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Korea cannibalism: Claims famine behind North Korean cannibals (Photos)

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While Korea cannibalism is not news to residents of the isolated country, allegations that families are eating children are shocking elsewhere, especially in developed countries. Sources say a "hidden famine" is behind cannibals eating their own and Korean officials are masking the human rights issue.

Citing a story on Jan. 28 from the Atlantic Wire, stories are cropping up in various news agencies about a disturbing revelation in the troubled country. Suggestions of Cannibalism in North Korea supposedly comes from eyewitness accounts.

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GBCE's exciting upcoming work to develop another 2-3 new green enterprises and to grow our current enterprises to create 90-100 new jobs in Bridgeport.

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GBCE was founded only 6 years ago.  In that short time, we have a developed a Job Training Program that trains disadvantaged residents for jobs in the new green economy.  GBCE have developed 2 new green businesses, the Green Team and Park City Green.  And about to embark on an even more ambitious plan starting in 2013.

GBCE can help continue full speed ahead to fulfill our mission of creating jobs in Bridgeport.  Make a year-end tax deductible contribution to Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises to help the community.  Checks can be sent to: GBCE, 570 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport, CT  06608.

Park City Green opened amidst much celebration and media coverage around the nation.  More than 150 people attended the ribbon-cutting.  Joining Mayor Bill Finch were numerous state commissioners and dignitaries, and local community, government and business leaders.  Business is growing with mattresses stacked up to the ceiling and spin tables and compacting machines running nonstop.

RESULT:  Park City Green has created 5 jobs in its first five months and is on track to create another 15-20 jobs over the next few years.  We are deconstructing more than 400 mattresses a week, keeping them out of landfills and incinerators, helping preserve the environment, and saving municipalities, health care facilities and universities high disposal fees.

Job Skills Training Program.  The WorkPlace provided funding for 2 cycles of brownfields and deconstruction job skills training for Bridgeport's low-income unemployed residents.  Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust awarded GBCE contracts for 2 cycles of environmental remediation training and refresher courses for minority contractors renewing their licenses.   

RESULT:  In 2012, GBCE graduated 115 from our job skills training program (99% graduation rate).  This year $1.2 million has been pumped into struggling Bridgeport neighborhoods by our graduates who have found employment as a result of GBCE's job skills training program.

The Green Team completed the Green-Up House.  (See the video on our new website in which workers talk about what a job means to them, greenteambpt.com.)  Apprentices from our job training program joined the Green Team to complete the first phase of the restoration of the historical Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses in Little Liberia, a community of free blacks in Bridgeport that flourished before slavery was abolished in the state.

Result:  The Green Team completed $150,000 in contracts in 2012 for a total of $750,000 over the last five years, providing jobs for 27 unemployed low-income residents, and is on track to create another 10-15 jobs over the next 2-3 years.

While finances have been a continuing challenge
and our budget is constantly stretched, you can see that GBCE provides a huge return on investment.

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MEATLOAF FOR THANKSGIVING!

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MEATLOAF FOR THANKSGIVING!
Meatloaf has teamed up with Medical ID Marketplace (www.hopepaige.com) to create a customized bracelet, which will be launching on their website on Cyber Monday, Nov. 26th. Meatloaf created his customized bracelet to raise awareness for children with asthma and severe medical conditions and provide a stylish, masculine ID bracelet that males of all ages will be proud to wear. 100 percent of proceeds from Meatloaf's bracelet will go toward The Painted Turtle, an organization that provides camp experiences to children with severe medical conditions.

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Your Internet privacy has now been compromised

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The bill we've grown to fear is much, much closer to being a reality in our lives
with the passing of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA),
courtesy of the House of Representatives. The controversial bill passed with a vote
of 248-168, giving us a clear indication of how much our elected leaders value your
Internet privacy.

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What Does the Obama Health Care Bill Mean?

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What Does the Obama Health Care Bill Mean?

After much debate and heated rhetoric from nearly every elected official, the Obama Health Care Bill is now law. While the bill, like every other bill ever passed, is extensively long and complicated, there are main points that can and will affect the health care choices of virtually every American. There are provisions in the bill that will go into effect immediately, some within six months, and others that will be implemented in steps over the next 10 years.

One of the main provisions that will greatly affect the health of millions of Americans is the extension and availability of coverage for the 32 million people in this country who are currently not insured. Those who are self-employed or uninsured for other reasons will be able to buy affordable insurance through the states and through subsidies. Another provision that has come as a relief, and potential lifesaver, for families centered on sick children, is that the children will no longer be denied coverage based on their illness. Not covering sick kids based on the pre-existing condition loopholes allowed for insurance companies to simply say “no” to covering and paying for lifesaving treatments for those children who needed it most. Under the Health Care Bill, parents will never feel helpless against insurance companies again. Another provision of the bill pertaining to parents and children is the extension of coverage for kids through their parents insurance until the age of 26.

Other items in the bill state that small businesses, with fewer than 25 people, will have to make affordable insurance available for employees. The business owner can receive up to 35% of the premium cost as a tax credit when they do provide coverage to their employees

For those who are currently uninsured due to pre-existing conditions, they can immediately receive subsidies to buy into a high risk pool. In 2014, the practice of denying adults coverage because of pre-existing conditions will be banished altogether. The practice of dropping coverage on individuals after they become sick will also not be tolerated anymore under the new plan.

Other important bans involving insurance companies include a ban on lifetime limits on care. There are now restrictions on annual limits on the amount or type of coverage a person may access. In 2014, the plan will implement bans on all kinds of limits on care from insurance companies.

2014 is also a key year for Medicaid changes. In 2014, Medicaid will be extended to childless adults. By 2014, everyone must purchase health insurance of some sort or face an annual fine of $695. For those who are low income and cannot afford the most basic plan, there will be some limited exceptions.

While the debate waged on for months, misinformation was put out to public concerning coverage for illegal immigrants. There is no eligibility for illegal immigrants.

Some of the less complicated and financial aspects of the plan involve provisions to help communities simply be healthier. There will be free preventive care under Medicare, meaning preventive services will have no co-pays and will be exempt from deductibles. There will also be a significant increase in funding for community health centers. These centers will be more available and able to see roughly twice the patients as existing centers.

When it comes to disputes and questions regarding health care and insurance issues, there will be aid given to states to establish offices to assist people with complaints or appeals concerning coverage.

While there will always be fierce debate about the bill on both sides and issues that cannot be solved easily, the Obama Health Care Bill opens the door to change. It helps let the uninsured in the door and in better control of their health care decisions. The overall hope of the plan is to make coverage available to more people, which will help set the tone for a decrease in health care cost for everyone. Ideally, the plan will give control back to the patient and encourage better health. It is a proven fact when people have insurance, they live healthier and are more responsible with their health. This alone will ease the burden that society has to pay for when the uninsured fall ill and turn to emergency care, or worse yet, no care at all.

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