New CEO to discuss transition in first ECHD meeting

first_imgLocal NewsGovernment Roy Perkins, left, of God’s Way engages in a video conference with Richard Llanez using an app called Zoom on Wednesday in his home. Perkins uses Zoom to connect with an audience and speaks about the Holy Bible. Medical Center Health System’s new president and CEO Rick Napper will join the Ector County District Hospital board of directors for his first regular meeting tonight.The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of Medical Center Hospital, 500 W. Fourth St. A finance committee meeting is set prior to that at 4:30 p.m. and will also be in the board room.Napper will be giving a transition update during his first meeting, as well as discuss a new committee assignment.Several items are listed on the agenda for the board to discuss in executive session including the following:A litigation update on Chauncie Davis v. MCH; Elisha Washington v. MCH; both of which are alleged discrimination cases, John Presley v. MCH, et. al., which is an alleged breach of contract case, and any potential/contemplated litigation claims.Deliberate and discuss the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property.Provide an update on the employment of a Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.Update on negotiation for health care product lines and services.District 5 board member Don Hallmark said the executive session items reflect what all Napper is up to right now and certain circumstances they are in right now. The hospital is seeking a replacement for the CMO position after John O’Hearn turned in a letter of resignation following Webster’s retirement and Chief Financial Officer Jon Riggs’ resignation.Former CFO Robert Abernethy returned as interim CFO in December following Riggs’ resignation and has since agreed to take on the role full time.Also on the agenda is an interlocal agreement and request to sell property as presented by Hallmark. The property in question really has nothing to do with the hospital, Hallmark said, but as a taxing entity they must approve the sale of the property since it was put up for bid and no one bought it.“It’s a property out at Goldsmith and it’s a junker. It’s been foreclosed on for taxes and been abandoned, I think,” Hallmark said, adding that vagrants were living in the house on the property.The taxing entities each have to release it for less than the approved fee and Hallmark said the they will only net $135 on the sale. Hallmark said someone living in the area is buying the property, will get the vagrants out and he believes will be demolishing the house on the property.IN OTHER BUSINESSOther agenda items listed include:Investment policy annual review and approval.MRO Release of Information Online Agreement. “This will be a consideration for approval of an agreement between MRO Corporation and the Ector County Hospital District where MRO will now provide ECHD with Disclosure Management Services that include Release of Information Services,” said MCHS lead attorney Ron Griffin in an email.Replacement committee member for bylaws committee and MCH/Tech Coordinating Committee.Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin report.The finance committee will discuss CER: PremierConnect Budgeting and Financial Reporting Solution. By admin – January 9, 2018 Twitter New CEO to discuss transition in first ECHD meeting Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleEmpty Bowls event helps feed areaNext articleFive things you need to know today, Jan. 9 adminlast_img read more

Doxbridge over troubled water

first_imgControversy has arisen in Magdalen College this week following a motion passed at their General Meeting last Sunday awarding £40 to every student going on ‘Doxbridge’, the sporting tour of Dublin involving Oxford, Cambridge and Durham colleges, at a combined cost of £960.Proposals are to be made at a JCR Committee meeting next week to alter the college’s constitution and allow motions which have been passed at General Meetings to be reconsidered in subsequent weeks.This proposal has been seen by many as the result of the ‘Doxbridge’ motion, which passed by only four votes.Over 80 signatures on a petition calling for this to be overturned have since been collected. Under the proposed rule change this will be enough for the result of the vote on the motion to be suspended and considered at a later date.However, the petition has caused anger amongst many Magdalen students, some of whom are even threatening to resign from the JCR if the motion is overturned.Matthew Chan, ex-JCR Vice-President of Magdalen, who organised the petition and opposed the original motion, received an abusive email signed by “The Doxbridge Massive”.Students from Magdalen’s football and netball teams plan to travel on the ‘Doxbridge’ tour, which costs £219 per person and takes place over the Easter vacation. It markets itself as a ‘Sportsparty’ and concerns have been raised over whether the JCR’s money would in fact be spent on sport at all.The motion passed by the extremely narrow margin of 33 votes to 29. Many complained that the meeting was ‘mobbed’ by those going on Doxbridge and their friends, who left as soon as the motion had passed.Beth Goodwin and Hannah Thompson, who put forward the motion, argued that the funding would encourage participation in sport and “help with team bonding”. They had already approached the college for funding and been turned down. Chan said, “This whole motion is a peculiarly macabre joke and deserves to be treated like one. I am kind of baffled that it passed at all, and will be doing everything I can to make sure that it doesn’t second time around, including indulging in a spot of the old constitutional pernicketitude.”He argues that the email notifying members of the time and agenda of the General Meeting was not sent out until a few hours before it was due to take place, twenty-two hours and fifty-five minutes after the deadline specified in the JCR constitution.He told Cherwell, “This motion represents a gross abuse of the circumstance that if you get enough people with a vested interest (in this case, £40 each) to come and vote for you at a GM, you can push through measures that privilege the few at the direct expense of the many.“Some of the people going are not by any stretch of the imagination regulars on the respective teams. There is no way that the JCR should be paying for this, regardless of whether it can or not. And it probably can’t; not without damaging our spending on more worthwhile things.”Chan’s actions have proven extremely divisive in Magdalen. Arnold Reigns, a 3rd Year English student, said “I support what Chan’s doing; rules should not be so strictly enforced or they become fundamentalist. ”On the other hand, George Dix, a 4th Year Maths student said, “I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life, including drunkenly pulling my dad, but none of them as stupid as what Chan is doing now.”JCR President Tom Meakin told Cherwell, “In Fifth Week the JCR Committee will present a motion to amend the Constitution so as to allow motions to be re-heard if a proportion of the JCR wishes. This ‘cooling-off’ period will ensure that controversial decisions – be they costly, technical or otherwise – are taken only after wide consultation and are thus representative of the majority.“It’s important to point out that whilst the Doxbridge motion was contentious, this move is sensible regardless. Whilst it might slow some areas of decision-making down, any increase in participation is a good thing.”last_img read more

Avon Pension Fund hires Loomis, Ruffer in £700m diversification shift

first_imgSource: Avon Pension Fund Avon Pension Fund has shifted more than 15% of its portfolio into two multi-asset funds, scaling back holdings in traditional equity and fixed income funds.The £4.6bn (€5.2bn) local authority scheme has allocated £485m to Loomis Sayles to run a multi-asset credit mandate, and £226m to UK boutique Ruffer’s diversified growth fund.To fund the new allocations, the scheme raised £165m from selling out of regional passive equity funds for Europe and Asia Pacific, run by State Street Global Advisors, according to council documents.During the third quarter of 2017, Avon also took roughly £60m each from an emerging markets fund managed by Unigestion and a UK equity fund run by TT International, and £132m from a fixed income mandate run by Royal London Asset Management. In a statement announcing its appointment, Loomis Sayles said its “World Credit Asset” strategy included global investment grade and high yield credit, bank loans, securitised debt and emerging market debt.Chris Yiannakou, managing director at Loomis Sayles, added: “We already have a strong track record of working in partnership with local government pension schemes [LGPS] in the UK and we are very much looking forward to continuing this with the Avon Pension Fund.”In its 2016-17 annual report, Avon said its investment portfolio gained 17.2%.Avon is one of 10 LGPS funds in the Brunel Pension Partnership, one of eight asset pools established by UK local authority funds and due to open for business by 1 April next year.Ruffer has been a significant beneficiary of LGPS pooling, having been awarded a diversified growth fund mandate by the London CIV. As of 31 March it ran more than £400m on behalf of five of London’s LGPS funds through the CIV pool.Avon Pension Fund’s asset allocation (30 September 2017)last_img read more

Zabaleta urges City to kick on

first_img Although their 100 per cent home record remains intact after nine matches it was given a severe examination by Liverpool in a 2-1 win on Boxing Day. That moved City into second place in the Barclays Premier League, just a point behind Arsenal, and with Crystal Palace visiting on Saturday there is a chance for them to go top ahead of the Gunners’ Sunday encounter at Newcastle. Defender Pablo Zabaleta has acknowledged the second half of the season is when Manchester City have to step up their game. “It was a massive win. We played against a very strong side in Liverpool and it was really important to get three points and keep the team winning their home games. I think we did a good job,” Zabaleta said. “We have to push even more now. We know December and January is one of the key points for the big teams to make a difference because we play many games and you need to try to keep winning. “At the moment we are doing well, are one point behind the leaders and that is why Crystal Palace is also a key game. “We are very comfortable and we feel good and have huge confidence. “Sometimes there is talk we need to improve our performances away from home but we had a good win at Fulham and now our next game is at home to Crystal Palace so we need to have a good rest and be fit for that game.” City will look to use their dominance at home to overpower Palace but that was far from the case against Liverpool, who were happy to go toe to toe with their hosts. On another day Manuel Pellegrini’s side could have lost as Raheem Sterling had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside and Luis Suarez had claims for a late penalty waved away. The fact City were able to restrict the Premier League’s leading scorer’s chances in front of goal was a key factor in their victory. “They have fantastic players, especially up front with Luis Suarez – who is probably the best striker at the moment, Sterling and (Philippe) Coutinho,” Zabaleta said. “They also try to play good football from the back and I think they did well but at the end we took big chances and it was great to score two goals. “When you play against the best players, you always try to keep them quiet. “If we look at the overall performance of Suarez I think we kept him very quiet and that is why we need to give credit to the back four.” Nine straight wins means the Etihad is a formidable place for opposition teams to go, but Pellegrini is conscious they need to avoid complacency. The Chilean is not happy his side have to play so soon after the Liverpool match and his players unusually underwent a recovery session immediately after the game before all being taken back to the team hotel to prepare for Saturday. “What I think we must have at least 72 hours from this game to another,” he said. “All the other teams at the top of the table apart from Manchester United (and City) play 72 hours after. “These days we play so closely the rest of the teams must be the same, although not a winter break, no.” Pellegrini said of the Palace clash: “Palace are a different challenge but maybe everyone thinks we are going to beat them because it is an easy game. “All the teams in relegation positions provide tough opposition. “We must now try to recover as soon as we can and we will see what happens on Saturday but I don’t think it will be an easy game. “We will start talking about not making a mistake and thinking it will be an easy game.” Press Associationlast_img read more

43 Countries registered for Participation in the EYOF 2019 so far

first_imgThe Organizing Committee of the European Youth Olympic Festival EYOF, which will be held in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo in February 2019, presented the already realized projects in the past 12 months and announced their future activities.Director of the company EYOF 2019, Senahid Godinjak, noted that a total of three visits by the Coordination of Commission of the European Olympic Committee (EOC), infrastructure works on the adaptation of the battleground at Jahorina and Bjelasnica were done, the equipment needed for the realization of the EYOF was procured and promotions at numerous gatherings and fairs in BiH and in the region were held.They noted that eight test competitions within the “Road to EYOF 2019” were held this winter and the EYOF website was launched as well.“There are only 324 days left until the beginning of the EYOF, and it remind us that we do not have too much time on our hands. Until now, a total of 43 European countries confirmed their participation in the EYOF,” stated Godinjak.This year, or in the period before the beginning of the EYOF, some of the most important activities will include the continuation of infrastructure works on Igman, Bjelasnica, Jahorina, Dvorista, Zetra, Skanderija, the auxiliary stadium “Slavija” and hall Peki in Pale.“The Coordination Commission of EOC will pay another visit in mid-April, and this year is especially emphasized the seminar of the heads of missions, which will take place in the period from November 6 to 9, and it will be attended by representatives of all countries participants, their heads of missions. We will present them the full content of games in four days, including the accommodation, the official opening ceremony, etc,” concluded Godinjak.(Source: read more

NFL playoff picks, predictions against spread: Patriots tame Titans, Saints rout Vikings in wild-card games

first_img (Getty Images) Without further ado, here’s our latest fearless forecast for upcoming NFL results. All odds are courtesy of Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends from Sports InsiderNFL playoff picks, predictions against spread for wild-card games (Getty Images) Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans (-3)Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, ESPNThe Bills are a bad matchup for the Texans. They have an edge rush that can chase Deshaun Watson and a cornerback in Tre’Davious White who can contain DeAndre Hopkins. They also have two receivers who can burn the Texans short and deep witih Cole Beasley and John Brown.Josh Allen will be confident making plays with his arm and legs, and he will get help from rested rookie Devin Singletary in the traditional running game. For a second consecutive year, the Texans will lose at home in the playoffs as weak division champions.Pick: Bills win 24-17. This will come down to which quarterback, Russell Wilson or Carson Wentz, can improvise better to make their typical clutch plays when nothing seems to be there in the fourth quarter. Wilson has a few more reliable weapons, and the Eagles’ defense is weak enough for him on the back end. The Seahawks will continue their fine track record on the East Coast under Pete Carroll.Pick: Seahawks win 20-17 and cover the spread.Stats of the Week:Week 17 record straight up: 11-5Week 17 record against the spread: 7-9Season record straight up: 170-85Season record against the spread: 134-113Upsets of the Week: 8-8Locks of the Week: 9-7 Seattle Seahawks (-1 1/2) at Philadelphia EaglesSunday, 4:40 p.m. ET, NBCThe Seahawks won their Week 12 matchup in Philadelphia, 17-9. That game was sloppy for both offenses, with the difference being a 58-yard touchdown run by Rashaad Penny. The Seahawks will be without Penny and Chris Carson against a good Eagles power run defense. The Eagles’ offense is limited on targets who can make the Seahawks’ defense sweat downfield, especially if Zach Ertz can’t play. It also will be tough for the Eagles to run on Seattle. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots (-4 1/2)Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, CBSThe Titans aren’t the easiest opening opponent for the Patriots to open the playoffs. Derrick Henry is a hard running back to stop even when teams commit to doing so because of the Titans’ strong blocking scheme. Stephon Gilmore, coming off a rough coverage outing against DeVante Parker, draws the toughness and quickness of rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown. Ryan Tannehill also is no stranger to facing the Patriots.The problem will be the Titans’ defense. Expect Tom Brady to execute his classic short-to-intermediate passing game well and finish those drives in the red zone. The Patriots might give up some chunk plays to Henry and Brown, but they will tighten up to limit most of the damage to field goals. The New England defense also will force a key turnover or two from Tannehill.Pick: Patriots win 27-23 but fail to cover the spread.  Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (-8)Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, FoxThe Vikings match up rather poorly with the Saints, thus the big number against them. The Saints stop the run well even with their defensive injuries up front, and the Vikings’ offense is predicated on getting Dalvin Cook going to facilitate Kirk Cousins in the passing game. And we all are aware Cousins isn’t known as a big-game QB.The Vikings also can’t stop Michael Thomas and the Saints’ receivers anywhere on the field with Drew Brees confidently and accurately spreading the ball. The speed of Alvin Kamara will cause problems for the Vikings’ linebackers. Marshon Lattimore will contain Stefon Diggs to make sure there’s no Minneapolis Miracle in New Orleans, making this a Big Easy win for the home team.Pick: Saints win 27-17 and cover the spread. The 2020 NFL playoffs are here. After making 256 game picks for the 2019 regular season, there are only 11 more picks and predictions against the spread to be made all the way through Super Bowl 54.After going through a tricky slate of games last week, there are only four games to prognosticate for wild-card weekend. That means 12 fewer chances to get games wrong, but also 12 fewer chances to get games right.last_img read more