Needed: a mechanism to licence counsellors

first_imgDear Editor,Last month, a young lady died by suicide. Her father had paid a ‘counsellor’ to counsel his daughter, having recognised that the young lady was suicidal. Yet, the daughter took her life while under the care of the counsellor. As it turned out, the person doing the counselling possessed neither requisite qualifications nor clinical experience.However, this is not a one-off situation. The Caribbean Voice knows of a number of individuals who also paid for counselling that failed to help them and who then came to TCV where they obtained the requisite counselling free of charge. We had previously pointed out that there are a number of individuals engaging in counselling others even though they are not bona fide counsellors. We had even queried a few, who as it turned out, considered themselves counsellors either because they had undergone counselling themselves or attended short training sessions of a day or a few days’ duration. In fact, TCV has found that some persons who have a certain public status, feel that even they are qualified to counsel others. There is even an entertainer who once counselled students in a secondary school with the permission of the Administration.Given this reality and the consequential dangers, which TCV has also pointed out many times over, we once again call on the Government to set up a mechanism to licence counsellors so that all practising counsellors must possess both academic credentials and supervised clinical experience. As we previously pointed out, we have among our diaspora members, a mental health consultant who has experience in licensing protocols, having worked with the International Registry of Counsellor Education Programmes (IRCEP). She not only indicated a willingness to help set up such a licensing mechanism in Guyana but has spoken to IRCEP which expressed a willingness to accredit her towards this end.Meanwhile, we beseech the Ministries of Health and Social Protection to police the counselling landscape and ensure that those who ply the trade have the requisite qualifications and professional experience to do so. Counselling saves lives but quacks parading as counsellors can and do lead to more suicide.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

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Ken Best Hits 77

first_imgThe Managing Director of the Liberia Observer Corporation (LOC), publisher of the Daily Observer newspaper, Kenneth Y. Best, turned 77 years old yesterday.During a brief celebration at the newspaper’s new offices in Paynesville, LOC staff joined the Best family to celebrate his journey thus far.Mr. Best, who presently devotes considerable time to research for instructive and thought provoking editorials that are meant to help opinion leaders and politicians direct their focus when they seem to have lost track of their constitutional responsibilities, solemnly responded to the cheers of Daily Observer staff and family with great warmth and appreciation.Incidentally, what also excited the gathering was that the birthday of Daily Observer reporter Ms. Gloria T. Tamba and little Abigail, Mr. Best’s granddaughter, also fell on the same day.Before the cutting of the two birthday cakes, Mr. Best’s daughter, Ms. Lindiwe Khumalo Yasiah, Daily Observer’s business strategist, offered prayers of thanksgiving for her father, the workers and the Daily Observer Family, for the journey so far. She mentioned being grateful to God for celebrating Mr. Best’s natal day at the corporation’s new offices in Paynesville.Cheered by his wife, Mae Gene, who expressed the family’s appreciation to God for the journey, the atmosphere was characterized by cordiality and unity among a family that is marching towards what the Daily Observer has stressed again and again as: “The commitment to help Liberia shape herself through patriotic Liberians who are guided by the fear of the Lord.”Despite chalking three-score and seventeen years, Mr. Best seems to possess abundant energy, which was evident when he began to shake hands randomly, which he often does, with an immediate pull, that can leave the unsuspecting recipient in great jeopardy. He also has a youthful ability to jump, which he did not perform yesterday.And as the accompanying photograph shows, Mr. Best, as usual, was in his vibrant element, demonstrating his physical prowess, an act which never fails to surprise and delight people.Admittedly, Mr. Best has on occasion wondered how many young people, his employees included, are often reported sick, when he has been able, due to proper management of his body, to be free from many of the troubling illnesses, including fever, that seems to hold many young people captive.Described by many of his employees as a workaholic, Kenneth Best is usually the first to arrive at the office, and even when the Daily Observer’s offices were located at MacDonald Street in Monrovia, he would arrive from his Paynesville residence before anyone else. He is reported to rise at 4 a.m. in order to beat the heavy traffic going into Monrovia.By 9 a.m., a time when reporters are arriving in the office, he would have completed at least two editorials and started looking for materials, through research in his thriving personal library, to complete an additional two.Mr. Best, Ms. Tamba and little Abigail, who turned five, cut their birthday cakes, after everyone had feasted on a sumptuous dinner of jollof rice, chicken and potato salad said to be provided by Best’s two grandchildren, Abigail and her brother Lindani Kenneth, 2, supervised of course by their mother, Ms. Yasiah. Reporters and other staff members returned to complete the day’s production, satisfied that the Old Man Above would grant Ken Best and all the others many more glorious years to see the eventual transformation of Liberia, a hope of realization that is so close to Best’s heart.And of course reporters and others, who have gone through the practical tutorials of Mr. Best on punctuality and self-sacrifice in their calling, would always consider him as a man who stands for a better Liberia.Even at age 77.May the good Lord shower his bountiful blessings on Ken Yakpawolo Best, as he has decided to be known now, so that young reporters at the Daily Observer and those at other media houses who have known the kind of man he is, will always look up to him for insightful opinions that provide them the energy, inspiration and direction that is needed in Liberia today.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fort St John Elks Speed Skating Club holds training camp this week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the City of Fort St. John reinstalling the ice in the Oval at the Pomeroy Sport Centre for another season, The Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club is holding their Summer Training Camp.Started on Monday, the Elks are holding their Summer Training Camp as a way for skaters to get back into shape before the Skating Season begins.Last season, the Elks had quite the success as they had skaters compete in the 2019 Canada Winter Games, the Grand Prix, and were host to the B.C. Long Track.- Advertisement -The Training Camp runs until Friday and will be wrapping up with a time trial and racing event.last_img read more

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New fire hall operation delayed by 9-1-1 service transfer

first_img“We can’t take emergency calls yet so we’re still running out of both places,” he says. “It’s technical work that they’re working on that they’ve run into difficulty with.” While all the apparatus needed to fight a fire is still being stored at the old hall, office administration is now working out of the new building. Everything the firefighters need for a callout is on hand, but some of the equipment for clean up after is at the new home. “If we use air at a fire we have to bring it down here to reload it right now because our compressor and refill stations have been relocated here, which was a fairly big job so we had to get it done when we could,” explains Burrows. – Advertisement -Telus has indicated it may be able to switch the 9-1-1 lines over today, but there’s no guarantee. In the meantime, Burrows is confident the fire department will be able to respond to any calls appropriately.last_img read more

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Madness! Former Arsenal star sees red for punching opponent

first_imgGervinho has made a pretty good fist of rebuilding his reputation at Roma following a pretty uninspiring time at Arsenal, but the former Gooner seemed to undo that by getting sent off in Ivory Coast’s Cup of Nations clash with Guinea.The winger was dismissed for punching Guinea midfielder Naby Keita in what initially looked like an innocuous tussle. Fortunately for the hot-headed star, Ivory Coast managed to snatch a draw thanks to Seydou Doumbia.last_img

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AC ready to dismantle Juve ‘killing machine’

first_img0Shares0000Gennaro Gattuso says his AC Milan can stop the Juventus ‘Killing machine’ this weekend © AFP / Ben STANSALLTURIN, Italy, Mar 30 – Gennaro Gattuso warned AC Milan were ready to dismantle the Juventus ‘killing machine’ in their pursuit of Champions League football next season.Six-time champions Juventus are top of the standings and take on AC Milan Saturday three days before Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals. “We need the perfect game. Juve are a killing machine. They are used to preparing for two important games in the space of a few days,” said Gattuso, whose side are sixth but within touching distance of the Champions League places.“They fear nothing and they will be focusing only on the game with us and they will start preparing for Real Madrid only after tomorrow.”Gattuso has turned around AC Milan since taking over late November with the former European giants notching up 25 points in 2018 — second only behind Juventus despite having a game in hand.“Juve have been unbeatable for the past six years and we are aware it’s a tough match but I am confident we’ll play a great game,” continued the former AC Milan midfielder.“The players who were away with their national teams managed to recharge their batteries and came back with more relaxed faces.“We really needed the break. I saw the boys in good condition in the past few days and they can’t wait to play this game. We hope to keep up the good work in this final part of the season.”“We are fully focused on the Juve game, there’s a lot at stake for both the teams. We can’t make any false step. We are in the running for an important achievement which was almost impossible a few months ago.”The match will also see former player Juventus ace Leonardo Bonucci return to Turin for the first time since exiting the club for Milan after clashing with coach Massimiliano Allegri.“It’s the first time Leo will be back in Turin as a Juve opponent and of course it’s going to be a particular feeling for him, but I saw him really focused,” said Gattuso who also revealed that summer signing Andrea Conti will undergo surgery on his left knee in the United States.The 24-year-old full-back was ruled out in September for sixth months with knee ligament damage with the Italian reinjuring the same knee in training.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Santa Fe Springs program lauded

first_imgThe diversity program is part of this department. More than 44,000 local elementary, middle and high school students, as well as more than 3,000 educators, community members and city staff have participated in the program. It develops greater tolerance and sensitivity, said Lopez, to cultural, age, ethnic, social and gender strengths. About 3,000 students from Little Lake Unified and Los Nietos Unified school districts and Santa Fe, Pioneer and St. Paul high schools annually participate in the summit. “They come together in the spring and work in identifying issues of diversity and then strategizing an action plan to take back to their respective campuses,” said City Manager Fred Latham. SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city was recently recognized for its diversity summit program by the League of California Cities with the 2007 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence. Established in 1982, the award honors outstanding cities that deliver the highest quality and level of service in the most effective manner possible, LCC officials said. The diversity program, which was established 17 years ago by students, teachers and administrators, was a direct response to the Rodney King beating incident and the aftermath of the verdict in the subsequent trial. “Students and teachers alike were concerned about what they were witnessing on TV,” said Anthony Lopez, director of family and youth intervention services. “We highlight everyone’s contributions and see the strength in our differences.” The summit costs the city about $12,000 annually and comes from the city’s general fund. LCC, when announcing Santa Fe Springs as a grand prize winner, said the program is proactive and reinforces respectful and healthy behaviors to achieve tolerant interpersonal relationships. “Next to receiving the All-American City award, the Putnam Award ranks right up there in prestige,” Lopez said. The recognition, he added, shows that the city, in conjunction with the schools, is on the right track combating intolerance. “We are giving them the tools to recognize inequities wherever they see them and to then deal with them,” Lopez said. The diversity program will be given another award Oct. 23 by the Coalition of Cities, Counties and Schools for its ability to foster a culture of collaboration among local jurisdictions. “We couldn’t be happier or more proud that the program has been so well received,” Lopez said. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 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

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Inter Milan step up pursuit of Chelsea target Antonio Candreva

first_img Inter Milan and Chelsea target Chelsea target Antonio Candreva 1 Inter Milan are ready to step up their pursuit of Chelsea target Antonio Candreva because Manchester City are closing in on Gabriel Jesus.Inter had been keen on landing Brazilian prospect, Jesus, this summer but new City boss Pep Guardiola seems set to win the race for his signature.And according to reports in Italy, that news has encouraged Inter to turn their attention back to landing Italy international Candreva.The 29-year-old Lazio man has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, who are now managed by his former national team coach Antonio Conte.Lazio are willing to sell him this summer but only if a club are prepared to pay their £21million asking price.Until now, Inter were only ready to offer around £15m for a player, who will turn 30 in February, but with their attempts to land Jesus failing, they may be about to up their bid.last_img read more

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER GOING BERSERK IN GYNECOLOGY WARD

first_imgA man was arrested after he went berserk in a gynacology ward because a nurse would not allow him to see his pregnant wife’s medical notes.Danny Merritt had called to see his girlfriend at Letterkenny General Hospital on October 18th last.Merritt, 24, had been reading his girlfriend’s notes in the ward but was then told he could not by a passing nurse. Merritt’s girlfriend said she had given him permission to read the notes but the nurse claimed he was still not entitled to read the notes.He then began to challenge the nurse and two security personnel had to be called to remove the accused man from the hospital.Gardai eventually arrived and arrested Merritt under the Public Order Act.Solicitor Frank Dorrian told Letterkenny District Court he could not explain why his clientwanted to read his girlfriend’s medical chart as he has no medical experience.Merritt, of Barns Court, Ballybofey, told Judge Paul Kelly that he was sorry for what had happened but was concerned for his girlfriend.He admitted he had been drinking but was not drunk.Judge Kelly told Merritt that he had no right to be in a hospital ward at 2.30am and disturbing other patients.“People are trying to sleep and you are carrying on like this. He may have felt he was in the right but this was no place or an argument,” he said.He ordered Merritt to do 60 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comMAN ARRESTED AFTER GOING BERSERK IN GYNECOLOGY WARD was last modified: January 10th, 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:BallybofeyDanny MerrittLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

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THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON LOOKS FORWARD TO OLD FIRM CLASH AFTER CLOSING THE GAP ON GERS

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: Hoops manager Neil Lennon was handed a perfect Christmas present when Great Greek Georgios Samaras’ double in the 2-1 win against Kilmarnock took Celtic to within a point of Rangers ahead of Wednesday’s Old Firm clash at Celtic Park.Rangers lost at St Mirren earlier on Saturday after being reduced to ten men with Lee McCullough’s sending off after a shocking elbow attack.Samaras – who some fans wanted axed a few weeks ago – headed the home side into the lead in first-half added time and hit his second with a fine drive seven minutes after the break as the Hoops extended their winning run in the SPL to eight games. Killie substitute Danny Racchi hit a consolation at the end.Now Celtic can go into 2012 as leaders if they win on Wednesday against their greatest rivals. It’s a 7.30pm kick-off and police in Glasgow will be out in force throughout the city.Fans travelling from Donegal are being warned to be careful in the city.But for now Neil Lennon is happy. “The day couldn’t have gone better for us,” he said.“A good performance, a good three points and we have closed the gap right up.“But there is a lot of football to go and regardless of who were playing on Wednesday that would be the most important game.“Samaras didn’t start the game great but got better as the game went on.“The first goal pleased me the most, I have been looking for him to score more headers because he has that good physical attribute in the air and the second goal was good finishing. “And we should have won the game comfortably.“I thought we were in complete control in the second-half without being brilliant, although Ki Sung-yueng missed a couple of chances that would have put the game out of sight.”James Forrest and Samaras came off in the second-half but Lennon allayed any fears before the Old Firm clash.He said: “Georgios wasn’t feeling well before the game, he is struggling with a heavy cold but he wanted to play and we are delighted that he did. “James was feeling a little bit of fatigue in the hamstring and he was obviously wary and he didn’t want to take too many chances with Wednesday looming.”CELTIC (4-4-2): Forster; Cha, Mulgrew, Wanyama; Ledley; Forrest (K. Wilson 49), Brown, Kayal, Ki (Rogne 90); Hooper, Samaras (Bangura 66)Subs not used: Zaluska, Izaguirre, McCourt, McGeouchKILMARNOCK (4-4-2): Bell; Fowler, Sissoko, Pascali, McKeown; Kelly, Buijs (Dayton 62), Shiels (Racchi 72), Hay (Kennedy 78); Harkins, Heffernan.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyTHE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON LOOKS FORWARD TO OLD FIRM CLASH AFTER CLOSING THE GAP ON GERS was last modified: December 25th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:CelticGeorgios SamaraskilmarnockNeil Lennonold firmlast_img read more

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