Mahaicony resident shot by police during confrontation

…over his presence in the areaPolice say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a Rebeccalust, High Dam, Mahaicony resident which occurred about 23:30hrs last night at Fair Field Public Road, ECD, by a member of the Guyana Police Force.Investigations so far revealed that about 23:00hrs the gazetted Officer was returning to Georgetown from Berbice when he reportedly felt sleepy and decided to stop on Fair Field Public Road to take a rest.The officer alleged that he was subsequently awakened by someone knocking on the window pane of the driver side of his vehicle where he was seated.The officer then lowered the glass and saw the resident who enquired as to his presence there, to which he explained.The resident reportedly removed the officer’s car key from its ignition and as the officer attempted to retrieve it, the victim allegedly drew a hatchet.According to the police, the officer immediately drew his service revolver and discharged two rounds hitting the man in his left ankle.The suspect was allegedly escorted to the Mahaicony Hospital where he was treated and sent away.The officer,  Inews was told, is assisting with the investigation. The weapons (gun and hatchet) along with two spent shells which were recovered from the scene have been lodged. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother not confident in Police’s ability to conduct fair inquest into son’s deathJanuary 7, 2015In “Crime”Update: Investigators on the hunt for suspect in execution of Police OfficerSeptember 24, 2013In “Crime”Police officers turn a blind eye to critical information – Top Cop tells Berbice residentsJanuary 29, 2014In “Crime” read more

1980s crack baby scare overblown

first_imgRESEARCH IN TEENS adds fresh evidence that the 1980s “crack baby” scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy.Some studies have linked pregnant women’s cocaine use with children’s behavior difficulties, attention problems, anxiety and worse school performance. But the effects were mostly small and may have resulted from other factors including family problems or violence, parents’ continued drug use and poverty, the researchers said.They reviewed 27 studies involving more than 5,000 11- to 17-year-olds whose mothers had used cocaine while pregnant. The studies all involved low-income, mostly black and urban families.The review, led by University of Maryland pediatrics researcher Maureen Black, was released online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.Widespread use of crack cocaine in the 1980s led to the “crack baby” scare, when babies born to crack users sometimes had worrisome symptoms including jitteriness and smaller heads. Studies at the time blamed prenatal drug use, suggested affected children had irreversible brain damage and predicted dire futures for them. These reports led to widespread media coverage featuring breathless headlines and heart-rending images of tiny sick newborns hooked up to hospital machines.“The field of prenatal cocaine exposure has advanced significantly since the misleading ‘crack baby’ scare of the 1980s,” the review authors said.In recent years experts have mostly discounted any link, noting that so-called crack babies often were born prematurely, which could account for many of their early symptoms. Studies that tracked children beyond infancy have failed to find any severe outcomes.In some studies included in the new review, crack-exposed teens had lower scores on developmental tests than other children but their scores were still within normal limits. Many studies found that the children’s family environment or violence were directly related to the teen’s performance regardless of whether their mothers had used cocaine during pregnancy, the researchers said.The government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that it’s tough to evaluate how drug use during pregnancy affects children’s development because so many other factors play a role, including prenatal care, mothers’ health and family environment.Finding love (or lust) in 4 minutes: The science of speed datingUniversity of Limerick scientists invent new metal to ‘significantly reduce patient trauma’last_img read more