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PPP questions mysterious deaths of 4 GGMC workers

first_img…claims deaths may be linked to mercury poisoningThe parliamentary Opposition has raised questions over the recent deaths of four Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) staffers; a matter that has seemingly been shrouded in an information blackout.In a statement issued on Friday, the party expressed condolences to the relatives of the deceased staffers, whose names were given as Dwayne De Jonge (ranger), Latchman Chiti (surveyor), Leroy Green (carpenter) and Clement Proffit (lab technician). According to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the issue is one that must be addressed urgently by the relevant authorities.The Party also raised possible links to the mercury poisoning that had afflicted workers at the GGMC during amalgam burning exercises. According to the PPP, all four men were documented to have been affected by mercury poisoning.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and junior Minister Simona Broomes“These four deaths, which follow each other in such a short period of time, should be a cause for serious concern. It is disturbing that the Government and the GGMC have been reluctant to inform the staff and public about actions taken to ensure protection of not only staffers, but also those in surrounding communities.”“This is not a political issue,” the Party continued. “The PPP will support the Government of Guyana to ensure that every effort is made to guarantee the health and safety of our people. We therefore urge immediate action by the relevant authorities, including management of the GGMC and the Ministry of Public Health, to ensure the occupational health and safety standards are in place.”The Guyana Gold BoardAccording to the Party, precautionary measures such as testing and treatment for all staff must be operationalised by the GGMC and the Public Health Ministry. The cost for this, the Party advised, should be borne by the GGMC.“The PPP also supports the sourcing of specialists to respond to this matter before it becomes a bigger health crisis,” the party added.Calls by this publication to Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and his junior Minister Simona Broomes went unanswered. When contacted, a top-level official within the Ministry was also at a loss to provide information about the men. He could only confirm that the men were employed at the GGMC and indeed died but did not have any more information.When contacted, President of the Guyana Civil Servants and General Workers Union (GCS & GWU) Gregory Gaspar declined to comment on the issue. According to Gaspar, he could not confirm the deaths of the men.Sources have informed this publication, however, that the men died in close proximation with the last one as recent as a few days ago.Mercury exposureA few months ago, a number of GGMC staffers had walked off the job citing concerns over exposure to mercury. The decision resulted in the authorities trying to mediate around the issue.Following the discovery of high levels of mercury in its laboratory, which is in the GGMC compound, the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) had contracted the services of Trinidad-based Kaizen Environmental Services to conduct an independent investigation of the effect of the emission, and that company has said the mercury levels are back to normal.According to the report, the study was conducted on March 28, 2018, at 10 locations primarily located within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commissions’ compound and the surrounding areas.“The mercury (Hg) levels monitored at all 10 locations were within the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (US OSHA) eight-hour Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL),” the report stated.Out of over 130 staffers tested, it was discovered that more than 60 reported high levels of mercury in their system. Trotman, appearing before the National Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee, had subsequently revealed that the Gold Board had moved its gold burning operations to a private dealer.last_img read more

‘Can’t stop, won’t stop’ – Some Arsenal fans get excited as wonderkid strikes again

first_img Reiss Nelson celebrates his goal against Bayer Leverkusen. Nelson celebrates with team-mate Joelinton after the Brazilian scored. revealed Most Popular Premier League Stories Nelson is actually tearing up the @Bundesliga_EN. Has to be given a chance next season. #afc— Sam (@samuelJayC) November 3, 2018 gameday cracker 2 Nelson is now the 3rd youngest player ever to score 5 Bundesliga goals.Lukas Podolski (18y, 10m, 14d)Olaf Thon (18y, 10m, 15d)REISS NELSON (18y, 10m, 25d)[@OptaFranz]#B04TSG #AFC pic.twitter.com/VtnSpvkJn5— Cannon Insider (@CannonInsider) November 3, 2018 Hoffenheim won the game with Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 and it was Nelson’s strike, a curler from outside the box on the left wing, which opened the scoring before fellow forward Joelinton hit a brace and Vincenzo Grifo scored a penalty.Nelson’s form can’t be ignored and many Arsenal fans are now salivating at the prospect of his return next season and the possibility of him being joined in the team by club-mate Emile Smith Rowe who is excelling in cup competitions this campaign. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Reiss Nelson future premier league star ⭐️ #afc— Richard Allen (@allen_gunners) November 3, 2018 latest Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT whoops tense predicted Several Gunners fans took to Twitter upon Nelson’s goals and praised him for his form before looking ahead to his eventually comeback.You can see what they said below. Reiss #Nelson on the scoresheet AGAIN and this time with an absolute beauty. Bin this discussion of big investment in a winger – bring him back for next season. #AFC #Arsenal— Andrew Thompson (@AFCBvB1410) November 3, 2018 TOP WORK Another week, another goal for Reiss Nelson… can’t wait to see the kid back at Arsenal next season! #Baller #afc— Adam Keys (@_AdamKeys) November 3, 2018 Can’t stop. Won’t stop.Reiss Nelson has just scored another goal for Hoffenheim. They lead 0-1 away at Bayer Leverkusen. #B04TSG #AFC pic.twitter.com/9ZC5rpxF76— Cannon Insider (@CannonInsider) November 3, 2018 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update SORRY huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Great that Nelson scored again for Hoffenheim. Was accused of over hyping him previously but he is extremely talented. https://t.co/O5lZFaO0hx— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) November 3, 2018 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Reiss Nelson scoring again, can’t wait to see him and emil smith Rowe in the arsenal team next season #AFC— Marc Tyler (@MarcGibbons4) November 3, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Getty Images Arsenal wonderkid Reiss Nelson has continued his stunning form out on loan by scoring another goal for Hoffenheim.The 18-year-old winger has taken to the Bundesliga with ease and now scored his fifth goal of the season with a brilliant effort from a short corner routine. changes last_img read more