President David Granger on Friday told residents of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) that the Botanical Gardens will be modified to contain varieties of every tree found anywhere in Guyana.According to the Public Information and Press Service Unit within the Ministry of the Presidency, the President said, “I am going to change the National Botanical Gardens. That Botanical Gardens must be the home of a specimen of every tree in Guyana. It must obtain, it must contain, it must maintain several specimens of all species of trees in Guyana. Children must be able to go and see what a greenheart tree is, what a crabwood tree is, what a purpleheart tree is…not just mango and guava [trees]. They have a thousand species of trees to learn about.”The ministry’s media unit reported that Granger who was at this year’s National Tree Planting Day held at Union Village (No. 53), said “the Botanical Gardens must become a schoolhouse for our children to learn the wonders of Guyana’s trees.”Meanwhile, the President noted that Guyana will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its Republican status next year, which will coincide with petroleum development and the launch a Decade of Development: 2020-2029.The ‘Decade’ is aimed at ensuring that every section, sector and segment of our society will benefit from economic development. The President said objectives of the Decade of Development are aligned to the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS): Vision 2040.The President assured that agriculture will not be neglected during the ‘Decade’ and that food products, not petroleum, will remain a mainstay of the economy.“Agro-processing will intensify during the ‘Decade’. Guyana’s petroleum revenues, inter alia, will be deployed to modernize the agricultural sector, including by adding value to primary, locally-produced fruits and vegetables, in accordance with the ‘Strategy’,” Granger said.Further, he added that investment is the muscle of production and Government, notwithstanding the advances made over the past four years, recognizes the need to catalyse the agro-industrial sector.“It will offer fiscal incentives for investors interested in promoting export-oriented agro-processing,” he said.Granger iterated that trees are essential to developing the agro-industrial sector. He reminded that the East Berbice-Corentyne has the land, the expertise and the experience to accelerate the development of tree-based, agro-processing which can provide economic and environmental benefits.The President said the agro-processing of fruits will allow everyone to benefit from trees without having to cut them down, adding that the Regions should encourage the generation of gardens, greenhouses and orchards to grow more trees.Agro-processing is a key element of Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040. The ‘Strategy’ is Guyana’s roadmap towards becoming a ‘green’ state and one which emphasizes the commodification of agricultural productio
Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award Winning Actor (Dallas Buyers Club), director, producer, writer and philanthropist, will be the Inspiration Honoree and special guest speaker at this year’s Third Annual City Gala on March 4th, 2018, held at Universal Studios Hollywood.The actor will be honored for his work with his own just keep livin Foundation.The Gala is the culmination of three days of events – following the two-day City Summit on March 2nd and 3rd featuring keynote speaker, Ashton Kutcher. The Gala supports these nonprofit, charitable beneficiaries: Already Always Amazing, Bright Futures Foundation, Feed A Billion, Fulfilled Families, Firelife Foundation, Project NOW, Conscious Capitalism, Child Liberation Foundation, and My Life My Power.Matthew McConaughey is known as much for his work onscreen (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar) as off, through his just keep livin Foundation which he started with his wife, Camila. Early in his career, while filming Dazed and Confused, McConaughey struggled with the passing of his father. It was during this time that he was overtaken by a saying that would become the mantra of his life: “just keep livin.” In 2015, the foundation was created to help empower high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future. The work that Matthew McConaughey has done through his own foundation, his tireless commitment to giving back to the community, and his successful film and TV career, make him an obvious choice to be this year’s Inspiration Honoree.“City Summit and City Gala bring together leaders in their fields who have the common goal of supporting humanitarian efforts. Our event raises critical funds to allow startup, nonprofit organizations to get the funding they need to achieve their goals. We could not be more thrilled to have McConaughey as this year’s honoree,” said Ryan Long, Founder of City Summit & Gala. This year’s Gala will include dinner, a celebrity poker tournament, and live and online auction put on by CharityStars, the world’s most comprehensive fundraising platform and creator of AidCoin.Find out more about the event here.