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            [post_content] => Following the broadcast of an interview given by a junior government minister on television last month, a senior civil servant is demanding that a public apology be issued as well as pay her damages for the injury she suffered following the airing. Former permanent secretary in the Ministry of the People and Social Development, Hermia Tyson-Cuffie said the minister, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, had  "falsely and maliciously made statements in relation to a question about whether you were advised to accept responsibility for the alleged abuse of a Government credit card".

In 2012, Alleyne-Toppin, who was the Minister of Tobago Affairs then, said she paid back monies involved in use of a Government credit card and never deliberately misused the facility. Earlier the issue of Alleyne-Toppin's usage of the credit was raised in the House by Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley.

In the pre-action protocol letter, dated April 22, in which a copy of the transcript of the interview was also enclosed, the senior civil servant who is wedded to a candidate contesting the elections on behalf of the opposition, claimed that the embattled junior minister had by her words suggested that "Tyson-Cuffie used her position to provide (untruthful) information to the Mirror Newspapers and to Dr Rowley about you; that Mrs Hermia Tyson-Cuffie did not pay and/or reconcile the accounts for your credit card in dereliction of her duties" and "that Mrs Hermia Tyson-Cuffie had targeted you."

The letter urges the junior minister to take "as a matter of urgency" various measures including "publish in the next issue of two daily newspapers a full retraction and apology in terms to be approved by us on our client’s behalf; indemnify our client in respect of any costs which she may have incurred in this matter; pay to our client damages for the injury she has suffered to her reputation and for the distress and embarrassment caused to her."

The letter conveyed that its aim was to "attempt to have this matter settled without recourse to legal proceedings."

"You or your attorney-at-law may contact the undersigned if you wish to resolve this matter," the letter concluded.

Alleyne-Toppin, who last month caused a major uproar in the country when she suggested that Rowley was born as a result of his mother being raped as a child, told media houses that she has not yet received the pre-protocol letter.
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T&T Senior Civil Servant Takes Legal Action Against Junior Government Minister

April 25, 2015
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Following the broadcast of an interview given by a junior government minister on television last month, a senior civil servant is demanding that a public apology be issued as well ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Cuba's Center of Molecular Immunology and New York's Roswell Park Cancer Institute, have signed an agreement to export a therapeutic vaccine against lung cancer that was developed, to the United States.

“The agreement will allow us to limit ourselves to clinical trials of the vaccine when we get to New York,” the director of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Candace Johnson said.

Johnson was part of a trade delegation from New York that was led by governor Andrew Cuomo. The initiative was formed to explore business options in Cuba, in addition to promoting exchanges in education and research.

"We are excited to bring the vaccine to the US and treating patients. This would not have been possible without this trade mission, which facilitated the initiating of the agreement face to face, " Johnson said.

The vaccine against lung cancer was created in 2011 after Cuban researchers spent 15 years of research with patent rights worldwide. Named Cimivax, the vaccine reportedly doubles as a treatment for lung cancer. Although the vaccine is already registered in Cuba and Peru, countries like Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are in the process for registration, and others such as the UK and Australia have conducted clinical trials.

 
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Agreement Signed By US Cancer Institute To Allow Importation Of Vaccine Developed In Cuba

April 24, 2015
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Cuba's Center of Molecular Immunology and New York's Roswell Park Cancer Institute, have signed an agreement to export a therapeutic vaccine against lung cancer that was developed,...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Health minister Dr. Bheri Ramsaran has issued an apology to an anti-government rights activist acknowledging that he had used "harsh words" to her after being provoked into anger. In reports made by media earlier, it was indicated that Dr. Ramsaran had "cursed the female anti-government activist and thought of slapping and having her stripped."

An online publication reported that, "Ramsaran was also heard telling Sherlina Nageer that she was a "little piece of shit," and an "idiot"."

On Tuesday night, in a brief statement, the Health Minister said he had on Monday joined a group of peaceful persons at Whim Magistrate's Court to give solidarity to former President Bharrat Jagdeo, who was facing a private criminal charge.

"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. He then added that he "therefore wish to apologize for uttering those words".

Currently, Guyana is preparing for a general election that is expected to occur on the 11th of May. The ruling People's Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) is facing a strong challenge from the coalition alliance of a Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC).

The encounter was recorded and can be heard via the clipping below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCoMF6YjzjM
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Guyana Health Minister Issues Apology To Anti-Government Rights Activist After Using "Harsh Words"

April 23, 2015
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Health minister Dr. Bheri Ramsaran has issued an apology to an anti-government rights activist acknowledging that he had used "harsh words" to her after being provoked into anger. ...Continue reading