Berbicians were on Saturday last given another alternative to shop for brand name clothing and cosmetics as Fancey’s Outlet and Make-up Academy located at Clifton Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice, opened its doors for the first time.The idea of the establishment was birthed in October 2018 during a discussion with the owner, Mohabir Persaud, and popular make-up artist, Vincent Shelto. After a few months of brainstorming ideas, the construction of the state-of-the-art facility commenced in February 2019.Three months later, the doors to one of the most sophisticated stores were opened, presenting more choices to Berbicians. The facility, which cost about $30 million will offer affordable branded clothing.At the opening on Saturday, a representative from the Rose Hall Town Council, Dave Boodhoo, congratulated the owners of the business while noting his concerns about the timing of the venture especially as it relates to the unstable political atmosphere.In addition, he further expressed concerns about the spending power of Berbicians at this time but nevertheless, is optimistic that business will pick up in due time.Public Relations Officer of the Central Corentyne Chambers, Poonai, who had to leave abruptly to attend to his customers, also extended best wishes to the owners and staff of the newly-opened business. However, unfortunately, the owner of the establishment, who could not have been in Guyana for the grand opening, believes that the state-of-the-art facility will cater to the fashion needs of both men and women.He noted that as a businessman, he takes pleasure is creating a unique atmosphere that has never been seen before in Corentyne. He also congratulated his partners who have come on board while noting that Fancey’s Outlet and Make-Up Academy will be around for a very long time.Popular make-up artist, Vincent Shelto in his brief remarks outlined that his Master Class will be taken to Berbice on a monthly basis to provide the opportunity for those who wish to take applying make-up to another level.The first make-up class commenced on Monday, May 6 and will last for a week. Nevertheless, Shelto believes that the collaboration will provide high-end clothing and make-up on a new level. The establishment falls under the MMP Global Inc, which has provided employment for close to 20 persons.
Garden of Angels is a nonprofit group that works with schools, hospitals and other agencies to publicize the law and has a cemetery in Calimesa where abandoned babies who have died are buried. Faris-Cifelli said she doesn’t see time being a major factor for these abandoned baby cases. She said of the 78 babies buried in Garden of Angels, about 90 percent to 95 percent are babies who were found within 24 hours of birth. Despite the criticisms, Torrico stands by his bill, saying that the alternative would be for children to stay in an abusive environment. “Child abuse will not increase \,” Torrico said. “It’ll reduce the number of babies left abandoned in an open field, in trash cans and dead on street corners.” Since the law was enacted, 190 babies have been surrendered statewide; 57 in Los Angeles County and 17 in San Bernardino County, according to Department of Social Services statistics. But the proof that more campaigning is needed comes from statistics on abandoned babies. Since 2001, 146 babies have been found abandoned and alive statewide; 27 have been found abandoned and dead. Some Inland Valley hospitals have stepped up efforts in reaching out to troubled mothers. At Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, a receptacle has been designated for babies to be surrendered. Located south of the emergency room is an area where behind a closed door, a bassinet is provided. Hospital staff is notified by an alarm once that door is opened. Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Roche said two nurses were behind the idea because they thought the bustle of an emergency room might be too intimidating for a distressed parent. “If you were a young woman who had made this courageous decision knowing you couldn’t care for this baby, walking into an emergency unit might be difficult,” Roche said. Call (877) 272-3327 for toll-free information on the safe surrender law. [email protected] (909) 483-9376160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Occasionally, the news will report a shocking tale of a newborn baby treated like garbage and abandoned in a trash bin. That’s when the inevitable question arises – did the mother know about the Safely Surrendered Baby Law? Recently, another question has surfaced. Did the mother have enough time? Enacted in 2001, the law allows a parent to turn over a baby within three days of birth to a hospital or designated fire station without any questions. But an assemblyman from Northern California thinks those 72 hours aren’t enough for a distraught parent to make such a grim decision. “Any mother who leaves her baby … they’re not well psychologically,” said Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Newark. “Let’s give them some options and a little time. More time can’t hurt, it’ll probably help.” Torrico wants to follow in the footsteps of 22 other states in allowing parents 30 days to relinquish an unwanted baby. The bill, now in the appropriations committee, recently passed the Assembly’s judiciary committee on an 8-2 vote. Last year, a baby was left at a restaurant just two miles away from Torrico’s home and discovered dead the following morning. That tragedy was the impetus for Torrico’s bill, which also calls for more funding to publicize the law. Fearing the 30-day period could impede child abuse investigation, the California State Association of Counties is pushing a compromise that would give the parent one week to surrender the baby. Debi Faris-Cifelli, founder of Garden of Angels in Calimesa, is wary of the bill because of the child abuse concerns. “My first choice is to leave it as it is because the law is working already,” said Faris-Cifelli. “Education is a must no matter how many days it is. We have to teach people that human beings are valuable, that there is hope, that there is another option besides throwing a human being away.”