Over time, numerous cases of domestic violence have been reported in the Guyanese media. Many were brutally killed in some instances. Unfortunately, it continues despite awareness efforts and the much touted training of law enforcement officers, who are expected to be the first step of recourse with regard to the lodging of complaints.There is more than a subtle irony in the continuance of this societal scourge in spite of the relentless efforts and the plethora of available mechanisms to inform and educate. The problem is much larger than what appears in the news, including the social media outlets, as many cases go unreported. This therefore gives much credence to the appearance of an underestimated reality.Many reasons have been made known for what can deter an abused victim from seeking the intervention of the law. Among them, in no specific order of impact, are aspects of culture, shame, dependency and its redounding lack of empowerment for some, and the lack of confidence in law enforcement itself, precipitated by the reported trivialising of the issue in some instances.One may posit that education is a primary concern. On the other hand, one can argue that education has been more profound in recent times. Pertinent would be to ask the question if the other factors subvert the heeding of educational messaging. While the answer may be assumed, it would make for interesting and informative research.As is contemplated, the magnitude of the impact on children cannot be underestimated. Many have cruelly been made witnesses to the horrific assaults on their mothers, and to a lesser extent their fathers. Those ghastly images, especially for some who watched as life was snuffed out, are not only lasting, but are profoundly traumatising.When young minds are so broadsided, the impact, if not managed, lingers for life. Not that they are erasable, but with meaningful and sustained interventions, the trauma can potentially be mitigated, thereby aiding in better shaping of lives. The entire spectrum of what therefore constitutes counselling then becomes vital. This naturally raises the question of the availability of adequate intervening mechanisms.While it is always heartening to hear that surviving victims and witnesses to such horrific incidents would be counselled, it would be very informative, for the benefit of all, to know the extent of what is available and offered. Realistically, expectations cannot be for what obtains in the developed nations; however, there must be something tangible, in keeping with available resources, with upgrades foremost in planning.This is not in any way suggesting that there isn’t an effective mechanism. However, counselling can be an extensive process for some, depending upon the circumstances. Given the plethora of incidents that unfortunately continue, and which would make added demands on the system, the question of adequacy of trained staff, needed facilities, and support systems becomes more pertinent.Not too long ago, the country had the unenviable tag of having the highest rate of suicide per capita. Prior to that categorisation, some aspects had made news internationally, prompting a local organisation to call for suicide to be made a national priority, given its impact on society and the trauma it imposes on surviving relatives.It was stated that the declaration would not only bring additional focus, but would have positioned the issue to be afforded the necessary resources for its mitigation.It wasn’t going to be a panacea to stop suicide; but, effectively structured, it increases the potential across the country, with the assistance of stakeholders, to maximise effectiveness of information gathering for targeted intervention. It would also increase confidence in the support system, to help break social inhibitors where necessary, and to better edify.It is no different for domestic violence. While there is a disadvantage in being unable to accurately quote figures based on extensive research, if available, on the amount of people lost, injured and disfigured, and those scarred for life as a result of domestic violence, it must be extremely high in proportion to our population. Clearly, the highest number would be those who are left traumatised.This, therefore, must be seen as a serious cause for concern, and a compelling reason for consideration to be declared a national priority. This is an apolitical issue, and is not confined to any one group, thereby making it less difficult to garner national support. In such small societies, the impact permeates throughout and away from just the families.Children reading and learning about incidents through television and social media are in many ways impacted too, especially if one of their own is affected. In the context herein, the pervasiveness and impact of trauma cannot, and must not, be underestimated. That of road accidents must also be taken into account, for too much is at stake for people and the nation.
WASHINGTON – I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s allies urged President George W. Bush on Wednesday to pardon the former White House aide, but Bush rebuffed questions about whether he would intervene to prevent Libby’s 2 -year prison sentence. Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced Tuesday for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation. He became the highest-ranking White House official sentenced to prison since the Iran-Contra affair. A Republican stalwart, Libby drew more than 150 letters of support from military commanders and diplomats who praised his government service from the Cold War through the early days of the Iraq war. “The White House is well aware of what a lot of supporters of Scooter have to say about this,” said Mel Sembler, who served as Bush’s ambassador to Italy and now leads Libby’s defense fund. “There really is only one answer. This man has to step up and pardon him.” “I hope the president feels sufficient pressure to issue a pardon,” said Richard Carlson, another of Libby’s supporters. Carlson was ambassador to the Seychelles during the administration of Bush’s father. The current president is “a man of principle, like him or not, and the principle in this case is that a pardon is the right thing to do,” Carlson said. Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to investigators about his conversations with reporters about CIA officer Valerie Plame. Fitzgerald questioned Bush and Cheney in a probe that became a symbol of the administration’s deepening problems. “Mr. Libby was the poster child for all that has gone wrong in this terrible war,” defense lawyer Theodore Wells said in court. “He has fallen from public grace. It is a tragic fall, a tragic fall.” Libby has maintained his innocence and said any false statements he made to investigators were the product of a faulty memory, not deception. “It is respectfully my hope that the court will consider, along with the jury verdict, my whole life,” he said in court before the sentencing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bush, traveling in Europe, gave no hint about his plans. “Yesterday was a very sad day for Scooter and his family,” Bush told reporters. “But there’s an ongoing process, and it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to discuss it while the process is going forward. My heart goes out to his family.” Libby’s lawyers are rushing to try to forestall the prison sentence. They planned to file papers today but faced an uphill battle in the request for Libby to remain free while his appeals play out. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald intends to oppose a delay, and U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton has said he sees no reason to grant one. If the request were denied, Walton would order Libby to report to prison in the next month or so. That would force Libby’s lawyers to rush to an appeals court in hopes of blocking his imprisonment. Sembler and other supporters would not discuss what conversations they have had with White House officials.
Arsenal are indebted to one man for their prolonged Champions League campaign.Olivier Giroud couldn’t have found a better occasion to score his first Gunners hat-trick, putting Olympiakos to the sword on Wednesday night in Greece when the odds seemed stacked against the visitors.A first-half header and then a quick-fire brace after the break clinched the Frenchman’s treble as Arsene Wenger’s troops squeaked into the knockout stages.And, despite making it extremely hard for themselves, Arsenal and Wenger preserved their 100 per cent qualification rate under the Frenchman’s stewardship.
1 Jordan Amavi Marseille remain confident of tying up a deal for Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi – despite interest from Fiorentina and Monaco.The left-back is ready to leave the Championship club this summer and he almost joined Sevilla earlier on in the transfer window.That move ended up collapsing, though, and the Frenchman has since been in talks with Marseille.The Ligue 1 club are proposing to take Amavi on loan for the year before potentially signing him permanently in a year for £9m.Villa are reportedly open to such a deal, but it was thought late interest from Fiorentina and Monaco could scupper Marseille’s plans.Both clubs have made enquiries for Amavi and they are keen to bring him in, but – according to L’Equipe – Marseille remain confident of winning the race for the defender.The French club are confident they have laid enough groundwork in the race for the 23-year-old and they are hoping to tie up a deal soon.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Officer James Tuck was hit twice in the stomach, and a third bullet nearly severed his hand. Although Tuck, 26, was wearing a bulletproof vest, it offered little protection from the high-powered weapon at close range, police said. Tuck was listed in serious but stable condition at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. He will be transferred to another hospital for surgery to try to save his hand, police said. Tuck’s partner, Officer John Porras, was able to return fire and hit Perez in the leg, police said. Porras was struck in the face by broken glass. After being shot, Perez dropped the rifle and tried to crawl away, police said. He was captured moments later on the porch of a nearby house. The driver of the car fled on foot. He, too, was captured about 90 minutes later. He has yet to be formally charged. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 31-year-old man was being held Sunday on $2 million bail after authorities said he sprayed a police car with bullets during a traffic stop, wounding an officer before being shot himself. Jose Perez of Los Angeles was booked for investigation of attempted murder after being treated and released for a leg wound, Officer Mike Lopez said. The shooting occurred about 11 p.m. Saturday after two police officers pulled over a stolen car in Montecito Heights near Lincoln High School, authorities said. “Before the officers could even open their doors, a passenger got out and started raking the car with gunfire from an AK-47,” said police spokesman Lt. Paul Vernon.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Shortly after, Wells, a U.S. citizen attending college in Miami, was arrested by local law enforcement at the airport, based on unspecified information in his call. “He admitted that there was no bomb and admitted he was upset because he wasn’t allowed to board the plane,” Smith said. The plane departed about an hour late after authorities using bomb-sniffing dogs determined it was safe. LONG BEACH – A college student was arrested after authorities say he called in a bomb threat to the Long Beach Airport because he arrived late for his flight and was prevented from boarding, an FBI spokesman said Sunday. Yechezkel Wells, 21, was being held at a federal detention center in Los Angeles after his arrest Saturday night, FBI Special Agent Kenneth Smith said. He was scheduled to appear in federal court today on charges of providing false information and making threats, Smith said. Wells is accused of calling in the threat after he arrived only minutes before a Jet Blue flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was scheduled to leave around 9:10 p.m. and was denied a boarding pass, Smith said.
THE NEW Ulster Senior League season gets underway this Sunday with two games in the Donegal News USL League Cup.Letterkenny Rovers, the Cup holders, welcome Fanad United to Leckview Park while Cockhill Celtic travel to Derry City Reserves (kick-off 2pm).Rovers overcame Cockhill Celtic 3-1 in the Finn Park in late April to secure the prize and end a six-season dominance by Cockhill in the competition. BJ Banda’s late brace, after Jimmy Bradley cancelled out Lee Toland’s penalty, saw Rovers claim the silverware in the final.Rovers have added the experience of Derry native Emmet Friars to their defence, while Ramelton man Connor Gormley has been recruited to bolster the midfield, having been on Derry City’s books.Gary Merritt has joined from Milford United and played in the recent FAI Senior Cup defeat to UCD at Belfield.Rovers have lost the services of Conor Tourish to Institute while Christy Connaghan is said to be on his way to Kilmacrennan Celtic. Eamonn McConigley’s men had a brilliant start to last season and will be looking for a similar beginning this time around.Fanad are once again under the watch of Arthur Lynch for the new season and the Traigh-A-Loch boss will be hoping a number of young players will make the step up to the intermediate grade.Cokhill have said farewell to Gerard McLaughlin and Gerry Gill, but player-manager Gavin Cullen has added former Finn Harps man Adam Duffy from Illies Celtic. Stephen Duffy and Cathal Farren have also joined the defending USL champions, as has Aaron McColgan.GROUP ASept 1 Letterkenny Rovers v Fanad UnitedSept 8 Fanad United v Finn Harps Reserves Advertisement Sept 22 Finn Harps Reserves v Letterkenny Rovers GROUP BSept 1 Derry City Reserves v Cockhill Celtic Advertisement Sept 8 Bonagee United v Derry City ReservesSept 22 Cockhill Celtic v Bonagee UnitedUSL – League Cup groups to usher in new season was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR Fifty years after Spectrolab started experimenting with solar panels that would someday power moon exploration, the aerospace firm is coming down to Earth. The company, a Boeing subsidiary, had made photovoltaic products that convert sunlight into electricity. Most of its products are built for outer space, but the terrestial market for solar power is booming. “Our core business is space, to make space products to support (Boeing’s) core business,” said president David Lillington Tuesday during a press conference. “But we see terrestrial photovoltaic use as a huge opportunity.” A quarter of the company s business is devoted to earthly products, which is a quarter more than last year, Lillington said. And while Spectrolab s solar cells are much more costly than industry-standard silicon, they are more powerful. Spectrolab uses a metal called gallium-arsenide, which holds up well in space but is much more sturdier than it needs to be for use in cell phones, computers and the solar panels attached to your neighbor s roof. Gallium-arsenide is 200 times more costly than silicon, according to Spectrolab spokesman David Garlick. But gallium-arsenide absorbs sunlight more quickly. A standard cell converts 28 percent of the sunlight that hits it into electricity, Lillington said. In 10 years Spectrolab aims to make solar cells that convert 40 percent of the sun s energy. A typical silicon cell converts 16 percent of the sun s rays. Making powerful cells is the key to affordability because the more sunlight they can convert, the fewer panels consumers need to buy. “The cost has been reduced substantially with that higher efficiency,” said Dan Blake, director of the Economic Research Center of the San Fernando Valley at California State University, Northridge. Solar power and other alternative forms of energy will become more cost-effective as the price of oil rises, Blake added. That is good news for Spectrolab, which also has positive prospects in space. “Spending on space is coming to life,” said Mary Anne Sudol, an aerospace analyst with Caris & Company. Spectrolab was founded in 1956 by Alfred Mann, a scientist from Portland, Ore. The lab grew quickly and logged a number of accomplishments early on. The company s solar panels powered the satellite that took the first pictures of Earth from space. The company s solar panels were used on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Today, the company s solar panels power two Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and Spectrolab makes more spacecraft solar cells than anyone else. “The space side of our business is doing well and will continue to do well,” Lillington said. “I believe we re very well positioned to maintain our leadership.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3735
Country crooner Daniel O’Donnell has slammed greedy ticket touts for fleecing music fans.The singer revealed his anger over the U2 show scandal — when tickets for their sold-out Croke Park gig popped up on a reselling site for up to four times the face value.Daniel is currently gracing stages Down Under with his Back Home Again tour but promised not to leave any of his devotees disappointed on his 13-date Irish tour later this year. Daniel, 55, said: “I don’t think any artist likes that to happen, you know, that real fans are prevented from getting seats and touts just charge astronomical prices.“But I don’t know how they do that. I don’t know if all places do, but certainly we, the sales people, had a policy that you could only get so many seats.”The country sensation has been topping charts around the world for over three decades but he welcomes rising stars of the genre such as Nathan Carter.He said: “It’s a fantastic thing to see all the young people that are singing country music now. “It’s really revitalised the whole business. It has brought a whole new group of people to the music.”Daniel last month wowed fans onboard a luxury Caribbean cruise which set sail from Florida.But the Kincasslagh man confirmed he wasn’t asked to perform at President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.He said: “I wasn’t asked so I can’t comment, I’m not a political person. I’d never get involved in politics.”Daniel slams greedy ticket touts was last modified: March 7th, 2017 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)