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Over $300M in expired drugs in Region 4 alone

first_imgThe Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Region Four (Demerara/Mahaica) is found to have in its possession in excess of 0 million in expired drugs and pharmaceuticals; and according to Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, no effort is being made to dispose of these items.Sharma in his 2015 Audit Report, said that physical verification exercises conducted on drugs and medical supplies at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre and ten Health Centres in the region, revealed that there are approximately $315.618 million in expired drugs at these locations.“The Audit Office recommends that the Regional Administration undertakea survey to determine the realistic needs of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies at these institutions in order to reduce losses through the expiration of drugs,” the AG Report stated.Sharma also lambasted the authorities for their failure to take the necessary steps to properly dispose of the expired goods and recommended that the necessary actions be taken in this regard.This revelation comes on the heels of recent public disclosure that many of the medical facilities in Region Four and many other parts of the country were without basic medical supplies such as pain killers, syringes and even bandage, making it futile for them to treat patients for minor complications.Drug purchaseThe state auditors also found that of the $226.781 million budgeted for in 2015 for the procurement of drugs & medical supplies for the region, an Inter-Departmental Warrant on December 12, 2015 was issued to the Ministry of Public Health valuing $224.781 million for the Ministry to procure drugs and medical supplies on behalf of the Region. However, audit checks revealed that the Ministry was unable to execute the purchase.This revelation comes in the face of recent massive drug shortages in the region, including at the Diamond Hospital and a number of health centres across the region.Sharma also cited similar occurrences in almost all the other administrative region.Meanwhile, the AG report also highlighted a number of financial and other breaches by the Regional Administration including hiring of vehicle despite the region having its own.The report singled out an instance where the RDC expended some $9.4 million to hire two vehicles to deliver juice, biscuits and furniture to various schools across the Region, despite having a canter truck and several other vehicles which could have been utilised for this purpose.However, the regional authorities argued that the “medium-sized” canter truck and other vehicles are inadequate to transport the items.Living quartersMeanwhile, the Auditor General questioned the regional authorities over their failure to collect rental from persons who are occupying more than 100 living quarters owned by the regional authorities.Sharma reminded of circularised instructions which state that for the occupation of Government quarters, Public Servants are required to pay rent of 10% and 12% of their salary for unfurnished and furnished accommodation, respectively, except where entitlement to rent-free Government quarters had been previously approved, as a condition of service.He said of the 300 buildings controlled by the Regional Administration, 132 are occupied by various persons including individuals from Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and TOPCO, however only 26 of those persons are paying rent.“However, from the records presented for audit examination it could not be determined whether those persons who were not paying rent were entitled to rent free quarters,” Sharma’s Report pointed out.He recommended that authorities take steps to collect the outstanding rentUnder its capital programme, the region failed to execute about 46.3% of its capital budget for 2015.“The sum of $237.387M was budgeted in 2015 for the Region to execute its capital programme. According to the Appropriation Account the sum of $127.474M were expended, resulting in the Region not achieving its anticipated level of capital expenditure activities in 2015 by $109.913 million,” the report stated. There were also issues of overpayment of contractors, improper record keeping and breach of financial regulations in the region.last_img read more

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Benitez 100 percent behind Benzema

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s forward Karim Benzema scores during a Spanish league football match against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 5, 2015. PHOTO/AFPMADRID, December 12- Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has reiterated his support for troubled French striker Karim Benzema after he was indefinitely suspended from representing his country.Benzema faces criminal charges in his homeland after allegedly becoming embroiled in a sex-tape blackmail attempt against international teammate Mathieu Valbuena. The 27-year-old now looks set to miss next summer’s European Championships on home soil unless the case is resolved before June, French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said on Thursday.However, in contrast to the reaction in France, Benzema has received full support from Madrid with both Benitez and club president Florentino Perez insisting they have faith that his name will eventually be cleared.“I have shown personally and we are all in agreement that we 100 percent support Karim,” Benitez said on Saturday.“In the contact we have with him he is an excellent person.”Benzema has rewarded Madrid’s faith by scoring five times in his last two games, including his first hat-trick in five years in a 8-0 mauling of Swedish champions Malmo on Tuesday.“He is a fundamental player for us and I want him to continue scoring goals so that he is relaxed and helping Real Madrid, which is what interests me most,” Benitez added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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6 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan attack

first_img“It’s an irony that the United States far and away has the most powerful military in the world,” said Jones. “I think the current levels of attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan show, however, that the key vulnerability to the United States both in Afghanistan and Iraq is the asymmetric attacks.” U.S. forces have two combat brigades – more than 8,000 troops – in eastern Afghanistan this year, up from one last year. The U.S. has about 25,000 forces in Afghanistan today – 15,000 under NATO and 10,000 under the U.S.-led coalition. Accetta said U.S. forces this year have pushed into new areas that traditionally have been militant safe havens. “If you look back, last year we didn’t have a significant presence in Nuristan, and now we do,” he said. “That all contributes to the fact there have been more casualties this year than there have been in previous years.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KABUL, Afghanistan – Militants ambushed and killed six U.S. troops walking in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan – the most lethal attack in a year that has been the deadliest for the U.S. military here since the 2001 invasion. The number of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan this year mirror the record toll in Iraq. Both conflicts have seen an increase in troop levels this year that has put more soldiers in harm’s way, including those killed Friday while returning from a meeting with village elders in Nuristan province. Militants wielding rocket-propelled grenades killed the six Americans and three Afghan soldiers. Eight U.S. troops were wounded. “They were attacked from several enemy positions at the same time,” Lt. Col. David Accetta, a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and the U.S. military, said Saturday. “It was a complex ambush.” The six deaths bring the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan this year to at least 101, according to an Associated Press count, surpassing the 93 troops killed in 2005. About 87 died last year. The toll echoes the situation in Iraq, where U.S. military deaths this year surpassed 850, also a record. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Launched in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the war in Afghanistan quickly ousted al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden and his Taliban protectors and appeared to have been a swift military victory. But insurgent attacks – advanced ambushes and suicide and roadside bombs – have risen sharply the last two years, and analysts say the counterinsurgency battle U.S. and NATO forces now face will take a decade or more to win. Critics of the Bush administration say the Pentagon turned its attention away from Afghanistan during the build-up to the invasion in Iraq, leaving the military with too few resources here to back up that initial victory with an adequate security presence. Though attacks in Iraq have dropped in recent months, U.S. troops there have also faced a rising number of suicide and roadside bombs since the 2003 invasion, known as asymmetric attacks in military circles. Seth Jones, an expert on Afghanistan at the Washington-based RAND Corp., said the power of the U.S. military has forced insurgent groups into relying on such bombings. last_img read more

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Arsenal transfer ALERT! Spanish clubs tracking frustrated Oxlade-Chamberlain

first_img1 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not happy with his bit-part role at the Emirates Sevilla and Valencia are keeping tabs on Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The England international revealed on Sunday that he is frustrated with life on the substitutes bench and has been considering his options.Previously the 23-year-old has been linked with Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool.But, according to El Gol Digital, Oxlade-Chamberlain is now attracting interest in Spain from Sevilla and Valencia.Both clubs have been alerted to the winger’s uncertain future and they are ready to offer him a way out if he leaves north London.Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, however, are insistent that Oxlade-Chamberlain is not for sale and that he’ll be going nowhere.last_img read more

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Failure of will

first_imgIN Los Angeles, there’s no end to the problems that civic leaders are willing to identify and study. Gangs, chronic homelessness, business tax reform, police abuses – all of those subjects and more have at least one report gathering dust on some City Hall basement shelf. When it comes to turning those studies into action, however, and fixing those things they’ve identified as problems, well, there’s a severe shortage of political will among L.A.’s civic and political elite. That’s the short explanation of why five studies and seven years of “reform” later, the Los Angeles Police Department is still plagued by the same flaws, the same “warrior mentality,” the same “upside-down culture” that fostered corrupt anti-gang cops Rafael Perez and Nino Durden at the LAPD’s Rampart Division. That’s why the latest Rampart aftermath report, conducted by a blue-ribbon commission under the watch of civil-rights lawyer Connie Rice, finds that the LAPD is still at risk for other Rampart scandals, other Rodney Kings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The Rice report stems from a review of the original investigation, analysis of departmental changes and interviews with 270 officers and other law enforcement personnel. What the group found was that despite a lot of talk about building up the LAPD’s “thin blue line,” in the four decades since the Watts Riots, very little has been done to make officers less outnumbered on the streets. Outside of the one bright spot in the report – the Rampart Division itself, which adopted a very different policing structure after being rocked by scandal – the same problem spots persist. There’s still understaffing of officers in the heaviest crime areas. There’s still significant tension between the police and the public. There’s still a disconnect between the beleaguered officer on the street and the department brass. What will it take for elected officials to put their promises of reform into action? How many more reports must show that real reform has yet to occur before city leaders act? In fact, there’s more will to build a new $370 million LAPD headquarters than there has ever been than to beef up the department and give officers the training they need. It ought to start today, which is when the blue ribbon commission report is officially presented to the City Council. This is the chance that elected politicians have missed for more than 40 years that could finally turn the LAPD into a modern police organization that respects the public and is respected by it.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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Simi Valley piano prodigy brings passion to keyboard

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleAnd he’s only 18. Victor Gould loves to play jazz piano, and this weekend he’s the youngest performer at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. The Simi Valley prodigy was selected as one of 12 semifinalists in the competition for worldwide musicians from ages 18-30. The event has helped launch the careers of jazz stars, but Gould, who is attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, is already doing well for himself. “I think one of the reasons for being selected as a semifinalist was because they could accept me for doing something honest and something that I love,” said Gould, who grew up in Burbank and Simi Valley and attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. “I was really excited to find out that I was in it, and was the youngest.” The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz was established in 1986 in memory of the renowned jazz pianist and composer. This weekend’s event celebrates the 20th anniversary of the competition designed to showcase the talents of the world’s most gifted young jazz pianists. SIMI VALLEY He has performed as a Spotlight Award jazz instrumentalist winner at the Los Angeles Music Center. He’s played at the Monterey Jazz Festival and for Hurricane Katrina relief at the Lincoln Center in New York. He’s accompanied jazz greats Jon Hendricks and Bradford Marsalis and is a member of the Ralph Peterson Sextet. The gathering is being taped as a documentary for Black Entertainment Television and the BET J cable network. The evening’s hosts will include Quincy Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Billy Dee Williams. Gould is in his second year at Berklee, where he was awarded a presidential scholarship. He started playing the piano at 4 and seemed from the beginning to play music by ear, said his mother Arleen, who called him “a little prodigy.” Victor and his father, who plays jazz on the flute, both said Victor’s ability is the result of constant practice and support from both parents, his teachers and others who have encouraged him. Years of lessons gave him the background he needed, his father said. “He did the rest himself,” Hollis Gould said. “After he got to loving jazz, it made him practice more. He has a passion for jazz. At first my plan was to play with him, but after a while he went past me. I’m a serious musician, but not a professional.” Victor said he has listened to jazz all his life, including his parents’ records and his father’s flute-playing. His inspirations include McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Kelly. Hollis Gould said his son’s work as a teenager at the Simi Valley Missionary Baptist Church playing with the youth choir also gave him valuable experience. “The church provided gospel music and a playing opportunity,” he said. “They were very important for him. Gospel music and jazz have a connection, and he connected the two.” His mother said she had always wanted Victor to play the piano, but the way it worked out amazes her. “He played classical music for nine years,” she said. “He was probably 9 when he started playing jazz. It just took him away.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want 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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Scotland to face Euro 2016 hosts France in Metz friendly this June

first_imgScotland will take on Euro 2016 hosts France in a friendly six days before the tournament gets under way. Gordon Strachan’s team will travel to Metz’s Stade Saint-Symphorien for France’s final pre-tournament match on June 4 for an 8pm kick-off.Last month, the national team announced March friendlies against Czech Republic and Denmark as they gear up for the start of World Cup 2018 qualifying in September.France are amongst the favourites for this summer’s championships on home soil with a squad including Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, Antonie Griezmann and Olivier Giroud. They have been drawn in Group A containing Albania, Romania and Switzerland. Scotland triumphed in the last two meetings between the sides, winning both matches 1-0 during qualification for Euro 2008.James McFadden’s winner in Paris in September 2007 has gone down in Tartan Army folklore while Gary Caldwell netted the only goal during a clash at Hampden in October 2006.last_img read more

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Afro-optimism ‘must become action’

first_img9 May 2011African countries should now focus on converting optimism in the continent’s future into action, business and government leaders said during the closing session of the 21st World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Friday.“The mood has changed from thinking of Africa as a forgotten continent to Africa as a continent that holds hope,” said Bank of Botswana governor Linah Mohohlo. “But we cannot afford to be complacent.”Mohohlo called on African countries to be much more welcoming to investors and to “quickly learn how to manage the risks” that would inevitably increase as more international capital flowed into the continent’s economies.“What we have to pursue with vigour is inclusive growth that will generate additional opportunities and contribute immensely towards poverty reduction.“And we must include women,” Mohohlo added, “because when you educate a woman, you educate a village, a society, a country and, ultimately, the continent.”Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Added Hailemariam Desalegn said the continent needed to build capacity at all levels in order “to deliver and discharge its policies and responsibilities”.Nestle board chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe said the first question was “whether Africa’s economic boom will allow it to break the cycle of poverty”, while KPMG International chairman Timothy Flynn said the real challenge was “how do we accomplish the things [we have to do] and get people to come together.”Flynn said that, in light of what he had learned about the increasing efforts to deepen African regionalisation, he would accelerate the integration of his company’s businesses across the continent.Eskom Holdings chairman Mpho Makwana said African countries should focus on developing their skills and human resources, especially by harnessing the talents of Africans in the Diaspora. “We need to make the building of robust private sectors an urgent priority and promote true entrepreneurship, because that is how jobs are created,” Makwana said.Oando Nigeria group chief executive Jubril Tinubu said it was also critical for African countries to improve their educational systems, in order to ensure that they had the skills they would need to pursue the opportunities that were emerging.Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more

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ECM: Enterprise Search is a Supplement, not a Replacement, for ECM

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name *E-mail *Website Leave a Comment ‹ Storage: Effective Management of Unstructured Data is Mission Critical Social Networking: The Benefits and the Confusion › Category: Enterprise Content Management center_img December 30th, 2009 Mike Lynch recently declared that Enterprise Search is the *new* ECM, referring to current ECM systems as ‘legacy’ in their approach to handling data:“The problem with legacy ECM is that you worked out what was important to your organisation, moved it to a central repository, and then did a lot of manual work on it – tagging it and so on. Then every time it changed, the system made a record of it. So to say you were ‘managing’ your content is pushing it really. The legacy model was also not ready for the explosion in unstructured content – it’s no longer a small subset of information. And fatally for the old model, regulatory changes came. It used to be that they’d ask you to produce a small subset of information [for e-discovery] but now regulators have deemed that what is important is much larger – pretty much everything.”That line of reasoning certainly makes sense, especially coming from the CEO of the Enterprise Search giant Autonomy.  And there is certainly truth to the fact that enterprise search provides flexibility in the findability of information that cuts across all files and documents.  But search alone, especially in the context of use cases or workflows that require frequent searching, often prove to be too inefficient because it returns too many hits.  Metadata provides a much more foolproof way to pinpoint the location of information, although at the cost of capture and maintenace of the metadata.  And combining the two technologies provides the best of both worlds.last_img read more

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Taxwriting Committees Announce New Members as Tax Reform Discussions Continue

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe taxwriting committees of the 115th Congress are taking shape as both parties fill their respective vacancies. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have filled vacant taxwriter seats on the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees.Ways and MeansThe Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Kevin Brady, R-Tex., will add three new Republican members. The lawmakers joining are Reps. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., and Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. Each new member was recommended by the House Republican Steering Committee. The committee is responsible for recommending Republican lawmakers to serve on standing committees in the House.“They are joining our team at a historic moment as we move forward on pro-growth tax reform,” Brady said in a statement. According to Brady, all three lawmakers have the “perfect mix” of policy and real-world expertise to assist in the forthcoming tax code overhaul.A fourth GOP seat could be filled as Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., is expected to leave the committee. Price has been chosen by President-elect Trump to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.Ways and Means’ new ranking member, Richard Neal, D-Mass., (TAXDAY, 2016/12/02, C.1) announced the addition of three Democrats to the committee. The lawmakers joining are Reps. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash. Each was recommended by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to fill the open seats.“This is a crucial time for our committee’s Democratic members, as we will be leading the fight in Congress to stand up for working families, develop tax policies that are fair for all Americans and small businesses and promote economic growth….” Neal said in a statement.Additionally, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., will become chairman of the Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee. Roskam is replacing Rep. Charles W. Boustany, R-La., who left the House in an unsuccessful run for the Senate.Senate Finance CommitteeThe Senate Finance Committee (SFC) will retain its leadership under Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The SFC has one new member: Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (TAXDAY, 2017/01/04, C.1).“I am confident that we’ll be able to continue our record of bipartisanship with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to help meet the demands before us and produce real results for the American people,” Hatch said in a statement. According to SFC member Benjamin L. Cardin’s, D-Md., social media page, the 115th Congress presents a “new opportunity to create a more perfect union.”By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

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