Hunters to improve defense for Blackhawks game

first_imgCoach Michael Marum said the match on the weekend in Round 5 of the Intrust Cup was not that tough as they played against bottom team Mackay Cutters.Marum said Blackhawks is a tough team to beat so there are a lot of areas in defense and attack they will need to fix up.“We have to watch our game and we always focus our training around defense so we’re going to work hard on that this week before the game against Blackhawks,” Marum said.Blackhawks are currently number one on the ladder while Hunters are on third spot.last_img read more

This week’s #KicksStalker pick: Jayjay Helterbrand’s Crazy Explosive Low

first_imgEvery week, Inquirer Sports will feature a sneaker of the week as worn by your favorite basketball, volleyball or football star during games. Did a pair of sneakers catch your eye? Drop a line on Twitter, @INQUIRERSports and use the hashtag #kicksstalker.Jayjay Helterbrand’s Crazy Explosive LowTHE SHOE: Crazy Explosive LowWHO ROCKED IT: Barangay Ginebra guard Jayjay HelterbrandTHE TAKE: I’ve been wanting these for a while and we were lucky that people were gracious enough to sponsor us. I always look good in white and when you look good, you play good.ADVERTISEMENT FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Naxional trips Tondo, books trip to Brazil for Neymar Jr’s Five Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incidentlast_img read more

Mental Health Unit to roll out suicide Surveillance System

first_img… to train teachers to identify children with psychological traumaBy Lakhram BhagiratThe Public Health Ministry’s Mental Health Unit is expected to begin piloting its National Self-harm Surveillance System (NSSS) in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) at the beginning of July, according to the Unit’s Director, Dr Util Thomas.Mental Health Unit Director,Dr Util Thomas“That is going to be piloted on July at three main hospitals in Guyana – the Suddie Hospital, Region Two; the West Demerara Regional Hospital, Region Three; and New Amsterdam Hospital, Region Six. The reason for that is that Region Two has the highest suicide rate (in the country), Region Six the second and Region Three the third,” she revealed.Dr Thomas said the Unit chose the three regions to pilot the programme because of the high numbers of suicide cases and that is just one way of combating that social ill. The NSSS would mandate hospitals to report all cases of suicide and attempted suicide to the Unit within one week of its occurrence. She said once reported, attempted suicide cases would be monitored and persons would be psychiatrically evaluated to ensure all bases are covered.“With each and every case we are going to make sure that you see a psychiatrist at least one time. You are going to see a psychologist and you are going to see a social worker because there will be stresses associated with why you doing that and then we are going to track you until you are no longer considered high risk,” Dr Thomas informed.Poor coping skillsPersons try to hurt themselves for various reasons but according to Dr Thomas, the Unit has discovered the major cause for suicide and self-harm cases in Guyana – poor coping skills. She explained that the Unit observed that most cases arise out of impulsive reaction to triggering incidents.“Some of these people have a temporary situation that’s occurs within that hour and they get angry and because of the films they were looking at or because they have the model from somebody (who would have committed suicide) they think that is the way to solve the problem, they do that same kind of thing,” she posited.Suicide, in Guyana, is most common among people of Indian descent and most times committed by the consumption of toxic chemicals, especially gramoxone. The suicide attempt is triggered by arguments, infidelity and domestic issues.The Director noted that most suicide victims show no signs of depression – which is one of the major causes of suicide worldwide, rather, it stems from the victims’ inability to cope with situations they find themselves in.“This kind of ideation or coping mechanism is popular among them or the people they are closely associated with, even though depression is one of the causes…,” she reiterated.RemedyIn order to address poor coping skills, the Mental Health Unit as a part of the Mental Health Action Plan 2015-2020 and the Suicide Prevention Plan, will be placing a lot of emphasis on educating persons and teaching them coping skills.In addition, for those who would have lost relatives and/or friends to suicide, they will be monitored and care would be provided, if required. “The staff have to do a report of whether the family is coping or not and if we have to do any interventions. They would have to look for signs of depression and other issues we consider as precipitators of suicide,” Dr Thomas said.She added that staff from the Unit have access to a list of families of suicide victims who are constantly being contacted and offered various services. She informed that the Unit would make house calls to the families to ensure that every step is being taken to prevent another suicide.“The staff would visit and they would recommend whether the family needs to see a psychologist or get psychiatric care since everyone copes differently,” she said.Psychiatric traumaWorldwide, 10 to 20 per cent of children and adolescents experience mental disorders, with half of all mental illnesses beginning by the age of 14. If untreated, these conditions severely influence children’s development, their educational attainments and their potential to live fulfilling and productive lives.Children with mental disorders face major challenges with stigma, isolation and discrimination, as well as lack of access to health care and education facilities, in violation of their fundamental human rights.In Guyana, because of the stigma attached to mental illness, children suffering from those illnesses are prevented from accessing critical care. They are thrown into the school system without the proper care and are bullied; sometimes they become the bully and are discriminated against. That aside, the school system lacks guidance and welfare counsellors and the welfare officers are too few and would act too late in most cases.Teachers do not receive any training to deal with children suffering from psychological and psychiatric trauma and quite often, those who suffer become neglected. Neglecting children going through mental turmoil often leads them to inflict harm upon themselves and others.There have been several cases of children cutting their wrists and posting pictures on social media and even in those instances, they are not being afforded the help they need.To address this cry for help, the Unit will be training all teachers to identify and promptly deal with children suffering from psychological/psychiatric trauma.“We are going to tackle self-harm in schools from September and what we have is training for teachers in Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). It is training for teachers to be able to identify when a child has a psychological trauma,” Dr Thomas informed.She added that the Unit will be advocating for the introduction of a mental health aspect of the school curriculum. The Unit already began training peer educators to deal with discrimination against children suffering from mental illnesses.last_img read more

Cech pleased with Arsenal debut

first_img“I’m obviously delighted to have played my first game, we won and we played really well,” he said. “It was important firstly to get fit and secondly to get to know everybody around me, and the main thing was to win the game.Arsenal’s first game of the upcoming Premier League season, at home to West Ham on August 8th, is fast approaching, and manager Arsene Wenger is pleased with how his team is shaping up ahead of the next campaign.“I am pleased with this performance because the focus in pre-season is to get the quality of our game back and for long periods we played in a convincing way,” Wenger said. “We had two convincing games with no injuries so that’s fantastic.”Arsenal’s pre-season continues with Emirates Cup matches against Lyon and Wolfsburg next weekend before facing Premier League champions Chelsea for the Community Shield at Wembley.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech in action during the Barclays Asia Trophy soccer match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at the National Stadium in Singapore, 18 July 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, July 20- Petr Cech was happy to start his Arsenal career with a win after the Gunners beat Everton 3-1 to win the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday.The Czech Republic international, who recently joined from Chelsea, made his first start in the pre-season tournament in Singapore, where he played the full 90 minutes but was beaten by Ross Barkley in the 75th minute with Arsenal already three goals ahead.last_img read more

Gender bending

first_imgAt the recent Milan menswear shows, the models wore leggings. In Paris on Friday, they sported tiny gold evening purses dangling from link chains. It is safe to pronounce androgyny a trend for next winter when even the august French house of Louis Vuitton sends out gender-bending models. Guests gathered at the Vuitton flagship store on the famed Champs-Elysees, where ushers whisked them by elevator to the sixth floor, designed to resemble the interior of a Paris subway station. “You are in the Louis Vuitton station. It’s an invitation to travel, to go wherever you want,” Yves Carcelle, president of Louis Vuitton, told The Associated Press with a laugh. 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

Council delays cell tower proposal

first_img Citing health and noise issues, school officials and residents near the property asked the City Council to deny or at least postpone T-Mobile’s request. T-Mobile wants to build the 60-foot tower in the parking lot of the Second Church of Christ, 8705 Catalina Ave. It would be disguised to look like a pine tree. East Whittier Middle School is about 150 feet away from the proposed site. City Attorney Dick Jones told the council it isn’t take allowed to consider health effects of the tower. Jerry Bushberg, a consultant for T-Mobile, said federal standards for emissions are set 50 times below the level needed for safety. And the proposed tower at the church is 0.4 percent of the federal standard, he said. WHITTIER – The Whittier City Council voted 3-2 late Tuesday to continue until Aug. 14 consideration of of a cell tower on a church property near East Whittier Middle School. The council directed a representative for T-Mobile to look at two other nearby sites that wouldn’t be near the school. “There are concern of neighbors,” Councilman Joe Vinatieri said. “I would like to ask the applicant to have a look at the Cingular site and also check to see if another site might work.” Vinatieri was referring to a nearby cell tower owned by Cingular and a medical building across the street. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lockheed volunteers get Bush nod

first_imgPALMDALE – Seventy-eight Lockheed Martin employees in the Antelope Valley received President George W. Bush’s Volunteer Service Award. The local recipients were among more than 2,800 Lockheed Martin employees nationwide who received the award during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29. “We are exceptionally proud of our employees who give so many hours to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Rick Baker, vice president and site general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. in Palmdale. “Through our Distinguished Community Service Awards program, we are contributing $15,000 to the nonprofit organizations receiving 250 hours or more of volunteer service from nearly 60 of our employees.” On Saturday, some 50 Lockheed Martin employees – led by the company’s Environment, Safety and Health department – cleaned an illegal dump site of tires, carpet, old paint cans and other garbage scattered among Joshua trees and sagebrush over 20 acres west of Sierra Highway near Avenue O. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsPalmdale city officials identified the dump site, which is close to the normally dry Amargosa Creek and was one of the worst in Palmdale. Waste Management of the Antelope Valley donated containers and hauled them away. “Our collective goal is to help restore the fragile balance of the desert ecosystem and hopefully, in doing so, we will set an example for others in the community to adopt the same ideals,” said Laura Been, Lockheed Martin Environmental Resources representative, who spearheaded the volunteer effort. Nationwide, Lockheed Martin employees collectively logged more than 1 million volunteer hours in 2005. Since 2002, more than 2.2 million hours have been logged by Lockheed Martin volunteers. Employees were eligible for the presidential award if they logged more than 100 volunteer hours on the corporation’s volunteer Web site for 2005. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is presented by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, whose aim is to help foster a culture of service, citizenship and a sense of responsibility by encouraging volunteer service and civic participation.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

Centralised tender system ‘will root out corruption’

first_img17 February 2014Centralising the government’s tender system will go a long way towards rooting out corruption in South Africa’s public service, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.Speaking in an interview with national television, Zuma said the fight against corruption would be better won when there was a central board in place to deal with all tenders. It would also make it easier to police corrupt officials.In his State of the Nation address last Thursday, Zuma said a central tender board would be established to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government. The board, he said, will work with the chief procurement officer, whose main function would be to check on pricing and adherence to procedures as well as fairness.“The problem is that if you spread the tender system across all spheres of government, you have got too many fingers everywhere. It is difficult to control that,” Zuma told the SABC on Sunday.Zuma said the problem with having too many panels deciding on their own tenders was that it exposed the system to infiltration by corrupt officials, which often led to people in the entire tender system being perceived to be corrupt.With the new system, corruption, if it occurred, would be limited to one board and relatively easy to investigate.Anti-corruption hotline ‘yielding results’In his State of the Nation address, Zuma said the campaign to clamp down on corruption in South Africa’ public service was yielding results.“Since the launch of the National Anti-Corruption Hotline by the Public Service Commission, over 13 000 cases of corruption and maladministration have been referred to government departments for further handling and investigation,” Zuma said.Through the hotline, more than R320-million rand had been recovered from perpetrators, 1 542 officials had been dismissed from the public service and 204 officials prosecuted, Zuma reported.At the same time, the police’s Special Investigating Unit was busy investigating maladministration or alleged corruption in a number of government departments and state entities, through 40 proclamations signed by Zuma since 2009.“We will keep the public informed of the outcome of the investigations,” Zuma said.In the first six months of last year, he added, the state’s Asset Forfeiture Unit had paid a total of R149-million into the Criminal Assets Recovery Account and to the victims of crime.“This is 170% above its target of R55-million and is higher than it has ever achieved in a full year.”Regarding corruption in the private sector, Zuma noted that the country’s competition authorities had investigated large-scale price fixing in the construction industry last year and fined guilty companies R1.4-billion.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

The spectacular rise of VietjetAir.com

first_imgVietjet mascot Amy kicked off a summer parade in Bali, Indonesia, marking the airline’s opening of its first and only direct route between Vietnam and Bali in May 2019.  As a new-age carrier, Vietjet has diversity in their in-flight menu. In-flight menu includes special nine hot meals from top Asian specialties such as Thai Fried Rice, Singaporean Noodles, Malaysian Nasi Lemak, Crab & Shrimp Glass Noodles, other world-famous dishes like Beef Bolognese Spaghetti, Beef Rice etc. and especially Vietnamese traditional dishes including Banh Mi (Vietnamese Baguette), Steamed Sticky Rice and Sticky Rice Cake.     Vietnam’s famous “Banh Mi” (Vietnamese baguette) is served onboard all flight network of Vietjet. Vietjet Air has grown in size more than most predicted benefiting not only the tourism but the business sector in the region. First launched in December 2011, it was the first private airline in Vietnam to offer domestic and international services. The airline has carried more than 80 million happy passengers to date and covered over 116 routes across Asia Pacific region as of June 2019. Vietjet has been awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7-stars since 2018. It is a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate and technical reliability rate standing at 99.64%. AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: “Vietjet Air has become an important part of Asia’s way of life bringing affordable fares to many.” “The airline has a very modern fleet of Airbus aircraft and operationally is now up there with the very best.” “That is great news for the travelling public and tourists in the region,” said Thomas. And in 2019 Vietjet Air again took out the Airlineratings.com Best Ultra Low-Cost Airline for 2019, a second year in a row thanks to its wonderful cabin crew and ultra-low prices. The airline’s multinational the cabin crew take safety seriously focusing on seat belts and exits being kept clear. Vietjet Air operates a fleet of A320s in a 3-3 configuration with black leather seats. The airline distinguishes itself with a good combination of affordable ticket fares, which are suitable to the mass flyers plus diversified services and personalized options for busy and highly-demanded passengers from all walk of life. Skyboss service is one of them, which offers its flyers with priority check-in, private boarding/disembarkation, 30-kg check-in luggage, free golf kit handling, VIP lounge and free flow of foods and beverages served onboard, etc.   Also, for a small fee, you can select quiet seats up the front or exit rows. Also, windows and aisle seats attract a small premium.  Blankets, pillows, gifts, and gimmicks can be purchased on board. Currently, the airline operates a route network covering destinations nation-wide and more than 40 regional destinations in Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia. It is operating a fleet of A320s and A321s with an average age of 3.3 years old.  In January 2018, Vietjet became the first and only airline in the Southeast Asia operating Airbus’s A321 NEO “new engine option” aircraftcenter_img The airline was named as one of the Top 500 Brands in Asia 2016-2017 and “The Best Asian Low Cost Carrier” at the TTG Travel Awards 2015, “The most favourite carrier in Vietnam” by the Economic Times. The carrier was also awarded “Vietnam’s best place to work” in consecutive years and “the Best Employer Brand Asia Awards 2016” Vietjet is also famous for its nice surprises onboard and offboard through signature activities like flashmob, passengers’ wedding/proposal, lucky draw, birthday celebrations, etc. last_img read more

Being Unemployed: Is It As Bad As You Think?

first_imgThey say that the hardest work in the world is being “OUT OF WORK.” Being unemployed is one of the worst nightmares one can think of. Specially, in such a competitive era where everyone is trying to excel and move ahead. You might feel like you’re useless and all the efforts that you put into your education and prior experience is going nowhere BUT, is being unemployed really a bad state? After my personal experience of going through this phase of life, my answer is NO!Being unemployed is clearly not an ideal state one would ever want to be in, but it teaches you lessons that you don’t get to learn on daily basis. It teaches you to be patient – how to never give up and keep your hopes high. To never stop applying and to never think that you can’t do it. It teaches you that everything is possible and attainable, if you give it a try.Did you ever just apply to one job and wait for months to hear back or do you keep applying to jobs till you finally get the job you want? I am sure you would agree with the later. It teaches you to be patient but at the same time, to never give up because success won’t come to you, you will have to go get it.It teaches you to believe in yourself because if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to do the same? It also teaches you to trust yourself, no matter how hard the circumstances are, no matter how many times you had heard NO as an answer and despite of the several regret emails that you get – every moment teaches you something to learn, to look up and keep moving till you reach your final destination i.e. the job you want.If you’re currently unemployed and reading this, please be assured that you’re not the only one. I am with you! We don’t have to give up but keep applying. Every day will bring new challenges and opportunities to grow. Today you heard NO as an answer so that tomorrow you can hear a YES! Trust yourself and never give up. Life is too short to worry about things, we should rather get up, try hard and expect less. You will get a job soon.last_img read more