Ready or not: Govt eyes year-end deadline for regional flags

first_imgCentral Government has given regions until this year end to conclude consultations, raise whatever issues they may have and suggest alternatives, after which the flags for each region will be adopted.This was communicated by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan on the sidelines of an event on Friday. Bulkan informed Guyana Times that Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) has indicated acceptance of the proposed renaming as Rupununi.“It is part and parcel of a menu of measures that will allow for personal identification with our regions and to foster pride. There is a great degree of push back on the part of a number of our Regional Democratic Councils, in relation to this initiative of the Central Government. As it relates to the renaming of our regions, it arises from recognition by the Administration that our regions continue to be referred to as a number and not their names.”“The reason for this, is it is considered that the names of our regions are too long and probably a shorter name will lend to it being more user friendly. Again, the rationale is it is difficult for humans to form an emotional attachment with a number. So we feel that for regional empowerment and pride, persons need to refer to their regions by a name and not a number.”Bulkan explained that it was a matter of regional pride. According to the Minister, citizens cannot form emotional connections… with numbers. Asked for an update on the consultations that were supposed to be carried out, he noted that other regions will need time, when it comes to both a name change and a flag.“They do have a little bit more time. We’re giving them up to the end of this year, because specimens of each of the regional flags have been given to the regions. In the absence of their proposing or suggesting an alternative, in all likelihood we will proceed in the near future with adopting those flags as the regional flags.”Back in 2016, a decision to give each region its own flag was announced by the Government. At the time, it was noted that the initiative was part of a wider effort to promote the decentralisation of the 10 regions.The proposal has met with stout resistance from some regional officials. There have also been delays in holding consultations on the proposal.In addition, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was not enamoured with the idea.The Party had declared that the Golden Arrowhead is the constitutional flag of Guyana, adding that any other flag imposed will be contrary to the country’s Constitution. In addition, the party had noted that most residents would prefer jobs, enhanced public security, money in their pockets, better roads, improved potable water supply and efficient garbage collection over flags.“Rather than seeking to change things that obtained under the PPP/C and to make things look different under the (A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change) APNU/AFC, the Granger coalition Administration should change their racial and political discriminatory and witch-hunting practices, as well as their wasteful spending and focus on improving the economic and social well-being of all Guyanese,” the party had stated.last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: It’s January and that can mean only one thing…It’s Detox time.Well, if you believed every advertisement that has been popping up on Facebook, Google and any other media platform, you would think that you actually needed to detox. There are thousands of these that pop up every January; lemon detox, 3 day detox, 7 day detox, Teatox and my personal favourite” Booteatox”, named because it apparently gives you a better bootea…These diets are all based on the same premise.The story goes like this;
 After Christmas, due to all the excess food and drink that we have taken in, our bodies are apparently full of ‘toxins’ that we need to get rid of. 
The only way we could possibly do this is to buy detox products that are made to help with the removal of these ‘toxins’.What you can eat on these diets varies, depending on the type of detox you are following. There are many of them. 
Some involve fasting, or just drinking liquids. 
Others allow some foods, like fruits and vegetables. 
Typically they are short diets, but one thing is for certain, they are not a way of eating that you can stick with in the long run.Many of these detox diets are also marketing themselves as weight loss products.Along with the ‘toxins’ that you will be expelling, you will also get rid of any unwanted weight that you may have gained over the holiday season.The simple reason for this is that you are drastically reducing calories through the products detoxing methods.When you reduce calories like this, you will lose weight, but like any other fad diet, once you return to normal calorie intake you will gain back any weight you may have lost. It’s inevitable.Another reason that some of these detox products claim to help with weight loss is they can have the herbal laxative Senna in their ingredients.If taken for long periods of time, Senna can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, electrolyte imbalance, and dehydration.But surely there has to be some sort of truth to these products? They can’t all be fake, can they?A group of more than 300 young UK scientists and engineers, who investigated the evidence behind claims made for products and diets, have started a public awareness campaign by publishing a dossier that shows the word “detox” has no meaning outside of the clinical treatment of drug addiction and poisoning.The Detox Dossier investigators found that:No two companies had the same definition for “detox”.The word “detox” was used to promote a range of things from foot patches to hair straighteners, without consistent explanations of what the word means.In most cases no evidence was presented to back up the “detox” claims on products.In most cases, producers and retailers contacted by the young scientists were forced to admit that they were using the word “detox” instead of mundane things like “cleaning” or “brushing”.Not only are detox diets not good for people with certain medical conditions, they can be harmful. 

They don’t improve blood pressure or cholesterol.Detox diets have no positive effect on the heart.For people with diabetes, they may be quite dangerous.Any diet that severely restricts what you eat, could lead to dangerously low blood sugar if you take medicine for diabetes.So, what is the best ‘Detox Diet’ to choose?The truth is, none of them.Your body is an expert at getting rid of toxins, no matter what you eat.Toxins don’t build up in your liver, kidneys or any other part of your body, and you’re not going to get rid of them with the latest detox wonder product.Our liver and kidneys are all we will ever need to detox and if you want to give them a helping hand, all you have to do is cut down on processed foods, reduce your alcohol intake and increase your water intake.Simple as that ☺#TrainSmartFor details on Personal Training, Semi Private Training and group training, please contact me through the link below. RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: DEBUNKING THE DETOX MYTH was last modified: January 11th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dangerousdetox dietsdiabetesDonegal Dailyemmet rushehealthmythlast_img read more