President David Granger on Friday committed to ensuring that the residents of Whitewater Creek, Region One (Barima-Waini) receive enhanced services in the areas of education, infrastructural development and citizenship.He announced that a new ferry has been procured for the Region, and committed to delivering a school boat and other educational services while ensuring that a team from the Ministry of Citizenship was dispatched to the area to achieve total registration in that village and surrounding communities.President David Granger addressing the residents of WhitewaterIn his address to residents at a community meeting, the President said that investments in education coupled with the development of the physical infrastructure and stimulation of the economy through increased agricultural activity, particularly agro-processing, will play a leading role in the transformation of the Region and the country. In this regard, the President, who spoke of his Five Bs – “Boats, Buses and Bicycles plus Breakfast and Books” – programme and his National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST), said that these programmes were part of Government’s efforts to ensure that every Guyanese child had access to education, as it was only through education that they could gain employment and become empowered, thereby contributing to the growth and development of Guyana.Whitewater already benefits from a 15-seater school bus under the Five Bs programme which takes secondary school students to school in Mabaruma. In addition to committing to providing a school boat and engine, President Granger said he would explore options to determine the possibility of providing another bus.“From no school buses to 27. Similarly, there are a dozen boats; Pomeroon River has a boat, Essequibo River has a boat, Demerara River has a boat, Berbice River has a boat and, if you need a boat, if you need a boat here, I promise you that I will provide a boat for your children to go to school. Every child must go to school,” he said.One resident noted that the community was particularly happy with the Five Bs initiative.CitizenshipAs far as registration is concerned, President Granger said he would ensure that a team from the Ministry of Citizenship visited Whitewater before mid-year to complete registration services.“This has been a problem, especially in the riverine areas. When I went into office in May 2015, I created a new Ministry of Citizenship, the first time we’ve had a Ministry of Citizenship because I’m very concerned that every Guyanese should be registered. So give me until July 1 and that team will be here, in Whitewater, in Region One, looking after your registration…,” he said.ICT and infrastructureMeanwhile, the President said that Government has been placing heavy emphasis on public infrastructure programmes and Government would continue to work with the regional administration to ensure that Region One got its fair share of the budget for infrastructural development each year.In addition to upgrades at the Mabaruma Airstrip, the Public Infrastructure Ministry is currently conducting works on the Mabaruma road, for the first time in history. Noting that works for 2018 have already been budgeted for, President Granger called on the regional administration to ensure that works for Whitewater and surrounding communities were included in the 2019 National Budget.Whitewater Toshao Cleveland DeSouza, in his remarks, said that the community was grateful for the visit. “I am very happy to have you here. We are very much thankful to the Government for the improvement of our livelihoods within this part of the country. We are privileged to have our President here with us,” he said.
Offering accounts about their own pets, Los Angeles City Council members gave qualified support Tuesday to a statewide measure that would require pets to be spayed or neutered and initiated a plan for a similar city ordinance. AB 1634, proposed by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, is designed to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs that are euthanized each year by requiring all pets be spayed or neutered by the age of four months. The council’s action came after Councilman Bill Rosendahl was assured that provisions would allow breeders who paid a $100 licensing fee would be able to continue to own unaltered pets. “We shouldn’t punish the responsible pet owner,” Rosendahl said, recalling how he bred one of his dogs and gave the puppies to responsible owners. Without the measure, Boks said he and other animal control officials are concerned that the number of animals euthanized each year will grow beyond the 800,000 that are killed now in California. Councilman Tony Cardenas urged the council to back the measure. “Unfortunately, dogs and cats do not have a legislature speaking for them,” Cardenas said. Councilman Richard Alarc n said he will study bringing a measure before the council that would allow the city to implement a four-month spay or neuter requirement without waiting for the state to act. The city this year is expected to issue about 44,000 vouchers to pet owners for spay or neutering services. [email protected] (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rosendahl said he also was concerned the law would give too much power to Animal Control officials to go after pet owners. Councilman Herb Wesson, who sponsors a pet giveaway twice a month, told of his anguish when one of his dogs died and he urged the council to back the measure. “The least we should do is make sure we keep this debate going,” Wesson said. Ed Boks, director of the city Department of Animal Services, said the measure is needed to reduce the unwanted pet population. “We are not going to be … going after animal owners,” Boks said. “We will respond to complaints and where we know there are problems.”
Real are fourth in La Liga and have not scored in six hours and 49 minutes, their worst drought since 1985. Spanish media have been speculating that Italian coach Antonio Conte, who left Chelsea in the summer, could replace Lopetegui if form does not improve.Asked if he feels he has the support of the club, Lopetegui said he was “absolutely calm” and added: “You have to live with all these ups and downs in a season knowing that we are where a team can reach any heights and the only recipe is to work, to keep going and to believe.“We are focused only on the game tomorrow,” he said. “We know that this season there are questions for all teams. How the season will play out, nobody knows. We need to win on the pitch.”Real open the weekend’s Spanish schedule. Atletico, who are third, play later in the afternoon. Leaders Sevilla, two points ahead of Real, visit second-place Barcelona in the evening.“There are three points to play for,” Lopetegui said. “Three important points that could lift is to the top of the table.”The Real coach said he had almost all his squad fit with the recovery of the injured Isco, Karim Benzema, Marcelo and Gareth Bale, without indicating if any would play against Levante.“Today we will see, it is the last training session before the game,” he said. “We will make decisions tomorrow.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui told the press on Friday that he felt ‘calm’ © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Oct 19 – Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said on Friday that he feels “good” and “calm” over his future at the club despite four winless matches.“I feel good, I’m Real Madrid coach, the pressure is at the maximum,” Lopetegui said at the press conference prior to the Liga match against Levante on Saturday.