DAVE MOLLENAARP New Jersey State President To the Editor:On behalf of the thousands of AARP members and their families in his Congressional district, we thank Representative Donald Payne Jr. for listening to his constituents and opposing the AHCA. AARP is proud to have helped lead the fight against AHCA. This health care bill would have meant higher costs and less coverage for New Jerseyans. Congressman Payne ’s opposition to this bill helps ensure insurance companies won’t be imposing an “age tax” on older Americans, Medicare trust funds won’t be diminished to provide a tax cut for the wealthy, and insurance and drug companies won’t be getting the giveaways and sweetheart deals the bill would have provided. We applaud Congressman Payne for showing leadership in publicly opposing this harmful bill and hope he can use that leadership to work with his colleagues to focus on the issues important to older Americans and their families, including: protecting and improving Medicare’s benefits and financing; providing access to affordable quality coverage; preventing insurers from engaging in discriminatory practices; lowering prescription drug costs; providing new incentives to expand home and community based services; and strengthening efforts to fight fraud, waste, and abuse.
Press Association The Crystal Palace striker is alleged to have elbowed defender Jan Vertonghen in Tottenham’s 3-1 win at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The incident was missed by the match officials, but the charge comes after it was reviewed on video. A statement from the FA read: “Connor Wickham has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. “The Crystal Palace forward was involved in an incident with Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen in the 69th minute of the game on Saturday (January 23, 2016). “The matter was referred to a panel of three former elite referees who each reviewed the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they considered it a sending-off offence. “For an FA charge to follow the decision by the panel must be unanimous. “The player has until 6pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 to reply to the charge.” Alan Pardew’s side have lost their last four Premier League matches. Should Wickham be found guilty, the 22-year-old would likely miss Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie with Stoke, plus the Premier League fixtures with Bournemouth on February 2 and at Swansea on February 6. Connor Wickham faces a retrospective three-match ban for violent conduct after being charged by the Football Association on Monday.
“PLAY with passion and pride.” These were some words of wisdom offered to cricketer Joshua Persaud, during a brief appreciation ceremony yesterday to honour his introduction into the West Indies Under-19 team to South Africa and Zimbabwe later this year.Persaud heard these words from the Chairman of selectors of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Rayon Griffith who noted that those are two of the aspects lacking in the current regional game.He contended that Persaud must be able to show the world his talent and ability, adding that “you should turn up on those days and play with passion and pride. I am very happy and proud to be seeing you off.”.CEO of GNIC, Clinton Williams, was stern in reminding the young right-hander, “You are now not only an ambassador of your club and your country, but now you represent your region. Continue to make all of us proud.”He reminded those players and administrators present of the strides that the club has been making locally.“From as long as I can remember, the company has taken a policy decision that as part of our social corporate responsibility we contribute to the development of sports.”Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) president Roger Harper stated his pride at seeing yet another Guyanese donning the colours. He was warned young Persaud that this is just a nibble of the cake.“If you want to, and I hope you do; if you want to make a career out of playing cricket, it is not going to happen for you. You have to work for it,” Harper said, adding that this is a small but significant step in that direction.Former chairman of selectors of the West Indies Board Clyde Butts who chaired the proceedings also wished the top order batsman well, reminding him to “continue to play positively”.Apart from GNIC and Griffith, the Regal Family, owners of Regal Stationery and the Regal XI Softball team also handed over a token to the youngster, with their representative Mohendra Arjune extending best wishes on behalf of the family.The full West Indies squad reads: Emmanuel Stewart (captain), Kirstan Kallicharran (vice-captain), Teshawn Alleyne, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Bishop, Cephas Cooper, Mykile Louis, Darren Nedd, Matthew Patrick, Persaud, Jeavor Royal, Kegan Simmons, Jeavier Spencer, Bhaskar Yadram, Nyeem Young.The West Indies U-19s will take on South Africa from July 4 before moving over to Zimbabwe on July 23