What are the protocols relating to a minor?

first_imgDear Editor,A recent article in the media stated that, “…a 15-year-old girl who attempted to take her own life has been placed in the National Psychiatric Hospital. She was reportedly placed there with only a piece of sponge to sleep on, which she said is smelly and the surroundings are unsanitary and inhumane. According to the teenager, she attempted to take her own life on numerous occasions because she was sexually molested but relatives did nothing to help her”.This article raises a number of critical issues. Firstly, given that the young lady is alleging rape, should the case not have immediately been handed over to the Childcare and Protection Agency, since she’s a minor and it is well known that rape is often a catalyst for suicide attempts? Are there any protocols in this regard? If so, should the Police and the psychologists/psychiatrists at the National Psychiatric Institution not be aware of these protocols? Can the CPA and Ms Ann Greene please, please enlighten us whether there are any protocols in this regard that relate to the role of the CPA?Secondly, while the Police got the child placed on a suicide watch, it seems that they did absolutely nothing regarding her allegations of sexual abuse? Were they not supposed to first take her to a medical facility to get her tested with a rape kit? This begs the questions as to whether appropriate training has been—or is being— provided to the Police in this regard.Third, here is a case of attempted suicide leading to the arrest of a child, reinforcing the critical need to decriminalise suicide. In fact, it is well known by now that this would already have been done but for political grandstanding. Meanwhile, Guyanese are still waiting on the current Government to act on a promise made more than a year after it voted in Parliament against decriminalisation of suicide.Fourth, placing that child under those alleged conditions at the National Psychiatric Institution will only worsen her mental condition. It has been common knowledge for years that this institution needs large-scale renovation and upgrading. Does the law about placing individuals on suicide watch apply to minors as well? Is the child being offered counselling therapy and other needed interventions?All of this raises the issue of the child’s human rights, which seemed to have been violated by both the Police and the National Psychiatric Institution. But perhaps the very critical issue also is the parents’ role in all of this. Did they ever seek counselling for the child after that first suicide attempt? Did they ever take measures to determine whether the allegations of sexual abuse are true? Sexual abuse activists and advocates all agree that once an allegation is made, parents and caregivers must first accept that it is true and immediately act on it.Meanwhile, there is urgent need for the rape allegation to be investigated since, for if it is found to be true, such information could be very revealing as it relates to actions by the family and the Police respectively. As well, while this specific case has reached the public domain, The Caribbean Voice is aware of numerous other cases of sexual abuse/incest by family members that are swept under the carpet as the age-old ‘need to protect family honour’ is now compounded by other family members going into denial when victims reveal their abuse and occasionally mothers as wives preferring to ‘hold on’ to their husbands who are the abusive step-fathers and so will either do nothing about the allegations or will further abuse the victims physically, emotionally, verbally and/or financially.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Exceptional Rodeo offers fun-filled events for young cowboys and cowgirls

first_imgThe Exceptional Rodeo at the Dawson Creek Fall Fair this morning gave children and youth a chance to experience some fun rodeo events, including “chuckwagon races” (seen here), “ bull riding,” “calf tying,” “barrel racing,” and much more. Be sure to check out the rest of great events happening today and right through to Sunday evening at the fair. – Advertisement –last_img

Spartans hang on for title

first_imgMalik poured in 21 of his game-high 33 points in the second half to lift the Spartans to a 54-45 victory at South Pasadena High. With the victory, La Ca?ada (23-2, 8-1) clinched its sixth consecutive Rio Hondo title. But it was far from easy for the Spartans, as Darin Nakauchi scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half to give the Tigers (17-8, 5-3) a 29-27 halftime advantage. “We knew they were hungry and they were doing everything right in the first half,” said Malik, who also grabbed 13 rebounds. “We came out with more heart in the second half and wanted it more.” La Ca?ada scored 15 consecutive points in a span of just over seven minutes. The Tigers were just 3 of 13 shooting in the third quarter and 7 of 27 in the second half. “We were hungry, but hit that drought in the third quarter where the ball wasn’t going in,” Tigers coach Ali Parvaz said. “I’m proud of the way my players fought.” The Tigers were without the services of shooting guard Amir Mohamadzadeh, who was suspended for his involvement in a bench-clearing brawl during last Friday’s game against Blair. That game was halted with about three minutes to play in the third quarter with the Tigers leading. An official ruling could be made today on whether the game will be continued on Friday. SOUTH PASADENA – The South Pasadena High School boys basketball team had an opportunity to earn a share of first place in the Rio Hondo League with a victory over visiting La Ca?ada. Spartan big man Adam Malik wasn’t in a sharing mood. center_img Nakauchi hit five 3-pointers, including three in the first quarter, to spark the Tigers. scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo shares touching picture with former Manchester United boss

first_img latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 A great coach and above all a wonderful man. Taught me so many things inside and outside the pitch. Great to see you in good shape, Boss! pic.twitter.com/Ql4dcuJvCW— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 24, 2018 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Manchester United welcomed back a club legend in Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford for the Red Devils’ Champions League match against Juventus on Tuesday night.And although Ronaldo helped the Old Lady register a 1-0 victory the United fans gave their former player a brilliant reception. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense Most Popular Football News revealed center_img gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 🎶 Viva Ronaldo 🎶Cristiano Ronaldo was the very last player to leave the pitch as he received a chorus and an ovation from the Old Trafford crowd…#NoFilterUCL pic.twitter.com/8bzxH9kp1r— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 23, 2018A very small selection of fans even invaded the pitch after the game to get a picture with Ronaldo – the Portuguese obliged their requests just before the stewards were able to haul them off.But Ronaldo also got a picture with old boss and United icon Sir Alex Ferguson, leaving a heart-warming message for the Scot, who has recently gone through a lengthy recovery from a brain haemorrhage.On his Twitter account, Ronaldo said: “A great coach and above all a wonderful man. Taught me so many things inside and outside the pitch.“Great to see you in good shape, Boss!” Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos LATEST BEST OF scrap SORRY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions last_img read more

CATHAL’S GAA BLOG: LAOIS NO MATCH FOR RUTHLESS DONEGAL

first_imgToye: Awesome todayCATHAL MacSUIBNE’S GAA BLOG: An emphatic Donegal put Laois to the sword this afternoon and in the process made it very clear that they intend to keep their stay in Division Two to one season. Despite the hosts looking clueless at times and unwilling to work as hard as their opponents, this was still a mightily impressive display from Jim McGuinness’ charges.Particular pleasing was how they kept their foot on the throttle long after the result and the two league points had been secured. The game was effectively over just after the restart, thanks to Colm McFadden’s goal, but he and his team mates posted 0-13 in the remainder of the match.The hosts started reasonably well and indeed may have come into this encounter thinking that there was a chance of an upset given that they frustrated Donegal for long periods the last time the sides met, in Carrick-on-Shannon last July. That was under previous manager Justin McNulty and while his spell wouldn’t be termed a success amongst the Laois faithful, he did make his team hard to beat. Now Tomas O’Flaharta has taken the reins with a stated mandate to bring positive football back to the O’Moore County – he has his work cut out going on today’s evidence. His team disappointed both from attacking and defensive perspectives; on numerous occasions in the opening period, Donegal created overlaps and were presented with four-on-three and five-on-three situations as the home defence looked a mess.Odhran MacNiallais’ goal came from one such opportunity with Anthony Thompson making the incisive run from defence and after neat passing the Gaoth Dobhair man was on hand to palm the ball to the net. Even at that stage, the writing was on the wall for Laois.Thompson was joined in many a raid forward by Neil McGee and Karl Lacey – both were operating in the full back line but bombed forward at will. Laois’ inability to cover the piercing runs from deep proved to be their downfall. It may be an unglamorous brief for a forward to track attacking forays from their markers but in the modern game it’s a must. With the runs not covered it led to some easy scoring chances for Donegal – almost all of their first half scores were from simple chances inside the 21-yard line.The exceptions came from the right boot of Michael Murphy; firstly he nailed a 45′ into the teeth of the wind and moments later he stroked over an absolutely majestic point. With Murphy having to stoop to collect an ever so slightly under hit pass, Frank McGlynn made a run off the shoulder for his captain – it seemed easier to offload to the marauding wing-back but instead Michael dummied to handpass and with his marker, along with everyone else in O’Moore Park, buying the dummy he split the posts from forty yards. He repeated the dummy trick late in the game to nonchalantly register his second score from play (and sixth in total), this time off his left peg. Christy Toye came into the starting line-up before the throw-in in place of the hamstrung Darach O’Connor and he had a fine game operating at centre forward. He’s still as good as any at picking a pass and he distributed wonderfully throughout his time on the field, which was cut short after suffering a nasty gash to his face.Another who has had his share of injury trouble is Mark McHugh but he looked back to his best today, covering the ground like only he can. He was in the thick of things at both ends of the field and got his name on the score sheet in the closing procession. He also shipped a ferocious hit after a frontal charge in the incident that led to Laois’ Denis Booth being shown a red card. Despite the lead being enjoyed by Donegal at the time, his team-mates were incensed at the challenge and weren’t slow in making their feelings known to Booth and his counterparts.The younger McHugh, Ryan, played at corner back and acquitted himself well and it is an area that the team could do with some competition for places. Paddy McGrath is still a number of weeks away from seeing some action so its likely we’ll see some more experimenting in the 2 and 4 jerseys in the next few games.Debutant Hughie McFadden certainly put his hand up for some more game-time, scoring a brace of points after joining the action in the second half. McFadden was one of the stars of last year’s county championship, playing an integral role in Kilybegs’ march to the final. He can operate around midfield or on the edge of the square so it will be interesting to see how he develops in a senior jersey over the coming months.Having two away fixtures to start with, Donegal knew a win or two from those would put them in pole position for promotion. They made a big statement today and the other teams won’t relish taking on the McGuinness juggernaut when it’s in this kind of form. Galway are next up in Salthill next weekend and after their defeat to Meath today they wont be looking forward to seeing another team in green and gold. CATHAL’S GAA BLOG: LAOIS NO MATCH FOR RUTHLESS DONEGAL was last modified: February 2nd, 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:CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOGChristy ToyedonegalLaoislast_img read more

DONEGAL DUO OFF TO THE TRANSPLANT GAMES

first_imgKieran Murray and Hugo Boyce with Jim Gavin, Dublin County Football ManagerDonegal natives and kidney transplant recipients Hugo Boyce from Clonmany and Kieran Murray from Ramelton will take part in the 8th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships next month.They along with other members of the 34 strong Transplant Team Ireland attended a motivational talk by Jim Gavin, Dublin Senior Football Manager at ALSAA Sports Complex Dublin Airport recently.Hugo will participate in Bowling (singles and doubles) and Petanque (singles and doubles). This will be Kieran Murray’s first time to represent Ireland as part of Transplant Team Ireland.Kieran’s events at the European Games are Field Ball Throw, Golf, 5k race, 800 m race and 4 x 100m relay race.We wish them the best of luck!DONEGAL DUO OFF TO THE TRANSPLANT GAMES was last modified: July 26th, 2014 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) Tags:donegalTransplant Gameslast_img read more

Donegal County Council urged to seize climate change opportunity

first_imgDonegal County Council has been urged to help end the ‘biggest crisis in a generation’ by tackling climate change across the county. The call comes as hundreds of schoolchildren and students from across Donegal stage a climate strike as part of a global day of climate action today (Fri).The rally, which started at 10am and will conclude at 1pm, is taking place in Market Square, Letterkenny.Inishowen Councillor, Jack Murray said more can be done by Donegal County Council to implement new ideas surrounding the reduction of the carbon footprint for generations to come.He told Donegal Daily: “It is inspiring to see young people coming together in what is the biggest crisis in a generation. “At the end of the day, we only have one planet and all the science shows climate change is accelerating and we have seen the effects of that accelerations globally, nationally and even locally.“In Inishowen, we have seen more flooding in recent years than ever before, especially the devastating flooding of 2017.“If the environment continues to deteriorate then these occurrences are going to become more frequent and more severe.“And at a local level, there is much that we can do,” he added. “We should be encouraging people to use public transport and we as a council should be investing in greenways. “The list goes on,” he said.“Implementing carbon taxes is all well and good but it is hitting people in the pocket without any positive effects.“We need more positives measures put in place.”Donegal County Council urged to seize climate change opportunity was last modified: September 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0

first_imgOscar’s third Premier League goal of 2014 has put Chelsea halfway towards victory on Jose Mourinho’s 250th game in charge of the Blues. The Brazilian was on hand to slide home from close range in the seventh minute after being set up by compatriot Willian.Chelsea dominated territory and possession, happy to patiently probe, while Villa were limited to counter-attacks.The visitors’ best chance of the first half came on 15 minutes when Chelsea failed to clear a corner and Aly Cissokho hooked just wide of the post.But the rest of the half belonged to Chelsea.Oscar teed up Cesc Fabregas on the edge of the box but he dragged his shot well wide, while Willian picked out Diego Costa with a cross but his header was claimed by a diving Brad Guzan in the Villa goal.Branislav Ivanovic headed over from a corner while Costa curled an effort just over the top as the hosts continued to dominate.Villa applied pressure late on in the half but all they could show for it was a Fabian Delph shot which went well wide.Chelsea ended the first half on top but Willian twice fired into the top tier of the Shed End. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 0 Bournemouth 2

first_imgFulham conceded two goals in eight minutes to put themselves firmly on the back foot at Craven Cottage.After Hugo Rodallega had headed over early on, Bournemouth went on to dominate the rest of the first half.Marc Pugh brought out a fine save from Marcus Bettinelli after elegantly bringing the ball down, and Ryan Tunnicliffe had to scramble off the line as Callum Wilson’s header drifted dangerously towards goal.It took Bournemouth 29 minutes to turn their control into a goal. Charlie Daniels hit a first-time cross from the left and picked out an unmarked Brett Pitman, who drilled home from 12 yards.And the visitors underscored their superiority with a second that owed a little to good fortune.Matt Ritchie cut in from the right-hand side and on to his favoured left foot and fired in a shot which took a touch off Nikolay Bodurov to wrong-foot Bettinelli.Fulham (4-1-2-1-2): Bettinelli; Hoogland, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Amorebieta; Parker; Tunnicliffe, Kavanagh; Ruiz; Rodallega, McCormackSubs not used: Kiraly, Voser, Stafylidis, Burn, Fofana, Smith, Woodrow.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

US travel industry sees new Trump ban as less onerous

first_imgThe long-awaited re-make of U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban is not setting off fireworks the way the first version did, at least not among travel industry professionals.In a prepared statement,  U.S. Travel Association president Roger Dow said the Trump Administration deserved some credit “for the substantially more cautious and deliberate introduction of the revised executive order.”The  Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) agreed, calling the new executive order an improvement over the January 27 version.  That order was a haphazard effort, one that set off public demonstrations at airports across the United States.GBTA executive director Michael W. McCormick believes the new order offers some clarity for travelers and government officials alike. “The exemption for legal permanent residents, dual nationals and current visa holders will help mitigate confusion for the international traveling public,” he said.Specifically,  the revised order bans nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen who don’t have valid visas from entering the U.S. for 90 days, effective March 16. A fact sheet from the Trump Administration says that 90-day number is intended to review or establish standards aimed at preventing terrorists or criminals to enter this country. Iraq is not one of the countries covered by the second order because the war-torn nation will be increasing cooperation with the U.S. when it comes to vetting its citizens applying for travel visas to the United States.Nor does the new order apply to lawful permanent residents of the United States or those with a document that’s valid the date the ban takes effect (March 16).Despite the better reviews this time around, U.S. Travel Association chief Dow questioned whether the revised order did enough to mollify prospective travelers from Canada, Europe or elsewhere around the world who may have been put off by the initial travel ban.The jury on that is still very much out.last_img read more