Green Jags, Germans battle for supremacy tonight

first_imgMohamed’s Enterprise/ExxonMobil futsal…The Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) hard court will tonight be illuminated from 19:00hrs for the finale of the Mohamed’s Enterprise/ExxonMobil futsal tournament, which sees Figgy Green Jags and Germans United playing for top honours.This is the final of seven nights of high intensity futsal involving 20 teams from Linden, Georgetown and West Demerara; and according to a release, organisers of the event, New Era Entertainment, have stated that all systems are in place for fans to enjoy the anticipated matches in a safe and secure environment.Jags are pegged as the favourites to lift the championship trophy while pocketing the $600,000 first place cash prize, but the road ahead in this regard is not easy; as, unlike the 14-8 semifinal victory against Quiet Storm, they come up against the doughty Germans.John ‘Brown boy’ Waldron, with his flair and power shots, will be one of the players to watch for the fan favourites Jags, while the youthful Andre Mayers of Germans United has proven that he is capable of keeping up the pace and outperforming many of the seasoned campaigners in Linden.The evening starts with an exhibition match between Silver Shattas and High Star, and this would surely be a worthy warm-up to pique the fans’ interest in what ought to be a suspenseful third place playoff between Quiet Storm and Goodfellas.The third match of the night will involve the animated Harry’s Seven and Nut Genasyde before the finale.The runners-up will receive a handsome $250,000, third place winners $100,000 and fourth place winners $50,000.The sponsors of the tournament include Mohammed’s Enterprise, ExxonMobil, Bakewell, Cell Smart, Power Producers & Distributors Incorporated (PPDI), Stag Beer, Dragon Stout, Sankar’s Auto Works and Bumper to Bumper Services.last_img read more

Foozi fun on Football Fridays

first_img2 October 2009Johannesburg companies looking to add some fun to their Football Fridays can now rent foosball tables at special rates, delivery included – or stand a chance of getting one for free.Advertising and branding company Foozi Gaming has come out in support of the Football Fridays initiative, launched by the country’s major 2010 Fifa World Cup™ partners in order to grow enthusiasm for football and support for the national team, Bafana Bafana.Each week for the rest of the year, four companies in the greater Johannesburg area can win the use of a Foozi foosball table rent-free, offering them and their employees an exciting, competitive, entertaining and team building Football Friday.To stand a chance to win, companies can enter their details on draw takes place every Wednesday, and companies will be contacted by Thursday morning if they have won. (Entering just once will put companies in the draw for the rest of the year.)Foozi has also put together a special Football Fridays rental package for companies based in Johannesburg, offering them the use of a Foozi branded foosball tables for only R499 including delivery – less than half the normal rental price to deliver on a Friday morning and collect on Monday. Other areas will be quoted for separately.Companies can take advantage of this offer by calling 08600 FOOZI (36694) or e-mailing [email protected]“Foozi is 100% behind this fantastic initiative, and we aim to show our support and enthusiasm in a way that builds patriotism for 2010,” says Damon Freeman, chief negotiator, marketer and overall nice guy of Foozi Gaming. “We have also put numerous Foozi specials together for marketers and advertisers aiming to tap into the mass youth market.”The first four winners of rent-free Foozi tables, on 25 September, were FNB Payroll, Fleischman-Hillard, Thuso Design and Indigo Marketing.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

10 months agoJuventus ponder bid for Man Utd striker Romelu Lukaku

first_imgJuventus ponder bid for Man Utd striker Romelu Lukakuby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are lining up a bid for Manchester United striker Romelu says the Serie A league leaders are on the hunt for forwards to take over from players like 32-year-old Mario Mandzukic.Belgian striker Lukaku has scored six goals in 22 appearances for United so far in this campaign.The 25-year-old, who missed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first win as United boss on Saturday due to compassionate leave, is not the only United player on the Italian club’s radar. Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has held talks with Juventus but United do not wish to sell him. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Chamber of Commerce to host Wilkinson and Davies for Speaker Series Luncheon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Speaker Series Luncheon on Wednesday, May 22 at the Northern Grand Hotel.The Luncheon will feature guest speakers Official Opposition Leader, Andrew Wilkinson, and local MLA Dan Davies.Wilkinson and Davies will be providing an update on the current status of Provincial Government issues that are important to the Peace Region. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, in a Q&A session, following the presentation.The Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Luncheon is taking place on Wednesday, May 22 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Northern Grand Hotel.For more information, and to register for this event, you can visit the Chamber of Commerce’s website.last_img

Court sentences convict Yakub Pataliya to life imprisonment

first_imgAhmedabad: A special SIT court in Gujarat on Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case.The court of Special SIT judge H C Vora convicted Yakub Pataliya based on submissions made earlier in the case by five other accused. Pataliya was arrested by the Godhra Police in January 2018, nearly 16 years after being booked in connection with the incident in which 59 ‘karsevaks’ were burnt alive in two coaches of the Sabarmati Express. His trial was held at a special court set up at the Sabarmati Central Jail here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He was accused of being a part of the mob that torched the coaches of Sabarmati Express near the Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002, killing 59 ‘karsevaks’ and triggering state-wide riots. Earlier, the special SIT court convicted 31 people in the case on March 1, 2011. It later awarded death sentence to 11 of them and life imprisonment to 20 others. However, the Gujarat High Court in October 2017 commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment while upholding the punishment awarded by the special SIT court to 20 others. The special court sentenced two men — Farooq Bhana and Imran Sheri — to life imprisonment in August last year and acquitted three others, identified as Hussain Suleman Mohan, Kasam Bhamedi and Faruk Dhantiya, all of whom were arrested after 2011.last_img read more

June 22 2011 Baritone jazz vocalist Freddie Eckst

first_imgJune 22, 2011Baritone jazz vocalist Freddie Eckstine made a memorable appearance at the 13th annual Juneteenth Festival. Freddie was nominated in 2006 by the Las Vegas Black Music Awards in the category of Best Jazz Vocalist Lounge Artist, and won the award three years later in 2010 when he was nominated a second time. His voice resounded through the Colly Soleri Amphitheater in tones reminiscent of such greats as Lou Rawls, Joe Williams and Billy Eckstine. In fact, Freddie is affectionately called Mr. B by his peers for this very reason. Also pictured here is jazz pianist Nicky Adams, providing part of the musical score for Eckstine’s performance. The music attracted many dancers and spectators as the night continued strongly onward.  Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor’s discography includes WILL WORK FOR FOOD AND MONEY (1992), FACING THE MILLENNIUM (1999), and LOUISIANA GUMBO COMBO (2002).   The festivities moved in the evening into the Arcosanti Vaults, where the Six Feet Band shifted the atmosphere to a synthesizer-laden upbeat dance arena. The Six Feet Band is comprised of keyboardist David Mize, bass guitarist Rick Cucuzza and percussionist/drummer David Paez.  [photo: sue & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier]center_img More to come! The upbeat energy carried on with a performance by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, a Louisiana reggae/funk outfit led by guitarist and vocalist Henry Turner Jr. The band is comprised of keyboardist Kenneth Campbell, vocalist Ross Wayne, drummer/percussionist Ronnie Houston, guitarist and lead vocalist Henry Turner Jr., and bassist Thomas G.  [photo & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier]last_img read more

When Anne Soloviev went to Braun Dermatology and S

first_imgWhen Anne Soloviev went to Braun Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., for her semiannual dermatology checkup in early January, the physician assistant diagnosed fungus in two of her toenails.Soloviev hadn’t complained about her toenails or even noticed a problem.But the physician assistant offered a solution anyway. She called in a prescription for an antifungal medicine to a specialty pharmacy with mail-order services that would send it to Soloviev’s Capitol Hill home.It seemed like an easy fix to an inconsequential health issue. “I did not ask how much it cost — it never crossed my mind, ever,” said Soloviev, a former French teacher, who still works part time.Then the bill came.Patient: Anne Soloviev, 76, of Washington, D.C.The bill: $1,496.09 for Kerydin, a topical medication that treats toenail fungus. Originally produced by Anacor Pharmacueticals, the drug is now a product of Sandoz, a division of Novartis.Service provider: My Express Care Pharmacy, plus Braun Dermatology and Skin Cancer CenterMedical treatment: The antifungal medicine arrived by overnight mail, and an automatic refill came a few weeks later. She began using it on the two toenails, as directed, having been told it would take about 11 months to treat her feet.She thought little of it.Soloviev, a widow, has robust insurance. She is covered by Medicare, parts A and B, and has supplemental insurance through her late husband’s government health benefits that covers prescription drugs. She also has a health reimbursement account, which receives almost $1,500 pre-tax each year to pay for uncovered medical expenses. She typically uses the HRA money to cover copays for the other medicines she takes regularly.But when Soloviev went to her local CVS to pick up another medication — a cholesterol-lowering statin that is usually paid for by her HRA — she discovered her reserve was empty.Unbeknownst to her, the Kerydin charges had wiped out her entire health reimbursement account.What gives: According to Leslie Pott, Sandoz vice president of communications, Kerydin is patent-protected and priced “at parity” with its one market competitor, Jublia. She also pointed out that to secure a place on an insurer’s list of approved drugs — its formulary — the company often had to offer substantial discounts to insurers and various middlemen. “We have no visibility into the extent to which these discounts are passed onto patients or payers,” she wrote in an email.In the application for Food and Drug Administration approval granted in 2014, Anacor Pharmaceuticals highlighted that a year-long treatment of Kerydin completely cured toe fungus in 6.5 percent of patients for one trial and in 9.1 percent of patients in another.There are many treatment options for toenail fungus — both older medicines in pill form and newer topical treatments such as Kerydin, said Dr. Shari Lipner, an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and director of its nail unit. The patient in this case would have been a candidate for “quite a few” of them.Patients are likely to pay less for the pills, she said, and they also seem to have greater efficacy. Health plans also are less likely to cover the newer treatments, such as Kerydin. If they do, they often require patients to try the less expensive options first.After a proper diagnosis based on a nail clipping or scraping, Lipner said, patients should be offered all the options and be counseled about their proper use. For example, the oral treatments usually last three months while the topical medicines must be used for a year. And, especially for the newer ones, like Kerydin, insurance coverage can be limited. Cost is likely to be something patients will want to consider, Lipner said.Xavier Davis, Braun Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center’s practice manager, said a drug’s price tag simply isn’t a factor when prescribers recommend a course of treatment.”When our providers are treating patients, we’re not treating them based on what the cost’s going to be. We look for what’s the best care for the patient,” Davis said. “If the patient calls and says that’s too expensive, then we’ll look for alternatives.”But patients often don’t see the actual price until it’s too late.In January, Soloviev’s insurance plan was billed the full price of Kerydin. Of that, $1,439.57 came from her HRA. The difference, $56.52, was covered by a patient-assistance program from the drug manufacturer, explained Jonathan Lee, a pharmacist for My Express Care.In February, when her prescription was refilled, Soloviev’s plan was again billed the full price. But she didn’t know about that either. A manufacturer coupon was applied to cover what remained of her insurer’s $2,000-annual deductible and the $60 copay. Her insurance then kicked in to pay the difference.CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefit manager that administers the drug coverage for Soloviev’s plan, said it was structured to pay for such an expense automatically, using the HRA. Had the HRA been structured differently, the coupon may have covered more of the costs upfront, said company spokeswoman Christine Cramer.Meanwhile, Lee, the pharmacist, said even he didn’t realize that money could be withdrawn directly from a patient’s HRA without her knowledge.”I just find it is outrageous for a fungal medicine to cost $1,400, to be prescribed for 11 months, and for neither the P.A. nor the pharmacy to warn you,” Soloviev said.Resolution: Although Soloviev told My Express Care not to renew the prescription, her HRA is depleted. For the rest of the year, she’ll have to pay out-of-pocket costs for any other medications, an expense she hadn’t planned on.The takeaway: Medical professionals should talk with patients about the options for treatment and what the costs will be. That is especially true if they are recommending a high-priced medicine.Patients should take nothing for granted and ask about the cost of every new prescription. And, because costs can vary depending on coverage, they may need to contact their insurance carrier or the pharmacy benefits manager that handles their medicine claims. Finally, patients should ask again at the pharmacy – even if that means calling a mail-order pharmacy. It never hurts to ask whether there are generic or over-the-counter alternatives.This is a monthly feature from Kaiser Health News and NPR that dissects and explains real medical bills to shed light on prices in U.S. health care and to help patients learn how to be more active in managing costs. Do you have a medical bill that you would like us to see and scrutinize? Submit it here and tell us the story behind it. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more