Politicians row over Baha Mar deal DPM Davis weighs in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 17, 2017 – Nassau – Hubert Minnis is taking a lashing from the PLP Administration and others after remarks made about Baha Mar; Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis is among the latest to say whatever it is Minnis thinks about the newly deal struck, he is dead wrong.Davis said the FNM Leader is betting against Bahamians.  Arguments have erupted from several quarters because the Baha Mar deal remains undisclosed, so the DPM aimed to put facts out in a recently released statement.   “Baha Mar is now in the safe hands of a world-class operator that is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in its success. Contractors and employees were paid what they were owed. And 650 Bahamians have been hired of the thousands who will be hired as the hotel opens. Those are the facts.”  Davis said Minnis is trying to salvage his political career and challenged those interested in knowing what is happening at Baha Mar to go and see it for themselves.The DPM explained that, “Right now, 200 casino employees are being trained and the casino equipment is being installed. And Baha Mar continues to hire – and is well on its way to hire 1500 employees by 21 April. World renowned hotel chain Rosewood has increased its investment by $35 million dollars, and CTF is increasing its capital, marketing, and pre-opening investment from $200 million to $250 million. Those are the facts,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.DNA Leader, Branville McCartney has accused Minnis of pandering to the Bahamian people for votes and called his statements uninformed and irresponsible.   Minnis published on FaceBook that the FNM Government if elected would execute a real sale to a responsible buyer, ensure only Bahamians labour is used to complete the resort and expose the depths of the deal.St Anne’s member and former Deputy Prime Minister, Brent Symonette defended his party leader by saying, the half truths on the deal has sparked the comments; adding that the PLP administration needs to come clean.   Prime Minister Perry Christie explained last week it was not the PLP that caused the deal brokered between Government and Baha Mar to be undisclosed; but the bank.#MagneticMediaNews#BahaMarNassau#PoliticiansargeoverBahaMardeal Related Items:#BahaMarNassau, #magneticmedianews, #PoliticiansargeoverBahaMardeallast_img read more

JAMAICA Doctors urged to be prudent when prescribing antibiotics

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 16, 2017 – Kingston – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett Templer, is calling on healthcare professionals to play their part in reducing antibiotic resistance by only prescribing and dispensing antibiotics when they are needed, and in accordance with current guidelines.“The ripple effect of antibiotic resistance is enormous, as when medications do not work as they should, the treatment process takes longer, which results in longer hospital stay and increased hospital costs.   This can also result in the increased economic burden on families and the society, and may even lead to disability and death,” she pointed out.Mrs. Bennett Templer was speaking at the launch of Antibiotic Awareness Week on Tuesday (November 14) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew.Identified as one of the most significant threats to public health in recent history, antibiotic (antimicrobial) resistance is the ability of a microorganism, such as bacterium, virus and some parasites, to prevent antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials from working against it.   As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others, thereby increasing the prevalence of resistant bacteria in humans, animals, plants and the environment.The Ministry of Health’s National Surveillance Unit received 196 reports of multidrug-resistant organism infections in 2016. The medical diagnoses related to these multidrug-resistant organisms include urinary tract infections, bronchopneumonia, burns to the body, surgical procedures and wound infections.The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 400,000 people develop multidrug-resistant tuberculosis each year, and drug resistance is starting to complicate the fight against HIV and malaria.Mrs. Bennett Templer is urging players in the agriculture sector to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to promote and apply good practices at all stages of production and processing of foods from animal and plant sources.Members of the public are advised to follow the prescribed dosage of the medication by public health officials; refrain from sharing antibiotics with friends or family members, and to follow the advice of the medical officer to use other types of medication where an antibiotic is not needed for treatment.Antibiotic Awareness Week is being observed from November 13 to 19 under the theme ‘Seek Advice from a qualified professional before taking antibiotics’.   It seeks to promote responsible use of antibiotics among medical practitioners and members of the public in order to combat antimicrobial resistance.The week of activities includes an Agriculture Day on November 16 at the Juici Patties Veranda, Clarendon Park; and a breakfast event at the Marriot Hotel in New Kingston and a Medical Symposium at the UWI’s Faculty of Medical Science on November 17.The symposium will be addressed by Dr. Arjun Srinivasan from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who will present on the multidrug-resistant gonorrhoea disease.Antibiotic Awareness Week is organised by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO); the University of the West Indies and the National Health Fund (NHF).The launch included a forum featuring presentations by representatives from the UWI Microbiology Department and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries on the causes, spread and measures to prevent antibiotic resistance.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Dean Smith happy with Tammy Abrahams current form

first_imgAston Villa manager Dean Smith has expressed delight with Striker Tammy Abraham’s form“He’s got a love for Villa at the moment,” Smith said after his four goals in midweek via Birmingham MailOn his chances with England National team, Smith said:“Tammy Abraham is playing for England U21s at the moment”“Whether he gets to go and play for the full team or gets a call up, who knows?Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“All he can do is keep working hard and do what he is doing with us.“He has made people sit up and take note by scoring seven goals in four games.”Aston Villa have already held discussions with Chelsea about Tammy Abraham’s loan situation – and are hoping the season-long agreement stands.National reports today suggest that Abraham’s parent club are considering recalling the in-form striker in January, an option they can take up if they wish.However, assistant boss John Terry has spoken with officials at Stamford Bridge already this season, and head coach Dean Smith has also kept updated with the situation.last_img read more

Mattis to Remove Pentagon CMO over Performance

first_imgThe White House is looking for a replacement for John Gibson II, the Pentagon’s first-ever chief management officer (CMO), for a “lack of performance,” according to defense officials. Gibson, whose primary duty is reforming DOD’s business operations including real property management, remains in his job for now but his responsibilities have been scaled back, reports the Wall Street Journal. He was informed by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan more than a month ago that leaders weren’t satisfied with the results of his work. Gibson’s expected departure suggests the department’s initiative to find savings within its massive bureaucracy and apply them to modernization needs — one of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ top priorities — is “foundering,” one official told the paper. “All of Mattis’ modernization ambitions lie in the money that Shanahan and Gibson were going to harvest out of the institution in savings and efficiencies,” the official said. “Without it, Mattis is truly in trouble.”DOD photo by Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more