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26 Killed In Texas Church Shooting

 

 

A gunman in Texas opened fire Sunday morning church service in the small town of Sutherland Springs, killing 26 people and wounding at least 20 others. Witnesses say a man dressed in black wearing tactical gear and a ballistic vest began firing outside the church before entering the building, shooting dozens of people inside.  The suspected shooter has been identified as a 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley from New Braunfels, Texas.  Kelley was found dead in his car shortly after the shooting.

Survivors of the attack said they heard what sounded like firecrackers outside the church and realized someone was shooting at the tiny wood-frame building.  Congregants began screaming and dropped to the floor after getting hit.  The gunman then entered the church and shot the people in charge of the camera and audio of the service.  He quickly moved down the center aisle shooting congregants.  The shooting stopped, leaving worshippers to think it was over but the gunman entered the church again yelling “Everybody die!” as he checked each aisle for more victims, including babies who cried out amid the chaos, shooting helpless families at point blank range.

Stephen Willeford, who had run out of his house near the church barefoot, shot at Kelley, hitting him twice and forcing him to flee.  Willeford, ran toward a truck that was stopped at the stop sign outside the church and quickly told the driver, Johnnie Langendorff what had transpired.  The two followed Kelley in the truck for 11 miles at speeds reaching 90 mph before Kelley lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a ditch.  Willeford and Langendorff kept a safe distance while Willeford aimed his rifle at Kelley’s car and Langendorff directed the police to the location of the shooter.  Authorities believe Kelley shot himself in the head shortly after the crash.  Authorities also said Kelley appears to have carried out the massacre because of a domestic dispute he had with a former mother-in-law, who was a member of the First Baptist Church but was not present on Sunday.

Kelley enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2010 but was court-martialed for assaulting his then wife, Tessa and his stepson-who suffered a fractured skull during the assault.  Kelley was demoted and underwent a year-long imprisonment where he once escaped from a psychiatric hospital, threatened to kill his superiors in the U.S. Air Force and tried to smuggle firearms onto his base.  His first wife divorced him during his confinement and he received a “bad conduct” discharge in 2014, a dismissal that usually precludes ex-servicemen from buying firearms.   The Air Force has admitted it failed to report Kelley’s domestic violence court-martial to a federal database, which would have prohibited Kelley from legally buying the rifle that he used in the shooting.

Kelley married his second wife, Danielle Shields in 2014 but they became estranged sometime in 2016. Kelley had sent threatening text messages to Shields mother, Michelle who was a member of the church but was not present during the shooting.  Authorities say nearly half of those shot in the church were children and many were from the same families.  Those killed in the shooting were Michelle Shields mother, Lula Woicinski White, 71; Robert Scott Marshall and his wife, Karen, both 56, Peggy Lynn Warden, 56; Keith Allen Braden, 62; Robert and Shani Corrigan, both 51; Dennis Johnson, 77 and his wife Sara, 68; Haley Krueger, 16, Tara McNulty, 33; Ricardo Rodriguez, 64, and his wife Therese, 66; Annabelle Pomeroy, 14; Joann Ward, 30; Emily Ward, 7; Brooke Ward, 5; Bryan Holcombe, 60; Karla Holcombe, 58; Marc Daniel Holcombe, 36; Noah Holcombe, 17 months; Greg Holcombe, 13; Emily Holcomb, 11; Megan Holcombe, 9; Crystal Holcombe, 36 and her unborn child Carlin.

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DOD Deploying More Troops to Afghanistan in 2018

 

 

The Department of Defense (DOD) is planning to send 3,000 more troops to its Afghanistan operations in early 2018.  The NATO contribution would boost the training mission, called Resolute Support, to around 16,000 US troops.  About half of the additional troops would come from the United States and the rest from NATO allies and partner countries.  The additional personnel will not have a combat role but the alliance hopes more soldiers can train the Afghan army and air force.

In August a new strategy in Afghanistan was unveiled which includes providing more troops, a stronger Afghan army, support from regional allies such as India and a harder line with Pakistan.  The latest announcement of 3,000 more troops is in addition to the September announcement that another 6,000-plus ground troops from Fort Carson are slated for a future deployment to the country.

NATO allies have already promised almost $3 billion to help the United States fund the Afghan military until 2020, which is developing an air force to complement its ground forces.  NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference “We have decided to increase the number of troops to help the Afghans break the stalemate, to send a message to the Taliban, to the insurgents that they will not win on the battleground.” Stoltenberg said an attack on a television station in Kabul underlined the importance of fighting militants and supporting Afghan security forces. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the assault, without giving evidence.

Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander for Afghanistan, told reporters “My plan is to have U.S. forces focused on the things that only U.S. forces can do, so I would not like to have to divert U.S. forces to do things that allies could perform.”  “We have made it very clear to the allies that we really need their help in filling these billets that we’ve identified.”

Hundreds of soldiers with the U.S. Army’s first security force assistance brigade are expected to deploy to Afghanistan in early 2018 as part of that ANDSF training mission. The Army intends to have a total of six brigades by 2022 with the primary mission is to train and advise foreign troops.  In Afghanistan, the focus will be bolstering government forces, which have sustained heavy losses and huge swaths of territory to the Taliban since the U.S. combat mission ended in 2014.

 

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

 

CHRIS  BLYTHE

Boston,  MASS

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEx Gift Card

 

Each day, fans who have “liked” 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:

 

 

 

 

11/6/17

 

Lauren Bradley

Jennifer Marie

Jill Nauyokas

Elena Davis

April Ashcraft

Chris Blythe

Isis Sample

Beth Embrey

Stephanie Beckwith

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Christian Mayle

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Lia Bonita

Tina Mimick

Eva Biggs

Melissa White

Brooke Scott

Katrina Worford

Jennifer Ramlet

Tonya Velazquez

Bethany Henry

Marilyn Wall

Wendi Black

 

11/7/17

 

Sunney Michelle Johnson

Amanda Saltsman

Jill Nauyokas

Jenifer Garza

Siobhain Perez

Maria Bouchard

Kristen Raia Bowman

Jennifer Saavedra

Phylicia Phillips

Kristina Harris

Tanya Mattox

Kimberly Snyder

Melissa White

Christina Montes

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Hayley Cordaro

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Sharon Swenson-Nelson

Tiffany Banks

Danyel Leigh Walentin

 

 

 

11/8/17

 

Sunney Michelle Johnson

Amanda Peters

Vickie Gipson

Jill Nauyokas

Deborah Farris

Misty Shallcross

Jenifer Garza

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Bea Patrick

Brittany Light

Jane Peterson

Chris Blythe

Jennifer Downing

Lori Capobianco

Kristina Harris

Lenis Abshire

Sheila Carvell

Eleazar Ruiz

Becca Dotsun

Joann Tompkins-Winborn

 

 

11/9/17

 

Tonya Velazquez

Karen Bondehagen

Cheryl Hall

Deborah Farris

Nancy Scharnhorst

Siobhain Perez

Samantha Brwn

Jill Nauyokas

Alysia Jackson

Amy Chavis

Chris Blythe

Lia Bonita

Hayley Cordaro

Tina Mimick

Lori Capobianco

Anggie Marie

Kelly PRestenbach

Christian Mayle

Elena Davis

Alicia Smith

 

11/10/17

 

Ashley Agner

Trish Musgrave

Kathi Taylor

Michelle Cervantes

Kizzy Alvarez DeSantis

Alexandria Fields

Heather Victoria Graves

Lori Capobianco

Alysia Jackson

Tracy Shafer

Vickie Gipson

Tera Wardrip

Jenifer Garza

Len Nylanna

Eleazar Ruiz

Jennifer Kinner

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Stacy Mydlarz

Joann Tompkins-Winborn

Debbie Burke Garretson

 

 

 

11/11/17

 

Priscilla Shimp

Dawn Raasch

Rondi Clark-Conn

Beeg Reeb

Sheila Carvell

Paula Rivers

Teena Sierson

Melissa Turner Baker

Cheryl Hall

Brigette Oster

Kendra George

Eleazar Ruiz

Brandi K Chaney

Rebecca Fauteux

Nancy Scharnhorst

Jenn Hess

Mandi Smith

Fanny Wat

Kristina Rosson

Carla M. Williams

 

 

11/12/17

 

Sheila Carvell

Jill Nauyokas

Jennifer Kinner

Samantha Brwn

Chris Blythe

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Tera Wardrip

Susanne Killion

Christina Radcliff

LaKishia Wagers

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Becca Neuenschwander Long

Diane Hamric

Kellie Lace

Lenis Abshire

Kathleen Hickman

Tina Auth

Dawn Raasch

Mary Ann Cody

Bethany Henry

  

 

  


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.  Also note that a number of the posted answers each day are from contestants who have forgotten to “Like” one of our pages, so their names WILL NOT be entered at the end week drawing for the gift card, giving our fans a better chance!

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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New York City Truck Attack

 

 

In New York City, eight people were killed and 11 injured when a man intentionally drove a rented Home Depot pickup truck 12 blocks down a bike path along Manhattan’s Hudson River on Halloween.  The attacker, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov drove the truck down the bicycle lane, killing multiple people before crashing into a school bus.  He then reportedly jumped out of the car, waving a pellet gun and a paintball gun. Police say he yelled “Allahu Akbar” which means “God is Great” in Arabic before being shot  in the stomach by police.  He survived the shooting and is in custody.

Authorities say they uncovered handwritten notes near the truck that suggest Saipov had declared allegiance to ISIS and that he had planned the attack for weeks.   There is not yet any evidence that Saipov had direct connections to or support from terrorist groups.  Prosecutors say he waived his Miranda rights and confessed during a hospital interview to having carried out the attack after being inspired by ISIS videos he watched on his cellphone.  During the interview, he requested to display the black flag of ISIS in his room at Bellevue Hospital, where he is recovering from the gunshot wound in the abdomen.

Saipov made a court appearance shackled and in a wheelchair where did not ask to be released on bail.  A criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors accuses Sayfullo Saipov of carrying out the truck attack that killed 8 and injured 12 others.  In the document, he is charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.   A second count charges him with violence and destruction of a truck that was used in interstate and foreign commerce.  He faces up to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

Saipov is originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan and immigrated to the United States in March 2010 and has lived in Florida, Ohio and is believed to have been most recently living in Patterson, New Jersey with his wife and three children.  He is a green card holder with a “diversity immigrant visa,” meaning he arrived in the country through a lottery program.  Authorities say he worked as a commercial truck driver in the US but had been struggling to find work.  They believe that he was radicalized by information he saw on the internet about a year after arriving in the US.

Saipov worked as an Uber driver for more than six months and recorded more than 1,400 trips for the service, an Uber spokesperson said.  Saipov was subsequently banned from the app but Uber did not immediately specify why Saipov was banned from the service.  The company is now aggressively reviewing Saipov’s Uber history, but had not found any concerning safety reports, so far.   Uber says it is cooperating with the FBI as the investigation continues.  A media outlet reported that Saipov has received four previous traffic violations.

The eight people killed in the attack were two young Americans, a Belgian mother and five Argentine tourists visiting New York City to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation.  Police identified the victims as Darren Drake, 32, of New Milford, NJ; Nicholas Cleves, 23, of New York, NY;  Ann-Laure Decadt, 31, of Belgium; Hernan Diego Mendoza-Espino, 47, of Argentina; Alejandro Damian Pagrucco, 47, of Argentina; Herman Ferruchi, 47, of Argentina; Diego Enrique Angelini, 47, of Argentina and Ariel Erlis, 48, of Argentina.

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Wave of Sexual Harrassement Sweeping Many Industries

 

 

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, men across the world are continuing to resign, be fired or face intense criticism over a slew of allegations of sexual harassment and assault that have surfaced.  Accusations against those in Hollywood, the media industry, universities, restaurants and the highest reaches of government have revealed inappropriate conduct from many notable men.  The list of those accused of sexual harassment or misconduct continues to grow each day and is sweeping many industries.  Let’s take a look at some of those recently accused.

Producer and director Brett Ratner was accused of sexually harassing six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.  Director James Toback was accused of sexually harassing over 300 women over several decades, including Julianne Moore, Selma Blaire and Rachel McAdams.  Chris Savino, 46, an animator and writer best known for creating The Loud House, was fired from Nickelodeon after multiple women lodged complaints against him, the network confirmed in a statement.

Actor Kevin Spacey has been accused of sexual harassment by actor Anthony Rapp, who claims he was 14 when Spacey made advances towards him in 1986. Spacey apologized to Rapp via Twitter.  The actor also came out as gay in the statement which drew criticism as an attempt at distracting from disturbing claims against a child.   Several other accusers have come forward against Spacey, including a former House of Cards crew member, filmmaker Tony Montana and actor Rob Cavazos.  On Oct. 31, Netflix announced it would shut down production of the sixth and final season of Cards “until further notice.”  In addition, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said it would no longer honor Spacey with the 2017 Emmy Founders Award.

In the media industry, Michael Oreskes, NPR’s senior vice president for news, has resigned after multiple women accused him of kissing them without their consent during meetings for possible employment.  At least a dozen women have accused journalist Mark Halperin of sexually harassment or assault, with at least some of the incidents during his time as political director at ABC News.  Lockhart Steele, the editorial director for Vox Media, was fired after engaging in several incidents of sexual misconduct.  Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, quit five days after being put on leave after a producer accused him of sexual harassment.

Celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from the company he founded after about two dozen current and former female employees accused him and other male workers of sexual harassment in what they described as a hostile corporate culture where sexual harassment flourished.  The New Republic’s publisher, Hamilton Fish, has been placed on leave, after a slew of allegations of sexual harassment when he was the president of The Nation Institute.  The New Republic’s most prominent longtime editors, Leon Wieseltier, was also fired over sexual harassment allegations.

Meanwhile, two top staff members at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), have been ousted over sexual harassment allegations.  National leader Kendall Fells has resigned and Detroit leader Mark Raleigh has been fired.   Three Dartmouth professors, Todd Heatherton, Paul Whalen and William Kelley from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences- have been put on paid leave amid a criminal investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, November 5th, 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, November 5th, 2017 was:

 

WILMA  MAST

Columbus, GA

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEx Gift Card

 

Each day, fans who have “liked” 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:

 

 

10/30/17

 

Brittany Light

Melissa D’Ornellas Curtis

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Ashley Agner

Brian Fulop

Rachael Dakota-Two-Feather Smith

Traci Anderson

Jodi Stevens

Deborah Farris

Chrissy Kim

Paula Rousseau

Dale Fish

Kristen Raia Bowman

Jenifer Garza

Sunney Michelle Johnson

Christy Hawkes

Eva Biggs

April Ashcraft

Hayley Cordaro

Jennifer Kinner

Wilma Mast

Anggie Marie

Katrina Worford

 

10/31/17

 

Kimberly Snyder

Amy Chavis

Beth Cleveland

Melissa D’Ornellas Curtis

Wayne Gallas

Amanda Rosario

Darlene Whyte

Kathleen Hickman

Beata Tybor

Jennifer Lang

Jill Nauyokas

Chris Blythe

Alysia Jackson

Jenny Meyers

Christian Mayle

Kristy Curlee

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Jodi Stevens

Maria Bouchard

Nai Merri

Stephanie Beckwith

 

 

11/1/17

 

Jennifer Lang

Jill Nauyokas

Tammy Isom

Kayla Clemons

Chris Blythe

Alicia Johnson

Jodi Stevens

Alisa Jones

Brittany Marie Thompson

Jennifer Ramlet

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Brittany Michelle

Christian Mayle

Lia Bonita

Alexis Maureen

Jennifer Marie

Nancy Pfirrman Schools

Tina Mimick

Christy Hawkes

Darlene Whyte

 

 

11/2/17

 

Hayley Cordaro

Brittany Whitley

Paula Rousseau

Brittany Light

Jill Nauyokas

Crystal Young

Kristy Curlee

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Deborah Farris

Jenifer Garza

Brigette Oster

Jennifer Downing

Chris Blythe

Christian Mayle

Trish Musgrave

Carol Yemola

Alisa Jones

Debbie Smith

Mike Adamski

Kim Avery

Lia Bonita

Georgiann D’Angelo

Mikey Mellor

Ashley Stamey Phillips

 

 

11/3/17

 

Dawna McKnight

Christina Domingue

Kelsey Mcknight

Tiffany Greene Elliott

John McKnight

Deborah Farris

Michelle Cervantes

Brittany Light

Marilyn Wall

Beth Embrey

Cassandra Berholtz

Jean Simmons Homfeld

Christy Hawkes

Karen Brunet Moore

Crystal Gipson

Jennifer Kinner

Jenifer Garza

Alexandria Fields

Paula Rousseau

Brittany Marie Thompson

Samantha Smith

Kristina Rosson

 

 

11/4/17

 

Dale Fish

Brian Fulop

Brittany Light

Cassandra Berholtz

Jodi Stevens

Wilma Mast

Jill Nauyokas

Chris Blythe

Misty Shallcross

Christian Mayle

Charlotte Dennis

April Ashcraft

Rondi Clark-Conn

Katrina Worford

Steve Hardy

Lia Bonita

Mya Murphy

Jean Simmons Homfeld

Kayla Clemons

Abby Cox

 

 

11/5/17

 

Priscilla Shimp

Bea Patrick

Lori Heim

Michelle Cervantes

Ann Patrick

Althea Thomas

Rebecca Honey Graham

Alisa Jones

Clever Lyon

Nitasha Shank

Lisa David Carr

Terri Llexxes

Alexandria Vindiola

Katrina Worford

Shona Ort

Sheila Carvell

Diane Hamric

Dean Bruss

Holly Cajigas

Nicole BlahaMcCarver

Carole Jacobs

Brooke Scott

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Kendra George

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Jennifer Leffler

Tonya Velazquez

Paula Rousseau

Helen Saez

Lisa David Carr

Jenn Hess

Jill Nauyokas

Michelle Hughes

 

 

 


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!!

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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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US Opioid Epidemic Declared A Public Health Emergency

 

 

President Trump has declared the opioid crisis- which killed 64,000 Americans last year- a public health emergency.  The order will last 90 days and can be renewed every 90 days until the President believes it is no longer needed.  President Donald Trump said “Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of unintentional death in the United States by far. More people are dying from drug overdoses today than from gun homicides and motor vehicles combined.”

The administration will work with Congress to fund the Public Health Emergency fund and to increase federal funding in year-end budget deals currently being negotiated in Congress.  Trump has directed agency and department heads to use all appropriate emergency authorities to reduce the number of deaths caused by the opioid crisis.  The administration will also launch an ad campaign so that young people can see the devastation that drugs cause on people and their lives.

The administration’s opioid plan will allow expanded access to telemedicine services, giving doctors the ability to prescribe medications to treat addiction to those in remote locations.  It also speeds the hiring process for medical professionals working on opioids and allows funds in programs for dislocated workers and people with HIV/AIDS to be used to treat their addictions.  The designation gives the administration access to the Public Health Emergency Fund, but that fund is nearly empty.

In August, Trump said that he would declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency but later said the White House had determined that declaring a public health emergency was more appropriate than a national emergency.  Many have criticized the decision to declare a public health emergency rather than a national emergency as not enough.  A commission created by the administration and headed by Gov. Chris Christie called on the president to declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act. Doing so, the commission said, could free up funds for treatment, ensure wider access to the anti-overdose drug naloxone and improve monitoring of opioid prescriptions to prevent abuse.

Congress is currently spending $500 million a year on addiction treatment programs, but that money runs out next year. The administration says it will work with Congress in the budgeting process to find new money to fund addiction treatment programs. A group of senators introduced a bill that would provide more than $45 billion for opioid abuse prevention, surveillance and treatment.

From 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died of drug overdoses, and opioids account for the majority of those. Recently released numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that around 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016.  More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Roughly 80 percent of the world’s opioids are consumed in the US.  A report published earlier this year found that 94 percent of heroin entering the United States came from Mexico.  A large portion of the country’s fentanyl – a prescribed painkiller thought by many to be driving the opioid epidemic – derives from China and arrives in the States through US mail.

 

 

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Executive Order Allows Air Force To Recall Up To 1000 Retired Pilots

 

 

A combat pilot shortage has prompted the invoking of the National Emergencies Act as an executive order was signed that allows the Air Force to voluntarily recall up to 1,000 retired aviators for active duty.  The order could help ease the combat pilot shortage in the force and improve military readiness as the administration steps up its new Afghanistan war strategy to defeat the Taliban and terrorists. The new strategy includes additional U.S. troops going to Afghanistan as well as increased U.S. air support for the Afghan military.

According to the Pentagon, the Air Force is currently short by about 1,500 pilots.  Before the order was signed, the Air Force was allowed to rehire up to 25 retired officers under what’s known as the Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty program and bring them back to active duty in critical aviation-related staff positions.   The executive order now allows the Air Force to temporarily exceed the limit of 25 rehires.  Other branches of the U.S. military also need more pilots, including the Navy, and the executive order could be used later to help address those challenges.

A release issued by the Air Force said they are now looking to have retired pilots return to the service for up to 12 months in positions that require qualified pilots.  The service is looking for retired fliers of any pilot specialty code — which includes bomber, fighter, helicopter, tanker, and remotely operated aircraft pilots — to fill “critical-rated staff positions” and allow active-duty pilots to stay with units where they are needed to meet mission requirements.

The Air Force is combating the pilot shortage with various incentive programs to keep officers in uniform longer.  A program launching later this year includes a 100 percent promotion opportunity and an aviator retention pay bonus worth up to $350,000 over a 10-year term that is already in effect.  Pay for officers and enlisted personnel will increase for the first time since 1999.  Incentive pay, also called flight pay, will increase for all officers, with those who have over 12 years of service potentially seeing the biggest boost, up to a maximum of $1,000 a month. Incentive pay will also increase for enlisted aircrew members — up to a maximum of $600 for those with over 14 years of service.

An Air Force official indicated they had no current plans to act on the authority granted to them by the president’s order.  “The Air Force does not currently intend to recall retired pilots to address the pilot shortage,” “We appreciate the authorities and flexibility delegated to us.”

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Tesla Energy Helping Puerto Rico During Crisis

 

 

The blackout in Puerto Rico is now the worst in US history with at least 80 percent of Puerto Rico still without electricity, and about a quarter of the island still lacking clean drinking water.  Experts say the entire power grid needs to be rebuilt and that could take at least six months.  Congress recently approved a $36.5 billion emergency spending plan to fund the recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The spending plan gives Puerto Rico access to $4.9 billion in loans. The plan also gives billions to FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program.  A contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is in place to restore parts of Puerto Rico’s devastated electrical power grid.

CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, donated a quarter million dollars of his own money to relief efforts in Puerto Rico.  He also sent a few hundred Powerwall battery packs to the island where the electric grid was destroyed by hurricanes last month.  Tesla’s Powerwall can bring individual rooftop solar installations back online for homes and small businesses.

The Powerwall battery packs were sent to help restore power to areas most needed like hospitals that have been running on unreliable generators since the storms hit.  The company also provided certified employees to help install the batteries, and Musk pledged that even more qualified workers would be sent from the mainland to train local installers and combat opportunistic price gougers on the island.  The Powerpacks are on loan for free during the crisis, paving the way for the possibility of a deal that could make that donation permanent.  The Powerpacks can serve as grid storage during Puerto Rico’s transitional period and is helpful in remote locations like Puerto Rico, where all fuel has to be brought in by cargo ship.

Musk recently held talks with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on ways for Tesla Energy to help rebuild the power grid destroyed by the hurricanes.  Soon after the talks, shipments of another of Tesla’s products were seen at the San Juan airport.   Tesla’s Powerpack units can store large amounts of energy generated by the sun and other means, to the island.  They have the potential to bring larger parts of the grid online by working with the electric utilities and combining the energy storage systems with solar farms or other renewable energy sources.  A single Powerpack 2 battery pack has the same energy capacity (210 kWh) as almost 16 Powerwall 2 battery packs combined (each 13.5 kWh).

The 3,575-pound Powerpacks have been used in Tesla’s projects on the Hawaiian island of Kauai and American Samoa’s Ta’u to create sustainable power grids. The units could conceivably be pressed into service in Puerto Rico to help rebuild the grid using what power can be produced.  Building a brand-new energy grid based on Tesla’s tech would take far longer than a few months and would require a large number of Powerpacks.  The Kauai project, which is on a much smaller scale, depends on a network of more than 270 units.  Still, Musk has helped restore power to more than a few of Puerto Rico’s hospitals in a time of crisis.

 

 

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, October 29th, 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, October 29th, 2017 was:

 

JENIFER  GARZA

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEx Gift Card

 

Each day, fans who have “liked” 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:

 

 

 

10/23/17

 

Andrea Workman

Christy Hawkes

Chrissy Kim

Alicia Johnson

Carla M. Williams

Crystal Dougherty Merrill

Ally Martiz

Amanda Peters

Wilma Mast

Michelle Cervantes

Nicole Blaha

Charity Pierce

Sharon Swenson-Nelson

Debbie Burke Garretson

 

 

10/24/17

 

Wilma Mast

Lisa David Carr

Kayla Clemons

Deborah Farris

Brittany Marie Thompson

Kimberly Snyder

 

 

10/25/17

 

Jenifer Garza

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Sherri Kidwell

Priscilla Shimp

Brandi K Chaney

Summer July

LaKishia Wagers

Juanita Williams-Jones

Alisa Jones

Tonya Velazquez

Vickie Gipson

Mary Storer

Angela Turner

Sheila Carvell

Anggie Marie

Kristina Rosson

Geri Rus

Carla M. Williams

Rebecca Fauteux

Len Nylanna

 

10/26/17

 

Jenifer Garza

Jennifer Marie

Brigette Oster

Jennifer Downing

Diane Hamric

Phylicia Phillips

Preeti Chand

Jodi Stevens

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Megan McCarver

Carole Jacobs

Brooke Scott

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Kendra George

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Jennifer Leffler

Tonya Velazquez

Paula Rousseau

Helen Saez

Lisa David Carr

Jenn Hess

Jill Nauyokas

Michelle Hughes

 

 

 

10/27/17

 

Helen Saez

Jill Nauyokas

Chris Blythe

Jodi Stevens

Jennifer Kinner

Kimberly Necolie Garrasi

Christian Mayle

Stephanie Beckwith

Tonya Velaquez

Brittany Marie Thompson

Amanda Rosario

Crystal Gipson

Alexis Maureen

Debbie Smith

Cyndi Jansheski

Elena Davis

Lenis Abshire

Cheryl Hall

Kathleen Hickman

Mikey Mellor

Jennifer Downing

Jan Lehman

David M Still

Sharon Swenson-Nelson

 

10/28/17

 

Tracy Shafer

Amy Chavis

Christina Radcliff

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Kalynnilene Carter

Karen Brunet Moore

April Ashcraft

Christina Montes

Beth Cleveland

Sherri Kidwell

Diane Hamric

LaKishia Wagers

Kathleen Hickman

Alysia Jackson

Rachael Dakota-Two-Feather Smith

Kizzy Alvarez DeSantis

Joanie Waterman

Paula Rousseau

Jennifer Ramlet

Cheryl Hall

Shelley Laclear Colby

Nai Merri

 

10/29/17

 

Rachael Dakota-Two-Feather Smith

Jennifer Ramlet

Jennifer Kinner

Emily Rice Bowersock

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Anggie Marie

Jenifer Garza

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Hollie Jahnke

Ashley Stamey Phillips

LaKishia Wagers

Kizzy Alvarez DeSantis

Eva Biggs

Deborah Farris

Isis Sample

Brooke Scott

Eleazar Ruiz

Alysia Jackson

Dean Bruss

Kristen Raia Bowman

  


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.  Also note that a number of the posted answers each day are from contestants who have forgotten to “Like” one of our pages, so their names WILL NOT be entered at the end week drawing for the gift card, giving our fans a better chance!

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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