Douglas explains decision not to sign health care bill, S88

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas announced yesterday that he would allow S88, An Act Relating to Health Care Financing and Universal Access to Health Care in Vermont, to become law without his signature.“Vermont is recognized as a national leader in health reform, we are the healthiest state in the nation and we are in the midst of implementing significant changes from the federal health care reform bill,” said Governor Douglas.  “To spend time and money studying a new model that cannot be implemented until at least 2017 is counterproductive.  Further, the drug sample reporting provision adds burdensome new regulations that are unnecessary and could make it difficult for low-income Vermonters to receive needed medications.  These sections do not represent meaningful reform; rather they detract from the serious work ahead.”Although S. 88 includes these provisions, Governor Douglas decided to allow the bill to become law because it includes a critical expansion of the innovative Vermont Blueprint for Health.  “The Blueprint is key to our efforts to control care costs over time by helping to improve the health of Vermonters.  Expanding the Blueprint to more communities extends Vermont’s national leadership, and positions Vermont to take advantage of the federal health care reform law.”Governor Douglas said that he hopes future Legislature’s will revisit the drug sample provisions after evaluating the impact they have on our rural health system and patients.The Governor’s message is attached.last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says it’s up to Arsenal to convince him to sign new deal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang says it’s up to Arsenal to convince him to sign new deal Arsenal want Aubameyang to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists Arsenal know his demands and it is up to the club to get him to sign a new deal.The Gabon international is set to enter the final year of his contract and has been linked with Inter and Barcelona in recent months.Aubameyang’s wage demands are thought to be at the centre of discussions between the player and the club and the striker hinted was ready to leave the club if necessary.‘I haven’t recently received a proposition but of course there have been discussions with the club,’ he told French outlet Telefoot.ADVERTISEMENT‘It’s them [the club] who have the keys and for them to do their work. Afterwards we will see what happens.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It is a turning point in my career. I have been very frank with everyone. It will be of course a very difficult decision to make.‘It is possibly the most important decision of my career. But so far nothing has been decided.’ Coral BarrySunday 14 Jun 2020 11:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Comment Advertisement Arteta wants Aubameyang to stay (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang was handed the captain’s armband after a turbulent start to the season and is the club’s top scorer with 20 goals.The 30-year-old outlined his ambitions for the rest of his career and stressed winning titles was his priority.‘Of course [I see titles in the future],’ Aubameyang said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Every player that is a competitor dreams of winning titles. Everyone will then ask the question if you would like to win at Arsenal or win elsewhere.‘As I said, it is the future that will tell us that. But I want to win titles. That is clear and everybody knows it.’ If Aubameyang refuses Arsenal’s offer, the Gunners are prepared to cash in so not to lose the star forward for nothing next summer.MORE: Danny Murphy rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Premier League restartMORE: Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey to be offered to rivals Tottenham in shock loan moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Louis van Gaal says he has been driven to boredom and anger by his players

first_img “At this moment we have a lack of creativity and you can see that but they have done it (played well in the past) so they can do it.” So why, after spending over a quarter of a billion pounds on new players, can Van Gaal not inspire his team to perform well on a regular basis? Is it because he refuses to come to the touchline in matches to bark orders at his players like Sir Alex Ferguson did? “I’m not Sir Alex, as you know,” said Van Gaal, who has rarely come to the touchline to speak to his players during his spell at the club. “Everybody is different and I don’t believe in yelling from the sidelines. I believe in communication during the week, during the preparation and I believe in my players who have to perform. “It’s very difficult because of the noise. “A lot of managers are (yelling from the sidelines) but I doubt if they have real influence.” At times on Monday it seemed as if Van Gaal was in denial. He even offered the theory that traffic could have been to blame for the exodus by scores of supporters before Wayne Rooney’s 93rd minute penalty on Saturday. ”They are not thinking that we would score, I think, and maybe also because of the traffic,” he said. Van Gaal even suggested United fans should be happy with their team’s current form. ”You have to be happy as a Manchester United fan that we are in next round and we have won the last two games,” he added There was also a reminder to the supporters that life was not always rosy before he took over. “The fans have to know that we can’t always play fantastic football,” Van Gaal said. “And that was also the case in former days. I’m sorry, but it is like that.” Ryan Giggs and Scholes were ever-presents during Ferguson’s successful spell at the helm. Giggs has rarely been allowed to speak in public since he became Van Gaal’s assistant, so his thoughts on Scholes’ criticism of his boss are unknown. “No,” was the flat answer when asked whether Giggs ever discusses Scholes’ criticism of the club. Van Gaal insists the former winger who symbolised United’s attacking traditions with his playing style, does have serious input when it comes to the team’s current tactics, though. “He has a lot of influence in our decisions because I communicate every decision with my staff so he can have a big influence,” Van Gaal said. “I work in a fantastic way with Ryan so that’s the only thing I can say but when you want to hear something about his feelings according to what Paul Scholes or Gary Neville are saying, you have to ask him.” Louis van Gaal admits his Manchester United players have driven him to boredom and anger at times this season. Those wins have merely papered over the cracks, however. The pressure is still on Van Gaal because of the often dull and uninspiring performances of his team. Paul Scholes branded United’s style of play “boring” earlier this season and following Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Legue One opposition, the former club great claimed both Van Gaal and his players looked “bored” during the third round tie. Van Gaal has been at odds with Scholes for much of his 18-month spell at the club, but on Monday the 64-year-old conceded some of the football on display at Old Trafford this season has been rather dull. “There are matches that I have enjoyed,” Van Gaal said. “And there are also matches where I’m very bored or angry because we are not disorganising our opponent’s defence but that is football.” Van Gaal railed at the suggestion that his primary aim is to stifle the opposition, rather than attack. “Do you know that,” Van Gaal snapped during an edgy press conference at Carrington. “I am not concerned (about defending more than attacking). Van Gaal’s future as United boss will be thrown into question again on Tuesday if his team fail to win at Newcastle. United ended an eight-match winless run by defeating Swansea nine days ago and then followed that victory up with another triumph in the FA Cup against Sheffield United. Press Associationlast_img read more

Nigeria Sports Award 2018 Voting to Close Sunday

first_imgThe award panel had announced nominees for the different categories including Footballer of the Year, Team Sports Person of the Year, Sports Governor of the Year, Sports Administrator of the Year, Track & Field Star of the Year, Sports Man and Sports Woman of the Year, amongst others.Other award categories to be voted for include Racket Sports Person of the Year, Basketball Player of the Year, Para Sports Person of The Year, Team of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Wrestler of the Year, Coach of the Year.Idowu reiterated that the general public are open to vote on the official website of the award; or via SMS & all three social media platform of the awards; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.The Nigerian Sports Award is an award to recognize and celebrate outstanding performances by our sports men and women, also personalities whose performances shone brightest at local and international level in the course of the year.The 2018 Nigerian Sports Award ceremony is scheduled to hold on Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Banquet Hall, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos by 6pm prompt. As the countdown towards the 7th edition of the Nigerian Sports Award (NSA), gets closer, organisers of the prestigious awards have announced that the voting phase will close as scheduled by midnight of Sunday, November 11, 2018.Executive Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Mr. Kayode Idowu, disclosed this while briefing the media on updates on the 2018 edition of the Award.Idowu stated that voting for sports men and women in the various categories of award would close as scheduled and urged the general public to take advantage of the few days left to participate in the voting process. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

TOMS takes part in “From Activism to Action” series

first_imgOn Tuesday, the USC Institute for Global Health invited TOMS Director of Social Innovation and Impact Shira Shafir to speak about the concept of the “One for One” business model, which vows to deliver a free pair of shoes to a child in need for every sale a business makes, as part of the organization’s “From Activism to Action” lecture series.Shafir is a faculty member in the department of epidemiology at UCLA and has been at TOMS for the last 13 months.The institute partnered with USC’s Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab to put on the event, which emphasized social entrepreneurship. To coincide with the lecture event, the Institute also presented the results of their USC Global Health case study competition.Heather Wipfli, associate director  the Institute, opened up the event by recognizing the winners. This competition challenged students to tackle a critical global health issue, requiring them to come up with realistic and innovative solutions within five days that they were given a case.Each team had to represent at least three USC schools, thus emphasizing a multi-disciplinary approach. The winning team of the competition incorporated local Cameroonian arts of song, dance, and storytelling to educate the community about sanitation, water quality and shoe-wearing.As part of their reward, the team was invited to participate in The Emory Global Health Case Competition in Atlanta, Georgia.Wipfli then spoke about social entrepreneurship and multi-disciplinary approaches within the philosophy of TOMS to segue into Shafir’s lecture.She began her lecture by supplying the audience with some numbers that illuminate the history of TOMS, beginning with the company’s inception in 2006. Since then, TOMS has sold and hence given 35 million pairs of shoes in more than 70 countries with 100 different partners.“It used to be that we go to these organizations and say, ‘Please consider implementing and integrating [these shoes] into your programs,’” Shafir said. “Now, we have programs and partners who are coming to us instead so we can choose the best partners to work with.”Shafir also introduced the company’s “Giving Model,” which begins when consumers make a purchase. TOMS’s supply chain team will then work together with partners who are knowledgeable about needs of different countries to allocate where the shoes go. The company’s “giving” team will work with various resources to further distribution. There is also a fund called the “Last Mile Contribution” to support the costs of such processes, including the costs of freight, vehicle rentals, fuel, storage and labor to deliver the shoes to more remote locations.Demonstrating her background in epidemiology, Shafir emphasized the importance of shoes in context of its significance in disease prevention. According to Shafir, the simple act of wearing shoes can help prevent diseases such as podoconiosis.“If children wears shoes, it creates a physical barrier that prevents contact from the soil, and it decreases their risk for devastating diseases,” Shafir said. “If you provide a child with a pair of shoes, it can be a life transformative experience.”In addition to the existing “One for One” program, which sells eye care and supplies water to areas in need, the company now also sells glasses and coffee. In addition, Shafir introduced the company’s newest “One for One” initiative — selling bags to consumers in order to support maternal and infant health and to tackle the issue of infant mortality.When Shafir opened time for questions, she received various questions regarding how TOMS’s corporate component might harm the company’s role in giving, especially after the company sold a 50 percent stake to a private equity firm.“That was critical in the conversation and was actually insured in the contract — that the giving [program] would be protected,” Shafir said. “And in terms of missions and values, those are already hardwired in company culture.”Natalie Mata, a junior majoring in global health, commented on how impressed she was with TOM’s program.“I didn’t know how expansive TOMS’s “One for One” program was,” Mata said. “I didn’t know they were getting involved in optical care and now maternal and child health. These initiatives are really awesome.”[Correction: A previous version of this story misattributed the quote in the last paragraph. It was Natalie Mata, not Shira Shafir, who said the quote. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.]last_img read more