Dear Editor,The Pharmacy Council of Guyana made it a law in 2003 that all graduates of the University of Guyana (UG) who have completed the Bachelors of Science degree (Pharmacy) must complete an internship programme of not less than six months before obtaining a licence to practise as a professional Pharmacist.On January 02, 2017, all pharmacists who had graduated in the 2016 Bachelors of Science degree (Pharmacy) programme at the UG should have started their internship. The Pharmacy Council was not prepared, so we were told that we needed to pay a registration fee of 00 before February 27, 2017, and provide certain information and a job application to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, so that the internship programme could commence on March 6, 2017. The Pharmacy Council has not yet issued a formal letter or email to the registered pharmacy interns to inform them of the date, time and place when the internship will start.The Pharmacy Council, which is a body corporate, has not organized an internship programme. Under The Pharmacy Practitioner Act 2003 -Part 11- Establishment and Functions of the Pharmacy, the Council is expected to:Establish, maintain, and develop standards for the practise of pharmacy;Publish, distribute or disseminate, in any manner as the Council thinks fit, literature and information relevant to the pharmacy profession.We are being pushed around by the Council. We ask why it is that since the 2003 Act, absolutely nothing has been put in place. People’s graduate lives, livelihoods and careers have been messed up!We ask for an urgent audience with the Honourable Volda Lawrence, Minister of Public Health, to enable us to arrive at a solution. We are also requesting, in light of the unnecessary delay in us being granted our licence to practice, that we be financially compensated by the Pharmacy Council for the unnecessary loss of earnings and career advancement. We have spent four years of our lives studying hard to be pharmacists because we have a passion for healthcare provision. The Pharmacy Council has, by their unconscionable delay, prevented better provision of healthcare services to those patients in need of health care.Sincerely,Graduate student
Armed with placards, scores of persons, including contractors, on Friday protested in front of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) building in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), alleging that Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson is incompetent, inactive, and shows favouritism in the way contracts are awarded within the region.Chanting, “REO must go! Rupert must go!” the protesters marched along the public road leading to the RDC building. Placards read “Please, Mr President, we cannot bear this anymore. Get rid of REO. From friends to foe, REO is determiningRegion Two contractors protested on Friday in front of the RDC building who eat or who starve”.Heading this protest was local contractor Prince Holder, who alleged that the REO was awarding contracts to his friends alone. One of the protesters, Vincent Collins, said the protest was provoked after contractors realised that allocation of contracts within the region is selective. He said the protest was not political but was aimed at protecting and safeguarding the people of the Essequibo Coast. He said that contractors within the region are being treated unfairly, and proper procurement procedures are not being followed. He noted that in one instance a contract was taken back from a contractor without a validexplanation, and he declared that the region cannot afford this REO; thus he mustProtesters in front the RDC compound on Fridaygo, since he is living at the expense of poor residents.But as this protest was ongoing, a group of REO supporters also staged a counter-protest. These counter-protesters chanted, “REO must stay!” “The contractors are not qualified!” One such protester, Diane Peters, said the REO is “doing a good job”. She said that most of the protesters lack knowledge of what was going on in the region. Other supporters of the REO said that ever since the REO assumed that duty in the region, there has been a transformation, especially withProtesters pleading with President Granger to intervenehis beautification drive.This newspaper was unable to reach the REO for a comment on the protesters’ allegations. (Indrawattie Natram)
Although few of the roughly 150 shareholders at Tuesday’s meeting stepped up to the microphone to question Semel, some used their ballots to express their discontent with the company’s board of directors. Based on a preliminary count, one-third of the voting shareholders opposed the re-election of at least one Yahoo director. It’s rare for corporate directors to be opposed by more than 10percent of the vote in uncontested elections like Yahoo’s. Company officials declined to provide a specific breakdowns on how shareholders voted for each of Yahoo’s 10 directors, including Semel. The individual results will be disclosed when Yahoo files its second-quarter report with the Securities and Exchange Commission, company spokeswoman Helena Maus said. Three major shareholder advisory firms had recommended opposing the re-election of Roy Bostock, Ron Burkle and Arthur Kern, the directors on Yahoo’s compensation committee. The firms concluded the trio should be punished for richly rewarding Semel even as shareholders suffered. In 2006, Semel received a compensation package valued at $71.7 million – more than any other chief executive at the 386 publicly held companies covered in an Associated Press analysis of nation’s top corporate paychecks. Semel’s compensation package wasn’t brought up Tuesday. Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, who also is a company director, provided Semel with a vote of confidence toward the end of the meeting when he reassured Jackson that the company is headed in the right direction despite Wall Street’s doubts. “These are pretty exciting times for Yahoo. I think the internal perception of what we can achieve as a team is different from the external perception. We want to prove it.” After six years as Yahoo’s CEO, Semel’s fate appears to be riding on recent improvements to the company’s system for delivering text-based ads alongside search results and the Web content of its partners. For the past few years, Google has done a better job picking out ads that induce revenue-generating clicks – one of the biggest reasons it now makes more money in a single quarter than Yahoo does in an entire year. But Yahoo’s upgrade, known as Panama, is supposed to close the gap. Semel told shareholders Tuesday that some of Panama’s financial benefits will become evident when Yahoo releases its second-quarter results next month.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yahoo shares fell 30 cents to $27.05 Tuesday while Google shares dropped $6.57 to finish at $504.77. Only one shareholder, Naples, Fla., money manager Eric Jackson, chastised Semel for Yahoo’s inability to keep pace with Google during Tuesday’s two-hour meeting. “I am surprised you did not apologize to Yahoo shareholders for the last three years of performance,” Jackson told Semel after the executive’s prepared remarks. Jackson, who said he was representing about 100 stockholders who collectively own about 2.1 million Yahoo shares, concluded his comments by asking Semel if he still had enough “fire in his belly” to run the Sunnyvale-based company. Semel’s response: “Absolutely.” SANTA CLARA – Coming off Yahoo Inc.’s toughest year since the dot-com bust, Chairman Terry Semel remained upbeat Tuesday as he faced shareholders who have watched their investments shrivel while rival Google Inc. sprinted further ahead in the online advertising race. “Yahoo has staked out a strong competitive position and … we are better positioned than we have ever been before,” Semel said during Yahoo’s annual meeting. The gathering gave shareholders a chance to air their frustration with an 18 percent drop in the company’s stock price since last year’s meeting. The downturn has wiped out about $10 billion in shareholder wealth. Meanwhile, Google shares have surged by 32 percent during the same period, giving it a market value of nearly $160 billion – more than four times greater than Yahoo, which was the larger of the two Internet icons when Google went public in August 2004.
Burnley, Middlesbrough and West Brom are in a three-way Premier League chase for Lyon full-back Henri Bedimo.French newspaper L’Equipe have reported that Albion boss Tony Pulis, along with the two newly-promoted sides, all want to bring the 31-year-old to English football this summer.Bedimo is out of contract at Lyon at the end of this month and can leave the French club on a free, although Monaco and Marseille both want to keep him in Ligue 1 and are said to be in talks.But the Cameroonian is so far keeping his options open and could opt to try his hand in England’s top flight. Henri Bedimo 1
Manchester City have completed the signing of John Stones from Everton for a fee of £47.5million.The 22-year-old has penned a six-year contract with Pep Guardiola’s side and will wear the number 24 shirt at the Etihad Stadium. City had been chasing Stones all summer and finally got their man after lengthy negotiations with their Premier League rivals.The deal makes the young centre-back the second most expensive defender in the world – behind only Paris Saint-Germain’s David Luiz.“Now the deal’s done I’m looking forward to the next stage in my career,” said the England international.“I’ve obviously seen what’s going on here at the Etihad, it’s an ambitious club with a great manager so I can’t wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals.“I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but I’m determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success.”City announced the deal on Tuesday morning, shortly after UEFA had let slip that Stones was included in their Champions League squad registered on Monday night.The former Barnsley youngster, who joined Everton in 2013 for £3m and made 95 appearances for the Merseysiders, is the eighth signing made by Guardiola since his appointment.He follows Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Aleksandar Zinchenko, Aaron Mooy, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno in moving to the club this summer.Guardiola added: “We want to help John show his quality with us and improve on what he has already achieved.“I like the way he plays the game and I’m looking forward to welcoming him into the squad.” 1 John Stones
2008/09: Liverpool were top with 39 points, but ended up four points behind Premier League winners Manchester United. 11 2014/15: Chelsea won the Premier League, after sitting first with 42 points at Christmas. 11 2015/16: Leicester were first at Christmas with 38 points, and went on to win the Premier League. 2010/11: Manchester United led the league at Christmas with 34 points, and went on to win the Premier League. 11 11 11 2013/14: Liverpool led the league with 36 points at Christmas, but ended up finishing second to Manchester City. 11 11 11 2011/12: Manchester City had won 44 points by Christmas, and went on to win the Premier League. Chelsea head into 2017 top of the league, following an incredible run of 10 consecutive back-to-back Premier League wins.The Blues have not dropped any points since September’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal, scoring 22 goals and conceding just twice following Antonio Conte’s switch to his 3-4-3 formation.Midweek results ensured Chelsea will lead the Premier League at Christmas, as they sit six points clear of Arsenal and Liverpool with only three left to play for before 25 December.But, does history suggest being top of the league at Christmas is a good or bad thing? talkSPORT have taken a look at the past 10 seasons, and reveal whether the team sitting first when Father Christmas visits are still there at the end of the season.Click the right arrow, above, to see the results… 11 2009/10: Chelsea were top at Christmas with 41 points, and went on to win the Premier League. 11 2007/08: Arsenal led the league at Christmas with 43 points, but ended in third place behind winners Manchester United and runners-up Chelsea. 2012/13: Manchester United were first at Christmas with 43 points, and went on to win the Premier League. Chelsea will be first at Christmas, with 40 points to their name. Scroll through the gallery to see whether other teams who have led at Christmas in the previous 10 seasons ended up winning the Premier League. 11 2006/07: Manchester United won the Premier League, after sitting first with 47 points at Christmas.
Asked about Chelsea’s interest, he said: “If it is the case then of course we don’t want to sell him. His contract is up at the end of the season but there is an option for the club.“But it is not something we would consider really. He is someone I want to lock down for during my time here. He is a good guy who is enjoying life.“I am not surprised. It is a demonstration of where this team is at, the qualities they have shown. It is a big testament to him and the team.” Rodgers added: “There is a lot of speculation around many of our players so it is a great credit that they are performing so well and at a level where the great clubs are interested . Brendan Rodgers has told Chelsea he has no intention of letting Craig Gordon leave Celtic, insisting he wants to extend the goalkeeper’s contract.The London giants are on the hunt for a new shot stopper with Asmir Begovic linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the January window.Chelsea have made an approach for Scotland international Gordon but Celtic have made it clear that the 34-year-old is not for sale..After initially losing his place to summer signing Dorus de Vries, Gordon has reclaimed the number one spot and made 34 appearances in total this term. “Craig is very much a part of what I am doing here. He is 34 years old and can go on for a number of years yet and can be a real pillar of this team.”
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha believes Aberdeen have to “renew” if they are to continue the success of recent years.The Ibrox side play host to Derek McInnes’ side on Wednesday looking for a repeat of their victory when the sides met at Pittodrie last month. Wins in their last two games will not be enough for Rangers to leapfrog Aberdeen into second place given the Dons’ superior goal difference but Caixinha wants to narrow the gap as much as possible.He believes his side are on the up and that Aberdeen will need to make changes to continue the form of recent years, when they have established themselves as the second best team in Scotland in the eyes of most observers. Asked if a win at Ibrox may change those opinions, Caixinha said he did not care about public perception in that sense but he was confident his side were in the ascendancy.“I don’t care about it and I don’t care if people change their perception regarding us,” he said. “What I know is that football is about cycles. I know that Derek has been doing a great job, a fantastic job, but I know that moments and cycles work like that.“I do believe that they’ve had a fantastic cycle in the last three or four years and they need to renew it. That’s what I understand looking at it from outside.” He added: “We are starting our cycle so we are going to be up and up and up. “That’s the way the teams behave and organise themselves and it’s our job to know when one cycle is about to come down and we do the planning in order to prevent that.“That’s what I read from outside with Aberdeen.”The manager also answered questions on a private post-match chat with Hearts midfielder Alexandros Tziolis after Rangers defeated the Edinburgh side 2-1 on Saturday. Tzolios was invited to Caixinha’s office, sparking speculation that he may be a transfer target for this summer.“He’s a good friend of mine” he said. “We worked together ten years ago at Panathinaikos but if you are referring to what came out in the news I just need to say to you it is pure rubbish. “If I don’t comment on news from the papers then I’ll comment even less on rubbish.”He added: “Alexandros is a fantastic guy. After Panathinaikos he went to Werder Bremen and did great. He’s had a great career. But that’s all I can tell you after that. “He’s a good friend of mine because I had this chance to create good bonds with the players as I was an assistant coach when I was with Panathinaikos. “When the players give everything to you, you have very good relations. Even after ten years I go there and salute him and ask him to come in and have a glass of good Portuguese wine. But he’s Hearts’ player, not ours.”
An inquest into the tragic deaths of two men working on a boat in Killybegs has found that they died as a result of asphyxiation due to inhalation of hydrogen sulphide.James Joyce, aged 27 of Inis Mór, Co Galway and Joel Alama, aged 46, from the Philippines died in August, 2015.Both were working on trawler Oileán an Óir which is owned by James’ uncle Stephen Joyce. The inquest, before Dr Denis McCauley at Donegal Town Courthouse, heard the boat was to be overhauled and painted and they were getting it ready to go back to Galway.At 1pm on 24th Aug 2015 James told his brother Peter that he was going to clean out the refrigeration system.However, half an hour later Peter said he heard Joel Alama shout and telling him to call an ambulance which he did.He then went to the hold and he saw James and Joel collapsed at the bottom of the hold and Joel was on top of James. Peter said he could smell gas and firemen wearing breathing apparatus then took them out.James died that night at Letterkenny University Hospital and Joel died a few days later on August 28th.Medical evidence was given that they died as a result of asphyxiation due to inhalation of hydrogen sulphide and the likelihood was that they were overcome very quickly.Tom Power of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board spoke about its investigation.A summary of the report into the investigation found the refrigerated seawater system hadn’t been cleaned out for 5 months and when the dormant water was agitated it released hydrogen sulphide. Frank Kearns of the Health and Safety Authority said that it was extremely rare for something like this to happen.In fact, he said he could only find one instance off the coast of Africa in the 1990s where heat was a factor.He said the men were just doing normal work and the accident could not reasonably been foreseen.The jury found that the deaths were accidental and added a rider that the Minister should introduce mandatory monitoring for hydrogen sulphide in trawlers with the same type of refrigeration system. The family of Mr Joyce welcomed the rider and also paid tribute to Joel Alama.Inquest hears how two men died from rare gas incident in Killybegs harbour was last modified: January 19th, 2017 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:boatdonegalgasinquestKillybegs
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