American University hosts suicide prevention workshop

first_imgThe American University of Peace Studies Inc this year partnered with the Williams James College of Massachusetts to host its third annual Gatekeepers Suicide Prevention workshop.Some of the participants of the workshopThe two-day workshop, which commenced on Tuesday, is expected to train over 50 persons who were taken from various communities throughout Georgetown to detect and give assistance to persons suffering with mental health in their community.The workshop saw the participation of staff of the Ministry of the Presidency, law enforcement officers, community leaders, nurses, doctors and professionals with an interest in learning of the suicidality of people in Guyana.Since the incident rate of suicide has dropped in Guyana, facilitator of the workshop Dr Natalie Cort, a Clinical Psychologist, Research and Assistant Professor said that her aim for the workshop is to ensure that the suicide rate continues to decrease.According to Cort, one of the most effective ways to combat suicide identified by the Government is to ensure that community leaders are trained and as such the workshop will see to this.“In low income and middle income countries where there might be a limited mental health infrastructure, one of the ways to creatively respond to that is to gather the community and to ensure that as many community leaders are trained in realising what the signs of suicide might be and how best to respond to it,” Cort explained.The participants will be trained to identify signs in persons that can lead to suicidality and will be sensitised on how to effectively communicate with suicidal individuals.“We are also going to be talking a lot about terms and definition, accurate terms that we should be using when we are talking about suicide, there are ways that we talk about suicide that are sometimes unintentionally pejorative, so for us to have accuracy in how we speak about it. We will focus on what to look for, what do we know from research are common signs that someone might be at risk, what are the protective factors that exists that we can employ to support individuals who are vulnerable be feeling helpless” the facilitator disclosed.The participants will also be trained to utilise the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale— which is a questionnaire used for suicide assessment developed by multiple institutions, including Columbia University, with NIMH support.The scale is evidence-supported and is part of a national and international public health initiative involving the assessment of suicidality. Available in 103 different languages, the scale has been successfully implemented across many settings, including schools, college campuses, military, fire departments, the justice system, primary care and for scientific research.This year, the workshop is being funded by the Williams James College. Previously, the workshops were conducted in the county of Essequibo.After being labelled as the suicide capital of the world, Guyana’s suicide plummeted, dropping from 44.2 per cent per 100,000 people in 2012 to 24.6 per cent per 100,000 persons in recent years.last_img read more

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NATI students stabbed by classmate in row over bicycle

first_imgA student attached to the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) was on Monday afternoon stabbed by his classmate during an argument over a bicycle.The teen was identified as 17-year-old Nikeem Noble of Winkle Road, New Amsterdam, Berbice.New Amsterdam Technical InstituteReports are that Nobel, who rides to school, on two previous occasions found that after leaving his bicycle on the school’s premises, he returned only to find flat tyres. This happened again on Monday.After doing his investigations, he found that it was a classmate who was responsible for the act.He reportedly confronted his peer and an argument ensued which led to a scuffle. It was during the altercation that the suspect pulled out a sharp object from the waist of his pants and stabbed Noble once to his left side chest.A teacher at the school intervened and Nobel was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.Injured Nikeem NobleHe remains a patient at the medical facility. The classmate was apprehended and handed over to the police. Officials at the school were reluctant to offer a comment when contacted by Guyana TimesIn March of this year, a video showed three students being beaten with a belt by a fellow student at the New Amsterdam Technical Institute.Back then, the Education Ministry had emphasised the need for the institute to be a place of non-violence and had recommended frequent assemblies at the institution and that sections of the rules and procedures be discussed at the assemblies.Last month when asked what systems have since been put in place to prevent a reoccurrence, the acting Principal told the media that the school has been following the rules and regulations of the Ministry and they have put systems in place to prevent such instances.The Education Ministry had also said the Institute should launch an anti-bullying campaign to ensure that students are sensitised on the negative effects of bullying and that the Institute is to be declared a “no-bullying” institution.However, when the issue was raised with the school last month, the acting Principal did not say if those measures were implemented.last_img read more

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Thanksgiving meals with friends instead of family now common

first_imgRachel Posner, a 30-year-old financial supervisor, has a huge extended family in Baltimore, but she’ll be spending this Thanksgiving at Canter’s Deli, the famous Fairfax District eatery. Like countless other L.A. transplants, she’ll be spending the holiday locally with friends rather than boarding a plane for a trip that would take longer than the time she would actually spend with relatives. “I don’t have anyone here, but my friends are a second family,” said Posner, who posted notice of the Thanksgiving dinner at Canter’s at the social networking Web site Meetup.com. Posner’s extended family includes hundreds of aunts, uncles and cousins, who meet monthly in Baltimore to discuss family business. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The clan also meets for big dinners at Passover and sometime in December, and Posner tries to get back for those events. But Thanksgiving is different. “We used to do the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at home, and then my parents split when I was in my teens. Then my grandma did it, but she’s 94. So now everybody does their own thing.” One year, when Posner was living in Atlanta, she wound up spending Thanksgiving alone with a TV dinner. After that, she vowed to always have a plan for the holiday. She said at least half the group she expects at Canter’s is originally from the East Coast, with no relatives in Southern California. However, there’s always a contingent who does have family nearby but would rather spend the holiday with friends. Indeed, plenty of natives prefer the friends-as-family Thanksgiving, too. Yoga teacher Psalm Isadora grew up on a commune in Mendocino but instead of eating turkey with family, she plans to enjoy vegetarian and vegan Indian food – and turkey from Koo Koo Roo – at a Methodist church in Santa Monica. “I usually end up at someone else’s party, so I thought it would be fun to throw this event,” said Isadora, who has fond memories of weekly potlucks with other families in the commune. Her potluck at the Church in Ocean Park will bring guests from Altadena, Torrance and Long Beach, and there may be a little yoga thrown in, if guests are up for it after stuffing themselves. “Breaking bread together is viewed as sacred ritual in many spiritual traditions, and is simply a pleasant way to spend time together,” Isadora said on her online ad for the party. Bill Cunningham hasn’t had a traditional family Thanksgiving in 13 years, not since he moved to Los Angeles from Buffalo, N.Y. In the intervening years, he’s spent the most American of holidays in the company of friends. One year, he and a roommate drove to Yosemite, where they sat around a campfire and dined on precooked turkey and trimmings from Ralphs. This year, Cunningham, who recently moved from Van Nuys to a loft in downtown Los Angeles, is organizing an Orphan Thanksgiving pub crawl that will end up in the back room of a bar where friend and stranger alike will share a Thanksgiving potluck. “I’m thinking about Seven Grand Whiskey Bar,” he said. “I’m going to see if that’s available.” barbara.correa@dailynews.com 818-713-3662160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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URRIS GAA NOTES

first_imgGAA bingo takes place every Thursday Evening in St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9pm everyone welcome.Tickets are available for Donegal v Derry on Sunday 17th July in Clones bus leaving Straid at 9.45am tickets will be distributed on Thursday 14th July in Straid at 7pm.Contact John Friel for more information.104 children attended the summer camp this year in Straid last week which was a great success thanks to all the coaches a special thanks to head coach John Gibbons. Club Meeting on Tuesday 12th July at 9pm in Straid.Match & Win jackpot went unclaimed last week and will rise to €1,740 this week the numbers drawn were 1,2,13,24 the €15 consolation prizes went to Geraldine Kearney Clonmany, Sadie Mc Laughlin Tullagh, Bridget Kelly(jack) Letter, Sarah Doherty(conal)Clonmany,Helen Farren Straid.Fixtures: Under 16’s Semi Final v Buncrana on Tuesday 12th July in Carn at 7.30pm come along and cheer them on.Results: Seniors & Reserves were away to Naomh Colmcille on Sunday, Naomh Colmcille 2-13 Urris 1-5, Urris Reserves won their game. URRIS GAA NOTES was last modified: July 10th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:URRIS GAA noteslast_img read more

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Soana FC sack Alex Isabirye

first_img Tags: alex isabiryepolice fcsoana Soana Football Club director Smart Obed has on Wednesday morning confirmed that he has terminated the services of the team’s technical wing with immediate effect.Alex Isabirye has been at soana for just under five monthsHead coach Alex Isabirye and his assistant Katono Mutono where ordered to step aside until further notice.Obed, a self-styled businessman informed PML Daily about the development in an exclusive interview;“The results have not been the best for the club and we have to seek quick answers before the situation gets out of hand, said Obed.“We have three games to save our season so as we don’t get relegated.The sacking of the coaches followed the 1-0 loss away to Police FC at Mandela National stadium, Namboole on Tuesday in a game Police scored through Ruben Kimera.A crestfallen Isabirye when talking to PML Daily about the sad tale acknowledged the desired results had not come their way but the boss has the best answer to the results gone sour.“It is unfortunate that the results have not been the best and we have to depart but the club director has the best answer and he is aware,” said Isabirye.Isabirye was first at Soana as head coach in the 2016/17 season.At the end of that season, he did not continue with the employment as he briefly left for Masavu (one week) before he settled at Mbarara based Big League side, Nyamityobora.Ironically, at the end of the first round in December 2017, he returned to Soana to work with Mutono.Goalkeeping coach Abu Kigenyi remains and will handle the club on interim basis until a new coach is recruited in the coming days.Comments last_img read more

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68 health staff assaulted in West/North West hospitals this year

first_imgSixty-eight assaults were reported on HSE staff members at hospitals the Saolta Group so far this year.The North West Hospital Group, which includes Letterkenny, was the worst affected group in Ireland for reported assaults against staff.Information obtained by Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly show that 279 HSE staff have been assaulted across Ireland in 2019. The majority of attacks were made against nurses and midwives. With 68 attacks in 2019, the Saolta Hospital Group had the highest number of reported incidents. The group comprises: University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, Letterkenny University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital, Portiuncula University Hospital, Roscommon University Hospital.The statistics count reports of either physical, verbal or sexual assault. Staff are also encouraged to report all near misses and incidents that do not result in harm to staff. The HSE has said the number of incident reports should not be considered as indicative of a level of harm and there can be multiple reports for the same incident. 68 health staff assaulted in West/North West hospitals this year was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Hundreds turn out in opposition towards oyster farming licences for Ballyness Bay

first_imgHundreds of people turned out in west Donegal last night in opposition towards proposals for oyster farming licences on Ballyness Bay in Cloughaneely.More than 700 showed for the public meeting in Falcarragh that was organised by the ‘Save Ballyness Bay’ committee.A petition that was set up to raise community awareness regarding the proposed multiple applications for aquaculture licences in Ballyness Bay registered almost 3000 signatures. A spokesperson for the group said: “(There was an) amazing turnout for the Save Ballyness Bay Public Meeting in Falcarragh.“Thank you to all who attended and all those that we’re unable to come along but were there in spirit.”The proposed aquaculture licence applications in Ballyness Bay have sparked concern among locals who fear the development will negatively impact the natural area and tourism.Ballyness Bay as a Special Area of Conservation due to its important features and the unique wildlife species that it shelters. Community members are worried about the ecological damage that any future development could cause. They are also concerned about the impact on jobs if the industrial site affects the beauty of the area and harms tourism. The ‘Save Ballyness Bay’ action group is calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Michael Creed T.D to reconsider allowing the bay to be used by the shellfish farming industry.The Falcarragh Tidy Towns Committee, Clean Coast Committee, the Cloughaneely Angling Association and many individuals have written to the Minister to express their concerns. Máire Uí Bhaoill of the Tidy Towns organisation wrote: “This is an underprivileged area economically where we depend to a large degree on tourism and on our natural beauty to attract visitors to the area. “As a community we are outraged that anyone should presume to threaten what is precious and delicate to us without any consultation or indeed any regard for us, something that will have negative implications on our local area both socially and economically, as well as aesthetically.”Hundreds turn out in opposition towards oyster farming licences for Ballyness Bay was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Ballyness BaySave Ballyness Baylast_img read more

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Here comes more bad news about 49ers injury list

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ list of training camp casualties soared Thursday, only two days from from their exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys.There’s no easy way to summarize this other than to dart from coach Kyle Shanahan’s player-to-player prognosis, all of whom figure to miss the exhibition season unless otherwise noted:— Defensive end Nick Bosa: The 49ers are “hopeful” he will return for the Sept. 8 season opener at Tampa after “seriously” spraining his right ankle. After an …last_img

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Proteas, Springboks do it for Mandela

first_img23 July 2014The Proteas were busy doing battle with Sri Lanka in the first cricket test on Nelson Mandela Day, but they took time out of their busy schedule on Tuesday to contribute to a worthy cause by hosting a coaching clinic for visually impaired cricketers in Colombo.The clinic is part of the “Seeing is Believing” campaign, which aims to raise funds for Sri Lanka’s visually impaired cricket team, which will be contesting the World Cup in South Africa in November.‘Our way of giving our 67 minutes’“Mandela Day took place while the first test match was on in Galle, so we sort of see this coaching clinic as our way of giving our 67 minutes for Mandela,” Kyle Abbott said in a statement.“The “See is Believing’ campaign is doing wonders for the visually impaired cricketers in this country and we are humbled to have played a part in raising funds for the initiative.”Fund-raising activitiesThe Proteas and Sri Lankan cricketers have been involved in various fund-raising activities this week, and have managed to raise nearly one million rupees for the charity so far.“We take so much for granted on a day-to-day basis. These players are enjoying themselves in a sport that we enjoy as much, but with disadvantages,” Abbott added.“It was incredibly touching to see the players and youngsters enjoying their cricket so much. We hope our contribution can help their cause and hopefully give them a good chance of excelling in a sport they love.”Cricket South Africa contributed to Nelson Mandela Day in South Africa by building a mobile library for the SOS Children’s Village in Mamelodi.South African rugbySouth African rugby, led by Springbok wing Bryan Habana, played their part in the Nelson Mandela Day celebrations by helping uplift the community in Nyanga, east of Cape Town, on Friday.Habana was accompanied by staff members of the South African Rugby Union (Saru) as they gave 67 minutes of community service at Monwabisi Old Age Home and the Nyanga Stadium, the home of the Lagunya Rugby Club, in Nyanga.Activities included cleaning at the old age home and taking part in a TAG Rugby clinic where Habana tested his skills against the children.Habana also read to the children of the community in Nyanga, promoting reading as part of Saru’s Boks for Books campaign.‘It’s a privilege to give back’“Former President Nelson Mandela played such a massive role in our wonderful country and it’s a privilege to be able to give back in his honour,” said Habana.“The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better. By getting involved in Nyanga today, we’re doing our small part in helping to empower the community.“We’re very fortunate that we are able to give back to the people and to serve fellow South Africans, no matter where they are from.“I’ve experienced first-hand how rugby can play a role in uplifting our fellow South Africans and it’s something that is very dear to me,” he concluded.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Consider formulating a river regulation policy: HC to Maharashtra

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the State government to consider formulating a river regulation policy to check pollution in the Godavari. The court also said that provisions need to be made for citizens to lodge complaints about incidents of pollution, illegal construction or encroachments along the banks of the river.A Division Bench of Justices Abhay Oka and A.K. Menon passed a detailed order while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) concerning pollution in the Godavari, which is India’s second largest river and main source of water supply in Nashik. The Godavari originates from Trimbakeshwar in Nashik district..The PIL points out that as the places of religion along the river are frequented by a large number of devotees, various articles and waste were being indiscriminately discharged in the Godavari. Sufficient number of toilets too are not available.In an earlier order on March 7, 2014, the court gave three weeks to the Divisional Commissioner of Nashik to appoint a revenue officer, not below the rank of deputy collector, to act as the coordinator/secretary of a committee to redress grievances. In a 53-page order on Tuesday, the court directed “a grievance redressal mechanism to be set up and maintained by the committee headed by divisional commissioner.” It shall coordinate activities of various departments of the State, municipal corporation, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation to ensure all possible steps for implementation of directions from court.”The Bench “directed the committee to have its own website that will make provisions for citizens to be able to lodge complaints about incidents of pollution, encroachments, and illegal construction along the Godavari. Citizens should be be able to lodge their complaints through email by uploading the photographs or via WhatsApp or in writing in traditional form.”The court said, “the committee shall ensure that all the complaints including the anonymous ones are looked into immediately and a record would be maintained. An action taken report should be uploaded on the dedicated website within three weeks.”The court said “the State shall allot sufficient funds for the day-to-day functioning of the committee and wide publicity shall be regularly given by the committee and the website at various methods including print and other media.”The court also asked the State to constitute a Godavari Protection Police Squad.During major religious functions and festivals in holy places around Godavari, the court directed deployment of additional police force as may be requisitioned by the committee.last_img read more

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