Picketing exercise continues outside Public Health Ministry

first_imgDeaths of 3 children at GPHC…employees being investigated sent on admin leave — MinisterFor the second week in a row, activists on Wednesday picketed the Public Health Ministry as they lobbied for transparency and accountability in the health sector, following the deaths of three children at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The protesters vowed to continue their picketing for a third week if the ministry does not provide some information on the deaths of the three children.A picketer, Sherlina Nageer, “We’re gonna be out here for at least one more week and we are hoping people who have been affected, who have negative issues in the public health sector come out and join us to stand up for their rights. Health care is a human right, it’s in our constitution (and) we deserve improvements.”Nageer told Guyana Times that Red Thread have contacted a lawyer who is ready to lend service to the parents who lost their children and by extension, persons who have had bad encounters with the Public Health Ministry.Some of the picketers outside the Public Health Ministry on Wednesday“There needs to be more accountability, people need to pay more attention, especially when you are dealing with poor people because poor people who cannot afford private care or can’t afford to fly out are often the ones using the Public Health System and so we need to have more confidence,” she argued.She added that there is a grave need for improved services being offered by the Guyana Medical Council.“The (Guyana) Medical Council also which is responsible for investigating situations that are questionable needs to do a better job. A lot of the public may have an issue and don’t know where to report it, sometimes they do report it and they wait for months and months and months and they never hear back from the Medical Council, so those people give up and move on with their lives,” the picketer posited.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen CummingsAnother activist from Red Thread, told this newspaper that nurses and doctors who are found culpable after a probe should be held accountable.“I want to see better health care…I need to see more stricter penalties for those persons who have defaulted,” she said.ProbeMeanwhile, the Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings when contacted informed this publication that the investigation into the deaths of six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca, three-year-old Roshani Seegobin and Curwayne Edwards is progressing well.Cummings explained that the investigation is likely to conclude this week as most of the parties involved have already been interviewed.“We should wrap it (the investigations) up this week I think according to what I gathered from the persons who was in charge the DCMO (Deputy Chief Medical Officer) Dr Karen Boyle. I think there is one other person from Region Eight (Potaro-Sipuruni) the mother she had to be interviewed I think this week,” she said.In addition, the minister noted that the ministry is optimistic of receiving the report by next week. The minister added that the persons who were involved in “whatever mishap” occurred have been sent on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.Meanwhile, a senior official at the GPHC told this publication on Wednesday that the investigation has been going well, “but the team has been combing through the cases with caution as the lives of three children were lost.”Major public outrage was sparked recently after the three children lost their lives under questionable circumstances at the Georgetown Public Hospital.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

Tang takes second Roubaix Cup race

first_imgIrvin Tang finished in first place of the Blizzard Bike Club’s second Roubaix Cup race. He clocked in at 1:33:51, about a minute and a half ahead of second place finisher Dawit Feyissa.Ben Dawson took the third spot at 1:39:58, Gary Hilderman was fourth in 1:44:18, and finishing fifth was Jon Obie with a time of 1:45:51.Sixth place was Rob Sapp, and Dan Webster was seventh.- Advertisement -After two races Feyissa leads the standings with nine points. He’s followed by Gary Hilderman and Irvin Tang as they have six and five points respectively with one race to go.last_img

Dawson Creek hosts Alberta Senior Curling Provincials

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The Alberta Senior Provincial Curling Championships officially kicked off in Dawson Creek at noon today.A total of eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams will be competing to represent Alberta at the upcoming Senior Nationals taking place in Fredericton New Brunswick next month.On the men’s side, Dawson Creek’s Darrel Veiner, Nick Palinkas, Ken Powell, and Perry Brust will represent the Peace Region as the lone team from BC. Grande Prairie’s rink skipped by Kurt Balderston is the only other team from our neck of the woods, competing against three teams each from Northern and Southern Alberta.- Advertisement -On the women’s side, Marlene Maxwell will be enjoying the support of the home crowd, along with third Brenda Ginter, second Cheryl Ireland, and lead Glenna Beamer. Maxwell’s rink will be joined by the rink of Janet Plante from Grande Prairie as the two Peace Region teams in the bonspiel.The first draw was at noon today, with the second taking place this evening at 7:00 p.m. Schedules for the Men’s and Women’s draws can be found at the above links.last_img read more

Former PNC stalwarts join PPP protest

first_imgLongstanding People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) stalwart and Member of Parliament, Dave Danny and his son joined scores of People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) protesters outside the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesday as they continue to mount pressure on the coalition Government to resign and call elections.Dave Danny Jnr at PPP/C’s protest on TuesdayDanny Senior, who served as a PNCR parliamentarian in the 8th and 9th Parliament, and his son, Dave Danny Jnr, who announced his resignation from the party last week, held placards calling for elections as they marched outside the President’s Office.Speaking with reporters, Danny Snr related that he joined the protest because he is tired of Government’s excuse for not adhering to constitutional rule.“The Constitution is clear that [within] 90 days, elections should be called and the excuse they having about GECOM (Guyana Elections Commission) not being ready is just an excuse to prolong [the delays of holding elections]… You have to be able to adhere to the rule of law but people don’t want to obey the law, and they expect you to obey the law. So the reason I’m here is that I would like to see the rule of law [adhered to] and if you don’t practice what you preach then you gotta be a hypocrite,” he asserted.Meanwhile, his son, Danny Jr, echoed similar sentiments, declaring that the caretaker Government has no respect for the country’s Constitution.“We see that the Government and the President clearly has no respect for the Constitution, they’re just sitting there. I don’t know what they waiting on… this cannot go on,” he noted.Former PNCR parliamentarian Dave Danny speaking with reporters on the sidelines of PPP’s protest on TuesdayAccording to the younger Danny, Guyanese are frustrated with the state of affairs in the country caused by the actions of the coalition Government.“People are suffering… and people are preparing to run out of this place because people are afraid of their lives…,” he asserted.Only last week Danny Jnr made headlines after announcing his resignation from the PNCR, ending three generations of commitment and dedication by his bloodline to the party.In a video shared on social media by the PPP, Danny Jr said he left the party because of the many downfalls of the PNC-led coalition Government but most specifically, its failure to deliver on their promises made in the manifesto.He had stated too that the APNU/AFC Government continues to ignore the plights of its supporters.“It saddens me to say the PNC I knew is seemingly allowing wickedness to prevail, the root of their denial and arrogance stems from their disconnection from society. I know that there are many in the PNC, including cardholders and supporters outside, who are also displeased with the party and by extension, the performance in Government. I have spoken to many supporters who complained that certain Ministers do not have 10 minutes time to spend to listen to the various concerns, the recent scrambling by Government is comical for supporters cannot be hoodwinked.”The younger Danny is a Government Regional Councillor in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and a former PNC Youth Executive.last_img read more

Argentine football passion, a criminal’s poisoned chalice

first_imgOver the last two years, police have laid their hands on 424 criminals that had gone to watch a football match.The Secure Stand operation that saw police check the identity of 7.5 million fans in almost 800 operations across 60 stadiums in Argentina has resulted in thieves, rapists and violent criminals finding themselves behind bars.On top of that, another 1,507 known thugs were denied entry to their game of choice.That’s what the operation was originally set up for: to prevent hooligans from entering stadiums, as Argentine football suffered in the grip of growing fan violence.– ‘Can’t change passion’ –In the Oscar-winning 2010 film, “The Secret in Their Eyes,” an Argentine football fan says: “A guy can change anything. His face, his home, his family, his girlfriend, his religion, his God.“But there’s one thing he can’t change: He can’t change his passion.”That passion has caught up with numerous criminals in the country. Still, that is barely a drop in the ocean, given Argentina has 50,000 fugitives.It’s not just violent crime in the authorities’ sights, though, as a woman scammer found out when she turned up with her two sons to watch her beloved Talleres de Cordoba play.She was detained and her husband called to collect the children so she could be formally arrested.Football-related violence had become so bad that away supporters were barred from traveling to games last year, a measure that has started to be rolled back as a result of the successful Secure Stand operation.“We’ve had an interesting curve since implementing the Secure Stand program,” the government’s director of sporting security, Guillermo Madero told AFP.“The number of fugitives is the same and those getting access to the stadium is declining. That means the hooligans have stopped going (to games).”In September 2017, a man wanted for sexual abuse and aggravated theft, who had been on the run for 11 days, was apprehended trying to get into the ground to watch Racing play San Martin de San Juan.Juan Matias, a vice president at Newell’s Old Boys, the team Messi supports, had been wanted for drug smuggling. In June, he was caught trying to get into a Union game in Santa Fe.– Fruitful derbies –Some of those prevented from entering stadiums were vetoed over incidents that took place during the World Cup in Russia.Derby matches have proved the most fruitful for police as fans — criminals included — simply can’t resist the urge to be at their side’s biggest games.Last November, at a clash between local Buenos Aires rivals San Lorenzo and Huracan, police fingered Silvio Alejandro Rodriguez, who had been sought over sexual assault and corruption of minors.The most unforgettable arrest, though, was in February during the River-Estudiantes derby, also in Buenos Aires.Nicolas Bordon was wanted for aggravated homicide, drug trafficking, illicit association and resisting authority.One of his victims was a police officer, much to the “dismay” of those “that participated in his arrest,” according to Madero.Given the number of police officers operating around football grounds, it would seem a risk hardly worth taking for a wanted criminal.But psychologist Betina Payaslian says they simply can’t help themselves.“They think they’re doing nothing but trying to avoid the trap, but all they end up doing is searching for it along their path,” she said.“That’s the neurosis trap and it’s a snag. What perplexes them is not understanding how they ended up there in a place that feels cruelly familiar.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Boca Juniors’ forward Carlos Tevez (R) strikes the ball past Velez Sarsfield’s defender Joaquin Laso during their Argentina First Division Superliga football match in Buenos Aires on September 2, 2018 © AFP / Alejandro PAGNIBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Sep 5 – Argentines are well known the world over for their passion for football. What’s not such common knowledge is how that very fervor is helping police catch criminals.In Argentina, the country that gave the world footballing geniuses of the likes of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, it seems that fugitives from justice can remain hidden only as long as there isn’t a match on.last_img read more

YOUNG DONEGAL MAN IN ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’ CASE GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE

first_imgA young man at the centre of the so-called ‘Romeo and Juliet’ court case has been sentenced to six months in prison but has had his sentence suspended.The 21 year old from Co Donegal, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to the defilement of a child when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.The man admitted the charge which took place at a vacant house in 2006. He admitted the charge against a girl who was just 14 at the time while he was 15 and going on 16.The court heard how the accused and another two boys and two girls entered the house after a ceili on August 5th, 2006.The girl admitted that she took part in various acts of intimacy including performing oral sex on the boy.However she denies she ever consented to ‘full sex’ with the boy.The boy admitted having anal sex with the girl which she said he performed against her will.The Gardai were informed of the incident when another girl told her father about the incident and he, in turn, informed the local school principal.A full investigation was launched and the girl was taken to the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin for treatment.The court heard that the young man had admitted to defiling the girl but claimed the sex was consensual.The court heard that the girl had suffered from depression as a result of the incident and was on medication.Barristers for the young man said the case had been hanging over him for six years as appeals were made to both the High Court and the Supreme Court.The case attracted much notoriety in the media and became known as the Romeo and Juliet case because the law allows the prosecution of teenage boys for having sex with teenage girls but prevents prosecution of the girls.Judge John O’Hagan said the case involved a couple of kids who got together and their hormones ran away with them.He said the Oireachtas had clearly recognised that this was not a “sexual predator” type crime.Judge O’Hagan said that perhaps he was too old to answer some of the questions thrown up by the case.“The circumstances surrounding how it happened are quite different than perhaps what some of we older generation might have experienced.“Young people have different views about experimenting with their bodies,” he said.He added that he was not in any way blaming the young girl or suggesting she did anything wrong.“On the other hand I am not suggesting (the man) did anything wrong in the heat of the circumstances of the moment,” he said.Judge O’Hagan said that he had no plans to impose a custodial sentence on the young man.Instead he sentenced him to six months in prison and suspended the term for a period of 12 months.The young man’s mother wept in court as the sentence was passed down.At hearing.YOUNG DONEGAL MAN IN ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’ CASE GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE was last modified: July 18th, 2012 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:Letterkenny Circuit CourtRomeo and Juliet lawlast_img read more

Fulham expect to sign Newcastle striker

first_img LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Mitrovic was central to Fulham’s promotion Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets IN DEMAND 1 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Fulham are closing in on the signing of Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and expect to complete a deal when the Serb striker returns from holiday.Mitrovic was loaned out to Fulham in January last season and scored 12 goals in 18 appearances to help fire the Whites into the Premier League via the play-offs. moving on RANKED LATEST REVEALED According to the Telegraph, the west London club have agreed a fee in principle with the Magpies, with only terms of payment left to negotiate. A deal is expected to go through by the end of the month.Fulham look set to smash their previous transfer record to land the 23-year-old. Newcastle want around £20m, which is significantly more than the £12.4 Fulham paid Olympiacos for Konstantinos Mitroglou in 2014.The news will be music to the ears of Whites fans. Mitrovic was an integral part of the club’s 23-game unbeaten run in the Championship and became something of a cult hero at Craven Cottage last season.His performances at the World Cup may well have increased his value – he scored the first goal in Serbia’s 2-1 defeat to Switzerland and was menacing throughout the group stage before Serbia were eliminated. targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more

WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL HOTEL TO BE TURNED INTO AMUSEMENT ARCADE

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known hotels is to be turned into an amusement arcade.An application has been made to transform the Gleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny into a gaming centre.The hotel, located at the Port Roundabout at the entrance to the town, has remained closed since it shut its doors since December 2010. The owners of the hotel, the Kelly family, said at the time that it was no longer financially viable to keep the 25 bedroom hotel open.The hotel had been open for more than 20 years before its sudden closure.Now a Milford couple have applied to Letterkenny Town Council to turn the premises into an amusement arcade.Darren and Siobhan McGarry have applied to have security features put on the building as well as a change of signage and the introduction of a smoking area.   WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL HOTEL TO BE TURNED INTO AMUSEMENT ARCADE was last modified: September 7th, 2012 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:amusement arcadeGleneany House HotelLetterkenny Town Councillast_img read more

Everton host Burnley in Premier League Friday night fixture

first_imgEverton vs BurnleyGoodison Park, LiverpoolFriday, 03-02-2019 @10pmReferee: Chris KavanaghEverton have no new injury concerns, although Andre Gomes serves the final match of a three-game suspension. Theo Walcott has overcome illness, and Yerry Mina could return from a hamstring injury.Burnley are set to welcome back Peter Crouch following an appendix operation, while Phil Bardsley may return from a gashed leg. Robbie Brady is also available after missing last weekend for the birth of his second child.Everton have lost three of their past five Premier League games against Burnley, as many as they had in the previous 16 top-flight meetings. Burnley can win consecutive league matches at Goodison Park for the first time since a run of three victories between 1958 and 1960.AFC Bournemouth vs Tottenham HotspursVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 04-05-2019 @2:30pmReferee: Craig PawsonBournemouth quartet David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Adam Smith and Dominic Solanke all face fitness tests. Lewis Cook, Charlie Daniels, Simon Francis, Diego Rico, Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman remain out.Tottenham are without defender Jan Vertonghen because of the head injury he suffered against Ajax on Tuesday. Serge Aurier, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are still absent, but Son Heung-min and Vincent Janssen are available after missing the Ajax match.Tottenham are unbeaten in all seven Premier League meetings, winning six and conceding just two goals. Spurs average 3.1 goals per game against Bournemouth in the top flight, their best record against any Premier League side. Their only meeting outside the Premier League was back in 1957 when Bournemouth won an FA Cup fifth-round tie 3-1 at home.It’s 18 defeats for Spurs in all competitions this season, their most in a campaign since they they were beaten 19 times in 2008-09. Tottenham have lost 11 matches in 2019, including four of their past five. They lost 11 competitive fixtures in the whole of 2018. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have suffered 12 Premier League defeats so far this season – only two teams have lost more and still finished in the top four: Chelsea in 1997-98 (15) and Everton in 2004-05 (13). Tottenham had the division’s best away record at the end of January but they and Huddersfield are the only Premier League sides not to earn a point on the road since then. Son Heung-min has scored five goals in his past four games against Bournemouth, his joint-highest tally against a single club along with Watford.West Ham vs SouthamptonLondon Stadium, LondonSaturday, 04-05-2019 @5pmReferee: Scott AttwellWest Ham’s injury problems are easing, with Samir Nasri, who has missed five games with a calf strain, among those set to return. Manuel Lanzini and Aaron Cresswell are fit again, while Carlos Sanchez could make his comeback from a knee injury.Southampton will again be without Maya Yoshida and Jannik Vestergaard because of illness and injury respectively. Mario Lemina could start for the first time since returning from an abdominal problem.West Ham are aiming to do a league double over Southampton for the first time since 2000-01. The Hammers have come from behind to win in seven Premier League games against Southampton. This is the 100th league fixture between the clubs. A different West Ham player has scored twice in each of the past three Premier League meetings: Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson.Wolves vs FulhamMolinuex Stadium, West MidlandsSaturday, 04-05-2019 @5pmReferee: Jonathan MossWolves could name the same starting line-up for a third consecutive game. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has indicated that third choice goalkeeper Will Norris, 25, may feature in one of their two remaining matches.Fulham full-back Denis Odoi is ruled out after suffering concussion during last weekend’s 1-0 victory against Cardiff City. Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcus Bettinelli and Lazar Markovic remain sidelined by injuries.Fulham are winless in 14 league and cup games away to Wolves since a 4-0 victory in the second tier in April 1985 (D4, L10). The Cottagers have lost three of their four Premier League games at Molineux, conceding twice in each of those defeats.Cardiff City vs Crystal PalaceCardiff City Stadium, CardiffSaturday, 04-05-2019 @5pmReferee: Michael OliverKenneth Zohore should be fit for Cardiff but Aron Gunnarsson is a doubt and Harry Arter is likely to miss out. Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson, Joe Ralls and Matthew Connolly are all sidelined for the remainder of the season.Crystal Palace will be without Christian Benteke, who took a blow to his cheekbone during the draw with Everton and has not trained all week. Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Pape Souare are also ruled out by injuries.Cardiff have failed to score in all three previous Premier League meetings, losing twice and drawing the other. The Bluebirds have won only one of their last five league matches against Palace (D1, L3), a 2-1 home Championship triumph in 2012. However, the Eagles have recorded just one victory in their previous nine trips to Cardiff (D4, L4).Newcastle United vs LiverpoolSt. James’ Park, Newcastle upon TyneSaturday, 04-05-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Andre Marriner*Details to follow shortlyChelsea vs WatfordStamford Bridge, LondonSunday, 05-05-2019 @4pmReferee: Paul Tierney*Details to follow shortlyHuddersfield Town vs Man UnitedThe John Smith Stadium, West YorkshireSunday, 05-05-2019 @4pmReferee: Lee Mason*Details to follow shortlyArsenal vs BrightonEmirates Stadium, LondonSunday, 05-05-2019 @6:30pmReferee: Anthony Taylor*Details to follow shortlyMan City vs Leicester CityEtihad Stadium, ManchesterMonday, 06-05-2019 @10pmReferee: Mike Dean*Details to follow shortlyComments Tags: premier leaguelast_img read more

Humboldt State football ranked No. 22 nationally heading into Western Oregon showdown

first_imgArcata >> As September went on a season ago, the Humboldt State football team’s national ranking was on its way to becoming a thing of the past.Different year, different level of success, different kind of direction in the national rankings.A week after just missing being included in the Top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll, the Jacks are now a part of the party. Following its 72-14 dismantling of Simon Fraser, Humboldt State is one of two Great Northwest …last_img