Infrastructural works to begin soon at West-Dem Hospital

first_imgThe much-needed improvement that the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) needs will soon commence. This is according to Region Three Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikaran.Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Jaikaran said the plan is to expand and improve the various departments in the health facility. The REO noted that though the image of the hospital has been comprised due to past incidents, he is optimistic that the initiative will help to improve its image.REO Denis Jaikaran“Things are going to be well for 2018 in the region, more specifically the healthcare services. We have been engaging with the Indian Government about providing enhancement to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where it is needed the most,” he explained.The REO highlighted the visit by Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, in 2017, which served as an impetus for the administration to push forward with the initiative.Jaikaran said that at that meeting, the challenges facing the health institution, such as a lack of human resources, proper equipment maintenance, and drug procurement, were highlighted among the department heads and the Minister. The administration has since begun to address and rectify these issues, the REO noted.Of the $1.270 billion approved within the 2018 National Budget for the current expenditure of the region’s Health Services programme, $379.65 million was allocated for the purchase of drugs and medical supplies, whilst $42 million was set aside for the maintenance of buildings.Last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan signed a US$17.5 million line of credit with the Export/Import (EXIM) Bank of India to upgrade primary health care facilities. It is said that the funds are set to be used for the refurbishing of existing facilities and the construction of new buildings at the Suddie Hospital in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), West Demerara Regional Hospital, and the Bartica District Hospital in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). It will also be used to procure medical equipment to furnish the new and renovated facilities.last_img read more

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Savage Cup evened up after Regals claim game two

first_imgThe game began with Fort St. John generating the better scoring chances, as the Flyers game out of the gate with their feet moving and extremely physical, which resulted in numerous quality scoring chances, including two breakaways, as well as a disallowed goal.Despite the momentum on Fort St. John’s side, an unfortunate bounce resulted in Powell River opening the scoring 16:41 into the first, as the puck bounced off the skate of a Fort St. John defender and past goaltender Clayton Pool, who was making his first start in net for the Flyers.However, with 2:23 left in the period, Rod Stevens scored his second goal in as many games, tipping in a low shot passed Brumbey, evening the score at 1-1 to conclude the first.- Advertisement -Much like game one, things opened up in the second, but unlike Thursday, the majority of the scoring on Friday came off Powell River sticks.The Regals scored four goals in the second period, with John Coyle getting involved in all four, registering four assists in the period. On the other side of the ice, Mike Lalonde scored the lone goal for the Flyers, concluding the middle period with the Regals leading 5-2.The fifth goal was the end of Pool’s evening, as Troy Hunt was sent in to replace the starting goaltender in net.Advertisement Shot blocking was another frustrating part of the game the Flyers had to deal with, as Powell River did an excellent shot of blocking 20 plus shots fired by the Flyers. The situation was something Flyers’ captain Dave Alexander said he remembered from last year’s Savage Cup.“That’s what it was last year and we need to learn from that. We need to make adjustments quickly and maybe get some back-door stuff going on… We had a ton of shots at the net but couldn’t get the rebounds and find the holes.  I was saying on the bench that it reminded too much of last year.”The game concluded with some scrums ensuing as tempers began to flare from both sides, something Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy says his team isn’t going to shy away from.“If they want rhubarb, we will give them rhubarb.”There’s no rest for either team, as a pivotal game three takes place Saturday evening at the North Peace Arena, as the series shifts from a best-of-five to a best-of-three series, as each team has won once.Advertisement Just when it looked liked the Flyers were down and out, a quick two goals by Fort St. John provided a jolt of life back into the North Peace Arena. 3:43 into the third, Paul Wiens scored for the Flyers, cutting the deficit to two goals, then just 20 seconds later, Todd Alexander scored for Fort St. John, with the scoreboard all of a sudden reading 5-4 for Powell River.But just as quickly as the Flyers pulled within one, the Regals doubled their lead to two, as Jason Deleurme scored just 32 seconds after Alexander, providing Powell River a 6-4 lead.The Flyers were unable to recover from the two goal deficit, and John Coyle added an empty net for the Regals, as Powell River emerged victorious 7-4.It was a big night on the ice for Powell River’s Jason Deleurme and John Coyle, who combined for 10 points on the evening, while Elias Godoy registered four points on the evening.Advertisementcenter_img Saturday’s game three at the North Peace Arena begins at 8 p.m.last_img read more

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The UK government has appointed Lord Michael Willi

first_imgThe UK government has appointed Lord Michael Williams of Baglan to the BBC Trust, the broadcaster’s governing body.Williams will be the first BBC Trustee to take on an international role as part of his responsibilities. This will reinstate a position on the BBC’s governing body with specific oversight of the BBC’s international public services, including the BBC World Service. He will chair a new BBC Trust committee to monitor the international public services, which also include BBC World News and BBC Monitoring.Williams was most recently the UN special coordinator for Lebanon and an under secretary-general of the UN. He is also a former special adviser to two former UK Foreign secretaries and special adviser to the United Nations secretary general on the Middle East. A former editor at the BBC World Service, Williams has also been a trustee of the BBC World Service Trust.last_img read more

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