Federal health minister to investigate Cree girls case

first_img(Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott during question period Thursday. APTN/image)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsHealth Minister Jane Philpott said Thursday she would be investigating the case of a 14-year-old Cree girl who was denied coverage for urgent dental work despite recommendations from orthodontists the procedure was needed to avoid costlier invasive surgery.Health Canada issued a final denial of coverage on Monday, a day before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued a scathing ruling concluding the federal government discriminated against First Nation children by underfunding child welfare programs.The ruling also ordered Ottawa to stop its narrow application of Jordan’s Principle which requires federal bureaucrats to cover the urgent medical needs of First Nations children before settling jurisdictional funding issues with the provinces.The mother of the girl said she was given renewed hope by Philpott’s pledge, which was made in the House of Commons during question period.“I am starting to feel like there is some light,” said Stacey Shiner, 42, whose daughter is a Sucker Creek band member and is covered by Treaty 8 in Alberta.NDP MP Charlie Angus raised the plight of Shiner’s daughter during question period.NDP MP Charlie Angus during question period Thursday.“I ask myself, as a parent, how is that possible? To the health minister, what steps is she taking to issue directives…to make it right for (the girl) and all the other children who are still being denied basic rights every single day?” said Angus.Philpott said the Liberal government is committed to ending the systemic discrimination of First Nations children.“I will look into the situation that the honourable member has brought to my attention,” said Philpott.Shiner said she has been battling with Health Canada for almost three years over the department’s refusal to cover her daughter’s desperately needed dental work under the Non-Insured Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit program.Despite letters from orthodontists and lobbying from the band and Treaty 8, Health Canada rejected the coverage request and subsequent appeals. The last rejection came on Monday, a day before the human rights tribunal issued its ruling after finding Canada systemically discriminated against First Nation children.Shiner has since contacted a Toronto lawyer, on the advice of Cindy Blackstock, a prominent child advocate who triggered the human rights ruling through her complaint against Ottawa first filed in 2007. She said the lawyer has taken on the case for free and is preparing to push the matter before the court, if need be.“The next step is to take the Canadian government to Federal Court, which we are preparing to do,” she said.Shiner’s daughter, who she did not want named, has problems with her jaw, which is out of place, and seriously misaligned teeth that causes her pain and headaches.Shiner said the orthodontists told her in 2013 her daughter needed immediate intervention, including an expander, an anchor and braces to avoid invasive surgery when she got older.Mother Stacey Shiner has been fighting Health Canada over coverage for her daughter. Photo courtesy of Stacey Shiner.Shiner said the surgery would have involved cutting bone from her hip and applying it to the jaw which would be wired shut.Yet, Health Canada repeatedly refused to pay for the dental work, concluding that the procedure did not meet its criteria as a “functioning handicap malocclusion.” Malocclusion is a term describing misaligned teeth.Health Canada also told Shiner that if she paid out of her own pocket for the dental work the insurance program would also not reimburse her.“And I said, ‘I have to leave her in her condition and can’t help her?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, pretty much, if you go ahead and start we won’t approve.’”Shiner said she couldn’t handle letting her daughter remain in pain so she paid over $8,000 for the dental work.Shiner said she was told Alberta would have covered at least part of the cost for the dental work if her child was non-First Nation.And this wasn’t the first time Shiner said she’s faced the callousness of Health Canada bureaucrats.In 2008, after surgeons removed a tumour from behind her daughter’s eye she was given a prescription for a specialized eye-drop. Shiner said the eye-drop was designed to protect the eye from the roots of the tumour which were left because they were embedded in such a way their removal would have collapsed the eye.Yet, Health Canada would not pay for the prescription. She still remembers the conversation with the pharmacist after he got off the phone with the Health Canada bureaucrat.“He said, ‘They denied it, as a matter of fact they told me to tell you to guy buy Visine, that it should be sufficient,’” said Shiner.She paid the $90 for the specialized eye-drop.“The more that she gets older and things are happening the more I am realizing they are prejudiced and they just don’t care in helping children, specially Aboriginal children,” she said. “We are quite connected with the Aboriginal communities here and I see it time and time again.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock hails amazing 2018

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock insists the year 2018 has been the best of his entire coaching career.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, Warnock who guided the Bluebirds to promotion reflected on the year as a whole.“For a calendar year, it’s probably the most amazing year I’ve ever had in my career,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“To think in 2018, after surviving beforehand and losing every game last Christmas, to turn that around and get automatic promotion, take the Club up and now have 18 points by the New Year has been an amazing thing.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“I don’t think any of it could have been done without everyone singing from the same hymn sheet. The fans have just been quite amazing – you’d really put them at the top of the list. The way they’ve got behind us, I’ve even got goose pimples now talking about it.”“At the end of last season at Hull City – I’ll never forget that. After the warm-up the lads came in saying: ‘have you ever heard anything like that?’ and it was 45 minutes before kick-off! That was the win that got us up, make no mistake about that.”“This year, every week has been the same. I’ve never heard anything like it either. On Saturday my daughter said that all you could hear on the radio was the Cardiff fans singing the national anthem and everything else!”“It’s just a fabulous place to be and you feel so proud to in charge of a Club like this at a time like this.”last_img read more

Alaskan long jumper misses qualifying in Rio Olympics

first_imgFormer Eielson High School long jumper Janay DeLoach just missed qualifying at the Rio Olympics. The 2012 long jump bronze medalist barely missed making the final cut during qualifying Tuesday, falling a little over an inch short of the top 12 who advanced.Listen nowDeLoach was the last of 4 Rio Olympians with Alaska connections to compete.Earlier in the games, Corey Cogdell, formerly of Eagle River, who won bronze in women’s trap shooting in the 2008 Beijing Games, took bronze in the event again.Women’s Rugby player Alev Kelter, also of Eagle River, was on the 5th place U.S. team.Three time past Olympic medalist, former University of Alaska Fairbanks shooter Matt Emmons did not qualify for the final in the men’s 3 position rifle event.last_img

Temper 6 Days Box Office Collection Junior NTR Starrer Mints ₹40 Crore

first_imgJunior NTR and Kajal Aggarwal in “Temper”https://www.facebook.com/TemperMovieJr NTR’s much celebrated movie “Temper” is now set to clear all the existing record for Telugu cinema behind it. The movie has minted ₹40 crore since its release on 13 February.”The film is turning out to be a blockbuster. In its first week, it has grossed Rs. 40 crore approximately worldwide,” trade analyst Trinath told IANS.Meanwhile, the box office report from the US alone suggest that the movie is going ahead to be the biggest success for Jr NTR in the country.The movie has reportedly grossed $934,467 (approximately ₹5.82 crore) in US and the box office collection for each day is as follows:First weekend Total – $868,223Monday – $47,700Tuesday – $18,544Total – $934,467, approximately ₹5.82 Crore”#Temper [Telugu] – USA: Wknd $ 868,223, Mon $ 47,700, Tue $ 18,544. Total: $ 934,467 [₹ 5.82 cr]. Some screens yet to report,” tweeted industry analyst Taran AdarshMeanwhile, the movie had a decent and a steady run on its sixth day at domestic box office. According to Andhra box office, the film’s run was a little lower than usual in Andhra but is continuing a good run in Nizam and Ceeded.The movie also lost on a few screens at Suresh group theatre after the death of legendary producer Duggabati Ramanaidu. The industry experts feel the film will not collect much on Thursday as the industry will be completely shut down as they pay last respects to the late producer.The movie reportedly has collected around ₹1.7 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Nizam together on Day 6.”Temper” is directed by Puri Jagganath and Jr NTR plays the role of a ruthless and corrupt cop but he changes after meeting the character played by Kajal Aggarwal. How a change is seen in his attitude towards others and within himself forms the crux of the movie.last_img read more

Republicans fail again to kill off Obamacare

first_imgProtesters before a hearing on repealing Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: ReutersUS Republicans on Tuesday fell short yet again in their seven-year drive to repeal Obamacare, in a bitter defeat that raises more questions about their ability to enact President Donald Trump’s agenda.The party was unable to win enough support from its own senators for a bill to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act and decided not to put it to a vote, several Republicans said. The bill’s sponsors vowed to try again, but face steeper odds after Sunday, when special rules expire that allow them to pass healthcare legislation without Democratic support.“We basically ran out of time,” said Senator Ron Johnson, a co-sponsor of the measure with Senators Bill Cassidy, Lindsey Graham and Dean Heller.Republicans have now repeatedly failed to deliver on their longtime promise to roll back former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment.They have yet to achieve any major domestic policy successes in Congress this year, which could hurt their efforts to retain control of the Senate and House of Representatives in the November 2018 congressional elections.Republicans widely view Obamacare, which provides coverage to 20 million Americans, as a costly government overreach. Trump vowed frequently during the 2016 election campaign to scrap it. Democrats have fiercely defended it, saying it has extended health insurance to millions.After falling short in July, Senate Republicans tried again this month with a bill that would have given states greater control over the hundreds of billions of dollars that the federal government spends annually on health care.As before, they ran into objections from members on the right and the center who opposed repeal for essentially opposite reasons.Senator Susan Collins, a moderate, complained it undermined the Medicaid program for the poor and weakened consumer protections. Senator Rand Paul, a conservative, said it left too many of Obamacare’s regulations and spending programs in place.Democrats said it was time for Republicans to work with them to fix Obamacare’s shortcomings, and Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said he would resume talks with Democratic Senator Patty Murray to shore up the law’s insurance subsidies.Shares of healthcare providers ended broadly higher. Hospital company HCA Healthcare Inc rose 1.8 percent, while insurer Centene Corp, which focuses on Medicaid, rose 2.2 per cent.The insurance industry, hospitals, medical advocacy groups such as the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society, the AARP advocacy group for the elderly and consumer activists opposed the latest bill.TRUMP DISAPPOINTEDTrump said on Tuesday his administration was disappointed in “certain so-called Republicans” who did not support the bill. The Republican president said later he still had not given up hope that the law would eventually be repealed. “It’ll happen,” he told reporters while traveling to New York for a fundraiser.Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate and at least three senators – Collins, Paul and John McCain of Arizona – had publicly rejected the bill.Republicans crafted special rules earlier this year that allowed them to pass a bill with a simple majority in the 100-seat chamber. After those rules expire at the start of the new fiscal year on Sunday, they will need at least 60 votes to advance most legislation.John Thune, a member of the Republican leadership in the Senate, said the party would likely not try to undo Obamacare again until it was clear there were enough votes for it. He said the party would now focus on overhauling the US tax code – another complex undertaking that could meet with stiff resistance from a wide range of interest groups.A CBS poll on Monday showed 52 per cent of Americans disapproved of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, while 20 per cent approved.“I will readily admit that the Republican Party has done a bad job of explaining what we’re for in terms of replace on Obamacare,” Republican Senator Ben Sasse said on the Senate floor.Six protesters staged a “die-in” on the floor of a Senate office building, lying on the ground and covering their heads and bodies with a white shroud to represent what they said would be lives lost if the bill passed.The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said the number of people with health insurance covering high-cost medical events would be slashed by millions if the latest Republican bill had it become law.The CBO also found that federal spending on Medicaid would be cut by about $1 trillion from 2017 to 2026 and that millions of people would lose their coverage in the program, mainly from a repeal of federal funding for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.last_img read more

Houston Researcher Studies Zealandia — The Mostly Underwater Continent

first_img Share TRT World 00:00 /10:37 There’s a continent that’s nearly 2 million square miles, yet most people have never heard of it. No surprise, since more than 90 percent of this huge landmass is submerged under the Pacific Ocean. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen It’s called Zealandia, and, in 2017, Rice University professor Jerry Dickens was part of a drilling expedition to better understand this continent.At the time of the expedition, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin connected with Dickens via satellite from his research vessel in the Pacific just as his group of researchers was beginning to drill at their first location. Xlast_img