New York: ‘captain Phillips’ Kicks Off Fest With Standing Ovation

Health Republic Insurance of New York Begins Open Enrollment for New Healthcare Plans in New York State

Markets close in 3 hrs 9 mins Health Republic Insurance of New York Begins Open Enrollment for New Healthcare Plans in New York State Unique Not-For-Profit CO-OP Structure is Truly Member-Oriented; Plans Will Offer Low-Cost, High-Quality Healthcare Options to New Yorkers Coverage for Individuals and Small Groups to Begin January 1, 2014 Press Release: Health Republic Insurance of New York 2 hours 51 minutes ago Print NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Health Republic Insurance of New York, a new not-for-profit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) offering health insurance coverage in New York State, today announced that it will start open enrollment on October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014. Health Republic Insurance is offering new competitive options for individuals and small businesses both on and off the New York State of Health Benefit Exchange. In partnership with MagnaCare, its network comprises more than 70,000 providers in 32 counties, including New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, the Capital District, parts of North County, Syracuse, and parts of Western New York. We are excited to be truly open for business and, as New Yorks only CO-OP, are proud to be offering a new innovative plan with health insurance rates that are among the lowest on the Exchange in nearly every category and geographic region, said Debra Friedman, President and CEO for Health Republic Insurance. At Health Republic Insurance, we want to make sure our members get the healthcare they need, when they need it, where they need it. Were also building in extra customer support systems to help our members stay healthy. We invest all profits back into our programs in the form of lower premiums and better coverage so that members continuously benefit from the lowest costs and even stronger services, allowing each member to choose from several quality plans that fit every type of need and budget, said Friedman. Health Republic Insurance is now offering three health insurance plans on the Exchange: EssentialCare (the New York State mandated standard plan), PrimarySelect (an alternative plan where members can access better outpatient benefits when they select a primary care physician), and PrimarySelect EPO (a plan similar to PrimarySelect, but members must choose their primary physician from a menu of primary care medical homes). About Health Republic Insurance of New York Health Republic Insurance of New York is a true not-for-profit program and Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, or CO-OP, designed to give people more options for quality, affordable coverage in a consumer-friendly and focused way. Over time, the majority of the Companys Board of Directors will be members of the plan, who will be elected by their peer members and whose priority is making sure every voice is heard and that the plan delivers superior value. Health Republic Insurance utilizes the MagnaCare network throughout New York State to provide high-quality coverage at competitive low rates. For more information, please visit the Companys web site

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our editor recommends New York Film Festival 2013: 13 Movies to Know The intense film, which stars Tom Hanks as the titular captain of a U.S. container ship that was hijacked off the Somali coast in 2009, was introduced with great fanfare — highlighted by the attendance of not only Greengrass, Hanks and the film’s principal Somali actors, but also Capt. Richard Phillips himself (before whom Hanks knelt to kiss his hand), a number of the men who worked alongside him on the MV Maersk Alabama and several uniformed U.S. Navy personnel who came to his rescue aboard the USS Bainbridge. FILM REVIEW: Captain Phillips At its conclusion, the film received a prolonged ovation — which turned into a standing ovation once a spotlight was placed on Greengrass and the Somali actors in a box above the rest of the audience (Hanks had to leave early) — from a crowd that included Sony Classics co-chiefs Michael Barker and Tom Bernard; the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Argo Chris Terrio, who’s writing a script for Greengrass now; and the Oscar-nominated actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who starred in Greengrass’ 1999 TV film The Murder of Stephen Lawrence; and writer-director James Toback. The general sentiment among New Yorkers at the screening and the Harvard Club after-party — at which Greengrass and particularly the Somali actors were the center of attention — was that the film has a strong shot at scoring a best picture Oscar nomination and an even stronger shot at bringing Hanks his first acting Oscar nom in 13 years, particular for his work during the final minutes of the film, which left much of the audience in tears. Rose Kuo, the executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, noted during her pre-screening remarks that the fest seems to have a thing for movies about men experiencing problems aboard boats: last year’s edition opened with the world premiere of Life of Pi and this year’s, in addition to opening with Captain Phillips, will include a screening of All Is Lost, another example of the sub-genre. This was also the second New York Film Festival opening night screening in the last four years to come courtesy of Sony Pictures and producers Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael DeLuca, whose last collaboration was the 2010 film The Social Network, which went on to be nominated for eight Oscars and won three. Other recent openers have included About Schmidt (2002), Mystic River (2003), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and The Queen (2006), which all went on to receive major Academy recognition, as well. This is the first New York Film Festival in 26 years that was not coordinated by Richard Pena. He was succeeded at the end of last year’s fest by Kent Jones.

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Captain Phillips

They fall in and out of love, and struggle with that eternal New York question of how to afford the rent on an apartment. Its an engaging depiction of Generation-Y life and relationships in the Big Apple, and it has me reeling in bittersweet memories… I was 17 years old, on my year out before starting at Oxford University. It was the end of 1995, Bill Clinton was in the White House and Mayor Giuliani ruled New York City. My plan was to spend a few weeks in NYC visiting my big sister Katie, before travelling around Europe. Do you remember the blizzards of winter 95-96? I landed at JFK in the snowstorms, and my sister whisked me off on an epic round of New Year parties. Despite the alcohol and the jet-lag, I have crystal-clear memories of that first night in Manhattan. I remember a lively meal at a Chinese restaurant on Broadway; I remember various cab rides, criss-crossing from the Upper East Side to the Upper West Side; I remember the taste of Jaegermeister (never again); I remember a rooftop party at midnight on Riverside, looking out over the Hudson River, and fireworks amid the falling snowflakes. There is a line in Heartburn by Nora Ephron that captures New York for me: she describes how the people are always rushing around looking for action, love, and the worlds greatest chocolate chip cookie. I had planned to stay with my sister a fortnight, and ended up staying a year. I got a job in a French advertising agency, and eventually my own tiny shoe-box apartment on the Upper East Side. I began to learn the layout of the city: how some of the buses go up and down avenues, while others go side to side across the streets. (Its a good system: British bus-routes are fairly random.) I got to grips with the subway system, I joined the locals running around the reservoir in Central Park. And of course, I ate plenty of chocolate chip cookies.

New York Mets induct former slugger Mike Piazza into team’s Hall of Fame

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 29: Israeli President Shimon Peres places a tulip on the wall during his visit to the Dutch Theatre (Hollandsche Schouwburg) on September 29, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The theatre was used as a location to deport Jews in the second World War and is now a monument. Peres is on an official four day visit to the Netherlands. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Piazza hit 220 of his 427 home runs for the Mets from 1998-05 and led them to a pair of playoff appearances, including the 2000 World Series. His 396 homers as a catcher are the most in major league history. I cant really express how grateful I am, Piazza said at a news conference before the ceremony. Just an amazing journey, really. Acquired from the Marlins in May 1998 only eight days after the Los Angeles Dodgers traded him to Florida, Piazza made seven of his 12 All-Star games with the Mets. He owns the highest slugging percentage in franchise history (.542) and ranks third in homers and RBIs (655). You run the gauntlet here. This is not easy, Piazza said. To play here and to do well here and to win here is something really special. Perhaps his most memorable moment was a majestic home run at Shea Stadium on Sept. 21, 2001, in the first major New York City sporting event after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Piazzas go-ahead drive in the eighth inning against Atlanta sent the crowd into a frenzy on an emotional night, with cameras capturing the poignant joy on faces of firefighters, police officers and other uniformed rescue workers throughout the stands. Whenever that game was mentioned Sunday, it drew some of the biggest cheers at Citi Field. When I think about that day, I really think for me it was just that we were all together, Piazza said. Introduced to a standing ovation, a clean-shaven Piazza waved to the crowd and stepped on a ceremonial home plate adorned with a logo that featured his old No. 31.