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BalletX Spring Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater

From April 26th through May 7th, BalletX will present 13 performances of its Spring Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater on S Broad St. BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet and resident dance company of The Wilma Theater, has built a repertory of 61 world premieres since its 2005 inception.

BalletX Spring Series 2017 will feature the U.S. premiere of Cayetano Soto’s Schachmatt, the Philly return of Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass (2010), and a world premiere by 2017 Choreographic Fellow and PHILADANCO! alum, Tommie-Waheed Evans, entitled In Between the Passing…

Behind the scenes | Photo by BalletX

Tickets to Spring Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater are available online at www.balletx.org, by phone at (215) 546-7824, or in person at the Wilma box office at 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Choreographer: Cayetano Soto (2017 Choreographic Fellowship Mentor), Tommie-Waheed Evans (2017 Choreographic Fellow), Matthew Neenan

Dancers: Andrea Yorita Caili Quan Chloe Felesina Daniel MayoFrancesca Forcella Gary W. Jeter II Richard VillaverdeZachary Kapeluck Roderick Phifer Megan Dickinson (Guest Dancer)

Schedule:

  • Wednesday April 26, 8:00 PM
  • Pre-Show Q&A with Artistic Collaborators, 7:00 PM
  • Thursday April 27, 8:00 PM
  • Post-Show Q&A with Choreographers
  • Friday April 28, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday April 29, 2:00 PM
  • Saturday April 29, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday April 30, 2:00 PM
  • Sunday April 30, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday May 03, 8:00 PM
  • Thursday May 04, 8:00 PM
  • Friday May 05, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday May 06, 2:00 PM
  • Saturday May 06, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday May 07, 2:00 PM

Lucky $20,000 Winner and Tim Howard Four Blocked Penalty Shots

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — One skilled fan’s life became $20,000 richer when el Jimador Tequila “Your Shot at $1 Million” program awarded Bryce Pigott, from Gilbert, Arizona, the prize after he successfully kicked a penalty shot against U.S. National and Everton goalkeeper, Tim Howard. Five sweepstakes winners were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a penalty shot against Howard, and then a shot for the chance to win $1 million dollars. Tim Howard’s charity partner the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome, prevailed as the ultimate winner collecting $105,000 in funds raised for the organization.

Randomly selected from more than 100,000 entries for the “Your Shot at $1 Million Dollars” program, the other four sweepstakes winners included Andy Acton of Rochester, NY, Dana Elaine of Philadelphia, PA, Matt Gold of Denver, CO and Alex Varela of Dallas, TX. They were all flown to New York along with a guest and had an opportunity to meet Tim Howard, attend the U.S. vs. Costa Rica game on Oct. 13, and enjoy some of New York’s hot spots, courtesy of el Jimador Tequila.

“Since becoming an active soccer sponsor, we’ve been committed to offering adult consumers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that go beyond soccer matches and bring fans closer to their favorite players,” said Ed Carias, Senior Brand Manager, el Jimador. “‘Your Shot’ has been one of the most successful programs to date and we could not have had a better partner than Tim Howard who is as passionate about his craft, as we are about making quality tequila.”

The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome, where Howard serves on the board, received funds raised throughout the program by adult consumers who used #KICKTS hashtag in their social media posts as well as $20,000 awarded for each shot blocked by Howard totaling $105,000.

“What a beautiful day for a shoot out here in New York City. Congrats to Bryce for an excellent shot,” exclaims Tim Howard. “And, we have another winner today – The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome. And, thanks to el Jimador for a wonderful partnership.”

To speak with a brand representative regarding the contest or el Jimador, please contact Havas FORMULATIN at casaherradura@formulatin.com.

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About el Jimador Tequila

From Casa Herradura, established in 1870, el Jimador is a premium, authentic 100 percent agave tequila that captures the spirit of real tequila. The name el Jimador honors the men who harvest the locally grown agave with great pride and care. Since its introduction in 1994, el Jimador has become the No. 1 selling 100 percent agave tequila in Mexico*. el Jimador is the official sponsor of the annual U.S. Tour of the Mexican National Team and MLS teams including the Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers. To learn more about el Jimador, visit www.eljimador.com.

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Health Insurance Rates Decrease by $81 Million in 2016, Insurance Department Announces

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today announced 2016 rates for individual and small group health insurance plans offered in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for these plans begins November 1.

“With the announcement of these rates, Commissioner Miller is continuing my administration’s push for consumer protection across the commonwealth,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We are working to guarantee that Pennsylvanians can continue to shop for their best coverage options in a competitive insurance marketplace, while still paying reasonable prices.”

Commissioner Miller said the approved rates will save Pennsylvania consumers nearly $81 million compared to the rates proposed by insurers in June.

“We consider many factors when making final decisions on health insurance rates, but the impact on Pennsylvania consumers is always our top priority,” Commissioner Miller said. “Six insurers in the individual market proposed rate hikes of more than 25 percent, but we were concerned about how these increases would affect consumers. The Insurance Department ultimately approved final rates that are significantly lower than were originally proposed.”

Other factors considered by the Insurance Department when determining final rates include claims paid over the past year, as well as estimates of future costs, such as medical and prescription drug costs and administrative expenses and the insurers’ current surplus. For all six companies that proposed rate hikes above 25 percent, the commissioner requested the companies phase in increases over additional years if necessary. The commissioner noted these companies are sufficiently strong financially to accommodate this request.

Commissioner Miller noted there are 19 companies offering individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania, and 23 companies offering plans for small groups, which are businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Of the 19 companies offering individual health plans, 12 have increases under ten percent. All 23 companies offering small group health plans will have increases under ten percent.

“I encourage all consumers to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s competitive market and shop around to see if there is a better plan which offers benefits better suited to their needs,” Commissioner Miller said. “All Pennsylvanians have the choice of at least four individual plans in their area, and most have multiple plans from which to choose.”

When looking at the percentage increase for a given health plan’s rate, it is important to understand what the current rates are for that plan, and whether the rates actually cover the insurer’s costs. When the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014, insurance companies had no claims history with which to estimate how many claims the newly insured population would file, or how much those claims would cost insurers. In many cases, insurers underestimated the cost of the claims individuals newly insured would file, and the premiums charged to cover these costs are now being set at a level to more accurately reflect insurers’ anticipated costs.

“Pennsylvania consumers overall enjoy lower rates than consumers in nearby states and the nation as a whole,” said Commissioner Miller. “For example, when comparing the lowest cost silver plans in each state for 2015, Pennsylvania’s average monthly premium of $222 is $66 below the average for states in the northeast region, and $42 below the national average.”

In addition, more than 80 percent of Pennsylvanians buying individual health insurance through plans offered on the federal government’s Marketplace, www.healthcare.gov, receive subsidies to help pay their premiums. Individual health plans are offered both through this federal Marketplace and directly from private insurers, but consumers are eligible for subsidies only for plans bought through the federal Marketplace.

Current health plans are in effect through December 31. In order to have coverage under new or continuing plans begin January 1 and avoid any lapse in coverage, consumers must enroll for 2016 by December 15.

To help consumers find their best plan, the Insurance Department has provided information on rates by area of the state, an explanation of the process for approving rates, and a shoppers’ guide to help individuals navigate the process of buying insurance on their website, www.insurance.pa.gov. On the main page, click on “2016 Affordable Care Act Rates by Rating Area” to see examples of rates in specific regions, and under the Consumers tab, click on “Health” to find the shoppers’ guide. When open enrollment begins on November 1, a list of all plans available on the federal Marketplace in Pennsylvania and the cost of each will be available on www.healthcare.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ron Ruman, Insurance Department, 717-787-3289

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Insurance Department

Fattah speaks at West Philly High School

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Tomorrow, Thursday, October 15, Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) will speak to high school students at West Philadelphia High School as part of his outreach efforts to local schools in the community. The Congressman will deliver remarks focused on citizenship, government, and the importance of higher education to juniors and seniors in the school’s AP Government classes. Fattah, who is the architect of GEAR UP, has made college access one of his primary policy priorities.

West Philadelphia is one of 11 high schools in the School District of Philadelphia that receive GEAR UP funding. In addition, 35 feeder elementary schools in the district are GEAR UP participants. Last month, Fattah addressed GEAR UP students at Roxborough High School, and will continue visiting area schools this fall.

GEAR UP, which has helped more than 12 million students nationwide, prepares students from high poverty backgrounds for higher education. Focusing on entire classes or cohorts, the program includes mentoring, academic preparation, financial education, and college scholarships.

WHO: Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02)

WHAT: Address students at West Philadelphia High School

WHEN: 11:30AM, Thursday, October 15, 2015

WHERE: West Philadelphia High School
4901 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139