Raising the temperature…

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_img…in politicsYour Eyewitness has oft written (…like that, eh??!!) about events serving as “Rorschach Tests” that reveal the mindsets and motivations of political actors in Guyana. But with the fallout from the “Chronicle firings” we don’t need to project anything…the players are openly “telling it like it is”!! It’s like everyone has now been given Superman’s “X-ray vision” – adapted to expose political machinations!!The “official” explanation by the Chronic editor for firing Hinds and Lewis was the paper was being “rebranded”. Let’s take that for what it’s worth and examine the writings of the fellas who replaced the two whose heads were served on a platter, a la Salome and Herod, for clues about the “rebranding”!! They’re two youngsters who seem to’ve been just exposed to the western “classics” in book form and couldn’t have possibly been around long enough to experience how the nuggets of wisdom might’ve fared in our Guyanese reality.It’s clear the two young men still believe history unfolds in a unilinear fashion along paths trod by the Greeks and Romans. Even Black Panther hasn’t woken them up to the fact that there can be other (maybe more relevant) trajectories!! Anyhow, one of the replacements, essayed a piece taken from the Philippics of Cicero against the ambitions of Mark Anthony to take over the Roman Empire. He warned against “The Enemy Within” who’re doubly dangerous because they speak in the “accents” of the incumbents. In other words, they’re traitors to the Republic.This argument was made explicitly against David Hinds by the fella your Eyewitness referred to yesterday, Milton Bruce, who seem to have a real grouse against the activist. His venom is palpable! And this is where your Eyewitness thinks things are getting out of hand. Once the “chosen” start using words like “enemies” and “betrayal” of “us” and “they” will get in to do “us” in, then we are unleashing a misdset that took us over the abyss before.This is the language of extremism that inevitably leads us to ensure “purity” of those who’ll be allowed to enter into the Kingdom of (in our case) the coming oil wealth. Hinds and Lewis have repeatedly assured the powers-that-be they’re committed to the end game, but are just in disagreement with some particulars. This is not “pure” enough for the new gatekeepers, so what about the rest of us??It’s just like when that upstart Rodney dared to tell Burnham he was insulting African Guyanese when he assumed they’d railroad a “PPP Indian” from the Corentyne, for treason.And we all know the “sharper steel” had to be brought out, don’t we? It’s like déjà vu all over again!!…in elections riggingHave you, dear readers, been following the accusations of a Data Mining company – Cambridge Analytica (CA) – having access to 50 million Facebook accounts – and using the info to possibly influencing the last US elections on behalf of Trump? Now, while most have been obsessing about the betrayal of the Facebook business model’s confidentiality assurances to its members, your Eyewitness is more concerned about the “influencing” of elections by CA!!He’s always assumed Facebook would be using its data to make money – and that means closing their eyes to a whole lot of slackness. But while you, dear reader, may believe this kind of data exploitation might work in the US where everyone’s plugged into the Matrix, and it doesn’t concern us, think again!! News is out from a secret taping of a CA executive by a British TV Channel, they were involved in the recently (very) troubled elections in Ghana that had to be held over because of violations!And, dear reader, if data manipulation could affect the Kenyan elections, why should we be exempt??…of waterGWI just announced they want to build a new HQ on prime Bel Air land they reclaimed because a fence was obstructing the Lama Canal.As opposed to a building?last_img read more

Mental health unhealthiness

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgDear Editor,He posted a heart wrenching appeal, sometime after midnight, a few days on the Face book page of The Caribbean Voice (www.caribvoice.org), asking for help because he was having familiar feelings of the kind that had driven him to attempt suicide once before.Immediately, some members of the group sprang into action. As we engaged him in chat, someone from the Mental Health Unit of the Ministry of Health joined in and quickly phone-messaged a counsellor. It took a while, but eventually the doctor called and set up an appointment for him at the Georgetown Public Hospital, at eight 08:00h. We continued to engage him until he went to bed sometime after two that same morning, promising that he would do nothing foolish, but instead would keep the appointment the following day.As daylight chased away darkness, he informed us that he was keeping his appointment, thankful that he was getting professional help. But his arrival at the hospital created confusion and frustration as no one could direct him to the doctor he was seeking. Frustration was turning to resignation as he texted that he was leaving and going to the seawall to end it all. As one member of The Caribbean Voice kept him engaged, the same personnel from the Mental Health Unit, who had put him in connection with the doctor, hurried to the hospital, some two hours plus after the 19-year-old had arrived. Yet it took that person almost another hour before she could connect him with the help he needed.The young man was given attention but refused to stay over for observation, as he was under the popular misconception that only ‘mad’ people are held back at the psych ward and he most definitely was not mad. And while he initially agreed to keep the subsequent appointment some three days later, he later changed his mind. So, The Caribbean Voice continues to engage him, as we usually do with regards to all our cases, hoping that we can still persuade him to take the additional counselling.This experience begs the following questions:1.Why was it impossible for hospital staff to direct the young man to psych ward? Surely this information should be available at reception desks and known by all staff?2.Why was there no mental health professional to meet with the young man until close to 11:00h even though he had an 08:00h appointment? Surely the staff at the mental health unit knows that delays and consequent frustration can concretise the final act of suicide?In any case the young man is in an upbeat mood, since he found a temporary job, as his lack of employment was a trigger for his suicidal mindset, especially since it clearly created tension between him and his parents with whom he lives, and for whom he feels responsible. And, having once before attempted suicide, suicide ideation came very easy to him.Frighteningly, however, is that youth unemployment is 40 per cent according to the Caribbean Development Bank, a state of affairs that is fertile ground for youth suicide ideation and actual suicides, and may well already be impacting both, given that so many suicides go unreported. Thus our concern that government seems to be going back on its election campaign promise to provide jobs for the youth.While we applaud the efforts being undertaken thus far, especially by the Police and the First Lady, we strongly urge that these be extended nationwide, be as inclusive as possible and be followed by job placements, perhaps in collaboration with the various business associations.We suggest too that all high schools implement summer, work study internships for students moving into fifth forms and perhaps extend this to weekends/evenings where possible during the fifth form years. A job placement programme is also needed for all tertiary level educational institutions.Alarmingly too, the myth that dealing with counselling and the psych ward or the psychiatric institution means someone is ‘mad’, holds tremendous sway in Guyana and that may be why transparent and obvious warning signs are ignored by caregivers and loved ones.Far too often, after a suicide, we hear or read that so and so had talked about wanting to take his or her life but those around him/her thought he/she was joking and/or did not take that person seriously. Thus TCV strongly urges the Ministry of Health to embark on a sustained education campaign to combat this myth.As well, we urge the Ministry of Health to make sure that mental health professionals are available 24/7 at public hospitals, especially where there are psych wards and that mechanisms, including signage providing directions, be put in place to make access to such wards easy and quick for anyone seeking help, given that delays and consequential frustration/anger can lead to loss of lives.This particular case also brings to the fore the suicide hotline. Empirical and anecdotal evidence indicates that Guyanese are hardly utilising the hotline and we do recall that an appeal last year for figures to be released was met with deafening silence in spite of claims of its success.The Caribbean Voice has been publicising the hotline via our self-esteem pledge which has been distributed to schools and communities in many parts of Guyana. However, it is critical that the Ministries of Public Security and Health embark on an ongoing, national campaign to make the suicide hotline a household item and to encourage citizens to make use of it with the promise of absolute confidentiality every time. As well as statistical and related evidence proving its extensive use and success ought to be made public, as this will bolster widespread confidence in its effectiveness. After all, it would have been quicker for the young man to call the hotline and get help than to reach out to TCV via Face book.On the issue of confidentiality, TCV has also found that too many Guyanese are still sceptical of counsellors and counselling because of claims that confidentiality is not often kept. In fact, the grapevine revealed that a suicide prevention activist, who committed suicide last year, might have done so partly because the confidentiality she was promised was breached.That is why the promise of confidentiality with regards to the suicide hotline is so absolutely critical. And perhaps that is why, far too often, those seeking help emphatically refuse counselling in Guyana and/or by Guyanese, when we place that on the table for them.Also, this case and many others that TCV has handled over the last two years, make it clear that mental healthcare has to be national in scope and easy of access. Thus TCV reiterates its call for mental healthcare to be integrated into the physical health care system, per the recommendation of the World Health Organisation, for nations like Guyana. And we urge that a look be taken at the Shri Lankan Model in this respect, as that nation has very successfully implemented this integration. For the record our interventions are pro bono and while we do have our own complement of counsellors we also do sometimes refer cases to various counsellors in Guyana with whom we have developed relationships, and who also offer their services free of charge to our referrals. Incidentally, not all of our cases are related to suicide. In fact we have handled domestic violence, sex abuse and rape, child abuse and alcoholism cases as well, and while most of our cases are from Guyana we have dealt with cases in a number of other countries as well, since people seek us out through our Internet and social media presence.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

South Korean golfer gets three-year ban for middle finger gesture

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Kim Bi-o kneels and begs for forgiveness before being banned for three years by the Korean Professional Golf Association © YONHAP/AFPSEOUL, Korea, Republic of, Oct 1 – A South Korean golfer has been suspended for three years for sticking up his middle finger at the crowd over a cellphone camera noise, the Korea Professional Golfers’ Association (KPGA) said Tuesday.Kim Bi-o reacted angrily after he was startled by the shutter sound of a smartphone camera which affected his shot at the 16th hole at Sunday’s DGB Financial Group Volvik Daegu Gyeongbuk Open. Kim, who leading by a stroke at the time, turned to the crowd and made the gesture before slamming his club on the ground in frustration.The 29-year-old went on to win the tournament — becoming the first two-time winner on the tour in 2019 — and later apologised for losing his temper.On Tuesday, Kim kneeled in front of television cameras as he fought back tears and apologised again after attending an emergency KPGA meeting over his action.But the KPGA later said it had reached a unanimous decision to suspend the golfer for three years from the Korean tour with a fine of 10 million won (US$8,350).“Kim Bi-o damaged the dignity of a golfer with etiquette violation and inappropriate behaviour,” it said in a statement.Kim leads the tour in money and Player of the Year points, but the suspension means he will not be able to finish the season.Kim, who has six professional wins to his name, played on the US PGA Tour in 2011 after earning his place via Q-SChool. He also had two seasons on the second-tier Web.com tour.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kings look like road warriors in 7-0 romp

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgSUNRISE, Fla. – The unexpected happened when the NHL’s worst road team visited one of the league’s best home teams. Sean Burke made 40 saves for his 38th career shutout and Alexander Frolov and Michael Cammalleri each scored twice to help the Kings beat the Florida Panthers 7-0 on Saturday night. Konstantin Pushkarev, Dustin Brown and Jamie Lundmark also scored for the Kings, who had dropped seven of their previous eight road games. Frolov, Cammalleri, Sean Avery and Derek Armstrong each had two assists. “We haven’t had a lot of problems scoring goals this year. It’s been keeping them out that’s been the biggest problem,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “Sean’s come in and taken that burden away from us, and it has given us a better feel for our team.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Burke, who turned 40 on Monday, was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Jan. 18. It was his first shutout since April 8, 2006, vs. Pittsburgh. “When the game’s kind of out of reach, and you get down to the last four or five minutes, you think about the shutout,” Burke said. “It’s such a good thing for the team.” The Kings scored six goals on 18 shots through two periods. last_img read more

‘I want Ronaldo to pick up girls for me!’ Man United fan Rhydian takes the talkSPORT Q&A

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_imgEach week throughout the season, thanks to our mates @shootmusic, we’re asking top musicians for their thoughts on the beautiful game. In the hot-seat this week, classical superstar Rhydian…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why? Full Contact with Brian Moore. I love Brian Moore’s commentary.talkSPORT gives you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about? Refs and Umpires. I want to hear them talking about their careers, how they got into it, their best and worst moments, embarrassing moments, etc.Who are the greatest football team in the land? Manchester United. People often ask me why I don’t support a Welsh team but that’s simple. If I support Cardiff everyone one from Swansea would hate me and vice versa! They are tribal wars I don’t want to be a part of. Who is the most rock ‘n’ roll player playing the beautiful game right now? Gareth Bale.If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live? I’d have Prince perform there.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem? I’m biased, but I should sing the National Anthem. I know how to deliver passion in an anthemic fashion!What track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to? Nessun DormaWhat’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up? The Sex Pistols album, Never mind the B******s. It’s either that or a bit of Eminem.You build your own rock ‘n’ roll five-a-side team. Who’s in? Serge from Kasabian, Robbie Williams, Susan Boyle (in goal) Dizzee Rascal and Rod Stewart.You get to pick one footballer to work as your roadie. Who is it and what do you have them doing? Cristiano Ronaldo. He’ll attract the girls over after the shows  What’s going on with you as an artist at the moment? My new album ‘One Day Like This’ has been at the top of the classical charts for ten weeks and I am about to embark on my UK solo tour. 1 Rhydian last_img read more

Premier League team of the weekend: Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea stars shine

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_img 11 Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) – to find out who else makes the team of the week, just click right – It’s fair to say the Polish shotstopper isn’t the safest pair of hands in the Premier League, but he put on quite a show to shut out Leicester City on Saturday as the Cherries, who had a man sent off, grabbed a 0-0 draw. Boruc made some key saves in the match and kept out Riyad Mahrez’s penalty too. Central midfield: Mark Noble (West Ham) – This was a classic all-action display from the Hammers star as he helped his side to a 2-0 victory over Liverpool. Five tackles, six interceptions and two clearances show his defensive work and his cross for Andy Carroll’s goal was sublime too. Centre forward: Diego Costa (Chelsea) – The beast is back. He actually looked like he wanted play football and got himself a goal and an assist, cutely cutting the ball back to Oscar for the first goal of the game. Centre back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – The Gunners’ Premier League title challenge remains on course and it’s thanks to the Frenchman’s goal against Newcastle. He sat out Arsenal’s win over Bournemouth following Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Southampton but bounced back with a towering performance at the back to keep out the Magpies. Winger: Michail Antonio (West Ham United) – Up until December, you could be forgiven for forgetting the winger had made a £7million move to Upton Park in the summer. He’s making up for lost time though, getting an assist and two goals in his last three games. His tackle, run, and diving header for the Hammers’ opener against Liverpool showed he has great all-round ability and could be a great asset for Slaven Bilic for the rest of the season. 11 11 11 Centre back: James Collins (West Ham) – You would have been forgiven for thinking the Welsh defender was surplus to requirements at Upton Park after they landed Juventus star Angelo Ogbonna but the 32-year-old star has hit back and was a star performer against Liverpool, keeping Christian Benteke firmly tucked up in his pocket. In the crazy world of the Premier League, the weekend had a sense of normality about it, for a change.Chelsea looked confident as they crushed Crystal Palace, Manchester United squeaked past Swansea with Wayne Rooney reminding us of his class, while Arsenal delivered a 1-0 win over Newcastle.West Brom boss Tony Pulis proudly taught his old side Stoke a lesson, and Jermain Defoe grabbed a double to hand Sunderland an important victory over a listless Aston Villa.But who were the stars over the ten games? Check out our Premier League team of the weekend by clicking the right arrow above… Centre back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – The Belgian is consistently excellent for Spurs and put on another exceptional performance on Sunday against Everton. Romelu Lukaku was often found moving towards Jan Vertonghen as he was unable to get any change out of his compatriot. As well as his defending, Alderweireld also hit a magnificent long pass to Dele Alli, which the youngster was able to control and fire home to get Spurs back level. 11 11 Winger: Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – The Frenchman had gone a little quiet since he burst onto the scene in September but he played well in the Red Devils’ victory over Swansea, scoring a goal and making an assist. 11 11 11 11 11 Centre forward: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – The goals haven’t come as naturally as they used to for the 33-year-old during his time at the Stadium of Light but he gave the relegation battlers a massive boost with a brace against fellow strugglers Aston Villa. Central midfield: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) – Out of favour with Jose Mourinho, the Nigerian has been brought back into the team by Guus Hiddink and was superb in the clash with Crystal Palace. His game was simple yet effective as he completed 78 of his 82 passes and mopped up in front of the back four. Central midfield: Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) – The Norway international is usually seen collecting yellow cards (eight so far this season), rather than scoring goals but he’s now hit two in four games to hand the Canaries two important wins. He’s a vital component of Alex Neil’s team and will be key if they are to survive the threat of relegation. last_img read more

Toyota takes hybrid to new level

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TORRANCE – A decade after introducing the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car, Toyota unveiled its newest gas-sipper Friday, a plug-in electric/gas model set to be tested on California’s roadways. Although not yet available to the public, the prototype car is built on the automaker’s Prius platform and includes additional batteries allowing it to run solely on electrical power for several miles. “It’s the evolution of the hybrid,” said Bill Reinert, a Toyota executive. “We still have some things on this vehicle that need to be perfected, but technologies like this are going to be more prevalent in the future.” If kinks are worked out, consumer demand is strong and Toyota is able to develop a successful lithium battery to replace the current nickel-metal hydride versions, it will make the vehicle available in the next few years, Reinert said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The five-passenger car, known as a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or PHEV, shares the Prius’ body and interior, but incorporates several key changes from the popular hybrid. A typical hybrid works by generating power for the batteries during braking and deceleration. Electrical power is then used to supplement the gas engine during acceleration and normal driving. The new Toyota includes more powerful battery packs capable of propelling the vehicle in electric-only mode for at least seven miles and at speeds of up to 62 miles per hour. Charging batteries takes between one and three hours through a standard electric outlet and at a cost of about 30cents, said Tom Cackette, chief deputy executive officer of the California Air Resources Board. “Vehicles like this are advantageous because they don’t require infrastructure like you find are needed for other alternative-fuel vehicles,” Cackette said.last_img read more

V.P. testifies boss wanted overbilling

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by
first_imgA key prosecution witness testified Thursday that Doug Dowie, the former head of Fleishman-Hillard’s Los Angeles office, never specifically ordered him to pad city DWP bills, but that he believed Dowie wanted him to do so. Steve Sugermen, a former senior vice president at the firm who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a deal with prosecutors, said Dowie ordered him to “figure it out” when billings fell short of monthly projections on the $3 million-a-year public-relations contract and it was too late to generate revenue with legitimate work. “There was no other way to increase the revenue at that point” beyond adding hours not worked to the bills, Sugermen testified. Sugermen also said Dowie understood the company’s billing system better than he did. “You interpreted what he said to cheat the DWP?” Hanna asked. “Yes,” Sugermen responded. Sugermen – who faces up to 15 years in prison and $750,000 in restitution for his crimes – also was pressed on his motive for cooperating with prosecutors. Sugermen said he hopes they’ll ask the judge to impose a lighter sentence – possibly probation – but also said he was guilty and wanted to take responsibility for his actions. Sugermen, a spokesman for former Mayor Richard Riordan, described Dowie as a “workaholic” who was deeply involved in the public affairs group, which included the DWP account – one of the office’s largest. Sugermen said Dowie told him about “value billing,” in which the client was charged based on the value of the work, not just the time it took. For instance, Dowie would bill a client an hour for just a few minutes spent on the phone. “It happened many times. He’d say, `There’s an hour of time billed to the client.”‘ Pressure mounted on the DWP account in late 1999 as work initially propelled by concerns over power deregulation dissipated, and it was harder to meet the $3 million-a-year contract cap. Dowie said jobs in the firm’s office were at stake, Sugermen said. beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventUnder questioning by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cheryl O’Connor Murphy, Sugermen confirmed two telephone conversations in which Dowie asked whether he could get $20,000 to $30,000 more out of the Department of Water and Power. Dowie called the city utility “the cash cow,” he said. In his plea agreement, Sugermen said he was involved in defrauding clients out of $120,000, including thousands of dollars in illegitimate hours he personally wrote up. Dowie and co-defendant John Stodder, who joined the firm after Sugermen left in January 2002, are accused of bilking the DWP out of more than $300,000 and overbilling other clients. Stodder and Dowie have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and wire fraud. On cross-examination by Nicola Hanna, one of Dowie’s attorneys, Sugermen said Dowie never told him to increase hours on the DWP account for work not performed. last_img

Football Talk: Accies’ Euro adventure, Gerrard’s blueprint

Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgThe Russians have placed their fitness coach in charge after sacking Massimo Carrera, and Raul Riancho has made a big call early by leaving some important players at home to focus on upcoming domestic games. Hamilton’s European adventure isn’t over just yet.The Accies youngsters’ chances of progress were seen as slim when they were drawn against much-fancied Basel in the UEFA Youth League.But on Wednesday they pulled off a shock to reach the next round, scoring an injury-time equaliser to draw 2-2 before winning on penalties in a dramatic encounter.The reward for Jason Scotland’s team is a trip to Denmark to take on Midtjylland in the next round. On Thursday, all eyes turn to the Europa League, with Celtic and Rangers back in action.After suffering defeat last time out, the Hoops are looking to get back on track in Germany against RB Leipzig.But Brendan Rodgers will have to try and do so without a host of key players.Later in the day, Steven Gerrard’s Light Blues face an under-fire and under-strength Spartak Moscow.last_img read more

Marshfield gymnastics hold intrasquad scrimmage

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgTigers open season with home meet ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReportMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield gymnastics team held an intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday night at Marshfield High School.The Orange Team comprised of Traci Fuehrer (co-captain, senior), Ciera Neufeld (junior), Macey Smith (sophomore), Bailey Schmitt (sophomore), Emma Haugen (freshman), Ally Bakke (freshman), and Melanie Hafenbredl (freshman), defeated the Black Team of Megan Smith (co-captain, senior), Audrey Horvath (junior), Makenna Gramza (sophomore), Isabelle Jensen (sophomore), Brooke McGrath (freshman), Maddie Adams (freshman), and Merrissa Immerfall (freshman) by a score of 115.8-114.1.Winners of the individual events were McGrath on the vault (8.8) and floor exercise (8.4), Megan Smith on the bars (7.8), and Hafenbredl on the balance beam (7.2).“This was a great opportunity for the girls to have a fun and competitive meet,” first-year Marshfield coach Allie Dryer said. “MHS has a very deep team this year, but overall it is a very young team. We have a very talented group of freshmen who joined our experienced team.”The Tigers open their season Thursday with a nonconference meet against Chippewa Falls at the Marshfield High School Fieldhouse.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com)last_img read more