A noticeable increase in betting shops across the country has resulted in efforts to clamp down on unlicensed sites, in a bid to encourage responsible gambling.This was disclosed by Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon on Wednesday during a forum hosted at Herdmanston Lodge organised by the Gaming Authority – a regulatory body for casinos, lottery companies and betting agencies.Director General Joseph HarmonHarmon acknowledged that there has been a multiplication of these gaming outlets and admitted that the Authority will be pressured to ensure that all outlets are in compliance with the requisite licensing. Adding to that, some of these gaming establishments were established in communities which are suffering from socioeconomic constraints.“With our economy moving at the pace at which it is moving, I can only anticipate that it is going to be a tremendous pressure on the authority for licenses to open gaming establishments. What I have also seen that there is a proliferation of these betting shops all across Guyana. I trust that the Gaming Authority takes this responsibility of ensuring that these entities are properly regulated and that they operate within the confines of the laws of Guyana because they cannot escape notice that some of these operations are in some of the especially challenged communities of our country,” he stated.Chairman of the GamingAuthority, Roysdale FordeThe Director General insisted that operators and consumers of these establishments should be engaged on the negative impacts of betting and gaming sites. Adding to that, frameworks will provide additional support to ensure responsible gambling.“The Gaming Authority has a responsibility to ensure that the public and operators of gaming establishments are aware of not only the positive but also the negative impacts that gaming can have on an individual and our society in general. This is necessary so as to assist owners in appreciating the need for a systems and policies that will support responsible gaming and gambling.”Harmon insisted that the Authority is staffed with enough persons to warrant adherence to their standards. At present, there is much to be done.“In order to ensure responsible gambling in Guyana, all stakeholders within the gaming industry would have to accept their respective roles in upholding the agreed-upon principles and standards. I’m aware that much more needs to be done but I’m confident that we have the right personnel in place to do that job,” he said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Gaming Authority’s Board, Roysdale Forde informed that there haven’t been any new applications for this year thus far. However, they continue to process those that were delivered prior.“We received no new licenses for this year. We’re processing applications that were made previously…The Gaming Authority, as a licensing and supervisory authority for gaming in Guyana is aware of the positive and negative effects of gambling and is also aware of the responsibility to bring awareness to all the stakeholders, both the operators and the public, and to put in place measures on agreed principles that would impact and ensure that there is a safe, fair and responsible gaming experience,” Forde stated.Last December, the former State Minister had positioned Government’s decision to better regulate gaming and betting, as it was concerned over “looseness” in the sector. As a consequence, new legislation was being looked into at the level of the Legal Affairs Ministry.Harmon was at the time being questioned about increases in allocations to the Gaming Authority, under Details of Subsidies and Contributions to Local Organisations, during the first day of scrutinising the budget 2019 estimates.The budget estimates show that the Authority’s budget went from $21 million in 2018 to $40 million in 2019. Acknowledging that funding has indeed been boosted for the Authority, Harmon cited examples of persons operating without licenses.
The more social ties people have, the better their health is during adolescence and the golden years of their lives, says a new study.“Based on these findings, it should be as important to encourage adolescents and young adults to build broad social relationships and social skills for interacting with others as it is to eat healthy and be physically active,” said one of the researchers Kathleen Harris, professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study builds on previous research that shows that aging adults live longer if they have more social connections. Specifically, the team found that the sheer size of a person’s social network was important for health in early and late adulthood. In adolescence, that is, social isolation increased risk of inflammation by the same amount as physical inactivity while social integration protected against abdominal obesity. In middle adulthood, it was not the number of social connections that mattered, but what those connections provided in terms of social support or strain, the study said. “The relationship between health and the degree to which people are integrated in large social networks is strongest at the beginning and at the end of life, and not so important in middle adulthood, when the quality, not the quantity, of social relationships matters,” Harris said. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Kolkata: Rasogolla Divas was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Misti Hub in New Town to mark the first anniversary of International GI (Geographical Indication) tag by Bengal.The programme was organised by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). Noted scholar on Kolkata Haripada Bhowmick narrated the story on how Bengal got the international GI tag for Rosogolla setting aside Odisha’s claim. It was in 1868, one hundred and fifty years ago Nabin Chandra Das invented sponge Rosogolla. Kalidas Indra brought a sweet very close to Rosogolla that was discovered at Shantipur in Nadia district to Kolkata and set up a shop at Bagbazar. Nabindra Chandra joined his shop as a helper in 1860 and later started his own business in 1864. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePratap Rudradev King of Odisha became a disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He added sweets made of Chana and offered it to Lord Jagannath as sweets made out of Chana were liked by Mahaprabhu. As Chana is a waste product of milk it was not offered to God. As King Pratap Rudradev introduced Chanabada, Odisha government claimed its GI right over Rosogolla as Chanabada is the ancestor of Rosogolla. However, following the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bengal bagged the international GI tag for Rosogolla. Rosogolla is famous world-wide. Over the years, modern varieties of Rosogolla like the baked Rosogolla and Orange Rosogolla have become quite famous. About 10 persons who have made new Rosogolla recipes were given certificates by HIDCO. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTagore was a lover of sponge Rosogolla and had often requested his student Dr Pasupati Bhattacharya to get Rosogollas from Nabin Das’ shop at Bagbazar. After winning the IFA Shield, the players of Mohun Bagan Club were given a treat where Nabin Das’ Rosogolla were served. Misti Hub houses 10 shops under one roof. It is situated near the gate number 3 of Eco Park. The hub has become very popular and many people who come to the city or on their way back buy Rosogollas for their friends and relatives.