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Luis Figo to bring UEFA Champions League trophy to Mumbai

first_imgThe coveted UEFA Champions League trophy will be on display at an exclusive fan event to be hosted by Portugal legend and tournament Ambassador Luis Figo here on Friday. The event, which will take place at Tote on the Turf, is a part of a series of global fan initiatives. It will offer a premium UEFA Champions League experience to Indian fans who will journey through the most iconic moments of the world’s most prestigious club football tournament. The evening will also feature an interactive “Best of the Best”, the winner of which will receive an unforgettable photo experience alongside the trophy and the Portuguese superstar, according to a release. Fans will be challenged to match Figo’s answers through an interactive voting pad, and the fan with the fastest and most accurate response will be crowned the winner. “It’s a great honour to be able to bring the symbol of the UEFA Champions League to Mumbai. Fans in India are so knowledgeable and passionate about football and I’m excited to meet some of them and test their knowledge of this incredible competition,” Figo said. “Over 125 million fans globally follow the existing UEFA Champions League social media accounts and we want to be in a position to give football fans in India the opportunity to connect with this competition,” said UEFA’s director of marketing Guy-Laurent Epstein. The event in Mumbai is the first in a series of global events that will take the iconic trophy on a journey to emerging markets, with events in Rio and Shanghai taking place later in the year. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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Work Progressing on Cornwall Regional Hospital

first_img Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says work to improve the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St. James, is progressing, with certain areas to be completed soon.The areas include two operating theatres and a diagnostic facility. There will also be the replacement of outdated equipment, and an expanded accident and emergency section.“We’re going to see a few other things done to allow access to parts of the building, and it is going to be phased gradually until you get to a full completion, which, I suspect strongly, will go beyond the first quarter of next year,” he said.The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Health Ministry’s second quarterly publication dubbed ‘Vitals’, at his New Kingston offices on November 16.He added that the CRH “will be a work in progress for a while, but will be utilised as we complete particular phases”.The ongoing works at the CRH has also spurred improvement works to other hospitals in neighbouring parishes.They include the Savanna-La-Mar General Public Hospital in Westmoreland, the Falmouth General Public Hospital in Trelawny and the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover.“I was at Noel Holmes (Hospital) recently, and we opened up a new water-treatment facility; two wards were upgraded, and a new administrative block (established). In Trelawny, we are now constructing a new area for 20 additional beds; we’re renovating additional operating theatres, and at Savanna-La-Mar, we are now looking at putting… a piped oxygen (system) into the building,” he said.Dr. Tufton informed that he is expecting ground to be broken at the CRH early next year for the Western Regional Children’s Hospital.A team led by Director of Emergency Services in the Ministry, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie, is currently in China reviewing the final technical specifications of the building to ensure an expedited process.“I am hoping that by the end of that we would have agreed sufficiently to conclude on what the structure will look like,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton informed that a contract has been signed with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) with a view to upgrading the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine from a Type B hospital to a Type A.Hospitals designated as Type B provide primary- and secondary-care services, including inpatient and outpatient services in general surgery, general medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, and anaesthetics. X-ray and laboratory services are usually available.Type A, on the other hand, are facilities that provide comprehensive secondary and tertiary healthcare services and are the final referral points for public and private hospitals.‘Vitals’, first presented during Dr. Tufton’s 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives in May, is being produced in the interest of transparent and accountable governance.It provides important data to the public on the performance of the health sector and acts as a tool of performance accountability for the individuals and processes responsible for the delivery of public health in Jamaica.The second edition of Vitals, which is expected to be tabled in Parliament in short order, examines health trends and health statistics in Jamaica related to surgeries conducted in 17 of 24 hospitals, health-facility utilisation, diagnostics and health-sector complaints, among other areas. Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton informed that a contract has been signed with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) with a view to upgrading the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine from a Type B hospital to a Type A. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says work to improve the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St. James, is progressing, with certain areas to be completed soon. The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Health Ministry’s second quarterly publication dubbed ‘Vitals’, at his New Kingston offices on November 16. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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BINCO Contracts Damen for Seven Workboats

first_imgzoom A special contract signing ceremony between Bin Nowiran for Trading & Contacting Co-(BINCO) (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Damen Shipyards Group (The Netherlands) has taken place on October 1st, 2013 during the Seatrade Middle East Workboat & Offshore Marine exhibition in Abu Dhabi (UAE).The contract is for 7 vessels of 5 different ship types.This unique contract is another milestone in the longstanding relation between BINCO and Damen. The vessels will be operated by BINCO in Kuwait to serve SPM operations of Saudi Arabian Chevron’s marine export facility at Mina Saud in the PNZ.BINCO has already been operating successfully in this field for 30 years and with these new vessels, which combine state-of-the-art technology, design and dedicated features, BINCO aims to strengthen its fleet and services towards Saudi Arabian Chevron, Khafji Joint Operations and other business partners.As the managing director of BINCO. Eng. Khaled A. Bin Nowiran says: “It’s great that Damen can provide a wide range of quality products as a package of their proven designs operating all over the world. Their trusted capability as to shipbuilding equals their after sales services and life-time support, which makes them a valued partner for us and in the Middle East.”DAMEN is proud of being awarded with this contract and looks forward to delivering a successful project to BINCO. Print  Close Damen, October 3, 2013 My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

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HHLA Acquires Estonias Biggest Terminal Operator

first_imgzoom In an effort to expand regionally, Germany’s Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has decided to acquire Estonia’s biggest terminal operator Transiidikeskuse AS.As informed, a corresponding contract between HHLA and Kantauro OÜ was signed on March 26. Under the terms of the contract, HHLA acquired 100% of Transiidikeskuse AS shares.The transaction, subject to various conditions, is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018. The new subsidiary, located at the Port of Muuga, will be allocated contractually and organizationally to HHLA International GmbH.Commenting on the acquisition of Transiidikeskuse AS, Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, explained: “Estonia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe and a pioneer when it comes to digitisation. We are therefore pleased to be integrating Transiidikeskuse AS – already a profitable and high-performing company – into the HHLA family.”“One of HHLA’s targets is to grow internationally… The acquisition enables us to enter a promising regional market that offers growth potential as a result of its geographic position and its link to the New Silk Road,” Titzrath added.“This transactions links Estonia and Muuga into the heart of Hamburg, where HHLA operates 3 terminals. The negotiations have not been easy but the knowledge that the company will be in good hands and that the new owner will open the next chapter in the history of Estonian transit history, made concluding the transaction easier,” Anatoli Kanajev, Transiidikeskuse AS Chairman of the Supervisory Board, commented.The Port of Muuga is the main port in Estonia and an important maritime location in the Baltic region. Transiidikeskuse AS operates a container and multipurpose terminal for breakbulk, bulk and RoRo cargo.With the acquisition of Transiidikeskuse AS, HHLA said it is “expanding its regional diversification.” Since 2005, HHLA has also been operating a container terminal outside of Hamburg in the Ukrainian city of Odessa.last_img read more

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Canadian woman injured in Times Square car crash recovering in Montreal family

first_imgMONTREAL – A Canadian mother of three who was injured when a speeding car plowed into pedestrians in New York City is awake after spending weeks in a coma, her sister said Sunday.Victoria Avetisian says her sister Elena Avetisian woke up two weeks ago and was transferred from New York City to a hospital in Montreal last week.“It was a miracle, it was a miracle that she woke up so quickly and also that she started to speak,” Victoria Avetisian told The Canadian Press in a phone interview.“And slowly, slowly, we hope she will recover.”Avetisian, 38, was one of over two dozen people who were injured when a Honda Accord sped through a pedestrian-packed crowd at Times Square on May 18, hitting numerous pedestrians before being stopped by a concrete barrier.A teenaged tourist was killed in the attack.Avetisian was doing some sightseeing ahead of a family wedding when she stepped away to buy a stroller for her youngest daughter and never came back, her cousin said in an earlier interview.Even now that she’s awake, she doesn’t remember much about the crash, her sister said.“She remembers she was in New York for her cousin’s wedding, she agrees with that,” Victoria Avetisian said. “But after that she doesn’t remember.”The 26-year-old man believed to the driver, Richard Rojas, was indicted by a grand jury in May. He was previously arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder.Authorities have said the Bronx man acknowledged being high on drugs when he plowed through the sidewalk.Victoria Avetisian says her sister faces a long road to recovery after suffering serious head wounds and a crushed pelvis.She could be in hospital for about a year as she goes through the rehabilitation process, and doctors still can’t say whether she’ll make a full recovery.The family, including Avetisian’s three daughters, are staying optimistic, her sister said.“She’s a fighter and she’s on the road to recovery,” Victoria Avetisian said. “It will take a long time but she will recover.”An online crowdfunding campaign for Avetisian has raised over $27,000 to help pay for her care.Victoria Avetisian says the funds will help pay for the family’s transportation as well as the costs associated with her sister’s rehabilitation.She said the family wants to thank everyone who donated, as well as the hospital staff who helped care for her sister in New York City.— With a file from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Maine expanding program to vaccinate raccoons in the wild

first_imgPORTLAND, Maine – Wildlife officials are boosting a program to vaccinate raccoons in the wild in an effort prevent the spread of rabies in Maine and northward into Canada.About 351,000 oral rabies vaccination baits are going to be distributed over a 2,400-square-mile area in northeastern Maine between Aug. 3 and 7, said Emily Spencer, of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That compares to 125,000 doses over a 900-square mile area last year.One of the reasons for the program’s expansion is to prevent the northern spread of raccoon-variant rabies that has been found north of the border in parts of Canada where rabies has been absent for a couple of decades, said Dr. Michele Walsh, Maine state veterinarian.But the program also benefits Maine, where there already have been 30 cases this year of animal rabies in 15 of Maine’s 16 counties, she said.Those rabies cases include several that made the news including a woman bitten by a rabid fox on her porch in Monmouth and man who battled a crazed fox in Topsham. In another case, a jogger was attacked by a rabid raccoon that she killed with her bare hands in Hope.The Wildlife Services program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service began the vaccination program in 2003. The program is part of an effort from the Canadian border to Alabama to prevent raccoon rabies from moving into new areas.There has been an overall decrease in rabies in places like New England, where the oral vaccinations have been distributed to wildlife, said R. Andre Bell, a USDA spokesman.“For example, through the use of (vaccinations), raccoon rabies has essentially been eliminated from peninsular Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in recent years,” he said.The bait is coated in fishmeal to lure raccoons and is distributed on the ground in populated areas and by air in rural forested areas. The vaccine is harmless to humans and has been tested on more than 60 species of animals including dogs and cats, officials say.last_img read more

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Famed antipoverty activist critically ill in hospital in eastern Ontario

first_imgBELLEVILLE, Ont. — A prominent anti-poverty activist who has authored several books on the Great Depression, the Second Word War and postwar austerity is critically ill in an eastern Ontario hospital.The family of Harry Leslie Smith says that the 95-year-old has been in intensive care in Belleville, Ont., after a fall.Smith, who lived through the Great Depression and fought in the British air force during the Second World War, has been a lifelong advocate for the poor.News of his ill health has prompted an outpouring of support, including well wishes from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Smith has written several books, is known for his columns in British newspapers, and has nearly 250,000 followers on Twitter.His son John has taken over Smith’s Twitter account and says his father expressed his appreciation for the support he’s received.“I told Harry before he fell into a deep sleep about the concern rippling across Twitter for him and he said to me, ‘tell them, I love each of them so much,’” John wrote on Twitter.In response, Trudeau tweeted: “Harry’s journey and courage have inspired so much love and kindness on this site, and in the real world too. Thank you for taking us along — we’re pulling for you.”Smith’s family has been tweeting his journey in hospital, which included lengthy stretches in the hall while waiting for a bed to open up.“After being examined by the icu doctor, Harry exclaims, ‘I can assure you, I am not ready to die because I have too much work to do,’” his son wrote on Twitter.His family says Smith splits his time living in Canada and Britain.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Eat Buy Repeat is holiday fun with an edge

first_imgAdvertisement Now, with its new holiday-themed sketch show Eat, Buy, Repeat, the company responds to, among other things, Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president. And it situates our existential fears alongside a time of year known for tidings of good cheer, generosity and togetherness. Advertisement Created by the cast and director. Directed by Leslie Seiler. Until Jan. 5 at Second City Toronto, 51 Mercer St. SecondCity.com or 416-343-0011Second City Toronto proved it can combine biting comedy with socially and politically relevant topics like Black Lives Matter and Daesh with Come What Mayhem! earlier this fall. Eat, Buy, Repeat This dichotomy is clear in Eat, Buy, Repeat’s opening musical number in which the cast — Aimee Ambroziak, Greg Cochrane, Nadine Djoury, Colin Munch, Sharjil Rasool and Allana Reoch — look at a world full of “raging a–holes” and offer a list of small, nice things to do to get through the day, repeating the word “coping” in increasingly frazzled eruptions.Another highlight comes in a two-hander with Munch and Ambroziak, as a long-distance couple looking for some private time over Skype. But their dirty talk inevitably gets into dicey area: you might feel like you’re stuck on a certain Access Hollywood private bus in 2005, and Munch and Ambroziak are hilariously awkward about it. The unexpected climax comes from the kind of politically charged disagreement you can get into with friends, family or strangers on social media.It’s an interesting, quirky spin on the feelings of anger, passion and joy that a good argument can arouse, as long as it doesn’t devolve into name-calling or, you know, death threats. It might come in handy to remember this during our own holiday family gatherings (without the sexual undertones, clearly). Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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10 YEARS OF LAUGHS 18 HILARIOUS COMICS 25000 GRAND PRIZE CANADAS FUNNIEST

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Brandon Ash-Mohammed (Hometown – Toronto, ON)Kevin Banner (Hometown – Sooke, BC)Drew Behm (Hometown – Edmonton, ON)Kyle Bottom (Hometown – Vancouver, BC)Sophie Buddle (Hometown – Ottawa, ON)Adam Christie (Hometown – Toronto, ON)Ola Dada (Hometown – Vancouver, BC)Courtney Gilmour (Hometown – Waterloo, ON)Nigel Grinstead (Hometown – Arnprior, ON)Andrea Jin (Hometown ­– Vancouver, BC)Chris Locke (Hometown – Toronto, ON)Natalie Norman (Hometown – North York, ON)Chris Robinson (Hometown – Brampton, ON)Jess Salomon (Hometown – Montreal, QC)Sterling Scott (Hometown – Edmonton, AB)Kelly Taylor (Hometown – Prince Albert, SK)Matty Vu (Hometown ­– Edmonton, AB)Alex Wood (Hometown – Ottawa, ON)The 18 semi-finalists were chosen from 60 comedians who auditioned in front of a live audience in Vancouver or Toronto this past spring. They each had six minutes to impress a panel of industry judges and earn a spot in the semi-finals.Following the nationwide online vote, the eight finalists will compete live onstage at the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale for the grand prize: $25,000, guaranteed spots to perform at JFL Sydney (Australia), JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver) and Just For Laughs Montreal and inclusion in a JFL TV taping. The two runners-up will each receive a cash prize of $2,500 in addition to performances in 2020 at JFL42, JFL NorthWest, and Just For Laughs Montreal.The Top Comic competition is part of SiriusXM Canada’s ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Chanty Marostica of Winnipeg, MB took home the title and grand prize, with Sophie Buddle from Ottawa, ON and Nick Reynoldson of Scarborough, ON as runners-up. Following the win, Chanty’s debut comedy album, The Chanty Show was nominated for a JUNO Award for Comedy Album of the Year.Previous Top Comic winners are Gavin Matts (2017, Vancouver), Chris Robinson (2016, Toronto), Derek Seguin (2015, Montreal), Faisal Butt(2014, Montreal), Pete Zedlacher (2013, Wawa), Eric Andrews (2012, Brampton), Matt O’Brien (2011, Toronto) and Brian Stollery (2010, Calgary).SiriusXM listeners will be able to listen to Top Comic content on SiriusXM radio, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to siriusxm.ca/streaming to learn more.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading audio entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers ad-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies ten years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook TORONTO – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, reveals the 18 semi-finalists selected for the 10th annual SiriusXM Top Comic competition, a nationwide search for Canada’s best in comedy. Beginning today, Canadians can vote online for the comics they want to see move on to compete live on stage at the Top Comic Finale, featuring headlining comedian DeAnne Smith as well as 2018 competition winner and JUNO Award-nominated comic Chanty Marostica.The Finale, hosted by Canadian comic and SiriusXM host Ben Miner, will be held September 26 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto as part of JFL42 presented by SiriusXM. Tickets are $39.50 and are available at jfl42.com/act/siriusxm.Starting today at 10 am ET through Friday, August 30 at 11:59 pm ET, Canadians can view the audition videos of the 18 semi-finalists and vote daily at topcomic.siriusxm.ca. The 2019 semi-finalists are: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Security Council extends prosecutors at UN war crimes tribunals

By a resolution adopted with 14 votes in favour and only the Russian Federation abstaining, the Council agreed to extend the mandate of Carla Del Ponte at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) until 31 December this year, in line with a request from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The resolution noted “the need to ensure a smooth transition between the departure of Ms. Carla Del Ponte and the assumption of office of her successor” and that Mr. Ban intends to submit the name of his nominee to succeed Ms. Del Ponte.Ms. Del Ponte, whose mandate began in 1999, is the third chief prosecutor at the ICTY, which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands.Explaining his abstention, the representative of the Russian Federation said his country had doubts about Ms. Del Ponte’s understanding of her mandate.“Instead of carrying out the profoundly professional duties of a jurist employed by the international community to support an impartial prosecution in the Tribunal, for the present Chief Prosecutor, the priority has become functions of being some kind of quasi-political player who has had the audacity to write a prescription in the area of international relations,” he said.In another action, Hassan Bubacar Jallow was re-appointed to a four-year term at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), effective from tomorrow, after a resolution passed unanimously by Council members.The resolution allows for Mr. Jallow’s appointment to be terminated if the ICTR, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania, completes its work before September 2011. 14 September 2007The Security Council today agreed to extend the mandates of the current chief prosecutors at the United Nations war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. read more

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MasterCard 2Q Earnings Snapshot

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) _ MasterCard Inc. (MA) on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $2.05 billion.The Purchase, New York-based company said it had profit of $2 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were $1.89 per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.82 per share.The processor of debit and credit card payments posted revenue of $4.11 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Twelve analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.09 billion.MasterCard shares have risen 49% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 21%. The stock has climbed 39% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on MA at https://www.zacks.com/ap/MAThe Associated Press read more

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Another round of premium hikes blame Trump or Obama

WASHINGTON – Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance — but why, and who’s to blame?President Donald Trump has seized on early market rumbles as validation of his claim that “Obamacare” is a disaster, collapsing of its own weight. Democrats, meanwhile, accuse Trump of “sabotage” on a program he’s dissed and wants to dismantle.It’s more complicated, say some independent experts. Trump inherited some problems and risks making things worse.Many insurers in the subsidized markets created by the Affordable Care Act are still struggling to overcome financial losses. The cost of care for their new customers turned out higher than expected, a fundamental factor driving premiums higher and nudging some insurers to the exits next year.But the Trump administration has also sent mixed signals that insurers find unsettling.On the positive side, a market stabilization regulation gave the industry changes it wanted. And Wednesday, officials announced an enrolment option intended to make it easier for insurers and brokers to sign customers up.However, insurers’ top priority has become a political football. Trump keeps hinting he might stop paying billions of dollars in subsidies to reduce deductibles and copayments.Insurers are also worried that under Trump the IRS will ease up enforcing the health law’s unpopular requirement that most individuals have coverage, seen as driving healthy people into the market. Finally the GOP legislation in Congress would cut private insurance and Medicaid subsidies indirectly flowing to the companies.The impact will vary by state and insurer, but “I think it is the case that the uncertainty we are dealing with is adding to the premium increases this year,” said Cori Uccello of the American Academy of Actuaries, which represents experts who make long-range cost estimates for health care and pension programs.Oregon is the latest state to unveil insurers’ premium requests for 2018: 7 out of 8 carriers are seeking double-digit increases. Nationally, about 20 million people buy their own health insurance policies. Roughly half receive subsidies through the ACA marketplaces, and are cushioned, but the rest will face the brunt of increases. In the latter group are many early retirees, self-employed professionals and small business owners — a traditional Republican constituency.In Virginia, seven insurers are seeking average premium increases that range from just under 10 per cent to more than 50 per cent. Kurt Giesa, a partner with the Oliver Wyman consultancy, said such a wide spread signals to him that some insurers may be pricing for political uncertainty.“Insurers are operating under a lot of uncertainty right now, and really, the uncertainty isn’t being cleared up,” he said. “The administration isn’t clearing up the uncertainty.” Virginia state officials declined to comment.Standard & Poor’s analyst Deep Banerjee had earlier forecast relatively modest increases. Now he’s not so sure. “There is a cloud of uncertainty that is hanging over 2018,” he said.In Maryland, where five insurers are seeking increases that average from 18 per cent to nearly 59 per cent, Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr., says he’s told the companies he’s not inclined to make allowances for political uncertainty.“Trump hasn’t been in office for three or four years, and for anybody to try to point to him as the problem, that’s either falsifying history or delusional,” said Redmer, a Republican. The fundamental factors are sicker customers and higher operating costs, he added. “Congress needs to put aside partisan differences and fix the ACA.”Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said she’s not expecting price shock in her state, but she’s convinced the Trump administration isn’t helping. “They would rather destabilize the markets and see them fail,” said Miller, appointed by a Democratic governor.If that is Trump’s strategy, it could well fail. In a recent poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, 75 per cent said his administration should do what it can to make the health care law work. Three out of five said Trump and the Republican Congress are responsible for any future problems.In Tennessee, the CEO of a major insurer says political uncertainty has the potential to raise premiums.“Given the potential negative effects of federal legislative and/or regulatory changes, we believe it will be necessary to price-in those downside risks,” JD Hickey of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee wrote to Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak earlier this month.Translation: Part of the company’s premium request may reflect the impact of uncertainty.In a statement, the Trump administration said the problems lie with the ACA, not its own stewardship. “It requires impressive mental gymnastics to make the case that Obamacare is working,” said spokeswoman Alleigh Marre.But former President Barack Obama’s Medicare administrator said Trump is deliberately trying to make things worse.“This is purposeful so that the president can create a crisis and use that to force the Congress to pass his law,” said Andy Slavitt. “He’s holding the match.” by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2017 10:47 am MDT Last Updated May 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Another round of premium hikes: blame Trump or Obama? FILE – In this March 21, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump, followed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, leaves Capitol Hill Washington. It’s looking like another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice for many consumers who buy their own health insurance, but why, and who’s to blame? President Donald Trump has seized on early market rumbles as validation of his claim that “Obamacare” is collapsing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) read more

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18yearold Lokomotiv Moscow player found dead

MOSCOW — Russian soccer club Lokomotiv Moscow says 18-year-old player Alexei Lomakin has died.Lokomotiv says it “is shocked by the tragedy” of the midfielder, who played for Lokomotiv’s youth team.The club says “details of the tragedy are being cleared up,” without providing further details.Russian media earlier reported that Lomakin’s mother had reported him missing. He had been undergoing medical treatment for an injury sustained last month.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Come to Medjugorje 2012 – BEYOND HANDBALL

← Previous Story Svetislav Verkic in Tatran Presov until 2015! Next Story → HSV found a solution: Martin Schwalb is back! handballHandball tournamentsMedjugorje handballYouth handball With great honour we invites you to the 7th international handball tournament – Medjugorje 2012 (august 21-25, 2012, Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina), the  largest youth handball tournament Balkan region.During August for seven years now, thousands of handball players from BiH and other countries spend unforgetable moments in Medjugorje through sport, socializing and fun. Reactions after the Tournament 2012 were extremly positive, which has given us adittional motivation to make it a neven more memorable event.In that spirit, we have made certain organizational changes, for which we hope will contribute to general progress and a greater satisfaction for all of us involved.Participating in this tournament brings a lot more then handball itself, we offer the possibility for young people to socialize through dance, song, pool activities, shopping for handball equipment under privileged prices, exploring the beauties of Medjugorje and it’s surroundings etc.Significance of „Medjugorje 2012“ handball tournament has been once more confirmed by European Handball Federation (EHF).At the end i must first thank all the participants and partners so far, invite you all to fill out the application form for „Medjugorje 2012“, and we will try to be best hosts possible.FIND MORE INFORMATION AT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE read more

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Greece going to snap polls

first_imgGreece’s Prime Minister, Costas Karamanlis, on Wednesday called early elections two years before his term in office was due to end. The move came in the wake of fierce criticism of the government’s handling of devastating forest fires in Athens, and a series of scandals.In a televised address to the nation, the conservative leader told Greeks that the poll, tipped for October 4, was imperative if Greece was to successfully emerge from the global economic slump.“The year 2010 will be a difficult and decisive one and so the Greek people must choose a government that can lead the country out of this crisis,” he said.He said he had decided to seek a new mandate to move ahead with painful economic measures and unpopular but much-needed structural reforms.“The present political climate is not suitable [to do that],” he insisted. “It would be irresponsible to take the country through a long and costly pre-election period,” he added, referring to the inevitability of elections next March, after the refusal of the socialist opposition to endorse the re-election of Greece’s president, Karolos Papoulias. With the ruling New Democrats trailing in the polls by up to six percentage points, political commentators said Karamanlis’s move was “political suicide”.The Greek Prime Minister met with the Greek President, Karolos Papoulias, on Thursday where he announced the date for the early elections and that the Greek parliament will be dissolved today (Monday).Papandreou calls for ‘new beginning’Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou greeted the call of the election by charging that the Karamanlis government has collapsed “under the weight of the impasses it created”.Papandreou also said the current government has twice won voters’ trust and a government mandate but never honored that mandate, charging that it alone bears responsibility for what he called the “deep crisis that the country is facing”.“Our proposal for the future of Greece is built on a grand vision, one that we can all turn into reality, together … we have the knowledge, we have the political volition; we know the problems and we have proposed feasible solutions, ones that are just and respect the lives and hopes of the Greek people…” he said, speaking from PASOK headquarters in downtown Athens.Among others, he said PASOK has a development plan and a way-out of the economic crisis, pointedly adding that “we have the power and boldness to clash with every establishment that keeps our country bound.” Parties react to snap electionCommunist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga said that the elections were taking place because the Karamanlis government had aggravated the economic crisis.“The country’s plutocracy, the businesspeople and, of course, both their parties, New Democracy and PASOK, are aiming from these elections, each for itself, the emergence of a strong government, a government capable of providing a breakthrough, not for the people, but for the unimpeded profit-making of capital. A government capable of taking new, more barbaric, more savage measures against the working people, at the expense of working people,” she said.Papariga further said that “we must spoil their plans and early elections are a good opportunity. Neither ND nor PASOK are in a position to take measures for the people’s benefit, they do not want, they cannot, and in this sense the only hope that the people have is to spoil their plans, to condemn both, to weaken them and bring the people, the popular movement a step forward, in a position of attack to confront the new storm that is coming.”Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) party leader Alexis Tsipras said “the only response to the crisis is a liberal programme that will build a shield of solidarity and social protection.“The Karamanlis government collapsed under the weight of its deadlocked policy,” he said.Finally, Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party leader George Karatzaferis, commenting on the Prime Minister’s address, said that “in a difficult situation the prime minister chose to escape. Fortunately, for the party and the country, reserves exist.”Election campaignThe election campaign formally starts today (Monday) in what promises to be a difficult campaign for the Karamanlis government.In preparation for the election campaigning a cross-party committee will meet today (Monday) to decide how to allocate free broadcasting time amongst the political parties and other measures relating to the elections.It is also customary during an election campaign to replace the interior and justice ministers by caretaker ministers, as well as the government spokesman, while the leave of all civil servants and local government staff involved in election preparations is cancelled and recruitment to the public sector suspended. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Warby Parkers AR App Lets You Virtually Try on Glasses

first_img Shopping for glasses can be frustrating, but Warby Parker aims to change that: The company just introduced a new augmented reality (AR) app that lets you try on frames before you buy them.Dubbed Glasses by Warby Parker, the app uses a combination of AR and face mapping technology to help you achieve the right fit for glasses, The Verge reported. The free app, which is only available for the iPhone X, XR, and XS phones, will start rolling out to iOS users on Monday.Unlike other try on apps, Warby Parker matches virtual glasses to users’ facial curves and shows them frame style recommendations, TechCrunch noted. Warby Parker also digitally rendered frame images to make the try on process more personalized.(Photo Credit: Warby Parker/Apple App Store)Using the app is easy: Once you download the app from the Apple App Store, Apple’s Face ID and AR tech will show a live, 3D preview of glasses on your face. You can choose a frame to try on, swipe to see other styles, and save your favorite frames for later. If you find a pair of glasses that you like, you can add them to your Home Try-On section in the app or buy them on your smartphone.You can learn more about Warby Parker’s AR-meets-facial mapping app on this Apple App Store page.More on Geek.com:You Can Virtually Try on Sneakers With This Cool AppThis 3D-Printed Football Helmet Liner Can Help Keep Athletes SafeWatch: How Engineers Change a Wheel on a Boeing 747 Stay on target Put Women on U.S. Currency With Google’s AR AppGoogle Maps’ AR Navigation Rolls Out to More Devices last_img read more

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Cameras capture theft of BBQ grill from West Park restaurant

first_imgWEST PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras captured two men stealing a huge grill from a West Park restaurant.Two men were recorded stealing a huge grill from Chef Tally’s World Famous Jerk on Jan. 20. The duo moved the business’s box truck out of the way to reach the grill.One of the thieves nearly got run over in the process. However, they were able to make off with the grill worth about $6,000.The theft happened near Southwest 56th Terrace and 25th Street.If you have any information on who made off with this grill, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Man charged in North Miami SW MiamiDade car breakins

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man accused in a string of vehicle burglaries in Miami-Dade County faced a judge this weekend.Twenty-three-year-old Ruandy Sevilla appeared in bond court, Sunday. He faces several charges, including theft, credit card fraud and burglary.According to investigators, the suspect broke into several vehicles in North Miami and Southwest Miami-Dade.Surveillance video captured Sevilla breaking into a truck in North Miami, Aug. 4.His bond was set at $3,000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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National Mazdoor Union demands RTC merger with govt

first_imgTandur: National Mazdoor Union demanded that the state government merge RTC into the government. The union organised an awareness programme for the workers, here in front of Bus Depot on Monday. Workers from Tandur, Vikarabad, Parigi depots attended the event. Speaking on the occasion, union leader Hanumanthu said the programmes were being conducted in front of all depots with a single demand of merger of RTC into the government. Leaders Veerappa, Gopal, Kiran, Srinivas, Iqbal, Renuka, Narahari Goud, Anjaiah and others were present.last_img read more

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