Guyana is preparing to host the 24th Congress of Ministers and high officials of tourism in March.Ministers from 34 countries that are part of the Organisation of American States (OAS) will meet for the Inter-American Committee on Tourism (CITUR).This year’s Congress is being held under the theme “Connecting the Americas Through Sustainable Tourism”. The focus of the meeting will be how to “connect our countries a little better through a common approach to sustainable tourism”, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin noted.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Gaskin, who has responsibility for tourism, said this was the first-ever OAS ministerial conference to be held in Guyana.“It’s very significant to host these international events. It raises the profile of our country. We, of course, have to ensure it comes off successfully so there is a lot of work to be done.”“It puts us on the map. I think it is something we can be proud of,” he added.Gaskin noted that over the past two years, there has been increased interest in Guyana as a destination for the hosting of conferences.“People want to be in Guyana; they sense that there are exciting things happening in Guyana and so Guyana has now become an interesting place and that puts us in the running for hosting various conferences and events,” the Minister asserted.
SANTA CLARITA – The City of Santa Clarita will distribute free used oil recycling kits to residents at Charity Cruise Night beginning at 6 p.m. June 3 at Valencia AutoSpa in Valencia. The kits, funded by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, include a collection container, funnel, shop rag, filter bag, spill mat and tire gauge. The city is distributing the kits to increase participation in the curbside used oil and filter recycling program. Used oil can contain such contaminants as lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, arsenic, chlorides, cadmium and chlorinated compounds. Oil poured down drains or onto the ground can work its way into ground and surface waters, causing serious pollution problems. One gallon of used oil can foul a million gallons of drinking water, and federal reports indicate that used motor oil accounts for more than 40 percent of the total oil pollution of our nation’s harbors and waterways. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAfter picking up kits, residents can call Curbside Inc. at (800) 449-7587 to schedule home collection of the oil and filters. Residents also may take their used oil and filters to a local certified collection center. For a list of locations, call (800) 253-2687 or visit www.1800cleanup.org. For information, call the city’s Environmental Services Division at (661) 286-4098. Proof of Santa Clarita residency is required for a free kit. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!