TCV to launch mental health survey in Guyana

first_imgA nationwide survey on mental health will soon be launched, as efforts intensify to help persons with mental health disorders and to prevent the illness from further progressing.TCV Managing Director Bibi AhmadGiven the fact that mental health illnesses in Guyana are now reaching great heights, non-governmental organisation (NGO), The Caribbean Voice (TCV) decided it was time to take the bull by the horns and take the lead.TCV Managing Director Bibi Ahmad told Guyana Times that the data gathered from the survey will be used to aid and guide the organisation in helping vulnerable groups in order to monitor, control and prevent mental disorders.“There is a dire need for more focus on mental health in Guyana, particularly when it comes to suicide prevention. We need to address these issues from the core,” she stated.Surveys are costly to conduct and require significant amount of work, which is one of the main reasons why statistical data on a number of pertinent issues in Guyana has been lacking.Ahmad further explained that the organisation was hoping that by now, the Government would have published current data on mental health illness and related issues in Guyana.She maintained that having more available data on the state of mental health in Guyana will aid significantly in developing strategies to reduce the suicide rate in the country.Though the survey will be spearheaded by TCV, the organisation is extending an invitation to other NGOs, the civil society, the Private Sector and to the Government to join them in this effort. TCV is still in the planning stages of this initiative, but it is hoping to launch the survey before the new year.Relevant studies in the Americas indicate there is likely a prevalence of 10 to 15 per cent of the population with a mental disorder at any one time, with three to five per cent of the population having a severe chronic mental disorder. This is according to a World Health Organisation – Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS) on the mental health system in Guyana.The 2008 report said, given a population estimate of 750,000, this would predict that 75,000 to 112,500 Guyanese suffer from mental disorders and require some level of mental health care services. Of these, approximately 22,500 to 37,500 would be expected to suffer from severe mental illnesses.These projections do not include the number of patients with epilepsy and mental retardation, which are not surveyed in typical psychiatric epidemiologic studies, but are included in the population serviced by mental health care services in Guyana. The report said that the mental health system in Guyana is fragmented, poorly resourced, and not integrated into the general healthcare system.It noted that although care of the mentally ill is provided for under the legislative framework of the Mental Health Ordinance of 1930, this is antiquated and fails to make provisions for the protection of the rights of people with mental disorders.Senior Psychiatrist of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Dr Bhiro Harry, recently announced that the legislation is being revised and in its draft version; patients have been given much more rights than before. Last year, the Public Health Ministry launched Guyana’s National Mental Health Strategy 2015-2020, which outlines a coherent strategic framework for guiding the development of new plans, while bringing alignment and synergy to the Ministry’s national and international activities over the next five years. In addition, it will serve to coordinate development and technical assistance and other partnerships in health.Among the programmes and services which are earmarked for implementation are: the National Suicide Prevention Programme; the Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care, Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programme; Psycho Geriatric Clinic; extend and enhance satellite clinics to communities (Diamond, Leonora, Mahaicony, Enmore and other communities with such needs). Stakeholders have also urged that the Ministry take into consideration the stigma, social exclusion and discrimination that occur around people with mental disorders which compound the situation. Reports indicate that persons with mental disorders are reported to suffer discrimination in their communities, the workplace, educational institutions and the healthcare system. This was glaringly evident in the case of the young lady on the Essequibo Coast who was inhumanely locked away owing to mental illness.last_img read more

Violating Constitution: President now wants to submit his own nominees

first_imgOpposition leaderBharrat Jagdeo’s responseThe letter sent by the Ministry of the Presidency to Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAppointment of GECOM Chairman…Opposition Leader rejects proposalOne week after the Caribbean Court of Justice advised President David Granger and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo to meet and discuss the way forward on the appointment of a new Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, the Head of State is now proposing that he submits his own list of nominees for the position.Last week, Jagdeo had proposed daily meetings with the President to determine the way forward but it was not until Friday that the President, through the Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, responded to the Opposition Leader’s letter.In the letter, Harmon proposed on President David Granger’s behalf that he be allowed to nominate persons for the position of GECOM Chairman.Harmon based this reasoning on the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ’s) request that the two sides meet and discuss eligible candidates. Harmon also suggested Jagdeo consider this before a date for his meeting with the President is set.“The Government interpreted [the CCJ’s ruling] to mean that both the President and Leader of the Opposition will provide nominees on the list of six persons. It is hoped that the Leader of the Opposition could quickly communicate his view on this issue before a date for the meeting with the President is finalised,” Harmon wrote.RejectedThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP), through its executive member Gail Teixeira, wasted little time in responding to Harmon’s letter. In a missive dated the same day as the President’s letter, Teixeira rejected the proposal.Teixeira pointed out that Article 161 of the Constitution makes it the Opposition Leader’s job to submit names to the President, not the other way around. She noted that to do otherwise would be a case of the President usurping the Opposition Leader’s role.“The Leader of the Opposition wishes to remind that the Caribbean Court of Justice, in its recent judgment, in interpreting Article 161 (2) of the Constitution, examined the letter, spirit and intendment of that Article. Therefore, the judgement of the Court must be construed as giving obeisance to the Article, rather than derogating from it.”“In this regard, it was never a matter of controversy that the list of six names must emanate from the Leader of the Opposition and the appointment of one therefrom, is exclusively the remit of the President,” Teixeira also wrote.GuidanceThe former Chief Whip also noted that the CCJ was merely providing guidance on how to conduct the engagement with the two sides. Notwithstanding this, however, Teixeira informed Harmon that the Opposition Leader was open to the President suggesting names, informally. Article 161 (2) of the Constitution states that “…the Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds or who has held office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person…”It goes on to outline the process by which the Chairman is appointed, stating that the Chairman is “to be appointed by the President from a list of six persons, not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Leader of the Opposition after meaningful consultation (between) political parties represented in the National Assembly”.Last week, former GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson officially stepped down from the position. His appointment was deemed unconstitutional by the CCJ, which noted that President Granger stepped outside of the Constitution when he appointed Patterson.In its judgement on this matter, the CCJ had said clearly that “once the President and the Leader of the Opposition have hammered out a list of names not unacceptable to the President, the list, comprising the six persons, must then formally be submitted to the President by the Leader of the Opposition and the President must then select the Chairman from among those names”.While explaining the consensual process to appoint the GECOM Chairman, the CCJ went on to advise that “This approach gives the President a role in the identification of the six names, but it obviates [eliminates] the possibility that after the formal presentation of the list, the President could suggest that one or more of the names or indeed the entire list, is unacceptable”.To, therefore, have the Government claim that the CCJ intended for President Granger to himself submit names has some observers questioning the Government’s sincerity in wanting to work with the Opposition to appoint a Chairman of GECOM the right way.All parties involved are expected back at the CCJ on June 12, where the Trinidad-based court will hand down consequential orders. Most importantly, these orders will decide when constitutionally due elections are to be held in Guyana.last_img read more

Final day to register for first ever lacrosse camp in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John residents have one day left to register for the first-ever lacrosse camp held in the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The camp is run by 2008 National Lacrosse League MVP Athan Iannucci and aims to expand the game of lacrosse in northern communities.“I’m pretty familiar with the dynamics of B.C. Lacrosse and I know they don’t get a lot of love up there,” said Iannucci.- Advertisement -Iannucci spent parts of eight seasons in the NLL playing for the Philadelphia Wings, Washington Stealth, and Colorado Mammoth. In 2008 he set the single-season goal scoring record with 71 goals and took home league MVP.The camp will focus on the fundamentals of lacrosse, including shooting mechanics, passing, dodging, footwork, conditioning and more. In addition to to the fundamentals, Iannucci will have the kids work on the most specific details to enhance their game.“We’re really focusing on the smallest of things, like how you hold your stick, where you put your thumb or finger,” said Iannucci. “Just the tiniest little things that most people overlook if they don’t have 30 plus years of lacrosse experience.”Advertisement Registration costs $100 and will be accepted until Saturday morning. As of today, there are ten total spots remaining. The camp runs Saturday as well as Sunday and is for all children under the age of 17.To register email your name and number to noochlax8@gmail.com or call (604)-765-0028.Iannucci is also inviting coaches from around the area to come to the camp for a coaching clinic. The clinic is free of charge and aims to help improve coaches training methods as well as strategies.Camp flyer. Photo by Athan Iannucci.Advertisementlast_img read more

Molotov Cocktails Thrown at Home

first_imgMolotov Cocktails were thrown at a local home Monday night.The Fort St. John RCMP along with the Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a call shortly after 10pm. Two molotov cocktails were thrown at a house on the Airport Road.The devices were thrown at a door and a window of the home. An adult male and a household pet were injured by the devices.- Advertisement -The RCMP are continuing to investigate this offence and are looking for any information from the public. Call the RCMP at 787-8140 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Jermain Defoe says goodbye to ‘best friend’ Bradley Lowery in emotional tribute

first_img1 Jermain Defoe (right), pictured with Bradley Lowery Sleep tight little one… 💙 pic.twitter.com/iGqLXdvlVi— Jermain Defoe (@IAmJermainDefoe) July 8, 2017center_img Jermain Defoe has paid an emotional tribute to ‘best friend’ Bradley Lowery after his death from a rare form of cancer.The England striker struck up a close friendship with Bradley during his time at Sunderland.He died on Friday, aged six, leading to tributes from all across the game.And Defoe, who visited Bradley in his dying days, told his friend in an statement, accompanied by a montage of pictures of the two: “I will always carry you in my heart”.“Goodbye my friend, gonna miss you lots,” he wrote.“I feel so blessed God brought you into my life and has some amazing moments with you and for that I’m so grateful.”The pair first met when Bradley was mascot for Sunderland as his family started their campaign to raise awareness for the rare disease.“I’ll never forget the way you looked at me when I met you for the first time, the genuine love in those cute eyes. Really finding it hard to find words to express what you mean to me.”Defoe, who left Sunderland after their relegation to join Bournemouth, broke down at his unveiling at his new club this week when asked about Bradley.Bradley and Defoe were pictured snuggled up together at the youngster’s home in Blackhall, County Durham last week after the little boy had a party in bed as a way of saying goodbye.“Your courage and bravery will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life,” he added.“You will never know what a difference you made to me as a person. God has you in his arms and I will always carry you in my heart.“Sleep tight little one. My best friend.”In a statement on the family’s Facebook page on Friday, Bradley’s mother Gemma Lowery said: “My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family.“He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where.“There are no words to describe how heart broken we are.“Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words. Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels.”last_img read more

‘THINGS WERE TIGHT’ FOR MAN WHO STOLE RAZOR FROM TESCO

first_imgA 28-year-old man from Monaghan has pleaded guilty to stealing a razor worth just €3.Seamus Traynor originally from Monaghan had been in Letterkenny visiting a group of old college friends when the incident took place.The court heard that on the 24th of September 2014, Gardaí arrested Mr Traynor for stealing a razor from Tesco in Letterkenny. He was arrested at the scene and the property that was taken was recovered.Solicitor Kieran Dillon who was acting on behalf of Mr Traynor said his client had no previous convictions and that ‘things were very tight’ for him during this period and that his financial circumstances were poor.Mr Dillon told the court that Mr Traynor was a former student of LYIT and had studied Engineering from 2005-2009.Mr Traynor worked for his uncle when he completed his studies, before moving to Australia in 2012.He spent his time backpacking and working in Australia before returning to Ireland in 2014.On his return he found it very difficult to gain employment and as a result had financial difficulties which prompted him to steal the razor from Tesco.Mr Dillon told the court that Mr Traynor deeply regretted the incident and said in the last six weeks he had since again found employment.Judge Kelly struck out the charge of theft and ordered Mr Traynor to make a donation of €100 to Letterkenny Athletic Club to help their fundraising initiatives.‘THINGS WERE TIGHT’ FOR MAN WHO STOLE RAZOR FROM TESCO was last modified: March 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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

South Africa pulls up its sleeves in fight against Ebola

first_img26 November 2014South Africa is playing its part in the international fight against Ebola virus disease on a number of fronts – including diagnostic laboratory support in West Africa – in an multifaceted approach to ensure its citizens and visitors remain safe.South Africa has been running a diagnostic laboratory in Sierra Leone since August that assists with the diagnosis of Ebola. The laboratory is staffed by South African officials from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, with teams being rotated every five weeks.South African health and tourism experts met in Pretoria on Monday to discuss and evaluate the country’s response to the Ebola outbreak.Convened by Brand South Africa and the Department of Communications, the representatives at the high-level discussion agreed that South Africa was at a low risk of having an Ebola outbreak.Nevertheless, the country continued to be vigilant, and had a robust plan in place, which includes:The monitoring of travellers at all ports of entry (air, land and sea);Temperature screening of all passengers at airports;The use of health questionnaires;The preparedness of designated health facilities in the private and public health sector to manage a suspected or infected individual with Ebola; andExtensive training has been rolled out to frontline health professionals at the ports of entry as well as the designated health facilities.The meeting was attended by representatives from the departments of Health, Tourism and Communications, South African Tourism, Wits University, Proudly SA, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) and the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).Other ways South Africa is playing its part:The SADC: South African Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi hosted a meeting of SADC health ministers in South Africa in August. The meeting aimed agreeing on processes to deal with a potential outbreak of Ebola in the region.The meeting also agreed that South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases would be the regional centre of excellence to diagnose Ebola.A second Ministerial meeting was held in September 2014 during which SADC health ministers agreed on the co-ordination of travel measures to be implemented and that South Africa would intensify its screening processes at ports of entry.Infection control interventions: South Africa is producing sterilising units (autoclaves), which assist in the sterilisation of medical waste, preventing the spread of any Ebola infection.These units, which can function in low-resource settings, have been introduced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to the affected countries as part of their response.Financial support: South Africa has mobilised its private and public sector to raise approximately R50-million for the international Health and Humanitarian Response in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Counterpoint: Why should India not win today’s match against Pakistan?

first_img1)      They can’t hope to beat the Sri Lankans, the smiling assassins, who go about their business without any exertion.2)      Pakistan deserves a chance at forging national renaissance. Nothing unites Pakistan like cricket.3)      The trauma of media coverage. Have we not read, seen or heard enough of the boys in blue and their guru through the tournament?4)      Imagine three more days of the same bilge on TV with repeats of “how we beat Pak”, if we beat Pak and make it to the finals on Saturday.5)      Imagine more ads of Dhoni. Dhoni in joy, in rapture. Wait, haven’t we seen that already in the 10,000 Dhoni ads out already?6)      It’s a cricket match. There are a 100 other things happening in our country and the world.7)     Did someone say Fukushima again?8)      What if India wins the World Cup? The same footage will be flashed for aeons until we all age and our teeth fall out. Dhoni would be brushing his teeth with diamond-laden toothbrushes, while we set our dentures.9)      India Shining will be dusted up as India Winning. Sigh, the same cricketers will figure in public memory. Victory cheques can be encashed at the ballot and elsewhere. Imagine immortal captain as PM some 15 years down.10)  Please let cricket be a game that generations can play and not have it turned into an episode of great vedic conquest of the rainbow Indian team.PS: A friend had been plugging for Pakistan since the tournament began. Now, I join him in praying for Pak in defence of our collective sanity. advertisementlast_img read more

BaliPure import goes viral for hit to the head of libero teammate

first_imgWorld dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meanwhile, Bermillo supalpal kay Djakovic. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 pic.twitter.com/5A2IvLo5Zw— PINOY BALIBOLISTA (@pinoybalibol) June 29, 2019MANILA, Philippines–Danijela Dzakovic went viral for the wrong reason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Montenegrin import of luckless BaliPure was seen slamming the head of libero Jewelle Bermillo during Set 1 of their game against Creamline.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PSL: Foton ends slump, overcomes PLDT Home Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Yet the damage has been done especially for the Water Defenders who dropped all 10 matches in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.Twitter lit up in comments as the short video clip of Dzakovic slammed a right to Bermillo’s head went around online.Bermillo said she has forgiven Dzakovic although she said she was reduced to tears due to embarrassment and her contact lens fell out.Abella said Dzakovic was just frustrated over their campaign.ADVERTISEMENT But BaliPure coach Rommel Abella said they players quickly patched things up after Dzakovic asked for forgiveness. View commentslast_img read more