first_imgDear readers,We’re now at the end of June, which has historically been a special month for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not only are three environmental days — including arguably the grandest in World Environment Day (WED) — celebrated in June, but the EPA also celebrates its anniversary in June. Moreover, this year, with the WED theme being ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, the EPA continued to influence our country’s transforming to a green, sustainable society. As the theme highlighted the dangers of single-use plastics, the EPA executed a National Conversation on Single-use Plastics, which attracted representatives from the Government, Private Sector, manufacturing entities, non-governmental organisations, conservation societies and entrepreneurs, creating the opportunity to share views on how Guyana can put an end to plastic pollution. This event was a success, as was evidenced by the many ideas that emerged to nurture the movement against plastic pollution and to find solutions to this pesky issue.According to a study done in 2016 by the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, 10% of the waste stream from Georgetown comprises single-use plastic products. What this essentially amounts to is more than 7,000 tonnes of single-use plastic products being taken to the Haags Bosch landfill annually. Considering that these figures relate only to Georgetown, we can only imagine what the figures for the entire country would be, and where those plastic products are ending up.The improper disposal of plastic products has various effects: drains are clogged, marine life and human health is endangered, and the economy is affected. It is against this backdrop that the Department of Environment and the EPA will continue to host conversations on single-use plastics.As such, the plastic conversation will continue in Bartica, Region 7, and in Linden, Region 10, as listed in the tableThrough these Conversations, we aim to garner as many comments from the public as possible, so that an effective solution (s) can be found. As such, we invite all interested parties to participate in these events. There is also the opportunity to submit comments to the Agency via the EPA’s social media pages, email and letter. We look forward to hearing from you!last_img read more

first_imgThis week Guyana starts the celebration of Amerindian Heritage, recognising and acknowledging the importance of our Amerindian sisters and brothers in the economic, social and cultural development of Guyana. For this year’s celebration, the emergence of Amerindian children among the top CXC performers in our country must be celebrated. Hinterland secondary schools are increasingly competitive with coastland secondary school and this must be noted. As we celebrate Amerindian Heritage Month 2019, we must take meaningful time to celebrate the performances of these children and schools in CXC 2019.In his written address, read by the then Minister of Agriculture, Brindley Benn, at the inauguration of the University of Guyana in 1963, Cheddi Jagan spoke of his dream that quality secondary school education would come to every Guyanese child, everywhere they live. Today, because of his dream and the PPP’s education access programs, every Amerindian child has access to secondary education. In 2019, an Amerindian child attending the Anna Regina Secondary School in Region 2 was the top CXC performer for Guyana and possibly for Caricom and several Amerindian children attending schools in the hinterland were among the top 100 CXC performers in the country. These children are manifestations of Cheddi’s dream come through.As we celebrate Amerindian Heritage Month 2019, elections, due since before March 21st, are expected anytime now. APNU/AFC is busy politicking, using the vast resources of the State to brazenly campaign and transforming Amerindian Heritage Month into APNU/AFC’s election campaign in the hinterland and among the Amerindian people. For four and a half years, APNU/AFC totally ignored the hinterland and Amerindians, forgetting all the lofty promises they made before the 2015 elections. But, suddenly, facing an election and confronted with an absolute loss of confidence, particularly in the hinterland, APNU/AFC is insulting Amerindians and hinterland communities with hand-outs, gifts and more empty promises, in a vulgar effort to buy votes.The Amerindian people in their villages and the hinterland communities have been stifled in the last four and a half years, development callously sabotaged by APNU/AFC. Now that they desperately need the votes of Amerindians, APNU/AFC is spending much time and handing out enormous resources begging for votes. They think they could buy votes in the hinterland by giving away things, not thinking for one moment that people know what they are doing. Brazen hand-outs and vulgar promises will not and could not erase the neglect of the past four and a half years.In 1976, there was an Amerindian Act that promised land titles for Amerindian Communities; that legal obligation was ignored by the PNC Government and not a single Amerindian village or community received its land title. In the Bharat Jagdeo-led PPP Government of 2001-2006, the new Amerindian Act strengthened the provisions for Amerindian Land Rights and Titling of the Amerindian lands. Significant progress was made in land-titling and dozens of Amerindian Communities received their land titles. But just when land-titling had gathered speed, APNU/AFC stopped any further progress in 2015. During the 2015 elections campaign, they promised to accelerate land-titling. But since 2015, the exercise has come to a screeching halt. Not a single Amerindian village has had its land title issued. It is a betrayal, a broken promise. Now, APNU/AFC is promising again that land-titling will become a priority in 2020 and onwards. Sydney Allicock, Dawn Hastings and Garrido-Lowe have stood shamelessly silent as APNU/AFC stifled land-titling started under the PPP.In four and a half years, little or no improvement has been made in the various airstrips in the hinterland. APNU/AFC had promised they would transform air transportation for the hinterland communities, using air transportation to catalyse economic and social development for the Amerindian and Hinterland communities. This is another broken promise, another betrayal. But it is a betrayal that should not shock anyone because it is APNU/AFC in 2013 and 2014, as the then Opposition, which voted against budgetary allocations for improvement of hinterland airstrips. Earlier this year, they decided they would add VAT to air travels to and from the hinterland communities, making it costlier. After introducing this regressive measure, the PPP/C and others objected and protested. With elections approaching, APNU/AFC buckled and remove the VAT, claiming credit for removing the VAT they introduced.These are just two examples of the assault on Amerindian and hinterland communities. There are dozens of other measures that specifically make life harder for Amerindians and others who live in the hinterland. The dismissal of more than 2,000 community officers, the suffocation of the Amerindian Development Fund, the removal of the $10,000 per child grant, the downgrading of the hot meal program for school children, the termination of the ONE LAPTOP PER FAMILY and the solar panel programmes, the non-investment in hinterland roads, the poor supply of medicines and medical supplies, the virtual halting of the medical doctor assignments to hinterland hospitals, the restrictions on sub-surface mining rights, etc., are major impediments to the social and economic development of hinterland communities and, in particular, Amerindian communities. The Amerindian people will not be fooled by the charlatans that bring gifts and empty promises today.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Economists today stand as the most dangerous and socially destructive non-combatant professionals after politicians. Here is a de facto source of advice on managing an economy: the ill-advised policies of economists and politicians can wreak havoc on economies, giving rise to inflation and depressed welfares, which fuel crime, stagnation of investment and employment creation, and a wasting of scarce financial resources on unnecessary and ill-timed infrastructure projects. The social discord caused by the VAT policies in the 2017 Budget, combined with the strenuous support from the Minister of Finance and Government so far, suggests that something is very wrong with the thinking of the Finance Minister, at the very least. Both the Minister and Government may be of the opinion that opposition to the 2017 VAT policies is rooted in the PPP’s own efforts to have these policies removed from the budget, but this is wrong, and is a grave miscalculation that is exacting severe political costs for the Government.What is unfolding so far is that the private sector is unhappy and unwilling to get involved in any long-term investment plan under the current policy framework. The entire country is upset about VAT, and members of the middle class in Georgetown are screaming about the parking meters’ affair. Only sterling protest action has seen a recent roll-back of the parking meter fiasco, but bowing to these or anything else perceived to have social and developmental consequences would create avenues for more ridiculous policy ideas, which would further erode the economic gains made thus far.Unfortunately, we have to start talking about economic gains made, because the PNC-led Government seems intent on doing a lock-step dance that would take us back into our dark past – during the PNC’s infamous previous reign. There seems to be a lack of basic common sense; we do not realize that we have us scrap the 2017 VAT policies that make this act a no-brainer. This decision escapes the Minister, and is something that needs social pressure to get corrected. In the United States, they say, ‘Call your congressman/woman!’  Here, I have to say, ‘Get on the protest line!”Societies and countries the world over have had their share of mad men occupying high offices.  We ourselves have had enough firsthand experience as such a young country.  We have to stand together, and start booting our elected officers who would trample us.Yours faithfully,Lance Cumberbatchlast_img read more

first_img1 Jack Wilshere in action for Bournemouth away at Watford Charlie Daniels believes Bournemouth team-mate Jack Wilshere is poised to force his way back into the England squad.Wilshere, on a season-long loan from Arsenal, has impressed during his time at the Vitality Stadium after being sent out by Arsene Wenger for first-team action. The midfielder has not featured for the Three Lions since their infamous defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016, but Daniels thinks a recall could be forthcoming if he continues his current run of form.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, the Cherries defender said: “I think that’s his aim, he wanted to come down here and play as much as possible and try and force his way back in the England squad.“I think if he keeps playing to the level the he has been there’s no reason why he won’t be straight back in there.”The 24-year-old’s career has been blighted by a series of injuries since making his Arsenal debut at the tender age of 16.And Daniels feels that the management of Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been key to Wilshere’s return to form.“He’s settled in really well, he’s playing fantastic for us,” he added.“I think the way that we’ve managed him with his workload, his training and his playing time has helped him as well.”last_img read more

first_img1 Aitor Karanka will send Middlesbrough into Premier League battle with Everton thankful for the lesson they were taught when they met for the first time this season.The two sides will resume hostilities at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday with Boro sitting just a single point clear of the relegation zone and knowing they need to end a run of seven games without a win if they are to fulfil their season’s minimum aim of securing a second top-flight campaign in the wake of their hard-earned return.Boro travelled to the blue half of Merseyside on September 17 having tasted defeat just once in their opening four league games and – despite taking the lead – lost 3-1 as Everton hit back in devastating fashion.Head coach Karanka said: “We realised how difficult the Premier League was that day because we competed against Everton in the second half, but for 15 minutes in the first half, they were much better than us and we couldn’t compete.“After that game, we’ve improved a lot. It’s difficult to score goals and create chances, but we’re improving a lot, and we’re competing against every team.“We had a chance to beat Tottenham last week and we are more mature and more experienced now than then.”The defeat at Spurs – which came courtesy of a second-half Harry Kane penalty – means Boro have collected just three of the last 21 points they have contested and although they sit in 15th place level on 21 points with Leicester and improving Swansea, they are just two better off than basement boys Sunderland.Perhaps more worryingly, they are five adrift of Bournemouth in 14th with a gap opening up and the bottom six in danger of being marooned.If they are to remain in touch this weekend, they will have to find a way to stop in-form Everton frontman Romelu Lukaku, who took his tally for the season to 17 when he scored four times in the Toffees’ 6-3 victory over the Cherries last weekend.Lukaku scored his side’s third against Boro in September and also struck in last season’s 2-0 Capital One Cup quarter-final win at the Riverside.Asked how the Belgium international could be shackled, Karanka admitted: “It’s difficult. We’ve played against him twice, he scored twice, in the cup and against us in the league.“But we are more experienced. Our defenders have more experience and I hope we can stop him.” Karanka’s side are without a win in seven last_img read more

first_img Ronald Koeman was sacked in November Ronald Koeman is expected to be named as the new Netherlands manager.Koeman was sacked by Everton in October after a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal left the Merseyside club in the relegation zone.The Dutchman, who had spent more than £140m on new signings in the summer, had been in charge of the Toffees for 16 months.He had previously spent a successful two-year spell in charge of Southampton, guiding them to seventh and sixth-place finishes in the Premier League.Now the 54-year-old is set to be given the chance to revive the fortunes of his national side.The Netherlands have failed to qualify for the past two major tournaments and have turned to Koeman after Dick Advocaat’s resignation at the end of last year.Koeman won 78 caps for the Netherlands in a distinguished player career and has spoken in the past of his desire to manage his country.He will be unveiled as the new Oranje manager next week, according to De Telegraaf. 1last_img read more

first_imgWHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? Because I have a passion for staying healthy and helping as many people as possible get well with my chiropractic therapy.WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Having an office in a gym, I saw the need for people needing these different kinds of services.HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Twelve to 18 months. It s been an evolving process in which we add new amenities as they emerge.WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Constant learning through practice and continued education. Lots of grass-roots marketing at fairs, networking groups and farmers markets.WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? When I first started, I put $5,000 down and paid $45,000 over the next two years. But I was successful enough to pay it off in 12 months and got a $5,000 discount.WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Friends in the business and courses on business management. And luck!WHAT HADN T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? Overhead. And how to get new patients.WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $300,000WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To grow by 25 percent within the next 12 months, to become known in the community for providing the best care and to offer a variety of services in a fun and professional environment.To be considered for a small-business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3677.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUSINESS NAME: The Wellness Center at Powerhouse GymBUSINESS ADDRESS: 20914 Nordhoff St. #102, Chatsworth, CA 91311PHONE: (818) 718-9700E-MAIL: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’OWNER: Ross GouldESTABLISHED: 1993NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: SixDESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We provide alternative treatments for back pain, headaches and sports injuries. The services provided include chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, prescription and foot orthotics, all in a gym environment.IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yeslast_img read more

first_imgThe Orange County Extension Service and Orange County 4-H Inc. Annual Meeting is Sept. 27. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 22.The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Orange County Community Center. To buy tickets, call the extension office at (812) 723-7107 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the extension office at 205 E. Main St. during those hours.The cost of the meal, catered by Lost River Career Cooperative culinary class, is $4 per person.Tanya Hall, Purdue Extension regional extension educator for community development, will be the speaker.last_img read more

first_imgLike the British referendum vote earlier this year, the election of Donald Trump in the United States has sent tectonic waves not just through the individual countries but also around the globe. With the unexpected results of both votes, we in the retail trade industry are left with more questions than answers as to what comes next on a variety of subjects.For the retail loss prevention and profit protection industry, it remains business as usual—for the time being. Employee theft will continue as will shoplifting and organized retail crime. Compliance to internal and external regulations will remain a focus as will safety of customers and employees.However, the anticipated changes, especially in global trade and immigration policies will undoubtedly have a major impact on the retail environment and, thus, on loss prevention policies, logistics security and processes, and retail hiring.- Sponsor – Over the past decade, perhaps longer in Europe, loss prevention has played an integral role supporting retailers’ acquisitionand sourcing of manufacturing materials and transportation of merchandise from point of manufacture to store shelves. Trade partnerships and international agreements have by most accounts helped streamline the flow of goods. Yet renegotiating or even bowing out of these trade agreements entirely, which certainly was a primary focus of Trump’s campaign, could have a tremendous impact on both the flow and cost of goods.The nationalist movements that stoked both campaigns—and are alive and seemingly empowered in other countries throughout Europe—are hoping to return jobs to their home countries, jobs that they believe were outsourced to lower-wage nations in Latin America and Asia. Whether or not jobs return or remain outside the country, prices of goods will almost inevitably increase on the merchandise retailers sell, especially if tariff wars erupt as some experts predict.Debate will continue as to the long-term benefit of changing trade policies, but there is no disagreement that retailers and their customers will be affected bothin the long and short term. Prices will likely fluctuate dramatically both up and down. On-shelf availability—one of the LP industry’s major objectives—will be even harder to manage. Consumers will likely find goods unavailable in their neighborhood stores as well as online more frequently than today. Theft of products in high demand yet low availability will beadded to the “hot products” on organized retail crime gangs’ target lists.I am certainly no economist or trade expert. Even if I were, based on the wide-ranging opinions voiced by those who are, there is no way to predict how the next few months and years will unfold. That said, the entire retail organization, including loss prevention, should begin an ongoing dialogue both inside each company and throughout the industryto look at policies and procedures and contingency plans to be able to proactively manage the changes as they occur.Just as we prepare for natural disasters and terrorist events in our crisis management and business continuity planning, we should take a similar approach to these political upheavals. In fact, based on the extreme outcry from both sides after these recent developments, some might argue that these are indeed crisis events no different than an earthquake or hurricane, yet with much more far-reaching impact.What is your take on the impact of these political changes? Are you discussing the impact inside your company in a formal way? We would love to hear from those on both sides of the Atlantic to help the retail industry begin dialogue on this important issue.This article was originally published in LP Magazine EU in the Winter 2016-2017 issue. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Recently we’ve been exploring how the book industry is adjusting to electronic books. There are pros and cons to eBooks, but regardless the industry is moving to digital formats fast – even to the point of the Oxford English Dictionary considering not publishing another print edition.Some book publishers aren’t just adjusting to eBooks, they’re embracing them with open arms. Moving Tales is one such publisher. It recently released a book as an iPad app, called The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross. Moving Tales, as the name implies, is a producer of animated books. It’s a mix of movies and books, but does it work?Moving Tales aims to “bring stories to life,” through multimedia features such as 3D animation, music, voice overs, sound effects, alternate views and animation of text “using the iPad’s accelerometer.”The company also makes use of features native to a tablet-like device, such as page swipe or tap for page turning and what it describes as “extras to ensure no two viewings [are] alike.”The Pedlar Lady is a book about “the journey of a poor pedlar woman who, guided by the shifting line between the real and the unreal, discovers a surprising and wonderful treasure.” It costs $4.99 in the App Store. Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The story is told almost as if it’s an animated film, with voice over and sound affects optionally accompanying the animation. The words are also present of course, allowing you to read the text sans sound if you prefer.Novelty, or The Future of eBooks?The overall effect of The Pedlar is akin to a graphic novel, in that the animation is a core part of the experience. With traditional works of fiction, the reader uses her imagination to bring the text to ‘life.’ And that’s much of the fun, as anyone who has seen a movie version of a novel before reading the novel will attest. If you see the movie first, when you read the book you then have a set picture in your mind about what the characters look and act like. Whereas if you read the book first, you fill in those details in your own mind – even adding bits of yourself or people you know to the fleshed out characters in your head.Reading this iPad book took some of that internal magic away from me, but arguably added enough magic of its own to compensate. So is this the future of eBooks? My answer is that it’s one future. There are certain works of fiction that would lend themselves well to animation and sound effects: childrens books, poetry books where the poet wants to augment their words with the help of animation, books with strong imagery where animation would enhance the experience (the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, for example).Many other books will be best left to the reader’s visual imagination, or are simply too wordy or complex to convert into an animated story.This form of eBook also is very insular, in that it has no social features and no links to external Web content. This perhaps says more about what Apple allows an iPad application to easily do. Still, it’s worth noting that eBooks are capable of a much more expansive experience than what Moving Tales presents.The Pedlar Lady is an impressive eBook though, visually stunning and stylishly delivered. What are your thoughts on animated eBooks? Also let us know in the comments if you’ve come across similar eBooks – on the iPad, PC, or other devices. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more