Suicide-appropriate language

first_imgDear Editor,Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle was recently quoted in the media as stating that persons “successfully commit suicide” when they feel disconnected and depressed, feel no strong social ties and inadequate social support to face another day and have hope. While The Caribbean Voice (TCV) has no issue with the reasons given for suicide— although they are neither contextualised nor comprehensive— we take serious issue with the use of the terms ‘successfully’ and ‘commit’ to refer to suicide.As TCV has continually pointed out, the push for suicide-appropriate language is gathering momentum globally and thus, we are rather disappointed that leading officials within the Ministry of Health continue to propagate terminology that have been debunked for obvious reasons, especially when one would think that these officials should be in the forefront of requisite change.For one, how can killing oneself be a success? Just what is successful about such an act, teeming with agony and pain for both victims and survivors? Second, the word ‘commit’ connotes something criminal. And although attempting suicide is still a criminal act on the books in Guyana (because of political gamesmanship), there is nothing criminal about the act of suicide. Suicide is attempted when the pain becomes unbearable for the victim and those who survive such attempts have always revealed that they never wanted to die; they just wanted the pain to end. How then is it a criminal act to want one’s pain to end?Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Hardships facing miners: Govt to review gold processing fees

first_img… to also relook at mining regulationsFollowing a high-level meeting with a number of mining organisations and syndicates, the Government has decided to take steps to review not only an unpopular hike in the gold processing fee, but the mining regulations as well.The meeting, which saw Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman in attendance, was held on Friday at Cara Lodge. Present at the meeting were members of the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners’ Association (GGDMA), the Guyana Women Miners’ Organisation (GMWO) and representatives from various mining syndicates.Protesters in front of the GGMC a few months ago, calling for the heads of top officialsIt is understood that a number of concerns were raised, including issues of taxation, issues related to the functioning of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the state of interior roads, the Guyana Gold Board’s processing fee, revision of mining regulations, security for miners and mining lands for syndicates.Present also at the meeting was Chairman of the Board of the Guyana Gold Board, G H K Lall. According to a statement from the Ministry, it was agreed at the meeting that the gold processing fee would be reviewed, with Trotman promising to find a rate that was reasonable at all levels of mining.In addition, it was related that Trotman took a decision to resuscitate a committee headed by Natural Resources Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Joslyn McKenzie. The committee will also see members of the body of miners in attendance, who will propose reviews of the regulations. Trotman also committed to addressing some of the issues with his colleague Cabinet Ministers to bring them to a resolution.”The mining industry has been beset by problems from a number of directions, leading up to a statistical review in the 2017 Mid-year report. According to the report, the mining and quarrying sector contracted by four per cent during the first half of 2017. Gold production, it noted, fell by 1.7 per cent to 317,096 ounces, in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.It is understood that of the total gold declared, 65.7 per cent came from small- and medium-sized miners and dealers whose declarations were above projections, while Guyana’s two large gold companies – Guyana Goldfields and Troy Resources – were below projections.FeesIt was recently revealed that all miners, including small- and medium-scale miners, will have to pay a hiked processing fee of $2500 per ounce of gold they declare to the Guyana Gold Board. The fee was previously just $1000 per ounce.Had the GGDMA not intervened when a public notice announcing the hike first appeared in the daily newspapers, that fee would have been a whopping $4000 per ounce.According to a missive from Avalon Jagnandan, the Administrative Manager at the GGDMA, the Association first became aware of the hike when a public notice appeared in the newspaper declaring that all miners and dealers selling gold to the Gold Board would have to pay the $4000 fee.TaxesFor some time, miners have been raising issues such as the spike in taxes across the board implemented by the Government; in particular, the increase of the Tributors Tax from 10 to 20 per cent, Value Added Tax on heavy-duty mining equipment and the two per cent Withholding Tax.In addition, the Association had complained of not being able to benefit from the grant of duty-free concessions on mining equipment, vehicles and fuel, owing to the red tape experienced at the regulatory agencies involved.RoadsIn June, a group of truck operators made their grievances regarding the state of the interior roads known at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition on Church Street, Georgetown.The truckers had complained that some trips which formerly took those two days to complete were now taking triple that time. And while it wasn’t the only factor, the poor state of the roads was driving up their maintenance costs to the point where they cut back on their operations.But declaring that overweight trucks are chiefly responsible for wreaking havoc on interior roads in Guyana, Government had announced that moves will be made to amend the relevant laws in order to enforce weight limits on the roadways.GGMC protestsAlso in June, small miners had protested in front of the GGMC’S Brickdam office. The small miners had contended that they are being neglected by the GGMC and had accused the organisation of being corrupt.They had called for the sacking of acting Commissioner, Newell Dennison and his Technical Adviser, Donald Singh. The miners had also alleged that they have been unable to mine for years since their applications are not being looked at.last_img read more

Local cops cooking up a cause

first_imgLocal police officers, who are participating in the Tour de North, will be cooking up some fresh hotdogs and hamburgers for community members and the general public.Tour de North is a fundraising bicycle ride, which starts in Prince George and continues 900 kilometres to Prince Rupert.“Everyone loves BBQ,” Cpl Jodi Shelkie said. “It’s good food and good times for a good cause.”- Advertisement -All donations are going towards the Canadian Cancer Society, and are being used to fund life-saving research and programs like Camp Goodtimes, which helps reduce its impact on families.The BBQ will be held Sunday September 7, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

Liverpool keeping tabs on Bundesliga starlet

first_imgLiverpool are keeping tabs on midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt, according to reports in Germany.The 21-year-old has been in impressive form for Hannover this season, helping the German side climb to eighth in the Bundesliga at the midway point of the campaign.Liverpool have reportedly scouted the German on several occasions and scouts have been pleased with what they have seen.And now, according to Bild, Liverpool are considering a move for Bittencourt as the January transfer window draws to a close.The Germany under-21 international joined Hannover in 2013 from Borussia Dortmund, where he was struggling to break into the team.However Jurgen Klopp’s side inserted a buy-back clause into the deal and have the option to bring Bittencourt back to Dortmund ahead of any proposed move by Liverpool. Leonardo Bittencourt 1last_img read more

Mohamed Salah included in final Egypt World Cup squad

first_imgSalah has undergone treatment in Valencia, Spain, in the hope of playing a role in Egypt’s first appearance in the World Cup since 1990.On Wednesday, the federation had said Salah would be out for “not more” than three weeks, meaning he could miss Egypt’s opening World Cup Group A fixture against Uruguay on June 15.Egypt then face Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.23-man squad:Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun/KSA), Mohamed El Shenawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly)Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Ali Gabr (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa/ENG), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh/KSA), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles/USA), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek)Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal/ENG), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Sam Morsy (Wigan/ENG), Mahmoud Abdel Razek (Al Raed/KSA), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa/TUR), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City/ENG), Amr Warda (Atromitos/GRE), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim (Al Ittihad/KSA)Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/ENG), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah is having intensive treatment on the shoulder he injured in the Champions League final © AFP/File / Sergei SUPINSKYCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 4 – Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was included Monday in Egypt’s 2018 World Cup squad despite still underdoing treatment for a shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final, the Egyptian Football Association said.Salah, who hit a stunning 44 goals for Liverpool last season in all competitions, was forced out of the final in tears last month clutching his left shoulder after being wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.last_img read more

Not seen Coutinho’s Copa America hat-trick? Watch the goals here

first_img Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick for Brazil 1 Philippe Coutinho scored his first international hat-trick as Brazil wiped the floor with Haiti in the Copa America.The 23-year-old Liverpool forward had just one goal to his name prior to this Group B thrashing, which finished 7-1.Renato Augusto scored twice in Orlando and Gabriel and Lucas Lima got the others.Peru are up next for Brazil.last_img


first_imgFASHION: The Pre-Loved Fashion and Accessories Roadshow is Coming to Donegal Town this Weekend!Calling all of you ladies out there that love a bit of luxury, a bit of bling or that little something that will pick you up. For one weekend only a Pre-loved Clothes & Accessory Roadshow is coming to Donegal Town.The roadshow is the brainchild of a group of young professionals, who are travelling around some key locations throughout the country selling some pre-owned luxury and high-street items.Both lady and gent items will be sold throughout the weekend. A large number of the items have never or barely been worn and are being sold for knock-down prices.Some of the items on sale on the day include genuine Christian Louboutin shoes, Louis Vuitton accessories, Juicy Couture Accessories, Burberry Bags, French Connection Dresses, All Saint Skirts, Abercrombie Shirts, Fran & Jane Dresses and much much more! Stock for ladies include clothes e.g. from wedding & race-day outfits to everyday wear, fascinators, jewellery, scarves and shoes. Stock for gents include suits, shirts, t-shirts, trousers and jumpers. Be sure to mark this event in your diary: Saturday 4th until Monday 6th June. (June Bank Holiday Weekend). We promise you won’t be disappointed!Location of the Pop-up Shop is The Studio, Donegal Town (Beside Donegal Fruit Company or behind So-Lo Stores).Check us out on Facebook to find out opening hours and to catch a glimpse of some of the items which will be on sale!FASHION ROADSHOW: FANCY PICKING UP A PAIR OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SHOES ON THE CHEAP? was last modified: June 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDonegal TownFashionFeaturesnewsroadshowlast_img read more

WATCH: There’s no stopping Jimmy Harte on this historic day for No Barriers

first_imgFormer Senator Jimmy Harte was the first person to demonstrate Donegal’s own revolutionary Exoskeleton Bionic Rehabilitation Suit, launched by the groundbreaking No Barriers Foundation.Dreams became a reality today as The No Barriers Foundation celebrated the introduction of a new Exoskeleton Robotic Suit to the county. An extensive fundraising effort and a much-welcomed DLDC Leader Funding contribution fast-tracked the plan to buy a suit for the benefit of patients in Donegal. The purchase was secured only last week. The bionic suit is a life-changing technology that enables people with partial paralysis, stroke, spinal injuries and MS to stand up and walk. This upright position is not only fantastic from a physiotherapy point of view but will also help improve the function of various other systems in the body. Jimmy Harte is one such user who has experienced the profound benefits of the therapy tool, which he displayed on this momentous day at the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny.The No Barriers Foundation unveil the new Esko Bionics Exoskeleton at the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo Rachel McLaughlinJimmy Harte demonstrates the new Esko Bionics Exoskeleton at the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo Rachel McLaughlinMr Harte suffered serious head injuries after a fall in Dublin in 2013. He has since made a miraculous recovery and can walk with aids and assistance. The exoskeleton gives Jimmy the freedom to use the muscle activity he has for physiotherapy with support from the suit. The No Barriers Physiotherapy team and Sebastian Stallasch from Ekso Bionics assisted Jimmy as he ably walked, stepped up and did squat exercises using the suit. It was a special moment for Jimmy, who was smiling from ear to ear as he walked towards his wife Mary.The No Barriers Foundation unveil the new Esko Bionics Exoskeleton at the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo Rachel McLaughlinMr Harte told Donegal Daily how the Exoskeleton will be of immense benefit to the county: “It is great for people with disabilities who want to get back walking normally. The equipment is simple but it is effective and it’s a good boost for Donegal to have this machine here now.” Today was Jimmy’s third session in the Exoskeleton, and he said he could already feel the impact: “It is great that I can lift my legs and move. I notice after one session that my walking improves,” he said.The No Barriers Foundation unveil the new Esko Bionics Exoskeleton at the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Pictured: Johnny Loughrey, Gearoid McGeehan, Jimmy Harte and Sebastian Stallasch. Photo Rachel McLaughlinMichael Gallagher, Chairperson of the No Barriers Committee, said the mission to buy the Exoskeleton was a dream project that became a reality in a short period of time. It was announced in January 2018 that LEADER funding of €121,035 was being contributed to the project to supplement the +€40,000 that had been raised from No Barriers charity donations for the purchase. Mr Gallagher said: “Thanks to LEADER’s support, what was going to be a 3 to 4 year project came together in a year and you can see how this is going to mean so much to the community.”Mr Gallagher invited patients across Donegal to apply for the project: “We all have loved ones and friends who have been affected in some way by either accidents or illness. Feel free to make contact with No Barriers and the physios will take over from there.” Joan Barron, Aiveen Lavery, Gearóid McGeehan and Johnny Loughrey are the four physiotherapists who have been specially trained to begin local rehabilitation sessions within the next week. While the project will begin in Letterkenny, there are plans to move it into satellite operations around the county. Jimmy Harte and Johnny Loughrey unveil the new Esko Bionics Exoskeleton at the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo Rachel McLaughlinJohnny Loughrey, Director and Lead Physio for The No Barriers Foundation, said the main aim of No Barriers is to bridge the gap between private physiotherapy and public services and make it as cheap as possible for patients in Donegal to get world class physio services.There are just 300 Exoskeletons in the world and 60 in Europe. Ninety per cent of the robotic suits are being used in hospitals worldwide, while the state-of-the-art Donegal EksoGT third-generation suit will be moved all around the community. The suit, weighing 27kg, is easily transportable and adjustable to fit all body types and heights. “We aim to operate satellite clinics in different regions of Donegal. The goal is that patients shouldn’t have to travel for more than 30 minute to access the service,” Johnny said. The No Barriers Foundation unveil the new Esko Bionics Exoskeleton at the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo Rachel McLaughlinEkso Bionics Clinical Specialist Therapist Sebastian Stallasch demonstrated the workings of the Exoskeleton as Jimmy Harte walked throughout the room. The interactive device is full of sensors that be driven by the user and can provide the correct assistance each patient needs for a successful therapy. “Our mission is to bring people back on their feet and make them walk again,” Mr Stallasch said. Frank Kelly, LEADER Rural Development Manager, commended the No Barriers Committee for their initiative to apply for funding and make this remarkable achievement for the local community. No Barriers are going to roll out this unique service to the people of Donegal in the coming week, so if you or a family member should wish to avail of the ESKO please contact : The No Barriers Foundation by calling 07491 11010, find the committee on Facebook The No Barriers Foundation or www.nobarriers.iePlease also keep a good eye out for more information on events to support the charity, including the No Barriers Golf Classic on May 26th in Portnoo Golf Links.WATCH: There’s no stopping Jimmy Harte on this historic day for No Barriers was last modified: April 29th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Exoskeleton Robotic Suithealthjimmy harteLEADERno barriers foundationPhysiotherapylast_img read more

Darwin-Loving Democrat Takes Helm of AAAS

first_imgFormer Congressman Rush D. Holt gave his inaugural editorial in Science Magazine on Feb. 20.Nature had called it a bad move that would only deepen the entrenched political divide. In December, Daniel Sarewitz said that science should stay out of partisan politics (see 12/07/14):Two weeks after US voters installed a Republican majority in the Senate and expanded the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) made its own political statement: it named a former Democratic member of Congress as its new chief.Once, these events might have been unrelated. But in today’s poisonous partisan atmosphere, the AAAS’s choice of Rush Holt, a physicist and political centrist just finishing a 16-year stint in Congress, looks every bit as political as the election itself.Now, Rush D. Holt is leader of the AAAS and publisher of Science Magazine. His opening editorial, “Why science? Why the AAAS?” reeks of scientism:Among the various ways of thinking and knowing about the universe and ourselves, science is special. Asking questions that can be answered empirically and engaging in open communication so that others can collectively review and verify possible answers lead to the most reliable knowledge—a knowledge that is powerfully applicable in daily life. Science is, as physician and essayist Lewis Thomas wrote, the “shrewdest maneuver” for discovering the world. This grand and clever enterprise, while surely not removing all worldly woes, brings beauty, wonderfully fulfilling intellectual pleasure, and cultural enrichment. It can lead to improved human interaction, more constructive commerce, and a better quality of life. Science helps bring what I think is a deep human need—a sense of progress.The problem is that the same claims can be made of theology, or of any other social enterprise performed with integrity and clarity of thought. At best, science only partially fulfills these benefits; at worst, it can lead to decades or even centuries of regress. “Science” itself—contrary to Holt’s simplistic description of it—is far too big a tent for each sub-branch to score equally well (compare scandal-ridden evolutionary psychology, empirically-challenged string theory, or fringe sciences like political science, economics, and cosmology where some wild and wacky ideas conflict with other wild and wacky ideas). Scientism is not an empirical discovery by science. It is a statement of philosophy about science. Holt knows a lot about physics and fund-raising for science, but it is not clear he knows much philosophy of science.Holt holds out an olive branch to those outside his cloister:The organization will build its publications and communications ability to meet the modern needs of the scientific community and the general public. AAAS will enhance its programs in public affairs, education, law, and international relations, and continue to explore constructive relationships between science and religion, art, history, and other disciplines. I am committed to raising the necessary resources to do these things. Especially, AAAS intends to remain the world’s most effective advocate for science.Some theologians could well question his sincerity. In 2013, according to the Huffington Post, Holt issued a resolution in Congress calling for a celebration of Darwin Day (see 2/12/15):“Charles Darwin [is] a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge,” Holt wrote in the resolution, which promotes evolution and warns against the “teaching of creationism.”In a statement from the American Humanist Association, Holt lauded Darwin’s legacy, calling him one of our “greatest thinkers.”“Only very rarely in human history has someone uncovered a fundamentally new way of thinking about the world -– an insight so revolutionary that it has made possible further creative and explanatory thinking,” Holt said. “Without Charles Darwin, our modern understandings of biology, ecology, genetics, and medicine would be utterly impossible,* and our comprehension of the world around us would be vastly poorer.“The NCSE, of course, was thrilled. If this represents Holt’s view of exploring “constructive relationships between  science and religion,” then artists, historians and members of other disciplines can well be afraid. Holt’s view of a constructive relationship may resemble the compromise between a hungry bear and a freezing man: both got what they wanted: the bear, a meal, and the man, a fur coat. Judging from his scientism, Rush Holt’s idea of a constructive relationship with any other discipline would be for the AAAS to swallow it.*As for whether Darwinism increases understanding, see the Stuff Happens Law in the Darwin Dictionary. As for Darwinian medicine, see 12/16/11 and its embedded links, and also a post on Evolution News & Views by Dr. Michael Egnor. As for ecology, genetics or any other sub-discipline of biology, Darwin’s contributions are not without controversy.So here we go again. This is like ISIS replacing Al-Qaeda. Expect a big order of pom-poms for Darwin cheerleaders and demands for budget-busting increases for Whatever Big Science Desires. Given the growing dissatisfaction with Darwinist reductionism (even among scientists), there might be a bright side. This could be scientism’s last hurrah before it implodes. We must keep the heat on. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Answers for Skeptics of Jesus

first_imgAs Easter 2019 approaches, here are some resources examining the evidence of Jesus and his resurrection.READY… SET… QUESTIONWilliam James Herath, the leader of Ratio Christi at UCLA, has suggested these three short videos to provide evidence that Jesus Christ really lived, died by crucifixion, and was raised from the dead as told in the Bible:Jesus is not a copy of a pagan myth. Steven Bancarz examines claims that Jesus is just one more myth among many pagan stories about dying gods coming back to life.What is the evidence for the Resurrection? Herath interviews Mike Licona, who examines the possible options for those who claim that Jesus did not really rise from the dead.Can we trust the authenticity of the Bible? Herath shows that we could reconstruct the story of Jesus from extra-Biblical sources.Visit William James Herath’s website for other resources that support Biblical faith one question at a time. His ministry shows that Christ followers have confident hope that has been reasonably investigated that gets stronger when tested.ILLUSTRA MEDIAAs mentioned in the previous post, Illustra Media’s “John 10:10 Project” offers numerous short films that provide evidence for faith. The following episodes are especially fitting for Easter:Can the Gospels Be Trusted?How Accurate Are the Gospels?Other Gospels?Who Was Jesus?The Miracles of JesusMessianic PropheciesDeath & ResurrectionThe Empty TombTransformationNow go celebrate Resurrection Sunday with confidence and adoration for the risen Lord! (Visited 565 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more