Domestic violence has once again reared its ugly head

first_imgDear Editor,Domestic violence has again reared its ugly, deadly head; this time in the deaths of a young couple. That brutal murder-suicide took place in the Berbice village of Chesney. Now there are many theories swirling around as to the root causes leading up to this sad affair, many of which are mere hearsay testimony.This is a really, really sad event, and the plethora of comments do not in any way make the situation better; rather, it makes things even worse, as the spit press takes its hold on society. What is pellucid is that domestic violence eventually leads to death, and that’s a fact that will not go away.However, if we, as a society, collectively face it, we can possibly come up with some solutions that might serve as a template for future cases.So let us review these latest domestic deaths at Chesney:We are told that after years of abuse, the wife or female partner in question, Sabrina Lakhan, got a restraining order against her husband, Ramesh Ramdeen. This meant that Ramdeen could not be within 100 feet of her without being arrested and charged. We are told that despite the restraining order, the threats and verbal abuse on the woman continued, prompting her to make the request to a magistrate for her to go get her belongings and get out of the relationship.Now, here is where the story becomes complicated as the danger signals keep flashing their red lights. Why would a woman who was safe under the protective order of a court want to violate that order and get next to the object of her potential danger?Why would she want to get into the presence of her husband who issued the threat to kill her in the first place?These are questions which make the order by the magistrate for her to get her clothing very suspect and stupid.By making that request to go into the home to get her clothing, it meant that Sabrina Lakhan would now come within arm’s length of the man she “loved” as well as the man who could kill her. Thus this becomes another one of those episodes or matters of the heart at play here.He having a motive, and at this opportune time, what could possibly happen? Would he suddenly love and cherish her, or would he kill her? As the situation unfolded, we now witness that a heinous murder-suicide was the end result.If blame is to be apportioned, that blame should be placed squarely on the magistrate, who sent that woman straight to her death.That magistrate should have been smart enough to advise Sabrina that her clothing would be picked up by her husband’s sister (whom she Sabrina clearly had confidence in) and delivered to her, but not to go there and be in the presence of the danger, Ramdeen.This is exactly what this magistrate did, and she would have to live with that blunder for the rest of her life.So the allegation by the relatives of Sabrina Lakhan that the Police are at fault for leaving her defenceless before an angry husband would not stand in a court of law. What a jury would hear is that she was finished packing and asked the Police to leave (the Police had to leave at some stage) and the eyewitness account of the sister-in- law is there to verify that. That is all that matters if ever that matter should reach the court.I know that this is a very sad situation because another heinous crime has been perpetuated, and for this very reason, I call for the proper counselling training of all the parties involved. The magistrate ought to be so trained to know when there is potential danger in a ruling.In this case, the magistrate should have known that she was about to set that woman up for her death. This is the sad, sick reality of the whole matter. I do hope that from now onwards, those who dispense the law would be more careful in the decisions they make when it comes to domestic violence issues of the kind.Let the parties stay away from each for as long as it takes. Let them stay away from each other for a cooling off period. To allow warring parties to come together is not a good thing to do. I rest my case.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

CU Graduate School Hosts Health Policy Dialogue

first_imgLeft-right panelists In an effort to orientate prospective medical practitioners who were recently accepted for enrollment at the Cuttington Graduate School’s Department of Health Sciences, authorities convened a one day public health policy dialogue with major stakeholders in the sector.The meeting brought together panelists who discussed with officials from the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, UNDP-Liberia, FAO and the US Embassy in Monrovia.James B. Jallah, head of the department, who was the organizer of the dialogue, said the exercise was meant to broaden students’ understanding on public health policies.“Today we are gather here with our panelists for the purpose of understanding public health policies and management which, as a result, our students would become creative to maintain and balance the health sector upon their graduation,” he said.Students at the event brainstorm on education-related issuesThe panelists commended the dialogue planners, who concentrated on current health policies and the crafting and implementation of those policies.They further thanked the event organizers for creating an avenue where young students could understand public health policies.Tolbert Nyensuah, director-general of the National Public Health Institute, who was one of the four panelists, said that public health policies and plans are based on global goals that every nation works toward.“This must be tailored toward something everyone is working to achieve. Our health plan and policy need to reflect our priority areas. We need not to work in isolation, but with other global bodies who are also working in a similar direction. We need to know our priority as a country,” he said.Nyensuah said that the policy gives legal strategists direction that must be backed with a plan to implement, adding, “A successful policy must have a content, context, actors and process.”He spoke to the students, who were comprised of graduating seniors and incoming students.On policy implementation, another panelist, Madam Mona Sankoh, from the office of security cooperation at the US Embassy, told the students that the monitoring and evaluation framework is essential to the implementation of policy as it is carried out for accountability purposes.Madam Sankoh noted that health services, workforce, essential medicine, finance, health infrastructure, leaders and governments are building-blocks that lead to health policies.Njoya Tikum, one of the UNDP-Liberia program officers, said that policy implementation is based on the entire state instead of only a part of it.Mr. Tikum admonished the students to be critical thinkers as they will be called upon in the future to analyze health policy.“It is possible that tomorrow, the nation will rely on you to analyze health policy; therefore, you must think critically,” he added.He applauded the nation’s health sector for achieving some goals thus far, and also challenged students to think positively when it comes to national development.“Since 2003, I have observed an upward move in the country to achieve some goals taking into consideration some of the negatives the country has experienced,” Tikum said.Al-Hassan Cisse, FAO-Liberia Policy Advisor, warned that the policy achieves little when intersectional coordination dialogue is ignored.Cisse said that intersectional coordination makes policy implementation plans less burdensome as all parties would function collectively.He cautions students of the health sciences department that policies must have an impact on the people.The department of health sciences at the Cuttington Graduate School is an innovative effort of Professor Cecelia A. Morris.The school’s six programs account for 40-50 percent of the student population and have graduated 371 students since it was established in 2004.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

First Lindo Creek COI public hearing postponed

first_imgDue to unforeseen circumstances, the first public hearing for the Lindo Creek COI has been postponed.Commissioner Justice Donald Trotman appeared before the media one hour after the scheduled starting time to inform journalists of the postponement.The commissioner claimed there were certain “internal prerequisites” and logistical issues that led to the postponement.Relatives of the the eight men that were killed in the massacre were due to appear at the hearing this morning. However, some were said to be having difficulties reaching on time.Full details in Friday’s edition of the Guyana Times newspaper.last_img read more

Probation cop tapped for schools

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A significant portion of the students have troubled backgrounds, and about 12percent are on probation. School administrators say the addition of a probation officer will create a sense of accountability on the campus and improve public safety. “The presence of a law enforcement officer should dissuade our students from engaging in negative behaviors and go a long way toward promoting safety for students, school staff and the surrounding community,” said Margo Minecki, a spokeswoman for the county office. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 PALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Probation Department has assigned a full-time officer to monitor students at the Antelope Valley’s 10 alternative-education schools. The probation officer will be stationed at Technology Drive Community Day School in Palmdale, effective today. The officer will serve all 10 schools, which have a combined enrollment of about 300, said James Norris, principal of the Antelope Valley Principal’s Administrative Unit, which runs the campuses. Alternative-education schools are operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education and serve high school and middle school students. last_img read more

Fire burns near Hansen Dam Park

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Davies said helicopters would continue to douse the blaze from the air and ground crews would be sent in before dark to mop up. The Hansen Dam Park Aquatic Center was evacuated so that fire officials could set up a command post, she said. News reports said the entire park was evacuated, but Davies could not confirm the report. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was being investigated. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. PACOIMA – A grass fire fueled by thick, tall brush in a ravine near Hansen Dam Park scorched about 60 acres Sunday afternoon and forced the evacuation of families celebrating Mother’s Day at the park, authorities said. No homes or structures were threatened from the fire, which firefighters hoped to put out before dark, said d’Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire, which started about 2:40 p.m. at 12100 Osborne St., was nearly put out about 5 p.m. when winds picked up to about 50 mph and the fire flared up in several areas of a hard-to-reach ravine, Davies said. “It’s burned about 60 to 80 acres. The winds picked up but because it is a deep ravine, it didn’t do too much damage,” Davies said. last_img read more

Video: Man United scouting this teen who watches videos of Liverpool duo in spare time

first_imgMan United are on the trail of French teenage prodigy Yassin Fortune and club scouts have watched the 16-year-old in action.They were in attendance to see him play for France’s U16 side as they beat Switzerland 2-1 at St George’s Park.United will have been delighted to hear the young midfielder claim, in an interview with French TV programme Telefoot in November 2014, his dream is to play in England. However, he did add he watches a lot of videos of Liverpool duo Raheem Sterling and Divock Origi, revealing they are idols of his despite their young ages.Fortune currently plays for Ligue 1 side Lens, the same team that has produced Raphael Varane, Serge Aurier and Charles Itandje.Watch him score for France U16s against Ukraine below. Yassin Fortune scoring for France against Ukraine 1last_img read more

Police probe anti-semitic posters aimed at Lazio, Napoli

first_imgThe text of the flyers read: “Lazio, Napoli and Israel, same colours, same flags. S**t.”It comes just over a year after Lazio ultras posted Anti-Semitic stickers depicting Holocaust victim Anne Frank in a Roma jersey in the Stadio Olimpico.Rome mayor Virgina Raggi condemned the incident on Wednesday.“I firmly condemned the anti-Semitic posters which appeared in Rome,” she wrote on Twitter.“Football can not be division and intolerance.”Raggi also denounced earlier clashes with Lazio supporters that left at least ten police officers injured.“Unacceptable violence against police officers by ultras. Rome can not become a theatre for the madness of some criminals.”The skirmishes took place at Piazza della Liberta where up to 2,500 Lazio fans gathered late Tuesday at the spot of the club’s foundation.The gathering had also been attended by the club’s president Claudio Lotito who addressed the crowd but left before tensions mounted.Shortly after midnight, an estimated 300 fans, with their faces covered, broke away from the main group and began throwing bottles and other objects at police, who responded with tear gas and water cannons.Tensions are running high in Italy after violence before Inter Milan’s league game against Napoli on December 26 in the San Siro, which was also overshadowed by racist chanting.A 39-year-old Inter Milan fan was killed after being struck by a car.There were also clashes in the Italian capital before Lazio’s Europa League game against German club Eintracht Frankfurt last month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rome’s oldest club: Lazio was founded on January 9, 1900. © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEMILAN, Italy, Jan 9 – Italian police are investigating after AS Roma supporters allegedly distributed anti-Semitic leaflets in the north of the city on Wednesday to coincide with the anniversary of bitter city rivals Lazio.The leaflets, signed by a group of Roma ultras, were posted overnight in the area where Lazio supporters gathered to celebrate their 119th anniversary.last_img read more

GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS – MALIN AND FOUR MASTERS FOR SENIORS IN LEAGUE

first_imgThe Seniors travelled to The Bridge on Sunday and were well beaten by a strong St. Michael’s. They have a double header this weekend, first up is an away game to Malin on Friday night (7pm) followed by a home game on Sunday against Four Masters, throw in is at 3pm.The Reserves notched another good win away to St. Michael’s on Sunday and they will take on Four Masters at home this Sunday, throw in at 1:30pm.The Minor Boys scraped past MacCumhaills on Friday night by a single point, 1-12 to 3-05 after a couple of late goals for the visitors. They finish their Northern League series against Gaoth Dobhair in O’Donnell Park next Tuesday, April 23rd at 7pm with both teams already qualified for the Northern Final. The Minor hurlers beat Strabane Shamrocks at home last Thursday in a very tight game with crucial scores from Jack Brennan and Sean Tourish coming late in the second half. The U14 hurlers lost away to the Gaels. The minor hurlers play at home this Thursday to Buncrana. The U16 and minor hurlers train at 5pm each Tuesday in O’Donnell Park with new hurlers always welcome. The U14 Boys Div. 1 footballers travelled to Gaoth Dobhair on Sunday and recorded another good win, they have no game next week. The Div. 2 team had a narrow 1 point win over Fanad Gaels on Monday night, they are also free next week. The Div. 3 team were beaten away to Robert Emmett’s and are at home next Wednesday (24th) to Glenfin.Well done to Niamh McMenamin and Haanah Carr who both won 3rd level Colleges medals in the last couple of weeks with Maynooth College (Giles Cup) and St. Pat’s (Donaghy Cup). The Sunday Morning Academy is up and running again every Sunday from 11am – 12 noon.The Friday Evening Hurling & Camogie Academy has also recommenced for 2013. New members from all over Letterkenny are welcome to join the academies.Cúl Camps will take place in O’Donnell Park this year on July 22nd (football) and August 12th (Hurling).There were 2 winners in this weeks Lotto Draw, they matched 3 numbers and win €50 each. The winning numbers were:1-12-20-22. This weeks winners are Barry Tinney, Solomon’s Hill and Pater Cunningham, Bohirl (both card)We extend our sympathies this week to the Kerr and Blaney families and the McGlinchey family and also the Hay family. GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS – MALIN AND FOUR MASTERS FOR SENIORS IN LEAGUE was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS – MALIN AND FOUR MASTERS FOR SENIORS IN LEAGUElast_img read more

SHAY’S SYMPATHY AFTER BODY OF IRISH FAN FOUND IN POLAND

first_imgIRELAND goalkeeper Shay Given has expressed his sympathy to the family of the Irish soccer fan whose body was recovered by police in Poland today.James Nolan, 21, an environmental engineering student from Blessington in Co Wicklow was last seen in the early hours of Sunday in Bydgoszcz, about 130km northeast of Poznan.He and his friends, who were travelling in a camper van, stopped in Bydgoszcz on their way back from Gdansk to Poznan when Mr Nolan became separated from the group. More than 100 Polish police officers spent four days searching for the Irishman, backed up with local volunteers including taxi drivers and Irish fans as well as members of Mr Nolan’s family.His body was identified this evening after being recovered from a river in the town, TVN24 in Poland reported.James is pictured above with his parent at his recent 21st birthday party.“It was so sad to hear about one of our fans James Nolan,” said Shay. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” he added.  SHAY’S SYMPATHY AFTER BODY OF IRISH FAN FOUND IN POLAND was last modified: June 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SHAY’S SYMPATHY AFTER BODY OF IRISH FAN FOUND IN POLANDlast_img read more

GARDAI URGED TO EXCAVATE SITE AFTER ‘GRAVE’ FOUND BY SCANNERS IN MARY BOYLE CASE

first_imgGardai are being urged to allow the excavation of a site which earth scanning experts claim could contain the ‘grave’ of missing Mary Boyle.A geo-physical survey of a site near Cashelard in Ballyshannon indicates a significant underground disturbance.The area is the exact spot which was first flagged by witnesses 36 years ago in 1977 when the six year old girl went missing. However, no action was taken at the time.Now a scanning company, Scantech, said there is a possibility the earth was disturbed.Scantech CEO Tom Davitt said there are certainly questions which need to be answered and that the area should be cordoned off.He said whatever action which was not taken by Gardai decades ago could now be taken. Missing Mary’s twin sister Ann also called on the site to be cordoned off and examined thoroughly.She described the finding as a ‘key clue’ and called for the Gardai to carry out further investigations. GARDAI URGED TO EXCAVATE SITE AFTER ‘GRAVE’ FOUND BY SCANNERS IN MARY BOYLE CASE was last modified: April 15th, 2013 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)last_img read more