Black Stars goalkeeper Daniel Agyei has kept a clean sheet after conceding four goals in his debut game for PSL side Free State Stars after five match days.The former Liberty Professionals shot stopper suffered a baptism of fire on the match-day one in the PSL after his side lost by 1-4 when almost the entire duration of the game was played with Free States playing with one man when defender Soriola Gege was sent off for a second bookable offenceHis fire power after five games stands at one loss, two draws and two wins which positions his club side eighth on the league table with eight points.“My experience and confidence is gradually growing after my first game and I wish to maintain this form and be consistent ahead of a call up to the national team.” He said.Agyei was in the post when Ghana won their first Under-20 World Cup in 2009 and has signed three years for the Premier Soccer League outfit.
Despite the recent confirmation by the Public Health Minister that the Maternity Ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital would be completed by the end of June, its completion has been further pushed to mid July forPublic Health Minister,Dr George Nortonundisclosed reasons.Initially, it had been articulated that the building would be completed by May, but construction was hindered by the inability of the contractors to procure building materials for specific parts of the Ward. Subsequent to these materials being imported into the country, the Minister had informed that the contractors had resumed their work and would be working to have the structure ready by the end of June.However, during an interview with Guyana Times on Monday, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton informed that the building was yet to be completed. He said that construction was in its final phase and the deadline had been set at the middle of this month.According to the information received, the Public Health Ministry had met with the contractors after the structure had not been completed by the initial deadline. After discussions, an agreement was made with the Ministry that the Ward would be finished in the aforementioned timeframe.Meanwhile, work is presently being done on the upper flat of the building, which will house the Neo-Natal intensive Care Unit and the pre- and post-natal Wards.Special materials had been shipped in recently to begin the construction of these sections. The Minister stated that this had presented some difficulty and contributed to the overall setback.According to Dr Norton, while the upper flat is being completed, the lower flat has already been put into use. He noted that as the space in the current Maternity Ward had begun to decline, the Ministry made the decision to move the offices in the old Maternity Ward to the completed lower flat of the new building. This has reportedly helped significantly with the overcrowding problem, since more than 50 beds were placed in the older Ward with the relocation of the offices.The Health Minister said that this would serve as a temporary solution while the expansion of the building was concluding.After a number of years of complaints by the general public about the state of the Maternity Ward, the current Government, after taking office, had commenced plans to complete the new building.The call for the Ward to be completed had been amplified as images of a mother nursing her newborn under a hospital bed surfaced.Since then, the Ministry had been working to have the new building completed in the shortest time possible. The Minister said that this would ensure that “doubling up” and “congestion” would be a thing of the past. read more
The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday is expected to decide how to proceed — if at all — on a proposed sales tax vote to help pay for light rail in Vancouver.The outcome, however, may have been decided Monday.The Vancouver City Council this week voted 4-3 in favor of putting off a sales tax vote this year. Members who voted in the majority indicated they’d prefer to vet other options for covering the $2.57 million annual cost to maintain light rail, options that don’t require a sales tax increase. This year’s planned vote would cover that cost, plus the operating cost of a proposed bus rapid transit system on Vancouver’s Fourth Plain corridor.Six of the nine C-Tran board members have said they favor a broad public vote on light rail funding, including C-Tran’s entire service district. But if Vancouver’s three voices at the table — Mayor Tim Leavitt, plus Councilors Larry Smith and Bart Hansen — follow through with the full council’s earlier pledge, it won’t matter. Vancouver’s three members collectively hold bloc veto power, and could kill any resolution favoring a districtwide vote, even if the rest of the board supports it.C-Tran leaders have long said they’d put a ballot measure to voters to help pay for light rail. A 2011 C-Tran board action also stated that a high-capacity transit vote “must take place prior to C-Tran or any other designee of C-Tran signing an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with TriMet to operate light rail in Clark County.”Last month, the C-Tran board heard an earful from more than a dozen citizens — including two state legislators — calling for a districtwide vote. Tonight’s C-Tran board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose F. Besserman Community Room at Fisher’s Landing Transit Center, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave. in Vancouver. A Regional Policy Committee meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. read more