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  • Governor Wolf, Pa Officials Speak Out Against ACA Replacement Bill (Round-Up)

    first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Associated Press: Updated: GOP health care bill pounded by Wolf, Pennsylvania hospitals“This is a bad plan that would leave thousands of Pennsylvania seniors and families unable to afford access to basic medical care coverage,” [Governor] Wolf said in a statement. The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania said the proposal would jeopardize gains in coverage and improvements to access to care made under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.Daily Item: State officials blast Obamacare replacementState officials on Tuesday said a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will hurt poor and working class Pennsylvanians, particularly in rural parts of the state. The impact will be more acute in rural areas of the state, in part because tax credits won’t have distinctions based on the market where the individual lives, said state Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller in a phone call with reporters Tuesday afternoon. That means “rural consumers will be disadvantaged” compared to people who live in cities and suburban areas.TribLive: Obamacare replacement bill faces resistance in Pennsylvania[Governor]Wolf and advocates said the proposal, titled the American Health Care Act, would make health insurance unattainable for thousands of Pennsylvanians who are covered through the individual insurance market and the law’s Medicaid expansion. The bill would scale back and restructure state Medicaid programs and distribute federal subsidies based on age instead of income for people who buy individual insurance plans on the federal marketplace at The bill would get rid of fines for people going without insurance and eliminate many of the taxes included in the federal law.Reading Eagle: Pa.’s top health officials: GOP bill helps wealthy, healthy“It may offer the illusion of more affordable care,” Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said during a conference call with reporters. “But I think it’s important to be clear that this proposal shifts more of the burden onto consumers and the state budget.” Miller was one of several officials from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to discuss the plan, which would repeal and replace parts of the federal Affordable Care Act. Dr. Karen Murphy, state health secretary, and Deputy Human Services Secretary Leesa Allen, the state’s Medicaid chief, were also on the call.Post-Gazette: House bill to replace ACA draws fire from all sidesGov. Tom Wolf in a statement Tuesday said the Republican bill “would roll back years of progress that drastically reduced Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate and expanded coverage for seniors, the disabled and those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.” The state’s insurance commissioner, Teresa Miller, said the bill “may offer the illusion of more affordable care, but let’s be clear — this proposal shifts more financial burden directly to consumers and onto state budgets.” March 08, 2017 Governor Wolf, Pa Officials Speak Out Against ACA Replacement Bill (Round-Up) By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistantcenter_img Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Round-Up,  Seniors,  The Blog Governor Wolf and members of his administration have actively been speaking out against the House Republican’s proposed Affordable Care Act replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).“The Republicans in Washington revealed a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would roll back years of progress that drastically reduced Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate and expanded coverage options for seniors, the disabled and those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder,” Governor Wolf said in a statement released on Monday. “This plan does not fix the Affordable Care Act – it would just delay the Republican plan to cut coverage for nearly a million Pennsylvanians, including those who were able to access quality, affordable healthcare after I expanded Medicaid two years ago.”Today, Governor Wolf sent letters to five Pennsylvania Congressmen to formally ask them to reject the proposed AHCA due to the serious harm the proposal would cause to Pennsylvanian’s who have received coverage under Medicaid expansion, specifically seniors, and the lack of time given to properly vet the bill.“For seven years, Republicans in Washington criticized the Obama Administration for rushing Obamacare through without the appropriate public vetting and yet Americans are being given less than seven days to fully understand the implications of this legislation on their health and households,” Governor Wolf said. “The legislation, as it stands today, would disrupt health care access and coverage for millions of Pennsylvanians.”Take a look at the coverage below   SHARE  TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

  • Governor Wolf on Fatal Overdose Stats: We Must Keep Fighting, Not Start Cutting

    first_img June 09, 2017 Governor Wolf on Fatal Overdose Stats: We Must Keep Fighting, Not Start Cutting Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) statistics on fatal overdoses in Pennsylvania increasing again last year are a call for the state and federal government to redouble efforts to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, not dial efforts back with funding cuts. Further, Governor Wolf said proposals at the federal level to cut Medicaid would likely lead to these disturbing numbers going up.“The latest DEA figures on heroin and opioid deaths in Pennsylvania are extremely disturbing, and reinforce that Pennsylvania and the federal government must fight even harder to combat the damage done to our families and communities by heroin and opioids and the disease of addiction,” Governor Wolf said.“Budget cuts take us in the wrong direction. We must continue to put resources into treatment and tools for law enforcement, health professionals and families on the front-lines, while also expanding education and prevention programs and ending the stigma of addiction.”“I have held dozens of roundtable discussions across Pennsylvania and heard the same message everywhere: we need more help. We are seeing 13 people each day die in Pennsylvania and we can’t stand by and do nothing – or worse. State government and our federal partners must ensure that no resources in the fight against this burgeoning crisis are cut. Pennsylvania has taken action, but there is clearly more to do.”The DEA’s statistics, first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, show a 37 percent increase in fatal overdoses in 2016 compared to 2015. Of those 4,642 fatal overdoses, the DEA attributed 85 percent to prescription or illegal opioids, including heroin, according to the report.A comprehensive list of new and expanded initiatives in Pennsylvania aimed at fighting this epidemic can be found here. Pennsylvania’s can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to get assistance with substance use disorder.Governor Wolf further called on state lawmakers to preserve funding for key programs to provide aid to those suffering, including funding for:•The commonwealth’s 45 ‘Centers of Excellence’ – outpatient, holistic treatment programs that provide substance use treatment with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care;•County-level human services, particularly Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention and Mental Health programs; and•Governor Wolf’s proposed first-ever dedicated funding to provide $10 million in grants for first responders and others to get Naloxone, the overdose antidote. To date, more than 3,500 lives in Pennsylvania have been saved by administering Naloxone.Governor Wolf noted that the biggest threat to making progress on reversing the nation’s disturbing trend of increased overdose deaths is health care proposals at the federal level slated to make drastic cuts to Medicaid, end Medicaid expansion and roll back protections for those with substance use disorder.“Gutting Medicaid and the expansion program could put treatment out of reach for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians with substance use disorder,” Governor Wolf said. “The frank reality of the direction Republicans are heading in Washington is that more people will die and these numbers will go up.”Governor Wolf pledged to continue his fight against Medicaid cuts at the federal level and to preserve protections for people suffering with substance use disorder established in the Affordable Care Act.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • DSME Bags USD 711 Mn Order for 6 Boxships

    first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has secured an order for six containerships, the company revealed in a stock exchange filing.The order placed by an undisclosed owner from Africa is worth USD 711 million, DSME said.The containerships are scheduled for delivery by the end of October 2022.The latest order brings DSME’s order tally to 39 vessels, including 10 LNG carriers, 10 super crude oil carriers, 11 containerships, 2 super LPG carriers, 5 submarines, and 1 offshore plant.These orders have a collective value of USD 6.18 billion, accounting for 73.8 % of the shipbuilder’s USD 8.37 billion worth target for this year.last_img

  • Bible in Schools battlers denying our heritage

    first_imgNZ Herald 13 February 2014What a divine irony. At the same time that remnants of the country’s first mission school were being excavated in Kerikeri, St Heliers School decided to remove religious education classes from its school day – part of a slow but seemingly inexorable trend to purge Christianity from the remaining crevices where it is found in our state institutions.It seems that the aggressive moral outrage from the serious-sounding Secular Education Network was sufficient for the St Heliers School’s Board of Trustees to capitulate on the long tradition of Bible in Schools. This is how far we have come, as a nation, in two centuries: from all the schools in the country being organised by various Christian denominations (first Anglican and Methodists, and later Catholics) to the insistence that no Christian instruction at all be permitted in our state schools, and that to do otherwise becomes an urgent matter of human rights.On the surface, the arguments for removing Bible in Schools seem sensible, even noble. The separation of church and state is a worthy principle, the role of schools is not to indoctrinate pupils, and as we live in a much more diverse society than in previous generations, those professing different faiths (and indeed, those with no faith) deserve equal respect.Of course, looking over the curriculum for Bible in Schools, what is most striking is how entirely innocuous it is – so much so that it makes its critics appear self-righteous and doctrinaire. However, the emphasis of those opposed to Bible in Schools seems to be on the absolutism of individual rights as an abstract dogma, ignoring in the process the strong historical and cultural legacy of Christianity in our state schools. read more

  • Weather Advisory: An area of low pressure is approaching the island

    first_imgLocalNews Weather Advisory: An area of low pressure is approaching the island by: – August 1, 2011 Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 47 Views   no discussions Satellite Imagery, photo credit: National Hurricane Centre.Cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms associate with an area of low pressure is located approximately 300 miles south east of the Dominica. Conditions are expected to remain favourable for a tropical depression or storm to form during the next 48 hours as it moves west northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.There is a high chance (90%) of this system becominig a tropical cyclone later today. A Hurricane Hunter aircraft will investigate the area this morning. If the system becomes a tropical cyclone today, watches or warnings will be issued for the Windward and Leeward Island on VERY SHORT NOTICE.Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, this system is expected to generate locally heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and gusty winds to the islands of the Lesser Antilles later this afternoon and tonight.Residents in low lying areas, areas prone to flooding and landslides should monitor the progress of this system and be on the alert. Fishermen particularly on the eastern coast of the island should secure or move their boats to a safe port as models are indicating waves of up to 12feet by this afternoon.Sea bathers and small craft operators on the eastern coast of the island are advised to stay out of the water as sea conditions may become unsafe as the system approaches the island.For updated weather information please call the weather hotline at (767) 4475555, or visit Meteorological Service Sharelast_img read more

  • Columbus soldier killed in Afghanistan

    first_imgPhoto courtesy of FacebookColumbus, In. — 2011 graduate of Columbus East high School, Jonathan Michael Hunter, 23, was killed this week during combat operations in Afghanistan. A release from the Department of Defense says Hunter died when a suicide bomber rammed a convoy with car loaded with explosives.Hunter is the second soldier from Columbus East High School to die serving his country in Afghanistan, Marine Sgt. Jeremy McQueary was killed in action in 2010.One other unidentified soldier was killed in the attack.Columbus East high School officials released the following statement:Columbus East High School & The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation are proud of the commitment and dedication of these two young men in service to their country.U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly issued this statement:“I am saddened to hear that Columbus native, Jonathon Michael Hunter, has been killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. His service and sacrifice in defense of our country will never be forgotten. My prayers and condolences go to his family, friends, fellow soldiers, and the entire Columbus community.”U.S. Senator Todd Young issued this statement:“On behalf of every Hoosier and all Americans, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of U.S. Army SGT Jonathon Michael Hunter. We are immensely grateful for his service and ultimate sacrifice,” said Sen. Young. “By all accounts, SGT Hunter was a man of notable kindness to his friends and loved ones, great athletic talent, and he selflessly and honorably served his country. I am saddened by the news of his passing, but proud of the man that he was.”Congressman Luke Messer issued this statement:“Sergeant Jonathon Hunter is a true American hero, and our entire nation grieves this loss,” Messer said. “My thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Hunter’s family, friends and the entire Columbus community. Sergeant Hunter gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. His bravery and legacy will live on.”last_img read more

  • Trump Imposes New Mexican Tariffs Due to Border Migrants

    first_imgPresident Trump announced additional tariffs on Mexico Thursday evening, as tensions continue to escalate about the border immigration issue.He is imposing a five percent tariff, effective June 10, on all Mexican imports, in an attempt to pressure that country to crack down on the large numbers of Central American migrants trying to cross into the U.S.….at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019 Trump adds that the percentage will increase gradually “until the illegal immigration problem is remedied.”He has accused Mexico’s government of not helping to manage the influx of migrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and other Central American countries. On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019last_img read more

  • Update on the latest sports

    first_imgTrotz coached Washington to its first Stanley Cup title in franchise history in 2018, then left in a contract dispute. Trotz went to the Islanders, while the Capitals hired his top assistant, Todd Reirden, as head coach. This is the first time they’ve faced off in a playoff series since.The Bruins will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round in a rematch of the 2019 East final. Boston won the Presidents’ Trophy as the top team during the NHL regular season that was cut short in March, but lost all three of its seeding games and fell to fourth in the East. NBA-SCHEDULEThunder keep Wizards winlessLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Darius Bazley scored a career-high 23 points of the bench, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Washington 121-103 today to keep the Wizards the only winless team inside the NBA bubble. August 9, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sports The 26-year-old Krueger, who is based in Texas, is ranked 195th.F1-70TH ANNIVERSARY GPVerstappen storms to unlikely victory over Mercedes duoSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Max Verstappen has sprung what could be the surprise of the Formula One season by beating Lewis Hamilton to win the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver crossed the line at Silverstone 11.3 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas third. TENNIS-US OPEN-WITHDRAWALSPopyrin withdraws from US Open; Krueger gets wild-card spotNEW YORK (AP) — Alexei Popyrin withdrew from the U.S. Open on Sunday, allowing 2012 champion Andy Murray to move into the main draw.That means Murray can relinquish the wild-card invitation he received from the U.S. Tennis Association, which now will be given to American Mitchell Krueger.Popyrin is a 21-year-old Australian who is ranked 103rd. He joins Australians Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios as players who are skipping the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to be played without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic in New York starting on Aug. 31. Top Phillies prospect Spencer Howard takes the mound for his MLB debut in the second game of the doubleheader. Atlanta lefty Max Fried starts for Atlanta.MLB-NEWSPirates-Cardinals game slated for Monday postponedUNDATED (AP) — Another Cardinals game has been postponed while the team continues dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.Monday’s home opener of a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates has been called off. It’s the Cardinals’ 11th game to be derailed by the outbreak. It’s unclear whether the other two games in the series will be salvaged. NFL-NEWSReferees group has agreement with NFL on virus protectionsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL Referees Association has reached an agreement with the NFL for health protections along with a program allowing game and replay officials to opt out of the season.The association announced Sunday that the NFLRA’s board of directors unanimously endorsed the plan. Members will review the details Monday in a video conference call. Officials will be given until Thursday to opt out for a $30,000 payment with jobs guaranteed for 2021. The deal also gives officials protections if they test positive during the season or show symptoms after arriving for a game. center_img The Cardinals haven’t played since July 30. In other MLB news:— Pittsburgh Pirates utility infielder Phil Evans will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a concussion and fracturing his jaw in a collision with teammate Gregory Polanco in foul territory. Evans was injured when Polanco’s right elbow hit Evans in the face while the two were chasing down a flyball hit by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. Evans briefly lost consciousness on the play, but director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk says he is expected to make a full recovery. Evans was placed on the 45-day injured list, but the shortness of the 2020 season means he will not return this year.— The New York Yankees have placed slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. The move was announced before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Stanton was hurt in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Rays while advancing from first to second base on a wild pitch. He hurt his right calf during spring training and had spent time during the coronavirus-caused shutdown rehabbing at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa. Stanton was limited to 18 games in 2019 due to several injuries. Infielder Thairo Estrada was recalled from the alternate training site.— Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) has been placed on the injured list because of right shoulder inflammation three starts into his one-year contract with the New York Mets. Manager Luis Rojas said before Sunday’s game with Miami that Wacha felt pain in his shoulder after allowing four runs in five innings on Friday. Wacha is 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA this season. He pitched five innings of one-run ball in his debut July 27 in Boston, but has allowed nine runs over nine innings in his past two starts. NBA fines Draymond Green $50,000 for Devin Booker commentsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s suggestion for Devin Booker’s future did not amuse the NBA. The league fined Green $50,000 on Sunday for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule with comments about Booker, who is the Phoenix Suns’ star guard.Green said Saturday during an appearance as an analyst for TNT: “Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career.” Booker has not been to the playoffs with the Suns, who have not made the postseason in 10 years. The Suns are 5-0 so far inside the so-called bubble at Walt Disney World, which is playing host to the NBA’s restart, and that streak has moved Phoenix into playoff contention.The league tightened its rules before this season when it comes to matters such as player tampering. Bazley was 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 as Oklahoma City led from the opening bucket and improved to 3-2 in the seeding games. Mike Muscala also had 18 points, Chris Paul had 13 points and nine assists. The Wizards, who came into this game already eliminated from playoff contention, dropped to 0-6 since the NBA restarted the season. MLB-SCHEDULEUNDATED (AP) — Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. hit a two-run homer to put the Atlanta Braves ahead for good in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. The Braves scored five runs in the decisive fifth inning when they knocked out starter Vince Velasquez. Acuna went deep off reliever Deolis Guerra for a 2-1 lead. Adam Duvall hit a three-run double just below the 334-foot sign in left off Adam Morgan for a 5-1 lead. In other NFL news:— New Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson is sidelined indefinitely with a non-football injury. Coach Sean McVay won’t reveal the nature of Robinson’s condition, which isn’t coronavirus-related. Robinson is participating in the Rams’ team meetings, and he doesn’t need surgery or another medical procedure. McVay made it sound likely that Robinson will miss playing time this season. Robinson agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract with the Rams in March after leaving the Detroit Lions as a free agent.— The Washington Football Team has activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list. The team made the move days ahead of the start of on-field training camp workouts. Foster, now 26, tore the ACL in and caused additional damage to his left knee during offseason workouts in May 2019. He missed the entire 2019 season. Washington claimed him off waivers in November 2018. The San Francisco 49ers released Foster after a domestic violence incident at the team hotel on the road in Tampa, Florida. Prosecutors decided to drop charges citing insufficient evidence, and the NFL fined Foster but did not suspend him.— Wide receiver Chester Rogers has signed with the Miami Dolphins, providing a reinforcement at a position where two players earlier opted out for the season. Rogers started 22 games from 2016 to 2019 with the Indianapolis Colts. He has 111 career receptions for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns. Miami earlier signed receiver Ricardo Louis. Receivers Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns opted out because of the coronavirus.NBA-GREEN FINED Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-SCHEDULECapitals beat Bruins to earn East 3 seed, face Isles nextUNDATED (AP) — T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) and Tom Wilson scored, Braden Holtby made 30 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in round-robin play to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. That sets up a first-round matchup against former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders. Mercedes had been expected to cruise to their fifth win from as many rounds this season. But both Hamilton and Bottas struggled with their tires to clear the way for Verstappen to take an unlikely win. Charles Leclerc finished fourth for Ferrari ahead of Red Bull’s Alexander Albon. Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was sixth. Hamilton will head to next week’s Spanish Grand Prix with a 30-point championship lead over Verstappen.last_img read more

  • Gold is Money, Broad Street clinch quarter-final spots with last-gasp wins

    first_imgDEFENDING Georgetown and National Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ champions, Gold is Money, needled LA Ballers to clinch progression to the quarter-finals on the final night of the Group Stage action at the Berlin tarmac on Thursday night.Meanwhile other crowd favourites Broad Street also left it late to seal their quarter-final berth with a win over John Street.In the second game of the night Broad Street took to the tarmac needing a win in normal time to progress from Group ‘A’. They faced newcomers John Street and took an early lead through the talented Akeem Sam in the fourth minute.However, Venezuelan Oswaldo Gil equalised for John Street in the 8th minute to pile pressure on Broad Street. In the remainder of the game Broad Street made several attacks but they could not find the target.Two minutes from the final whistle, Sam finished off an impressive team move to tap home a Guinness Goal (any goal scored in the final 3 minutes counts as 2) and send the crowd into frenzy with Broad Street holding a 3-1 lead.The youthful LA Ballers exited the tournament despite winning two of their three games in Group ‘A’ as Gold is Money needled them on the night to draw level on six points, but progressed due to a better goal difference.Needing to win without conceding, the defending champions put in a workmanlike effort. Michael Pedro netted in the seventh minute to hand Gold is Money a 1-0 lead which they never relinquished. LA Ballers attacked for the greater part of the game but could not penetrate their opponents’ defence.With both Leopold Street and Tiger Bay sealing progress since last weekend, they clashed in a game to decide who would top Group ‘C’ and did not disappoint as Tiger Bay came out on top after 20 minutes of high octane action.Leopold took the early advantage through skipper Okeene Fraser who continued `his goal-scoring form by finding the back of the net in the eighth minute. The first half ended without any more goals and it seemed as though Leopold Street would hold on to their 1-0 lead but James Meredith had other ideas.He drew Tiger Bay level in the 15th minute before netting a Guinness Goal in the 18th minute to hand his side the 3-1 win which propelled them atop Group ‘C’.Sparta Boss faced Albouystown-B in another top-of-the-group decider, to close off the night’s action. The latter needled Sparta Boss to secure maximum points with three wins from three matches in Group ‘B’ courtesy of a Melvorn Ross goal in the sixth minute This proved to be enough as Albouystown-B held Sparta scoreless.Earlier in the night Alexander Village opened the night’s proceedings with a resounding 5-0 win over Charlotte Street; Quincy Porter netted a double in the 12th and 14th minutes while Shem Porter (8th), Leon Yaw (15th) and Delon Williams (16th) scored one goal apiece.Albouystown-A handed Future Stars a victory by failing to show up for their engagement. For that infringement they were handed a one-year ban from the tournament.Sophia progressed from Group ‘D’ after beating Rising Stars 4-1 through Guinness Goals from Dwayne Lowe and Gerald Grittens who netted in the 18th and 20th minutes respectively. Earlier it had looked bleak for the Sophia unit who conceded an early goal with Ray Smith on target for Rising Stars in the fifth minute.Also advancing from Group ‘D’ were Back Circle who managed a 2-1 victory over rivals North East La Penitence.Back Circle had grabbed the early advantage with Adrian Aaron finding the back of the net in the fifth minute. However Keifer Grant drew North East level with a goal of his own in the seventh minute.Jermaine Beckles had the final say with his strike in the 14th minute proving to be the decider as Back Circle ran out 2-1 winners.The quarterfinals and semifinals were played last evening at the National Cultural Centre tarmac. However, up to press time no results were available. A subsequent article will be published with the results of those matches.Winner of the event will collect $500 000 and the championship trophy, with the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers copping $300 000, $200 000 and $100 000 respectively and the corresponding trophy.They will also automatically seal a place in the National Championship in August.To date Beacons (Bartica champions), Melanie-B (East Coast Demerara winners), Brothers United (West Demerara/East Bank Demerara winners), Trafalgar (Berbice champions) and High Rollers (Linden champions) have sealed automatic berths to the National Championship.Quarterfinal Matchups(1) Broad St vs Leopold Street – 19:00hrs(2) Albouystown-B vs Back Circle – 19:45hrs(3) Sparta Boss vs Sophia – 20:30hrs(4) Gold is Money vs Tiger Bay – 21:15hrsSemifinal MatchupsWinner (1) vs Winner (4)Winner (2) vs Winner (3)last_img