Members of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry last Thursday met with Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, as it relates to issues surrounding the county’s business sector.According to Chamber President Deleep Singh, the meeting was scheduled so as to bring ‘a sigh of relief’ to the business community.Some of the concerns raised included the poor supply of electricity in the area.Business Minister Dominic GaskinAdditionally, there were complaints of cruise bookings by the Transport and Harbours Department, which resulted in passengers and vehicles being stranded.Meanwhile, citizens and business owners have raised eyebrows regarding the threat to the fishing industry by the production of oil and gas in Guyana by ExxonMobil.Also raised were the continuous hike in fees by various banks along the coast and complaints by residents that their accounts were closed without any notification prior to closure.Additionally, the insufficient parking for vehicles at Parika, renovation of the Red Lock airstrip, improper garbage disposal and inadequate access to finance and training were other matters that were ventilated.In response, Minister Gaskin stated that he would address all concerns under the remit of the Business Ministry and would make further arrangements to forward the other issues to the Ministries responsible.
Rockstar likes to skirt controversy with its Grand Theft Auto series. Although that controversy can sometimes bite them on the posterior — Hot Coffee anoyone? — for the most part, sales of the Grand Theft Auto games tend to be helped along by all of the free publicity handed the titles by outraged moral crusaders like Jack Thompson. One wonders, though, if Rockstar and Take-Two might be taking things a little too far in the next Grand Theft Auto game. According to a casting call currently open for publisher Take-Two, Rockstar is currently looking for somebody to play the role of James Pedeaston in a new game, presumably the next in the Grand Theft Auto series.AdChoices广告So what, I hear you ask? Well, James Pedeaston was a radio show host in Grand Theft Auto IV who, in that game, was wanted for child molestation in Malaysia, and was under investigation by the FBI. In the current casting call, Pedeaston is described as a “man-boy love activist who just got released from an Indonesian prison.”In other words, it seems like Rockstar is looking to go further with one of their more tasteless jokes in Grand Theft Auto IV. In the first game, the Pedeaston references were easy to miss, since his story was told in the rarely listened to talk radio stations, but in the new game, it looks like they want to flesh Pedeaston out into an on-screen side character.Rockstar’s tastelessness is more subversive than endorsement, so I have no doubt that the Pedeaston character will be handled with full acknowledgement of how loathsome the character is supposed to be. That said, it seems like child rape is just one of those things you don’t want to laugh about too much in a modern video game, don’t you think?Read more at Kotaku