One day after reports surfaced in the international press of crude oil dropping by two per cent over concerns of a brewing trade war following imposed steel and aluminium tariffs by American President Donald Trump, the Guyana Oil Company Limited (Guyoil), announced decreases for its products on Thursday.With effect from today, motor vehicle operators and other uses will pay less at the pump for gasoline, gasoil (diesel) and kerosene. In a release from the country’s leading petroleum company, it was related that reductions were possible due to “declining acquisition cost”.Gasoline was reduced by $2 per litre while gasoil and kerosene saw reductions of $10 and $4 respectively. This means operators buying fuel in Georgetown will pay $202 per litre as opposed to $204 which they were paying when the prices where increased in February. Gasoil users will pay $195 and $133 for kerosene. Berbice users will pay $203 per litre of gasoline while users in Essequibo will now pay $204.“Guyoil is always cognisant of its role in the Guyana economy, ensuring that quality petroleum products are provided at excellent prices,” Marketing Manager Eric Whaul observed.These decreases have seen a reversal of the trend of increases in fuel prices. Apart from an increase in February this year, in September 2017, world market prices for fuel had been also increased due to the hurricane conditions in the southern hemisphere, which resulted in Guyoil adjusting the prices in gasoline, diesel and kerosene to a higher cost.
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) will construct 2500 low-income houses in the coming months using a loan that was obtained from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).This was related at a sensitisation programme held on Thursday at the Regency Hotel on Hadfield Street, Georgetown. According to CH&PA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lelon Saul, the homes will be constructed at a cost of less than $4 million each, for persons who are most in need.“The programme basically will target low-income communities and these communities basically are the Sophia, Cummings Park area going along the EastCH&PA CEO Lelon SaulBank…”Also among the areas to benefit are Westminster, West Bank Demerara; Eccles and Farm on the East Bank Demerara along with Success on the East Coast of Demerara as well as Agricola, Greater Georgetown.It was pointed out that persons will be eligible to have a home built if they earn $75,000 or less per month, are citizens of Guyana, already own transported land, and are vulnerable, in that they are exposed to the weather, are single parents or even live in areas prone to overtopping of sea walls.While the CH&PA has taken on the responsibility of providing materials and labour for construction, the beneficiary will be required to make an equity share contribution of $100,000 and pay small fees for costs related to obtaining a housing plan.They will be required to make an application to the CH&PA, which will subsequently visit their home to check that the applicant’s present home isSome of the houses perviously built by Ministry of housinguninhabitable.The homes will be built under the CH&PA’s Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme.Under this programme, subsidies of as much as $500,000 will also be granted to persons using the same criteria to improve their homes. These improvement works will include upgrades to walls, roofs and other necessities.Saul was keen to note that “adequate housing should not be dealt with flippantly, rather it should be seen as a right to live somewhere in security, peace, and dignity”. While the home improvement component of the programme will cost US$10 million, another aspect that will see infrastructural work being done such as the installation of solar powered street lights, construction of walkways and other projects will cost US$16 million.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As the weather gets increasing warmer and drier in the BC Peace Region, fire crews say that planning controlled burnout operations isn’t the most challenging issue they face.Fire Information Officer Marg Drysdale gave an update on the Beatton Airport Road fire to Energeticcity.ca this morning. Drysdale says that crews have already begun controlled burnout operations on the fire, which has stayed steady at 15,000 hectares despite an increase in fire activity within the fire’s perimeter. The fire is 45% contained by 11 helicopters, 22 pieces of heavy equipment, and 122 firefighters led by an 11-member Incident Management team.Drydale mentioned that crews have had to deal with members of the public approaching the Fire Operations Area, including driving into the helicopter staging area. The BC Wildfire Service stresses that the fire operations area is not a place for members of the public, especially as they begin to conduct more controlled burnout operations to try and bring the fires to heel.- Advertisement –The Helicopter Staging Area on May 11th taken during a BC Wildfire Service media tour. Photo credit: Chris Newton
Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given is winning his battle to be fit for Saturday’s FA Cup final.The veteran Irishman, who has played throughout Villa’s run to the Wembley showpiece, has been struggling with a groin injury and was rated a major doubt to face Arsenal.But Tim Sherwood revealed on Thursday that the 35-year-old is now back in training, along with Kieran Richardson (calf), Aly Cissokho (groin) and Jores Okore (knee).Sherwood insists he has yet to decide on his starting line-up, but suggested he could start with the same team which saw off Liverpool in the semi-final – good news for Given and Richardson.He said: “He [Shay Given] trained today so we’re hopeful he’ll be alright. But the nature of this club is you can’t hold your breath. We’re training tomorrow so we’re likely to lose two or three.“I’ve not yet made my decision on the keeper. Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you then.“Kieran trained today, Cissokho is fit and Okore trained for the first time today. If everyone’s fit we could play the same team as the semi-finals.”Villa last reached the FA Cup final 15 years ago, when they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea, and have not lifted the trophy since 1957.Arsenal, the holders, are fully expected to emerge victorious this weekend, but Sherwood is determined to cause an upset.“It’s a huge occasion for everyone involved and it’s a huge honour to be taking them to Wembley,” said Sherwood.“But no-one ever remembers the bridesmaids, no-one remembers who loses in a cup final.” 1 Shay Given in action for Aston Villa
A devastated Donegal family is demanding to know why it took an ambulance almost an hour to attend their mother after she was knocked down.The late Maura PorterMaura Porter, 70, was struck by a car outside her home in Carndonagh on December 30th and later died in hospital.Mrs Porter, from Churchtown, was returning from her local church when she was struck by a car just before 6pm. The well-known and highly-respected mother-of-two was eventually taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.However, despite brave attempts by surgeons to save Mrs Porter, she eventually passed away just before midnight.Now her family is demanding answers as to why there was not adequate ambulance cover on the night Maura was knocked down.Speaking from the family home at Churchtown, her son Brendan said Maura may have survived if she had reached a hospital within the ‘golden hour.’ “Medical personnel will tell you that people have a much better chance of survival if they get to hospital within an hour.“We had to wait for an ambulance to come from Letterkenny for at least fifty minutes. It took another ten minutes to prepare her for transportation to the nearest hospital in Derry in Northern Ireland which was a total transport time of an hour and a half to get mum to hospital.“All that valuable time was wasted when surgeons could have been battling to save mum.“We want to know why there is not adequate ambulance cover for a place the size of Inishowen.“Inishowen is as large as many other counties in Ireland and yet an ambulance had to come all the way from Letterkenny. “If the accident had happened in Malin Head, it would have taken one and a half hours from Letterkenny Hospital,” he said.Brendan revealed how an Eircom cable had fallen down across the footpath and road which he claims may have contributed to the sequence of events.Brendan revealed how he, his sister Davina and dad Neil, stayed with their mum on the road near their home anxiously waiting for the ambulance to arrive as rain poured down.Brendan got down on his hands and knees and lay in the dirt comforting his dying mother on the cold, wet road. Three doctors and two nurses arrived at the scene but could not help Maura as she needed the ambulance to transport her for urgent medical attention from surgeons.“I lay with mum comforting her and praying with her to reassure her. We knew she was in a bad way.“All I could think of was why the ambulance was coming quicker.”Brendan said he wanted to pay tribute to the local community who became ‘guardian angels’ on the evening of his mum’s accident.“All the neighbours came out and stayed on that road while we waited for the ambulance. They were the only consolation we had whilst we waited for the ambulance.“They were like guardian angels on the road making sure the traffic stopped before the Gardai arrived.“Everyone has been so kind but we just cannot allow what happened to mum happen again to any other family,” he said.Maura was buried on Friday after a huge wake which saw hundreds of people call to the family home.Her heartbroken husband Neil is well-known across Inishowen and Co Donegal following his long service to Donegal County Council and a member of the local fire service.Brendan said the family never thought his mother would die in this fashion.He said he and his family are now determined to ensure that no other family have to go through what they are going through.“Mum and dad have given myself and my sister everything opportunity in life and for her to die like this is just heart-breaking. I never thought she would go like this.“She was a very intelligent yet modest and humble woman.“As a family we have no question that mum would have had a chance of survival if an ambulance had have got her to hospital quicker.“Inishowen is a forgotten region as far as the HSE and the ambulance service is concerned.“How can anyone justify a fifty minute journey for an ambulance to reach a dying woman in this day and age.“We loved mum but we know we can never bring her back.“But if we can improve the ambulance service in Inishowen and ensure no other family has to go through what we are going through then mum will not have died in vain,” he said.The HSE has admitted there had been a delay in getting an ambulance to Mrs Porter after revealing the local Carndonagh ambulance had been sent to another call-out.Local TD Charlie McConalogue said he will be seeking answers on the matter.He added that people should not lay the blame at the door of ambulance personnel but the system they are forced to work in.“The public appreciates the tough work that all frontline service workers do but that’s a given.“But people need to have their faith restored in these services,” he said.FAMILY OF ACCIDENT VICTIM DEMAND ANSWERS AFTER AMBULANCE TAKES 50 MINUTES TO ARRIVE was last modified: January 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ambulanceCarndonaghdelaydonegalHSEMaura Porter
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA – As a registered nurse, Gloria Mayer had always suspected that many of her patients did not understand the educational material they were given. It was not due to the complicated medical language but because many were functionally illiterate. But as president and CEO of the La Habra-based Institute for Healthcare Advancement, Mayer was in a position to do something about it. Founded in 1997 by the now-defunct Friendly Hills Healthcare Network, the institute’s mission is to find ways to improve health-care delivery and educate consumers. After research showed that 50million Americans cannot read above a fifth-grade level, Mayer and another R.N., Ann Kuklierus, wrote “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick.” The book, published by the institute, covers basic health-care, using language that someone with a third- to fifth-grade reading level can understand. “Nearly one in two adults can’t read at an adult level,” Mayer said. “I always knew people didn’t understand the patient education material they get and that there was a literacy problem. “For example, when someone is given directions to not eat anything before a procedure, often they’ve eaten when they come to see the doctor. The doctors get mad and tell them they can’t do the test that day. But the patient won’t say they can’t read, because it’s embarrassing.” So far, “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick” has sold more than 1.1 million copies since its publication in 2000. The book is now included in the “Kit for New Parents,” a pamphlet all parents of newborns in the Head Start program receive in California. Four other books in the “What To Do” series have also been written, covering teen, senior and dental health, as well as pregnancy. As health-care costs have risen, more people are joining the ranks of the uninsured, leaving many to use emergency rooms for their routine health care, according to Mayer. “Eighteen of the 58 counties in California are already on board with this book,” said Warren Hand, marketer for the institute’s publications. “If we can reduce unwarranted use of emergency rooms, that’s a positive step.” Mayer and a lecturer from UCLA conducted a pilot study of Head Start parents who received the book. In a 6-month follow-up, parents reported a 48 percent reduction in emergency room visits and a 37.5 percent reduction in clinic visits. “Some people say the books dumb \ down or that they make it too simple,” Mayer said. “I say you can never make it too simple. These books are in no way insulting.” Among the programs and services run by the institute is a clinic at Los Lomas Elementary School in La Habra called the Friends of Children Health Center. It provides health care and dental care for 13,000 uninsured or underinsured low-income patients every year, said Mayer. The institute also provides tools, strategies and clinical solutions to health-care workers, physicians, pharmacists and social workers through its annual Health Literacy Conference, and also provides a range of social services to communities. “This work gives me meaning by giving me a chance to give back to the community,” Mayer said. “I see families who are very vulnerable. But it’s not them, it’s their circumstances. It’s not their fault. This is very rewarding work because I can help those people.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029
Children’s Holiday Music Program will feature holiday music performed by children from local elementary schools and performers from Vibe Performing Arts Studios, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday outside the food court entrances at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 298-1220. Family caroling party will meet in the parking lot, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The caravan of singers will provide the gift of song and spread the holiday spirit to surrounding neighborhoods and return to the church around 8 p.m. to warm up with hot beverages and cookies. Call (661) 297-3783. Jam For Jesus will feature some of the top music artists in Southern California playing a variety of styles from pop to rock, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-0622. Animal Christmas story time, 10 a.m. Dec. 24 at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Christmas Eve services with worship led by the Living Proof Choir and Steve Lively, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Santa Clarita. Traditional Communion celebration at 11 p.m. Call (661) 296-8737, Ext. 142. Christmas Eve service will feature the children’s musical “Once Upon a Night” at 5:30 and 7 p.m.; the adult and youth choirs, bells, dance and candlelight at 9 p.m.; and adult choirs, communion and candlelight at 11 p.m. Dec. 24 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Hanukkah Party Havdalah, 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Bring a picnic lunch. Call (661) 255-6410. Hanukkah pancake breakfast will include breakfast, beverages and Hanukkah fun, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 25 at a private home in Stevenson Ranch. Cost: $15 for adults; children under 12 are free. Sponsored by Hadassah’s Kochava Group. Call Robin Bratlavsky at (661) 297-2960 or e-mail KochavaGroup@yahoo.com. Family Christmas service, 11 a.m. Dec. 25 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Hanukkah story time with songs, 7-8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Hanukkah Family Festival will feature children’s crafts, live music, entertainment, hot latkes and a raffle, 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Sponsored by Chabad of SCV. Call (661) 254-3434. To submit an event for the Holiday Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Christmas in Other Lands story time, 10 a.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Holiday celebration for children ages 2-12 will feature crafts, games, a bounce house, prizes and a visit from Santa, noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 26233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 222-9536. Hanukkah party, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Sixth annual holiday show, titled “Enjoying the Holidays,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 775-8686 for ticket information. Drive-Through Living Nativity will feature hundreds of costumed actors performing scenes from the birth of Christ, 7-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Shabbat Sounds service and Hanukkah party, 7 p.m. today at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Call (661) 255-6410. Santa Clarita Ballet will present the “Nutcracker Ballet,” 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $22-$28 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. Call (661) 251-6844. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702.
Diego Costa showed his predatory instincts once more to put Chelsea ahead at White Hart Lane.The Blues’ top scorer netted from almost on the goal line to turn in Oscar’s shot, which came after Eden Hazard had struck the post.The first 20 minutes bore a striking resemblance to the reverse meeting at Stamford Bridge as Tottenham saw a lot of the ball but Chelsea struck with their first serious attack.In a cagey opening, Nacer Chadli tried testing Thibaut Courtois from distance early on but the Belgian claimed it comfortably.The home side looked lively down the flanks but Chelsea’s defence worked hard to keep the Spurs forwards at bay.Tottenham suffered a blow when Ryan Mason limped off, and Chelsea added insult to injury as Costa struck.Jose Mourinho made three changes to the Blues line-up, with Oscar, Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian restored to the side after sitting out the draw at Southampton. Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend; Kane.Subs: Vorm, Chiriches, Davies, Dembele, Paulinho, Stambouli, Soldado. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Mikel, Ramires, Salah, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
I am going to oversimplify an enormous and valuable idea here to offer you something useful. Your identity is mostly a series of stories you tell yourself and others. We treat our identity as if it is some static, fixed, and unchangeable entity, something beyond our ability to transform.While it’s true we can become attached to the stories and the identity we portray to others, it is also true that eliminating or reframing your stories can provide a different identity, a better identity, and one with more power. Your identity has greater plasticity than you might believe.What Do You Do?Let’s start with something easy, like the work you do. The first question grown-ups ask each other is “What do you do,” as if work is your primary identity. A long time ago, I would have described myself as a dishwasher. After that I was a floor guard and disc jockey, and occasionally the SkateOSaurus (where I performed the hokey-pokey for grade school children on roller skates while dressed in a giant dinosaur costume, true story).Not too long after that I was the lead singer and front man for a rock ‘n roll band. How could you tell that I was the lead singer for a rock ‘n roll band? I would tell you that’s what I was, and by looking at my outward appearance, the long hair, the earrings, and the clothes, it was easy to see what I believed I was. It was the appearance of a story.One day you are one thing, and the next you are another. Think about your education. One day you’re a student, the next day you’re a graduate. We have a ceremony to help you make this transformation. What you were, you are no more. It was only necessary so that you could become what you now are. One story ends, and another begins.The Story That Defines YouMany of the stories we use to define ourselves are not quite as easy to break free from. There are people who define themselves by the negative events that have occurred in their lives. They believe that they are, “the product of their parent’s divorce.” Some believe that they are the “victim of some event.” Some believe that their identity is limited by decisions or events of their past, like “I never went to college.”We start telling these stories as a way to explain something that we are doing—or not doing, as the case may be. We absolve ourselves of our responsibility by pointing to a set of stories that explain away our behavior or our current state. In doing so, we limit what might become, removing possibilities for another identity.In order to be what you might become you must give up the stories that prevent that transformation.Any story based on some event of the past can be eliminated completely by understanding that it is not responsible for who you are now or can be reframed in the positive. Your interpretation of a story can keep you locked in an identity that’s too small for you or it can unlock your greater potential. It is possible to interpret every negative event or circumstance of your life as “the adversity that made me strong enough to be what I became.”Your identity is fluid, not fixed. To become the person that comes after the person you are now, you have to let go of the stories that keep you fixed in place.