A man who was set on fire during a limeearlier this month has succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was identified as Sean Solomonfrom Tobago. According to police reports, on the morning of November 2, Solomon was liming with a group of friends at a bar in St Joseph, when there was a confrontation. During the confrontation, the individual allegedly threw a flammable substance on Solomon and set him on fire. He managed to put out the flamesby rolling on the ground. However, despite repeated calls from persons at the bar for him to go to the hospital, Solomon allegedly said he was fine, and jumped in his vehicle to go to his apartment. However, while driving along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, it is suspected that he passed out from the pain and crashed his car nearMassy Stores in Trincity. The injured man was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, where he was treated. However, on Sunday, he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect had been previously held for this incident. However, now the inquiries will be treated as though it is a homicide, and investigators are to determine if the suspect will now be charged with the offence of murder.

Police are still investigating the death of 42-year-old Bissram Ramkissoon. Ramkissoon was fatally stabbed on Monday morning while attending a wake along John Persad Extension, Freeport. He reportedly got into a confrontation with a group of men, during which he was stabbed. He wasa father of threeand worked as a PH Driver. Police said they didn’t have any motive for the incident, however, they noted that Ramkissoon was known to them for aiding criminal activities.


Crystal Harrypersad. Photo by Mark Lyndersay

The Lioness series is a weekly initiative fromCause An Effectthat puts the spotlight on women with disabilities, mothers of children with disabilities and women working with people with disabilities. The stories are published as told to Cause An Effect. My name is Crystal Harrypersad, I’m 25 years old and I’ve been living with Guillain–Barré Syndrome pronounced gee-YAH-buh-RAY (GBS) for the past 20 years and Scoliosis for the past 15 years. GBS is a rare autoimmune disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms. These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralysing your whole body. Most people with the condition must be hospitalised to receive treatment. The exact cause of GBS is unknown. But it is often preceded by an infectious illness such as a respiratory infection or the stomach flu. There's no known cure for GBS, but several treatments can ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. Most people recover from GBS, though some may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue. As a child growing up, I remember running and playing outdoors with my sisters and friends from the village. We had the childhood people our age talk about when they were kids; we played in the rain, ran around bare feet, and pitched marbles. I remember the feeling like it was yesterday, feeling the earth beneath my feet and pure joy without a care in the world - just being a child. On November 21, 1998, at the age of four, only a month away from turning five, I felt dizzy and sick. It was a Saturday morning, my sisters, cousin and I were at my grandparents’ house, they were not at home at the time, and it was just us kids. I remember the entire place and everyone around me were spinning, I was vomiting non-stop. At this point, my body became weak and I couldn’t move. My sisters held me by my arms and legs and carried me home. When I eventually got to the hospital, my older cousin held me in her arms in the emergency room, I was slipping in and out of consciousness and nobody seemed to know what was the cause. I can only imagine how helpless she felt at that moment. All the doctors and nurses did everything in their power to help me, they did every test possible and after a week, they diagnosed me with GBS. I was in the ICU for the next four months hooked up to life support along with a feeding tube. A lot of people came to visit me at the hospital and my wonderful mummy never missed a day, she always had faith that I would get better. After four months, I was moved to the children’s ward because I was finally able to breathe on my own, the doctors were ready to send me home, I left the hospital alive and well but I could no longer walk. The doctors said I would be able to regain the ability to walk but after many therapy sessions, the only thing I was able to do was stand up. I had to relearn doing things for myself at the age of five. When I couldn’t do something I would get frustrated because I knew how to do specific tasks but my hands or legs wouldn’t cooperate. Whenever I was impatient, my mother was my rock, she was calm and patient for the both of us. May God continue to bless her because she is a true ANGEL! Many people thought that because I couldn’t walk that I couldn’t go places, but she never listened to people, she carried me everywhere with her. She ensured that my childhood was like any other child’s; happy, loved and full of unique experiences. I was loved by the people closest to me and that was all that mattered to me. I was still able to play games with my sisters and cousins - I particularly enjoyed playing power rangers. Crystal's artwork Eventually, over time, some things came back to me and I could do things but differently and in my own unique way. My mother ensured that I was able to go to Primary School, the school was at least 25 minutes walk away from our house but she took me there every day on my wheelchair and never once complained. Then I went to Secondary School, like most schools, it wasn’t very accessible for a wheelchair. Luckily, it was a newly built school and for the most part, it was flat. However, for Forms Four and Five, the classroom was on the second floor and my mother had to carry me up and down those stairs every day. Most days I understood how much of an inconvenience it was because I could see how difficult it was for her to carry me up and down the stairs, she would be breathless every time, even though we made many requests for the classroom to be on the ground floor, it never changed. This really discouraged me and it became a place I didn’t want to go to anymore. After Form Four, I stopped going to school. Sometimes you know when things aren’t for you, and I felt like school wasn’t for me anymore and I am okay with that. However, I love reading articles and learning about things. In 2012, my sister Christine bought me a laptop, this was my first electronic device and I was obsessed with it. Learning never stops and the world is at your fingertips, the internet teaches you so much! It’s not just for Facebook and Instagram. Even though I don’t have a certificate to show I graduated from school, I love learning about the world and different cultures. Whenever I tell people I went to school, they seem amazed by the fact that I was able to go to school, far too often when Trinbagonians see someone in a wheelchair they automatically assume a lot and jump to conclusions. Instead, take the time to ask a question or simply just listen without judging. A lot of people that I meet, often tell me they feel sorry for me, honestly, there is no need to feel sorry for me. I am a happy person, I am content with what I have and thankful for the people in my life. Feel sorry for the people who don’t know how to be content, happy or kind. Adulthood taught me many lessons and one of them is doing what you love. I truly enjoy art. I have a passion for quilling; it’s one of my favourite things. Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips ofpaper. The paper is rolled, looped, curled, twisted and otherwise manipulated to create shapes that makeup designs to decorate. Doing it allows me to explore my creativity and create amazing pieces of work. In my free time, I do meditation, watch movies and spend time with some of the most amazing kids. In the future, I hope schools and other places become more accessible for the disabled. I know first-hand how difficult it can be, I feel like we’re pushed aside as if we don’t have feelings and needs. So instead of pushing us aside and making us feel like we’re an inconvenience to others, try to understand how we feel and be kinder to us. I still have hope that one day all buildings and other services will be more accessible to those of us with disabilities if the state and its agencies take the lead in working with disability organisations locally to make those needed changes reality for everyone. Log ontoCause An Effectfor more information. The Lioness Series is sponsored by: Dale McLeod, Jacqueline Scott, Starlite Collection, Sacha Makeup, JB FernandezMemorial Trust II Photography: Mark Lyndersay MUA: Shenelle Escayg

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Limes are a citrus fruit often used to accent flavours in foods. They are a frequently-used ingredient in Caribbean, Mexican, Vietnameseand Thai cuisine. They are grown year-round in tropical climates and are usually smaller and less sour than lemons. One lime can provide 32 per cent of the vitamin C needed in a day. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce all-cause mortality and act as an antioxidant, whichcan help counteract harmful, disease-causing free radical cells. What's more, the nutrients in lime can support the heart, reduce the risk of asthma and promote healthy complexion and hair. Studies have also revealed that increasing consumption of limes decreases the risk of obesity and diabetes, and enhances energy levels. Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency, and pairing foods that are high in vitamin C with foods that are rich in iron will maximize the body's ability to absorb iron, particularly when taking in iron from plant-based iron sources. In Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, limes are used to flavour a number of dishes and salads.Jamaicans tend to use the juice to make a refreshing drink called ‘lemonade’ but which really is limeade. The juice is also used to enhance the flavour of a variety of fruit juices. Lime juice is also used to to keep down the ‘raw’ scent that may accompany some meats including chicken and fish.


An engineer at Toyota killed himself after being constantly ridiculed by his boss, authorities have ruled. Toyota Motor Corp. acknowledged the case after reports of the ruling emerged Tuesday. The company said it hopes to prevent further such cases and expressed condolences over the death. The case came amid growing awareness of problems with what the Japanese call “power harassment.” A regional labour bureau ruled in September that the 2017 suicide entitled the victim’s family to compensation under a law regarding job-related deaths. Such rulings in Japan are sometimes not disclosed for weeks or longer. Yoshihide Tachino, the attorney for the victim and his family, said Toyota was responsible for mismanagement for allowing the harassment to continue. “When a worker suffers psychologically from the traumatic experience of harassment, that worker may continue to suffer even after he or she is able to return to work,” Tachino said in a telephone interview Tuesday. Tachino said the 28-year-old worker was repeatedly called an idiot by his boss, and told he should die. His name was withheld due to privacy concerns. After earning a master’s degree at the prestigious University of Tokyo, he joined Toyota in 2015. After a year of training he was sent to the company’s headquarters in Toyota city in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. That’s when the harassment started. The young engineer’s boss bullied him with constant insults, ordering him not to take days off and ridiculing his educational background, since his undergraduate degree was from a less elite school, according to an investigation into the case. The engineer told those around him that he could not endure the harassment and would rather die to be freed from suffering. He was often so nervous his hands shook, Tachino said. The engineer took some time off in 2016, citing mental stress. When he returned to work, Toyota assigned him to another section, but he was still working on the same floor as his former boss. “Our son joined Toyota with great hopes,” his family said in a statement. “But his life took a wrong turn because of the extremely cruel, violent words of his boss. And he is now gone,” it said. “We cannot forget our son. We miss him unbearably, each day.” The case highlights a tragic but endemic problem in Japan, where a workaholic corporate culture and zealous loyalty to an employer are often taken for granted. Despite government efforts to change that, workers often forego vacations and put in many hours of overtime without pay. Few workers would opt to leave such a respected company as Toyota; job-hopping tends to be for the adventurous in Japan, where mid-career job changes usually result in steps down, not advancement. The Japanese workplace is also fraught with social pressures. Being liked by co-workers and maintaining harmony tend to take precedence over assessments of performance and ability. In 2018, 199 suicides were ruled job-related, or “karojisatsu,” according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The term, which means “suicides from overwork” was coined from the word “karoshi,” or “death from overwork,” used to describe workers who die suddenly after putting in extremely long hours. One in five workers in Japan puts in an average of 49 hours of work a week or more, and 60% of workers clock more than 40 hours a week, according to government data. Other high-profile companies have seen deaths from overwork. In a 2015 case at Tokyo-based advertiser Dentsu, Matsuri Takahashi jumped to her death from her apartment balcony after working 100 hours of overtime a month. She had been coming home at five in the morning after working all day and night. In an ongoing case, Canadian Glen Wood has sued brokerage giant Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley, demanding his job back as equity sales manager, alleging he was harassed after he took paternity leave.

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