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2 days ago · by · Comments Off on Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, January 14th, 2018.

Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, January 14th, 2018.

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, January 14th, 2018 was:

 

LINDSEY  McCOY

Canal Winchester,  OH

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:

 

 

 

1/8/18

 

Wilma Mast

Tonya Velazquez

Jill Nauyokas

Michelle Cervantes

April Ashcraft

Jennifer Vega

Be Schwerin

Holly Cajigas

Sheri Boydston

Alisa Jones

Alicia Smith

Amanda Rosario

Brandy Williams

Beth Meemo

Christy Hawkes

Georgiann D’Angelo

Nancy Scharnhorst

Nikki Hunsaker

Amber Chandler

Priscilla Shimp

Paula Rousseau

Jennifer Ramlet

 

1/9/18

 

Paula M Bondy

Jill Nauyokas

Althea Thomas

Jenifer Garza

Wayne Gallas

Amy Marie Wilkinson

Wendy Messer-Brinnon

Sheri Boydston

Adaria Johnson

Lindsey McCoy

Crystal Gipson

Alicia Smith

Sara Biason

Cindi Hoag

Sharon Swenson-Nelson

Crystal Dotson

Robin Brewer Porter

Stephanie Griffith

Priscilla Shimp

Kimberly Snyder

 

1/10/18

 

Peggy Burdick Buchanan

Jill Nauyokas

Jennifer Ramlet

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Tonya Velazquez

Chelsie Nicole

Bethany Henry

Kimberly Snyder

Misty Flanigan

Kathleen Hickman

Jane Peterson

Destiny Landsaw Davis

Geri Rus

Mikey Mellor

Michael Flagg

Alysia Jackson

Mandi Smith

Kayla Clemons

Brooke Scott

Kalynnilene Carter

Kari Reed

Kristina Rosson

 

1/11/18

 

Jill Nauyokas

Nacole Patrick

Tammy Alcorta

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Tonya Velazquez

Bea Patrick

Tiffany Patrick

Trish Hysell

April Ashcraft

Tanya Mattox

Betsy Riddle

Amanda Rosario

June Rivera

Christy Hawkes

Darlene Whyte

Kathy Rubio

Kristina Rosson

Trish Musgrave

Becky Holland

Adari Johnson

Deborah Farris

 

1/12/18

 

Missyn Haselby

April Ashcraft

Brittany Light

Trish Musgrave

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Dean Bruss

Marilyn Wall

Jill Nauyokas

Deborah Farris

Karen Bondehagen

Amanda Rosario

Brooke Scott

Holly Cajigas

Be Schwerin

Lori Capobianco

Kathleen Marks

Christy Hawkes

Jean Simmons Homfeld

Sherry Lilly

Cindi Hoag

Eleazar Ruiz

Sean Stover

Adaria Johnson

 

1/13/18       

  

Kristina Harris

Jill Nauyokas

Jennifer Leffler

Marilyn Wall

Amanda Rosario

Sheri Boydston

Laura Del Robertson Dougherty

Trish Musgrave

Nacole Patrick

Beth Meemo

Mikey Mellor

Misty Flanigan

Kari Reed

Nicole Blaha

Diane Hamric

Bea Patrick

April Ashcraft

Stacy Lynn Nelson

Sarah Haught

Marcy Coull

 

1/14/18

 

Tonya Velazquez

Heather Marie Stacy

Chelsie Nicole

Jill Nauyokas

Mike Adamski

Marilyn Wall

Keith Ruff

Beth Meemo

Wilma Mast

Amanda Rosario

Eleazar Ruiz

Stacy Lynn Nelson

April Ashcraft

Karen Rimiller Presley

Nai Merri

Susanne Killion

Sheri Boydston

Geri Rus

Dean Bruss

Sheila Carvell

Jenifer Garza

Brittany Light

Kelly Ann Hammond

Michael Flagg

Lori Capobianco

Joanie Waterman

 


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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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….   

 

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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!

 

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

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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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4 weeks ago · by · 16 comments

Disney’s Bid To Buy 21st Century Fox

 

 

 

Disney is set to buy a major part of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion.  Both sides have  said it will likely take 12 to 18 months to complete.  They will still have to sell the deal to government regulators, who must review the merger to determine its effects on competitors and consumers.   That task will likely fall to the Justice Department, which weeks ago took the rare step of suing companies in a different blockbuster deal: AT&T’s bid for Time Warner.

Members of Congress have already stated that they want to hold hearings on Disney’s billion dollar bid to buy 21st Century Fox.  Key voices on competition and consumer protection fear the deal will only solidify Disney’s dominance in entertainment — granting it too many major box-office franchises and too much power over regional sports networks and streaming video services.  Lawmakers don’t actually have a say in major mergers but they tend to scrutinize them anyways since the Department of Justice investigations happen outside of public view.  Hearings-sometimes featuring testimony from major chief executives — can ultimately shape public opinion about the companies’ plans.

If the deal goes through, Disney will own the rights to everything from the Avatar movies to FX’s The Americans.  They will also own the film rights to the Marvel comics characters associated with the X-Men and Fantastic Four, which Marvel sold off to Fox long before either was a Disney subsidiary.  Federal Communications Commission regulations state that no one company can own more than one broadcast network and since Disney already owns ABC, Fox broadcast network was off the table.

Fox, will maintain the rights to Fox News, Fox Sports 1, the Fox broadcast network and the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles.  Fox broadcast network is home to everything from The Simpsons to New Girl to The X-Files. The network launched in 1986 and by the mid-’90s, it was a mainstay in most American homes, competing with ABC, CBS, and NBC.

The massive deal would consolidate two of the biggest players in Hollywood and would reshape the media and entertainment industries.  Disney will also get Fox’s 30 percent share of ownership of Hulu in this deal.  Disney already owns a 30 percent share so Fox’s share will now make Disney the majority shareholder in Hulu.  NBC still owns a 30 percent stake and Warner Bros. owns the remaining 10 percent.

Disney already announced plans for its own streaming business in 2019, which will feature films from Disney and Pixar, content that specifically won’t be available on Netflix.  Hulu already has 12 million subscribers so it remains to be seen whether Disney will piggyback their own streaming business with Hulu or just convert Hulu into Disney’s streaming service.  Disney’s Marvel and Lucas film franchise will still appear on Netflix as part of a multiyear agreement, but that runs out in a few years and will almost certainly be exclusive to their own streaming service.

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1 month ago · by · 557 comments

North Korea Fires Missile Capable of Hitting Anywhere In US

 

 

North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, its first missile launch in two months.    North Korea media claims the successfully tested missile topped with a “super-large heavy warhead,” is capable of striking the US mainland.  The country’s state media made the announcement hours after leader Kim Jong Un ordered the 3 a.m. launch of the Hwasong-15 missile, which reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile.

North Korea news agencies called its new missile “the most powerful ICBM” and said it “meets the goal of the completion of the rocket weaponry system development.  After the launch, Kim said North Korea had “finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force.” North Korea has been working on its’ missile “re-entry” technology to one day have a warhead able to survive re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.  This ICBM would be able to hit any city within the U.S. if a warhead is able to survive re-entry.

The missile reached an altitude of 2,800 miles, before landing in the Sea of Japan.  U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said it was the furthest missile launch by North Korea to date and demonstrates that North Korea has the ability to hit “everywhere in the world.”  Defense Secretary Mattis added “North Korea is continuing to build missiles that can threaten everywhere in the world as it continues to endanger world peace, regional peace and certainly the United States.”

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said “With each launch, North Korean officials are advancing their capability and they are making it clear that they can hold the entire U.S. at risk.  They are steadily moving on and we’re not responding in kind.”   He added, “It is incredibly serious partly because Kim Jong Un is very serious about what he says and what he says is that he wants to hold the entire United States at risk with his missiles, with nuclear weapons, and we have seen him actually deliver on what he says he wants to do.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and ambassadors from Japan and South Korea, requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. security council following the launch.  Haley said if war comes as a result of further acts of “aggression” like the latest launch “make no mistake the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed”.  Haley says the Trump administration warned North Korea that its future is in the hands of its leaders and the choice was theirs. With Tuesday’s launch, she said, Kim’s regime made a choice “and with this choice comes a critical choice for the rest of the world”.  She called on all countries to cut all ties to North Korea.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that US President Trump was briefed on the launch while it was still in the air.  President Trump told reporters that the missile launch “is a situation that we will handle,” and added the U.S. will “take care of it.” Trump later said in a tweet that he had spoken with the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, about “the provocative actions of North Korea”, and promised: “Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!”

As nuclear tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to escalate, Hawaii is preparing to test its early warning system aimed at warning residents about a nuclear attack. The test, slated for Friday, will be the first time Hawaii has deployed the warning system since the 1990s, after the Cold War ended.

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UCLA Players Suspended After China Incident

 

 

The three UCLA basketball players who were accused of shoplifting at three high-end stores in China publicly apologized before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely.  Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley won’t be allowed to suit up, practice or travel with the team while the university continues to sort out the circumstances of the incident in Hangzhou, China.  Alford didn’t specify what the indefinite suspensions mean, saying only that the three players would have to earn their way back onto the team and at some point the trio may be permitted to join team workouts, meetings and practices, but that timeline has yet to be decided.

The players were in China as part of the Pac-12′s global initiative that seeks to popularize the league’s athletic programs and universities overseas.  UCLA was scheduled to play Georgia Tech on November 11th.  The incident occurred when the team was given 90 minutes of free time on Nov. 6th in Hangzhou.  The trio visited several stores, took items from three stores and returned to the hotel.  The next day, police arrived at the hotel shared by UCLA and Georgia Tech and interviewed both teams in an attempt to identify the culprits.  Police searched the players’ personal belongings and the team bus before identifying Ball, Hill and Riley.  The three players were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store.

The players were arrested and taken to a police station for questioning.  They were later released on $2,220 bail on Nov. 8th.  They had to give up their passports and agree to travel restrictions.  Upon their release, they remained in a hotel at UCLA’s insistence.   After their teammates beat Georgia Tech, the team moved on for the next game while the three accused players remained in Hangzhou to face their charges.  Chinese law is often criticized for being harsh and the nation boasts a 99% conviction rate.  Crimes like shoplifting can carry a sentence of 3 to 10 years in prison.

UCLA had been cooperating with the authorities in China following the arrested.  White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, had been working with Chinese officials, UCLA coach Steve Alford, and the families of the players to help find a resolution.  President Trump was in China last week as part of his 12-day tour through Asia.  He said he had a long conversation with Chinese president Xi Jinping about the status of the freshmen players and asked that the matter be resolved quickly.

The Chinese authorities reduced the charges and the three players were told they could return home.  They arrived back in Los Angeles after a 12 hour flight home on November 14th.   Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.  “We want to thank the president, the White House and the U.S. State Department for their efforts towards resolution.”

 

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2 months ago · by · 189 comments

Keystone Pipeline Oil Leak

 

A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota, the pipeline’s operator, TransCanada, said.  Crews shut down the pipeline within minutes of discovering an irregularity and officials are investigating the cause of the leak, which occurred about three miles southeast of the town of Amherst.  The spill has been controlled, the company said, with no further environmental impacts observed and no threat to public safety.

Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources said  “ This is the largest Keystone oil spill to date in South Dakota.  In April 2016, there was a 400-barrel release — or 16,800 gallons — with the majority of the oil cleanup completed in two months, Walsh said. About 5,000 barrels of oil spilled Thursday.  “It is a below-ground pipeline, but some oil has surfaced above ground to the grass,” Walsh said. “It will be a few days until they can excavate and get in borings to see if there is groundwater contamination.”  “There were no initial reports of the oil spill affecting waterways, water systems or wildlife” he said.

According to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ website, this is the third pipeline spill in the state this year. Another 84 gallons of crude oil leaked from the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in Spink County  in April.  That pipeline, which runs through both Dakotas and two other states, drew fierce resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota, the tribe’s allies and environmentalists.

The leak comes just days before Nebraska officials announce a decision on whether the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, a sister project, can move forward.  The Keystone Pipeline system stretches more than 2,600 miles, from Hardisty, Alberta, east into Manitoba and then south to Texas, according to TransCanada. The pipeline transports crude oil from Canada.  The sections of pipeline affected stretch from Hardisty to Cushing, Oklahoma, and to Wood River, Illinois.

The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would stretch from Hardisty to Steele City, Nebraska, would complete the proposed system by cutting through Montana and South Dakota.  TransCanada said it was working with state and federal agencies.  “The safety of the public and environment are our top priorities and we will continue to provide updates as they become available,” the company said.  Environmental activist group Greenpeace said the spill shows the new pipeline in Nebraska should not be approved.

In March, the Trump administration officially issued a permit that approved construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The approval followed years of intense debate over the pipeline amid hefty opposition from environmental groups, who argued the pipeline supports the extraction of crude oil from oil sands, which pumps about 17% more greenhouse gases than standard crude oil extraction. Tar sands oil is also much thicker and stickier than traditional oil, significantly complicating cleanup efforts. Since it’s thicker, it needs to be combined with other hazardous materials to allow it to be transported in pipelines.

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2 months ago · by · Comments Off on Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, November 19th, 2017.

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

 

JENNIFER  MARIE

Denver, CO

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:

 

 

 

11/13/17

 

Tonya Velazquez

Mary Achio

Carole Jacobs

Jodi Stevens

Jill Nauyokas

Pamela White Brearley

Christy Hawkes

Patricia Oehlert Vazquez

Chris Blythe

Deborah Farris

Jenifer Garza

Lia Bonita

Christian Mayle

Jennifer Marie

Brittany Marie Thompson

Destiny Landsaw Davis

Sarah Harrison

Alicia Johnson

Mary Mcmenamy

Crystal Gipson

Shona Ort

Kristy Curlee

Holly Cajigas

 

11/14/17

 

Kristina Harris

Jennifer Kinner

Marilyn Wall

Jenifer Garza

Kendra George

Jan Lehman

Paula Rousseau

Leslie Wagner Hobson

Aaron Chambers

Crystal Hazelwood

Alisa Jones

Priscilla Shimp

Sheila Vives

Crystal Gipson

Tiffany Banks

Anggie Marie

Paula Rivers

Fanny Wat

Nitasha Shank

Jennifer Lang

Beth Embrey

Shelley LaClear Colby

Jennifer Downing

Phylicia Phillips

Stacy Draeger-Brogan

Amber McGrath

 

 

11/15/17

 

Dale Fish

Trish Musgrave

Amanda Saltsman

Jenifer Garza

Joann Tompkins-Winborn

Crystal Gipson

Jill Nauyokas

Joanie Waterman

Samantha Brwn

Chris Blythe

Chelsie Nicole

Sheila Carvell

Kayla Hernandez

Jessica Lee

Beth Embrey

Jodi Stevens

Lia Bonita

Marilyn Wall

Christian Mayle

Becca Neuenschwander Long

Jennifer Ramlet

LaKishia Wagers

 

 

11/16/17

 

Holly Cajigas

Brandi K Chaney

Crystal Young

Priscilla Shimp

Jodi Stevens

Jennifer Lee Clack

Mary Storer

Mikey Mellor

Jennifer Downing

Alexis Maureen

Jenn Hess

Amanda Peters

Wayne Gallas

Michelle Hughes

Kathleen Hickman

Candy Dyer

Jennifer Lang

Cassandra Berholtz

Jennifer Vega

Susanne Killion

 

11/17/17

 

Shelby Lynn

Brian Fulop

Amanda Rosario

Alexis Maureen

Jill Nauyokas

Marilyn Wall

Jenifer Garza

Jennifer Marie

Lia Bonita 45

Anggie Marie

Christian Mayle

Jennifer Ramlet

Mary Pettiford

Kassi Krick-King

Paula Rousseau

Angela Turner

Sharon Swenson-Nelson

April Walrath

Kim Floyd

Melissa White

Jennifer Saavedra

 

11/18/17

 

Beth Embrey

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Sherri Kidwell

Jodi Stevens

Wilma Mast

Sarah Harrison

Jenifer Garza

Sheila Carvell

Lori Capobianco

Jill Nauyokas

Kristina Harris

Melissa White

Chris Maxwell

Lia Bonita

Jennifer Lee Clack

Kim Floyd

Nelle Bailey

Christian Mayle

Annette French

Dale Fish

Eva Biggs

Michelle Cervantes

Alicia Johnson

Peggy Burdick Buchanan

Brittany Light

 

11/19/17

 

Sunney Michelle Johnson

Kristina Harris

Anggie Marie

Kayla Hernandez

Melissa White

Carol Yemola

Jill Nauyokas

Jennifer Downing

Christian Mayle

Lia Bonita

Paula Rousseau

Cheryl Golden

Jenifer Garza

Kayla Clemons

LaKishia Wagers

Christina Domingue

Susanne Killion

Stella Methvin

Sheila Carvell

Sharon Swenson-Nelson

Amber McGrath

Joanie Waterman

Krissy Rouse Higgins

  


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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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 Gift Card Winners Are Announced!!)

 

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ook: 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! 

 

 

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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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2 months ago · by · Comments Off on DOD Deploying More Troops to Afghanistan in 2018

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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2 months ago · by · 1,053 comments

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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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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3 months ago · by · 621 comments

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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