Mahdia, Region Eight, (Potaro-Siparuni) at an advanced stage in its quest to becoming Guyana’s tenth town, joining the three that were named back in 2015, this is according to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.Upgrade road and drainage works in MahdiaThe minister told the Department of Public Information (DPI) recently that the government is ready to move ahead with the process which was halted for some time.Mahdia was among a list of communities identified by President David Granger in 2015 to be commissioned to towns. The other three, Bartica, Lethem, and Mabaruma have already been up and running, however, Mahdia has been having some delays due to issues with internal boundaries.“We are at an advanced stage of resolving that matter and the last remaining issue was that while we have arrived at the external boundaries of what will become the municipality of Mahdia, it encompasses two Amerindian villages; Campbelltown and Micobie,” Minister Bulkan said.He added that government could not proceed and create the township and exclude the Amerindian villages as the law makes provision for the inclusion of all.The minister said the government has been holding consultations with the communities to ascertain whether they would like to be part of the township. He explained that discussions were held with the former Toshaos of Campbelltown and Micobie. Other officials, including Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs Sydney Allicock, also met with the communities in May, where all the issues were explained.The two villages were given up to the end of last month, to decide whether they would like to be part of the township.“Whatever their decision is, we will accept. We would be happy if they recognise the additional benefits that could be accrued to them if they are part of the township,” Minister Bulkan said.He said if the decision is that they do not wish to be part of the process, the government will have to go ahead and give the order for the town to be named. The Communities Minister said internal constituencies have already been identified and all criteria in place to allow for the creation of the township which will allow for it to participate in the November 12 LGE 2018.Meanwhile, Minister Bulkan also spoke of the impressive progress made so far by the other three towns.“There seems to be a race among these councils to prove themselves. I think that it goes without saying that we feel vindicated by the president’s vision in creating these we towns. It was a wise decision, it was the right thing to do,” Minister Bulkan said.
The upcoming winter tourist season expected to be one of the best ever. Story Highlights There were 1,659,330 visitors from January to October 2013. The figures for Montego Bay and Kingston are showing increases for September and October. Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the tourism industry is showing good results, with the upcoming winter tourist season expected to be one of the best ever.“I am pleased to tell you that the tourism industry is doing well. We have enjoyed a good summer after a relatively weak winter (2012) and even with 2,000 (10 per cent) of room inventory off the market, Jamaica’s visitor arrivals since August have bucked the regional trend for flat arrivals in 2013,” the Minister said.Dr. McNeill, who was addressing the official launch of the Agro-Tourism Farmers’ Market Initiative in Negril on October 30, informed that there were 1,659,330 visitors from January to October, which is a 0.2 per cent increase over the same period last year.“In fact, we are experiencing the best October ever,” he said, noting that arrivals are expected to reach the two million mark by year-end.He said the figures for Montego Bay and Kingston are showing increases for September and October, with Kingston’s performance being particularly impressive, given the absence of 303 rooms due to the closure of Wyndham Kingston Hotel.He credited the improvements to the continued drive to diversify the source markets, moving beyond the traditional markets of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, and tapping into Latin American and Eastern Europe.“We have good airlifts arrangements in place,” the Tourism Minister indicated.“Starting November 1, Russia will be moving from 320 seats to 500 seats. Then on November 7, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its inaugural flight to the Caribbean, landing in Montego Bay. The extended flying range and fuel efficiency of this Dreamliner mean bigger and better things for Jamaica as it will open up new market opportunities for Jamaica, enabling us to reach deeper into Europe and Asia than had been possible before,” he pointed out.The Minister also revealed that the waiving of visa requirements has assisted in gaining ground in Russia and opened the door to Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Hungary and Sweden) the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.“While these numbers are great for Jamaica and great for the economy, I am on a mission to ensure that every Jamaican benefits from the tourism earnings. Tourism can be sustainable if the man on the ground is involved and enjoys the tourism returns,” Dr. McNeill said.
2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Selfies are all the rage these days, but they’re also proving to be a safety hazard. In light of several life-threatening selfie-related incidents in Russia – at least 10 deaths and 100 injuries over the last year, according to the Associated Press — the Russian Interior Ministry and the country’s police force has created a campaign called “Safe Selfies.”Related: The Places Where Selfie Sticks Are BannedRussia’s police guide on how not to get killed by a selfieImage credit: Ministry of Internal Affairs RF [RU]The campaign includes pamphlets, safety videos, tips and images in the form of “no smoking”-style mock signage, instructing the people to avoid dangerous locations and situations while taking selfies – no train tracks, wild animals, firearms, at extreme heights (like roofs or electricity cables), in moving vehicles (by land and by sea) or venturing into highly trafficked streets, to name a few. (A full translation is below.)This is perhaps the first time that the selfie itself has been deemed a safety risk. Selfie sticks, on the other hand, have been banned from a number of museums, attractions and events all over the world — everywhere from the Palace of Versailles in Paris to the San Diego Convention Center on the eve of Comic-Con. The full translation of Russia’s signage above is as follows, from left to right:1. Selfie on railroad tracks is a bad idea if you cherish your life! A teenager wanted to take a picture of himself on tracks, but got electrocuted, fell off the bridge and died in a hospital.2. Selfie with a weapon kills!A 21-year-old female accidentally shot herself in a head with a traumatic gun while trying to snap a spectacular selfie. 3. Selfie under voltage? It isn’t worth it!A ninth grader died taking a selfie. He grabbed exposed voltage wires.4. Selfie on the water, it’s hard to keep the balance!5. Selfie on the roof, it’s far to fall.6. Selfie with animals, not always cute!7. Selfie on top of train cars electrocutes! 8. Selfie, choose your way! Perform a safe ascent! Related: In Defense of the Selfie Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now July 8, 2015