President Granger to attend Commonwealth Heads’ Meeting in London

first_imgPresident David Granger will be attending the 25th Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations, slated for April 16-20, 2018 in London, and to be held under the theme, “Towards a Common Future”.This was announced today by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, during a post-Cabinet press conference.The president will be accompanied by Second Vice President and Minister ofPresident David GrangerForeign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; Director General Audrey Waddell, and Guyana’s High Commissioner to London, Frederick Hamley Case.President Granger will emphasize Guyana’s role in, and contribution to, the green agenda of the Commonwealth.“It will be pointed out that 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Iwokrama Reserve. It will also be recalled that Guyana has dedicated approximately 700,000 hectares of protected area on Konashen, the home of our Wai-Wai people in the South Rupununi, in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy,” Minister Harmon pointed out.Guyana will, therefore, use the opportunity of the Heads of Government Meeting to continue its leadership role in the establishment of the green agenda in the Commonwealth, even as the country seeks to establish a green economy and state as a model of development.According to the State Minister, the 2018 meeting is likely to orient the Commonwealth towards a more proactive and relevant global role as this relates to increasing global turbulence and unease.last_img read more

Absa, E Cape govt partner on housing

first_img28 September 2010The Eastern Cape government has entered into a partnership with Absa to improve access to affordable housing in the province, particularly targeting middle-income earners who do not qualify for low-cost housing but cannot afford expensive bonds either.Eastern Cape Human Settlements MEC Nombulelo Mabandla and Absa Development Company (Absa DevCo) signed the co-operation partnership agreement on Monday.The projected housing units will be available for lease or purchase, targeting families with a combined monthly income of not more than R15 498, as well as those who have no income.Identifying projects, developing proposalsAs part of the agreement, Absa will identify projects and develop proposals for the department’s approval.The housing will be built throughout the province, particularly in rural areas, in a mixed mode of rental and home ownership, with the aim of integrating communities into sustainable human settlements, the department said.The agreement is expected to be of particular benefit to middle-income earners who do not qualify for low-cost housing but cannot afford expensive bonds either.“We want to maximise the impact of private and public sector resources to accelerate the delivery of tenure, with good quality services and housing, on well located land with convenient access to transport options, jobs and other economic opportunities,” Mabandla said.Thornhill housing projectThe provincial government already has a successful partnership with Absa DevCo at the Thornhill housing project outside Port Alfred, where the bank has been appointed as the implementing agent to build 5 000 homes.Mabandla said the government needed the participation of the private sector to provide decent, affordable housing in the country, adding that the department was looking forward to working with other financial institutions on similar projects.“The provision of decent homes must not only be responsibility of government alone,” she said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

World Cup Caching! — The Meeting of Waters (GC3XGGT) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgFloating right over the meeting of the waters. Photo by geocacher moppel2009Geocache Name:The Meeting of Waters (GC3XGGT)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:With much of the world in the grips of World Cup fever (Go USA!), we thought it would be a great time to show off some of the cool geocaches in Brazil. This week, we’re near the city of Manaus, where the soccer/football matches between England  &  Italy, Cameroon  &  Croatia, United States  &  Portugal, and Honduras  &  Switzerland will take place. For the fans visiting this area, finding this Earthcache is a must. At this location, the Amazon River and Rio Negro come together, creating an incredibly unique view of dark and light waters mixing together. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch a glimpse of one of the pink dolphins that frequent the area.What geocachers are saying:“What a fun day! Took a tour with David Andrade’s Amazon Jungle Tours, filled small bottles with water from both rivers, swam with the pink dolphins, and more!” – molokaihuakai“Very cool at this location! To me the darker water was colder today! Thanks for this earthcache!”  – bubbag04“Cast away on an Amazonas Beach!!! Next Year we will come back… FIFA Wold CUP 2014!!! Thanks for the cache” – Günni Ka-LiPhotos:Making the find. Photo by geocacher msstrongTake a dip! Photo by geocacher LieveheersbeestjeIt looks like coffee to me. Photo by geocacher TheBraendlis 2-part question: What country are you rooting for in the World Cup and what’s your favorite geocache in that country? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

AccessDNA, the Expedia of Genetic Testing

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img It seems aggregation services aren’t just a viable business in the travel and web-media worlds. AccessDNA offers users a chance to compare genetic test providers like 23andMe and Navigenics. Users receive a Expedia-like experience when inquiring about tests on anemia, cancer and ancestral lineage. While the company appears to be a surprising step away from CEO Lee Essner’s former life at Wedding Channel, the business models are incredibly similar. As a former executive at the Wedding Channel, Essner saw how family-driven lead generation could make a successful business. The company not only made money when brides purchased services through the site, but also when family members were forwarded travel deals and gift registry links. The company was so successful that it was acquired by popular wedding network The Knot. AccessDNA works based on a similar model. Says Essner, “As you can imagine, there is a very strong family connection relative to a person’s genetics. Ultimately we want to also help families understand their risks by getting a user to share, communicate, and discuss those genetic risks that are within the family and have everyone get access to the right testing or services.”Users start by outlining areas of interest including baby gender testing, genetics and alcohol and even paternity relationships. From here the test moves on to more personal questions like whether or not you have a family history of cancer. In the end you are presented with a personalized genetic report and a list of service providers related to each of your areas of interest or risk. Based on the fact that few users will know their family medical history beyond 3 generations, we can see why individuals would want to share tests amongst family members. Although AccessDNA has a sound business model, it doesn’t mean that Essner isn’t passionate about it. The CEO started the company after his pregnant wife was forced to seek a genetic counselor due to a complex family history. Says Essner, “We got testing, but I felt that I had special access to these types of services because I lived in a big city and went to a quality OBGYN. With so few genetic professionals in the U.S. and all these online services emerging, I felt it was important to help consumers get access to the best services for them. My genetic counselor actually left Genzyme to help me start AccessDNA.”To test the service visit AccessDNA.com. Related Posts Tags:#start#startups last_img read more

Probe ordered into Assam SP’s assault on magistrate

first_imgAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday ordered a probe into a case of a superintendent of police allegedly assaulting a magistrate. Mr Sonowal has directed the Commissioner of Lower (western) Assam Division to initiate the inquiry and submit a report within September 25. A CCTV footage, released by RTI activist Dulal Bora on Friday, showed Kokrajhar SP Rajen Singh allegedly dragging the district’s Extra Assistant Commissioner Sailen Das out of a hotel and assaulting him.The two reportedly got into a heated argument at a party attended by many senior officers of Kokrajhar district. The SP allegedly slapped the magistrate in front of many employees in the parking area. The release of the video almost coincided with a case filed against a sub-inspector and some constables for allegedly assaulting the members of a Muslim family in western Assam’s Barpeta district. One of the victims was a pregnant woman who allegedly suffered a miscarriage.Barpeta district’s SP Robin Kumar said the case was registered based on the complaint against sub-inspector Binod Choudhury and others. The police from the adjoining Chirang district had followed up a case of abduction of a 15-year-old Muslim girl by one Shahidul Ali of Barpeta Road town. The police did not find him but allegedly assaulted his brother Rohis Ali, a driver, and other members of his family.Sahidul Ali is believed to be absconding along with the girl he is said to have abducted.A few days ago, a policeman and a policewoman in Darrang district were suspended for allegedly stripping and assaulting three sisters of a married Muslim man who was accused of having abducted a Hindu girl.last_img read more