Rick Scott and Donald Trump’s Obamacare vendetta costing FloridaThe Florida Democratic Party has claimed in a press release issued yesterday that following President Donald Trump’s executive order to end cost-sharing reduction payments by the federal government, Floridians are already getting hit by rising insurance premiums.The payments or subsidies payed to insurance companies were an original component of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) signed by former President Obama in 2011. Through these subsidies the insurance companies participating in the ACA was able to offer lower than normal premiums to customers who purchased healthcare policies under the program.Florida will be particularly hard hit with the removal of the subsidies to the insurance companies as over 1.2 million Floridians received cost-sharing reductions, reflected in lower premiums out of 5.6 million Americans in 2016.That is 71percent of ACA marketplace enrollees in Florida who are receiving cost-sharing reductions.Governor Rick Scott who has been a longtime advocate for the dismantling of Obamacare, refused to expand Medicaid for purely political reasons, and has advertised himself as a chief architect of Trumpcare.“Floridians are being hit by higher premiums for one reason: Donald Trump and Rick Scott want to dismantle Obamacare more than they want to fix health care. While Rick Scott and Donald Trump are playing politics and deliberately sabotaging the American health care system, working families are paying for it. Florida needs a leader that will stand up to Donald Trump’s reckless policy making—not encourage it. If Rick Scott really wanted to stand up for Florida families, he would fight Donald Trump’s executive order and urge Congress to pass a bipartisan solution on health care.” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Johanna Cervone.
The United States says the most significant human rights issues in Jamaica include numerous reports of arbitrary and other unlawful killings by government security forces; entrenched government corruption within some government agencies, and violence against women.In its 2017 “Country Reports on human rights Practice” released on April 20, the US Department of State said sexual assault and incest committed against young girls by gang members; criminalization of same-sex sexual activity and societal violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons were also noted.Substantial child sex abuse“Child abuse, including sexual abuse, was substantial and widespread. NGOs reported that gang leaders, sometimes including fathers, initiated sex with young girls as a “right,” and missing children often were fleeing violent situations and sexual abuse.”The report noted that the Andrew Holness government took some steps to investigate, prosecute, and punish officials who committed human rights abuses, “although a general sense of impunity remained with respect to alleged unlawful killings by agents of state.”Arbitrary and unlawful killingsAccording to Washington, there were numerous reports that government security forces, mainly police, committed arbitrary and unlawful killings.It said government statistics indicated that through September of 2017, government security force-related fatalities increased by 44 per cent over the same period in 2016, with 124 and 86 in the first three quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively.According to the report, of the 124, at least 118 involved the police, and six involved the military.Increase in security force killings The report noted that the number of government security force-involved killings from January through September deemed to have occurred under suspicious circumstances increased over the same period in the prior year by 10 per cent, from 29 to 32.Regarding other human rights issues, Washington said that trials often were delayed for many years, and at times cases were dismissed due to delay tactics, including no-shows by witnesses for a variety of reasons, not infrequently including death, challenges in impaneling juries, antiquated rules of evidence, and lack of equipment for collecting and storing evidence, among other reasons.It said that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions attributed the worsening case backlog at the Supreme Court level to an increasing crime rate with a static number of courtrooms and judiciary personnel as well as to the Committal Proceedings Act’s burden on the judicial bureaucracy.
Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) and Goddard Enterprises, Charles Herbert and another director of the company were Friday released on US$200,000 bail after appearing in court on charges of marijuana possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking.While Herbert, 62, and Christopher Glenn Rogers, 56, were able to leave the precincts of the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court after posting securities, their co-accused, 55-year-old sailor Walter O’Neal Prescod, who was offered US$225,000 bail, was remanded to prison until Monday, after being unable to secure a surety.The three were detained on Monday following the seizure of 276 pounds of drugs on the yacht, Ecstasy, owned by the Goddard Group.Acting on a tip-off, members of the Royal Barbados Police Force Drug Squad had conducted an operation on the vessel and confiscated the drugs, valued at approximately US$267,000.However, speaking after leaving the court, Herbert insisted that he and Rogers were not guilty. “I want to assert clearly to the public that we are entirely innocent of all of the charges,” he said.And while thanking the Drug Squad and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for handling the matter “in a professional way” and “working exceedingly hard over the last four days to assemble evidence related to this case”, Herbert contended that all that evidence “clearly supports our innocence”.Shocked at charges “We are therefore shocked that cases were brought against us, and we can only assume that the people who made the decision lack the courage to stand by the truth that they themselves have discovered and that they are sworn to uphold. “I want to call on the Director of Public Prosecutions to urgently review the evidence that has been collected and to preserve the integrity of the Police Force,” Herbert added.Statement from Goddard EnterpriseAfter the trio was detained, Goddard Enterprises issued a statement saying it was aware of an investigation into two of its board members and an employee, and that deputy chairman William Putnam would act as chairman in the interim.Herbert said Friday that a decision would be made in due course on whether he will return to that position.“I have to review whether I am even able to do so while a charge of drug trafficking hangs over my head and challenges my credibility. Any decision that I make would be in the interest of the company that I represent, and if my continuing harms them, then I will not continue,” he said.Herbert said that the same position applied to his role as chairman of the BPSA. “If I hurt the credibility of the private sector, then I will certainly resign my position.”Under the conditions of their bail release, Herbert and Rogers had to surrender their passports and must report to their nearest police stations once a week. They return to court on November 6.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – After nearly two weeks of protests in Puerto Rico calling for his resignation, Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced that he will resign from his post.In a Facebook Live video yesterday, the Governor said that the recent protests have “humbled him” and acknowledge that there were many citizens including influential celebrities and politicians that wanted him to resign. He will officially resign as Governor on August 2 at 5:00 pm after serving as Governor since 2017.The major protests in Puerto Rico started on July 13 after the Center for Investigative Journalism released some 900 pages of text chats on the encrypted messaging app Telegram in which Rossello and 12 other male administration members joked about Ricky Martin’s sexuality, mocked women, politicians, journalists, disabled people and the victims of Hurricane Maria.Just days before the text messaging scandal, two top government officials from Mr Rosselló’s administration were among a group arrested by US federal agents for conspiracy and fraud involving millions in federal funding.Citizens living in San Juan lined the streets of the city to rejoice following the announcement of his resignation. Puerto Ricans have counted this as the first step to getting rid of corruption in their country.There is no word yet as to who will replace him.
LUCKNOW, India, CMC – West Indies required just over an hour to thrash Afghanistan by nine wickets on Friday, and post an emphatic victory in the one-off Test at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium.The Caribbean side nabbed the last three Afghanistan wickets for 11 runs with fast-bowler and captain Jason Holder accounting for all, as the home side’s second innings folded for 120.Set 31 for victory, West Indies lost out-of-form opener Kraigg Brathwaite cheaply for eight before overhauling their target off 38 deliveries.Left-handed opener John Campbell finished on a 16-ball unbeaten 19 which included four fours – the last of which was a belligerent punch over mid-off off left-arm spinner Amir Hamza to end the contest.“We played a really good cricket game, and we were clinical. I asked the guys to make sure we don’t leave any stones unturned,” Holder said afterwards.“Probably would have liked a little bit more in our first innings in terms of our batting, but we had a lead of 90. I think leads win games. Once you have a hefty lead, it puts pressure on the opposition.”Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, who on Thursday became the first West Indies spinner to claim a 10-wicket match haul on the subcontinent, was voted Man-of-the-Match.Playing in only his second Test, he snatched seven wickets in the first innings to rout Afghanistan for 187 and then picked up another three wickets in the second innings to wipe out the hosts’ top order.“Great credit to Rahkeem, he was outstanding throughout the match and did everything we asked of him,” Holder noted.“He’s new to Test cricket, this is just his second match and first away from home, and he bowled an exceptional spell in the first innings and then backed it up really well in the second innings, supported by the other bowlers.”Resuming on 109 for seven – a lead of 19 runs – Afghanistan lost captain Rashid Khan in the second over of the day when he edged a defensive stroke at Holder’s first ball of the morning, and was caught at the wicket.Wicketkeeper Afsar Zazai (7) and tail-ender Yamin Ahmadzai (1) resisted briefly before Holder (3-20) knocked them over in successive overs. First, he removed Ahmadzai’s off stump and then found Zazai’s outside edge for wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich to complete formalities.Brathwaite’s slump in international form then continued when he gloved Hamza through to Zazai in the fifth over. The right-hander has scored only 67 runs from his last eight Test innings at an average of eight.Campbell endured no such horrors and finished the game quickly for the Windies.
“After the widest consultation with various sectors of the society, including local businesses, the hotel sector and trade unions, we decided to reopen the border,” Browne added. “That is not what I stand for. Nor, is it what the Government I lead stands for,” he added. Browne said that despite the enormous pressure on government revenues that have been badly hit by the effects of COVID-19 “we have carved out funds to buy these COVID-19 testing supplies. “No one is exempt from them now, nor will they be at any time in the future. That includes me, every Government Minister, the Governor-General – simply put, everyone who enters the country from abroad will be tested and quarantined or isolated as appropriate while this pandemic continues. We are learning from experience,” Browne added. “We are already bolstering our arrangements at the airport and other ports of entry, including the acquisition of 12,500 rapid test kits, 20,000 swabs and 2000 reagents which have been shipped and will arrive on the island shortly.” ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antigua and Barbuda government says every person entering the country will need to be tested and will undergo mandatory quarantine, after the island recorded 39 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) from individuals who recently arrived in the country. Officials say all 39 had been placed in quarantine since their arrival in Antigua. The 39 cases now bring the total number of cases in Antigua and Barbuda to 65. “Our purpose is to isolate any who tests positive and to keep them away from our healthy domestic population. I know that there will be those who will seize this opportunity to attack the government, claiming that we should have kept our borders closed to all, including nationals who were trapped abroad. “My Government and the country as a whole, was faced with a choice of continuing to keep our borders shut and watch our country and its people decline into abject poverty and disaster, or open the borders, while putting protections firmly in place, that would give tourism a chance to revive and our people a better opportunity to live and prosper. “It is important that you know that none of these persons have been hospitalized. Presently, there is no one hospitalized in Antigua and Barbuda with COVID, and none of the new cases require hospitalization.” Browne said the detection and quarantining of these 39 new cases, “demonstrate the effectiveness of the procedures that have been established and are being scrupulously implemented at our ports of entry. He said the 39 new cases are persons, in which in excess of half are returning nationals – who entered Antigua by air over the last few days. Browne said that none of the 39 cases is a threat to the community at this time, and that, through the identification, tracing and quarantining process, the Ministry of Health is containing and treating affected persons. Antigua and Barbuda earlier this month reopened its borders after it had been shut down as part of the measures to deal with the spread of the virus that has killed three people and infected 65 others here. “Those, who make these claims, do so for selfish political reasons. They would prefer the economy to wither and die; they would prefer unemployment to rise and poverty to increase, just so that they can take advantage of people’s suffering for their own selfish political ends. “Everyone who enters Antigua and Barbuda, including returning nationals, to live within communities with relatives and friends, with no exception, will be tested and will be quarantined mandatorily,” Prime Minister Gaston Browne said, adding “we must continue to keep our country safe”. CMC
photo by SFSP Parents picking up kits without their child present must bring identification for the child. Meal kits will not be provided to parents who do not bring their child or do not provide proper identification. Proper safety measures must be practiced. The SFSP provides meals and snacks to eligible children age 18 and under during the summer months (June through August) and in times of emergency. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled. Youth Services administers and monitors this program, funded by USDA and the Department of Education. Sites are located throughout Palm Beach County in low-income neighborhoods. Regularly scheduled distribution will resume Monday, July 6. To check dates of service for all SFSP meal distribution sites, click here. In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will not be distributing meal kits on Friday, July 3, at the Acreage Branch Library and the Puffin Learning Center. Instead, the Acreage Branch Library will distribute meals on Wednesday, July 1, and the Puffin Learning Center will distribute meals on Thursday, July 2, along with regularly scheduled distribution sites throughout the county. Sites will continue to distribute seven days’ worth of meals to each eligible child once a week through Friday, August 7. For locations and times of service, visit summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com.
Nigerian-American, Alex Nwora has been named as the new head coach of the senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers team ahead of their 2017 Men Afrobasket tournament title defence.This was made known on Wednesday by the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engineer Musa Kida ahead of the Senior Men’s national team’s exercise expected to commence on Friday, 12th, 2017.According to Kida, the decision to appoint Nwora who guided Cape Verde to the 2013 Afrobasket where they defeated D’Tigers by 79 points to 76 was borne out of the desire to give qualified Nigerians the opportunity of making history with the national teams.“We started this project with the D’Tigress with the appointment of Sam Vincent, Mfon Udoka, Peter Ahmedu and Okworogun Ochuko. There is no point giving out national team jobs to expatriates when we have Nigerians all over the world who are duly qualified to get the job done.”He enjoined all Nigerians to support Nwora who is no stranger to the African basketball scene where he coached Cape Verde from 2009 to 2013.Nwora will be assisted by Kwara Falcons head coach, Aderemi Adewunmi and Gombe Bulls Abdulrahman Mohammed who have both guided their teams to the top of the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences of the NBBF organized basketball league.Related
Everton have sacked their Dutch manager, Ronald Koeman, less than 24 hours after the Merseyside club were thrashed 5-2 at home in their English Premier League (EPL) clash.The new development was confirmed via a statement which said the club “would like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months”.The former Southampton and Valencia manager leaves the club in 18th position on the Premier League table after winning just two of the first nine league games of this season.Ronald Koeman becomes the third managerial casualty of the season after Frank De Boer (Crystal Palace) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City).Related
RelatedManchester City Debunk Aguero ‘Collapse’ RumoursNovember 15, 2017In “National Team”City Star Declares Himself Fit For Club After Health Scare Against NigeriaNovember 17, 2017In “England”Iwobi Masterclass Propels Eagles In Comeback Win Over ‘Nemesis’ ArgentinaNovember 14, 2017In “National Team” Manchester City’s Argentina striker Sergio Aguero gave his national teammates a scare after he collapsed in the dressing room during the halftime interval of their 4-2 loss to the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday night.Aguero had scored the 2nd goal for his side before former club teammate Kelechi Iheanacho netted on the stroke of halftime for a 2-1 scoreline in favour of Argentina at halftime.The former River Plate and Atletico Madrid striker was immediately rushed to the hospital before he underwent tests. His team’s woes were further compounded when Nigeria scored three second half goals to win the game played at the Krasnodar Stadium in Russia 4-2.The Argentine Football Federation (AFA) thereafter confirmed via a statement that Aguero was taken away for routine examinations and that the: “The player is well”.On the game itself, Argentina manager was at a loss on how the game panned out while speaking after the game. He said: “It’s a difficult game to explain.”“We could have been 3-0 or 4-0 ahead in the first half and we went in with a 2-1 lead.” he added.Speaking further, the former Chile coach said: “My biggest worry was the way the team played when we were behind. I know we are capable and have the individual talent to be able to get out of these situations and I‘m worried about what happened tonight.“We played an incredible first half but we lost our way in a match which could confuse a lot of people.” he concluded.