By Margioni Bermúdez / AFP November 22, 2019 The small waiting room at the home of self-styled healer “Brother Guayanes” in Caracas’ rundown Petare district fills up quickly with patients — business has never been better.With Venezuela’s chronic medicine shortages and hyperinflation, more and more people are turning to alternative medicine to treat common ailments in the crisis-wracked South American country.“We go to the hospital and there’s nothing there. They don’t have medicines, or they’re too expensive. What are we to do?” said Rosa Saez, 77, who has come to get treatment for a painful arm.Carlos Rosales — he uses the more ceremonious “Brother Guayanes” for his business — is finishing up a “spiritual intervention” on a patient in what passes for his surgery.The patient lies, eyes closed, on a cot as, in a series of swishes and clicks, the healer waves five pairs of scissors one after another over his prone body.The healer says he performs 200 such interventions a week in a dim, candle-lit room that features two camp beds and an array of plaster statues that Rosales says represent “spiritual entities.”A regular visitor to the spiritual center, Saez says she has faith in Rosales’ methods: “He healed my kidneys.”Natural healingAll across Venezuela, but particularly in poor areas like Petare, patients cannot hope to afford the price of medicines that due to the economic crisis have become exceedingly rare. Venezuela’s pharmacists’ federation say pharmacies and hospitals have on average only about 20 percent of the medicine stock needed.Rosales’ clinic is muggy with the smell of tobacco. A crucifix suspended from a chain around his neck, he practices a seeming mixture of smoke-blowing shamanism, plant-based medicine, and mainstream religion. Posters hung near the entrance remind clients to arrive with a candle and tobacco and “Don’t forget that payment is in cash.”Much like a general practitioner, Rosales spends time consulting with his patients, examining them with a stethoscope, before offering a diagnosis. Often he prescribes potions based on plants and fruit, such as pineapple and a type of local squash known as chayote.“We know medicines are necessary,” he says. “I’m not against medicine, but my medicine is botany.”Plants replace drugsAt her stall in a downtown Caracas market, 72-year-old Lilia Reyes says she has seen her trade in medicinal plants flourish.“I can’t keep up with the demand,” she said at her stall, bathed in the aroma of chamomile, one of the 150 plants she sells.Careless consumption of some herbs can be deadly, warns Grismery Morillo. A doctor at a Caracas public hospital, she says she has seen many cases of acute liver failure in people who have eaten certain roots.According to Venezuela’s opposition parties, some 300,000 chronically ill people are in danger of dying from the shortages of medicines. But despite the risks, people like Carmen Teresa say they have no alternative.In the kitchen of her restaurant, which closed down three years ago as the economic crisis took hold, the 58-year-old Colombian prepares an infusion of fig leaves to treat “diabetic neuropathy.”The painkillers needed for the condition are “too expensive” and prices are going up due to hyperinflation, so she is cutting back on the pills and supplementing her treatment with herbal infusions.She needs at least four tablets a day to keep her diabetes at bay. Her mother, bedridden since breaking a leg a year ago, suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and needs five pills a day for hypertension.“I’m still taking my pills, but I reduced the dose,” says Teresa, who is also replacing cholesterol pills with lemon juice.
CRICKET:CHENNAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women will begin their Twenty20 World Cup campaign later this week with question marks over their batting, after another brittle performance left them with a 43-run defeat to Australia Women in their official warm-up game here yesterday.Chasing 140 for victory at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, the Caribbean collapsed to 96 all out off 19 overs without a single player passing 20.The total was their third low score in four T20 contests in recent weeks, following on from their 2-1 defeat in their three-match series against South Africa Women.Stacy-Ann King top-scored with 19 not out to lead five players in double figures, but the next best was captain Stafanie Taylor with 14.West Indies Women lost teenage opener Hayley Matthews for four to the third ball of the innings to be four for one, before crawling to 38 for two in the 10th over. However, Taylor’s dismissal triggered the final side as the Windies Women lost their last eight wickets for 58 runs.Leg-spinner Kristen Beams picked up three for nine, while seamer Rene Farrell finished with three for 18.Earlier, Australia Women eased to 139 for three off their 20 overs after they were sent in. Opener Elyse Villani stroked 51 from 42 deliveries, while captain Meg Lanning hit an unbeaten 49 from 39 deliveries.The right-handed Villani struck eight fours as she helped add 70 for the first wicket with wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, who made 18 off 24 balls before she was caught and bowled by off-spinner Taylor in the 11th over.Villani fell soon afterwards in the 14th over but Lanning, who counted two fours and three sixes in her knock, combined with Alex Blackwell (14) to put on 47 and ensure Australia Women finished strongly.West Indies bowl off their group campaign tomorrow against Pakistan at the same venue here. They are in Group B also alongside India Women, Bangladesh Women and England Women.
The Chair of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee (JPC) has raised concern over proposals to restructure the Garda organisation.A network of 19 “mini police forces” is to be set up across the country.The move would see Donegal and Sligo/Leitrim become one force. There are suggestions the plan will mean up to nine chief superintendents and as many as 30 superintendents — almost a fifth of all superintendents — may be “surplus to requirements”.The “divisional” model will replace the current “district” model. There are 107 of these, headed by a superintendent.Under the new model, there won’t be a superintendent in charge of everything in the district, but a divisional superintendent in charge of crime, two to three in charge of community engagement, one for performance, and an assistant principal officer in charge of HR, administration and finance. Councillor Gerry McMonagle said he attended several national joint policing meetings across the country but at no time were major reforms outlined.He told Donegal Daily: “These proposed changes were not raised with us at the JPC at a local level or for that matter nationally.“I would have attended a number of joint policing meetings with other chairs of committees with the policing authority, but plans of this nature were never ever mentioned to us,” McMonagle added.“There was always talk about improving Garda statistics but there was no talk of merging counties, divisions or districts.”The Letterkenny councillor said suggestions of a new plan for the county only created further ‘uncertainty’.He continued: “I haven’t heard anyone from any walk of life, and especially from the Gardaí, who are favour of it. “Most of the rank and file Gardaí are opposed to it, they can’t understand it.“The fact that the Garda Representative Association (GRA) or the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors were not informed, says a lot about this plan.“For example, under the new proposals, County Kerry has been allowed to stay on its own, which is in a similar situation to Donegal without the added pressure and problem of Brexit.“Donegal is on a border with a city that has over 120,000 people, in what is technically another jurisdiction. “Questions have to be asked about why certain counties were allowed to stay on their own but Donegal wasn’t,” he added.“It only brings further uncertainty to the county.“Garda management in the county have been lobbying for a number of years to get increase resources into Donegal.“They work and live in the county and understand what is needed in terms of additional gardaí on the ground, more vehicles and other resources.“Now, if garda management moves to Sligo, which has been suggested, who is going to take care of the needs of Donegal?“And what sort of pressure will they be under if they don’t deliver for Sligo or for Leitrim.“I just think they have put the cart before the horse and now Commissioner (Drew) Harris has suggested he is going to consult with JPCs, the GRA and it is all cart before the horse.“This should have been done prior to this plan being unveiled,” McMonagle concluded.Concern raised in Donegal over Garda restructuring plan was last modified: August 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura has taken initiative to unite regional parties to voice demand for National Register of Citizens (NRC) in entire northeastern region. Upbeat over conclusion of the exercise in Assam, the Party began voicing demand for the same in Tripura.INPT General Secretary Jagadish Debbarma said they will hold a ‘huge’ rally at Khumulwng, headquarters of Tripura tribal autonomous district council, on September 24 to press two major demands – implementation of the NRC and withdrawal of proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill.Mr. Debbarma on Monday informed his Party has been in touch with the regional parties in other States with an intention to create a confederation “to consolidate movement to achieve the demands”. Top leaders of mainstream regional parties have been invited to the rally.INPT’s ploys however seen as efforts to revive its base in tribal areas ahead of elections to the tribal autonomous district council due in early next year. INPT has been a traditional ally of the Congress and the alliance expected to continue in council’s election.Regional parties always have a tendency to cultivate sensitive issues that concern State’s indigenous population which reduced to minority over the decades owing to migration and infiltration of non-tribals from across the international border.There is however a difference between regional parties in other northeastern States and Tripura as parties like INPT and others accept cut-off year 1971 for detection and deportation of foreigners. In other States, demand is for 1952 as cut-off year.INPT also moved the Supreme Court seeking an order for imposition of NRC in Tripura. A few other regional parties have followed the suit.
Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: I’m outraged Ronaldo was soldby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has again hit out at the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus over a year ago – and Calderon says the club is yet to recover.He told AS: “He should never have left, it’s amazing that he was let go. “It’s impossible to do without such a player. 60 goals per season … no player can bring you such a guarantee. He is irreplaceable, just like (Lionel) Messi. “I am outraged that this may have happened, while (president) Florentino (Perez) keeps saying that Cristiano’s signature was the best of his mandate.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job turning around the Wolverines in his first year on campus, and as such, UM fans are looking to celebrate him for Halloween. A quick look on social media reveals that dozens of Michigan supporters are going as Jim Harbaugh – khakis and all – for the holiday. Check it out:@CoachJim4UM @umichfootball @UMichAthletics I present the greatest Halloween costume ever JIM HARBAUGH!! pic.twitter.com/WetOpqNW5J— Jacob Anderson (@Go_Blue1415) October 29, 2015What’s better than Jim Harbaugh? TWO Jim Harbaughs! #GoBlue #Halloween pic.twitter.com/yvy2RLltxx— Susie Pearson (@SusiePearson02) October 28, [email protected] Happy Halloween Coach Harbaugh! Like my costume? Go Blue! pic.twitter.com/GaCUCqr6uO— Ty Seighman (@sig_ty) October 24, 2015In reality, it’s an easy costume to pull off. Still, we’ll give anyone props who promotes college football on Halloween.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to consider on Friday the “outcome” of mediation proceedings conducted by a panel set up to amicably resolve the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya and may decide where to hear the matter or continue with the mediation. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, on July 18, had asked the three-member mediation panel, headed by former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla, to inform the court about the outcome of the mediation proceedings as on July 31 by August 1 to enable it to proceed further in the matter. It is understood that the Kalifulla panel has submitted its report on Thursday in a sealed cover about the progress made in the in-camera mediation proceedings. “We request the mediation panel to inform the court the outcome of the mediation proceedings as on July 31 …,” said the bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer.
TORONTO – Dominic Ardonato doesn’t see much reason to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.The retired high school teacher complains about a disappointing economy, racial divides, and political squabbles that dominate his life in Montreal. He’d much rather reminisce about the magic of Montreal’s Expo 67, the spectacular world fair that marked Canada’s centennial and served as the country’s global coming-out party.“It was the best of times. And now it’s the worst of times,” the 69-year-old declares over the phone while reminiscing about Montreal’s extravagant birthday bash.“(There was a) new metro, a new world exposition site, a new downtown, all kinds of high-rise buildings. It was just growing. Growing and growing. And lots of money. And now there’s no money.”It’s hard for any celebration to compete with the memory of Expo 67, which drew more than 50 million people to the city and established a national pride among those Canadians eager to distinguish themselves from their colonial roots. It even had its own theme song, Bobby Gimby’s “Canada,” which gained widespread popularity.Contrast that to the lineup of events marking Canada’s 150th, which “just sounds like some government program,” says political analyst Nelson Wiseman.“There’s nothing special about 150 for the rest of the world,” says the director of the University of Toronto’s Canadian studies program.“I don’t hear any of my students talking about Canada 150, it’s largely a bureaucratic creation. I mean it’s there on the calendar and I think more Canadians are going to be visiting Ottawa this year, I think more Canadians are going to travel across the country — but it’s not in the league of 1967.”It’s not for lack of trying.Parks Canada is offering free admission to national parks and historic sites this year, a program that crashed its website when launched in December.And the federal government is spending $500 million across the country to fund parties and promote “12 days of celebrations” that kicked off June 21. That was National Aboriginal Day, the first of four key events including Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.Canadian Heritage has set the bar high for their success: “In honour of Canada 150, this year’s edition will be the most spectacular in Canadian history,” promises one government press release.U2’s Bono and the Edge have been enlisted to help build buzz for Parliament Hill’s July 1 festivities, with the rock ‘n’ roll superstars booked to play one song at around noon. Other performers include Gordon Lightfoot, Dean Brody and Alessia Cara.But on the whole, Canada 150 events seem to have fallen “with a bit of a thud,” says Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs.If there’s any hubbub, it’s more frequently centred on criticisms — that the celebrations ignore atrocities against Indigenous Peoples that went hand-in-hand with the country’s formation; that there’s little resonance for many Quebecers, especially amid 375th birthday plans in Montreal; that public funds should have been spent elsewhere.It doesn’t help that the party comes just two years after Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a damning report detailing the horrific sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect that indigenous children suffered in residential schools over more than a century, says Rima Wilkes, sociology professor at the University of British Columbia.“There’s a lot more awareness now that Canada is not a perfect country with a perfect history. So, given what we now know from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, how excited are we supposed to get?” says Wilkes.One could argue this is also just a sign of our skeptical times — we’ve entered an age filled with anxiety and distrust of authority and institutions.“People are a lot less keen to wave the flag for a nation state, especially in Canada, which has always been kind of an ambivalent nation anyway,” says Trent University Prof. Christopher Dummitt, citing the often fractious relationship between this country’s French, British and Indigenous Peoples.But many young people, too, have a hard time viewing their future with optimism, note Wiseman and Bothwell.So many of today’s millennials are struggling with a tough job market and soaring housing costs, and the path to building wealth is proving much steeper than the one travelled by their parents.“When I was looking for work in the 2000s it didn’t seem that great,” says Wilkes, born in 1971. “But even compared to that it seems worse now.”Contrast that to the promise of the late ’60s, an era ripe for reinvention and idealism.Bothwell points to steady economic growth, deeming it “absolutely the peak of Canadian prosperity.”Those were the years Canada passed Medicare, enhanced the Canada Pension Plan, and ditched the British Red Ensign in favour of a new Maple Leaf flag.“You could see that there was a future. It was exciting,” he says, noting evidence of centennial largesse — including marquee landmarks — remain strewn across the country.Centennial investments funded some 860 buildings, including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, N.L., and the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg.Wilkes wonders if the bigger problem with Canada 150 is an apparent lack of focus to various activities.“There’s no event. When we had the Olympics here everyone was super into it and excited but there’s no thing that this is being tied to,” says Wilkes.Nevertheless, Bothwell believes Canadian nationalism hasn’t wavered that much and will be made apparent on July 1.“I intend to raise a glass to Canada on July the first. And I think Canadians — in our quiet way — will do that.”
Rabat – Jorf Lasfar Energy Company (JLEC), TAQA’s wholly owned Moroccan subsidiary, has received approval to list on the Casablanca Stock Exchange. JLEC, which operates Morocco’s largest power complex, is authorised by the Conseil Déontologique des Valeurs Mobilières (CDVM) to create a total of 2,234,638 new shares, offered at a price of MAD 447.5 with a nominal value of MAD 100. These shares represent 9.47% of JLEC and will be floated on the exchange. In addition to that, 4.74% were offered and fully subscribed through private placement to key Moroccan institutional investors prior to the initial public offering. TAQA will retain a 85.79% of JLEC.Abdelmajid Iraqui Houssaini, Chief Executive Officer of Jorf Lasfar Energy Company, said: “JLEC is the leading energy operator in Morocco and we feel that this new step will allow us to anchor our business in the Moroccan economy by opening up our capital to institutional investors.” Jorf Lasfar supplied 38 per cent of the Kingdom’s electricity in 2012, and the expansion is vital to enabling national economic growth and job creation. TAQA is also developing alternative energy projects for Morocco, including wind power.
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Royal Navy ship TCI arrival postponed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 May 2015 – Kudos to Scotiabank says the Turks and Caicos Red Cross; the bank donated a thousand dollars for a fundraiser set for May 30th at the Provo Golf Club. That fundraiser is the annual Red Cross Ball where the main beneficiaries will be the Youth arm of the TCI Red Cross and the disaster relief program. As you know, June 1 marks the start of Hurricane Season officially… we have already had the first named system for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season; Ana. Thankfully there is no tropical activity forecast for the next 48 hours according to the Natl Hurricane Center. Related Items:cheques, hurricane season, provo golf club, Scotia bank, TCI Red Cross The TCI Red Cross spearheads Bahamas relief efforts New small business support organization established