UWI principal heads oversight committee for CRH rehabilitation

first_img Share Share Share NewsRegional UWI principal heads oversight committee for CRH rehabilitation by: – May 16, 2018 Tweetcenter_img 11 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! (Jamaica Observer) The Ministry of Health says it has named a multi-skilled, independent oversight committee for the rehabilitation project at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH).In a release yesterday, the ministry said the move is to ensure accountability and provide transparency to the Jamaican public.The five-member committee is headed by academic and trained surgeon Professor Archibald McDonald, principal of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, the ministry said.Other members, according to the release, include: Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa, chemist and deputy principal of The UWI; Errol Alberga, architect and senior partner at Alberga Graham Jamaica, who has done work on the Kingston Public Hospital; Earl Richards, civil engineer, a past president of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers and retired president of the Airports Authority of Jamaica; and Claudette Bryan, a member of industry from western Jamaica and president of the St James Lay Magistrates Association.According to the ministry, the committee is mandated to review information from the Ministry of Health/Programme Management Office on the progress of implementation of key project areas for the CRH.They are also to: Review reports on the delivery of clinical services at the CRH covering the on-site and off-site locations to which services have been relocated; provide recommendations to the minister of health on matters related to the execution of the project and advise on any concerns or developments; as well as monitor the compliance and progress of the project in relation to implementation of the key project areas and ensure that any required strategic changes are undertaken in a timely manner so that the project achieves its goals.The release said, too, that the committee is mandated to meet monthly or as often as they deem necessary. The committee is also to provide direction and assistance in resolving issues that may delay the timely execution of the project and provide monthly updates on the project and the delivery of hospital services to the public.“I am very happy to serve as chairman of the committee,” McDonald is quoted as saying in the release, following the introductory meeting of the committee at the Ministry of Health yesterday.“I believe we have quite a competent team to provide oversight for what is clearly a very large project. Professor Kahwa and I have had quite a bit of experience in dealing with mould on the Mona campus and I believe that will serve the committee well. We have an architect, a civil engineer, and there is Ms Claudette Bryan,” he said.“I am looking forward to doing this, what is considered a very important job. I am a surgeon by training and also a medical educator; our students are trained at Cornwall Regional Hospital. This is very dear to my heart,” the UWI principal said further.In the meantime, Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton said he was confident that the committee members would fulfil their mandate, given their individual and collective experience.The committee members, who are to be provided with administrative support from the Ministry of Health, will be paid travelling and subsistence, in accordance with the relevant Government of Jamaica guidelines, the release said. The ministry said it will also cover the cost of hotel accommodation in Montego Bay to facilitate the visits approved by the chairman.last_img read more

Applications due soon for 2018 Miss Farmington pageant

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Applications for the 2018 Miss Farmington pageant are due April 24.The pageant is open to young women ages 14-17 who attend school in Farmington or Farmington Hills, or are homeschooled. Applications are available at all local high schools and on the Farmington Public Schools website.Miss Farmington Summer Bedrak will crown her successor on July 18.  Reported bylast_img

Rio History: The Padre Island Lighthouse

first_imgBy STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the PRESSEvery now and then I am asked about light houses on Padre Island.Today if a visitor to the Island wanted to explore an old lighthouse, they would need to make their way across the Laguna Madre to Port Isabel where they will find a perfectly preserved stone tower measuring some 80 feet in height. This structure sits in the center of Lighthouse Square and is surrounded by gift shops and restaurants and draws thousands of visitors each year. But Port Isabel has not always had a monopoly on lighthouses.The earliest mention of a light on Padre Island was contained in an article carried in the 1853 issue of American Seamen’s Friend Society, which was a journal of the day devoted to the needs of the modern mariner. The editor described a new light that had been established on the southern end of Padre Island, and north of the Brazos PassageThe light was placed atop a square tower constructed of wood, painted black, which sat atop wheels so that it could be moved about in much the same manner as the men of Troy moved the horse into the city. Because of its color it was easily distinguished from other objects by day. Its light could be seen 3.5 miles out to sea. The keeper’s house was located about a quarter mile from it.In 1855, lighthouse inspector W.H. Stevens submitted the following report:“Sir: In accordance with the annual circular from the Light-house Board, I have the honor to submit the following report on light-house service in my district:A new dwelling for the keeper at Point Isabel light-house has been built, and a new structure for the beacon at Padre Island, Brazos St. Jago, to receive the 5th order lens belonging to that light. The general condition of the different branches of the lighthouse service is, I believe, unexceptionable. The want of clerkly ability among some of the keepers causes some unsightly returns, but all are honest and faithful.I do not anticipate any extensive repairs or renovations during the ensuing year, except for the dwelling of the keeper of the beacon light on Padre Island. This house should be removed, so as to be nearer the beacon, and will need some repairs. It was never completely finished. The sum of $500 will cover the necessary expense.”The following year the tower received a 5th order Fresnel lens making its light 35 feet above sea level. It was used as an entrance light for Brazos Pass. At the onset of the Civil War, the Confederates destroyed the Padre Island light. The Point Isabel light, with its 4-foot thick walls, resisted several attempts to blow it up. Not to be totally defeated in their effort to extinguish the powerful beacon, Confederate Rip Ford ordered the removal of the lens, which effectively neutralized any night use of the tower.The lighthouse board established a temporary light on Padre Island in 1864 and immediately sought funding for a permanent tower. Ten years later a hurricane washed the wooden structure away and Congress appropriated $25,000 for a new tower.Surprisingly, it took 4 years for the Board to obtain the site, which was located just to the south of the present day Coast Guard Station, from the State of Texas. Construction of a frame dwelling on screw piles in began in 1878. The keeper exhibited the light, which was perched above the living quarters, on March 1, 1879. That same year the board established a fixed light atop a square white tower 25 feet in height on the south side of Brazos Santiago. (This light was destroyed in a hurricane sometime in the 1880s.)The Padre Island Light caught fire and burned on March 8, 1940. A low power, temporary light was put in place but it was some time before the radio beacon was replaced. Blackouts were in effect during most of the war years and Padre Island itself was quarantined. The old light finally faded into obscurity and has since been dismantled.An era had come to an end.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedWriter’s Block: Birds of a FeatherBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If you drive down Highway 100, just west of the Port Isabel city limits and out past Laguna Heights, you’ll see a familiar sight. To the right, between the bay and the road, is a blur of dusty green vegetation. Thick brushy weeds,…February 26, 2016In “Editor’s Column”Lighthouse officially reopensBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After more than a year spent hidden beneath a layer of scaffolding, the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse was officially reopened to visitors Tuesday. The City of Port Isabel, in partnership with the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the reopening of the iconic…January 26, 2018In “News”Rio History: Treasure Hunting at Isla Blanca ParkBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The tide was out when we arrived at Isla Blanca Park at the southernmost tip of South Padre Island. My friend John headed to the water to hunt for jewelry while I worked my way south to a small sandbar that is only…January 18, 2019In “News” Sharelast_img read more

Parish athletes dot college rosters as fall camps open

first_imgRussell Hedgesrhedges@bossierpress.comCollege football fall camps are in session and as usual former Bossier Parish prep standouts dot preseason rosters.Perhaps the five most prominent are three quarterbacks — Northwestern State’s J.D.Almond, Central Arkansas’ Hayden Hildebrand and North Carolina’s Brandon Harris — Texas A&M center Colton Prater and Louisiana Tech running back Jarred Craft.Harris, a former Parkway star, transferred from LSU during the offseason after three seasons.He started every game for the Tigers in 2015 but was benched by then-head coach Les Miles early in the second game of last season. He graduated from LSU and is immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.In 2013, Harris led Parkway to a 13-1 record and a runner-up finish in Class 5A.Almond and Hildebrand are both fifth-year seniors.Almond has started six games in his career, including the final three last season. He entered camp as the No. 1 quarterback.Hildebrand led Central Arkansas to a 10-3 record, runner-up finish in the SLC and an FCS playoff berth in 2016. He passed for 3,051 yards, seventh-best in the FCS, and 19 touchdowns.Prater moved from guard to center in the offseason. He has been named to the Rimington Award Watch List. The postseason award goes to the nation’s best center.Prater started every game his freshman year last season, helping the Aggies go 8-5.Craft, a senior, started all 14 games last season and rushed for 1,074 yards and nine TDs.He helped Tech win Conference USA’s West Division. The Bulldogs finished 9-5 after losing to Western Kentucky 58-44 in the C-USA Championship Game.Former Parkway star lineman Kameron Eloph is back for his junior year at Houston. Eloph started his career on the defensive line but moved to the offensive line last season. He appeared in six games and made four starts at left guard.Another former Parkway standout, Keondre Widtee, is a redshirt freshman at Oklahoma State. He is battling to be the backup to senior quarterback Mason Rudolph.Former Parkway star C.J. Morgan, a redshirt freshman, will be looking for playing time at defensive back for Mississippi State.Former Haughton star Javonte Woodard (receiver) is a redshirt sophomore at Louisiana Tech.Plain Dealing product De’Aumante and former Airline star Ja’terious Pouncey are senior defensive backs at Grambling State. They helped the Tigers win the SWAC title last season.Bossier is well-represented at Southern Arkansas with senior running back Michael Nunnery (Airline), redshirt sophomore receiver Jared Lancaster (Parkway), redshirt freshman linebacker Bijan Mitchell (Plain Dealing), redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Keandre Dawson (Airline), redshirt sophomore kicker Jordan White (Benton) and true freshman receiver John Westmoreland (Benton).Former Airline standout defensive back Xavier Johnson and running back Shun’Cee Thomas are sophomores at Ouachita Baptist.Thomas was the Muleriders’ second-leading rusher last season with 611 yards and six TDs. Johnson played in nine games and was in on 40 tackles.In addition to Westmoreland, several other 2017 graduates are beginning their college careers.Keldrick Carper played a variety of positions on both sides of the ball at Plain Dealing. He enrolled at Texas A&M in the spring and is listed as a defensive back on the Aggies’ preseason roster.Quarterback Connor Curry and receiver Tanner Ash, both Benton residents, played big roles on Evangel Christian’s District 1-5A and Division I state champion team last season.Curry is now at Ouachita Baptist and Ash is at Northwestern State.Airline defensive back Bryson Vance is also a freshman at Ouachita Baptist.Some other 2016 standouts beginning careers are Haughton offensive lineman Josh Cooper (Mississippi State), Parkway defensive lineman Nick So’oto (Norteastern, Okla., State), Airline defensive back D’Kameron White (Northeastern, Okla., State), Airline linebacker Josh James (East Texas Baptist), Bossier defensive back Keimun Daniels (William Penn, Iowa, College), Haughton defensive end T’Marquise Winfield (Southwestern, Kans., College), Haughton defensive back Darren Hicks (Southwestern, Kans., College), Haughton receiver Josh Lister (Navarro, Texas, College) and Airline receiver Malik Britt (Mount Union, Ohio).Top Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

DeAndre Baker sues Quinton Dunbar’s attorney for libel and slander: Reports

first_img COMMENT Written By Sujay Chakraborty The ‘NFL players armed robbery’ case involving cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar might get more complicated than it already was. Latest media reports about the case suggest DeAndre Baker will sue Quinton Dunbar’s lawyer for libel slander. Quinton Dunbar’s attorney Michael Grieco tweeted out a screenshot of a text which apparently indicates Baker was gambling earlier in the week before the incident occurred while clearing Dunbar’s name from it. Grieco further claimed he has a detailed account of Quinton Dunbar’s whereabouts for all the three days prior to the alleged incident and will use the same to prove his client’s innocence. Also Read | Deandre Baker Pleads Not Guilty In NFL Players Armed Robbery Case, Deandre Baker sues Dunbar’s attorney?DeAndre Baker sues Quinton Dunbar’s attorney?However, Dunbar’s attorney sharing the screenshot did not go well with DeAndre Baker’s attorneys. One of his attorneys, Patrick Patel confirmed to the New York Post that his client his unhappy with the latest action of Grieco and will now take legal action against him. “(DeAndre) Baker is going to immediately file a lawsuit against Grieco for libel and slander,” Patel said. “Making everybody believe that Baker is in that picture because his name is in the text. The text is complete bul****t. Read the text. You can say anybody is that person.”Patel further pointed out at the person’s arm in the screenshot (alleged to be Baker) claiming the size of his arms and his tattoos confirm that he is not DeAndre Baker. A report from Miramar Police about the Quinton Dunbar and DeAndre Baker robbery case said the duo lost $70,000 during a gambling session earlier in the week. However, Patel noted the discrepancy as the screenshot from Dunbar’s attorney says Baker won $10,000. Patrick Patel believes the text is fabricated and he would like to cross-examine Grieco about the whereabouts of the text in front of the judge.Also Read | NFL Players Armed Robbery: Cornerbacks Baker, Dunbar Released From Jail On Bond, Deandre Baker sues Dunbar’s AttorneyNFL players armed robbery: DeAndre Baker pleads not guiltyThe incident took place last week at an estate in South Florida where witnesses claimed the NFL duo attended a party. After a fight broke out, reports state Deandre Baker brandished a gun and instructed Dunbar and another unnamed person to rob people. The trio reportedly fled with over $10,000 in cash and several valuables. Subsequently, Miramar Police issued an arrest warrant against the 3 accused.On Saturday, May 16, Baker and Dunbar surrendered to the police before they were released on bail. Baker, who was charged with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm/intent to commit a felony, was released on a $200,000 bond.Also Read | NFL Players Armed Robbery: Deandre Baker Robbery, Released For $200k BailEarlier this week reports stated, DeAndre Baker pleads not guilty to the charges while Dunbar also soon joined the suit and did the same. Patrick Patel confirmed his client was not involved in the robbery as he was busy playing a video game in another room when the ruckus happened. Patel claims he is looking for electronic evidence to prove his client’s innocence. DeAndre Baker, 22, plays for New York Giants while Quinton Dunbar, 27, joined Seattle Seahawks earlier in the off-season. According to reports, the duo might be facing an NFL suspension as the league also initiated an independent investigation into the incident. Both Baker and Dunbar will have to make their cases in front of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other officials. Also Read | Deandre Baker Pleads Not Guilty, Surrenders To Police In Armed Robbery Case SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV FOLLOW US Last Updated: 22nd May, 2020 10:31 IST DeAndre Baker Sues Quinton Dunbar’s Attorney For Libel And Slander: Reports ‘DeAndre Baker sues Quinton Dunbar’s attorney’ for slander is the latest update coming out of the armed robbery case involving the two NFL cornerbacks. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 22nd May, 2020 10:31 ISTlast_img read more