Maharashtra Cricket Association managing committee gives nod to implement Lodha Reforms

first_imgManaging committee of the Maharashtra Cricket Association has agreed to adopt the recommendations of the Justice RM Lodha committee.”In a recent meeting held here, managing committee of the Maharashtra Cricket Association agreed to implement the Lodha committee recommendations and also decided to implement any modifications, the (Supreme) court may order in future,” MCA president Abhay Apte said.”We want to stabilise the association financially…how long we can continue with the status quo. For last one and a half years, they have stopped the funds and we now want to be financially stable. Stalemate should be resolved,” Apte told PTI.Following the managing committee’s approval, the resolution (to adopt Lodha panel reforms) will now be placed before the general body of the Association, which is likely to be meet this month. The Supreme Court had asked state cricket associations to implement the reforms suggested by the Justice Lodha committee.last_img read more

#WelcomeBackAbhinandan: Indian sports stars cheer as air warrior returns home

first_imgVirender Sehwag, Saina Nehwal, Suresh Raina and Mohammad Kaif welcomed back Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he was on his way back form Pakistan after he was captured during their air battle a couple of days ago. Sehwag and Saina saluted the Indian hero for his valour and courage and celebrated his return to the country.The Wagah-Attari border was full of people on Friday to welcome the country’s hero from Pakistan, even as according to protocal, the Wing Commander was kept away from the public glare.Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to express his pride and love for Wing Commander Abhinandan and bowed down to his courage.Welcome back Wing Commander Abhinandan .. you are our HERO in the truest sense.. The country salutes you and the bravery and dignity you have shown #Respect #WelcomeBackAbinandan Jai HindSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 1, 2019How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3TVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2019Saina Nehwal also welcomed back Abhinandan with much gusto.Welcome back our hero … #WingCommandarAbhinandan #IndianAirfoceSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) March 1, 2019Suresh Raina and Mohammad Kaif were also delighted with the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan and gave a salute to his bravery.Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman, the entire country salutes your spirit and bravery. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/wXSobEm4VESuresh Raina (@ImRaina) March 1, 2019#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan So proud of the dignity and grace with which you braved a difficult time. Delighted that you are back. pic.twitter.com/YWV0BaDAvjadvertisementMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 1, 2019In my time alive on this planet, I haven’t seen a bigger hero. #WelcomeBackAbhinandanAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 1, 2019I must say I was nervous before he returned. I am glad India got its son back!!! #Abhinanadan #AbhinanadanVarthaman pic.twitter.com/xz3XA0qElRGautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 1, 2019The Indian Air Force said on Thursday it saw Pakistan’s decision to release Wing Commander Abhinandan only as “a gesture which is in consonance with Geneva conventions”. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said it was a “peace gesture”.Tensions between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan skyrocketed after New Delhi announced it had carried out a pre-emptive strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan, days after the terrorist group killed 40 Indian soldiers in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.The day after it announced the strike, India said it had thwarted an attempt by Pakistan to target its military installations. It was during that aerial confrontation that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan.Varthaman’s MiG 21 was shot and he bailed out after bringing down a Pakistani F-16 fighter during a dogfight, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said on Thursday.last_img read more

Mercator Lines (Singapore) Sinks Further into Red

first_imgzoom Indian-owned dry bulk shipping company Mercator Lines (Singapore) Limited widened its losses in the first quarter of its current financial year, driven mostly by a near 50 per cent drop in revenue compared to the same period a year earlier.The revenue for Q1 FY 2016 was at USD 8.5 million as compared to USD 16.5 million in Q1 FY 2015.Mercator Singapore reported a net loss of USD 9.9 million for the quarter as against a loss of USD 7.1 million in the corresponding period previous year.The company attributed the loss to volatile dry bulk shipping industry, with the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) closing at 800 points as on June 30, 2015, as compared to 596 points as on April 1, 2015.The BDI has recovered to 1,118 points on July 22, 2015,  after dropping to an unprecedented low level of 509 on February 18, 2015. The market rate for Panamax vessels closed at a rate of USD 6,734 per day as on June 30 as compared to USD 4,762 as on April 01. The average market rate for Panamax vessels for Q1 FY 2016 was USD 5,189 per day as against USD 6,304 in the corresponding period previous year.”The Company continued to outperform the Baltic Panamax Index rates. We are seeing some early signs of recovery in the industry and would carefully monitor the markets to take advantage of the recent spike,” said Shalabh Mittal, Managing Director and CEO of Mercator Singapore.Mercator operates a fleet of thirteen dry bulk vessels, twelve owned and one chartered-in, with an aggregate capacity of about 1 million dwt as on June 30, 2015. The average age of Mercator’s fleet is about 11 years.last_img read more

Higher public debt has helped slow buildup of household debt Bank of

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government’s steps to amass more public debt have helped Canadians avoid an even faster build-up of their personal debt loads, even though such household burdens have still managed to hit historic highs, the Bank of Canada governor said Tuesday.Stephen Poloz said Ottawa’s spending in the last couple of years on programs such as enhanced child benefits and infrastructure, have contributed to economic growth.The extra public investments have also helped push interest rates up to a level higher than they would have been without the government stimulus, he said.From there, those higher rates have helped slow the accumulation of household debt and, while it’s still climbed to record levels, it’s lower than it otherwise would have been had Canada continued with government belt-tightening approaches of the past, Poloz said.“It’s always hard to imagine the counterfactual, but if rates had to stay lower for longer that would mean more household debt — and the federal government has accumulated some fiscal debt instead,” Poloz said as he responded to questions following his speech at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.“And I think that’s a trade-off that, of course, you have to make in policy-making space.”All things considered, Poloz added that this “mix has worked better for the economy than the old mix.”He said he didn’t want to comment on the merits of specific fiscal policies of the past. But he noted the current approach has helped guide Canada’s economy closer to reaching its full capacity, or “home,” as Poloz calls it.His remarks come a couple of weeks after the Trudeau government tabled a federal budget that has faced criticism for its plan to continue running annual multibillion-dollar deficits across the five-year projection horizon — despite the country’s surprisingly strong economic performance.The government opted to use billions of dollars worth of fresh fiscal space for new investments, a decision that left it with no timeline to return to balance.Finance Minister Bill Morneau argues the new spending will lift long-term growth and insists his earlier investments have already produced encouraging economic results. Morneau has also made efforts to reassure the public that the new commitments will be carried out in a responsible way.In response to a journalist’s question, Poloz said Tuesday he agreed with the view consumers are now facing high debt loads because that took over a debt-accumulation void left by governments. Many governments shifted to austerity mode once they had shut down the massive stimulus measures put in place after the 2008 financial crisis.“Because we were in a place where the economy was facing significant head winds, downward shocks, somebody was going to accumulate some debt if we were to keep the economy closer to full employment,” Poloz said.He said household debt has been one of the central bank’s top concerns for quite some time and it’s figuring prominently in the list of issues he’s watching closely as the economy adjusts to higher rates.The bank estimates the economy may be as much as 50 per cent more sensitive to a given rate of interest than it was about a decade ago, he added.Still, despite record levels of household debt, he said default levels remain very low and the system is performing well.Citing trade-policy uncertainties, such as those related to the United States, the bank held off moving its trend-setting rate last week. It has hiked the benchmark three times since last summer thanks to a stronger-than-expected economy.“Even I don’t know when interest rates may go up again,” Poloz said.“That’s because we’re truly dependent on the data as they evolve in the economy because that will help us in real time to understand where we really are relative to what I call home.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Crudebyrail exports above 200000 barrels per day for the first time in

first_imgCALGARY – The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada set another record in June, rising to 204,558 barrels per day.That’s up almost three per cent from 198,800 in May and 86 per cent from 109,500 in June 2017.In a report Wednesday, analysts at AltaCorp Capital linked growth in railway oil shipments to the wider-than-usual discount being paid for Western Canadian Select crude compared with New York-benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil.The discount increase has been blamed on the difficulty in getting western Canadian oil to market because of tight pipeline capacity as three proposed export pipeline projects face ongoing delays.AltaCorp says the rate of growth in crude-by-rail volumes since the discount rose above US$25 per barrel last year has actually lagged behind that seen in 2011-12, the last time the differential was as wide.It attributes the slower growth to reluctance by rail companies to increase capacity and producers to sign long-term transport contracts to deal with market conditions that may only last until new pipelines come on stream, possibly as early as late 2019.last_img read more

Malian Minister Lauds Perfect Cooperation with Morocco

Tangier – Cooperation between Morocco and Mali, two brotherly countries, “is perfect in every way,” the Malian Minister of Labour and Public Service, Raky Diarra Talla, said Wednesday in Tangier.The Malian minister told the press on the sidelines of the 12th Pan-African Forum on the modernization of public services and state institutions that Morocco plays an important role in promoting South-South cooperation, adding that cooperation between her country and the Kingdom in public services sector is “permanent” and includes exchange of experiences and human resources development.The Pan-African forum, organized alongside the 54th Annual Meeting of the Governing Board of CAFRAD, was an opportunity to discuss issues related to governance, transparency, ethics and the fight against corruption, she pointed out.The Pan-African was organized by the Ministry of Public Service and Modernization of the Administration of the Kingdom of Morocco, CAFRAD and ACBF from May 31 to June 1st. Held under the theme “The Cultural Dimension of Responsible Public Governance in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals”, the forum aimed at highlighting the essential role of culture in the strategies of building and implementing a responsible public governance in the pursuit of the SDGs.With MAP read more

Malaysias antiterror and sedition laws curtail human rights warns UN rights chief

“It is very disappointing that the Malaysian Government is now proposing to make a bad law worse,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a press release issued earlier today. “These proposals are particularly worrying given that the Sedition Act has been applied in many instances to curb the legitimate exercise of freedom of expression in Malaysia – including through the arrests of individuals for merely tweeting their criticism of Government policies and judicial decisions.” The 1948 Act, which carries sentences of up to five years in jail, outlaws a number of vague offenses, such as expressing “any seditious words” or acting with “seditious tendency” to incite hatred or disaffection of the government or the judiciary, promoting hostility between different races or classes, or questioning any right, privilege, sovereignty prerogative stated in the country’s Constitution. The latest proposal to amend the Act, however, further broadens the scope of the offences and introduces harsher penalties, including up to 20 years’ imprisonment for “aggravated” sedition, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which added that new provisions for travel bans had also prompted cause for concern. “The UN Human Rights Office has long urged Malaysia to either repeal the 1948 Sedition Act or to bring it in line with international human rights standards,” the High Commissioner continued, recalling that the Government had committed to repealing the Act during its Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council in 2013.In addition, Mr. Zeid also voiced concern at the passage of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) in the lower house of Parliament on Tuesday this week, observing that among the serious human rights shortcomings in the law were provisions which permitted the indefinite detention of individuals without trial and grant sweeping powers to law enforcement authorities. “Silencing dissent does not nurture social stability, but an open democratic space does,” he added. “Curtailing the legitimate exercise of human rights in the name of fighting terrorism has been shown, time and again, to backfire and to only lead to festering discontent and a strong sense of injustice.” read more

Police pursue speeding Jet Ski riders on the Thames

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Four speeding jet ski riders escaped the grasp of police today who chased them along the River Thames.Officers gave chase this evening after receiving reports that the vessels were “being driven at speed” through London – but had to stand down for “safety reasons”.A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called at approximately 18:29hrs on Friday, 03 August to reports of four jet skis driving at speed down the River Thames.”Officers from the Met’s Marine Policing Unit (MPU) pursued all four jet skis.”The jet skis were approaching central London and the MPU were able to make them change their course.”Following this the decision was taken to no longer pursue the jet skis for safety reasons.” read more

Car petrolbombed in racist hate crime

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are investigating a petrol bomb attack on a car last night in what is being treated as a racially motivated hate crime.The PSNI said the attack happened in the Ballyronan Park area of Antrim last night. Police received a report that a car was on fire at around 9.35pm.The car was destroyed in the fire. Police say that several men were involved in the petrol bomb attack.The PSNI has asked for anyone with information to contact them.last_img

Boy 4 dies after being dragged by hijacked car in South Africa

first_imgA FOUR-YEAR-old boy trapped by his seatbelt was dragged to his death behind a hijacked car in South Africa, leaving his traumatised mother screaming at the side of the road, police and media said today.“Mommy help me,” were the last words Chantel Morris heard from her panicked son Taegrin as he struggled to free himself before the car sped off with him hanging helplessly out of the door, Independent group newspapers reported.What happenedMorris had loaded Taegrin and his eight-year-old sister into their VW Golf outside their grandmother’s house in Boksburg east of Johannesburg on Saturday night when three hijackers held guns to her head.“I asked them to let me get my children out, they could take whatever they wanted, but please let me have my children. I went to the back to pull out Taegrin,” Morris said.Her daughter managed to climb out of the car, but as Morris tried to free the boy from his seatbelt his foot became stuck and the hijackers sped off, ripping him out of her hands.Morris and witnesses to the hijacking ran after the car screaming, but it did not stop. It was later found four kilometres away, with the boy’s battered body next to it.Police have offered a reward of 50,000 rand ($5,000) for information leading to the arrest of the hijackers.South Africa has some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime, and carjacking is common.- © AFP, 2014Read: This day 30 years ago the Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strike began>last_img read more

Investors still dominating the market

first_imgThe mortgage market is picking up momentum, but the rate of growth is glacial. Reserve Bank figures released show that the annual rate of growth in housing finance has increased from 4.4 per cent at the start of the year to five per cent in October. Investors are driving the growth. The value of investor housing loans increased by 0.6 per cent in October and by 6.4 per cent in the 12 months to October. The value of owner-occupier mortgages rose by 0.4 per cent in October and by 4.3 per cent in the 12 months to October. Source: Banking Day Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sommet de Cancun sur le climat le concret reste à venir

first_imgSommet de Cancun sur le climat : le concret reste à venirDemain s’achèvera la conférence de Cancun sur le changement climatique. Les quelque 190 pays participants ont donc deux jours pour prendre des décisions concrètes, notamment sur les modalités de renouvellement des accords de Kyoto sur l’émission de gaz à effet de serre.L’avenir du protocole de Kyoto, traité de limitation des émissions de gaz à effet de serre entré en vigueur en 2005 et valable jusqu’en 2012, est l’un des principaux sujets de discussion de la conférence annuelle de la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques, qui se tient à Cancun (Mexique) jusqu’à demain.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airJamais signé par les Etats-Unis ni par la Chine, pourtant les premiers concernés, le protocole de Kyoto est aujourd’hui boudé par le Japon, qui ne compte pas renouveler cet engagement, et par le Canada et la Russie, assez réticents. Alors que les pays du Sud, notamment les Etats émergents comme le Brésil, la Chine et l’Inde, font de la signature d’un “Kyoto bis” par les pays riches, un point “non négociable”.Si le Brésil et la Grande-Bretagne ont été désignés comme médiateurs pour tenter d’arriver à un accord sur ce dossier, Brice Lalonde, ambassadeur français pour les questions climatiques, constate de son côté : “Nous sommes toujours en péril sur ce qui est peut-être l’essentiel”.Limiter la déforestation, établir des règles de vérification des mesures anti-CO2 prises par les pays en développement et créer un “Fonds vert” sont les autres préoccupations des participants de Cancun, qui devront essayer de concrétiser, sur ces questions, les décisions de principe prises l’an dernier à Copenhague.   Le 9 décembre 2010 à 13:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pochettino Spurs deserve a party for start to the season

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes that his side has earned a good party for their strong start to the seasonThe North Londoners find themselves fifth in the Premier League table and two points off top spot after eight games, despite a series of off-field problems.Renovation work on Spurs’ White Hart Lane Stadium has been delayed causing them to stage all their home fixtures at London’s Wembley Arena until further notice.Meanwhile, the Spurs squad itself has come under criticism of late due to a scrappy 1-0 win over 10-man Cardiff City on Saturday and last week’s 4-2 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League at Wembley.“It’s a strange feeling,” said Pochettino, according to Goal.“I think people always expect that when you have a good season and expect the next season to be better, and the season after better and better. But I think the problem is that we have improved a lot in the last year.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“To take us to the next step, we have to finish the training ground and the stadium. And people talk too much about Tottenham, [saying] ‘Tottenham must win titles to improve’, but that’s not true.“We need to finish our stadium, training ground and provide the team and the fans to feel home and happy and then invest in the team and work hard. That’s not an excuse.“We take our decision to think about football and the club, too, while our contenders only think about football and try and improve the team only to win. And that’s a massive difference between us and the rest of the contenders.“We can win a title but it’s not compulsory to win a title, that’s the difference. [It is] compulsory to the team that has spent a lot of money but it’s not the case for us.“With our circumstances, I think we need to party!”Spurs will next face West Ham United away in the Premier League on October 20.last_img read more

Merson Man City need Fernandinho back ASAP or titles over

first_imgManchester City have dropped in form recently has not been a coincidence with Fernandinho absence, says pundit Paul MersonThe Brazilian defender has been in and out of the City team this month as he struggles with a thigh injury.Notably, Fernandinho was sidelined in City’s last two games which ended in defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City and is a doubt for Sunday’s showdown at Southampton.After manager Pep Guardiola missed out on signing Jorginho in the summer, Paul Merson believes City need to start considering replacing the 33-year-old Fernandinho.“He didn’t play against Crystal Palace or Leicester – and they lost both games,” Merson wrote on his Daily Star column.“He reads the game and breaks up play, and he’s the only player they have who can do it.“City played John Stones there against Palace and they let in three goals. They played Ilkay Gundogan there against Leicester and still lost.“Fernandinho is the first name on the teamsheet for a reason. They can go without David Silva or De Bruyne or Aguero for a few weeks. But they can’t do without the Brazilian.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I said months ago they needed another player like him, an N’Golo Kante type. Fernandinho makes them tick and you need someone like that in your team.“They need another player like him. He is 33 so he’s not going to be playing every week for the rest of his career.“I understand why Guardiola tried to sign Jorginho because he’s a similar player. He reads the game, presses well, and always keeps it simple.LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Jorginho of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)“That is so valuable. I watch other players who play there and they do that for 20 minutes and then they get over-confident and start trying to spray 40-yard Hollywood balls everywhere.“Jordan Henderson sometimes does that. But not Fernandinho. He’s switched on for 90 minutes, he knows his role, and he does it to the letter.“He has been a massive, massive miss, and he’s the reason City lost those games. It would not have happened if he was fit. He runs the show.“They need him back ASAP or they will be out of the title race and forced to concentrate on the Champions League instead.”City have fallen down to third-place in the Premier League after three defeats in their last four games.last_img read more

Person killed in traffic crash on San Diego freeway in Mission Bay

first_img Posted: January 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 2:35 PM 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) – A person was killed Sunday morning in a traffic crash on the San Diego Interstate 5 Freeway in Mission Bay.The crash on the northbound freeway, south of Clairemont Drive, occurred at 5:50 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported.With details still sketchy, authorities said the crash may have involved an SUV spinning out of control and smashing into the center divider, prompting that vehicle to smash into at least three to four other vehicles. Person killed in traffic crash on San Diego freeway in Mission Baycenter_img January 6, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

WSVN owner among honorees at Habitat for Humanity ceremony

first_imgAlex de Armas“Today in Florida” anchor Alex de Armas emceed the event.The new community should raise nearly $400,000 in mortgage revenue. A Habitat spokesperson said that money will be reinvested to build even more homes.For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Broward County, visit www.habitatbroward.org.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – WSVN owner Ed Ansin was among several South Florida community leaders who received a high honor from Habitat for Humanity of Broward, Wednesday night.The organization held its annual Spirit of Humanity Awards at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.In addition to Ansin, Steve Hudson, the Vice President of the Hudson Family Foundation, as well as Rick and Rita Case of Rick Case Automotive Group, were honored. They were recognized for their contributions to a planned community of 77 new homes in Pompano Beach.WSVN President Ed Ansin“It’s a wonderful occasion. It’s very gratifying for people to recognize what an important event this is and how important Habitat is for our community,” said Ansin.Rick Case“We’re so excited to give back to this community in any way we can, and Habitat is one of the best ways we can do that,” said Rick Case.Rita Case“To think we’re going to put 77 families, over 300 people, in their own home in Pompano, in such an amazing location. We are so proud to be a part of it,” said Rita Case.Steve Hudson“There’s tremendous impact for the families moving to these homes,” said Steve Hudson. “The last project that we were involved with, they had 30 homes, and we were at the keys ceremony and the families receiving their keys, going to their homes for the first time, and the building of community that created was awesome.” last_img read more

Fairbanks Man Likely Contracted Measles in Mongolia

A case of measles in Fairbanks is the first confirmed occurrence of the highly contagious viral infection in the state in 15 years. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services says a man who flew from Mongolia to Fairbanks on May 31 to work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks tested positive for the virus. He was at the university and numerous other locations around the city, including several stores, before he knew he had measles. The man was contagious through June 7 in Fairbanks.Download Audio:State of Alaska Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin suspects the man contracted measles in Mongolia, where there’s a large ongoing outbreak of the disease that causes a telltale rash, fever, runny nose, red eyes, and in rare cases can lead to deadly pneumonia or encephalitis.“The big question is what should people in Fairbanks be doing.”Dr. McLaughlin says that depends on a few things. He says people born before 1957 are likely immune to measles because they were exposed to the actual virus prior to widespread immunization. He says many born after that date were likely immunized as children, protection that lasts a lifetime, but otherwise…“If you are un-vaccinated, under-vaccinated or you’re not sure, our recommendation is to go to your health care provider and make sure you get vaccinated.”McLaughlin says measles spreads easily through the air, and respiratory secretions, even up to two hours after an infected person has been in a room.“Measles is one of the most contagious pathogens known. About 90 percent of people who are exposed to measles, who have not been vaccinated, or have not had the infection in the past, will get infected.”McLaughlin says symptoms typically take a week to 3 weeks to appear after exposure. He adds that the virus can spread from an infected person 4 days before the rash starts, and 4 days after it ends. McLaughlin urges watching for symptoms and calling a health care provider if you suspect you have measles.“Then your health care provider will give you instructions about what to do. What he or she will likely say is I want you to come to the clinic, drive to the clinic, and we will send a nurse out to escort you into the clinic, and we’ll avoid the waiting room, because we don’t want other people to be exposed.”The state reports that the man who traveled to Fairbanks with measles was on a flight from Seattle that stopped in Seattle, but not Anchorage. Federal officials are contacting people who may have been exposed on airlines outside of Alaska. read more

Get Set For Trump Revisions To Your Affordable Care Act Insurance

first_img Share Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty ImagesThe Trump administration is proposing changes to Obamacare that the White House says should stabilize the insurance marketplace. But critics of the proposal see big bumps ahead for consumers.Repeal and replace is on-again, off-again, but that doesn’t mean the rules affecting your insurance will stay the same in the meantime.The Trump administration’s proposed rule aimed at stabilizing the existing health law’s insurance marketplace could have rapid, dramatic effects — perhaps as soon as early summer — on people who do not get insurance through work, and buy it on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges instead.If the changes the administration proposed in February hold up in the final draft, which is expected out soon, look for a shorter enrollment window, tighter vetting of people who sign up outside of those open periods and efforts to penalize consumers who don’t maintain “continuous coverage.”The controversial proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services drew letters from nearly 4,000 organizations and individuals during an unusually short, 20-day public comment period that ended in early March. Consumer advocacy groups hate the proposal, saying it would wreak havoc by making it harder to get coverage.But some specialists in the health law, including Christopher Condeluci of CC Law & Policy in Washington, D.C., see the HHS proposal as helpful for insurers, though he also thinks more adjustments are necessary.“Does it meet all the carriers’ asks when it comes to what changes are needed? No, I don’t think it goes far enough,” said Condeluci, a former staffer to the Senate Finance Committee who specialized in insurance issues.Sabrina Corlette, an attorney who studies the individual marketplace for the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University, said the directive could result in fewer healthy enrollees — which insurers also would not like — and doesn’t address some of the biggest concerns for the insurance industry, such as the fate of federal subsidies that help low-income consumers pay deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs.The Trump administration’s proposal, Corlette said, is “nibbling away at the margins.”Here are four ways the stabilization rule might change the individual health insurance market:If you owe, you pay firstUnder the proposed rule, consumers who want to sign up for an ACA plan with their same insurer for 2018 would have to repay past-due premiums from the previous 12 months before being granted new coverage. Because Obamacare has allowed a three-month grace period before people who haven’t paid premiums are kicked out of coverage, a consumer’s overdue premiums could tally hundreds of dollars — even more than $1,000.Trump’s proposed change aims to discourage people from gaming the system. Insurers say a person with a bad knee, for example, might enroll and pay just long enough to get an expensive knee replacement, then stop paying premiums.But wait, consumer groups and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners warn.There might be legitimate reasons people stop paying premiums — billing errors that are not the fault of the consumer, for example, or the loss of a job. By making such a change, the groups argue, the Trump administration would violate a key part of the health law that requires insurers to offer coverage to just about everyone who applies.Under Trump’s proposed change, “only those who can rapidly come up with a possibly significant sum of money by a given deadline can be guaranteed access to coverage,” wrote Families USA.Some insurers have recommended broadening that proposal to include “unpaid premiums for any prior coverage year.”Better act quicklyOpen enrollment this fall (for 2018 health insurance coverage) would shorten to six weeks, down from three months. While opening day would remain the same — Nov. 1 — the proposal would close the marketplace on Dec. 15 instead of at the end of January. That period “provides sufficient time for consumers to enroll,” the administration has said, and would mean all who sign up would have a full year of coverage starting Jan. 1.The shorter time period, the administration said, could also reduce the number of people who wait to enroll until after they find out they have a health problem. These late joiners are likely to use more health care than a healthy person their age, insurers and the Trump administration say, and can drive up the cost of insurance to everyone.Consumer groups argue the Trump proposal could backfire, because those who tend to wait until the last minute to sign up are actually often the youngest and healthiest — and they may miss the enrollment window if it is shorter. Additionally, the proposed deadline falls around the holidays, when money and time are often tight, which could have a chilling effect on insurance sign-ups.Prove you have a reason — and maybe prior coverageThe ACA allows people to sign up outside the open enrollment period for a variety of special reasons, such as moving, losing coverage, getting married or having a child. This provision has always been a sticking point with insurers, who have maintained that too many customers who made a change during the special enrollment period were sicker and costlier than average. In response, the Obama administration tightened some of these requirements last year and announced it would run a pilot program starting this summer to randomly select half of all special enrollment applicants for verification review, holding up the applicant’s insurance coverage until they provide the proper documentation.Under the Trump administration’s proposal, 100 percent of those applications would be required to undergo preapproval verification — beginning in June 2017. Consumers would have to provide documentation proving they qualify for special enrollment before getting coverage. The administration also proposes that for marriage, at a minimum, one member of the couple would have to prove they had health coverage for at least one day in the two months before their nuptials.Consumer groups are unhappy with the pre-verification idea — and the extra requirement for prior coverage of people who are getting married. Particularly hard hit would be couples who were uninsured previously because they could not afford health insurance as singles or could not get it under their state’s Medicaid rules. Additionally, consumer advocates and some regulators say requiring newlyweds to prove prior coverage violates the health law.Still, the Trump administration asked whether continuous coverage rules should be extended to all special-enrollment customers, not just those getting married. Perhaps people should prove they had coverage for the previous six to 12 months, the administration suggested, or else face a waiting period or financial penalty.Flexibility — or higher deductibles?The health law uses a complex formula to divide plans into metal tiers — bronze, silver, gold and platinum — based on an average percentage of a typical year’s health care bills each level of plan covers. Bronze plans, for example, currently must cover an average of 60 percent of costs, while a silver one is 70 percent. Insurers are allowed wiggle room of plus or minus 2 percent around those averages.The Trump proposal would tweak the formula, allowing insurers to create plans with larger variations around the average. (It exempts certain silver plans for low-income consumers from the change.) So, for example, a bronze plan might cover only 56 percent of costs and silver 66 percent. Insurers say this would allow them to create plans that appeal to more customers, particularly those looking for lower premiums. But critics say the move would increase the size of deductibles.One big problem in boosting enrollment has been that many potential consumers — particularly younger, healthier ones — say premiums are too high. But adjusting the law in this way could raise deductibles and other cost-sharing requirements, which consumers may dislike even more. While the health law sets a maximum cap per year on such payments, for many people those deductibles are already thousands of dollars annually. Under the proposal, deductibles could increase by more than $1,000 a year, according to an analysis by the consumer advocacy group Families USA.Please, may I have some more?Topping insurers’ wish list for other changes, which would require legislative action by Congress, would be permanent federal financial support for insurers that face high-dollar claims from some policyholders. Insurers have argued that change is important if they are to hold down premium costs across the board. Insurers also want a surcharge for people who let their coverage lapse, and the permission to charge older people five times more than younger ones, a practice known as “age rating.” The current limit is 3:1. Widening that ratio could lower premiums for young people but cause big hikes for people older than 45.Cigna said it would like to see an “appropriately funded system of state-designed high-risk pools,” where people with costly illnesses could be sent. So, those with cancer, heart disease or other illnesses would be shunted into those pools, reducing spending — and perhaps premiums — for all remaining in the regular pool. High-risk pools historically, however, have been underfunded, often leading to expensive premiums for enrollees, long waitlists or annual limits on care.Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit health newsroom whose stories appear in news outlets nationwide, is an editorially independent part of the Kaiser Family Foundation.Copyright 2017 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

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first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements “There are hundreds of diplomats, military commanders and civil servants who want out but are too scared. This may encourage them to follow suit,” said Ayman Abdul-Nour, an exiled former member of Assad’s ruling Baath party who knew Assad and Tlass personally.The Tlass family hails from the central town of Rastan near Homs, a rebellious area that has been devastated by repeated government assaults since the uprising began in March 2011.Old associates and analysts say Manaf Tlass supported negotiations with the opposition as the conflict worsened and became frustrated when he was overruled by the military leadership in favor of a brutal crackdown. Once inseparable, Bashar and Manaf reportedly had not spoken for the last three months _ the unraveling of a family friendship that began when their fathers studied together at the Syrian military academy in Homs.Hafez Assad and Mustafa Tlass became even closer after they were both posted in Cairo in the late 1950s when Egypt and Syria merged into the United Arab Republic _ a union that lasted three years.When Hafez rose to power following a bloodless coup in the early 1970s, Mustafa became defense minister, holding the post for 32 years until he retired in 2004. The white-haired Tlass helped engineer Bashar’s succession to the presidency after Hafez died of a heart attack in 2000 and gave guidance to the young doctor turned leader. Abdul-Nour and others say Tlass tried to mediate between the regime and the opposition in the beginning of the uprising. He traveled to Rastan and tried to arrange a cease-fire but his efforts were blocked by the military.His hometown eventually fell into the hands of rebels and Tlass is said to have been enraged by the daily pounding of Rastan government forces seeking to regain control. Assad and Manaf had not spoken for the last three months, said Abdul-Nour, quoting knowledgeable friends back in Damascus.Tlass is a cousin of Abdel Razzaq Tlass, leader of the Farouk Brigade in the Free Syrian Army in the central Homs province, who was often seen in videos with U.N. observers visiting Homs.“Manaf supported a policy of negotiation, flexibility and compromise. He was overruled by the military leadership and has since looked for a way out,” Syria analyst Joshua Landis wrote in his blog.In recent months, Manaf Tlass was sidelined and confined largely to his home in Damascus, which activists say was ransacked after news of his defection. The reports could not be independently confirmed.By leaving, Tlass joins his father, who left Syria several months ago for France ostensibly to seek medical treatment, and his brother, Firas, a businessman, who also left Syria and reportedly travels between the United Arab Emirates and France. Associated PressBEIRUT (AP) – A top general who has abandoned President Bashar Assad’s regime was a longtime friend from Syria’s most powerful Sunni family, and his break with the Alawite-dominated inner circle signals crumbling support from a privileged elite.Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass was a commander in the powerful Republican Guard and the son of a former defense minister who was the most trusted lieutenant of Hafez Assad, the president’s father and predecessor. His defection marks the highest profile departure in 16 months of bloodshed that activists say has killed more than 14,000 people. Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Syriasteps, a pro-government website with reported links to Syrian security, reported Tlass’ defection Thursday night, quoting a security official who said that his “desertion means nothing.”But analysts believe it is a moral blow that will encourage more high-ranking defections.“The Tlass defection sends the sign that the regime is done for. No longer is this uprising merely about angry young men in the countryside. It has reached to the very top,” Syria analyst Joshua Landis wrote on his blog.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 4 must play golf courses in Arizona In addition to his long military career and the many military decorations pinned to his chest, Tlass was known for his flagrant personality, off-the-cuff remarks and humor. In 1990, he castigated Yasser Arafat over concessions to Israel, calling the late Palestinian leader “the son of 60,000 whores” and comparing him to a stripper.His son maintained a lower political profile but was just as ingrained in Assad’s regime _ one of a handful of Sunnis to hold power in the government dominated by the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.Like their fathers, Bashar and Manaf were close friends and Manaf Tlass worked his way up through posts with the Baath party, eventually becoming commander of the Brigade 105 of the Republican Guard in charge of protecting the capital, Damascus, and the regime. Old associates say he was privy to some of the most sensitive and secretive files in Syria.A handsome man in his mid-40s, Manaf led an extravagant lifestyle and he and his wife were fixtures on the social scene in Syria, where he often spoke on Assad’s behalf.“He likes to have fun, go to discos and drink whisky. Clearly, he couldn’t cope with this bloodshed and was extremely frustrated about how things got out of hand,” said Abdul-Nour, who has been living in self-imposed exile in the United Arab Emirates since he defected from the Baath party in 2007.last_img read more

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