Guyana elected to WHO Executive Board

first_imgPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrence was elected to the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO), giving Guyana a voice in helping to shape global health policies.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceThe WHO’s Executive Board has oversight responsibility for implementing decisions and policies of the World Health Assembly (WHA), which is an advisory body to facilitate WHO’s work.Minister Lawrence will serve in the position for the next three years.The WHO’s Executive Board comprises 34 individuals and meets twice annually; in January and in May. The 145th session of the Executive Board will meet in Geneva next week for a two-day meeting.“The honour of serving in this esteemed position affords Guyana the opportunity to shape global and regional health policies and to bring more health system resources to Guyana and the region of the Americas, thereby improving healthcare access and services to all its residents,” Guyana’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and International Organisations, Geneva John RD Ford said in a statement announcing Lawrence’s election to the WHO body.Minister Lawrence is currently attending her third WHA conference and has helped establish Guyana “as a strong advocate for universal healthcare to bring improved access and quality healthcare to all [of] Guyana’s citizens, especially those most vulnerable,” Ford’s said while making the announcement.last_img read more

MOE blunders with country’s top CAPE performer

first_img– St Roses High student now top CAPE performerThe Education Ministry on Thursday revealed that a huge error was made at the announcement of the top performers for the 2019 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) on Wednesday.Top CAPE performer, Shanomae Millingof St Rose’s High SchoolThe Ministry in a statement to the media declared Shanomae Milling of St Rose’s High School as the country’s top CAPE performer for this year, and not Michael Bhopaul of Queen’s College who secured Grade One passes in eight units, as was previously announced.Milling, who wrote eleven units, copped the first position after securing nine Grade Ones and two Grade Twos. Grade Ones were obtained in Applied Mathematics Unit 1, Caribbean Studies Unit 1, Environmental Science Unit 1, Physics Unit 1 and 2, Biology Unit 1, Chemistry Unit 1, Pure Mathematics Unit 1, Physical Education and Sports Unit 1. Whilst twos were obtained in Applied Mathematics Unit 2 and Communication Studies Unit 1.Michael Bhopaullast_img read more

QC dominates 2016 CAPE top spots

first_imgBy Vahnu ManickchandQueen’s College dominated the top spots at the 2016 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), with a second year student securing the top spot.Deenauth Mohabeer, Queen’s College – 6 Ones, 1 TwoCarissa Kissoon, Bishops’ High – 6 OnesAshley Anthony, Queen’s College – 6 OnesJoash Gobin, Queen’s College – 6 OnesThis year’s results were revealed on Wednesday at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) Building in Kingston, Georgetown.According to the results analysis, the overall pass rate in the 2016 CAPE was 86.74 per cent which is a marginal decrease from the 87.54 per cent recorded last year. However, there was an increase in the number of candidates securing Grade One and Two passes.A total of 898 candidates sat the CAPE examinations this year, writing a total of 57 units in 29 subject areas. The gender distribution of the overall pass rate is 33.4 per cent males and 66.6 per cent females.Of the total number of candidates; 478 of them secured Grade Ones, 746 Grade Twos, 860 Grade Threes, 689 Grade Fours, and 535 obtained Grade Fives.Larissa Wiltshire, Queen’s College – 6 OnesShannon Woodroffe, Queen’s College – 6 OnesIt was noted that the candidates obtained a 100 per cent pass rate in only 20 of the units, while the pass rate of candidates was 75 per cent or higher in 30 units.Among the top performers at this year’s CAPE exams were five Queen’s College students and one from the Bishops’ High School. With the exception of one, they secured Grade Ones in six units.The exception being Deenauth Mohabeer, a second year student of QC, who wrote seven subjects, obtaining six Grade Ones and one Grade Two.Speaking with Guyana Times, the ecstatic young man expressed that he felt accomplished, elaborating that this feeling was due to how hard he worked to prepare for his examinations and the discipline he showed.The aspiring computer engineer praised the foundation he received from his five years at Central High School, noting that this allowed him to excel. “My accomplishment for this year is only half done,” he remarked, while adding that he is hoping to secure a scholarship to pursue artificial intelligence studies.Meanwhile, first year QC topper Ashley Anthony was elated with her results, crediting her teachers, family and friends for supporting her. She explained that CAPE was much more intense and demanding than the CSEC examinations; as such, excelling required a lot of effort.Her advice to students now preparing to write the CAPE exams is to prepare well. “There is no one right way to study and it is important for you to figure out what works for you,” said the young woman who will be returning to QC for CAPE second year, after which she will continue to university to “possibly” study biophysics.Joash Gobin, also a QC first year student, could not be reached for an interview; however, in a post on his social media – facebook – account he thanked the Almighty, his parents and friends, as well as teachers, whom he said were his support pillars. He noted that in preparing for the exams, he experienced some of his “longest days” yet.In addition, his fellow schoolmate, Larissa Wiltshire, another second year CAPE student at QC, expressed how happy she was to receive her results. She said she owes her success to studying and her unwavering focus.“To future students, I advise that they do subjects that they love so that it is not a burden and that they remain focused but still keep their composure and try to have some fun some times,” said the young woman who will be heading to the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) to study dentistry come September.Another QC topper Shannon Woodroffe described her CAPE journey as “an onerous but rewarding one.” She noted that her results did come as a surprise to her as she was expecting all grade ones.“I would like to express my profoundest gratitude to God, my parents, my elder sister and my teachers who allowed me to reach this success,” related Woodroffe who will be continuing her studies at QC to attain an Associate’s Degree in Natural Sciences as she pursues a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering) fields.A very proud ‘Bishopian’, Carissa Kissoon, related that she was initially “astounded” by the fruits of her labour, noting that she “couldn’t predict” it. She credited her success to her family, teachers and friends, who supported her.The aspiring Cardio-Thoracic surgeon said she has always been inspired by this Mark Twain quote, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority it is time to pause and reflect.” She went on to say that she would advise future cape students to strive for greatness and stressed the importance of belief in one’s self.last_img read more

Jilted boyfriend ships out to Iraq

first_imgRosenthal, 62, famed for his marijuana cultivation books and the “Ask Ed” column he wrote for High Times magazine, will host the event at his Piedmont home on March 4. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I want you to make sure you don’t make her sound like the bad guy in this,” Griffin told Reno Gazette-Journal columnist Siobhan McAndrew. “She’s just kind of moving on with her life, and I’ve been gone at basic training and in San Diego for a year.” – Associated Press Chong helps ‘Guru of Ganja’ Comedian Tommy Chong will help raise money to defend the self-proclaimed “Guru of Ganja,” who is charged with growing hundreds of marijuana plants for a dispensary. Chong, who starred with Cheech Marin in stoner movie classics “Up in Smoke” and “Nice Dreams,” will appear at a $125-per-person event for Ed Rosenthal. Kyle Griffin shipped out with his Marine unit for Iraq on Sunday, a week after he was jilted by the woman he wanted to marry. Griffin, 19, returned home to Reno, Nev., from his military base in San Diego to propose to his girlfriend on Feb. 17. He arranged to put up a billboard with his proposal in neighboring Sparks. On a bright pink billboard was her name and the question: “Will you marry me?” But after he bought a non-returnable engagement ring and got down on one knee in front of the billboard, his girlfriend said, “No.” last_img read more

Exclusive – No January transfer window plans for Chelsea, reveals Mourinho

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told talkSPORT he does not expect to add to his Premier League title-contending squad during the January transfer window.The rampant Blues have romped their way to the top of the table with an electric start to the season.Last term Chelsea struggled to challenge for the crown without a top quality goalscorer, but the summer signing of Spanish frontman Diego Costa has solved their problems in front of goal, the 26-year-old netting 12 times in all competitions so far.The addition of former Barcelona playmaker Cesc Fabregas has also proven to be a masterstroke from the Portuguese coach, but asked if he is planning to bring in any players when the transfer window reopens, Mourinho told The Sports Bar: “No.“We have a short squad but we’ve got good players, some younger, some older, but the squad is very, very good.“Our project is to start and finish the season with the same group of players, so there will be nobody to leave and nobody to come in either.”Mourinho admitted he feared for the fitness of young centre-back Kurt Zouma when the 20-year-old was stretchered off during Chelsea’s 3-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final victory over Derby.But the manager revealed the French starlet appears to be fine, having just suffered a cut to the inside of his mouth following a collision with goalkeeper Petr Cech.He added: “When I saw Zouma was down, I was scared because we can’t lose any players and certainly not for long periods of time.“When John Terry signalled that we needed to change I thought we might be in trouble, but no, happily for us and for the kid, we weren’t.“He’s fine, he took a punch from Petr and had a cut inside his mouth, so taking him off was just a precaution. He was fine in the dressing room after.”last_img read more

Manchester United boss inspired by Wayne Rooney’s recent half-time rant

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 Louis Van Gaal has hailed Wayne Rooney’s dressing room blast at his Manchester United team-mates and says it reminded him of the rant that led to one of his most coveted managerial moments.Rooney provided vocal criticism of his team’s shortcomings at half-time at Anfield last week before going on to score the winning goal in the second half.For Van Gaal it brought back memories of Frank Rijkaard’s famous half-time intervention in the 1995 Champions League final which paved the way for Ajax’s upset win over AC Milan.The normally placid Rijkaard lost his temper with under-performing team-mate Clarence Seedorf – then went on to set up the winner for Patrick Kluivert after the break.Van Gaal said: “I think the players have to take responsibility but at the right moment – because I have seen it in my career at the wrong moment.“At the right moment you have to do it so I am very pleased – in the final in 1995 with Frank Rijkaard for example.“It’s always good, it always helps the manager and also the players. I’m asking already for more. I believe in the corrections of fellow players – I think that is more important than the correction of a manager.”last_img read more


first_imgTwin Towns Community GardenWith the new season about to start anyone interested in obtaining a plot or renewing their existing plot in the Twin Towns Community Garden season is most welcome to come along to the community garden on Sunday 13th March at 3pm. The cost of a plot for 2016 has been set at €10 for one and €5 for any further plots that may be available. Payment for the plots must be made on the day.Our garden is an initiative of the Finn Valley Community Health Forum and since 2011 we have been going from strength to strength. Our garden has now 50 + outside plots with 2 Poly tunnels each containing approx 20 plots inside. Expert help is available to any novice Gardeners starting out. Throughout the season we have various open days / BBQ and visits from professional gardeners including Gareth Austin who will be happy to help with advice on any gardening questions our members may ask him.The date is Sunday 13th March : The time 3pm : sign up and grow your own proper tasting vegetables and lovely flowers.Contact Caroline :: 0877618824 Bryan :: 0862690748 for more information.FANCY GETTING GREEN IN THE TWIN TOWNS! was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 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:allotmentsCommunity Gardensdonegaltwin townslast_img read more


first_imgTHE driver of a car that crashed resulting in the death of his wife and in the serious injury of a young girl has lost his claim of indemnity against his GP.William Barr (81), of Middletown, Gaoth Dobhair, had claimed his GP Dr Anthony Delap was negligent in certifying him fit to drive two years before he was involved in the fatal car crash. Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill ruled there had been no negligence or breach of duty on the part of the doctor.Mr Barr’s wife, Maggie (83), was killed in the crash in May 2008, and the backseat passenger in the other car, Noirin McGarvey, who was four at the time, suffered serious spinal injuries and is now confined to a wheelchair.The full story is here in today’s Irish Independent: PENSIONER LOSES CAR CRASH INDEMNITY CLAIM AGAINST GP was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal play Kerry on SundayTHE Kerry team is playing down an incident in which a Donegal fan fell out of a tree at one of their private training sessions.The man, a native of Glenties, was confronted by members of the Kerry back room team.However Kerry is playing down reports it was a ‘spying’ mission as reported elsewhere today, believing the man was a ‘genuine GAA fan’ who had gone to the session in Killarney ‘for a nosey’. The man is understood to be resident in Kerry and used to play for Naomh Conaill.He was spotted in the tree in the grounds of St Finian’s Hospital, overlooking Fitzgerald Stadium.He is believed to have disappeared when a member of the support team went to investigate, but was later confronted.Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has closed the gates to training since taking over last year to allow for privacy and planning.   SHOCK AS DONEGAL MAN FALLS OUT OF TREE AT PRIVATE KERRY TRAINING SESSION was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalKerrylast_img read more

Kyle Lafferty sinks Celtic as Hearts earn shock victory

first_img possible xi LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener impact gameday How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Lafferty was the match-winner Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack possible standings How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED highlights Kyle Lafferty’s 56th-minute strike was enough to separate Hearts and Celtic in a bruising Ladbrokes Premiership tussle at Tynecastle.The encounter demonstrated the enthusiasm and energy of Scottish football more than the talent and technique, although the returning Northern Irishman’s volley from the edge of the box in the second half was fit to win any match. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes NEW ERA Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 1 Lafferty, a target for former club Rangers, sent a delicious left-footed volley from an Uche Ikpeazu cross low past Craig Gordon from the edge of the box to win the game.Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers rang the changes from the midweek game against AEK Athens and found he did not have enough strength in depth to overcome a battling Gorgie side as the visitors slipped to a 1-0 defeat.It was a tough work-out for the champions ahead of the second leg of their Champions League qualifier in Greece on Tuesday night, where, following a 1-1 draw at Parkhead in midweek, the Hoops hope to progress through to the play-off stage.That challenge will certainly be more technical than the one they encountered in Gorgie, not that Hearts boss Craig Levein and his side will care too much after taking six points from their first two league matches. smart causal last_img read more