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Odds & Ends: Matthew McConaughey’s Theater & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Matthew McConaughey’s TheaterMove over Frozen, it looks like we’ve a new animated tuner to get behind! There will be 85—yes, 85—songs in Sing, starring Matthew McConaughey as a debonair koala who decides producing a singing competition will help his theater become successful again. Deadline reports that he will be joined by a cast including Tony winner Scarlett Johansson as a punk rock porcupine, Seth MacFarlane as a mischievous mouse and Reese Witherspoon as the stressed mom to 25 piglets. The release date is currently scheduled for December 21, 2016 so we’ll be contenting ourselves with frozen fractals until then.Rumer Willis & Frankie J. Grande Team UpRecent Broadway alum Rumer Willis, Frankie J. Grande, Lorna Luft, Jacob Young and more will sing in the season for Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert on December 15. The brainchild of Scott Nevins, the event is set to take place at Rockwell: Table & Stage in L.A. and benefit the Actors Fund. We love the most wonderful time of year!Close to You Hits a High NoteWhat’s new pussycat?! Off-Broadway hit What’s It All About is enjoying similar success across the pond! Renamed Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined and led by Kyle Riabko, the West End production has extended through February 14, 2016 at the Criterion Theatre.Ian McKellen & Stanley Tucci’s OdysseyBig names including Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Andrew Scott, Bertie Carvel, Jessica Brown Findlay, Juliet Stevenson and Olivia Williams have been tapped for London’s Almeida Theatre’s Greek season finale. Directed by Rupert Goold and Robert Icke, they will read The Odyssey, translated by Robert Fagles, on November 12. Homer’s sequel will be live-streamed free from unusual and iconic locations across the U.K. capital including Tower Pier.last_img read more

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Hefty fines

first_imgDriving too fast can get you a hefty fine. Watering your lawn during restricted hours or days can land you a big fine, too.”You typically get two warnings. And the third time, you’re fined,” said Rose Mary Seymour, a water specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Big Brother’s watchingKeller knows his system’s users obey the state’s water schedule.”We’re getting our biggest surge of water usage during the times allotted for outdoor watering,” he said. “From 10 a.m. to midnight, we produce as much water as we can. And everyone appears to be watering when they’re supposed to.”His department is seen as a model across the nation, receiving many awards for water management and boasting an unusual reverse curve in water usage.”A reverse curve,” Keller said, “means instead of our water usage going up as our county grows, it goes down.” That trend is the result of water conservation education and physical changes to the water system.”Our residents learned a lot about conservation by living through the drought of 2002,” he said. “They also began looking at water as a premium product instead of a commodity when we raised our water rates 25 percent in 2002 and another 25 percent in 2004.” Hitting where it hurts”The fine can be up to $500,” Seymour said. “The enforcement officers also have the power to turn off your access to public water.” They can charge up to $5,000 to turn it back on.Most local water purveyors don’t have the work force to enforce the law alone, she said. They often have to rely on police officers and other government officials for help.”The local water authority has jurisdiction over those who break the outdoor water-use rules,” she said. “They also have the power to make the rules more stringent for their cities and counties.”To make sure water is available during daily peak hours, Fulton County has reduced the number of permitted hours for users north of the Chattahoochee River. Residents there must water between midnight and 5 a.m. Likewise, in Forsyth County, residents may water on only two days per week instead of three.In Griffin, Ga., Brant Keller oversees the water usage for Spalding County, parts of Coweta County and the cities of Zebulon and Williamson as director of public works and utilities. Keller’s staff also enforces the state’s water codes.Under his system, users get one warning for breaking the law. A second violation is cause for a fine.”The fine can be up to $250. But the last time we issued a fine was 2002,” he said. “Most of the fines we do issue are a result of one neighbor reporting another. We did give some warnings last year.” Reclaiming lossKeller stopped water losses of 10 percent, too, by replacing the system’s leaky water meters.”We were using 7 million gallons a day, and now we’re using 6.3 million,” he said. “We’re in the customer service business, and my goal is to make sure my customers always have a supply of water.”center_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia Levels of restrictionThe state’s water schedules are in response to Georgia’s drought conditions. Developed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division, the state’s outdoor water-use plan includes four levels. Level 1 is the least restrictive and level 4 the most.Georgia is now using the level-2 outdoor water-use schedule. Outdoor water uses are allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at odd-number addresses. They’re allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at even-number addresses. Outdoor watering is banned all day on Fridays.Level 3 permits outdoor water uses only on Saturdays for even-numbered addresses and Sundays for odd-numbered addresses. Level 4 prohibits all residential outdoor water uses except watering personal food gardens.last_img read more

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Right Decisions at the Right Time

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo May 25, 2017 Favor deseo informacion detallada, gracias. A Jamaican Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard team was busy at their base, HMJS Cagway, in Port Royal, outside of Kingston, during the last two weeks of April. Together with their U.S. Coast Guard counterparts, the team sat next to each other in a small office crowded with computers and cables to install new software that will bring the JDF Coast Guard to the forefront of technology. The commercial maintenance and logistics solutions software, called ManagerPlus, is an easy-to-use operating system that helps organizations with asset management, tracking, maintenance, inventory, budgets, purchase orders, and reports for decision-making. Implementing it is an important technological step for Jamaica’s Coast Guard. One of their missions is 24/7 readiness to defend and enforce the country’s maritime laws, mostly by enhancing their fleet vessels’ effectiveness in interdicting illicit activities. “We have very limited resources, so we must efficiently manage those resources,” said JDF Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Aceion Prescott, executive officer and acting commanding officer. The new software will assist his personnel to be more effective in their operations through total asset visibility. “This particular software will be extremely useful to us. I am looking forward to seeing the full operability of this software… It looks very promising,” he added. CBSI-TAFT The software solution is an initiative by the Technical Assistance Field Team (TAFT), a program through the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to build partner capacity and improve maritime readiness. TAFT is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), a U.S. security strategy focused on citizen safety throughout the Caribbean. CBSI-TAFT brings technical expertise and support to assist partner nations in developing maintenance, logistics, and procurement systems to improve Caribbean maritime capabilities. Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Suriname are signatory members of CBSI-TAFT. They have seen positive results in their operational maritime fleets. In fact, CBSI-TAFT statistics from 2013 to 2015 show that there were 41 percent more patrols and 68 percent more vessel drug seizures. These values mean that partner nation coast guards increased their patrol successes as a result of their vessels being operationally available. Six of the 15 members of the CBSI-TAFT team worked hand-in-hand with their Jamaican counterparts to implement ManagerPlus. “We conduct class training, work with the live program, and then create our own training network that allows the country team to play with the system without affecting their own data,” said U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle York, head of the CBSI-TAFT Engineer Department and lead of the program’s software installation. “Our partnership allows us to do what is best for them and for their program.” In addition to providing the software and training, TAFT provided additional hardware and network components. “The new system has a lot of potential,” said Lt. Cmdr. Prescott. “We can utilize the same system for other areas of the Coast Guard, which will be extremely useful to all of us.” System operation The JDF Coast Guard team knows the new system will help them make their workflow more efficient. “We are now able to look at the complete inventory list… The sustainability that the software provides is very important for us,” said JDF Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Gowey, officer in command of the Marine Workshop. “It helps us to monitor the maintenance of the fleet more efficiently.” Keeping up with fleet maintenance at all levels will help the JDF Coast Guard obtain valuable information in making decisions on major repairs and replacement of equipment to support their mission. “The program itself allows me to view what needs to be replaced to keep the boats in working conditions at all times,” said JDF Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Abraham Miller, manager of the Marine Workshop. “We get our chance to actually do things from a more professional point of view, less paperwork and less hands-on supervision. This is what the program really brings to us,” he added. The software implementation initiative derived from “working with partner nations and noticing that they needed an accurate understanding of their sustainment costs,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Jason Plumley, CBSI-TAFT officer-in-charge at SOUTHCOM. The software “is a foundation to our work within CBSI, and it enhances our partner nations’ mission support capabilities,” he said. According to Lt. Cmdr. Plumley, managing information pertaining to fleet maintenance is critical for the coast guard’s maritime operations. So, the software, he added, is a commercial tool the TAFT was able to “tailor for our partner nations for their maritime needs.” Thanks to the software, he said, partner nations will be able to track maintenance and inventory while simultaneously running their operations more effectively and obtaining data to create budgets. “It’s a tool to make the right decisions at the right time regarding the engineering capabilities of the vessels,” said Lt. Cmdr. Plumley. The overall goal with this initiative, he said, is that partner nations can obtain “higher operational availability of the ‘work horses’ of the service, or their littoral interceptors.” Results The software has been received well among Eastern Caribbean nations. “They are very pleased with it,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer York. “They have been able to track things and get information much faster than in the past, and greatly reduce their work load, too.” Dominica, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Barbados have already implemented it. Guyana and Saint Kitts & Nevis will do the same in the next two months. The new software will help the Caribbean nations continue to achieve positive results in their maritime operations. “We are greatly appreciative of the assistance from the United States,” said Lt. Cmdr. Prescott. “We remain committed to doing our share of the partnership to ensure that the assistance we receive is not going to be wasted.”last_img read more

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Colombia, Panama, US Block Maritime Narcotrafficking Routes

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo June 06, 2019 In two combined operations, Colombia, Panama, and the United States seized more than 2 tons of cocaine off Colombia’s Pacific coast in early April. Interoperability work among the Colombian Navy, U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South), and the Panamanian National Air and Naval Service (SENAN, in Spanish) made the seizure possible. According to the Colombian Navy, the cocaine seized is estimated at $67 million in the international market. Interagency forces also confiscated a semisubmersible, two speedboats, and captured nine criminals — seven Colombians and two Ecuadoreans — dealing a major blow to transnational criminal groups. “Cooperation between neighboring and regional countries is fundamental to counter transnational organized crime [TOC],” Major Jonathan Ali, an officer of SENAN’s National Intelligence Directorate, told Diálogo. “TOC is a changing phenomenon that increasingly endangers peace for communities of the hemisphere.” Transshipment at sea JIATF South’s intelligence team spotted suspicious activities between two speedboats off Colombia’s Pacific coast near Malpelo Island, which led to the first operation, on April 4. “U.S. air platform personnel reported an alleged narcotrafficking event in progress; two individuals were making a cargo transfer at sea, with packages believed to be narcotics,” Colombian Navy Captain Fernando Antonio Díaz Flórez, commander of patrol vessel ARC 20 de Julio, assigned to the Pacific Naval Force, told Diálogo. A Pacific Naval Force unit interdicted a first vessel and its crew, three Colombians, which was returning to Colombia’s coast with fuel and communications equipment. U.S. Coast Guard ship USCGC Tornado intercepted the second speedboat with its crew of two Colombians and one Ecuadorean, along with 1,108 kilograms of cocaine on board. “It was a Flipper-type speedboat named Virgen del Carmen, without a license plate or documents,” said Capt. Díaz. “[There were] 26 packages on board, which seemed to contain drugs because of their shape and characteristics.” Semisubmersible detained On April 5, security forces conducted another operation off Colombia’s Pacific coast. Units of the Pacific Naval Force and SENAN received information from JIATF South to intercept a semisubmersible. “U.S. air platform personnel detected a semisubmersible navigating west from Malpelo,” Capt. Díaz said. “The [Navy ship] ARC Punta Ardita sent a Panamanian [SENAN] speedboat that was operating with this unit to intercept the suspicious vessel.” Two Colombians and one Ecuadorean manned the vessel, which carried 42 bags containing 917 kg of cocaine. Authorities sent the semisubmersible and its crew, as well as the two speedboats and criminals arrested in the prior operation, to Tumaco, Nariño department, to be brought before the Attorney General’s Office. Interagency work Authorities carried out both operations within the framework of maritime cooperation agreements between Colombia, the United States, and Panama to counter narcotrafficking. Partner nations also benefit from international initiatives such as the Orion III Naval Campaign that ended April 15, and sought to establish narcotrafficking containment lines in Colombian national waters with the participation of regional countries. “International cooperation has reached among other achievements, cooperation in the operational and intelligence areas,” said Maj. Ali. “This allows for proper scenarios to face threats, advice focused on the efficiency and effectiveness of available resources, and a cooperative initiative that welcomes partner nation forces and blocks the threat of narcotrafficking, therefore building trust.” “The importance of interagency work can be seen in different aspects,” Capt. Díaz concluded. “As information is handled, it’s important to interact with the data that each one manages in order to create solid information which leads to materializing efforts that in turn lead to neutralizing the scourge of narcotrafficking.”last_img read more

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Chelsea ahead of Manchester United & Arsenal in transfer race for Luka Jovic

first_img Cardiff 1-2 Chelsea: Press conference with Maurizio SarriTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:55FullscreenCardiff 1-2 Chelsea: Press conference with Maurizio Sarrihttps://metro.co.uk/video/cardiff-1-2-chelsea-press-conference-maurizio-sarri-1895850/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Spanish outlet Marca claim that while Barcelona and Real are keen on the 21-year-old, Chelsea are at the front of the queue among Jovic’s English suitors.ADVERTISEMENTEintracht will demand a monster fee for Jovic should they decide to sell this summer with some reports claiming the German side have set a £67million asking price.AdvertisementAdvertisementManchester City too are tracking Jovic, but Metro.co.uk understands the Sky Blues have been put off by Eintracht’s valuation.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Comment Chelsea ahead of Manchester United & Arsenal in transfer race for Luka Jovic Advertisementcenter_img A host of Premier League clubs are tracking Jovic (Picture: Getty)United have a host of striking options at the club, as do Arsenal who house Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their squad.Chelsea are rumoured to be ready to re-start their search for a No.1 striker in the summer as on-loan forward Gonzalo Higuain has failed to impress.Any move for Jovic though could be blocked by the fact Chelsea are facing a two-window transfer ban.Fifa rejected Chelsea’s request to have their ban frozen during the appeal process.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Eintracht may cash in on Jovic this summer (Picture: Getty)Chelsea are leading Manchester United and Arsenal in the transfer race to sign Luka Jovic, reports say.Jovic is one of the most in-demand strikers in Europe having scored 23 goals in 37 appearances this season for Eintracht Frankfurt.Barcelona and Real Madrid are desperate to sign Jovic, who is on a two-year loan from Benfica. Eintracht will trigger an option to buy the Serbian permanently this summer. Coral BarryMonday 1 Apr 2019 12:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShareslast_img read more

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Family wins keys to renovated Kedron stunner

first_imgInside the home at 17 Eleventh Ave, Kedron.“(The buyers) loved the location, the proximity to the park and that it was in a quiet street with other great homes,” she said. “They also loved the renovations and the large deck area.”Ms Copping said the new owners were a family who bought the property as an investment. “A lot of people try to get into catchment from Kedron State School so we do get quite a lot of interest for rentals in the area,” she said. “The Kedron market has been performing really well in the last few years and the Avenues precinct, in particular, is always very popular.” The home at 17 Eleventh Ave, Kedron.A TOP renovation and popular location saw a five-bedroom home in Kedron sell under the hammer. Selling agent Brooke Copping, of Ray White Wilston, said the home at 17 Eleventh Ave sold for $880,000. “We had three registered bidders and an opening bid of $600,000,” she said. “We did have a bit of negotiation but (the auction) was over pretty quickly.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Ms Copping said the home in the Avenues precinct attracted good interest with about 35 groups through the property in the lead-up to the auction. last_img read more

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Vineyard Wind Wins Offshore Connecticut

first_imgThe Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has selected Vineyard Wind to advance to contract negotiations for its 804MW Park City Wind project as part of the state’s Request for Proposals (RFP).The Park City Wind project will now enter into contract negotiations with the state’s two electric utilities, The United Illuminating Company and Eversource Energy, for a contract with a 20-year term.The resulting contracts will be subject to review and approval by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).According to DEEP, Park City Wind is offered at a price lower than any other publicly announced offshore wind project in North America.It also includes an estimated USD 890 million in direct economic development, including Bridgeport Harbor and the local supply chain. Vineyard Wind estimates 2,800 direct full-time employment years will be created in Connecticut through the project.The selection of the project, which will provide the equivalent of 14% of the state’s electricity supply, is said to represent the largest purchase of renewable energy in Connecticut’s history.“Vineyard Wind is proud that our Park City Wind proposal was selected in this competitive process and we are excited to work with Governor Lamont and DEEP to deliver jobs and economic development opportunities to the Bridgeport region and meaningful reductions in harmful carbon emissions,” said Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind.“We look forward to building on the work already underway with a network of project partners, local officials, the maritime community, other developers, and all stakeholders involved to make Connecticut a hub for the offshore wind industry in the United States for decades to come.”To remind, DEEP launched the RFP for up to 2,000MW of offshore wind power in August, which represents the U.S. state’s first solicitation dedicated specifically to offshore wind development.Vineyard Wind revealed shortly after that it had submitted a proposal that comprises a set of bids, including a required 400MW plan and options to develop projects that will generate 800MW, 1,000MW and 1,200MW of offshore wind capacity.The joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables proposes to construct the project in one of its two federally designated lease areas located south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket on the east coast.last_img read more

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Birth control should be fully covered under health plans, report says

first_img Share HealthLifestyle Birth control should be fully covered under health plans, report says by: – July 20, 2011 66 Views   no discussions Contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health care reform law, a new report recommends.The birth control methods, services and education should be available “so that women can better avoid unwanted pregnancies and space their pregnancies to promote optimal birth outcomes,” according to a report from the Institute of Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization that gives advice to decision makers and the public.Annual HIV tests, breastfeeding support and a well-woman care visit should also be fully covered as preventive services, the report states.Under most health insurance plans, birth control such as hormone pills and implantable devices are partially covered, but require patients to contribute financially. If the Institute of Medicine committee’s recommendations are accepted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, women will no longer have to shell out co-pays, deductibles or other out-of-pocket fees for approved birth control or sterilization methods.It’s unclear whether HHS will implement the report’s recommendations. That decision could come as early as August. “We are reviewing the report closely and will release the Department’s recommendations of what additional preventive services for women should be covered without cost sharing very soon,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.She called the IOM report “historic” and said its recommendations were “based on science and existing literature.”The IOM committee recommended that all U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including the morning after pills, should be fully covered by insurance plans.Contraceptives can help families plan pregnancies, the report states. A national survey found that an estimated 49% of all pregnancies in the United States were unintended in 2001.And women who have unintended pregnancies are more likely to have little or no prenatal care, and engage in risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking or experience domestic violence.Birth control can also help women space time between births. Short periods between pregnancies have been associated with increased risk of higher mortality for children under age 5, low birth weight, preterm births, stillbirths, miscarriages, and maternal death.The direct medical cost of unintended pregnancy in the United States was estimated to be nearly $5 billion in 2002. The cost savings due to contraceptive use in that same year was estimated to be $19.3 billion, according to a study cited in the IOM’s report.Health care professional associations such as the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Public Health Association already recommend the use of family planning services as part of women’s preventive care.Dr. James Martin, Jr, president of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said the organization “really believes unimpeded access to affordable contraceptives for all women is foundational.”Martin, who practices in Jackson, Mississippi, noted that a substantial number of the pregnancies were unplanned and that some low- or middle-income women didn’t have access to contraception because of cost.Health plans covering an annual preventative care visit is also important, because that’s when contraceptive methods would be discussed with a doctor, he said.Planned Parenthood welcomed the committee’s recommendations.“Millions of women, especially young women, struggle every day to afford prescription birth control,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.“Today’s recommendation brings us a step closer to ensuring that all newly insured women under the health care reform law will have access to prescription birth control without out-of-pocket expenses.”But the topic of birth control and contraceptives remains highly sensitive because of personal or religious beliefs.Jeanne Monahan, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, said the group’s chief concerns were what kind of birth control the plans would be required to cover.Emergency contraceptives such as Plan B and Ella are taken after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy. Ella works primarily by stopping or delaying ovulation, according to the drug maker. Plan B uses a hormone found in birth control pills to prevent ovulation or interfere with fertilization.Monahan likened the emergency contraception to an “abortion drug.” The Family Research Council is a faith-based nonprofit.“The overall question of mandating contraception, we believe that will inherently violate people’s conscience rights,” she said. “There are many people with conscience objections. They will be forced to pay insurance premiums which will ultimately cover these things that violate their conscience.”“The question is whether the government should mandate that every health plan will cover these drug costs. They shouldn’t be forced to violate their consciences,” Monahan said.Although the recommendation on contraceptives is most likely to attract controversy, the IOM committee also suggested that the following programs be fully covered as preventive services:— Screening for gestational diabetes for pregnant women between 24 and 28 weeks— DNA testing for high-risk HPV for women starting at 30 years of age; recurring every three years— Annual counseling on sexually transmitted infections for all sexually active women— HIV testing and counseling on an annual basis for sexually active women— Breastfeeding support and counseling, including costs of renting breastfeeding equipment— Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence— One preventive care visit a year for adult womenCNN News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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Rooney needs to be fully committed

first_img Press Association Last month, departing manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he had rejected a transfer request from the England international. Sorting the 27-year-old’s future is one of the key things for new boss David Moyes to address but van Nistelrooy – who left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2006 – expects it will ultimately be the player’s decision. “It is a matter of how he feels. If he feels he is committed to the club I think there is an opening,” said the Dutchman. “If he says there isn’t I don’t think there is a future for him but it is up to him. I think the fans would love him to stay but it depends on the commitment. “If he is fully here everyone loves him but when he is not fully committed it is probably better to move on.” Former Red Devils defender Henning Berg also thinks Rooney will have final say on the matter, although he does not expect United to give in easily. “It is up to Wayne Rooney. If he is 100 per cent committed and wants to play and that is everything he has to go for he has the talent and the qualities to play a big part at this club,” he said after a United v Real Madrid legends game in aid of the Manchester United Foundation. “I think David Moyes and Rooney have to talk about that and if Rooney feels it is not 100 per cent for him then maybe things will change. “I don’t know too much about the history (of Rooney’s transfer requests) but with David Moyes coming in they have to sit down and talk about it – but ultimately Wayne has to see what he feels. “He is still under contract so I think the club is still in a good position.” center_img Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy believes Wayne Rooney has to leave the club if he is not 100 per cent committed.last_img read more

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Fabregas: I’m committed to Chelsea

first_imgSpain midfielder Cesc Fabregas is fully committed to the “important project” at Chelsea, but maintains he will always hold Arsenal close to his heart. He won the Primera Division, a Copa del Ray and the FIFA Club World Cup during his three-year spell back in Spain, before sealing a return to the Premier League with Chelsea this summer. In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, Fabregas explained his feelings for Arsenal will not be diminished by whatever he may go on to achieve across London with Chelsea. “Don’t think I didn’t think about it (playing for Arsenal’s rivals when I decided to join Chelsea). I will keep the Gunner feeling forever and I know that I will return to Highbury (Emirates Stadium) and (it) will be a special moment, but I am a committed guy,” Fabregas said. “I remind you that I played the Champions League final against Barcelona (with Arsenal) and I swear I would have done anything to win that game – and I have been a Barcelona fan since I was a kid. “So I know that when I play against Arsenal I will know who is my (current) team, who are my colleagues and who I defend. And I know that the Arsenal fans will understand me, I have no doubt.” Mourinho felt Fabregas needed little convincing to join him at Chelsea, sealing a £28million move just before the World Cup. Fabregas added: “If you’d told me five years ago that I would play for Chelsea and Mourinho I would not have believed you, but life changes. “I started to think about leaving Barcelona after the Copa del Rey final. It was when I started to think that it had finished, that there was a change or that I didn’t want to continue. “I spoke with my agent and asked him to find me a new team, and an offer from Chelsea arrived. For me it was coming back to London, where I grew (up). There was no better way out. “I spoke with Mourinho and he told me the things I needed to hear. I felt valued. I felt I was going to be important in an important project.” Press Associationcenter_img The former Gunners captain feels comfortable working under Blues boss Jose Mourinho, with Arsenal having decided against taking up an option to bring him back from Barcelona to the Emirates Stadium. Fabregas, 27, joined the Gunners from his boy-hood club as a raw teenager and developed into one of the most dynamic midfielders in the game, before returning to the Nou Camp in August 2011. last_img read more

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