Suns’ Booker explodes for 70 points in loss to Celtics

first_imgMOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town James shines as Cavs bounce back READ: Klay Thompson explodes for 60 as Warriors rout PacersIt was also the most points ever scored by a player against the Celtics. His free throw with 45.2 seconds left broke Elgin Baylor’s record of 64 points against Boston, set in 1959.“If you play basketball you’ve been in that zone,” Booker told NBA TV. “Going against a really good Boston team with a really good defense I knew I was going to have to lock in tonight and once I got it going my teammates kept finding me, kept setting screens for me.“Once I got past 50, then they were just going to me every possession.”The Suns used their fouls and timeouts in the fourth quarter to help Booker run up his total. He missed two shots in the final seconds, one a three-pointer.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker gestures after he scored a basket, as fans cheer him at TD Garden in the fourth quarter of the Suns’ NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Boston. Booker scored 70 points, but the Celtics wonp 130-120. Booker is just the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)WASHINGTON—Phoenix guard Devin Booker produced a game for the ages Friday (Saturday, Manila), but his scintillating 70 point-haul wasn’t enough as the Suns fell 130-120 to the Celtics in Boston.Booker, 20, became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game and the youngest to do so.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties He connected on 21 of his 40 shot attempts, made four of 11 three-pointers and 24 of 26 free throws.For good measure he pulled down eight rebounds and handed out six assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBooker scored 51 points in the second half, including 28 in the final quarter.His performance topped the 60-point effort in December by Golden State’s Klay Thompson for the highest scoring game of the season. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite Booker’s exploits, Boston never trailed, leading by as many as 26 in the first half.Isaiah Thomas scored 34 points and added seven assists for the Celtics, who remained one game behind the Eastern Conference leading Cleveland Cavaliers and two and a half games ahead of the third-placed Washington Wizards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View commentslast_img read more

Boyz depart for Gold Cup

first_imgJamaica senior men’s football team, 23 man strong, departed the island yesterday for the for the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in the United States. The Theodore Whitmore coached Reggae Boyz, who recently lost the CFU Caribbean Cup final 2-1 to Curacao, will play the said opponent in their opening game at the Qualcomm stadium in San Diego, California on Sunday at 6 pm Jamaica time. The Jamaicans will play out of Group C, which also comprises Mexico and El Salvador. The Reggae Boyz will play their second game against Mexico on Thursday July 13, before closing out their Group C fixtures against El Salvador on Monday July 17. The top two teams in each group and the two best third place teams will move on to the knock out round of the competition. Jamaica’s best showing in the Gold Cup came in the last staging in 2015, where they finished runners up after losing 3-1 to Mexico in the final. The 23 man squad reads: Andre Blake, Damion Hyatt, Dwayne Miller, Ladale Richie, Sergio Campbell, Damion Lowe, Kemar Lawrence, Shaun Francis, Oniel Fisher, Rosario Harriott, Jermaine Johnson, Shamar Nicholson, Je-Vaughn Watson, Alvas Powell, Darren Mattocks, Cory Burke, Ricardo Morris, Ewan Grandison, Michael Binns, Owayne Gordon, Jermaine Taylor, Kevon Lambert and Romario Williams.last_img read more

‘Babsy’ bites back – Sports minister defends SDF board appointments after Opposition’s criticism

first_img However, Grange argued that Neita was ignorant of the facts and defended the legitimacy of the appointments, pointing out during an interview with The Gleaner, that a decision was made by the previous government in 2015 to transfer all shares of public companies that were held in trust on behalf of the Government of Jamaica, to the accountant general, who would hold these shares on the behalf of the Government. “By virtue of the shares being transferred to the accountant general, the minister would now be responsible for the appointment of the board,” Grange outlined. “I think it (the release) is ill-informed, and whoever prepared it for her did not do any research. “I was surprised she (Neita) would issue a statement like this when it was her government that decided at Cabinet that the matter of shares of public companies that were held in trust on the behalf of the Government of Jamaica, that these shares should be transferred to the accountant general of Jamaica,” Grange added. George Soutar was announced as the chairman of the new SDF board on Monday, with Lloyd Pommells as deputy chairman. The other members are David Shirley, Molly Rhone, Donovan Bennett, Christopher Stokes, Annmarie Heron, Newton Amos, and Compton Rodney. New boards were also named on Monday for Independence Park Limited and the Institute of Sports. Meanwhile, Grange stated that she has full confidence in the abilities of the members of the board and expects them to do a great job. The appointments are for a period of two years with effect from November 12. Neita ignorant of facts Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has strongly defended her recently announced appointments to the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) board. Grange was responding to a press release, issued by Opposition Spokesperson on Sports Natalie Neita, who accused the minister of politicising the entity, and brought into question the legality of the assignments. “The SDF was established as a private entity and was designed in such a way as to prevent political interference and manipulation of the funds under its control. The articles of association of the SDF are very specific in how members of the board are appointed. Items 42 to 47 of the articles of association deal specifically with the matter of appointment and removal of directors and contain a breakdown of the composition of the board,” said Neita through her release. “When the SDF was conceptualised by the most honourable Michael Manley, persons like Howard Aris and Mike Fennell, there were clear indications that they needed to have had members of the board, who were going to have independence for the level of transparency and would remove any political interference in sports and any bias that could arise,” she added during a telephone conversation yesterday. Articles 42 to 47 state that the Jamaica Lottery Company Limited should appoint four directors of the foundation and that the Jamaica Olympic Association was entitled to appoint three. The Jamaica Cricket Association should appoint one director of the foundation, with the Government being entitled to two appointments. It also stated that the directors are to hold office for a two-year period.last_img read more

Christianburg: Touted as being Linden’s first community

first_imgThe ancient community of Christianburg is prided as being the first settlement in Linden, situated in the captivating Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) area, with a rich history dating back to the early 1800s.Even before Linden, which now incorporates Wismar and Mackenzie got its name, there was Christianburg, and earlier settlers were said to be Dutch who initially settled down the Demerara River in a little community which they referred to as Arague.A view of the Katapulli creekThe churchThe old courthouse that was destroyed by fireThe waterwheelThe area now known as Christianburg was also said to be a vast sugar plantation nestled on the left bank of the Demerara River, now also referred to as the West Side. The picturesque area of Christianburg is officially known as the community’s first village, which was established during the Dutch inhabitancy.But the area was first referred to as Stabroek, until then Governor Christian Finnette settled there along with his wife, Burg. The area was actually renamed ‘Christianburg’ by Finnette who coined his first name along with that of his wife’s.There is much history and earlier beginnings in Christianburg, known by many today as the home of the famous waterwheel. In fact, Scottish Engineer John Dagleish Patterson, who had been invited to Guyana to establish and develop living quarters by the English, also settled at Christianburg back in 1803.Tasked with providing lumber for the construction of the huts and buildings, Patterson is said to have acquired the services of the earlier Dutch settlers, Amerindians and even slaves to work alongside his logging establishment.The difficulty of transporting logs in those days eventually led to Patterson’s establishment of the first sawmill at Christianburg, with the powerhouse being the waterwheel which generated hydro power from the nearby Katapulli Creek.These new developments had followed in the year 1855. In addition to generating power for the sawmill, the waterwheel was also a useful means of generating much needed electricity to the nearby huts and buildings under Patterson’s close-knit establishment.Patterson’s large house had also been constructed in proximity to the Demerara River, on that section of the river bank which would later be called Wismar. Years later the house which had become a popular landmark had also served as the Christianburg Magistrate,s Court, which was destroyed only a few years ago by fire.Being the first community to develop in the area, Christianburg was later referred to as a Seat of Government, containing a Police Headquarters, district emissary and dispensary. The Wismar area was later developed alongside Christianburg, followed by Mackenzie on the opposite shore.Christianburg todayThe Christianburg community today is very much alive with its rich history and remains a close-knit family-oriented area.A visit to the area would reveal that names of earlier settlers such as DeClou, Allicock and D’Anjou are still in existence. It is reportedly home to numerous centenarians, one such being Agatha Campbell, also known as “Mother Gathie” who lives at Stewart Path, Christianburg. Today, Mother Gathie stands strong at 104 years.Also to date, the famous waterwheel, although no longer in operation, remains one of the earliest landmarks in the Linden community. The Katapulli Creek is also one of the most pristine sites in the Christianburg community. As a matter of fact, as any Lindener would know, it is hard to talk about Christianburg without mentioning or sparing a thought of the Katapulli Creek.D’Anjou Alley, an area named after one of the earlier settlers, also to date remains. The quiet community now sports a recreational ground, health centre, cemetery, nursery and primary schools, with a few scattered family-oriented businesses. It also has an active Community Development Council (CDC). Gully like alleys are also a prominent feature of the community.On a sunny day, Christianburg with a majestic view of the Demerara River is the perfect spot for bird watching or quiet relaxation.As other communities later came on stream, including Mackenzie on the eastern shore of the Demerara River, Christianburg is known as the one which initially set the pace for numerous others to follow.last_img read more

Civil service

first_imgSatiricus and the fellas were having a grand old time at the back of the Back Street Bar – and the forest of beer bottles on their table attested to the fact their spirits were well fortified by the copious amount of spirituous brew they’d imbibed. They’d covered most of the goings on transfixing the populace and had arrived at the longevity of the grand old man in the civil service.“How can you have a man serving as head of the Civil Service Union for over 30 years?” said Satiricus in wonder. “That’s some dedication, isn’t it?”Both Hari and Bungi looked at Satiricus carefully. Finally, Bungi offered, “A which worl’ yuh a live in, Sato?”“Dedication?” Hari snorted so strongly, some of the beer he’d just gulped almost came through his nose. “That man Yardie has been milking the system for most of those 30 years!”“That’s the problem with you fellas,” said Satiricus, “you never see the glass half full!”“De rail problem, Sato,” observed Bungi, “Yaadie mek sure HE glass always full full!!”“Yes, Sato…how come people who pay Yardie salary have to retire when they reach 55?” complained Hari. “But he still there in his seventies?”“Experience, bai…experience,” Satiricus smirked. “The man get re-elected every time, you know!”“E prappa gat nuff experience,” agreed Bungi, as Satiricus nodded. “Experience fuh rig de election!”“Sato, lemme ask you something,” Hari said after signalling for another round. “You and your KFC party want term limits for Jagdesh and the presidency. Why not for Yardie?”“Well, you see,” Satiricus started out as his friends peered at him suspiciously, “Nobody but Yardie can lead the civil service.”“Really?” exclaimed Bungi incredulously. “Wha’ mek he suh special?”“You ever hear Yardie talk?” Satiricus polished off his beer as he answered with a beery slur. “Civil, boy! Civil! The man talk so civil, he was made for the civil service!”last_img read more

Fighting disease with antibiotics

first_img“Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow.” – World Health Day 2011 themeGrowing up in Guyana, I now realise that our rather casual approach to antibiotics – in prescription and usage – has a serious downside risk.Back in high school, we learnt about microbes like bacteria that cause so many diseases and illnesses. The discovery of these microbes after the invention of the microscope led to the search for an agent – an “anti-biotic” – that would destroy them and cure the diseases they caused.Last week we had a class about ‘Antimicrobial Resistance’. During the class, we learnt that many of the antibiotics that used to be able to kill specific bacteria were no longer effective against those bacteria. Physicians now have to prescribe newer, stronger antibiotics to fight the bacteria that have developed resistance to the old antibiotics.Antimicrobial resistance is a growing global concern: more and more bacterial species are becoming resistant to the antibiotics we used to use to treat them. In fact, the theme for World Health Day way back in 2011 was “Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow.” The theme was a call to action for us to start making changes now, or else we won’t be able to depend on antibiotics to be able to cure deadly diseases in the future. It’s terrifying to think about bacteria so resistant that we won’t have any drugs that are able to kill them.So what are some of the actions that we as individuals could take? Well, first of all, we could make sure we’re using antibiotics correctly when we’re prescribed them. Doctors don’t usually choose a random course of antibiotics for you to use; there’s a method to their madness, I promise. So make sure you complete the entire course of antibiotics that you’ve been prescribed. Don’t stop the course three-quarters of the way just because you’re starting to feel better. Finish the course to make sure you’ve zapped all of the bad bacteria out of your system.There are all sorts of bugs out there that can cause disease — bacteria, viruses, fungi. Not all disease are caused by bacteria. In fact, the flu that we all seem to get yearly is caused by a virus: the influenza virus. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses, so they won’t do anything to cure your bout of influenza. That’s why your doctor won’t give you antibiotics for your flu. Instead, they’ll tell you what to do to manage your symptoms — things like taking Panadol for the fever, getting plenty of rest, and using fluids.The medical system isn’t the only reason for our problems with antimicrobial resistance though. The agricultural industry actually plays a major part as well. There is a growing concern about the use of antibiotics in the rearing of livestock.It is natural for bacteria to develop resistance; all living things adapt and evolve to survive in a changing world. But the problem we’re facing is how quickly the bacteria are becoming resistant, and that’s largely in part to the way we’ve been misusing and overusing antibiotics.Antibiotics are a vital part of our fight against diseases. The discovery of penicillin, the first antibiotic, was a revolutionary turning point. Let’s make sure we’re doing our part to make sure that the antibiotics we have are still effective for many more years to come!last_img read more

The Soverign Guyana dollar is in trouble

first_imgBy: Sase Singh; M.Sc. – Finance, ACCA.IntroductionDepreciation in a country’s currency is when it continues to lose value in a floating exchange system. The outcome of such a situation in respect to Guyana, where our productivity and export production are flat-lining, is increased inflation and a rapid increase in the cost of living. Such a situation hurts the poor the most.Currency depreciation can occur due to any number of reasons – the economic fundamentals malfunctioning; interest rate differentials; political instability; risk aversion among investors; capital flight, and so on. The overwhelming view of the majority in the analyst community is that the root cause of the economic troubles in Guyana is not being addressed. Rather than waste time and resources on phantom troubles like the Lindo Creek investigation, President Granger needs to urgently wake up to the real troubles– the economic ones. He cannot continue to be “out-to-lunch” on these gross acts of economic mismanagement that are present in his Government.The reliance on future oil revenues cannot be the solution, especially after the fact that not even EXXONMOBIL knows the exact exploitation date or price which will translate to Guyana’s share of the oil revenue. It is all guesswork currently. The IMF has already warned Guyana about “scaling up” public spending in anticipation of future oil revenues, yet this is exactly what Team Granger continues to do.So how did we get here? Although President Granger complains that the PPP bequeathed him with an empty treasury, the evidence reveals that this is furthest from the truth. The last IMF Report on the PPP performance was headlined “Guyana experienced seven consecutive years of solid growth buoyed by agriculture and extractive industries”. Again, in that report, it noted that the PPP Government has been able to “gradually reduce Government expenditure as a share of GDP,” which was expected to improve the fiscal deficit. The PNC-led Granger Government came in and upturned that entire plan. What this Granger-led Government has done has been to plunder the treasury of some Gy$70 billion in 12 months, and the rest is history. As at August 8, 2018, there has been a net balance of some G$57.6 billion owed to the Central Bank by the Ministry of Finance. Where has all this money gone?Since President Granger came to office, his Government has made a determined effort to use the State as a vehicle to crowd out the private sector. His henchmen went as far as to try to label the private sector as mercantile vultures, rather than as the engine of economic growth. The nation did not respond well to such ideas, and around the end of 2016, capital flight started to happen at an accelerated pace. Today, capital flight is actively taking place in Guyana. The end result in a drying up of the stock of foreign currency available to the nation. In such a situation, something must give. The graph below using Bank of Guyana data and my projections for December 2018 based on the Ministry of Finance’s Half Year Report for 2018 reveals what is happening to our exchange rate.As we can observe, the exchange rate has been sliding under both the PPP and PNC-led Governments, but the slide has accelerated since December 2016 under President Granger, as more people have lost confidence in his ability to charter a new course because of the allegations of rampant acts of corruption under his Government, evidence of wasteful spending, and the destruction of many parts of the six sisters (the productive sector) that Guyana needs as the generators of the foreign currency to fuel the economy.What has been clearer have been the determined efforts by some of the most powerful political figures in Team Granger to destroy the partnership between the private sector and the state sector by using state agencies like “SARA and SOCU” to run down the private sector. Clive Thomas, Head of SARA and Economic Advisor to the President, made some damning statements against the private sector in the early days of the Granger Administration, and those helped to cement this destruction. His machinery is still at work today, even though not one of his cases has been concluded some three years later, which has reinforced the notion that Team Granger really have not figured out their developmental model yet, and the role that the private sector ought to be playing in that model. That is not how you run a country, in such a “school boyish” way with petty agendas. You think nationally, as you rule for all the people all the time.CONCLUSIONWe can do much better than this. The people must continually raise their voices on the issues, to ensure that better must come. That is why we must all stand with the teachers today.Please feel free to share your feedback at sasesin1@yahoo.com.last_img read more

And we’re off…

first_img…for elections??In the long-running cartoon, “Peanuts”, one of the staple memes was Lucy inviting Charlie Brown to kick a football she’s holding on the ground. But as soon as he’s about to, she cruelly pulls the ball away and he lands on his behind. And no matter how many times she goes back on her word, Charlie chooses to engage in the same behaviour once Lucy promises she won’t renege on her word. He, of course, pays the same price, over and over.The point of it all is Charlie considers Lucy a friend…but she never was and never will be. She always places her interest above everyone else’s: she’s all about Lucy! Charlie is actually an “enabler” of Lucy’s cruel behaviour. He goes back again and again hoping things will be different, but deep in his heart, knows it won’t be. Unless he quits believing her, he’ll continue to be tormented. And this is where we arrive at David Granger’s apparent volte face to issue a proclamation for elections to be held on March 2, 2020.Your Eyewitness was one of those who thought Granger was on the up and up when he came into office in 2015. He referred to himself affectionately as “Pressie” and confessed as to how he had a soft spot for the avuncular looking “officer and a gentleman”. But your Eyewitness isn’t Charlie Brown and after a while, he answered the question posed by Bob Dylan: “How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?” For him, the answer, dear reader, wasn’t blowin’ in the wind.It was there staring at him in the face: Granger wasn’t any friend of Guyana or the Guyanese people. He only cared about fulfilling the legacy of his hero Burnham – even though that was a legacy that spelled the doom of all that we hold dear. There was the humungous salary raise, the Jubilee scam, the stiffing of the AFC, the racial selectivity in governmental hiring and the vindictive closure of 4 sugar estates. But even those all turned a whiter shade of pale in comparison to what he did to our Constitution over the last year.For pelf and power, he has degutted the one institution around which we stood a chance of constructing a “Guyanese identity” based on equality of treatment on the substantive rights of our Constitution. How can we trust Granger when he could deny the validly passed NCM through that ridiculous claim that 33 wasn’t the “majority” of 65!!?? Or that the CCJ didn’t meant that elections should’ve been held by Sept 18??Your Eyewitness won’t be an enabler of Granger’s perfidy!…on the voters’ list??Now, for the holding of elections, we must first have an “Official List of Elector” (OLE), no? Well, the GECOM Boss Lady said she’ll have such a list by end Feb 2020, and seemingly on that basis, Granger issued his March 2 date. But like we pointed out above, nothing’s ever straight when the PNC’s involved. One of the “crooked” possibilities, intriguingly, was pointed out by the Chronic: “AG urges swift hearing on challenge to non-residents on voters’ list”.Remember that?? Nah…you thought with Granger’s proclamation, all obstacles were gone!! Well, they’re not. The Chief Justice, of course, has ruled that there weren’t any residency requirements for Guyanese citizens to vote. Once you’re on the OLE, you can exercise your franchise. GECOM just rescinded an order that would’ve effectuated the resident requirement. But that doesn’t mean anything, does it??The AG’s claim, after all, will be before the Appellate Court – where two of the three justices agreed with the AG that 33 wasn’t the majority of 65!!Lightning can strike twice!!…the floodsIf you needed confirmation of climate change precipitated by global warming, just visit the sea wall around high tide. The Dutch built those walls (mud dams in the beginning) hundreds of years ago.Never were they “overtopped” like this!!last_img read more

Guyana’s Sovereign Wealth Fund

first_imgDuring the debate on the “Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill 2017”, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo suggested that on the proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) the Government had proposed for the petroleum revenues that are expected to start flowing from 2020, they should follow the example of Norway rather than our neighbour Trinidad and Tobago. During the last election campaign, the People’s Progressive Party has already suggested a SWF.The suggestion seems to have struck a raw nerve in Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who burst out: ““How dare you lecture us? …we will not be lectured by the Leader of the Opposition on good governance!!” This intemperate outburst was rather unfortunate, to say the least, since it touches on what will perhaps be the most important decision to be made in the country in this century: what to do with our oil revenues.While there is no one definition of a SWF – and that in itself tells a story) – it is generally accepted they are dedicated Government-owned investment vehicles (“sovereign) funded by identified foreign exchange inflows which manage those assets separately from official reserves and invest them with a “buy-and-hold” perspective. Both Trinidad’s and Norway’s SWF’s (respectively “Heritage and Stabilisation Fund” (HSF) and Pension Fund Global (PFG) are based on oil revenues unlike those of China – the largest, based on revenues from “non-commodities”. While both countries belong to the “International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds” (IFSWF), which follows the non-mandatory “Generally Agreed Practices and Principles (the GAPP) known as “the Santiago Principles”, these focus on the investment principles to be followed rather than what revenues flow into the funds and how they are expended. These, however, are the crucial variables that the Opposition leader would have been emphasising.From a utilisation perspective, SWF’s can be broadly classified as “savings” or “stabilisation” funds – or a mixture of both. In Trinidad, the Government is required by law to deposit 60 per cent of the surplus of actual oil revenue over projected oil revenue. In this way, the Government can “game” its HSF by ensuring the projections are either negative or very minimal. In 2009, for instance, the projections were negative and no funds went into the HSF, yet when in 2013, oil spiked to over US0/barrel, the 60 per cent surplus was not deposited without any repercussions.While Trinidad’s HSF purports to be a mixture, in reality, based on its history the emphasis has been used for “stabilisation” due to profligate current spending that ensures budget deficits. After 50 years of oil production, the HSF had just US billion in 2015 and US billion has already been used for “stabilising/spending” since. The Government has announced it will now split the Fund into two components – Heritage and Stabilisation, but it is almost certain not much will be left for future generations in an economy where Government expenditure is still over 33 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. Very little of the Fund was used for diversification and TT’s economy is an example of “Dutch Disease”. From the utterances of Trotman and the Finance Ministry, Jagdeo has good reason to fear Guyana is going down the road of Trinidad.In Norway, on the other hand, explicitly seeking to avoid Dutch Disease, ALL petroleum revenues go into its SWF and only a maximum of four per cent can be used for interventions in budgetary current spending. As a result of this discipline, their PFG has grown to US0 billion in assets even while the country has over two billion Euros in debt. While in the last two years Norway has had to make emergency withdrawals from the funds because of low oil prices, these have scarcely made a dent in their PFG because of the size of the latter.One report from the IFSWF recommends: “small population, resource-dependent, non-diversified economies must use SWFs to convert resource windfalls into permanent financial assets through tightly controlled savings.”Appropriating these resources, to do otherwise would be to doom us into poverty in perpetuity.last_img read more

Dr Norton deliberately refusing to provide specialised medical attention

first_imgYours sincerely,Peter Persaud Dear Editor,  Michael Mcgarrel’s letter in the Stabroek News (27 Sept, 2016) titled, “Why is Thelma Rebeiro not receiving proper professional attention?” is absolutely factual and I do endorse it.Thelma Rebeiro is certainly not receiving professional attention or care at the Lethem Hospital and if it was not for her family and relatives who visit her daily at 06:00h and 17:00h to do the work the Lethem Hospital nurses should be doing. Thelma Rebeiro seems to have a blockage to her brain that deprives the movement of oxygen. A brain scan is therefore urgently needed to be done by a brain specialist which may restore her to consciousness.She has a throat problem that affects her swallowing, causing a buildup of saliva causing her to choke when maybe as a result of bronchus pneumonia.Thelma Rebeiro also needs the attention of a nerve specialist as well. It is therefore very important that the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) quickly dispatches a qualified brain, throat and nerve specialist to the Lethem Hospital for examination of Thelma Rebeiro. The CMO must make this Lethem’s professional medical examination project. But if Guyana’s medical authorities find this to be an impossible specialised health project within two weeks then the family and relatives may have to seek the assistance of the Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazilian medical treatment. In the meanwhile, the Amerindian Action Movement of Guyana (TAAMOG) is calling on the Granger Administration to fire the Public Health Minister Dr George Norton for deliberately refusing to provide specialised medical attention to Thelma Rebeiro of Shulinab Village, South Central Rupununi, Region 9.last_img read more