• Medical examiner at centre of racial complaint against Alberta judge overwhelmed

    first_imgBill Graveland, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This story has been clarified to include explanation of why Ruether would not comment on the complaint. CALGARY — A medical examiner who testified at the trial of an Alberta couple who were charged in their child’s death says he is overwhelmed that legal and health professionals have filed a complaint alleging some comments the judge made about the doctor could be racist.Last week, Justice Terry Clackson found David and Colett Stephan not guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month-old son Ezekiel.In his written decision, Clackson said Dr. Bamidele Adeagbo was hard to understand and spoke with an accent.A letter dated Thursday and signed by 42 doctors and lawyers from across Canada asks the Canadian Judicial Council to investigate Clackson’s comments.Adeagbo, who is originally from Nigeria, was aware of the letter when he was reached by The Canadian Press on Friday.“At this point I am not going to give any comment on what Justice Clackson did or not. I will leave it to his own peers,” Adeagbo said from his office in Terre Haute, Ind., where he now practises.“It’s still kind of making me a little bit emotional.”The Stephans testified they thought their son had croup and that they used herbal remedies to treat him. They called for an ambulance when he stopped breathing, but he died in hospital.Adeagbo testified that Ezekiel died of bacterial meningitis, but the judge sided with a forensic pathologist called by the defence. She said the boy’s death was caused by a lack of oxygen.Adeagbo, who said he testified at more than 50 criminal cases while working in Canada, said he only knows one of the people who signed the letter.“I was quite overwhelmed that people really can see through all of this and see the truth,” he said.“There are good people in Canada and they will not stand for this type of behaviour … I see people rising up to stand for what is right, and I really am proud of Canada’s people.”Clackson took issue with Adeagbo’s inability to communicate with the court.“His ability to articulate his thoughts in an understandable fashion was severely compromised by: his garbled enunciation; his failure to use appropriate endings for plurals and past tenses; his failure to use the appropriate definite and indefinite articles; his repeated emphasis of the wrong syllables; dropping his Hs; mispronouncing his vowels; and the speed of his responses,” Clackson wrote.The judge, without explanation, also called out Adeagbo for “body language and physical antics … not the behaviours usually associated with a rational, impartial professional imparting opinion evidence.”The group’s letter about Clackson suggest some people may perceive Clackson’s comments as racist.“In particular, Justice Clackson harshly mocked Dr. Adeagbo’s manner of speech and accented English, and thereby inappropriately implicated his national or ethnic origin as a person of African roots.”The judicial council on Friday confirmed that it had received a complaint against Clackson and would review it.“In this matter, the review of the complaint may take additional time since the Crown Prosecution Service has indicated it is considering an appeal of the court’s decision,” it said.Darryl Ruether, executive legal counsel for the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, said Clackson can remain on the bench while the judicial council investigates. Ruether said he could not comment on the complaint, because it’s before the council and the verdict may be appealed.Online biographies say Adeagbo earned his medical degree in Nigeria in 1991. He has worked in Canada and the United States for 19 years.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2019.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

  • Annual John Lennon Tribute To Benefit Charity

    first_imgTheatre Within, the grassroots non-profit behind the Annual John Lennon Tribute in NYC, today announced that it will present Remembering John Lennon: An Evening of Music & Memories With Those Who Knew & Worked With John on September 12 at City Winery.Tickets are available online at, by phone at 212-608-0555 (ext 713) and at the City Winery Box Office, 155 Varick Street, NYC.Renowned rock photographer, Bob Gruen, Producer of Double Fantasy, Jack Douglas, and legendary radio personality, Dennis Elsas, will share their personal experiences with Lennon, accompanied by rare photos, interview clips and studio recordings. They’ll be joined by R&B great Bettye LaVette, who will perform a set of Lennon classics chosen for this special event, hosted by Tribute creator (and MAD Magazine Senior Editor) Joe Raiola.Proceeds will benefit “Friends of the Annual John Lennon Tribute,” a newly launched fundraising initiative seeking contributions to establish an endowment of $100,000. As the Tribute has grown from a small neighborhood gathering to a full scale professional production with top artists, from Cyndi Lauper to Judy Collins, Theatre Within has kept it afloat by borrowing money to cover production costs.“That the Tribute’s lasted so long without consistent funding is miraculous,” says Theatre Within President, Irina Vekselman. “But to keep going we need meaningful financial support.”To get the “Friends” campaign started Theatre Within enlisted support from Capitol Records, Warner Home Video, the aforementioned Bob Gruen, Bag One Arts (exclusive dealers of Lennon’s artwork) and Yoko Ono, each of whom are providing enticing thank you gifts for contributors ranging from Double Fantasy CDs signed by Yoko to limited edition John Lennon serigraphs.The Tribute has raised money to feed the hungry, build music schools and support Hurricane Sandy relief. Proceeds this year will be shared with Spirit Foundations, founded by John and Yoko in 1978 as a vehicle for supporting charities around the world.The Tribute will return to Symphony Space on Friday, December 6.For more visit and Newswirelast_img read more

  • I would put money on it — its going ahead says Kitimat

    first_img“I would put money on it — it’s going ahead,” said Kitimat mayor Phil Germuth. Germuth recently hosted a banker from UK-based Barclays and also met with a group that reports to the board of LNG Canada partner Mitsubishi Corp.Story courtesy Bloomberg News: KITIMAT, B.C. – A recent increase in activity in the North Coast community of Kitimat is raising optimism that the Shell-led partnership invested in LNG Canada will be making a positive final investment decision in a proposed $40-billion liquefied natural gas export facility this year.Bloomberg News is reporting that recent develops in the community, including signs that people are living in a 49-unit apartment building for Shell executives after largely sitting vacant for two years, are indications that the facility will be built. LNG Canada is proposing to build a terminal that would have the ability to ship up to 28 million tons of liquefied gas from Kitimat per year.Locals are also reportedly leaving jobs at the community`s largest current employer – an aluminum smelter owned by Rio Tinto Alcan – to join firms that have been contracted for the project.last_img

  • Annan welcomes releases of humanitarian workers in Darfur Sudan

    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the 13 Sudanese and three international workers were in good health when they were released yesterday, three days after they were detained near Al Hilief in North Darfur by an armed unit of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM). In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan condemned the detention of the workers, which he said violated humanitarian law and principles. Mr. Annan “underscores the crucial importance of safe and unhindered humanitarian access and urges all parties to facilitate it in this crisis where every moment counts,” the statement said. read more

  • McDonalds profit edges up despite slowdown in customer traffic

    McDonald’s profit edges up despite slowdown in customer traffic AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2014 6:27 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – McDonald’s reported disappointing quarterly sales Thursday as fewer customers visited the world’s biggest hamburger chain.The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company says global sales slipped 0.1 per cent at established locations for the last three months of the year. In the U.S., where it recently revamped its Dollar Menu to include items that cost a little more, the figure fell 1.4 per cent.After outperforming its rivals for years, McDonald’s Corp. is facing a mix of challenges, including a shift in eating habits toward foods people feel are fresher or healthier. CEO Don Thompson has been working to better reflect those tastes by adding options such as chicken wraps and egg whites for its breakfast sandwiches.But the efforts have yet to take hold. In a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said it has seen a “muted response” to its various promotions.For 2013, guest counts fell 1.9 per cent globally at established locations and 1.6 per cent in the U.S., according to the filing.McDonald’s is also facing heightened competition from old rivals such as Burger King and Wendy’s, and all three chains have been aggressively promoting their value menus to fight for customers.To address concerns that the focus on value could eat into profit margins, McDonald’s in early November updated its decade-old Dollar Menu. The “Dollar Menu & More” now includes items that cost around $2 and $5.During the quarter, McDonald’s said customers on average spent more per visit. But global comparable sales were dragged down by the decline in guest counts.In Europe, sales at locations open at least a year rose 1 per cent. It fell 2.4 per cent for the unit encompassing Asia, the Middle East and Africa.The figure is a key metric because it strips out the volatility of newly opened and closed locations.For January, McDonald’s expects the figure to be flat and says the challenges it’s facing will persist in the year ahead.For the quarter, McDonald’s Corp. earned $1.4 billion, or $1.40 per share, which is a penny more than Wall Street expected. A year ago, it earned $1.39 billion, or $1.38 per share.The opening of new locations helped lift revenue to $7.09 billion. But it was still shy of the $7.1 billion analysts expected.The company plans to open between 1,500 and 1,600 new restaurants in 2014, adding to its more than 34,000 locations worldwide.Shares of McDonald’s edged up 36 cents to $95.24.___Follow Candice Choi at In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, photo, cars drive past the McDonald’s Golden Arches logo at a McDonald’s restaurant in Robinson Township, Pa. McDonald’s reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) read more

  • Fisheries ministers seek consensus to implement lobster marketing levy

    by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 26, 2014 2:30 am MDT Fishing boats sit loaded with lobster traps in Peggys Cove, N.S. on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Fisheries ministers from the three Maritime provinces say they’re hoping for industry consensus to set up a fee that would pay for better branding of lobsters.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Fisheries ministers seek consensus to implement lobster marketing levy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Fisheries ministers from the three Maritime provinces say they’re hoping for industry consensus to implement a fee to promote lobsters that would be paid by fishermen, buyers and processors.The ministers are meeting in Halifax with harvesting and processing groups Wednesday and Thursday in an effort to strengthen the struggling lobster industry.They are discussing a proposed levy of one cent per pound to be paid by fishermen, and another cent per pound to be paid by the onshore side of the industry to do a better job branding the crustacean.Fisheries Minister Michael Olscamp of New Brunswick said industry agreement with the levy would give the three governments the green light to pass laws and create funding for marketing lobsters.“It’s very important the levy be introduced because of the potential it offers in terms of making this a more efficient industry,” Olscamp said. “If we could have a consensus with the levy or at least a consensus to move forward in an expedient matter, I’d be happy about that.”The levy was an idea recommended last year by a three-member panel that reviewed the lobster industry. The panel estimated it would raise about $2.5 million a year.Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell and his P.E.I. counterpart Ron MacKinley said their governments could simply impose the levy, but they would rather do so with the industry clearly behind it.“Exactly how we’d do it, I’m not sure yet,” Colwell said. “We can do it through regulation, not legislation. We could impose it, but I’d rather do it in conjunction with the industry.”Colwell said one challenge is that there are more than 25 groups representing lobster fishermen in the province, and there is no umbrella group to speak for all of the harvesters.MacKinley said in Prince Edward Island, there is a single fishermen’s organization and it supports the levy.“My job is going to be easy in Prince Edward because we have on organization and we have them supporting the levy,” said MacKinley.The New Brunswick branch of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, one of the region’s largest fishermen’s groups, is boycotting the meeting over a disagreement with Ottawa’s decision to boost the minimum lobster carapace size by one millimetre rather than two millimetres.But the organization has passed a resolution saying it favours the levy and is urging the provincial governments to act quickly.The panel report also concluded that fishermen and the various processing and buying groups involved in the lobster industry lack information, concentrate on quantity over quality, and don’t co-operate with each other.The report also said Canadian fishermen have been losing market share to better-organized competitors in Maine and recommended a minimum price-setting mechanism be set up by industry groups and enforced by provincial governments. It said if the industry had stable prices and joint marketing efforts, the chaotic rush to be first to fish for lobster may decline.But at the outset of the meeting, all three provincial governments said they found fishing groups in their jurisdictions were unlikely to quickly agree on such a price-setting system. read more

  • Embattled mental health NHS trust chairman stands down

    first_imgKatrina Percy The announcement comes a month after it emerged the trust had created a new role, with the same salary and benefits, for the outgoing chief executive Katrina Percy following a damming Care Quality Commission report  in April.A statement from the Trust said: “Since his appointment in May this year Tim has made a considerable contribution to the trust, driving through changes necessary to improve our services.We would like to thank him for his time and dedication.”We are working with NHS Improvement to appoint a new interim chair as soon as possible.”In the meantime, Malcolm Berryman, as deputy chair, will ensure that the duties of the trust board are carried out.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Southern has been under intense scrutiny following the deaths of patients including 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who died in 2013.In October, a jury inquest ruled that neglect contributed to the death of Mr Sparrowhawk, who drowned after an epileptic seizure at Slade House in Headington, Oxfordshire.In April, inspectors concluded that the trust was still failing to protect patients from risk of harm.Care Quality Commission inspectors found that robust arrangements to probe incidents, including deaths, had not been put in place, resulting in “missed opportunities” to prevent similar events.In December, an independent investigation found Southern Health had failed to probe the deaths of hundreds of people since 2011.Ms Percy announced her decision to stand aside as chief executive last month, saying her position had become “untenable”.But the trust said she was to stay on as a “strategic adviser”, with the same pay and benefits.Last year, Ms Percy earned a salary of at least £185,000 plus at least £52,500 in pension-related benefits. Malcolm Berryman, as deputy chair, will ensure that the duties of the trust board are carried outSouthern Health Katrina Percy, former Chief Executive, stepped down but kept the same payCredit:Telegraph The interim chairman of a scandal-hit mental health trust that was criticised for not investigating hundreds of unexpected patient deaths has resigned after only four months.Tim Smart, who took over the heavily criticised Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in May, said yesterday he was standing down “for personal reasons”.last_img read more

  • Photobomb protestors tell the NSA to stop spying

    first_imgWHILE THE CHIEF of the US’s National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, was giving his evidence at a congressional hearing today, he had no idea he was being photobombed.Amongst the serious men and women in suits sat a number of people wearing large comedy sunglasses, which bore a distinctly unfunny slogan: ‘Stop spying’.Protestors seated by Gen Alexander. Pic: AP Photo/Susan WalshThey were making a statement as the House Intelligence Committee heard about potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).One of the protestors was CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin. CodePink is a “women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement” which it says works “to end US funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities”.It has previously held a four-month vigil outside the White House against the US invasion of Iraq, protested Syria hearings and hosted a global drone summit.Pic: AP Photo/Susan WalshAccording to their Twitter account, the CodePink members were held in the hall outside the NSA hearing for questioning, before being taken into police custody. They were released at about 9pm GMT.The hearings came as Gen Alexander denied that the NSA had scooped up millions of phone records in Europe.Edward Snowden alleged that Washington had collected telephone calls and online communications in Europe as part of an anti-terror sweep. But Alexander said that the information was not on European citizens.Read: NSA chief: Europe spy reports are “completely false”>last_img read more

  • Drones are ruled in troops are ruled out but Obama still cant

    first_img“Unfortunately, Iraqi security forces are now less capable than when the president withdrew the entirety of our force without successfully negotiating a remaining US presence capable of preserving our gains and mentoring our partners,” McConnell said.Pelosi said she was pleased Obama would not send troops back to Iraq and argued Obama would not need new authorization from Congress if he took military action in Iraq.McConnell also later told reporters Obama believed he did not need new authorization from lawmakers to act.The row over what to do about the current crisis in Iraq also drew in a venerable combatant: former vice president Dick Cheney, who penned a savage critique of Obama’s foreign policy on the Journal’s opinion page.“Rarely has a US president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” Cheney said in a column co-authored by daughter Liz Cheney, a former State Department official.© – AFP 2014Read: Iraq officially calls on the US to carry out air strikes on militants >Read: Nightmare for Obama as US confirms that troops will return to Iraq > PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA has not decided how to respond to rampant Sunni militants grabbing swathes of Iraq, but is looking at every option short of sending US combat soldiers back to war.Officials said last night that Obama had not ruled out any possible courses of action, including air strikes against ISIS fighters.Signs also emerged of rising US pressure on Shiite Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is being blamed in Washington for causing Iraq to splinter after discriminating against the minority Sunni community.But there were no signs that renewed US military action was imminent in a war Obama had declared at an end in 2011, hoping to cement his political legacy.“The only thing the president has ruled out is sending troops back into combat in Iraq, but he continues to consider other options,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.“Work is being done that will help us see with more clarity what the options available to the president are,” Carney added, when asked to clarify whether Obama had ruled out air strikes.Secretary of State John Kerry reinforced the message in an interview with NBC television.“Nothing is off the table. All options are still available to the president,” Kerry said, adding Obama was “very intensely vetting” his plan.Obama’s other options include a possible drone campaign against ISIL forces, which have seized Iraqi cities including Tikrit and Mosul, or stepped up assistance and training to Iraqi government forces.Squandered gainsOne official said that, while there was rampant speculation in Washington about US responses to the seizures of vast swathes of territory in Iraq by ISIL, Obama ”has not made a decision.”Vice President Joe Biden, traveling in South America, drove home the US message that Maliki needs to lead all Iraqis, not just Shiites.He told the Iraqi leader in a telephone call that he must govern in an “inclusive manner, promote stability and unity among Iraq’s population, and address the legitimate needs of Iraq’s diverse communities,” a White House statement said. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesEarlier, the top US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, blamed the Iraqi government for the deepening sectarian mire.“There is very little that could have been done to overcome the degree to which the government of Iraq had failed its people,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.“That’s what has caused this problem,” Dempsey told lawmakers when asked if the United States could have taken action to counter the advance of Sunni militants.A Wall Street Journal report said that Washington wanted Maliki out, believing that he would never preside over an inclusive Iraqi state.US officials publicly say it is up to Iraqis to chose their leaders, but pledge to continually point out that governing in a non-sectarian way is a crucial qualification for office.Earlier, Iraq had officially requested US air support against the rebels who have occupied some key cities during an eight-day offensive.Obama met Democratic Congressional chiefs Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican party bosses, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.The meeting took place against revived and fierce political debate, with Republicans saying Obama had squandered the gains of a bloody war that was essentially won when he pulled out all US troops nearly three years ago.Democrats charge that former president George W. Bush blew the lid off Iraq’s bottled up sectarian stew by invading the country in 2003 and that Maliki threw away a chance for a stable future for Iraq wrought by US blood and treasure.Before Boehner joined the talks, he asked for a “broader strategy for how we help keep the freedom that we paid dearly for the people of Iraq.”Partisan clash After the leaders emerged, McConnell underscored the partisan clash over Iraq.last_img read more

  • Fortis TCI Offers Free Energy Audits

    first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:eddinton powell, fortis tci, in-ouse energy audits FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Sept 2015 – Today in the news, during the month of August Fortis, TCI initiated the In-Home Energy Audits where residential customers in Providenciales can apply for the new service which is being offered by the Company free of charge for one year, it is designed to assist customers in identifying ways to improve their energy efficiency at home. To take advantage of the In-Home Energy Audit Program, customers must fill out an application, which is available at FortisTCI Customer Service Centre on Leeward Highway. The application and interview process allows for the collection of preliminary information, providing insight into what types of appliances are installed in the home, as well as typical day-to-day electricity usage. Following the In-Home Energy Audit, a final report is issued to the customer. This report details the key findings and recommendations to achieve better energy efficiency. FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell says, the FortisTCI In-Home Energy Audit Program will help customers save money by promoting the efficient use of energy. Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideaslast_img read more

  • Steele Canyon High School increases police presence after social media threat

    first_img Posted: March 16, 2018 March 16, 2018 Steele Canyon High School increases police presence after social media threat KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) — There will be an increased law enforcement presence Friday at Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley as a precaution in response to a shooting threat authorities said they believe is not credible.The school resource deputy assigned to the school received information around 8 p.m. Thursday about an image being circulated on social media by students, said sheriff’s Lt. Tom Seiver.The image was a picture of a threatening message written on an unknown surface, at an unknown location, and was taken on an unknown date, Seiver said. The message threatened a school shooting but did not reference a specific school, according to Seiver.The school was searched in an attempt to locate the original message but the message was not found, Seiver said.“At this time, there’s no credible threat to the Steele Canyon High School,” Seiver said. “As a precaution, deputies will have an increased presence at the school on Friday. The Rancho San Diego Station is working closely with school administration to investigate the source of the message.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

  • Only a Few Weeks Left to Apply ASA Seeks Candidates for SOY

    first_imgASA is looking for high school seniors interested in pursuing agriculture in college—and there’s still time to get in your application. The Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university in the 2015-16 academic year. The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association and is made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation. Interested candidates may apply online Sept. 20 through Nov. 20, 2014. The scholarship is presented in $2,500 increments per semester. The student must be a child or grandchild of a current ASA member, maintain successful academic progress and be in good standing with the college or university to receive the full amount of the scholarship.Final selection will be made the first week of December during the ASA Board meeting. The student will be notified prior to an official announcement made during Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz. on Feb. 27, 2015.BASF sponsors the winner and one parent to attend Commodity Classic for two days to participate and receive special recognition at the ASA Awards Banquet.More information is available here.last_img read more

  • Walker Seeks To Scale Up State Gasline Project

    first_imgWhen Gov. Bill Walker was elected, there were questions about the fate of the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project. The proposed $10 billion state-owned gasline was viewed as a backup plan to the large line currently being pursued alongside the North Slope producers, but Walker had criticized the project as being redundant. Now, Walker plans to keep the ASAP project alive — and scale it up. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.The original Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline would have been able to transport half a billion cubic feet of natural gas a day. While that sounds like a lot, it’s really only enough to service Alaska consumers. “I’m looking at upsizing that,” says Gov. Bill Walker.Walker would like to substantially grow that project, so the state could sell gas to Asian buyers, too. It’s a change that makes the new version of ASAP look a lot like another gasline project the state is pursuing — the AKLNG project.“We continue with parallel projects, but pretty darned close in size,” says Walker. “Envisioning whether it’s going to be a 42- or 48-inch line is something to be yet determined.”So, if the projects basically look alike, and both have the same goal of getting North Slope natural gas to market, what’s the difference? And why have both of them in play?The distinction is that with the AKLNG line, Alaska has a 25 percent share at most, with the pipeline company TransCanada getting a cut. The rest of the equity is split by Exxon, ConocoPhillips, and BP. They way the ASAP project is currently structured, the state has total ownership. To scale it up, the state could court Asian buyers and offer them equity in the project in exchange for their investment. By pursuing a scaled-up version the ASAP project, Alaska would be positioned to be the majority stakeholder.Walker would not definitively say which project concept he preferred, though he advocated for majority ownership in a gasline while campaigning. He also says only one large-diameter gasline will be constructed, describing the new iteration of the project as a backup in case the AKLNG project falls through. Walker says he consulted with the North Slope producers on his new plan for ASAP, and that he did not face opposition from the North Slope producers when he informed them of his plans.“I just couldn’t bet on one particular project,” says Walker. “I didn’t really receive any pushback from them on this.”When contacted, a ConocoPhillips said they were still reviewing the changes to determine what they mean for the project, while a spokesperson for BP referred questions to the governor. Exxon offered a written statement.“ExxonMobil management did receive a call from Governor Walker advising that an announcement was forthcoming on a State of Alaska ‘back up plan’ for gas development. The governor clearly stated that he was committed to Alaska LNG and only wants one project to proceed. ExxonMobil responded that the Alaska LNG team were actively engaged with his administration in progressing the project,” wrote Exxon spokesperson Kim Jordan. “Now that the governor has announced that the State of Alaska is sponsoring a project in direct competition with the Alaska LNG Project, we are assessing the impact on our forward plans.”Meanwhile, members of legislative leadership are skeptical of Walker’s plan. Rep. Mike Hawker, an Anchorage Republican, is one of the architects of the bill that created the ASAP project. He says taking on majority ownership creates extra risk for the state, and that the proposal could put the AKLNG line in jeopardy.“The governor has introduced a great deal of uncertainty into my mind into what the state’s intent and mission is, and I know it has introduced that same uncertainty into our business partners minds,” says Hawker.Rep. Craig Johnson, an Anchorage Republican, also has concerns about how the project would work if the producers who control the gas leases are not major players in a project. He says that raises the question of whether Alaska would have an actual product to put on the market, and whether it would get a good price for it. His preference would be to partner with the producers, rather than the end buyers, to get a project built.“I think if you align yourself with buyers, their main mission is to get the lowest price they can possibly get. Which translates into the lowest price for Alaskans,” says Johnson. “On the other hand, if you’re doing producers, they’re involved with negotiating the highest price, which means a better price and more money for the state of Alaska.”At a press conference on Thursday, Walker said he did not believe any legislation or additional money was needed to move the ASAP project in a new direction. Legislators are currently reviewing that statement.last_img read more

  • Alaska ranks high nationally for nursing homes deficiencies but why

    first_imgSo far this year, 10 nursing homes in Alaska have been cited more than 100 times for health or safety shortfalls, according to state and federal inspection reports.The state has some of the highest rates of nursing home deficiencies in the nation, according to ProPublica, an investigative reporting outlet. But Alaska inspectors say context is important.Listen Now Alaska nursing homes are inspected on the state and federal level annually to make sure they’re meeting regulations.Brenda Vincent runs the state’s program that oversees health facilities’ licensing compliance, which includes nursing homes.She says the inspections are unannounced, and that over a few days, a small team of surveyors analyze everything from the fire safety code to treating residents respectfully.Nursing Home InspectLookup inspection reports from nursing homes in your community or elsewhere on ProPublica’s Nursing Home Inspect site“We use tools of observation, interviews, record reviews,” Vincent says,”all just to ensure that they’re being compliant and following state and federal regulations, and ensuring that the best care is delivered to residents in those facilities.”Angela Rick has been inspecting nursing homes for eight years.  She says that over time, there are some things that nursing homes are repeatedly cited for.“Our most common ones would be dignity of the resident, so making sure that it’s a homelike environment and the resident is treated in the manner that you would want to be treated or your family member treated,” Rick said. “Infection control would be a common deficiency (as well).”Rick says high turnover among nursing home staffers can contribute to some of the inconsistencies.“We used to say that you’re only as good as your worst performer,” she said. “So it’s very difficult sometimes to monitor what the staff is doing, and so one person could make a mistake or could have a practice and that would cause you do a get a deficiency in that area.”According to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, inspectors logged 147 deficiencies at the 10 Alaska nursing homes visited so far this year. Alaska has a total of 18.Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (Graph by Lakeidra Chavis/KTOO)Most of the deficiencies are categorized as causing minimum to no harm. Some incidents are isolated, some are repeated. There are serious deficiencies, too.At the nursing home in Petersburg, for example, deficiencies included administering the wrong medication dose and not returning a resident’s money after the person died.In Wrangell, a resident with a condition requiring a “nectar consistency” diet to reduce choking risk, reportedly used a spoon to drink over thickened coffee because a staffer added thickener without measuring. Other residents reported similar problems.Vincent says although the number of citations is high, the goal is to keep these institutions accountable.After each inspection, nursing home administrators are required to submit a plan of correction, which surveyors review.“And if we find a deficiency, we need to bring that forward to the facility and let them know,” Vincent said. “You know, if you don’t, then change isn’t going to be made and that’s important. I mean, if you see something wrong, it needs to be corrected. If you don’t bring it to the light, then it just stays uncorrected.”Nursing homes with severe deficiencies can rack up penalties. Since 2013, the agencies have fined nursing homes more than $100,000, or denied Medicare and Medicaid payments.Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (Graph by Lakeidra Chavis/KTOO)For the Prestige Care & Rehabilitation Center in Anchorage, the problems were so bad that thestate took control of the facility last year to address the issues.After a national investigation into nursing home safety, ProPublica, ranked the states with the most severe deficiencies in nursing homes. Their most recent data ranks Alaska as the fourth worst.“Number-wise, we’ve heard that and I don’t know why,” she said. “I just think that we have a really good team.”Vincent says that compared to the Lower 48, the turnover for Alaska inspectors is low and the nursing homes are a lot smaller.She says in about a year, the state will switch to a newer model of surveying, following a national trend. It will combine the traditional boots-on-the-ground method with a computer-based survey.Vincent says that it’s important for people to know that there is oversight. She worked as a registered nurse in Alaska before switching to the inspection side five years ago.“I’m on the other side ensuring the care that you are getting is quality, and safe, and complies with best practices and standards that have been set,” she said. “So I really think that what I do and what my team does, makes a difference.”Becky Hultberg is the president of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, which lobbies for its members.She says inspection reports are just one of the ways to measure nursing home care.Becky Hultberg, president and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, gives a presentation about Medicaid expansion at the Alaska Capitol, March 19, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)“As an example, there are several CMS quality measures where Alaska skilled nursing facilities have better outcomes than most facilities in other states,” Hultberg said. “Specifically, Alaska does very well in preventing falls, reducing the use of antipsychotics and successfully managing the use of physical restraints.”She says Alaska is a small state with a small number of nursing homes, and that calls the attention of federal regulators.“I would note that there are times where we have more surveyors in a facility than we have residents…the ProPublica data was not a huge surprise to me,” she said.Hultberg says a lot it has to do with a federal law she calls the minimum of five.“The federal government is required to survey five percent of facilities in a state a year, or a minimum of five facilities,” Hultberg said. “Well if you’re a state that has hundreds of facilities, obviously you’re going to be getting fewer federal surveys, than a state like Alaska where we only have 18 facilities.”Based on inspection reports alone, of the 10 nursing homes inspected so far this year, Alaska’s most deficient are the Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center of Anchorage, Wrangell Medical Center and the Yukon Kuskokwim Elders Home in Bethel.last_img read more

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