“Nothing For Us Without Us”

first_imgThe offices of the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD) in Sinkor was the scene of merry-making yesterday when the entity and members of the disabled community observed this year’s Independence Day for Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWD) in grand style.The celebration was held under the theme, “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.”Though this year’s celebration was intended to be low key, PLWD turned out en masse and were seen in high spirits enjoying the occasion.The theme, according to the keynote speaker, Madam Inez Hayes, is timely as it marks the conclusion of the period of the millennium development goals (MDGs) by the coming year, and the launching of the new development framework of sustainable development goals (SDGs).The theme is also based on the goal of equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, as established by the World Program of Action concerning Disabled Persons and adopted by the General Assembly in 1982.“As of December 18, 2007, the UN changed the name from International Day of Disabled Persons to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.Earlier, NUOD National President, Rev. Fallah S. Boima, said the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 47/3.According to him, it aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities.It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.As for the NUOD, Rev. Boima said, the Union joins all organizations, unions, federations of PLWD, governments and United Nations agencies the world over in the celebration of December 3, in a solemn and quiet manner “as we join the government, international community, the people of Liberia and our neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).”“We the persons with disabilities, being fully aware of the danger Ebola poses to the nation, and the great people of Liberia, consider this year’s celebration as low key as we remember those of our brothers and sisters who lost their lives as the result of the EDV.”Meanwhile, the NUOD says it remains grateful to the government and her international partners for leading the fight against Ebola.They then promised to stand by the government and its partners as they celebrated the day with the slogan: “Nothing For Us Without Us.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former Essequibo Imam dies at 105

first_imgA former lmam of the Aurora Masjid, Ramjohn Mohammad Khan, also known as “Jahno”, died peacefully on Wednesday at his home in Aurora Estate, Essequibo Coast.Khan was born to Indian immigrant parents Faqueerbuksh Mohammad Khan and Bibi Woulfath on the August 16, 1912.In 1936, he purchased his first home at Lot 10 Aurora Estate, Essequibo Coast. He got married on January 12, 1941, to the dream of his life Mabel, more affectionately called “Betty” who was only 15 years old and someone he knew since she was a baby.The marriage brought forth 12 children, two of whom died at an early age.On February 23, 1986, Khan was awarded the Medal of Service by then President Hugh Desmond Hoyte. He was a very devoted Muslim and read the Quran every day until his passing.The centenarian was laid to rest on Thursday in his home village of Aurora.last_img read more

Prison Service structure to undergo major shake-up

first_imgThe Guyana Prison Service, looking to recompose from the 2016 March riots and the July 2017 fire and jailbreak at the Camp Street Penitentiary, is currently on the verge of undergoing major shake-up of its management structure.Director of Prisons, Gladwin SamuelsActing Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, told Guyana Times in a recent interview that the structure of the Prison Service has to be reviewed in order to improve its management.“We’ve already gone through the consultancy in terms of that being done, so we’re just waiting now [for] the proposal on the table to be approved; and hopefully this is done, which will see the provision for larger intake of persons especially at the supervisory and managerial levels,” he told Guyana Times.The 2016 riots resulted in 17 inmates being burnt to death, while several others along with prison staff were injured. Last year’s fire destroyed most of the building at the Camp Street jail, leaving only one standing, while several inmates took advantage of the jailbreak and escaped.Samuels explained that these incidents occurring over the past two years have significantly affected the Prison Service and further hampered the Service’s ability to conduct the required staff training.“Our Training School has actually been out of use since 2016 because we had to reconfigure the use of the Training School to meet current needs. However, we recognised the need to tackle that, and several systems are being put in place in terms of ensuring that the training needs of staff are met, so that they’re not affected by that in terms of upward mobility,” he asserted.The Prison Director posited that, over the past few weeks, there has been significant advancement in terms of recruitment. Some 32 persons are currently undergoing a 13-week training course, while, at the same time, an additional 33 persons are in the process of being recruited.“That will take care of all persons at our entry-levels. While we have some vacancies existing at the top, there’re several criteria that persons have to fulfil in terms of being eligible for upward mobility, which we’re currently addressing,” Samuels explained.He outlined that in order to facilitate upward mobility, the Prison Service offers internal training, while there are also promotional exams as well.Additionally, the Service is encouraging its officers to improve their academic qualifications by facilitating their tertiary education pursuit, which is also a pre-requisite for promotion.Asked whether there are qualified persons within the organisation who can be considered for upward mobility at this point in time, the Prisons Director responded in the affirmative.“Yes, there are several persons who, based on the internal training we would have offered and based on their academic qualifications, [are qualified to be promoted]. Despite we’re not attracting as much qualified people as we would like, there are quite a few persons who have joined and who have been around for some time, especially those who are furthering their education at the various technical institutes and the University of Guyana,” Samuels stated.Even as these efforts are being undertaken to strengthen the capacity of the Prison Service in order to make it more effective in fulfilling its mandate, authorities are struggling with curbing the smuggling of contraband into the prison system. It is believe that this perennial problem still remains because of the involvement of both prison and Police officers in facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be a “big business”.In fact, back in May, five prison officers had found themselves in trouble for smuggling marijuana into the Lusignan Prison; while only two weeks ago, a Policeman was caught attempting to throw more contraband items into the holding area of the same facility.Samuels pointed out that efforts are constantly being made to rid the prisons of contraband, but every time exercises such as raids are carried out and items seized, the demand for more illicit items is created, which some officers take advantage of and capitalise on.“We have been putting systems in place… But what is clear (is that) there seems to be established syndicates – these are officers who are working in collusion with each other to facilitate the movement of these [contraband] items into the prison. We do not have the luxury of being able to have a gazetted rank on every shift, and in the absence of these persons who lend oversight, the persons on the ground tend to capitalise on these opportunities to carry out their illegal acts,” he noted.Samuels further explained that while several methods are there to gather intelligence in the prison environment, these efforts are hindered by the practice of officers who witness or are aware of such acts by their colleagues but choose to remain mum instead of reporting it to higher authorities.Because of this, Samuels posited, it is difficult for authorities to identify these rogue officers, and so they go on with their corrupt acts.“Many persons have not been forthcoming with information they are privy to, and so these [corrupt] persons are not known… But the fact that you cannot link it to some specific time, it is difficult to sanction persons who are on duty, because sometimes when you discover these items, it could be days that they’re in the prison already, and so to just go and bring charges against the persons who were on duty during that entire period might not be in the best interest of the service,” the Prison Director asserted.Nevertheless, in efforts to further beef up security and prevent the smuggling of contraband into prison facilities, the Prisons Service will be getting its first full-body scanner in December, with an additional three others included in the 2019 Budget.last_img read more

DNA test could solve missing-teen mystery

first_imgBecause they thought he was out on his own, Kruska’s family didn’t report him missing until February1979, four months after a friend dropped him off near the I-5 to hitchhike, said Detective Richard Kennerly of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Cold Case Unit. Kruska’s siblings get together a few times a year, and when they do, they often talk about their missing brother. The siblings were all at the Marina del Rey home of Richard Kruska the week before Super Bowl Sunday when Kennerly called, and he asked about the missing brother the siblings had been talking about that same day. It had been 15 years since Richard Kruska had heard anything about the investigation into his brother’s disappearance. But Kennerly, who came out of retirement to work cold cases, had found a possible connection – one involving a blue jersey found in 1981 in a Sierra Madre wash. Kruska had a blue football jersey in high school, when he was No.84 for the Saugus Centurions. The blue jersey found in 1981, along with partial skeletal remains from a victim about the same height as Kruska, bore the number44. An old coach from the school has told Kennerly he doubts the No.44 jersey found in Sierra Madre was from the school. But Richard Kruska said his brother would often wear athletic gear, so there is a possibility No.44 could have belonged to the teen. “It would be a lot easier if we had the … bones,” Kennerly said. “Nowadays, it’s a lot easier to work these things because they take DNA from every body, and they have DNA in the bones.” But the bones and the jersey were discovered years before DNA-matching technology was used to solve crimes, and the bones were disposed of, he said. The case file indicates the jersey went to the Coroner’s Office, but it cannot be located. Still, Kennerly is confident. “I think we’re going to find that jersey,” Kennerly said. The Coroner’s Office keeps evidence in a storage area in the basement of its Los Angeles facility, and Kennerly said he has asked the office to look for the jersey. In some cases, the office sends material to the Sheriff’s Department for storage, and Kennerly said that could have happened with the jersey. For its part, the Sheriff’s Department has a big Costco-size warehouse for evidence storage, with walk-in freezers and forklifts to pick material off metal racks. “Sometimes things get misplaced, sometimes they get pushed aside,” said sheriff’s Lt. Dan Cruz, who handles evidence storage. “But that doesn’t happen very often. We’re pretty good at retrieving the evidence that we put in the warehouse.” Now that DNA testing is more common, the law requires the department to hold on to all biological evidence. Richard Kruska remembers his little brother as a tough kid, not afraid to wrestle and play football with his older siblings. “A lot of things were going on in his world at the time that I don’t think we knew what was happening to him,” Richard Kruska said. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department, at (562) 465-7816. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think the best outcome for us would be that he’s alive somewhere, and we can just get together and talk about what’s happened over the years,” said brother Richard Kruska, 51. “But the next best would be to at least know what happened to him.” A lot has changed since Kruska went missing from his Canyon Country home in 1978. It was the year that “Superman” came out in theaters, AC/DC released the album “Powerage,” and John Paul II became pope. Kruska was a troubled 19-year-old when he went missing, said Richard Kruska, who is principal of a Catholic high school. The teenage Kruska was running with the wrong crowd, drinking and using marijuana, but he wanted to join the federal Job Corps, and he looked forward to being in his sister’s wedding, Richard Kruska said. He also had learned he had a father different from his siblings, and, upset, he left home hitchhiking, Richard Kruska said. “The fact that he didn’t report back, we kind of thought he was angry about the whole thing,” Richard Kruska said. CANYON COUNTRY – Rocked by the discovery of a family secret, teenager Ronald David Kruska left home nearly three decades ago to hitchhike down Interstate 5. The former Saugus High School football player has been missing since that day, Oct. 10, 1978. Now, a sheriff’s detective wants to use technology developed since the teen went missing to see whether his DNA matches any traces left on a jersey found years ago in Sierra Madre alongside human remains. The only problem is the jersey itself is now missing from evidence storage. And Kruska’s three siblings, who recently gave mouth swabs for DNA testing should the jersey turn up, await word about their brother. last_img read more

Bill seeks to hike monitoring of drugs

first_imgWASHINGTON – Prescription drugs would be monitored more closely for side effects under legislation the Senate approved Wednesday aimed at staving off future high-profile drug withdrawals. Federal health officials were criticized for not reacting sooner when serious problems were linked to the painkiller Vioxx. The drug was withdrawn voluntarily in 2004 after research showed it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The Senate legislation, approved on a 93-1 vote, would require the Food and Drug Administration to actively monitor the safety of drugs on the market and require pharmaceutical companies to develop plans to manage any serious risks associated with new medications. A companion bill has yet to be considered in the House. Stripped from the legislation was a provision that would have placed a freeze on consumer advertising of newly approved drugs. The final bill does allow for fines for ads that are false or misleading. Kennedy called the measure “constitutionally sound” after lawmakers objected, on free speech grounds, to any advertising freeze. The Senate also voided an effort to allow consumers to buy prescription drugs from abroad at a significant savings over domestic prices. The bill would require stricter production and labeling standards for cat and dog food so people have more information about what they are feeding their pets. It also would reauthorize a related user-fee program for medical device manufacturers and legislation meant to ensure that drugs and devices for children are safe and effective. The FDA’s proposal to Congress called for the drug industry to pay $393 million in annual fees; the Senate bill proposes increasing that by $50 million to defray added drug safety costs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The legislation’s underlying purpose was to renew, through 2012, a program that has the drug industry pay fees to the agency to defray the cost of reviewing new medicines. But in the wake of the Vioxx withdrawal, lawmakers seized on the bill to overhaul how the FDA handles the safety of the drugs it regulates. Drug companies would be required to do follow-up studies on certain medicines or risk fines. The FDA could require label changes for drugs. An active surveillance program would replace the largely passive way the FDA now learns of potential problems with drugs on the market. It calls for the mining of federal and private databases that log side effects in tens of thousands of patients. “Right now, the FDA has its hands tied behind its back when it tries to manage the risks of drugs already on the market. This bill will clarify and strengthen the FDA’s authority and give it new tools to take measured and appropriate steps to protect the health and safety of Americans,” said Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who wrote the main piece of legislation with Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Ted Kennedy. last_img read more

Fort St. John nurses honoured for excellence

first_imgSeen as a role model for other nurses, De Smit’s career began in the 1980s, and began moving into managerial roles by the ‘90s. De Smit is known for working to build healthcare in northern B.C., facilitating partnerships with services like the Alzheimer’s Society, North Peace Seniors Housing and the B.C. Cancer Society. Over the past three years she has played an instrumental role in the development on the new FortS t. John hospital project.“She worked tirelessly ensuring that no detail was unaccounted for,” says Northern Health Chief Operating Officer Betty McCracken Morris. “She is exceptionally well organized and communicated the needs of staff, patients and the community through hundreds of meetings with stakeholders.” Lamb is considered an example of a lifelong learner, who is always looking to improve her own skills and to pass them on to others. As a Critical Care Educator, Lamb has traveled across the country to rural areas teaching health care professionals about Advanced Cardiac Life Support and the Trauma Nurse Core Course. – Advertisement -“Val is a strong advocate for continuous learning,” says Viva Swanson, Registered Nurse. “She is extremely knowledgeable and sets a high standard in nursing. She has committed herself to building frontline nursing capabilities, giving them the appropriate tools to provide patients with a gold standard of care.”last_img read more

Agbonlahor axed from Villa squad for TWO WEEKS to undergo fitness programme

first_img Gabriel Agbonlahor 1 Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor is to undergo a ‘personal fitness programme’ and will not be considered for selection for two weeks.Agbonlahor, the crisis club’s captain, has scored just once in 18 appearances this season.He was suspended at the start of this month after pictures emerged of him partying on holiday in Dubai during the recent international break.The 29-year-old was subsequently omitted from the squad to face Chelsea on April 2.He was welcomed back into the fold following the 4-0 defeat but called in sick ahead of their clash with Bournemouth last Saturday and missed the 2-1 reverse.Now Agbonlahor has been ordered to train partly with the Under-21s as the struggling club, who could be relegated from the Premier League at Manchester United on Saturday, try to get him fit. Caretaker manager Eric Black said: “After last week I sat down with Gabby on Monday and we agreed to put in place a fitness regime to get him up to speed.“I can only control the elements I can control. I have to try to get the best out of the squad I have got and we agreed he wasn’t in a condition to be involved.“I can only assess people in training and in matches, I can only control those elements.“I can’t do the running, that’ll be up to Gabby, it’s his responsibility. In the last 10 days I have identified various things and that’s one of them. When I’m in this position I’m going to treat it the way I want to, if they don’t want to train properly, be part of the group or be ready to perform that’s the only sanction I’ve got.“We’ve come to the conclusion we need to move forward with it and he’s not at the level to contribute the way he should.”Rock bottom Villa go to Old Trafford 15 points from safety with just five games left and will be down before they kick off if Norwich avoid defeat at home to Sunderland in the early game.The club have lost their last eight games and have won just three times in the league all season. Black added: “The preparation won’t change. Our preparation is to beat Manchester United. This has been a slow thing. This won’t be a fall off the cliff ‘Oh my, Aston Villa have been relegated’ moment, this has been happening for some time.”Jack Grealish (ankle) is a doubt after suffering an injury in the under-21s game on Monday while Jordan Amavi (knee) is out but Alan Hutton is available after suspension.last_img read more

College lecturer and father escape jail after vicious attack on innocent woman

first_imgA college lecturer and her carer father who viciously attacked another woman after an altercation in a bar in Co Donegal have escaped going to prison.Victim Rebecca Kennedy was left unconscious after being punched and kicked 13 times in the head by the pair. Guanitta Brady, aged 30, said she didn’t know where her anger came from after she set upon Ms Kennedy at Market Street in Ballyshannon on February 5 last year.Her father Gerard, aged 55, of Laughill, Belleek, County Fermanagh, a carer who works in a hospital, also attacked Ms Kennedy after he kicked her in the head.Both Ms Brady and her father had previously pleaded guilty to the attack at Donegal Town Circuit Court.A sobbing Ms Kennedy told the court how she could have died in a pool of blood.“I was nearly beaten to death. I still find it hard to believe that it took three hours for the blood to be taken from my hair.“When I looked at the CCTV of the incident I could not believe I had survived,” she said.Guanitta Brady, who has since lost her job as a college lecturer, said she did not know where the anger in her came from when she attacked Ms Kennedy in a drunken rage.Ms Kennedy said her “life changed forever” after she was repeatedly punched in the head by Brady of Bates Park, Greenisland, County Antrim.Ms Brady, who had a Phd in Software Engineering and was a lecturer in Belfast Metropolitan College, also admitted assaulting Simon Ferris, the boyfriend of the injured party, on the same date.In her victim impact statement, Ms Kennedy said she thought she had been in a car accident when she regained consciousness.“I was hurt so bad I did not believe I would survive. When I woke up in the hospital, I thought I was in a car accident.“From being a strong, confident and ambitious person, I am a shadow of what I used to be’.She now suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, had dark nightmares and had spent her savings on medical care.The court heard earlier that the Bradys had assaulted the victim following an earlier incident in the smoking room of Dicey Reilly’s public house.The women began fighting resulting in Ms Brady punching Ms Kennedy in the head on thirteen occasions.Gerard Brady had been drinking heavily when he saw his daughter bleeding from an ear where an earring had been pulled from her ear.He then confronted Ms Kennedy and this ended up with him kicking her in the head.Judge John Aylmer said the assaults were of a very vicious nature and were caught on CCTV.He added that it was only by “extreme good chance” that Ms Kennedy had not suffered more permanent injuries.He said that both Mr Brady and his daughter had admitted their guilt very early on and both had no previous convictions.Judge Aylmer said that both had previous good character and had suffered as a result of the publicity form the case and both had lost their jobs.He said that he deemed that Ms Brady’s attack merited three years in prison but because of her early plea and remorse, he would reduce this to two years.Having taken her good character and the toll it has taken on her mental health, Judge Aylmer said he was suspending this prison sentence for two years.In relation to Mr Brady’s sentence, the Judge said the attack merited a sentence of 18 months in prison but also suspended this sentence because of his previous good nature and the fact that he had lost his job.College lecturer and father escape jail after vicious attack on innocent woman was last modified: December 5th, 2018 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:attackBallyshannonCollegecourtGerard BradyGuanitta Bradylecturerpublast_img read more

For the Record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A story Thursday gave the incorrect phone number for Bras For a Cause. The correct number for information and reservations is (661) 257-7494. last_img read more

Rainfall warning issued for Donegal

first_imgMet Éireann has issued a yellow rainfall warning for Donegal, which is set to kick in at noon.Several other countries have also been issued a yellow warning, including; Cavan, Monaghan, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare and North Tipperary.The heavy rain is forecast to begin at 12 pm today and last until 4 pm tomorrow. Met Éireann says:“Warm, humid conditions expected to develop through Sunday, lasting into the early days of next week, will bring spells of heavy rain leading to potential accumulations of 30 to 50mm, with highest totals in the mountains.”The warning was issued due to the tail end of Hurricane Gert heading towards Ireland.Met Éireann also forecast that it will be slightly muggy in Donegal over the next few days, with temperatures of 16 degrees today and 17 tomorrow. Rainfall warning issued for Donegal was last modified: August 20th, 2017 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:donegalMet EireannrainWarningweatheryellow warninglast_img read more