Elderly farmer commits suicide in Rajasthan

first_imgJaipur A 65-year-old farmer, facing financial problems, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar district. Bagdi Lal Teli was found hanging from the tree in Sunail area last evening.His son, Vishnu Teli, rushed him to hospital where he was declared dead, SHO Sunail Police Station Bhanwar Singh said. “His son informed that the family has been facing financial crunch for some time and his father had also taken a loan,” he said.The body has been handed over to family members after post-mortem. Meanwhile, PCC President Sachin Pilot condoled the incident and held the state government responsible for deaths of farmers.“Three debt-ridden farmers in the state have committed suicides in one week. Farmers are agitating for their justified demands but the government is ignorant towards their issues,” Pilot claimed in a statement.He said that the government should help farmers financially.last_img read more

FC Barcelona win Copa del Rey in Luis Enrique’s last game

first_imgThe Luis Enrique era in Barcelona came to an end with the coach lifting one last trophy.The coach raised the Copa del Rey after Barcelona defeated Alaves 3-1 in the final on Saturday.Lionel Messi, Neymar and Paco Alcacer scored in the first half as Barcelona won their third straight copa and 29th all-time.Luis Enrique capped his three-year stint with the club with his ninth title out of a possible 13.He celebrated by waving his winner’s trophy and singing the club’s anthem in front of the Barcelona fans who traveled to the final in Madrid.”We finished the season how we wanted to finish it,” Luis Enrique said. “I leave with the feeling of mission accomplished.”It was the final competitive match at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon Stadium, which will be demolished to give way to a housing complex. Atletico moves into a new venue next season.Alaves, the minnow Basque Country club promoted to Spain’s top flight this season after 10 years in the lower divisions, was playing in the final of a major tournament for only the second time in its 96-year history. The other was the UEFA Cup 16 years ago, when it lost to Liverpool 5-4 in extra time.Barcelona dominated and opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a well-placed shot by Messi from just outside the box after a pass by Neymar.Alaves, which beat Barcelona in the Liga, equalized three minutes later with a superb free kick shot by Theo Hernandez.AP PhotoBut Barcelona regained control with a couple of goals just before halftime. Neymar scored after a pass by Andre Gomes in the 45th and Alcacer added to the lead from inside the area after a great slalom run by Messi three minutes into stoppage time.advertisementAlaves almost opened the scoring when Ibai Gomez struck the post after a blunder by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique just before Messi’s goal.”There are mixed feelings,” Alaves coach Mauricio Pellegrino said. “We are disappointed with the result, we had high hopes, but we are happy for what we did the entire season.”It was only the second title for Barcelona in a relatively disappointing season. It was eliminated by Juventus in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and lost the Spanish league title to Real Madrid in the final round last weekend. Its other title was the Spanish Super Cup.Luis Enrique, who made the surprising announcement in March that he was leaving Barcelona so he could get some rest, never lost a Copa del Rey home-and-away series since he took over the club, a run of 12 straight triumphs ahead of the final.Defender Javier Mascherano had to be substituted less than 10 minutes into the game with a head cut after colliding with an Alaves defender. He also injured his right knee on the play, and was on crutches during the title celebrations.Barcelona played without striker Luis Suarez because of a suspension.Before the game, five members of a radical group of Barcelona supporters were arrested after they allegedly robbed and trashed a small store in the Spanish capital.Barcelona’s victory meant Athletic Bilbao will earn the final spot from Spain in the Europa League. Athletic finished seventh in the Spanish league, outside of the automatic qualification spots, but it earned a berth because Barcelona will play in the Champions League. Alaves needed to win the Copa del Rey title to qualify.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Coach Ricky Ponting slams Feroz Shah Kotla pitch after DC lose to SRH

first_imgDelhi Capitals failed to read their own pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Thursday which ultimately led to a crushing defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.Coach Ricky Ponting thought the ground-staff dished out the worst pitch out of the three matches played at the Kotla in the season so far.Delhi were restricted to 129 for 8 after being put into bat with captain Shreyas Iyer’s 43 being the highest score in their batting lineup.The slow pitch favoured the bowlers and SRH have always had plenty of firepower in that department which they showcased in Delhi as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi and Siddharth Kaul took two wickets each while Rashid Khan and Sandeep Sharma struck once each for the visitors.The Sunrisers in reply, got off to a great start thanks to Jonny Bairstow and David Warner’s 64-run opening partnership which took the sting out of Delhi’s bowling attack.Bairstow smashed 48 off 28 balls including 9 boundaries and did the bulk of the scoring early on. The rest of the SRH batsmen were then able to finish the job without any fuss as Nabi finished the match with a six to remain unbeaten on 17.That’s that from Delhi as the @SunRisers win by 5 wickets #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/pNKcVxwZkvIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 4, 2019Speaking after the game, DC head coach Ricky Ponting revealed how the curator had made the team believe that this was their best wicket.”I thought they bowled smartly on that wicket. That wicket surprised us a lot. Talking to the groundsmen before the game, he thought that was our best pitch. By far and away it was our worst. You saw how little it bounced and how slow it was. I thought their bowlers adapted well to the conditions.advertisement”They have very skillful bowlers in those conditions as they bowl knuckle balls and slower balls. Nabi also did a good job for them in the powerplay. We knew we needed to get off to a good start and unfortunately we didn’t do that. We got some work to do. This is our home ground and we need to learn to play in these conditions better than the opposition. We definitely have to improve,” Ponting said.But Ponting went on to add that while nobody would want to play SRH on a wicket like the one on Thursday, the home team will also need to adapt accordingly and the team composition will have to be done keeping in mind the low and slow Kotla wicket.”At the end of the day it is the same pitch for both teams. But, if you ask me would I want to play Sunrisers on that type of pitch, that wicket absolutely suits them down to the ground. They have great spinners and all their seamers bowl slower balls. And if you bowl slower balls on this wicket, it is not possible to hit.”But if the wickets are going to be like this, we need to think about our selection as well. Maybe our bowlers weren’t best suited to that wicket. It wasn’t as we expected, it wasn’t what the groundsmen told us it will be,” he rued.Also Read | Captaincy always easy when team does well: SRH skipper Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | IPL 2019: Nervous moments for Rashid Khan as SRH crush Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | DC vs SRH, IPL 2019: Shreyas Iyer disappointed as Delhi lose heavily againlast_img read more

Photos: USC Unveils New Trojan Logo, Design Evolution

first_imgnew usc trojan logo.new usc trojan logoFriday, USC unveiled a new set of logos, calling the updates part of a “design evolution” for the program. But don’t worry, Trojans fans – the football team won’t be moving to the new Trojan logo on its helmets just yet.USC says that it’s been working with Nike for the last 18 months on the brand evolution.#USC has unveiled a new Trojan logo but it will not be used for football helmet pic.twitter.com/KO0MpW8csV— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) April 15, 2016From USC: –A new Trojan Head logo has been designed. However, the current Trojan Head on the football helmet will continue on the helmet.— Lisa Horne (@LisaHorne) April 15, 2016Here’s what the school is calling the highlights of the unveiling:–The SC interlock remains the primary logo and mark for USC Athletics, but the current script-face TROJANS above the SC interlock has been eliminated. However, the specific logos currently used by USC baseball (SC monogram) and track (SC shield) will continue to be used by those programs.–A new Trojan Head logo has been designed. However, the current Trojan Head used on the football helmet will continue in use on the helmet.–A new custom alphabet and numeral type font–based on Greek Doric architecture–is used for USC’s word marks (“USC,” “Trojans,” “Fight On”), its sport-specific logo lock-ups and other typography.–A new ornamental Greek key pattern is available for use as trim on uniforms, gear and promotional material.–USC’s primary colors remain Cardinal and Gold. But secondary colors of Black and White and a tertiary color of Metallic Gold have been added for occasional use.The refreshed look will be used on the uniforms, gear, stationery and promotional material for all 21 Trojan sports.You can see all of the new designs over at usctrojans.com. There is apparently already new USC merchandise with the changes in the bookstore.last_img read more

5-Star CB Makes Big Announcement About Ohio State

first_imgOhio State players interacting with fans as they leave the field.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 7: Fans congratulate the Ohio State Buckeyes as they leave the field following their 42-7 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Arizona native Kelee Ringo is ranked No. 11 overall in the class of 2020. He is the second-ranked cornerback in the country, and the top player from his state.The five-star recruit has offers from most of the nation’s major powers, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, MSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Texas, USC, Washington, and others.Ohio State is also on that list, and Ringo is going to check out what Columbus has to offer very soon.Kelee Ringo will head up to see this weekend’s Ohio State football game against Minnesota.He made the announcement on Wednesday.In Columbus, Ohio this weekend #Buckeyes ??— KR7 (@KeleeRingo) October 10, 2018This will be Ringo’s second unofficial visit of the season. In September, he went to in-state school Arizona State for the team’s win over Michigan State.The Buckeyes kick off against the Golden Gophers at noon.It is very early, but the three people who have logged predictions for where Ringo will commit all believe he will be a Washington Husky. This recruitment should still be pretty wide open though.last_img read more

What It’s Like to Drive a Ferrari as a Four-Seat Family Car

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Anyway. I drove the car all around the state park and the surrounding towns and roads for much of Friday afternoon and part of Saturday morning, then I headed back home around lunchtime. That afternoon, we put our son’s car seat in the back of the Ferrari and my wife hopped in beside me. For the next two days, the family spent most of our waking hours thinking of places to which we could drive and intentionally completing errands using the least efficient routes possible.Because when you have a family-friendly Ferrari GTC4Lusso, you and the family spend as much time as possible in the car. And when the good folks from Ferrari take their car back at about 6:45 am on a Monday morning, you get a bit misty-eyed. Then you get some coffee and get back to the real world. Oh well, there’s always next time. Maybe … What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? center_img To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport For reasons that are slightly beyond my comprehension — but into which I’ll not look too deeply, because why risk messing up a good thing? — over the past few months, I’ve gotten to enjoy a pair of different Ferraris. The first time, I got an electric blue Ferrari 488 Spider. The four days I spent with that car changed my perception of what driving an automobile could be like, and essentially spoiled me for life. It also rather spoiled my son (then three, now four), as we hooked his car seat into the thoughtfully-provided LATCH anchors there in the shotgun seat of the two-person convertible and drove around town for hours. (I kept it under light speed while he was in the vehicle, FYI.) For weeks after the 488 went back to the dealership, he asked when we would get our next Ferrari, a question I always had to answer with a wistful: “Well… probably never.”But then we got another Ferrari.And if only for yet one more weekend, the John family’s second Ferrari was thoroughly enjoyed. You see, this time, the whole family could come along for a ride. At the same time. That’s right, Ferrari makes a four-seat sports car designed, not for use on the track, but rather for long drives through the countryside or the mountains, or for getting groceries after you drop the kids at school. The Ferrari GTC4Lusso T not only has four seats, but it also has more trunk space than many standard sedans.Steven John/The Manual Steven John/The ManualShould you ever find yourself driving a GTC4Lusso T on a track instead of while running errands, though, don’t worry too much: The car has a 680 horsepower twin turbo charged V8 engine that propels it past 62 mph in fewer than 3.5 seconds, hitting a top speed of 199 miles per hour. (In fact, the car probably tops out at 214 mph, but that’s not entirely on the record.) I didn’t drive “my” Lusso anywhere near 199 mph, of course. Now, 130-plus? Well, maybe for a few seconds. But just a few.My experience with the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T began with a briefing all about the car given at a lovely Manhattan hotel named The Surrey. (To put the place in perspective, the pair of Ferraris sparkling on the street out front didn’t look out of place. I probably did, but I played it off well enough, I guess, because they let me inside.) There, over a fancier breakfast than I’d eaten in months, I learned all about the graceful, ferocious family-friendly machine I’d soon be driving care of a brand representative in from Italy. After the morning briefing, I hopped into my Ferrari GTC4Lusso T and pressed the starter button. The engine came to life with a roar both savage and dulcet, and one that I had missed so very much since parting with the 488 over the summer.Steven John/The Manual Steven John/The ManualLet me tell you this: Driving a Ferrari in Manhattan’s morning rush hour traffic is not much fun. But let me also say this: Driving a Ferrari on upstate highways and around the winding roads of Harriman State Park is lots of fun. Except when you get pulled over. Which I did. (Fortunately I wasn’t actually going all that fast at the time. My disarming charm put together with stupid dumb luck saved me from a ticket, and I kept the car near the posted limit for a while after that.)My weekend with the GTC4Lusso T began with a visit to the stunning new Valley Rock Inn, a property still in active development by entrepreneur and real estate developer (and genuinely nice guy) Michael Bruno. The Valley Rock Inn, located in Sloatsburg, New York, is a currently sleepy, likely soon-to-be happening town right next to Harriman State Park that deserves its own article which, hey, I’ll be writing soon enough. So enough about that for now. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip last_img read more

Winnipeg mayoral candidate hopes to rock the vote with increased Indigenous participation

first_imgAPTN National NewsA grassroots campaign is underway in Winnipeg to get Indigenous people out to the polls in this fall’s municipal election.“Indigenous Rock the Vote” is a social media campaign to raise awareness ahead of the October election.Indigenous people make up more than 10 per cent of the population of Winnipeg, but many have never voted before.As APTN’s Dennis Ward reports, one of the mayoral candidates is trying to inspire Indigenous people to cast their ballot, even if it isn’t for him.last_img read more

Eldorado receives more approvals in Greece still waiting for others

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD) says it has received another permit and the approval of a technical study for the closure of its Old Olympias mine in Greece.The company has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government over its gold mining operations in the country.The approvals follow comments by the company that it planned to suspend investment at its mines in Greece amid what it said were delays in the issuing of permits and licences.Eldorado received two other permits earlier this week, but the company said there are still issues outstanding including a permit for its Skouries flotation plant.The Greek government served formal notice that it would initiate an arbitration hearing regarding the company’s Madem Lakkos metallurgical plant alleging a technical study is deficient. Eldorado denies the claim.Eldorado said once it receives the Skouries permit and the Greek government is willing to engage in constructive discussions, it will be in a position to reassess its investment options.last_img read more

Cryptocurrencies arent financial state risk but likely to be regulated Carney

first_imgTORONTO – Bank of England governor Mark Carney says cryptocurrencies aren’t a risk to the financial state, but he thinks they will be subject to some form of regulation.The former Bank of Canada governor and so-called rockstar of finance says cryptocurrencies pose a challenge for market integrity because “a huge amount” of illicit activity is run through them.His remarks came as he spoke to business heavyweights and economy-watchers at the Public Policy Forum’s Canada Growth Summit in Toronto.Despite the abuses of cryptocurrencies, he says they aren’t a risk to the financial state because they’re still small and not connected to the financial system.While still relatively small compared with the established system, he says the emergence of such currencies is part of a broader reorganization of the economy and radically challenging the existing payment system.He says that at some point, cryptocurrency systems will have to see more regulation.“There are these exchanges where you transfer your Canadian dollars for a cryptocurrency and those in general are unregulated and in some cases, there’s plenty of serious abuse or at a minimum, they are very porous to a cyber attack and theft and they just do not meet the standards,” he says. “There is no reason why that should be tolerated.”Carney has previously slammed cryptocurrencies and called on regulators to start monitoring them as they do other financial assets because he says, “being part of the financial system brings enormous privileges, but with them great responsibilities.”last_img read more

Los Angeles kicks off longdelayed licensing for pot growers

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles will kick off the process for licensing marijuana cultivators and manufacturers on Aug. 1, but it’s likely to be many months before any of those companies open their doors for business.The announcement Monday was greeted with a mix of anticipation and frustration by growers and other businesses awaiting licenses that have watched the illicit market flourish.California broadly legalized cannabis on Jan. 1, but Los Angeles has moved cautiously with licensing. Growers and others seeking licenses will have to go through a tiered review in which applicants must show they meet a range of legal requirements, as well as pass inspections.About 150 retailers have opened in the city, but the rest of the supply chain has been on hold.Donnie Anderson, a Los Angeles cultivator and dispensary owner, said he’s been paying rent for months on commercial space he can’t use without a license, straining his budget.He told the city Cannabis Regulation Commission “we don’t want to wait too much longer.”The announcement was made by the city’s top pot regulator, Cat Packer, who said rules continue to change as the city refines the new system.When might the first cultivator licenses go out?“There are many steps that have not even been solidified,” she said. “I cannot commit to a timeline at this point.”The commission heard a long line of now-familiar complaints about the uneven state of the L.A. market, which was once expected to be a model for the rest of the state but has developed more slowly than San Diego, Oakland and other major cities.The concerns ranged from a robust illegal market that is undercutting the legal one, hefty tax rates and questions about who would be eligible for licenses.Commission President Robert Ahn indicated that the industry would need patience as the city continues to transform the long-established industry into a multibillion-dollar, regulated marketplace.“We have tremendous challenges,” Ahn said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take time.”last_img read more

At poll rally, Yogi calls Indian Army ‘Modi ji ki sena’

first_imgGhaziabad: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath described the Indian Army as “Modi ji ki sena” (Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Army) during an election campaign for the BJP here. Hitting out at Opposition parties over a host of governance issues Sunday, Adityanath said what was “impossible” for the Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party is possible under the BJP rule. “Congress ke log aatankwadiyon ko biryani khilate the aur Modi ji ki sena aatankwadiyon ko goli aur gola deti hai (Congress people would feed biryani to terrorists, while Modi’s army gives them bullet or bomb). This is the difference. The Congress people use ‘ji’ in Masood Azhar’s name to encourage terrorism,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, terror camps are being destroyed which is breaking the back of terrorists and Pakistan. This is the work being done by the BJP government and this is the difference,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister added. “What was namumkin (impossible) for the Congress is mumkin (possible) for PM Modi. Because when Modi is there, the impossible becomes possible,” he said. Campaigning for sitting MP and Union minister V K Singh, Adityanath earlier listed out the achievements brought in the region under five years of Modi rule in the Centre and two years of his in the state. He also said the situation of safety in western Uttar Pradesh has improved and nobody can misbehave with women and girls, while criminals are either behind the bars or dead.last_img read more

Ex-Kadhafi security man killed in Libya’s Benghazi

first_imgBENGHAZI- Gunmen on Sunday killed a former security officer who served under slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi in the violence-ridden eastern city of Benghazi, security and medical sources said.“Retired colonel Muftah Najem was shot dead,” said a spokeswoman for Al-Jala hospital where the body was taken.A security source said unidentified men fired from a vehicle as Najem was driving in Al-Sabri district, “killing him on the spot”. Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled Kadhafi and led to his killing by rebels in October that year, has suffered a wave of attacks.Both security forces and foreign missions have been targeted, including a September 2012 assault on the US consulate that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.The government has struggled to consolidate control in the vast and mostly desert country, which is effectively ruled by a patchwork of local militias and awash in heavy weapons looted from Kadhafi’s arsenals.last_img read more

In China Annan continues pressing for full mobilization against AIDS

In his meeting in Beijing with Vice-President Hu Jintao, the Secretary-General discussed the UN development goals, saying that international cooperation in areas ranging from terrorism to economic development was more important than ever after the 11 September 2001 terror attacks. “We can’t afford another failed state like Afghanistan,” Mr. Annan said, referring to the period when world inattention towards Afghanistan allowed it to become a bastion for organized terror. The Secretary-General also pledged to work with China on human rights issues, and repeated his earlier message that all levels of society must be involved in the fight against AIDS. “We must remove the stigma” of the disease, he stressed. In reply, Vice-President Hu said that AIDS is a public health menace for all mankind and that China is paying close attention to its prevention and control, with all society needing to be engaged in the fight, according to UN spokesperson Hua Jiang. The Secretary-General said he was heartened by that attitude. Mr. Annan then met with the most active leaders in the fight against AIDS in China, including Health Minister Dr. Zhang Wenkang and Professor Zeng Yi, President of the China Foundation for AIDS Prevention and Control. “We need all hands on deck,” he told them. In the late afternoon, the Secretary-General met with Vice Premier Qian Qichen, who also said that AIDS deserves the attention of all governments, adding that China takes the issue very seriously and has mobilized its medical sector to join in the search for a cure. The Secretary-General then described the meeting he had just had on the epidemic and his efforts to prod the major drug firms to lower their prices for AIDS medications in poor countries, Ms. Jiang said. The two officials also discussed Iraq and the Security Council’s efforts to agree on a formula for the return of weapons inspectors. Their substantive talks continued at a subsequent dinner in the Secretary-General’s honour hosted by the Vice Premier. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s wife, Nane, spent part of the day at a Beijing primary school, where she met with some 200 students as well as officials from China’s main children’s books publisher, Ms. Jiang said. Students of the Jing Shan Primary School presented their main concerns to Mrs. Annan, including an end to war, the protection of the environment, and education for all girls and boys. They also appealed for more attention to the growing global problem of AIDS orphans. In return, she showed slides of the UN’s development work and praised the students for their deep compassion and commitment. read more

Trump on tricky legal ground with Obamacare threat

In this July 31, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump pauses during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump’s threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of “Obamacare” could put the government in a tricky legal situation. Legal experts say he’d be handing insurers a solid court case, while undermining his own leverage to compel Democrats to negotiate, especially if premiums jump by 20 percent as expected after such a move. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2017 9:07 am MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump on tricky legal ground with ‘Obamacare’ threat WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of “Obamacare” could put the government in a legal bind.Law experts say he’d be handing insurers a solid court case, while undermining his own leverage to compel Democrats to negotiate, especially if premiums jump by 20 per cent as expected after such a move.“Trump thinks he’s holding all the cards. But Democrats know what’s in his hand, and he’s got a pair of twos,” said University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley. Democrats “aren’t about to agree to dismantle the Affordable Care Act just because Trump makes a reckless bet.”For months, the president has been threatening to stop payments that reimburse insurers for providing required financial assistance to low-income consumers, reducing their copays and deductibles.Administration officials say the decision could come any day.Playing defence, some insurers are preemptively raising premiums for next year. For example, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona this week announced a 7.2 per cent average hike for 2018. But there would likely be no increase if the subsidies are guaranteed, the company said. And BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina earlier requested a 22.9 per cent average increase. With the subsidies, the company said that would have been 8.8 per cent.The “cost-sharing” subsidies are under a legal cloud because of a dispute over whether the Obama health care law properly approved the payments. Other parts of the health care law, however, clearly direct the government to reimburse insurers.With the issue unresolved, the Trump administration has been paying insurers each month, as the Obama administration had done previously.Trump returned to the subject last week after the GOP drive to repeal the health care law fell apart in the Senate, tweeting, “As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”He elaborated in another tweet, “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies…will end very soon!”It’s not accurate to call the cost-sharing subsidies a bailout, said Tim Jost, a professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Virginia.“They are no more a bailout than payments made by the government to a private company for building a bomber,” he said.That’s at the root of the Trump administration’s potential legal problem if the president makes good on this threat.The health law clearly requires insurers to help low-income consumers with their copays and deductibles. Nearly 3 in 5 HealthCare.gov customers qualify for the assistance, which can reduce a deductible of $3,500 to several hundred dollars. The annual cost to the government is about $7 billion.The law also specifies that the government shall reimburse insurers for the cost-sharing assistance that they provide.Nonetheless, the payments remain under a cloud because of a disagreement over whether they were properly approved in the health law, by providing an “appropriation.”The Constitution says the government shall not spend money without a congressional appropriation.Think of an appropriation as an electronic instruction to your bank to pay a recurring monthly bill. You fully intend to pay, and the money you’ve budgeted is in your account. But the payment will not go out unless you specifically direct your bank to send it.House Republicans trying to thwart the ACA sued the Obama administration in federal court in Washington, arguing that the law lacked specific language appropriating the cost-sharing subsidies.A district court judge agreed with House Republicans, and now the case is on hold before the U.S. appeals court in Washington. A group of state attorneys general asked the court earlier this year to let them join the case in defence of the subsidies, and on Tuesday the court agreed. House Republicans had opposed the states’ participation, but the court said the group had “demonstrated the appropriateness of their intervention in this case.”Both Bagley and Jost have followed the issue of the payments closely, and disagree on whether the health law properly approved the payments to insurers. Bagley says it did not; while Jost says it did.However, the two experts agree that insurers would have a solid lawsuit if Trump stops the payments. Insurers could sue in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which hears claims for money against the government.“The ACA promised to make these payments — that could not be clearer — and Congress has done nothing to limit that promise,” said Bagley.“I think there would very likely be litigation if the Trump administration tries to cut off the payments,” said Jost.Another way to resolve it: Congress could appropriate the money, even if temporarily, for a couple of years. Some prominent GOP lawmakers have expressed support for that.If the president makes good on his threat, experts estimate that premiums for a standard “silver” plan would increase by about 19 per cent. Insurers could recover the cost-sharing money by raising premiums, since those are also subsidized by the ACA, and there’s no question about their appropriation.But millions of people who buy individual health care policies without any financial assistance from the government would face prohibitive cost increases.And more insurers might decide to leave already shaky markets.“This is not a game,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “Millions of people would not be able to afford health insurance for their families.” read more

Appeals court upholds most of abortion law

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that most of Texas’ tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately.A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect while a lawsuit challenging the restrictions moves forward. The panel issued the ruling three days after District Judge Lee Yeakel said the provision serves no medical purpose.In its 20-page ruling, the appeals court panel acknowledged that the provision “may increase the cost of accessing an abortion provider and decrease the number of physicians available to perform abortions.” However, the panel said that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that having “the incidental effect of making it more difficult or more expensive to procure an abortion cannot be enough to invalidate” a law that serves a valid purpose, “one not designed to strike at the right itself.”The panel left in place a portion of Yeakel’s order that prevents the state from enforcing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol for abortion-inducing drugs in cases where the woman is between 50 and 63 days into her pregnancy. Doctors testifying before the court had said such women would be harmed if the protocol were enforced.After Yeakel halted the restrictions, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott had made an emergency appeal to the conservative 5th Circuit, arguing that the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges is a constitutional use of the Legislature’s authority.“This unanimous decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women,” Abbott, a Republican who is running for governor, said in a written statement.last_img read more

Apple Unveils iPad 2

first_imgWired’s Gadget Lab blog reports that Jobs said developers have earned more than $2 billion from app sales and Apple generated $9.5 billion in iPad revenue. Apple also designed a Smart Cover for the tablet ($39 for polyurethane or $69 for leather), which attaches with a self-aligning magnetic hinge and folds back to form a pedestal to prop up the iPad. iPad 2 models are available with AT&T or Verizon networks. Pricing is similar to the previous version: $499 for the 16GB wi-fi model, $599 for the 32GB, and $699 for the 64GB. Add the 3G and pricing jumps to $629, $729 and $829. The Verizon wi-fi/3G model will be available only in the U.S. The iPad 2 is scheduled to ship March 11. Apple simultaneously announced that Random House is making its full catalog of 17,000 ebooks available in the iBookstore, which, says the company, now offers content from 2,500 publishers. Apple unveiled the iPad 2 today. As a host of new tablet devices are making their way into the market, Apple needed to make a significant jump ahead in performance and functionality. Key upgrades include a 33 percent thinner design that makes the new tablet 15 percent lighter while keeping the same screen size. Customers can choose between black or white versions. The device ships with Apple’s dual-core A5 processor and the company’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 4.3. CPU speed is reportedly 2 times faster and graphics are rendered up to 9 times faster.According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the company has sold more than 15 million iPads so far, and the iPad 2 has taken on more interactive characteristics. The device has front and rear cameras, allowing traditional camera functionality along with the ability to use Apple’s video chat feature, FaceTime.iMovie and GarageBand apps, at $4.99 each, launched along with the new tablet, which allow users more media recording and editing capabilities-pushing the device into a content creation realm, not just a passive reading/watching experience. In a press event held today, Jobs pointed out that there are now more than 350,000 apps available with more than 65,000 that are native to the iPad.last_img read more

Nusrat murder case transferred to Women Repression Prevention Tribunal

first_imgThe case over the murder of Feni Madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi has been transferred to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal, reports UNB.Senior judicial magistrate Jakir Hossain passed the order on Thursday morning and fixed 10 June for next hearing.Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa principal Sirajuddoula and 15 other accused, who were charged with the murder, were produced before the court today.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted the 722-page charge-sheet against 16 people to the court on Wednesday 53 days after the madrasa student was set on fire.The accused are- madrasa principal SM Sirajuddoula,Awami League leader Ruhul Amin, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Imran Hossain Mamun, Hafez Abdul Quader, Iftekhar Uddin Rana, Councillor Maksud Alam alias Moksud, KamrunnaharMoni, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Zobair, Javed, Umme Sultana Popy, Mohiuddin Shakil, Mohammad Shamim, Abdur Rahim Sharif and Absar Uddin.Nusrat had accused the principal of sexually harassing her. She was set on fire at an examination centre in Sonagaziupazila on 6 April allegedly by people loyal to Sirajuddoula. She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

Disney World Adds Trump Animatronic Figure But Likeness Is Lacking

first_img Share A new president in real life means a new president at Magic Kingdom, too.Specifically, a new animatronic figure in the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World, where every former leader of the republic is depicted in an “audio-animatronics show.”The exhibit is currently closed for updates and maintenance, but Disney has released a sneak peak of the new addition.It’s not the presence of President Trump in this lineup that’s raising eyebrows.It’s … well, let’s face it.It’s the face.Do you see Donald Trump? Or Jon Voight playing Donald Trump?Disney gave the job of Trump in the Hall of Presidents to Jon Voight and I can’t stop laughing. pic.twitter.com/dtu4PnqPv4— Wil Spillane 🚀 (@2xUEss) December 19, 2017Or a certain doll from a horror franchise?Trump robot in the Hall of Presidents looks like a 71-year-old Chucky doll. pic.twitter.com/yLCBmhpNvG— John Cohen (@JohnCohen1) December 19, 2017Or — and we’re very, very sorry to keep bringing back the 2016 election, like we are all caught in some vicious space-time vortex, or like our reality exists inside a demented computer simulation currently experimenting with a rewind button — but …Doesn’t it kind of look like Hillary Clinton?Here me out on this. Clearly Disney had Hilary’s robot ready to go and then they had to try and make it look like Trump. Don’t hate me. This is just a necessary and painful fact we all need to deal with. pic.twitter.com/biSirfwE59— Shannon O’Neill (@spotastic) December 19, 2017 no joke, that Donald Trump robot at Disney’s Hall of Presidents looks like the child of him, Hillary Clinton, Jon Voight, and Roger Ebert. kill it before AI gives it more than two terms.— Nowhere. Near. Berlin! (@vodkasnowflake) December 19, 2017Then there is the robot’s outfit, with an unbuttoned suit and long tie — some call it embarrassing, while others say it’s true to life.So many embarrassing & humiliating details about the animatronic:* The disheveled, hobo hair* The fleshy jowls & turkey neck* The huge gut resulting in the unbuttoned jacket* The idiotic facial expression& the coup de grace,* The ill-fitting suit & tie -a Trump pet peeve https://t.co/mUvJTUSna5— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) December 19, 2017There are a few important things to note here.First, while some corners of the Internet are amused by the face of robot Trump, the president’s supporters are neither laughing nor particularly concerned.President Trump has officially been added to Disney’s Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom. I love it! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/W7ns9zqozH— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) December 19, 2017Some Trump fans were disappointed that his tie was blue and white, instead of red, but overall, there was great enthusiasm among his base for the animatronic impression of the president.Several supporters expressed surprise that Trump was even added to the lineup, based on a theory that Disney was run by liberals who would never respect the president enough to add him to the exhibit, as it had for every president before him.Gene Duncan/Walt Disney WorldAn animatronic figure of President Obama was unveiled at Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction in 2009.Second, while some Trump opponents have theorized that the president’s animatronic figurine was designed to look atrocious on purpose, as an insult to the president, there is no evidence whatsoever that this is the case.The Hall of Presidents has a long history of unsatisfying, unsettling or inadequate figurines. Disney’s official history of the attraction notes that the initial concept was “too ambitious for the technology of the time,” and the first figures “didn’t quite look and act as Walt Disney had originally envisioned.”When the exhibit was finally launched in 1971, with new technology, the presidents still looked far better from a distance than in a close-up.Even Barack Obama’s figure in the Hall of Presidents, which debuted in 2009, is far from a picture-perfect portrait.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more