UNICEF ambassador Roger Moore to meet with disabled children in Kazakhstan

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Roger Moore travelled to Kazakhstan today in his first visit to the Central Asian country to help raise awareness and support for vulnerable children, particularly those with disabilities. Accompanied by his wife, Kristina, Mr. Moore’s five-day visit will include an event organized by Special Olympics and UNICEF to highlight the importance of sports and healthy living in developing children’s cognitive skills and providing a sense of social inclusion. In addition, they will visit a home that provides care for abandoned children, including those with disabilities. Kazakhstan has more than 150,000 children with disabilities and only about one-third of them have access to educational and developmental programmes while many others continue to live in state-run institutions. UNICEF and Special Olympics work in partnership throughout the world to champion the rights of children with disabilities and to encourage national action to ratify and implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention has increased the status and visibility of disability as a human rights issue. Throughout their trip, Mr. and Mrs. Moore will meet with high-level officials, members of the business community and civil society to stress the importance of working together to help ensure that children with disabilities have access to proper health facilities, education, supportive care and protection against abuse and neglect. Mr. Moore, who achieved worldwide fame for his role as James Bond, has served as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for nearly 20 years, travelling to places such as Cambodia, China, Cost Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Mexico, the Philippines and Zambia to advocate for children’s rights. 16 November 2010United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Roger Moore travelled to Kazakhstan today in his first visit to the Central Asian country to help raise awareness and support for vulnerable children, particularly those with disabilities. read more

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RPA calling on Govt to lower taxes on fuel to ease

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRPA, rice farmers protest Ministry of Finance for reduction in fuel pricesJune 21, 2018In “Business”Cabinet considering options to reduce impact of increased fuel prices- JordanJune 23, 2018In “Business”Opposition Leader unimpressed by Govt’s sloth in dealing with fuel crisisJune 29, 2018In “Business” The Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) says it is calling on the Government to immediately lower the taxes on fuel to ease the burden on the productive sector.Highlighting the increasing financial hardship facing the agriculture sector, the RPA explained that farmers who are currently harvesting have been experiencing an increase in transportation costs from an average of $200 to $800 per bag of paddy due to poor conditions of access.“Many have been forced to use a combination of poor dams and weed infested waterways and this increase in fuel prices might very well be the proverbial last straw. Additionally, most farmers are currently involved in land preparation exercise and sowing of their fields and in the latter case most fuel is being used compared to the crop duration so the increase is coming at a really bad time for the farmers” said the RPA.As such, the Association said it is calling on incumbent Administration to follow in the line of its predecessor and re-implement the sliding rate on taxes to cushion the impact of international price increases.“To do nothing but collect exorbitant taxes will stifle production and affect thousands of lives” the RPA said. “This is certainly not the good life that was promised and the Government inaction on this matter is not an option and we are insisting on an immediate reduction in percentage taxes being collected and we know that the Government knows that they can still realize the amount budgeted for with a reduction. We will accept no less.”State-owned, GuyOil Service Stations have increased their gasoline prices from $200 per litre, to $230, while diesel and kerosene have leaped to $214 per litre and $145 per litre, respectively.Moreover, observations at other service stations have revealed that Shell Gas Stations now offer gasoline at $247, and diesel at a whopping $233, while Rubis service stations are charging $236 for a litre of gasoline and $226 for diesel. read more

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