Barras beat Northern Territory by 2 wickets

first_imgBatting first, the home side were all bowled out for 192.In his first appearance for the Barramundis, Hiri Hiri was impressive with the ball taking 3/10 while John Boge Reva backed up with figures of 2/2.The Barras chased down the target inside 40 overs for 8 wickets.Sese Bau top scored with 45 runs. Lega Siaka (39), Assad Vala (39) and the ever reliable Mahuru Dai (29) also pitched in.The Barras officially start their South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier League campaign tomorrow against the Western Grit in a 50 over encounter at the Marrara Cricket Ground.last_img

The public health sector has fallen apart: people plead for help, Government missing

first_imgIn full election campaign mode, APNU/AFC boasts it has spent $150 billion on healthcare in Guyana. While no one doubts this claim, the people of Guyana know also that public health care in Guyana is in a total mess, falling far below its 2015 standards. The Budget also shows that several billion dollars were spent on corrupt deals, super salaries for handpicked activists, etc. In the meantime, the Ministers in health and the Cabinet are clueless and, more importantly, disinterested in the sector. Even as the health sector falls apart, the Ministers are AWOL – everywhere doing everything but their jobs. They did take time to dispute a story of a corrupt arrangement for another “medicine bond” rental in Georgetown, at a cost of $12.5 million per month, which now necessitates the calling in of the Auditor General to verify.While the Ministers are now everywhere openly campaigning, the latest news from the public health sector is that the New Amsterdam Hospital’s mortuary, where several bodies decomposed last month is now “closed indefinitely”. The announcement did not include reference to any contingency arrangements for mortuary services. Presumably, this will now be a burden on families as they resort to the Private Sector. At no time did anyone connected to the Ministry of Public Health bother to present plans for resuming mortuary services at the main hospital for Regions Five and Six, an area with at least 33 per cent of the population of Guyana. Even as that announcement was made, there is protest because of chaos at the ER of that hospital. There is also a standoff between the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC); the RDC wants cataract surgery resumed at the New Amsterdam Hospital, since the Port Mourant Ophthalmology Centre has essentially closed down, but the CEO has refused the order from the RDC.Meanwhile, Skeldon Hospital is without use of all its equipment because of electricity problems, shortage of medicines and medical supplies continue to plague the sector across Guyana, medical personnel are often missing, important equipment such as x-ray machines are inoperable in various hospitals, dental services are restricted because of lack of supplies, child mortality in our hospitals have become a crisis, with the questionable deaths at the GPHC still “under investigation”. In fact, since then, a number of child deaths have occurred at GPHC which are being questioned. A poor family from Buxton called me last night with just a heart-rending, horror story of a child who died at just six days old. There are questions about a number of maternal deaths that are still under investigation. There are the ongoing corrupt arrangement to procure medicines and supplies that are still unavailable.As hopeless as the above sounds, it is only the tip of the iceberg. The collapse of the health sector is one of the many reasons why the Guyanese people have lost confidence in the David Granger-led APNU/AFC Government. This is a major reason why the nation is just simply disgusted with the behaviour of David Granger and APNU/AFC as they spend taxpayers’ money to campaign openly for elections due by March 21, while also defiantly insisting they will not resign and schedule elections.President Granger defiantly declared on Sunday at an APNU/AFC election meeting “I ain’t going nowhere”. Ministers of Public Health, Volda Lawrence and Karen Cummings, have suddenly found lots of time, gustily campaigning with taxpayers money. The European Union and the United Nations have joined civil society and political parties in Guyana urging David Granger and APNU/AFC to hold elections in accordance with the Constitution within 90 days from December 21, as Parliament mandated when it passed the no-confidence motion. The AFC is fighting internally over who should be its Prime Minister nominee, Moses Nagamootoo or Ramjattan. In the midst of this travesty, GECOM with its Granger-handpicked Chairman has allowed itself to become a tentacle of APNU/AFC dictatorship, like the Bollers-led Elections Commission of Burnham in the late 1960s up to 1992.Sectors like health and education are falling apart. While the Government insists that it is business as usual, it has become totally absent in managing the various sectors. It still signs huge contracts, contrary to the Constitution, and is now tapping the treasury as they embark on the usual political trickery and lies, while agony and trauma have become the norm of the lives of ordinary people everywhere in Guyana. The time to speak up is now. Silence will only bring greater crisis for our people.last_img read more

Crime-Busting

first_imgAgainst all the experiential truth of the Guyanese public, the Public Security Ministry and the PNC-led Governmental propaganda apparatus insist that their “statistics” show that “serious” crime is actually decreasing. It is clear that this Government, which boasts about their “expertise” in security matters because of the number of armed forces personnel in their ranks, do not have a credible anti-crime strategy. By following the foreign- funded foreign experts’ studies and recommendations on “security,” they have lost the forest for the trees. The newly boosted army and newly formed Peoples’ Militia are not crime fighting units. Even the Police SWAT team has been mothballed.However, “crime fighting” via direct confrontation with the criminals is but one approach – albeit the default stance of most citizens. With the development of modern society in the nineteenth century, there was an upsurge in behaviour that was defined as “criminal” with the dissolution of the societal norms in the movement from status to contract. Police Forces were formed, and jails expanded exponentially to incarcerate offenders against the criminal laws. In Guyana, our Police Force was launched a decade after the London Metropolitan Force, and this approach has dominated the discourse on “crime reduction” until the latter part of the 20th century, when sociological and psychological theories proposed interventions in both the focus on apprehension and incarceration of criminals.This approach, in direct conflict with the “tough on crime” approach, was proffered once again only recently: that the Government go to the “roots” of crime, which are supposed to emanate from societal factors, such as poverty. In this case, the individual who had earlier supported the call for direct “oil payments” to Guyanese reiterated that call. With money in their hands, the criminals who preyed on others presumably would obdurately turn their faces away from the life of crime.There are no studies that directly prove such a causal link between poverty and criminal proclivities, but stochastic data does suggest a correlation. There is direct evidence, however, that there are poor communities right here in Guyana that do not engage in violent crimes to secure wealth, and this undercuts the “poverty argument”, but this inconvenient fact seems to always escape the notice of those who want to throw money at the crime problem. Then there is also the fact that even when known criminals – such as the recently-apprehended Guyanese drug smuggler in Jamaica – acquire enormous wealth, they still continue in their lives of crime.Like with most human behaviour, there is no monocausal explanation for criminal behaviour of humans, but there is general acceptance that it is not genetically linked – save perhaps for some sociopaths. So, bereft of the explanatory recourse to “nature”, we are left with the omnibus term “nurture”, which covers so many institutions in society, especially the family and the schools. Families transmit behavioural traits to children by encouraging or discouraging particular values which are prevalent in their culture, and this is where governments have failed to make meaningful inroads in discouraging negative “values”.While crime can occur in all neighbourhoods, in some it is an outlier occurrence, while in others it is endemic. No Government, unfortunately, has had the intestinal fortitude to analyse the prevalent social mores that are operating in specific communities, so that interventions can be customised at this level rather than throwing money handouts at the culprits. The secret of reducing crime at the most cost-effective social intervention has been shown to be the creation of well-paying jobs that can engage especially young men and women in the “high-crime” producing areas. Simply doling out money to this group will do absolutely nothing to deter them from a life of crime. When people earn their money, they will begin to value it.It is our contention that there needs to be a combination of the traditional crime- fighting techniques through professionalisation of the Police Force and directed social interventions to change cultural mores that do not stop criminal behaviour, but may actually further it.last_img read more

Kingdom Harvest Church USA Reconstructs 28 Classroom School, Church

first_imgThe Kingdom Harvest Church of the United States of America (USA) in Partnership with friends and members in Liberia has begun reconstructing a 28-classroom school building and church in Monrovia.The school building according to Bishop Dr. Hilary H. Gbotoe will be a three storeyed edifice which will include pastoral and administrative offices.The overall cost of the school and church projects are estimated to be US$70,000.To date, Bishop Gbotoe said the KHC runs and operates 10 churches and two primary schools in the country.The mobilization of the funds for the school and church projects has started with a challenge to the Liberian membership to play a key role.Dr. Gbotoe pointed out that when construction work is completed in three years the edifice will host Science and Computer laboratories in order to enhance the practical component of academic instructions for the students.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently at the headquarters on Old Road, Bishop Gbotoe, who is currently on a six-week visit to Liberia, disclosed that the KHS is in the business of building critical facilities such as clinics and churches in communities where the need exists.The overall development of the country does not only rest on the Liberian government and support partners, but on all Liberians irrespective of social and religious backgrounds, he added.Dr. Gbotoe stressed that private institutions and churches in Liberia should join the Liberian government in training the minds of the future generation for the development and growth of the country.The KHC Bishop also said that the church in partnership with friends and members are running two primary schools in River Cess and Margibi counties and has plans for the construction of a vocational and technical school that will help those who may not have the opportunity to enrol at the various universities in Liberia.Bishop Gbotoe expressed the hope that about a year or two from now, all the infrastructures would be completed and the teaching materials mobilized and installed at the schools.He, however, cautioned that KHC will not be involved in the duplication of medical and educational projects in the country.Asked to throw light on KHC’s self-sustaining measures, Bishop Gbotoe disclosed that three years ago the church secured farm land that he thinks would help buttress the financial capacity of the church’s development goals.“We are also looking at other alternatives as a church ministry in the area of business; what kind of business ventures to get involved in and generate resources to carry out some development activities,” said Bishop Gbotoe.The KHC boss disclosed that the church is contemplating on engaging in commercial transport services, having observed that transportation services in Liberia have serious challenges.Bishop Gbotoe said successes of the KHC Ministry are through the grace of God and dedicated partners and friends in and out of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

France freezes Euro 2012 players’ bonuses

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, France, July 3 – Bonuses owed to the France team for having made the quarter-finals of the recently-concluded European Championships have been frozen, the French football federation announced on Tuesday.Each member of the French team, which lost 2-0 in the quarters to eventual winners Spain, was eligible for a bonus of 100,000 euros. But in light of the in-fighting and ill-discipline that dogged the country’s Euro campaign, federation president Noel Le Graet said: “The whole of the bonuses of the France team at Euro 2012 are frozen.“It’s blocked money, which may be redistributed or maybe not.”Le Graet, up for re-election in December, added that four players from the squad would appear at a disciplinary committee “as soon as possible after their holidays” to explain their behaviour at the tournament hosted by Poland and Ukraine.“Four players will go before the disciplinary committee: (Hatem) Ben Arfa, (Yann) Mvila, (Samir) Nasri and (Jeremy) Menez,” Le Graet said after a meeting of the executive committee, a body he said was unable to impose sanctions.“The players must be punished, sanctioned, but I don’t want to make victims out of them.“Financial sanctions are detailed in our statutes, and (possible) suspensions for the upcoming cases will be examined most fairly.”Nasri verbally abused an AFP journalist after the loss to Spain and was seen as a disruptive influence throughout, while Ben Arfa had a dressing room row with Laurent Blanc, who stood down as coach after the tournament.Menez railed at a referee, and gestured at captain Hugo Lloris during the Spain game, telling him to shut up, while M’Vila did not shake hands with Blanc or his replacement when he was substituted by Olivier Giroud.All the incidents led many pundits to draw similarities to the France squad that disgraced itself at the 2010 World Cup.Le Graet added that France’s World Cup and Euro-winning captain Didier Deschamps “is part of a shortlist” in the federation’s bid to find a suitable replacement for Blanc.“I saw Didier Deschamps quickly yesterday evening (Monday),” Le Graet said. “In any case, the proposal was made to him. He confirmed to me that the France team was part of his dreams.“He asked me for a few days to think things over. He’s part of a shortlist.“If Didier drags it out too much, I’ll take another decision. But I won’t today disturb a Ligue 1 club,” Le Graet said in a nod to Deschamps’ current employer, cash-strapped Marseille.But if confirmed, 43-year-old Deschamps, once witheringly described as a “water carrier” by Eric Cantona, would be taking on what increasingly looks like a poisoned chalice after a torrid recent history for the 1998 world champions.Euro 2000-winner Roger Lemerre stepped down after France failed to exit the group stage at the 2002 World Cup; Jacques Santini, left after Euro 2004 for an ill-fated sojourn at Spurs; and Domenech went in 2010 after a rollercoaster six years.Should Deschamps take over, he would at least be able to continue the hard work that Blanc had put in since replacing the largely unloved Domenech after the 2010 World Cup debacle, which compounded a disastrous Euro 2008 campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool consider move for Italy Under-21 star

first_img Davide Zappacosta Liverpool are considering a move for Atalanta full-back Davide Zappacosta this summer.Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is targeting a new right-back following Glen Johnson’s departure at the end of last season.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Liverpool scouts have been watching the Italian at the European Under-21 Championships and the defender has made a positive impression, despite the Azzurri’s exit in the group stages.Zappacosta made 29 Serie A apperances for Atalanta last term as they narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight. 1last_img

Drug-resistant ‘superbug’ deadlier in U.S. than AIDS

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The study offers the broadest look yet at the pervasiveness of the most severe MRSA infections – those that invade the bloodstream or destroy flesh. Healthy people can carry these bacteria, living on their skin or in their noses. But the bacteria can be deadly when they spread inside the body. This form of the disease is being blamed for the death Monday of a 17-year-old Virginia high school senior. Doctors said the germ had spread to his kidneys, liver, lungs and the muscles around his heart. In recent years, MRSA has become more common in hospitals and it has been spreading through prisons, gyms and locker rooms, and in poor urban neighborhoods. Researchers found that only about one-quarter of invasive cases involved patients in hospitals. However, more than half were related to health care, occurring in people who were on kidney dialysis or recently had surgery, for example. Open wounds and exposure to contaminated medical equipment are major ways the bug spreads. There were 988 reported deaths among infected people in the study, for a rate of 6.3 per 100,000. That would translate to 18,650 deaths annually, although the researchers don’t know if MRSA was the cause in all cases. CHICAGO – It now appears a dangerous type of staph infection is probably killing more Americans each year than AIDS. It’s resistant to standard antibiotics, and the government reports in its first broad look at invasive disease caused by this “superbug” that more than 90,000 Americans are sickened by it annually. The drug-resistant germ goes by the nickname MRSA, short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. “The rate of invasive MRSA was an astounding 31.8 per 100,000,” according to an editorial published with the report in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association. If these deaths all were related to staph infections, the total would exceed the number killed in the U.S. by better-known causes including AIDS, which killed an estimated 17,011 Americans in 2005, said Dr. Elizabeth Bancroft of the Los Angeles County Health Department, who wrote the editorial published with the study. The researchers’ estimates are extrapolated from 2005 surveillance data from nine mostly urban regions considered representative of the country. There were 5,287 invasive infections reported that year in people living in those regions, which would translate to an estimated 94,360 cases nationally, the researchers said. Most cases were life-threatening bloodstream infections. However, about 10 percent involved what some call “flesh-eating” disease, according to the study led by researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results underscore the need for better prevention measures, such as curbing the overuse of antibiotics and improving hand-washing and other hygiene procedures, especially among hospital workers, said the CDC’s Dr. Scott Fridkin, a study co-author. Some hospitals have drastically cut infections by first isolating new patients until they are screened for MRSA. The bacteria don’t respond to penicillin-related antibiotics once commonly used to treat them, partly because of overuse. They can be treated with other drugs but health officials worry that overuse could cause the bacteria to become resistant to those, too. A survey earlier this year suggested that MRSA infections, including noninvasive mild forms, affect 46 of every 1,000 U.S. hospital and nursing home patients – or as many as 5 percent. These patients are vulnerable because of open wounds and invasive medical equipment that can help the germ spread. Dr. Buddy Creech, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said the JAMA study emphasizes the broad scope of the drug-resistant staph infections and highlights the need for a vaccine, which he called “the holy grail of staphylococcal research.” The study involved data from July 2004 through December 2005, during which 8,897 cases of invasive MRSA disease were reported. The incidence rate and death rate were calculated based only on the 2005 data, which involved 5,287 cases. The regions studied were: the Atlanta metropolitan area; the Baltimore area; the state of Connecticut; Davidson County, Tenn.; the Denver metropolitan area; Monroe County, N.Y.; the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area; Ramsey County, Minn.; and the San Francisco metropolitan area. The study involved data from July 2004 through December 2005. In that period, 8,897 cases of invasive MRSA disease were reported. The incidence rate and death rate were calculated based only on the 2005 data, which involved 5,287 cases.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

Andre Gray requests personal hearing to answer FA charges

first_img1 Burnley striker Andre Gray has requested a personal hearing after being charged with misconduct over historical social media posts, the club have announced.Gray was charged by the Football Association last week after posting homophobic comments on Twitter in 2012.The 25-year-old had been given until 6pm on Monday to respond to the charge.A statement from the club read: “Andre Gray has requested a personal hearing to answer Football Association charges relating to historical posts made on social media.“The player had until 6pm today (Monday) to answer charges of comments deemed to be ‘abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or bringing the game into disrepute’ contrary to FA Rule E3(1).“It is further alleged that these breaches, which relate to posts made between January 9, 2012 and March 11, 2012, included reference to an ‘aggravating factor’, namely sexual orientation and/or gender and/or colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3(2).“A date for the hearing has not yet been determined.”Gray was playing for non-League Hinckley United when the posts concerned were made. He issued an apology after the tweets resurfaced recently and added that he has transformed his life in the four years since. Andre Gray: The Burnley striker last_img read more

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter blasts ‘disrespectful’ Gianni Infantino

first_imgFormer FIFA president Sepp Blatter has accused his replacement Gianni Infantino of disrespecting him.The 80-year-old is facing up to life after football after he lost his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his suspension from football-related activity.Blatter, who was president of the governing body between 1998 and 2015, and former UEFA president Michel Platini were punished in December 2015 over a £1.3million “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011.The scandal led to Infantino being elected in February of this year and Blatter says that an initially friendly relationship with his countryman has turned icy.He told the BBC’s World Football: “I have never seen in any company the new president not paying respect to the old president. “After his election we had a very good contact and he stopped at my house and we had a chat and we drank a glass of red wine. I told him I have a list of questions that should be solved in FIFA which has not been solved before.“He said, ‘I will work on that’, and he never came back. I have asked him, I have sent him a letter and I have his personal number and I was told that it’s still correct because I have some connections. I sent him emails.“Never, never an answer, never. Now we speak only through lawyers.”Blatter, whose 34-year career with the game’s governing body ended in disgrace, also revealed that doctors told him he only had hours to live after he had a breakdown just weeks after his suspension in October 2015.“I had a breakdown, it was November 1 2015, I was at the cemetery in my home village in Visp and we have a family grave and I was there, very weak, I couldn’t move and then they brought me to hospital in Zurich,” he added.“They thought I was going to die in the next few hours. It was on a Sunday and there was only one doctor there, a lady doctor, and she asked me who I had to phone.“Then they brought another doctor and told me to calm down. I had time in hospital to think that life is something else other than football.“My daughter was absolutely unhappy with the way I was organising my life and she told me that if I said once again that FIFA was my family then she would leave me.”The Swiss is banned until October 2021, when he will be 85. He must also pay a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs (around £39,000). 1 Gianni Infantino last_img read more

Cameras are watching to make parks safer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsIn addition to viewing what the cameras are seeing, from their computers city personnel and deputies can change camera views and zoom in on areas of interest, Norton said. Some of the cameras can be relocated to other parks. Each camera is capable of storing a month’s worth of data that can be used during investigations, city officials said. In a survey of residents conducted this summer, people who said they did not use the city’s parks or recreation programs cited feeling unsafe as the leading reason. “The main opportunity for improvement is with residents’ perceptions of the sense of safety and security at facilities,” the consultants wrote. “Overall, this finding seems to be more of an overall feeling than a problem at a specific facility.” City officials said they think the cameras will help residents feel more secure at the parks. LANCASTER – Looking to cut down on crime and bolster a feeling of security among residents, city employees and sheriff’s deputies are using remotely operated cameras to watch two parks. The digital surveillance cameras, which cost the city $77,000, are in operation at Jane Reynolds and Eastside parks, and they can be operated from desktop computers by deputies, park rangers and parks department leaders. “This is a worthwhile investment of city funds,” Mayor Henry Hearns said. “With all the beautiful facilities Lancaster has to offer, we want to make sure that residents feel secure in our parks.” The cameras are part of a three-pronged effort to provide security at city parks. The other prongs are park patrols by a sheriff’s team and patrols by city park rangers to act as eyes and ears for deputies, said Lyle Norton, director of Lancaster’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Department. “If people feel safe in parks, they will take advantage of the opportunities for recreation each park provides,” said Bob Greene, assistant director of the parks department. “That means there will be more activity, and, generally speaking, more activity leads to a safer environment.” The cameras are from OSC Digital, a company that has made cameras for the Navy, the U.S. Border Patrol, several Las Vegas casinos and several Fortune 500 companies. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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