‘Staged approach’: some elective medical procedures in Alaska will restart on Monday, April 20

first_imgCoronavirus | Health | Public Safety | State Government‘Staged approach’: some elective medical procedures in Alaska will restart on Monday, April 20April 15, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media, and Rashah McChesney, KTOO Share:Update — Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public MediaElective medical procedures will be reintroduced in Alaska in steps, with some services that require minimal protective equipment restarting on Monday, April 20.Katie Church, an RN at Bartlett Regional Hospital, demonstrates putting on personal protective equipment to handle a patient infected with COVID-19 on Monday, April 7, 2020 in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Gov. Mike Dunleavy and state health officials announced a new health mandate allowing more health care services at a briefing on Wednesday.State Health and Human Services Commissioner Adam Crum said health care providers must keep social distancing where possible and minimize the use of personal protective equipment.“It’s a staged approach, making sure that PPE is being conserved, that individuals understand the importance of maintaining alternative methods of care — be it telehealth or videoconferencing services — and the importance of physical barriers, and limiting the number of people in the workplace,” Crum said.The mandate would allow a wider range of elective procedures starting on May 4. For procedures that put health care workers at risk of exposure to the coronavirus, patients would have to have a negative test result for the virus within 48 hours of the procedure.Visitors to health care facilities will be restricted to end-of-life visits; a parent of a minor; a support person for labor and delivery; and a spouse or caregiver that lives with the patient on the day of a procedure. If a caregiver doesn’t live with the patient, they can be with the patient when they’re discharged.State officials have said increased testing capacity and supplies of protective equipment allowed for the change. Dunleavy said the economic impact of suspending elective procedures and the need to keep health care providers in the state also factored into the decision.Original story — Rashah McChesney, KTOOGov. Mike Dunleavy’s latest COVID-19 press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m.The governor, Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink have been holding these briefings almost daily since March 10.They’ve shared updates on the number of people in the state with confirmed cases, announced public health mandates and explained the administration’s strategy and rationale.Two more hospitalizations were reported today, bringing the state’s total to 34 — though that figure is cumulative and doesn’t represent the number of people currently hospitalized in the state. There are also eight new confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total to 293.The updated count includes a case from the Nome census area, three from Juneau, one from Kenai and three from Anchorage. So far, 106 people have recovered from the virus.The Dunleavy administration has imposed public health mandates that have reshaped daily life across Alaska to combat the spread of the virus. Those mandates and other Alaska-specific COVID-19 resources and information are available at coronavirus.alaska.gov.On Wednesday, the governor will be joined by Corrections Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom. She’ll be talking about how the department is handling COVID-19 cases in the state’s correctional facilities.While there have not been widespread cases of the virus found in correctional facilities in the state, in Juneau there has been an outbreak at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. So far, six staff members have tested positive for the virus.You can watch Wednesday’s press conference live on this post, the governor’s Facebook or Livestream pages, or on 360 North television. Share this story:,The headline for this story has been updated. The headline for this story has been updated.last_img read more

Pay to return to pre-crisis levels in 2017, think tank predicts, but warns of inflation rise risk

first_imgSunday 13 September 2015 12:52 pm whatsapp whatsapp Pay will return to pre-crisis levels by 2017 if economic trends continue, a think tank predicts, however rising inflation could push that off-course.The latest research by the Resolution Foundation predicts that average weekly earnings grew by between 2.7 per cent and 2.8 per cent in the three months to July, in line with the three months to June and the joint fastest level of growth in the past eight years, largely thanks to low inflation. If this rate persists, which is above the post-crisis trend of 2.2 per cent, then average pay will return to pre-crisis levels in mid-2017. Read more: Rates must rise “relatively soon”, says BoE’s Weale“Britain’s pay recovery has settled in at a healthy 2.8 per cent, helped along by historically low inflation,” said Resolution Foundation’s chief economist Matthew Whittaker. However, price rises may make continued growth in pay levels difficult to maintain in the long term.“After six years of falling real pay, this period of catch-up growth is very welcome for workers. But it may prove short-lived once inflation picks up. Even in the optimistic scenario in which wage growth remains above-trend, it will be 2017 before the pre-crisis average pay level is restored – a decade of lost growth. Prospects for stronger wage growth will ultimately rest on getting to grips with Britain’s poor productivity record, and ensuring that these improvements find their way into pay packets.”Average earnings remain over £110 a week lower than they would have been if the rate of growth pre-crisis had continued, and the think tank warned that the country may never recover that lost ground.The group’s pay projection report is published ahead of official figures from the Office of National Statistics due to be released this week, which are expected to show average earnings growth excluding bonuses, of 2.9 per cent, according to analysts. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comcenter_img Share Lynsey Barber Show Comments ▼ Pay to return to pre-crisis levels in 2017, think tank predicts, but warns of inflation rise risk last_img read more

How many calories does Trump’s hand-waving actually burn?

first_img Donald Trump says he gets most of his exercise from campaigning. How many calories does his hand-waving actually burn? Matthew Orr/STAT So, if Trump gesticulated for the duration of a 45-minute stump speech, he’d burn between 120 and 160 calories.That would seem to fall short of the exercise habits of sitting world leaders. In a 2008 letter, then-Senator Obama’s doctor wrote that he exercises regularly, “often jogging three miles.” Hillary Clinton “exercises regularly, including yoga, swimming, walking and weight training.” Canada’s prime minister and Mexico’s president were recently spotted running together.advertisement The Trump workout planVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/09/15/donald-trump-hand-gestures-exercise/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:4000:40  Tags Donald TrumpPresidential campaign By Ike Swetlitz Sept. 15, 2016 Reprints Related:center_img In his appearance Thursday on “The Dr. Oz Show,” Donald Trump touched on various aspects of his health, including physical activity — saying that the “motion” he uses during speeches is a “pretty healthy act.” He’s previously made similar claims, telling People last year that “speaking is almost a form of exercise” for him.Trump sure does gesticulate generously. But how does that translate into calories burned? Luckily scientists have come up with a standardized way to compare different forms of physical activity. The exertion is measured in units of METs, short for “metabolic equivalent of task.” This is a way of comparing how strenuous different activities are: watching television sitting down has a value of 1, tap dancing measures 4.8, and vigorously chopping down trees racks up 17.5 points. The values are collected in the “Compendium of Physical Activities.”The compendium even has entries that could describe Trump’s behavior: “sitting, fidget hands” and “standing (fidgeting).” They fall between 1.5 and 2 on the physical activity scale.advertisement 5 takeaways from this week’s Clinton-Trump medical circus If Trump was looking to do the equivalent of a 30-minute, 3-mile run completely with his hands, he’d have to gesticulate for between two and a half and three and a half hours. HealthHow many calories does Trump’s hand-waving actually burn? last_img read more

NK Policy a Winner for President Lee

first_imgNews Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak South Korea’s Lee Myung Bak administration is two years old today. So now is a great time to ask: has its North Korea policy been effective for the last two years?The Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) has used this anniversary to survey public opinion in South Korea on the matter. Three significant results stand out: 58% of those surveyed agree with the policy overall, 84% approve of the “Grand Bargain” concept, and 56% believe North Korea is the cause of Korean Peninsula hostility. Four years ago, only 25% thought North Korea was the hostile party. So then, has the Lee administration policy been successful? It appears so.The obvious reasons why the South Korean people think more negatively of North Korea than they once did are the nuclear tests, long-range missile launches, shooting of a South Korean tourist at Mt. Geumgang and recent, memorable provocations in the West Sea. Some experts have concluded that the impetus in inter-Korean relations has finally been taken back under President Lee’s watch. Is this assessment justified? People have a tendency to think that frequency of contact between North and South is the standard by which to assess the quality of the inter-Korean relationship. For example, how much dialogue is had; how much money is invested in economic cooperation projects; how many people visit North Korean tourist spots; how many inter-Korean events are held per year… as though this represents the total value of relations.However, though these are useful conditions by which to judge the inter-Korean situation, they are neither the only ones nor even sufficient ones. In order to really judge how effective South Korean policy is in shaping the inter-Korean relationship, one has to take note of the following three points: (1) how successfully South Korea’s policies weaken North Korea’s hard-line militarism; (2) how effective they are in spreading market elements in North Korean society; and (3) how much they contribute to opening and reform. However, the Kim Dae Jung and Roh Mu Hyun administrations tried to put inter-Korean relations in and of themselves in the center, so they focused on how many times North and South met in order to show off “good relations” to the South Korean people. However, this was a long way from the core of the problem. Dialogue alone is not able to solve all Korean Peninsula problems. Therefore, South Korea lost its leverage in the relationship and ended up being dragged around by North Korea in every regard, so much so that the North even felt able to dispatch a low-level adviser, Kwon Ho Woong, to ministerial-level talks with the South Korean Minister of Unification. After this kind of insult, the Roh Mu Hyun administration tried to gloss over the reality of the inter-Korean situation, saying that it would continue to pursue the momentum of the dialogue. From this point of view, the two years of the Lee administration’s North Korea policy have been successful; Seoul has taken back the leverage in inter-Korean relations by maintaining principled policies. Although this administration’s officials have not met the North Korean authorities that frequently, that is not the point. This wrestling back of initiative is more significant. How the Lee administration achieved it is important to note; first-and-foremost by restoring the South Korea-U.S. alliance, which is the key to undermining the traditional North Korean trick of isolating South Korea by communicating with the U.S.If the Lee administration wants to be evaluated well by the people after the next two years, it must maintain its principled policy on North Korea and not use North Korean issues in domestic politics for the ruling party’s benefit. In terms of the mooted inter-Korean Summit, the same applies. If President Lee sees any progress in denuclearization, human rights and/or the opening up of North Korea, a summit may be appropriate. Otherwise, the Lee administration should dismiss it without debate. Whether or not this government’s North Korea policy continues to be judged a success by the people of South Korea will depend ultimately on its degree of ongoing sincerity. Facebook Twitter News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China NK Policy a Winner for President Lee RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img By Sohn Kwang Joo, Editor – 2010.02.25 3:04pm AvatarSohn Kwang Joo, Editor News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE News last_img read more

House Passes Proceeds of Crime Act

first_imgRelatedHouse Passes Proceeds of Crime Act RelatedHouse Passes Proceeds of Crime Act Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The House of Representatives yesterday (Jan. 23) passed the Proceeds of Crime Act following a suspended debate, which began last year and simultaneously approved the Report of the Joint select Committee, which was set up to consider and report on the Bill.The Act repeals and replaces the Drug Offences Forfeiture of Proceeds and Money Laundering Acts, and will provide for forfeiture through the courts, all properties and accumulated wealth, which cannot be explained by legitimate activity. It will support efforts to fight organized crime and to ensure that persons engaged in criminal activities do not profit from their illegal activities.Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips explained that the 140-clause Act would “substantially take the profit out of criminal activity and ensure that those who are committed to a criminal lifestyle and who can have this demonstrated before the courts, will not be able to benefit from the illicit proceeds of their criminality”.“If a person has managed to evade justice in the short term and has shrewdly converted that loot into actual possessions, be they houses, cars, stocks and shares of other items, there can be no reason either from the point of view of law or Constitution, or any moral basis at all, why such proceeds of criminal activity should be retained by those who committed the crimes,” he stated.This principle he pointed out, had found legislative expression in the Drug Offences Forfeiture of Proceeds Act, in which it was provided that where a person had been convicted of a drug offence, an application may be made to the court for a forfeiture order against tainted property and upon conviction, that property may be seized by the state.That Act also provided for a pecuniary penalty to be applied in a sum equal to the value of the tainted property, if that was the more feasible course. “This legislative principle is now being extended beyond drug offences to a wider range of crimes as specified in the Bill, whether repeated crimes overtime, or a single crime,” Dr. Phillips explained.The Bill provides for the establishment of an assets recovery agency and the Minister said that when the Bill comes into force, he intended to designate the Financial Investigations Division, as that agency.Under the criminal law approach, where a person has been convicted of an offence, including earning from prostitution and illegal use of and exporting of firearms, the assets recovery agency or the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) may apply to the Supreme Court for a Forfeiture Order against property of that offender.“This is quite separate from the penalty that may be imposed in relation to the offence for which the offender has been convicted. So, if the penalty involved is imprisonment or a fine, that is one matter, but beyond that, it will be possible for the properties, owned and demonstrated to be proceeds of that criminal activity or lifestyle involved to be forfeited by the courts,” Dr. Phillips elaborated.Further, he said, if the defendant has been convicted in a Resident Magistrates (RM) court, the RM may, on the application of the agency or the DPP, commit the matter to the Supreme Court for consideration, although this would not affect the right of the RM to sentence the convicted offender. The court may grant this order if it is satisfied that the offender has a criminal lifestyle, and has benefited from his general criminal conduct.“A criminal lifestyle is evidenced by the conviction of certain offences or conduct done over a period of time, forming part of a course of criminal activity or offences committed over a period,” the Minister explained.“If the court does not find that he has a criminal lifestyle, all that needs to be proven is that he has benefited from a particular crime. The court will identify property used in or in connection with the offence . and that property will be forfeited,” he continued.If the property has been so identified cannot be located or is located outside of the island or has been transferred to a third party, it is possible that the courts, instead of ordering the forfeiture of the property, may make a pecuniary penalty order, against the offender.Dr. Phillips noted that the legislation also made provision for appeal by third parties, who may have unwittingly bought property from persons involved in criminal enterprises, or persons who “otherwise may have been drawn into the web”.While supporting the Bill, Member of Parliament for North Eastern St. Andrew, Delroy Chuck, said more far-reaching measures should be sought to apprehend criminals, such as investigating the tax records of those who lived lavish lifestyles with no visible means of income.center_img House Passes Proceeds of Crime Act UncategorizedJanuary 24, 2007 RelatedHouse Passes Proceeds of Crime Actlast_img read more

Cabinet Approves Water Resources Authority Board

first_imgRelatedCabinet Approves Water Resources Authority Board FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved several appointments to the Board of the Water Resources Authority (WRA), which has responsibility for managing the country’s water resources.Water and Housing Minister, Dr. Horace Chang, who has portfolio responsibility for the WRA, told journalists at Wednesday’s (March 19) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, that the Board was named previously, but that several members nominated were unable to take up their appointments. These persons will now join the rest of the members to bring the Board up to its full complement.The additional members are: Alexander Williams, attorney-at-law; Dr. Jeffery Williams, medical practitioner; and Cheyanne McLarty, environmental scientist.Dr. Chang said the other members of the Board are: Chairman, Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee, Jr., Head of the Mona Infomatics Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI); Willard Pinnock, Lecturer, UWI; Patrice Blair, student, University of Technology (UTech); Basil Fernandez, Managing Director, WRA, and Donovan Stanberry, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water and Housing. Cabinet Approves Water Resources Authority Board UncategorizedMarch 21, 2008 RelatedCabinet Approves Water Resources Authority Boardcenter_img Advertisements RelatedCabinet Approves Water Resources Authority Boardlast_img read more

New Suburb For Melbourne’s South East

first_imgNew Suburb For Melbourne’s South East VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to support a new community in Melbourne’s south east – including thousands of new homes, four new schools and 22 MCG’s worth of parkland.Pakenham East will feature 7,200 new homes, creating 1,300 new jobs and adding more than $1 billion to the Victorian economy over the coming years.The new suburb will include a local town centre and convenience centre, two government primary schools, one non-government primary school, one government secondary school, three community centres and 44 hectares of local parks and sports reserves.Pakenham East will feature beautiful green spaces where the new community can enjoy the unique benefits of their natural landscape. Deep Creek, Hancocks Gully and two hilltops will be turned into public open space.Local residents will be able to move around easily with access to new pedestrian and cycling links to the recently announced Pakenham East and the existing Pakenham Station which will be upgraded as part of the Cranbourne-Pakenham Line Level Crossing Removal Project. The new suburb will also have an extensive network of local roads feeding onto the Princes Highway.The new suburb will be guided by the recently approved Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan.This is the first plan to be approved under the Labor Government’s new VPA Fast Track program to provide certainty for communities about future development, a pipeline of development for industry and future jobs and homes for Victorians and unlock $17 billion for Victoria’s economy.Construction of Pakenham East will commence in early 2021, for further information on the plan for Pakenham East visit: vpa.vic.gov.au/pakenham-east-pspAs stated by Acting Minister for Planning Lily D’Ambrosio“We’re ensuring the new community at Pakenham East is supported by the best infrastructure in the right places.” “Pakenham East will provide an economic boost for the local community, with a pipeline of development for new homes, employment and community infrastructure.”As stated by Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale“Pakenham East will be a great place to live and raise a family, with jobs, schools, parks and affordable homes – keeping the dream of owning a home within the reach of many Victorian families.” “When the train line extension to Pakenham East opens in 2024 it will connect the community to surrounding areas, major service hubs, metropolitan Melbourne and the airport.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, community, Economy, employment, Government, industry, infrastructure, Jordan, Melbourne, Minister, Pedestrian, pipeline, planning, project, secondary school, Victorialast_img read more

Occasional care becomes more affordable for many Orange families

first_imgOccasional care becomes more affordable for many Orange families Eligible families may now claim the federal government’s childcare subsidy rebate when using Orange Occasional Care.The Occasional Care Cottage in Kite Street is a community-based, not-for-profit centre within Orange City Council’s Children’s Services network. Occasional Care provides flexible child care in an emergency, short-term or on a temporary basis for children aged between six weeks and five years.Orange Mayor Reg Kidd welcomed the change and said it would make the service more affordable.“Orange Occasional Care is a one-of-a-kind service in Orange for anyone who needs short-term, flexible care for their children,” Cr Kidd said.“It’s great for parents or carers who do shift work, or casual shifts who need flexible hours instead of being locked into a set weekly bookings as is the case with most long-day care centres.“It’s also perfect for people who have appointments, job interviews or simply for people who want to get the shopping done, have a haircut, or have some respite from having young children in tow.”Orange Occasional Care has been successful in its bid to qualify for the federal government’s child care subsidy, which means eligible families will pay less per hour for the service.Orange City Council’s Senior Children’s Services Coordinator Melissa Stanford said parents and carers need to check with Centrelink about their eligibility for the child care subsidy.“The child care subsidy is means tested but in most cases, families will pay considerably less to send their children to our Occasional Care Service,” Ms Stanford said.“We have also recently extended our opening hours from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.“These two initiatives combined will make Orange Occasional care a very attractive service for a lot more families in the area.”Ms Stanford encourages anyone interested in learning more about Orange Occasional Care, or Orange Family Day care to attend a free twilight playgroup at the Occasional Care cottage at 85 Kite Street on Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm. All guests must register with Eventbrite ahead of the event.Contact Orange Occasional Care on 6393 8670 for information. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:childcare, children, council, Emergency, Family, federal government, Government, local council, Orange, Orange City Council, rebatelast_img read more

Public Procurement Bill to be Tabled Shortly

first_imgStory HighlightsA Bill to legislate the newly proposed Government public procurement regime is to be tabled in the House of Representatives shortly.The new regime outlines a number of activities which have either been undertaken or are slated for implementation to strengthen the procurement process.Activities include: the creation of a designated public procurement policy office in the Ministry of Finance and Planning; revision of the public procurement handbook; and the publication of a weekly public procurement page in the national newspapers. A Bill to legislate the newly proposed Government public procurement regime is to be tabled in the House of Representatives shortly.The new regime outlines a number of activities which have either been undertaken or are slated for implementation to strengthen the procurement process.This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio (Public Service), Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 8, under the theme: ‘Consolidating the Gains towards Economic Growth Reform and Public Sector Modernization’.Activities, which he said have been undertaken, thus far, include: the creation of a designated public procurement policy office in the Ministry of Finance and Planning; revision of the public procurement handbook; and the publication of a weekly public procurement page in the national newspapers.Pending is the introduction of the electronic government procurement process; promulgation of a new procurement law; development of a new cadre of public procurement professionals; and development of a new regime for insurance placement in government.Also proposed are: separation of the National Contracts Commission (NCC) from the Office of the Contractor General (OCG), and renaming the NCC the Public Procurement Commission; further revision of the approvals threshold; revision of emergency contracting procedures; establishment of a new contractor registration system; removal of the need for the Ministry’s comments on all contracts prior to approval; and establishment of a Public Appeals Board (PAB).Mr. Dalley said the PAB will be established as an independent tribunal to adjudicate contractor complaints in a procurement process. He explained that this administrative body will “strengthen the integrity and transparency of the public procurement process.”The Minister indicated that “our stakeholders, mainly the (Incorporated) Master Builders Association of Jamaica, have fully endorsed the new public procurement regime.” RelatedIncrease for Government Pensioners FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedJamaica Customs Collects $134 Billioncenter_img Advertisements Public Procurement Bill to be Tabled Shortly Finance & Public ServiceJuly 10, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedProcess to Transform Public Sector Advancing Steadilylast_img read more

Liberty Global in talks to buy Cable & Wireless Communications

first_img Luz verde a la fusión entre Telefónica y Liberty Global en el Reino Unido AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 OCT 2015 Home Liberty Global in talks to buy Cable & Wireless Communications Related Kavit Majithia Author Liberty Global eyes edge move with Digital Colony JV Telefonica, Liberty Global to finalise UK merger Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Acquisitive cable group Liberty Global is in talks with Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) over a possible takeover, in a deal that could reportedly be worth more than $5 billion.Both companies confirmed that discussions are underway in separate statements, after The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) first broke the news yesterday.According to WSJ sources, a deal could be reached before both companies release their financial results in early November.However, as is common with takeover negotiations, Liberty Global warned the talks may not amount to an offer, and said it has until 19 November to announce “a firm intention to make an offer for CWC”, in accordance with UK law.The move is seen as a way for Liberty, owned by tycoon John Malone, to further extend its reach in the Caribbean, where CWC has a large presence, along with its operations in Latin America.Earlier this year, CWC acquired another John Malone backed company, Columbus International, for $1.9 billion, which in turn handed Malone a 13 per cent voting stake in CWC. He has therefore recused himself from the discussions between Liberty and CWC, according to a source.CWC, which is headquartered in London, has regional operations in Caribbean, Panama, Monaco and Seychelles, where it tailors its offering around convergence, offering bundled pay-tv, internet, wireless and fixed services.According to CWC’s website, it has six million total subscribers, of which 3.7 million are mobile, and says it is a leader in 10 out of 15 mobile markets. It has a reported market value of approximately $4 billion, and with debt, the deal could be valued at up to $8 billion.Liberty, too, has been focused on a strategy around bundled offerings, and has been looking to beef up in mobile to complement its vast cable business, which spans Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.The company however does not own a mobile operator in the Caribbean.Speaking of the Caribbean in September, Liberty CEO Mike Fries said “the region as a whole requires massive consolidation”. Liberty also recently created a separate stock named LiLAC which groups together all its Latin American and Caribbean operations.Malone is seemingly back on the hunt for acquisitions after Liberty’s talks with Vodafone over a possible asset exchange collapsed last month.Over the years, it has made a series of cable acquisitions, including Virgin Media in the UK and Dutch operator Ziggo. It has also been linked by analysts with a possible move to acquire T-Mobile Netherlands, which could be up for sale. Cable & Wireless CommunicationsLiberty Global Tags Previous ArticleEE radio chief admits it’s “held back” on small cells; aims for balloon trialNext ArticleEricsson Q3 boosted by cost cuts, but China weighs last_img read more