Daily Archives: January 18, 2014

Guyana authorities worried at high rate of suicides

Suicide in Guyana is a serious social problem. Guyana is ranked fourth in suicides per capita worldwide, and has the highest rate amongst South American and Caribbean nations.  About 40% of people who commit suicide in Guyana poison themselves by consuming agricultural pesticides.[1]   [from Wikipedia]

Guyana authorities worried at high rate of suicides

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday January 13, 2014, CMC – The Guyana government says a multi-sectoral approach is needed to deal with the number of suicides in the country.

Since the start of the year (in the first 10 days), 20 people have committed suicide, while several others are recovering from failed attempts.

Health Minister Dr Bheri Ramsaran met with Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud and chief psychiatrist Bhiro Harry to discuss the issue of “mental health” saying afterwards that suicide is not only a mental health problem, but a cultural issue as well.   He said the Ministry of Health would be working closely with various government ministries and other stakeholders in a bid to reduce the high rate of suicides here.

The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) in a statement Sunday January 12,  said it was “extremely perturbed over the incidents of suicide”.   Continue reading

Mashramani Dinner/Dance – Feb 22, 2014 – Lithonia. Georgia

Reminder … come and have a great time in Lithonia, Georgia.

Guyanese Online

Mash Dance 2014 - Georgia

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Police Brutality: Harding incident must be investigated – Eusi Kwayana

News Reports on the Colwyn Harding incident are at the end of this letter.

Police Brutality: Harding incident must be investigated – Eusi Kwayana

Eusi Kwayana

Eusi Kwayana

Dear Editor,

The Harding allegations of torture by means of a baton  pushed into the anus of a prisoner  is an act of sheer brutality.

Whether the Ministers concerned deny  the act or not,  and whether the alleged victim  has a reputation or not the testimonies on both sides   seem to establish  that Harding suffered an act of brutality. Its name is for the Courts, or for competent people to determine.

There is a responsibility  on a government to bring to justice  any of its officers  suspected of torture. If it does not, then the government itself deserves to be accused of cover up, and runs the risk of being seen and to rank as an accomplice after the fact.  Continue reading

Capitol News – TV Video Reports– 17 January 2014.

Capitol News – TV Video Reports– 17 January 2014.

  • GPHC denies any cover up of Colwyn Harding’s injuries and treatment
  • Flooding problems persist
  • Firearms law amended
  • House paves way for new categories of evidence to be admitted in court

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GPHC denies any cover up of Colwyn Harding’s injuries and treatmentPosted: 17 Jan 2014 03:10 AM PST
Flooding problems persistPosted: 17 Jan 2014 03:09 AM PSTWith sections of the city inundated during the heavy downpour this week, Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase -Green, pointed to several reasons for the slow drainage. The deputy Mayor said the Council tried its utmost to drain the city of excess water, but there are factors it cannot control. Dr. Roger Luncheon in his weekly press […]    Continue reading