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Sex worker accused of robbing tourist on bail

first_imgTwenty-two-year-old Steffon Blades, called Stefanie, accused of robbing elderly Jamaican tourist Joseph Jewels of US$600 and Gy$40,000,was on Friday released on $75,000 bail when he appeared before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Jewels told the court that he and Blades had a “business transaction,” but he was instead robbed by the man.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne made no objection to bail. The case will continue on March 28.last_img

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8 homeless as fire raze La Penitence house

first_imgThe burnt out building at Middle Road, La Penitence, GeorgetownEight persons including the 72-year-old owner of a Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown house are now homeless after a fire of unknown origin destroyed their home.Millions of dollars were lost as the family was unable to save anything when the fire broke out at about 15:35h on Monday in the upper flat of the two-storey wooden and concrete building.Guyana Times understands that Norma Clarke, the owner, and a grandchild were at home at the time of the inferno.Neighbours reported that they saw flames coming from the upper front of the property and sounded an alarm.Several residents quickly ran into the scorching property and were able to pull the two occupants to safety.A bucket brigade was formed while the residents awaited the fire tenders. However, by the time the firefighters arrived on the scene, the property was already up in flames.Shawn Clarke, the owner’s son who occupies an apartment in the bottom flat of the house, said that he was at work when he received a call from a friend informing him that the house was on fire.According to Clarke, he rushed to the scene but was left in a dumfounded state when he saw the building completely engulfed.“Like about 3 o’clock time I got a call that my house was on fire and I came down but by that time the whole house was already on fire so I didn’t get to save anything. Everything was already burn up for me…the fire burned through the flooring and burned the bottom flat of the house,” Clarke revealed.The bottom flat of the property was divided into two apartments which two families occupied. Both of the apartments were fully furnished.Clarke told this publication that he was only able to save one speaker of his music set.The Guyana Fire Service has since launched an investigation.last_img read more

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Speaker should not permit dual citizens in National Assembly – Ram

first_img…MPs should resign or renounce out of “political morality”– WPA executiveDespite recent court rulings that persons holding dual citizenship status should not be parliamentarians, the Guyana Government is preparing to return to the House with all 33 members, some of whom have dual citizenship.Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram has said he believes the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, should not allow these dual citizen parliamentarians back in the House.In an interview with Guyana Times on Friday, Ram said the action by the Government to return with dual citizens to Parliament is “disgraceful, unbelievable (and) contemptuous. It shows (utter) contempt and disregard for the Constitution by people of the stature of Carl Greenidge (Foreign Affairs Minister); (so) it’s hard to say how much lower we as a country can get,” Ram said.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandThe attorney argued that Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George, as well as the Court of Appeal, has ruled that the Members of Parliament with dual citizenship should not be in Parliament.Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana states: “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who (a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.” In this regard, the attorney pointed out, he believes the Police should be summoned to ensure the laws are upheld.“They have committed a criminal offence, because to swear to an oath falsely is a criminal offence, and this is something maybe the Commissioner of Police (Leslie James) ought to be looking into,” Ram declared.He pointed out that if an ordinary person breaks the law or operates in a similar manner, that person would be dealt with by the relevant authorities, and the politicians should be treated no differently.WPA Executive Dr David Hinds“You (are) violating the Constitution, the most scared document of our country. It’s almost as if you don’t care; you smile and walk in. And if I were the Speaker (of Parliament), I may not have allowed them into the place; and he really ought not to,” Ram posited.The attorney maintained that the Speaker of the National Assembly has ultimate power in the Public Buildings, and those Ministers are demonstrating gross disrespect towards him by pushing the Constitution aside for what he described as “selfish reasons.”Despite the Court of Appeal last week upholding a January High Court ruling that it is illegal for persons holding dual citizenship status to be sitting in the National Assembly, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Friday said all Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Government’s side will return to the National Assembly until a final ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is handed down.Resign or renounceMeanwhile, during a recent town hall broadcast hosted by Globespan 24×7, Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive Dr David Hinds noted that, in the interest of “political morality”, dual citizens in the National Assembly should make a choice between renouncing their dual citizenship and resigning from the house.He labelled as ‘politics’ the fact that the coalition Government would pick and choose which parts of the recent Court of Appeal ruling it would adhere to (that the no-confidence motion against it was not validly passed), and which to delay acting upon (that dual citizens cannot be Members of Parliament).“I think this is politics. They will accept the part that says they remain in office, because that’s power. They will ignore the other part and say, ‘We’ll wait until the CCJ rules and then we’ll decide if we renounce citizenship or not’.“Politicians think about power and what that means for them. Political morality doesn’t figure in too much… I think political morality say’s that they should either renounce their citizenship or resign,” he said.According to David Hinds, the Constitution is clear about dual citizenship. However, he said, what some would call duplicity is actually politics.But Economist Sase Singh, who also appeared on the talk show programme, noted that the line has to be drawn somewhere. He pointed out that dual citizens are not irreplaceable, and that the best thing may be for them to step aside and give youthful members of their electoral lists a chance.Singh was critical of the fact that despite Guyana’s population being largely youthful, the majority of its parliamentary representatives are geriatrics.“I know they say politics has its own morality,” Singh said. “But there is a minimum benchmark, and what I’m seeing from those who are holding this dual citizenship is a sense of duplicitousness. How can I trust someone like that, who basically says, ‘Okay, I will wait’? Can’t they express intent, to say they are commencing the process to give up their citizenship in the interim?”The next sitting of the National Assembly has been scheduled for April 11.DuplicitousOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday accused the coalition Government of being duplicitous for accepting the Appeal Court’s ruling that the no-confidence motion was invalid, but not adhering to the court’s ruling that dual citizens are illegal in the National Assembly.In the meantime, he posited that the Opposition will not be attending sittings of the National Assembly until the CCJ hands down its ruling on the vote of no-confidence.The matter has been set for May 10.At present, the People’s Progressive Party has three MPs who have dual citizenship. They are Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who is a Canadian citizen; and Adrian Anamayah and Odinga Lumumba, who are both US citizens.The lone Alliance For Change (AFC) MP who holds dual citizenship is Business Minister Dominic Gaskin. He was born in the United Kingdom to Guyanese parentage.On the other hand, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) members who have dual citizenship are Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; and Minister of Public Service, Rupert Roopnaraine.The issue concerning persons with dual citizenship in the National Assembly surfaced after former Government MP Charrandas Persaud voted in favour of a no-confidence motion which was tabled by the Opposition and passed in the National Assembly.Government supporter Compton Reid has challenged the validity of the vote cast by Persaud in the National Assembly on the basis that he breached Article 155 of the Constitution, which debars MPs from having dual citizenship. It was this case that brought the issue to light, and the courts in Guyana eventually ruled that dual citizens are not permitted to sit as parliamentarians in Guyana.last_img read more

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Council passes 29 Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaws

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council passed permissive tax exemptions to 29 properties within the city to be exempt from paying property taxes for the 2020 taxation year.Properties owned by charitable and non-profit organizations are eligible for such exemption at the discretion of Fort St. John, City Council.One property to have a permissive tax exemption bylaw that extends past the 2020 taxation year is the Fort St. John Curling Club. The agreement with the City expires in 2023.- Advertisement -Here is the list of properties granted a permissive tax exemption:Abbeyfield House of Fort St. John 2006 Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No.2471, 2019,BC Conference of Mennonite Churches Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No.2472, 2019,BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Permissive Tax ExemptionBylaw No. 2473, 2019, Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (Calvary Baptist Church) Permissive TaxExemption Bylaw No. 2474, 2019,Pinnacle Capital Corporation (Canadian Red Cross Lease Agreement)Permissive Tax Exemption No. 2475, 2019,Christian Life Centre of Fort St. John Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No.2477, 2019,Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Canada Permissive TaxExemption Bylaw No. 2478, 2019,Evangel Chapel Society Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2479, 2019,Fort St. John Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Permissive TaxExemption Bylaw No. 2481, 2019,Fort St. John Evangelical Mission Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2482,2019,Fort St. John Friendship Society Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2483,2019,Fort St. John Presbyterian Church Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2484,2019,Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No.2485, 2019,Guru Nanak Sikh Temple and Cultural Society Permissive Tax ExemptionBylaw No. 2486, 2019,North Peace Historical Society Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2487,2019,New Totem Archers (City of Fort St. John Lease Agreement) Permissive TaxExemption Bylaw No. 2488, 2019,North Peace Community Resources Society Permissive Tax Exemption BylawNo. 2489, 2019,Industrial Surplus Supplies Ltd. (North Peace Gymnastics Association)Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2490, 2019,North Peace Light Horse Association Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No.2491, 2019,Peace Lutheran Church Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2493, 2019,Peace View Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Permissive Tax ExemptionBylaw No. 2494, 2019,Pentecostals of Fort St. John Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2495, 2019,Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Prince Rupert Permissive TaxExemption Bylaw No. 2496, 2019,Royal Canadian Legion Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2497, 2019,Salvation Army Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2498, 2019,Seventh-Day Adventist Church (BC Conference) Permissive Tax ExemptionBylaw No. 2499, 2019,Board of School Trustees (Totem Preschool Lease) Permissive Tax ExemptionBylaw No. 2500, 2019,Fort St. John MotoX Society Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2501, 2019,Fort St. John Senior Citizen Association Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No.2502, 2019last_img read more

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Kakamega survive Ringa scare, into semis

first_imgThe Green Commandos had a good start when Kevington Machika broke the deadlock heading home from inside the box, but they had to make with some nervous moments after Aaron Nyagaka equalized for the Homabay based side.Nonetheless, Kakamega managed to hold on to the draw to book a semis date with Nairobi’s Dagoretti High School who topped Pool A after playing to a 0-0 draw with Shimba Hills.Kakamega coach Brendan Mwinamo was pleased with the result despite having to work though it under tension with Ringa constantly attacking after going level.“It was a tough match because Ringa is also a very good team and they showed that today. We had some small mistakes and we also failed to take our chances. But the most important thing is that we are through and we will correct our mistakes against Dagoretti,” the tactician noted.St. Anthony finished top of Group B after beating Kathungi 2-0 and they will now meet Olbolosat in the semi-finals after the Central Region team hammered Tarbaj 5-1 to squeeze past Shimba on goal difference.St. Antony players celebrate Geoffrey Onyancha’s goal during the National Secondary School Games tie against Kathungi at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSt. Antony’s were a class above Kathungi and should have won the game by a bigger margin had they been more efficient with their chances.In the 16th minute, Titus Kapchanga had a chance to break the deadlock when he was picked out by a pass from Ian Simiyu but his effort was well saved by the Kathungi keeper for a corner.On the other end, Kathungi’s best chance of the half fell on Suleiman Gudo who went for the spectacular with a volley from distance which was turned behind for a corner by the keeper.At the stroke of half time, St. Antony broke the deadlock. Geoffrey Onyancha scored from the penalty spot after Anthony Karabu handled inside the box.Five minutes into the second half, St. Antony took the game to safe distance with Moses Mudavadi’s well struck freekick from range bouncing infront of the keeper and evading his grasp.Action between St. Antony’s and Kathungi during the National Secondary School Games at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe two goal lead added some shot of confidence into St. Antony’s and they went on attack after attack, keeper Julius Kyalo doing well to thwart. The shot stopper twice had to be at his best to save from James Kibande and Onyancha.Elsewhere, the girls’ tournament will have a new champion after holders Wiyeta were dumped out following a 0-0 draw with Arch Bishop Njenga. The latter went through as group winners having won the opening two games.Kwale Girls who yesterday beat Wiyeta 1-0 progressed after hammering Matuu Girls 10-0 to finish second in the group with six points.For Friday’s semi-finals, Arch Bishop Njenga will square out with Nginda Girls who finished second in the other group while surprise package Kwale will take on Nyanza’s Kobala.Semi final pairings:Boys: Kakamega High School v Dagoretti High School, St. Anthony’s Boys v OlbolosatGirls: Arch Bishop Njenga v Nginda Girls, Kwale Girls v Kobala0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Action between Kakamega High School and Ringa Boys during the National Secondary School Games at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluELDORET, Kenya, Jul 26- Multiple National Secondary School Games boys football champions Kakamega High School survived a scare from Ringa Boys to qualify for the semi-final of this year’s edition despite being held to a 1-1 draw by the Nyanza region representatives in Eldoret on Thursday afternoon.Heading into the last round of group matches at the Hill School, Kakamega needed just a point to progress to the semis while Ringa needed a win to progress to the last four.last_img read more

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Carmichael beats the odds

first_imgShortly before the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup that began Monday, a Southern California resident suffered a debilitating injury that threw her dream of representing her nation into doubt. That description fits Shannon Boxx, the former South Torrance High star who battled back from a serious knee injury to make the U.S. World Cup team. But it also accurately describes Torrance resident Simone Carmichael, a good friend of Boxx who graduated from the same high school the same year the U.S. star did. But unlike Boxx, widely considered the best female holding midfielder in the world, the 30-year-old Carmichael is virtually unknown. Carmichael plays in midfield for New Zealand, where she was born, although she has lived in the South Bay since age 6. And if anything, her return to competitive soccer is an even more remarkable story than Boxx, who sustained her injury last year. In contrast, Carmichael completely ruptured her Achilles’ tendon in May, just 41/2 months ago. “We see most professional athletes (with that injury) take nine months to a year to return – a really exceptional case is six months,” said Ken Vick, her coach and sports performance director at Redondo Beach-based Velocity Sports Performance, where Carmichael rehabbed. “She’s just blowing people away,” he added. “I’ve seen athletes come back from huge injuries before, but this is just incredible.” A veteran on a young New Zealand team, Carmichael – who goes by her maiden name, Ferrara, on the World Cup roster – has scored five goals in 12 appearances for the Ferns, as the team is known. The all-time assist leader for UC Irvine, Carmichael’s career has been dogged by injury. She tore a hamstring while trying out for the San Diego Spirit of the defunct Women’s United Soccer Association and never played in the league. Instead, she played a year of pro soccer in China – an experience that will serve her well at this year’s World Cup, which is being held in the nation. Carmichael has played the last six years in the Women’s Premier Soccer League for Rolling Hills Estates-based Ajax America, perennial contenders for the national title. After giving birth to her daughter, Kaitlyn, she began training at Velocity – where U.S. women’s national team players Cat Whitehill and Leslie Osborne also work out – a year ago Monday in an effort to regain her spot on the New Zealand roster. Carmichael succeeded and made the trip to Papua, New Guinea this spring, where New Zealand qualified for the World Cup. Unknown to anyone at the time though, a side effect of the anti-malaria medication she took to prepare for that trip caused ligament weakness. During a sprinting drill May 1, she felt her Achilles pop. “It was devastating,” said her husband, Pete Carmichael. “A lifelong dream and it seemed at the time to be gone. It was really tough.” But so, it turned out, is Carmichael. Working daily with Vick and a physical therapist, she tapped the state of the art technologies at Velocity’s 18,000-square-foot facility, including running force analysis and vibration training. “Her training was always walking a fine line between protecting and healing the repair and pushing her forward in small but continuous steps,” Vick said. On Aug. 12, Carmichael and Vick traveled to Chicago, where New Zealand was playing the U.S., so the Ferns coaches could evaluate her fitness. Two weeks later, she was named to the World Cup roster, despite not having played a full 90 minutes for the team since the injury. “I’m taking each day as it comes,” she e-mailed over the weekend from China. “I’m still not 100 percent, but I think I’m getting pretty close. No one expected me to be.” Carmichael anticipates sitting out New Zealand’s first two group games and is aiming to return for the Sept. 19 match against China, which the Ferns coaches believe offers the best chance of a victory. Carmichael missed her daughter’s first birthday on Monday as well as the move into the family’s new home. But the once-in-a-lifetime experience of playing in a World Cup is worth it. “It was a hard four months,” she wrote. “I surprised a lot of people. But the World Cup has been a lifelong dream of mine and I was determined to beat the odds and not let it get away.” And she’ll have something to tell her daughter about one day. Read more about the Women’s World Cup at the new soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer nick.green@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Loan striker left out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad

first_img1 Radamel Falcao has been omitted from Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the remainder of the season, but new signing Alexandre Pato is included.The Blues on Wednesday released their squad lists for the rest of the campaign, following Monday’s closure of the transfer window, with Colombian Falcao absent from the group for Europe’s elite competition.Falcao, who has not played since October due to a thigh injury, will therefore miss the Champions League last-16 tie with Paris St-Germain. The first leg takes place at Parc des Princes on February 16 and the second at Stamford Bridge on March 9.On-loan Monaco striker Falcao, who had an ill-fated loan at Manchester United, has scored once so far on his season-long stint at Chelsea. He is named in the Premier League squad list.Falcao was linked with a deadline day move to former club Atletico Madrid or Valencia, while his parent club Monaco earlier in January ruled out a return citing concerns over his fitness.There is one realistic remaining avenue for an exit for the Colombian as China’s transfer window does not close until February 26.Pato signed last week on a six-month loan from Corinthians, but has not played since November, and is included in both lists alongside Matt Miazga, the 20-year-old defender signed from the New York Red Bulls. Radamel Falcao last_img read more

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INJURED FAMILY PET FOUND IN GORTAHORK AREA

first_imgAn injured Jack Russell-type dog was found on the road at Magheroarty, Gortahork area (beside Coll’s pub) this evening. The kind person who found the dog has taken it to the vet’s office in Ramelton.The dog, which is tan in colour with white paws, is badly injured. It has a blue collar (with ‘Wow Bling’ written on it).There are no contact details on collar but someone’s family pet is missing tonight.INJURED FAMILY PET FOUND IN GORTAHORK AREA was last modified: December 23rd, 2013 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:DOGinjuredMagheroartyRameltonvetlast_img read more

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ST EUNAN’S ‘ANGRY AND DISAPPOINTED’ – VOW TO FIGHT BOUNDARY RULING

first_imgThe St. Eunan’s GAA Club today hit out at the decision to divide the town between the club and Letterkenny Gaels – and insist they don;t recognise it.In a statement to donegaldaily.com today, a club spokesman said: “The club is angry and disappointed at the decision taken on Monday night at the Donegal County Committee meeting not to recognise an existing agreement between ourselves and Letterkenny Gaels in relation to boundaries.“We wish to reassure our members that no designated boundaries are in place in the Letterkenny area as result of Monday night’s decision. “St. Eunan’s Club is now appealing the failure of County Committee to recognise the existing agreement between ourselves and Letterkenny Gaels to the relevant Ulster Hearings Committee.”The issue has caused bitterness and division in GAA circles throughout the county.Indeed the vote on Monday night was almost split – 40 to 36.Letterkenny Gaels have so far not issued any statement. Under the proposal adopted by the county GAA, the Gaels have access to players in the Aughaninshin part of the town declared as their club’s catchment area.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comST EUNAN’S ‘ANGRY AND DISAPPOINTED’ – VOW TO FIGHT BOUNDARY RULING was last modified: November 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 GaelsSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more

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SHAY NAMED MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADOR FOR DONEGAL

first_imgFormer Republic of Ireland international goalkeeperShay Given, has been named as ambassador for a new youth mental health project in Donegal.The Donegal Youth Council SPARKS Mental Health Roadshow has been developed “by young people for young people” in the county.It kicks off on World Mental Health Day on October 10 and will travel to all the electoral areas with events planned for Letterkenny, Stranorlar, Gweedore, Buncrana and Donegal Town. The roadshow will cater for some 1,000 young people across the county and aims to offer information and advice on how to manage stress during exam times and other difficult situations.It will promote awareness through fun activities and will offer a range of inspirational speakers, workshops and other activities “with a few surprises along the way”.The roadshow has been developed using the ‘Mental Health 5 A Day’ model, which is internationally now recognised as five key areas that can have a positive effect on health and wellbeing.Jigsaw, the Donegal Youth Service, the HSE Health Promotion unit, Foroige and Mental Health Ireland are all involved and guest speakers from the wider community will each have conquered their own personal challenges in life. Mount Everest conqueror Jason Black and open sea swimmer Anne Marie Ward are among those lined up to take part. The first event kicks off in Letterkenny at the Mount Errigal Hotel on October 10 before going to Stranorlar (Finn Valley Centre) on October 24, Gweedore (Ionad Naomh Padraig) on Novermber 7, Buncrana (Plaza) on November 21 and Donegal Town (Abbey Hotel ) on November 28.SHAY NAMED MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADOR FOR DONEGAL was last modified: October 3rd, 2013 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:AmbassadorMental Health RoadshowShay Givenlast_img read more