first_imgJamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan, is looking forward to good performances from 50 of the island’s top shooters when they compete in two major tournaments in the United States next month.A total of 10 Jamaicans will feature at the 2017 Krieghoff Classic 200. It will be hosted by the South Florida Shooting Club in the United States from February 2-5.An expected 40 Jamaicans will then line up in the prestigious Gator Cup, to be held at Quail Creek Plantation February 15-19.Both tournaments will also feature a number of international shooters.”Everybody is getting ready for the overseas tournaments which begin next month in Florida.”We suspect that Jamaica will be the second-largest contingent, behind the United States, for the Gator Cup. It could be anywhere around 40 of us,” Azan told The Sunday Gleaner.Azan recalled that the Jamaica team had a successful Gator Cup outing in 2015. He expects this year’s 40-member team of juniors, seniors and veteran shooters to give strong performances.IMPRESSIVE SCOREJunior shooter Brandon Reid shot an impressive score of 154 in the main event to place second in C Class and earned for himself US$1,000 in 2015.Nickolai Clarke topped the sub-juniors division, while also taking the runner-up spot in the E class to earn US$1,000.Seniors Bruce DuQuesnay and Errol Ziadie both ended with 148, while Robert Reid, father of Brandon Reid, shot 146 to take home US$750 for third in B class.Meanwhile, Ben Husthwaite, a multiple world champion, highly accomplished instructor and world-renowned target setter, will be in the island to give lessons at the Jamaica Skeet Club in the first week of March.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Jean Newman is hardly afraid of challenges. The 73-year-old Cuban native came to the United States as a teen, worked for years as a substitute teacher and volunteered in the Israeli army well into her 50s. But when it comes to the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, she is at a loss. “The whole thing is so confusing. It might as well be in Chinese,” Newman said. Millions of senior citizens will become eligible for the benefit Jan. 1, but but many don’t know whether it will save them money, or which private insurance plan they should choose among the dozens that have bombarded their mailboxes with ads in recent months. Many don’t know how to apply or whether they are even eligible. And many are asking: Will the medications I need be covered? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The clock is ticking. Those who fail to sign up by May 15 may not get coverage until 2007. Not surprisingly, the people who seem to know the most tend to be the more educated and more affluent – the ones least likely to need the new coverage. About 42 million people are eligible for the Medicare drug benefit. As of mid-December, nearly 20 million were enrolled in some form, but the vast majority of them were automatically switched over from other benefit programs, including Medicaid. Only about 1 million had joined voluntarily. Newman spends about $150 a month on Prozac and the thyroid supplement Levoxyl. She applied for the low-income assistance but was rejected. Now she is unsure whether she is eligible for any of the coverage. (She is.) “There’s a thousand different forms of confusion, but almost everyone’s confused,” said Robert Hayes, head of the Medicare Rights Center, a consumer group. The government has touted its Web site, www.medicare.gov, where senior citizens can compare plans on spreadsheets, and it has urged people to consult their families and their doctors. Hayes said its unrealistic to expect doctors to shoulder the burden of explaining the plans. “In an ideal world, which is long past in this economy, physicians could sit down and become experts and counsel their patients. That doesn’t happen today because there’s so much time pressure on every doctor,” he said. Federal and local health officials and insurance companies have tried to provide workshops on the new program. The Philadelphia Senior Center has hosted about a dozen workshops and seminars over the past couple of months, but not many people have been enrolling in the program, said executive director Tamara Moreland. She said she suspects they prefer to keep their current coverage. “I hope it isn’t that they don’t understand it,” she added. Philadelphia senior center counselor Gloria Mack said she herself was confused by the training she received on the program. “Oh, my God,” Mack recalled thinking. “I’m confused, and I’m not a senior.” At the Clairemont Friendship Senior Center in San Diego, confusion ran high even after Medicare officials held a briefing there in November. Several elderly people said their private insurers automatically signed them up for a plan, but they did not know whether they were getting the best deal. “The government should have just said, ‘You pay so much and all your drugs are covered,”‘ said Dorothy Morrill, 70, whose PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.’s SecureHorizons plan signed her up for coverage with a $44 monthly premium. Nearby, at Allen Pharmacy in San Diego, owner Roger Fetterly said he worries that some of his customers will find that their plan does not cover the drugs they need. “We have a group of people who either don’t open their mail or open and don’t read it,” Fetterly said. “They just don’t know anything about what’s going on.” Others say they are not good with computers or do not want to burden their children by asking for advice. Those who have done their homework are finding that the new program doesn’t always offer advantages. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more