Dominican radio station may face contempt of Court charges

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 29 Views   3 comments LocalNews Dominican radio station may face contempt of Court charges by: – January 12, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share A Dominican radio station might face contempt of Court charges for airing an audio recording of a Court ruling on Wednesday.Contempt of Court, broadly defined is “Any willful disobedience to, or disregard of, a court order or any misconduct in the presence of a court; action that interferes with a judge’s ability to administer justice or that insults the dignity of the court, and is punishable by fine or imprisonment or both”.On Tuesday the High Court dismissed two election petitions which were filed by the Opposition United Workers Party after the 2009 general elections in Dominica where the Dominica Labour Party won 18 out of 21 seats. Justice Gertel Thom did not return to Dominica to deliver the verdict herself but Justice Brian Cottle read the verdict on her behalf.Justice Cottle explained that the verdict is a 49 page long document which he would not read and proceeded to read the conclusion.It was recently discovered that on the 10th of January, 2012 the Court proceedings were allegedly clandestinely recorded and broadcasted on the 11th of January by a local FM Radio Station without the knowledge or authorization of the Court. This matter has received close examination by Court officials who are said to be examining the issue in relation to contempt of Court and to determine the appropriate legal proceedings against the perpetrators of this alleged contempt.If found guilty the perpetrator could be confined to a term of imprisonment.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Armenian president drops by SoftConstruct headquarters

first_img Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Share Submit The newly-appointed Armenian President Armen Sargsyan met with SoftConstruct founders Vahe and Vigen Badalyan at the company’s headquarters.The head of state took a tour around the campus of the ‘all-in-one IT and software provider’, meeting the teams and getting acquainted with the solutions provided by the company. As the visit went on, the guests of honour had a chance to speak to the company’s employees, and learn about the latest developments of the firm’s betting and gaming wing, BetConstruct.The Badalyan brothers shared their future insight on company development and the growth of the IT sector in Armenia, and President Sargsyan was reportedly impressed with SoftConstruct’s rapid growth over its 15 year history.As well as renowned sports betting software supplier BetConstruct, Softconstruct has a number of projects running under its title. For instance, FeedConstruct is a real-time data feed provider, Fast Credit UCO is a Ucraft website builder; FastShift is an innovative payment gateway; FastToken is a digital wallet developed for igaming activities; and Betonpolitics is a platform for political debates and forecasts.BetConstruct also recently launched Vbet, a virtual casino product in the German capital of Berlin, which utilises advanced VR technology to teleport bettors into a virtual casino world. New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 StumbleUpon VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Astros edge Dodgers in World Series rematch

first_imgSakkari upsets Venus Williams to reach Silicon Valley semis Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander, center, is congratulated after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — In a game dripping with World Series nostalgia, not everybody was willing to embrace the symbolism Friday after the Houston Astros earned a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.Justin Verlander struck out 14 Dodgers and George Springer brought home two runs on double as the Astros appeared to pick up where last fall’s World Series ended: In a Game 7 victory for Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Dodgers: RHP Erik Goeddel (right lat inflammation) was placed on the 10-day disabled list opening a roster spot for RHP John Axford, who was acquired in a trade from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. … LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left groin strain) will have another rehab outing next week, possibly at Triple-A Oklahoma City, after throwing four scoreless innings for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. … LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder strain) received a cortisone shot after a setback in his recovery, but is expected to resume activity next week after a new MRI showed no significant damage in his shoulder.UP NEXTAstros: RHP Lance McCullers (10-6, 4.06 ERA) will pitch Saturday, coming off his fourth career 11-strikeout performance Sunday against the Rangers.Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (7-6, 3.48) will make his first career regular-season appearance against the Astros on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES But Astros manager A.J. Hinch knows there are still two more games remaining in this series so he wasn’t ready to raise a banner for this one.“We’ve had good vibes since then too,” Hinch said, when asked about last fall. “This is a good place, but let’s not overdramatize it. It’s just a series.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Perhaps. But none of the players seemed to treat it that way.Verlander was willing to admit that it meant more. In no way was Friday’s game anywhere near a World Series environment, but for a regular-season game in August, the right-hander was impressed. He seemed motivated as well while tying a season high for strikeouts.center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “This is not your average ballgame midweek, this is a big atmosphere, great ballclub with World Series aspirations and we played them in the World Series last year,” Verlander said. “We beat them and we’re in their ballpark. It kind of adds up to a great atmosphere. I expected nothing less and I didn’t feel disappointed. The fans were awesome.”Verlander won his first career regular-season start at Dodger Stadium, giving up one run on four hits over 7 2/3 innings. He pitched well in last year’s World Series but had a loss and a no-decision in his two starts.Springer was the unquestioned star of last year’s World Series against the Dodgers. He had five home runs, including homers in games 4, 5, 6 and 7. It appeared to be more of the same Friday when he worked a walk in the first inning and ripped an RBI double to left in the second that brought home a second run when center fielder Cody Bellinger mishandled the ball. Springer did not think the two runs would be enough.“Not with the past experience with those guys over there,” Springer said. “But our guy (Verlander) was lights out again today. He was in control of the game from the start and he threw the ball well.”The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson led off in the first inning with a home run off Verlander. It was his second straight game he’s led off with a homer and fifth time this season. He has eight in his career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Offense was hard to come by after that for the Dodgers. Chris Taylor had singles in the third and eighth innings off Verlander. Bellinger had a single in the fourth.“We have success when we don’t try to do too much off him,” Bellinger said. “We just look for hard hits. Verlander gets stronger as the game goes on which is pretty crazy. It’s hard to hit.”Verlander struck out the side in both the second and fourth innings and set down Pederson in the eighth inning for his 14th and final strikeout before he was removed. Astros reliever Hector Rondon recorded the final four outs for his 11th save.Wood (7-6) went six innings, but after a visit from a member of the Dodgers medical staff, he was removed as he came out to warm up in the seventh inning. Wood gave up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks and was diagnosed with the same hamstring cramp that plagued him earlier in the year.“I feel like my last couple of games my stuff has been the best consistently it’s just kind of dotting and nasty,” Wood said. “I’ve been working on getting my hand up and I think my command is hurt a little from that, but the direction I’ve been heading in feels good. I’m trying to shorten my arm swing and have seen that work in the quality of my stuff.”RETIREMENT ‘DREDodgers OF Andre Ethier, who drove in Los Angeles’ only run in Game 7 of last year’s World Series defeat, officially announced his retirement with an on-field ceremony Friday.Ethier, who has not played with any team this season, hit 162 home runs with a .285 batting average in 12 seasons, all with the Dodgers. He was limited to just 38 regular season games the past two years because of multiple injuries.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: SS Carlos Correa (lower back soreness) played seven innings Thursday on a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi, was given a day off Friday and is scheduled to play both Saturday and Sunday. … 2B Jose Altuve (right knee soreness) is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday, but manager A.J. Hinch said he is not confident Altuve will play in Tuesday’s game at San Francisco. … C Brian McCann (arthroscopic knee surgery) got into a catcher’s squat Friday for the first time since his early July surgery and will start working to build up his strength.last_img read more

Sticker shock jolts Oklahoma patient 15076 for four tiny screws

first_imgMay 14 2018Sherry Young just wanted to be able to walk without pain.About three years ago, she began to experience sharp pain in her left foot. Her big toe had become crooked and constantly rubbed up against the adjacent toe, making it painful to run, walk or even stand. “I could not walk without intense pain unless I had a pad underneath my toes for cushioning,” Young said.An orthopedic surgeon told her that he could fix her problem for good. “He thought my foot was hitting the ground too hard and causing pain,” said Young. “That’s what he was trying to correct.”Though Young had had several orthopedic surgeries, she had always had good insurance and never scrutinized her bills.At the time of her foot surgery, Young of course knew nothing about hospital charges for surgical screws, medical saws and other hardware used in the operating room.Then the bill came.Patient: Sherry Young, 57, a retired librarian on disability and mother of two in Lawton, Okla.Total Bill: $115,527 for a three-day hospital stay, including $15,076 for four tiny screws — measuring 2.8 millimeters wide and no more than 14 millimeters long — placed in the two middle toes of her left foot.Service Provider: OU Medical Center, located at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma CityMedical Treatment: Young underwent two operations on the same day in June 2017. One surgeon addressed an injury in Young’s shoulder, caused by arthritis and overuse. A second surgeon performed several procedures on her foot, including removing a bone spur. To better align Young’s middle toes, the doctor removed a slice of bone from the center of each toe, and then reconnected the two ends with surgical screws made by Arthrex, a medical device manufacturer based in Naples, Fla.What Gives: Two weeks after surgery, Young received a letter from her insurance plan, BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma, stating that it had not approved her hospital stay. Staying overnight was not “medically necessary,” according to the letter, because foot and shoulder surgery are typically performed as outpatient procedures.The letter “put me in a panic,” said Young, who was suddenly worried that she would have to pay the entire $115,000 bill herself. That’s about how much her home is worth, and five times her annual income.Faced with the astronomical cost, Young asked for an itemized copy of her bill and began checking every charge.She was floored by the price of the screws, each of which cost more than a high-end computer.”Unless the metal [was] mined on an asteroid, I do not know why it should cost that amount,” Young said.She repeatedly asked officials at OU Medical Center for part numbers for the screws, so she could find out how much they cost the hospital. Hospital officials never provided the information, Young said.John Schmieding, senior vice president and general counsel for Arthrex, declined to tell Kaiser Health News exactly how much his company charges hospitals for the type of screws implanted in Young’s foot. But he did offer ballpark figures: “Our sale price for screws used in foot and ankle procedures would be below $300 per screw, with the most expensive around $1,000.”As for what the hospital charges, Schmieding said, “We do not direct or control how a facility bills for their procedure.” Based on the numbers Schmieding provided, the hospital markup on Young’s screws could range from roughly 275 percent to upward of 1,150 percent.”It’s mind-boggling,” said Dr. James Rickert, an orthopedic surgeon in Bedford, Ind., and president for the Society for Patient Centered Orthopedics, which advocates for affordable health care. “We are talking about little pieces of metal.”Yet such steep markups are common at hospitals, said Rickert, who was not involved in Young’s care.Clearly, the screws used in Young’s surgery are more sophisticated than those sold at the local hardware store. Many of the screws in Arthrex’s online catalog are made of titanium, which is popular for surgery because it’s strong and durable. The screws are also hollow, designed to fit over a guidewire so that doctors can place them in precisely the right place.Related StoriesBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitNew computational model explores daily pain sensitivity rhythmsHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeSurgical device manufacturers also must comply with strict regulations, said Steve Lichtenthal, vice president of business development at the Orthopaedic Implant Co., based in Reno, Nev., which makes surgical supplies.But even the fanciest screw is still pretty simple, Lichtenthal said. Tiny screws cost only about $30 to manufacture, and the technology hasn’t changed much in decades, he said. About half the cost of a surgical implant goes toward paying sales and marketing staff, who develop close relationships with doctors and sometimes even attend surgery, Lichtenthal said.Screws weren’t the only expensive devices figuring into Young’s bill. A drill bit, used for making holes in bone, carried a charge of $4,265; a tool for removing and cauterizing tissue was $5,047; a saw blade, $619.While screws can be used only once, there’s no reason that other surgical equipment, such as saw blades, should be disposable, Rickert said. Hospitals routinely sterilize tools such as scalpels and scissors, then use them again.A hospital spokesman declined to comment on the specifics of Young’s bill, as did the surgeon who operated on her foot.OU Medical Center issued a statement that said: “OU Medical Center provides the highest-quality patient care. We are focused on acquiring the latest tools, treatments and technology, while diligently making sure we have the resources to maintain this commitment our patients deserve. We strive to keep costs down and focus investment on where it really matters — our patients.”In the statement, OU Medical Center said few patients pay the full price. Instead, insurance companies typically negotiate discounts with hospitals, allowing them to pay less than the amount on the list of charges.Yet, as Young learned, people who are uninsured — or whose insurance plan refuses to pay — get no discount.Resolution: Young is now off the hook. In a statement in response to a reporter’s questions, BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma said it never actually denied Young’s insurance claim, but simply needed “additional information from the provider in order to process it correctly.”According to Young’s most recent billing statement from OU Medical Center, she does not owe anything for her hospital stay. However, her latest statement from the hospital includes a $413 charge for an “appeal denied.”Surgery relieved the chronic pain in her shoulder and alleviated some but not all of the pain in her foot, Young said.The Takeaway: Companies can charge big prices for small surgical supplies and hospitals can mark them up at will.If you want to know exactly why your bill is so high, ask for an itemized list of charges. Since patients have no ability to shop around for different screws before the surgery, it’s important to complain loudly to the hospital, your insurer and your employer if you see charges that seem outrageous.This is a monthly feature from Kaiser Health News and NPR that dissects and explains real medical bills in order to shed light on U.S. health care prices and to help patients learn how to be more active in managing costs. Do you have a medical bill that you’d like us to see and scrutinize? Submit it here and tell us the story behind it.Jane Greenhalgh produced and edited the interview with Elisabeth Rosenthal for broadcast. Jackie Fortier from StateImpact Oklahoma reported from Lawton, Okla. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more