‘Mental Health Unrecognized Health Emergency’

first_imgDr. MacauleyThe Vice President of the Liberia chapter of the West African College of Physicians (WACP), Rose Jallah Macauley (MD), backed by other colleagues have declared that mental illness has become an unrecognized health emergency that must claim the attention of the people.Speaking during the First Annual General & Scientific Meeting of the Liberia WACP chapter, and the 10th Joseph N. Togba Lecture series on June 23, Dr. Macauley said there are increasing numbers of mentally ill people in the country, who are given different names but less attention.She identified some of the causes of mental health as trauma inherited from the Ebola crisis, drug abuse and genetics. Although she said she has not personally conducted a research on the causes of mental health, she said there is a possibility that some inherited it from the family line.Also, “A lot of the young people in our society are abusing drugs. They are taking in these unsolicited drugs – drugs that are not prescribed are what they are taking, and it is messing their brains up,” Dr. Macauley said.The proliferation of drug dens, locally referred to as ghettos, has increased over the years, so much so that young people and the elderly, in rare cases, usually assemble there to partake in harmful substances. The Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) has recorded hundreds of arrests of both imported drugs and homegrown narcotic substances.Last year the Liberia National Police (LNP) clamped down on drug abusers at the commercial district of Red Light and destroyed the popular Turtle Base where criminals under the influence of drugs were hosted.The Special Presidential Task Force headed by General Services Agency (GSA) director Mary Broh also arrested over 20 people in Sinkor last year for drug abuse, and razed ghettos to the ground.Among those arrested was a woman who admitted to mixing narcotics substance with ‘Kanyan,’ a popular snack prepared with dried, grated cassava, parched peanuts, and sugar.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Liberia is estimated to have over 400,000 people with some form of mental disorder and about 130,000 people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.Fellows of the Liberia Chapter of WACP at the J.N. Togba Lecture seriesIn this grave situation, Dr. Macauley said as medical people they are in the vanguard of creating awareness on the danger of drug abuse so people will not take in harmful drugs.She pointed out the lack of rehabilitation centers for drug abusers and mentally ill people as a condition adding to the existing situation. However, she said there is a need to reach out to drug abusers to caution them on the negative consequences of drug abuse so that they can kick the habit.Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh, performing the official opening of the lecture series, described the occasion as a historical milestone and commended the organizers and WACP for the topic on mental health.Dr. Kateh said it was very interesting to the Ministry of Health to have a discussion on mental health because of its overwhelming cases.Also, a representative of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, Hasipha C.Tarpeh, said: “Research has proven that mental health is a health concern in Liberia as evidenced by the increasing number of cases, needless to overemphasize the emergency nature of the current situation.”He said the fight against this health problem requires joint efforts, with the support of potential partners and well-wishers alike.The Joseph N. Togba Memorial Lecture series is an annual event organized by the Liberia chapter of the WACP. It has been in existence for the past nine years, and it is aimed at bringing medical doctors and physicians together to discuss health issues, and to celebrate Liberia’s deceased medical doctor Joseph N. Togba for his numerous contributions to the medical profession and health system in Liberia.The WACP’s first annual general and scientific meeting, and the 10th J.N. Togba Lecture Series, on June 23 saw the honoring of two distinguished medical practitioners, Roseda E. Marshall and Sunny Chinenye. The two doctors are said to have performed excellently over the years in acquiring education and transforming their education into services for the welfare of their people.Dr. Marshall, a pediatric, said in remarks that recognition of her work in Liberia by her fellow colleagues brought her great delight, which encourages her not to relent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tender Board warned to stand ground against Bulkan’s illegalities

first_img…as Opposition Leader calls for Police actionRecent decisions by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan to usurp the powers — as set out under law – of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) have caught the eye of the Opposition.The body has since been called on by the political Opposition to “stand its ground” and administer the legislative requirements, as outlined under the laws of Guyana and to protect its supervision of national procurement.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP) has since written to NPTAB Chairman Berkley Wickham, and has called on him to take immediate steps to ensure that the agency ensures that Ministries comply with the laws of Guyana.The formal complaint was inked by former Minister within the Finance Ministry and Opposition frontbencher, Juan Edghill.The correspondence dated Friday last has also been copied to the Communities Ministry Permanent Secretary, Emile McGarrel; Public Procurement Commission (PPC) Chairperson Carol Corbin; Auditor General Deodat Sharma; Public Accounts Committee Chairman Irfaan Ali and each of the Chairpersons of the Regional Democratic Councils across the country.According to Edghill, in his complaint, “we have been advised that the Ministry of Communities has written and requested that each Regional Administration submit two nominees to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communities for their Regional Tender Boards; the letter indicates that the Regional Chairman should nominate one nominee and the Regional Executive Officer nominate the other.”Edghill reminded that the PPP/C’s contention is “that it is solely the National Board (NPTAB), by statute as laid out in Sections 17 (1), 19 (1) and (2), that has such responsibility”.According to the PPP Executive, the law does not provide for any such role by any line Ministry, and, in this particular case, the Communities Ministry cannot become involved in the process of the appointment of the Regional Tender Boards.The Opposition has since called on the NPTAB in light of this development to take immediate steps to invoke the relevant sections of the Procurement Act and ensure that they were complied with by all Ministries.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“In this particular case, we call on the Board to immediately advise the Ministry of Communities to desist from further action on the appointment of the Regional Tender Boards, and, furthermore the NPTAB assume responsibility and communicate directly with the respective Regional Democratic Councils on their two appointees to each Regional Tender Board in keeping with Section 19.”The complaint by Edghill comes on the heels of similar lamentations by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who, during his weekly press engagement, had raised concerns about the Executive wanting to take on functions which fall under the purview of the PPC. According to him, with the establishment of the PPC, functions undertaken by the NPTAB should have ceased in 2016.The Opposition Leader had at the time observed that “a prime candidate for a Police audit in the future will be the Central Tender Administration. They are complicit in a ton of illegalities”.Jagdeo had also highlighted too that the matter of public procurement would be among the key issues to be raised by PPP representatives during the upcoming two-day Business Summit organised by the Private Sector Commission (PSC).On the matter of procurement, the former President had told media operatives, “public procurement will be a major feature – the lack of transparency, the breaches of the Procurement Act and Cabinet’s continued participation in the award of contracts”.According to the Opposition Leader, “Government procurement is the largest source of economic activity for the Private Sector … So procurement has to be part of a Business Summit. In every panel, on procurement issues, we will be seeking answers.”last_img read more

Two Knights heading for battle in B.C. Cup

first_imgThe two hit the ice for tryouts in Vanderhoof, B.C., impressing coaches enough to earn a role in this year’s tournament and will represent the North Region in the tournament.The four day event will include four games, two on-ice practice sessions with some top notch instructors, off-ice player and team development sessions, as well as a Hockey Futures Presentation.The tournament will be held in Kelowna, B.C. from April 12-15 and will be played at the Royal LePage Place.- Advertisement -Some notable National Hockey League players have participated in the Male U16 B.C. Cup including Chicago Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook, Anaheim Ducks’ Brandon McMillian and Rookie Brett Connolly of the Tampa Bay Lightning.The program was designed by B.C. Hockey to instruct and prepare high performance payers for future opportunities in the B.C. Hockey High Performance Program.For more information on the event or B.C. Hockey, visit the organization’s official website.Advertisementlast_img read more

PPP condemns threats of violence by Attorney General

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) condemned the threats of violence made by Attorney General Basil Williams, during a panel discussion organised by the American Chambers in Guyana (AmCham Guyana) on Monday (August 5, 2019).Attorney General Basil Williams, former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran during the AmCham forumWilliams threatened “dire consequences” if House-to-House Registration is not allowed to proceed – fallaciously insisting that House-to-House Registration is the only means of obtaining a credible voters’ list and disingenuously ignoring the constitutional three-month deadline for elections to be held in Guyana.Williams said, “They are willing to go to the election with an anyhow list. They are ready for their properties, and all these things, to be subjected to those same post-election type of violence that we had in the past. I don’t want to say well y’all go, go to the election, because the consequences would be dire”.This is not the first time that the Attorney General has descended to such talk. In May 2019, Williams warned about “unrest” that might follow in Guyana if the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rules against the Government in the three consolidated cases, related to the challenge to the validity of the No-Confidence Motion passed on December 21, 2018.The party firmly believes that President David Granger is ultimately responsible for such reckless comments. It is clear that he opts to present a disposition that is above reproach while he dispatches his minions to engage in a campaign that does nothing but harm to our nation.As currently being done, House-to-House Registration will de-register countless Guyanese, imposing demands on eligible Guyanese that are unconstitutional.If this unsupervised, unconstitutional and illegal process, currently the subject of a court challenge, is allowed to continue – producing what will undoubtedly be a flawed list of voters – there will be no need for the organised violence that is typical of the People’s National Congress Reform’s leadership, which could be the only thing that Williams was referring to.There is already anger among Guyanese about the unconstitutional nature of the ongoing House-to-House Registration and the refusal of the APNU/AFC coalition to comply with the Constitution and the orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice. This anger could spill over into spontaneous and regrettable violence if there is mass de-registration, as the current direction of the House-to-House Registration indicates. This is an outcome that must be avoided by ensuring that there is constitutional compliance.None other than the Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield, has admitted on two occasions that a Claims and Objections period will ensure a credible list to facilitate the holding of constitutionally mandated elections. He also admitted that President Granger’s claim about the list of voters being bloated by 200,000 is spurious.Many have been misled into believing that the House-to-House Registration, to produce a new National Register of Registrants, will be completed on October 20, 2019. Only the field exercise of this process will be completed by that date. According to GECOM’s own work plan, the entire exercise to produce a new National Register of Registrants was programmed to end on December 18, 2019, but its start was delayed by 48 days – meaning that the new end date will take Guyana to February 2020, just to get a new National Register of Registrants. Once this is done, it will take an additional several months to arrive at an Official List of Electors.The caretaker coalition Government cannot continue to ignore the consequence of the successfully and validly passed No-Confidence Motion – that is, elections by September 18, 2019.Additionally, the ongoing legal challenge to House-to-House Registration – one that challenges the constitutionality of the process – is likely to end up before the Caribbean Court of Justice.If House-to-House Registration is pursued and results in a flawed list of voters, which it will, there can be an impact on any election that is held. If an election is held with a flawed list and the CCJ rules that House-to-House Registration is unconstitutional, the election could be invalidated. Guyana can ill-afford continued political upheavals.That said, it is for GECOM to urgently pursue Claims and Objections as a tested method for updating the existing list of voters – a method used for the 2018 and 2016 Local Government Elections, as well as the 2015 and 2011 General and Regional Elections – to allow for elections to be held within the constitutionally mandated three-month timeframe.last_img read more

Mobile BC Ombudsperson coming to Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A BC Ombudsperson will be making an in-person visit to Fort St. John to hear complaints and all appointments are free and confidential.The BC Ombudsperson mobile office gives residents the opportunity to speak on concerns regarding local and provincial government.Thursday, October 3, 2019, the mobile office will be in Fort St. John and you are asked to call 1-800-567-FAIR (3247) to schedule a meeting.- Advertisement -The mobile office will also be available in the following areas;Prince George – September 30, 2019Mackenzie – October 1, 2019Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd – October 2, 2019Dawson Creek – October 3, 2019The office of the Ombudsperson can help determine whether B.C. provincial and local public authorities have acted fairly and reasonably. As an independent statutory office of the provincial legislature, the services are provided free of charge.For forty years Ombudspersons have been helping resolve issues of unfairness. Over 8,000 complaints and enquiries are received annually. They have jurisdiction over a wide range of organizations in B.C. including provincial and municipal governments, health authorities, schools and universities.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bournemouth on high alert as Monaco reveal Berbatov can leave for free

first_img Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov Bournemouth are among a number of Premier League clubs to have been put on red alert after Monaco announced they would not be renewing the contract of Dimitar Berbatov.The former Manchester United and Tottenham man joined the French club back in January 2014 after he was released by Fulham.Since then the striker has scored 13 goals in Ligue 1 – more than any other Monaco player.However, it has not been enough to see his contract renewed with the Bulgarian now available for free this summer.Bournemouth have already been linked with a move for the 34-year-old, although his wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block.Berbatov was reportedly on over £100,000-a-week at Monaco and he is unlikely to want to see that amount drop by much. 1last_img read more

‘It’s a great time to be a Tottenham fan’, admits diehard Arsenal supporter Piers Morgan

first_imgDiehard Arsenal supporter and outspoken TV host Piers Morgan has admitted – through gritted teeth – that it’s a good time to be a Tottenham fan.Spurs rose above their north London rivals to third place in the Premier League as Harry Kane fired a fine brace in a 3-0 win over Norwich on Tuesday.Arsenal, meanwhile, failed to score in a third successive league game as they fell away from the title chasing pack with a 0-0 draw with a steadfast Southampton.Spurs have NEVER finished above Arsenal during Arsene Wenger’s reign as Gunners boss, but many are tipping them as title contenders this season due to their fine form – they have lost just three times and have the top flight’s best defensive record with just 19 goals conceded.Morgan is a fierce anti-Wenger campaigner – “If I could give him a Valentine’s Day present, it would be a P45” –  and he had one more warning for his fellow Arsenal fans who believe the Frenchman is still the right man to lead the Gunners.“If Arsenal fans are listening, and you spent the last seven years telling me I’m wrong, just imagine how we’re going to feel if Tottenham are Premier League champions,” he said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They’ve got the best defence, a good goalkeeper, a very creative midfield and, in Harry Kane if he stays fit, one of the best red-hot strikers in Europe never mind just this country.“If I was a Tottenham fan I would be feeling pretty good right now, I’m afraid.”Asked what he’d do if Spurs DID win the league title this season, Morgan joked: “I’d have to emigrate.”last_img read more

Primates spotlight trade

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At the San Diego Zoo, the shy young monkeys, grayish brown and each about the size of a cat, took turns exploring their new surroundings. The biggest of the group, a female, emerged from the cover of a small bush and briefly checked out a nearby tree before returning to the safety of her cohorts. The monkeys, all less than 2 years old, debuted in early May in the zoo’s Ituri Forest area, an enclosure named for the woods in Congo where the animals are from. The new arrivals grow bolder and more rambunctious by the day. Killmar says the monkeys have a natural curiosity greater than that of their captive-bred counterparts, nibbling on grass and looking under rocks, something the zoo-bred monkeys don’t do as much. “It took them a few days to start exploring but now they are having a great old time and starting to tear things up,” Killmar said. SAN DIEGO – The four new swamp monkeys at the San Diego Zoo have good reason to be a little wary. The last time they were in front of so many people, they were in a market in the Democratic Republic of Congo, destined for sale as exotic curiosities or to be fattened up and eaten. These four Allen’s swamp monkeys, along with 30 other Congolese primates at five other zoos, will spend their lives in the United States to highlight the illegal trade in “bushmeat” – wildlife slaughtered to feed hungry families in poor countries – which is decimating populations of many species in Africa and parts of Asia. “All these little monkeys were bushmeat orphans, their parents and troupes had been killed for bushmeat,” explained Karen Killmar, the zoo’s associate curator of mammals, who in an unusual move bought the monkeys from a middleman who had acquired them at a market and hoped to turn a profit by selling them as pets. Jane Ballentine, a spokeswoman for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, which helped coordinate the adoptions, called the acquisition “the right thing to do for the monkeys. This is a one-time-only thing, and we don’t want to perpetuate the trade at all.” last_img read more


first_imgGardai and the Revenue Commissioners have competed a major operation in Letterkenny.A number of vehicles were stopped a short time ago outside the LYIT on the town’s Port Road.A number of car owners were spoken to and at least one car was seized and transported away on the back of a carrier vehicle. No further details on the operation have been made available at this stage. GARDAI AND CUSTOMS CARRY OUT MAJOR OPERATION IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 13th, 2012 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:GardailetterkennyRevenue Commissionerslast_img read more


first_imgA thug bit so hard into the face of another man that there was a hole left in his cheek through to the inside of his mouth.Stephen Fox arriving at court for sentence. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Details of the horrific attack, which took place at a house party in Letterkenny, were given in court yesterday. Chef Stephen Fox, 25, admitted to the brutal attack on Kelvin McLaughlin at the party in April, 2012.A shaken Mr McLaughlin, an architectural student, recalled to Judge John O’Hagan how the attack has changed his life forever.Despite extensive plastic surgery, he has been left with visible scars while he also continues to suffer psychological torture as a result of the attack.The court hard how both men had been at a party at 27A Oaklands Park and that there had been words between the pair earlier in the night.Fox called Mr McLaughlin out to the back door and as the pair chatted, Fox lunged at the victim and sunk his teeth into his face.And although the victim fell backwards onto the ground, his attacker remained “locked-on” as he fell.Mr McLaughlin was rushed to hospital and had to receive extensive treatment at Letterkenny General Hospital and at a plastic surgery unit at St James Hospital in Dublin.Judge O’Hagan asked the victim to come closer in the witness box so h could see his injuries.When asked, Mr McLaughlin described the pain he suffered in the immediate aftermath of the vicious attack.“I went to Letterkenny hospital but they didn’t have anyone qualified and I was told I would have to wait for three days.“I sat there with a piece missing out of my face for three days before going to Dublin for more plastic surgery.“The pain was horrific and I felt like I was on fire. I was eating painkillers but I still felt like I was on fire – burning and tingling,” he said.He said he is still paranoid about his scarring.“I tried to forget about it but people began saying that I was getting very withdrawn. I didn’t want to see anyone. I used to be very confident but I thought my face was destroyed for life,” he said.Judge O’Hagan put it to the victim that he was a young man and if he had still been able to have girlfriends and Mr McLaughlin said he had.His attacker took to the stand as he said h anted to apologise to Mr McLaughin.He said he thought about contacting his victim by social media to say sorry but he could not bring himself to do so.“I want to take back what happened that night – he is scarred for life. I wish I could take it back but I can’t. I have no animosity towards him at all. Even just looking at him is hurting, it’s hurting me,” he said.He added that although his family had little money, he was prepared to work to put together several thousands euro together as some mans of compensation to his victim.And he added “He might never accept my apology and I can understand that he may never forgive m for what happened.”Judge O’Hagan said the attack was ‘totally unprovoked.’“To deliberately bite someone and to engage your teeth in their flesh must require a certain amount of intent.“And to do so in the manner it was done could not have had any other real result but than a severe injury.“It could b said that it may not have man to have been as severe as it was,” he said.He added that he did not think the offer of compensation was a realistic one.He sentenced Fox to four years in prison on the Section 4 assault charge and suspended the final two years.He also backdated the sentence to December 22nd last – the date when Fox was arrested by Gardai after he was extradited on a European Police warrant from Glasgow where h now lives.STUDENT LEFT SCARRED FOR LIFE AFTER MAN ‘LOCKED ONTO’ HIS FACE AT PARTY was last modified: February 13th, 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:assaultattackbitedonegalJUdge John O’HaganKelvin McLaughlinletterkennyStephen Foxlast_img read more