No talks with guerrillas while violence continues: Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo August 18, 2010 Colombia on August 15 rejected an offer for talks with the country’s most powerful guerrilla group, saying there could never be dialogue with rebels engaged in “terrorism.” “Colombia will never talk with terrorists; that is a lesson we have already learned,” said Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera in an interview with Bogota’s daily El Espectador. “There is no dialogue with those who turn to terrorism,” Rivera said. In a videotaped message released a week before President Juan Manuel Santos took office on August 7, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leader Alfonso Cano offered to open peace talks with the new government. In a separate interview with RCN radio network, Rivera said that government forces knew where Cano is hiding. He is “fleeing from the security forces. He has no rest… we are not going to let up,” Rivera said. After taking office Santos said he would not close the door to talks, but they would have to be “based on the unalterable premise that (the guerrillas) give up arms, kidnapping, extortion, drug trafficking, and intimidation.” The FARC has an estimated 8,000 fighters. Another leftist guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army, is believed to have some 2,000 combatants. A car bomb exploded in Bogota on August 12, wounding seven people and damaging hundreds of buildings. As of August 15 however the government was unwilling to assign blame for the blast. Colombia has been beset for years by violence involving leftist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitary death squads, and powerful drug cartels. Santos said on August 13 that he did not believe the conditions were ripe for talks with the guerrillas, and ordered Rivera to press ahead with an offensive against them. As defense minister, Rivera is in charge of both the armed forces and the national police.last_img read more

Consequences of delayed treatment of depression and other mental illnesses

first_img Consequences of delayed treatment of depression and other mental illnesses Angela D. Vickers The medical community has advanced greatly in its understanding of neuroscience and biochemistry over the last decade, with a resulting increase in knowledge of successful treatment strategies for members of the population suffering from mental illnesses, including depression.The recovery rates for mental illnesses can be as high as 80 percent when early diagnosis and proper medical treatment are provided. Because the public is not educated to recognize the symptoms of these illnesses early, the illnesses often go untreated. Even worse, for many people the symptoms predictably become more severe over time, the longer they remain untreated. What the medical community has observed, and what the remainder of the community needs to be informed of, is that the sooner proper medical help is sought, the greater the likelihood that the proper treatment will restore the person to health.We have a tendency to disregard mental illness symptoms, often attributing them to being a “normal” part of life. For example, many older Americans simply attribute their not feeling well to being a “case of the blues,” or what they assume to be normal aging. But when seniors believe the reason they have lost their energy, their interest in activities, and their ability to get a good night’s sleep is based in the aging process and normal, they do not typically seek medical treatment. Such a misperception can result in delays in seeking treatment, which will then result in delays in recovery due to lack of treatment or inappropriate treatment. Time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses. The failure of our seniors to seek and receive appropriate psychiatric care results in a less positive prognosis, and is one major factor in the increase in geriatric alcoholism and suicides.Among the entire population, as many as 50 percent of those with a mental illness turn to self-medication. The variety of substances used for self-medication can include legal options, such as alcohol and tobacco, through and including illegal drugs. Some people abusively use prescription medications. What these chemicals have in common is elevate the dopamine levels in the brain. Increasing dopamine works like an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication for many people. Although the person feels some temporary relief, these abused substances can be expected to make things worse over time. Because the brain is not receiving proper medication, the mental illness symptoms worsen. The person may rapidly develop an addiction problem. Addiction creates additional medical and legal complications. Co-occurring disorders, that is having problems with both mental illness and substance abuse, are common.Of those abusing illegal substances due to their failure to recognize their mental illness symptoms, many lose their jobs due to the mental illness and addiction problems. After losing their employment, coupled with the increasing expenses of a growing addiction habit, some turn to crime, such as theft or prostitution. Some find themselves incarcerated as a result of the crimes, when the underlying cause of the sequence may have been an untreated mental illness. In such cases, it is not adequate to merely punish the crime. However, finding the needed integrated treatment for both problems — untreated mental illness and substance abuse — is not common.An educated bench and bar will consider the medical nature of behaviors, and seek proper treatment, structuring sentences to promote recovery and health. An educated justice system will assist with re-entry programs which afford former inmates the opportunity to maintain wellness and to become self-sufficient. This will cost our nation less than the expense of repeated incarcerations. Mental illness is not a crime. Nationally, however, many more people with mental illnesses are found in our jails and prisons than are found in our state mental hospitals and other residential treatment facilities.Mental illness is a health problem with great legal, economic, and safety issues. Tragic and dangerous, mental illnesses are the preventable causes which lead thousands of people to suicide, or murder-suicides. The World Health Organization states that suicides cause more deaths every year than homicides or war.Suicide is the third leading cause of death in America’s teens, yet we are still not teaching our students about mental illnesses. One of the saddest facts is that studies show that 95 percent of all suicides are the result of untreated, or improperly treated, depression or bipolar disorder. If students were properly educated to recognize the symptoms of such mental illnesses, particularly depression and bipolar disorder, these statistics could be altered. Medical science has documented that an 80-90 percent recovery rate can be expected when such mental illnesses are diagnosed promptly and medicated properly and faithfully.The statistics regarding the risk of suicide are staggering. The statistics on depression and bipolar combined indicate that 11percent of the population will suffer from one of these illnesses at some point during their lifetime. An estimated 15 percent of those not properly treated for depression will kill themselves. It is thought that many more attempt suicide, and fail. Even in failure, many people do great damage to their property, their careers, their bodies, and their families. This places a great economic and emotional burden on our society. With bipolar it is estimated that 20 percent of those who are not properly medicated will take their lives. Accurate public education about these illnesses and about recovery is urgently needed. Angela D. Vickers is a mental health advocate and educator, and a member of the Bar’s Quality of Life and Career Committee. She also was named the national recipient of the 2004 Clifford Beers Award of the National Mental Health Association. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at June 1, 2005 Regular News Consequences of delayed treatment of depression and other mental illnesseslast_img read more

Riverhead Trio Accused of $75K Lottery Con

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three Riverhead men have been accused of conning a Take Five lottery winner out of his $74,000 winnings two months ago.Yalcin Nergiz, 41, Yunis Ozturk, 33, and his 47-year-old brother, Orhan, will be arraigned Wednesday at Suffolk County court on a grand jury indictment charging them with conspiracy and grand larceny.Prosecutors said the trio was working at the Valero Gas Station on Peconic Avenue in Riverside when they deceived the winner by paying him $774 of the $74,892 payoff when he redeemed the ticket on March 18.They allegedly cashed the winning ticket at the Lottery’s Garden City customer service center and the divvied up the proceeds—$48.318.27 after taxes—between them.The victim is 28-year-old Marvin Choy Nij, a Guatemalan construction worker who told police he cannot speak or write English, authorities said.The suspects are being held at Suffolk County jail without bail.They were arrested following a joint investigation with the district attorney’s Economic Crimes Bureau, Southampton Town Police and the New York State Lotto Commission.last_img read more

Roy Hodgson delighted after Mamadou Sakho cleared of ‘nasty’ doping allegations | Football News

first_imgRoy Hodgson is pleased Crystal Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho was vindicated in the High Court this week over allegations he had taken a banned performance-enhancing drug.Back in 2016, the former Liverpool defender was briefly suspended after he tested positive for a fat-burning substance called higenamine, but UEFA’s disciplinary body later found it was not on World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list.- Advertisement – “I told him how delighted I was that he has cleared his name because this is a very nasty accusation to be hanging over your head, that you’re the drug cheat, especially when you haven’t cheated at all and it’s been a mistake unfortunately from WADA which I’m pleased to say.“Also I must congratulate them. They’ve had the decency and the courage to hold their hands up and say, ‘this was a mistake, we have perhaps damaged this man’s career and we’re making a full apology for it, and we are presumably compensating him for any losses he has had along the way.”‘While suspended at the end of the 2015-16 season, Sakho missed out on a place in Liverpool’s side to play Sevilla in the Europa League final and also France’s squad for a home European Championship.He moved to Selhurst Park in 2017 and quickly impressed, however in recent seasons injury problems have restricted his involvement under Hodgson. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves’ win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League Wolves vs Palace highlights “I’ve certainly spoken to him and congratulated him on all the efforts he has had to make to clear his name. Marcelo Bielsa looks on as his Leeds United team take on Liverpool at Anfield 0:35 Sakho, 30, is expected to be part of the squad to face Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday, but the Eagles remain without summer signing Nathan Ferguson.The full-back is sidelined with a knee injury and after revealing the former West Brom defender suffered a setback earlier in the season, Hodgson conceded time is needed with the youngster.Hodgson added: “The answer to the question as to when we can expect to see him, no one can say at this moment in time.“Everyone at the club is very anxious that we don’t now spoil a lot of this good rehabilitation work that’s been going on by thrusting him back into a situation too early that the knee can’t handle.” – Advertisement – 2:59 Roy Hodgson praised Marcelo Bielsa for the job he has done at Leeds ahead of their first game against each other this weekend – Advertisement – Despite this, WADA – in statements issued to the Daily Telegraph and Guardian within the next 12 months – stated Sakho was guilty of taking a prohibited performance-enhancing drug.The one-time France international sued WADA for defamation and at a High Court hearing in London on Wednesday accepted an apology from the organisation and an undisclosed sum in damages.“It’s been strong of him to pursue it and to keep going because there must have been plenty of moments along the way he’s had to fight through and this week he got the news he had been cleared,” Hodgson said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

SkyNeedle in South Brisbane has official sod turning for first stage

first_imgDeveloper Pradella has started construction on the first stage of a $125 million dual tower community centred around the city’s iconic SkyNeedle.CONSTRUCTION on the first stage of South Brisbane’s dual tower $125 million SkyNeedle project has kicked off, centred around the city’s iconic Sky Needle.SkyNeedle, an 88 metre pillar, was a key feature of Brisbane’s World Expo in 1988, and remains a prominent marker on the city skyline.Last Thursday, Pradella director Kim Pradella joined Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to officially launch the start of construction on the first tower, comprising 110 of the total 237 apartments in the project, which will incorporate a refurbished SkyNeedle as part of its design.SkyNeedle in South Brisbane.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoPradella has appointed RCC Builders to build SkyNeedle Apartments. The two-stage project will be complete with a cafe at the base of the second tower and a tropical garden oasis with a pool and barbecue terrace for the exclusive use of residents.More than 70 per cent of apartments in the first stage have already sold for a total of $38 million, with remaining one-bedroom apartments priced from $428,000 and two-bedroom abodes available from $544,000.“Brisbane is evolving into a new world city and it’s important that as we usher in this next chapter of growth, we recognise the foundations this fantastic city was built on by preserving monuments of the past, like the SkyNeedle and the old gas and light station,” Mr Pradella said.“SkyNeedle has already attracted strong interest from both owner occupiers and investors not only from Brisbane, but also nationally and internationally, who are ready to be a part of what will undoubtedly be one of Australia’s most unique and identifiable addresses.”Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the SkyNeedle had been a much-loved icon of Brisbane for nearly 30 years and it was exciting to see it returning to its true home in South Brisbane to be restored to its former glory as part of a high-quality residential project.last_img read more

Family home with great bones proves a winner for Brisbane couple

first_imgRelax and unwind at 16 Bowness Close, Sinnamon Park.The property is on a 700sq m block of land and there is plenty of room for a pool.Dean Property Team selling agent Robert Dean said: “We think you would need to go a long way before finding this type of finish in any property”. Check out the bedroom at 16 Bowness Close, Sinnamon Park.Mr Leggo said the home was almost “gasp worthy” when they first laid eyes on it.“It had great bones,” he said.“It was kind of orange and a little dated.The feature walls and back patio were a terracotta orange.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“The moment the light hit it, it threw orange on all the walls and ceilings, it wasn’t pleasant,” he said.Since the revamp, Mr Leggo said the home was his most favourite, having lived in more than 30 properties over the years.“Sinnamon Park is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets,” he said.“We moved here not knowing about Rocks Riverside Park. The birdlife and breezes are amazing.” The couple are moving to the Gold Coast as Mr Leggo said his mother was not well.He said the one-level property would best suit a couple, or buyers looking to downsize.“It’s a really easy place to live in,” he said.“It’s low maintenance, there’s only watering and mowing to do.”The home has had new carpets put in and a new Bali hut.And if you like to wind down after a hard day at work, there is a freestanding Lusso Stone egg shell bath to enjoy. 16 Bowness Close, Sinnamon Park. The kitchen area at 16 Bowness Close, Sinnamon Park. 16 Bowness Close, Sinnamon Park.When Craig and Jen Leggo first walked into their Sinnamon Park home they knew there was a lot of work to be done.The couple bought the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in 2011 and have done a major renovation throughout the 16 Bowness Close property. 16 Bowness Close, Sinnamon Park.last_img read more

Why Oatmeal Is the Best Breakfast For Weight Loss

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s time to skip the cold cereal and start enjoying a comforting bowl of oatmeal in the morning.It’s backed by science: A small study found that those who ate oatmeal daily for six weeks had a greater decrease in cholesterol levels and waist size than those who ate the same amount of carbs in noodles over the same time period.It’s proof that you can have your carbs and eat them, too!It keeps you satisfied: There’s no need to reach for an unhealthy convenience snack in the morning when you’ve got oatmeal on your side; it offers the calories and fiber you need to stay satisfied all morning long. Unlike sugary breakfast cereals full of refined carbs, the body digests oatmeal at a slower pace, keeping blood sugar levels steady, energy up, and hunger away.It helps you time carbs right: When it comes to weight loss, celebrity trainers Bob Harper and Gunnar Peterson agree: you should eat carbs for breakfast. According to Manhattan-based nutritionist and registered dietitian Shira Lenchewski, “[carbs] are burned more efficiently in the morning than at night,” so they don’t go unused and get stored as fat in the body. Shira also recommends that the largest meal (higher in carbohydrates) be breakfast.It’s quick to come together: Rolled oats take well under 10 minutes from prep to bowl. It might be a little more time than that instant packet you’re used too, but these varieties don’t come with any added sugars often found in those flavored packets. Or there’s always the option to go with overnight oats that require just a little prep the night before and are ready to eat from the fridge the next morning.The possibilities are endless: This warming breakfast should never feel boring or blah. Liven up your oatmeal bowl with these healthy combinations that keep your meal feeling fresh, filling, and satisfying to your taste buds, Sharecenter_img 556 Views   no discussions Food & DiningHealthLifestyle Why Oatmeal Is the Best Breakfast For Weight Loss by: – March 16, 2015 Tweetlast_img read more

Wanda Louise Huelson

first_imgWanda Louise Huelson, age 84 of Versailles, IN, passed away early Saturday morning, May 6, 2017 at her home with family by her side. She was born the daughter of Lester A. and Lavina Edith Henneke Hawley on October 4, 1932 in Carmel, Indiana. Wanda married Joseph Fields, and to this union, seven children were born. Later in her life, she married Norman L. Huelson in August of 1980. She and Norman enjoyed traveling throughout the US and also had traveled to Europe. On July 31, 2009, Norman preceded her in death.Wanda had worked as the Registrar for the Ripley County Health Department from the 1970’s to the middle 1980’s. Past memberships included the New Marion Baptist Church and the Ripley County Homemakers Club. She loved doing volunteer work for Meals on Wheels in Ripley County. Water-color painting, gardening, and cooking were things that she was especially talented in. She was a wonderful mother who had worked very hard raising her seven children and was very proud of all of her family!Survivors include:Sons:Jeff (Jennifer) Fields of Gilbert, AZTodd (Trish) Fields of Liberty, INScott (Dede) Fields of Holton, INDaughters:Jacqueline Flannery of Benton, ARRobin (Bill) Cannariato of Batesville, INMarsha Fields of OsgoodJo Dee (Bruce) Coy of Versailles, INBrother: James (Bonnie) Hawley of Spokane, WAGrandchildren: 15Great Grandchildren: 17She was preceded in death by one great grandchild.Visitation and funeral will be held on same day, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Neal’s Funeral Home. Visitation from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with funeral starting at 7:00 pm.The family request that memorial donations be made to Mud Pike Cemetery c/o the funeral home.Burial will be at the family’s convenience.Services entrusted to Neal’s Funeral Home.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Police Blotter 02-28-20

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Jose Mourinho’s agent denies he has agreed to replace Louis van Gaal

first_img Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea last week, has been linked with the position at Old Trafford after United dropped out of the top four and crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage. But Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes, speaking to Globoesporte, insisted there had been no approach from United for his client’s services. “There is nothing,” Mendes said when asked about reports the former Chelsea manager had agreed to take over at Old Trafford. “We don’t know what will happen in the future, but now there is no agreement. There isn’t an official proposal either, that’s not true.” Mourinho is understood to be spending the week in Portugal with his family, but he is looking for a quick return to management and with Van Gaal’s United floundering, the 52-year-old could realise his dream of taking over at Old Trafford if the club’s board decides to dispense with the current manager. Some fans clearly want that to happen. Cries of Mourinho’s name could be heard around Old Trafford on Saturday when United slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Norwich. United were booed off the pitch following their third straight defeat, which left them in fifth position. Three weeks ago, senior United figures insisted Van Gaal had the board’s full support, but after a run of six matches without a win, they have now fallen quiet. It is understood the United board were disappointed in particular at Van Gaal’s failure to lead the team through what was viewed as a relatively easy Champions League group containing PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfbsurg. Jose Mourinho’s agent has denied a deal has been struck for his client to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager. Press Association And a second straight defeat in the league last weekend meant United will head into the busy Christmas schedule outside the top four. Although United could stomach another year out of the Champions League in a financial sense, the damage to the club’s standing in the game would be hit if they were not in Europe’s top club competition next season. And with Mourinho available and willing to take the job, there has been a flood of speculation linking the two-time Champions League winner with United. United will also be aware Pep Guardiola is available in the summer, although he is rumoured to be ready to move to Manchester City instead following his stint with Bayern Munich. On Wednesday, Van Gaal will take questions on his future for the first time since Mourinho was sacked. The Dutchman is due to conduct his weekly press conference at the AON Training Complex in Carrington at 3:30pm. United travel to Stoke on Boxing Day before hosting Chelsea on December 28. Speaking after the loss to Norwich, Van Gaal insisted he had the backing of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his own players. ”Ed was very fast out of the dressing room but I feel that support, yes,” the 64-year-old said. ”The most important support is from the players because the players have to do it on the pitch and the chemistry between the players and the manager and his staff is very important.” last_img read more