Bolt names Jamaica, USA stars to Nitro Athletics team

first_imgAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Sprinting star Usain Bolt has pulled back the curtain on his Bolt All-Stars line-up ahead of the highly-anticipated inaugural season of Nitro Athletics Melbourne, with a number of heavyweights and promising talent making the cut.  Bolt will be counting on fellow Jamaican sprinting stars Asafa Powell and Michael Frater along with American hurdlers Kerron Clement and Dawn Harper Nelson with the likes of Ryan Wilson, Jeneba Tarmoh, Christine Day and Natasha Morrison also listed on his squad for the Australian series.  Jenna Prandini along with young Australians Matthew Ramsden in the middle distances and pole vaulter Nina Kennedy will also represent the Bolt All-Stars at the Lakeside Stadium over three nights commencing on February 4.  Bolt, whose team will take on outfits from Australia, England, New Zealand, China and Japan, says he is looking forward to the event and is pleased with the makeup of his team.  “Of course I’m going to bring my fellow Jamaicans, they were the first to be picked,” said Bolt.  “It’s going to be fun, I can’t wait to get down to Melbourne, see the crowd and be part of something that will change (the sport),” added Bolt. Hailed as a revolutionary event in international athletics, Nitro Athletics will see six teams of athletes from all over the world competing in both traditional and non-traditional events such as mixed event as well as hurdles and middle distance relays in a points-based contest. It will be contested on February 4, 9 and 11.  SQUAD: Usain Bolt (JAM, sprints) Michael Frater (JAM, sprints) Asafa Powell (JAM, sprints) Ryan Wilson (USA, hurdles, sprints) Kerron Clement (USA, hurdles, sprints) Jarrion Lawson (USA, jumps, sprints) James Kiplagat Magut (KEN, middle distance) Elijah Kipchirchir Kiptoo (KEN, middle distance) Matthew Ramsden (AUS, middle distance) Mark Hollis (USA, pole vault) Cyrus Hostetler (USA, javelin) Jarryd Wallace (USA, para-athletics) WOMEN: Natasha Morrison (JAM, sprints) Jeneba Tarmoh (USA, sprints) Christine Day (JAM, sprints) Dawn Harper-Nelson (USA, hurdles, sprints) Jenna Prandini (USA, sprints, jumps) Brittany McGowan (USA, middle distance) Selah Jepleting Busienei (KEN, middle distance) Anastasia Marinakou (GRE, middle distance) Naa Anang (AUS, long jump) Nina Kennedy (AUS, pole vault) Kara Winger (USA, javelin) Marie Le Fur (FRA, para-athletics)last_img read more

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Clarkson playing for Gilas ‘is not that simple,’ says Reyes

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Gilas ready to naturalize Isaiah Austin Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson As much as Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes salivates on the thought of Jordan Clarkson donning national team colors, he knows that the Fil-Am guard’s status is much more complicated than what meets the eye.“Jordan is just there. I just want everyone to understand it’s not that simple with him wanting to play and us wanting him to be here,” Reyes said.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Clarkson still has not resolved his eligibility problems with Fiba as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) yet to prove if the Los Angeles Laker indeed carries a Philippine passport before the age of 16.Jordan Clarkson during one of his practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdding to that is the scheduling conflict with 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers running straight right into the NBA season from late November to mid-February.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“There is also a little matter of the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. Clarkson can’t easily say that he wants to play or we can tell him that he can come. He has to get a clearance,” Reyes said.The case is the same with other NBA players wishing to suit up for their respective national teams, with the United States forced to parade standouts from the NBA G-League coached by Jeff Van Gundy. “If you notice, Team USA released its lineup last week and there’s no NBA player, not one,” said Reyes. “If Team USA didn’t have any NBA player, what more for us? It’s not that simple.”For now, Gilas can just hope that the 25-year-old Clarkson will be able to play for the Philippines down the line.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Painters scrape through

first_imgReggie Johnson led the Painters with 29 points and Yap finished with 27 as Rain or Shine advanced to face crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra in a best-of-five series that starts Sunday.Stanley Pringle paced the Batang Pier with 23 points and GlobalPort again played above expectations. The eighth-seeded Batang Pier took the Painters to this do-or-die encounter after carving out a 114-113 triumph on Tuesday.Meanwhile, a familiar foe in an unlikely stage of a tournament is up for Leo Austria and San Miguel Beer.But for the multititled coach and his Beermen, clashing with Alaska in a best-of-five semifinal series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup will be just like any other day at the office.“We’re facing them (in a series) for the first time that is not the Finals,” Austria said of the Aces, whom they last played in the 2016 Philippine Cup title series where they gave birth to the “Beer-acle” fame after roaring back from 0-3 down in the best-of-seven playoffs to win.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil San Miguel also made it to the Final Four for the first time under Austria’s watch coming out of a best-of-three series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I was ready and I was given enough playing time,” said the 14-year veteran after his masterful performance to finish with his biggest output in the last four years.Prior to Yap’s offensive fireworks, GlobalPort threatened to pull off an upset after reducing the twice-to-beat advantage of the Elasto Painters in a no-tomorrow contest with a narrow victory in their initial quarterfinal meeting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It feels good to win, but I’m not satisfied with how the game ended. We didn’t get any fouls in the fourth quarter,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia, visibly irked with the officiating.Rain or Shine will be playing in the semifinals for the first time since Yeng Guiao left the team two seasons ago, and it was but fitting that Yap had a hand by coming up with his best game as a Painter since being acquired from Purefoods last season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Stanley Pringle of Global Port drives past Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood early in their knockoutmatch. —SHERWIN VARDELEONRain or Shine showed the game that gave it top-seeding in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs, thanks in large part to James Yap, who came up with the kind of game that has made him one of the league’s deadliest guns of all time.The former two-time MVP dropped a career-high seven triples on GlobalPort Thursday night and spearheaded a 103-97 victory by the Elasto Painters over the Batang Pier for the last Final Four slot in the import-spiced conference at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Cardinals hold off Heavy Bombers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View commentslast_img read more

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Trump assails Roberts’ moves in Dodgers’ 9-6 loss to Red Sox

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Right there, I know Rich did everything he could, competed, left everything out there,” Roberts said. “We’ve got to do a better job of picking him up.”Hill struck out seven and walked three in 6 1/3 innings with one run and one hit. He is just the second pitcher age 38 or older to post three World Series starts in which he’s allowed just one earned run, including two last year. Roger Clemens holds the record with four.Scott Alexander inherited a runner from Hill, who had issued a leadoff walk to Xander Bogaerts. Alexander walked Brock Holt and Roberts was quick with the hook.“It just didn’t work out the way we wanted,” Hill said. “We’ll move forward and concentrate on Sunday.”The Dodgers turned to Ryan Madson, brought in from the Nationals in August to bolster the ’pen in high-leverage situations.It didn’t work.Madson gave up a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland, drawing the Red Sox within 4-3.The Dodgers turned to Kenley Jansen in the eighth for the second straight game.Bad move.The All-Star closer served up a one-out homer to Steve Pearce that tied the game at 4-all. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Big mistake!” President Donald Trump tweeted.It was the beginning of another troubled outing for Los Angeles’ bullpen in the World Series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSix relievers combined to give up eight of Boston’s nine runs over the final three innings in a 9-6 loss Saturday night that sent the Dodgers to the brink of elimination for the second straight year.“Watching the Dodgers/Red Sox final innings,” Trump tweeted. “It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!” “We’re all disappointed,” Jansen said. “We can’t question ourselves. It’s another day tomorrow. It’s not over until it’s over.”Hours earlier, Jansen gave up Jackie Bradley Jr.’s tying homer in the eighth inning of an epic Game 3, blowing his attempt at a six-out save in his third major World Series failure in two years.But the bullpen rallied, with eight relievers combining for 11 innings of five-hit ball in the longest World Series game in history. They mostly shut down Boston’s powerful lineup and the Dodgers eked out a 3-2, 18-inning victory in the 7-hour, 20-minute affair that ended early Saturday. Converted starter Alex Wood got the win by pitching out of trouble in the 18th after giving up a leadoff walk.Jansen struggled against Houston a year ago in the World Series, too.He gave up a solo homer to Marwin Gonzalez in Game 2 for his first blown save in the playoffs. That ended his major league record streak of converting his first 12 postseason save chances.In Game 5, he took the loss in a 10-inning defeat.The Dodgers ran through Dylan Floro, Wood and Kenta Maeda in the ninth when the Red Sox exploded for five runs, four of them with two outs. Floro gave up pinch-hitter Rafael Devers’ go-ahead single with one out.“We have another chance,” Jansen said, “and we’ll give it our best shot.”It might be their last. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roberts responded, saying, “I don’t know how many Dodger games he’s watched. I don’t think he’s privy to the conversation. That’s one man’s opinion.”Los Angeles trails 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers lost to Houston in Game 7 a year ago.Informed of Trump’s comments, Boston manager Alex Cora simply said, “Dave Roberts is a good manager.”When he was told of the presidential tweet, a subdued Hill said, “I didn’t read it.”Roberts and Hill talked in the sixth, with the 38-year-old left-hander telling his manager to keep an eye on him.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Boston Red Sox’s Mitch Moreland watches his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Ryan Madson during the seventh inning in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Working on a one-hitter with a 4-0 lead, Rich Hill had just set down Eduardo Nunez swinging for the first out of the seventh inning.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had seen enough. Walking to the mound, he signaled to the bullpen and Hill was gone.ADVERTISEMENT Chris Sale’s shouts rally Red Sox to brink of title View commentslast_img read more

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Ebola Forces Health Ministers’ Confab

first_imgThe recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in neighboring Sierra Leone and the reoccurrence of the disease in Liberia, have forced authorities of Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and their counterparts in the sub-region, to a meeting.The main theme of the meeting is on the prevention and strengthening collaboration to effectively address the Ebola outbreak, which has now claimed the lives of at least 337 persons in the sub-region.Guinea remains worst affected, with 264 Ebola-related deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) data showed, as the toll in Sierra Leone and Liberia has hit 49 and 24 respectively.This meeting is coming in the wake of fresh cases being reported in the three countries.Liberia’s Health Ministry authorities have confirmed that five new cases have been reported in Lofa County (Foya 3 and Voinjama 2). They also confirmed the death of three in Lofa, with two of it occurring in Foya and one in Voinjama.It is also reported that three Sierra Leoneans are confirmed positive with the Ebola virus disease in Liberia.Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, is representing Liberia at the Conakry, Guinea, meeting, which will discuss and strengthen efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak.According to health authorities, the meeting will pave the way for a coordinated approach in dealing with critical issues of Ebola prevention and control including surveillance, contact tracing and follow up, case management, and information-sharing in the region. “The delegates will also review current critical issues about Ebola prevention, and adopt a robust approach in containing the spread of the virus,” they said.As of June 19, the virus has claimed eight lives, bringing the total cumulative deaths to 17; 18 confirmed cases in the country. Three new suspected cases were reported from Lofa County pending laboratory confirmation, the Health Ministry said.Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has appealed to the public to work with the MOHSW and partners by adhering to instructions from health workers about measures aimed at preventing Ebola, and doing away with fears, panic, stigma, and the state of denial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Time for PNC leaders to act

first_imgDear Editor,Great, courageous and selfless leaders are those willing to confront the material anxieties of their people as the occasion arises. There is a great anxiety in Guyana as to the good life for the ordinary man as promised by the government. After three and a half years in office, the Government has spent some GYD$1.1 trillion in four consecutive budgets since 2015, and it is clear that the benefits are not trickling down to the poor and the working class. Thus, it was not surprising that the results the 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) clearly reflected the people’s disappointment with the PNC-led coalition. It was an electoral shellacking.Today, the people are faced with a more pressing anxiety. It has been said that the health of any nation’s leader is intricately intertwined with the economic health of that nation. And while we wish His Excellency a swift return to good health, the realities from the last six months have illustrated that the people are being kept in the dark. They are not being told the full truth. It is irresponsible and highly offensive for the PNC-led coalition Government to continue to attempt to play with the people’s intelligence. Their public pronouncements over the last six months on how the State’s business is being handled, in light of His Excellency’s health, shows little respect and empathy for the people. The people are not fools and it is a vexation to their soul to observe the almost Goebel-like statements of half-truths and quarter-truths originating from the Ministry of the Presidency.The PNC cannot abscond from its political responsibility to all the people of Guyana. What is critically needed from the PNC now is real leadership. We are therefore speaking directly to the senior leadership of the party in light of His Excellency’s illness and impending absence from Guyana again. The country is in a semi-crisis state with rumors and invectives swirling from one end of the pendulum to another. It is time for Ms. Volda Lawrence and Ms. Amna Ally, the PNC’s Chairman and General Secretary respectively to end the incessant speculations.What is happening in the Ministry of the Presidency at the highest levels demands a political solution from the PNC, the principal political party in the coalition. The party stalwarts, for far too long, have ignored this issue and it has stymied national development and brought uncertainty to the country. A nation cannot advance in such an ad hoc manner.Those at the highest levels should get out into the fields and reach out to the people so as to understand what is going on in the towns and villages. Those at the highest levels should be making the necessary but urgent decisions needed to charter the course for the good life of the people. Politics is not a game and neither is political leadership.The PNC’s leaders need to be visible, and in these times of turmoil, the nation needs leaders who are capable of making decisions in order to positively reassure the people, especially the youths, that the challenges of the times are being met. Only the leaders of the PNC are politically equipped to perform these functions since they are in Government. They can no longer be in denial and ignore the problems of the day, which remain unsolved. They must fill the political void at the apex of the Government.The country cannot be left hanging and no one’s personal interest should come before the Country’s. That is why we are calling on both Ms Lawrence and Ms Ally to step up and solve the leadership problem. To do otherwise would result in a lack of public confidence in the Government.The PNC senior leaders must apprise the nation of their plans for the near future around this important issue of leadership succession.In spite of His Excellency being ill, they must take the bull by the horns and put forth a clear picture of what they intend to do in these tumultuous times. The nation is in pain and our youths are suffering and are crying out for help. This is primarily because the PNC as a party lacks effective leadership to deal with the issues at hand. This must change. It is time for the PNC senior leaders to step up or get out of the kitchen.God bless His Excellency, President David Granger and we wish him a swift return to good health and God bless our beloved Guyana.Regards,Dr Asquith Rose andSasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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End of the road for Cranston and Rams

first_imgFriday evening, the unranked (24-6) Rams took to the hardwood against the third-ranked Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (31-1) in the regional quarter finals.The Rams were defeated 3-1 in sets, (25-22, 22-25, 16-25, 18-25), despite entering the third set tied at 1-1. However, in front of a crowd of over 8,500, the Wahine won the next two sets, to continue its 26-match win streak.Despite the loss, Cranston played an excellent game for the Rams with 14 kills on .324 hitting, also tallying 12 blocks for her sixth double-double of the season.- Advertisement -The Rams finished up their season with a record of 24-6, making it the 17th straight year that CSU has won 20-plus matches.last_img read more

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Guyana records 141 deaths by suicide in 2018

first_img…Govt commits to reviewing criminalisation of attempted suicideGuyana experienced a “significant” decline in the number of deaths caused by suicide with 141 cases recorded in 2018 when compared to the 184 documented in 2017.Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Util Richmond-ThomasA section of persons who participated in the sensitisation walkThese figures were disclosed by Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Util Richmond-Thomas during a programme organised by the Public Health Ministry at the National Cultural Centre in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday.According to Richmond-Thomas, young people between the ages of 20 and 29 years old accounted for the most suicide deaths during 2017 and 2018.She was keen to note too that the majority of the deaths were as a result of pesticide use followed by persons hanging themselves.On the other hand, the Director related that persons who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their bids are now being assessed by psychiatrists and are linked to services such as alcohol and substance abuse treatments.The Mental Health Director posited that the Ministry still has a lot of work to do to reduce these figures.“According to the National Suicide Plan 2015-2020, published in December 2014, Guyana ranked at the top worldwide with an estimated suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000. Also, according to the said plan, suicide was a leading cause of death among persons aged 25-44 years old. The most affected age group was 20-29 years but individuals 13-19 years and greater than 50 years were in high proportion,” she explained.But more recently, the death rate caused by suicide stood at 24.63 per 100,000 in 2017 and 18.80 per 100,000 in 2018 in a population of just about 746,995 people.Males, she pointed out, die more frequently as a result of suicide with a proportion of four to one while the most common method was by pesticide or herbicide use. In fact, statistics revealed that 69 per cent of suicide cases were men in 2017 which climbed to 83 per cent in 2018.East Indians accounted for more than 50 per cent of suicide cases which were highly concentrated in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Five (Mahaica-Berbice), respectively.A further breakdown shows that last year, 65 per cent of persons were of East Indian descent, 17 per cent were of African descent and 8.5 per cent were Amerindians while seven per cent were mixed race.Although this was the case, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud told the gathering that suicide has no face and that everyone suffers from this scourge.On the other hand, Pan American Health Organisation, World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Representative, Dr William Adu Krow reminded Guyana that while the figures may be decreasing, the country still needs to do more work.He pointed out, “In 2014 we happened to be the worst in the world in terms of per capita (suicide deaths) now we are the third-worst and we are coming down”.More alarming, Adu Krow explained that for every death, about 20 to 25 people attempt suicide, which translates to about 3500 persons who try to harm themselves annually.Decriminalising suicideWith calls mounting for the Government to decriminalise attempted suicide, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence committed to reviewing the laws which criminalise the act.While delivering the feature address at Tuesday’s event, she said, “Our suicide attempts are our target for intervention…let me assure all of you that I will seek to have the repeal of Chapter 8:01 96 of the laws of Guyana which criminalises attempted suicide”.Back in July, British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn renewed calls in support for the decriminalisation of attempted suicide, as he shared the belief that it is not a criminal offence, but rather a cry for assistance.He stated that suicide was removed from the list of criminal offences in England and Wales since 1961 and such actions should follow through for Guyana as well because it eliminates the stigma for surviving family members.“Suicide here in Guyana needs to be decriminalised. It needs to be taken off the criminal statute. It is no way a criminal offence…It was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1961 with the appropriately named Suicide Act. What that fundamentally means is not only is the stigma removed from surviving family members, but also those who try and fail are no longer prosecuted…If you do, here in Guyana, you are and this we believe is fundamentally wrong. Trying to commit suicide is a clear statement of a need for help,” the High Commissioner shared.This year, World Suicide Prevention Day was observed under the theme “Working together to prevent suicides”.To commemorate the day in Guyana, a sensitisation walk was held throughout a few city streets. In attendance were hundreds of representatives from religious organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), students, MoPH officials and civil society decked out in yellow t-shirts and caps. While dancing to tunes played by a steel pan group they shouted, “No more suicide, life is precious, we must live it!”last_img read more

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Immigrants sue over visas

first_imgThe groups filing the lawsuit on behalf of a dozen qualifying immigrants also include the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach and several other immigrant organizations. The defendants are Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The suit asks the court for an injunction requiring the federal government to expedite “U” visa applications and issue regulations. Implementing the new rules is a complex process that involves several government agencies, said Sharon Rummery, spokeswoman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. “We want the `U’ visa regulations to be well thought out,” she said. “We want something that’s going to work well for all concerned.” The plaintiffs include undocumented immigrants living in California, Arizona, Kentucky, Texas and New York who have been victims of domestic violence, attempted murder, aggravated assault and other crimes. Often, their cooperation with police has led to successful prosecution, their attorneys said. SAN FRANCISCO – Undocumented immigrants who have suffered violent crimes sued the federal government Wednesday for failing to issue them protective visas approved by Congress more than six years ago. The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, signed in 2000, created a visa category that would let victims of violent crimes who overcome their fear of deportation and cooperate with law enforcement to remain in the country and eventually apply for permanent residency. But federal immigration authorities still have not issued application forms or regulations for the “U” visa, making it impossible for qualifying immigrants to take advantage of the protection, the attorneys said. “We finally decided that without the intervention of the federal courts, we could easily be waiting for another six years before an application form is made available,” said Peter A. Schey, president of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and lead counsel for the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Federal immigration officials said those who qualify for the visa have been allowed to remain in the country while they await the regulations with a “deferred action” status. But this temporary status leaves them in a legal limbo, uncertain of their future and unable to travel abroad to see family or bring their children to the United States, they said. One would-be visa applicant, Maria Ester Perez, was physically abused by her boyfriend. Help came after he started hitting her with a belt in the middle of the street, prompting passersby to call the police. Perez helped authorities arrest and prosecute the man. With police certification that she’d been essential to landing her abuser in jail, she applied for a visa in July 2004. She was given a work permit and temporary protection from deportation, but feels unsafe without permanent residency. She also worries about her children in El Salvador, whom she hasn’t seen in six years. “I wish I had legal status so I could travel to El Salvador,” she said. “I would feel safer with residence papers.” Another plaintiff, Eleuterio Rodriguez Ruiz, was held face down at gunpoint by a vigilante in Maricopa County, Ariz. He cooperated with police, who arrested the vigilante and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon. This is the second lawsuit asking for implementation of the “U” visa. The first was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs after the Department of Homeland Security went to Congress and got an extension to issue the regulations by July 2006 – a deadline they’ve since missed, the attorneys said. The immigrants involved “have followed all the rules and complied with law enforcement requests for assistance,” said Becky Bogyo, with Catholic Charities in San Francisco, one of the plaintiffs. “Now they’re waiting for the U.S. government to follow through.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs calls for local Conservative candidate to step down

first_imgThe Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs are calling for the resignation of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies candidate Bob Zimmer.The organization is calling for Zimmer to withdraw his candidacy after comments made earlier this week at a debate in Fort St. John.Zimmer said at Tuesday night’s debate in Fort St. John that a ‘lack of a job’ was a big factor in the deaths of Indigenous women.One of the major drivers of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women is lack of economic activity – or, simply put, lack of a job. We’ve tried things to where we brings economic activity – or jobs – to reserves and other legislation to see that through. Ultimately when people have a job, they’re not in despair – and they can stay on reserve. That’s where we want them to be, we want them to be happy where they live, and go from there with their families. I know a lot of them don’t want to live off of reserve, they want to stay there – and I support that there. We just want them to live happily and healthily.- Advertisement -Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says “Aboriginal women and communities were shocked, outraged and deeply offended by Mr. Zimmer’s derogatory remarks towards women.”Zimmer spoke to Energetic City on Thursday, saying that the comments were taken “grossly out of context.”“I deeply care about missing and murdered aboriginal women… I can’t imagine a tragedy like that happening, and it is a tragedy. My point was, in my statement, was that we need to start acting on recommendations and fix the problem – because I don’t want to see anybody missing or murdered again. I say that from the deepest part of my heart, that’s where I’m at. It’s unfortunate it was taken that way, but it’s certainly not reflective of my views of it. Again, I’m deeply committed to the issue.”Advertisement Zimmer says that he was referencing an RCMP report on missing and murdered Indigenous women – which he says lists unemployment as a factor among many others.NDP Candidate Kathi Dickie called for another inquiry, saying 1,200 Indigenous women missing and murdered is ‘shameful.’Liberal Matt Shaw said it is a ‘bloody national emergency,’ which Barry Blackman with the Progressive Party of Canada pointed at poverty as a factor.last_img read more

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