Changes coming? NBA commissioner wants draft rules amended

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “I think we all agree that we need to make a change,” Silver said. “As I’ve said before, our position, at least our formal position, going into bargaining was that we wanted to raise the minimum age from 19 to 20, and of course their formal position was they want to lower the age from 19 to 18.“I think it’s one of those issues that we need to come together and study.”There were six rookies this season who averaged 10 points per game or more; none were teenagers. One of the advantages that could come from raising the age minimum to 20 would be that players may be more ready for the pro game. Silver said he has talked to many veteran players, who have a sense that the 19-year-olds “are not coming in game-ready.”Other highlights in Silver’s annual Finals media availability included:All-Star in CharlotteADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I’ve known Steve for probably close to 25 years and my heart goes out to him,” Silver said. “As he and I talked about, it puts this all in perspective.”Kerr hasn’t coached Golden State — 12-0 heading into its third straight Finals against LeBron James and the Cavs — since Game 2 of the first round against Portland. He underwent a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but said he is still ailing and in debilitating pain.Chinese playersSilver said it’s frustrating to him that basketball-crazed China does not have a player in the league.“There’s probably more basketball being played in China than anywhere else in the world, and more NBA basketball is being watched in China than anywhere else in the world,” Silver said. “It’s something I’ve talked to Yao Ming a lot about. We all have to do collectively a better job training the best players in China.” LATEST STORIES Argentina begins new era under coach Sampaoli NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, California. APNBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the NBA’s draft-eligibility rules changed.To what, he isn’t sure.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Silver defended the NBA’s decision to return the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019, after taking it away and moving it to New Orleans this season in response to the state’s law restricting the rights and anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.A deal to repeal that law was struck in March, though critics have said it does not go far enough.“We had said to the legislative leaders we will consider coming back in 2019, if you change the law,” Silver said. “The law was changed. Sufficient, is a tough … the answer is yes. They made incremental progress. And I felt, in part, there is a role that the league can play in demonstrating what equality looks like to a community.”Silver said taking All-Star weekend to Charlotte could serve as an example of what it looks like to be non-discriminatory, “and my hope is that by setting that example we can unify people and that the state will follow.”Phil JacksonSilver said he did not consider disciplining New York Knicks President Phil Jackson for comments suggesting that Knicks star Carmelo Anthony should be traded.Jackson’s comments raised the ire of the players’ union, which pointed out that players risk being fined if they lobby for trades publicly.“There’s never been a history in this league of fining a team and disciplining a team executive for talking about trading a player,” Silver said.Kerr’s healthSilver met with Golden State coach Steve Kerr before Thursday’s game, and expressed regret for the health issues that are keeping the Warriors’ coach off the sideline. Less than a month away from a draft where about 20 players who completed just one year of college will be welcomed into the league, Silver expects the so-called “one-and-done” rule to be modified — somehow — before too long. But in saying that, Silver also acknowledged that even he isn’t certain what makes the most sense going forward.“My sense is it’s not working for anyone,” Silver said Thursday (Friday Manila time) before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. “It’s not working for the college coaches and athletic directors I hear from. They’re not happy with the current system. And I know our teams aren’t happy either, in part because they don’t necessarily think the players who are coming into the league are getting the kind of training that they would expect to see.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s been just over a decade since the NBA and the players union agreed on a rule in that says players either need to be 19 years old or be one year removed from high school before being eligible for the draft. There are arguments for raising the minimum age to 20, there are arguments for getting rid of the rule altogether.Silver said he expects to have more talks in the coming months with the union about the topic. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

Pirates, Lions extend streaks

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58LYCEUM 96 – MAPUA 90LYCEUM 96—Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.MAPUA 90—Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.Quarters: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, though, was dissatisfied with how his unbeaten squad played as the cellar-dwelling Cardinals gave the Pirates everything they could handle.“We didn’t honor the game and it almost backfired on us,” said Robinson. “Credit to coach Atoy (Co) for preparing his team well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSan Beda also sustained its streak with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde in the first game.The Lions’ eighth straight victory, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left. Rio silver medalist Diaz back in actioncenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lyceum didn’t look like it missed a beat as it sustained its hot streak in the second round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 96-90 victory over Mapua Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino got 19 points, six boards, and two assists in the Pirates’ 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust on how officials handled the commotion and expects the commissioner to review the incident. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETSAN BEDA 72 – ST. BENILDE 58SAN BEDA 72—Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ST. BENILDE 58—Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Justice Mudgal to head selection committee for Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awards

first_img(Eds: fixing typo in headline) New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the Supreme Court-appointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, has been named chairman of the 11-member selection committee to pick this year’s Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awardees. The panel headed by Mudgal, the retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been picked by the Sports Ministry but it yet to be officially announced. “The meeting will take place on September 16 in Delhi,” a source in the panel told PTI. The selection committee features former Commonwealth Games gold-winning air pistol shooter Samresh Jung and shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa among others. The panel also comprises former national boxing coach G S Sandhu, hockey coach AK Bansal and archery coach Sanjeeva Singh apart from Sports Authority of India’s Special Director General Onkar Kedia and Joint Secretary (Sports) Inder Dhamija. The panel also has two sports journalists and Target Olympic Podium Scheme CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan. Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyanchand honour is bestowed on sportspersons for their life-time achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement. The National Sports Awards ceremony, held on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, will be organised on September 25 this year. The change of schedule was done because of the clash of dates with the Asian Games, which concluded on September 2 in Jakarta. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

West Indies players Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo suffer injuries during 3rd Test vs England

first_imgWest Indies players Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo suffer injuries during 3rd Test vs EnglandWest Indies vs England 3rd Test St Lucia: Keemo Paul suffered a right quadricep strain early in the morning of Day 3 in the Test match while Darren Bravo did not take the field with injury.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri Saint LuciaFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 00:35 IST West Indies vs England 3rd Test Day 3 St Lucia: Keemo Paul was stretched off after sustaining a right quadricep strain. (AP Photo)West Indies found themselves in a precarious situation on Day 3 of the third Test against England on Monday after pacer Keemo Paul was stretchered off the field, sustaining a right quadricep strain. Paul had taken Rory Burns wicket on the first ball of the day but could not last for long.On the other hand, medium pacer Darren Bravo also suffered an injury in the left first finger while batting on Day 2 and did not take the field on Day 3 as he was being attended by physio Khevyn Williams and Shamarh Brooks came on as substitutes.During the 14th over on Day 3, Keemo Paul was seen in some pain, lying flat on his back beyond the boundary line and after the physio attended to him, he was taken off on a stretcher. The play resumed soon after with a substitute replacing Paul.WEST INDIES VS ENGLAND, 3RD TEST DAY 3 IN GROS ISLET: LIVE CRICKET SCOREEngland have taken command in the third Test after losing the series with West Indies taking an unassailable 2-0 lead with massive wins in the first two Tests.At the time of publishing, England were 207 for 3 and led West Indies by 330 runs. England had scored 277 in the first innings, in reply of which West Indies were bowled out for just 154 runs, courtesy Mark Wood’s fifer.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow West Indies vs EnglandFollow West Indies vs England 3rd TestFollow Keemo PaulFollow darren bravolast_img read more

LR Recognised for Performance for 2011-2013

first_imgzoom The European port state control organisation, the Paris MoU, on June 17th confirmed that Lloyd’s Register (LR) was the highest performing Recognised Organisation (RO) in the European port state control area for the rolling three-year period 2011-2013. During this period 11,405 inspections were carried out on LR classed ships and 10 ships were detained for what are known as ‘class related’ factors. In official correspondence to all ROs, Richard W.J. Schiferli, Secretary General of the Paris MOU, wrote: “The best performing Recognised Organisation is Lloyd’s Register.”Commenting on the ranking LR’s Marine Director Tom Boardley said, “This is a significant achievement, as the ranking system is encouraging all ROs to continuously improve their performance. In 2009 LR was in 8th position and we realised this was unsatisfactory, not just for our own reputation but particularly for our clients who had put their faith in our ability to keep their vessels trading without the disruption of detentions. We set out to improve our position with the initial aim of attaining a top three position and then remaining there.”“We began a concentrated effort to improve fleet quality and help owners, managers and ships’ crews to avoid detentions. This activity aligns with our mission to promote safety and to improve the operational performance of the fleets we serve.”There were a number of key activities reinforced and initiatives undertaken by LR. These included: Additional training of LR surveyors, promoting awareness of the need to communicate what needs to be done by ships not just to pass surveys but to stay at the right level to pass port state control inspections for the whole year after a class visit.The publication of the series of convenient Pocket Guide Checklists to help seafarers’ awareness of safety and port state control requirements – these have been highly popular and not just on LR classed ships. The introduction of the first smartphone app for ILO/MLC compliance, followed swiftly by an ISM/ISPS app, which were both well received by the industry and helped promote awareness. The creation of a Fleet Quality Programme (FQP) in 2009 to help owners who were in danger of slipping below required safety standards between surveys. LR amended its classification Rules to permit LR surveyors to inspect ships between scheduled surveys where there was cause for concern in any classed ships.Publicising LR’s concentrated survey campaigns through Class News to owners and managers to raise awareness of port state control requirements.Joanna Townsend, Global Head, Fleet Services, Lloyd’s Register added: “We recognise the importance of identifying ships that are at a high risk of falling below the standards required in the classification rules and statutory requirements as well as the need for awareness of managers and seafarers and better communications with port state control authorities. Our surveyors cannot be on ships all the time. But we can promote safety by working with owners and managers to help them improve compliance with the classification and statutory requirements before they become either at risk or fall below required standards.”Press Release, June 19, 2014last_img read more

Commitment to Mental Health Support Oped

first_imgMental health and addictions is an important topic. It affects our family and friends in many meaningful ways. Stigma about mental health and addictions is on the decline, as we are becoming more aware of the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. In many respects, Nova Scotia is ahead of the curve. Three years ago, government released Together We Can, a five-year mental health and addictions strategy. Since then, Nova Scotians have experienced greater access to assessment, treatment, and care in their own communities. People think of mental health care as primarily a service offered inside an institution, like a hospital. The reality is different. Today, people are accessing care and support through peer-support programs, hospital outreach clinics, offices, schools, homes. Evidence suggests that most people benefit from outpatient or community treatment, but when Nova Scotians require in-patient care, they will receive it. We are working with health professionals to help their patients manage mild to moderate mental illness. We are expanding training and raising awareness to help clinicians work more effectively with all Nova Scotians, including those from culturally diverse groups such as First Nations people, African Nova Scotians, and immigrants. Mental health and addiction challenges are a shared challenge. These important issues affect our communities, workplaces and families. Together we can make a difference in the mental wellness of Nova Scotians. For a strategy update, visit . -30-last_img read more

First Nation leader pitches sustainability to pipeline investors

first_imgHOUSTON – Kinder Morgan’s shareholders have asked the company for more disclosure on its sustainability after a presentation Wednesday by a First Nations chief from British Columbia.Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson said she told the company’s annual general meeting in Houston that environmental, social and governance issues can pose significant risks to business and without proper disclosure, shareholders won’t know if they are vulnerable.Wilson said she also explained the legal risks if Kinder Morgan proceeds with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Indigenous land without consent from First Nations.“We do not believe the risks of the project have been accurately evaluated nor fully disclosed and we wanted to point that out to the shareholders,” she told a news conference after the meeting.Wilson put forward a resolution proposing that shareholders ask Kinder Morgan to issue an annual sustainability report describing the company’s analysis of short- and long-term risks, along with plans for mitigating them.Another resolution from a U.S. asset management company proposed that Kinder Morgan create a report looking at how commitments various countries have made under the Paris climate change agreement will affect the pipeline builder’s portfolio in the long term.A Kinder Morgan spokesman said both resolutions passed, but neither is binding. Executive chairman Rich Kinder said in a statement the board will “carefully consider the proposals and the information contained in the supporting statements in determining what actions to take with respect to them.”Because the resolutions are non-binding, shareholders should follow up to show the company that they’re watching and expect their wishes to be expressed, said Lisa Lindsley with advocacy group SumOfUs.Kinder Morgan could have foreseen issues with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if the company had previously committed to putting out sustainability reports, she added.“Billions of dollars of shareholder value would have been saved if Kinder Morgan had done a better job of anticipating, assessing and mitigating the sustainability risks to its business,” Lindsley said.In 2016, Ottawa approved plans to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. But the $7.4-billion project has faced significant opposition and legal challenges from environmentalists, First Nations and B.C.’s NDP government.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential spending on the expansion earlier this year, saying ongoing opposition in B.C. and the threat of legal delays was making investors wary of proceeding with the project. The company set May 31 as the deadline for the federal and provincial governments to reach an agreement that would allow the expansion to go ahead.Wilson said the fact shareholders voted for the sustainability report proposal shows they want the company to be more socially and environmentally responsible, but that won’t stop opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion because it threatens Indigenous culture, spirituality, identity and way of life.“That means fundamentally more to us than anything that they could offer us,” she said. “This means that there will be further delay and risk and uncertainty for the overall project. And we wanted to carry that message to the shareholders today.”As the general meeting took place, protests against the expansion project continued in Burnaby, with opponents blocking access to the company’s marine terminal on land and in the water.About 200 people have been arrested since the middle of March while protesting outside Kinder Morgan’s facilities in Burnaby, the RCMP have said.The City of Burnaby said Wednesday that it has filed leave to appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada, asking the court to weigh in on a dispute over construction of the Trans Mountain expansion.The National Energy Board ruled last December that Kinder Morgan could bypass local bylaws as it builds the project and the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the city’s application to overturn the decision.Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said in a statement Wednesday that the city does not believe the energy board is the right place to review municipal processes, so it’s taking the issue to Canada’s highest court.— By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Morocco Braces for Snow and Rainstorms Friday

Rabat – The National Meteorological Directorate (DMN) forecasts strong winds, snowfall, and low temperatures across several regions in Morocco on Friday, February 1.Oulmes, Saiss, the reliefs of the Atlas, the Oriental, the Rif region, the northern and central regions, and the Mediterranean will experience cold, cloudy weather accompanied by rainstorms. Strong winds reaching 85 to 100 kilometers per hour will sweep all of  Chefchaouen, Tetouan, Taza, Ouazzane, and Taounate. Winds reaching 70 to 85 kilometers per hour will hit Tangier, Sidi Kacem, Sidi Slimane, El Hajeb, Sefrou, Ifrane, Boulemane, Fez, Meknes, Moulay Yacoub, Midelt, Haouze, Azilal, Ouarzazate, Taourirt, Nador, Berkane, Jerada, and Oujda. Read Also: Cold Weather to Persist Across Morocco on SundayThe Rif and High and Middle Atlas will get up to 1 meter and 5 centimeters of snow, whereas blowing sand and dust will sweep the southern provinces.Low temperatures today vary between -2  and 4 degrees Celsius in the eastern highlands; 4 and 10 degrees Celsius in Oulmes, the Oriental,  Saiss, the southeastern and interior plains, and the Phosphates Plateaus; and 10 and 15 degrees Celsius in Souss, the southern provinces, and the northern and central plains.Read Also: Cold, Rainy weather Persists Across MoroccoHigh temperatures are between 4 and 10 degrees Celsius in the reliefs; 10 and 16 degrees Celsius in Saiss, the Mediterranean, north of the Oriental, Oulmes, the northern plains, and the Phosphates Plateaus; 16 and 22 degrees Celsius in Souss, the southwestern slopes, south of the Oriental, the central plains, and the northern parts of the southern provinces; and between 22 and 28 degrees Celsius in the southeastern regions of the country. read more

Saudi Crown Prince Alleges Political Exploitation of Khashoggi Murder

Rabat – In an interview published Sunday in Asharq Al-Awsat, bin Salman said Saudi Arabia was committed to achieving justice “without getting distracted by positions taken by some for their own domestic considerations.”Bin Salman’s comments were understood as a veilied reference to Turkey, where the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi took place last October. While countries such as the United States President Donald Trump has refused to hold the Crown Prince responsible, Turkey has openly accused Bin Salman of the murder.Bin Salman has denied any involvement in the killing. Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the Saudi regime, visited the Saudi Consulate on October 2 of 2018 to procure documents for his upcoming marriage. Inside the consulate the journalist was confronted by a team of Saudi operatives. He was then strangled, dismembered with a bone saw, and removed from the building.The location of Khashoggi’s body remains unknown.After weeks of shifting explanations, from denying Khashoggi’s death, to claiming it was an accident, then blaming it on a “rogue operation,” the Saudi government finally admitted in late October that the murder was premeditated.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the killing was “obviously a political crime.”Investigations into the killingIn 2017, a year before the murder, Khashoggi began writing an op-ed column for the Washington Post. The column was critical of the Saudi regime’s foreign policy and the diminishing press freedom in the country.That same fall, MBS voiced concerns to his aides that Khashoggi was becoming too influential. According to an intelligence report, bin Salman said he would “use a bullet” on the dissident journalist if he refused to end his criticism and return to Saudi Arabia.In the Asharq al-Awsat interview, bin Salman called the killing a “very painful crime,” and said “any party exploiting the case politically should stop doing so, and present evidence to the [Saudi] court.”A month after the killing, audio tapes of the gruesome murder were leaked to the press by the Turkish government. Security footage also surfaced, showing Khashoggi entering the consolate. The tapes later show one of the operatives, dressed in Khashoggi’s clothing, leaving the building through the back entrance.US President Donald Trump has refused to place any blame on bin Salman for the murder. Instead, he has focused on strengthening diplomatic ties with his oil-rich ally.Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor, is also unwilling to implicate Bin Salman in Khashoggi’s killing. In an interview with Axios on June 3, Kushner refused to divulge any information from conversations he has had with the Crown Prince.Instead he referred to an investigation by the State Department and said “when they have the facts from the investigation then it will be up to the President to make a determination on what he wants to do.”Last November, the Central Intelligence Agency released an assessment of the killing and found it had been ordered by the Crown Prince.In February, UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard discussed her ongoing investigation into the case. Callamard said her evidence showed “Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia.”Callamard’s full report on Khashoggi’s killing is expected to be published this week. read more

Feds announce 17M settlement with health care firm in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal prosecutors say they’ve reached a $17 million settlement with a health care company accused of Medicaid fraud in West Virginia.U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the civil settlement with Acadia on Monday, saying it’s the largest health care fraud settlement in state history.Stuart says Acadia, though its subsidiary CRC Health, billed Medicaid for $8.5 million in marked-up costs for blood and urine tests that weren’t done at its drug treatment centres and instead performed by a lab in California.He says the company has also agreed to implement a risk assessment program and hire an independent organization to review its Medicaid claims.Acadia didn’t immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment.The Associated Press read more

UN ideals point the way to solving the worlds crises US President

“There are those who argue that the ideals enshrined in the UN charter are unachievable or out of date – a legacy of a post-war era not suited to our own,” he told the General Debate on the opening day of the high-level segment of the Assembly’s 70th annual session, citing what he referred to as Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the call by some to support “tyrants like Bashar al-Assad, who drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent children,” since the alternative is worse.“Effectively, they argue for a return to the rules that applied for most of human history and that pre-dated this institution: the belief that power is a zero sum game; that might makes right; that strong States must impose their will on weaker ones; that the rights of individuals don’t matter; and that in a time of rapid change, order must be imposed by force,” he said.“But I stand before you today believing to my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old way of conflict and coercion. We live in an integrated world – one in which we all have a stake in each other’s success, and we cannot turn those forces back,” he stressed.“It is this international order that has underwritten unparalleled advances in human liberty and prosperity. It is this endeavour that has brought about diplomatic cooperation between the world’s major powers, and buttressed a global economy that has lifted more than a billion people from poverty. A view of the dignitaries’ gallery at the opening of the general debate. Pictured front row, from right): Mette Holm, wife of the General Assembly President; Yoo Soon-taek, wife of the UN Secretary-General; Michelle Obama, first Lady of the United Stated; Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin share a toast at a luncheon hosted by Secretary-General Ban Kimoon in honour of world leaders attending the general debate of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson greets US First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama on their arrival at UN headquarters for the general debate of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Evan Schneider President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. UN Photo/Mark Garten ‹ › “It is these international principles that have helped constrain bigger countries from imposing our will on smaller ones, and advanced the emergence of democracy, development, and individual liberty on every continent.”Turning to specifics, Mr. Obama said the US imposed sanctions on Russia when Ukrainian sovereignty is “flagrantly violated” since doing nothing would encourage the violation of the territorial integrity of any UN Member State.“Now, imagine if Russia had engaged in true diplomacy, and worked with Ukraine and the international community to ensure its interests were protected,” he declared.“That would be better for Ukraine, for Russia, and for the world – which is why we continue to press for this crisis to be resolved in a way that allows a sovereign and democratic Ukraine to determine its future and control its own territory; not because we want to isolate Russia, but because we want a strong Russia that is invested in working with us to strengthen the international system.”On the contradictory territorial claims by China and neighbouring countries in the South China Sea, he appealed for a recourse to international law, not the law of force, for a peaceful resolution. He recognized that diplomacy is hard, but highlighted the recent international nuclear agreement with Iran and the rapprochement between the US and Cuba as examples of the primacy of dialogue.Mr. Obama touted the role the UN can play in countering climate change, eradicating extreme poverty, and slashing preventable diseases, called for compassion in dealing with the current flood of refugees, and stressed the need for genuine democracy and respect “for the universal values this institution is supposed to defend.”“Some universal truths are self-evident,” he declared. “No person wants to be imprisoned for peaceful worship. No woman should ever be abused with impunity or barred from going to school. The freedom to peacefully petition those in power – without fear of arbitrary laws – these are not ideas of one country or one culture. They are fundamental to human progress, and to the ideals of the United Nations.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Barack Obama of the United States. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft meets with President Barack Obama. UN Photo/Mark Garten Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, ahead of the President’s address to the General Assembly. UN Photo/Evan Schneider A view from of the General Assembly Hall as President Barack Obama addresses the general debate of the Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Kim Haughton read more

RoadSafe calls for drivers to follow pilots lead

RoadSafe, the road safety partnership of leading automotive and transport industries, government and road safety professionals, has urged fleet and private motorists to seriously consider further training in 2006. It follows SMMT research showing that motorists are ignoring some of the most basic checks and advice for safe driving. The SMMT survey showed that nearly three quarters of motorists have not read the Highway Code since their driving test; that drivers do not check tyre pressures regularly; and that nearly a third of drivers admit they have not buckled up in a moving car in the last year. Commenting on the results, RoadSafe director Adrian Walsh said, ‘There is no doubt that many motorists take safety too much for granted. By and large they drive safe cars on safe roads, but too few have done much to ensure that they are really safe drivers, many having had no training since their driving test. Most at risk are those driving on company business. We must all start to take on-going training as seriously as other transport sectors do.’ The airline industry requires any pilot flying for hire or reward to undergo a series of rigorous training exercises each year. But many leading companies in other sectors have improved their safety records and made significant financial savings by introducing further driver training. Private motorists have also benefited from advanced training from organisations like the Institute for Advanced Motorists and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Adrian Walsh added, ‘All company directors should take a leaf out of the pilot’s book. About 10 people a day die and over 100 are seriously injured on UK roads each day; better training will help cut avoidable fatal accidents.’ RoadSafe’s call comes on the day that the Department for Transport announced a new £1.3m Safe and Fuel Efficient Drivers (SaFED) Scheme to encourage safer, cleaner and cheaper driving for commercial vehicles. A successful pilot project found significant financial and environmental gains could be made by using advanced driving techniques without any noticeable impact on delivery times. A typical driver benefiting from the training and doing 20,000 miles a year could save up to £500 of diesel per vehicle; see over a 1/4 tonne reduction in carbon emissions; reduce fuel consumption by around 10 per cent; make 59 per cent fewer gear changes; and have fewer accidents, lower insurance premiums, lower running costs and higher resale value of vehicles. Note: Pilots, including those flying small, single-propeller planes, go through the following training: Twice-yearly proficiency checks, either in a simulator or in-flight, including possible failures like loss of engine power.An annual in-line flight check, accompanied by an instructor, assessing flying competency en-route.An annual medical for every commercial pilot under 40 and twice-yearly for those aged 40 plus.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Is Patrick Peterson a Better Cornerback Than Richard Sherman

A few weeks ago, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson told ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss he thought he was worth more than Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. Sherman fired back on Twitter, and Peterson doubled down on Thursday.“I believe if you put [Sherman] in our system I don’t think he’d be able to last, honestly,” Peterson said on “The Bickley Show with Vince Marotta” on Arizona Sports 98.7 in Phoenix. “I actually do much more than he is … Obviously, his job is definitely much easier than mine. If you look at their scheme and look at our scheme, he’s a Cover 3 corner. Period.”We can’t assess Peterson’s hypothetical — Sherman being slotted into Peterson’s role — with data because such data doesn’t exist. But, as Sherman already intimated, what statistical evidence we do have makes it difficult to support Peterson’s case. According to Pro Football Focus’s play-by-play grading system, Sherman has finished no lower than sixth among cornerbacks over the past two years; meanwhile, Peterson has finished no higher than 16th.Looking at their component stats, there’s no area where Peterson beats Sherman: Since 2012, Peterson has allowed a higher completion percentage (53 percent to Sherman’s 49 percent) and a much higher touchdown percentage (7 percent to Sherman’s 2.8 percent). Peterson also has a lower interception percentage (5.4 percent to Sherman’s 11 percent) and a much higher Adjusted Yards per Attempt figure (6.3 to Sherman’s 2.9). Even if you subscribe to the theory that a good cornerback’s primary value is in preventing passes from ever being attempted — which I do — opponents threw at Peterson once every 11.8 snaps, and at Sherman once every 13.7 snaps.Arizona has been the NFL’s second-best team at defending the pass over the past two years, but Seattle is No. 1, and by a wide margin, according to Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) metric. The difference between the Seahawks and the Cardinals is the same as the difference between the Cardinals and the sixth-ranked San Francisco 49ers.This could be taken as a point in Peterson’s favor — perhaps the sheer quality of Sherman’s Seattle teammates makes his job that much easier. But that’s another hypothetical. For now, all we really know is that the evidence supports Sherman’s side of the cornerback spat. read more

Teenager makes small fortune giving Chinese babies English names

first_img“But I also heard lots of examples where people had chosen culturally inappropriate English names they’d heard from films or read online and realised there was an opportunity to help Chinese people get it right from the start.”The confusion is partly the result of Chinese government censorship of the internet restricting its citizens’ understanding of western cultural references.“There are quite a few examples where people have gotten the names wrong. Being exposed to luxury items and things like Harry Potter, Disney films and Lord of the Rings means they use those for reference. I once heard of someone called Gandalf and another called Cinderella,” said Beau. “I’m not really qualified or relevant enough in that baby’s life to be the person to give it a name,” she said. “I wanted to do it just to see if an idea could turn into more than just simply an idea. And I never expected it to become more than just a small project. It is obviously a nice surprise, but it is definitely a surprise.”Beau is using the income from the website to save for university and says setting it up and talking to her clients has already helped with her Mandarin.Songbu Wang, who chose her son’s English name using the Specialname website, told Gloucestershire Live: “I chose Nathan because it sounds strong, what’s more, I have seen the definition from my Specialname certificate; Nathan means ‘generous’.“I think a good man should be generous, then women will like him. I hope my son isn’t a jealous guy. I think English name can influence my child’s life.” There are quite a few examples where people have gotten the names wrong. I once heard of someone called Gandalf and another called Cinderella.Beau Jessup, 16 She set up the website Specialname to suggest culturally appropriate English names for prospective parents by matching the meaning of the name to the family’s ideals and aspirations for their child.Six months on Beau has named more than 232,000 Chinese babies, using names such as George, William, Catherine and Susan.Beau said she decided to set up the website after hearing some of the “embarrassing” English names Chinese parents had chosen for their children.She said: “When I went to China I kept being asked to name babies for my parent’s friends. They explained an English name is vital because you can’t use a Chinese name on email or a university application to the UK. Your English name stays with you for life. Beau at work on her baby naming website Beau at work on her baby naming website Her website suggests a shortlist of three culturally-appropriate names for the baby, producing a shortlist, along with the original meaning of the name and a famous namesake such as Grace Kelly or Catherine Middleton.The A level student, from Edge, near Painswick, says she doesn’t know which names are the most popular on her website, and she’s “happy about that”.She said: “It is called ‘special name’ and it’s based on individual preference and what they personally want their child to be. It’s nice to be a part of such a happy experience and be a part of those young stages in a baby’s life.” A growing number of Chinese parents have taken to choosing an English name for their offspring in the hope of helping them gain a future foothold in Britain and the West.Unfortunately that has led to mixed results, with some Chinese children now blessed with names such as Cinderella, Gandalf and even Rolex.Step forward Beau Jessup – a 16-year-old schoolgirl who has earned more than £48,000 offering advice to Chinese families on how to choose rather more suitable English names.Beau, a pupil at Cheltenham Ladies College, hit on the idea during a family visit to China, when she was asked by friends during a meal out to suggest an English name for their newborn baby. 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.last_img read more

Married police officer sent explicit photo to domestic abuse victim from court

first_imgHe has betrayed the trust placed in him by the public and exploited a vulnerable victim of crimeDeputy Chief Constable Gareth Morgan A married police officer sneaked into courttoilets during a rape trial and sent an explicit photo to a domestic abuse victim, a tribunal heard.Christopher Lintern has been sacked after it emerged he formed a sexual relationship with the woman who had been violently treated by her ex-partner.He went into a toilet cubicle at Bristol Crown Court – while on duty as a witness in an unrelated attempted rape trial – and took a photo of his penis.Lintern, 36, then sent the explicit image from his mobile phone to the woman. His relationship with the woman came to the attention of senior officers at Avon & Somerset police and he was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing. Lintern admitted that sending the photo was misconduct but tried to argue that it was not gross misconduct and it should not cost him his job.He also argued that having a relationship with the domestic violence victim was not gross misconduct either.But he was sacked without notice when a disciplinary panel criticised his behaviour, saying there was no place for him in the police.The disciplinary panel concluded: “PC Lintern used his professional position to pursue and establish a sexual and improper and highly-damaging emotional relationship with someone who was, and remains, a victim.”His abuse of position for a sexual purpose amounts to serious corruption.”The panel added: “The damage caused by PC Lintern’s corruption is plain for all to see.”In the course of his work he met a vulnerable young victim (X) who was trying to move on from an abusive past relationship. “She was doing this with some bravery and resilience. “The improper relationship with PC Lintern and subsequent investigation has caused X significant setbacks.”It continued: “PC Lintern accepts that he breached the Professional Standards relating to authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct by taking and sending to X a photograph of his penis while on duty at Court.”He accepts that this admitted conduct amounts to misconduct but asserts it is not so serious as to amount to gross misconduct.”He asks for consistency, asserting through his Police Federation Representative, that similar instances of behaviour by other officers in the past have been dealt with as misconduct.”In respect of X, PC Lintern admits the sexual relationship but says that it was not an abuse of position.”Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: “I welcome the decision of the independent misconduct panel to dismiss Christopher Lintern with immediate effect.”He has betrayed the trust placed in him by the public and exploited a vulnerable victim of crime. There is no place for him in policing.”I am grateful to the colleagues who reported this matter for their professionalism and integrity and to the investigators who brought this case to a hearing.”In contrast to Christopher Lintern they truly represent the values and professionalism of the officers and staff who proudly serve the public in Avon and Somerset.” 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.last_img read more

Womens EHF CL Qual FTC or Erd Vardar VS Fleury Baia Mare

Womens EHF Champions League ← Previous Story SEHA SSL (Round 2): Easy wins for Zagreb, Vardar and Meshkov Next Story → SKOPJE HAS THREE TEAMS IN EHF CL: ZRK Vardar beat French Fleury! Sunday will be decisive for the three teams who will complete the Women’s EHF Champions League 2013/2014. Here are the results of the qualification semi-finals:Salerno (ITA) – Vardar SKopje 16:35Rostov Don – Fleury Loriet 21:26FINAL:Vardar Skopje – Fleury LorietBaiar Mare – Viborg HK 26:25TEAM Tvis Holstebro – Dalfsen 38:30FINAL:Baia Mare – Team Tvis HolstebroErd – Zug Handball 34:25FTC – Lokomotiva Zagreb 26:23 read more

Capteur Vantix un kit de dépistage antidrogue pour la police… et les

first_imgCapteur Vantix : un kit de dépistage anti-drogue pour la police… et les parentsRoyaume-Uni – La société Universal Sensors a développé un dispositif miniaturisé de détection des traces de drogue dans la salive. Un kit semblable à un alcootest pourrait, d’ici deux ans, équiper la police routière. Et les parents inquiets.Le principe : une languette jetable de 5 mm de large, enduite d’anticorps qui réagissent à la présence de substances illicites lorsque l’on y dépose un minuscule échantillon – une gouttelette de salive, par exemple. La réaction chimique produit un microcourant électrique, alors amplifié dans un dispositif portable comportant une lampe-témoin. Les languettes peuvent être traitées pour réagir au cannabis, à la cocaïne, mais aussi aux explosifs.Kevin Auton d’Universal Sensors précise que l’entreprise est actuellement occupée à “faire sortir ceci du laboratoire” en créant un kit “aussi simple qu’un test de grossesse”, utilisable par la police-routière, mais aussi par les parents d’adolescents. Autona rappelle qu’aux États-Unis, certains parents envoient des cheveux ou de la salive de leur enfant à des laboratoires pour dépister l’usage de drogues. Une attitude qui, en Grande-Bretagne, pourrait être controversée précise-t-il néanmoins.Le 25 septembre 2010 à 15:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

34 feel there is too much choice when saving for retirement

first_imgJust over two thirds (34%) of respondents believe there is too much choice when it comes to saving for retirement, according to research by Willis Towers Watson and Nottingham University Business School.The study, which surveyed 2,000 UK employees, also found that 35% of respondents feel that a lack of knowledge or information affects their confidence when making saving decisions.The research also found:47% of respondents have a crisis of confidence when making final financial decisions.43% of respondents continue to have doubts about the financial choices they have made.48% of respondents cite low or poor interest rates as a cause of frustration around long-term saving, while a lack of certainty over the rate of return (22%) and being unclear on the extent of investment risk (16%) are also listed as areas of frustration.A quarter (25%) of respondents name the complexity of investment choices available as a cause of their lack of confidence, and 25% cite a general distrust of financial institutions.Minh Tran, director of wealth and retirement practice at Willis Towers Watson, said: “The results of our study highlight a savings problem, that has become more pertinent with the introduction of auto-enrolment. Instead of encouraging people to save more, increased choice seems to have created a decision roadblock. Coupled with economic uncertainty and conflicting financial priorities, this is creating a kind of pension paralysis where most employees end up in the default option.”James Devlin, professor of financial decision making at the Centre for Risk, Banking and Financial Services at Nottingham University Business School, said: “The findings reveal a significant confidence pinch-point which occurs when savers are faced with the decision making moment of truth. Although savers like the idea of having options and want to shop around, when faced with too much choice and complexity, the decision becomes overwhelming and this can cause inertia.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week 28 September4 October 2017

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on between 28 September and 4 October 2017 were:CMS extends paid maternity and parental leave for UK staffRoyal Mail employees vote for strike action in dispute over pensions38% plan to increase their employee benefits offering in 2017Welsh government to introduce distinct income tax ratesEXCLUSIVE: Deloitte to discuss gender pay gap reporting at Employee Benefits Live 2017French Post Office staff farm vegetables in office rooftop gardenDeloitte and Unilever recognised for family-friendly policies83% value employer pension contributions47%of defined benefit pension transfers since 2015 were suitable40% of expatriates do not have employer-provided medical benefitslast_img read more

Common Becomes First Rapper To Win GRAMMY Emmy And Oscar

first_imgNews Common Gets Closer to EGOT Honor common-becomes-first-rapper-win-grammy-emmy-and-oscar Email Twitter Common Becomes First Rapper To Win GRAMMY, Emmy And Oscar Facebook His latest addition to his awards shelf is the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, for his socially conscious song “Letter to the Free,” a track he contributed to the score of the documentary “13th,” an Ava DuVernay-directed film exploring racial inequality in the U.S.Common shared the honor with GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins for their contributions to the song, but the win for Common sets him apart in a category all his own, and is a testament to his versatility and seemingly bottomless talent. The win also puts him one Tony win away from the so-called “EGOT” award (Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar, and Tony), an elite club with only 13 members so far. With his Emmy win for “Letter to the Free,” Common makes history and moves one step closer to EGOT territoryNate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2017 – 1:30 pm Chicago-bred rapper, actor, and activist Common made history with his Emmy win this past weekend as the first rapper to take home a GRAMMY, an Oscar, and an Emmy in his career. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 14, 2016 – 7:13 pm Common Talks GRAMMYs, Artist Activism “I want to thank God first and foremost,” Common said to Deadline. “Any time I get a chance to work with Ava DuVernay it leads to something positive, something strong.”Read More: Kanye West’s “Graduation” 10 Years Old, Track-By-TrackRead morelast_img read more