CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CrimeHoboken Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Police: Homeless Hoboken man high on PCP caught with marijuana Bayonne Bayonne Previous articleGiattino: You all deserve a Hoboken mayor that is running to represent youNext articleDespite complaints, Jersey City BOE approves pre-plated meal contract John Heinis By John Heinis – August 24, 2017 4:29 pm 0 TAGShoboken policemarijuanapcp SHARE A homeless Hoboken man high on PCP was arrested for marijuana possession in the city last night, police said. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewKyle Clipper, 27, of Hoboken, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), under the influence of CDS and bail jumping, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.Yesterday around 5:46 p.m., Police Officers Steven Albert and Robert Cuevas were patrolling the area of 6th and Jackson Streets when they observed Clipper in a slouched position, officials said.As the officers approached the defendant, they could immediately detect the strong chemical odor coming from him which was consistent with the odor of Phencyclidine (PCP), authorities said.Clipper could not answer questions posed to him by the officer due to his state of mind. He was placed under arrest for being under the influence of CDS. Furthermore, a search found him to be in possession of a small box containing suspected marijuana, police said.He was also found to have an outstanding warrant from the City of Hoboken. He was transported and treated at the Hoboken University Medical Center and later released with a summons to appear in court, officials said. Crime
Email* SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Jane James of Duncan, BC, has been elected as Chair of the Canadian Para-Equestrian Committee (CPEC) for the 2012–2013 term.James brings a strong background to the position, as she is one of the founding members of Para-Equestrian Canada, is a past Chair of the CPEC, serves on numerous CPEC sub-committees and has assisted in various projects to develop para-equestrian sport in Canada since the sport’s inclusion as a discipline of Equine Canada in 2005. James is also an FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Steward and has served as a chef d’équipe for the Canadian Para-Equestrian Team, including the 2004 Paralympic Games.“It is very exciting to return to the position of chair of CPEC for 2012,” said James. “Our past chair, Isabel Reinertson, and committee members have left the para-equestrian discipline in a very good position heading into the 2012 London Paralympics. I’m looking forward to working with all our committee members in continuing with our success and the growth of para-equestrian in Canada.”James takes over the CPEC Chair position from Isabel Reinertson, who served as the committee’s chair for six years. Reinertson was recognized for her leadership contributions to the CPEC in a ceremony at the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala in St. John’s, NL, held February 3rd, 2012. Throughout Reinertson’s tenure, the sport of para-dressage has blossomed in Canada, which has contributed to an increase in participation, depth in international level riders and a world team ranking of fourth place heading into the 2012 Paralympic Games. Reinertson will continue to play an active role within the discipline as Chair of the CPEC Officials/Competitions/Rules sub-committee. “It has been six years of joy for me,” said Reinertson of her time spent on the CPEC. “I wish the incoming Canadian Para-Equestrian Committee and Jane the very best success as they assist this sport discipline to continue its positive progress.”Sue Mott of Angus, ON, has also completed a six-year term on the CPEC and is thanked for her long-term contributions to the sport. Mott joined the Committee in 2006 through her interest in para-driving, and will continue as chair of the Para-Equestrian Driving Committee in the upcoming year.“I have been on the CPEC and chairman of the driving committee for six years,” remarked Mott. “The time went by so quickly, and there was so much to learn. Although the learning curve was steep, I have certainly developed an appreciation, respect and sense of pride in the accomplishments that our para-equestrian athletes have achieved over the years. It was a pleasure working on a Board with people so dedicated to the sport.”Both Reinertson and Mott received and honourary, engraved plaque to commemorate their service and dedication to para-equestrian sport in Canada. Tags: Para-Equestrian Canada, Canadian Para-Equestrian Committee, CPEC, Jane James, Isabel Reinertson, Sue Mott, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
krblokhin/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Federal authorities have charged a man they believe was plotting to ram a stolen truck into pedestrians at the National Harbor development in Maryland, just outside the nation’s capital, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.The Justice Department is expected to announce details from the case later Monday.This is a developing story. Please check back updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Also On POLITICO Juncker: Europe stands with New Zealand after mosque shootings By Ian Geoghegan U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday offered his “warmest sympathies” to the people of New Zealand after a gunman killed at least 49 people in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.New Zealand police say that a 28-year-old man has been charged with murder for the attacks, during which a shooter opened fire on two mosques full of worshippers at Friday prayer, killing 49 and injuring 48. They said that two more have been arrested in connection with what they called an “unprecedented” attack, and that they had defused explosive devices in a car.In a tweet, President Donald Trump mourned the shootings as a senseless loss of life and offered support to New Zealand. “My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” he wrote. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said in a statement that “the United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch,” adding that “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.”The Associated Press reported that a man claiming responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto explaining his reasoning for the attack, saying that he is an Australian and a white supremacist.Police have not confirmed whether the manifesto belonged to the shooter but Australia’s prime minister has said an Australian citizen has been detained in connection with the shooting.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the mass shooting “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence” and said that the attacks are “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”She also hinted at an anti-immigrant motive, saying in a news conference that the culprits likely hold “extremist views,” that they “have absolutely no place in New Zealand” and that many of the victims may have been migrants or refugees.
After spending time in Gao, Mali, graduate student Katie Conlon stayed in touch with a group of artisans and will sell their handmade goods at a fundraiser today from noon to 6 p.m. in the Hesburgh Library Main Hall. Conlon, a first year Master’s student in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, said she lived in Mali for more than two years and worked with artisans in the northern part of the country. “When I was in Peace Corps in Gao, Mali [from 2005 to 2007], my post was in Small Business Development and I worked with this group of artisans,” Conlon said. “I have been in contact with them ever since.” The Sahara jewelry Conlon is selling, mostly metalwork and beadwork made by Tuareg and Songhai refugees, will benefit approximately 60 artisans and their families in Mali. Rebels took over Northern Mali in March 2012, and Islamic fundamentalist rebels conquered in April 2012, according to Conlon. More than 400,000 people in northern Mali became refugees, fleeing the repression by going south or into neighboring countries. “The town was taken over by extremists, buildings were destroyed, the market bombed, and economy has been put in ruin and people have been just barely surviving,” Conlon said. Conlon said the economic situation has been incredibly difficult as most infrastructure, including the markets, was destroyed in the fighting. “This fundraiser is to help people rebuild and make a peaceful transition,” she said. “It is also a way of honoring the culture and traditions of the North.” Conlon said she hopes people at the fundraiser will learn more about a part of the world they might be unfamiliar with and walk away with an interest in Mali’s culture. “Hopefully, … people will find a nice treasure to buy to support the people of Gao in their post-conflict reconstruction,” Conlon said. “Students who are also interested in peace studies and Peace Corps will find this helpful and informational.” Contact Charitha Isanaka at [email protected]
One of the women made threatening comments, which were heard over the camera as they left.According to the probable cause affidavit, the three left in a silver or grey SUV that was parked in front of the house. The vehicle went a short distance, turned around and passed back by the residence, with the Ring camera capturing the scene as shots are fired at the house.A few days later the three went to the Port Arthur Police Department and made voluntary statements on the shooting.The man and one of the women maintained their innocence, but the second woman eventually implicated Senegal as the shooter, authorities said. A Beaumont man was indicted for deadly conduct in relation to a Port Arthur drive-by shooting caught on camera.A Jefferson County grand jury indicted DeMarcus Lee Senegal, 36, of Beaumont for the Dec. 9 shooting of a home in the 3000 block of South Park in Port Arthur.The targeted home is located near Tyrrell Elementary School and Iglesia Apostolic Church.The incident began with two women and a man showing up at the home with a disagreement over a phone. Their arrival was captured on the homeowner’’ Ring doorbell camera. No injuries were reported, and Port Arthur police did not specify how many shots were fired or how many struck the home.The deadly conduct charge is a third degree felony.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.
Cynthia Erivo(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Cynthia Erivo to Sing in New Film GigTony winner Cynthia Erivo will lead the cast of Drew Goddard’s new thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Erivo will play an out-of-luck singer in the movie focused on a group of people at a Lake Tahoe hotel whose shady agendas collide. Erivo will be lending her exquisite singing voice to the film, so gear up for the magical sounds that only this Color Purple star can provide.Once on This Island Star Lea Salonga to Pay Tribute to Ahrens & FlahertyLea Salonga, who is set to return to Broadway in the new revival of Once on This Island, will tip her hat to the show’s songwriters, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, at the 2017 Primary Stages gala. Salonga, who will perform at the October 16 event at Tribeca 360º, will be joined by Liz Callaway, Quentin Earl Darrington, Terrence McNally, Margo Seibert and more singing tunes from Anastasia, Ragtime, Rocky and other Ahrens & Flaherty scores.Rent Original Fredi Walker-Browne to Join Lilli Cooper & More in Starry ConcertsA slew of stars will come together for a pair of Rent concerts at Jonathan Larson’s alma mater, the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center in Garden City, New York. Rent’s original Joanne, Fredi Walker-Browne, will appear alongside Lilli Cooper, Felicia Boswell, Sydney James Harcourt, Danielle L. Greaves, Douglas Lyons, MJ Rodriguez and Mike Squillante in a look back at the 1996 Tony-winning musical. T. Oliver Reid will direct the performances set for September 16 at 7:00pm and September 17 at 2:00pm.Hamilton Tony Winner Thomas Kail at Work on Fox Interactive Comedy SeriesThomas Kail, who took home a Tony Award for his work on the Broadway juggernaut Hamilton, is developing a new comedy series for Fox, according to Variety. The interactive series, titled Immediate Family, follows a real-life hero who is convinced he’s the only one who can keep his family together. Kail will direct the series’ pilot as well as serving as the show’s exec producer.Cherry Jones Joins Cast of New Film Boy ErasedTwo-time Tony winner Cherry Jones is set to appear in the new drama Boy Erased, which will be led by Oscar nominee (and stage vet) Lucas Hedges along with Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. The movie follows Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends and faith. View Comments
by Morgan True vtdigger.org(link is external) After gathering testimony from dozens of witnesses and spending hours crafting a bill in several committees starting in January, the Legislature’s primary piece of health care legislation this session is likely going nowhere. The bill, S252, went before a committee of conference between the two chambers on Tuesday. Senator Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, told the other members of the committee that the timeframe for adjournment, which is expected to be Saturday, would not allow for the Senate and House versions to be reconciled.Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, is chair of the Senate Committee on Finance. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDiggerRep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, confirmed that to get the bill passed by Saturday, the conference committee would have to complete its work Tuesday.“We can’t dedicate the time to digest the differences (between the two versions) in one day, let alone reach agreement, so maybe we should just bail,” said Ashe, chair of the Senate Finance Committee.Rep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, hears testimony at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDiggerFisher, chair of the House Health Care Committee, said the schedule for adjournment — which Ashe referred to as a “false construct” — is set by legislative leadership and out of the conference committee’s control. He urged Ashe and other senators to work toward a resolution.“I think we owe it to ourselves and the hard work of many committees to work our way though as much as we can and do our best,” Fisher said.“One day for the health care bill?” Ashe asked.“That would be my goal,” Fisher responded.“Many days for rinky-dink bills all over the building, but one day for this one?” Ashe asked.“That’s the goal,” Fisher said.The House of Representatives could vote to suspend its rules to allow legislation to move more quickly, but that would require a two-thirds vote. House Republicans have said that they won’t vote to suspend the rules for bills they opposed earlier in the session or bills that the caucus votes internally not to support.“The way the vote went on the floor, I doubt we would allow a suspension of the rules on [S.252],” said House Minority Leader Don Turner, R-Milton.The same could be true for a litany of other bills, some of which – like the budget and the tax and fee bills – must pass for state government to continue to operate.However, it appears that House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morrisville, has no intention of extending the session for the health care bill.“I don’t care (if it passes); it can die. It’s not a must-pass,” Smith said.In an afternoon session of the conference committee, Ashe delivered what he called “the one day option,” which uses the Senate language for virtually all sections that the two versions have in common and strikes several sections added by the House.The Senate proposal did not include a section in the House bill that would impose a deadline of January 2015 for the governor to present a financing proposal for universal health care.Other sections the Senate proposal left out include a provision raising the employer assessment to generate additional revenue, a provision increasing regulations for and banning certain practices by pharmacy benefit managers(link is external) and language that would create a pilot and study program for the use of adverse childhood experience questionnaires(link is external).The Senate proposal left in a controversial provision relating to the regulations for and practices of urgent care centers(link is external).However, if the House doesn’t agree to the Senate’s terms then those terms are moot and the urgent care provisions would be too.Fisher said he had a counter-offer for the senators that he planned to deliver by hand Tuesday night, the details of which were not immediately available.If the senators do not agree to his offer, Fisher acknowledged that the bill could not pass unless the date for adjournment is changed.It’s possible that sections of the bill could be splintered off and attached to one of the “must pass” pieces of legislation, but with the exception of the employer assessment provision — a version of which is included in the budget — it’s not clear if there’s an appropriate vehicle for many aspects of the bill.The health care bill was originally introduced by Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, as a concrete proposal to finance universal health care(link is external), but it failed to gain traction, because at the time the Legislature expected Gov. Peter Shumlin would come forward with his own financing proposal that would set the legislative agenda for health care reform during the session.When the Shumlin administration’s proposal never materialized, Ashe turned to Galbraith’s bill as a vehicle to advance the state’s health care reform agenda legislatively as well as adding several housekeeping measures such as tweaking the employer assessment – a per employee penalty for not offering affordable health care.The bill was greatly revised in the House, where the House Health Care Committee spent weeks taking testimony, revising sections and adding new ones.Both the Senate(link is external) and the House(link is external) versions of S.252 are aimed at clarifying and reaffirming aspects of Act 48, the state’s 2011 universal health care law, and ensuring lawmakers will have access to the information they need during the next legislative session to pass laws that will set the program in motion.While the principles laid out in the bill don’t need to be enshrined in statute to guide lawmakers going forward, Fisher said he was disappointed that sections in the House bill altering current practices by actors in the health care arena might be lost.
by John McClaughry In this election season almost every candidate is promising to deliver “more affordable health care!” Most of them are at least subconsciously thinking “I’ll support legislation to have the government compel somebody else to pay more of your health care costs. That ‘somebody else’ includes, variously, the taxpayers, your employer, others in your insurance pool, and the providers themselves.”Let’s ask this question: “where can I get more affordable prices for high quality medical services, at a facility that does a lot of the procedure I require, gets above average results, and knows how to cope with every complication?” Let’s focus on commonplace coronary artery bypass graft surgery (“CABG”), as opposed to continuing treatment for chronic conditions, and let’s compare the quoted all-in bundled price (not including post-operational physical therapy sessions).According to one not atypical 2018 survey, your U.S. CABG operation will cost $123,000 on average, or in the best case as little as $80,000 if you negotiate payment in cash.Now look at Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which pioneered the bundled price. You can get your CABG done there by experts for $12,000. That’s mainly because SCO specializes in a small number of types of operations, keeps overhead low, takes only cash payments, and practices low markup on pharmaceuticals. That’s impressive. Of course you have to fly to Oklahoma City and back, and do your post-op recovery back home.Now let’s look at the bundled price of the same procedure, at a medical center that does thousands of that procedure, with British and U.S. board-certified surgeons. Let’s go on past Thailand and Singapore to the world’s extreme example: Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Bengaloru, in India’s Silicon Valley, the flagship of a group of 23 Indian private medical centers.At Narayana you can get your arteries repaired for $2,000. A lung transplant is yours for $7,000, and a heart transplant for $11,000. And this is not a back-alley discount operation. Its glistening modern equipment is maintained to world standards. Narayana’s coronary artery bypass fatality rate within 30 days is 1.4%. The US average is 1.9%.Its founder, Dr. Devi Shetty, got his surgical training at Guy’s Hospital, London and was the doctor for Mother Teresa. His son Viren (34, Stanford Business School) heads the world class data management operation. It’s designed to identify unproductive effort and inflated costs, which are eliminated.Instead of throwing away tubes, they are sterilized and reused. An in-house equipment repair team keeps CT and MRI machines in use long after their warranties expire, when many U.S hospitals send for new ones. Perhaps most important, the staff is “upskilled”- everyone performs at the highest level of their capabilities. Thus junior surgeons do patient prep and open the chest. A senior surgeon comes in, installs the graft, and moves on to another operating room leaving the juniors to sew up.Narayana’s cost-cutting business model is designed for high throughput, with a low margin per operation. Practiced turnaround teams clean, sterilize, recondition and reequip the operating rooms for their next patients in 15 minutes. For the more affluent inpatient, the hospital offers a premium package: private rooms and, for a measly $5US per hour extra, amenities akin to the first class section on an airplane.Narayana is one of many private hospitals in India. It makes a profit because of its low prices and efficiency, high volume, good results, largely cash operation, and relative freedom from India’s notorious British-created bureaucracies. As a specialty surgical hospital it does not offer care by primary care physicians, who generally work in clinics funded and controlled by the government.Narayana’s wages are of course at Indian levels, not American. Its model can’t be packed up and dropped into New England (although it operates a clone in the Cayman Islands catering to North Americans.) And the two 22-hour flights between New York and Bengaloru will set you and your companion back $10,000. Just the same, like the Surgery Center of Oklahoma Narayana offers an impressive example of how an entrepreneurial surgical hospital can deliver high quality services at strikingly low prices. American hospitals should emulate Narayan’s model, although American government regulations to protect the many interests within our health care systems would likely eat up a lot of the potential savings. John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org(link is external))
The IRONMAN VR Kona Series is a five-week series of IRONMAN VR races culminating with the 2020 IRONMAN VR World Championship Celebration, which will take place in the week of October 5.Each IRONMAN VR Kona Series race in the five weeks leading up to the IRONMAN VR World Championship Celebration will be focused on one of five key training elements utilized in preparation for a full-distance virtual triathlon: Speed (VR22), Strength (VR23), Knowledge (VR24), Endurance (VR25), and Preparation (VR26).www.ironmanvirtualclub.comwww.ironman.com Related The IRONMAN VR23 Kona Strength Block opened on Friday, September 11 at 06:00 ET (10:00 GMT) with free registration. As the second training block in IRONMAN VR Kona Series, the virtual event required participants to swim or run 1.5km, ride 50km, then run 12km by race close at 19:59 ET (23:59 GMT) on Sunday, September 13.In total, at the time of writing, there were 2,845 finishers IRONMAN VR23 finishers out of over 5,000 registered athletes.