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01Jan/21

Governor Douglas hosts regional White House forum on health reform

first_imgThe second in a series of Regional White House Forums on Health Reform took place today in Burlington, Vermont.  The forum was hosted by the University of Vermont and was moderated by Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont and Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, represented the Obama administration.   Forum participants included doctors, patients, providers, insurers, policy experts and health care advocates of all kinds both Democrats and Republicans who discussed the urgent need to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, and to curb skyrocketing health care costs that are draining our federal and state budgets, devastating families and small businesses, and undermining our long-term economic prosperity. Today s forum was a tremendous success, said Governor Douglas. The discussion was very helpful and with so many viewpoints represented, I know the White House will come away from this with many good ideas for how we build a more affordable and effective healthcare system in America.  In keeping with the Obama administration s commitment to an open, inclusive, and transparent process for health reform, the forum brought together a diverse group of people to voice their concerns and ideas on reforming our health care system. Health care reform in Massachusetts has become a national model with more than 97% of residents insured in just two years, said Governor Patrick. But affordability is still a big challenge and we need payment reform and better cost containment across America to make healthcare truly available for all. Vermont, like Massachusetts, is a model for the rest of the nation, Governor Douglas continued. Our Blueprint for Health, Green Mountain Healthcare products and our Chronic Care Initiative are all programs that will help us bring down the cost of healthcare and lead healthier lives. We really appreciate the opportunity to share these programs with the rest of the country.And Nancy-Ann DeParle represented the Obama Administration. Today we continued our important national conversation on health reform, DeParle said. Exploding costs are bankrupting families and burdening businesses, dragging down state and local budgets, and piling up our national debt. The time to act is now.Regional White House Forums on Health Reform will also be held in Iowa, North Carolina, and California throughout the rest of March and early April. Anyone interested in participating in the discussion can visit www.HealthReform.gov(link is external) to submit their questions.last_img read more

17Sep/20

Former Nigerian Athlete, Kemi Adekoya, Suspended for Dope

first_imgFormer world indoor champion, Nigerian-born Kemi Adekoya has been provisionally suspended after the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) confirmed that she failed drugs test.Twenty-five-year-old Adekoya was born in Nigeria but switched to Bahrain at the start of 2014. She tested positive for banned steroid stanozolol and has been notified of the allegation.Her case has a date of November 26 when listed on the AIU website. In 2016 she won 400 metres gold at the World Indoor Championships in Portland in the United States.Her record also includes four gold medals at the Asian Games, including the 400m hurdles title at last year’s edition in Jakarta and Palambang.She also helped Bahrain to the mixed 4x400m relay title in Indonesia, four years after winning the 400m and 400m hurdles double at Incheon 2014.Adekoya has set various national records for Bahrain since switching to the Gulf state.The International Association of Athletics Federations founded the AIU last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

16Aug/20

MLB trade rumors: Twins eyeing Madison Bumgarner, Noah Syndergaard, other arms, report says

first_img MLB trade rumors: At least 8 teams have inquired about deal for Mets’ Noah Syndergaard MLB trade rumors: Phillies have ‘investigated the possibility’ of dealing for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke The Twins, who already have the bats to make some noise in the postseason, are reportedly working to add a marquee pitcher to help the staff.MLB Network reported Friday that the Twins had a “top talent evaluator” in San Francisco on Thursday to watch the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner face Noah Syndergaard of the Mets. (Both pitchers fared well in the 16-inning marathon, with Bumgarner allowing one earned run in nine innings and Syndergaard giving up one through seven.) But adding another marquee arm makes the Twins even more dangerous down the stretch and in a postseason series. The Twins starters already rank fourth in MLB with a 3.71 ERA.center_img Source: #Twins had a top talent evaluator in San Francisco for last night’s Madison Bumgarner-Noah Syndergaard matchup. Minnesota has the prospects to make a strong play for either starter and also has interest in the #SFGiants relievers. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 19, 2019Beyond that, MLB Network reported the Twins are also looking at the Giants relievers, as well as Tigers starter Matthew Boyd and closer Shane Greene.Obviously, the Twins will face competition from other suitors for most of those aforementioned hurlers leading up to the MLB trade deadline. And they’re not dealing out of desperation, already boasting a 1-2 rotation punch of Jose Berrios, an All-Star the past two seasons, and Jake Odorizzi, an All-Star this season. Related News MLB trade rumors: Everyone wants pitching, but what hitters could Cubs, Phillies, Indians be adding?last_img read more

13Aug/20

Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris beats Mo Farah!

first_img31382Paul Kipkemoi CHELIMOUSA13:33.30 POSBIBATHLETEMARK 1402Ryan HILLUSADNS 12734Birhanu BALEWBRN13:43.25 5893Selemon BAREGAETH13:35.34 7852Aron KIFLEERI13:36.91 8950Andrew BUTCHARTGBR13:38.73 2954Mohamed FARAHGBR13:33.22 11655Patrick TIERNANAUS13:40.01 Athletics: Farah denied final gold by Ethiopian EdrisLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  British athletics legend Mo Farah narrowly failed to complete a fifth successive global double on Saturday when he finished second behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris in a thrilling 5,000 metres world final.The 34-year-old, whose winning run in the 5,000m at Olympics and world finals stretched back to 2011, fought desperately to claw back the deficit in the finishing straight but Edris held on to win in 13min 32.79sec.Farah, a two-time double world champion and two time double Olympic champion, finished in 13:33.22.Farah, who had won the 10,000m last Friday to open the championships with a bang, said he couldn’t have given it more but added he had proved that it was possible to break up the Ethiopian and Kenya hegemony over the distance races.“I gave it my all, 110 percent,” said Farah.“I don’t think there was any more I could have done. They (the Ethiopians) run as a team.“Never feel like you can’t beat the Kenyans and Ethiopians — anything is possible.”American Paul Chelimo added world bronze to his Olympic silver, timing 13.33.30. 4899Yomif KEJELCHAETH13:33.51 RACE PREVIEWLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  British track legend Mo Farah sauntered into the 5,000 metres world final early in the week looking good to sign off his brilliant track championship career with a fifth successive global title double.The 34-year-old — who has two Olympic and two world championship doubles to his credit — showed no sign of a hangover from the 10,000m victory last Friday, which saw him emerge with a badly cut calf, as he finished second in his semi-final at a rain-sodden London Stadium.Farah, who is unbeaten in 5,000m global finals since winning the 2011 world crown, admitted to being tired but said he took his lead off a Kenyan catchphrase.“Anything is possible — train hard and win easy, that is what the Kenyans say,” said Farah.“I’ve been given a chance in life. For all the young kids out there, you should believe that you can do it as well.”However, he may need to be on his guard as at the opposite end of the age spectrum 17-year-old Ethiopian Selemon Barega caught the eye in winning his semi-final.Farah was content to hang out the back in the early stages but moved onto the fastest man in the world this year Muktar Edris’s shoulder with 10 laps remaining.Up front was Spain’s Morocco-born Illias Fifa ahead of 16-year-old Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo who then took on the pace with seven laps to the tape — Farah moving up to second behind the youngster.A welcome sudden injection of pace came from Tanzania’s Emmanuel Gisamoda with Farah looking relaxed in fourth alongside Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan.However, they bunched up again and a fair few elbows came to the fore as runners tried to hold their position.As they took the bell there were a dozen runners in contention for the five automatic places but Farah was never in danger of missing out and content to finish second.However, the biggest cheer of all came for Mauritania’s Mohamed Sambe who valiantly battled on despite being tailed off from early on and being lapped twice.The 34-year-old had his own ‘lap of honour’ on the final circuit of the track being cheered to the rafters and raised his arms as he crossed the line in celebrating having completed the course in his own time.The second semi-final saw Ethiopian tyro Barega take on the pace setting duties after a very pedestrian opening four laps swapping the lead with Ugandan Stephen Kissa.There were casualties though as the pace slowed and they bunched up with Kenyan-born American Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo going down after being clipped by Kenya’s Cyrus Rutto, who also came to grief.Chelimo recovered quicker regaining his place in the main pack whilst Rutto took his time but with two laps to run he too was back in contention.However, Chelimo ran out of puff when the final sprint took place with Barega coming home first and his former compatriot now running for Bahrain Birhanu Balew was second with Rutto doing brilliantly to take third.There was a happy ending for Chelimo though as he made the final as one of the five fastest losers. 101076Kemoy CAMPBELLJAM13:39.74 6749Mohammed AHMEDCAN13:35.43 Farah and his team-mate Andrew Butchart had tried to break up the field with 600 metres to go in a race that had been run at generally a very slow pace.However, Edris and team-mate Yomif Kejelcha seized the initiative as the bell went and Farah struggled to go with them.He fell several metres behind them going down the back straight.Edris led round the final bend with Farah under pressure from Kenyan-born Chelimo as they hit the straight.Edris gritted his teeth and set sail for home with Farah moving down the inside to try and engineer a remarkable final burst but the gas just wasn’t there. 1896Muktar EDRISETH13:32.79 Share on: WhatsApp 131147Cyrus RUTTOKEN13:48.64 ***** 14850Awet HABTEERI13:58.68 9758Justyn KNIGHTCAN13:39.15last_img read more

12Aug/20

Uber Driver Facing Criminal Charges After Accidentally Shooting Teen Passenger

first_imgA Florida teenager is hurt after a bizarre incident during an Uber ride.The 15-year-old Broward County girl was accidentally shot in the ankle by her Uber driver last weekend as he was trying to holster his gun.The driver, Adrian Harper is charged with culpable negligence. A member of our well regulated militia (and @Uber driver) moves his loaded gun with passengers in his car. He fires the gun and shoots a 15 year old girl through her ankle and heel. https://t.co/nm9k549Nt5— WellRegulatedMilitia (@Well_Regulated_) October 22, 2019 Also, Uber has cut ties with Harper because the company doesn’t allow drivers to carry guns or give rides to unaccompanied minors.last_img read more

12Aug/20

Grandpa facing charges in granddaughter’s death speaks out

first_imgThe grieving grandfather whose granddaughter fell to her death from a cruise ship window recalled the moment he saw the toddler slip from his grasp.“I saw her fall,” Salvatore “Sam” Anello, 51, told CBS News. “I saw her fall, and I was just in disbelief; it was like, ‘oh my God!”Anello was holding 18-month-old Chloe Weigand up against what he said he thought was a bank of a closed window on The Freedom of the Seas cruise ship while it was docked in Puerto Rico in July.He is now facing negligent homicide charges in Puerto Rico.Anello’s family expressed through their attorney that they did not want the state to charge Anello calling Chloe’s death a “tragic accident that was preventable.”Prosecutor Laura Hernandez told ABC News that prosecutors are confident in the case and would not have pursued a negligent homicide charge if the evidence did not support it.Related content:Grandpa charged for dropping toddler from cruise ship appears in courtlast_img read more

12Aug/20

Laura Ellis Shares Why She Races for the Cure

first_imgThe 29th annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure® will take place on Saturday, January 25 along Downtown West Palm Beach’s waterfront.Runners, walkers, corporate, school, and community teams and individuals of all ages are welcome to join the event that puts dollars to work and helps to make an impact on those touched by breast cancer.Raise funds to find a cure and help save lives right here in our own communities of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.Click here to register yourself & your team for Race for the Cure!last_img read more

12Aug/20

BREAKING: Former NBA Star Kobe Bryant Dies in CA Helicopter Crash

first_imgFormer NBA star Kobe Bryant has reportedly been killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.Five people were on board the helicopter, although Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not one of them.Bryant spent his entire 20-year-career with the Los Angeles Lakers, before retiring in 2016.He was 41 years old.This is a developing story.last_img