With suicide still very much prevalent in Guyanese society, President David Granger believes that a more close-knit approach is needed to tackle the scourge that is plaguing the country.He explained that before any step can be taken to develop solutions to this phenomenon, the causation first needs to be determined.“I am confident (that with) greater emphasis on community life and cultural life, we will be able to overcome those (suicidal) problems. The cultural life of a country is very important… if our culture is one of violence that we saw during that drug war during 2002 to 2010, you find a lot of people don’t want to move on. But I think the tide is turning and people want that good life,” the President told reporters on the weekly televised programme – The Public Interest.According to the Head of State, suicide is a very complex phenomenon, as such Government is conducting studies and is aiming at decriminalising suicide since it believes that the scourged can be resolved if proper measures are implemented.He pointed out that persons can look for signs of depression and other examples in the communities, which he noted can be clustered at times.The President explained that in some communities, you see several persons who over a period of time taking their lives because suicide is so prevalent that they feel that is the only way: “Some communities are not bothered by suicide at all but other communities display a high susceptibility to suicide so there could be the copy cat element.”Moreover, the Head of State went on to say that emphasis needs to be placed on what is taking place in families, what is causing this depression or alienation; we need to see what is taking place with children, what they are saying on their phones and ask whether adults could intervene earlier.“That is why I say we need to look at the community. I am convinced that if those children had the opportunity to go to plays or participate in plays or dramas or dance or choirs; opportunity to go into sport, then they would realise that they are not isolated and they are not by themselves but they are part of a group and part of a team and they will have a greater will to live,” he remarked.President Granger further posited that he has asked for studies to be done and this is being dealt with by both the Ministries of Public Health and Public Security, while adding that by next year, he is hoping that there can be more definitive investigations and answers to these questions.Currently, Guyana is infamously known as the suicide capital of the world, with a rate of 44.2 per every 100,000 persons. It is estimated that some 200 persons die on average from suicide every year in Guyana. In fact, a Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) report that was released in 2014 had identified Guyana as having the highest rate of suicide in the world in 2012. Only last week Friday, two suicides rocked the country. Alleia Khandhai, 16, of Lot 3 Palmyra Village, Berbice, succumbed after consuming a poisonous substance on August 12, shortly after meeting her boyfriend.And Mahendra Singh, 30, of Number 64 Village, Corentyne, succumbed the same day after he too consumed a poisonous substance out of fear that he would be jailed for a wounding charge that he was before the court for.In efforts to curb the societal scourge, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) opposition had tabled a motion to urgently address suicide in Guyana but this motion was defeated on August 4 following hours of debate in the National Assembly.
– Trial to commence soon for 4 othersAfter spending the last three years on remand for the murder of a retired overseas based University Professor, the five teenagers who were indicted for the capital offence in 2016, on Tuesday made their first appearance at the Demerara High Court before Justice Navindra Singh to face the allegations.Accused: Orin Mc CraeGuilty of Manslaughter:Naomi Adams called “Shortee”Accused: Andre BenjaminAccused: Timithy Paul ChanceThe five accused, who are no longer teenagers were all charged jointly for the capital offence of murder when they made their first court appearance in May of 2016 and were remanded to prison.In court on Tuesday, 18-year-old Naomi Adams called ‘shortee’ appeared separately to face the indictment, as she opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.The charge against her stated that on May 12, 2016 in the county of Demerara she killed Pariedeau Mars also called ‘Perry’, in furtherance of a robbery.Attorney-at-law Mark Conway represented the accused, while the state’s case was led by Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy, in association with Sarah Martin.Facts presented by prosecutor Hardy stated that on the day in question, the accused who was 15-years-old at the time visited the home of the deceased where she assisted in tying up the now dead man while the others choked him to death. Adams was found with the deceased cellular phone in her possession, and later confessed to the crime.Due to her plea, Adams is expected to be sentenced on June 24, 2019 as Justice Singh ordered a probation report to be prepared and presented on the abovementioned date given the fact that the convicted teen was a juvenile when she committed the crime.Other the hand, Nikkisha Dover, Timithy Paul Chance, Orin Mc Crae and Andre Benjamin appeared together to face the indictment, however, as a result of Dover not having legal representation on Tuesday’s court hearing, the charge was not read to them and Justice Singh deferred the commencement of the case to June 17, for report.Chance is being represented by Attorney Nigel Hughes, while Mc Crae and Benjamin are being represented by Adrian Thompson, as Dover will be represented by a state assigned lawyer.According to police reports then, 75-year-old Mars, of Bissessar Avenue, Prashad Nagar, Greater Georgetown, was found bound and beaten in his home about 18:30h on the day in question by his wife. He was subsequently rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Investigations revealed that an accused, who was 17-years-old at the time was known to the now dead man as she would visit his home from time to time, it was further revealed that the said accused confessed to conspiring with her boyfriend to rob the elderly man as he was home alone on the day of the incident.
…rubbishes AG’s “transferred frustration” claimsFormer Speaker of the National Assembly, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran has stated that Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams could have been fined or jailed for his recent outbursts before High Court Judge, Justice Franklin Holder.Senior Counsel Ralph RamkarranJustice Franklin HolderAttorney General Basil WilliamsFollowing an exchange between the Attorney General and the High Court Judge on March 23, Justice Holder stormed out of the courtroom without adjourning the matter before him. The AG was quoted as having said, “I could say what I want to say and however I want to say it, I have always been like that” and “…The last Magistrate who did that to me was later found dead.”However, according to Ramkarran, there are certain rules about how lawyers ought to behave in court. He cited the Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Act 2010, Rule VII (3), which states that “an Attorney-at-Law shall treat the court with courtesy and respect…”, and Rule VII (5), which states that “Attorney-at-Laws shall not engage in angry verbal exchanges in Court even if made sotto voce.” Additionally, the Senior Counsel referred to Section 34 (2), which outlines that “n Attorney-at-Law who breaches the code of conduct counts as an act of professional misconduct”.To this end, Ramkarran said in this week’s “Conversation Tree” column that “the Judge could, there and then, have cited Mr Williams for contempt in the face of the Court… (And) if Mr Williams pleads or is found guilty, he could have been fined or worse, imprisoned.”According to Ramkarran, while the Attorney General, a highly visible public figure holding one of the most important positions in Government, can avoid the sanction of the Judge by not appearing before him again, this is not an option for a person holding his offices and especially since the matter has reached the Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) and the President.“Since a private apology is now out of the question, because the Judge’s letter demanding an apology in open court is in the public domain, Mr Williams could now be forced to consider a public apology. Failing this, the Chancellor (ag) can convene the Full Court and set in motion the process to hear a complaint of misconduct against Mr Williams. The Full Court can impose a penalty as severe as disbarment,” the Senior Counsel noted.He went on to point out that the President has no business in how the courts treat with the matter or in mediating an outcome, although, representing the Government, which is the Attorney General’s client, the President may suggest a course of conduct to Williams. Even if the matter is concluded to the satisfaction of the Judge, the President may have additional political concerns, Ramkarran asserted.“A long time ago, Mr Williams and I exchanged sharp and angry words before a judge in open court. We were both wrong, because we both participated. The next time I saw Mr Williams in the Supreme Court corridor, he approached me with outstretched hand. He can bring this matter to an end,” Ramkarran noted.Furthermore, the Senior Counsel outlined in his column that the Attorney General has accused Attorney-at-law Anil Nandlall, who was the defence lawyer in court during the incident and who publicly revealed the matter, of “iniquity” and suggested that the Judge’s reaction against him was one of “transferred frustration”.“The Judge, who seemed unaware of this highly innovative concept, denied Mr Williams’s allegation against Mr Nandlall,” the former Speaker stated, dismissing the AG’s “transferred frustration” claim.Despite the Judge saying that the Attorney General was the cause for him to walk off the Bench, Williams is holding out that he is not to be blamed for what happened. In fact, the Attorney General even defended his actions and his statements. He believed that the Judge fell prey to “transferred frustration” as a result of Nandlall’s “barracking” of nearly three hours.Moreover, Williams also insisted that his comment was not a threat and refused to apologise to the Judge saying to reporters at a subsequent press conference that “I don’t know about apology” and that “…the Judge and I will resolve the issue.”However, in a formal complaint to the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, the day after the incident, Justice Holder said that he felt disrespected by the Attorney General, whose behaviour he called despicable and contemptuous, while calling for an apology in open court.“I am not prepared to sit and hear Mr Williams as an attorney-at-law in any matter whatsoever, unless he makes a genuine and meaningful apology to my satisfaction, in open court, both to me and to members of the Bar since they too were scandalised by his despicable conduct,” the High Court Judge outlined in his complaint, which has since been made public.Acting Chancellor Cummings-Edwards had told reporters earlier last week that she was in receipt of information about the matter and it was being “addressed”. In addition, President David Granger subsequently told reporters that he had asked AG Williams to submit a detailed explanation of what transpired, which was done. However, the Head of State said at the time, he was yet to review the document.
1 Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he will defend football’s governing body at the trial into corruption held in the United States.A total of 39 people, executives and officials, are charged over bribery allegations but setting a date for a trial pencilled in for February next year has already been put back because of the mass of evidence collated.Despite currently serving a six-year ban from football following a heavily scrutinised 1.8million euro (£1.4million) payment made by FIFA to then UEFA president Michel Platini in 2011, Blatter will speak up in support of the organisation he led for 17 years. Blatter is not facing any charges in the US.“When they need me to defend FIFA, I will be available,” said the Swiss, speaking at a University of Basle seminar on FIFA reform, where he subsequently denied any wrongdoing on his part.“I am still defending FIFA in cases which are actually in court. I am fighting corruption as well. Our (FIFA’s) efforts to fight corruption were stopped.“I regret I have not done enough to bring FIFA back on the right track. I take responsibility but inside FIFA with the national associations we have put a lot of barriers to stop corruption, bribery.“Both the (FIFA) ethics committee and appeal committee say in the case where I am suspended there is no bribery or corruption with the president of FIFA.“All those people arrested in Zurich or other countries are Americans from the North and South.”However, Blatter was challenged on the corruption issue by former International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo.“I believe Mr Blatter knew but he decided to stay silent and his silence is the problem,” Ocampo said.Blatter spent over an hour on the platform but was interrupted just moments after starting to speak by protesters in the auditorium chanting and blowing whistles, which drew the response “Shame on you” from the former head of FIFA.Later in the debate, live-streamed by the university, a delegate claiming to be from the university’s Marxist Society stood up and said he was making an intervention demanding, among other things, full FIFA transparency.Blatter offered no response but his challenger received warm applause from the assembled attendees.Blatter defended FIFA against accusations of human rights issues related to a considerable number of deaths among workers building stadiums for the 2022 Qatar World Cup but called for stronger action on racism.“I have to defend the construction of the stadia,” he said. “It is not the construction of stadia which is the big reasons for deaths, it is the reconstruction of the whole country.“We can only hope now it will be improved.”On racism he called for tougher punishments.“In racism we haven’t had the courage so far – just deduct points or eliminate a team in a cup competition,” he added.”No-one has done it because they don’t have the courage to do so.“If you have racism in a game then eliminate the club or national association from the competition for one year and then it will end.” Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter
But he refused to say how many Americans had been targeted and insisted the eavesdropping was “very limited, targeted” electronic surveillance. “This is not a situation of domestic spying,” he said. Gonzales defended Bush’s decision not to seek warrants from the secretive Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, saying that “we don’t have the speed and the agility that we need in all circumstances to deal with this new kind of enemy.” Gen. Michael Hayden, deputy national intelligence director who was head of the NSA when the program began in October 2001, said, “I can say unequivocally we have got information through this program that would not otherwise have been available.” In offering only a glimpse into the program, Hayden said the monitoring would take place for a shorter period of time and be less intrusive than what is normally authorized by the secret surveillance court. Yet he acknowledged that the program is more aggressive than other government monitoring. The domestic spying revelations have created an uproar in Congress, with Democrats and Republicans calling for investigations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake WASHINGTON – Responding to a congressional uproar, the Bush administration said Monday that a secret domestic surveillance program had yielded intelligence results that would not have been available otherwise in the War on Terror. With Democrats and Republicans alike questioning whether President George W. Bush had the legal authority to approve the program, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales argued that Congress had essentially given Bush broad powers to order the domestic surveillance after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “Our position is that the authorization to use military force, which was passed by the Congress shortly after Sept. 11, constitutes that authority,” said Gonzales. He called the monitoring “probably the most classified program that exists in the United States government.” At a White House briefing and in a round of television appearances, Gonzales provided a more detailed legal rationale for Bush’s decision authorizing the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on international phone calls and e-mails of people within the United States without seeking warrants from courts. He said Bush’s authorization requires that at least one of the parties be outside the country and linked to al-Qaida or an affiliated organization. “They talk about constitutional authority,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa. “There are limits as to what the president can do.” He has said he’ll hold hearings on the monitoring program early next year. Gonzales would not say who in Congress was briefed or when, but said that more lawmakers have been told of the program in recent days, including Specter. “We’re engaged now in a process of educating the American people … and educating the American Congress,” Gonzales said. Monday’s briefing was the most detailed legal explanation given by an administration official since the New York Times reported Thursday night that Bush had authorized the NSA to conduct the surveillance after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “This is just an outrageous power grab,” said Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., on NBC’s “Today” show. “Nobody, nobody thought when we passed a resolution to invade Afghanistan and to fight the War on Terror … that this was an authorization to allow a wiretapping against the law of the United States.” Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada also called for an investigation, and House Democratic leaders asked Speaker Dennis Hastert to create a bipartisan panel to do the same. Bush acknowledged in his weekly radio address Saturday that he had authorized the spying, saying it was a necessary step in the war against terror. The existence of the NSA program surfaced as Bush was fighting to save the expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the domestic anti-terrorism law enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks. Renewal of the law has stalled over some its most contentious provisions, including powers granted law enforcement to gain secret access to library and medical records and other personal data during investigations of suspected terrorist activity. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Southern Illinois is coming off an impressive 4-1 win over Wichita State and holds a 15-2 record. The Salukis have four players with 11 or more singles wins and are led by Piotr Baranski, who is ranked 113th national with a 12-0 record. Wilder Pimentel has recorded a team-best 14 wins this season, followed by Michal Kianicka with 13. Illinois State has dropped 10 of its last 12 matches. The Redbirds fell to Wichita State, 7-0, to open MVC play last weekend. Andreas Boers is the only Redbird with a winning singles record with a 9-7 mark, but has lost his last two matches. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team opens Missouri Valley Conference play on Saturday with a doubleheader against Southern Illinois and Illinois State at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Print Friendly Version Drake will close out the regular season on April 15 when it travels to Wichita State. Drake starts the day against Southern Illinois at 9 a.m. and then square off against the Redbirds at 2:30 p.m.The Bulldogs will look to snap a three-game skid and open MVC action on a high note. Drake closed out the non-conference season with a 12-11 record after dropping a pair of 4-3 decisions to Denver and UC Santa Barbara. Sophomore Vinny Gillespie, who is ranked 83rd in singles nationally, leads the team with a 16-3 record at the No. 1 singles spot. Tom Hands, who is seen action at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots in the lineup, has a 13-6 mark and has gone 6-3 in his last 10 matches.
“We struggled on our first nine today which was the back nine, but we bounced back and played better on our second nine,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “I know the guys were excited to get started and probably even a little nervous. I felt like once we settled in we started playing our game and made some birdies. Jack played great today except for two holes.” Drake’s final three scorers are separated by two strokes. Junior Tommi Avant shot a two-over par 74, while senior Drew Ison and freshman Tim Lim, who made is collegiate debut, recorded a 75 and 76, respectively. Senior Matt Lavery rounded the Bulldogs’ day with a 79. Kennedy recorded a birdie on his final hole of the day and is tied for 24th-place. Story Links “Overall, we felt like we made too many mistakes. We worked on some things after the round and feel ready for tomorrow,” said Lewis. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Junior Jack Kennedy fired an even par 72 to lead the Drake University men’s golf team in the opening round of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational on Friday in Colorado Springs, Colo. Through 18 holes, Drake is in 16th-place with a score of 297, and is 10 strokes back from sixth-place Northern Colorado (287). Colorado State leads the 19-team field with a score of 282. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs will play the second round of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational on Saturday. First Round Results
Tags: onduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopViane SekajugoWakiso Giants Sekajugo signing a three-year contract at Wakiso Giants, on Friday. (PHOTO/WAKISO)KAMPALA – Wakiso Giants just can’t stop spending on new recruites.The Purple Sharks who will be featuring in their maiden top tier campaign next season, have added Viane Sekajugo to their squad, signing a three year deal.Sekajugo has been at Onduparaka for two seasons and decided to move on after his contract ran-out at the back end of last season.Wakiso Giants confirmed his signing on Friday via their official Twitter handle.“His name is Viane Sekajugo! A new #PurpleShark after signing a three year deal at the club, read the Tweet.Sekajugo joins the ever increasing list of new faces who include Derrick Emukule, Aggrey Madoi, Ivan Sebuguzi, Hassan Senyonjo, Duncan Seninde and Muwadda Mawejje, among others.He has previously featured for Saint FC and Masaka LC before joining Onduparaka FC.Wakiso side are gearing up to take part in their debut StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.The Purple Sharks who only started in 2018, finished second in the FUFA Big League 2018/19 to earn promotion to the top tier.Wakiso Giants will open their 2019-20 StarTimes Uganda Premier league campaign with duel against the defending champions KCCA on the 1st of September.Comments
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