Torres admitted that playing the final will help him psychically

first_imgFernando Torres is about to play probably his last Europa League final in his career and he admitted that this match helps him forget about the fact that his career is coming to its end.The Spaniard already announced that he will leave his beloved club after the end of the season and he admitted that it has been hard to deal with this fact – but now, he focuses on the final game and it helps him to forget.The former Liverpool striker spoke about his feelings as he said, according to Sports Mole:Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Football has given me the opportunity to return to Atletico and fight for titles as a player, and achieving the Europa League trophy would be something special without a doubt.”“The fact of having reached the final minimises the feeling of knowing that my career is over. We have a very important game ahead and I don’t have much time to think about much else.”last_img read more

Ozil retains support for Germany

first_imgArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed he still supports the German national team despite the criticism and abuse he received after the World Cup.The 30-year-old announced his retirement from international football after the World Cup citing racist abuse and remarks from the German Football Federation (DFB).Ozil was criticized in Germany prior to the World Cup when he and Ilkay Gundogan, who are both of Turkish descent, were pictured alongside Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In July, he wrote on Twitter:‘The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.”“I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”However, the former Real Madrid midfielder revealed on his Twitter account during a Q&A session with fans, that he still supports the German team.I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German National Team. Of course I’m still supporting the team! https://t.co/flgtc13DZT— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 24, 2018He said: “I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German National Team. Of course, I’m still supporting the team!”last_img read more

Phi Thompson lauds Steven Gerrards January recruitment

first_imgPhil Thompson has praised Rangers manager Steven Gerrard for his drive in attracting good players to the club.The retired Liverpool defender says Gerrard has revitalized the era of players returning home to Rangers noting that the arrival of Defoe and Davies will be of huge impact to the club.“My goodness Steven Gerrard bringing in Defoe, bringing in Steven Davies, would they have actually gone there? Or sensed that would have been a good move for them, absolutely,” said Thompson on Sky Sports News obtained via Thisisfutbol.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I’m not surprised (how well he has taken to management) when he did take it, I did think it was a big risk for Stevie, I did say that but I did say if he did go they were going to have to back him because you could see last season between Celtic and Rangers that they were so far behind, player wise.“It was a big gap to turn around and he has done that with a lot of loans he has had to do it but people are now going to Rangers again, they want to go there again, they want to go up there for a challenge.“He has turned it around, Defoe and Davies going up there is like the Graeme Souness era when you saw English talent, yes maybe they’re all 30 somethings going there but at least he is being the attraction.”last_img read more

HEA Scheduled Outages For The Homer Spit Halibut Cove Peterson Bay

first_imgThe Halibut Cove/Peterson Bay area will have two brief outages at the beginning and end of thescheduled outage, according to HEA. The outage is necessary to safely replace switching equipment on the Spit. The outage will occur between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM and could last up to 8 hours on the Homer Spit. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association will be conducting scheduled power outages in the Homer Spit, Peterson Bay, and Halibut Cove areas on Thursday, December 13. As a reminder from HEA, take steps to protect all sensitive electronic equipment in your home andbusiness.last_img read more

House Readiness Panel Dismisses BRAC Request

first_imgThe House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee once again rejects the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, according to its portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The language in the draft bill stating that, “Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize an additional Base Realignment and Closure round,” affirms the committee’s intent to reject DOD’s request to conduct a BRAC round in 2017, the panel states.  The panel marks up its section of the annual policy bill today. The draft bill also calls for the department to prepare force structure plans and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity. The language, however, does not directly link the analysis to a justification for a new BRAC round.Last year, the panel requested an analysis of excess infrastructure, but it tied the analysis to a determination of the need for a round of base closures. That provision ultimately was removed from the final version of the FY 2015 authorization bill.The infrastructure assessment included in this year’s policy measure is largely similar, however, and calls for DOD to submit:20-year force structure plans for each of the services;an inventory of worldwide installations;a description of the infrastructure necessary to support the force structure plans;a discussion of categories of excess infrastructure and infrastructure capacity, and the secretary’s objective for the reduction of such excess capacity; andan assessment of the value of retaining certain excess infrastructure to accommodate contingency, mobilization and surge requirements.And similar to language in the House Appropriations Committee’s report accompanying the FY 2016 military construction-veteran affairs spending bill, the readiness panel adds the following special considerations for determining the extent of excess capacity:the anticipated continuing need for and availability of installations outside the United States, taking into account current and  potential future restrictions on their use; andany efficiencies that may be gained from joint tenancy by more than one branch at an installation or by reorganizing two or more installations into a single facility.The readiness subcommittee’s portion of the authorization bill is available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29

first_imgLike 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… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On March 5In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Northside PAC is holding a “Dining For A Cause” fundraiser at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 4pm to 11pm.15% of your bill will be donated to the Parent Advisory Council if you present the flyer below to your server/host.  The donation applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.last_img read more

Muhith backs Hasina claim on Khaledas assets

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul MuhithFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Saturday backed Bangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s claim that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has kept wealth in Saudi Arabia.Talking to newsmen after inaugurating a mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Sylhet Agricultural University, Muhith, also a senior leader of the ruling AL, said Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda shouldn’t have served notice on his leader, Hasina.Hasina, at a press conference at her official Ganabhaban residence on 7 December, alleged that Khaleda had a shopping mall in the Middle East and claimed that the Khaleda’s family had ‘illegal money’ in Saudi Arabia.Read more: Khaleda sends legal notice to HasinaIn response, the BNP leaders have time and again termed the claim as a ‘blatant lie’ and asked the prime minister to withdraw it and finally on 20 December, Khaleda sent legal notice to Hasina for the latter’s ‘false statement’ about the BNP chief’s alleged assets abroad.Replying to a questioner, Muhith said a legal reply would be given to the legal notice and lawyers would look into the matter.When his attention was drawn to the allegation made by his leader Hasina, Muhith said, “There must have been sufficient proof behind prime minister’s allegation and it’s possible to prove the allegation.”last_img read more

Tea stalls at TSC shut down

first_imgA collected photo shows the TSC area of Dhaka University. Long run tea stalls of this area are forbidden to sit any more from Tuesday morning.The tea stalls in front of the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University have been shut down.On Monday night, the owners of the tea stalls were asked to move elsewhere, according to the tea sellers.They said they were stopped when they tried to open their stalls on Tuesday morning.However, the university’s proctorial body did not say the reason for this, they added.TSC director AM Mohiuzzaman told Prothom Alo that he was unaware of any such directive.Proctor Golam Rabbani said there was no specific directive concerning the tea stalls at TSC. However, the tea and food served at these stalls are unhygienic, he observed.last_img read more

Pleasant Bend An Historical Look At West Houston

first_imgDan Worrall, a member of the Harris County Historical Commission, has published a book about the history of west Houston called Pleasant Bend: Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail in the Nineteenth Century.The book grew of his efforts to save an early Texas graveyard from destruction, hidden away from the modern world near Post Oak Boulevard where his second great grandparents are buried.Maggie Martin talked with Worrall about the book and about the early settlers of what we now call Houston. Sharelast_img read more

Michelle Obama Announces Week of Action

first_imgBy The Associated PressMichelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote.The former first lady, a co-chairwoman of a nonpartisan organization to encourage voting, announced Monday that the When We All Vote Week of Action will be held Sept. 22-29.Former first lady Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)She said members of When We All Vote will be traveling the country to register voters and get them excited about the November midterm elections, when Democrats hope to capitalize on a wave of anger against President Donald Trump and take back control of Congress from the Republicans.“With so much at stake in our country, sitting on the sidelines isn’t an option,” Mrs. Obama said in an email to supporters.Flagship events will be held in at least 12 cities, including Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and New York. The group wants volunteers to host events in other communities that week as well.Other co-chairs of the group include actor Tom Hanks; “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda; singers Janelle Monae, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw; and NBA point guard Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets.The organization said they anticipate that Mrs. Obama and other co-chairs will attend some of the events.The Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965, prohibits racial discrimination in voting. Mrs. Obama said it’s important to recognize the organizers, marchers and other volunteers who helped get the law passed.“We want to honor their legacy and continue their work to ensure that every eligible American cast their vote, work that is far from finished,” the former first lady said in a video.last_img read more

Black Cop Who Shot a White Woman Sentenced to 12 12 Years

first_imgBy BlackNews.comMinneapolis, MN — White police officers who fatally shoot African Americans usually get away with it without any charges. But Mohamed Noor, a former Minneapolis police officer who is Black, has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for shooting Justine Damond, a white woman, back in July 2017.The sentencing came two days after Noor’s lawyers asked the judge for no jail time or even just “less time than what sentencing guidelines call for.” They claimed that Noor showed a rather good attitude and sense of remorse during trial.Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor listens as he is sentenced by Judge Kathryn Quaintance at Hennepin County District Court Friday, June 7, 2019, in Minneapolis, in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)Noor, who is a 33-year old Somali-American, was responding to a 911 call of a possible assault near the caller’s house. Noor was with his partner, Matthew Harrity, when they arrived on the scene and he saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair outside of Harrity’s window.Noor said that when the woman raised her right arm, he was threatened and his initial reaction was to fire one shot.“My intent was to stop the threat and save my partner’s life,” he said.Afterwards, he said he immediately realized that he had shot an innocent woman. The woman named Justine Damond is an Australian and she was the one who called 911 at that time. He remorsefully said on the stand, “I felt like my whole world came crashing down. I couldn’t breathe.”Noor also mentioned about his “counter-ambush” training, in which two officers are placed in a mock scenario where they are in a squad car and an instructor yells “Threat!” The officers would then have to make a quick decision if they should shoot.“Action is better than reaction,” Noor, who became a police officer in 2016, insisted. “If you’re reacting, that means it’s too late… to protect yourself… You die.”Despite his defense, Noor was found guilty of third degree murder and second degree murder. He was sentenced to 150 months in prison. He is the first police officer in Minnesota to be convicted of an on-duty shooting.last_img read more

From the streets on to the stage

first_imgSounds like a scene out of any perfect Hollywood movie, but that  is exactly where some lucky kids are headed. A lucky break like the one provided by Aanukrati could go a long way to change their lives. These street kids would unite with young contemporary dancers for Anurakti. An initiative that drives to surpass the socio-economic divide and create a mutual understanding between different strata’s through dance. Anurakti is a team of young contemporary dance artists who would be seen tapping their feet with the brilliant self trained acrobatic talents from the street.  Anurakti dabbles into various dance techniques featuring mayurbhanj chhau, lyrical jazz, Kathak and street acrobatics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The idea behind it is to put the gymnastic talents of these street children at its best use in an attempt to change to course of their life through the guidance of a dance company.  What drives the Urshilla Dance Company team forward: It is rooted in a scene at the traffic red lights, something all of us witness and ignore- the spread out arms of little kids on the road. UDC aims to make these little hopeful arms stretch out not for alms but a heartfelt embrace. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith the thought of imparting a sense of pride and a sense of belief in them, UDC hand picked these young artists from the streets of Delhi and created a piece with their team of trained dancers.Enthusing a sense of confidence, UDC would bring forth the talent of these kids through a piece that explores contemporary dance with new dimensions of lighting and multimedia. It would take you through an emotional journey of two street kids with a twinkle in their eye to become famous dance artists and how a dance company makes turns their aspirations into reality.The show has a mass appeal owing to its entertaining story telling; though it is abstract in its form.  UDC is currently nurturing the talents of six street children who would all be performing in this show. DETAILAt: Kamani AuditoriumOn Till: 19 April, 7 pmlast_img read more

President Solís appoints 3 new ministers new head of National Insurance Institute

first_imgRelated posts:Solís administration cagey on plans for gay union, in vitro fertilization bills Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization Costa Rica IVF decree loses support of public health care system Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to act President Luis Guillermo Solís announced five new Cabinet members on Thursday evening, including three ministers to replace ones who have left or been fired in recent months.Dr. Fernando Llorca Castro will be the new health minister, taking the place of María Elena López Núñez, who resigned in February citing family and personal reasons. Llorca has served as head of outpatient services for the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, and has worked in health insurance administration in Spain and the U.K.Mauricio Ventura Aragón, former director of the National Tourism Chamber (1994-1999) and current member of San José’s tourism board, will take over as tourism minister. The former minister, Wilhelm von Breymann, resigned last week in the midst of heavy criticism from private sector representatives, who felt he wasn’t representing their interests.Marcelo Jenkins Coronas, a computer science professor at the University of Costa Rica, will be the new minister of science and technology. President Solís asked former Minister Gisella Kopper to resign on April 10 for her role in drafting a controversial bill that would have allowed the government to shutter radio and television stations for broadcasting “lies” or offending public morality.Solís appointed Emilio Arias Rodríguez as vice minister of telecommunications to replace Allan Ruiz, who was also sacked over the media bill scandal. Arias is a public policy specialist who’s worked for various government agencies, including the Public Services Regulatory Authority.Finally, Solís named Elian Villegas Valverde, a lawyer and expert in financial systems management, as the new executive president of the National Insurance Institute. The former executive president, Sergio Alfaro Salas, left his post on April 17 to become the new presidency minister.Solís’ Cabinet remake — and reshuffling – comes after five ministers and 16 high-level officials have either resigned or been asked to leave during the president’s first year in office. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

April 30 2007 Construction continues on the new e

first_imgApril 30, 2007 Construction continues on the new entrance to the Visitors Center. [from upper left] Workshop participant Livio Stabile and volunteer Jenn Epstein distribute concrete into the prepared form for the first stage of the upper ramp. Workshop participants Fernando Lomast, Sylva Tentori and Rebecca smoothen [screed] the surface of the slab. Construction continues on the new entrance to the Visitors Center. [from upper left] Workshop participant Livio Stabile and volunteer Jenn Epstein distribute concrete into the prepared form for the first stage of the upper ramp. Workshop participants Fernando Lomast, Sylva Tentori and Rebecca smoothen [screed] the surface of the slab.[Photo & text: sa] [from upper left] Here again the slab is impressed with lines of individual pavers. The concrete is a mixed with a very grainy combination of sand and gravel. Fernando uses a heavy brush and water to scrub the surface before the concrete hardens. This exposes the pebbly roughness to make the surface of the slab as slip-proof as possible. This method has been used on all of the path surfaces.[Photo & text: sa] The small slanting retaining wall between the path and the first level of the ramp was poured in several stages. Paolo Soleri joins the crew to teach a finishing technique that he used on many walls at Cosanti. The mixture of concrete used for this is like a creamy soup, which he calls slip. Paolo distributes this onto the top of the wall in such a way that it slowly melts down the side. He then uses a can to give the upper surface a kind of half moon rigded appearance. Before the concrete dries, some silt is powdered over it. The wall then is covered with wet cloth to let it cure very slowly. Report on construction in this area will continue on 5/16/07.[Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

March is Reading Month

first_img Categories: News 26Mar March is Reading Month! State Rep. Nancy Jenkins talked with local kids about the importance of reading during March is Reading Month. Jenkins is pictured reading to students at Michener Elementary Schools in Adrian. Jenkins also read at the Adrian Public Library.last_img

Estoniabased transmission services provider Levir

first_imgEstonia-based transmission services provider Levira has appointed Gabriel Cocean as sales executive for playout and media management services.Levira said the appointment would help with its planned expansion into other central and eastern European territories. Cocean previously worked at IPTV software provider Espial.“The central and eastern Europe is the key region for the continued expansion of Levira,” said Indrek Lepp, director of the division of media services. “Therefore we are delighted to welcome Gabriel to our sales team. I am confident that Gabriel’s experience will help us achieve our goals in the CEE area.”last_img read more

Swisscom grew its TV base by 133 yearonyear to

first_imgSwisscom grew its TV base by 13.3% year-on-year to the end of September, despite what it described as “fierce competition” from cable operators.Swisscom said it had 688,000 TV 2.0 customers on its books at the end of September, out of a total TV base of 1.275 million. TV 2.0 custoemrs increased by 124,000 in the third quarter, most of whom upgraded from another offeringThe overall TV base grew by 37,000 in the third quarter. Fixed-feee subscriptions account for 1.11 million of the overall TV base.The number of retail fixed-line broadband connections saw a year-on-year increase of 65,000 or 3.5% to 1.94 million. The growth in the number of TV and broadband connections – up 152,000 together – more than offset the decline in the number of fixed network connections, according to Swisscom. The number of revenue generating units increased year-on-year by 182,000 or 1.5% to 12.5 million.By the end of September 2015, the number of customers using a bundled package had increased year-on-year by 202,000 or 17.5% to 1.36 million. Revenue from bundled contracts rose year-on-year by CHF 242 million or 17.2% to CHF 1,647 million.Swisccom’s Italian subsidiary Fastweb  saw its broadband business grow by 156,000 or 7.7% to 2.17 million over the year.last_img read more

POLICE OMBUDSMAN NOTIFIED OVER DEATH OF SHANNON MC

first_imgPOLICE OMBUDSMAN NOTIFIED OVER DEATH OF SHANNON MCQUILLAN was last modified: January 22nd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Police said Miss McQuillan, from the Dunloy area, died as a result of her injuries.A 21-year-old man, whose name has not been officially revealed, was also hit by the vehicle on the Moneynick Road.The man remains in a critical condition in hospital.A PSNI spokesman said: “Our thoughts at this time are with the McQuillan family and all of those affected by this tragic incident.” They said it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.Sinn Féin Councillor, Philip McGuigan said: “I don’t want to engage in speculation but what I am aware of is that the PSNI have referred this incident to the Police Ombudsman.“I am also aware that a number of PSNI officers were with Shannon and [the 21-year-old man] shortly before, and a short distance from where the accident happened, and I understand that the circumstances around that are the reasons for the referral to the Police Ombudsman.” MONEYNICK ROADPOLICE OMBUDSMAN NOTIFIED OVER DEATH OF SHANNON MCQUILLANPSNITOOMEBRIDGEcenter_img ShareTweet 19-=year-old Shannon McQuillan was killed after being struck by a Brennan’s bread van on Saturday morningTHE circumstances surrounding the death of a teenager who was struck and killed by a bread delivery van at the weekend have been passed to the Police Ombudsman.Shannon McQuillian, 19, died after being struck by a van at about 03:40 am on Saturday morning on the Moneynick Road in Toomebridge.The PSNI have said they have notified the ombudsman as is “normal, established protocol”.last_img read more

President Trump presented a broadbrush outline of

first_imgPresident Trump presented a broad-brush outline of how his administration hopes to stem the decades-long increase in prescription drug prices and spending, in a speech Friday in the Rose Garden of the White House.The administration also released a 39-page document describing a variety of proposals it is either considering or studying in an effort to lower costs to individuals, corporations, the government and the economy as a whole.There were few concrete actions taken today. The plan mostly lists dozens of “potential” steps the administration may take, along with many others that were included in the president’s budget proposal and will require congressional action. Several options are “requests for information.”Nevertheless, the president characterized the proposal as “the most sweeping action in history to lower the price of prescription drugs for the American people.””We will have tougher negotiations, more competition and much lower prices at the pharmacy counter and it will start to take effect very soon,” Trump said.The president was accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who played a major role in developing the plan.Trump said he wants to eliminate “middlemen” in the drug industry — which includes pharmacy benefit managers and wholesalers — and he criticized industry lobbyists for making a fortune at the expense of taxpayers and patients.U.S. patients spent nearly $329 billion on prescription drugs in 2016, according to the National Health Expenditures Survey. That’s an increase of about $100 billion in the past 10 years.Many researchers say the biggest reason behind the rising spending is high prices for prescription drugs. Often, companies are rewarded for setting a high retail price because insurers negotiate discounts off that initial price.The blueprint released Friday reiterates proposals that were included in the White House budget proposal. Those include allowing Medicare’s prescription drug plans to slim down the number of drugs they pay for to spark price competition among pharmaceutical companies, and capping how much money Medicare patients themselves can spend on drugs each year.”On the positive side, I will say that HHS does seem to be paying close attention to this issue, given all the issues they bring up in the blueprint document,” says Walid Gellad, director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh.”On the negative side, it’s a bunch of questions, not a specific plan for how to proceed.”Azar, in a briefing following the Rose Garden speech, acknowledged the plan is sweeping and would take years to implement. He said the administration will pursue those ideas it can get done.”This is a major restructuring of a huge portion of the U.S. economy. One doesn’t do that lightly,” he said.The plan, like the budget, also proposes limiting price increases Medicare would pay to the rate of inflation and changing some rules around generic drug approvals to prevent companies from blocking new generic competition.Many of those ideas would require legislation and congressional approval.Azar, in his briefing, emphasized his desire to change the way pharmacy benefit managers operate — specifically a system where they negotiate rebates off high drug prices.”We are calling into question today the entire structure of using rebates in the pharmacy channel,” he said.The president also wants to take steps to ensure foreign governments don’t get lower prices for drugs than do U.S. taxpayers – which he referred to as “global freeloading.””It’s unfair, it’s ridiculous, and it’s not going to happen any longer,” he said.Critics say that proposal is unlikely to help lower prices here in the U.S.”Lifesaving medicines aren’t more expensive here because they cost less elsewhere,” Jason Cone, executive director of Doctors Without Borders USA, wrote in an article published in The Hill. “They’re priced out of reach everywhere because pharmaceutical corporations are charging exorbitant prices simply because they can—and the U.S. government lets them.”One thing Trump did not propose was allowing Medicare, the government health care program for the elderly, to directly negotiate lower drug prices for its beneficiaries. That’s a change from his rhetoric during his campaign and transition.”We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world and yet we don’t bid properly,” he said at a news conference in early January 2017. “We’re going to start bidding and we’re going to save billions of dollars over a period of time.”But shortly after Trump moved into the Oval Office he wavered on that commitment, first saying that he didn’t want Medicare to engage in what he called “price fixing” and then, through his former spokesman Sean Spicer, saying once again he favored allowing the federal government program to deal with drugmakers to get lower prices.Medicare accounts for about one-third of U.S. prescription drug spending. Current U.S. law prohibits Medicare officials from interfering in the negotiations between drugmakers and the insurance companies that administer Medicare’s prescription drug plans.The only government report that looks at the issue is a 2007 Congressional Budget Office study that concluded it would have a “negligible effect” on prices.But Gellad says that report was limited, because it looked only at the effect if Medicare were not allowed to exclude drugs from its coverage list.”There is no evidence that allowing Medicare to negotiate doesn’t help,” says Gellad. “In fact, the CBO said that in certain circumstances, with the right formulary, this type of negotiation could help.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Changing The

first_imgPart 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Changing The World.About Sarah Corbett’s TED TalkSarah Corbett describes herself as an extreme introvert — but she’s also an activist. She discusses how alternate forms of activism allow people like her to participate in quietly powerful ways.About Sarah CorbettSarah Corbett is the founder of Craftivist Collective, a group committed to using crafted works to reflect on the world and bring about change. In 2008, she burned out as an activist and introvert and wanted to find an effective way of campaigning that fitted her skills, ethics, and personality. She set up the Craftivist Collective social enterprise in 2009.”Craftivism” takes on many forms. For Corbett, this includes making something by hand to meditate on what it means to be a global citizen, making gifts for people in power as a way to build relationships, creating small provocative pieces of street art, and more. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more