MOST READ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSeemingly shrugging off its early struggles this conference, Pocari Sweat claimed its second straight victory with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 win over Perlas in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Myla Pablo fired 11 of her 13 points from kills, while Jeanette Panaga added 12 markers to help the Lady Warriors even their standings at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely With 3 games remaining, GlobalPort changes import anew Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Elaine Kasilag also had 12 points in the win, while Cai Nepomuceno got 10.“I guess the team is now having a better flow. They are now adjusting to playing without our imports and we’re satisfied with how they are playing in our last three games,” said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Lady Warriors were in full control for the majority of the match, but had to shake off the Perlas Spikers in the third set after they closed in, 18-17.Panaga, though, came to the rescue as she scored two straight hits as Pocari capitalized on Perlas’ errors late to cruise to its second straight sweep. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Dzi Gervacio led Perlas (2-2) with eight points, while Amy Ahomiro got five in the defeat. /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead View comments
Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon “When (Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum) called out No. 4 and he said it wasn’t us, I said ’Um, that’s it, that’s all I care about,’” said Johnson, the Hall of Famer in his first year as Lakers president. “I didn’t know where we were going to land from there, but I was like ‘OK, I can breathe now.’”The Celtics finished dismantling the team that beat the Lakers to win the 2008 championship when they traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn on the night of the 2013 draft. Boston acquired the Nets’ 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the rights to swap in 2017.The timing was perfect for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league.“And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out (No. 1) pick,” Pierce wrote on Twitter.The 76ers will pick third, while Phoenix fell two spots and is fourth.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The draft is June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Warriors trounce Spurs minus Leonard for 2-0 series lead 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, left, poses for photographs with Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, after the Celtics won the first pick in the NBA basketball draft, at the draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The Celtics won by beating out the Lakers, giving the draft lottery an old NBA Finals feel.Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson’s smile, the hated rivals were both celebrating.ADVERTISEMENT The Celtics won the lottery Tuesday night to continue another amazing basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago.A night after winning Game 7 against Washington to secure an Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland, the Celtics cashed in their 25 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick in the June draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Game last night, Game 7, a tough Washington team. Game tomorrow against a tough Cleveland team. And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick. I don’t know what’s happening here. It’s pretty amazing,” said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage.The Lakers moved up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three. View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “I’m excited,” 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid said. “We jumped up one more spot. I wish we would have gotten the No. 1 pick, but we trust the process and it’s going to be exciting to see what we’re going for.”The Celtics were going to be in prime position no matter how the Ping-Pong balls bounced in a hotel ballroom Tuesday. They were guaranteed no worse than the No. 4 pick to add to a team that had the best record in the East this season behind All-Star Isaiah Thomas.“It’s two completely different situations: One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present,” Celtics president Danny Ainge said. “This team is a lot of fun to be around this year.”Their victory made it three straight years the team with the best odds has won the lottery, after going the previous decade without a victory. Minnesota snapped that streak by getting eventual Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015 and Philadelphia emerged with Ben Simmons last season.The draft is considered a strong one, loaded with point guards such asMarkelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox. Though the Celtics already have a top point guard in Thomas, Grousbeck said he expected they would make the pick.And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012.Not only that, but they would have had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando if that happened, so Johnson was all smiles even after finishing behind the rival Celtics. A late five-game winning streak by his young team had damaged its odds by falling behind Phoenix for the second-worst record in the league.“You see, you don’t know what’s been going on in L.A. They’ve been like ‘Oh my god, we blew it,’” Johnson said. “We won five in a row and everybody thought we were crazy. So now the fans back home can breathe a little easier.”Sacramento actually moved up into the top three, but the 76ers had the right to swap with them through terms of a past trade. The Kings will select fifth and 10th.Orlando is sixth, followed by Minnesota, New York and Dallas. Charlotte is No. 11, with Detroit, Denver and Miami rounding out the 14 lottery spots. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know
The diminutive playmaker finished the game with 16 points on a 5-of-6 sniping from threes, to go with two rebounds off the bench.“I know his game will come because his work ethic shows it. He really has the go signal from me to shoot,” said coach Yong Garcia of Wamar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Rod Ebondo towered over the competition anew, racking up 13 markers, 18 boards, four blocks, and two assists, while Christian Uri got 11 in the win.CEU has now strung four straight wins to keep itself in the running for a top two seed with a 4-2 slate. NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals target Final 4 berth Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Orlan Wamar. PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University used a strong finishing surge to down Marinerong Pilipino, 70-57, and extend its winning streak to four in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Orlan Wamar drilled two treys in the payoff period, the last of which gave his side the 19-point lead, 68-49, midway in the fourth quarter, to trigger the Scorpions’ blowout.ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit LATEST STORIES Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Marinerong Pilipino, meanwhile, absorbed its third straight defeat and fell to a 1-4 record.Achie Iñigo went 3-of-5 from threes to wound up with 13 points and five rebounds to lead the Skippers, while Mark Isip chipped in 12 markers and six boards.The Scores:CEU 70 – Wamar 16, Ebondo 13, Uri 11, Casiño 8, Manlangit 5, Aquino 4, Arim 4, Cruz 4, Intic 3, Jeruta 2, Saber 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 57 – Iñigo 13, Isip 12, Sargent 10, Javelona 6, Lopez 6, Moralde 4, Alabanza 3, Javillonar 2, Publico 1, Gavieres 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Salcedo 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LSU title parade draws massive crowds Quarters: 14-17, 37-29, 56-45, 70-57.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina: A strong believer in self and God, Danielle Sloley aims to capitalise on her wild card opportunity to advance athletic development at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. “This is one of the biggest launching pads that I can see in my athletic career as a junior and I really believe that it has started me on the stream to being a pro athlete by exposing me to the international level at this early stage,” said Sloley, who won this year’s Girls’ Champs shot put title with a record 15.99m throw to claim back-to-back titles. Actually, Sloley might even consider herself lucky to be at the championships, having got a wild-card entry to the global showcase for the world’s best junior athletes. She numbers among a 13-member team of representatives under the flagship of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), which is fostering the development of youthful sporting talent under the theme ‘Generation Next’. “I was so surprised when I heard that I got a wild card, like ‘wow’, just to have such a big organisation recognise me, it was really, really overwhelming,” she exclaimed. “I feel like I have to do the IAAF a big, big, big,big favour by going out there and representing them well because they’re the ones that selected me.” Being a benefactor, it is not surprising that Sloley embraces the whole concept of a wild card. “I think it’s actually pretty amazing giving the athletes a chance to compete at an international level and I believe that it just gives everybody this stage to just put themselves out there and just reach where they’ve never reached before,” she said. This is true for the Immaculate Conception High first-year sixth-former, who was selected as captain of the girls’ team by the JOA. It’s another feather in her cap. “To be captain of such an amazingly talented group of people is really overwhelming to me because just to be around them their vibe, their energy, everything about them is just so rejuvenating. They make the experience worthwhile,” admitted Sloley, who seems to bask in her role. “As captain I’ve to treat them like they’re at home, wake them up early, just ensure that they eat properly, ensure that they know what time we have meetings, when to get ready and for ceremonies, help them to get up and be prepared.” Selection also has created another landmark for Sloley, who will be competing at this level for the first time. That in itself does not faze her. “I’m a firm believer in as long as you work hard and you trust in God anything is possible, so that’s what I’ve come out here with. So I believe that I will do what I’m supposed to do on the day and wherever that places me I’ll be satisfied,” she said.
H&T Theatre Arts Group will be staging “Till Ah Find A Place II – Childmother Childfathers” on June 30 and July 1, at the National Cultural Centre (NCC).It is a hilarious comedy written and directed by Ronald Hollingsworth; one of Guyana’s most celebrated playwrights. This production will be co-produced and co-directed by accomplished dramatist/director/producer Sheron Cadogan-Taylor.The play features the infidelity of a husband whose secrets and lies come back to haunt him in ways he could never imagine. It also sheds light on the bond between a mother and her child; and whether that bond could be broken even after several years of being apart.The cast includes Mark Luke-Edwards, Sonia Yarde, Le Tisha Da Silva, Michael Ignatius, Sean Thompson, Clemencio Goddette, Paul Budnah, Jennifer Langevine, Nicola Moonsammy, Frederick Minty, and introducing young Latiefa Agard.This dynamic cast is working assiduously and is hoping to set the National Cultural Centre stage ablaze on those nights. This in one theatrical presentation you cannot miss. Tickets cost $1500 and $2000 and are available at the NCC and cast members.
By Paula GomesA truly compassionate Indigenous patriot, Mathilda Saigo has, since 1961, been rendering outstanding service to her home community of Paramakatoi, Region Eight, and surrounding villages in regions Seven, Eight and Nine in both the education and health sectors; and she does not think it is time to retire just yet, notwithstanding attaining the age of retirement in 2012.This phenomenal woman has served the country well, and could not be more deserving of the national award (Medal of Service) bestowed upon her in the late 1990s. To date, she has thirteen years of teaching service and almost forty years of subsequent nursing service to her credit.Nurse Mathilda Saigo with her husbandBorn in Paramakatoi, an Indigenous village nestled in the Pakaraima Mountains, to parents Iris Williams and Vincent Saigo in 1947, Saigo, commonly called “Nurse Saigo,” attained early basic fundamental education up to standard six (primary level), the highest available level at the time in the traditional community.Sitting outside her mother’s residence on the peak of a hill overlooking the village, her usual “chill spot” on a Sunday morning, Nurse Saigo took Guyana Times down memory lane, narrating her life-long journey, while casually sipping on a bowl of casirie, a signature Patamona beverage.Nurse Saigo confessed that teaching was her first passion and nursing merely happen per chance, but it was her inner desire — having lived the struggles of the Indigenous peoples — which drove her to be an advocate for change, advancement, and development through education and health in seeking a better life for her peoples.Upon completion of her primary education, Nurse Saigo started to teach at the local school in her village at the tender age of 14, and it would not be long before she extended her services to the neighbouring regions of Seven and Nine.“I taught for thirteen years, from 1961. I taught at Paramakatoi school, then at Philippai (Region Seven) for five years, then back here, then to Konashen (Region Nine) to teach with the Wai-Wais for three years,” she recalled with a profoundly commendable memory.It was at Konashen that a new opportunity would present itself, and try as she may, it haunted at her door until she finally answered.“It was not my choice to go into nursing, but I was at a meeting interpreting for the then Minister of Health, Dr Oliver Harper, (from the English language to Wai-Wai) when somebody came to tell me that there was a snake bite, and I asked for an excuse and left to treat the patient. When I came back, the minister asked why I left so suddenly, and when I told him, he asked if I was a nurse, to which I responded no. ‘But how can you treat patients?’, Dr Oliver asked,, and I said it’s because I can at least read the English language and understand the prescription,” Saigo heartily recounted.Within the three weeks that followed, young Saigo made a life-changing decision, as she was summoned to an interview in Georgetown but it was around the same time that she was accepted into the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), having finally attained the age criterion for acceptance.Upon conclusion of a two-year training programme she returned to her beloved community in 1977, and was appointed to serve henceforth alongside an American practitioner and state registered nurse, Nurse Wall, and it was there that she remained ever since.“When I came back in 1977, they told me that I will be here for six months, and I will be sent to wherever they would send me. But the six months never came to pass… it turned into six years, then sixteen years, and almost sixty years,” Nurse Saigo humoured.The persistent nurse seasonally returned to Dr Bacchus’s Outpatient Clinic in the city during the holidays, where she achieved a certificate in General Nursing and single Trained Midwifery.Nurse Saigo became the sole staff at the Paramakatoi Health Centre in 1977, working both day and night for over eleven years. A Medex from the neighbouring community of Kato would pay occasional visits to the community after this period, yet the headstrong woman would continue to work mostly alone for many upcoming years.“This time was very difficult. There was no electricity, I did deliveries without lights, holding only a torch light between my neck and shoulders. But I eventually came to love it…working at PK all on my own”.To date, Nurse Saigo has done a total of 10,707 deliveries in and around the community, and wherever she goes, there always seems to be a sick person or delivery case awaiting the intervention of her gifted hands. She has visited many communities around the region.In cases of extreme emergencies, medical evacuation by air was summoned via the use of a radio system at the missionaries’ residence.Today’s difficultiesAccording to the nurse, in those days she had direct contact with the Health Ministry, and interventions were much more timely, flying in both day and night, as opposed to present. Having to go through the region causes a delay in the process, as the regional health personnel rarely answer their phones, the nurse said in a state of distress.“We need more medication, equipment and doctors…there is no doctor at present.”Today, sadly, the health centre has no basic drugs as malaria medication since the July-August period, despite several efforts made to contact the relevant personnel on the coast to rectify the issue.Notwithstanding her retirement in 2012, the nurse expressed her willingness to continue serving her community. She is known far and wide in Amerindian villages, and is approached with medical cases wherever she travels.“I am sleeping in the middle of the night and someone comes rapping on my door, or I have just reached into a community tired as ever, and someone comes with a case. You know, as they say, there is no rest for the wicked!” she laughed.Nurse Saigo proudly declared that she is proficient in several Amerindian languages, learned over her years of travel and service in communities across the breadth of Guyana. Some of these languages include the Akawaio, Macushi, Wai-Wai, and of course her native tongue of Patamona. She has served as a translator at many forums: court, the National Toshaos Conference, and the Non-Aligned Conference, among others.
…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?
Dear Editor,The construction of the much talked about Aurora Primary and Nursery Schools are rapidly progressing, and from the vantage point of passersbys it looks very good.But there are some questions still to be answered, and at the very top of that list is what has become of the more than eighty percent, or almost twelve truckloads of the dismantled materials which consisted of both lumber and zinc sheets.The people in authority must tell the beneficiaries, the stakeholders, the members of the Parent Teachers Association, and the residents of this community, who from time to time were asked through different ways to contribute and had contributed towards the maintenance and delivery of education through or from that demolished building.The public has a right to know and that right must at all times be respected.The regional officials who are expected to have a copy of the Bill of Quantity and the contract document must be more vocal in relation to this missing school materials.This deafening silence from some quarters is a cause for concern, especially when evidence is in the public domain that a group of persons from one ethnic group had requested a small portion of materials and they were advised that a procedure has to be followed. Then, subsequently, the said materials had ended up in possession of persons from another ethnic group without that same process being observed.It may have been particularly galling for those who would have attended the school, their children and currently their grandchildren, to be denied what was to them a reasonable request.Recently I visited the office of the Good hope/Pomona Neighbourhood Democratic Council, where residents from time to time are led to believe that the Bill of Quantity for any project undertaken by the Government would be at the NDC. Office for them to see, and if necessary extract a copy, but I was told by the Overseer that none is or was ever there.Sincerely,Archie W CordisConcerned Resident
Dear 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 Voice
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