Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday reiterated that responsibility for the oil and gas sector rested solely with President David Granger, even though he is answerable to the National Assembly for the Ministry of the Presidency and its departments, which include the Department of Energy.Minister Harmon was at the time speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Land Management High-Level Meeting of Caribbean Ministers from Small Island Developing States at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.Responding to an article carried on the online news site, Demerara Waves, captioned “Granger takes charge of oil and gas sector; Harmon not required to meet with oil company executives”, dated October 17, 2018, Minister Harmon explained that at previous post-Cabinet press briefings, it was made explicitly clear that the Department of Energy would be under the purview of the President.“I had announced that His Excellency would have established the Department of Energy from August 1, 2018 and that it would be headed by a Director, Dr MarkPresident David GrangerBynoe and that the entity will report directly to His Excellency, who would exercise personal supervision over it. So, it is strange [to hear this now]. You understand that in the way in which our official gazettes are published … with ministerial responsibility that all of these issues, which fall under the President and the Ministry of the Presidency will be published under my name so that I will answer to those issues in the National Assembly,” Minister Harmon said. At the post-Cabinet press briefing on March 8, 2018, Neil Marks, a reporter attached to local media outfit, the Newsroom, questioned whether the Minister of State would be gazetted as the person who held responsibility for the Department of Energy.Minister Harmon had responded, “the Department of Energy is under the Ministry of the Presidency and will receive direct guidance from His Excellency, the President. The quintet of Ministers with responsibility for oil and gas have been tasked with setting up the various items that I’ve explained to you, 10 different things – the structure, functioning, the capacity building and all of these different issues will be dealt with under that. So, it’s basically giving more space, more authority, more resources and the direct eye of the President in dealing with these issues.”Further, Denis Chabrol, from the Demerara Waves, followed up on this question, querying who will be the reporting Minister to the House when it comes to the Energy Department. Minister Harmon stated on that occasion that “once it is in the Ministry of the Presidency, the Minister of State is the person who will answer to the Parliament for any matter that relates to the Ministry of the Presidency”.In reference to a letter from the President to oil companies, which DemeraraMinister of State, Joseph HarmonWaves quoted in its article, Minister Harmon said that even before the President’s letter was dispatched; he would have already written to the companies and other agencies informing them of the change.“Even before the letter that you spoke about written by His Excellency, I had written to all of the companies, including the international banks and some foreign countries, indicating to them that the Department of Energy was established on August 1, 2018 and that all issues in relation to oil and gas were to be referred to that entity under Dr Bynoe.“It is important, with this being a new entity, that we establish very clearly the authority of the entity and this is what His Excellency, the President has reinforced; that this is a new department of Government established and, therefore, we have to work assiduously to ensure that it is given that authority and scope which is required by us,” the Minister of State said.
The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has taken the step to ensure quality improvement becomes more of a reality with the appointment of a new manager for the Quality Improvement Unit.GPHC Quality Improvement Manager Leslyn Holder; Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell; GPHC Board Chairperson Kesaundra Alves; GPHC Chief Executive Officer, Retired Brigadier George Lewis; GPHC Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Fawcett Jeffrey and GPHC Head of Orthopaedics, Dr David SamarooNow heading that unit is Leslyn Holder, who has been employed at the Hospital since December 2018. Holder replaces the previous manager, Yolanda Renville, who migrated.This announcement was made by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the institution, Retired Brigadier George Lewis during a recent media briefing, where the Hospital’s administration was addressing findings surrounding a recent breach of protocol at the facility which resulted in the deaths of three children.Core functions of this unit within the Corporation surround infection control, occupational safety and health, quality improvement and data collection. The quality improvement team will be overseeing improvements to the quality of services, health care and management at the GPHC and all its external facilities.The GPHC, Guyana’s tertiary medical institution, is a premier health facility providing specialised care ranging from surgeries to services in the areas of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, and Accident and Emergency to name a few.
Attack on doctors…victim says Police urged her to “drop” assault reportThe Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Administration is currently negotiating with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for the opening of an outpost at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), according to Regional Executive Officer (REO) Dennis Jaikaran.This comes one day after a doctor at that health institution was assaulted by a patient.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence meets with West Demerara Regional Hospital staffJaikaran said the Administration was in the process of negotiating a deal with the Police Force to have regular patrols at both the Leonora Diagnostic Centre and the WDRH with the possibility of opening an outpost. He noted that the assault of a doctor at the WDRH raised serious concerns about security at the Region’s hospital; hence, the reason for an outpost.“With the (Police) Outpost, we will be able to improve security at the hospitals and prevent future incidents. The Police would also be working with the security guards at the hospital,” he said.Regional Health Officer, Dr Niall Utham told Guyana Times that the matter was being investigated and they met with the Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Tuesday.Lawrence said she would oppress for legal action against those who recently assaulted West Dem Hospital staff and destroyed some of its property.Lawrence made the disclosure on Tuesday during a meeting with doctors and nurses of the Region Three hospital at her Brickdam, Georgetown office.“This matter will not just slide; I want the staff to feel safe and secure…their safety comes first,” Lawrence assured the team during the meeting with the distraught WDRH employees.Dr Shonnette Jack, who worked on the evening of the assault, told Lawrence that verbal and physical attacks on WDRH staff by drunken and impatient patients and their families were routine on weekends and holidays.During Sunday night’s physical altercation, Dr Jack said there were “10 persons fighting in the Emergency Room for about 25 minutes”. She said during the melee, chairs were being hurled in the direction of the WDRH staff. Police ignored repeated calls for help, Dr Jack emphasised.Forced to visit the station on her own, Dr Jack said Police refused to take her statement and later “tried to intimidate me to drop the story”.“I am totally fed up and discouraged. It doesn’t feel good working anymore,” admitted young Dr Pooran Outar, who said he has “countless experiences” being attacked by irate patients and their disgruntled families.The assaults on WDRH staff are not confined to weekends or to the Emergency Room (ER), Medical Superintendent, Dr Bibi Jabar and Regional Health Officer (RHO), Dr Naail Uthman confirmed.Minister Lawrence and a team will visit the embattled WDRH today to hold further discussions with the worried staff. Assistant Regional Executive Officer (AREO) Jennifer Ferreira-Douglas will also meet with the firm providing security for the WDRH and D Division (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Commander Leslie James to raise the issue of Police’s non-response to calls for help from staff of the hospital.As an interim measure, staff want proper locks on all of the hospital doors and a designated safe-place in the event that any future attacks become extremely life-threatening.Following the visit by Minister Lawrence, it is expected that security will be boosted for the WDRH staff.According to reports, the incident occurred around 20:30h when a male, middle-aged patient arrived at the Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit complaining of pain in his left arm. He was then attended to by a male doctor, who informed him that he would require an x-ray and referred him to a private institution, since the service was not available at the time.The patient, in his drunken state, began hurling indecent language at the doctor and then proceeded to ‘chuck’ him. After which another patient observed the incident and intervened. Following the intervention, the relatives of the doctor’s assailant joined in and a scuffle ensued.Security was unable to control the situation, and the Police were called in and the parties involved were all taken to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station, where statements were taken and the alleged assailant was sent for medical treatment at the Diamond hospital.
But Streich was no match for Heynckes on Sunday as Bayern cruised to victory and moved one step closer to the Bundesliga title.“It is not just a great result, I think we played brilliantly today,” Heynckes told Sky. “It was one of our best performances of the season.”Freiburg started brightly, and could have taken the lead on 12 minutes when Lucas Hoeler broke free of the defence and forced a smart save from Sven Ulreich.Bayern, though, took the lead on 25 minutes when Thomas Mueller’s awkward prod bounced off goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow.Their second came just three minutes later, Tolisso picking out the top corner with a brilliant strike from around 30 metres.Sandro Wagner bundled the ball in from close range in the 55th minute, before Mueller made it four on 69 minutes, heading in a Joshua Kimmich corner at the near post.At the other end of the table, goalkeeper Timo Horn was left blushing as his mistake helped Stuttgart to a 3-2 victory over Cologne.Having scored early on, Cologne failed to hold a lead which would have lifted them off the bottom of the table for the first time since August.Claudio Pizarro put Cologne ahead after just six minutes. Having won the ball in the final third, Yuya Osako set up the Peruvian, who swept the ball into the far corner.It was the 39-year-old’s first goal since joining Cologne in September and extended his streak of scoring at least once in the Bundesliga in every calendar year since 1999.Cologne, though, would go into half-time a goal down after two strikes in quick succession from Mario Gomez.The veteran striker fired in an equaliser in the 45th minute, and was gifted a second moments later when Horn allowed a low shot to slip out of his hands and bounce over him into the net.“I should have saved it, I am unbelievably sorry,” Horn told Sky. “It’s even more frustrating because the first half was the best 45 minutes we have played all season.”Things got worse for Cologne on 57 minutes, when Andreas Beck squeezed a low shot past Horn to give Stuttgart a third.Milos Jojic pulled a goal back with a fine free-kick three minutes from time, but it was too little, too late for Cologne.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Man of the moment: Bayern midfielder Corentin Tolisso is congratulated for his stunning 30-metre goal © AFP / THOMAS KIENZLEBERLIN, Germany, Mar 4 – A superb strike from Corentin Tolisso helped Bayern Munich cruise to a 4-0 victory over Freiburg on Sunday and a 20-point lead in the Bundesliga.In the build-up to the game, Freiburg coach Christian Streich had emerged as a surprise candidate to succeed Jupp Heynckes at Bayern at the end of the season.
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has told talkSPORT Raheem Sterling ‘deserves’ to be booed by Reds fans when they travel to face Manchester City on Saturday.The two clubs will go head-to-head this weekend for the first time since Sterling’s ugly Anfield exit in the summer.Once beloved by the Reds faithful, the 20-year-old England international turned his own fans against him by pushing through a big-money move to City in a drawn-out and bitter transfer saga.The build-up to Saturday’s clash – talkSPORT’s exclusive commentary game on Saturday night – has been dominated by the spiky reception that lies in wait for the youngster.And Anfield great Nicol believes Sterling deserves to be given a hard time by Liverpool fans.He told Extra Time: “Sterling was only at the club for a short period of time but he certainly made enough enemies with the carry on over his last sixth months at Liverpool.“I think he’s fortunate that this tie falls in Manchester and not in Liverpool. I still think he’s going to get a lot of booing and a lot of noise when he touches the ball.“And quite frankly, he deserves it.“I don’t remember a former Liverpool player who was ever given a hard time by the fans. I think the Liverpool fans appreciate what most past players gave to the club.“But this kid is in for a surprise. I don’t think he’s quite got the experience to handle it yet and it’ll give him just a little taste of what waits for him at Anfield.”Tune in from 5:45pm on Saturday for live commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool ONLY on talkSPORT
1 Lamine Kone Sunderland have completed the signing of Lorient central defender Lamine Kone for an undisclosed fee.The France-born Ivory Coast international has signed a deal which commits him to the Wearside club until the end of the 2019-20 season.Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce told his club’s official website: “Strengthening our defensive options was a priority for us and Lamine is a player that has impressed me when I’ve seen him play.”Allardyce continued: “He is big and strong, attributes you need to play in central defence in the Premier League, and his arrival will give us healthy competition for places in a key position.”The news ends a protracted pursuit of Kone for the Barclays Premier League’s 19th-placed team.Allardyce had twice ended his interest in the 26-year-old this month, with the Black Cats initially cooling on a £5million swoop before a proposed loan move broke down.Allardyce has signalled his intention to bring in another defender and an attacking player before the end of the transfer window having already signed Jan Kirchhoff, Dame N’Doye and Steve Harper.Sunderland are also monitoring full-back Mathieu Debuchy’s situation at Arsenal as he looks for regular club football ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 finals, although they face a battle with fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa if they are to strike a loan deal.A successful swoop for Kone could see Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates leave Wearside with the former Liverpool player understood to be the subject of talks with Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon.Meanwhile, Greek midfielder Charis Mavrias has joined Bundesliga 2 Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan for the remainder of the season.The 21-year-old, who joined the Black Cats from Panathinaikos during the summer of 2013, has made just seven senior appearances and scored a single goal.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityEven with quarterback 1A Ben Olson going down with a first-quarter knee injury, even with QB 1B Patrick Cowan already sidelined with his own knee problems, it took some doing to lose to the Frightful Irish. The Bruins managed it only by being utterly unprepared for a quarterback emergency, even though 1A and 1B have not been healthy at the same time for any game this season. After Olson went down with UCLA holding a 3-0 lead, the Bruins sent out McLeod Bethel-Thompson, a non-scholarship redshirt freshman who had never thrown a pass in a college game. How did he fare? Let’s just say he didn’t bring to mind Norman Dow or John Barnes as a UCLA out-of-the-powder-blue savior. Bethel-Thompson threw four interceptions and lost a fumble. Two of those turnovers led directly to Notre Dame’s touchdowns. Otherwise, the Irish might still be looking for the end zone, given that UCLA’s defense yielded only 140 yards in 66 plays. Pertinent questions for Karl and his staff being: Why did the kid who actually has been (because of injuries to 1A and 1B) your No. 2 quarterback all season get almost zero practice with the first team? If you knew how ill-prepared Bethel- Thompson was, why didn’t you junk 90 percent of your playbook and see if your defense and special teams could beat the punchless Irish? Instead, UCLA coaches asked poor Bethel-Thompson to win the game for them, with disastrous results. Two calls stand out. A preposterous rollout on fourth-and-1 at the Notre Dame 32 when a bolt between the tackles might have earned enough yardage for a first down, a field goal and a potentially insurmountable (Notre Dame’s offense was that bad) 9-3 lead. A pass call on third-and-6 from the UCLA 5 that went for an interception returned to the UCLA 4 – and Notre Dame’s go-ahead touchdown. Those two calls turned a still-winnable game into a desperate one that led to all those turnovers – and Bethel-Thompson in tears in the locker room. The quarterback situation had yet to improve when the Bruins got back to practice Tuesday morning. Dorrell hasn’t quite reached the point where he is soliciting the student body for potential QBs. We know that because the Bruins’ practices this week start at 6 a.m., and everyone understands college undergrads can’t be roused before dawn even with a kind word (or a loaded gun) directed at them. Luckily for Dorrell, the Bruins have a bye this week. Unluckily, they get second-ranked Cal a week from Saturday. QBs 1A and 1B don’t figure to play that day. Olson had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday and is out for the month – if not the season. Cowan has yet to practice since his Sept. 22 knee injury – unless standing on the sidelines and throwing the ball around a little constitutes practice. Thus, the UCLA staff is going to have to do some serious coaching to get ready one of these three candidates: Bethel-Thompson, who got most of the practice snaps Tuesday. Osaar Rasshan, a former QB and now a former receiver who lost a depth-chart battle to Bethel-Thompson last spring and briefly was recast as a wideout. Chris Forcier, a freshman the Bruins still hope to redshirt. Rasshan is an interesting option because of his athleticism; he led a spread offense at Garey High in Pomona, where he ran for 860 yards and threw for 1,716 as a senior. But did we mention he lost the QB depth-chart battle to Bethel-Thompson? Unless the Bruins ditch the West Coast offense this week, Rasshan probably isn’t your starter. We’re thinking that Dorrell and first-year offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, presumably fond of their paychecks, will pour their energy into getting Bethel-Thompson properly prepared and Rasshan at least ready to go in and run around, if MBT gets hurt. A sensible gameplan vs. Cal, barring a miracle recovery by Cowan, would call for a heavy workload for tailback Kahlil Bell behind the competent offensive line, and a handful of careful attempts to get the ball to open-field threat Brandon Breazell – via end-arounds and short, safe passes. These are dangerous times for the Dorrell Regime. Unless Olson or Cowan returns quickly, and stays healthy, UCLA’s offense will be sporadic from here on out. And if the O remains as sloppy with the ball as it was against Notre Dame, finishing 6-6 might be the outer limits of this team’s capabilities. The next 10 days could tell us a lot about Dorrell and his staff. Can they stop the bleeding? Or does the season go down the drain? Presumably, they can’t count on someone humbling the Trojans every week. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And then there are the Bruins. Do you think Karl Dorrell sent Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh a “thanks, dude!” card this week? He probably should have included a couple of dozen roses, too. If not for Stanford’s mind-boggling 24-23 victory over USC, and the subsequent national debate on What’s Wrong With the Trojans? … the steady perk of discontent bubbling beneath Dorrell might now be at a full boil. Dorrell & Co. had some ‘splainin’ to do after inventing a way to lose to previously winless Notre Dame on Saturday, 20-6. But USC’s face-plant across town reduced what could have been a firestorm of Dorrell bashing to the usual Bruins-only kvetching.
SAN FRANCISCO–Since hiring Farhan Zaidi as general manager in November, 2014, the Los Angeles Dodgers have won four consecutive National League West titles and back-to-back National League pennants.Zaidi has played a significant role in building one of baseball’s top teams, but he may soon be faced with the prospect of accepting a new challenge.According to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the San Francisco Giants are preparing to offer Zaidi a front office position.An official with …
We’ve explained elsewhere about the family of molecular machines called aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (see 05/26/2004 entry and its embedded links). Their job is to associate each word of DNA code (codon) with its corresponding piece of a protein (amino acid). In a very real sense, they translate the DNA code into the protein code. One amazing capability of these machines is that they proofread their work. They can differentiate between similar molecules, and edit out incorrect pieces inserted by mistake. Scientists from Scripps Institute writing in PNAS1 thought they would watch what happened when they gave one of these translators a mutation that diminished this editing ability. It wasn’t pretty:The genetic code is established in aminoacylation reactions catalyzed by aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. Many aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases require an additional domain for editing, to correct errors made by the catalytic domain. A nonfunctional editing domain results in an ambiguous genetic code, where a single codon is not translated as a specific amino acid but rather as a statistical distribution of amino acids. Here, wide-ranging consequences of genetic code ambiguity in Escherichia coli were investigated with an editing-defective isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase. Ambiguity retarded cell growth at most temperatures in rich and minimal media. These growth rate differences were seen regardless of the carbon source. Inclusion of an amino acid analogue that is misactivated (and not cleared) diminished growth rate by up to 100-fold relative to an isogenic strain with normal editing function. Experiments with target-specific antibiotics for ribosomes, DNA replication, and cell wall biosynthesis, in conjunction with measurements of mutation frequencies, were consistent with global changes in protein function caused by errors of translation and not editing-induced mutational errors. Thus, a single defective editing domain caused translationally generated global effects on protein functions that, in turn, provide powerful selective pressures for maintenance of editing by aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. (Emphasis added.)In short, removing the editing created big problems. The poor bacteria were stunted and vulnerable to malfunctions. When the translator could not maintain high fidelity by editing out mistakes, crippled proteins were produced, and the organism became a sitting duck for the harsh realities of survival.Update 01/26/2005: This paper generated a commentary in PNAS by Randall Hughes and Andrew Ellington of the University of Texas.2 They agreed that “over the long run, there has been and will continue to be tremendous selective pressure to maintain the current genetic code.” But they surmise that, since not all the substituted amino acids produced fatalities, evolution might take advantage of them. “Taking advantage of protein misfolding might at first seem to be an improbable event,” they admit, “but this phenomenon is conceptually similar to other ways in which organisms take evolutionary advantage of even inclement environments.” Like citizens under siege scrounging for food, they envision a cell under stress with “a general need to explore a larger genetic space or a larger protein folding space or both.” Maybe the cell has already planned for such things through experience. “To the extent that organisms have encountered environmental stress intermittently over evolutionary time,” they write, “it may even be advantageous to establish some sort of regulatory feedback between stress and phenotypic exploration.” In the end, though, they agree that the cell works hard to prevent such errors and possesses exquisite means to eliminate typos. That means it will be difficult to find ways to change the genetic code in lab organisms: “simple substitutions will be an uphill battle.”1Bacher, Crécy-Lagard and Schimmel, “Inhibited cell growth and protein functional changes from an editing-defective tRNA synthetase,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0409064102, published online before print January 12, 2005.2Randall A. Hughes and Andrew D. Ellington, “Mistakes in translation don’t translate into termination,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, February 1, 2005, vol. 102, no. 5, pp. 1273-1274.Notice that they implied that natural selection had strong motivation to preserve the editing function of these machines. They did not say natural selection had the ability to originate these machines. That supports creation, not evolution. Hughes and Ellington added nothing but speculation: namely, the Darwinian plot line that stress is good, because it forces organisms to evolve or perish. But they only gave examples of mechanisms that are already in place to respond to stress. They did not show how a mindless cell would think to itself, “Y’know, I really ought to come up with a disaster plan.”(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0