DAY ONE PREVIEW FOR THE 2007 SENIOR NTL

first_imgDay One action in the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament commences at 8.30am with non stop quality contests on the program.Many teams have had the complexion of their sides changed markedly due to retirements, unavailability due to the recent involvement of some key players in Australia’s successful defence of the Federation of International Touch World Cup, and the changing of the guard in several divisions.Defending champions in the Men’s 40s division, Scorpions get the action underway with an eagerly anticipated contest with traditional rivals Mets on Field One first up to whet the appetite for what promises to be a feast of fast and furious action all day.The star studded Sharks Men’s 35s team make their first appearance on the showcase field later in the day, whilst the crack Scorpions Women’s outfit will be looking to get their campaign for an unprecedented fourth title off to a winning start when they take on the Brisbane Cobras.Six fields will be operating and despite steady rain, the fans can look forward to some exciting clashes as NTL Permits battle it out for supremacy across seven divisions.8.30am            Men’s 40s:                   Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Rustlers v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Sharks v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Hornets v Suns9.20amMen’s 40s:                   Eagles v SunsMen’s 40s:                   Barbarians v HornetsMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v ScorpionsMen’s 50s:                   Mets v ACT10.10amWomen’s 30s:              Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Sharks v CyclonesWomen’s 30s:              ACT v RustlersMen’s 50s:                   Sharks v HornetsMen’s 40s:                   Cyclones v WarriorsMen’s 50s:                   Cyclones v Eagles11.00amMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cyclones v RustlersWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CyclonesWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Cobras11.50amMen’s 35s:                   Cobras v MetsMen’s 30s:                   Hornets v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Eagles v ACTMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s:              Sharks v Suns12.40pmMen’s 40’s:                  Hornets v CyclonesMen’s 40’s:                  Scorpions v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v Barbarians Men’s 40s:                   Suns v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Suns v Rustlers1.30pmWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s:              Suns v ACTWomen’s 30s:              Scorpions v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Mets v Eagles2.20pmWomen’s 40s:              Cyclones v SunsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v SharksMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v Mets Men’s 35s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Sharks3.10pmMen’s 50s:                   Hornets v MetsMen’s 50s:                   Scorpions v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Cobras v SunsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v Cyclones4.00pmMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v EaglesMen’s 40s:                   Suns v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 40s:                   Hornets v Rustlers4.50pmMen’s 35s:                   Scorpions v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Mets v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cobras v Rustlerslast_img read more

Trudeau presented with Metis Nations highest honour at meeting in Ottawa

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Metis Nation presented Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with its highest honour in Ottawa Thursday.Prior to a summit between Trudeau, selected ministers from his cabinet and leaders of the Metis Nation, Trudeau was presented with the Order of the Metis Nation.At the same news conference, both Trudeau and Metis National Council President Clement Chartier said the relationship between the Metis and government has come a long way since the Liberals took power.“Reconciliation, it’s a term that some people might say is used loosely, and just another buzzword,” said Chartier. “But we in the Metis Nation have witnesses reconciliation in action.“Your ministers have again, not only been dedicated but have been more than willing to work with us as we move forward, which is a good thing because they as well believe in your vision of reconciliation.” Chartier says that when he first met Trudeau, he tried to impress upon him it was critical to address the challenges facing Indigenous Peoples with respect for the unique needs of Metis, First Nations, and Inuit.Trudeau said the relationship the government has with the Metis Nation is a “model” of reconciliation.“Over the past years we have come a tremendous long way in working with the Metis Nation on their priorities on economic capacity building, on responding to long standing challenges, I really want to put forward this relationship as the model of what reconciliation can be, tangibly, and concretely.After the news conference both sides went behind closed door for a meeting.After a joint news release a number of issues were discussed including; child and family services, education, health, justice and policing, youth and sports, and implementation of Section 35 rights. and post secondary education.“Through the Canada-Métis Nation Accord process in the past two years, we have achieved more with this federal government than with any of its predecessors,” said Chartier after the meeting.“We truly look forward to working with Prime Minister Trudeau and his ministers to maintain this momentum going forward.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

How Obamacare Medicare and Medicare for All muddy the campaign trail

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 13 2019The health care debate has Democrats on Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trail facing renewed pressure to make clear where they stand: Are they for “Medicare for All”? Or will they take up the push to protect the Affordable Care Act?Obamacare advocates have found a powerful ally in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who in a recent “60 Minutes” appearance said that concentrating on the health law is preferable to Medicare for All. She argued that since the ACA’s “benefits are better” than those of the existing Medicare program, implementing Medicare for All would mean changing major provisions of current Medicare, which covers people 65 and up as well as those with disabilities.This talking point — one Pelosi has used before — seems tailor-made for the party’s establishment. It’s politically palatable among moderates who believe that defending the ACA’s popular provisions, such as protecting coverage for those with preexisting conditions, fueled the Democrats’ House takeover in 2018.Progressive Democrats argue that the time has come to advance a far more disruptive policy, one that guarantees health care to all Americans. Those dynamics were on full display on Capitol Hill, as recently as an April 30 Medicare for All hearing.But this binary view — Medicare (and, for argument’s sake, Medicare for All) versus Obamacare — oversimplifies the issues and distracts from the policy proposals.”It’s sort of a silly argument,” said Robert Berenson, a health policy analyst at the Urban Institute, of Pelosi’s talking point. “She’s trying to argue the Affordable Care Act needs to be defended, and Medicare for All is a diversion.”As the debate continues, one point should be clear: Medicare for All would not look like the ACA or like Medicare today. Instead, it — or any other single-payer system — would drastically change how Americans get health care.Analyzing Medicare Isn’t That Helpful In Understanding ‘Medicare For All’ Proposals.Medicare for All is complicated, analysts noted, and the phrase is often deployed to mean different things, depending on who is speaking.What’s clear is that the “Medicare” described in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) legislation — the flagship Medicare for All proposal — would create a health program far more generous than traditional Medicare’s current benefit, or even the vast majority of health plans made available through the ACA.Sanders relied heavily on this concept during his 2016 Democratic presidential primary run and recently introduced an updated version in the Senate.To be fair, though, Sanders also sometimes blurs the lines between the programs. In a May 5 appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” he used existing Medicare as part of his sales pitch: “Medicare right now is the most popular health insurance program in the country,” he said. “But it only applies to people 65 years of age or older. All that I want to do is expand Medicare over a four-year period to cover every man, woman and child in this country.”As counterintuitive as it sounds, understanding Medicare as it works today isn’t helpful in envisioning a Medicare for All plan. Unlike with existing Medicare, the proposed health plan would cover things like nursing home care, vision care and dental services. It would get rid of cost sharing — meaning no premiums, deductibles or copays. (Sanders has acknowledged that financing the program would mean raising taxes.)”It’s not Medicare. It’s something different,” said Ellen Meara, a health economist at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.But voters may not grasp the differences between the existing Medicare program for seniors and the hypothetical one being discussed. Pelosi’s comments may add to that confusion. Pelosi’s office did not respond to a request for comment.Prioritizing efforts to bolster the ACA based on Medicare’s current benefit package “is convenient and not necessarily compelling,” Berenson said, adding: “No one is proposing the Medicare benefit package would be taken and applied nationally.”Related StoriesMedicare recipients may pay more for generics than their brand-name counterparts, study findsSocial Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniorsMedicare system aimed at improving care, lowering costs may not be having as much impact as thoughtThat said, many of the presidential candidates have advanced far less sweeping health care options that would lower the Medicare age to 55 or allow people to buy in to the current Medicare program — an approach often referred to as a “public option.” Those would keep the program essentially structured as it is today.The Democratic Health Care Debate Is More Complicated Than These Familiar Words Suggest. Every analyst interviewed for this story floated some kind of concern regarding a Medicare for All system. There’s the issue of how people would respond to losing the option of private insurance — a likely consequence of Sanders’ proposal — and the question of what level of tax hikes would be necessary to finance such a system, particularly if it covers a big-ticket item such as long-term care. There are also concerns about the financial impact for hospitals, often large employers in a community, or for the private insurance industry jobs that would likely disappear.Focusing on current Medicare benefits misses the point, suggested Sherry Glied, a health economist and dean at New York University. When debating the merits of the ACA versus Medicare for All, Medicare’s current generosity is kind of a red herring, she said.Plus, making Obamacare or Medicare for All an either-or debate ignores a sizable political bloc: Democrats who say they support the ACA and see single-payer as a next step. That tension is at play with presidential candidates like Kamala Harris, who frame Medicare for All as an ultimate goal, while also backing incremental reforms.Comparing Medicare To Obamacare Is Difficult Since Each Offers Different Benefits To Different People. The problem is that both Medicare and Obamacare are vast programs. Depending on your income, health needs and the version you sign up for, either one could prove the better choice.”It’s impossible to say the ACA as a concept has more or less generous benefits,” Berenson said.Broadly, the ACA has protections in place that traditional Medicare doesn’t. It caps how much patients pay out-of-pocket, and it has more generous coverage of mental health care and substance abuse treatment. But, in practice, those benefits have proved elusive for many since Medicare generally has a more robust network of participating physicians than many of the ACA’s cheaper plans, which restrict patients to a narrower coverage network.Also, most beneficiaries don’t solely have traditional Medicare.About a third use Medicare Advantage, in which private insurance companies construct Medicare plans with benefits and protections based on factors like company, tier and geography. They, too, are often restricted to narrower networks.More than 1 in 5 traditional Medicare beneficiaries also receive Medicaid coverage, according to figures kept by the Kaiser Family Foundation, and about a third of them buy so-called Medigap plans, which are sold by private insurance and are meant to supplement gaps in coverage.The ACA also encompasses an array of coverage options. Which plans are available in an area and whether earnings qualify a consumer for a government subsidy— a tax break meant to make an ACA plan more affordable — make a significant difference in evaluating whether Medicare or an ACA plan offers better benefits for a particular person or family.Suggesting that one is clearly better than the other, Meara said, is a “gross oversimplification.”But that kind of oversimplification may be hard to avoid, especially in a primary season where health care is a top issue.”The Affordable Care Act is also not one thing, the way Medicare is not one thing,” said Katherine Baicker, dean of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. “So much of health care is more complicated than we can explain in a sound bite.” This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Quake of magnitude 61 strikes north of Japans Okinawa USGS

first_img Related News SINGAPORE (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck north of Japan’s islands of Okinawa on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said. AdChoices广告There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which hit at a depth of 257 km (160 miles), about 346 km (215 miles) north of Naha, the capital of the prefecture. (Reporting and editing by Clarence Fernandez) World 07 Jul 2019 7.1 magnitude quake strikes in eastern Indonesia, tsunami warning issued World 24 Apr 2019 Magnitude 6.1 quake hits India’s Assam region – USGS World 09 Jul 2019 In Japan, the business of watching whales is far larger than hunting them Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Now Mehul Choksi blames untimely typhoon in Antigua for delayed courier to

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 15:01 IST Mehul Choksi is wanted for allegedly defrauding the PNB to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore. (File)HIGHLIGHTSMehul Choksi says he couldn’t send documents due to untimely typhoon Antigua and BarbudaMehul Choksi said once the situation came under control, he sent the documents through courier on June 24Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi is an accused in PNB fraud caseFugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, accused in the PNB fraud case, has claimed that he was unable to send documents to his lawyer in Bombay to challenge a court’s January order in the Bombay High Court within the mandated 30 days due to an “untimely typhoon” in Antigua and Barbuda.A special court in Mumbai had in January dismissed applications filed by Mehul Choksi for cross-examination of witnesses in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.After the plea was dismissed, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) looked to declare Choksi a Fugitive Economic Offenders under the Fugitive Economic Offenders (FEO) Act.Mehul Choksi is at present based in the Caribbean nation of Antigua. India has sought his extradition from that country and an Interpol arrest warrant has also been issued against him.In an application filed in the Bombay High Court, Mehul Choksi said he was unable to courier the required legal documents due to typhoon and so wanted to now challenged the order in the high court.”It wasn’t easy for the applicant and his counsel to co-ordinate with each other and take necessary and immediate recourse for filing of the present application. However, the counsel took all possible efforts to co- ordinate with the applicant and get the signed vakalatnamas from Antigua. However, the counsel failed to get vakalatnamas within the limitation period due to untimely typhoon at Antigua which created chaos and also interrupted the courier service,” Mehul Choksi’s application stated.Mehul Choksi added that once the situation in Antigua came under control, he sent the documents through courier service on June 24.Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are the two key accused wanted by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly defrauding the Punjab National Bank (PNB) to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore in collusion with a few employees of the government-run lender.The multi-crore fraud came to light in early 2018. Both Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi had fled the country before that. On July 8 last year, when Mehul Choksi landed in Antigua’s capital St John’s, he used his newly obtained Antiguan passport for the first time and acquired the citizenship.On Thursday, ED attached assets worth Rs 24.77 crore in India and abroad of fugitive diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi, accused in the fraud case.The attached properties include three commercial assets based in Dubai, a Mercedes Benz car and a number of fixed deposits in bank accounts in the country and outside, the agency said. The total value of the attached properties is Rs 24.77 crore, it said.(with inputs from Munish Chandra)READ | ED attaches Dubai properties of Mehul Choksi worth Rs 24.77 croreWATCH | Choksi will soon be extradited to India?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup 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 Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow Mehul Choksi Now, Mehul Choksi blames untimely typhoon in Antigua for delayed courier to Bombay lawyerFugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi has blamed typhoon in Antigua and Barbuda for being unable to send documents to his Bombay legal team.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Sri Lankan Navy detains 6 Indian fishermen near Delft Island

first_imgSri Lankan Navy detains 6 Indian fishermen near Delft IslandThe Lankan Naval personnel were on a routine patroladvertisement Next Asian News International RameswaramJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 14:22 IST Photo: ANISri Lankan Navy apprehended six Indian fishermen from Namputhalai near Delft Island on Friday morning.The Lankan Naval personnel were on a routine patrol onboard a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command.They apprehended one country boat with six fishermen for poaching in the Sri Lankan territorial waters.Straying of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen into each others’ waters is a recurrent problem as territories on the sea are not clearly demarcated.Also read: 27 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navyALSO WATCH| Sri Lankan Navy arrests 12 Indian fishermenFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup 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 Posted byIram Ara Ibrahimlast_img read more