Sexual Offences, Child Abuse Registry being tested

first_imgAlthough the much-anticipated Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Registries were launched back in September, sources have indicated that they were yet to be officially opened to the public.An officer attached to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) said that the software has been set up and was being tested to ensure all aspects were intact.Back in August, CCPA Director Ann Greene revealed the Agency’s plans to haveCCPA Director Ann Greenethe Registries launched during Child Protection Week.The Child Abuse Registry will be helpful in providing information in relation to a person’s biography. Greene pointed out that the perpetrators of sexual abuse would be publicised and exposed to the public, who would be able to access the requisite information on the Internet.“People were clamouring for that, and so I gave a commitment to launch the Child Abuse Registry. It is really to put online the persons who would have committed offences against children. If anybody wants to employ anybody, you could run the Child Abuse Registry,” she explained.Greene did not reveal the cost of the programme, but only said it was budgeted for and it was a rather technical database.“A lot of information will be made available through the Registry; (like) the type of abuse, the person’s age, their name, where they’re from, and so on. Because when we set up this database, we can do drafts and look and see where the abusers are. We can pull up the map and see where they are,” she revealed.The perpetrators’ pictures, she said, will also likely be available through the Registry, since the department is cognisant of the fact that some people have identical names.It was on this note that the Director reiterated the importance of such a database in combating child abuse nationally.The Social Protection Ministry first announced plans to establish this type of registry back in 2016. The then Government Information Agency (GINA) had reported that the Ministry would be embarking on a series of community outreaches countrywide to develop a registry to ensure that all vulnerable individuals and families were accounted for.last_img read more

Jagdeo elected new PPP General Secretary

first_img… youth leaders disappointed with Rohee’s media commentsBY DEVINA SAMAROOOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was on Saturday voted in as the new General Secretary of the country’s longest standing political force, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – replacing Clement Rohee who held the position for the last five years.Bharrat Jagdeo speaking to media operatives following his election as the new PPP General SecretaryJagdeo was nominated by Dr Roger Luncheon and his nomination was supported by Irfaan Ali.His contender was Dr Frank Anthony, who was nominated by Rohee and supported by former President Donald Ramotar.In accordance with the Party’s Constitution, the PPP held its first post-Congress Central Committee meeting during which an election held by secret ballot to determine a new General Secretary.ChallengingJagdeo was positive that his role as both Leader of the Opposition and General Secretary would not be too challenging since being a President for 12 years was much more demanding.Nonetheless, he did not undermine the work cut out for him, noting that the PPP will have to work hard towards a resounding victory in 2020.“The task ahead of us is to prepare this Party to win the next elections and I’ve made it clear about what this Party will focus on over the next few years. We want to reiterate the message that this Party is open to people of every race. That was our founding principle and we remain faithful to that,” he expressed.Jagdeo noted too that the Party will continue to work robustly in its stronghold areas and will intensify its outreach to those in the strongholds of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) communities.Clement Rohee sharing his thoughts on the new PPP General Secretary“We have a progressive message to take to those communities. This is not a Party for 50 per cent of the people, of 49 per cent who they claim voted for us. We are the Opposition for everyone in Guyana,” he emphasised.In further outlining his vision for the PPP, with the new General Secretary explaining that the Party will have to give priority to the creation and development of young leaders.“You will see young leaders being given more responsibilities in the managing of our Party,” he stated.On another note, Jagdeo lauded Rohee for his “valuable contributions” to the PPP during his tenure as General Secretary.Speaking on the possibility of him emerging as the next presidential candidate of the PPP, the Opposition Leader said the matter will be decided when the time is right.DisappointedHowever Rohee, in an interview with media operatives, who were staking out Freedom House for hours, expressed some comments as to the outcome of the election, contending that a youthful face should have been given the opportunity to take the lead of the PPP.Rohee explained nonetheless that this is all the “vagaries of politics”.Asked if he will support Jagdeo unconditionally as the new General Secretary of the Party, Rohee stated “We’re all in the PPP, we work as a collective. That’s the most I can say to that. Rohee expects Jagdeo to uphold the tradition of the PPP as a working class Party that supports the struggle of the working people.SupportHowever, a young member of the Party’s Executive, who was at Saturday’s election, on Saturday evening expressed disappointment that Rohee would go to the media to discuss an issue that was discussed at the Party’s highest level.According to the source, during Saturday’s proceedings, Rohee dropped out of the race knowing fully well that he is not magnanimous and as such, did not have and as would not receive enough youth support. As such, he threw his support behind Dr Anthony.On the issue of youthful faces, the source pointed out that both Jagdeo and Dr Anthony are of the same age group – with Jagdeo being 52 and Anthony, 51, and as such, could not comprehend why a party stalwart would make such a public statement.The source disclosed that of the 11 votes received by Dr Anthony for the General Secretary position, most were from the older party stalwarts in their 60’s and early 70’s. Jagdeo received 24 votes.The young Executive Member also pointed out that at the recently concluded 31st Congress of the Party, the youth party members threw their support behind Jagdeo.New ExecutiveMeanwhile, the PPP also elected some new faces to the Party’s 15-seat Executive Committee – the highest decision-making forum of the PPP.The new Executive Committee comprises Anil Nandlall (28 votes), Clement Rohee (26 votes), Irfaan Ali (25 votes), Dr Roger Luncheon (25 votes), Gail Teixeira (25 votes), Zulfikar Mustapha (24 votes), Donald Ramotar (23 votes), Frank Anthony (22 votes), Neil Kumar (22 votes), Shyam Nokta (22 votes), Clinton Collymore (21 votes), Collin Croal (21 votes), Dharamkumar Seeraj (21 votes), Pauline Sukhai (21 votes) and Bheri Ramsaran (20 votes).The Executive Committee also comprises of three candidate members who are void of voting powers. These persons are Nigel Dharamlall, Vickram Bharat and Fizal Jaffarally.Additionally, the Central Committee also elected the following Secretaries: Zulfikar Mustapha – Executive Secretary; Irfaan Ali – Finance Secretary; Anil Nandlall – Public Relations; Hydar Ally – Education; Bheri Ramsarran – International Relations; Gail Teixeira – Mass Organisation; Rick Ramraj – Organising Secretary; and Nigel Dharamlall – Trade Union.last_img read more

Ashley puts Newcastle up for sale

first_imgNewcastle have been relegated from the Premier League twice in the Ashley era, with the 53-year-old angering Magpies fans with his failed managerial appointments and his decision to sell naming rights to the club’s historic stadium.Ashley has frustrated current Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez by failing to back the Spaniard in the transfer market.Benitez has publicly complained about Newcastle’s spending on several occasions since leading them to promotion from the Championship last season, with Ashley responding that he doesn’t have the cash to compete with superpowers like Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.Now Ashley, who paid £134 million ($178 million, 150 million euros) for Newcastle, reportedly hopes to find a new owner by the end of the year following the formal announcement of his sale plan.“As one of the Premier League’s oldest and best supported football clubs – and for the benefit of its many fans and supporters in the UK and across the world – Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future,” a Newcastle statement read.“To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level, at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale.”– Sour atmosphere –Speculation over Newcastle’s future was ramped up after the appearance of financier Amanda Staveley at their match against Liverpool earlier this month.After initially trying to win over Newcastle fans by sitting with them at away matches — the Londoner was often pictured in a Newcastle shirt drinking beer with supporters — Ashley spent far less time at the north-east club once the atmosphere soured in recent years.He unsuccessfully cycled through a host of managers in a bid to transform Newcastle’s fortunes, with Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Pardew and Steve McClaren among his hires.Newcastle are currently ninth in the Premier League after Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton, but Ashley looks to have realised more investment is needed and he is willing to let a new buyer defer part of the payments to allow funds to be used on improving Benitez’s squad.“To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments,” the statement added.“A process will now commence of identifying new ownership for the club that will be capable of delivering the sustained investment in and dedication to the club that is necessary for it to achieve its ambitions.”Ashley’s impending exit was greeted with glee by two former Newcastle stars Alan Shearer and Rob Lee, who both tweeted celebratory messages.Shearer’s post, showing the cast of American sitcom Seinfeld dancing, was accompanied by the phrase “Just heard…..”, while Lee’s was captioned “at last”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Newcastle have been relegated from the Premier League twice in the era of owner Mike Ashley, with the 53-year-old angering Magpies fans with his failed managerial appointments and his decision to sell naming rights to the club’s historic stadium © AFP/File / CHRIS J RATCLIFFELondon, United Kingdom, Oct 16 – Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is ready to end his controversial reign after putting the Premier League club up for sale on Monday.Ashley has been a polarising figure at Newcastle since taking over at St James’ Park in 2007 and the sports retail tycoon has decided now is the time to step down.last_img read more

Thousands still without power

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Weary crews are working double shifts today to restore power to thousands of customers who lost electricity during the heat wave. Among the hardest hit cities include Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights and Whittier. According to the latest count, nearly 13,000 customers in and around Los Angeles served by Southern California Edison are reported to be without electricity. last_img

Odds reveal favourites to replace Jose Mourinho as Man United manager

first_img Is this the end of the line for Mourinho at Man United? Could Simeone finally be tempted to leave Atleti if Man United come calling? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Man United have reportedly already held talks with Zidane gameday cracker SORRY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense *Odds correct as of October 6, 2018 Last Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at West Ham was arguably the worse defeat of the lot, coming at the end of a seven-day spell in which the Red Devils were also held by Wolves and beaten by Derby in the Carabao Cup.Disagreements with key players such as Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly have made this a real crisis week, and reports suggest Mourinho will be axed in the coming days. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings changes The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? predicted 4 Is a Premier League return on the cards for Martinez? 4 Reports have emerged suggesting Jose Mourinho will be SACKED by Manchester United this weekend – regardless of the club’s result in their Premier League clash against Newcastle.Mourinho, the Portuguese, is living on the brink after guiding United to just three victories in their first seven Premier League matches, leaving the Old Trafford club 10th in the table. 4 REVEALED whoops The Mirror say United will sack Mourinho this weekend even if three points are picked up against Newcastle – a game which is LIVE on talkSPORT – but senior club chiefs have denied these reports.Zinedine Zidane, the former Real Madrid manager, has been linked with succeeding Mourinho for a number of weeks, but who is the favourite to take the job should the Portuguese be axed?talkSPORT.com take a look at the 15 favourites to become Man United manager, according to odds from SkyBet…=13. Max Allegri (Juventus) – 25/1=13. Laurent Blanc (Unattached) – 25/1=13. Leonardo Jardim (Monaco) – 25/1=11. Roberto Martinez (Belgium) – 20/1 4 revealed silverware Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT =7. Carlo Ancelotti (Napoli) – 16/1=5. Ryan Giggs (Wales) – 14/1=5. Brendan Rodgers (Celtic) – 14/1Must-listen Manchester United rant: Tony Cascarino blasts Red Devils and Jose Mourinho in six-minute talkSPORT tirade while revealing Zinedine Zidane talks4. Michael Carrick (Manchester United assistant) – 12/13. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) – 10/12. Antonio Conte (Unattached) – 6/11. Zinedine Zidane (Unattached) – 4/7 Most read in Premier League =11. Arsene Wenger (Unattached) – 20/1=9. Luis Enrique (Spain) – 18/1=9. Didier Deschamps (France) – 18/1=7. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) – 16/1last_img read more

How to Scale Code Deployment Like Twitter Does

first_imgSo how did Twitter accomplish this?Murder is built on top of BitTornado, a version of BitTorrent modified to include advanced functionality. Gadea says they have tweaked the app to better function in the unique environment that exists in a datacenter, including “low-latency access to servers, high bandwidth, no NAT/Firewall issues, no ISP traffic shaping, only trusted peers, etc.” By integrating this tool with their existing deployment app, Capistrano, Twitter was able to shorten code deployments by 99.5%. Anyone can checkout Murder on GitHub right now and start thinking of ways to use it with their servers. It is important for young companies – not just those with several servers – to think about scalability before it becomes an issue. Projects like Murder are making that process much easier for first time entrepreneurs and system administrators.Photo by Flickr user rebeccakoconnor. There is a fundamental problem that Internet startups face when they begin to grow: scalability. It is imperative to be able to not only handle large flows of data from usage, but also to deploy changes and upgrades to your software across multiple servers as fast as possible. Twitter faces this challenge every day as its farm of servers grows, and today the San Francisco-based company is open sourcing its solution to the deployment problem for all to use.Named “Murder” after the collective noun used to describe a group of crows (I guess “Gaggle,” “Flock” or any other bird plural didn’t sound as nice), this part-Python, part-Ruby tool allows lighting fast code deployments across large groups of servers. Twitter engineer Larry Gadea says it took what once was a 40 minute deploy and shortened it just 12 seconds – an impressive feat, no doubt. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting chris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips last_img read more

Google’s FTC Settlement Is An Epic Fail For Microsoft

first_imgTags:#FTC#Google#Mark Penn#Microsoft#search dan lyons 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Microsoft had a pretty lousy year in 2012, putting out a string of big products – Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and the Surface tablet – that all turned out to be be disappointing.But those pale in comparison to what may be the biggest disappointment in Microsoft’s history — its failure to convince antitrust regulators to take action against Google.After a 19-month investigation and despite much prodding from Microsoft, the Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Google that basically amounts to a slap on the wrist.This is a crushing blow to Microsoft, which has spent millions of dollars on lobbyists and phony grassroots groups over the past several years hoping to land Google in hot water.Indeed, Microsoft’s obsession with Google doesn’t just border on crazy. It is crazy, and not just a little tiny bit crazy but full-blown, bunny-boiling, Ahab-versus-the-whale nutso.The Shadow WarFor years Microsoft has devoted massive resources and energy to waging a sneaky shadow war against Google, fielding an army of lobbyists and front groups that exist almost completely to spread anti-Google propaganda, including ICOMP.org, the Association for Competitive Technology, FairSearch and SafeGov. They call themselves “industry groups,” and they have lots of members, but they’re basically Microsoft fronts devoted to hating on Google. Take a glance through ICOMP’s “newsroom” and “Voices” section and white papers and “ICOMP in the News” section. It’s pretty much all Google, all the time — and all negative. It’s a whole website devoted to bashing Google, and frankly it’s kind of incredible, in a twisted way.FairSearch does much the same. Its site is loaded with Google bashing. FairSearch’s spokesman is Ben Hammer, who works for the Glover Park Group, a lobbying and PR firm in Washington, D.C., that used to lobby for Microsoft. Before taking on his role at FairSearch, Hammer worked on the Microsoft account for Glover Park.FairSearch also hired Patrick Lynch, the former attorney general in Rhode Island, as a consultant —  and then Lynch began lobbying states to investigate Google and publishing op-ed pieces in newspapers bashing Google for “abusing its power,” among other things.Microsoft even hired Randall Long, a former FTC attorney who had worked on investigations into Google during his time at the commission. A watchdog group protested and called the hire “suspicious.”In 2009 Microsoft spent millions of dollars to kill a proposed deal between Google and Yahoo. Read this Wired story about what Microsoft did, and you’ll be flabbergasted.That battle was fought by an internal SWAT team that is devoted to hobbling Google. The team is led by a lawyer, John Kelly. (See his LinkedIn bio here.) Also on the team is Kate O’Sullivan, a former exec at Burson-Marsteller, a top Microsoft PR agency that has a hand in running ICOMP.The SafeGov ‘Grassroots’ CampaignMore recently, as Google started trying to sell Google Apps to government agencies – competing against Microsoft Office by offering much lower prices – Microsoft helped create a new group called SafeGov.org, another so-called “grassroots” organization whose mission supposedly is to discuss issues around government computing policies, but really ends up being just another front for bashing Google.SafeGov’s “experts” include Doug Miller of Milltech Consulting, who used to work at Microsoft doing “competitive strategy,” and earlier this year disclosed a consulting relationship with Microsoft. There’s also Jeff Gould of Peerstone Research, another SafeGov expert who has disclosed his consulting connection to Microsoft in the Washington Post and on a site called The Open Enterprise, but not in his SafeGov bio. Finally there’s Bryan Cunningham of Cunningham Partners who co-founded a company called Polaris Consulting whose lobbying clients included Microsoft —  though again this connection is not mentioned in his SafeGov bio.SafeGov’s other experts include four people from the Chertoff Group — a lobbying organization run by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. They’ve done their part to bash Google. Chertoff criticized Google in the Wall Street Journal in July 2012. Richard Falkenrath, a principal at Chertoff and a SafeGov expert, criticized Google in the Financial Times in February 2012. Yet another SafeGov expert, Andrew Weis of Civitas, warned about Google and privacy in the Chronicle of Higher Education in February 2012.All For NothingAnd now all Microsoft’s plotting and scheming has come to nothing. Or almost nothing.The FTC has settled with Google on the allegations of search engine manipulation. As FTC Chairman Jon Liebowitz has stated, the investigation is closed and the FTC is satisfied that Google was not acting in anti-competitive fashion. “On balance, we didn’t believe that the evidence supported an FTC challenge to this aspect of Google’s business under American law,” Leibowitz said in a press conference on Thursday. There won’t be any protracted (and distracting) legal battle. There won’t be any embarrassing depositions. Google will just make a few little changes that it has already agreed to and the Feds will back off.Of course FairSearch is howling about the settlement and claiming the FTC “failed in its mission to protect American consumers.” Microsoft is still holding out hope that European regulators will do something to hobble Google. And that may happen.But here in the States, the whole campaign is starting to look not just evil but also ridiculous and even pathetic, a failed crusade that smacks of revenge and failure and sad psychodrama.Why Not Just Make Better Products?Microsoft has spent the past 10 years missing out on every big new trend — search, social, mobile. Instead of looking inward and trying to fix its own problems, Microsoft has become ever more obsessed with Google.The crusade extends to PR as well. Last year Microsoft hired Mark Penn, the pollster and PR guy who led Hillary Clinton’s 2008 train wreck of a campaign.Penn’s mission is to create smear campaigns about Google. One of his big brainstorms was the “Scroogled” campaign which tried to persuade people that Google’s search results are tainted by advertising. Microsoft ran full-page ads in newspapers and spots on Monday Night Football. It even created a site, scroogled.com, and urged people to complain about Google on Facebook.Then came the “Droid Rage” ploy, where Microsoft used its Windows Phone account on Twitter to ask Android users to send in Android malware stories to win a prize. The campaign backfired when Android fans used the hashtag to mock Microsoft.Going negative might work in politics, but when you’re selling products it’s probably wiser to tout the virtues of your own product. The risk Microsoft is taking is that by howling about Google, Microsoft starts to look like a company that can no longer compete, a desperate dinosaur that has toppled into the tar pit.Worse, Microsoft starts to seem a little unhinged. Nevertheless, don’t expect this freak show to end anytime soon. Supposedly Penn has been going around Washington trying to recruit consultants, telling them that Microsoft has armed him with a $50 million budget to go after Google.Imagine the kind of cool product that a team of great engineers could dream up with $50 million. Instead, we’ll get more negative ads and ineffective lobbying, while the Surface continues to post disappointing sales figures, and Windows Phone languishes in the cellar of the smartphone market, and while Android continues to gain market share in smartphones and tablets and the FTC can’t find a way, despite all of Microsoft’s finagling and pleading, to make a case against Google. Keep up the great work, Microsoft.See also: Google Escapes Unscathed From From FTC Settlement and Microsoft’s Fight Against Google Continues With YouTube App Complaint.Image by ReadWrite. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Meet Dr. Alaina Szlachta: Healing Insights about Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships

first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pexels [Symbol Tree on October 31, 2016, CC0]Alaina Szlachta, Ph.D.Dr. Szlachta is a scholar and practitioner who intersects the academic world of rigorous research and interdisciplinary teaching with the private sector. Dr. Szlachta is currently the Director of Training with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where she developed the Hotline’s 60-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training Program and facilitates training on healthy relationships, intimate partner violence, and culturally responsive practice.Fostering Healthy Relationships in Military FamiliesIn an insightful 90-minute webinar, Szlachta (2016) explores characteristics that define both healthy and unhealthy relationships. Furthermore, the differences between unhealthy and abusive relationships are explored, and guidance is presented for mental health professionals working with clients who may be in abusive relationships. For example, Szlachta discusses clues to look out for which may indicate to a mental health professional that it is time to have a conversation about the health of a client’s relationship. In addition, Szlachta identifies specific challenges military service members face in maintaining healthy relationships and provides strategies service members and their families can use to tackle the specific challenges they face, such as creating emotional safety plans.What Previous Viewers Have to SayYou don’t have to just take it from us that this was an insightful and useful webinar. Here are some things that our participants had to say about this webinar:“I loved the idea of having an ’emotional safety plan’ for our military families.”“I participate in a couple of webinars monthly and this was really one of the best I’ve heard lately. The amount of interaction in the chat panel was encouraging and the leader was open to interaction vs. simply reading from the slides. Really enjoyable and learned a lot. Thank you. “Want to Learn More?To learn more about maintaining healthy relationships, please take some time to watch the MFLN Family Development Team’s free, archived webinar presented by Alaina Szlachta, Ph.D.Also, get social with us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about more great content, webinars, and free CEU opportunities in the future.ReferencesSzlachta, A. (2017). On solid ground: Exploring strategies to help clients create and maintain healthy relationships. MFLN Family Development. Retrieved from: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/27283/.This post was written by David Lee Sexton, Jr. of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Goa BJP accuses Rahul Gandhi of defamation

first_imgThe Goa unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday declared that it will send a legal notice to AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi and AICC secretary Girish Chodankar for making allegedly defamatory statements about the BJP and its legislators, including an accusation that the BJP had spent Rs. 1,000 crore to lure non-Congress MLAs.Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said on Friday that the legal notice was being drafted and would be issued to both “either by Friday evening or Saturday morning. They have made wild and baseless accusations in the last few days. We are not going to take it lightly,” Mr. Tendulkar said.He described the accusation that the BJP had spent Rs. 1,000 crore to lure MLAs and carry out horse-trading in the post-poll government-formation was “baseless and unfair.” On Wednesday, Mr. Chodankar had alleged that the BJP had spent around Rs. 1000 crore to lure non-Congress MLAs to join the BJP-led coalition in a bid to form government.“Nothing less than Rs. 1,000 crore has been spent by the BJP to lure and buy MLAs over to their side,” Mr. Chodankar had alleged and further said that State BJP general secretary Sadanand Tanavde was in the know of this. Mr. Tanavde had denied the allegations, and told this paper that he had not given anybody even “five paise.”The state unit is also angry about a similar allegation made in Delhi on the same day by Mr. Gandhi who alleged that money power had been used for horse-trading. Mr. Chodankar said that he is willing to face the defamation proceedings.“The BJP will also have to answer why three helicopters had landed at the Goa airport soon after a senior Central Minister arrived in the State. What were the helicopters carrying? Crackers from Delhi,” Mr. Chodankar asked. The BJP which won 13 seats in the February 4 elections, formed a government in Goa with a coalition of 23 in the 40-Member House.The Congress, which emerged as the single largest party with 17 MLAs has also questioned the role of Goa governor Mridula Sinha as she did not give Congress the first opportunity to form a government.last_img read more

‘No patients in 40 Rajasthan Ayurveda hospitals for 5 years’

first_imgAs many as 40 Ayurveda hospitals in Rajasthan did not admit any patient for five consecutive years since 2012, while no medical officer was posted in 645 dispensaries, according to a Comptroller and Auditor General report.Flagging serious lapses in the Department of Ayurveda, the CAG report said it incurred a total expenditure of ₹2,655.89 crore during the five years between 2012 and 2017, of which a huge component of up to 95.49% was spent on pay and allowances.The CAG report, which was tabled in the Rajasthan Assembly during the monsoon session last week, said no patient was admitted in 40 hospitals for five consecutive years, in 48 hospitals for four years in a row and in 49 hospitals for three straight years.‘No review’“Out of the 118 district hospitals, no patient was admitted in 60 hospitals during 2012-13, which increased to 79 in 2016-17. In spite of this trend, no review to reduce/relocate the staff was conducted,” the report said.Manpower deploymentScrutiny of deployment of manpower in healthcare centres in the State as of March 2017 revealed that deployment was disproportionate. Out of the total 3,577 dispensaries, no medical officers was found posted in 645 dispensaries, whereas two medical officers were posted in 40 dispensaries against the requirement of one officer in each dispensary.‘No medical officer’No medical officer or nurse/compounder was posted in 195 dispensaries, the CAG report said.During 2012-17, the expenditure on pay and allowances was found very high, which ranged between 87.97% and 95.49% of the total expenditure of Rs 2,655.89 crore, thereby leaving a very small percentage for core activities of the department such as procuring equipment and drugs and augmenting infrastructure.There was no regulation to ensure the quality of drugs sold by retailers in the market. Quality of drugsThe departmental pharmacies did not achieve the targets of production of drugs. The quality of drugs manufactured in government pharmacies was also not maintained.The government auditor, in its report, said that no new postgraduate course could be started in the Government Ayurveda College, Udaipur, after 1986 due to non-availability of qualified teachers. ‘No training’Further, practical training in surgery and gynaecology was not being provided to students as Ayurveda colleges did not have facilities for delivery and surgery cases.last_img read more