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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion New York state government has more than 50,000 contracts worth billions of dollars with companies that provide products and services across numerous industries. Currently, when a vendor presents its products and services to a governmental entity, it may also make campaign contributions to office holders overseeing that entity. This can unfairly influence the procurement process or create a perception of improper influence.In the New York State Assembly, I’m a sponsor of bill (A9924) that would ban campaign contributions to office holders or candidates for offices from companies seeking state contracts from those offices. Prospective vendors would be barred from making contributions when responding to a request for proposal for six months after winning a contract or when lobbying to create a procurement opportunity.The federal government, as well as 19 states and New York City, already have laws that restrict campaign contributions from entities seeking government contracts. This is a common sense measure that would reduce the appearance of improper influence during the state contracting process and should be passed before the end of this legislative session.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer is a state assemblyman.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more


first_imgBritain faces a potentially more deadly second wave of COVID-19 in the coming winter that could kill up to 120,000 people over nine months in a worst-case scenario, health experts said on Tuesday.With COVID-19 more likely to spread in winter as people spend more time together in enclosed spaces, a second wave of the pandemic “could be more serious than the one we’ve just been through,” said Stephen Holgate, a professor and co-lead author of a report by Britain’s Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS).”This is not a prediction, but it is a possibility,” Holgate told an online briefing. “Deaths could be higher with a new wave of COVID-19 this winter, but the risk of this happening could be reduced if we take action immediately.” The United Kingdom’s current death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 is around 45,000, the highest in Europe. Including suspected cases, more than 55,000 people have died, according to a Reuters tally of official data sources.The AMS said there is a “high degree of uncertainty” about how the UK’s COVID-19 epidemic will evolve, but outlined a “reasonable worst-case scenario” where the reproduction number — or R value — rises to 1.7 from September 2020 onwards.The R value — the average number of people an infected person will pass a disease on to — is currently between 0.7 and 0.9 in the UK and daily case and death numbers are falling. An R value above 1 can lead to exponential growth.”The modeling estimates 119,900 hospital deaths between September 2020 and June 2021,” the AMS report said, more than double the number that occurred during the first wave.AMS vice president Anne Johnson said a bad winter flu season, combined with large backlog of patients suffering other diseases and chronic conditions, would add to huge pressure on health services — underlining a need to prepare now.”COVID-19 has not gone away,” she said. “We need to do everything we can to stay healthy this winter.”  Topics :last_img read more


first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional Trinidad and Tobago to launch first drug treatment court in 2012 with OAS support by: – October 24, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img 23 Views   no discussions Share Flag of Trinidad and Tobago. Image via: flags.netPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago will launch the country’s first drug treatment court in 2012, to include technical assistance, training and cooperation from the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS).The Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago, John Sandy, said his country “needs to find different and innovative alternatives to improve citizen security.” In response to that need, the drug treatment courts have emerged as a multi-disciplinary practice policy marrying prevention policies, treatment and justice, and have shown results in other countries of the hemisphere to reduce crime and with it, the recidivism rate, the prison population and drug dependency. This strategy includes the establishment of drug treatment courts where an individual’s recovery is closely supervised by a judge with the power to reward progress and rebuke relapses. To this end, the judge uses a team of prosecutors, defence lawyers, health professionals, social workers and police to rehabilitate and reintegrate individuals back into the community. The OAS is working with a number of organizations to identify innovations and good practices in addressing the needs of drug-dependent offenders, both through drug treatment courts and other holistic approaches that treat the individual, his or her family, work, health and social wellbeing as a whole, while still ensuring that the community’s security concerns are met.Other countries of the region to initiate pilot projects or similar developments with support from the OAS include: The Bahamas, Jamaica, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.The announcement was made by the Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago, Ivor Archie, during the opening ceremony of the training workshop “Implementation of Drug Treatment Courts as an Alternative to Incarceration for Drug Dependent Offenders,” held October 18 to 21 in Port of Spain. The workshop was attended by more than 70 judges, prosecutors, treatment providers, defence attorneys, probation and police officers from Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas, who learned about the experiences of countries that have already implemented treatment drug courts as an initiative to promote a comprehensive approach to treatment and the drug problem in the region.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more


first_imgA viral photograph has led to the firing of a Popeyes employee near Dallas, Texas.In the photo, a boy who appears to be 8-year-old and no taller than four feet is seen preparing the insanely popular Popeye’s chicken sandwich in a restaurant.A customer took a video of the boy wearing a Popeye’s apron while he helped the overworked staff as they struggled to keep up with the chicken sandwich orders.The kid’s father worked at the restaurant in Colony, Texas.The person who took the video told Inside Edition the restaurant was packed at the time.last_img


first_imgA woman whose newborn died after she went into labor while in prison has been awarded $1 million from the state of South Carolina and two medical companies after an autopsy revealed that the child would have survived if given medical care.According to reports Sinetra Johnson, found out she was pregnant two days before she was sentenced to more than two years behind bars for violating her parole.While Johnson was transferred to a jail that caters to those with specialized medical needs, when she went into labor at 26 weeks, Johnson did not receive the medical attention she needed.According to the lawsuit, medical staff at the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution did not fully examine Johnson when they conducted an examine earlier that day and several hours later Johnson gave birth to her daughter in a prison toilet.Despite requesting assistance, guards at the prison did not help.Fellow inmates then wheeled Johnson to the medical station where she delivered a healthy son.The first child, however, did not survive.After an investigation it was found that if the first child received immediate medical care, she would have survived.last_img read more


first_img18 Sep 2019 Gloucestershire edge ahead in Women’s County Finals Gloucestershire moved a significant step closer to defending the English Women’s County Finals title when they beat Lincolnshire 6 ½ – 2 ½ on the third day of this year’s tournament at Delamere Forest in Cheshire.That victory coupled by a defeat for nearest challengers Yorkshire means that Gloucestershire are now the only team with a one hundred percent record heading into the penultimate day of the tournament.The two leading teams now play each other in a match which will go a long way towards deciding the final outcome.Gloucestershire went into the third day with victories over Norfolk and Surrey already under their belts and against Lincolnshire they quickly got into their stride with foursomes victories from Bethan Popel and Alex Saunders, Ffion Tynan and Issy Hopkins and Claudia Ovens and Ebonie Lewis.Lewis beat Helen McDougall 4 & 2 in the top singles while Popel secured a 5 & 3 victory over Tilly Garfoot and Tynan and Saunders halved against Billie-Jo Smith and Ellise Rymer. India Clyburn and Meg Illingworth secured consolation victories for Lincolnshire against Sam Round and Megan Bartlett.Gloucestershire team captain Su Mallon was thrilled with the way her team performed on what could prove a pivotal day in this year’s event.“It was a really exciting day – and has added a few more grey hairs, “she said.“The team were terrific again on what is a beautiful but really quite hilly and challenging course.“Ffion managed to come back from four down to half her match and that was very important as was Alex’s half point in the final match.“Bethan and Ebonie won their matches and Megan – our little rookie – played so well only losing out on 18.“It sets everyone up for another great day on Thursday for the game against Yorkshire.“They will be smarting a little after losing today so we know they will be out to make amends, but we’re playing well and I’m so proud of my team.”Yorkshire had beaten Buckinghamshire and Norfolk on the first two days of the competition but their winning run came to a halt with a 5-4 defeat against Surrey. The 2017 champions appeared on course for a hat-trick of wins after winning the foursomes 2-1 but Melissa Wood and Evie Cooke were their only winners in the six singles. Lottie Woad, Jessica Adams, Rafiah Banday and Canice Screene all claimed points for the victorious Surrey team.In the other match on the course Norfolk collected their first win of the week with a 5 ½ – 3 ½ victory over Buckinghamshire. They were 2-1 up after the foursomes but lost two of the first three singles before Karen Young, Joanne Herd and Tiffany Mills all won at the bottom of the order. Abigail O’Riordan halved her match against Daisy Kennedy.The leaderboard at the end of the third day shows Gloucestershire on top with three wins ahead of Yorkshire with two and Norfolk, Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Surrey all with one win apiece.View the live Women’s County Final scoreboardPhotograph credit: Leaderboard Tags: Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Surrey, Yorkshirelast_img read more


first_imgSANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — Edema Edeferioka hit two free throws with 3.2 seconds left after getting an offensive rebound to lift Nigeria to a 57-56 win over Greece and become the first African team to reach the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball World Cup.Next up for Nigeria is the United States.Trailing 56-55, Promise Amukamara missed a floater in the lane. Edeferioka corralled the rebound and was fouled by Maria Fasoula. Edeferioka, who hadn’t scored all game, calmly sank the two free throws.Greece called its final timeout to advance the basketball, but couldn’t get the ball inbounds and Nigeria took over.Ezinne Kalu was fouled with just under 2 seconds left and she missed both of her free throw attempts, but Greece couldn’t get off a last-second heave.Amukamara scored 13 points to lead Nigeria and Evelyn Akhator added 12. Evanthia Maltsi scored 10 to lead Greece, which advanced further than ever before.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more