The 27-year-old was formally welcomed to the team in a brief on-field meeting on Wednesday, marking his maiden appearance at top-grade training since brokering a release from Leeds.His contract is still pending finalisation from the NRL, however given he hasn’t played a game since the end of last season he could still do so through reserve grade for Newtown.That appeared more likely after Wednesday’s training session, where coach Shane Flanagan kept current No.9 Jayden Brailey in the chief hooking role.By comparison, Segeyaro had the lesser share of dummy-half duties with Manaia Cherrington while in attack with largely reserves in an opposed session.His biggest impact of the morning came when he charged down a Chad Townsend kick, slightly injuring the Sharks playmaker.Townsend stayed down, but recovered and completed the rest of the session.Segeyaro’s arrival at the club has the potential to cause a real headache for coach Shane Flanagan.Segeyaro was the Dally M hooker of the year in 2014 when he helped Penrith to the preliminary final, but Brailey’s development is continuing nicely in first grade.After debuting in Round 1, Brailey played 80 minutes for the first time in Sunday night’s 16-10 loss to St George Illawarra.Segeyaro has come off the bench in 67 of his 103 NRL games, but was at his best at the Panthers in 2014 as an 80-minute player in the second-half of the season.”It’s going to be a good headache for Flanno to have,” Sharks forward Latimore said.Latimore played with Segeyaro for three-and-a-half seasons at the Panthers, and believes the lively dummy-half would add plenty at the Sharks.”We’ve got a couple of players who promote the footy in terms of offloads and I reckon that’s when he’s at his best, playing off broken play,” Latimore said.”He will be out ready to prove he can still play.”Segeyaro was forced to spend more than a month training on his own after attempting to break his contract with English Super League club, Leeds, with two seasons still to run.He was only granted permission by the NRL last week to train with the Sharks, and he initially joined Newtown players in practice before linking with the top squad on Wednesday.He was on Tuesday named at No.21 on an extended bench for Saturday’s clash with Parramatta, with Brailey at No.9.
In need of a break from the winter chill? Somewhere you can be sure of sunny weather, delicious food, sensational shopping and friendly locals? Then it’s hard to go past Malaysia. And this July is definitely a great time to plan your trip to one of South East Asia’s favourite holiday destinations. There are some great events and attractions taking place right around the country, sure to appeal to every taste:7TH ANNIVERSARY UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE CELEBRATION Celebrate Malaysia’s rich colonial history in Penang and Melaka state. This July marks the 7th anniversary of the listing of twin-cities, George Town and Melaka City as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the start of the July a huge array of memorable events and activities will take place in and around the historic centre of each city including cultural performances, heritage tours – and of course a chance to sample some of the amazing local cuisine for which both are rightly famous.Penang – 4 to 7 July. Visit www.heritagecelebrations.infoMelaka – 7 July. Visit www.mbmb.gov.myNEW MUSEUM IN IPOH:Ipoh’s latest museum pays homage to Malaya’s colonial tin mining history. Han Chin Pet Soo, the Hakka tin miner’s club, was established in 1893 as a recreational club for tin miners to relax after a hard day’s work at the mines, with opium smoking and gambling among the key benefits of membership. Today, this historic building has been restored to its former glory, with many original exhibits dating back 100 years or more. Spend an afternoon here taking many fascinating artifacts from a bygone era and learn about Malaya’s glorious tin mining past.Visit www.ipohworld.org/reservationPENANG BON ODORI FESTIVALOver centuries, Penang has emerged as veritable melting pot of peoples from all over the world. This July the Island state acknowledges the heritage and culture of its Japanese community. The Bon Odori Festival is a traditional summer event where the Japanese honour their ancestors. Also known as Obon, this year’s event features Japanese food and refreshments, Taiko and martial arts performances, craft exhibits as well traditional music and dancing in and around the streets of Georgetown. A highlight is the colourful display of exquisite Japanese Kimono, Yukata and Happi coats worn by many of the festival-goers.25 July 2015. Visit www.visitpenang.gov.myBLOODRUNNER 2015Those harbouring more ghoulish desires, should head to Putrajaya. BloodRunner is Asia’s first, werewolf-themed urban obstacle night race that is ready to take Malaysia’s Garden City by storm. Held over an especially designed 10km urban course, BloodRunner is sure to thrill and excite contestants. Expect obstacles that will cater to runners of all levels – from seasoned athletes, to first-time runners to weekend gym warriors. Food trucks featuring delicious Malaysian Hawker cuisine and a post-race party featuring up-and-coming local bands are an added attraction.31 July 2015. Visit www.bloodrunner.comBARIO FOOD FESTIVAL For food lovers, the 10th Anniversary Bario Food & Cultural Festival will be held from 30 July until 1 August this year. The 3-day festival celebrates the unique food, farming, forest and cultural heritage of the Bario Highlands – one of the last surviving traditionally farmed and forested highland watersheds in Sarawak and East Malaysia. Enjoy delicious organic food cooked by the various longhouse communities of the Kelabit Highlands as well as traditional games and dances. Plus there are plenty of trekking trails to keep your adventure spirit high.30 July to 1 August. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/bariofoodfestival Source = Tourism Malaysia
Today’s headlines include reports about how public perceptions and political opposition continue to swirl around the health law’s implementation. Kaiser Health News: Amid Health Law Expansion, Some States Trim The Medicaid RollsKaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz reports: “While millions of adults nationwide will gain Medicaid coverage next year under the federal health law, more than 150,000 people could lose their coverage in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor as four states reduce eligibility” (Galewitz, 8/18). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Taking A New Tack To Persuade ‘Young Invincibles’ To Buy Health InsuranceMinnesota Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stawicki, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Robert Bauer is young, lean and healthy – just the kind of person the government wants to buy into its new online health insurance marketplaces. Bauer doesn’t see the need. The 24 year old, a 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota, works in organic farm fields three days a week, and prides himself on eating well. He’s uninsured – health coverage just hasn’t been part of his lifestyle. … While Bauer generally doesn’t fear a health crisis, the people building insurance exchanges worry about Bauer and the millions of other healthy Americans whom they fear may simply opt out” (Stawicki, 8/19). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Colorado Exchange Releases Health Insurance RatesNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Colorado Public Radio’s Eric Whitney, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports: “Colorado released its Obamacare insurance rates on Friday, joining 13 states and the District of Columbia in making rates public. The state earlier made the call to be a clearinghouse exchange, rather than an active purchaser, and so, it has approved all 242 health plans submitted for sale on its marketplace” (Whitney, 8/19). Check out what else is on the blog.Kaiser Health News also tracked weekend health policy headlines, including coverage of the President’s weekend address and the GOP response (8/17).Politico: Obamacare’s Hurdles Higher Than Medicare’sPresident Barack Obama says he’s not worried that all the Obamacare fights will kill the law — because people fought the creation of Medicare and Social Security too, and now they’re more popular than ever. … But this time there’s a difference. Political opposition to Obamacare is still as strong as ever, more than three years after it was signed into law. That means the administration’s task in launching the health care law — the biggest new social program since the creation of Medicare in 1965 — is harder than anything its predecessors had to face (Nather, 8/18).Los Angeles Times: As Healthcare Overhaul Nears, Many Consumers Still In The DarkWhile government officials tout the broad benefits of the Affordable Care Act to drum up enrollment, many consumers are eager to know how the overhaul will affect them personally, from pocketbook concerns to worries about whether their local doctor and hospital will be included. And, so far, there have been considerably more questions than answers, as officials and insurers scramble to get ready and clarify many of the details that people care about the most (Terhune, 8/17).NPR: You Ask, We Answer: More Of Your Questions About The Affordable Care ActThe Oct. 1 launch of the new health insurance exchanges is now less than two months away, and people are starting to pay attention to the changes these new marketplaces may bring to the nation’s health care system. We know it’s confusing, so we’re spending part of the summer and fall answering at least some of your questions about the law (Rovner, 8/19).The Wall Street Journal: Get Ready For Enrollment In Health Exchanges In about six weeks, Americans will have a new kind of open enrollment to consider. Starting Oct. 1, people without health insurance can sign up for standardized coverage through new health-insurance marketplaces run either by their state, the federal government or a combination of the two—the centerpiece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Gerencher, 8/17).The Tennessean/USA Today: Paying For Obamacare: Some Feel Singled OutMedical device manufacturers are among the federal health law losers, those that will have to pay up to cover the cost of implementing it. Others include high-wage earners, tanning salons and, in some cases, working parents and folks with big medical bills. The law generates revenue through a hodgepodge of new taxes, financial penalties and IRS rule changes (Wilemon, 8/18).Politico: Obama: GOP Trying To ‘Gum Up’ ACAPresident Barack Obama criticized Republicans for trying to “gum up the works” in the health care reform law and for refusing to help constituents sign up for coverage. “A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me. But they’d just be sticking it to you,” Obama said in his weekly address (8/17).The New York Times: Doctors Who Profit From Radiation Prescribe It More Often, Study FindsDoctors who have a financial interest in radiation treatment centers are much more likely to prescribe such treatments for patients with prostate cancer, Congressional investigators say in a new report (Pear, 8/18).The Washington Post: Arlington’s Surescripts Looks To Share Health Information Over ‘The Last Mile’Over the past few years, the health-care industry has been moving toward a digital age, starting with a transition from paper charts to electronic health records. That first step is well underway, but analysts say the next phase, actually sharing those digital files between doctors or between insurers and hospitals, is just getting started as technology firms step in to complete what some call “the last mile of connectivity” for health-care providers (Harrison, 8/16).The Wall Street Journal: Planned Parenthood Settles In Fraud Case Planned Parenthood agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a federal civil suit claiming that it fraudulently billed Medicaid for women’s health services provided by some of its Texas clinics from 2003 to 2009. The non-profit organization, which estimates that it provides medical information and services, including abortions, to three million people in the U.S. each year, denied any wrongdoing as part of the settlement announced Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas (Koppel, 8/16).The Washington Post: Pr. George’s Mental Health Court Aims To Treat, Rather Than Jail, DefendantsMore than half of all inmates in U.S. jails and prisons — more than 1.2 million people — reported symptoms of mental illness, according to a 2006 federal study, the most recent national study available. That number had quadrupled since a similar federal study in 1998, and some state and local studies suggest that the number has continued to rise in more recent years. State and local court systems are adjusting to this reality, with about 300 jurisdictions setting up specialized dockets for judges who use the power of the legal system to impose mental health treatment on some of society’s most troubled residents. They are people charged with assault, theft, arson, trespassing, harassment, stalking and other crimes short of homicide (McCrummen, 8/17).Los Angeles Times: California Discourages Needy From Signing Up For Food StampsLiberal California discourages eligible people from signing up for food stamps at rates conservative activists elsewhere envy. Only about half of the Californians who qualify for help get it. That stands in contrast to other states, including some deeply Republican ones, that enroll 80% to 90% of those with incomes low enough to qualify. That public policy paradox — one of the country’s most liberal states is the stingiest on one of the nation’s biggest benefit programs — has several causes, some intentional, some not. It also has two clear consequences: Millions of Californians don’t get help, and the state leaves hundreds of millions of dollars of federal money on the table (Halper, 8/17).Los Angeles Times: Patient-Interpreter Bill Aims To Overcome Language BarriersAccording to a 2012 study prepared for the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, pediatric patients with limited-English-proficient families who speak Spanish “have a much greater risk for serious medical events during hospitalizations than patients whose families are English-proficient” (Kumeh, 8/18).The New York Times: Firefighters’ Survivor Benefits Value Some Lives Over OthersAs a wilderness firefighter, Caleb Renno hiked over mountains until his heels bled, living out of tents and eating packaged food for weeks at a time in rugged corners of the burning West. He did not love the work, but like many young adults in southern Oregon, he knew he could always find steady pay fighting fires (Healy, 8/18). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: August 19, 2013