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Date: 24 Jun 17 08:05pm
The family of Stephen Craig, 45, of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, has expressed sincere thanks to the general public for their support to Craig in his desperate time of need.The family had solicited monetary donations from the public some time last year to raise the $4.5M for surgery at a medical institution in Trinidad and travel expenses which added some approximate $500, 000 to the medical cost for Craig.Craig was diagnosed with an aneurysm in the brain. After pleading for public assistance through publications by this newspaper, Cheap Jerseys From China, the family was able to afford the manâs medical procedure and take care of his traveling expenses too.The successful endovascular coiling surgery was done last January, at the Sinclair Medical Centre in Trinidad, according to his wife, Bernice Craig, who emphasized the gratitude of the family for the support given by the public, without which the surgery would not have been possible.An aneurysm of the brain is a bulging weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain.
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Date: 24 Jun 17 08:05pm
There was no vote on the amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill (AML/CFT), this week, ahead of the recently completed review by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).APNUâs Joseph HarmonGovernment had been lamenting the consequences of international blacklisting had FATF independently pulled up Guyana for a review.This did not happen and as such Guyana is now only faced with the scheduled May, 2014 review by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).The Guyana Government yesterday said that the FATF plenary members accepted the CFATF recommendation that Guyana be reviewed subsequent to its next plenary decision in May.According to the Guyana Government, it was advised that neither the FATF nor the CFATF will be issuing any Statements emanating from the Paris meeting on Guyana and that the decisions of the 2013 November CFATF meeting and plan of action remain unchanged.In reaction to how the events have played out, A Partnership for National Unityâs (APNU), Jerseys From China, Joseph Harmon said that the Government âshould now hang their heads in shame and apologise to this nation.âAccording to Harmon, Governance Advisor, Gail Teixeira, Attorney General, Anil Nandlall and Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh, all knew very well that it was a bogus deadline but instead deliberately sought to mislead the nation and institutions such as the Private Sector Commission to create panic.âWhy should we believe anything they say in future?â Harmon said that APNU in the Select Committee will press to meet face to face with members of CFAFT instead.He said that what the Government did was worse than actual blacklisting, when they leaned on the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to pressure the Opposition into voting on the Bill.âI am not saying we should not have a proper Bill but they were creating panic, they were lying to this nation, â said Harmon.âWe donât believe anything that Government says, â according to Harmon, as he reiterated that future actions will be guided by CFATF advice and not government representatives.Presidential Advisor, Gail TeixeiraIn the statement issued by FAFT yesterday, the main issues dealt with by the plenary were producing two public documents as part of its ongoing work to identify jurisdictions that may pose a risk to the international financial system.It also dealt with approving and publishing follow-up reports to the mutual evaluations of Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands), Austria, Canada, Luxembourg, Mexico and the Netherlands.FATF received an update on AML/CFT improvements in Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh and Vietnam as well as reviewed the voluntary tax compliance programmes in several jurisdictions among other matters.The FATF statement listed those countries found to be deficient and as such blacklisted as, Iran and the Democratic Peopleâs Republic of Korea (DPRK).FATF also listed Algeria, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey and Yemen as jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies that have not made sufficient progress in addressing the deficiencies or have not committed to an action plan developed with the FATF to address the deficiencies.FATF called on its members to consider the risks arising from the deficiencies associated with each of those jurisdictions.Guyana was not the subject of any warned review and possible international blacklisting.
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Date: 24 Jun 17 08:03pm
GT&T pledges support for Jacobâs relativesSaturday eveningâs accident involving media practitioners should serve as a wake-up call to journalists that greater emphasis needs to be placed on public education and awareness on road safety.This is according to the Guyana Press Association (GPA).In a statement issued yesterday, the GPA noted that road accidents remain a leading cause of deaths worldwide.Injured: Ravina GildharieâOur only reward, as media practitioners, must be safer roads, â the GPA stated.The media fraternity across Guyana is deeply saddened at the tragic death of National Communication Network reporter Akila Jacobs, one of Guyanaâs young and ambitious news reporters.The GPA also encouraged media workers to use this opportunity to pray for the speedy and full recovery of the other members of the media who sustained injuries in the accident at Ameliaâs Ward, Linden.The death of Jacobs, the GPA stated, has come at a time when several media houses are confronting the daunting challenge of sustaining high standards, partly due to a high staff attrition rate.âThe fact that Akila entered the media almost immediately after completing secondary education and stayed the course remains a shining testimony of her love for the profession that she selected.âInjured: Morano IsaacsMeanwhile, Jerseys NFL China, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) said yesterday that it regrets the unfortunate incident which has resulted in the loss of lives and injury to several persons.The company expressed condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, and wished those who sustained injury speedy recovery and a return to good health.Speaking with Kaieteur News yesterday, Chief Executive Officer of GT&T, Major-General Joe Singh, said that the company is presently working to assist the injured persons.Caption: âThe financial aspect of the tragedy will be dealt with in time, but the company is currently concerned about the injured.ââA sense of priority has to prevail, â Singh said yesterday.Singh also visited Jacobâs relatives and pledged the companyâs support in any way possible.The accident, which occurred just after 18:00 hrs, took the lives of National Communication Network (NCN) reporter Akila Jacobs, 23, and minibus driver Terrence Tappin.Dead: Akila Jacobs Also injured in the accident were NCN Radio announcer Morano Isaacs; operator Mohamed Nazim, camerawoman June Ann Amsterdam, Guyana Times Reporter Ravina Gildharie, and Serena Knights, a supervisor at GT&Tâs Linden branch.The occupants of the minibus had travelled earlier in the day to Ituni, where GT&T had installed a new cell site.
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Date: 24 Jun 17 08:03pm
With calls by the Pan American Health Organisation/ World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) forMinister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsarancountries to give close attention to food safety, Guyana, through the Ministry of Health has announced its willingness to put boosted measures in place.  At least this is based on disclosures made by Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran, in a message to observe World Health Day on Tuesday.World Health Day is observed annually on April 7, and this year the focus was on âFood Safetyâ, a topic that embraced the slogan ââFrom farm to plate, keep it safe.âAnd in order to realise this goal, Minister Ramsaran has announced that the Ministry of Health will strengthen its capacity to execute its mandate of inspection and enforcement through expansion of an already robust training programme in this regard.He asserted too that Government will continue to work with its âStrategic Partnersâ such as PAHO, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation (IICA), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), the Chambers of Commerce, the Municipalities and other stakeholders to further strengthen food inspection regimes.Added to this, the Minister disclosed that deliberate moves will be made to continue to actively review the relevant legislation protecting the quality of the nationâs food stocks with the aim of strengthening these. It is expected that this move will serve to make penalties realistic, and put in place effective deterrents to sub-standard practices. âWe will maintain vigilance over the quality and safety of the food our citizens consume, â assured the Health Minister who went on to point out that âthe Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Health, has placed Food Safety on the front burner.âIn fact he outlined that interventions in this regard is aimed at protecting consumers from the risk of food poisoning and food borne diseases, acute or chronic and shoddy food products.It was for this very reason, the Minister related that the Food and Drug Department of the Health Ministry, which was recently strengthened, is committed to ensuring that âthe Guyanese people have confidence in the food they buy and eat.The Minister pointed out that, according to WHO, unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated two million people annually, including children. This is due to the fact that food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. And according to the Minister, it is important to recognise that most food borne diseases occur at home because of poor food handling in the domestic kitchen.As such, he noted that parents as well as food handlers need to be very cognizant of the importance of proper food handling and preparation in the home.Moreover, Minister Ramsaran has noted that ârestaurants attract special attention from the Regulatory Body of the Ministry of Health.âAs such, he added that the Ministry urges citizens to observe WHOâs five keys to safer food which offer practical guidance to vendors and consumers for handling and preparing foods. These are: keep clean, separate raw and cooked, cook thoroughly, keep food at safe temperatures and use safe water and raw materials.Minister Ramsaran has asserted too that ânew threats to food safety are constantly emerging. Changes in food production, transportation, distribution consumption, that is, intensive agriculture, Throwback Jerseys, globalization of food trade, mass catering and street food; changes to the environment; new and emerging bacteria and toxins; antimicrobial resistance â all increase the risk of food becoming contaminated.â Also the Minister has underscored that increases in travel and trade enhance the likelihood of contamination.
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Date: 24 Jun 17 08:03pm
The Samaroo family of Anna Regina New Housing Scheme is grieving the loss of their eldest child, 17-year-old Lawrence Samaroo.Reports are that Samaroo, who attended the Cotton Field Secondary School, was cleaning his motorcycle yesterday afternoon when he came into contact with a naked switch in the bottom flat of their two-flat house.Sharon Samaroo, Andrew Desjardins Jersey, the boyâs mother, said that she had left her home to go to a nearby shop when she received the tragic news. Mrs Samaroo added that she left the shop screaming and when she reached home she saw Lawrence lying in a chair.She said that the maid explained that Lawrence was washing his motorcycle. She added that after Lawrence inserted a plug into the switch, he fell to the ground.Mrs Samaroo further noted that Lawrence did not die at home, but at Abrams Zuil, a couple of Villages before he reached Suddie Public Hospital, where he was headed for medical treatment.Police subsequently visited the scene.Meanwhile, neighbours upon learning about the incident gathered at the Samarooâs resident in support of the deceased parents.