HOUSTON — James Harden scored 30 points in just three quarters as the Houston Rockets broke their NBA record by making 27 3-pointers in a 149-113 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.Eric Gordon led the 3-point brigade by tying a career high with eight, Harden added five, P.J. Tucker had four and Danuel House three.Gary Clark tied the record with a little over three minutes to play and Houston missed the next four before Austin Rivers broke it with 1:09 remaining. He crouched a bit and pointed at the Phoenix bench after the make as fans bellowed: “Threeeeeeee!” The Rockets have made 26 twice this season with the last time coming Tuesday at Sacramento.The Rockets had a 10-point lead after one and a 43-point second quarter allowed them to tie a season high with 77 points in the first half to take a 30-point lead into halftime.Houston led by 15 with just more than four minutes left in the second before ending the quarter with a 21-6 spurt to pad the lead. Harden had 10 points in that span and Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker added 3-pointers to help the Rockets turn this one into a blowout early.Harden, who had 13 rebounds and nine assists, scored 16 points in the third quarter, capped by a 3-pointer just before the buzzer which gave Houston a 40-point advantage entering the fourth quarter. Harden made the shot and held his follow through for a couple of seconds before walking to bench — where he’d remain for the rest of the night with the game well in hand.It was the second straight game in which Harden sat out the entire fourth quarter, giving the league’s leading scorer, who averages almost 37 minutes a game, some much-needed rest as the playoffs approach.Associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik coached the Rockets for the second straight game with coach Mike D’Antoni out with the stomach flu. It’s unclear whether D’Antoni will be healthy in time to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for Tuesday night’s game.Harden wasn’t the only one who sat in the final period, with all of Houston’s starters getting a little break in this lopsided game.Jamal Crawford had 27 points off the bench for the Suns with rising stars Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre out for the season with injuries.By: Kristie Rieken, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos says he will make a final decision on his future after the European Under-21 Championship, with Tottenham reportedly interested in his services.The 22-year-old moved to the Spanish capital from Real Betis in 2017 for €17 million (£15m/$19m) and he has since racked up 56 appearances for the Blancos across all competitions.During the 2018-19 campaign, he featured 34 times, starting on 19 occasions, but Madrid endured a nightmare season which ended in abject failure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ten months after leaving his managerial post covered in glory following a third successive Champions League win, Zinedine Zidane returned to the club to steady the ship and he has already begun to implement a number of changes.Ceballos is thought to be one of several first-team stars deemed surplus to requirements by the Frenchman and he has been linked with a summer move to Tottenham in recent weeks.The ex-Betis playmaker is currently away on international duty with Spain’s U-21 squad ahead of their European Championship campaign, which kicks off on June 16.Ahead of the tournament, Ceballos has conceded he could leave Madrid during the current transfer window.”I started well under [former Real Madrid coach Julen] Lopetegui, but once he was fired, I, unfortunately, became secondary,” he told Onda Cero Radio.”I’m not going to say what was said regarding my talk with Zidane but what I can say is that he was clear with me and once the Euro U21 is over, I will decide my future.”My aim is to play wherever I go and prove that I can compete in any team in Europe. I hope to succeed because nothing is going to defeat me.”Zidane has been very busy in the market, having already managed to lure Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Rodrygo to the Bernabeu.Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy is also expected to complete a move to Madrid in the coming days and the French boss is prepared to target Manchester United’s Paul Pogba thereafter.Ceballos is unlikely to see regular football for the Blancos next year and so his career development might be better served elsewhere.It remains to be seen whether or not Tottenham will launch a formal bid, but the Premier League outfit are expected to be active in the window after not signing any new players for over a year.
Ross Barkley has called on his Chelsea team-mates to chip in with goals to replace those lost following the summer departure of the “exceptional” Eden Hazard.Belgium international Hazard scored 21 goals and provided 18 assists in his final season at Stamford Bridge before his big-money move to Real Madrid over the summer.New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will have to figure out how to replace that contribution given he is operating under a transfer ban, with only January signing Christian Pulisic and the returning loan players added to last season’s squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Barkley is one of the players who could be looked upon to step up after Hazard’s exit and the England international scored a first-half free-kick in Sunday’s 4-3 away win over Reading.The former Everton midfielder believes it is incumbent on the whole squad, and not just Callum Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic, to compensate for the goals lost by Hazard’s sale.”You have to fill in,” Barkley said at the Madejski Stadium. “Everyone in the squad understands that he (Hazard) was a great player, but he is gone. He has new challenges now and we have to replace his goals and create the chances. We have that much quality in the squad we will all step up to the plate.”Last season when Eden wasn’t playing we still won games, we still created chances. We know he is an exceptional player, but we have exceptional players in the squad. We have young ones that will step up and produce the goods as well.”We have Callum coming back from injury and we have signed Christian Pulisic, he is an exceptional talent. We have wingers who can create from tight positions, players who can shoot from distance and strikers – young and experienced – who are hungry for goals.”We have all come back from pre-season hungry, especially under the new manager. We are all working hard every day in training and doing double sessions all the time, getting ready for the new season.”There is a lot we can improve on – you could see that against Reading as we conceded three goals. We scored four so there were positives, too, and I am looking forward to the season.”Chelsea’s win at Reading saw them score four for the second time in pre-season, while Barkley was netting his second goal in two games after scoring a fine effort in the 2-1 win over Barcelona in Japan.Barkley is now 18 months into his spell at Chelsea and wears the same No. 8 shirt which Lampard wore with distinction during his own time at Stamford Bridge when he scored a club-record 211 goals. Barkley played with Lampard for England and acknowledge that his new boss was one of his idols as he came through the Everton academy.”Yes, he was one of my idols as a kid,” Barkley added. “I was always watching Match of the Day as a kid, you always saw him every week scoring goals. That’s what you like to see and now he is our manager, it is brilliant for all the players in the squad.”He’s got all the respect from the players for the player he was and the person he is. Every day, whether it be around the building or on the training pitch, he is speaking to everyone trying to give them tips on how to improve.”He will help all the midfielders. He is a legend of the game, the highest goal-scoring midfielder in Premier League history, so we are going to take all he has to give us and the experience he has from the past on board.”We will keep improving and he will help us. It is a new manager and a new formation – we’ve had to adapt to the different systems we are going to play. [It’s about being] hungry for goals, just have the desire to get in the box.”At the minute I have been playing a bit further forward, to think like a striker, especially as a No. 10, but try to help out defensively and work hard off the ball.”Chelsea now face Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach in their final two pre-season games ahead of their opening Premier League fixture away to Manchester United on August 11.Lampard has afforded extra playing time to youth and loan players ahead of the new season as the club contend with a transfer ban. Often ignored or loaned out, homegrown academy players like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori are getting a chance under Lampard’s coaching team.Barkley says that the new direction under the Chelsea legend has increased competition for places during pre-season and is impressed with the club’s young talent.”The likes of Tammy, Mason have scored goals in pre-season and you can see the hunger in them. I was the same,” Barkley concluded. “I went out on loan and then I got my chance at Everton.”When you get your chance, you just have to be ready and believe that chances will come, that you are going to step forward and produce. When you have that extra bit of quality, you can see the belief. The players that are getting a chance now are really confident lads.”They believe that they’re meant to be here. You can see that in the training sessions and the games. I’m sure they will get opportunities during the season and will show what they’re capable of.”It’s Chelsea and you will always have competition for places here. You have to work hard and your chances will come.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Ohio State University had reportedly responded to the public records request regarding the status of Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, who also holds a position at the school.College football insider Brett McMurphy reported earlier today that the school had yet to respond to multiple requests regarding Shelley Meyer, who, according to his bombshell report, had been texting with the ex-wife of Zach Smith.Ohio State responded to McMurphy’s request about an hour after his report was published earlier today.Here’s what Ohio State said:UPDATE: About an hour after I published this story Tuesday afternoon, Ohio State finally responded to my four-day old public information request.Johnson did not say if Shelley Meyer had been disciplined – her husband Urban was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1 – only that Shelley’s next teaching assignment at Ohio State starts Sept. 1. She annual receives $13,392 in compensation.Johnson added Shelley Meyer teaches one class each year during the fall semester and is currently not teaching this term. She began at Ohio State in 2012, the first season Urban was hired as head coach.You can view the full update here.Urban Meyer, meanwhile, remains on paid administrative leave. He was placed on leave last Wednesday. Ohio State issued an update on the investigation on Sunday night.The investigation into Urban Meyer is expected to take roughly two weeks. Ohio State is set to open its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Oh, what a difference a year makes for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.Last year, the Crimson Tide’s star QB had just led his team to an epic comeback victory against Georgia in the College Football Playoff national title game.This year, he’s watching his opponent celebrate a dominating performance in the national championship game.Alabama was thumped by Clemson, 44-16, in the College Football Playoff national title game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.Tagovailoa didn’t have a bad game – he threw for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns – but he also threw two interceptions and wasn’t close to his usual, dominant self.Alabama’s star quarterback appeared to be speechless at the end of the contest.That’s a pretty striking difference from last year:Tagovailoa will get another chance next year. The sophomore quarterback will be back for the Crimsonn Tide, hoping to lead Alabama back to the College Football Playoff.Tonight, though, belongs to Clemson.
scorecard view more view less 2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya star as India beat West Indies to take unbeatable series leadIndia vs West Indies 2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma top-scored with 67 while Krunal Pandya struck with two crucial wickets as India took an unbeatable 2-0 series lead against the West Indies on Sunday. advertisement India Today Web Desk LauderhillAugust 5, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 08:36 IST India’s Rohit Sharma hits a six during the second Twenty20 international cricket match against the West Indies (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPlay was called off due to rain with West Indies 98 for 4 in 15.3 overs, 22 runs behind the par scoreKrunal Pandya (2 for 23) was the pick of the bowler for India while Rovman Powell (54) top-scored for WIRohit Sharma was the top scorer for India with 67 runs while Virat Kohli contributed with 28India produced a much-improved batting performance on Sunday to outclass West Indies by 22 runs via DLS method in the 2nd T20 international to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series at Lauderhill in Florida.Chasing 168 for victory, the players were taken off the field due to bad weather conditions and the impending threat of lightning with the Windies reaching 98 for 4 in 15.3 overs. Dark clouds soon engulfed the stadium and rain shelved any chances of play after that with the hosts falling short of the par score of 120 runs.Rovman Powell (54) and Nicholas Pooran’s (19) 74-run partnership had kept the Windies in the run chase after they lost the openers Evin Lewis and Sunil Narine inside the first three overs.But Krunal Pandya struck twice with the wickets of Pooran and Powell to derail the run chase for the home team. Pandya finished with figures of 2 for 23 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Washington Sundar got a wicket each for India.Play has been called off due to rain. We win by 22 runs (DLS) and take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three match T20I series.#WIvIND pic.twitter.com/ijcicFwsq3 BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 2019Earlier, India posted 167 for 5 on the board with superb knocks from Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Krunal.Rohit top-scored once again for India with 67 runs off 51 balls and in the process, set a new record for the most sixes in T20 internationals. Rohit hit 3 sixes during his knock and surpassed Chris Gayle (105) as the batsmen with the most sixes in the format in international cricket with 107.advertisementRohit’s 17th half-century also saw him surpass Virat Kohli in the tally of most fifties by batsmen in T20Is.Kohli on the other hand, also had a record of his own as he surpassed Suresh Raina to become the highest run-scoring Indian batsman in T20 cricket. Kohli scored 28 runs before being out bowled by Sheldon Cottrell to amass 8416 runs in his T20 career and overtake Raina’s tally of 8392 runs.India vice-captain Rohit Sharma (8291) and opener Shikhar Dhawan (6953) are the other two top Indian scorers in the T20 format.Rohit was part of a 67-run partnership for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (23) before he added 48 runs with his captain.Innings Break!#TeamIndia post a total of 167/5. Will the bowlers defend this or will the West Indies chase this down?We will be back soon, stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/6OyK8GQkah BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 2019West Indies pegged India back after that with Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell striking twice each as Rishabh Pant and Kohli fell in consecutive overs while Manish Pandey departed in the 19th over.Krunal Pandya (20 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (9 not out) then provided a late push and managed to propel India towards a challenging total with an unbeaten partnership of 24 off 9 balls for the sixth-wicket.Krunal and Jadeja smashed three sixes in the final over bowled by Keemo Paul, which ultimately fetched 20 runs and swung the momentum in India’s favour.Read more | Virat Kohli overtakes Suresh Raina to become India’s highest run-scorer in T20 cricketAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Navdeep SainiFollow Ind vs WIFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Virat Kohli graphs commentary No data available!
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EDMONTON – The Alberta government has reversed a decision which denied an evangelical Christian couple’s request to adopt a child because of their religious views on sexuality and gender identity.The unnamed Edmonton couple filed for a judicial review last year after their application to adopt was rejected.The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, arguing that the decision violated their rights, helped the man and woman with their court case.Centre lawyer John Carpay said the couple is thrilled the province has changed its mind and still plan to adopt.“The government has no right to discriminate on the basis of religion when looking at couples who are seeking to adopt,” Carpay said Wednesday.“You can’t say that someone can’t become an adoptive parent because they’re Muslim, they’re Jewish or because they’re evangelical Christian.”He said the man and woman made it clear from the beginning that they had biblical views on marriage, sexuality and gender, but would love and accept any child who joined their family.“But that’s not to say you approve of all behaviours,” Carpay said.The court application for a review detailed that the couple, unable to conceive children, first applied to adopt in 2016. The wife had met several older children in foster care and wanted to take in an older child who might be less likely to be adopted.They were interviewed several times and a recommendation was made for approval but, after further questions about their beliefs regarding sexuality, they were ultimately rejected.A home study report stated that the couple would be unable to help a child with sexual identity issues.A spokeswoman with the Children’s Services Ministry said the decision was rescinded several months ago and the couple has since been approved for adoption.“Families are not denied adoptions based on religious beliefs, and a diversity of belief systems can be found in the Alberta families and homes that have been approved to adopt a child,” said Karin Campbell.“The adoption application process is rigorous to protect the children we serve and the families choosing to care for them. An adoptive family’s strengths, abilities and desires are carefully evaluated to determine what might be a best match or fit for that particular family and the waiting child.”Carpay said the court case isn’t over yet. It has been adjourned until the couple formally adopts a child.“Once that process is completed, the litigation will be formally brought to an end.”
“These agreements provide vital elements in building a strong foundation for a stable and prosperous future between the two countries,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. The Secretary-General commended Presidents Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan and Salva Kiir of South Sudan “for demonstrating the statesmanship that made a comprehensive agreement possible, and for having once again chosen peace over war.” South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July last year, six years after the signing of the peace agreement that ended decades of warfare between the north and the south. However, the peace between the two countries has been threatened in recent months by armed clashes along their common border and outstanding post-independence issues that have yet to be resolved.The talks, held under the auspices of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel, were designed to enable the two nations to fulfil their obligations under a so-called roadmap aimed at easing tensions, facilitating the resumption of negotiations on post-secession relations and normalizing the relations between the two countries.Mr. Ban praised the “serious and constructive” participation, by both sides, in the talks, as well as the continuing leadership of the Panel led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki in facilitating and mediating the talks.“The Secretary-General calls on both Governments to find solutions to the future of the disputed and claimed areas and the final status of Abyei,” the statement said. “He urges both countries to now embark on the implementation of the agreements they have signed and to finalize the processes they have initiated.”Addressing a ministerial-level meeting on Sudan and South Sudan held at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban said he remained extremely concerned over the humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan, as well as the inter-communal violence in South Sudan. “Both Governments must urgently confront human rights violations and the suffering of all civilians caught in conflict by addressing impunity and holding the perpetrators accountable,” he told the meeting,” held on the margins of the General Debate of the 67th General Assembly.“Humanitarian aid must reach all people in need of assistance. Respect for human rights is essential for lasting peace.”In a communiqué issued after the ministerial meeting, participants commended the Presidents of both countries for the “breakthrough” achieved during the negotiations, and encouraged them to complete expeditiously the negotiations related to the disputed and claimed border areas.
GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN have arrested a man and a woman following two seizures of drugs worth a total of €90,000.A man in his 20s was arrested on Lower Gardiner Street at 4pm and taken to Store Street Garda Station. Cocaine with an estimated street value of €70,000 was discovered in his personal belongings.As part of a follow-up search in an apartment in Christchurch, gardaí found a large amount of cannabis herb, worth €20,000. A woman, also in her 20s was arrested at the scene.Both the man and woman are detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking Act 1996.Read: Three men questioned over Dublin industrial estate shooting>Read: Firearm and cocaine seized during Dublin house search>
Cindy Falter takes her spot at a large rectangular table with a half-dozen other people at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest Washington.Two women hold dogs on their laps. A couple of men sip on water bottles, and everyone has a name sign in front of them. The weekly group Falter leads, along with John McDonald, is called Connection and is a mental health support group that focuses on connecting with each other, checking in with each other and sharing resources.They start by running through the group guidelines, and then move to the 12 principles of support, each person reading a principle before finally settling on the final principle. They read it together, aloud:“We’ll never give up hope.”Falter, a 63-year-old Vancouver resident, can connect with that mantra, as she’s not only coping with her mental illnesses, but thriving as a peer support counselor, and a Social Security benefit adviser with NAMI. Falter’s journey to her present life was fraught with setbacks, including about eight suicide attempts that stem from her struggles with bipolar disorder and depression, and the manic swings that have accompanied those diseases.In 1984, Falter was diagnosed with depression. She was in the midst of taking care of her mother, who had suffered a stroke. At the time the diagnosis made it look like she was just depressed because of the situation around her. In 1988 her mother died, after Falter had taken care of her for 12 years. That exacerbated Falter’s depression.
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that Robert Lewandowski is going nowhere and that he is 100% certain of thatThe Polish international has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid for the start of next season and is reportedly keen on the move, in a bid to win that elusive Champions League title.But Rummenigge has denied that any such move move is on the table and has made a bet that Lewandowski will remain at the Allianz Arena for next season to express his confidence on the matter.Asked about the Robert Lewandowski speculation, Rummenigge tells kicker “It’s well known that I like to make a bet every now and again. I’ll take the bet that Robert is 100% playing for Bayern Munich next season.” https://t.co/kMr9bGlb0wReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) 25 March 2018Lewandowski has been strongly linked with a move to the Spanish capital for the past few seasons after a strong spell at Bayern, which has seen the 29 year-old score an impressive 32 goals in 37 appearances this season.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed his delight at his team’s fast start to the game against Liverpool last weekend.One criticism leveled at the Gunners of late has been their slow start to football games and, since that was addressed during the club’s 2-2 draw against Jurgen Klopp’s side and Emery wants that to continue this weekend and beyond.“Against Liverpool I think we had more in the 90 minutes of the game,” he said, according to BT Sport.“Our idea is to repeat matches with this pace over 90 minutes. It’s not easy because other teams have their moments in the matches. But our idea is to continue improving this.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It is about the progress in the team. The progress is about continuing to create confidence and creating also tactically different ways to improve.”“The first thing we must do to improve is to continue with our way, with our positioning and our aggressiveness, with the ball and without the ball, and then taking confidence to do these things better every match.”“The confidence can come, firstly, from winning matches and then also from when you feel it on the pitch you have a capacity to battle against teams with the potential of (a team like) Liverpool.”
The Spanish right-back did not have much playing time while on loan with the Lega Serie A team and he decided he had to move away from MilanSpanish defender Martin Montoya started his professional career with Barcelona B back in 2009.He moved two years later to the first squad and in 2015 he was loaned for six months to Italian Lega Serie A team Internazionale Milan.But while playing with the Nerazzurri, he just appeared in three matches before deciding to been loaned out to Real Betis in the Spanish La Liga.Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“I was only at Inter for six months but I was very happy,” Montoya was quoted by Football Italia.“I settled immediately, I learned the language in two months. I got on perfectly with my teammates, but unfortunately, if a player doesn’t play – and I played very little – in the end, you want to leave.”“I couldn’t stay there, even if I was very happy. I really liked the city, but I wanted to play more,” he added.
If you see a flurry of activity on the Columbia River near Kalama today, there’s no reason to be alarmed: The Washington Department of Ecology is testing how several state-regulated companies would respond to an actual oil spill.Recovery vessels will deploy oil boom barriers and tracking buoys in an attempt to contain and corral flowing crude. Real oil will not be used during the exercise.The drill is being conducted by the Marine Spill Response Corp., a private, non-profit contractor that works with 20 companies in Washington. Drill participants include Harley Marine Services Inc. of Seattle and oil shipping companies Polar Tankers Inc., SeaRiver Maritime Inc., and Alaska Tanker Co.Shifting sediments make navigating the Columbia River complicated, and retrieving spilled materials difficult. Oil tankers, fuel barges and large cargo vessels make more than 2,300 transits a year in the river.The oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is more than 70 days old with no firm end in sight.
News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more References1. Sinsky C., et al. “Allocation of physician time in ambulatory practice: a time and motion study in 4 specialties.” Annals of internal medicine 165.11 (2016): 753-760.2. http://www.massmed.org/News-and-Publications/MMS-News-Releases/Physician-Burnout-Report-2018/; https://www.medscape.com/slideshow/2019-lifestyle-burnout-depression-60110563. https://www.mercatus.org/publications/federal-fiscal-policy/costs-national-single-payer-healthcare-system FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Medical Association (AMA) Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, which ran June 8-12 in Chicago. In her remarks, Verma addressed current efforts by the Trump Administration to enact healthcare reform. The following is a transcript of her remarks:On my way here, I was reminded of a famous speech Teddy Roosevelt gave in Chicago. It was 50 pages long…and he had it folded in half in his breast pocket. On his way to the event, someone took a shot at him and he was wounded. The doctors later determined that the speech had significantly slowed the bullet — and essentially saved his life. That must be the first and only time in history that a patient’s life was actually saved by paperwork.The United States healthcare system is in many ways the best in the world – we have centers of excellence that attract patients from around the globe, and we are the leading hub of private sector biomedical innovation.And because of that, we stand at the cusp of a new era in medicine that is opening exciting windows on prevention and new doors to treatment. Robotic surgeries, telehealth and artificial intelligence (AI) are leveraging technology to help us improve outcomes and expand access. Treatments are being designed for a patient’s unique genetic profile — and for the first time, we can even cure certain conditions by modifying a patient’s genetic code.But, while we have one of the best health systems in the world, we pay more than any other country. CMS actuaries predict that by 2026, we will spend one in every five dollars on healthcare.But despite our ever-increasing spending, we have more avoidable hospital admissions than any other developed country, and our quality outcomes are inconsistent. New challenges continue to emerge and others remain, from our higher rates of maternal mortality and chronic disease, to rural hospital closures. And 29 million Americans remain uninsured and there are growing numbers of underinsured individuals that are unable to afford rising deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. Much of what ails our system can be attributed to the underlying flaws in government policy that have contributed to rising costs.Many government policies intended to solve our nation’s healthcare problems are contributing to and in some cases exacerbating them. In fact, the last decade has seen a historic intrusion of government into the delivery and care and the practice of medicine. As physicians on the front lines, you are stuck in the middle of all of this. You witness firsthand the limitations and unintended consequences of well-intentioned government policies.A great example of this is that the paperwork required to comply with government regulations often pulls you away from the important work of patient care, driving administrative costs even higher. A study found that for every hour providers spend seeing patients, they spend nearly two additional hours on paperwork.1It should come as little surprise that physician burnout, or moral injury, is at an all-time high, and it is having reverberating effects throughout our entire healthcare system.2 It’s getting harder for physicians to finish their training, hang their shingle and deliver care to their communities. Faced with the growing complexity of government regulations, independent physicians are increasingly selling their practices to hospital systems, and new physicians are more often beginning their careers as employees of larger health systems. This consolidation has unfortunate implications for American healthcare. We have seen many examples of anti-competitive behavior by large systems, including efforts to thwart price transparency and use monopoly status to drive up prices. This is why CMS has been working toward site-neutral payments and other policies, like 340b to level the playing field for independent practices.Everything we do at CMS is aimed at ensuring that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. We are using our role as the nation’s largest insurer to address the underlying drivers of healthcare costs to ensure that we have a sustainable safety net for our most vulnerable, and to promote a competitive market that delivers choice, quality and accessibility to all Americans.CMS has over 16 initiatives driving toward this vision, from strengthening Medicaid and protecting Medicare, to tackling the high costs of prescription drugs, ensuring choice and affordability in the individual market, and developing innovative payment models to drive our system away from fee-for-service to a value-based one. Now I won’t go into all of them today, but I do want to specifically address a few that directly impact physicians.In 2017, following the leadership of President Trump’s “Cut the Red Tape” effort, we created the Patients over Paperwork initiative. It’s a historic effort that began with a nationwide listening tour and resulted in over 1,300 providers identifying outdated and unnecessary regulations that cause undue burden and lead to higher healthcare costs.CMS is working to untangle government regulations, and this effort that has already delivered results. Patients over Paperwork has yielded savings to all providers at an estimated 5.7 billion dollars — with a reduction of 40 million burden hours through 2021.We are not done and we’re working to develop new ways for your voice to be heard.As part of Patients over Paperwork, we are focusing on three government programs that have created major pain points for doctors — MACRA [Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act], E&M [evaluation and management] codes and interoperability.Let’s start with MACRA. It was a good thing that Congress finally repealed the SGR [Sustainable Growth Rate], but I wonder if the cure was worse than the disease.The program has laudable goals. When providers have responsibility for managing a budget and their reimbursement is tied to outcomes, they are incentivized to find innovative ways to keep people healthy and lower costs.But our progress toward a more value-based healthcare system has been too slow, and it’s left many providers on the sidelines. Today, only 10 percent of clinicians in Medicare are taking on significant levels of risk. To this end, CMS has spent the last year developing a new cadre of payment models and a strategy to increase provider participation.Recognizing that not every provider is comfortable taking full risk, we are offering new opportunities that ease providers into value-based agreements and deliver options that work for them. We are also providing a new level of regulatory flexibility, allowing more telehealth and reducing program integrity requirements as providers take on additional accountability. The new direct primary care models we just announced are an example of this. These models test making payments to practices through a simplified total monthly payment plus flat per visit fees. This allows clinicians to focus on caring for patients rather than tracking their revenue cycle.As we design models, we are deploying learning networks to help physicians succeed in a world of value-based payment and providing more data to clinicians about their patients, and we’re working with other payers to align our models because ideally, providers that are participating in models are doing so not only for their Medicare patients, but for all of their patients.And while we continue our work on developing value-based models, we recognize that the MIPS [Merit-based Incentive Payment System] program is the only option for many doctors. And to be frank, I myself have found MIPS to be very complex and difficult to understand, and we have been listening to your recommendations.We are working toward a new vision for MIPS, a more practical, simpler and cohesive program for every clinician — regardless of specialty or practice size. We want to create a program that allows physicians to pick a set of measures that clearly relates to your specialty or the type of patients that you see.We’re cutting measures that aren’t relevant or are difficult to report, and we’re focusing on measures that assess outcomes, not meaningless process measures.To make measures easier to report, we’re exploring new solutions that use artificial intelligence to pull clinical data directly from EHRs [electronic health records] for quality measurement. In an ideal world, doctors wouldn’t have to do much more than press a button, and the system would generate quality data.We also recognize that underlying government policy flaws that affect physician billing have had a negative impact on our healthcare system, which brings me to our work on E&M codes. Recognizing their importance and influence, we tackled E&M reform to reduce administrative burden and ensure that payments reflect the critical thinking involved in managing the care of complex patients.Last year, for the first time in 20 years, the Trump Administration undertook truly historic changes by proposing to simplify how doctors must document E&M visits for the purpose of billing Medicare.We received extensive feedback — over 10,000 comments on our proposed rule. We heard you loud and clear, and we realize that not everyone agreed with our approach. But our proposal was never intended to be the end of the discussion, but a beginning and a demonstration of our sincere commitment to reducing burden for physicians. AMA’s recent work to simplify the CPT [Current Procedural Terminology] code set has a major impact on the CMS changes that are scheduled to go into effect in 2021, and so we are working with the AMA and others on how we may further update and improve our policies to incorporate the CPT improvements into the overall E&M changes.But our work on E&M reform doesn’t end with reducing burden. The practice of medicine has greatly changed over time. Physicians must now spend time managing patients with multiple comorbidities while assessing genetic information, evaluating the social determinants of health and coordinating care.But as more procedural codes have been added, I’m concerned that the value placed on E&M has actually decreased, even though the complexity of managing patient care has increased. We need to be sure that we strike the right balance in how we pay physicians to ensure that we are rewarding doctors appropriately for the services they provide.E&M code values should reward the time all doctors are spending caring for complex patients. By considering the revaluation of E&M codes, we are investing in the critical thinking required during patient visits, and our reform efforts will impact how current and future doctors practice medicine.We appreciate the efforts of the AMA and the RUC [Relative Value Scale Update Committee] to revalue these codes, by surveying over 50 physician specialties. We’re reviewing all of the data, and I’m hopeful that our collaboration will get us across the finish line.We’re also focusing on the issue of electronic health records and data sharing, or interoperability within the health system. Here, government programs have created huge problems again. We’ve spent over $36 billion, forcing doctors to use systems that just weren’t built to facilitate high-quality, patient-centered care. And now you have to spend too much of your day looking at a screen, with your hands on a keyboard, instead of using that time and energy engaging with patients.Again, government policies are well intentioned. Electronic health data could have the power to transform healthcare, contributing to greater efficiency and providing data to spawn more evidence based treatment guidelines, research and new cures. Instead of just throwing money at the problem or trying to centrally plan the solution, our job is to make sure we have a free market, where records and health data follow a patient wherever they go and are theirs to share with providers across the health system.As a physician, your systems should allow you to track a patient’s medical history from birth throughout their life, bringing together information from each visit, as well as claims data and information created through wearable technology.This information should be readily available to you at the point of care — ensuring that you’re not repeating tests or treatments and you have the information you need to ensure safety and to use your clinical judgement as effectively as possible.Achieving true interoperability is critical to promoting greater efficiency, competition and innovation. And this administration is doubling down on efforts to make this a reality with our new interoperability rules.Our administration is laser-focused on supporting and partnering with physicians, to create programs and policies that will help you lower costs, improve quality and outcomes for your patients,But let’s look at the larger picture. Government policies have long set the standard in America’s healthcare system. Outdated government payment polices and central planning have stifled the competitive forces that bring down cost and improve quality.We all know our current system is not sustainable and because of it, many American’s can’t afford care and our existing safety net programs are already on shaky financial ground. Recent projections indicate that the Medicare’s Hospital Trust Fund is set to run out of money by 2026 and the Medicaid program is one of the largest budget items for every state, competing with roads and schools. Simply said, we can barely afford the programs we have. We all know that the approach we have taken for generations to fix what ails our healthcare system is to regulate its every sector, and that has failed. That’s why, as the head of the Medicare program, I’m deeply concerned about proposals for Medicare for All. Medicare for All would enlarge our existing program, threatening its promise of health and hope for America’s seniors, who have paid into it their entire lives. This is neither fair nor compassionate.Medicare for All would strip private health insurance from 180 million people, take away choices and force them into a one-size fits-all government program — with innumerable rules, regulations and rubrics. You have all experienced the harmful impact of well-meaning government policies on the practice of medicine.The impact of Medicare for All on physicians would be particularly detrimental. I know our system isn’t perfect, but it does afford you some ability to choose which payers you want to do business with, and what payment terms you’re willing to accept. Medicare for All would take away that choice.Further, we all know that Medicare payment rates are already much lower than private payer rates. And analyses of Medicare for All indicate it would lead to lower physician reimbursement, some showing reductions on the order of 40 percent.3 This could lead to major access problems for all Americans, as some doctors may choose not to participate.The cost of Medicare for All would be enormous, increasing taxes for all Americans. This cost growth could lead to rationing, as it has in other countries and would prevent physicians from accessing the therapies their patients need, because we all know government systems are slow to recognize and pay for new innovations in care, and that government bureaucracy leads to longer wait times.Others are proposing a “public plan” option, but this concept is also troublesome. A public plan is a government plan and it would rely on the same cost control levers as Medicare or Medicaid – cutting provider payment rates.By now, it should be clear that this administration is not in favor of preserving the status quo in our healthcare system. But our solution is to address the underlying drivers of healthcare costs, so that all Americans have access to high-quality care. We need a healthcare system that provides Americans with security and peace of mind; choice and control; affordability and convenience. And, let me be clear we are deeply committed to helping those who need it. But, while doing that, we must put the patient and their doctors in the driver’s seat to make decisions about their care, not the government. This administration stands committed to addressing these issues, including by ensuring that people with pre-existing conditions have the protections they need and all Americans have access to affordable, high-quality care.We believe market forces can most effectively address the underlying cost drivers in our healthcare system. Simply having the government take over healthcare and pay for everything won’t do that. We can only transform our healthcare system through a competitive free market — one that fosters and nurtures innovation, that promotes an environment where providers compete on the basis of cost and quality, and patients have choices and make decisions about their careWe absolutely need fundamental reforms. But doubling down on failing government interventions to enact a complete takeover of the healthcare system is not a solution and will threaten all that makes the American system the best in the world.Instead, I hope that you will work with us to improve our healthcare system to make it more efficient, competitive and innovative.I can think of few causes as worthy as what all of you do, each and every day, to help your patients enjoy longer lives…and better lives. And to those of you in the room, that go above and beyond your day-to-day responsibilities to help policy makers with your ideas and your thoughts, thank you. Doctors have a unique vantage point, and your participation in the public policy debate is crucial. Policy makers need to hear from you and your colleagues. 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The Sunshine Coast capped a stellar year with the announcement of a 19 per cent increase in passenger numbers at Sunshine Coast Airport for December 2015.Total passenger movements for December were 87,097, and 508,808 for the six months from July to December, the highest ever figure recorded by the Airport, continuing two years of international and domestic arrivals growth.The record Sunshine Coast Airport figures for 2015 were a result of increases in flights by Jetstar, Virgin and Air New Zealand, and the return of Qantas after an absence of ten years.Qantas returning to the Sunshine CoastQantas has recorded near-capacity loads during its summer schedule, and will revert to a business-oriented timetable in February, which will see flights arrive on the Sunshine Coast in the evening and depart first thing the next morning.The new flights will be of particular benefit to the business travel sector, as the region undergoes its most dramatic development phase since the Sunshine Coast came into being almost 50 years ago.It was in 1966 that the former Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa councils agreed that the name ‘Sunshine Coast’ should replace the (rather uninspiring) ‘Near North Coast’ title used at the time. The Sunshine Coast name was officially gazetted the following year (1967), and helped establish the region as one of Australia’s most popular coastal resort destinations.The region has constantly evolved, and on the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Sunshine Coast is undergoing a development boom that confirms the region’s reputation as a dynamic, multi-faceted destination.Four major projects are set to have long-term implications for the future expansion of the region:Construction of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the associated Kawana Health Campus, which are due for completion this year;Redevelopment of the Maroochydore city centre;Proposed expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport;Development of the residential area of Aura (formerly known as Caloundra South).“These key projects will redefine the Sunshine Coast’s economic landscape,” says Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Simon Ambrose.“The Sunshine Coast has always had a magnificent climate and some of Australia’s best beaches, but a really successful region offers a balanced mix of commercial, residential and tourism development and that is what we are seeing across the Sunshine Coast.“This is already resulting in considerable interest from major hotel groups, with the opening late last year of the new Best Western Plus hotel to service the emerging Kawana business, medical and education precinct.Sunshine Coast welcomes P&O Cruises“In addition, existing resorts such as the Novotel Twin Waters Resort are planning major expansion of their facilities, while the rebranding of Pelican Waters Resort to Sebel has added more internationally-branded accommodation and meeting facilities.“One of the most significant new accommodation openings in Australia in 2016 will be the launch of the Riverside Resort ‘glamping’ village.“It will be the first new built camping and caravan holiday park in south-east Queensland for over 40 years, and one of the first in Australia for many decades. While also catering for the family market, it will offer 80 square metre ‘glamping’ accommodation, along with high-class recreational, meeting and incentive facilities.“One of our principal local destinations, Maroochydore, is planning a remarkable makeover with 165,000 sqm of commercial space to be established, which will create a new central business district for the Sunshine Coast region. With its proximity to Sunshine Coast Airport and its picturesque surroundings, we expect to see new hotel developments and facilities to cater for the business events market.“We are confident of approval for an extension of the Sunshine Coast Airport runway during the year, as it will allow larger aircraft with greater capacity to operate into and out of Sunshine Coast Airport throughout the year.“There is a full calendar of events scheduled for 2016, and we are celebrating the range and diversity of our events program under the new tagline The World is Coming to the Sunshine Coast, starting this weekend with the Ginger Flower & Food Festival.“2016 will also see a record cruise market, with Mooloolaba establishing itself as the fastest growing destination in Australia for major cruise operators including Carnival and Azamara.“We start 2016 in a very positive frame of mind. In December we changed the name of the organisation from Sunshine Coast Destination to Visit Sunshine Coast to align our consumer and trade profiles, and with an innovative digital strategy, along with a range of exciting marketing programs, we are confident of another highly successful year.” Visit Sunshine CoastSource = Visit Sunshine Coast
Far-East adventure with MSC CruisesFar-East adventure with MSC CruisesIn August this year, MSC Splendida will set sail on an eight-night round-trip from Yokohama, taking in some of Japan’s most beautiful natural, historic and present-day sights in addition to Vladivostok in Russia.In Japan, each port offers a fascinating insight into the many different facets of the Japanese way of life, from gleaming high-rise cities to exquisite gardens, traditional ceremonies and crafts, ancient temples and castles. The Japanese archipelago is also blessed with many scenic wonders – hot springs, forests and rivers – and the famous snow-capped cone of Mt Fuji.The first port of call is Muroran, Japan where guests can visit the replica Ainu village of thatched buildings, illustrating how the traditional Ainu people lived. The next port is Aomori, Japan with highlights including the Buddhist Seiry-ji Temple, made entirely of wood and the Asamushi Onsen for a hot spa experience.Vladivostok, Russia will delight with its 19th-century Triumphal Arch and 19th-century St. Virgin Assumption Church, a wooden structure that was destroyed in 1938 and rebuilt in 1997. The domed Pokrovsky Cathedral, which fared badly under Soviet rule, was rebuilt in its original spot in 2007. Savour the fabulous views of Golden Horn Bay before heading to Sendai in Japan.From Sendai, guests can cross to the sacred Kinkasan Island. From the highest point on the island, enjoy superb views of Sendai and the Kurikoma Mountains. Then visit the Koganeyama Jinja Shrine, an 8th-century structure, built in honour of the Shinto kami of good fortune. It is said that visiting the shrine three years in a row will cure all financial problems of the faithful pilgrim!Three separate days at sea offer the chance for guests to make the most of MSC Splendida ’s many attractions. Wining and dining is world-class with dozens of bars and restaurants offering dining options from Mediterranean dishes to spicy Tex-Mex. Guests can enjoy live music every night in different venues around the ship and spectacular shows are staged in the stunning Strand Theatre. Click here for 360 degree virtual tour of MSC Splendida. Wake up to a view from a stylish oceanview cabin with panoramic window or be tempted by a private spacious balcony cabin. From an interior cabin to whichever you may choose you’ll love the designer décor and superior comfort.MSC Splendida’s eight-night Yokohama round-trip cruise departs August 2, 2018. Fares start from $AU1,749* per person (NZ$1,949 per person) twin share.Book today and secure your cabin on this Far-east adventure! Call 1300 028 502, visit msccruises.com.au or call your local travel agent.Source = MSC Cruises
LenderLive Welcomes Two New Regional Account Executives LenderLive Network Movers & Shakers 2015-02-04 Tory Barringer February 4, 2015 532 Views in Headlines, News Share LenderLive Network, a national mortgage services provider headquartered in Colorado, introduced on Tuesday the two newest regional account executives for its Correspondent Lending division: Andrew Lion and Wendy Lovett.Lion, whose territory will include Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, brings more than 10 years of experience as a mortgage professional working in retail, wholesale, and correspondent lending platforms. Most recently, he was an account executive for Amerisave Institutional Lending, where he assisted in developing the company’s third-party origination correspondent and wholesale lending channel from Northern California.Lovett, meanwhile, will represent LenderLive in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. She has more than 15 years of mortgage industry experience and joins the company from Stonegate Mortgage, where she assistance in developing correspondent and emerging banking and business channels as sales director. Previously, she was a top-producing VP and account executive at Credit Suisse.Both Lion and Lovett will work both current and prospective clients, including community banks and credit unions either participating in or considering LenderLive’s correspondent program.”There is growing demand for a better alternative when it comes to correspondent lending,” said David Vida, president of the LenderLive Correspondent Lending Division. “Clients are looking for new partners who can provide a consistent, superior acquisition experience and, at the same time, protect their customer relationships. Both Andrew and Wendy are seasoned professionals with long track records of working closely with correspondents and community banks to help them expand their mortgage businesses. They are important additions to our team and to LenderLive as a whole.”