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Date: 21 Oct 17 11:14pm
— major emphasis on importance of breast milkTaking pride in its baby friendly status, the West Demerara Regional Hospital yesterday afternoon officially kicked off its observance of National Breastfeeding week with a Church Service in its Maternity Ward.Under the theme “Just 10 Steps the Baby Friendly way” the Region Three Breastfeeding Committee spearheaded the activity, which culminated with a presentation of hampers to new mothers who were patients in the ward at the time.Dr Ravi Persaud (at right) hands over a hamper to a new mother yesterdayAddressing the gathering at the service, Regional Health Officer, Dr Ravi Persaud, emphasised that the Region Three hospital, Cheap Jerseys, which was the first locally declared baby-friendly hospital in the country, has been operating on the primary basis of promoting, protecting and supporting the practice of breastfeeding.He highlighted further that not only is breastfeeding best for babies but added that it has been proven that breastfeeding mothers are less prone to ovarian and breast cancers.Breastfed babies, Dr Persaud noted too, are more likely to grow up to be healthy adults with intellect above those that are not breastfed, thereby amplifying the importance of breastfeeding.For this reason, he disclosed that consistent efforts are made to ensure that mothers are not left alone to ensure that babies are breastfed but rather are in receipt of the support of other family members, including fathers.Fathers, he revealed, have a pivotal role in ensuring that mothers continue to breastfeed their babies, a practice which will more than likely ensure that financial expenses are limited and there is more to deal with health problems.According to the RHO at the Regional Hospital, mothers are continually reminded that breast milk is best and cannot be compared to any other product. And in order to maintain its status as a baby-friendly facility, the 10 steps are continually adhered to by officials at the hospital who have been receiving optimal support from mothers, according to Dr Persaud.Among the 10 steps to ensure baby-friendliness is the availability of a written policy, appropriate training of staff, informing mothers of the importance of breastfeeding their babies, particularly during the first half of an hour after birth. This practice he revealed helps mother and child to readily create a bond.Also addressing yesterday’s activity was former RHO, Dr Holly Alexander, who cheerfully reminisced on the introduction of the 10 baby-friendly steps to the West Demerara Hospital.She further commended the members of the Committee, who she believes have been instrumental in ensuring that the hospital retains its baby friendly status over the years. Regional Chairman, Julius Faerber also graced the proceedings and revealed that Government has been playing its role in ensuring that the hospital lives up to an acceptable standard. This, he said, is evident with the training of sufficient staff and the availability of drugs to ensure that the facility operates optimally.Breastfeeding activities will continue throughout this week at hospitals across the country.These will include educational talks geared at sensitising both staffers and patients, exhibitions and workshops, road marches and other outreach activities.Meanwhile, the Georgetown Hospital, which will also be engaged in a number of activities this week, has revealed plans to have that facility achieve a baby-friendly status by this year end.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:25pm
“Corruption undermines democracy, weakens the rule of law and perpetuates poverty…Corruption hurts everyone who depends on the integrity of persons in a position of authority.”Guyana has improved by three points over its 2013 rating on the Global Corruption Perception Index, but the country remains at the bottom of the list of English Speaking Caribbean countries.The result of the 2014 Annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) was released yesterday and out of the 175 countries surveyed by the international body, Guyana ranked 124, with a score of 30 .(0 being highly corrupt;100 being very clean.)The only other countries in the region that ranked below Guyana were Haiti and Venezuela.Guyana’s rating places it among countries such as Vietnam, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Mauritania.Countries in the region that outperformed Guyana significantly include Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago which scored 38 points, Cheap Jerseys Authentic, Dominica with 58 points, St Vincent and the Grenadines which racked up 67 points and Barbados which scored 74 points.The Bahamas was awarded 71 points.The top five performers in the world were Denmark at number one with New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Norway following.According to the international anti corruption body’s local arm, “The ranking of Guyana on the 2014 CPI is just another international indicator which taken together with the local reality, simply increases the public perception that corruption remains a chronic problem in Guyana of crisis proportions.”Transparency International Guyana (TIGI), following the release of the results yesterday, repeated its earlier calls for the larger members of civil society such as the Guyana Bar Association, the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers, Private Sector Commission, Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and the trade unions among others, to get involved in combating corruption.It called on the civil society bodies to speak out against corruption and be proactive within its own membership on tackling the scourge.TIGI also called on the civil society bodies to partner with TIGI in order to embrace more collective efforts.“These organizations have the potential to influence change but have been largely silent on the corruption epidemic which continues to have a debilitating effect on Guyana’s development, ” said TIGI.The local anti corruption body reminded too that, “corruption undermines democracy, weakens the rule of law and perpetuates poverty…corruption hurts everyone who depends on the integrity of persons in a position of authority.”José Ugaz, Chair of the international body, following the release of the results called on countries at the bottom, such as Guyana, to adopt radical anti-corruption measures in favour of its people.TIGI as a result, renewed its previous calls to government for measures such as the urgent appointment of members of the Integrity Commission; the urgent appointment of members of the Public Procurement Commission; Implementation of laws to regulate election campaign financing; Implementation of modern anti-corruption legislation; Implementation of whistle blowing legislation and the enforcement of existing anti-corruption laws by investigating and prosecuting the corrupt, among other measures.The findings on Guyana by the international anti corruption body is based primarily on surveys carried out by four reputable international institutions – the International Country Guide, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the Global Insight Country.The administration over the years has repeatedly rejected the findings by Transparency International and has accused the body of soliciting only the views of a few anti government activists.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:25pm
–    Country’s chief justice reinstated two years after impeached by former govt.Sri Lanka’s new president has reinstated the country’s chief justice, who was impeached twoSri Lanka’s former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake is greeted by lawyers at the Supreme Court complex in Colombo on Wednesday. Photo: Ishara S.Kodikara/AFP/Getty Imagesyears ago after she refused to back a law granting wider powers to the former president’s brother.In a statement on Wednesday, the president’s office described Shirani Bandaranayake’s ouster as illegal, and said it and her successor’s appointment are now “null and void according to the law.”A senior court official said Bandaranayake reassumed her duties Wednesday afternoon but would retire after attending a farewell ceremony.That would allow the government to appoint a new chief justice.Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa built up immense power during his nine-year rule, including the ability to appoint the heads of formerly independent agencies.The government of new President Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated Rajapaksa in the 8 January election, has been slashing the former leader’s influence and investigating corruption allegations against his family.Rajapaksa’s government had accused Bandaranayake of misusing her power and amassing wealth. Her impeachment was widely condemned as an act of political revenge, and Rajapaksa appointed a close aide, Mohan Peiris, Cheap Jerseys USA, as her successor.The senior court official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, did not explain why Badaranayake was quitting in a day, and the chief justice was not available for comment.Earlier Wednesday, lawyers and activists demonstrated near the Supreme Court against Peiris, saying he undermined the judiciary’s independence by being partial to Rajapaksa. They cited accusations of his involvement in an alleged coup plot by Rajapaksa immediately after the election.Police have questioned Peiris over his presence at Rajapaksa’s official residence when results of the election were being announced.A complaint from the new government alleges Rajapaksa discussed with his guests ways he could illegally stay in power when voting results indicated he was losing.Peiris could not be reached for comment.Rajapaksa was widely credited for leaving office peacefully after he lost the election, but the subsequent coup allegation has raised doubts about what really happened. Rajapaksa has denied the allegation.Last week, the government pardoned and reinstated the rank of former army commander Sarath Fonseka, who was imprisoned four years ago after he challenged Rajapaksa in the 2010 presidential election. Fonseka said his imprisonment was a political vendetta against him for daring to run against Rajapaksa.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:24pm
Faith King, Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, the mother who lost her home and all of its belongings in a fire on Friday, at the 183 Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown residence, believes that the blaze was the result of a malicious act by neighbours.The 56-year-old woman and four others— Simone, 27; Melissa, 17; Brian Lewis, 20 and six-year-old Malesa Bovell – Simone’s daughter – are now homeless due to the inferno which fire-fighters concluded originated from an electrical malfunction.It is for this very reason that King is suspicious of the fire’s origin as the home did not have any source of electricity.  “Somebody did it. We don’t get electricity, ” she told this newspaper.Faith King (left) and her daughtersKaieteur News understands that King and her family have been squatting on Government reserve for the past 32 years. According to her, the state land was being occupied by the Kings and another family.King said that her husband had reached an agreement with the other family when they first started to live on the premises. However, after the death of the head of the household, King explained that the two families have had many disputes concerning the squatting area.She said that the day after the fire, the other family members had already removed the wreckage from where her house stood and had begun to fence off the area.“The people who live in front done push back everything and build a fence, ” said King.She also revealed that mere hours after losing her home, an overseas relative of the said family called, telling King that she will have to move as they need the land.Wreckage from Friday’s La Penitence fireWith the land dispute between the families and the destruction of her home, King is convinced that the origin of the fire was not an accident, rather an act of arson.Since the fire, King and her family have been allowed to stay with another neighbor. She said that they even had to borrow clothes because everything in their home was destroyed. The mother is calling for the help of public spirited citizens.Persons can contact King on 680-9387 or 256-3873.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:24pm
As part of an ongoing drive to improve literacy, the Ministry of Education is set to embark on an initiative aimed at bringing together experts in the very field to help chart the way forward.This disclosure was recently made by Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, who said that “we are about to pull together all our local experts in literacy from across whatever divides we imagine we have; be it political, geographical or gender – all of our experts, wherever they are, we will bring them together to sit down, formulate and brainstorm what would be the best way forward in pushing the literacy agenda.”Education Minister Priya Manickchand and a Rotary Club of Georgetown official view a section of the ‘Reading Corner’ at the East Ruimveldt Primary School.This move, the Minister noted, is geared at putting the public education system in a better position to realise better results, particularly at the lower levels of the primary grades. It is expected, the Minister added, that the initiative will help to foster improved teaching sessions in the classrooms, thereby allowing for children to reap maximum benefits.The initiative comes at a time when education officials are of the firm belief that the public education system is much improved as it relates to the level of literacy. In fact, the Minister expressed her conviction that “we are at the best place that our country has ever been in terms of literacy.” She nonetheless confessed that there is much more work to be done.“We are not satisfied that every single child can read, that every single child can count, and until we are satisfied that not a single child is left behind in the areas of reading and numeracy, we will still consider ourselves as having a lot of work to do, Cheap NFL Jerseys, and that is where we are today. Although we are at the best place that we have ever been, we still have a whole lot of work to do.”Manickchand sought to emphasise, too, that the education system is on a mission to capitalise on the gains that have been made in order to accelerate its efforts in the area of literacy. She pointed out that “once we do that, we know fully that it is going to be our Guyana that benefits…each individual child will benefit.”Need for supportThe Minister asserted that while the Ministry’s initiative is a noble one which is poised to realise positive results, there is an ever growing need for support. She explained that the Ministry is not merely looking to partner with parents and teachers, but it is expected that corporate entities will endeavour to direct much needed assistance behind education programmes.She lauded the recent effort of the Rotary Club of Georgetown to partner with the Ministry to introduce reading clubs at three primary schools, a project, which according to President of the Club, Mr Khalil Ali, is poised for expansion.“We still have a lot of work to do and this partnership particularly is welcomed. We look forward to the rolling out of more of these kinds of activities by the Rotary Club and we invite other organisations to come on board and partner in this field, where books and space are provided and training is done so that children can benefit, ” the Minister added.The recent programme, which allowed for the launching of reading clubs at the East Ruimveldt, Patentia and Beterverwagting/Quamina Primary Schools last week, saw the Rotary Club soliciting support from three major business entities – Scotiabank, Ansa McAl, and Digicel Guyana.Such support, the Minister stressed, “is the epitome of the way we should be going as a country…Here we have a Rotary Club that is perhaps social in nature, but it is meeting its civic responsibilities and even soliciting from Corporations to engage in activities where our children are the ultimate beneficiaries.”
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