A block maker was in the wee hours of Monday morning found lying a short distance away from his East Bank Demerara (EBD) home with gaping wounds to his head and face.Munir Amin of Lot 51 First Street, Garden of Eden, EBD, is in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). According to reports, the injured 31-year-old man was discovered lying in a pool of blood at about 03:30h by a villager, who in turn alerted his parents.His father, Noel Seu told Guyana Times that his son left home at about 17:00h toInjured: Munir Aminattend a wedding at Hope, EBD and at about 03:30h, he was informed that the young man was lying on the roadway in an unconscious state.Without hesitation, the father stated that he picked up his son and rushed him to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was treated and transferred to the GPHC.The father explained that when he received the news, he rushed to the scene only to see a gaping wound to his son’s head, with his eyes bulging out. At that time, he could not say if his son was attacked and beaten or if he was a victim of a hit-and-run accident.Further, Seu noted that his son was at the wedding since his friend confirmed this. When asked if he had an issue with anyone at the wedding, the father in distress stated that his son would often walk away from trouble.“He is not someone who would start a fight and at the same time, he is not someone who will stay when a fight is going on… He has a lot of friends and he is a peaceful chap,” the father stated. The man explained that a report was lodged at the Grove Police Station and is hopeful that a thorough investigation is conducted.“The people that live next to where they find meh son, got cameras on them house. So when I leave the hospital this afternoon (Monday), I will stop at the Grove Police Station and tell them so that they can go collect it and see what really happen to meh son,” the man added.He farther explained that his son underwent a CT-Scan after which he was taken to theater for emergency surgery. The young man resides at his parents’ home at Garden of Eden.Meanwhile, the Police in a release to the media revealed they are investigating the incident.
The large crowd which attended the conference.Mental health awareness has been voted as the top priority for Donegal Youth Council to work on over the next 2 years.More than 150 young people aged 12-18 from every corner of the county attended the annual Youth Council Agenda Day in the Clannree Hotel in Letterkenny.The conference gave them the opportunity to put forward issues for discussion, participate in facilitated discussions around each topic and vote to identify the top 5 key recommendations for the newly elected Youth Council to work on during their term. There were 15 recommendations put forward for voting on the day, with the top 5 identified for further development by the Youth Council being:MENTAL HEALTH – reduce stigma, knowing 5 a day & Positives, Teaching people to identify negative (help)SPORT – more opportunities to try new and different sportsBULLYING – SPOT & STOP Road Show, to educate young people and adults, to be aware of and take action on bullying. BODY IMAGE – Organise Express yourself DISCO in all schools (Boys and Girls wear what they want, Girls = no makeup or getting hair done)SPORT – Raise awareness of lack of funding and opportunities in schools in DonegalThe event for the Youth Council also marked the end of term for the 2012-2014 Donegal Youth Council where they presented to the audience the progress they made in relation to identified topics from the previous AGM, while the day also saw the newly elected Donegal Youth Council presented before their peers for the first time. The audience was also addressed by Cathairleach of Donegal County Council John Campbell.Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and aims to provide young people with opportunities to identify, prioritise and work on topics and projects which have been identified by the wider youth population of the county and also to provide young people with opportunities to have their voice heard by being involved in the development of local services and policies which affect themOTHER RECOMMENDATIONS PUT FORWARD FOR VOTING PROCESS Road Safety – Fun Interactive workshop in schools for 5th Years on Road Safety and the consequencesSexual Health – Get teachers who are interested in teaching sexual health having the opportunity to do so, or bring in professionals from other servicesBody Image – Campaign to promote healthy Body Image among Teens in DonegalPhysical Health – DYC plan, organise and facilitate a school challenge of a couch to 5K programme and aim to raise awareness of diet, consequences of no physical activity and bad diet. Physical Health – Helping everyone become involved in some physical activity through providing events to showcase sports, especially alternative sports like tag rugby etc.Drugs & Alcohol – Organise an event for Parents that highlights the dangers of underage alcohol and drug abuse. eg hold meeting in local school.Drugs & Alcohol – make Donegal’s young people more aware of the affects of Drugs/Alcohol/smokingBullying – hold a big event promoting bullying awareness & make a DVD to be shown at it & also available to take back to school youth clubs etc.Racism/LGBT (Inequality) – We feel it is really important to educate young people about discrimination issues such as Racism and LGBT. To result in better Mental Health, confidence and atmosphere in schools. We want to do this through awareness training, starting with teachers, students and the community.Employment – Raise awareness amongst local companies about Youth unemployment. Encourage business to employ young people/offer work experience and CV SkillsYOUNG DONEGAL PEOPLE VOTE MENTAL HEALTH THEIR KEY PRIORITY was last modified: November 7th, 2014 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)
EDMONTON – Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada is committed to meeting its climate change targets despite a growing gap between promises and emissions projections.“We’re absolutely committed to meeting our target,” McKenna, who was in Edmonton this week for an international conference on cities and climate change, told The Canadian Press.“We’re all in.”In 2015, Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions were 722 megatonnes annually of carbon dioxide equivalent. The Paris climate accord commits the country to reducing that total to 517 megatonnes by 2030.In December, the government delivered a report to the United Nations outlining progress on reaching that target. The report acknowledged that both current and planned policies are likely to leave the country 66 megatonnes short of its target.That figure is 50 per cent higher than a similar report made to the UN 18 months ago.“It’s a good-news, bad-news story,” said McKenna.“Our economy is growing and our projections are based on our economic growth. It just means that we need to be doing more. There’s huge opportunities that we haven’t built into our target.”McKenna said Canada has plenty of time to catch up to where it’s supposed to be.“It’s a 2030 target,” she said. “We’ve said this is a transition and you don’t transition overnight.”Billions of dollars marked for public transportation in the last federal budgets will help, she said.New technologies for carbon-heavy industries such as cement manufacturing are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions and aren’t yet figured into the projection. The federal government is also counting on reforestation to reduce Canada’s carbon footprint, because growing trees pull carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in forests.“We need to figure out the opportunities. We know that they’re huge.”Environment Canada officials have attributed the 22-megatonne increase between the two UN reports to a growing population and increased output from Canada’s oil and gas industry. The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, approved by the federal Liberals to take hydrocarbons from Alberta’s oilsands to the British Columbia coast, is widely expected to increase associated emissions.McKenna said that has been taken into account.“The approval of (the Kinder Morgan pipeline) was made in the context of our climate plan,” she said.The minister pointed out that Alberta has capped emissions from the oilsands and implemented a carbon tax. Ottawa will bring in its own climate levy, she said.“We’re doing a lot. There’s coherence across the board.”Keith Stewart, climate campaigner for Greenpeace, said McKenna’s reassurance ignores the facts.“The math simply doesn’t add up,” he said.“There’s still a big gap between what we’ve promised to do and what we are actually doing, and building new pipelines makes that gap bigger. If Canada really is ‘all in’ on climate action, then we have to stop building new fossil fuel megaprojects and invest in green energy solutions instead.”An Environment Canada official pointed out that a 22-megatonne change in the overall context of Canada’s total emissions could simply be the result of annual changes in the economy or in how things are measured.As well, cities and provinces haven’t yet outlined their plans for investments in transit or reforestation clearly enough for Ottawa to estimate their greenhouse gas impacts, the official said.— Follow @row1960 on Twitter