…lack of response from Police upsets commutersResidents of Berbice, especially those living along the Corentyne Highway, are complaining bitterly about the drying of paddy of the roadways, stating it must be a hindrance to commuters.According to residents, what is more worrying is the lack of response for Police to enforce traffic laws in the region. Guyana Times was told that the Police response to the continued drying of paddy on the Corentyne Highway poses the question as to whether the Police are making attempts to put an end to the practice which endangers all road users.The issue was recently raised at a recent community meeting and has since sparked heated debate among hire car drivers and other road users. Responding to the issue, Divisional Traffic Officer Assistant Superintendent, Timothy Williams said the Traffic Department is very concerned over the issue as he urged farmersThese drivers are forced to share their lane with the paddy being dried on the roadway by farmersnot to dry their paddy on the roadway.However, Williams asked the farmers not to place huge objects such as tyres, concrete blocks and drums near the paddy on the road. Further, Williams said his main concern is for drivers who traverse the road daily and the Traffic Department has embarked on a series of awareness programmes.Meanwhile, vehicle operators continue to use the Corentyne Highway in fear as they are being forced to share sections of their lane with beds of paddy taking up almost half of the carriageway.The Guyana Rice Development Board has set up a seed paddy drying facility at Number 56 Village which cleans and dries the paddy. The cost has been reduced from $500 per bag to $320 per bag. Farmers who dry their paddy on the road pay labourers $280 for each bag.It is only at the paddy drying facility that they can get it cleaned of all the unwantedThe empty paddy drying facility at Number 56 Villageparticles.Regional Councillor Gobin Harbhajan says farmers need to respect the law and in these modern times farmers should stop being lazy by drying paddy on the road in front of their homes. He is advocating the use of the seed paddy drying facility at Number 56 Village. The facility also dries paddy the traditional way. The drying floor can accommodate 3000 bags of paddy and that service is free. There is also a smaller drying floor at Bengal.There are also seven rice mills situated along the Corentyne Highway in Region Six which have drying floors. In addition to those, there are two more situated in the Black Bush Polder.
Deaths of 3 children at GPHCThe doctors who treated the three juvenile leukaemia patients who later died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) administered the drugs incorrectly. Instead of intrathecal administration of the drug vincristine, they administered it intravenously. It was this that led to the adverse reactions of those three children and ultimately their deaths.This is according to Deputy Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell, who on Friday at the GPHC’s press briefing, stated that investigations revealed that protocols the medical practitioners should have followed would have stipulated which drug has to be administered “when and where.”GPHC CEO, Brigadier George Lewis“It wasn’t a question of dosage but administration in terms of where it was administered. That was done incorrectly. The dosages would have been fine but in terms of where they administered what,” the Deputy CMO explained.She stated that the three medical personnel involved in the matters were aware that they had broken protocol but not at the initial stage of administering the medicinal drugs to those patients.Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell“The reasons that were given encompassed the fact that they were stretched and maybe not fully attentive at the time. That pretty much is the long and short of the reasons given but I don’t think that initially, they realised. But eventually, when they recognised that the patients were deteriorating when they checked they realised their mistake.”DeficienciesMeanwhile, Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the GPHC, Kesaundra Alves told the media that an internal investigation by the hospital’s administration into the circumstances surrounding the treatment of three leukaemia patients and their subsequent adverse reactions has revealed that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of those three children.GPHC Board Chairman Kesaundra Alves“Statements were solicited from the parties directly or indirectly involved and parties who were witnesses or otherwise privy to pertinent information that could assist with the investigation. The Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Jeffery, submitted his final report to the Chief Executive Officer on January 28, 2019. That report concluded that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of the three children.”She stated that an independent investigation by the Public Health Ministry was also launched and findings were similar to those of the GPHC’s; non-adherence to the hospital’s protocols led to the three young children succumbing at the GPHC.Alves explained that the GPHC Board only received the Ministry’s report quite recently and is still reviewing both reports in its possession.“As part of its remit, this Committee (from the Public Health investigation) conducted a fact-finding condition. Through the review of each patient’s chart, interviews with the relevant staff members of the GPHC and also with the parents of the patients. The Committee’s preliminary report was submitted on February 22 and its final report was submitted to CMO to February 28, 2019.”This final report has also recommended a number of measures to strengthen the GPHC’s system and prevent a recurrence.According to the Board’s Chairperson, throughout both investigations, officials of the Ministry, Board of Directors, and the administration of the GPHC interacted with the relatives of the three children and officially informed them on Friday of the findings of the investigations.The GPHC will shortly commence the process of initiating action following the findings of these two reports, she noted.However, the GPHC is not the body that will determine the final outcome of those staff that were being investigated.Administrative leave“That matter is not within our hands. Contractually we can determine who works at GPHC but who is licenced to practice medicine in Guyana is a matter for the Medical Council of Guyana to handle. So we went as far as we could, sending them on admin leave pending a review of reports by the Board of Directors of the GPHC. As I said, this report came into our possession this week and the Board hasn’t, the Chairman has not had the chance to review it.”According to the GPHC’s Board, the Guyana Medical Council has already requested information from the entire findings of these investigative proceedings.Meanwhile, CEO of the GPHC, Brigadier George Lewis stated that with regard to the three medical staff involved in the incidents, their administrative leave commenced on January 29, 2019, and they remain on administrative leave pending further review of the report and possible disciplinary actions if necessary.CompensationIn terms of compensating the affected families, no decision has been made as yet by the GPHC since the reports still have to be reviewed, Lewis explained.“There are a number of processes. At this stage we are reporting to you the findings of the investigation, the next stage would involve the hospital administration engaging the Board of Directors which will have the opportunity to study the reports and thereafter…all options are on the table. We can decide on that but in terms of me saying to you today that compensation will be offered I don’t have that type of answer.”The first child who died was 7-year-old Curwayne Edwards on January 14, followed by three-year-old Roshini Seegobin of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on January 18.The third child, six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca of Queenstown, Essequibo Coast, died on January 24. Mendonca’s body was given to the wrong family for burial in what was alleged to have been an attempt to cover up her true cause of death. (Kristen Macklingam)
Below is a copy of the full speech by Bruce Lantz.[asset|aid=3486|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=722c9f7ca991c2f19e0a7c8decd5b0f2-Lantz speech_1_Pub.mp3] The resolution brought forward, stems from a closed meeting council conducted on Feb. 28. The motion stated that the City had received complaints about Bruce Lantz’s conduct and that “Council considers the conduct of the Mayor to have been unacceptable.”The resolution stipulates that Mayor Bruce Lantz will not be allowed to meet or travel by himself with a City female employee. He will also not be allowed to travel outside the region as a City representative unless Council specifically consents to the travel and another Councillor can travel with him.Advertisement – Advertisement – Furthermore, the resolution specifies that several of the Mayor’s appointments on different boards are being terminated.The mayor was not present at the City’s regular council meeting on Feb. 28 when the resolution was brought forward at the closed meeting, following council. UPDATE – For more on the statement by Mayor Bruce Lantz and the City of Fort St. John, click here Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz says he regrets the two incidents that lead to a resolution brought forward by City Council.During a statement Monday afternoon, Mayor Lantz stated after a heart attack a few years ago, he started drinking. During two events in question, the Mayor stated he may have drank in excess which lead to the incidents.Lantz stressed that in either incident, his behaviour has not resulted in charges. He then went on to apologized for his behaviour and stressed at no time have these incidents prevented him from doing his job.The Mayor believes all of this re-enforces his plan to improve drug and alcohol abuse services in the Northeast.Advertisement
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In order to accommodate more workers, B.C. Hydro is making expansions to its Site C Work Camp.According to B.C. Hydro Community Relations Manager, David Conway, they are expanding the worker accommodation camp by 150 rooms, with more than half of them already built as of last weekend.“We are expanding the worker accommodation camp by 150 rooms; 90 rooms were completed last weekend and the remaining 60 rooms later this month. The expansion is within the existing camp footprint.”- Advertisement -Conway says the camp was originally designed to house 1,600 workers, and with the workforce expected to grow, B.C. Hydro made the decision to expand the camp earlier this year.“The camp was originally sized to house 1,600 workers but designed to accommodate up to 2,100 if expansion was required. With the contractor workforce expanding as work progresses on the project, we made the decision to expand the camp earlier this year.”According to Conway, no Environmental Assessment Certification amendment was required for this expansion of 150 rooms, but they will have to seek an EAC amendment if they are to increase the camp to accommodate over 2,200 workers.Advertisement
BUNCRANA furniture company Flanagan’s has gone officially bust – owning an astonishing €8.4M!Creditors owed the cash yesterday appointed David Carson of Deloitte as liquidator of furniture store company.Flanagan’s had stores in Donegal as well as in Dublin, Kildare, Sligo and Wicklow. Forty people have lost their jobs.“We will be working now to sell off remaining stock and engaging with suppliers and creditors,” said Mr Carson.He was appointed at a meeting in Ballybofey yesterday.FLANAGAN’S FURNITURE HAVE DEBTS OF €8.4M was last modified: December 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaflanagan’s
The Senior team defeated Swilly Rovers last Friday night 3-0 in the league with goals from Francesco Crisci, Dean Larkin and Darek Frankowski. This Sunday the Donegal league team are home to Deele Harps in the league. There were three winners in the club weekly football coupon Marion Funston, John Duffy and Laurence Gildea each get €20.The club annual draw was held last Saturday night in Arena 7 and the following were winners: 1st prize €3000 Ciara Blaney Carolina Park Letterkenny. 2nd prize Holiday to Canary Islands Columba O’ Donnell Newtowncunningham. 3rd prize 1000 Lts Oil Jim Mc Kinney Knockbrack Ketterkenny. 4th prize €400 Sportswear Erin Boyle Rowan Park Letterkenny. 5th prize Mountain Bike Mary Brogan Cnoc-Anar Letterkenny. 6th prize Apple IPad Kayden Mc Aleer Drumcreggan Letterkenny. 7th prize €400 Menswear Dorothy Margey Drumnahoe Letterkenny. 8th prize €300 Hugh Sharkey c/o Cavern Bar Letterkenny. 9th prize €200 Doreen Moore Listillion Letterkenny. 10th prize €100 Hanna Devine The Meadows Letterkenny. The club would like to thank all who supported the draw Bonagee United: Ciara Blaney scoops €3,000 jackpot in annual draw was last modified: December 5th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BONAGEE UNITED
There was double success for Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town last week when students brought home two awards from the National Student Enterprise Finals in Croke Park.The Donegal Town school students, under the guidance of their teacher Lucy Gordon, had taken both the top senior and junior awards at the Donegal finals in May and impressed the judges again last week at the national finals.Junior category entry Tweedelicious – make coasters from Donegal Tweed cut offs and their team of Sorcha Walsh, Summer Mae Kerr, Aoife Cox, Amy McGroary and Christina Gysling – made a big impression on the day, taking 3rd place in the junior category. Sorcha Walsh, Summer Kerr, Christina Gysling, Aoife Cox and Amy McGrory of Tweedalicious, Abbey Vocational School who took 3rd place in the Junior category at the National Student Enterprise Awards in Dublin last week.In the senior section, Aodhan McCrudden, Luke Kelly and Cormac Sweeney impressed the judges with their ‘Growth’ business,’ aimed at promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products.Having already won the overall award in Donegal, they received a special merit award at the national finals.Aodhan McCrudden, Cormas McSuibhne, Luke Kelly of Growth, Abbey Vocational School who received a special merit award at the National Student Enterprise finals in Dublin last week.The Student Enterprise Programme, organised by the Local Enterprise Office, is part of a national programme for secondary level school students with the ambition of encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship. It also allows students to understand the potential of being self employed as a career choice while educating them on the principles of business.In Donegal, the programme started in September with an idea generation workshop delivered at several locations across the county, before schools progressed to the county finals in March. Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said it was always pleasing to see Donegal competing on the national stage and praised the students for the standard of their entries.“The Local Enterprise Office is geared towards promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in Donegal and we are glad to see such enthusiasm for the competition. We are always delighted to give our support to young entrepreneurs and it is always great to see awards coming back to the county from the national finals,” he said.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. To contact the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or phone 0749160735.Donegal Tweed and green thinking lead Abbey VS students to success was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
These papers are just two out of a growing body of knockout experiments that find out, by examining the wreckage, that there’s not much a cell doesn’t need.1Gao et al., “FZL, an FZO-like protein in plants, is a determinant of thylakoid and chloroplast morphology,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0507287103, published online before print April 14, 2006.2Wang et al., “Characterization of Su48, a centrosome protein essential for cell division,”Consider the problem this poses for neo-Darwinism. Natural Selection depends on unfailing cell division – and not just any splitting of a cell into parts somewhere and somehow, but on the formation of highly accurate daughter copies of germline cells. This is because (according to theory) only the daughter cells can preserve any beneficial variations produced by accident in the parent cell. Otherwise, evolution comes to a sudden stop (see online book). As revealed in the last century, cell division is a highly complex process with numerous players, all of which have vital functions. Scientists apparently did not even know about Su48, but without it, cell division doesn’t work. So here is another extra in the play, like a nameless stage hand, without whom it’s curtains for the Darwin show. In the first article, plants (and animals, with their mitochondrial power plants), cannot harvest light without FZL. The sweeping dioramas of evolutionary history that festoon museums and TV shows show photosynthesis and mitochondira just popping into existence (the Popeye theory of evolution, 05/31/2005; see also 03/31/2006 example), without any consideration of where to find all these essential players. We’ve only provided two or three examples here; there are thousands. And when you consider that the blind invention of even one protein is astronomically improbable (see online book), cell biologists had better throw off the Charlie sheet before their embarrassment reaches the ultimate.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In an old high school game, the leader would call some unsuspecting boy to the front, put a sheet over him, and say, “Take off what you don’t need.” Perhaps a shoe would emerge from under the sheet. “Take off something else you don’t need,” the leader would continue, and the volume of giggling in the room would rise as socks, a shirt, and whatever would emerge from under the covers. If the young person was smart, he would realize the only thing he didn’t need was the sheet itself. Scientists play this game in a more sophisticated manner with cells, in a process called gene knockout. The idea is to disable a gene or protein and see what happens. They can also overexpress the gene, or mutate it, for additional data. If the cell gets by just fine, it must have been a nonessential part. Usually, however, something terrible happens, even when the gene or protein was previously unknown. Here are just a couple of examples from today’s PNAS:Power Plant Sabotage: Scientists from Michigan State1 studied FZO, “dynamin-related membrane-remodeling protein that mediates fusion between mitochondrial outer membranes in animals and fungi.” In the model plant Arabidopsis, they knocked out the plant-specific member of the dynamin superfamily, FZL. This protein targets to the thylakoid membrane of the chloroplasts, the light-harvesting power plants of plants. Here’s what happened:fzl knockout mutants have abnormalities in chloroplast and thylakoid morphology, including disorganized grana stacks and alterations in the relative proportions of grana and stroma thylakoids. Overexpression of FZL-GFP also conferred defects in thylakoid organization. Mutation of a conserved residue in the predicted FZL GTPase domain abolished both the punctate localization pattern and ability of FZL-GFP to complement the fzl mutant phenotype. FZL defines a new protein class within the dynamin superfamily of membrane-remodeling GTPases that regulates organization of the thylakoid network in plants. Notably, FZL levels do not affect mitochondrial morphology or ultrastructure, suggesting that mitochondrial morphology in plants is regulated by an FZO-independent mechanism. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)This means that this specific protein was essential for just the thylakoid membrane inner structure, and there must be another essential mechanism affecting the overlying structure. (Note: the capitalized acronym, FZL, refers to the protein, while the italicized lower-case acronym fzl refers to the gene that codes for it.) They found that mutating or deleting the gene causes disaster – but so does overexpressing it. This means that not only is FZL a key player, but the activity of its gene fzl must be regulated by something else.Centrosome Attack: Mitosis, or cell division, has been studied for many decades, but now another essential player has been identified. Scientists from Japan and Pennsylvania2 describe what happened when they played “take off what you don’t need” with a centrosome protein named Su48:The centrosome functions as the major microtubule-organizing center and plays a vital role in guiding chromosome segregation during mitosis. Centrosome abnormalities are frequently seen in a variety of cancers, suggesting that dysfunction of this organelle may contribute to malignant transformation. In our efforts to identify the protein components of the centrosome and to understand the structure features involved in the assembly and functions of this organelle, we cloned and characterized a centrosome-associated protein called Su48. We found that a coiled coil-containing subdomain of Su48 was both sufficient and required for its centrosome localization. In addition, this structure also modulates Su48 dimerization. Moreover, ectopic expression of Su48 causes abnormal mitosis, and a mutant form of Su48 disrupts the localization of gamma-tubulin to the centrosome. Finally, by microinjection of an anti-Su48 antibody, we found that disruption of normal Su48 functions leads to mitotic failure, possibly due to centrosome defects or incomplete cytokinesis. Thus, Su48 represents a previously unrecognized centrosome protein that is essential for cell division. We speculate that Su48 abnormalities may cause aberrant chromosome segregation and may contribute to aneuploidy and malignant transformation.
The Phillippi Village offers locals job opportunities and means residents will not have to travel long distances in search of work. (Image and Video: Future Cape Town)An old cement factory in Philippi has been turned into a thriving entrepreneurial complex where the region’s start-ups and growing businesses can build a future.Philippi is a predominantly low income township of more than 200 000 people on the outskirts of Cape Town. Only 62% of the labour force aged 15 to 64 is employed, and 78% of households have a monthly income of R3 200 or less. The area also has a very large percentage of young people, with 50% of residents aged 24 or younger.But Philippi Village brings hope to the area. The large entrepreneurial development provides a space where entrepreneurs and businesses can grow and where residents can develop skills and increase their employability.Its primary aim is to provide the infrastructure to house local businesses. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to cluster and collaborate to strengthen their businesses, stimulating local entrepreneurship and creating promising economic futures within Philippi, according to the village.It stands to reason that setting up businesses locally will bring local job opportunities, and mean residents will not have to travel long distances in search of work.The village consists of: The Hub, Village Square, The Container Walk and The Shed.The Hub is the centre of the village. It is a R120-million development that is designed as a creative and dynamic place that provides secure, accessible and affordable infrastructure where people can meet, host events collaborate and, importantly, locate their businesses locally.Watch how Philippi Village works:As its name suggests, the Village Square is an outdoors area designed as a place to spend leisure time, after hours or for small meetings during the day. It is open to recreation, art, music and there is a big screen.The Container Walk uses reclaimed shipping containers as business premises to help grow start-ups and small businesses. This way, it offers cost effective solutions with the added bonus of full business support and mentoring.Philippi Village has taken a phased approach and roll out. The entire project and its revenues are for community benefit and for re-investment into future phases of the development. If you are interested in partnering or becoming a social investor, contact the village.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t posted to my blog in about a month. September was challenging for me. I had high hopes for it to be a time of high productivity, but apparently it was not meant to be. The month started out promising: little scheduled travel, few deadlines, and several projects needing attention that I was excited about. It started going downhill almost immediately. I acquired a low-level virus, the flu, or something else that made me sluggish and uncomfortable, that sapped my strength and motivation, but did not debilitate me enough to seek medical attention. Just as I was working my way out of the malaise, my laptop crapped out on me.Computers Save So Much TimeA trip to the computer store confirmed that the patient was terminal with no hope for resurrection. A replacement computer was about a week away, so my very helpful independent computer store was nice enough to give me a loaner, an old but working laptop. After about eight hours of data restoration work, I was back in business with some limitations and missing only a few documents that were skipped in my last backup. Finally back to work, with the month almost gone, I slowly began to gain some momentum. A week later the new computer arrived. After another marathon session of data restoration with everything seeming to work fine, I turned it off and went to sleep.The Blue Screen of DeathThe next morning, just before I headed out the door for a long drive to inspect a house for a client, I fired up the new machine and got the blue screen of death. AHHHH! I threw it in the car, and stopped by the computer store to find out they don’t open until 10AM. Off to my meeting. Later I stopped back by store on the way home in the early PM. We spent about an hour diagnosing the problem, and they decided that they needed to work on it for a while. Luckily, they were able to fix it without losing any of my data, and my computer was ready by the end of the day. I kept both computers running for another few days until I was confident that the new one would actually work. After about a week, I returned my loaner with reasonable confidence that I now have a truly functioning computer. Out of all this, I have finally decided to take the advice of several good friends as well as my children and switch to a Mac, probably sometime before the end of the year. After a 20+ year relationship with PCs, it’s time to move on.Green Building Misinformation AboundsBut enough of my tribulations. I will wrap up with a brief comment on a presentation I saw recently. At a local Remodelers Council meeting, an industrial hygienist and air-quality expert told us about controlling pollutants on job sites to protect both staff and home occupants. The information was reasonably interesting and the speaker was clearly qualified and experienced in the area. He pointed out that he was one of the few people in his field who actually worked on single-family homes. What really got to me was his discussion on fresh-air ventilation. His position was that he preferred homes that had high infiltration rates because then he didn’t have to worry about active ventilation systems.Definition of Stress: Resisting the Urge to Choke the Living Daylights Out of Someone Who Desperately Deserves ItRepressing my natural urge to start yelling at him, I waited patiently until he was finished and, as politely as possible for me, pointed out that using uncontrolled infiltration for fresh-air ventilation was a bad strategy, both from an energy and an indoor-health standpoint, and that it was dangerous to promulgate this particular position in the industry as it runs counter to the very heart of green building. Unfortunately, he was not to be swayed, and I didn’t have the energy to start a fight. Luckily, the event was not that well attended, so his damage was minimized. While I do appreciate that this gentleman has a strong background in air-quality issues, I find it very frustrating that he completely missed the air quality/infiltration/energy efficiency connection, and just strolled merrily along with his restricted view of homes. Green building is so multifaceted that it is critical to be able to look at it from every point of view in order to be successful. In his case, he was just one of those blind men checking out the elephant, each describing very clearly the part they were touching, missing the big picture by a mile.