“Right now there are too many children in institutions. They become institutionalised and our mission here is to get children out of institutions,” the Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA), Ann Greene told Guyana Times during a recent interview.CCPA Director Ann GreeneShe referenced the fact that being in care, according to several surveys and studies, may have a negative impact on a child’s life, as they may feel unwanted among other things.According to her, “It’s not any place where a child should spend the rest of their childhood in…” as they may feel neglected and unimportant.The Director noted that owing to this, the CCPA has implemented a number of initiatives to tackle the issue, which may help children to feel more confident in the end and ‘loved’.She reminded that children in institutional care normally leave at the age of 18, when they require the most attention. “When a child turns 18 their parents don’t push them out (because) they so need guidance, they need a whole lot of guidance (and) these are children that will turn 18 and can leave the formal care and there is no linkages to a family.”Greene said that being cognisant of the impact being in institutional care has on the life of children, the CCPA would exhaust every measure to ensure children are placed with adults who are capable of caring for them.These measures, she explained, include the kinship programme where a child can be placed with the nearest kin, instead of being placed in care.Another important initiative to note is the foster care programme where children can be placed with a capable family to take care of them until they are placed with a stable birth family or join an adoptive family.While on this note, Greene alluded to the fact that while being in care for an extended period may have a negative impact on a child’s life, it often serves as a life saver for some, as many children were taken into the homes from the streets or even abusive homes, among other hostile circumstances.At present, some 700 children are in formal care, Greene disclosed. This figure, she said, generally lessens at this time of the year, as persons generally become sensitised with the observance of the ongoing Child Protection Week.This year, Child Protection Week is being held under the theme “Supporting families to prevent child abuse through education and community involvement”. A number of activities are planned for the week, which began on September 23 and will conclude on September 29.
A 23-year-old man was taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday, charged for inflicting grievous bodily harm during a fight at a bar.Quincy St Jules stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied the charge when it was read to him.The charge alleged that on July 20 at Alexander Street, Kitty, Georgetown, he inflicted grievous bodily harm on Haffi Skane.The prosecution’s case, presented by Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, stated that on July 20, the two men were imbibing at Seepaul’s Bar, Kitty, when they got into a heated argument and a fight broke out.According to the Prosecutor, St Jules started to kick the Virtual Complainant on his right leg, which was seen bandaged in the courtroom.The Magistrate, after listening to the Prosecutor’s facts, released St Jules on $170,000 bail. The case will continue on August 14. As a condition for bail, St Jules was ordered to report at the Criminal Investigation Department, Eve Leary, every Friday until the conclusion of the matter.
The introduction of sports tourism as a major industry in Guyana is an excellent idea, but there are a number of challenges which would need to be addressed if the concept is to be successful. This is the opinion of Technical Facilitator to the Education Ministry, Vincent Alexander.A large crowd at one of the Amazon Warriors games in GuyanaThe Education Ministry official made this statement during brief remarks he made at the inaugural workshop on Developing Sports Tourism, which was held under the theme “Improving Sports through Tourism; growing Tourism through Sports”.“Do we have facilities that in fact can be provided for sports tourism, (which) include certain standards that can market the country? Do we have the kind of human resources that ensure that you can properly organise and manage those activities?” Alexander questioned. The industry will also be challenged by the capacity of sport organisations to become involved, he added.Alexander explained that the areas highlighted — described as critical to the sports tourism industry — would need to be addressed immediately if we are to move forward.He explained that apart from sport, there are other resources within the country that can attract tourism, and he expressed hope that those resources would be highlighted for the betterment of the country.Meanwhile, in a courtesy call made on Business Minister Dominic Gaskin on Friday, St Lucia-based Sports Consultant Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira noted that the sports tourism industry needs major private sector input and support from sports associations and other stakeholders.Although Caribbean countries which are involved in the sports tourism industry have become successful, Perreira explained, it would take some time for Guyana to experience that success, especially since there is much need for promotion via the media to help in the process of attracting persons to the country.The sports consultant expressed gratitude for the co-operation he has been given, and the hope that an internal sports tourism industry can also be realised.Minister Gaskin labelled sports tourism a viable and sustainable component of Guyana’s overall tourism product, and added that it has a contribution to make towards the nation’s development. “We understand that tourism has to be developed from the ground up; and those involved have to understand that they are participating in something that has an economic value and has a contribution to make to our economy,” the minister explained.He noted that sports should not be seen only as competition, but as having the potential to bring persons to Guyana.This workshop was a collaborative effort between the Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Business; the National Sports Commission in the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport (NSC); and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA).CPL and local economyMeanwhile, Guyana, through the Caribbean Premier League has benefited significantly from sport tourism since the inception of the tournament, with some US$17 million being pumped into the economy last year.CPL’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), Pete Russell, during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times had explained that the games’ economic impact locally has been both direct and indirect. He said assessment reports compiled by CPL showed that our economy received close to US$17 million last season.Russell explained that the net sum is calculated by looking at the influx of tourists to the country, hotel bookings, vending during the games, and the overall spending of persons during this period.With the Guyana Amazon Warriors success at CPL, Guyana has over the past four years benefited from some US$80M from the tournament.In fact, some US$90 million was poured into the entire Caribbean region in 2016 as a result of the CPL tournaments.
…willing to take lie detector test …says bank account checked out Making it clear that he has nothing to hide, former Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud has revealed that persons have been investigating him, even checking on his bank account at Scotiabank.Persaud was at the time appearing on a broadcast panel discussion organised by a local firm, Globespan Technology, on Saturday. According to Persaud, whose support of the no-confidence motion that toppled the Government made him a household name, these inquiries failed to unearth ‘dirty money’.“The only reason they’ve given up on (accusations of me) accepting bribes is because they checked through Scotiabank, my account there and they found no money… as a matter of fact they found that I owe on the same Prado… So they’ve given up (on proving I took a bribe).”“They have nothing and will continue to find nothing. They’ve also given up on me buying $1 million in gold,” Persaud said, adding that the very man he was accused of negotiating the gold purchase with is affiliated with the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry.”Persaud went on to throw down the gauntlet, saying that he was willing to take a lie detector test to prove he did not accept a bribe.“Yes, I will submit to it. And I’ll tell you that they cannot, no matter what they do with it, find that I accepted bribe, because nobody offered me any money to say I’m bribing you to vote. I voted because of my conscience.”The former MP also responded to Police Commissioner Leslie James, who was recently asked about reports that the Guyana Police Force was investigating Persaud. James had noted that such an investigation pertained to national security.“The Commissioner of Police was grilled by reporters who asked a simple question: ‘James, you are investigating Charrandas Persaud for what criminal activity’. (He said) that is confidential. Why is he a threat to national security? That is confidential. The man had no answer for anything.“So what they want the world to believe is that Charrandas is involved in something criminal, so that when he shows up at the borders they can arrest him and keep him locked up until he hangs himself in prison. They expect that I am going to be locked up. But they have nothing on me,” Persaud informed the panel.Security escortIn addition, Persaud addressed reports about the security escort that accompanied him to the Eugene F Correia airport on December 21, when he left the country after his conscience vote.“The (State media) published that the persons who were with me were known criminals and former members of the death squad. Those are all (lies) that they are coming up with,” Persaud said.According to the show’s presenters, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and People’s National Congress (PNC) politician Aubrey Norton were also originally expected to join the discussion.On December 21, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – against the Government succeeded when Persaud, at the time an AFC Member of Parliament, broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.Outside the chambers, Persaud had had some harsh words for the Government while defending his vote. According to the MP, he had voted that way because of the AFC’s subordinate role to the majority A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Persaud cited examples like Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence’s recent controversial statement about hiring party stalwarts, and pointed out that the AFC leadership did not condemn but rather condoned the statement.At the time, the former MP had noted that his actions may have put his life in jeopardy. In fact, Persaud had mentioned specific threats to his life that he received only minutes after the vote.Persaud had left the country that very night on a flight bound for Canada, where he has citizenship. Since then, there have been allegations floating around that Charrandas was seen leaving the National Assembly escorted by PPP member Peter Ramsaroop.However, on Wednesday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo dismissed these claims as mischievous, saying that the businessman was free to befriend whomever he wants to, even if it’s persons from the opposite side of the House.Meanwhile, Ramsaroop has also denied any wrongdoing, telling reporters on Wednesday that Persaud had requested his help – something which he would have done for any of his friends.However, Ramsaroop’s support for Persaud s has caused the Ogle Airport Inc to suspend protocol passes over an alleged security breach. This order came from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), although the Airport insisted it did not breach any protocols.According to reports, a Canadian diplomat, along with Ramsaroop, had obtained protocol passes to see Persaud off at the Eugene F Correia Airport, hours after the December 21 sitting of the National Assembly.It is being alleged that the security protocol was breached when Ramsaroop accompanied the diplomat and Persaud onto the tarmac of the East Coast Demerara airport since such passes are not valid for civilians.
Brendan Rodgers hailed Liverpool’s performance in the 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday as “outstanding”.Lazar Markovic’s early goal was enough to earn the visitors a third win in four Premier League games.The Reds, who wasted numerous chances to add to the scoreline, are now within four points of the Champions League places.“I thought, overall, it was an outstanding team performance,” said Rodgers. “We started the game well, the first half we had domination of the ball, we created chances and, when we had to defend, we defended well.“My only disappointment was I thought we should have been two or three [nil] up [at half-time]. I thought we had a clear penalty we should have been given and we had one or two chances.“But it is a difficult place to come and the conditions were difficult, and I thought the players were outstanding, both defensively and with the ball.”The only downside for Liverpool was Steven Gerrard’s withdrawal at half-time through injury, but Rodgers is hopeful it will prove to be nothing serious.“Steven will get a scan to see how he is,” Rodgers said of the long-serving midfielder, who will leave Anfield for LA Galaxy next summer.“He just felt a tightness in his hamstring, so we are not sure if he has pulled it or not. It was just precautionary.“He was outstanding in the first half but we have to make sure we manage it right.”
The Actors Touring Company and Drum Theatre Plymouth in association with Earagail Arts Festival & Clonmel Junction Festival brings you The Golden Dragon.The English language version of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s delightfully surprising play about globalization comes to An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny from July 10 to 12.In the kitchen of the Golden Dragon restaurant and takeaway, a crisis is unfolding. While the customers concentrate on making their choices from the extensive menu, behind the scenes where the food is prepared, a young Chinese kitchen-hand is experiencing agonising tooth ache. Going to the dentist is out of the question, because the boy is an illegal immigrant; someone who, because he is not seen, simply doesn’t exist. Not to the authorities, and not to those who use the restaurant, he never sees beyond the numbered dishes.The first thing you will notice in this production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play is though it is set in and around a Chinese restaurant, there are no Asian actors involved. But then this is a production, in which the old play the young, and one species plays another, and gender is entirely fluid, too.Over 90 minutes, the play acts like a busy spider weaving a web of connections that spread right across the globe.This is a world where a beautiful giant cricket is exploited by an ant, a tooth lands in a bowl of soup, a dead boy is carried thousands of miles home on a river, and the bustle of everyday life disguises darker truths that only gradually start to be reflected back to us through the action. The beauty of the piece, and Ramin Gray’s production, is that it reveals itself quietly and gradually. If you would like more information on all the great theatre offerings during this year’s Earagail Arts Festival, get your copy of the festival brochure or log onto www.eaf.ie.Follow the festival on donegaldaily.com EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE: SEE THE WORLD THROUGH A CHINESE TAKEAWAY was last modified: July 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE: SEE THE WORLD THROUGH A CHINESE TAKEAWAY
ENTERTAINMENT: Chic mastermind Voodoo Venue has a new pet project: Vintage Monthly Fridays – Get Busy Livin!!, a night of rock, pop, funk, hip-hop and country music that will hit the Vintage Rooms, Voodoo Venue, Letterkenny Launching tonight Friday 19th February. Voodoo will have an active hand in the inaugural Country Nights! programming: Vintage seminal disco Country Chic Band will perform, as will kick off tonight with “Eldorado” and other diverse artists through-out the weeks. Vintage will create the ultimate mash-up between each artist’s distinctive sound and his own groundbreaking style.The Vintage Venue has a traditional feel to the front bar with beautiful ornate solid retro decor, wooden and antique carpet floors, cosy session corner and private booths.The back bar is open plan with a modern twist featuring quirky details. “Vintage is comfortable and spacious and is a really great late night entertainment venue”.Jive, quickstep or waltz on our massive dance floor if you’re feeling the country craze!! Drop in, sit back and sip on a creamy pint and enjoy the tunes. And if you’ve got the know-how, pull up a stool and join in… sure, the more the merrier…ENTERTAINMENT: MASSIVE COUNTRY MUSIC NIGHT AT VINTAGE TONIGHT was last modified: February 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsVintageVoodoo Venue
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe California Teachers Association, which backs Krekorian and apparently won’t even tolerate unwitting dissent from its party line, went ballistic. So did Krekorian. Various other members of the party power base also chimed in. All this because a loyal Democrat with a long history of public service and a commitment to education stumbled over his words. It’s as though Quintero’s offhand remark exposed a subliminal betrayal – a thought crime to partisan extremists who demand ideological purity. With fellow Democrats being this intolerant of each other, is it any surprise that our hyperpartisan legislators do nothing but bicker? This is the sort of extremism that has poisoned California politics. The worst thing about California’s rigged legislative districts is that the public at large doesn’t choose Assembly members and state senators in general elections; the party faithful do it in partisan primaries. The result is a Legislature filled with extremists on both sides who refuse to work together and who get little done. The latest example of this unfortunate trend is the rhetorical thrashing that Glendale City Councilman Frank Quintero is taking in his race against Burbank school board member Paul Krekorian, a fellow Democrat, to succeed Dario Frommer in the 43rd Assembly District. Quintero’s “crime,” if you can call it that: Three weeks ago, in a debate, he mistook vouchers for interdistrict school transfers, and he said he backed the idea. Never mind that Quintero has publicly expressed opposition to vouchers many times before or that he later retracted the inadvertent remark. His slip of the tongue was enough to set off the party’s extremists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With pollination in Ohio corn fields occurring in July, much of what you see now is what you will get come harvest. For soybeans though, August is the most important month for production. If the rains aren’t as prevalent and sunshine prevails as the calendar turns, Asgrow/DEKALB Technical Agronomist Jeff Rectenwald tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that the soybean crop may turn out to be really nice this year.
Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Donal Power Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… A new partnership aims to harness insights from Internet of Things (IoT) devices to save insurance companies a passel.At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, ROC-Connect said it is partnering with CoreLogic to assist insurers in bringing IoT devices to market.ROC-Connect is a Silicon Valley-based firm that specializes in providing Smart Home as a Service capabilities. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic provides financial, property and consumer information.The partnership is looking to use IoT devices to help insurers better assess risk, which is a segment with considerable potential for growth. The Boston Consultancy Group estimates that real-time data from smart devices could reduce the $10 billion in annual U.S. claims by between 40% and 60%.“Insurance companies will benefit because for the first time, they will have data that shows that the devices are fitted and functional in the consumer’s home,” said ROC-Connect’s Kevin Meagher. “We will move from the crazy position we are in today where insurance companies are offering discounts on security systems and fire sensors when 50% of customers do not switch the alarm on and there are no batteries in the fire sensor.”Traditionally insurers take their biggest losses on fire and flood related claims, totaling roughly $9 billion per year in America alone.However, Meagher says IoT devices can help cut these claims significantly.“Placing simple leak detectors that sense both temperature and water to provide early warning of the leak can, as stated above, significantly reduce losses,” he says. “Similarly, a connected fire sensor will improve safety and reduce response times.”Trading discounts for data access?Meanwhile, consumers who agree to get their homes wired with insurance-friendly IoT devices stand to gain from better pricing and discounts from insurers.Meagher says IoT and insurers are a match made in technological heaven simply because of the insurance industry’s insatiable hunger for consumer information when assessing risk. And of course IoT is famous for generating torrents of data from every connected device and sensor.“Data from devices in the home, information on the services customers use, and insights into personal behavior, will all help insurers make smarter decisions and to develop better business models,” he says. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#CES2017#CoreLogic#featured#insurance#IoT#risk#ROC-Connect#top