Coalition circus campaign continues in Region 6

first_imgDear Editor,As the coalition ‘circus’ campaign continues, helplessly trying to distract Guyanese from their failures, entourages from the Ministry of Public Health, financed by taxpayers, moves into Region Six to continue their comical displays. I received a letter of invitation from the Regional Executive Officer, Kim Williams-Stephens which indicated that the Ministers of Public Health would be in Region Six for two days – (3rd and 4th) April 2019 – to conduct a series of commissioning ceremonies for several projects and health centres in the Region Six.But the two notable acts that really amaze me is the re- commission of the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant, and an appreciation ceremony for the Ministers. This hospital has not done a single cataract surgery for the past Four years, but despite this, the Ministers of Public Health have the audacity to come to Berbice to fool Berbicians that the health sector is perfect. What is the purpose of recommissioning a Hospital that is not functioning for its actual purposes? Millions would be spent on the appreciation dinner and this visit by this entourage that could have complemented the 60 cataract kits that were purchased by the Region to be used at New Amsterdam Public Hospital.The Ministers are yet to even respond to or rectify the numerous inefficiencies that exist in the functioning of the New Amsterdam Public Hospital or the Regional Health Services. The entire Health Services is being used to reward political activists and cronies of APNU/AFC .The fact remains that because of the incompetence in sector, health-care delivery and the lives of Berbicians are at stake.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Professor Rosling Hails Re-opening of Schools

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) A Professor of International Health, Hans Rosling, has welcomed government’s  pronouncement calling for the re-opening of schools across the country.Like other parents and education stakeholders, Rosling said the re-opening of schools as announced by government should not be understood as a sign that Liberia is Ebola-free, but that the government was concerned about the academic achievement of her citizenry. According to him, the government decision should rather be considered as a means to increase “response and surveillance” so that the Ebola virus disease (EVD) does not resurface following the resumption of academic activities.  Rosling made the statement on Monday at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press conference held at the Ministry in Monrovia.  He noted that Liberians have acquired sufficient knowledge in the prevention of the Ebola virus.  He, therefore, pledged  his full support to government’s effort to re-open schools in the country. According to Rosling, if Liberians redouble their efforts in preventing further transmissions of the EVD, the disease will be eradicated from the country in the shortest period of time. Rosling is on a special assignment with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). He explained, among other things, that the Ebola virus cannot be transmitted during the first 24 hours of infection; therefore, he believes that the reopening of schools will not lead to an outbreak as many have feared. He then appealed to all Liberians, especially parents, not to allow their children to go to school when they are showing signs of fever or other illnesses until that student is  diagnosed negative of the Ebola virus. He also cautioned Liberians to assist the country in the process of dropping Ebola cases to “Zero” by refraining from complacent behaviors, which might cause the virus to resurface. Following the pronouncement of schools re-opening, many parents and guardians have given mix reactions, some of which have to do with financial constraints and or fear for the Ebola virus.last_img read more

US$345K Housing Project for Albinos

first_imgAfter years of being silent in the country, a group known as Liberia Albino Society (LAS) has for the first time broken ground for the construction of a US$345K housing project for the society.The ceremony was held yesterday in Bentol, Montserrado County, where the project is expected to be built on two acres of land provided by the Liberian Government, through the office of the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The housing complex will include an administrative building, school facilities, a health center and a vocational school.Madam Patricia C.N Logan, executive director, put the cost of the school and the administrative buildings at US$280K and US$65K respectively.She also put the construction of a modern health facility and the vocational school at an estimated cost of US$200K andUS$51K.Madam Logan said she believes if the project is completed it would improve the standard of people with Albinism through capacity building programs.At the ground breaking ceremony, Madam Logan disclosed that the current development plans of LAS will address the challenges Albinos face in the areas of Health, Education and life and vocational skills development.“The Project is to empower persons with albinism through both formal education and vocational skills training as well as improving health care delivery to LAS members,” Madam Logan said.She maintained that the target beneficiaries of the project are albino children and pregnant women and it will also include people without albinism but with disabilities.She hopes that the project will be completed by 2017 once funding is available.Madam Logan declared that people with Albinism have the right to quality health care, education and vocational skills development like any other Liberian.She said, the Liberia Albino Society stands for equal justice, human rights at all levels and adequate resources and opportunities.She believes that with these opportunities and rights in place, the living conditions of LAS members can become better.Madam Logan lamented that LAS has not provided sufficient advocacy in order to adequately impact the lives of destitute persons with Albinism (PWA) living in Liberia through programming such as but not limited to Education Information (IE), Health empowerment, Capacity Building, Peace Building and security.The Executive Director wants government to see reason to help fund the housing project because LAS is currently sustained through an annual budgetary support of only US$500K.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Haugan earns third cycling win

first_imgFinishing second of the evening was Barb Polehoykie, who crossed the finish line at 27:47, while Celeste Pakstas rounded out third at 28:08.Pat Ferris placed fourth in the event with a time of 28:20, doing so while riding a mountain bike.This Sunday, the Club will be holding its first Sunday mountain bike race of the season. The ride will begin at 10 p.m., beginning from the Cactus Trails.- Advertisement -For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or any of its upcoming events, visit the Club’s official website.last_img read more

FSJ OSB Plant Shuts Down and PG Plant not being Rebuilt

first_imgCanfor’s local Peace Valley OSB plant begins its latest one week shutdown today, in a continuing struggle to stay afloat, by keeping productivity up.Speaking on Issues and Answers this week General manager Chris Baby said…[asset|aid=144|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Baby-down time_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Meantime, Canfor announced today that it will not, rebuilt the Prince George’s North Central Plywood plant, that burned down in May.CAnfor’s Vice PResident of marketing said in a conference call, the decision was made based on fibre supply and market conditions. Mark Feldinger says severance will be given to the more than 200 people who worked at the plant, based on the terms of the collective agreement. CAnfor has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow to make the news official.Advertisementlast_img read more

Vietnam vet remembers: ‘War is hell’

first_imgAn unpopular war had ripped the country apart and tainted the men who fought it – made them feel like pariahs as they tried to slip back into the lives they had before they were drafted. Many of them, like Pasqual, weren’t even old enough to buy a drink or vote for or against the politicians who put them there. No patriotic groups back home were sending them care packages. Only their mothers and sisters did. No city officials threw them parades when they got home so their communities could say thank you for their sacrifice. No stranger ever came up to Pasquel Ramirez on the street, and said, “Hey, man, thank you.” Jerry Ramirez is 37 now, but he still remembers the look on his father’s face when, as a boy, Jerry asked him about war. “Like a lot of kids, I had this romantic vision of being a soldier. But when I asked my dad, he got this serious look in his eyes that kind of shook me up, like maybe I had done something wrong. “He said, `Son, if you don’t have to go to war, don’t. War is hell.”‘ Pasqual Ramirez had to go to war. And like all our Vietnam veterans, he came home to a country that really didn’t give a damn about them any more. Another Memorial Day weekend is here. And to Pasqual Ramirez and all our Vietnam veterans who were treated so shamefully for doing a job they didn’t ask to do: “Hey, man, thank you.” It takes a lot to make his father cry, Jerry says, but his dad’s former company commander in Vietnam, Capt. Jim Dabney, did that last month at a reunion of Delta Company. He surprised his old sergeant with the Bronze Star for Valor he should have received 39 years ago. With Pasqual’s family at his side, Dabney – now retired from the Pentagon – read the citation from the Secretary of the Army and finally answered the question a son asked his father years ago. The battle outside Long An, Vietnam, lasted five days in May 1968 – with more than 100 hours of intense, nonstop combat. “The soldiers of Delta Company were exhausted from lack of sleep and continuous close combat with the enemy,” the citation reads. “They were on a night search-and-destroy mission when the point squad came under heavy small-arms, automatic-weapons and machine-gun fire from an entrenched North Vietnamese army battalion. “The point squad leader, Sgt. Ramirez, deployed his squad and led his men in a series of fire and maneuver operations. They met intense enemy fire. “Recognizing the importance of maintaining contact with the enemy until the rest of the company could arrive, Sgt. Ramirez fearlessly moved among his men encouraging them to maintain their positions. “During the battle, Sgt. Ramirez was wounded. Despite his wound, he continued to encourage his men and expose himself to heavy enemy fire until he was wounded a second time and fell unconscious.” After days of fighting, Delta Company finally defeated the Vietnamese battalion. Ramirez was medevaced to an Army hospital and spent the next two months recovering. Later, the entire company was awarded the coveted Presidential Unit Citation for Bravery from then-President Richard Nixon. “I left Vietnam just a few days after the battle, leaving several recommendations for awards that one of our chopper pilots was supposed to give to our company clerk,” Dabney said this week. “I didn’t learn until just a few years ago at a reunion of Delta Company that Pasqual never received his Bronze Star. The company clerk never received the recommendations. “Pasqual was one of the most humble, loved guys in the company,” Dabney said. “After the war, he visited many of the families of soldiers who were killed serving in Delta Company. “It was so heartwarming to see him surrounded by his family when I finally presented him with his medal.” Maybe it’s better that it took so long to get his Bronze Star, Pasqual said. With his wife, Irene, and sons, Jerry and Pasqual Jr., by his side, it means more now than it would have 39 years ago when all he wanted to do was forget about Vietnam. He’s still out there fighting for veterans’ benefits for guys who served in Vietnam. Still keeping in touch with the men who never got a thank-you from their country when they got home. “I remember Jerry asking me about war when he was a boy,” Pasqual said Thursday. “Nothing’s changed. It’s still hell.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Looking-ahead to this weekend’s High On Ice Winter Festival

first_imgJordan goes on to credit “the diverse group of people” that sat on the High On Ice Committee in ensuring there was a “something for everybody.” This group includes NEAT, the local Cadets, ArtSpace, Pacific Sport and city staff to name a few.“We don’t want to just target one specific group,” explains Jordan. “We want everybody in the community to feel welcomed to this event, so by having all of these diverse community groups involved, they kind of offer something for everybody.”The event kicks off Friday, February 6 2015 in Centennial Park at 6:00 p.m. with free hot chocolate provided by the Canadian Grind, and while the official closing ceremonies will take place on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Centennial Park with the Fire and Ice component; the free swim, horse sleigh rides and ice slides will still be available to the public on Monday.“It’s suppose to be a cold one,” Jordan concludes. “So if anybody plans on going out and doing anything throughout the weekend, make sure to dress warm.”Advertisement “We have a good theme and really, really amazing sculptures to go with it,” Recreation Programmer Marissa Jordan says of this year’s Canada Winter Games theme.There are a couple new things on the program this year, according to Jordan, and these include the soup stock, extra children’s activities on Toboggan Hill, and new sports activities being hosted by Pacific Sport.Other elements to High On Ice include horse drawn sleigh rides, toboggan, snowshoe, and mountain bike races, the Mukluk Bonspiel Tournament, “Laugh Your Ice Off” comedy show, birdfeeder craft with ArtSpace, Family Day at the pool, and of course the extravagant ice sculptures created by international professionals.- Advertisement -“Instead of hiding in our houses and getting cabin fever, we want to try to encourage people to get out and experience the city, and embrace the winter,” Jordan says of the festival’s Celebrate Northern Living tagline.Jordan also says there are some High On Ice events taking place in Charlie Lake for those who may want to venture outside city limits.“Charlie Lake host our Ice Fishing Derby… and the Crystal Cup Pond Hockey is at Charlie as well, and the Over the Line Softball,” Jordan goes on to say. “So that’s a nice little pod of activities going on in Charlie Lake.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Bus falls into ravine; 17 die

first_imgThe bus was carrying 35 passengers from the resort city of Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara when it ran off a mountain road and plunged into a ravine near the town of Compostela, about 125 miles from Guadalajara, the Nayarit’s state prosecutor’s office said in a statement. At least 17 people were killed, including 13 men, three women and a 1-year-old child. Another 14 were injured, five seriously, the statement said. Red Cross spokesman Miguel Langarica said 18people were killed and 13 injured. The driver, 28-year-old Magdiel Coronado, was also injured and hospitalized, authorities said. Bus company spokesman Daniel Rios said as many as half of the passengers had arrived in Mexico on a flight from Phoenix on Friday. The plane had been bound for Guadalajara but was rerouted to Puerto Vallarta along with 17 other flights because of a fire at the Guadalajara airport. Rios said the passengers had yet to be identified but that at least eight family members were Mexicans legally living in Phoenix who were in the country for Independence Day celebrations. Four of them were injured and one, a 1-year-old child, was killed. Authorities said four of the injured lived in Los Angeles and Riverside. Reforma newspaper said the Guadalajara airport was shut down after a flight from Cancun caught fire. It was unclear if there were any injuries from the fire.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEXICO: Some of the passengers arrived on a flight from Phoenix and were bound for Guadalajara. By Olga R. Rodriguez THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MEXICO CITY – A bus carrying tourists including passengers of a flight from Phoenix crashed in western Mexico on Saturday, killing at least 17 people, authorities said. last_img read more

Canoga Park burglar arrested moments after stealing car stereo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.They pulled the man over and determined the car was not stolen. They then recovered a stereo taken from a car in the alley, he said. The suspect, whose name was withheld, was arrested and expected to booked on suspicion of theft, Wronkowski said. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. CANOGA PARK – Police in Canoga Park arrested a man early today moments after he broke into a vehicle and stole a stereo, police said. Shortly before 1 a.m., a security guard spotted the 37-year-old man attempting to pry into a car in an alley near De Soto Avenue and Kittridge Street and phoned police to say the man was stealing the vehicle, said Los Angeles police Officer Robert Wronkowski of the West Valley Station. Police went to the alley and found a man fitting the description in a black Toyota Corolla, Wronkowski said. The officers, thinking the car was stolen, followed the man out of the alley and onto De Soto Street, where he threw an item out his window, Wronkowski said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: TICKETS FOR DUNGLOE GAA FIGHT NIGHT SOLD OUT!

first_imgMartin ‘Rocky Balboa’ McGlynn is keen on causing an upset at the Dungloe GAA Fight Night.Club notes attached for the week of the 08/02/2016An póta óir lotto de €1600 bhuaigh Ann Marion Sweeney de Sheskinarone. Ba iad na huimhireacha a bhuaigh 2, 3, 12 agus 19. Comhghairdeas le Ann Marion. Beidh €1000 sa phóta óir do seachtaine seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann: Eddie Glackin – Annagry, Karen Boyle – Lower Keadue, Ann Sweeney – Sheskinarone, Daniel Doherty – Dungloe agus Emily Doogan – Sheskinarone.The Club 200 draw took place on Sunday the 4th of February. The winners are as follows; €1000 – Mary McDevitt€500 – Marianne Comack€300 – Dennis Brennan€100 – Emma Sharkey€100 – Martin McGlynnCongratulations to all our winners. Scor SinsirFrom all at the club we would like to wish our County champion Càtriona Solan all the best as she competes in the Ulster Final in Glenullin on the 13th of February at 7:30pm. There will be a bus travelling from the club house. If anyone is interested in going to support Càtriona please contact Eugene McGarvey.The club held a membership registration night on the 6th of February. We would like to thank all members who attended. A second registration night will run in the clubhouse  house at Rosses Park on the 6th of March.Tickets are all sold out for the highly anticipated White Collar Boxing Fight Night. There will be no entry without a ticket on the night.GAA NEWS: TICKETS FOR DUNGLOE GAA FIGHT NIGHT SOLD OUT! was last modified: February 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:dungloeGAASportlast_img read more