Police, stakeholders meet with Charity residents to address concerns about children

first_img…Education Ministry officials no-showThe increase in teen pregnancies and the spike in children involved in criminal activities are the two main issues affecting residents in Charity, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam)This is according to Commander of G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands), Khali Pareshram, who told Guyana Times that during a meeting with dozens of residents, the police were told that these issues stem from truancy acts.As such, a stakeholder meeting was recently held between the residents and various Government agencies to discuss solutions to these pressing issues, however, representatives from the region’s Education Department were a no-show.“Some persons pledged to have more children registered in the Police Youth Group and this was done in an effort to instil values and skills in the youths. Noticeably absent at the meeting was the Education Department, whose input was much needed to deal with truancy among other matters.  Despite a written invitation was sent,” the Commander related.However, in attendance were the Regional Executive Officer, Dennis Jaikarran, and representatives from the Child Care and Protection Agency, Probation and Welfare Department and Charity/Urasara Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).According to Commander Pareshram, several other issues were raised and addressed.“In addition, an Action Group was formed, mainly to deal with delinquent youths in the Charity community. Members of this group comprise of residents and stakeholders with the Child Care and Protection Agency as the lead agency. Matters raised in respect to the NDC of Charity were numerous and this has prompted a separate visit by Mr Jaikarran to address the many irregularities.”It was also noted that many skilled persons offered their services to support the functioning of the Police Youth Group at Charity.“With the current systems in place coupled with the Action Group, residents of Charity have now felt satisfied that efforts were made to deal with their difficulties,” the Police Commander added.One week before this meeting, over 50 residents of Charity, Region Two, turned up to a “Face the Community” meeting hosted by G Division of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) where they voiced several concerns.Guyana Times was told that over 80 per cent of the issues affecting those residents stem from actions by school-aged children.Commander Pareshram explained that at the top of the long list of concerns raised was the matter, which was pointed out by several persons, that a specific group of young men are committing crimes in their community.The Commander added that those pinpointed are the same individuals who had alleged “police brutality” when they were earlier apprehended by police ranks in relation to other crimes committed.“The residents called on the police and the relevant stakeholders to quickly address the very unpleasant situation with the young boys which has now become unbearable.”Complaints were also made about other children between the ages of 10 and 14 who are also said to be engaging in criminal activities. Many of these children should be attending schools, however, for reasons unknown, they are not in classrooms but reportedly involved in illegal actions, he noted.“These children that the residents are complaining about, apparently they are all delinquents, they are not going to school. The residents also said that there are children living in stalls at the Market Centre. A request was made for a truancy campaign.”The residents of Charity also pointed out that a growing trend in their community is the issue of an increase in teenage pregnancies.Commander Pareshram noted that they also highlighted that there are young females in their area who are involved in “sexual favours”. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Learn How To Create 2D Motion Graphics with After Effects

first_imgIf you are eager to learn more about After Effects, this tutorial will help jump-start your next 2D motion graphics project.The world of 2D motion graphics can be a fulfilling hobby and profession. It gives you the opportunity every day to tell a story without any limitations. However, understanding how to use the tools can take quite a bit of time, which can be daunting. No worries! This After Effects 2D motion graphics tutorial will set you up with the essential beginner’s knowledge to get started.If you are new to After Effects, try using the project file included in the download below to follow along. It includes all of the assets and files you need to get started!Download Now!Adobe After Effects is a huge application with endless menus of effects, tabs, tools, and so forth. In this tutorial, we focus on what you will use every day. We look at shape layers and how you can build your 2D motion graphics by stacking graphics and adding effects to create animation groups.What You’ll Learn From This 2D Motion Graphics TutorialTo cover the basics of 2D motion graphics, this tutorial will take you step-by-step through creating a logo intro. Here are just a few of the many unique concepts you’ll learn in this After Effects tutorial:Shape layersLinear and easy ease keyframesWorking in 3D spaceControlling your color paletteCreating stroke animationsUsing solid layers for motion graphicsRemember: your job as a motion graphics artist is not only to produce great animation but also to create animation that makes sense for the brand project or story you’re working on. It’s easy to go off track and create graphics just because you want to fill every inch of the composition. Do what makes sense, and try to find the motivation behind every graphic.Enjoy the tutorial and good luck!Need Inspiration? Check Out These After Effects Templates!Shapeshifter (via Rocketstock.com)Sigma (via Rocketstock.com)Tau (via Rocketstock.com)last_img read more

MV Suez row won’t hit Indo-Pak talks: Govt

first_imgThe government on Sunday downplayed the row between the Indian and Pakistan navies and ruled out any adverse fallout of the incident on the Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks scheduled in Islamabad on June 23-24.Over the past two days, Islamabad and New Delhi have exchanged charges on reported “dangerous manoeuvres” carried out by each other’s warships in the Gulf of Aden.It all started with Pakistani official protesting against aggression by INS Godavari towards PNS Babur, when the latter was escorting the freed vessel MV Suez to Oman.It has been learnt that Indian ships had earlier run into trouble with PNS Babur in January and November last year as well.However, senior officials in New Delhi sought to downplay the issue and ruled out any impact on the talks later this week, which India is approaching with “an open and constructive mind”.The talks are likely to result in the announcement of key confi-dence building measures (CBMs) in areas of nuclear security, trade and cross LoC connectivity.The government does not want to up the ante ahead of the bilateral talks after it decided last February to virtually resume the ‘composite dialogue’ process that was suspended as a mark of protest after the 26/11 attack.Firing from across the LoC and increase in infiltration attempts into J&K have been a common phenomenon ahead of high level talks between the two countries.Sources said foreign secretary Nirupama Rao will be going to Islamabad with “realistic expectations” and that the two sides would try to build upon theprogress achieved in the past on various issues.advertisementIt was also pointed out that cross-border terror aimed at India would be a key component of the dialogue.”Our concerns have not, in any way, diminished by the resumption of the dialogue…How can we not take up our concerns of terrorism? It is central to our concerns,” a senior source said.The government is also disappointed with the glacial pace of the ongoing 26/11 trial in Pakistan, as the judge was changed for the fourth time recently.Sources said India has provided all documents and evidence and sought a satisfactory closure to the case.”It is not behind us,” the source said, adding that Rao and her delegation will also discuss the larger conspiracy that has emerged in the trial of Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley who has testified in a Chicago court on the links between the ISI and terror groups and the spy agency’s role in the 26/11 attacks.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Elite Eight Daily Wrap – Day One

first_imgBy Eden RichardsIt was a day of thrilling finishes in the Men’s Elite Eight on day one of the 2016 National Touch League. Two Queensland teams remain undefeated with the QLD Titans notching three wins from three starts and the QLD Cowboys securing two wins and a draw. The Alliance are yet to get off the mark and therefore sit last at the foot of the table on zero wins. They will need everything to go their way tomorrow if they are to mount an unlikely charge to the finals. In a sign of how close the Men’s Elite Eight is this year, just under half of the games played on day one were decided by one touchdown or less. The Women’s Elite Eight featured close contests all day and after 12 games one standout team has emerged.The Queensland Broncos went through three games unbeaten and look the side to beat for the title. The New South Wales Rebels, New South Wales Mets and Titans are all one game back on the standings but it appears there may be a gap in class between the chasers and last year’s champions. The New South Wales Country Mavericks sit on one win and will need to seriously improve on day two if they are to figure in the finals. It was a horrid day for the Scorpions and The Alliance as neither managed to chalk up a win. The Rebels’ six touchdown win over The Alliance was the biggest win of the day and they will need more of the same if they are to catch the Broncos. Day two will begin at 9am on Thursday. Related LinksElite Eight Day Onelast_img read more