KINGSTON:Defending champions, the Milex Eagles, got off to a winning start in 2016 KPMG Squash League which kicked off on Tuesday at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.The tournament will see 16 teams vying for top honours. However, the competition’s handicap format adds an element of unpredictability to the proceedings as it creates a level playing field among players, regardless of experience and skill levels.Milex Eagles look like a good bet for two in a row as they beat Lemons Aide 3-0 in the first round of play. The team now includes two decorated junior champions; All Jamaica Under-17 Boys Champion, Tahjia Lumley who beat Don Nemhard 20/21, 21/18, 21/17, 21/18; and Caribbean Under-19 Girls Champion, Akelia Wiltshire from Guyana, who defeated Raymond Donaldson 21/17, 17/21, 21/19, 21/19. Alex Jordan sealed the deal for the Eagles when she beat Stewart Maxwell 21/12, 21/18, 23/20.In contrast, the Transformers, another highly touted team, had a rocky start losing 0-2 to Lemons Black & Tan. Former All Jamaica Ladies Champion, Alyssa Mullings, was beaten 21/19, 18/21, 20/22, 21/12, 15/21 by veteran Bobby Vaughan and rising star Mia Lake went down 19/21, 21/19, 9/21, 20/23 to Anthony Ayoub.New entrants, Levy Tax headlined by 13-time All Jamaica Men’s Champion, Wayne Burrowes, beat UTech Saints 2-1. Burrowes beat Mario O’Connor 11/21, 21/19, 21/18, 21/19 to give his team the lead; then Luke Roberts followed on by defeating Mike Fennel 21/17, 21/13, 21/11. Sebastian Levy lost to Sean Flynn 21/10, 21/11, 21/6; but Levy Tax had already secured the overall win.Similarly, debutantes, the Dream Team beat the Screaming Eagles 2-1. Nicholas Benjamin beat Stewart Murray 21/11, 17/21, 19/21, 21/9, 21/19 to put the Dream Team ahead but then Shane Murray beat Richard Ardito 21/16, 23/21, 21/14. However, Adam Ardito defeated Rajeev Venugopal 21/20,23/20, 21/14 and the Dream Team emerged victorious.The tournament, which will also enjoys support from associate sponsors, JN General Insurance, is scheduled to run for eight weeks. The first stage will feature round robin matches in groups of four, and the top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals.
The Wismar Hospital in Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has seen some upgrades and improvement with the functioning of its maternity and children wards but other pressing issues have been raised in relation to the movement of resources to other institutions.Regional Chairman of the Regional Democratic Council Renis Morian shared some of his concerns after a visit was made to the hospital in the company of Regional Executive Officer, Orrin Gordon.Region Ten Chairman, Renis MorianDirector of Regional Health Services, Kay Shako was criticised for removing doctors from the medical facility and placing them elsewhere. This did not go well the Chairman, who noted that when these decisions are made, improvements are hampered.“Every time we put and improve things at the hospital, they move it and carry it somewhere else and this is the challenge…Now I think we have three doctors working there and now somebody from Georgetown want to move the body from here and take them to Georgetown. We are now bringing up our services to par, it hasn’t meet par that it was before, but we are now trying,” he said.Morian said that he intends to raise this matter with the subject Minister, Volda Lawrence, to find a permanent resolution since there are also intentions of moving the sole x-ray technician to another facility.“What is happening to us, that is the lone x-ray technician, what is really happening to us? But we objecting to it, we will object to it,” he declared.Director of the Regional Health Services, Kay ShakoIn expressing strong and direct words to the Public Health Ministry, the Regional Chairman voiced his condemnation of these actions by saying, “The Regional Democratic Council [of] Region Ten is working very hard to bring it back to where it was before, every time we say that we coming to par somebody pulling away, we don’t support on behalf of the residents of Upper Demerara-Berbice. Primarily, I want to be quoted as saying that Dr Shako can take doctors from elsewhere to send wherever she wants”.The argument continued as he noted that this may be a deliberate attempt to stall progress in the region. The Regional Chairman said that every time the region is making gains, it is being reduced.