Protesters question Govt’s faith in Guyana’s healthcare institutions

first_imgDeaths of 3 children at GPHC……“show us that you have confidence in your system as well,” – protester“Quality health care is not a partisan issue” and “poor lives matter” were the signals being sent on Wednesday by a group of protesters who stood outside the Public Health Ministry on Brickdam, Georgetown, calling for a thorough investigation into the deaths of the three children who died allegedly as a result of negligence on the part of the Georgetown Public Hospital.A section of the protesters who gathered at Brickdam on WednesdayThe voices of those persons echoed for transparency and accountability in the health sector as they questioned the Government’s faith in the health care they are offering to Guyanese, since they rush to seek medical attention abroad.One protester, Sherlina Nageer, said “because its mostly poor people using the public health facility, we feel like poor people’s lives don’t matter so the other thing that can be done is if all the politicians (and) all the parliamentarians let us see them using the public health facilities; not flying out to other countries when you need care.”She added that Guyanese, who cannot afford such expensive medical treatment, are forced to make use of the services being offered locally while their hard earned tax dollars would finance trips for those in Government.“Show us that you have confidence in your system as well,” she added.Meanwhile, Susan Collimore, another protester, said she believes the persons who were responsible for the deaths of those innocent children should be held accountable for their actions. According to her, the Public Health Ministry seems to be sweeping these and more incidents under the carpet, which paints a bad example for young medical practitioners.“I don’t think enough is being done but before you transfer a person that made a mistake you need to punish them in some way or the other, either revoking their licences or something… you move me from one department and you put me to another department, what example are you showing to the others so there is no justice… when you do something like that, it giving other doctors and nurses the privilege to say well it’s okay to do wrong and get off with it,” Collimore told Guyana Times.She called on the Public Health Ministry to conduct a proper investigation to appease the parents who are still mourning the loss of their children.One mother, Christina Scott, who lost her child at the West Demerara Regional Hospital, said she stands in the gap for all hurting mothers who lost their children at the hands of medical practitioners.She also noted that she is calling on the relevant authorities to provide answers on the death of her child, who died during birth on October 23, 2018.Scott said while she went to also make a complaint to the Guyana Medical Council, she is still to hear from them on the matter and much to her disappointment, three months later, the GMC has not contacted her.Another activist said he was specifically sick of the drug shortage which continues to plague the country, saying this matter needs to be addressed by the administration.One protester remarked that all politicians should seek medical treatment locally at Guyana’s public health care facilities. She added that if politicians can take taxpayers money to travel abroad for medical services than that consideration should be extended to all Guyanese.The protesters called for swift actions to be taken and justice for all the innocent lives that were lost at national institutions.Major public outrage was sparked recently after three children lost their lives under questionable circumstances at the Georgetown Public Hospital.They are six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca, three-year-old Roshani Seegobin and Curwayne Edwards.While in Opposition, the now governing coalition parties had heavily criticised members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic for seeking medical treatment overseas, instead of utilising the nation’s facilities.However, now in Government, A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Ministers have been flying to Ireland and other overseas territories in a bid to access medical treatment. It has also been disclosed that a health insurance policy has been prepared for Government officials.last_img read more

GPL hosts community outreach in West Ruimveldt

first_imgResidents of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, were given an opportunity to voice their concerns to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) on Tuesday morning as the power company hosted yet another community outreach.A large crowd turned out to the outreach, which was held at the West Ruimveldt Secondary School.A customer speaking to a GPL representative about her issuesAmong the concerns raised at the outreach was the ineligibility of persons to obtain services from GPL as a result of not having certain documents including land title or transport. The company’s representatives, in response, noted that accommodations are being made to assist persons.According to the company’s Customer Service Officer, Bibi Knights, persons can now utilise legal services by using documents such as their rates and tax receipts.“One of them in particular that stood out is that persons without documents, the right documentation to have a service. The perception is that we are only and we were indeed only accepting a title, lease, transports and so on but persons were not aware that they could submit rates and tax receipts,” Knights explained.The customer service officer noted that this lack of knowledge has contributed to a large number of persons having illegal connections.“A number of persons currently are having illegal supply and again it is because of documentation, so with the alternative that is the rates and taxes receipts, we can now have them on board” Knights revealed.Thus far, outreaches have been held in Buxton, Friendship and East Ruimveldt. However, the electrical company aims to host several more countrywide.Persons are being asked to keep updated with press releases and to visit GPL’s Facebook page for details.Customers and prospective customers are also asked to utilise the opportunity given to them by visiting the outreaches.last_img read more

Dr Karen Cummings appointed as new Foreign Affairs Minister

first_imgJunior Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings, has been named Guyana’s new Foreign Affairs Minister and was among the four new Ministers who were sworn-in by President David Granger as members to his Cabinet on Thursday.Speaking with reporters after taking her Oath of Office, Minister Cummings said she was surprised when she was offered the post but is up for the challenge.“I know it’s a lot of hard work but I’m prepared for the tasks and I hope to serve in this new office with distinction.”Dr Cummings was appointed Junior Health Minister back in 2015 and noted that she is satisfied with the work she has done for almost four years.“I’ve (been) able to see some achievements in terms of Non-Communicable Diseases – we’ve had a NCD Commission set up, we’ve passed the tobacco law… and in terms of vaccination coverage and universal healthcare, we’ve made strong strides in these and making every effort to deliver effective and efficient health care to the populace of Guyana,” she noted.The newly appointed Foreign Affairs Minister is expected to begin work in her new position today with a meeting at the Ministry. Dr Cummings said she is looking forward to working with her predecessor, Carl Greenidge, and is hoping that he takes her under his wing.“I hope to see him (at the meeting) because I still think he can be my coach. It’s a new area and I look forward to working with him,” Dr Cummings added.According to the Head of State, Minister Cummings was the fittest replacement for former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who was forced to resign as a result of his dual citizenship status.“The country could not be without a Foreign Minister and I felt, in my considered judgement, that she was the fittest person for that portfolio. That was the deciding factor (for her appointment),” the President told reporters following the swearing-in ceremony.Dr Cummings took the Oath of Office along with new Minister of State Dawn Hastings-Williams; Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar; and new Public Service Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley.New MinistersAdditionally, Junior Ministers Annette Ferguson and Simona Charles-Broomes received Instruments of Appointments for their new posts after they were transferred from the Ministries of Public Infrastructure and Natural Resources, respectively. Minister Ferguson was appointed Housing Minister within the Communities Ministry, while Minister Broomes is now in charge of Youth Affairs within the Ministry of the Presidency.Moreover, Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood, who was also reassigned as Minister of Rural Affairs within the Agriculture Ministry was absent from Thursday’s ceremony.Nevertheless, President Granger noted that these new appointments will ensure smoother functioning of Government.The Head of State went on to say that the “Oath of Office” is not a ceremonial ritual but represents a solemn promise and creates three principal obligations; first, to swear true faith and allegiance to the people; second, to execute the duties of his or her office without fear or favour, affection or ill-will and, third, in so doing, to honour, uphold and preserve the Constitution.“These three obligations are sacred. I expect that those who have taken the “Oath of Office” (Thursday) morning, will fulfil their obligations at all times. I have a duty to ensure that the Government acts in accordance with the Constitution. Four Ministers resigned their seats in the National Assembly and their portfolios in the Cabinet with effect from 25th April in order to comply with the Constitution. Their resignations have necessitated a rebalancing of the Executive,” he stated.The reshuffling of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Cabinet came on the heels of recent rulings in the local courts that it is illegal for persons with dual citizenship to be elected to sit in the National Assembly.As a result of this ruling, which was first handed down by acting Chief Justice Roxane George in January and then upheld by the Appeal Court in March, former Minister of State Joseph Harmon; former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and former Public Service, Minister Dr Rupert Roonaraine were forced to resigned.It was previously indicated that all these Ministers, with the exception of Gaskin, will be renouncing their second citizenship. Gaskin is a born Briton and according to the courts, by renewing his British passport he is pledging allegiance to another state.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Harry Maguire joins Leicester City from relegated Hull

first_img The 24-year-old defender becomes Craig Shakespeare’s first signing 1 Leicester have signed defender Harry Maguire from Hull for an undisclosed fee.The 24-year-old had a year remaining on his contract at Hull but following the club’s relegation from the Premier League he has joined the Foxes on a five-year deal.Maguire becomes the club’s first signing since Craig Shakespeare agreed a three-year deal as full-time Leicester boss last week.A fee of around £17million has reportedly been agreed between the two clubs and Maguire will link up with his new team-mates in early July ahead of Leicester’s pre-season training camp in Austria.He told LCFC TV: ”It’s obviously a very exciting time for myself. Once I had my eyes on this club I always wanted to join.“Thankfully I’m here, so I can’t wait to get the season started and kick on.”There were a number of clubs interested, but when I met the manager here he pretty much swayed it into the direction of this club. He showed me the way that the club is going. It’s on the up and it looks very promising for the future, so credit to the gaffer.”You can see that with the structure of the club it’s going to look upwards rather than down, so that was a big reason why. As soon as I knew there was an interest, I wanted to jump at the opportunity.”Leicester have been looking to bring in some cover in the centre of defence after injuries to captain Wes Morgan and Robert Huth last season exposed their lack of depth in that position.Maguire was a stand-out performer for Hull during the 2016/17 campaign and was expected to leave the club following their relegation from the Premier League.The 24-year-old joined the Tigers in the summer of 2014 from Sheffield United for a fee of £2.5m and the Blades will receive a windfall from Maguire’s sale after inserting a sell-on clause in the deal that took him to East Yorkshire.Maguire spent time on loan at Wigan during his first year with Hull before helping the club win promotion from the Championship the year after.last_img read more

Donegal waste operator Ferry should be arrested and jailed, says court

first_imgDonegal businessman Jim Ferry should be arrested and jailed for contempt of court orders, a judge has ruled.Once detained and brought to prison, the only way Ferry could be freed is by showing the court that he is complying with an order it made last April, the High Court was told. The Irish Times report that the order directed Ferry, described as a serial dumper, to clean up an 11-acre illegal dump he was operating in at Rossbracken near Letterkenny.The site is in a special area of conservation and is on the Wild Atlantic Way near Lough Swilly.It was found last year to contain between 28,000 and 36,000 tons of illegally dumped household waste that had been buried and several thousand tons more hidden in sheds and strewn around the site. The waste was leaching toxic leachate into a stream flowing into the lough.In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, Donegal County Council pursued Ferry to the extent of asking for his imprisonment because of his record of persistent illegal dumping, for which he has District Court convictions, and for failing to comply with the April High Court order.“While I hear civil cases, I have never had occasion to send an individual to prison,” Mr Justice Max Barrett said as he considered the case. “I am afraid that I am faced with the circumstance where there is a constant, deliberate and willful refusal to comply with the court order.”He said he had thought about jailing Ferry for a specific length of time but, because of the evidence, he resolved to issue a committal order “whereby Mr Ferry will be lodged in prison until he purged his contempt”.Ferry, who runs two waste companies in Donegal – Ferry’s Refuse Collection Limited and Ferry’s Refuse Recycling Limited – was present for the case and was accompanied by two male supporters.Representing himself, he denied refusing to comply with the order, claiming he could not comply because he could not find a legal way of removing and disposing of the Rossbracken waste.It was claimed in court that Ferry has made millions through illegal dumping but he claims to be financially broke.Donegal waste operator Ferry should be arrested and jailed, says court was last modified: August 23rd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:courtdonegaldumperjailjim ferrylast_img read more

Community and emergency services praised after missing man’s body found

first_imgA community spent a week searching for a reclusive man after a bike was found on the outskirts of a Co Donegal village.An inquest into the death of James ‘Philemy’ Boyle heard how dozens of locals as well as Donegal Mountain Rescue, Gardai and the Coastguard combed several miles looking for the 73-year-old. Philemy, who was originally from Scotland, had made his home to Oughterlin in Rathmullan many years ago and was well-known in the community.He was last seen pushing his bicycle on the night of November 7th, 2016.However, it was not until November 20th that a local woman reported an abandoned bicycle which had been at a wall for the previous two weeks.Garda Enda Jennings made several enquiries but could not find the owner of the bike.However, it was not until landowner Samuel Dill reported his neighbour Mr Boyle missing that Gardai made the connection.A huge search was launched in a bid to find Mr Boyle.Local man David Borland told the inquest that he had chatted with Philemy around 7pm on November 7th, 2016.The pair chatted about football and Mr Boyle called Mr Borlan ‘Liverpool’ because he supported the football team.As he pushed his bike up the road, Philemy said to Mr Boyle “I’m not done yet Liverpool.”Another witness, Michael Friel said he came across a man walking on the road between 9pm and 10pm and noticed that the backside of his coat was wet.He noticed the man was Philemy and he asked him if he needed a lift but he replied he was wet and was not getting into the car.On December 10th local man Daniel Canning went out to take part in the search.Mr Canning said he used to shoot in the area and decided to search in some forestry.At about 11.45am he came across a body in a hallowed area in the forest which turned out to be that of the missing man.He blessed himself, said some prayers and then asked for local Garda Enda Jennings whom he had known.The body was lying face-up, was fully-clothed apart from footwear and there was congealed blood in the man’s ear.When questioned by coroner Dr Denis McCauley, Mr Canning said he felt that Mr Boyle had decided to take a diagonal route to his house across fields and forestry from the roadway.The pathologist’s report on Mr Boyle’s remains showed he had a back injury and also had heart disease and had most likely had a heart attack and died in the forest.In line with those findings, he said Mr Boyle died as a result of natural causes.Coroner Dr McCauley paid tribute to the emergency services for all their work and especially to the community of Rathmullan in their efforts to find Mr Boyle.Community and emergency services praised after missing man’s body found was last modified: September 27th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:donegalGardaiinquestjames boylemissingRathmullanlast_img read more

Liverpool to make ‘concrete offer’ for Argentina ace

first_imgAnd, according to TMW, Liverpool are monitoring Dybala’s situation ahead of making a ‘concrete offer’ for the former Instituto star.The report further states that, from Dybala’s end, there may be a willingness to negotiate with Liverpool over a move to Merseyside. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool have been linked with a shock move for Dybala However, the 24-year-old, who was a member of the Argentina squad at the World Cup, could be allowed to leave Turin this summer.Juve are reportedly hoping to wrap up a deal for Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid superstar, and they will sell Dybala and fellow Argentine Gonzalo Higuain to fund the deal. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Dybala could be sold to fund Ronaldo’s transfer to Juventus 2 REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST LIVING THE DREAM Liverpool are considering making a bid for Juventus ace Paulo Dybala, according to reports.Dybala, the forward, has been one of the standout players in Serie A since joining Juve in the summer of 2015 from Palermo. 2 moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade TOP WORK three-way race targets RANKED targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest transfer news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Jurgen Klopp has already completed a deal to sign Fabinho, the Monaco midfielder, this summer, with Naby Keita also arriving at Anfield after his signing last year.Talks for a move for Nabil Fekir, the Lyons and France attacker, collapsed at the 11th hour, although there are suggestions Liverpool may look to re-open negotiations when the World Cup finishes.last_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with The Durban Play House to promote Constitution

first_imgBrand South Africa partners with the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Durban Play House to Promote the Constitution Amongst South African Youth Johannesburg, Tuesday 22 May 2018 – Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Durban Play House, will host a three-day youth activation that aims to promote affinity to South Africa’s Constitution which has been hailed as “the most admirable Constitution in the history of the world.”The three day activation hosted at the Play House which commences today, until 24 May 2018, will  stage a Gibson Kente’s play “HOW LONG?” . This  will be  the first time since it was banned in 1976. Brand South Africa identified this as an ideal platform to promote Constitutional Awareness, and the Constitution’s protection for  freedom of speech, by exposing school learners to the Theatre to watch the  play.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Stakeholder Relations, Ms Mpumi Mabuza said: “These programmes use the Constitution as a catalyst for pride and patriotism in order to encourage active citizenship amongst South Africans.Our aim is to deliver practical insights and knowledge about the Constitution to  inspire allegiance and patriotism  through engagement with the youth.”South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP)  outlines steps that South Africa should take in order to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030, with specific objectives and outcomes on how the country can move forward in realising the NDP’s goals.“In relation to this – Brand South Africa has been identified as one of the key delivery partners of Outcome 14 (Social Cohesion)  to promote awareness of South Africa’s Constitution – focusing on fostering constitutional values, the promotion of equal opportunities & inclusion,  influence anti-xenophobic behaviour, and drive social cohesion across society through increased interaction among South Africans.And as part of the these objectives, Brand South Africa has embarked on programmes that seek to promote awareness of the Constitution by highlighting the fruits of freedom in order to popularise the Constitution,” added Mabuza.The production is currently running at the Playhouse Opera theatre until 27th of May 2018 and includes a cast of 49 professional South African actors, choreographers, artists, composers, directors, producers and theatre personnel.The production will consist of 26 acts and promises to create national and global awareness of South African historic events.Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing.A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Join the conversation:Facebook: Official Brand South AfricaTwitter: @Brand_SAFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

SKA awards bursaries to five matriculants

first_img15 January 2016Five matriculants from the small rural town of Carnarvon who did particularly well in maths and science in their final National Senior Certificate exams at the end of 2015 are setting off for university in the coming days, armed with full bursaries from the Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA).Carnarvon, in Northern Cape, is a remote town. It is the closest inhabited place to where the SKA SA radio telescope is being built. The global technology project, with operations in South Africa and Australia, is tasked with mapping the universe. It is an important addition to the town’s economy. Most of the construction is being done on-site and it is providing employment for the area’s citizens and a much- needed economic boost for the town.The project has always strived to give back to the community for allowing the operation and its people to become part of the community, says Lorenzo Raynard, SKA SA communications manager. The bursary initiative, part of the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme, was started in 2005 and already has helped more than 730 pupils to study in the science and engineering fields at tertiary institutions.#SKAnews Local high school students to receive full university bursary from @SKA_Africa! https://t.co/sgWvHy1Qch pic.twitter.com/dGP2X6DMV2— SquareKilometreArray (@SKA_telescope) January 12, 2016This year, five 2015 matriculants from the local Carnarvon High School have the opportunity to continue their studies in science-related fields thanks to bursaries offered through the programme.The students – Anver Adams, Janethon de Klerk, Kyle Henderson, Cedwill Abdol and Bradley Bosman – all performed well in mathematics and physical science in their final exams, and want to study for Bachelor’s degrees in computer and data science, electrical engineering and physics at various universities around South Africa.“Our goal is to ensure sustainability for the SKA and that site engineers be drawn from the local community,” SKA SA project director Dr Rob Adam said in a statement released on 8 January. “In turn (we want to) provide a way for local young people to achieve their dreams of greatness through science. (This is) the first time learners from the school with support from SKA SA, have obtained matric results with exemptions to further their studies in science related fields.”Itumeleng Molefi, the physical science teacher at the school, cannot be more proud of his students’ achievements. He said some of the learners came from severely challenging backgrounds. “It is only through their own perseverance and determination that they have succeeded.”The students, together with their teachers, as well as with some knowledge and assistance from SKA SA employees, made the effort and worked hard to pass their final exams in November and December 2015 and are now looking forward to starting their new learning journeys.@SKA_Africa gives bursaries 2 five Carnarvon matric learners who obtained exemption. #MatricResults #Matric2015 pic.twitter.com/IsFWh3SrCP— lebotshangela (@lebotshangela) January 9, 2016Bosman has applied to study for a Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Free State. He said he was glad he made the effort to persevere during the year. “It was very difficult at times because we did not have a science teacher in Grade 10. From Grade 11 onwards it was much easier after Mr Molefi joined the school.”Abdol wants to excel in computer science, starting at the University of the Free State. “It is a great privilege for me to have this opportunity,” he said of his achievement. “I am thankful for all the support that I had. I would like to improve my circumstances and will do anything to achieve my dreams.”Henderson was the 2015 head boy at Carnarvon High School, and will be a first year student at North West University this year, studying physics and mathematics. He made special mention of SKA SA in inspiring him to perform well, saying that “my matric year was made easier knowing that I had the support of SKA. (The reward of getting the bursary) motivated me to study harder and put in more effort. I am looking forward to my future because I know that I have excellent privileges and opportunities.”De Klerk, the 2015 Carnarvon head girl, said she was incredibly motivated by the presence of SKA in the town, with its bursary opportunity inspiring her to work even harder for her university degree. “What you put in is what you will gain and I want to work much harder because I do not want to disappoint my sponsors and support team.” She hoped to start her Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Free State. She plans to study science, specialising in astronomy, which might mean she may find herself working with her bursary sponsor sometime in the future.In addition to being a star player in the school’s first rugby team, Adams aced his final exams and now looks forward to going to the University of the Western Cape to start his science degree. “I knew that I had to put in all my effort and pass and the rest will be taken care of (by SKA SA). I am proud of my achievements and look forward to the future,” he said.SKA SA is proud of the Carnarvon five’s success and determination, says Sam Rametse, the professional officer: schools and outreach for the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme.“We are reaping the benefits of appointing a science educator at Carnarvon High School who took the learners from Carnarvon and surrounding areas under his wing. It is due to his hard work that we see this success and we look forward to supporting the students in their further studies.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more