Travelling exhibition to address child abuse launched

first_imgArtwork of an abused child at the launch of the exhibitionBy Kizzy ColemanIn an effort to bring more awareness to the struggles of children who have been sexually abused, UNICEF, in collaboration with the European Union, the Social Protection and Public Security Ministries, the Guyana Police Force and local NGOs, has set up a travelling exhibition which will display the artwork of sexually abused children.According to statistics, more than 670 cases of child sexual abuse were reported to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA); as such, the organisations joined hands to reinforce the message that sexual abuse is unacceptable.The objective of the exhibition is to highlight through the child’s eye the pain, hurt, anger and shame that they live with each day.Another painting done by a sexually abused childPolice Stations across the country will be used to showcase some of the artwork of the travelling exhibition.Speaking at the exhibition launch, Assistant Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine reiterated the importance that the Police must give to any movement that seeks to protect children.He noted that children were the leaders of the future and the leaders of tomorrow and, as such, the Police Force is committed to giving children the necessary treatment, responses and attention that are available in the justice system.“Already we have started a process of enhancing the way our investigators operate in such cases. We will ensure that they get some special training in this regard,” he disclosed.In delivering her remarks, UNICEF representative Marilyn Flatt explained that the paintings all displayed the marks that sexual abuse had left on our children. She added that violence in all of its forms should be prevented.She noted that in Guyana, an average of 2000 cases of neglect and abuse are reported every year.“Children often remain silent because it is difficult to talk about abuse, they are too afraid and are not sure where to turn to. Children need to know that they need to speak up and not to be afraid and to speak up when they are touched inappropriately,” she explained.She further noted that education on this issue was essential currently in Guyana.“We can prevent and protect children from suffering, abuse and violence beginning in early childhood through parenting education and changing attitudes and beliefs that encourage violence and discrimination at an early age. Educating families, caregivers and parents on their child’s early development increase the likelihood that they will use positive disciplining methods and thus reduce the risk of violence within the home.”Delivering the feature address, First Lady Sandra Granger stated that it gave her no pleasure to speak at the launching of a travelling exhibition for abused children as it was a sad reflection of how “we as a society continue to fail our children particularly in addressing sexual violence against them”.She noted the danger of the Internet in contributing to children being abused.“Increasingly, the Internet and mobile phone also put children at risk of social violence as some adults look to the Internet to pursue sexual relationships with children. There is also an increase in the number circulation of images showing child abuse.”In 2014, UNICEF estimated that 1 in 10 girls under the age of 20 that is about 120 million girl children were subjected to sexual intercourse at some point in their life. This, the First Lady noted, is very sad to hear.Mrs Granger hopes that the travelling exhibition can reach all the administrative regions in Guyana which will show that law enforcement is becoming attuned to its responsibility to protect and serve all.last_img read more

Vendors hoping for increased sales

first_imgChristmas shoppingWith Christmas Day only days away, Georgetown is buzzing with activities as excited persons fill the city’s streets and sellers display their festive commodities.Georgetown — in particular along Regent Street to Avenue of the Republic — is becoming more congested, as exuberant vendors look forward to an exciting Christmas with their families this year.However, when Guyana Times caught up with some of the vendors on Monday, they expressed that all is not as merry and bright as it may seem. A clothing vendor who gave her name only as Natasha said sales are slow although theVendor Don Paulstreets are filled with persons.“Right now things lil slow, but I’m hoping that it will pick up, maybe by weekend into next week. People not really buying clothes…but in between yuh still getting one and two things sell. I know things will pick up later on, man,” she told this publication.Meanwhile, a beads and craft vendor related that “things going nice” so far for the season.Leon Anthony said people are shopping every day. He took the time to encourage the Guyanese public to be safe on the road ways, and to always designate a driver if consuming alcohol during this season.“Everything nice, man! Everybody doing deh shopping; businesses blooming and so on. No complaints. My wish for Guyana is for everyone to have a merry Christmas and a blessed new year. Make sure to use the roadways safely, and just have a nice time,” Anthony declared.Don Paul, a fruits vendor, highlighted the reason for the season as he stated thatVendor Jerry Londonit’s a time to spread love and joy to each other. “It’s not only shopping up and suh; this time is to spend time with yuh family and people close to you. My plans for this Christmas is just to eat, drink and be merry. Season’s greetings to all Guyanese near and far”.He also noted that even though “things are slow”, he is contented with whatever he sells at the end of the day.When Guyana Times spoke with plants vendor Jerry London within the city about business sales and his plans for the season, he related that even though the holidays are near, the sales are still quite low.“Well, even though things are slow, I know that Guyanese are late shoppers; so I’m hoping that it will pick up in the week.”These vendors remain positive that things will change over the coming week.SafetyFor business persons, the Guyana Police Force has called for checks to be made to Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems to ensure they are working properly. In fact, the Force is encouraging that Digital Video Recorder (DVRs) be properly secured to preserve valuable information.Advice was also issued for visitors in the capital city by ‘A Division’ (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman recently, as he urgedNatasha (only name given) along with other vendors on Avenue of the Republic, Georgetownshoppers to “carry your wallet in an inside jacket or inside trousers pocket. Avoid rear pockets. Keep purses on your lap when dining out, Not dangling over the back of a chair.”According to Chapman, Police patrols and outposts around the city will be boosted in a bid to ensure a secure shopping environment.He revealed that part of the efforts to ensure increased safety is the splitting of Georgetown into seven sub-sections, as compared to six last year.These sub-sections run from Agricola, Greater Georgetown to Central Georgetown. The areas will be equipped with mobile outposts and frequent patrols will occur, with senior members of the GPF in charge of each sub-sector.last_img read more

Transfer ALERT! Bayern Munich join race for in-demand Ousmane Dembele

first_img1 Bayern Munich are the third European heavyweight to be linked with Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea target Ousmane Dembele this summer.The young French star only joined Borussia Dortmund 12 months ago but he is being heavily linked with a £79million move away during this window.Both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be very keen on signing Dembele and may be ready to stump up the lofty transfer fee.And now, according to Bild, Bayern are also monitoring the situation closely and could be about to lodge a formal offer of their own.Dortmund insist they will do everything they can to keep hold of him during the window but may have no choice but to sell if the right bid comes in.Liverpool, City and Chelsea have also been linked with Dembele, and were in the running to sign him when he was still a Rennes player.Now one of them might decide that he is worth £79m and firm up their interest with a bid. Ousmane Dembele is wanted by a host of the world’s top clubs last_img read more

Rose expects to remain at Tottenham after ‘shock’ start against Man United

first_imgTottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has revealed he expects to remain at the club this season, following his ‘shock’ recall to the team.Rose, out-of-favour and linked with a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain, was handed a surprise start in Monday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United. 4 Danny Rose impressed manager Mauricio Pochettino with his overall performance against Manchester United Rose had a difficult start in his first match since playing in England’s third-place play-off in Russia.You could see the player curse himself after nearly handing United a goal with a wayward backpass, but he improved as the match went on and spoke of his joy of being selected for such a big game.“It was amazing,” he added.“I was nervous to see if I was going to be in the squad and I really didn’t see myself playing.“I was so shocked in the meeting before we arrived. I thought there was going to be a change but never did I think that it was going to be me coming in.“It was a massive shock. I’m over the moon that I’m able to be part of this win.“I just felt that we won last week, had a very good performance. 4 4 “We all have to start again trying to impress him and that’s great. We all go again.“I’m good. I’m not listening to the speculation about my future.“If I’m here past Friday, which I’m expecting to be, which will be great, I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve at the end of the season.“Me and the manager have had a conversation over the phone, as well as two one-hour meetings over the last couple of weeks.“We’re both aware of the situation. (Monday) was massive for me that, even though there is speculation, he still trusts and believes in me to put me into such a massive game, a game where he didn’t need to change anything.“For me, over the last four or five years we’ve worked together, that is probably the biggest thing he has done for me.“I have to thank him for that. I have to thank because it would have been easy for him not to play me given the speculation that is going around.” He did not feature in Spurs’ first two games of the season and, by his own admission, he was rusty at Old Trafford.But after a poor first-half, where a sloppy back-pass almost gifted United a goal, he improved and began to show signs of the player who was considered England’s best left-back a few years ago.Rose’s Tottenham career looked all-but over after falling down the pecking order during a spell which saw him struggle with injury and his mental health – openly talking about his struggles in an interview with talkSPORT last November.But having featured against United, the defender has thanked manager Mauricio Pochettino for giving him an unexpected boost of confidence and says he hopes to reclaim his spot as Spurs’ first-choice left-back this season.“The manager has spoken to us all a couple of weeks ago and said everybody starts from zero,” Rose said. 4 Rose celebrates Tottenham’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United with team-mate Kieran Trippier Danny Rose battles with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba during Spurs’ 3-0 win at Old Trafford Rose has hailed Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino for his support “I just thought the manager would have stuck with the back line that played the last few games. It was a surprise and I’d like to think it’s one that’s paid off.“I had a very poor first half but I felt I got better in the second half.“We got a clean sheet, we scored goals and we forget about it, go to a difficult game on Sunday [at Watford] and look to keep going with the momentum that we’ve got now.”last_img read more

Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery dies

first_imgToday, the football world lost one of its bravest fans.Rest in peace, Bradley Lowery.— (@FIFAcom) July 7, 2017 ? #QPR’s thoughts are with the family and friends of Bradley Lowery following his sad passing.Rest in peace, brave Bradley.— Queens Park Rangers FC (@QPR) July 7, 2017 Rest in peace, Bradley Lowery. You were an inspiration to us all. ???Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) July 7, 2017 Six-year-old Bradley Lowery whose plight touched the lives of many people has died after a long illness.The Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer – when he was 18 months old.Bradley Lowery was the lovable Sunderland fan with an infectious smile who left an indelible mark on football— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) July 7, 2017Bradley went on to be the club’s mascot and became “best mates” with his hero striker Jermain Defoe. He also led England out at Wembley for a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.His death was confirmed on social media by his parents. The posting read: “My brave boy has went with the angels today. He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where. There are no words to describe how heart broken we are.”Bradley underwent treatment and was in remission, but relapsed last year.Defoe with Lowery at hospital.Well-wishers raised more than £700,000 in 2016 to pay for him to be given antibody treatment in New York, but medics then found his cancer had grown and his family was informed his illness was terminal.In December, Bradley’s parents Gemma and Carl, from Blackhall Colliery in County Durham, were told he only had “months to live”.Four months later they were told the latest and final round of his treatment had failed.“He is sleeping most the time apart from odd times awake. We knew this was coming but we are heartbroken beyond words.”Farewell to one of football’s toughest little soldiers. You fought a great fight. RIP Bradley Lowery— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) July 7, 2017On 1 July, his family posted a picture of Bradley with Defoe who, after signing for Bournemouth, returned to the North East to see him.On Thursday, before Bradley’s death, Defoe broke down in tears during a press conference for his new club and said the six-year-old would “always be in my heart”.Bradley became known worldwide following an appeal that saw him receive 250,000 Christmas cards from countries as far away as Australia and New Zealand.In December, he met England manager Gareth Southgate and Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year event in Birmingham.Bradley then won the programme’s December goal of the month award after he took a penalty ahead of Sunderland’s game against Chelsea.He has also appeared as a mascot for Everton, who pledged £200,000 to his fundraising campaign, and was visited in hospital by a number of Sunderland players.The thoughts of all at #SAFC are with the Lowery family following this afternoon’s sad news.#OneBradleyLowery ???— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) July 7, 2017A dream came true when he appeared as mascot for the England team at Wembley Stadium before a game that saw Defoe score a goal.He was also given honorary 41st place in the race card for the Grand National at Aintree in April.On 30 June a charity single, “Smile For Bradley” by LIV’n’G, entered the singles chart at number 28. All proceeds from the song will go to the Bradley Lowery Foundation, which has been set up in his honour.Tributes2/2 We will be holding a minutes applause for Bradley ahead of this evenings game with @SunderlandAFC to pay our respects to him and family— Bury Football Club (@buryfcofficial) July 7, 2017 AgenciesCommentslast_img read more

Odisha felled 6 lakh trees in six years for road projects

first_imgOdisha’s Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha informed the State Assembly on Tuesday that 5.97 lakh trees had been felled in the last six years to make way for the construction and widening of roads. Mr. Arukha, however, claimed that forest cover in the State has gone up by 25% in the past decade.Paying a heavy environmental price for development, it was revealed that the Odisha Forest Development Corporation cut down the trees for 437 road projects across the State. The current fiscal year has been the most devastating for forest cover in Odisha: of the 5,97,090 trees felled since 2011-12, 3,15,838 were cut down in 2016-17.Worst hit Keonjhar district has been the worst hit with 94,996 trees felled — 20% of total trees lost — in the past three years for 23 road projects. In 2016-17 alone, Keonjhar lost 76,439 trees while Kalahandi district lost 62,959 trees.Other affected districts include Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Bolangir, Jharsuguda and Jajpur.Although the Odisha government claims to have planted 1.65 crore trees along 24.57 lakh km of roads in the past decade, the chances of the trees surviving is doubtful. In 2016-17, avenue plantation was taken up along 5,462 km of roads, said Mr. Arukha. New variety“The loss cannot be compensated. Thousands of trees felled for road projects in Keonjhar and Kalahandi were over 70 years old. Mature fruit-bearing trees were sustaining wildlife. The trees planted now are of the exotic and fast-growing variety,” said Biswajit Mohanty, environmentalist and former member of the National Board for Wildlife.Trans-location“The State government never thought of trans-locating trees while taking up road projects. In Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, trees are uprooted and replanted at another place. Had translocation been done here, we could have saved 60% of the trees,” said Mr. Mohanty.The loss of green cover to road projects is just the tip of the iceberg. As many as three lakh trees were felled as part of the land acquisition process undertaken for the shelved POSCO mega-steel project near Paradip town four years ago. While 2.25 lakh of the felled trees came under the forest-classified category, 75,000 were fruit-bearing species.The residents of Rajkanika in Kendrapara district had opposed the felling of trees for the Cuttack-Chandbali road project. “Trees from the colonial era were cut down. When NH authorities decided to fell trees, we opposed it. But nobody paid heed to us. These losses cannot be compensated,” said Gayadhar Dhal, a resident of Rajkaniklast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A20 with AMOLED display, One UI launched in India: Price, specs and availability

first_imgSamsung Galaxy A20 with AMOLED display, One UI launched in India: Price, specs and availabilityThe Galaxy A20 touts an Infinity-V Super AMOLED display, 3D glasstic design, ultra wide-angle camera and a large battery, all at an affordable price. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 5, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 13:03 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy A20 price in India is Rs 12,490.The Galaxy A20 sports a Super AMOLED display and houses a 4,000mAh battery.The Galaxy A20 will go on sale starting April 10.The Samsung Galaxy A20 has been launched in India after going official in Russia last month. Samsung has quietly announced the Galaxy A20 for the Indian market, keeping true to its promise of launching a new Galaxy A device every month. The Galaxy A20 joins an ever-growing portfolio of affordable Samsung phones that includes the Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50 (Review), Galaxy M10 (Review), Galaxy M20 (Review) and Galaxy M30 (Review).Update: Samsung had previously announced that the Galaxy A20 will be available starting April 10, but this has now been changed to Monday, April 8.The Galaxy A20 touts an Infinity-V Super AMOLED display, 3D glasstic design, ultra wide-angle camera and a large battery, among other things. All of this is being offered at an affordable price point as Samsung looks to disrupt the segment and take on the likes of Xiaomi and Realme.Samsung Galaxy A20 price in India and availabilitySamsung has priced the Galaxy A20 at Rs 12,490 in India, allowing it to slot in between the Galaxy A10 and A30 that are priced at Rs 8,490 and Rs 16,990, respectively. The Galaxy A20 comes in a single variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The latest Galaxy A phone will be available in Red, Black and Blue colours and it will go on sale starting April 8 across e-commerce platforms, Samsung’s e-store, retail stores and Samsung Opera House.Samsung Galaxy A20 specificationsThe Galaxy A20 sports a sports a 6.4-inch HD+ (1560×720) Infinity-V Super AMOLED display. It gets a waterdrop notch similar to the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20, offering thin bezels all around for an immersive viewing experience. The handset gets a 3D curved glasstic rear panel with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and dual camera setup.advertisementPowering the Galaxy A20 is a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7884 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 512GB. Notably, the Galaxy A20 will ship with Android Pie-based One UI. This means you will get a redesigned interface with emphasis on easy one-handed use, along with system-wide Night Mode.The dual camera setup on the Galaxy A20 includes a 13MP f/1.9 primary sensor and a 5MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera. Up front, the Galaxy A20 gets an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Galaxy A20 also houses a beefy 4,000mAh battery and supports 15W fast charging over USB Type-C.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 review: Great display, superb battery life make for a good startGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A20last_img read more

More Day Programs for Nova Scotians with Disabilities

first_imgNova Scotians with disabilities will benefit from more day programming activities that build skills and provide more opportunities for recreation in their communities as part of government’s commitment to accessibility. Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, May 16 that 34 organizations received grants up to $50,000 to increase recreation, employment and day programming for Nova Scotians with disabilities. “Building a stronger Nova Scotia where everyone can grow and succeed means helping people with disabilities live active lives as part of their communities,” said Premier McNeil. “Our service delivery partners are passionate about removing barriers for the people they serve and these projects will help them expand the excellent services they offer.” Day programs and activities that promote inclusion in communities include volunteerism, recreation and leisure and skill-building. There are also programs that get people involved in social enterprise and employment activities, such as job preparation and development and job coaching. In December 2017, adult service centres, residential providers, and other community service providers applied for one-time grants to develop or expand adult day programs for Nova Scotians with disabilities. The grants total $1.2 million. The service providers are using the funding in a variety of ways to add capacity and activities such as events, gardening, laser engraving, catering and evening programs. LakeCity Woodworkers, based in Dartmouth, will use the grant to expand their workshop, support 25 more participants and grow their social enterprise. “Investments like these make a big impact on the lives of the individuals we serve, and go a long way to helping us achieve our goal of healthy minds and healthy lives for all Nova Scotians,” said Liam O’Rourke of LakeCity Woodworkers. “Having this opportunity to make more efficient and innovative use of our facility will add to our capacity, and once completed, it will see us supporting an additional 25 individuals in our existing and developing onsite programs.” To learn about the Disability Support Program, visit . A list of organizations receiving grants can be found at .last_img read more

TIFF Appoints Andréa Grau as Vice President Public Relations and Corporate Affairs

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Grau, who is fluent in English, French and Spanish, has almost 25 years of experience working in arts and culture, and communications. She will retain ownership of Touchwood PR, a boutique publicity and promotions agency she founded in 2009. Her clients have included Cineplex, Fan Expo Canada, Pathé International, eOne, Unifrance Films, Telefilm Canada, the Academy of Canadian Film and Television, Reel Asian Film Festival, CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, and several high-profile personal clients. Prior to Touchwood PR, Grau ran the TIFF Communications department for eight years. In this role she successfully developed and executed media strategies to position TIFF as a leader in the industry.Social Media:Twitter:  @TIFF_NETInstagram:  @TIFF_NETFacebook: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO — Piers Handling, Director & CEO of TIFF, today announced the appointment of Andréa Grau to the role of Vice President, Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, effective February 5, 2018. Grau will lead TIFF’s in-house agency, Dept. 30, comprised of the Communications, Marketing, Digital, Creative and Editorial teams. She will be part of TIFF Senior Management, providing leadership and guidance for the organization.Reporting to Michèle Maheux, Executive Director and COO, Grau is responsible for upholding and expanding the integrity of the TIFF brand internationally and at home, and developing and executing the PR strategy as the organization enters a new strategic plan and CEO transition“Andréa has been a part of this organization in some capacity for the past 23 years,” said Piers Handling, Director & CEO of TIFF. “She first entered as an intern fresh out of university, later returned to run the Communications department, and now comes back in a much larger leadership role to help us navigate the changing PR landscape. The industry and media relationships that she has developed over the years are impeccable. On behalf of the Senior Management team, we are delighted to have her back.” Twitterlast_img read more