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September 24, 2020
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AG Curtis Hill joins bipartisan coalition in defending states’ rights to regulate rising costs of prescription drugs

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Attorney General Curtis Hill this month joined a bipartisan coalition of 32 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting states’ rights to regulate and address the rising cost of prescription drugs.In Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the attorneys general argue that in order to protect the well-being of consumers, states must retain the right to regulate pharmacy benefit managers, also known as PBMs. PBMs act as gate-keepers among pharmacies, drug manufacturers, health insurance plans and consumers for access to prescription drugs. The brief filed this month argues that regulation of the prescription drug market, including PBMs, is a critical tool for states to address access and affordability of prescription drugs and protect residents.In 2015, the state of Arkansas implemented a law that regulated PBMs by setting standards for generic drug prices. Under the law, PBMs must raise their reimbursement rate for a drug if that rate falls below the pharmacy’s wholesale costs. The law also created an appeals process for pharmacies to challenge these reimbursement rates. The law was challenged by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, which argued that the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) prevents the State of Arkansas from implementing the law. Arkansas has asked the Supreme Court to hear the case.“States must constantly safeguard their ability to act on behalf of their own citizens,” Attorney General Hill said. “Here in Indiana, we must step forward to protect policymaking prerogatives that rightfully rest with state government.”In this month’s filing, the attorneys general argue that state laws regulating pharmacy benefit managers are not restricted by federal law. Regulation is critical to the states’ ability to improve the transparency of prescription drug marketplaces and to protect consumers’ access to affordable prescription drugs, especially those in underserved, rural and isolated communities. In addition, the attorneys general assert that the regulation of pharmacy benefit managers promotes healthcare access and affordability for residents and that taking away a state’s ability to regulate would create confusion and uncertainty in the market and harm patients.last_img read more

September 21, 2020
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Mullins dispirited by Simenon draw

first_img The seven-year-old has been lumbered with the outside stall of 15 in the 15-runner line up for the Group Two contest over two miles. It will be jockey Pat Smullen’s job to try to turn the disadvantage around, but connections report Simenon in top form following his pipe-opener in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy when he was fifth to Cavalryman. Willie Mullins admits Simenon faces a tough task from his wide draw in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan on Saturday. Press Associationcenter_img “Simenon has done a good bit of work since his first start at Meydan on March 1 and we’re happy that he’s improved since and is back to himself,” said Ireland’s champion jumps trainer. “Emmet (Mullins, nephew who is overseeing the horse in Dubai) text me to say we’ve got an awful draw to overcome, 15 of 15, so that won’t be easy. “Pat Smullen takes the ride and, all said, we are looking forward to the race as we’re very happy with Simenon.” last_img read more

September 20, 2020
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Ferdinand facing FA charge

first_img Press Association “It is further alleged that this breach is aggravated pursuant to FA rule E3(2) as it included a reference to gender. “The player has until Tuesday, October 21 2014 to respond to the charge.” The FA did not specify which message had provoked its ire. Ferdinand, who made 81 appearances for England, the last in June 2011, is a member of FA chairman Greg Dyke’s commission looking at how to improve English football. He has sent more than 14,000 tweets on social networking site Twitter and has been an outspoken pundit for the BBC and BT Sport. The 35-year-old QPR defender has until October 21 to respond to the charge, which was announced on Tuesday. “It is alleged the comment posted on his twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper,” an FA statement read. center_img Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the Football Association for misconduct following a comment he made on Twitter.last_img read more

September 17, 2020
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USC approves gender-neutral housing

first_imgUSC has officially announced their decision to offer gender neutral housing for students both on and off campus, effective fall 2015.Last spring, a group of students joined forces with the Queer and Ally Student Assembly and Undergraduate Student Government to pass a resolution proposing this idea, which was later approved by the university in August 2015.  The negotiation began in the fall of 2013 and has been led solely by students, especially those involved in the queer community.This spring, USC has offered a gender-neutral housing option on the online housing application.  Students who select this option will be placed in a pool with others who wish to live in  gender-neutral housing.Freshmen students who opt in will also have the option to choose from on or off campus housing.  Those who decide to live on campus will be placed in Arts and Humanities Residential College at Parkside. Students who choose to live off campus will be placed, along with transfer and continuing students who request gender-neutral housing, in Cardinal Gardens, the Rainbow Floor in Century Apartments or the Annenberg House.The idea for gender-neutral housing first started after a group of students from QuASA realized how this was a priority for the queer community. The decision to implement gender-neutral housing was heavily dependent on the strong network of LGBTQ students.Alyssa Coffey, director of QuASA, explained that previously, many students were forced to live off campus to accommodate their desire to live in a gender-neutral space.“A lot of students had to resort to living off campus because they were not comfortable with gender-exclusive housing, which was the only option USC offered until now,” Coffey said.Sarah Herald, co-president of the Transgender Advocacy Group, explained that she had to resort to non-USC housing because she and her friends could not find what they were looking for through USC housing.“Had gender-neutral housing existed in that time period when I was looking for housing, then that would have been very helpful to me,” Herald said. “And there are people I certainly know in this kind of predicament.”Gender-neutral housing hopes to alleviate this problem for students who are currently experiencing transitions with establishing their gender identity.“Gender-neutral housing is taking what exists in USC housing to accommodate students who are not comfortable in gender-                                                                                                                                          segregated housing,” Coffey said.Currently, students who would like to live in gender-neutral housing can apply to the Rainbow Floor or the LGBTQ floor in Century Apartments off campus.Coffey explained that residential assistants will be specially equipped to handle all matters surrounding gender-                                                                                                           neutral housing.“Resident assistants that will be placed in floors with these students will be specially selected,” Coffey said.  “They want to make sure that the RAs are able to handle the roommate arrangements and problems that come with gender-neutral housing.”However, this limited option proved to be difficult for those students if their roommates did not identify themselves as LGBTQ.“When we were considering USC housing for junior year, we did technically have an option,” Harold said. “But then my roommates who do not identify with LGBTQ would’ve been dragged there to live with me.”Herald explained how one of the main concerns when passing the resolution was whether or not they could garner enough interest.“It is very hard to target incoming students, and it might not be clear on the housing application,” Harold said.Kelby Harrison, the director of the LGBT Resource Center at USC, explained that the application has already been opened for returning students and that they have seen a significant number of people interested.“Having this resource available makes sure that the Trojan family actually includes all of us, and not a select group of people,” Coffey said.last_img read more

September 16, 2020
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Gallery: Syracuse rolls by Clemson, 86-51

first_imgSyracuse (16-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) wanted to get out to a fast start on Thursday night, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said postgame. The Orange did just that and rolled to an easy victory over Clemson (11-10, 1-7), 86-51. Syracuse began the game with a 14-2 lead. The Orange never trailed. And SU kept its home record perfect, moving to 11 wins in 11 home games this season. Comments Published on January 25, 2018 at 10:28 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

August 13, 2020
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LIVE: Mutai finishes 11th in Marathon final

first_img6UGANDA0101 2ETHIOPIA1102 Tola will be joined on the Ethiopian team by Tsegaye Mekonnen, a 22-year-old who has run 2:07:26 this year, and 32-year-old Yemane Tsegay, who has run 2:08:48 and has a pb of 2:04:48.Uganda’s Mutai has a season best of 2:09:59, but has already proven he can produce results at championship level.****Uganda team to The World ChampionshipsMenAbu Mayanja – 800mRonald Musagala – 1500mJacob Araptany – 3000mSCBoniface Sikowo – 3000mSCAlbert Chemutai – 3000mSCStephen Kissa – 5000mJacob Kiplimo – 5000mJoshua Cheptegei – 5000m/10000mTimothy Toroitich – 10,000mSolomon Mutai – MarathonRobert Chemonges – MarathonChesakit Alex – MarathonMoses Martin Kurong – 10,000mWomenHalima Nakaayi – 800mWinnie Nanyondo – 800mDorcus Ajok – 800mEsther Chebet – 1500mPeruth Chemutai – 3000mSCMercyline Chelangat – 5000mStella Chesang – 5000mJuliet Chekwel – 10,000mMedal standings FILE PHOTO: Mutai (left) will lead Team Uganda in the absence of  former World Champion Kiprotich who pulled out.  PHOTO IAAFTODAY3000m SC heats Jacob Araptany – 3000mSC (6th heat 1 in 8:25.86 – into Tuesday final)Boniface Sikowo – 3000mSC (13th in heat 3 in 8:43.86)Albert Chemutai – 3000mSC (5th heat 2 in 8:23.18PB – into Tuesday final)MarathonSolomon Mutai – 11th in 2:13:29Robert Chemonges – 43rd in  2:21:24Geoffrey Kirui has won the 2017 world men’s marathon title, extending Kenya’s record as the most successful nation in the history of this event at the IAAF Championships. He becomes Kenya’s fifth champion after winning a compelling duel with Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola to finish on Tower Bridge in 2hr o8min 27sec.Uganda’s Solomon Mutai finished 11th, and Robert Chemonges 43rd. They both finished outside the prize bracket, which is from position 1 to 8.Ugandans return to action on Tuesday for the steeplechase final.LIVE TWITTER FEED#IAAFWorlds TweetsYOUTUBE (click to watch)****RACE PREVIEWLondon, UK | THE INDEPENDENT | The marathon has provided Uganda most medals at the World Championships –  two out of the country’s five so far. Add the gold from the 2012 Olympics, and the 42.19 km event again becomes one of Uganda’s main medal hopes.In the absence of former Olympic and World champion Stephen Kiprotich, Team Uganda will be led by Solomon Mutai, bronze medalist at the Beijing Championships in 2015.  Kiprotich’s preparations for London did not go to plan, so he pulled out.The competition for places on Uganda’s marathon team is fierce these days, with up to seven athletes hitting the qualifying mark. Robert Chemonges and Alex Chesakit only got the nod after Kiprotich, and Moses Kipsiro opted out.The biggest challenge to the Ugandas will again come from Ethiopia and Kenya.Favourite is this year’s London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru from Kenya, who has run a 2:05:48 this season.Another to look out for is Ethiopian  Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Tamirat Tola, who has clocked 2:04:11 this season , making him the fastest entrant for the World Championships. 9JAMAICA0011 3SOUTH AFRICA1012 Share on: WhatsApp 4GREAT BRITAIN & N.I.1001center_img RELATED 6SWEDEN0101 8KENYA0022 4LITHUANIA1001 RANKCOUNTRYGSBTOTAL 1UNITED STATES1214last_img read more

August 12, 2020
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NHL has best names in the business. Nicknames, that is

first_imgIn this June 3, 2013, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) prepares for a face off during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh. The NHL has the best names in the business. Nicknames, that is. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One. Tazer. Bicksy. Crosby is known as the “Sid the Kid.” (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) by Nancy Armour CHICAGO (AP) — The best names in the NHL are the ones that never make the roster.Or get used by Mom.Tazer. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One. Sid the Kid. Looch (who also goes by Gino). The Bulin Wall. Kells.“There’s always someone, or a few guys, that want to call you different things,” said Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad, dubbed “The ManChild” by his teammates. “I guess it’s just part of the camaraderie of the sport and the guys being close. I’m not really sure of the exact science.” Anyone who has ever played a sport knows that nicknames are part of the game, a byproduct of both competition and camaraderie. But hockey players have taken it to an art form.From the littlest mite to the NHL’s biggest stars, everyone’s got a moniker — and usually more than one. Most are simplistic, involving the addition or subtraction of a letter or two. Shorten a last name, tack on an ‘s’ or a ‘y’ (‘ie’ also works) and, voila! Instant nickname. Patrice Bergeron becomes “Bergy.” Brent Seabrook is “Seabs” or “Seabsy.”If a player’s last name only has one syllable, just add an ‘r’ or a ‘y’ (the ‘ie’ rule applies here, as well). Patrick Kane is now forever known as “Kaner,” while Patrick Sharp, his occasional partner on Chicago’s second line, is “Sharpie.”And anyone whose last name is Campbell is automatically “Soup” or “Soupy.”“Pretty boring,” said Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly, who is known as, you guessed it, “Kells.” ”I wish we came up with cooler nicknames.”But the beauty of the simplicity is in its versatility. It can be applied to almost any name, regardless of nationality.Jaromir Jagr? Jags. Alex Ovechkin? Ovie. Marty Turco? Turks.It even works with Bruins left wing Kaspars Daugavins “We call him Doggie,” Kelly said.But just as there are exceptions to every grammatical rule, there are some names that defy the conventions of hockey nicknamification. Or lend themselves to some added creativity.Blackhawks right wing Jamal Mayers is “Jammer” — not to be confused with Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who is “Hammer.” Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is “The Bulin Wall.” Henrik Lundqvist, he of the 2012 Vezina Trophy, seven straight 30-win seasons and Olympic gold medal in 2006, is, simply, King Henrik.last_img read more

January 20, 2020
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Lin lifts Charlotte over Spurs in NBA

first_img TIGHT RACE CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP): Jeremy Lin scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as Charlotte overcame a 23-point deficit to snap San Antonio’s six-game winning streak, winning 91-88. Lin was 11 of 18 from the field and hit all four three-point attempts, including three in the fourth quarter. Courtney Lee had 17 points, Nicolas Batum added 15, and Cody Zeller grabbed 14 rebounds for the Hornets, who bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. The Spurs had two chances to tie it at the end of regulation, but Patty Mills and Danny Green both missed three-point attempts. In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 33 points and had his 41st career triple-double as the Cavaliers clinched their second straight Central Division title with a comfortable 124-91 victory over Denver. James added 11 rebounds and 11 assists before checking out with 6:02 left to a thunderous ovation. He scored 17 in the first quarter, helping the Cavs build a 19-point lead and erase the memory of an embarrassing loss on Saturday in Miami. The Nuggets fought back and briefly led before the Cavs regrouped, scored 68 after half-time to notch their 50th win. Will Barton scored 27 for the Nuggets. Andre Drummond’s tip-in with two seconds remaining lifted Detroit over Milwaukee, 92-91. The Pistons, who are in a tight race for the final play-off spot in the Eastern Conference, came out inexplicably flat and trailed by 17 points in the first half. They were down 13 in the third quarter before chipping away at Milwaukee’s lead in the fourth. Drummond was outplayed badly early on by Greg Monroe, but when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed from the perimeter in the final seconds, Drummond was able to tip the ball in. Draymond Green had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help Golden State narrowly avoid their first two-game skid in nearly a year with a 109-104 victory at Minnesota. Klay Thompson scored 17 points and hit all five of his three-pointers, and the Warriors (63-7) overcame a second straight poor shooting night from Stephen Curry. He missed 11 of his 17 shots, including seven of his nine three-pointers, but still had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.last_img read more

January 19, 2020
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Del Potro beats Dimitrov to win Stockholm Open

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It was the Argentine’s first title since he beat Jack Sock in last year’s Stockholm final. The two Stockholm wins are del Potro’s only tour titles since he returned in 2016 following chronic wrist problems.For Dimitrov, it was his fourth final of the year and first defeat. The Bulgarian is now 7-6 in career finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates after defeating Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the men’s singles final at the ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (Claudio Bresciani/TT via AP)STOCKHOLM — Juan Martin del Potro won his 20th career title Sunday, beating Grigor Dimitrov in a successful title defense at the Stockholm Open.Del Potro held serve throughout as he won 6-4, 6-2 against Dimitrov while also landing 70 percent of first serves and firing in nine aces.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Laimbeer excited for chance to build Las Vegas franchise MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

January 18, 2020
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Cartoon: January 12, 2015

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