The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) held a disaster preparedness camp on Saturday for children ranging between the ages of five and eleven.Some of the children participating in a fire drillThe camp aimed at teaching children the basics in what to do in the event of a disaster. They were taught first-aid, fire safety, water sanitation and hygiene, and solid waste management.The one-day camp was held at Camp Ayanganna, the Guyana Defence Force Headquarters, Georgetown, under the theme “Planting the Seed for Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness”.The camp is the first of its kind and was sponsored by Digicel (Guyana) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Head of CDC, Retired Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup said that the aim of the camp is to ensure that children are aware and equipped to handle disasters. The Retired Colonel pointed out that many times children lose their lives because they do not know what to do when a disaster such as a fire, occurs.“I hope we can manage them and ensure that the seeds are really planted on fertile soil so that they can go home, teach their parents, brothers and sisters and schoolmates,” Colonel Ramsarup stated.“We are hoping to do it every August. We don’t just want to do it in Georgetown, we also want to go out in other regions,” he added.UNICEF representative for disaster risk management Ian Jones said that it is important for children to be participating in such camps. Jones noted that UNICEF continues to play a major role in the lives of children.“We are very much involved in making sure that children are fully involved in disaster management,” Jones stated.During the camp, the children were formed into groups and given small prizes after completion of each task.The CDC continues to implement Disaster Risk Management Systems (RDRMS) across all 10 administrative regions of Guyana.
1 Chelsea have had a £25m offer for Santos winger Gabriel Barbosa snubbed by the player, according to reports in Brazil.Incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte is understood to be a huge admirer of the 19-year-old and had ordered officials of his new club to stump up a mega fee.However, according to UOL Esporte, Barbosa is holding out for a dream move to Real Madrid in the future and is reluctant to move to Stamford Bridge.Santos have apparently accepted the bid from Chelsea but have informed the Premier League club that Barbosa wants to stay put in his native Brazil.Chelsea are not the first club to have been turned down by Barbosa, with Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune also receiving a similar response earlier this year. Blues boss Antonio Conte is understood to be a huge admirer Gabriel Barbosa
But the alternative measure on the upcoming ballot – Proposition 78 – isn’t any better. Proposition 78 is a dirty trick the drug companies came up with to defeat Proposition 79. It’s a meaningless, purely voluntary program under which pharmaceutical manufacturers could, but wouldn’t have to, cut prices. (Which, it’s worth noting, they’re free to do now.) So why put Proposition 78 on the ballot at all? Because if both it and Proposition 79 pass, only the higher vote-getter will take effect. The drug companies figure that even if they can’t defeat Proposition 79 outright, they can thwart it by drumming up more votes for their bogus countermeasure. And while we happen to agree that Proposition 79 is a bad idea, we refuse to play along with this deceitful strategy to confuse voters. The initiative process is a crucial component of California democracy. Disingenuous measures that serve only to debase it ought to be voted down. As for the question of how to make prescription drugs more affordable, this is a topic that needs to be addressed at the federal level. The new Medicare prescription-drug benefit may be a step in the right direction, but clearly when American drugs can be bought cheaper in Canada than in the U.S., something is not right. Too bad neither Proposition 78 nor 79 would fix that. DAILY NEWS SPECIAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS TO DATE: Proposition 74, teacher-tenure reform: Yes Proposition 78, voluntary prescription-drug discounts: No Proposition 79, mandatory prescription-drug discounts: No Proposition 80, energy regulation: No LAUSD Measure Y, school bond: No160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There are two propositions on the Nov. 8 ballot that deal with the problem of runaway prescription-drug costs, both of which deserve to be defeated – albeit for very different reasons. First, there’s Proposition 79, a solution that’s arguably worse than the problem it purports to solve. Then there’s Proposition 78, a sham and an affront to the initiative process. Let’s start with Proposition 79. The measure would try to pressure drug companies into providing prescriptions at a steep discount to those who earn up to 400 percent of the poverty level. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Sounds good, except that because the federal government is responsible for regulating drug manufacturers, there’s little the state can do about the matter. Thus the only leverage Proposition 79 can bring to bear is to penalize drug companies that don’t cooperate by denying sales of their drugs to Medi-Cal patients. But this is a dicey proposition. For starters, Medi-Cal depends on federal funding, so California could only deny coverage for certain drugs if it first got Washington’s approval. And no administration, Democrat or Republican, has shown much willingness to leverage classes of patients this way. For good reason. It would be wrong to use poor Medi-Cal patients – and their access to crucial medications – as pawns in a battle with pharmaceutical manufacturers. Worse yet, in a sop to trial lawyers, Proposition 79 includes a provision that would allow for lawsuits like the ones that voters barred by passing Proposition 64 last year. That alone should doom the bill.