COVID-19 Update April 30: Barbados PM address to the nation

first_img St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Measures agreed upon to allow travel between Guyana, Suriname(Department of Public Information, Guyana, Press Release, Tuesday April 21, 2020) Some new ground rules have been agreed to by both Guyana and Suriname on travels between the two neighbours, in light of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic. Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guyana and Suriname met…April 22, 2020In “Business”PAHO Director: COVID-19 Threatening Fight Against Infectious Diseases(Nation News) Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Dr Carissa F. Etienne has warned that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is threatening to set the region back in its fight against diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis (TB) and mosquito-borne diseases. In a webinar media briefing Tuesday, Etienne…August 12, 2020In “CARICOM”Update St. Kitts and Nevis – Prime Minister Address to the Nation: April 24My Fellow Citizens and Residents:Last Friday, the 17th of April, after a long debate in the National Assembly, a Resolution was passed by a two-thirds majority as required by the Constitution, to extend for six (6) months the State of Emergency, which began on the 28th of March 2020. This was necessary…April 25, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020center_img Oct 15, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley addressing the Nation on matters of national importance 29 April 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC last_img read more

Legal aid reforms at odds with Cameron’s SME targets

first_imgReforms to legal aid are at odds with – and could even imperil – the prime minister’s ambition to break big businesses’ stranglehold on government contracts, the Gazette can reveal.Announcing ‘nothing less than a wholesale change in attitude’ David Cameron three years ago committed the government to increasing the proportion of public spending going to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to 25% by 2015. SMEs currently account for just under 20% of the government’s £43.5bn annual spending on procurement.However figures published this week reveal that the Ministry of Justice, which currently accounts for one-fifth of all government spending on SMEs, is heading in the opposite direction to government policy.The ministry’s spending with SMEs fell 3% in 2012/13 compared with the previous year, against an overall rise of 0.4% across Whitehall. The majority of the MoJ’s £1.56bn direct spending with SMEs comes from legal aid contracts, which account for 31% of its total procurement budget.In the Cabinet Office report Making Government More Accessible to SMEs: two years on , the MoJ says: ‘The slight reduction in direct spend with SMEs in 2012/13 represents efficiencies that have been made in procurement expenditure during this financial year.’The department said it is on track to increase spend with SMEs to 38% by 2015.However a Law Society spokesperson said that proposals for price-competitive tendering will shrink SME spend further as contracts go to larger suppliers.‘Legal aid represents about a quarter of all MoJ expenditure, over 90% of it with SMEs. As a direct result of government policy, that expenditure is falling. It is hard to see how the ministry can reconcile this with its confident assertion that in future an even higher proportion of expenditure will be channelled to SMEs,’ he said.The MoJ said it would achieve its 38% target by advertising opportunities over £10,000 on Contracts Finder, the single advertising portal for government opportunities; publish a pipeline of forthcoming opportunities on the MoJ website; remove red tape on tenders and split large requirements into ‘lots’.‘In addition we are about to commence a programme of targeted supplier events for our Rehabilitation Programme to ensure that SMEs are afforded maximum opportunities to participate,’ it said.Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-grouplast_img read more

Prosecutor Won’t Pursue Charges Against Browns OL Coach Andy Moeller

first_imgBy Matt LoedeBEREA, Ohio – The Berea prosecutor has announced that criminal charges will not be filed in the case of involving Browns offensive line coach Andy Moeller.The incident in question took place back from Labor Day weekend when a woman who at the time claimed to be his fiancé at the time, claimed she had been assaulted by Moeller.The law director and prosecutor for Berea released a written statement Wednesday morning revealing his decision not to file any criminal Police say there were conflicting reports as to what occurred and the woman did not exhibit any visible injuries at the time. She was taken to a Middleburg Heights hotel for the evening.The statement from Berea City Prosecutor Jim Walters read, “It is quite clear that an incident of a volatile nature took place,” but added “what is less clear is the exact nature of the incident and the actions of the two persons involved.“She described his general behavior over the years and on this day as mostly pleasant but occasionally and unpredictably turning volatile.”Moeller was suspended indefinitely after the incident took place. He was suspended for 2 games in 2011 after a DUI and fined $47,000 while with the Ravens.Here is the remainder of the statement from Walters.It is clear to me that the consumption of alcohol contributed significantly to the incident. According to the reports of the police officers responding to the call, both had been drinking. While Ms. Lucci does not appear to have any history of problems relating to alcohol, Mr. Moeller has had two arrests and convictions for DWI in his past and while these past cases do not have a direct bearing on this particular incident, and are not likely admissible as a part of the presentation of a case in court, having these kinds of arrests in one’s background often raises a red flag in looking at these kinds of incidents.My review of this incident leads me to the conclusion that while a prima facie case can be presented, proof to the required degree of “beyond a reasonable doubt” is very much in doubt. For this reason, I have determined that we will not file a criminal charge in this matter. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsAndy MoellerBrownscenter_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

JRA bans horses over feed additive

first_imgThe Japan Racing Association said Saturday it would exclude 156 horses from racing this weekend, an unprecedented number, after finding a prohibited substance in their feed additives.The JRA held its races as scheduled on Saturday, and will do likewise on Sunday with the remaining horses. A total of 983 were originally supposed to compete this weekend. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDS Horses compete on Saturday at Hanshin Racecourse. | KYODO The association said an imported additive sold by Japanese company Nosan Corp. was found to contain a performance-enhancing substance called theobromine, a stimulant that also strengthens cardiac activities.“We weren’t able to test the 156 horses on Friday, so we decided to scratch the horses from competition to ensure the fairness of the competition,” said Shinobu Ito, a JRA official.“We have been telling feed vendors to only ship products that have been tested in the past, but the products that were delivered this time contained additives that were not tested yet,” Ito said.At Tokyo Racecourse, another JRA official said the association learned early Friday evening that feed vendors had been contacting stables, asking if they could retrieve the products that tested positive for the banned substance.“The product has been used for a long time, but basically it must not be sold until after test results come back negative. These happened to be sold to stables before the results came out,” Yukinobu Shomura said.While stables have long used the additives, the JRA calls for all feed products to be tested at the Laboratory of Racing Chemistry in units they were manufactured in. He said the JRA is still investigating how the product contained theobromine.The additive, which tested positive for the banned substance, was manufactured between December and May, and was used in a total of 28 stables in Ibaraki and Shiga prefectures.Nosan Corp. apologized in a statement, saying, “We will investigate the causes and take preventive steps.” The product, the statement said, does not use theobromine and it is not yet known how the substance got into the product.The use of such drugs that temporarily enhance or reduce the performance of race horses are banned from races sanctioned by the JRA, which is holding 26 Grade-1 races this year.The association took until Saturday morning to announce the matter because most of its staff were on their way to their assigned racecourses, and it required time to contact stable officials and come up with possible measures, the JRA said.A total of 72 JRA races are scheduled at Tokyo Racecourse, Hanshin Racecourse and Hakodate Racecourse this weekend. center_img Japan Racing Association, theobromine GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more