The 24th Inter-American Ministerial Congress on Tourism today, wrapped up its two-day session at the Marriott Hotel with more fruitful discussions by ministers and high-level authorities on achieving sustainable tourism, through multi-destination travel and building resilience in the tourism sector.Following ten plenary sessions by officials, today’s all-day meeting concluded with the adoption of the ‘Declaration of Georgetown’. This document forms the basis for the development of partnerships for the growth of the tourism industry in the Americas.Minister of Business with responsibility for Tourism, Dominic Gaskin, who chaired the conference, noted that the discussions will ensure a transformed tourism sector in Guyana.“What was good about it (the Congress) were the discussions…a lot of the topics discussed were very relevant to Guyana. We have a lot to learn. We are fairly young as a tourism destination. To have all these expertise from different countries in the same room is very good exposure for us”, Minister Gaskin said.He added, “It was very valuable for us and it gave us a sense of where we are and where we need to go with tourism in Guyana.”Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the Organisation of American States, Kim Osborne highlighted some of the high points stemming out of the meeting for most of the representatives.“What we had was strong indications of support, collaboration and co-operation between and among countries, to share dialogue and experiences, to share lessons learnt and good practices; to the extent that member states have offered co-operation to each other. We are grateful for the outcome of the meeting”, Osborne said.She also commended Guyana for hosting a memorable event. She enthused, “Guyana did an amazing job at hosting and showing the product it has to offer. I think it hosting this ministerial congress really positions it as an emerging destination in the Americas with the flora and fauna, and amazing natural products. It is something people were not really aware of, and it was an opportunity to tell the rest of the Americas what Guyana has to offer.”This year’s Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism saw a total of 26 Organisation of American States (OAS) member states representatives, participating. The next Congress is expected to be held in Paraguay in 2021.
Re “School reform facing hurdles” (Nov. 1): Again the politicos are painting UTLA as the bad guys seemingly against school reform. If the schools were a manufacturing facility, working with consistent raw material, the suggestions may be valid. However, children from K-12 are not cut from the same cloth. The range of experiences and areas of strengths and weaknesses are in no way consistent. Maybe the union, which is made up of teachers, can see this range of abilities and experiences? The decision makers are so far from the classroom that the students are perceived as widgets. Give me a teacher in a high-performing school and place them in a low-performing school and watch how the output changes. We need to address the wide range of students’ experiences, talents and interests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre – Karen Savitt Granada Hills Not baked? Re “School reform facing hurdles” (Nov. 1): Superintendent Brewer is almost correct when he said that the LAUSD reform plan was not baked. It is half-baked. – Venida Korda Van Nuys Skid Row Re “City seeks fines for dumping patients” (Nov. 1): Councilwoman Jan Perry and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo are promoting a law to make it criminal for hospitals to discharge homeless patients where they are found or at an address they give on Skid Row. There is no doubt that such a law will solve the problem. If the few remaining hospitals are required to keep the indigent emergency room patients indefinitely, their rooms will fill up to the point where there will be no room for paying patients. They will have no choice but to declare bankruptcy and close. There will then be no more homeless people dumped on Skid Row after treatment. There won’t be any treatment. The city and county can take all the untreated, dead patients to their long-term-care facility – the city morgue. – Bob Larkin Westlake Village Ghetto service I would like to inform the mayor of some additional problems in the Pacoima area. First, I would like to know why the sanitation trucks start arriving in my area at 5:45 a.m.? Additionally, since they arrive so early and try to get out in a hurry, they are doing a poor job picking up the cans. The manner they are using causes trash and debris to fall onto the street. This is a major problem since we hardly ever see a street sweeper, nor do we have scheduled days for cleaning. I ask, would individuals in Northridge, West Hills or any other non-ghetto area tolerate this behavior? I think not. I’m requesting that this behavior stop and you send a crew of street maintenance workers over to immediately clean up their mess. – Kim Garrett Pacoima Market report OK, we got the funnies back. Now, let’s take a look at the business section. As a retiree and small investor, the daily stock market listing has guided me in managing my investments for the past 20 years. Now it’s gone! Please reconsider and return it to the business section. – Hap Gladish Tujunga Bush not liar Re “Bush legacy: Even truth disbelieved” (Comments, Oct. 31): I find it interesting that Richard Cohen blames Bush for our country believing “its government is a liar.” I recall quite clearly that Bush had very high character ratings going into the 2004 election, and the Democrats realized they could not win as long as people trusted this president. That is when the onslaught began and has never let up for a moment since. President Bush is certainly not a liar but has been viciously labeled so by the press, Moveon.org, the Democrats in Congress, and the Hollywood elite, resulting in this lie being thoroughly ingrained in the public’s mind. Although I believe they will fail in the end, the Democrats have made every attempt to ruin this presidency. – Sharon Hess Sherman Oaks160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A man was found dead underneath a vehicle that apparently rolled on top of him Tuesday in Vancouver.The incident was reported around 6:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Rossiter Lane in the Fourth Plain Village neighborhood, and it involved a truck, according to emergency radio traffic. After patrol officers found the man was dead, traffic and major crime detectives were called in to figure out what happened, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.Police are investigating the unusual death as a fatal traffic crash because a vehicle was involved, Kapp said. She wasn’t sure who reported the incident to 911.