News story: Construction of new Royal Liverpool Hospital to restart

first_imgConstruction work on the state-of-the-art Royal Liverpool Hospital will restart, following work coming to a halt after the collapse of construction firm Carillion earlier this year.The government has backed the local trust’s proposal to end the private finance initiative (PFI) deal and continue work on the hospital with public sector funding. This will minimise the delay in opening the hospital to patients across Merseyside.Construction work had begun on the new hospital, part of The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust NHS Trust, under the PFI deal. However, work stopped when the firm carrying out the work, Carillion, went into liquidation.Since then, the trust and the government have worked closely to find a solution that puts patients first. Despite constructive engagement from the lenders who have funded the project to date, they have concluded they will be unable to complete and operate the hospital under the original terms. The government has announced its support for proposals to complete construction work within the public sector as quickly as possible, and open the hospital to patients in 2020.The hospital will have 646 beds on 23 wards, including a state-of-the-art critical care unit and a large clinical research facility. It will have 18 operating theatres and the emergency department will be one of the biggest in the North West.Health Minister Steve Barclay said: We would also like to thank all those locally who have supported us throughout this challenging period, including local politicians, in particular our local MP, Louise Ellman, our staff, and our patients. The trust intends to continue working with the existing construction contractors involved, so that the construction finishes as soon as possible, maximising the value for money of the taxpayers’ investment in the hospital We welcome the statement from Health Minister Steve Barclay. We would like to thank our government colleagues, The Hospital Company and funders EIB and Legal and General for all their hard work over the last 9 months. We have all strived to maintain the existing project agreement, but it has become clear to us that this will no longer be possible. Our board has now agreed that the existing project agreement should be terminated, and that the trust should complete the project.center_img When I visited the new Royal Liverpool Hospital in May, I made clear the government’s commitment to ensuring the construction of this state-of-the-art hospital was finished. I am pleased to today confirm that the government will step in and publicly fund the remaining work so that the hospital is completed, as it has also done with the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Birmingham. It is a central purpose of PFI that construction risk sits with the funders. This has also been at the heart of the time it has taken since January when Carillion went into liquidation, as the lenders commissioned detailed expert assessments of the previous construction work. The trust’s board agreed yesterday that the PFI agreement should be terminated after the 30 September 2018, which under the contract is the latest acceptable date for the hospital to be completed. The government has made clear it supports the trust’s decision. Aidan Kehoe, Chief Executive at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, said:last_img read more

Joe Montana reveals link to firm at heart of college admissions scandal

first_imgSAN JOSE — The company at the center of a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal provided “minimal consulting services” to the family of Joe Montana, the legendary San Francisco 49er revealed Thursday night.“Mr. Singer’s company provided nothing more than minimal consulting services to our family, like so many other families, with the college application process,” Montana wrote in a tweet.“Fortunately,” the Hall of Famer and four-time Super Bowl winner continued, “our kids were able …last_img

Outcomes from the WCF

first_img15 March 2016During the 2016 World Communication Forum (WCF) in Davos, Switzerland, BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – agreed to establish a BRICS Communicators Forum.The focus of the BRICS group would be on defining the communication strategy of the world’s five fastest growing economies, said acting director-general of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko.Liphoko was part of the South African delegation at the WCF, which ran from 7 to 10 March. The 2016 conference was the seventh annual forum.“The WCF was a major success in that it provided South Africa with a platform to engage with communicators from other parts of the world, but the major highlight is that we were able to agree as BRICS countries to establish a BRICS Communicators Forum on the sidelines of the Davos WCF that is going to focus on defining the BRICS communication strategy as well as positioning the geo-political group,” he said.Listen to what Communications Minister Faith Muthambi had to say:South Africa’s ubuntuThe participation of countries such as South Africa in WCF was crucial, said Dr Jon-Hans Coetzer, the executive dean for undergraduate programmes at the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland.“We all know the history of South Africa and now you just have to look at what South Africa has produced, what the country has brought to humanity in terms of great leadership, what it has brought to the international community in terms of big changes such as the promotion of equality for all, social justice and education in the world today.”“What I like more about South Africa is this concept of Ubuntu, which is so much part of the DNA of all South Africans. This concept is also relevant in global communication because we all need each other – business, the media, communication, education and public relations.”Coetzer said he taught ubuntu as a management concept, emphasizing to his class that without their customers and community they were nothing.About WCFThe annual meeting in Davos brings together industry leaders in public relations, marketing, media, political and business communications and corporate finances, as well as a large number of media representatives and international partner associations and organisations.According to the official website, the goal is to “unite trend-makers and influencers from the global communications elite and provide a platform for discussion focused on the future development of communications and their role in business, society and politics; to provoke in-depth analysis of the form and content of interaction between business, media, and society, on the one hand, and the state, on the other.”Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Education Expenses and the Military

first_imgThis post was originally posted on the Military Families Learning Network blog on April 26, 2013. The Army has recently announced a change to their GI Bill transferability policy that will impact service members with 20 or more years of service in August of this year. Currently, service members with less than 20 years of service can transfer their GI Bill benefits to a spouse or dependent by signing on for 4 more years of service,  a stipulation that doesn’t currently apply to retirement-eligible service members; in August that will no longer be the case.The personal finance group will provide more details on these changes as well as many other important components of the GI Bill and other ways to finance education expenses during a 2-part webinar series.On May 21, Dr. Barbara O’Neill will present Paying for Post-Secondary Education Expenses Part 1, which will focus on options for paying for college and the benefits of continuing education. Dr. O’Neill will provide participants with a myriad of online resources that provide information about meeting the cost of tuition and other educational expenses.On June 17  Leland Drew Hill, Associate Director of Veteran’s Affairs with Embry-Riddle University, will together present the second part, Paying for Educational Expenses & the GI Bill. This session will focus on the benefits afforded to service members to continue their education.Both sessions will be offered at 11 a.m. Eastern. Please visit the hyperlinks above for important information about connecting to the online presentation platform.last_img read more

Dam-hit families say they were caught unawares

first_imgSarovar dam-hit fishermen grapple with altering breeding patterns  Sama, a fisherwoman from Pichori, said, “We venture into waters taking so much risk, and the government plans to bring in contractors from outside to take our water bodies.”Calling out to the government, she announced, “You’ve let our houses go under water, but at least leave our livelihoods alone. We’ve been fishing there for ages and don’t have any alternative occupation.”Meanwhile, Rohit Thakur, a youth member of the NBA, told the gathering, “It’s time the next generation takes over the movement and sustain it. We can leverage social media to mobilise masses and pass information about our struggle to others.”Referring to several riverine islands that had come up after the waters rose, Dadu, of Ekalbara, said, “The way to our fields is blocked now. What was just a kilometre away is now at a distant 18-20 km.”NBA leader Medha Patkar told The Hindu that members of the Prajapati community, who owned brick kilns in Dhar district, had returned to the relief camps as they were assured of a resolution at the district-level. Families hit by the Sardar Sarovar dam project took part in a public hearing in Bhopal as the protests entered the second day on Sunday, explaining how communities were affected after the swelled up Narmada backwaters submerged 178 villages in August.The public hearing was conducted by journalist L.S. Hardeniya, Madhya Pradesh Kisan Sabha president Jasvinder Singh, Gandhian Dayaram Namdev and former Chief Secretary S. C. Behar outside the Narmada Bhavan and was led by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA).“Instead of following the Supreme Court orders in 2000, 2005, 2017 and the rehabilitation policy, the Narmada Valley Development Authority had let 178 villages submerge,” said Kamla Yadav, a farmer from Chhota Barda in Barwani district.”While the affected in Maharashtra and Gujarat had got a fair share, those in Madhya Pradesh had to do with bread crumbs,” said Pema Bhilala, a farmer from Avalda village in the district.No facilitiesThe government had told the families that they would be alerted six months in advance.“But we were caught unawares … At sites of rehabilitation, drinking water and electricity hasn’t reached yet.”Also Readlast_img read more

CWG has left a legacy of white elephants

first_imgAt the Commonwealth Games, most world record holding swimmers, cyclists and divers performed to empty stands.Some months back President Pratibha Patil stood at the lectern in a crowded Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and announced in an animated high pitched voice ‘Let the Games BEGIN’. Her enthusiasm doubtless, emanated from not just the first time anyone in India has ever said those words, but also from the presumption that no one in future is likely to utter them.India is ranked by world sporting bodies – despite a heroic medals tally at the Commonwealth Games – closer to the end, than the beginning of the sports spectrum. Few would give it a rousing ovation in any international arena that includes sporting powerhouses such as China, the US, countries of Europe, South America and the Far East.With a grand opening ceremony, and without the disruptions of traffic, power or terrorism, the games were hailed a roaring success. Those who made the claim either belonged to the government or were merely saying so to avoid charges of sedition. Yet, by almost all standards, the Games were an abject failure. Merely the ability to allow them to happen is no measure of success.DeceptionOf course, India’s achievements on the badminton court and on the wrestling mat were laudable and came at a time when politics, corruption and administrative bungling had touched a new low. But this can hardly be confused with a rise in sporting interest ( Doubtless, the country’s shining cricket record will readily refute such an allegation, but a game played by a dozen nations cannot be used to make lofty sporting claims).A sporting nation is the first to recognise the skills and abilities of the world’s best athletes by seizing every opportunity to watch them at close range. At the Commonwealth Games, most world record holding swimmers, cyclists and divers performed to empty stands; as did world beating Australian and Pakistani hockey teams.By contrast, the India- Pakistan hockey match was sold out much in advance. Was this an indication of an interest in hockey or resurgent nationalism? Then came corruption. Did the absence of a difference between public funds and personal wealth, reduce India’s status from world power to banana republic? Will future international events be sought merely to fill private bank accounts? Certainly, the financial excesses of the Commonwealth Games smacked of a national shame, much more than the sight of paan stained toilets and reports of inadequate preparations in the international press.Amongst the corrupt, there have already been some superficial prosecutions. But revelations on graft and nepotism will doubtless get blunted over time, and soon enough tainted politicians will win big election majorities. And bigger glitzier events will doubtless be proposed. In time, voices propagating the future staging of mega international events will get louder and more vociferous.But the case for avoiding any such proposal was made obvious in the complete pretense needed to conduct the CWG. For those ten days Delhi was virtually out- ofbounds to its citizens. Schools and colleges closed, traffic diverted, roads divided into lanes. An unseemly military presence on the sidewalks; flower pots and excessive shrubbery flooded pavements; view cutters diverted attention away from slums, and road signage – absent for 50 years – suddenly appeared.So desperate was the city’s denial of its reality that Delhi had become an urban theatre – a colossal stage management of the lives of 16 million people. A difficult civility was forced on people who had happily lived without it for so long. Far too many of the city’s natural forces – despotic traffic, pollution, inept police, public defecation, urban hostility and street commerce – had to be held at bay to merely create the right atmospherics essential for the event.With no interest in sport, nor the inclination for mega events, the Games were a successful act of international deception. In the future, the rising tide of urban population, the growing demands on city utilities, and an increasingly self- centered middle class will ensure that the Indian city is unsuited for any collective endeavour. The Olympics and World Cups are best left to countries that have a natural inclination to foster a common spirit amongst citizens – places that have gone beyond the need to showcase their position in the world.Today, the legacy of the Commonwealth Games is unfortunately not a changed attitude to sport, but a glittering mass of structural steel, cement and aluminum, that have already begun to gather the rust of inactivity. Of the 12 new stadiums barely two or three will get used for the activity for which they were planned; the others will pass into a state of high maintenance or permanent decline. Had these stadiums been created with the intent of a future assimilation into the sporting life of the city with a planned integration with community or public school programmes, or had they been designed with new innovative architectural ideals, their worth in the long term would be guaranteed.As a structure that makes innovative use of construction materials, ideas of passive energy and cooling, and unique methods of circulating large numbers of people, Beijing’s Birds Nest stadium has made a significant contribution to the city fabric. Chinese pride in possessing something unique is wholly justified. Ordinary Chinese themselves describe the building as an important cultural monument, on par with the Great Wall. By contrast, for the CWG the Indian government chose to employ second rate proposals, with neither an informed design idea, nor a propagation of appropriate construction technology.ReuseThe unwritten brief for all projects was merely ‘ to look good’. In a city known as a junkyard for ramshackle and hopeless architecture, that itself was a lofty unattainable ideal. Indeed when mere completion and competence are prized, innovation becomes too distant a goal.Around the world many of the cities that played host to the Olympics have had to install significant civic programs to prevent their new stadiums from going to seed.Atlanta’s Olympic stadium was converted into a baseball park, a public facility that today gets ample usage. Beijing’s Birds Nest Stadium has been put to multiple uses, including winter amusement park and temporary rock concert venue. The Chinese government eventually plans to convert it into a shopping centre. Nearby, the famous Water Cube of the Aquatic Center has become a concert hall, staging Russian opera and ballet.PossibilitiesIn the 100 year life of a building, what is the ultimate use of a Rs 900 crore stadium that supported a Rs 50 crore balloon for a few hours of glitz and glamour? The chances that it will ever be used to its original capacity are not just negligible but non- existent.Barely four months after the event, the showpiece Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium already wears a forlorn look. It won’t be long before peeling plaster and cracked walls render it as just another of Delhi’s many anonymous public projects.Like the decaying smudged walls of housing that stretch endlessly to the Delhi horizon, the stadium too will be adrift among the dreary mass of forgotten buildings.Should then a serious physical restructuring be considered for its reuse, as for other Commonwealth structures? Would the boxing arena make a useful health centre for East Delhi; could the aquatic centre be converted into a public spa and club? Indeed could the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium support an indoor/ outdoor bazaar, or perhaps low- cost housing for the labour that helped construct it? Obviously, decisions on such changes can be taken only after a comprehensive review of the possibilities available in each building.And an administration that has the will to carry out such a radical experiment through serious dialogue or architectural competitions. A government that has spent thousands of crores to erect new stadiums can surely spend a couple of lakhs to take stock of the immense possibilities that now lie strewn about Delhi.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

PBA D-League: St. Clare stays for top 4 finish, dispatches McDavid

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “We’ll just continue to do our jobs because we’re stil not sure if we can make it into the next round,” said Saints head coach Jinino Manansala. “There are still a lot of things that can happen.”Ryusei Koga led McDavid with 19 points while Harold Arboleda had 16 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists in the losing effort as they dropped to a 1-7 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Saints big man Mohammed Pare finished with 16 points while Darwin Lunor had 13 points in a big first half push that led St. Clare to a 59-44 halftime lead after traiing 26-25 in the second quarter.Pare finished with a game-high 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks while Lunor had his own double-double of 19 points and 11 boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJunjie Hallare also finished in double figures for the Saints with 13 points while also giving St. Clare its biggest lead of the game at 23, 70-47, midway through the third quarter.St. Clare improved to 5-2 and stayed on course for a top four spot in the Aspirants Group. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—St. Clare College Virtual Reality survived a rugged constest against McDavid, 93-82, and stopped its two-game skid in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lionel Messi hits 600 goals with a brace as Barca beats Liverpool 3-0last_img read more

A brilliant Benzema takes Real Madrid to Copa semifinals

first_imgWith a fantastic brace during the first half at Girona, French striker Karim Benzema took Real Madrid all the way to the Copa del Rey semifinals.It’s official, Karim Benzema is currently going through one of the best moments of his career with Real Madrid and he just qualified Los Blancos to the Copa del Rey semifinals.The French striker has been completely unplayable during the start of 2019, his last two matches have been beautiful to look at as he’s been the squad’s offensive leader with goals and an everlasting source of talent regardless of the rival he confronts.The striker proved his fantastic moment from the very first ball he touched, it was evident that we were in for a treat and he would be one of this game’s main attractions.Karim did have Vinicius Junior as one of the most surprising partners that he could’ve asked for at this stage of the season, and also one of the most unexpected during a time in which everybody was already starting to repent from letting Cristiano Ronaldo leave the club.The Brazilian youngster has taken all Madridistas by surprise with his fresh football proposal, he has completely owned the left flank for Los Blancos and managed to get cozy with practically all the other offensive players in the squad.But make no mistake, tonight’s star was Karim Benzema without a doubt.FT Girona 1 Real Madrid 3. Real Madrid through to the semi finals #GironaRealMadrid #CopadelRey— Football 24/7 (@foetball247) January 31, 2019The Frenchman’s personal show went through the brightest moment just a few minutes before the 30-minute mark, he was the one who started the first goal’s play and the one who finished it.The Frenchman started a combination with Lucas Vazquez on the right flank, he continued with Dani Carvajal and stood right in front of Girona’s goalkeeper to finish with a potent strike with practically nobody to block his shot.This continued the great dynamic that Benzema is going through after last weekend’s fantastic performance against Espanyol in La Liga, but the striker was only beginning his show.A few minutes before half time, he combined with Vinicius on the left flank and finished the play with a well-placed right-footer that hit the post and got in the back of the net for Real Madrid’s second goal of the evening.This made it a 6-2 aggregate as both squads went to the dressing room to rest for 15 minutes, but the match wasn’t over yet and another 45 minutes were still on the horizon.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Since Benzema had already delivered, manager Santiago Solari decided to take him out early in the second half to rest for next weekend.Real Madrid are through to the semi-finals of the #CopaDelRey thanks to a double from Benzema and one from Llorente! 🔥@GironaFC 1-3 @realmadriden (3-7)— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 31, 2019Vinicius also left the pitch a few minutes later and he gave Gareth Bale a chance to play for over 20 minutes, the Welshman was coming out of another muscular injury and the manager wants to bring him back to rhythm slowly.Girona wasn’t leaving without doing some damage on Real Madrid’s defense, they took advantage of a defensive mistake from Los Blancos and Pedro Porro pulled one back for the Catalan club.Marcos Llorente scored the third goal for Real Madrid late in the game for the final 7-3 aggregate. But the semifinal’s ticket was pretty much decided, the first leg result was too bulky for Girona to recover from it.This result leaves the Copa del Rey semifinalists completely resolved, with Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Valencia, and a surprising Real Betis about to have the semifinals draw on Friday.The obvious favorites to go all the way to the final at the Benito Villamarin Stadium are the two giants, but Real Betis does have a good motivation because the final will take place in their own stadium.We will bring you all the information on the semifinals as soon as the draw ends.Que semifinales nos esperan en la Copa del Rey 🤩— Juego Balón (@sirjuegobalon) January 31, 2019What’s your favorite possible Copa del Rey semifinal? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more