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

Alab Pilipinas lose 4th straight game ahead of ABL playoffs

first_imgSarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Saigon dealt Alab its fourth straight loss and eighth overall heading into the quarterfinal round.Once owning the league’s best record for a long stretch in the tournament, Alab settled for the No. 2 behind the Formosa Dreamers and will face Hong Kong Eastern in a best-of-three series in the quarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRenaldo Balkman returned from a concussion to lead the Philippine side with 25 points and eight rebounds while Ray Parks added 16 points.Alab missed the services of its other Puerto Rican reinforcement in PJ Ramos. FILE – Alab Pilipinas guard Ray Parks goes for a layup against the Formosa Dreamers. Photo from ABLSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ untimely woes continued after falling to the Saigon Heat, 80-81, in the 2019 Asean Basketball League at CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Trevon Hughes lifted the Heat with 24 points, including the game-winning free throw with five seconds left, while Kyle Barone notched a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption NU becomes first back-to-back NBTC champion View commentslast_img read more

The real reasons for the President’s unilateral appointment are clearer now

first_imgDear Editor,I now understand why President David Granger deemed myself and 17 other qualified citizens as not “fit and proper” to sit in the GECOM Chair.Justice James Patterson (rtd), Granger’s unilateral pick for the office, revealed himself in a letter to the press (Kaieteur News, March 6, 2018) to be a person of low character, lacking in good manners, and devoid of all decorum and professional courtesies.It would be unbecoming of me or any decent person to repeat the words used by Patterson in what was a public assault on Auditor General Deodat Sharma’s person and professionalism. His pompous verbosity is revelatory and completely missed the intended mark of humiliating AG Sharma. Rather, Patterson humiliated himself.If Patterson were a private citizen, his noxious verbiage would be a matter for his friends and family to deal with. However, Granger has foisted him onto the Guyanese public as the most “fit and proper” person to hold the all-important position of the GECOM Chair.AG Sharma, in his contact with Patterson as a professional, probably assumed that Patterson would act with professionalism and that, as a senior member of the legal fraternity, would be most concerned about any financial improprieties uncovered by the State audit into GECOM’s accounts. He also probably assumed that Patterson would move to have such matters fully investigated in order to ensure the probity of the GECOM office.As all Guyana has discovered through Patterson’s own words, AG Sharma’s assumptions were wrong. That Granger chose to place a man who has exposed himself as pompous, boorish, and unprofessional to oversee a vital national institution is revelatory in itself.As old people say, “Mouth open, story jump out” and if Patterson is Granger’s idea of what makes for a “fit and proper” person, then I am very happy to concede that I never did fit that bill.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

Social workers, educator’s conference launched

first_imgThe Social Protection Ministry in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the University of Guyana (UG), and the Association of Social Workers on Wednesday held a grand launch of a conference at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, to promote and bring recognition to social workers, practitioners and educators in Guyana.With the theme “Standards for Professional and Social Work Practices”, the initiative was launched with the aim of regularising and standardising social work practices in Guyana.A section of the gathering of the Social workers conference at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown,The conference is set to be held for two days and hopes to see a massive turn out, not only from the social workers but from the general public and those that have a keen interest in promoting the event.The momentous activity has been in the works for the past year after the Social Protection Ministry collaborated with stakeholders to regularise and bring recognition to the body of social workers in Guyana who make up a substantive percentage of the Ministry’s work force.At the conference, a clear list of all the standard operating procedures which are critical to the smooth running and success of any organisation will be provided.In attendance at the affair was the Prime Minister’s wife, Sita Nagamootoo, Vice Chancellor of the UG, Dr Ivelaw Griffith, UNICEF representative Marianne Flach and the Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence.Delivering the feature address, the Minister said that social workers in Guyana are replete with a vast array of talents, however, all stakeholders have been operating for too long without any comprehensive model to guide and channel the services that they provide to their clients.“Our world has been advancing by leaps and bounds, technologically, socially and otherwise and it is only fitting that we in Guyana make efforts to catch up and keep abreast with global standards and practices,” the Minister noted, adding that this is what the conference hopes to achieve such.Lawrence revealed that the Social Protection Ministry has envisioned betterment for professional social workers and social work practice in Guyana, hence the timely hosting of the conference.The Minister noted that social workers deserve to be duly recognised for the services that they provide and once standardisation is accomplished, the Ministry wants to direct their thoughts to the objective of the conference so that all can focus on a plan of action.Also speaking at the conference, UG Vice Chancellor, Dr Griffith applauded the organisers of the conference for executing it successfully.He noted that by hosting the conference, it will begin to build a platform for standards. “Any conversation about standards though needs to begin with values that will guide those standards,” he noted.UNICEF representative, Marianne Flach revealed UNICEF’s delight in supporting the delivery of the conference as part of their continuous engagement with the Government of Guyana particularly the Social Protection Ministry.The organisation commended all involved in making the conference a success. The second and final day of the conference kicks off today at the same venue.last_img read more

NEW GPC corrects misrepresentations made by Public Health Minister

first_imgThe NEWGPC would like to correct several misrepresentations that are being published in the press subsequent to the erroneous statement by Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton that the Government of Guyana paid the corporation .2M per month for rental of its 70,000 sq ft warehouse for storage of pharmaceuticals for the Ministry of Public Health and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).The fact is that the NEWGPC has been storing pharmaceuticals at its warehouse FREE OF CHARGE to the Government for more than a decade up to March 1st 2016. The corporation invested hundreds of millions into the most extensive and modern warehousing facility for the Government’s pharmaceuticals. The NEW GPC storage warehouse facility of 70,000 square feet had been provided free of cost to the GPHC and the Ministry of Health. It has the necessary equipment, staff, IT, security, certification and sanitation to comply with WHO/PAHO standards. The facility also has three separate temperature control zones for the storage of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals in addition to a separate area for the storage of controlled substances. It also has testing facilities for pharmaceuticals as well as several loading docks to handle the multiple containers that are usual in the government procurement shipment.After the Ministry of Public Health indicated a substantive and substantial alterations in the old bidding procedure for pharmaceuticals on March 1, 2016, they approached the NEWGPC to continue providing storage for pharmaceuticals for the Ministry of Public Health and the GPHC. At that point the corporation indicated it would charge the government a rate of 7/sq foot for the state of the art storage facility. At this time, contrary to the asseverations of the Minister in Parliament, the NEWGPC has not received a single cent from the government for the rentals due since March 1, 2016 even though there are substantial quantities of pharmaceuticals being stored in the warehouse.There have also been references attributed to Government officials about a “previous” rental agreement . This is totally false: NEWGPC always provided its warehouse free of charge.The NEWGPC, as a professional company that prides itself as one of the most modern in its field in the Caribbean, simply wishes to clarify the false and ambitious statements being circulated.last_img read more

Atletico Madrid v PSV Eindhoven live stream and confirmed lineups

first_imgCLICK HERE TO STREAM ATLETICO MADRID V PSV EINDHOVEN LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT 2, KICK-OFF 19:45GMT.The Vicente Calderon hosts Atletico Madrid v PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, and you can listen to all the action on talkSPORT 2.The LaLiga outfit have already secured their place in the round of 16, and are fighting with Bayern Munich to claim top spot in Group D – and the easier knockout draw that is likely to bring.PSV are out of the competition, with just one point to their name from four games, but they too still have something to fight for – a third place finish and qualification to the Europa League.So, which players have been selected for the clash? The confirmed teams can be seen, in full, below…Confirmed line-ups:Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak, Vrsaljko, Gimenez, Godin, Filipe Luis, Koke, Tiago, Gabi, Carrasco, Gameiro, GriezmannSubstitutes: Moya, Saul, Torres, Correa, Savic, Juanfran, GaitanPSV Eindhoven XI: Zoet, Arias, Isimat-Mirin, Moreno, Willems, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Propper, Schwaab, Ramselaar, Pereiro, BergwijnSubstitutes: Pasveer, de Jong, De Jong, Narsingh, Jozefzoon, De Wijs, Lundqvist 1 Atletico Madrid v PSV Eindhoven is LIVE on talkSPORT 2 last_img read more

Preston North End 0-0 Bolton Wanderers: Trotters hold hosts to stalemate

first_img The Lilywhites are without a win in seven league games 1 Preston’s struggles continued as they were held to a goalless draw at home by Lancashire rivals Bolton.Both sides could, and perhaps should, have broken the deadlock with North End’s Tom Barkhuizen and Wanderers’ Josh Vela having the best chances of the match in the first half.But goalkeepers Ben Alnwick and Chris Maxwell ultimately came out on top as Preston’s winless run reached seven Championship games, while improving Bolton are now unbeaten in six.It was only the third meeting between the county rivals since 2001 but the Lilywhites have still not beaten Bolton at Deepdale since 1992.Preston, who had lost their last four games, started the better and came close twice in the sixth minute as Paul Gallagher worked a short corner before testing Alnwick at his near post and Paul Huntington could not guide the ball on target from the second corner.And the hosts came close again 10 minutes later with Gallagher producing a superb delivery from a free-kick which was flicked inches wide of the far post by Barkhuizen from 12 yards.The hosts were the dominant side throughout the first period – especially threatening down the left wing – as Kevin O’Connor burst forward on the overlap after 29 minutes and picked out Stephy Mavididi, who could not find the target from 12 yards.Bolton had their first opportunity on the half-hour mark as a loose ball dropped for Vela on the half-volley from 15 yards but his fierce drive was tipped over by Maxwell.On-loan Arsenal forward Mavididi was chosen to lead the line in place of the suspended Jordan Hugill and had an opportunity on the stroke of half-time, but his scuffed effort was easy for Alnwick.Callum Robinson had the first strike on target of the second half, launching a dipping strike from 20 yards but it was comfortable for Alnwick.The game began to get stretched and Bolton came more into the contest – Adam Armstrong jinking his way down the wing after 65 minutes before cutting back on his right foot and forcing Maxwell to parry away low to his left.Down the other end Preston were resorting to strikes from distance as Alan Browne unfurled one from 30 yards, that was once again simple for Alnwick.The Trotters’ Darren Pratley almost broke the deadlock with 15 minutes remaining thanks to a thunderous 20-yard strike that whistled inches over Maxwell’s crossbar but the game was to finish goalless.last_img read more

Lynda K. Hacker, 63

first_imgMrs. Lynda K. Hacker age 63 of Louisville, formerly of Salem, passed away Saturday, June 27 at Baptist East Hospital.Mrs. Hacker was born January 30, 1952 in Potosi, Missouri the daughter of Charles Isgriggs and Rosemary Rolens Foster.  She was a retired cake decorator for Jay C Food Stores and Dairy Queen.Lynda was preceded in death by her husband:  Clay Hacker Jr., a brother:  Gary Isgriggs and her parents.  She is survived by a son:  Joseph Hacker of Salem, two daughters:  Rebecca Hacker-Pike of Louisville and Tammy Short of Indianapolis, a brother:  Edwin Foster Jr. of Yuma, Arizona, three sisters:  Gloria Ponti of Seattle, Nancy Foster of Fort Worth, Texas and Brickey Boyster of Potosi, Missouri and 6 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3:00PM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Conway Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 1PM-time of service.last_img read more

Revealed: The new top baby names in Donegal

first_imgThe CSO today released the list of the most popular Irish Babies’ Names for 2016, and for the first time in nine years, Jack has been knocked off the national top spot.In Donegal, Charlie and Ava have replaced Jack and Emily as the most popular names for newborn boys and girls last year.Jack was also the most popular name in Donegal in 2015, but more parents have chosen to call their boys Charlie last year. Ava replaced Emily as the top name for little girls in Donegal in 2016, while Emily remains the top name registered for girls across the 26 ROI counties last year.James is now the most popular baby boy’s name in the country, closely followed by Jack, Daniel, Conor and Sean. Emily, Grace, Ava, Lucy and Amelia jointly with Sophie were ranked in the top five names of choice by parents for their newly arrived baby girls.Murphy, Kelly, O’Brien, Ryan and Walsh were the five most popular surnames of newborns registered in 2016.Image: CSO IrelandName trends changingBack in 1966, John, Michael, Patrick, James and Paul were the names most favoured by parents of newborn baby boys. While there were 3,152 baby boys named John 50 years ago, the five most popular boys’ names in 2016 together only accounted for 2,989 baby boys. Interestingly, none of the top five girls’ names appeared in the top 100 names for girls a half century earlier when Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Ann and Anne were the most popular names for baby daughters in 1966. In 2016, there were 490 baby girls named Emily, compared with 2,857 given the name Mary in 1966.New varietiesCommenting on the report, Carol Anne Hennessy, Statistician said: “2016 is the first year since 2007 that Jack didn’t head the list of most popular boys’ names.  James is now the most popular, closely followed by Jack, Daniel, Conor and Sean.”The stats show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,526 separate girls names registered, compared to 3,456 for boys.For boys, Muhammad, Louis, Lucas Josh, Jason and Ollie had most growth in popularity.  Muhammad jumped 36 places in the rankings since 2015, up from 119 to 83 in 2016 to make it the only new entrant into the top 100 names for boys.Willow, Matilda, Harper, Heidi and Zoey showed the most growth in popularity in girls’ names between 2015 and 2016 and these together with Aria were the only new entrants into the top 100 names for girls in 2016. Jack was the most popular name for boys and Grace the most popular for girls where both parents were of Irish nationality while Finn and Isaac shared number one spot where both parents were U.K. nationals. Aria and Emily shared the top spot for girls that were born to U.K. nationals in 2016.Less popular choicesSome less popular names for boys included Anton, Brodie, Cruz, Harris and Feilim. Less popular girls’ names included Blake, Indigo, Lucia, Reidin, Romy and Peyton.Revealed: The new top baby names in Donegal was last modified: June 1st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:baby nameschildrenCSOlast_img read more

They’re Back! Three Retailers Once Thought Dead Are Rising from the Ashes

first_imgWe have talked a lot about the changing retail landscape and the struggles of major iconic brands such as Sears, JCPenney and Macy’s. These struggles continue. But for some once iconic retailers—think Radio Shack, Circuit City, and Toys“R”Us—the end has come. Or has it? Looking at these three brands today, is resurrection possible? The answer is yes.Radio Shack At one time, Radio Shack had as many as 4,300 stores and more than 2,000 independent franchisees. And in the early 1990s, they were the world’s largest manufacturer of personal computers. Their stock reached its peak in 1998. As of 2011, smartphones represented half of all sales revenue. But, by then, the company was in a period of long decline.Their old base of do it yourselfers were finding it harder and harder to find the gadgets they wanted in-store. Increasing management turmoil made matters worse. Store closings began in earnest in 2006 as the company began losing money. Losses continued. In February 2015, Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy. Standard General acquired the assets and formed a new company, General Wireless Operation. But this new entity filed for bankruptcy in March 2017. The company engaged in the liquidation of most assets and all but 20 corporate stores were gone by June.- Sponsor – In July 2018 what was left of Radio Shack partnered with Hobby Town USA to open about 100 Radio Shack “Express” stores. Radio Shack dealerships had re-opened around 500 stores as of 2018. Currently the Radio Shack website seems viable, offering online product and shows hundreds of store locations on a US map, mainly in smaller towns and cities.Circuit City Circuit City, arguably, was the first major electronics superstore chain with over 800 stores at its peak. But strong competition from Best Buy, outdated stores, and abandoning the appliance business led to declining sales. Circuit City announced in January 2009 that it was going out of business and liquidating stores. The final day of operation was March 8, 2009.Systemax bought the Circuit City name, trademarks, and e-commerce website at auction out of bankruptcy. In November of 2012, Systemax consolidated under the TigerDirect brand and the use of the Circuit City brand name ended after 63 years.In January 2016 retail veteran Ronny Schmael revived the name as Circuit City Corporation after acquiring the brand from Systemax. On August 22, 2018, Circuit City officially relaunched the brand name as an online retailer and announced plans to begin operating a “stores within stores” chain. On their website as of early 2019, Circuit City referenced opening up retail storefronts around the country. The website is robust and offers a multitude of products. And the company is even sponsoring a NASCAR race car in partnership with H2 Motorsports. But, as of this writing, I could find no evidence of open storefronts.Toys“R”Us By Christmas 2018 Toys“R”Us was gone. The powerhouse category killer once had more than 800 stores but finally succumbed to management and inventory issues plus intense competition from Amazon and Walmart. Plans to keep as many as 200 stores open never materialized. But, as of last week, it looks like Toys“R”Us may be back.Richard Barry, a former Toys“R”Us executive is now CEO of a new entity, True Kids, Inc. and has been discussing his vision to reincarnate Toys“R”Us. His vision includes smaller stores of 10,000 square feet (one third smaller than before) with more “play area” experiences. The company has not commented publicly, but when you type in Toys“R”Us on the internet you find yourself on a website with the Toys“R”Us logo. The site discusses its new vision, team, and global strategy. Nothing specific has been promised, but there are rumors of stores opening by the Christmas season 2019.Even with the amount of retail change, the closing of thousands of retail stores, and the apparent disappearance of major iconic brands, there is still hope for some that were thought to be gone forever. Although in different forms, Radio Shack and Circuit City are back. And Toys“R”Us is planning to be. So, as Yogi Berra once famously said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more