Public Health Minister disappointed that relatives approached media first

first_imgBy Renella BourneIn wake of the ailing mother of Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) who underwent gall stone surgery and never regained consciousness, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton expressed his disappointment over patients who prefer to reach out to media houses to relate their situations rather than disclosing their health matters to the Public Health Ministry.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Dr Norton disclosed that the Ministry is not aware of the pending health situation of the Lethem mother, Thelma Rebeiro.By Renella BourneIn wake of the ailing mother of Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) who underwent gall stone surgery and never regained consciousness, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton expressed his disappointment over patients who prefer to reach out to media houses to relate their situations rather than disclosing their health matters to the Public Health Ministry.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Dr Norton disclosed that the Ministry is not aware of the pending health situation of the Lethem mother, Thelma Rebeiro.“I was not aware of anything of that sort, I only became aware of the situation when I read the newspapers, but it is surprising to know that these patients would go and tell the media houses everything and would not bother to inform me or my Ministry; however I do commend the media for highlighting the issues.”Dr Norton continued, “I have been in Lethem only a week or two ago in many of the villages because I am concerned with what is happening in these places and none of the relatives made any effort to contact me on this matter. All of the information I have seen in the newspaper, I would have liked to receive that from the relatives directly. The Ministry is always helping people; we provide millions directly to patients’ welfare in the health sector.”He assured that he will look into Rebeiro’s condition and determine what assistance can be rendered, but did not give a commitment until all the details were available to the Ministry.Thelma Rebeiro is in a critical state, and the situation is worrying her relatives. Her condition was first highlighted by Guyana Times on Tuesday after relatives, who are unable to provide a solution to her breakdown of health, spoke with the media.The woman’s condition has even caused her husband to be in and out of hospital, as his blood pressure has been soaring since her illness.According to relatives, Rebeiro had first undergone surgery at the Lethem Hospital after she was diagnosed with gall stones. However, they said that something went wrong during the surgery, and as such Rebeiro was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). Four days later, another operation was conducted. However, since that operation, the woman has spent a number of days in hospital and has not regained consciousness. In fact, according to family members, they were told by doctors that there was nothing more that they could do for her.The family said Rebeiro was later discharged from the hospital, still in an unconscious state. The family said that they are at loss as to their next move.“I was not aware of anything of that sort, I only became aware of the situation when I read the newspapers, but it is surprising to know that these patients would go and tell the media houses everything and would not bother to inform me or my Ministry; however I do commend the media for highlighting the issues.”Dr Norton continued, “I have been in Lethem only a week or two ago in many of the villages because I am concerned with what is happening in these places and none of the relatives made any effort to contact me on this matter. All of the information I have seen in the newspaper, I would have liked to receive that from the relatives directly. The Ministry is always helping people; we provide millions directly to patients’ welfare in the health sector.”He assured that he will look into Rebeiro’s condition and determine what assistance can be rendered, but did not give a commitment until all the details were available to the Ministry.Thelma Rebeiro is in a critical state, and the situation is worrying her relatives. Her condition was first highlighted by Guyana Times on Tuesday after relatives, who are unable to provide a solution to her breakdown of health, spoke with the media.The woman’s condition has even caused her husband to be in and out of hospital, as his blood pressure has been soaring since her illness.According to relatives, Rebeiro had first undergone surgery at the Lethem Hospital after she was diagnosed with gall stones. However, they said that something went wrong during the surgery, and as such Rebeiro was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). Four days later, another operation was conducted. However, since that operation, the woman has spent a number of days in hospital and has not regained consciousness. In fact, according to family members, they were told by doctors that there was nothing more that they could do for her.The family said Rebeiro was later discharged from the hospital, still in an unconscious state. The family said that they are at loss as to their next move. Unconscious Lethem mother… says Ministry will be looking into matterlast_img read more

CCJ finds State’s ignorance of pending litigation unacceptable

first_img– as Dipcon awarded US.2M in appeal judgmentThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has delivered a ruling on the matter involving the Attorney General (AG) of Guyana and Trinidad construction company Dipcon whereby the Government will now have to pay that company US$2.2 million, after losing its bid to appeal the judgment.President of the CCJ, Sir Dennis ByronBut the CCJ in its ruling pointed out that there were various time-frame violations, on all of which detailed comments were given in the written judgment. It said these very factors highlight how unacceptable were the reasons for the State’s failure to be aware of this pending litigation and the award of judgment.It also noted its failure to apply urgently for an extension of time within which to appeal. “To say, regardless of who was in Government, that the State failed to satisfy the most basic standard of care is an understatement,” noted the Court in the written judgment, which was released a few days ago.In delivering his ruling, CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron reprimanded the State for its failure to apply for an extension of time to file a special leave application, and said that was sufficient reason to dismiss the out-of-time application for special leave, for want of jurisdiction.The Judge noted that even though the AG was well aware that he needed to have applied for special leave to appeal, and needed first to have applied for an extension of time within which to make the application, his counsel deliberately chose not to file these applications and offered no justification.Recalling the timeframe in which this case happened, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall pointed out that he had demitted office after the May 11, 2015 elections and the new and current AG, Basil Williams, had taken up his post not long after.In October 2015, the High Court granted judgment against the AG in favour of Dipcon in certain legal proceedings, which eventually culminated in the CCJ’s decision delivered on November 15, 2015. When that judgment was granted by the High Court, Williams was already six months in office. No appeal was filed against this judgment within the required six-week period as prescribed by the law.Nandlall recalled that the AG had claimed that he only became aware of the judgment in January 2016, which was four months after the judgment was granted and 11 months after he assumed office. The AG had also blamed Nandlall for his ignorance of this judgment, although Nandlall had left office in May 2015. Williams took another few weeks before he filed an application in February 2016 to extend time for appealing the judgment granted by the High Court.The matter reached the CCJ due to the AG’s failure to provide to the Court of Appeal of Guyana good and substantial reasons for an extension of time to be granted for an appeal to be filed out of time and to persuade the Court that the said intended appeal has some prospects of success. As a result, the Court of Appeal had refused to grant an extension of time.While the blame was put at the feet of Nandlall who served previously as AG and the then acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh for the Court of Appeal aspect, the CCJ has now ruled that the wrong type of appeal was filed to that Court; therefore, the jurisdiction of the CCJ was not properly invoked.Additionally, the CCJ went on to express the view that even if the proper documents were filed, the decision would not have been different, since sufficient material was not put before the Court to demonstrate that there was a “miscarriage of justice”. As a result, the Court dismissed the application, leaving Guyana to pay the judgment of US$2.2 million, an embarrassing setback.last_img read more

Infrastructure Ministry overpaid, now unable to recover hundreds of millions

first_imgThe Public Infrastructure Ministry has been found to be in the habit of making multiple advance payments to contractors in breach of stipulated contractual obligations and has been unable to recover the hundreds of millions of dollars paid for works not completed or abandoned altogether.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonThese findings are outlined in the 2015 Auditor General’s report compiled under the hand of Auditor General Deodat Sharma and recently made public by Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland.Corrupt practicesSharma, in his findings with regard to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, observed that a contract to the value of $468.2 million was awarded for preparatory road works to be undertaken between Better Hope and Montrose, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The contract was terminated by the Ministry in July 2012, citing a breach in the contractual obligations with regard to “Corrupt or Fraudulent Practices” by the contractor, as recommended by the Attorney General, however, “at the time of this report in September 2016, there was no evidence to confirm that the Ministry was able to recover the sum of $81.5 million, which represents the contractor’s indebtedness.”The contractor sued the Government for wrongful termination of contract, and that matter was before the High Court.Multiple paymentsMeanwhile, as it relates to the road works to be undertaken between La Bonne Intention (LBI) and Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD), not only was the contractor overpaid and the Ministry still unable to recover its monies, but it was found that the contractor had, in fact, received three advance payments in contravention of the contract agreement.Sharma also found that a physical verification check carried out on that project revealed that while there were variations made to the original scope of works, it appeared that the site was in fact abandoned, “with no equipment or personnel from the contractor on site”.The three advance payments totalled $264.1 million, which represents 76 per cent of the contract sum.The contract, however, “only allows for an advance payment of 50 per cent… This is a breach of contract where the contractor was paid advances greater than that which is allowed for under the contract.”Compounding the situation further, Sharma found that at the time of reporting, a valuation of the works completed was $157.7 million; “however, the actual payments made to the contractor totalled $278.3 million.”As such, the Auditor General concluded that the contractor received excess payments totalling $120.6 million.Expired bondsThe Auditor General found too that while the contractor submitted bonds for the respective advance payments, “it was noted that all three advance bonds expired since 2014 and the advance payments were not recovered at the time of the reporting.”According to Sharma, as a result of the expiration of the bond, the Ministry is solely dependent on the contractor to repay the outstanding amounts.“This bond should have still been valid at the time of the physical verification; as a result of this expiration, the Ministry can no longer recover the amount of $35 million covered by this bond.”The Ministry has since responded to the Auditor General, saying it “has written the contractor many times requesting that restitution be made for the outstanding sum of $120.6 million… To date the contractor has not repaid any of the amounts owed”.Auditor General Sharma found too that with regard to road works to be undertaken between Beterverwagting and Triumph, ECD, at the time of reporting, the works were incomplete and the site appeared to be abandoned.Sharma has since managed to deduce that the contractor, in this instance, also received three advance payments, this time totalling $209.6 million, representing 65 per cent of the contract sum.This situation persisted, despite the fact that the contract only allowed for an advance payment of 50 per cent.“This is a breach of contract where the contractor was paid advances greater than that which is allowed for under the contract,” Sharma stated.He found too that the contractor submitted only one advance bond for the first advance payment of $174.5 million and this bond expired since 2014, while none was seen for the second advance payment issued to the contractor.Sharma said too in his report that at the time of reporting, a valuation of the works completed put their value at $77 million.As such, “the contractor received excess payments totalling $132.6 million at the time of the physical verification.”ProblematicThe Ministry has since confirmed knowledge of the expiration of the security bonds, in addition to the fact that it had substantially overpaid the contractor monies which it was still to recover.“The agreed completed value of works was $77 million and the total payments made to the contractor were $209.6 million.”The Ministry confirmed that the contractor has received excess payments totalling $132.6 million, and pointed out that it has since “written the contractor many times requesting that restitution be made for the outstanding sum of $132.6 million …To date, the contractor has not repaid any of the amounts owed.”Another troubling section of the road project that has since proven to be problematic for the Ministry surrounds the stretch of road between Triumph and Mon Repos, ECD. According to the Auditor General, the contract expired on June 17, 2015 and at the time of reporting, the works were incomplete and the site appeared to have been abandoned. Sharma said no equipment or personnel from the contractor were on site and further, “the advance payment was not fully recovered at the time of reporting”. The advance payment bond had expired in December 2015 and as a result, the amount of $14.8 million was outstanding at the time of reporting in September 2016. Sharma pointed out too that the performance bond no longer provided the required period of coverage for the works, and “as a result of this expiration, the Ministry can no longer recover the amount of $32.9 million covered by this bond”.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing person

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking assistance from the public in locating 38-year-old Betsy Peecheemow.According to the RCMP, Peecheemow was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on April 11, 2019.Peecheemow is described as:First NationsBrown HairGreen eyes5’10″/ 170lbsWearing, blue jeans with a black jacket and black ball cap- Advertisement -There is a concern for her well-being.If you have any information on her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Kahata left out as Gor storm CECAFA quarters

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia duo Ephraim Guikan and Innocent WafulaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 5- Gor Mahia squeezed into the Quarter Finals of the CECAFA Kagame Cup on Thursday with a 2-0 win over Djibouti’s Ports courtesy of first half goals from Philemon Otieno and defender Charles Momanyi.But, even as Gor made it to the last eight of the regional competition, the screaming absence of midfield creative Francis Kahata raised eyebrows coming at a time when he is heavily linked with a move to Tanzanian champions Simba SC. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) After back to back draws against Rwanda’s Rayon Sport and Burundi’s Lydia Ludic, head coach Dylan Kerr was vocal of Kahata’s concentration in the tournament.“I think Francis is being derailed and unsettled by all the talk of moving to Simba and he is not playing at his best,” Kerr told local media after the draw against Ludic.And, Kerr might have just thrown down the hammer on the former Thika United midfielder who has enjoyed two glorious seasons at Gor by completely living him out of the 18 that walked out of the tunnel to play Ports.Heading into the match against Ports, Gor needed a win at all costs to guarantee themselves a place in the quarters after back to back draws.Head coach Dylan Kerr made changes, Boniface Oluoch returning in goal in place of Shabaan Odhoji while midfield workhorse Ernest Wendo earned his place back in the middle of the Gor pack.And they started just as they had wished with Otieno scoring his second goal in the tournament from the edge of the box after quarter of an hour with a low shot that found the keeper off his feet.Momanyi then cemented the win before half time with a simple header inside the box. Gor lived dangerously in the second half with Oluoch time and again called to duty, but they just managed to hold on to the win.Gor finished top of the group on five points on account of goal difference with Rayon coming in second also with five points after beating Lydia Ludic 3-1.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Portugal 0-0 Austria: Ronaldo misses penalty as Santos’ side draw

first_img2 Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post with a second-half penalty Portugal are still searching for their first win of Euro 2016 after they were held by Austria in Group F. Fernando Santos’ side drew with Iceland in their opener on Tuesday, while the Austrians were hoping to bounce back from defeat to Hungary.It was an action-packed game, the Portuguese having over 20 shots once again but they could not find the breakthrough.Nani hit the post with a first-half header, while Cristiano Ronaldo failed to find the back of the net with a number of chances – the Real Madrid forward missing a penalty in the second half before having a header ruled out for offside on his record-breaking 128th appearance. A goal for the Portuguese forward would make him the first player to score at four European Championship finals – but he could be pipped to the achievement by Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It was an exciting start to the match at Parc des Princes, the Austrians very nearly taking the lead after four minutes. Marcel Sabitzer lost Pepe in the box to meet Martin Harnik’s cross, heading it wide when he should really have been hitting the target. Robert Almer was in for a busy night and he was called into his first piece of action on 12 minutes, first stopping Vieirinha’s deflected shot before making an excellent save to deny Nani in a one-on-one.Ronaldo had a relatively quiet half and he was furious with himself after missing a great chance for Santos’ side, meeting Nani’s cross from the left, letting the ball run across his body and side-footing the ball past the near post from eight yards.On the half hour Nani – recently linked with a return to Manchester United – headed a cross against the post, Portugal’s best chance of the half and the rebound was smashed over from 20 yards by Andre Gomes – another reported target for United and Chelsea.Austria continued to look dangerous on the attack, Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba marauding forward and he was fouled on the edge of the area on the right-hand side. The angle for the resulting free-kick was too acute to shoot from and the resulting cross fizzed across goal, Vieirinha eventually heading it clear off the line.As Ronaldo operated in a wider position early in the second half with Nani central, the Real Madrid legend sent a 25-yard, left-footed drive towards goal – Almer saving again. From the following corner, the 31-year-old headed on target but it was straight at the ever-present goalkeeper.Portugal piled on the pressure after the break, Ronaldo failing to hit the target with a couple of trademark free-kicks.The star man was then fouled in the area by Martin Hinteregger and he stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, with the continent expecting him to set the record ahead of Man Utd-bound Ibrahimovic. But he dragged it wide from 12 yards, rattling the frame of the goal.The Madrid man soon started celebrating as he finally headed past Almer, but this time he was denied by the flag. It was not his day and not Portugal’s, as Austria settled for a hard-earned point ahead of their final group match with Iceland.Here is how Group F looks going into the final round of games: center_img 2last_img read more

MEN ESCAPE LOSING DRIVING LICENSES AFTER SCORING 100% ON DRIVING COURSE

first_imgTwo specialist mechanics who were caught racing on a dual carriageway have escaped losing their driving licenses after getting top marks on a new driving awareness course.Friends Jamie Cunningham and James Spratt were caught by Gardai doing more than 150km/hr on the dual carriageway outside Letterkenny.Pursuing Gardai could not catch the men because they were going so fast. The men were later charged with dangerous driving.The mechanics were later ordered to carry out the Pro Social Drivers Programme aimed at rehabilitating drivers.Both men appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday where the court heard they had both scored 100% on their tests on the programme which aims to encourage safer driving.The court heard the men also have modified cars which they use at weekends as well as a VW Passat and Jetta which they use during the week.Judge Paul Kelly told the men they were lucky but that the incident could have resulted in tragedy.He then agreed to reduce the charge from a Section 53 of dangerous driving to Section 52 of careless driving.But he warned both men: “You are extremely lucky to be leaving court with your licenses and I hope you have learned a salutary lesson.“If I see you here again on driving matters you will lose your license.”MEN ESCAPE LOSING DRIVING LICENSES AFTER SCORING 100% ON DRIVING COURSE was last modified: February 6th, 2013 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:carsJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District Courtmechanicslast_img read more

The players aged 19 and under with the most Premier League minutes so far

first_img5. Marcus Rashford (Man United) 2. Tom Davies (Everton) 10 10 4. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham, on loan from Man United) The Everton ace has played 1901 minutes of Premier League football since the start of last season 10 Guendouzi, who joined Arsenal in the summer, has played 351 minutes of Premier League football 10 Sessegnon has only been playing Premier League football since the summer following Fulhams promotion and has manage 377 minutes of action 3. Declan Rice (West Ham) 7. Tammy Abraham (Swansea, on loan from Chelsea) Rice has played 1648 minutes of Premier League football since the start of last season 10 10 6. Sam Field (West Brom)center_img Since the start of last season, Edwards has played 483 minutes of Premier League football Rashford has played 612 minutes of Premier League football since the start of last season 9. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) 8. Thomas Edwards (Stoke City) West Ham United’s owners need to get their act together and sort Declan Rice out with a new contract, according to talkSPORT’s Danny Murphy.The 19-year-old has been one of the club’s better performers this season, but has a year left on his current deal, which is thought to currently earn him around £3,000-a-week.It is understood his bosses are prepared to offer the defender £15,000-a-week and former England midfielder Danny Murphy said: “Declan Rice has all the attributes to play for England, no doubt about that, and he’ll have a long career in the Premier League.”“He’s at a good club where he’s playing every week, but I’m amazed West Ham haven’t got him a new contract sorted.“He’s only got next year left and he’s still on a young man’s contract, playing in the Premier League and dealing with the likes of Eden Hazard.“Why haven’t they sorted it? This lad hasn’t just come into the first team, he’s been around since last season.”And so here, talkSPORT.com looks at how Rice compares to other players, who were 19 years old or under at the start of last the last campaign, for minutes played in the top flight.1. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) Abraham, at Aston Villa for this season. has played 538 minutes of Premier League football since the start of the last campaign 10 On loan at Crystal Palace last season, the defender has played 962 minutes of Premier League football since the start of the last campaign 10. Matteo Gunedouzi (Arsenal) Since the start of last season, the full-back has played 2112 minutes of Premier League football 10 10 Sam Field has played 539 minutes of Premier League football since the start of last season 10last_img read more

Report: Nets aren’t actually Kevin Durant’s top spot; Warriors still in play

first_imgNo one is quite sure which team Kevin Durant will sign with when free agency begins Sunday, but a report Friday suggests it would be a mistake to believe the Brooklyn Nets are the frontrunners to sign the Warriors star.There have been multiple reports the past week suggesting Durant is most likely destined for Brooklyn, but “sources familiar with the matter” told Ian Begley of SportsNet New York that the Nets are not the favorites for Durant.“The idea that the Nets are currently the front …last_img read more

Tight security in place for BRICS Summit

first_img25 March 2013A comprehensive security strategy has been developed by the South African government to ensure the safety of delegates attending the 5th BRICS Summit starting in Durban on Tuesday.Addressing the media in Pretoria on Monday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said that “uncompromising security measures” had been implemented for the summit.These include VIP safety, route, venue and accommodation security, crowd management, port of entry deployments, traffic control, and rapid-response teams ready to deal with any contingency.“Law enforcement agencies will be everywhere, ready for any eventuality,” Mthethwa said. “We shall be deploying approximately 1 900 SA Police Service members and 1 100 designated officers drawn from other agencies, including from Metro Police and Defence.“In total, we shall have a capacity of 3 000 law enforcement officers, and these are members who have acquired vast experience in policing major international events.”As with other special events successfully hosted by South Africa in the past, Mthethwa said all security-related operations around the BRICS Summit were being coordinated through a National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints).Established in order to plan, implement, execute and monitor all inter-departmental and cross-provincial operations affecting safety, security and stability in the country, the Natjoints has seen South Africa gain an international reputation as a leader in major event security.Mthethwa said the safety of law-abiding South Africans would in no way be compromised by the BRICS operation. “Whilst the local and global attention may be in Durban, normal policing will continue unhindered.”He added that the police would also use the summit as an opportunity to engage their counterparts on security matters.“The hosting of this important gathering provides the South African government with an opportunity of sharing of experiences, tactics and mechanisms with all BRICS countries on crime and fighting corruption.“We shall also tap into possible cooperation on various issues such as training in different areas of public safety.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more