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25 mins ago · by · Comments Off on Dakota Access Preparing To Move Oil

Dakota Access Preparing To Move Oil

Oil could start flowing through the highly contested $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline as early this week. The company building the Dakota Access pipeline says the project remains on track to start moving oil this week despite recent “coordinated physical attacks” along the line.  Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn’t detail the attacks, but said they “pose threats to life, physical safety and the environment.”

Two American Indian tribes have battled the $3.8 billion pipeline in court for months, arguing it’s a threat to water. The company has said the pipeline will be safe.  An appeals court rejected the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Nations’ request for an emergency injunction to stop the pipeline from becoming operational.

Judge James Boasberg of the US District Court for the District of Columbia cleared the way for the startup, when he turned down two North Dakota tribes’ request for a preliminary injunction to prevent oil from flowing under Lake Oahe.

The 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline constructed almost entirely on private land is 99 percent complete, but a federal easement which was obtained in February-was required in order to finish the final 1,100-foot stretch in North Dakota.  When complete, the pipeline will move crude oil from the Bakken field in North Dakota to a shipping point in Patoka, Illinois via 30-inch diameter pipes, and then connect to an existing reconfigured pipeline.

The pipeline consists of more than 700 miles of existing pipeline that has been converted to crude oil service from Patoka to Nederland, Texas.  The two pipelines are expected to be in service in the second quarter of 2017.

The approval in February was granted after President Trump issued an executive order to expedite the process. The US Army Corps of Engineers originally granted the easement for the pipeline in July, but withdrew it in December under political pressure from thousands of protesters camped near the construction site at Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

The Corps abandoned the additional environmental review launched in December and argued in court that it undertook a two-year review of the project’s impact on water quality and historic relics, including 389 meetings with 55 tribes. The company rerouted the pipeline 140 times in response to concerns raised.

Greenpeace and a group of more than 160 scientists dedicated to conservation and preservation of threatened natural resources and endangered species have spoken out against the pipeline.   Many Sioux tribes say that the pipeline threatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance.

Protests at sites in North Dakota began in the spring of 2016 and drew indigenous people from throughout North America creating the largest gathering of Native Americans in the past hundred years.  In January, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department released figures showing the state and local policing of the protests have cost $22.3 million since August 10 2016.

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24 hours ago · by · Comments Off on Hate Crimes On The Rise In The US

Hate Crimes On The Rise In The US

Newly released research shows hate crimes in major cities across the United States rose by more than 20% in 2016. The data released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, shows there were more than 1,000 hate-related crimes committed in 2016—a 23% increase over 2015.

Another report released in February 2017 by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) monitoring group showed that the total number of hate groups in the US in 2016 grew to 917 from 892 a year earlier.  There are now more anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, white nationalist, neo-Nazi, neo-Confederate and black separatist organizations.  The sharpest increase was among anti-Muslim groups, which grew from 37 in 2015 to 101 in 2016.  The number of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) chapters, racist skinhead groups and anti-government militias and political groupings has declined, according to the report.

The overall number of hate groups likely understates the real level of organized hatred in America as a growing number of extremists operate mainly online and are not formally affiliated with hate groups.  In the first 10 days after Trump’s election, the SPLC documented 867 bias-related incidents, including more than 300 that targeted immigrants or Muslims.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or gender identity.”

Many major cities are reporting an increase in hate crimes since the start of 2017.  In New York City, there were 100 hate crimes from January 1 through March 5, compared with 47 during the same period last year.  In Chicago, the police department tallied 13 during the first five weeks of 2017 — more than triple the number recorded in the first five weeks of last year.

A coalition of civil and human rights organizations has created a national database and a hotline aimed at getting victims help — including lawyers.  The effort, led by the Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is intended to build upon the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the nation’s leading watchdog against hate groups.

Eleven organizations have joined the effort, representing African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Arabs, women and the LGBTQ community. Calling themselves Communities Against Hate, they will aggregate data in an effort to document hate crimes and provide victims with social services and pro-bono attorneys.  In addition, a new Muslim-Jewish coalition is pushing the government to provide more data on hate crimes and focus on punishing offenders. The group represents an effort to get advocates to stand up for people of other faiths and ethnic backgrounds.

In recent months, incidents of hate have been directed against transgender women, Jews, African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, Hindu Americans, Sikh Americans and others. Recently, 156 civil and human rights groups urged Trump in writing to respond faster and more forcefully to hate-based incidents. In his recent address to a joint session of Congress, the president condemned “hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms,” but critics have said he had taken too long to issue that statement.

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1 day ago · by · Comments Off on Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, March 26th, 2017.

Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, March 26th, 2017.

 

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx gift card!

                                

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening,  March 26th, 2017 was:

 

KRISTINA  HARRIS

Sugar Land, TX

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEx Gift Card

Each day, fans of either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex Gift. Card


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook “fan” on either of our company pages to enter and post your answers. 

 

Here are the daily contestants from last week’s Trivia Contest that were entered into the Sunday drawing:

 

 

 

3/20/17

 

Tiffany Green Elliott

Sheila Carvell

Brandy Marie Williams

Susanne Killion

Dana Dilaura

Nai Merri

Valerie Kuehn

Kathleen Hickman

Ashley Oshier

Tina Marie

Allison Frederick

Megan Rhyne

Justin Wilcox

Christy Hawkes

Lotorya Patrick

Melissa Turner Baker

Geri Rus

Jennifer Kinner

Dmarie Nylin-Terrell

Desiree Ann

Cheryl Hall

Isis Sample

Lisa J Wright

Bea Patrick

 

3/21/17

 

Jennifer Mason

Desiree Ann

Crystal Young

Lisa J Wright

Jenny Merritt

Christy Hawkes

Bea Patrick

Nai Merri

Lotorya Patrick

Mya Murphy

Cyndi Jasheski

Hollie Jahnke

Destiny Landsaw Davis

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Timothy Simpson

Alexandria Fields

June Ebinger

Patricia Oehlert Vazquez

Amanda Quill

Chrissy Kim

 

3/22/17

 

Shelby Lynn

Leslie Wagner Hobson

Krystal Liddell

Phyllis Hines

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Misty Shallcross

Cheryl Hall

Brittany Marie Thompson

Valerie Kuehn

Jennifer Mason

Jennifer Vega

Alexis Maureen

Dena Baji

Cydni Jansheski

Geri Rus

Amber McGrath

Karron Redfield

Dmarie Nylin-Terrell

Christy Hawkes

Erin Leigh Will

 

 

3/23/17

 

Kimberly Snyder

Dean Bruss

Glenna Zanaglio

Nai Merri

Cheryl Hall

Sandy Nevels

Jodi Stevens

Jakara Jackson

Susanne Killion

Alexis Maureen

Sean Stover

Leslie Wagner Hobson

Valerie Kuehn

Brittany Michelle

Christy Hawkes

Crystal Hazelwood

Mya Murphy

Patricia Oehlert Vazquez

Brandy Marie Williams

Karen Jaras

Wendi Black

 

3/24/17

 

Kimberly Snyder

Valerie Kuehn

Christy Hawkes

Dena Baji

Amy Chavis

Kathleen Hickman

Paula Rousseau

Kimberly Foster

Phyllis Hines

Jonnalyn Gates

Pamela White Brearley

Jean Simmons Homfeld

Kendra George

Nitasha Shank

Crystal Young

Holly Cajigas

Kayla Clemons

Kendra George

Misty Shallcross

Deborah Farris

Althea Thomas

Sherri Kidwell

 

 3/25/17

Juanita Williams-Jones

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Anna Nichols

Beth Cleveland

Jonnalyn Gates

Joanie Waterman

Tonya Velazquez

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Kimberly Snyder

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Mary Achio

Dean Bruss

Timothy Simpson

Megan Rhyne

Valerie Kuehn

Jade Good

Sheila Carvell

Cheryl Hall

Abby Cox

Carol Yemola

Phyllis Hines

Kristina Harris

 

3/26/17

 

Hollie Jahnke

Alisa Jones

Rebecca Fauteux

Derek Jennings

Brooke Scott

Jackie Hicks

Pamela White Brearley

Karen Bondehagen

Ralph Gonzales

Mary Achio

Phyllis Hines

Kimberly Snyder

Crystal Dotson

Althea Thomas

Jade Good

Anna Nichols

Crystal Young

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Lori Capobianco

Stephanie Beckwith

 

 
Be sure to watch both of our FaceBook pages for your chance to win and enter again next week, with questions posted daily on HealthInsurance4Everyone or at Health & Life Solutions, LLC!!

Remember that if you try your hand at answering the Trivia Question several days each week, your odds of winning the Sunday weekly drawing are much better.  You may also find that if you “Like” both of the business pages, you will receive faster notifications of the other players as they post their answers to compete with you!  

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3 days ago · by · Comments Off on Trump’s Budget Proposal

Trump’s Budget Proposal

President Trump’s proposed budget has received criticism from Democratic and Republican lawmakers. The 2018 budget calls for an unprecedented $54 billion increase in military spending while slashing environmental, housing, diplomatic and educational programs. It also calls for a 31% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency and the elimination of 3,200 jobs. If approved, the EPA’s budget would become the smallest it’s been in 40 years.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department took the hardest hits. The State Department would see a 29% decrease in funding, eliminating climate-change prevention programs, reducing funding for U.N. peacekeeping, reducing funding for development banks and reducing most cultural-exchange programs.

The Agriculture Department would lose 4.7 billion (21%) of its funding, eliminating the $200 million McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program, eliminating the $500 million Water and Wastewater loan and grant program, reducing the budget for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition assistance from $6.4 billion to $6.2 billion and cuts $95 million from the Rural Business and Cooperative Services program.

The budget proposes cutting 6.2 billion in funding (13%) for the Department of Housing and Urban Development-eliminating the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program and eliminates the $35 million of funding for Section 4 Community Development and Affordable Housing.  The cuts would also eliminate the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the Choice Neighborhoods program and the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program.

The Department of Health and Human Services would lose 18% of its funding.  The Education Department would see $9 billion (14%) cut from its funding, with a decrease of $3.7 billion in grants for teacher training, after-school and summer programs, and aid programs to first-generation and low-income students.  While “school choice” programs would receive $1.4 billion more in funding, increasing the budget for charter schools and spending $1 billion to encourage districts to allow federal dollars meant for low-income students to follow those students to the public school of their choice.

The Department of Labor stands to lose 2.6 billion (21%) in funding which would eliminate the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which helps low-income seniors find work.  The budget cuts would close poor-performing centers for Job Corps, a job-training program for disadvantaged youth and eliminate grants that help nonprofit groups and public agencies pay for safety and health training.

The proposal also eliminates funding for 19 agencies including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public radio and TV stations nationwide; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Legal Services Corporation, which funds free legal aid nationwide.

These cuts are not set in stone just yet but they do show where President Trump’s priorities are.  Congress will still have to draft a formal budget and Trump’s proposed budget is expected to face fierce opposition in Congress.  Congress completely by-passed President Obama’s budget proposal last year while drafting the formal budget.

 

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5 days ago · by · Comments Off on Nine More Indicted In Fat Leonard Scandal

Nine More Indicted In Fat Leonard Scandal

A federal grand jury has indicted nine high-ranking active and retired Navy members as part of an investigation into a bribery scandal known as “Fat Leonard.” The Justice Department says the nine have been charged with accepting luxurious dinners, trips, gifts and the service of sex workers as bribes in exchange for handing over classified military information to Singapore-based defense contractor Leonard Francis.

Twenty-seven people have been charged with crimes since the investigation became public in 2013, including the nine Navy officers indicted this month. Authorities say that the case is still unfolding and that more than 200 people — including 30 admirals — have come under scrutiny.

Known as “Fat Leonard” for his 6ft 3inch, 350-pound physique, Francis has pleaded guilty to bribing “scores” of Navy officials for over a decade with prostitutes, cash, hedonistic parties and other gifts. In exchange, according to federal prosecutors, the officials provided Francis with classified or inside information that enabled his firm, Glenn Marine Defense Asia, to gouge the Navy out of tens of millions of dollars.  Leonard also plead guilty to padding invoices for services not rendered so that some of his navy contacts could pocket the money for themselves.

In June 2016, Robert Gilbeau became the first active-duty Navy admiral in modern history to be convicted of a felony.  He is awaiting sentencing.  In January, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Gentry Debord was sentenced to 30 months in prison, ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and $37,000 in restitution to the U.S. Navy.  Debord, 41, plead guilty in October 2016 to accepting bribes in the form of cash, luxury hotels and prostitutes from Leonard Glenn Francis.  The fraud occurred from November 2007 to January 2013, while Debord was a supply officer aboard the U.S.S. Essex.

Others charged are current or former U.S. Navy officials, including Commander Bobby Pitts, Captain Daniel Dusek, Commander Michael Misiewicz, Lt. Commander Todd Malaki, Commander Jose Luis Sanchez, former NCIS Supervisory Special Agent John Beliveau II, Petty Officer First Class Daniel Layug and Paul Simpkins, a former DoD civilian employee who oversaw contracting in Singapore.

Dusek, Misiewicz, Malaki, Beliveau, Sanchez and Layug have also pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme.  On Jan. 21, Layug was sentenced to 27 months in prison and a $15,000 fine; on Jan. 29, Malaki was sentenced to 40 months in prison and to pay $15,000 in restitution to the Navy and a $15,000 fine; on March 25, Dusek was sentenced to 46 months in prison and to pay $30,000 in restitution to the Navy and a $70,000 fine; on April 29, Misiewicz was sentenced to 78 months in prison and to pay a fine of $100,000 and to pay $95,000 in restitution to the Navy; and on Oct. 14, 2015, Beliveau was sentenced to serve 144 months in prison and ordered to pay $20 million in restitution to the Navy.  Sanchez awaits sentencing.  Pitts was charged in May 2016 and his case remains pending.

Military personnel found guilty of serious misconduct are usually demoted and forced to retire – and because pension values are based on rank, losing a star or a stripe leads to a partial reduction in their pension. Seven Navy officers who have pleaded guilty in the corruption and bribery scandal are reportedly still eligible for generous taxpayer-funded retirement benefits.  Disgraced Navy admiral Robert Gilbeau has already begun collecting $10,000 a month.

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1 week ago · by · Comments Off on Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, March 19th, 2017.

Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, March 19th, 2017.

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx gift card!

                                

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening,  March 19th, 2017 was:

 

JADE  GOOD

Sinking Spring, PA 

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEx Gift Card

 

Each day, fans of either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex Gift. Card


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook “fan” on either of our company pages to enter and post your answers. 

 

Here are the daily contestants from last week’s Trivia Contest that were entered into the Sunday drawing:

 

 

3/13/17

 

Kimberly Snyder

Desiree Ann

Christine Acoba

Mary Achio

Carole Jacobs

Althea Thomas

Glenna Zanaglio

Kayla Clemons

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Timothy Simpson

Mary Ann Cody

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Sheila Carvell

Holly Cajigas

Trish Dye Masi

Jennifer Mason

Derek Jennings

Christy Hawkes

Dale Fish

Allison Frederick

Jennifer Ramlet

Melissa D’Ornellas Curtis

Lisa Puckett

 

3/14/17

 

Jennifer Ramlet

Lisa David Carr

Kimberly Snyder

Jackie Hicks

Nai Merri

Patricia Oehlert Vazquez

Kathleen Hickman

Myranda Medlin

Glenna Zanaglio

Derek Jennings

Kendra George

Ralph Gonzales

Sarah Bellestri Shih

Amy Chavis

Jennifer Lang

Brandy Marie Williams

Hollie Jahnke

Holly Cajigas

Beata Tybor

Mary Achio

Christina Radcliff

Jessica Miller

Nancy Scharnhorst

 

3/15/17

 

Paula Rousseau

Desiree Ann

Kathi Taylor

Stephanie Beckwith

Misty Shallcross

Anna Nichols

Nitasha Shank

Justin Wilcox

Dean Bruss

Kendra George

Christine Acoba

Crystal Young

Fanny Wat

Jennifer Mason

Jackie Hicks

Brittany Deaver

Dawna McKnight

Jean Simmons Homfeld

Christina Domingue

Kelsey Mcknight

 

3/16/17

 

Jessica Miller

Stephanie Beckwith

Jonnalyn Gates

Priscilla Shimp

Valerie Kuehn

Sheila Carvell

Jennifer Ramlet

Mary Achio

Jennifer Mason

Roberta Thomas

Michelle Hughes

Jean Simmons Homfeld

Phylicia Phillips

Megan Rhyne

Cassandra Berholtz

Allyson Becker

Nitasha Shank

Nai Merri

Kimberly Foster

Dean Bruss

Katrina Worford

 

3/17/17

 

Sandy Nevels

Jennifer Ramlet

Dmarie Nylin-Terrell

Desiree Ann

Mary Achio

Christine Acoba

Kristina Rosson

Cassandra Berholtz

Kristina Harris

Andrea Timms

Pamela Gonzalez

Jade Good

Amy Conyers

Michelle Hughes

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Carole Moore

Nitasha Shank

Amanda Peters

Nelle Bailey

Dana Dilaura

Sheila Carvell

 

3/18/17

 

Lauren Bradley

Amy Conyers

Cassandra Berholtz

Valerie Kuehn

Beth Cleveland

Beata Tybor

Kathi Taylor

Brenda Casey

Allison Frederick

Jennifer Mason

Phyllis Hines

Jennifer Downing

Kendra George

Carol Yemola

Justin Wilcox

Misty Shallcross

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Samantha Brwn Ramos

Jade Good

Stephanie Caldwell

Debbie Burke Garretson

 

3/19/17

 

Samanth Cheff

Sherri Kidwell

Dana Rodriguez

Brandi Chaney

Keith L Flanders

Christine McKinnon

Sammi Palacios

Priscilla Shimp

Roberta Thomas

Kelli Mcmillan

Christine Acoba

Melissa Turner Baker

Bobbie J Rittenhouse

Kimberly Snyder

Barbie Sundy

Kristina Harris

Kendra George

Nai Merri

Jennifer Downing

Adaria Johnson

Mya Murphy

 

 
Be sure to watch both of our FaceBook pages for your chance to win and enter again next week, with questions posted daily on HealthInsurance4Everyone or at Health & Life Solutions, LLC!!

Remember that if you try your hand at answering the Trivia Question several days each week, your odds of winning the Sunday weekly drawing are much better.  You may also find that if you “Like” both of the business pages, you will receive faster notifications of the other players as they post their answers to compete with you!  

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2 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on South Korea’s President Impeached

South Korea’s President Impeached

South Korea’s Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office over charges of bribery and corruption. The unanimous ruling strips Park of immunity from prosecution, meaning she could face criminal charges. Ms. Park’s powers were suspended in December after a legislative impeachment vote.

Eight justices of the Constitutional Court unanimously decided to unseat Ms. Park for committing “acts that violated the Constitution and laws” throughout her time in office, Acting Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi said in a ruling that was nationally broadcast that Ms. Park’s acts “betrayed the trust of the people and were of the kind that cannot be tolerated for the sake of protecting the Constitution.”

Ms. Park, 65, now faces prosecutors seeking to charge her with bribery, extortion and abuse of power in connection with allegations of conspiring with her childhood friend, Choi Soon-sil, to collect tens of millions of dollars in bribes from companies like Samsung.

Samsung Group scion Lee Jae-yong was arrested on bribery charges in February.  He is accused of paying $36 million in bribes to President Park Geun-hye’s confidante, Choi Soon-sil, in return for political favors. Those are alleged to include government support for a merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015 that helped Mr. Lee, 48, inherit corporate control from his incapacitated father, Lee Kun-hee, the chairman.

Park’s removal capped months of turmoil, as hundreds of thousands of South Koreans took to the streets, week after week, to protest the sprawling corruption scandal and demands for her arrest.  Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn: “In order to stop internal conflicts from intensifying, we should manage the social order and keep a stable government, so that national anxiety and the international society’s concern can be settled.”

Park Geun-hye was the nation’s first female president and the daughter of the Cold War military dictator Park Chung-hee.  She had been an icon of the conservative establishment that joined Washington in pressing for a hard line against North Korea’s nuclear provocations.

After December’s impeachment vote, she continued to live in the presidential Blue House while awaiting the decision by the Constitutional Court. The house had been her childhood home since the age of 9.  She left nearly two decades later after her mother and father were assassinated in separate incidents.

Park is now South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office.  Her removal comes amid rising tension with North Korea and China.  A new election will be held in 60 days.

The upheaval comes days after North Korea test-fired several ballistic missiles and as the Trump administration began deploying a missile defense system to South Korea. Chinese officials warn the U.S. is escalating a regional arms race.  Park’s conservative party losing power could mean South Korea’s next leader will take a more conciliatory approach toward North Korea.

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2 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on Shootings Spark Fear In Foreign Workers Across US

Shootings Spark Fear In Foreign Workers Across US

Three separate shootings have raised worries among Indians and other communities about possible violence against foreign workers in the United States.  The senseless shooting of two technology workers from India and another man at a bar in Olathe, Kansas made national headlines.  The victims, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, both engineers employed by Garmin were at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe.

A witness says Adam Purinton, 51, became agitated by the presence of the two men and was asked to leave by regular patron Ian Grillot.  Purinton left but returned a short time later and approached Kuchibhotla and Madasani.  He opened fire, yelling “Get out of my country!”  Kuchibhotla was killed and Madasani was wounded.  Grillot, who was shot in the hand and chest, was praised as a hero for attempting to intervene and subdue the suspect during the shooting.

Purinton was arrested hours later at an Applebee’s restaurant in Clinton, Missouri, about 70 miles away from Olathe.  Applebee’s employees called 911 and an Applebee’s bartender told police that a man had admitted to shooting two “Iranian” people in Olathe and was looking for a place to hide.  Purinton faces one first degree murder charge and two charges of attempted first degree murder.

Another shooting occurred in Lancaster, South Carolina when 43 year old Harnish Patel was shot and killed in front of his home.  Patel was killed after returning home from working at the Speedee Mart convenience store, which he owned. Patel had lived in the United States for 14 years. He was married and had one child in elementary school. He was originally from the Indian state of Gujarat. Police are still looking for the shooter.

Police are investigating a third shooting that occurred in Kent, Washington.  The shooting of Deep Rai, a 39-year-old Sikh man, was shot while cleaning his car in his driveway.  The victim’s family said a man approached and began calling him names, telling him, “Go home to your country!” The shooter then pushed him to the ground and shot him in the arm.

The victim lost consciousness and only realized he’d been shot when he regained consciousness in the hospital.  He was released the next day and is expected to make a full recovery.  Rai is a U.S. citizen originally from Punjab, India.  Rai became the fourth Indian man to be shot within the last few weeks in the United States. All of the shootings are being investigated as possible hate crimes.

The Sikh Coalition said members of its community are at heightened risk of hate-crime attacks -partially because their faith requires the wearing of turbans and beards.  In a statement, spokesman Rajdeep Singh said it’s important the Kent shooting be investigated as a hate crime.  “While we appreciate the efforts of state and local officials to respond to attacks like this, we need our national leaders to make hate crime prevention a top priority,” he said. “Tone matters in our political discourse, because this is a matter of life or death for millions of Americans who are worried about losing loved ones to hate.”

“The Sikh community is shaken and very frustrated at the hate and rhetoric that is being spread today about anyone that looks different, who looks like an immigrant.”

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2 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on EPA Faces Drastic Cuts In Trump’s Budget Plans

EPA Faces Drastic Cuts In Trump’s Budget Plans

The White House is seeking to dramatically reduce the power of the Environmental Protection Agency, slashing dozens of programs and laying off 20% of the agency’s staff.  The proposed budget cut plans to cut the EPA’s budget by 25% to $6.1 billion, and cut its workforce by 20% to 12,400 employees, in the 2018 fiscal year that begins 1 October.  The plans require the complete elimination of EPA programs on climate change, toxic waste cleanup, environmental justice and funding for Native Alaskan villages. It would slash funding to states for clean air and water programs by 30% percent as well.

According to sources that have seen preliminary directives from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Trump administration wants to cut spending by EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) by more than 40% from roughly $510 million to $290 million.

The cuts target scientific work in fields including climate change, air and water quality, and chemical safety. EPA’s $50 million external grant program for environmental scientists at universities would be eliminated altogether. Cuts in the new budget memo include climate, air, and energy research would fall from $91.7 million to $45.7 million.  Research in chemical safety and sustainability would drop from $89.2 million to $61.8 million.   Water-related science falls from $107.2 million to $70.1 million.  The budget for sustainable healthy communities plunges from $139.7 million to $75.8 million.  The OMB memo also states that the EPA would no longer contribute to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a multiagency task force that coordinates federal research on global change.

The OMB office says the cuts are needed to help reduce the burden that EPA regulations place on industry and state and local governments. Environmental scientists, regulators, and current and former EPA officials warn the reductions would devastate the agency’s efforts to carry out its mission of protecting human health and the environment.

The Trump administration’s final 2018 budget request is scheduled to be released on March 16th.  It is not clear whether the administration will keep the steep EPA cuts in its final request to Congress, or whether Congress will approve the cuts. Many federal lawmakers, as well as state and local officials, have already expressed strong opposition to some of the cuts.

The new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a long EPA foe, has suggested that he will push back against parts of the preliminary White House plan.  Some senior Republicans in Congress have also expressed doubts about the larger Trump administration budget plan driving the EPA cuts.

It calls for boosting discretionary defense spending in 2018 by $54 billion, and paying for that increase by cutting discretionary spending at civilian agencies such as EPA. The shift would likely require Congress to change a 2011 law, called the Budget Control Act, that imposes caps on domestic spending—but Democrats in the Senate have already said they would block any change unless it also includes spending increases for civilian programs.

 

 

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2 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, March 12th, 2017.

Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, March 12th, 2017.

 

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx gift card!

                                

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening,  March 12th, 2017 was:

 

JODI  STEVENS

Wellsboro,  PA

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEx Gift Card

 

Each day, fans of either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex Gift. Card


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook “fan” on either of our company pages to enter and post your answers. 

 

Here are the daily contestants from last week’s Trivia Contest that were entered into the Sunday drawing:

 

3/6/17

 

Jenny Meyers

Valerie Kuehn

Mary Achio

Carla S-Paige Williams

Priscilla Shimp

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Paula M Bondy

Penny Fisher

Kathleen Hickman

Crystal Hazelwood

Nai Merri

Beata Tybor

Angela Nicole

Megan Akins

Sheila Carvell

Christine Acoba

Leigh Nichols

Kristina Rosson

Phyllis Hines

Sean Stover

 

3/7/17

 

Jennifer Mason

Dawna McKnight

Lisa Breece

Kim Floyd

Sandra Sue Blanton

Judy Custer

Nitasha Shank

Misty Shallcross

Althea Thomas

Jennifer Downing

John McKnight

Kevin James Anderson

Christine Acoba

Lotorya Patrick

Carole Jacobs

Kelsey Mcknight

Wizdom Norwood-Goins

Karen Jaras

Stacy Mydlarz

Darlene Whyte

 

3/8/17

 

Suzie Mize Lockhart

Andrea Timms

Anna Nichols

Shannon Douglas Deadmon

Karen Bondehagen

Jennifer Downing

Cheryl Hall

Timothy Simpson

Christina Domingue

Missy Nicole Adams

Kristina Harris

Misty Shallcross

Christy Hawkes

Brandy Marie Williams

Beth Cleveland

Sheila Carvell

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Phyllis Hines

Carol ONeil

Kizzy Alvarez DeSantis

Michelle Hughes

 

3/9/17

 

Jennifer Ramlet

Valerie Kuehn

Cheryl Hall

Barbie Sundy

Beth Cleveland

Priscilla Shimp

Sheila Carvwell

Amy Chavis

Tessa Davis

Kimberly Snyder

Luis Vazquez

Kendra George

Megan Landor

Mary Pettiford

Kristina Rosson

Nai Merri

Patricia Oehlert Vazquez

Wayne Gallas

Kelli Mcmillan

Kathleen Hickman

Stephanie Beckwith

 

3/10/17

 

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Christine Acoba

Justin Wilcox

Christina Domingue

Tina Marie

Vickie Gipson

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Samantha Brwn Ramos

Amy Chavis

Abby Cox

Eva Biggs

Jean Simmons Homfeld

Jennifer Mason

Christy Hawkes

Jessica Miller

Kim Floyd

Megan Rhyne

Alexis Churley

Anna Ashley Pinder

Nai Merri

Michelle Rayeske-Jeske

Jennifer Zafarino-Griffiths

 

3/11/17

 

Kayla Clemons

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Jean Simmons Homfeld

Tonya Velazquez

Desiree Ann

Jodi Stevens

Kayla Hernandez

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Kimberly Snyder

Kendra George

Jennifer Lang

Myranda Medlin

Jennifer Ramlet

Jennifer Mason

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Priscilla Shimp

Rebecca Honey Graham

Sheila Carvell

Stephanie Williams

Chris Maxwell

Heather Marie Stacy

Kristina Harris

 

3/12/17

 

Jennifer Ramlet

Phyllis Hines

Mary Achio

Jennifer Sparks

Misty Shallcross

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Nelle Bailey

Christina Domingue

Susanne Killion

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Holly Cajigas

Emily Rice Bowersock

Brittany Marie Thompson

Valerie Kuehn

Angela Hendricks

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Dawn Raasch

Jessica Miller

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Rebecca Honey Graham

Tabitha Sinks


Be sure to watch both of our FaceBook pages for your chance to win and enter again next week, with questions posted daily on HealthInsurance4Everyone or at Health & Life Solutions, LLC!!

Remember that if you try your hand at answering the Trivia Question several days each week, your odds of winning the Sunday weekly drawing are much better.  You may also find that if you “Like” both of the business pages, you will receive faster notifications of the other players as they post their answers to compete with you!  

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