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Posts made in October, 2016

Press release on meeting with ministers came from PNCR headquarters

By on Oct 31, 2016 in Press Release |

Dear Editor, The next time the Guyana Chronicle tries to discredit a Government Press Secretary or a Government Communications Officer, it might be wise for them to be accurate by at least attempting to print the entire story. What Guyana Chronicle failed to print in its article dated Saturday 29th October 2016 and titled `Harmon: Ministers not meeting public at Congress Place’, was that a press release announcing those public meetings (copied to the entire media corps) was sent directly from the People’s National Congress Reform’s Headquarters at Congress Place, Sophia. It should also be noted too that the journalist from Stabroek News who posed the question about those public meetings to Minister of State, Hon. Joseph Harmon was honest enough to indicate that a release was sent out directly from the political party (PNCR). Additionally, as a youth member of the PNCR, I see absolutely nothing wrong with those ministers meeting with members of the public at Congress Place, Sophia. The fact is that those Government Ministers are also Members of Parliament and members of the People’s National Congress Reform  the party which is the largest in the APNU + AFC Coalition Government. Those Members of Parliament have constituents and constituencies that would have chosen them to represent their interests at the highest levels of office. I would have seen an issue had it been that those proposed meetings at Congress Place were the only public appearances made by the government ministers who again I stress, are also Members of Parliament. Further, one cannot expect the Minister of State to address a political party issue at a government post-Cabinet press briefing a fact the minister clearly stated during that Press Conference. Guyana Chronicle’s headline twisted Minister Harmon’s words to create a perception of “confusion in the camp” and achieve the paper’s own unethical purpose. Please see Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s verbatim response on the matter, below. “There was no discussion at cabinet about a statement put out by a political party about ministers and going to meet with the public so I’m not aware of it at this point and time that you’re raising it, but I’m sure that we’re going to examine that. Clearly there is...

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Banting fans ask: Is Tim Noakes trial a sham? ‘Verdict’ press release …

By on Oct 31, 2016 in Press Release |

Whether you love or hate Professor Tim Noakes, the academic who has converted tens of thousands of South Africans to the low carbohydrate, high fat – #Banting – way of eating, you have to wonder whether he has wasted his time appearing before the Health Professions Council of South Africa. The body sent out a press release stating that he’d been found guilty – but the verdict is only set to be determined next year. Although it’s fairly standard in public relations circles to prepare statements in anticipation of a finding or event, it is generally unheard of for the wrong statement to go out on such a sensitive topic – and to remain in the public domain for several hours before being withdrawn. The social media is alive with questions from people discussing the “news” that Noakes was guilty of unprofessional conduct when dispensing advice via Twitter to a breastfeeding mother. Noakes’ reputation is at stake over Banting, but the Health Professions Council of South Africa has revealed that it too needs to have questions asked about its professional conduct. The best thing the council can do now is explain in detail the discussions and decisions that led to the distribution of the wrong press release. At this stage, it looks like the verdict is a foregone conclusion. – Jackie Cameron By Jenna Etheridge Cape Town – The Health Professions Council of South Africa incorrectly announced on Friday that Professor Tim Noakes had been found guilty of unprofessional conduct. BREAKING: Tim Noakes found guilty by Health Professions Council. More on News24 soon. — News24 (@News24) October 28, 2016 The HPCSA sent out its initial press release that caused mass confusion just before 13:00, and only retracted it at 16:20. “We apologise for incorrectly stating that Prof Tim Noakes was found guilty by the Professional Conduct Committee,” the second press release said. Noakes – whose book The Real Meal Revolution promotes a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet – was called before the HPCSA after the former president of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, Claire Julsing-Strydom, lodged a complaint against him. It was prompted by a tweet Noakes sent to a Pippa Leenstra after she asked him for advice...

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Press Release # 2, Issued on: Thursday October 27, 2016 at 1:00 …

By on Oct 30, 2016 in Press Release |

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The advisory is effective until 5.00pm on Thursday October 27, 2016. UPDATE St. Thomas: The Johnson and Morant Rivers in the vicinity of the Hillside Community are in spate, persons are therefore cautioned to avoid the general Hillside area. The road to the Reggae Falls is now impassable. Portland: Landslides in the Belleview District, Portland have resulted in the roadway being cutoff. The ODPEM continues to urge individuals to take the necessary safeguard to avoid flooded areas. FLOOD SAFETY TIPS Be ready to evacuate if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas. Decide on likely evacuation routes now. Avoid flooded waterways, i.e. Fording, gullies, streams or rivers, either on foot or in vehicles. Avoid areas where land slippages and/or flooding has occurred or is likely to occur. Evacuate to a shelter if your building is threatened Make contact with your Parish Disaster Coordinator (at each Parish Council) if you are in need of help. Contact- Cheryl Nichols, Training Manager, ODPEM; cnichols@odpem.org.jm; Tel: 1(876)...

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FEMA letter of eligibility: FEMA & SCEMD PRESS RELEASE – WBTW

By on Oct 30, 2016 in Press Release |

COLUMBIA (PRESS RELEASE) – COLUMBIA, S.C. (Saturday, Oct. 29) — Following initial application review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), South Carolina survivors who have applied for disaster assistance will receive a “letter of eligibility.” Applicants may be told they are eligible for disaster assistance or that they have been determined ineligible. If you are eligible, the letter explains the amount of your grant and how it is to be used. If the letter says you are ineligible, the grant amount reads “0”, but in many cases that is not the last word. FEMA officials in South Carolina report that the most common reasons for denial of assistance in Hurricane Matthew are:  Insufficient storm-related damage to affect the habitability of the damaged home. FEMA will provide assistance to assure your home is habitable – that it is safe, functional and sanitary.  Survivors have chosen to remain in their damaged homes while repairs are being made. In these cases they may be eligible to receive assistance for repairs, but are ineligible for housing assistance.  Duplication of applications. Two people (husband and wife, for example) have applied for assistance for the same damaged home. Only one application per household is allowed. A letter may indicate your application is missing information such as verification of occupancy or proof that the damaged property was your primary residence at the time of the Hurricane Matthew storms and flooding that began Oct. 4, 2016. FEMA’s letter of eligibility: Read it very carefully If you are instructed, you can simply submit missing documentation to FEMA online, by mail or fax, or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). You can find the location of the nearest DRC by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov . Applicants who do not receive a letter or who have questions about their determination of denial should call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for an explanation, or visit their FEMA account at DisasterAssistance.gov. A copy of “Help After a Disaster” will be included with your letter of determination. The booklet explains additional assistance that may be available to survivors and answers questions about filing an appeal. Any applicant that has been denied assistance may file an appeal. Call the FEMA Helpline...

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Abi Press Release

By on Oct 29, 2016 in Press Release |

[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.] October 28, 2016 – Shanghai, China – GrantBert Studios announces “Abi”, an atmospheric Robot Puzzle Platformer with beautiful Artwork for PC, Consoles and iOS. The world was once a place brimming with life, a place full of people. Now, the last of humanity has mysteriously disappeared in pursuit of perfection and immortality.  The only beings left are the robots who were once servants to humanity. In Abi, you will travel across a multitude of different environments, from industrial areas to empty desert sands, overcoming adversity and challenges along the way. You will have to switch between Abi, a small robot programmed to assume an educational role, and DD, a large and heavy industrial robot, in order to solve different kinds of problems. Experience the moving trials and tribulations of the robots and slowly discover the mystery of the sudden disappearance of humans from the world. – Abi, GrantBert Studios www.abigame.co kurtssingh@grantandbert.com...

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