The late Dr. Shane Sam MatthewThe remains of an Indian dentist who died in a fire at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital (GUMH) compound last month, have been laid to rest in his home country of India, the hospital administration has disclosed.The late Shan Sam Matthew, 22, who was working for the United Methodist Hospital in Ganta died instantly when the duplex that contained his apartment was mysteriously gutted by fire on September 3, 2017 at about 11pm local time.The duplex caught on fire while a portable generator was on, because the main public power (the LEC) was down. Though the actual cause of the fire has not yet been established, security are still carrying out an investigation.The late Dr. Matthew signed a contract with the hospital earlier this year and the contract was due to expire in December 2017, according to hospital administration. But Matthew met his horrendous death in the fire, leaving the entire hospital staff in tears, it was earlier reported.In a statement, the GUMH Administration said, “The late Dr. Mathew was sent to us through our partnership with Christian Dental College in Ludhiana, India, working with us serving as our dentist and the only dentist for the entire region of northeastern Liberia.”“He also served as instructor for the only nurse dental practitioner program in the country and as a young man with a Christian heart for the profession he chose, he showed compassion for his patients and worked diligently. His tragic departure from us is traumatic to the entire staff of Ganta Mission Station and the United Methodist Church of Liberia,” the statement read.The hospital administration has not announced when another dentist will be coming to Liberia to replace the late Dr. Matthew.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Fired cane harvesters who were made redundant and then rehired after the Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates reopened their doors have expressed concern over the arrangements they are forced to work under.Some of these workers are reportedly not covered under the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) recently gave out contracts to independent firms thus signalling the end of the trade union movement in the sector. This, cane cutters complain, is against the law, since they are already being exploited.The rewarding of contracts to independent contractors would mean that the workers would not be employed by GuySuCo and eligible for the benefits that go with such employment.Apart from no union representation, the workers are concerned that they now cannot benefit from NIS as they did in the past.Eustace Hunte, one of the workers fired from the Skeldon Estate who now works on a field at Palmyra, told Guyana Times that with no NIS coverage, he feels unprotected.“We suppose to get NIS. If we get chop while working here, we have nothing to get,” Hunte related. “We have to take care of ourselves because if anything happen to us, they don’t have anything to give us.” More than 4500 sugar workers were made redundant by GuySuCo last year. These workers were mainly from the Skeldon, Rose Hall and Enmore Estates and are being paid severance. Hunte says as workers they need to feel safe. “There is no safety,” he reiterated.As such, he is suggesting that arrangements be put in place for them to pay a percentage of the NIS contribution while the contractor pays the remainder as was previously done by GuySuCo.More worrying is the fact that the harvesters are being paid a flat price per tonne of cane irrespective of how bad the fields are and the distance workers must travel to the estate. Nevertheless, the workers related that they are paid at a rate of $1000 per ton of cane.Hunte related that with GuySuCo they were given $300 extra per bed when harvesting in difficult circumstances. In addition, the workers will not benefit from any of the allowances that were paid to them when they were employed by GuySuCo.Sources close to GuySuCo told this publication that plans were moving apace to have some of the fired workers become contractors.
Ten witnesses are slated to testify in the trial related to the December 26, 2014 murder of 39-year-old miner Sunil Ramsundar, which is set to commence at the Demerara High Court. A 12-member jury was on Tuesday empanelled before Justice Sandhill Kissoon at the opening of the June Criminal Assizes in Demerara.Nyron ThakurdyalVishawantie RagnauthThe accused, Vishawantie Ragnauth and Nyron Thakurdyal both denied the murder indictment presented by State Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt. On that fateful Boxing Night, at Patentia, West Bank Demerara, Ramsundar was killed after he allegedly attempted to settle a dispute between his sister, niece and his niece’s reputed husband.According to Police reports in 2014, the incident occurred at about 22:00h where it was alleged that Sunil Ramsundar’s sister was reportedly being assaulted by her daughter Vishawantie and Vishawantie’s reputed husband Thakurdyal.At that time, reports stated that the now deceased man enquired from his sister why she was crying, and upon learning that the couple had physically assaulted her, the man approached his niece for an explanation. However, this reportedly turned into a heated argument, during which Ramsundar was stabbed about his body. He collapsed on the spot and was pronounced dead on arrival to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.The duo is being represented by Attorney Nigel Hughes.
GECOM sub-plot– as $100M radio set scandal swept under carpetThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Commissioners on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) have declared a complete loss of confidence in Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield’s ability to carry out the duties of his office.During a press conference held at Freedom House on Friday, Commissioners Sase Gunraj, Robeson Benn and Bibi Shadick detailed a litany of complaints at the way GECOM is being run. Their appraisal of the CEO also comes against the backdrop of Lowenfield’s contract being renewed for another three years.GECOM CEO Keith LowenfieldThe Commissioners reported that there was a distinct disinterest within the GECOM hierarchy regarding the results of an audit conducted by the Auditor General into issues of procurement around the time of the May 2015 General and Regional Elections. Specifically, the Commissioners looked at GECOM’s purchase of $100 million in radio equipment.The Auditor General’s office had found discrepancies in the purchase of 50 VHF communication radios by the body. Concerns had been raised about the high price tag. As Lowenfield has been the CEO since 2014, the Commissioners expected that affirmative action on his part would be taken.However, Commissioner Gunraj reported that during a special meeting where the CEO’s contract was a substantive matter to be discussed, the subject of the forensic audits was raised. He explained that it came up as the audit was at the time featured prominently on the front page of local newspapers. He claimed that the matter was brushed aside.PPP Commissioners Sase Gunraj, Robeson Benn and Bibi Shadick“At the meeting, we were told that GECOM did not request an audit, so we ought not to pay heed to such an audit. Now, if ever there is an (example) of burying your head in the sand, then there couldn’t be a better one.”“This thing was on the front page of the newspapers for three weeks and we ought not to pay heed to it? Then tell me what we ought to pay heed to. As the Chief Elections Officer, the incumbent is the accounting officer. In the face of all those allegations, there was no desire to even await the outcome or report of that audit before we had this matter for consideration.”According to Commissioner Shadick, “one of the commissioners on the other side specifically said we did not request the audit. And since we did not ask that audit, we should not let that be a factor in our (deliberations).”When asked what had been the GECOM Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally’s position on the matter, Shadick said that he voted with them. And according to Commissioner Benn, this does not inspire confidence in the CEO.“Given the nature of the charges of the issues raised in the press, the CEO should have stepped down, stepped aside, until the audit was finished,” Benn said.Lowenfield, a former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Officer, was appointed the Chief Elections Officer in 2014. He got the nod ahead of former acting CEO Carlton Benn and two foreign applicants. Since then, he has overseen the May 2015 General and Regional Elections of 2015, as well as the 2016 Local Government Elections.Opposition Parliamentarian Ganga Persaud had filed a petition against the elections result. Lowenfield, through his attorney, had submitted a challenge against this petition. This challenge was overruled by then Chief Justice Ian Chang.However, the three Commissioners also believe that Lowenfield, due to his particular position, should not be a combatant in the proceedings, but rather strictly a respondent.“There is no confidence in a CEO who undertakes an action which fundamentally undercuts the integrity and transparency of the Agency. This is specifically in reference to his application to the courts. It cannot stand.”Commissioner Gunraj stressed that while, as a citizen, anyone is entitled to redress in the courts, Lowenfield’s particular position as GECOM’s CEO made it necessary for him to not be a combatant in the proceedings.Accountable to ParliamentWhen contacted on Friday, CEO Lowenfield refuted assertions that he had to address the Auditor General’s audit at the Commission’s level. He stated that the law stipulates that he is accountable to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament and that it would have been addressed at that level.“The CEO, as accounting officer, was accountable in 2015 to the Ministry of Finance. An audit was done, an audit report was presented. It is a public document. And I have to go to the (PAC) with that.”“So the Audit General’s office, which completed and submitted their report to Parliament and the PAC, will be addressing that. That is not a matter for the Commission. In 2015 GECOM was a budget agency, which fell directly under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance and the Audit General’s office. They’re the ones who the law prescribed to treat with that.”
– Express condolences to familiesFollowing the recent deaths of three patients who died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after being treated for cancer, the hospital is promising that it will deliver a transparent investigation of its own.According to the hospital in a statement, GPHC Board Chairperson Kesaundra Alves met with the mother and relatives of Sharezer Mendonca, one of the victims, on Friday. In addition to expressing her deepest condolences, Alves also assured that a thorough and transparent investigation will be conducted.Six year old Sharezer Mendonca“The Board wishes to also assure the families of Curwayne and Roshani, and the public, that equally thorough and transparent investigations will be conducted into the circumstances which led to their passing. The Board and the hospital Administration are adamant that the facts and truth must be established without any hindrance.”“GPHC understands the extreme distress and pain the families are facing at this difficult time and their anxieties for answers. The GPHC is making every effort to ensure that these investigations are completed in the shortest possible time.”At the same time, the hospital warned that it is duty-bound to ensure that due process is followed to ensure the thoroughness and completeness of the investigations. While this is undertaken, GPHC also committed itself to continue to provide support for the families.“The Board of Directors of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) expresses sincere condolences to the parents, family members and relatives of Curwayne Edwards, Roshani Seegobin and Sharezer Mendonca, the three children diagnosed with leukaemia who diedThree-year-old Roshani Seegobinsubsequent to receiving chemotherapy at GPHC.”“GPHC is also seeking to provide support to the healthcare professionals involved who themselves are experiencing a considerable amount of trauma and anxiety. We are assured that none of the parties involved acted with any wilful intent to harm these precious patients. This situation is one of unspeakable distress and trauma for all involved,” the release added.Six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca was taken to the Pediatric Ward on January 3, where she was administered with an injection before undergoing treatment. However, shortly after, Mendonca became unresponsive.She was later transferred to the Intensive Care Unit and then the wards. Michael Mendonca, father of the child told Guyana Times afterwards that his daughter was admitted again to the ICU.He noted that it appeared as though her face was swollen but relatives were not allowed to touch her body. Doctors also indicated that anything could be expected within the next few days. Mendonca subsequently died and the family went through further trauma when her body was reportedly given to the wrong family for burial.During the same period which Mendonca was admitted, three-year-old Roshani Seegobin visited the said medical institution for cancer treatment but after returning home, her condition deteriorated. She was diagnosed with leukaemia and would usually receive treatment at the GPHC.This publication understands that another child, Curwayne Edwards also passed away during this period after undergoing similar treatment. The drug was reportedly injected into the children’s spines. The use of the drug has reportedly since been discontinued.
The U.S. Davis Cup team is one win from leaving the dreaded red clay of Europe in triumph and returning to the familiar hard courts of home. Camarillo’s Bob and Mike Bryan beat Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Saturday in doubles in Ostrava, Czech Republic, giving the United States a 2-1 lead over the Czechs in the first round of the Davis Cup. The Americans need one victory in today’s two reverse singles matches to reach the quarterfinals. Defending champion Russia, France, Belgium, Sweden and Argentina all could have earned insurmountable 3-0 leads with wins in the doubles, but all lost. Germany and Spain, however, each moved closer to the next round of the World Group with wins. All eight best-of-5 series will be decided in today’s reverse singles matches. The last time a team won a Davis Cup match from a two-point deficit was in 1998, when Sweden beat Slovakia. Entering play today, host Germany leads Croatia 2-1, visiting Spain leads Switzerland 2-1 – Roger Federer opted not to play this round for his native Switzerland – visiting Russia leads Chile 2-1, host France leads Romania 2-1, host Belgium leads Australia 2-1, visiting Argentina leads Austria 2-1 and visiting Sweden leads Belarus 2-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Andy Roddick, ranked No. 4, will play No. 12 Tomas Berdych in today’s first singles. If Roddick loses, it will come down to a match between No. 6 James Blake and Ivo Minar, who is ranked 154 places below the American. A U.S. victory here would advance the Americans, who won the last of their record 31 Davis Cup titles in 1995, to a quarterfinal match on hard courts in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Americans have not won a Davis Cup World Group match on clay in a decade, though U.S. coach Patrick McEnroe said his players are starting to adapt to the slow surface. “It is no secret it is not our favorite surface,” McEnroe said. “There is definitely some improvement in the way we are moving and constructing points.” In other World Group action, the five teams with 2-0 leads after the first day of the Davis Cup all failed to secure advancement to the quarterfinals. The top-ranked Bryan twins never lost their serve, improving their Davis Cup record to 10-1 and remaining unbeaten on clay at 5-0. “The Bryan brothers proved why they are No. 1 in the world,” Czech Republic captain Jaroslav Navratil said.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to let about 19,500 federal inmates, most of them black, seek reductions in their crack-cocaine sentences. The commission, which sets guidelines for federal prison sentences, made its recent easing of recommended sentences for crack offenses retroactive. Most of those eligible could receive no more than a two-year cut in their prison terms, but roughly 3,800 inmates could be released within a year after the March 3 effective date of Tuesday’s decision. Federal judges will have the final say whether to reduce sentences. The commissioners said the delay until March gives judges and prison officials time to deal with public safety and other issues. Relatives of prison inmates filled the meeting room and applauded loudly after the 7-0 vote. But several family members and commissioners called on Congress to overhaul cocaine-sentencing laws. “The debate needs to shift from the Sentencing Commission to Congress,” said Julie Stewart, president and founder of Families Against Mandatory Minimums. “That disparity between crack and powder – and all of its injustices – continues.” Several bills have been introduced to further reduce or eliminate the disparity. The Senate is expected to hold hearings on the legislation next year. Attorney General Michael Mukasey restated the administration’s opposition to retroactivity before the commission voted. “Our position is clear: We oppose it,” Mukasey, a former federal judge, said. He said convicted crack offenders were sentenced under an existing standard and to change that standard retroactively dismisses any mitigating factors the sentencing judge considered when deciding how long a prison term to set. In addition, the release of inmates would cause problems for communities whose probation and supervisory systems are not ready to receive crack offenders, he said. Several commissioners said they expect judges will use their power to deny sentence reductions in some cases. Tuesday’s vote came after two Supreme Court rulings Monday upheld judges who rejected federal sentencing guidelines as too harsh and imposed more lenient prison terms, including one for crack offenses. In the crack case, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s majority opinion said Derrick Kimbrough’s 15-year sentence was acceptable, although guidelines called for 19 to 22 years. Kimbrough is black. So are 86percent of the inmates who might see their prison terms for crack offenses reduced after the commission approved retroactive easing. By contrast, just over one-quarter of those convicted of powder-cocaine crimes last year were black.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe commission took note of objections raised by the Bush administration, but said there is no basis to treat convicts sentenced before the guidelines were changed differently from those sentenced after the changes. The commission recently changed guidelines to reduce a disparity. Crack-cocaine dealers typically face much longer sentences than powder-cocaine dealers for selling the same quantity of the drug. The new guidelines took effect Nov. 1. U.S. District Judge William Sessions of Vermont, a commission member, said the vote on retroactivity will have the “most dramatic impact on African-American families.” A failure to act “may be taken by some as particularly unjust,” Sessions said before the vote. Four of every five crack defendants are black. Most powder-cocaine convictions involve whites. Even after the change, prison terms for crack cocaine still are two to five times longer on average than sentences for powder cocaine, the result of a 20-year-old decision by Congress to treat crack more harshly. The commission first said in 1995 that there was no evidence to support such disparate treatment.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The decision comes as the Bush administration and Congress are renewing their interest in nuclear power as one avenue to avoid reliance on oil from the Middle East. A broad energy bill Bush signed last summer provides incentives for building nuclear reactors, and last week the president declared the nuclear power industry an overregulated business that needs a jump-start from Washington. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said the decision was a victory for California and residents in the shadow of the twin-reactor facility along the Pacific in San Luis Obispo, home to 45,000 people about 200 miles north of Los Angeles. “President Bush and administration officials make constant public statements about the terrorist threat,” Lockyer said. “Yet the NRC in this case concluded the danger of a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility is so minimal that the environmental effects of an attack did not have to be considered.” The Mothers for Peace group’s attorney, Diane Curran, said the lawsuit was not intended as a tactic to shutter the facility. SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court blocked regulatory approval to store radioactive waste at a nuclear energy installation in Central California, ruling Friday that federal regulators must first consider the likelihood of a terrorist attack. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in the first ruling of its kind, disagreed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 2003 finding that an attack was “remote and speculative” and therefore the possibility needn’t be seriously considered. The challenge to the NRC’s permit allowing the storage of more radioactive spent-fuel at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo County was brought by the local group, San Luis Obispo Mothers For Peace. The plant is building new stainless steel and cement storage facilities because the current waste repository at the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. site is filling up. The court said the regulatory commission could not justify its so-called “top to bottom” security review of the nation’s nuclear installations, while it simultaneously declared that the risk of a terror attack cannot be quantified, Judge Sidney Thomas wrote for the three-judge panel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
PJ GALLAGHER, from the Burtonport Bowling Club won the Swedish Masters Short Mat Players Tournament at the weekend.The Donegal man won his first Swedish Masters title having won the World Cup with the Irish team earlier in the season.The tournament was held in Strömstad, Sweden and Gallagher defeated Belgium’s Jonathan Payne 10-5 in the final. In the rankings, Gallagher moved up seven places and is now at the top of the Order of Merit. Gallagher defeated James Trott 11-4 in the semi-final, having also beaten England’s Jack Pye 14-10, Sweden’s Benny Sjogren 11-9 and England’s Chris Hopkins 18-3 in the knockout phase. Burtonport man wins Swedish Masters title was last modified: January 16th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
REVEALED The Swiss dominated proceedings in the first 45 at the King Power Stadium, hitting the post and forcing a nervy Jack Butland into several smart saves.And Tottenham Hotspur star Rose was far from impressed with his teammates.He said: “We were outplayed. It was a bit embarrassing. We could have been two or three down. It’s great we can all shout at each other and tell each other it’s not good enough.“The second half wasn’t amazing but it was better than the first and we’re over the moon we got the win.” 3 Rose slammed his Three Lions teammates Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Danny Rose slammed ’embarrassing’ England and revealed there was a heated bust-up at half-time of their game against Switzerland.Although Marcus Rashford’s goal after the break gave the Three Lions a much-needed 1-0 win, it was a poor first half showing from the home side. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more “I wasn’t in there at that moment,” he admitted. “We always give them the first three or four minutes to themselves. They were frustrated the first half. I always knew that was a risk.“We always encourage them to have a voice. It’s important they feel close enough that they can get on to each other. Then we have to make sure that doesn’t boil over. But it was quite calm by the time we got in there. revealed possible standings Southgate also had stern words with his charges gameday cracker Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack highlights Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos predicted “That’s a good sign there’s some leadership in the group. They recognise when they want to be better.“Today they were harsh on themselves. To expect each other to be as sharp as they might be on their first starts is a bit unrealistic.” RANKED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Most read football news silverware impact Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY 3 scrap silverware Latest Football News England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won latest How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings BEST OF Defender Harry Maguire also revealed: “There were a few words spoken between the boys at half time. The gaffer has had a stern word with us.“We struggled early on in the game but we want to be confident in playing from the back and we did it better in the second half. We do not want to give chances and goals away.”After claiming England have not produced a world-class midfielder like Paul Gascoigne for half a century, Gareth Southgate cut a frustrated figure watching his side fail to break down the Swiss.Although the win ended a run of three consecutive defeats, the Three Lions boss admitted himself he also had stern words at half-time. smart causal Maguire revealed there were ‘stern words’ between the England players Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019