The most affordable eyecare enterprise in Guyana, Ming’s Optical on Sunday morning opened yet another multimillion-dollar branch, this time in Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Located at Lot 1997 Parika Highway in the Lotus Mall, the ophthalmic centre will cater for a number of eyecare needs.First Lady Sandra Granger along with Michelle and Stanley Ming and staff of the new Parika branchThe spacious, ultramodern location is fully equipped with all of the latest optical equipment and amenities offering residents of the East Bank of Essequibo, the Essequibo Islands and West Demerara increased convenience and state-of-the-art optical services.These include comprehensive eye testing for both spectacles and contact lenses.Additionally, there is a wide selection of fashionable frames to suit every personality at affordable prices.Visual field testing for glaucoma and retinal conditions will also now be available.The owner, Optometrist Michelle Ming noted that since the economic activities in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) were now improving, she felt that there was a need for the new branch.Dr Ming added that as such, she and her team began working to provide eye care for not only those in Essequibo but also in the interior locations.“We felt like there was a need to expand our eyecare services here. We have a team of qualified optometrists working with me. We have 100 of frames for all. We will continue to provide quality eye care to the best of our ability and to ensure that to our fellow Guyanese, we will strive to provide care with the best technologies available,” Dr Ming said.The new Parika branchSpeaking on behalf of the Public Health Ministry, John Adams made clear his confidence in Ming’s providing quality eye care services.“I know that Ming’s will render great service to these communities. I want to congratulate the owners for expanding eye care in Guyana, and it is the Government’s desire to encourage businesses to take the initiative in moving such enterprises forward. I am happy that this business is in Region Three and that Region Three will be going places because of this,” the Public Health Advisor said.Delivering a brief keynote address, First Lady Sandra Granger endorsed the opening of the new branch.According to the First Lady, she is appreciative of the Ming family for using what they achieved through studies to give back to the Guyanese public.She applauded Michelle Ming for not only the opening of the branch but also for her years of service at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Granger gave a brief history of the Parika Branch, which was first opened in 2011, “This new improved branch of optical service was opened in Parika back in 2011, and the branch was moved to the new location in order for the brand and service to be improved. Those people in Cuyuni-Mazaruni who would not want to cross another river, to journey to Georgetown for eye care will now be able to receive care right here.”The First Lady further applauded Ming, stating “Guyanese girls rock! Michelle not only helped to established the first low-vision care clinic in the Caribbean at the GPHC, but also volunteered her service for five years by providing care for persons whose eye could not be repaired with a spectacles. Additionally, she is the Coordinator of joint eye care missions in the University of the West Indies who is currently training local optometrists at the GPHC to use retinal cameras for laser treatment which is now available in Guyana”.Since its inception in 1990, Ming’s Optical has extended its reach throughout the country and this, its third location complements its head office in Urquhart and New Market Streets and Williamsburg branch in Rose Hall, Berbice.
Juan Carlos Chavarría is an artist who creates art and peace out of old, decommissioned guns. He isn’t just using the metal parts as a medium for his art; he is also sending a message.“I’m taking something designed to kill and destroy and changing it into something positive and inspirational,” the artist told The Tico Times.Using more than 800 pounds of material from guns decommissioned and ground up by the Ministry of Public Security, some of which were used in crimes, he wants to educate and inspire. The 21 works in his collection represent positive values: Hope. Love. Respect. Peace. Harmony. Dialogue. Freedom. Truth.The works are big, about a square meter, and quite heavy – but they have been quite mobile nonetheless. Chavarría has had several shows here and has presented them abroad.“This is a peaceful country,” he reminds his audiences.Chavarría began work in 2012 with “Hora Zero, Esperanza” (“Zero Hour, Hope”) using 33 pounds of pieces of guns that he got from Public Security. Because of the ministry’s concern over how the material was to be used, he arranged to have a space in the ministry’s buildings for a workshop.The technique is his own invention: he mounts the metal on wood and adds paint later.“It’s a combination of painting and sculpture,” he says.When the first work was finished he shipped it to Cuzco, Peru to show at an international peace meeting. This work is now on permanent display at the Ministry of Public Security.Encouraged by the positive reaction to “Zero Hour,” Chavarría created the other works, starting with a wood base, laying out the metal pieces and adding color to the surfaces. Gun particles are visible in the work. In 2014 he presented the collection at an international meeting on cluster bombs held here in Costa Rica. There followed shows at the Juan Santamaría Museum in Alajuela and the Museum of Cartago, which, he points out, were once military quarters.Chavarría likes the idea of turning “something negative and destructive into something positive.”These paintings are not for sale, says Chavarría. They are to educate and inspire. The artist shares one of his works. Mitzi Stark/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:5 questions for Costa Rican street artist MUSH Cities filled with art: A visit to the 10th Central American Biennial 5 questions for a Costa Rican painter 5 question for a Costa Rican painter
September 30, 2013The Paolo Soleri Memorial on September 21. 2013 continued with Frugal Soup in the Vaults.A lot of profound thoughts were shared.[photos by Anna Tran and text by Sue Kirsch]The walk to the grave-site. More about the Paolo Soleri Memorial on 10/2/2013. On the left is Reverend Al Cohen, alumnus from the early 1980’s.