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Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.
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Are you ready for your Monday? While you are probably enjoying your Labor Day by lounging around your home in your underwear, tomorrow it is back to work! So we thought a little cute might help ease the pain of the challenging week that is probably ahead of you. So grab a cup of coffee and watch the videos below and enjoy! Winter the lamb is one impressive bouncer. Give this cat a door, this cat will open it. Just a little Yorkie petting a man’s face. Just a cat with a tiny frog on its head. Puppies and their iPads. Bao Boa the Giant Panda Cub tumbles down a hill clutching her favorite toy. A puppy pool party.
JCCC programs help students, caregivers 'demystify' Medicare
“The rules are just a lot more complicated with Medicare and the number of denials are increasing as Medicare tries to tighten down on its expenses,” Marting said. “A lot of the concepts we talk about in this class will be transferable to private …
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Medicare Eases Rule For Hospice Patients
Medicare eased significantly on Friday, July 18, 2014 its rules for insurance coverage of medications for many thousands of hospice patients, responding to intense criticism from patient advocates and members of Congress. The new policy should …
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The Employee's Guide To Medicare
When you turn 65, you become eligible for Medicare. If you currently have health insurance through a past or present employer – or through your spouse, if you're married – how do you make the policies work together? First, you have to know how Medicare …
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India has unveiled a Rs 100 billion ($ 1.6 billion) fund to support startups, as part of its Budget 2014 that was just presented (spotted by Tech in Asia). The Budget highlights state that the fund will primarily be used to provide “equity through venture capital funds, quasi-equity, soft loans and other risk capital specially to encourage new startups by youth to be set up.” Details are still murky at this point in time though, and it isn’t clear how the government will disburse the fund. The news comes as the tech startup scene in India is starting to heat up. Bangalore…
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The virtual world, Second Life celebrated its 11th birthday last Friday. To the average person, Second Life is that thing they signed up for years ago, walked around for 10 minutes and never returned to again. But, the virtual world’s marketplace has been a boon for creators and now the company behind Second Life, Linden Lab, is building a new world from scratch. Even the company’s new CEO Ebbe Altberg understands that in its current form, Second Life is a niche product. But, with 11 years of running a profitable business under its belt, Linden Lab believes it can create a new…
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Question by Julius: Need help with applying for Obamacare?
Okey so im googling everything possible having to do with signing up for Obamacare. What am i supposed to be looking for exactly? I assumed there was a website like obamacare.com or somthing .
what I did find was a few diff. sites…so confused.
I am currently on ehealthinsurance.com is this obamacare?? im so confused. it gave me a list of health insurance’s but…. is this obamacare?? No where on the site does it say obamacare.
thanks everyone! please no cracks about the program.
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Steve Wynn has had his share of issues over smoking. An article in the Las Vegas Sun, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, “Casino dealer’s suit over smoking dangers at Wynn moves forward” recaps how one of Wynn’s employees’ unions entered into a class action lawsuit with them over the possible ill effects of smoke filled casinos – to which Wynn responded that we, “cannot be made liable for allowing its patrons to smoke freely in a place where the law specifically says that they can.“
As cited in an article by SmokeLitigation.org posted on July 24, 2013; On February 6, 2013, the U.S. District Court, at 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16778, Case Number: 2:2009cv02034 Kastroll, et als. V. Wynn Resorts, granted the Defendant’s (Wynn Las Vegas) motion for summary judgment, ruling that the home-state controversy exception to the Class Action Fairness Act applies to this case. Thus Wynn had won a victory of sorts, effectively taking the “class action” aspect of the suit off the table and allowing for the legally acceptable practice of smoking indoors at casinos to go on unrestricted in Nevada, without additional cost to him. At the same time, Wynn has seemingly spared no expense in an effort to clean the air (if not make it less noticeable by smelling better) in those areas where it does allow smokers. The properties have installed expensive high tech Bio-Oxygen Systems to filter out the smell of smoke as well AromaSys scent systems to cover them up, and by many accounts, quite successfully. Although smoking indoors in public is forbidden by most states, the possible financial repercussions to the casino industry appear to outweigh popular opinion, and so it remains. The resulting decision was a seemingly a Wynn-win outcome for the casino owner. Wynn avoided both having to pay out any penalties, or institute disruptive policy changes which might result in the likely alienation of the approximated 20% of his casino customers who do smoke according to tobaccocontrol.bmj.com.
As with his controversial stand on requiring his casino dealers to share their tips with other floor personnel, detailed in a Las Vegas Sun article, March 29, 2014, Official: Casinos can split dealers’ tips with supervisors, Wynn’s goals, though most presumably financially motivated, appear – at their very root – intended to please the masses, as what’s good for the masses is good for business. And although Mr. Wynn didn’t want to pick up the tab for some of his employees possibly unfair and potentially disruptive suit demands based on potential health issues, he does appear to care about the well-being of those around him. He is himself a poster child for fitness, keeping up his physique as well as his looks. At 72 today, according to a March 29, 2014 article in the Las Vegas Sun, Wynn, who went vegan a few years back encouraging others including his employees to do the same, maintains a 32 inch waist as well as a new wife 20 years his junior.
In an article dated February 10, 2014, the Las Vegas Review Journal states that “Wynn Las Vegas remains one of the top places to work in the Las Vegas Valley, being ranked number 2 in 2014 in the large-company category. Employees at Wynn say that they appreciate working for a company that cares about them and their health, and treats them like they are part of a larger family.”
In a related issue, local CBS station WBZ of Boston reported on December 16, 2013, that Mr. Wynn has been quoted as saying that “everything about Obamacare is incorrect”, and according to the new Affordable Care Act, it appears Americans will be required to live with it. The Wynn Resorts will be faced with a 50% mandatory surcharge in the cost of insurance for each of its employees who smokes. Given that Nevada is one of the states that will be placing the maximum surcharge on smokers’ employee health care premiums through the Affordable Care coverage, companies will bear the financial burden of their employees who smoke. In keeping with the Wynn company mindset of caring for his employees and protecting his bottom line. Freedom Laser Therapy puts forth a generous offer to Mr. Wynn and his Hotel and Casino properties: Craig Nabat, Freedom president says, “Allow us to assist you with your company’s wellness programs by offering Wynn 50 Freedom Quit Smoking System kits (a $ 5,000 value) at no charge to be distributed as you wish to show appreciation of your employees. We offer Freedom’s proven nicotine-free 10 day home use Freedom Quit Smoking System to liberate smokers in your organization from the harmful effects of nicotine addiction. Given the turbulent nature surrounding the issues facing you of late, this should unquestionably garner the continued admiration and respect of your employees by showing them how much you really do care about their health, while taking countless thousands of dollars in elevated insurance fees, lost worker productivity and related costs off the table. It may take Freedom some time to reach the approximated 20% of those gamblers who still prefer to smoke. In the meantime, allow us to help make a difference freeing your Wynn family from nicotine addiction.”
About Freedom Laser Therapy
Freedom Laser Therapy Inc. is an established Los Angeles-based nicotine addiction clinic that has helped change the lives of thousands of smokers. After years of research and development, the company has launched the innovative Freedom Quit Smoking System —highlighted by its convenient at-home usage and requiring only 10 days to quit smoking—to help Americans across the country quit this deadly habit and promote healthier lifestyles. April 2014, marks the beginning of the Freedom Corporation Smoking Cessation program nationwide launch.
Google today announced that it has acquired Spider.io, a London-based cyber security firm that combats online advertising fraud. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Google said it would be using the startup’s detection system to improve its display and video ad services.
“By including Spider.io’s fraud fighting expertise in our products, we can scale our efforts to weed out bad actors and improve the entire digital ecosystem,” Neal Mohan, Google’s vice president for display advertising said.
Online ad fraud is a huge problem, whereby advertizers pay for exposure and clicks on the Web that are actually powered by bots, networks of hijacked devices and other non-human traffic. Therefore, advertizers are paying large sums of money for impressions that won’t result in new customers.
With Spider.io, Google hopes to improve the accuracy of the information it gives advertizers, resulting in a “a clearer, cleaner picture of what campaigns and media are truly delivering strong results.” We’ll have to wait and see.
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Late in 2012, Lift, a Obvious Co. backed company launched a new application with the simple aim to help people achieve their goals. One year on, the company has announced a sizeable update to its platform — Lift 2.0 — which integrates a lot of lessons learnt over that time.
In the update — which is dubbed “Lift 2.0″ — the company has introduced new goal types that allow the user to track goal progress as before but have also added an in-app coach to help motivate them by cheering them on as well as offering tips.
The three new goal types are health plans (such as starting a new diet), fitness plans (such as learning to run) and guided instruction (such as learning to play guitar). Each comes with a coach that runs the program, helping users stick to their goals.
The company believes that the added motivation of a coach on top of the already active community will truly help users of the app to keep to their goals much easier than they would on their own.
Lift 2.0 also adds finish lines to goals. Rather than leaving goals open ended, all goals in the updated version now have an end date defined so that users have something to shoot for.
The company found that with its first version there was a treadmill effect, which makes sense since goal setters had nothing set in stone to show when they reached a goal. Assumably, this made them less likely to continue attempting it over a longer period of time.
Finally, the update taps into the already extremely active Lift community to add tips and discussion directly to goals. Instead of a standalone activity feed, Lift 2.0 adds discussion directly to goals. This helps users to engage with those that are like minded, encouraging discussion about the goal and ultimately looks to help users complete their goals by connecting them with others who are doing the same challenge.
These changes are big ones for the company; it has had to remove some functionality that was extremely popular in order to emphasise the new goal tracking features. The largest of these is the removal of giving ‘props’ (a simple encouragement, similar to a ‘like’) to strangers which was extremely popular in the previous version of the app.
Apparently, when strangers were propping users it was not particularly beneficial for the user and only made a “minimal” impact on the user that was attempting a goal.
Lift CEO, Tony Stubblebine, says that “Every part of [Lift 2.0] has made me more successful” and that despite the app adding finish dates for goals it is still “supportive of long term tracking” too. All of these new features amount to a new program that the company will be running monthly to help users achieve new goals.
The first of these is the Quantified Diet project. In partnership UC Berkeley and Stanford, Lift is “challenging the diet industry’s fuzzy claims about what diets actually work” by conducting an experiment to see which diets are most effective using the app. From Janaury 1, users will be able to sign up and be randomly assigned one of ten diets to try (users can also choose one if they wish) and then will use the app to stick to the diet over 30 days and track progress.
It’s clear that Lift is serious about helping users achieve goals but there’s no indication yet of how it’ll monetize since the app is currently free. Perhaps, eventually these coach driven goals will be in-app purchases for those that want additional motivation. The company is actively experimenting with ways to monetize their service but hasn’t decided on a strategy yet, according to an answer on Quora.
The Oculus Rift is a landmark piece of technology, representing the first truly immersive, consumer-friendly virtual reality headset. Oculus VR has been commended for its vision, but the problem until now has been the games. Until the Oculus Rift is out on store shelves and boasting a large install base, how do you persuade developers to create games for it?
The answer, it would seem, is for Oculus VR to become a publisher. The company revealed its intentions in a blog post earlier today, alongside its new Head of Worldwide Publishing, David DeMartini. The former EA executive, who worked on a number of high-profile franchises such as The Godfather and Tiger Woods PGA Tour, will lead the new initiative moving forward.
Oculus VR said it will be providing developers with additional resources to help them realize their next games, including “direct support”, which suggests a tangible budget for persuading creators to come on board.
“One of our long-time, favorite ideas has been to actually fund and publish Oculus games, applications, and experiences ourselves by providing additional support and resources for key developers building the games and content that we believe will define the platform,” the company said in a blog post.
It’s been a little less than a week since Oculus VR raised $ 75 million in a funding round led by Silicon Valley investor Mark Andreessen of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Not so long ago, the Oculus Rift was a fledgling Kickstarter project. Now it’s on the brink of fostering its own software ecosystem.
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