Lawrence promises to halt rental of controversial drug bond by December 2018

first_imgAfter doling out $264 million on the Sussex Street bond, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has announced Government will halt the rental of that Charlestown facility owned by Linden Holdings Inc by the end of 2018.Lawrence, in 2017, had promised that the rental of the Sussex street drug bond would be no more by the end of that year. The bond is currently being rented by the Ministry to house a CT Scanning machine.According to Lawrence, the expensive piece of equipment requires stringent specifications for storage and, according to the Minister, the bond fits these requirements.The machine is to be sent to the Bartica Regional Hospital upon completion of a building to install the equipment. This building at Bartica is currently under construction and will be completed shortly.“As soon as they (the regional authorities give us clearance that the room is ready,Public Health Minister Volda Lawrencewe are ready to remove that CT scanner to Bartica and give up that bond. As a matter of fact, I am on record saying that as of the December 31, 2018, the Ministry of Public Health will not be renting any more bonds,” Minister Lawrence explained.Lawrence noted that the Ministry has budgeted for the construction of a drug bond in Kingston, Georgetown, while expansion work on the Diamond bond is underway, while outlining that the Ministry’s adoption of a new procurement system for drugs and medical supplies will require them to have adequate, specified and suitable spaces for the storage of these supplies.The Health Minister’s utterances comes on the heels of the revelation made in National Assembly, in response to questions on notice from the parliamentary Opposition, that the State has paid out over $264 million in rental fees.In the response tabled in the National Assembly during Monday’s sitting, Lawrence stated that from July 2016 to March 2018, the sum of $264.5 million was paid to Linden Holdings Incorporated.This company is linked to local businessman Larry Singh, a People’s National Congress (PNC) financier.When it comes to action being taken to end the arrangement, Lawrence revealed that a Notice of Quit dated October 31, 2016, was sent by the then Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry, Trevor Thomas.Further, current Permanent Secretary Colette Adams had sent a reminder dated October 3, 2017. There is no mention of the company’s response to these notices. As of March, it is understood that the bond was still being rented.The transaction first came to light in 2016 during consideration of Financial Papers, when it was discovered that Government had in fact entered a contract to pay a VAT-excluded $12.5 million monthly rental to Linden Holdings Inc for the storage of drugs and medical supplies.It was also discovered that $25 million was already spent as a security deposit, in addition to $12.5 million, representing monthly rentals from August to DecemberThe Sussex Street drugs bond2016. The sums were paid to the Linden Holdings Inc.The criticisms that erupted after the scandal that occurred under then Health Minister, Dr George Norton, led President David Granger to set up a Cabinet sub-committee to investigate the matter and make recommendations.That committee which comprised Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman as the Chairman; Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of State Joseph Harmon concluded that the contract should be terminated or re-negotiated, since a similar facility could have been found at a cheaper rate.During the debate on the 2017 Budget in December 2016, a parliamentary delegation accompanied by the media visited the bond and found condoms, lubricants and some unused refrigerators, but no pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.The parliamentary Opposition has since formally requested that the Public Procurement Commission investigate the transaction.It has since been reported in the media that the expensive CT-scanner that the Minister is referring to is worth approximately $1.8 million, while the monthly rent of the bond exceeds $12 million.last_img read more

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FA chairman wants concussion substitutes in football

first_img0Shares0000FA chairman Greg Clarke © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 22 – Football Association chairman Greg Clarke wants concussion substitutes introduced “as quickly as possible” following a landmark report showing a link between football and dementia.A Glasgow University study shows former footballers are approximately three-and-a-half times more likely to die from neurodegenerative disease than the general population. The report, released on Monday, was commissioned by England’s Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and assessed the medical records of 7,676 men who played professional football in Scotland between 1900 and 1976.Clarke will present the findings of the study to the FIFA Council in Shanghai this week.The FA chairman said the game needed to understand whether repeated heading of the ball, or a failure to treat concussion properly, were contributory factors in dementia risk.“One of the things we’re pushing on, and I’ve spoken to FIFA and UEFA about this, is to introduce concussion substitutes as quickly as possible,” he told a committee of British lawmakers.“If anyone has a head injury you don’t just want to have a doctor looking at them quickly and saying ‘you’re OK’ or ‘you’re not OK’ — you can send someone else on to play while that player is assessed to make sure we move away from time pressure on doctors to make really important health decisions.”Football’s lawmaking body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), will discuss concussion at a meeting of its football and technical advisory panels in Zurich on Wednesday.– Serious problem –Outgoing PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has been strongly criticised over a lack of action, in particular by the family of former West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle, whose 2002 death from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was linked to repeatedly heading heavy leather footballs.Former England international Chris Sutton, whose father suffers from dementia, accused Taylor of letting players down.“The confirmation that there is a link between football and dementia brings me no satisfaction. It makes me angry,” Sutton said in a column in the Daily Mail newspaper.“Angry for people like my dad, Mike, and other former footballers who are dying in the most horrible and humiliating way. Angry for the future generations who will suffer, too, because this study was rolled out 15 years too late.”Sutton said a study should have been commissioned in 2002, after Astle’s death.“The PFA, led by Gordon Taylor, had a duty of care to their members,” Sutton said. “They let them down.”Jeff Astle’s daughter, Dawn, who has been campaigning since her father’s death for football to research into the area, said she was “staggered” to learn of the findings.“My overall feeling is that I am staggered even though my own research and instinct was always that there was a serious problem,” she said.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Suspect goes to court in Park-Ride slaying

first_imgLANCASTER – A former security guard arrested in the 2000 murder of a Palmdale teenager at a Park and Ride lot that he was guarding wants to be released from jail without bail while awaiting trial, citing his military service in Iraq. Handcuffed and wearing a dark-blue hooded sweat shirt, Raymond Lee Jennings appeared Thursday in a high-security courtroom where his attorney asked the judge for a report on the suitability of releasing Jennings on a written promise to appear for future hearings. “Counsel, c’mon, this is murder in the first degree,” Antelope Valley Superior Court Judge Steve Ogden said. Ogden nonetheless ordered the report, though he commented that it “seems like a total exercise in futility.” 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 Deputy Public Defender John Henderson cited Jennings’ ties to the community and his military service including about 10 months in combat zones in Iraq. “He has spent six years in the valley and spent several months fighting for our country in Iraq,” Henderson said. Jennings did not enter a plea Thursday in his first appearance at the Antelope Valley Courthouse. He was ordered to return to court Jan. 9 for arraignment, and meanwhile bail remained at $1 million. Jennings, 31, is charged with murder in the Feb. 22, 2000, death of 18-year-old Michelle O’Keefe. She was found shot to death behind the wheel of her blue 2000 Ford Mustang in the Park and Ride lot on Avenue S in Palmdale. With its engine running and the driver’s door opened, the car had backed out of a parking space and rolled over the edge of a small concrete planter. In interviews with investigators, Jennings, who was on duty for a private security company under contract with the city when O’Keefe was shot to death, has denied killing her. He told investigators he heard gunfire and watched the Mustang roll backward, but didn’t see the killer because his view was blocked by a parked van. Jennings said he called a supervisor and waited for her to arrive before he approached the car. O’Keefe’s parents and brother attended the hearing and left court without commenting. Family friend Allen Bell, who accompanied them, said later, “No matter what happens in the criminal case, it won’t fill the void or ease the pain.” While O’Keefe’s family sat in the first row, Jennings’ wife, holding an infant in her lap, sat in the second row. Crying as she left the courtroom, she did not comment. Jennings was named in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by O’Keefe’s parents in December 2000, but he was not criminally charged until prosecutors filed the case Nov. 15, about two days before Jennings, a sergeant in the Army National Guard, returned home on leave. He was arrested Tuesday when deputies stopped his vehicle on a Lancaster street. Prosecutors in the past declined to file criminal charges, citing insufficient evidence, but said this week that proceedings in the civil case changed the “character of the evidence.” Prosecutors and investigators declined to discuss the evidence against Jennings. “I’m glad it has provided the victim’s family some relief. This is just the first step in the long journey through the court process,” sheriff’s homicide Sgt. Richard Longshore said. O’Keefe had returned to her car after leaving it at the lot while she rode with a friend to work as an extra in the taping of a music video for rapper Kid Rock. The gun that killed O’Keefe has never been found. In May 2002, members of a local scuba diving club combed the murky bottom of nearby Palmdale Lake but turned up nothing. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 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

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India vs Australia 3rd T20 Live Streaming: How to Watch IND vs AUS Match on Sony Liv

first_imgAustralia are eyeing their first T20I bilateral series win of the year against a top-10 nation as they take on India in the third and final match of the ongoing series in Sydney on Sunday.Having lost back-to-back series to Pakistan and South Africa, Aaron Finch’s men have a golden chance to start what is expected to be a riveting tour on a high as they are heading into the decider with a 1-0 lead.Australia won the first T20I in Brisbane by four runs (in D/L method), thanks to frequent rain delays and some ordinary batting from Virat Kohli’s men.India vs Australia 3rd T20I in Sydney: Live BlogIn Melbourne on Friday, the visitors escaped a possible defeat despite a poor batting show, thanks to intermittent rainfall that led to abandonment.Also read: Sydney T20I – India look to level series vs Australia after rain frustrationsFinch’s men will be buoyed by the inclusion of Mitchell Starc, who replaces injured Billy Stanlake in the squad. The left-arm pacer will give the much-needed firepower the Australia pace attack has lacked in the ongoing series.Sydney T20I: Krunal Pandya records best T20I bowling figures by a spinner in AustraliaOn the other hand, India, who haven’t lost a T20I series since July 2017, will be hoping to clinch a win and share the honours with the hosts.Also read: Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India TodayCaptain Kohli and the team management will be hoping for a clear weather in Sydney as rain delays troubled the visitors in the first two matches of the series.The visitors will be well served if two of their best limited-overs batsmen, Kohli and Rohit Sharma step up and deliver. The duo failed to trouble the scorers much in the first T20I.advertisementAlso read: India vs Australia T20 match broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs Aus live BroadcastShikhar Dhawan will be hoping to continue his good run with the bat in T20Is while Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant’s form will boost the visitors’ confidence.India are unlikely to make any changes to the playing XI, considering their bowling unit, which misfired in Brisbane, impressed in Melbourne. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed shared four wickets between them as Kohli’s side managed to keep the hosts down to 132/7 in 19 overs.What time does the 3rd T20I between India vs Australia start?3rd T20I starts at 1:20 PM IST on November 25, Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd T20I between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 3rd T20I between India and Australia be played?The 3rd T20I between India and Australia will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney from 1:20 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 3rd T20I live?The match will be shown in Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 3rd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the 2nd T20I between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar.Australia: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.Also see:last_img read more

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