Samuels fined KOLKATA, India (CMC): West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee following a verbal altercation with England all-rounder Ben Stokes during Sunday’s final of the T20 World Cup. Samuels, who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 66-ball 85, was accused of using abusive and offensive language directed at Stokes, a Level One breach. He was found to be in violation of Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”. Samuels has admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. Level One breaches normally carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee. Four WI cricketers in ICC teams KOLKATA, India (CMC): Four West Indies cricketers have been included on the ICC teams of the tournament following the T20 World Cup which ended here on Sunday. Stafanie Taylor has been appointed captain of the women’s team, which also includes her teammate all-rounder Deandra Dottin. The West Indies women captain, who was awarded player of the tournament, has been placed at the helm of a line-up that also comprises four players from New Zealand, two players each from Australia and England, and one player each from Pakistan and South Africa. Spinner Samuel Badree and all-rounder Andre Russell are the two West Indies players in the male line-up led by India’s Virat Kohli, player of the tournament. An ICC statement says the teams were chosen by a select group of former cricket stars and commentators who were given the task of picking a balanced side for all conditions on the basis of performances in the tournament.
Following criticisms of poor health care delivery in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) throughout the year, the Regional Health Committee is now boasting that there is an improvement.New Amsterdam HospitalBoth the Plegtanker and No 76 Health Centres have been handed over to the Health Department with one commencing operations.Just over a month ago, Guyana Times reported that the two health centres were still to be opened three years after construction.However, Head of the Regional Health Committee Zamal Hussain recently told the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) that the Plegtanker Health Centre was opened and the other at No 76 Village is soon to be opened.He also reported that the Dental Department at the New Amsterdam Hospital was opened after several months of complaints. In addition, he stated that the CT scan machine for that institution which was sitting for months is now being installed and will soon come into operation.“The machine is actually in the room and there is still some fine work to be done”, Hussain told the RDCFurther, he posited that there have been rapid improvements, and congratulated the Director of Health Services Region Six and team.“The Laboratory is running on a 24-hour basis. The Director said we are still in need of an X-ray machine urgently at the New Amsterdam Hospital because of the amount of X-rays that have to be done.”Meanwhile, 178 vacancies exist in the Health system in the Region. Hussain said they need to be filled and pointed out that the Director of Regional Health Services and the Regional Executive Officer (REO) could not be blamed for not giving persons the opportunity to work even as Government has sent home thousands already for the year.“The Director is advocating that the necessary agencies that they should put systems in place that we do the employments. Some of the employment might be above board where the REO or other persons can do this, but we are advocating that the Public Service Commission or the Public Service Ministry put systems in place to ensure that we have these vacancies filled and filled urgently”, he noted.He admitted that the administration has serious problems with maids, porters, and auxiliary staff including cooks.“We need to ensure that these vacancies are filled so that we can be able to have the system up and running. The auxiliary staff is important to the institution just as the doctors and the administrators are important. So we need to place serious emphasis on the employment.”The Public Service Act mandates that the REO write to the relevant agencies to have existing vacancies filled.