Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday that another Florida resident has tested positive for coronavirus. The new Florida patient is currently in self-isolation in Washington state.According to the governor, it is not known where in Florida the new patient is from.As of right now, only two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Florida are a 60-year-old Manatee County man, and a Hillsborough County woman in her 20s.The governor said almost 1,000 people in Florida have been monitored for symptoms of coronavirus since January, and the risk to the community is still low.WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE:
Pharmagate…as Cabinet now gives seal of approval to corruption,cronyism – PPP/C Chief WhipThe Sussex Street ‘house bond’ deal, which sees Larry Singh’s Linden Holding Inc being paid $12.5 million monthly for the storage of drugs and medical supplies, “stinks to high heavens” and demonstrates that the current Administration is incapable of doing the right thing and immediately terminate the contract. This, despite the “platitudes” being offered by Head of State, President David Granger, on the virtues of transparency and accountability by his Administration.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira addressing members of the media at Freedom House on FridayOpposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira made that damning pronouncement on Friday when she met with members of the local media corps, and said that the official pronouncements made by the Director of Public Information, Imran Khan, only serve to reinforce the view that Cabinet was essentially now involved in the endorsement of, and cover-up of a corrupt transaction.The Opposition Chief Whip was at the time speaking to topical issues and reminded that People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) would be exploring all of the parliamentary options available to it.Further embarrassmentTeixeira said from all appearances, Government now appeared incapable of doing what was the right and honourable thing, and suggested that Singh of Linden Holding Inc should, in fact, step up and rescind the contract entered into with Government to save the Administration from further embarrassment.She said the masterminds behind the affair had in fact prepared a watertight contract that would have to be resolved, “either by a gentleman’s agreement and if the gentleman who has been the beneficiary of such largesse of the Government is willing to not further embarrass the Government he has supported, he should withdraw and let the contract be terminated…if they don’t wish to do that, then they are obviously trying to broker something”.Teixeira told media operatives that based on the official pronouncement coming out of Cabinet, the entire sordid affair was clearly a repayment ploy for Singh.She said too that even more worrying signs have been signalled by Cabinet following its review of the Cabinet Sub-Committee recommendations, and pointed to the fact that Cabinet has decided to expedite the process of securing a new bond.This, she said, will no doubt lead to another rush to sole source another facility and “will be a repeat of the original contract”.UnacceptableCabinet, through the Government’s Director of Public Information, on Thursday announced that the council of ministers chaired by President Granger, had completed its review of the entire affair and has agreed to go ahead and look for another facility.Cabinet had found the deal to be “undesirable”, but nonetheless did not terminate the contract.Teixeira suggested that throughout her political career, including serving in various ministerial and other capacities, she has never seen such an ironclad arrangement, which has essentially bound Government into a 12-year arrangement at an annual cost of in excess of $150 million.Government not only fronted a security deposit of $25 million for the facility, but agreed to pay a monthly rental of $12.5 million in addition to all utility, security and other charges.“This is unacceptable,” Teixeira said, and reminded that “justice isn’t always there when you want it, but it comes out and the more this Government refuse to do what is correct and that is to terminate the contract.”The Opposition Chief Whip said Governments were expected to do what was honourable.She noted that Singh would always have the option to move to the courts, “but the issue is that this matter stinks to high heavens and, therefore, there is only one recourse”.Teixeira was adamant that President Granger has a responsibility to terminate the contract with Linden Holding Inc.Parliamentary optionsMeanwhile, asked about the approach of the political Opposition in face of the Cabinet decision on the drug bond brouhaha, Teixeira said her Party was currently still aiming to have Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton placed before the Committee of Privileges.She pointed, too, to the fact that her Party could very well be open to bringing a motion to debate the entire sordid affair in the full Assembly, in addition to resorting to the use of the various sectoral committees.Asked about extra-parliamentary options, the Opposition Chief Whip was reluctant to divulge how the Party would approach this, saying “we will see”.Teixeira used the opportunity to also remind the media operatives present that the Party was still to see an official apology that had been promised by Minister Norton, to be submitted to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland.She said this was the position of her Party despite the recent appearance by Dr Norton to publicly offer an apology, an activity Teixeira dismissed as “quite hilarious”.
With UCLA’s crash-‘n-burn mission heading into the NCAA tourney complete, how much howling does Ben Howland have to do to get his accomplished squad of Pacific-10 Conference champions refocused on the big picture? Or would bringing John Wooden out to a practice next week to impart some quiet pyramid power be the next step to avoiding another major misstep when it’s time for one-and-done? How does Arron Afflalo follow up that Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year (lack of) performance? Is there something wrong with the mechanism by which NBA rosters are constructed that a team (i.e.: The Lakers) could actually remotely consider adding Scottie Pippen to its triangular mix at this stage of the campaign? David Beckham sprained a knee? How does the Galaxy keep that news away from potential season-ticket holders? Has Kobe Bryant considered buying the NBA Task Force on Flailing Arms a diamond ring or two to curb their enthusiasm? Do the Tampa Bay Bucs really need another quarterback? When does someone inform Dominick Rhodes that the road he’s voluntarily taken from the Super Bowl champions leads to the lameness of Lane Kiffin? Any chance that with all this global warming stuff, the entire Iditarod eventually turns into a big pile of mush? Tom Hoffarth’s “It’s Out of the Question” column appears Saturdays. [email protected] (818) 713-3661 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even if we were to use the Modified Stableford System, how does it add up that Tiger Woods can effectively kill the PGA’s International tournament in Denver by not participating in it, but then be willing to host his own event, on the same weekend as the one he helped sink, and have the proceeds fund his latest learning center endeavor? Is there any reason why the worldwide leader in Niketown doesn’t just break away and start his own Tiger Tour? Anyone heard a hormonal peep out of Gary Matthews Jr., yet? Do you believe his dad when he says he hasn’t asked junior about whether or not he bought the stuff? When you come to the decision that it’s necessary to go out and hire O.J.’s lawyer to get you out of a mess, wouldn’t that be just another Angel-colored-red flag that this’ll need to go beyond the usual means of damage control? Why doesn’t Arte Moreno invoke the lemon law clause, negate the deal and get his $50 mil back? Or does he think he can still squeeze some lemonade out of this? Why even try to predict who’ll end up as the No. 1 seeds for The Big Ol’ Dance when it all changes faster than the lineup on “Dancing with the Stars”? Has the hurricane that Pokey Chatman created at LSU the only reason why anyone will pay any attention to the women’s NCAA tourney?