Expanding Medicaid shows mixed results

first_imgNew findings from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment show that Medicaid coverage had no detectable effect on the prevalence of diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, but substantially reduced depression, nearly eliminated catastrophic out-of-pocket expenditures, and increased the diagnosis of diabetes and the use of diabetes medication among low-income adults. The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment is the first use of a randomized controlled study design to evaluate the impact of covering the uninsured with Medicaid and provides important evidence for policy makers as the U.S. undertakes Medicaid expansion in 2014.The study, led by Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at Harvard School of Public Health and Amy Finkelstein, Ford professor of economics at MIT, appears in the May 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.“This study represents a rare opportunity to evaluate the costs and benefits of expanding public insurance using the gold standard of scientific evidence—the randomized controlled trial.  Without a randomized evaluation, it’s difficult to disentangle the effects of Medicaid from confounding factors like income and health needs that also affect outcomes,” said Baicker, co-principal investigator of the study. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Renewables supplied record-setting 47% of U.K.’s electricity generation in first quarter

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Renewable energy made up almost half of Britain’s electricity generation in the first three months of the year, with a surge in wind power helping to set a new record for clean energy.The government’s official data has revealed that renewable energy made up 47% of the UK’s electricity generation in the first three months of the year, smashing the previous quarterly record of 39% set last year.The government’s renewable energy data includes electricity from the UK’s windfarms, solar panels and hydro power plants as well as bioenergy generated by burning wood chips instead of coal.The “substantial increase” in the UK’s total renewable energy output was chiefly driven by a growth in electricity generated by solar panels and windfarms which climbed by more than a third over the last year, according to the government’s energy analysts.The report added that the start up of new windfarms combined with the UK’s unusually wet and windy weather at the start of the year – particularly storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge – helped to generate record wind power generation.Offshore windfarms powered the largest increase in renewable energy in the first quarter of the year, climbing by 53% compared with the previous year, while onshore wind generation grew by a fifth. In total, wind power generated 30% of the UK’s electricity in the first quarter, beating the previous record of 22.3% set in the final months of 2019.[Jillian Ambrose]More: Renewable energy breaks UK record in first quarter of 2020 Renewables supplied record-setting 47% of U.K.’s electricity generation in first quarterlast_img read more

US Sen. Leahy on PH ban: Everyone can express opinions freely

first_imgOn Friday, President Duterte ordered theBureau of Immigration to deny Philippine entry to Leahy and Durbin after theysought to ban Filipino officials involved in what they called the“wrongful imprisonment” of De Lima, a staunch administration critic. MANILA – United States Sen. PatrickLeahy has slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to ban him and fellowsenator Richard Durbin from entering the Philippines. Should the US push through with the banon Filipino officials over De Lima’s case, Panelo added Americans planning tovisit the Philippines would be required to secure a visa. Carle added the illegal drug tradecharges that were filed against opposition Sen. Leila de Lima are “politicallymotivated.” Senator Patrick Leahy De Lima is currently in detention aftershe was charged with drug offenses in 2017 for the proliferation of illegaldrug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City during her time asJustice secretary.center_img “The President is immediately orderingthe Bureau of Immigration to deny US Senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy,the imperious, uninformed and gullible American legislators who introduced thesubject provision in the US 2020 Budget, entry to the Philippines,” said Duterte’sspokesman Salvador Panelo. In a statement by Leahy’s spokespersonDavid Carle, he said that everyone has the right to freely express opinionseven if it is critical to the Duterte administration. “This is about the right of Filipinocitizens – and people everywhere – to freely express their opinions, includingopinions that may be critical of government policies that involve the use ofexcessive force and the denial of due process,” Carle said. “We will not sit idly if they continue tointerfere with our processes as a sovereign state,” Panelo said./PNlast_img read more

Olympic qualification process and late season being studied – Coe

first_img(REUTERS) – World Athletics is working to restart a shuttered athletics season and studying any changes that may be needed in the qualifying process for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, president Seb Coe said on Friday.The governing body is hoping to offer a series of meetings that may begin in August and run to October so athletes can get back in to competition as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so due to the coronavirus pandemic, Coe said in a letter addressed to the athletics community.“We don’t yet know the date for the Games next year,” Coe said, “but once they (the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government) have made it, we will look at what, if any, impact that decision has on our World Athletics Championships Oregon 21.” Many expect the championships in Eugene, Oregon, to be moved to 2022. Athletics’ global governing body also hopes to provide an answer as soon as possible to any changes to the Tokyo Olympics qualifying process, Coe said.World Athletics began reviewing its Olympic qualification process after the IOC and sports federations agreed that all athletes currently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Games will remain qualified for next year’s event. “In athletics the primary qualification avenue is by meeting the entry standards set out in March 2019,” Coe added.“Once those places are allocated, the remaining athletes are drawn from the world ranking list. As of today, all athletes who have met the entry standards for their event will remain qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. This is approximately 50% of the places.” A major review is also underway of the global calendar of events, not just for the next two years which will see some major disruptions, but for the long term.The decision comes as athletics’ Diamond League series announced on Friday it has cancelled its meetings through June but hopes to have a late season.“The priority for all of us right now is to contain the pandemic, stay healthy and stay home,” Coe said, “but where we can, continue to drive our sport forward.“The world will not be the same after this pandemic.”last_img read more

Former Nigerian Football Captain, Isaac Promise, is Dead

first_imgSunday EhigiatorNigerian international Isaac Promise is dead. His death was announced by his US football club, Austin Bold FC.The 31 year old was said to have died on Wednesday, October 2, with no specific cause of death stated by the club. A post on the club’s official website by the club’s Chairman, Bobby Epstein, said, “The greatest loss a team can suffer is not on the scoreboard, it’s the death of a fellow teammate.“It’s with shock and grief that we acknowledge the sudden death of Promise Isaac.“On behalf of the BOLD organisation; we wish his wife, children and family strength and peace as they struggle to cope with his death.”Prior his death, Promise Isaac was a Nigerian football player who played for Austin Bold FC in the USL Championship. He was the captain of the Nigerian football team that won the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He played professionally for 14 seasons, much of which was spent in Turkey.More details soon…Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Isaac Promiselast_img read more

Uganda 31 Namibia 40: Visitors bounce back after false start

first_imgStand tall, stand proud #UgRugbyCranes We wish you the very best cc. @ugrugbyfans #UGVsNami pic.twitter.com/SXE71tvDqO— UG_E_Awards (@UG_E_AWARDS) July 2, 2016*********FRIDAYSsebuliba is handed man of the match gong by URU boss Andrew Owor last year after he terrorised Mauritius in the Rugby Afrique Tier 1B tournament in Kampala. PHOTO Ugrugby FanzoneUganda vs NamibiaWinger Lawrence Ssebuliba makes a surprise return from injury to face Namibia in the Africa Rugby Tier 1A tie on Saturday.A very powerful and pacy winger, Ssebuliba has been on the sidelines for a while now; he last played in the league, missing out on the Elgon Cup game against Kenya in June.The athletic winger was outstanding for the rugby Cranes last year when Uganda was promoted to Tier 1A having come on top in the 1B tournament that was played in Kampala.Uganda walloped favourites Ivory Coast in the opening game before going on to beat Mauritius and Botswana to be crowned champs. Ssebuliba was man of the match in the Mauritius game.Another notable addition is Marvin Odong as eighthman. The lanky forward has been missing on the team for a while now; he also missed the Tier 1B tournament last year due to injury, and also the Elgon Cup. Unlike Ssebuliba however, Marvin made the South Africa camp two weeks ago.Team:Asuman Mugerwa 2. Wathum Cyrus 3. Odong Brian (Captain) 4. Charles Uhuru 5. Byron Oketayot 6. Ronald Musajja 7. Pius Ogena 8. Marvin Odong 9.Davis Kyewalabye 10. Cris Lubanga 11. Lawrence Sebuliba 12. Gerald Ssewankambo 13. Micheal Wokorach (Vice Captain) 14. James Odong 15. Phillip WokorachSubsEric Kasiita 17. Collins Kimbowa 18. Saul Kivumbi 19. John Wandicho 20. Brian Asaba 21. Kevin Makmot 22. Oscar Kalyango 23. Joseph AredoShare on: WhatsApp FULL TIME: Uganda 31 Namibia 40The Uganda  versus Namibia Africa Rugby Tier 1A game LIVE UPDATES. Those who can’t be with us in person, can still be part of us electronically via this live stream link…. https://t.co/JQwPiYVUNH— UgRugbyFanzone (@ugrugbyfans) July 2, 2016last_img read more

‘They miss me’, Pogba puzzled by critics like Souness

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Paul Pogba London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is bemused as to why he remains a constant source of criticism despite missing most of the campaign through injury.The 27-year-old has been restricted to just eight appearances this season due to a persistent ankle injury.Former Liverpool captain and manager Graeme Souness has been one of the most outspoken critics of Pogba since he returned to United from Juventus for a then world record £89 million ($112 million) fee in 2016.However, Pogba claimed he did not even know who Souness was.“I didn’t even know who he was, really,” Pogba told the official Manchester United podcast. “I heard he was a great player and stuff like that. I know the face but (not) the name.“Like I said I’m not someone that watches a lot of (punditry), I watch a lot of football but I don’t stay after the game to listen to what they say about why they did this, or why they did that. I like to focus on football.”Souness – who won three European Cups, and five league titles as a player at Liverpool – responded to Pogba on Tuesday morning.“I’m happy with that. The oldest saying in football comes to mind: ‘Put your medals on the table’. I’ve got a big table,” the former Scottish international told Sky Sports.Pogba’s return to Old Trafford has failed to match the expectations of his price tag despite winning the Europa League and League Cup in his first season under Jose Mourinho.center_img A bitter fall out with Mourinho followed in the next two seasons before the Portuguese was sacked in December 2018.And after a brief hot streak when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, Pogba’s time under the Norwegian has been beset by a lack of form and fitness.However, the French World Cup winner still believes the criticism he has received, particularly in his absence this season, is unjustified.“It’s good to hear good stuff instead of bad stuff but when you play football, you know yourself. It’s what your manager and team-mates want, the rest is just talk,” added Pogba.“I guess they (the critics) miss me, I don’t know? I’m not someone that looks always at Sky Sports News.“When you know football, you don’t need someone to tell you what’s happening.“One day maybe I will meet them and ask them because I really want to know, why?”last_img read more

Sport of bowling on its way out in Nelson

first_imgIt’s a sport that once thrived in the Heritage City.But recent news that the Savoy Lanes is closing operations appears to be the end of the line of bowling in Nelson.“The Bowling Alley has not been able to make their financial commitments due to low usage,” said Kootenay Christian Fellowship Pastor Jim Reimer.“Cleerly Hand Made the present operators of the bowling alley, are having to terminate their lease with us as of April 30.”Reimer is Pastor of the Kootenay Christian Fellowship, owners of the building that houses Savoy Lanes.The church, which also operates Our Daily Bread and SHARE Nelson, purchased the building in 2012. The current location of the bowling alley at 500 Kootenay Street was built in the 1980s when the former facility on 500 Block of Vernon Street was gutted by fire.The fire ripped through the lanes in 1982.The new Savoy Lanes picked up where the old facility left off, but interest has dwindled over the past decade.In June of 2013, when it appeared the bowling alley would be lost, Nelson Sports Council stepped up to the plate to save the sport with the purchase of the Savoy Bowling Lanes.However, the Nelson Sports Council ended its ownership of the Savoy Lanes April 1, 2015 citing lack of interest as the reason for the failed venture.Cleerly Hand Made picked up the business from the Nelson Sports Council.However, that venture now appears to have ended.“We have tried to accommodate and support three separate operators of the Bowling alley since we purchased this building,” Reimer explained.“Since we own the equipment, we are offering it to anyone free of charge to anyone who would like to start up a new bowling alley in a different location.”last_img read more

Kallis, Ntini honoured again

first_img27 September 2005Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini were honoured as two of South Africa’s five cricketers of the year for a record-equalling fourth time at the launch of the 2005 South African Cricket Annual on Monday evening. Andre Nel was recognised for a second time, while AB de Villiers and Boeta Dippenaar were honoured for the first time.Previously, Allan Donald, Kenny McEwan and Clive Rice were named cricketers of the year four times.During the course of the year Kallis, who is in his benefit year with Western Province, became the world’s number-one ranked batsman in test cricket. He is closing in on the 100-test milestone, needing only seven more matches to get there, and his record is world-class.Close to Graeme PollockKallis has scored 7 337 runs at an average of 56.87. To put that into perspective, Graeme Pollock, with a test average of 60.97, is second only to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman’s 99.94 average over the course of a test career. Kallis is not far off that mark.His efforts during the course of the last year included scoring 625 runs in a series against England, with three centuries and two fifties, at an average of 69.44. The English recently beat Australia in a test series for the first time since 1986/87 because Australia struggled against their bowlers. That says a lot about Kallis.Makhaya Ntini rose as high as fourth in the test bowling rankings after he destroyed the West Indies with a South African record haul of 13 for 132 in the second test in April 2005. His analysis included a devastating 7 for 37 in the second innings. Now, he is ranked just one place behind the outstanding Shaun Pollock, who occupies fourth spot.Stepping upWith Pollock out of action with injury in the West Indies, Andre Nel stepped admirably into his shoes, claiming 17 wickets in the series at the miserly average of 17.29. He bowled with hostility and conceded only 2.44 runs per over.Nel played just one test against England, but managed to claim 6 for 81 in an innings. He moved up to a career high eighth in the test bowling rankings after the tour of the West Indies.AB De Villiers made his mark in the West Indies, tallying 460 runs in the series, which was second only to captain Graeme Smith’s 505 runs. He hit two centuries, including a big 178 in the third test.Against England, the 21-year-old scored 362 runs at 40.22, including 92 and 109 in the fifth test on his home ground at Supersport Park in Centurion. He finished off with an average of 53.72 in his first season in test cricket.One-day marvelBoeta Dippenaar’s best efforts came in the one-day international series against the West Indies, where he was named man of the series.Dippenaar scored 317 runs at the massive and astounding average of 105.66, and scored at a very brisk 91.88 runs per 100 balls faced. The next best effort by a South African batsman was Kallis’ 180 runs.Thanks mainly to Dippenaar, South Africa won the ODI series 5-0.Editor of the SA Cricket Annual Colin Bryden said the choices of cricketers of the year had been difficult because a number of other players had also stood out, including Graeme Smith, Mark Boucher, Justin Kemp and Charl Langeveldt.The annual’s fifty-second edition is 608 pages long and includes feature articles, colour pictures, match reports and statistics. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ChompStack Aims to Bring Restaurant Owners to the Mobile Web

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… If you carry a Web-enabled phone and you like to eat, chances are it’s happened to you. You’re out. You’re hungry. You want to check out a new restaurant nearby, or perhaps you’re visiting another city. You pull out your phone to search for a restaurant. Even if you use a fancy, location-based app like Yelp or UrbanSpoon, you still want to see what’s on the menu. So you click through to the restaurant’s site, and… nothing. Turns out, the restaurant owner paid some kid who knew Flash to built a slick website for them five years ago that has no chance of loading on the BlackBerrys and iPhones of today.EnterChompStack. Like other tools we’ve covered, ChompStack is a Web-based, WYSIWYG tool for building mobile websites, but one that was designed for restaurant owners specifically. Much like the desktop Web before it, the mobile Web continues to explode, but not every restaurateur has the resources to hire a developer to build them a mobile-friendly site.Recognizing these realities, ChompStack CEO Steven Wei set out to build a product he could market to restaurant owners and take the heavy lifting out of building mobile Websites for an industry that can’t afford to miss out on mobile opportunities. From one simple back-end interface, ChompStack customers can manage menus, pricing information, promotional deals, locations and other business details. Adding static pages, Google Maps directions and a click-to-call phone number is matter of a few clicks. The control panel also enables customization of branding and color scheme, as well as a site preview tool for those who may not have brand new iPhone 4, Droid X and BlackBerry Bold handsets laying around the kitchen. Crucially, CompStack integrates with social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Yelp and OpenTable. The service starts at $15 per month for single-location restaurants, $30 for those with multiple locations or $45 for larger chains. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#biz#Reviews center_img john paul titlow Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more