The Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) continues to make strides in advancing the medical services offered to members of the public.On January 26, a team of doctors, headed by Dr Yu Zijun, successfully performed the hospital’s first radical resection of rectal carcinoma, a type of surgery forDoctors performing the surgery at the LHCtreatment of rectal cancer. The surgery was performed on a 53-year-old male. Also part of the surgical team were Dr Jin Zhen – an anaesthetist; Dr Geng Shouming – a Gynaecology consultant and Dr Joseph London, a resident surgeon.Dr Yu Zijun, who spearheaded the team, specialises in this field in China.Speaking with Guyana Times, Public Relations Officer (PRO) attached to the LHC, Toshanna Alicock, said the doctors who performed the surgery were very experienced, knowledgeable and committed to their patients. She further encouraged members of the public to take advantage of regular screenings offered at the medical institution. “We’re very pleased that we were able to perform this surgery at the LHC and more so that it was successful. We are encouraging persons to have regular check-ups done to detect cancer in its early stage,” she indicated.
Amid concerns shared by some extractive companies about the release of their contracts to the public, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has stated that Government would craft a legislative framework if necessary to mandate compliance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).Addressing media operatives on Friday, Trotman stated that the EITI procedure was currently voluntary, which enabled companies to determine whether or not their data should be released.“The solution is publication. It’s a process. It takes time. I believe that if necessary, we would have to enact laws to ensure compliance,” said the Minister.The EITI is a global standard to promote accountable management of oil, gas, and mineral resources. Guyana just submitted its first EITI report and out of nine companies identified to participate, only seven complied. However, Trotman is positive that it was just an ‘opting out’ situation.“The EITI process is a voluntary one. I believe that scoring seven out of nine on the first go is an excellent score to achieve. I believe that for reasons best known to the companies, they chose not to participate. We didn’t get a sense that it was a refusal, rather an opting out at this moment,” he explained.He reminded that there were confidentiality clauses in agreements, which prohibit Government from sharing information from these companies. As part of the EITI, all contracts from the oil and mineral resources sectors must be publicised to ensure transparency.“The report noted that the law regarding confidentiality agreements needs to be addressed …We have had some concerns raised by mining companies … The laws themselves might not speak to confidentiality, but the agreements have clauses embedded in them that are very strict in some cases about confidentiality. The agreement is also a legally-binding document and, in a sense, is therefore law,” said the Minister.According to Trotman, the report showed some gaps on the part of Government and attention was now being focused on fixing these anomalies.“In as much as this report points to what is happening in the extractive sector, it also points to … Government and identify some gaps and omissions on our part, in so far as how we can and should be working together to fill those gaps … Government has to move with greater expediency in implementing this decision for collaboration. As we take advantage of the technology that is available, we will see greater collaboration,” he said.It was reported just a few days ago on Wednesday that total revenues from the sector in the 2017 fiscal year amounted to $20.8 billion.The Guyana Gold Board (GGB), to which gold declarations are made, accounted for 33 per cent of this revenue, followed by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) with 32 per cent and the Finance Ministry, 18 per cent.Gold and other minerals contributed $17.4 billion or 84 per cent of revenue from the extractive industries. On the other hand, oil and gas contributed $2.8 billion or 14 per cent. Bauxite, one of Guyana’s oldest industries, contributed $479 million or two per cent.The extractive sector’s contribution to exports has a dollar value of 193.2 billion. Besides the sector’s contribution to exports, it contributed 9.3 per cent to total Government revenues and 4.2 per cent to Guyana’s total employment. Its contribution to Guyana’s overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 20 per cent.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — With the price of crude oil still struggling to stay above $30 a barrel U-S, the cross-Canada retail price of gasoline continues to fall, with the national average down early today to 94.3 cents a litre.However a local early this morning monitor revealed no evidence the latest three cent drop in Fort St. John was either the across-the-board or the common price in the city.At a 105.9 cents a litre, it was still the posted price at only two filling stations — the Petro-Canada and Safeway outlets at the opposite ends of 100 street.- Advertisement -In addition, even at that level, it had failed to catch up to the falling provincial average which was down to a 104.7, and it was still three cents higher than the average in Quebec — the only other province with an average above a dollar.Alberta’s low end average had slipped to 81.8 cents a litre, four and a half cents lower than Saskatchewan’s, and all three Prairie Provinces, along with Ontario and New Brunswick, were still below 95 cents.The GasBuddy monitor also had the low end price in the country still in the Edmonton area, but down to 71.2 cents, and nearly 15 cents a liter less than the best consumer price in BC, of 85.9 cents at the Prince George Costco.Advertisement It should be noted however, that price made the provincial price differential a whopping 64 cents a litre, as the top end price in this province was still a 149.9 at the Driftwood Auto & Marine Centre on Pender Island in Georgia Straight.Here in the BC Peace, Dawson Creek still featured the lowest prices, with two filling stations down to 97.9 cents, and all the outlets on a ten station monitor in that city, below a dollar a litre.Two outlets in Tumbler Ridge got the region’s high end honors with 115.9 in the GasBuddy survey.
Sam Allardyce insists he has not given up hope of persuading Arsenal and Manchester United target Winston Reid to commit his future to West Ham.The New Zealand international is out of contract in the summer and would be able to leave Upton Park on a free transfer.Allardyce had been hopeful of the central defender penning a new deal in east London but he has so far stalled on doing so.That has encouraged both United and Arsenal, while Liverpool also retain an interest, but the Hammers boss says his side’s success this season might convince Reid to stay put.When asked whether he thought Reid would sign a new deal, Allardyce said: “Well I havent given up because I feel that we’re progressing very nicely and I feel we can give Wiston all he wants if he stays with us.“We’re building the club slowly at the moment but our ultimate goal is try and be as ambitious as we possibly can and that would be as ambitious as Winston.“But of course if Winston’s that impatient and he thinks it’s something else then we’ll have to wait and see.” 1 Winston Reid in action for West Ham