GMSA condemns UK ‘ban’ on Guyana’s greenheart exports

first_img– calls for urgent review of “unfair decision”The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) has lambasted as “unfair” and in need of urgentGreenheart logs from Guyanareview, a decision by the United Kingdom which essentially restricts the import of greenheart from Guyana.Moreover, the GMSA said the labelling of Guyana as a “pariah” in tropical forestry flew in the face of overwhelming independently verified evidence by internationally credible third parties – evidence which is available online and specifically on the Guyana Forestry Commission’s website “for those who wish to be further informed on the hard reality”.The GMSA, in a strongly-worded missive over the weekend, said the “UK agency essentially pronounced on the sustainability of forest management practices in our forests of origin with absolutely no communication or consultation with any local industry stakeholders”.It was pointed out by the GMSA that given that the markets for tropical forest products were declining and proving challenging: “Incorrect labelling of our forest management practices in this negative way can only be detrimental to the future lives and livelihoods of the 25,000 people directly employed in this industry.”The GMSA maintains too that available statistics highlight the great efforts that both the industry and the Government have made to ensure “sustainable forest management of our forests for our future generations and that in an ecological sense, our forests are being sustainably managed, an effort clearly verified through abundant, independent, third-party analysis and certification” .It was noted that this was especially so for “our hardworking colleagues in rural and indigenous communities, who, over time, have come to appreciate and see the value of understanding and implementing the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) guidelines which they helped to formulate”.The GMSA, in its missive, drew reference to the May 2015 UK Environment Agency Technical Note, on the sourcing of new supplies of greenheart timber, which “did come as a great surprise to the local industry, especially since the Private Sector and Government were in communication with CPET (The Central Point for Expertise on Timber that advised UK Government Agencies on Timber Procurement Policies) for over four years previous to the Note to provide evidence of legality and sustainable timber practices” .According to the Association, as a result of the increasing global need to prove legality and sustainability, and meet certification standards, the industry had already entered into negotiations under the EU-FLEGT programme to ensure that the local forest sector would meet these guidelines and import regulations for the UK and EU markets.While the consultants to CPET did state that EU-FLEGT licensing would constitute adequate evidence of Category B compliance, the GMSA is adamant that the UK agency issued the Technical Note with no communication or consultation with local stakeholders.The GMSA also drew reference to recent pronouncements by local forestry expert Dr Janette Bulkan, who had pronounced on the sustainability of greenheart forest harvesting by referring to the studies carried out by Tropenbos in the Bartica Triangle.It was quick to point out, however, that, “the UK Environment Agency Technical Note refers to the sustainable forest management of the forests of origin and not only greenheart”.In December 2015, the consultants to CPET clarified that the submissions by the Guyanese industry did not meet the requirements for Category B certification, as it pertained to issues such as “adequate multi-stakeholder consultation locally in the development of the Codes of Practice, forest policy and plans and regulation”, according to the GMSA.“They never even got to the point of reviewing actual harvesting rates and practices on the ground – therefore the reference to the Bartica Triangle Study as the reasons for the Technical Note is incorrect in more ways than one.”Pointing to some of the verification practices obtained locally, the GMSA said “our forest management system is subject to regular independent forest monitoring; in addition to Guyana welcoming this, it is also a requirement of the agreement with the Kingdom of Norway.”It was highlighted that Guyana would not have received any funding for avoided deforestation from Norway under the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) if our forest regulatory environment was considered as “pariah”.Guyana has the third lowest deforestation rate in the world and, according to data released for 2015, forest operations only contribute one per cent of the total annual deforestation in Guyana.last_img read more

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CSOs Launch 21-Day Community Ebola Initiative

first_imgSeveral local and international civil society and community based organizations have launched a 21-day temperature check and monitoring to help create awareness and combat the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.Through Straight from the Heart and its partner, the Ebola Awareness Project is being launched under the Theme: Listening to Communities; Engaging Community Partners to Know Ebola and Prevent Transmission of EVD through 21 Days Body Temperature Check.According to the coordinator of the project, Facia Harris, the project is a significant step by local and international non-profit organizations to help create awareness in communities in and around Monrovia on the importance of prevention mechanisms, which include 21 days of body temperature and monitoring.“We are reaching out to 10 households in the community to deliver the education of Ebola prevention and transmission by checking and monitoring body temperatures for 21 days” She said.In addition, the team of civil society organizations will also be providing tutorials to all school-age children in the 10 households in and around Monrovia on how to protect themselves against catching the deadly virus, which has already claimed the lives of thousands of Liberians and people in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone.She stressed that the team is working to increase community level of knowledge and understanding of Ebola, reshape attitudes and increase awareness, promote safer practices, prevent EVD transmission, and most importantly, provide education to children in the wake of the Ebola virus carnage on the general population.The 21 days body temperature check and monitoring of households campaign partners include; Straight From The Heart (SFTH), One Liberia Advocacy Radio online, Paramount Young Women Initiative (PAYOWI), OCI Farm Training Organization, Serene Health For All Mobile Clinic, Citizens Organized for the Promotion of Transparency and Accountability (COPTA) and Uniting Distant Stars Inc.  Local Radio JournalistsThis 21-Day project will entail preventive measures such as recording body temperature of contacts, washing of hands, distribution of hand sanitizers and education on hygiene and personal health care measures.The campaign also intends to give people the opportunity to tell their stories, their pains, their fears, agonies, joys and expectations.The organizers plan is to highlight the stories of other Ebola fighters, their frustrations, challenges and successes, and hence cover the effect of Ebola on various aspects of people’s lives in the communities, especially new habits, changed cultures and economic failures.“This is an adventure which will involve community based groups and organizations breaking new grounds and reaching out to unheard voices of the Ebola battle,” she asserted.Also speaking, the chairman of Clara Town Community emphasized that the community has over 10,000 residents and believes that such initiative would help eradicate the virus in the area.According to him, the Clara Town community is open to everyone who is contributing to the fight against Ebola and hopes that with the coming of these organizations, Ebola will be history.With boots on the ground, engaging communities at the frontline, and raising awareness on the fight against Ebola in various communities, showed that we are ready to finally kick Ebola out of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Watford rule out shock swoop on Liverpool

first_img1 Mario Balotelli Quique Sanchez Flores has dismissed speculation linking Watford with a move for Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli.The Italian striker is looking for a way out of Anfield, just one year on after joining the club for £16m from AC Milan.Sides in Italy have shown an interest, while Europa League champions Sevilla have also made an enquiry.But Flores has now ruled Watford out of the running after the Hornets were linked with an audacious move earlier this week.“When a player is only in the plan of the media I prefer to not talk about it,” said Flores.“Inside the club we haven’t talked about Mario Balotelli. So at the moment this is a possibility more in the media than the club.”last_img

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Bernardi: Persistence and passion embodied

first_imgVAN NUYS – Compassionate and cantankerous, former City Councilman Ernani Bernardi was remembered Tuesday as a generous advocate for the San Fernando Valley for 32 years. “I didn’t know him as well as many of you here,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told 200 mourners at the funeral held at St. Elisabeth’s Church for Bernardi, who died last week at 94. “But, I knew him as a man who spoke for the common man, a public official who truly cared about the people he represented. “He taught a lesson all of us in public service should live by.” Bernardi began his City Council service in 1961 and was rarely challenged in a career that spanned the major growth period of Los Angeles. “On his last day in office, I sent him a note saying he meant as much to me as my father and I wanted to thank him.” Yaroslavsky said. “He came over to me afterward and said it was the nicest thing that ever happened to him in the City Council.” Bernardi’s political career was actually the third of his life. The son of Italian immigrants, he was born Oct. 29, 1911, in Standard, Ill., and was raised by his father, two grandmothers, an aunt and an uncle. His father was a music teacher who taught his son to play woodwind instruments – a talent that served him well. Bernardi was forced to leave the University of Detroit, where he was studying journalism, because of the Great Depression, but his musical talent took him to a life as a professional musician. He played saxophone with several big bands, including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby, until he decided in the 1940s to settle in Van Nuys. There, he and his wife, Lucille, had four children, and he embarked on a new career as a home builder. Bernardi ran for City Council in 1957, losing to then-Councilman James Corman. After Corman went on to Congress, Bernardi won his seat on the council representing Van Nuys. It was a different city then, still glowing in the post-war boom, when the biggest debates were over completing the Ventura (101) Freeway and what the city should be doing to encourage growth. Bernardi came to the council as a cautious naysayer, warning against unlimited growth and railing against the influence of campaign contributions. He later introduced what became the first voter-approved campaign spending limits in a major jurisdiction. He also battled the Community Redevelopment Agency, pushing through a lawsuit that limited how much could be diverted from its downtown project area into housing and other programs. Over the years, he saw his district change from a majority Anglo to primarily Latino, and he taught himself Spanish so he could communicate with his new constituents. Bernardi also was an outspoken advocate for better treatment of the homeless, leading efforts that former Mayor Tom Bradley adopted to create a cold-weather shelter program. Over the years, he ran unsuccessfully for the county Board of Supervisors and mayor – touring the city in a bright red double-decker bus that blared big band music. After he left office, he remained in touch with various officials. He also attended daily services at St. Elisabeth’s and worked on an album and documentary of the big band era. Bernardi is survived by his second wife, Eve; sons John and James, daughters Joanne Kent and Judith McRae; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is one death that really hit me hard,” said former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter. “Ernie Bernardi was like a father to me. After he left, I tried to follow his example and question what we were doing and ask why we were doing things the way we were.” Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, who served with Bernardi and had a brief dust-up with him when he first came into office, said he grew to respect Bernardi. “Our problems lasted all of about 15 seconds,” Ridley-Thomas said. “He apologized, I apologized, and we worked well together. The thing I remember is that he never said anything bad about anyone. “During one debate, he stopped himself and said to a member, ‘I’m going to sit down now and not say anything that will embarrass both of us.’ That was Ernie Bernardi.” Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a former councilman who served for years with Bernardi, also considered him a father figure. last_img read more

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STUDENT BANNED FROM KEEPING DOGS FOR FOUR YEARS AFTER NEGLECTING HER PET

first_imgThe little terrier dog which was recovered by ISPCA officers.A judge has fined a student €200 and banned her from keeping animalsfor four years after she left her dog to starve.Natalie McGranaghan appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with cruelty to animals. The court heard how ISPCA Inspectors went to Ms McGranaghan’s rentedflat at Leitir Ard, Letterkenny after hearing reports that a dog hadbeen abandoned there.Inspector Kevin McGinley told Judge Paul Kelly that he went toMcGranaghan’s rented home at Leitir Ard, Letterkenny, on March 12 lastyear after reports a dog had been abandoned there.He said he attended the flat on March 12th last year and could hear adog inside the property but could not see one.He left a note at the house asking the occupant to contact him andreturned two days later and again heard a dog and decided to callgardai who forced entry into the property.Inside the house he found an emaciated terrier dog abandoned, coveredin its own excrement.A bucket filled with water had been left beside the dog but it wasunable to drink from it as it was too tall for the pup to reach.“The dog was in a poor state. Its backbone was protruding and its ribswere prominent,” said Inspector McGinley.He traced owner Natalie McGranaghan to her mother’s home but she hadclaimed she had sold the dog.She later admitted she hadn’t – but claimed she had fed the dog twodays earlier.Judge Paul Kelly – looking at these pictures – remarked that “this wasan appalling thing to do to an unfortunate defenceless animal.”The case was adjourned until yesterday to allow Ms McGranaghan topay €400 in vet fees.Solicitor for the accused, Kieran O’Gorman said his client had beenthe vicim of online abuse since the case had been publicised.Judge Paul Kelly condemned those who engaged in such abuse from behinda keyboard and noted that such people were often more concerned aboutthe treatment of animals than they are about humans.Nonetheless, he added, there was a serious issue to be addressed and hefined Ms McGranaghan €200 and banned her from keeping dogs for fouryears.The court also heard that he dog has since made a full recovery.STUDENT BANNED FROM KEEPING DOGS FOR FOUR YEARS AFTER NEGLECTING HER PET was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DOGdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

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GREENCASTLE’S ROMA IN ACTION FOR IRELAND IN U19 WORLD CUP

first_imgGREENCASTLE FC’s Roma McLaughlin has been in action this week for Ireland’s U19 team in Sweden in the Women’s World Cup qualifiers.The team beat both Slovakia and Montenegro earlier this week.And last night they looked to be heading for a third win until an equaliser by Moldova three minutes from the end, Megan Connolly with the Ireland goal after eight minutes. Donegal midfielder Roma is pictured with the starting line-up. GREENCASTLE’S ROMA IN ACTION FOR IRELAND IN U19 WORLD CUP was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Irelandroma mclaughlinU19slast_img read more

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FINN HARPS CONTINGENT INVOLVED AS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SCHOOLBOYS WIN CENTENARY SHIELD

first_imgFinn Harps goalkeeper Lee McCarron celebrates the Centenary Shield success with Mickey McGlynn.A strong Donegal connection was present as the Republic of Ireland Schoolboys side won the Centenary Shield for the first time since 2010 following a 1-1 draw with Scotland in Edinburgh this evening.Finn Harps goalkeeper Lee McCarron played the full 90 minutes for Ireland and produced a solid display.Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan, coach Willie O’Connor and physio Mickey McGlynn were all apart of the Irish backroom team. Ireland were actual crowned champions last week against England at the Sligo Showgrounds, so tonight’s fixture lacked the competitive edge the international fixture usually would have.However, the Irish side showed why there worthy champions and produced a polished and professional performance throughout.Cork City player Conor Ellis put Ireland ahead at half-time, but a spirited Scotland side battled back and deservedly equalised in the second-half.Congratulations to the Irish side and to all the Finn Harps contingent involved in the team’s success. FINN HARPS CONTINGENT INVOLVED AS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SCHOOLBOYS WIN CENTENARY SHIELD was last modified: April 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Centenary ShieldFinn Harps FCIreland SchoolboysnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

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NEW RAPID ACCESS PROSTATE CANCER CLINIC FOR LETTERKENNY – McHUGH

first_imgFine Gael TD Joe McHugh has confirmed to donegaldaily.com that a new Rapid Access Prostate Cancer Clinic will open at Letterkenny General Hospital in three weeks.Deputy McHugh told donegaldaily.com: “A new Rapid Access Prostate Cancer Clinic will open at Letterkenny General Hospital on Friday 4th November. “This Clinic will be incorporated with the UCHG Hospital in Galway, and will cater for at least 150 Donegal men every year.“Today, Donegal men referred to the Rapid Access Prostate Clinic in Galway must travel from the county to Galway at least four times before a diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer can be made.“This new Letterkenny clinic will eliminate this journey time for Donegal patients. This Government is committed to delivering health services in the community, whilst maintaining best practise. Letterkenny’s new Rapid Access Prostate Cancer Clinic will facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of Donegal prostate cancer patients in the local community.”He added: “I compliment Letterkenny General Hospital’s leadership for working to secure this service, which will coordinated by Mr. Eamon Rogers, Consultant Urologist, UCHG.” Minister for Health James Reilly TD told us: “This Government is committed to delivering excellent care as near to the patient as is practicable. Letterkenny’s new Rapid Access Prostate Cancer Clinic will facilitate this and the men of Donegal can rely on rapid diagnosis and treatement of prostate cancer.”NEW RAPID ACCESS PROSTATE CANCER CLINIC FOR LETTERKENNY – McHUGH was last modified: October 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NEW RAPID ACCESS PROSTATE CANCER CLINIC FOR LETTERKENNY – McHUGHlast_img read more

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Local college advocates look ahead to ’06

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – While this year’s special election is still six days away, some in the community college world are already making plans for the 2006 ballot. Although their initiative is still in its final drafting stages, when done it will take aim at school funding, student enrollment fees and community college governing boards. Discussions about the measure began about a year ago, but organizations behind it said they didn’t push to include it in this year’s election, in part because they don’t want it tangled in the long list of propositions already on the ballot. In addition, this grass-roots campaign hopes to raise about $4 million to market Proposition Community College, far less than the mega-millions pouring into the initiative’s dominating this year’s election. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But without changes to California’s community college system, doors will close to thousands of students within the next 10 years, said Scott Lay, vice president of the Community College League of California, a Sacramento-based nonprofit group that’s spearheading the effort. “We’re trying to take away the yo-yo budgeting of community colleges, which is an impediment of the gateway to the middle class that our schools are supposed to be,” Lay said. And that starts with tuition costs. The initiative calls for a reduction of student enrollment fees at community colleges to $20 per unit. These costs, which are controlled by the state Legislature, have fluctuated from $11 in 1998 to $26 today. The community college system began with free enrollment. Those fees are keeping some out of community colleges, because students can’t predict their budgets on costs that change, said Dianne Van Hook, president of College of the Canyons. “When they increase fees after students are already enrolled, that’s kind of hard,” said Van Hook. “How can they plan?” The measure also seeks to change the system that funds community colleges through Proposition 98, which also provides money to kindergarten through 12th grade schools. Community colleges are supposed to receive about 11 percent of money from the fund, while elementary schools through high schools receive about 89 percent. But community colleges have lost about $4 billion from Proposition 98, because the percentage they were entitled to under the law from the fund has fluctuated over time, with residuals going to kindergarten through 12th grade institutions, said Jonathan Lightman, executive director of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. Lightman said they don’t expect to get the $4 billion back, but they want to set a new strategy for moving forward. “While no one in the colleges wants to harm K-12, we don’t feel that either side is respected when K-12 is taking money that’s legally due to the colleges,” Lightman said. In addition, the measure wants to prohibit the Legislature from wiping out local governing boards of community colleges. California’s 109 community colleges are being asked to help collect the 598,105 signatures required to get this initiative into the hands of voters next year. Among those ready to start knocking on doors is Annie Yang, president of the Associated Student Government at College of the Canyons. Yang said that $20 per unit is a reasonable fee and a good compromise from what students are paying today. She said today’s tuition gouges into students’ budgets. “Students attend community college so they can further themselves in their careers and put food on the table,” Yang said. “It’s awfully ironic that they have to pay a huge amount and don’t get to have that comfort.” Also included in the coalition Californians for Community Colleges that’s behind this initiative is the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild. The Nov. 7, 2006, election includes the race for the governor’s seat and many other elected officials. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Get em’ while you can — Pacific halibut closes Friday

first_imgNorth Coast offshore adventures will be limited to just rockfish come Saturday morning as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday the closing of the recreational Pacific halibut fishery on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. for the remainder of the 2016 season. The quota of 29,640 pounds will be surpassed according to CDFW unless the fishery is closed based on the latest catch projections.Beginning in 2015, CDFW committed to in-season tracking of the fishery to ensure catch …last_img

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