Windward Road captured the INSPORTS All-Age & Junior High Athletics Championships crown for a fourth straight year at the Stadium East field yesterday. The champions tallied 503 points to top the meet by a mere five points over rivals John Mills who ended on 498. Oral Whilby, coach of Windward Road, said he was very happy with his team’s performance because they had to fight very hard to win it. “We fought very hard for this victory because we only won it by five points,” said Whilby. “I must lift my hat off to my athletes and everyone involved because it was a very difficult victory,” he said. Windward Road trailed John Mills by 19.5 points entering yesterday’s final day of the three-day, but despite this, Whilby said he was always confident that they would have come out on top. “These athletes are champions and that champion spirit that they have in them just came to the fore at the right time and so they never panicked,” Whilby said. The top two were followed by Constant Spring (326), Swallowfield (211.50), Cockburn Gardens (206.50), Shortwood (204), New Day (198), Mico Practising (158), and Calabar (134). In yesterday’s action, Windward Road’s Amanda Spaulding won the girls’ Class One long jump with a leap of 4.91m ahead of her teammate Moesha Thompson (4.39m). Teneisha Morris of Mico Practising was third with a mark of 4.21m. Jahiem Scott of John Mills won the boys’ Class Two long jump with a mark of 5.48m in front of his teammate Leo-Paul Foster (5.46m) and Constant Spring’s Javaugh Walters (5.36m). Calabar’s Naseem Clarke captured the Class One boys 100m in 11.77 seconds defeating Antonio Phillips of Constant Spring (11.85) and Calabar’s Raheim Hamilton (11.93). John Mills’ Antonio Hylton won the boys’ Class One 400m in 54.44 seconds ahead of Windward Road’s Vishaugn Gayle (55.67) and Jahvanie Percy of Cockburn Gardens (55.79). John Mills also took home the gold medal in the girls’ equivalent when Shaniece Benjamin won in 1:02.75. Windward Road’s Amanda Spaulding was second in 1:03.27 while third went to Christopher Shieed of Constant Spring in 1:13.57. Champion athletes
Long ago, a mohawked video game psychopath said that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. It certainly sounds pithy, and Vaas’ monologue was memorable, but that isn’t insanity. I have discovered true insanity: whatever DC is doing.First, have no fear, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fans. I’m not going to keep dumping on that movie. I don’t think I can without becoming dehydrated. I have to mention it, but I won’t dig. This is about DC as a whole, and specifically what they’re doing with comics now. On Monday, DC revealed details about Rebirth, its newest universe reboot event to drum up sales after New 52 has started to fizzle. The core of the concept seems to be that Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen will be responsible for the universe reboot, and that Watchmen itself will become part of DC mainline canon. I had difficulty making out much more than that because I was laughing too hard.DC Comics head Geoff Johns explained a bit of the concept in an interview with USA Today. The full details of how Watchmen will tie in with the DC mainline universe haven’t been revealed yet, but we know Doctor Manhattan will be a very big factor of it. Johns said to USA Today, “If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, you need to have someone who represents a cynical view of life and also has the ability to affect this. I know it’s crazy but he felt like the right character to use.”If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, you could just put the “usual” DC universe concepts into what Warner Bros. is trying to develop into a cinematic universe. I can’t think of a purer conflict between those forces than that. But Watchmen?I love Watchmen. It’s a genuinely important work of literature and one of the biggest and more successful examples of deconstructing and exploring what heroism and superheroism mean. It’s also a very pointed commentary on society’s attitudes towards both current events and fiction at the time. It also was Alan Moore coming up with some interesting ersatz version of already present comic book characters to explore these topics because DC wouldn’t let him use Charlton Comics characters like the Question, Blue Beetle, Nightshade, and Captain Atom. And, yes, it was dark and gritty.Putting Watchmen in the rebooted DC Comics universe to provide a counterpoint in a hopeful-versus-cynical discussion of comic book ideals is like putting characters from The Great Gatsby in a story about the 2016 presidential election. There might be some parallel themes you can string between them, but it’s still a really bad idea that can only dilute the older, more prominent work.All of that aside, putting Watchmen in the DC Comics main universe is simply a hilariously terrible plan because of how it makes DC appear. Warner Bros. releases Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to critical complaints of it being a morose, disjointed trudge through a swamp of misery. It’s been beaten in domestic gross not only by Captain America: Civil War, but by Deadpool. It’s a commercial success on its own, in a vacuum, but it isn’t the wild explosion of money that a movie where Batman fighting Superman should be. The general refrain from unhappy fans and critics is that it was so joyless, morose, and depressing. There was nothing lighthearted to help break up the darkness of the story. It wasn’t fun like a four-color comic book story should be.And DC’s answer is to make Watchmen part of its main comic book universe. “Hey, DC? You seem to have a hole in your head. Maybe you should go to the hospital.” “You’re right, it isn’t big enough! I’ll pop on over to Home Depot and get a drill press!”To be fair, DC Comics has folded in other universes in the past without throwing everything into turmoil. The WildStorm universe was made part of DC’s multiple earths when it was rebooted in the Captain Atom: Armageddon series. Funnily enough, Captain Atom was originally a Charlton Comics character, and was the basis for Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen. Also funnily enough, the merging and reboot didn’t fix WildStorm’s problems, and it went through another storyline purge a few years later.Also, to be fair, Doctor Manhattan creating the current DC Comics universe wouldn’t be the stupidest thing to happen to it. Remember that Jason Todd was brought back to life when Superboy Prime got angry and punched reality so hard it altered time.And, to be fairest, it might not be as stupid as Captain America being a long-time Hydra sleeper agent. But still, DC is dealing with cinematic uncertainty and an audience tired of grim heroes, and it wants to mix Watchmen into its main universe? That’s insanity.Actually, they both are. What is going on with comics?
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. News outlets examine health issues in California, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico and Oregon.Los Angeles Times: Stockton Retirees Sue To Stop City From Cutting Health BenefitsA group of Stockton retirees has filed suit in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Sacramento asking for a restraining order against the city’s moves to cut their health benefits. The city informed retirees by letter that they must pay their premiums by July 30 or “medical coverage will be canceled retroactive to July 1.” The move is part of the city’s “pendency plan” aimed at keeping it solvent while it seeks protections from creditors under federal bankruptcy law (Marcum, 7/12).Boston Globe: State Officials Say New Law Has Saved More Than $175M In Health InsuranceMassachusetts officials said Wednesday that a new law designed to help municipalities and school districts reduce their health insurance costs has saved more than $175 million in premium costs for 127 municipalities and districts. Administration and Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez said the law, which was intended to “modernize benefit plan design’ at the municipal level, was the result of “all stakeholders acknowledging the fact that high costs were crushing municipalities at the expense of services and jobs and that we needed a solution” (Finucane, 7/11).Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Doctors, Patient Challenge New Mexico Assisted Suicide BanThe question before the court in New Mexico is absurdly simple and yet impossibly complex. What is the meaning of “assisting suicide”? … Two oncologists from the University of New Mexico Health Science Center and a patient with advanced cancer are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in New Mexico District Court designed to clarify the legal definition of assisting suicide. That decision, likely to come in the next year, could send reverberations through the medical establishment in the Rocky Mountain West and across the country. Morris v. New Mexico contends that the statute outlawing “assisting suicide” (NM Statute 30-2-4) never was intended to apply to physicians treating patients in the late stages of terminal illnesses (Carman, 7/11).Medpage Today: Take Docs Out Of Assisted Suicide Equation?A federal/state, highly regulated mechanism should be created so that terminal patients can obtain a lethal dose of medication with which to end their lives if they so choose, suggest Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, MD, PhD, and Julian Prokopetz, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. That would free doctors from direct involvement in such cases, they argued in a Perspective piece in the July 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. In the U.S., assisted suicide is illegal in all states except Oregon, but there is a trend toward “greater social and legal acceptance,” the authors wrote (Walker, 7/11).Health News Florida: Contract Switch Brings More Delay Florida Health Choices, which is building an insurance website for small employers, has switched contractors after accusing the first one of lax security and outsourcing some work to China. Created in 2008, the state-authorized non-profit was supposed to have the exchange in operation last summer. Now the board and staff hope it will be up by January 2013 (Jordan Sexton, 7/12).CT Mirror: Health Exchange Panel Struggles To Balance Need Vs. Cost In ‘Benchmark’ PlanThe panel working to create the state’s first health exchange received a crucial recommendation Wednesday: Don’t make the insurance plans so affordable that they don’t cover essential patient needs. A working group of the exchange’s board of directors recommended unanimously Wednesday that it establish a health benefits “benchmark” — the minimum levels of coverage plans in the exchange must provide — based on ConnectiCare’s HMO plan (Phaneuf, 7/11).St. Louis Beacon: Highest Percentage Of Missouri’s Uninsured Reside In Rural CountiesMost Missouri counties with the highest percentage of uninsured residents are concentrated in two congressional districts — the 6th in the northern part of the state and the 8th in southeast Missouri, according to data in a new report. The study does not break down the number of uninsured Missourians by congressional districts. But that is one way to look at the issue as federal lawmakers decide whether to try to reverse all or parts of the health reform law that will give most people access to health insurance by 2014 (Joiner, 7/11).The Lund Report: Providence Health Plans Asks For 15.7 Percent IncreaseProvidence Health Plans is seeking a 15.7 percent average increase for people who purchase their own coverage starting November 1. If approved, 12,162 Oregonians would be impacted. The actual rate increase depends upon a person’s age and whether their family members are on their insurance plan. …Providence contends this rate request is justified because of increased healthcare costs and increased utilization (Lund-Muzinkant, 7/11).Kansas Health Institute News: KHIE Board Presented With Proposal To Dissolve The Organization By August For seven years, members of the Kansas Health Information Exchange board have worked to form the public-private entity KHIE, Inc., which now regulates the exchange of digital health records in the state. Today, board members were presented with a proposal to dissolve KHIE, Inc., by August and hand over the board’s regulatory authority to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The proposal comes on the cusp of digital health information exchange going live in Kansas, which officials have said would begin next week (Cauthon, 7/11). State Roundup: Bankrupt Calif. City’s Retirees Sue