Urgent, extensive need for help

first_imgDear Editor,In an interview with NCN’s Access Health programme on September 29, The Caribbean Voice’s (TCV) Managing Director for Guyana, Bibi Ahamad, shared contact info for TCV, the Suicide Helpline, and a number of other NGOs, so those needing help for mental health issues can reach out.Since the interview was aired, Bibi has been inundated with calls and messages from Guyanese seeking help – 300 plus so far, with requests still coming in. The range of issues for which help is sought includes abuse: sex, child and gender-based; suicide ideation; depression; stress; self-harm; dysfunctional relationships; alcoholism and drug use/abuse; and a number of direct mental health illnesses.Since we at TCNV launched our suicide and abuse prevention campaign in 2014, we have dealt with more than 450 counselling cases from over 25 different nations, with the majority being Guyanese. Most of these cases have been handled by our team of highly-credentialled and experienced counsellors from Guyana, the US, Canada and Jamaica.Additionally, we have referred more than 100 cases in Guyana to overworked but willing counsellors from the Regional Administrations, Mental Health Unit, the Suicide Helpline and other NGOs. Cases involving children have also been referred to the Childcare and Protection Agency, which is doing an awesome job.On a few occasions, we attempted to persuade clients to make contact with the Ministry of Social Protection, but they absolutely refused, claiming that the Ministry generally gives callers the run-around and/or says it cannot help, even though the Ministry has often publicised the range of assistance available. TCV was once told the Ministry does not have personnel to process the assistance.Also, we have found that, over the years, many have been, and continue to be, unwilling to call the Suicide Helpline. The reasons given include lack of trust and empathy, and an inability to emotively connect. TCV has written about this before, and we have suggested that Helpline be moved from the Police and housed either with an appropriate ministry or a special unit set up to handle it. We have also suggested that responders be trained in emphatic communication, and that resource personnel include priests from the Hindu and Muslim communities.Meanwhile, the response to the interview, contrary to a long- held myth, makes it clear that people are willing to reach out for help, but that often they are alienated and demonised. Besides, most of those who seek help prefer face-to-face connection after initial phone contact; but while some are willing to travel to meet counsellors, others request that counsellors travel to meet them. This can be time-consuming as, often, it takes an entire day to deal with just one individual or family, and almost all of those who seek help are generally unable to pay for counselling.In fact, there have been occasions when TCV even had to cover clients’ transportation costs. In effect, those without the financial means have very little access to assistance.Meanwhile, we at TCV express our gratitude to all media, especially the Stabroek News, Guyana Times, Kaieteur News and Guyana Chronicle, which have not only been placing significant focus on mental health in general, but more specifically abuse and suicide. The role of the media in addressing these issues cannot be overemphasised. Our appeal is for the media to continually publish coping information and evidence-based strategies, and to encourage others to seek help for those in need, since suicidal persons and abused victims are generally unable and/or unwilling to do so.We also urge the media to focus on organisations that are engaged in activism, advocacy, and assistance on the mental health landscape, so that people will know that help may very well be available in their own backyards. TCV can provide a list of such organizations. And we appeal to the media to use suicide-, abuse- and mental health-appropriate language at all times; to help debunk myths and misinformation; and to help expose quacks who pretend to be counsellors or mental health experts, since they can cause significant damage.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Security guard to face Judge, jury for wife’s murder

first_imgMonths after being charged for the murder of his reputed wife, Shanece Lawrence, Jermaine Bristol of Freeman Street, East La Penitence, was on Wednesday committed to stand trial at the High Court by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The 34-year-old man was charged on August 24, 2018, for the capital offence of murder committed against his reputed wife, 24-year-old Shanece Lawrence on August 22, 2018 at their Freeman Street, East La Penitence home.The ruling to face the Judge and jury came after the Chief Magistrate found that aMurder accused: Jermaine Bristolprima facie case was made out against Bristol.The prosecution’s case had stated that after killing Lawrence, Bristol walked into the East La Penitence Police Station and reported the crime. He then led the Police to the body, which was discovered with a knife stuck in the neck.A post-mortem examination performed by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh showed that Lawrence had 10 stab wounds to the neck and body.It was reported in August 2018 that the couple shared a rocky relationship spanning over half a decade.Bristol’s aunt, Yvonne Morris, told Guyana Times she had last seen the coupleDead: Shanece Lawrencesometime between 10:00h and 10:30h on the dreadful day, when they both visited her home at different intervals. She said although her nephew was not a violent person, the duo had had a turbulent relationship, with constant intense arguments being featured. The woman said her nephew informed her that Lawrence had left the home sometime on August 23, 2018.Meanwhile, the dead woman’s mother had told this publication that she was aware that the duo had issues, adding that her daughter had informed her that she was planning to move back home; but she maintained that the couple had not been fully separated.last_img read more

Triathlon Canada names Tate Haugan as Elite Multisport Triathlete of the Year

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Triathlon Canada has recently recognized, Fort St. John resident, Tate Haugan as Elite Multisport Triathlete of the Year.Haugan was awarded this title in recognition of his winning of an impressive World Title.Haugan claimed the World Cross title in a close battle over the home-country’s Oscar Gladney Rundqvist.- Advertisement -Haugan will be participating in the 2019 Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup taking place on March 2 and 3, 2019 in Florida.For more on Haugan’s results, you can visit his Triathlon website.last_img read more

Money talks

first_imgNo wonder, then, that United Teachers Los Angeles has already kicked in $900,000 in anticipation of the March 6 school board election. It wants to make sure that its candidates – candidates beholden to the union and its interests – remain in control. And understandably so. Less than two weeks ago, the school board agreed to give all L.A. teachers a hefty 6 percent, one-year pay hike that will cost the district $200 million more than it had budgeted for. It pays to have friendly folks in power. And it pays doubly to have friendly folks indebted to you at the other side of the collective-bargaining table. But it doesn’t pay, for the rest of us, to have a single special interest so firmly in control. As we’ve seen with the school board’s consistent resistance to reform, entrenched powers aren’t much predisposed toward change or toward empowering communities. Yet for school board challengers to have a fighting chance against UTLA-bankrolled candidates, they need massive amounts of cash of their own. Sadly, it takes special interests to defeat special interests. Richard Riordan proved as much when, as mayor, he funded a slate of reform-minded candidates who were briefly able to wrest control of the LAUSD away from the old guard. And now Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is trying to do the same, having contributed $975,000 to some of the reformers running in the March election. All these massive expenditures are worrisome, as is the return that the special interests who fund the mayor’s efforts will no doubt expect from him. But in an imperfect world, it’s the best bet for saving the LAUSD. That’s why voters can do no better than to back all four of the candidates most committed to change in next Tuesday’s election – Tamar Galatzan, Johnathan Williams, Yolie Flores Aguilar and Richard Vladovic. It’s also why this is an election no one can afford to sit out. There’s too much at stake – as the special interests know all too well.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE job of Los Angeles Unified School District board members is only part time, and it pays but $24,000 a year – hardly the most desirable office in a region that routinely bestows six-figure salaries upon its public officials. And yet the position is so highly coveted that campaigns for it command millions of dollars in special-interest contributions. That ought to tell you something. School board members have a lot of power. They also control the flow of a lot of money, like the $19 billion in construction bonds and billions of dollars more in payroll and contracts. last_img read more

Costa still scoring for fun despite barely training with Chelsea team, admits Mourinho

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed top striker Diego Costa is barely training with his Blues team-mates, yet continues to increase his Premier League goal tally.The £32million summer signing netted his eighth of the season in Saturday’s victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, with Brazilian duo Oscar and Willain also firing home to secure a 3-0 win.That is despite Costa having a hamstring injury which limits his involvement in training to, what Mourinho admits as, “almost nothing”.“He cannot be on top of his game, but even so scoring a goal is good for his confidence,” said the Portuguese boss.“He’s doing almost nothing in training. He’s just resting and recovering from the tight muscle he has. Every time he accumulates fatigue.“But I don’t care about Diego’s goals. For me it’s important that the team score enough goals to win“I know a striker scoring goals is always nice for him and for his confidence, especially for a player like him who is not training as he should, because we are protecting him in certain situations.”Mourinho believes Costa will only be fully fit if he is given leave from the Spain squad for next month’s matches with Slovakia and Luxembourg, with the manager fearing a hamstring tear if his call is ignored.“If he doesn’t go to the national team and if he stays here 15 days just on treatment, he has the perfect chance to be top for Chelsea and top for the national team,” he added.“If he doesn’t have this period, will be always, plays one game, the other is in trouble, the muscle is tight, the muscle is danger to rupture.”Chelsea sailed to victory over Paul Lambert’s men, with the result never looking in doubt after Oscar’s seventh minute opener.“We kept control of the game all the time. Even when the result was 1-0,” said Mourinho of the manner of his side’s performance.“The second and the third goals obviously killed everything. Overall it was a very good performance.”last_img read more

Goals, goals, goals! The ‘next Aguero’ Arsenal and Tottenham are battling to sign

first_imgArsenal’s dismal defeat to Stoke at the weekend has left some sections of the club’s support calling for Arsene Wenger to splash out on reinforcements in January, and according to latest reports that’s exactly what he’s going to do.The Gunners are being strongly linked with a move for Palermo’s striking sensation Paulo Dybala, but as talkSPORT understands, the north Londoners could face competition from their neighbours for the Argentine’s signature.With Tottenham enduring their own goalscoring problems, boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to step up his pursuit of the player dubbed the ‘next Sergio Aguero’.While his future is indeed up in the air, as these goals below suggest, someone could land one hell of a striker.Torino v PalermoPalermo v SampdoriaGenoa v PalermoAC Milan v PalermoArsenal fans, should you move for Paulo Dybala in January? Comment below… 1 Paulo Dybala has been linked with a move to north London last_img read more

Rooney makes triumphant MLS debut in 3-1 DC United win

first_img0Shares0000Wayne Rooney, a former Manchester United star who played for hometown Everton last year, signed a 3 1/2-year deal worth $13 million with DC United © AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSWASHINGTON, United States, Jul 15 – England career goals leader Wayne Rooney was thrilled at his triumphant Major League Soccer debut Saturday, assisting on a goal in DC United’s 3-1 victory over Vancouver.The 32-year-old striker, star attraction in the opening match for United’s new 20,000-seat stadium, entered in the 58th minute. Former Manchester United star Rooney helped set up Paul Arriola’s goals in the 69th and 80th minutes after Argentine midfielder Yamil Asad provided United the lead for good in the 27th minute.“Excellent. It was a great victory,” Rooney said. “I thought we played some fantastic football. It was a big night for the club opening the stadium and it was important to get the win.”Rooney, who played for hometown Everton last year, signed a 3 1/2-year deal worth $13 million with United on Tuesday.“We were very sharp in the second half, especially when Wayne came on,” United coach Ben Olsen said. “Stalwart, high quality, made some great passes and got on the end of some. Good balls in the box. That’s what we expected from him.”Wayne Rooney (L) of DC United said he likes how football is growing in America and says it might one day rival such leagues as the NFL and NBA © AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSThe $500 million Audi Field, already nicknamed “Wayne’s World,” features a Rooney-dominated front banner declaring “This is Our House.” Dozens of fans sported his number 9 United jersey and a cheer erupted when he took the field for warmups.“It has been easy (adjusting). I’m enjoying it,” Rooney said. “It was a great atmosphere. People in the city have given me a lot of freedom to be me, which hasn’t always been the case.”Ten minutes into the second half, fans began chanting “We want Rooney” and moments later he replaced Darren Mattocks to an ovation from the crowd of 20,504, Olsen limiting his time until he regains top fitness.“I was just as eager to get on the pitch as they were to see me on the pitch,” Rooney said. “They were great. I hope we can give them a few more wins.”In the 69th minute, Rooney sparked a series of passes that set up Arriola’s blast into the bottom left corner for a 2-0 lead.Rooney fired a dangerous header in the 79th minute that was fisted away by Vancouver goaltender Brian Rowe.Ten minutes into the second half, DC United fans began chanting “We want Rooney” before Wayne Rooney (R) eventually came on to a crowd ovation © AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSBut moments later, Rooney was on the attack again, passing to Arriola just before he blasted a shot from outside the penalty area into the bottom left corner of the net.“It’s great to work with the young players with longer legs and I feel like I bring a lot of experience to help them, which I felt showed in the last 30 minutes,” Rooney said.Vancouver avoided a shutout on Alphonso Davies’ stoppage-time goal.United, which has won four MLS titles but none since 2004, rose from the bottom of the league to second worst with a third win and 14 points from 15 matches.“Once Wayne came on, things got better. He just made the right plays at the right time. There’s huge value in that,” Olsen said. “Our challenge is going to be consistency and staying at the level we were at tonight for large stretches.”Rooney was pleased with England’s fourth-place World Cup run. “Excellent. I think it was a great tournament,” Rooney said. “It’s a shame we didn’t get the final but all the players and manager and staff can be proud and we can kick on from there.”– Rooney will be vocal –Olsen said he and his players can learn from Rooney.“He’s going to make others around him better. We’re still a young team. The mentality he will bring to help these young guys is going to be invaluable,” Olsen said. “I’m looking to learn and get better myself. I’m open to learning and getting better myself. I’m open to ideas he thinks can benefit the club.”Rooney made it clear he won’t be shy about speaking his mind.“I want to win,” Rooney said. “I’m vocal on and off the pitch with my coach and my teammates. The most important thing is communication.”Rooney said he likes how football is growing in America and says it might one day rival such leagues as the NFL and NBA. “Hopefully one day we will eclipse them,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GAO Iraq study isn’t reassuring

first_imgU.S. Comptroller David Walker said Congress should debate whether U.S. troops are there to fight al-Qaida or if their purpose is to provide security to the general population. “They’re fundamentally different things,” he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. “I think Congress ought to have a debate. ? What are we going to do and what are going to try to accomplish?” The GAO’s findings paint a bleaker view of progress in Iraq than offered by Bush in July and come at a critical time in the Iraq debate. So far, Republicans have stuck by Bush and staved off Democratic legislation ordering troops home. But many, who have grown uneasy about the unpopularity of the war, say they want to see substantial improvement in Iraq this month. Next week the top military commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, are scheduled to brief Congress. “While the Baghdad security plan was intended to reduce sectarian violence, measuring such violence may be difficult since the perpetrator’s intent is not clearly known,” the GAO says in its report. “Other measures of violence, such as the number of enemy-initiated attacks, show that violence has remained high through July 2007.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SECURITY: Most goals haven’t been achieved and violence is still high. White House dismisses report. By Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Violence in Iraq remains high, fewer Iraqi security forces are capable of acting independently and the Baghdad legislature has failed to reach major political agreements needed to curb sectarian violence, says a report released Tuesday. The study by the Government Accountability Office is a blunt assessment that challenges President Bush’s findings on the war as he prepares to announce plans for the U.S. military campaign, which has cost the lives of more than 3,700 U.S. troops since it began in 2003. Earlier this week, Bush said some U.S. forces could be sent home if security across Iraq improves as it has in Anbar province, a former hotbed of Sunni insurgency. The White House dismissed the GAO’s findings as a static view of progress in Iraq, despite its successful efforts to temper some of the more minor findings in the report. After receiving substantial resistance from the White House, the GAO determined that Iraq has partially met four out of 18 political and security goals – two more than identified in an earlier draft report. But the GAO stuck with its original contention that only three goals had been achieved while 11 had failed. The goals met include establishing joint security stations in Baghdad, ensuring minority rights in the Iraqi legislature and creating support committees for the Baghdad security plan. “Everyone was aware that some progress on the benchmarks could be seen on a number of the benchmarks,” White House spokesman Tony Fratto said. “One didn’t really have to travel to Iraq to come to that conclusion. I’m not aware that anyone expected the benchmarks to be completed by September.” last_img read more

Weather: Hot weekend in store with highs of 21C

first_imgDonegal may be in for a hot weekend as Met Éireann has predicted temperatures will hit as high as 21 degrees on Saturday.This great weather we are promised may just come in time for the Donegal International Rally this weekend!The outlook for Saturday is a dry and warm day with spells of hazy sunshine and top temperatures of 21C. It will remain warm but changeable on Sunday.“Current indications suggest it will be mostly cloudy on Sunday with some rain,” according to Met Eireann.“The best of any dry, bright weather is likely in the north and east of the country first thing.”Let’s hope the rain stays away and more sun follows to finally kick off the summer. Weather: Hot weekend in store with highs of 21C was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Harrison to face knockout specialist Wilder

first_imgAudley Harrison is to fight highly-rated American prospect Deontay Wilder in Sheffield on 27 April.Wilder is 27, has won all of his 27 fights by knockout, and is regarded as one of the best emerging heavyweights.Wembley’s Harrison, 41, much criticised since winning Olympic gold in 2000, suffered a brutal first-round knockout against David Price last year.But he decided not to retire and he impressed while recently winning the popular Prizefighter tournament for the second time.A victory against Wilder at the Motorpoint Arena would propel Harrison back into the frame for another world title shot.But he will be a massive underdog against a man who has taken out 13 of his last 14 victims within the first three rounds.See also:Harrison destroyed by Price in first roundHarrison impresses in Prizefighter triumphTrim Harrison weighs in for Wilder 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more