Over 30 different vehicles of all makes models and years were on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the mall. Meanwhile, representatives from the hospital foundation were on hand to serve up cold drinks and sizzling hamburgers to hungry patrons as a fundraiser, supported by the Co-op Mall. Not only did the barbeque raise $500, but the Co-op generously agreed to match that amount for a total of $1,000 raised.That money will go towards the “Extreme Maternity Makeover” campaign, a project to renovate the second-floor maternity ward at the hospital. The public can further support that campaign by visiting a local Tim Horton’s during their “Smile Cookie” campaign that runs from Sept. 19 to 23, or the Shopper’s Drug Mart as it hosts its “Tree of Life” campaign that will be ongoing throughout September.Included here are a few photos from the show-and-shine and barbeque on Sunday.- Advertisement –
Scotiabank takeoverRepublic Financial Holdings Limited, the parent company of Republic Bank (Guyana), has not been granted permission by the Central Bank of Guyana for the purchase/acquisition of the operations of Scotiabank in Guyana.Governor at Central Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind GangaThis was revealed by Governor at the Central Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, who told Guyana Times on Tuesday that the application was denied in light of concerns about “concentration” and “competition” which would have negative impacts on the country’s financial system.He stated that both banks were notified on Tuesday about the Central Bank of Guyana’s evaluation and position on this matter.“…to tell more specifically Republic Bank that we could not approve their application for the merger or acquisition of the assets because of a number of factors. But largely it would be the high level of concentration in the financial and/or banking system that would have had an impact on the health of the financial system with respect to systemic risks. In addition, with respect to cost because it would have led to lower cost efficiency meaning that competition would have been affected,” Ganga told this publication.According to Dr Ganga, had Republic Bank (Guyana) been allowed to forge ahead with its planned takeover of Scotiabank’s operations here then this would have resulted in systemic effects.“Meaning it could cause things happening in the financial system which we could not control…we would have indicated to Scotiabank that we don’t have a problem in terms of the bank wanting to sell but we would have liked for them to look into the areas where you would not have the concentration and you have a proper, potential buyer,” he added.Meanwhile, a senior financial and banking expert told this publication that it would be “preferable” if Scotiabank sells its operations to an international bank.“With oil and gas coming in, international banks are seeing more opportunities here and there are some of them that are doing due diligence,” the banking expert noted.In late November 2018, after the proposed buyout was announced, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had stated that Republic Bank Limited’s acquisition of Scotiabank’s operations in Guyana could be unhealthy for the local financial sector.“From what I’ve seen – the figures that I’ve read about – is that the merged entity could control more than 50 per cent of our total assets in the banking sector and more than 50 per cent of total deposits. This is unhealthy and therefore I will support our regulators to uphold the law to avoid undue concentration in a single entity, which puts our entire financial system at risk,” the Opposition Leader stated.His statements came on the heels of the Canadian-based Scotiabank announcing that it has signed an agreement to sell its banking operations in Guyana and eight other Caribbean nations to Republic Financial Holdings Limited.
Wendell MeusaNational Chess Champion and Coach Wendell Meusa under his organisation, the Wendell Meusa Chess Foundation (WMCF), is striving to spread the game of chess to students from an early age. As such, the Foundation has hosted its chess summer camp which was inclusive of two competitions.Admitting that chess is not very popular in Guyana, Meusa disclosed that the Foundation has a goal of pushing kids in Guyana to get involved in the sport. Aside from that, he is hopeful that he can produce players that are ranked internationally. “One of the main objectives here is to get these kids what we call a FIDE (World Chess Federation) ID. All of the participants should be getting an ID; this is the first step in receiving an international rating,” he said.Speaking on the attendance to the camp, the chess champion noted that there was an unexpectedly large turnout. Added to that, the students who were trained and graded performed exceptionally when it was time to put their newfound skill to the test.“This is the first time I’ve had a class where our lowest percentage was actually 92.5,” Meusa said in celebrating the children’s achievement. The programme also produced its youngest player, five-year-old Javier Ali.Meusa described the end-of-program competition as being “very competitive”. “It was very, very competitive. These kids have shown a lot of improvement.”Zeroing in on the specific areas that he has identified improvements in, Meusa stated, “We’re seeing more theoretical chess games, less blunders, less mistakes. We’ve seen positional sacrifices, tactical things, so these children are showing that they’re promising.”Coupled with their astonishing progress, Meusa highlighted that the majority of the players are at a fairly young age, thus giving them more time for improvement. “Most of them are between the ages of 14 and 15, so I think Guyana has a bright future with chess.”Ethan Lee, 15, could be considered the shining star of the programme, winning both of the tournaments hosted with a spotless record.
A team of 23 from the Association do Shotokan Karate – Guyana (ASK-Guyana) will look to seek glory at the 3rd International Karate Daigaku (IKD) World Karate Championships which is scheduled to be held in Barbados.The team, to be led by Roger Peroune, the Kata captain and Keith Beaton, the Kumite captain, with Amir Khouri who will be judging, leaves on August 13 and returns on the August 20.With hopes at a high, members are anxiously awaiting their events so as to gain a podium spot for their country and association. The competition will be huge with over 350 competitors vying for the top spots.The team was able to compete thanks to the sponsors, and more so the parents of the team’s participants, and support from the ASK-G fund raising team.
However, the study population is not demographically representative of the nation as a whole, so officials cautioned against using the results as a national average. The study doesn’t include some of the most populous states such as California, Texas and Florida. Also, the study does not answer whether autism has recently been on the rise – a controversial topic, driven in part by the contention of some parents and advocates that it is linked to a vaccine preservative, thimerosal. The best scientific studies have not borne out that claim. “We can’t make conclusions about trends yet” because the study’s database is too new, Rice said. Autism is a complex disorder usually not diagnosed in children until after age 3. It is characterized by a range of behaviors, including difficulty in expressing needs and inability to socialize. The cause is not known. Scientists have been revising how common they think the disorder is. Past lower estimates were based on smaller studies. The study released Thursday is one of the first scientific papers to come out of a more authoritative way of measuring it. “This is a more accurate rate because of the methods they used,” said Dr. Eric Hollander, an autism expert at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The study involved data from parts or all of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Researchers looked specifically at children who were 8 years old because most autistic kids are diagnosed by that age. The researchers checked health records in each area and school records when available, looking for children who met diagnostic criteria for autism. They used those numbers to calculate a prevalence rate for each study area. Asperger’s included Included were autism-linked conditions such as Asperger disorder, which some experts say might partly account for the higher rate. Dr. Fred Volkmar, director of the Child Study Center at Yale University, said the educational records researchers relied on in some states might be misleading. Sometimes, if a child has problems that seem like autism, parents will push for an autism label to get additional educational services, he said. Rates varied dramatically among states, in some cases. The rate was 3.3 per 1,000 in the northeastern Alabama study area and 10.6 per 1,000 in the Newark, N.J., metro area. Researchers say they don’t know why the rate was so high in New Jersey. They think the Alabama rate was low partly because of limited access to special-education records.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This data today shows we’re going to need more early intervention services and more therapists, and we’re going to need federal and state legislators to stand up for these families,” said Alison Singer, spokeswoman for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest organization advocating services for autistic children. Not national average The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was based on 2002 data from 14 states. It calculated an average autism rate of 6.6 per 1,000, compared with an estimate last year of 5.5 in 1,000. “Autism is more common than we believed,” said Catherine Rice, a CDC behavioral scientist who was the study’s lead author. The research was based on 2002 data from all or part of the 14 states. It involved an intense review of medical and school records for children and gives the clearest picture yet of how common autism is in some parts of the country, CDC officials said. The results suggest that 560,000 children and young adults have the condition. ATLANTA – About one in 150 American children has autism, U.S. health officials said Thursday, calling the troubling disorder an urgent public health concern that is more common than they had thought. The new numbers are based on the largest, most convincing, study done so far in the United States, and trump previous estimates that placed the prevalence at one in 166. The difference means roughly 50,000 more children and young adults may have autism and related disorders than was previously thought – a total nationwide of more than half a million people. Advocates said the study provides a sad new understanding of autism’s burden on society, and should fuel efforts to get the government to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars for autism research and services.
GIVING giant profit-making corporations taxpayer-funded subsidies is not a good way to build a healthy city. You’d think that a self-proclaimed group of progressive politicians such as the Los Angeles City Council would get that. Yet, somehow members continue to support schemes that rob taxpayers for the benefit of rich developers. The Grand Avenue project is a case in point, in which developers will likely get a gift from city politicians of $66 million to build luxury condos, restaurants and other businesses. Same with l.a.live, the entertainment and hotel complex adjacent to the Convention Center that will be completed with $300 million in public financing through a loan, tax breaks and fee waivers. If those two weren’t bad enough, we now have the horribly convoluted revision of the “living-wage” ordinance. The City Council’s original living-wage ordinance was terrible policy from its inception, using the power of law to step into a labor-organizing effort on the side of the union. It ordered hotels along the Century Boulevard corridor near Los Angeles International Airport to pay a wage determined by local politicians that was over and above state-mandated minimum. The hotels were predictably upset, and launched an aggressive and costly campaign to let voters decide whether to rescind the living-wage ordinance. Afraid of a public debate and brutal campaign, the council backed down, and now is coming back with yet another attempt at imposing a form of municipal socialism on Los Angeles. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa brokered a deal that now turns out to be even worse for the city. Under the deal, hotels are being coerced to pay significantly higher wages, but those costs will be offset by a number of city-funded benefits: $1 million for street improvements, $50,000 for marketing for the area, possible business-tax reductions and maybe even a city conference center. Of course, the city doesn’t really pay for anything. You do, through your taxes. And you also pay in the form of less money to improve your neighborhood, fewer cops to protect your family, more broken sidewalks and crumbling streets. The council still has to take up this ordinance, but it likely will sail through, unless you let it be known where you stand. A handful of workers and giant corporations will benefit, and the city as a whole will be worse off, unless the people stand up for themselves for a change. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“That is what I really love to do.” The teen said it’s her duty to turn away from her guilty pleasures. “That’s what Jesus did for me,” she said. Sister Mary Magdalene Acu a, principal of the school, said prayer and spiritual reflection are part of daily life for the students on her campus. From kindergarten on, the young minds are taught about gospels, prayer and holy days, and awareness is just heightened during Lent. “We want them to be aware that Jesus died on the crucifix for each and every one of them,” Acu a said. Lent, which means spring in Old English, is about rebirth, Acu a added. “Giving up is not just about the sacrifice; it’s about a changing of the self.” Fifth-grade teacher Sister Catalina Avila said her students don’t seem turned off by the torture and suffering that is taught during her Lent lesson plans. She said that is what makes their sacrifices so important. “They understand that their sacrifice, like Jesus’, is all in preparation for the joyful celebration that will follow during Easter,” Avila said. The reward is in the sacrifice, Avila said. Some students at the school will be taking their spiritual actions further by giving up allowances and milk money and sending it to developing countries as part of a schoolwide project. Fifth-grader Christa Fandino will definitely have some spare change with her abstinence choice. “I am giving up Starbucks and candy,” Fandino said. email@example.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Going to church in droves on Ash Wednesday, as their elders did, the very young also re-examined their lives. Beyond abstaining from meat on Fridays, the students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School – the last remaining Catholic school in Santa Clarita – will be giving up their not-so-healthy addictions. For 40 days, these children plan to shy away from such things as television, video games and even pizza. The kids say no sacrifice is too large. “I’m giving up junk food and going to the movies,” eighth-grader Melissa Guzman said. NEWHALL When the time came for first-grader Austin Garcia to decide what he would give up for Lent this year, the freckle-faced 6-year-old knew exactly what he’d quit. “Cheating,” Garcia said. “I like to cheat when I play soccer.” Along with young Garcia, Catholics everywhere began the season of fasting and repentance Wednesday.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The following age groups are available: Future Stars (ages 5-13), Rising Stars (ages 7-18) and Big Kids (ages 18 and up). For information call (626) 914-8228. Glendora Community Services has scheduled tennis lessons at Dawson Park, 241 W. Dawson Ave. A session is slated for March 5-30, followed by classes on April 2-27, April 30-May 25 and May 29-June 22.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A record-setting unmanned flying wing tested at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Part of a program that set altitude records for propeller aircraft, the solar-powered Pathfinder-Plus is now on display at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Virginia. The aircraft was flown at NASA Dryden in the 1990s. “It’s certainly a valuable artifact,” museum spokesman Peter Golkin said. “The Pathfinder-Plus represents great progress in solar power and in the ability to do research in high altitudes.” Built by Monrovia-based AeroVironment, the aircraft originally was used for a classified government program in the early 1980s that was aimed at developing a high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft for surveillance purposes. It originally was powered by batteries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After that program was canceled, the aircraft was stored for 10 years before being brought back briefly in the early 1990s for use in developing a long-duration aircraft as part of a ballistic missile defense system. In the mid-1990s, the aircraft became part of a NASA Dryden-led effort to develop high-altitude, long-duration research aircraft. In September 1995, Pathfinder set an altitude record of 50,500 feet for solar-powered aircraft in a flight near Edwards and then set another record by flying to 71,500 feet in 1997 in a flight over the Hawaiian Islands. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743