“Families, inclusive societies” focus of  Int’l Day of  Families

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Council considering new development charges

first_imgSaxty says there are a few development types that are exempt, such as ones that have less than four units or would cost less than $50,000. Furthermore, developments that would not impact infrastructure would not be charged DCCs.The city can also choose to assist developers with their part of the percentage the developers would be paying for. Council informally chose a 30 per cent assist factor. For example, the city could help developers by paying 30 per cent of the amount the developer would have to pay.Once a bylaw is drafted and read over, the Ministry of Community and Rural Development must approve the bylaw before it can be adopted by the city. The city of Fort St. John is set to implement a development cost charge to help cover the city’s expansion.City council had asked that Urban Systems Ltd. to help the city develop a DCC program and bylaw. At a presentation made to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting last Monday, Karin Saxty from Urban Systems says DCCs are fairly common in British Columbia. She says it’s used to cover the costs of infrastructure related to residential, commercial, and industrial growth and that there is a section in the Local Government Act that allows municipalities to collect DCCs.They can be used to pay for anything from transportation infrastructure to sanitary sewers, reservoirs, or parks, however only those associated with development. Saxty says the money from the charges can’t be used to cover infrastructure needed for the current population.- Advertisement -According to the City Manager, Dianne Hunter, DCCs are a charge that is levied on developers to help cover costs such as building new sewers or reservoirs as the city expands in size. The city is currently covering any projects needed due to its expansion, but would implement a levy on developments to help cover these costs.The exact amount has not yet been determined and once the bylaw comes into effect there would probably also be a grace period of anywhere from a few months to a year where the costs would still be covered by the city.After the grace period, developers would be charged a certain percentage of what a future sewer system or reservoir would be for the number of lots they are building and the city would cover the rest.Advertisementlast_img read more

Klopp calls for Roma respect amid Anfield cauldron

first_img0Shares0000Klopp want to retain Anfield’s famous atmosphere without the scenes that mired a 3-0 quarter-final, first leg win over Manchester City. © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned the club’s fans not to repeat the scenes that saw windows of Manchester City’s team bus smashed by thrown cans and bottles ahead of their Champions League semi-final, first leg against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday.City became just the latest victims of a famous European night at Anfield on the pitch three weeks ago as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 first leg lead that laid the foundations for their 5-1 aggregate victory over the English champions in the quarter-finals. However, Klopp wants to retain the passion inside the stadium without the ugly scenes outside, which are the subject of a UEFA investigation.“In the stadium do it again and better. Outside the stadium, please show the respect we have to show,” said Klopp on Monday.“This is such an outstanding football club, an outstanding football family, known for fantastic atmospheres all over the world, so we don’t need to throw whatever at the bus of the opposing team.”The Italians will be greeted by at least one familiar face in Mohamed Salah, but it is the Egyptian who poses the biggest threat to their dream of returning to the final for the first time since they lost to Liverpool on home soil in 1984.Salah made the move from the Italian capital to Anfield just 10 months ago, and has surpassed all expectations since with an incredible 41 goals in 46 Liverpool appearances to already net more times than he did in two years for Roma.The 25-year-old was rewarded for his brilliant campaign by winning the Premier League’s Players’ Player of the Year award on Sunday evening, beating off stiff competition from Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne to the prize.“I’m really happy for him, really proud of that, it is a fantastic achievement. I think if all the other players vote for you it means most to all players,” added Klopp.“In a season like this, when Kevin De Bruyne played a season like he did, it made it even more special.”Henderson believes Liverpool’s run to the semi-finals is just the start of their success under Klopp. © AFP / Anthony Devlin– Start of something special-Despite their rich heritage in the competition as five-time winners, Liverpool haven’t been in the last four of the Champions League for a decade.And captain Jordan Henderson believes this season’s run to the semis can be the start of something special under Klopp.“Hopefully this is the start of something special with this squad,” said the England international.“The manager has been brilliant since he has come to the club. We’ve improved every season and done brilliant this season to get this stage.”However, even Klopp’s men’s 5-1 thrashing of Premier League champions City over two legs in the last eight was upstaged by Roma coming from 4-1 down in the first leg of their quarter-final with Barcelona to progress on away goals thanks to a famous 3-0 second-leg win.Klopp admitted he thought it was a joke when he was first informed of Roma’s result against Barca, but insists both sides should believe they can be European champions despite the presence of powerhouses Bayern Munich and 12-time winners Real Madrid in the other semi-final.“If anyone thinks we two are the underdogs, who cares? We are in the semi-final and can go to the final.”However, Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco warned that the pace of Liverpool’s prolific front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino — who have combined for 83 goals this season — offers a very different threat to Barca’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.“We are facing a different rival from Barcelona and we need to be ready for that different challenge,” said Di Francesco.“We have to play our football, impose our style and make the most of Liverpool’s weaknesses.“We showed in the last league game we have progressed in our mentality and we need to show that again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more