Participants of the EU-FLEGT workshopThe United Kingdom has once again thrown its support behind the Natural Resources Ministry, signalling its commitment to the sustainability of the forestry sector and the management of its resources.The commitment was given on Wednesday, at the opening of a three-day Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) workshop at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown.Acting British High Commissioner to Guyana, Ron Rimmer said the UK was very much concerned about actions that led to forest degradation and has been working with Guyana on this, seeking out ways to help curb the growing incidence.“The UK continues to be committed to help the country reinforce their forest governance and carrying out responsible trade and the FLEGT approach is the heart of such a commitment,” he said.Government, in 2012, entered into a formal process of negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union under the auspices of the latter’s FLEGT Action Plan, which was developed in response to the problem of illegal logging and trade in associated timber products in many nations across the globe.Commissioner of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), James Singh reminded the workshop that over 85 per cent of Guyana’s land mass was covered in tropical forest, which supported the livelihood of Indigenous Guyanese and others who depend on logging and mining activities for their livelihood.The Georgetown FLEGT seminar is the second such event held in Guyana and is organised by the National Technical Working Group and the FLEGT Facilitation Support Office in collaboration with the GFC and the Iwokrama International Centre with support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation, European Forestry Institute, European Commission, UK Department for International Development (DFID), Amerindian Peoples Association and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The Guyanese National Technical Working Group (NTWG) has since spearheaded widespread consultations with Government agencies, civil society and Private Sector stakeholders throughout the country.
The National Psychiatric Hospital held a rally in New Amsterdam on Monday to observe Mental Health Week.Participants march in observance of Mental Health Week being held in New AmsterdamIssues related to mental health affect every four out of five persons in Guyana and is everybody’s business. This is according to Director of regional health services in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Jevaughn Stephens.This year’s mental health week is being observed under the theme, ‘Psychological and mental health first aid for all’.Following the rally, Medical Superintendent of the National Psychiatric Hospital situated at Fort Canje, Dr Vineshri Khirodhar pointed out that many today take mental health lightly.“And I am sure over the months and years many of us have seen the repercussions of taking mental health lightly. In Guyana, we have an average of 222 persons who have fallen to suicide.” These deaths, she said, are all unnecessary.She noted that mental health is under threat and has become psychological warfare.“Fort Canje Hospital is not the only representation of mental health. Fort Canje Hospital is one of the primary facilities for treatment for persons who have fallen with numerous psychiatric diseases and over the years, the numbers have been decreasing. We have a lot of resident patients in our facility and reason being, many of them are stable and they can go but not all of them have family support or any sort of support,” Dr Khirodhar explainedCurrently, there are 185 resident patients at the facility.She said too that mental health is an important issue during every stage of life and with the current support mental health is receiving from the Public Health Ministry and the regional health services, mental health will take a change for the better.Public Health Minister Dr George Norton was slated to speak at the rally but did not show. No excuse was made for his absence.Meanwhile, several activities have been organised to observe Mental Health Week. These include visits to schools and a trip to the Number 63 Beach for resident patients at the Fort Canje Hospital.
The cuts, amounting to about 20 percent of its work force, are needed because the company expects new mortgages to fall about 25 percent in 2008 from this year’s levels, Countrywide said. In a letter distributed to employees, Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo called the current market cycle “the most severe in the contemporary history of our industry.” “During the past two years the growth in home price appreciation has stopped dead in its tracks and in many areas of the country it has turned in the wrong direction,” Mozilo said in the letter. In recent weeks, Countrywide borrowed $11.5 billion and sold a $2 billion stake to Bank of America so it could keep operating its retail banking and mortgage lending businesses. The job cuts planned during the next three months are expected to center primarily on the company’s production divisions and its general and administrative support areas. LENDER: CEO says up to 12,000 jobs will be lost, about 20 percent of company’s work force as struggles continue. By Alex Veiga THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Struggling lender Countrywide Financial Corp. will cut up to 12,000 jobs as it struggles to deal with challenging conditions in the mortgage industry, the company said Friday. Actual reductions could be lower if interest rates and other market conditions improve, Countrywide said. The latest cuts followed the elimination of about 900 positions earlier this week and 500 others last month. The Calabasas-based company employed more than 61,000 people as of July 31, with about 34,000 working in loan production. Countrywide said it intends to keep transferring its residential lending business into its Countrywide Bank unit as a way to strengthen its access to funding. Almost all of its residential lending activity will be originated through the bank by Sept. 30, the company said. Countrywide also has shifted its loan production guidelines and now only makes loans that can be sold on the secondary market to government-backed enterprises such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac or that qualify under investment requirements for its banking unit. Countrywide has been struggling as the housing slump led to a sharp rise in mortgage defaults and foreclosures, particularly among borrowers with subprime loans. The mortgage fallout has left many lenders strapped for money to fund new loans. Lenders that relied on selling loans on the secondary market to fund their operations have been particularly hard hit, with dozens going out of business or forced into bankruptcy this year. That has resulted in tens of thousands of jobs being lost industrywide. Like other lenders, Countrywide has tightened its credit guidelines and stopped selling some types of adjustable rate loans. In the letter to employees, Mozilo outlined additional steps the company is taking to shore up its operations. Among the changes, the company is consolidating its sales force and plans to keep targeting borrowers who now have adjustable rate subprime loans with offers to refinance with prime loans that carry more stable payments. Mozilo noted some 75 percent of the company’s Full Spectrum Lending Division’s loans this year have been prime loans, many sold to borrowers who refinanced from subprime loans. Despite the layoffs, Mozilo boasted in the letter that Countrywide’s consumer markets division would keep expanding its sales force. Last month, the division hired nearly 1,000 sales people, a record for the unit, he said. Countrywide shares fell 27 cents to $18.21 Friday. In after-market trading, shares rose to $18.40. Shares of IndyMac fell 25 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $21.41.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After a year of hype about the avian flu, it’s still not clear whether the pandemic once considered inevitable actually is. But it’s never a bad idea to plan ahead, especially since it’s a historical fact that pandemics do sweep the globe periodically. Considering that, California health officials have been wise to develop a plan to deal with large-scale virus pandemics, even if much of it may be motivated by a desire not to get caught in the post-disaster blame game that happened after Hurricane Katrina wiped out New Orleans. There’s no doubt that public education and planning, as bureaucratic as they sound, save lives. Consider that diseases in the past have been able to ravage populations due to the simple misunderstanding about what caused and spread them. We can’t know for sure if the bird flu will fly or fizzle. But we can know we have prepared as best we can.
The world’s 10 best players over 30 including Ronaldo and IbrahimovicThe world’s 10 best players over 30 including Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic
10 10 10 10 10 8. Santi Cazorla, 31 (Arsenal) 10 10 10 5. Gianluigi Buffon, 38 (Juventus) 6. Philipp Lahm, 32 (Bayern Munich) 7. Pepe, 33 (Real Madrid) 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34 (Manchester United) 9. Dani Alves, 33 (Juventus) 4. Andres Iniesta, 32 (Barcelona) An experienced core is key for the top teams in the world.Nurturing and investing in young talent is what coaches should earn the big bucks for, but sometimes clubs have to turn to those who’ve been around the block.Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already proving to be worth his wages at Manchester United, while the likes of Juventus and Bayern Munich know exactly who can deliver the goods.So we’ve taken a look at the 10 best players over the age of 30 – check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 10. Petr Cech, 34 (Arsenal) – check out the top 10 players over the age of 30 by clicking the arrow above, right 3. Xabi Alonso, 34 (Bayern Munich) 10 10 1. Cristiano Ronaldo, 31 (Real Madrid)
“Those who continue to practice in high-risk areas should maintain their caseloads, but it may be a good idea when surgeons get into the pre-retirement mode that they give up the most complicated and high-risk surgeries altogether,” said Birkmeyer, who is 43. Patients should ask how many procedures a surgeon does a year, rather than focus on the doctor’s gray hair, Birkmeyer said. Sometimes an aging surgeon is the last to recognize – or admit – it’s time to quit. That’s when hospital administrators should step in, said Dr. Andrew Warshaw, 67, chief of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. The best hospitals monitor surgeons’ rates of complications, infections, readmissions to the hospital and deaths – and use those statistics to confront doctors about a pattern of problems. Hospitals also rely on surgeons passing their recertification exams every 10 years, but those tests gauge knowledge, not physical skills or technical mastery. That forces hospitals to depend heavily on co-workers reporting on a doctor with failing skills, Warshaw said. As department head, he tries to foster a work climate where colleagues can safely report their worries about a doctor, and he hopes that would be true for his own performance. Warshaw himself performs about 100 pancreas removals a year, considered a very large number for that rare procedure. How will he know it’s time to retire? “I’m counting on the fact that, if I don’t recognize it, somebody will tell me,” Warshaw said. “Maybe I’ll be the first to notice, maybe I won’t.” His hospital requires administrators to be reappointed on a yearly basis after age 65, but it requires no similar annual reappointment for aging surgeons, he said. The new study examined Medicare files on 461,000 patients who had one of eight different surgeries. In five of the surgeries, the researchers found surgeon age made no difference in patient death rates. But for pancreas removals, heart bypasses and surgery to clear blocked carotid arteries, the researchers found that older surgeons had higher rates of patient death within 30 days of surgery than younger surgeons. Researchers speculated that those three surgeries are more complex and require more fine stitching. “Surgeons are clearly not immune to the changes of aging,” said study co-author Dr. Lazar Greenfield of the University of Michigan. In the future, aging doctors might be required to prove their physical abilities, said Dr. Stephen Miller, president of the American Board of Medical Specialties, an umbrella group for the boards that test and certify specialists. They might have to pass tests on patient simulators, the high-tech robots that some nurses and doctors now learn to practice on, Miller said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesA new study raises questions about when older surgeons should quit the operating room and how they can stay at the top of their game in the final years of their careers. With the percentage of working doctors older than 65 climbing, the questions hold growing importance for patients. Previous studies found that older doctors are less likely to know about new treatments and medications than younger doctors, and they tend to perform worse on recertification exams. The new study, published in the September Annals of Surgery, found that for three complicated surgeries, including heart bypass, doctors older than 60 had higher patient death rates, especially if they didn’t do very many of the surgeries. Some doctors nearing retirement reduce their caseloads, but the study suggests that’s not a good idea. Practice keeps skills high, so an all-or-nothing approach to surgery in the pre-retirement years may be better than gradually fading away, said study co-author Dr. John Birkmeyer of the University of Michigan. CHICAGO – Most of Dr. Marshall Goldin’s medical school classmates have retired or died, but at age 67, the heart surgeon believes he still has good working years ahead. He performs about 200 heart and vascular surgeries a year at Rush University Medical Center. He has given away two sets of golf clubs because he doesn’t have time to play that often. “If one is still interested and enjoys the work and the challenge, it’s my opinion that one should and can continue,” Goldin said. “I don’t believe my stamina and interest have at all changed.” Stamina, strength, fine motor skills and sharp eyesight are traits associated with youth – and with surgery. The United States requires airline pilots to step down at age 60, but there is no mandatory retirement age for surgeons, who – like pilots – hold life in their hands.
Liverpool out to 28/1 to win the Premier League despite Klopp claim – CORAL DDLiverpool out to 28/1 to win the Premier League despite Klopp claim – CORAL DD
Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Ronald Koeman is now the 4/6 favourite to be the next Premier League boss sacked after Everton’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley at home.Merseyside rivals Liverpool, meanwhile, fell seven points behind leaders Manchester City with a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.Jurgen Klopp insisted after the game the Reds are still title contenders but his side are now out to 28/1 to win the Premier League.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Guardiola dismisses Mourinho claim Manchester City commit ‘tactical fouls’Guardiola dismisses Mourinho claim Manchester City commit ‘tactical fouls’
Pep Guardiola has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claim that Manchester City are prepared to commit ‘tactical fouls’.Manchester United boss Mourinho fanned the flames ahead of last week’s derby at Old Trafford by suggesting City regularly broke up play when out of possession by deliberately conceding free-kicks.This came after he also appeared to accuse City players of diving and claimed he would probably be punished for making a political statement similar to Guardiola’s recent wearing of a yellow ribbon.Guardiola said: “I don’t know how many fouls we make on the pitch but I think, when you have 70 per cent possession, we are not that team.“I never, never, never, never sent a message to my players. You can ask the players – these players and the old players – if my message on the pitch was to make fouls. I don’t use this kind of message.“We are not a saint. Of course we do fouls but it’s because of the way the game is.”Mourinho has since been asked by the Football Association to explain unspecified comments he made ahead of the derby.City won 2-1 at Old Trafford. However, the game was overshadowed by the melee that broke out between players and coaches near the dressing rooms after the final whistle but, on the field, it was a victory City thoroughly deserved.Among the impressive performers for Guardiola was right-back Kyle Walker, who should return to the side after being rested at Swansea in midweek to face former club Tottenham on Saturday.England international Walker joined City in a deal worth an initial £45 million in the summer and his attacking play has added a new dimension to Guardiola’s side, who lead the Premier League by 11 points.Guardiola rates the 27-year-old among the best in his position but believes there is still more improvement to come from him, particularly in terms of his footballing brain.Guardiola said: “Right now I’d rate him as one of the best definitely – his energy, so strong defensively.“But I’d like to help him to solve the problems not just through his physicality but also through his thinking.“When you are so strong physically, you solve all the problems that way but when you get to a certain age – 28, 29, 30 – after that you need to think more about what is going to happen. (I will) always encourage him to think and after, do it.“But of course against (Marcus) Rashford and (Anthony) Martial – they are so fast and he was able to control them. Few players in the world can control them like he did. That’s why he’s so, so important for us.” City are eleven points above United in the Premier League 1
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Mousa Dembele explains reasons behind Tottenham exitMousa Dembele explains reasons behind Tottenham exit
Mousa Dembele was a fans’ favourite at Spurs getty REPLY REVEALED But a series of injuries hampered the 31-year-old’s first-team chances and he swapped the Premier League for China last month.Dembele, who joined Guangzhou R&F for £11million, said: “I’m a social guy I think. I’m not too serious. I don’t like to be too serious. I think off the pitch I can have a laugh with everyone.“I like to see myself as open-minded. That is one of the reasons I wanted to come to China. I wanted to see something different. 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining ADVICE MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Former Tottenham star Mousa Dembele has revealed he joined Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F to ‘experience something different’.The midfielder was popular among Spurs fans after arriving from Fulham in 2012. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice “I wanted to have a different experience in life. I heard already there is good food in Guangzhou. I will try this a lot. I think my family will enjoy it as well here.”The Chinese Super League 2019 campaign kicks off on March 1.Dembele will be aiming to help his new club improve on last season’s 10th-place finish. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED