A motion for the adoption of the long anticipated National Youth Policy is expected to be moved on Thursday in the National Assembly by Junior Education Minister Nicolette Henry.Junior Education Minister Nicolette HenryThe adoption of the policy will allow the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport within the Education Ministry along with its stakeholders, to carry out activities that target youth development.The policy is centred on a framework of five strategic areas. These are to improve the social, emotional and cultural skills of young people; produce a productive and enterprising youth workforce; develop quality education and market oriented skills; encourage leadership, participation and representation; and promote good health, security and safety.Presidential Adviser on Youth Empowerment Aubrey NortonEarlier this year, President David Granger had announced that the policy would come on stream soon. The policy was laid in the National Assembly on June 30, 2016.In August 2015, Presidential Adviser on Youth Empowerment Aubrey Norton had announced that the National Youth Policy draft had been completed and was awaiting review from President Granger and Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine.The National Youth Policy is supposed to be a comprehensive policy document that states the vision of the Government of Guyana for the youths of the country and also how this vision would be realised by the Government. The Policy caters for the needs of the youths in the age group of 15-35 years, which constitutes over 50 per cent of the population.It also identifies the vision and the five key objectives that are further sub-divided into several priority areas for youth development. It further suggests policy imperatives that should be implemented in each of these identified priority areas.The previous Administration had held numerous consultations on this initiative in an effort to finalise and subsequently implement the policy.
Garbage, mainly single-use plastics dumped aback the Marriott HotelThe Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Environment (DOE) is calling on citizens to refrain from the careless dumping of garbage, particularly single-use plastics, along Seawalls and other public spaces.During a visit to the area aback the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown, Stakeholder Management Coordinator, DOE, Aretha Forde highlighted that most of the garbage dumped at the location and many other sites comprise mainly of harmful plastics.This, she noted, is harming the environment as single-use and other plastics are non-biodegradable, which means they cannot break down or decay for many years.“There is no nutrient to return to the soil, this means when the plastic finally breaks down, it breaks down by light, by a process we call photodegradation and so those smaller pieces end up in our waterways,” Forde said.The smaller pieces of plastic are often eaten by marine life including fish, which are either poisoned by the chemicals contained in the plastic or are eaten by humans, who then become exposed to the toxic chemicals.The DOE Coordinator noted that scientific studies have shown that the chemicals in these plastics can cause hormone imbalance and certain types of cancers in humans.Guyana is going ‘green’ and according to Forde, there is no room for single-use plastics and other materials similar to plastics that are “environmentally unfriendly.”To raise awareness, the department will embark on a series of national consultations with various stakeholders especially the private sector to inform them about the impending ban on single-use plastics.“To kick-start the process, what we have learnt from experience that there are several processes that need to be ongoing before we draft legislation,” she pointed out.The ban on single-use plastics, which is expected to take effect within three years, was proposed to the Cabinet by the DOE. It will prevent the manufacture and sale of single-use plastics in Guyana.The department will also be working with the private sector to find suitable alternatives to the plastics, which include black and coloured plastic bags, plastic forks, spoons, cups, water bottles and single-use plastic items.“We need to get the message out to the students, they are the best carriers of positive messages especially about the environment and we need the general public to come on board,” she noted, adding that citizens will also determine the success of the initiative.
After the insanely successful internet experiment Twitch Plays Pokémon — wherein anyone on the internet could vote on every button press in a game of Pokémon — a parody project, Fish Plays Pokémon was born. Instead of being a fun and telling social experiment, it was meant to be a silly parody. The fish didn’t — and still hasn’t — made it very far. Once the freshness of the joke wore off, so did the Twitch channel’s viewership. Now, everyone has moved on to Fish Plays Street Fighter, wherein two fish in a bowl are going head-to-head in matches of Street Fighter II Turbo.This time around, two fish share a tank that has been broken up into nine quadrants, with each quadrant corresponding to an in-game button press.In order for the rig to work, a webcam is aimed at the fish tank, and color detection recognizes the button-swims thanks to a bit of custom code.The fish are able to send multiple button-presses at once so long as they happen to be in two quadrants right when the check is made. However, in order to allow for the possibility of combos and something more than basic attacks, movement input is evaluated first.As opposed to Fish Plays Pokémon, the two fish playing Street Fighter actually make in-game progress. You likely won’t see competitive combos or even a single Hadouken, but you will see characters kick and punch each other until the match is over. You’ll also be witness to a lot of jumping and ducking in the same spot over and over, and the characters aimlessly backing themselves into corners. When the fish are active, at least, the matches don’t take too long.