Dr. Fauci, Two More Members of COVID-19 Task Force in Quarantine

first_imgStephen Hahn, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, and Robert Redfield, who serves as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will also self-quarantine after possibly be exposed to someone who has the virus.Redfield and Hahn will testify by video conference, the committee’s chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, said on Saturday.Additionally, the White House sent out an email to all staff on Friday titled, “Strong Precautions We Are Taking,” about the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 there in the wake of Miller’s positive test, an official said.The note discusses maintaining maximum telework for staff, reporting travel and monitoring one’s own symptoms, according to a copy obtained by CNN.The memo also states that “high-touch points” in the White House and Eisenhower Executive Office Building, an office building near the White House where many staffers work, will receive “heightened levels of cleaning.”Last Thursday, White House staff reportedly received another memo, telling them that they would be asked about their symptoms and would have their temperatures checked before being allowed to enter the White House complex. Any person who acknowledges having symptoms may be pulled for further screening or may be denied entry.Neither memo addresses face masks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who has been serving on the White House coronavirus task force, told multiple media outlets over the weekend that he will go into a “modified” self-quarantine.The decision to self-quarantine comes after two White House staffers, an unidentified valet to President Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, both tested positive for coronavirus late last week. Miller is the wife of White House adviser Stephen Miller.Meanwhile, Dr. Fauci says his reasoning for doing a modified self-quarantine is that he had a “low-risk” contact with the White House staff member who tested positive.In that regard, he will mostly work from home, and would wear a mask and take necessary precautions if he is requested to go to the White House or Capitol Hill, Fauci told CNN. He is expected to testify this week in person at a Senate hearing on the coronavirus.Fauci says tested negative for the virus on Friday.America’s doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are heroes! pic.twitter.com/tbSKbBoqHi— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 9, 2020last_img read more

Eric Dungey doubtful for Syracuse-Florida State game

first_img Published on November 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey has been listed as doubtful for Syracuse’s game against Florida State on Saturday. The Orange released its weekly injury report Thursday night.Dungey sat out the Orange’s 35-20 loss to North Carolina State after he was hit high and knocked out of the game earlier against Clemson. Babers said Wednesday that Dungey was at practice last week, but he has not yet been cleared to practice by doctors. The SU head coach said Dungey is also getting a second opinion from doctors and that they do not yet know what injury he has. When asked whether Dungey’s injury might be career-ending, Babers said he’d rather not speculate on the quarterback’s injury.Second-string center turned starter Colin Byrne was listed as out. He left the N.C. State game after taking a hit to the head and being sprawled out face down on the ground.“I saw the tape, you saw the game, I’m going to leave it there,” Babers said of Byrne on Wednesday.Defensive end Jake Pickard was ruled out for the game as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textReceiver Steve Ishmael was notably absent from the report. He missed the N.C. State game after not being listed on the injury report the Thursday prior. Babers said Ishmael has been dealing with a nagging injury and did not finish practice on Tuesday.Also not on the report was offensive lineman Omari Palmer. He hasn’t played since Week 3.Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) will host No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Commentslast_img read more

Public servants bowing to “political pressure” – former Minister

first_img2017 AG ReportAn examination of the 2017 Auditor General’s (AG) Report that was recently tabled in the National Assembly points to a large number of issues piled up on the already heavy stack of financial irregularities and breaches that have taken place under the coalition Government.Former Junior Finance Minister, Opposition MP Juan Edghill, says public accounting officers are bowing to political pressureBut even more worrying is the fact that public servants, mainly Permanent Secretaries, Regional Executive Officers (REO) and other public accounting officers, may be bowing to ‘political pressure,’ says former Junior Finance Minister and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill.“It is a clear case that accounting officers are either unaware of what are their roles and/or they are succumbing to pressure from their ministers…or we have a situation of ‘I don’t care a dam’ approach to the management of the finances of the State,” he told <> on Sunday.The former minister said that having studied aspects of the report, he has come to a conclusion that this is a worrying development which could possibly become more widespread.Edghill has said that if public servants are under any such pressure, they must come to the fore and say it.“Let people know how this country is being mismanaged, and how politics and intimidation and bullyism (are) being used to twist the arms of public officials to act in a manner that is inimical to their mandate and the public’s interest,” he has advised.Edghill says he has noticed recklessness, violations that are unheard of, mismanagement, and a high degree of incompetence in some of what has been recorded in the AG report. The first matter he pointed to involved the highly controversial D’Urban Park project. He recalled that Government went to Parliament to seek a supplementary provision of $5 million to pay a debt that was incurred by Homestretch Development Inc, which was developing the D’Urban Park project. The question was asked by the Opposition, how the money will be transferred.“Here, the AG is saying that the Permanent Secretary who is in charge of this budget agency of Public Infrastructure cut cheques and sent (them) directly to Homestretch Development Inc, and there was nothing attached to those payments to show how the money was disbursed,” he noted.Put on noticeEdghill therefore questioned why a Permanent Secretary would make such a reckless move. “Or is this PS under political pressure to do something that he knows that he will have to answer to at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)? So I can put him on notice: ‘See you soon!’”Another controversial matter that Edghill pointed to is the sole-sourcing, in June 2017, of $366.9 million in emergency drugs to HDM Labs, an entity that was handpicked over three other companies that had gone through tendering and were declared to have failed the evaluation process.“That is what you call a fixed arrangement. They ended up paying $100 million more on the same items (than) if they had gone to a next supplier providing the same items.“Why would a Permanent Secretary breach procurement laws to expend $100 million more for the procurement of drugs? To that PS, I say to you: ‘See you at PAC! We will discuss it further’.”The MP also pointed to another glaring case of financial mismanagement in the Berbice region, where the price for the work of a contractor and the engineer’s estimate were item for item, line for line identical. “What is worse, he does the work and signs the contract. Which REO could authorise a work, and when the work is completed you sign the contract?” he questioned. He continued, “So public officials are making these decision as if they don’t have to answer or account; or they should come to the public and do so like the General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge did when he said he was instructed by Minister David Patterson (Public Infrastructure) to sign the contract for the feasibility study without the board’s knowledge.”The former Junior Finance Minister said it is also perplexing how — in an environment wherein people are expected to be accountable, and based on the David Granger-led Administration’s promise to be accountable and transparent — accounting officers are acting recklessly.The Opposition MP said public officers have to be mindful that they are governed by the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, and have a responsibility to their country. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more