first_imgNearly two years after completing the Public Health Ministry’s Medex programme, several graduates are still awaiting employment.Guyana Times was told on Tuesday that 25 graduates who successfully completed the four-year training programme in 2015, are still awaiting placements at health facilities. This situation has persisted despite the students having completed their three-month internship requirement in early 2016.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceOne of the aggrieved medical personnel explained the group was first promised placements at health centres across the country, almost one year ago.“After [receiving training between] 2011-2015, they (Public Health Ministry) had us on internship. Afterwards in April 2016, they said we’re gonna start working because we were assigned to the various health centres, who [would be] going to region Eight or Nine,” the student highlighted.It was further disclosed that their grievances were initially communicated through the then Chief Medex, and Director of Health Sciences and Education Faculty, Public Health Ministry, Wilton Benn.Guyana Times understands that Benn was expected to undertake measures to revise the medex curriculum, to award students with a University qualification.“The curriculum was supposed to be revised and we were supposed to be accredited by the University of Guyana with an associate diploma. With revising the curriculum, he (Wilton Benn) was supposed to submit it to the University of Guyana. Four years passed during the time of the training and he apparently didn’t revise it,” another frustrated student pointed out.It was noted that the medex graduates were “promised” that as soon as their training finished, they would commence work.“We’ve been home over a year; we were supposed to start working and that never happened and we called to find out what’s going on, they gave us different story [saying] that some of the documents already gone up to UG [but] when you called up to UG, there’s nothing there,” this publication was told.This newspaper however understands that current Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence met with several persons within the University but it is unclear if the students’ concerns were discussed or addressed. The students claim that they made attempts to contact the Minister.“We asked this year to get an audience with the now Minister of Health, [Volda Lawrence] but we never got through to her office but we got an email saying that she is meeting with the University of Guyana but we still haven’t heard anything,” this publication was told.Efforts by Guyana Times to contract the Minister on Tuesday proved futile.This newspaper was however informed that dialogue with health officials were sought even before Minister Lawrence was transferred to the post. The graduates had met with then Minister, Dr George Norton and Minister within the Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings.“Everything turned out to be nothing,” one of the students told this publication.The students have recently sought legal advice in efforts to seek redress for their non-placement.“Since it’s been a year, [we met] with a lawyer because our contract is nulled as a year is finished, meaning the Government doesn’t have a contract with us anymore. We are trying to work around that but it seems to be in vain too,” this publication was further told.A delegation of students took their concerns to the Ministry of the Presidency but they were reportedly told at the gates to leave their contact information. The students claim that to date, they have not been contacted. “We called and never got through so everything was like a dead end because everybody is saying that they’re gonna get back to us”.Earlier this month, several students who graduated from the University’s pharmacy programme had claimed that their lives were at a virtual standstill as they had been waiting for several months to commence their internship programme at the Georgetown Public Hospital. This programme is necessary for those students to obtain their licences to practise their craft.Guyana Times had been told that the said programme should have commenced in early January but it was alleged that the Pharmacy Council was unprepared to facilitate the process.last_img read more


first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks forward Tomas Hertl may miss Thursday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with what is being described as a lower body injury.Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Wednesday that Hertl is considered day-to-day after he was injured the night before against the Nashville Predators. Hertl left the ice with just over seven minutes remaining in the second period and did not return.DeBoer said Hertl, who played 11 minutes against the Predators, will be reevaluated Thursday morning.He …last_img read more


first_imgThe shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle on Sunday afternoon not only rocked the entertainment industry, it send shock waves shuddering into the world of professional sports. Hussle, 33, was shot at his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, according to the Washington Post. In addition to his music, he was engaged in the Los Angeles community. He clearly connected on an emotional level with athletes.One of those athletes is the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, shown in the video below purporting …last_img read more


first_imgzoom German asset and investment management company Ernst Russ informed that its first half of 2017 financial performance was in line with expectations.Revenue for the first half of 2017 increased year-on-year from EUR 17 million to EUR 20.8 million. Revenue in the shipping management more than doubled from EUR 4.1 million to EUR 8.6 million.As operating earnings increased to EUR 2.1 million from last year’s EUR 0.6 million, and net income was at EUR 3.1 million, against EUR 0.8 million seen in the first half of 2016, the company said that its “positive trend of recent years has continued.”Ernst Russ explained that the basis for an improvement in performance is the strategic, systematic restructuring of the company.“By establishing the new companies Pareto Holding GmbH, Ernst Russ Maritime Management GmbH & Co. KG and EFS Elbe Financial Solutions GmbH, the group can open up exciting new areas of business and complete more transactions in corporate finance and maritime assets,” the company informed.Ernst Russ expects the financial position and financial performance to develop according to plan over the remainder of the financial year and close with positive operating earnings on at least the same level as the previous year.last_img read more


first_imgCommuters are reflected on an advertisement of Reliance Industries’ Jio telecoms unit, at a bus stop in Mumbai.REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeReliance Industries Ltd (RIL), one of India’s largest conglomerates, is planning to come up with an initial public offering (IPO) for group’s telecom subsidiary — Reliance Jio Infocomm, people aware of the development said.Since its inception in 2016, Reliance has pumped in over Rs 2.01 lakh crore ($31 billion) in Jio business to disrupt the country’s telecom market, reported Mint.Billionaire Mukesh Ambani has been holding internal meetings to discuss the nitty gritty of the IPO and the company is expected to list Jio as early as next year.The telecom company hasn’t made any profit since its launch last year, however, it reduced its losses considerably in last quarter. The company aims to improve its financial performance before it forays into the capital market, sources told the business daily seeking anonymity.Reliance Jio, fully owned by Reliance Industries, launched a free-for-life call service and dirt cheap data through new fourth-generation wireless service, that sparked a price war and consolidation in the Indian telecom industry, reported Mint.Currently, Jio has over 138 million users even as the company continues to gain market share, and older players such as Airtel, Vodafone, Idea have been forced to cut tariff.”To me, what is most important is did we move the country forward and does the consumer gain. India has become the world’s No 1 mobile broadband market, consuming more data than users in the US and China,” Ambani said on December 1 at an event in Delhi.Earlier Sunil Mittal, the owner of India’s largest telecom company, said, “Reliance Jio’s prolonged free voice and data offers were a major reason for telecom companies writing off investments of up to $50 billion.”To counter Mittal’s statement, Ambani recently sent a clear message to Bharti Airtel and said not to blame Reliance Jio for the industry’s losses.Market participants believe that Reliance’s decision of coming up with the IPO comes at an early stage. The decision also fairly indicates that all is still not over in the telecom space, new surprises may come in.Reliance Jio reported a net a loss of Rs 271 crore ($42 million) in the quarter ended 30 September.last_img read more


first_imgChildren celebrate Eid-ul-Azha. File photo: Prothom AloMuslims throughout the country are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha, their second-largest religious festival.In the morning, devotees thronged Eidgahs (large open spaces) to offer prayers. They sought divine blessings and prayed for peace and prosperity of the country.Well-off Muslims then sacrificed animals in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his beloved son Ismail.Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj and Gor-e-Shaheed Baro Maidan in Dinajpur held the country’s biggest Eid congregations like previous years.In Dhaka, the biggest congregation was held at the National Eidgah where President Abdul Hamid offered his prayers along with people from all walks of life.Congregations were also held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and various places in the capital.Law enforcement agencies, including Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police, have taken tight security measures.Television channels and radio stations are airing special programmes on the occasions. Special diets will be served at hospitals, jails, government orphanages, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes and vagrant and destitute welfare centres.President, PM greet nationPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the country’s people as well as Muslims across the world on the occasion of Eid.In his message, the president urged people to realise the lesson of sacrifice (Qurbani). “Peace and amity will be established when the teachings of sacrifice are reflected in our personal and social lives,” he said.The president said he hoped the people would sacrifice animals at designated spots and work to remove wastes.In her message, the prime minister urged people to be imbued with the teachings of Eid-ul-Azha and participate in public welfare activities to build a peaceful, prosperous, and happy Bangladesh devoid of discriminations.last_img read more