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Juvenile Holding Centre not a “conducive” environment – official

first_imgHousing teens who have committed minor crimes with juveniles who are on remand for capital offences and other serious crimes, is neither conducive for the rehabilitation process nor healthy for the teens’ psychological development, an official of the Social Protection Ministry has opined.The Juvenile Holding Centre in Sophia, Greater GeorgetownThe official said the juvenile holding centre should not have these teens that are on completely different end of the spectrum amalgamating, since behavioural patterns are easily conveyed.“When a juvenile is arrested for a serious crime, they should be placed in a different place from other teens and the rehabilitation process should commence immediately from when they are sent to the centre,” the official stated.This rehabilitation process, the official disclosed, has not been integrated into the system and teens would in essence “just be there waiting on their court dates.”According to the Juvenile Offenders Amendment Act, which was passed two years ago, the Public Security Ministry may establish and maintain as many centres as may be necessary as the holding centres for juveniles for the reception, care and custody of children and young persons under the orders of the court or for any other appropriate reasons as the Minister may determine.“They need to have a conducive environment for these teens, on both ends. I’m not saying all is bad in the centre… we are trying with the resources that we have but the main issue is that they have to be separated,” the official said.The official added that based on the present state of the centre, it can be deduced that the centre is not favourable for the teens.Reports are circulating that the teens in the facility were fashioning weapons from bed frames and abusing the staff by throwing faeces on them. The teens, which were placed in the facility for serious crimes, have been openly violent to staff, Police Officers and other teenagers.Several days ago, three teens escaped from the holding centre; two have been recaptured while one is still on the run. One of the teens was charged for attempted murder. Acting Crime Chief Hugh Jessemy told Guyana Times on Tuesday that the Police are working on some leads in the case but they are uncertain of their authenticity.The escaped teens used a cutlass and a piece of wood wood to dig a hole in the lower flat of the building to get out of their cell. After they escaped the cell, they jumped the barbed wire fence and fled.last_img read more

Drew Barrymore Recipient Of Mothers Who Make A Difference Award

first_imgMay 10th is a time to celebrate mothers around the world – it’s Mother’s Day!With child abuse and neglect on the rise, this is an especially important time to recognize loving moms in our country.Love Our Children USA takes pride in announcing the recipient of the 10th Annual Mothers Who Make A Difference Awards, recognizing celebrity mothers for balancing motherhood, work and causes.Celebrity moms who love, nurture, and carry out selfless acts – yet still find time to give to others – are the mothers who are recognized for this annual award. This year’s winner is celebrity mom Drew Barrymore – mother, wife, actress, model, director, author and philanthropist. She has two daughters under the age of four.Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Love Our Children USA said “Celebrities are asked to be involved with charities on a daily basis. While they can’t give their time and money to every charity, most celebrities select one or two causes that they truly believe in and are the do-gooders for those charities. They balance all of this with home, family and work.”Drew Barrymore is a descendant of the Barrymore family of well-known American stage and cinema actors, and is a granddaughter of film legend John Barrymore. Barrymore first appeared in an advertisement when she was eleven months old. In 1980, she made her film debut in Altered States. In 1982, she starred in her breakout role as Gertie in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and quickly became one of Hollywood’s most recognized child actresses, going on to establish herself in mainly comic roles.She successfully made the transition from child star to adult actress with a number of films including Poison Ivy, Bad Girls, Boys on the Side and Everyone Says I Love You. Subsequently, she also starred in romantic comedies, such as The Wedding Singer.In 1997, she and her business partner Nancy Juvonen formed the production company Flower Films, and have produced films such as Never Been Kissed, Charlie’s Angels, 50 First Dates and Music and Lyrics, as well as the cult film Donnie Darko. Barrymore’s more recent projects include He’s Just Not That Into You, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Everybody’s Fine and Going the Distance. A recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Barrymore appeared on the cover of the 2007 People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful issue.Barrymore was named an Ambassador Against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Since then, she has donated over $1 million to the program. In 2007, she became both CoverGirl’s newest model and spokeswoman and the face for Gucci’s newest jewelry line. In 2010, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for her portrayal of Little Edie in Grey Gardens.She is also involved with the following charity organizations: ASPCA, Baby2Baby, Declare Yourself, Much Love Animal Rescue, Onyx and Breezy Foundation, Raising Malawi, Red Cross, The Rescue Train, and UNICEF.Love Our Children USA is the leading national nonprofit ‘Go-To’ prevention organization fighting all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S. Since 1999, Love Our Children USA has broken ground in preventing violence against children and eliminating behaviors that keep them from reaching their full potential. Love Our Children USA teaches effective parenting solutions and fosters kid success by creating valuable programs that empower positive changes in parenting and family attitudes, bullying and cyberbullying prevention, Internet safety and school violence prevention through public education. The goal of Love Our Children USA is keeping children safe and strengthening families.Drew Barrymore will receive a crystal heart award designed specifically for Love Our Children USA by the illustrious crystal designers FineAwards.com. We wish her a Happy Mothers’ Day and congratulate her and all mothers who make a difference for children.last_img read more

Canadian actor Alan Thicke the Dad on the Sitcom Growing Pains Dies

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69, his publicist confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.The actor reportedly had a heart attack while playing hockey with his son. He was transported to a hospital on Tuesday afternoon where he was pronounced dead.Thicke was best known for his role on the sitcom Growing Pains and most recently appeared on Netflix’s Fuller House. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Growing Pains aired on ABC for seven seasons, from September 1985 to April 1992. On the sitcom, Thicke played Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist who works from home. Joanna Kerns played his wife and Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller and Ashley Johnson were their kids. In the last season, Leonardo DiCaprio appeared as a homeless teen who moves in with the family.After hosting a successful daytime talk show in Canada, the Ontario native launched the syndicated Thicke of the Night, produced by famed network programmer Fred Silverman, in September 1983 for an American audience. However, it proved to be no match for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and lasted just nine months.He’s survived by his sons Brennan, Carter and Blurred Lines singer Robin, as well as his wife, Tanya.last_img read more