Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez was disappointed with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie.The Spain international put Real into the lead inside the sixth-minute of the match following a brilliant assist by Karim Benzema.It proved to be a much better display for Real on Wednesday night compared to the team that were thrashed 5-1 by Barcelona last October, with the Blaugrana struggling up front.Despite Los Blancos’ best efforts, however, Barcelona were ultimately able to claw one back through Malcom in the second half after the Brazilian slammed home Luis Suarez’ rebounded shot.Speaking after the draw, Vazquez admitted he was not entirely satisfied with the outcome of the first leg.“It’s a bitter-sweet feeling because the team deserved more,” said Vazquez on the club website.“I’m thrilled to have got the goal and helped the team but we lacked that little bit to go on and win it.“I’ll take away our efforts for 90 minutes because everyone ran hard and worked with real intensity, both up front and at the back, and that’s the secret to this group. We have to keep it up.“We’d planned a match where we’d press high up and win the ball back in their half, and we did just that, especially before half-time. Every player is extremely committed, we’re all pulling in the same direction.“Towards the end we had a couple of great chances to make it 1-2 but it wasn’t to be. The tie is wide open and it’ll be a hard-fought game next time out.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We will be going all out for a win at the Bernabeu in front of our fans. All together we’ll push to seal a place in the final.”Meanwhile, Keylor Navas was handed a rare start in goal for Real on Wednesday night and impressed against Barcelona.“Both sides had chances, we both took control of the game for different spells,” said Navas.“Ultimately 1-1 doesn’t feel so great because we wanted to win it but it’s a fair result from what was a tight game.“I thank God for giving me the strength, desire and motivation. I always say it’s my friends, my wife and my kids who make me come out, enjoy myself and give it my all for this shirt. It’s a privilege to be out on the pitch and I have to make the most of it.“We knew we had to score, to win you have to score goals. We got one and we hope it’s enough, if we keep a clean sheet at home, we could be in the final. It’ll not be easy.”The return leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.Camp Nou ⚽✅Vamos con todo al Bernabéu 💪 pic.twitter.com/P36TfLdiic— Lucas Vázquez (@Lucasvazquez91) February 6, 2019
.The High Court on Wednesday asked the government to take necessary steps in 48 hours to stop the use of hydraulic horns in the capital city of Dhaka to prevent sound pollution.The court also asked the government to confiscate the instruments in the market used for hydraulic horns in the next seven days and asked the authorities to seize the vehicles after 27 August if they use hydraulic horns defying the order.The HC bench of justice Quazi Reza-ul Hoque and justice Mohammadullah passed the order in response to a writ petition filed by advocate Monjil Morshed on behalf of rights body Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.The bench also asked the government to file the progress report in two weeks.The writ petition said any machine causing sound pollution cannot be operated as per the Motors Vehicles Ordinance, but violating the act, it mentioned, different vehicles are using hydraulic horns.
No joy of Eid for the flood ridden areas of the country this year. Photo: UNBThe joy of Eid-ul-Azha, one of the two major festivals each year decreed in the life of Muslims, eludes Zahurul Islam this year. The resident of Bhagbatipur, a char area under Jatrapur union in Kurigram – that alongside neighbouring Gaibandha have been among the worst-hit districts of this year’s monsoon flooding.Zahurul and his family were forced to abandon their home at one point and seek refuge at one of the shelter centres run by the government in collaboration with a network of NGOs.There, with a heavy sigh, Zahurul said, “Hamaar kisher Eid bahe….” (“What Eid is there for us?”) when asked about his plans for Eid-ul-Azha being celebrated on Monday.Like Zahurul, Eid seems a nightmare for many people, including Abdur Rahim and Nazrul, who have taken shelter in Katgiri and Jhunkar chars as they have lost their households in the recent river erosion.During a recent visit to the Jatra union of the district, this correspondent saw that some 520 families had been living in the Bhagabati Char since 2013 but now the very existence of the char – Bengali word for the low-lying wetlands one encounters quite frequently – at risk of river erosion.People living in the char are now leaving it in fear of erosion.Ayub Ali Sarkar, chairman of Jatrapur union, said there are 32 villages, including 14 islands, under the union and all the villages were flooded in the recent flood.Some 30,000 people in the district were affected by flooding while their cropland, including aman seedbeds, also went under water, he said.The government has allocated 19.5 metric tons of rice as relief and 1,950 families got 10 kgs of rice, and 15 kgs of rice were allocated to 5,384 families under VGF programme on the occasion of Eid.Khairul Anam, district relief and rehabilitation officer, said 894 villages were flooded in nine upazilas of the district while 2,38,500 people were affected by the flood.Deputy Commissioner of the district, Sultana Parvin, said all relief items have been distributed among those who need them the most, while a list of victims, whose homes have been washed away in the throes of erosion by the Jamuna is being carefully prepared.Zahurul works to make sure his name is enlisted, although not having visited the area around his home since arriving at the shelter centre, there is no way for him to be sure.Secretly, he wishes his name would not need to appear in the otherwise important list.
In his January inaugural address, Mayor Sylvester Turner stated that he would issue an order to streamline city spending as part of a larger plan to fix our city’s budget issues. A budget crisis that some say is a direct result of an increase in employee pension costs and a voter imposed cap on city property tax collections. In this episode, we discuss the state of the city’s finances and budget concerns.Produced by Houston Public Media, Political Perspectives is a weekly web-series continuing the political discussion from its companion TV program, Red, White and Blue. Host/commentators, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus with moderator, Laurie Johnson will further the political conversation with their perspectives on political topics. The web-series will air online at 8 p.m. at www.houstonpublicmedia.org/perspectives following the 7:30 p.m. TV 8 broadcast of Red, White and Blue.Here are more episodes of Political Perspectives. Share
Share Hero Images/Getty ImagesConfused about whether your health plan is ACA-compliant? To be sure you’re using your state’s official marketplace, start with HealthCare.gov, and click on “see if I can change.”Health plans that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act; work requirements for Medicaid coverage; changes to Medicare’s approved drug lists: As the ground continues to shift on health care coverage, I’m answering readers’ queries this week about these three different types of plans:I lost my job last year and my employer coverage ended in January. I bought a new plan through the marketplace that went into effect last month. I just received policy information, and it states that because the plan does not cover major medical services, I may have to pay additional taxes to the government. I was told that the plan didn’t cover major medical, but wasn’t told about any taxes. Will I be fined next year?It sounds like you bought a plan that doesn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, and if that’s the case you may indeed have to pay a penalty for not having comprehensive coverage when you file your taxes next year.The tax reform law repealed the individual penalty for not having health insurance, but that provision doesn’t take effect until 2019. So, for 2018, you may be charged the greater of $695 or 2.5 percent of your household income.The federal- and state-run marketplaces established by the ACA sell only comprehensive plans that cover 10 essential health benefits, including “major medical” services like hospitalization and prescription drugs.But some insurance broker websites call themselves marketplaces too, says Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. And that can be confusing. These companies may sell other insurance products — like short-term or accident coverage — alongside comprehensive plans that comply with the law.Ever since the health law was passed, “There have been opportunistic companies trying to take advantage of consumer confusion to make money,” Corlette says.If you aren’t happy with your plan, you may still be able to switch. Losing your employer coverage qualifies you for a 60-day special enrollment period to pick a new plan. Since it appears you’re still in that window, you may be able to choose a comprehensive plan.To ensure you’re using your state’s official marketplace, go to healthcare.gov and click on “see if I can change.” That will take you to your state marketplace, even if you live in one of the dozen or so states that run their own exchanges.I’m in a state that is looking into work requirements for Medicaid. At sign-up time, can I simply tell the exchange that I intend to be ineligible for Medicaid by refusing to work and get the premium tax credit to buy a private plan on the insurance marketplace?Federal health law regulations don’t clearly address the situation you describe, but the short answer is probably not, according to policy analysts.In general, people who are eligible for employer coverage or Medicaid — the federal-state health program for people with little income — can’t qualify for federal tax credits that help pay for premiums on plans sold on the health insurance exchanges.This year, Kentucky and Indiana became the first states to receive federal approval to require some Medicaid recipients to put in 80 hours each month at a paid job, school or volunteer work (among other activities), to receive benefits. Nearly a dozen other states have made similar requests.If you refuse to work, does that make you ineligible for Medicaid? The rules aren’t clear, says Judith Solomon, vice president for health policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.States might argue that someone in your situation is eligible for Medicaid — you just have to fulfill the work requirements, says Timothy Jost, an emeritus professor of law at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, who is an expert on the health law.There are other actions people could take — or fail to take — where this issue might come up. “You could argue that someone is not eligible because they haven’t completed the Medicaid application or provided the required documentation,” Jost says. “There are any number of requirements, but I can’t imagine someone saying they didn’t do those things and so they’re not eligible for Medicaid.”Whatever the rules, it’s unlikely that many people will be in a position to consider taking this stance. To qualify for premium tax credits, your income must be between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (about $12,000 to $48,500 for an individual in 2018). But you’d also have to be eligible for Medicaid, generally with an income limit of 138 percent of poverty (about $16,750) in states that expanded coverage to adults. In addition, the Medicaid work requirements in your state would have to apply to you.I picked a Medicare Part D drug plan that covered all the drugs I take. But as soon as I got my first Novolin R prescription filled, they notified me that they don’t cover it anymore. Can they just switch it like that?Medicare drug plans can change their list of covered drugs, called formularies. If they’re doing so at the start of the new calendar year, as appears to have happened in your case, the plan may notify you of the change when you fill the prescription for the first time in the new year. At that time, the plan would typically give you a 30-day transition refill so you can switch to another drug that’s on the formulary or start the appeals process to continue taking your current insulin drug, Novolin R.If you and your doctor think it’s important that you have Novolin R and not another drug that is similar, you can ask your plan to make an exception to allow you to continue to take the drug.To go that route, you would need to get your doctor to “make the case for why that formulary drug is not the right drug” for you, says Casey Schwarz, senior counsel for education and federal policy at the Medicare Rights Center, an advocacy group.Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.