The Public Health Ministry has terminated the services of Government Pathologist, Dr Vivekanand Bridgemohan for reasons unknown. Guyana Times understands that the news of the termination was related as Police in Berbice were awaiting the doctor to perform three autopsies on Tuesday.Dr Bridgemohan, who has conducted more than 15,000 autopsies, was one of two pathologists who served in the Public Health Ministry. He performed his duties mostly in the Berbice regions.In recent times, the doctor has been criticised for his findings, thus, leaving many to question his credibility.In addition, his refusal to perform a post-mortem on the body of Mark Johnson of Nurney, Corentyne, Berbice in March last has also led to health officials and others questioned his performance.With the termination of Dr Bridgemohan’s contract, only State pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh can perform autopsies for the Police-related cases.Meanwhile, as Police wait for the autopsies to be conducted on the bodies of 55-year-old Junior Quintin, also called “Hammer” of 58 Stanleytown; Shantharam Seenarine of East Canje, and Dominic Tyler Sulker of Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, family members are uncertain whether or not to go ahead with funeral arrangements.However, Divisional Commander Paul Langevin assured relatives that arrangements will be made for the autopsies to be conducted.Back in June 2017, Dr Bridgemohan was imprisoned at the Camp Street jail by Justice Navindra Singh after he failed to show up to provide evidence in a matter before him.
…as coalition still to decide on Granger’s running mateThe A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is currently in “exploratory” talks with Indigenous Leader Lenox Shuman’s party – the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) – which is being seen as a move to attract Amerindian voters.Founder of LJP Lenox ShumanLeader of the APNU, President David Granger, on Wednesday confirmed that he has been in preliminary exploratory talks with Shuman, a former Toshao of St Cuthbert’s Mission and former Vice Chair of the National Toshaos Council.“We’re looking for common ground, we’re looking for areas of convergence. The policy of A Partnership for National Unity is that we are inclusionary and we welcome other parties who share our objectives to develop Guyana, Guyana’s children, Guyana’s environment. Mr Shuman has given me the assurance that, you know, there are areas of convergence between the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) and what he thinks the APNU stands for,” he told reporters.President David GrangerAccording to Granger, while Shuman is convinced that there is a wide area of convergence between the policies of the two parties, no actual agreement has been made by the two sides.It was reported that Shuman says he will be doing a final analysis before making any decision on possibly coalescing with other parties. He has reportedly held talks with the other political parties.He contends that his intention is not to get positions but to further development for a better Guyana. He also wants to ensure that the resources from the impending oil and gas be equally distributed among all Guyanese, especially the Indigenous people.Despite this position, Shuman is looking to join forces with a party whose Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott back in 2017 said Amerindians were “avaricious” since they had too much land and threatened that they would not benefit from the new oil revenues –something which he still refuses to apologise for to date.Nevertheless, the LJP and APNU are expected to meet again sometime this month.The APNU is a five-party alliance led by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and comprises of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice for All Party (JFAP), National Front Alliance (NFA) and the Guyana Action Party (GAP).The PNC-led APNU has managed to pull in most small parties in Guyana, including the country’s largest third force – the Alliance for Change (AFC) – which it coalesced with back in 2015 to get into office.In fact, these talks between LJP and the APNU come even as the APNU is in the process of reviewing the Cummingsburg Accord, which was signed in 2015, with its minority coalition partner AFC.“We’re multi-tasking… The APNU is looking after its relation with the Alliance for Change as well as the proposal relation with the Liberty and Justice Party,” Granger told reporters on Wednesday.With regards to ongoing renegotiation process with the AFC, the APNU leader noted they have already completed the first step in a three-stage process, that is, agreeing to a set of joint core principles.He previously revealed that the five partners within the APNU fraction compiled a list of core principles which included issues surrounding Indigenous affairs and cash grants from oil revenues, among others. These have been accepted by the AFC.Going forward now, Granger said that the committee is currently at the stage of ironing the process to review the Accord. Following this, they will establish a joint manifesto for next year’s March 2 General and Regional Elections.However, an issue that has been stirring much controversy in recent times is the APNU leader’s running mate for the upcoming polls. Granger will be returning as the APNU’s Presidential Candidate.The Cummingsburg Accord stipulates that the APNU gets the Presidential Candidate and the AFC will provide the prime ministerial candidate. As such, the minority party has elected its leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, to run alongside Granger at next year’s elections.But while Ramjattan and the AFC is confident that he will be running as the PM candidate, the APNU is yet to accept his candidacy. The majority coalition party said that this will have to be discussed by the two coalition partners.According to Granger on Wednesday, this topic is yet to come up for discussion.“It is not something that has been discussed. I pointed out, previously, that we look at principles before personalities; it is important we get the principles, and we’ve hammered out the core principles. We’re now hammering out the revision of the Cummingsburg Accord and then we’ll come to personalities in due course. We’re not in a hurry,” he asserted.Since coming into office after joining forces with the APNU, the minority AFC has been heavily criticised for the submissive role it has been playing, especially when it comes to key national issues.
CFU 2018 Boys’ U-14 Challenge Series…The national U-14 boys’ team are looking to give a much better performance when they play their second match against hosts Curaçao in the CFU 2018 Boys’ U-14 Challenge Series at the Ergilio Hato Stadium at 18:00h.The national u-14 boys team’s starting line-up against Trinidad and TobagoThis follows their 8-0 defeat against Trinidad and Tobago in their opening match on Saturday at the same venue, even as Guyana seek to provide a platform for the development of the youth players.In an invited comment, Head Coach Bryan Joseph said the strategy would not vary much from that of the first match: “As part of our development, we must try to instil the playing philosophy in the players; we’ll continue to do that, so it won’t change much in the second match. These are young players and the information we’re passing on needs to be concise and consistent.”While acknowledging that Curaçao is a different team to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph said that the two-day preparation period before the next match would enable the technical squad to continuously instil the playing philosophy.“We’ll try to sharpen the weak areas we had in the first game. We’ll be playing against a totally different opponent, so I think we’ll have more opportunities to instil our playing philosophy, we’ll have more opportunities with the ball,” Joseph said.Meanwhile, in recapping the first match, Joseph said the result did not reflect the competitive nature of the match even while acknowledging some of the challenges experienced by the team, including the challenge of the players adjusting to the astro turf and keeping possession.However, he highlighted some positives: “The team collectively showed a good attitude; they fought throughout and continued to play regardless of the score; all 17 players were able to play, including the goalkeeper. This is all part of what we wanted to achieve – the exposure – and I think going forward, there will be better performances, especially in light of the entire group being exposed to the astro turf.”Nonetheless, the Head Coach said the team was in “good spirits” and “motivated to play” the rest of the series. The U-14 team was captained by midfielder Zidane Ramdeholl. Guyana’s next matches will be against Bonaire and Aruba on August 10 on August 12 respectively. All matches will be held at the Ergilio Hato Stadium.
Hero CPL 2018 Match 12…Fresh off a record run chase, defending Hero Caribbean Premier League champs Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) come up against the in-form Jamaica Tallawahs in a highly-anticipated clash at the Fort Lauderhill Ground, Florida on Sunday, August 19.Oshane ThomasEach side having demonstrated their power-hitting abilities over the course of the competition, TKR will certainly have their tails up following their gunning down of a 200-plus run record total a few nights ago. The orchestrators of that heist were Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum, who mauled the St Lucia Stars’ bowlers to end on 96 and 68 respectively.Darren BravoAgainst a strong Tallawahs bowling attack, with leg-spinner Adam Zampa, Pakistan’s Imad Wasim, Guyanese off-spinner Steven Jacobs, Samuel Badree, along with their two main weapons in Oshane Thomas and left-arm veteran Krishmar Santokie, Trinbago would want more from their top three.Ross TaylorWhile Sunil Narine remains an X-factor with the ball and bat, it is the form of Chris Lynn that will worry TKR, as the Aussie power-hitter has misfired on a few occasions but could turn his luck around playing in home-like conditions.Colin Munro, with a couple of CPL tons under his belt and a few starts this season, will need to kick on batting at three, along with the veteran Denesh Ramdin, who remains a key figure in the middle.With the six-hitting exhibition Bravo and McCullum put on a few nights ago, TKR would want to see the left-handed pocket rocket and the former New Zealand skipper — who has one of the fastest Test hundreds — pick up from where they left off days ago.Brendon McCullumThe Champs’ bowling flaws were exposed by the Stars, with skipper Dwayne Bravo’s economy rate climbing in T20s as he leaked runs, while Speedster Shannon Gabriel, medium-pacer Javon Searles, USA fast bowler Ali Khan, Australian spinner Fawad Ahmed and Narine will all have roles to play with the ball for TKR.Jamaica can breathe easy, as their batting has been clicking in a huge way, with the flashy South African Glenn Phillips and his partner Kennar Lewis both having runs under their bat, while former New Zealand Captain Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell and Russell are all in dangerous hitting form.Coupled with their wide array of quality bowling, the former champs will fancy this encounter, as a high volume of boundaries is expected to rain at the Lauderhill Park Ground when these two powerhouse franchises collide from 18:00h. (Clifton Ross)
NBS 2nd Division 40-Over Tournament…The New Building Society’s (NBS’s) Second Division 40-Over Cricket tournament concluded last weekend with the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) being adjudged winners of the finals.Ashmead Nedd in his follow throughPlaying on home turf, they outclassed the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) by 49 runs, thanks to the heroic efforts of National player Ashmead Nedd.The spoils were shared among top individual performers, with the University of Guyana Trojans being rewarded for their 8-win streak, which finally was broken by the eventual champs in the semifinal round.At the end of the finals, Nedd was awarded for best bowling figures in the game, being 4-22. The UG Trojans’ run landed them a monetary award, while Omesh Danram was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of Zone A for having scored 245 runs at an average of 40. This feat has earned him a spot in the Cricket Guyana Inc Franchise. Dennis Heywood claimed 16 wickets, the most for the tournament; while Akeem Redmond of Transport SC was awarded the best fielder of the tournament.Sent in to bat first on Saturday, DCC compiled 183 all out in 38.1 overs. Sachin Singh was the anchor of the innings with 39 runs. He was well supported by Raymond Perez (34) and Ashmead Nedd (29).Gavin Singh (3-42) and Mario Persaud (3-34) led the bowling attack for GCC, as Ronaldo Ali Mohamed pitched in with 2 for 39.Set a modest total of 184 for victory, GCC botched the chase. Resistance came only from Deonarine Seegobin, who remained unbeaten on 53 as he watched everything around him crumble. GCC were bowled out for 134 in 36.3 overs, as Nedd decimated them with his 4 wickets for 22 runs, and received excellent backing from Xaviee Smith with 2 for 29. (Timothy Jaikarran)
The Cliff Anderson Sports Hall was yesterday filled with adrenaline as Under 18 basketball players from 9 Caribbean countries gathered to prove that they are the best at 3 on 3.The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) and International Basketball Foundation organized event got off to a grand start, as members of several international bodies were present at the occasion.Project Associate of the International Basketball Foundation (IBF), Theren Bullock used his speech to focus on the capacity building seminar that was incorporated into the event.“We hope that within the youth leadership workshop that you really take the time to think about everything that you’re learning, all the skills that are being taught to you and the tools that you’re able to use so that you can go back within your communities to lead,” the project associate noted.Also addressing the gathering was FIBA’s Governance commission member Patrick Haynes who highlighted the importance of 3 on 3 basketball, disclosing that the format will be one of six addition in the 2020 world cup.“In the 2020 Olympics, Basketball will have six additional medals, with the 3 on 3 basketball being added to this category. And 3 on 3 basketball is my passion,” he disclosed.The Caribbean Basketball Confederation member also went on to sing praises for those parties who are continually involved in the hosting of the tournament.“I must congratulate the GABF, the IBF, the change foundation and the staff for working tirelessly to create this platform for the Caribbean region,” Haynes said.On a different note, President of the GABF Nigel Hinds, had nothing but words of encouragement for the 9 participating countries as they prepared to head into competition.“So I ask you to be competitive, play hard, represent your flag, your country and yourself as best as you could. But the whole purpose of the endeavor is to learn and benefit and develop from the process,” Hinds stated.The competition began subsequently after and will continue today from 2pm with the knockout and final games being played. Guyana’s female team comprising of Annalisa Barclay, Saffiya Greene, Lydia Roberts and Roschelle Campbell will battle out of Group A with Barbados, St Lucia and Aruba. Group B of the female category will feature Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda and Martinique.Meanwhile, he Male Group A consist of Barbados, St Lucia, Guadeloupe and Aruba. Akeem Crandon, Andrew Johnson, Nigel Bowen and Shamar France of Guyana will play in Group B against Martinique, French Guiana and Dominica.
DAVID Janssen spent more than a decade as chief administrative officer for Los Angeles County. But only after he decided to retire and the supervisors couldn’t find anyone who wanted his job did they do what they should have done years ago – empower the top county officer with the authority the job deserves. The Board of Supervisors is doing the right thing by temporarily rehiring Janssen, then restructuring the top job into a county executive officer position with real power over operations. It’s just too bad they didn’t do it years earlier when Janssen could have used his ability to create accountability. By their failure and clouded lines of authority, they allowed county government to descend into a morass where fraud and waste are commonplace and management of the King-Drew Medical Center failed so badly that it almost brought the institution down. Still, it took four embarrassing rejections from job candidates to enlighten the county leadership. The final blow came last week when Thomas Mauk, Orange County’s top administrator who had accepted the job, reneged a day later. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Considering what he was being offered – a job at the top of a troubled government, but with no power to affect anything – it’s no surprise Mauk balked, along with other top candidates. L.A. County is lucky that Janssen was open to being hired back temporarily. It allows the board to restructure the job and launch a new recruiting effort. We just hope that by recognizing the need to empower the CAO that the supervisors will also recognize the absurdity of creating a county-mayor position. Now that the county leaders get a do-over in hiring a top administrator, it gives them an opportunity to create a government that’s more accountable to those it serves. And we don’t mean the supervisors.
SOMETIMES, improving transportation in this congested region of ours doesn’t require huge investments, massive construction projects or grandiose new developments. Sometimes, it requires nothing more than listening. Since 1991, the Commuter Express 549 traveled nonstop from Encino to Pasadena. But now it includes an additional stop – and that’s making all the difference in the world. The new stop, in North Hollywood, allows 549 passengers to link up with the Orange and Red lines. They can also hook up with Burbank buses to take them to the major TV and film studios. That’s it. One new stop has enabled the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to maximize L.A.’s transit options. And all it took was for the DOT to pay attention to the needs and desires of the San Fernando Valley. The change was suggested by local community members. Let this happy story be an example to all local leaders: to make government better, make it more responsive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ANAHEIM – Beating the Edmonton Oilers like a gong was a special treat for the Ducks, no question about that. But it was the manner in which they thumped the Oilers that pleased the Ducks after a 5-1 victory Friday night at the Honda Center. Ryan Getzlaf scored twogoals and added an assist. Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish went with an extraordinarily quick hook after the first of Getzlaf’s two goals, replacing goalie Jussi Markkanen with Dwayne Roloson. “I don’t think I’ve ever done that,” Getzlaf said of driving Markkanen from the game. “I think that’s a first in my career.” Edmonton lost its sixth consecutive game and appears destined to miss the playoffs – oneseason after losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Finals. Don’t expect any tears of sympathy from the Ducks, whose march to the finals was derailed by the Oilers in the Western Conference finals last May. What’s more, the Ducks have injury concerns of their own. Defenseman Chris Pronger did not play for the second game because of a broken bone in his left big toe. He is expected to be out for at least two weeks. And center Todd Marchant sat out for the 10th game because of a lower abdominal strain. Edmonton’s sickbay was jammed with so many injured regulars that MacTavish could dress only 17 skaters, one brick shy of the normal 18-man load. He then sent Markkanen, who had flu-like symptoms, to the dressing room after 78 seconds. firstname.lastname@example.org (310) 540-4201 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Corey Perry had a goal and an assist. So did Dustin Penner. That’s four goals and threeassists from the youthful second line, a sign the Pacific Division-leading Ducks (41-17-11) might not have to rely on one line for scoring once the Stanley Cup playoffs begin next month. “If we’re going to have success in the playoffs, then we’re going to need to play well and compete like that every night,” said top-line center Andy McDonald, who also had a goal. “It’s about balanced scoring.” McDonald was the fifth Duck to record his 20th goal of the season, joining Teemu Selanne (39), Penner (25), Getzlaf (23) and Chris Kunitz (22). No other team in Ducks history has had five 20-goal scorers. “We’re going to need it,” McDonald said of the Ducks’ newfound scoring depth. “They’re a huge part of our team and we’re only going to have success if they play well.” Getzlaf got the Ducks started on their fourth consecutive victory on their eight-game homestand, scoring a power-play goal only 1:18 into the game. The Ducks lead the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars by 10points in the Pacific.