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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:15pm
The United States of America on Wednesday deported the first member of a Guyanese family that was convicted for the 2010 murder of their countryman, Ganesh Ramgoolam, in Schenectady, New York.Angelene Priya Davis, formerly Angelene Parbhudial, who received a five-year sentence for her role in the shooting death of Ramgoolam, was returned with permission of the Guyana government and was accompanied by U.S. deportation officers.Parbhudial had married a United States citizen in an attempt to defeat deportation, but it failed.She was ordered deported by an immigration judge at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, New York.On February 20, 2010, Ramgoolam, a bus mechanic, was ambushed and gunned down outside 935 Maple Avenue, an act that prosecutors say marked a violent end to a feud between two groups of Guyanese.Prosecutors say Ramgoolam was at a party and got involved in a heated conversation on the phone between the Parbhudials and their perceived enemies. He and a friend drove to the Parbuhdial’s house only to be surrounded.Ramgoolam, who died at the scene, was felled by bullets fired from a .22 caliber gun as he stood in a driveway.“You left him dead on the cold ground, face down. Why? You have destroyed so many lives because of your ignorant actions, ” Uneesa Ally, the dead man’s widow had declared in a New York courtroom during the sentencing of her husband’s killers in 2011.Dhanashar “Tony” Persaud, who was said to be the shooter, received 18 years to life behind bars as part of a negotiated plea.“You intentionally executed him. I think of him falling to the floor. Did he yell? Did he cry? Or did he even have any time for that?” Ally had screamed at Persaud, who hung his head and teared up in the courtroom.Three of Persaud’s accomplices, siblings Vishan “Anthony” Parbhudial, then 23, and the now 25-year-old Angelene Parbhudial, who are his cousins, and her boyfriend, Richard Baliraj of Queens, were sentenced separately.Baliraj received 10 years because prosecutors say he fired one round from his AK-47 assault rifle that missed the victim while Vishan and Angelene Parbhudial were sentenced to seven and five years respectively. Vishan had a shotgun, but never pulled the trigger and Angelene was armed with a bat, prosecutors said.The defendants’ varying sentences for gang assault were based on the threat level they posed to the victim.On the day of their sentencing, everyone except Angelene Parbhudial apologised and expressed regret to the family of the deceased.Persaud, who had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, expressed remorse and said he regretted killing Ramgoolam.“When I thought I was doing the right thing, I was only making a bad decision, ” he said, adding he hopes others don’t make the same mistake he did. “My actions caused a lot of hurt.”Judge Karen Drago described the Parbhudial family as “dysfunctional” and expanded on Ally’s remarks about the ignorance of the plotters.“Not only was it ignorant, it was absolutely barbaric, a shootout on a city street, laying in wait and then to corner him off to make sure you get the job done, ” she said.The four defendants were ordered to share in paying back the $4, 400 funeral cost and will be on probation for several years after they are released from prison. They all face deportation to their native Guyana and in Baliraj’s case, Trinidad and Tobago, because they are not U.S. citizens.Another Parbhudial sibling, Wholesale NFL Jerseys, Adrian, 25, was convicted of numerous criminal charges, the most serious of which was attempted aggravated murder for the shooting of two cops.Their mother Omawattie Parbhudial had also pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:14pm
By Dr Carl NiamataliBefore the economic crisis hit last year, people in Iceland were asked what three things represented their happiness index. The first choice was the status of their personal health, with the environment and their personal finances coming in second and third.But what is the perception of persons in Low and Middle Income countries, which include Guyana, with regard their health? Must we always wait until we are ill or into our fifties or sixties before we take action on our own health?More than 70 per cent of all cancer worldwide will occur in Low and Mid Income Countries (LMIC). Those countries, least equipped to cope with this challenge, will bear a disproportionate burden of cancer.Worldwide, 7.5 million people died from cancer in 2005. By 2010, the figure will exceed 10 million people, and by 2015 there will be a stunning 20 million deaths, Wholesale Adidas Hockey Jerseys, with two-thirds of those deaths coming from LMIC.The combined deaths from HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are less than the cancer deaths. Yet there is no comparable global programme and funding similar to that for HIV-AIDS to address the cancer problem.In the USA today, more than 10 million people are alive after being treated and cured from cancer. Many millions more are living with cancer, treated with palliative care, which may include chemotherapy radiation and targeted treatment.How common is cancer? It is the leading cause of death in persons under the age of 85 years in the USA.The good news is that 70 per cent of all cancers are preventableWhat then is the solution to the Cancer problem? Education – knowing the risk factors for cancer and how to avoid these; Screening for cancers of the breast, cervix, ovary, prostate and colon; Early and comprehensive cancer treatment.Cancer results from mutations or “errors” in genes that control the production, growth, differentiation and death of cells. Oncogenes exposed to carcinogens such as tobacco, alcohol, UV light, viruses, radiation and certain chemicals can induce genetic changes which may lead to cancer.The main features of cancers are unchecked cell division, invasion of local tissue, for example a breast cancer may invade the muscle and skin of the chest wall, and it may metastasize, or spread to lymph nodes under the arm or neck, or distant, to the bones, liver, lung and brain, which results in a worse outcome.Metastatic cancers are seldom cured. Compared to a breast cancer that is localized and diagnosed at an early stage, it is less than 90 per cent curable.CANCER STATISTICSSkin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, whereas lung cancer is the leading cause of death for cancer-sufferers and accounts for 37 per cent of all cancer deaths. Colon and prostate cancer account for 10 per cent of all cancer deaths. In the USA, 180, 000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, another 62, 000 were diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and cured.About 40, 000 women die every year from breast cancer, equivalent to 26 per cent of all cancers in women. Few men are diagnosed with breast cancer.More than 90 per cent of all lung cancers are due to smoking tobacco, which causes lung, head and neck, esophageal, pancreatic, kidney, bladder and cervical cancers.It is estimated that from 2010, more than a million people will die annually from tobacco related disease in India, and in this century a billion people will die worldwide from tobacco.Marijuana is also highly carcinogenic, and needs to be investigated further as a source of head and neck cancer. Other risk factors such as alcohol, tobacco / marijuana and the HPV- Human Pappiloma Virus, are major risk factor for cervical cancer and head and neck cancer.CANCER PREVENTIONTOBACCO AND MARIJUANA –Smoking is perhaps the greatest threat to public health .Targeted programmes which are culturally sensitive, need to be developed and implemented to get people to stop smoking and to encourage teens not to start or to stop smoking. Strict laws, such as banning smoking in public places have been successfully implemented in Ireland and other EEC countries with positive results. Family, friends and colleagues should encourage others to stop smoking. Second hand smoke is also harmful.ALCOHOLRecent studies show more than two drinks per day or more than seven drinks per week, (1 drink is equivalent to 1 unit of alcohol and a double shot is equivalent to 2 units of alcohol) significantly increases the risk of cancer. Alcohol may also cause cancers of the head and neck, liver, rectum, and breast.Red wine offers more benefits and is a better choice for some people and is cardio protective. Smoking and alcohol are very harmful during pregnancy –both to the mother and unborn child.OBESITYBeing overweight is a major risk factor linked to cancer. Body Mass Index (BMI) should be less than 27 Kg/M2, this is calculated based on height and weight. Obesity is caused by a lack of exercise and dietary indiscretion, otherwise known as “overeating”.Food consumed today has a greater density of calories than a few decades ago, especially fast foods and supersize portions. Weight increase more than five pounds per year will result in obesity. The risk of esophageal, breast, colon, gall bladder, kidney and prostate cancer is increased as a result of obesity, which is also a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.Exercise is easy and free. Anyone who can get to the national park or sea wall in Georgetown or any suitable area to exercise can begin to lose weight. All it takes is some time and discipline to just -do it!It is the single best thing anyone can do to improve their own health, and save on gym fees.(To be continued)
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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:14pm
In a surprise pairing, Carlton Beckles has been elected Mayor of Lethem, while 19-year-old Maxine19 year old Maxine Welch, Lethem’s Deputy MayorAnn Welch is the new Deputy Mayor. They were both voted into office by their fellow councillors yesterday.In interviews with sections of the media, the young leader said that she was taken by complete surprise, but is nevertheless very happy and certain she will not disappoint her fellow councillors.The young lady also stated that she is aware of the task ahead. However, she is confident due to the support of her colleagues from A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance for Change (APNU AFC) side of the fence.Welch described it as an honour to be elected for such a position. She promised to take her responsibilities very seriously. She is currently employed at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) as the Administrative Assistant.Meanwhile, Ganesh Gangadin has been elected Mayor of the town of Corriverton, with Krishand Jaichand as his Deputy Mayor.The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Corriverton Town Hall, yesterday, by Town Clerk Narendra Nauth Sukham. Gangadin was nominated and elected without opposition.He is an entrepreneur by profession and is an alumnus from the University of the West Indies (UWI).It is expected that the new council will soon embark on works to deliver an efficient drainage network, a cleaner environment, the development of recreational parks, a town wide maintenance and rehabilitation of streets and pathways.His plans are also reported to include installing flood lights at Line Path and Scottsburg playgrounds, as well as fire hydrants around the town and upgrading streets to asphalt surfaces for larger and heavier vehicles.Sixteen councilors were also elected and sworn in; 14 from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and two from the New Dawn Development Association Party.The councillors are Saif Ivan, Sheik Mahmood, Bebi Rambarran, Pradeep Ketwaroo, Dhan Ramdass, Brian Cushing College Jersey, Deonarain Singh, Inderjit Arjoon, Premchan Pooran, Winston Roberts, Everet Harewood, Shameer Alfred, Sabitree Ally, Latchmee Ramnarine- Edward and Jamna Persaud Ghamandi.Roy Baijnauth was the last Mayor of Corriverton.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:14pm
London – Gina Miller is a London-based investment manager for the firm SCM Private, Gina Millerwhich she co-founded in 2014.Miller, who was born in Guyana but grew up in Britain, is the lead claimant in a historic legal action against the Prime Minister.She is fighting her case with several other applicants, including the so-called “People’s Challenge” which has the backing of thousands of supporters.Ms Miller argues that individual members of the Cabinet have no legal power to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the European Union without the prior authorisation of Parliament and MPs.She is hoping to overturn Mrs May’s decision in judicial preview proceedings at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Miller is the founder and chairman of Miller Philanthropy, Bill Walton College Jersey, which she launched with her husband Alan, the original “Mr Hedge Fund”, who made more than £30 million in the City.The couple also launched the True and Fair Campaign, aimed at slashing charges on ISAs and rooting out ‘dishonesty’ in the financial services industry.She and her husband have been a major contributor to the Lady Thatcher infirmary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, in addition to numerous small UK community charities and projects, and says her organisation always does its “due diligence” before helping any cause.She offers her foundation’s services completely free of charge, and Miller Philanthropy also has a pro bono directory, the Goodwill Exchange, which is made up of experts, individuals and companies.The dispute is over whether Parliament as a whole or Ministers have the authority to formally declare to the European Parliament that Britain is withdrawing from the EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.Article 50 states that any member state may leave “in accordance with its own constitutional requirements”.The Government says that its executive powers, under the royal prerogative, are sufficient for David Davis, the Brexit secretary, to formally announce Britain’s exit on behalf of Theresa May’s Cabinet.The case will be heard over three days at the High Court and could move to the Supreme Court before the end of the year. (telegraph.co.uk)
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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:14pm
Guyana’s health sector over the past 50 years has seen major achievements and laudable developments.  It is only fitting that this is extensively highlighted when Guyana commences celebration of its 50th yearDr William Adu-Krow (left) and Dr. Paul Edwards.as an independent nation.This was the primary focus of a Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)-spearheaded forum convened on Monday.It was disclosed that even as national preparations are being made, PAHO is streamlining its own plans to be part and parcel of this auspicious celebration. Guyana gained its Independence from British rule on May 26, 1966.At Monday’s forum which was intended to enlighten media operatives about PAHO’s plans, Health Services Advisor Dr. Paul Edwards, revealed that PAHO’s input will be done in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health.Regarding the half century celebration as a very important venture, he disclosed that the PAHO/WHO office made the decision to “capitalise on this opportunity to reflect, to compile and to present, on the achievements of the health sector.”According to Dr. Edwards, the achievements and changes that Guyana realised over the years were supported by contributions in various forms, from different development agencies as well as key stakeholders, in collaboration with the Government of Guyana.“This is the backdrop; this is the context as it relates to PAHO sitting down at the table and determining what would be our contribution to Guyana at 50, ” Dr. Edwards announced.Moreover, the Health Services Advisor, aided by a Power Point presentation, revealed that PAHO will be engaged in six specific activities. These are the development of a photo gallery book; a progress health report; the launch of both the photo gallery book and health report; a dinner to honour persons of outstanding contributions; a symposium to highlight the progress report and a health fair to be held in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry.And according to Dr. Edwards, PAHO is looking to complete two key features of its contribution to the 50th celebration by mid-April 2016. These features are the photo gallery book and the progress health report which are slated to be launched on May 12, 2016 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.The Health Services Advisor disclosed that it is expected that in addition to those involved in the delivery of health care, the media will play a major role in gathering health information that showcase health developments over the past 50 years.Dr. Edwards in his presentation on Monday considered that the first 25 years of health care delivery would undoubtedly reflect a challenging state of affairs when compared to the latter 25 years. He anticipates that the information that will be compiled will prove to be useful to many.“It is envisioned that the report (that we are preparing) will benefit a wide array of persons including the current health sector, students and the public at large, as it will present a foundation that will inform development planning, ” said Dr. Edwards.Meanwhile, the dinner planned by PAHO will be held on the evening of May 12, also at the Marriott Hotel, while the symposium will be convened the following day at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Dr. Edwards informed.In order to ensure that only the best product is produced in terms of its contributions to the independence celebration, Dr. Edwards disclosed that PAHO has taken on board “every single person in this organisation. We know that it is very challenging but we want the very best, Taylor Mays USC Jersey, so we are engaging everybody to make this a reality.”PAHO’s planned contributions have already been endorsed by the Ministry of Public Health and the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport.According to Dr. Edwards, “PAHO/WHO (Resident) Representative, Dr. (William) Adu-Krow has shared (our) plans with the Ministry of Public Health, including the Minister of Public Health. He and his team from this (PAHO) office have also met with Minister Nicolette Henry, the Minister within the Ministry of Education.”Minister Henry is also the co-chairperson of the National Commemoration Commission which is tasked with planning for the independence celebration.While the Commemoration Commission has been able to fit the PAHO activities into its independence celebration schedule, PAHO is expected to also have on its Planning Committee, at least, two officials from the Ministry of Public Health.And as if the contributions already detailed are not enough, Dr. Edwards disclosed that PAHO will also be inviting its Director, who is based in Washington D. C., to travel to Guyana to be a part of the independence celebration. Also, past PAHO Representatives who would have worked in the Guyana office, during the period 1966–2016, will be on the PAHO’s list of invitees.
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