Trinidad health minister defends decision to continue medical practice

first_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Trinidad health minister defends decision to continue medical practice by: – July 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Flag of Trinidad. Photo credit: mapsofworld.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan on Sunday defended his decision to continue his medical practice as a urologist while holding a ministerial portfolio, saying he has not broken any law or compromised his responsibilities.The minister’s statement followed a Guardian newspaper report.In a statement, the minister said he was called to serve in the Cabinet at short notice.“This request came at a time when the health sector was in crisis and it was my belief that given my experience as a medical doctor, my knowledge of the system, my proficiency in management, coupled with my background in mediation, I possessed the requisite skills to make a positive impact on the system, to enforce change to bring about a vastly improved public health care for the benefit of all citizens,” Khan said. “It was on this basis that I accepted the call to serve.”Khan said he informed his patients he would be suspending his medical practice because of his ministerial responsibilities. He also advised his patients to seek other urologists for assistance but was already overwhelmed with requests to conduct surgeries which he had already committed himself to.As a result, Khan said he felt it was appropriate for him to continue to clear the backlog of patients who were already scheduled for surgery under his care.He said he conducted surgeries on Saturdays and saw patients after 4 pm on Tuesdays. Stating neither of these activities compromised his ability to function as Health Minister, Khan said he has been advised by his lawyers he was not in breach of the Integrity in Public Life Act.“One cannot expect me as a medical practitioner to abandon my patients at the stroke of a pen and while some have expressed some ethical concerns in this matter, I can assure the public that my responsibilities as minister have not been compromised in any way,” Khan stated.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

ESM, J-D softball makes late-season surges

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Franchesca Polcaro went three-for-four and scored four runs, with Bella Pickard notching three RBIs. Rachel Brefka had two hits and drove in a pair of runs as McCarthy and Holly Carr had one RBI apiece.ESM then beat Fulton 6-3 on Friday night, scoring twice in the first inning, but saving its best work for the bottom of the fourth, when it plated four runs, more than the Red Raiders could overcome.Brilbeck again pitched well, limiting Fulton to three hits, while also getting two hits and two RBIs at the plate as Morgan Ransom matched those totals. Natalie Quonce added two hits as she and Rachel Brefka drove in one run apiece.Far from all this, J-D put together its own undefeated week, capped by a split doubleheader on Saturday where it rose up to beat Baldwinsville 9-7 after it shut out Auburn 13-0 earlier that morning.The Auburn game was a one-hit pitching gem from Shayna Myshrall who notched nine strikeouts as J-D scored in every inning except the fourth, capped by a five-run third.Andrea Sumida and Paige Keeler each had three hits, Sumida adding three RBIs and three runs scored as Myshrall and Kate Dorazio both drove in two runs. Katie White and Madi Ancone each had a double and RBI.Before this, J-D blanked Central Square 11-0. The Rams exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, more than enough for Myshrall, who struck out seven and limited the Redhawks to five hits.Dorazio hit a home run, one of 11 hits on the day. Sumida’s pair of hits led to three RBIs as Dorazio and Keeler each drove in two runs. Myshrall, White and Miriam Zogby had one RBI apiece. The second game went 8-6 in the Spartans’ favor, with ESM scoring twice in the fifth inning and three more times in the sixth to overcome a 4-3 deficit. Natalie Quonce went four-for-four with three RBIs as McCarthy drove in two runs.Following it up, ESM went to Auburn Thursday and, against the 12-3 Maroons, scored an impressive 10-0 shutout, with Brilbeck limiting Auburn to five hits and striking out four while aided by error-free defense.At the plate, the Spartans got three runs in the second inning and, after a run in the third, tacked on three-run rallies in the fifth and seventh innings, too, to pull away. Even though Jamesville-DeWitt is the favorite and defending champions in Section III Class A softball, East Syracuse Minoa has played the Red Rams tough and is coming off its best week of the season.The Spartans returned to action last Wednesday and swept a doubleheader from Cortland. ESM rolled to a 13-1 victory in the five-inning opener, already up 2-1 when it erupted for 10 runs in the top of the third, Gillianne McCarthy leading the way with a triple and four RBIs.Shaina Brilbeck, who held the Purple Tigers to two hits and struck out seven, went five-for-five, including a double and triple, and drove in two runs, Gianna Quonce and Natalie Quonce each getting three hits as Natalie drove in two runs, as did Morgan Ransom. Tags: ESMJ-DSoftballlast_img read more

Ernst says physical barrier not needed along some areas of border

first_imgWASHINGTON — Republican Senator Joni Ernst says now that there’s divided government in Washington, it’s up to President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders to find a border security solution that ends the partial government shutdown.“I would tend to agree that not all areas of our border needs a physical barrier if those are adequately patrolled by Border Patrol agents, if we have the technology to monitor those areas without having a physical barrier and can adequately respond in a timely manner to illegal border crossings,” Ernst said Thursday during a conference call with Iowa reporters.But Ernst indicated some areas of the border can only be secured with “a barrier of some form.” She said capturing terrorists, drug smugglers, gun runners and human traffickers along the border is a national security priority.“And by having a physical barrier in some of those places, we can shape the way the traffic is flowing, the foot traffic,” she told reporters.Ernst said she learned in the military that barriers on a battlefield funnel people into areas where they can be apprehended. Ernst indicated she would not support a deal that only funds more agents and more surveillance along the border, because a wall or fencing is necessary in some areas. The “smartest way to move,” according to Ernst, is to have Border Patrol agents and the Department of Homeland Security map things out.“I do think it needs to be a comprehensive plan that allows us to make smart choices on how we spend our dollars on the border,” Ernst said.About 25 percent of the federal government has been shut down since December 22nd. President Trump has repeatedly said he will not agree to reopen the government until congress approves $5.7 billion for a border wall.last_img read more