“I can go anywhere, it is my responsibility!” – Dr Ramayya

first_img… says NA Hospital CEO was disrespectful, arrogantBy Devina SamarooAfter being unceremoniously ordered out of the New Amsterdam Hospital’s compound on Friday by theREO Dr Veerasammy Ramayyafacility’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Colin Bynoe, the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Regional Executive Officer (REO), Dr Veerasammy Ramayya is hoping someone from central government pays heed to the situation, noting that it was utter disrespect to his authority and capacity in the region.During an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Dr Ramayya stoutly emphasised that he does not need to follow a protocol to enter the Hospital and that generally, representatives of regional organisations would be happy for him to visit and offer advice.Reflecting on the series of events in the lead up to the “kick out”, Ramayya explained that he was informed that the operating theatre was not working and therefore, surgeries were cancelled.As a result, he went to the hospital to investigate the matter.When he arrived, he said the CEO nor the Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Stephens were present.“They were apparently in the Boardroom… so when I went in there, I wanted to know what was the problem, so somebody from the hospital maybe called him to say I was there… I can’t recall if he said ‘good morning’ or not, so the man walk straight to me and said ‘REO I want to see you in my office!” Ramayya related.The REO said he was in for a surprise. “I sat there and he started to give me a lecture about if I want to go to the hospital, I am supposed to follow protocol. Whenever I want to visit the hospital, he has to be aware and Jevaughn has to be aware. As the REO, I don’t see where I have to meet that demand,” Ramayya insisted.He posited that it is an insult to his authority in the region.“This is the arrogance of that man… That is disrespectful because although he is the CEO of the hospital, I as the REO, I can go anywhere, this is my responsibility,” he declared.Ramayya contended that the CEO seems to have a personal vendetta against him because of his televised broadcasts, which sometimes highlights irregularities at the health institution.“I am on television, if something [is] wrong with the hospital, I am going to speak out because that is what I did for 23 years… And under my supervision, if something is wrong I will talk about it,” he posited, disclosing that many things are wrong with the operations of the hospital under the stewardship of Bynoe.However, he did not divulge further details except that the CEO has a long record of insulting and verbally abusing hospital staff.In April, the Chairman of the Regional Health Committee, Haseef Yusuf reported that there had been several complaints issued against the CEO who allegedly has been verbally abusive to visitors and staff of the institution.Yusuf also alleged that there was also a report that the CEO had physically abused a doctor at the institution. Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton has advised that the doctor report the matter to Police.The issue was raised at a recent Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting and Director of Regional Health Services defended Bynoe saying that the doctor was not assaulted.“I investigated a matter which was proved not to be true, the same doctor came and said he is sorry because of his interpretation of the issue. I personally called the Police and told them to expect the doctor to come to make a report. I did that from my office in front of the ‘complainee’ and the other guy.”The matter had also been reported to Minister of State Joseph Harmon on April 22, during the Ministry of the Presidency Outreach Programme at State House in New Amsterdam.However, Stephens said he was now forced to deal with several other matters involving the CEO. “There are several complaints of a said nature. I can assure you that these complaints are being taken seriously. Before I came here this morning, I had to deal with a said complaint. I have engaged the Minister of Health and his Ministry to deal with that matter. There is nothing that comes to my desk or my office that I intend to push under the carpet.”Regional Chairman David Armogan had also asked the Public Health Minister to investigate the matter involving the CEO.Meanwhile, prompted on how he intends to address the situation moving forward, Ramayya hinted that central government, after seeing the report in the media, should investigate the matter.“It is there, the people in Georgetown, they have seen it (the report), let them do something about it. Let them come and find out what are the reasons for this to happen,” he stated.last_img read more

Delaney to sign new Crystal Palace deal

first_img Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has revealed he was unaware defender Damien Delaney had signed a new deal at the club on Wednesday.The Irishman posted a status update on social networking site Instagram confirming he will stay at Selhurst Park and soon pen an extension to his contract after months of speculation, but Warnock admitted he was in the dark over the development.Delaney, 33, posted: “OK…for all the people wondering…I’m staying!”Warnock said: “I’m sure someone at the club will tell me eventually about Damien Delaney’s situation!“It’s good news if he has signed, he’s an important player on and off the field. He’s one of our leaders and it’s good to tie him down. It’s a reward for us as well.”Warnock also confirmed the club are locked in talks with full-back Joel Ward, and confirmed the ball is in the former Portsmouth man’s court over a contract extension.He added: “We’ve been speaking to Joel since I came to the club. We’ve been close a few times and we’re not quite there. I hope we can get that deal done before Christmas.” 1last_img read more

Roy Hodgson not interested in discussing England future after FA chief’s claim

first_imgEngland boss Roy Hodgson insists he is relaxed over his future after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said he could keep his job if the Three Lions reached the quarter finals at Euro 2016.Hodgson’s contract expires at the end of the tournament in France, with England on the brink of reaching the last 16. The Three Lions will top Group B with victory against Slovakia in St Etienne on Monday after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Wales on Thursday. Dyke said Hodgson’s contract is likely to be renewed if England impress in France, but Hodgson remains focused on Slovakia. “It’s been raised many times before, it doesn’t make any difference one way or another,” he said at a press conference.“My contract runs out after this tournament, that’s fact everyone has known about for the last two years. On a regular basis it gets brought up – should I stay, do I want to stay, what should the FA do?“Nothing changes in that respect. For myself and the players there is only one thing on our minds and that’s to win the next game and see how far we can go.“We concentrate on what we can do and what we can do is work very hard in our preparation for the game we are about to play. One day, after our stay here ends, the FA will need to make a decision with what they want to do in regards to the future.” Roy Hodgson leads an England training session 1last_img read more

Predicted Liverpool XI v Crystal Palace – Georginio Wijnaldum to return?

first_img 1. Loris Karius (goalkeeper) – see the full possible Liverpool XI, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 11 11 11 Liverpool could extend their unbeaten run to eight games on Saturday evening, kick off 17:30 BST, as they travel to Crystal Palace.The Reds have won five and drawn two since their defeat to Burnley in August, sitting third in the Premier League only on goal difference.Plenty have quietly been discussing Liverpool’s title credentials amid their excellent form, but Jurgen Klopp won’t allow his troops to get carried away.Saturday’s opponents have been poor in recent games, having failed to win three points since the end of September.So who will get the nod from Klopp against the Eagles?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool XI by viewing the slideshow above. 10. Philippe Coutinho (left attack) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) 32. Joel Matip (centre back) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 19. Sadio Mane (right attack) 11 7. James Milner (left back) 11 11. Roberto Firmino (centre forward) 11 20. Adam Lallana (midfield) 11 14. Jordan Henderson (midfield) 11 5. Georginio Wijnaldum (midfield) 11 11last_img read more

Perchlorate limits don’t go far enough?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The federal limit for what is considered a safe level of exposure to perchlorate is 24.5 parts per billion (ppb). But local agencies have been following the state public health goal of 6 ppb in treating their water.One part per billion is equivalent to about a half-teaspoon of the chemical in an Olympic-size swimming pool.The state s 6 ppb goal is not mandatory and officials are still navigating the regulatory process required to make the limit legally binding, said Patti Roberts, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health Services. The process for establishing a state-mandated \[maximum contaminant level\] for perchlorate is a lengthy one, said Roberts, adding the department hopes to have a perchlorate limit codified into law sometime next year. The state s Office of Environmental Health Hazards Assessment first suggested the 6ppb limit in 2004.But even that figure may not be enough to protect hundreds of thousands of Californians, according to an analysis of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit public watchdog agency in Washington, D.C. It has been two years since the state set a goal to limit the amount of perchlorate in Californians drinking water, but officials have yet to establish a mandatory threshold for the potentially dangerous chemical.And some environmental groups and scientists claim that the limit being considered does not go far enough to protect the state s most vulnerable residents.Perchlorate is naturally occurring but is also used as an additive in rocket fuel. Over the years, the substance has leaked into the groundwater of countless American communities, and is now so prevalent in drinking water that a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found at least trace amounts of the chemical in every person it tested.In the Southland, some of the biggest culprits of perchlorate contamination are the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is engaged in a multimillion-dollar cleanup of water wells in Altadena and Pasadena, and the former aerospace plants that dotted the San Gabriel Valley during the Cold War. The group s analysis of the CDC report, released last month, suggests that even a 6 ppb threshold could negatively affect pregnant women with abnormally low iodine levels. That translates to about 36 percent of American women, said Dr. Anila Jacobs, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cagliari escape punishment for fans’ racial abuse of Juventus striker

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The celebration appeared to be in reaction to the chants and he was then subjected to further abuse.His team-mate Blaise Matuidi threatened to walk off during the match as he was also on the receiving end of abuse.Serie A released a statement on Tuesday saying it had decided not to sanction Cagliari over the incident.“The chants, even if they were reprehensible, objectively had a limited relevance to the game, even considering the perception,” the statement read. “The decision is not to apply sanctions to Cagliari.” tense Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE no dice huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY center_img Moise Kean scored in the match where he suffered abuse from the Cagliari fans REVEALED gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Getty Cagliari will face no punishment for the racial abuse their fans hurled at Juventus striker Moise Kean.The teenager was subject to racist taunts from the crowd during the game when Juve travelled to the Sardinian club for the Serie A clash in April.He held his arms out after scoring Juve’s second as they won the match 2-0. The decision has been met with condemnation from the footballing community.Kick It Out tweeted a strong response to the Serie A statement. Embarrassing. Pathetic. Disgraceful.Racism will never be kicked out of football while decisions like this continue to take place – @FIGC should hang their heads in shame. https://t.co/OIHO7naML5— Kick It Out (@kickitout) May 14, 2019It said: “Embarrassing. Pathetic. Disgraceful. Racism will never be kicked out of football while decisions like this continue to take place – @FIGC should hang their heads in shame.”last_img read more

Lennon: ‘The big man might have been looking down on us’

first_img“I’m pleased with the win, pleased with the second half and it’s a great three points.“Kilmarnock created opportunities with us being sloppy. We were ill-disciplined defensively, not just the back four, but the midfield as well.“We were a little bit loose. We wanted that tidied up in the second half.“It was lot better and we showed more attacking intent.”Simunovic said he was “very proud” to play his part after he had joined his teammates and McNeill’s family at the statue ceremony before the game.He said: “It was very special, very emotional.“I couldn’t imagine the scenes when we came here before the game, so many people outside, his family as well.“An amazing feeling, an amazing guy for Celtic. A big, big guy for the club, for the history of Celtic. I’m just proud, very proud.”Clash: Killie boss Steve Clarke thought his side deserved more. SNSKillie boss Steve Clarke “definitely” thought his side deserved more from the game and thought the Ayrshire side should have been awarded a penalty early in the game when Celtic midfielder Brown tangled with Stephen O’Donnell inside the box.Clarke, already up on a Scottish Football Association charge for his criticism of referee Steven McLean following the defeat against Aberdeen last week, said: “It was a terrific effort, good application. We had the best chance of the first half, we had good opportunities, a penalty.“As he goes to play the ball he gets pushed in the back. Soft but a penalty but there you go.“I don’t think I should speak anything else about referees.“I am just pointing out the fact that it doesn’t matter if it is a soft push or a push, it is a push as he goes to play the ball in the box and normally it is a penalty.” “That was a perfect way to win the game I suppose under the circumstances, with everything that’s happened this week and today.“The big man might have been looking down on us when we needed a goal.“Jozo has been outstanding for me since I’ve come in.“I want my centre-halves to attack the ball more and he’s doing that on a regular basis. Neil Lennon felt Jozo Simunovic’s header against Kilmarnock was the “perfect way” to win a game as Celtic Park honoured Billy McNeill.An emotional day, following the death of the man who captained the side that won the European Cup in 1967 and later went on to manage the club, did not quite go to plan for over an hour.However, Simunovic, wearing the number five so closely associated with McNeill, headed in a Callum McGregor cross for his first goal of the season after 67 minutes to give the hosts a 1-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win and take them to within a point of their eighth successive title.Lennon: The Celtic boss said the goal was a perfect way to win the game. SNSInterim boss Lennon, who along with skipper Scott Brown had laid a wreath at McNeill’s statue outside the stadium before the game, said: “It’s amazing when you think about it.last_img read more

€2.7M funding to build 21 council homes in Stranorlar

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has welcomed the announcement that the government is investing €2.7 million for local authority housing in Stranorlar. Eighteen 3-bedroom houses, and three 4-bedroom houses are to be built at Gleann na Greine at Mullindrait, which McHugh calls a “turnkey development”.Minister McHugh said; “I was absolutely delighted to confirm the news to my council colleague Martin Harley today as he has been working on this issue with me.” The €2,795,310 provisional budget is being approved under the Government’s Local Authority Housing Construction Programme.Stranorlar Fine Gael councillor Martin Harley said that “formal notice to Donegal County Council will be made this week.”Councillor Harley added that “I am delighted with this news as it will provide much-needed local authority housing in the area.”€2.7M funding to build 21 council homes in Stranorlar was last modified: February 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:councilcouncil housesjoe mc hughMartin HarleyStranorlarlast_img read more

Disney World Date Night Ideas

first_imgShare This!When most people think of romantic vacation getaways, Walt Disney World probably isn’t very high on the list. But for those who know it well, the family vacation destination has some incredible and unique opportunities for a date night. So, whether you’re visiting Disney World for an adult only trip or ditching the kiddos for some fun on your own for a night, we’ve got some ideas for a date night at Disney World that you won’t soon forget.For the budget-conscious couple:Fireworks picnicTreat yourselves to a beautiful view while skipping the crowds and cost of admission. Pack a picnic dinner and head over to either the Boardwalk area for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the Transportation and Ticket Center for Happily Ever After, or the resort walkway to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.Fireworks from outside of Hollywood Studios SurfingTake a surfing lesson at Typhoon Lagoon. After all, learning new things together can be fun, and nothing says romance like belly flopping off your surf board into a wave pool, right? Once you’ve built up an appetite, head on over to Olivia’s Cafe at the nearby Old Key West resort for a hearty breakfast. Surf Lessons last 3-4 hours and start at $165/person, and Olivia’s Café breakfast entrees range from $12-$16 for a grand total just shy of $400. Boardwalk Resort AreaWith hotspots like Jellyrolls (a dueling piano bar), Atlantic Dance Hall (a retro style nightclub), and AbracadaBar (a magic themed bar) all within easy walking distance of each other, you’ll have plenty of options for drinks and entertainment. Jellyrolls is the only one with a cover charge ($12), but drinks will run the usual $5-$15. For the foodies:Victoria and Albert’sNow that the budget friendly options are out of the way, I think it’s time to kick it up a notch. Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort is the go-to suggestion for a date night at Disney World. It’s elegant, lavish, and a AAA five-diamond award winner since 2000, but it doesn’t come cheap. Pricing starts at $185 per person for the 7-course option without the wine paring and reaches $355 per person for the chef’s table with wine pairing. Fireworks CruiseEnjoy IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth or Happily Ever After fireworks from the comfort of your own chartered pontoon boat as others look on with jealousy. No battling the crowds to hold your spot for an hour before the show starts and no navigating through those same crowds to leave after the show ends. Starting at $299 per hour, this one is definitely on my bucket list. For the active couple:BowlingChallenge each other to a game at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Disney Springs. Bowling rentals start at $12 per person for early bird pricing and goes up to $32 per person for priority bowling during busy times. For grabbing drinks:Shrunken Zombie Head – perfect for date nightTrader Sam’s Grog GrottoLocated in the Polynesian Resort, Trader Sam’s is an impressively themed tiki bar and a favorite of Disney regulars. It’s on the small side, so the wait to get in can be long. The souvenir cups and special effects make it worth the wait though, and prices for most drinks including a souvenir cup will be in the $10-$25 range. Monorail CrawlMix it up a bit and take advantage of the free and direct transportation between The Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian resorts. Each resort has at least one bar or lounge you can visit, and you’ll get a feel for three of Disney’s prime resorts. I highly recommend a Lapu Lapu ($14) from Tambu Lounge in the Polynesian. It’s served in a pineapple! And if you time it right, you can probably catch fireworks from any of the three resorts or even from the monorail itself. Mini-golf (loser buys ice cream!)Disney World has two locations for mini-golf: Fantasia Gardens near the Swan and Dolphin resorts or Winter Summerland near Blizzard Beach. Personally, I prefer Fantasia Gardens because it’s a short walk to either Beaches and Cream or Ample Hills Creamery for a well-deserved treat. Mini-golf costs $14 per person and you’re probably looking at $10 or less per ice cream order for a total in the range of $40-$50. For those who want to be pampered:MassagesAfter walking all over Walt Disney World, who wouldn’t be ready for a massage? Some Disney resorts offer spa services, and most have a massage for two package. The Grand Floridian offers 50 minutes of pure relaxation for $275 or 80 minutes for $390. Yehaa BobYehaa Bob manages to combine live piano, singing, dancing, and comedy into this one of a kind show. On select nights, you can laugh along with the crowd at the River Roost Lounge at Port Orleans Riverside, and there’s no cover charge. Dinner and a showIn addition to shopping, Disney Springs has an excess of dining options to choose from. And with multiple open-air theaters for performances, an AMC movie theater, and a Cirque du Soleil theater, you have plenty of entertainment options available as well. Splitting a pizza from Wolfgang Puck Express can cost as little as $15 and tickets to the Cirque du Soleil show La Nouba (soon to be replaced) start at $59. Do any of these sound like something you’d enjoy for your night on the town at Walt Disney World? Did we miss any of your favorites? Tell us what you think in the comments below! Shopping SpreeDisney Springs offers plenty of opportunities to splurge. Since the transition from Downtown Disney, the area has grown to include plenty of higher end shops that would love to help lighten your wallet. PANDORA charms, typically $45+ each, and designer purses, usually $70+, are perpetual favorites. Rentals or excursionsRent canoes, kayaks, boats, bikes, or even try an excursion like parasailing provided by Sammy Duvall’s Watersports. Prices range from $18 for a bike rental to close to $200 for tandem parasailing. Fort Wilderness and Port Orleans Riverside also offer carriage rides starting at $45. Animal Kingdom LodgeWhether you opt for a free culinary tour, offered every afternoon, or to check out the spectacular safari views, you won’t be disappointed with a visit to Animal Kingdom Lodge. Plus, if you stay past dusk, you can relax by one of the resort fire pits or use the free resort provided night vision goggles to watch the animals after dark.Animal Kingdom Lodge offers beautiful views California GrillOne of my personal favorites, California Grill, comes in at a more reasonable price point than Victoria and Albert’s and offers stunning views of Walt Disney World from its perch atop the Contemporary Resort. You can see the firework shows at both Epcot and Hollywood Studios in the distance, but the real draw here is the view of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks. As for the food, flatbreads ($16) can be an inexpensive alternative to a full meal, but the sushi and regular entrees (priced right around $50 each) are all delicious as well.View from California Grilllast_img read more

Marshfield gymnastics drops close match to Ashland

first_imgMegan Smith third in all-around for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Shelby Rust won all four events for Ashland as it defeated Marshfield 131.75-125.7 in a Great Northern Conference gymnastics dual meet on Thursday at Marshfield High School.Rust won the all-around with a score of 36.275 to lead the Oredockers.Marshfield’s top finish came from freshman Brooke McGrath, who was second in the vault (8.75).Macey Smith returned from injury and finished third in the balance beam (7.9) for the Tigers. Also taking third for Marshfield were Emma Haugen in the vault (8.7), McGrath in the floor exercise (8.25), and Megan Smith in the bars (7.6) and all-around (31.15).Marshfield won the JV meet 109-105.95. Melanie Hafenbredl won the floor exercise for the Tigers with a score of 7.85.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Ashland 131.75, Marshfield 125.7Winners and Marshfield finishersVault: 1. Shelby Rust (A) 9.35; 2. Brooke McGrath (MAR) 8.75; 3. Emma Haugen (MAR) 8.7; 4. Isabelle Jensen (MAR) 8.425; 6. Megan Smith (MAR) 8.3; 9. Ciera Neufeld (MAR) 7.925.Uneven parallel bars: 1. Rust (A) 8.55; 3. Me. Smith (MAR) 7.6; 4. Haugen (MAR) 7.5; 6. Jensen (MAR) 7.175; 8. Macey Smith (MAR) 6.925; 10. Traci Fuehrer (MAR) 6.05.Balance beam: 1. Rust (A) 9.075; 3. Ma. Smith (MAR) 7.9; 4. Neufeld (MAR) 7.575; 6. Jensen (MAR) 7.425; 8. Me. Smith (MAR) 7.1; 9. Haugen (MAR) 6.6.Floor exercise: 1. Rust (A) 9.3; 3. McGrath (MAR) 8.25; 4. Me. Smith (MAR) 8.15; 5. Haugen (MAR) 8.05; 6. Jensen (MAR) 7.875; 9. Neufeld (MAR) 7.175.All-around: 1. Rust (A) 36.275; 3. Me. Smith (MAR) 31.15; 5. Jensen (MAR) 30.9; 6. Haugen (MAR) 30.85.—JVMarshfield 109, Ashland 105.95Winners and Marshfield finishersFloor exercise: 1. Melanie Hafenbredl (MAR) 7.85; 3. Makenna Gramza (MAR) 7.0; 6. Maddie Adams (MAR) 6.6; 7. Bailey Schmitt (MAR) 6.55; 9. Merrissa Immerfall (MAR) 5.9.Vault: 1. Isabelle Seeger (A) 8.35; 2. Schmitt (MAR) 8.25; 3. Immerfall (MAR) 8.2; 4. Ally Bakke (MAR) and Adams (MAR) 8.0; 6. Traci Fehrer (MAR) 7.9.Uneven parallel bars: 1. Seeger (A) 6.8; 2. Schmitt (MAR) 6.25; 3. Bakke (MAR) 6.2; 4. Hafenbredl (MAR) 6.15; 6. Adams (MAR) 5.3; 8. Immerfall (MAR) 4.8.Balance beam: 1. Bailey Nuutinen (A) 7.25; 4. Bakke (MAR) 6.75; 5. Immerfall (MAR) 6.5; 7. Gramza (MAR) 5.85.All-around: 1. Sydney Obey (A) 27.2; 2. Schmitt (MAR) 26.6; 4. Immerfall (MAR) 25.4.last_img read more