Share Share Sharing is caring! 10 Views no discussions Share Tweet LocalNews Resident judge admonishes nurses to commit themselves to excellence by: – June 4, 2012 Her Ladyship Justice Birnie Stephenson-BrooksResident Judge, Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks, has admonished nurses to commit themselves to excellence which she referred to a “lifelong” commitment.Justice Stephenson-Brooks was the featured speaker at the first ever Nursing Awards ceremony on Sunday in which over sixty nurses were awarded for their professional excellence in the nursing service.In admonishing the nurses to commit themselves to excellence, she noted that professional excellence should be at the core of their intentions and functions.“Professional excellence should be at the heart of your intention to be nurses and as you function as nurses. This means that each and every one of you would have at one time or another have to transform your values, your beliefs and your behaviors. In my view, as nurses who are aiming at achieving excellence, you are required to care, to comfort, to educate and to collaborate”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also reminded the nurses of the need to create very good impressions while executing their duties.“When one thinks about it, in life a human being no matter how long or how short their walk on this earth is, the nurse is one of the first persons we meet. Talk about the need to create a first impression- a great one. When a baby is born the first person who usually takes the baby after it emerges from his or her mother’s womb is the nurse…nurses are there from the very beginning of our existence and quite often until the end”.According to her, although women are “masters of multi-tasking while men are severely challenged, they can’t do it,” she told the nurses they must make every attempt to work together “effectively” with their co-workers as well as all health care disciplines.She listed eight steps which should be implemented on the stairway to excellence with words, focusing on effective collaboration which includes developing constructive conflict resolution skills, mastering interpersonal and personal skills, taking advantage of the multi-disciplinary forums to increase collaboration and appreciating that collaboration can also occur spontaneously.The commitment to excellence she said, “requires a lifelong commitment to nursing, to researching, to learning, scholarship and personal balance also well being”.Although she recognized that the pursuit of excellence in nursing is “difficult” as with any other profession, however she urged them to continue to work towards excellence as they stand to benefit as well as their patients and communities.“You also have to consider that we live in a society that seems to be satisfied with mediocrity. We now live in a society where there is a decay of values; the persons that you have to deal with, both your colleagues and patients, clients, customers, are not getting better mannered, they are not polite, but it appears as though you have to deal with persons who are more and more strangers to good manners and proper etiquette”.She also urged them to remember that “communication is vital” and “remember always to put your hands in the hands of the man who still the waters,” recommending that they develop a personal relationship with and daily walk with God.“Remember I said, you are the ones most of us first meet upon arriving into this world and quite often you are the ones who are there with us as we transition in the end,” he reiterated. Dominica Vibes News
… fails to successfully prosecute 90% of casesThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) is the least trusted institution in Guyana – a country with high levels of crime and violence–and urgently needs to strengthen its investigation and prosecution capacity since it currently records a dismal 90 per cent failure rate.These are but some of the dismal findings of a United States funded Report on Human Rights, Democracy and Governance in Guyana, and was produced for review by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)–one of this nation’s longstanding donor partners.Crime/violenceAccording to the US-based report, Guyana currently faces a number of social problems, including high levels of crime and violence; high levels of domestic violence; incidents of violence against transgender individuals; high incidents of trafficking in persons (TIP); and the increasing use of guns, particularly for criminal purposes.” The USAID report said there is urgent significant need to reform the Guyana Police Force and “strengthen its investigations and prosecutions since an estimated 90 per cent of prosecutions are unsuccessful and it is the least-trusted institution in the country.”Similar to the findings contained in the annual US State Department reports, Guyana continues to be labelled a trans-shipment point for drug smuggling from South America to North America, Europe, and West Africa.High migration levelsIt found too that in addition to a disproportionately high suicide rate, the country also has a high migration rate, with 90 per cent of tertiary-level graduates migrating to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the Caribbean.It was observed too that while the Guyanese Diaspora is “tremendously important to the country in terms of remittances,” the high migration levels have an adverse effect on the society, “in that it drains the country of intellectual capacity, technical skills, and know-how.”This has also resulted in the local private sector experiencing high turnover rates as educated, trained, and capable people find opportunities elsewhere.Scores of international studies have correlated links between the high migration levels and increased burdens on indigenous security forces.Far from certainThe scathing report said too that it is too early to tell if the promises of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) will be realised.According to the report, the May 2015 elections of a multiethnic, reform-minded coalition brought a fresh opportunity for Guyana to move toward a more responsive and accountable state of governance, “however, this democratic outcome is far from certain.”It documents that the coalition Government faces deep-seated legacies of single-party domination; politically driven ethnic divisions; and a centralised patron-clientelist system with weak, unaccountable, and unresponsive government institutions.Political power, the report said, is concentrated in the executive, more specifically within the office of the president in David Granger, a former military officer and elected leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).According to the US report, “President Granger and the coalition Government enjoyed a honeymoon period that is now largely over.”The report said while the coalition is expected to last until the 2020 elections, “they need to maintain cohesion and manage tensions arising between the two parties…They say the right things about reforms…However, it is still too early to tell if this reform resolve will last.”The local media landscape also came in for critique by the USAID-funded report.According to the authors, “The media is pluralistic and politicised, with the state media having the only nationwide reach.”It documents that the local media landscape practices self-censorship as previous governments retaliated against critical coverage.
The Letterkenny Community Heritage Group will unveil a sculpture on the Tuesday evening at 7.30pm at the Cathedral Square to the ninety one men from the Letterkenny area who were killed in WW1.Redmond Herrity who made the sculpture.The sculpture is a work of art by local man Redmond Herrity who himself has a keen interest in the subject and has volunteered his time to the project.Redmond’s Great Grandfather Barney Sweeney fought in the war. The sculpture will be unveiled by Donegal WW1 historian Paddy Harte and local man Johnny Keys from Sentry Hill who lost three Granduncles in the conflict, while a fourth brother was sent home a story similar to that of the Movie “Saving Pte Ryan” .All of the soldiers killed are interred in foreign countries and include the youngest man Albert Mills Knipe, age 17 from Main St and the oldest Jermiah McDaid 46 came from Crieve.The men are buried in France, Belgium, Turkey and what we call today the Middle East.A speech on the war and its effects locally will be delivered by former Army Commandant and military Historian Declan O’Carroll while a list of the men’s names to date will be read out by Kieran Kelly.Brian Walsh formerly of Mount Southwell Place will perform MC for the evening.L.C.H.G. would like to thank all of those who have helped and assisted in the project including the local Churches and former Town Council. The Group also extends a warm welcome to everyone from the town and its local environs and in particular relatives of all those who were involved in the war.SCULPTURE IN HONOUR OF 91 LETTERKENNY MEN KILLED IN WW1 TO BE UNVEILED was last modified: August 18th, 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) Tags:Letterkenny Heritage Grouppaddy harteREdmond HerritysculptureWW1