Minister admits Pathologist shortage at public hospitals

Posted On Jan 17 2020 by

first_imgpublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton has admitted that there is indeed a shortage of pathologists in the public health sector in Guyana.During an interview with Guyana Times, Dr Norton confirmed that the health sector is in dire need of Pathologists as it is running low on these professionals.According to the Minister, the scarcity of such professionals is solely based on the lack of formal post graduate programmes where these persons can be trained in the mentioned field of work.Dr Norton said that a number of persons within the medical field have shown their interest in taking up pathology as a permanent occupation but this is usually not accomplished since Guyana lacks the adequacies that are required for training in the sector.In this case, he cited, it is not a case of there being a limited number of persons who want to take up pathology but rather the inefficient resources to undertake training in the area of work.Since the post graduate programme is not offered in Guyana, the Minister said medical personnel in the field are required to undergo training overseas, which has a hefty cost attached to it. The finances that are attached to this programme training; however, are not subsidised by the Government.“These overseas training are generally sponsored by companies and private organisations since post graduate programmes in pathology are not offered in Guyana,” he informed.With the conditions surrounding the field of medical work as it relates to financing and moving overseas to facilitate training, Dr Norton highlighted that the shortage situation is high on the agenda of the Public Health Ministry. He added that much thought is being given to how these specialist doctors’ can be trained in Guyana by means of a post graduate programme which would significantly increase the number of pathologists available in Guyana.He disclosed that a number of countries including Cuba, Mexico, Brazil and China have offered to facilitate the students to undergo training, and the Ministry is currently contemplating the proposal.Under the previous Administration, the shortage of these specialists had persisted and the Ministry then had declared an emergency state of the pathology sector.However, during that time, the indicated cause had been a deficient of individuals who were passionate about taking up the career option.The Ministry had noted this while urging persons to indicate their interest in pathology after which the Government would work to make scholarships available for them so they can be a part of the post graduate training programme.Younger persons were specifically targeted since in that time, there were two pathologists who were both above the age of retirement.last_img read more

New NDP Leader comes out against Site C

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgMr. Horgan is calling for an independent third party to examine when B.C. would actually need the power from B.C. Hydro’s third dam on the Peace River, and how much taxpayers will pay for the electricity. Horgan says it’s a good project, except for the fact B.C. doesn’t need the energy, First Nations oppose it and the dam would destroy so much agricultural land.He says he wants a third party to answer some legitimate questions like when will the province actually need the power and how much should the people pay for it.- Advertisement -The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency held several weeks of hearings in December and January and its report and recommendations are expected to be posted online on Thursday.last_img

Old Fort residents mulling legal options over Site C

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgResidents in Old Fort say they are considering their legal options following a meeting with BC Hydro officials over the Site C dam Tuesday night.Group spokesman Jared Giesbrecht said about 50 residents met with Hydro at the Pomeroy Hotel in the hopes of having their concerns over the dam and its construction addressed. But residents left the two-hour meeting feeling more frustrated than satisfied they had been heard.“Coming out of that meeting, we got the feeling Hydro is not going to do anything in terms of mitigation or compensation, and have no regard for residents unless they are forced to do so,” said Giesbrecht, whose family lives in the Old Fort, located about two and a half kilometres downstream of the dam’s location on the Peace River.- Advertisement -Residents have been fighting to get a meeting with Hydro officials for six months, Giesbrecht said, so they could voice their concerns over the safety of the dam and potential evacuation plans, along with an increase in dust, noise, and traffic expected in the small community as construction ramps up.Residents left the meeting with no commitment from Hydro that sirens would be in place to warn the community in the event of a dam breach or failure, said Giesbrecht. There is only one road in to and out of the valley, he noted, and residents fear the potential of being caught flat-footed staring down a gushing wall of water.“Dams do breach and there are problems. Some basic preparations for safety would go a long way,” he said, pointing to recent disasters in British Columbia such as the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.Advertisement Old Fort Road will be a primary road for heavy construction traffic going to the dam, and will also provide access to the work camp planned along the north bank of the river“We’re talking about very specific concerns. They don’t want to acknowledge the amount of harm it will cause for us down the river,” Giesbrecht said.Residents are currently discussing their next moves with a Vancouver-based lawyer, Giesbrecht said.“I’m not sure what else to do,” he said, adding he feels the small community doesn’t have a the same leverage negotiating with Hydro as larger municipal and First Nation governments do.Advertisement Hydro will also restrict contractors from operating heavy construction vehicles during school bus hours, he said, though he also admitted construction on the dam will occur 20 hours per day.While construction traffic will use the Old Fort Road, it will not move through the Old Fort community itself, Conway noted, as a new road to the dam site and work camps will be built at the Myca gravel pit.Conway added there will be security checkpoints at this location, and that Hydro hopes the on-site recreation and entertainment at the worker camps will reduce the volume of traffic going into the community.“We’re trying to do what we can to reduce the number of people wandering down in the community to investigate,” he said.But because Old Fort residents aren’t directly affected by the dam — that is their properties aren’t expected to be needed for the flood reservoir, right of ways, etc. — they will not receive compensation as other landowners further upstream in the valley and flood zone will, Conway said.Advertisement BC Hydro spokesman Dave Conway called last night’s meeting respectful in tone, and that Hydro officials met one on one with residents, and addressed questions in a large group setting.Conway said Hydro is still developing an emergency planning guide that would cover evacuation plans and what would happen in the event of a dam failure. The guide needs approval from both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the BC Environmental Assessment Office, said Conway.“We have a good record for dam safety and compliance and we intend on maintaining that,” Conway said, adding Hydro is open to the idea of implementing a siren warning system.“We are looking at things we might be able to do.”Conway said Hydro has a number of mitigation measures in place for the area, including paving of the 240 and 269 roads, adding shoulders and installing street lights at intersections along Old Fort Road, and widening the “hair pin” corner of the road as it descends into the valley.Advertisement “Noise, sound, light, dust, traffic on the road. Those aren’t things we’d compensate for,” he said.last_img read more


Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_imgA Letterkenny man smashed the window of his next door neighbour just seconds after Gardai left his home.Martin Ward, 60, of Ard Na Ri was visited by Gardai who were investigating a complaint.The Gardai spoke to Ward and left the scene. However they were only 50 yards down the road when they heard a smash.When they returned they saw a brick had been thrown through the window of number 45 Ard Na Ri.Ward was spotted by Gardai coming out of his home and admitted the offence.Ward said he had gone to Donegal County Council twice but they would not accept any money for the damage caused to the window.Judge Paul Kelly said the council had enough problem facing their obligations with these kind of problems.Judge Kelly said if Ward paid the €100 damage to the window then he would deal with the mater on April 22nd.MAN SMASHED WINDOW JUST SECONDS AFTER GARDAI LEFT was last modified: March 26th, 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:Letterkenny District CourtMARTIN WARDWINDOWlast_img read more

Character counts for these athletes

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by
first_imgSAUGUS – Shadowed by state high school football powers Canyon, Hart and Valencia, Saugus hasn’t won a playoff game since 1996. But as far as the Centurions and their passionate young coach Jason Bornn are concerned, the game has more important elements than wins and losses. The players meet on a weekly basis for special character- building sessions. Instead of discussing trivial matters such as blocking, tackling and scoring touchdowns, the group explores topics such as morality, accountability and spirituality. “It’s not just about football and winning titles, it’s about life lessons,” said lineman Ramsen Golpashin, a 315-pound team leader who’s more proud of his 4.0 grade-point average than his ability to knock over opposing players. “The game of football resembles the ups and downs of life.” On Wednesday, the players met with their 35-year-old coach to talk about fellowship and the fact they have the option to discuss with the coach why players might be cut from the team – and if they should be allowed back. Bornn received a wake-up call after last season when a fellow coach met him at a clinic and asked Bornn what his vision was for Saugus football. “All I could think of saying was winning a league championship and a CIF title,” Bornn said. “That’s when I kind of stopped and said to myself: `Why I am really doing this?’ I almost quit.” Instead, Bornn said he began searching for a deeper meaning and more important purpose to being a football coach. Such introspection brought Bornn back to his own days as a high school football player, when his coach, Mike Plaisance at Village Christian High of Sun Valley, developed into a parental figure for Bornn, who grew up with an absent father and endured more than his share of trouble as a teenager. “For me, it was Mike Plaisance. Now I might want to develop the same kind of relationships with my own players,” Bornn said. “That’s why we’ve dedicated the off-season to character education, and you can already see the difference. It’s like night and day compared to last year’s team.” Bornn’s plan is to teach the team the core value of putting others ahead of themselves. “You’ve got to think beyond your own needs, and you’ve got to show it in your actions,” Bornn said. “Is it always going to be a perfect situation? Of course not, no one’s perfect, but we want to cut down on issues off the field. I think for the first time I can finally go to sleep with peace of mind, knowing I’ve done everything I could. Before, I couldn’t say that.” In the past, whenever Bornn heard about a player being caught for stealing or cheating on a test, he said he couldn’t help but take some responsibility. “That’s because I didn’t do enough to educate them,” Bornn said. “Now we talk about all of those things like drinking and premarital sex and just about making the right choices. So now when the kids do something they shouldn’t be doing, they know the consequences. Now it’s on them.” (661) 257-5218160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I’m not saying I’m going to do something about it for sure, but I’m willing to listen,” Bornn told the group. They also talked about nutrition, leadership and other matters that didn’t have much to do with X’s and O’s but were vital subjects to develop the boys not just as players but as people. “The lesson today was fellowship, and it’s important because we need to work together on the field and not yell at each other,” receiver Kyle Monson said. “We’re more of a team this year, more together and with more leaders.” The previous week, the topic was responsibility. “When Coach Bornn said I have to be responsible, I take it seriously because that means I have to take care of something,” Golpashin said. last_img

She’s a hit on the court

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img “They always play us tough,” Sanchez said. “They have nothing to lose. We’re definitely not looking past them. They’re undefeated, so that says something.” Royal tuneup: Hart’s final weekend before league play began provided an opportunity to face a level of competition similar to what it will see in the Foothill League. Hart advanced to the Gold Division playoffs at the Royal of Simi Valley tournament. The Indians were eliminated in the first round by Oak Park, which extended its season-opening winning streak to 16 matches. In the rankings: Saugus moved into the Southern Section rankings this week at No. 9 in Div. I-A, one spot ahead of Hart. Valencia, which plays Tuesday at Saugus, is eighth in Div. I-AA. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Danielle Maricle is known for hitting softballs. Now the Valencia High senior gets a chance to see if she can be as successful hitting volleyballs. Maricle, whose .349 batting average was second-best on the Vikings’ league-champion softball team last spring, this week assumed an expanded role on the volleyball team. Valencia is experimenting with her at outside hitter. “We want to see what she can do,” Vikings coach Ray Sanchez said. “If she does well, we could keep her in that role.” Maricle has been a reserve, playing at middle blocker and outside hitter. Sanchez’s disappointment with the team’s outside hitting prompted him to give Maricle a try. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Regardless of how Maricle fares, her future is on the diamond. “She’s absolutely a softball player who’s just playing some volleyball,” Sanchez said. “It’s really tough for her, because she spends all summer playing softball and then comes back to a bunch of girls who have been playing volleyball all summer. But she’s a natural athlete.” Change of plans: This week’s Foothill League openers, originally scheduled for Tuesday, were pushed back a day because of Rosh Hashana. Teams will play on back-to-back days, Wednesday and today. “We’re excited; we want to get going,” said Sanchez, whose Vikings have won the past two league titles. Not to be taken lightly: Valencia’s first two Foothill matches are against the bottom two teams in last year’s standings, but the Vikings aren’t expecting an easy time. One of their biggest challenges could be from Burbank, which was winless in league play last season but entered this week 6-0. last_img read more


Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgNeil McGee has been nominated for the Ulster GAA Writers’ Player of the Year award alongside Donegal colleagues Michael Murphy and Ryan McHugh.Donegal have dominated the nominations for the Ulster GAA Writers’ Footballer of the year award, with three Donegal players being shortlisted for the coveted title.Neil McGee earns a nomination for a stunning year at the heart of the Donegal defence.McGee was absolutely immense for Donegal all year, and will almost certainly get a third All-Star award at the GAA-GPA All-Star award ceremony later this month. McGee has also been shortlisted alongside Dublin star Diarmuid Connolly and Kerry’s James O’Donoghue for the GAA-GPA Football of the year award.Talismanic captain Michael Murphy has also earned a nomination for his consistency, leadership and outstanding quality throughout the year.Murphy became the first Donegal man ever to lift the Anglo Celt cup for the third time as captain earlier this summer, when Donegal exacted revenge on Monaghan in the Ulster final in Clones.Ryan McHugh, enjoyed a breakthrough summer, he featured during the ill-fated campaign of 2013, but he played a pivotal role this summer. His performances were simply outstanding all summer, and Donegal followers will never forget his two-goal brace against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.He’s a hot favourite to win the GAA-GPA Young player of the year award after a truly remarkable season for the young Kilcar man.The awards for the Ulster GAA Writers Awards ceremony will take place at The Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran, on Saturday the 1st of November.  DONEGAL TRIO NOMINATED FOR ULSTER GAA FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: October 15th, 2014 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:donegalGAAHome-page SportMichael Murphyneil mcgeenewsRyan McHughlast_img read more

Photo library: Cities 7

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Cities contact sheet (508KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: The city centre. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: the DurbanInternational ConventionCentre Arena. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: A mural in thecity centre. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: South Beach. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: The Hilton Hoteland city skyline. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: The Hilton Hoteland city skyline. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: The city skyline. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natalprovince: The city skyline. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, » Download high-res image Bloemfontein, Free Stateprovince: The Fourth Courtof Bloemfontein. The city isthe judicial capital of SouthAfrica, and home to thecountry’s Supreme Courtof Appeal. South Africa hasthree capital cities; theother two are Cape Town(legislative) and Pretoria(administrative). Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image CITIES 7: {loadposition cities}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at read more

2016 National Farm Machinery Show Highlights

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 51st National Farm Machinery Show will host more than 300,000 attendees as they visit over 850 exhibitors covering 27 acres inside the Kentucky Expo Center. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found some of the highlights of the 2016 show.Here are some pictures from this year’s National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville.last_img

New Stanford biodegradable wearable takes your data to its grave

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… A wearable electronic device that can dissolve in vinegar and is currently considered to be the lightest, thinnest electronic device, was recently unveiled by researchers at Stanford University. This technology can help reduce electronic waste while maintaining privacy.See Also: How personal beacons can help keep women safeThe need for biodegradable tech in an era when new gadgets are constantly being introduced and quickly discarded, causing tons of electronic waste, presented the key concern and main focus for the team of researchers who have shared this new device. The team designed this wearable electronic device to totally dissolve when vinegar is poured on it. Having a biodegradable wearable option presents an answer to the privacy problem that occurs when new devices are discarded in favor of new ones, hoping that the cautionary measures taken to erase old data are effective enough to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.The decomposing polymer that the device is made of ranks as one of the thinnest and lightest electronic gadgets that’s ever been made. The team has synthesized the biodegradable semiconductor by utilizing a molecule taken from tattoo ink, and has created a base by weaving plant fibers into a new, extra-thin film.  Inside the structure are embedded electronics. When placed in vinegar, or even a less acidic liquid, the entire thing melts away within a 30 day timeframe.An answer to e-waste?In the near future, this technology will likely be used for storing sensitive digital information that could rapidly and easily be destroyed and kept a secret. It can also possibly be used for biological sensors, and implantable medical devices.  Testing has been done with the device in mice to research whether this idea would work.  The device is currently still not safe for use in humans. But it may be in the future.According to an ENDS Europe agency report about electronic waste, due to an increasing built-in obsolescence, in 2012 defective appliances were replaced at the rate of 8.3 percent, which is an increase from 3.5 percent in 2004. Recent studies share that a huge majority of young adults own smartphones, and approximately 30 percent of American upgrade their phones every two years. This helps add to a huge amount of waste that estimates show will produce more than 50 million metric tons of electronic waste by 2018.  The solution to this problem looks as though it may be here, with this new biodegradable wearable. Electronic waste is a real problem, causing poisonous groundwater by leaching hazardous materials like mercury into the ground. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Follow the Puckcenter_img Amanda Razani Tags:#e-waste#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Stanford#top#waste#wearable Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more