A man of unsound mind who admitted to being a stripper at a South Road, Georgetown hotel was on Monday brought before city Magistrate Judy Latchman charged for attempting to snatch a woman’s purse.Stephen Henry, of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD), denied that on January 26, 2018 at Hunter Street, Georgetown, he attempted to snatch a purse valued $10,000, property of Lemanka Douglas.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was sitting at a car wash waiting for her car to be cleaned when she felt the accused pulling at her bag.She raised an alarm and he attempted to escape, but was subdued by public-spirited persons.Henry’s mother, however, told the court that her son was of unsound mind and provided documents to Magistrate Latchman confirming this.As such, Magistrate Latchman ordered that the defendant be evaluated at the Georgetown Public Hospital.He was placed on $70,000 bail and was expected to return to court on February 19, 2018.
With domestic violence becoming widespread across the country, especially violence against women and girls peaking in recent years, a psychologist who recently earned a Masters in Science and in counselling psychology has noted that she believes self-defence should be taught in schools across the country.This was shared by Raiza Khan during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday.Psychologist Raiza KhanAccording to the psychologist who has been in the field for close to two years, there is a need for self-defence to be taught, as its benefits can be multi-fold.Khan explained, “Often times a lot of the Government organisations and a lot of the schools, what we would encourage them to do is as much psycho-social training and psycho-social programmes, something as simple as developing your sense of identity… I think that what needs to be understood is that self-defence can be helpful in terms of developing empowerment and healthy and active children just like the same reasons you would offer physical education and dance classes and track and field”.She noted that while the Government may already have provisions for classes which may include physical health and wellbeing, what is urgent to be addressed is how children own up to uncomfortable situations which they may not necessarily be brave enough to talk about, although being encouraged to do so.In fact, the psychologist pointed out that the classes which may very well help a child when they age, is really not intended to help fight violence with violence but rather to engage youths on understanding that you can be prepared for an assault since self-defence techniques are not only used when a person’s boyfriend or girlfriend hits them.Important to note is that these classes, she pointed out, can also help to fight crime as many times persons are attacked and are unable to defend themselves.Khan argued, “Self-defence is not only used against your domestic violence partner but we do have crime and women are pick-pockets and men are pick-pockets and young children are attacked on the streets, so it would more be for self-development and being able to protect yourselves from other circumstances not to be used in the case of (only) violence against women”.She alluded to the fact that there needs to be a more holistic approach to understand where violence comes from and what the other party actually sees in the other person while trying to be possessive and how to deal with insecurities.According to her, just as other life skills are being taught in schools such as Home Economics, classes should also be developed geared towards tackling peer pressure, depression and even mental health, as well as dealing with anxiety.“We talk about diabetes, we talk about other forms of medical conditions but we are not talking about mental health in schools,” she posited.The Education Ministry is presently in the process of drafting a new curriculum for schools.The new curriculum is intended to benefit nursery, primary and secondary levels up to Grade Nine, as classes from there on utilise the Caribbean curriculum to prepare for the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC).According to a Senior Public Relations Officer of the Education Ministry, Brushell Blackman the new curriculum will include a number of broad areas, which he acknowledged the Ministry previously overlooked.The new syllabus, will among other things, seek to include oil education he posited.Blackman added the Ministry promised not to drag their feet on the paperwork, as they are fully aware of its importance and vitality at this time.Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson also pointed out how critical it is for the curriculum to be updated, while saying, “This process cannot be a long and drawn out process. I know curriculum writing take time, but it cannot be forever. We don’t have all the time in the world”.
1 Will the return of Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany be enough for Manchester City to take all three points against Arsenal on Sunday? Manchester City will be hoping to continue their unbeaten Premier League run when they face an in-form Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.City are unbeaten in 12 Premier League games and they come into this fixture with fit again Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero.The Argentinian striker has 19 goals from 24 appearances in all competitions this season, making him one of the most in-form strikers in the world.With this record, combined with the fact that City are undefeated in their last five Premier League meetings with Arsenal, the Sky Blues will feel confident of picking up all three points.However, City will have to deal with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who has inspired Arsenal with his goals and work-rate to nine wins in their last 12 games.City will play this game without midfielder Samir Nasri, who is out for around three weeks with a calf injury, while striker Edin Dzeko also remains a doubt.Possible Manchester City line up against Arsenal:GoalkeeperJoe Hart was certainly at fault for Everton’s goal in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, but is set to start ahead of Willy Caballero.The England goalkeeper has been responsible for seven clean sheets from 19 games this season, a tally he will hope to improve on if City are going to keep up with Chelsea for the Premier League title.DefenceManchester City fans will be overjoyed to see Kompany back in the starting XI for this game and he will form a strong central partnership with Eliaquim Mangala.The industrious Pablo Zabaleta looks set to continue on the right of the back four, while Aleksandar Kolarov may start on the left.With Arsenal’s defensive frailties from set pieces, Manuel Pellegrini may look for Kolarov’s set piece prowess to increase his scoring options.MidfieldWith no Yaya Toure due to the Africa Cup of Nations, Pellegrini may keep faith with the center-midfield partnership of Fernando and Fernandinho.Pellegrini will certainly be tempted to start the experienced Frank Lampard, but may decide to go with a more mobile, aggressive midfield to stop the flow of Arsenal’s passing.On the flanks, Jesus Navas looks set to continue on the right, while Pellegrini will use the work rate of James Milner on the left.Milner will be trusted to track back and support left-back Kolarov in an attempt to quell the in-form Alexis Sanchez.AttackEven with Dzeko injured and new signing Wilfied Bony away on international duty, Pellegrini would have always chosen Aguero to lead the line for this game.The Argentinian has 14 Premier League goals from 16 appearances this season and has a record of a goal every 76.9 minutes.He will be fancying his chances of continuing this incredible record against a team who have conceded 25 Premier League goals so far this season. Hoping to supply the striker is another in-form player, David Silva.The Spaniard’s recent displays have been scintillating, shown in his six Premier League goals and two assists he’s produced so far this season.
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