November 30, 2019

MVP favorite Fajardo, Beermen likely to banner Mythical Team

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight San Sebastian stays in Final Four race with humbling of Mapua Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have failed on its Grand Slam bid, but June Mar Fajardo and company can still make history in the 2017 Leo Awards.The Cebuano giant is poised to take home his fourth Most Valuable Player award, tying legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio for the record of most MVP plums, but will be the first to achieve the feat in consecutive seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo amassed 38.58 SPs to unsurprisingly top the overall statistical points race released at the end of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals. His continued dominance helped the Beermen achieve championships in this season’s Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup.Fajardo has already earned his part in history, tying his mentor Danny Ildefonso for most Best Player of the Conference plums at five after bagging the highest individual honor in the last 2017 Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it’s not all Fajardo, as his fellow San Miguel players are also poised to nab spots in the Mythical Teams.Alex Cabagnot is running second in the MVP race with his 32.96 SPs, Arwind Santos is the top forward in the chase as he sits at fifth with his 30.97 SPs, and Marcio Lassiter sits ath 10th with his 29.55 SPs. Chris Ross is also likely to land a spot in the Mythical Teams after winning the BPC award in the Commissioner’s Cup as he is at eighth with his 30.40 SPs. Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president As much as three of San Miguel’s players could make it to the Mythical First Team, a feat that hasn’t been done since Purefoods’ James Yap, Kerby Raymundo, and Roger Yap made it in the 2005-06 season.Other players have also made a case in the Mythical Team selection, with GlobalPort scorer Terrence Romeo at third with 32.01 SPs, TNT slasher Jayson Castro at fourth with 31.52 SPs, Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra at six (30.85 SPs), Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort at seven (30.63 SPs), and Calvin Abueva of Alaska at nine (30.11 SPs).Meanwhile, the Rookie of the Year award race remains as a three-man chase.Phoenix shooter Matthew Wright is still the top rookie with 26.07 SPs, but failing to help his team advance to the semifinals may hurt his candidacy.Closely pursuing him are TNT swingman Roger Pogoy, who amassed 22.29 SPs, and Star playmaker Jio Jalalon, who had 21.50 SPs.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Landing at number four is Ginebra defender Kevin Ferrer, who has 15.64 SPs, and Kia guard Reden Celda, who netted 13.99 SPs.The 2017 Leo Awards is set before Game 4 of the Ginebra-Meralco Finals series next Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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November 27, 2019

Lionel Messi fails to emulate Maradona’s success at World Cup

first_imgLionel Messi and Pablo Zabaleta react after Argentina’s loss against Germany in the final Lionel Messi’s final act in the 2014 World Cup was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina’s last chance to equalize in the final against Germany.Statistical Highlights | Top Honours | Match Analysis | Match PhotosIt was far from fitting finish for the four-time world player of the year.This was supposed to be Messi’s World Cup, just like the 1986 tournament belonged to another Argentine great, Diego Maradona.But after carrying his team through the group stage in Brazil with four goals, Messi seemed to run out of steam.In the final Sunday, he created chances but, like the rest of the team, lacked the finishing touch to turn the game for Argentina.He was a picture of disappointment as he collected the trophy for the tournament’s best player.last_img read more

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November 18, 2019

UN Chief Blasts Anti-Gay Sochi

first_imgSOCHI, Russia – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned attacks and discrimination against homosexuals on Feb. 6, touching on the gay rights issue in Russia that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics.In a speech to the IOC a day before the opening of the games, Ban also reiterated his call for warring parties around the world to lay down their arms during the Olympics.Ban said many professional athletes, gay and straight, are speaking out against prejudice and discrimination.“We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people,” he said. “We must oppose the arrests, imprisonments and discriminatory restrictions they face.”Ban’s remarks came at a time when activists and protesters have stepped up their campaign against Russia’s law restricting gay rights activities.Human Rights Watch posted a video this week on YouTube of gay people in Russia being bullied, chased and beaten, compiled from footage the group said was uploaded by perpetrators.“Hatred of any kind must have no place in the 21st century,” Ban said. The U.N. chief noted that Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter enshrines the IOC’s opposition to any form of discrimination.“The Olympics show the power of sport to bring together individuals regardless of age, race, class, religion, ability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity,” Ban said.Protesters in cities around the world targeted major Olympic sponsors, urging them to speak out against the Russian law.The law, signed in July by President Vladimir Putin, outlaws pro-gay “propaganda” that could be accessible to minors. Critics say it is so restrictive and vague that it deters almost any public expression of support for gay rights.“I know that there has been some controversy over this issue,” Ban told reporters after his speech. “At the same time, I appreciate President Putin for his assurance that there will be no discrimination whatsoever and the people with different sexual orientation are welcome to compete and enjoy this Olympic Games.”“I hope that this Olympics will be the venue where all the people, regardless of sexual orientation, LGBT and all of these people will really be able to enjoy the harmony and friendship, mutual respect and compete in the spirit of the Olympic movement,” he added.IOC President Thomas Bach has repeatedly said that Putin has given assurances that there will be no discrimination of any kind at the games.“I can assure you the International Olympic Committee has undertook everything and we have all the assurances that the Olympic Charter will be fully applied in this Olympic Games, including the fundamentals of Principle 6, because this is what sport is standing for,” Bach said to Ban.“It is standing for respect and it is standing against any form of discrimination.” In his speech, Ban commended Putin for his “commitment to peace, unity and development through sport.”Ban’s visit to Sochi comes after several world leaders decided to skip the games, including U.S. President Barack Obama, German President Joachim Gauck and French President Francois Hollande.Ban reiterated his call for observance of an “Olympic Truce” during the Sochi Games. “I repeat my call for all warring parties to lay down their weapons during the games – and to lift their sights to the promise of peace,” he said.Ban cited conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. He said a truce “can enable life-saving humanitarian relief to reach suffering people and create an opening to lasting peace.”Athletes, he said, send a message that people and nations can put aside their differences. “If they can do that in Sochi’s sporting arenas, leaders of fighters should do the same in the world’s combat areas,” he said.The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution in November calling for a global truce during the Olympics, which run until Feb. 23, and the Paralympics from March 7-16.The resolution cites ancient Greece’s traditional Olympic truce period that allowed free passage of athletes and spectators from often-warring city-states to the original games every four years.The 193-member world body has passed resolutions since 1993 calling for an Olympic truce, but countries continue fighting wars whether the Olympics are on or not.(Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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October 28, 2019

17 days agoWATCH: Arsenal defender William Saliba leads St Etienne fans sing-song after Lyon win

first_imgWATCH: Arsenal defender William Saliba leads St Etienne fans sing-song after Lyon winby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender William Saliba has been filmed singing from a microphone in front of St. Etienne’s fans following the Ligue 1 club’s win over Lyon.Saliba was immediately loaned back to France after completing a move to Gunners this summer.He was imperious in the match, which was his first league start for the season.William Saliba & Kieran Tierney both whipping out megaphones after an away win vs Spurs in 2021. I’m absolutely here for this. https://t.co/jk98LyyPzI— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) October 7, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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September 28, 2019

Can Derek Carr And The Raiders Make The Most Of Antonio Brown

After reports late last week that Antonio Brown was heading to the Buffalo Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers will instead reportedly trade their star receiver to the Oakland Raiders for a third- and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft. When the deal is finalized on Wednesday, Brown will have a restructured contract from the Raiders — adding $30 million in guaranteed money — which will make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. In a trade largely about money, the Raiders get perhaps the best receiver in the NFL for a pair of low-value draft picks, and the Steelers get to move on from a relationship that had become toxic and untenable for all involved.Brown will land atop an Oakland receiving corps that is sorely lacking in playmakers, and he’ll surely become the focal point of the passing attack. But how exactly will the Raiders deploy their new weapon? Under head coach Jon Gruden, the Raiders used West Coast passing concepts extensively in 2018. Quarterback Derek Carr’s average depth of target fell from 8.2 yards in 2017 to 6.9 in 2018 as Gruden reshaped the offense into one built on shorter curl, flat and slant routes that did not try to stretch the field. Under Gruden’s system, Carr’s completion percentage rose to a career high of 68.9 percent, padded in part by the bevy of high-percentage passes he was tasked with throwing. But when we adjust for the shorter, easier passes, Carr still recorded a completion percentage 3 percentage points higher than what we would expect, the first time in Carr’s career that he ascended into positive territory in completion percentage over expected (CPOE).1CPOE adjusts for depth of target by comparing a player’s completion percentage at each depth with league average. The short game under Gruden seems to be under control; instead, where Oakland can use help in the passing game is deep, with patterns like the go route that attack the defense vertically downfield.According to Sports Info Solutions, Antonio Brown was exceptional on go routes last season, catching four touchdowns and accumulating 216 receiving yards on 15 targets on the route. Meanwhile, the Raiders were atrocious targeting go routes over the same period, with Carr throwing two interceptions on just nine attempts. While Carr lacked receiving weapons after the trade of Amari Cooper to Dallas last season, it’s not clear that — even with good receivers — he has the ability to throw a reliable deep ball. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Carr ranked 26th in Raw QBR on passes thrown 15 yards deep or greater in 2018. On go routes in particular, just four of Carr’s nine pass attempts were deemed catchable. Brown is likely to command more than nine targets on his own next season based on his past production, but Carr will need to do his part delivering the ball to him.There is some hope for Carr deep. He was excellent when targeting seam routes, a type of deep route that is run vertically up the hashes near the middle of the field. According to charting by Sports Info Solutions, 13 of Carr’s 17 pass attempts on seam routes were graded as catchable, and three of those throws went for touchdowns. Carr also threw zero interceptions when targeting players deep up the hashes. However, it’s hard to measure how much Brown offers in Carr’s go-to route: He was targeted on only one seam last season — though he caught it for a 17-yard touchdown.If we look at routes that the Raiders employed frequently and Brown did run more often in Pittsburgh, the new Oakland receiver doesn’t compare that favorably to the production offered by Oakland’s 2018 receiving corps. On slant routes — short patterns run across the middle of the field at an angle — his expected points added (EPA) per play relative to the Raiders’ receivers was pedestrian. Oakland was collectively more than half an expected point better per play on slants than Brown was in Pittsburgh — with Jordy Nelson, Jared Cook and Seth Roberts all more productive on the route. Cook may end up leaving in free agency and could free up some of those targets, but Brown may not be able to make much of an impact in the short-area portion of the Raiders passing game. route nameRaiders receiversAntonio BrownEPA Diff. Seam+0.94+1.80+0.86 Antonio Brown can help the Raiders most on deeper routesExpected points added in the 2018 season by route type for wide receivers on the Oakland Raiders and for Antonio Brown Positive EPA difference reflects routes where Antonio Brown was more productive than the Raiders receivers collectively.Source: Sports Info solutions Dig+0.29-0.20-0.49 Slant+0.61+0.05-0.56 Go-0.11+0.85+0.96 Post+0.27-1.03-1.30 Comeback-0.52+1.27+1.79 Fade-0.17-0.31-0.14 There are also other concerns. Brown was ineffective in the middle of the field in general in 2018, posting negative EPA on digs and posts — two other in-breaking routes. He increasingly ceded targets over the middle to Juju Smith-Schuster, who is bigger, younger and perhaps more eager to put his body on the line for a reception. With no guaranteed money in Brown’s contract, self-preservation could have been a contributing factor to his seeming unwillingness to catch balls over the middle last season. At least that’s what the Raiders are hoping is the case: The alternative — that Brown is declining and no longer able to produce over the middle — is slightly terrifying for a team that just made Brown the highest-paid receiver in the league.Ultimately, how Oakland chooses to optimize around its new weapon will define its 2019 season. The Raiders are a team between homes and lacking a coherent identity. It’s unclear if they are in the midst of a long-term rebuild or if they believe they can field a team that will contend with Kansas City for a division title. Brown is still in his prime, but entering his age-31 season, he’s a player with more productive years behind than in front of him. His final years are probably not best spent with Carr throwing to him. Instead, Gruden and rookie GM Mike Mayock could use their fourth overall pick in the draft on a QB like Kyler Murray — a player who actually can throw deep with accuracy. Such a move would make sense for a franchise looking to build and would leverage Brown’s talents with an eye toward the future. After all, there are few things better for a young QB’s development than the luxury of throwing to a player who is a likely future Hall of Famer and who remains one of the league’s greatest receivers. Flat+0.08+0.40+0.32 Curl+0.20+0.40+0.20 EPA per target Out+0.20+0.52+0.32 From ABC News: read more

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September 28, 2019

Mens basketball Andre Wessons role expanding in Big Ten play without Keita

Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAfter the injury to junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, freshman forward Andre Wesson has been receiving some valuable minutes off the bench for Ohio State in his first year at the college level.Wesson was a starter throughout his career at Westerville South High School. He averaged 17 points, six rebounds and three assists as the senior leader on route to a 2016 Ohio Division I state title. Now at OSU, he has been asked to be a role player in his first season, but is showing his coaches and teammates alike what his abilities are on the basketball court.After the injury to Bates-Diop, OSU coach Thad Matta has relied on Wesson, not to mimic the highly touted forward, but to play his own style of basketball when his number is called.“I love the way Andre (Wesson) is playing right now,” Matta said. “Kind of coming into his own, and he’s different than Keita (Bates-Diop) but can do some of the same things.”In limited minutes off the bench in Big Ten play, Wesson has averaged 2.6 points per game, with only three rebounds and one assist. However, averaging only 9.7 minutes of playing time, the freshman is third on the team with five steals and has two blocks in conference play.In the Buckeyes’ last game against Minnesota on Wednesday, Wesson played a career-high 19 minutes and was a factor in the 78-72 victory. He connected on 6-of-7 foul shots and nailed a 3 in the second half to extend the lead to eight with 10 minutes remaining.Wesson’s minutes and production has spiked as he becomes more acquainted with the college game.“Just being more comfortable, getting used to the speed of the game,” Wesson said. “That’s probably the thing that has helped. Also, just changing gears a bit more and not playing at one speed. Just slowing down and letting the game slow down.”From what Wesson has done in practice, junior forward Jae’Sean Tate thinks that his production in the actual games will come with time.“He just has to keep getting more comfortable in the game because in practice, I mean when we go scarlet and gray, he dominates. I don’t think he ever misses two shots in a row,” Tate said. “He’s been playing good minutes and has been a big part of our offense and defense when he checks in. We are going to need him to do that and continue to get better.”Going forward, Wesson has some areas of the game where he knows he can improve. When it is all said and done, though, the team comes first.“Probably just being more assertive, being more aggressive on the offensive end,” Wesson said. “Just continuing to just do my job, whatever the team needs me to do to win.” read more

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September 28, 2019

A Jent of Gents Former Buckeye NBA coach joins Ohio States coaching

After securing what Thad Matta called the biggest recruit he’s ever gone after, the Ohio State basketball program introduced former Buckeye player and NBA coach Chris Jent as the latest addition to the OSU’s coaching staff on Wednesday. A native of Sparta, N.J., Jent scored 1,007 career points and was a part of two Big Ten championship teams at OSU from 1988-92. He will fill the opening on Matta’s staff that was created when former assistant coach Brandon Miller resigned two weeks ago to spend more time with his family. Jent said that there were multiple factors he considered before taking the job at OSU. “It was definitely two-headed,” Jent said. “The pull to the university and also to work with coach Matta and his staff allows me to expand my experience in coaching. The fact that it’s my alma mater and a place I have a strong tie to, a strong gut feeling towards, and a great amount of passion to, made it easy.” Jent leaves behind him an assistant coaching and director of player development position with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While in Cleveland, Jent also served as a personal shooting coach to two-time NBA MVP LeBron James. Matta said that he expects Jent’s relationship with the former Cavaliers star to work to his advantage as he will be attempting to recruit players for the first time in his career. “It’s no secret that Chris was one of the best in the NBA at making players better,” Matta said. “I don’t know if I could have got anybody better in the country than what he’s going to bring to the table in that regard.” When Jent’s playing career at OSU ended in 1992, the 6-foot-7 Jent played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association and in Spain before he was signed by the NBA’s Houston Rockets in 1994. Jent won the 1994 NBA title later that season. After playing in a combined 14 regular season and playoff games for the Rockets, Jent returned to the CBA, and also played professionally in Australia and Italy before returning to the NBA when he signed with the New York Knicks in 1997. Jent played in three games for the Knicks and ended his playing career in 2001 after additional stints in Italy, Greece, and the United States Basketball League. Jent signed on to become an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2000–04 NBA season before taking a similar role with Orlando Magic in 2004–05. Jent compiled a 5–13 record as the interim head coach of the Magic after former head coach Johnny Davis was fired. Following his lone season with the Magic, Jent returned to Columbus to complete his degree at OSU. It was there that he first met Matta, and served as an unofficial assistant to the team. Jent said that he walked away from OSU impressed by the culture that Matta had created around the program in just his second year as the Buckeyes’ head coach. “At that time, I saw a group of driven individuals that really cared for one another,” Jent said. “Ten kids were in uniform and none of them missed a practice. They didn’t miss one practice. And that just showed how much they care for another.” Jent said that leaving Cleveland for his alma mater and the two-time defending Big Ten champions was a tough call. “Outside of real life decisions, this is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Jent said. “Loved every day I went to work (in Cleveland). For me to leave that, it could only have been this type of situation.” Dan Wallenberg, spokesman for OSU athletics, confirmed to The Lantern that Jent’s contract is not complete. The Buckeyes have not released their schedule for the upcoming season. Tyler Robinson contributed to this article. read more

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September 14, 2019

Active Interest Media Buys Marine Group Assets from Source Interlink

first_imgThis is the second acquisition AIM has done with Source Interlink. In 2010, AIM bought 7 print magazines serving the equine market, including EQUUS.And with this deal, AIM has built up a significant marine group, having purchased Passagemaker and Passagemaker’s Trawlerfest event, along with the Soundings brands from Dominion Enterprises in July, 2011. The company already had Yachts International magazine and produces the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and other boat shows in St. Petersberg and Sarasota.According to Clurman, the deal closed on the first of February, and the back office and other systems will be decoupled from Source Interlink by early April. Sail will remain in its Boston offices, while Power & Motoryacht will relocate from New York City to the Essex, CT office where the Soundings titles are produced. Active Interest Media, the enthusiast publisher with titles and events in the healthy living, home buying, marine and outdoor markets, has taken over the marine group from Source Interlink Media in an asset deal. The brands included in the transaction are Power & Motoryacht and Sail. Terms were not released, but AIM is effectively taking over the publishing of the brands in an asset deal, with a performance-based buyout down the road—a deal similar to one AIM’s outdoor group did with Skram Media in June, 2010. AIM COO Andy Clurman declined to offer more details on the terms of the deal, only noting it was an asset sale, not a stock-based transaction. Power & Motoryacht is a monthly with a circulation of almost 150,000. According to Source Interlink, its website gets about 150,000 monthly uniques. Sail, also monthly, claims a rate base of 100,000.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Love happens without intimation

first_imgI’m 32, married for 5 years. I love my husband but I think I’ve fallen in love with someone else. What should I do?Love happens without intimation and ‘love’ as a feeling can never be defined or dictated. I understand that the feeling of love for someone outside your marriage can lead to a suppressed feeling of guilt. But, honestly speaking – cool down, relax! As long as you are happy with this new season of love and its colors, don’t bother your nerves. Always remember, anything that ensures peaceful sleep and constant happiness is welcome. Just one word of caution, keep your personal life to yourself. Don’t speak about it to others. Have a happy life dear. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I’m from South Delhi. I recently got engaged, I have physical intimacy with my fiancé. But somehow, I fantasise about her sister a lot.There’s a problem for sure! Specially if the ‘fantasy’ doesn’t maintain its secrecy! Its  all in your mind. There are millions who fantasise models, actors while getting intimate with their partners. And no rule book for penalizing such acts. All I can say, Be careful!Your ‘would-be’ would be really shattered if she knows it. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSo either concentrate and take her more seriously and get the sister out of your mind or marry the sister. Or change your mind and marry a completely new person who probably has no ‘sister’.But whatever you do, be quiet about it. I am 59. Met a young girl on internet. She’s taking a lot of interest in me. I’m getting nervous. What should I do?Congrats! That’s amazing!  Age should never be a reason to hold you back from exploring. If you’re happy with this ‘new episode’ of internet buddies, just get happier! You’ve nothing to win or lose and mental happiness over all is the biggest trophy. So, dear friend, just browse on, just flow on. We have two kids and I love my wife. But couple of months back, my old girlfriend got in touch and I got to know that she’s divorced. We are in touch and I went out for coffee with her twice. I’m very guilty suppressing it from my wife as I fear if she hears, her heart will break. What should I do? Depends on your personal equation with her. Tell her only if you guys are real good friends. Its sometimes very difficult for Indian woman to accept any face beside her man easily. So, let the ice melt on its own. Don’t rush to reveal. Let the coffee breaks continue peacefully  so that life remains happy for all.I love my wife but don’t enjoy our physical chemistry as she’s damn frigid. I don’t know how to make it better.You should start from the basics. Begin from the beginning. Start from adding small touches of love, surprise kisses, hugs. Just holding on and longer can turn it magically. Try to seduce her at any unexpected moment – the kitchen, the garden, the, those corners of home that remain unexplored. Get wild there. You can watch porn together and talk about it. Intimate conversations during sex and talking about sex may work for her. Keep exploring, read books and keep loving her. At the end of the day we all know what stays.I am in high school. I have developed the habit of watching porn everyday. I am unable to stop. What can I do? Is it normal. Listen dear, you have to come out of it gradually. Pornography is unreal and if you continue then you might lose interest in having sex with your partner/partners in the future. The virtual is a fantasy and it has to get over someday. Watch them but less.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

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August 16, 2019

Air India owned subsidiary launches new flights to boost Connect India programme

first_imgAlliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, has introduced new flights on Delhi–Jammu, Bengaluru–Vijayawada and Kolkata–Agartala sectors. The flights on the Bengaluru–Vijayawada and Kolkata–Agartala sectors have started operations. The ATR 42-320 aircraft will be operated on the Bengaluru– Vijayawada–Bengaluru and Kolkata–Agartala– Kolkata routes.The flight AI9507/9508 will operate five days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) departing from Bengaluru at 16:00 hrs and will arrive Vijayawada at 17:30 hrs. On the return, AI-9508 will depart from Vijayawada at 17:50 hrs and reach Bengaluru at 19:20 hrs.The evening frequency from Kolkata to Agartala will operate five days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). AI9715 from Kolkata will depart at 17:10 hrs and will reach Agartala at 18:15 hrs. The return flight AI9716 will depart from Agartala at 18:35 hrs and will reach Kolkata at 19:40 hrs.Air India has started operating additional frequency thrice a week on its existing route of Delhi– Jammu–Delhi. Operating with Bombardier jet aircraft, the flight AI9613 will depart from Delhi at 07:45 hrs and will reach Jammu at 09:00 hrs. The return flight from Jammu, AI9614 will depart at 09:30 hrs and will touchdown at Delhi at 10:45 hrs.last_img read more

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August 11, 2019

Fans celebrate with UCLAs Josh Rosen center righ

first_imgFans celebrate with UCLA’s Josh Rosen, center right, after Rosen was selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) The Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback of the future and No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen was widely considered as one of the two best quarterback prospects in the draft for most of the college football season.Rosen was a Freshman All-American at UCLA and thrived as a sophomore and junior, gaining momentum as a quarterback prospect who could do it all.Related LinksCardinals trade with Raiders, select QB Josh Rosen in 2018 NFL DraftCall it robbery: Cardinals hit home run with trade, pick of QB Josh RosenCardinals view Josh Rosen’s outspoken personality as a plusWhy then, did Rosen fall all the way to 10th — where the Cardinals traded up from No. 15 with the Oakland Raiders — and go after the likes of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen? November 2017 – Second concussionIn the season finale against Cal, Rosen had his second concussion of the season and would sit out the rest of the game.December 2017 – Sits out bowl gameStill dealing with concussion symptoms, Rosen sat out his team’s bowl game against Kansas State. He declared for the NFL Draft. In an interview with ESPN in April, Rosen said he regretted having a woman with him in the picture.“I enjoy making people laugh, but what I find funny and put online, others might misconstrue and find jerkish,” he said. “I need to refine my message but not lose who I am.”April 2016 – (Expletive) Trump hatRosen took to Instagram again for his latest controversy, this time sporting a hat that read “(Expletive) Trump” while he was golfing on a Donald Trump golf course. Rosen would delete the post. josh rosen snapped on em pic.twitter.com/NVqYk6b7M2— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) April 24, 2018 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo May 2016 – Calls out UCLAUpon seeing the news that his school had signed a $280 million shoe deal with Under Armour, Rosen took to Instagram to criticize the news.November 2016 – Ruled out after shoulder injuryRosen would only play in six games in 2016, missing the rest of the season due to a right shoulder injury. Rosen had surgery done on the shoulder to repair soft-tissue damage.August 2017 – Another shot at NCAA amateurismRosen once again spoke out against the NCAA amateurism rule in an interview with Bleacher Report.Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers.October 2017 – First concussionRosen suffered a concussion in the eighth game of the year against Washington. He missed one start and played the rest of the regular season. Rosen was asked after being drafted as to why he thinks he fell and he responded by saying, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”Rosen’s injuries and outspokenness off the field reportedly played a factor. Here’s a timeline of all those events off the field.October 2015 — Hot tub RosenRosen’s dorm room when he was a freshman included a hot tub and there were a few social media posts to go along with it. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On topic of Josh Rosen’s concussion and sitting out Bowl game. Claims he really only has had 3 in his life. UCLA policy – 2 concussions in 4 weeks meant he must sit out minimum 6 weeks #Cardinals— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 27, 2018April 2018 – Wants to win the most Super Bowls everIn an interview with ESPN, Rosen stated how much greatness he really wants to achieve in the NFL.I want to be great — in everything I do. As far as football, I always looked up to Kellen Moore of Boise State. I thought it was the coolest thing that he was the winningest QB of all time. I thought that was a cool word: winningest. So I want to be the winningest QB in NFL history. I want to win the most games and most championships. I’d say six titles, but if Tom Brady gets six, I’ll say sevenApril 2018 – Not shy about taking shots at other quarterbacksWhen speaking about the adversity he has faced in his career and being ranked No. 2, Rosen wasn’t afraid to reference other quarterbacks to make his point. Comments   Share   Top Stories – / 97 LISTEN: Steve Wilks, Cardinals Head Coach Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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August 9, 2019

Michigan State Police official joins Rep Iden for Sept 11 ceremony

first_img Categories: Iden News,News 06Sep Michigan State Police official joins Rep. Iden for Sept. 11 ceremony PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden (left), of Oshtemo Township, is joined by Inspector Dale Hinz, Assistant Commander of Michigan State Police’s 5th District, on Thursday during a Michigan House session commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.last_img

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August 7, 2019

BT has issued a strong defence of infrastructure a

first_imgBT has issued a strong defence of infrastructure arm Openreach’s continued operation as part of the BT Group and has highlighted what it says are continuing problems in the pay TV market as a result of Sky’s dominance in its submission to Ofcom’s Digital Communications Review.Under assault from Sky over Openreach’s alleged lack of progress in rolling out ultra-fast broadband amid calls for the infrastructure unit to be separated from its parent organisation, BT said it was vital that Openreach remained part of the group to enable it to benefit from BT’s capital and the £500 million a year that the telco spends on research and development.BT cited data that it said showed the UK currently leads the EU biggest five nations in super-fast broadband coverage, take-up and competition, as well as pricing.BT called for changes to the UK’s regulatory regime including a long-term commitment from Ofcom to provide certainty and clarity, polices to encourage large-scale investment, support for consolidation when it benefits competition and brings about investment, a better balance between service quality and price, a level-playing field in pay TV and simplification of current regulations.BT said that regulation of pay TV had been “lopsided”, with Sky being given highly-regulated access to the Openreach network while BT has struggled to obtain similar wholesale deals with Sky for content.In particular, BT called for Ofcom to focus on the pay TV market, where it said “competition has failed” and to enfource the ability of consumers to switch bundled product providers, enabling them to easily transfer from one multi-play provider to another.BT highlighted its commitment to aim for a new minimum breoadband speed of 5-10Mbps for every home and business, to extend the reach of fibre beyond the government’s 95% target, and to deliver 300-500Mbps broadband to 10 million premises by 2020 and to the majority of UK premises by 2025.Other commitments include one to improve on-time delivery for consumer customers to 95% by 2017.“We are now at a critical point in the development of the UK as a digital nation. Broadband has become central to our economic and social life today and the industry must therefore invest to meet this growth in customer expectations and demand,” said BT CEO Gavin Patterson.“BT is driving the transformation of Britain’s digital infrastructure but we need the right regulatory regime that supports fair competition for all and large scale investment. With this in place, there is no doubt that we can meet the challenges of the next decade, fulfilling the needs of consumers and businesses, driving the growth of the UK economy and supporting social progress for the whole country. Ofcom has the opportunity to level the playing field by tackling Sky’s dominance of Pay TV. That dominance has led to poor outcomes for UK consumers and it is about time that converged regulation was introduced to deal with a converged market. The current lop sided approach isn’t serving customers well.”last_img read more

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August 6, 2019

Net Insight a leading provider in streaming medi

first_imgNet Insight, a leading provider in streaming, media transport and resource scheduling, has announced a new organisational structure.Henrik SundThe company says the shake-up will deliver “a sharper customer focus and a clearer division of product and business responsibilities”.The new organisational structure, effective from October 4, 2018, is based on the existing group-wide sales organisation. As a result, the new management will comprise Henrik Sund, interim CEO; Pelle Bourn, CFO; Maria Hellström, COO; Marcus Sandberg, VP Strategy & MarCom; Alan Ryan, VP Sales; Ulrik Rohne, VP Media Networks; Gustav Grundström, VP OTT and Judy Fick, VP Resource Optimisation.Sund said: “Technological progress and changing customer behaviours mean we need to step up our rate of change. This has led us to introduce a more streamlined organisational structure, focused on increasing growth and profit by a clearer division of business and product responsibilities, but mainly a sharpened customer focus.”Net Insight’s offerings cover the entire media chain from TV cameras and TV studios, right through to the TV consumers. It has more than 500 customers in 60 countries and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.last_img read more

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August 6, 2019

Disneyowned sports broadcaster ESPN has announced

first_imgDisney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN has announced the launch of EXP, an esports event series.The company said that EXP competitions will be a mix of professional, collegiate and pro-am formats, with multiple game IP and genres featured across the series. Live event distribution will be via multiple digital platforms including the ESPN app, and a tape-delayed show focused on key moments and storylines will debut across ESPN/ABC linear networks after each event. “Leaning in to esports represents ESPN’s focus on serving sports fans and expanding audiences,” said Justin Connolly, executive vice president of Disney & ESPN affiliate sales and marketing. “We remain committed to serving gaming fans across all platforms and content types, and Apex Legends is a great title to showcase EXP’s vision of offering world-class live esports events anchored by storytelling and multi-platform distribution.”The next confirmed event of the EXP series will be based around the Electronic Arts (EA) published title Apex Legends, which has over 50 million players worldwide. The EXP Pro-Am Apex Legends Exhibition will take place during the week of July 1. Following that will be the EXP Invitational – Apex Legends at X Games Minneapolis, held August 1-4 at US Bank Stadium. Apex Legends will be the only esports event showcased at X Games Minneapolis 2019. John Lasker, vice president of digital programming at ESPN“We are proud ESPN continues to be at the forefront of the growth and popularity of esports, collaborating with some of the top publishers in the industry including EA for our first-ever esports event series. EXP, short for experience, has been central to gaming history, and giving fans a great experience is central to our strategy at ESPN.”John Needham, Riot GamesElsewhere in the world of esports, Riot Games has promoted John Needham to the role of global head of League of Legends esports.  He previously served as the company’s managing director of Europe and North America. Needham will oversee the company’s efforts to expand internationally with the accelerated growth of regional leagues.last_img read more

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July 31, 2019

Disabled activists have criticised a council for p

first_imgDisabled activists have criticised a council for pushing ahead with “discriminatory” plans for a memorial to victims of the Peterloo massacre – who died 200 years ago in the cause of equality – that will be completely inaccessible to many disabled people.The new memorial is set to be unveiled on 16 August, the 200th anniversary of the attack by paramilitary and military forces on more than 60,000 peaceful, pro-democracy and anti-poverty protesters in Manchester, which led to 18 deaths and nearly 700 serious injuries.The memorial (pictured) will be positioned near what was known in 1819 as St Peter’s Fields, the site of the massacre, and will be outside the current Manchester Central Convention Centre, which just a few weeks after the unveiling will host the Conservative party’s annual conference.It has been designed by artist Jeremy Deller as a series of concentric circles, with members of the public encouraged to climb the steps to a flat top.But the memorial, which has been funded by Manchester City Council, will be completely inaccessible to many disabled people, even though it has been designed to allow it to be used as a platform for speakers and demonstrators, mirroring those who spoke during the protest in 1819.Now a string of disabled activists from Manchester have attacked the council’s refusal to ensure that the memorial is accessible.Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), said: “Manchester City Council (MCC) is failing to deliver a fitting memorial.“Their chosen stepped design purposefully excludes disabled people.”In March, the designs were approved by Manchester City Council’s planning department, despite objections from GMCDP and others during the consultation and planning process and meetings with council leader Sir Richard Leese.Hilton said: “Manchester has a reputation of pulling together and lining up shoulder to shoulder in defiance of injustice, ignorance and segregation.“We are certain that once the campaign message is more widely heard the public will be as outraged as disabled people are and the council will be forced to listen and make the necessary changes.”Mark Todd, a former city council access officer, who started a Facebook page to protest at the design of the memorial – and who calls it “a monument to discrimination” – said the group was “angry and shocked” that it was going ahead “despite it being inaccessible to disabled people and others who cannot climb steps”.They believe this is “an act of exclusion that denies disabled people a voice, a blatant act of discrimination”, with the memorial “set to become a glaring metaphor for inequality and segregation with disabled people at the bottom of the memorial, literally being talked down to”.The group has called for a “major reworking” of the memorial by Manchester City Council (MCC), to make it accessible to those unable to climb steps, with options “explored in a full, open, transparent and public manner”.The group said that anything less would be a “breathtaking act of hypocrisy” and “an abandonment of the ideals of liberty and equality which moved those citizens to gather in St Peter’s Fields on 16th August 1819”.Dennis Queen, from Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “We think MCC choosing to deliberately create a platform inaccessible for all speakers – or signers – sends a clear message against democracy for all in Manchester – the exact opposite of the aims of the memorial.”Flick Harris, chair of Manchester Disabled People’s Access Group, said she and her colleagues were “shocked” that the council had approved the “newly designed inaccessible and unsafe Peterloo monument”.She said: “Any new designs and projects should be accessible for everyone or no-one.”Alan Holdsworth, a former Manchester resident who now lives in the US, where he is a member of the ADAPT grassroots disability rights organisation, said: “As a former Mancunian on behalf of ADAPT we are appalled that in 2019 we still have to fight against segregation and exclusion from the Peterloo massacre memorial.”Holdsworth, who founded the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) in the UK, said: “What makes us more angry is that although disabled people were part of the consultation process their voices, ideas and reservations were ignored.“We call on the council to halt the process and include disabled people and accessibility in the design.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “While DPAC realise that the new Peterloo memorial is to celebrate the martyrdom of 19th century activists it remains totally unacceptable in what is now the 21st century for any sector of our society – in this case disabled people – to be deliberately excluded from access to that memorial.“We are appalled that disabled people’s concerns have been repeatedly ignored by Manchester City Council and call for an immediate redesign of this structure, together with disabled people, so that all citizens are able to access it equally.”Although some changes have been made as a result of concerns about access, including the addition of a handrail, it appears that wheelchair-users will still only be able to reach the height of the lowest of the circles via a ramp.But the council made it clear to DNS yesterday (Wednesday) that it was unlikely that any further major changes would now be made, stating: “We are happy to continue dialogue and explore whether anything further can be done to address concerns but it is unlikely there could be any fundamental changes.”A council spokesperson said earlier: “We have engaged, and will continue to engage, with people who are disabled in order to make this memorial accessible while recognising that this is not a building or similar structure but a piece of public art.“Significant changes to the original design were made in response to this dialogue throughout the design’s development including the incorporation of a ramp and handrail and the replacement of tiles covering the memorial with stone to reduce slip hazards.“The specific design elements which provide information about Peterloo are all accessible.“We have taken these considerations seriously. While we respect the fact that some people feel that these changes still do not go far enough, we believe we have done the best we realistically can allowing for the constraints of the site, and this is the only feasible site in the original Peter’s Fields area.“Further mooted changes to the approved and already amended design would require new planning approvals and mean the project couldn’t be completed in time for the 200th anniversary commemorations.”Deller, whose work often focuses on political and social themes, expressed sympathy with the position of disabled campaigners and told Disability News Service: “I take responsibility for not considering enough the needs of people in wheelchairs.”He said further changes were suggested to improve access after the memorial secured planning permission, but he said the council had decided they were “so substantial it would have meant total redesign” and so were “not practical” because work had already begun.He said he still hoped that “once the memorial is built there might be a way to adapt it for wheelchairs”, but he had not responded by noon today (Thursday) to the council’s position that it was probably too late for further major changes.A spokesperson for the Peterloo Memorial Campaign, which campaigned for years for a memorial to be built, said disabled people were “right to be frustrated and angry about the lack of access to the monument”.He said: “In addition to commemorating the massacre, the memorial has been designed as a platform for speakers and demonstrators, but people using wheelchairs or unable to climb steps cannot use it fully.”He added: “We accept our share of responsibility for not immediately spotting this issue when the design was unveiled. “We have worked with the council, the artist and disabled people involved in or supportive of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign to try and find a ‘retrofit’ solution.“We are disappointed to be informed by the council that no solution is viable in the limited time left available.”The names of those who died, and the villages and towns of the protesters, will be engraved on the memorial, while those visiting will be shown the direction of other parts of the world where significant protests have taken place, such as Tiananmen Square, Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Gdansk in Poland.A smaller circle at ground-floor level will reproduce the information so that those who cannot climb the steps will be able to read it.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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July 31, 2019

ENGLAND bounced back from their openingday defeat

first_imgENGLAND bounced back from their opening-day defeat to Australia with a convincing win over Ireland in front of a stadium-record crowd at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, writes Liam Williams.England controlled the game from the first minute to the last, and got off to a perfect start when Ryan Hall scored after two minutes. He completed a first half hat-trick and further tries from Tom Briscoe and Brett Ferres to give England a 30-0 lead at half-time.Ireland restored some order to their defence in the second half, conceding just two more tries from Kallum Watkins and Rangi Chase, but they weren’t able to crack England’s impressive defence.The hosts got off to a blistering start, and capitalised on an error by Tyrone McCarthy, Leroy Cudjoe sending in Hall to open the scoring. Sinfield’s conversion attempt rebounded off the post before another Irish handling allowed them to go further ahead. Rory Kostjasyn spilled the ball, allowing Brett Ferres to link up with his Giants team-mate Cudjoe, who again found Hall to score his and England’s second, Sinfield converting this time.Cudjoe was in the thick of the action once more when he held off several Irish defenders before finding Rangi Chase whose kick was well taken by Briscoe to notch up England’s third try of the game.Briscoe scored his second when Sam Tomkins broke through the Irish line before passing to the Leeds-bound winger who ran on unchallenged to the try-line.This was followed by the try of the game. A fantastic move involving Watkins, Ben Westwood, Sinfield ended with Cudjoe again finding Hall who collected his hat-trick with an impressive finish.Soon after Tomkins again broke through the Irish line and found Ferres, who went over to score on his home ground to give England a 30-0 lead at the break.Ireland started the second half with more resolute defending and some good attacking combinations but failed to break through. England then increased their lead when Watkins crossed after he took the palmed-down ball from Briscoe.Chase was next to add his name to the score sheet when he latched onto Tomkins’s grubber, following some smart play from the full-back.Damien Blanch came close to registering points for Ireland when he looked to latch onto Liam Finn’s kick out wide, but he failed to take the high ball and the chance went begging.England1 Sam Tomkins2 Tom Briscoe3 Kallum Watkins4 Leroy Cudjoe5 Ryan Hall6 Rangi Chase7 Kevin Sinfield8 Chris Hill9 James Roby10 George Burgess11 Brett Ferres12 Ben Westwood13 Sean O’LoughlinInterchange14 Gareth Widdop15 Carl Ablett16 Thomas Burgess17 James GrahamIreland1 James Mendeika2 Damien Blanch3 Stuart Littler4 Apirana Pewhairangi5 Pat Richards6 Ben Currie7 Liam Finn8 Brett White9 Rory Kostjasyn10 James Hasson11 Simon Finnigan12 Dave Allen13 Tyrone McCarthyInterchange14 Bob Beswick15 Luke Ambler16 Danny Bridge17 Anthony MullallyReferee: Thierry Alibert (France)England 42Tries: Hall 3, Briscoe 2, Ferres, Watkins, Chase; Goals: Sinfield 4, WiddopIreland 0Attendance: 24,375last_img read more

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July 26, 2019

Hey Writers Need an Idea The Copyrights on a Bunch of Classics

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read January 4, 2019 Associate Editor –shares Entrepreneur Staff 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Joan Oleck Hey Writers, Need an Idea? The Copyrights on a Bunch of Classics Have Expired and Are Ready for the Zombie Treatmentcenter_img Next Article Add to Queue If you’ve ever longed to write a novel or a play or a poem or a blog and are hurting for an idea, sharpen that quill pen or fire up that digital device — your opportunity has arrived! Depending on how you stand on the whole re-imagined vs. ripoff debate, a shelf-load of classic works are now in the public domain and ready to be mined.As the New York Times reported over the weekend in a front-page story, Congress passed a law in 1998 lengthening copyright protections by 20 years over and above the 75-year protection assigned works published between 1923 and 1977. That meant 95 years of protection, followed by the current free-for-all each January as a new set of works lose their protected status.This January 1, 2019, works in this category, dating from 1923, included greats from authors ranging from Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and D. H. Lawrence to P. G. Wodehouse, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Frost and Virginia Woolf — to name just a few.Related: What Businesses Should Know About Copyright and Twitter UseZombies not your thing? Perhaps a business book would be more up your alley. The Curious Case of Elon Musk, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is totally up for grabs. Get to typing!Got some more ideas for redos of works from 1923 or earlier? Put them in the comments section. Copyrights Image credit: Lionsgate In 2009, Seth Grahame-Smith scored big with ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ when the Jane Austen classic became public domain. Apply Now »last_img read more

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July 18, 2019

Finding homeless patients a place to heal

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 3 2019After they amputated the second toe on John Trumbla’s right foot last summer, doctors sent him to a nursing home because he still needed medical care — but not necessarily a hospital bed.The proud, burly Army veteran resisted at first, but he didn’t have a choice. Before his hospitalization at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Trumbla, 56, and his wife had been homeless, crashing in his boss’s construction shop or living out of their station wagon.Trumbla spent six months at the nursing home, Skyline Healthcare Center, while social workers sought housing vouchers and scouted rental leads. But nothing panned out. When he finally left Skyline in mid-February, he stayed at a motel for a night before heading back to his boss’s shop.”We might just have to leave this area. I don’t want to, but I also don’t want to live on the streets,” Trumbla said from his bed at Skyline in early February, citing the San Francisco Bay Area’s astronomical rents.Skyline allocates 15 beds to the Santa Clara hospital for patients who are homeless or have no one to care for them at home. It’s part of a year-old partnership born of necessity. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, like many other hospitals in the state, has struggled to find suitable accommodations for a growing number of homeless patients who need follow-up medical attention after they’re discharged, said Dr. Raymond Chan, co-director of the hospital’s program at Skyline.In Santa Clara County, the number of homeless patient discharges from hospitals jumped 42% from 2015 to 2017, according to data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.Statewide, hospitals discharged homeless patients nearly 100,000 times in 2017, a 28% increase over 2015. The discharges include 2,608 deaths in hospitals from 2015 to 2017.As hospitals contend with the dramatic growth in homeless patients, they must comply with a new state law, implemented in January, which requires them to provide homeless patients a meal, clothes and vaccine screenings before discharging them.Hospitals also must try to find the patients a bed at a safe destination, offer them transportation there and document the steps they have taken to do so.Skyline Healthcare Center, a nursing home in San Jose, provides 15 beds to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center primarily for its homeless patients upon discharge. This allows patients to fully recover before finding housing or returning to the streets. (Newsha Naderzad for Kaiser Health News)If a hospital cannot find a bed for a patient, or if the patient refuses help, he can go to a location of his choice, including back to the streets.The requirements expand on July 1. Starting then, hospitals will have to keep a log of the homeless patients they discharge and where they go, among other mandates.Legislators passed the law in response to reports that hospitals were dumping homeless patients on the streets with little more than their hospital gowns. One Sacramento woman who had undergone a double mastectomy was sent to a Salvation Army shelter after her discharge, only to find there were no available beds. She had to sleep in her car, The Sacramento Bee reported.Several California hospitals have settled lawsuits in response to such allegations.But finding a suitable place for each patient isn’t as easy as calling a shelter and securing a cot. There simply aren’t enough places — or, in some cases, the right places — to send these individuals, hospitals say.Some patients need more follow-up care and monitoring than might be available in a basic shelter.”We knew that the challenge for our hospitals would be what to do with patients who require services when there are few programs, spaces and beds available for post-acute care,” said Peggy Wheeler, vice president of rural health at the California Hospital Association, which initially opposed the legislation.If appropriate settings aren’t available for homeless patients who need to heal from a wound or require follow-up treatment, some of them may stay in the hospital longer than necessary, Wheeler said.Related StoriesStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably needStudy estimates health care costs of uncontrolled asthma in the U.S. over next 20 yearsRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infections”This puts hospitals in a situation where they don’t have a bed available for someone who does need acute care,” she said.Homeless patients with complex medical needs are especially difficult to place in rural communities because of a lack of adequate services, said Brenda Robertson, care management regional director for Adventist Health hospitals in central California.”Most shelters will not accept a patient on oxygen, and a subset of younger, aggressive behavioral health patients are not appropriate to be placed in a skilled nursing facility amongst frail elders,” Robertson said.Many of these patients need transitional care where they can rest and recover before being on their own again, she said. “But in central California there really isn’t much.”Bigger cities have more resources — but also more homeless patients.Last year, the nonprofit National Health Foundation opened a 62-bed facility in downtown Los Angeles for discharged hospital patients who need less intensive medical oversight than a nursing home provides. Patients at that facility have access to case managers who arrange for transportation and food, and try to find them permanent housing.Area hospitals often reserve beds at the facility for discharged homeless patients, said Jennifer Bayer, vice president of external affairs at the Hospital Association of Southern California. At least one health plan also leases beds there for its enrollees.Dr. Huy Ngo (left) helps oversee 15 beds at a nursing home in San Jose where some homeless patients are sent to recover after being discharged from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Physician assistant Claire Rai (center) and Dr. Pamela Sebastian join him to check on these patients, most of whom have chronic illnesses. (Newsha Naderzad for Kaiser Health News)In San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center sent 55 patients, including Trumbla, to Skyline Health Care Center in the first 10 months of the partnership, said Dr. Huy Ngo, who oversees the program along with Chan. Medical services for those patients are primarily covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income residents.During that period, Skyline discharged 42 of the patients, the majority into long-term housing programs or to family members and friends, said Ngo. Of those, six were readmitted to the hospital — a low number for this population, Ngo said.That was encouraging, he said, but “we know 15 beds don’t even begin to meet the needs” of the homeless population in Santa Clara County.The homeless count in 2017 showed 7,394 homeless people in the county, with the majority in San Jose.A month after his discharge, Trumbla still lives in his boss’s shop. But his toe has healed, and he credits the six months at the nursing home for helping him control his diabetes. He planned to start working again in construction this month.But his wife, Manda Upham, is now in a hospital because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, Trumbla said. It’s possible she might be transferred to a hospital outside of San Jose.”More hospitals and no housing in sight yet,” Trumbla lamented. “It’s getting complicated again.”This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

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