NH firm drops bid to buy Fletcher Allen’s outpatient dialysis clinic

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) today announced that Bio-Medical Applications of New Hampshire has withdrawn its application to purchase Fletcher Allen Health Care’s outpatient dialysis clinics.  Bio-Medical Applications, a for-profit company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., itself a wholly-owned subsidiary of a German corporation.The withdrawal of the application for a Certificate of Need approving the sale follows the release by BISHCA of a proposed Statement of Decision denying approval on the grounds that the sale would result in lower quality services at higher cost without any improvement in access to care.  ‘Bio-Medical’s decision to withdraw closes the docket in this matter,’ said Clifford Peterson, BISHCA’s General Counsel. ‘The Department will work with Fletcher Allen to assure continued delivery of high quality outpatient dialysis treatment to Vermonters.’ BISHCA 12.19.2011last_img read more

Kane thrilled to get Austin vote

first_img Austin said last week of Kane: “I don’t think we can not give it to him. He’s been the outstanding player.” Kane responded saying: ‘It’s great to hear. He’s done fantastic himself and to have him vote for me is great. I spoke to him when we played them away from home – he’s a good lad and we get on well.” Kane, 21, donned the skipper’s armband for Tottenham at Burnley on Sunday – the youngest player in the Premier League to do so this season – but his 30th goal in all competitions proved elusive, and Spurs had to settle for a point. That leaves Tottenham seven points off the top four and with an inferior goal difference but Kane is refusing to give up on a Champions League spot just yet. He said: “It’s going to be tricky, we’re quite a few points behind now. “In this league you never know. We’ve got winnable games coming up and we focus on them. We take each game as it comes and see where that takes us.” He added: “I was disappointed to not to get on to the scoresheet but that’s football and I just have to dust myself down and work on it and make sure that I get onto the scoresheet for the next game. “It was a real honour, a very proud moment for myself to lead the side out. It’s very special for me. Hopefully there is more to come in the years to come. Harry Kane admitted to surprise and gratitude after learning that one of his biggest rivals for the Premier League’s Golden Boot has voted for him to be the player of the year. “We’ve got a lot of leaders in the team. It’s a very young team and everyone has their say. To be given the armband by the gaffer is a proud moment. But there are a lot of captains out there and we all try and work to the same aim.” Kane was not the only English striker to draw a blank on Sunday – his England Under-21 colleague Danny Ings also failed to break the deadlock in a match that ended 0-0. Kane, who said the experience of playing against Italy in midweek was “tough”, admitted there is suddenly a lot of competition among English strikers. He said: “It was a great experience in Italy. To get my first start for England is another proud moment for me. It was tough and I can only learn from those sort of games. “I know Danny well from the Under-21s. He scores goals and his movement’s great. He’s a prospect for English football. “There are a lot of great English strikers here at the moment, which is good for the country. “There’s competition. We’ve all got to work hard to retain our place.” Tottenham striker Kane is leading the scoring charts with 19 Premier League goals and QPR’s Charlie Austin – the next highest English scorer with 16 – revealed last week he has voted for the 21-year-old to be both PFA player of the year and young player. Kane, after a week in which he scored on his England debut, made his first start for the national team and captained Tottenham for the first time, is now one of the leading contenders for the PFA award. Press Associationlast_img read more

“Irish TDs need to be more vocal in condemning racism and hatred” following Charlottesville

first_imgRuairí McKiernan, the co-founder of the Ballyshannon born SpunOut.ie youth organisation, has joined in major protests in New York in response to what some say is President Donald Trump’s failure to condemn U.S white supremacist groups. Ruairí, who is a Presidential appointee to the Council of State, has been meeting with community groups in New York and was motivated to join the protests at Trump towers following the recent killing of young civil rights activist Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. “When I heard Trump was in New York I felt compelled to make my voice heard. It’s too easy to just sit back in silence. This is a pivotal moment in history. It’s horrific to see what is happening here in the U.S but thankfully people are becoming increasingly energised and vocal in their opposition to a type of politics that is reminding people of America’s cruel history of racial segregation. There’s no doubt that terrorism is something that needs to be tackled.“However what Trump is doing is fueling terrorism, including extreme right terrorism, and using it to his advantage.”“It was surreal to be outside Trump towers, to see the billionaire President arrive in the building where he conceived many of the policies that have led to people losing vital health care benefits, as well as attacks on immigrants and minorities, and the rollback of environmental protections.“Ultimately Trump’s regime is eroding democracy and enriching his friends at the expense of the majority. It has to be remembered that he lost the popular vote by three million votes, and the opposition to his rule is massive.” Ruairí says it is important for people to make a stand be heard on some of the issues that are facing the U.S and elsewhere. He says Ireland also needs to prepare for the possible visit of Donald Trump who was been invited here by Enda Kenny.“The history of Europe has stark reminders of dictatorships and fascism. Look at what happened in Germany, in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. So called strong men play on the real concerns of people. They demonise minority groups and stir fear and hatred in order to strengthen their support. Hitler was also elected and it’s important we take these lessons from history.”“In Ireland we have a long history of fleeing war, oppression, hunger and poverty and we could do we remember the suffering of our ancestors and having more empathy with those who need our help in the world today.“It is also a fact that much of the terrorism and war in the world today is the result of the policies of people like Trump who seem to think violence can create peace.”“We need real visionary leadership right now and silence isn’t an option. This includes protests if or when Donald Trump visits Ireland. The hate emanating from his regime means peace and democracy are at risk and this affects all of us. There are questions for Irish TDs on this – they need to be more vocal in condemning such racism and hatred.”“Irish TDs need to be more vocal in condemning racism and hatred” following Charlottesville was last modified: August 18th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donald TrumpRuairi McKiernanSpunout.ieterrorismlast_img read more