Infrastructure Development Dwarfs Boko Haram

first_imgAmb. Gang speaks at the occasion attended by members of the diplomatic corps Despite real and legitimate threats of destruction and mayhem from Boko Haram in the northwest, Cameroonian Ambassador to Liberia Beng’Yela Augustine Gang says his country’s development is progressing.Marking the observance of Cameroon’s 45th National Day with a well-attended reception in Monrovia last Tuesday, Ambassador Gang said while the Boko Haram scourge still exists in Cameroon and its neighboring countries, his government’s priority development and infrastructure projects remain on course.“Our patriotic defense forces, assisted by our friends, have now forced Boko Haram to resort to Kamikaze, a hit-and-run tactic,” Ambassador Gang mocked, naming instead several major developments undertaken by Cameroon.  They include a one kilometer second bridge linking both shores of River Wouri in Douala, the 220-kilometer Douala-Yaoundè motorway, Kumba to Mamfe road in the south, and the Kribi deep seaport.“The Kribi deep seaport is now completed and its management is in place. At full thrust, Kribi will open up the hinterland of southern Cameroon and will service northern Gabon, Congo, the DRC, the Central African Republic, Chad and, eventually, South Sudan,” the Ambassador told his guests.Other major projects the Ambassador named are the newly commissioned referral hospital in Sangmelima, a teaching hospital in Bamenda for which groundbreaking recently took place in the northwest region and three modern stadia currently under construction in Douala, Bafoussam and Yaoundé for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.He indicated that Cameroon’s efforts to halt Boko Haram’s impact is built upon his country’s active commitment to cultural and religious harmony.Ambassador Gang also told the scores of diplomats, government officials and his compatriots who converged at the celebration that Cameroon continues to launch several regional “Agro pole” projects that will boost revenue for home-grown agro-industrial start-ups across the nation.According to Ambassador Gang, these projects initiated by his government make the 45th National Day of Unity worth celebrating.One major challenge in Cameroon, the Ambassador noted, however, has to do with what he described as “some socio-cultural and syndicated recriminations” of debates mostly by English-speaking compatriots of the education and legal sub-systems.He said in the wake of this issue, the social media has been misused to pervert the public communications space with “hate messages and threats.”Nevertheless, President Paul Biya has recognized that many concerns raised were genuine and therefore decided to use peaceful dialogue to resolve them, he said.On Cameroon-Liberia relations, Ambassador Gang reaffirmed his country’s commitment, saying the strength of their relations and diplomatic presence in each other’s capital can only be a factor for excellence.On the that basis, the embassy is considering discussions on modalities for the training of quality interpreters and translators in Cameroon’s specialized institutions for their deployment in Liberia and of senior and seasoned career professionals in strategic sectors, Ambassador Gang indicated.Speaking on behalf of the Liberian government, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Elias Shoniyin regretted the activities of Boko Haram in Cameroon and assured its Government of Liberia’s support to the expulsion of the sect from the region.Minister Shoniyin also called on Cameroon to help Liberia in its development and extended on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia warm felicitations to the people of Cameroon on the celebration of their National Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana gets its 1st embryologist

first_imgDr Balwant Singh’s Hospital on Thursday announced the appointment of the first Guyanese embryologist, Ganesh Persaud, as Head of the In vitro fertilisation (IVF) lab at Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital.Persaud at work in the IVF labGanesh Persaud, originally from Essequibo, is Guyana’s first embryologist. Embryology is the field of medicine concerned with the study and development of embryos. As an embryologist, Ganesh is currently working at Guyana’s only IVF lab, located at the Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital under the supervision of Dr Madhu Singh— Guyana’s only infertility specialist.Ganesh moved to Georgetown at the age of 17, when he started studying at the University of Guyana. He completed his Bachelors in Medical Technology and then began working at the Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital laboratory— where he worked for six years, and later became Head of the laboratory there.Embryologist Ganesh PersaudAfter working with the visiting embryologists at the institution, and also doing preparations for the infertility procedures at the hospital, he was inspired to specialise in this field, and applied to the Dr Balwant Singh’s hospital for a scholarship.Ganesh completed his training at the Craft Hospital and Research Centre in Kerala, India. Ganesh has just returned from India a few weeks ago and is now the Head of the IVF lab at Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital. Under his supervision, the lab is expected to grow tremendously over the coming years, with the hopes that the centre will become the largest infertility centres in the Caribbean.He noted that “in Guyana, it is very common for patients to delay infertility treatment, and to wait until they are in their late 30s or early 40s before they start the process…with increasing maternal age, the quality of eggs released by the ovary decreases and this makes pregnancy very hard”.Before the hospital started to advertise the infertility services, and Dr Madhu began speaking on this issue, a lot of patients would never seek treatment or not do it through the proper channels.Ganesh advised that “patients who are not getting pregnant with simple treatments like clomiphene move on to more advanced treatments like intra-uterine insemination and in vitro fertilisation”.IVF is a process whereby fertilisation of an egg and sperm is completed in the laboratory, after the eggs have been harvested by the gynaecologist.He noted that “Dr Madhu’s infertility clinic has brought relief to many Guyanese and is now frequented by patients from neighbouring countries like Suriname, and the neighbouring islands, because for the Caribbean, this hospital offers the best price”. He said “the success rates produced by the clinic are on par with that of the clinics in Barbados and Trinidad, and the price is a fraction of that being quoted at those clinics”. He hopes that with his help “the IVF lab will continue to grow and eventually become the largest in the Caribbean”.last_img read more

COUPLE WHOSE REFUSE COMPANY OWNED TODDLER DEATH LORRY ARE CLEARED

first_imgA CO Donegal couple whose company were the owners of a bin lorry involved in the death of a toddler have been cleared on insurance charges.Jim Ferry and Mary Ferry, of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham, the owners of Ferry’s Refuse Collection Limited, had fought a charge of having no insurance on the day a child was knocked down and killed in Letterkenny.Lorry driver Alex McDaid (60), of Bomany, Letterkenny, was cleared earlier this year of causing the death of Patrick McDonagh by dangerous driving in the Ballymacool Housing estate in Letterkenny in February 2010. The trial heard how Mr McDaid had reversed his lorry into a cul-de-sac where the boy lived.The three-year-old boy’s father Patrick Snr told the trial of how his son had chased after a tennis ball on to the road and had shouted ‘stop stop’ as the lorry went over him. The boy’s twin Megan was also at the scene.Mr McDaid did however admit a charge of failing to have a valid driving license.As a result the Ferrys were charge of failing to have proper insurance.However their solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin told Letterkenny District Court that the charge should have been brought against the company which owned the lorry – Ferrys Refuse Limited – and not the directors of the company.He also argued separately that Mr McDaid had shown them what they believed to be a valid driving license. They had no idea it was false.And thirdly, said the solicitor, Zurich Insurance were acting as insurance agents in the matter anyway.District Judge Paul Kelly struck the matters out.COUPLE WHOSE REFUSE COMPANY OWNED TODDLER DEATH LORRY ARE CLEARED was last modified: November 25th, 2013 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:ferry’s refuseGavelLetterkenny Courtlast_img read more