first_imgUS Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that 6,244 Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont, and three million people nationwide, have received prescription drug cost relief through the Affordable Care Act. To date, three million eligible beneficiaries who fell into the drug coverage gap known as the ‘donut hole’ during 2010 have been mailed a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check.‘For too long, many seniors and people with disabilities have been forced to make impossible choices between paying for needed prescription medication and necessities like food and rent,’ said Secretary Sebelius. ‘The Affordable Care Act offers long overdue relief by lowering prescription drug costs each year until the donut hole is closed.’Eligible beneficiaries who fell into the coverage gap during 2010 are continuing to automatically receive rebate checks. These checks are only the first step in how the Affordable Care Act will reduce prescription drug costs for beneficiaries in the donut hole each year until it is closed in 2020. Starting this year, eligible beneficiaries in the coverage gap will receive a 50-percent discount on covered brand name medications while in the donut hole. In addition, in 2011 Medicare will begin paying 7-percent of the price for generic drugs during the coverage gap.Also today, Secretary Sebelius released a new video message on the new benefits the Affordable Care Act provides in 2011 for people on Medicare. You can watch the video message here.The closing of the donut hole is just one of the ways seniors benefit from the Affordable Care Act. In addition to savings on prescription drugs, the law provides new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries when they visit their doctor starting this year:As of January 1, 2011, Original Medicare no longer charges out-of-pocket costs for the ‘Welcome to Medicare’ physical exam and, for the first time since the Medicare program was created in 1965, Original Medicare now covers an annual wellness visit with a participating doctor, also at no cost.In addition to these annual wellness visits, most people with Medicare can now receive critical preventive services, including certain cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, for free.Also this year, the Affordable Care Act will provide qualifying doctors and other health care professionals providing primary care to people on Medicare a 10-percent bonus for primary care services. This will help ensure that those primary care providers can continue to be there for Medicare patients.People with Medicare can learn more about these new benefits, search for participating doctors in their area, and find other helpful information by contacting a trained customer service representative toll-free at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visiting www.Medicare.gov(link is external)Additionally, the Affordable Care Act makes Medicare stronger and more secure for all beneficiaries. These provisions under the new law increase benefits to beneficiaries and help to extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by 12 years.An analysis issued by the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that under the Affordable Care Act, average savings for those enrolled in traditional Medicare will amount to more than $3,500 over the next 10 years. Savings will be even higher ‘ as much as $12,300 over the next 10 years ‘ for seniors and people with disabilities who have high prescription drug costs. Total savings per beneficiary enrolled in traditional Medicare are estimated to be $86 in 2011, rising to $649 in 2020. For a beneficiary in the donut hole, estimated total savings increase from $553 in 2011 to $2,217 in 2020.The Affordable Care Act establishes a new Innovation Center that will research, develop, test, and expand innovative payment and delivery arrangements to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care provided to patient with Medicare, Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. Innovations that are found to work can be rapidly expanded and applied more broadly’helping to transform the health care system into one that provides better care at lower cost.· The Affordable Care Act contains important new tools to help crack down on criminals seeking to scam seniors and steal taxpayer dollars. The law strengthens the screenings for health care providers who want to participate in Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP, enables enforcement officials to see health care claims data from around the country in a searchable database, and strengthens the penalties for criminal wrongdoing. The reduction in waste, fraud, and abuse returns savings to the Medicare Trust Fund to strengthen the program into the future. Seniors are encouraged to contact 1-800-MEDICARE to report any solicitations of personal information or suspected fraud, waste, or abuse, or go to www.StopMedicareFraud.gov(link is external).For more information on how the Affordable Care Act benefits seniors, visit www.HealthCare.gov(link is external). ###last_img read more


first_img24 January 2014 The government remains committed to finding options for the safe release of South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who is being held hostage in Yemen, Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said after his visit to the country on the weekend. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, Ebrahim said he had met with representatives of the Yemen security services, the deputy minister of foreign affairs, the prime minister and the president of Yemen. In addition to this, Ebrahim had appeared on Yemeni television to appeal to the kidnappers for Korkie’s release. Ebrahim said details of the discussions could not be divulged at the moment, but that he had received a comprehensive report with the latest information regarding the kidnapping. “We used our engagements to seek advice and look into what Yemen and South Africa can do together to secure the release,” he said. Korkie and his wife Yolande, who had been living in Yemen for four years, were captured in May last year in the Yemeni city of Taiz. Yolande was released on 10 January without any ransom being paid, but the militants have demanded R32-million to release Korkie. “The Yemeni authorities, who have considerable experience in dealing with situations of this type, emphasised that the motive of the kidnapping was not political,” Ebrahim said. “It was confirmed [to me] that South Africans are not the only ones targeted and that it was a case of mistaken identity.” Foreigners were frequently kidnapped in Yemen by al-Qaida militants or tribesmen, who demanded a ransom for the release of their prisoners. Currently, eight other foreign nationals are being held hostage in areas that are not under government control. In Korkie’s case, they had issued an execution threat if the ransom was not paid. The kidnappers extended the deadline for the ransom money to be paid last week Friday, by 21 days. On Wednesday, disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers said the kidnappers had contacted them via SMS asking them about the ransom. The kidnappers later sent a picture of a bomb belt after the organisation said the government did not negotiate with terrorists. Ebrahim said although the threats were being taken seriously, they remained hopeful that Korkie would be released unharmed. The deputy minister said the government’s position was clear and that it did not pay ransom under any circumstances. “This is not only a South African policy but the international norm of governments across the world … We do not negotiate with the kidnappers, we work with the government of that country.” Regarding reports that the family was trying to raise funds for Korkie’s release, Ebrahim said that this was a private family initiative in which the government was not involved. Despite no warning having been issued to South Africans travelling to Yemen, Ebrahim advised people to be careful when travelling in conflict areas and to register with the voluntary registration service Registration of South Africans Abroad. This service is provided in the event that there is a need to contact citizens travelling or living outside of the country to offer important advice on a natural disaster, civil unrest or a family emergency. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 29, 2016 – Up to news production time there was still no government issued media release on the passing of former LegCo (Legislative Council) member, Aulden Smokey Smith.Smith died on Friday, while attending hospital in Jamaica and is a former House Representative for the island of Salt Cay. Related Items:last_img


first_imgManchester United transfer target Milan Skriniar has broken his silence regarding talks over his future.The Inter Milan defender is reportedly a target for Manchester United and a host of other top clubs across Europe but he insists he’s only focused on playing for the Milan club.The Slovakia international is on the radar of United as Mourinho looks to reinforce his defensive options, and while the 23-year-old is flattered by the speculation, he is keeping his feet on the ground.“When some coach like Jose says that he is looking for a player like me or somebody else, it’s always nice, but I don’t know why these rumours continue,” he told ESPN FC.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’ve not said anything to anybody, just what you can see on the web.”“Even if Jose is one of the most famous, best, greatest coaches in the world, it’s not something I think of because I’m playing for Inter and am happy here at Inter.”“I’m happy in Milan, it’s a great city, even when my parents or friends come here, we have a look around and I’m happy here and relaxed here. When the results are going well too, it’s all even better.”last_img read more


first_imgGlamour’s editor-in-chief, Samantha Barry, announced that for her first time hosting the brand’s Women of the Year Awards and Summit (now in its 28th year), she will be extending the annual event to span three days, including a new experiential element, aimed to provide attendees with behind-the-scenes, exclusive-access activities across New York City.Running November 10-12, each day of the WOTY will feature a specific element, starting with an “experience day” on Saturday, then the Live Summit on Sunday, culminating in the awards ceremony on Monday night. After spending the last two years in Los Angeles, the summit is returning to NYC this year.“One of the things that I wanted to do as the new editor-in-chief here, was really involve our audience in a larger experience,” Barry tells Folio:. “That is a big driver of why we wanted to have a three day event.”The “experience day,” which is a new addition to the program, allows ticket holders the opportunity to participate in 30 activities—which were brainstormed by the editorial team but included collaborations with sponsor partners, Condé Nast’s experience team, CNX, and with the sales team for some of the bigger partnerships—that are meant to bring readers inside the metaphorical pages of Glamour. Ranging form a class on cryptocurrency with CoinShares to a workout class at the top of One World Trade Center, the experiences were designed with exclusivity and reader intrigue in mind. Barry says that the “experience day” is meant to reflect the four sections from the redesign of the magazine and the digital platforms: Look, feel, live, and think. So a class on cryptocurrency can tie into “think,” while a beauty experience could be categorized under “feel.”“The experiences actually show the breadth of the type of content that our audience consumes and for us, that’s fashion and beauty and finance and entertaining, all of that,” she says. For the live Summit, a day-long program of panel discussions which was carried over from the previous two years and last year took place during the day before the awards ceremony, presentations and conversations will take place and will be centered on the theme of “Women Rise.” Hosted by comedian Phoebe Robinson, the summit will take place at Studio Springs in Tribeca and will feature speakers and panelists like actress Awkwafina and the founder of The Wing, Audrey Gelman. “The Summit itself is very much focused on bringing in our audiences to a real-live experience that they wouldn’t get anywhere else,” Barry tells Folio:. “There is this energy around women and their stories and what they have to say this year that is fantastic.”Barry says the brand’s audiences have already expressed interest in the changes to the WOTY since they were announced, but partners were also interested in taking part of something beyond the traditional 28-year-long affair, “Now it’s more than just being the sponsor at an awards night. You’re being a sponsor for an event, you’re getting involved and we’re doing a lot of activations—very worthy activations—with some of our sponsors.”Certain sponsors, like L’Oréal Paris who is on its 17th consecutive year, have long standing relationships with the WOTY, while others are newly joining, like Mercedes-Benz USA. While the summit, aimed to appeal to the larger “Glamour tribe,” only has a limited amount of tickets—there are 700 per day available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday—and the ticket prices have fallen from last year’s $499 per ticket, to a range of $160-$360 depending on the day, the WOTY is still targeted to act as a major revenue driver for the brand. “We also know that our audiences are more likely to spend money on experiences that they think are worthy,” Barry tells Folio:. “So I think we’ve seen this resurgence, or at least this era of experiential events, and we know audiences, if you offer them the right things, they will spend money on it.”last_img read more


first_img Comments Share your voice A cross-section of a crystallized white dwarf star.  University of Warwick/Mark Garlick Eventually, the sun will cool off and become a giant crystal floating through space. It’s not a bizarre science fiction plot, but the takeaway of new scientific research published this week in the journal Nature. You may have heard that billions of years down the road the sun will swell to a ravenous red giant star that will eventually swallow Earth. But long after our planet has been ended, the sun will shrink to a cool white dwarf star and then slowly solidify into a massive white crystal, the study says. That’s a lot of bling wasted on the empty vacuum of space.”All white dwarfs will crystallize at some point in their evolution, although more massive white dwarfs go through the process sooner,” Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay from the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics in the UK explained in a statement. “This means that billions of white dwarfs in our galaxy have already completed the process and are essentially crystal spheres in the sky. The sun itself will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years.” 5 Nearby Barnard’s Star hosts an icy planet with new hope for alien life Teen scientist checks for alien lasers around famously weird star Space in 2019 will be all about the moon, and one weird asteroid Space is strangecenter_img A team of astronomers led by Tremblay analyzed observations of 15,000 potential white dwarf stars within 300 light-years of Earth made by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. The work verified earlier predictions that such a catalog of white dwarf stars would reveal a number in the slow process of turning from what is essentially a liquid form to a solid state. “It was predicted 50 years ago that we should observe a pile-up in the number of white dwarfs at certain luminosities and colors due to crystallization and only now this has been observed,” Tremblay explained. Sometimes death can be beautiful, especially when it comes to stars and other cosmic things. But I still wouldn’t mind skipping the part where our entire planet is swallowed in the hellacious heat of a massive nuclear furnace we once called the sun. But that’s just me.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. Tags Sci-Tech Spacelast_img read more


first_img See All Samsung Galaxy S10 Even more Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks Comments Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: Sizzling photos from every angle 55 Photos News • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for you Phones Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Samsung Apple See it See It Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: These photos published on WinFuture allegedly show off Samsung’s Galaxy S10E a budget version of the upcoming Galaxy S10. WinFutre Just weeks before Samsung is expected to announce the next generation of Galaxy phones, photos allegedly show off a budget version of the Galaxy S10. On Friday, German publisher WinFuture published photos and specs for what is supposed to be the Galaxy S10E.The photos show off the front, back and sides of the phone. It has thin bezel around the screen that looks a lot like the iPhone XR but without the notch on top. There is also a front-facing hole punch camera in the screen (apparently called the Infinity-O) and on the back are two rear cameras instead of the rumored triple-rear cameras on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.Accompanying the photos are alleged specs for the Galaxy S10E which indicate it has a 5.8-inch display (like the iPhone XS), a fingerprint reader located on the side sleep/wake button and a battery that is smaller than the one expected in the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. 3 Sprint $899 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Samsung Event The Galaxy S10E is reported to cost €749 which converts roughly to $860, £655, AU$1,180. While this price would be cheaper than the rumored $999 price of the Galaxy S10, it would still not be considered a budget phone by any means. It mirrors a similar approach Apple took with the iPhone XR offering a slightly less premium phone at a lower price point.The leak of the Galaxy S10E photos and specs comes on the heels of a video leaked by Samsung that shows off a foldable phone device that may or may not be Galaxy F phone.Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company is holding a launch event on Feb. 20 in which it is expected to announce the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus $899 Tags Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Abt Electronics Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) reading • Galaxy S10E leaked photos may reveal Samsung’s iPhone XR rival See It Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 4:06 $899 $899 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple •last_img read more


first_img 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet: How sweet it is Enlarge ImageThere’s bound to still be a turn signal in the taillight, right? Henrik Fisker via Twitter Henrik Fisker is determined to make it happen again. After launching the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma, and subsequently abandoning the project and off-loading its IP to the group that eventually started Karma Automotive, the automotive designer is preparing to launch his next vehicular venture. We’ve only seen hints of the front end, but now, it’s time to take a look ’round back.Henrik Fisker this week tweeted out a teaser for his upcoming electric SUV. It’s the first time we’ve seen even part of the rear end, and it looks pretty interesting, especially the body line that rises well above the shoulder line as it works its way back toward the D-pillar. The roof looks to have a bit of a fastback angle to it, and the taillights (what we can see, at least) look plenty slim.The most interesting bit, however, is an integrated turn signal in the D-pillar. According to Fisker’s tweet, it’s meant to “provide extra safety when you change lanes.” Additional lane-change signals are not necessarily new, but the overwhelming majority of them are slapped on the side-view mirrors. This is a unique location to put a marker, considering turn signals are usually integrated into the taillight structure. So far, we’ve only seen hints of the unnamed SUV’s front end. It’s an interesting look, with headlights that have more than a hint of Range Rover in them, with some properly bulky fenders and bumpers that give the ute a little more rugged look than one might expect from a tech-forward electric vehicle. It’s unclear when we’ll get to see the whole thing, but given Fisker’s timeline, it shouldn’t be too far down the road.Fisker first announced his intention to build an electric SUV in March. He estimates that the car will have an all-electric range north of 300 miles, yet its price tag is aiming below $40,000, which would make it one heck of a deal. The hope is that it’ll come out in 2021, but before that, a drivable prototype is expected to make an appearance before the end of this year.fisker-suv-teaser-promoEnlarge ImageHere’s the front-quarter teaser that debuted earlier this year, in case you haven’t seen it or forgot what it looks like. Fisker More From Roadshow 2 Electric Cars SUVs Future Cars Share your voicecenter_img Comments New Lexus RX 450h adopts radical style, retains stellar hybrid fuel economy 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar Tagslast_img read more


first_imgWhat qualities of Kajal and Anushka get thumbs down from Prabhas? Saaho star answers.PR HandoutPrabhas has been giving interviews non-stop as part of the promotions of his latest movie Saaho in multiple languages. The actor is encountering a lot of questions about the movie and around his rumoured affair with his Baahubali co-star Anushka Shetty.Amid all the questions related to Saaho and personal life, Prabhas was asked to say positive and negative points of actresses like Kajal Aggarwal and Anushka Shetty in an interview with a Telugu news channel.Kajal (in Darling and Mr Perfect) and Anushka (in Baahubali series, Mirchi and Billa) are the two actresses who had the best on-screen chemistry with Prabhas.Talking about Kajal Aggarwal’s positive aspect, he said that she is beautiful and has a lot of “energy”. He thought for a moment and revealed that he disliked her “dress sense” earlier. “Sometimes, she had average dressing sense. It was earlier… but now it is good. [sic]” he said.On asking the same questions about Anushka, he gave a thumbs-up for her height and hailed her beauty, while complaining that she does not attend calls on time.In the same interview, Prabhas revealed that the 39-year old is not comfortable doing lip-lock scenes. On a funny note, the actor said that he does not want to break the hearts of his female fans which is the reason why he has remained single.When asked about his favourite actors, Prabhas took the names of Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan in Bollywood and Chiranjeevi-Rajinikanth from South Indian films.Prabhas’ latest movie Saaho is releasing on 30 August in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam languages. He has paired up with Shraddha Kapoor in Sujeeth-directorial flick.last_img read more


first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees walk by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on 29 September 2017. Photo: AFPMore than 2,000 Rohingya have massed along Myanmar’s coast this week after trekking from inland villages in Rakhine state to join the refugee exodus to Bangladesh, state media reported Saturday.The refugees follow more than half a million fellow Rohingya who have emptied out of northern Rakhine in a single month, fleeing an army crackdown and communal violence the UN says amounts to “ethnic cleansing”.The journey to Bangladesh is fraught with danger for the stateless Muslim minority, who have faced decades of systematic oppression in mainly Buddhist Myanmar.After fleeing burning villages they say were set alight by soldiers and Buddhist mobs, more than 100 Rohingya have drowned in the scramble to cross the Naf river that divides the two countries.The latest boat capsize on Thursday has left some 60 feared dead, with 23 bodies-mainly of children-brought to shore as dozens more remain missing.The crowds building up along Rakhine’s coast hail from the same inland area-Buthidaung township, west of the Mayu mountain range-as many of those who perished in the boat tragedy.“Starting on Tuesday, they left their region, claiming that they felt insecure to remain because they were now living in a sparsely populated area, as most of their relatives had left for Bangladesh,” the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported.More than half had gathered on a beach near Lay Yin Kwin village, the report said, with photos of women and children clustered together on the sand as security officers looked on.It was not clear if or how they would complete the journey to Bangladesh, where the unprecedented influx of refugees has unfurled a separate humanitarian crisis as aid groups struggle to meet their vast needs.The report said officials tried to assure the Rohingya of their safety in Myanmar but villagers said they “would still like to go to Bangladesh of their own accord.”The UN has previously reported that increasingly isolated Muslim communities in Rakhine are receiving regular threats from local Rakhine Buddhists to leave the area.They have also been cut off from crucial humanitarian aid since 25 August, when Rohingya militant raids triggered the military backlash that plunged the region into crisis.Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing is under way and instead blames Rohingya militants for the violence, which has also displaced tens of thousands of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus.The unrest has inflamed already blistering religious tensions and fuelled a dizzying array of claims and counterclaims from different ethnic groups.The Muslim Rohingya have been the target of especially acute loathing in Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship and are instead branded “Bengalis”-or illegal migrants who do not belong in the Buddhist-majority country.last_img read more