Berbicians protest non-removal of NA hospital CEO

first_imgResidents of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Monday staged a picketing exercise outside of the New Amsterdam Hospital following reports that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) remains on the job even after the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) had announced that she would be removed.Following the picketing in front of the hospital, the group of protesters went to the Health Services Director’s office and continued their picketing exercise before returning to the hospital.Outside the hospital, the group chanted for the removal of the CEO, Dr SamanthaBerbicians on Monday protesting the non-removal of NA hospital CEO over poor services offered at the facilityKennedy, while at the Health Director’s office they chanted slogans suggesting that the Director of Health Services, Jevaughn Stephen has been covering up mismanagement.As the protestors made their way from the Health Director’s office, a group of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters met them in a counter-protest. Some of the APNU protestors attempted to pull away the placards from those who were against the CEO and Stephen’s alleged actions.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Regional Health Committee, Zamal Hussain on Monday called on Stephen to apologise to the people of Berbice for being dishonest regarding the removal of Dr Samantha Kennedy as the CEO of the New Amsterdam Hospital.Hussain also warned that the region will not sit idly by and allow the New Amsterdam Hospital to be mismanaged.Last Thursday, Hussain had informed the RDC that Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Public Health Ministry Colette Adams informed the Health Committee that the hospital would be getting a new CEO.However, on Friday, Stephen told the media that the CEO was not fired.On Monday, Stephen met the protestors who were also calling for his removal.In response to the allegations that he misled the public, Stephen told the media that this was not the case.Hussain, who lead the picketing exercise, said the Director of Health Services, the Junior Health Minister and the PS are misleading the public since it was promised that the CEO would be replaced because of mismanagement and deficiencies in the health service in Berbice but this decision has been reversed.He added that it is “sad because of all the deficiencies which are being experienced in the health sector, they are still holding on the Dr Kennedy.”While both the Health Services Director and the Health Committee Chairman are of different views on the CEO’s removal, <<>> was able to obtain a recording of the meeting between the PS and Hussain.“We are also looking to have the CEO’s position looked at and have someone from the region fill that position. The CEO’s position was temporary,” the PS is heard saying in the recording.The issues at the New Amsterdam Hospital were highlighted some weeks ago when frustrated residents in the region took to the streets to protest, among other things, poor services at the facility, drug shortages, the death of a resident and the nonfunctioning mortuary.last_img read more



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UK Parliament calls Facebook digital gangster in report on fake news, says it considers itself above law

first_imgIt seems Facebook isn’t out of the woods yet. Last year, the British parliamentary committee investigating Facebook reportedly found that the social media giant gave exclusive access to friends list of users to some companies even as it revoked the access for others back in 2015. And now, the committee in its final report has labelled Facebook a “digital gangster” for violating user privacy, bullying small tech companies and developers and deliberately misleading the investigators looking into its data practices.”Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like digital gangsters in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law,” the report titled “Disinformation and fake news: Final Report” by the UK House of Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee wrote, concluding its 18-month long investigation.Responding to the report by UK lawmakers, Karim Palant, Facebook UK public policy manager, told the Guardian newspaper, “(Facebook was) pleased to have made a significant contribution (to the UK investigation)… We are open to meaningful regulation and support the committee’s recommendation for electoral law reform.”The British parliament had launched an investigation into how fake news spreads on Facebook in 2017. The scope of investigation was enlarged last year in March after the Cambridge Analytica controversy. During the course of its investigation, the committee reportedly found that the social media giant misused its powers to stifle competition. Additionally, the company also tried to engineer ways to collect user data without letting them know.While the UK lawmakers are not mincing any words, it is also important to note the context. They are reportedly miffed at Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg because despite several please Zuckerberg has not yet testified in front of the committee.advertisementConcluding its investigation, the British parliamentary committee said that Facebook not only used its market power to bully small tech companies and developers who rely on its network to reach out to their users but it also misled the investigators by giving them incomplete and misleading answers.”Companies like Facebook exercise massive market power which enables them to make money by bullying the smaller technology companies and developers who rely on this platform to reach their customers,” chairman of the DCMS Committee Damian Collins said in a statement. “We believe that in its evidence to the Committee Facebook has often deliberately sought to frustrate our work, by giving incomplete, disingenuous and at times misleading answers to our questions.”The committee in its final report also singled out Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for failing to take responsibility for the failures of the company that he created.”Even if Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t believe he is accountable to the UK Parliament, he is to the billions of Facebook users across the world… Mark Zuckerberg continually fails to show the levels of leadership and personal responsibility that should be expected from someone who sits at the top of one of the world’s biggest companies,” Collins said.In its final set of recommendations, the committee called for “clear legal liabilities to be established for tech companies to act against harmful or illegal content on their sites.” Additionally, the UK parliamentary committee called “for a compulsory Code of Ethics defining what constitutes harmful content.” It also recommended an independent regulator be responsible for monitoring tech companies and that the regulator should have statutory powers to take legal action, including levying hefty fines, against companies in breach of the code.ALSO READ: | Documents reveal Facebook gave data on user’s friends to some companies, Mark Zuckerberg defendsALSO READ: | Facebook considered selling user data for a long timeALSO READ: | Facebook knew about Russian data harvesting in 2014, says British MPlast_img read more



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