Constituencies across Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) were the recipients of a number of street lamps, which were handed over by the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) last week.LM&TC Treasurer Audrey Nelson (right) makes a donation to constituency representative, Councillor Fern Mckoy (left) in the presence of Linden Deputy Mayor Waneka Arindell (centre) and Councillors Leroy James and Wainwright BethuneRepresentatives of the eight constituencies each received 10 lamps to be placed in their respective areas. The street lamps were handed over at the office of the LM&TC. The lamps are to be installed by the Linden Electricity Company Inc (LECI) and the Linden Utility Services Co-op Society Limited (LUSCSL) in time for the festive season.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland said the project was aimed at lighting up areas in the community, noting that more was yet to come.“We know there are several dark streets within the township and we’re just happy to play our little part with this contribution”, he said.“It’s not the end of the lamps…because we expect a donation of several street lamps through the Ministry of Communities, from the Japanese grant. However, we’ve not gotten it as yet. So Council decided to invest in 80 street lamps. It is our plan to light up Linden, make Linden brighter and…make Linden safe,” the Mayor said.He noted that providing the street lamps was also part of efforts to ensure the security of the township. (Utamu Belle)
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– fire official claims “bomb threat”Staff and other personnel attached to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Headquarters, Camp Street, Georgetown, on Tuesday were positively informed that they can resume work after an immediate evacuation exercise was carried out following the sight of smoke emitting from a department on the third floor.Initial reports stated that it might be a bomb since over the past weeks, several establishments had received bomb threats. However, an employee who asked not to be named, confirmed that it was not a bomb threat but rather smoke emanating from a wire which was suspected to have caught afire.Reports confirmed that no major damage occurred as the Guyana Fire Service arrived promptly at the scene and brought the situation under control.When Guyana Times arrived on the scene, frustrated staffers of the State-owned company were seen gathered in their numbers outside of the premises waiting on instruction on their next move.GRA employees waiting to re-enter the buildingRanks of both the Guyana Fire Service and Guyana Police Force who were present at the scene, were observed to be inspecting the compound after which employees were allowed to re-enter the building.A senior Police official at the scene told the media that he was unable to give a comment on the incident and as such, directed all questions to the Crime Chief.On the other hand, when contacted, Fire Prevention Officer Andrew Holder was unable to provide sufficient information on what had transpired at the establishment. “I was told that it was a bomb scare, I wasn’t fed with any other information which would suggest that it was a fire”.
While public servants across the country will this month receive Government’s promised retroactive 1 to 10 per cent increase, workers at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) Special Project Unit, will lose out.Workers of the unit took to the streets on Monday, protesting what they said is downright disadvantage and abuse of power by those in authority. They told Guyana Times that they are utterly fed up of the system robbing them of any opportunity of a decent livelihood.Workers of the MPI Special project Unit during the protest on MondayThe more than 100 employees, working under contract with the Ministry, said they don’t know where else to turn for help, as the very system they are working for, is also against them.Their concerns border around their wages and salaries and particularly safety on the job. Of utmost concern for them is news that they will not be paid the announced 10 per cent increase for public servants.“They promise us better minimum wages and so. I mean to say, all the other workers get that $50,000. We are the only set of people who ain’t getting. Civil aviation get, airport get, transport get. And it is rough. That is not right. All of us have bills to pay, especially me”, one worker said.“All of we got children, some of we have five, six children to maintain and take to school and it is very hard. We need for them to at least make some changes to be made”. He said the junior minister had promised to take the matter to Cabinet, but up until now, there has been no word.“Nobody aint looking into it”, another worker said.The workers said they have been sitting silently saying nothing since last December, when they were denied the $50,000 across-the-board payment. According to the employees, while the work is great, the salary remains under $50,000.The workers are hurting, saying that they are the ones that are called upon to complete unfinished tasks by private contractors. One such project is the D’Urban Park site, which was left unfinished, with billions of dollars already spent by the first contractor.Another employee working in the hot mix section said he has been working in that area for over four years. In the hot mix area, workers are required to sometimes manually lay out the hot tar-mixed-bricks on the area and then pan it out, standing on the heated worksite with work booths that do not reach the required standard.“We are not getting gears. Maybe one time a year we will get it and the next year we will not get it at all. The President needs to urgently look into this, because we can’t take it no more”.“Majority of the project that council (M&CC) suppose to do, it not doing the work, we have to end up turning back and do the work.”They said the situation is so sickening, that persons who have spent decades in the unit, come off, many with injuries, but receive nothing at their retirement.“We don’t want that, we want that we are working a certain number of years under the government, at least we get something when we come off, because it is very hard on we.”Another worker said, “I work here for 11 years and nothing has changed. All that was changed was the name of this Ministry; otherwise, everything has been the same. The President is passing the instruction to all the Ministers of all the Ministries, but they not doing it here.”Efforts to contact both Minister of, and Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure David Patterson and Annette Ferguson, respectively, were unsuccessful. (Alexis Rodney)
A weekly survey by MJ Ervin & Associates shows the average price for regular gas at 138.9 cents a litre, making it one of the highest places in the country. It’s not, however, the highest in the province, with Vancouver motorists paying, on average, just above one dollar and 44 cents per litre; compare that to the provincial capital where the price is only 129.6 cents.Across the country, the highest prices being paid this past week was in Gander, Newfoundland at 146-point-9. St. Catherines, Ontario is boasting the cheapest price among major centres at 122.7 cents for regular unleaded.- Advertisement –
On World Environment Day, Miss Earth SA contestants along with social activist and Play Your Part ambassador Catherine Constantinides, as well as the mayor of Johannesburg, set off to clean up Mshenguville Park.On World Environment Day, Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba and climate activist Catherine Constantinides join forces with members of the community to clean up Mshenguville Park in Soweto. The exercise, on 5 June 2017, emphasises the importance of preserving the environment. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Mathiba MolefeIt is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture in one’s day-to-day life, but it is important that society keeps track of issues regarding the environment, and that people safeguard natural resources as well as play a part in caring for Earth.It was with this in mind that around the world people took action to clean up their communities to mark World Environment Day on 5 June, a day on which people are encouraged to make concerted efforts to improve and maintain their natural surroundings.Mshenguville Park in Soweto was no exception. Miss Earth SA contestants and Catherine Constantinides, the Miss Earth SA director, a climate activist and Play Your Part ambassador, as well as Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba, got to work cleaning the park of dangerous and unsightly waste.“As the City of Joburg, we have the responsibility of looking after the environment,” said Mashaba..@HermanMashaba & @ChangeAgentSA play their part for #WorldEnvironmentDay2017 . #WasteStopsWithME. How are you making your contribution? pic.twitter.com/06Gmm7fqVz— Play Your Part (@PlayYourPartSA) June 5, 2017The clean-up was part of the #WasteStopsWithMe campaign, a collaboration between Miss Earth SA, Joburg waste collection agency Pikitup and the Canadian High Commission to South Africa.The partners gathered at the park, along with residents from the surrounding areas, to help pick up the large amount of litter that had collected there. It is mainly from illegal dumping, which is commonplace.From car tyres and carpets to old shoes and food containers, the group collected numerous bags of waste scattered throughout the park. It looked much better for it by the time they were done.“We see waste every single day; it’s something we can do something about, so how are you going to ensure we’re leaving a beautiful country behind for the next generation?” A question that Play Your Part Ambassador Catherine Constantinides, posed to all South Africans.Your city, your hood, your environmentMashaba pointed out that keeping the environment clean would help the city make better use of its budget, saying that illegal dumping cost the city about R80-million annually.“I think as the City of Johannesburg, like all the other cities all over the world, we have the responsibility as the current generation to ensure that we look after the environment,” he said.Reconnect with nature, preserve the environment – MMC De Jager #WasteStopsWithME https://t.co/weQtej9Mu0 ^NS pic.twitter.com/MCk6tS5xir— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) June 6, 2017“Looking after the environment is not something that we look at only from a cleanliness point of view. Yes, we need cleanliness, but I think it’s actually about looking at the big picture.”Constantinides explained that the ongoing #WasteStopsWithMe campaign was aimed at getting people across South Africa to embrace the role they played in protecting the environment.“Let us celebrate this beautiful country that we call South Africa. We do indeed have the most beautiful country in the world and our landscapes show it to us every single day,” she said.“It’s for us to preserve that natural heritage and stand proud as South Africans.”Miss Earth SA contestants were also on hand to help drive home the message of the #WasteStopsWithMe campaign aimed at getting all South Africans to do their little part in dealing with issues around waste.Play your part and get involvedConstantinides said it was “critically important for all South Africans everywhere to get involved; we all have to play our part in making sure that we preserve the spaces around us”.To find out more about the #WasteStopsWithMe campaign, use the hashtag to follow the conversations on social media.“So #WasteStopsWithMe is an individual call to action to say ‘what can I do, as an active citizen, to really address the environmental challenges through waste’.“We see waste every single day; it’s something we can do something about, so how are you going to ensure we’re leaving a beautiful country behind for the next generation?”To find out more about Miss Earth SA, visit the website at http://missearthsa.co.za.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The Role of the Interior DesignerFor me, being an interior designer is about my “project community.” Clients ask us into their lives on an incredibly intimate level and then generously invite us to bring their dreams to fruition. We connect with their family members, ask questions about their lifestyles, and learn their daily habits. They take us into their bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets as they open their lives to us.This level of trust compels us to achieve the clients’ goals with the highest standards.What is an “integrated design approach”?Traditionally, architecture and design have been compartmentalized by disciplines and responsibilities. Designers work closely with the client and, at best, alongside the architect, lighting designer, contractor, trades, suppliers, and showrooms.An integrated design approach, on the other hand, means inviting everyone that contributes and executes the design, detailing, construction, installation, and maintenance of a project to the same table. This quickly forms a group of highly engaged team players working toward common goals. Everyone’s input is valued and respected, and the goals are in constant focus.The sustainable, high-performing projects that I work on are successful because of this integrated approach. On a successful project, goals and objectives are identified early in the design process. The interdisciplinary team has collective input toward the development of the plan, and everyone ultimately buys into the project objectives, hopefully before too much work begins.Creating a sense of “team”There are several key elements toward hitting a home run. First, an interactive approach to the design process brings about a higher consciousness and greater respect among team members, which leads to a heightened collective wisdom. Then, because of the close interaction throughout the project, team members begin to more fully understand one others’ issues and concerns. This is where the magic happens, as the “project community” starts integrating the cumulative vision.Problem solving becomes an interactive, synergistic exchange of ideas and concepts that quickly lead to integrated solutions.What is a “design charrette”?This is where the fun begins and the team’s culture is nurtured! A design charrette is a deep collaboration and brainstorming where all team members come to the design table as equals. Ideally the first charrette is held at the beginning of a project, encouraging a balanced dialogue and sharing of ideas and information.Integrated design solutions quickly take form because of the cross fertilization and interdisciplinary sharing among team members. I love it when I can learn about the HVAC system from the mechanical engineers while they listen to my concerns about indoor air quality and daylighting.The whole process becomes greater than the sum of its parts — the individual team members themselves — as interdependent design issues are discussed, analyzed, and implemented throughout the project’s life.What is the interior designer’s role? To empower ourselves and the other team members by actively engaging in the collaborative design process. What an amazing opportunity to spread our wings! We help to set the tone on the project with creative, out-of-the-box thinking and problem solving, both key components of the team dynamic.Our expertise as designers — our concern for the health, safety, and welfare of our clients as well as the essential balance between sustainability, aesthetics, and function — is a key component of a project.I relish the diversity of working with each and every discipline, and I learn something new every day! On one recent project, the project team met with each trade to ensure that our green specifications were being followed and to invite them into the discussion of eco-friendly solutions. While on a job-site walk-through with the countertop supplier, I took a bit of time to explain the project goals and the focus on sustainability and green design/construction strategies. Prior to any work being done, we asked him to confirm that the substrates, adhesives, and finishes met or exceeded the green specifications. The supplier turned to me and quietly said, “Oh, are the clients ‘greenies’?” I proudly answered, “Actually, we all are.” He first blushed, then graciously recognized the depth of the team’s commitment and became our biggest advocate and an integral part of the team!Recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate good ideas, regardless of their source. Leaving your ego at the door encourages others to do the same. By turning the traditional, vertical hierarchy on its head, we create a capacity to engage all the disciplines and work together as a cohesive, highly functioning team. By nurturing the team’s collective wisdom, we inspire inclusiveness, which is vital to the integrated design process.“Community is the only thing in my experience that is sustainable. A common set of values is needed to live together sustainably on the land.” — Winona LaDuke, Native American organizer
LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul FEU coach Nash Racela. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may have been a failed comeback for Far Eastern University, but Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela still saw positives out of their 95-90 loss to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.FEU faced a 37-14 deficit in the second quarter but the Tamaraws managed to make things interesting down the stretch, pulling to within five, 90-85, with a minute left.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This shows where we are right now, we’re far from Final Four contention. We lost a game against the defending champions who played without their MVP,” he added, referring to Ben Mbala, who is representing his country Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket in Tunisia. “Of course, as a coach you’ll always look at the positive, the second half was the positive thing for us,” said Racela Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “And if we played that way from the start, the result could’ve been better for us.”FEU outscored La Salle, 36-22, in the fourth quarter but fortunately for the Green Archers, they built a lead big enough to withstand the Tamaraws’ late charge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRacela, despite remaining optimistic after their opening game loss, owned up to his team’s defeat.“Maybe I didn’t prepare them well enough, this is on me,” said Racela. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo La Salle’s Mbala leading Cameroon’s bid in Fiba Afrobasket MOST READ View comments