Georgia top UN officials depart former mission area

The departures of the Chief Military Officer and Senior Police Adviser are part of the Mission’s liquidation phase, which includes the withdrawal of its military and police personnel.It follows the Security Council’s lack of agreement to renew the Mission’s mandate, which led to UNOMIG effectively ceasing its functions in mid-June.“According to the drawdown plan, all civilian staff will also be leaving in the near future, with the goal being to completely close the Mission by November 2009,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. For nearly 16 years, UNOMIG was entrusted with overseeing the ceasefire accord between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in the country’s north-western region.It had no jurisdiction in nearby South Ossetia, the scene of fighting last August which pitted Georgia against separatists and their Russian allies.Ms. Montas also reported that the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Johan Verbeke, chaired the first meeting, under UN auspices, of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism yesterday.The purpose of the Mechanism, she said, is to bring together the Georgians, Abkhaz and Russians, as well as representatives from the UN and European Union, on a periodic basis to discuss security matters.At yesterday’s meeting, held in the town of Gali, it was agreed to set up a “hotline” to prevent future incidents. Participants also agreed to meet on a bi-weekly basis, and the next meeting is scheduled to be held in Gali under UN auspices on 28 July. 15 July 2009The top military and police officials serving with the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) – which ceased its functions last month – have now left what was formerly their area of operation, a spokesperson for the world body announced today. read more

MP Prasanna Ranaweera and several others further remanded

Joint opposition Parliamentarian Prasanna Ranaweera and several others, who had been arrested over a recent protest in Hambantota, were today ordered to be further remanded until November 13.Prasanna Ranaweera was arrested together with Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa after the protest. However Namal Rajapaksa was released on bail earlier while Ranaweera and several others were remanded. (Colombo Gazette)

Reacting to recent deaths Annan asks Israel to ensure Palestinian civilians safety

“The Secretary-General and his representatives in the region have repeatedly called on the Government of Israel to respect the inviolability of UN institutions and installations, and in particular, to refrain from any activities that endanger the lives and safety of those who are lawfully on the premises, especially children,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said in a statement.Yesterday 55-year-old Said al-Madhoun was shot and killed on the grounds of a Preparatory School in Khan Younis run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In addition, an UNRWA contractor was also shot and seriously wounded Monday while working in a UN warehouse in Rafah.Last week a 10-year-old girl died from injuries suffered earlier this month when a bullet from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) struck her in the head while she was at her desk at a UNRWA-run school in Gaza. read more

Group D Denmark beat Poland – Argentina send Russia to President Cup

In the last match of Group D, Denmark beat Poland 31:27. The victory hands the Danes second place in the group table, while Poland takes third place.Denmark had a wonderful start – Poles hardly could break through Danish defence and Landin was saving every ball thrown in his direction. Coach Biegler needed only 3 minutes to call for a time-out. What is more, even though Lijewski started the game on the court, he needed to come off after 2 minutes of chaotic and fast playing. Denmark gained 3:0 lead and Poland waited 7 minutes to score their first goal, which was penalty throw anyway. Polish efficiency was terrible but they started coming back and in 15. minute Rojewski equalized at 6:6. They even had a chance to take the lead but they wasted a fastbreak. The game was tight for more or less 20 minutes; terrible attack of Poland gave Denmark a chance to get ahead and they finished the first half leading 16:12.In the second half Poles took the brighter start by cutting the gap by two goals (16:14); it turned out to be a one-time burst because right after that a few of their losses, misses and attacking fouls were used by their rivals and after 40 minutes Denmark had 7-goal-advantage (22:15). Poles weren’t backed much by their goalkeepers while Landin seemed to be in quite fine form. They improved their attack and in the end reduced the gap a little – Denmark won by 4 goals.In the next phase Denmark is going to face Iceland, and Poland is going to play against Sweden. In the other games of the group Germany had no problem with gaining next 2 points – they beat Saudi Arabia 36:19 and take first place. Russia lost to Argentina 27:30 which means that Argentina is playing in the next phase while Russia is out.STANDINGS:Germany 9Denmark 8Poland 6Argentina 5Russia 2Saudi Arabia 0Eighth final pairs:Germany – EgyptDenmark – IcelandPoland – SwedenArgentina – FranceMARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story PHOTO: Bored Macedonian fans celebrate new victory against Austria Next Story → Qatar 2015 – Knock-out stage starts on Sunday read more

Fagan stars with hattrick as Derry ship five away to St Pats

first_imgSt Patrick’s Athletic 5Derry City 2CHRISTY FAGAN’S HAT-TRICK helped St Patrick’s Athletic get back to winning ways tonight in Inchicore as the Champions beat Derry City 5-2.The striker, who has now scored 12 league goals, was in superb form, and he was aided by Chris Forrester, who continued to make the game look effortless.The midfielder showed his full range of skills throughout the night, beginning with a brilliant run and pass to Fagan for the opening goal.On the penalty spot, the striker cushioned Forrester’s pass and turned brilliantly to find the bottom corner for his 10th goal of the season after just eight minutes.The pressure continued from the Champions, and when Keith Fahey caught Michael Duffy in possession, the former Republic of Ireland International immediately set his sights on goal.He eventually squared his pass to Fagan, and although Ryan McBride intervened on the line, he could not stop Fagan’s shot from crossing the line after 20 minutes.The slack Derry defending offered Peter Hutton little respite in the City dugout, and three minutes later it was 3-0. Conan Byrne, unmarked from a Killian Brenan corner-kick, headed past Doherty.When City did make advances on Brendan Clarke’s goal some neat play from Dean Jarvis, Patrick McEleney and Barry McNamee resulted in the latter forcing the Pat’s net-minder into a smart save low to his left.Those flourishes forward were few and far between though, and four minutes after the restart Sean Hoare had the ball in the back of the Derry net for his first league goal.Forrester went down under a challenge from Shane McEleney, and Killian Brennan delivered an inviting ball to the back post for the young defender to head in. Roddy Collins was on commentary duty tonight. We’re sure he enjoyed it. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOA noticeable drop in the intensity of the contest on the hour mark, and some improved passing from Derry, then resulted in a clinical strike from Michael Duffy.Derry’s top scorer was allowed to advance forward from midfield, and he effortlessly placed the ball inside the far post for his fourth of the season.However, the mistakes that had littered Derry’s first half performance returned after that, and Fagan was gifted his hat-trick when he intercepted a poor pass from Doherty to shoot into an empty net.With mistakes being something of a trend in the game, Lee Lynch’s poor pass deep in his own half to Derry’s Barry McNamee then handed him the opportunity to slide the ball across to Rory Patterson, and he converted with ease to make it 5-2 late on.ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Clarke, O’Brien (c), Hoare, Browne, Bermingham, Byrne, Fahey, Chambers (McCormack 79), Brennan, Forrester (Lynch 75), Fagan (Quigley 75).Substitutes: Gilmartin, Bolger, Quigley, Fitzgerald, Lynch, Kavanagh, McCormack.DERRY CITY: Doherty, Jarvis, Molloy (c), McBride, McEleney, McNamee, Ventre (McGovern 64), McEleney (Foy 90), Patterson (Boyle 86), Duffy, Barry.Substitutes: Lynch, Collins, Boyle, Tracey, McGovern, McNamee, Curran.last_img read more

Pope Francis wants to stop a world war in parts over North

first_imgPope Francis wants to stop ‘a world war in parts’ over North Korea The Pontiff says the international community needs to sit down. By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Pope Francis speaks on board his flight from Cairo to Rome. Image: AP/PA Images Short URL 7,855 Views http://jrnl.ie/3366462 Pope Francis speaks on board his flight from Cairo to Rome. center_img 38 Comments Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 8:05 AM POPE FRANCIS HAS called for negotiations to resolve tensions surrounding North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.Speaking on board the papal plane on his way back from a two-day visit to Egypt, the pontiff said there was a need for “negotiations with a view to a diplomatic solution”.“There are plenty of mediators in the world who are putting themselves forward. Norway, for example which is ready to help,” he said.Reprising his theme of “world war in parts”, Pope Francis said that these were “concentrated at points that were already hot. In Korea, today, it seems that things are becoming too heated.”North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile yesterday in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions.The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the UN Security Council of “catastrophic consequences” if the international community — most notably China — failed to pressure the North into abandoning its weapons programme.Read: North Korea fires another missile, Trump tweets his anger >Read: North Korea reportedly test-fires another ballistic missile > Image: AP/PA Images Share Tweet Email Apr 30th 2017, 8:05 AM last_img read more

Apollo 17 une dernière mission inoubliable vers la Lune

first_imgApollo 17 : une dernière mission inoubliable vers la LuneLes internautes ne se lassent pas de voir les images d’Apollo 17. La vidéo des astronautes sautillant sur la Lune, en chanson, a refait surface. C’était pourtant il y a 40 ans…Alors que la NASA vient tout juste de fêter les 50 ans du premier vol orbital américain, c’est un tout autre souvenir qui a refait surface sur le net cette semaine : la vidéo déjà bien connue de la mission Apollo 17, celle qui a mené pour la sixième et dernière fois des astronautes sur la Lune. C’est le 7 décembre 1972 que la fusée Saturn V s’est envolée depuis la Floride emportant à son bord Harrison Schmitt, Gene Cernan et Ronald Evans.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreD’une durée totale de douze jours, le voyage a permis à l’équipe d’atterrir sur la Lune et d’y rester pendant trois jours, faisant trois sorties. Au final, les astronautes ont ainsi pu passer pas moins de 22 heures à la surface du satellite, soit plus qu’au cours des précédentes missions Apollo. Et si les sorties avaient pour but de réaliser quelques expériences, les astronautes en ont retiré une grande joie ! Comme peut en témoigner la vidéo souvenir qui montrent deux d’entre eux, Harrison”Jack”Schmittet Eugene Cernan, fouler la Lune en sautillant et en chantonnant le refrain devenu célèbre de “The fountain in the Park”. C’est la dernière fois que des hommes ont marché sur la Lune, ce qui leur a permis d’ailleurs de collecter pas moins de 110 kilogrammes de roches lunaires et de parcourir près de 30 kilomètres à la surface perturbée du satellite. Découvrez ces astronautes sautillant en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 25 février 2012 à 11:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hundreds take part in AHA Heart Walk at Museum Park

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Take heart, South Florida, hundreds of residents care about raising heart disease awareness.More than 750 people laced up their sneakers and hit the pavement at Museum Park in Downtown Miami, Sunday morning, to take part in the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk.The event aimed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living while raising money for heart disease awareness. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “Life is why we walk for a healthier heart.” Our very own Joe Natoli, chief administration officer, served as the 2017 #MiamiHeartWalk chair and led participants, donors and volunteers who accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. #LoveYourHeartMore pic.twitter.com/88AKcPF1Br— Baptist Health S FL (@BaptistHealthSF) November 19, 2017The Miami-Dade chair of Heart Walk, Joe Natoli, expressed his gratitude about the outpouring of support from the community. “I’m just so grateful for everybody who came out this morning,” he said. “There were several thousand people who came to Miami, to Downtown, to Museum Park — which was just such a spectacular location — to do good for our community, and for their neighbors and their relatives, and I just want to thank everybody very much, especially my colleagues at Baptist Health.”7’s own Diana Diaz was on hand to walk for the cause and emcee the event. last_img read more

The 2008 FOLIO 40 Unveiled

first_imgThe FOLIO: 40—our annual list of industry innovators and influencers—was officially unveiled today. We call it the oldest, most comprehensive and most distinguished compilation of its kind. Because it is. Obviously, it’s not an all-inclusive affair; rather, it’s roughly the result of two months of meetings, scouring notes, archives, old issues of FOLIO:, Wiki-researching, more meetings, spirited reply-all emails, paring down, another meeting, some brushing up on profile writing, then the actual profile writing, editing, copyediting. And, then, at some point, we get to this.And, unlike other industry lists—perhaps unfairly—ours is Adam Moss free! (Though I’d admit that not including someone from New York magazine or its nymag.com juggernaut was one of our biggest oversights this year).But, as every magazine editor knows, that’s the beauty of lists. They’re a jumping off point for a nuanced and overarching reflection on a particular slice of an industry. Or something. So, let the commenting—and requisite arguing—begin!last_img read more

Editors Expect To Be Paid More for Doing More Online Work

first_img1. Compared to 2007, how much do you expect your total compensation to change in 2008? Increase: 64%Expect It to Stay the Same: 31%Decrease: 5%2. Have You Taken on Additional Responsibilities?Yes: 72% No: 16% 3. If yes, how well do you feel you have been compensated for these additional responsibilities? Very well: 8%Well: 15% Fair: 27%Not so well: 23% Not well at all: 27% 4. Are You Currently Looking for Job? Yes, actively looking: 13%No, but strongly considering it: 25%No, not considering it: 61%[NOTE: The full FOLIO: 2008 Editorial Salary Survey,conducted by Readex Research, will be released with the August issue ofFOLIO: Magazine and will include title-by-title breakdowns foreditorial director/editor-in-chief, editor/executive editor and managingeditor/senior editor.] Many publishers have struggled with salespeople blowing off online sales because the commission rates don’t stack up to print (although with print sales slipping, online is looking better and better to those few salespeople who hadn’t considered it worth their time). Editors for the most part haven’t received more compensation for additional online work, but according to the FOLIO: 2008 Editorial Salary Survey, the drumbeat for more pay for more work is growing. “I’m doing more and busting out of traditional comfort zone,” said one respondent. “I expect to get more for that and won’t rest until I do.”Another respondent recognizes that online, editors can now be judged with hard numbers–typically traffic–however that can ultimately lead to some poor editorial decisions. “The movement of ad dollars from print to online has the potential to impact my future compensation increases,” says one respondent. “Online can be measured more directly, so as an editor, I’m evaluated as much on clicks and editorial quality and maybe more so!”Below are some highlights from the survey on editors’ increasing workload and their increasing expectations.last_img read more

Meet Me In Bilbao The Strokes Announce Global Comeback Tour In 2019

first_img Facebook The Strokes Begin “Global Comeback” at Bilbao Fest meet-me-bilbao-strokes-announce-global-comeback-tour-2019 Meet Me In Bilbao: The Strokes Announce “Global Comeback” Tour In 2019 The band will headline the fest in Bilbao, Spain, which will also feature GRAMMY winners Thom Yorke and Weezer, as well as Latin GRAMMY winner Rosalía, rapper Vince Staples, and the Voidz, frontman Julian Casablancas’ side project. While no other tour dates have been announced, a press release confirmed by a band representative said that the festival will “kick off their global comeback,” according to Consequence Of Sound.The comeback comes as great news to fans, as the Strokes haven’t released any new material since their 2016 EP, Future Present Past. Members have been busy working on side projects. Casablancas has been touring with the Voidz, who released their latest album, Virtue, in 2018.Albert Hammond Jr., one of the guitarists in the band, released a solo album, Francis Trouble, earlier this year and teamed up with Fender to release a Signature Series Stratocaster. Nick Valensi, responsible for the other riffs behand the band, was on tour this year with his other band CRX.Bassist Nikolai Fraiture’s band Summer Moon will tour with The Killers in the beginning of 2019. Drummer Fabrizio Moretti has done artwork outside of working with Little Joy and other side projects.Interestingly enough, the “Meet Me In The Bathroom” band, whose releases have received mixed reviews by critics—other than their highly anticipated and highly acclaimed 2001 debut Is This It?—has chosen their first show to be Spain, where Casablanca’s father is from. While a reunion has been announced, the band continues to have their fans guessing on the release of new material.In 2016, after the release of Future Present Past, Valensi confirmed in an interview with DIY Magazine that the band was working on new music: “We are slowly but surely working on an album,” he confirmed, adding: “I don’t know when it’s going to be released, we’re kind of just in writing sessions. We’re writing…”Before the DIY interview, Valensi told NME that they might just pull off a Beyoncé-style drop: “If I start saying a lot now, people get too excited…Then there’s all this hype you’ve got to compete with, and that’s not fun. If anything, I’d rather just pull a Beyoncé at some point next year and just drop s**t.”For now fans in the U.S. can consider making the trek to Spain to see The Strokes’ performance. More info here.Report: Music Fans Traveled The World For Live Events In 2018Read more Twitter center_img The band will headline the Bilbao festival, which will also feature Thom Yorke, Rosalía, Vince Staples and the Voidz, Julian Casablancas’ side projectJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 17, 2018 – 2:29 pm New York City band The Strokes, who were at the forefront of the garage-rock revival in the early 2000s and have become noted veterans in the alt-rock genre, have announced their “global comeback” that will begin with a set at the Bilbao BBK Live Festival in 2019, their first performance together since 2017. Email News last_img read more

What is considered a normal resting heart rate

first_img Share your voice The first 3D-printed heart made up of living human cells 0 So your resting heart rate is normal — now what? Congrats! A normal RHR reading is definitely a good thing, but if you’re monitoring it for fitness or wellness-related reasons, it’s not the only thing to pay attention to. That’s because “normal” doesn’t necessarily equal “healthy.”  In fact, in a recent study, middle-aged men who had a RHR of 75 bpm or higher at the start of the study were twice as likely to die over the next 11 years, compared to men with a RHR of 55 or below.  “Ideally, you want your resting heart rate to be somewhere between 50 and 70 bpm,” says Haythe. “But I don’t think that people need to be obsessively checking.” Once a month is totally fine. “Something also very important is how quickly your heart rate comes down after you exercise,” Haythe said. “We want to see that your heart rate is slow at rest, that it increases appropriately with exercise, and that it comes down quickly after aerobic activity — within a few minutes.”  Regardless of which method you use, when trying to gauge how healthy you are, one thing is certain: Any results should be considered alongside other metrics, like blood pressure and cholesterol, in consultation with your doctor, especially if you notice changes over time.The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. 1:28 If you’re not particularly fit and your RHR is consistently below 60 beats per minute, you may have bradycardia, which can be accompanied by lightheadedness, dizziness, or chest discomfort.  “A slow heart rate can likewise mean many different things,” says Haythe. “It could be completely normal, a sign of excellent physical fitness, or it could signify a heart problem. If your resting heart rate is significantly below 60 and you don’t feel well, you should go to the doctor and get an EKG.” Read more: How to get the most out of the Apple Watch heart rate features Factors that affect resting heart rate When measuring your RHR, keep in mind that there are a number of things that can affect your reading, including: Age: RHR can decrease with age, according to some studies.Gender: On average, women’s RHR tends to be two to seven beats per minute higher than men’s.Air temperature: RHR can increase during hot weather, but usually not more than 10 bpm.Emotions: Strong feelings of stress, anxiety, or even happiness can raise your RHR.Body position: RHR can be 3 bpm higher when sitting versus lying down. Similarly, RHR tends to increase a bit upon standing.Medication: Prescription drugs like antidepressants and beta blockers can cause your RHR to be higher or lower than it would if you weren’t taking the medication. Apple Watch gets FDA-cleared EKG features 9 Photos Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Getty Images Pulse taking is an ancient technique, dating back thousands of years, but these days you’d almost never know it. Long gone are the days of placing two fingers against your neck while watching the clock. Now, measuring your resting heart rate is as easy as firing up a smartphone app or saying, “Siri, what’s my heart rate?” The ease at which you can detect your resting heart rate — and track it over time — has led to a sort of heart-rate renaissance among non-medical professionals, with everyone from health nuts to fitness fanatics trying to use it to their advantage. But the wealth of resting heart rate data available literally at your fingertips doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know how to interpret it. Below, a primer that will help get you up to speed before you next doctor’s appointment. Read more: The best iPhone and Apple Watch health devices for checking blood pressure, heart rate and more | This might be the number-one way to track your fitness What’s a normal resting heart rate? Resting heart rate (RHR) — the number of times your heart beats per minute at rest — is a quick way to gauge how efficiently your heart is working. What’s considered normal can vary widely from person to person, but in general, your RHR should fall between 60 and 100 beats per minute.  If your RHR is consistently above 100 beats per minute (a condition known as tachycardia), you should consult a doctor, especially if you’re experiencing other symptoms, such as chest tightness, fatigue or shortness of breath.  A high resting heart (ie >100 bpm) can mean many things,” says cardiologist Jennifer Haythe, MD, co-director of Columbia Women’s Heart Center. “You may be dehydrated, have a poor level of physical fitness, or it could be a sign of something more serious with your heart or lungs.” Related: Does Orangetheory Fitness work for muscle toning and weight loss? Tags Wellnesslast_img read more

Siddhartha College gets NAAC A grade

first_imgVijayawada: PB Siddhartha College of Arts and Science principal Dr Meka Ramesh said that the college received National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) A+ grade. In a release on Saturday, he said that NAAC team has given a score of 3.32 and issued A + grade to the college. He said that on August 5 and 6 the NAAC team visited the college conducted inspection and submitted their report to the central office after assessing all facilities, academic standards, test results, student talents in non-teaching subjects and employment opportunities of the college which fetched A+ grade from NAAC. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us College director Vemuri Baburao said that the NAAC team visited the college twice in 2004 and 2012 and the team had awarded A+ grade as the performance in all fields was better than earlier in 2019. He congratulated the college faculty and staff for their efforts. NAAC committee coordinator Dr Babu Rajendra Prasad, Dean Rajesh Jampala and placement officer Sridhar Kavuri were present. Siddhartha Academy, president Nalluri Venkateswarlu, secretary Paladhu Lakshman Rao, the college convener S Venkateswara Rao and Academy members congratulated the college staff on the occasion.last_img read more

ExJCD leader detained in Sylhet

first_imgThe police arrested a former leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) from Chowkidekhi area of the city on Sunday night.The arrestee is Nabil Raja, son of Farhad Raza Chowdhury and a former assistant-organising secretary of Sylhet city unit of JCD, the student wing of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Jedan Al Musa, additional deputy commissioner (media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP), said that on secret information a team of police conducted a drive in the area and arrested Nabil around 12:00 am.Nabil was accused in several cases including rape, and extortion, said the SMP official.last_img

Tragic death atop a train

first_imgTrain accidentZahedul was returning to work in Savar, Dhaka, on the roof of a train Saturday morning. His head hit the foot-overbridge of Raninagar railway station in Naogaon. He managed to travel up to Naogaon district town with his head injury.He was rushed to hospital at Naogaon, but succumbed to his injuries there.Zahedul Islam, 26, was a resident of Douladia Kollapara village of Kurigram district.Confirming the death, Natore railway station master Khan Maniruzzaman said Zahedul was travelling on the roof of Ekota Express from Dinajpur.Santahar railway police sent Zahedul’s body to Natore sadar hospital for autopsy.last_img

Republicans Health Bill Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured Congressional Budget Office

first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesSpeaker of the House Paul Ryan holds up a copy of the American Health Care Act during a news conference with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif., (left) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) outside Ryan’s office in the U.S. Capitol on March 7.The revised Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more people uninsured over the next decade than if that act, also known as Obamacare, were to remain in place. The GOP bill would also reduce the deficit by $119 billion.That’s what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported on Wednesday in its latest score of the American Health Care Act. The CBO’s assessment shows that premiums could fall for some Americans, but it raises potential concerns about the bill. The agency reports that the bill could destabilize individual insurance markets in some states, leaving unhealthy Americans unable to buy insurance. The CBO also notes that the AHCA could mean some Americans would buy coverage that doesn’t cover “major medical risks.” Because of those policies’ skimpy coverage, the CBO doesn’t count those people as insured in this report.The act could make obtaining healthcare coverage prohibitively expensive for some sicker Americans, the CBO found.That’s because under the AHCA, states could get waivers exempting them from some Obamacare provisions, including what are called “essential health benefits” — a list of basics like mental health and prescription drugs that the Affordable Care Act required plans to cover. States could also get waivers that allow insurers to charge more for people with preexisting conditions.One challenge the CBO faced in creating these estimates was figuring out how many states would get those waivers. In the end, they estimated that around one-sixth of the population lives in states that would seek both of those waivers. In those states, less healthy Americans could face “extremely high premiums,” the report said.“Over time, it would become more difficult for less healthy people (including people with preexisting medical conditions) in those states to purchase insurance because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly,” the CBO wrote.The fate of the bill rests in part on this score, as House Republicans passed their most recent version of the bill without waiting for the CBO to report the bill’s estimated price tag. Three weeks after passing the bill, however, they have not sent the bill on to the Senate yet, because budget rules dictate that if its deficit savings did not reach $2 billion (and that $2 billion had to come from particular spending categories), the bill would be dead upon arrival in the upper chamber.The deficit reduction in the latest version of the bill represents a decline from previous versions. When the CBO first scored the AHCA, it said the plan would save $337 billion over 10 years. Later revisions reduced those savings to $150 billion.By far the biggest savings would come from Medicaid, which serves low-income Americans. That program would face $884 billion in cuts. Cutbacks in subsidies for individual health insurance would likewise help cut $276 billion. But those are offset in large part by bigger costs, including the repeal of many of Obamacare’s taxes.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

SA to increase industry marketing

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has launched a new scheme offering tourism operators matched funding for promoting the state. SATC said the scheme called the Industry Co-operative Marketing Fund would provide opportunities for people within the industry to increase their investments in marketing. Tourism Minister John Rau said operators applying for the fund would require an investment between $5,000 to $100,000 per campaign. “Since its inception, the marketing fund has proven to be very popular with the tourism industry, and has already attracted applications from 18 tourism businesses,” Mr Rau said. Mr Rau added that SATC is aiming to increase the value of the South Australian tourism industry to $6.3 billion within the next four years. “This close collaboration between the State Government and the tourism industry will enable us to position South Australia as a must-see-destination, and help us edge closer to our 2014 goal.”last_img read more

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first_imgWhisenhunt pointed to Lindley being a rookie who will have to learn from outings like this one, and later said the team is not giving up on this season in an effort to get a look at certain players. “We want to win games, so we aren’t going to evaluate personnel over trying to win games,” he said.He could have had us fooled.No matter how the coach tries to spin it, Lindley is not a better option than Skelton if the goal is to win games. A team looking to make a playoff push would not replace its starting quarterback with a rookie when it has a lead on the road, and it certainly would not name a sixth-round pick the starting quarterback if it believes the postseason is still a reality.Even the team’s game day program didn’t believe Lindley would start, as it still had Skelton listed first on the depth chart.Then again, this is the coaching staff that promoted the undrafted Max Hall to the starting lineup in Week 5 back in 2010.Incidentally, that was the last time the Cardinals lost seven straight games.“We’ve got to find a way to get a win,” Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I am pretty much lost for words now after seven weeks of saying the same thing.” Whisenhunt went on to say there is disappointment for the fans because of how supportive they are of the Cardinals.“All I can tell you is that we are going to get it straight.”It’s doubtful anyone expects that to be the case. – / 27 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo He was not particularly good, but that probably should have been expected.“It really comes down to turning the ball over, especially pick-sixes, it’s hard to overcome those,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said after the game.The Cardinals lost the turnover battle 4-1 and the game 31-17. It was their seventh-consecutive loss, the second such streak they’ve had in the last three seasons. Whisenhunt lamented how his team missed opportunities Sunday, which has been a theme over the last two months. “We had some opportunities in the second half on throws and we missed them,” the coach said. “And you can’t do that. We’ve got guys running down the field open.“You can’t miss those opportunities.” A week ago the coach benched John Skelton because the quarterback failed to connect on big throws, and the coach said there was some thought to pulling Lindley Sunday. But alas, no change was made.“If we thought it was something that was going to help us we would have done that,” he said. “We aren’t apposed to that, but at the time, just in everything considering it, we just felt like we had to stick with Ryan.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Perhaps expecting anything more would have been our own fault.After all, how many quarterbacks taken in the sixth round of the NFL draft have success in their career, let alone year one?So to ask Ryan Lindley to come in and beat a Rams defense that held the Cardinals to just three points nearly two months ago may have simply been unfair.Lindley completed 31-of-52 passes for 312 yards and four interceptions, two of which were taken back for touchdowns by Rams rookie Janoris Jenkins. Top Stories Fitzgerald was targeted 13 times on the afternoon, and in a horrible twist of fitting irony, the Rams caught as many passes intended for the Fitzgerald (3) as the receiver himself came down with. It was that kind of day. It’s been that kind of season.And while no one will say it, Whisenhunt’s actions as well as the reality of the team’s situation lead to the thought that whatever happens from here, everything that happens next is about the future more than the present. “Right now we’ve got to continue to keep fighting,” linebacker Daryl Washington said. “We’ve got five games left and see where we fall.”Looking at the schedule, it’s tough to see when the Cardinals may next win a game. It could be next week in New York against the Jets, or maybe a few weeks from now when they host the Detroit Lions.Or, worst-case scenario, it could come sometime next season.If that’s the case, it may be after some big offseason changes. How could there not be?“That’s part of the business,” Whisenhunt said when asked about his job security. “You know what, we’re working hard. Nobody feels worse about this than we do.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more

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