Workers comp still needs to be reformed

first_imgOn April 29, The Daily Gazette ran a story on changes to the New York state workers compensation system. Having a ringside seat to all the changes made to the comp system over the last decade, I agree with these changes. The doctors treating comp patients deserve more money and a lot less paperwork. Even though these changes are necessary, they are not the most pressing changes that need to be made to the comp system. The change that should be made is to do away with the workman compensation medical treatment guidelines.These guidelines make it impossible for an injured worker in New York to get the proper medical care.At the very least, remove the retroactive clause from the guidelines so injured workers with long-term injuries that need long-term care can get that medical care.That’s not what the state wants, though it wants to appear tough on comp fraud and business friendly. What the state has done is broken a system that wasn’t broken, making New York one of the most unsafe states in which to work. The comp board’s mission statement bears that out, stating in part “protecting the rights of injured employees while doing what is fair to employers.” Can anyone say “conflict of interest?”Last summer, the insurance company tried to deny me all my medical care for my work-related injury, as if I magically got better. If I hadn’t fought so hard, it would’ve gotten away with it. The guidelines and the judges favor the businesses and the insurance companies that represent them.In the end, I now pay for two medical treatments out of pocket for my work-related injury that are essential to my physical well-being. This should never happen with a work-related injury. Greg McDermottGansevoort More from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Two’s company

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Make Real Mas 2012 safe and violent free

first_img Tweet 49 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Make Real Mas 2012 safe and violent free by: – December 20, 2011center_img Benoit Bardouille.Chairman of the Discover Dominica Authority and a Cultural Officer has made a special appeal to carnival lovers and revelers to make “The Real Mas” 2012 a violent free carnival season.The Real Mas 2012 was officially launched here last week with six contestants signing their contracts ahead of the February 18th, 2012 show.It was also revealed by the Events Director of the Dominica Festivals Committee, who announced the schedule of activities that a Mr. Dominica show carded for 10th of February, 2012 will be an added feature in the 2012 carnival season.Chairman of the Discover Dominica Authority Benoit, the supervisory board of the Dominica Festivals Committee, Benoit Bardouille in describing Dominica’s carnival urged revelers to make “The Real Mas” 2012 a “safe and violent free one”.“We must ensure that Dominica’s carnival, the Real Mas, shows up every year in all it splendor, pageantry, revelry, history, originality and last but not least we want to make sure that we have a safe and violence free carnival.”Gregory RabessCultural Officer, Gregory Rabess who represented the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Mrs Justina Charles, noted that a violent free carnival will assist the island in promoting its tourism product.“Let’s keep that carnival clean and violence free, let us have clean fun and as we endeavor to promote our carnival as a visitor attraction there is absolutely no place for anti-social behaviour.”Meantime Minister with responsibility for Tourism and Legal Affairs Ian Douglas made a special call to carnival lovers to unite in an effort to make carnival 2012 the best mas ever.“Eliminate all the rancor, all the bitterness, all the politics, the ill will and let’s truly unite to make Dominica’s carnival one of the greatest not only in the Caribbean but in the world.”Hon. Ian Douglas.The opening Carnival parade 2012 is set for the 29th of January, 2011 in Roseau will include a parade through the streets with Miss Dominica 2011 Jacintha Fagan, Calypso Monarch 2011 Tasha P, Miss Teenage pageant Nicole Rodriguez of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School, reigning Carnival Princess Takenya Merrifield of the Grand Bay Primary as well the contestants for Miss Dominica Pageant 2012 among others.Portsmouth carnival opening is scheduled for the 5th of February, 2012. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar urges West Indies board to support their players

first_imgBatting legend Sachin Tendulkar praised the West Indies team for clinching their second World Twenty20 crown and urged the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to support the players. (Gayle, Sammy blast West Indies Cricket Board ) The West Indies beat England by four wickets in the thrilling World T20 final at the Eden Gardens kin Kolkata on Sunday to win the title for the second time after 2012. The West Indies women’s team also won the women’s World T20 title hours earlier to make it two World titles in a day. (Also read: West Indies board pulls up Darren Sammy for post-win comments) The men’s team has had problems with the West Indies Cricket Board such as pay disputes, players’ contracts not being renewed, and also lack of support for the players. (Also read: Samuels takes a dig at Warne after steering WI to World T20 title) “WI players emerged true champions overcoming challenges on & off the field. West Indian Board should support them & address their concerns,” Tendulkar tweeted after the win.West Indies skipper Darren Sammy also spoke about their problems with the board, after the team defeated England in the final.”We had issues with the board (WICB), Mark Nicholas called us players with no brain. But all of us came together, these 15 men put adversity aside, played this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans. It was tremendous. I want to thank the coaching team, Phil Simmons,” Sammy said at the post-match presentation ceremony at the Eden Gardens on Sunday evening.advertisementlast_img read more