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GDF Women’s Corp celebrates 52nd anniversary

first_img…women to be introduced in technical unitsThe Women’s Army Corps of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Friday celebrated 52 years since its establishment with a thanksgiving service at Camp Ayanganna, Thomas Lands, Georgetown.A section of the gathering during the ceremonyUnder the theme, “Celebrating our women, empowering them for total defence”, women across the military base were recognised for their contributions in the country.After hymns and prayers, the Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick West delivered remarks as he noted that the women’s arm has always functioned as a cohesive body ever since it was established. Throughout the past decades, it has been recognised in the male-dominated environment and matched the expectations.“You have to embrace the high standards of disciple that we have set for you and demand respect from all sectors of the force and society. You have to ensure to deliver at all times. You exhibit conduct that is beyond reproach and in keeping with the standards of the Force,” said West.He challenged the women of the force to seek educational gains in areas of technology, which is said to be dominant in the years to come. For women to be equally integrated as men, they need to act now on the opportunities which are available.“By 2020, there will be millions of technological jobs worldwide. At the current rate of students graduating with degrees in computer science and engineering, men will still outnumber women. It is up to you, therefore, to change the predictions. I challenge you to get into mathematics and technology. Break out of traditional roles and moulds that you have made.”The Chief-of-Staff noted that for the upcoming batch of women, special attention will be made to break these traditions and make it mandatory for them to explore fields in the technical areas.“I will start by breaking this tradition. I have instructed the Central Management Committee that the women who are recruited this year for training must be for the technical units.”To the women he said, “I want to remind you that you can chart your course for empowering yourself and the next generation of the Women’s Army Corps.”last_img read more


Quebec First Nation challenging commercial lobster fishing limits

first_imgLISTUGUJ, Que. — An Indigenous band in eastern Quebec is challenging the limits of its commercial fishing licence, saying the federal government should allow its members to sell lobster caught during its fall fishery in the Bay of Chaleur.The Mi’kmaq community of Listuguj, located near Cambellton, N.B., has the right to fish for lobster in the fall, but the catch can’t be sold because it’s supposed to be part of a sustainable food fishery — not a commercial enterprise.Under a ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada, known as Sparrow, Indigenous Peoples are allowed to fish outside the regular commercial season to feed their communities or to supply ceremonial gatherings — but they are barred from selling their catches.The Listuguj band issued a statement Monday, saying the federal Fisheries Department has refused to grant the band a commercial licence for its fall lobster fishery and has not offered an explanation.The First Nation signed a framework agreement with the federal government last November, leading to formal negotiations on fishing rights that are still ongoing.Listuguj Chief Darcy Gray issued a statement saying the community remains committed to the negotiations, but the band “cannot be made to wait indefinitely.”Fisheries and Oceans Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more