Stephen Curry’s 3-point clinic leads Warriors past Hornets

first_imgWith dad Dell watching live Wednesday night, Curry hit 11 3-pointers and scored 39 points, coming back with vengeance from a one-game absence while ill and leading the Warriors to a 126-111 blowout of his hometown Charlotte Hornets.“It’s always cool to see my dad on the sidelines commentating the game on their end,” Curry said. “You get a little juice from that, too. … I don’t take those opportunities for granted because this an unbelievable opportunity to play the game that he played for 16 years in the NBA and carry on that name in the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFor everybody who questioned Steph’s productivity and shooting touch months ago as Durant came aboard, he has quieted them all.“Early on, he got it cookin’,” Durant said. “We kind of rode the wave from there.” Klay Thompson added 29 points and matched his career high with eight assists, and Durant had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the NBA-leading Warriors (42-7).Curry recorded his fifth career game with at least 11 3s, shot 14 for 20, 11 of 15 from long range and dished out eight assists facing Charlotte for the second time in exactly a week.The two-time reigning NBA MVP was sick – his shooting, that is. He sat out Sunday night at Portland with the stomach flu. Nothing slowed him down this night, and he even hit one third-quarter 3 while falling into the front row of fans.“It’s amazing. You’ve got to appreciate greatness,” Thompson said.Already having set the regular-season single-game record with 13 on Nov. 7 against New Orleans, Curry rested in the fourth. Golden State wound up with 21 3s in all Wednesday on a franchise-record 48 attempts.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a score from teammate Kevin Durant during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, California—Stephen Curry made a sweet crossover, then stepped back and knocked down another 3-pointer as Kevin Durant covered his mouth with his hand in pure admiration and awe.In his last six quarters, Curry has 20 3-pointers and 82 points – and the Golden State Warriors have been so far ahead coach Steve Kerr could rest his MVP for the fourth period both times.ADVERTISEMENT Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Frank Kaminsky scored 24 points off the bench for the Hornets, who lost their sixth in a row overall and ninth straight on the road.Curry hit six first-quarter 3s and Golden State matched a franchise record with nine 3s in a quarter, doing so for the sixth time. The Warriors led 41-21 after the first, their NBA-leading 14th 40-point quarter.The Warriors reached 70 points by halftime for the seventh time, up 77-56 at the break.Late in the first half, Curry hit his 1,788th career regular-season 3, which moved him past Rashard Lewis into 12th on the NBA career list.In the waning seconds before halftime, two defenders swarmed Curry near half-court in an effort to keep the ball out of his hands.“When he’s shooting the basketball like that, he’s pretty unguardable,” Charlotte’s Kemba Walker said.JaVale McGee scored nine points and had a season-best four blocks starting in place of injured center Zaza Pachulia, who will miss at least a week with a strained right rotator cuff.Back and forth to the D-League all season, rookie Damian Jones made his Oracle Arena debut and scored his first career NBA points.“We gave him the game ball, then we asked him if he wanted to give a speech to the guys,” Kerr said. “It wasn’t exactly historic, but it was a great moment for him.” Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Cignal edges Wangs in PBA D-League Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leytelast_img read more

Chris Bosh: ‘My health is great. I’m feeling good’

first_imgView comments 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Bosh has watched Heat games on television, continues to have a spot in the team locker room and is in contact with some players from time to time. He hasn’t been around the team, though, and said not having the sort of schedule that he grew used to during his 13 NBA seasons was more difficult to deal with than he would have envisioned.“I think one of the interesting things that I didn’t anticipate was my mental health, and that’s something that as athletes we have to take into regard because we’re used to a set schedule and we’re used to a certain type of world,” Bosh said. “And that’s something that I’ve really had to work on for my well-being.”Bosh will continue as an analyst for Turner for the next four Mondays, running through March 27.The Heat played Monday night in Dallas, and when the highlights of the Mavericks’ victory were shown the in-studio conversation between Bosh, Webber and fellow analysts Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis turned to Miami.Bosh lauded what the Heat have done in salvaging the season after an 11-30 start, adding that he is “proud of a lot of the guys.”ADVERTISEMENT “I think you just have a bunch of young guys trying to figure it out right now,” Bosh said. “But they’re scrappy. I know one thing — they’re going to prepare. They’re going to play hard every night. … The system is the system, they’re going to run that system and they’re going to roll it out with their guys.”Bosh did not offer any hints about his future, nor did he specifically say that he plans on returning to the NBA.Because he has been sidelined for more than a year, the Heat can choose at any time to initiate a process where his contract would be removed from their salary cap. It’s unclear when the Heat will choose to do so, though with Bosh owed more than $52 million over the next two seasons — money he is guaranteed — it is certain Miami will seek the cap relief at some point before next summer.Bosh also didn’t reveal what he tells his kids when they ask about his comeback plans.“I’m getting pressure from them too,” Bosh said.Bosh has been selected to 11 All-Star teams, and helped Miami win NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. He turns 33 on March 24.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aguilar, Mangosong renew rivalry in Diamond Motor Supercross Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “My health is great,” Bosh said during Monday night’s initial broadcast. “I’m feeling good, still working out and just really still staying ready.”Bosh said even his children are asking when he’s returning to the NBA, but he did not discuss any specifics about either that or whether he’s still battling the blood clots that derailed his 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons — both times at the All-Star break. Bosh remains under contract with the Miami Heat, but has not been with the team this season after failing a physical in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHis last NBA game was Feb. 9, 2016. A blood clot was found in his calf two days later, he went back on bloodthinning medication and his playing future has been most uncertain ever since.“I can’t imagine what you’re going through,” Players Only studio host Chris Webber told Bosh during Monday’s broadcast. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh smiles during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Miami and Duke in Coral Gables, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (David Santiago /El Nuevo Herald via AP)MIAMI — Chris Bosh has a new job, yet does not sound like he’s abandoning his old one.More than a year removed from his last NBA game, Bosh said during his debut appearance as an analyst for Turner Sports’ “Players Only” programming that he’s working out — indicating that he has not ruled out trying to play again.ADVERTISEMENT Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China reports first death from mystery pneumonia outbreak PLAY LIST 00:52China reports first death from mystery pneumonia outbreak01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Global Cebu bows out of AFC Cup

first_imgWhat started as a promising campaign in the 2017 AFC Cup ended in heartbreak for Global Cebu Tuesday night at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.Reduced to 10 men in the second half, Global conceded twice in the final four minutes in a 2-3 defeat to S-League side Home United in the second leg of their Asean zonal semifinal tie.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Pocari shoots for outright semis slot LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreakcenter_img The result meant Global crashed out of the competition, 4-5, on aggregate, as another red card on a key player cost the Cebu side its slim advantage.Global had led for most of the two-legged affair and looked poised to claim a finals berth when Shu Sasaki’s header in the 49th minute put them on top, 2-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBut Home United capitalized on the 71st minute dismissal of Dennis Villanueva to tie the count in the 89th minute, when Stipe Plazibat stabbed home at close range past Patrick Deyto. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead View comments More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionslast_img read more

Foton, Cignal eye elimination-round sweep

first_imgFoton and Cignal will aim for a three-game sweep of their divisions when the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference resumes Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Foton battles Cocolife at 7 p.m., while Cignal takes on F2 Logistics at 3 p.m. Petron and Sta. Lucia collide at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing PLAY LIST 01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreakcenter_img Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Pocari tries to firm up PVL dynasty Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ The Tornadoes are coming off wins over Cherrylume and Generika-Ayala with 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago banging in 35 points in those two matches.Coach Moro Branislav said the Tornadoes are still far from top form.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“We’ve to play as hard as possible,” said the Serbian. —MARC ANTHONY REYES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Timberwolves waive oft-injured center Nikola Pekovic

first_imgView comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak He had Achilles tendon surgery on his right foot in 2015 as a last-ditch effort to revive his career, but the pain returned. He spent most of last season in Montenegro.Pekovic still has one year remaining on this contract, but the team was able to work out an arrangement so that they can gain some salary cap relief heading into free agency, an important step for a team that wants to be aggressive in adding veterans to a young core that won just 31 games last season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Nikola Pekovic. APMINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic’s combination of size and strength made him a productive and popular player early in his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.He just may have been too big for his own good.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet The Timberwolves waived Pekovic on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time), likely ending a career that was derailed by foot and ankle problems over the past three seasons. Pekovic missed all of last season and played only 12 games the previous season, a disappointing development for a player that was on his way to being one of the most effective centers in the league when he signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013.The 6-foot-11, 307-pound native of Montenegro was coming off a season in which he averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds and formed a formidable pick-and-roll tandem with Ricky Rubio. He was limited to 54 games in the first season of his new deal, but still averaged 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds that season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundCalled “The Godfather” for his menacing appearance on the court, Pekovic was a fan favorite. Affable off the court, he remained a popular figure with his teammates, who desperately missed his toughness and efficiency over the past couple of seasons.The chronic foot issues really started to set in during the 2014-15 season, when he played in just 31 games. The Timberwolves and Pekovic tried numerous methods to address the problems, including surgeries, diets and different workout regimens. In the end, nothing worked. Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft looms End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Skipper Holder urges underperforming West Indies to improve

first_img POOR BATTING “When we look back on our performances, I don’t think we were as energetic as we wanted to be in the field. We lapsed a bit in the end. I felt the bowlers did a reasonable job, but when we batted, we were, in no uncertain words, poor. “We’ve got to be better as international cricketers. I just felt we didn’t show that intent upfront. I think the pitch was a very good pitch. It was not one that hampered stroke-play, so I think we all have to be accountable for our actions as batsmen, and now going forward into this game on Sunday – a must-win game – we just need to put things right.” Holder said it was clear his players needed to make adjustments to their mental approach. “It’s more of a mindset. I think we’ve got to adjust our minds to the fact we are playing a very important series against Afghanistan,” the Barbadian all-rounder explained. “I think we just lacked energy at many stages of the game, especially in the field, and it’s something we’ve been talking about in the dressing room for a while, so I think if we can improve our attitudes and body language on the field – look more alive during the innings – I think that would go a long way and then, obviously, we can transcend that into our batting.” He added: “The intent wasn’t there when we batted. I think we can put the Afghans under a little more pressure when they bowl to us and just try to stamp our authority on the game.” GROS ISLET, South Africa (CMC): Captain Jason Holder has minced no words in his assessment of West Indies’ stunning defeat to minnows Afghanistan, describing the performance as “poor” and calling on his embattled side to change their mental approach for today’s must-win encounter. The Caribbean side produced a dreadful performance in Friday’s opening One-Day International at the Darren Sammy National Stadium, crashing to a shocking 63-run defeat to the ICC associate nation. Chasing a modest 213 for victory, West Indies were embarrassingly bundled out for 149, with 18-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan picking up seven for 18 – the fourth-best figures in ODI history. “I think Afghanistan played better cricket and they deserved to win the game,” Holder said in a frank interview.last_img read more

Brazil’s injuries raise doubts

first_imgSOCHI, Russia (AP):Brazil are going out of their way to defend their World Cup preparations and show that their players’ injuries can’t be blamed on excessive training.Doctors will blame a soft mattress for an injury before admitting that they made mistakes getting the players ready for the tournament in Russia.Questions were raised after Renato Augusto, Danilo, Douglas Costa, and Marcelo all got hit by injuries before and during the World Cup.Augusto himself was the first to put the team’s preparations under the spotlight after he said that an inflammation on his left knee was caused by the amount of training he was subjected to when he reported to the national team. The midfielder hinted that he was not used to this type of training load with his team in China.And after Costa hurt a right thigh muscle in the game again Costa Rica, it was the player’s wife who raised more doubts about the team’s preparations, telling Brazilian newspaper Extra that her husband told her that training with Brazil was too intense, and he was used to lighter practice sessions with Italian club Juventus.After Marcelo had to be replaced only 10 minutes into the match against Serbia, doctors were immediately questioned about the team’s training load, but team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Marcelo’s injury might have been caused by the type of mattress he was using at the team’s hotel, not because of too much training.The team’s physical trainer, Fabio Mahseredjian, admitted that the training load had to be adjusted in cases like Augusto’s but defended the squad’s training regime during the World Cup.”Injuries will happen, it’s inevitable, and for the most varied reasons,” he said. “It’s all under control.”Although doctors said none of the injuries was serious, it wasn’t immediately clear which player would be available for Monday’s round-of-16 match against Mexico in Samara.Costa and Marcelo trained separately from their teammates yesterday, while Danilo was back with the rest of the squad in the practice session in Sochi. Costa exercised on the field, but Marcelo did mostly rehabilitation work.Neymar dealt with an ankle injury after the opener against Switzerland, but he was back in action against Costa Rica and against Serbia.Doctors also had to take care of coach Tite, who pulled a muscle while celebrating one of the team’s goals against Costa Rica.last_img read more

Takashima: TT Jamaica has four crucial areas to work on

first_imgSatoshi Takashima is leaving Jamaica on January 7. With his time as Jamaica’s national table tennis coach at an end, he recommends four key upgrades on how the game is developed here. On top of his list is consistent training for young players and an increase in the volume of good coaches. His suggestions arise from his observations over his two-year stay in Jamaica. Speaking to The Gleaner on Sunday, Takashima said: “The first point is, we have to train youngsters, for instance Under-15 years old, for a long time in a consistent programme and the second, we need an exclusive venue for the national squad,” he said. During his stay here, the national squad trained at Excelsior High School’s auditorium and at the Jamaica Theological Seminary. DEDICATED COACHES “And third,” he listed, “we need more dedicated coaches with good knowledge, and the last one, we need more human resources working with Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ).” On the latter item, he noted, “We need more human resources because now TTJ President Mr [Godfrey] Lothian and one lady, only two working full-time, and the other council members, they’re volunteers. In other countries, support staff is extensive.” Takashima says his two years in Jamaica have hurried by. “It took time to understand Jamaican culture, Jamaican players, and the first year, I think I just tried to get to know the players, and also the situation of the table tennis association and the situation of table tennis associations of other countries like Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and their players’ standard,” he said candidly. “So, the first year, actually I just tried to learn about, in general, table tennis in Jamaica and then the second year, I got to know the coaches and the players,” said the veteran coach who came to Jamaica as part of an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency. “I think, for me, I did a much better job compared to the first year,” he self-assessed. He however, admitted that he did not see any big development, big change in the standard of the players. He believes his recommendations will help. “I think it takes time,” he said, “but we have to concentrate on training youngsters. We need more good coaches, also we need more human resources.” During his tenure, he has seen two Caribbean Senior Championships. Those tournaments have left him with a view that the Spanish-speaking territories are in the lead. “In general, I think Spanish-speaking countries are a little bit ahead (of) English-speaking,” he rated. “I think they train hard and players, they’re in Europe, playing professionally.” Cuba hosted the 2017 Caribbean Championships at home and dominated, while the Dominican Republic took top spot when Jamaica hosted the tournament in September. In addition to his national duties, Takashima visited various clubs around the island and conducted coaching courses.last_img read more

“Chutney meets Soca” for Helena Ground this Saturday

first_imgChutney and Soca lovers on the East Coast of Demerara, particularly in Mahaica and its environs, are in for a treat on Saturday evening as XTRA Beer and Energy Drink host “Chutney meets Soca” at the Helena Number One Ground.Omardath MarajThis is the first time an event of this nature is being held at the venue, and it is expected to be explosive. The event will feature the 2017 International Chutney Monarch Omardath Maraj, who will definitely perform “Ramsingh Sharma”, his winning entry at the recently-concluded chutney competition.The song has been playing on all the local airwaves and is probably known by all in Guyana. Maraj has several other hits that he will also perform. Of late, he has been performing a few of the legendary Bob Marley tunes at his concerts, which were well received by the patrons.Shelly gHe will be joined by Guyana’s provocative singer, Shelly Garraway, who is commonly known as Shelly G. This Soca singer will undoubtedly add some flair to the show and create the buzz that is expected.Admission to the event cost $1000, and tickets will be available at the venue. Gates to the venue open at 18:00h and the show gets underway at 20:00h.last_img read more

EPA completes final 3 workshops under the EU FLEGT Programme

first_imgAs part of the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) Programme, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted the final three workshops in Regions Three and Four. Seventy participants from eleven Community Forest Organisations (CFOs) benefited. These workshops were held at the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) training facility in Yarrowkabra, Region Four and the Caria Caria Community Centre, Region Three.Through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-EU FLEGT funded project “Providing Capacity Building Assistance to CFOs on the Environmental Authorisation Process in Guyana”, the Agency conducted twelve workshops over a five-month period in eight of Guyana’s administrative regions. These workshops were attended by 319 persons, including loggers, community members, women, and youths from 48 CFOs.This project utilised awareness and capacity building as a means of supporting forest operators on the process involved in obtaining an Environmental Authorisation in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act, Cap 20:05, Laws of Guyana and the EUFLEGT-Voluntary Partnership Agreement legality definition (Annex11). This initiative involved a series of exploratory meetings in all relevant administrative regions, followed by workshops with the identified stakeholders.Throughout the workshops, participants were enlightened on the role and work of the EPA as well as the Environmental Authorisation process. CFO representatives were also guided on how to properly complete the Environmental Authorisation application form. In addition, officers from EPA’s Waste Management and Air Quality programmes led practical exercises on noise, air quality and waste management. Officers engaged participants on the use of the noise meter and other equipment used in the fields; as well as mitigation measures to protect human health and the environment. The Guyana Forestry Commission and Regional Offices were also represented at the workshops.What is an Environmental Authorisation?An Environmental Authorisation is an “Environmental permit, a prescribed process licence, a construction permit or an operations permit,”— Environmental Protection Act Cap. 20:05, laws of GuyanaAs is relates to forestry activities, it is a legally binding document to guide forest operators on the best environmental practices before and during harvesting and utilisation of forest resources.The EPA is the only agency in Guyana with the authority to grant Environmental Authorisation.Do I still need an Environmental Authorisation if I have a licence from the GFC?Yes, although the Guyana Forestry Commission has jurisdiction for the forest, you still need an Environmental Authorisation to ensure all aspects of your operation protects human health and the environment.Get Authorised!!!The Agency advises all persons involved in developmental activities to be proactive and apply to the Agency for Environmental Authorisation to safeguard your health, the environment and your investment. The Agency will aggressively be pursuing defaulters in 2019 and is advising all those persons who have expired permits to have them renewed promptly to avoid prosecution.You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEAP Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN, or email us at: eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more