first_img Firmino leaves Soldado stranded with one little move Roberto Soldado did not know what to do when Roberto Firmino left him stranded with one little bit of skill.It was a good night for everyone associated with Liverpool on Thursday, as the club secured a place in their first European final since 2007 after seeing off Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final.A Bruno Soriano own goal, plus efforts from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana earned the Reds a 3-0 win.VIDEO: JURGEN KLOPP LEADS THE FAN CELEBRATIONS ON ANFIELD PITCHWATCH THE LIVERPOOL GOALS HERE 1last_img

first_imgRajesh Ghodge, a 46-year-old former Goa Ranji cricketer, collapsed on a cricket ground while playing a local tournament in Margao town in South Goa on Sunday afternoon and died soon at a local hospital, said the tournament organisers.The deceased cricketer had scored 30 runs and was at the non-striker’s end, when he collapsed, Poorv Bhembre, secretary of the Margao Cricket Club, which had organised the tournament, told IANS over phone.After he collapsed, Ghodge was immediately shifted to the nearby ESI hospital, from where he was shifted to a private health facility in Margao town, located 30 km south of Panaji, before he was declared dead, the club official said.The deceased was also the honourary joint secretary of the tournament organising club.Bhembre said that Ghodge, who has played two Ranji matches for Goa and represented the state in several one-day matches in the 1990s, had no history of medical issues.”He used to play cricket almost everyday. We are completely shocked with what has happened today (Sunday),” Bhembre said.Also Read | Shubman Gill ready for international cricket: Chief Selector MSK PrasadAlso Read | Not thinking about about World Cup, says Vijay Shankar after India ODI call-uplast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – An unaffordable price tag kept Melanie Laxson out of the dentist’s chair until the pain became unbearable.With no access to insurance, the 38-year-old says there’s no way she could afford the full cost of a dentist.Canadians spend about $12 billion per year on dental services, but six million people annually avoid dentists because of costs, said a 2014 report by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.According to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, some 25 million Canadians, representing 80 per cent of working families, have coverage under extended health insurance which covers dental and prescription drugs, hospital and medical expenses not covered by provincial government plans.Yet insurance typically doesn’t cover the entire dental bill, often leaving patients with large out-of-pocket expenses.Experts say some patients make dental visits a little more affordable by spreading out the frequency of visits, contacting dentists in lower-cost neighbourhoods, discussing alternative treatment plans with the dentist and negotiating lower prices.Laxson turned to a teaching clinic operated by McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry in Montreal.As she waited for the first of several procedures to extract teeth and get fitted with dentures, Laxson said the clinic gives people with limited means the ability to get the care they need to relieve persistent pain.“When your teeth hurt, it really hurts,” she said.Dr. John Drummond, a Montreal dentist who also teaches at the university, says patients can save about 30 per cent depending on the procedure.However, the tradeoff for lower fees is more time in the dentist’s chair, as dentist-supervised students take longer to perform procedures than trained professionals.He said access to care is an increasing challenge as the cost of dentistry rises while wages remain stable.“There is definitely a section in the middle that doesn’t get to the dentist,” he said in a clinic room with the latest dental equipment.Drummond believes most dentists charge a little above or below the provincial fee guide that lists recommended prices for thousands of procedures.Patients can check by contacting a dentist and comparing the fee associated with a procedure’s specific code with the suggested provincial fee guide.Provinces make fee guides available at public libraries, while some have abbreviated lists on the dental board’s website. Patients can also call the provincial board itself.Pricing differentials are often dictated by the dentists costs to run an office, including rent.But dental groups warn that it’s difficult to shop for a dentist based on fees because most people have difficulty making sense of costs among the thousands of codes in provincial fee guides.The Ontario Dental Association says dentistry isn’t a commodity so treatments should be patient-specific and the result of an exam and diagnosis.“Because dental health varies between people, there really is no average treatment that applies to everyone across the board,” said association president Dr. LouAnn Visconti.The incoming president of the Canadian Dental Association says dentists have no obligation to respect provincial fee guides.Dr. Mitch Taillon of Saskatchewan says cost is a factor for some patients but feeling comfortable with the dentist, technology, convenient hours and location are usually more important.“In my experience cost is one of the factors, it’s not the biggest one,” he said in an interview.Dr. Barry Dolman, president of the Quebec Order of Dentists, said most dentists are willing to help patients with limited means and no insurance to find affordable treatment options.“I think most professionals on a one-by-one basis do have a heart to be able to moderate fees,” he said.But many dentists are reluctant to negotiate.Dr. Drummond says he sometimes works out deals with a patient in need, but he won’t haggle.“I don’t like offering discounted dentistry because then the patients who are paying the normal price are getting short-changed, so I have my fees very up front as being the same for everybody.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG — Children’s advocates from across the country are to release research today on youth suicide.The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates is calling on all levels of government to take action.The council includes members from nearly every province and territory and the research is to be shared at a national conference in Winnipeg.Statistics Canada figures show suicide was the second-leading cause of death among Canadians between the ages of 10 and 35 in 2017.One Manitoba First Nation called a state of emergency last month after four deaths and 22 attempts this summer alone.Ainsley Krone, deputy Manitoba advocate, says information on youth suicide is collected in various ways across the country, so reliable national data can be a challenge.The Canadian Presslast_img