Promoted Portmore United have their sights set on finishing at least among the top two in the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).A top-two finish will ensure that the club qualifies for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship next season. Manager Clive Marshall said yesterday that a return to the CFU championship could open doors to overseas contracts for the players.Speaking at yesterday’s weekly RSPL conference, which was held at the sponsors’ head office on Spanish Town Road, Marshall said: “We want players to get contracts overseas in order for them to be able to better their lives and help their families.”He added: “When the team got demoted two seasons ago, it was our aim to return to the RSPL then qualify for the CFU, and we remain on course for that.”I had also declared back then that the club would be back in top-flight football soon. And that was done,” he emphasised.Portmore finished the preliminary stage of the RSPL on 61 points and earned $1 million for that feat. They will face Humble Lion in the first leg of a two-way semi-final tie on Sunday at the Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon, starting at 3:30 p.m.The winners of the tie would be eligible to represent Jamaica in the CFU Club Championship next season.”Well, for us it is about focusing on the semi-finals against Humble Lion. We are confident and will go there for a positive result,” he said.Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens have won the most national titles with five each. With Tivoli out of contention this season, Portmore have the chance to go ahead by winning a record sixth national title.Montego Bay United and defending champions Arnett Gardens will meet in the other semi-final.
Past The Finishing PostTrack Good Weather: FineRace 1 1820 M (Purse $560,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #6 RAISING THE BAR HPottinger2 51.02. #7 TASHIE BABY AntThomas4 50.0 8L*3. #3 SWEET DIMENSION JPatterson2 52.0 Sh.Head4. #4 STERRI’S CHOICE JJackson 53.0 7/1 41/2WIN: $404.00PLACE: $173.00, $65.00, $404.00Final Time : 1:59.0 Splits : 27.0, 52.0, 1:17.2, 1:44.0Winner : 4yo b filly – MARKET RALLY – RUNIN ON EMPTYTrainer : ROHAN GORDON Owner : ROHAN GORDONBred by DAVID WILLERSQu: $2,034.00 Ex: $3,401.00Trifecta: $1,584.00WINNIE ANGLIN MEMORIAL CUPRace 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES1. #1 DON’T BLUSH BABE AntThomas4 54.02. #5 LAWS OF THE CODE HLewis 54.0 3-1/4L*3. #2 VICE ROYALTY ARobles 52.0 3/4L4. #6 EMPRESS CHEYENNE SEllis 53.5 2-1/2LLate scratch : #8 PRINCESS BRIANNAWIN: $166.00PLACE: $81.00, $94.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:01.0 Splits : 24.2, 48.0Winner : 2yo b filly – TWILIGHT TIME – HISHI BLOSSOMTrainer : NORMAN PALMER Owner : HAM STABLES LIMITED (COMPANY)Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $439.00 Ex: $487.00D/E: $1,316.00 (6-8) $234.00Superfecta: $488.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 4-Y-O & UP(NW2)CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE JUNE 1*1. #1 VALLEY OF QUEENS DDawkins2 51.02. #3 WICKED TUFF LSteadman2 53.5 6L3. #2 STAROFTHETOWN AndreePowell4 48.0 3/4L4. #8 BALA BAD GAL LINKS AChatrie 52.0 5LLate scratch : #4 GRAND TRAIN, #7 DANISH BROWNWIN: $71.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.4, 48.2Winner : 4yo filly – HE’STHEREALTHING – HONOR CODETrainer: ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Bred by DR. ATHOL MORGANQu: $148.00 Ex: $123.00D/E : (1-1) $190.00Superfecta: $214.00Rolling Triple: $3,436.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)*1. #1 CLEARLY OURS BebHarvey2 53.52. #8 BARS OF GOLD OWalker 57.0 1-3/43. #5 HE’STHEREAL LINKS RHalledeen 55.0 7L4. #4 COPPERFIELD LSteadman2 55.0 3/4LWIN: $107.00PLACE: $66.00, $83.00, 4351.00Final Time : 1:14.4 Splits : 23.2, 47.0Winner : 6yo b mare – STORM CRAFT – HEAR ME CLEARLYTrainer : GREGORY FORSYTH Owner : GREGORY FORSYTHBred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATESQu: $211.00 Ex: $471.00D/E: $181.00Superfecta: $2,567.00Rolling Triple: $506.00GOVERNOR GENERAL’S STAKESRace 5 2000 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. #5 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 51.5*2. #3 PERFECT NEIGHBOUR OWalker 56.0 4L3. #6 SUPERLUMINAL PFrancis 50.5 1-1/2L4. #4 TARANIS OEdwards2 50.0 8LWIN: $124.00Final Time : 2:08.3 Splits : 25.4, 53.0, 1:15.4, 1:39.3Winner : 5yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – SUPA LEITrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $97.00 Ex: $210.00D/E: $367.00Trifecta: $61.00Rolling Triple: $294.00Race 6 1600 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #7 OUR CREATION DDawkins2 53.02. #3 CHEERS JPatterson2 51.0 3L3. #1 JESSIE JAMES LSteadman2 54.0 Neck4. #8 BLESSEDNESS AChatrie 54.0 2-3/45. #2 NO MONEY FRIEND ARobles 55.0 2L6. #6 MINNIFFIA JJackson 52.0 4-1/2LLate scratch : #4 DOC HOLIDAYWIN: $170..00PLACE: $99.00, $116.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:41.0 Splits : 24.1, 47.0, 1:12.3Winner : 7yo gr horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – IBELIEVEITSOURSTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner: MICHAEL A BEECHAMBred by TREVOR BROWNQu: $589.00 Ex: $1,476.00D/E: $686.00 (5-4) $105.00Trifecta: $683.00Hit-6: $69,667.00Rolling Triple: $2,470.00Super-6: $37,731.00Race 7 1600 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #4 UNRULY TEXAS DDawkins2 50.0*2. #7 FIERY PATH BebHarvey2 52.5 4L3. #6 FREE RANGE ARobles 53.0 7L4. #5 QUEENOFSAINTROSE JErwin 53.5 4LWIN: $359.00PLACE: $101.00, $66.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:41.3 Splits : 24.3, 48.0, 1:12.4,Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL – WILD FIRETrainer : MICHAEL MCINTOSH Owner : TEXAS CREWBred by RENTALS & MORE LTD.Qu: $804.00 Ex: $1,361.00D/E : (7-4) $1,229.00Trifecta: $1,757.00Rolling Triple: $5,914.00Pick-4: $19,468.00Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #1 ZEEGAR RHalledeen 54.02. #4 SHARP SKIRT JInnis3 49.0 7L*3. #3 PRINCE KAMALI JPatterson2 52.0 1-1/2L4. #9 TOP EAGLE RLahoe 54.0 2-3/4L5. #7 CLASSY BUTCHER ARobles 52.0 NeckWIN: $263.00PLACE: $115.00, $100.00, $66.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.3Winner : 3yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – ‘S MARVELOUSTrainer : FITZNAHUM WILLIAMS Owner: GOLDEN STABLESBred by CLAYON ROWEQu: $1,942.00 Ex: $2,924.00D/E: $3,670.00Trifecta: $2,065.00Hi-5: $4,961.00Rolling Triple: $16,820.00Race 9 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. #2 BAY COMMANDER DDawkins2 49.02. #6 WARTIME HPottinger2 50.5 3-1/2L3. #3 GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 51.0 1-3/4L*4. #4 JDA JInnis3 49.0 3-1/2L5. #7 GLYDER CBudhai 50.5 1-3/4LWIN: $569.00PLACE: $153.00, $102.00, $87.00Final Time : 1:32.4 Splits : 23.3, 46.2, 1:12.1,Winner : 3yo b colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – MISS FINANCIATrainer : FITZNAHUM WILLIAMS Owner : GOLDEN STABLESBred by CLAYON ROWEQu: $3,485.00 Ex: $11,983.00D/E: $1,314.00Trifecta: $6,645.00Hi-5: $15,262.00Rolling Triple: $37,751.00PlacePot 8: $40,353.00ERROL “BIG SUB” SUBRATIE MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 10 1600 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. #1 BLUE DIXIE PFrancis 50.02. #2 TYPEWRITER AChatrie 56.0 1/2L*3. #7 PINELOPE DDawkins2 49.0 1/2L4. #5 TIMEFORARMS BebHarvey2 53.0 5-1/2LLate scratch : #4 ORIGINAL TRAINWIN: $265.00PLACE: $77.00, $59.00, $57.00Final Time : 1:37.0 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, 1:10.2Winner : 3yo b filly – SKY MESA – DIXIELAND BULLTrainer: GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICDON RACINGBred by CAROLE & JOHN RIO, MIKE SIDO & DR. LAURA SUROVI SIVOQu: $415.00 Ex: $961.00D/E: $9,452.00Superfecta: $844.00Rolling Triple: $41,035.00Race 11 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #1 DILIGENT ARobles 54.02. #6 CORALANDO ISpence 54.0 3-1/2L3. #10 MAJOR FORCE AntThomas4 50.0 7-1/2L4. #5 LATE N DRAFTY DDawkins2 50.0 1-1/45. #7 BROOKLYN PFrancis 52.0 1-1/2LWIN: $336.00PLACE: $147.00, $108.00, $166.00Final Time : 1:40.3 Splits : 24.4, 48.2, 1:13.3Winner : 3yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – BACHELOR OF ARTSTrainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner: PATRICK LYNCHBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $566.00 Ex: $614.00D/E: $2,178.00Trifecta: $1,417.00Hi-5: $77,189.00Rolling Triple: $66,795.00Pick-4: $166,292.00 (4/4)Super-6: $163,077.60 (5/6)Carry-over : $1,467,699.18Pick-9: $14,156.00 (7/9); $277.50 (6/9)Carry-over : $1, 806,055.60
But San Miguel banked on its defense as Marcio Lassiter and Santos swarmed Mark Barroca, who lost the ball and paved way for Santos’ game-sealing freebies.“God is good that I was able to get those free throws because I really wanted to win. When I made those shots, it was the hand of God,” said Santos after the Beermen’s 84-80 win that gave them a 3-1 lead in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 2013 PBA MVP admitted that he had a hard time against the Hotshots’ defense which led to his flubbed bucket.“I was trying to shake off (Rome) dela Rosa and when I got a pass from (Chris) Ross, I was surprised that I was open. I kind of went strong on my shot.” Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netArwind Santos was happy to make up for his missed jumper in the closing moments of the game with two clutch freebies in the last 2.2 seconds of San Miguel’s Game 4 victory over Magnolia.Santos came up short on what could’ve been the dagger with niney seconds left that left the Hotshots enough time to either force overtime or snatch the game away.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In the end, though, Santos believes that the game, and ultimately the championship, will boil down on who wants it more.“I believe that when we want the win, whatever defense they will throw at us, we’ll get it,” he said. “We want to celebrate on Friday. We want to stay up late and we want to taste a lot of alcohol again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES .@TheSMBeermen’s @arwindsotnas says that closing out the series on Friday won’t be an easy one, especially with Magnolia fighting for its life. #PBA2018 #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/QCmatjSFCi— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 4, 2018The Kapampangan forward thinks that if Game 4 was any indication, they will have their hands full in trying to close out a team like Magnolia, which has show immense heart throughout the series.“We had a hard time on their defense and now that we’ll have a one-day preparation, we’ll find a solution on that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘She was everything to us’: UP dedicates win to late volleyball alumni head
…says decision to remove persons from public office may soon be politically motivatedFunctions that reside with an independent body to remove public officials who act unprofessionally and/or unlawfully may soon lie in the hands of the Executive if Government has its way and passes its proposed amendment to the Integrity Commission Act.The proposed amendment, which was circulated by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, puts the enforcement powers in the hands of the President, David Granger where Government Ministers are in breach and in the hands of the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon in cases of other persons in public life, including elected Members of Parliament (MPs).These observations were made by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who noted that such a move would not only be dangerous but outright unconstitutional.“So, just imagine, Harmon will now decide the fate of Members of Parliament, because persons in public life may be removed from office when s/he contravenes any of the provisions in this code,” he surmised, noting that it would be unconstitutional for a sitting minister to be empowered to remove an elected official in the National Assembly.He argued, too, that both the President and Harmon were subject to the Integrity Commission Act and if they were responsible for enforcing provisions under it, then there would be a major conflict of interest.“So, what they are doing now, moving it (power) from an independent body that the Executive should have no control over, because members of the Executive, including the President, have to submit their statements to this body and be overseen by this body and [it can] initiate prosecutorial actions against the President for breach. They are seeking now to amend that Act under the Code of Conduct, which is for not just Ministers but MPs and put the enforcement power, the ability to remove people from public life in the hands of the President and Minister of State,” he explained.In this regard, Jagdeo said the parliamentary Opposition would reject the proposed amendment to the Integrity Commission Act.“We will oppose this amendment, because this amendment is another tool to seem as though they are doing something about a Code of Conduct for Ministers, to seem as though they are pursuing transparent, accountable lives, but, on the other hand, they are setting the basis for further witch-hunt and to come after PPP members,” he stated.Jagdeo surmised that the Government Ministers only portrayed themselves as guardians of probity and paradigms of transparency and accountability while they quietly and insidiously dismantle institutions that prevent corruption.He alluded to the subversion of tender boards across the country, attempts to influence the courts by launching onslaughts on the Judiciary, among other moves.Jagdeo also reminded that these same Ministers refused to support a motion to have all parliamentarians make certain submissions to the Integrity Commission.He reminded too that Government has already disbanded the Commission by sending home staff and taking possession of documents that belong with the constitutional body.Furthermore, he contended that all Government Ministers should be in jail right now for numerous breaches of the Code of Conduct.The Code stipulates that Ministers must declare all private interests relating to duties of public officials, demonstrate objectivity in executing business and make decisions based on merit and solely in the national interest without benefit or personal gain.Jagdeo contended that the Code of Conduct was nothing but a farce as all of the Ministers were in breach of it.
Hopkins, 42, held at least one piece of the middleweight championship for 10 years before he lost all four belts via split decision to Jermain Taylor in July 2005. It was somewhat controversial in that most ringside observers had Hopkins winning. Taylor again emerged victorious via narrow unanimous decision in a rematch five months later. But six months after that, last June, Hopkins moved up to light heavyweight and beat people’s champion Antonio Tarver with a lopsided decision. Hopkins announced his retirement. But it didn’t last long. “It’s going to be an interesting showdown,” Schaefer said. “It’s Bernard fighting another big fight. For him, it’s fighting one of the best fighters again, one who hasn’t lost in a long time. For Winky, a win over Hopkins, think what what would do. Then he would actually be the only fighter who fought and won against the three guys Oscar lost to. So, it is a very interesting fight. A very big fight.” Wright has two wins over Mosley and a win over Felix Trinidad Jr. Bernard Hopkins, one of the great middleweights of all-time, recently announced that he wanted to come out of a short retirement. Speculation immediately began as to whom he would fight. The speculation is over. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, told this newspaper Wednesday that Hopkins and Winky Wright have signed contracts to fight each other July 21 at a site to be determined. “It’s signed, sealed and delivered,” Schaefer said. “We signed it last weekend (Saturday) in Las Vegas. Different sites are interested. Las Vegas is interested.” Wright, of St. Petersburg, Fla., trains in Las Vegas. Hopkins, a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, was there playing host to the Golden Boy-promoted welterweight title fight between “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Luis Collazo, won by Mosley. De La Hoya has losses to Mosley, Trinidad and Hopkins. Wright, 35, is the former junior middleweight champion and currently a top-ranked middleweight. He has not lost since 1999. Wright and Hopkins will meet at a catch-weight of 170 pounds, two pounds over the super middleweight limit. Hopkins, of Philadelphia, is 47-4-1 with 32 knockouts. Wright is 51-3-1 with 25 knockouts. Vazquez-Marquez Israel Vazquez of Mexico City on March 3 will defend his World Boxing Council super bantamweight belt against countryman Rafael Marquez at Home Depot Center in Carson. Marquez, a bantamweight world champion the past several years, will be moving up in weight. But he is a consensus top 10 pound-for-pound fighter and one of the meanest hombres in the sport. He also has one of the game’s best trainers in Nacho Beristain. Even though Vazquez is the champion at this weight and a borderline top 10 pound-for-pound fighter, he will undoubtedly be in the toughest fight of his esteemed career. And he might be in it without his trainer, Freddie Roach. Roach is scheduled to leave on March 1 with the rest of Team De La Hoya to Puerto Rico, where Roach will train De La Hoya for his May 5 mega fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas. Prior to a news conference Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles promoting his fight, Vazquez was asked about the scenario. “He (Roach) formally told us that he is going to be there, that he is going to be in my corner,” said Vazquez, who is co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions. Schaefer was also on hand at the news conference. He sang a different tune. He said the plan right now is for all of Team De La Hoya to leave for camp in Puerto Rico the day after a Feb. 28 Los Angeles news conference that will complete a long press tour. “I have to talk to Oscar and see what his plans are,” Schaefer said. “Maybe he (Roach) stays for the fight. I can’t really answer you one way or another. It’s an Oscar issue. If Oscar wants to start camp on the first (of March), with the whole team flying back together, then, you know…” Yes, we know. That means Roach won’t be in Vazquez’s corner unless De La Hoya says he can. Told about this, Vazquez expressed cautious optimism. “I hope Oscar understands that this is a big fight for us,” Vazquez said. “I belong to his company. I also have to prepare. I think this fight is a big fight for the company, for everybody. I hope he will understand and let Freddie stay with me that night.” Frank Espinoza of West Covina is Vazquez’s longtime manager. He expressed concern late Tuesday night that Vazquez might be without Roach for the most important fight of his career. A win over Marquez would no doubt vault Vazquez into the top 10 of most respected pound-for-pound polls. “Here you have a Golden Boy fighter in Israel Vazquez,” Espinoza said. “Why wouldn’t they let him (Roach) stay?” Should Roach not make the fight, he will most likely be replaced by Justin Fortune, Roach’s assistant at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. “I guess Israel feels OK with him,” Espinoza said. Vazquez, 29, is 41-3 with 30 knockouts. Marquez, 31, is 36-3 with 32 knockouts. The main undercard fight to Vazquez-Marquez will feature Vic Darchinyan in a defense of his International Boxing Federation flyweight belt against Victor Burgos. Tickets at Home Depot Center will begin at $25. Both fights will be televised by Showtime. Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini This newspaper recently had a short conversation with Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. He was reminded about the upcoming 25th anniversary of his tragic fight with Duk Koo Kim on Nov. 13, 1982. Kim was stopped in the 14th round of a brutal fight and died four days later. In the ensuing months, both Kim’s mother and the fight’s referee, Richard Greene, committed suicide. So when Mancini was asked if he would be willing to talk to us for an anniversary story, he politely refused with an understandable comment. “Anniversaries are supposed to be for celebration,” Mancini said. “What’s to celebrate?” Mancini is from Youngstown, Ohio, but he has lived in Santa Monica the past 21 years. Now 45, he retired in 1992. Robert Morales can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (562) 499-2552. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SIMI VALLEY – The California Department of Motor Vehicles office at the Simi Valley Civic Center will close for about 45 days this summer for upgrades to the building that has been providing local service for 18 years. While they welcome improvements, Simi Valley and Moorpark residents said the local office is already one of the best in the region and they don’t like the idea of going elsewhere for their DMV services, even if it’s just temporary. “It’s not as crowded here and it’s easy to get to,” said Sheryll Kidder of Moorpark. “It will be an inconvenience. I’ve been to the Thousand Oaks office several times, and this one is much better.” The work will include painting, new flooring, roof repairs and improving access for the disabled. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Simi Valley office, at 3855-D Alamo St., has 15 full-time employees and 10 part-timers and processes some 137,000 driver’s license, vehicle registration and drive-test transactions each year, DMV spokesman Steve Haskins said. There is no firm date to start the work, which should cost about $334,000, but it could begin in June or July, Haskins said. Former Simi Valley Mayor Greg Stratton, who was instrumental in the city’s effort to build the office and lease it to the DMV, said residents have grown to depend on it. “It’s been wonderful,” he said. “The lines are relatively short. If you have a reservation, you can walk right in.” During the closure, customers will be directed to other DMV offices in the area, and employees will be moved to those offices to help serve the extra customers, Haskins said.
The future of health coverage may look more like the Home Shopping Network than “ER.” In a fast-growing trend that advocates call consumer-driven health care, buyers can choose tailor-made coverage and higher deductibles from insurers that let them be choosier about doctors, drugs and hospitals in an attempt to curb the soaring cost of health insurance. For example, if buyers or their dependents don’t intend to get pregnant, they can eliminate maternity coverage. Families can cut premiums by taking on a $2,000 annual deductible and then shopping around for the most affordable care. “All the big insurers are now offering consumer-directed products,” said Caroline Steinberg, vice president of trends analysis for the American Hospital Association in Washington, D.C. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s a bit of an experiment,” she said. “At this point, I don’t think we know whether it’s going to work or not.” Critics insist the high deductibles are merely a way for insurers to shift more costs to workers. They also point out that the plans don’t require insurers to cut either their profits or prices. California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, a supporter of government-mandated coverage, has called the trend a “death spiral” for health care. He argued that it will cherry-pick the youngest, healthiest and richest people while forcing traditional managed care plans to charge more to cover the sickest patients, as well as maternity and obstetrics care. The result will be more uninsured people, he said. “It’s not consumer-driven at all,” Garamendi said. “What it is is market-driven by insurance companies, … segmenting the population into high-cost, high-risk segments and low-cost, low-risk segments.” Of the 186 million Americans who have health insurance, only about 3 million people are enrolled in consumer-driven plans. However, that number is expected to increase as politicians, insurers and employers struggle to hold down health care costs that have outpaced inflation for years. With the annual cost of insuring a family now about $10,000, many employers no longer offer health coverage. Only 66 percent of full-time workers at private firms have employer-sponsored plans, compared with 80 percent in 1989, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Garamendi specifically targeted a plan unveiled last year by Blue Cross. Marketed as Tonik, it’s geared to people under 30 who are just starting out in their careers. By design, it does not include maternity benefits but offers catastrophic coverage, along with limited dental and vision care. Blue Cross research showed the target market didn’t want maternity coverage, said Robert Alaniz, a spokesman for WellPoint Inc., parent company of Blue Cross. Eliminating it made the plan more affordable, he said. “It’s not what government thinks you need. It’s not what we, the plan (provider), think you need, but it’s what you, the consumer, told us,” he said. Hoi Wong, 29, of San Francisco chose Tonik after going to work for a small firm that doesn’t offer health coverage but gives employees $200 a month to buy their own. Wong pays $98 a month in premiums. Her annual deductible is $1,500. Outside of an emergency, she intends to use the plan mainly for regular checkups and for its vision and dental benefits. “I actually don’t go visit a doctor very much,” she said. “I try to eat healthy and try to have regular patterns in life and get my eight hours of sleep.” Wong designs strollers and car seats but isn’t interested in maternity coverage. “I don’t plan to have a family in the very near future,” she said. Consumer-driven plans are based on the theory that people who must pay more upfront in deductibles will shop around for the most affordable health care. For some patients that could mean using generic rather than brand-name drugs or taking an aspirin before rushing to an emergency room after a sports injury. Tax-exempt health savings accounts recently permitted by Congress allow people to bank their own money toward the deductibles. Giant health care provider UnitedHealth Group Inc. is betting the consumer-driven approach will help remedy the ailing system. The firm, based in Minnetonka, Minn., has applied the philosophy to its own products and paid more than $800 million to buy two companies with pioneering experience in consumer-driven plans, UnitedHealth spokesman Mark Lindsay said. “The single best agent to control health care costs is the individual,” he said. “Unfortunately, today they are disconnected from that reality.” Analysts aren’t sure how much impact the approach will have on costs. They pointed out that most consumer-driven plans must still cover expensive care such as debilitating accidents and diseases. They also said the average person simply doesn’t have enough information or expertise to make informed choices about the complex system and won’t want to pick and choose when their health is on the line. “To say consumers want this – do they really know what they’re buying?” asked Hal Luft, professor of health economics and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. Now the high-deductible plans are “mostly appealing to the healthy, wealthy and wise,” added Jon Gabel, vice president of the Center for Health System Change. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal death notices for today, Friday, November 17. Theresa QUINNThe death has occurred of Theresa Quinn, Leenankeel, Urris, Clonmany, Donegal. Removal from Eternal Light Chapel of Rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny took place yesterday to the residence of Elizabeth Craffey nee Quinn, Leenankeel. Removal on Saturday morning at 10.30am to St. Michael’s Church, Urris for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Cecelia Sheila HAYESThe death has occurred of Cecelia Sheila Hayes, Clunelly, Quigley’s Point, Donegal.Removal from her home today, Friday, at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St. Columba’s Church, Drung with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time after 11pm. Neil MCCORMICKThe death has occurred of Neil McCormick, Middletown, Derrybeg, Donegal.Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Chapel, Derrybeg today, Friday morning, at 11am with burial afterwards in Maghergallon Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Donegal Hospice. Rose CRERANDThe death has occurred of Rose Crerand, College Farm Road, Glencar, Letterkenny, Donegal.Reposing at her late residence. Funeral Mass today, Friday, at 10am in St. Eunan’s Cathedral with burial afterwards in Conwal Cemetery.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:obituaries
Some people were pleased with the enforced use of public transport over the month-long EcoMobility World Festival in Sandton. For others it meant traffic jams and loss of income. But the general sentiment was that it was a good idea and got people thinking. The Sandton CBD has been closed to cars for the duration of the month-long EcoMobility World Festival, which ran through October. (Image: South African Tourism) • Sandton goes car-free for a month • Frank and honest: the Women On Sex web series • The SABR provides breast milk to babies in need • Active citizenship in South Africa at a healthy level • South Africa’s women in politics Ray MaotaThe Sandton CBD has been closed to cars for the duration of the month-long EcoMobility World Festival, which ran through October.People were encouraged to use public transport, cycle and walk. This had both positive and negative effects on people; others were indifferent to it.The eco-mobility festival had clear links with Johannesburg’s long-term growth and development strategy, Joburg 2040. The blueprint envisions the metro as a smart city, which is an environmentally friendly city created out of a combination of concepts and technologies. These include the enhancement of energy efficiency, and water and waste management, coupled with the conservation of resources.“The festival will demonstrate to the world that an eco-mobile future is possible and that public transport, walking and cycling can be accessible, safe and attractive,” Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau said at its launch.“We want to close off certain streets in Sandton, our second largest CBD, to car traffic and instead use these lanes for public transport, walking, cycling and other forms of eco-mobility during the entire Transport Month.”The people have spokenIn the heart of the Sandton CBD, Mack Ndlhovu, a driver for Mzansi Cabs, had harsh words for EcoMobility month.“This has been a bad month for me,” he said. “The frequency of my clients has decreased because of this. I think they are staying away from Sandton. I grew up cycling everywhere and I think you can’t force people to do such; it has to be their choice.”Traffic had been worse than usual during the month, Ndlhovu said. Also, that the city spent so much money on this while students had no money for fees saddened him.Jerri Mokgofe, a well-known blogger and photographer, was less critical. “I haven’t been negatively or positively affected by it,” Mokgofe said. “I still think it would have had a better impact if people were schooled on its effects before it was introduced.“Another thing is, I think we are too quick to adopt international, American, European things when we are not ready in terms of infrastructure.”Humphrey Letsapa, who works at Sandton City, the shopping mall in the heart of the district, said: “For me it has improved the time I spent in a taxi because of the separate lanes for public transport so it has been a good month.“It has also helped us a lot in terms of alternatives to motorised transport. It is also good for the environment and I’m all for it in the future.”Another metred taxi driver, Vukani Gasa, said the month had been very problematic. “Metre taxis are also public transport but they have been taking our cars out of the dedicated public transport lanes.” Gasa drives for Gautrain Metre Taxis.“This has had a negative impact on the business with the street closures because I end up taking an hour going to a place it usually takes 10 to 15 minutes. I still charge a base price but it takes longer for me and it’s not viable.”Louis Tshakaone, a young entrepreneur, said: “It hasn’t done much of a difference in terms of traffic when using the car but when I used buses or tuk-tuks it was a breeze to move around Sandton.“I think people need to be educated on the positives of using non-motorised vehicles or public transport and this will work. For now I still believe this was thrown at us and more work (was) needed on educating the society on its benefits.”It seems the people of Sandton are open to new ways of getting around, but their common gripe has been infrastructure that will get them to comfortably leave their cars.
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