NH firm drops bid to buy Fletcher Allen’s outpatient dialysis clinic

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) today announced that Bio-Medical Applications of New Hampshire has withdrawn its application to purchase Fletcher Allen Health Care’s outpatient dialysis clinics.  Bio-Medical Applications, a for-profit company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., itself a wholly-owned subsidiary of a German corporation.The withdrawal of the application for a Certificate of Need approving the sale follows the release by BISHCA of a proposed Statement of Decision denying approval on the grounds that the sale would result in lower quality services at higher cost without any improvement in access to care.  ‘Bio-Medical’s decision to withdraw closes the docket in this matter,’ said Clifford Peterson, BISHCA’s General Counsel. ‘The Department will work with Fletcher Allen to assure continued delivery of high quality outpatient dialysis treatment to Vermonters.’ BISHCA 12.19.2011last_img read more

How to use Snapchat at your credit union

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One social media platform that is taking off is Snapchat. Now we know what you are thinking – “Snapchat is for teenagers to send silly pictures to each other” – and you are not wrong. Snapchat was founded on the idea that individuals can send out “silly” images and then they are gone seconds later. Smart brands have latched on to that idea and embraced it. They are using the idea that users are used to receiving images briefly (10 seconds or less) but giving their full attention to these “snaps.”Let’s look at some pretty impressive “Snap Facts:”Snapchat has over 100 million daily active users, making Snapchat one of the fastest-growing social networks.The platform has over 5 billion videos viewed each day.Average age on Snapchat is 18 to 34, that means Millennials and Gen Z are the primary demographic using Snapchat. continue reading »last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to host world’s richest horse race

first_imgSaudi Dana al-Gosaibi trains a horse on March 1, 2017, in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. – The 35-year-old Saudi horse trainer dreams of opening her own stables to focus on “a more gentle” way of training horses than the standard approach in the male-dominated kingdom. (AFP/Amer HILABI)Reputation revamp Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s sports push is designed to lure international tourists and boost domestic spending as the OPEC kingpin seeks to diversify its oil-reliant economy.The kingdom also hosted the Dakar Rally, one of motor racing’s most grueling adventure rallies, earlier this year as well as the Italian and Spanish super cup finals last year — with the added attraction of football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Activists accuse Saudi rulers of “sportswashing” — using such events as a tool to soften their international image.And in a country where two-thirds of the population is under 30, critics say the sporting drive is aimed at blunting public frustration over an economic downturn and soaring youth unemployment.While Saudi women now have the right to drive, campaigners say jailed activists who spearheaded the push for a ban on the long-standing restriction have faced sexual harassment and torture in detention. The brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018, the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and a sweeping crackdown on dissent have also dented the kingdom’s reputation.”The amount of money spent on those events is… an investment in Saudi Arabia’s PR campaign to improve its image that was tarnished by a number of policy missteps,” said Yasmine Farouk, a Middle East expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Saudi Arabia this week hosts the world’s richest horse race, with $20 million in cash prizes on offer in the latest international sports extravaganza designed to boost its battered global image.The ultra-conservative kingdom has in recent years invested heavily in sporting events, in a soft power push designed to project a more moderate image and jettison a reputation for rights abuses and the export of hardline ideology.The Saudi Cup, expected to attract about 10,000 spectators, takes place at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack on February 29 with the main race run over 1,800m on a dirt track with a maximum field of 14.  Jockeys compete at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in the capital Riyadh on November 11, 2016. – The modern facility surrounded by greenery on the edge of Riyadh offers respite from the highways and urban sprawl of a city carved out of the desert. Horse racing is one of the few diversions in Saudi Arabia, where alcohol, public cinemas and theatres are banned. (AFP/FAYEZ NURELDINE)Glitzy rivalsThe Saudi Cup is set to take place in between its two predecessors as the world’s richest race — the Pegasus World Cup in the United States and the Dubai World Cup which are scheduled one month either side.The Pegasus World Cup was the richest in the world in 2018 worth $16 million surpassing the $12 million Dubai World Cup, but it was only worth $9 million this year.The big name jockeys at the Saudi Cup include Italian legend Frankie Dettori and Britain’s Ryan Moore.The Racing Post said that Nicola Currie is one of seven international female jockeys who will make history by becoming the first women to ride in a competitive race in Saudi Arabia.Currie and her fellow female riders are to compete on Friday in a  four race points-based challenge with seven male riders led by Dettori.”We’re delighted to welcome some of the best jockeys in the business to compete,” the Post quoted Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, as saying.”Racing routinely sees male and female riders compete on a level playing field and we are proud to continue this great tradition at King Abdulaziz Racecourse during Saudi Cup weekend.”The Saudi Cup field is weighed more towards the United States entrants, who race on dirt more often than European racehorses.A top contender is McKinzie, which was runner-up in the prestigious Breeder’s Cup Classic last year, and trained by Bob Baffert who has an excellent record in the Dubai World Cup with three victories in total.Another American runner Maximum Security won the Kentucky Derby last year but was then disqualified and has not shown much since. The winner will walk away with $10 million, second place with $3.5 million and even the 10th place finisher will go away with something. The Saudi Cup includes another seven races on dirt and turf with prizes worth $9.2 million up for grabs.”We are taking the first steps on a journey to bring the domestic racing product on a par with our international counterparts,” said Tom Ryan, director of strategy and international racing at the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia.The event will “increase the sport’s following inside Saudi Arabia, as well as opening up the industry to international horses and connections to make our mark on global racing,” he said.center_img Saudi journalist Mugbel al-Zabni, who writes for Arriyadiyah sports daily, said the event plays to Saudi culture, in a kingdom where the horse is considered a symbol of its heritage.  Topics :last_img read more

Ronaldo has more beauty products than me! – Irish football star

first_imgThe Ireland women’s star has taken a pop at the Real Madrid player, stating he is much more conceited than she is.Puskas Award nominee Stephanie Roche says she is not as vain as Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting the Real Madrid star carries more beauty products than her.The Portuguese forward has long been seen as one of the more conceited players in the world’s game.On Monday, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer mocked the two-time Ballon d’Or winner’s tendency to pose in his underwear in adverts.The attacker has also been ridiculed by Cathy Fischer, the wife of Mats Hummels, for his lack of body hair.And Roche, who plays for Ireland women’s team and has been nominated for Fifa’s 2014 Puskas Award, has taken a pop at the star, insisting he has more grooming products than she does. “I don’t think I am vain as Ronaldo,” she told ESPN Brasil. “He has more beauty products than me in his toilet bag!”The 25-year-old went on to talk about her nomination for the best goal award, having been included on the shortlist alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Diego Costa.”I’ve scored a lot of goals, but honestly, I think this was probably the most beautiful I’ve ever scored. I heard rumors that I might be nominated for the Puskas Award, but never thought  would be.”last_img read more

Godwin Attram – “Olympics cannot get relegated”

first_imgGreat Olympics attacker Godwin Attram his reputation will take a severe beating should the Wonder Club be relegated.Attram believes the quality at the disposal of head coach Yaw Acheampong will be vital and even decisive as the team battles to avoid the drop.“From the beginning of the season we have never thought of relegation despite the position,” Attram said.“The experienced players in the team will want to defend our names and that is the reason why I know we are not part of the [teams heading for] relegation.”“The class of players we have and the resolution of problems within the high ranking officials of the team makes us stronger in the final stages of the season.”CLICK TO READ: More Oly bigwigs promise relegation escape The captain opened the scoring for the Wonder Club against Bechem United as they secured three vital points in a 2-1 victory on Sunday. “My goal against Bechem United inspired the entire team and I believe it can trigger us into more of such wins in the league. ““Yes, I know football is unpredictable but it will be too criminal if we are relegated from the league.”Olympics continue with their survival fight when they play as guests to fellow strugglers B.A United in a midweek fixture.CLICK TO READ: Game by game previews of today’s league games –Follow Kweku on Twitter : @ nana _odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more