By Utamu BelleThe Linden municipality is making good on its promise to advance the development of the town by all means, including friendly relations with international cities that are more developed.Just recently, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the City of Xuzhou, which was represented by its Vice Mayor Xu Donghai, at a ceremony held at Xuzhou City’s Exotic Conference Hall.The symbolic signing, which immediately puts into effect municipal cooperation between the two municipalities, has already yielded great benefits for Linden in the areas of education, youth, agriculture and infrastructure.Mayor Zhou Tiegen receiving a gift from Linden Mayor Carwyn HollandThe Linden team that attended this signing ceremony comprised the Mayor and his wife Nikosa Holland, Councillor Lennox Gasper and First Secretary of the Guyana Embassy in China, Dennelle Marshall. This team had bilateral discussions with Xuzhou officials, led by the Vice Mayor Xu Donghi; Deputy Secretary-General of Xuzhou Municipal Government, Jiang Ming; Director of Xuzhou Foreign Affairs Office, Wang Lianyun; and the Deputy Director of Xuzhou Foreign Affairs Office, Sun Weimin. Discussions were centred on means of advancing cooperation between the two municipalities, and there was great consensus, given the mining background of Linden and Xuzhou.In his brief remarks, Vice Mayor Donghai highlighted his similarities to Mayor Holland: they both came from a media background, and share the same drive to see development of their municipality. However, he noted the disparities in size, budget and development of the two municipalities, while pledging Xuzhou’s full support to see Linden develop comparatively. The Vice Mayor also said that his city will be looking out for Linden’s interest as a big brother, and would waste no time in fortifying the relationship.The Linden Mayor, in his response, thanked Xuzhou for twinning with Linden, and said the town of Linden, birthed in 1970, is known for its friendly and industrious people. He invited other Chinese investors to join BOSAI Minerals by establishing manufacturing and agro processing plants in Linden.Mayor Holland said this was his third visit to China, but this time it was extra special, as both municipalities seek to advance friendly cooperation on the principle of equality and mutual benefit, and to facilitate fruitful results in a wide area of cooperation.Linden Councillor Lennox Gasper, who led the gift exchange after the signing ceremony, expressed his appreciation for the outcome of the visit, and said the people of Linden are very grateful for the cooperation. Together with the Mayor, he championed the call for tangible results through the establishment of twin-city relations.The Linden delegation also toured the Xuzhou Institute of Agricultural Sciences, where they negotiated for the training of Lindeners in agri-scientific research with the Director Mr. Qinghe Cao. They later visited the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) and met with Director of International Office, Mr. Zhang Zhenkang, to discuss the possibility of student exchanges, scholarships, and research collaboration.Mayor Holland, also a University of Guyana Education Resource Ambassador, lobbied for academic staff exchanges and fostering ties between Guyana’s leading tertiary institution and CUMT.In the immediate future, the two municipalities will host art exhibitions showcasing the art of the children of the sister territory, which will be opened for public viewing. Linden will host the first exhibition of art pieces by children of Xuzhou in December 2017, while Xuzhou will host the exhibition of Linden children’s art in early 2018 in Xuzhou. A pen pal initiative by all participating students would also be kick-started.The Linden delegation was also featured at the Xuzhou Investment Conference, which gave them the opportunity to participate in the forum showcasing Xuzhou’s business sector and investment opportunities, providing insight into a viable model of investment promotion from which the Linden team could draw lessons.The twinning, according to Mayor Holland, will target development in the areas of agriculture, education, sports, youth, culture, tourism, and infrastructure development.
When a publicist asked if I wanted to chat with Jimmy Jean-Louis at an event last week, I nodded yes – basically as a courtesy. I don’t watch “Heroes,” the hit NBC show on which he plays “The Haitian,” so I did not recognize him. But after our conversation, I found myself a big fan of this man who has a unique perspective on the sudden fame that has come to him and the rest of the show’s cast – most of whom were unknowns – during the past year. “In my case, it’s very special because I come from Haiti, a place where I really grew up with nothing. No shoes, no shirt, or anything like that,” he said. “So to have that kind of beginning and end up where I am now, it’s a huge stretch. So I don’t know if everybody is having the same experience even though we are all on the same show. I know that it’s something quite unbelievable coming from where I’m coming from.” As a young man, he went to Paris to pursue modeling and began landing roles in French musical theater and in television commercials. Then came a move to Los Angeles and small roles in some hit films (“The Bourne Identity” and “Monster-in-Law”) and some flops (“Tears of the Sun” and “Hollywood Homicide”). For more celebrity news, see Greg Hernandez’s blogs Hollywood Joe – blogs.dailynews.com/hollywoodjoe – and Out In Hollywood – blogs.daily news.com/outinhollywood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut to be cast on “Heroes” and have it be a breakout hit right out of the gate, that was a shocker. “Amazing, just amazing. Because it was unexpected, you know? Life is unexpected. So to find myself in one of the biggest TV shows in the world, I was like, `Wow! OK, what am I gonna do with it?’ So, I’m taking it as it comes, and hopefully I’ll be able to keep on moving up with the show but also by doing other projects.” He co-starred with Mo’Nique in the comedy “Phat Girlz.” But he’s not ready to give up his day job even though production on “Heroes” stopped Nov.9 because of the writers strike. “I like the direction they are going with (my character). But the thing about being with `Heroes’ is you never know what’s going to happen with your character. They don’t tell you anything until the script is ready to be given to you. “So, I’m in the dark the same way the audience is unless I’m shooting.”