GPSU not informed of situation at A&E Unit – GS

first_imgKempton-AlexanderGuyana Public Service Union (GPSU) General Secretary Kemton Alexander has disclosed that the Union was not informed of the unhealthy situation at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital.His remarks came after he was questioned about concerns raised in sections of the media that patients with infectious diseases were being left in the A&E Unit for a numbers of days, as there was no space for them in the other wards.According to the GPSU Secretary, while he was not informed of the current situation, he knows that in the past there were similar issues reported and those were dealt with. He also noted that the Union was going to look into the issue and take swift action where necessary.The Hospital’s CEO, Alan Johnson told the media; however, that measures were already being put in place to facilitate the patients.Johnson was shown photographs of a patient who was visibly sick lying on the floor of the A&E Unit with a respirator on.Medical professionals have said that this is an issue that has been ongoing for the past three weeks. They are fearful that some of the patients, especially those infected with Tuberculosis (TB), that are left in the Unit for a number of days, will infect other patients.Sources have also said that the Hospital has been overcrowded with patients not being treated occupying the chairs, beds and floors in the ward.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, in an invited comment, admitted that the Ministry was aware of the ongoing issue at the Unit and had already begun to initiate projects to address this.Noting that a long-term solution would only be derived after discussions at the level of Government, he said the Ministry had started to implement its short-term projects, which have gotten positive reviews from the public.Dr Norton said the situation was generally triggered by a breakdown of other health facilities across the country. When patients visit these other health institutions and do not get the requisite medical treatment, they often end up at the country’s premier facility, the Georgetown Public Hospital. The patients are usually transferred to the hospital late at nights.Norton said that this contributed to the build-up of persons thus causing overcrowding.Additionally, with there being a lack of beds at the institution, the problem is amplified to an extent that has become unbearable for the medical personnel at the facility.According to Norton, the Government is trying everything in its power to have this issue addressed immediately.While a feasible solution would be to extend the Unit, the Minister pointed out that there was little space to facilitate an extension. He did say, however, that a possible approach would be to create an annex to the hospital.In the interim, the Health Minister said doctors and nurses were being trained to become more advanced in their response to emergency cases so that overcrowding at the Unit was reduced.Also, he noted that the Government was currently assessing health facilities across the country so that they would be able to offer similar services as the Georgetown Public Hospital, thereby reducing the congestion of the premier health facility.last_img read more

BMW still stuck in kitchen

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe driver blew through a stop sign and was unable to make the right turn onto Loraine Avenue, Staab said. The car went up the curb, through a fence and became “impaled into the front of this house,” said Staab. The entire front half of the car appeared to be inside the kitchen, he added. An unknown number of people were home, but none were in the kitchen and none were injured, said Staab. The driver, who was not injured in the crash, was investigated for signs of intoxication, Staab said, but police concluded alcohol or drugs played no role in the crash. GLENDORA – A new BMW coupe caused “kind of a spectacle” Sunday as it remained embedded in the front of a home following a Saturday night crash, police said. The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. Saturday at a house at 856 N. Loraine Ave., said police Lt. Tim Staab. A 19-year-old Glendora man, whose name was not released, was driving a brand-new BMW M3 east on Palm Drive at about 55 mph, Staab said. The speed limit in the neighborhood is 25 mph, officials said. Officers cited the driver for speeding, he added. The BMW remained embedded in the home Sunday, as officials wait for experts to examine the structural integrity of the home. The scene is causing “kind of a spectacle,” Staab said. “It’s quite a sight.” Traffic has also slowed down considerably near the intersection as passing drivers stare at the damage, said Staab. City officials red-tagged the home, and the residents have moved out until the damage can be repaired, Staab said. The residents have expressed concern over the nearby intersection, police said, as this is the second time their property has been damaged in a crash. On Jan. 1, cars on the property were damaged by a drunk driver who lost control at the intersection, said Staab. Generally, however, Staab said the intersection tends to be a safe one. “Most of the time, the people who use this intersection are local residents,” he said, “and they don’t drive recklessly.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Luis Suarez makes Neymar revelation after failed Barcelona return

first_img latest Getty Suarez added: “He came to train a day before playing the game against Real Betis.“We noticed him and we were all surprised by his age.“I think that when it comes to entering the dressing room, the more experienced players have to support him. Don’t change the way you play.“Logically, he looks at you in a special way, but we try to make jokes to make him feel more comfortable.” stalemate targets LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week “But it’s his decision and he chose that. Now, he did everything possible to return.”Neymar became the world’s most expensive player when he left Spain and has won back-to-back Ligue 1 trophies in his two seasons at PSG, while scoring 34 goals in 37 league appearances.Barcelona’s inability to re-sign Neymar has seen the emergence of 16-year-old starlet Ansu Fati, who made his debut in the club’s 5-2 win over Real Betis last month. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more deals Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ But Barca could not finance a move for a player who cost PSG £198m.Reports have suggested Neymar was even willing to pay £18.1million of his own money to return to Spain.When asked about Neymar’s decision to quit Barcelona in 2017, Suarez told Fox Sports Radio in Argentina: “We talked about it at the time.“We told him that there would be no place better than at Barcelona. Luis Suarez has revealed Neymar ‘did everything possible to return’ to Barcelona in the summer transfer window.The Brazil star was heavily linked with a move back to where he made his name in Europe after leaving for Paris Saint-Germain two years ago. Germany vs Netherlands (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon (Saturday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry City vs Blackpool (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Bulgaria (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT on target Luis Suarez and Neymar were team-mates at Barcelona for three years LIVE on talkSPORT Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman update 1 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti statement Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship appointed Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta last_img read more

Global retail award for Pick n Pay

first_imgMary AlexanderNick Badminton, CEO of South African retail giant Pick n Pay, has been voted the International Retailer of the Year by the prestigious US-based National Retail Federation (NRF).The award, presented at the NRF’s Annual Convention and Expo in New York on Tuesday, goes to “an individual who has achieved international recognition for excellence”, selected by global industry leaders.“Retailers who succeed in carving out a place for themselves in a world where there is so much competition should be commended,” said NRF president and CEO Tracy Mullin. “Great leaders create great companies”.The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, with members including department, specialty, discount, catalogue, internet, independent stores, chain restaurants, drug stores and grocery stores as well as the industry’s key trading partners of retail goods and services. It also represents more than 100 state, national and international retail associations.The award comes a year into Pick n Pay’s 24-month, R110-million brand makeover.“The NRF wrote to us last year saying we had been selected,” Badminton told The Times. “It came out of the blue, but it is nice to be recognised internationally.“This award is an acknowledgement of an incredibly supportive board, management team and thousands of exceptional employees.“Pick n Pay is making a difference to building black business ownership by converting to black-owned stores. In a few years this will go down as one of the big things we have done in South Africa.”Badminton began his career at Pick n Pay as a trainee manager in 1979, becoming an assistant manager in the same year. He soon started to scale the corporate ladder, going from store manager to regional manager to buyer.In 1994 he was appointed general manager of the Western Cape, and in 1997 received the Chairman’s Award – the highest accolade for an individual at Pick n Pay. He was appointed to the Retail Management Board in 1998 and became managing director of Pick ‘n Pay Retail in May 2001. He was made chief executive designate in August 2006 and took over as chief executive in March 2007.  Pick n Pay is a family-controlled business established in 1967 and listed on the JSE stock exchange in 1968.The Group operates through three divisions, the Retail Division, the Group Enterprises Division and Franklins Australia, each with their own managing director and management boards.In 2008 the company’s turnover increased by 15.4%, trading profit by 16.9%, operating profit by 18.3%, headline earnings per share by 10.1% and dividend per share by 11.1%.Meanwhile, South Africa’s other major retail group Shoprite said yesterday that its turnover grew 27.3% to R29.6-billion for the six months to last month with the group’s African business continuing to forge ahead. Turnover growth on a like-for-like basis increased by 22%.Shoprite’s supermarket operation in SA increased sales 24.5% and 20% on a like-for-like basis while its non-local business continued to perform ahead of budget, growing rand turnover 54% and, on a like-for-like basis, 50.3%.The group said the main contributing factor was the fact that most currencies strengthened against the rand.Absa Asset Management Private Clients analyst Chris Gilmour told Business Report Shoprite’s turnover growth was “outstanding” and highlighted how astute the company was in gaining first-mover advantage in the rest of Africa over a decade ago.“This has helped to diversify the group’s business at a time when consumer spending in SA has come under severe pressure,” Gilmour said.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSouth Africa’s economy: key sectorsIncentive scheme for the poor Useful linksPick n PayShopriteNational Retail Federationlast_img read more

R44m facelift for Mpumalanga reserves

first_img19 December 2012 Plans are under way to give the nature reserves in the South African Lowveld’s Panorama a R44-million facelift from next year, says Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza. “The emergency fund will be used to upgrade the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Manyeleti Reserve, Loskop Dam Nature Reserve and Songimvelo Reserve,” Mabuza said. However, the Blyde River Canyon will enjoy preference and renovations will start as soon as possible.” He said the renovations in the Blyde River Canyon will be done on Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, “Drie Rondawels” and Lowveld Views and River Falls. Bourke’s Luck Potholes will get a new entrance gate which will accommodate buses without obstructing the road. A restaurant will be opened with a capacity of 50 seats, and reconstruction of an eco-centre with new animal trophies, lighting and geological features will begin. Ablution facilities, offices and guest houses will also be upgraded and new boreholes will be drilled for water supply. God’s Window, just outside Graskop, will also have a new entrance gate, parking areas, walkways and view site railings. Potholes around “Drie Rondawels” and Lowveld Views will be patched and the road repaired. Walkways and railings to view sites will be installed and ablution facilities will be built, and River Falls will have new curio stalls and ablution facilities as well. Mabuza said the upgrading will also help the historic town, Pilgrim’s Rest, get back on its feet. He said the Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Department had been tasked with ensuring Pilgrim’s Rest is restored. “This campaign is targeting the festive season travellers from Gauteng and appealing to their travel needs of a tranquil and relaxed holiday,” said Mabuza. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Beware of Stories About “New” Swine Flu Strain

first_imgA flurry of news reports today claim that Brazilian researchers have found a “new” strain of the novel H1N1 virus, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this is inaccurate.Brazilian researchers from the Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute in São Paulo reported in a release today that they had found an H1N1 virus in a Brazilian man that differed from a California isolate in the hemagglutinin (HA) gene, which codes for a protein that plays a major role in the immune response against the virus. The release does not claim that the strain is “new,” and it has only three amino acid differences in HA from the California isolate. But so many media reports came out making this assertion that CDC issued a statement in its daily briefing. “The Brazil virus is actually identical to the consensus sequence of all viruses sequenced worldwide,” says the statement. “The media apparently misinterpreted the three amino acid difference as evidence of a ‘new’ strain. This is not correct.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

HTC unveils Desire 620, Desire 620G Dual SIM budget smartphones

first_imgTaiwanese smartphone major HTC has finally launched its new budget offerings in the Desire 620 dual-SIM and the Desire 620G dual-SIM smartphones. Both the devices have been launched in Taiwan to begin with at a price tag of TWD 6,990 (roughly Rs. 14,000) and TWD 4,990 (roughly Rs. 9,990) respectively. While the Desire 620 Dual SIM is up for grabs starting today, the Desire 620G Dual SIM will be available sometime during mid-December. There is however no word yet regarding the global availability and pricing of either of the devices.Both the Desire 620 dual-SIM and Desire 620G dual-SIM smartphones have more or less similar specifications, with the main differences being those related to network connectivity and the kind of processors under the hood. Both the devices look and feel identical featuring a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. While the HTC Desire 620 Dual SIM is powered by a 64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, the Desire 620G Dual SIM smartphone comes with a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor. Further, the Desire 620 Dual SIM supports 4G connectivity and comes with a microSD card slot that allows up to 128GB of expandable memory. Meanwhile, the Desire 620G Dual SIM is a 3G device that allows expansion up to 32GB via microSD.Both the dual-SIM devices runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box with HTC’s Sense 6 UI on top and come with 1GB of RAM. Both of them sport an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing shooter that boasts of a BSI sensor and HTC Eye Experience. Connectivity options on the devices include: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and A-GPS. Both the Desire 620 Dual SIM and Desire 620G Dual SIM smartphones are backed by a 2100mAh removable battery.             advertisementlast_img read more

Meet a Recruit: Wagoner’s Nikia Jones a Name to Watch

first_imgEven with the receiver talent on OSU’s active roster and two heralded commits at the position in the 2018 class with C.J. Moore and Johnathan Shepherd, a once under-the-radar talent from within the state has grown himself into a can’t miss Division I prospect worth watching and now garnering OSU interest.Wagoner’s Nikia Jones, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver, is the name you might be hearing a lot this fall. The Bulldogs’ leading receiver brings 2,580 career yards into his senior season and 39 touchdowns — numbers that, to this point, have earned him offers from Kansas, Iowa State, Wyoming, Eastern Michigan, North Texas and Stephen F. Austin.At least thus far. What makes Jones an intriguing prospect could be his do-it-all approach for Wagoner. Similar to Jenks’ Dillon Stoner several years ago, Jones punts, plays defensive back, returns kicks and lines up as a pass-catcher — they’ve even talked about using him in the Wildcat formation.Also similar to Stoner’s history: Jones is the best player on the best team in his school’s classification. Wagoner has now won 38-straight games (thanks to a 3-TD performance in the opener from Jones), including three-straight Class 4A titles alongside now OSU freshman Malcolm Rodriguez.Jones told the Tulsa World before the season began that he has a strong interest in staying within the state to play his college ball, and if his trail led to OSU, he’d be blazing the same path as his cousin Kevin Peterson — a former Wagoner Bulldog turned L.A. Ram.“Football is important in our state and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Tulsa is only 45 minutes away. I would play there and OSU has great atmosphere. My cousin Kevin Peterson played there and I would love to play there. But I’m also happy with the offers I have,” he said. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Steve Smith’s Bangladesh Premier League ban lifted after franchises withdraw objections

first_imgSteve Smith’s Bangladesh Premier League ban lifted after franchises withdraw objectionsSteve Smith, who is serving the ball-tampering ban, is expected to replace Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik at Comilla Victorians during the second phase of Bangladesh Premier League, starting January 5. advertisement India Today Web Desk DhakaDecember 27, 2018UPDATED: December 27, 2018 20:41 IST Steve Smith will play for Comilla Victorians from the second week of January in BPL (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith had signed up to play for former BPL champions Comilla VictoriansHe is expected to join the Victorians in the second week of January 2019 Smith has also signed up to play in Pakistan’s premier T20 league – Pakistan Super League There is good news for former Australia captain Steve Smith as he has been cleared to play the upcoming edition of Bangladesh Premier League, starting January 5.Smith had signed up to play for Comilla Victorians as a replacement for Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne in T20 league in Bangladesh but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had barred him from representing the former champions as he was signed outside the players draft.However, the BPL governing council has now tweaked the rule to allow franchises to sign one player outside of the draft. In return, all the franchises will be allowed to sign one player from outside the draft and make sure they manage the concerns over the availability of players due to international commitments in the World Cup year.”We could not give him permission earlier as other franchises had protested his signing,” BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus was quoted as saying by the AFP.”Today four franchises emailed us separately saying that they have withdrawn their objections for the greater interest of the tournament.”Smith is expected to join the Victorians in the second week of January as a replacement player for Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik.The BPL will thus become the third T20 league after Canada Global T20 and Caribbean Premier League since he was handed a one-year international and domestic ban by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball-tampering scandal. Smith has also signed up to play Pakistan’s premier T20 league – the Pakistan Super League between February and March next year.advertisementMeanwhile, David Warner, who was also handed the one-year ban by CA, will play for Sylhet Sixers in the T20 tournament in Bangladesh.Both Smith and Warner are expected to return to international cricket immediately after their ban ends on March 29. Australia’s head coach Justin Langer has hinted that the duo might return for Australia’s five-match ODI series against Pakistan, which is likely to take place between March 31 and April 13.Also Read | Australia ready to welcome Warner back with open arms despite Bancroft, Smith commentsAlso Read | Steve Smith turned blind eye to ball-tampering plan: Darren LehmannAlso Read | Steve Smith is Australia’s Virat Kohli, can’t wait to have him back: Justin LangerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Bangladesh Premier LeagueFollow David WarnerFollow Pakistan Super LeagueFollow steve smith ball tamperinglast_img read more