Dear Editor,Something has to be considerably wrong at the Georgetown City Council, and it needs to be fixed urgently. Just about two years ago, the Town Clerk and a team descended upon and demolished a premise owned by an elderly gentleman known as ‘Rasta Man’. The premise was popularly known as the “Dread Shop”, situated at ‘A’ Water Street, Russell Square, Stabroek Market.This act of destroying the structure was brutally done, even though the property was the subject of a matter engaging the attention of the court; and consequently, this action was considered by many legal luminaries to be unlawful and a show of complete disrespect and disregard for the Court of Appeal of Guyana.What was most egregious was the fact that the Council had granted permission and leased the said property to ‘Rasta Man’ for more than three decades, and had continuously levied rates and taxes and charged cleansing fees for the occupation of this location, even though the Ministry of Public Infrastructure had claimed jurisdiction over the area upon which the Dread Shop sat. Yet still, without warning, they demolished the property.Having committed this act of unnecessary savagery, one expected that the area would have been kept clear and clean, or the Dread Shop’s replacement would have been some aesthetically pleasing edifice. But alas! No such thing.Instead, what we have now in its place is an ugly, unhealthy, unsafe, unkempt tent city. Sprung up there over the last two years has been a squalid, shanty facility that is teeming with illegal activities and is a complete eyesore to foreign and local visitors to the downtown area. As the boys would say, it is just ‘stink and dutty’.When will the Georgetown Municipality understand what it takes to develop the tourism industry in Guyana? Is this how they are preparing for Guyana’s Carnival? Is this what they mean by serving the city and advancing the nation?The downtown area of Georgetown, particularly at night, must be one of the grimiest, unsafest, disordered and lawless places in the Caribbean.Why doesn’t this present group of councillors, who will be demitting office in another few months, not understand that all good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine? Are they going to allow a few venal municipal administrators to destroy their legacy?Sincerely,Laquisha Kaftans
I’m divorced. My ex-husband was impotent. He would beat me up. I have developed a fear towards relationships. How can I come out of it?Name withheldI understand how traumatising this is. The dark shadows of our past do linger for a long time. Yet, as life moves forward we have to let go of yesterdays and believe in bright, happy tomorrows. As the ten fingers of the hand are all different, so are we! Don’t assume that all men in general would be like your ex-husband! I’m sure you see a lot of great couples around and you need to have faith in relationships. There is someone who will love and take care of you. Yes, finding Mr. Right is a challenge we all face but please come out of your closet and start a new journey. Good Luck! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I caught my son stealing money from my bag. This has really hurt me. How to handle this?Sarika Malhotra, NoidaOh! I think we all have done this atleast once in life. This is a thrill for kids. If it’s not a big amount then don’t react quite yet. Keep a watch on his spending habits and the friends he moves around with. If it happens again then sit with him and talk it out with patience. Remember, if he is a teenager it needs to be handled with a lot love and care. Don’t lose your temper and handle him well. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy mother in law is always interfering in our personal matters. She even walks into our bedroom without any intimation! My husband remains quiet but I’m irritated. How can I pass the message without being rude?Mrs. Kapoor, New DelhiJust lock the door from inside when you both are in the bedroom. This should ideally give her the idea that you both need ‘privacy’. In-laws in our country truly deserve an applause sometimes. They just pay no heed to the fact that their kids are now grown up and they require their own spaces. It’s difficult but I suggest you to be transparent about your feelings each time something bothers you. Seek the help of your husband in case you fail to passon any message. All the best! In a moment of high, I have landed up having sex with my brother-in-law. We all live together. This is making me feel very guilty and I am really embarassed! Please help!Name UnknownWell, this is a bit wierd! But, whats done cannot be undone. I suggest you to behave as normally as possible. Don’t let this run in your head. Try and make it seem as if you watched a movie and get over it. Guilt is a bad trip and this episode will have long term effects your marriage. Act mature and be composed. This phase surely will pass.Whenever I have sex, my partner refuses to have oral sex! She feels giddy and pukish. I love oral acts. How to convince her to feel otherwise about it?R.S, Madhya PradeshTalk to your partner. Tell her why you like it and ask her why she isn’t willing to give it a shot. Ask her what she finds so wrong and uncomfortable that she isn’t willing to do it. For all you know she maybe scared, perhaps she doesn’t know enough about oral sex. She may be scared that you are going to make her uneasy. Try arriving at an agreement that works for both of you, don’t force her. If you can get her to agree to do it once, once you are over that first hurdle, you may be able to get lucky more often. Keep her feelings in mind. But a frank talk about it may lead to an understanding. Good luck!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – [email protected]
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Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals “Think of the government as your dad. If he asks you to help him with his iPhone, be careful. Because if you do it once, you’re going to be doing it 14 times a day.”On the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver weighed in on the ongoing legal impasse between the Department of Justice and Apple about the tech giant’s refusal to build a backdoor to the encrypted iPhone that belonged to Syed Farouk, the deceased San Bernardino shooter. Related: Justice Department Calls Apple’s Rhetoric ‘Corrosive’ in iPhone CaseOliver explains that the FBI wants “Apple and the entire tech industry to have its encryption always be weak enough that company can access customer’s data if law enforcement needs it.” Even if this is the case, there are still a fair number of companies who make encryption products and apps that are outside the purview of U.S. law.Not only that, but the federal statute the DOJ is using to argue its case — — the All Writs Act of 1789, which demands that citizens involved in an investigation do what law enforcement officers ask of them — is 227 years old. That law doesn’t exactly take into account the fact, as Oliver says, that “an encrypted phone isn’t really like a bank or a safe. If you penetrate a safe, you’ve only penetrated that safe. But a code to open a phone can be modified to open many, many more phones.”Related: FBI Vs Apple: Judgment Decides the Future of Privacy in Smart PhonesAs for the idea being thrown around that the backdoor software is just a one-time solution, Oliver says he thinks that is unlikely, especially since in New York alone, there are more than 100 encrypted phones involved in criminal cases.For more on the subject, including Last Week Tonight’s incisive suggestions for how Apple should incorporate conversations about security and encryption into its advertising, check out the video above. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 14, 2016 Register Now » 2 min read