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            [post_content] => Following the dismissal of Dr. Bheri Ramsaran who had been under fire after insulting and threatening a female rights activist in an altercation caught on tape, Dr. Jennifer Westford is the new Minister of Health. In a brief statement, President Donald Ramotar said that Dr. Ramasaran had been relieved of his ministerial duties.

"The president reiterates his outrage at the verbal outbursts and insults uttered by the minister recently," Ramotar said, just over a week after Dr Ramsaran was in an April 20 confrontation with Sherlina Nageer. The incident occurred outside a court where he had joined supporters of former president Bharrat Jagdeo who is currently facing a criminal charge.

"We have women and children dying under your watch. What are you doing here wasting time?" Nageer asked the minister in their altercation.In a response he insulted and used expletives of the woman.

"Shut your mouth and get out my face . . . You idiot . . .," Dr. Ramsaran was caught on camera saying. He went on to use expletives as he told Nageer to "get out of my face".

Dr. Ramsaran was also insulted by Nageer, and when she left the scene of the confrontation, the former health minister told reporters that he would slap her rear end "just for the fun."

"I can have some of my women strip her," he also said.

After the incident was publicized, Dr. Ramsaran however acknowledged that he had used "harsh" words in a statement that was issued. He said that Nageer had provoked him as he stood with protestors outside the Whim Magistrate Court.

"As I was about to depart, two journalists sought an interview with me on the matter at hand, to which I readily agreed. During the interview, I was rudely interrupted by a woman who kept shouting and interrupting me throughout. I shifted away on several occasions in an attempt to avoid her but she persisted in interrupting the interview. It was unfortunate that I was provoked into anger and uttered harsh words at her for which I now regret," Dr Ramsaran said. "I therefore wish to apologize for uttering those words," he ended.

Despite his apology, various women's and human right groups had called for his dismissal.
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Dr. Ramsaran Dismissed From Being Guyana's Health Minister Following Altercation With Female Rights Activist

May 2, 2015
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Following the dismissal of Dr. Bheri Ramsaran who had been under fire after insulting and threatening a female rights activist in an altercation caught on tape, Dr. Jennifer Westfo...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The new head coach of the West Indies cricket team, Phil Simmons, says he was startled by his team's batting performance in their recent match against England that was held in Grenada on the final day of the second test match. Resuming the final day on 22 for two - a lead of 37 runs overall, West Indies was not able to keep a grip of their last eight wickets for 105 runs, to be all out for 307, 35 minutes are lunch. Allowing England to came out on top by nine wickets and lead the series one nil, West Indies surrendered a strong position.

"You hear people talk about how bad this is, or how bad that is. But when youre in the camp, its not all as bad as people say," Simmons said. "But there has been nothing as startling as the way we batted on the last morning in Grenada. There is learning to be done."

In the first session on the final day, the regional side lost six wickets for 84 runs as James Anderson tore through the middle order with the new ball. As a former West Indies all-rounder, Simmons expressed his disappointment and described the batting as 'reckless', and later said that the match was lost because of 'negligence'.

"We had two hours of negligence on the last day in Grenada and we lost the game," Simmons told ESPN cricinfo. "It was a reckless period. It just needed a couple of guys to bat for another half-hour or so and we would have saved the game."

Although the loss was said to be a unfortunate surrender and there is an appeal for more consistency, the new Windies head coach still stood satisfied as he says he was encouraged by some aspects of his side during the first two test matches. In an attempt to prevent this reckless recurrence, he shares that he is advocating for a change in the mindset of the players which he said should be informed by the state of the game.

"Id like to see us play two or three sessions consistently. Weve played well in one, been bad in the next, and then come back in the one after that. But weve not played consistently well for three sessions," Simmons explained. "We just need our young players to understand that how they play must be determined by what the teams needs and what the scoreboard reads. So they have to learn here that, if the score is 40 for 4, you might have to bat for two sessions and come back the next day to get your big score. The mindset has to change."

The team's third and final test match against England starts on Friday in Barbados.
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WI Team's Reckless Batting Against England Forces Phil Simmons To Drive Mindset Change

May 1, 2015
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The new head coach of the West Indies cricket team, Phil Simmons, says he was startled by his team's batting performance in their recent match against England that was held in Gren...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => On Monday, the executive chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), Leslie Miller, indicated that the BEC is in crisis mode and faces a worsening situation as the encounter of an urgent action on energy reform is absent. Miller's latest statement came in a time of deprivation when at around 11:30 a.m. one of the corporation's 26.5 megawatt engines at the Clifton Pier Power Station failed, leaving thousands of customers in New Providence without power for hours.

"It would be good if the government could make a decision on the way forward so that we could ease the burden off the backs of the Bahamian people," Miller said. "I think it is clear now to everyone what needs to be done."

As many engineers attempt to diagnose the problem and get the engine back on its regular route, businesses and residents hundreds of motorists are impacted as even hundreds of motorists are forced to navigate the busy roads without the assistance of traffic lights. Miller however said that load shedding would continue until early next week.

With another engine at its Blue Hills Power Station still out of commission since a fire that triggered a "catastrophic failure" and caused an island-wide outage last month, he says that the failing of this generator puts BEC in "bad shape". He added that while this outage had not affected customers island-wide, it was extensive.

Customers like the Public Hospital Authority's Princess Margaret Hospital was said to have had little interruption, but was powered by it's generators. At around 6 p.m. on the day the outage occurred managing director of PHA, Herbert Brown, said, "our generators have sufficient fuel to last for a couple of days. Our telephone lines were interrupted as the power switched from city to generators, but that was it."

Other entities affected included the Atlantis Resort and Casino, who also shared a similar comment, confirming that the hotel was operating on its generators.

Miller was also able to share that BEC has been load shedding because of a generation shortfall as the power demand is 206 megawatts of power and the company has been generating around 174 megawatts since the engine fail.

"What you do is share the load," Miller said around noon. "In other words, you would have areas off for an hour or so, and then switch to another area.I could not tell you off the bat, but there are many areas that are off now."

It was also confirmed by Miller that BEC signed an $8 million contract with Aggreko to provide an additional 40 megawatts of power over the next nine months. The full complement of the generators from Aggreko will however not come in full effect as it could take more than a month to receive.

"I understand that around five to 10 megawatts is coming in this week," Miller said. "And then in the next 30 to 45 days the remainder will be here.We are going to be on the borderline because, out of that 40 megawatts, Baha Mar is going to take 16.So, it leaves New Providence with an [additional] 29 megawatts.But if one of those big engines goes down...we will be on the border line.

 
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BEC Chairman Says Power Company Is In Crisis Following Recent Major Outages

April 30, 2015
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On Monday, the executive chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), Leslie Miller, indicated that the BEC is in crisis mode and faces a worsening situation as the encou...Continue reading