Sandpit operators could, for the first time ever, receive formal training in regard to setting up safe operations and calculating quantities of material extracted, among other things.Sandpit operators and licence holders meeting with Minister Simona Broomes and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) officialsThis training would come from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) as part of reforming quarrying operations.Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, has said she would be speaking with the GGMC Commissioner to facilitate the training.This training was among the issues discussed on Tuesday at the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Duke Street offices between the minister, sandpit operators, holders of licences, and officials of the GGMC.“I’m going to recommend that when we go on site at these pits, the [GGMC] officers talk to the persons on the ground, (explaining) what we are measuring and doing; so, even practically, on the ground, they can start to have some training in that regard,” Minister Broomes is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The meeting is a follow-up to visits the minister made to sandpits along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. She is leading efforts to ensure greater compliance with professional standards in the quarrying sector, and is also seeking to have paid all outstanding royalties which are owed to the GGMC.The GGMC is mulling reintroducing a monthly payment system, according to Acting Mines Manager Krishna Ramdass.Ramdass explained that the GGMC sold payment books to operators, “and they would use slips… What that really did was to, at the end of the month, redeem that book to GGMC and pay off that royalty”.Many of the quarry operators the minister met with agreed to work with the Natural Resources Ministry (MNRE) to ensure greater compliance with regulations in their operations. There is also a proposal for the MNRE and GGMC to meet with operators on a regular basis.Inspections done to sand and loam pits are to gather a “comprehensive overlook” of the sector as part of efforts towards ensuring the GGMC is better equipped to monitor, enforce, and recover costs in the quarrying sector, it was explained.
…robs family, sexually assaults womanA customer service representative is now in a distraught state after she was forced to perform oral sex when a lone gunman invaded her South Ruimveldt, Georgetown home.The 22-year-old victim was attacked at about midnight as she was opening the door for her reputed husband.Guyana Times understands that the young woman was called by her husband, who was being held at gunpoint to open the door. Unaware of what was happening, she opened the door and was attacked by the lone gunman.After entering the house, her reputed husband was ordered to lie on the ground after which he was dealt several cuffs and kicks.He was then picked up and escorted into his bedroom. The gunman then ransacked the room in his bid for valuables and found a gold ring, earrings and two cellphones.The man then ordered the woman’s reputed husband to go under the bed and the young woman was escorted into the living room where she was instructed by the bandit to perform oral sex on him or he would shoot her daughter.The scared woman complied and was later instructed to unplug her television, which the lone bandit took with him.The man then made good his escape through a western door in the house. The matter was reported and the Police are investigating.
One of the center’s first goals, he said, would be to come up with new ways for magazine distribution.Since posting a note about the idea for the innovation center on his blog last week, Husni said he has received 120 e-mails from people who “are very interested” in participating. The post—entitled “Once again the American publishing model proves to be DEAD”—was born out of frustration over the shuttering of Hallmark magazine, despite showing significant growth in advertising and circulation.“I saw that, and said ‘This is it, it’s time to do this,’” he said.Husni is seeking $1 million to jump-start the center, and said he has already spoken to many CEOs interested in the project.While Husni has yet to seek the assistance of associations like the Magazine Publishers of America, he would welcome their help. “Would they rather spend $4.7 million on an advertising campaign that got them nothing, or $250,000 on the Magazine Innovation Center?” Samir Husni, the University of Mississippi professor known as “Mr. Magazine,” is relinquishing his duties as chairman of the journalism department at the school on June 30, and will not seek the role of dean.Instead, Husni is launching the Magazine Innovation Center, a non-profit think tank of sorts, and says he will devote the remaining years of his professional career to furthering the future of print.The center, which will be housed at the University of Mississippi, will launch in August, Husni said.“As an industry, we’re so cocooned in what we are doing,” Husni told FOLIO:. “We’re going to use this as a base, a think tank, where we’ll bring in people from publishing, advertising, and printing from all over the world—away from the daily grind of New York or other major cities—to spend three or four days here working on a specific problem.”
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 review Daenerys TargaryenGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” aired earlier today and fans witnessed the great war between the army of the dead with the army of living. HBO has now released the promo of episode 4 rumoured title, “The Last War” and it finally brings Cersei Lannister back in the game.Major spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 and episode 4:In the last two episodes, we didn’t see Cersei Lannister as the entire focus was on the Night King. Now since Arya Stark has finally killed him with her Valyrian steel, Daenerys Targaryen has fulfilled her promise of helping Jon Snow. She now wants to go to the North and rule the Seven Kingdoms.The released promo began by showing the aftermath of the Great War that happened between the living and the dead. We see Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, and Jon Snow standing together and from the voiceover, we hear Daenerys speaking to her men.”We have won the Great War, says Daenerys Targaryen to the room full of her allies. “Now, we will win the last war.” Cersei Lannister’s look in season 8.Twitter/Official Game of Thrones pageDaenerys Targaryen’s dragon is also shown in the promo but he comes only for a second and as of now, we are not sure whether he is wounded or perfectly fine.After the fight, Arya Stark again gets intimate with Gendry as she is shown leaning towards him to plant a kiss on his lips. Given the outrage fans had after seeing Maisie Williams naked, we are not sure how everyone will react after Arya will again get intimate with Gendry.As the music intensifies, we see Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Grey Worm, and others coming to together to burn the bodies of the dead. Even though the Night King is wiped out from Westeros, Northerners wouldn’t want to risk anything.At the end of the promo, we see Cersei Lannister waiting with her Lannister army and the Golden company along with Euron Greyjoy for Daenerys to come and fight her.”We’ll rip her out root and stem,” says Daenerys.From the released promo, it didn’t feel that Jon Snow wishes to sit on the Iron Throne. More will be revealed when Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last War” will air next Sunday on HBO.
On Saturday, the four legislators took oath in presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.Twitter/ANIThree Congress defectors — Chandrakant Kavelkar, Jennifer Monserrate, Filipe Nery Rodrigues — and BJP MLA Michael Lobo, who resigned from the post of Deputy Speaker, joined the Pramod Sawant-led BJP government as ministers. On Saturday, these four legislators took oath in presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.The recent development came soon after four ministers — Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sardesai, Rohan Khaunte, Vinod Paliencar, and Jayesh Salongakar were sacked from the ministry to accommodate the Congress MLAs who defected to the BJP.Earlier, Sawant had sought the resignation of four of his ministers — three of Goa Forward Party and an independent, but they refused.Speaker Rajesh Patnekar has said that the Assembly will function as the per schedule.Speaking to news agency ANI, Patnekar said, “Though new ministers have been inducted, the Assembly will go on as per the schedule. The new ministers will have to study their portfolios while answering questions on the floor of the House.” “As far as I am concerned, there is no rescheduling of the Assembly and the Congress party will have to give the name of Leader of Opposition by Monday,” he added.On the night of July 10, Chief Minister Sawant had gone to Delhi along with 10 MLAs to meet senior BJP leaders including working president JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the development. Following this, the rebel MLAs joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.With 10 MLAs changing the sides, the strength of Congress on the floor of the House has been reduced to five.The MLAs who defected include Kavlekar, Isidore Fernandes, Francis Silveira, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Jennifer, Atanasio Monserrate, Antonio Fernandes, Nilakanth Halarnkar, Clafacio Dias and Wilfred D’Sa.(With agency inputs)