first_imgJessie Menkens, with Alaska Primary Care, says so many of Americans were signing up through the federal marketplace that the deadline for coverage January 1 was extended by a few days… Menkens says the increased interest in coverage this year could be connected with change at the federal level, and the expectation that President-Elect Donald Trump will repeal part or all of Obamacare… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Healthcare navigators are traveling around the Kenai Peninsula, reminding local residents that their services are free and available year-round, focusing particularly on the January deadline to sign up for 2017 health insurance coverage. Menkens: “There’s a lot of concern going right now. We are here to serve Alaskans and to support them with their health. We’re not certain what will be happening with the changes head, but we do know that there is repeal coming and we will wait to see sort of how that unfolds and what that means for Alaskans. This work is non-partisan. We’re here to support everyone and we have a duty to provide fair and factual information, so as things unfold, we are going to continue to be a resource for listeners in this area.” There is just one insurer offering individual plans in the marketplace this year: Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield. Menkens: “It was a December 15th deadline for coverage effective the first of the year; however, due to an enormous response across the nation, that deadline was extended and it just ended, so folks had a little extra time to get enrolled this year. The next big deadline coming up is actually January 15th and that’s for coverage effective February 1st, 2017.” To make a free and confident appointment with a local healthcare navigator, call 262-3119 and ask for a navigator or visit getcoveredalaska.org for online help.last_img read more

first_img23 June 2008Major brands such as FHM, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Die Burger and Kick Off are moving into the online video scene, with each having their own dedicated brand channel on MyVideo.co.za, which bills itself as South Africa’s first online video platform.MyVideo.co.za said in a statement this week that online video consumption has internationally proven to be a hugely successful way to spread brand messages, and that international brands have leveraged significant gains in brand awareness through the integrated use of online videos in their marketing strategies.“MyVideo’s South African focus allows local brands for the first time to do the same amongst South African consumers,” MyVideo.co.za said.Brand channels can also be extended onto a brand’s current website, with Kick Off Magazine being one of the many brands that use the MyVideo Channel offering on their website.“Not only has our website broadened to include videos we have posted online through MyVideo, but we now have another avenue to touch our readers through a different media form,” says MyVideo online business manager Nick Said.MyVideo, launched in January 2007, set out to improve the internet video-sharing model by creating a site specifically targeted at South African internet users.“Where videos posted on YouTube are likely to get lost in a sea of clutter, MyVideo ensures that South African content is aired as the sole focus, ensuring that companies who use it are connecting with targeted internet traffic,” says MyVideo marketing officer Tristan Owen.South African brands have traditionally used television commercials as their only form of consumer-focused video content, MyVideo says, adding however, that the rise of online on-demand video has created a need for video content that both entertains and communicates a subtle brand.“By developing content that is both relevant to your brand as well as topical to users, you are creating an empire of possibilities,” says Owen.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgOriginally posted on Omega HR Solutions Blog. The vision of retirement is undergoing a major change. Many people envision that retirement is sitting at the local Starbucks chatting with friends or sitting on the front porch rocking away enjoying “the good life.” However, for many people that is not the good life and as a result the vision of what retirement will look like is undergoing a major change.MortalityMany people are eschewing the thought of the good life retirement scenario for a number of reasons. First is the mortality reason. Studies have shown that people who retire early, in their 50’s (which used to be the gold standard for having had a successful career) suffer from an increased mortality rate. One study found that “…embarking on the Golden Years at age 55 doubled the risk for death before reaching age 65, compared with those who toiled beyond age 60…” Even a study published by the Social Security Administration in 1954 found that “A person compelled to retire, it is argued, loses his vitality and tends to die much earlier than if he is allowed to continue in gainful work.” (Excuse the sexist language, after all it was 1954)Have to continue eatingMany older workers today are not retiring for a number of reasons. One reason often stated is that the recession of 2008-2009 destroyed retirement plans and forced older workers to continue to work just to be able to put some food on the table. Certainly that was an issue for people that had retirement plans invested in certain stocks that they needed to withdraw right at that time. That concern seems to have diminished some in 2016. Yet older workers are still not retiring. Continuing to workToday the vision of retirement for many is avoiding the rocking chair and working for themselves. I allude to this in my post of a couple of weeks ago, Future Friday: Will it be the older generations that drive the Gig economy, not the Millennials? A recent article written by Gemma Tetlow, Economics Correspondent in the online version of Financial Times says that the movement toward working as retirement is not only driven by financial necessity, it is also driven “by new opportunities for fulfilling, flexible work.”In this article based on UK studies Tetlow says “…the type of work older people do — and why they do it — is often different from when they were younger, and from their younger counterparts today.” She goes on to say “Many older workers look for the opportunity to work shorter, more flexible hours. Working men in their late 60s work on average 10 fewer hours each week than those in their late 50s.”Good for the economy?Tetlow suggests that because older workers also have some sort of retirement fund “The ability to top up earnings with pension income means some older workers are keen to take part-time jobs that might be unattractive to younger workers looking for higher earnings.” She also says “A desire for more flexibility also partly explains the prevalence of self-employment among older workers.” As I talked about in my Future Friday post reference above many of the jobs that we thought would be taken by Millennials are being taken instead by older workers and bringing to employers skill sets and experience younger workers don’t.Good for the personWorking a job is also good for the person. Older workers learn new skill sets and a sense of purpose. After having worked all your life, suddenly stopping is for some people more fearful than dying. For me the thought of just stopping to “retire” sounds dull.Perhaps if I had a job that was physically taxing I might have a different notion, but I don’t. I write, I consult, I teach, and I speak. What is there to retire from? That stuff is fun. I think I am representative of many people my age and those younger that will be looking at retirement age in the next ten years. We will change the vision of retirement.What does this mean for companies?In the age of rampant ageism those companies that recognize the human resource that is available to them will have a competitive edge over those that continue to have “hire the young only” mentality. There will be vast amounts of knowledge, talent and hours that workers will bring to the job that other companies will be missing. It is time to wake up and take advantage of the availability of a cohort of people ready, willing and able to work.Be Sociable, Share!last_img read more

first_imgSecurity and cyber attacks have got manufacturers worried.  92 percent of manufacturers surveyed said that they are worried about cyber attacks, nearly double the number of businesses who cited security as a high concern just three years ago, according to a report by BDO USA.  Similarly, a report by IBM found that in 2015 manufacturers were the second most frequently targeted industry for cyber attack — the healthcare industry has the dubious honor of being in first place.  Manufacturers have at risk their proprietary information, trade secrets, intellectual property and products.Aberdeen Research warned that “[the topic of network security] is becoming increasingly relevant in industrial plants. Factor in emerging trends in the business [such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and the Internet of Things (IoT)] and the touch points for potential security threats are increasing at exponential rates.”Jens Krickhahn, Practice LeaderCyber & Fidelity, said that “attacks by hackers are becoming more target oriented, lasting for longer and can trigger a continuous penetration.”Why aren’t businesses fighting back harder against cyber attacks?  The Allianz Risk Barometer report for 2016 found that at nearly half of businesses they simply just don’t understand the complexity of cyber attacks and don’t have a concrete assessment of the potential costs of the risks.Andrew Ginter, vice president of industrial security at Waterfall Security Solutions, said that “the biggest mistake I see routinely is an overemphasis on vulnerabilities in cyber-risk assessments, rather than attacks. The thinking seems to be, “if we can eliminate all vulnerabilities, then we are completely secure.” This quickly evolves into, “quick, patch all the software.” There are many more vulnerabilities in most manufacturing networks than there are known bugs in software. We need to start pulling attack specialists into our risk assessments. Show them the physical and cyber designs for our manufacturing systems, explain the worst physical consequences possible with these systems, and ask how they would attack our systems to bring about those consequences.”last_img read more

first_imgTags:#community#web robyn tippins Today Google+ finally released Google+ Brand pages to all, and ReadWriteWeb immediately went out and claimed one for our very own. But in our team chat room and on each other’s Google+ accounts, we’ve debated what we should do with it. We asked and culled your responses from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter and we used Storify to present it all back to you. If you have additional responses, please leave them in the comments. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgSix stories in the news for Friday, Feb. 8———SINGH WANTS INVESTIGATION INTO SNC-LAVALIN CASENDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling for an ethics investigation into allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution. If, as Justin Trudeau insists, the allegations are not true, Singh said the prime minister should have nothing to fear from an independent investigation by the federal ethics commissioner. Singh’s call comes in the wake of a report Thursday in The Globe and Mail alleging Wilson-Raybould was demoted in a cabinet shuffle early last month because she refused to succumb to pressure from prime ministerial aides to intervene in the case of SNC-Lavalin.———QUEBEC MOSQUE SHOOTER TO BE SENTENCED TODAYThe man who murdered six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque in January 2017 will learn today whether he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars. Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot is set to decide how long Alexandre Bissonnette will spend in custody before he is eligible for parole. Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty last March to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into the mosque during evening prayers on Jan. 29, 2017, and opened fire. The Crown has recommended that Bissonnette serve six consecutive sentences totalling 150 years, while the defence has argued he should be eligible for parole after 25 years.———BRUCE McARTHUR TO BE SENTENCED TODAYSerial killer Bruce McArthur is set to be sentenced today. The 67-year-old self-employed landscaper pleaded guilty last week to murdering eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village. The Crown is seeking a life sentence with no chance of parole for 50 years. The defence has asked that sentences for all eight first-degree murder counts be served concurrently, which would make McArthur eligible for parole in 25 years. First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years, but when there are several convictions, the court can impose consecutive periods of parole ineligibility.———NIGHTMARE STILL NOT OVER, BOUSHIE’S MOTHER SAYSThe mother of an Indigenous man who was shot and killed on a Saskatchewan farm says her nightmare is not over. Debbie Baptiste says she has lost hope in finding justice for her son Colten Boushie, who was killed in August 2016. Farmer Gerald Stanley admitted that he fired the gun on the day Boushie died, but he was found not guilty of second-degree murder. He testified his gun went off accidentally and that he was firing his gun to scare off some young people he thought were stealing from him after they drove onto his property. Members of Boushie’s family will spend the anniversary of the not-guilty verdict on Saturday participating in a candlelight vigil and pipe ceremony.———COUPLE GUILTY IN BABY’S DEATH FACE SENTENCING A sentencing hearing is to begin today for a Calgary couple who delayed taking their gravely ill son to hospital until it was too late. A jury found Jennifer and Jeromie Clark guilty last fall of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life. The trial heard 14-month-old John didn’t see a doctor until the day before he died of a staph infection in November 2013. Jurors were shown photos of the child after he died and he had blackened toes and a red rash covering three quarters of his body. The couple’s lawyers suggested doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital were to blame because they raised the boy’s sodium and fluid levels too aggressively.———WINTER A ‘MAJOR CHALLENGE’ FOR RAILROADS The Calgary-based railway involved in this week’s deadly train derailment in B.C. says frigid temperatures have a big impact on operations. Canadian Pacific Railway detailed the challenges of harsh weather in a white paper last year. It says cold can cause air to leak from a train’s brake system, causing it to run shorter trains than usual. It also says trains must travel at slower speeds when it gets colder than -25 C. The train that derailed was carrying 112 grain hoppers and three locomotives. An engineer, a conductor and a trainee died.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Matthew Vincent Raymond, accused of killing four people including two city police officers, is due back in court. The court is expected to get the results of an assessment to determine criminal responsibility.— Statistics Canada will release its labour force survey for January.— Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will be in conversation with Catherine Holt, CEO Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_img Posted: December 29, 2017 December 29, 2017 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Carl DeMaio, Gas prices, Gas Tax FacebookTwitter Updated: 4:08 PM Mike McKinnon III center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWith virtually no notice to the public, Democratic politicians in the California State Legislature crammed through a massive hike to the Car and Gas Tax. Fortunately, former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio and a statewide coalition of taxpayer advocates have unveiled a strategy for getting citizens involved in overturning these tax hikes! Many taxpayers are very unhappy about the new tax. Signature sheets must be mailed back by January 10th, 2017 for validation. Find out how you can sign the petition here: stopthecartax.org Latest on the Gas Tax Repeal Mike McKinnon III, last_img read more