Big bucks for stretchers

first_imgLOCAL High schools wishing to purchase stretchers as part of their medical equipment for football matches could be called on to fork out as much as $70,000 plus tax. The two types of stretchers used are the wheeled (gurney, trolley, bed or cart) or the basic cot that must be carried by two or more people. The issue of having stretchers as part of schools’ medical equipment at matches was thrown into the spotlight on Tuesday, when Dominic James, captain of St George’s College, collapsed during a Manning Cup match against Excelsior High at the Stadium East field. The player was lifted off the field by four men. The 18-year-old, who would have celebrated his 19th birthday on Monday, was seen by medical staff from the school then transported to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he died. Checks done by The Gleaner yesterday revealed that the best stretchers are not available in bulk locally, and it could take up to six weeks to get supplies from overseas. Jamaica Hospital Supplies, which sells health care equipment and supplies for hospitals in the Corporate Area, said the demand for stretchers went up after James’ sudden death. The manual stretchers (cots) are the length-wise fold type and could cost up to $63,100 plus tax. According to a senior employee, who wished to remain anonymous, they were down to just 10 stretchers. “There has been a spike in orders since yesterday,” the employee said, adding that schools were among the institutions rushing to place orders. Another Corporate Area-based firm, Medical Disposables and Supplies Limited, said they wouldn’t have a vast quantity of stretchers in stock, but once schools submit an order, they could source the equipment. Managing Director Mertis Boothe said if a school needed a stretcher, the institution would be asked to decide on the type it would need. “We would have to bring them in as they are not manufactured in Jamaica,” Boothe said. SPIKE IN DEMANDlast_img read more

Which 10 States Offer the Lowest Mortgage Rates

first_img Housing markets and mortgage terms can vary significantly across the United States. Did you know that a potential homebuyer in one state might be able to get approved for a loan more easily than someone with a similar income and credit score who lives in another? It’s something to consider for homebuyers in the market to buy or refinance, the zip code can make a big difference in their mortgage.  A recent study by LendingTree analyzed data from its users in different states to see how the markets compare. The study looked at several factors in the home buying process, like average annual percentage rates (APRs), loan-to-value ratios, home loan amounts, and down payment averages. It also noted the spread between high and low APRs, to show how shopping around for a mortgage can help a potential buyer save money.The average interest rate for all 50 states is 4.84 percent, with California, New Jersey, Washington and Massachusetts offering the lowest, bottoming out at 4.74 percent. On the opposite end of the scale, New York, Iowa, and Arkansas offer the highest topping off at 4.96 percent. When it comes to down payments, West Virginia is the lowest, where the average buyer only needs approximately $15,000. However, the same buyer in New York will need almost triple that amount ($43,404) for the average down payment.Buying a home is a major investment and shopping around for loans can save a lot of money. If you want to narrow down the top 10 states for the lowest average mortgage rates, here are the results in order starting with California at 4.74 percent ending with Idaho at  4.89 percent: California New JerseyWashingtonMassachusettsUtahColoradoMarylandKentuckyVirginiaSouth DakotaTo find out which states offer the highest rates and more facts read the full report here. Down Payment homes HOUSING Lending LendingTree loans mortgage 2019-02-12 Radhika Ojha Share February 12, 2019 969 Views center_img Which 10 States Offer the Lowest Mortgage Rates? in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more