Miller, Manning fire as Broncos D stifle Panthers in Super Bowl

first_imgSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP): A reborn Orange Crush might have sent Peyton Manning into retirement with a Super ending to his career. Von Miller and the impenetrable Denver defence harassed Panthers quarterback Cam Newton all game Sunday and the Broncos made enough big plays for a 24-10 victory, Manning’s 200th and perhaps his last before retirement. He wasn’t the star of Super Bowl 50 – game MVP Miller seemingly was everywhere on every Carolina play – but Manning really hasn’t been the headliner in this injury-shortened season. “This game was much like this season has been, testing our toughness, our resiliency, our unselfishness,” he said. “It’s only fitting that it turned out that way.” Emulating his Broncos boss, John Elway, the 39-year-old Manning can ride off with the Lombardi Trophy after leading Denver to their third NFL title, first since 1999 – when Elway was the quarterback. “I’ll take some time to reflect,” Manning said when asked if this is the end. “I got a couple of priorities first. I’m going to go kiss my wife and my kids. … I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight.” Denver’s suffocating defence kept Newton jittery all day. Despite wearing gold shoes before the golden Super Bowl, Newton couldn’t finish off a dynamic season in which he was the league’s MVP. Miller twice stripped him, once for a touchdown, the second time setting up a clinching TD. Denver’s top-ranked defence, the one that ran roughshod over Tom Brady in the AFC championship, simply wouldn’t let Newton get comfortable. “There was a certain point where it was like guys on the sideline were saying, ‘Cam is very stressed,'” Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby said. “For two weeks straight, that’s all we heard was Cam this, Cam that, dab this, dab that. They were dabbing in their team photos. It was very disrespectful. We wanted to come out and prove that we’re the best.” Newton was sacked six times – receiver Ted Ginn Jr went down once on an aborted trick play – and if Miller wasn’t torturing him, DeMarcus Ware was. Ware had two of the seven sacks, equalling the most by one team in the Super Bowl. Carolina led the league with 500 points, but were held to their fewest of the year and Denver set an ignominious mark with 194 yards gained, the fewest for a Super Bowl winner. So what, The Broncos (15-4) are champions and Manning is the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with two franchises; Indianapolis in 2007 was the other. Gary Kubiak is the first to win a Super Bowl as player and coach for the same team. Manning finished 13 for 23 for 141 yards against a strong Carolina (17-2) defence that just couldn’t match Miller and company. “I feel very, very grateful,” Manning said. … “Obviously, it’s very special to cap it off with a Super Bowl championship.”last_img read more

ODLIB Educates Adolescent Girls on Teenage Pregnancy, Others

first_imgA local Non-governmental Organization, One Dream Liberia Incorporated (ODLIB) has conducted a one day Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for adolescent girls on the danger of teenage pregnancy, negative peer pressure and rape as well as teen prostitution and drugs abuse.The event took place in the slum community of New Kru Town where many of the young people of the area are highly affected by those negative vices that eventually destroy the future. The workshop, which was held recently in the Township, brought together over 30 adolescent girls and young women from 12 communities in the area.In her keynote address, Naomi Falika, who proxy on behalf of the president of the Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC), Estella Nelson; said the program is an awarding one which young people (girl) need to take advantage of.According to her, teen age pregnancy, peer pressure and drug abuse are affecting Liberian gradually and it is now time that young people be educated on these things.Ms. Falika also noted that these things are gradually destroying Liberia and its leading young girls to have babies at an early age.However, Ms. Falika said that the government and other international partners need to create more awareness for these young people, adding that if prompt action is not taking Liberia will left vulnerable without future leader of this country.She then expressed her gratitude to the organizer for such a brilliant program which was meant to spotlight these issues to them.Speaking earlier, the founder and executive director of One Dream Liberia, Emmanuel B. Lavelah, who gives the overview of the program, said the organization first started operating in 2001, Accra, Ghana, was known as Liberia dance troupeAccording him, the aimed of the organizational is to create awareness of the richness of the Liberia cultural heritage and to educate young people on issues that are undermining their development.Mr. Lavaleh said that they first started with the culture awareness and later on they added another component of the program, including the health sector, peace and as well as computer educations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Poised for WTO Accession

first_imgCommerce and Industry Minister Axel Addy has told Liberians not to have fear about liberalizing trade and commerce in Liberia as the country is poised to accede to the World Trade Organization (WTO).Liberia through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been making great efforts to achieve accession to the WTO, and predicated upon this WTO’s guests including Ambassador Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General for United Nations Conference for Trade and Development and chairperson of the working party, and Dr. Chiedu Osakwe, Director of Accession Division of WTO Secretariat are in the country to work out some modalities that will lead Liberia to the WTO conference that will be held in Nairobi, Kenya this December.The conference in Kenya will be the first to be held on African soil and it is a crucial point at which Liberia’s acceptance to be a member of WTO will be made, depending on whether it will meet criteria having to do with reforms of trade laws in conformity with global standard.Speaking on August 19 at the occasion marking the visits of the guests, Minister Addy intoned that the world is changing, and what people do anywhere now should be in conformity with global standard.He said transformation will never take place if a country builds a fence around its borders, and if Liberia can benefit from global initiative such as the WTO, it must carry out domestic reforms of its laws and policy to reflect predictability and transparency.Despite the open trade policy joining Liberia to the global trade community under WTO, the Minister indicated in his statement that they have negotiated and put in place mechanisms that will protect Liberians’ interest in doing business.Elaborating further on the significance of becoming a part of WTO, the Minister said it “provides predictability” by allowing trade regulations and policies to be the same in all member countries; and that fees for transactions will be the same and transparent everywhere.In this manner, he said it will encourage investment that will also enhance job opportunities for Liberians since investors will be able to create job opportunities.He said in the 20 years of anarchy during which the country suffered, he envisions seeing a new Liberia like pre-war days where rule of law and accountability will be in place to regulate people’s behavior.He indicated that setting up and implementing rules in the country will enhance vibrant private sector that will provide medical and educational services which will cause people not to seek such services outside of Liberia.In his remarks, Ambassador Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General of United Nations Conference for Trade and Development and chairperson of the Working Party, said their visits are meant to commend Liberia’s work leading to accession to WTO.He, however, said for membership to WTO to be successful, the country must take ownership and no one else.He said the journey to success in Nairobi in December this year depends on reform programs Liberia will carry out in its domestic laws in conformity with global standard.He acknowledged that while Liberia has made some tremendous progress, he also advised that the rest of the activities left should be completed in the next few months if Liberia can be successful at the WTO’s first conference on African soil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Poll: Who should play at Wembley?

first_imgTottenham and Chelsea could both be allowed to use Wembley as a temporary home while their grounds are redeveloped, reports on Thursday claimed. The two clubs have a fierce rivalry on and off the pitch so the Drivetime team want to know if you think they should share a home for a season. 1 Tottenham and Chelsea last_img

Doping cloud over Peter-McCline bout

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityETC.: More than 55 years after he became an unlikely heavyweight champion, the late Jersey Joe Walcott is finally getting his day in his hometown. Camden, N.J., has declared today “Jersey Joe Walcott Day,” and a 4-foot granite monument of the boxer will be unveiled. The monument stands in Jersey Joe Walcott Park. Golf Jesper Parnevik followed his career-best 61 with a 5-under-par 65 to take a four-shot lead midway through the Texas Open in San Antonio. The 42-year-old Swede had a 14-under 126 total, the lowest 36-hole score on the PGA Tour this year and just a stroke off the tour record of 125 held by Tiger Woods, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin. Parnevik is seeking his first victory since taking the 2001 Honda Classic for his fifth tour title. Sweden’s Mathias Gronberg was second after a 65. Two other Swedes – Fredrik Jacobson (65) and Richard S. Johnson (66) – were 9 under, and Justin Leonard, the 2000 and ’01 winner, was 8 under after a 67. From news services Samuel Peter and Jameel McCline were set to fight for the heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden tonight while boxing authorities investigate a report that McCline received large amounts of steroids and other banned substances in 2005 and 2006. “So far everything’s OK,” New York State Athletic Commission chairman Ron Scott Stevens told The Associated Press on Friday. McCline had his prefight physical Thursday, Stevens said. The boxers will be tested for performance-enhancing and illegal drugs about an hour before the fight today and right afterward, with results coming about five days later, he said. ETC.: Lorena Ochoa shot 2-under 70 on the second day of the Longs Drugs Challenge in Danville, leaving her a stroke behind defending champion Karrie Webb (69) and Lorie Kane (69). … Loren Roberts capped a 4-under 66 with a 2-foot birdie for a two-shot lead over Scott Hoch at the midpoint of the Senior Players Championship in Timonium, Md. …Annika Sorenstam turned down her invitation to the Samsung World Championship, not wanting to cause hardship with any players who felt she might be taking their spot in the 20-player field. In an effort to upgrade the event, tournament organizers last week eliminated a criteria that had not been used in nine years – the option to exempt the U.S. Women’s Amateur champion – and replaced it with an exemption for an active Hall of Fame member. Tennis Top-ranked Justine Henin beat Elena Dementieva, 6-4, 6-4, and Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Serena Williams, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Henin will play Jelena Jankovic, who made the semifinals when defending champ Nadia Petrova retired in the second set because of a hip injury. Kuznetsova will play Tatiana Golovin, who beat qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-3, 6-4. Gymnastics Olympic silver medalist Morgan Hamm had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, and expects to be healthy in time for next summer’s Beijing Olympics. Hamm, twin brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Paul Hamm, tore the muscle on the right side of his chest while training on high bar Tuesday. The muscle was reattached at Ohio State, and he will be in a sling for five to six weeks. He will start physical therapy Monday and be back training in five months. Motorsports It took Dario Franchitti less than a straightaway to know he was in foreign territory at Talladega Superspeedway. The reigning IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner saw the green flag wave for the start of the ARCA RE/MAX 250, his stock car debut, and immediately ran out of room on the high-banked oval. “You can’t pass on the left in this kind of racing like you can in IndyCar and people checked up in front of me on the start and I had nowhere to go,” Franchitti said, grinning. “That was my first learning experience and it continued all day.” The 34-year-old Scot, driving his first race for Chip Ganassi, managed to stay out of trouble throughout the 94-lap event and wound up 17th. ETC.: Reigning series champion Todd Bodine took the pole position for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, beating out three-time champion Jack Sprague in qualifying. Cycling Italian cyclist Luca Ascani could be banned for up to two years after backup tests confirmed he took a blood-boosting hormone at his national championships in June. He was suspended Aug. 2 by the Italian cycling federation pending a hearing. A date has not yet been set. College sports Washington State basketball player Taylor Rochestie will give up his scholarship his senior year so the Cougars can sign a highly touted recruit from Florida. Rochestie, a 6-foot-1 guard, is expected to start this season for the Cougars. He said he made the decision because his family can afford to pay the approximately $25,000 cost of going to the Pullman-based school. “When I first learned of this option to open up a scholarship by giving up mine, I thought it sounded great,” Rochestie said in a press release. “I am thankful that I was fortunate enough to be in a situation where I could help the team out.” Rochestie, a junior, will come off scholarship his senior season. That will free up a scholarship so the team can sign Marcus Capers, a 6-foot-4 guard from Montverde Academy near Orlando, Fla. ETC.: Michigan tennis player Brian Hung is the NCAA sportsman of the year. Hung, a native of Hong Kong, was the Wolverines’ captain last season. He was active at an Ann Arbor children’s hospital and mentored students in the local school system. The NCAA team sportsmanship award went to the Framingham State women’s soccer team. Against Bridgewater State last year, Framingham took a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute of the game. Several players said the goal entered the side netting and Coach Tucker Reynolds told his players to allow Bridgewater to score and tie the game. Bridgewater eventually won, 3-2, costing Framingham a postseason berth. “Five years from now, nobody is going to know or care what the score of the game was, but maybe somebody’s going to be talking to their child about ethics and sportsmanship because of that game,” Reynolds said. Deaths The Japan Sumo Association fired the trainer of a teenage novice who died after an alleged beating by fellow wrestlers. Police questioned stable master Tokitsukaze, 57, and the other trainees under his care after 17-year-old wrestler Tokitaizan collapsed following practice on June 26. Tokitaizan, whose real name was Takashi Saito, died later in a hospital. An autopsy showed his body had numerous bruises and wounds that did not appear consistent with those sustained in normal sumo training. Horse racing Diamond Stripes took the lead in midstretch and then survived a foul claim by runner-up Magna Graduate’s jockey to win the $500,000 Meadowlands Cup by a half-length. Jockey John Velazquez claimed Diamond Stripes and jockey Cornelio Velasquez interfered at the top of the stretch, but the stewards at the Meadowlands Racetrack found nothing wrong. The win in one of the last major preps for the Breeders’ Cup Championships later this month at nearby Monmouth Park may have earned Diamond Stripes a spot in either the Classic or the dirt mile. ETC.: Trainer Patrick Biancone was suspended for one year by Kentucky racing officials for violations of horse medication rules. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgKILLYBEGS have joined Malin as the new boys of Division One next season after a four-point win over Bundoran in the D2 play-off.Barry Cannon’s first half goal proved to be the difference as the fishermen won by 1-07 to 0-06.Termon will have to wait for promotion from Division 3. Victory over Buncrana would have secured Division 2 status next season but the sides could only draw – Termon 2-04, Buncrana 0-10. They now have two games left to leapfrog Carndonagh and secure the title and automatic promotion.Convoy are the Division 2 County Minor champions after a comprehensive victory over Naomh Columba – 5-11 to 1-13.Raymond McNamee hit the back of the net twice for Convoy with other goals coming from Peter Blake, Paul O’Leary and Gavin Sweeney.  GAA: KILLYBEGS STEP UP TO DIVISION ONE AFTER VICTORY OVER BUNDORAN was last modified: November 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Storm dents economy

first_img Katrina ripped through parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in late August, destroying businesses, homes and lives. The blow was compounded by Rita, which struck Sept. 24. Both hurricanes hobbled important oil and gas facilities along the Gulf Coast, pushing energy prices even higher. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says the Fed will be closely monitoring economic activity to assess the impact of the back-to-back hurricanes. Fallout from Katrina alone – viewed as the more catastrophic of the two hurricanes – doesn’t pose a “persistent threat” to the nation’s economic health, Greenspan and his colleagues concluded at their last meeting, Sept. 20. More worried about inflation worsening because of the hurricane, the Fed at that meeting boosted interest rates for an 11th time since June 2004. Economists predicted that Fed policy-makers will raise rates again at their next meeting, Nov. 1. With approval ratings near a low point, President George W. Bush, meanwhile, is feeling the sting of anxious consumers whose confidence has been rattled by high energy prices and economic uncertainties exacerbated by the natural disasters. The last time payrolls fell was May 2003, when the labor market was struggling to get back on its feet after being knocked by the 2001 recession. The drop in September was the largest since a decline of 54,000 jobs in April 2003. Collecting information for Friday’s report from the ravaged region was a Herculean task for the government. As more data become available, the employment picture could look worse, analysts cautioned. “We expected the worst but as yet, we have not gotten it. Of course, we should not jump to any conclusions. Finding who has a job and who doesn’t in the gulf region is not a simple task,” said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors. Said the BLS’ Rones: “It is clear that Hurricane Katrina adversely affected labor market conditions in September. However, we cannot quantify precisely the overall effects of the disaster and its aftermath on the September employment and unemployment figures. We hope to get additional insight as more data becomes available.” Economists predict that October probably will be another weak month for employment but were hopeful the situation would improve after that as rebuilding unfolds. Especially heartening to economists was the good momentum in job growth before the double blow of the two hurricanes. The economy added 277,000 jobs in July and an additional 211,000 in August. Together that was 77,000 more jobs than previously estimated. The report also showed that in September: Retailers cut 88,000 jobs. Employment in leisure and hospitality fell by 80,000. Jobs in food services, which includes bars and restaurants, fell by 54,000. Factories eliminated 27,000 jobs, mostly reflecting the impact of a strike at Boeing. On a more positive note, employment in health care grew by 37,000, construction jobs increased by 23,000 and professional and business services employment went up by 52,000. Workers’ average weekly earnings rose to $545.27 in September, from $544.26 in August. 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “The U.S. job market was not as severely impacted by the hurricanes as initially feared; outside the affected region, it would appear that job growth remained fairly solid,” which helped temper overall job losses, said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. Before the report was released, economists were forecasting a loss of at least 150,000 jobs. The rise in the unemployment rate to 5.1 percent, the highest since May, matched economists’ expectations. “This indicates that the job market is holding together pretty well,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Excluding the disaster areas, employment would have increased “in line” with the more than 190,000 jobs generated each month over the past year, said Philip Rones, deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job losses from Katrina were around 230,000 for the month, economists estimated. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials edged up 5.21 points to close at 10,292.31. WASHINGTON – Hurricane Katrina bruised the economy in September, causing the first nationwide job loss in two years, but the damage wasn’t as awful as many had feared. Payrolls fell by 35,000, with jobs in retailing, lodging, bars, restaurants and leisure pursuits such as gambling all taking a hit. The unemployment rate climbed to 5.1 percent, from a four-year low of 4.9 percent in August. The snapshot, released by the Labor Department on Friday, provided the most extensive picture of the jobs climate in the aftermath of the deadly and destructive Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The impact of the next hurricane, Rita, was “negligible” on the latest figures, the department said. To be sure, the loss of lives and livelihoods in the ravaged regions is devastating and will be long felt. But Friday’s report suggested that overall economic activity and national employment – which each showed stamina before the storms – will withstand the trauma and not thrust the economy into recession. last_img read more

SCIAC powers battle for the top

first_img Because of the number of backups who will be asked to play considerable minutes, Maynard has simplified the offense. If Mikolon (508 yards) can’t go, his carries likely will be split between junior Chester McCullough and freshman Zack Schafer. About the only good news on the injury front is that senior linebacker and team captain Nick Steele (neck/shoulder) feels better than he has all season. “We’re going to go in and play hard, whether it is seniors or freshmen we’re putting in there,” Maynard said. “When we play hard, good things usually happen. So by no means are we giving up or making excuses.” Veteran Tigers coach Dale Widolff can identify with the plight of the Bulldogs. “It does seem like every now and then you have a year like that,” he said. “We have had them, too. But these teams have good games and we’re still expecting a battle.” Occidental has played a weaker schedule than the Bulldogs. The teams have two common opponents. Both beat Whittier and nonconference foe Chapman by similar scores. But the Tigers’ other nonconference foes were Lewis & Clark and Colorado College, who are a combined 1-8. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs played nationally-ranked Whitworth (3-2) and Trinity (5-0). In junior college play, both San Bernardino County teams will be on the road – San Bernardino Valley College (2-4, 1-3) plays at Antelope Valley (0-6) and Victor Valley (2-5, 1-4) plays at Foothill Conference frontrunner Grossmont (6-1, 5-0). In Mission Conference American Division play, Riverside Community College (4-2, 1-0) will play host to Long Beach City (4-2, 1-0). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Much is on the line when the football teams from Occidental and the University of Redlands do battle. This year is no exception. The two square off today with the survivor left alone atop the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings. That isn’t new. One or the other has finished first in the conference 13 of the last 17 seasons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Redlands (3-2, 2-0), which beat Whittier 30-26 in overtime last week, has numerous key players injured. Coach Mike Maynard had to hold back on contact drills this week to make sure the problem didn’t get worse. “This has to be a record in my career. We have had like 10 knee injuries,” Maynard said. “After practice Wednesday we were ready to call out the fife and drum corps and start marching back to Gettysburg. We’re limping into battle.” Maynard confirmed senior quarterback Nick Brown, injured two weeks ago against La Verne, has a torn ACL that will require surgery. Junior Chris Saras remains the starter. That’s just the beginning. Junior defensive lineman Matt Lopez (knee) is out. Senior back Karl Mikolon, who gained 383 yards and has been banged up the last two weeks is doubtful, as is junior left guard Jeff Gazaille (ankle). Many others who have been hurt may not be at full strength. That list includes wide receiver Kyle Godfrey (hip pointer), safety Tommy Bright (hamstring), linebacker Adam Brown (knee) and defensive lineman James Sbicca (knee). center_img Seventh-ranked Occidental (5-0, 2-0) is the reigning champion and won two playoff games last year for the first time in school history. That run ended with a loss to eventual national champion and perennial Div. III powerhouse Linfield (Ore.), which is currently ranked No. 1. The two enter in opposite situations. Occidental is coming off a bye and is healthy with the exception of a few backups. last_img read more

Seniors weigh options

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The program marks the first time the federal government is helping all senior citizens pay for prescription drugs and is the largest expansion of the Medicare program since the Johnson administration. But some seniors are having trouble sorting through its complexities. In Los Angeles County, for instance, recipients must choose one of 34 plans, each with its own options. “That’s too many choices,” said Leo Maggio, a senior citizen having lunch at ONEGeneration. “It’s too confusing. If they could make it five or six, that would make sense. Why so many?” Medicare officials say the choices will benefit the 6 million Californians eligible for Medicare by fostering competition among companies competing for the business. “This is not the sort of thing where a government, one-size-fits-all plan is workable,” Medicare spokesman Jack Cheevers said. “People – completely healthy that are taking no drugs at all – may want a plan with no premium and low deductibles. People on a dozen or so drugs, their big concern would be making sure the plan covers all their drugs. LAKE BALBOA – Whenever Mimi Ross hears someone talking about the Medicare prescription-drug program that begins registering recipients today, she can’t help interrupting the conversation. “It’s a ridiculous program,” said Ross, who needs medicine for osteoporosis. “I didn’t have to pay anything before (on Medi-Cal), and now I’m going to have to pay. You have to find a pharmacy near you that takes your plan. It’s ridiculous.” Ross shook her head and looked at her tray of lasagna, Monday’s lunch at the ONEGeneration senior center on Victory Boulevard. Few at ONEGeneration seemed excited about the program, which will provide federal subsidies to seniors, the disabled and those with end-stage renal disease to help pay for prescription drugs. Those eligible can begin registering for the program today, with benefits starting Jan. 1. “This was designed to encourage a lot of choice.” The Center for Healthcare Rights, a state-designated Medicare counseling center, has been flooded with phone calls seeking advice on the new program. The center has a one-month backlog of calls, meaning Medicare recipients won’t get a return phone call until mid-December. “Can you imagine a spreadsheet on something like this?” said Sandy Risdon, program manager at the Center for Healthcare Rights. “You’d have to roll it on a picnic table. “Folks who are on the Internet have it a little easier, but most seniors are not on the Internet. Picking a plan is going to be more difficult without Internet access.” Her center is looking for volunteers for its peer-counseling program to help ease the backlog of calls, Risdon said. At the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, administrators have been holding a series of seminars to explain the program to residents. “Everyone is talking about it here,” said resident Ella Kalan, 95. “I imagine the home will try to figure out what’s best. I’m not really sure yet.” At ONEGeneration, Ross’ lunch table offered a glimpse of what seniors think about the Medicare program. Charles Reinhart, 85, likes his current plan from AARP, which is moderately priced and easily understandable, he said. Harry Goldstein, 68, plans to stick to his Veterans Administration plan, which covers the $700-per-month price tag for hepatitis medication. Al Rabinowitz has made it to age 95 with little to no medication and doesn’t plan to start using medicine now. “I’ll just drop dead,” he said with a laugh. “That’s the easiest way to deal with it.” Only Ross planned to enroll in the program, and she was confused and upset about it. She plans to meet with a counselor to get more information. The 25 percent at the table who plan to enroll matches the nationwide ratio, Cheevers said. The program targets seniors who don’t have any other insurance that covers prescription drugs. About 75 percent of those eligible for the plan already have prescription drug coverage, Cheevers said. “Over time, people will become more familiar with this and they’ll learn how to navigate it,” he said. “If you don’t have drug coverage now, though, it’s worth sitting down and studying this.” Those eligible for Medicare have until May 15 to enroll. If they wait until after that date, they must pay a 1 percent penalty for every month after the date – which means if they wait five years, they’ll have to pay 60 percent more than the plan’s premium. Anyone who is eligible but has private insurance doesn’t have to enroll. If they lose the private insurance, they can enroll in Medicare at that time without paying the penalty, Cheevers said. “How many people will really benefit?” Risdon said. “I don’t think we know that now. A lot of this is going to sort itself out. (The program) was really designed for someone who doesn’t have any other options for drug coverage. In Los Angeles County, that’s not a huge number of people.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 MEDICARE HELP Registration begins today for Medicare’s new prescription-drug program, which means senior citizens in Los Angeles County must choose from among 34 plans. Here are issues to consider: Current plan: If you have drug coverage now, you probably don’t need to use the Medicare plan. Check your current coverage and see whether it is better than Medicare. Fees: Check for monthly deductibles and co-payments, as well as coverage gaps – known as the “Doughnut Hole.” Drugs: Not all plans cover every drug, so make sure your medication is covered. Pharmacies: Certain pharmacies accept only certain plans. Make sure a local pharmacy accepts your plan of choice. Need help? Here are some resources: Internet: Phone: (800) MEDICARE Center for Health Care Rights, 520 S. Lafayette Park Place, Suite 214, (213) 383-4519. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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first_imgA young boy is in a serious condition in hospital after he was knocked down in Letterkenny yesterday.The 4-year-old boy was struck by a car outside Dunnes Stores.The boy was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for assessment. It is believed the youngster may have suffered a head injury among other injuries. His condition is not life-threatening.The circumstances of the accident at the new Dunnes remain unclear.However a Garda investigation has been launched into the incident. Officers at the town’s Garda station are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact them.Traffic in the area was disrupted for a time whilst an ambulance attended the scene. The boy is understood to be from the Letterkenny area.  BOY STRUCK BY CAR SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES was last modified: December 18th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:accidentboyFRACTURED SKULLletterkennylast_img read more