Heads of Govt meeting…commit to agricultural trade, tourism, investmentPresident David Granger has met his Surinamese counterpart, President Desi Bouterse, on the sidelines of the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom, to review the changing situation in the Caribbean and South America.According to President Granger, the opportunity was taken to discuss matters of mutual concern.“Whenever we meet, we try to speak. Unfortunately, because of various reasons, IPresidents David Granger and Desi Boutersehave been travelling quite a lot, and we have not been able to have our regular meeting; so we are just reviewing the changing situation in the Caribbean, and also on the continent of South America,” President Granger explained.The Guyanese Head of State said the meeting also allowed for the two neighbouring presidents to plan for future meetings, and identify matters to be discussed.“In a sense, we’re setting the agenda for a further meeting between President Bouterse and myself. So, it’s an agenda- setting meeting and at the same time it’s a review of certain developments which have taken place since our last meeting,” he said.Security matters such as piracy were discussed, and the two Heads of State have agreed to work to find short- to long-term solutions.“As a matter of urgency, you know we have the security problem affecting the fishermen, and we are looking to deal with issues which could be resolved in the short and middle terms, to ensure that there is no lawlessness as occurred in April,” President Granger said.In July 2016, President David Granger had made a visit to neighbouring Suriname with a view to expediting the implementation of various decisions that had been taken earlier. President Desi Bouterse in turn had made a one-day state visit to Guyana in December 2016 for a working meeting in Georgetown.The two countries have agreed to work to expedite re-establishment of the Guyana-Suriname Cooperation Council, along with the appointment of a special envoy whose main responsibility would be to advance the implementation of agreements reached by the two States.Additionally, a joint communique issued by the two parties had stated that technical officials from Guyana and Suriname would meet to discuss, through their respective committees, issues in relation to the protection of the environment, agricultural trade, tourism, investment, and cross-border activities.“Both leaders agreed that full advantage should be taken of the opportunities for combining human and capital resources to further the economic and social development of the peoples of Guyana and Suriname,” the communique had stated.
Actor and San Francisco native Alicia Silverstone sent a letter this morning on PETA’s behalf to Ghirardelli, urging the designer chocolate brand, which is based in her hometown, to be sweet to animals and bring back its original vegan recipe for its semi-sweet chocolate chips.“Like most people, I love chocolate — vegan chocolate to be specific,” she wrote. “And science proves that chocolate loves us back. Vegan chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants and is chock-full of essential nutrients. It improves blood flow and reduces stress.“That’s why I’m urging you to switch Ghirardelli’s semi-sweet chocolate chips back to their original dairy-free recipe, so health-conscious snackers and bakers alike can indulge.“As people become more informed that dairy products adversely affect their health, the environment, and animals, the dairy alternatives market is expected to continue to grow exponentially in value over the next few years. There’s an undeniable dairy-free trend, and I’d love to see Ghirardelli take advantage of it by switching back to its original dairy-free recipe.“I hope your company will be an inspiring model for other businesses in making this beneficial change.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — notes that dairy-free chocolate spares mother cows the suffering that they endure on dairy farms, where they’re forcibly impregnated and their calves are taken from them.