17 Jan
2020

Unemployment linked to domestic violence

first_imgThe increase in unemployment is a creating a higher risk for incidents of domestic violence, says United States (US) psychologist and author Dr Steven Stosny.He was speaking with Sunday Newsday during a break at a domestic violence conference held at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Mucurapo.Stosny reported he has been informed that the domestic violence rate in Trinidad is high and observed that all over the world it gets higher as unemployment goes up.He pointed out that in the US when there is a quarter point tick up in the unemployment rate, there is a quarter point tick up in domestic violence and it is almost directly correlated.“It is mostly because males when they can’t protect their families start feeling bad about themselves and that’s when they are more likely to be abusive. So unemployment and underemployment in the males when they get jobs below their skill level or where they don’t make very much money there’s a higher risk of domestic violence,” he explained.In the past few months hundreds of workers have been sent home from companies such as steel companies ArcelorMittal, and Centrin, construction company OAS Construtora and oil company Respol and Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus has described the trend as a period of “mass retrenchment”.Stosny said because of the oil collapse this country’s economy is worse and in Canada there is a similar problem because of the oil sands.He added that while that culture is very different from Trinidad and Tobago they are experiencing the same up tick in domestic violence because of the economic crisis.In his presentation, he spoke of the need to focus on the abuser as well as the victim.“Victims do need support but you are not going to change the problem of domestic violence unless you change the abuser because they are the ones doing it. So you’ve got to do both,” he said.He said a lot of the bravado that is seen in the Trinidad and Tobago population is people defending themselves “from thinking their life sucks”.He explained that one reason why the literature on domestic violence had not progressed was because the crime is defined by the victim and not the abuser.He said that in any case of abuse, whether between heterosexuals, between homosexuals, child abuse or elder abuse, the motivation is the same — power and control. He stressed that this was the symptom and abusers believe they are unlovable and inadequate and have to be manipulative, deceitful and possessive to earn affection.He pointed out that if someone tells an abuser that they love them they would not believe it but believe they want their money or something else.He explained that these “attachment abusers” try to change the reflection of themselves as powerless, inadequate and unlovable by manipulating the mirror of the attachment and their partners.“To devalue something you have to be in a devalued state yourself,” he said.He explained abusers lack skills and pro-social empowerment and use the fragile substitution of values for power.He said the anger makes them feel powerful but when this wears off they crash and become depressed and end up on a roller coaster of anger and depression.“A lot of abusive people are anger junkies,” he added.Stosny advised that abusers be taught pro-social empowerment to make them feel valued, instil in them the conviction that they can make their lives better and to get them in touch with their deeper values.He said they need to change their brains through focus and repetition of healthy behaviours.During his presentation, he spoke of the abuse he suffered from his father including a hole in his head he received when his father hit him with a shingle at age three.He noted, however, that the most vivid memories were when his parents would spend days without speaking each other. His mother eventually left his father and remarried. (Trinidad Newsday)last_img read more

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17 Jan
2020

Brazilian national wanted for Konawaruk murder

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force on Wednesday issued a wanted bulletin for Antonio Do Nascimento Da Silva, also called “Matogrose”, for questioning in connection to the murder of Ana Maria Souza Da Silva.The woman was allegedly stabbed to death on February 21, 2016, at Muruwa Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro River. The last known address of the wanted Brazilian was given as Muruwa Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro River, and Boa Vista, Brazil.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Antonio Do Nascimento Da Silva is asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 455-2238, 227-1149, 225-2227, 225-0575, 911, or the nearest Police Station.Wanted: Antonio Do Nascimento Da Silvalast_img

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12 Jan
2020

Father, son charged for killing Mon Repos man

first_imgThe father and son who were arrested after they reportedly stabbed 23-year-old Brian Dwarka of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD) to death were on Wednesday arraigned for the indictable offence of murder.Deceased: Brian DwarkaThe men – Suraj Singh, 50, and his son, Andrew Singh, 24, both of Lot 257 Third Street, Mon Repos – appeared before Magistrate Zamina Seepaul-Ally.They were remanded to prison and were expected to re-appear in court on June 28, 2018.Guyana Times had previously reported that on May 27, 2018, Dwarka was stabbed to death while he was attending a barbecue, a short distance away from his home.According to reports, Dwarka was in the company of his friends and cousins when an argument between him and Suraj Singh ensued.The middle-aged man, along with his son, allegedly approached Dwarka and his group, armed with knives.However, while his friends were able to escape, the 23-year-old Mon Repos resident attempted to jump over a fence, but was stabbed once to his chest.Dwarka fell into the yard and onto the ground; he was later picked up by his mother and other relatives and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The two suspects were apprehended – the father at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he reportedly lied to Police, stating that he was attacked and robbed and was sent for a medical, while the younger Singh was found hiding in a toilet in his home.last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Private Sector to be affected – GO-Invest Chairperson

first_imgBrexit falloutWhile the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU) is said to have dire consequences for the Caribbean, what is more significant is the effect the move will also have on businesses.GO-Invest Chairperson Patricia BacchusChairperson of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), Patricia Bacchus said the implications of Brexit for the Private Sector in Guyana and the Caribbean were many. She was among a group of speakers at a discussion organised by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Dr Ivelaw Griffith recently.According to Bacchus, Britain remains a key market for many of the Region’s products and services even though there has been some general decline over the years. In 2008, she said, Caricom exports to the United Kingdom stood at some US$839 million. However, six years later, in 2014, it stood at US$495 million, a 30 to 35 per cent decline. That, she said, represents about two per cent of Caricom exports.In Guyana, based on information gathered, it was shown that for the first four months of the year, exports to the United Kingdom were somewhere around US$31 million or $6.5 billion. Bacchus said if the same momentum was maintained, there would be an anticipated $20 billion per annum in exported services and goods to the UK. For Guyana, it represents about seven per cent of total exports, which included commodities such as fuel and mining products; banana, sugar and rum; minerals, particularly gold, and fertilisers.Speaking about the direct implications, Bacchus said currency sensitivity and the exchange rate were set to affect businesses in the Region. “We all know that post Brexit votes there was a situation where the pound slide to a 31-year low. It has rebounded, but it is about 10 per cent below where it was trading against the US currency.”According to her, there are businesses and nations selling products and services in the UK market for which agreements are denominated in the pound currency. “That means now that the value that was being received by the seller is significantly reduced if they are being paid in pound sterling.”She said while there was some stabilisation going on right now, uncertainty would prevail and the currency sensitivity issue would also prevail.“So businesses and nations that are exposed to the currency fluctuation are going to be tasked with examining what it means to them. There will have to be some renegotiations with the UK or even seek out other markets,” she told the audience at Duke Lodge.Other implications Bacchus spoke about included access to the market on a free trade, free quota basis and operational exposure for businesses founded outside the UK that are operating within the country. She said because they have set up an office in the UK, they enjoy access to the UK market under a harmonised regulatory and tariff system with free cross border banking facilities and free movement of people and skills. The new situation will, however, pose some challenges.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Pic saved as BrexitCaption: GO- Invest Chairperson Patricia Bacchuslast_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Denny Morrison to race in 4 different events at the Olympics

first_img– Advertisement -Denny will be joined on the men’s team by Jeremy Wotherspoon, who has climbed back into medal contention after breaking his arm at the start of the 08/09 season.  The women’s team will be lead by Clara Hughes, Cindy Klassen and Kristina Groves.  For the full team, visit http://www.speedskating.ca/index.cfm?id=2124 The athletes will continue their training in Calgary until the Continental Qualifier on January 23rd and 24th.  Following that, the team will head to Vancouver in preparation for the 2010 Games. That announcement was made Monday afternoon, as Speed Skating Canada named the 16 long track speed skaters that will represent Canada in Vancouver.  Morrison will be one of Canada’s leaders, racing the 1000m, 1500m, 5000m and Team Pursuit events. The 24 year-old won a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Games, and is considered one of Canada’s best medal hopes.  Denny’s older brother will have to watch Denny from the sidelines again this year, as Jay Morrison was not one of the 16 named to Canada’s olympic roster on Monday. Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison will race in 4 events at the 2010 Olympics.last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Brocor wins contract for Braden Road construction

first_imgThe contract, part of the Oil and Gas Rural Road Improvement Program (OGRRIS), is for phase 3 of 3 that has seen the entirety of Braden Road get strengthened, widened, and seal coated over the last few years. While Brocor will be focusing on strengthening, widening, and seal coating the rest of the road, they will also be adding new lighting to the John Hart Highway/ Braden Road intersection, improving intersections 212, 214, and 216 along the Braden Road, and upgrading the drainage around the Barringham Bridge.Local Minister Blair Lekstrom is excited to see development to an important road in the Peace.“Braden Road is one of the most-travelled [roads] in our region. The improvements we’re doing here will help improve travel and safety for local residents and support increased industry investment and activity.”- Advertisement -Overall, the province has been busy when it comes to Peace Region roads, with this contract bringing the total money invested, since 2001, to 925 million dollars.Construction on the Braden Road should start shortly, and be completed in approximately a year’s time.last_img read more

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6 Jan
2020

Liverpool stun City in quarter-final first leg

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola during a frustrating second halfLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 4 – Liverpool swept Manchester City aside with a three-goal blitz in 19 first-half minutes to take a commanding 3-0 first leg lead in their Champions League quarter-final.Champions-elect City lead Liverpool by 18 points in the Premier League, but their only league defeat this season came in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield in January, and they suffered an even worse fate on Wednesday to leave their hopes of winning the European Cup for a first time hanging by a thread. Just as in the January meeting between the sides, the prolific Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane were on target for the hosts.However, a perfect night for Liverpool was marred when Salah limped off with an injury early in the second half.City could already be crowned English champions by the time the sides meet again for the second leg in six days’ time should they beat local rivals Manchester United on Saturday.However, it will take an extraordinary Etihad turnaround if they are to make just their second ever Champions League semi-final.City were well aware of the cauldron they were facing from the off as their team bus was battered by bottles and cans on their arrival at Anfield.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was quick to apologise as were the club in a strongly-worded statement condemning the actions of their own supporters.The atmosphere was equally electric inside the stadium for Liverpool’s first Champions League quarter-final for nine years.However, it didn’t immediately appear to shake City out of their rhythm as the hosts controlled possession for the opening 10 minutes.City, though, remained susceptible to the speed of Liverpool’s forwards and the visitors were caught out on the counter-attack on 12 minutes when Salah sprang Roberto Firmino in behind the City defence and, after his initial effort was parried by Ederson, Firmino teed up Salah to smash home his 38th goal of the season.– Oxlade-Chamberlain rocket –Salah scored his 38th goal of the season before hobbling off injured.City should have struck back straight away when Leroy Sane pulled his shot wide from the edge of the box as City outnumbered the Liverpool defence on a quick break of their own.However, they were soon swept away in the euphoria engulfing Anfield as Oxlade-Chamberlain pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area and rendered Ederson helpless with a stunning strike from 20 yards.The composure that has characterised City’s record-breaking Premier League season ebbed away as misplaced passed were gobbled up by wave upon wave of Liverpool attack.A third duly arrived as Salah stood up a cross to the far post for Mane to head in and take Liverpool’s prolific front three’s tally for the season to 77.Liverpool’s night was soured when Salah limped towards the touchline eight minutes after the restart with a muscle injury that will make him a serious doubt for the second leg.Guardiola turned to his bench moments later to introduce former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, who had been surprisingly left out from the start, to add even more spice to the atmosphere.The Liverpool faithful had to try and carry their tiring side over the line in the second half as City pressed relentlessly for an away goal that would get them back in the tie.However, the precise passing that is often the trademark of Guardiola sides deserted the Catalan’s charges as their final ball was consistently inches off target and Liverpool held out for a priceless clean sheet.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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29 Dec
2019

Walsall 1-3 Barnsley (1-6 agg): Tykes rout Saddlers on way to Wembley

first_imggetty images 1 Adam Hammill scored Barnsley’s opening goal center_img Barnsley will return to Wembley for the second time this season to contest the Sky Bet League One play-off final after overcoming Walsall 6-1 on aggregate.The Tykes, Johnstone’s Paint Trophy winners at the national stadium just last month, had a comfortable 3-0 lead from the first leg in Yorkshire on Saturday but they did not rest on their laurels at the Banks’s Stadium and had chances to extend their overall advantage before Adam Hammill did so after 18 minutes.The chances continued to come for the visitors, with the superb Conor Hourihane Walsall’s chief tormentor, but they had to wait until the 66th minute before Ashley Fletcher extended their lead.Substitute Jordan Cook’s superb long-range goal five minutes from time was a strike deserving of more than mere consolation but the scoring was not finished as Josh Brownhill netted late on to make it 3-1 on the night – a repeat of Barnsley’s win at Walsall in the league in March.The Tykes will be back at Wembley on May 29 where they will bid to become the first team since Grimsby in 1998 to win the Football League Trophy and clinch promotion via the play-offs. They will face either Yorkshire rivals Bradford or Millwall, who resume their semi-final tie at The Den on Friday night with the Lions 3-1 ahead.Walsall survived an almighty scare in the eighth minute when an unmarked Alfie Mawson mistimed his header inside the six-yard box following a Hourihane corner.The Saddlers went close as Andy Taylor narrowly missed the top corner with a free-kick on the edge of the box before another superb delivery into the penalty area from Hourihane fell to Hammill’s feet and the winger kept his cool to slot the ball past goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.It all but settled the tie but Barnsley looked to turn the screw regardless and Hourihane almost forced James O’Connor to put the ball into his own net but Etheridge reacted quickly to block.Another Hourihane cross from the right found Sam Winnall at the far post but Etheridge denied him at point-blank range.Walsall were really riding their luck but came into the game a little more either side of the half-hour mark. Tom Bradshaw scuffed his shot wide and then Jordy Hiwula directed Rico Henry’s driven cross just wide.And when the Saddlers did register an effort on target they found Adam Davies on top form as he dived at full stretch to his right to push away Bradshaw’s header. Back at the other end, Etheridge twice had to deny Fletcher before half-time.Walsall began the second half brightly but came within a whisker of falling further behind when Paul Downing poked the ball inches wide of his own net.Davies produced another fine save to push away Adam Chambers’ 20-yard strike on the hour before goalscorer Hammill turned creator with a cross which Fletcher controlled inside the penalty area before firing the ball home.Davies was finally beaten by Cook’s inch-perfect curler into the top corner of the net before a defensive mix-up in the final minute allowed Lloyd Isgrove to set up Brownhill to smash home Barnsley’s third goal of the night.last_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

BUSINESSMAN THANKS COMMUNITY AS FIGHT TO ‘SAVE CREESLOUGH’ IMPROVES

first_imgThe crowd which came out on March 5BUSINESSMAN Danny Lafferty today thanked the people of Creeslough for rallying around in a bid to save up to 40 jobs.His shops and pubs will stay in examinership for another 30 days whilst efforts continue to rescue them.Mr Lafferty is selling off property at an auction later this month. There are also two potential investors in the business.Two months ago hundreds of people attended a public rally after the businesses were threatened with closure.“Turnover is up and that is thanks to the local people,” said Mr Lafferty.“We are very hopeful now – things are definitely looking better and we now have a great chance of continuing once the examinership is over. I just want to thank everyone for their wonderful support.”  BUSINESSMAN THANKS COMMUNITY AS FIGHT TO ‘SAVE CREESLOUGH’ IMPROVES was last modified: May 3rd, 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:BUSINESSMAN THANKS COMMUNITY AS FIGHT TO ‘SAVE CREESLOUGH’ IMPROVESlast_img read more

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24 Dec
2019

GRASSROOTS FIANNA FAIL ANGER AS HQ ACCUSED OF SHAFTING PAT THE COPE

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher.GRASSROOTS Fianna Fail supporters in Donegal claim veteran party stalwart Pat The Cope Gallagher is being deliberately ‘shafted’ by the party’s HQ team.The outgoing Donegal MEP is facing a battle to keep his seat with running ‘mate’ Thomas Byrne ahead of him in the polls.But Fianna Fail insiders here in Donegal believe party leader Micheal Martin has thrown all his weight behind Byrne. Sources say they suspect Mr Martin wants party pal Byrne elected at the expense of Gallagher who has held a seat in Europe since giving up his Dail seat in 2009 at the request of the party.“It’s clear who everyone in headquarters wants to win the seat and that is Byrne,” said one life-long Donegal Fianna Fail member.“The strategy of backing Byrne will undoubtedly get him a seat in Europe, but it will be at the expense of The Cope, so it will be a very hollow victory for the party as a whole but it will be a victory for those who want Byrne in and that seems to be everyone at HQ.”MEP Gallagher has been trailing in the polls. Mr Martin has been seen to campaign publicly for him.But behind the scenes party insiders say Mr Martin wants Byrne to get the seat.The row comes after a well-publicised row over election posters. Gallagher had wanted joint posters across the 15 counties in the Midlands North West constituency.He had also wanted an agreement on where posters would be placed; but Byrne was having none of it.“I’ve always been a party person and I believed the party could have saved tens of thousands of euro by opting for a single poster. But I was over-ruled by headquarters,” Mr Gallagher said last week. It is the latest issue to rock the party after the massive embarrassment when the party asked former Minister Mary Hanafin to run for a council seat in Dublin – then changed their minds.Hanafin says she will run regardless and could now be kicked out of the party.The incident has led senior party figures to question Micheal Martin’s continued leadership of the party.GRASSROOTS FIANNA FAIL ANGER AS HQ ACCUSED OF SHAFTING PAT THE COPE was last modified: May 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:MEPPat The Cope GallagherpostersrowThomas Byrnelast_img read more

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