Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Moment of Madness

I read this horror story in UK’s Daily Mail about a 24-year-old Army veteran who served in Afghanistan in 2009 and who is in the dock for cold-blooded murder. It seems that he shot his landlady at point-blank range, UK’s Bradford Crown Court was told Monday. He had claimed he 'went crazy' and the incident was manslaughter, not murder.

Aaron Wilkinson, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress after his six-month tour of duty, blasted mother-of-two Judith Garnett, 52, and killing her instantly. He ‘was desperate to see what it was like to shoot someone – something he had not managed to achieve in Afghanistan’, it was alleged.

After the shooting, Wilkinson dialled 999 and told the operator: “...I just had a moment of madness.”

There was this International Business Times report dated May 04, 2011 under ‘Business and Health’ that informed of studies which showed that one out of eight soldiers returning from tours of duty in a war zone shows signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

With strife anchoring itself in volatile parts of the world, soldiers who are seeing action will be exposed to the danger of PTSD. It is, therefore, vital that the authorities screen the individuals who are at high risk and getting them conditioned for the battlefield. Otherwise, innocent lives will be lost needlessly as illustrated in the above-mentioned case when PSTD is prone to strike soldiers upon their return from a zone of conflict.

Yesterday, I sat through seven intenship presentations as part of the examiner panel - and some of these presentations were captured on camera:

Lee Qi Yong - an intern of Elizabeth Andrews - worked at ST Transport in Tanjong Minyak, Malacca.

Lee Sheen Yi interned at Pricewaterhouse Coopers – Audit & Assurance.

Leniwaty - Chong Soon Meng’s intern - was attached with IBM.

Leong Ji Kin - Tan Seng Lee’s intern - was with Ernst & Young – Transaction Support.

One of my interns, Gorata Onamile also had her presentation yesterday and I sat in to give her moral support.

I daresay many of the students did well. SUBS have great Business programs. It’s time more people know about them.

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