AG Sues Nassau Jail Medical Provider, Citing Inmate Deaths

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Roy Nordstrom died after being refused hospitalization for chest pains. Bartholomew Ryan hanged himself despite mental health assessments. Kevin Brown died following inadequate treatment of seizures and hallucinations. And they’re not alone.The three men are among five who died since 2011 at Nassau County jail as a result of inadequate medical care, the New York State Commission on Correction alleged in documents obtained by the Press. The accusations sparked New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to file a lawsuit against the jail’s medical provider, Florida-based Armor Correctional Health Medical Services, seeking fines, an independent monitor over healthcare at the jail, and barring the company from bidding on contracts in the state. This case was announced Tuesday—a week after the fifth death at the jail this year and the 12th since 2011, officials said.“Neglecting the duty to provide adequate care not only defrauds taxpayers, it compromises the health and safety of inmates, with sometimes fatal consequences,” Schneiderman said. “Failing to provide proper health services as required is completely unacceptable.”Nassau County approved an $11 million annual contract with Armor in 2011. The state has ordered the county legislature, county executive, county sheriff, and Armor to review the corrections commission’s findings and begin corrective measures.“Any allegation that Armor has failed to provide quality correctional medical care at the facility is simply false,” Armor said in a statement. “Armor has provided a substantial amount of data that simply is contradictory to any claim of deficient patient care. Armor is proud of its work caring for the inmates at the Nassau County facility, and will continue to do so as long as Nassau County wants it to do so. Armor also intends to vigorously defend against claims filed by the Attorney General.”Representatives for Nassau County Sheriff Michael Sposato and Nassau County Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) did not return requests for comment. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s office issued a statement indicating that the county is hiring a jail healthcare monitor.“While awaiting findings of the Attorney General, the county formed a team of health and mental health professionals to review the delivery of healthcare,” County Attorney Carnell Foskey said. “The county also hired a Commissioner of Corrections and the Department of Health placed a registered nurse in the facility to serve as a health contract monitor. The county is seeking to retain a correctional healthcare monitor until a provider is selected from the RFP issued earlier this year.”The county had hired Armor amid Mangano’s push to privatize county services, including the bus system, sewers, and other work historically handled by government workers.RELATED STORY: Nassau County Jail: Suicides, Healthcare Changes, Budget Cuts Prompt Calls For Oversight Schneiderman’s lawsuit against Armor alleged that the company did not respond to inmates’ requests for care in a timely manner, failed to provide prescriptions to inmates as needed, failed to effectively diagnose inmates, failed to provide proper mental health services, failed to provide access to off-site medical specialists, understaffed clinical and managerial positions, and did not provide state-mandated reports to show it was addressing prior issues.In the case of Nordstrom, the 47-year-old Shirley man died on June 11, 2011 after a physician wasn’t contacted despite the fact that he clutched his chest while complaining of chest pain, was having difficulty breathing, and collapsed, according to a state corrections commission investigative report. Instead, Nordstrom was wheeled back to his cell, until the next morning, when he was finally hospitalized, but it was too late. He was serving a 75-day sentence for violating an order of protection.In Ryan’s case, the 32-year-old Iraq War veteran from East Meadow suffering from PTSD underwent two mental health evaluations, but wasn’t put on suicide watch on Feb. 24, 2014, two days after he was arrested for drugged driving, the state found. An officer who checked on him every 15 minutes found the ex-Marine hanging by a bedsheet from the cell bars, according to the report on his case.Brown, a 47-year-old Far Rockaway man with known histories of traumatic brain injury, seizures and mental health diagnoses, died Feb. 10, 2014 after being jailed for petty larceny, according to his report. Despite officers witnessing Brown hallucinating and increasingly agitated, his care was lacking before he was found dead in his cell, the state said.John Gleeson, 40, of Oceanside, died July 14, 2014 after the state said Armor’s staffers misdiagnosed a heart condition two months after he was arrested. The fifth case involved Antonio Marinaccio, 53, of Levittown, who reportedly died at the jail on May 2, 2015.Aside from lawsuits from the attorney general and the families of the dead inmates, calls for changes at the jail have also been increasing. Lawmakers in the Democratic minority on the county legislature called for intervention, as did inmate advocates. One inmate died March 7, the same day that advocates held a news conference outside the jail in East Meadow to bring attention to the issues. Critics applauded the news that the attorney general filed suit.“We are emboldened by Attorney General Schneiderman’s action and believe that our voices and protests are finally being heard,” said Dean Hart, president of Long Island Citizens for Good Government. “In our minds, there is no question that Armor Correctional Health Services has defrauded the taxpayers by taking public money and providing deficient services.”last_img read more

Football: Wisconsin receives No. 8 in first College Football Playoff rankings

first_imgWisconsin helped build its top 10 case after defeating current-No. 10 University of Nebraska last Saturday in a 23-17 overtime thriller at Camp Randall Stadium.Prior to Tuesday night’s verdict, the Badgers were also ranked as the eighth-best team in the country by the AP Poll. While the Badgers didn’t budge in the new CFP poll, this wasn’t the case for most teams.Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…The committee delivered its first top 25 poll of the 2016-17 season  ruling the current four playoff contenders as No. 1 University of Alabama, No. 2 University of Michigan, No. 3 Clemson University and No. 4 Texas A&M University.Undefeated and AP No. 4 University of Washington was the lone team from the AP’s top four that did not align with the playoff committee’s original cut Tuesday night. This may come as a surprise to some considering Texas A&M — the team that replaced the Huskies at No. 4 in the CFP poll — already suffered a 19-point loss to Alabama earlier this season.Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…Overall, the Big Ten fared well in the College Football Playoff rankings compared to the previous AP Poll evaluations. While the conference lacks any representation between the No. 13 and 25 spots in the new rankings, the Big Ten managed to land five teams inside of the top 12. The SEC was a close second as the only other conference to boast five teams inside of the top 15.With Michigan currently occupying the No. 2 spot and a one-loss Ohio State team looking in from the outside at No. 6, the Big Ten is in a prime position to make a third consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.As of now, it appears the winner of the Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) vs. Michigan (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) game is the team most likely to represent the conference in the 2016 playoff.While the possibility is hanging on by a thread of probability, Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) is still technically alive in the playoff race. For this to happen, they would not only need to win out, but they would also need some help from Nebraska.Football: Wisconsin feels the loss of its physical and emotion leaderJack Cichy will not step on the field again for the University of Wisconsin football team this season. A torn Read…If the Buckeyes can hand the Cornhuskers their second loss in Columbus this weekend, Wisconsin’s chances — though still slim — would increase. This is because a 10-2 Wisconsin team would hold the head-to-head advantage over Nebraska, which appears to be the Badgers’ greatest competitor in the Big Ten West title chase.If the Badgers can win all four of their remaining games to win the West, they would still need to defeat an unbeaten Michigan, or perhaps a one-loss Ohio State team, in the conference championship game to claim one of the four most coveted spots in college football. The College Football Playoff selection committee named the University of Wisconsin football team No. 8 in the nation Tuesday night.last_img read more

Man City will be ‘hard to stop’, warns angry Wenger

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger accepted leaders Manchester City would be “hard to stop” in their quest for the Premier League title especially if they continued to get the rub of the green from referees.The Gunners manager accused City forward Raheem Sterling of diving after he won a penalty in his team’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday.Veteran French boss Wenger was furious with the performance of referee Michael Oliver who awarded the spot kick and a dubious goal, which the Arsenal manager claimed was offside.“I believe it was no penalty,” said Wenger. “We know that Raheem Sterling dives well, he does that very well.“And the third goal was offside. I am very upset because at 2-1 we were in the game. The third goal was the killer and it is by coincidence that mistakes always go for the home team, as we know.“It is unfortunate that the game finished the way it finished. I am disappointed. You can accept if it City win in a normal way, they are a good side but this is unacceptable,” added Wenger after a match that left his side 12 points behind the table-toppers.“Last season we lost two offside goals and it has happened again. City will be hard to stop.”– ‘Never say never’ –City have 10 wins and a draw from their opening 11 league games this season, prompting speculation they could emulate Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ Arsenal team that were through the whole of the 2003/04 campaign without losing a Premier League fixture.“Look, can anyone stop them?” asked Wenger rhetorically. “It will be difficult this season with the way they have started, the way they are on a run, they quality they have. “They will be difficult to stop but you never say never. If, on top of that, they have decisions like that at home, they will be unstoppable.”Wenger had grounds for complaint when Laurent Koscielny was judged to have brought down Sterling for Sergio Aguero to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot and television replays suggested he was especially hard done by as David Silva appeared offside before setting up Gabriel Jesus for City’s third goal in the 74th minute.“I felt it was an intense game of quality for both sides,” said Wenger. “Man City are on a high but I felt we had plenty of dangerous situations and chances.“Overall, once again, the referee made the decision again, with a penalty and an offside goal. We are used to it when we come here. I feel they (referees) don’t work enough, because it happens every season. It is unacceptable,” he insisted.Kevin De Bruyne gave City the lead while, trailing 2-0, Arsenal were briefly given hope when substitute Alexandre Lacazette pulled a goal back.City manager Pep Guardiola was understandably delighted to have beaten a title rival so emphatically.After winning just two games against the top six clubs last season, City have already won all three in the current campaign, hammering Liverpool and outplaying champions Chelsea and, now, Arsenal.“All know is everybody can beat us, that is a principle in all sports,” said Guardiola. “It doesn’t matter what happens in the past. You can win the Champions League and lose the day after.“Last season we were only able to win twice against the big teams, at Old Trafford against United and here against Arsenal. This season in November, we already won three times, one more.”The Spaniard added: “We spoke about that. If you want to win the Premier League, you have to win, especially at home, against Liverpool, United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea. It is so hard to win away.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ford boost for SA engineering skills

first_img2 February 2011Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has opened a world-class production simulator facility at the company’s assembly plant outside Pretoria that will be used to train both its own employees as well as engineering students from various institutions.The facility, which is attached to the motor company’s assembly plant in Silverton, is expected to provide practical training for mechanical and industrial engineering students from institutions such as the Tshwane University of Technology.“We’re excited about the opportunities this training facility will afford students in the engineering field,” FMCSA chief executive Jeff Nemeth said in Pretoria this week. “We see this facility as an enabler to grow and develop more engineering candidates, not only for Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, but for the industry as a whole.”World-class facilityThe facility, which was officially opened on Tuesday, follows the announcement that the company would invest R3.4-billion to produce its all-new Ford Ranger pick-up truck in South Africa.This world-class production simulator facility is focused on improving the assembly process capabilities of current and future FMCSA employees, in preparation for the production of the Ranger.The facility will enable FMCSA to train employees through simulating production processes off the line long before they start building the new vehicle.“While the facility will allow us to develop the assembly sequence and processes for our new product without disrupting the production of current models, it will allow us to improve the skills of our employees dramatically, enabling them to build world-class vehicles, with best in class quality, and compete with the best in the world,” said Nemeth.Commitment to auto industryGauteng MEC for Economic Development Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu said the provincial government was committed to growth in the automotive industry and had included the sector in its industrial policies and future strategies.She said an amount of R32-million had been allocated for training and development programmes at the assembly plant, giving a much-needed boost to skills development in the sector.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

State to ask for ₹6,800 cr in flood aid

first_imgThe Maharashtra government will seek an assistance of ₹6,813 crore from the Centre for rebuilding flood-ravaged areas in Western Maharashtra and Konkan.The Cabinet Sub Committee, chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Tuesday cleared a Memorandum of Assistance to be forwarded to the Government of India seeking interim relief, meanwhile agreeing to spend the amount from the State corpus till it is approved. Of the total amount, ₹4,708 crore has been set aside for rebuilding villages in Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara and another ₹2,105 crore for Konkan, Nashik and the remaining districts. “We have also set up an expert committee to assess the impact of climate change and suggest actions and remedies to be taken in situations where we receive 700% rainfall in just four days, as has happened,” Mr. Fadnavis said.Much of the money will be used to rebuild roads, homes and bridges, and make good the losses on account of crop damage, destruction of schools and commercial establishments. Among other measures, ₹2,088 crore is being sought on account of crop damage, ₹876 crore for repair of roads and bridges, and ₹300 crore for assistance to families of the deceased and injured. Among other damages highlighted in the State memorandum are ₹168 crore for irrigation and water resources works, and ₹300 crore towards loss of small trade.Damage has been reported from 70 talukas of Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Thane, Nashik, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg. The floods left 761 villages marooned, and relief work is being conducted on a large scale in the State. “We will be reconstructing damaged homes under Central schemes. The damage assessment has accounted for relief material that has been provided in the form of food packages,” said Relief and Rehabilitation secretary, Kishor Nimbalkar. Maharashtra is the third State to have sought Central assistance to account for damage caused by the worst floods in decades in Southwest India. Karnataka and Kerala have both sought Central assistance of ₹3,000 crore each.last_img read more

SEA Games: Suarez, two Filipino pugs enter semis; Paalam out

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Fil-Briton Felix John Nobel Tupas finished the card with a dominant debut for the Philippines team in 81kg, banging Cambodian Felix Merlin Martinez via unanimous decision.READ: ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds But the victories were tinged by the questionable defeat of Carlo Paalam to Malaysian Muhamad Fuad Redzuan in the 49kg.Paalam, one of the most promising boxers in the country at only 19 years old, was clearly on top of everything against the fighter who had earlier in his career lost to Filipinos Rogen Ladon and Elmer Pamisa.But Redzuan kept Paalam busy by dragging him down at least four times throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT READ: PH in for tough gold hunt in SEA Games; Athletics, boxing bright spotsThe Malaysian also threw haymakers coming from out of nowhere and landing very few.That decision shocked the Philippine team here drawing criticism as the Malaysian Sports Minister Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was in the sidelines. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Two-time champion Charly Suarez battered Malaysia foe to score a convincing decision win and lead two other Filipino boxers to the Southeast Asian Games semifinals at MITEC Hall 8.Suarez slammed left and right upper cuts to the solar plexus of Khir Akyazlan Azmi in the third to win the 64kg quarterfinal match before a band of uniformed, boisterous crowd trying to distract the Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ PH men’s volley team drops SEA Games opener to Vietnam “I told myself that I need to win the favor of the crowd,” said Suarez in Filipino who unloaded his power punches that put Azmi on all fours. The Malaysian, though, made the count.READ: PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debutsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMario Fernandez also advanced after a masterful unanimous decision win over Tran Phu Masuk of Vietnam in the 56kg.Fernandez, the defending champion in bantamweight division, controlled the match with his 1-2 combinations. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View commentslast_img read more

‘Advani has always enjoyed a special status within the BJP’

first_imgPower-watching is the favourite indoor sport for many in the nation’s capital. In our case it’s a professional necessity. Like bird-watching, it too requires patience, with long periods of time spent waiting to sight the first flutter in a bush.When Union Home Minister L.K. Advani was appointed deputy prime minister on June 29, caution was the best response. There is no clear-cut role for a deputy prime minister in the Constitution.It was tempting to club his appointment and the lacklustre cabinet reshuffle that followed as cosmetic rather than real change. In fact, a party member described it as “a de facto situation made de jure”.A week has elapsed and there is a definite sense only now of a shift having taken place in the functioning of the Government. By no means has Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee retired but it would seem that more day-to-day political decisions are being referred to Mr Advani.Advani has always enjoyed a special status within the BJP. Now he has almost acquired the role of a CEO to Vajpayee’s chairman of the board.A power shift of this nature is of tremendous interest especially since Advani evokes extreme responses. There are those who swear by him and there are others for whom he is the face of hardline Hindutva and the Rath Yatra. We decided to find out which of these Advanis will now prevail in Government and in which direction he intends to steer the NDA.We sent Editor Prabhu Chawla, Managing Editor Swapan Dasgupta and Associate Editor Rajeev Deshpande to interact with Advani: they spent a relaxed 90 minutes discussing a range of subjects in order to gauge the change in the new deputy prime minister.Says Dasgupta, “Earlier, asked an embarrassing question, he would look down and wring his hands. Now he looks you straight in the eye and is ready with an answer.”At a time when the NDA struggles to deal with its mid-term blues, Advani’s appointment could be the BJP’s last hope to infuse some dynamism in the functioning of the Government.last_img read more

Crucial Brexit talks between May and Labour leader Corbyn end without deal

first_imgLondon: Britain’s Opposition Labour Party ended the crucial cross-party Brexit talks with Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday without striking a deal, saying negotiations have “gone as far as they can”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to May to declare an end to the negotiation process, blaming the “weakness and instability” of her government as a leadership contest gets underway within the ruling Conservative Party. The development came a day after Prime Minister May was forced to set a June timeline for her exit from Downing Street. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”I have written to Theresa May to say that talks on finding a compromise agreement for leaving the European Union have gone as far as they can,” Corbyn tweeted. “The government’s growing weakness and instability means there cannot be confidence in its ability to deliver,” he said. Britain’s exit from the 28-member European Union had been due to take place on March 29 – but after MPs voted down the deal May had negotiated with the bloc three times, the EU gave the UK an extension until October 31. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”The increasing weakness and instability of your government means there cannot be confidence in securing whatever might be agreed between us,” Corbyn wrote. “As you have been setting out your decision to stand down and Cabinet ministers are competing to succeed you, the position of the government has become ever more unstable and its authority eroded,” he noted. Stressing that his party had conducted the exercise in “good faith” and that some constructive effort had gone into finding a possible consensus, there has been growing concern within the Opposition ranks about the government’s ability to deliver on any compromise agreement. The Labour Party has been in favour of a form of a common customs arrangement with the European Union (EU) that keeps the UK aligned with its European neighbours on trade tariffs post-Brexit. Some Labour MPs have also insisted they would not back a deal with the government unless it includes another referendum. Both scenarios have caused anger among Brexit-backing Conservatives, who claim a customs union would stop the UK negotiating its own trade deals around the world and who believe another public vote is undemocratic. In his letter to the British Prime Minister, Corbyn noted: “Not infrequently, proposals by your negotiating team have been publicly contradicted by statements from other members of the Cabinet. “In recent days we have heard senior Cabinet ministers reject any form of customs union, regardless of proposals made by government negotiators.” The Labour leader is equally clear about the party’s opposition to May’s unchanged Withdrawal Agreement, which is set for a fourth House of Commons vote in the week beginning June 3.last_img read more

Moroccan Minister-Delegate for the Interior Meets US Coordinator for Counterterrorism

first_imgRabat – Moroccan delegate-minister for the interior, Cherki Drais, met this Tuesday US Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department, Tina Kaidanow, over Morocco-US cooperation in security issues.Talks covered “the excellent cooperation between Morocco and the USA in the fight against terrorism, which is a priority both for Morocco and for the USA, and the training of Moroccan executives,” said the Moroccan official following the meeting.A delegation of the state department is expected in Morocco to discuss the implementation of the training program, he added.last_img read more

Danilo injury concern for Man City

first_imgManchester City will observe Danilo’s fitness upon his return from international duty with BrazilThe 27-year-old full-back had only recovered from an ankle injury last month, but appeared to have sustained damage in the same area on Tuesday.Danilo started for Brazil in their South American showdown with rivals Argentina in a four-team friendly competition at Saudi Arabia.But Sky Sports reports that a tearful Danilo was forced to leave the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in the final 37 minutes of the game with a suspected ankle injury.The injury occurred while Danilo attempted to stop an Argentina attack and he was replaced with Liverpool’s Fabinho by Brazil coach Tite.It’s currently unclear whether Danilo will be available for City’s Premier League game against Burnley this Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The Brazilian has featured only once this season for Pep Guardiola’s side in a 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.Meanwhile, Brazil won the game against Argentina 1-0 through a late Miranda goal.Danilo leaves field in tears for Brazil to hand boss Guardiola injury blow https://t.co/xtbrHPSoyk pic.twitter.com/ap5Hn59NiG— The Sun – Man City (@SunManCity) October 16, 2018last_img read more