The Lady Falcons recorded their first winning streak under Padda in any tournament and Galanza was proud that they were finally able to repay their head coach.“We’re proud that we are finally able to show what we’ve been doing in training to the games we’re playing in,” said Galanza in Filipono Saturday after leading Adamson over Arellano 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We were so happy that we were all shouting because before we were the ones who were getting swept now we’re the ones doing the sweeping.”And Adamson’s triumph didn’t come from any run of the mill team; it was against the defending NCAA champions. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson And Galanza, who had 18 points in the match, is aware of the magnitude the Lady Chiefs have.“It’s just uplifting that the team we beat for our second straight win was Arellano and we all know how good that team plays,” said Galanza as the Lady Falcons improved to 2-0 to lead Group B.“We didn’t relax one bit because once we do that or we start to underestimate them they can come back.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson skipper Jema Galanza has went through it all for the Lady Falcons, from contending in the Final Four back in Season 76 to just trying to compete as they languished in the bottom four the following years.Galanza has had to carry the pressure head coach Air Padda put on her as the captain of the team, but it seems the skipper has finally managed to lighten that burden down.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Papi Sarr’s absence hampers Falcons Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Break new ground LATEST STORIES
For example, eight boxers will go instead of only the two automatically included by virtue of their gold and silver finish in the last SEA Games, Picson said.“As to expectations, (POC President) Ricky Vargas’ avowed objective is to improve on our 22nd place performance in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014,” said Picson. “We would be happy if we get it up to number 15.”The Philippines woeful stint in the last Asiad resulted in one gold, three silver and 11 bronze medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Widodo’s urgent call for frequent Games-related news to attract worldwide attention and tourism traffic to his shores is a cautionary tale for our government officials who will organize and host the 11-nation Southeast Asian Games next year.The Philippine Sports Commission announced recently that a funding of P72 million has been released for an initial list of 282 Asiad-bound Filipino athletes.The total allocation and the final number of athletes in about 30 sports are yet to be released by the PSC and the Philippine Olympic Committee.Included in the delegation is a women’s volleyball team that will compete in the Asiad for the first time in 36 years and will be dwarfed by superpowers China, South Korea and Japan.Criteria for inclusion to this year’s contingent has been “relaxed a bit for some extraordinary cases,” according to POC spokesman Ed Picson, who is also secretary general of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap).ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Heard much lately about the 18th Asian Games opening in Indonesia less than two months from now’?If you haven’t, you’re not alone. Even the host country’s leader feels organizers must do more to publicize the Games as they draw closer.ADVERTISEMENT SMC surprises POC with P50M Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 AntaraNews.com, the official Indonesian news website, says President Joko Widodo is afraid that interest in the Games with a reported total cost to his government of $3.2 billion had not intensified and reached fever pitch.During a recent gathering of athletes, musicians and artists at the State Palace, Widodo repeated his call for a bottomless well of Asiad publicity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe wants the drum beating to get louder and constant for this year’s Games to run Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang.The Asiad, the region’s biggest and most important multisport event, will host at least 10,000 athletes from 45 national Olympic committees, including ours, who will compete in 67 disciplines and 463 events. View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Doing things right the whole game for the first time this week, Alaska gave its confidence a huge boost and pumped life in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign after a 125-104 ripping of defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 3 of their Final Four series at Ynares Center here.It was the highest scoring game in the series for the Aces, who forged a Game 4 slated Sunday after getting 24 points from the flu-stricken Vic Manuel coming off the bench and 21 points and 13 boards from import Diamon Simpson.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Neymar rules out transfer move, staying at PSG Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Travis, one of LeBron James’ best friends while they were growing up in Akron, Ohio, led the Aces to the Finals in that conference only for Alaska to be swept by San Miguel Beer.Finally showing the form of a top seed, Rain or Shine comes into Game 3 of its Final Four series with crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra with newfound confidence Saturday as both teams gun for a crucial win in the series that has been reduced to a race-to-two at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.After snapping the Gin Kings’ tournament-best eight-game winning streak with a super finishing kick in Game 2, the Elasto Painters enjoy some sort of momentum in their 6:30 p.m. contest.James Yap was one of the heroes in that 109-100 win and will try to repeat his sterling performance, along with teammate Reggie Johnson, who had 25 points and 20 rebounds. ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “We got one (win) and that’s all we needed (coming into this game). Now we have another chance,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “Today just kind of felt like our day. We made a bunch of shots and we had a bunch of bounces go our way.“I just hope we have many of those days,” Compton said. “Obviously we’re still down, but I tell you what I love my guys and I asked them to fight till the end and they did. I’m just really proud of my guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Alaska closed out the half with a 64-55 lead, and the turning point of the game was when the Aces managed to stay in step with the Beermen with San Miguel’s usual third quarter storm. Alaska took a 94-77 lead into the fourth.Meanwhile, former Alaska import Romeo Travis, who was the Best Import in the 2015 Governors’ Cup, gets another stint in the league after agreeing to play for the Magnolia Hotshots in the season-ending Governors’ Cup. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso MoetiOn 4 February 2019, we commemorate World Cancer Day under the theme: “I am and I will”. This theme was chosen as a reminder of the important actions that we can – and need – to take as individuals, groups, communities and political leaders, to reduce the impact of cancer on our lives.Cancer continues to be one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide. New cases and deaths from cancer continue to rise. In 2012, there were 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths, whereas in 2018 there were 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million deaths. If current trends are maintained, the cancer burden in Africa is projected to double from 1,055,172 new cancer cases in 2018 to 2,123,245 cancer cases by 2040. Among the most important serious challenges facing cancer patients in most African countries are poverty, late and poor cancer diagnosis and lack of medical cover.The key drivers of the increasing cancer burden in Africa include increasing exposure to known cancer risk factors, such as tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diets, alcohol use and environmental pollution. Additional contributing factors in the rise of the cancer burden in Africa are the epidemiologic and demographic changes that are currently taking place. In short, the cancer burden is increasing as Africans are now living longer, in large part because of improvements in the control of the infectious causes of mortality and morbidity.Among the factors responsible for the high cancer burden in Africa are the absence of widely available information on the early signs and symptoms of cancer, late diagnosis, misdiagnosis, absence/weak referral systems, difficult access to care and treatment, catastrophic costs of treatment and medicines, and weak health care systems. Only 26% of low-income countries around the world reported having public sector pathology services, and only 30% of these countries had cancer treatment services; however, 90% of high-income countries can offer such services.Significant progress has been achieved in diagnostics and treatment of cancers in high-income countries. This has resulted in better prognosis and enhanced survival rates for cancers in high-income countries with 5-year survival as high as 80-90% for cancers that can be treated when detected early. Sadly, most cancer patients in Africa are diagnosed at a late stage and the prognosis for a positive outcome is lessened, even in cases where treatment is available and affordable.Cancer diagnosis should not represent a death sentence in Africa, nor should it lead to catastrophic expenditure following out-of-pocket payments for diagnostic, treatment and palliative care. A future without cancer is within our individual and collective grasp. As this year’s theme enjoins us, let us all individually and collectively resolve to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer as part of our commitment for Universal Health Coverage and the larger push to leave no one behind. Thousands of lives can be saved in Africa with proper cancer prevention, early detection, access to proper treatment and care.I urge all stakeholders and specifically African governments, be they at the local, state, provincial, national or supranational level, to create an environment in which cancer risk factors, for example alcohol and tobacco use, are reduced, and citizens maintain good levels of physical activity, healthy bodyweight, and good nutrition. Cancer prevention and the creation of a culture of health is an essential mission of government, beyond that of the traditional health-focused departments, for example health ministries. Stakeholders should address the current inadequate access to cancer diagnostics and therapies, the lack of knowledge on cancer and low health literacy levels, culturally inappropriate cancer prevention materials, mistrust of the health care system, and fatalism regarding cancer cure.I encourage individuals to engage in and adopt healthy lifestyle habits. Behavioural activities, such as eating a proper diet, both in the type and amount of food, engaging in appropriate exercise and physical activity, and receiving appropriate clinical interventions to prevent cancer, are important. Remaining healthy also involves vaccination against cancer, such as liver and cervical cancers, avoiding known causes of cancer, and careful management of exposure to other carcinogens.I count on you to take sustained actions and get involved any way you can because together, we can create changes and defeat cancer!Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Just when did Augustine Nagbe, otherwise known as ‘general Power’, become the trustee and guardian of the Kru people? And what gives him the temerity to openly declare on radio that he is forming a Kru Defense Force to, as he put it, to defend his Kru President, George Weah and the Kru people of Liberia? But just when did the Kru people come under attack from non-Kru Liberians, such that this common criminal would dare to openly threaten to form an armed group, in blatant violation of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accords?To the best of available information, this so-called ‘general Power’ was conscripted into the AFL as a volunteer in 1990 during the height of the civil war. The AFL volunteers were made up mainly of lumpen elements recruited from the slums of Monrovia, especially from the Township of West Point, from where Power hails. Later he would defect to Prince Johnson’s Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) and then later to the Taylor-led National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL).During the TRC hearings in Monrovia, a woman from West Point told the TRC under oath that ‘General Power’ forced her at gun point to eat a large can of feces. He is accordingly listed in the TRC report as a perpetrator of gross human rights abuses.Since the election of President Sirleaf in 2005, Power and other ex-generals, including Momo Geebah, had been receiving regular monthly payments from the National Security Agency (NSA) according to well placed sources. It is from this pool of unsavory elements, according to sources, that hitmen were allegedly recruited to carry out attacks against perceived enemies.Since the election of President George Weah, these unsavory elements have emerged from the shadows and have become so emboldened that they, at one point, held a press conference in Monrovia and issued open threats of arrest against Montserrado County District #8 Representative Yekeh Kolubah. But, faced by mounting public criticism for their actions, they shortly thereafter stormed the grounds of the Temple of Justice in a Ministry of State vehicle sending party litigants, lawyers and by-standers running helter- skelter.More recently, this ragtag ‘general Power’ has been involved in brutally suppressing student protest demonstrations around Monrovia, He has been captured on video shots and he can be seen actively commanding Police officers although he is not known to have been recruited into the ranks of the Liberia National Police (LNP). Additionally, other criminal minded elements including an ex-US service man known as Zoely Zoe, have appeared on social media threatening to kill would-be December 30 protesters. These individuals, according to sources, are supported directly by Minister of State Nathaniel McGill.The Daily Observer has often reminded President Weah to rein in these elements because, in the final analysis, he will have to take blame for their actions. Power and his likes proved unable to defend and keep President Doe in power neither were they able to protect and defend Taylor. At the end Taylor was forced to step down and go into exile, He was later tried and convicted of war crimes and today sits uncomfortably in a British jail where he will languish for years to come.In this regard, this newspaper reminds Power and others in their proposed organization that his utterances will be sure to draw the attention of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The fact that his (Power’s) open remarks have not drawn rebuke from the government tends to suggest that it is in full agreement with the actions of these men and it underscores the urgent need to establish the War and Economic Crimes Court for Liberia.As the clock ticks towards the December 30 protest, there are growing concerns that the outcomes may be violent with unknown consequences for protesters and the government as well. Against the backdrop of extreme economic hardships currently being experienced, tempers and nerves could become easily frayed and provoke response to any incident of violence against protesters. In this regard, President Weah must act swiftly to distance himself and his government from Power’s threats to organize a Kru Defense Force.Perhaps, this ragtag, so-called ‘general’ needs to be reminded that President Weah is not leader of a Kru nation; rather, he is leader of all 16 ethnic groups of Liberia. The entire Kru population of Liberia put together would never have earned the required votes to single-handedly Make Weah President of Liberia.Accordingly, it is the considered view of this newspaper that Power is inciting ethnic hatred, which should not be countenanced by this government.Equally so, is the Freedom FM, whose hate messages and inciteful rhetoric have continued unabated. This needs to stop or be stopped forthwith. Those who seek to reverse the gains of peace and return the nation to its bloody past in a desperate attempt to cling on to the reins or power must be stopped at all cost for the future of this nation.It is the considered view of this newspaper, that Power should be made to face criminal charges for inciting ethnic hatred. This recent outburst by this self-styled general warrants his appearance before a court of competent jurisdiction to face criminal charges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Despite reports of the reduced number of malaria cases, Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings on Thursday announced plans to launch yet another anti-malarial campaign, while noting that the disease remains a threat to the country.The campaign dubbed ‘the Malaria Action Project’ was launched at Cara Lodge, Quamina Street, Georgetown.Dr Cummings told the gathering that the breakthrough project is currently being rolled out in the hinterland areas in Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and, “Advocates for social and behavioural changes within these malaria endemic communities with the aim of eliminating malaria in these areas”.“Malaria continues to be a major concern in the region of Americas and the world. In fact there is (a) resuscitated drive for the elimination of this disease of publicMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings poses with US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Halloway, Ministry officials and supporters of the programmehealth concern. In 2016, there were approximately 216 million cases of malaria worldwide, resulting in a reported 445,000 deaths,” she explained.The Minister nonetheless assured that of the 21 malaria endemic countries in the region of the Americas, Guyana is currently one of the 18 countries who have so far grooved into robust actions and policies to combat the disease.She said, “Currently the National Malaria Programme of the Ministry of Public Health is implementing innovative interventions which target the delivery of services at the community level”.It was explained that one of the strategies includes building capacity of miners and loggers in testing and treating themselves for the mosquito-borne disease.The Minister said although this initiative may seem “simple”, the success of the programme is subjected to the influence of key determinants of the targeted persons.On that note, the Minister explained the importance of the Ministry in conducting an assessment to determine the gap between the patients.“The National Malaria Programme has been able to design a social and behavioural intervention which is human centred and which is informed by formative research by the gaps in the knowledge, attitudes and perception of the groups of communities being targeted.”Breakthrough Action, which is the company contracted by USAID for the social behavioural change intervention, will be working in collaboration with John Hopkins University.The Minister pointed out that the country is presently utilising a limited pool of anti-malarials. “It is therefore important that this pool be managed properly from both the perspective of the healthcare provider and that of the patient,” she added.
… Govt’s excuses of emergencies not good enoughMassive amounts of money have been expended by Government on purchasing drugs with no pre-qualification of suppliers or public tendering, thus the Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated (TIGI) is questioning the continuous bypassing of the established system of purchasing drugs by using the excuse that “emergency shortages” necessitate this action.TIGI head, Dr Troy Thomas, has said the system by which Government is procuring drugs is engaging the attention of TIGI. He described this system as “simply not good enough” for a government to have so much emergency drug shortages.“Every so often, ever so often, we are hearing about some emergency necessitating single sourcing or no open tendering; and that’s not good enough,” he said. “I think we need to be planning more ahead, to arrest these situations so that (they do not) happen so often.”Dr Thomas has stressed that good reasons exist for the systems of open tendering and pre-qualification; and he has emphasised that these systems are in place to ensure Guyana gets value for sums of tax payers’ money expended.TIGI Head, Dr Troy Thomas“Procurement practice for anything that involves spending from ‘the public purse’ should include open tendering. So if that was not done in the case that you are talking about, then I would have to question the level of transparency (involved),” he told this publication.“You need to have open tendering; there’s good reason for that. One, it’s to ensure that you get the best deal. But apart from that, it keeps everything on top of the table. When you’ve got that kind of approach (emergency procurement), it opens up avenues for all kinds of things to happen,” he explained.According to Dr. Thomas, an investigation would be necessary before blame could be ascribed to specific personnel for the drug shortages and prevailing emergencies. But he noted that official admission that the system of public tendering and pre-qualification had not been followed would cast some amount of doubt on any procurement.“(The fact) that the mechanism was not followed would cast some doubt on what took place. So I would urge transparency in the operations, and I would question why it seems that so many emergencies are popping up. Is it a matter of planning?” he elaborated.When the Peoples Progressive Party fielded questions to the ministers of Public Health and Communities in the National Assembly on May 8, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan revealed that, in nine out of Guyana’s 10 regions, there had been no public tendering for drugs and medical supplies between January 2016 and February 2017.In addition, in none of the regions was the pre-qualification process followed. All purchases had been made under the “emergency” system.Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill, who had assisted in fielding the questions, had noted that 77 per cent of the total sum allocated for the acquisition of drugs for the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) had been expended.Edghill had also noted that when Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence was asked about the amount of money spend on drugs and medical supplies for the Georgetown Public Hospital for January and February 2017, it was revealed that some $2 billion had already been expended. This sum represents almost 77 per cent of the total sum allocated for the procurement of drugs for the year.Edghill had, however, pointed out that among the questions posed to the ministers was whether any of the supplier companies had been pre-qualified; and he noted that the answer was “no”.Pre-qualification is an important part of ensuring quality assurance when works are done or goods are supplied to Government. In this instance, contractors are usually invited to apply to the NPTAB to be pre-qualified or placed on a shortlist for participation in future projects, according to World Health Organisation standards.In the case of drugs and medical supplies, companies are expected to have adequate warehousing facilities, staff and security, in addition to appropriate certification and impeccable sanitation.EmergenciesThen Public Health Minister in 2016, Dr George Norton, had stated that changes in the procurement system were likely the cause for the drug shortages being experienced at certain public health facilities across Guyana.The Public Health Ministry has reportedly introduced a new system for procuring drugs and medical supplies, wherein each region is required to submit to central government a list of drugs needed and the total sum required to make the purchases. Money would then be warranted back to the Public Health Ministry from the regions to facilitate a centralised procurement.
…says Special Branch ranks stationed outside Freedom House…condemns political interference in Charrandas bribery allegations probeThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday condemned the political interference by the ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government as the Guyana Police Force investigates the allegations of bribery against former AFC parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud, who voted in favour of the PPP’s motion of no confidence against the Government.The Party on Monday said that it welcomed an investigation if there was basis for one, providing that it was professionally conducted and was not driven by politics. It added that it had nothing to hide should such an investigation be conducted.Freedom House – PPP/C headquarters, Robb Street, Georgetown“However, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, said in an interview aired on NCN recently that the Prime Minister and every member of Cabinet is involved in the investigation. There is no doubt, therefore, that the investigations allegedly being carried out are heavily contaminated with and influenced by politicians and political influences,” the statement related.Additionally, the PPP said it was cognisant of the fact that the taxpayers-funded Department of Public Information (DPI), along with other news agencies close to the APNU/AFC Government, continued to spread misleading and fabricated evidence of the bribery allegations.Under surveillanceMeanwhile, the Party also said that its leadership and parliamentarians were under surveillance both at their homes and as they go about their business. It called on the diplomatic and international community to remain vigilant and to continue to monitor what is transpiring in Guyana at this crucial time.“This surveillance is being conducted by persons who are not uniformed and, therefore, we are not even sure whether they are being done by members of the law enforcement agencies of the State. Special Branch ranks now have a permanent station outside of the Party’s Freedom House, Robb Street headquarters. In the circumstances, we call upon the law enforcement agencies and the Joint Services not to succumb to political dictates and directions, but to discharge their functions faithfully, professionally and with due regard to their oath of office. At the same time, we continue to call upon on the diplomatic and international community to remain vigilant and to continue to monitor what is transpiring in Guyana at this crucial time,” the PPP stated.On December 21, 2018, Persaud delivered the yes vote in the National Assembly that led to the fall of the coalition Government when the Bharrat Jagdeo-tabled motion of no confidence was successfully passed. Ever since, Government supporters, along with the Government, have been manufacturing conspiracy theories as to what led to one of their own supporting their political rival.Leading the speculation is that Persaud colluded with the Opposition and received financial compensation for his vote. The Government has since said that it has solid evidence of this collusion, but, to date, has not produced any such evidence. Persaud, along with the Opposition, denied collusion. Persaud indicated that he made a conscience vote for the first time in the three years that he has been an MP.
Judge B. Daley granted an interim order stating that Ramos could not communicate with a specific list of people, some of whom are potential witnesses in the case.The order expires on Monday at 4:30 p.m. but could be further extended at that time.Ramos is charged with nine offences, including four counts of assault with a weapon, one count of assault, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and one count of possessing a firearm while prohibited.The other accused in the assaults, Jeremy Drake Jondreau, had been released on bail on Aug. 3 and was set to appear in court Wednesday, but had been arrested in the past 24 hours on unrelated matters.Advertisement One of the accused men in the Beatton River assault cases has been ordered not to contact others involved in the case.Jordan Anthony Ramos appeared at Fort St. John courthouse by video link from Prince George.- Advertisement -The Crown asked that the 21 year-old not be allowed to communicate with 30 people who were named in the notice of disclosure document given to both him and his attorney.Crown Attorney Paul Swartz said Ramos is alleged to have been the leader of a group that committed the violent assaults on July 25.He is alleged to have committed serious, violent acts with bats and 2x4s, and was also in possession of a gun.He is also alleged to be involved in the City’s drug trade.Advertisement His bail was revoked.Both of the accused are scheduled to appear in court Sep. 8.
Traffic Chief Linden Isles along with a team from the Guyana Police Force on Tuesday visited accident victims at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).A senior rank of the GPF chats with an accident victimRanks from the Traffic Department taking hampers for accident victims at the GPHCIsles during the visit explained that the visit was part of the GPF’s 180th anniversary observances.“We’ve decided to come and visit the patients of the accident ward. We have been sharing out hampers to them and finding out about their matters so that we can have it investigated,” the Traffic Chief said during the tour of the medical facility.A total of 15 patients – 10 males and five females – were visited, during which the Traffic Chief answered questions in relation to the progress of investigations into accidents during which they were injured.He wished the patients a speedy recovery as he handed over hampers to them.The Traffic Chief also visited a nine-year-old child on the East Coast of Demerara, who was left bedridden following an accident back in 2017. A donation was also made to the family.As part of its anniversary, the GPF has embarked on a number of activities. Just recently $19.4 million was gifted to ranks who performed exceptionally so far in 2019.The award ceremony was held at the Tactical Services Unit Drill Square, Eve Leary, and saw 36 community policing groups being awarded, while 36 rural constables were specially recognised.The Force’s anniversary is being observed under the theme, “Serving and protecting our nation through collaboration and dedication”.