Help us save our children

first_imgDear Editor,It breaks my heart to know that paedophilia, trafficking and other child sex offences have become a scourge and industry in Guyana and around the world. In Guyana, we have seen many instances where mothers are prostituting their own underage children, where fathers are sexually molesting their own daughters, and in some cases, even their own sons. I recall a case, in the Vreed-en-Hoop area, where a Corporal from the Guyana Defence Force, molested his two-year-old stepson. Some stepfathers are also known to take advantage of their stepchildren. Girls are being threatened that if they “tell anyone, they will be killed along with their mother”. There are even many uncles who are involved in paedophile activities with their nieces and nephews. Children are being sold every day on the dark web around the world to some of the most prominent people in society.Victims of this kind of abuse usually undergo a series of psychological damage and destruction as they age. Poor self-esteem, eating disorders, intense fear, horror, helplessness and depression are just some of the many issues our youths are bombarded with. Higher incidences of suicidal attempts, dysfunctional relationships, violence and self-destructive behaviours are becoming even more apparent in these victims.It is evident that we are in a drastic situation when it comes to paedophilia and child sex abuse, and, therefore, we need drastic action. I am, therefore, supporting chemical castration for good – that is not reversible. If we don’t have the facilities for chemical castration, then we do surgical castration, where there will be no pain or chopping of the organ.Chemical castration is a method used to suppress sexual urges. It is already available to some sex offenders, both in prisons and communities worldwide, except Guyana as far as I know. Countries such as Poland, Australia, India, Indonesia and a host of other countries have already implemented this system. A May 2016 issue of The New York Times, reported that a number of US States already use chemical castration, as part of a range of measures to reduce reoffending. In June 2019, Will Stewart of The Mirror reported that officials in Ukraine approved the law for the use of chemical castration on convicted paedophiles and rapists.Unlike Indonesia, where chemical castration is a non-optional punishment, Guyana should impose it as an alternative to life imprisonment or the death penalty. The opportunity of going through counselling and guidance may be given to paedophiles and rapists, with the understanding that they will be castrated.It has been found by many countries that have already implemented this system that imprisonment and behavioural therapy are not particularly effective, as offenders usually repeat their crimes when released into society. Chemical castration is championed as an effective tool for achieving this. Therefore, I plead with our Government to implement this system so that we can save our youths. Help us save our children.Sincerely,Roshan Khanlast_img read more

Fighting an Invisible Enemy the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN LIBERIA

first_imgThe Clinical health care workers form the front line battling “brigade” fighting against an extremely dangerous, deadly and uncompromising “gorilla-style” invisible enemy fighter ( THE EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE) that comes camouflaged in clinical clothing that resembles malaria, typhoid, and other common benign infections thereby eluding its opponent, the Clinical health care worker, before it strikes.Today there is a PALPABLE FEAR amongst clinical health workers, and very genuinely so, because the Ebola virus has disproportionately affected the clinical health workers. What is most frightening is the public disbelieve in the existence of the Ebola disease and therefore not taking the necessary preventive measures, which is due to their lack of trust in the system, Inadequacy of public education, insincerity of patients presenting for treatment (falsifying their symptoms when they know they are infected with the virus), inadequacy of training and protective gears to work with; the lack of functional prevention and control units in health facilities, and lack of adequate  health insurance for healthcare workers in the event when the unthinkable happens to them so that their families can be adequately cared for.Unfortunately these Clinical health workers are the people who are dismissed, called greedy or punished whenever they ask for a little increment in their meager salaries. Today they are laying their lives on death row like soldiers in battlefront, in order to save the rest of the Liberian population.To all my Colleagues (Healthcare workers in Liberia) there is no room for a dead hero in our profession kindly be prudent in the execution of your duties. While you should not neglect your patients you should be wise and careful enough to know which cases you can treat and which ones you should refer.To my fellow Liberians let us trust the government and help to prevent the spread of this deadly disease and therefore help to protect the Health workers and the public at large.With all the above the following recommendations in my opinion are necessary.Updated guidelines on the prevention and control of EVD be distributed to all health facilities private or public so that health workers can have them readily available when encountering a patient. If necessary be laminated and placed in screening rooms similar to the posters for the diseases under active surveillance.Government should establish an Infectious disease prevention bureau that will be solely responsible for the implementation of prevention and control of infectious diseases in the Liberia.Military should get involved in quarantining of patients at the isolation centers to avoid patients leaving the center.Vigorous contacts tracing to ensure all contacts are placed under surveillance for the 21 days incubation period.Vigilant border control measures Ministry of Internal Affairs should Mandate all superintendents of counties to mandate all district commissioners, city mayors, and tribal chiefs to strictly implement the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health.That good health care including nutrition is given to patients at the isolation to enhance their chances of survival.That emphasis on Health education in all tribal dialects is immediately implemented through electronic, print and social media.That there be compensatory consideration to families of health workers who die from the disease during the course of their duty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Council denies taxi rate increase

first_imgCity Council has denied its support to a proposed 33 per cent increase of taxi cab fares in the City.At Tuesday night’s council meeting, the City’s only cab company, Teco Taxi, submitted a request for the City to support an increase to both its flag rate and distance rate.Councilor Ackerman says there’s no reason why rates should increase that significantly.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=1993|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f9ad1b9b8f9f27264bc6e96d3a597ea6-Ackerman – cabbie 2_1_Pub.mp3]Last year, Fort St. John Cabs Ltd. and Teco Taxi were granted a 27% increase by the Passenger Transportation Board.  Both companies reported they were losing money for 10 years.Since then, the companies have merged into one.Advertisement Mayor Bruce Lantz says the majority of people who use this service are seniors and lower income families.[asset|aid=1994|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f9ad1b9b8f9f27264bc6e96d3a597ea6-Lantz – cabbie 1_1_Pub.mp3]Currently the flag rate for the company sits at $4.05 and the distance rate is $2.32 per kilometre.Council voted unanimously to not support Teco Taxi’s request.Advertisement Nearly a year ago, council recieved a proposal for another cab company to operate in the City. However, the company did not go ahead with the plan.last_img read more

HP beats up Dell again in first quarter

first_imgHP also posted strong numbers in its lucrative Imaging and Printing Group, which makes the consumer and business printers and supplies that provide the bulk of the company’s profits. Operating profit for that business unit increased 10 percent over last year to $1.1 billion, or 15.3 percent of revenue. HP’s stock gained 36 cents to close at $43.13 on the New York Stock Exchange before the results were released. In after-hours trading, HP shares fell 56 cents to $42.57.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Analysts said the surging laptop sales indicated HP was making aggressive market-share gains at Dell’s expense in a fast-growing industry segment and has enough momentum to extend its expansion. “They clearly gained a lot of share. We were expecting strong results in PCs, but we didn’t expect them to be this strong,” said Shaw Wu, an analyst with American Technology Research. “They’re basically beating up Dell more and more, and there’s room for them to gain more share. From Dell’s perspective, that could be very scary.” The Palo Alto-based computer and printer maker reported earning $1.55 billion, or 55 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Jan. 31, compared with $1.23 billion, or 42 cents per share, for the same period last year. Revenue for the period was $25.1 billion, compared with $22.7 billion for the same quarter last year. HP snagged the title of the world’s No. 1 seller of PCs worldwide from Dell late last year and continued to profit from that momentum in the first quarter. SAN FRANCISCO – Hewlett-Packard Co. stole another major slice of the personal computer market from struggling rival Dell Inc. in the first quarter – and analysts said HP still has room to grow. But concerns about mounting inventory and some investors’ unrealized hope that the quarter would be even better sent HP shares down $1.41, or 3.3 percent, to $41.72 in morning trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. After the market closed Tuesday, a spokesman said HP’s first-quarter profit jumped 26 percent as the company benefited from higher sales of laptop computers, printers and printing supplies during a robust holiday spending season. Its revenue from laptop sales jumped 40 percent in the quarter, compared with the same period a year ago. At the same time, revenue from desktop computer sales dropped 1 percent as portable counterparts become pervasive. last_img read more

Kansas pet food plant is searched

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Federal agents searched the facilities of a dog- and cat-food manufacturer and one of its suppliers as part of an investigation into the widening recall of pet products, the companies disclosed Friday. Food and Drug Administration officials searched an Emporia, Kan., pet-food plant operated by Menu Foods and the Las Vegas offices of ChemNutra Inc., according to the companies. Menu Foods made many of the more than 100 brands of pet food recalled since March 16 because of contamination by the chemical melamine. ChemNutra supplied the manufacturer with wheat gluten, one of the two ingredients tainted by melamine used in recalled pet products. Both companies said they were cooperating with the investigation. Menu Foods also said the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Kansas and the western district of Missouri have targeted the company as part of misdemeanor investigations into whether it violated the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. The sale of adulterated food is a misdemeanor.last_img read more

From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000A poll finds Argentina fans are most prepared to sacrifice hard cash to see Lionel Messi lift the World Cup on July 15 © AFP / JUAN MABROMATAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Financial gains How much are you willing to pay to see your country win the World Cup? Dutch bank ING asked supporters of nine World Cup finalists.Argentines topped the poll, with 41 percent questioned saying they were prepared to give up one percent of their annual salary to see Lionel Messi and company lift the trophy on July 15.The French, Argentina’s last-16 rivals, were less committed, with only 14 percent prepared to sacrifice some of their hard-earned euros on seeing Didier Deschamps’s men triumph.On the chinBelgium’s Michy Batshuayi scores on social media after clumsy goal celebration © AFP / OZAN KOSEMichy Batshuayi’s clumsy celebrations after scoring against England have become a source of online amusement.The Borussia Dortmund striker mishit the ball, it ricocheted off the goalpost and hit him smack bang on his face. He took it on the chin, tweeting: “Why am I so stupid, bro?”SackedOne Mexican politician finds football and politics don’t mix © AFP / Hector RETAMALFootball and politics don’t mix. A candidate for mayor in the Mexican town of Atlixco can certainly vouch for that. Juan Antonio Villarroel Garcia travelled to Russia to support the national team.His trip appeared on social media, and he was promptly fired. “He abandoned his responsibilities,” his political party declared.India’s World Cup pupilsAn Indian school teacher paints the face of a student with the flag of Brazil at Bright Academy School, in Siliguri © AFP / DIPTENDU DUTTAIceland, population 330,000, made it but India, population 1.25 billion, has never graced the World Cup stage.That hasn’t stopped Indians keeping a close eye on events in Russia — especially teachers at a school in Siliguri, which has organised a World Cup for its pupils.Each team wears the colours of one of the finalists, an opportunity to learn about each the country, its culture, geography, and cultural differences, but also the rules of football, perhaps in anticipation of qualification for Qatar 2022.Ronaldo for president?US President Donald Trump talks Cristiano Ronaldo with his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the White House © AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM“Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player in the world.” That’s not only the view of all Portugal and Real Madrid fans but also the president of the United States.“They say he is the greatest player,” Donaldo Trump told Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa when the two heads of state met in the White House.“So, tell me, how good a player is he?” asked Trump. “Are you impressed?” I’m very much impressed. He’s the best player in the world,” nodded De Sousa.But despite his popularity, Ronaldo has no chance of swapping the keys of his dressing room locker for the keys of state.“So will (Cristiano) ever run for president against you?” Trump asked Robelo de Sousa.“He wouldn’t win! You know he won’t win?”. “Well, president, you know there’s something I must tell you,” replied Rebelo de Sousa. “Portugal is not the United States. It’s a little different!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Venture funds keep up pace

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – The pace of venture capital investment remained unchanged during 2005 as the financiers of new business ideas continued to tread carefully, hoping to avoid the missteps that led to the dot-com bust. Venture capitalists invested $21.68 billion last year, just $44 million more than in 2004, according to statistics to be jointly released today by Thomson Venture Economics, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. Investments tapered off late in the year, with venture capitalists committing $5.08 billion to startups during the fourth quarter, a 10 percent decline from the same time in 2004. Venture capital investment has been hovering around the same level for the past four years as the industry gradually recovered from the losses that piled up after a slew of high-tech startups failed during 2000 and 2001. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Although the market conditions have improved, venture capitalists remain cautious. That restraint has been heartening to venture capitalists like Kate Mitchell, managing director of BA Venture Partners in Foster City, Calif. “We really like the steady pace versus the bubble (mentality) we have seen in the past,” Mitchell said Monday. “Instead of irrational exuberance, we are seeing healthy, rational optimism.” Lackluster demand for initial public stock offerings also has tempered the venture capital industry’s enthusiasm. Venture capitalists rely on IPOs to help them reap profits from their investments, but Wall Street hasn’t been particularly receptive since the stocks of so many unprofitable businesses evaporated a few years ago. A total of 194 companies made their stock market debuts last year, a 10 percent drop from 2004, according to Renaissance Capital, a Greenwich, Conn., research firm. In 2000, more than 400 IPOs were priced. Not even the success of online search engine leader Google Inc., whose market value has nearly quintupled since its August 2004 IPO, has helped revive the market, said Tracy Lefteroff, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ global managing partner of venture capital. “It certainly didn’t live up to a lot of folks’ expectations that it would take everyone with it in its tail wind.” The temptation for venture capitalists to accelerate their investment pace may be growing. In a sign of the apparent restlessness mounting within the industry, hundreds of venture capitalists swarmed into Las Vegas for a major consumer electronics show earlier this month. That marked a notable departure from recent years when only a couple dozen venture capitalists showed up for the annual display of digital gadgetry. The stockpile of money held by venture capitalists also is swelling. The industry raised $25.2 billion in 2005, marking the first time in five years the amount of money flowing into venture capitalists had outstripped the total invested, according to data compiled by Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association. At the height of the dot-com boom in 2000, venture capitalists raised $107.3 billion from their partners and invested $104.7 billion. The gap between the industry’s fundraising and investments isn’t “necessarily out of whack, but you better believe we will be watching it very closely,” said John Taylor, the National Venture Capital Association’s vice president of research. Based on the industry’s past behavior, Mitchell believes it’s likely that venture capitalists are likely to pour too much money in certain high-tech sectors, creating an oversupply of startups that will eventually lead to another shake-out. As it has for years, the software industry remained venture capital’s biggest investment magnet, drawing $4.7 billion in 2005, a 10 percent decrease from 2004. Venture capitalists invested $3.9 billion in biotechnology last year, a 7 percent decline from 2004. With Internet bellwethers like Google and Yahoo Inc. continuing go grow rapidly, venture capitalists stepped up their interest in the Web last year by investing $2.93 billion in the sector. That was the most venture capital committed to Internet startups since 2002 when $3.7 billion poured in. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gaeil Fhánada player to take part in Asian Gaelic games

first_imgLive Life Lisa Orsi Foundation:Our senior ladies player Mairead Coll from Kerrykeel has been chosen by the Live Life Lisa Orsi Foundation to take part in and experience the Asian Gaelic games as well as visiting major sites such as the Great Wall of China, Beijing.The foundation aims to develop teamwork, confidence, self-esteem and leadership abilities of the young people in our local area, irrespective of community background, as part of a legacy project promoting the aspirations of a young girl who tragically died before her time!They want to develop responsible and confident young people who will have the confidence to help out in their community going forward. Being involved in a sport or team environment promotes positive behaviour and reduces the risk of young people becoming involved in anti-social behaviour. The Live Life Lisa Orsi project is hoping to take up to 40 young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds that will never get an opportunity like this, Mairéad has been chosen by the foundation to represent Fanad Gaels.The foundation is a voluntary organisation and wants to ensure they source as much financial support/sponsorship as possible to ease the burden on the young people. To minimise the burden on young people the foundation would like each club to help fundraising for the programme.In the weeks to come Mairéad with the help of the club and her friends will run some fundraisers to help with the cost of the project. This is a great opportunity for Mairéad and your support would be very much appreciated.Keep an eye on the Gaeil Fhánada Facebook page for information on forthcoming fundraisers. U12 boys:Our u12s played a friendly against a Knockalla caravan park select this morning in trialoch. Credit must be given to both teams for putting up a good high scoring display in such windy conditions. Well done to everyone involved and its hoped that this will become an annual event from now on. Some of our young u10 players who made the step up were very impressive. James McAteer, Eoghan Logue, Jamie McAteer and Declan Brougham played very well. And it was interesting to see how some of our older boys adapted to playing on the full pitch in a 15 a side match with Cian Sweeney and a number of others who stood out.U18 boys:Our Minor boys team got their championship campaign off to the best possible start with an emphatic victory over Letterkenny Gaels on Monday evening. Eoghan Carr was scorer in chief and proved yet again he’s one of the most talented sharpshooters in the minor age group in Donegal. It was also great to see some of our U16 team contributing to the scoreboard. Patrick Carr pulled the strings from half forward and has the ability to progress to the Gaels senior team if he sticks at it. Odhran also marked his performance with a trademark goal. Team and scorers: Oran Blaney, Michael Gallagher, Tiernan Cushnan, Bernard Martin, Fergus. Friel, Odhran Shiels (1-0), Dan Little, Michael Shiels, Oisin Mc Fadden (1-1), Bernard Mc Gettigan, Paddy Carr (1-0), Shaun Little (1-1),Mark Mc Ateer (0-2), Eoghan Carr (1-8), Matthew Gallagher,. Subs used, Eoghan Mc Gonigle for Oran Blaney, (injured) Darren Mc Elwaine for Matthew Gallagher, Niall Shiels (0-2) for Bernard Mc Gettigan. Shaun Kerr (0-1) for Fergus. Friel, and Brandon Mc Clafferty (0-1) for Mark Mc AteerWishing our goalkeeper Oran Blaney a speedy recovery after he picked up a nasty head injury when he collided with the post while pulling off a save.Seniors:Our senior team were defeated by Letterkenny Gaels at the weekend on a scoreline of 4-5 to 1-9. They battled well but conceding four goals was always going to prove to be an uphill battle. Next game is most likely this weekend against Noamh Ultan in a crucial game. Only one point separates both teams in the Division 3 league table.Our reserves won on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-8Donegal v Galway – Minors: The All Ireland Minor semi final between Donegal and Galway will take place on 21st August. Can members place orders to Fiona by Wednesday 10th August. Members to please note that tickets are now on general sale online and via the SuperValu/Centra stores.GAA Football Semi FinalMinor: 1.30pm Donegal v GalwaySenior: 3.30pm Tipperary v MayoPrices as follows:All seated tickets €40Terrace – €25FAMILY TICKETS:-Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin StandsAdults – €40 Juveniles – €5Students & Senior CitizensPurchase full price tickets and get rebate of €10 with valid I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand (Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via BLOCK D)Lotto ResultsNumbers drawn 1.3.4.9. 19. Bonus 14.No jackpot winner. €100 Brian Gibbons. Bohirril. Letterkenny. €50 Noreen McConigley. Doaghbeg.Jackpot next week €1050. Hughie & Míchéal on duty Gaeil Fhánada player to take part in Asian Gaelic games was last modified: August 9th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:asian gaelic gamesgaeill fhanadalast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 1 West Ham 1

first_imgSteve Sidwell cancelled out Mohamed Diame’s opener before Kevin Nolan was sent off for West Ham just before half-time.The Hammers captain appeared to kick out at Fernando Amorebieta off the ball and was shown a straight red card.Diame capitalised on some lacklustre Fulham defending to give the away side the lead, controlling Jussi Jaaskelainen’s long free-kick forward before coolly slotting home from inside the box.Sidwell nodded in Kieran Richardson’s corner to give the Whites a deserved equaliser.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Jake Amo: Ghanaian toddler breaks the internet

first_img3 November 2016During October, various internet photo memes popped up featuring a Ghanaian toddler absorbed in his art work. The boy became a viral sensation across social networks in South Africa, and now the full, inspirational story behind the photo has been revealed. According to This is Africa, the original 2015 photo of the boy, Jake Amo, was taken by American photographer Carlos Cortes. Cortes was in the country, following renowned Ghanaian artist Solomon Adufah, who was returning to his home country after growing up in the US.The two visited a pre-school in the village of Asempanaye, in the Koforidua region, as part of Adufah’s project to promote art classes in Ghanaian schools, where the image of Jake was taken.Adufah shared one of Cortes’s photos on Instagram in January 2016, to help to promote his project. But it was only in September and October that South African internet users took to remixing the photo into comic memes.But it’s not all about the laughs. Thanks to the popularity of the meme and the story behind it, people have started to contribute to Adufah’s art initiative, Homeland Ghana, raising more than $4 000 within 48 hours for art education in and art supplies for Ghanaian schools.Dear Internet, let’s donate to Jake. The kid we have had fun with. Let’s be as enthusiastic about donating. https://t.co/wYdnKnma2s pic.twitter.com/w1i0cWuS6Q— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) October 27, 2016While initially surprised and somewhat apprehensive by the popularity of the Jake meme, Adufah told the BBC he was happy that it had inspired the world to find out more about his home country and to contribute to the Homeland Ghana project. He said: “This money could make a huge difference to the kids – this could be something really positive going forward.”You: But I was here just 30 minutes ago, do you really have to sign me in again?New Security Guard: pic.twitter.com/E6RzgNUdxd— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) October 24, 2016The memes range from tongue-in-cheek observations on local politics and social absurdities to references to other popular culture. Most are light-hearted and respectful of the image of the young Ghanaian boy.When the teacher asks you to write a list of noisemakers and someone you hate coughs…… pic.twitter.com/0XKdkZQxiQ— Night King (@Omarvelli) October 23, 2016Speaking fondly of the time he spent with the children at the school, Adufah recently addressed the online popularity of the photo on his Instagram profile, along with new photo of Jake.In the post, he writes “everyone say hi to my buddy Jake. These were moments in Ghana during my art workshop with the kids. Each kid received brand new set of crayons, pencil colours, pencils, toys and other wonderful goodies. The expressions on their faces were heartfelt.”Adufah will be returning to Ghana in 2017 with his Homeland Ghana project, where he will continue to work with the children, while providing resources for their art classes. His ultimate goal, he says, is an art school and community centre that will inspire children to follow their artistic dreams.Meanwhile, Jake, who has just turned four, is apparently still unaware of his online fame and is much more interested in continuing with his drawing.Source: This is AfricaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more