Culture will be changed by Venezuelan migrants – Norton

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgGuyana has seen thousands of migrants entering therein through the border to escape the economic crisis in Venezuela, and this will ultimately have some effect on Guyana’s culture and practices.Venezuelan migrants entering Guyana for better living conditionsThis was posited by Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton during the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) meeting, as he noted that these refugees will bring their own traditions and changes, evolving the cultural composition of the country.The most recent statistics have indicated that 5123 documented Venezuelan migrants have been recorded in Guyana, having fled their country in light of the growing social, political and economic crisis under the Nicolas Maduro Government.Many of them have been coming into neighbouring Guyana while others have dispersed to other countries in the region.“Our communal culture has been, and continues to be, shaped by the meaningful inclusion of a variety of forces. As we face the challenges of humanitarian crisis on our borders: migrants coming with their own culture, their dances, language and values, and those in the diaspora who exercise their right to return, our culture in the Caribbean will change and evolve,” the Minister stated.The situation has attracted international attention, and only recently the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that it would work with the Guyana Government to expand the infrastructure of hinterland schools to cater for migrant children.Public officers have also been trained on international best practices in assisting migrants and protecting them from abuse and/or exploitation of any kind.Additionally, the Region Two Administration – which also has a huge migrant population – has identified a two-storey building that will serve as a support centre for migrants.Although the Government has managed to put certain mechanisms in place to deal with Venezuelans seeking refuge in Guyana, it faces a major challenge of monitoring these individuals, due to the length of the border between the two countries.As Norton expounded on these social factors, he also mentioned the importance of policies being crafted to assist the creative sector in increasing capacity-building and lending financial support.The Minister said, “As we force uneconomic development and industry in many aspects, the culture and creative industry can become one of the key vehicles, driving development. It is up to us, the policy makers, to foster an environment which lends support to the artistic community, through development-friendly policies which address capacity building, technical assistance and assistance to source funding.”He added, “Culture is the tapestry that binds us and allows us to identify with each other. It inculcates the love of the diverse art forms. It preserves and transmits our common history and customs. It contributes to the aesthetics of our environment and remains at the core of our continued quest for sustained unity.”last_img read more

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By on December 26, 2019

first_imgTHE boss of a Donegal health insurance company pocketed an incredible 70 MILLION EURO last year in his salary.Stephen Hemsley is the Chief Executive of the United Health Group which has a base in Letterkenny.The American-based boss made a whopping €5.83M every month! The figure makes him the best paid chief of any company, according to American magazine Forbes.Hemsley makes seven times more than the man who runs the global fast food giant McDonalds.The company announced 200 extra jobs for Letterkenny last year.UnitedHealth group, which is based in Minneapolis, is a Fortune 100 company with operations in 63 locations worldwide. It currently employs 340 people at its Letterkenny site processing medical claims and working as IT technicians.At the time of the extra jobs announcement, US Vice-President of Operations, Jim Becker, said it was ‘a proud day’ for the Group.‘The Letterkenny facility stood out for us,” he said.‘Their unquestionable ability to succeed each and every day, along with their strategic location and passionate workforce made our decision very easy.”BOSS OF LETTERKENNY COMPANY HAS €70 MILLION SALARY was last modified: April 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Stephen HemsleyUnitedHealthGroup€70million salarylast_img read more

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