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YouTube is opening a production ‘Space’ for video creators in New York next month

YouTube is opening another of its studio “Spaces” in New York to help its community of video makers learn, collaborate and create new content. The facility follows similar setups in London, Los Angeles and Tokyo, which give aspiring filmers and internet personalities, which are attributable to much of YouTube’s success, access to equipment and industry experts. The treasure trove of video-making kit will include cameras, lights and boom microphones – some of which will be available to loan – as well as permanent and rotating sets, sound stages and post-production facilities. The fourth YouTube Space will open next month at…

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How U.S. Health Providers Are Expanding Their Ebola Precautions

Source: www.theblaze.com – Monday, October 06, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they’ve secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases. A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up signs, imploring patients to let nurses know if they have traveled recently to West Africa. FILE – This Oct. 3, 3014, file photo, shows an isolation room that could be used to quarantine an Ebola patient at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. The hospital has put together an action plan and staff will be going through training to deal with the possibility of an Ebola virus infected patient. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Doug Strickland, File) And one of the nation’s largest ambulance companies has written step-by-step instructions on how to wrap the interior of a rig with plastic sheeting while transporting a patient. Ebola has yet to infect a single person on U.S. soil — the one confirmed case here involves a man who contracted the virus overseas. But health care providers are worried enough that they are taking a variety of precautions. — Read more stories from TheBlaze Woman Interrupts Restaurant Patrons With Tears and Screams, ‘This Isn’t Food, It’s Violence!’ — Wait Until You See Why Here’s the Picture Involving Two Children That Atheists Are Demanding Officials Remove From a School — and the District’s Bold Response

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Microsoft will open a flagship store at 677 Fifth Avenue in New York

Microsoft is opening a new flagship store in New York City. The company has signed a lease for a space at 677 Fifth Avenue and plans for it to be the “centerpiece” of its retail ambitions. “This is a goal we’ve had since day one – we were only waiting for the right location,” David Porter, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Worldwide Retail Stores said. “And now we have it.” Similar to Apple’s iconic stores, Microsoft wants it to be more than a place where you simply buy Lumia smartphones or a Surface Pro 3. The software maker says there…

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These People Lining Up To Buy The iPhone 6 Aren’t Even Apple Fans (APPL)

Source: www.businessinsider.com – Monday, September 08, 2014
Although the iPhone 6 isn't expected to be released to the public for another two weeks, several people have already started lining up outside Apple's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. You'd normally expect to see this type of behavior from diehard iPhone fans, but cousins Joseph Cruz, 21, and Brian Ceball, 20, are actually being compensated by online electronics retailer BuyBackWorld to gain publicity , Quartz reports. BuyBackWorld is picking up the duo's food tab for three weeks and also giving each of the them an iPhone 6, according to Quartz. Although the pair are iPhone users — this is their fifth year lining up for the new smartphone — it seems that competition is more of factor in this case. "We're trying to beat friends from last year," the cousins told Newsweek: "They waited 17 days, and we did 15." Cruz and Ceballo are trying to break the record this year by staying for 20 days. Cruz and Ceball aren't alone in their mission. Moon Ray, a 25-year-old actress and model from Mississippi, and her husband Jason paid the cousins $ 2,500 to be first in line , USA Today's Eli Blumenthal reports. The Rays are being sponsored by an app called VideoMedicine that allows users to Skype with their doctors. It's supposed to launch in time with the iPhone 6. Moon told Newsweek that she's not currently an iPhone owner and doesn't even plan to keep her iPhone 6. Watch an interview with Moon and the cousins below, courtesy of

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Joan Rivers Was One Of The Earliest And Loudest Gay Icons

Source: thinkprogress.org – Thursday, September 04, 2014
CREDIT: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File Legendary comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at age 81, according to a statement released by her daughter Melissa. In addition to her legacy as an Emmy-award winning talk show host, Tony nominated actress, author, and jewelry designer, Rivers was one of Hollywood’s most vocal supporters of LGBT equality. In one of her earliest roles, Rivers appeared opposite Barbra Streisand in a play in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. The two played a same-sex couple and kissed. “This was before she was singing, before anything. I knew she was talented, but you never know what someone will be. She was a fabulous kisser, that’s what I knew,” Rivers recalled in 2010. She talked a great deal about gay culture on her TV shows. When the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning came out, Rivers had the cast and director on The Joan Rivers Show . Rivers was an enthusiastic backer of marriage equality. In 2012, prior to President Obama’s historic announcement she criticized him and other politicians for cowardice on the issue. “It is outrageous. The politicians are all such ass-kissers. No one is saying the truth. They are saying what they think people want to hear,” she observed. An ordained minister of the Universal Life Church, Rivers herself officiated at least two same-sex weddings in New York state. For years, Rivers served on the board of God’s Love We Deliver , a New York-based charity that provides meals to AIDS pa

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The New York Times Ignores the Facts In Tennessee

The New York Times Ignores the Facts In Tennessee
For weeks before Thursday's election, they bombarded Tennessee with ads depicting them as “soft on crime,” hostile to business interests and supporters of “the Obama agenda” and “Obamacare.” But this was all nonsense: In fact the judges never ruled on …
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BYRON YORK: Knowledge undercuts Obamacare support
Democrats have long believed Obamacare would become more popular once it was fully in place and Americans got a chance to see it up close. So why is Obamacare less popular now than a few months ago? Because it is fully in place and Americans have …
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Fact check: GOP Pryor ad headed for the hall of shame
Another gross distortion is the ad's claim that Pryor voted "to give members of Congress special benefits to purchase Obamacare." That's absurd. Pryor supported continuing the same employer payments for health insurance that members of Congress have …
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IPA Family Announces the Addition of SureBridge Insurance Products


Tampa, Fl (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

IPA Family, LLC, which is a member of The IHC Group, is excited to announce the addition of SureBridge supplemental insurance product solutions* to its expanding marketplace offerings. SureBridge supplemental insurance program is underwritten and administered by Chesapeake Life Insurance Company and currently offer up to 19 different products in 46 states nationwide.

IPA Family President and Chief Operating Officer David Keeler commented, “With the passing and implementation of ‘Obamacare,’ a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act (ACA), adding the SureBridge programs in conjunction with the supplemental insurance products we already provide through our internal IHC insurance carriers positions us to better serve the current and future needs of our ACA customers.”

IPA Family is proud that it is able to offer ACA compliant plans through some of the largest and most reputable insurers in the country. The SureBridge partnership will add vision insurance, critical accident, quick issue life insurance, non-insurance wellness products, and other solutions to the IPA Family product portfolio. Additionally, IPA Family represents three health insurance carriers through The IHC Group, which provide coverage for short term medical, critical illness, dental, fixed indemnity plans and its new Metal Gap supplemental series.

Keeler also added, “This special relationship allows us to collaborate with highly reputable industry leaders and, even more importantly, it provides us with the ability to equip our current sales advisors with enhanced solutions to market in states where we currently have no presence at all. As a result, we have immediate opportunities for high-level leaders who are willing to connect, invest and grow along with us.”

All sales advisors for IPA Family are licensed insurance producers. For more information about leadership opportunities with the organization, contact Dave Keeler to schedule an interview.

*Supplemental insurance products are not considered minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

About IPA Family, LLC

IPA Family, LLC (IPA) is an established national marketing organization with a growing consumer direct sales agency numbering several hundred agents who distribute family and individual major medical insurance plans and ancillary products (including short-term medical, vision, dental, supplemental fixed indemnity limited benefit, critical illness, and hospital indemnity, and small group stop-loss) for The IHC Group, an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates and the majority owner of IPA. In addition, it has begun to write major medical through well-known national insurance companies. IPA’s trained professional sales associates provide information and a product portfolio that can meet the needs of many small business owners and self-employed individuals and families. Headquartered in Tampa, Fl., IPA is accredited and has an excellent reputation with the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org).

About The IHC Group

The IHC Group is an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over 30 years. Members of The IHC Group include Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC), American Independence Corp. (NASDAQ: AMIC), Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York, Madison National Life Insurance Company, Inc. and Independence American Insurance Company. Each insurance carrier in The IHC Group has a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company, Inc., a widely recognized rating agency that rates insurance companies on their relative financial strength and ability to meet policyholder obligations. (An A++ rating from A.M. Best is its highest rating.) Collectively, the companies in The IHC Group provide insurance coverage to more than one million individuals and groups. For more information about The IHC Group, visit http://www.ihcgroup.com.







Can the GOP Take the Senate?

Can the GOP Take the Senate?
Since winning the Republican primary in May, the thirty-seven-year-old has been busy portraying Pryor as a supporter of the President and a champion of Obamacare. That isn't necessarily wholly accurate, but it seems to be working. Five polls in a row …
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The Monday Primer: Highmark-UPMC updates and the Boehner-Obamacare suit
At first glance, Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic offer similar advantages to their dozens of community-hospital affiliates across the U.S. Both are expanding their affiliate networks, but neither anticipates unrestricted growth. But digging a little …
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ACA At Center Of Debate Over Calif. Health Insurance Initiative
"This looks like a rate regulation regulating the old market without taking into consideration what the advantages are of the Affordable Care Act," Dooley said. "I am really working to try to bring down the cost of care. That would bring down premiums.".
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Team Health Expects Some Gains From ObamaCare
Team Health (NYSE:TMH) operates a network of nearly 10,000 physicians. They serve more than 860 hospitals and clinics, which find some operational advantages to using contracted doctors. Team Health has made a number of acquisitions of physician …
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NYT: Hackers from China targeted personal details of US government employees

A senior US Department of Homeland Security official has confirmed to the New York Times that Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the government agency with personal details of all federal employees. The incident, which is said to have happened in March, was apparently a bid to access the files of tens of thousands of US government employees who have applied for top-secret security clearance. However, the official told the newspaper that the government had not “identified any loss of personally identifiable information” after federal authorities detected the attack and blocked the hackers from the network. It is also not…

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IHC Specialty Benefits Announces Record Visitor Traffic on healthedeals.com During First Half of 2014


Minneapolis, Minn. (PRWEB) June 25, 2014

IHC Specialty Benefits is excited to report the latest analytics from healthedeals.com, comparing website traffic between January 1-May 31, 2013 and the comparable period in 2014. The number of site visitors to healthedeals.com jumped 1,166% during such period. While health insurance product pages accounted for a majority of visits, articles and blog posts on healthedeals.com accounted for 25% of traffic alone.

How to Calculate your 2014 Obamacare Tax Credit was the runaway article, responsible for over 5% of all visits, and Your Guide to the Federal Poverty Level collected nearly 4% of all traffic. The Health Care Calculator came in third with almost 3% of traffic. Other top ranking articles included:

1. How the Affordable Care Act Will Impact Individual Premium Rates in 2014

2. 4 Top Apps for Organizing Your Medical Records

3. 10 Things to Know About Obamacare in 2014

“At the end of March, as open enrollment on the federal health exchange was set to close, healthedeals.com web traffic spiked,” said Brian Dow, Chief Operating Officer of IHC Specialty Benefits. “People are craving information and tools to make a decision about purchasing health insurance, which can be a complex process.”

Dow continued, “The analytics show that we are accomplishing what we originally set out to do. Our mission is to provide health insurance and supplemental products to individuals and families across the nation. Our goal is to be the leading health insurance resource for useful information, simple tools and quality products.”

About IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc.

IHC Specialty Benefits is a full-service marketing and distribution company that focuses on small employer, individual and consumer products. Products are marketed through general agents online, telebrokerage, advisor centers, private label and directly to consumers.

About The IHC Group

The IHC Group is an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over 30 years. Members of The IHC Group include Independence Holding Company, American Independence Corp., Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York, Madison National Life Insurance Company, Inc. and Independence American Insurance Company. Each insurance carrier in The IHC Group has a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company, Inc., a widely recognized rating agency that rates insurance companies on their relative financial strength and ability to meet policyholder obligations. (An A++ rating from A.M. Best is its highest rating.) Collectively, the companies in The IHC Group provide insurance coverage to more than one million individuals and groups. For more information about The IHC Group, visit http://www.ihcgroup.com.







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