Day: January 13, 2018

Akbar: Almost $1M Spent On Overseas Treatment – Fiji Sun Online

Akbar: Almost $1M Spent On Overseas Treatment
Fiji Sun Online
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services had spent close to $1 million to help 106 Fijian patients access overseas treatment last year. Minister Rosy Akbar highlighted this during the launch of the Courts and Sports World Health and Fitness Month at

3 try to use stolen credit card info at Sears, Nassau cops say – Newsday

Sumira has been charged with third-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to police.

After the arrest, police said, they found a substance that looked like crystal methamphetamine on Fernando. Police also said Sumira had a switchblade.

The three are scheduled to be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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Police said Fernando told the cashier that she didn’t have the card with her, but was authorized to use it.

Three people face grand larceny charges after trying to buy merchandise at a North New Hyde Park Sears store using stolen credit card information, Nassau County police said Saturday in a news release.

Salen has been charged with third-degree grand larceny and false personation, police said.

Google Maps Go: The Light Take On Google Maps App – TAJ

You can trick your phone and use the light version of Google Maps, even though you don’t run Android Go on your phone. Google has made the app available as a PWA on their servers and if you already have the original Google Maps app installed on your PC.

You must copy-paste this link into Google Chrome and use all the navigation actions and features from inside the browser:

Let’s see what features contains Google Maps Go.,13.4167382,15z?force=qVTs2FOxxTmHHo79-pwa

And if you want to open the link more often, save it as a shortcut on the home page to also save some time.

For the users that still have an old device or just a slow one, Google Go apps are perfect to use. They’re also great when it comes to limited access to a network. These apps consume less data, less battery and don’t need much RAM either.

Google Maps Go is a light version of the original Google Maps, so it brings almost the same features.

It’s the Google Maps Go app that will come with most of the features offered by Google Maps. The great thing is that the Go version of Google Maps will be lighter: it will require less phone resources! So, you’ll save data and battery life with the light version.

You will find the app on Google Play if you have an Android device. But you must know that you will be able to get it only if you use Android Go.

Cubs owner says team will welcome Sammy Sosa when he comes clean –

“I just think we need to put everything on the table and move forward, full stop,” Ricketts said.

Ricketts would be referring, obviously, to the connection between Sosa and PEDs from when he exploded and hit 60-plus home runs three times (an MLB record). He was a rock star of sorts during this time period and easily the most popular player on the Cubs. 

The Cubs and Sammy Sosa have had a weird relationship for a long time and it just took another turn. At the annual Cubs Convention, chairman/co-owner Tom Ricketts was asked about Sosa and he didn’t mince words as to what the Cubs would like from Sosa in order to arrange a public reunion (via Chicago): 

Sosa is the Cubs’ all-time leader in home runs (545), won the 1998 MVP and helped lead the playoff-starved franchise to the postseason in both 1998 and 2003. He has a decent case for the Hall of Fame, assuming you don’t mind the steroid connection. That connection is there, though, and apparently it’s a big problem for Ricketts and the Cubs. 

It would appear the proverbial ball is in Sosa’s court if he’d like the relationship to change.   

“Players from that era owe us a little bit of honesty,” Ricketts said Saturday during the team’s annual fan convention. “The only way to turn that page is to put everything on the table.”

Things went south in a hurry, however. The Cubs collapsed down the stretch and missed the playoffs in 2004. On the final day of the season, Sosa left the game early and someone smashed his boombox in the Cubs’ clubhouse (for ore on that plus a look at our awesome Bobblehead Project entry, click here). He was traded for pennies on the dollar that offseason and there’s been no relationship between Sosa and the Cubs since. 

In recent years, the subject has become rather notable, with the Cubs inviting lots of former players to the annual convention, having lots of past stars throw out the ceremonial first pitch or sing the seventh-inning stretch and even giving a lot of former players (even down to relative unknowns such as Steve Trout) 2016 World Series championship rings. Sosa has gotten the cold shoulder throughout everything. 

1 in custody after reports of armed person on Greyhound bus leads to police chase ending in Lake County – Chicago Tribune

Williams said at one point he thought the police were escorting the bus, not realizing the situation on the back of the bus.

Authorities received a call for a disorderly and possibly armed person on a Greyhound bus on I-94 around 10 p.m., the release said.

Eventually, the bus stopped, and the passengers were escorted off the Greyhound one by one, Williams said.

“He did’nt stop after the first spike strip, he went on to Illinois,” Patrick Dodd said. “And then he hit the second spike strip.”

Illinois State Police did not release any more information about the incident.

“They treated us like we were criminals, like we did something wrong,” Williams said. “OK, if you got the person you’re looking for and everything’s done, why are you detaining us?

Dodd caught the Greyhound in Milwaukee about 8:45 p.m. and was headed to Chicago.

“The law is you see emergency lights, you pull over,” Williams said. “(The police) were in front of us, they were in back of us.”

Hawaii officials mistakenly send emergency alert warning of inbound missile –

After finding out it was a mistake, Ing tried to find some humor in the situation.

NORAD is a U.S.-Canada joint command that conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning to defend North America. The U.S. Northern Command, also based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is tasked with air, land and sea defense of the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and portions of the Caribbean.

Justin Thomas, the PGA Tour player of the year, tweeted, “To all that just received the warning along with me this morning … apparently it was a ‘mistake’?? hell of a mistake!! Haha glad to know we’ll all be safe.”

Jaime Malapit, owner of a Honolulu hair salon, texted his clients that he was cancelling their appointments and was closing his shop for the day. He said he was still in bed when the phone started going off “like crazy.” He thought it was a tsunami warning at first.

“I thought to myself, it must be someone’s last day at work or someone got extremely upset at a superior and basically did this as a practical joke,’ he said. “But I think it’s a very serious problem if it wasn’t that, or even it was, it shows that we have problems in the system that can cause major disruption and panic and anxiety among people in Hawaii.”

Some were outraged that such an alert could go out in error.

“From a NORAD perspective and that of the U.S. Northern Command, we are still trying to verify what happened,” he said of the false alert.

Michael Kucharek, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command are still trying to verify what happened in Hawaii — but that “NORAD did not see anything that indicated any sort of threat to Hawaii.”

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza said it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened.

No. 8 Texas Tech knocks off No. 2 West Virginia 72-71 –

No. 8 Texas Tech knocks off No. 2 West Virginia 72-71
3 Virginia, which nipped Syracuse 68-61 in its last outing. “We had some opportunities, but just couldn't get the ball in the basket,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told reporters following Tuesday's loss — the Orange's third straight. Syracuse, which is

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Why is health care so damn expensive? – TechCrunch

There is a slowly growing understanding in policy circles that cost is the fundamental challenge to improving America’s human services and infrastructure. The tradeoffs required in American medicine — offering better care or offering more care to more people would simply be moot if the overall cost of health care was 9% of GDP instead of 17.5% — the median percentage in the OECD group of industrialized countries.

If you are wondering what one of the main drivers of cost disease in health care is, it likely starts with the fact that few hospitals and providers actually know what their costs are except for aggregated numbers. We can cue a facepalm emoji, but the reality is that it is really hard to do this sort of analysis with existing management systems.

All of that innovation has done practically nothing though to fix the single worst problem of modern American health care: it’s cost. Health care in the United States has never been more expensive. The United States is spending about $3.5 trillion a year on health care expenses, an increase of 12,300% since 1960. In that timeframe, health care spending increased from 5% of U.S. GDP to about 17.5% of GDP.

It is one thing though to identify the pattern, and it’s another to start to tease out the reasons why costs have spiraled 123x in just a few decades. The pithy answer is that there is no pithy answer: industries like construction and healthcare are simply too complicated to have a simple response to the question of cost disease. It’s literally all the answers and none of them at the same time.

It’s Juicero innovation at its finest. We’re paying more, way more, than we used to, and yet our outcomes have never been worse.

Why credit card charges hurt the travel Industry – The Independent

Meanwhile, if that trip to Perth for £569 appeals, you’ll need to book by Wednesday and travel from mid-April to mid-June, late August to late September, or in the five weeks from 1 November. But go ahead and put it on plastic: Cathay Pacific will not charge you an extra Australian cent.

“If you look at our terms and conditions,” countered the Value Added boss, “we can do this, as long as we give people warning.”

“All the customer needs to do is put in their sort code and bank account number, and press go,” says the Iglu boss. The payment is protected by the direct debit guarantee scheme, as opposed to a bank transfer which involves sending hard-earned cash into a cybervoid.

The extra fees come out of the travel agent’s profit margin. A fashion store with a mark-up of 50 or 60 per cent might barely notice a 2 per cent credit card fee. But in the very marginal constituency of travel, the levy represents a large slice of 10 or 12 per cent commission. 

Customers with a balance to pay are sent a web link. To minimise mistakes, key details are filled in: Iglu’s bank account and the balance to pay.

Please try harder, demanded customers – and it appears that Iglu has done so. Richard Downs, the firm’s chief executive, told me: “We’ve found another solution, which is based around electronic funds transfer.” 

Fire destroys part of duplex in Tallahassee – WTXL ABC 27


Fire destroys part of duplex in Tallahassee
It happened just before 5:00 a.m. in the 900 block of Bates Drive. That's off Country Club Drive on the city's southeast side. The Tallahassee Fire Department says the first crews to arrive reported heavy fire and smoke from one part of a two-story
Two story duplex up in flamesWCTV

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