Lacson sees ‘pattern of overpricing’ in purchase of COVID-19 equipment

first_imgMANILA – There was allegedly a pattern of overpricing in the Department of Health’s (DOH) procurement of medical equipment to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel on Thursday, Sen. Panfilo Lacson slammed the DOH for supposedly taking advantage of the situation to satisfy their greed.“I think there should be a day of reckoning on all these because seizing an opportunity out of a crisis is a good thing when you do it for country. But to seize an opportunity for self-aggrandizement out of a crisis as big as the COVID-19 pandemic, I think that’s the height of callousness and greed,” Lacson said.“They could all come up with all sorts of reasons. But at the end of the day, we see a pattern of overpricing. If it’s only one item then probably it’s been overlooked, they can reason out a different supplier or manufacturer but it’s a pattern,” he added.Lacson also said that the swabbing system bought by DOH was twice the price procured by the private sector.“You cannot avoid being compared sa procurement price ng private sector. Bakit kapag ang government ang nagpo-procure hindi lang mahal, halos doble pa ‘yung presyo and we are operating on a very limited resources?” he said.During a Senate inquiry earlier this week, Lacson questioned the DOH for purchasing COVID-19 testing machines and swabbing kits for more than twice the price of similar equipment bought by private companies.A private company bought nucleic acid extractors needed to process coronavirus tests for P1.75 million each, while the DOH got the machines for P4 million each, Lacson said.DOH secretary Francisco Duque III, however, said they chose the P4-million equipment because other brands were not compatible with United States-manufactured machines in Philippine laboratories./PNlast_img read more

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Cuba J “Bill” Anson

first_imgCuba J “Bill” Anson, of West Harrison, Indiana, passed away October 9, 2017 in Dillsboro, Indiana.He was born October 2, 1918 in Perry County, IN, son of the late Henry and Minnie AnsonBill served his country in WWII, as a member of the United States Army.He worked as a Manager for Lincoln Income Life, retiring after over 21 years of service. Bill had previously worked as a foreman on the Southern Railway.He was a member of member of Holman Christian Union Church. Bill was the President of Gideons International Bible Association in Dearborn and Ohio counties. He was a member of New Albany Masonic lodge #79, as well as a member of the Eastern Star. When he was young, Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, sketching and painting. He had played bass guitar in a band. Bill also enjoyed working on lawnmowers, Most of all, he enjoyed joking and laughing.Surviving are daughter, Helena (Robert) Schildknecht of Crestwood, KY, son, Paul Badger of Sellersburg, IN; step-children, Angee (Brad) Ellis of Guilford, IN, Maureen “Jody” Ward (Ron Hanner) of Greensburg, IN, Jeff (Johnanna) McCormick of West Harrison, IN; 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren special friend, Millie Craft.He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife,  Jean Lorraine Carr Badger Anson, his second wife, Thelma Kirby Anson, and his son, Gene Badger.Friends will be received Thursday, October 12, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:30 am at Rullman Hunger funeral home, Aurora, Indiana. Services will be held at the funeral home October 12, 2017 at 11:30 am with Pastor Michael Addison officiating.Interment will follow in the Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany, IN. Military services will follow the funeral services.Contributions may be made to the Holman Christian Union Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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New deal for Nasri

first_imgSamir Nasri has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester City, the Barclays Premier League champions have announced. Nasri, who joined City from Arsenal in 2011, has 22 goals in 129 appearances for City, and has won two Premier League titles as well as the League Cup with the club. “I’m 27 now and if you listen to some of the best managers in the game, they say that a midfield player’s best years are between 27 and 30 so I hope that I will give my best years to City,” Nasri added. “It took me time to adjust to living in Manchester because when you move here from London, it is a big change, but last year everything was perfect – I enjoyed my football and I love living in Manchester, feel very settled and I think that showed on the pitch. “That’s why I’ve agreed this new contract – because I feel very much at home. Our supporters have been right behind me and it gives me the confidence to play my best game. “Now I’m looking forward to the new season and to defending our title again.” Among Nasri’s 11 goals last term were the opener in the title-clincher against West Ham in May, and a crucial strike in the come-from-behind 3-1 Capital One Cup final win over Sunderland. However, he was a surprise omission from Didier Deschamps’ France World Cup squad. Press Associationcenter_img The 27-year-old France midfielder has committed his future to the club until 2019 after enjoying something of a rebirth under Manuel Pellegrini last season, when he scored 11 goals. “I’m really happy to have signed this contract and to have committed my future with City,” Nasri said on the club’s website. last_img read more

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DeSantis Set to Sign “Sanctuary Cities” Bill

first_imgGovernor Ron DeSantis is set to sign legislation on Friday banning so-called sanctuary cities in Florida.A member of his team confirmed that much, and said that Senate sponsor Joe Gruters, a Sarasota Republican who serves as chairman of the state’s Republican Party, will be with the Governor and Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz for the bill-signing ceremony in Okaloosa County.DeSantis promised during his gubernatorial campaign to make the ban a priority of his administration.The state House and Senate passed the bill on May 2. Under the new law, local governments would be required to “use their best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law.”Although Gruters says that the estimated 200,000 undocumented immigrants living in our state do not need to fear the bill if they do not break the law, Democrats argue that minor offenses such as jaywalking or driving without a license could result in deportation.The bill, officially known as SB 168, expands on DeSantis’ efforts to increase cooperation between our state’s legislature and federal immigration authorities. That includes encouraging local law-enforcement agencies and the Florida Department of Corrections to enter into cooperative agreements that would allow local and state correctional officers to perform some duties that are currently exclusive to federal immigration agents.According to DeSantis spokeswoman Helen Ferre, “Earlier this year, Governor DeSantis asked the Florida Legislature to present him with meaningful legislation to uphold the rule of law and ensure that no city or county jurisdiction can get in the way of Florida’s cooperation with our federal partners to enforce immigration law. Public safety is paramount and local law enforcement agencies can and should work with the federal government to ensure that accountability and justice are one in our state.”last_img read more

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“Pay a Dime for Lyme” fundraiser set at EHS

first_img Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff Bio Town report wins award – October 11, 2014center_img Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — For folks who haven’t yet had their fill of basketball and want to help children battling Lyme disease, the third annual “Pay a Dime for Lyme” basketball tournament weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday at Ellsworth High School.Over the two days, 26 teams — middle school, high school, college and adults — will compete in games of 20 minutes each, with championship playoffs scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.The tournament will start each day at 8 a.m. will run throughout the day on Saturday and into the afternoon on Sunday.A three-point shooting contest is planned for Saturday at noon and a slam dunk contest for Sunday at noon.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Beat Cameroon, Get $10,000 for Each Goal Scored, A’Ibom Tells Eagles

first_imgThis first game of the double-header World Cup 2018 qualifiers with the Indomitable Lions this weekend, will determine whether Nigeria will consolidate or drop points to the Paul Biya’s men.Nigeria with maximum six points from the first two matches of the Group Bis four points better than second-placed Cameroon, who arrived Uyo yesterday with the toga of African champions.A win here will take Nigeria to nine points, needing just one more victory to seal qualification to Russia 2018.But the Lions, who believe so much in their power play, that is, using their physique and aggressive style, would want to prove to the hosts that they are the African champions!Of course, Eagles have missed the continental showpiece on two occasions back-to-back. That however should be the reason why Gernot Rohr and his men need no more prodding to pick the points off the aggressive Cameroonians here before heading to Yaounde on Sunday for the reverse fixture on Monday evening. Nigeria can afford to gift the Lions the three points in Yaounde after today’s win. Anything short of victory in Uyo could spell doom for Nigeria in this competition.However, it is all in the bid to prevent this that Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, at a meeting with Eagles and their handlers yesterday, offered to pay a mouth-watering $10,000 for every goal scored against the Cameroonians at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium today.The banker-turned politician knows the weight of a promise. Gov. Emmanuelredeemed the $30,000 he promised Eagles for the three goals they scored against Algeria in the earlier match here in Uyo.He reiterated his promise to mobilise support for team to ensure total victory against the Indomitable Lions.“We are here because there is nothing as good as appreciating people, especially when the people are working for the general good. A love not expressed is a love wasted and so we are here to tell you that we appreciate what you are doing for Nigeria.“I also want to tell you that no matter how wild a cat is, there is a place you will hold it and it will not be able to harm you. Go there and win the game for us,” was the governor’s battle cry to the Eagles.Captain of the team, John Mikel Obi, who has promised his Russian in-laws that Nigeria must qualify for the Mundial apologised to Nigerians for the 2-0 loss to South Africa in the AFCON 2019 qualifier, assuring them that Eagles are here to make amends with victory over Cameroon.He said the team has been training hard for the game and would show Nigerians that they are hungry to be at the World Cup.The former Chelsea midfielder stressed that a win here today will help strengthen his personal ambition of a second World Cup appearance.“I think the players know what is at stake here. The players always know what the task ahead is all about despite winning our opening games. We want to go to the World Cup. We have to win games and make sure we are focused all the time and also play well. The truth is you can’t play well in every game; a win is a win.“We just want to win. It doesn’t matter how well we play. I am sure the players all know that is the most important thing and I always speak to some of them and let them know how important it is to play for this country and how important it is to go to the World Cup and the Nations Cup. So on Friday (today), we can hopefully get a win and move close to qualifying for the World Cup,” observed Mikel.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIER  Redeems $30,000 for three goals scored against AlgeriaDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles claim to be one of the football powers in Africa will be tested to the limit this evening at the Nest of Champions in Uyo as reigning AFCON 2017 kings, Cameroon, battles Nigeria for the three points at stake.last_img read more

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Liverpool, C-NS swimmers star at state meet

first_imgWith his status as one of the top high school swimmers in Central New York, Griffin Merkling had his choice of 11 different events to compete in during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.But the Liverpool junior decided to only swim one individual race – the 200-yard individual medley – and concentrate more on earning honors with his senior teammates in two different relay events.Having gone 1:56.95 during the season to enter the state meet ranked 17th, Merkling improved that by a lot, going 1:54.77 to qualify fifth for the finals, not far from the fastest time of 1:51.39 from Miller Place’s Henry Shemet. That also broke the Liverpool school record which Garrett Clarke set in 2014. In Saturday’s finals, Merkling didn’t go quite as fast, but his 1:55.38 still put him eighth overall and sixth among NYSPHSAA swimmers as Great Neck South’s Justin Whang won both events in 1:51.12.Meanwhile, senior Julien Brownlow had gone 21.50 seconds in the 50 freestyle and entered the state meet as the 13th qualifier in that race, but had a disqualification.Making up for that in the 200 freestyle relay, Brownlow was with Merkling, Brandon Nguyen and Jack Hyde, where they were bent on improving 1:29.06 and a 17th seed – which they did, going 1:28.29 to enter the finals in 10th place. Tags: boys swimmingC-NSliverpoolcenter_img Then Liverpool improved to 1:27.48 in that state championship race, fourth among NYSPHSAA sides and eighth overall. Watertown was second in the public division in 1:26.78 and Bethlehem won in 1:26.56.Over in the 400 freestyle relay, Liverpool’s quartet of Brownlow, Merkling, Nguyen and Jack Andrejko would go 3:16.79 in the qualifying round and then improve more than two seconds to 3:14.04 to finish 12th overall.Merkling, Brownlow, Curtis Merrick and, Jack Andrejko were in the 200 medley relay, where Liverpool was seeded 17th with a time of 1:38.19.By swimming 1:38.47, the Warriors qualified for the finals and then improved to 1:38.13 to end up in 13th place overall and seventh in the NYSPHSAA division.Individually, Merrick took part in the 100 backstroke, looking to go quicker than 53.74 seconds, but settling for 55.55 seconds and 40th place.Cicero-North Syracuse had its own contingent at the state meet, which remained remarkable given that the Northstars still didn’t have a home facility and had to instead camp at Le Moyne College.Logan Petralia completed his senior season for the Northstars in the 50 freestyle, where he had swam 22.16 seconds to reach the state meet. He improved to 22.04 seconds in the qualifying round and went 22.24 in the finals to finish 26th.Petralia, paired with John Harbaugh, Seaver Schultz and Dom Bagozzi, had gone 1:29.69 in the 200 freestyle relay at the Feb. 15 state qualifier to reach this meet.A time of 1:29.66 got the Northstars to the finals and, by going 1:29.93 on Saturday, C-NS gained 16th place in the NYSPHSAA division and was 23rd overall.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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Researchers track paths in brain cells

first_imgRecent research by Associate Professor of molecular and computational biology Don Arnold and molecular biology doctoral candidate Sarmad Al-Bassam successfully videotaped the movement of proteins within a brain cell, allowing scientists to study the inner workings of the brain — live.The project initially made use of green fluorescent protein, which is responsible for causing certain jellyfish to glow, to record the workings of the brain. Scientists have been using GFPs to view protein movement in cells for many years.Other members of the team included USC postdoctoral fellow Min Xu, who helped develop algorithms for analyzing the data, and Thomas J. Wandless, a professor of chemical and systems biology at Stanford University. The project was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health, and the findings of the project were published in Cell Reports in July.As a continuation of the study, Arnold is now working on imaging the structure that turns the proteins around when they enter each cell’s axon. He turned in a paper for publishing which is currently undergoing academic review.Arnold said the idea of GFP kick-started his research.“In 1995, GFP came along and all of a sudden you could look at things live,” Arnold said.At the time, however, GFP alone could not produce any useful data for scientists aside from allowing scientists to view protein movement.“We wanted to look at proteins moving around in the cells, and the problem is that these proteins move along pathways, and all these pathways are moving simultaneously in the same space,” Arnold said. “When you see a vesicle moving along, it is impossible to tell which part of the pathway it’s in.”Arnold and his team began working on this project in 2008 to resolve this problem. The project aimed to block the pathway and then release all the proteins at once, in effect synchronizing protein movement.“We came up with the idea of halting this pathway and seeing everything go through at once,” he said.Al-Bassam was responsible for developing the techniques for synchronizing movement within the brain.“We adapted a chemical-genetic strategy that was originally devised to control the secretion of small peptides such as insulin and the human growth hormone for synchronizing the proteins,” Al-Bassam said. “The challenge was finding the unique conditions for visualizing the movement of vesicles containing fluorescent membrane proteins within neurons, which are some of the most difficult cells to work with.”The footage led scientists to discover some interesting facts about the inner workings of the brain.“We found that rather than being targeted specifically to the dendrites, vesicles carrying proteins initially enter both compartments, but then are stopped and prevented from moving beyond the initial segment of the axon,” Arnold said.The footage of a brain lit up with GFP stirred up interest among students as well as scientists.Isabel Shen, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, said the video encouraged her to persue her own research.“It’s easy to be told about protein movement in lecture; it’s hard to visualize the process,” Shen said. “Not only does this video demonstrate the technology available to USC faculty, it deals with a topic relevant to everyone in every stage of aging and brain development.”last_img read more

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Special Olympics Nigeria to Represent Africa in Chicago

first_imgUNIFIED FOOTBALL CUPSpecial Olympics Nigeria’s Male Unified football team has been selected to represent African region in the inaugural male unified football tournament to mark the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics in USA.The unified football cup which is scheduled to hold on July 20, 2018 in Chicago, is one of the several events lined up to mark the anniversary of the global body founded in 1968. The first-ever Special Olympics Unified Cup was presented by Toyota on July 17, 2018.The tournament will feature 24 teams (eight women’s teams and 16 men’s teams) comprised of people with and without intellectual disabilities from around the globe – hence the theme, Unified. SO Nigeria is one of the over 170 countries which have affiliations with the Special Olympics.According to an official of SO Nigeria, Exxon Mobil Nigeria, a strong supporter of inclusion, has already contributed towards the purchase and branding of the team’s kit and travel attires for the tournament.“Exxon Mobil Foundation has also displayed its support for inclusion through the Skillz for Life programme where people with and without intellectual disabilities are given quality health education on malaria and HIV/AIDS and taught life skills.In 2016, Exxon Mobil sponsored the Youth Empowerment Initiatives where athletes were empowered with skills such as photography, beadwork and more.On July 20, 2018, Special Olympics will honour its history and celebrate its future with the lighting of the Special Olympics Eternal Flame of Hope monument outside Soldier Field, home of the first games, to symbolise the on-going mission of inclusion.On July 21, the first-ever Global Day of Inclusion will be held at Soldier Field, a family event open to all.Later that evening, Special Olympics will host the Inclusion Fest Concert featuring internationally acclaimed music acts.Across the world, iconic buildings are switching their lights red to raise awareness for the need for inclusion.In Lagos, Nigeria, The Civic Centre and Civic Towers will be light up RED for inclusion on the evening of July 20, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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MLB hot stove: Rockies All-Star Nolan Arenado isn’t concerned about contract

first_img“My agent (Joel Wolfe) is taking care of all of that. I just want us to win again because there is nothing better. And I want to do it (in Colorado).”Arenado is set to become a free agent after the 2019 season, but he hasn’t yet reached a new deal with the Rockies. Arenado was seeking $30 million, but the Rockies countered with a $24 million contract when the two sides met earlier this month. The Post notes there has been speculation that Arenado will ultimately land a deal around $27 million, either through negotiations or arbitration. Related News Nolan Arenado isn’t concerned about his contract, despite uncertainty about his long-term future with the Rockies. “Is it a distraction? Absolutely not,” Arenado said earlier this week, via The Denver Post. “My whole goal is to be ready for the season and then let the rest of it take care of itself. “Arbitration is going on, so there are talks going on, but honestly, it’s been very easy,” Arenado explained. “There’s been no problems, no anger or anything. It’s been very honest on both sides, which is what you want. We all have a thick skin.”While some fans believe the Rockies should do what it takes to keep the six-time Gold Glove winner through a long-term contract, others question whether it’s worth investing so much in one player. Arenado believes fans have a right to their own opinions, and he’s just focusing on the upcoming season. Unsigned free agent rips Red Sox’s Jenrry Mejia minor-league dealcenter_img “I won’t tell the fans how to think, because they have the right to think whatever they want,” he said. “But I love our fans. They have always shown me love and treated me right, and that’s something I’ve always appreciated.“This is a huge season coming up and another chance to do something special, so we need the fans to come out and be loud again. I love Denver. I can’t wait to get this started.”Arenado’s new salary is expected to break the arbitration record of $23 million, which was set last year by Josh Donaldson when he was with the Blue Jays. Diamondbacks, manager Torey Lovullo agree to contract extensionlast_img read more

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