first_imgRegion 1 outbreak…Lestospirosis diagnosis falseFiled photo: The sick Guyana Manganese Inc making their way from the plane to an ambulance at the Eugene F Correia International AirportChief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud confirmed on Monday that the Chinese miners died of histoplasmosis, a fungal infection.The infection is a type of lung infection caused by inhaling histoplasma capsulatum fungal spores. These spores are found in soil and in the droppings of bats and birds in humid areas. Dr Persaud made this disclosure during a press conference on Monday at the Public Health Ministry’s Mental Health Unit where he said the disease is not serious if confined to the lungs but can be fatal if spread throughout the body as a result of a weakened immune system.He told the media that on April 10, 2019, the Ministry received results from Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that showed five samples were tested for histoplasmosis, four of which were positive. Also one person tested showing a weak positive hantavirus but this may have been because of past exposure to the germ. The Ministry had previously announced that the miners were infected with leptospirosis; however, further testing at CARPHA laboratory confirmed this diagnosis was false.Further, the Ministry currently has two workers who developed fever and they were admitted to Pakera District Hospital and are under close observation and treatment for hantavirus which is a fungal infection. Samples were also taken from them and are presently being processed for shipment to CARPHA. He said the two miners are being kept in hospital as an extreme precautionary measure but they are recovering well.The CMO recently returned from a visit to Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini) where he along with workers from PAHO, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Health and Safety Department and nine officers from the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), China were part of the visiting team. During the visit, the team met with the hospital staff, reviewed their procedures for infectious disease control and prevention and interviews were conducted with the persons who were working in the mine. Meetings were also carried out and inspections at the Pakera District Hospital and the Guyana Manganese Inc (GMI).They carried out an evaluation of the work site and looked at some of the risk factors relating to the environment. A community meeting was also held with residents. It was discovered that the miners working in the tunnel were not properly geared in protective wear and only one of a total of 25 that were clearing the tunnel was wearing a protective mask.Gweneth King from the Social Protection Ministry’s Occupational Health and Safety Department, said the GMI was questioned about its failure to adhere to the safety regulations, and they responded by saying that their gear was in the country but awaiting clearance by Customs; however, this has not yet been confirmed. She added that they are still in the process of compiling a report on the matter after which a full disclosure will be made on whether the company will be sanctioned.Questions were raised about the legality of the operations by GMI however, Senior Environmental Officer at the EPA Camille Adams said while they were not aware that that specific mine was open, the GMI had permission to begin clearing the tunnel in preparation for mining. However, they hadn’t permission to commence mining and there is no evidence that any mining was done.One of the major challenges the department faces is getting to these areas which are remote. However, all efforts are being made to garner the necessary resources in getting into these mines.Meanwhile, the CMO added that all the miners that were hospitalised at GPHC were flown to China on April 8, 2019, and the bodies of the two deceased have been release to the Chinese Embassy for final resting arrangements to be made.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaudlast_img read more

first_img$200M lawsuitOpposition Member of Parliament Juan Edghill has said that the multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed against him by Finance Minister Winston Jordan is a move to intimidate him but he will not be silenced and will continue to speak out against the wrongdoings of the coalition Government.Finance Minister Winston JordanMinister Jordan is claiming damages in the sum of $200 million for “malicious prosecution” over the private criminal charge of misconduct in public office that was filed by Edghill back in April regarding the construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project.The Finance Minister and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson were jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for authorising the payment of $906 million to Homestretch Development Inc, while Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, who was a Director of the company, was charged with alleged misconduct and the abuse of public trust for receiving the money as Director of the company while serving as a Minister in Government.However, those charges were subsequently discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack. But despite this, Jordan moved to the court, saying in his application that the private criminal charge was intended to embarrass, humiliate, and cause him to suffer public odium and contempt.“I have suffered significant harm to my reputation and integrity as a direct result of the institution of the criminal proceeding by the respondent against me,” Jordan said in the court document.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Edghill said he is yet to receive the court documents from the legal action filed, but noted that he will be vindicated in court during the proceedings.“This lawsuit is intended to intimate me and I would say they have failed miserably in seeking to intimate me. I will continue to confront wrongdoings, injustices, corruption, cronyism, and all forms of Government’s manipulation of processes that benefit individuals… I will be vindicated when I have my day in court because that lawsuit that was filed is an abuse of the process of the court.”He noted that he also feels that the lawsuit is “all about damage control, that’s what the Minister is trying to do right now – use the courts to do some damage control because… he knows that he is being held accountable and by his own admission, when he travels internationally, people are inquiring from him what’s really going on in Guyana and how the State is being managed in such a way. Well I’m not going to be intimidated, I will not be silent and I will continue to represent the people of Guyana as I did when I filed these criminal charges against members of the Government,” Edghill asserted.According to the Opposition MP, it appears as though the Finance Minister is not benefiting from the best legal advice, since he filed a malicious prosecution lawsuit when the private criminal charges of ‘Misconduct in Public Office’ was never prosecuted in the first place.“There must be a prosecution – this case was not prosecuted, it was null pros by the DPP. Secondly, if there was a prosecution the case would have had to be determined in [Jordan’s] favour. There was no determination of this matter because it was discontinued by the DPP, there is no finding of facts that the Minister is not guilty of the allegations that are conveyed in the charge because the matter was not prosecuted and it was not defended in court,” he told this newspaper.Edghill went on to point out too that one of the grounds that Minister Jordan cited in his application was that he was merely carrying out the decision of the National Assembly, which had approved the $906 million for the D’Urban Park project. To this end, Edghill, who is a former Junior Finance Minister under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/Civic) regime, called out Jordan for the Administration’s double standards.“The Minister is part of a Government that has taken former Finance Minister Ashni Singh and former NICIL’s CEO Winston Brassington to court for their conduct in public office when all they were doing was carrying out decisions of the Cabinet, decisions of a Board of NICIL. It looks like the Minister would like to have it both ways,” Edghill said.Nevertheless, the Opposition parliamentarian posited that he is awaiting the commencement of proceedings into this $200 million lawsuit since he will be able to defend his private criminal charges, which were dismissed.“While the charges may have been discontinued in the lower court, the fact that [Jordan] has now taken this matter to the higher court, the matter will be discussed there and the nation will be able to see if he really misconducted himself or not; so thanks to the Minister for engaging [me] so that these matter could be further ventilated in the High Court,” the PPP MP stated.Edghill’s private criminal charges where the second set of charges filed by the Opposition that the DPP had thrown out. She also discontinued previous charges against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and George Norton over the sole sourcing of over $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to be utilised as a drug bond at a cost of $12 million monthly respectively.The Opposition has since appealed the DDP’s discontinuation of the private criminal charges and the matter is currently being heard in the High Court. (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Emile Heskey believes the club still lack a ‘big star’ despite their transfer business this summer.Brendan Rodgers went on a spending spree worth around £115million as he looks to build on last season’s second place finish in the Premier League.But while the club landed Mario Balotelli from AC Milan in a shock £16million deal, he still feels another star player is needed after the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.Heskey said: “Brendan Rodgers has put together a better squad this season. They’re obviously missing one big star, but as a squad I think it’s better this season.”last_img

first_imgCoach-loads of Celtic fans from Donegal are currently en-route back to Donegal after another thrilling night of European action at Celtic Park.Hundreds of supporters from Donegal departed early yesterday morning for the Europa League last 32 clash between Celtic and Inter Milan.Some will now be nursing headaches after a sensational six-goal encounter that rekindled memories of old. The fixture between these two sides represents Celtic’s greatest day when in 1967 the Lisbon Lions defeated the Italian giants to become the first British side to win the European Cup.Celtic Park was provoked with nostalgia prior to kick-off when surviving members of that Lisbon Lions side were paraded around the pitch before kick-off.Inter raced into an early two-goal lead, but Celtic stormed back and had the stadium rocking.Inter regained the lead just before half-time, but John Guidetti scored in the 94th minute to send Celtic fans into delirium. Both clubs have suffered a fall from grace recently and don’t always compete in the group stages of the Champions League.However, Celtic’s performance has brought renewed hope and optimism back to their supporters that they can enjoy more nights like this in the future.Life-long Celtic fan Jamie Sweeney from Dungloe posted the following on his Facebook timeline, “And people wonder why I love this football club. What a nite in Paradise!!“Deserved so much more than a draw, but we will go to the San Siro next week and put them out on their home turf!!“God bless Ronny our leader and god bless the Celtic family!! When I see the Celtic!!! Jim McGuinness took his place in the dug-out alongside the rest of the management staff and he will head off to the San Siro with the rest of the squad for the return leg next week.COACH-LOADS RETURN TO DONEGAL AFTER YET ANOTHER FAMOUS EUROPEAN NIGHT AT CELTIC PARK was last modified: February 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:celtic fcceltic parkdonegalfansInter MilannewsSportlast_img read more

first_img Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele is wanted by Liverpool Jurgen Klopp wants Ousmane Dembele but can only sign him if Mohamed Salah leaves Liverpool this summer, report Mundo Deportivo.The German manager is extremely keen on the 21-year-old Barcelona ace, previously of Borussia Dortmund, as he looks to add another versatile element to his forward line.However, despite Klopp’s desire to land Dembele, who can play on either flank or behind a striker, it’s unlikely a transfer will happen unless the club sell super Salah.The Egyptian is wanted by Real Madrid, so it’s not out of the question a chain reaction could see Dembele turn up at Anfield.Klopp is so keen on the French starlet he’s also open to a loan move, and is prepared to talk to his mother about his plans for the player should he move to Merseyside.Liverpool’s probable move to sign a goalkeeper also complicates the matter with most of their current options likely to cost a huge sum. 1last_img read more

first_imgThe Detroit Red Wings’ philosophy is simple: If games are going to be dominated by special teams, then you better be effective on the power play and killing penalties. That was the case Friday night as Pavel Datsyuk, Robert Lang and Mikael Samuelsson scored power-play goals and Detroit beat the visiting Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-2. “You look around the league and that’s all anyone does, power play and penalty kill,” said Jason Woolley, who had two assists. Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle wasn’t happy with all of the penalties his team received. “I don’t understand how they called that many power plays against us,” he said. “I don’t understand how we’re that bad. I guess the Detroit Red Wings get those calls in their building.” Detroit had eight power-play opportunities and the Mighty Ducks four. Samuelsson’s sixth goal of the season made it 3-1, 4:55 into the third period. Getzlaf scored on a power play with 12:02 left in the third period. “They stuck around,” Woolley said. “They’re annoying as heck.” Senators 4, Lightning 1: The Ottawa Senators made a statement at the expense of the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning at Tampa Bay. Avalanche 7, Oilers 1: Milan Hejduk had two goals and an assist in his first game of the season to lead visiting Colorado, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Blue Jackets 4, Sharks 1: Jason Chimera scored twice and Adam Foote added his first goal with Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets over the visiting San Jose Sharks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was the first game against his former team for Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. He coached the Mighty Ducks in 2002-03 and 2003-04. Anaheim swept Detroit in the first round of the 2003 playoffs and went on to the Stanley Cup finals, losing to the New Jersey Devils in seven games. “It wasn’t the same as usual,” Babcock said. “But once the game starts and you’re playing, you just want to win the game.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Manny Legace made 23 saves for Detroit, which improved to 7-1. Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf, with his first NHL goal, scored for the Ducks. Datsyuk opened the scoring 4:37 into the game when he converted from the left circle. Lang made it 2-0 with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that beat Ilya Bryzgalov, who was screened by Brendan Shanahan, at 9:56. “I think we started out great, like gangbusters,” Babcock said. “Had them behind the 8-ball. But we couldn’t get rid of them.” The Ducks made it 2-1 with 2:41 remaining in the period when Selanne connected on a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle. last_img read more

first_img Winners of various regional competitions and several wild card teams will compete at the California Academic Decathlon March 17-19 in Los Angeles. The winner of the state competition will compete at the U.S. Academic Decathlon April 26-29 in San Antonio. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hundreds of high school students from across Southern California squared off Saturday for the Academic Decathlon scrimmage tests, the first step on a path that could lead to a national championship. Students from Los Angeles Unified School District, Ventura County, Los Angeles County and area private schools took the seven multiple-choice tests in everything from art to economics in preparation for regional competitions in January and February. “It gives me more of a sense of what it’s going to be like in February,” said Taft High School student Monica Schettler, 17, of Tarzana, a first-time decathlete who took the tests at Canoga Park High School. Although the scrimmages do not officially count in the competition, many coaches use the results to select the final nine members of their competition team. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Cliff Ker, LAUSD Academic Decathlon coordinator, said he expects to have 60 teams in regional competition, including Northridge Academy High School, which opened last year on the campus of California State University, Northridge, and doesn’t yet have a senior class. Connie Semf, Northridge Academy’s principal, said the school is still developing extracurricular activities for its students, but made an Academic Decathlon team a priority. “I’ve worked with Academic Decathlon for the last 15 years, and it builds character and teaches the kids so many qualities of teamwork and confidence and how to work under pressure to succeed,” Semf said. The rigorous 10-subject decathlon continues to gain in popularity in Southern California, in part because the region has dominated the national competition. California has won 12 of 24 national competitions, more than any other state. Eight of those victories have gone to LAUSD schools, including last year’s national champion, four-time winner El Camino Real High School of Woodland Hills. last_img read more

first_imgSophomore Arjun Reddy, who played as an individual, finished the 54-hole event with a score of 229 (78-73-78). Story Links Drake recorded its lowest round of the tournament on Tuesday with a score of 297 for a total score of 902 (303-302-297). MADISON, Wis. – The Drake University men’s golf team finished strong at the Badger Invitational on Tuesday as three Bulldogs carded a 74 on the final day to place in 12th. Junior Drew Ison, sophomore Tommi Avant and freshman Kyle MacDonald each shot a 74. Ison was the team’s top scorer with a total score of 222 (73-75-74), placing tied for 32nd. MacDonald completed his first collegiate tournament with a score of 227 (77-76-74), while follow freshman Chase Wicklund also totaled a score of 227 (76-73-78). Avant finished with a score of 229 (77-78-74). Matt Lavery fired a 75 on the final day for a total score of 236 (79-82-75). The Bulldogs return to the links on Monday, September 19 when they travel to the DePaul Invitational. Print Friendly Version Final Round Results last_img read more

first_imgMidfield supremo Neil Gallagher says Donegal need to be “brilliant” to beat Dublin in today’s All-Ireland semi-final.Big Neil knows what it’s like to be in a war – but do the Dubs?The All-Ireland champions have coasted past all challengers this year, with their lowest winning margin being 11 points against Laois.The 2012 champions, on the other hand, beat Armagh by just one point in the quarter-finals and were also pushed hard by Derry and Monaghan in the Ulster Championship. Gallagher told RTÉ Sport: “We need a brilliant performance if we are going to beat them.“They’ve been going well. They’re racking up big scores. Every game they’ve played they’ve massive scores.“We’ve got on and we’ve got through Ulster, and then had a tight game against Armagh.“We know ourselves what we’ve worked on to prepare for Dublin and it’s just a matter of doing that and hopefully it will be good enough.” ‘WE NEED TO BE BRILLIANT TODAY TO BEAT THE DUBS’ – BIG NEIL was last modified: August 31st, 2014 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:Croke ParkdonegaldublinNeil Gallagherlast_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Google and the San Francisco 49ers announced Monday they are contributing $2.35 million to the Santa Clara Youth Justice Initiative, an organization that helps young people caught in the juvenile justice system countywide.With the grant — $2.1 million from Google and $250,000 from the 49ers — the organization can hire more staff, provide support and mentorship to youth and advocate for policies.The money will spur a “significant expansion” of the Youth Justice Initiative’s work …last_img