lakers announced the hiring of Frank Vogel as the franchise’s next head coach in mid May.While he wasn’t who many assumed would get the job, Vogel looks to be a solid hire for the Lakers – in 7.5 seasons as head coach of the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic, he compiled a record of 304-291.Vogel led the Pacers to back-to-back Central Division Championships in 2013 and 2014 as the team boasted the league’s top defence in each year. He brings a defensive mindset to the team while assistant coaching hires Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins and Phil Handy bring years of experience and expertise.The Lakers finished last season with the league’s 12th-ranked defence but with Vogel at the helm, could very well reach into plenty of untapped potential on the defensive end to become a top-five defence, which is essentially a prerequisite of becoming a championship team.The Trade After a coaching change, a blockbuster trade and the addition of seven new players, this team will look vastly different than it did on the final day of the 2018-19 regular season. The Lakers have championship DNA present on their roster – of the six members on the team that have played in the NBA Finals, five have won a combined nine NBA titles. With a defensive-minded coach at the helm and two superstars leading the way, LA successfully followed the formula of building a team that can contend for a championship.Grade: A-The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA or its clubs. (NBA Getty Images) (NBA Getty Images) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and LeBron James https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/NBA_Global_CMS_image_storage/5b/55/caldwell-pope-mcgee-rondo-james_1nshecxk8ksd111qcvu2ji8fva.jpg?t=-73904909&w=500&quality=80Perhaps the biggest splash the team made came at the most cost-effective price, as the Lakers added four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who has plenty to prove after a postseason injury derailed his re-emergence in his lone season with the Golden State Warriors. In adding the big man, the Lakers reunited the trio of Rondo, Cousins and Davis, who spent a fruitful season as teammates in New Orleans.The Lakers used the bulk of their remaining cap space to add veteran guard Avery Bradley, who is also looking to prove himself after nagging injuries put a damper on his past two seasons. Bradley is only 28-years-old and in 14 games with the Grizzlies last season posted averages of 16.6 points and 4.0 assists while shooting 38.4% from deep. At his best, he can provide more perimeter defence and shooting.Adding DepthIt happened throughout the free agency period, but the Lakers made a number of solid signings to sure up the depth of their roster and satisfy a number of needs.First, it was two veterans in Jared Dudley and Troy Daniels.Dudley, who is entering his 13th season, brings veteran leadership, poise and headiness that was on full display this year as he averaged over 20 minutes in four postseason games with the Brooklyn Nets. The 28-year-old Daniels brings elite perimeter shooting as well – through his first six NBA seasons, he’s shooting 40.0% from beyond the arc.LA rounded out its roster by re-signing third-year guard Alex Caruso and adding Quinn Cook, who is entering his fourth NBA season.Caruso showed flashes last season, averaging 9.2 points and 3.1 assists in 25 games as he saw an increased role due to the Lakers dealing with an abundance of injuries. While his role will likely be reduced again, he has shown he is more than capable of filling in when needed.Cook, a career 41.8% 3-point shooter, adds shooting as well as two years of NBA Finals experience. Coming from Golden State, he knows how to fit alongside star calibre talent and produce when needed in a variety of roles.Outlook
These Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65926-shark-feeding-frenzy-surprise.html?jwsource=cl已复制自动 270p270p180p正在加载广告直播00:0002:2802:28Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball02:31Surgical Robotics00:29Video – Giggly Robot关闭 Catching a glimpse of an underwater feeding frenzy involving 11 sharks was enough to startle and exhilarate a group of scientists off the coast of South Carolina last month. But the researchers lost their minds when a sneaky guest, a wreckfish, swam directly in front of their camera with one of the sharks wriggling around in its mouth. The fish had swallowed a shark whole, as the busy predators darted about to grab morsels from the 250-lb. (110 kilograms) carcass of a swordfish. “Oh my god — I’m going to remember this my whole life,” one of the researchers says in footage of the feeding frenzy. [In Photos: Great White Sharks Attack] A remotely operated vehicle called the Deep Discoverer captured the video. The scientists operating the vehicle were conducting research for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aboard the ship Okeanos Explorer. This was the Deep Discoverer’s seventh dive on an expedition called Windows to the Deep. This swarm of small sharks, known as dogfish, are chowing down on a swordfish. Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019 The scientists were operating the Deep Discoverer 1,476 feet (450 meters) below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, searching for a World War II shipwreck. They directed the rover up a small incline, expecting to find the boat but instead discovered the swarm of small sharks, called dogfish. The predators had likely sensed this swordfish “food fall” from a long distance and had traveled for the feast, Peter J. Auster of Mystic Aquarium and the University of Connecticut, wrote in the team’s mission log. When the wreckfish, a type of grouper, meandered in front of the camera with a shark tail protruding from its mouth, the scientists came to a clear conclusion: The guest had been watching the feeding frenzy the entire time, stealthily hiding behind the rover itself. Though surprising, this isn’t the first time a fish has been caught on camera swallowing a shark. Last year, people fishing off the coast of Florida caught footage of a 500-lb. (227 kg) goliath grouper darting up to the water’s surface and nabbing a 4-foot-long (1.2 m) shark, Fox News reported at the time. One shark expert said this behavior is run-of-the-mill, “fish-eat-fish” ocean life. “It might be unusual to see it, but it’s not entirely unusual [for it to happen], no,” Daniel Abel, a marine biologist at Coastal Carolina University, told Live Science. “A big grouper is going to eat anything smaller than itself.” The law of the ocean food chain is a brutal one, Abel said: Anything smaller than yourself is fair game for predators like sharks and groupers. Large groupers are known predators of sharks like dogfish, Abel said. And aside from humans, sharks are their own greatest predators, he added. The unlucky dogfish caught on camera didn’t fall victim to a fellow shark, but it did just happen to be smaller than the hungry grouper watching it — and too busy chowing down to notice. Originally published on Live Science. Things didn’t end well for one of the sharks. Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019 Photos: Orcas Are Chowing Down on Great-White-Shark Organs In Photos: Great White Shark Washes Up on Santa Cruz Beach Images: Sharks & Whales from Above
SHARE SHARE EMAIL national elections COMMENT Unaccounted cash, gold and other valuable items worth Rs 552.23 crore have been seized in Tamil Nadu since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on March 10, the Election Commission said on Saturday. Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said Rs 129.51 crore in cash has been recovered till Friday. Gold and silver ornaments, besides liquor, laptops and clothes worth Rs 422.72 crore were seized since the code of conduct came into effect, he told reporters here. On preparations for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections, he said 5,874 zonal teams have been formed to take up poll related work. He said 7,225 poll booths have been identified “vulnerable” in the State and steps are being taken to monitor them using surveillance cameras. Central armed forces and micro observers will also maintain vigil at these booths, he said. SHARE Tamil Nadu April 13, 2019 Flying squad seized Rs 32 lakh at Karnampattu highway near Katpadi. (file photo). – C. Venkatachalapath Election Commission of India COMMENTS Published on
Party president Amit Shah to kickstart enrolment to party from Shamshabad BJP president Amit Shah – Rajeev Bhatt COMMENT Published on SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL The BJP is making a big push in the two Telugu States on July 6 to expand its base and make a serious bid for power in the 2024 elections. Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister and Party Chief, will be in Hyderabad to kick-start the nationwide party membership enrolment programme from Shamshabad on Saturday. He will be followed by all the top leaders of the party touring the 33 districts to attract people from all walks of life into the party. Meanwhile, on the same day, the Chief of the RSS (Rastreya Swayam Sevak Sangh) Mohan Bhagwat will be in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, taking part in a “Gurudakshina” programme. He will also be joined by several BJP leaders.In AP, the BJP has already been able to split the Telugu Desam Rajya Sabha Party by getting four of the six MPs into its fold a few weeks ago. There are clear indications from a majority of the 23 MLAs that the TDP won, of the 175 member Legislative Assembly willing to join it, according to Party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao. With Chandrababu Naidu, TDP Chief facing charges of corruption, the Jaganmohan Reddy government slapping notice on his residence and demolishing its annexe on gounds of they being illegal, the party is facing a serious crisis within. The criticism on Nara Lokesh role is also growing and unless Naidu makes some realistic moves, the simmering discontent can boil over into desertions, warn political analysts. The Telangana focusThe visit of Amit Shah is expected to boost the morale of the State Unit and its efforts to attract leaders from the battered Cong(I) & TDP as well as the ruling Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) too. ‘The mood is already upbeat after the BJP’s impressive performance in the April Lok Sabha elections, where it won a record four seats. Subsequently, the Party has been preparing the ground for expanding its base across the districts. The Cong(I) leader and former MP, Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, is expected to it at any time soon. After making his intentions to quit the parent party clear, Reddy is awaiting the decision of the State Party’s disciplinary Committee to make his next move. Towards the end of June, two ex MLAs of the TDP–E Peddi Reddy and Boda Janardhan and and ex MP, C Suresh Reddy joined. along with from Cong(I)- Sashidhar Reddy (ex MLA) and Sheik Rahmatullah in the presence of P Murlidhara Rao, one of the national secretaries of the BJP. In its efforts to accelerate its growth in Telangana, the Modi government also appointed the Secunderabad MP, Kishan Reddy, a former State President as the junior minister of Home under Amit Shah. With the changed equations between the BJP & TRS post the 2019 General elections, the visit of Amit Shah is seen in a completely different light. Party general secretary G Premender Reddy told media recently that it was decided to enrol another 12 lakh citizens into the party by focusing on dalits, tribals, youth, farmers and women. Before the Telangana Legislative Assembly elections in December 2018, the understanding between Modi and K Chandrasekhar Rao, saw the BJP a bit subdued in its attack on the TRS and was also seen as supportive. An aggressive, KCR during his campaign’s also attacked Amit Shah, which did not go well with the latter. Though, down after managing just a solitary seat (Raja Singh in Hyderabad) in the 119 member Assembly, the BJP worked its way and surprised everyone by winning four and also dealing a shock to KCR when his daughter and sitting MP from Nizamabad, K Kavitha was defeated by D Arvind. Atter the LS polls, the two parties are clear in their strategies. The TRS has been aggressive in decimating the opposition. It has engineered a split in the Cong(I) and 12 of the 18 members into its fold. Similarly, it has got a TDP legislator too to take its tally beyond 100. The BJP on its part is putting its best efforts to attract leaders from all parties as well as expand its base. On the defections, the State BJP president K Laxman said this is just a beginning. “You are going to witness many leaders from the Congress and TRS joining BJP soon”. Andhra Pradesh politics July 04, 2019 COMMENTS
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congregation struggled to come to terms with the deadliest ever attack on America’s Jewish community "I think people are in various stages of trauma mourning disbelief shock all rolled into one" Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life Synagogue told ABC’s "Good Morning America" on Monday Robert Bowers 46 who has a history of posting anti-Semitic material online has been charged with 29 criminal counts including the violation of US civil rights laws in what federal prosecutors say was a hate crime Several of the charges against Bowers who was wounded in a gun battle with police can be punishable by the death penalty Bowers was discharged from Allegheny General Hospital on Monday morning a few hours before his scheduled court appearance Bowers is accused of storming into the Tree of Life temple in Squirrel Hill the heart of Pittsburgh’s close-knit Jewish community yelling "All Jews must die" as he opened fire on members of three congregations holding Sabbath prayer services there on Saturday morning According to a document filed at the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania by the Federal Bureau of Investigation three handguns and an AR-15 rifle were recovered at the scene The complaint quoted Bowers as saying to one law enforcement officer in substance "they’re committing genocide to my people" "I just want to kill Jews" A police report on the shooting rampage described an exchange of fire outside the synagogue between police officers and Bowers who retreated inside Police entered the building and Bowers was shot multiple times and critically wounded A police officer was also shot a number of times Jeffrey Cohen president of Allegheny General Hospital and a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue told ABC on Monday he went to the hospital because he wanted to see the man accused of the shootings "He’s taken into my hospital and he’s shouting ‘I want to kill all the Jews’ and the first three people who are taking care of him were Jewish" Cohen said In addition to the 11 mostly elderly worshipers who were killed six people including four police officers who confronted the gunman were wounded before the suspect surrendered Two of the surviving victims remained hospitalized in critical condition FUNDRAISERS FOR VICTIMS A GoFundMe campaign has raised $589000 for victims The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh by Monday had raised nearly $120000 for victims About 2500 people attended an interfaith memorial service for the victims late on Sunday on the University of Pittsburgh campus The dead included two brothers in their 50s David and Cecil Rosenthal a married couple in their 80s Sylvan and Bernice Simon and 97-year-old Rose Mallinger the oldest of the victims Another was Dr Jerry Rabinowitz 66 a family physician who initially escaped the attack only to be killed when he returned to render aid to the wounded according to a Wall Street Journal op-ed column by Pittsburgh carpet salesman Lou Weiss who knew five of the victims personally The killings rocked the Squirrel Hill community an enclave that encompasses several synagogues and Jewish religious schools and sparked security alerts at places of worship across the country Gabcom the website where the suspected gunman posted anti-Semitic views said on Monday it has provided "plenty of evidence" to the Department of Justice and the FBI Gab went offline after GoDaddy Inc asked it to move the domain to another registrar while PayPal Holdings Inc and Stripe Inc blocked the website from using their payment services Gab said it is working around the clock to get back online but will be inaccessible for a period of time The massacre also took on political overtones as some complained that the confrontational nationalistic rhetoric of US President Donald Trump has encouraged right-wing extremists and fed a surge in activity by hate groups The United States is just over a week away from midterm elections that will decide the balance of power in Congress Trump who branded Saturday’s shooting an act of pure evil and called on Americans to rise above hatred was already facing similar criticism after pipe bombs were mailed last week to some of his most prominent political adversaries The targets mostly Democrats included former US President Barack Obama Cesar Sayoc 56 a strip club DJ and part-time pizza delivery man whose van was pasted with pro-Trump images and slogans disparaging the political left was arrested in the pipe bomb case on Friday and faced his first court appearance on Monday in Florida (Reporting by Jessica Resnick-Ault; Writing by Steve Gorman and Nick Zieminski; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Bill Trott) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Research from the Energy Information Administration suggests that the use of coal for electricity will flatline without the Clean Power Plan and continue to decline with it. 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