10 months agoRoma great Pruzzo calls for Mourinho move

first_imgRoma great Pruzzo calls for Mourinho moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma great Roberto Pruzzo would like to see them move for former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.Eusebio di Francesco is under pressure at Roma and Pruzzo believes Mourinho should be considered.Pruzzo told Corriere dello Sport: “One wonders why some players have been sold and why others have been bought because there is no playing model in Rome. “This team, more than anything, does not excite. It lacks great champions. “If Di Francesco were to be fired, Roma would need someone like Mourinho, even though it may be a dream.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Cagliari midfielder Barella reluctant to join Chelsea

first_img​Cagliari midfielder Barella reluctant to join Chelseaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are struggling to convince Nicolo Barella to join the club.According to the Evening Standard, the player is the one the Blues want to replace Cesc Fabregas.The Spaniard is set for a switch to Monaco this month.But the 21-year-old Barella is in fine form with Cagliari and he is worried that he would not get the necessary game time at Stamford Bridge.He has started 18 Serie A games in central midfield this season.A possible move for Barella would cost Chelsea roughly £45 million. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Antidiscrimination organization wants to map offenders with hate atlas

first_imgVANCOUVER — An advocacy organization says it wants to map hatred and discrimination across Canada in a move that is prompting warnings of caution from one civil liberties group.The Vancouver-based Morgane Oger Foundation has issued a call for volunteers to help build the Canadian Atlas of Populist Extremism, to be known as CAPE.Founder Morgane Oger said the mapping tool would tie together extremist groups and people regularly associated with them, and also map incidents involving hate across Canada.The idea is to shed light on how hatred is propagated, she said, while being mindful that allegations can’t be tossed out willy-nilly.“We can’t say someone is a murderer unless they are in fact a murderer, but maybe it would be interesting to see it’s always the same dozen people who are doing anti-trans advocacy in the (B.C.) Interior or the white supremacy groups are working with each other,” said Oger, a former provincial NDP candidate and a member of the party’s executive.Oger said the project is in its infancy and the foundation has not yet determined exactly what types of actions, groups or individuals would be documented, but it believes the data could be useful to academics, law enforcement and others.It could include a rating system to categorize incidents by severity, she said, giving hate-motivated murders and discriminatory graffiti as examples that would receive different grades.Other groups have tackled similar projects. The Canadian Anti-Hate Network, based in Toronto, says its mandate is to monitor, research and counter hate groups by providing education and information on them to the public, media, researchers, courts, law enforcement and community groups.The Southern Poverty Law Center in the United States has a “hate map,” which lists 1,020 groups. They include 51 Ku Klux Klan chapters, 49 anti-LGBT groups, 11 radical traditional Catholic groups and a combined 412 black and white nationalist groups.The centre doesn’t list individuals, only organizations, and uses a similar definition to the FBI for them. The law centre defines a hate group as “an organization that — based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities — has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”Micheal Vonn of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association said the CAPE project may be helpful, legal and serve as a positive research tool.But she warned that there could be privacy issues involved in posting individuals’ information online and said it’s important to distinguish between actual hate from differing opinions on certain topics.“All kinds of things that people think are hateful constitute genuine political speech,” she said, adding that knowing if someone is against an immigration policy isn’t enough information to conclude they are racist, for example.Until the foundation lands on a specific model, it’s unclear if there would be any issues around rights, she said.But she said it’s also worth asking if a map would contribute to healthy political discourse and warned against too loose of a definition of “association.” In a healthy democracy, groups with opposing views should be able to attend one another’s events without being painted with the same brush because it could help build dialogue and understanding.While governments and governing players are expected to be transparent, we have different standards for individual citizens, she said.“We don’t ask citizens to be transparent because we’re sovereign. It’s the state that is supposed to be transparent to us,” she said.Oger said the mapping project is still in its infancy and the organization has not yet decided how much information to make public but it does not want to encourage violence in any form.She pointed to Statistics Canada figures that show a rise in police-reported hate crimes. After steady but relatively small increases since 2014, hate crime reported by police rose sharply in 2017 to 2,073, up 47 per cent over the previous year and largely due to an increase in hate-related property crimes, StatCan says.Higher numbers were seen across most types of hate crime, with incidents targeting the Muslim, Jewish and black populations accounting for most of the national increase. The increases were seen largely in Ontario and Quebec.Police-reported hate crimes refer to criminal incidents that police investigations conclude were motivated by hatred toward an identifiable group.According to a 2014 StatCan survey, Canadians self-reported being the victim of more than 330,000 criminal incidents that they perceived as being motivated by hate but two thirds were not reported to police.Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FPIs press exit button pull out Rs 3207 crore in May so

first_imgNew Delhi: Reversing their three-month buying streak, foreign investors pulled out a net Rs 3,207 crore from the Indian capital markets in the first seven trading sessions of May amid the US-China trade tensions and uncertainty over the election results. Prior to this, foreign portfolio investors (FPI) poured in a net Rs 16,093 crore in April, Rs 45,981 crore in March and Rs 11,182 crore in February in the domestic capital markets (both equity and debt). Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraDuring the period between May 2-10, FPIs invested a net sum of Rs 1,344.72 crore in equities but pulled out a net Rs 4,552.20 crore from the debt market, taking the total net outflow to Rs 3,207.48 crore, latest depositories data showed. Markets were closed on May 1 on account of Maharashtra Day. “While the long-term growth prospect remains for India, we have seen short-term headwinds in May,” said Alok Agarwala, Senior VP and Head – Investment Analytics at Bajaj Capital. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysForeign investors have been net buyers in the Indian markets for the past three months after central banks of various developed countries changed their stance on monetary policy, leading to improved global liquidity conditions. However, “the recent reversal of trend in the Indian capital markets can be attributed to the emerging discussions over US-China trade war and uncertainty over election outcome, among other factors,” said Harsh Jain, COO at Groww.in. Agarwala attributed the outflow from debt market to higher supply of bonds (G-secs) in the current financial year and rising crude oil prices that will affect the current account deficit, rupee and push up inflation to some extent. Further, he said “the key risk for the FPI inflow in the Indian market could be an escalation in US-China trade war and the formation of a coalition government post-election if any single party cannot get a clear majority.”last_img read more

Mamata thanks oppn leaders for backing her

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday thanked the leaders of opposition parties, who came out in her support as she protested against the Election Commission’s decision to cut short the poll campaign duration in the state. “Thanks and gratitude to @Mayawati, @yadavakhilesh, @INCIndia, @ncbn and others for expressing solidarity and support to us and the people of #Bengal. EC’s biased actions under the directions of the #BJP are a direct attack on democracy. People will give a befitting reply,” she tweeted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The poll panel on Wednesday cut short campaigning for the last round of voting in West Bengal, in the wake of violence between the BJP and the TMC workers in Kolkata. The campaign closing time has been advanced to Thursday 10pm in the nine Lok Sabha seats – Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Calcutta South and Calcutta North. Accusing the Election Commission of acting on the instructions of the BJP, Banerjee said the move was “unethical and unconstitutional”.last_img read more

Keep Expectations Low For Mitch Trubiskys Debut

Tonight’s NFC North showdown between Minnesota (2-2) and Chicago (1-3) will mark a potentially historic moment for the Bears as quarterback-of-the-future Mitch Trubisky will officially take the reins of the reeling franchise. But how much can we expect from the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft? Watch the video above to find out.

Cincinnati Reds trying to sustain success Cleveland Indians hoping for fresh start

Ohio’s two Major League Baseball clubs had two very different tales to tell at the end of last season. Up in Cleveland, the Indians put together one of the most painful seasons in franchise history, erasing a strong start with an unfathomable 5-24 record in August, putting them at 68-94 for the year and in desperate need of some changes. At the other end of the state, the Cincinnati Reds enjoyed their second National League Central division title in three seasons, finishing with the National League’s second best record at 97-65. While the season would eventually end on a sour note after blowing a 2-0 series lead over the eventual-champion San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series, the Reds were put in good position to only improve on an already balanced club. For the Indians, it was a mystery to everyone involved what general manager Chris Antonetti’s approach to the offseason would be after the abysmal year. As it turned out, the club decided to open up the checkbook and make a series of unprecedented moves. Never known for spending much on free agents, the Indians signed two of the biggest ones available, first baseman Nick Swisher and center fielder Michael Bourn. That was not all for the Tribe in the free agent market, as they also inked designated hitter Mark Reynolds and starting pitcher Brett Myers to sizeable deals. Antonetti also tried his hand in the trade market, opening the offseason with a minor deal, moving relief pitcher Esmil Rogers to Toronto for utility infielder Mike Aviles, and later making a huge splash, trading right fielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds as part of a three-team deal, getting back outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Reds, and top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer from the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with two relief pitchers, Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers. Many attribute this aggressive offseason to new manager Terry Francona, whose presence and influence seems to have ushered in a new era of Indians baseball. Signed as a bit of a surprise move in October following the firing of former skipper Manny Acta, Francona brings with him two World Series rings from Boston and a great deal of respect from around the league. So what can be expected from Francona’s Indians this year? The lineup certainly looks dangerous on paper, blending speed from Bourn, Stubb and Michael Brantley; power from Swisher, Reynolds and Carlos Santana; and all-around hitting from Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall. The individual team defense, especially from the outfield, is among the league’s best, and should be able to save the pitchers several runs. The Indians also bolster a strong bullpen, led by closer Chris Perez and set-up man Vinnie Pestano. What will likely keep the Indians out of the postseason, however, is the starting rotation. Their ace, Justin Masterson, had a 4.93 ERA last season, Ubaldo Jimenez has been a disaster since being acquired from Colorado in 2011, Myers did not start a game for Houston or Chicago last season, Zach McAllister is unproven, and Scott Kazmir was last seen struggling for the independent Atlantic League Sugar Land Skeeters after pitching his way out of the MLB. The Indians do have strong depth for the bottom of the rotation at Triple-A Columbus, including Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Daisuke Matsuzaka, but the holes at the top are just too big for a strong lineup to overcome. Expect the Indians to finish with about 80 wins, though it’s not unreasonable that they could contend for a wild-card spot if Masterson or Jimenez can regain their old form. Moving south, the Reds had a far less busy offseason. Already owning an elite lineup, rotation and bullpen, anything they added would simply be icing on the cake as they go for their second consecutive NL Central title. As a result, the Reds will be putting out a very similar team to the one Cincinnati fans witnessed last season. The only major change is in center field, where Stubbs was swapped with Choo. The rotation of Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake is identical to last season’s, as is the bullpen, led by all-star closer Aroldis Chapman, who was considered being moved to the rotation but ultimately stayed in the bullpen, and set-up men Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton. The lineup also remains strong, adding Choo to a group that includes all-stars Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce, as well as power hitters like Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick, and defensive specialists Zack Cozart and Ryan Hanigan. Visit www.thelantern.com to read the rest of this story. If a weakness had to be pointed out for Cincinnati, it would have to be its outfield defense. Choo, who struggled in right field for several years in Cleveland, is now being forced to play the more treacherous center field by default. If he struggles, manager Dusty Baker might be forced to explore other options. This could open the door for top prospect Billy Hamilton to make his debut. Hamilton, who stole a minor league record 155 bases last season, is considered one of the most exciting prospects in baseball. There’s not a ton of mystery for how strongly a team as well-balanced as the Reds will perform. St. Louis could challenge for the NL Central title, but it’s hard to imagine the Reds falling short of a wild-card berth. Pencil them in for 88-96 wins and a third trip to October baseball in four years. read more

Man Utd interested resigning former defender

first_imgManchester United have reportedly entered the race to sign West Brom captain Jonny Evans at the end of the season, claim The SunJose Mourinho is currently in need of a new centre-back for this summer’s transfer window and has reportedly become interested in the prospect of taking Evans back to Old Trafford.The Northern Ireland international had been strongly linked with moves to both Manchester City and Arsenal during the January transfer window before City signed Aymeric Laporte from Athletico Bilbao and the Gunners decided to not pursue their interest any further.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Currently, West Brom is at the bottom of the Premier League standings and look set to be relegated, which will allow Evans to leave the club at the end of the season for as little as £4m due to a clause in his contract.The Baggies must beat Newcastle this weekend to stand any chance of continuing their bid for survival with the club eight points outside the safety zone with only three games remaining.last_img read more

Salt Cay being ignored Member Native demand better

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:edwin astwood, josephine connolly, LONG BAY HIGH SCHOOL, salt cay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Jan 2016 – When the Member of Parliament for Salt Cay and At Large Member native to Salt Cay pointed out subpar treatment there, they revealed a number of situations unfair to residents on the tiny island. Hon Edwin Astwood said one teacher/principal at the government school is unacceptable. Astwood pointed out during House debate Monday that the school and its six students deserve the same treatment as Long Bay High, which is new with 200 students. Hon Josephine Connolly was vocal about the condition of the steps to board the ferry commuting between Grand Turk and Salt Cay. The Deputy House speaker said its dilapidated and has been for too long posing a dangerous inconvenience. Premier Hon Rufus responded with agreement and promise. A commitment from the Education Minister, he said to get another educator at the Mary Robinson school. The Premier expressed that the rebuild of the dock steps is long overdue and will be repaired soon. Change is on the horizon says PDM Leader Sharlene Cartwright Robinson Connolly claims Premier raising smokescreen Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEM Recommended for youlast_img read more

Criterion streaming service launches April 8 in US Canada

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple That’s web-only, but apps will launch on desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS and Android devices on April 8, it said.It’ll offer more than 1,000 classic and contemporary films from its library, nightly thematic programming, a Sunday Spotlight series, a Tuesday short film, its Adventures in Moviegoing (a guest-curated series that’s previously featured Barry Jenkins and Guillermo del Toro) and other features. 3 Time Warner Android Pie HBO Amazon AT&T Roku Apple Criterion’s only confirming a US and Canada launch initially, and said via email that it’ll keep us posted about plans for an international release.WarnerMedia, which comprises HBO, Turner and Warner Bros, became a subsidiary of AT&T after the phone company’s $85 billion megamerger with Time Warner last June.First published Jan. 31 at 4:49 a.m. PT.Updated Feb. 1 at 1:59 a.m. PT: Adds Criterion comment on international release. Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now Now playing: Watch this: Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 2:33 77 Photos See it Share your voice Mentioned Above Amazon Fire TV and Movies Internet Services Preview • Amazon introduces world’s first reasonable $50 tablet (hands-on) Amazon Fire Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV You’ll be able to use The Criterion Channel on desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS and Android devices in April. Criterion The Criterion Channel, Criterion’s streaming service for film lovers, will launch on April 8 in the US and Canada.You can sign up for a subscription now and it’ll set you back $11 a month (or $100 a year). It’s a little cheaper if you sign up before April 8, with Charter Subscribers paying $10 a month (or $90 a year).It’s the same pricing model we heard about back in November, when WarnerMedia announced the FilmStruck replacement.Charter Subscribers also get an exclusive movie of the week between sign-up and launch — the first being its newly released Criterion edition of 1976’s Mikey and Nicky. • 2019 movies to geek out over reading • Criterion streaming service launches April 8 in US, Canada Our first Movie of the Week is MIKEY AND NICKY! Charter Subscribers can watch our full edition of Elaine May’s 1976 masterpiece now alongside our special features! 📽️ pic.twitter.com/cJSSyQWTKA— Criterion Channel (@criterionchannl) January 30, 2019 Tags $35 Review • Amazon Fire review: Is this $50 tablet any good? We tell you why it is and isn’t. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

Study Its easier to be a none in Canada than in the

first_img By: John Longhurst News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! By: John Longhurst Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Share This! Catholicism Share This! John Longhurst,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Survey: 1 in 3 Protestants think more stories of abuse by pastors yet to come center_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: John Longhurst We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 TagsAmerican evangelicals American religion Canada homepage featured nones United States,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts John Longhurst ‘Who will be our Rachel now?’ Progressives reflect on movement without Held Evans Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Nearly a quarter of Canadians today say they have no religious affiliation — about the same as in the U.S. But a forthcoming book by two Canadian researchers says that it is easier to be a “none” in Canada.“It’s more normal in Canada to say you have no religion,” said Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, a professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo and author, with Joel Thiessen, professor of sociology at Ambrose University, of “None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada and the U.S.”“In Canada, there is a more accepting social environment for leaving religion. There’s less of a social stigma,” added Thiessen.The two researchers decided to study nones in Canada when they found most of the information about the rapidly expanding group of religiously unaffiliated came from the U.S.“We wanted to see what was similar, what was different,” said Wilkins-Laflamme.The big difference, they found, is that the decline in religious affiliation started earlier in Canada.Just 4% of Canadians said they had no religion in 1971. The number spiked to 12% in 1991 and 17% in 2001. The nones’ rise began later in the U.S., from 5% in 1972 to 8% in 1990 before jumping to 14% in 2000.Photo by Ali Tawfiq/Unsplash/Creative CommonsAs the notion of being nonaffiliated caught hold more quickly in Canada, it seemed more normal sooner, the researchers said.At the same time, evangelicalism continues to have a much stronger influence in the U.S. than it does in Canada. This, along with a stronger sense of Christian nationhood in the U.S., makes it harder for some Americans to “come out” as having no religion, the researchers say, noting that in parts of the U.S. “a fervent stigma exists toward those in the religious none community.”With religion playing a less important role in Canadian public life, Canadians don’t view their country as a “Christian nation.” That also makes it increasingly easier for Canadians to say they don’t belong to any religious group.If anything, the researchers say, “rather than stigmatizing religious none identification, there is a sense among some that the stigma is reserved in part for those who are overly religious.”The researchers also said that Canada’s official policy of multiculturalism makes it easier for Canadians to be nonreligious.“Canadians are exposed to lots of worldviews,” says Wilkins-Laflamme. “They grow up realizing their view is one among many.”Wilkins-Laflamme and Thiessen said that the lack of religion in so many Canadian homes makes a return to religion by Canadian nones unlikely.“As the religious none population has grown in recent decades, it is more common for children to be born into families with parents who say they have no religion,” they say.In contrast to previous generations, where nominally religious parents may have exposed their children to some religious beliefs and rituals, religious nones today “are raising their children without any formal exposure to religious beliefs or behaviors in the home, at school and in the community.”There is “nothing, socially speaking, that would compel younger generations to turn to religion,” Thiessen noted.“None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada and the U.S.” will be published by early 2020.last_img read more

LyondellBasell Donates Funds For Specialized Firefighter Training

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:01 Ed MayberryLyondellBasell’s Bob Patel and Mayor Sylvester Turner join other area mayors and firefighters as HFD Chief Samuel Pena speaks at Houston Fire Station 8 downtown.The $100,000 donation will pay for hazardous materials training for the Houston Fire Department and five other departments that serve areas with a large number of refineries, storage terminals and chemical plants. Mayor Sylvester Turner made the announcement at Houston’s downtown Fire Station 8. “And I will continue to be energized and excited so long as we continue to be here on a regular basis with LyondellBasell (alarm sounds)…alright, does that mean it’s time for me to get on the truck?”   LyondellBasell’s Bob Patel says he’s been aware of Houston’s budget challenges. “Training is something you don’t want to compromise, because you always need that. This training will be administered by the world-renowned Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. It’s one of the global leaders in emergency training and firefighting.” The LyondellBasell donation will be split between the Houston Fire Department, as well as firefighters in Channelview, Pasadena, La Porte, Sheldon and Mont Belvieu. Sharelast_img read more

Dick Gregory Paul Mooney Set to Perform at The Howard Theatre

first_imgComedy icons Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney will perform at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St NW; on July 30th at 8 p.m. Doors are set to open at 6 p.m.For decades Dick Gregory, the multi-talented comedian, author, actor, recording artist, activist, philosopher, anti-drug crusader and nutritionist provided his insight on the Black predicament, in the U.S., as a front runner for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and other social issues plaguing the country.When he entered the comedy arena in 1961, Gregory received his first major debut at Chicago’s Playboy Club. According to his biography on dickgregory.com, he was directly requested by Playboy Publisher Hugh Hefner.In1962, Gregory, according to his biography, became nationally recognized, sold out night clubs, made television appearances and recorded several comedic albums. He has also written books on the Black experience, including “Callus on My Soul,” “From the Back of the Bus,” “No More Lies” and others.Paul Mooney has also satirized the Black experience in the country.This actor, writer and activist has been part of the Black experience, writing comedy routines for Richard Pryor, starring in the Spike Lee film “Bamboozled” and writing copy for television shows including “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” “In Living Color” and “Chappelle’s Show.” He also wrote a book:  “Black is the New White” and released his “Peace of My Mind” cd.The show, featuring the two comedians was produced by Jill Newman Productions.Tickets for the show are available at: bit.ly/1g9PSS5.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday November 9

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u National politics with commentator Catalina Byrd, including Dr. Ben Carson’s major meltdown over the scrutiny of dubious claims in his biography and a preview of Tuesday night’s GOP debate. Plus, a follow up report on the vandalizing of an anti-Confederate statue, of a pregnant Black woman, defaced with the word, “nigger,” and “white power.” We’ll talk to the statue’s artist. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Insurers Look to Pass Drug Price Breaks Straight to Consumer

first_imgBy The Associated PressSome major health insurers plan to take a little sting out of prescription drug prices by giving customers rebates at the pharmacy counter.Aetna and UnitedHealthcare both say they will begin passing rebates they get from drugmakers along to some customers starting next year. They could spark a trend: The idea has been championed by President Donald Trump, and it’s something other bill-payers like major employers might consider.Aetna and UnitedHealthcare both say they will begin passing rebates they get from drugmakers along to some of their customers starting next year. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)Rebates are a key cog in the largely secretive pricing agreements ironed out between drugmakers and pharmacy benefit managers, the companies that manage prescriptions for insurers and large employers. Rebates have become more common in recent years, and some critics point to them as a factor behind soaring drug costs. Aetna and UnitedHealthcare say they want to make prescription drug pricing more transparent and simplify the process for customers.Here’s a look at the issue.Who gets the rebate?Pharmaceutical companies offer rebates to benefits managers as a carrot to get their drugs included in formularies, or lists of covered drugs. These concessions are usually a percentage of the initial price set by the drugmaker, or the list price.Pharmacy benefit managers typically pass rebates on to the insurers and large employers that hire them. Those clients often use the money to reduce their plan’s spending on drugs or the cost of coverage. Only 4 percent said they passed rebates directly to customers at the point of sale, or when they buy the drug, the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute found in a 2017 report.Will you start receiving them soon?That’s unlikely.Aetna estimates that 3 million customers could receive rebates when it starts offering them next year, while UnitedHelathcare’s plan will initially apply to over 7 million people. Those are big numbers but small slices of the more than 67 million U.S. customers these companies cover in total.In addition, CVS Health’s pharmacy benefits business offers point-of-sale rebates through plans that cover about 10 million of its 94 million customers.More insurers or benefits managers could follow these examples, and big employers that pay their own health care bills also might start passing the rebates to people on their health plans, said Ana Gupte, an insurance industry analyst with Leerink.Plus Trump has proposed giving rebates directly to Medicare prescription drug customers.Rebates delivered directly to the consumer may be attractive to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers because they can help polish their image. Rebates give the companies a tangible benefit they can show consumers instead of saying generally that these refunds help keep overall coverage costs in check, noted Benedic Ippolito, an economist with the American Enterprise Institute.“At a minimum, it sounds like insurers are trying to do something for consumers with high drug costs,” he said.Aare we talking big money?It’s hard to forecast how big the rebates will be. Experts say they could knock anywhere from a few bucks off your prescription bill to more than $100.The rebates are generally not disclosed by companies, and their size depends on factors like competition and the amount of the drug sold.Treatments that have competition may deliver the biggest rebates because pharmaceutical companies are jockeying to have their medicines included in formularies.Discounts and rebates for high-cost specialty medicines usually are lower than those for more traditional drugs, according to the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, which studies prescription drug spending.The consumers who will benefit most are those who take prescription drugs regularly and pay a lot for their medicines out of pocket, or before insurance coverage starts.“It reduces the cost of having a chronic illness somewhat,” said Dan Mendelson, president of the consulting firm Avalere Health.But there may be a price to pay: The cost of coverage could rise for everyone on a given health plan if rebates are no longer being used to keep overall plan expenses in check.last_img read more

Peanut particles could be used to build microscale factories

first_img Citation: ‘Peanut’ particles could be used to build micro-scale factories (2013, November 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-peanut-particles-micro-scale-factories.html (Phys.org) —One of the main components of a factory is the robots that transport and assemble objects of varying shapes and sizes. When scaling down to the micro level, the steel and wiring that these robots are made of must be replaced by something else—one new idea is peanut-shaped particles that are propelled with light and steered by magnetic fields. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (A) SEM image of the hematite peanut particles. Inset shows the direction of the permanent magnetic moment of the particle. (B) Under illumination, a peanut particle docks with a cargo sphere and transports it, steered by a magnetic field. When the light is turned off, the peanut particle releases the cargo. Credit: Palacci, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society Researchers find boomerang shaped colloid does not conform to Brownian motion Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society Explore further The researchers demonstrated that the cargo-carrying peanut colloids can be steered along a predetermined pathway in addition to being steered by a magnetic field. Channels can be made etching a line or creating a nanocrack in the substrate, providing a microscale version of ground rail transportation. Altogether, the capabilities of peanut colloids—which can be thought of as microrobots—to load, transport, and unload cargo in a controlled way open up many new opportunities for engineering at the microscale.”In the current paper we showed that we could direct the particle along a straight line, previously textured in the substrate,” Palacci told Phys.org. “It would quite interesting to be able to draw more complex patterns of nano-tracks on the substrate. Then playing with the light, one could pick up a colloid somewhere, bring it to a place with no light, drop off the cargo, go somewhere else… and then assemble something really complicated without external intervention by an operator. Fordism brought to the micro scale!” More information: Jérémie Palacci, et al. “Photoactivated Colloidal Dockers for Cargo Transportation.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja406090s Play Under illumination, a peanut particle docks with a cargo sphere and transports it, steered by a magnetic field. When the light is turned off, the peanut particle releases the cargo. Credit: Palacci, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society The researchers explain that the mechanism behind this self-propulsion involves the blue light causing the hydrogen peroxide in the solution to decompose into water and oxygen. This decomposition creates a chemical gradient near the peanut colloids, which causes unbalanced osmotic pressure that in turn induces a flow which propels the colloids. When immersed and illuminated in a solution with a pH of 8.5, the hematite peanut colloids attract colloids made of other materials, such as silica and polystyrene. These cargo particles have diameters of up to 20 μm, making them several times larger than the peanut colloids. When the light is turned off, the peanut colloids stop moving and release their cargo. The researchers explain that the attraction between the colloids is due to negative phoresis, and becomes repulsive at a lower pH. As demonstrated in a new study by researchers at New York University, these colloidal particles can act as “shepherds” that can carry flocks of cargo several times their own size. The work could not only open up new possibilities for designing complex micro-sized factories, but could also have applications in creating micro-sized biomimetic systems such as artificial muscles.The group of physicists, Jérémie Palacci, Stefano Sacanna, Adrian Vatchinsky, Paul M. Chaikin, and David J. Pine at New York University, have published a paper on the colloidal particles capable of transporting large cargos in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.The colloidal particles are made from hematite, a magnetic iron oxide, and can be synthesized in various shapes such as cubes, ellipses, and peanuts. Here, the researchers focused on peanut-shaped colloids that are about 1.5 μm long. To make the colloids respond better to light, the researchers etched them to give them a rough surface.In their experiments, the researchers placed the peanut colloids in a solution with hydrogen peroxide, and then illuminated them through a microscope with blue light. Under light activation, the colloids self-propel toward the surface of the solution. By applying a weak magnetic field, the researchers could change the direction of the self-propulsion and effectively steer the colloids. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hubble images spawn theory of how spiral galaxies turn into jellyfish before

first_img Explore further Hubble views a scattering of spiral and elliptical galaxies Prior research has shown that in dense parts of the galaxy, elliptical galaxies tend to outnumber spiral galaxies—likely due, some have suggested, to some unknown transformation process. In this new effort, the researchers suggest that the mysterious transformation process appears to come about as spiral galaxies encounter the enormous heat present in dense galaxy clusters.Dense galaxy clusters are thought to come about due to happenstance arrangement of galaxies—those that are close enough to others, draw ever closer to each other due to gravity—as the area of space grows more dense the gasses between the galaxies grows hotter. Anything that approaches the dense area is impacted by the heated gas.In studying images captured by Hubble, the researchers have witnessed what they believe to be the process by which galaxies evolve in such dense parts of space. They believe that when a spiral galaxy nears a dense galaxy cluster, its colder gases tend to get pulled in to the cluster, causing a stretching of the spiral, and resulting in what is known as a jellyfish galaxy—so named because of its resemblance to the sea creature. Stars from the outer edges of the spiral galaxy are pulled into the cluster, wrecking its signature shape. Over time, the entire spiral galaxy is pulled into the cluster where it melds with other galaxies to form an elliptical galaxy.The new theory explains both the presence of jellyfish galaxies and so-named orphan stars that don’t appear to exist as part of any galaxy—they’re actually in transit, the researchers believe, after being pulled from a spiral—eventually they’ll wind up as part of an elliptical galaxy. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. HST images of extreme cases of ram-pressure stripping in galaxy clusters at z > 0:2. From left to right: galaxy C153 in A2125 at z = 0:20 (WFPC2, F606W+F814W, Owen et al. 2006); galaxy 234144–260358 in A2667 at z = 0:23 (ACS, F450W+F606W+F814W, Cortese et al. 2007); galaxy F0083 in A2744 at z = 0:31 (ACS, F435W+F606W+F814W, Owers et al. 2012). Credit: arXiv:1312.6135 [astro-ph.CO] , arXiv Journal information: Astrophysical Journal Letters More information: Jellyfish: Evidence of extreme ram-pressure stripping in massive galaxy clusters, H. Ebeling et al. 2014 ApJ 781 L40 DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/781/2/L40 . On Arxiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1312.6135AbstractRam-pressure stripping by the gaseous intracluster medium has been proposed as the dominant physical mechanism driving the rapid evolution of galaxies in dense environments. Detailed studies of this process have, however, largely been limited to relatively modest examples affecting only the outermost gas layers of galaxies in nearby and/or low-mass galaxy clusters. We here present results from our search for extreme cases of gas-galaxy interactions in much more massive, X-ray selected clusters at z > 0.3. Using Hubble Space Telescope snapshots in the F606W and F814W passbands, we have discovered dramatic evidence of ram-pressure stripping in which copious amounts of gas are first shock compressed and then removed from galaxies falling into the cluster. Vigorous starbursts triggered by this process across the galaxy-gas interface and in the debris trail cause these galaxies to temporarily become some of the brightest cluster members in the F606W passband, capable of outshining even the Brightest Cluster Galaxy. Based on the spatial distribution and orientation of systems viewed nearly edge-on in our survey, we speculate that infall at large impact parameter gives rise to particularly long-lasting stripping events. Our sample of six spectacular examples identified in clusters from the Massive Cluster Survey, all featuring M F606W < –21 mag, doubles the number of such systems presently known at z > 0.2 and facilitates detailed quantitative studies of the most violent galaxy evolution in clusters. © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers, two from the University of Hawaii, and one from the University of Dunham in the U.K. has found evidence from the Hubble Space Telescope that suggests jellyfish galaxies come about when spiral galaxies are ripped apart as they move towards dense galaxy clusters. In their paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the team describes how six images of jellyfish captured by Hubble appear to show how spiral galaxies morph into elliptical galaxies. Citation: Hubble images spawn theory of how spiral galaxies turn into jellyfish before becoming elliptical (2014, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-hubble-images-spawn-theory-spiral.htmllast_img read more

Woman dies after being electrocuted in S Dinajpur

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, a woman died after being electrocuted at Tapan in South Dinajpur.The victim, Poli Mondal (22), was found lying on the road adjacent to her house on Sunday evening after she was electrocuted.It happened when she touched an electrical post.Locals rushed the victim to a hospital in Balurghat where the doctors pronounced her brought dead.According to police, the victim’s husband Antim Mondal is a farmer by profession.They applied for a new electrical connection around six months ago. It was alleged that they did not receive any connection. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice came to know after interrogating the locals that they took connection by illegally tapping power line.The woman might have tried to tap the power line on Sunday when she somehow got electrocuted.Police have started a probe in this regard. They are, however, to confirm the exact cause of her death.They are probing if she was electrocuted while tapping the power lines or there is any other reasonbehind her death.During interrogation, the victim’s husband confessed that they were involved in the corrupt practice of tapping power lines only because they were denied a new connection.He alleged that they applied for a new connection six months ago but they were yet to get a connection.Police are also verifying the statement of the deceased’s husband.last_img read more

TTF gives a strong fillip to the travel market in the festive

first_imgMumbai’s Nehru Centre is playing host to TTF, India’s oldest travel show. Over 150 participants from India and abroad have set up colourful pavilions to woo the travellers from the city in the high season ahead.Goa, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration have set up the largest pavilions in the show.The festival of Diwali marks one of the high seasons for leisure travel for domestic, as well as outbound sectors. As the festival is closely followed by the winter season and the New Year period, there are multiple opportunities for Indian travellers to take a break, ranging from the long haul, to short haul, and even weekend gateways.The Diwali season travel is somewhat unique in Western India.That is the reason the TTF has had blockbuster shows in Ahmedabad and Surat in last two consecutive weekends, before opening in Mumbai this week. It will be held in Pune next weekend (Oct 2, 3, 4).Mumbai is the largest travel market in the country generating approximately a third (33%) of travellers. According to a market survey conducted by the organisers, Mumbai is not only the leading travel market in the country, but its tourists are also the highest-spenders and their trips are also the longest.TTF offers a great networking opportunity for the travel trade in and around the city, to interact with their counterparts from India and abroad.The first two days of the show (Thursday & Friday) are kept reserved for travel trade and the last day of the show (Saturday) is open for all.Participants from 7 countries and 18 Indian States & Union Territories have come to sell their destinations, tour packages, and accommodations at TTF Mumbai.The star attraction Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is promoting authentic Thai food, Bangkok’s world famous shopping malls, and traditional Thai medical treatments, and value for money deals to tourists. Live performances, art and handicraft demonstrations and sampling of dried fruits etc will be additional activities that are expected to draw huge crowd to Bangkok city pavilion. The Culture, Sport and Tourism Department of the Bangkok city, who is organising all of these activities, are very enthusiastic to meet Indian travel trade as well as consumers. Another attraction is the Street Food Bangkok app that has just been launched this week. The app provides information on street food from 121 vendors and stalls across Bangkok, encompassing 25 mouth-watering menus. The app also assists with direction to each outlet and opening times.Other than Thailand, countries represented are Bhutan, China, India, Maldives, Nepal and Turkey eyeing for the lucrative outbound market from Mumbai and Western India.Among Indian States, eye-catching displays have been put up by Andaman & Nicobar, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.TTF is supported by Incredible India, OTOAI, ATOAI, ADTOI, IATO and IAAI.  Travel News Digest is the official trade publication of TTF.TTF is the largest network of travel shows in India, with over 50% market share.Later this year, TTF is scheduled in Guwahati (Nov’15), and next year in Chennai, Bengaluru and New Delhi (Jan-Feb’16), in addition to the grand finale in OTM Mumbai (Feb’16) at Bombay Exhibition & Convention Centre.last_img read more