Public 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.
Long Beach got an unassisted first-period goal from Bo Cheesman and a third-period goal from Brandon Schwartz. Schwartz’s goal came with 20 seconds left and was assisted by Andrew Winnik and goaltender Mike Brown. It briefly pulled the Ice Dogs to 3-2. But Utah added an empty-net goal with 6 seconds left when Joel Irving scored. Utah’s Ryan Kinasewich scored the game’s first goal and had three assists to lead the Grizzlies. Brad Herauf and D.J. Jelitto had the other goals for Utah, who will host Long Beach on Friday and Saturday for Games 5 and 6 of the Ice Dogs’ trip. Jelitto scored at 8:59 of the third period to give Utah a 3-1 lead. The Ice Dogs could not recover and finished the night 0 for 8 on the power play. The Ice Dogs (15-26-0-3) trail the Victoria Salmon Kings in the National Conference for the eighth and final playoff spot by six points. Only one team in the 25-team ECHL – the Pensacola Ice Pilots – have fewer points. The Pilots (14-30-1-1) have 30. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Ice Dogs started the Utah leg of their season-long, nine-game trip with a 4-2 loss Wednesday night to the Utah Grizzlies at the E Center. It was the second straight loss for the Ice Dogs, who fell to 2-2 on their trip.