More than 100 persons recently participated in an oil spill demonstration exercise facilitated by ExxonMobil Guyana at Waini Point, Shell Beach Protected Area in Region One (Barima-Waini). These representatives were from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), coastal village councils and other key agencies.“Because we want to ensure that yours and other communities remain beautiful and untouched, ExxonMobil Guyana is committed to safe and environmentally responsible operations. This commitment is highlighted in our Corporate Environment Policy; Protect Tomorrow, Today,” Country Manager Rod Henson indicated in his address to those gathered on the Beach last Friday.According to him, it is the company’s fundamental goal everywhere it operates to ensure that there are no environmental incidents.“Not only do we comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, but we seek to go beyond these where practical and apply international standards where laws and regulations do not exist. Already, we have partnered with key agencies over the years and even here in Region One to ensure that the natural beauty of coastal communities and life beyond the shores remain intact.”Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley has said that the Administration is pleased that coastal communities are now better able to protect themselves from an oil spill, should one occur.“This exercise while it may seem very simple, it is very important and significant to the development of this newfound wealth in our country in which, as a people at the local level, [we] will be empowered to know what needs to be done if there should be an oil spill,” he explained.Similarly, Captain Salim October of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) stated that while existing concerns of citizens cannot be ignored, this is an important part of the country’s overall preparedness to respond to a potential oil spill.“Engaging in this exercise no doubt is considered proactive and to some extent, it is considered preventative,” he expressed.The demonstration exercise was done with support from the Civil Defence Commission, the Regional Democratic Council, Protected Areas Commission (PAC), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).Friday’s event is one in a series of drills and workshops planned by ExxonMobil Guyana in coastal communities across the country.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA PUENTE – A fledgling organization in La Puente wants to change the court system to keep children away from their alleged abusers.The Family Court Reform Coalition formed about three months ago.“We wanted the organization to reflect the large number of professionals who want to help protect children,” said Executive Board Member Tasha Amador.The coalition has about45 members on its advisory board, with more lining up to volunteer, she said.The organization is starting up in an office in La Puente and is applying for nonprofit status, Amador said.The coalition was formed by members of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the National Organization for Women but is not affiliated with that group, Amador said.The advisory board includes professionals and advocates from around the country.“We have been fighting the courts that are doing outrageous things to women and children,” said Dr. Paul Fink, coalition advisory board member and president of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence.Some courts use a controversial theory called “parental alienation syndrome” that puts children with an abusive parent, he said.“We’d like to find a way to get courts to learn about science – what is valid and what is not,” Fink said. “Our goal is to get reform into the court system.”The coalition will provide a responsible parent with a knowledgable attorney and psychiatrists who could serve as expert witnesses to counter the system, he said.The group also wants to educate the public about this issue, formulate reform and advocacy strategies and push for legislation to effectively address these problems to better protect children and families, Amador said.One educational tool is a documentary titled “Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories,” which explores custody cases involving domestic violence.The coalition did not produce the documentary, but some of its advisory members appear in it, Amador said.But the group may face an uphill battle. These types of organizations don’t have a lot of power and influence, said Dean Tong, a family rights and forensic consultant on child abuse, domestic violence and custody cases.He had not heard about his specific group, but he said in general such a grass-roots organization might generate some media attention but they won’t necessarily influence public policy. firstname.lastname@example.org(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2230