Congress, NCP reach deal on Maharashtra seats

first_imgThe Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are likely to conclude the seat-sharing talks for the Lok Sabha election on Sunday. Senior leaders said a consensus had been reached on 40 seats and a final meeting would take place at the residence of Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil later in the evening.“We are hoping to resolve the issue by tomorrow or at the earliest and are also talking with other splinter groups to join the grand alliance,” said former Maharashtra Finance Minister and senior NCP leader Jayant Patil. Sources said NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress president Rahul Gandhi had asked their State units to resolve disagreements over the remaining seats of Ahmednagar, Pune, Ratnagiri Sindhudurg, Nandurbar, Yavatmal, Aurangabad, Raver and Kolhapur. The NCP on Saturday held a party meeting to resolve issues regarding seat-sharing and candidate list. The party discussed demands from the Congress for the Ahmednagar seat, where Mr. Vikhe Patil’s son is keen to contest. The Congress has additionally expressed interest in the Pune and the Raver seats while the NCP is keen on the remaining eight seats, party leaders said.The NCP likely to field prominent public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who had helped State prosecute suspects in the 1993 Bombay bombings, and most notably 2008 Mumbai attacks, party sources said. “He is a bright lawyer and is capable to work in politics and so if he joins it will be good,” NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal said reacting to the development. The two parties had parted ways in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls but have decided to join hands against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Several rounds of talks have already taken place but no official announcement on the alliance has been made. Sources said the two are likely to contest an equal number of seats out of the 48 in the State. A grand alliance will be formed by including other splinter groups, said party leaders.last_img read more

Rahul to campaign in Northeast from today

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi would arrive here on Tuesday to kick-start the election campaign in the north-eastern States. Of the 25 MPs to be elected by the north-eastern States, two would be from Manipur.Mr. Gandhi will arrive in Arunachal Pradesh and then reach Imphal where he would stay for the night. The next day he will leave for Tripura. He is likely to announce the names of the two Congress candidates during his stay in Imphal. He would also address a public meeting at Hafta Kangjeibung on Wednesday.The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee issued a statement welcoming Mr. Gandhi. ‘Failed promises’ The party accused the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the State of taking the tribals for a ride by promising to implement certain measures which they could never do. The promise that the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission would be implemented was a cruel joke, the party said.The Congress also attacked the State government for the midnight raids carried out at students’ hostels and residences of professors of Manipur University for demanding the removal of the vice-chancellor.The BJP and the Congress, which are the major players in the Lok Sabha polls in Manipur, are yet to announce their candidates. Both are waiting for the other to blink first to assess the party’s strength.last_img read more

Jinson Johnson to focus only on 1500 metres till Tokyo Olympics

first_imgHigh on confidence after winning two medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta, India’s Jinson Johnson has confirmed he will concentrate solely on running 1500 metres till the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.Johnson bagged a gold in 1500m while finished second in 800m at the Asian Games recently.Johnson was also favourite to win 800m but compatriot Manjeet Singh pipped him in a thrilling finish in Jakarta.However, Johnson clocked 3:44.72 to win the 1500m gold medal.”If you are focussing on the Olympics, there is no point competing in both 800m and 1500m. I have spoken to my coaches and have decided that my focus will be on 1500m for Tokyo Olympics. I believe I will be a medal contender in Tokyo,” Johnson told PTI on the sidelines of the felicitation ceremony by the Indian Army.Read – Slow race pace helps runners like us: Jinson JohnsonOlympics is a completely different ball game compared to Asiad but what makes Johnson confident is the timing.”Look at the medallists at the Rio Olympics. The gold medallist (Mathew Centrowitz of US) clocked 3:50.00. Now look at my timing at the Asian Games. It is 3:44.72.”So, in 1500m, It’s not just about the timing. The middle distance running is all about strategy. You don’t have to necessarily create world record to win Olympic gold. Like my personal best is 3:37.00 which is also a national record,” Johnson explained.Also Read – Jinson Johnson not surprised with Manjit Singh’s 800m goldHe is currently training at the national camp under Jayesh Bhatia and will be leaving for Czech Invitational Championship on Thursday.advertisement”The event is on September 8 and 9. Apart from myself, there is Neeraj, PU Chithra, Arpinder Singh and Sudha Singh taking part,” informed Johnson.Jinson Johnson happy with sweet revenge on Manjit after 1500m goldA resident of Calicut, Johnson said that his family was luckily saved from the devastating floods that hit Kerala but he will try to help the affected people.”I have some plans in mind. I will definitely do something for the people of my state,” Johnson said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

La Liga: Sevilla thrash Levante for their biggest victory of season

first_imgSevilla roared back to life from a slump in La Liga by thrashing Levante 5-0 at home on Saturday, scoring all their goals in the second half for a first win in five league games which took them back up to third in the standings.Pablo Machin’s side had been boosted by a 2-0 victory over Barcelona in a Copa del Rey quarter-final, first leg on Wednesday but could not break down Levante until French forward Wissam Ben Yedder fired into the bottom corner from a tight angle in the 48th minute.Levante, who had been hammered 6-2 by Sevilla earlier in the season, almost levelled a few minutes later when a shot from Enis Bardhi took a wild deflection and bounced off the post.The home side quickly punished Levante by doubling their lead on the hour mark with a simple finish from top scorer Andre Silva, created by in-form Dutch winger Quincy Promes.¡PARTIDAZO, equipo! #SevillaFCLevante#vamosmiSevilla pic.twitter.com/Oo2f5zdM3RSevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) January 26, 2019Levante appeared to give up after the second goal and Sevilla showed no mercy, further stretching their advantage with a goal from Franco Vazquez and a penalty from Pablo Sarabia.They were awarded a second spot kick in stoppage time and Sarabia handed the ball to Promes, who had not scored a single league goal for the club.How impressive was this guy today pic.twitter.com/XeCb7E7cr8Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) January 26, 2019The Dutchman saw his penalty saved but reacted quickly to knock the ball high into the net on the rebound, giving Sevilla their biggest win of the campaign.advertisement@pablomachindiez: ‘The team always has desire, they’re always full of energy. I really appreciate the effort they put in.’#SevillaFCLevante#vamosmiSevilla pic.twitter.com/5ebHhnRhTvSevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) January 26, 2019Sevilla are third in the standings, level on 36 points with fourth-placed Real Madrid who visit Espanyol on Sunday. Barcelona, who play at Girona on Sunday, lead the table with 46.Also Watch:last_img read more

Mourinho rules out De Gea to Madrid

first_imgTransfers ‘It makes no sense’ – Mourinho rules out selling De Gea to Real Madrid Dejan Kalinic 09:39 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David de Gea Manchester United Everton Getty Transfers Real Madrid José Mourinho David de Gea Newcastle United v Manchester United Manchester United Premier League Primera División As the goalkeeper continues to be linked with the Spanish giants, the Manchester United boss made it clear that his club were not looking to sell Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insisted it made “no sense” for the Premier League giants to sell reported Real Madrid target David de Gea.De Gea continues to be linked with a switch to the La Liga giants, having almost joined Madrid in mid-2015.The 27-year-old has been happy to delay contract talks with the Old Trafford outfit , though Mourinho has made it clear that the club are looking to extend their Spanish star .  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Portuguese boss sounded even more defiant when asked about the persistent rumours on Saturday, questioning why a club like Man United with huge ambition would ever want to let a player of De Gea’s quality leave.”Do you think a club that is trying to attract the best players is the club that is open to sell the best players? It makes no sense,” he said.Mourinho believes that his club has been able to attract top players in recent transfer windows and has no intention of letting other clubs poach their talent. “If you want to go to that level you have to attract the best players like we did with Alexis [Sanchez], [Nemanja] Matic and [Paul] Pogba and so on.”And don’t let our best players go.”De Gea has helped Mourinho’s side into second in the Premier League this season, though they trail runaway leader Manchester City by 16 points. They can close the gap a bit with a win over Newcastle United on Sunday. Mourinho’s side are also still fighting in the FA Cup and the Champions League, with Huddersfield on tap in the fifth round of the former and Sevilla the opponent in the last 16 of the latter.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea ace Hazard: Kicking me inspires more magic

first_imgChelsea ace Hazard: Kicking me inspires more magicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard admits he welcomes being kicked in games.Hazard finds it a compliment.He has been one of the five most-fouled players in the league every year since he joined Chelsea. Twice he has been the most fouled (the title-winning campaigns of 2014/15 and 2016/17) and already this term he leads the way, illegally halted on average every 24 minutes.”Sometimes it’s tough. For seven years I have got kicked all the time. But now I take care of my ankles, my knees! We have one of the best medical departments in the world.”I don’t like to say I like it, but when people kick me it gives me a feeling that I am too good, or they just want to stop me and they can’t. That gives me extra power to do something magic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Long Point Provincial Park partially reopens

Long Point Provincial Park will re-open on a limited basis this weekend.Camping reservations at the Cottonwood campground will be honoured while the Firefly, Monarch and Turtle Dunes sites will remain closed due to the threat of flooding.The park’s boat-launching facilities also remain closed this weekend for the same reason.“Affected reservations will be contacted by the Ontario Parks reservation service and offered to change their reservation without penalty where sites are available or cancel and receive a full refund,” park superintendent Jeff Pickersgill said Thursday in an email.“Park staff continue to monitor conditions closely to re-open the remaining facilities as soon as it is safe to do so.”Ontario Parks was forced to declare Long Point Provincial Park off-limits to the public during the Victoria Day holiday weekend. The cause was record-high water levels on Lake Erie and the threat of inland flooding.Water levels remain high but conditions this weekend will allow limited access to the facility. At this point, Long Point Provincial Park hopes to return to normal programming in time for the June 1 weekend.Long Point Provincial Park re-opens for day-use on Friday. The park has 256 campsites, 81 of which are located in the Cottonwood section of the campground.The rest are located in a newer section of the park that remains closed.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Business as usual in Albertas push for Keystone despite Redfords resignation

by News Staff Posted Mar 22, 2014 3:15 pm MDT Business as usual in Alberta’s push for Keystone despite Redford’s resignation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s leadership may be in the midst of a change-up, but the energy minister is assuring the government will stay the course for projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, that would bring Alberta crude oil to Texas, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline, that would move crude oil to Burnaby, BC.Diana McQueen is losing two political champions of the projects as Premier Allison Redford’s resignation goes into effect Sunday, and Federal Minister Joe Oliver drops his natural resources portfolio to inherit Canada’s finances from Jim Flaherty.McQueen said she is still optimistic going forward.“I’m going to continue and I know our government will continue to work very hard on these projects, these are extremely important for Alberta, for our other provinces and for our nation as a whole, and it’s job one for me,” said McQueen.She was in Houston last week promoting the project, saying she would be personally available as the U.S. mulls over the impact statement on the pipeline.“What we’ve said to Washington is, anytime if they need more information, I’ve offered that myself,” said McQueen. “We respect the decision-making process they’re in right now, but if there is any additional information they need, or if they need us down in Washington, we’ll be there in a minute.”Obama has said he will wait for a 90-day comment period on the impact report before making any kind of decision or announcement on the pipeline.They are about one-third of the way into that timeframe. read more

Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic Just Bested His Coach Boris Becker

By beating perhaps the greatest player of all time on his favorite surface in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, Novak Djokovic didn’t just retake the No. 1 ranking. He also surpassed his coach and his opponent’s coach by winning his seventh career Grand Slam title.Roger Federer — whom Djokovic beat in a thrilling five-set final Sunday — and Rafael Nadal have set an intimidatingly high standard for success in contemporary men’s tennis. Djokovic has seven Grand Slam titles, an impressive haul but far short of Federer’s 17 and Nadal’s 14, which is tied for second all-time with Pete Sampras. If Djokovic’s Grand Slam career hadn’t coincided with those of two of the all time greats, he might have 12 major titles.Djokovic might never approach the totals of his illustrious peers, but he achieved another significant milestone Sunday: His seventh major title puts him in front of the six won by his coach, Boris Becker, and Federer’s coach, Stefan Edberg. Those two men and Djokovic are among eight in the Open era with between six and eight Grand Slam titles. The other five are Andre Agassi; occasional TV commentators Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander; and Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray’s former coach.Djokovic, 27, is starting to look like one of the best of this impressive group — with several years of his prime likely still in front of him in a sport where age has become an advantage.Djokovic has the highest Grand Slam winning percentage of the group, and isn’t far behind overall leader Connors in tour-level winning percentage. Though he still has years of competition ahead of him, Djokovic already ranks near the middle of the eight greats in Grand Slam titles, finals, semifinals and match wins, plus weeks at No. 1 — a total he’ll add to starting Monday, when he retakes the top ranking from Nadal. He has a more well-rounded Grand Slam resume than most, with titles at three of the events and two finals at the fourth, the French Open. Only Agassi, who won all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once; and Lendl, who reached two finals at Wimbledon, can match Djokovic there. Djokovic doesn’t look as good on overall match wins, titles and finals, though he has already passed Wilander in all three categories. (Stats via ATP World Tour website, Tennis Abstract and tennis-x.com.)Oh, and even before the end of Sunday’s final, Djokovic had the endorsement of Andy Roddick, the most recent American man to reach the No. 1 ranking and win a major:These numbers don’t account for the degree of difficulty of Djokovic’s accomplishment. The seven greats whose company he keeps had to contend with great rivals, but none had to consistently face Nadal on clay, or Federer on grass. As great as Federer is off grass — winning four of every five matches — he has been even greater on it, winning seven of every eight matches in his career. Even at 32, Federer was near his best on Sunday, and Djokovic was better.“To be able to win against him as one of my greatest rivals on this occasion on a court that he’s been dominating for so many years makes it a very special trophy for me,” Djokovic said in his press conference after the match.Djokovic has now beaten Federer and Nadal at nearly every one of the Grand Slams — he’s missing only the long-sought win over Nadal in Paris. If Djokovic gets that win and a French Open title, he’ll start moving to a level beyond the already impressive company he keeps now with his coach. read more

Womens volleyball drops 2nd straight to ranked opponent

OSU sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) makes a play on the ball during a match against Florida Gulf Coast Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-1.Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternAfter a failed comeback attempt at No. 17 Minnesota last week, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was swept by No. 5 Wisconsin on Sunday.Once the match began, momentum was with Wisconsin (10-2, 1-1), but the Buckeyes (9-5, 0-2) clawed their way back into each of the three sets.In the first set, the Buckeyes and Badgers started off in a close battle until a 17-13 Badger lead turned into a 25-19 set win.In the first half of the second set, the Buckeyes were down by as many as five points, but failed to get enough back-to-back points as the Badgers kept scoring. Wisconsin won again, 25-19.As the Buckeyes were outplayed in the two sets, the team headed into the third looking to have similar results to the match against the Gophers. While the Buckeyes hadn’t won a set, they still had time to pull off an upset.But instead of playing with a sense of urgency like against Minnesota, the Buckeyes saw themselves down 7-0, and eventually down 17-5.However, OSU went on a 12-8 run to close the gap. But it was too late, as the Badgers went on to complete a clean sweep winning the third set, 25-17.Junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell led the Buckeyes in kills with nine, senior setter Taylor Sherwin led with 23 assists and senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner had 18 digs.Badger senior outside hitter and defensive specialist Deme Morales, a native of Amherst, Ohio, had seven digs in the match.The Buckeyes are scheduled have back-to-back games this week at Iowa and No. 8 Nebraska. The Iowa game is scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m., while the Nebraska game is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. read more

Football Ohio State beat itself then beat Penn State

Ohio State senior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would put Ohio State over Penn State in the game on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEarly in the fourth quarter, Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker took a peek at the scoreboard and didn’t like what he saw. The No. 6 Buckeyes were down two touchdowns, and No. 2 Penn State had the ball.Baker and his teammates had no one to blame but themselves.Penalties, special-teams blunders, turnovers and miscommunication through the first three quarters coalesced into a two-touchdown deficit with 13:13 remaining in the game. “I was just like give me, give us a break,” redshirt junior Sam Hubbard said. “Everything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong and the score didn’t reflect how we were dominating on offense and defense and we just had to keep chipping away.”From the opening kickoff, which running back Saquon Barkley returned 97 yards for a touchdown, the Buckeyes made difficult what would seem easy Saturday night at Ohio Stadium. Penn State linebacker Koa Farmer caught a short kickoff and rumbled for a miraculous 59-yard return as the Buckeyes were unable to wrangle him and take him down. Ohio State even managed to go offsides after stuffing a kick return inside the 20-yard line.Ohio State junior receiver Terry McLaurin (83) runs the ball in fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes racked up 10 penalties for 79 yards, including four false starts. A late first half Hubbard sack was negated due to a face mask penalty. Quarterback J.T. Barrett was sacked twice in the first quarter. “It wasn’t really getting down, it was just more frustrating because you have a lot of self-inflicted wounds,” left tackle Jamarco Jones said.Twice, the Buckeyes believed they had interceptions, but both were overturned. In the second quarter, safety Damon Webb reeled in an interception in the end zone, but cornerback Damon Arnette was flagged for pass interference, placing the ball at the 6-yard line. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley dove into the end zone on the following play. Then in the third quarter, cornerback Denzel Ward came down with what was called an interception before the referees turned the play into a Nittany Lion touchdown due to duel possession after review.“We knew we were killing ourselves, really,” Baker said. “We were shooting ourself in the foot.”But during this barrage of self-inflicted misfortune, the number showed Ohio State was dominating. The Buckeyes finished the game with substantial leads in total yards (529-283), first downs (27-17), yards per play (5.2-2.6) and tackles for loss (13-6). Ohio State just could not seem to make a run and take the lead.The Buckeyes held Barkley, a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, to 21 carries for 44 yards, 36 of which came on one touchdown run. Barrett, whom Meyer said played a near-perfect game, completed 33-of-39 passes for 328 yards.“[In] the first three quarters, I can count a handful of plays that we looked like fools, and we have to get that fixed,” Meyer said. “But it wasn’t like we were getting pummeled. It was the opposite. We were playing very well against a very good team, but we had miscues that used to be uncharacteristic.”And then, in less than 12 minutes, everything changed. Ward blocked a punt. Barrett hit Dixon for not one, but two touchdowns. The Buckeyes defense bent, but did not break as the Nittany Lions drove 64 yards, and settled for a 24-yard chip shot field goal. Then, after trailing for more than 58 minutes, Barrett found tight end Marcus Baugh for a 16-yard touchdown which gave the Buckeyes a 39-38 lead.But there was 1:42 remaining on the clock, more time than it took for the Buckeyes to score in any of its final three drives. Since the Buckeyes were avoiding kicking off to Barkley, kickoff specialist Sean Nuernberger hit a squib kick which set the Nittany Lions up with advantageous field position at their 36-yard line. Despite the Penn State field advantage, redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley was never worried.Ohio State defensive coordinator (middle, in red), leads into the air after the Buckeyes beat Penn State 39-38 on Oct. 28 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station Manager“We knew, just give us a chance to be in a position to stop them,” Worley said. “They didn’t really move the ball much on us. There were a couple big plays, penalties that just kept giving them life.”Worley was right. It took just four plays. Incompletion. Sack. Incompletion. Incompletion. Ohio State victory.“I can’t even describe it because we just wanted it more,” redshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said. “Guys in tears on the sideline, because all we’ve been through as a team and as individuals culminated in this moment. A lot of people probably counted us out during this game, but we believed in each other and we got the job done.”Over Ohio State’s final three drives, the home team averaged 15 yards per play and needed just 12 offensive plays to put up three touchdowns, coming back from a 15-point deficit. The momentum shift did not happen all at once, but took a concreted play after play effort, center Billy Price said. “We never gave up, honestly,” Baker said. “We knew we were capable of beating those guys. Great team, but we definitely come up to win.” Sure, Ohio State had no one to blame but themselves for the early deficit. But, after taking down the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes also had no one but themselves to credit for the victory. read more

Your Palatial Mansion Needs This 262inch 4K TV

first_img Geek Pick: Sony HT-S350 Is a Superb SoundbarTom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud Stay on target It doesn’t seem all that long ago that I was working in an electronics store and a 32-inch Sony Vega qualified as a big-screen TV. This new 4K monster spans more than eight times that distance.Standing nearly eight and a half feet tall and measuring just over 20 feet wide, the 262’s (surprise!) 262-inch diagonal is a world record. This monster would easily cover an entire wall in most people’s houses, or, say, the facade of many bungalows.But, hey, if you’ve got a room with twelve-foot ceilings and ten-plus feet between the wall you want to hang it on and your seating area (for optimal viewing), why settle for a piddly little 77, 88, or 100-inch sets that Best Buy can hook you up with?Don’t mess around, just clear a half million bucks on your American Express Centurion card and order up the 262 from the Austrian electronics experts at C Seed.You may never have heard of C Seed before, but they’ve got a knack for creating products like this. They also make the 201, which is the world’s largest outdoor television. It’s not nearly as big (yep, just 201 inches diagonally), but it’s just as insane. The 201 rises out of the ground, unfolds, and rotates itself to the ideal viewing angle.They also make outdoor speakers and an outdoor subwoofer that looks a little bit like some sort of futuristic landmine. Like the 201, they rise out of the ground when you’re prepared to indulge in the ultimate in fresh air television viewing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Friday Morning Iditarod Update – Shageluk

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sixty-seven teams are signed up for the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) trek over mountain ranges, frozen rivers and other dangerous terrain.  Defending champion Mitch Seavey is currently in second place and got into the Shageluk checkpoint at 2:56 am. Nicolas Petit of Girdwood was leading the Iditarod on Friday morning, and he was the first musher out of the checkpoint in Shageluk. Top five mushers as of 6 a.m. on FridayNicolas PetitMitch SeaveyJoar Leifseth UlsomPeter KaiserRichie Diehlcenter_img Sixty-seven mushers began the race for Nome on Sunday, and the winner is expected early next week.last_img read more

The Perplexing Psychology Of Saving For Health Care

first_imgOivind Hovland/Ikon Images/Getty ImagesA health savings account works much like a personal savings account — with a difference. Any money in it that we use to pay for certain medical expenses isn’t taxed.Spending your own money on health care might mean that you’ll be more frugal with it. That’s the theory behind health savings accounts, a decades-old GOP concept that’s sparking renewed interest on Capitol Hill as Republican lawmakers look for ways to replace the Affordable Care Act.HSAs are like personal savings accounts — with a difference. As with a retirement account, money put into an HSA can be invested, and any growth in the fund accumulates tax-free. Withdrawals can be made at any time, and they are tax-free, too — but the money can be used only to pay for certain medical expenses, such as health insurance deductibles, or for copays for hospital care or a visit to the doctor.Currently, HSAs are only available to people who have high-deductible health plans, meaning they usually pay a few thousand dollars for medical care each year before their insurance kicks in to pay its share. While HSA participation is growing, only about 20 million people out of the 176 million who have health insurance participate in these savings accounts, according to a 2015 report by the Association of Health Insurance Plans.Why don’t more people who are eligible for HSAs have them? For one thing, not everyone has money to contribute upfront. But psychologists and behavioral economists point out that even many people who have the extra cash on hand confront big psychological barriers to saving.“How we think and feel is directly tied to our ability to make ‘good’ financial decisions,” says Alycia DeGraff, a board member and secretary of the Financial Therapy Association. DeGraff says when faced with financial decisions about the future, many people simply get stressed out.“These stressors can become so overwhelming that … we can become debilitated and ignore the situation altogether,” she says. “Or we can practice any kind of defense mechanism — entitlement, suppression, overcompensation, isolation, etc. — to try and deal with [it].”This may explain, at least in part, why middle-class Americans are pretty bad at saving money in general. Only about half of us have money in any sort of retirement account. And those of us who are parents have only saved, on average, enough to pay for about one year at an in-state college for our kids.Saving money is hard. It means setting aside what we want now for something we think we’ll want or need later. And we live in a culture that offers a lot of pretty, shiny, things to buy RIGHT NOW.Plus, we all pretend we won’t get old or sick.“People are predictably irrational,” says Dr. Mitesh Patel, especially when it comes to money. He’s a behavioral economist, physician and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.But many of us really hate to lose money, Patel says, which is what makes the concept of HSAs is so appealing.For example, he and his colleagues published a study last year in the Annals of Internal Medicine on what motivates people to lose weight, and found that the way a financial incentive was framed made all the difference.The researchers observed three groups of people for 13 weeks. They told one group to walk 7,000 steps a day. About 30 percent of the group did so. Meanwhile, people assigned to the second group were told they’d be paid $1.40 every day they walked 7,000 steps. About 35 percent of the second group did so.Here’s the kicker: Each person in the third group was paid $42 upfront and was docked $1.40 each time they failed to meet their goal. Forty-five percent of that group met the assigned goal, Patel says. People hate to lose money.Another way to encourage more saving might be to make HSAs operate more like the 401(k)s that required people who didn’t want to participate to actively opt out of the plan — rather than requiring people who want to contribute to opt in. “This creates a path of least resistance,” Patel says.Of course, setting up and overseeing such a plan would likely cost the government some money, he notes.People with HSAs do use less health care than those without such plans, a recent study from the Employee Benefits Research Institute suggests. But it’s unclear whether they actually improve their health. Prescription drug costs went down for people enrolled in HSAs in the EBRI study, but emergency room visits went up — particularly for lower-income families.Then there’s the issue of figuring out how much you, as an individual or a family, would need to save for health care — it’s not easy to find out the average price for a medical test or procedure in your town, let alone how much that price varies from doctor to doctor or hospital to hospital.“If you want to save for a house, you can pretty much figure out the math,” Patel says. “But if you go to a doctor, they don’t give you a menu for prices.”To really increase their health savings — or any savings — we’d all need to change our mindset, says Degraff, the financial therapist.“People would have to first take a dose of reality and get real about their future selves,” she says. Naturally, we think our future selves will be “better, healthier, more financially secure,” she adds. But, for many of us, health and income eventually decline with age. We need to save more now for later.HSAs can be useful, Degraff notes, but only for those who have enough cash to pay their day-to-day expenses — plus a little left over.“A lot of people don’t even have a regular emergency fund savings,” DeGraff says, “especially those that are already struggling to pay for health insurance.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Ultadanga housewife murder Hotel manager held from Jharkhand

first_imgKolkata: One more person identified as Jaydev Yadav has been arrested in connection with the murder of Ultandanga housewife Archana Palangdar and her lover Balaram Keshri.He was arrested on Saturday night and was brought to Kolkata and produced before a city court on Sunday. Jaydev has been remanded to police custody till December 27. Sources informed that Jaydev used to be the manager of the hotel where Archana and Keshri stayed. After the murder case came to light, Jaydev Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefled Kolkata. During investigation, the sleuths came to know that both Archana and Keshri’s body were removed from the hotel using an app cab. An employee identified as Ashis Yadav loaded the bodies in the cab with assistance from two other people identified as Harihar Mahato and Yadu Prasad. All of them were arrested during an investigation. During interrogation of Ashis, the sleuths came to know about Jaydev’s involvement. According to the sources, Jaydev being the manager of the hotel had asked Ashis to dispose of the bodies overnight. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAshis then booked an app cab and did as he was directed by Jaydev. On sensing danger, Jaydev vanished from Kolkata. After sleuths came to know about Jaydev’s involvement, they tried to locate him but failed. Recently, with the help of the mobile phone tower location tracking system, police got information that Jaydev was hiding in Jharkhand. A few days ago, police became sure of his location and sent a team to Jharkhand for arresting Jaydev. On Saturday night, the police team successfully nabbed Jaydev and brought him to Kolkata. Archana and Keshri were found dead inside a hotel room on September 19. Later, Archana’s body was dumped in a canal near Chowbaga pumping station and Keshri’s body was dumped at Nonadanga adjacent to Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass. On September 20, Archana’s body was fished out of the canal and a few days after, police were able to recover Keshri’s body. Later, cops came to know about the New Market hotel where they had stayed. During an investigation, the sleuths arrested several persons connected to the hotel and came to know that Keshri murdered Archana over some conflict and committed suicide. However, police are not believing the story narrated by them. It is expected that after Jaydev’s interrogation, a detailed information related to the murder case would be revealed.last_img read more

The Rees Hotel Queenstown wins Best New Zealand Hotel

first_imgThe Rees’ Lakeside ResidencesThe Rees Hotel Queenstown wins ‘Best New Zealand Hotel’The Rees Hotel Queenstown was again the winner of the prestigious ‘Best New Zealand Hotel’ Award at the 2018 HM Awards for Accommodation and Hotel Excellence held at the ICC in Sydney on Friday night. The award was hotly contested with a high calibre of entries. The achievement caps an outstanding year for The Rees with the highly anticipated opening of its luxury Lakeside Residences and an array of new hotel initiatives, culinary events and more international awards. The HM Awards are the leading industry awards in the region and celebrate the best properties, departments, people, chains and brands in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Over 1500 different properties are nominated each year for the HM Awards with finalists and winners decided by a judging panel of 20 industry professionals and travel media. The Rees was nominated as a finalist in five categories: ‘Best New Zealand Hotel’ (won previously), ‘Best General Manager’ (won previously by Mark Rose), ‘Best Hotel Chef’ (won previously by Mr Batterbury), ‘Best Communications Associate’ (Caroline Davidson) and ‘Australasian Hotel of the Year’.General Manager Mark Rose has been responsible for The Rees Hotel’s continued success and impressive growth since its opening in 2009. He recently oversaw the construction and implementation of five luxury Lakeside Rees Residences as well as the introduction of groundbreaking housekeeping technology Optii keeper and the Hotel’s ‘Rees Bees’ apiary eco initiative amongst many other achievements.These initiatives, along with the outstanding level of service and hospitality at The Rees, have further secured its reputation as an exceptional luxury Queenstown accommodation choice.Mr Rose said, “It is an absolute honour to accept this award on behalf of The Rees Hotel Queenstown. We are truly blessed with an incredible team and their commitment, effort and support make this accomplishment possible. Each year we strive not only to meet but exceed guests’ expectations. This award is a great reminder that we are maintaining an outstanding level of excellence”.In other awards, The Rees Hotel was crowned ‘Best New Zealand Ski Hotel’ at the 2017 World Ski Awards and this year achieved two of the NZ tourism sector’s highest official marks of quality, the ‘Qualmark 5 Star Hotel and Gold Tourism Business Sustainability Awards’ for the second year running. The Rees’ fine dining restaurant True South Dining Room was also awarded a 2018 Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’. The Rees Hotel Queenstown blends chic five star accommodation with all the comforts of home and the service and facilities of an elite international hotel. Situated on the absolute lakefront, The Rees’ terraced construction delivers complete privacy and showcases panoramic views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand.Its landmark restaurant is the True South Dining Room.For Hotel bookings and enquiries phone: +64 3 450 1100 Or email: reservations@therees.co.nz Source = The Rees Hotel Queenstownlast_img read more

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