President 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.
Santa Clarita’s film office was among 10 finalists for the award, competing against such cities as Long Beach, Vista, Fresno, Riverside and Santa Rosa. “Five years ago, we recognized the need to develop a film office to help keep jobs and film work local, while growing the industry,” Mayor Marsha McLean said. “And in just a few short years, we’ve been able to create a model for a successful film program, an example that can be applied to a variety of industries in cities around the state.” The office was created in 2002 to help attract and retain the filming industry, including location filming and film-related businesses. The office currently issues permits for all location filming within Santa Clarita. Southern California lost some its appeal for film production in the past decade as the entertainment industry sought more affordable locations in Canada and the South. Santa Clarita fought back by promoting its proximity to Los Angeles and an affordable and simple permit process. SANTA CLARITA – The city’s film office, formed five years ago to combat runaway production, won a top state award this week for economic development. Santa Clarita won the grand prize in the California Association for Local Economic Development’s annual award for the agency, credited with bringing more than $16 million to the Santa Clarita Valley each year. Santa Clarita is home to television productions that include Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101,” HBO’s “Big Love” and “John from Cincinnati,” CBS’ “The Unit” and “NCIS,” and FX’s “Drive” and “The Riches.” State Assemblyman Juan Arambula and CALED chief Wayne Schell presented the award Thursday in Monterey to Assistant City Manager Ken Striplin and film associate Jason Crawford. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!