first_imgSpeaker Shap Smith today announced the appointment of Representative Michael Fisher as the chair of the House Committee on Health Care.  Fisher, the current vice chair of the committee, replaces former Representative Mark Larson who resigned from the legislature in August to become the Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. Representative Sarah Copeland-Hanzas will become the committee’s vice chair. ‘Mike has been a leader in the House for over a decade.  His expertise in the field of health and human services is vast, and his enthusiasm to tackle the barriers to the access of quality affordable health care for Vermonters is unparalleled,’ said Speaker Smith.  ‘The legislature made great strides last year and Mike’s leadership was crucial to those efforts.  His leadership will be needed as we continue to move forward with health care reform.’ Rep. Fisher has been a member of the legislature since 2001, representing the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. He served as the vice chair of the House Committee on Human Services from 2007-2010 and as vice chair of the House Committee on Health Care during the 2011 session.  Rep. Fisher works as a social worker in Addison County, having earned a masters degree in social work from the University of Vermont. ‘I am excited to continue to advance our state’s health care reform efforts,’ said Rep. Fisher.  ‘Reducing health care costs and improving access to quality care is vital to the health and economic wellbeing of the state, and I am confident in the ability of the committee to dig into that work.’ Rep. Copeland-Hanzas has represented the towns of Bradford, Fairlee, and West Fairlee since 2005.  She has been a member of the House Committee on Health Care for the past five years, and has served as Deputy Assistant Majority Leader since 2009.  Rep. Copeland-Hanzas is a small business owner, operating The Local Buzz Cafe in Bradford. ‘The House Health Care Committee has led the way in health care reform over the past two years,’ said Speaker Smith. ‘I am confident that Mike and Sarah will be a strong leadership team and look forward to seeing the progress of the committee.’last_img read more

first_img…after woman refuses to give evidenceSix months after Derrick Solomon, a taxi driver, was charged with attempting to kill his common-law wife, he walked out of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts a free man on Tuesday after she refused to testify against him.Derrick SolomonThe 60-year-old man of Lot 10 Block F North Sophia, Georgetown, was charged for the attempted murder of Carol London on March 2, 2019, at their North Sophia, Georgetown residence, where the couple shared a common-law relationship for over 10 years.When the matter was called before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus, London informed the court that she did not wish to proceed with the matter and would not offer evidence. As such, the case was discharged. The taxi driver was represented by Attorney-at-Law Dexter Todd. Previously, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan had instructed that Solomon undergo a psychiatric evaluation, after his attorney had mentioned that Solomon had suffered from a memory lapse and was on medication, and for a period of time, he stopped taking his medicine.The results of the psychiatric evaluation later revealed that Solomon’s violent behaviour stems from a delusional disorder.The prosecution was contending that on March 2, Solomon and London had an argument and he left their home. When he returned sometime later, he armed himself with a knife and dealt the woman several stabs about her body.The injured woman was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where she was admitted as a patient.The victim had received injuries to her hands and face. A report was made to the police and Solomon was arrested and charged.Only on Monday another woman, who was injured at the hand of her reputed husband, also refused to offer evidence against him. Swaswattie Etwaru, 33, who was severely beaten by her 24-year-old husband last week, which resulted in her being hospitalised, told this publication that she has refused to press charges against her husband.Just recently, Acting (ag) Police Commissioner, Nigel Hoppie noted that statistics revealed that there were 2080 reports of domestic violence made in 2017 to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and as a result of those reports, there were 1171 cases made by law enforcement authorities.For the year 2018, there were 1491 reports, which led to 837 cases made by the police.“We are all aware that domestic violence continues to be a serious social threat and it is everybody’s business because it does not only affect victims at their homes, it affects individuals at the workplace, and it affects every other family, it can also affect us at schools. Turning a blind eye to these occurrences can further threaten among other things, our culture…we can still hear insistent clammer by family members of victims for legal intervention,” Hoppie stated.last_img read more