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

Oxford boys stun Udall, makes SCBL into a three-way race

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ever so often people are reminded why they love sports.The Oxford boys pulled off an upset Tuesday night that shook the hierarchy order of the South-Central Border League boys basketball standings. Oxford knocked off Udall, 39-37, on the road.Udall came in as the No. 7 ranked team in Class 1A-Div. I according to the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll.And much like K-State Wildcat fans stormed the court on Monday night after the big upset win over the Jayhawks, so did the Oxford Wildcat fans on Tuesday night. Was it “Wildcat Week?”  “What a great high school basketball game and a great atmosphere,” Green said. “Udall was 14-1 and has a quality basketball team.”Oxford went into the hole early, trailing 10-2 after one quarter. But in the second, Oxford outscored Udall 13-10 and trailed 20-15 with renewed energy going into halftime.In the third quarter, Udall upped the lead back to eight and led 32-24 going into the final frame.But Oxford controlled the tempo thereafter.“We got after it on that end and really took them out of their spread dribble drive and forced them into some bad shots,” Green said.With 9.1 seconds to play, Oxford’s Timmie Catlin got fouled after breaking the press. He missed the free throw but Oxford made the stop on the other end to secure the two-point win.“This is one of the best defensive teams I’ve had in my time here and this game was won on the defensive end of the floor,” Green said. “This was a total team win for us.”Catlin led Oxford with 13. Other scorers include: Derek Williams with 10, Dexter Norris 6, Carson Crain 2, Tyler Eckstein 3, and Kurt Sloan 2.Udall’s scorers include: Perez 15, Weber 1, Martin 14, Williams 5, Welshans 2.Oxford was 7 of 14 from the free throw line and won without hitting a 3-pointer. Udall had seven treys.The Wildcats, 9-5 overall, have moved into a tie in the loss column with Udall in the SCBL race. Udall is 6-1 and Oxford is 4-1. West Elk is leading at 5-0.Of course, sub-state tournament positioning is the primary focus of a basketball coach. Green said Oxford could finish 14-6 or 15-5 which would land it as a No. 4 seed in a loaded sub-state out east that features Oswego, West Elk and the always loaded Pitt Colgan.Oxford travels to 2-14 (0-7) to Central on Friday.“We are on an NBA like schedule- three games this week, three games next week,” Green said.•••••In girls action, Udall beat Oxford 50-44.Oxford led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter but Udall outscored the Wildcats 19-1 in the second quarter and never trailed thereafter.Scoring for Oxford were: Payne 21, Perez 2, Metz 16, Whitlock 4, Lawrenz 1. Udall was led by Bracheric with 20. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down siranch 1p · 339 weeks ago Colter Silhan 4pts for the Wildcats 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Common sense · 339 weeks ago Controlled the temple? Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down siranch 1p · 339 weeks ago My bad, 2pts for Silhan. This was a great game for our guys, our school, and our community! Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Froggy44 · 338 weeks ago Oxford played a great game that night. Glad I was there to witness a well deserved victory and the place went explosive after the win at the end !! Oxford has lost to Udall in alot of close games the last few years and it is nice to see the underdog finally win and play to there potential !! And be so humble and show great sportsmanship !! Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Greek social clubs going under as membership plummets

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sixty-two years and counting, now on to its fourth generation of members, the Siatista Club is facing the same future many clubs founded by migrants from the old country face, as memory and identity of the old country fade. Young people are not taking up the mantle of leadership or membership of these clubs in large enough numbers to ensure many will survive the next 60 years. Instead, new generations identify with the broader ‘Greek’ community rather than the smaller communities tied to cities, towns and islands from which their forebears came.One such example is Niko Bozikis, a young Australian of Greek Cypriot heritage; speaking to Neos Kosmos, he said he and his family aren’t members of any social clubs, nor have they ever been, because it just didn’t interest him. This is a similar story from across the younger generations, with many in Melbourne’s Greek community having little to no involvement in clubs representing their home towns.Old photo of a Siatista Club event.Melbourne’s Siatista Club represents some 200 families from Siatista, but like many of Melbourne’s Greek social clubs they are facing a future which many young Greek Australians don’t want to be a part of.Siatista sits high up in the mountains of Macedonia, split between a high and low town, the tiled roofs of the town tell an earlier story of migration. In the years after World War II many young men and women from the town left for America and Australia, with clubs for Siatistans established in Adelaide, Melbourne and across the United States. In decades past, members of the Adelaide and Melbourne clubs would drive to a halfway point, somewhere in the west of Victoria for a big family picnic.The sight of packed car loads of Macedonians turning up in 1970s Horsham would have probably been an unexpected sight for the sleepy Wimmera town. George Lioukas, a member of the Siatista Club, told Neos Kosmos he remembered the long road trips growing up, as well as the dances, the dinners and club nights. But there hasn’t been a picnic between the two in decades.“At the time, the club had very many regular outings, picnics, at Christmas time there was always an outing,” George recalls. “It was a good way to get together and talk things over and have families come together.”George said he’d spoken in the past to members of the Siatista Association USA, contact between the two clubs being reasonably regular. The American club celebrates its 96th year, while Melbourne’s rings in 62 years.George’s father, Christos Lioukas, had a hand in founding the Siatista Club in 1956 and setting up the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria several years later. The clubs were a formalising of social networks that already existed between migrants, many of whom helped newcomers find their feet, George said.Unlike his dad, George was a member of the club by default, fulfilling key membership requirements of being the child of a member or claiming ancestry from Siatista.“Now that there’s another generation, a lot of people are finding the club not as relevant to them,” George said. “A lot of people have married people from other parts of Greece or even different countries.”He is no exception: Joanne, George’s wife, is from Tenedos in the west Aegean, but grew up in Melbourne. The triangular island is mentioned in The Iliad and in Aeneid as the site where Agamemnon’s Greeks hid their fleet as they feigned a retreat leaving the Trojan Horse in wait. These days the island is a casualty of the partition of the Ottoman empire, falling into Turkish control, and known as Bozcaada in Turkish, with its Greek residents subject to discrimination, with many leaving.Joanne Lioukos is member of the Tenedos Club, and so are her children, Zoe and Chris, despite their father being a Siatista Club member.Joanne prefers the Tenedos rather than Siatista Club, bringing the decision of where to go into question.“If we go where I’m from, I’ll get to see all my relatives,” she said.“But when we go to Siatista a lot of George’s relatives go there.”George chimed in, saying “we always have this disagreement.” Their children, Zoe and Chris, are members of the Tenedos Club, often attending many functions, “because we are part of the family”, as they say. Zoe and Chris buck the trend, as many clubs struggle to attract the new generations.Historian and University of New South Wales associate professor Nick Doumanis told Neos Kosmos that with the closure of clubs, the story of the early migrants and connection between here and the home towns are lost.Professor Doumanis said the migrant clubs acted as outposts, connecting communities across the world back to Greece, but that the connection had frayed as families assimilated. But it was clear many of the regional and local clubs are in big trouble.“Intergenerationally it hasn’t worked out,” he said, explaining that one way clubs have been able to keep up the numbers is through dancing and language classes, which brings in young and old. This same story was heard from Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCOM).One option some clubs in Melbourne are choosing to take is to pass on their assets to the GCOM. The Thessaloniki Association ‘The White Tower’ is one such club to do that, deciding to split its assets between the GCOM and an aged care facility when it folds.Club president Paul Mavroudis, a member since 1974 and president for the last 18 years, said it was unlikely someone would replace him when he retired. Therefore they have decided to split the assets of the club, as the money to set up the club “comes from the Greeks” and should go back to the community.According to Professor Doumanis, clubhouses were bought because “they had a desperate need for them then and there. Living halfway around the world people needed something to bind them together. There was a lot of commitment from ordinary people, a lot of them met their spouses through their clubs,” he said.Not all clubs have a clubhouse however, with clubs like that of Siatista meeting in buildings provided by umbrella organisations, such as the GCOM or the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria.But for those that do, the clubhouses were never bought as investments, but the shifts of Melbourne real estate and the changing of fortunes in the once-maligned inner city see many now worth a mint.“The Greek community is sitting on these assets and they don’t know what’s going to become of these assets because their kids don’t want to perpetuate these clubs,” said Professor Doumanis.Many closed clubs have been redeveloped, their buildings and legacy obliterated by the apartments that replace them. Others sit seldom used. But GCOM’s Papastergiadis said it was apparent many clubs would likely not survive the next two decades.To ensure that isn’t the fate of the Siatista Club, they are taking a rather proactive approach. Anna Siassios, an executive committee member of the club, told Neos Kosmos they have changed the way they go about attracting young people by organising more events centred around music and dance from the region, having just recently brought over a band from Siatista to play.“With Siatista, you go there and the magic hits you,” Anna said, which is why “younger generations start to join when they start a family [of their own].”She says their communications strategy has evolved with the times to make use of popular platforms available to them, such as Facebook and Instagram, giving the club direct access to its younger audience to promote its activities, and as a result, increase engagement.last_img read more