Untitled Document Vermont is The HealthiestState in the Nation Montpelier (November 5, 2007) Vermont is the healthiest state in the nation, according to the 2007 edition of Americas Health Rankings, released today by the United Health Foundation. This is the first time Vermont has captured the top spot, climbing steadily from being ranked eighth in 2001. Vermont surpassed the previous leader Minnesota, which was ranked second this year.According to the United Health Foundation, Vermont is among the top 10 states in 14 of 20 measures. The states strengths include high immunization coverage with 86 percent of children between the ages of 19 to 35 months receiving complete immunizations, and a low premature death rate.The quality of care provided by Vermonts physicians and other health care providers is a significant reason for the states top ranking, said Paul Harrington, executive vice president of the Vermont Medical Society. Vermont physicians work extremely hard to make sure all their patients have the best possible health care, despite the fact that reimbursement rates here tend to be lower than other parts of the country. I think it really speaks to the dedication and skills of Vermonts physician community, he said.While about 10 percent of Vermonts population is uninsured (the ninth lowest rate in the country), Vermonts physicians do provide a large amount of free care to their patients who lack coverage and cannot afford to pay, noted Glen Neale, M.D., president of the Vermont Medical Society. Vermonts physicians are very generous with their time, because they realize the importance of everyone having access to good health care, he said. That is also evidenced by the fact that about 91 percent of Vermonts physicians participate in the states Medicaid program, despite reimbursement that is about half of what commercial insurers pay.The adequacy of prenatal care has been one area where Vermont has seen major improvements, going from 62.6 percent of pregnant women having adequate care in 1990 to 86.4 percent in 2007 (second highest in the nation). Infant mortality has dropped from 9.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 5.3 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007.The number of cardiovascular deaths has declined from 409 per 100,000 of population in 1990 to 287.9 per 100,000 in 2007. The number of cancer deaths has shrunk from 209.2 per 100,000 of population in 1990 to 195.4 per 100,000 in 2007.A number of public health factors have influenced Vermonts steady rise to the top of the rankings, the United Health Foundation said. For example, since 1990 the prevalence of smoking in Vermont has decreased from 30.7 percent to 18 percent of the adult population, and the incidence of infectious disease decreased from 20.3 to 6.4 cases per 100,000 population.Vermonts physicians have been working with the Vermont Department of Health and following guidelines for improving public health, Dr. Neale said. Being ranked the healthiest state in the nation is an indicator that our efforts are paying off.Reference: http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2007/states/Vermont.html(link is external)
Sunderland have announced the signing of Holland defender Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea. The left-back has joined the Black Cats on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Van Aanholt, 23, is Sunderland’s fourth new recruit of the summer, following on from the arrivals of Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon and Jordi Gomez. His time with Chelsea, for whom he made a total of just eight appearances, has featured a series of loans including stints with Coventry in 2009, Newcastle in 2010 and Leicester and then Wigan in 2011. He has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons on loan at Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem and has been capped twice at senior international level. Van Aanholt was named in Louis van Gaal’s 30-man provisional Holland squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup, but did not make the final 23-man cut for the tournament in Brazil. Press Association
South Africa have announced the team they will use in their first two AFCON 2021 qualifiers against the Black Stars of Ghana and Sudan in November.The Bafana Bafana are hoping to make another AFCON after their quarter final exit from the 2019 edition and their coach, Molefi Ntseki, has put together the best team available to him for the two matches.The likes of Dean Furman and conqueror of Egypt in the last AFCON, Thembinkosi Lorch, have all been named in the team for the two matches.However, Keegan Dolly will not feature in the match due to injury.In all, Ntseki has called up 25 players for the two matches.Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Ricardo GossDefenders: Thulani Hlatshwayo ©, Sifiso Hlanti, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Erick Mathoho, Thapelo Morena, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Innocent Maela, Mosa Lebusa.Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo, Bongani Zungu, Thato Mokeke, Dean Furman, Lebogang Phiri, Thembinkosi Lorch, Thulani Serero, Mothobi Mvala, Themba Zwane, Aubrey Modiba.Forwards: Lebo Mothiba, Bradley Grobler, Percy Tau, Kermit Erasmus
Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes have slammed former side Manchester United after their Champions League elimination at the hands of Wolfsburg.United lost 3-2 in Germany and failed to advance from the group stages.Rather than taking on the elite clubs in the new year it will be the Europa League where United play for silverware.Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “It’s embarrassing. I was in a squad that went into the Europa League and it’s an embarrassment. “You don’t want to come out of your house, you don’t want to walk around Manchester, you’re looking at people looking at you and thinking, ‘Ah, you’re not good enough’, questioning you as an individual and as part of a team that didn’t get through the group stages that you should have, on paper.” Ferdinand added: “Manchester United should be mentioned in the same breath as PSG, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid. You’re used to seeing that but at the moment they’re a long way short.”Scholes, also speaking on BT Sport added: “It doesn’t feel like a disaster for me because I’m not surprised,” Scholes said. “It’s a team that has been poor in almost every game in the Champions League, and it’s in a group that’s shocking really.”You see these two teams (PSV and Wolfsburg) – will either of these get to the quarter-final? I wouldn’t have thought so. I think whichever teams these two get, they’ll get knocked out in the next round.”United look like an average team and with an average team, you get average performances.”The former midfielder also said that a lack of depth in the squad is worrying for United fans. “I think goals is the biggest problem., he added. “When you’re relying on a 20-year-old (Anthony Martial) to be scoring your goals, it’s just not right. “There should be a proven goalscorer there and as we have seen at the start of the season, proven ones have left the club. That’s where they’ve failed.”I’m sure Martial is going to be a brilliant player for United – the only thing he lacks is that killer instinct but there’s a chance that will come in years to come. But they shouldn’t be relying on a 20-year-old kid, especially when you’ve spent £250m.”I think he’ll (Van Gaal) look at the injuries he had in this game and he’s not been in a great situation but you have to say the young players who played tonight did well.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
By Devina SamarooShrill screams escaped through the concrete walls of a two-storey building as an old man was being murdered, allegedly by his 16-year-old stepson.The dead man has been identified as Eustane Williams, 70, commonly known as Patrick, a security guard at the Aracari Resort, West Bank Demerara.The incident took place at his home in Crane New Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara just before noon on Thursday.Neighbours who were alerted by the cries for help rushed onto the street in time to see the lad, drenched in blood, fleeing the scene.He was later found hiding in a nearby latrine in a clump of bushes and was immediately handed over to the police.Reports indicate that the two shared a strained relationship and were often at loggerheads owing to the teenager’s alleged addiction to illegal drugs.Some residents say that the teenager was put out of the house since last year by his stepfather as a result of constant arguments that would regularly ensue between them.According to reports, the teenager is a high school dropout and would often spend his time loitering around the community.Guyana Times understands that the young man, in an act of rage, grabbed a cutlass and dealt his stepfather several chops about his body including head, shoulders and back.The man was discovered lying face down in his kitchen in a pool of blood flowing from his head, where the majority of chops were made.During the ordeal, the teenager injured his leg.Despite being wounded, the young man fled the scene but was caught by two residents who gave chase.When he was handed over to Police, he was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital for treatment and afterwards taken to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station for questioning.Dexter O’Bryan, one of the men who caught the suspect, explained to Guyana Times what transpired:“Like he head ain too right. When we find him and when I questioning him and ask he why he kill the man, he turn and seh that he went in the house for he clothes and that the man end up and chop he. But me ain feel that the old man would do that. He had a chop on he leg but I ain feel the old man do that. Some zinc musse cut he in de bush.”Peter Sugrim, another nearby resident, believed that the murder was premeditated: “I was told that since last night the boy was sharpening this cutlass. Like he planned all the time to do this thing. People say he does use drugs and that he ain’t in he right mind.”An extended relative of the dead man’s wife told Guyana Times that the teenager would often sell items from the home in order to fund his alleged addiction.“When Patrick does be at work at nights, you does see a whole set of them gathered at the house. And then you would also hear Patrick complaining that stuff does go missing from the house. I didn’t even know that he (teenager) was back here ’cause I thought he de get put out,” she related.The dead man’s wife is currently residing overseas. Police are continuing their investigations.