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2 days ago · by · Comments Off on Pentagon Wants More Troops Deployed In Afghanistan

Pentagon Wants More Troops Deployed In Afghanistan

Members of the Trump administration and Pentagon officials are pushing for the deployment 3,000 to 5,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.  There are currently about 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  Officials are also looking for the relaxation of restrictions on launching airstrikes.  The recommendation comes after the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, warned the war has reached a stalemate. Trump is expected to decide whether to approve the deployment of additional troops later this month.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Kabul to speak with Nicholson just days after an attack by a Taliban-affiliated militants killed 140 Afghan troops, most of whom were unarmed in a mosque praying at their base.  The Pentagon’s proposal is aimed at countering the resilient Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan by adding thousands more troops closer to combat and bombarding the Taliban with airstrikes.  Army General John Nicholson told the Senate the security situation had deteriorated.  If approved, the decision would allow U.S. troops to partner with Afghan forces closer to the fight rather than just playing an advisory role.

The Pentagon had been focused on ending its presence in Afghanistan since 2001 but after the September 11th attacks, U.S. forces, with 100,000 troops deployed-helped topple the Taliban government that had given shelter to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist organization.

With the end of the combat mission “Enduring Freedom” and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the United States had pulled out most its troops in late 2014.  The Obama administration decided to leave a force of about 13,000 troops in place after responding to pleas from U.S. Commanders.  The 13,000 includes all active duty service personnel from all branches (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force), National Guard and Reserve as well as civilian employees of the Department of Defense and civilian contractors (APF) – which make up the smallest group.

There have been restrictions in place regarding how close Americans could accompany Afghan forces in combat and on bombing Taliban targets. Those rules were eased last year, and the Pentagon’s recent proposal would grant added authority for air strikes.    The current NATO-led operation in Afghanistan is called “Resolute Support” and aims to train and advise the Afghan security forces. Sporadic combat operations are left to Special Forces.  The U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan is America’s longest war and the Pentagon’s proposal means it won’t be ending any time soon.

 

 

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, May 21st, 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, May 21st, 2017 was:

 

TONYA  VELAZQUEZ

Shillington, 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:

 

 

 

5/15/17

 

Rondi Clark-Conn

Anna Nichols

Jennifer Leffler

Nitasha Shank

Lisa Jimenez

Cheryl Hall

Nai Merri

Melissa D’Ornellas Curtis

Patricia Oehlert Vazquez

Dawn Raasch

Leslie Wagner Hobson

Tera Wardrip

Stephanie Caldwell

Michelle Hughes

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Kimberly Snyder

Brittany Marie Thompson

Carole Jacobs

Karen Bondehagen

Rebecca Fauteux

 

5/16/17

 

Deborah Farris

Christy Hawkes

Anggie Marie

Beth Cleveland

Jodi Brown

Jennifer Lang

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Karen Jaras

Juanita Williams-Jones

Melissa Turner Baker

Kendra George

Jennifer Ramlet

Tonya Velazquez

Sandy Nevels

Jennifer Fremont

Eleazar Ruiz

Amber McGrath

Debbie Burke Garretson

Linda Chojnacki

Trish Marks

 

 

5/17/17

 

Lotorya Patrick

Tonya Velazquez

Jenifer Garza

Dean Bruss

Shelby Lynn

Beata Tybor

Bea Patrick

Cassandra Berholtz

Alisa Jones

Paula Rousseau

Debbie Smith

Diane Hamric

Kalyani Nam

Preeti Chand

Wayne Gallas

Beeg Reeb

Teena Sierson

Kristina Harris

Jennifer Ramlet

Mary Achio

Allison Frederick

Meg Marshall

 

 

5/18/17

 

Nai Merri

Juanita Williams-Jones

Brandi K Chaney

Wayne Gallas

Sheila Carvell

Alisa Jones

Melissa Barnes Walker

Dave Miller

Samantha Smith

Lisa David Carr

Alexandria Fields

Teena Sierson

Kizzy Alvarez DeSantis

Valerie Kuehn

Sherri Kidwell

Anna Nichols

Jacqlyn Gummert

Belinda Haas

Kelly Prestenbach

Phyllis Hines

 

5/19/17

 

Crystal Young

Deborah Farris

Holly Cajigas

Teena Sierson

Jade Good

Jacqlyn Gummert

Emily Rice Bowersock

Tera Wardrip

Eleazar Ruiz

Nitasha Shank

Preeti Chand

Jennifer Ramlet

Jean Simmons Homfeld

Abby Cox

Rondi Clark-Conn

Brittany Deaver

Trish Marks

Kristen Raia Bowman

Alexandria Fields

Dale Fish

Sherri Kidwell

 

 

5/20/17

 

Sarah Bellestri Shih

Nai Merri

Roberta Thomas

Jakara Jackson

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Eleazar Ruiz

Lotorya Patrick

Jacqlyn Gummert

Krissy Brislin

Heather Jacques

Melissa Turner Baker

Bobbie J Rittenhouse

Cheyenne Shaw

Kathi Taylor

Michelle R. Carlino

D Shanel Collins

Karen Rimiller Presley

Jennifer Mapes

Wayne Gallas

Karen Bondehagen

Poonam Gosain

 

5/21/17

 

Deborah Farris

Jennifer Ramlet

Jennifer Downing

Steve Hardy

Christy Hawkes

Marie Beauregard

Sheila Carvell

Melissa D’Ornellas Curtis

Chrissy Kim

Kayla Clemons

Brandy Williams

Carol Yemola

Alexis Maureen

Nai Merri

Sarah Bellestri Shih

Trish Marks

Dean Bruss

Susanne Killion

Kimberly Snyder

Timothy Simpson

Amanda Peters

Jennifer Lang

Alysia Jackson

Emily Rice Bowersock

 

        


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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Follow Mark Shuster, Founder/Owner at Health & Life Solutions, LLC for daily health tips!

 

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HI4E – Health Insurance 4 Everyone: About Us

 

 

 

 

Mark Shuster, Owner/Partner, has a distinguished sales and management background and has been in the insurance industry for over 26 years.

He is licensed in 43 states, and has sold over $36 million in personally produced business, making him the highest producing health insurance agent in the history of a major Fortune 500 company, and at each of the companies he has recently been employed.

As the founding member of Health Insurance 4 Everyone, and as the owner/member of Health & Life Solutions, LLC, Mark oversees the sales, recruitment, and strategic planning needs for the company’s nationwide direct and telemarketing sales teams.

He has been instrumental in the start up and development of offices throughout the country, and has served as an industry spokesman and sales trainer, at each of the Fortune 500 companies where he was employed throughout his career. Mark’s experience and leadership provides his company with the skills and resources needed to set and achieve the highest sales and management goals in the industry.

His training and selling philosophy focuses on ensuring a “value package” of insurance products, keeping the customer’s needs in mind, which then results in increased long term customer retention standards.

His demonstrated success at providing unprecedented customer satisfaction, through the team he manages and leads, is unmatched within the industry.

Prior to entering his career in the insurance industry 26 years ago, he managed cable television and broadcast systems throughout the Midwest and the East Coast. He is a former aide to U.S. Senators, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and holds a Political Science Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Corinne Kolasienski

Corinne Kolasienski, Owner/Partner, served as the Regional Team Leader at the company headquarters based in the Hartford, Connecticut area. She has a varied career in sales and management that spans close to 25 years in the insurance industry. She has served in positions of sales management, as Vice President of Sales, and just prior to joining the Health Insurance 4 Everyone team, served as the CEO of a company which she founded that provides corporate recognition programs, human resources, and customer service consulting in numerous industries around the country.

Happy young couple sitting on the floor of new house surrounded by boxes

She is recognized for her success in developing customer service support initiatives and in the training and development of sales teams throughout the United States. Corinne initially joined the company’s headquarters office as the Director of Personnel and Recruitment. She quickly moved up and became a founding member of the company’s new headquarters, providing the recruitment, training and development of the company’s fastest growing sales team, as awarded in 2008, 2009 and year-to-date in 2010.

She recently became a founding member of the management team for the new Health Insurance 4 Everyone Company which was restructured and incorporated in early 2010. She has distinguished herself as a role model in personal sales production, and has demonstrated her successful leadership skills in moving the newer team members quickly through the training process, and on to become “top closers” in the business. Corinne brings to the company a level of enthusiasm and professionalism that inspires her team members to set and then exceed their own personal production goals. She is one of the company’s most dynamic managers in bringing the sales teams a level of success unmatched by others in the industry.

 

 What our clients say….

Health Insurance 4 Everyone (Hi4e.org), is positioned to capture the impending surge of growth from the recent national health care reforms.

A new portfolio of supplemental life insurance, disability, long-term care and Medicare supplement products ensure that the company can offer “insurance plans for everyone”.

 

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6 days ago · by · Comments Off on President Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

President Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

President Donald Trump announced the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the man who is responsible for the bureau’s investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign team colluded with Russia in its interference in last year’s election.  The administration attributed Comey’s dismissal to his handling of the investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server, but many suggested the reason behind his dismissal was that Comey was getting too close to the White House with the Russia probe.

The news caught Comey by surprise as it flashed on television screens in the room as he spoke to FBI agents at an event in Los Angeles.  His firing is the first dismissal of an FBI chief since 1993 when President Clinton ousted William Sessions as FBI director after Sessions refused to voluntarily step down amid ethical concerns.

President Trump stated in a letter to Comey that he agrees with his Department of Justice’s assessment that Comey is “not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”   Those findings, specifically from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, stem from Rosenstein’s belief that Comey mishandled the Clinton investigation.

Trump’s actions were a turnaround from his stance just seven months ago on the campaign trail, when he repeatedly praised Comey for reopening the investigation into the scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s private email server.  Just days away from the election, Comey sent a letter to Congress stating that the FBI had reopened its investigation into Clinton. The decision was made because of its investigation into former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is married to Clinton confidant Huma Abedin. Comey followed up days later with another letter, informing Congress that the FBI didn’t find anything and continued to believe Clinton’s practices were reckless but did not merit any criminal charges.

After Clinton’s loss, former President Bill Clinton blamed Comey for it.  Hillary Clinton herself told CNN “I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off.”

A senior white house official said that a replacement will be announced in the coming days.  Some possible candidates include Ray Kelly, Chris Christie, David Clarke, Trey Gowdy.  Ray Kelly has a 47 year career within the NYPD.  He served as Police Commissioner from 1992 to 1994 and again from 2002 to 2013.  Chris Christie is the current governor of New Jersey and is a former Republican-appointed United States attorney in New Jersey.  David Clarke is currently serving his fourth full term as the sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, a position he has held since 2002.  Trey Gowdy is a Replublican U.S. Respresentative for South Carolina and a former federal prosecutor.  He led the House committee investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi investigation.

 

 

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1 week ago · by · Comments Off on Texas Teen Killed Leaving Party, Officer Charged

Texas Teen Killed Leaving Party, Officer Charged

A Balch Springs police officer was fired for violating several department policies and procedures in the shooting death of a Texas teen.  He was later arrested on a murder charge in the killing of Jordan Edwards, who was a passenger in a car that was driving away from a party.  The former officer turned himself in at the Parker County Jail, posting his $300,000 bail that evening.  If convicted of murder, he faces up to life in prison.

Roy Oliver, 37, was the second of two officers who responded to a report of a loud party with underage drinking in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs.  Oliver and the other officer went into the house to talk to the host of the party as teens scattered from the party.   During this time, 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, his two older brothers and two 16 year old friends got into their car driven by his older brother Vidal.

As the officers were talking to the host they heard what sounded like gunshots and went outside.  Both officers went outside to see what was going on and saw several people fleeing the party.  The other officer, who has not been identified, walked toward the area where he thought the shots had been fired while Oliver went to the patrol car and got his rifle.

The second officer tried to stop a black Chevrolet Impala at the nearby intersection. The car slowly reversed, and the second officer pulled his gun and walked toward the passenger side of the car.  As the car started to drive forward, the officer used his gun to break the rear passenger window.  Oliver got behind the officer and fired several rounds into the car as it drove past him.

Jordan Edwards was shot in the head as he sat in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.  Originally Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said the officer fired after the car drove “aggressively” toward both officers but he later said he misspoke.  Both officers were wearing body cameras and body camera footage showed the car was driving forward, away from the officers, not reversing toward them as he originally reported. The officer’s behavior “did not meet our core values,” Haber said.

Records reveal that Officer Roy Oliver, a 6 year veteran with the Balch Springs department was suspended in 2013 for sixteen hours and ordered to attend “anger management and training in courtroom demeanor and testimony.”   That same year, according to his personnel files – he demonstrated a low score on “the extent to which this employee is able to communicate with the public as wells as other employees both verbally and in writing.”

Jordan Edwards was a freshman at Mesquite High School and a straight A student with a 4.0 GPA.  He was a talented athlete who played quarterback and receiver on the football team.  He lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in Balch Springs with his parents, two older brothers and younger sister.

Those who knew him say he was the last person you’d expect to die in a police shooting.  His family, teachers and coaches described him as a happy, hardworking and respectful teen that was always in a good mood.  His father Odell, said that his son Vidal, continued driving away so that no one else would be shot.  He stopped the car two blocks from the party and called his father while his two friends in the back seat called their parents.  “All I could hear was screaming and crying and the boys saying that police had just shot and killed Jordan. I could hardly make sense of it all” said Odell Edwards.  Then the phone went dead.  At that point, police had swarmed the car and forced all of the boys out at gunpoint.

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, May 14th, 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, May 14th, 2017 was:

 

AMANDA  THOMAS

Monroe, GA

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:

 

 

 

5/8/17

 

Jade Good

Nikki Hunsaker

Heather Lynn Rood

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Paula Rivers

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Sara Harrison

Tracy Shafer

Fanny Wat

Rondi Clark-Conn

Nai Merri

Lauren Bradley

Carrie Strickland

Daniela Hernandez

Jennifer Leffler

Amanda Thomas

Hollie Jahnke

Tonya Velazquez

Destiny Landsaw Davis

Felicia Block

 

5/9/17

 

Emily Rice Bowersock

Sherri Kidwell

Kathi Taylor

Jennifer Leffler

Alexandria Fields

Kimberly Snyder

Sheila Carvell

Kathleen Hickman

Becca Dotsun

Stephanie Caldwell

Adaria Johnson

Ellen Ciambrelli Ferrari

Eva Biggs

Jade Good

Andrea Timms

Debbie Burke Garretson

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Derek Jennings

Susan Clarke Jette

Karen Bondehagen

Rebecca Fauteux

 

 

5/10/17

 

Sherri Kidwell

Tera Wardrip

Mary Achio

Tonya Velazquez

Nai Merri

Destiny Landsaw Davis

Dale Fish

Christina Domingue

Glenna Zanaglio

Alexandria Fields

Phyllis Hines

Priscilla Shimp

Kayla Clemons

Anna Nichols

Susanne Killion

Jennifer Lang

Lauren Bradley

Tina Marie

Raquel Perez-Espinal

Paula Rousseau

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Michelle R. Carlino

Christy Hawkes

 

5/11/17

 

Tonya Velazquez

Emily Rice Bowersock

Leslie Wagner Hobson

Crystal Dotson

Cheryl Hall

Sheila Carvell

Susan Clarke Jette

Jennifer Fremont

Phyllis Hines

Erica Hansen

Jakara Jackson

Kathleen Hickman

Stacy Ramirez

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Brandi Chaney

Kendra George

JoBeth Butcher

Kayla Clemons

Nai Merri

Jennifer Ramlet

 

5/12/17

 

Leslie Wagner Hobson

Cheryl Hall

Nitasha Shank

Crystal Dotson

Jennifer Ramlet

Brooke Scott

Jennifer Lang

Sarah Bellestri Shih

Tonya Velazquez

Mikayla Oakes

Teena Sierson

Michelle Hughes

Susan Clarke Jette

Johanna Landsaw-Davis

Alexis Maureen

Jamie Shapiro

Kathleen Hickman

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Kellie Lacy

Samantha Brwn

Dean Bruss

Jakara Jackson

Anggie Marie

Sheila Carvell

 

5/13/17

 

Tracy Shafer

Jonnalyn Gates

Mary Ann Cody

Lotorya Patrick

Christy Hawkes

Nelle Bailey

Sheila Carvell

Karen Bondehagen

Nitasha Shank

Jade Good

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Kendra George

Jennifer Downing

Juanita Williams-Jones

Michelle Hughes

Brittany Michelle

Kimberly Snyder

Tera Wardrip

Myranda Medlin

Paula Rousseau

Tonya Velazquez

 

5/14/17

 

Deborah Farris

Tera Wardrip

Joleen Renee

Allison Frederick

Nikki Hunsaker

Michelle Webb

Sarah Harrison

Misty Shallcross

Michelle Hughes

Heather Lynn Rood

Charlotte Dennis

Lotorya Patrick

Chris Maxwell

Alicia Smith

Amanda Saltsman

Jennifer Mason

Angela Hendricks

Carrie Strickland

Paula Rousseau

Jennifer Downing

Melissa Turner Baker

 

     

 


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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At Health Insurance 4 Everyone, we not only want to improve our customer service but also interact with our customers on a social media level that wasn’t available before. Interested in connecting with us?  Look us up on….    

 

Twitter: Healthinsurane4  (Follow Us On Twitter To Receive Faster Notifications When Daily Trivia Questions Posted, & To Be Immediately Notified When Weekly AmEX & HI4Eshop Gift Card Winners Are Announced!!)

 

 

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Like us on facebook: HealthInsurance4Everyone or Health & Life Solutions, LLC

 

Over 54,000 Combined Fans/Followers To Our Social Media Sites, & We’re Growing Daily!

 

Follow Mark Shuster, Founder/Owner at Health & Life Solutions, LLC for daily health tips!

 

Mark Shuster FaceBook Link

 

Follow our word press blog and read about everything from health insurance and reform news to healthy living and current events!  

 

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Final Rule Amends Obamacare ACA As Congress Debates Final Repeal & Replace Legislation.

 

 

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United Airlines Settles With Passenger Dragged From Plane

United Airlines has reached a settlement with Kentucky physician, Dr. David Dao, who was dragged off a plane at O’Hare International Airport in early April.  The incident aboard Flight 3411 was captured on video by passengers on the plane and widely shared online around the world.   It quickly became an international embarrassment for both the carrier and the city’s aviation department.

Dao’s attorney Thomas Demetrio,  announced that a settlement had been reached, but terms were not disclosed.  The airline released a written statement in response to the announcement: “We are pleased to report that United and Dr. Dao have reached an amicable resolution of the unfortunate incident that occurred aboard flight 3411. We look forward to implementing the improvements we have announced, which will put our customers at the center of everything we do.”

The airline unveiled new policies earlier in the same day the settlement was reached.  Part of the new policies include a promise to not use law enforcement to remove overbooked customers from planes, additional training for front-line employees and setting up an automated system that will ask passengers at check-in if they would be willing to give up their seat.  United CEO Oscar Munoz also pledged to reduce the amount of overbooking and offer up to $10,000 for customers willing to volunteer to take a later flight.

Dao’s attorney praised Munoz for agreeing to the settlement.  “Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing and he has. In addition, United has taken full responsibility for what happened on Flight 3411, without attempting to blame others, including the City of Chicago. For this acceptance of corporate accountability, United is to be applauded.”

Demetrio added “Dr. Dao has become the unintended champion for the adoption of changes which will certainly help improve the lives of literally millions of travelers.  I sincerely hope that all other airlines make similar changes and follow United’s lead in helping to improve the passenger flying experience with an emphasis on empathy, patience, respect and dignity.”

Dr. Dao, 69, of Elizabethtown, Ky., was one of four passengers picked to be bumped from an April 9th flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Louisville, Ky., to make room for four airline employees who were added to the flight shortly before it departed.  When he refused to leave, multiple Chicago Department of Aviation security officers were called to remove him.

According to a report released by the Chicago Department of Aviation, Officer James Long boarded the plane to respond to a disturbance involving two passengers who were refusing to leave the aircraft.  When he approached Dao’s seat and asked him to leave, Long said Dao “folded his arms tightly” and refused to leave the aircraft.   The officer said he was able to “hold” the physician in order to remove him from his window seat.

A struggle ensued between Dao and the officer in the isle of the aircraft. Dao, who was hospitalized in Chicago, suffered a concussion, a broken nose and lost two teeth in the ordeal.  The viral video shows Dao being dragged by his arms down the aisle of the plane as other passengers watch in horror.

 

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Arkansas Execution Schedule Sparks More Capital Punishment Debate

The state of Arkansas received heavy criticism and sparked new debates over the death penalty after they rushed to carry out an unprecedented series of 8 executions in 11 days during the month of April as its supply of the sedative midazolam was set to expire at the end of the month.  All eight men were convicted of murders that occurred between 1989 and 1999 with some of the crimes described as particularly heinous.  The eight men scheduled for execution were Kenneth Williams, Bruce Ward, Stacey Johnson, Don Williamson Davis, Ledell Lee, Jack Harold Jones, Jason McGehee and Marcel Williams.

Governor Hutchinson signed proclamations setting four execution dates for the eight inmates between April 17 and 27. Two men would be put to death on each of the four dates.  In a statement he said that it was necessary to schedule the executions close together because of doubts about the future availability of one of three drugs the state uses in its lethal-injection procedure.

Arkansas uses a cocktail of three drugs in its lethal injection formula: Midazolam is used to sedate the prisoner, vecuronium bromide paralyzes prisoners and stops their breathing, and potassium chloride stops the heart.  Midazolam is the most controversial of the three since it has repeatedly failed to make prisoners unconscious in other executions, leading to painful deaths.  It is not approved by the FDA to be used as an anesthetic on its own, but doctors do use it combined with other drugs before surgical procedures. That is not the case in prisons.

The hurried schedule hit roadblocks from the moment it was announced as attorneys for the eight men attempted to block the executions- including using the argument that midazolam does not effectively prevent a painful death.  Separate rulings stayed the executions of two of the prisoners, Don Davis and Bruce Ward.  Arkansas appealed the decision in Davis’ case, but the US Supreme Court upheld it.  Then Federal Judge Kristine Baker put a stop to all eight executions on April 15, a decision that the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed two days later.  By the end of April, four of the men received stays for various reasons.

Despite the drug shortage and the controversy over its use-  lethal injection remains the country’s primary method of execution.  The drug shortage has spurred some states to begin adapting new and untested combinations of drugs while other states look at other methods of executions.  Utah, Tennessee and Oklahoma added or broadened their abilities to use a firing squad, electric chair or nitrogen gas.

With the month over and the expiration date passing-the freshly stirred dust on the death penalty debate has not settled.  Capital punishment has long been a divisive issue in the United States with support of it declining to a 40 year low.  According to a 2016 Pew Research Center poll, Americans remain split, with 49 percent in favor and 42 percent against it (9% were undecided).

Nationwide, the number of executions has faced a decline as well.  Since 2007, seven states have abolished the death penalty and the governors of four others have issued moratoria on the practice.  Arkansas is currently one of 31 states with courts that still issue death sentences.

 

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, May 7th, 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, May 7th, 2017 was:

 

DEBORAH  FARRIS

Dallas, 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:

 

 

5/01/17

 

 

Brittany Marie Thompson

Brandy Marie Williams

Nai Merri

Isis Sample

Jennifer Kinner

Anna Nichols

Dale Fish

Crystal Young

Kendra George

Judy Custer

Jennifer Sparks

Jenifer Garza

Michelle Cervantes

Heather Lynn Rood

Misty Shallcross

Deborah Farris

Paula Rousseau

Tonya Velazquez

Stephanie Beckwith

Jamie Nash Lewter

Nelle Bailey

Amy Cantrall-McDaniels

 

5/2/17

 

Jennifer Kinner

Crystal Young

Glenna Zanglio

Cheryl Hall

Lisa Puckett

Jodi Stevens

Tee Anderson

Karen Bondehagen

Jennifer Ramlet

Amber Cheras

Kelli Bryson

Stephanie Caldwell

Tonya Velazquez

Jakara Jackson

Kassi Krick-King

Michelle Hughes

Angela N Dustin Turner

Crystal Dougherty Merrill

Brandy Marie Williams

Alicia Dansby

 

 

5/3/17

 

Deborah Farris

Christy Hawkes

Jade Good

Jennifer Mason

Shona Johnson

Alexandria Fields

Derek Jennings

Paula Rousseau

Jennifer Saavedra

Jennifer Downing

Joanie Waterman

Mary Vantil

Jodi Stevens

Destiny Landsaw Davis

Melissa Barnes Walker

Crystal Hazelwood

Megan Rhyne

Tracy Shafer

Wendi Black

Trisha Musgrave

 

5/4/17

 

Deborah Farris

Sandra Sue Blanton

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Jennifer Mason

Kimberly Foster

Steve Hardy

Sandy Nevels

Jonnalyn Gates

Sheila Carvell

Kendra George

Adaria Johnson

Beth Mason

Alicia Dansby

Angelique Drummond

Sheila Vives

Brooke Scott

Debbie Jensen

Melinda Lee

Pamela Gonzalez

Kalyani Nam

 

5/5/17

 

Christine McKinnon

Andrea Timms

Kimberly Snyder

Cheryl Hall

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Megan Landor

Mary Achio

Megan Rhyne

Kevin James Anderson

Jakara Jackson

Shawna Poole

Christina Domingue

Tera Wardrip

Dean Bruss

Beata Tybor

Sheila Carvell

Valerie Kuehn

Jennifer Alice Duran

Nai Merri

JoBeth Butcher

 

5/6/17

 

Jonnalyn Gates

Joanie Waterman

Andrea Timms

Stephanie Beckwith

Valerie Kuehn

Kayte CookWatts

Brooke Scott

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Heather Lynn Rood

Nelle Bailey

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Derek Jennings

Angela N Dustin Turner

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Allyson Becker

Kimberly Snyder

Lauren Bradley

Christina Domingue

Tera Wardrip

Maria Bouchard

 

5/7/17

 

Karen Jaras

Cheryl Hall

Stephanie Caldwell

Traci Anderson

Jennifer Ramlet

Rebecca Fauteux

Deborah Farris

Dale Fish

Johanna Landsaw-Davis

Laura Moreland

Angela Hendricks

Leslie Wagner Hobson

Nitasha Shank

Kathleen Hickman

Beth Cleveland

Jennifer Lang

Roberta Thomas

Wendi Black

Sheila Carvell

Beata Tybor 

 


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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