…legal challenge filed in High CourtThe Public Service Commission (PSC) has rescinded the promotion of a West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) administrator after reports of fraudulent transactions at the institution.According to a source close to the investigation, doctors and staff of the WDRH made a decision to voice their complaints over the mismanagement of the facility to the Public Health Ministry. Guyana Times was told that the decision to bypass the administrator was as a result of constant drug shortages and malfunctioning of equipment at the health facility.After receiving many of these complaints in addition to the delay of some $7 million worth of drugs reportedly procured for the Hospital, the Ministry organised a team to launch an investigation into the administrator.The team without any notice visited the facility and reportedly discovered inconsistencies in records shown to them.A record book was photographed by the investigating team and the administrator’s records were compared with that of each department. The results reportedly varied significantly from each department’s record.The record book documents all activities of the hospital, including monies received and purchases.The source revealed that the following day, the team revisited the Hospital and the administrator was confronted. but could not say how the records were altered.As such, the PSC was informed of the findings which prompted the demotion of the administrator. However, the administrator has since moved to the High Court to have the decision of the PSC squashed as “cause for its decision was not outlined in the letter received”.The legal action also seeks to restrain the PSC from appointing a new administrator.According to legal documents seen by this newspaper, it was stated that without any prior notification and for reasons unknown to the applicant, the PSC sent a letter to the administrator, which purports to rescind his appointment as hospital administrator, reverting the applicant to the position of accounts clerk II with immediate effect.“The applicant was not afforded a hearing by the respondents, neither was any reason given for the said decision; that the constitutional tenure of the Public Service Commission had ended at the time when it made the decision…in the circumstances, the said decision of the PSC is contrary to the rules of natural justice, arbitrary, whimsical, capricious, in excess of and without jurisdiction, unconstitutional, unlawful, null, void and of no effect,” the legal challenge document stated.The administrator has been acting in the position at the Hospital since March 18, 2013.Just last May, doctors attached to the facility refused to commence duties, taking strike action as a result of failure on the part of the Public Health Ministry to address their numerous concerns, including security, drugs shortage and working conditions.
Councillor Lori Ackerman says that it was not the fact that the Mayor reimbursed the City, but rather the time that was put into auditing his expenses. She added that this is the first time in the Cityâ€™s history that the Mayorâ€™s expenses have ever had to be audited. [asset|aid=3146|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7f544082167996d2864e79edfdea5f13-Ackerman – Mayors expenses 2_1_Pub.mp3] Ackerman says the Mayor is the only member of Council to have a city credit card. She also says that the fact that a check of the Mayorâ€™s expenses had to be done more than once was unacceptable. [asset|aid=3147|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7f544082167996d2864e79edfdea5f13-Ackerman – Mayors expenses 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Fort St. Johnâ€™s mayor came under scrutiny after discussions about his previous spending habits, on Monday.Councillors passed two separate recommendations, one of which would permit city officials to claim valet parking if there are â€œno other reasonable parking options.â€The recommendations stemmed from a report presented at a closed council meeting in March about certain items Mayor Bruce Lantz had charged to the Mayorâ€™s Visa as well as his expense statements from 2009 onwards. An audit was then conducted and presented at two separate closed council meetings in July. – Advertisement -Some of the charges included $128 for valet parking as well as charges for a rental car – $563.26 + 37.25 fuel – that was not pre-approved by the City Manager.City Manager Dianne Hunter told Council that the mayor had reimbursed the City for all non-allowable expenses.Advertisement Lantz says he feels the issue of the audit should now be left behind so that everyone at council can move forward. [asset|aid=3148|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7f544082167996d2864e79edfdea5f13-Lantz – Mayors expenses_1_Pub.mp3] Lantz also inferred that councillors had also been misusing funds and not properly filling out required forms. However, both Councillor Bruce Christensen and Councillor Dan Davies raised objections to the inference.A decision was eventually made to move on from the discussions after all concerns were brought forward.
Luis Muriel has ended speculation he could move to the Premier League by sealing a switch to Sevilla.The Colombian striker has been linked with Everton, Liverpool and West Ham, given his fine form for Sampdoria in Serie A.However, the 26-year-old has now agreed terms with Sevilla and finalised an £18m switch.A statement on the club’s official website read: “Luis Muriel has successfully passed his medical tests and signed his contract as planned, so he’s officially a new Sevilla player for the next five seasons.“The Colombian international striker, who arrives at Nervion after succeeding in Italy with Sampdoria, will be at the disposal of [coach] Eduardo Berizzo from today and becomes Sevilla’s third signing of the season.” Luis Muriel has swapped Sampdoria for Sevilla 1
Everton defender Ashley Williams has revealed he suffered a collapsed lung during Tuesday’s draw between Wales and Mexico.The centre-half was forced off in the 20th minute of the clash at the Rose Bowl when he collided with West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez.He was rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA hospital in Beverly Hills, where doctors discovered he had also sustained ‘multiple breaks’ on two separate ribs.The 33-year-old took to his official Facebook page to assure fans he was alright, despite the gruesome injury. He said: “Crazy couple weeks.. great to be back in a FA Wales shirt & with the lads, however after coming off after 20 mins [sic] with multiple breaks on two ribs, I went hospital & found out I had punctured my left lung which led to it collapsing.“I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Ronald Reagan UCLA hospital in Beverley Hills for looking after me and making sure surgery went as comfortable as possible.“Look forward to flying home & resting up now before the new season!”The former Swansea City captain was making his first appearance in nearly three months after being sent off for Everton in a game against Burnley back on March 3. Williams lies on the turf grimacing in pain 1
Communities across County Donegal are faced with the closure of half the county’s post offices within eighteen months, according to representatives of the Irish Postmasters Union this week.And as the crisis deepens, the postmasters were called to an urgent union meeting in Sligo at the weekend to hear a detailed analysis of the problems now facing the service. And the picture that has emerged is one of the bleakest ever scenarios for the future of Donegal’s seventy post offices.In fact, one postmaster told the Tirconail Tribune there is the very real possibility that An Post will close as much as 75% of its network in this county.Donegal has in the region of seventy post offices in the network, says Brian Cannon of Leitermacaward and that has fallen from one hundred and ten in recent years.He predicts that unless the Government takes immediate action as the main stake holder in the service, rural offices are about to disappear forever. As the Inishowen, Rosguill and Fanad Peninsulas into Dunfanaghy and Gweedore are faced with the closure of their remaining post offices, a public petition for the retention of the offices has begun this week and the community will travel to Dublin on February 26th as part of a nationwide protest outside the Dail.Back in the day the network in the Fanad Peninsula has seen office closures at Ballynashannagh: Tamney: Ballyheerin: Kindrum: Doaghbeg and Portsalon and only three offices remain…for the moment.This week the community has awoken to the realisation that all remaining five offices in Fanad and Rossguill are scheduled for closure, says the Union.There are deep concerns about the future of every single rural post office in Donegal, said Brian Cannon, postmaster at Leitermacaward.He says all they are getting is lip service from our politicians until the local elections are over: and then we will see the threats emerge into closures in the next couple of years.It has emerged that concerned postmasters have met this week withDeputy Joe McHugh at Milford to seek his party’s assistance in keeping rural post offices open. However we understand that the meetingachieved nothing by way of reassuring the postmaster that there is going to be any change of policy.In fact, said a number of postmasters the current policy of An Post to close post offices is Government policy and it is not going to be changed.The Irish Postmasters Union told members last weekend that the future of post offices is under the most serious threat in recent years. And the threat is so serious that unless and urgent action plan is put in place immediately most of the country’s network of 1150 branches will be shut down.The Union has pointed to the loss of revenue as a consequence of government failure to honour their commitment as laid down in the programme for Government to retain the network. The commitment says the Union included plans to increase footfall at these offices but the opposite has happened.An Post has completed the installation of post boxes outside of offices amid complaints that this decision has reduced drastically the numbers of people using the network to purchase stamps and other services that are available in the post office.The Postmasters Union points to the new departure by An Post to create a different services network outside of the company. This, they say includes services at Tesco stores, Supervalu and Green Apple filling stations.This service is called ‘Post & Pay’ and is having a serious impact on revenue in post offices. It has also emerged that the Social Welfare Contract which is An Post’s big earner could disappear within two year, says the postmasters.This contract believed to worth around €60 million to An Post only sees €20million going into the actual network and now the Dept of Social Welfare is about to seek a reduction in the cost of this contract.At the same time many in receipt of social welfare are using the banks since An Post has not allowed many of it’s smaller offices to process the banking arrangements.A spokeswoman for the Union told the Tribune: “Following the awarding of the welfare contract, An Post has tabled a proposal to reduce the rate paid for unemployment. This reduction, amounting to €4.6 million could result in the loss of up to 10% of their postmasters income.In those circumstances it would not be any longer viable to run the service.”It is also said that An Post may attempt to impose a new contract system on the postmasters that may do away with benefits they currently enjoy and which are factored into their income.And it is also believed the company is about to introduce a new model of remuneration that will reduce further the income of the postmasters.An Post is the biggest retail service network in the country with1,150 post offices and 170 postal agencies — most of which are operated by independent contractors who are paid on a transaction basis.Despite the closures, An Post has claimed Ireland still has one of the most extensive postal networks anywhere in Europe with 3.5 post offices for every 10,000 people. They are claiming that such a ratio ranked Ireland 3rd out of 31 countries in Europe.However it appears that regular mail now only accounts for 17% of An Post’s revenue. The single biggest income source is payment from the Department of Social Protection for the distribution of social welfare, which accounts for 35% of the company’s revenue, followed by the State’s savings products (30%).The major demonstration at the Dail is on February 26th with a number of coaches from Donegal now being organised.The Postmasters Union has secured an agreement with Deputies Seamus Healy and John Halligan to put down a private member’s motion in the Dail for the evenings of Feb, 25th and 26th. The motion will be supported by Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein but not by any government deputies.In the meantime, Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Mayor of Donegal is to travel with the Donegal group to the Dail to engage in an intense lobbying effort to save the post office network in Donegal.He told the Tribune that if the post offices are allowed to close it is yet another nail in the coffin for rural communities who’ve already seen most of their local services disappear.UP TO 75% OF DONEGAL POST OFFICES NOW FACE CLOSURE – UNION was last modified: February 13th, 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:An Postdonegal
By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, 120829-F-MQ656-368, August 29, 2012]In a recent article published in Military Medicine, researchers Chapman and colleagues compared the attitudes and behaviors toward help-seeking and stigma in a group of U.S. Army Combat Medics who had been deployed versus those who had not been deployed . The researchers hypothesized that combat medics with mental health care issues would be more likely to report more stigma and barriers to care than those who had not been identified as needing care.The study included 799 enlisted soldiers (E1 to E9) in the U.S. Army. Combat medics with combat-related physical injuries were excluded from the study. Participants were divided into three groups: (1) 347 medics surveyed 3 months after returning from a 12 month deployment; (2) 196 medics surveyed 12 months after their 12 month deployment; and, (3) 256 medics who had never been deployed. Participants in the study completed surveys measuring mental health care utilization, perceived stigma and barriers to care, and symptoms of PTSD and depression. Over one-half (62%) of the medics were E1-E4 with no leadership responsibilities, and 39% were classified as E5-E9 non-commissioned officers. Twenty-six percent of the participants were women. The majority (69%) of the population’s race/ethnicity identified as white, 16% identified as black, and 15% were classified as “other.”Approximately 18% to 30% of all combat medics sought care from a mental health care professional and an additional 18% to 30% sought help from someone other than a clinician, such as a physician, military chaplain, or other soldier. Combat medics who had been previously deployed were more likely to seek help for mental health care issues than those soldiers who had not deployed. Those who met the screening criteria for mental health problems were 2 to 3 times more likely to report issues with perceived stigma and barriers to care, with the exception of the question “I don’t know where to get help”. The most common issues related to the stigma of seeking mental health care varied by participant group as shown below:Combat medics who met screening criteria for psychological issues (117 participants):62% reported “my unit leadership might treat me differently”.53% endorsed “I would be seen as weak”.Combat medics who did not meet screening criteria for psychological issues (697 participants):36% endorsed “my unit leadership might treat me differently”.33% reported “members of my unit would have less confidence in me”.Seeking help for mental health care issues is an act of bravery. Overcoming the perceived stigma of seeking care, especially in light of the complexities of serving in dual roles as health care providers and warriors in the military, should be recognized when treating combat medics or other health and mental health care providers in a military setting.References Chapman, P. L., Elnitsky, C., Pitts, B., Figley, C., Thurman, R. M., & Unwin, B. (2014). Mental health, help seeking, and stigma and barriers to care among 3- and 12-month postdeployed and never deployed U.S. Army Combat Medics. Military Medicine, 179(8), 55-62. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00367This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
Formula One World championship leader Nico Rosberg set the pace in Friday’s opening practice for the Russian Grand Prix race, finishing three-quarters of a second up on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is a further three-tenths back in third. Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest, followed by team Williams’ Felipe Massa, who recovered from a clutch problem early in the 90 minutes.Hamilton had set the initial pace with 1 minute 39.377 seconds before Rosberg eased ahead with 1m 39.097s; Hamilton finished with a timing of 1m 39.307s.The sixth spot went to team Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Valtteri Bottas came in seventh in the second Williams car.Local hero Daniil Kvyat took eighth for team Red Bull, with Force India’s Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz completing the top ten.Perez was ninth, just ahead of Sainz.Force India’s second driver, Alfonso Celis, finished the race at the last position, at the 22nd spot.
ISTANBUL — Maya Moore scored 18 points and the U.S. beat Spain 77-64 to win its second straight gold medal at the women’s world championship Oct. 5th.Lindsay Whalen added 12 points for the United States (6-0), which hasn’t lost in a gold medal game in the world championship since 1983, when it was beaten by the Soviet Union 84-82.Except for a hiccup in 2006 when the Americans lost to Russia in the semifinals, they have won every Olympic and world championship game since 1996. If not for that upset in Brazil, the U.S. would have five straight world titles.The Americans turned this game quickly into a laugher, jumping out to a 13-point lead in the game’s first 4½ minutes. Spain (5-1) could only get within seven the rest of the way.Moore, who was chosen tournament MVP, was the key in that early burst, scoring 11 points during the opening 18-5 run. Her 3-pointers barely moved the net as the Americans blitzed Spain, which was making its first appearance in the championship game.Behind strong offensive rebounding, the Spaniards rallied to within 24-17, but then Whalen took over. She had nine points during a 13-0 run by the Americans spanning the end of the first and start of the second quarter to make it a 20-point game. Whalen ended the first quarter with a spectacular drive that ended with a floater in the lane right before the buzzer.During the burst, Diana Taurasi threw a pinpoint pass to a streaking Seimone Augustus for another lay-in and the U.S. was off and running.The Americans led 48-29 at the half. It was more of the same in the second half for the U.S., which led by 25 points before Spain closed the game with a 14-2 run.While Taurasi only scored six points, she had eight assists. More importantly Taurasi was part of a stellar defensive effort by the U.S. on Spain’s star Alba Torrens. She scored 28 points in Spain’s semifinal win over Turkey but was held scoreless for the first 26 minutes of the game.She finally hit a 3-pointer with 4:11 left in the third quarter, but that only made it a 21-point game. She finished with 10 points.Sancho Lyttle led Spain with 16 points.In other games Sunday, Australia routed Turkey 74-44 to win the bronze medal. Canada topped China 61-53 to finish fifth and France beat Serbia 88-74 for seventh place.___(DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The biggest debate in modern football is who is the best player in the world – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo?However, both the players have experienced contrasting start to the 2018 World Cup.While Ronaldo scored an impressive hat-trick on Friday to help Portugal secure a crucial 3-3 draw against Spain, Messi put up a frustrating display against Iceland on Saturday as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw.Things went from bad to worse for Messi against Iceland when he squandered the golden opportunity to put Argentina in front as his weak penalty kick was easily saved by Hannes Halldorsson.The mistake provided the perfect opportunity to Ronaldo’s fans as the Barcelona striker was roasted on Twitter. The social media users also taunted the forward for not performing under pressure.Lionel Messi is ready to retire, again.Dex Glennza (@dexglenniza) June 16, 2018Im no expert but: Ronaldo scored three goals against maybe the best team in the world, Messi got played to a stalemate by a nation smaller than Staten Island. #WorldCup18Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) June 16, 2018Messi-Ronaldo debate will go on eternally, but I think in last 24 hours, God has weighed in which side of the argument she favors pic.twitter.com/ui1cXx2rp1roger bennett (@rogbennett) June 16, 2018Choke job artist Messi strikes again!!! Ronaldo the goat!SCHOLES (@iamscholes) June 16, 2018Ronaldo wins a penalty, steps up, scores.Messi wins a penalty, steps up, misses.Ronaldo wins a free kick, steps up, scoresMessi wins a free kick, steps up, fires over the bar.Legends of the game.advertisementDanny WelBeast (@WelBeast) June 16, 2018The internet is a bad placeSee what they did to Messi pic.twitter.com/rhVN31MGbvUg Nke G (@t_riumphant) June 16, 2018Cristiano Ronaldo vs SpainScored a penaltyScored a free-kickCompleted a hattrickLionel Messi vs IcelandMissed a penaltyMissed several free-kicksFailed to score pic.twitter.com/dtgAT7onI2Football Vines (@FootballVines) June 16, 2018Messi: Anyone can score a penalty.Ronaldo: Take, come and score.#WorldCup #ARGISL pic.twitter.com/NRFhwkb5AxIyá Lájè Of Lagos (@newscantell) June 16, 2018Sergio Aguero scored to give Argentina the lead before Finnbogason swept home a loose ball to equalise. In the second half, Argentina had a great chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty. However, Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson turned out to be the country’s hero when he saved a Lionel Messi shot with a spectacular dive on the right.The game didn’t see any more goal as Iceland caused a massive upset on their World Cup debut.This was the second draw of the 2018 World Cup. Russia, Uruguay and Iran won the first three matches of the tournament before Portugal and Spain played out a 3-3 draw.