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Questioning Govt’s policy on medical assistance for Guyanese

first_imgDear Editor,I have observed the public disclosure on financial assistance for medical purposes that was rendered to the distinguished gentleman and former magistrate, Fazil Azeez, who suffered at the hands of a criminal. Let me take this opportunity to publicly declare that I am in full support of my brother and friend, Fazil Azeez’s full recovery, and look forward to his continued contribution to Guyana.As a result of the public’s knowledge of Government’s assistance to deserving persons, I write to enquire about the guiding policies that determine the beneficiaries of such assistance. In my individual capacity, as a Member of Parliament, and in engagements with members of the public at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, there have been numerous requests for assistance for medical treatment, both locally and overseas.Based on my knowledge as a former member of Cabinet, I did refer several families to the Ministry of Public Health for assistance, only for them to be told by Ministry officials that the medical assistance facility was not accessible in their circumstance.I therefore invite the Public Health Minister — or the Cabinet, through the Minister of State — to make public Government’s policy on medical assistance to families who are in dire need, particularly those needing to travel abroad to access health care.I expect this approach would lend itself to equal opportunity and access in a non-discriminatory manner, where political affiliation, religion, race and class are not criteria for favourable consideration.  I am sure that the line for such assistance is being formed, and has probably encircled the perimeter of the Ministry of Public Health.Clarity on Government’s medical assistance policy would answer many questions that are being asked.Firstly, the Guyanese people need to be aware of the ceiling as it relates to benefits for access to medical care locally; is it million or million? If medical assistance is available locally at public institutions, under what circumstances do persons qualify for benefits?  If medical assistance is available locally at private institutions, under what circumstances do persons qualify for benefits?Secondly, when referrals are made for patients to seek further medical care abroad? Under what circumstances do they qualify for assistance, and what is the ceiling? Is it million or million? Is there a network of medical professionals and institutions that the Government is partnering with?Thirdly, to what extent does your financial standing, or lack thereof, qualify for, or prohibits from being able to, access medical assistance?Finally, who is the officer authorised to approve medical assistance? Who makes the final determination about access and the amount of assistance accessed?  Is it the subject Minister? Is it the Cabinet? Or is it a technical officer?Sincerely,Bishop Juan EdghillPPP/C MPlast_img read more

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VIDEO – WOMEN’S HOCKEY SEASON PREVIEW – FORWARDS

first_img We sat down with head coach Vicky Sunohara and fourth-year forward Stephanie Ayres to talk about the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey 2019-20 forwards ahead of their season opener on Friday, October 18 at Queen’s.The Blues home opener is slated for Saturday, October 26 vs the Windsor Lancers at Varsity Arena. Story Links For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Retired Justice Patterson is new Ombudsman

first_imgRetired Justice Winston Horatio Patterson was on Wednesday sworn in by President David Granger as the Ombudsman of Guyana during a simple ceremony at State House, Main Street.The position has been vacant since the passing of Justice Winston Moore in September 2016.The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent body providing free services in investigating complaints by members of the public who feel that they have been unfairly treated by public entities.Justice Patterson told reporters after he took the oath of office that he was humbled and privileged to take up the position to continue his service to the country.He, however, declined to comment on the issue of the two reports on controversial matters which were compiled by his predecessor, noting that he has not even seen his new office.“I can’t comment on that at this stage. I haven’t even yet seen the office,” he stated.One of the reports focused on the dismissal of several employees of the New Building Society (NBS) in connection to a multimillion-dollar fraud at the entity.Moreover, President Granger, in brief remarks, explained that the Constitution of Guyana prescribed from the start, at the time of independence in 1966, the establishment of an Ombudsman.He noted that Guyana became the first country in the western hemisphere and the second Commonwealth State to enshrine the position of Ombudsman in its Constitution.“The decision to establish an Ombudsman in Guyana had its genesis in the Report of the British Guiana Commission of Inquiry constituted by the International Commission of Jurists October 1965: Racial Problems in the Public Service,” he stated.He underscored the Ombudsman has been described as a protector and defender of citizens against injustices caused by maladministration.“The Ombudsman provides an important service to the public. The services of the Ombudsman are free and timely. The Ombudsman serves as watchdog, guarding against abuse or the violation of citizens’ rights by public officials and their departments and authorities. The Ombudsman is the public advocate,” he stated.The Head of State had earlier in the day met with the Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo to engage in consultations regarding the appointment in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana.Justice Patterson has served in several capacities since his retirement.Most recently, he served on the tribunal set up to investigate and recommend whether or not Carvil Duncan, then Chairman of the Public Service Commission ought to be removed from office for inability to discharge the functions of said office.Justice Patterson also worked as Registrar of the Judiciary in Guyana and St Kitts and Nevis; as Magistrate, Chief Magistrate/Provost Marshal in the Magistrate’s Court in Barbados; in the Family Court in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and in the Magistrate’s Court in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis.last_img read more

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first_img SUNDAY Road Kings Picnic in the Park and Car Show, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Johnny Carson Park, 400 S. Bob Hope Drive, Burbank. Call (818) 842-5464. Valley Livestock Show, 10 a.m., Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, 11127 Orcas Ave., Lake View Terrace. Playboy Jazz at Warner Ranch Park with Poncho Sanchez, 1:30-8 p.m., Lou Bredlow Pavilion, 21820 Califa Ave., Woodland Hills. Free. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. SATURDAY Sun Valley Community Tree Giveaway, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Waste Management Parking Lot, 9081 Tujunga Ave., Sun Valley. Call (818) 252-3106. Valley Livestock Show, 9 a.m., Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, 11127 Orcas Ave., Lake View Terrace. Chatsworth Business Improvement District’s Summerfest 2007, 11 a.m., Chatsworth Train Depot Station, 10038 Old Depot Plaza Road, Chatsworth. Free. Call (818) 341-2428. 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

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‘The rules are wrong!’ – Premier League legend blasts Matic/Barnes verdict

first_imgJamie Carragher has told talkSPORT the Football Association’s rules over retrospective action must be changed after Burnley striker Ashley Barnes escaped punishment for his horror tackle on Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.Matic was sent off during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge for pushing Barnes to the floor in reaction to the forward’s mistimed challenge.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho branded the tackle as ‘criminal’, while Burnley boss Sean Dyche defended his player, saying it wasn’t malicious and was simply a result of a ‘pendulum motion’ as Barnes attempted a pass.Serbian midfielder Matic’s three-match ban was reduced to two games by the FA on Tuesday, though the governing body also confirmed Barnes will face no further action as the incident was seen by referee Martin Atkinson.And Liverpool legend Carragher, who joined Adrian Durham and guest co-host Gary Neville on Tuesday’s Drivetime special, believes Barnes’ escape shows the current rules are wrong.“It’s the right outcome in terms of how the rules are now, in that if referees see something in the game it means they can’t act retrospectively, but I don’t think it is right, it needs to change,” he said.“We all know that when you see something for the first time at full speed, you have to watch it two or three times again before you really understand what has happened, and sometimes after watching it back your opinion of the incident does change.“Barnes should have been sent off for the challenge and I think it’s something you have to take out of the referees’ hands after the game, whether they’ve seen it or not.”Neville was also critical of the ruling, with the Manchester United hero telling talkSPORT ‘it doesn’t feel right’ for Matic to miss the Capital One Cup final over what he claims was a ‘natural reaction’ to the challenge.The former full-back also added that he believes there was a degree on intent to Barnes’ challenge, and admitted he was guilty of the same during his own playing career.He added: “My view is that he was absolutely entitled to his reaction. It was a natural reaction, your instinct takes over and I think that’s why he did what he did.“Ashley Barnes is lucky, he would have had a tarnished career if he had broken Matic’s leg, but he hasn’t done and he’s gotten away with it.“I think he knows what he’s doing – and I did it when I was playing – he’s followed through on Matic and tried to give him one. He wouldn’t have intended to break his leg, and he’s lucky he didn’t, but he wanted to leave one on him, I’m absolutely sure of that.“For Matic, he’s now going to miss a cup final…for pushing someone who has put in a terrible challenge.“It doesn’t feel right, but it was inevitable.”Despite challenging the decision, Neville did defend the under-fire officials and believes the Premier League should adopt a tennis-style challenge system, which managers could use a limited number of times per game to ensure the right calls are made on a consistent basis.“I would like to see the introduction of some type of challenge system, like the one that exists in cricket and tennis, however I also understand the fact that won’t be able to go down to grassroots football and the lower leagues,” said the England coach.“The pressure currently on referees is unhealthy and we need to come up with something that helps the officials become more accurate. They’ve done it in other sports with success and I think we could do it in football as well.”last_img read more

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Recovered Klimt artwork goes on display

first_imgFor Maria Altmann, it was a moment of triumph: The famous portraits of her aunt on display for all to see Tuesday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was the end an eight-year legal battle with the Austrian government to return artwork looted by the Nazis, five paintings by Gustav Klimt including the portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the idealized vision of feminine beauty and elegant intellectuality. “To see them here is a dream come true,” Altmann said at a news conference before the LACMA exhibit opened. “Los Angeles has been my hometown for so long, so to have them here is beyond words. I’m going to come here very often and bring friends to see them.” The paintings are among the most recognizable and admired works of the 20th century. But it was the story of Altmann’s fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to regain her family’s looted masterpieces that was celebrated Tuesday. “These paintings are extraordinary examples from this rich period of art history,” said LACMA Director Michael Govan. “And we are especially pleased to tell the story surrounding the family, its relationship to the artist, and their ownership of the paintings.” Klimt, who died in 1918, is considered central to Viennese cultural identity and symbolizes the history of much of the city’s Jewish population, according to museum officials. Altmann, 90, said her aunt and uncle had wanted to display their art publicly, so she was happy to share the masterpieces with the city that welcomed her and her husband after they fled the Nazis. Altmann’s uncle, prominent Viennese businessman Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, was the original owner of the paintings. He commissioned Klimt to paint several portraits of Adele, including the two full-length paintings on display at LACMA. Those portraits along with the three recovered landscapes – “Beechwood,” “Apple Tree I” and “Houses in Unterach on Lake Atter” – were hung in a memorial room for Adele after she died of meningitis in 1925. When the Nazis invaded Austria in 1938, Bloch-Bauer fled to Switzerland. The Nazis and museum officials divided up his vast art collection, with the five Klimt paintings eventually being displayed in the Austrian National Museum. Meanwhile, Maria had married Fritz Altmann in 1937. A few months later, he was arrested and sent to Dachau concentration camp as a hostage to force his brother to sign over his successful sweater business to the Nazis. Fritz Altmann was released after his brother paid a ransom, and the couple eventually escaped the country and immigrated to the United States. They settled in Los Angeles, where Fritz worked for his brother and Maria worked as a dress designer. Maria Altmann had just about given up any hope of recovering her family’s lost artwork when, in 1998, the Austrian government began considering restitution. She turned to E. Randol Schoenberg, an attorney and family friend. He fought Altmann’s case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled she could sue the Austrian government. The family eventually recovered the family’s artwork through binding arbitration with the Austrian government. This case was a labor of love for Schoenberg, the grandson of famed composer Arnold Schoenberg, whose family also fled Vienna and settled in Los Angeles. “For me it’s like representing my family in a way. It’s rare as a lawyer that you find a case that fits so perfectly with who you are, what you’ve learned in your life and who you want to be.” Dozens of visitors lined up outside the small gallery for a glimpse at the five paintings, which will be on display until June 20. Having seen Klimt’s work in Austria and Amsterdam, Alicia Gatell drove in the rain from her home in Palm Desert to honor Altmann and her effort to show her paintings in Los Angeles. “It’s wonderful that she was able to get this done. I’m here as a tribute to her and her family for their tremendous effort.” Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

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Man United blow as rivals refuse to admit defeat in pursuit of £80m star

first_imgManchester City are confident they can beat rivals United to the signing of Harry  Maguire, according to reports.The Leicester City defender, who played 45 minutes for Brendan Rodgers’ side at Scunthorpe, looked set to move to Old Trafford for £80million. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 12.06%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen However, it seems Pep Guardiola is refusing to admit defeat in pursuit of the England centre-back.According to The Sun, City feel they can strike at the 11th hour as United’s deal for Maguire hangs in the balance.The 26-year-old has told his teammates and Rodgers he wants out of the King Power this summer and was said to be flattered at interest from the Red Devils.But reports earlier in the summer suggested he wanted a move to rivals City to play for Pep Guardiola. Will Gavin looks at the potential of Harry Maguire choosing Man City over Man Utd Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers will use £45m of any Maguire sale to prise Lewis Dunk, 27, from Brighton.Meanwhile, champions City finally set off for China yesterday morning at the third attempt.Administrative errors saw two earlier flights aborted and they will have just 24 hours to prepare for Wednesday’s Premier League Asia Trophy clash with West Ham. 1 Harry Maguire trains ahead of the pre-season friendly against Scunthorpe getty images last_img read more

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Young techies find solutions to problems

first_imgThe group IT Solutions presents the Township Economic App allowing small businesses to interact and connect with consumers. (Image: Ray Maota)Science and technology are being used to solve everyday problems and in so doing improve society in the #Hack.Jozi Challenge. Winners will receive a financial boost to help bring their ideas to fruition.The #Hack.Jozi Challenge is a boot camp for start-up digital entrepreneurs and its aim is to contribute towards fostering skills, innovation and entrepreneurship in the broad area of digital technology. It was established by the City of Johannesburg and its partners, Seed Academy and Joburg Centre for Software Engineering, to support capacity development, job creation and enterprise development.Joburg has made R5-million available for #Hack.Jozi to support those start-ups who present the best ideas.The challenge began in January with a call for proposals from tech-savvy people. These proposals were screened and the finalists were selected. They were mentored and assisted at Joburg’s digital hub in the heart of Braamfontein during a month of intense business training and technical hackathons. It all culminated in demo day at Sci-Bono in Newton, Johannesburg, on 18 June.On the day, the 10 remaining teams pitched their ideas to the judges assigned with picking the best three.Speaking at the launch earlier this year, Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau said: “#Hack.Jozi is for those people who want to make a difference in their respective communities by developing digital solutions to everyday problems.“This programme is all about innovation with a heart. It is about smart business ideas that make a difference in communities across Johannesburg. It is also about driving digital business growth which forms a big part of our economic plans for the city.”The winners will be announced on 30 June.TECH-SAVVY ENTREPRENEURSOn the demo day, the room was filled with people who had ideas that would improve society.Finalist Rendani Ramabulana, founder and developer at Tirisan Tech from Midrand, said his invention, the MuniCom app was about addressing people’s day-to-day struggles.“I live in Midrand and we have a community Whatsapp group where we complain about issues the municipality isn’t addressing in the area. This is where the idea for MuniCom came about,” he said.Using the app, residents will be able to report grievances to the ward councillor, posted in real time. They will be able to post photographs, with GPS co-ordinates, for example of burst water pipes.Ramabulana said this would help to cut the time it takes the municipality to deal with such issues.HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENTSJessey Nkale from Diepsloot Kasi Hive demonstrated Phila, meaning “live”, a health care app.Kasi Hive is a co-operative formed in November 2013 and established in March 2014 to offer value oriented services to youth in Diepsloot, a township in northern Johannesburg.Through Phila, it hopes to lighten the load in government clinics by helping patients to book their appointments easily. This would mean they would not arrive at a clinic hoping for an appointment, but then get turned away because of over-crowding.“Our creation will bring work to eight youngsters immediately who will have to administrate a call centre for the bookings,” said Nkale.Out of the turnover over three years, the developers hoped to take 5% and subsidise youngsters who were interested in careers in the ICT and IT sector.MOVING MADE EASYPercy Lawrence of Move My Stuff presented an app for removal services. “Our app will immediately be able to give you a removal van or truck with your co-ordinates at the ease of your fingertips,” said Lawrence.The app would target businesses and individuals, but would also cater for the informal sector.“That guy in the ‘hood who uses his van for removals will also be in our database along with bigger companies like Stuttafords Van Lines to cater for all demographics,” explained Lawrence.Key features of the app are a tracking number for the client’s items, meaning the client could monitor their movements. Also, for insurance, photographs of the items will be loaded on the system and their value determined.last_img read more

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Gartner warns of coming IoT data management overload

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck The growth of Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly increasing the amount of data generated, and industry experts warn that the current river of unstructured data will soon turn into a flood. Alarmingly, a recent study highlighted concerns that most proposed approaches could lead to data management overload ineffective for the coming torrent of data.Enterprise Tech cited a recent Gartner report that examined the impact IoT will have on enterprise infrastructure. The report warned that “due to a lack of information capabilities adapted for the IoT” an estimated 25% of attempts to utilize IoT data will be abandoned before deployment ever occurs.Gartner cautions that IoT specialists who are tasked with IoT strategies and managing data governance, “are not prepared for the information-related implications of the Internet of Things.”“The IoT will challenge their capabilities, skills, processes and tools with complexity and scale, as well as new governance implications,” said Gartner which predicted information management must become a core competency in the future.Capabilities to handle data management overload are keyGartner identified a key IoT requirement in the future will be data management capabilities. Specifically, it highlights the need for an ability to manage distributed data architectures that execute governance processes while simultaneously supporting analytics.With its expectation that 25% of IoT implementations will be abandoned in the early stages, the report recommends using an “information capabilities framework” as a template for enterprises struggling with the surge in data. This approach begins by assessing the information value through metadata analysis, and then data governance rules are applied. After this, the data can be sifted and integrated into the larger enterprise system.A major challenge for IoT data manages will be reconsidering organizational storage capacity, and analyzing the conditions that users will access the IoT data.The report warns that the flood of unstructured IoT information will soon overwhelm existing data storage capacity and that existing storage can only be expanded so much.“A limited ability to cost-effectively scale existing storage approaches will create a bottleneck,” said Gartner.A major data management rethink is neededThe report also urged IT managers to rethink the traditional centralized data collection approach, due to the highly dispersed nature of IoT data generation and consumption.“With the highly distributed architectures required for most IoT solutions (many things, many places where data is generated, many platforms on which data is processed, and many consumption points to which data must be delivered), the historical approach to centralized collection of data is under pressure. Organizations must support a more distributed data architecture, because IoT solutions are inherently distributed.” Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Donal Power Tags:#data management#data security#Gartner How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

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India vs Bangladesh: Captains play down shoving incident

first_imgWhat happens on the field, stays on the field – a view the captains of Bangladesh and India said they share.Both Mashrafe Mortaza and Mahendra Singh Dhoni said they did not wish to make a big deal out of the collision between Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman and the India skipper in the middle of the pitch. The captains responded cautiously at the post-match briefing on Thursday regarding the issue, reports bdnews24.com.The incident occurred in the 25th over when Dhoni was facing debutant Mustafizur. The bowler had to go off the field to receive treatment after colliding with the India skipper when the latter was running for a single. India opener Rohit Sharma was also on a collision course with the pacer earlier before he managed to run around him.”The bowler (Mustafizur) thought I would move away while I thought he would. But as none of us did, we collided. This can happen in any match. It’s nothing big. I spoke to him later,” said the India captain with a smile.The 19-year-old left-arm bowler took 5 for 50 on his debut to help crush the tourists after Bangladesh batsmen posted an impressive 307.Mashrafe also said he would not drag the issue through the mud.”Things like this can happen on the field during a match. We all shake hands at the end of the day and such situations can be discussed with the on-field umpires. It’s nothing serious,” he said.last_img read more

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