Amerindian Heritage Month 2017Amerindian Heritage Month 2017 opened on Friday with much flare at the Indigenous Heritage Village at Sophia; and the rich culture, food and music of Guyana’s Amerindians were on full display.However, neither President David Granger nor Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was present at the Friday launch, having sent in excuses stating that they were ‘busy’.A section of the gathering at the launching of Amerindian Heritage MonthIndigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock has, however, reiterated Government’s support for the Indigenous peoples. During his feature address, he pointed out that the President had consented to the National Toshaos Conference (NTC) request for a plot of land. The request for a Secretariat for the NTC was made to President Granger by Indigenous leaders last year at the National Toshaos Conference. It is understood that the Secretariat will be constructed in the Compound of the Sophia Exhibition Centre.NTC Chairman, Joel Fredericks, had said the Secretariat would be “a place where we (NTC) can have our headquarters functioning; a place where the Indigenous peoples can come and lay their issues, they can find some help and support there”.Fredericks had expressed expectations that construction of the NTC Secretariat would commence shortly. He said the President had committed to supporting the venture. “We have some resources at hand, what we can start with; and his Excellency (has) also (committed) to giving some support,” Fredericks stated.“It is expected that that building, which will be known as the Secretariat, will help the communities to realise their dreams. It will be a place of action. No longer complaints and gyaff, but action. And Government is committed to give its support,” Allicock said.Allicock also paid tribute to renowned artist and archaeologist George Simon. Widely regarded as one of the leading artists of his generation and the founder of the Lokono Artists Group, Simon was present at the launch.Heritage festivalAt Friday’s ceremony, a number of Indigenous organisations took to the podium to reflect on the significance of Heritage Month. Representatives came from groups such as the Amerindian People’s Association (APA), The Amerindian Action Movement of Guyana (TAAMOG), Guyana Organisation of Indigenous Peoples (GOIP), and National Amerindian Development Foundation (NADF).The St Cuthbert’s Cultural Group was in action, thrilling crowds with their cultural presentation. The Surama Culture Group, from whence Minister Allicock hails, also joined in on the action.Trailing this opening ceremony will be the art/craft and food exhibitions, the Heritage sports, reflection on the life and work of the first Indigenous Parliamentarian, Steven Campbell; the Heritage dinner at Lions Club; and the much anticipated Miss Indigenous Heritage Pageant, showcasing elegance, beauty and culture.The Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry launched the annual Heritage Festival at the Umana Yana earlier last month under the theme “Guyana’s first peoples; sustaining a rich cultural environment”. The launch was done in the spirit of International Day of World Indigenous Peoples.Minister within the Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, had highlighted the struggles of Indigenous peoples in their fight for equal rights, not confined to Guyana but rather on an international scale.“In many countries, (including) in our South American continent, many Indigenous peoples still suffer injustices simply because they are the first peoples, and they want to be recognised as such. Many are advocating and literally fighting for their lives, for their lands; and some of the most outspoken; some of the bravest, have died for this cause,” the Minister lamented.She had also reflected on her 2016 visit to Ecuador, where Indigenous women had gathered to discuss the concerns of Indigenous peoples and the way forward, and said she was amazed at the indignities that fellow Indigenous peoples had to suffer in this modern day and age.“I realised then how far advanced Guyana was as a nation in the treatment of Indigenous peoples,” she noted.Amerindian Heritage Month 2017 is geared at celebrating Guyana’s first peoples by reflecting on their contributions; and to protect, pursue and promote Indigenous heritage while trying to recapture lost traditions.This year’s calendar of activities was also unveiled at the launch, showing that it will kick-start with a ceremonial launch and cultural extravaganza on September 1, 2017 at the Sophia Exhibition Centre in Georgetown.Ovid Williams had presented an overview of the cultural aspect of the month’s celebrations.
SharePrint RelatedThrough Twist of Geocaching Fate, #PSNoBoundaries Photo Contest Brings International Space Station Travel Bug to Geocaching Block PartyJuly 8, 2015In “Community”November Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentDecember 13, 2013In “Community”North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment NowMay 19, 2014In “Community” Share with your Friends:More There’s some serious Geocaching going on in this family.Brothers Sterling and Ethan are avid geocachers, and it seems to run in the family. Their mother, Candice, wanted to teach a Geocaching unit to the 120 students in her school’s gifted children program. At the time, though, there simply weren’t enough caches within walking distance of the school.It’s always sunny at Geocaching HQ.Sterling and Ethan are pictured in the middle, with dad David in the center back, and mom Candice on the far left.Like a true geocacher, Sterling came to the rescue.Once he had 100 finds, Sterling hid four geocaches that his mother could take her students to. The class was undoubtedly a success. Within several months, many of the students had over 100 finds (and their parents were getting in on it too). Sterling and his younger brother Ethan maintain their caches carefully, and Sterling himself now has over 200 finds, with 250 in sight.We were so excited that Sterling, Ethan, Candice, and David decided to spend the day at Geocaching HQ…especially since it was Sterling’s 10th birthday. Happy birthday Sterling, and best of luck to everyone!
The Environmental Protection Agency is hoping that more people will take steps to reduce their exposure to radon, a naturally occurring, odorless gas that kills more than 21,000 Americans every year.January is “National Radon Action Month,” and the EPA has posted a variety of links to information on radon and how to lower risks from exposure. Radon is produced by the breakdown of radium and uranium in the soil and gets into houses through cracks in the foundation or via well water. Health officials estimate that one in 15 homes in the U.S. have elevated levels of radon in indoor air.Radon’s only known health effect is lung cancer. Radon substantially increases the risk of lung cancer among smokers, and it kills nearly 3,000 people a year who have never smoked.The World Health Organization says that radon is responsible for up to 15 percent of all lung cancer cases worldwide. The “action level” is not a safe levelConcentrations of radon can be tested with a simple kit. (Home Depot sells kits for about $10, and they’re also available from a number of online sources.) The EPA recommends that homeowners take steps to reduce radon levels when tests show concentrations of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) in indoor air. But because there is no known “safe level” of exposure, the EPA also suggests homeowners consider remedial steps when radon levels are between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.“Unfortunately, many Americans presume that because the action level is 4 pCi/L, a radon level of less than 4 pCi/L is ‘safe,’” the EPA says. “This perception is altogether too common in the residential real estate market. In managing any risk, we should be concerned with the greatest risk. For most Americans, their greatest exposure to radon is in their homes; especially in rooms that are below grade (e.g., basements), rooms that are in contact with the ground and those rooms immediately above them.”Radon mitigation systems typically pull radon from inside the house and vent it above the roofline. (The EPA has published a guide describing a number of mitigation techniques and also offers advice on choosing a radon mitigation contractor.For more information on radon mitigation, see Martin Holladay’s article, “All About Radon.”
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