TCI Government to Donate 100000 for Dominica Relief

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government agreed to a relief fund of US$100,000 to assist with the restoration efforts in Dominica. Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Hon. Dr. Rufus W. Ewing, following the Cabinet meeting commented, that “he is pleased that we are in a position to assist financially and while the grant is but a dent in the estimated value of damages, we know from the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008 that every little bit helps.” The Government of Dominica has reported that TS Erika destroyed over 370 dwelling homes, devastated villages and wrought infrastructural damages amounting to some US$228 million dollars. Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aid Related Items:dominicana, relief, tci government, tropical storm erika Atlantic Hurricane Season over; takes 88 lives, costs $590 million Dominica gets 300 temporary homes; $34 million to rebuild communities Recommended for youlast_img read more

Tapir calf with watermelonlike coat being fed at the San Diego Zoo

first_imgTapir calf with watermelon-like coat being fed at the San Diego Zoo Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Zoo Updated: 3:40 PM KUSI Newsroom, June 27, 2018 Posted: June 27, 2018 FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo welcomed its first endangered Baird’s tapir calf in 30 years, the organization announced today. Baird’s tapirs are herbivorous mammals similar in shape to pigs, but with short trunks. Calf coats also feature spots and stripes, like the surface of a watermelon, that serve as camouflage in the dispersed light of forest floor habitats.First-time mom Luna gave birth June 13 after a 13-month gestation period, though she hasn’t provided nursing opportunities for the newborn. With no explanation for Luna’s hesitance — which also happens among other species in the animal kingdom — staff stepped in to rear the calf to ensure consistent feeding and strong health. The calf’s birth and upbringing is a valuable research opportunity, animal care manager Matt Akel said.“Animal care and veterinary staff performed ultrasounds, using protective contact, for months leading up to the calf’s birth, to identify milestones in Luna’s pregnancy and provide useful information for future pregnancies of this endangered species,” he said. “The last endangered Baird’s calf born at the zoo was in 1988, so we’re thrilled with the arrival of this male — and happy to provide him with optimal care, since mom wasn’t successful.” The calf, which weighed 22 pounds at birth, receives five bottle feedings per day. Keepers initially milked Luna to provide the calf with necessary nutrition. Now, the animal’s diet is supplemented with goat’s milk and a protein mixture. Luna and the newborn are able to interact, and staff are monitoring both animals to see if full reintroduction may eventually be possible.The calf will begin to lose his distinctive markings after a few months, eventually resembling a miniature adult before he is a year old. Visitors can see the animal in a mixed-species zoo habitat that also features capybaras and guanacos. Native to Mexico and Central America, the calves are key to maintaining biological diversity in tropical forests, according to the zoo.Tapirs disperse seeds and keep forest floors fertilized, which facilitates growth of new plants that provide food and shelter. Habitat loss and hunting have contributed to an estimated 50-percent population decline over the last 30 years. The zoo participates in a handful of projects to maintain a genetically viable species population and prevent extinction.Officials work with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Tapir Specialist Group and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on its Baird’s tapir Species Survival Plan. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

DAs office releases bodycam footage of four officerinvolved shootings

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In a move to achieve transparency with the public when it comes to officer-involved shootings, the DA released findings concerning four officer-involved shootings that took place over the last several months.Perhaps the most remarkable shooting discussed is one that happened in Chula Vista last year when an officer was stabbed numerous times in the head.Last September officers responded to a call of a suspect hurling concrete bricks at a neighbor.When officers entered the suspect’s house he immediately started stabbing Officer David Sachs who was in the fight for his life. Sachs, a Police Cross-Fit Competition champion, then physically overpowered the suspect, reached for his weapon and shot the suspect, thus ending the stabbing attack.Had this officer not been in such great physical shape, this story could have had a much different ending. Posted: June 29, 2018 Updated: 6:43 PM DA’s office releases body-cam footage of four officer-involved shootings June 29, 2018center_img John Soderman John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Pet recovery specialist reunites lost pets with owners through nonprofit

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Millions of dogs are lost or stolen across the country every year, but there’s one woman in town using her gift to make sure every missing pet makes it home with their family.She called herself a Pet Recovery Specialist, but Babs Fry is like a detective.“It’s all about details,” said Babs Fry, Pet Recovery Specialist. “It is really no different than a private investigator. It is canvasing, gathering information and then taking experience.”She’s a detective that helps find lost pets and reunites them with their owners, like Anika, a 2-year-old Rottweiler. She was rescued in December of last year.It’s no job for the weary. She fields a dozen calls a day, some from across the country. She’s available at all hours of the day and night and she doesn’t charge her customers a dime.In town, she’s known as “Bring ‘Em Home Babs” and that’s what she does. She brings them home to their family.When a dog goes missing, she said you’ve gotta think like a dog.“A lot of times I’ll look at a map and collect data based on the location and where the dog was last seen or went missing from and add that into a plot from what I see on a geographical map,” said Fry.It might feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack, but she said don’t lose hope.Dogs like patterns. Fry will gather crucial details, like times the dog was seen, direction the dog went and recent sightings. That’s how she figured out Anika’s routine or her safe place.“She was running a specific way on a specific street and had been seen in lady’s yard at the bottom of the hill,” said Fry. “We were able to determine through watching and observation that she was ducking down on that hill from someone else’s hill.”Once this pattern is established, she strategically placed a trap to safely catch Anika. That’s when her secret came in handy — Rotisserie chicken. She said this is the key to luring a dog.“Place the trap where the wind would basically catch the smell of both food and the broth and carry that in her path, so she would get that smell and it would lure her to it,” said Fry.Now Anika gets a second chance at life. Fry is a volunteer and she does this for free. In the end when you look in Anika’s big brown eyes, she said it’s worth it. It always is.“I always get choked up,” said Fry. “I pay it forward. Somebody did this for me. That really is what makes this worth it. I’ve been on the tail end of the sleepless nights, of the not sleeping for days on end, of thinking there was no way I’d see a dog again.”Fry created a non profit and hopes to train assistants with her knowledge and skills so more pets and family members are saved.If you have a lost pet or need some advice, you can reach Babs Fry at 619-249-2221. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 20, 2019 Posted: February 20, 2019center_img Pet recovery specialist reunites lost pets with owners through nonprofit , last_img read more

WHS BOYS TRACK Wildcats Get First Win Over Burlington Since Joining Middlesex League

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Boys Track team won a big meet against Burlington High, 51.5 to 48.5, on Thursday night at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.“In the 7 years we have been in the Middlesex League, we have never beat Burlington, so the victory was especially sweet,” said Head Coach Mike Kinney. “The meet was as close as it possibly could be and the team brought an enormous amount of energy.”Wildcat highlights included:Mike Fothergill rose to the occasion and won three events — the 300, the 55 meter dash, and the long jump.Greg Adamek placed second in the mile and the two mile, a grueling combination with times of 10:17.35 and 4:46.77.Senior Captain Ben Packer won the two mile in 10:13.82.Senior Captain Sam Vince won the hurdles in 8.94.Sean Riley won the high jump.Sam Juergens placed third and second in the long jump and high jump.Tyler Thomas placed second in the shot put with 41’5”.Colton Sullivan placed third in the dash.Richie Stuart placed third in the 300.Senior Captain Kevin Elderd placed second in the 1000 with 2:49.57.Jake Danieli placed second in the 600 with 1:29.96.Nolan Kennedy rounded out the scoring with a third place in the mile with 4:52.57.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related35 WHS Student Athletes Named Middlesex League All-Stars This SpringIn “Sports”WILDCAT WAKEUP: Gaudreau, Sperlinga, Aldrich & Godfrey Shine For Boys TrackIn “Sports”WHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Wildcats Win Season OpenerIn “Sports”last_img read more

World Cup squad to be changed Selector drops big hints about backup

first_imgThe Indian selectors announced a well-rounded squad for the upcoming World Cup. While Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik, who replaced Ambatai Rayudu and Rishabh Pant in the squad were two surprises, the rest of the squad pretty much picked themselves up.However, if we take a closer look at the squad, there are only three genuine seamers in the squad in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. While Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar can chip as seamers, what happens if one the seamers pulls up sore on the morning of the match?India short on seaming options Bhuvneshwar KumarPrasad said four other pacers will “travel with the squad”, though they have not been officially named. “Khaleel Ahmed’s name also came up for discussion. Along with him, we also discussed Navdeep Saini. So they will be in and around, and if the need arises, definitely one among them will get picked,” Prasad said after the squad was announced.As per ICC rules, all teams can make changes to their sides, without seeking permission from ICC till May 23. Although, Prasad maintained that no changes will be made to the squad except in case of injuries. Also, the chief selector informed that Karthik was included in the side solely because he is a better keeper in ODIs, and will only get a go if MS Dhoni is injured.”One of them [Pant or Karthik] will play in the XI [if] MS [Dhoni] is injured. So under such situations, in crunch matches, who is the best guy who can handle the pressure? That is the reason that went in favour of Dinesh Karthik. Pant is full of talent. There’s a lot of time for him. It’s just unfortunate that he’s missed out. Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh Karthik finishing matches. That scored for him,” Prasad said. Virat KohliRobert Cianflone/Getty ImagesHowever, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that was surprised by the axe given to Rishabh Pant. He believed that the young man was improving his keeping and was batting exceptionally well in the IPL and hence the move was surprising.”A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant’s) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement in his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers,” Gavaskar told ‘India Today’.Here is the squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shamilast_img read more

SBI tops debit card transactions in April

first_imgReuters fileState Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, reported debit card transactions worth Rs 11,720.73 crore in April, which is a 31 percent share of the market, according to data from the Reserve Bank of India.SBI logged over 8.33 crore POS (Point of Sale) transactions using debit cards during the month of April, even as it has grown market share in debit card spends over the last six months. The number of transactions far outstripped the onsite and offsite transactions of HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank which were around 3.52 crore and 3.27 crore respectively.The country’s biggest lender reported debit card transactions worth Rs 11,720.73 crore in April, notching up a share of over 31%, according to RBI data. In October, the share was a shade under 30%.In contrast, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank saw their market shares drop over the six-month period following the note ban in November. Both banks were trailing SBI in April with debit card transactions worth Rs 4,818.66 crore and Rs 4,671.62 respectively.While the April data was definitely miles ahead of the October data, it paled in comparison with the record digital transactions seen in January – in the wake of demonetisation-fuelled bank deposits — across public and private sector banks with SBI’s market share at just 25.3 percent.At the end of April, SBI had nearly 35 crore debit cards while HDFC Bank has 2.39 crore debit card holders and 3.7 crore card holders for ICICI Bank.last_img read more

12 arrested over latest London attack

first_imgPolice staff a cordon west of Borough Market in London on June 4, 2017, with descarded medical supplies and first aid equipment left in the street following the June 3 terror attacks in central London. AFPBritish police arrested 12 people Sunday in connection with the attacks in London that left seven people dead, after raiding several addresses in Barking, a suburb to the east of the capital.”The investigation into last night’s horrific attack in London is progressing rapidly as the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) continue to piece together exactly what occurred,” the force said in a statement.It added that “a number of addresses” in Barking were still being searched.Four women wearing Islamic veils over their faces were seen being led away by police by an AFP photographer, although it was not clear whether they were among those arrested.There were several police vehicles outside a block of flats that had been cordoned off.Sky News had previously reported the arrest of four men following a raid by armed police at 7:00 am (0600 GMT), as well as one woman who was then released.Three men rammed a van through crowds of pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday, before attacking revellers with knives, leaving seven people dead and 48 in hospital.The assailants were shot dead at the scene, although police are still seeking to establish whether they had accomplices.Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick earlier told reporters: “We believe the threat that they posed was neutralised.”Of course it’s a very complex and confused scene, and a confused series of events.”So it’s important that we first of all make sure there is no one else outstanding. We don’t believe there is, but we must make absolutely certain of that.”We have a very large investigation ongoing, and we will be seeking to establish whether anyone else was working with or assisting in any way or helping in the planning of this attack.”last_img read more

Many Rohingyas crossing are sick thousands more seeking to flee

first_imgRohingya people walk towards the makeshift shelter near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox’s Bazar. ReutersRohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh from escalating violence in Myanmar face the growing danger of sickness and attempts by the Bangladesh authorities to send them home, despite a United Nations plea that they be allowed to seek shelter.A series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Friday has triggered a fresh exodus to Bangladesh of Muslim villagers trying to escape the violence.At least 109 people have been killed in the clashes in Myanmar, according to the government, most of them militants but including members of the security forces and civilians.The United Nations Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Wednesday, at the request of Britain, to discuss the situation in Myanmar.Bangladesh border guards told Reuters they had sent about 550 Rohingya back across the Naf river that separates the two countries since Monday, despite an appeal by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for Dhaka to allow Rohingya to seek safety.Border patrols were also trying to block people from crossing the frontier.The treatment of about 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar has become the biggest challenge for national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been accused by Western critics of not speaking out on behalf of a minority who have long complained of persecution.The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and classified as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots there that go back centuries.The violence marks a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered since October, when a similar, but much smaller, series of Rohingya attacks on security posts prompted a fierce military response dogged by allegations of human rights abuses.The top U.N. human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, called on Myanmar on Tuesday to ensure its security forces refrained from using disproportionate force, adding that the political leadership had a duty to protect all civilians “without discrimination”.“This turn of events is deplorable. It was predicted and could have been prevented,” he said.Myanmar’s National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said at a news conference that Myanmar had come under attack and had the full right to defend itself. He added that “security personnel have been instructed to make sure that innocent civilians are not harmed”.NO MAN’S LANDBangladesh is already host to more than 400,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the early 1990s. Dhaka has asked the U.N. to pressure Myanmar over its treatment of the Muslim minority, insisting it cannot accept any more.Still, more than 8,700 have registered in Bangladesh since Friday, the U.N. said.Hundreds of new arrivals milled around the entrance of the Kutapalong makeshift camp, the biggest unofficial refugee camp on the Bangladesh side of the border. Village elders said many of the Muslim hamlets near the border were empty, and said troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists had set fire to homes.Around another 4,000 people were stranded in the no man’s land between the two countries near Taung Bro village, where temporary shelters stretched for several hundred metres on a narrow strip between the Naf river and Myanmar’s border fence.Reuters reporters saw women, some carrying children and the sick, fording the river, which at that location is less than 10 metres wide. Bangladeshi border guards permitted about half a dozen people at a time to cross to access a pile of donated medicines.“We came here out of fear for our lives, but we can’t cross. So we don’t know what to do,” said Aung Myaing, from Taung Bro Let Way village, standing knee-deep in the river.When asked about insurgents he said: “We didn’t see them, we have no relation to them. But Myanmar doesn’t distinguish between the terrorists and civilians. They are hunting all the Rohingya.”Many Rohingya trying to enter Bangladesh were sick and at least six have died after making the crossing, an aid worker said, adding that fear of being caught and sent back meant some refused to seek help.EVACUATIONAn army source in Rakhine told Reuters that troops were hunting down insurgents across the region, clearing landmines and evacuating non-Muslims and government staff.The government continued a mass evacuation of thousands of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists from the area, where they are a minority, to larger towns, police stations and army bases.“All the people want to follow the army to get out of here. We have no cooking oil, we have no vegetables, we only have rice and people are in poor health,” Maung Thein Hla, a Rakhine resident stranded in the village of Taman Thar, told Reuters.Satellite imagery analysed by New York-based Human Rights Watch showed widespread burnings in at least 10 areas in northern Rakhine since the Friday raids, the group said.Home Affairs Minister General Kyaw Swe said construction materials imported by international aid groups to northern Rakhine, such as steel pipes, have been used by insurgents to make weapons.“We have found out that those things were used in handmade mines and handmade cartridges when it got to extremists and (were used to) attack our security forces,” said Kyaw Swe at a news conference.The U.N. and international aid groups evacuated all “non-critical” staff out of the area after Suu Kyi’s office repeatedly published pictures of World Food Programme energy biscuits allegedly found at an insurgent camp and after it said it was investigating aid groups support for the insurgents in one incident.The army source said the militants had produced a large number of landmines and were ambushing troops before quickly vanishing into the forests and mountains.“This is their region. Any village can be their base camp – any mosque can be their headquarters,” he said. “We cannot distinguish who are insurgents or who are villagers.”last_img read more

Lawmakers To Address Neglect Of Medically Vulnerable Texans Following Dallas Morning News

first_imgTexas health commissioners frequently leave public service to work for managed care companies they once oversaw. Meanwhile, some people who once lobbied for the industry now hold state jobs in which they oversee their previous employers. Patients with the most medical needs are the most profitable on a per-patient basis for managed care companies, which netted more than $145 million from caring for vulnerable Texans last year. The managed care companies said in the newspaper’s report that they follow state guidelines. A spokeswoman for the Health and Human Services Commission said in a statement that the agency’s most important mission is “making sure people get the services they need.”“Texas, like many states in the nation, faces challenges on rates, networks, financial resources, and quality of care,” the statement said. “All of these challenges have our ongoing attention and need to be strengthened in order for us to have a successful program. While we have made notable improvements, we are committed to doing more.”Lawmakers have expressed anger at the report’s findings, urging for greater oversight and steps to fix problems with the system.State Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, chair of the two committees presiding over the June 27 hearing, said in a news release that the hearing was especially necessary following the recent resignations of leadership in the Health and Human Services Commission. Charles Smith, the agency’s former executive commissioner, retired from his position earlier this year, and many of the commission’s senior staffers resigned in the year prior.“This hearing seeks to pave the path forward for the agency and managed care,” Davis said in the statement. “If properly administered, and with strict oversight, managed care can produce positive outcomes for our most vulnerable.”State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said in a statement to The Texas Tribune that he has made a “concerted effort” to hold managed care organizations accountable by “improving legislative oversight, enacting strong financial penalties when these organizations fail to meet their obligations to patients, and ensuring that an adequate network of physicians and other health care providers are available to serve our state’s most vulnerable citizens.”“As we approach the legislative session, it’s important that we take concrete steps to address these ongoing challenges while renewing our commitment to care to those Texans who are unable to care for themselves,” Schwertner said. The Legislature convenes in January.State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, told the Tribune that she and her colleagues were horrified reading the report. Still, Howard said that when properly overseen and executed, managed care can work and provide quality care to the most vulnerable Texans. But cost containment, Howard said, has overtaken healthcare as the primary priority for managed care, leading to neglect. Howard was also distraught at the inaccurate information given to patients about healthcare providers willing to take them in. If it weren’t for the Morning News’ reporting, she probably never would have known the full extent of the problem.“This is just one more example of investigative journalism providing accountability for the state rather than the state doing it itself,” Howard said. “We saw it with the foster care system, we saw it with special education, we’ve seen it over and over again, and we’re seeing it this time.”State Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr., D-Palmview, said he was not surprised by the report’s findings. Muñoz serves as the vice-chair of the House Insurance Committee and has proposed legislation numerous times in the past to improve transparency within the managed care system. His past attempts at improving managed care, however, always died in committee, he said.Muñoz said he hopes the newspaper’s reporting will make more people aware of the changes needed to improve the accuracy of information and transparency in managed care“I applaud the work if it is being put out there in the open for more people to see, but the concerns and the challenges that are mentioned in the article is a story that in my opinion, in my experience, we’ve heard time and time again,” he said, later adding: “And I feel this session will be no different.” Companies hired by the state can make their own rules for medical care, which includes choosing which doctors treat patients and which treatments should or should not be covered. State health officials reduced financial penalties for managed care companies by hundreds of millions of dollars. Current and former state health commission employees told the Morning News that some recommended fines were eliminated before they could be recorded in official logs.center_img Companies paid to care for foster children, chronically ill children, disabled and elderly Texans claim that their networks include doctors that aren’t taking new patients, don’t take government-subsidized plans or don’t practice in Texas anymore. Share Marjorie Kamys CoteraState Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, speaks to media regarding her request to add ethics reform to the special session on Aug. 2, 2017.From paralyzed Texans trapped in bed for hours on end to children denied care vital to keeping them alive, a recent investigation by The Dallas Morning News revealed how the state is failing to provide care for some of its most vulnerable citizens. Lawmakers will meet this month to see what they can do about it. The House Human Services Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss the state’s managed care system, in which Texas hires private companies to coordinate health care for many people on Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program. On June 27, the House General Investigating and Ethics Committee and a subcommittee of House Appropriations will discuss the newspaper’s report.The investigation released by The Dallas Morning News this month found that Medicaid managed care companies withhold patient care and medical equipment under a system that pays them a flat fee for every Texan in the program. The government-subsidized health care system has expanded in Texas in recent years and money that the companies don’t spend caring for Texans can go toward paying lobbyists and executives’ bonuses, the newspaper reported. Among other findings in the series:last_img read more

Rep Runestad to host coffee hour sessions in July and August

first_img Categories: Runestad News 06Jul Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour sessions in July and August State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, July 14 and Friday, Aug. 18.The coffee hours are at the following locations and times for both dates:8 to 9 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6845 Highland Road in White Lake;10 to 11 a.m. at Colasanti’s Market, 468 S. Milford Road in Highland; andNoon to 1 p.m. at Bakers of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Road in Milford.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Runestad at 517-373-2616 or via email at JimRunestad@house.mi.gov.#####last_img read more

Liberty Globals next generation TV platform platf

first_imgLiberty Global’s next generation TV platform platform Horizon “wasn’t a fantastic product when we launched it,” admitted Liberty Global executive Peter Dorr at the CTAM EuroSummit in Copenhagen yesterday.Speaking on a panel named ‘re-imagining the marketing playbook’, Dorr, who is Liberty’s managing director of strategic marketing, sales and care, was asked to candidly discuss something that the company had not done well at in the past.“We have a great tendency of doing great and bad things at the same time – we collectively call it Horizon,” he answered.Dorr described Horizon as a “fantastic product” but said it “wasn’t a fantastic product when we launched it,” adding that a hastily deployed taskforce which focused on the product helped to quickly bring it up to speed.“Only today it is one of the most fabulous TV platforms I’m aware of. But in the context of failures, I think it’s fair to say that we were a little bit too early out of the kitchen.”Asked to take up the topic of successes and failures, A+E Networks UK vice president of marcomms, Anna Priest, named its Lifetime network as a success story.“We launched Lifetime in the UK in November and we launched it in Africa in July. Both have been incredibly successful and we will continue to do that in multiple territories over the coming years,” said Priest.“In terms of failures, I think that sometimes we assume that a programme that’s worked really well in the states will translate into our other territories. A big lesson for us has been Duck Dynasty where we just took it lock, stock and barrel and put it over here and said ‘look isn’t this great’. Actually we found that in the UK our audience is actually violently British and didn’t quite attune with the humour and the rednecks that were on that show.”Also speaking on the panel, Marco de Ruiter, managing director of Fox International Channels, Germany, successfully ducked the success/failure question by saying simply that “there were multiple successes and double the amount of failures.”last_img read more

TV App Agency and settop box maker Humax have par

first_imgTV App Agency and set-top box maker Humax have partnered to deliver an Android TV Operator Tier solution for an unnamed major telco.TV App Agency leveraged its TV App Engine and TV App Template solutions to build operator apps across multiple smart TV devices, then used the TV App Engine to generate the Google Android TV Operator Tier launcher.“It has been a pleasure working with Humax, their outstanding hardware matched the quality of our launcher to deliver an amazing product,” said Bruno Pereira, co-founder TV App Agency.last_img read more