The International Day of Families was officially launched by the Social Protection Ministry’s Department of Social Services on Tuesday focusing on ‘Families and inclusive societies.’Being the agency with responsibility for social services in Guyana, the ministry has designated one month (May 15 to June 15) as International Month of the Families. During this period, the ministry will embark on a series of activities to encourage and strengthen families.A section of the participants of the eventIn her remarks at the event held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Chairperson, National Commission of the Family, Sandra Hooper said that the family unit is the lynchpin of any society. Its main responsibility is the socialisation, education and protection of its members, particularly children and the elderly. She noted that in today’s ever-changing societies, the family often faces challenges in the execution of its role.Meanwhile, Director of Social Services, Whentworth Tanner explained that a functioning family is a microcosm of a functioning society, and that “parents and children have to work together in order to build a functioning family, Similarly, each of us has to do our part to create and sustain a functional society.”Tanner added that the family is the first school in which a child receives the basic values of life, that moulds his/her character and lays the foundation for their analytical capability. He noted that the ministry is cognisant of the changing complexity of the modern family – nuclear families are reducing and extended and single-parent families are on the increase.The International Day of Families provided an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and can become a powerful mobilising factor on behalf of families in all countries, allowing them to lobby for the protection and support of family issues appropriate to each society. A series of panel discussions will be held throughout the month with key stakeholders deliberating family-related issues. The event will culminate with a march for elderly awareness on June 15.
A man threatened to burn down his rented home with two cans of petrol in a row over rent.Allan Manabat appeared before Letterkenny District Court following the terrifying incident. Manabat, aged 48, had been living at Willowbrook in Letterkenny for just 10 days before the incident.The accused had threatened to burn down the property belonging to Shaun Patton on November 25th last.He flipped and brought two cans of petrol to the house claiming he was not happy with the accommodation.He was also charged with attacking another tenant at the house, Attiq Ahmad.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was a technology expert who was from the Philippines but was a German national.He claimed Manabat had been complaining about the noise outside his window for a number of days since he had moved in.The accused, who had no previous convictions, apologised to the court and said he did not know what had come over him.Describing them as serious charges, Judge Paul Kely adjourned the case until June 25th to allow for a Probation Report.Man threatened to burn down house in row over rent money was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by StephenShare 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)