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first_imgTop StoriesBilling By Pvt Hospitals Highly Inflated And Unreasonable: Plea In Supreme Court Seeks Mechanism To Regulate Cost On COVID19 Treatment Across The Country Srishti Ojha11 May 2021 11:23 PMShare This – xAlleging commercial exploitation of Covid patients by private hospitals, a plea has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking nationwide Cost Related regulations for treatment of Covid 19 patients at private/ corporate hospitals.
The plea has stated that presently when the nation is fighting a battle against a pandemic, all private hospitals running on public land allotted at concessional rates, or under category of ‘charitable institutions’ should be called upon to provide the hospitalisation and treatment to covid 19 patients pro bono and on non-profit basis.
Advertisement Further, the plea has argued that tariffs of other private hospitals should also be regulated by Centre on fixed cost basis to preserve the human life.
The plea filed by Advocate Sachin Jain has sought directions to Centre to bear the cost of expenditure on treatment of Covid-19 at hospitals for the poor and vulnerable who neither have insurance nor have coverage under government health schemes like Ayushman Bharat.
Advertisement The petition has also urged the Court to direct Centre to combat commercialisation of private health sector and identify individuals and hospitals involved in black marketing of essential health services at the hour of a national calamity.
Citing a news report that talked about a covid patient being charged 12 lakhs for treatment and insurance companies receiving claim of 5-6 lakhs for treatment, the plea has stated that the size of the claims is a matter of grave concern even for the insurance industry which states that even with ‘no surgical interference’ the biling by private hospitals are highly inflated and unreasonable.
Advertisement Advertisement According to the petitioner, as per the news reports, the insurers have been objecting to the artificially inflated bills being raised by the private hospitals. Further, it has stated that if inflated billing by private hospitals can become a cause of concern for insurance industry, what will be the plight of a common man who neither has fat wallet not an insurance cover to reimburse in case hospitalisation is required.
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The plea has stated that its a matter of grave concern large section of people in India still do not possess any insurance cover and are not benefitted under any government health scheme.
According to the petitioner, considering the resource constraints pf Public health sector, its apparent that government health sector alone may not be able to manage the fallout, and extensive participation of private health care sector would be required particularly to deal with moderate and severe cases of covid 19 that require hospitalisation.
”It therefore becomes expedient for the State to promptly combat the commercial exploitation by private hospitals and bring in place adequate regulations on the tariff structure for regulating the private hospitals for treatment of COVID19 patients, to make them affordable and accessible with a view to preserve human life which is of paramount consideration ” the plea reads.
The plea has cited the top court’s judgement in the case of Moolchand Kharaiti Ram Trust (2018) stating that the Court had itself strongly condemned the exploitative and commercial tendencies of most private hospitals.
The petitioner has further cited the case of Parmanand Katara vs Union of India, and stated that the Court had not only given precedence to preservation of human life over any other factor, but also casted special obligation on healthcare sector including private to first save the life.

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first_imgLansing Police Department(LANSING, Mich.) — A Michigan police department has released body camera footage that appears to show an officer striking a 16-year-old runaway they were apprehending to return to a youth center.Officers from the Lansing Police Department were called on Friday morning after emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from a resident asking police to pick up two teens who had escaped from an in-county youth center, Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski told reporters during a news conference on Friday. The teens, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, were being housed at the center for probation violations, and police had warrants to re-detain them, Yankowski said. Officers had been looking for them in the same area the day before, Yankowski said.When officers arrived to the neighborhood, they spotted two people who matched the teens’ descriptions who “took off running” once the officers identified themselves, Yankowski said.Body camera footage from officer Bailey Ueberroth begins as he chases the 16-year-old girl through a residential neighborhood in Lansing. After Ueberroth handcuffs her, they walk together back to his patrol car, and she begins shouting at people on the street before slipping out of her handcuffs.Another officer then comes to assist re-securing the handcuffs as the teen and Ueberroth struggle on the ground, the video shows, and the teen continues to yell at the onlookers on the street.“I didn’t put my hands on her,” she screams in frustration. “You called the police for no reason.”The teen then falls to the ground, causing the officers to carry her back to the patrol car by her legs and arms, the video shows.Once she was placed in the backseat, she extended her right leg to prevent the officers from closing the car door. PHOTO: Body camera footage from the Lansing Police Department shows an officer striking a 16-year-old girl who had escaped from a youth home on probation violation charges on Friday, June 14, 2019. Lansing Police DepartmentThe teen could be heard yelling at the officer to stop hitting her, but she continued to hold the car door open with her foot, telling officers “no” when they told her to put her leg in the car.“I ain’t doing s—,” the teen says as multiple people on the street admonish the officers for how they handled the situation.Once the officers finally close the door, Ueberroth starts the car and drives away as the teen cries in the backseat.The 15-year-old male was also captured and returned to the youth center, Yankowski said. He did damage to another patrol car by kicking it, Yankowski added.Officers are permitted to use force that is “objectively reasonable,” and this case will be thoroughly reviewed, Yankowski said.Ueberroth has been with the department for six months and Howley has been with the department for a year, police said in a press release. They have been placed on administrative leave as the department conducts the internal investigation.The girl was not injured in the incident and did not require medical attention when she returned to the youth center, according to the police chief.Both officers suffered minor scrapes and cuts and one of the officers strained a hand, Yankowski said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img The first patient in the current outbreak, a 26-year-old graduate medical student surnamed Song, was released May 10 from a hospital in her home province of Anhui, the AP reported. She had been in the hospital since Apr 4. May 12, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Five SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) patients have been released from Chinese hospitals this week, leaving only two still hospitalized with the disease, according to reports from China. Xinhua said two SARS patients remain in Ditan Hospital. One is recovering, while the other has additional diseases and is to be transferred to another hospital, according to Mao Yu, president of the hospital. The report did not name the patients. One patient whose release has not yet been announced is a 31-year-old man who works in the virology lab where Song worked. Li’s parents were released from Ditan Hospital yesterday, the Associated Press (AP) reported. They had been in the hospital since Apr 22. Nine people have had SARS in the current outbreak. Song’s mother died of the disease Apr 19. Xinhua, China’s state news agency, said two women were released from Ditan Hospital in Beijing today after recovering from the disease. The two are an aunt of the 20-year-old nurse surnamed Li, who was released from the hospital May 4, and a patient surnamed Xu. Song is believed to have contracted the virus while working in a National Institute of Virology laboratory in Beijing in March. Li fell ill after caring for Song in a Beijing hospital from Mar 29 to Apr 2; later the virus apparently spread from Li to five other people, including her parents and aunt.last_img read more

first_imgKickbox Tournament King of Kings World Grand Prix (KOK WGP) was held on Wednesday night in the Hills Hotel in Ilidza settlement near Sarajevo, and triumphs were recorded by Dzevad Poturak and Adnan Redzovic.The audience had the opportunity to see 14 very interesting matches and could be satisfied after a spectacular martial art show.In the main fight of the evening, Poturak fought against Dritan Bajrami and recorded a victory.The Albanian fighter under the Austrian flag handed over the match after the end of the second round.Poturak won the Europa Cup champion of the KOK organization in the super-heavy category. Redzovic made the only boxing match tonight and his opponent, András Balazs, knocked out at the start of the second round. This was Redzovic’s 20th victory in professional boxing. One of our most promising fighters Igor Emkic lost his match. Emkic handed over the match in the second round against Danilo Tosic, Klix.ba news portal reports.last_img read more

first_imgRED BANK – Sometime this fall with the move of Prown’s to Middletown, it will mean the borough won’t have a Prown’s-operated business for the first time in nearly 90 years.David Prown, whose family operated Prown’s variety store in the borough for three generations, has been active on a number of community involvement fronts. Still, he will be relocating his home improvement business from its current location at 135 Monmouth St. to Route 35 North in neighboring Middletown. His plans are to move sometime in the next couple of months.“Everything’s the same. The business model is the same,” Prown said. “The only thing that’s changed will be the location.”Prown has been operating Prown’s Home Improvement as a stand-alone business at the Monmouth Street location for the last 13 years.The reason for the move, Prown said is to find a higher profile spot to help expand the business. “It’s really about the visibility,” he explained. “It’s just a busier street.”“You always have to think about growing your business,” he continued.Prown will continue to live in the borough.Prown has lived in the borough since 1989, moving here from Connecticut, when he took over operating the family-owned variety store, which first opened in 1925 at 47 Broad St. The first location, whose motto was the familiar “Prown’s Has Everything,” was destroyed by fire in 1960, with the family relocating the operation to 32 Broad, where it continued until David closed it in 2003.At that time, Prown said his store could no longer compete with large box-style stores and spun off his home improvement business. Relocating to Monmouth Street Prown said, “It was definitely a smart move moving here. No regrets at all.”In addition to his business activities, Prown has long been active in helping area underprivileged families, especially borough youth, get a leg up, seeing sports as a great equalizer for many of the kids. Over the years, he’s organized various sports leagues to engage the young. And more recently he and other like-minded area residents have been collecting sports equipment donated from a variety of sources for his Red Bank Replay program, making the items available to needy young people.“Nothing’s going to change on that. I’m actually looking for ward to the next stage. A little bit more energy a little bit more passion, ” concerning his activism, Prown said. “The only thing different is kids won’t be able to walk into my showroom after school to pick up a pair of cleats or whatever.”
The new location, however, doesn’t have as much storage space as the Monmouth Street spot and he’s looking to partner with organizations to help in distributing the equipment.Brookdale Community College in May awarded Prown an honorary degree for his mentorship and “has built a reputation as a staunch children’s advocate by work- ing directly with local students of color and spearheading a wide range of youth service programs in the Red Bank area,” the college said in presenting the degree.last_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — Jon Gruden wants to make sure you understand Nathan Peterman is just a practice-squad quarterback.The Raiders mainly signed him because Derek Carr’s backup, A.J. McCarron, is in Alabama with his wife, who gave birth to Cash McCarron on Tuesday. In McCarron’s place, Peterman will run scout team as the Raiders prepare for Monday Night Football against the Broncos.“Not quite sure when he’s going to be back,” Gruden said of McCarron. “That leaves us with one quarterback. We’re happy to …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While many corn growers around Ohio are taking extensive measures to guard against pests this growing season, there are probably not so many who are going to the lengths to protect their corn yields from pests as Jevon Rockwell.The Rockwell family farms in Erie County up along Lake Erie and faces significant yield loss from pests not normally a significant concern in many parts of the state — blackbirds.“We farm four or five miles from the Lake. I think the problem is that there is a lot of marshland and places right around the city of Huron where they live. They are already thick in the woods this spring,” Rockwell said. “When they fly across the fields it looks like smoke, they are that thick. There are tens of thousands of them in the fields. In late July or early August they will come at sunrise and leave about a half hour before sunset. We have all learned to live with it around here. It just comes with the territory. Probably half of acres are affected the by birds — the best corn ground we’ve got. On our farms two miles west, we never have bird problems. They seem to stay east of U.S. Route 250 and north of the turnpike. We can get good yields but then we lose 30 or 40 bushels per acre because of those birds.”The Rockwells have been chasing blackbirds out of the corn for many years, but last year there was some very significant yield loss from the pests. The problem was most evident in a consistently high yielding 70-acre field.“We have 70 acres right by my house and we were trying to grow 300-bushel corn last year,” he said. “We knew the birds could be a problem so we split the planter with hybrids. We plant 16 rows, so we split it 8 and 8. We had 120-day Pioneer corn on the one side and 112- or 113-day DEKALB corn in the other. The blackbirds like to pick at the corn when it is in its milk stage and at the end of July or early August they hit it really hard for three or four days. The DEKALB corn was further along and they just nailed it. They stripped it back a third of the ear, every ear down the row — sometimes three or four inches down the ear. They picked right to the row of the 120-day corn that was so much further behind and they left that alone.”The yield losses in the earlier maturing corn were devastating.“We were tracking the yield closely on that farm. We shelled it 8 and 8 to keep track. The average on the 120-day corn on that farm was 320 bushels or so and we had some places hitting 340 bushels,” Rockwell said. “On the earlier DEKALB corn, there were a lot of places that were lucky to be making 160 or 170 bushels per acre. Part of that difference could have been the genetics, but this ground should produce 200-bushel corn no matter what. We had 330 pounds of nitrogen out there. We jumped though all of the hoops in that field and there were no insect problems out there. Some people have told us that the birds come in when there are insects out there, but that was not the case. If I were to guess conservatively, we lost 40 to 50 bushels per acre from the birds in the earlier hybrid. Those birds ate a lot of corn. When you have high yielding corn like that you really notice the problem. This last year was a huge eye opener. It has never been like that before.”And, not only do the birds hurt yields directly, the damage they cause also sets the stage for more problems.“They eat half the ear and then what happens after that is just as bad. Once they open that husk up and we get some late rains, water runs down the ear and sprouts the bottom kernels. And then we get this blue mold that is carried in the bird’s beaks,” Rockwell said. “It kills the test weight with the sprouting and the mold and you get a sore throat by breathing it in at harvest. That is another reason we will never plant all one maturity in this area. We can blend it out at least when they leave one hybrid alone.”Along with planting different hybrid maturities, the Rockwells also look for tight husks.“They are always going to pick the ears with the least amount of husk cover on the ear,” he said. “We need a hybrid with a good tight husk cover. Some of the new hybrids with bigger ears stick out of the end of the husks. A lot of guys don’t want a tight husk cover because of the dry down, but that is what we look for.”The birds are also a consideration with the planting date for the corn.“Planting dates make a difference. They hit the earlier corn first,” Rockwell said. “If we are the first ones out there they will hit our fields and not come back and get the neighbor’s later fields. We want top yields so we try to plant early but then we are more likely to get more problems with the blackbirds.”In addition, the Rockwells go to great lengths to try to scare the birds away.“We use old carbide cannons converted to run on little propane tanks. We set those in the field and try to scare them, but the birds get used to it. Once the birds get established in the corn it is almost impossible to get them moved out of the corn. The cannons usually just scare them from one end of the field to the other,” Rockwell said. “We also have tried a red-winged blackbird distress call and that actually works the best. It scares them right out of the field. We mounted speakers in an oak tree in the middle of a 40-acre field and ran it off a car battery. Every day or day and a half when that battery would die, I would cart a new car battery out there, switch it out and charge the old one back at the farm. Then we set up a power inverter to get it to run on 120 volts instead of 12, which helped. This year my brother mounted a solar panel to it so that will hopefully help. I think we may shut one row off of the planter, right in the middle of field so we can put that out there. The neighbors will wonder what we are doing, but then we’ll have a 60-inch row we can use to get out there. It is on a cart with a waterproof plastic box. If you don’t get it up above the corn, you can’t get the sound to travel. The corn muffles the sound.”There is also a spray called BirdGuard that the Rockwells are considering.“BirdGuard can be sprayed from an airplane or a RoGator and that is a possibility,” he said. “But you have to time it just right and it is expensive. We may give it a try though. This year we are doing more than we ever have to keep the birds away.”They have also considered detasseling some of the corn.“We farm near Schlessman Hybrids and they do not seem to have bird problems in the corn they grow for seed,” Rockwell said. “They detassel the corn and we have talked about getting a detasseler and using it every four rows or so.”Along with corn, the Rockwells grow soybeans and wheat, which are mostly ignored by the blackbirds.“We grow about twice as many soybean acres as corn and we grow some wheat. They don’t really bother the beans or the wheat,” he said. “They aren’t that thick when the wheat is ready. They may knock the grain out of the wheat heads at the field edges, but are not much of a problem. We used to grow popcorn and we never once had bird problems in that.”It is not just blackbirds that can be a problem for field corn, according to Bob Nielsen, at Purdue University. Grackles and crows can also often feed on developing ears in corn fields following pollination early in the grain filling period.“Large flocks of these birds can cause a tremendous amount of damage and will often target one hybrid over another. Damage is often most prevalent along field edges and nearby wooded areas, but can extend throughout a large field,” Nielson said. “The symptoms that immediately catch the eye are the missing or damaged kernels on the cobs. Damaged cobs often turn brown or black once molds begin infecting the damaged tissue. The evidence that clearly identifies birds as the culprits are the shredded husk leaves that result from the birds working their way to the kernels.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peter Thomison, Pierce Paul, Ohio State University ExtensionIt may be an especially challenging year for corn stalk quality in Ohio. Stress conditions increase the potential for stalk rot that often leads to stalk lodging.This year persistent rains through June caused unprecedented planting delays. Saturated soils resulted in shallow root systems. Corn plantings in wet soils often resulted in surface and in-furrow compaction further restricting root growth. Since July, limited rainfall in much of the state has stressed corn and marginal root systems have predisposed corn to greater water stress.Corn stalk rot, and consequently, lodging, are the results of several different but interrelated factors. The actual disease, stalk rot, is caused by one or more of several fungi capable of colonizing and disintegrating of the inner tissues of the stalk. The most common members of the stalk rot complex are Gibberella zeae, Colletotrichum graminicola, Stenocarpella maydis and members of the genus Fusarium.The extent to which these fungi infect and cause stalk rot depends on the health of the plant. In general, severely stressed plants are more greatly affected by stalk rot than stress-free plants.When corn is subjected to stress (due to weather, esp. drought, foliar diseases or insects) during grain fill, photosynthetic activity is reduced. As a result, the carbohydrate levels available for the developing ear are insufficient. The corn plant responds to this situation by removing carbohydrates from the leaves, stalk, and roots to the developing ear. While this “cannibalization” process ensures a supply of carbohydrates for the developing ear, the removal of carbohydrates results in premature death of pith cells in the stalk and root tissues, which predisposes plants to root and stalk infection by fungi.The stalk rot fungi typically survive in corn residue on the soil surface and invade the base of the corn stalk either directly or through wounds made by corn borers, hail, or mechanical injury. Occasionally, fungal invasion occurs at nodes above ground or behind the leaf sheath. The plant tissue is usually resistant to fungal colonization up to silking, after which the fungus spreads from the roots to the stalks. When diseased stalks are split, the pith is usually discolored and shows signs of disintegration. As the pith disintegrates, it separates from the rind and the stalk becomes a hollow tube-like structure. Destruction of the internal stalk tissue by fungi predisposes the plant to lodging.The presence of stalk rots in corn may not always result in stalk lodging, especially if the affected crop is harvested promptly. It is not uncommon to walk corn fields where nearly every plant is upright yet nearly every plant is also showing stalk rot symptoms! Many hybrids have excellent rind strength, which contributes to plant standability even when the internal plant tissue has rotted or started to rot. However, strong rinds will not prevent lodging if harvest is delayed and the crop is subjected to weathering, e.g. strong winds and heavy rains.Nothing can be done about stalk rots at this stage; however, growers can minimize yield and quality losses associated with lodging by harvesting fields with stalk rot problems as early as possible. Scout fields early for visual symptoms of stalk rot and use the “squeeze test” to assess the potential for lodging. Since stalk rots affect stalk integrity, one or more of the inner nodes can easily be compressed when the stalk is squeezed between the thumb and the forefinger. The “push” test is another way to predict lodging. Push the stalks at the ear level, 6 to 8 inches from the vertical. If the stalk breaks between the ear and the lowest node, stalk rot is usually present. To minimize stalk rot damage, harvest promptly after physiological maturity. Harvest delays will increase the risk of stalk lodging and grain yield losses and slowdown the harvest operation. Since the level of stalk rot varies from field to field and hybrids vary in their stalk strength and susceptibility to stalk rot, each field should be scouted separately.Some of the same stress conditions promoting stalk rots may also be affecting the integrity of corn ear shanks. Corn ears usually remain erect on plants prior to physiological maturity (black layer). Ear “drooping” occurs when shanks have collapsed or crimped. In such ears, the milkline is still evident. This year drooping ears are evident in many fields, which have experienced late season drought stress. According to Dr. Bob Nielsen at Purdue University, this crimping of the shank suggests a loss of turgidity in the ear shank due to stress, possibly combined with some cannibalization of the ear shank similar to what occurs when the carbohydrates of the main stalk are cannibalized in response to severe stress (https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/newsletters/pestandcrop/article/do-you…). If droopy ears have not yet reached physiological maturity, collapsed ear shanks may cause kernels to black layer prematurely, which reduces grain yield.last_img read more

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Chloe Duncan Tags:#advertising#AI#artificial intelligence#branding#emotion AI#featured#top As artificial intelligence (AI) grows, its ability to understand and respond to your emotions is key. If machines, robots, and technology are to make better, more contextual judgments of human behaviors, the next step is ultimately Emotion AI. While emotion AI enhances the human computer interaction, enables brands to gain emotional insight in real-time and helps professional sports stars assess & improve their performance, its capabilities are limitless and how people could use it must be carefully considered. Think emotional, think ethicalJust like with humans, we are now creating emotional relationships with machines. As brands, experts, researchers, and consumers, we all have a duty of care within this space. If we are going to use machine learning that is emotional to help us as brands, athletes, entertainers, and retailers, we must treat its use like we treat everyone else in society – with respect. Don’t turn to the dark sideLet’s be honest, there are going to be people out there tempted to use it for the wrong reasons, perhaps for profiling and surveillance; and that’s when things could quickly get creepy and just downright scary. But there’s something we can all do to minimize this. Just because the technology can do certain things like this, doesn’t mean it needs to. As humans, let’s keep it cool, let’s use emotion AI to our advantage, BUT let’s not take advantage. What goes around comes around Whether it is with our partners, team members, coaches or customers, our strongest relationships are ultimately built on trust, openness, and honesty. So when it comes to our relationships with emotion AI, we must follow suit. Think of it like this – if you bring good to emotion AI, it will bring good to you. The MUSTsHow we live and work within society will be underpinned by our values. As an emotion AI company, we have always believed in the importance of our end users and the privacy of their data. With everything we do, we will always: Get consentBe transparentBe responsibleBe trustworthyAnd most importantly, put the user firstIf these values come naturally to you, then great. The use of emotion will do you well. With clear values of transparency in every project and product created, we are able to make them more useful, interesting or enjoyable for the end user. As a brand or retailer, you have the opportunity to lead by example. Trust is the new currency for customer loyalty; provide it, advocate it, and enjoy the benefits. If consumers can trust you on a genuine level, it will not only attract a bigger audience to your service but also increase the number of users willing to take your emotional relationship to the next step. See also: Understanding the hype vs. reality around artificial intelligenceOn the other hand, if you see these values more as guidelines, and decide not to follow them, then, unfortunately, emotion AI will catch up with you… and not in a good way. Recently, we have seen the likes of Facebook and YouTube getting publicly criticized for their irresponsible programmatic advertising, such as brands’ messages appearing beside extreme terrorist content. Not only has it caused their clients to lose trust in them, it has left them with a tarnished reputation that will take great efforts to resolve. What needs to be considered here is the fact that it is only our social behavior that programmatic advertising is currently looking at. If emotional data comes into the equation, businesses like YouTube and Facebook must seriously step up their game and ensure consent, transparency and responsibility attributes are incorporated into their strategies at all time. Without these, technology may have gone too far. Emotion AI services will lose trust, receive negative perceptions and ultimately fail. So what to take away from this?To put it simply, don’t be an idiot. Emotion AI can bring so much good to society, so let’s consider our actions, use it correctly and provide creative, exciting & fun projects for the end users. For brands, the perceptions of current & potential customers are key to your success, so do right by them. To capitalize on the use of emotion AI, whether that’s in advertising, entertainment, sports & performance or health & well being, it must be done with trust and transparency. We must admit, not knowing the limits of emotion AI and where it could go is a scary thing – but this fear must not be the overriding emotion. We should look at the positives of what it can do and work together to ensure it does not step into places we do not want it to exist. Those that let it enter the dark spaces, let’s hold them to account for it. After all, it will be those who use it badly that lose out in the long run. Interestingly, while we may not even think about it, how the emotion AI algorithms are programmed and how people use it to engage with others is a human decision. Therefore, the control and use of emotion AI is in our hands. As long as we show empathy and remain sensitive to the use of this technology, it is an exciting space to watch and ultimately where the future of emotion AI will lie.Do it well and do it right. 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first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants It’s March Madness all over James Yap, also of Rain or Shine, shoots to retain his Three-Point Shootout title against some of the league’s finest marksmen led by Marcio Lassiter (San Miguel), Pogoy (TnT Katropa), Wright (Phoenix) and Mike DiGregorio (Blackwater).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director The core of the past Gilas Pilipinas Cadets program tests the mettle of today’s PBA young guns to make for an intriguing storyline in this week’s PBA All-Star festivity.The Juniors team led by Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy goes up against the combined Rookies/Sophomores selection of CJ Perez and Jason Perkins in the main appetizer of this year’s All-Star game in Calasiao, Pangasinan.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The match is set at 7 p.m. on Friday at Calasiao Sports Complex following the Skills Challenge side events that feature the Obstacle Race, Three-Point Shootout, and Slam Dunk contest.Belo and Pogoy led the Cadets training pool that made up the highly talented 2016 batch of the PBA Draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoining them in the Juniors squad are Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Russel Escoto, Ed Daquioag, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, Rashawn McCarthy and Ael Banal.Only McCarthy and Banal were not part of the Gilas Cadets program. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Meanwhile, with Perkins and Perez in the Rookies/Sophomores are Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose, Rey Nambatac, Robbie Herndon, Mark Tallo, Robert Bolick, Abu Tratter, Paul Desiderio, Trevis Jackson, and Javee Mocon.Phoenix lead deputy Topex Robinson will call the shots for the Juniors, while the coaching staff of Rain or Shine handles the Rookies/Sophomores unit.Shortly before the game, the Obstacle Race kicks off the All-Star side event, with Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga gunning for back-to-back titles.Out to stop Belga are June Mar Fajardo (San Miguel), Moala Tautuaa (NorthPort), Kyle Pascual (Magnolia), Jose (Blackwater), Noy Baclao (Alaska), Marion Magat (NLEX), Prince Caperal (Barangay Ginebra), Bryan Faundo (Meralco), Yousef Taha (TnT Katropa), Escoto (Columbian Dyip) and Justin Chua (Phoenix).The Obstacle Challenge was reserved for small men in the past, with the league thinking of a way to make it interesting by letting the frontliners compete.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more