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Guyana acquires new state-of-the-art $19.4M machine to improve blood transfusion service

Guyana acquires new state-of-the-art $19.4M machine to improve blood transfusion service

first_imgWith the aim of boosting the service capacity at the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) Centre, the Public Health Ministry on Tuesday commissioned a Trima Accel-Automated Blood Collection System, known as Apheresis Machine.This is a device which receives blood removed from a patient or donor’s body and separates it into its various components: plasma, platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells.One of trainers explaining the use of the US$19.4M Apheresis MachineThe Apheresis Machine, which is the first of its kind in Guyana, is expected to improve the efficiency of emergency blood transfusions by providing specific components. It was acquired at the cost of US$94,000 ($19.4 million) from ISLA LAB, a Puerto Rican-based laboratory.The commissioning of the machine was done by Public Health Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr Karen Cummings at the Blood Transfusion Services located in the GPHC compound.Explaining how the machine works, Director of the NBTS, Dr Pedro Lewis, noted that patients are usually in needs of a blood component known as platelets but they are unable to obtain the required amount from the current process being used.Lewis outlined that with the current process they cannot raise the amount of platelets obtained from one donor and as such, four donations of blood are needed in order to the meet the platelet count of an adult.However, he noted that with Apheresis Machine, the blood bank will now be able to break down the donation from one person, producing four to six times the number of platelets that would usually be obtained from one donor’s blood.This, he noted, will be a much more efficient option rather than having to go to the relatives of patients, who are in need of blood, which can be time consuming.“So it’s easier (using the Apheresis Machine) because if a doctor orders eight platelets, you could get it from one donor,” Dr Lewis explained.In order to ensure that staffers at the NBTS get optimum use of the machine, they are being trained by professionals from Puerto Rico. In fact, one of trainers, Lizmariel Vega, who is a Product Specialist, added that the blood transfusion process using the Apheresis Machine is not significantly faster but will also be safe for both patients and donors.The Apheresis Machine has a lifespan of five years and will be serviced every six months by the makers.last_img read more

Govt wasting valuable opportunity for dialogue – Opposition Leader

Govt wasting valuable opportunity for dialogue – Opposition Leader

first_imgNo-confidence resolution…says President bears ultimate responsibility for confusion createdThe parliamentary Opposition believes that in continuing the baseless accusations which are being thrown against the People’s Progressive Party, the Government is wasting a valuable opportunity for dialogue and exhibition of mature leadership.This is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who was at the time addressing a press conference on Monday, where he criticised the Government’s back-pedalling on accepting the vote.Both President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo hadOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeopreviously promised to abide by the constitutional provisions a no-confidence vote mandates. Jagdeo laid collective blame for the confusion over the no-confidence resolution at the feet of the President, noting that notwithstanding his illness he was still Head of State and bore ultimate responsibility.“After the lofty words of the Prime Minister and the President and the commitment to engage on a way forward, we’ve seen the Government retreat into its usual tools, which is wild accusations and confrontation. These are tools that they know very well how to use.“And, of course, fake news and propaganda to mobilise people, particularly in the APNU [A Partnership For National Unity] base, into believing that they were robbed; having failed to mobilise people to come out in defence of the Government in front the National Assembly.”The Opposition Leader expressed his belief that Granger, who travelled to Cuba for medical treatment soon after the no-confidence vote, could not be unaware of his Government’s subsequent attempts to overturn the ruling.“I think that the President has to bear responsibility for this. We have already expressed our concern for his illness. And he has already received our best wishes. But he is still the Head of State.”“(President Granger) issued a statement before he left, talking about moving forward, respecting the Constitution and a commitment to engagement. His minions, and I believe with his approval, have now gone in a totally different direction. So, the President has to bear responsibility for this.”IntensifyingFar from backing down, Jagdeo also committed to ramping up his defence of thePresident David Grangersanctity of the no-confidence vote taken on December 21 against efforts to overturn it. He spoke directly to supporters, who he said reached out to the Party and backed its initial extension of the olive branch to the Government.“I want them to know that the PPP did its bit and they can now see how APNU has responded, with its usual old-style politics. So, we have no alternative but to also ramp up our efforts in this regard. We have been taking a different position. I’ve said to all our MPs and party leadership, let’s await the return of the President before we … even respond to the hostility they have been peddling. But now that has to change.“This is a tiny desperate corrupt cabal of Ministers, advisors and friends, who have now realised the consequences of the no-confidence motion. And they have seen the writing on the wall, because they have been neglecting the people, even APNU supporters. That is why we see the desperation now and all these arguments that defy logic, about 34 (votes). These are not logical arguments,” Jagdeo said.On December 21, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – against the Government succeeded when Charrandas Persaud, a former AFC Member of Parliament, broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.But in a move to reverse this, Government has since approached Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland to ask him to invalidate the no-confidence vote, which brought them down on December 21.According to a legal opinion which had Attorney General Basil Williams’ name attached to it, Government wants the Speaker to use his powers to reverse the vote, arguing, among other things, that 34 out of 65 constitutes a majority in Guyana’s National Assembly. This is the same opinion expressed by Attorney Nigel Hughes, the husband of Government Minister Cathy Hughes.The opinion claimed that 50 per cent of the 65 votes in the National Assembly constitutes 32.5, which has to then be rounded up to 33, with an extra vote added to it, making it 34. According to the opinion provided by the Government, passing a no-confidence motion is different from passing legislation.The opinion goes on to claim that since former AFC parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud is a Canadian citizen and had allegedly travelled on his Canadian passport, he forfeited his vote.Government admits that Persaud’s private travelling records were accessed from Guyana’s Immigration Department and states that a copy will be provided to the Speaker.Government also intends to challenge “Whether the Speaker can reverse the ruling that the no-confidence motion was carried? What is the effect of the sub judice rule should the Speaker’s ruling be legally challenged in the Courts” and “Whether the Speaker’s ruling on the vote can be quashed by the Courts?”last_img read more

Marine sentenced to eight years in prison in Iraqi’s death

Marine sentenced to eight years in prison in Iraqi’s death

first_imgPennington, 22, of Mukilteo, Wash., pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping and conspiracy. Murder, larceny and housebreaking charges that will be dismissed if he completes terms of a plea bargain requiring him to testify for the government and remain on good behavior. “I’m sad because he’s a fine young Marine scarred from his experiences in Fallujah,” said his civilian attorney, David Brahms. Brahms said he will try to have the sentence commuted. Pennington was part of an eight-member squad accused of kidnapping and murdering Hashim Ibrahim Awad, 52, last April in the Iraqi town of Hamdania. Investigators said the Marines dragged Awad from his home, shot him, and then planted an AK-47 and a shovel by his body to make it look like he was an insurgent planting a bomb. CAMP PENDLETON – A Marine who apologized for the kidnap and murder of an Iraqi man by his squad was sentenced to eight years in military prison on Saturday. Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington, 22, showed no emotion as he was handed the longest sentence yet in the murder investigation despite claiming he never fired a shot. A military judge gave him 14 years but suspended six years of the sentence under terms of a pretrial agreement. He also credited Pennington with 340 days of prison time already served. Pennington also was reduced in rank and given a dishonorable discharge during sentencing at the Camp Pendleton Marine base. The sentence will be automatically reviewed by a military appeals court. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Vetttel claims 50th win, goes top in title race

Vetttel claims 50th win, goes top in title race

first_imgVettel’s third victory this season lifted him to 121 points ahead of Hamilton on 120 after seven races, ending the defending four-time champion’s hopes of a record-equalling seventh win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where he won from pole for the last three years.It was Ferrari’s first win in Canada since 2004 and came from their first pole there in 17 years. It was also Vettel’s second win in Canada where he won in 2013 for Red Bull.Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who clocked the fastest lap at the end, managed to resist a late charge from Hamilton in the closing laps and retain fourth place ahead of the Englishman who extended his record points-scoring run to 32 races.Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in the second Ferrari.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium with his trophy after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve © GETTY/AFP / Mark ThompsonGerman Nico Hulkenberg came home seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber.“Perfect is a good way to describe this,” said a delighted Vettel.“I said yesterday that this place means a lot to Ferrari and to have a race like this is unbelievable.“After a long stretch here without a Ferrari win, I looked around and the people are so very happy. It means a lot. There’s a long way to go in the season so I am not bothered about the title now, but it’s a good side affect for me.”He said the win was special because it came 40 years after Canadian Gilles Villeneuve had won his first race for Ferrari.– Hartley run off the road –The race began in near-perfect conditions with an air temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and the track at 45 as the lights went out.Vettel, from his fourth Canadian pole, made a clean start while behind him Bottas had to scrap to resist a robust attack from Verstappen.Hamilton stayed fourth ahead of Ricciardo who made quick work of passing Raikkonen before, after only half a lap, a heavy collision between Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso and local hero Lance Stroll’s Williams.Sebastian Vettel during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix – Mark Thompson/Getty Images/AFP © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mark ThompsonThe New Zealander appeared to be squeezed into the barriers as Stroll, with a puncture, moved sideways ahead of him at Turn Five and the Toro Rosso was lifted off the ground before both flew off the track.Both men were unhurt. “He just ran me out of road,” said the luckless Hartley.Hamilton’s early pit-stop on an enforced two-stop strategy, due to an engine heating problem, had done him no favours, but when Raikkonen pitted after 33 laps the Englishman was able to hang on and regain fifth as the Ferrari rejoined.This left Vettel and Bottas out in front, 24 seconds ahead of Verstappen, but still running on their original ultra-softs. Bottas was first to blink on lap 37, Vettel following one lap later, both going to super-softs.All this left Vettel in command after 40 laps, 5.7 seconds clear of Bottas with Verstappen third ahead of Ricciardo, Hamilton and Raikkonen.After 42 laps, sadly, Fernando Alonso’s 300th Grand Prix weekend came to an end when, chasing 10th, he was called in to pit and retire. “No power, no gears,” said the Spaniard. “Sorry mate, gutted,” said his McLaren engineer.With 20 laps remaining, Hamilton began to find a rhythm to move within a second of Ricciardo while Bottas, at the front, trimmed Vettel’s lead to 3.8 seconds.A grandstand finish looked possible until Bottas ran off at Turn One and took to the grass before recovering. He had lost two seconds and Vettel, turning the screw, responded with a fastest lap before cruising to a crushing victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mark ThompsonMONTREAL, Canada, Jun 10 – Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix.The four-time champion German drove his Ferrari with near flawless aplomb to convert his 54th pole position into a triumphant afternoon ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and determined Dutchman Max Verstappen, who was third for Red Bull.last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 29

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 29

first_img 12 Out: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £8.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Lukaku’s next four fixtures: West Ham, BLANK, Arsenal and Manchester United. Not the most appealing for your £8.8m striker – there are better options available. Out: Petr Cech (Arsenal) – £6.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Petr Cech is injured and will be out for three or four weeks, so he should also be taken out of your fantasy teams. 12 Out: Ross Barkley (Everton) – £7.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With no goals or assists in his last three games and a blank fixture coming up, it may be time to swap Ross Barkley for one of the more productive midfielders in the league at present. 12 Out: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) – £6.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Recently Aleksandar Kolarov has been in and out of City’s team like a hokey cokey. It’s probably time to swap him for a more permanent fixture in Manuel Pellegrini’s side. 12 In: Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) – £6.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Having scored one and assisted two in his last three matches, this Swiss midfielder has fought his way into contention for all of our fantasy teams. Despite facing a tough fixture at Chelsea this week, Shaqiri should definitely be kept in mind for a possible transfer in the near future. 12 12 In: Ashley Williams (Swansea) – £4.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Ashley Williams scored an unlikely winning goal at the Emirates on Wednesday night and will now be hoping his Swansea side will be revitalised as they head into a key set of fixtures against the likes of Norwich, Bournemouth and Aston Villa. Cheap clean sheets are a definite possibility. 12 12 In: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £10.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – After a tough game against Arsenal this week, Kane’s Tottenham will play Villa and Bournemouth in consecutive matches. This set of fixtures will surely give the Spurs striker a good chance to rack up more points than Romelu Lukaku in the near future. Out: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – £6.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Like Cech, Koscielny is also injured and cannot be kept in your side. 12 12 After an incredibly entertaining set of midweek matches, it’s straight back down to business again this weekend as a full Premier League fixture list takes place.However, all us Fantasy Premier League players would be foolish not to consider next week’s severe lack of games when making our transfers this week, as gameweek 30 clashes with the FA Cup quarter finals.Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Sunderland, Watford, and West Ham will all have a blank fixture next week, as will Arsenal and West Brom if Arsenal beat Hull City in their fifth round replay on Tuesday night.This means that we must prepare our teams so that they are in the best possible shape to weather the oncoming storm that will hit us next week.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… 12 12 In: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) – £5.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Since returning from injury, Pablo Zabaleta has played every minute for City and so is the perfect replacement for Aleksandar Kolavov. Especially as he’s cheaper too! Out: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – £8.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Given that his place in the Arsenal team was under threat before his abysmal performance against Swansea on Wednesday, we would assume that Danny Welbeck will be in line to start ahead of Olivier Giroud in this week’s north London Derby. In: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – £5.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – One of the few teams to play during the upcoming FA Cup week, Tottenham face a decent set of fixtures in the near future. After playing Arsenal at home, Spurs will meet Villa and Bournemouth in consecutive weeks. In: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £13.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Manchester City play Aston Villa at home this week! If you don’t have Sergio Aguero in your team then you should probably be watching this match from behind your sofa. This is possible triple-captain territory…last_img read more

‘Dier and Perisic are smokescreens for much bigger Man United signings!’

‘Dier and Perisic are smokescreens for much bigger Man United signings!’

first_imgReports have been doing the rounds suggesting Eric Dier is open to a move to Manchester United this summer.With their pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic reportedly on the verge of collapse, the Red Devils have set their sights on the 23-year-old England international.United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to have spoken to Daniel Levy at the start of the summer, and the Tottenham chief made it clear Dier is categorically not for sale.But with United willing to spend big, and boyhood United fan Dier apparently keen on a move to Old Trafford, could Spurs allow another player to swap north London for Manchester?Here is what a selection of United fans think about the prospect… 1 Eric Dier reportedly fancies a move to Man United last_img

18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DONEGAL MAN IN CANNABIS GROW HOUSE SCAM

18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DONEGAL MAN IN CANNABIS GROW HOUSE SCAM

first_imgA DONEGAL man who rented a farmhouse to a Chinese drugs gang so they could grow more than €200,000 worth of cannabis has been sent to prison for 18 months.Ivan Mahon, (47),  of Cavangarden, Ballyshannon, was jailed for two years with the last six months suspended for knowingly allowing his property to be used for growing drugs.Mahon’s brother David was Assistant Grand Master of the Orange Order. Donegal Circuit Court heard that when gardai raided the house at Garvannagh near Ballintra on January 24, 2013, Ivan Mahon had fled over nearby fields.The grow house was being dismantled and some of the equipment was in Mahon’s jeep. Cannabis worth €212,000 was inside and two Chinese nationals arrested.Judge John O’Hagan said he had given a suspended sentence to one of them because of his age and he had been suffering from dementia whilst the second Chinese national had been jailed for three years, with the last year suspended.Detective Sergeant Barry Doyle said when he arrested Mahon later he had denied involvement in the drugs operation, only admitting some involvement in the latter stages of eight interviews.Judge O’Hagan said Mahon’s role in the drugs operation was different from many other Irish nationals who had perhaps rented premises to people not knowing what their plans were.“There is an epidemic of these grow houses right across Ireland. They are in every county and gardai are working ceaselessly to find then,” said the judge.He said Mahon knew what he was doing and the consequences of his actions.“It leads to a lot of trouble and misery in our society,” said the judge.He jailed Mahon for two years but suspended the last six month of the sentence as Mahon had pleaded guilty.Mahon was handcuffed and led from the court.18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DONEGAL MAN IN CANNABIS GROW HOUSE SCAM was last modified: March 24th, 2015 by John2Share 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:cannabisdrugsIvan MahonOrange Orderlast_img read more

After Stephen Curry’s injury, the Warriors need to make a bold move

After Stephen Curry’s injury, the Warriors need to make a bold move

first_imgDon’t get injured.So what happened?Stephen Curry sprained his right ankle in the first quarter.The Warriors categorize Curry’s injury as a “mild right foot sprain” and they kept him out of the remainder of the game for what they called “precautionary … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the videos on a mobile deviceThe one thing that couldn’t happen did.The Warriors had one goal for their game against the Pelicans Tuesday — the penultimate game of a regular season:last_img

Patty’s back! San Jose Sharks to sign franchise icon Patrick Marleau

Patty’s back! San Jose Sharks to sign franchise icon Patrick Marleau

first_imgNASHVILLE — Dust off that No. 12 teal jersey: Patrick Marleau is returning to the Sharks.Marleau, a cornerstone of the franchise for close to two decades and the team’s all-time leader in several statistical categories, will sign with the Sharks, general manager Doug Wilson said Tuesday afternoon before the team played the Nashville Predators.Marleau, 40, will sign a one-year deal with the Sharks worth $700,000, according to Pierre Lebrun of TSN and The Athletic.Marleau will join the team in …last_img

Mars Waterpark a Booming Place

Mars Waterpark a Booming Place

first_imgTwo surprises about Mars came from NASA this week: (1) water may be flowing today down gullies in places (NASA press release), and (2) meteorites are still hitting the surface (NASA press release).  The water evidence comes from fresh deposits downslope of a gully on a crater wall.  One photo in the second article shows a dark crater that formed since 2001; another NASA photo shows a bright crater that formed sometime between 1999 and 2003.  Overall, 20 new craters were detected in comparison photos taken over the recently-ended 10-year life of Mars Global Surveyor.    Whenever water and Mars appear in the same sentence, chances are the word life can’t be far behind.  That was the case here, too: “Liquid water, as opposed to the water ice and water vapor known to exist at Mars, is considered necessary for life.  The new findings heighten intrigue about the potential for microbial life on Mars.”  An Associated Press write-up on the NASA announcement (see Fox News) used the L word four times.  See also National Geographic, which had a paragraph on water and life, saying “Confirming the presence of liquid water on Mars would open the possibility for subterranean environments that might harbor living organisms.”The usual NASA fluff about life on Mars, with its instant recipe “just add water,” can be ignored as an oblique appeal for funding (08/06/2006, 01/07/2005).  What’s interesting is the cratering rate.  The press release did not mention any figures, but said that “If you were living on Mars, chances are that within 10 or 20 years, an impact would occur close enough to where you live that you’d notice it – perhaps you’d hear the impact and it would startle you out of your seat.”    That represents a pretty remarkable change in thinking about a planet smaller than the Earth.  We don’t get impacts that large that often (thank goodness).  Our atmosphere can only burn up particles smaller than a certain threshold in size relative to entry speed.  Mars has less gravity to attract impacting bodies (but also a thinner atmosphere to resist them).  If impacts large enough to hear or feel in any given place on Mars occur within one or two decades, the planet-wide crater count adds up quickly.  In addition, a single impact can generate multiple secondary craters (see 06/08/2006).  This was corroborated further by one of the photos.  The caption said, “In either case, the impactor came in at a somewhat oblique angle, and broke up just before hitting the ground, because it formed multiple small craters.”  This fresh impact, which occurred sometime after 2001, was as big as a football field.    Someone without long-age bias should do the math and find out what would be expected if impactors were punching holes at this rate for 4.5 billion years.  Quick mental math (4.5 billion / 10) suggests hundreds of millions of craters in that time – even assuming today’s impact rate held constant, which is probably vastly conservative – and overlooks the larger number of secondaries that would be expected.  If the assumed age were a fact, it would seem the surface should have been pulverized beyond recognition many times over by now.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more