Review: Sicko

first_imgBy Isabel Sutton**Number three in Michael Moore’s repertoire of bomb-shell big-screen documentaries has arrived and it’s as predictable as can be.  The target this time is the scandal of the American health service – a subject which has been on Moore’s hit list since 1999, and explains the film’s disconcerting title Sicko.  Just like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, Sicko is coming out at exactly the right time: mounting concerns over a privately-run health service have finally come to a head.  Profit-making insurance companies, who maltreat their patients, are going to come under severe pressure as soon as a Democrat reaches the White House.  Dissatisfaction is growing amongst ordinary Americans: Moore received over 25,000 e-mails from people with nightmare health care tales to tell, prior to the making of the film.  Once again Moore has seized the perfect moment.  His documentary Sicko will feed off current complaint and stir his audiences’ rage: no wonder drug companies sent round ‘Moore alerts’ when the documentary went into production.Now Sicko has hit cinemas and nothing seems to have changed in Moore’s provocative style of delivery.  He’s as fat and simplistic as ever.  I’m not saying I disagree with Moore at foundation: he’s absolutely right that the US health service needs some serious attention.  What narks me is the way Moore denudes his subjects of all credibility by the cras methods he uses to expose them.  This will be immediately obvious to any British audience when they see Moore’s presentation of the NHS.  First we hear Tony Benn speak with great persuasiveness about the excellent principles of our system.  Less convincingly, we are then shown an interview with a London GP who speaks with glowing enthusiasm about the free-for-all Paradise world that is the NHS.  He even represents the fiasco over recent GP salary changes as an ideal, socialised version of the American system, whereby the service is public but doctors are given the incentive to improve patient care.  No word at all on the uproar that has ensued since its introduction.  Moore gazes with astonished eyes peering out from beneath his baseball cap as the GP speaks: surely this man can’t be earning a decent wage?  To answer this question, we’re off to the doctor’s house where dinner guests have just arrived and are drinking glasses of wine.  Moore’s point is apparently proven: the NHS is a ‘free’ system which has everyone, including the GPs, living in physical health and material comfort all the time.  By this point my fellow film critics were chuckling in wry amusement.Why does Moore have to smooth over every obstacle – every opposing thought – when his argument can already stand up on its own feet?  The distortions are visible for all to see.  Well, perhaps I’m missing part of the point: Moore isn’t in the business of traditional documentaries.  He’s a stunt man with a point to prove, and he finishes the film doing what he does best.  No one can deny that it’s quite a feet to take his  starring patients – three volunteer workers at the scene of 9/11 who disgracefully have still gone untreated – all the way to Cuba for a proper check-up, all absolutely free.  I had to take my hat off to him.last_img read more

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St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children Birth Records

first_img Cydney and Joshua Hohimer, Evansville, son, Gabriel Bruce, Jan. 9Hannah Kelley and Adam Bowman, Chandler, Ind., son, Silas River, Jan. 9Andie and Landon Bayley, Carmi, Ill., daughter, Chase Addison, Jan. 10Katie and Darrell Hawes, Mount Vernon, Ind., son, Gabriel Troy, Jan. 10Haley Coleman, Oakland City, Ind., daughter, Aria Nicole, Jan. 10Deajah Brodie and Celso Barrera, Evansville, son, Celso Larian, Jan. 10Aubrey and Elijah Phillips, Wadesville, Ind., daughter, Freyja Lorraine, Jan. 11Ashley and Chad Kietzman, Henderson, Ky., son, Harrison Ryan, Jan. 11Katie Clemens and Clarence Ransom, Tell City, Ind., son, Clarence Alexander, Jan. 11Kelsey Chandler, Evansville, son, Abel Ray, Jan. 12Rachel and Andrew Shumate, Evansville, son, Owen Andrew, Jan. 12Brittney Rhodes and Quavon Pope, Evansville, daughter, Taliyah Pra’nae, Jan. 12Mindy and Christopher Antonites, Evansville, sons, Mathis Landon, and Myles Anthony, Jan. 12Amber Capo and Kanon Cleek, Evansville, son, Kaison Wayne, Jan. 12Heather and Kevin Chandler, Newburgh, Ind., son, Nathan Campbell, Jan. 14Shannon Crow and Marco Kleeman, Chandler, Ind., daughter, Peyton Grace, Jan. 14Rachel Morris and Dakota Dillon, Evansville, son, Ryder Austin Daniel, Jan. 16Emily Booth and Nicholas Pfister, Princeton, Ind., son, Cashis Ryan, Jan. 16FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Next issue 16 July

first_imglCakes, Traybakes & SlicesBritish Baker welcomes renowned baker and author Dan Lepard into the fold, with regular recipes and comment, starting with traybake cakeslCrisps & SnacksCan you better merchandise your snacking options to encourage incremental sales at the till?lManufacturingWe speak to one Italian bakery supplier looking to make an impact on the UK retail sectorlast_img

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BPTJ to launch Bogor-Jakarta intercity buses as alternative for Commuter Line passengers

first_imgOn Monday, 77 out of 170 free buses provided by the BPTJ transported 1,112 passengers from Bogor and Bekasi.Polana said the BPTJ aimed to launch the new bus service, dubbed the Greater Jakarta Residential Connexion or JR Conn, in August.”JR Conn will be a point-to-point bus service, so instead of deploying from bus terminals, the buses will deploy from bus stops near residential areas to avoid crowding at bus stops or terminals,” she said.She explained that the BPTJ would still limit the buses to 50 percent of capacity to ensure passengers could maintain physical distancing.”Passengers will be required to wear face masks, and their temperatures will be checked prior to entering the buses. We will also regularly clean the buses with disinfectant,” she said.Polana also urged commuters who could work from home to continue doing so as it would be hard for transportation operators to implement proper health protocols if the number of passengers using their services was still the same as prior to the pandemic.”The World Health Organization has stated that public transportation is one of the potential factors for COVID-19 transmission. So, we are trying really hard to prevent public transportation in Greater Jakarta from becoming a transmission source,” she said. “However, that’s very hard to do without the public’s help.”Topics : Since the Jakarta administration started easing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, large numbers of residents in Jakarta and surrounding areas have begun flocking to the commuter train service again, creating long queues and packing train stations.This situation is exacerbated by the fact that the train operator has limited the capacity of each train to only 35 to 45 percent to ensure passengers can maintain physical distancing.The BPTJ has cooperated with the Transportation Ministry and the Jakarta administration to deploy free buses for commuters living in the satellite cities of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java and Tangerang in Banten to reduce long queues and crowding in train stations.Read also: Commuter line sees surge in passengers as ‘new normal’ begins The Transportation Ministry’s Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) is planning to provide a fleet of intercity buses to transport commuters from Bogor, West Java, to Jakarta as an alternative to Commuter Line trains.BPTJ head Polana B. Pramesti said that the new intercity buses were aimed at reducing crowding in train stations.”We have deployed free buses for Commuter Line passengers since May 15 to reduce passenger volume at train stations, however it can’t be a permanent solution,” Polana said in a statement. “After the launch of the free bus services, we’ve said that if the demand consistently grows, we could launch a regular bus service [for the routes].”last_img read more

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Dril-Quip Posts Q3 Loss

first_imgDril-Quip has reported net loss of $29.3 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2017, versus net income of $19 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2016.Total revenues were $100 million during the quarter, down 19 percent compared to $123.6 million for the same period in 2016 and 22 percent sequentially.The company had operating loss of $62 million as it booked impairment and other charges of some $61 million, versus none in the prior-year quarter. This was partially offset by tax benefit of close to $32 million.Product bookings were approximately $82 million during the quarter compared to $67.2 million for the Q2 2017.The company’s backlog at September 30, 2017 was approximately $216 million, compared to backlog of approximately $235 million in the prior quarter. Dril-Quip said it expects to convert between 70-80 percent of this backlog into revenues in the next 12 months or less.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

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Four Jamaican Gunmen Arrested After Hostage Situation In New Kingston.

first_img Share Share 107 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional Four Jamaican Gunmen Arrested After Hostage Situation In New Kingston. by: – July 11, 2012center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Jamaican police patrolling the streets of New Kingston. Photo credits: in.reuters.comFour men are now in custody after they attempted to hold a family hostage on Haining Road, New Kingston of Jamaica yesterday (7/20/12).The Jamaican police department reported that about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday of July, 2012, members of a local family arrived home and were immediately approached by armed men who ordered, and allegedly forced them inside the house.The police who were later alerted breached the barricade to the premises and were able to rescue the family and arrest the men.The police say a firearm was seized, as well as a motor vehicle belonging to the men. Investigations are still ongoing…Jamaica Gleanerlast_img read more

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Optimistic McLaren hope to have turned the corner

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeEvery Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To WorstBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Despite being the best of the rest on the grid, McLaren still finished a mammoth 272 points behind third-placed Red Bull. Between them, double world champions Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull claimed all 21 Grand Prix victories. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown believes the British team have “turned the corner” and can look forward to the 2020 Formula One season with fresh optimism. After years of disappointment, McLaren finished fourth in the Constructors’ championship last season – their best finish since 2012. Carlos Sainz Jr claimed McLaren’s first podium in five years at last season’s Brazilian Grand Prix “These are very exciting times. We have turned the corner, we have a long way to go but I am excited for the first race in Australia,” said Brown. “Our two drivers have brought a lot of energy to the team so credit to them – and McLaren is a fun place to be.” Carlos Sainz Jr celebrated McLaren’s first podium in five years at the Brazilian Grand Prix and is again joined by 20-year-old Briton Lando Norris. “We have hopefully put together a better package, a better car, and I have the feeling everything is coming together,” said Sainz. “We have a positive momentum from last season, and we are hoping to carry that on this year.” Read Also: F 1: Hamilton says he has not spoken to Mercedes about a new deal Norris, though, is more confident McLaren can break the stranglehold of the dominant top three teams this year. “We have had the input into making this car, so it feels like my baby and I cannot wait to go and drive it,” said Norris, who finished 11th in the drivers’ championship in his debut season. “If I think back to this point last year, I was pooping myself. Now, I am a lot more confident, more relaxed, and that prepares me for the season ahead.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Chargers And Eagles Harriers Battle It Out

first_imgGirls CC Score: JCD 22, ND 36Race winner: Chloe Simon (J) 25:19ND: 3. Gracie Osting 27:33, 4. Jenna Walton 27:42, 7. Cami Dolhen 28:07, 10. Lauren Holloway 31:06, 17. Paige Wesseler 36:58.Boys CC Score: JCD 16, ND 44Race winner: Damon Hughes (J) 19:19ND: 5. Daniel Dollinger 21:36, 8. Owen Geis 23:53, 9, Brandan Gearhart 24:10, 10, Caleb Bowles 24:19, 15,  Adam Mack 28:49, 18,  Cameron Medsker 31:33, 19, Andru Warrick 33:55, 20. Collin Bryant 35:24.“Tonight was one of the hottest, most humid nights that I can remember for a varsity cross country meet.  Our times were quite a bit slower than what we have been running but that is simply a product of the hot weather.  I told the kids not to worry about their time – to just be proud that the finished the race and didn’t let the heat get the best of them.” Chargers Coach Scott Johnson.Next: at East Central Invitational this Saturdaylast_img read more

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Senate Impeachment Trial Resumes LIVE

first_imgPresident Trump’s Senate impeachment trial resumes at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.House Democrats will continue to present their case that the president should be removed from office.The seven Democrats began their opening statements yesterday with detailed summaries of testimony by current and former administration and foreign service officials.last_img

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U.S. House to vote on bill to remove marijuana off controlled substance list

first_imgThe U.S. House of Representatives is planning to vote on a bill that could potentially decriminalize marijuana.According to Politico, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s office sent out an email on Friday saying the vote could happen as early as September.The vote will be on the MORE Act, which would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.The bill would also expunge the records and creates funding for grants to help people who have been negatively impacted by federal marijuana offenses.If the bill does pass, it could likely stall in the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has voiced his opposition on the matter.last_img

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