Delphi asks out of labor contract

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT (AP) – Auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. unveiled a broad restructuring plan on Friday that would cut 8,500 salaried jobs, shut or sell a third of its plants worldwide and asks a bankruptcy court judge to void its labor agreements in a move that sent a shudder through the auto industry. The United Auto Workers warned “it will be impossible to avoid a long strike” if the judge agrees to void the contracts and Delphi imposes its most recent wage proposal. A strike could put General Motors Corp., Delphi’s former parent and largest customer, perilously close to bankruptcy and hurt other automakers and smaller suppliers as well. GM and Delphi have deep ties. GM accounted for just under half of Delphi’s $26.9 billion in revenues last year, and is required to pay some of Delphi’s pension obligations if Delphi is in bankruptcy. The world’s largest automaker already is struggling with declining U.S. market share and spiraling costs and is in the midst of its own restructuring. In a recent note to investors, Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy estimated a Delphi strike could cost GM up to $130 million per day. GM shares rose 21 cents, or 1 percent, to close Friday at $21.27 on the New York Stock Exchange. Delphi no longer trades on the NYSE. “We disagree with Delphi’s approach, but we anticipated that this step might be taken,” Rick Wagoner, GM’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “GM expects Delphi to honor its public commitments to avoid any disruption to GM operations.” GM said it will continue negotiating with Delphi and its unions on a wage agreement. But the UAW, which represents 24,000 of Delphi’s 33,000 U.S. hourly workers, said the company’s move could stall talks. “Indeed, today it appears there is no basis for continuing discussions,” the UAW said in a statement. “Delphi’s misuse of the bankruptcy procedure to circumvent the collective bargaining process and slash jobs and wages and drastically reduce health care, retirement and other hard-won benefits or eliminate them altogether is a travesty and a concern for every American.” Delphi filed a separate motion asking the court to reject some unprofitable contracts with GM. The company also said it will freeze its hourly and salaried pension programs later this year and move employees into a defined-contribution plan. “We are clearly focused on Delphi’s future,” Delphi Chairman and CEO Robert S. “Steve” Miller said in a statement. “Emergence from the Chapter 11 process in the U.S. requires that we make difficult, yet necessary, decisions. Troy-based Delphi filed for bankruptcy in October. The company said it intends to emerge from bankruptcy during the first half of 2007. To meet that goal, it plans to exit certain product lines and sell or close one third of its noncore plants globally by 2008, including 21 of its 29 U.S. plants. But unions could stand in its way. The International Union of Electronic Workers-Communications Workers of America, which represents 8,000 Delphi hourly workers, has already voted to strike if the contracts are thrown out, and the UAW could do the same. “We will not be threatened or intimidated into accepting an agreement that dismantles our plants and devastates our membership,” said Henry Reichard, who represents plants in Ohio and other states for the electronics workers’ union. Delphi’s motion to void its labor contracts was widely expected; the company had delayed similar motions three times before. The company says it was saddled with uncompetitive labor agreements when it was spun off from GM in 1999. In its court filing, it says it pays workers $78.63 per hour in wages and benefits, or more than three times more than the average auto supplier. Delphi, GM and its unions spent months negotiating but were unable to reach a wage agreement. Under its most recent proposal, which was rejected by the UAW and other unions, Delphi proposed dropping pay for current hourly workers to $22 per hour from $27 per hour through September 2007, then to $16.50 an hour. Delphi said it plans to keep negotiating with GM and its unions even though the motion has been filed, and some analysts have said the added urgency could help the parties reach a deal. “I think Steve Miller did what he had to do. He threw the softest hardball he could, by seeking to negotiate but starting the clock,” said Pete Hastings, an analyst with the investment company Morgan Keegan & Co. “I think he’s doing what he needs to do to make Delphi in the U.S. profitable.” Judge Robert Drain has scheduled a hearing on Delphi’s request for May 9-10 and won’t decide whether to void Delphi’s contracts until after that hearing. If Drain allows Delphi to void its contracts, Delphi would still have to take the step of throwing them out before the unions could strike, although the company already faces the threat of unauthorized strikes and worker slowdowns. Delphi also plans to cut 25 percent of its global salaried work force, or around 8,500 workers, including up to 40 percent of its corporate officers. Delphi said that measure should save $450 million per year. The company has identified eight U.S. plants that are considered critical to its U.S. operations. They are located in Brookhaven, Miss; Clinton, Miss.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Kokomo, Ind.; Lockport, N.Y.; Rochester, N.Y.; Warren, Ohio; and Vandalia, Ohio. Delphi said those plants will focus on profitable parts such as safety features, electronics, diesel and gas powertrains and climate control products. Twenty-one other plants that do not make core products – including those that make brakes and chassis, instrument panels, door modules and steering components – will be sold or closed. That includes plants in Milwaukee; Dayton, Ohio; Kettering, Ohio; Anderson, Ind.; Laurel, Miss.; Athens, Ala.; Flint, Adrian and Saginaw. “We believe many of these product lines have the potential to compete successfully under new ownership that has the resources and capital to invest in them,” Delphi President and Chief Operating Officer Rodney O’Neal said in a statement. Delphi also is asking the court to reject unprofitable contracts with GM. The initial motion covers around half of Delphi’s annual volume with GM. Delphi said the judge is expected to consider the motion on May 12, which gives both companies time to continue negotiating prices. “We simply cannot continue to sell products at a loss,” Miller said. Delphi also said it will freeze pension benefits for hourly workers on Oct. 1 and for salaried workers on Jan. 1 and will replace them with plans that require employee contributions with company matches. Workers will still have access to any accrued benefits. The company may ask for relief from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., the Internal Revenue Service and possibly Congress so that when it emerges from bankruptcy protection it won’t immediately owe billions of dollars to its underfunded pension plan. The company expects it will take at least six years to fully fund its plan. Despite unions’ fury at Delphi’s wage proposals, Delphi said it is encouraged by its progress in negotiations so far and hopes to reach an agreement outside of court. GM’s cooperation is key, since Delphi would depend on GM to supplement its wage offer or provide benefits. For example, in Delphi’s latest proposal, GM would have paid a one-time bonus of $50,000 to each worker, and without GM’s assistance, wages would fall to $12.50 an hour. GM has said a Delphi settlement could cost it between $5.5 billion and $12 billion. Delphi, GM and the UAW did agree last week to a buyout offer for approximately 17,000 U.S. hourly workers. Under that agreement, workers will be eligible for a lump sum payment of $35,000 to retire. Also, up to 5,000 Delphi workers will be eligible to return to GM.last_img read more

SA launches schools football WC

first_img13 May 2008The Moletsane Sports Complex in Soweto, to the southwest of Johannesburg, was awash with activities last Saturday, with the official launch of the South African Schools Football World Cup Partnership.The partnership is an initiative lead by the Department of Education, the Department of Sport and Recreation, the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in an effort to educate and get some 12-million South African school pupils – both boys and girls – excited about hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Education Minister Naledi Pandor, Deputy Sport and Recreation Minister Gert Oosthuizen, LOC chairman Irvin Khoza, LOC communications director Tim Modise, Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga, various government officials and SABC representatives attended the launch.The launch of the partnership on 10 May coincided with the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first democratic president in 1994, and music, dance and cheer was the order of the day as groups from participating schools shared the stage and rendered cultural items to the delight the crowd.Confederations Cup, World Cup inspirationSaturday’s launch saw the start of the first phase of the competition, with the tournament being rolled out in two phases. The first phase will be organised along the lines of the Confederations Cup and the second phase the actual World Cup.For each of the phases, the schools that participate will assume the identities of the participating countries, with all schools being encouraged to fly the national flag, sing the national anthem and engage in other activities, such as preparing the national food of the country they represent.The participating schools last week were Lavela Secondary, Emdeni High School, Zithathele Primary School, Ekuphumeleleni Primary, Progress, Winnie Ngwekazi High, Moletsane Secondary and Kliptown Secondary.“The World Cup is going to involve all South Africans, Africans and particularly South African children,” said master of ceremonies Modise, adding that the partnership gave students and opportunity to participate actively in the World Cup.Diverse culturesPandor meanwhile made an avid appeal to all participating schools pupils to learn as much as they can about the countries they will be representing in the tournaments.“In this way we are then preparing our young people to enjoy the World Cup with a key understanding of the diverse world we leave in, we are encouraging young people to know about other countries and their cultures,” she said.Pandor added that the initiative was also aimed at luring school children away from the streets and inappropriate habits, and encourage them to engage in healthy lifestyles.“The launch of this partnership in Soweto must motivate us to use school sport to encourage physical activities and healthy lifestyles,” she said. “The competition must also remind us about our commitment to the HIV/Aids awareness campaign, to our commitment to anti-doping and to our commitment to prevent substance abuse among young people and our citizens generally.”Spreading the messageKhoza said the 12-million school children being targeted by the initiative would help spread the message about the World Cup to families and communities.“Consequently schools have been identified as a primary vehicle to take the Fifa 2010 World Cup messages not only to children, but indeed to families and to communities of South Africa and also the African continent,” he said.The 2010 Fifa World Cup School Campaign is built on three key pillars namely education, development and participation.“The other goals of the campaign are to ensure the development and implementation of integrative educational campaign aiming at preparing and educating learners and teachers about all aspects of the Fifa World Cup,” said Khoza.Gert Oosthuizen encouraged fair play throughout the competition and urged learners to stay away from illegal performance enhancers and drugs.“It is a natural attribute of human beings to compete, but the way in which we compete tears us apart, we need to apply the rules of the game and not cheat,” he said. “We need to ensure that we do not take performance enhancing substances and cheat in a calculated and manipulative way, we also need to say Ke Moja no to drugs.”Source: South Africa 2010last_img read more

Ohio’s strong livestock genetics shine through Israel trade mission

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American livestock industry is looked at worldwide for its vigor, experience, and genetic command. Such expertise is valued internationally, as demonstrated by a recent trade mission to Israel by representatives of the Ohio Livestock and Genetic Export Council.Darke County’s Larry Baker, director of the Ohio Livestock and Genetic Export Council (OLGEC), recently helped lead a goodwill trade mission to Israel in November to observe livestock agriculture and help improve genetic practices of the desert country. He accompanied embryologist Dr. Emily “Em” Mowrer, DVM, as the two followed a batch of Ohio embryos headed for use in the country.The embryos were some of the first U.S. genetic material in the country since new health protocols had been established — a goal for Baker over a decade in the making. He first made a trade trip to Israel 13 years ago alongside Fred Dailey, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture at the time. That helped to open the doors for further talks about the need for genetic improvement.“Finally, 13 years later, we have a health protocol for semen, embryos, breeding and slaughter cattle, so that just shows us that sometimes it doesn’t happen overnight. It can take years to see a return on the investment,” Baker said.Israel boasts a nationwide dairy herd of 100,000 cows and 50,000 head beef. The country currently imports a heavy amount of feeder cattle due to their populations not being self-sustaining. Baker hopes to change that and, as a result, increase genetic business between Israel and Ohio — an international powerhouse in livestock breeding.“People in our state have no idea for the most part that Ohio is either number one or two every year in genetic exports,” Baker said, remarking how the value was clearly evident through the recent mission.These rocky fields of Golan Heights, close to the Syrian border, can make grazing a challenge.The mission was hosted by Erez and Katcha Cahaner and Thierry Moens through facilitation by the Negev Foundation. The three originally visited Ohio in May of 2016, buying a number of embryos for use in Israel.Baker said they took a liking to a number of Ohio cattle herds, including longhorns of Dickinson Cattle Co., a decision he was curious about until visiting Israel firsthand.“After I got there, I could see they have trouble with predators and harsh conditions. Longhorns may be able to help more in that way versus other breeds,” Baker said.High percentage Simmental are popular in the arid region, and Baker hopes further use of genetic science can help improve their beef heeds.“The embryos the group bought when they visited the U.S. were from the Ryan Ludvigson Red Angus Ranch in Montana plus two Ohio farms — Dickinson Longhorns and Maplecrest Farm through John Grimes,” Baker said.The main project of the nine-day mission began when Baker and Mower took delivery of the 59 embryos that were shipped from the U.S., valued at nearly $50,000. The following days found Mower educating livestock veterinarians and technicians on the proper technique for embryo transfer as well as artificial insemination. Education in this area is lacking in Israel, something the team hopes to improve in order to bring the Israel market to a healthier place for international genetic purchasing. By the end of the mission, Mower said approximately 40 cows had been implanted.One of the many highlights of the trip was a visit to the farm of Ariel Sharon. Sharon was best known as the Prime Minister of Israel from 2001-2006. He passed away in 2014 and his sons now run the operation.In a release, Dickinson Cattle noted the trip as the fulfillment of a longtime dream by Sharon to introduce Texas Longhorn genetics to the arid, rocky regions of Israel. The dream wasn’t fully realized before Sharon’s stroke in 2005.“The benefit of Texas Longhorn cattle genetics for the arid hills of Israel was first considered by the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon,” the Dickinson Cattle Co. said in a release. “Unlike the Sharon plan for importation of live cattle, the Cahaner’s plan was to import a good number of frozen Texas Longhorn embryos. The embryos would be placed in their indigenous Israeli cows and full blood Texas Longhorn calves would be the result.”Baker and Mowrer also played host to agricultural specialists from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv and Dr. Nadav Galon, director of veterinary services for the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Baker felt the ag leaders were impressed by their visit and would help open the door for further work.In their visits to various farms, Baker said the group found some key differences in the Israeli cattle trade from that of stateside. Most breeding lineage is unknown and many farms are working toward better understanding of rearing practices. Baker also noted differences in the slaughter process.“Their system of marketing beef in Israel is totally different than that of the United States,” according to the official report from the mission. “The dissecting of the carcass is completely different than that of the U.S. For the Kosher market, the animal has to be harvested under the direction of the Rabbi. They only utilize the front quarters.”The team also found proper vaccination protocol was lacking in some herds they visited. Certain illnesses that were having a major impact on herd health could be easily contained with correct inoculations.In addition to differences in livestock practices, the trip was unique in a number of other ways, including their accommodations. The group stayed in a kibbutz — pronounced ki-boots, they are collective communities of Israelis that live and work together. Originally, all kibbutzim were based in agriculture, though many have adopted high-tech manufacturing facilities over the years or other types of industry. Kibbutzim remain popular living-working situations in Israel and were a major part of the trade mission.Concepts of property ownership are also different in the Holy Land than in the U.S. The government oversees the entrusting of each piece of land.Following the trip, Baker said he believed Israel will never be a “huge market, but it will be a constant market for semen, embryos, and possibly feeder cattle in the future.”“I’m very optimistic about this mission to Israel and what benefits it may have in the future,” he said.last_img read more

Home Ownership: When is the right time?

first_imgThe Personal Finance group will present a web conference on the largest financial transaction most individuals or families make: purchasing a home. On May 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET, N.C. Extension Agent and certified housing counselor, Jayne McBurney, M.S. and Dr. Carolyn Bird, Principal Investigator of the Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance Professional Development Project, will present this important topic.There are a myriad of factors to consider before the purchase of a home. This decision can be more complex for military families who have the consideration of relocation. This conference will cover:The home buying processFinancial readinessHow to determine housing affordability and service-related considerationsSelected research articles and online resources have been identified to enhance this presentation for participants.To join the session, log on as “guest” just a few minutes before 2:30 p.m. on May 8. No registration is required.Click here to learn more about the Military Families Learning Network.For more information about this upcoming web conference, visit the event page.last_img read more

Deb Calvert on How Truly Meaningful Sales Connections Happen Through Leadership  – Episode #105

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episode#Buyers don’t believe the message until they first believe the messenger – from Deb Calvert on this episode of #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPS #salesClick To Tweet#Sales connections happen through two-way dialogue, not an old-fashioned sales presentation. Learn how to make it happen on #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:21 — 26.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSEvery seller wants to have meaningful sales connections with their buyers, but it’s clear from the way sales is traditionally done that very few sellers really know how to pull it off. Deb Calvert has written a new book, “Stop Selling and Start Leading” that reveals many points of powerfully insightful data, taken from a study focused on the 30 primary characteristics of leadership. Her application of those characteristics to the sales process is not only ingenious, it also reveals what sellers are doing wrong, what buyers really want from those who are on the other side of the sales relationship, and how powerful selling can happen once sellers stop selling in begin leading. You don’t want to miss this conversation.Deb Calvert on How Truly Meaningful #Sales Connections Happen Through #Leadership – Episode 106 of #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetBuyers don’t believe the message until they first believe the messengerSales connections are about more than simply setting appointments and running through a sales presentation. It’s about building trust, a phrase we are hearing more and more these days. But do you really know what it means to build trust? More importantly, do you know how to build it? Deb Calvert says that buyers don’t believe anything you have to say to them about your product or service until they first believe in you. They have to see, demonstrated in your behavior, that you are person who can be trusted. What kinds of behavior is Deb talking about? Listen to this episode of In The Arena to find out – and learn how to change the way you sell in order to build greater trust with your buyers.33% of buyers say the salespeople they deal with don’t come across as credibleMuch of the research that Deb and her team did in preparation for her book focused on the experiences buyers had with those who sold to them. In many cases, these were relationships that were already established between buyer and seller – yet 33% of buyers said that the sales people they deal with regularly don’t come across as credible or trustworthy. What does that say about the way sales professionals are going about their work? More importantly, what does it say about the ways we can improve what we do to cause trust to be built from the outset? Deb’s insights into this issue of credibility and trust are incredibly helpful for salespeople who are willing to do the work it takes to apply what she has learned. The good news is this, none of it is hard. It just has to be done.33% of #buyers say the #salespeople they deal with don’t come across as credible. Learn how to reverse this trend in your #sales career on #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetSales connections happen through two-way dialogue, not an old-fashioned sales presentationOne of the things that buyers dread the most is the sales presentation. That’s because it often goes into data points and information that isn’t relevant to their situation. It’s kind of like sitting through a timeshare presentation in order to get the free gift, only the buyer doesn’t always walk away with the free gift. Deb’s research revealed that sales connections that matter happen through two-way dialogue, not a sales presentation. Buyers want to know that they are understood and that those selling to them truly have their best interests in mind. If you will apply the simple things Deb shares in her book, “Stop Selling and Start Leading,” your sales will dramatically improve.Meaningful connections between buyers and sellers still matterWith all the advancements in A.I. and machine learning, there is a lot of hype about whether or not salespeople will really be needed in the future. Both Deb and Anthony believe that the human component of sales will always be in high demand because meaningful sales connections are what build the kind of trust that buyers need to feel. It still matters that there is a person on the other end of a transaction. It still matters that someone with empathy and understanding can approach a buyer’s needs with insight and right applications. As you listen to this conversation you’ll come to realize the truth: meaningful connections in sales still matter and always will.Meaningful #connections between #buyers and #sellers still matter. Learn what Deb Calvert discovered about the buyer-seller relationship on this episode of #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Who is Deb Calvert? The kind of research Deb did in her decision to write her book The gap between what buyers want to see in their sellers and what exists What does it mean for sellers to model the way? Buyers need sellers to demonstrate that they have THEIR best interest in mind Why salespeople are hesitant about inspiring a shared vision What does it mean to challenge the process? The thing that matters most to buyers is relevant answers in a timely way Meaningful connections between buyers and sellers still matterResources & Links mentioned in this – Deb’s websiteDeb on Social – LinkedIn – Twitter – YouTube – FacebookThe Outbound ConferenceBOOK: Stop Selling, Start LeadingBOOK: The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedJim KouzesBarry PosnerThe Leadership ChallengeThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Schoolteacher arrested for molesting six-year-old

first_imgA six-year-old student was allegedly molested by a teacher at a government-aided girls’ school in south Kolkata. The incident led to a major protest by parents of students outside the school on Tuesday. The protesters threw stones at the police team which reached the spot for investigation, forcing the police to resort to baton charge to disperse them. The accused teacher was arrested and four persons were taken into custody for throwing stones at the police. The school authorities could not be reached for comments.Two separate casesJoint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Headquarters) Supratim Sarkar said two separate cases were lodged regarding the alleged molestation and assault on police. “We have lodged a case against the accused teacher under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act,” he said.A brawl broke out in front of the school between the police and the guardians when the latter tried to break open the school gate. Both sides allegedly traded blows and a section of the protesters tried to pull off the helmets of the police personnel who retaliated with baton charge. Several guardians and police personnel were injured in the clash. “Eight police personnel, including two officers incharge, were injured,” said Mr. Sarkar. He denied allegations that there was not adequate deployment of women police personnel to deal with the situation.A section of guardians eventually broke open the main gate of the school and ransacked several rooms inside the premises. They also allegedly heckled other teachers when they tried to leave the premises. The situation was such that some of the teachers had to be taken out of the area in police vehicles.West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson said that the commission will monitor the probe and seek the CCTV footages of the school from the police if required.last_img read more

ST: free IDE further expands STM32Cube microcontroller ecosystem

first_img Continue Reading Previous Simulation on-the-go with COMSOL Client for AndroidNext Meet the hidden figures of tech STMicroelectronics continues to make the STM32 family of richly featured and energy-efficient microcontrollers more easily accessible for designers through the STM32CubeIDE, a free all-in-one STM32 development tool now available as part of the STM32Cube software ecosystem.As easy to use as a commercial Integrated Development Environment (IDE), the STM32CubeIDE leverages ST’s 2017 acquisition of embedded-development-tool vendor Atollic. It is offered under industry-standard open license terms and adds dedicated STM32-specific features to simplify and accelerate STM32-based embedded designs. These include the powerful STM32CubeMX tool for configuring the microcontroller and managing the project build.The STM32Cube ecosystem is popular among developers, with downloads of STM32CubeMX currently averaging more than 250,000 per year. By combining STM32CubeMX with STM32CubeIDE, ST now creates a development environment that is more powerful than typical free tools offered by MCU vendors. The complete STM32Cube ecosystem also contains the STM32CubeProgrammer for MCU programming and STM32CubeMonitor series for monitoring application behaviour, as well as individual MCU-specific embedded software packages.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Ombudsmans Office might legally dispute Government over healthcare contract

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img The Office of the Ombudsman might legally dispute the Government. This after the latter had repeatedly refused to furnish the former with the full details of the contract that passed over three Maltese public hospitals to Vitals Global Healthcare.This information was reported by The Sunday Times who also added that the Office of the Ombudsman through the Commissioner for Health had asked for the contract over three occasions, in 2016, 2017 and 2019.Both the former Health Minister Konrad Mizzi and the current Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne have refused the Office of the Ombudsman from its legal right to access even still secret contracts.The newspaper further details that a spokesperson referred that the Commissioner for Health within the Office of the Ombudsman is considering a legal challenge against the current administration as it believes that its authority is being “undermined”.Vitals Global Healthcare was given the concession to run Karin Grech Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Gozo General Hospital in exchange for €300 million worth of investment in the three health facilities over set timeframes. In exchange the Maltese government had to ‘buy’ the health services from the private enterprise.None of these timeframes have as yet been respected. VGH became insolvent two years after the contract was signed and had to sell its public concession to Stewards Healthcare for an undisclosed sum.The article in the Sunday newspaper also added that the government did at one point made available a corrected document where all the data related to financial obligations and commitments were blackened out. It also reports that the only entity that has a fully copy of the document is the National Audit Office, which had to start a probe to investigate the deal to obtain such.In 2018, The Sunday Times had also revealed that that the Maltese authorities have to pay €188,00 a day to Steward Healthcare for 30 years.Read also: Watch: Steward Health Care Malta claims to be on time with school, despite 2016…Watch: Steward Health Care negotiations done and dusted – PMWatch: Fearne does not reveal contract negotiations with StewardUpdate (1): Court rejects PM’s appeal on VGH contracts caseVitals statistics: €1 sale yielding a profit of millionslast_img read more