Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) voted to approve the experimental all-payer waiver agreement. Gov. Shumlin will sign the All-Payer Model (APM) into law on Thursday, once again overhauling the state’s healthcare system. Expressing a lack of confidence in the Shumlin Administration, House Republican Leader Don Turner asked GMCB Chair Al Gobeille to provide a letter before the vote, assuring that the APM complies with all the benchmarks (including the requirements for any Medicare waiver agreement made between Vermont and the federal government), as specified under Act 113 of Vermont law.Rep. Turner said, “I am disappointed that Mr. Gobeille chose not to honor the reasonable request to provide a written assurance. Given the gross mismanagement of healthcare reform projects over the past six years by the Shumlin Administration, and the numerous unanswered questions regarding the risks and outcomes of the All-Payer Model, I would have liked to see the head of the independent GMCB offer a measure of certainty to Vermonters, at the very least.”“I find the haste with which the Shumlin Administration has sought to enact APM, coupled with the glaring lack of civic participation and media coverage leading to the GMCB vote today, deeply regrettable,” Rep. Turner added.“Robust democracy requires that those in power not shirk the heavy lifting of persuasion and public dialogue. While elected officials are accountable to the voters, the same is not true for state appointed bureaucrats. To ensure that all future decision-making follows a more transparent and inclusive process, I call that we seriously consider the possibility of eliminating the Green Mountain Care Board, and reinstating the State Legislature’s authority in dealing with the healthcare needs of Vermonters,” Rep. Turner concluded.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, back, blocks the path to the rim for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP AP David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, greets Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez, both of Spain, before an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP MILLSAP STILL SOLID: One big reason for the Nuggets’ hot start this year has been the play of Paul Millsap, who got his NBA start with the Utah Jazz as a little-known mid-second round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech.Because of a wrist injury, Millsap missed most of last season, but now that he’s healthy, he has made a big difference in Denver’s 8-1 start, particularly on the defensive end.“He has a high IQ and the ability to guard bigger guys and smaller guys and gives us a defensive versatility with great hands great timing around the basket,” said coach Mike Malone. “I think our guys feed off of that.”In Saturday night’s win over Utah, Millsap was his usual solid self, scoring 13 points with five rebounds and playing solid defense with three steals.Another ex-Jazzman, Trey Lyles, who burned the Jazz for 26 points last season in a Denver victory, finished with eight points and six rebounds Saturday night.TOUGH NIGHT FOR THABO: Thabo Sefalosha, who had to sit out the first five games because of a drug violation and then didn’t play in the next three games, finally saw his first action of 2018-19, starting the second quarter of Saturday night’s game.However, it didn’t go very well as his first shot in his first minute on the floor, a 3-pointer from the left corner, clanked off the side of the backboard and his second shot in the second minute, from the right corner, barely drew iron. He played a total of three minutes before departing for the night.JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz return home for three games at home, where they are 0-3 this season. They’ll play Toronto on Monday, Dallas on Wednesday at Vivint Arena before playing Boston on Friday in the Gordon Hayward homecoming game. … The last Jazz win in Denver came three seasons ago on April 10, 2016, when the Jazz cruised to a 100-84 win on their way to the playoffs. The last two seasons, the two teams have split their regular-season series 2-2 with the home team winning each time. … Last year, the two rivals played all four of their games by the first week of January. This season, they won’t play again until Jan. 23 in Utah and then play in Denver on Feb. 28 before playing again in Utah on April 9. Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, drives past Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, center, gathers up the ball as Utah Jazz forwards Jae Crowder, left, and Joe Ingles defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder directs his team against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP Grid View David Zalubowski, AP Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, looks to pass the ball as Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DENVER — Utah’s trademark under coach Quin Snyder has always been defense, and last year, the Jazz ranked No. 1 in the NBA in team defensive efficiency with the defensive player of the year in Rudy Gobert.Going into Saturday’s game, the Jazz ranked in the middle of the NBA pack defensively — No. 14 in the NBA in defensive efficiency, 20th in field goal percentage defense and 18th in 3-point defensive percentage.Not exactly a Jazz defensive team.Part of the problem this year has been playing against teams with centers that play outside such as Memphis with Marc Gasol and Minnesota with Karl-Anthony Towns, plus Denver and Nikola Jokic Saturday night, but Snyder doesn’t want to place any of the blame on Gobert being drawn out of the paint by opponents.“That’s kind of become a big theme,” Snyder said, somewhat defensively before Saturday’s game. “I wouldn’t say Rudy can’t guard outside. We’re reacting to a few games. Nobody did anything different last year. Rudy’s a pretty good player.”Snyder thinks it’s more a matter of his whole team not performing defensively.“We gave up 34 free throws last night, and we’ve got to defend the ball and get into switching situations,’ he said. “A lot of where we are defensively right now is less to do with tactics and schemes as it does with discipline and urgency and communication.” Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, fields a pass as forward Royce O’Neale, right, sets a pick on Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale, right, is defended by Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio gestures after hitting a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Related 3 takeaways from the Utah Jazz’s 103-88 loss to the Denver Nuggets
… denies receiving letter from Prime MinisterEmbattled trade unionist Carvil Duncan is insisting that he never received a letter from Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo asking him to justify why a tribunal should not be established to address his removal from his post as Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC). This removal would automatically mean his resignation from other constitutional service commissions.In a statement to the media on Saturday, Duncan said a senior Government official working out of the Ministry of the Presidency contacted him in February, purportedly under the instructions of the President, to discuss his resignation from the PSC, which would, by design, result in his resignation from the Judicial Service Commission and the Police Service Commission.He claimed that during his meeting with the official, he was asked to consider a financial package that would accompany his resignation.“My answer to him was that I had preferred to speak with the President on this matter and I then exited his office,” Duncan stated.He detailed that shortly after, he received another call requesting his attendance at a meeting with the President that very day. The official was once again present, along with the President and another individual.Duncan said the President insisted he tender his resignation from the constitutional service commissions.“He then said to me as much as three times that “he does not want any blood on his carpet” forcing me to move in the direction of resigning by the deadline of March 15, 2016,” he recollected.He said the President also offered him the financial package as was offered by the senior official if he succumbed to their desires for him to resign.Duncan said he left the meeting with an understanding that he would return a call confirming his agreement to resign but attempts to contact the official a few days later proved futile.“I made numerous telephone calls and left several messages with his Secretary without any response to date,” he said.Duncan said he subsequently read a shocking report which stated that he failed to respond to a letter dispatched by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.Reports indicate that Nagamootoo wrote Duncan asking him to show cause why a tribunal should not be established to address the question of his removal from constitutional office.“I had checked with both of my offices which were never in receipt of any letter sent by the Prime Minister. I also checked at the Post Office in my area which informed me that it had no outstanding mail for me. It may be opportune to note that I was also never contacted by the Prime Minister or any of his agents,” he stated.With charges of fraud against him and a tribunal underway to determine his fate, Duncan maintained that he will not be stepping down from his posts.“I will not resign! Because I hold a constitutional office and my term in office is set out in my mandate, the instrument given to me,” he told reporters some two weeks after a three-member tribunal was sworn-in by President Granger to investigate and recommend whether Duncan should be removed from his offices for his inability to discharge his function and/or misbehaviour.The Commissioners comprise Chairperson Justice Roxanne George, Justice Winston Patterson and Attorney Robert Ramcharran.Duncan was charged and placed before the courts over an alleged theft of monies from the Guyana Power and Light. He was placed on $1 million bail in February last, after he had appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with larceny after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.Police alleged that on March 31, 2015 at Georgetown, he stole $984,900, property of GPL.It is alleged that he conspired with GPL’s then Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Aeshwar Deonarine to steal $984,900, property of the power company and that he conspired with Deonarine to commit a felony, namely he conspired to steal $27,757,500, property of the utility company.