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Australian Camp Diary – Marikki Watego

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s training camp in Queensland, Australian Women’s Open player, Marikki Watego tells us about how the camp went, what the team got up to and how the team is feeling in the lead up to the 2013 Trans Tasman Series.It was the last but definitely one of the most important events on what has been a jam-packed year for Touch Footy; the Open Women’s training camp. In preparation for the Super Trans Tasman Series in 2013, any chance for the team to get together, train and bond as a team, I think is a vital component to walking away with the series in two months’ time. Following my debut in the Trans Tasman series in Mudgee, it was evident that the Kiwis gave us a run for our money and ambushed us with a new hybrid Kiwi-Aussie style of Touch and all credit to them for a competitive series. However, I think in 2013 the Kiwis will face a more finely-oiled machine that is the Australian Open Women’s team. The camp last weekend was only a routine service for this machine to ensure it will be ready for game day come February 2013. The camp kicked off on Saturday 15th in Brisbane with both the Open Women’s and Under 20’s Women’s training at Ballymore. In typical Queensland fashion the weather was as hot as it gets. Most of us lathered up on the sunscreen, some of us not knowing that finger painting it on your face won’t be terribly useful hey Emilee Cherry? But then again, at least Chez wasn’t sporting a ‘Louise Winchester’ singlet tan by the end of the weekend.  After a quick welcome by Belly and introduction to Marto our new manager, we went for warm up. Marto’s warm up was awesome because this kept Oz in check from trying to make us run a cross country before stretches. Karley Banks then took us for some drills, she often suggested watching Dylan Thompson for a few pointers. Sooo Dyl, looks like Touch vids of you will be copping some YouTube hits. The day went pretty quick after that, thanks to a super organised coaching staff who catered to our every need, whether that be a cold sweat towel on the neck, icy cold water in our water bottles and even lunch ready on demand. Our last task for the day was a game against the very skillful Under 20’s Women. The heat, and the fact that there were a lot of sore bodies (from a massive year of Touch) on both teams made the game very tough. They tested every facet of our game and I think it was a great demonstration of mind over matter from our team to play as if none of the external factors had any influence on the task at hand. It was definitely a tiring day but the fun was yet to come. The two day camp was to continue on the Sunshine Coast at Belly’s house which I would like to name ‘Bell Manor’. After a little trek up the coast we finally arrived on the coast and were guided through ‘Bell Manor’ like an episode of MTV Cribs. 14 women and one man in a mansion was a great recipe for team bonding (nothing suss)! The rest of the afternoon was very cruisy but team bonding was at its finest by the end of the night. El capitano Squeeze and the experienced Pete Rogerson were very instrumental in establishing this great time of bonding with some great moments caught on camera. Mrs Hennessey may need to see a professional hairdresser to rectify a little mishap to her lovely locks of hair over the weekend. Sunday was as hot as the day before but ‘Bell Manor’ had some more surprises up its sleeve consisting of kayaking in a bull shark infested canal which was always fun. After the stint of kayaking it was back to business and time to train. We headed off to Belly’s school and trained until midday where the camp concluded. Over all it was a great camp to catch up with the girls, re-run through our game plan and confirm that we were all on the same page. With Belly being happy at where we are at, I think that it’s safe to say we are well on the way to being in peak condition for February 2013. Lastly I would like to say thanks to the TFA High Performance team, Cathy and Wayne for your efforts. A big thank you to Belly and Belly’s family for evacuating the family home to allow for us to stay and also Hayley Rogerson for accommodating some of the girls. Thanks to the guys and girls who came out to give us a run on the Sunny Coast as well. And lastly to Marto, Karley and Belly for such a well organised camp! Related LinksCamp Diary – Marikki Wategolast_img read more

Stars Attend Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer

first_imgHollywood Stands Up To Cancer, presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and chaired by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon, took place in Culver City, CA, on Wednesday.Camila and Matthew McConaugheyThe event was hosted by James Corden and featured a performance by John Legend and special guest Common.Among the stars who attended were Robert Downey Jr, Camila and Matthew McConaughey, Eva Mendes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Marg Helgenberger, Dan Bucatinsky, Katee Sackhoff, Karl Urban and Stacy Keibler.Between gifts from major donors and ticket sales, more than $16 million was pledged in connection with the 2015 event to fund Stand Up To Cancer’s innovative research including its support of The Jim Toth Sr. Breakthrough Lung Cancer Research Award established last year.Each year, Stand Up To Cancer recognizes one of its generous corporate donors for their support. This year, Co-Founder Katie Couric honored Visionary Donor, MasterCard, which has committed more than $25 million since the formation of SU2C and announced a new donation of $10 million to support SU2C’s innovative cancer research programs. Additionally, a $6 million grant from The Lustgarten Foundation will be combined with funding from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) for a new three-year, international pancreatic cancer dream team with SU2C.The event was produced by Yifat Oren & Associates and Don Mischer Productions in collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation.last_img read more

Cold streak stifles Ohio State in loss to Kansas

There are cold streaks and then there’s what happened to the Ohio State men’s basketball team Saturday against Kansas. Trailing by two at halftime, the Buckeyes shot just 25 percent from the field and 11 percent from the 3-point line in the second half, including a stretch of more than 10 minutes in which they didn’t make a field goal. The Buckeyes made four of their first 25 shots in the second half, allowing No. 9 Kansas to pull away for a 74-66 victory against No. 7 OSU. The frigidity of the Buckeyes shooting did not affect Kansas’ Ben McLemore, who many project to be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Jayhawks’ star redshirt freshman scored 22 points and was one of four Jayhawks to reach double figures. When junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. finally ended another dry spell for the Buckeyes with a jump shot with 2:18 left in the game, the sold-out crowd at the Schottenstein Center let out a sarcastic cheer that was more a release of frustration than a celebration. The Buckeyes, behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas and sophomore guard Shannon Scott put up a battle, but their 16 and 15 points, respectively, weren’t enough for OSU to earn its first quality win of the season. Kansas took control from the opening tip, flustering OSU with full court pressure in the early going. Two 3-pointers from sophomore guard Sam Thompson kept OSU in it, but Kansas overpowered the Buckeyes inside to jump out to an 11-6 lead with 14:37 remaining in the first half. That’s when Scott entered the game and he made his presence immediately felt. After a 3-pointer from Thomas, the sophomore guard drove to his right past two defenders and laid in a tough shot off the glass. He then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and was fouled going to the rim, making one of two free throws. Later in the half, Scott scored seven points in a 14-0 run by the Buckeyes that saw the home team take its first lead of the game, 31-23. But McLemore proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, though. Kansas’ leading scorer hit three 3-pointers in the first half and scored five straight points in the period’s final minute to help give his team a, 37-35 lead at intermission. McLemore led all scorers at half with 13 points, while Scott chipped in 10 and also dished out three assists. Kansas had their way with OSU inside doubling up the Buckeyes, 20-10, on points from the paint in the first half. OSU fought their way back in the second half, though. Thomas, as he’s been known to do, went on a scoring binge, putting in eight points in the second half’s first seven minutes to help knot up the score at 45 with 13:31 left in the game. The crowd rose to its feet, but that’s when the Buckeyes, who shot 46 percent from behind the arc in the first half started their half-long shooting hibernation. OSU missed eight of their first nine 3-point shots in the second half and Kansas jumped out to a 53-48 lead. When sophomore forward Amir Williams banked in a layup with 8:14 remaining to cut the lead to three, it was OSU’s first made field goal in more than 10 minutes and the Jayhawk lead continued to grow. Down double digits with more under two minutes remaining, OSU was forced to foul, but Kansas’ free throw shooting was enough to put the game away. The loss drops the Buckeyes record to 9-2 as Kansas leaves Columbus 10-1. OSU next plays Chicago State next Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Reiss Nelson drops a hint over Arsenal future

Reiss Nelson drops a hint over Arsenal future

first_imgArsenal loan star Reiss Nelson has stated that he aims to become a club legend as he dropped a hint of a possible return in JanuaryThe 18-year-old forward has already bagged six goals in seven appearances on loan at Hoffenheim this season.Following Danny Welbeck’s horrific injury last week, Nelson has been tipped to make an early return to the Emirates Stadium.Now the teenage star himself hinted that it could happen while discussing his plans to become an Arsenal legend.“Arsenal are my boyhood club,” Nelson told BBC.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’ve been with them since I was eight, so that’s 10 years.“I just want to go back there stronger because at the time I was at Arsenal I was 16, 17 and I didn’t feel confident.“I didn’t think I was a man, but now I’m feeling stronger and I think a couple more months or even a year in Hoffenheim will make me strong and give me the belief and confidence to go back to Arsenal and do very good there.“I want to be an Arsenal legend. And, for England, it’s the best. You can’t beat playing for your country I don’t think.”Nelson made 15 appearances for Arsenal last season and signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners in the summer.last_img read more

Martial hoping for an extended Solskjaer stay

Martial hoping for an extended Solskjaer stay

first_imgAnthony Martial has tipped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to retain the managerial position at Manchester United on a permanent basis.The French midfielder revealed the entire squad is enjoying the reign of the Norwegian boss ahead of their clash with PSG.Martial scored a superb solo goal in United’s 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday to enter the top four and further extend the unbeaten run under the 45-year-old to 11 games.French connexion ⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/6q6N13MBFS— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) December 22, 2018“Well, obviously things are going really well at the moment. We’re really happy to have him here,” the France forward told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s mouth-watering Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain.“Sure, I hope we can continue with him. The final decision isn’t down to us but certainly, we’re happy he’s here at the moment.”“We’ve got a coach who’s got different intentions, a different approach,” Martial disclosed via FourFourTwo. “We’re trying to do what he wants us to do.“When our new coach came in he had a lot of confidence and a lot of determination. That’s really a boost to us.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He had a lot of confidence in us and we’re trying to pay him back in kind.“He’s asking me to attack more, that’s my job after all – to make the difference, as it were, to be more decisive“Things are working out well for the other attackers as well. I hope we can continue to be as effective and efficient.”.@AnthonyMartial: “Obviously things are going really well at the moment so we’re happy to have him [Ole] here with us.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/5pELklKcg0— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 11, 2019However, Solskjaer feels that there is still room for improvement when it comes to Martial’s finishing.“He’s often said that to me and even previous managers have said that to me,” he added.“I think if I do manage to do that [and] get beyond the defence then I will score more goals.”last_img read more

French Oil Giant Total Loses CEO to Plane Crash

first_imgChristophe de Margerie, the chief executive officer (CEO) of French oil giant Total, died in a plane accident in Moscow on Tuesday, an official said.De Margerie and three crew members were killed when the plane they were on collided with a snow-clearing machine at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, Xinhua quoted an airport spokeswoman as saying.”A plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine. Three crew members and a passenger died. I can confirm that the passenger was Total’s head de Margerie,” said spokeswoman Elena Krylova.The collision occurred during the takeoff of the Dassault Falcon business jet bound for Paris with de Margerie on board on Monday midnight Moscow time, according to the airport.Total has also confirmed the death of its CEO in the plane crash in a statement, but said the accident had left a total of five people dead.As one of the most recognisable figures among the world’s top oil executives, de Margerie, 63, was on a list of attendees at a Russian government meeting on foreign investment in Gorki near Moscow Monday.Total is the fourth largest by market value of the western world’s top oil companies behind Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron, and also one of the top foreign investors in Russia, which accounted for about 9 percent of Total’s oil and gas output in 2013.last_img read more

Texas Gov Abbott Begins ReElection Bid With No Rivals Yet

Texas Gov Abbott Begins ReElection Bid With No Rivals Yet

first_img Share Andrew SchneiderGovernor Greg Abbott with Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick looking on.Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has launched his re-election campaign with no challengers yet in sight and a new immigration crackdown that could test Hispanic voters in 2018.Supporters cheered Friday when Abbott hailed a new “sanctuary cities” ban that lets police ask people during routine stops whether they’re in the U.S. legally. The largest cities in Texas, including Houston and Dallas, want a federal judge to block the law that opponents say will create a chilling effect in immigrant communities.Abbott says it’s irresponsible to release “known criminals” onto the streets.Democrats say voters won’t stand for the law next year. But there’s no obvious challenger to Abbott to emerge so far.Abbott made big gains among Hispanic voters for a Republican candidate four years ago.last_img read more

Delhi gets an Aussie dose

Delhi gets an Aussie dose

first_imgThe nation is acquiring interest in documentary films, especially since the BBC’s documentary on Nirbhaya rape case created quite a stir in the International platform. Australian documentary films are nonetheless awe-inspiring as they also deal with interesting issues and are creatively presented to the audience. The national Capital also witnessed some of the Australian Documentaries as India International Centre hosted a film festival where award-winning documentaries were shown from July 23-25.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Two documentarians Martin Butler and Pat Fiske, who happened to be in the city for their documentary films, talked about film-making, Australian historical heritage and much more.When asked whether getting into film-making was harder than continuing in the industry, Martin Butler said, “Both are extremely hard but getting started is harder because one does not have the funds or contacts that would facilitate in becoming a documentary film-maker. Money is invested in your work once you gain experience in film-making. Experience makes it easier to get noticed.” Pat Fiske added, “During our time in the 70’s we had access to government funds which was provided to promote film-making and we could explore the art of film-making and learn on the job. At that time the government was putting in a lot of money so we learned by participating but nowadays film schools have come up which did not exist in our time (to Butler) wouldn’t you agree? To which Butler replied “Yes. It is indeed tough to become a documentarian and I suspect one has to be lucky.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTalking about the industry, Butler added, “The Australian film industry is quite big compared to the size of the country and they make quite a number of feature films each year. It is nothing like the size of India obviously, but I think that Australia is stronger in documentary film-making. There are a number of complicated reasons for that but Australian films are bold and they take on interesting, confronting topics and subjects and use them in an innovative way. Indian audience should be advised to watch Australian films, especially, the documentaries. There are a lot of interesting subjects covered, I’d be surprised if they’re already covered in India.” Martin Butler talked about his documentary First Footprints, where he described Australia’s ancient history. He explained how it covers the history of fifty thousand years before the arrival of White Australians. He said, “It is generally assumed that the Aboriginal Australians were too primitive though the research has found out that they were technologically advanced. They were pioneers in sea faring being the first people in the world to cross the ocean. They had explored the ocean when nobody else did. They were also the first ones to make pictures and sculptures. If one would visit the remote areas of Australia, one would find such sculptures and paintings.” He added that Australia is also rich in cultural heritage like India.Pat Fiske, described her two documentary films Scarlet Rose and Love Marriage in Kabul that were shown in the festival.Scarlet Rose follows the extraordinary life of an Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele —people with disability.In the documentary Love Marriage in Kabul, Mahboba Rawi is a strong-willed Afghan-Australian woman who has dedicated her life in helping orphans in Afghanistan. She is the founder of Mahboba’s Promise and a mother figure for thousands of orphans and widows currently supported by her programs. The story revolves around one of the girls from her orphanage who falls in love with a boy-next-door and all the problems that she faces in getting them married.last_img read more

Emblematic Costa Rican band Cantoamérica is Flying again

Emblematic Costa Rican band Cantoamérica is Flying again

first_imgRelated posts:Envision kicks off with long lines, high spirits, community service The band plays on: “Summer Series” serenades Plaza de la Democracia A passion, not a profession: new orchestra aims to broaden access to music U.S. blues phenomenon to play Barrio Amón Cantoamérica, which is Calypsonian or “Caribbean Fusion,” as they describe themselves, will blow out 35 candles this year. Instead if cekebrating it with a birthday cake, they are releasing a new album named “Vuela Otra Vez” (“Fly again“) eight years after their last release, “Vientos del Caribe.”The Tico Times talked to three of the nine members of the group: singer, guitarrist and songwriter Manuel Monestel, who has been part of the band since the start; trombonist Alfredo Chavarría, who joined the band in 2008; and percussionist José (Momo) Valverde, who joined in 2001.TT: As you, Manuel, have been part of the band sice it was created, where did the idea of Cantoamérica came from?MM: In the 1970s there was a musical movement called “The new Costa Rican song,” part of a larger, regional movement of Latin American identity, which tried to balance U.S. influence on Latin American music. We played Latin American music using Latin American instruments. I was playing with a group called “Tayacan,” directed by the great Nicaraguan musician Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy, who after a while went back to Nicaragua because of the Sandinista Revolution at that time.After he left, the group came to an end, but some of us wanted to continue. That is how Cantoamérica was created in 1980 by Rodrigo Salas, Roberto Salas, Carlos Svedra, Bernal Monestel (my brother) and me.Why Calypsonian music? Why the Caribbean?MM: In 1978-1979 I started questioning what happened with music on the Caribbean side of the country, understanding that we have a Caribbean province populated and influenced by an Afro-descendent culture. We found that approximately 95% of the music heard all around the world has African roots. Without the African Diaspora there would be no jazz, no blues, no salsa, no cumbia, no merengue, no calypso, no reggae. So I thought there must be interesting music in Limón. I started making contacts, getting to know their culture, reading about that region’s music that so few people knew; casually all written by foreigners, because, as you must know, ‘Ticos’ don’t get interested in those things. So, there I discovered Calypso, found musicians such as Walter Ferguson, and understood there was a whole musical culture led by Calypsonians. That is how I decided to bring in that kind of music to Cantoamerica. The group started with a Latin American emphasis; now it is more Afro-American.AC: I would’t like to label it, I mean, I wouldn’t say “we play calypso.” I think it is more like Manuel said, a fusion. I think that is an important and faithful reflection of what Costa Rican culture is: a mixed culture. I would also say that the great legacy of the group is the reinvindication of that mixed heritage which, from my point of view, has been historically invisible.It seems to me that, not only in Costa Rica but worldwide, those fusions are very successful because, at some point, people feel identified with them, unless they don’t quite understand why. I’m sure that when people listen to Cantoamérica they inmediately identify with it. They feel Costa Rican.MM: We are often described as a ‘World Caribbean Music’ group, and it is exactly that. A fusion of roots of our musical identities.How would you describe the trajectory of the group?MM: There are nine members; I am the only one who has been in the group since the start. We have toured through Asia, Africa, Europe and America, with approximately 28 international tours and 13 albums. We have worked with soloists and bands from Limón.JV: For this new album we had the opportunity to visit Africa, where we could see our roots, the roots of the Caribbean. We worked with African musician Eleuthere Gabon Assouramou, who gave a special feel to the new album. You can find some African drums in some songs.MM: A characteristic of the group right now, that I really like actually, is the participation of very young musicians. Most of them are less than 30. I like it because they bring young ideas, young energies. They give the group oxygen.AC: Another thing to highlight about the group today is female participation. They give a very special touch to the group.MM: They make us ‘politically correct’ [laughs].AC: Basically [laughs again]. Well, more than that, I think that the female energy creates a balance, a very important energy in any kind of human group. And the album reflects that female influence.José, can you describe the characteristic percussion of Cantoamérica?JV: We play many rhythms such as Cha Cha Cha and bolero, but we are mainly focused on Calypso, which is a rhythm that does exist in our country and that we must exploit. Thus, our percussion is basically based on drums, timbales, bongo, large conga drums, effects and minor percussion.José and Alfredo, what has your experience been since joining the band?AC: I joined in 2008, and about the experience – I could talk for hours about it. I could easily compare what I learned at university with what I have learned in Cantoamérica. That says quite a lot. Manuel’s guidance have been really important.JV: I started to play in the group in 2001, and I can say that Cantoamérica has given many musicians the opportunity to learn, be creative, and experiment. This has been a school for all of us. This is a group which through the passage of the years always keeps its charisma and joy. Before I joined the group, I used to listen to Cantoamérica and think, “So nice! I’d love to play with them” and, well, here I am.AC: Cantoamérica is an emblematic group within Costa Rican music, and I don’t say that because I’m part of it, but because there are many generations of Costa Rican musicians who has passed through Cantoamérica and have carried all the learning they obtained to other different projects and groups. The most rewarding aspect is all that daily coexistence with musicians.Tell us about this new album, “Vuela Otra Vez.”MM: Most of the music is original, mainly written by me. When we use non-original songs, they are music of Calypsonians authors from Limón. One track, ‘Orire,’ is a mixture of our music with the traditional African song of that name. It expresses both cultural sides, African and Caribbean.The name of the album has a double function. Frst, is the name of one of the songs which tells the story of a girl whose husband cheats on her and abandons her; the song encourages her to get free of her situation, to open her wings and fly, as the chorus says: ‘Vuela otra vez mariposa, vuela otra vez’ [‘Fly again butterfly, fly again’]. And, second, since Cantoamérica had several years of not releasing an album, the message is like: ‘Vuela otra vez Cantoamérica.’ We are back.We received financial support from approximately 100 people to make the album, and we are really thankful to all of them.What does Cantoamérica wants to communicate with its music?MM: Costa Rica is a complex country, and I say complex beacuse it is a country that focuses on the outside instead of the inside. It still doesn’t value its cultural production, our ethnic-cultural roots. The country is still thinking about itself as a ‘white country’ and most of its radio is virtually closed to any national music. The country follows a mainstream which makes invisible all those movements that go against that, and groups such as Cantoamérica must try harder. It is gratifying to me to write my own music, the music we like and we want to play, and not write in function of commercial impositions and opportunism.I don’t critize musicians who play covers, but I think that Costa Rica will not represent itself internationally with its music if we keep that way. You don’t go to the United States or England and play covers. The country must progress, look for its roots and base itself on those roots to create. I’m not talking about folklore. I’m talking about assimilating our real roots and transmitting them along with contemporary music, and relating all this to our history.Cantoamérica is offering a free concert today at the National Cultural Center (CENAC) in downtown San José at 3:30p.m. More info at 2255-3188. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

New laws improve Michigan water beautification programs

New laws improve Michigan water beautification programs

first_img Legislation introduced by Rep. Kim LaSata streamlining rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs were signed into law by the governor today.Over the years, Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have been separated, combined and separated again through various executive orders. After the most recent split, each department thought the waterway cleanup programs fell within the other’s purview. As a result, the programs remain without administration.“The confusion has resulted in many selfless Michigan residents who want to help clean up our state’s rivers and shorelines with nowhere to turn,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “We’ve clarified the laws that govern these truly awesome programs so they can be utilized as they were intended.”After working with the DNR and the DEQ to determine a solution, LaSata’s legislation calls on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to administer the programs and offer information to the public about how to become involved.House Bills 5155 and 5156 are now Public Acts 78 and 79 of 2018.### Categories: LaSata News 19Mar New laws improve Michigan water beautification programslast_img read more

Rep LaSata helps Michigan House approve work requirements for Medicaid welfare benefits

Rep LaSata helps Michigan House approve work requirements for Medicaid welfare benefits

first_img06Jun Rep. LaSata helps Michigan House approve work requirements for Medicaid welfare benefits Categories: LaSata News,News State Rep. Kim LaSata today joined the Michigan House in approving a requirement that able-bodied adults be employed, prepare for a job or engage in community service for at least 80 hours a month to retain Medicaid welfare coverage.The requirement generally would apply to able-bodied adults who only became eligible for coverage under the state’s Obamacare-related expansion of the program, called the Healthy Michigan Plan. Some already have jobs and would not need to make changes to continue receiving benefits.“Seeking and securing employment is a major factor in the move toward self-sufficiency and building a better future,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “Also, it’s reasonable to expect able-bodied adults to either work, train, or give back to society in some way to earn a government benefit like Medicaid. We already have similar requirements for food and cash assistance welfare programs, so this is a logical step. It’s only fair to the taxpayers who are paying the bills for these programs.”The workforce engagement requirements do not affect children, seniors or the disabled. There also are multiple exemptions for able-bodied adults including pregnancy, parents with children under 6, caretakers of a disabled dependent, full-time students and those on unemployment. There also is discretion to grant temporary exemptions for other good causes.Four other states already have added Medicaid work engagement rules and many others are planning to do so.Michigan’s measure also requires able-bodied adults who have been in the Healthy Michigan Plan for more than four years to take steps to improve their own health and contribute financially to their coverage.Senate Bill 897 returns to the Senate for further consideration.####last_img read more

European streaming service and DVD rental company

European streaming service and DVD rental company

first_imgEuropean streaming service and DVD rental company Lovefilm is launching via Microsoft’s Xbox Live service in the UK.The Amazon-owned company will launch a raft of Hollywood movies via the games console on December 6 for £4.99 (€5.80) per month. Movies at launch include The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Gran Torino with films including The Dark Knight, The Hangover and Blue Valentine being made available ahead of Christmas.“It is an exciting day for Lovefilm customers and an auspicious day for the TV entertainment industry as a whole.  Launching Lovefilm Instant on Xbox 360 and Kinect means bringing the service to a million more living rooms – a huge achievement,” said Lovefilm CEO Simon Calver.last_img

Among users of Googles new Chromecast internet TV

first_imgAmong users of Google’s new Chromecast internet TV dongle, 43% were found to stream Netflix on a daily basis with 34% streaming Hulu every day, according to a new study by Parks Associates. The research firm said that the findings highlighted the challenges of licensing content in the digital world and “underscores the desire by consumers to watch content on their preferred screen.”“Chromecast is giving people in Hollywood headaches right now. All the wrangling over licensing restrictions doesn’t mean much if consumers can simply circumvent them,” said John Barrett, director of consumer analytics, Parks Associates.While content providers have typically licensed movies and TV programs for viewing on specific screens – such as a TV, computer, tablet, or mobile phone – Google’s screen-shifting device complicates matters by allowing the consumer to move content from one screen to the next, claims the Parks study.Separately, Parks said this week that it was seeing strong demand in western Europe for TV solutions that personalise and prioritise content as services like Netflix gain more traction.It said that 45% of German broadband households with TV services said an EPG that displays a viewer’s favourite channels first would be “highly appealing.” In the UK and Belgium 40% said the same, while 26% of households in France agreed.“The European video market is becoming more competitive, with OTT services, free and paid VoD, and cloud DVR offerings changing the ecosystem dynamics. These offerings are creating new pressure on EPG and content discovery solutions to provide differentiation. European consumers are most interested in features that help them find programming, such as customised channels, keyword programming search, and personalized recommendations,” said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates.last_img read more

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Philippines for a longstanding joint military exercise between U "We want to invite everyoneA similar community forum was hosted by Altru in July at The 701 Co-Working Space in downtown Grand Forks" the parliamentarians said while other social science surveys cover some of the same ground as the census " Federer also dropped a big hint that he still might play the Dubai tournament which begins a week from MondayThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised Nigerian students in eastern Ukraine to vacate the area due to fierce violence and unrest in the region Ambassador Abdulaziz Dankano Under-Secretary in charge of Economy and Consular in the ministry gave the advice in an interview with NAN on Sunday in Abuja Dankano said that the advice became necessary following the deteriorating security situation in the war-torn region He said that no fewer than 146 Nigerian students were still in eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Lungansk despite repeated advisories from the Nigerian mission in Kiev According to him over 1000 Nigerian students were in different tertiary institutions in the region and many heeded the repeated advisories issued by the Nigerian mission in Kiev “But we still have 146 students who have refused to vacate the territory and the situation in the region is not getting better because of the fierce fighting between the separatists and Ukrainian military” he said NAN recalls that crisis erupted in eastern Ukraine after rebels declared independence from the new government in Kiev Russia which annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region in March has been accused of arming the rebels and has been targeted by US and European Union for sanctions Last month UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay said that no fewer than 1129 people had been killed and 3442 others wounded in the violent conflicts in eastern Ukraine since mid-April Dankano also confirmed that nine Nigerian students kidnapped in eastern Ukraine on July 17 had all regained freedom He identified the students as Femi Oredugba Wasiu Rasaki Oyinola Sheriff Ahmed Salis and Semiu Mabadeje Others are Chigozie Amaobi Daniel Eitokpah Callistus Ezike and Agihibenma Wayne He said that the students regained freedom on July 24 adding that the Nigerian mission in Kiev played a “key role” in securing their release “We made informal contacts with the rebels through members of the Nigerian community familiar with that region “Since the Kiev government is not in control of the region our diplomats were not physically present in the region because of security concerns” he explained Dankano did not confirm or deny whether ransom was paid to the rebels before the students were released On Libya Dankano told NAN that the ministry was closely monitoring the situation in the country amid violent clashes between rival militias He said that the Federal government had not taken any decision to evacuate Nigerians in the country Already thousands of foreign workers including British France Germany citizens have left Libya and the US has asked its citizens to leave the country Also the UN has withdrawn its staff because of the deteriorating security in the country Dankano recalled that the Federal government evacuated over 2000 Nigerians from the country in 2011 when its late president Muammar Ghadafi was overthrown Prospective corps members in two universities in Benue State on Wednesday staged a protest against the ban placed on the institutions by management of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC The prospective corps members besieged the State Secretariat of the NYSC calling for the body to reverse its decision NYSC had during the week banned Benue State University BSU and the University of Agriculture Makurdi from sending their students for the mandatory one-year national service DAILY POST gathered that the scheme placed a two-year ban on both schools following an alleged discovery of negligence and evidence of age manipulation The NYSC alleged that the affected institutions collaborated with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to manipulate students’ age thereby mobilizing over-aged students In reaction the Vice Chancellor of the Benue State University Professor Moses Kembe during a meeting with the Scheme pleaded for leniency Kembe had in the meeting which ended in a deadlock maintained that the university management was not involved in age manipulation He explained that the age limits were manipulated by the students themselves However addressing the aggrieved prospective corps members during the protest the NYSC state coordinator Mrs Eno maintained that she was not aware of the situation until Sunday She however promised to relate the information to the NYSC headquarters in Abuja “I really appreciate you all for choosing peace over violence I was actually on my way for an assignment when I got a call that my children are here and they need my attention ”Whatever question you brought here today I assure you that it will get to our headquarter immediately and hopefully it will yield positive results” Also speaking the UAM students union (SU) president Mr David Pine while calling on NYSC to reverse its decision urged the school management not to jeopardizing the future of innocent students Pine said the protesters would close down the NYSC Orientation Camp at Wannune Tarka Local Government Area of the state if the decision was not reversed The MEA spokesperson was responding to media queries regarding the proposed bus service. that one wight in this patrol was reanimated personally by the Night King and didnt decay when Jon killed the White Walker? it was gathered. 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