DISPUTE OVER REPORT ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC): Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, yesterday slammed what he called an “amazing level of disrespect” on the part of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron, as pressure continued to mount on the beleaguered Board to meet urgently with CARICOM leaders over the Governance Review Panel report. Mitchell, the chairman of CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Committee, stopped short of issuing an ultimatum to the WICB but urged Cameron to rethink his decision not to accommodate a meeting with regional heads before the board of directors meeting on December 12 in St Lucia. Cameron has been adamant about the WICB’s inability to accommodate the Caribbean leaders prior to the already scheduled meeting and reiterated this position in written communication to CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday. “It is quite amazing the level of disrespect. The level of lack of understanding of the importance of this is quite frightening, and I don’t think I should hold back any words,” Mitchell said bluntly as he spoke on the last day of the OECS Summit here. “I expect the president of the West Indies Cricket Board to respect the leadership of the Caribbean, the leadership of the people of the region, and to give effect to an urgent meeting. “We expect no less, and I hope and pray that what we saw was a rush of blood and not his (Cameron) real intentions, so I expect to see a meeting very, very soon between the leadership, and we are waiting for that answer to meet quickly to move cricket forward in the region.” The salvo from the veteran Caribbean leader is the latest in the standoff between the WICB and CARICOM following the release of the Governance Review Panel report earlier this month. Chaired by UWI Cave Hill Campus principal Professor Eudine Barriteau, the panel had as its main recommendation the “immediate dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and the appointment of an interim board whose structure and composition would be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework”. Cameron, while speaking in The Cayman Islands last weekend, again stressed that scheduling an “urgent meeting”, as had been requested by CARICOM, was impractical as the board needed time to go over the report. Also, he said there were “a number of professionals who sit on the West Indies Cricket Board and just calling a board of directors meeting is not that easy.” The statement provoked Mitchell’s ire, forcing him to respond. Mitchell said though regional leaders were extremely busy, they were willing to sacrifice the time to discuss the pressing issue of Caribbean cricket. The panel was commissioned by the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee back in April, with input from the WICB.
Young cane cutter Pooran Ramcharitar, who was recently diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome and is in urgent need of financial aid to facilitate his treatment, on Monday moved one step closer to recovery when the David and Leila Persaud Foundation made a generous donation of 0,000 to his cause.The funds were handed over after calls by the man’s family were made for financial assistance in order to have him treated for the rare condition.The Foundation has its origin in two charitable individuals – David Persaud, former Managing Director of Toolsie Persaud and former Chairman of David Persaud Investments Limited, along with his wife, Leila Persaud – who passed in 2011, but left their fortune to establish a foundation to fund the needs of persons with serious medical conditions.The couple are remembered for their humanitarian work in supporting those who were in need medically. Subsequent to their passing in 2011, the mandate of reaching out to these less fortunate people with medical conditions was passed on to their offspring, who have since been maintaining the family’s record.This was attested to by their contribution to the young man, who is in dire need of medical attention since being diagnosed with the syndrome, which is suspected to have been brought on by the mosquito-borne Zika Virus.The 22-year-old, currently a patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital, was diagnosed with the condition over three weeks ago and has since been on a ventilator at the institution.His father, Surendra Ramcharitar, on Monday said Pooran was recovering “slowly but surely”. He said although doctors have not been detailed in their reports on the young man’s condition, the family has gotten confirmation that he had improved.Ramcharitar related that his son was unable to do anything for himself, and communicates with the family by nodding.Doctors had indicated to the family that the young man was in need of 25 bottles of vaccine to improve his condition, with each bottle costing $110,000, totalling just over $2.7 million.Ramcharitar informed that the support from the public has been overwhelming as more individuals and organisations are generous with their finances. He disclosed that thus far, they have been able to raise a total of $2.4 million, and more funds are coming in.When the diagnosis was made, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud had posited that the Syndrome might be closely associated with the Zika Virus. This has not been yet confirmed, however.The Guillain-Barré syndrome is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances the symmetrical weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until certain muscles cannot be used at all and, when severe, the person is almost totally paralysed. Guillain-Barré syndrome can affect anybody. It can strike at any age and both sexes are equally prone to the disorder. The syndrome is rare, however, afflicting only about one person in 100,000. Usually Guillain-Barré occurs a few days or weeks after the patient has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally surgery will trigger the syndrome. In rare instances vaccinations may increase the risk.Most individuals have good recovery from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome.Director of the David and Leila Persaud Foundation, Christopher Persaud hands over the cheque to the young man’s father