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The White House reports that Sierra Leone has witnessed the steepest decline at over 80 percent in new Ebola cases. At the peak of the outbreak took off last summer, there were 534 confirmed new cases per week. Today there are 76 confirmed new cases, the statement says.Liberia has also witnessed steep declines in Ebola cases. At the height of the outbreak, there were 119 confirmed cases per week. This week there were 3 confirmed new cases, the White House says. Despite a spike in new cases in Guinea, the country has also seen its Ebola numbers cut nearly in half. At the peak of the outbreak in Guinea, there were 148 confirmed cases per week, the statement says. There are 66 confirmed new cases this week, the White House says.

Rah Digga To Teach Hip Hop To Newark, New Jersey Youth

Digga will teach courses, such as the history of Hip Hop, intro. to the music industry, recording processes, and building images and brands.

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Ras J. Baraka believes he’s found a way to reach the youth.

He’s developed a new program that utilizes the performing arts to help educate his city’s younger population.

“To change the city, we need to mobilize our youth and the power of culture to enhance life,” Mayor Baraka says “This program will connect our young artists with the skills they need to become successful in their fields of interest and in life. They will be mentored by Newark natives who have distinguished themselves as artists.”

Acting, photography and music are the classes that have been announced as part of the program, thus far.

Hip Hop artist and Newark resident Rah Digga has been tapped to teach the music program, alongside singer-songwriter-producer Peter Hadar.

Digga and Hadar will reportedly cover courses such as the history of Hip Hop, intro. to the music industry, recording processes and building images and brands. A portion of the class will take place in classrooms, while other segments will be taught in a recording studio.

Other Newark natives, including actor JD Williams and veteran photographer Brett Melius, BFA, have been assigned to courses that are relevant to their professions.

Mayor Baracka hopes that this new initiative will have a lasting impact on the future of the city.

“When the young men and women complete this program, they will be the generation of artists that transforms Newark’s culture – and that of America – into the City and nation we can all believe in. As a long-time Newark educator, I am both proud and excited by this program.”

The Performing Arts Program is being offered by The Newark Youth One Stop Career Training Center. Newark residents ages 17 – 21 are eligible to participate.

After 40 million accounts were compromised in a nationwide hack of the retail giant, fraud experts are seeing a “ten- to twentyfold increase” in high-value stolen cards on underground card-selling markets.

As if the Target hack ordeal couldn’t get any worse — data from the retail chain’s massive security breach stolen between November 27 and December 15 is popping up in huge quantities on the black market, The New York Times reported Friday.

After Target conceded Thursday that its in-store point-of-sale systems were indeed hacked, compromising as many as 40 million debit and credit card accounts, fraud industry experts are seeing the information flood online card-selling markets to the tune of a “ten- to twentyfold increase” in high-value cards.

The hack, which affected only shoppers who made purchases physically at Target stores and not online customers, was a sophisticated operation. It allowed the hackers to glean customer names, credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and three-digit security codes from customers, data that can then be burned onto counterfeit cards and sold on the black market typically for $20 to $45 apiece.

However, Brian Krebs, the security blogger who broke the story of the breach, reported Friday that batches of up to 1 million cards were selling for anywhere from $20 to as high as $100 per card.

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel released a statement assuring customers that no one will be held responsible for fraudulent charges and that only a few instances of fraud had since been reported. That echoes a sentiment by Visa yesterday in a statement to CNET in which a company spokesperson said, “Because of advanced fraud-monitoring capabilities, the incidence of fraud involving compromised accounts is actually rare, and Visa fraud rates remain near historic lows.”

Steinhafel also said that no PINs had been compromised, a grave concern for those potentially affected as compromised PINs would allow one in possession of a counterfeit card to withdraw cash from an ATM. He added that Target had no reason to believe that customers’ Social Security numbers or dates of birth were scooped up in the hack.

Target expects to have notified all 40 million of those affected via e-mail by the end of the weekend. In an attempt to save itself for what will inevitably be a disastrous hit to its holiday sales, Steinhafel also announced a promotion:

We’re in this together, and in that spirit, we are extending a 10% discount — the same amount our team members receive — to guests who shop in US stores on Dec. 21 and 22. Again, we recognize this issue has been confusing and disruptive during an already busy holiday season. We want to emphasize that the issue has been addressed and let guests know they can shop with confidence at their local Target stores.

Update at 8:45 a.m. PT on December 21: Target is also claiming that only data from a card’s magnetic strip has been breached, meaning no three- or four-digit security codes that enable one to make online purchases were compromised in the hack.

Nelson Mandela Released

Sad day…

Nelson Mandela Dead: Former South African President Has Died At 95

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/nelson-mandela-dead-south-african-former-president-dies-2013-6#ixzz2mdjDQCu4

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December 1, 2013

People who are homeless in Lake County are truly homeless in every sense of the word.

In places such as Orlando, those who have nowhere to lay their head at night can go to a shelter where — provided they don’t bring alcohol, drugs or weapons — they can spend the night and get a decent meal.

Precisely zero emergency shelters exist in Lake.

Now, however, a coalition of folks here is working to establish what’s called a drop-in center for the homeless. Hopefully, it will be a first step toward a badly needed shelter. CONTINUE READING…

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(CNN) — The Obama administration is promising a much smoother ride on HealthCare.gov come Saturday, but insurers worry that behind-the-scenes glitches will keep consumers from enrolling in the health insurance plans they want.

Insurance industry insiders tell CNN that when some people sign up for coverage through the website, their personal data is not being properly transmitted to the insurance companies of their choosing.

Insurers are still getting inaccurate and duplicative data. And that’s even if it makes it to them at all.

So how do insurers know they aren’t getting the information?

Customers who signed up for coverage are calling the companies with questions and finding they aren’t in their systems. And insurers have been testing the site, submitting John Doe records and not seeing them come out the other end, an industry official said.

“There’s no part of us that thinks all of this will be fixed in three days from now,” the industry official said, referring to the administration’s self-imposed Saturday deadline to make the site work for a “vast majority” of users.

Another insurance industry insider was more blunt, saying: “It’s still all jacked up.”

Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for the insurance trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans, was more circumspect.

“There is still a lot of work to be done to make sure that enrollments can be done and processed accurately,” he said.

If the problems aren’t fixed, insurers fear a worst-case scenario where consumers sign up for insurance through the website and think they’re enrolled, only to find out at the doctor’s office that they don’t have any coverage.

White House: Enroll in Obamacare, but not too fast

Insures are warily watching to see how the administration talks about the site following this Saturday’s deadline to improve it.

“If they come out and claim victory over the weekend, it’s just not true,” the industry insider said. “The question is, can you guarantee that someone who’s gone through this process and signed up will have coverage January 1? As of today, the honest answer would be no.”

The administration said it has made good progress on a fix to the federal online portal for consumers to purchase coverage under the Affordable Care Act following its rocky — and politically charged — rollout in October.

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Consumers who pick a plan by December 23 and pay their premium by December 31 will have coverage effective January 1, said Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a key player working to repair the site.

“When a consumer selects a plan and enrolls in marketplace coverage, an orange message is clearly displayed letting them know that they must make payment to be covered. A consumer will receive contact from their issuer about how to make payment. If they do not receive that notice, and are uncertain if their enrollment has been processed, they should contact the issuer,” he said.

One insurance executive said the industry is raising its voice now about the problems because officials are trying to set low expectations and avoid blame should problems persist beyond Saturday.

“The insurance industry, of which I’m a part and can say this pretty confidently, the insurance industry is making it worse than it is,” the executive said. “But it’s still a problem.”

Came across this and thought it was pretty cool… thank you Ray Ferrer.

“International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”

Knockout game turns deadly!!!!

Posted: November 24, 2013 in COMMUNITY, LATEST NEWS

Sometimes you get what you put out there in the world……just saying

Sad it had to happen not only to the elderly lady but also to the young men, maybe if they would of had better role models in the life this might have never of happen?

Just one man’s thought…

Police are still trying to piece together the events of Monday night after a woman was attacked and then fired shots into the crowd of teens that assulted her.

Beulah Montgomery, who just turned 60 yesterday, says she was walking home after purchasing lottery tickets when she says a group of teens, 7 of them, approached her.   Montgomery initally thought they were going to attempt to steal her purse but says she was instead hit by one of the individuals as a second attempted to hit her.  That’s when she grabbed her gun.

“All I could feel was pain and I said to myself I had made it to 60 and I wanted to atleast see 61,” she recalled. “Then I started praying and I asked the Lord to guide my hands”  Montgomery says she then reached into her purse and and shot in the direction of the teens and they started to flee.  However two of them didn’t make without being hit.

Beulah who is a member of her local neighborhood watch said she has always carried a gun after being mugged once before.  “Its a shame you can’t walk through your own neighborhood where you are supposed to feel safe without being assulted and mistreated,” she continues. “I purchased the gun hoping I would never have to use it, but I’m glad to still be in the land of the living.”

The same cannot be said for her two victims, Montgomery fired 5 times hitting one of the teens in the chest and the other in the stomach.  Because of their age police are not releasing the names at this time, but are saying the teens died as a result of the gun shot wounds.  Police are still looking for the others teens who were apart of the group.  Witnesses say they ran off after the gun shots were fired.

Police have not yet charged Montgomery, who has no prior arrests, but she was detained and later released.

This is the latest story in what seems to be a string of similar incidents happening over the US where teens are playing something called the “knockout game” where they approach strangers and attempt to knock them out with one punch.

Stay tuned for updates.

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In these tough times, we gotta spread the word with each other! Not too late to get hired before X-Mas! Go get that legal paper!