But needing 14 runs from the final over, Sunil Narine (9) lifted the Windies hopes when he hammered the first two deliveries of the over from seamer Hasan Ali for boundaries. Things then took a turn for the worst, however. Narine missed a swat at the third ball and even after Ali sent down a leg-side wide next delivery, the left-hander failed to connect with the fourth ball, leaving West Indies requiring five off the last two. Narine was run out off the fifth and Jason Holder, who finished unbeaten on 26 off 17 deliveries, could only muster a single off the final ball. The defeat followed the Windies’ opening debacle at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown last Sunday when they lost by six wickets, and comes against the backdrop of an embarrassing 3-0 whitewash to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last September. Shadab, who claimed four wickets for seven runs on debut five days ago, finished with four for 14. Sent in, Pakistan rallied to 132 all out off their 20 overs, despite an innings which never really got off the ground. Shoaib Malik top-scored with 28, Babar Azam got 27 while tail-ender Wahab Riaz produced a cameo 10-ball 24 at number 10, to get the visitors up to a competitive total. FINAL OVER SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES E. Lewis run out 3 +C. Walton b Shadab Khan 21 M. Samuels c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan 44 L. Simmons lbw b Hasan Ali 1 K. Pollard st Sarfraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan 3 R. Powell b Shadab Khan 0 *C. Brathwaite b Wahab Riaz 15 J. Holder not out 26 S. Narine run out 9 S. Badree not out 0 Extras (w7) 7 Total (8 wkts, 20 overs) 129 Did not bat: K Williams. Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-60, 3-65, 4-76, 5-76, 6-81, 7-114, 8-128. Bowling: Imad Wasim 4-0-28-0, Sohail Tanvir 4-0-29-0 (w1), Hasan Ali 4-0-35-1 (w1), Wahab Riaz 4-0-23-1 (w1), Shadab Khan 4-1-14-4. Result: Pakistan won by three runs. Series: Pakistan lead four-match series 2-0. Man-of-the-Match: Shadab Khan. Umpires: N. Duguid, J. Wilson; TV – G. Brathwaite. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies were flirting with crisis after plunging to a fifth straight Twenty20 defeat, as Pakistan took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the fourth match series with a dramatic three-run victory here yesterday. Chasing an uncomplicated 133 for victory at Queen’s Park Oval, West Indies saw their run chase unravel spectacularly, with 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan once again proving their nemesis with another Man-of-the-Match four-wicket effort. The hosts were cruising at 60 for in the ninth over behind Marlon Samuels’s top score of 44 but Shadab’s introduction saw four wickets tumble for just 16 runs off 29 deliveries, leaving the innings in strife on 81 for six in the 13th over. PAKISTAN Kamran Akmal b Badree 0 Ahmed Shehzad c Brathwaite b Narine 14 Babar Azam c wkp Walton b Brathwaite 27 Shoaib Malik c Pollard b Brathwaite 28 Fakhar Zaman c Holder b Badree 5 *+Sarfraz Ahmed c Samuels b Narine 12 Imad Wasim c Brathwaite b Williams 4 Sohail Tanvir lbw b Narine 4 Shadab Khan run out 13 Wahab Riaz c Holder b Brathwaite 24 Hasan Ali not out 0 Extras (w1) 1 Total (all out, 20 overs) 132 Fall of wickets: 1-0 , 2-41, 3-43, 4-51, 5-87, 6-87, 7-91, 8-95, 9-131, 10-132. Bowling: Badree 4-0-14-2, Holder 4-0-32-0, Williams 4-1-27-1, Narine 4-0-22-3, Brathwaite 4-0-37-3 (w1).
Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES The school also raised two key points which led to it deciding to go with the Sorsogon-native Ayo.“First, the basketball program that he espouses is based on discipline that gives primary importance to the academic life of the student-athletes, believing that athletes who are hardworking in their studies are likewise those who are able to handle themselves properly both on and off the court. This is the same ideal that UST has constantly advocated since the inception of its athletic program,” it said.“Second, coach Ayo is a well-accomplished coach who is likewise more than willing to accommodate the university’s modest salary scheme, thus demonstrating his desire to provide guidance to his players in this educative process outweighs all else.”UST brass expressed confidence that Ayo can turn the Growling Tigers’ fortunes around after the team missed the UAAP Final Four for the last two seasons, including a humiliating 1-13 slate, under Boy Sablan in Season 80.“Indeed, as a Dominican institution of higher learning, we in UST actively collaborate with individuals who can help us fulfill our vision to form student-athletes to become not only competitive in their chosen fields, but more importantly respectful of their competitors,” it read. “We believe that such thrust concurs with the convictions of coach Ayo, who is himself a product of Dominican education, and whose basketball program supports the image that we in UST wish to draw in the canvass of our student-athletes.”ADVERTISEMENT Dustin Johnson powers his way to win at Kapalua UST welcomes Coach Aldin Ayo as the Head Coach of the Growling Tigers! pic.twitter.com/w8I9wALAcA— IPEA (@ust_ipea) January 8, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas officially welcomed Aldin Ayo as the new head coach of its men’s basketball team.“As the university moves forward in preparation for the next season, the Thomasian community welcomes the new head coach of the UST Growling Tigers, coach Aldin Ayo,” the school wrote in a statement released on Monday through the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics’ Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The school showed excitement over what the future holds for the team with Ayo in charge.“We look forward with much hope and gratitude as we remain one with the entire UST community and alumni in our commitment to the formation of well-rounded Thomasian student-athletes through excellent sports program.”UST reportedly inked Ayo to a six-year deal. He is set to be formally introduced on Thursday. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ The statement also is well aware of Ayo’s situation with La Salle. His contract expired at the end of last year that led to UST pursuing the services of the 40-year-old mentor, who won championships in his stops in Letran in the NCAA and La Salle in the UAAP. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
After a lengthy trial, Keith Hollingsworth, 47, of Linden, was found guilty by Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday of causing the death of Samsonisha Batterlamo of Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) by driving dangerously on August 21, 2017.Hollingsworth and another driver, Ron Walker, who was the driver of motor lorry GGG 9877, were charged jointly for the accident, but the charge was dismissed against Walker after he was found innocent.Magistrate Latchman, who conducted the trial, informed Hollingsworth that the evidence presented by the prosecution was sufficient to make out a case against him. As such, he was found guilty and was jailed for four years and six months.When he was first charged, Hollingsworth had denied that he drove motor car PJJ 8918 in a dangerous manner to the public thereby causing Batterlamo’s death.During Hollingsworth’s first court appearance, the court heard that the now deceased woman had just left the Diamond hospital in a taxi when it collided with the two defendants’ vehicles, as they were said to be overtaking the car in which she was travelling.
12 athletes are on the roster as the team looks to build towards a strong showing at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.In a release, Head Coach Jerry Tonello says, “With the departure of some of our veterans comes the opportunity for new blood and energy to enter our program at the elite level. The team is now compromised of an even combination of new and veteran players and this will be an excellent mix for mentorship development and skill transference within the team. The core values of our team still remain with the emphasis on effort and the will to compete.”The team was chosen after the selection camp at the University of Nevada. The camp featured 19 wheelchair basketball athletes.- Advertisement –
IT’S no wonder the state has such budget problems – no one seems to know exactly how it spends billions of taxpayer dollars. That was the conclusion of an investigation into the California state General Services Department’s database by The Associated Press, which found the records of tens of thousands of contracts and purchases incomplete and riddled with errors. What’s worse is that the database, called the State Contract and Procurement Register System, was created in 2003 specifically to track expenses after an audit uncovered millions in misspent money. So much for that goal. If the state’s doing that bad a job of keeping track of the billions it spends on the public’s behalf, it’s not a far stretch to wonder whether it’s doing an equally bad job of spending it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of Medicare recipients have been victims of deceptive sales tactics and had claims improperly denied by private insurers that run the system’s huge new drug benefit program and offer other private insurance options encouraged by the Bush administration, a review of federal audits has found. The problems, described in 91 audit reports reviewed by The New York Times, include improper termination of coverage for people with HIV and AIDS, huge backlogs of claims and complaints, and a failure to answer telephone calls from consumers, doctors and drugstores. Medicare officials have required insurance companies of all sizes to fix the violations by adopting “corrective action plans.” Since March, Medicare has imposed fines of more than $770,000 on 11 companies for marketing violations and failure to provide timely notice to beneficiaries about changes in costs and benefits. The companies include three of the largest participants in the Medicare market, UnitedHealth, Humana and WellPoint. The audits document widespread violations of patients’ rights and consumer protection standards. Some violations could directly affect the health of patients – for example, by delaying access to urgently needed medications. In July, Medicare terminated its contract with a private plan in Florida after finding that it posed an “imminent and serious threat” to its 11,000 members. In other cases, where auditors criticized a company’s “policies and procedures,” the effects on patients were not clear. The audits show the growing pains that Medicare has experienced as it introduced the popular new drug benefit and shifted more responsibility to private health plans. For years, Democrats have complained about efforts to “privatize Medicare,” and they are likely to cite the findings as evidence that private insurers cannot be trusted to care for the sickest, most vulnerable Medicare recipients. But federal officials point with pride to their efforts to police the Medicare market, and they say that competition among private plans has been a boon to beneficiaries, offering more choices at lower cost than anyone expected. “The Medicare drug benefit is saving seniors an average of $1,200 a year,” said Michael O. Leavitt, the secretary of health and human services. Medicare officials said the audits also showed that insurers would be held accountable. “The start-up period is over,” said Kerry N. Weems, the new acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “I am simply not going to tolerate marketing abuses.” The same insurance companies that offer stand-alone drug plans also sell Medicare Advantage plans, which provide a full range of benefits including coverage of doctor’s visits and hospital care. Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans has increased sharply, to more than 7.7 million, from 4.7 million in 2003. Federal auditors found the same types of violations in both parts of the program. Of the audits conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, 39 focused on drug benefits, 44 focused on managed care plans and eight examined other types of private plans. Medicare officials said compliance problems occurred most often in two areas: marketing and the handling of appeals and grievances related to the quality of care. Many of the marketing abuses occurred in sales of the fastest-growing type of Medicare Advantage product, known as private fee-for-service plans. In June, the government announced that seven of the leading companies in this market, including UnitedHealth, Humana and Coventry, had agreed to suspend marketing of these plans. Medicare recently allowed them to resume marketing after they took steps to monitor their sales agents more closely. Each Medicare plan has a list of preferred drugs, known as a formulary. Under federal law, patients can request coverage of other drugs that may be medically necessary. But many insurers do not have procedures to handle such requests, auditors said. John H. Wells, the compliance officer at Bravo Health, defended the company’s record, but he said: “The appeals and grievance process is very complex. It is very difficult for any plan to be fully compliant. In many cases, the government’s guidance is unclear, so it’s impossible for a business to know what to do.” These findings were typical of the deficiencies described in Medicare audit reports: UnitedHealth, which serves more than 6 million Medicare beneficiaries, did not have an “effective program” to supervise its marketing representatives, agents and brokers. In some cases, United improperly denied claims without giving any explanation to beneficiaries. Peter L. Ashkenaz, a company spokesman, said, “We terminated a few agents and brokers for misrepresenting our products.” WellPoint, one of the nation’s largest insurers, had “a backlog of approximately 354,000 claims” at certain Medicare plans offered through its UniCare subsidiary. The company’s call center took an average of 27 minutes to answer phone calls from members and 16 minutes to answer calls from health care providers. More than half the callers hung up before speaking to a representative. Karen Brown, a spokeswoman for WellPoint, had no immediate comment. In March, Sierra Health Services ended drug coverage for more than 2,300 Medicare beneficiaries with HIV/AIDS, saying they had not paid their premiums. In many cases, the premiums had been paid, and beneficiaries had canceled checks to prove it. Sierra initially refused to reinstate them but eventually agreed to do so after repeated requests from federal officials. Peter O’Neill, a vice president of Sierra, said this particular drug plan, which attracted people with very high drug costs, would not be offered in 2008. Humana, which covers more than 4.5 million people on Medicare, promised to investigate every complaint about its marketing practices, but it received so many complaints it could not keep up. Many beneficiaries said they had received incorrect information from Humana agents. Medicare officials said some agents had not been adequately trained or supervised. Thomas T. Noland Jr., a senior vice president of Humana, said the company had taken “corrective action to improve the situation.” Humana did not always tell beneficiaries about changes in its list of covered drugs. In some cases, Humana did not explain its reasons for denying claims and did not inform beneficiaries of their appeal rights. The Sterling Life Insurance Co., a subsidiary of the Aon Corp., did not pay claims correctly or handle appeals in a timely way. The company has “a demonstrated pattern of failure” to meet Medicare performance standards. Problems were compounded by a rapid growth in enrollment. Sterling said it had taken steps to improve compliance. Two sponsors of popular Medicare drug plans, MemberHealth and Bravo Health, did not act on requests for coverage of specific drugs within 72 hours, as required by the government. Bravo did not comply with federal rules requiring doctors to review all claims denied for a “lack of medical necessity.” D. Alan Scantland, senior vice president of MemberHealth, a subsidiary of the Universal American Financial Corp., said, “We don’t believe that we were compromising any beneficiaries’ health because of what we were doing or not doing.” Rep. Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the investigations subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he had “verified countless stories of deceptive sales practices by insurance agents who prey upon the elderly and disabled to sell them expensive and inappropriate private Medicare plans.” Kathleen Healey, a lawyer at the Alabama Department of Senior Services, said: “Despite the prohibition of door-to-door marketing, agents arrive on residents’ doorsteps stating that the president sent them, or that they represent Medicare. Some telemarketers insist they are calling from Medicare, and they tell beneficiaries that they will lose their Medicare if they do not sign up for the telemarketer’s plan.” Medicare has taken “vigorous action” to halt marketing violations, said Abby L. Block, a Medicare official.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The HSE has revealed it is planning to send patients from the Sean O’Hare Unit in Stranorlar out into more community settings.And in a statement the health authority has also admitted that it does not plan to admit any more new residents to the unit.At present there are 17 people at the facility. In their reply the HSE said: “The Sean O Hare Unit in Stranorlar accommodates seventeen residents with an intellectual disability. It is intended to accommodate people with an intellectual disability in more appropriate community settings in future such as a social housing developments.“This is more appropriate and is consistent with public policy and national reports. Meetings have taken place with all relevant families using services in the Sean O Hare unit.“The process is currently at consultation stage and no arrangements have been made to date. There will be no new admissions to the Sean O’Hare unit in the meantime.”The HSE has also denied there are plans in place to reduce to capacity of the Acute Psychiatric Unit in Letterkenny from a capacity from 34 to 20 beds by the end of the year. HSE TO CLOSE SEAN O’HARE UNIT was last modified: August 1st, 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:Sean O’Hare UnitStranorlar
Otway Golf NewsThis Saturday 28th is club Captain Martin Duffy’s big day, when he invites all members to participate in the big major of the year. Members start the day off at 8am, with the draw for playing partners below. If any members do not wish to play at their allocated time they should phone Martin before the big day on 087 2447703 and he will accomodate you.Visitors hit the course at 4pm, followed by the ladies at 5.Presentation of prizes will take place in the clubhouse at 9.30 pm, and remember folks its not just for the prizewinners, because Martin has lined up entertainment for the night, and even organised transport for the Ramelton squad, leaving Durkans bar at 8.15 sharp.A big day and night is planed, so hopefully Martin will be lucky, and the recent glorious weather will hold out until after the days ‘work’ is done and it’s time for the indoor entertainment to commence! Draw For Mr Martin Duffy’s Captains Prize8 00 am Seamus Gallagher Martin Collum MichaelCrossan John McClafferty8 15 am Denis Friel Adam Friel Damian Gallagher Don sheridan8 30 am Denis Deeney Thomas Merrit Sam Anderson Daniel Mathewson8 45 am Paddy Lynch Shaun Duffy Andrew Stoddart Michael Ewing900 am Mark Canning Brendan Gallagher Anthony Mcfadden Joe Gallagher9 15 am Noel Kiernan Dara Patton Paul Murray Paul patton9 30 am Gerry Gallagher Patrick Kelly Mark Curran Kieran Murray12 00 pm Sidney Anderson Odhran Patton George Hamilton Gerry Mcgivern12 15 pm Shaun Sweeney Philip Friel Denis Cullen Mark Friel12 30 pm Niall Doherty Stephen Fahy Eugene Harkin Ronald Van Ruivan12 45 pm Ivan Clifford Arthur Morrison Noel Fisher Gary Hegarty1 00 pm Dave Hughes Peter Mc Mahon Des Crerand VarUnni1 15 pm John Patton Patsy Gallagher FrancieMc Fadden Philip Mcgarry1.30 pm ConorSheridan Eoghan Sheridan Francie mc greevey Phil Truik1.40 pm Peter Friel Pat McNulty Dan Canning Martin O’Reilly1.50 pm Louis Gallgher David Scott Noel PattonApologies to anyone not on list.Please contact the captain @ 0872447703 or call to clubhouse in the morning to arrange a time to suit. GOLF NEWS: CAPTAINS DAY AT OTWAY THIS WEEKEND was last modified: June 24th, 2014 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:golfNoticesOtwaySport
The following are a list of topics, questions and motions which will come before tonight’s meeting of Letterkenny Town Council.CONVENT ROAD TRAFFIC: Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh will ask the council if it will consider ways of dealing with traffic congestion on Convent Road, especially during school start and finish times. DEPUTATION: The council will receive a deputation from the North West Alcohol Forum.SPEED: The council is to be asked to place some form of speed restrictions for cars exiting the back of the Courthouse and AIB as serious speeding takes place according to Cllr Tagdh Culbert.POINTING THE FINGER: Cllr Dessie Larkin will ask the council to act immediately on the reduction in license fee for finger post signs that will lead to a sizeable reduction in illegal signage.RESURFACING: The resurfacing of the Windyhall Road in the Roadworks Programme for 2012 will be demanded by Cllr Ciaran Brogan. TRUE GRIT: Cllr Tagdh Culbert will demand the council take immediate steps to discuss plans for winter gritting during the coming winter months. “We also must bring in interested residents associations and individuals to maximize and plan and co-ordinate the great efforts of the council staff,” he said.RENT: Cllr Dessie Larkin is to ask the council when the rent supplement system will be transferred to Letterkenny town form the Department of Social Protection.EndsLETTERKENNY: FINGER SIGNS, SPEEDING, GRITTING AND RESURFACING ALL DOWN FOR DISCUSSION was last modified: October 10th, 2011 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:Letterkenny Town Council
Donegal band The Goats Don’t Shave and enjoyed incredible success over the years and their new single shows they still have what it takes.It is dedicated to the memory of Glasgow boxer Benny Lynch with Pat Gallagher proving why he is considered one of the best songwriters this county has ever produced. The song tells the tale of Benny Lynch whose life went from rags to riches to rags, the song outlines how Lynch fought his way out of the tough streets of the Gorbals in Glasgow to become a world champion.He was a hero to the people of Glasgow and to Scotland and was considered by Ringside magazine to be the greatest fighter Scotland has ever produced.However Lynch’s biggest demon didn’t wear gloves and due to his excessive drinking lifestyle Lynch’s career was over at 25. He battled alcoholism for years he until he died at the tender age of 33 from malnutrition.Pat Gallagher and the Goats have beautifully penned a song about a man who had the world at his feet and lost it all.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEFLyBD2Hk4DDTV – GOATS DON’T SHAVE SHOW THEY CAN STILL PACK A PUNCH WITH FANTASTIC NEW SONG was last modified: September 3rd, 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:33AlcoholismBeautiful balladBenny LynchBOXERDIEDEntertainmentFeaturesGlasgowGoats Dont ShavenewsPat GallagherSportTragic taleworld champion