WESTERN BUREAU:Baca Star United prevailed in a 3-2 penalty shoot-out to win the Trelawny FA Knockout title over Harmony FC on Saturday at the Elliston Wakeland Centre.The teams had to settle for the dreaded spot kicks to determine the outcome of a spirited final, which had plenty of twists along the way, but it was particularly a sweet win for Baca Star, which signalled their recent appetite for the big occasions with yet another victory.Harmony grabbed the lead in the 35th minute through Kevin Woollery, the midfielder firing home to complete a sweeping move.Baca Star responded in typical fashion in the second half. Hosawani Mendez’s free kick was too good for the Harmony FC goalkeeper in the 51st minute of play.With neither team able to break the 1-1 stalemate after regulation and extra time, they had to settle for the penalty route.Captain Ziddane France, Nichoy Campbell and Shane Brown scored for Baca Star, while Shaquelle Reid and Fitzroy Shirley converted for Harmony, giving the Cassman Williams-coached Baca Star the title.
Dear 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 Voice
Malik 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. Nakauchi hit five 3-pointers, including three in the first quarter, to spark the Tigers. firstname.lastname@example.org (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!