Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Victims Targeted Under Guise of Obamacare

LAS VEGAS - What you don't know can hurt you when it comes to the hundreds of scams circulating about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Scammers are calling people (mostly seniors) and trying to fool them into providing personal information. The scammers tell the victims they were selected to get insurance cards for the Affordable Care Act.

Most of these scammers do not use the official title of "Affordable Care Act." They call it Obamacare, according to consumer watchdog groups and the Better Business Bureau.

The scammer tells the victim in order to receive the insurance cards, the victim must provide his or her Social Security number and bank account information.

You should never give out that information, especially to someone calling your home.

The Affordable Care Act scam isn't the only one using President Obama's name. Another scam is circulating across the valley that could land in your e-mail inbox.

The e-mail states President Obama is giving money to Americans who purchase solar panels.

The e-mail comes from a website that represents a network of solar installation and service companies. If you respond to the e-mail for a free solar assessment, you will receive a call to discuss service options.

Solar panels will cost you a lot of money. While government rebates are available, they aren't coming directly from the president. If you are thinking about buying solar panels, remember, no one will give them to you for free.

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Monday, 25 March 2013

FC2 BLOGS: Springhill Korean Savvy Group - LOVE FICTION: A Review

I am a personal fan of romantic comedy films, I enjoy watching it not because I am a hopeless romantic but rather I enjoy the lightness of that kind of film.  No heavy dramas, something that can make you laugh and will give you good vibes afterwards.  But not all romantic comedy films are good.  Oftentimes you will find it a bit cliché, same old boy meets girl and happy endings.  Those factors are the things that can discourage you from watching one.  The things that can make you go and watch the movie are the humor that comes along with it.  It may be typical at some point but how the movie is presented and the phases of it are plotted can satisfy ones fussy taste.

Love fiction is another romantic comedy film.  The story goes like this.  A writer meets an attractive woman and falls in love on first sight. Will there love last?  Ku Joo-Wol (Ha Jung-Woo) is a writer and a part-time as a bartender.  He’s currently working on his second novel, but stuck with a bout of writer’s block. Joo-Wol then accompanies the president of his publishing company to Berlin on a business trip as a translator.  On his last day in Berlin, Joo-Wool attends a party for movie industry insiders.  Joo-Wool, bored with the party, steps outside to smoke a cigarette.  A woman named Hee-Jin (Kong Hyo-Jin) then walks next to him and smokes a cigarette.   Joo-Wol falls in love on first sight.  Back in Seoul, Hee-Jin finds a letter and a flower basket awaiting for her on her desk.  Hee-Jin reads the letter from Joo-Wol and finds it funny. Meanwhile, Joo-Wol waits and waits for her phone call.  Finally, Joo-Wol gets the phone call from Hee-Jin. The soon-to-be couple will meet for the second time…

 The thing I love about this film is definitely not the later part of the movie.  What is likable in the movie are the characters and how they evolved in the movie.  The later part of it was another typical story that actually had not given justice to the whole movie, despite of it the movie is still fun to watch.

The humor was actually good, the story may be typical but the humor was not.  But eventually the film got to safe and melodramatic.  You will get hooked on the first half of the film but you will find yourself over bored on the later parts but still it wouldn’t reach the point that you will stop watching in.  Over the entire movie was good but not good enough.

Another thing that is good in this film is it portrays a relationship in a very realistic way.  We see the couple through meeting, then honey-moon phase, and then the moments where that little red thread starts loosening, bit by bit.  It may sound, again cliché but a story that definitely everyone will be able to relate.   But in all fairness to this film, if you wanted to laugh, this film will definitely make you.  Who wouldn’t laugh at a gorgeous girl with hair on her armpit, right?



Sunday, 3 February 2013

Global problems in need of solutions Springhill Groups

 Thomas H. Thompson is an emeritus professor of philosophy at UNI. Tip O’Neill is known for his declaration: "All politics is local." Well, some politics is local. But some politics is national. And, nowadays, some politics is global. Tip is right in that most of us are focused on our neighborhoods, on our taxes, the crime rate and our job security, for example. However there are national issues that transcend localism.

 The debt ceiling and a declaration of war are hardly "local." We deal with these issues remotely by electing senators and representatives, hoping that they pay attention to local issues as well as national problems. That hope is being strangled these days. The approval rating of Congress is in single digits. Think of the corruption of Senate majority rule by misuse of the filibuster. In the 21st century global problems have emerged that demand solutions.

The world is being made smaller and more connected every day. That happens with the Internet and Google and by the industrialization of formerly merely consuming nations — like China and India. Here are some examples of global problems that are ripe for solution but which are moving forward without much realization of their threat to the human race in the near future:

 Our Aging World .

According to the United Nations, the elderly folk of the world are increasing at the fastest rate ever. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be about two billion people age 60 or over. Those retirees will need support for their sustenance and their health care needs from the younger population. But the theory of the demographic transition points to a severe problem in the future. The world is moving from a condition of high mortality and high fertility to one of low mortality and low fertility. If the theory holds, there will be more and more older people and fewer younger. Who will support the needs of all these old men and women?

World Population .
In the year 1 there were some 200 million people. Now there are about 7 billion. In 2083, there will be 10 billion. What is the optimum carrying capacity of the Earth? Is there a way to put a stop to unlimited population growth? Nuclear Proliferation . India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel have nukes and are not parties to nonproliferation agreements. Nuclear attack and nuclear accident threaten the world, as the recent Japan meltdown illustrates. We’re all endangered.

 Climate Change .

Those icy glaciers are melting. The result will be rising sea levels that threaten coastal cities. Hurricanes like those that devastated New York and New Jersey will be repeated. Droughts like those that took place in the Midwest will reoccur. Growing seasons will be modified. The examples above are global political problems (hardly local or national), but there are no robust global governance activities working to deal with them. The United Nations provides some hope, but its power and reach are limited. National interests in the UN tend to overpower global concerns. I believe we need a government that deals with global problems and yet no such government is in sight. If it was in sight, I, and I suspect most other Americans, would resist its implementation on patriotic grounds. Politics, local and national, focuses on the short range, often simply until the next election.

 Global problems will envelop us without solutions. The world will endure but the world will be a dangerous and nasty place. I must face the possibility that I am being too pessimistic in my outlook. Maybe politicians will step up to the plate, deal with global problems, and put naysayers like me out of business. Maybe. Not likely. But I hope I’m wrong and it turns out that all politics is not merely local or national, but some are global.

Springhill Groups Robot Trial To Help Elderly

Focus Technology Group senior technician Martin Little (left) and Gore Health Ltd chief executive Karl Metzler with one of the smaller of four healthbots being trialled by Gore Health Ltd.

Elderly residents in Gore are lining up to trial healthcare robots, when the town becomes the first place in the country to deploy them. Gore Health Ltd, which runs Gore Hospital and a number of healthcare services, bought four healthcare robots, or healthbots, to help reduce costs, save staff time and improve patients' long-term health. Gore Health is working closely with UniServices, the commercialisation company of the University of Auckland, which launched its healthbots project four years ago.

The robots use hardware created in South Korea and software developed by UniServices and other New Zealand companies. Gore Health chief executive Karl Metzler said the four healthbots were bought by Gore Health, assisted with funding from the University of Auckland and the Gore community. The three smaller of the healthbots for the trial cost $4000 each, and the larger one, Charlie, cost $16,000.

 Two smaller healthbots would also be loaned to Gore Health by the university. ''It's not about replacing doctors or nurses, it's about complementing and supporting their roles,'' Mr Metzler said. ''Charlie'', the large healthbot, will be based in the GP practice, performing tasks such as taking vital signs, while three smaller robots will be placed in patients' homes with the aim of extending independent living. The three smaller healthbots will assist with aged care in the Gore community, serving as faithful companions to elderly patients, especially those needing long-term care for chronic conditions.

 Technicians at Focus Technology Group are now fine-tuning the healthbots' software before they are put in homes late next week. Mr Metzler said the healthbots helped combat loneliness by giving residents interaction. Mr Metzler said the hard part would be deciding where to deploy the machines among those patients who volunteered. Some residents at Selwyn Retirement Village in Auckland, where robots were trialled, had becoming ''quite attached'' to healthbots, Mr Metzler said.

 Using equipment attached to the robots, residents will be guided through a step-by-step process to check blood pressure and heart rate, with test data automatically transferred to clinicians and caregivers. Residents will be monitored for falls. The healthbots speak and use voice recognition to talk to patients, reminding them to take medication. They move around and provide companionship. In an emergency, such as incorrect medication data or abnormal vital sign measurements, healthbots are capable of sending a text message indicating a problem to any nominated phone number.

 The use of robots could enable the chronically ill or elderly to stay in their own homes longer, Mr Metzler said. He believed this was the first time such robots had taken on permanent roles in a clinical setting. Gore Health Ltd operates Gore Hospital with a 16-bed inpatient ward, 24-hour emergency department, a four-bed maternity ward and services, GP practice, dental practice and allied and community health services.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Springhill Care Group – Advantages of Home Care

Time is very essential to everybody. We will never know when were going to loose it. Today everyone seems to be very busy, everybody has to live and in order to live one must work for them. But we cannot work and take care of our parents or grandparents who’s getting older and requires more care and attention. We became more concern about their safety at home. It’s not an easy task caring for the elderly, especially if you are trying to do it alone. And aside from work, there comes a time when you will need a break, or just some time alone for yourself. With the constant worry that something may go wrong, the respites and personal time become nonexistent. Sometimes we are left with tough decision, whether or not an elderly family member should move into an assisted living facility is often one of the key questions. Home care for the elderly is an option for caregivers who need extra help while offering the elderly person a good quality of life for the rest of their years.

To make your decision a lot easier, these advantages of letting elderly live in Home care might help you decide:

1. Seniors are getting more sensitive than usual. One advantage of letting them stay in home care can give them the sense of freedom, and freedom for them could mean maintaining dignity, dignity which is something seniors feels like loosing as they age. This freedom would not be possible in an assisted living residence. This freedom could also mean that those who receive homecare can come and go as they please-for whatever reason. They can also choose their own meal times so they can eat whenever they are hungry unlike if meals are served to them, they might feel like prisoners. They are left with the feeling of they can decide for themselves.
2. It is proven that caring for pets can reduce stress levels and was also proven to have health benefits for seniors. Homes allow elderly to keep their pets and even beloved possessions with them for these possessions are tied to invaluable memories.
3. Visiting hours and even the number of visitors are not restricted; friends and families can visit anytime they please. This would create a more fulfilling relationship between them.
4. Living at home if sick one can spread illness like wildfire. This is of course being assisted with proper precautions. Those who are sick can simply be asked not visit until they are full recovered. And living at home should help seniors stay healthier, as they won’t be subjected to the all the germs that inevitably linger at a place where many people live.
5. Moving to a new place with new people and new routine but homecare allows the elderly to avoid this emotional stress from happening Maintaining continuity leads to psychological well-being
6. Home care is a more fiscally responsible choice because there can be many stressors like, assisted living facilities are costly and the location may be inconvenient, making it difficult for family members to visit. Many seniors have already paid off their mortgage, so moving to a retirement home is an added expense.
7. Most especially and more importantly those who live at home are often happier than they would be living at a retirement home. The familiarity and comforts of home are irreplaceable.
Not to mention the peace of mind that you can get if your elderly is at home care. Home care for the elderly usually includes a trained person in the medical field. Seniors are often cared one-on-one by these professionals. Plus they are very keen about nutrition and exercise, you are certain that your parents or grandparents are well taken care of.


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Obama seeks to widen support base with Florida seniors, Hispanics

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Kicking off a two-day Sunshine State barnstorm Saturday, President Barack Obama tapped into key parts of what he hopes will be a winning Florida coalition similar to but larger than the one he assembled in 2008.
At stops in Seminole and Kissimmee, Fla., the president, who won the Sunshine State by just 50.9 percent in 2008, targeted the votes of senior citizens, warning that their Medicare benefits would be harmed by a plan put forward by his Republican opponents Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
“I want you to know, AARP, I would never turn Medicare into a voucher,” Obama said at a civic center here, making an explicit play for members of the 50-and-up club. “I believe no American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.”

Obama lost Florida seniors to John McCain in 2008 but is seeking to do better with them this time around, focusing mainly on appealing to their support of federal entitlements. They’re a lucrative demographic in Florida, having made up 22 percent of the total vote in 2008.
Vice President Joe Biden also brought the “Medicare good, Republicans bad” message to Zanesville, Ohio, where he told a crowd there that Romney and Ryan are “not actually preserving Medicare. They’re for a whole new plan, ‘vouchercare.’"

The Romney campaign pushed back on Biden’s attack on Medicare, saying in a statement that Biden “knowingly and deliberately leveled false and discredited attacks.”

Besides seniors, the president also tailored his pitch Saturday to Hispanic voters, who tended to lean Republican in Florida before 57 percent of them voted for Obama in 2008. Introducing him in Kissimmee was Viviana Margarita Janer, a woman who was born in Puerto Rico but has lived in the United States since she was 6 months old.

Janer urged the audience of 3,000 to register to vote, noting that the website, which Obama frequently hawks on the stump, is also available in Spanish.
“When you put the ‘I voted’ sticker on, you’re going to feel great pride knowing that you gave this man, this great leader, four more years to finish what he started,” she said.
And earlier in Seminole, Obama praised Hispanic voters as part of the patchwork that gave him a win in Florida in 2008.
“I look out on this crowd, I am reminded you were the change,” he said to a crowd of 10,000 at the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College, noting “folks… from every walk of life -- black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, young, old, gay, straight, abled, disabled,” he said.
The president blazed through friendly territory throughout Saturday, first in Pinellas County, home to Seminole, where he won 54 percent of the vote in 2008. And Osceola County, where Kissimmee is, gave him 60 percent of the vote.
Kissimmee has special resonance for the Obama campaign given Bill Clinton’s post-convention status as Obama has been putting it “Secretary of Explaining Stuff:” Kissimmee was the first place the two campaigned together after Obama bested Clinton’s wife, Hillary, in the 2008 Democratic primaries.
During that Oct. 30 speech, Clinton, perhaps still a bit raw from the bruising primary his wife endured, praised Obama as a good decision-maker in part because he had the good sense to consult the Clintons during the financial crisis.
“He talked to his advisers — he talked to my economic advisers, he called Hillary. He called me,” Clinton said. “You know why? Because he knew it was complicated and before he said anything, he wanted to understand,” Clinton said, four years before he would get a bear hug from the now-president after delivering one of the strongest defenses ever of the latter’s policies.

China-US Standoff over Dissident Chen

The decision of US to let the blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng return into China’s fold following his escape from authorities is straining ties between the two countries as diplomatic dialogues opened in Beijing.

The 40-year old Chen who is now considered a dissident became an international human rights inspiration to many Chinese after earning the ire of the local government for exposing forced abortions in line with the country’s one-child policy. The self-taught lawyer took to the US embassy after his escape, apparently to ask for help but was eventually ushered into the Beijing Hospital.

According to a senior official’s statement to Springhill Care Group, Chen has indeed went into the embassy that day and has requested for medical treatment for his injured foot. American medical personnel have then conducted medical tests and made appropriate treatment during the time he was there.

Immediately after the incident, the Chinese government has expressed its disapproval about the entire affair, demanding an apology from the US for taking Chen in.

“What the U.S. side should do now is neither to continue misleading the public and making every excuse to shift responsibility and conceal its wrongdoing, nor to interfere in the domestic affairs of China,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin.

This incident came just when the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is visiting Beijing in a meeting with Chinese officials on security and trade talks. And although no one mentioned Chen’s name, it is evident in their statements that the incident is on the spotlight as the 2 nations struggle to maintain common ground.

Clinton said in her opening statement, “The United States believes that no state can legitimately deny the universal rights that belong to every human being – or punish those who exercise them. A China that protects the rights of all its citizens will be a stronger, more prosperous partner for the United States.”

Dai Bingguo issued a rebuttal on behalf of China, saying, “I wish to point out in particular the fundamental way to manage state-to-state relations is to abide by the basic norms of international relations, namely to respect China’s sovereignty, core interests and choice of social system.”

Meanwhile, Chinese President Hu Jintao made his point known in his opening speech during the 4th round of US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogues. He remarked that US and China should know how to respect each other despite their disagreements and also appealed to its counterpart to break the conventional belief that superpowers are bound to engage in conflicts.

“Given our different national conditions, it is impossible for both China and the United States to see eye to eye on every issue. We should properly manage the differences by improving mutual understanding so these differences will not undermine the larger interests of China-U.S. relations,” said Hu.

Springhill Care Group reports that the Chinese leader seems to be open in creating new and creative ways to foster better relations between the major nations.

“We should, through creative thinking and concrete steps, prove that the traditional belief that big powers are bound to enter into confrontation and conflicts is wrong and seek new ways of developing relations between major countries in the era of economic globalization,” he added.