Attention! BIA tickets have almost sold out

first_imgThere are only a few tickets left to this year’s Baking Industry Awards, hosted by musician and television presenter Myleene Klass. Don’t miss out on this must-attend evening and see who scoops what at the awards, bakery’s answer to the Oscars! This year’s 26th annual awards ceremony will take place at Park Lane Hilton, London on Wednesday 11 September and tickets are now in short supply.Guests can enjoy a fantastic night of networking and entertainment as the 2013 winners are announced, at the spectacular oriental-themed awards evening. So, book today by calling Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or emailing [email protected] Baking Industry Awards were launched in 1987 and, with up to 800 key industry executives attending the event every year, they have grown to be the most prestigious event in the baking industry calendar.The awards recognise achievement and professionalism across the baking industry, rewarding those companies and individuals who drive the industry forward.last_img read more

Peru Reiterates Commitment to Put an End to Shining Path

first_img The Peruvian government is ready to put an end to the remnants of the Shining Path guerrilla group and its alliances with drug cartels, Peruvian Prime Minister Salomón Lerner affirmed on October 24, at the start of a working visit to the United States. “President Ollanta Humala’s administration aspires to eliminate the Shining Path remnants that are active in the area of the VRAE (Apurimac and Ene River Valley), since they are in a pernicious alliance with international drug cartels,” Lerner declared upon meeting with U.S. Under Secretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy, according to the Peruvian embassy. Flournoy supported the anti-drug policy Lerner presented on his first visit to Washington, D.C., as prime minister, the embassy added in its statement, without comment by the Pentagon. The VRAE, located in the country’s southeast, in the Amazon region, is considered Peru’s chief cocaine-producing region, and drug-trafficking gangs operate there along with Shining Path, a Maoist guerrilla group. Peru expects to present a new anti-drug strategy soon, and on this visit, Lerner hopes to acquire U.S. support. The Peruvian government has every right to reformulate its own strategic plans, the assistant secretary of state for the fight against drugs, William Brownfield, affirmed, according to another statement by the embassy. Cocaine production in Peru has grown to surpass that in Colombia for the first time in a decade, according to a recent report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Although Peru has around 53,000 hectares producing coca, compared to 100,000 in Colombia, the variety grown in Peru produces around 325 tons of pure cocaine a year, compared to 270 in Colombia, according to the DEA in a report delivered to Congress last week. During his visit, Lerner plans various meetings with other high-ranking U.S. Government officials. By Dialogo October 26, 2011last_img read more

What time does 2020 NFL Draft start today? Live TV coverage, schedule for Saturday’s Rounds 4-7

first_img2020 NFL DRAFT:Complete results | Draft grades | Winners & losersOf the top 100 NFL Draft prospects we listed on our 2020 NFL Draft big board heading into the selection process, 22 are still available as the fourth round arrives. There is tons of talent still to be had and steals to be uncovered as the final day of the 2020 NFL Draft plays out.Below is all you need to know to watch the conclusion of this year’s NFL Draft, including live stream info.What time does the NFL Draft start today?Date: Saturday, April 25Round 4 start time: Noon ETTV channels: ABC | ESPN | NFL NetworkLive stream: ESPN app | NFL app | DAZN (in Canada)The 2020 NFL Draft resumes Saturday at noon ET on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Today’s coverage will run though the end of the selection process and include Rounds 4-7.In Rounds 4-6, teams get five minutes to make each pick, and in Round 7, they get only four. Based on that time frame, the 2020 NFL Draft is expected to conclude by approximately 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. (Rounds 4-7 last year took six hours, 23 minutes.)Per tradition, the NFL Draft will conclude with the selection of Mr. Irrelevant.What channel is the NFL Draft on today?TV channels: ABC, ESPN, NFL NetworkThe entirety of the 2020 NFL Draft will broadcast live on three different TV networks — ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. ESPN Deportes also will present a Spanish edition of ESPN’s broadcast.Anybody with access to broadcast TV (even without cable) can watch the NFL Draft on ABC. All the major cable networks carry both ESPN (Xfinity channel 49) and NFL Network (Xfinity channel 265). The specific ESPN and NFL Network channels for Spectrum, Cox and Optimum cable customers vary based on viewing area.NFL Draft TV scheduleRoundDayDateStart timeTV channels1ThursdayApril 238 p.m. ETABC, ESPN, NFL Network2-3FridayApril 247 p.m. ETABC, ESPN, NFL Network4-7SaturdayApril 25Noon ETABC, ESPN, NFL NetworkThe TV schedule for the 2020 NFL Draft remains unchanged despite the logistics changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic. All seven rounds of the NFL Draft still will be presented across ABC, ESPN and NFL Network on April 23-25, but the broadcasts will look and feel a little different.ESPN and NFL Network will continue to combine to offer a singular presentation across both networks. ABC will presented its own distinctive telecasts for Rounds 1-3 on Thursday and Friday, and the network will simulcast the ESPN and NFL Network telecast of Rounds 4-7 on Saturday.The 2020 NFL Draft telecasts will now originate from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios and adhere to proper coronavirus-related social distancing guidelines. Trey Wingo will host all three days of ESPN’s draft coverage and will be joined remotely by analysts Mel Kiper Jr., Louis Riddick and Booger McFarland. NFL Network host Rich Eisen and analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner will also contribute remotely all three days. ESPN host Suzy Kolber will conduct remote interviews with draftees from an ESPN studio. NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter also will be part of the telecast.On ABC’s prime-time telecasts Thursday and Friday, hosts Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor will be joined by analysts Todd McShay, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as correspondent/feature reporter Tom Rinaldi. Davis, Palmer, Taylor and Rinaldi will be in-studio in Bristol.MORE NFL DRAFT:Each team’s all-time biggest draft regretNFL Draft live streamNFL Draft live steams can be found on multiple platforms and can be viewed on multiple devices. As for live TV streaming services, YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, Sling TV and AT&T TV Now all carry at least one of the channels broadcasting the 2020 NFL Draft. AT&T Watch TV, however, does not carry ABC, ESPN or NFL Network. For those with connected TV devices (Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PS4 and Roku), the NFL Draft can be streamed live with the NFL App, the ABC App or the ESPN App by authentication with participating TV providers.Similar options are available for those who wish to live stream the NFL Draft via mobile devices and tablets — the NFL App, the NFL Network App, the ABC App and the ESPN App. On computers and laptops, a live stream of the NFL Draft will be available by authentication with participating TV providers at, and Draft?Cable/satellite login needed?YouTube TVYesNoHulu + Live TVYesNoSling TVYesNoAT&T TV NowYesNoAT&T Watch TVNo-Xbox (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)YesYesPS4 (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)YesYesAmazon Fire TV (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)YesYesAndroid TV (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)YesYesApple TV (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)YesYesRoku (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)YesYesMobile devices/tablets (NFL/NFLN/ABC/ESPN Apps)YesYesComputers (,, Canada, the NFL Draft can be streamed live on DAZN, which includes NFL Network coverage and offers a free trial period for new subscribers.NFL Draft order: Rounds 4-7Round 4RoundPickOverallTeamPick41107Cincinnati Bengals-42108Washington Redskins-43109Detroit Lions-44110New York Giants-45111Houston Texans from Dolphins-46112Los Angeles Chargers-47113Carolina Panthers-48114Arizona Cardinals-49115Cleveland Browns-410116Jacksonville Jaguars-411117Minnesota Vikings from Buccaneers through 49ers-412118Jacksonville Jaguars from Broncos-413119Atlanta Falcons-414120New York Jets-415121Las Vegas Raiders-416122Indianapolis Colts-417123Dallas Cowboys-418124Pittsburgh Steelers-419125New York Jets from Bears through Patriots-420126Los Angeles Rams-421127Philadelphia Eagles-422128Buffalo Bills-423129New York Jets from Patriots through Ravens and Patriots-424130Minnesota Vikings from Saints-425131Arizona Cardinals from Texans-426132Minnesota Vikings-427133Seattle Seahawks-428134Baltimore Ravens-429135Pittsburgh Steelers from Titans through Dolphins-430136Miami Dolphins from Packers-431137Denver Broncos from 49ers-432138Kansas City Chiefs-433139Las Vegas Raiders from Buccaneers through Patriots (compensatory pick)-434140Jacksonville Jaguars from Bears (compensatory pick)-435141Miami Dolphins (compensatory pick)-436142Washington Redskins (compensatory pick)-437143Atlanta Falcons from Ravens (compensatory pick)-438144Seattle Seahawks (compensatory pick)-439145Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory pick)-440146Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory pick)-Round 5RoundPickOverallTeamPick51147Cincinnati Bengals-52148Seattle Seahawks from Redskins through Panthers-53149Indianapolis Colts from Lions-54150New York Giants-55151Los Angeles Chargers-56152Carolina Panthers-57153Miami Dolphins-5–Arizona Cardinals (pick forfeited in supplemental draft)58154Miami Dolphins from Jaguars through Steelers-59155Minnesota Vikings from Browns through Bills-510156San Francisco 49ers from Broncos-511157Baltimore Ravens from Falcons-512158New York Jets-513159New England Patriots from Raiders-514160Cleveland Browns from Colts-515161Tampa Bay Buccaneers-516162Washington Redskins from Steelers through Seahawks-517163Chicago Bears-518164Dallas Cowboys-519165Jacksonville Jaguars from Rams-520166Detroit Lions from Eagles-521167Buffalo Bills-522168Philadelphia Eagles from Patriots-523169Minnesota Vikings from Saints-524170Jacksonville Jaguars from Vikings through Ravens-525171Houston Texans-526172Las Vegas Raiders from Seahawks through Lions and Patriots-527173Miami Dolphins from Ravens through Rams-528174Tennessee Titans-529175Green Bay Packers-530176Minnesota Vikings from 49ers-531177Kansas City Chiefs-532178Denver Broncos (compensatory pick)-533179Dallas Cowboys (compensatory pick)-Round 6RoundPickOverallTeamPick61180Cincinnati Bengals-62181Denver Broncos from Redskins-63182Indianapolis Colts from Lions-64183New York Giants-65184Carolina Panthers-66185Miami Dolphins-67186Los Angeles Chargers-68187Cleveland Browns from Cardinals-69188Buffalo Bills from Browns-610189Jacksonville Jaguars-611190Philadelphia Eagles from Falcons-612191New York Jets-613192Green Bay Packers from Raiders-614193Indianapolis Colts-615194Tampa Bay Buccaneers-616195New England Patriots from Broncos-617196Chicago Bears-618197Detroit Lions from Cowboys through Dolphins and Colts-619198Pittsburgh Steelers-620199Los Angeles Rams-621200Chicago Bears from Eagles-622201Minnesota Vikings from Bills-623202Arizona Cardinals from Patriots-624203Minnesota Vikings from Saints-625204New England Patriots from Texans-626205Minnesota Vikings-627206Jacksonville Jaguars from Seahawks-628207Buffalo Bills from Ravens through Patriots-629208Green Bay Packers from Titans-630209Green Bay Packers-631210San Francisco 49ers-632211New York Jets from Chiefs-633212New England Patriots (compensatory pick)-634213New England Patriots (compensatory pick)-636214Seattle Seahawks (compensatory pick)-Round 7RoundPickOverallTeamPick71215Cincinnati Bengals-72216Washington Redskins-73217San Francisco 49ers from Lions-74218New York Giants-75219Minnesota Vikings from Dolphins-76220Los Angeles Chargers-77221Carolina Panthers-78222Arizona Cardinals-79223Jacksonville Jaguars-710224Tennessee Titans from Browns-711225Baltimore Ravens from Jets-712226Chicago Bears from Raiders-713227Miami Dolphins from Colts-714228Atlanta Falcons from Buccaneers through Eagles-715229Washington Redskins from Broncos-716230New England Patriots from Falcons-717231Dallas Cowboys-718232Pittsburgh Steelers-719233Chicago Bears-720234Los Angeles Rams-721235New England Patriots from Eagles-722236Green Bay Packers from Bills through Browns-723237Tennessee Titans from Patriots through Broncos-724238New York Giants from Saints-725239Buffalo Bills from Vikings-726240Houston Texans-727241Tampa Bay Buccaneers from Seahawks through Patriots-728242Green Bay Packers from Ravens-729243Tennessee Titans-730244Minnesota Vikings from Packers through Browns and Saints-731245Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 49ers-732246Miami Dolphins from Chiefs-733247New York Giants (compensatory pick)-734248Houston Texans (compensatory pick)-735249Minnesota Vikings (compensatory pick)-736250Houston Texans (compensatory pick)-737251Miami Dolphins (compensatory pick)-738252Denver Broncos (compensatory pick)-739253Minnesota Vikings (compensatory pick)-740254Denver Broncos (compensatory pick)-741255New York Giants (compensatory pick)- The 2020 NFL Draft resumes Saturday for the final four rounds with a start time that accounts for such a lengthy process on Day 3. Rounds 4 of the 2020 NFL Draft begins at noon ET on Saturday, and the final day of the selection process is expected to last roughly seven hours.As has been the case for the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft, Saturday’s presentation of Rounds 4-7 will broadcast live on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network.last_img read more

Africa Rice, Partners Training 20 to Build Modern Rice Thresher

first_imgAfrica Rice, in collaboration with the Government of Liberia and SAPEC, has begun a three week workshop for 20 artisans to build modern ASI rice threshers in Gbarnga, Bong County.Speaking at the opening of the workshop, the Country Representative of Africa Rice Liberia Dr. Inoussa Akintayo disclosed that Liberia spends over US$200m a year on food importation.He stated that the artisans will be trained by three professional staff of DESFABENG Company Ltd of Nigeria while a Liberian, Mr. Benedict Sampson who is the Chief Executive Officer of Moonlight Metal Works in Gbarnga and one of the participants.The workshop, when completed, he said will enable local farmers to be able construct their own locally made rice threshers to strengthen the production of rice.“Rice is a major staple food in Africa in general and in Liberia in particular, but despite favorable conditions, including adequate rainfall, fertile land, good sunshine, Liberia continues to spend over USD200m every year to import rice to close the gap of local production,” Dr. Akintayo said. The Director for the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Dr. Walter Wiles, called on the participants to take advantage of the training to build up their skills and contribute to food security in the country.“Why we keep asking ourselves whether the country can feed itself, the issue of Liberia feeding herself can’t be done alone but through the participation of farmers, by giving them the responsibility to grow food and building their capacities through training and provision of logistical support,” Dr. Wiles said. He used the medium to thanked Africa Rice and partners for their immense contribution to the country’s agriculture sector and pledged CARI’s support to farmers by helping them acquire the knowledge to make a change in the agricultural sector.Representing the 20 farmers, Mohammed Hamilton disclosed that participants hoped to achieve better knowledge on fabricating threshers to expand the production of rice in Liberia.“Let us work and organize a network that will bring us together as we join our hands in helping to contribute to the agriculture activities through our works to move this country forward,” Hamilton said.Thomas Gbokie, Deputy Minister for Research and Extension at the Ministry of Agriculture, stressed the significance of mechanized farming and encouraged the participants to focus and learn as much as they can.“Feeding ourselves requires us moving from the labor cost intensive to mechanized farming. We need to work together. There is a shift towards agriculture and we are here because there is a need to look at agriculture in a new way and it’s through such means that we can promote farmers in food production,” he said.Meanwhile, the agronomist of SAPEC Project, Mr. Emmanuel Vah, Jr. explained that his organization is closely working with Africa Rice and GoL to implement those key issues that are affecting local farmers.“We are working on four major parts of this initiative which include sustainable crop production and SAPEC will develop 1000 acres of low land, 500 hectares for vegetable production, will rehabilitate 270 kilometers road for famers to have easy access of farm to market roads, and improve mechanized farming among others,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA sparkling wines on world top 10 list

first_img Effervescents du Monde is a competition where over 100 judges select the best sparkling wines from 660 entries coming from 25 countries around the world. The Top 10 2012 actually includes 19 wines as “some wines are rigorously equal” and could not be excluded from the list, Effervescents du Monde said in a statement. The winners were announced at the event hosted from 14 to 16 November. The competition’s ambition is to “award reliable and representative medals each year, reflecting the founding motto of Effervescents du Monde: diversity, quality and high standards”. “In 2012, Spain, Italy and Switzerland obtained many medals. These three countries [were] very closely followed by Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Portugal,” competition organisers said. The competition is in its 10th year, and aims to highlight the efforts made by sparkling wine producers and encourage scientific research and knowledge about these wines. It was certified by the French consumer protection agency and the European Union in 2003. “To be amongst this illustrious line-up of the best sparkling wines in the world in the land of Champagne, is a wonderful recognition for our Pongracz team and we are particularly proud of the recognition for our Rose,” said winemaker Elunda Basson. “The 2012 edition has been a success, with growth in participation showing that there is increasing interest in international, quality-based competitions,” Effervescents du Monde said. SAinfo reporter 27 November 2012 Two South African sparkling wines, Pongracz Rose Brut and Boschendal Le Grand Pavillon Brut Rose, made it onto the top 10 “Best Sparkling Wines in the World” list at the 2012 Effervescents du Monde competition held in Dijon, France earlier this month.last_img read more

Wonder star Tremblay kids with facial differences meet for screening of film

first_imgTORONTO – Vancouver child actor Jacob Tremblay was in Toronto on Monday for a special screening of his new film “Wonder” about a child with facial differences, sharing it with his muses — a group of young patients who live that reality every day and helped him prepare for his role.The 11-year-old plays Auggie Pullman, a child with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare congenital condition in which babies are born with underdeveloped facial bones and often little or no external ears.Based on R.J. Palacio’s 2012 novel, “Wonder” follows the joys and torments experienced by Auggie as he tries to navigate the fifth grade, his first foray into public schooling after having been taught at home by his parents (played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson).On Monday, Tremblay walked the blue carpet — “Wonder’s official colour” — at Sick Kids Hospital, along with two of his co-stars, 10-year-old Millie Davis of Toronto, who plays his friend Summer, and 12-year-old American actor Kyle Breitkopf, who took on the role of the bully Miles in the film.Joining the actors on the carpet were the patients whom Tremblay had reached out to while studying for the role of Auggie. For the film, he wore a heavy facial prosthetic, a wig and contact lenses.“I made friends and I also asked them if they could send me letters of any tips or experiences or stories they had,” Tremblay told The Canadian Press.One of those patients is Katie Atkinson, who was born with Treacher Collins and has had several surgeries since infancy, including receiving cheekbone and chin implants about a month ago.The 19-year-old nursing student at Mohawk College in Hamilton recalled being teased and bullied as a child because of her facial differences, including the fact she had “little ears.”“Yeah, I definitely was and I still struggle,” Atkinson admitted in an interview before the event, saying it can be extremely uncomfortable when strangers stare at her, although that kind of behaviour has lessened somewhat as her surgeries have progressed.“But when I was a child, my facial differences were a lot more prominent. … So a lot of times kids wouldn’t want to play with me. They would call me weird or ugly or an alien.”She related one incident in which her father had taken her into a coffee shop and the barista behind the counter — not realizing the child in the stroller was his — exclaimed “Oh, look at that really ugly baby. They should put it out of its misery.”It was such experiences that Atkinson related in her letter to Tremblay to give him the flavour of everyday life for people whose looks are outside the so-called norm.“When Jacob reached out to us and asked for our letters and wanted to meet with us, that was just so incredible,” Atkinson said. “It really showed his character and how much he cared about having our stories really come through his acting, to make it the most realistic and the most profound for us.”Farah Sheikh, a social worker in the Cleft Lip and Palate, and Craniofacial programs at Sick Kids, said the hospital receives about 130 new referrals from across the country each year, most commonly for children with a cleft lip or palate. The hospital currently follows about 5,000 patients with various facial differences.The programs provide team-based medical and psychosocial support to these children and their families, from diagnosis through to age 22.Initially, Sheikh works with parents, supporting them as they grapple with the medical challenges their child will face and helping to prepare them psychologically for possibly negative reactions from family and friends — and strangers.“It can be really overwhelming,” she said.But a key part of her role is also to support children with facial differences as they bump up against the reality of a society that is often unforgiving of physical anomalies.“The most important thing is to have them connect with other children with facial differences and build a sense of community and share their experiences,” said Sheikh, who runs a number of programs and workshops aimed at building their self-confidence and self-esteem.“For most of them, it’s the first time when they attend one of my groups that they’re meeting someone who also has a facial difference. There usually isn’t someone else in their school or classroom that they can look at and be like ‘We look alike’ and have already had like 15 surgeries at the age of 10.”Having a visible facial difference can be a significant challenge for children growing up and “the theme of this movie is very much focused on bullying because of how this young boy looks,” said reconstructive surgeon Dr. Chris Forrest, medical director of the craniofacial program.“And it’s very, very unfair that people have to be exposed to that type of behaviour,” he said, adding that “a movie like this is absolutely fantastic” because it desensitizes an important issue and opens up a conversation about acceptance of those who look different.Looking “different” is something Kariym Joachim, who was also born with Treacher Collins, has had to deal with all his life.Now 30, Joachim has undergone numerous surgical procedures — “I lost count past 20,” he confided in an interview — from plastic surgery and orthodontics to having sound-induction implants placed in his skull that allow him to hear.“Then there’s also the psychosocial aspect,” he said, explaining that Sick Kids helped him build his sense of identity and self-worth, along with supportive teachers and a small core group of friends “that stuck it out with me.”“But that doesn’t mean that I was free of the bullying and teasing.”While such outright verbal attacks have subsided, he hasn’t been able to escape the stares he gets from people as he goes through daily life.“There’s something to be said about getting on a subway train and being able to notice that there’s a lot of people staring, from the reflections on the window,” said Joachim, a clinical project research manager at Sick Kids.“You realize that somebody’s staring at you and you can’t help but think: ‘What are they wondering? Are they saying ‘Oh, this person is a freak?’ or ‘Was there an accident?’“Or in some cases, some people do believe that this could be something that can be a sin brought on by a parent. Some people feel that having a facial difference is a curse.”But in his letter to Tremblay, Joachim recounted both positive and negative experiences “to kind of help him to see what people with facial differences go through.”“I really wanted to convey that hopefully through the film that people would see that somebody with a facial difference is a person, they’re a very layered person with their own hobbies, thoughts, beliefs, and wishes and passions like anybody else.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Montrealer sentenced to life in US airport terror attack on police officer

first_imgFLINT, Mich. — A Montreal man who was convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer has been sentenced to life in prison.Amor Ftouhi was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman.Investigators say Ftouhi drove 1,600 kilometres from Montreal in 2017 and arrived at the airport in Flint, Mich. While there, he yelled “God is great” in Arabic and repeatedly stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville.Federal investigators say Ftouhi, a native of Tunisia who moved to Canada in 2007, wanted to get Neville’s gun and shoot people at the airport.Defence attorneys say Ftouhi wasn’t attempting to create mass casualties and wanted to be killed so his family could collect life insurance and he could become a martyr.But before sentencing, Ftouhi told the judge he had no regrets and only wished he could have acquired a machine-gun that day to kill Neville and others.The Associated Presslast_img read more

House of Assembly motion calls for InterHealth Canada Investigation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Jan 2015 – The country should have already moved to capitation from cost plus in the case of the Interhealth Canada agreement for health care and health management at the country’s two hospitals. Capitation is basically a pre-determined amount for what health care in the country would cost; cost plus is a more free system where the country is paying a standard amount plus additional costs as presented by Interhealth Canada. Today during the House of Assembly debate, the Leader of the Opposition, Sharlene Robinson called for a three pronged investigation into the 10 bed and 20 bed facilities in Grand Turk and Provo. Hon Robinson asked the members of the House to support the investigation and the Governor’s appointed member, Hon John Phillips said he agrees and supports.“I would have to say we have been underwhelmed by the success so far of the Interhealth Canada project. We are very concern, I have personally experienced three employees, one who is now dead, one who luckily survived because we sent him to Miami and the other one who is in very bad shape. I think an operation of scale which costs the government – I don’t remember the total figure we were just quoted – but $800 and some million over a 25-year period I think it is correct for the House to call for Interhealth Canada to provide us with audited statements, not only financial but technical, clinical whatever you were term; I think this is important not only to the government and the consolidated fund but also to the National Health Insurance program. We here in the House must demonstrate clearly that we are concerned and that we wish to bring InterHealth into line and we wish them to disclose honestly, openly and in a transparent manner to the people of the islands that they are doing their best to provide us with a service.”The Opposition Leader shared there was explained early on that in three years, there would be a review of ICL, yet in 2013 there were questions about the review and government said it would not take place until 2015, six years later the country is still awaiting financial and clinical audits. Opposition appointed member, Hon Clarence Selver reminded that the entire agreement was struck to reduce the costs of overseas healthcare, but the figures show a steady incline in those expenses absorbing the lion share of the national budget each year at 22%. Selver expressed outrage and called it unacceptable that the Turks and Caicos who hired InterHealth Canada is now made to wait on information as they continue to pay the unaudited bills. He charged that the PNP Administration is proving that it does not have compassion on the issue, that the government is not representing the people well. The motion wants answers on the cost of construction, the operational agreement of the contract from beginning to end and why a 10 bed and 20 bed facility costs what it costs. Related Items:clarence selver, interhealth canda, investigaTION, john phillips, Pdm, pnp, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

Julian residents opt for County fire authority not volunteer

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:42 PM Julian residents opt for County fire authority, not volunteercenter_img March 21, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJULIAN (KUSI) – It appears the county’s last all-volunteer fire department has come to an end. Even though the results aren’t official, voters involved in a special election in Julian have opted to have the community and it’s surrounding area,  be protected by the CALFIRE, not the volunteers.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman had more on this story. last_img read more

Installation Support Tops Armys FY17 Wish List

first_imgThe Army cites $1.4 billion in facilities sustainment, restoration and construction requirements that didn’t fit into its fiscal 2017 budget request, making installation support the most expensive item on its list of $7.5 billion in unfunded requirements submitted to Congress.The Army’s unfunded installation needs, obtained by Breaking Defense, would allow the service to:improve restoration and modernization from 37 percent to 82 percent of critical requirements;improve facility sustainment from 68 percent to 80 percent across all components; andfund 15 critical military construction projects, including reserve centers, access control points, an equipment concentration site and a company operations facility.The Army’s second most expensive unfunded requirement is training, which includes $1.4 billion in requirements needed to restore the readiness shortfall that resulted from the statutory spending caps. Those needs include home station training, flying hours, training ammunition, improvements to combat training centers, four emergency deployment/redeployment exercises, operational and range support, and individual skills training.The service’s wish lists are an opportunity for the military services and combatant commanders to outline weapons and other items they need but weren’t included in the Pentagon’s budget request. They are typically used by the armed services and appropriations committees to justify spending on items left out of the budget. The lists are expected to assume a heightened significance this year as defense hawks in the GOP strive to increase the department’s budget beyond the administration’s request, reported Politico.“The unfunded requirements are not just going to be wish-list items, they’re going to be real items that should have been funded … that we’re going to have to put back,” said Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio). Turner earlier urged the House Budget Committee to add $23 billion to Pentagon spending for FY 2017.The Army also listed $1.2 billion in unfunded needs to address recommendations from the National Commission on the Future of the Army, covering aviation modernization, retaining an 11th combat aviation brigade, retaining four National Guard attack battalions and National Guard readiness. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more