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Jamaican flag hoisted at Toronto Para Pan Games

first_imgTORONTO:The grandeur of the National Anthem reverberated around 65 Trinity Street where the 2015 Toronto CIBC Para Pan Athletes’ Village is located, as the Jamaican flag was hoisted on the country’s Independence Day, at the welcome ceremony on Thursday.Brand Jamaica was on show as officials and athletes, attired uniformly in the national colours, assembled with Jamaicans residing in Canada, who bonded with team Jamaica in an expression of national unity.Several hand-held flags were waved in a flurry of patriotism, while the contingent’s media outfit captured expressions of pride on camera. The occasion was celebratory, but reflections on the purpose of the journey and the business at hand introduced a solemnity which gave the ceremony greater meaning for Jamaica’s athletes.Chef de Mission, Randolph Jones, led team Jamaica into the international zone where flag-raising ceremonies at international and regional Games are customarily held, and after the flag was hoisted, he presented Jamaica’s gift of the globally acclaimed Blue Mountain Coffee and an assortment of Jamaican spices to a representative of the mayor, who in turn handed him a replica of the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American torch.Music, modern and cultural, and dances performed by youth to the sounds of generational hilts, characterised the ceremony in which Brazil and Bermuda were the other participants.”The ceremony was a celebration of sport, its camaraderie, friendship, and unifying influence, and team Jamaica embodied that expression,” said Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association.Wayne and Heather Fullwood and Roger Shaw, Jamaicans residing in Canada, celebrated with the team, and after the ceremony, the festivities continued in the Chef de Mission’s office with the volunteers assigned to Jamaica, who have become, in their words, “totally Jamaicanised”.last_img read more

Massy Group pledges support towards suicide prevention, mental health awareness

first_imgTo mark World Suicide Prevention Day, which is being observed today, the Massy Group which operates in Guyana has again pledged its support towards the prevention of suicide as well as bringing awareness to mental health, an issue which is sometimes overlooked. For this year’s observance, the establishment has collaborated with the Mental Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry to undertake similar activities, including an annual suicide prevention walk in collaboration with Prevention of Teenage Suicide (POTS), debating competitions tackling suicide prevention and mental health, and the hosting of an impactful and strong production of a theatrical performance at the National Culture Centre.Director of the Massy Group, Christpen Bobb-Semple noted that the company will continue to collaborate with the relevant stakeholders to get the message out that one life lost is one too many. He further indicated that the activities for the Group include ongoing social media posts with positive and uplifting messages – which also include phone numbers for lifelines that can be utilised. In a greater effort to sensitise Guyana’s population at large, the group will provide sponsorship for the mental health segment of a television programme, titled “Perspectives” which will be aired on Television Guyana (TVG)-Channel 28 every Tuesday at 14:00h for the next three months. This programme will explore the contributory factors such as depression, substance abuse, among others.In addition to this, the company is also in discussions with the Rotaract Club of the University of Guyana to lend support to a discussion forum targeting mental health on campus. This will be complemented with a play slated for October 10 – World Mental Health Day— an event which the company seeks to partner with Ministry of Education in order to have students’ attendance.With this year’s theme being ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’, the Director has announced that plans for 2020 have also been discussed with Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Util Thomas, as the Massy Group is committed to play its part in reversing the numbers.Guyana was previously labelled as one of the region’s most suicide-plagued countries, according to statistics over the past few years.Clinical Psychologist attached to the Public Health Ministry, Balogun Osunbiyi earlier this year explained that the suicide death rates in Guyana stood at 44.2 per cent in 2012.Over the years, this high percentage has decreased with 2016 figures standing at 29 per cent and in 2017, 24.67 per cent.If you or someone you may know may be at risk for suicide, seek help by calling the lifelines: 226-1402, 226-1405, 226-1416.last_img read more


first_imgA group of cancer sufferers claim barrels of chemical waste dumped off the Donegal coast may have caused their illness.The group claim that hundreds of barrels of the toxic waste was dumped off the coast in the 1950s.They are now holding a series of meetings to highlight the situation and plead with the Irish Government to investigate the claims. North West Donegal Free From Cancer support group, believe the barrels were dumped off Tory Island.Spokesman Joe Diver, a retired school principal, said the claims must be investigated.“These rumours have been circulating for many years across Donegal and they need to be looked at.“Donegal has a huge rate of cancer and is much greater than the rest of the country. “There is a reason for that and we believe this could be it,” he said.Mr Diver, 69, who himself survived cancer, says he has heard from local doctors and divers about the exact location of the dumped barrels.“It would not take a lot to investigate this. The location has been located and one of these barrels could be retrieved to find out exactly what is in them.“I heard of one diver and he witnessed the barrels himself and saw the warning markings on them. He got out of there as quickly as he could.“There are huge clusters of cancer in Donegal and this could be the reason for it,” he said. The cancer support group is to hold a meeting on September 5th in the Ionad Padraig Dore centre in Bunbeg.Members of the Irish Cancer Society, local cancer sufferers, members of the medical profession and politicians are to attend.“We want people out there, especially men who find it difficult to talk about cancer, to know that there is a support group here that they can talk to,” added Mr Diver.DONEGAL CANCER GROUP CLAIM BARRELS OF DUMPED CHEMICAL WASTE MAY HAVE CAUSED ILLNESS was last modified: August 7th, 2012 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:DUMPED CHEMICALSJOE DIVERTory Islandlast_img read more

Hearing of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange US extradition trial to be held in February 2020 in UK

first_imgA UK judge on Friday set a February 2020 timeline for the extradition trial of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who faces charges of computer hacking and espionage in the US.At a Westminster Magistrates’ Court hearing in London, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot ruled that a full extradition hearing lasting five days should begin on February 25 next year, after UK home secretary Sajid Javid had certified the US extradition request.Assange, who appeared via video link from the high-security Belmarsh prison for the hearing, told the judge that “175 years of my life is effectively at stake” as he defended his website against hacking claims.”WikiLeaks is nothing but a publisher,” he said.The barrister representing the 47-year-old Australian national described the charges against his client as raising a “multiplicity of profound issues” and told the court that his client will also be challenging his 50-week imprisonment for breach of his bail conditions in the UK.”We say it [the case] represents an outrageous and full-frontal assault on journalistic rights,” said Mark Summers.A large group of Assange supporters had gathered outside the courtroom to chant slogans and wave placards calling for “Justice for Assange”.Opening the proceedings, barrister Ben Brandon, representing the US authorities, said: “This [case] is related to one of the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of the United States.”He claimed that the US evidence will show that Assange “first encouraged” former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to illegally obtain documents and then agreed with her to “crack” a password on a Pentagon computer.advertisement”By taking steps to crack the password hash, it’s said that Mr Assange was also attempting to illegally obtain and receive classified information,” Brandon said.The documents in question were said to be related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and information on secret intelligence sources.”By publishing that unredacted material on the internet, Mr Assange created a grave and imminent risk that human intelligence sources, including journalists, human rights defenders and political activists, would suffer serious physical harm or arbitrary detention,” Brandon said.On Thursday, UK home secretary Javid confirmed that he had signed an order following a request from the US government to extradite the Wikileaks co-founder.”It is a decision ultimately for the courts, but there is a very important part of it for the home secretary and I want to see justice done at all times and we’ve got a legitimate extradition request, so I’ve signed it, but the final decision is now with the courts, the senior Pakistani-origin minister said.Assange, who faces an 18-count indictment by the US Justice Department, had been too ill to appear before the court at a scheduled hearing last month and appeared wearing a grey T-shirt and still sporting his white beard.Judge Arbuthnot, who presides over a number of high-profile Indian extradition requests including that of liquor baron Vijay Mallya and diamond merchant Nirav Modi, is also in charge of his extradition trial. Unlike the India-UK Extradition Treaty, the US-UK treaty involves a relatively simpler legal process for extradition as the requesting state does not require to establish an elaborate prima facie case against the accused before the British courts.The charges against Assange under the US Espionage Act accuse him of soliciting and publishing classified information and conspiring to hack into a government computer.Assange has consistently denied the allegations and his supporters have accused the US and UK governments of an attack on free speech.He is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for breach of his bail conditions after he spent seven years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he had sought asylum.It emerged last week that plans for an extradition request from Sweden over allegations of sexual attacks in the country had suffered a setback as a Swedish district court ruled against Assange’s detention. Swedish prosecutors had dropped their rape investigation in 2017 but reopened it after Ecuador withdrew its offer of asylum to Assange in April this year and allowed Scotland Yard to arrest him.Also Read | Nirav Modi denied bail for fourth time, UK court says he may influence investigationAlso Read | Hearing of Nirav Modi bail plea concludes at UK high court, final decision on WednesdayAlso Watch | British police arrests WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Londonlast_img read more