“A angel was born one week ago, one that came into this world still and unresponsive. After a mere touch from the palm of my fingers, she yawned and took her first breath of air.”September 1, 2015- the incredible story of a newborn, her mother and how the two are learning to come together has inspired the Daily Observer to highlight the narrative behind this family.The family has asked that their neither names nor location be published.Miracle, as she’s known, was born on September 1, 2015 under strenuous conditions; she is one to two months premature.Her 16-year-old mother Stevenia appeared to be six or seven months pregnant prior to giving birth to Miracle. According to witnesses, Stevenia was unaware that she was in labor that morning. Therefore, Miracle was delivered on a cold ground, alone.“This girl is brave oh,” her aunty Beatrice stated. “When we asked her who the man is that got her pregnant, she can’t talk. Even to tell us that she was in pain, she didn’t tell us. I walked in and saw her straining and helped her remove her pants. I was shocked to see a baby inside them,” A neighbor says that they overheard Beatrice crying for help the morning of Miracle’s birth and decided to assist the bleeding mother and child. According to the neighbor who has also asked to stay anonymous, the moment they entered into the bedroom of Miracle and her mother, they saw what appeared to be a still-born baby lying near her placenta and umbilical cord, lifeless.Two to three feet away from Miracle sat Stevenia, who seemed unacquainted with what had just happened to her body and to the lifeless form in front of her.“I heard that the mother was pregnant but she denied it until her stomach started getting big last month. We were all in doubt until now. When I walked into the room and saw Stevenia sitting up, I asked her what had happened because blood was all around her and her bottom half was naked. In front of her was a baby that came too soon and the mother was terrified of looking at it,” our reporter stated.According to the neighbor, a man no one has yet to identify is said to have sexually molested Stevenia prior to her giving birth. In as much, Stevenia is partially disabled and an orphan, challenges that have caused her to behave reclusively.Since the age of three, Stevenia has been living with her late father’s relatives who have all tried to assist the limping teen. They have been showing support.Meanwhile, at birth, Miracle showed no vital signs, until the neighbor made contact.“After a mere touch from the palm of my fingers, she yawned and took her first breath of air. I tapped her buttocks a couple of times and decided to straighten her umbilical cord that had tangled in her mother’s pants during labor. I noticed that it had a pulse and immediately as I straightened it, Miracle started responding,” she added.At the moment, Stevenia has been trying – learning – to do the motherly things such as breastfeeding, a routine that her aunt Beatrice has to assist in. Most often, Stevenia stays clear of her baby, when asked why, she smiles and shrugs her shoulders.“Presently we keep Miracle in the room wrapped up and heated. We don’t allow anyone to touch her, nor do we bring her outside. The baby doesn’t have anything, she’s everybody’s child since she doesn’t have a father. Thanks to the neighbor who also named the child, Miracle is still living so far,” Beatrice mentioned.In the meantime, it has been a tough week for mother and child. Due to the lack of funds and resources, Miracle has yet to be registered or taken to a hospital for a check up. Stevenia is also in need of medical attention.‘Car pay to carry both mother and child is not available. Secondly, the child is too fragile to move now, so if we had someone to come here and help us look at Miracle, that would be the best thing for us,” stated Beatrice.The family is appealing for immediate help to help keep Miracle alive. They are also in search for food, which they claim the mother’s breast milk may not be suitable for the premature one.Anyone wanting to help or reach out to this family is asked to call the following numbers: 0775886852 or 0777472772. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Paula GomesIf one ever has the opportunity to sit in the courtroom of some magistrates, particularly Fabayo Azore’s on a Wednesday, then one knows that there is no end to the disputes which flood in on a weekly basis – some of which are particularly humorous. Such was the case of Andrew Sharples, a 51-year-old Stabroek Market stall operator, of A Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown.The charge against this defendant stated that on November 24, 2017, he unlawfully assaulted Desmond Gordon, occasioning actual bodily harm. nHe was also accused of using abusive language and threatening behaviour to the Virtual Complainant (VC). Sharples readily pleaded guilty to all three charges and indicated that he wished not to waste the court’s time.According to the man, the VC who was known to him for over 15 years would communicate fabricated tales of Sharples’ extra-marital affairs to his wife. One of the confrontations between the parties took a particularly nasty twist when the complainant punched the defendant to his face and Sharples naturally responded with equal violence. “He bit my lip and I bite back…it was a quick thing and I am really sorry…it was an unfortunate incident and I don’t want to waste the court’s time,” he remorsefully told the Magistrate.Having considered his early guilty plea and remorse, Magistrate Azore had the case discharged for good.The other party has also been charged with the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to which he pleaded not guilty. That case is before another court for trial.
VANCOUVER — Canada’s proposed edible pot regulations would result in tasteless products wrapped in wasteful packaging, shutting out medical patients and fuelling a continued black market, critics say.The consultation period on the proposed rules ended Wednesday and Health Canada is now reviewing the responses. Jessika Villano, owner of Buddha Barn dispensary in Vancouver, says she hopes the government genuinely wants her opinion.“I don’t feel like anybody’s been listening. I feel a little bit deflated, actually,” she said.When Canada legalized weed last fall, it only allowed fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds. Health Canada released its proposed regulations for edibles, extracts and topicals in December and asked for feedback.The government plans to have regulations in place for those products no later than Oct. 17 this year.Villano said she’s concerned about a number of elements of the proposed regulations. A single serving would be limited to 10 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, and each serving must be individually wrapped.The rule is more strict than regulations in Colorado or Washington, where multiple servings are allowed per package, for example in a chocolate bar demarcated into squares that each contain 10 milligrams.“I feel that Health Canada is creating an environmental nightmare,” Villano said.Long-time users who take cannabis to combat pain, stress or nausea use much higher doses, with some cancer patients using up to 650 milligrams per dose, she said. The regulations would outlaw higher-dose products and any substitute would be unattainably expensive, she said.The regulations also say the products must not be appealing to youth and the packages can’t advertise dessert or confectionery flavours. Edibles must also not “encourage over-consumption” and be shelf-stable, so no refrigeration.While there’s nothing in the rules that explicitly outlaws sweet ingredients, Villano said she’s worried the restrictions mean brownies, cookies and candies are off-limits.“They’re proposing that we sell sand,” Villano said. “I think a lot of adults would like to have cannabis sugar in their tea.”Health Canada was not able to provide a response before publication.Yannick Craigwell’s company, Treatsandtreats, sells sweet goodies containing up to 220 milligrams of THC to medical patients. His packaging isn’t colourful or bright — it’s simply a black bag with a clear window to show what’s inside and a muffin on the logo. But the proposed regulations would not allow a cut-out window nor the advertising of confectionery flavours.Craigwell said he hopes Health Canada sets up an office where companies can send their package designs for approval or disapproval, because “there’s no way to know” what’s acceptable based on the proposed regulations.He said he had no doubt the black market would persist if the proposed rules are finalized without changes.“If there’s a need, people are going to fill that need. If there’s a financial reward for filling that need, that’s the whole premise of the black market,” Craigwell said.Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth Corp., said the rules aren’t perfect, but they’re very good. His company is developing a calorie-free cannabis beverage and he doesn’t see an issue with the 10 milligram limit per serving for drinks.The one type of product where the limit might be too strict is a vape pen, which usually hold a higher dose so they can be used on multiple occasions, he said.But for the most part, the government is moving forward in a very well-regulated, incremental way, he said, adding it’s easier to increase the allowed dosage later rather than decrease it.“In the context of how governments normally work, this is astounding,” Linton said.“The government of Canada has come up with how you can drink and eat and vape cannabis and are regulating it at a federal level and are selling it through provincially controlled stores. Are you sure we’re not making all this stuff up?”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Laura Kane, The Canadian Press