“Meet the Public Day” in LindenBy Utamu BelleResidents of Linden and other parts of Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) were afforded the opportunity of meeting directly with ministers of government and various agencies on Friday, during the hosting of “Meet the Public Day” organised by the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP).Representatives from the Ministry of Communities meeting with residents of LindenScores of citizens went to the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Ground to meet the officials including Ministers Joseph Harmon, Simona Broomes, Valerie Adams-Patterson, Sydney Alicock, Volda Lawrence, director of sports Christopher Jones, among others.Agencies present were the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Guyana Water Inc and the National Insurance Scheme.The ministers were greeted by residents who sought to have issues regarding land, passports, birth certificates and others rectified.During an introductory address to the gathering, Harmon noted that the Public Day provided a chance for decisions to be made on the ground, as it relates to issues which affect people in the Region. The Minister said the aim is to bring government to the people in an effort to serve them.“Today, we continue a series of activities aimed at taking the government to the people. This is not just a ‘meet the people’, it is an exercise that deals with issues which affect you as citizens. And what we have done, we have actually brought the government up here… so that they can listen to you and they can make decisions here. This is not just about listening because the decision-makers are here,” he said.Also present was Regional Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira who said he was happy over the initiative.During an interview Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes also expressed optimism at addressing concerns and being provided the opportunity to serve the people of Region 10.Speaking with this newspaper after making use of the service, a woman indicated that she was able to receive the help she needed for public assistance. The woman said the steps she had to take were outlined and she was looking forward to doing so:“I need help with my children. I get four children and it’s hard, it’s very hard because I don’t get help from the father and I need help so I come to seek help with the public assistance to help with the transportation, to get food for they eat and stuff like that.”Another resident Howell Hinds said that he was able to relate his water issues to the GWI representatives, as they promised to look into the situation: “The kind of response I was able to get from the people here, I am satisfied because most of the problems that I came about, they gave me a positive indication that the matter is going to be handled…I hope that they live up to the promises made.”A pensioner who spoke to this newspaper related that he was there to have a community issue addressed, as he highlighted that there were abandoned homes adjacent to his, which are overgrown by vegetation. He said he sought help since this was affecting him tremendously.Speaking at the venue, however, deputy director of Community Development Councils Sandra Adams said there is a system in place to allow for a follow-up to the issues discussed by residents who were all provided forms to fill out.
…slams GPL for removal of generatorDeputy Mayor of the town of Anna Regina, Darshan Persaud, is outraged at the service being offered by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).In an interview with Guyana Times, Persaud said residents in the township are complaining about the long periods of power outage, which have contributed to the loss of thousands of dollars in ice cream, chicken, meat, and other frozen foods.Persaud told this publication that the generator which was removed from the Anna Regina Power Station to facilitate the Bartica Regatta was not used at the event; and he said he cannot understand why the power company had removed it fromAnna Regina Deputy Mayor Darshan Persaudthe region in the first place.He said GPL needs to answer to the many residents of Region Two, who have suffered losses as a result of the company’s negligent decision.“If they wanted to send a backup to Bartica from Anna Regina, they must inform the residents, especially the business sector, before doing so. I personally know that the technical staff at Anna Regina is doing a good job to provide the region with electricity, but we need to know who (made) that sudden decision, and some disciplinary action should be taken (against them) . It was the Easter holiday weekend, and many businesses stocked up on their frozen food,” the outraged Deputy Mayor added.Over the Easter weekend, a generator placed by GPL at the Anna Regina Power Station, Essequibo to supply the region with electricity was moved to Bartica for the Regatta.According to reports, the remaining generators cannot supply the coast, and as such, residents were faced with constant blackouts.A GPL source informed that the generator moved was currently the best generating set at the power plant.Meanwhile, businesses, especially those in the ice, fish, and meat industries, are complaining of the extra dollars they have to spend to run their own generators.Rice millers are also severely affected by this move. (Mohanlall Seulall)
– as ‘Uncapped’ exhibition and marketplace gets underwayBy Jarryl Bryan“Buy local” was a prevailing theme of the ‘Uncapped’ agro processors expo as it got under way on Sunday. There were several local exhibitors urging locals to support local items while reminding supermarkets of their local obligations.The ‘agro-processors exhibition and marketplace’ held at the National Stadium had the backing of several companies, including Sterling Products, Edward B. Beharry and Sons, Banks DIH and Exxon Mobil. This publication caught up with several agro processors.According to Rihanna, a representative of the National Milling Company of Guyana, (NAMILCO), the onus is on Guyanese to buy local. NAMILCO’s products are stocked across Guyana, and she stressed the importance of consumers paying attention to what they buy.“We have a new product, the Vanilla cake flour. We have free samples. Right now Scenes from the Uncapped exhibitionNAMILCO is coming up with these health products. We are promoting healthiness. We have the whole wheat flour in a packet, and we also have multi-grain and wheat germ.“We have roti mix and polouri mix. The polouri mix is quick and easy for customers to make a fast meal. The roti mix, to make work easier, you just have to add water to get that perfect roti. We want you to support local,” she said.Noting that there is foreign flour on the local market, she urged customers to read labels intently. Pointing to the importance of adhering to expiry dates, she stressed that NAMILCO provides quality. Added to that, she noted, is the inclusion of recipes on the packages.Other productsThe Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) was also out in full force. This Government entity’s booth featured several sections of produce, ranging from packaged plantain chips to packaged coconut cream and honey — all stocked by the Guyana shop, itself stocked by agro processors.Explaining the process, a representative noted that to be a supplier to the Guyana Shop, products must be agro-processed, and the supplier business must itself be registered in Guyana. In addition, each processor must have a valid certificate of inspection from the Government Analyst—Food and Drugs Department and a valid food handler’s certificate.“We are displaying here the (products) offered by GMC, particularly the Guyana Shop, where we have all the local agro processed products in Guyana. We have most of the agro processors here, but some couldn’t make it. So we’re supporting,” the representative said.“Most of them have their own farm, but some of them would buy from other farmers and process it — slice it, fry it, and package it. And then they bring it to us. These are things we sell every day, including cassava breads, cassareep, and honey.”At another booth, exhibitors hailing from Essequibo had packaged coconut water on sale for $300 a bottle. Roosters Coconut, the company selling the beverage, use coconuts reaped at its very own farm.“The company is owned by Roopan Ramotar,” Farzad Ally, a representative of the company, related. “I do distribution and sales. I recently joined the company, but they’ve been in existence before. We have our own factory, we do our own bottling, our labels. And we do export.”Value of the ExpoDr. Vishnu Doerga, a former President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), was there in his capacity as the face of Action Coach Guyana — a company that not only offers complementary entrepreneurship training, but also professional support services for business owners looking to grow their companies.Doerga noted the importance of events such as Uncapped to give agro-processors a chance to shine. According to the businessman, it provides a platform to introduce consumers to the products and brands of agro-processors. Doerga urges consumers to actively support local producers.“The consumers in our country have a lot to do with this. They have to start getting serious and buy local products. And if the product is not up to standard, you tell the persons their packaging is not where it’s supposed to be, their product quality needs to improve,” Doerga urged.“Go into the supermarket you buy from and ask the supermarket owner, ‘Why you aren’t stocking local products?’ If you keep buying foreign products, the supermarket owners are going to continue stocking foreign products. So consumers have a lot to do in moving Guyana and its agro-processors forward,” he explained.It is understood that the GMSA had collaborated with the Government and private enterprises in order to host the first ‘Uncapped’ last year at the Sophia Exhibition Complex. That three-day exhibition had also featured a food festival that saw some 60 exhibitors and thousands of patrons.This year, there was a noticeable crowd at the National Stadium. It is expected that Uncapped will be held in other regions of the country throughout the year.
Border controversyThe Canadian Government says it remains supportive of Guyana’s decision to seek a legal settlement on the border controversy with its neighbour Venezuela.Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee, said her country had welcomed the decision by United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres to send the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Now that the matter is with the world court, the Canadian diplomat says her country awaits the decision, but will continue to back Guyana which is looking to have the matter resolved peacefully.“We believe that is the right avenue and we await the results of the ICJ decision. We welcome that Guyana has said that it will live by the decision of the ICJ and we are supportive of Guyana’s position that the rule of law must apply,” she stated.Chatterjee told Guyana Times that she has also noted that Guyana has soughtCanadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian ChatterjeeCanadian legal advice on the matter and her country is also happy about that.“We welcome the fact that Guyana is seeking legal expertise from Canada to assist with the territorial issues against Venezuela and Suriname,” she added.In November 2015, Guyana Goldfields, a Canadian gold company operating the Aurora gold mine, had received formal notification of possible legal action by the Venezuelan Government in relation to its operations in Guyana.The company has said that Venezuela warned it against mining on land “belonging to them”, even though the land is within Guyana’s borders as agreed by both countries under the 1899 arbitration agreement.In a letter reportedly sent by Venezuela’s ambassador to Canada, the company was warned that their mining operation was “infringing on the territorial sovereignty of Venezuela”. President David Granger, subsequently accused Venezuela of trying to scare away foreign investors and called for the country to stop meddling in the country’s business.The mine is one of Guyana’s largest investment projects, employing hundreds of people. The company has been developing the Aurora mine, located in the North-West area of Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), for almost two decades.Nevertheless, in February of this year, the company announced plans to expand its operations by constructing the country’s first underground mine. This development, it said, should occur within the next four years, and the investment would see a whopping US$120 million being pumped into the project.When work commences on the underground operations, there would be need to increase the workforce by 75 to 100 persons, which would create job opportunities for locals.One day after the UN had announced it would be sending the border case before the ICJ for a judicial settlement, Venezuela had rejected the move.But President Granger has vowed to leave no stone unturned to secure a successful outcome for Guyanese by utilising all the resources necessary to adequately prepare for the case.Government has maintained that the issue is a legal one and needed to be settled through those means.The border controversy gained new life when United States-oil giant ExxonMobil announced in 2015 that it had massive quantities of oil in Guyana.Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil, and has since laid claim to the Essequibo region.Venezuela has long made claim to around 40 per cent of Guyana’s territory, and extended its maritime claims in 2015 after oil was discovered in disputed waters.Venezuela’s current border claim is widely regarded to be a violation of international law. The matter will be heard at the ICJ.
She studied French and art history, developed an affinity for Michelangelo, Monet and Leonardo da Vinci. She plans to work in the business while she finishes going to school, then leave Lacie Heart behind to become a museum curator. “It will be easy for me to wash my hands of it,” she said. She doesn’t harbor any romantic notions of the industry, though she doesn’t think it’s as bad as many would imagine. If consumers could watch what it’s really like on the set, she says, they’d lose the fantasy about the glamour, sex and debauchery. Getting serious And the industry as a whole has been kind to Lacie Heart. No casting couch, no sleazy trades of jobs for sex. The only time she was propositioned came when she tried out as an extra for a mainstream Hollywood movie. One of the few common links between her life as a porn star and life as an art student is her boyfriend, Scott Nails. She had it written into her contract that she only performs with him. He also does films with other girls. They’ve been together more than a year, and it’s getting serious. She knows his scenes are just work, but still, she won’t watch them because it just feels too weird. And aside from that, she describes their life as normal enough. He sells real estate, she stays home, cooks and takes care of her dogs. “I’m like a normal, suburban housewife,” she said. “I have animals, I run errands, read a lot of books and watch a lot of movies. … I learned very quickly that I can’t be myself in this industry.” email@example.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The porn star’s transformation begins on Interstate 10, not far from Quartzsite, Ariz. Lacie Heart is driving the car, but she’s fading. Her flirtatious grin subsides and she has wiped away her exaggerated makeup. Her tattoos hide beneath comfortable sweats. Her regular life begins. “As soon as I cross the border, I’m not Lacie Heart anymore,” she said. “I really have to separate the two. If I were always Lacie Heart, I’d go insane. It’s too much chaos.” At 20, with appearances in films like “American Sorority Sluts” and “Debbie Does Dallas … Again” on her credit list, she seems incredibly detached from the industry that made her a star. Her image has become a bumper sticker, her vagina has been replicated as a consumer product. Van Nuys-based Digital Playground signed her to a contract and calls her a spokesmodel. When she’s on camera or appearing before her fans, she’s bubbly and vivacious, the very embodiment of the girl-next-door stereotype – if your neighbor was really, really into sex. In person, she’s pretty, reserved, professional and almost prim, though she can work together some pretty impressive chains of profanity. Not recognized When she goes out and she’s not in character, she’s never been recognized. Even when she’s standing next to Jesse Jane, a buxom blond actress who’s also a contract girl for Digital Playground, if she’s not in character, you’d never know. She grew up in San Luis Obispo, studied ballet as a kid and lived a pretty normal life. On a whim, she tried stripping at a Canoga Park club’s amateur night at 19 and started hearing from fellow dancers that you could make some good money appearing in adult movies. It took some convincing and research, visiting shoots and talking to actors. She gave it a try – she doesn’t remember what the movie was called. “I’d never seen a porn (film) before I got into the industry,” she said. “I had a good upbringing, went to a good school.”
1 Sunderland striker Fabio Borini was undergoing a medical in Italy on Thursday as he closed in on his move to AC Milan.The 26-year-old flew to Milan on Wednesday as the fine details of the move were ironed out, and the Serie A club posted photographs of him having tests at the La Madonnina Clinic on their website on Thursday morning.It is understood Borini will move on an initial season-long loan deal before completing a permanent £5.3million transfer next summer.He had two years remaining on the deal he signed at the Stadium of Light during the summer of 2015, but has struggled for form since his £10million permanent switch to Wearside from Liverpool.The Italian is one of several players on whom the Black Cats hope to cash in as they attempt to re-shape their squad for life in the Sky Bet Championship following relegation from the Premier League. Fabio Borini in action for Sunderland
Fulham’s renewed confidence under Rene Meulensteen is again on display but both sides have had great opportunities to break the deadlock.The Whites have dominated large parts of the first 20 minutes, zipping the ball around on a greasy Craven Cottage surface and unsettling Manchester City with their high tempo.Adel Taarabt, playing in an unfamiliar lone striker role with Dimitar Berbatov injured, produced a fine save from recalled City and England keeper Joe Hart after Kieran Richardson had made mincemeat of stand-in right-back Gael Clichy.But City responded by sweeping upfield and although Edin Dzeko couldn’t make the most of Alvaro Negredo’s cross, he laid the ball off to David Silva, who struck the crossbar.Fulham (4-5-1): Stekelenburg; Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise; Dejagah, Karagounis, Parker, Sidwell, Richardson; Taarabt.Subs: Stockdale, Amorebieta, Kasami, Kacaniklic, Duff, Ruiz, Bent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Emily Brown, LCSW, is the Director of Key Bridge Therapy & Meditation Center in Arlington, VA. She works with individuals, couples, and families regarding the underlying issues in relationships, marriage, divorce, and betrayal. Emily is also MFLN Family Development’s guest speaker for our August 11th webinar, Picking up the Pieces: Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity from 11:00am to 12:30pm EST.Over the course of her career she has published two extraordinary books that you won’t want to miss out on.Affairs: A Guide to Working Through the Repercussions of InfidelityIn this book, Emily Brown will decipher the five types of affairs and gives clear step-by-step procedures to help both partners deal with it and even grown from it.Brown, E. (1999). Affairs: A guide to working through the repercussions of infidelity. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Patterns of Infidelity and their TreatmentIn this new edition, Emily Brown will address issues regarding revealing the affair, management of the consequences, rebuilding, and treating an unmarried third party, as well as the host of of complex issues regarding children and custody arrangements. This new edition also includes cybersex and the effects of new technology on fidelity in marriage, the effects of managed care on treatment, marriage to the third party and a new chapter on affairs & violence.Brown, E. (2001). Patterns of infidelity and their treatment. New York: Routledge.You won’t want to miss MFLN Family Development’s August 11th webinar at 11:00am EST entitled, Picking up the Pieces: Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity, featuring our guest, Emily Brown, LCSW. Emily will be discussing special difficulties for military families when it comes to affairs, in addition to, the different types of affairs, how to handle the surfacing of an affair, how to intervene and work with couples effectively, and how to assist with forgiveness and closure. To find out more information about this event, click here. This post was written by a member of the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
School-going students of Kashmir valley are an overburdened lot. An official study claims that 75% to 85% students carry bags that weigh above the recommended limit, which is 10 % of a student’s bodyweight.The department of Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM) in Srinagar, in its study, observed 2,000 school-going children over four districts of Kashmir in March this year.“The SPM’s community medicine conducted a study about the burden of school bags among 2,000 school-going children and found that 75% to 85% of the school bags weigh above the recommended 10% of the bodyweight of the child,” said Dr. Muhammad Salim Khan, head of the SPM department.The results of the study show that 10 to 25% of the bags weighed more than 20% of the bodyweight. “It’s much higher than the recommended weight of bags and could prove hazardous,” said Dr. Khan.The department of Social and Preventive Medicine is planning to submit a report to the government along with recommendations to reduce the weight of school bags. “We are collecting details of teaching methodology in schools in other cities. We will look also into the means and ways to reduce weight of school bags,” said Dr. Khan.Health issues Dr. Gazanfer Mushtaq, a physiotherapist, warns of long-term health issues due to heavy bags. “The constant additional weight on children’s shoulders impacts their gait, which can look very droopy and humpy. Prolonged exposure to heavy weight can in fact induce orthopaedic issues besides stress,” warns Dr. Mushtaq.According to the State education department, Kashmir zone, there are around 16 lakh students enrolled from Class I to XII, who are exposed to heavy school bags.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking to expand its fleet size to 7,000 buses within three months as a condition to receive grants from the corporation.According to a proposal, the BMC is willing to initially provide ₹600 crore to the ailing bus transport undertaking but has laid certain conditions. It has asked the bus undertaking to reduce the minimum fare of mini buses to ₹5 from the current ₹8. BEST will be asked to submit a report to the BMC after it complies with the conditions. The proposal will be discussed in Wednesday’s Standing Committee meetingSoon after taking charge, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had taken a decision in May to give a grant of ₹100 crore to BEST. In a meeting with the BEST administration, the BMC had recommended wet leasing of buses to increase its fleet, giving real-time updates of a bus’s current location at bus stops, commercial exploitation of BEST assets, among other meausres.The BMC had said the BEST administration needed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the BEST Workers’ Union to settle the long-standing dispute over the wet leasing of buses. The crucial MoU was signed last week, where the administration agreed to retain 3,337 buses of its fleet while the union allowed for further fleet expansion through the wet lease model. BMC will be giving the BEST ₹600 crore as subsidy, out of which ₹400 crore will be given from its contingency fund and the rest from another fund available with BMC.Once the proposal is passed in the Standing Committee and agreed upon by all parties, the BMC will disburse ₹100 crore to the BEST. However, further disbursals will happen only once the administration starts implementing the conditions. The BMC will have to create a new budget head, for which it requires permission from the Standing Committee and corporation.Activists have said the reduction of fare was a welcome step but only if executed across all routes, and not in a piecemeal manner. “We feel grants should be made unilaterally and not with conditions to wet lease. BEST is, after all, a public service,” transport expert Hussain Indorewala said.A senior BEST official said the condition to procure 7,000 buses was difficult and the issue of fare reduction will need to be analysed better. “Our main focus was to ensure the execution of the contract given for 450 buses. We want to ensure that the buses arrive in the next few months and their operations begin,” the official said.