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…recognises contributions of past presidents, previous administrationGuyana today celebrates its 50th Independence anniversary after centuries of being colonised, and as the country moves on, President David Granger said focus will have to place on ensuring that a sustainable path is paved for future generations.In his independence address to nation, the Head of State said noted that the country’s foreparents laid the foundation for creating this unique new nation. He stated that Guyanese are paying homage to their ancestors, whose yawn for freedom and rebellion would have empowered them to confront the greatest of adversities and to overcome the most dangerous adversaries.The President added that the empowerment of the disenfranchised masses through the advocacy of mass-based organisations, the attainment of universal adult suffrage and the achievement of constitutional reforms combined to intensify the demand for self determination and independence. He stated that Guyanese are paying tribute to men and women who were part of this historic and heroic struggle for self determination.“We can enjoy freedom today because of their consciousness, their courage and their commitment to the cause of freedom,” he stressed as he recalled those martyrs who struggled and made sacrifice that eventuated into national independence.“Our people’s ardent aspiration and arduous struggle for political independence molded our national identify,” Granger said while adding “Independence infused the qualities of audacity and tenacity in our people. It fortified our determination to be masses of our own destiny. It created new institutions on which to erect the pillars of a new nation.”Moreover, he pointed out that independence allowed the country to adopt its own symbols of nationhood, which Guyanese are proud of as it boosts national pride among them. According to Granger, independence created the need for new institutions to preserve the country’s achievements, promote the development of the nation and to protect the rights of it’s citizens.The Head of State went onto recognised the contributions of the past presidents and the previous administration all of whom played a significant part in adding to the country’s development.“We are proud of our achievements over the past 50 years. We are proud of efforts to deliver our people from dreary loggies, shanties and tenement yards and to open the doors to family homes,” Granger said. He also acknowledged the works of artist, composers, dancers, dramatist, writers, the talents of sportsmen and women, and brilliance of scholars and labours of working people, stating that their contributions too over the past decades will never be forgotten.Furthermore, President Granger outlined that Guyana has made headways in its development while at the same time facing threats to its territorial integrity over the past 50 years from two of its neighbours. Granger praised the past leaders for their vision to guide and ability to sustain the country over the past 50 years against these adversities.On this note, the Head of State posited that the Guyana’s Golden Jubilee is an opportunity to strategise and plan ahead in order to fulfill obligations to future generations. “We look ahead to our next 50 years and to the challenge of realising the good life for all of our citizens. Independence is our birth right, independence vested in us the duty to protect our nation and to purse the best interest for all generations,” he remarked.According to the Head of State, the good life entails the absence of poverty, presence of equity, creation of an enlightened citizenry through education, effective stewardship of natural resources and creation of employment for its people.“Our mission for next 50 years must be to expand economy to ensure equality, to improve education, to protect the environment and to provide employment for all,” he stated, while adding that Guyana has bountiful resources, both human and natural, to achieve this vision.Granger said that while the country has made headways in uniting its people, efforts in this vain will continue to be pursued especially in the area of geographic inequalities between the coastland and the hinterland, and urban and rural communities.“The Hinterland, despite its endowment, remains underdeveloped plagued by poor infrastructure and environmental hazards. The disparities in development and in households between hinterland and coastland must be removed if we are to become a more equal nation,” he stated as he outlined a massive developmental plan for the hinterland region.Granger reiterated the desire of his Administration to have inclusive governance. He also reiterated his commitment to the green economy initiative, which he said will be the guiding principle for sustainable development, as he mentions plans to capitalise on the country’s resources.“Guyana’s future is green. A green economy will protect us from the most adverse effects of climate change. It will ensure a clean environment and reduce pollution. It will preserve our valuable biodiversity. It will ensure that all of our energy needs eventually will be met from sustainable sources. It will catalyse investments in eco-tourism,” the President stated.
CALCUTTA, India – When his chickens started disappearing a few weeks ago, a farmer in eastern India figured dogs or jackals were to blame – until he discovered his calf making a meal of his poultry. The farmer and his 1-year-old calf have since become local celebrities, with the carnivorous cow appearing on television in India’s West Bengal state and hundreds of people flocking to see them in Chandipur, a village 145 miles southwest of Calcutta, the state capital. The farmer got up early to catch the culprit “and to his disbelief found that it was his calf which came out from the cow shed and was eating the chickens alive,” Debjyoti Chatterjee, a local resident who filmed the calf eating a chicken, said Thursday. The local veterinarian was at a loss for an explanation. “I’ve never read or heard about cows turning carnivorous,” said Mihir Tripathy. “They eat grass and other vegetarian food but not fish or other nonvegetarian stuff.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Carlos Tevez Paris Saint-Germain are lining up a summer move for former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez – which could open the door to a swap deal for Edinson Cavani.Tevez, 31, hit 20 goals in 32 Serie A outings last term as well as seven in 12 in the Champions League.That form has attracted the interest of clubs across Europe, with Tevez’s compatriot Diego Simeone, the manager of Atletico Madrid, keen on doing a deal to sign him.However, according to reports in Spain, the La Liga club will face strong competition to land him from within France, with quadruple winners PSG also in the race.And it has been suggested that the French champions could be open to a swap deal with Cavani moving to Turin in a part-exchange.The Uruguayan forward has been linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes, despite 18 Ligue 1 goals last term.Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly keeping close tabs on Cavani’s situation but they might now miss out if a swap deal with Tevez is concluded.Argentina international Tevez has been at Juventus for two years since joining from Manchester City in 2013. Before that he had spent four years at the Etihad following his controversial switch from Manchester United in 2009.He also memorably helped save West Ham from relegation during the 2006/07 season when he scored seven crucial goals in the Premier League. 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week PASADENA — Mother Nature has provided emergency responders, scientists, engineers and transportation and utility operators with much to discuss lately. At the semi-annual meeting of the Earthquake Research Affiliates at Caltech on Friday, speakers addressed not only the recent return of magnitude-5.0 temblors in California, but also major quakes in Pakistan and off the coast of Sumatra as well as the affects of Hurricane Katrina on buildings along the Gulf Coast. The overriding message was the importance of a focus on emergency preparedness. Lucy Jones, the U.S. Geological Survey’s scientist-in-charge for Southern California, started the meeting by rattling off a list of the area’s three earthquakes greater than magnitude 5.0 and four others above magnitude 4.5 that have hit since April. “We finally started having some fives again in Southern California,” she said. Three of those quakes occurred in a swarm between Aug. 28 and Sept. 1 in an area that seismologists call the Brawley Seismic Zone near the Salton Sea — an area once considered a hotbed for earthquakes, but which has been relatively quiet for the past 20 years. “There was a time when the Imperial County was by far the seismically most active part of California, in the ’70s, and it’s possible that we could be headed back to that,” she said. Jones then switched topics to compare the Los Angeles Basin and the fault system which runs along the front of the San Gabriel Mountains, with the area that has been devastated by the magnitude-7.6 earthquake, which struck along the western edge of the Himalayan mountain front on Oct. 8. Because a piece of California is tectonically having difficulty pushing around the bend of the San Andreas fault, “We end up with a very similar sort of structure (as in Pakistan) with a big fault and a basin with a lot of people sitting out in front of it … Just like Islamabad, you put L.A. out right in front of that fault with a nice basin to amplify the shaking.” She said “at some point we’re going to have a similar earthquake. Hopefully we’re going to have better buildings.” Jones emphasized that she wasn’t predicting that the big one would strike soon. “We’re talking about this because of it happening elsewhere, not because we think it’s more likely here,” she said. An earthquake along the Sierra Madre-Cucamonga fault system is expected about once every 5,000 to 8,000 years. “Whether or not it’s an apocalypse depends a lot on the decisions we make between now and then, which is why we have meetings like this. Because we still have over 100 buildings that are just as bad as anything elsewhere in the world, but we could choose to get rid of them, we could choose to retrofit them. We could also choose to continue to support our emergency managers,” she said. Keith Porter, a member of the professional staff in Caltech’s department of civil engineering, and Craig Davis, a water works engineer with L.A. City Department of Water and Power, highlighted the importance of continual inspection and update of facilities to help minimize the effects of disasters. Porter helped survey the damage Hurricane Katrina inflicted on New Orleans and Mississippi and found that the type of damage mirrored that caused by earthquakes. “Earthquakes and hurricanes are inevitable,” he said. “Losses are not.” Davis echoed that idea when discussing Southern California’s dams. The state’s Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams oversees 1,230 dams, including 102 in Los Angeles County. Davis said “Dams can be made to be safe.” But he noted that water retaining dams are in and of themselves a potential hazard and “safety doesn’t just happen. It requires a lot of diligent work to ensure an extremely low probability of a problem.” So again, he said, the inspectors need support to continue monitoring the structures. Kimm Groshong can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451, or by e-mail at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
James DeGale will defend his European super-middleweight title against Hadillah Mohoumadi of France at Glow, Bluewater, on 13 October.It will be the Harlesden man’s first fight since signing with promoter Mick Hennessy following a long-running dispute with Frank Warren.DeGale, 26, stopped former world champion Cristian Sanavia in four rounds in April.Mohoumadi, 32, lost on points to Sanavia in 2010 – one of two defeats during his 16-fight career.See also:DeGale tipped to silence ‘mental’ criticsDeGale overpowers Sanavia to retain titleDeGale joins Hennessy and plans returnFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Every so often, it is not enough for people in the community to be a “united front”. There is always a dire need for someone to take initiative. Taking initiative starts with a person taking time to understand and support community development. The aim should never be to make headlines but to create a movement and change mindsets within communities, this way, one can create a lasting impact.Babalwa Mbuku, is the Owner and Director of Ntombam Group, an organisation that equips girls with leadership skills and knowledge to help them deal with the challenges that they are faced with every day, learn to overcome them and make a difference in their communities.Babalwa is a woman born of God-fearing parents, from the roots of the Eastern Cape, in the small town of Umtata, growing up with great values including taking care of others.Miss Mbuku is extremely passionate about the girl child’s feminine care and dignity needs. As a period coach, she helps girls understand puberty and be able to embrace menstruation as a normal part of their development. Babalwa is also establishing herself as an entrepreneur who will be influential in the community to help others discover opportunities they were never afforded growing up.“We encourage them to live their lives positively, transforming them into better young women by educating them on all the factors that affect teenage girls today and to encourage personal growth. The idea is to provide unique and powerful experiences that build self-confidence and encourage self-exploration. It is vital that female adults become role models and play a part in helping teenagers gain personal power, grow self-esteem and encourage them to think beyond their current circumstances,” says Babalwa.Babalwa is motivated by the struggles in her community; she uses shortcomings as a way of identifying opportunities. The communities of rural Eastern Cape are plagued with poverty, lack of resources and information. It is amazing how stories told and uncontrollable circumstances give birth to many initiatives of goodwill. It was also a situation of misfortune that made Miss Mbuku stand up and play her part in the community, as she was tired of doing nothing to assist.“One day as I sat in my lounge watching daily news on Morning Live, I heard a plea that came from an Eastern Cape girl asking for free sanitary towels from the Minister. To my disappointment, the Minister’s response was ‘We can give out sanitary pads but we are still trying to find the best strategy’. That response shook me and I was prompted to find the strategy. I did my research and I got to know of a black owned sanitary manufacturing company. I sourced their product and got to distribute their sanitary towels in and around the Eastern Cape. I started to donate sanitary pads to the underprivileged in the rural areas and I have been actively doing so, up to this day”, Babalwa said.Charity is more than just generous actions or donations to aid the poor, it takes one person dedicating their life to assisting those who need help. When one sees the needs of girls less fortunate and plays a part to help, it gives immeasurable power to influence the world in ways that are exceptional. Helping girls from a tender age teaches them to trust themselves, grow and flourish into women who can find fulfillment in whatever circumstance they are in. This helps the girl child know what it is to conquer the world.With the number of young girls South Africa in dire need of Life Coaches, Role Models and Mentors, Babalwa is playing her part through her Ntombam Group, in grooming women of tomorrow.
This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The 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 team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. By Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTpixabay [divorce-619195_1920 by stevepb, January 31, 2015, CCO Public Domain]When I tell people that I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in ordinary conversation, I often get one of two responses; either that I must be analyzing them right then and there or that I am the person who will save their marriage when they are at the end of their ropes. Here is the truth. One, I am not analyzing you. I am a human first. In fact, I am most likely thinking about how I will get the sticky stuff that my two and six year olds got on the seats in my car off without ruining the leather. And two, no, I am not the person who will save your marriage. I am not a magician or a divine entity and I do not have a genie in a bottle that can grant you wishes. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist. I did not go to school to learn the formula for saving a bad marriage or how to mend broken relationships. I went to school to learn about communication and change; about human interaction and how to make sense of behaviors in any given context.Marriage therapy is not always about saving marriages. In fact, what it should be about is helping the couple you are seeing achieve whatever goal it is they want to achieve at the end of your time together. And, it’s okay if that goal changes in the midst of therapy. Here are 10 important things to remember when working with couples that have divorce on the table:Keep your feelings and thoughts on divorce separate from your therapy: It is likely that you will have your own opinions on divorce, as it can be a rather controversial topic. But, whether you think it’s perfectly fine or not, it is not only unethical to carry your own personal thoughts over into therapy, but it is also very harmful to your clients. If you have particularly strong opinions and you feel like you can’t separate your personal feelings from the therapy room, the best thing to do is refer your clients somewhere else.Do not lead couples to believe that you can fix their marriage and make everything okay. As I mentioned above, we have not been to school to hone in on our magic skills nor have we been given a genie in a bottle for our clients to use. Always talk openly about the fact that the final outcome of therapy may not be them staying together. And, that staying together may not be what’s best for the couple anyway.Discuss the strengths within the relationship rather than focusing only on the difficulties. It’s easy to get caught up in the problems when a couple presents for therapy, but it is important to discuss the strengths within the relationship. Whether they remain married or their marriage ends in divorce, pointing out and magnifying the strengths can assist in many ways.Therapy requires work. Sometimes people assume that the therapists are supposed to do all of the work. But, that’s simply not the case. You don’t go home with your clients at night. You don’t live in their homes. In fact, you may only see them once or twice a week for about an hour at a time. Make it clear to your clients that therapy requires work on their part. They will ultimately be the ones responsible for the outcome of therapy.Never allow one spouse to feel like they are being singled out or ganged up on: Singling out individuals in therapy can only make them defensive. Having open conversations about what you see happening in their relationship is one thing, but you have to be very careful not to make either one feel that you are “taking sides” or advocating more for one person in the session than the other.It is okay to say the “D” word: If a split has been in their thoughts, it is perfectly fine to talk about it with the couple. A divorce does not mean a failure. And, it is important to talk with your clients about this. In fact, you may actually work with a couple that comes in ready for divorce, knowing that this is the best option for them.Help the couple weigh their options: Talk with the couple about what it will look like if they stay together or get divorced. Have them think about both scenarios and weigh out the benefits and risks to each scenario.If divorce is what they choose, help them make it as smooth and painless as possible. No matter what, divorce will be tough. But, you can assist them in learning ways to cope with the range of emotions and thoughts that may consume them over the next period of their lives. Just because they could not get along well enough to remain married does not mean that they can’t get along well enough to have an amicable divorce.If children are involved, talk about them, a lot. Always talk to your clients about their children and how much they know or don’t know about the situation. If divorce is inevitable, spend considerable amounts of time with the couple, helping them talk through their plans with the children. Offer them examples of scenarios that they may experience so that they can be prepared for dealing with them. Talk to them about co-parenting and assist them in becoming successful at utilizing this strategy to raise their children.Talk to couples about how divorce does not mean the end of a relationship. This is especially true, of course, when the couples have children together. Talk at length with your clients about the fact that the relationship will look very different and that it may take some adjusting at first. Learning how to interact with an ex can be very difficult. It is important for you to assist them in discussing what this relationship might look like to ease the transition a bit.Of course, this list is not meant to be exhaustive, but it’s certainly a good place to start. And, while it is a good start when working with couples, always remember to consider their relationship issues within the context of their family system. For instance, your first couple of the day may be a same-sex couple married for 3 years, experiencing a variety of stressors including lack of family support, difficulty in adopting a child, and a recent death of a very close friend. The next couple you see may be coming up on their 21st year of marriage and experiencing a very difficult transition from military to civilian life after experiencing 8 deployments, the birth of 3 children, and 6 moves across the country in the 21 years they have been married. Obviously, sessions with these two couples would be very different from each other. The recommendations listed above can be used as a map to guide you in maneuvering your way through therapy with couples, but the details and the destinations may end up being vastly different.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has joined his Assam counterpart Sarbananda Sonowal in defending the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, and said “people with vested interests” have been misinterpreting the Bill to create confusion.Mr. Khandu heads a Bharatiya Janata Party government in Arunachal Pradesh while Mr. Sonowal leads a coalition government with BJP being the major player.“Some people with vested interests are opposing the bill with misinterpretations creating confusions among the people that it will put a negative impact upon us. This is not true; rather, the bill will help us in rebuilding a balanced demography of the region,” Mr. Khandu said after inaugurating the Pakke-Paga Festival at Seijosa in Arunachal Pradesh’s East Kameng district on Sunday.The festival dedicated to the hornbill, central to Nyishi tribal culture, is wildlife-specific.“I am sure it (Citizenship Bill) will not harm us as we are safe from any kind of infiltrators due to the the Inner Line Permit (ILP) mechanism,” Mr. Khandu said.Anyone entering Arunachal Pradesh from elsewhere in India requires an ILP as mandated by the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1873.Various organisations, including the influential All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, have been protesting against the Bill. They say it would make thousands of Chakma and Hajong refugees displaced from Bangladesh and Tibetans from China eligible for citizenship in the Frontier State.On Sunday at Banderdewa on the Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border, Mr. Sonowal insisted the BJP government has made all possible efforts to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people. “Certain organisations have unleashed a misinformation campaign about the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill,” he said.Earlier, at the Jonbeel Mela in central Assam’s Morigaon district, Mr Sonowal said: “The Bill will only allow the people who have entered India before December 31, 2014 to apply for citizenship after a seven-year-long stay in India. And mere application won’t grant them citizenship, they have to prove they have lived for seven years in India and they were persecuted in those countries.”Mr. Sonowal also said no government at the Centre before the one led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi made any tangible effort to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord of 1983 for safeguarding constitutional, legislative, and administrative interests of the indigenous people of the State.“Besides, the present Central government has for the first time taken pragmatic steps for granting Scheduled Tribe status to six communities of the State,” he said, asserting that his government would under no circumstances take any step that goes against the interests of the indigenous people.
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