The doctors’ dilemma

first_imgDear Editor,When the PPP/C took Office in 1992, there was just over a 150 doctors practicing in Guyana. Most of them were operating out of Georgetown and the other urban centres. An overwhelming number of them were in private practice, with some moonlighting in the public healthcare system. The cumulative result was a devastating paucity of medical personnel in the country as a whole, more particularly, in the public healthcare system and worst yet in the rural communities. By the time we left office in 2015, the situation was transformed. There are now nearly 1400 registered medical practitioners operating in Guyana, with almost every community, wherever located, having access to a doctor.Historically, one of the several initiatives taken by the PPP/C to address the paucity of qualified medical personnel within the public healthcare system was to negotiate scholarship programmes for our students with friendly countries. The most successful of these programmes was the multi-year scholarship programme with Cuba. Upon the grant of these scholarships and prior to their departure to Cuba, these students were required to sign a contract with the Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Public Service, which obliged them to enter into another contract upon the successful completion of their course of study to work in the public health sector for a period of five years on certain terms and conditions contained in the said contract.Over the years, this second contract which the newly graduated doctors have been requested to sign, pays them a Public Service salary, with a gratuity of 22.5 per cent, payable every six months. This monthly salary is currently approximately 0,000 (gross) or approximately 5,000 (net). It is obvious that this salary is grossly inadequate. Several of these scholarship doctors, with whom I have spoken, have all indicated to me that it is the gratuity upon which they heavily depend and with which they are able to purchase a vehicle on credit, utilising a duty free concession granted to them, as part of their contract of service with the Government.It has been drawn to my attention that the final batch of these Cuban scholars numbering 79 have returned to Guyana in 2015. They completed their one year internship, as is required, several months ago but are yet to be placed in the public health system. I raised this issue with a senior medical Administrator at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) who was not even aware that these young doctors have not been placed into the system, but informed me that the responsibility to do so lies with the Ministry of Public Health.Additionally, I have been informed by a representative of these doctors that the Government has signalled to them that the payment of gratuity from the contract which this batch of doctors will be requested to sign will be removed and that these doctors will be placed on the pensionable establishment of the Public Service by virtue of which they will receive a pension when they attain the age of 55.Most, if not all, of these young doctors are vehemently opposed to this initiative and expressed a preference for a contract similar to that which their predecessors enjoyed. In short, these doctors are arguing, and I daresay quite rightly so, that they have a legitimate expectation to serve under a contract similar to that under which their predecessors served. It appears that the Government intends to request them to sign a qualitatively different contract. Rather than serve under the pensionable establishment without a gratuity, these young professionals have expressed a preference to repay the Government the sum of money spent on them and to simply migrate.I also spoke with Cuban-trained doctors currently in the system serving under their contract and the Government has also signalled to them that their contracts will be amended to remove the payment of gratuity and to place them on the permanent establishment of the Public Service by virtue of which they will receive a pension at age 55. These doctors have also expressed their non-support for this proposed unilateral change to their contracts. They also expressed a preference to exit the public healthcare system. If the Government obstinately pursues these proposed courses of actions the consequence on the public healthcare system and the people of Guyana will be calamitous. Needless to say, litigation looms as well.Sincerely,Mohabir Anil Nandlall,MPAttorney-at-Lawlast_img read more

‘The Evolution Of Writing In English By And About East Indians Of Guyana,…

first_imgFollowing in the wake of her magisterial work on Roy Heath in ‘Aftermath of Empire: The Novels of Roy A.K. Heath’, published by the University of the West Indies Press, Ameena Gafoor has produced another book of immense import to the literature of Guyana but particularly and more importantly this book is a timely addition to the slim list of scholarly works on the writings of East Indian of Guyana.‘The Evolution Of Writing In English By And About East Indians Of Guyana, 1838-2018’ has been compiled with meticulous care to details and great concern for the preservation of the literature of East Indians. This work, coming 180 years after the arrival of East Indians to Guyana, flies in the face of sins of omission and sins of commission with regards to the composition of the literature of the region. The quantity and quality of literature that was bought here by the people who came is an indication that the Indians who came were not mere ‘illiterate peasants’ and that their contribution to the literature of the region was slighted and undervalued. The quantity of the literature that came was described by Dr. David Dabydeen as a ‘body of texts of staggering physical bulk and philosophical dimensions…The Ramayana rolls on to a hundred thousand lines, much longer then Virgil’s Aeneid or Homer’s Iliad. The Mahabharata quadruples that sum; the Vedas when collected form eleven huge Octavo volumes, whilst the Puranas extend to two million lines’. Furthermore, the literature of the Quran and the significance of Haffizs who could recite the Holy Quran from memory must be added to the above.Dabydeen further elucidated, in his preface to this compilation, that he brought quantity into the equation so as ‘to highlight that the act of ignoring these texts is an act of monumental bias’. Other scholars have denounced this bias in Caribbean literature and the shunning of such from the mainstream of Caribbean literature. Long before Dabydeen’s pronouncement and condemnation, Emeritus Professor Kenneth Ramchand declared in his groundbreaking book, ‘The West Indian Novel and its Background’ that ‘writers are not writing about Indians for the sake of emphasizing Indianness but more to create understanding and deepen meaning of the many cultures which co-exist’. Neglecting to appreciate such a contribution for so long has robbed the region of a resource that could have done more for the region than the efforts of Caricom and the portrayal of Carifesta, all put together.One of the reasons for Gafoor’s most recent publication is ‘a significant effort to set the record straight with respect to Indian Guyanese literacy, and literary scholarly production’ (Dabydeen).Other reasons, as if justification is necessary, cited by the author include the commemoration of two landmark events namely the centenary of the abolition of Indian Indentureship to Guyana and the 180th anniversary of the arrival of Indians from India to Guyana. Further, there is no known comprehensive compilation of the literary and artistic efforts of the East Indian and as such this book is the best form of commemoration.Gafoor spells out the objectives of this work saying that ‘this bibliography seeks to capture the imaginative and objective writings of East Indians in Guyana including statements by Guyanese artists as well as statements by art historians and critiques by art critics of the significant works of visual arts produced by Guyanese artists of East Indian extract…includes works of Anthology, Literary Criticism, Critiques on the Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Social History, Education, Governance, Politics, Journalisms, Accounting and Financial Management’.More importantly, this work is organized in chronological order to better trace the development of the body of writings’. This timeline serves many purposes including events that may have has ‘an impact on the consciousness of East Indians in Guyana and, in some instances, prompted the writings’ and facts that possibly ‘shaped the lives of East Indians as well as citizens in modern Guyana’.Ameena Gafoor is the founder of The Arts Forum and editor of The Arts Journal. This book is dedicated to and built on the legacies of the struggles and sacrifices of ‘our foreparents’. The cover image is designed from a painting ‘Journey into the Dark Circle: the Arrival’ by Philbert Gajadhar.‘The Evolution Of Writing In English By And About East Indians Of Guyana, 1838-2018’ by Ameena Gafoor was published by Hansib Publications.Responses to this author telephone (592) 226-0065 or email: oraltradition2002@yahoo.comlast_img read more

Scotland bench Kinghorn for Ireland 6 Nations clash as Schmidt defends tactics

first_img0Shares0000Blair Kinghorn has been benched for Scotland’s match at home against Ireland in the Six Nations © AFP/File / ANDY BUCHANANEDINBURGH, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said dropping hat-trick scorer Blair Kinghorn to the bench had been a painful decision as he named his side to face Ireland in Saturday’s Six Nations match at Murrayfield.Kinghorn became the first Scotland player in 30 years to score a Championship treble when he ran in three tries during an opening 33-20 win at home to Italy last weekend. But he now finds himself on the bench for the match, with Townsend restoring fit-again wing Sean Maitland to a now all British and Irish Lions back three also including full-back Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour.Reigning champions Ireland saw their dreams of back-to-back Grand Slams scuppered with a 32-20 defeat by England in Dublin last week.But Townsend, after announcing his team on Thursday, was adamant the Irish would provide Scotland with “probably the biggest challenge we’ll face in the Guinness Six Nations”.And given that, he has decided to start with experienced Saracens wing Maitland, a veteran of 37 Tests.But asked how hard it had been to drop Kinghorn to the bench, Townsend replied: “More difficult than what we planned it was going to be the week before.”“Blair’s performance did mean that we had an extended discussion that probably went on a second day, but we believe Tommy and Sean are best equipped for this game,” the former Scotland playmaker added.Townsend has also made three changes to his pack, with prop Simon Berghan, yellow-carded against Italy, and back-row Josh Strauss starting in place of the injured Willem Nel (calf) and Sam Skinner (ankle) while Jonny Gray, fit following a shoulder problem, replaces the benched lock Ben Toolis.– ‘Varied game’ –Ireland beat Scotland 28-8 in Dublin last season but their most recent visit to Murrayfield saw the Scots triumph 27-22 two years ago.Ireland full-back Rob Kearney will start in Saturday’s Six Nations international against Scotland © AFP/File / Paul FAITHIreland coach Joe Schmidt defended his tactics after his side — who won 11 of their 12 Tests in 2018 — were accused of lacking a ‘Plan B’ after being overwhelmed physically and outplayed tactically by England.“I’m not sure how they summarise Plan A, because I think we have a very varied game,” said Schmidt, whose team beat world champions New Zealand in November.“We play strong off set-piece, we play a varied kicking game, we play with a varied attacking game. And we try to vary our defensive game.”Schmidt has made several changes, notably recalling Rob Kearney at fullback.Robbie Henshaw, a Lions centre who struggled at full-back against England, was omitted due to a dead leg, with centre Chris Farrell replacing the sidelined Garry Ringrose (hamstring).In the pack, a revamped back-row sees Sean O’Brien and Jack Conan returning in place of Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander.Quinn Roux, like Stander born in South Africa, comes into the second row in place of the injured Devin Toner.Scotland (15-1)Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Sam Johnson, Sean Maitland; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (capt); Josh Strauss, James Ritchie, Ryan Wilson; Jonny Gray, Grant Gilchrist; Simon Berghan, Stuart McInally, Allan DellReplacements: Fraser Brown, Jamie Bhatti, D’Arcy Rae, Ben Toolis, Rob Harley, Ali Price, Pete Horne, Blair KinghornCoach: Gregor Townsend (SCO)Ireland (15-1)Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Jack Conan, Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony; James Ryan, Quinn Roux; Tadhg Furlong, Rory Best (capt), Cian HealyReplacements: Sean Cronin, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier, John Cooney, Joey Carbery, Jordan LarmourCoach: Joe Schmidt (NZL)Referee: Romain Poite (FRA)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pellegrini: Man City aren’t giving up on Champions League

first_img Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini 1 Manuel Pellegrini claims Manchester City are not giving up on the Champions League, insisting the team will “fight to the end” to secure a spot in the last-16.The Blues are facing an uphill battle to progress in the competition ahead of Tuesday’s home clash with Bayern Munich, knowing that anything but victory at the Etihad Stadium could effectively end their hopes for another year.City have claimed just two points from four games in Group E and will be eliminated if they fail to beat Bayern and there is a winner in the game between CSKA Moscow and Roma.Scenarios do exist where City could march on without beating the Germans but they really have little margin for error.Pellegrini’s men began the campaign with high hopes having made the knock-out stages last year, and while their failure to make any apparent headway has brought criticism and scrutiny on the boss, he remains confident in his players.The Chilean said: “I don’t think there is an extra pressure [on me].“I think it is important for this club to try to continue in Europe because it is one of our targets, to improve every year and on what we did last year.“Tomorrow we will see the team fighting until the end to continue in the Champions League and I hope we can do it.”Pellegrini claims he takes no notice of the people who have already written off his side.“I don’t know who those people are who don’t believe what we can do,” the City manager added. “I am sure this team – and me personally – have a lot of trust that we can do it.“We will see tomorrow after the game what happens. I hope we will continue having chances to the last game.”City’s task has been made even tougher as a number of important players will miss out of the German champions’ trip to Manchester, with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho suspended and David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko injured.Strikers Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic are fit although the pair’s failure to take part in full training on the eve of the game did prompt questions.“Both of them, Aguero and Jovetic, are in the squad list for tomorrow,” Pellegrini clarified. “They have no problems for tomorrow night.“They didn’t work normally because they have a small thing after the last game but nothing important.”last_img read more

Shocking image! Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool injuries in FULL

first_img2 2 Liverpool were dealt a fresh blow in their hunt for a Champions League spot, after it was revealed that star striker Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out for a month with ANOTHER thigh problem.It has been a nightmare season for the Kop hitman, who missed a large chunk of the season through injury and now leaves boss Brendan Rodgers with a massive headache with just eight matches remaining in the campaign.For Kopites, it’s familiar news, with Sturridge’s Anfield career plagued with fitness troubles, something emphasised by the worrying statistic that the England has suffered injury on average every 4.6 appearances for Liverpool.Below is a break down of his fitness nightmare since joining the club…center_img Daniel Sturridge is set to miss out with injury last_img read more

Diego Costa’s Chelsea career is FINISHED after Tottenham tantrum, former Blues star says

first_imgMark Bosnich believes Diego Costa’s spectacular tantrum on Sunday spells the beginning of the end for the striker at Chelsea.Costa refused to take part in the warm-up ahead of the Premier League clash with Tottenham after being omitted from the Blues’ starting XI and later tossed his substitute’s bib at boss Jose Mourinho.Mourinho insisted after the goalless draw that the Spaniard’s reaction to being dropped was understandable, but Bosnich claims the Spaniard’s career at Stamford Bridge is now certain to be over.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Chelsea goalkeeper said: “It didn’t look good.  Generally when you are with a manager and you do that type of thing, it is the beginning of the end. “Not going out for the warm-up, I can understand that completely, but throwing the bib at the manager during the game points to one way.“They probably won’t do it immediately but I really do think it is the beginning of the end, which is really unfortunate because he has been a smash hit since he has been at Chelsea.”last_img read more

Wolfsburg to rival West Ham and Crystal Palace to sign out-of-favour Juventus striker

first_img1 West Ham and Crystal Palace target Simone Zaza is wanted by German club Wolfsburg.The 24-year-old is not starting many games at Juventus this season, with Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata ahead of him in the pecking order.And he has options to move to the Premier League where a few clubs are in need of firepower.The Hammers and Eagles have both been hit by injuries to their attacking players around the halfway point of the season.The hamstring strain Andy Carroll has picked up for Slaven Bilic’s side was particularly cruel as the forward had just returned to form.Zaza would be able to lead the line for either club but he is now a target for the Bundesliga side.The former Sassuolo man has started just three Serie A games this season and returned an impressive three goals. Juventus striker Simone Zaza in action last_img read more

Opportunities slip away from LBCC

first_imgWOMEN’S BASKETBALL Cerritos 64, East L.A. 61 Randi Willis had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the visiting Falcons (10-12) to an SCC crossover victory. Maltresa Neely led Cerritos with 22 points and LaTrina Payne added 11. Mt. SAC 91, Long Beach City 65 Freshman point guard Amber Thomas scored 26 points and added four assists for the Vikings (9-6) in an SCC crossover loss to the fifth-ranked Mounties (21-1). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! : David Felton Long Beach’s free-throw shooting wasn’t much better. The Vikings missed their first five foul shots, were 3 for 9 in the first half and 11 for 20 for the game. “We’re not where we need to be (with SCC play starting soon),” said Anderson. “Hopefully we can snap out of it.” Despite its troubles, LBCC stayed close throughout the first half and much of the second. The Vikings trailed by only a point (34-33) at halftime and got as close as 56-55 on a Demetrius Hazel basket with 9:42 to play. But Mt. SAC (10-9) went on a 10-2 run over the next minute and eventually built its lead to 16 points (80-64) with 4:19 left. Freshman guard Rishawn Norwood led all scorers with 40 points. Chris Fields led LBCC with 23 points and Hazel added 21. With 26 offensive rebounds and 20 free-throw attempts Wednesday afternoon, Long Beach City College’s men’s basketball team had plenty of opportunities to defeat Mt. San Antonio. But receiving chances and taking advantage of them are two completely different things, a fact LBCC coach Gary Anderson is quite familiar with this season. Despite dominating the offensive boards, the Vikings scored just 21 second-chance points and barely converted half their foul shots in an 85-78 South Coast Conference crossover loss to the Mounties at Hall of Champions Gym. center_img “Sometimes we do the right thing … but don’t cash in,” Anderson said of the Vikings’ inability to convert after grabbing offensive rebounds. “I don’t know how many (second-chance baskets) we missed … in the first half.” A lot, that’s how many. LBCC (9-12) grabbed 16 offensive rebounds in the first half, including four by center Stephon Williams, but turned those into just six points. Williams made just 3 of 11 first-half shots and scored seven points. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarksonlast_img read more

Employment up 4% in the Donegal Gaeltacht

first_imgEmployment in Údarás na Gaeltachta companies in Donegal Gaeltacht areas is now at its highest level in 10 years, according to a new report.The Údarás end of year review noted that counties Donegal and Galway saw the largest increases in employment in 2018.156 new jobs were created in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 2018. When job losses are taken into consideration, there was a net increase of 85 jobs, which means that by year end there were 2,278 jobs in Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies. The authority is predicting a further 169 new jobs will be created in Donegal under new projects which were approved by the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta in 2018. The new projects will come with a projected total investment of €8.44 million.The lowest ever number of job losses in the Donegal Gaeltacht was recorded last year, when employment increased by 4%. The low level indicates a particular recovery and stability in employment in the region, according to the review.The report said: “It is encouraging for the county’s Gaeltacht areas that there was no fall in employment in the county for 8 consecutive years and that companies are recruiting continuously.”The newly-opened gteic@GaothDobhair has been hailed as a successful initiative for the region. The co-working hub and office unit has attracted companies such as Pramerica, Meastóirí Domhanda and Optum to established themselves in West Donegal. gteic@GaothDobhair is set to undergo a major €1.5m expansion in 2019 with the addition of 1,725 square metres in workspace/new office being added to the second floor.Údarás na Gaeltachta’s gteic @Gaoth Dobhair. Photo Clive WassonThe review also notes the launch of new Language Planning Areas and the appointment of new Language Planning Officers and an Assistant Language Planning officers in parts of the county.525 new jobs were approved across all Údarás na Gaeltachta areas in 2018, with the majority in Counties Donegal, Galway and Mayo.The authority said that Brexit could create difficulties in the year ahead for Gaeltacht companies who depend on UK markets, products and materials.Údarás na Gaeltachta Chief Executive, Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, said, “Employment levels are increasing in our client companies and are at the highest point in ten years. That said, our client companies must be cautious about the unsettled economic forecast for the year ahead, but we are hopeful that we have the appropriate strategies in place to support them in meeting the challenges and that the resources that are available to the organisation are increasing gradually. “We particularly welcome increases in our capital budget and other external funding which has been announced and which will provide us with an excellent opportunity to start 2019 on a positive note and to invigorate the implementation of our strategy.”Employment up 4% in the Donegal Gaeltacht was last modified: February 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Údarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

CAPTURED! THE MOMENT THE EARTHQUAKE HIT A STRANORLAR SCHOOL

first_imgA school in Stranorlar was able to see the exact moment the earthquake hit Donegal.St Columba’s College has been fitted with a seismometer to record earthquakes as part of a school project.And in the early hours of this morning, the dial on the machine logged the ‘quake’ and wrote it into the history books! Brendan O’Donoghue, science teacher at St Columba’s, said there was great excitement to see the earthquake recorded on their seismometer.“We had a seismometer installed in the school in January 2010 and this is our first recording of an earthquake in Co Donegal.“It is very exciting for us and the students. It brings geology to life, literally.“We recorded the first signs of this mini earthquake around three minutes before 1am, spiking at 30 seconds past the hour. “In 2009 before we had this equipment there were three similar earthquakes so it is possible Donegal could be hit by a few more in coming days or weeks. However they are unlikely to cause any damage.“The school is part of an international project involving schools all around the world which measures tremors and earthquakes as part of a geology project,” he said.Another school, St.Egney’s National School in Deserrtegney, Buncrana, also recorded the ‘quake on their seismometer which was supplied as part of a project being run by the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. CAPTURED! THE MOMENT THE EARTHQUAKE HIT A STRANORLAR SCHOOL was last modified: January 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalearthquakeStranorlarlast_img read more