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.

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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.

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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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Know the Law: Holding payment to a contractor following a dispute | Business

Q: I hired a contractor to build an addition to my house. We got into a dispute, and he walked off the job before completing the project. Is the contractor still able to obtain a mechanic’s lien for amounts he claims are owed even though the work was never completed?

A: Yes, it is likely that the contractor can obtain a mechanic’s lien on your property even though the contractor did not finish the project.


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Independent contractor dispute must be argued at state level

New Jersey trucking company PDX North America cannot argue its case against the state’s independent contractor classification statute in a federal court, the Third Circuit recently ruled.

In a decision published on Oct. 22, a Third Circuit panel affirmed a New Jersey trial court’s decision to dismiss a case against the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development filed by PDX. However, Burlington, N.J.-based SLS Delivery Services, which jumped in as an intervenor, can proceed with its case.

Filed in 2015, PDX’s lawsuit argues that New Jersey’s independent contractor classification statute is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994. PDX further contends the statute is unconstitutional under the Interstate Commerce Clause. The lawsuit stems from three audits conducted by the state from 2006 to 2015. Those audits found that PDX owes $1.83 million in contributions to the unemployment compensation fund, interest on those unpaid contributions and

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Garbage truck drivers’ union accuses contractor of ‘taking advantage of the pandemic’ over pay dispute | The Canberra Times

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The union representing Canberra’s garbage truck drivers has accused their employer of “taking advantage of the pandemic” as workers walked off the job on Monday. Transport Workers’ Union ACT branch secretary Klaus Pinkas said negotiations with ACT government contractor SUEZ had stalled after more than five months of discussion over pay increases and conditions. However, SUEZ argues the wage increases proposed over the next three years were reasonable, “given the current economic circumstances in Australia”. Mr Pinkas said SUEZ had used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse not to commit to giving workers a pay increase of 12 per cent over the next three and a half years, rather offering up an 8 per cent jump. “SUEZ, which are a large multi-national, have tried to take advantage of the COVID situation, to say [they] can’t pay the increases they

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Delhi contractor abducted for R4 lakh ransom by employee and four others over payment dispute, three held – cities

New Delhi

The Delhi Police on Friday said they have rescued a south Delhi-based 38-year-old floor polishing contractor from a forested area in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district, where he had been kept in confinement after being abducted from Lakhimpur Kheri by a group of four men on October 24.

The alleged abductors and the mastermind of the crime, who worked for the contractor and had a dispute over pending wages, had been demanding R4 lakh from the family for his safe release, the police said.

Three men, including the main conspirator, Irfan,26, have been arrested for the crime. The other two were identified as Aziz Ali,35, and Bablu,24. Irfan’s brother Vakeel,31, and their associate Samim,30, are still absconding.

Irfan was only part of the planning. He was not involved in its execution because the contractor, Ramesh Chandra from Panchsheel Park in Malviya Nagar, would have identified him, police said.

“Irfan

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Judge rules for resident in Belchertown condo sign dispute

BELCHERTOWN — A resident at an over-55 condominium complex threatened with fines for putting a Black Lives Matter sign outside her home last spring will be allowed to keep the display in place for the time being.

On Friday, Judge Richard J. Carey in Hampshire Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction to Margery Jess of Summer Hill Estates Condominiums, giving her the right to keep the sign in place, without penalty, until a lawsuit against the trustees is settled.

“During the pendency of this action, the defendants shall permit, and not in any way interfere with, the plaintiff posting a Black Lives Matter sign,” Carey wrote in the preliminary injunction, which also allows Jess to move the sign to her front door or window if it can’t remain in the flower bed during the winter months and inclement weather.

The lawsuit was brought by the ACLU of Massachusetts and Luke

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Language dispute at Quebec condo building over COVID-19 sign



text, letter: This sign is being called "disrespectful." Oct 21, 2020.


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This sign is being called “disrespectful.” Oct 21, 2020.

Melina Migiakis is furious with the administration at the Ahuntstic-Cartierville condo building her elderly grandparents call home over posted signs about COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s so disrespectful. It’s so degrading,” she told Global News.

Her anger was sparked by signs explaining COVID-19 measures banning people from accepting most visitors, written in French only. Her Greek immigrant grandparents don’t have a strong understanding of French.

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“We saw the signs about COVID-19 in the elevator. My mother and I had written on the note: ‘English, please.’ You know, we even called them. He never got back to us,” she said.

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‘It’s so disrespectful’: Language dispute at Quebec condo building over COVID-19 sign – Montreal

Melina Migiakis is furious with the administration at the Ahuntstic-Cartierville condo building her elderly grandparents call home over posted signs about COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s so disrespectful. It’s so degrading,” she told Global News.

Her anger was sparked by signs explaining COVID-19 measures banning people from accepting most visitors, written in French only. Her Greek immigrant grandparents don’t have a strong understanding of French.

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“We saw the signs about COVID-19 in the elevator. My mother and I had written on the note: ‘English, please.’ You know, we even called them. He never got back to us,” she said.

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Dispute between contractor, officials causes glut in Fazilka : The Tribune India

Our Correspondent

Fazilka, October 18

There has been glut in the grain market in the district following a dispute between a contractor and government officials over paddy lifting. Official sources said 4.5 lakh bags of paddy are yet to be lifted from the grain market.

After the cancellation of cartage contract of Nishant Gumber by the District Food and Supplies Controller (DFSC) on October 14 on the allegation of tardy lifting, the process has come to a standstill in the grain market during the peak season.

Gumber challenged the cancellation of the orders in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on October 16. The court stayed the impugned orders of the DFSC.

The respondents in the case include the Secretary and Director, Food and Supply and Consumer Affairs, Fazilka; MLA Davinder Singh Ghubaya and his father Sher Singh Ghubaya; DC; SSP and the DFSC.

Ghubaya and his father had staged

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Monday Mysteries series: Dispute over unpenned hogs leads to intense argument, murder | History

Norman Bliss was finishing chores at his farm near Shelton on March 22, 1903, when he noticed hogs eating corn in his field. They belonged to his neighbor, James Barnhart, and it was not the first time they had been on his property. On several occasions the hogs ventured onto his property while their indifferent owner did nothing to contain his animals.

Bliss and his son proceeded to drive the animals back off their property with pitchforks. In the process of driving the

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