The ongoing and seemingly unending spate of power outages is far more troubling than probably thought. With the now customary schedule of blackouts published in the media, one may have been led to believe that the outage for a particular day was that which is reflected in the advisory.However, this was revealed not to be the case as the electricity company, Guyana Power & Light (GPL), shocked the nation by announcing last week that Guyanese have been experiencing eight outages per day, especially over the last two months. This appears to be a macro perspective as no one is spared from the company’s inability to deliver an acceptable service.Over the past few years, the situation got worse, as the outages are far more frequent and extended. Helpless, and with no alternative to access electricity during a blackout, ordinary Guyanese have been forced to endure daily and lengthy periods of inconvenience. This latest revelation by GPL may bring into question the accuracy of the blackout schedule it publishes.Aside from that being viewed as possibly misleading information given to the public, eight outages on average per day seem unfathomable. It is, however, the harsh reality which consumers face in this modern time. To say it is utterly unacceptable would be a gross understatement, as the inconvenience has become a major source of distress to those affected.To small business enterprises, the lengthy outages negatively impact production and productivity and unavoidably, revenue generation as planning and timelines are thrown off track. Those with financial obligations to lending institutions would be very hard-pressed to meet commitments. The possibility for other devastating consequences, like forced termination of jobs and the business unable to be sustained, are easily created.From the perspective of an ordinary Guyanese, their lives are constantly disrupted by any duration of power outage. Routine preparation for work and children for school are made unnecessarily difficult as basic appliances to aid that process are rendered useless. Access to much needed potable water is hampered as free movement in the dark. In addition, appliances are often damaged when the electricity switches on and off, or through the seemingly regular power surges.Spoilage of food and food items has also increased as refrigerators are not allowed to function to keep the items wholesome for consumption. Naturally, this incurs additional and unnecessary financial burdens on the backs of hardworking Guyanese who are already challenged in that regard. There are many people who are struggling to provide the basic of meals and depend on the use of a refrigerator, no matter how small, to help preserve precious items for a budgeted period.When those ordinary citizens are faced with additional challenges, it becomes virtually impossible for them to cope over time. They would have worked hard to be able to afford basic appliances to bring some level of ease to their lives’ daily routine. The constant power outages , therefore, strip them of that ability to be able benefit from the use of those appliances, especially when travel time is already onerous.Students are not spared as completion of homework and preparation for examinations are severely hindered. In a time when access to the internet in crucial to learning and school projects, the setback from power outages is unimaginable. In some of these cases, alternatives, through increased data phone plans to access the internet so that project deadlines are met, are forced to be found— which comes at an additional cost. Very often, just to manoeuvre around the house or for basic revision of school work, parents and children are forced to use candles or lamps.This is not just a backward step for both Guyana and Guyanese, but could be seen as an indictment on the electricity company to provide a reliable service. Consumers have lamented their high monthly cost for this utility service and concerns that reduction is not reflected, even after prolonged outages.They have also voiced concern over what they describe as a burdensome process to make a successful claim for appliances damage as a result of a power surge or outage. There is also the lingering risk of a fire from that, more especially, when the electricity switches on and off frequently. Blackouts, during the nights, also provide an enabling environment for criminals to operate.This is the reality of the impact of these outages on Guyanese. Many have questioned whether the power company fully understands this impact, especially given the lengthy time it took to inform on the true picture. Many have and continue to question the company’s implementation of mitigating measures in keeping with the growing demand.The APNU/AFC coalition government cannot avoid blame over the poor service consumers are forced to endure. From all appearances, it has done little to improve the situation. Had it not, while in the Opposition, derail the Amaila Hydroelectricity Project— which was designed to provide cheaper, cleaner and reliable supply of power— the current woes would have been a thing of the past. The Government seemingly has found a way of keeping the past in the present.
A heartbreaking photograph of a mother nursing her newborn under a bed at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) surfaced on the internet Thursday. It must be utterly distressing for a mother filled with joy at giving new life but then have to endure poor conditions at the very medical facility she has put the safety of herself and that of her new bundle of job in. Such poor conditions are no doubt placing mothers and babies at obvious medical risks.On Christmas Day 2015, no other than Head of State President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger both visited the maternity ward at the Georgetown Public Hospital where the president vowed in the presence of Public Health Minister Dr George Norton to have improved conditions at the medical facility.As a matter of fact the President on that occasion said it is part of his job as President to be at the hospital on Christmas morning, not only to bring cheer but also to have a first-hand look at the challenges patients experience. His exact words were: “I will be working with the Minister of Health to improve the circumstances under which you work and under which mothers have to give birth. This is where life starts and if you don’t ensure you have a safe environment, that the mothers are in a comfortable environment and the staff have the resources they need to do their work, we are likely to have problems.”The obvious question now is: “What happened, Mr President and Dr Norton?” Why are our new mothers being forced to share beds, even sleep on chairs and even more upsetting forced to sleep under a bed in the maternity ward of one of Guyana’s primary public health institutions?GPHC is where 60 per cent of babies are born in Guyana and surely someone must be held accountable for humiliating and reducing our mothers to this extent. One would have expected that within a reasonable timeframe, the reported challenges the new administration claimed it inherited from the previous administration at the GPHC maternity ward would have been addressed.As a matter of fact, four months in, with million being awarded to the Public Health Ministry in the 2016 National Budget but yet still nothing is done. Earlier this year, the Public Health Minister himself promised 50 new beds for the facility, declaring that “sharing beds would be a thing of the past” but yet today we degrade our new mothers as the issue persists.There is no doubt the GPHC maternity ward needs improvements and in moving forward better management is certainly needed at the facility to develop services offered.More resources would solve to a great extent some of the problems in maternity services at GPHC. There needs to be recognition of the needs of maternity services and those needs must be given higher priority when resource allocation decisions are taken.Learning from adverse incidents is one of the key components in moving forward and as such to improve the management and general conditions at the GPHC maternity ward feedback is needed from patients.Mothers must be able to report unsafe situations and their treatment at the facility so that in future solid action and change for the better is instilled.At present there is a noticeable inadequacy in management and poor staff–management relationships at GPHC and these are what leads to poor public health services as what is currently happening at the maternity ward.Change is need at the GPHC maternity ward and this change must be rendered sooner rather than later. What has occurred to our new mothers at that medical facility is downright inhumane and more so a great embarrassment to the management of GPHC.It is time to stop the “photo-op” with new born babies and implement strategies that would improve the conditions at maternity facilities.
Dear Editor,Barbados will on Wednesday join Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana in celebrating its golden jubilee as an independent nation, and the 166 square mile country has started activities since January to mark the occasion. Guyana’s President, David Granger, will journey to Bridgetown for the celebrations since Freundel Stuart, that country’s Prime Minister, was in Georgetown for Guyana’s celebrations last May. Stuart was honoured by the Guyana government when the country’s second highest award, the Order of Roraima (OR) was bestowed upon him.Barbados now has its own national awards. In fact, knighthoods (Sirs) and Dames are awarded to persons for their meritorious services. Several outstanding cricketers, such as Wesley Hall, Everton Weekes, Conrad Hunte and others, as well as academics and even trade unionists, have been knighted and one wonders if Stuart will reciprocate by honouring the Guyanese leader.There is a close link between Guyana and Barbados for several decades long before independence. Errol Barrow, the man who led the country to independence was very close to Forbes Burnham in the pre-independence era and the friendship between the two countries continues up to this day. I recall as a boy there were several Bajans who were living in the country – most of them were in the hinterland engaged in agriculture. Scores of Guyanese migrated to Barbados. Some of them are medical doctors, businessmen, lawyers and journalists, including Rickey Singh and Hubert Williams. They have contributed significantly to their adopted homes and few were honoured by the Barbadian government, including Professor Bishundat Persaud who died a few months ago in London and his niece Dr Shirley Hanoman. Radio personality Olga Lopes Seales lived for decades in Barbados where she eventually died.The standard of living in Barbados is relatively high, and unlike Guyana and most of the Caribbean islands, it is almost crime-free and as a result a few Guyanese retired there, including Sir Shridath Ramphal. Sir Fenton Ramsahoye who has toned down his legal practice, also has a home there.The 50th independence celebrations started on January 6 with the launch “Barbados We Come From” at Independence Square and will culminate on November 30 with activities being held in Barbados and across the global diaspora. The celebrations are not only entertaining, but also multi-dimensional and educational with special emphasis on youth audience.Sincerely,Oscar Ramjeet
Louis van Gaal is weighing up a move for Daley Sinkgraven 1 Dutch starlet Daley Sinkgraven has revealed he has had no contact from Manchester United after reports linking him with a move to Old Trafford.Sinkgraven has started the season in fine form for his current club Heerenveen, scoring two goals in 10 league appearances.The 19-year-old’s performances have attracted attention from several clubs across Europe, with Manchester United reportedly at the front of the queue.But despite reports emerging over the weekend that the Red Devils were lining up a January swoop for the winger, Sinkgraven admits he, nor his agent, have been contacted.“I’ve also read the reports. I can’t do that much about it because it’s new to me,” Sinkgraven told Algemeen Dagblad.“My agent has said nothing about it. The only thing that he told me is if I do well then the clubs will naturally come.”
SANTA BARBARA (AP) – Two men and a cattle ranch were charged Friday with felony crimes for allegedly starting a fire that has burned 375 square miles of wilderness in Central California and injured 44 firefighters. The Zaca Fire was ignited July 4 by sparks from grinding equipment being used to repair a water pipe near Los Olivos in northern Santa Barbara County, authorities have said. It was 95 percent contained Friday after burning through 240,207 acres of rugged lands in Los Padres National Forest. Full containment was expected Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jose Jesus Cabrera, 38, of Santa Ynez; Santiago Iniguez Cervantes, 46, of Santa Maria; and Rancho La Laguna LLC were charged with four felony counts each. The men could face up to nine years in state prison if convicted, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office. The defendants also could be billed for the $114 million cost of fighting the fire, authorities said. The men were not in custody, Senior Deputy District Attorney Jerry N. Lulejian said. They were scheduled for arraignment Sept.20. The men were working at the ranch when the fire erupted, said Robert Sanger, an attorney for Cabrera.
Diego Perotti 1 Genoa rejected an £11.2m bid for Diego Perotti from Bournemouth on transfer deadline day, according to reports in Italy.The South Coast Premier League new boys had been tracking the Argentine all summer but the Serie A club stood firm over the tricky winger.The 27-year-old, who has also been linked with Watford, is a key man in the Genoa ranks and Rossoblu president Enrico Preziosi confirmed the club want to keep the playmaker in order to progress. “We received an offer from Bournemouth for him, I had to tell the player and I did but I didn’t accept it. He will stay for at least one more year to push us even higher,” Preziosi said.
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.England are set for their toughest test of their World Cup qualification campaign so far against Slovenia tonight, but the build-up has been dominated by the decline of Wayne Rooney.The Three Lions captain has been dropped for Tuesday’s clash in Ljubljana, but is it all over for his international career?The odds suggest not, with Coral making Rooney odds on at 4/5 to go straight back into the startling line-up for England’s next game against Scotland.Manchester United is a different story though, with the skipper tipped to be benched for his fourth consecutive club game when the Red Devils take on rivals Liverpool on Monday.Rooney is 4/11 not to start from the bench at Anfield, and is 2/1 to be in the team.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
1 Julian Draxler has revealed he was in contact with Arsenal for the past three years before joining Paris Saint-Germain this January.The Germany international moved to the French champions from Wolfsburg during the most recent transfer window for a fee of £35.5million.Draxler had been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates, particularly during his time with Schalke from 2011 to 2015, and again recently when he voiced his desire to leave Wolfsburg.In the end, though, the attacking midfielder elected to join PSG as he was keen for a fresh challenge and Arsenal made no approach this January.But he did reveal that the Premier League side had been in contact over the past few years.“I had some good years in Germany but I wanted to experience something different,” Draxler told Telefoot.“For that reason, I chose to join PSG. The directors and coach at Wolfsburg have changed. I was on good terms with them and we decided it was best if I left.“I listened to my heart and chose PSG as they play in a style that suits me best. I had several options though.“Arsenal had been in contact since about two or three years ago but I was not in touch with them this winter.” Julian Draxler has revealed he had been in contact with Arsenal over the last few years
Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST 2 targets City won the traditional new season curtain raiser last term, beating Chelsea 2-0 thanks to a brace from Sergio Aguero.And Pep Guardiola’s men will be looking to do so again in this weekend’s showdown. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ OFF The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star FAREWELL 2 Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested GETTY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals REVEALED Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions New job Community Shield: When is it?The Community Shield signals an early start to the season for the two sides.It is traditionally held the weekend before the new campaign gets going which will be August 10 next season.And it has been confirmed that the Community Shield will be played on August 4 with kick-off at 3pm.Community Shield: Live on talkSPORTFull commentary for the Community Shield will be live on talkSPORT this weekend.We’ll be at Wembley all day for the very best build-up and post-match plus all the action live.To tune in, just click here for the commentary stream or click the radio player below. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Community Shield: Who is in the final?The Community Shield sees the winners of the Premier League take on the winners of the FA Cup.City, having already won the league, won the famous cup tournament 6-0 against Watford at the end of last season and so an alternative was needed.They will now face Champions League winners Liverpool in the Community Shield as they came Premier League runners-up in the 2018/19 season.That situation last happened in 2010 when Chelsea won the double the season before.The Blues faced second-place Manchester United at Wembley and lost 3-1. latest BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Man City will face Liverpool in the Community Shield GETTY What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will take on Man City in the Community Shield TROPHY Manchester City take on Liverpool in the Community Shield this Sunday as the 2019/20 season gets off with a bang.City smashed Watford in the FA Cup final in May to set up a Wembley clash with fierce rivals Liverpool.
OFF Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested targets LATEST Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update deals LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:10Loaded: 7.63%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Manchester United want to sell Alexis Sanchez before the European transfer window closes. Sanchez has been linked with a loan move to Inter Milan. (Mirror)Real Madrid and Barcelona have been put off signing Neymar due to his high wage demands. (AS)Leroy Sane could be back playing football this season despite suffering an ACL injury in the Community Shield earlier this month. (Sun) Getty Images – Getty BIG PRESENTS UP TOP on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error stalemate Sane is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines Virgil van Dijk is due to sign a new contract with Liverpool that will double his salary to around £250,000-a-week. (90min)Shkodran Mustafi is nearing an exit from Arsenal as his father has confirmed a deal is being worked on to depart the Emirates. (Mirror)Nacho Monreal could also leave the Gunners before the European transfer window closes with Real Sociedad hoping to sign the left-back. (Mundo Deportivo)Tottenham are demanding at least £50million for wantaway midfielder Christian Eriksen. (Mail) What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Crystal Palace are in talks with Christian Benteke over a new deal for the Belgium forward. (Standard)Tottenham may be able to sign Paulo Dybala in January if the Argentina forward remains with Juventus beyond the close of the European transfer window. Spurs wanted to bring in Dybala earlier this month but ran out of time before the English transfer deadline. (Football.London) FAREWELL 2 talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online… Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Ray Parlour: Arsenal a million miles away from Liverpool and Man City – I’ll be happy with fourthSaturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.