As the country progresses towards achieving the goal of a green state, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Guyana will be partnering with supermarkets in Georgetown to minimise the use of plastic bags, as part of Earth Day 2018.The statement was made to Guyana Times by the Director within Technical Secretariat, Sharifah Razack on Wednesday.Plastic bags pollutionRazack said, “It all stems from the international theme for Earth Day, where it is about reducing the use of plastic, and that is not the only reason, we are doing this for several other reasons”.So far, the Director noted that six major supermarkets in Georgetown, as well as their subsidiaries, have expressed their willingness to participate in the drive to reduce the usage of plastic bags.Those supermarkets include Bounty, Mathai, Survival, Budget, Distribution Services Limited (DSL) and Massy.These supermarkets will use boxes, reusable bags and biodegradable bags to pack their customers’ goods. They are also urging persons to walk with their bags, so as to curb the plastic situation in Guyana.The reusable shopping bagsCandacie Thompson, Senior Environmental Officer, EPA, later explained that the initiative will officially get started on World Earth Day, slated for April 22. She said, “We are looking at it as a launching pad and to raise awareness on the consequences of plastic pollution… many people are so accustomed to using these ‘single use’ plastic bags and basically like the name suggests, you can’t get much use out of it. When you take stuff away from the supermarkets in it, it cannot be reused except for garbage and it ends up in these landfills and accumulates because they are not biodegradable”.Thompson noted that the engagement with these supermarkets is just one of the activities being done for Earth Day. It is being done, according to her, “to see how the initiative goes to get a feedback as we seek to change persons’ attitude to the use of plastic”.She said too that the EPA may consider taking the use of plastic bags to a governmental level, based on the public’s response to this initiative and after the necessary sensitisation methods would have been conducted to alert the public on the dangers of plastic bag use.The implementation of this new initiative comes at a time when Guyana happens to be one of the countries in the Caribbean that is mostly affected by plastic pollutants.Over the years, plastic articles, specifically plastic bags have been the reason for clogged drains, trenches and canals and often times result in flooding.The Government of Guyana took the decision to place a ban on styrofoam back in 2016, after much contention.Earth Day is a global event which sees the participation of approximately one billion people. It is being held this year under the theme ‘End Plastic Pollution’.The EPA of Guyana will be endorsing this message as they strive to end this type of pollution that undoubtedly plays a role as a major pollutant in Guyana.World Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 in the United States. It later became recognised and accepted Worldwide by the year 1990. It sees the participation of 192 countries.According to the organisers of World Earth Day, at least two million people die globally, due to indoor and outdoor pollution. It also estimates that by the year 2030, food prices will go up by 50 per cent due to climate change.The rising temperature, global warming and other ecological imbalances are due to the fact that half of the world’s rainforests are gone. The deaths of 70,000 persons in Europe were due to rising temperatures in 2003. These imbalances are also leading to frequent flooding and other disasters across the globe, which include forest fires, again impacting the trees.
…creating sexual and reproductive health policy By Rupadai SeenaraineIn keeping with the recommendations that were made by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the successful reintegration of teenage mothers into the formal school system via multisectorial partnerships, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has announced several activities that the Ministry has been involved in to address these issues.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Minister Lawrence highlighted that there have been efforts between the two Ministries – Public Health and Education – to spread more awareness and increase the number of teenage mothers back into the school to complete their formal education programmes.She explained that officials from the Education Ministry have been stationed at the Adolescent Health Department where the issues surrounding the policy are being dealt with. Additionally, it was related that a new policy is in the making which will focus on sexual and reproductive health. This was done so as to ensure that teenagers are aware of the circumstances and is hoping to reduce the cases of pregnancies in young girls.“With regards to collaboration, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education is working at our Adolescent Health Department on the issues and policies. We are now looking at the sexual and reproductive health policy and the Ministry of Education is a part of that team that is looking at that policy and strategies and plans. I’m extremely happy about that,” she said.The Minister also highlighted that she is cognisant of the high rates of adolescent mothers in today’s society and these partnerships will ensure that the policy is easily implemented.“I’m elated that Guyana has taken this high position. This is one of the issues with several women’s organisations groups, we have been fighting for to ensure that these young ladies, who may have made a mistake but they must be able to be given an equal opportunity to enhance themselves and the lives of their child,” the Minister explained.Earlier this month, UNICEF completed their analysis on a policy which will see the reintegration of teenage mothers into schools.Some of the other recommendations that were made included that the counselling programme be strengthened in the schools system and annual programme be provided for these teachers.Suggestions were also made for the policy to be reviewed every four years to coincide with the Education Strategic Plan. There, reviews and recommendations would be made for the application and administration of the policy to a reintegration committee, which will be spearheaded by the Education Ministry.This was in light of the fact that in 2015, studies indicate that some 3712 girls were reported pregnant while in 2016, a total of 3032 were recorded. In both cases, the age range was between 15 to19 years. That accounts to more than 6000 cases in just two years, which placed Guyana at second ranking on the list of the teenage pregnancy cases in the Caribbean and Latin America.For 2015 and 2016, more than 6000 adolescent mothers were reported, placing Guyana at second on the list for the Caribbean and Latin America.
Arsenal fans are growing increasingly frustrated with their boss 1 Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal’s fans did not make a “major statement” with their angry reaction to Wednesday’s defeat to Swansea and believes his players are ready to bounce back against title rivals Tottenham.The Gunners succumbed to a potentially damaging 2-1 loss to the Swans, which saw them miss out on a chance to close in on Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester.Wenger saw his decision to replace Joel Campbell jeered by the discontent home faithful inside the Emirates Stadium, with more boos heard at the final whistle.Ahead of Saturday’s crunch north London derby at Spurs, former Arsenal striker and record goalscorer Thierry Henry, who works as an academy coach at the club, said on Friday morning the Arsenal fans were as angry as he had ever seen during the game.Wenger would not be drawn on what he thought of Henry’s comments and stated no supporters would be happy to see their team lose at home, with their furious reaction a normal act of frustration.“I would like not to comment on that and I say to people what I think face-to-face,” he said when asked if Henry’s comments would make matters worse with restless fans.“I don’t want to comment on that, it doesn’t help us to win tomorrow (at Spurs). Thierry Henry will not play tomorrow for Arsenal. His comments are like any other comments, they cannot help us to win, nor be an excuse to lose. We have to focus on ourselves.“You cannot say they were never as angry as that. Who can measure that, who can compare that? Do you want your fans to be happy to lose a game? Where do you see that?“So, it doesn’t look to me (like) a major statement. Our fans are unhappy, I am unhappy, we’re all unhappy and if you were in our dressing room after the game you would see that we are absolutely devastated to lose the game.“The players, nobody moved for minutes and minutes. It’s normal. Why do you want people to be happy when you lose? It’s quite remarkable that you are shocked by statements like that.”Wenger knows a victory over Spurs, not only their neighbours but now their title rivals, would help silence the boo-boys as he heads for the cauldron of noise the home fans at White Hart Lane are likely to produce on Saturday.“We have to be immune to that,” he said of the expected hostile atmosphere of Wednesday.“We are professional people. You cannot always say that we focus on our job and it’s then reverse. We have to provoke the positive reaction from the fans and that’s our job.“It (the derby) will be passionate for sure because there is a lot at stake and it has always been like that.“I think as well at White Hart Lane the fans are very close, the pitch is not too big. We have maybe more duels than usual in the game on the pitch and the pitch is quick as well so that makes for a very quick game.”Asked if he liked the atmosphere at Spurs, Wenger simply replied: “I love it.”He will love it even more if his side, without injured goalkeeper Petr Cech for up to a month and with defender Laurent Koscielny also ruled out, can get just their fourth win in 12 games to reignite their title tilt.But Arsenal come up against a Spurs side who had put together a fine run of results until their own midweek stutter as they lost at West Ham to pass up an opportunity to go top of the table.Wenger, though, believes the real test of their mettle starts now and reckons his own players are prepared.“Look, I feel we are ready,” he said.“They have made progress, yes. Now this is crunch time in the last 10 games and we will see. That’s why maybe everybody has a big interest in the game tomorrow.”
WOODLAND HILLS – Health Net Inc. picked up more than 100,000 new members with its recent acquisition of Universal Care Inc.’s health plan assets, the managed-care company announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not announced, but Health Net had been in the process of acquiring its smaller, Signal Hill-based rival for several months. It will fold the added membership into its Health Net of California subsidiary, bringing both commercial members and participants in Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. “It was a way for us to maintain the relationship with the members we already had and gain some new ones,” said Stephen Lynch, president of Health Net of California. “We’re committed to the Medi-Cal market, so this was a way to further our involvement.” Executives with the privately held Universal Care were unavailable for comment on the deal. Health Net will get 86,000 new paying customers to add to its pool, along with 8,000 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries. Its existing Medi-Cal and Healthy Families business in nine counties, currently with 692,000 beneficiaries, will get a boost of 17,000 new members. In addition, it will add nearly 20,000 members enrolled in the programs in Orange County. The companies also had a previous agreement in which United Care administered 120,000 of Health Net’s Medi-Cal members throughout the state. They will now fully revert to Health Net, which will not affect the company’s overall membership of 2.3 million. The company expects to completely integrate the new members into its own plans within three months. Most members will see no difference in service, though commercial enrollees will be offered additional Health Net products in the future. The state Department of Managed Health Care approved the deal with the provision that commercial members will see no changes in their benefits for at least the next 18 months. Given that the two companies had a 90 percent overlap in their provider network, John Puente, deputy director of plan and provider resources, said the approval process went smoothly. “They’d been partners for a long time, doing business together for many years, so there was a lot of overlap already,” Puente said. “This is essentially just the changing of the names on people’s ID cards.” Health Net shares slipped 67 cents, or 1.32 percent, to close at $50.15 on Monday. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3738 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Portugal vs Netherlands: Exclusive coverage of Nations League final in Porto 3 ‘WEAPON’ Southgate defends Stones after error, says England will not change playing style 3 Sancho could have taken the spot that opened up with Lallana’s exit. Or what about Will Hughes, who played under Southgate at Under-21 level and has been a star performer for Watford since the end of last season.No other English player resembles Lallana as much as Hughes, and for all the success in Russia there remains a feeling a true creator like the former Derby man was missing from Southgate’s squad.So what better time to introduce him to the squad than now? Hughes not even being named in the initial squad must have been disappointing, but to then see a fourth goalkeeper called up ahead of him when a midfielder pulled out borders on insulting.Southgate spoke after the announcement of his latest squad by admitting this is a ‘fresh cycle’ for England, which will see new, younger players brought into the fold. Gary Cahill, the defender, and forward Jamie Vardy have already stepped back from the international stage having seen themselves as the old guard, but Southgate continues to select players so completely undeserving of international recognition.Lallana’s one of them, of course, but you also have Danny Welbeck – a striker with a grand total of three league goals in the last year – and Fabian Delph, who has only appeared for Manchester City this season pictured among the substitutes. Is Delph really deserving of a place in the England squad having not played a single minute of competitive football this season? CHAMPIONS Carragher slams ‘stupid’ Stones and defends Southgate’s philosophy Switzerland vs England: Exclusive coverage of Nations League play-off match When the lights went out on England’s historic World Cup campaign with a semi-final defeat at the hands of Croatia, all the calls were to look to the future.England’s squad was the joint-second youngest in the entire tournament – only Nigeria’s average age was lower than England’s 26 years – and the view immediately following that defeat in Moscow was that this tournament was useful experience for a group of youngsters who would more seriously challenge for international honours in Qatar four years from now. Go for glory Portugal 1 Netherlands 0 updates: Guedes fires hosts to Nations League glory Lallana has played 30 minutes for England since June 2017 It was a summer of fun for Southgate and co, but can it continue? Lallana, the Liverpool midfielder, turns 31 later this season and, since the start of 2018/19, has played fewer competitive minutes than the aforementioned Foden.He missed almost the entirety of last season with injury, and Southgate’s decision to call up a player who has done nothing on a football pitch since the spring of 2017 reeks of favouritism.This is not a young player who unfortunately missed the World Cup through injury. This is a player who will be 32 at the start of the next European Championship, and is unlikely to have a place, aged 34, in the squad should England qualify for the next World Cup.Lallana picking up another injury that has forced him to withdraw from the squad was hilarious in its inevitability, while Southgate’s decision to call up Marcus Bettinelli, the goalkeeper, in his stead almost comes across as arrogance.There are now four goalkeepers in the England squad.There are only three strikers. not like that explained LISTEN NOW Latest Nations League news know your limits Euro 2020 play-offs: How it works, fixtures dates and countries involved Cascarino to Stones: You’re not Bobby Moore, so don’t try to play like him In the days before Southgate named his first post-World Cup squad, for the Nations League clash against Spain and a friendly encounter with Switzerland, rumours were rife that the likes of Phil Foden, the Manchester City midfielder, Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho and Callum Wilson of Bournemouth could be in line to win their first caps for their country.Quite rightly, Southgate did not call up Foden, who has played nowhere near enough competitive football to deserve a place in the England squad, but leaving out Sancho – who has played regularly for Dortmund since the second half of last season – is a real missed opportunity.In Sancho’s place you have Adam Lallana returning to the squad, a couple of months after he missed out on World Cup selection and had to settle for a place on the standby list. Netherlands fans mock England with chant sang in perfect English during win my choice Guedes strikes as Portugal beat Netherlands 1-0 to win inaugural Nations League 3 TUNEFUL Ex-Liverpool star says Alexander-Arnold should play in midfield for England showdown Southgate has been saying all the right things since his appointment as manager, and it was easy to give him time to implement his plans given he took charge of England in a qualification cycle for the World Cup.That tournament was a perfect bookend to the first period of his spell as manager, and now is the time changes should have been made to usher in a new era.Instead we have the same old England, where undeserving players continue to be capped and bright talents who are grafting away in superb fashion with their clubs are being overlooked by the manager who talks the talk, but is certainly not walking the walk.
ARCATA >> Entering the 2016 season, if there was one side of the ball that head coach Rob Smith could feel pretty secure and confident about, it was his offense.However, over the last two weeks, the Jacks have looked far from the explosive unit that returned the majority of its playmakers and was putting up big point totals early in the season.In front of a nationally televised audience on American Sports Network affiliates — which includes CSN Bay Area in Humboldt County — and streamed live …
john paul titlow 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Keeping up with every tech headline is hard enough for anybody, let alone busy professionals. To help, ReadWriteBiz rounds up the week’s most important tech news and insights for small- and medium-sized businesses.Our most-read post here on ReadWriteBiz in the past week was How to Optimize Your Brand’s Facebook Page for Search Engines. More than 70% of major brands don’t have their Facebook page optimized enough to turn up in the first 20 search results for their company’s name, according to one recent report. Fortunately, the process of making one’s page more SEO-friendly is pretty straight-forward on Facebook. Once your page is all tricked out with SEO best practices, American Express OPEN wants to help you take your Facebook marketing efforts to the next level. They’re sponsoring a contest in which five small businesses will win $20,000, a trip to Facebook’s headquarters and $2,500 in ad credits on the social networking site. Want to get your invoices paid faster? Research suggests, unsurprisingly, that offering clients the ability to pay invoices online will speed the payment process up. This week, Freshbooks announced an integration with PayPal Business Payments that lets clients do exactly that. Is your company’s Website ready for a massive, unexpected surge in traffic? Many small businesses say “no.” Whether it’s from an increase in customer interest or something more nefarious, such a surge can take your Website down if you’re not prepared for it. One of the first lines of defense is your site’s DNS settings, so you’ll want to ensure you’ve got a stable, scalable provider. Some of our sister channels here on ReadWriteWeb had a few good business resource posts worth checking out this week. Blank Label co-founder Danny Wong wrote a guest post on ReadWriteStart about hiring new team members. On ReadWriteEnterprise, we’ve got a PDF report on how to create a disaster recovery plan for your business. Concerned about the privacy of your company’s data stored on Dropbox? Our own Klint Finley discusses how to better encrypt that data and keep it safe. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#biz#Reviews
Next week, Community Capacity Building concentration area of Military Families Learning Network will be joining the Personal Finance concentration area of MFLN for an event. Join us on Tuesday, March 27th at 11:00 am EDT for a 90-minute webinar, Getting to Know You: Introducing Personal Finance Managers and Cooperative Extension to Each Other, hosted by the Personal Finance concentration area of the Military Families Learning Network.The webinar will focus on building community capacity among financial educators working with military service members; discussing programs and resources available to service members and families through each Military Services’ financial readiness programs and the Cooperative Extension System.Representatives from each military branch of service’s financial readiness office will speak about the best practices their PFMs are using in the field to educate service members.Dr. Barbara O’Neill will give an overview of resources available to PFMs through the Cooperative Extension system.For more information and to register for this free webinar, go to this page.
Bibliography:Cottle, George F. 1938. “Medical Care of Naval Families.” U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings (October): 1431-1432.Defense Health Board. U.S. Department of Defense. 2017 Pediatric Health Care Services. (December).Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC). 2015. Final Report (January 25).This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 25, 2018. Written by Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Caregiving Team As a university professor, one of my main responsibilities is to teach courses on healthcare policy and administration. An underlying theme in most of my lessons is that what we think of as new or novel questions or issues are likely not so. Instead, it is most often the case that similar issues or comparable challenges have been faced in the past. As the old saying goes, “there is nothing new under the Sun.” This rang startling true to me when I recently read an article entitled “Medical Care of Naval Families.” Published in the October 1938 issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings – a journal dedicated to wide array of issues in the service that continues to be published – I was struck by similarities between now and then.Written by Captain William Cottle, the article identifies issues relevant 80 years ago that still resonate today. One deals with the transient nature of military family life. Cottle notes that “Navy families move from one community to another. They lose contact with the old family physician or the physician in the home town” (p. 1431). He explains that the Navy’s emerging practice of providing medical services to families helps to alleviate this challenge. Yet, resources are scarce and stretched thin. He notes, “A few, very few, doctors, nurses, and hospital corpsmen have been drawn from duty with active naval personnel to meet the demand. The demand has already outstripped the capacity of assigned personnel.” For him, the solution involves help from Congress and constructive criticism, tolerance and patience from all of those involved as the system evolves. In short, “The time has come to give this service the recognition it deserves and the backing it needs” (p. 1434). Sounds familiar doesn’t it?Cottle makes broader observations about healthcare delivery in the 1930s that are worth considering today. He notes, that “Today the number of physicians whose individual knowledge and ability is sufficient to permit them to practice successfully alone is very small.” He also considers the popular idea that the patient should be “guaranteed freedom of choice” (p. 1431). For the nascent Navy medical program, the message here is the need for coordination of care across specialties and services. There is also a message to patients and their families that in an age of systemization and specialization, choice must be balanced with the needs and capacities of the delivery system. In other words, you can’t always get what you want. Again these echoes of the past are heard clearly today whether one is in the civilian or military health systems.In a recent blog, I discussed the priorities placed on family readiness and its evolution over time. The idea is that family readiness, achieved through support programs and personnel, contributes to force readiness. I should not have been surprised when I found these sentiments expressed by Cottle. Allowing for the more gender-specific times of his day, he justifies investment in family medical services by observing, “When officers and men are separated from their families by seagoing, their morale is heightened and their efficiency maintained if they know there is a reasonably adequate medical service for which their families may apply while the head of the family is at sea” (p. 1433).Dipping into history is no idle academic exercise. It gives us practical insight on the issues that we deal with today. For example, an appreciation of the past gives us new insights on more recent studies and reports relating to the military health system (see for example, Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission 2015, Defense Health Board 2017). It also gives us a greater sense of appreciation for those who have served and sacrificed for our country. It’s a fitting thing to consider on this Memorial Day weekend.
Establishing shots should be subtle, not only communicating location in time and space but also setting the tone for the story about to take place.How did establishing shots develop, and what can they do for the narrative in your film? Let’s take a look.Early establishing shots in silent films were just a silhouette of a city with a name card. Orsen Wells’s Citizen Kane (1941), the source of many modern cinema conventions, added some live footage of monkeys in front of its ominous painted castle.As film evolved, each successive generation of filmmakers pushed the envelope, and a visual language emerged for situating the audience as artfully as possible in the world of the film without communicating more information than the audience can absorb.Image via Citizen Kane.A densely layered cityscape or an architectural wide shot can both be overwhelming if they appear in a straight cut — the eye doesn’t know where to look. A device emerged in the ’70s and ’80s whereby a camera could tilt up or down, slowly revealing the city or building, which changed how filmmakers could transition into these shots.This has become a trope — a helicopter flies over the water, only showing reflections as the opening credits roll, then slowly tilting up to reveal the shining lights of a city. This has become a trope for a reason. It gives our eyes time to adjust and anticipate the coming vista. It allows us to arrive in the world of the story.Some films take this to the next level by pushing into a specific building (or window) of the city, then cutting to that office. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight pushes in on the rooftops of Gotham, and later of Hong Kong, to find the Dark Knight himself standing guard over the city.These shots work by threading together different elements, slowly introducing us to how they are related. Brian DePalma’s Scarface (1983) has some incredibly stylish establishing shots, none more so than the one when Tony visits his mother for the first time in America. It starts on a neon pink sky, punctured by industrial towers. A shiny white Cadillac drives into the frame. The camera cranes down, revealing a small-but-well-maintained house, as the car pulls up and Tony gets out.Image via Scarface (Universal).In just ten seconds, we understand that a criminal son is visiting his poor-but-upstanding mother on the wrong side of the tracks. Each element is introduced in turn, and we make the connections as they appear. It’s an incredibly artful, stylish piece of filmmaking, even more surprising since only twenty minutes before — in the same movie — we were watching a guy being dismembered with a chainsaw.Great establishing shots not only tell us where we are, they connect the characters to the location in a way that let us consider those connections.Skyfall.Consider these two shots: one from Trading Places, the other from Skyfall. One starts a scene, the other finishes a scene. Trading Places shows us the town we are in, craning down as a car comes to a halt to reveal our characters and begin the dialogue. In Skyfall, the scene develops after a conversation between our characters and their journey — the camera cranes up as the car turns into a driveway, revealing the name of the film and the setting for the final act.Both shots reveal elements slowly, building the atmosphere in a way a straight cut couldn’t. Establishing shots work best when they’re not standalone shots but, rather, a sequence of frames linked in a single shot, releasing critical information at a pace the audience can follow.Cover image via Skyfall (Columbia Pictures).Looking for more on cinematography? Check out these articles.Is the GoPro 7 Black the Best Action Camera on the Market?6 Slow Motion Cameras You Can AffordProduction Tips: Working With a Color Checker on Your Next ShootAdd Flavor to Your Footage by Implementing Color ScienceCamera Insights: The Best A-Cam and B-Cam Video Setups