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first_imgDear Editor,Guyana is already inundated by alcohol and alcoholics, so I see no need for our law-making institution, the Parliament, to store or encourage the consumption of this product in that hallowed institution. So come on, legislators; if you really need this stuff, please go to bars and clubs etc.One question for the former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, or Speakers, or indeed Parliamentarians: Was alcohol served or available in Parliament at any time before in our history? I would be grateful for this clarification, since the impression I get from reading what is written in the press is that this phenomenon is of recent vintage!I think this alcohol abuse crisis must be made an elections issue, and I would like to hear clear views and opinions from all potential presidential candidates, so we can see if principles will trump politics.Caitlin Vieira has made it clear, in her contributions, that alcohol is a most dangerous drug, and must be seen in that light.I urge Ms Vieira and others of similar ilk to launch a pressure group to bring legislation similar to the Tobacco Bill to arrest this runaway problem of alcohol abuse.While I understand the general thrust of Ms Vieira’s article of Sunday, August 26th, 2018, I do disagree with her conclusion. She says, “If someone drinks every day, it does not necessarily mean that they have a problem with alcohol. For example, I know many people that have one glass of wine or beer with dinner, there isn’t anything wrong with that.”Firstly, I would counter her 1st statement and say that it does not necessarily mean that they DO NOT have a problem. Her second conclusion seems to be based on just casual opinion and on what may be practised commonly in this and other societies. But, Ms. Caitlin Vieira, I now draw your attention to the conclusions of a leading world expert in the above-mentioned report by Max Griswold, who is the lead author for 500 experts in the field, and his conclusions ostensibly contradict yours! (See below)Paris (AFP) – Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year to booze.“There is no safe level of alcohol,” said Max Griswold, a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington and lead author for a consortium of more than 500 experts.Despite recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease, the new study found that alcohol use is more likely than not to do harm.“The protective effect of alcohol was offset by the risks,” Griswold told AFP in summarising the results, published in medical journal The Lancet on Friday.“Overall, the health risks associated with alcohol rose in line with the amount consumed each day.”Compared to abstinence, imbibing one “standard drink” — 10 grammes of alcohol, equivalent to a small beer, glass of wine, or shot of spirits — per day, for example, ups the odds of developing at least one of two dozen health problems by about half-a-percent, the researchers reported.Looked at one way, this seems like a small increment, 914 out of 100,000 teetotallers will encounter those problems, compared to 918 people who imbibe seven times per week.“But at the global level, that additional risk of 0.5 percent among (once-a-day) drinkers corresponds to about 100,000 additional deaths each year,” said senior author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor at the University of Washington and a director at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.– ‘Less is better, none is best’ – “Those are excess deaths, in other words, that could be avoided,” she told AFP. The risk climbs in a steep “J-curve”, the study found.An average of two drinks per day, for example, translated into a 7.0 percent hike in disease and injury compared to those who opt for abstinence.With five “units” of alcohol per day, the likelihood of serious consequences jumps by 37 percent.The “less is better, none is best” finding jibes with the World Health Organisation’s Guidelines (Please note that this latest research has been published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet)Editor, in 2017, two senior Government Ministers — Dr George Norton and Mr Khemraj Ramjattan — pronounced on this matter publicly, indicating that serious measures must be taken to curb this problem in Guyana. To date, as far as I am aware, nothing tangible has been done (except 2:00am curfew). Come on, sirs; let’s not be people who just talk; be bold and responsible enough to initiate and sponsor bills to deal with this most dangerous problem, which clearly is the cause for many homicides, cases of domestic abuse, accidents on the road, and industrial accidents etc.We have just had the case of an alcohol addict burning down his wife’s home because she refused to give him $500.00 to buy himself a drink!!! What are we waiting for?I now ask senior Minister of Health Volda Lawrence (Now PNC Chair Person, congratulations in order!) to bring this matter to the fore as the subject Minister, and I think this will be a real feather in her cap if she can bring alcohol sale/usage/control legislation into the Parliament by November 30th 2019. Surely, this is achievable in one year.Let’s get this done in haste for the betterment of this country. Can we do it? Of course we can!Yours sincerely,Christopher MPersaudlast_img read more

first_imgCapitol Hill is deeply worried about the current state of affairs and conditions of the personnel in the Liberia National Police (LNP), in awake of their confronting the spread of the Ebola virus.Lawmakers expressed concern  in plenary yesterday, during discussions which followed the presentation of a complaint from River Gee County Representative Johnson Chea relative to the plight of police officers in the country.According to the River Gee lawmaker, information revealed that the payment of basic salaries and other amenities of police officers and personnel of the nation’s security apparatus were often delayed.This concern received majority support from members of the Lower House.“Since the graduation of the Academy Class 42 of the Liberia National Police, May 17, 2014, it will interest you to know that they have been paid for two (2) months (June and July).  This [situation] is creating [serious] economic problems on these security personnel,” Rep. Chea indicated.He pointed out that there have been many complaints from security officers relative to their low pay or the [breach] in the disbursement of funds allotted for their operations.The River Gee County lawmaker opted for the appearance of authorities involved with the matter before House committees, a suggestion that was received and endorsed by plenary.This means that plenary instruction to the Committees on National Security, Ways, Means, and Finance to report findings in two weeks remains a straight mandate that should be implemented.Meanwhile, the House overwhelmingly voted to endorse the recommendations of the Committee on Broadcasting, Culture, and Tourism on relative to previous hearings involving top officials of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on comments made against lawmakers.Representative Richmond Anderson’s report declared:  “The hearing established and concluded that that Deputy Minister Isaac Jackson must be made to apologize to the House and its members for the expression of “Counterfeit lawmakers,” which he made  an official communication to plenary, which was  subsequently published in at least five local dailies.  The apology should be read at the MICAT’s regular press briefing.”It was also agreed upon that the Code of Conduct be issued to every public official elected and appointed; in order to enhance coordination and professionalism in government.The Committee also recommended that the leadership of the Legislative Branch of Government advise its members against attitude that stand to divide or dislocate government’s operations.This followed the Committee’s assertions that lawmakers were also involved with hurling insults at presidential appointees, thereby inflaming an “unfortunate situation among government officials.”In a related development, President Johnson Sirleaf has informed the Legislature of the Executive’s commitment to allow Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director to brief lawmakers on  details of the contract entered into involving the Norwegian government on the forestry sector.She noted that her office had  instructed FDA boss to make full appearance before the Legislature in order to explain full details about the US$150 million five-year contract entered into by the Executive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSources say LP has eye on Sen. Thomas Grupee (pictured) in case vice standard bearer Harrison Karnwea’s appeal to the Supreme Court does not stand. ….Wants staff reshuffledThe National Elections Commission (NEC) may not have a bone to pick with Senator Thomas Grupee but he has vowed to challenge the Commission to reshuffle its staff, particularly magistrates, before the 2020 Senatorial elections.At a press conference at his Capitol Building office on Thursday, the Nimba County Senator said there is every reason to recommend to the NEC, ahead of the 2020 Senatorial election, particularly in Nimba because it will not be a child’s play.Grupee, an incumbent is up for re-election in the 2020 election. His admonishment to the Commission came barely two weeks when his colleague, Senator Prince Yormie Johnson said he will do all within his power to support Nimba Electoral District #1 Representative, Jeremiah Koung, who aims to unseat Grupee in the Senate.NEC Chair Jerome Kokoya“Considering the crucial nature of the upcoming Senatorial election in 2020 in my county of Nimba, I am calling on the National Elections Commission to reshuffle its long-serving magistrates. This is for the sake of transparency, credibility, and fairness of the electoral process,” he said.He added that with a number of the magistrates now having served for a very long time in certain regions, it will be fair for them to go to other parts of the country and continue their service rather than remain at the same place of assignment.“The guys are too complacent and, knowing that there are several interconnections between them and a host of other residents, among whom are politicians, it could be challenging for them to work with independent minds,” he said.According to Grupee, Liberia is one country for all and, as such, a magistrate in Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Bong or any other county should be willing to go to other parts of the country to serve, rather than thinking that they are only suitable in their current place of assignment.From all indications, and as already made known by PYJ, Sen. Grupee will have to fight his own fight at the polls on election’s day.The two were best of friends in 2011 when Grupee entered the race. PYJ campaigned for Grupee and his presence in the county accounted for a number of votes he won, which subsequently led him to victory. And interestingly Grupee returned the gesture in 2014 when PYJ returned to the polls for the re-election as Senator of Nimba.However, the political camaraderie between the two appears to have maxed out, mainly upon PYJ’s desire to lift the hand of Rep. Koung in Ganta, Sanniquellie, Tapita, Saclepea and other nooks and crannies of the county, to replace Grupee.PYJ, who is dubbed the ‘political godfather of Nimba’ has been able to survive well on the graces of his county kinfolk, although his tough-talking, crafty persona is a long shadow that lingers from his days as a soldier and a former warlord.By being unpredictable, he impresses the most savvy politicians of his influence in Nimba County and what it means for national leadership in any given election.His new best friend, Rep. Koung, is serving his second term as Representative for Nimba District #1. He won his second term in 2017 and will have accrued a little over three years in 2020 as Representative when he enters the Nimba Senatorial election.Rep. Jeremiah K. Koung (left), an executive member of Sen. Prince Johnson’s (right) party and PYJ’s choice for the 2020 senatorial electionKoung, whose mother (deceased) hailed from Nimba and father from Maryland County, has lived in the Nimba County since childhood. He has invested almost everything he has earned in business and politics in Nimba.  With PYJ declaring to support him for the Senate, a number of Nimbaians who preferred anonymity when asked to comment for this report, think that he (Koung) cannot be trusted.“Ganta, for example, is a great commercial town and it attracts all Liberians and even other nationals, including Guineans and Ivorians. So it is not a big deal that Koung chose not to identify with Maryland but Nimba, although his father was from there (Maryland),” one said.The young man said the university student unions from Nimba, mainly from Ganta and other Mano towns, will soon hold a rally in Nimba to inform all Nimbaians, irrespective of the tribe, that it is time PYJ’s political ideologies are condemned by rejecting his imposition of leaders on the people of the county.“People think we who are from Nimba are stupid but that is not the case. PYJ has succeeded as he did over the years because we have voted in the county not on national interest but tribal interest,” he said.The student community of Nimba, mainly from the Mano territory, will launch a campaign calling on all those that have interest in the 2020 election to consider letting one candidate run against Koung and, a host of others who may not want to give in to a strong coalition.When contacted via mobile phone, the acting director of communications at the NEC, Prince Dunbar, said Sen. Grupee’s recommendation is his constitutional right to do so, but advised that he (Grupee) should reduce his recommendation on the reshuffling of the staff of the Commission into writing.“The Commission has been doing exactly what the Senator is asking for but as it is, this is an autonomous agency and we operate on an impartial basis. He should officially do a communication recommending the action and if the Commission sees it fit, it will be honored,” Dunbar said.He added that Grupee’s observation is not a strange thing to the Commission, as in previous elections, it (NEC) reshuffled magistrates and in cases where there were by-elections, other magistrates were called upon to collaborate with the host magistrates of the Commission.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers have been disqualified from postseason play after it was determined the team violated North Peace Hockey League rules when it comes to their roster. The league has a deadline of February 10th to carry a 25 man roster, however during game seven between the Flyers and Huskies this past weekend, the team used a 26th player.As a result the Huskies are now credited with a win in that contest and will now meet the Spirit River Rangers in the league final.Flyers general manager Lee Hartman said B.C. teams are allowed to have 30 players on their roster, but because the North Peace Hockey League is based out of Alberta those are the rules that are followed which resulted in the infraction.- Advertisement -“Today we found out that we had used 26 players in our league playoffs. The Alberta teams are only allowed to have 25 players. B.C. we’re allowed 30 so it’s our mistake that we put a 26th guy into the lineup. They’re all our guys, regular players that have played all year for us. It was just our mistake that we overstepped by one player so we defaulted the last game which was game seven which cost us the series,” he said.The team was made aware there was an issue after the final stats from the game were reviewed by the league.With the team scheduled to compete at the Coy Cup in Terrace from March 22-26, head coach Andrew Leriger is giving the team a week off before beginning to prepare for another championship run.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPetitions and letters are being taken to Ottawa to hopefully be met by the higher up government.“We want Ottawa, the federal lawmakers in Ottawa, to see the urgent need for them to approve the projects for LNG and for the oil pipeline going to the East. So that the unemployed workers of Northern B.C. and Alberta can go back to work.”Yu also noted that they are not trying to get a bail out but rather a firm “yes” so they know what they can prepare for going forward.When they get to Ottawa, they will meet with the office of MP Bob Zimmer but they have bigger goals in sight on who to meet with.Advertisement “We hope that the drama of this road trip and the media exposure, and the social media exposure we are getting, will get us a better audience.”The group hopes to arrive in Ottawa by June 1st. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local group Fort St. John for LNG hit the road today on the long journey to Ottawa.The group met at the Pomeroy Sports Centre and were sent off by supporters, excited and hopeful for what is to come.Group founder Alan Yu says he’s been looking forward to this day for a very long time.“I’ve been looking forward to this day for a very long time, so we are very much excited. I am more excited about the fact that we are getting a lot of support from Alberta, especially from a man named Jason, who walked 430 km to Edmonton to deliver the message that we are delivering to Ottawa.” – Advertisement -The group has raised about $12,000 of the $20,000 goal they had set before they left. Yu says the goal is still achievable despite not making quite as much as they had hoped.Photo Courtesy: Jessica Fedigan Photo Courtesy: Jessica FediganAdvertisementlast_img read more

first_img Jose Luis Gaya 1 Chelsea target Jose Luis Gaya has signed a new contract with Valencia, according to reports in Spain.The highly-rated left-back has reportedly penned a new five-year deal at the Mestalla after an impressive campaign.Valencia are battling it out with Sevilla to secure the final Champions League place in La Liga and the club’s owners are desperate to keep their best players should Los Che qualify for Europe’s elite club competition. A Spain youth international, Gaya has made 33 appearances for Valencia this season and his performances have attracted interest from Real Madrid as well as Chelsea.last_img read more

first_imgPatrick GildeaAfter a very successful year of awards Patrick from Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Team has been nominated for the “Best Hair Stylist In Ireland” award by RSVP Magazine.Representing Donegal Patrick has been listed as one of the Top Ten Hair Stylists in Ireland which is an absolutely amazing achievement.We do of course want to see him to reach the top spot but we can’t do it without your help! Let’s help Patrick bring this award to Donegal!Patrick said “I am so honoured to be nominated for this award and from looking at the other nominations there are some amazing people on this list.“I am so proud to represent Donegal in this prestigious award and would be so grateful if the people got behind me and voted. On behalf of our team I would like to thank you for all your support this year so far.”The good news is that you can vote by clicking herehttp://rsvpmagazine.ie/poll-who-is-the-best-hair-stylist-and-beauty-therapist-in-ireland-2015/ He added “The award would be a great reflection on our team and the small business community in the North West. Thank you for your support!”If you would like to see this Donegal team win “ Best Hair Stylist In Ireland” simply vote here: http://rsvpmagazine.ie/poll-top-ten-best-in-hair-2015-as-voted-by-you/.Don’t forget to share it with your friends!PATRICK OUT TO PROVE HE IS A CUT ABOVE AT TOP AWARDS was last modified: October 29th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalPatrick GildeaRSVPlast_img read more

first_imgTheo Boake pictured laving court. PIc copyright of Northwest Newspix.A man with ‘super human’ strength who had to be restrained by seven Gardai after going berserk has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.Theo Boakye broke into a technology company and attacked its €300,000 server system with a fire extinguisher. The 24 year old student later escaped Garda custody and was involved in a confrontation with several Gardai in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.However, Gardai said Boakye had incredible strength and did not react to being pepper-sprayed or being struck with batons.Boakye, described by his barrister Peter Nolan as a ‘courteous and gentle young man’, had suffered a psychotic episode on November 3rd and 4th, 2013, Letterkenny District Court was told.A jury were shown terrifying CCTV footage of Boakye jumping through a reinforced wire glass pane before going on to attack servers with a fire extinguisher.The following day Gardai were called when Boakye went berserk in a phone shop in Letterkenny when his debit card would not work.He had tried to pay for €1,700 worth of goods including smart phones on his debit card at the Carphone Warehouse shop but it was declined several times.He then smashed the machine by punching it and the manager of the store called the Gardai.When Gardai arrived, Boakye, of 76 Ballymaccol Woods, Letterkenny, reacted violently and had to be forcefully arrested.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station but escaped while being brought to hospital.Gardai Damian Mulkearns said the prisoner had ‘super-human’ strength while his colleague Garda Marcus O’Dowd said pepper spray or batons simply did not work on Boakye.Consultant psychiatrist Dr Dermot Ward said he discovered that Boakye had suffered from acute psychotic episodes during which he felt paranoid but also felt he may have special powers.He said this particular type of mental illness was more common in people from “the African race.”He added that most likely Boakye would not even have know he was committing such crimes.He added that he found Boakye to be a personable young man and that if he stayed on his medication, he was very unlikely to encounter another similar psychotic episode.The jury took a half hour to find Boakye not guilty by reason of insanity of all seven charges including assault, causing criminal damage and escaping Garda custody.Judge John O’Hagan described the case as most unusual and said that in his seventeen years as a Judge it was only the second time he had come across a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict.He discharged Boakye on the condition that he continues to attend for psychiatric check-ups, takes his medication and that he stays away from alcohol and drugs.‘SUPER HUMAN’ MAN IN PRAMERICA ATTACK FOUND NOT GUILTY DUE TO INSANITY was last modified: February 7th, 2015 by John2Share 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:INSANITYnot guiltypramericaTheo Boakyelast_img read more

first_imgNew Website, New eZine, New News!And the fun begins at Media Box. Well the secret is out and the team at Media Box have been taken by surprise at JSB’s public reveal over the weekend. The 2011 Irish Apprentice begins on Monday 3rd October on TV3 at 9:00pm and it seems there will be big interest in this year’s show. JSB has made the top 16 and to celebrate the Media Box girls went out on the town. And we were practicing our moves “like Jagger” for our big New Year event that is in the pipeline. So stay tuned – you won’t want to miss the biggest event of 2012. We are thinking Friday February 3rd and we will be in touch soon with more details. But for now put that date in your diary!The new Media Box website is going live this week and we’ve also re-designed our monthly ezine “Chatter Box” which goes out to 500 businesses every month. It tells the stories of our clients, trending media and of course exclusive Media Box news.Today is the start of National Volunteer Week and the Donegal Volunteer Centre have a whole host of events lined up. A big one not to miss is FREE LUNCH FRIDAY that takes place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday 30th September at 12noon. Come along and see what volunteering opportunities are open to you. Remember volunteering adds to your CV as well as giving you that warm feeling you get when you ”give”!Presidential candidate Mary Davis will officially launch the new “Donegal Volunteer Corps” on Tuesday at an event being coordinated by Media Box at the Regional Cultural Centre. Well done to the five award winners at this year’s DLDC LTD. Enterprise Awards which took place at Jackson’s Hotel on Thursday night. Small business is the future of our economy and the determination and passion on display during the awards ceremony demonstrates the great statistic that Donegal has the highest level of entrepreneurship in the country!Michael Conway from Ardara scooped the overall award and he is on the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio today so listen in to his amazing story of triumph. It will inspire you.The week ahead brings an event, Media Box University PR Workshop, a post event PR campaign and a new web development project.So we must run on, but Erin is on hand with a cuppa to get us geared up for the day ahead.For more exclusives from the Media Box HQ why don’t you sign up to our newsletter here http://www.mediabox.ie/AboutUs/NewsletterSignUp You won’t want to miss out on any news from us this winter!Our new website is now live at http://www.mediabox.ie and of course the daily goings-ons at Media Box is on display at http://www.facebook.com/mediabox If you are on Twitter follow us @jsmediabox and say hello!Until next week keep running in those heels!JSB & the Media Box Team XxRUNNING IN HEELS – THE MEDIA BOX BLOG! was last modified: September 26th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:running in heelslast_img read more

first_imgHe has been one of Donegal’s biggest critics.But there’s no doubting that former Kerry great and RTE pundit Pat Spillane is chairman of the Michael Murphy fan club.Spillane changed his mind on Jim McGuinness’ brand of football last season after slating them the previous year for their defensive style of play. Now Spillane has more or less said that few teams have a chance of beating Donegal again this year – or have they?The Kerryman described Glenswilly man Murphy as “an absolutely superb footballer” but warned that he could be too big for his boots.He warned that any injury to the big forward could be devastating to Donegal’s All-Ireland chances.The small statistic of Murphy scoring more than 60% of all Donegal’s scores so far this season is a reminder of his form. “If anything happens to Michael Murphy over the year then every other county will have a chance,” summed up Spillane. LOSING MURPHY MIGHT GIVE OTHERS A CHANCE AGAINST DONEGAL – SPILLANE was last modified: February 10th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Michael MurphyPat Spillanelast_img read more