A patient of the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) is now dead after he reportedly jumped from the facility’s male ward.Sixty-two-year-old Mortimer Sagan of Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara, took his life by jumping through a window of the said ward.According to information received by Guyana Times, the incident occurred around 19:00h on Sunday at the facility.Reports are that the man, who was admitted as a tuberculosis patient, after jumping ended up on a septic tank and reportedly died on the spot.It is unclear what motivated Sagan’s actions. The Police are currently investigating the matter.Meanwhile, the West Dem Hospital only recently made headlines when doctors attached to the hospital refused to work and took strike action as a result of failure on the part of the Public Health Ministry to address their numerous concerns.The hospital was left in a state of panic when all doctors of the medical facility downed their equipment and refused to work.The doctors, via a letter sent to their medical superintendent which was copied and sent to all levels, outlined a number of concerns that affects them and vowed to strike if no response was given.The letter which was seen by this publication stated, “…this letter serves to inform you that the staff of the Accident and Emergency Unit of the West Demerara Regional Hospital are disappointed, frustrated, disgusted and fed-up of the way in which our daily verbal grievances are being handled. To date we have not seen any measures implemented within our department to alleviate our struggles or worries”.The letter continues, “the staffers of the Emergency Unit no longer feel safe in their working environment. They no longer feel motivated to provide the best patient care since supportive structure and drugs are on regular shortage or absent. They no longer feel the need to go above and beyond because they feel that the administrative body does not care and have swept all of their relevant and legitimate concerns aside”.The doctors were calling for better security at the facility following a number of incidents where doctors were either physically attacked or verbally abused by patients and others.In fact, a recent incident saw two doctors being attacked by a patient and his relatives and were even spat upon. The doctors have since been calling for the Public Health Ministry to tighten security services at the facility.
Nikkin Thimmaiah scored a brace as the Indian men’s hockey team got the better of Malaysia 4-2 to register its first win in the round robin encounter of the 4 Nations Invitational tournament here on Thursday.In a closely-fought contest, India scored two goals in the final quarter of the match to earn their first points at the tournament.India got off to a dominating start in the opening periods of the game, pressing high and consistently effecting turnovers to keep Malaysia in their own half.However, despite the overwhelming possession, there weren’t many clear chances created as Malaysia’s deep defense held firm and the two teams went into the first break locked in a stalemate.In the second quarter also the Indians dominated in the midfield but were unable to find a breakthrough in the final third. This lasted till the 24th minute of the match before Sardara Singh capitalised on a Malaysian mistake to launch an attack. His pass found Satbir Singh, who laid it off to Thimmaiah at the edge of the circle. (Rupinder Pal Singh’s double in vain as India lose to Australia 2-3)Nikkin dummied the defender and cut into the circle, before unleashing a shot into the bottom corner to give India a 1-0 lead, which they held on to as the match went into halftime.Nine minutes into the third quarter, Malaysia hit back with an equaliser with Faizal Saari converting a penalty corner.The parity didn’t last long though, as India won their first PC almost from the restart. From the PC, Rupinder Pal Singh made no mistake and once again gave India the lead. The teams went into the final break with India leading 2-1.advertisementMalaysia had a flurry of PCs in the opening minutes of the final quarter. Shahril Saabah converted the second to draw level again, setting the stage for an exciting finish. The equaliser from Malaysia served as a blessing in disguise for India as they stepped up their game and started being more assertive with their possession, making more penetrations into the Malaysian circle.The dominance paid off in the 55th minute with Nikkin scoring his second goal of the game. India stepped up a gear and within a minute as Akashdeep Singh scored the fourth goal for India.India will next play New Zealand on Saturday.
New Delhi: Taking action against single plastic use, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has sealed four godowns situated in non-conforming areas under its jurisdiction. According to SDMC, they have constituted teams at zonal level comprising of assistant commissioners, representatives of Revenue Department, BSES and Delhi Police to take on-the-spot action against godowns wherein plastic has been stored.”The action includes sealing of the godowns immediately after noticing the accumulation of plastic in godowns. The team constituted under the West Zone on Tuesday took a round in the number of localities situated in non-conforming areas coming under the zone,” said SDMC official. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe team visited 83 units and godowns and noticed the accumulation of plastic at four godowns. The godowns were also storing biomedical waste which is also dangerous and harmful to the environment. The team sealed four plastic godowns at Shiv Vihar in Vikas Nagar. Further electricity connection of two godowns has also been disconnected. In an event in South Zone the Mayor, Sunita Kangra exhorted citizens to collect plastic waste lying here and there and hand over the same to the SDMC employees for its proper disposal in a scientific manner. She added that this will inspire others to follow the suit. She further stated that SDMC is mulling over offering a certain incentive on the collection of substantial plastic waste. All 4 zones witnessed awareness programmes and various activities under Swachhta hi Sewa initiatives. A large number of RWA and market association representative roamed into a number of markets, vegetable and fruit markets.
OTTAWA — A Senate committee is launching an inquiry into the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.The Senate’s national defence committee has voted 7-5 on a motion from Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais to examine the circumstances that led to the military’s second-in-command being suspended and charged with breach of trust.Norman’s two-year ordeal ended earlier this month when the charges were stayed.Conservatives, who allege Prime Minister Justin Trudeau politically interfered with the case, tried to get the House of Commons defence committee to initiate an investigation but the Liberals used their majority to block that effort.Conservatives had better luck Tuesday at the Senate committee, passing Dagenais’ motion with the support of independent Sen. Diane Griffin and unaffiliated Sen. David Richards.The motion calls on the committee to explore why the charges were laid and subsequently stayed, inviting Norman, Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of defence staff, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to testify, along with any other witnesses it deems pertinent.The committee is to conduct its inquiry and report to the Senate by no later than June 20.Norman had been accused of leaking government secrets to Quebec’s Davie shipyard, supposedly to help it nail down a $700-million contract for a navy supply ship that had been approved by the previous Conservative government and which the new Liberal government decided to review in 2015 before eventually finalizing it.In staying the charges, Crown prosecutors told the judge that new evidence they’d received from Norman’s defence team had led them to conclude there was no reasonable chance of convicting him.Both the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and RCMP have insisted they acted independently and professionally, without any political interference.Dagenais said his motion wasn’t aimed at creating a political circus. Rather, he said it’s a chance for Norman to tell his side of the story after two years of having his reputation shredded in public.But independent Liberal Sen. Terry Mercer, who said Norman is a friend, predicted the committee inquiry will be a fishing expedition aimed at damaging the Liberals just months before this fall’s federal election.Mercer suggested the committee should also hear from officials in former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s office and his defence minister, Peter MacKay, who told Norman’s defence lawyers that they’d authorized the vice-admiral to stay in direct contact with Davie about the supply ship contract. He questioned why the Conservatives didn’t volunteer that information to the RCMP or prosecutors.“What bothers me about this, they knew this but they let Vice-Admiral Norman go through this for two years. You could have ended it by coming forward and saying, ‘Hold it guys, we asked him to do this, we directed him to do this, he did nothing wrong.’” A number of independent senators expressed concern that Norman may not want to face a grilling before a Senate committee after everything he’s been through. And even a Conservative senator who voted for the motion, Sen. Thomas McInnis, predicted Norman won’t accept the invitation or, if he does, will say very little because it might be injurious to a potential civil suit. .The Canadian Press