State-sponsored human trafficking in Guyana?

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana, and in particular successive PPP/C administrations, have always had a friendly, open and liberal immigration policy. With a small population and limited skills base, PPPC was open to new skills and investments coming to Guyana. There has never been any quota system or differentiation — whether based on nationality, ethnicity, class, religion, or gender — of visitors or persons wishing to study, work, vacation, shop, or invest in our country.Guyana has prided itself, as a signatory to the CARICOM Treaty of Chaguaramas, in treating CARICOM nationals entering Guyana better than the treatment Guyanese have encountered in some CARICOM countries.However, the Minister of Citizenship, on July 27th and August 3rd, 2016, was questioned by the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Relations in regard to the reasons for the denial of entry to 168 CARICOM nationals to Guyana in the preceding 12 months. In light of the Freedom of Movement of People and Skills in CARICOM, this was of some concern to the Committee.The Minister, in responding, advised that those persons who were denied entry did not have “sufficient funds” to support themselves whilst in Guyana. His response and recommendations of the Committee were included in its Fourth Periodic Report, adopted in the National Assembly on February 9, 2017. None of those recommendations has thus far been implemented.Over the last eight months, the PPP has repeatedly referred, at various press conferences, to information it has been receiving in regard to the large numbers of Haitian nationals who are being met airside when they land at Cheddi Jagan International Airport and escorted through the immigration process to waiting vehicles. There are suspicions that Haitians are being trafficked through Guyana, but there appears to be an additional twist to the story. More information is surfacing: that in return for their “safe passage” through Guyana, they are required to obtain, and are facilitated in obtaining, Guyanese identity documents such as birth certificates, national identification cards with Guyanese names, which are then left in Guyana after they depart. For what purpose, one may wonder; and who is behind this?As a result, the PPP/C members of the same parliamentary committee raised concerns in regard to the Haitian arrivals and trafficking. The Committee then, in February 2018, sought information from Minister Felix about the number of Haitians entering and departing Guyana. The Minister, in his response to the Committee on May 23, 2018, provided information on the arrival and departure of Haitians and seven other nationalities entering annually for the years 2013 to 2018 (April).Of interest, the Minister did not provide figures for CARICOM nationals, nor other countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, USA, Canada, UK, etc., whose citizens also enter Guyana for work or study.When one analyses these figures, the following comparative breakdown makes the trends more visible:-These figures reveal that the years 2016 and 2017 show the highest upsurge in numbers of arrivals of several nationalities. Since the Minister did not provide any information on those who were denied entry, one assumes that these arrival figures are in fact persons who entered Guyana. In contrast to the years 2015-2016, wherein 168 CARICOM nationals were refused entry due to lack of “sufficient funds”, one has to ask if all of these people listed by Minister Felix arrived with “sufficient funds”?Unlike what has been popularly conveyed for years by the PNC, and then the APNU and AFC in opposition, and now in the APNU+AFC in Government: that Brazilians, Chinese, Indians, and more recently Venezuelans were flooding in and taking over, the truth is far different when one examines these figures for 2013-2015 and 2015-2018.True to form, Minister Henry, during the discussion in the committee in regard to these figures and links to human trafficking, pointed rather ridiculously to the high arrivals of Bangladeshis compared to the Haitians.However, we cannot find any evidence of the presence of such a large number of 5,485 Haitians, nor of 17,615 Cubans, in Guyana. Twenty-three thousand people who speak different languages in a small population such as ours would be easily discernible.Therefore something is going on. The most logical explanation is that Guyana is being used as a transshipment point for a large and well organised human trafficking ring, on a scale only possible with the collaboration of key officials within the Government. Based on these figures, these victims of human trafficking may not only include Haitians, but also other nationalities.However, the additional information that one of the nationalities, in this case Haitian, is being used to create new identities with Guyanese birth certificates is also of great significance, as our nation prepares for the 2018 Local Government and 2020 general and regional elections. If new identities are being created, then why are these documents not being used by the Haitians for their onward movement? Why are these documents being kept with their handlers based in Guyana? For what purpose? Is this to be used to register new voters? And whose identities are they using? Persons who have died or who have emigrated whose names are already on the national registration database and the voters lists?The champion of TIPs in Guyana, Minister Broomes, who received a US Presidential Award for her work in exposing cases of TIPs, appears to be rather quiet now. The Ministerial Task Force on TIPs 2017 records figures of cases of human trafficking being prosecuted, but all of the victims are Guyanese.However, the disinterest of the Government in addressing the concerns publicly expressed months ago by the Leader of the Opposition regarding human trafficking of Haitians may in itself be a telling indictment.Where there is smoke there is fire, and the information regarding the Haitians as possible victims of human trafficking linked to another agenda by Government officials cannot be ignored. This issue demands a full investigation.It is time for the international, including the relevant UN bodies and the IOM, as well as the diplomatic community to pay closer attention to this development. The annual US TIPs report placed Guyana on the watch list for two years in a row because there were too few cases of human trafficking in 2006-2013, I hope that the US officials will pay more interest to this unusual movement of unaccounted people through and in Guyana.I believe that any information concerning victims of human trafficking, whether Guyanese or any other nationality, must be treated seriously. And thus, the specific information regarding the movement of Haitians and their obligations to acquire Guyanese identity documents in order to have “safe passage”, must be investigated.Whilst the queries started with the Haitians, one cannot now not consider that other nationalities may also be victims of a human trafficking ring which could only function on this large scale with the collusion and collaboration of the state.Rspectfully,Gail Teixeira, MPlast_img read more

Councilors donate toonies for KidSport Week

first_imgPhoto: Mayor Lantz hands Gail Weber, middle, a signed proclaimation announcing March 14-21st as KidSport week in Fort St. John – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caCity Councilors donated a toonie each to kick off a fundraiser for the KidSport week.- Advertisement – Mayor Lantz announced on Monday KidSport week will be held from March 14th-21st. Chair of the North Peace KidSport Gail Weber says the organization allows children of all abilities to compete in sports. [asset|aid=1073|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e712a249d82de30b8ebf1757e1f2be37-Gail Weber 1_1_Pub.mp3] She says the Fort St. John Quiznos will be participating in a month long fundraiser. The restaurant will be selling banners for a toonie, and displaying the signed banners on the window. All proceeds go towards the organization.Advertisementlast_img read more

Russell, Khan light up first week of CPL 2018

first_imgAndre Russell’s performance against Trinbago Knight Riders was one of the best all-round shows in T20 cricketThe first week of the CPL 2018 was packed with action with old records being rewritten and a new hero emerging.Dre Russ’ perfect captaincy debutA breathtaking catch to dismiss Chris Lynn. A hat-trick – only the second in the CPL. A 40-ball hundred – the fastest in the CPL. Jamaica Tallawahs’ Andre Russell marked his captaincy debut with perhaps the greatest all-round performance in T20 cricket.Russell’s athletic intervention at extra-cover first snaffled his Kolkata Knight Riders team-mate Lynn for 46. Then, a ball after Trinbago Knight Riders had muscled their way to 216, the highest total in the league, Russell dismissed Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin in a hat-trick.Russell, however, saved his best for the chase. All right, he was dropped off the first ball he faced, but securing a 224-run chase from 41 for 5 with three balls to spare takes some doing. He shellacked 13 sixes, including a monster blow off Sunil Narine that disappeared over the Carib Beer stand and out of the Queen’s Park Oval. That’s how you ace your captaincy debut.No way out for St Lucia Stars?Colin MunroIs there any bottom to the abyss St Lucia Stars are hurtling into? They are winless in their last 14 matches, a streak stretching back to CPL 2016, and even their ever-smiling former captain Darren Sammy looked despondent after they botched a chase of 142 from 113 for 2 in the 17th over against Guyana Amazon Warriors. In all, St Lucia have lost three matches so far in CPL 2018 and are the only side with a negative net run-rate.Whether it’s the curse of the Zouks, St Lucia’s former moniker, or a lack of confidence, Stars need to find a way out of this rut, if they are to salvage this season.Warner, Smith watchDavid Warner had found bizarre ways to get out in the Global T20 Canada, and managed only 109 runs in eight innings at an average of 13.62 and strike-rate of 114.73. He fell to another bizarre dismissal against Guyana Amazon Warriors at Providence. When Imran Tahir bowled a full-toss on middle stump, Warner shaped to reverse-sweep but instead only gloved the ball towards point. Umpire Nigel Dungid, however, gave him out lbw, despite the tickle and the impact with the gloves appearing outside the line of off stump. The ball might have missed off stump too. In all, the decision left Warner peeved.Steven Smith, on the other hand, had a more encouraging start to CPL 2018, with a match-winning 41 off 37 balls for Barbados Tridents against Guyana. After crawling to 17 off 21 balls, he made 24 off his next 16 balls.Best batsman of the weekTKR’s Colin Munro has set the early pace with back-to-back fifties. We all know of his might against the seamers, but he was also fluent against Imad Wasim’s left-arm drift and Adam Zampa’s legbreaks on Friday. He read a wrong’un from Zampa, forayed down the track, and pinged the sightscreen with a six. He also took Imad for a brace of pulled boundaries in the arc between midwicket and long-on. So far, Munro has hit 164 runs in three innings at a strike-rate of 153.27; Russell is hot on his heels with 124 runs in two innings.Best bowler of the weekAfter impressing his captain Dwayne Bravo at Winnipeg Hawks in Global T20 Canada, USA quick Ali Khan was called up to replace Ronsford Beaton at TKR, who are also captained by Bravo. He has caught the eye in the CPL as well, with his skiddy pace and dance moves that aren’t too far behind those of Bravo and the franchise’s owner Shahrukh Khan, who was in attendance for TKR’s match against Tallawahs.Ali Khan hit a hard length – neither driveable nor pullable – with the new ball and claimed three wickets in six balls to set up his side nicely against Tallawahs before he dropped Russell first ball and watched him unleash an unrelenting assault.Ali Khan, however, put that drop behind him in the next match against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and took three more wickets, including that of Carlos Brathwaite. In addition to being the top wicket-taker with seven scalps, Ali Khan has saved 29.37 runs, the most by a bowler this CPL, according to ESPNcricinfo’s Smart Stats. (ESPNCricinfo)last_img read more

Simi Valley Calendar

first_imgTODAY Sunday evening hike, 4 p.m. at the Rocky Peak Trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. Power Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Jazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Call (805) 583-3055 or e-mail sqdncrmn@pacbell.net. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Women’s Anger Management class, 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. TUESDAY Family planning clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. For an appointment, call (805) 578-3677. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Rotary of Simi Valley will meet at noon at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way. Call (805) 583-4825. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Bowling, 4-5:30 p.m. at Brunswick Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Fee: $5 per week. Call (805) 584-4400. Tuesday Evening Hike, 6:30, meet at the Long Canyon parking lot at Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway. Call (805) 529-5581. Story time, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 526-1735. Simi Solos Toastmasters will meet, 7:30 p.m., Simi Valley YMCA, 3200 Cochran St. Call (805) 990-4950. Overeaters Anonymous, 8 p.m. at Church of Christ, 1554 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 581-4717 or (805) 529-8183. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. WEDNESDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $40/month; 65 and older, $20/month. Call (805) 379-2378. Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley will meet at 7 a.m. at Paul’s Italian Villa, 2585 Cochran Street. Call (805) 583-2857. Chair Exercise, 12:30 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. CPR Update: Health Care Provider class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Simi Valley Hospital, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive. Call (805) 955-6890. Tot Time story time, 11 a.m. at Borders Books and Music, 2910 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For ages 2-5. Call (805) 526-2800. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Emotional Intelligence Training for Parents, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Action Parent and Teen Support Program, 6:30 p.m. at Apollo High School, 3150 School St., Simi Valley. Hotline: (800) 367-8336. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Emotions Anonymous, 7:30-9 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Wood Room, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Free. Call (805) 526-6231. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Woman’s Club, monthly meeting, 11 a.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005 Los Angeles Ave. Call (805) 583-8272. Men’s Anger Management class, 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. The Simi Valley/Moorpark Democratic Club will host a discussion on the war in Iraq, 7 p.m. in the Simi Valley Library Community Room, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 527-8288. THURSDAY Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise will meet, 7 a.m. at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. Call (805) 520-4894. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Foreign coach for Harambee Stars- Mwendwa

first_imgAnd Mwendwa who says the new boss should be in the country tentatively in three weeks time, has affirmed that he will be going for a foreign replacement, with the rest of the local coaches retaining their roles as assistants.“We will continue to combine, but everyone knows that I would like our local coaches to continue to do this, but for now we will combine. We will have a foreign coach to work with locals and hopefully soon we will know who that is,” Mwendwa told Capital Sport.When the Belgian tactician took charge, Stanley Okumbi and John Kamau dropped down to roles of assistant coaches, but the coach prior to his resignation had hinted that he wanted to bring in his own backroom staff.After Put’s resignation, it was announced that Okumbi who was at the helm before the arrival of the Belgian would take charge temporarily as the federation searched for a replacement.There had been rumours that Mathare United boss Francis Kimanzi was primed to take charge of the role.Paul Put during his unveiling as Harambee Stars head coach in November 2017. Photo/COURTESYThe federation boss says he has received massive interest from coaches around the world, but is quick to add they will be selecting a tactician that conforms to their philosophy.The new coach is most likely set to be unveiled before Harambee Stars travel to Morocco for a friendly match against Comoros on March 24.“We are hunting for a coach that fits our philosophy and has what it takes to take us to the AFCON. I am surprised by how many top coaches with super experience want to come to Kenya. The response and interest has been immense,” Mwendwa noted.He has at the same time said the federation’s ambition to qualify for the African Cup of Nations in 2019 has not been shaken despite Put’s sudden exit, insisting that ‘life must continue’.“People come and go; we are temporary but the ambition, plan and the target remains the same. The coach has resigned for his own reasons and we have accept it. You can’t stop anyone from leaving when they want to go, in football it doesn’t work,” Mwendwa added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF boss Nick Mwendwa addresses the press during a media briefing on September 25, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26- Paul Put will be replaced as the Harambee Stars head coach with a fellow foreigner, Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa has confirmed.The Belgian through a statement from the federation last week announced that he was stepping down from the role barely three months after taking charge, citing ‘personal reasons’ though it later emerged that he might be headed for a high-paying job in China.last_img read more

Centinela hospital is bought by chain

first_imgHEALTH: Inglewood center is now owned by a group known for saving troubled hospitals from financial failure. By Melissa Evans Staff Writer A growing hospital chain that has taken heat for its business practices will assume ownership of the financially strapped Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood today – a deal that surprised everyone from union leaders to county officials to patients. A spokeswoman with the California Association of Health Plans, a trade association representing insurance companies, said its members would be happy to negotiate – as long as consumers aren’t put in the middle. “Our goal is to negotiate fair prices on behalf of our members in order to keep health care costs down for the consumer,” said Nicole Evans, who wasn’t aware of the recent sale. Those in the health care industry are familiar, however, with Reddy. He built Victorville’s Desert Valley Hospital, which received much praise for its quality of care, and quickly acquired eight other hospitals, at least two of which were facing bankruptcy. In addition to Desert Valley, Prime Healthcare owns the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital and Chino Valley Medical Center, which it acquired through bankruptcy proceedings. A controversial deal to buy the struggling Anaheim Memorial Medical Center for $50 million was recently nixed by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, but Reddy said he still plans to pursue the facility. In its promotional material, Prime Healthcare describes itself as an entity that “purchases and salvages failing hospitals, providing critical patient care access and services” to communities. Despite his hard-line approach with insurance companies, Reddy, along with executives from Centinela, said the sale is a positive development for an area of Los Angeles County that has been left with few health care options following several hospital closures. “This is very good news for us and the community,” said Von Crockett, former CEO of Centinela Freeman Health System, who will take over as CEO of Centinela Hospital Medical Center. Prime Healthcare will invest $20 million immediately to make improvements, including reducing emergency room wait times and increasing capacity to handle the fallout from the closure of Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center in Hawthorne and Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor County Hospital in Willowbrook. Centinela also closed its emergency room at Daniel Freeman Memorial Center in December. The sale appears to be “very good news if they follow through,” said Cathy Chidester, acting director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services Agency, who was unaware of the deal. “Every little bit helps.” Reddy said the hospital will absorb as many emergency patients as possible, which has also been part of his business strategy in the past. Without contracts dictating reimbursement rates, the hospital can charge insurance companies full price for services until the patient is transferred or released. Reddy said it costs a minimum of $2,000 per day, per patient to provide care. Depending on the contract, insurance companies can reimburse less than half of that. Patients who are covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare and those who have PPO insurance won’t be affected by the sale; those with PPO will even have their co-pay waived by the hospital, Reddy said. According to the state’s most recent records, Centinela Hospital Medical Center lost $9 million in 2006. The losses, not unique to Centinela, were due to a number of factors, including the high number of uninsured patients in the Hawthorne/Inglewood area, and poorly negotiated contracts, said Deborah Ettinger, vice president of business development for Centinela Freeman Health System. The system was formed in 2004; physicians and other equity partners chipped in to buy the three hospitals from Tenet Healthcare Corp. Centinela officials made changes to cut costs, including closing the emergency room at Daniel Freeman, streamlining services such as obstetrics and gynecology and reducing administrative overhead – measures that “certainly helped,” Ettinger said. “But it wasn’t enough.” Centinela’s financial situation was no secret, but the announcement of the sale came as a shock to stakeholders who were contacted Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the California Nurses Association, one of two unions that are in the midst of contract negotiations with the hospital, was livid. “This is pretty outrageous,” said Jill Furillo, a union leader. Reddy said contract negotiations with the nurses association and the Service Employees International Union will move forward as planned under the new leadership. The hospital, he said, plans to hold meetings this week with union leaders, along with open forums for doctors, nurses and other employees today and Friday. An extensive outreach plan is set for the coming weeks, officials say. Prime Healthcare representatives touted the chain’s record of providing quality care, and said they plan to invest heavily in the local community. They were under no obligation to reveal details of the sale before it was made public because Centinela is a for-profit corporation. Patients, meanwhile, are confused and worried about the future. The constant changes, including closures and acquisitions, have been stressful and traumatic, said Ross Strange, a Centinela patient who has lived in Inglewood since 1968. “All these promises and promises we citizens have listened to, none of them have come true,” Strange said. “It’s very tiring. I’m thinking not only just for myself, but I’m thinking all the people that will be affected by this.” melissa.evans@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 369-bed hospital was sold to Victorville-based Prime Healthcare Services Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Two other facilities run by Centinela Freeman Health System – a hospital in Marina del Rey and the Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood – won’t be affected, officials said. Centinela patients won’t be affected immediately, either. Prime Healthcare executives, however, say they will scrutinize contracts with five major HMO insurance providers to see whether the reimbursement rate they pay for services can be renegotiated. If not, the contracts may be cut, which means patients with Blue Cross, Blue Shield or other HMO insurance may not be able to use Centinela for non-emergency care in the future. Dr. Prem Reddy, a cardiologist who founded Prime Healthcare six years ago, said health insurers aren’t paying their fair share, a factor in the financial demise of Centinela and other hospitals. “They are trying to undervalue the services we provide,” Reddy said Wednesday. “They are trying to pay less than the cost.” Insurance companies have vehemently opposed the tactics Reddy uses to renegotiate contracts. last_img read more

Euro 2016 dream team v best Copa America XI: which side wins?

first_img 3 Which competition features the best players? 3 Football’s best players are on display in two huge international tournaments.Across the Atlantic there is the Copa America and the best South America has to offer, while in Europe we have the 2016 European Championship.So which competition will feature the better players? Here, talkSPORT looks at two fantastic line ups to help decide.EURO 2016 XI Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Spain and Man United)Right back: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland and Juventus)Left back: David Alaba (Austria and Bayern)Centre back: Leonardo Bonucci (Italy and Juventus)Centre back: Toby Alderweireld (Belgium and Tottenham)Central midfield: Sergio Busquets (Spain and Barcelona)Central midfield: Paul Pogba (France and Juventus)Attacking midfield: Thomas Muller (Germany and Bayern)Wide forward: Gareth Bale (Wales and Real Madrid)Wide forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal and Real Madrid)Striker: Robert Lewandowski (Poland and Bayern)COPA AMERICA 2016 XI 3 Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo (Chile and Barcelona)Right back: Dani Alves (Brazil)Left back: Filipe Luis (Brazil and Atletico Madrid)Centre back: Diego Godin (Uruguay and Atletico Madrid)Centre back: Javier Mascherano (Argentina and Barcelona)Attacking midfield: Angel Di Maria (Argentina and PSG)Attacking midfield: James Rodriguez (Colombia and Real Madrid)Attacking midfield: Arturo Vidal (Chile and Bayern)Wide forward: Lionel Messi (Argentina and Barcelona)Wide forward: Alexis Sanchez (Chile and Arsenal)Striker: Luis Suarez (Uruguay and Barcelona)WINNER: EUROPEThere are many more top quality players who do not appear, so let us know what your teams would look like.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: SEAMUS DOHERTY SUPERB AS MALIN NARROWLY LOSE OUT TO NAOMH CONAILL

first_imgMalin GAA News:ALL COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION 1Naomh Conaill 2-12 Malin 0-14. Malin were defeated last Saturday in away match in Glenties. The team had a good first half performance with the some great point taking from the likes of Matthew Byrne and Seamus Doherty, along with a couple of well pointed frees by Anthony Kelly.  The half time score read Naomh Conaill 1-02 Malin 0-10 , unfortunately the second half didn’t go as well with the team only managing four points. The team on the evening was Darragh McLaughlin, Gary Farren, Damien Harkin, John Gerard McLaughlin, Paul McLaughlin, Charles Byrne, Michael McLaughlin, Dan McDaid, Anthony Kelly, Darren Mullarkey, Matthew Byrne, Christopher McLaughlin, Seamus Doherty, Terence Doherty and Stephen McLaughlin. Subs used Michael Byrne for Christopher McLaughlin. The reserves had no game, they drew with Steelstown last Wednesday in the Philadelphia Cup in Muff in what was a very entertaining game. The final score was Malin 2-16 Steelstown 3-13. They were two points up going into the last two minutes of the game but Steelstown caught them off guard with a goal, putting the boys a point behind but they managed to get a draw with a last minute point and force a replay this Wednesday. They had some great performances from Michael McLaughlin, Connor McColgan, Christopher Doherty, Noel McLaughlin and Jason Doherty.HEALTH AND WELL BEING COURSEThere will be a health and wellbeing talk in the clubhouse on Friday 17th July at 8pm. This talk is open to parents, players and all club members. Health and nutrition will be discussed, topics like good foods to eat before and after games, and general wellbeing. There will be lots of good information for players and parents.It is very important that our young players get the good habits and routine early in their playing careerer.UNDERAGE BOYSThe under 12’s were defeated in the County semi-final on Saturday by Buncrana in cruel fashion, when they went down by one point after conceding a late penalty. The team had set up the semi-final after an excellent victory over Letterkenny Gaels last Tuesday. They are still involved in Gerry O’Neill competition and are down to play Urris in the semi-final.  The Under 14’s play away in the championship on Tuesday against Letterkenny Gaels. Our U8 & U10 boys were away in Glenswilly for a blitz against a number of clubs and had great day out, well done to all players and a special thank you to Glenswilly GAA club who put on some fantastic hospitality for the team and coaches. The U8 boys have a very busy month ahead with Go Games finals in Malin next Saturday. They also have an U8 Championship were 7 other clubs from all over Donegal will attend on the 1st August, then they are off to Bellaghy on the 15th August for an all Ulster Tournament. The under 6 team have now stopped training for the summer.Managers are reminded to contact Brendan on 0863777015 or Linda on 0863452769 with fixtures and results as well as notes for paper and facebook.LADIES The ladies match against Killybegs was off at the weekend because of Donegal Senior Ladies involvement in the Ulster Final on the 26th of July. The club would like to wish Davy McLaughlin and the Donegal ladies all the best in the Ulster Final. The fixture against Killybegs is now fixed for Sunday the 2nd of August.UNDERAGE GIRLSThe under 12 girls have reached the Inishowen final on Sunday the 26th of July, this will be the curtain raiser to the Gerry O’Neill final. The final will be against either Buncrana or Urris and they will need to be at their very best to beat either of these two teams and push on after last years final defeat against Naomh Padraig and hopefully bring the cup back to Malin, Best of luck to all players and management and parents and club members are asked to come out and show their support.The under 10’s are playing against Carndonagh on Tuesday.U8’s and U10’s have normal training next week. U16 training as usual on Wednesday.LOTTO There was no winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €1800,The numbers drawn were 1-4-7-5-6-3-2. The €50 winner was Patrick Collins, Drumcarbit. Next weeks jackpot is €1850.STRICTLY COME DANCING DVD’S AVAILABLE FROM CLUB SHOPOur recently very successful Strictly Come Dancing has been captured on DVD and there is a limited supply now available from our club shop priced €15.The club shop is open every Saturday from 12.00 – 2.00and Sunday from 11.20 – 2.00 or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242 . The shop also has a great range of stock in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats and much more club merchandice.FINALLYThe club would like to wish club player Declan Walsh, Rory Gallagher and all the Donegal Squad the best of luck in Sunday’s Ulster Final against Monaghan at 2.00pm in Clones.GAA NEWS: SEAMUS DOHERTY SUPERB AS MALIN NARROWLY LOSE OUT TO NAOMH CONAILL was last modified: July 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more

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