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FLANDERS, NJ – Central Medical Supply, a portfolio company of Osceola Capital, has acquired three palliative care and home care equipment management companies: Helping Hands Medical Equipment, the palliative care assets of Consolidated Medical Surgical Supply and PPD Homecare.

  • Helping Hands, an Allentown, Pennsylvania-based provider of EMR management solutions for hospice agencies founded by Marty Falk, is further expanding Central Medical’s presence in eastern and central Pennsylvania.
  • Consolidated Medical Surgical Supply, a New Windsor, NY-based provider of EMR management solutions for palliative care agencies founded by Doug Crana, further expands Central Medical’s presence in upstate New York and Connecticut.
  • PPD Homecare, a Mantua, NJ-based provider of respiratory equipment and services founded by Guy Prasalowicz, is expanding Central Medical’s service offerings and strengthening its presence in New Jersey.

“We have known the founders and teams of Helping Hands, Consolidated Medical and PPD Homecare for a long time, and we are delighted to welcome them to the Central Medical family,” said Joe Sacco, founder and CEO of Central Medical. about our palliative care partners and their patients, and these three activities fit perfectly with our culture and our vision for growth. These acquisitions further position Central Medical as the premier provider of palliative care equipment management solutions in the Northeast, and we look forward to expanding our footprint organically and through acquisitions.”

Central Medical is a provider of outsourced equipment management solutions for the palliative care industry. Its product offering includes hospital beds, wheelchairs, mobility equipment, respiratory equipment, oxygen supplies, bariatric products, orthotics and advanced wound care products.

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FDA Accepts Priority Review of Hemophilia B Gene Therapy CSL-uniQure; Fosun Pharma strikes another deal – Endpoints News https://minecraftinventions.com/fda-accepts-priority-review-of-hemophilia-b-gene-therapy-csl-uniqure-fosun-pharma-strikes-another-deal-endpoints-news/ Tue, 24 May 2022 14:48:00 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/fda-accepts-priority-review-of-hemophilia-b-gene-therapy-csl-uniqure-fosun-pharma-strikes-another-deal-endpoints-news/

The first potential gene therapy for hemophilia B has moved one step closer to patients as the FDA has accepted CSL Behring’s BLA for its unique treatment in partnership with uniQure. The therapy, called etranacogen dezaparvovec, has been accepted under “accelerated review” by the European Medicines Agency in March.

A priority review will be done for gene therapy for patients with the inherited bleeding disorder, CSL said Tuesday morning. The Pennsylvania biotech did not provide a date for the regulator’s decision, but priority review usually means the treatment will be decided within six months instead of 10.

Regulators will base their decision on a Phase III study that found the treatment is not inferior to baseline factor IX prophylactic therapy on annualized bleeding rate (ABR) after 18 months. The companies said the treatment was also statistically superior in reducing ABR after 18 months in the HOPE-B study.

This is good news for patients and companies after a five-month suspension last year due to a safety issue that revealed a patient in the study had developed liver cancer. UniQure concluded that its therapy was “highly unlikely” to have led to the cancer.

SVB Securities analysts said they expect a decision from the EMA in the third quarter and from the FDA in the following quarter. Analysts said the gene therapy has “compelling endorsement potential that could rekindle interest in the broader gene therapy space,” noting that another key decision will be in hemophilia gene therapy. A from BioMarin, which is under review in Europe and provided for a new submission in June in the United States.

Meanwhile, Cowen analysts noted that in their survey of estimated use of hemophilia B gene therapy, doctors said 13% of patients would use such treatment three years after launch, while payers expected 31% to do so.

Analysts have estimated peak worldwide sales at $1.2 billion, with uniQure potentially earning $485 million in peak royalties after selling exclusive worldwide rights to CSL in a $2 billion pact. — Kyle LaHucik

Fosun Pharma Reaches Agreement with VerImmune for License and Options Agreement

Fosun Pharma is looking to continue making deals as they reach a new cancer deal.

Fosun Pharma USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Shanghai-based Fosun Pharmaceutical, has signed an agreement with Washington, DC-based biotech VerImmune Inc for an exclusive license and option agreement effective May 18, 2022.

VerImmune is developing a new Virus-Inspired Particle (ViP) therapeutic modality that redirects the body’s pre-existing immunity against viral pathogens to attack cancer.

Under the terms of the agreement, VerImmune has granted Fosun Pharma an exclusive license to VerImmune’s lead anti-tumor immune redirection, or AIR, candidate, called VERI-101, with an option to license certain potential future AIR-VIP products. from the development of VerImmune’s VERI-101 pipeline. This will include licenses for mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Fosun Pharma will be responsible for all clinical development and commercialization in these territories.

VerImmune is eligible to receive up to $125 million in upfront and milestone payments, plus tiered royalties up to double digits on net sales of VERI-101 in specified territories. Subject to Fosun Pharma exercising its option to select future AIR-VIP product candidates, VerImmune is eligible to receive additional milestone payments and net sales royalties for each additional product candidate.

“Cancer is a global unmet medical need and so we are very pleased to work with Fosun Pharma companies to bring our new AIR-ViP immunotherapeutic products to China. Fosun Pharma has both the expertise and the access to reach these fast-growing markets and we hope to benefit more Chinese patients and the region through our cooperation,” said Joshua Wang, Founder and CEO of VerImmune.

This is not the only deal Fosun has signed this year as they reached an agreement with Insilico, which received $13 million upfront from Fosun for a collaborative R&D project, which includes co-development of Insilico’s QPCTL program. — Tyler Patchen

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SJM will guarantee the workstations of closed satellite casinos linked to the group – Executive Director https://minecraftinventions.com/sjm-will-guarantee-the-workstations-of-closed-satellite-casinos-linked-to-the-group-executive-director/ Tue, 24 May 2022 07:48:06 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/sjm-will-guarantee-the-workstations-of-closed-satellite-casinos-linked-to-the-group-executive-director/

Gambling operator SJM’s co-chairman and chief executive, Angela Leong On Kei, assured that the group would absorb any workers left unemployed by the closure of satellite casinos linked to the gambling concessionaire, Allin Media reported.

Currently, there are 18 operational satellite casinos out of a total of 40 casinos in the territory, 14 of these third-party promoted casinos operating under the license of gaming operator SJM Holdings Ltd while the remaining four are linked to Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) and Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd.

Emperor Entertainment Hotel Limited previously announced that its casino located at its Grand Emperor Hotel will cease operations due to the “challenging business environment resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years”, along with its service agreement with the SJM game dealership set to expire on June 26.

Local government authorities have previously warned that gaming licensees would have a responsibility to take due care to protect the rights of employees who are made redundant at satellite casinos.

According to the report, in comments after the official opening ceremony of this year’s Macau International Dragon Boat Race draw, Leong stressed that SJM will “of course” guarantee the jobs of dealers operating in this satellite casino. .

The SJM executive director also said each satellite casino had its own owner and she could not respond on their behalf, but stressed that she was “very optimistic about the future of Macau”.

“I don’t think I can speak for him, but I’m very optimistic about Macau’s future. I believe in our government and our country,” she added according to the report.

A new version of the General Gaming Law introduced by the Macao SAR government allows satellite casinos to continue operating even if the property where they are located is not wholly owned by a gaming concessionaire, a reversal from to the previous position that could see these casinos closed if the situation has not been resolved within a transitional period of three years after the entry into force of the new law.

The previous draft text had led several industry insiders to warn that several satellite casinos in the city could be closed and increase the local unemployment rate.

A previous dispatch from investment bank Citi said SJM Holdings stands to benefit the most from changes included in the announced new version of the gambling bill, as they could help ease the group’s funding woes.

Asked about the changes, the lawmaker also replied that the government was still working on the review and the AL commission and that she would not “share its opinion” until a final version was received.

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Mnangagwa teams up with dictator Masisi to protect himself in Davos – ZimEye https://minecraftinventions.com/mnangagwa-teams-up-with-dictator-masisi-to-protect-himself-in-davos-zimeye/ Mon, 23 May 2022 23:14:45 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/mnangagwa-teams-up-with-dictator-masisi-to-protect-himself-in-davos-zimeye/

Mnangagwa joins forces with dictator Masisi to protect himself in Davos

Emmerson Mnangagwa, present in Davos at the World Economic Forum, allied himself with Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana and several other dictators.

The development means Mnangagwa is saved from tough questions.

Mnangagwa will co-chair a breakfast discussion around the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Mnangagwa will co-chair the session alongside Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi, Namibian President Hage Geingob, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Organized under the theme “Friends of the African Continental Free Trade Area”, the working breakfast will explore how public-private partnerships can support the implementation of the AfCFTA.

The AfCFTA comprises 55 countries with a population of 1.3 billion and a combined GDP of approximately US$3.4 trillion, making it the largest free trade area in the world, both in area than by the number of countries.

The World Bank estimates that, if properly implemented, by 2035 the AfCFTA is expected to lift 30 million Africans out of extreme poverty and 68 million out of moderate poverty.

The same World Bank study reveals that the AfCFTA has the potential to increase intra-African trade by 81% by 2035. Currently, 54 out of 55 African countries have signed the agreement and 41 countries have ratified it. .

Zimbabwe is in the process of finalizing its tariff offer under the AfCFTA and hopes to reap huge trade benefits under the deal, according to the Minister of Industry and Trade, Dr Sekai Nzenza, in a speech given last month.

President Mnangagwa speaks with Zimbabweans living in Switzerland upon his arrival in Zurich for the World Economic Forum (WEF) yesterday.

Mr. Borge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, will moderate the session while closing remarks will be delivered by Ms. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Later in the day, President Mnangagwa is expected to deliver a keynote address at a workshop on “Unlocking New Markets for Investment and Services”.

The workshop comes as huge sums of money are available for productive investment in emerging markets, but due to regulatory bottlenecks, “this capital is not going where it is most needed”.

The workshop will therefore explore how public-private collaboration can accelerate the scale and impact of investments in emerging markets.

Another event President Mnangagwa will attend is a panel discussion on restoring peace and order amid deepening geopolitical rifts that are reversing progress on key global goals.

In the middle of the morning, the President will participate in another informal roundtable of world economic leaders on the theme “Resilience for sustainable growth”.

The discussion, which will be attended only by political and economic leaders, without the media, will focus on the conflict in Ukraine, the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change on the “fragile food systems, global supply chains and energy”. networks”.

Participants are expected to propose the steps needed to build resilience at global and national levels.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s busy schedule, Stuart Comberbach, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, said the WEF is a very important forum for Zimbabwe and that the fact that Zimbabwe has been invited means that it is recognized. within the international community of nations.

He said the WEF is not for speeches, “which are actually actively discouraged”, but for interactive discussions that offer strategies and solutions.

The idea is to allow participants to be very open and honest about the challenges facing the world and what can be done to address them, according to Ambassador Comberbach.

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New operations center to ensure the continuity of Go!Bus paratransit services https://minecraftinventions.com/new-operations-center-to-ensure-the-continuity-of-gobus-paratransit-services/ Sun, 22 May 2022 22:22:07 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/new-operations-center-to-ensure-the-continuity-of-gobus-paratransit-services/

Jhe Intercity transport partnership received board and federal government approval to purchase a $1.95 million property in Grandville for its new paratransit operations center.

ITP operates The Rapid transit system as well as Go!Bus, which provides on-demand transportation to people with disabilities and seniors in The Rapid service area, serving over 4,700 people.

After months of searching for suitable sites, The Rapid is considering purchasing the property located at 3531 Busch Drive SW of Meekhof Trucking Inc., with a planned closure in June. Funding for the purchase will come from the $15.8 million allocated to The Rapid as part of federal infrastructure funding earlier this year.

The Go!Bus fleet currently operates from a facility at 125 Cottage Grove Street SE in Grand Rapids which is leased by Transport MV inc., the entrepreneur who operates the service. The owner of this facility is considering selling the property, pursuant to a resolution of ITP’s Board of Directors.

Land for a new operating facility was prioritized in both the Rapid Facilities Master Plan and the FY2022 Capital Improvement Plan as needs grew and in anticipation of development options. mobility services such as RapidConnect, which enables the booking of mobile journeys in real time.

“It’s really about mitigating risk, because we didn’t own the facility,” said Steve Schipper, COO of The Rapid. “Because this service is outsourced, we were vulnerable if there was a change of contractors or if we decided to bring it in-house on our own, we wouldn’t have a place to store or maintain this fleet of 60 vehicles.”

The Grandville site already includes maintenance bays, administrative offices and parking spaces, and will only require minor improvements to be operational.

According to the ITP resolution, relocating the demand response operations center to the Grandville site – which should be usable by the fall – will save Rapid millions of dollars compared to the construction of a new facility.

The facility will be owned and operated by The Rapid and will serve as an operations center for contracted drivers and mechanics as well as storage and maintenance space for Go!Bus vehicles.

This new arrangement will help ensure critical service continuity, said Deborah Prato, CEO of Rapid. MiBiz.

“Even if we have a hiccup for a day, for people doing medical errands and emergency treatments and things like that, we can’t miss it,” Prato said. “You may be able to go to the grocery store the next day, but if you need dialysis, we have to take you there. … This enters into the calculation of the guarantee of our own property.

Closing transportation gaps

For people with disabilities and seniors, Go!Bus makes getting around Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville and Walker easy by offering everything from daily trips to the office to trips to medical appointments.

“Unfortunately, we’ve built a world where…you need to have some type of mobility to get around (and) live a full life,” said Dave Bulkowski, executive director of Kent County Disability Advocates. “Mobility is absolutely essential. There are places you literally can’t get to unless it’s very expensive.

According to Bulkowski, “mobility has a huge impact” as a social determinant of health, but most transportation services lack the infrastructure to provide reliable transportation to people in need of housing. Transportation services like Uber and Lyft rarely have accessible vehicle options, and while many ambulance providers offer non-emergency transportation for medical appointments, those trips tend to incur high costs, Bulkowski noted. .

For many people with disabilities, acquiring personal transportation also poses challenges. Vehicle modifications can be expensive and for some people driving just isn’t an option.

“A lot of people, especially people with visual impairments, you just won’t be able to drive regardless of the modifications,” Bulkowski said.

Disability Advocates of Kent County have been involved in all local campaigns to support funding for The Rapid, as well as through the Transportation Sub-Committee of the Basic Needs Task Force and providing disability awareness training for the drivers of The Rapid.

“To The Rapid’s credit, they are always looking for ways to increase their effectiveness in the community,” Bulkowski said. “It’s great that The Rapid is doing this work.”

But there is still a lot to do. Kent County Administrator Al Vanderberg announced in his April 27 state of the county address that a countywide mobility task force would be convened this year – a victory for advocates like Bulkowski .

A key question for this committee, Bulkowski said, is, “How do we identify current barriers and begin to create better solutions than exist today?”

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Jackets Return to Action in NCAA Singles, Doubles – Women’s Tennis – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets https://minecraftinventions.com/jackets-return-to-action-in-ncaa-singles-doubles-womens-tennis-georgia-tech-yellow-jackets/ Sun, 22 May 2022 15:39:16 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/jackets-return-to-action-in-ncaa-singles-doubles-womens-tennis-georgia-tech-yellow-jackets/

THE APARTMENTS – Georgia Tech women’s tennis will resume the playoffs in Champaign, Ill., as four Yellow Jackets compete in the NCAA Individual Championships in singles and doubles this week. Carol Lee will open play on Monday in the singles draw. Doubles action begins Tuesday with Lee and Kate Sharabura and Kylie Bilchev and Ava Hrastar representing Georgia Tech.

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THE SCENE: The men’s and women’s singles round of 64 begins Monday, May 23 at 11 a.m. EST, followed by the second round of singles and the first round of doubles on Tuesday. Lee won an overall bid in the singles draw based on her national ranking and opens the game against No. 52 Maria Titova of Kansas on Monday morning. Lee led the Jackets from the No. 1 position in singles throughout the season and climbed to No. 22 in the ITA National Rankings.

Lee and Sharabura combined to post an overall doubles record of 22-5 this season, climbing to No. 4 in the latest ITA rankings. The doubles team will open play on Tuesday against No. 11 Allura Zamarripa and Peyton Stearns of Texas.

Bilchev and Hrastar, initially listed as substitutes in the doubles field, gained entry as the No. 36 ranked doubles team in the country. The pair went 19-9 overall in doubles, mostly from the No. 2 position. The Jackets will open play against Florida No. 23 Carly Briggs and Marlee Zein on Tuesday.

The action continues on Wednesday with the singles and doubles round of 16 matches. The singles and doubles quarter-finals are on Thursday, followed by the semi-finals on Friday. The finals will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. EST.

ITA RANKING
No. 33 Georgia Tech

No. 22 Carol Lee

#4 Carol Lee/Kate Sharabura

#36 Kylie Bilchev/Ava Hrastar

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Ben Lake MP: The cost of living crisis has soared due to UK politics https://minecraftinventions.com/ben-lake-mp-the-cost-of-living-crisis-has-soared-due-to-uk-politics/ Sun, 22 May 2022 05:00:06 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/ben-lake-mp-the-cost-of-living-crisis-has-soared-due-to-uk-politics/ SINCE the increase in the energy price cap on April 1, the percentage of Welsh households facing energy poverty has risen to 45%, but the UK government remains idly by.

Huge oil and gas companies continue to benefit from circumstances not of their making, to the tune of billions of pounds. The Chancellor’s inaction is simply inexcusable.

This dithering over much-needed support for families amid a growing cost-of-living crisis is in line with the UK government’s record. Since the banking crisis, he has imposed austerity, created a damaging hard Brexit and drastically reduced support for workers.

It is no exaggeration to say that the British government’s political agenda since 2010 has made the current cost of living crisis worse.

This week marked the culmination of the debate on the Queen’s Speech, which detailed Mr Johnson’s legislative priorities for the year ahead.

Against the backdrop of the highest inflation in generations, the rhetoric has been disappointing in its lack of empathy and proposed action, while the lack of ideas on how to mitigate the painful impact that the rising inflation inflicts on household budgets was staggering.

Instead, government ministers are bickering among themselves over whether an emergency package to tackle energy bills underscored by a windfall tax on energy majors aligns with doctrine conservative.

While government ministers are obsessed with ideological purity, Plaid Cymru is unequivocal – we need an emergency budget.

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The collapse of the standard of living goes hand in hand with the collapse of international trade.

By pursuing the toughest possible form of Brexit, which the UK government is now reneging on at the risk of a trade war, the Tories have made it unnecessarily difficult – and expensive – for Welsh businesses to trade with their closest neighbours.

Sadly, this is the result of the dangerous combination of a ruling party that is drained of ideas and driven by ideology rather than pragmatism. This is particularly dangerous for Wales, given our chronically high levels of poverty and our vulnerability to rising energy prices due to inefficient housing and weak grid capacity.

Indeed, given the cost of living and climate crisis, the Queen’s Speech was yet another missed opportunity to reset the ‘race to the top’ agenda by reinvigorating economic and social agreements between nations and regions of the UK.

After all, page 15 of the Welsh Conservative manifesto promised ‘no part of the UK would lose from the withdrawal of EU funding’, while page 29 declared that ‘Wales will lose no power or funding because of our exit from the EU”.

Instead, the government’s ‘upgrade’ scheme has resulted in a £772m shortfall for Wales and has been described by a Welsh government minister as ‘an attack on Welsh devolution “.

It’s no wonder the opening of the ‘Elizabeth Line’ this week – also known as Crossrail – a London-only infrastructure project that cost more than £18billion, didn’t receive a warm welcome to Wales.

After all, the Tory government has consistently refused to transfer Barnett’s £5billion that Wales are set to receive due to their HS2 spending in England.

The “race to the top” quickly becomes a joke.

READ MORE: ‘Grading down’: UK government’s EU replacement fund will leave Wales ‘worse’

The Queen’s speech included little relief or comfort for struggling households and small businesses. As chair of the all-party parliamentary group on energy poverty, I was particularly disappointed by the government’s inaction on energy bills.

Rising energy bills are causing unprecedented economic hardship for households and businesses, especially in rural areas such as Ceredigion where 35% of my constituents – off the grid – rely on oil for fuel.

Before the speech, I urged the government to consider proposals such as ECO4 – the energy company’s obligation – and a new social tariff to strengthen the protection of vulnerable customers, increase the visibility and generosity of programs such as the Discretionary Assistance Fund and expanding programs such as the Rural Fund. Exemption from fuel duty in Wales.

Small businesses also need support, and the Queen’s Speech was a missed opportunity to announce the extension of price caps to small and medium-sized businesses.

A hotel business in Gwynedd has seen its energy bills rise by 450%, putting its future at risk.

READ MORE: Nicola Sturgeon says UK governance is in question in Wales

I am of the opinion that good companies should not be allowed to go bankrupt because of energy bills, and certainly not because of the dithering of the UK government.

While we can now enjoy the summer, a painful autumn is coming. The UK government must therefore introduce an emergency budget now to anticipate the crisis and protect households and businesses from its worst impacts.

Given the scale and pain of the crisis, UK government inaction is simply not a price Wales can afford to pay.

Ben Lake is the Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion

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So much bigger than Neville Gafà – Kevin Cassar https://minecraftinventions.com/so-much-bigger-than-neville-gafa-kevin-cassar/ Sun, 22 May 2022 04:30:00 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/so-much-bigger-than-neville-gafa-kevin-cassar/

“Government official earned up to €150,000 a month in medical visa scam,” headlines The Malta Independent newspaper of August 21, 2016. Neville Gafà was that official.

The newspaper had reliable information from senior Libyan officials that Gafà had personally earned up to €3 million since the visa scam began in 2014. The newspaper published receipts for €35,000 paid to Gafà between August and October 2015 only. The receipts included lists of names, identification numbers and payments.

In a letter to then health minister Konrad Mizzi, Khalid Ben Nasan claimed that Gafà charged Libyans €2,500 per visa. Nasan was in possession of Viber messages exchanged with Gafà in which he tried to recover thousands of euros paid by Libyans without obtaining a visa.

“You took the money, I understand the problem,” Nasan told Gafà. “Try to return the money or offer a solution – when I delayed your payment for a day, you called 100 times,” Nasan pleaded in Gafà, “we met at Joseph Muscat’s office to put end of the problem”.

Instead of delivering the letter to the police, Mizzi simply asked the attorney general for “advice.”

Gafà’s legal representative, former police commissioner Peter Paul Zammit, said Gafà “never received any money in any way other than his salary from the government”.

The Muscat office launched a vicious assault on the reporter and the paper. “The story is a blatant lie that maliciously attempts to mislead its readers”, “it is simply a vicious pirouette (sic)”, “it is nothing less than another blatant lie by the journalist “. The hostile aggression of the OPM statement was indicative of the truth of the claims.

The OPM said that, pending investigations, Gafà “has been asked not to do any work related to the issue of the allegations”. But Gafà continued to work on visas. An August 2016 memo to paramedics read, “Mr. Neville Gafà should be contacted 24/7 on a cell phone number…in ALL cases of Libyan patients transferred to MDH or when ambulances are called upon to assist these patients at the airport”.

Gafà remained a member of the national executive of the Labor Party during the police investigations into the scam.

Just two days after the revelations, police announced that investigations were complete. “Mr. Gafà has not been involved in any criminal behavior,” they said.

The next day, police announced they were considering arresting Nasan, the man who exposed the scam. This was not simply an attempt by state police to discredit the whistleblower. This was active retaliation for daring to reveal the multi-million euro scam.

In July 2017, Nasan was charged with fraud and extortion. The police were determined to punish the man, sending a clear message to others. However, Nasan’s pursuit backfired catastrophically.

The court heard that in their bogus investigations of Gafà, the police only searched an office that Gafà had left months before. They didn’t bother to search the desk he was actually using. They also did not search his home or his computers.

Why was Joseph Muscat desperately protecting Neville Gafà?– Kevin Cassar

The police ignored the images containing incriminating evidence that were provided. The phone numbers and personal details of those linked to the images were passed to Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Abdilla, but he took no action. Libyans wishing to travel to Malta to testify have not received visas to do so.

On November 15, 2018, Ivan Grech Mintoff submitted recorded testimony from 13 witnesses implicating Gafà in the scandal. Then magistrate Franco Depasquale ordered the witnesses to give evidence in person or via Skype.

Two days later, Gafà traveled to Libya accompanied by Muscat’s security officer, Kenneth Camilleri, on a diplomatic visa. On November 19 at 5:30 p.m., Gafà met with representatives of the witnesses and reportedly offered them €300,000 for their silence. Camilleri denied knowing why Gafà was in Libya, but recordings indicated that he had played an active role in these meetings.

Despite mounting incriminating evidence, Muscat continued to protect Gafà. The OPM denied that Gafà represented Muscat during his trip to Libya. Yet Libyan media have identified him as Prime Minister Muscat’s special envoy.

For months, Muscat claimed he did not know where Gafà worked. He defended Gafà, saying “he did a good job” and “he wasn’t fired, just transferred”.

While Muscat pretended to ignore Gafà’s role, he secretly appointed Gafà’s coordinator to a position of trust in his own

Office. That was in January 2019. It took another seven months before Gafà’s message was revealed in an answer to a parliamentary question. But not before, Minister Carmelo Abela and Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar consistently refused to answer journalists’ questions, forcing journalists to file freedom of information requests.

The OPM, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health all denied that Gafà was employed by them.

Why was Muscat desperately protecting Gafà? Why did the police mount mock investigations into the serious allegations? Why was the whistleblower so ruthlessly persecuted? Why did the OPM attack the reporter revealing the story? Why did Robert Abela ask Gafà for help?

A Slovak MEP, Branislav Skripek, has revealed that Malta sold 88,000 Schengen visas to Libyans between 2013 and 2014, jeopardizing the security of the entire EU. At €2,500 each, that’s €220 million. Gafà could not have run the scam alone. It wasn’t really Gafà that the police were protecting.

On May 2, 2022, the court ruled that these 2016 newspaper revelations about Gafà “constitute verifiable facts” and that the allegations were “substantially true”, not “blatant lies” as Muscat maintained.

The court also recommended that the police investigate Gafà regarding his alleged attempts to silence witnesses.

It was weeks ago. Did the OPM apologize to the journalist for publicly harassing him, calling him a liar? Has the police commissioner reopened the first investigations into Gafà? Has Abdilla been indicted for his inaction? Has a masterful investigation been launched into how evidence of a multi-million euro visa scam was ignored, how its leader was protected by the Prime Minister and his police force and how the whistleblower was persecuted by the state?

It is the continuity of the culture of impunity.

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Goa Chief Minister Launches 3 Helicopter Services to Boost Tourism | Travel https://minecraftinventions.com/goa-chief-minister-launches-3-helicopter-services-to-boost-tourism-travel/ Sat, 21 May 2022 07:43:15 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/goa-chief-minister-launches-3-helicopter-services-to-boost-tourism-travel/

On Friday, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant launched three helicopter services in Goa in association with BLADE India. “These services are necessary for tourism, medical emergencies and commercial purposes of Goa. Both tourists and locals will be able to access the service,” he said. After the start, he added, “Heli Tourism will allow us to explore the hinterland of Goa like never before” and assured that the government would gladly support initiatives to promote tourism in the state.

The services have been launched for inbound travelers to Goa to provide per seat helicopter services by connecting North Goa Airport, South Goa and Old Goa Airport, Private Charter Services from Maharashtra and within Goa and experiential flights to soak up the beautiful shores of the state.

With this launch, BLADE India intends to make Goa more accessible and navigable for travelers to discover bounties and hidden gems at their own pace.

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Sawant emphasized the introduction of helitourism services in the state for better connectivity and accessibility for travelers and locals.

After receiving an overwhelming response in Maharashtra and Karnataka, BLADE India is rapidly expanding its footprint in the country and gearing up to enter India’s favorite leisure holiday destination, Goa.

“The real beauty of India lies in Bharat – the interiors. These interiors, today, are hard to reach, so we need helicopter-based solutions that can connect potential tourists to the real Bharat and create opportunities for them,” said Sunny Guglani, Head of Airbus Helicopters for India and South Asia.

Gulglani also believes that helicopters can play a pivotal role in unlocking Goa’s true potential in tourism and “Goa can lead the rest of the country in this (tourism),” he added.

Commenting on the introduction of new routes, Mr. Amit Dutta, MD, BLADE India says, “The aim of helitourism services is to make places more accessible through air mobility over short distances. Goa Airport and North-South Goa have always been disconnected. due to the road travel time involved and have been a pain point for travelers to Goa and locals alike. The goal is to bridge the gap between the two places and help local communities and businesses thrive by being connected.”

BLADE is an Urban Air Mobility (UAM) platform committed to reducing travel friction with a personalized flight experience and providing fast air travel alternatives to some of the most congested and inaccessible land routes in India. .

BLADE India is a joint venture between New York-headquartered BLADE Urban Air Mobility Inc. and New Delhi-based venture capital firm Hunch Ventures, which launched in Maharashtra in 2019.

With BLADE, one can book per seat on scheduled flights within Maharashtra, between Mumbai-Pune-Shirdi-Hilton Shillim and Aamby Valley; in Karnataka between Bangalore, Evolve Back Resorts Coorg and Kabini, Mercara Golf Course Madikeri or charter anywhere in the country and abroad.

It has also partnered with Airbus to expand its short-haul air mobility services in India through fleet expansion and further explore and expand UAM in the country.

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Colts working to sign Nick Foles: Former Eagles, Bears QB to back Matt Ryan, report says https://minecraftinventions.com/colts-working-to-sign-nick-foles-former-eagles-bears-qb-to-back-matt-ryan-report-says/ Fri, 20 May 2022 22:03:00 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/colts-working-to-sign-nick-foles-former-eagles-bears-qb-to-back-matt-ryan-report-says/
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For the sixth straight season, the Indianapolis Colts will introduce a new starting quarterback in Week 1. The latest caller to call Indy home is former Falcons legend Matt Ryan, who the club traded for this off season. While it’s promised that Ryan will finally give the Colts some stability at the job for the next few years, the quarterback room isn’t full at this point in the offseason.

The Colts are currently working to add veteran quarterback Nick Foles as a replacement. by The Athletic. He was released by the Chicago Bears last month and has a history with the Colts coaching staff, as Frank Reich was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when Foles helped lead the Eagles to their Super Bowl LII title in 2017. It was that Philly connection that paved the way for Carson Wentz to land with the Colts this past offseason.

Reich noted last week that the Colts hadn’t ruled out adding a veteran quarterback to back up Ryan.

“(GM) Chris (Ballard) and I, you know how we roll,” Reich told reporters during Friday’s rookie minicamp when specifically asked about Foles, via the Indianapolis Star. “It’s 24/7/365: ‘Does this list need to be where it needs to be at every position?'”

Currently, the Colts have three quarterbacks on the roster behind Ryan: Sam Ehlinger, James Morgan and undrafted rookie Jack Coan. Ehlinger has impressed over his young career and has risen to QB2 since entering the league as a 2021 sixth-round pick from Texas, but he’s yet to throw a pass in the regular season.

With that in mind, inserting someone with legitimate NFL experience behind Ryan can be beneficial for the Colts. After all, they know firsthand how important that position can be after Wentz suffered injuries in 2021. Former fourth-rounder Jacob Eason was shoved into action in Week 2 of last season and the moment seemed too big for him as he threw a hard interception. in a loss to the Rams. So having someone like Foles in the fold may be a smart move for a Colts team that is the betting favorite to win the AFC South.

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