House Committee To Hold Hearing On Northport VA’s ‘Deteriorating State’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The House Committee on Veterans Affairs will hold a field hearing at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center next month into maintenance and management issues at the facility, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)’s office announced Wednesday.“Over the past few months, since news first broke regarding the faulty HVAC system at the Northport VA, my office has been contacted by several Long Islanders regarding allegations pertaining to the Northport VA,” Zeldin said in a statement. “Any allegations regarding the care of our veterans must be taken very seriously.” The committee has been investigating complaints from whistleblowers on a “range of issues regarding the Northport VA Medical Center for more than a month,” and September’s hearing is part of an ongoing probe into the facility, a committee staff member told the Press prior to Zeldin’s public announcement. The probe centers around—but is not limited to—the facility’s maintenance, management, and contract work, among other issues, including reports of a faulty air duct system that spewed black particles into the facility, forcing officials to temporarily shutter five operating rooms in February. The committee hearing will also include a veteran’s recent suicide at the Northport VAMC on Aug. 21, the staffer told the Press. The committee’s field hearing at the Northport VAMC has been scheduled for Sept. 20. On July 29, Jeff Miller (R-FL), the committee’s chairman, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald concerning the “deteriorating state of facilities” at the Northport VAMC. “While it’s not unusual for older ductwork to have condensation and oxidation problems, the VAMC management’s inability to solve the root cause, which is creating health and safety risks for veterans and staff, is disappointing,” Miller wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the Press. “The most troubling aspect of the whole situation is that the VAMC management reportedly became aware of the problem in mid-February, yet took no effort to notify the public, or Congress, until after numerous media reports emerged,” it continues, noting that Northport hasn’t been alone in having to shut down operating rooms due to ventilation issues. The letter cites three other similar cases. News of the inquiry comes 10 days after a 76-year-old Peter Kaisen committed suicide at the Northport VAMC after he was allegedly turned away from the emergency room. The New York Times was the first to report on the committee’s investigation, as well as the U.S. Navy vet’s suicide. RELATED: Long Island Vet’s Life of Devotion, Love & Sacrifice Ends With Tragic QuestionsThe Northport VAMC has been on the receiving end of a deluge of criticism since Kaisen’s death became public. In response, the hospital has said there’s no evidence that Kaisen sought treatment before ending his life. Those close to Kaisen are skeptical that he’d drive to the Northport VAMC for any reason other than for treatment. Two people who work at the hospital told the Times that Kaisen was denied treatment. One of the Northport VA employees told the paper, “Someone dropped the ball.” A family friend told the Press last week that they’re not on a “head-hunting” mission, but simply want to learn the truth and prevent such a tragedy from re-occurring. Philip C. Moschitta, director of the Northport VAMC, penned a letter to Zeldin last week in which he said, “It appears that at no point that day did the veteran enter any VA buildings.” “Additionally,” he continued, “we have not found any evidence that the Veteran sought assistance from any of our staff, including visiting the Emergency Room that day.” The hospital’s staff would continue to review surveillance cameras to confirm whether or not Kaisen contacted the facility during the week before he died, according to the correspondence. Jennifer DiSiena, a spokeswoman for Zeldin, who is a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, noted to the Press prior to the congressman’s public announcement of the hearing that people began contacting the congressman’s office after the Times revealed in May that the hospital’s five operating rooms had to be temporarily shuttered because of black particles emanating from air ducts. “The past few months, our office has been working with these individuals to collect facts through meetings, phone calls and other forms of communication, to compile as much substantiation as possible as quickly as we could,” DiSiena said in a statement. “Congressman Zeldin takes these allegations regarding the care of veterans very seriously.” The information gleaned from Zeldin’s office has been shared with the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, DiSiena added. Miller’s letter includes reports of flooded pedestrian tunnels, damaged roofs, and a ruptured cooling tower. “We have a good working relationship with Long Island’s congressional delegation,” a Northport VAMC spokesman said in a statement to the Press. “We stand ready to work with Congress to provide the information needed to assist them in their oversight role, and share their commitment to ensure that Long Island’s veterans receive the care they have earned and deserve.” McDonald had until last Friday to respond to Miller’s inquiries, including any plans to repair or replace HVAC systems and results from air quality tests, but has yet to respond, a committee staffer tells the Press. A request for comment from the VA Office went unanswered as of press time. Two Long Island Congressman—Reps. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) and Peter King (R-Seaford)—have called on officials to hold a separate investigation into Kaisen’s death. The pair wrote a joint letter to the heads of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the FBI urging a “thorough investigation.” The FBI was called to investigate Kaisen’s death because it occurred on federal property, but it’s unclear if authorities are scrutinizing allegations that Kaisen was turned away. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), who is also a member of the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee, is “working closely with her fellow Long Island delegation members and Northport VA officials to gather complete information about the tragic and alarming suicide that occurred outside the Northport VA facility last week,” her office said in a statement. “Congresswoman Rice is committed to ensuring that all veterans on Long Island have access to high-quality, comprehensive physical and mental health care, and we’ll continue working to clarify the facts surrounding this incident, review Northport’s protocols for handling veterans in need of mental health care services, and determine how we can ensure that tragedies like this will be prevented in the future.”last_img read more

BREAKING: Allan Okello finally goes professional

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Allan Okello in his new jersey. PHOTO @officielparadouAlgiers, Algeria | THE INDEPENDENT | Algerian giants Paradou Athletic Club has confirmed they have signed one of Uganda’s most promising young footballers Allan Okello from KCCA.Paradou FC picked interest in the Ugandan striker after two games last year in which they knocked out KCCA in the Total CAF Confederation Cup  4-1 on aggregate.DETAILS TO FOLLOWlast_img

Saints add depth in goal with signing of Alexandre Sirard

first_imgForget about the nice summer weather.The movers and shakers from the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey Team are doing their best to dream of success on ice after inking a major cog in next season’s team — former Western Hockey League netminder Alexandre Sirard of Calgary.Sirard joins the Saints for the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season following three seasons of junior hockey spent in the WHL, AJHL and SJHL.”I’m excited to be coming to Selkirk College and joining the Saints,” said Sirard, who describes himself as a quick, athletic goaltender with a good foot work in a team press release. “I’m looking to establish myself as a top player in the BCIHL and play a role in building a winning team, while also having good marks in school.”As an 18-year old, he saw action with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos and compiled a record of 3-4-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .870 save percentage in nine games.He went on to play two-plus seasons of Junior A hockey, primarily with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Melville Millionaires.He was named the Mills’ Playoff MVP in 2011 following a first-round series loss to the Estevan Bruins, who he held to 11 goals on 172 shots over five games. Sirard split the 2011/12 season between the University of Regina and the Prairie Junior Hockey League’s Pilot Butte Storm, who he helped to a league championship following his late season addition.He concluded his junior career with a record of 29 wins, 27 losses and sevven ties. “Alex is a talented netminder whose experience in Major Junior and Junior A hockey has prepared him well to take the next step at the college level,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”With a largely new group coming in this fall, getting solid and steady goaltending will be crucial to team success early in the season.”Alex is coming off a championship run last season and he’s highly motivated to be a key piece of another winning team at Selkirk College.” The 21-year old has shown an ability to step up his game in the playoffs, where he has posted a 2.68 goals-against average and .927 save percentage over the past two seasons. Sirard is the second goaltender to commit to the Saints this offseason, joining former KIJHL and VIJHL stand-out Stephen Wolff. Also committed to the Saints for the 2012/13 season are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Stephen Saretsky (Wellington, OJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jared Seutter (Chase, KIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL) and defencemen Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL), Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL), Mark Strachan (Kimberley, KIJHL) and Lucas Hildebrand (Revelstoke, KIJHL).last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Leafs Peewee Tier II

first_imgNelson lost its opening game of the weekend tournament in a wild, 9-7 shootout to Kamloops.However, Nelson was able to bounce back by hammering Bantam Wildcats 7-0 and Portland 7-1 to qualify for the playoff round.Nelson then got some payback against Kamloops, edging the Spoolmak squad 3-2 before knocking off Spokane in the final.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the great effort of the Nelson Leafs Peewee Tier II squad with Team of the Week accolades.The team includes, Joseph Surina, Ethan Lawczynski, Kaleb Percival, Bryce Sookro, Rhett Hamilton, Seamus Boyd, Noah Quinn, Dylan Mowery, Lowie Vreys, Joe Davidson, Jackson Harris, Ethan Bennett, Nick Francis, Tijs Vreys, Drake Proctor, Amran Bhabra, coaches Pete Quinn and Shandy Mowery, manager Lisa Quinn and Sandy Boyd.Teams in the Tier II tournament were from Trail, Nelson, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Spokane, and Portland, Oregon. It was a golden weekend for the Nelson Leafs Peewee Tier II squad.The Nelson Minor Hockey team knocked off previously unbeaten Spokane 4-3 en route to the Championship at the Trail Peewee Tournament Sunday in the Silver City.last_img read more

Bee delay: Giants-Reds move start time back due to insects

first_imgCINCINNATI — Wet weather threatened to delay the first two games of the series between the Giants and Reds in Cincinnati this weekend, but both games started on time.The sun was shining and the skies were clear for Monday’s series finale, but the game was delayed anyway. That’s because a large amount of bees appeared near home plate just prior to the 12:35 EST start of Monday’s game, preventing both teams from taking the field.Monday’s delay lasted 18 minutes as the bees ultimately departed …last_img

LeBron James says Daryl Morey ‘clearly misinformed’ about China

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/ns-acc/2019/10/15/IN-92TU_CNNA-ST1-10000000056ff4e2″]Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.LOS ANGELES — Speaking with the media for the first time since Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sent a since-deleted tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong, Lakers forward LeBron James made it clear he thought Morey’s actions were reckless.“I believe he was either misinformed or not educated on the situation,” James said in a rare press …last_img

Kallis calls an end to international career

first_img31 July 2014Jacques Kallis announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Wednesday, bringing down the curtain on a career which established him as the leading all-rounder of his day, and one of the greatest players of all time.Kallis retired from test cricket at the end of 2013, but had signalled his intention to compete for a place in the South African team for the 2015 ICC World Cup.‘A bridge too far’“I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far,” Kallis said in a statement.“I just knew on that tour that I was done. The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa, the team, the team sponsors, my sponsors, the fans and all the people who have been involved in my career. It has been an amazing journey.“I am not retiring from all cricket as I have a two-year contract with the Sydney Thunder and, if possible, to help the Kolkata Knight Riders defend the IPL title we won earlier this year,” he concluded.In 2013, Kallis was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year, and he signed off his test career with a 45th century, second only to Sachin Tendulkar in history.Unmatched and unchallengedBy the sheer volume of his all-round contributions, Kallis is unmatched and unchallenged in the long history of cricket.He scored 13 289 test runs at an average of 55.37, while with the ball he took 292 wickets at 32.65. In addition, he also claimed exactly 200 catches.To put those figures into perspective, he finished his test career third on the all-time run scoring list. He is currently 29th on the list of wicket-takers and tied for second with Mahela Jayawardene for the number of catches taken.During his one-day international career, he tallied 11 579 runs at an average of 44.36, claimed 273 wickets at 31.79, and bagged 131 catches.Those figures leave him in seventh place among batsmen, 17th among bowlers and sixth among catchers.‘Jacques is a legend’South African test captain Hashim Amla said in a statement: “Jacques is a legend. Sportsmen like him only come around once every five decades.“He is an astute professional who always gave 100 percent for his country and I believe a lot of youngsters coming up can learn a lot from the way he shaped his career. He will be sorely missed in the dressing room, and in the slips where he was a trademark figure.“It has been a pleasure to have shared the crease with him on a number of occasions, and I wish him well for the future. He has earned his break.”De Villiers on KallisCaptain of the Proteas ODI team, AB de Villiers, weighed in: “”His value and statistics on the field speak volumes, but his presence in the change room and willingness to teach the youngsters was immense.“He has played a big role personally for me since making my debut for South Africa in 2004, and is a huge loss for South African cricket.“It’s unfortunate that he won’t be making the journey with us to the World Cup, but we will definitely carry his resilience and professionalism with us out on the field.”‘We respect and support him’“It was an unexpected decision, but we respect and support him,” Proteas’ coach Russell Domingo said. “I must commend his attitude and professionalism all the way until his last ODI for South Africa in Sri Lanka.“It has been a pleasure working with him. I always admired his dedication and passion for the game. He will be missed, there is no doubt about that, but hopefully the nation can celebrate one of the greatest cricketers we have produced.”‘One of the greatest players ever’Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, commented: “South Africa has been blessed with one of the world’s greatest cricketing talents in Jacques Kallis. He is undeniably one of the greatest players ever to have graced our wonderful game and he has certainly been the Proteas’ standard-bearer of excellence for nearly two decades.“He has played a huge part in making cricket a truly national sport of winners and, in doing so, contributed so much to the important process of nation building.“He is a true professional and it has been an absolute privilege to have worked with him both as Convener of selectors and now as Chief Executive.“To say that we will miss him on the playing field is stating the obvious. Each one of us from this day on will treasure the many fond memories of his awesome career.“On behalf of CSA and all our stakeholders, I would like to sincerely thank Jacques for his huge contribution to the game of cricket and wish him only the best as he moves on from the international playing arena.”last_img read more

A New Lab To Test Water Heaters

first_imgFlorida Set-Up Permits Side-by-Side ComparisonsCOCOA, FL — The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) recently announced the opening of a new laboratory for testing solar water heaters, on-demand water heaters, and conventional tank heaters. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program, the Hot Water Systems Laboratory will provide answers to a variety of questions, including: How much do solar water heaters contribute to the reduction of peak electric loads?“Solar water heating is an excellent way to save energy on water heating and reduce whole-house energy use, but utilities are specifically interested in knowing whether or not solar is providing relief to the power grid during peak times. Our testing will answer their questions,” says Subrato Chandra, the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership project manager at FSEC.Measuring the Performance of Integrated Collector and Storage SystemsResearchers are particularly interested in the efficiency of solar batch heaters. Principal investigator Danny Parker noted, “Solar integrated collector and storage systems, where the storage tank is on the roof and sensitive to weather, have never been verified before, only simulated, so we’re interested in seeing how they work, particularly on winter mornings.”The lab is currently collecting 90 channels of data from seven water heaters:1. A standard 50-gallon electric water heater.2. A solar water heater with a 40-square-foot flat-plate collector, an 80-gallon storage tank, and a differential controller.3. A solar water heater with a 32-square-foot collector, a 40-gallon integrated collector storage tank, and a standard 50-gallon electric tank for backup.4. A solar water heater with a 40-square-foot flat-plate collector, an 80-gallon storage tank, and a DC pump powered by photovoltaic module.5. A standard 40-gallon natural gas water heater.6. An on-demand natural gas water heater.7. An on-demand electric water heater.The seven water heating systems will be tested for a full year. For more information, visit www.floridaenergycenter.org.last_img read more

Gasol, Grizzlies build big lead, hang on to beat Warriors

first_imgMarc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots over Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. APMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Marc Gasol had 34 points and 14 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies built a 19-point third-quarter lead over Golden State before holding on to beat the defending champion Warriors 111-101 on Saturday night.James Ennis III added 13 points, and Tyreke Evans scored 12 as Memphis shot 47 percent compared to 39 percent for Golden State. The Warriors shot 12 of 38 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points, and Kevin Durant added 29 and 13 rebounds. But both were ejected with 43.6 seconds left after arguing with officials — Curry first after throwing his mouthpiece, and then Durant as he followed Curry’s argument.Klay Thompson finished with 14 points on 5 of 16 shooting, including 2 of 8 from outside the arc.FEATURED 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 shutoutThe Warriors trailed by 19 late in the third quarter and Curry was saddled with five fouls. Consecutive 3-pointers from Durant and an unintended tip-in by the Grizzlies, credited to David West, cut the deficit to single digits with just under 9 minutes left.But Golden State never got close enough to catch the Grizzlies down the stretch. The major burst for Memphis came early in the third quarter. The Grizzlies turned up their defense, forcing a trio of turnovers and scoring 15 straight points to stretch the lead to 18.The Warriors connected on only 6 of 22 shots in the third, while Memphis went 10 of 18.TIP-INSWarriors: The game was the only regular-season trip to Memphis for Golden State as the teams face each other three times this season — the other two games at Oracle Arena. … Draymond Green played in his 400th career game. … Thompson made a 3-pointer in the first quarter, marking his 57th straight game connecting from outside the arc.Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green, who started but was injured early in the opener, did not dress. Jarrell Martin started in his place. … Memphis defeated Golden State twice last season, one of only two teams to hang two losses on the eventual NBA champions. San Antonio also defeated the Warriors twice. … The Grizzlies hold a 13-10 advantage over the Warriors since 2011-12.UP NEXTWARRIORS: Wrap up a three-game trip in Dallas on Monday with a game against the Mavericks.GRIZZLIES: Start a two-game Texas road swing at Houston on Monday. They face the Mavericks on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Streak over: Magic end 17-game skid to Cavs Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Cocolife enters QF on wings of victory

first_imgPaired with super teams in the quarterfinals, Cocolife made sure it enters the next round on a winning note.The Asset Managers needed just three sets to dispose of the lowly Cherrylume Iron ladies, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19, Tuesday night in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference in Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “A lot of people are giving me motivation to become the leader, so I need to put in extra work and take care of my conditioning,” she added. “But as for the team we would need a total team effort.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Michelle Gumabao led Cocolife with 10 attacks and an ace for only its second win in six games.“Communication, we struggle with it because my teammates sometimes we talk, sometimes not,” said the team captain. “We are trying to solve that issue in practice. But we’re getting there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNow the Asset Managers need to do it fast because they are matched up with Cignal in the quarterfinals on Thursday.“Obviously there is still a lot to improve on,” said Gumabao, who provided Cocolife with what the team needed from her. Morales rules Canada bike race WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View commentslast_img read more