Cash for ‘third world’ hospital ward upgrade used to settle contractor dispute

Christchurch Hospital's six-bed wards in the Parkside building have been deemed “clinically unacceptable” by senior doctors.


Christchurch Hospital’s six-bed wards in the Parkside building have been deemed “clinically unacceptable” by senior doctors.

Money set aside to refurbish “third world” hospital wards was taken to settle a dispute with a contractor on Christchurch’s new hospital building.

Documents, released under the Official Information Act after a complaint to the Ombudsman, reveal the Ministry of Health reached a $13.8 million settlement with the head contractor for the new Waipapa Hospital building in Christchurch in February last year.

This settlement was to cover new items not previously in scope, avoid going to court and accelerate the already massively delayed project.

Inside the new Waipapa Hospital, which opened earlier this month after multiple delays and setbacks.


Inside the new Waipapa Hospital, which opened earlier this month after multiple delays and setbacks.

To pay for the settlement, the ministers of health and finance in February 2019 allowed the ministry to use $13m allocated under a previous budget to refurbish cramped, six-bed wards in Parkside,

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Perdue traded in Navy contractor stock as he took over Senate armed services panel: filings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator David Perdue, who is seeking reelection in one of two U.S. Senate races in Georgia, bought shares in a Navy contractor just before becoming chairman of a Senate armed services panel in 2019 and then sold the stock at a profit, Senate records show.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett (not pictured) , who has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 30, 2020. Anna Moneymaker/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

A wealthy businessman, Perdue instructed his financial advisers to stop trading individual stocks in May after questions were raised in media reports about whether he used information learned in a closed-door Senate coronavirus briefing to benefit his investment portfolio.

Perdue said at the time he used an outside adviser to

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Lehi Roofing Contractor Unveils Secrets of a Good and Long-Lasting Roof

Lehi Roofing Contractor Unveils Secrets of a Good and Long-Lasting Roof

Lehi, UT – Lehi Roofing Contractor, a top roofing team in Lehi, UT, recently unveiled to the locals the secrets and tips to making their roofs strong and durable. The leading contractors pointed out that they want locals to know and learn the best possible ways to make their roofs durable and problem-free.

This roofing team that operates in Lehi, UT, revealed that people need to pick an expert for their roofs. The Lehi Roofing Company affirmed that choosing a good roofer is the first tip and secret to making roofs long-lasting and strong. An excellent and certified roofer equals quality services. Thus locals should always pick a specialist for their roof installations. Also, the Lehi Roofing Company added that people need to choose and pick quality materials for their roofs. Quality roofing material is excellent proof that a given roof can last long and stand the test of time

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IDEX headquarters in Northbrook debuts interior by general contractor Skender

IDEX Corporation debuted interior construction earlier this month at its global headquarters, 3100 Sanders Road, in Northbrook.

The specialty industrial machinery manufacturer had relocated to Northbrook from Lake Forest.



IDEX, made up of decentralized businesses, has 7,000 employees and manufacturing operations in more than 20 countries. IDEX (NYSE: IEX), founded in 1988, has total company sales of more than $2 billion.

Chicago-based Skender served as general contractor for the project within the 40,000-square-foot headquarters. Located on the third floor of 3100 Sanders Road, the workspace features a mix of private offices, conference rooms and huddle areas, plus a community cafe.

New millwork and a custom reception display to feature IDEX’s array of products also were installed.

The building remained open and active throughout construction, requiring extra attention to logistics and safety.

Skender collaborated with architect Harley Ellis Devereaux and engineer Syska Hennessy Group to deliver the project.


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Consulting Co. Can’t Sue Contractor For Switching Firms

Law360 (November 24, 2020, 9:06 PM EST) — A Texas appellate court on Tuesday declined to revive an oil and gas consulting company’s breach of contract lawsuit against a former independent contractor, finding the consulting company’s noncompete clause was unenforceable.

The three-judge panel of the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana denied Titan Oil & Gas Consultants LLC’s bid to overturn a lower court’s dismissal of its claims against David W. Willis and competitor RigUp Inc.

Willis, who works for hydrocarbon explorer Apache Corp., switched his insurance and payroll services from Titan to RigUp. Titan claimed that by going to RigUp, Willis would expose confidential information from Titan and Apache’s…

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Doylestown contractor charged with tax fraud | Regional news

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The Columbia County Courthouse is seen in downtown Portage.

A former contractor from Doylestown faces a state charge of theft by withholding taxes.

Norman Vick, 59, was charged Nov. 17 with one felony count of theft in a business setting. He is accused of withholding more than $103,000 in taxes from employee paychecks and then not depositing the money with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. He faces up to seven-and-a-half years in prison, five years of extended supervision and $25,000 in fines if convicted of the charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Vick employed 57 people between 2005 and 2014 who were subject to having their wages withheld for taxes at his construction business. A special agent with the Office of Criminal Investigation in the Department of Revenue examined records from that time and determined Vick withheld $103,533 from employee paychecks for income taxes and did not

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Official held for taking bribe from crematorium contractor

Officials of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption on Tuesday arrested an official of the Greater Chennai Corporation for demanding and accepting ₹5,000 bribe from a crematorium contractor.

The agency said in a statement that the contractor lodged a complaint that he had cremated 233 bodies at the Injambakkam crematorium and Vigneswaran, Sanitary Inspector, Sholinganallur, had demanded ₹5,000 bribe to settle the bill.

DVAC officials laid a trap and arrested the accused official soon after he revived the money from the complainant.

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Work on Whitburn Partnership Centre in West Lothian to restart after new contractor found

Work is set to restart on Whitburn Partnership Centre.

The site has been closed since Covid restrictions were brought in on March 23 and during this lockdown period the contractor carrying out the work went in to administration.

A new tendering process has been undertaken and a new contractor appointed to complete the project. Following the re-tendering process Maxi Construction have been appointed to carry out the works and will be taking possession of the site this month with works due to commence at the beginning of December. Existing local facilities will continue to operate with the new facility expected to open in spring 2022.

Whitburn’s new Partnership Centre will bring a number of local facilities and services under one roof in the heart of the town centre.

The project is the latest in the council’s partnership centre model that has proven successful in other parts

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Company Director And Contractor First To Face Life In Prison For Sg S’gor Water Pollution

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Company Director And Contractor First To Face Life In Prison For Sg S’gor Water Pollution

A company director and road contractor face a lifetime in prison for causing the latest water cuts in Selangor that affected more than a million household. 

New Straits Times (NST) reported that R. Nathan and Lim Kian Aik, with common intention, “caused harm to the water services in Selangor at a premises at Jalan Velox 2, Taman Velox, Rawang between Nov 2 and Nov 10.”

Stop polluting our rivers, please

Stop polluting our rivers, please

Water pollution causing water disruption in Selangor is such a common offence but the punishment for it is often just fines. 

But this time, the authorities are serious about dealing with irresponsible people who knowingly cause harm to millions of people. 

The duo will be the first to be charged under Section 124K of the Penal Code under

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Researcher raises Muskrat methylmercury alarm, but Nalcor contractor says levels safe

a large body of water: This photo shows a portion of the new reservoir created by the Muskrat Falls dam on the Lower Churchill River in Labrador.

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This photo shows a portion of the new reservoir created by the Muskrat Falls dam on the Lower Churchill River in Labrador.

There’s mixed messaging emerging from the debate over methylmercury contamination in Labrador, with a U.S. researcher again raising the alarm about the toxic organic compound, while a contractor monitoring the effects of Muskrat Falls — backed up by the Department of Environment — says there’s no need to worry.

Ryan Calder co-authored a 2015 study by researchers at Harvard University saying hundreds of Labrador Inuit will be exposed to dangerous levels of methylmercury once the Muskrat Falls reservoir is fully flooded.

The report was rejected at the time by Nalcor Energy, the government-owned corporation building the controversial hydroelectric generating station and dam on the Lower Churchill River.

Calder has since moved on to research university Virginia Tech, but has continued to follow the findings of

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