Advertisements New 40-bed ward to be built at Cornwall Regional Hospital Health & WellnessJanuary 7, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A new medical ward, accommodating 40 beds, is to be built at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James. This was announced by Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, on January 6, at a function at the hospital, to honour long-time donor of the health facility, Ms. Billie Rees West. “We have already identified the space for the new medical ward. The new ward will house both male and female patients and will reduce the time it takes for patients to be admitted. The proposal for funding is already being developed,” the Minister said. Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer (centre), speaking with patients during his tour of the Cornwall Regional Hospital on January 6. He informed that among new initiatives to come on stream at the Cornwall Regional Hospital was the establishment of a contract with IGL to pipe the health facility for oxygen and medical gases at a cost of approximately $12 million. “This project will begin next Monday, January 10 and will, in the long run, result in tremendous savings for us as it will reduce wastage and limit the use of cylinders. Gases will now be delivered more efficiently and the overall cost for medical gases will be less,” Mr. Spencer pointed out. He also announced plans for significant improvements to dental services at the hospital. “As we speak, the technocrats in the Ministry are in a retreat with the dentists, in an effort to address some of the unresolved issues. We are in the process of procuring some new equipment for that area and we are spending some $8 million to acquire 16 new dental chairs. We are committed to placing more focus on dental services for the new financial year,” he said. “The extension of the services at the hospital is a reflection of our continued commitment to provide health services to the people of Jamaica, particularly in the western region,” the Minister added. Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer (right), presents a plaque to Billie Rees West (seated), long-time contributor to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, at an appreciation ceremony at the hospital on January 6. Professor Charles Bagwell is seated behind Ms. West. Mr. Spencer congratulated Ms. West for her “tremendous” help to the development of the Cornwall Regional Hospital. “We are here to recognise and honour a very special person who has contributed tremendously to the development of the hospital, the western region and health care in Jamaica, Billie Rees West. For over 20 years you have been offering dedicated service to Jamaica in the area of health care. I would like to thank you for your commitment to this hospital and to patient care in Jamaica. You are an example to all of us and I encourage more persons to follow your lead,” the Minister told Ms. West. Mr. Henry presented a plaque to Ms. West, who lives in the United States. RelatedNew 40-bed ward to be built at Cornwall Regional Hospital RelatedNew 40-bed ward to be built at Cornwall Regional Hospital RelatedNew 40-bed ward to be built at Cornwall Regional Hospital
RelatedGov’t moves to Strengthen National Response to HIV/AIDS Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The government will be strengthening the national response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic for the 2012/13 fiscal year. To this end, $743.6 million has been provided in the Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives, for the Scaling Up to Provide Universal Access for HIV Treatment, Care and Prevention Service (Global Fund II) Project. The project, which got underway in August 2008, aims to strengthen multi-sector national response to prevent and address HIV/AIDS through consolidating existing gains, while scaling up services to reduce the transmission of new HIV infections and mitigate the impact. Under the project to date, 492 children and 8,675 adults have benefitted from anti-retroviral treatment; 5,672 adolescents and 20,064 youth reached with HIV prevention messages and interventions in out-of-school settings; 528 inmates reached in all adult correctional institutions through HIV intervention programmes; 12,269 voluntary counselling and testing conducted; and 58,384 CD4 tests done according to guidelines. Anticipated targets for the new fiscal year include the delivery of behavioural change communication to approximately 500,000 in-school youth in health and family life education; prevention activities for approximately 4,000 commercial sex workers, 3,500 men, who have sex with men (MSM) and 1,000 inmates; provision of testing and counselling; while approximately 8,500 men, women, and children with advanced HIV, are to benefit from anti-retroviral drugs. RelatedGov’t moves to Strengthen National Response to HIV/AIDS By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter RelatedGov’t moves to Strengthen National Response to HIV/AIDS Gov’t moves to Strengthen National Response to HIV/AIDS Health & WellnessMay 17, 2012
The first firefighters to arrive encountered fire and heavy smoke coming from the structure, and there were some electrical wires down that delayed entry a bit, Port Arthur Battalion Chief Patrick Murphy said.The caller indicated there was possibly a trapped person inside, but this was not the case, Murphy said. A call of a fire and a person possibly trapped sent Port Arthur firefighters to an El Vista area home, where the blaze was extinguished and no injuries reported.The call came in about 3:52 p.m. Wednesday for the home in the 5200 block of Minnie Street. The homeowner was outside the residence when firefighters arrived. Murphy said the fire was under control in a few minutes and the cause is under investigation.The fire appeared to be in one corner of the residence and didn’t spread to the rest of the house.
Russia’s Vympel shipyard, Rybinsk has launched a new hydrographic vessel of project 19920 made for the Russian Navy.According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, on the same day, the enterprise laid down keel for another vessel of that project.The ship is equipped with advanced automated hydrographic complexes with multi-beam echo sounders and high-precision positioning systems.After all trials and tests, the newbuild will be delivered to the Leningradskaya military naval base located in the city of Lomonosov. The delivery is scheduled for the end of the summer.The ship will be used to maintain over 160 navigational signs located on islands in hard-to-reach sectors.In addition, the vessel will be used to conduct survey of the bottom of the Gulf of Finland.
Government moves that would further undermine open justice have been attacked by the very lawyers on whom ministers rely to support the existing system of closed courts. It’s a major setback for the security service, which persuaded justice secretary Kenneth Clarke to endorse the reforms in a green paper on justice and security published last October. The MI5 proposals were prompted by the case of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident detained by the US at Guantanamo Bay. In response to a claim that Britain had been complicit in his rendition, detention and torture, the government agreed to settle the case and pay Mohamed compensation – said to be more that £1m – rather than disclose intelligence-related material to him and around 15 other former detainees. To avoid this dilemma in future, the green paper proposes extending what are called closed material procedures to all civil claims, not just those involving national security. Under these procedures, ministers can withhold sensitive evidence from a party to litigation in which the government is involved. Instead, the evidence is shown to the court and to a special advocate, an independent lawyer – usually a barrister – who has to find a way of representing the other side’s interests without telling that party what the government’s evidence says. Now, though, the special advocates have blown the whistle. In a response to the justice and security green paper signed by Angus McCullough QC and 56 other special advocates, the government’s proposals are dismissed as ‘insupportable’. McCullough is an experienced special advocate and the paper has been published on the excellent human rights blog he co-edits for his chambers, 1 Crown Office Row. The QC’s opinion of the government’s proposals is shared by pretty well everyone who does this kind of work. More than a third of the 69 special advocates on the attorney general’s list have not done any cases at all while others have done very few. Of the third that do most of the work, all agree that, despite their efforts, closed material procedures ‘remain fundamentally unfair’. McCullough and his colleagues say it’s one thing to argue that the unfairness and lack of transparency inherent in these procedures should be tolerated in areas such as deportation appeals and control order proceedings for reasons of national security. ‘It is quite another,’ they continue, ‘to suggest that government ministers should be endowed with a discretionary power to extend that unfairness and lack of transparency to any civil proceedings, including proceedings to which they are themselves party. ‘The introduction of such a sweeping power could be justified only by the most compelling of reasons. No such reason has been identified in the green paper and, in our view, none exists.’ What are the alternatives? First, the special advocates support the present rules of public interest immunity, under which a judge must decide whether the public interest in withholding the evidence is outweighed by the public interest in the proper administration of justice. In such cases, material excluded cannot be relied on by either side. Material that is included must be fully disclosed by the government. The special advocates rightly dismiss the green paper’s argument that courts would be better off being able to see all the material under a closed procedure than they are with part of the evidence excluded on the grounds of public interest. As Lord Kerr, a justice of the Supreme Court, has said, ‘evidence which has been insulated from challenge may positively mislead’. Second, they recommend consideration of arrangements in the US under which directly instructed lawyers acting for terrorist suspects are afforded a substantially greater measure of trust and confidence than their UK counterparts and can apply for security clearance. The US experience is ignored in the green paper’s section on international comparisons. But perhaps the most depressing thing of all about the government’s green paper is its air of unreality. Understandably, security service lawyers have little experience of litigation in the outside world. So, as the special advocates point out, the green paper makes no attempt to consider the practical implications of taking a procedure designed for appeals against coercive state action – such as deportation or controls on movements and assets – and applying it to the trial of a civil claim. How, for example, will a litigant be able to obtain funding to bring or defend a claim – either under legal aid, a conditional fee agreement, through after-the-event insurance or from a trade union – if the litigant’s solicitors cannot see the evidence needed to assess the chances of success? How can solicitors advise a client when to settle? How could an unsuccessful litigant be expected to pay the government’s costs? It’s bad enough that I, as a journalist, would not be able to report hearings held under closed procedures or the resultant judgments, except in anodyne terms. What is much more serious is that lawyers acting for non-government parties in such cases would have no access to these decisions either. Imagine bringing or defending a claim without being able to find out whether there is a precedent from the High Court, the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court that may be on all fours with the facts of your case. As Dinah Rose QC asked in a lecture last November, ‘how is the development of the common law to be reconciled with the accumulation of a body of secret case law, accessible only to the government and a small group of special advocates?’ Time for ministers to think again.
With racing, camping, a bar, and plans for an expanded playground, the Marshfield Motor Speedway offers extensive options for fun By Adam HockingEditorMARSHFIELD — Those that have not visited Marshfield Motor Speedway might not believe what would unfold before them should they enter its gates. The Speedway houses a massive half-mile track with an expansive grandstand, a full indoor bar, and space for camping.A variety of different race cars compete on the track, including Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, X-Treme 4’s, and Bandits with races every Saturday.General Manager Wayne Brevik has been running the speedway for the last six years, and he said despite a solid audience—an average of 300 to 500 people attend every Saturday—it has been a challenge to continually attract people to come out to the track. Brevik attributes some of that struggle to a generational shift. Children just are not as interested in racing as they once were.“It’s just a whole different generation. Saturday mornings you don’t see kids getting out there working on their cars,” Brevik said. “You just don’t see that anymore.”Brevik does not think increased concern about safety is responsible for the dip in interest.“We haven’t had to call an ambulance here in years,” Brevik said. “We have the No. 1 tech guy probably in the United States that actually works here, and it’s Mike Lemke. He’s from the Green Bay area, and he comes over on Saturdays, and he’s very strict.”Brevik also referenced the recent death of driver Kevin Ward involving racing star Tony Stewart. At a race in upstate N.Y., Ward left his car while on the track, and Stewart hit him. Brevik said that if a driver leaves their car before medical personnel reaches them, the driver loses points and payment for the night.When people do come to the track they are often surprised by what the facility has to offer. A church group recently visited the speedway and told Brevik, “We’re impressed. We never knew this was in our own community.”Unlike other regional tracks, the Marshfield Motor Speedway showcases two and three lane-wide racing. Others in the area feature single-file racing, according to Brevik.“There’ll always be a good show, always be a lot of cars racing, and we start—we like to have our show done within three hours,” Brevik said.Fans can also watch the race from a reserved parking area outside the track where they can bring their own food and drink.In order to attract more families, Brevik is expanding the on-site playground for next year. The playground will be supervised so parents can attend the race while their children play in a safe environment. The speedway also has closed circuit television so that if patrons want, they can visit the bar without missing the race.In addition, next year the speedway will begin hosting truck and tractor pulls as well as monster truck shows. Brevik hopes next year the speedway will go from almost all race events to half and half with equal parts racing and monster truck events.During the speedway’s offseason Brevik referees Division II and III NCAA basketball, though he says racing is still his first passion. Brevik regularly puts in 100-hour weeks to run and maintain the speedway.“I love it. It’s fun, but it’s a lot of work,” Brevik said.Though the track is closing for the season after the Sept. 27 “Eve of Destruction” event, Brevik will keep the bar open during the winter. The speedway lies directly next to snowmobile paths, and the bar will offer food and drinks to those passing through.The Eve of Destruction, Brevik said, will cater to an entirely new demographic than the speedway’s usual races.“That’s a whole different breed of people,” Brevik said. The events include daredevil competitions, a demolition derby, and a special event where trailers are raced around the track in reverse.Costs may vary for special events, but typically entry to the Speedway costs $12 for people age 15 and older, $8 for ages 9-14, and children age 8 or younger are admitted for free. Special family packages are also available.For more information on Marshfield Motor Speedway, visit http://www.marshfieldspeedway.com/. The speedway is located at 10853 County Road H in Marshfield.(Photos from the speedway available here)
Athlon Sports released a list Sunday morning of what it believes to be the 10 most explosive running backs returning for the 2016 college football season. Some of the names on the list won’t surprise you at all, but others undoubtedly will. College football’s 10 most explosive running backs returning for 2016. https://t.co/llw8KRXZTM pic.twitter.com/XwwX1MSv6S— Athlon Sports (@AthlonSports) June 12, 2016Here’s the list they came up with. Georgia Southern’s Matt BreidaFlorida State’s Dalvin CookLSU’s Leonard FournetteNew Mexico State’s Larry RoseSan Diego State’s Donald PumphreyBoise State’s Jeremy McNicholsWestern Michigan’s Jamauri BoganSouthern Mississippi’s Ito SmithNevada’s James ButlerIowa State’s Mike WarrenAthlon adds an excellent chart to explain their decisions and you can find that here.What do you think, college football fans? Are they forgetting anybody?
@jharkelroad1Michigan’s football program is set to unveil its new Air Jordan jerseys next week.The Wolverines, who signed a $173 million deal with Nike that runs through 2027, officially become a Nike school on Aug. 1. Jim Harbaugh’s team is set to reveal their new Jumpman-brand jerseys (they’ll be the first college football team to wear the logo) at a special ceremony on Tuesday in Detroit.It looks like a picture of the jerseys might have leaked early, though.Check out this photo:@mgoblog @michiganinsider @umichWD @SamWebb77 pic.twitter.com/NzWfGbhPVn— Justin E Harkelroad (@jharkelroad1) July 29, 2016This photo of the jerseys hasn’t been confirmed, but they certainly look like they could be Michigan’s new Jumpman jerseys. The uniforms aren’t expected to change much, save for the addition of the classic Air Jordan logo.If these are the new jerseys, what do you think, Michigan fans?The Wolverines open their 2016 season Sept. 3 against Hawaii.
Tim Hortons franchisees knew price increases on some menu items were coming, but the slight bump on breakfast menus the company confirmed Friday falls short of the 10 per cent across-the-menu hike those grappling with Ontario’s minimum wage hike feel they need, according to a franchisee association source.“Some restaurants in select markets have slightly increased prices for some breakfast menu items,” parent company Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR) said on Friday.“Regular adjustments to menu prices are a normal part of the restaurant business,” the Oakville, Ont.-based company said in a brief statement, making no connection between the move and the minimum wage controversy that’s landed the chain in hot water.A source from the Great White North Franchisee Association, a group not sanctioned by the company that aims to voice the concerns of the roughly half of Canadian franchisees it represents, confirmed RBI announced the price adjustment to franchisees weeks prior.The adjustments vary by area, the source said, but were added to a handful of items — mostly breakfast combos — and prices went up about 20 cents in many regions.The timing of RBI’s internal announcement indicates it has not bowed to mounting pressure from some franchisees, an industry group and the public to resolve how some store owners handled a 21 per cent jump in Ontario’s minimum wage, which kicked in Jan. 1.Some Tim Hortons franchisees in the province eliminated paid breaks, fully-covered health and dental plans, and other perks for their workers. The changes came to light after a letter from the owners of two Cobourg, Ont., franchisees circulated on social media.Those franchisees and the GWNFA partly blame RBI, which controls pricing, for refusing to help franchisees stomach the $2.40 jump in minimum hourly wages by boosting what they can charge for food and beverages, among other requests.The GWNFA source says franchisees want menu prices to go up by about 10 per cent across the board in Canada.The association estimates the minimum wage hike and other changes to the province’s labour laws will cost the average franchisee $243,889 a year. The calculation assumes an extra $3.35 hourly per employee, which also includes costs such as increased vacation pay.RBI denounced the actions taken by some franchisees and has said it’s committed to helping restaurant owners work through the changes. The company has declined to answer questions on how it intends to do that. Tim Hortons media relations declined to comment further Friday evening.Tim Hortons maintains individual franchisees are responsible for setting employee wages and benefits, while complying with applicable laws.Angry consumers have targeted both the parent company and the franchisees, taking to social media and encouraging others to #BoycottTimHortons in an effort to put pressure on either group to reverse the changes. Protesters also gathered outside Tim Hortons locations across Ontario this week.The Ontario Federation of Labour, an umbrella group for workers and their unions in Ontario, called on RBI’s chief executive Daniel Schwartz to take immediate steps to ensure his franchisees comply with and respect the spirit of the province’s labour laws.The dispute over employee wages and price hikes is the latest round of finger-pointing in an ongoing blame game between some franchisees and their corporate parent. They have publicly sparred over alleged mismanagement and filed several lawsuits against each other in recent months.Tim Hortons appears to have last adjusted prices Aug. 2, 2017 when it boosted what it charges for hot beverages and breakfast items.The last known prior price increase was in 2014.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.