Public-Private Partnership for the Construction of Housing for Health Workers

first_img Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a public/private partnership proposal, is being examined for the construction of accommodations for healthcare professionals at certain locations.Dr. Tufton explained that such an arrangement will require the injection of funds from an investor to develop the housing facilities.“So we would secure private participation in the financing and building of the accommodations with a long-term financing arrangement that would see the lease payments by the tenants occupying the facility,” he said.The Health Minister was speaking with JIS NEWS, ahead of a tour at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, on June 16.Dr. Tufton pointed out that he will begin examination of the proposal in the coming weeks.He noted that the St. Thomas-based Hospital, with its 26-acres of land, is an ideal location that could benefit from this arrangement, in addition to other areas, “as housing is a big issue for healthcare professionals”.The sentiment was also shared by Senior Medical Officer (SMO) for the facility, Dr. Cecil Batchelor, who said staff members were lost periodically due to the absence of housing.“I have 16 doctors and of that number, I think 13 of them live in Kingston. Whenever we have a disaster pending, such as a hurricane, I have to find ways of housing them so that I have enough doctors in case we get cut-off because we do from time-to-time. So housing is very important,” he said.Meanwhile, addressing other issues, Dr. Tufton said he would be examining the needs of the hospital for more incubators for newborns as well as the reasons for the delay in completion in the expansion of the accident and emergency building.The expansion project is said to cost approximately $143million.In an update on the construction of the new 220-bed western hospital for children and adolescents, on the grounds of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James, Dr. Tufton said he expects ground to be broken before the end of the current financial year.He said a team from China is in the island for four weeks examining plans and designs for the hospital’s construction.He also informed that work will commence this year to upgrade Type B hospitals to Type A. Among them include: St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine and the Mandeville Regional Hospital.Type A facilities provide comprehensive secondary and tertiary health care services and are the final referral points for public and private hospitals.Situated in the larger urban centres, Type B hospitals provide primary and secondary care services, including inpatient and outpatient services in general surgery, general medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, and anaesthetics. X-ray and laboratory services are usually available.While on the tour of the 62 year-old St. Thomas facility, Dr. Tufton visited the laboratory, accident and emergency section under development, the x-ray and paediatric departments, kitchen and male and female wards, among other areas. Dr. Tufton explained that such an arrangement will require the injection of funds from an investor to develop the housing facilities. Story Highlights “So we would secure private participation in the financing and building of the accommodations with a long-term financing arrangement that would see the lease payments by the tenants occupying the facility,” Dr. Tufton said. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a public/private partnership proposal, is being examined for the construction of accommodations for healthcare professionals at certain locations. last_img read more

PETA Names Jared Leto And Ellen Page As Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities

first_imgWith his Oscar win, her inspiring “coming out” story, and their smash box office hits, Jared Leto and Ellen Page have had a big year—and now they both have an additional accomplishment to add to 2014: They’ve been named the winners of PETA’s annual Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest.The X-Men star triumphed over Ariana Grande, Jessica Paré, Laura Prepon and Sarah Silverman, among others, while the 30 Seconds To Mars singer snagged the title over such competition as Joaquin Phoenix, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Dinklage and Woody Harrelson.When British GQ asked Jared Leto the question on everyone’s mind — how he looks 31 at 41 — he said, “I’m pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I’ve been that way for a long time — 20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process.” Another reason why Leto’s vegan? “I don’t eat dairy because it’s disgusting,” he says. “In milk, there’s actually quite a bit of cow pus. There [were] a couple of films that I watched about the food industry that really just, I was like, no, I can’t do it anymore.”And Page shares Leto’s concerns over the cruelty of the meat, dairy, and egg industries. “Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?” she asked in a tweet.Previous winners of PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest include Kristen Bell, Woody Harrelson, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Olivia Wilde, Carrie Underwood, Prince, Natalie Portman, Shania Twain, Leona Lewis, Andre 3000, Tobey Maguire and Alicia Silverstone.Source:PETAlast_img read more

First Nation leaders from BC talk after meeting Kinder Morgan shareholders in

first_imgTwo First Nation leaders from British Columbia are holding a news conference from Houston, Tex., Wednesday.Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band, and Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust addressed Kinder Morgan shareholders at the company’s annual general [email protected]@aptnnews <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img

Miami SelfImposes Second Straight Postseason Ban

Miami University has self-imposed yet another postseason ban for the second straight season in the wake of an ongoing NCAA investigation into the school’s compliance practices.The inquiry began in 2011 after a former booster came forward with allegations that he provided multiple athletes and recruits with extra benefits such as cash and gifts.The Hurricanes are hopeful by implementing a postseason ban that the NCAA will lessen its punishment if it find that the university has committed any wrongdoing.The announcement came Monday morning from interim athletic director Blake James following the Hurricanes 40-9  victory over South Florida Saturday, which made them bowl eligible with an overall record of 6-5 and 4-3 in the ACC.University President Donna Shalala and the school’s legal counsel were also involved in the decision.The school issued the following statement:“Considerable deliberation and discussion based on the status of the NCAA inquiry went into the decision-making process and, while acknowledging the impact that the decision will have on current student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans, a determination was made that voluntarily withholding the football team from a second postseason was not only a prudent step for the University to take but will also allow for the football program and University to move forward in the most expedited manner possible,” the statement read.It continued, “The University and President Shalala have been clear from the start of the inquiry that Miami will cooperate fully and will seek the truth, no matter where the path might lead and that the institution will be stronger because of it. The University has already taken proactive measures to ensure more strict compliance with NCAA rules and continues to evaluate further steps. “No other self-imposed penalties have been issued at this time and to continue to protect the integrity of the inquiry, the University will have no further comment.”Hurricanes coach Al Golden, was not apart of the decision-making process, but told reporters Sunday that he understood if a decision was reached to forego another postseason due to self-impose sanctions because the decision was out of his control.“It’s not really about what I feel,” Golden told reporters. “There’s not one coach sitting in this chair that wouldn’t want to continue to get the bowl practices and move the team forward and have a chance to win more games. But that’s just taking football into account.”Golden is on board with any decision that will expedite the process, allowing for the program to move forward.The Hurricanes have the opportunity to secure a share of the ACC Coastal Division title with a win over Duke in their regular season finale, but Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. The Yellow Jackets will take on Florida State, the representative from the Atlantic Division on Dec. 1, in Charlotte, N.C.But Golden said that Saturday’s season finale is more important for the seniors of the program.“It’s critical,” Golden said. “It’s critical for our seniors, for them to have weathered what they will have weathered and be able to have an opportunity to go out like that.” read more

Police Investigate Aggravated Burglary

Police Investigate Aggravated Burglary

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have launched an investigation into an Aggravated Burglary report that was made on Tuesday 25 July 2017.At 1:29am police were dispatched to the area of Ralph Close in Blue Hills and met with the complainant who stated that he secured his home around 11pm and went to bed.   He was later awakened by three men dressed in black clothing with guns inside of his home.   The culprits made off with Identification cards, a small amount of cash and jewelry.   Investigations into this matter are ongoing.We are appealing to persons who may have any information that may assist in this investigation to please contact us at 338-5901 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more