Rockets buckle down on Kemba Walker to frustrate feisty Hornets

first_imgCharlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, right, and Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, left, chase a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni replaced Kenneth Faried in the starting lineup with Eric Gordon on Wednesday night, a move designed to cut down wear and tear on Chris Paul’s body.The reasoning behind the move was D’Antoni doesn’t want Paul chasing point guards like Charlotte’s Kemba Walker all over the court and running off screens this late in the season. Instead, the goal was to have Gordon cover Walker.ADVERTISEMENT Well, that plan got ditched after one half.Paul told D’Antoni at halftime he wanted to guard Walker after the Hornets three-time All-Star erupted for 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting. D’Antoni agreed, and the change worked — Paul helped hold Walker to eight points in the second half as the Rockets escaped with a 118-113 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJames Harden scored 30 points, Clint Capela had 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Rockets won their third straight. Paul also heated up in the fourth quarter and finished with 17 points and 10 assists for the Rockets (36-25).“I would rather not (guard Walker) as much as possible, but I also like playing defense,” Paul said, adding that nobody in the league changes pace like Walker does, making him a difficult cover. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Barcelona stuns Madrid 3-0 at Bernabeu, reaches Copa final again In his first game since ending his streak of 30-point games at 32, Harden struggled from the field, missing his first eight shots from 3-point range — even having one blocked by Nic Batum, who gave the MVP candidate fits all night with his defense.Harden finished 10 of 29 from the field and 1 of 11 from 3-point range, but he made two clutch free throws with 14.6 seconds left to put the game away.Harden has been bothered by a neck injury the past few games.“I’m trying to figure out how to run and move my neck at the same time,” Harden said. “Just getting a feel for the game, but I will be all right.”“He was just out of sync,” D’Antoni said, saying the recent schedule got to him. “And, the start to the year it takes him about three or four games to get back into rhythm. He will be fine and that is the least of my worries.”ADVERTISEMENT Harden had plenty of support, especially from Capela, who was all over the glass.The Rockets trailed by four entering the fourth quarter but opened with an 18-4 run behind six points from Paul, including four on fall-away mid-range jumpers.The Hornets battled back behind Walker and Jeremy Lamb, who had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and had a chance to tie with 17 seconds left. Walker missed a leaning 3-pointer from the right wing and the Hornets fouled Harden, who made two free throws to make it a five-point game. Walker missed another 3 with seven seconds left.“Maybe it was some attitude adjustments,” D’Antoni said of his team’s second-half defense. “We just played harder. In the second quarter, we lost our spirit completely and (the Hornets) played well.”The Hornets are a half-game ahead of the Magic in the battle for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.“We just have to stay confident,” Walker said. “We are playing really hard, competing our butts off. That’s really all that matters.”TIP INSRockets: Scored 41 points in the first quarter on 61 percent shooting. … Faried didn’t start but still managed to pick up his fourth foul by the middle of the second quarter. … Gordon had six points and missed all five 3-point attempts in the start.Hornets: Walker became the first Eastern Conference player to reach 200 3-pointers when he buried a step-back jumper against Harden in the first quarter.PAUL’S RETURN PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Paul, who grew up in Winston-Salem and played at Wake Forest, said he enjoyed finally getting a chance to play a regular-season game in his home state. He’d missed the last two because of injuries.“So I’m sure my grandparents and all my family — all 300 of them that came to the game — enjoyed it,” Paul said with a laugh. “It’s nice to play here and not be in a suit.”BATUM’S DEFENSEBatum’s defense on Harden was outstanding all night as he flustered the MVP candidate at times and made a couple steals which led to dunks.But Batum wasn’t relishing in his effort after the game, saying “we still lost the game so it doesn’t mean anything to me. … We did a good job, trying to contain them, had a game plan. But they made plays.”UP NEXTRockets: Host Heat on Thursday night.Hornets: Visit Nets on Friday night. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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BIZ-TOURISM-NORTHEAST(BCM4)

first_imgNorth-east beckons tourists; footfalls to grow 12% in 2019Mumbai, Jun 17 (PTI) Improved infrastructure and airconnectivity are drawing a large number of tourists to India’sNorth-east and looking at the current traction, footfalls inthe picturesque region are expected to grow by 10-12 per centin 2019, industry experts said.”The bookings for North-east have gone up by 18 percent as compared to the same period (April-June) last year.Tourism in the North-east region is expected to grow by atleast 10-12 per cent even in the next year,” Cox & Kings head,relationships, Karan Anand, told PTI here.He said improved infrastructure and air connectivityhave played a major role in driving tourism growth in the vastregion which consists of eight states.”Air connectivity has tremendously improved with newroutes opening in the region last year. New flights have beenintroduced using Shillong as a hub to travel to otherprominent tourist destinations of Meghalaya like Cherrapunjiand Mawlynnong.”The new airport at Pakyong (Sikkim) will further makereaching the northern part of the state, especially to touristattractions such as Nathu La Pass, easier,” Anand added.The region is mostly preferred by holiday-makers agedbetween 25-50 years and hailing from metros such as Delhi,Mumbai, Kolkata, besides Guwahati and nearby areas who flockthere to explore its wildlife, rivers and culture, he said.However, the second or third-time travellers, who arenow discovering the attractions of the North-east, embark ontheir journey to understand the lifestyle and also the cultureand the cuisine of the region, he added.advertisementEchoing a similar view, a MakeMyTrip spokesperson saidhigh growth of travellers opting for the North-east sector canbe attributed to not only to better road infrastructure andrail connectivity but also to direct flight connectivity fromNew Delhi and Mumbai.”Apart from this, more number of hotels are opening upin this region, making it easier for travellers to findaccommodations in places which were earlier not veryconnected.”At MakeMyTrip, we have seen over 100 per cent growthin the number of travellers opting for North-east destinationssuch as Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalya since the timewe started offering holiday packages in the region,” he added.He said overall, the sector, including Darjeeling (ahill station which falls in West Bengal), is growing by 35 percent for summer travel. The MMT platform has witnessed 30 percent growth in travel bookings to Gangtok, 120 per cent eachto Shillong and Meghalaya.The Assam, Meghalaya sector is increasingly becomingpopular among the top metro markets, the MMT spokesman said.Manmeet Ahluwalia, marketing head of Brand Expedia inIndia, said for a very long period, the north-eastern part ofthe country had been largely unexplored due to poorconnectivity and infrastructure.However, tourism in the region is now witnessing asubstantial growth thanks to a slew of government initiatives,better connectivity, infrastructure development and a varietyof experiences on offer for voyagers, he added.”We have seen a year-on-year growth of 25-30 per centover the past five years. We are expecting the growth tocontinue with new government policies focusing on betterinfrastructure and connectivity,” he added.Ahluwalia said besides young adults, including collegepass outs and first-time earners to families, there has been arise in queries from all segments.”People who like exploring nature and its serenity areattracted by most of the destinations to the North-east. Wehave also seen an increase in women solo travellers who feelcomparatively safer in the environment.”Adventure seekers enjoy the place for its challengingtreks, kayaking, angling and rafting,” he added.There has been an increase in queries and bookingsfrom all over the country, but residents from Delhi, Kolkata,Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabad and Jaipur top the list of peoplewanting to travel to North-east, he said.The region offers a holistic package. However,activities like trekking, mountaineering, adventure sportssuch as river rafting, mountain biking, hang gliding and parasailing are gaining popularity in the region, he said.”Activities like the Ziro Music Festival and HornbillFestival, too, have started to see a lot of traction.”Attendance at these events from young millennialsover the past 2-3 years has helped in making North-east apopular destination among tourists,” he added. PTI SMRSY RSY RSYSDM SDM SDMlast_img read more

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Salaam Cricket 2018: India favourites even without Kohli, says Harbhajan. Misbah disagrees

first_imgHarbhajan Singh feels that India will be favourites against Pakistan for their Asia Cup 2018 match despite the absence of captain Virat Kohli.Kohli was rested for the Asia Cup by the national selectors, while Rohit Sharma was appointed as the replacement captain.India will face Pakistan in the Group A match on Wednesday, September 19.Harbhajan said Pakistan bowlers will find it tough to get Indian batsmen out and the depth in Indian bowling make them the favouriteSalaam Cricket 2018: Live”India favourites even without Virat Kohli. India’s batting is superior. In Asian conditions, Indian batsmen will be tough to get out. Not just because of their batting but there’s a lot of depth in their bowling. Kuldeep Yadav will be the trump card for India,” said Harbhajan on the stage of Salaam Cricket 2018.Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, however, disagreed with Harbhajan. Misbah said Pakistan are a more complete team than India and Kohli’s absence will play out in favour of Pakistan.READ – Wasim Akram recalls playing Holi with Indian team”Currently, this Pakistan team gives you a lot. We have a lot of armory in the bowling department. We have good all-rounders. One thing that gives us a little bit of edge is the attitude of the team – they don’t shy away from challenges. India do not have Kohli and Pakistan will take the opportunity to go out there and beat India. India have a lot of experience but currently, Pakistan have the better chance of winning,” Misbah said.advertisementHarbhajan, however, found support from Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who said India are more experienced than Pakistan and that gives them the edge.”India have the edge. Pakistan are a young team and they are improving but India have got the talent. A lot of their players have more exposure than Pakistan’s players. MS Dhoni can control a lot from behind the wickets. Pakistan know how to play in Dubai – they are used to playing here,” said Muralitharan.Meanwhile, former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir said Kohli should have played the Asia Cup and skipped the home series against West Indies for rest.”I will keep my fingers crossed for a good game. Personally, Kohli should have played and could have been rested for the series vs West Indies but it’s his call,” Qadir said.last_img read more

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Alexis, Robben among stars out of World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Alexis, Bale, Robben and the stars who will miss the 2018 World Cup Goal Last updated 2 years ago 11:10 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Alexis Robben Bale Split Getty/Goal World Cup Chile Brazil v Chile Trinidad and Tobago v United States Netherlands v Sweden United States Brazil Sweden Trinidad and Tobago Netherlands WC Qualification CONCACAF WC Qualification South America WC Qualification Europe While the world’s top talents prepare for next year’s extravaganza in Russia, spare a though for those who will be watching from afar… The World Cup brings together the best of world football every four years for the game’s most exciting spectacle. With competition to make the tournament intense, however, club prowess is no guarantee of a place, no matter how good the individual. The likes of Arjen Robben, Alexis Sanchez and many others are now facing up to a free summer next year after their nations failed to make the 2018 World Cup in Russia.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Dabblebet’s WC odds hereThey are in fine company, as plenty of top-drawer talents will be left kicking their heels next June while the 32 qualified countries lock horns.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG Pierre Emerick Aubameyang GabonBorussia Dortmund’s Gabon superstar was close to helping his nation make their first finals in history. But after reaching the third round of African qualifying, Gabon found it a bridge too far. Aubameyang failed to score in the final phase, but at 28 he may yet have another chance of making a World Cup in five years time. GARETH BALE Gareth Bale Wales 02092017Wales’ hero during their run to the semi-finals in Euro 2016 was unable to help them when it really counted this time round.A hip injury cost Bale his place in Monday’s qualifying decider against the Republic of Ireland, and without their talisman the Dragons slumped to a 1-0 defeat which saw them miss out on a play-off place. EDIN DZEKO Bosnia Belgium WC Qualification Dzeko FellainiAn unstoppable Belgium team in Group H of UEFA’s competition saw Greece and Bosnia & Herzegovina left to fight for second place, a battle ultimately won by the former who move on to the play-offs.Roma star Dzeko pitched in with five goals for his nation, but fell short as Bosnia ended the campaign two points shy of their rivals. MAREK HAMSIK Marek Hamsik Russia Slovakia Group B Euro 2016Having started the World Cup qualifiers in dreadful fashion with two defeats and a draw, Hamsik helped Slovakia stay in contention until the end. A 3-0 win over Malta on the last day sealed second place in Group H behind England, but it was not enough as other results condemned them to elimination as ninth ranked of the runners-up. RIYAD MAHREZ Riyad Mahrez Nabil Bentaleb Algeria Zimbabwe AFCON 2016 15012017There will be no World Cup for Algeria’s Leicester star. The north African nation endured a torrid time in Group B and are already consigned to finish rock-bottom of their group behind qualified Nigeria, Zambia and Cameroon. JAN OBLAK Jan Oblak SloveniaNot even the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper’s heroics could earn Slovenia a play-off spot, and he will have to wait until Qatar for another chance to make the World Cup. CHRISTIAN PULISIC Christian Pulisic USA TrinidadUnited States’ agonising elimination from the CONCACAF tournament is especially tough on Dortmund’s 19-year-old phenomenon, who had previously put in a match-winning performance to beat Panama and keep Bruce Arena’s men’s hopes alive.Pulisic finished top scorer of the Hex with five goals, and it is around him the USMNT must rebuild after this disaster.ARJEN ROBBEN Arjen Robben Netherlands 2017A finalist in 2010 and semi-finalist in 2014, Robben has officially played his last World Cup.The Bayern Munich winger handed in his international retirement minutes after scoring both goals in the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Sweden, a victory that fell short of the margin necessary to leapfrog their opponents into the play-offs.ALEXIS SANCHEZ Alexis Sanchez Dani Alves Chile BrazilAfter inspiring Chile to consecutive Copas America in 2015 and 2016 and despite hitting seven goals in this campaign, Alexis will not be in Russia next year following a pulsating end to the CONMEBOL qualifiers.An incredible finish saw Argentina, Peru and the Roja all slip out of contention at times. But Peru’s draw to Colombia and a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil consigned Chile to sixth place in South America and elimination.ARTURO VIDAL Arturo VidalAlexis was not the only superstar left smarting by Chile’s World Cup exit.Vidal, who hit six goals across qualifying to help the Roja stay in contention, could ultimately do nothing as results elsewhere conspired to leave Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men out. It is the first time since 2006 that Chile have failed to qualify for a World Cup finals.last_img read more

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Reserve a Room, Plant a Tree

first_imgThe Pacific Northwest is a region that is impossible to imagine without its iconic tree cover. Massive Douglas Firs blanket so much of Oregon that at times it feels like the land time forgot. Cedars make Washington State smell like the best cologne on earth, and without them, once you’ve downed a glass of the region’s excellent beer and/or wine and then gobbled up a plate of their hearty cuisine, you’d have no world class hikes to keep you from turning into a schlub.The trees of Washington and Oregon are as much a tourism draw as their libations and food. To help keep things this way, Provenance Hotels—a Portland based boutique hotel chain—will be planting trees for every reservation made between Earth Day, April 22nd and Arbor Day on April 25th. They’re working with local non-profit, Friends of Trees, which has planted a half million native plants to support the Northwest canopy since their creation in 1989. The trees planted in honor of your hotel reservation will go towards creating green spaces in the Pacific Northwest’s urban zones.Provenance Hotels have five award-winning urban boutique hotels in the Pacific Northwest. Our favorites? The rock n’ roll centric halls of Seattle’s Hotel Max, located in Capitol Hill with hallways lined with iconic music photos. Portland’s golden era of Hollywood inspired Hotel Deluxe, which has rooms that come with a “make it so” button that connects you to a butler that will do (almost) anything you ask. And newly opened Portland hotspot Sentinel, which makes some mighty tasty cocktails out of fresh honey harvested on hives found on the roof. Each worthy of a visit anytime…but if you’re going to be visiting the land of quirky cool, its best to stay in a room that has a tree planted in your honor.Look for the code “Put Down Roots,” on the website between April 22 and 25th. Reservations can be made for anytime in 2014. Editors’ Recommendations The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The Best American Liqueur The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing last_img read more

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Over 50 Persons Employed as Vector Control Workers in Hanover

first_imgStory Highlights “We have been able…to manage the dengue outbreak in these parts. This was never a parish that have significant number of cases. From January 2018 up to February 2019, we have seen 27 cases. Hanover has remain relatively calm,” he pointed out. Speaking at the Ministry of Health ‘Taking Responsibility Road Tour’, at the Walter Hall Anglican Parish Church in Lucea, Hanover, on February 21, Dr. Tufton said the workers have been providing mosquito-prevention information to residents. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says over 50 vector control workers have been employed in Hanover, to assist in the destruction of mosquito-breeding sites in the parish.Speaking at the Ministry of Health ‘Taking Responsibility Road Tour’, at the Walter Hall Anglican Parish Church in Lucea, Hanover, on February 21, Dr. Tufton said the workers have been providing mosquito-prevention information to residents.“We have been able…to manage the dengue outbreak in these parts. This was never a parish that have significant number of cases. From January 2018 up to February 2019, we have seen 27 cases. Hanover has remain relatively calm,” he pointed out.Dr. Tufton explained that so far some 8000 premises have been inspected by the vector control workers. He noted that mosquito breeding sites were found at 12 per cent of the premises inspected.“I’ve visited the workers and toured community spaces. I think the team is doing a good job and I want to commend them,” he stated.Dr. Tufton also reiterated the need for proper management of solid waste.“We are…going to have to be a little more effective in terms of managing solid waste and continuing the issue of personal responsibility. Even in the case of dengue, the challenge is not the Aedes aegypti mosquito so much, as it is how we manage solid waste, our water system and how we have to store water,” Dr. Tufton said.Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus and is endemic in Jamaica. The virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected female Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Symptoms for dengue typically begin three to 14 days after infection. This may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a skin rash. Symptoms usually last two to seven days. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says over 50 vector control workers have been employed in Hanover, to assist in the destruction of mosquito-breeding sites in the parish.last_img read more

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Parking Lot Paving for Peggys Cove

first_imgVisitors to Peggys Cove, one of Canada’s most popular tourism sites, will be greeted by an upgraded parking surface as a result of a paving tender called by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ tender calls for repaving of the Peggys Cove parking lot to be completed during the current construction season. This paving project is part of a larger enhancement program underway in Peggys Cove. In support of recommendations made in the Peggys Cove Assessment Study, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage is investing $834,000 for work that includes the creation of an interpretive program and enhancements to the visitor information centre. “Since Peggys Cove hosts more than 600,000 visitors every year the parking lot is a very busy spot,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Peggys Cove is Nova Scotia’s most recognizable tourism symbol and it’s essential that we keep it in top shape.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Three women thieves who targeted railway and metro stations nabbed

first_imgNew Delhi: Stay alert, while using the escalators at railway stations, female thieves can be around you. In a recent case, a joint team of Delhi Police and Railway Protection Force (RPF) busted a gang of women thieves.The accused were arrested with the help of CCTV footage at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station. According to RPF, on May 29, a lady passenger reported that while she was coming back from the train at Nizamuddin railway station, someone stole her pouch of jewellery worth Rs five lakh by opening her handbag’s chain, most probably at the escalator. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe complainant was called through the given mobile number. Using the CCTV footage, the suspected ladies were identified and their photographs were taken on record. “Dossier of accused ladies obtained and recce conducted on addressed mentioned in the dossier address but jhuggi had been found demolished,” an RPF officer said. Information was shared with a reliable source following which three women arrested by the joint team GRP Nizamuddin and IPF RPF Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceNizamuddin. RPF further added that all the arrested accused are habitual in theft of passengers’ belongings (TOPB) and accused in cases of similar nature of crimes at Old Delhi railway station and metro stations of Delhi area. “The modus operandi of the gang is encircling the target especially women passenger carrying handbag by women criminals with the kid in their lap. Stealing during walking or mostly at the escalator,” said an RPF official. SC Jain, Divisional Railway Manager, said that during 2019, so far nine cases of TOPB have been detected with the help of CCTV footage, by RPF personnel at Hazrat Nizamuddin post. Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Coordination) Dr AN Jha said,”Electronic eye (CCTV) is watching all criminals. Today or tomorrow we will catch such criminals.” The team of RPF was under Security Commissioner (East) Priyanka Sharma.last_img read more

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Unnao rape case Survivors aunt cremated amid security

first_imgUnnao: The mortal remains of Pushpa Singh, aunt of the Unnao rape survivor, were consigned to flames at Misra Ghat on Wednesday by her husband Mahesh Singh. The last rites were conducted amidst tight security and in the presence of district officials. Mahesh Singh, who is lodged in Rae Bareli jail, performed the last rites. His one-day parole ends at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The rape survivor’s maternal aunt, who also died in the car crash on Sunday, was cremated at her home in Barabanki. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Both the women were killed in a car accident on Sunday in Rae Bareli, where they had gone to meet Mahesh Singh in jail. The rape survivor and her lawyer, Mahendra Singh, were critically injured in the same accident and are undergoing treatment at the Trauma Centre of Kind George’s Medical University (KGMU). The condition of the rape survivor continues to be ‘highly critical’ but the condition of the lawyer has shown improvement and he has been taken off the ventilator. Security has also been tightened outside the rape survivor’s house in Unnao.last_img read more

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Haiti UN agencies ramping up response following deadly quake

No official figures are available yet on the dead or injured, but the 7.0 magnitude quake has devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, wrecking buildings and leaving basic services on the brink of collapse. “Clearly, this is a major humanitarian disaster,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in New York today. “The needs are huge. The needs are immediate: above all medical supplies, food, water, tents, shovels, heavy equipment.”The UN’s main priorities, said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, remain search-and-rescue efforts and the provision of medical assistance to the injured.The international community is moving swiftly to ensure that aid reaches Haiti as quickly as possible, but he expressed frustration that “however fast we move, we will be too slow” for those in dire need of help.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) began small-scale food distributions yesterday for about 3,000 people in Jacmel, a city south of the capital, and is planning to start distributions in the capital today for some 2,400 people. WFP’s Charles Vincent told reporters in Geneva that stocks are available and distributions in other areas will start as soon as the agency receives clearance from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The food going to several thousand people is a “drop in the ocean” compared to the needs of the Haitian population, Mr. Vincent said, but added that it is a start and aid efforts are being stepped up, with larger-scale work expected in the coming days as supplies arrive into the country.WFP is preparing a six-month emergency operation to assist as many as 2 million people affected by the quake for an initial six months. “We are mobilizing all available resources to provide urgently needed food assistance as part of a swift and coordinated recovery effort,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.Last night, a cargo plane carrying $500,000 worth of supplies from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed in the country, bringing with it enough oral rehydration salts, water purifications tablets, tarpaulins and tents to provide temporary housing for 10,000 people. A second plane is due to land today with blankets, tents and jerry cans. Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has stressed that “the special needs of children for food, shelter and protection, must be factored in at the very outset of relief efforts and UNICEF will do everything in its power to make sure these needs are met.”The World Health Organization (WHO) said eight hospitals were damaged or destroyed in Haiti and two damaged in neighbouring Dominican Republic. “We fear that the impact of this earthquake will be particularly devastating to the already existing vulnerability of Haiti’s people, society and economy,” WHO’s Paul Garwood told reporters.“Our priority is firstly search and rescue, then the treatment of trauma, severe injuries and treatment and prevention of infections,” he added.Given the lack of access to basic health services, the immediate response of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) includes delivering emergency reproductive health kits that contain essential drugs, equipment and supplies to provide life-saving services to pregnant women.The agency said it will also work to ensure that women and girls have access to basic hygiene supplies so that they can live with dignity, even amid the worst circumstances.ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology, has also joined the global humanitarian effort for Haiti. It has already deployed 40 portable satellite uplinks and a base station to re-establish basic communication links, and is dispatching another 60 units with broadband facility along with experts to operate them.Immediately after the disaster, Mr. Ban ordered $10 million to be released from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to kick-start humanitarian relief efforts. A flash appeal for Haiti is expected to be launched tomorrow.Pledges have also been made from a number of sources over the last day, including an additional $100 million in emergency grants announced by the World Bank to support recovery and reconstruction in Haiti.A new UN website will provide an opportunity for the private sector to assist Haiti, among other humanitarian crises worldwide.The UN-business partnership gateway – a joint effort of over 20 UN agencies – provides a single entry point to allow the private sector to offer its resources and capacities to the world body as it helps the victims of Tuesday’s Haiti quake and other disasters. 14 January 2010United Nations agencies are working around the clock to provide urgently needed assistance to the victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on Tuesday, which is estimated to have affected one third of the Caribbean nation’s nine million people – a population that was already one of the most vulnerable in the world. read more

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US trade deficit widens to 444 billion in January as exports drop

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2013 8:43 am MDT US trade deficit widens to $44.4 billion in January as exports drop and oil imports rise WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit widened in January, reflecting a big jump in oil imports and a drop in exports.The Commerce Department said Thursday that the deficit rose to $44.4 billion, an increase of 16.5 per cent from December. U.S. exports dropped 1.2 per cent to $184.5 billion, reflecting declines in sales to Europe, China, Japan and Brazil. Imports rose 1.8 per cent to $228.9 billion as oil imports surged 12.3 per cent.Even with the wider deficit in January, economists say they think the deficit this year will narrow slightly, in part because of continued gains in U.S. energy exports. A narrower trade gap boosts growth because it means U.S. companies are earning more from overseas sales while U.S. consumers and businesses are spending less on foreign products.The deficit for all of 2012 was revised down slightly to $539.5 billion, a drop of 3.6 per cent from 2011. The January deficit was running at an annual rate of $533.4 billion.U.S. exports had jumped to a near-record high in December, a surge that helped the economy grow slightly in the fourth quarter. The economy as measured by the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 0.1 per cent in the October-December quarter, an upward revision from an initial estimate that it had shrunk at the same rate.The December trade report had not been available when GDP for October-December was first reported.Economists see the trade picture brightening further in 2013, helped in part by an energy production boom in the United States and by stronger growth in some major export markets. That forecast is also based on an assumption that the European debt crisis will continue to stabilize, helping boost exports to that region and that growth in Asia will rebound.For January, however, exports showed widespread declines. U.S. exports to the European Union dropped by 6.4 per cent and were also down in China, Brazil and JapanThe politically sensitive trade deficit with China rose in January to $27.8 billion, up 13.6 per cent from December. For all of 2012, the deficit with China increased to $315.1 billion, the largest imbalance ever recorded with a single country.That could add pressure on the Obama administration to take a harder line on China’s trade practices. Some U.S. manufacturers contend that China keeps the value of its currency artificially low to make its exports to the U.S. cheaper.Production of oil and natural gas has been rising in the United States because drillers have learned to tap once-inaccessible reserved trapped in shale formations. New techniques such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have made this possible.Increased production has lowered U.S. prices of crude oil and natural gas, which refiners use to make gasoline, diesel and other fuels. Crude in the U.S. has been selling for $20 per barrel cheaper than international crude. With lower input costs, U.S. refiners are making enormous amounts of petroleum-based fuels and selling them on the international market at a huge profit. read more

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Wenta without Szmal against Slovenia

Bogdan WentaPolish handball teamSlovenia handball Coach of the Polish national team, Bogdan Wenta announced a list of 28 players for the upcoming crucial matches in the qualifications for the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia against Slovenia (9.03 – “Stozice” Ljubljana – 12.03 Zielona Gora). If Slovenians manage to realise their plan, the game against Poland will be the handball match with most spectators in the history of Slovenia. A new multifunctional arena “Stožice” has capacity about 13.000 for a handball matches.Polish squad:1. Mariusz Jurasik – KS Vive Targi Kielce2. Michał Jurecki – KS Vive Targi Kielce3. Tomasz Rosiński – KS Vive Targi Kielce4. Patryk Kuchczyński – KS Vive Targi Kielce5. Piotr Grabarczyk – KS Vive Targi Kielce6. Mateusz Zaremba – KS Vive Targi Kielce7. Rafał Gliński – KS Vive Targi Kielce8. Mateusz Jachlewski – KS Vive Targi Kielce9. Daniel Żółtak – KS Vive Targi Kielce10. Robert Orzechowski – MMTS Kwidzyn11. Damian Kostrzewa – MMTS Kwidzyn12. Adam Malcher – MKS Zagłębie Lubin13. Bartłomiej Tomczak – MKS Zagłębie Lubin14. Piotr Wyszomirski – KS Azoty Puławy15. Piotr Chrapkowski – SPR Wisła Płock SA16. Kamil Syprzak – SPR Wisła Płock SA17. Adam Twardo – SPR Wisła Płock SA18. Marcin Wichary – SPR Wisła Płock SA19. Łukasz Janyst – SPR BRW Stal Mielec20. Mariusz Jurkiewicz – Renovalia Ciudad Real21. Karol Bielecki – Rhein-Neckar Loewen22. Grzegorz Tkaczyk – Rhein-Neckar Loewen23. Marcin Lijewski – HSV Hamburg24. Krzysztof Lijewski – HSV Hamburg25. Artur Siódmiak – TuS N-Luebbecke GmbH26. Tomasz Tłuczyński – TuS N-Luebbecke GmbH27. Bartłomiej Jaszka – Fuesche Berlin28. Bartosz Jurecki – S.C. Magdeburg ← Previous Story Petar Nenadić until 2013 in TVIS Holstebro! Next Story → EHF CL 2010/2011 (Round 9): Awakened Kadetten one step to TOP 16 read more

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Kim Andersson to lead Sweden against Latvia and Slovakia

Kim AnderssonSweden handball Goalkeepers:Mattias Andersson, SG Flensburg-Handewitt   –   108 matches / 0 goalsJohan Sjöstrand, THW Kiel   –   86 / 0left wingsJonas Källman, Pick Szeged   –   185 / 549Fredrik Petersen, Füchse Berlin   –   116 / 323Line-playersNiclas Barud, Aalborg Håndbold  –   30 / 16Jesper Nielsen, Füchse Berlin   –   33 / 28Andreas Nilsson, Veszprem   –   63 / 142Right wingsNiclas Ekberg, THW Kiel   –   102 / 425Mattias Zachrisson, Füchse Berlin   –   51 / 78Back lineKim Andersson, KIF Köpenhamn   –   207 / 747Patrik Fahlgren, MT Melsungen   –   41 / 61Helge Freiman, Eskilstuna Guif   –   6 / 11Johan Jakobsson, SG Flensburg-Handewitt   –   81 / 157Lukas Karlsson, KIF Köpenhamn   –   78 / 151Tobias Karlsson, SG Flensburg-Handewitt   –   141 / 79Viktor Östlund, Eskilstuna Guif   –   5 / 10 Despite the fact that Sweden stayed without one of the best shooters, Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz, Ola Lindgren and Staffan Olsson still have aim to stay among the best handball nations. Sweden will play against Latvia and Slovakia at the start of the EHF EURO 2016 process. ← Previous Story TOP 5 GOALS: “Romanian princess” bomb attack on Suslina Next Story → SEHA Wednesday – Veszprem wait for Zagreb, Serbo-Macedonian encounters read more

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Drunken Ryanair passenger arrested at Shannon airport thought she was still in

first_img 66,823 Views 42 Comments Share25 Tweet Email2 Short URL Image: Niall Carson Image: Niall Carson https://jrnl.ie/4805420 By Gordon Deegan Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 9:50 PM Wed 9:51 PM A DRUNKEN RYANAIR passenger was in such a state that she thought that she was still in Spain when arrested by gardaí on her return to Shannon airport from Alicante last month.That is according to solicitor for Ciara Bradshaw (38), John Casey who told a court today that Ms Bradshaw is a nervous flyer and “a toxic mix” of consuming alcohol and prescription medication had resulted in her behaviour on the Shannon bound flight on Saturday 17 August. In the case before Ennis District Court, Ms Bradshaw of Sarsfield Avenue, St John’s, Garryowen, Limerick pleaded guilty to two charges under the Air Navigation and Transport Act concerning her drunkeness and verbally abusing staff and passengers on board the Ryanair flight from Alicante in Spain.Mr Casey told the court that he spoke with the arresting garda “and Ms Bradshaw was in such a state that she thought she was still in Spain, she didn’t realise that she was back in Ireland”.In reply, Judge John King said: “What makes this worse than a general public order offence is that this happened in the aircraft cabin and there is nowhere for people to go.”Mr Casey said that he accepted this and told Judge King that Ms Bradshaw took Xanax and alcohol before getting on board the flight “to alleviate her fear of flying”.Mr Casey said that the Xanax and alcohol was “a toxic mix”.Giving an outline of the facts, Sgt Aiden Lonergan said that Ms Bradshaw had consumed her own alcohol, bottles of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Smirnoff vodka while she had also smoked a cigarette.Sgt Lonergan said that the captain of the aircraft told gardaí that there was a passenger on board intoxicated to such an extent that there was a fear that she might endanger herself or others.Sgt Lonergan said that Ms Bradshaw was abusive and insulting to flight staff and passengers causing considerable distress to all on board. Sgt Lonergan said that Ms Bradshaw was arrested by gardaí at Shannon after the flight landed.Mr Casey said: “Ms Bradshaw has no previous convictions. She has worked all her life. She has good standing in the community and a very good job.”Mr Casey said that the Limerick factory worker “is deeply remorseful about this. It has caused great upset and embarrassment to her to be taken off the flight in front of hundreds of people. Nothing like this has ever happened her in her life”.Mr Casey said that Ms Bradshaw wanted to apologise unreservedly to staff, gardaí and other passengers and Ms Bradshaw told the court that she phoned the garda station the following day to apologise.Mr Casey said that the absence of any previous convictions for Ms Bradshaw is indicative of her good character.Sgt Lonergan said that he didn’t expect Ms Bradshaw to be in court again.Judge King said that would give Ms Bradshaw the Probation Act if she paid €500 into the court Poor Box and said that she had escaped a conviction over her prior good behaviour and absence of any convictions. Drunken Ryanair passenger arrested at Shannon airport ‘thought she was still in Spain’ Court heard woman from Limerick had mixed Xanax with alcohol prior to boarding the flight to alleviate her fear of flying. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Des cellules souches pour traiter la dépigmentation

first_imgDes cellules souches pour traiter la dépigmentationSelon une équipe de chercheurs français, il serait possible, grâce à des cellules souches, de traiter les personnes atteintes de troubles de la pigmentation. En se repigmentant, la peau retrouverait ainsi sa fonction protectrice face aux rayons UV du soleil.D’après les travaux d’une équipe de chercheurs français parus dans les comptes rendus de l’Académie des sciences américaine (les PNAS) et détaillés dans le prochain numéro du mensuel Médecine/Science, il serait possible de traiter des personnes touchées par une dépigmentation de la peau grâce à des cellules souches.En 2009 déjà, il avait été possible de reconstituer un épiderme à partir de cellules souches d’origine embryonnaire. C’est la même équipe, menée par Christine Baldeschi de l’Institut des cellules souches I-STEM (Inserm/AFM) et dirigée par Marc Peschanski, qui a cette fois redonné sa couleur à la peau. En employant la même technique qu’il y a deux ans, les scientifiques sont parvenus à obtenir in vitro des mélanocytes (les cellules qui pigmentent et donc protègent la peau) tout à fait fonctionnels, capables de s’implanter au bon endroit de l’épiderme et même de transférer leur mélanine à des cellules avoisinantes, les kératinocytes.Selon les chercheurs, des cellules toutes prêtes pourraient donc être proposées aux patients atteints de troubles de la pigmentation de la peau, qu’ils soient d’origine génétique comme le syndrome de Griscelli ou qu’ils ne le soient pas, comme le vitiligo qui se manifeste par des taches blanches s’étendant sur la peau. De plus, les scientifiques ont bon espoir d’acquérir une bonne tolérance immunitaire, c’est-à-dire l’absence de rejet par le patient greffé, selon Marc Peschanski.Des cellules efficaces et durables  À lire aussiL’effrayante maladie de l’homme-arbre dont la peau se change en ”écorce”Pour l’heure, certains troubles sont traités par autogreffe, explique romandie.com. Il s’agit donc de prélever sur le patient lui-même quelques cellules sur une zone non atteinte et de les réimplanter. Toutefois, cette approche n’est pas suffisante car les mélanocytes ainsi réimplantés ne durent pas plus d’un an. D’autant que si ce type de traitement fonctionne avec le vitiligo, par exemple, il n’est pas possible de l’employer pour l’albinisme.A l’inverse, les cellules souches d’origine embryonnaire (hES) et les cellules équivalentes, dites iPS (induites par reprogrammation génique), peuvent s’auto-renouveler de façon illimitée. Si tout se déroule comme prévu, le premier essai clinique avec de l’épiderme reconstitué aura lieu au premier semestre 2013 sur des ulcères de peau, a indiqué M. Peschanski à l’AFP. Il espère également pouvoir procéder dans deux à trois ans, à des tests sur le vitiligo, une maladie qui touche 0,5% de la population mondiale.Le 24 août 2011 à 19:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Chelsea reveal recordhigh profit of £62m

first_imgChelsea Football Club has made a record £62m profit according to their latest published accounts on Monday.Chelsea recorded a 22.7 percent in turnover as it rose from £361.3m to £443.4m in the financial year ending June 30, 2018.Broadcasting revenues increased by £41.7m to £204.1m, while commercial revenue grew by £32.0m after the club signed several partnership deals including with the new official kit supplier, Nike.The West London club made a profit of £113.0m on player sales, and achieved a record-high profit of £62.0m, after tax.“The club has now posted a series of record-breaking revenue figures and our profit margin has increased in consecutive years,” Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck told the official Chelsea website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“This has occurred against a backdrop of varying participation in European football, and different degrees of achievement in the Premier League, which demonstrates we have built a sound business footing to support our on-pitch quest for success.“With our matchday income steady, despite not finishing in the top four of the Premier League last season, and our global fanbase increasing, we thank our loyal supporters as well as our hard-working staff and valued partners for helping to make a successful financial year.”These financial results mean that Chelsea continue to comply with the UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.last_img read more

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Wayne Rooney tips a bright future for fantastic MLS

first_imgWayne Rooney is confident that the Major League Soccer (MLS) will continue to grow over the years and attract even more top talent.Ever since David Beckham’s arrival in 2007 from Real Madrid, the MLS’ profile has grown exponentially with a host of big names making the move over to the United States.Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard, David Villa, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and now Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all played in the MLS in the last 12 years.And Rooney, who reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals in his first campaign at DC United last term, is confident that the MLS will attract more big names in the years to come following his former United team-mate Nani’s arrival at Orlando City.“It’s a fantastic league,” said Rooney, according to Sky Sports.“Obviously Nani came as well (to Orlando City). I think he may be 31 (32), I came at 32.“I think you will start getting players in their mid-20s who, instead of going to big teams in Europe, hopefully, we can attract them to come here.“Because I do think it’s a fantastic league and it has got the foundations to keep growing.“Players are seeing that and they are deciding to come here, when they have other offers on the table around Europe.”However, Rooney revealed that his first Stateside winter has been a surprise for him.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I have realised how cold it gets,” said the English forward. “A lot colder than back in England, so that was challenging.“We couldn’t really take the kids out anywhere, it was too cold!“I am sure, like a lot of people who have got kids, you take them to school, pick them up and take them somewhere to play, or sit down and do their homework with them.“So, it is quite boring but that’s our life and we enjoy it!”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC United last season after completing a move from Everton last June.The 2019 MLS season will begin this weekend with Rooney and DC to start their own campaign at home to defending champions Atlanta United at Washington in the Audi Field Stadium on Monday.🌞⚽️ #DCU pic.twitter.com/bcoHGaYtFY— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 26, 2019last_img read more

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Councilmember Chris Cate on shortterm rentals scooters regulations and marijuana

first_imgCouncilmember Chris Cate on short-term rentals, scooters regulations, and marijuana 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council has voted to repeal regulations on vacation rentals.In July, the Council passed an ordinance that was designed in part, to combat the housing shortage crisis and the high real estate and rental prices in San Diego by limiting the amount of properties an owner may rent out to vacationers.Yesterday, opponents of the regulations packed the Council Chamber to have their voices heard. The City Council will now regroup to find a solution both sides are satisfied with.Councilmember Chris Cate was in studio to discuss the council’s decision on Short-term rentals, scooter regulations, and marijuana. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Chris Cate, Decision 2018, Scooter FacebookTwitter Posted: October 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom October 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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ASA Celebrates Passage of Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is celebrating final passage of legislation that includes an extension of the biodiesel tax incentive for one year through Dec. 31, 2009, and provisions to shut down the abusive “splash and dash” practice that currently allows foreign-produced fuel to enter the U.S., claim the biodiesel tax incentive and be shipped to a third country for end use.”Enactment of the biodiesel tax credit extension represents a significant legislative achievement on a key ASA priority because the growth in biodiesel sales has raised soybean prices by a conservative estimate of at least $2.00 per bushel,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “Soybean farmers greatly appreciate the work of Congress to get this extension through before they adjourned.”In an interesting twist, the Senate added the tax extenders bill, including the one year extension of the biodiesel tax credit, to the financial rescue package (H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act), which the Senate passed on Oct. 1, by a vote of 74-25. The House took up the bill today and passed the measure by a vote of 263-171. The bill now goes to President George W. Bush, who is expected to sign it into law.Earlier this week, ASA issued a “Call to Action” to its members to contact Members of Congress and urge them to support the extension of the biodiesel tax credit included in the economic rescue legislation. ASA also signed on to a letter with a broad coalition of businesses, environmental organizations, public health advocates, electric utilities, agricultural organizations, investors, labor groups, nongovernmental organizations, states and trade associations urging Congress not to adjourn before enacting the tax extenders package.ASA and its 25 State Affiliates successfully championed the original biodiesel incentive that became law in 2004. In 2005, ASA also achieved its goal when the landmark Energy Bill extended the biodiesel tax incentive through 2008. The excise tax credit amounts to a penny per percentage point of biodiesel blended with petroleum diesel for “agri-biodiesel,” such as that made from soybean oil.”Biodiesel is an excellent way for America’s soybean growers to boost U.S. energy security, promote economic development and improve the environment,” Hoffman said. “This legislation will also help support the price of soybeans by creating demand for biodiesel made from soybean oil.”last_img read more

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Upcoming VA Mission Act Rollout Expected to be Bumpy

first_img ADC AUTHOR The White House and congressional leaders are both issuing late warnings that the VA “Mission Act” to improve veterans’ access private health care will experience a bumpy rollout, Government Executive reported.The VA is in final preparations to implement the bipartisan measure that President Trump signed into law in 2017 but has faced pushback from some who see it as an administration attempt to privatize VA health care.The program is designed to consolidate existing approved private care programs and ease veterans’ access to those providers.Earlier this year the VA released its standards for accessing private care under the act, which would require meeting certain distance and eligibility requirements.The new standards are expected to go into effect in June, but House VA Committee Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Senate VA Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have voiced concerns that the program and its new standards will hollow out VA care.“Since the Mission Act was signed into law, I’ve had concerns the VA’s primary focus could be on supplanting in-house care instead of supplementing that care when it makes the most sense for our veterans,” Tester said.Tester has also said the VA is at risk of sending patients out for private care that is lower in quality and less timely.DOD photo by Reese Brownlast_img read more

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