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Matawan now 5 – 0

first_imgMatawan High School quarterback Jared Allison attempts to make a pass while facing pressure from the Long Branch defense during the Oct. 9 game in Long Branch. The undefeated Huskies are now 5-0 after holding off a Green Wave rally to win 34-31. FRANK GALIPOlast_img

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NRL supports UNICEF appeal in wake of Fiji devastation

first_imgIn addition to the donation, the NRL has pledged to continue to work with UNICEF and their rapid response network and is encouraging fans and communities to support the appeal and the people of Fiji as they start to rebuild.Australian Rugby League Commission Chair John Grant said the Rugby League community has close ties with Fiji, with some of the game’s finest and most popular players coming from Fiji.”We work closely with the Fijian Rugby League authorities to develop and promote the game and you cannot help but be impressed by the warmth and talent of the Fijian people,” said Grant.”I know that the people of Fiji are resilient and they will rebuild and I am encouraging all our fans to get behind UNICEF’s appeal to assist with the recovery operations.”The local NRL Fiji office and staff thankfully survived the cyclone uninjured and have been helping out with recovery and clean up efforts on the island of Suva. The team are providing support to local schools and communities that have been affected by catastrophic circumstances.NRL legend and community ambassador Petero Civoniceva, said he was praying for the people of Fiji and his homeland.”Thousands of people have been displaced and families have been lost to this powerful storm,” said Civoniceva.”I am devastated for my people of Fiji and I know that as a game, we will do whatever we can to assist those affected as they go through this difficult time.”UNICEF Australia Chief Executive Adrian Graham said they were moving quickly to provide aid to the people of Fiji.”UNICEF is urgently responding to the needs of children and their families in Fiji,” said Graham.”With whole villages having been wiped out, the needs are immense and our priority is to reach the most vulnerable.”Most of the people who live in Fiji are affected in some way, including more than 120,000 children who need help to return to their normal lives. Our primary focus is providing water and sanitation kits, as well as education and health supplies.”We thank the NRL and the Rugby League community for their support for the people of Fiji and we urge those who can to please donate now to the Fiji Appeal.”The NRL has consistently aided UNICEF in responding to the needs of children and communities in the Pacific region, with the Rugby League community having rallied around response efforts to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu in March 2015.Donations to the UNICEF Fiji appeal can be made at UNICEFUNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything it does.Together with its partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. In Australia, UNICEF works with government and advocate bodies to defend children’s rights and support international development programs. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.• $30 can provide four blankets to families who have lost their houses in the storm, keeping children warm.• $54 is enough to supply a family with an emergency water kit, which includes buckets, soap, water purification tablets, sanitation and hygiene items. This ensures a family has safe drinking water in an emergency where clean water is scarce.• $80 can provide 10,000 water purification tablets. Each tablet provides a family with two litres of clean water – essential when water is contaminated in an emergency situation.last_img read more

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Liverpool look to avoid more late drama against Stoke

first_imgStoke City will hope that the Liverpool they face on Saturday is the team that wobbled alarmingly in the final 10 minutes of their Champions League semi-final against AS Roma, not the one that dismantled the Italians over the previous 80.Nothing is ever clear with Juergen Klopp’s side who ended up kicking themselves after the whistle went at Anfield on Tuesday despite ending up the right side of a 5-2 first-leg scoreline.Liverpool also conceded twice late on in their previous league game at West Bromwich Albion to prove that, no matter what magic Mohamed Salah provides, there is always hope against them if you hang in long enough.Or, at least, that will probably be the gist of Stoke manager Paul Lambert’s team talk as he contemplates the daunting challenge of securing an away win in the battle against relegation.Four points off safety with only three games remaining, Stoke could even go down if they lose and Swansea City beat Chelsea, who are still intent on denying Liverpool a top-four finish.That should be motivation enough for Liverpool to ensure they do not slip up again although Klopp faces a tricky job in deciding his line-up after injuries reduced him to three fit midfielders.Even that may not be too much of a problem, however, if Salah continues in his current form as he chases down the five goals required to beat Ian Rush’s club record of 47 goals in a season.Champions Manchester City will also be in the mood for records at West Ham United on Sunday. City need just six more goals and two wins from their final four games to establish new Premier League scoring and points records, both of which look well within their grasp.But, as one of 11 teams still scrapping to avoid relegation, West Ham have every incentive to put up a fight. The Hammers are six points above the drop zone, where Southampton sit just above Stoke and West Brom, who must beat Newcastle to stand any hope of survival.Saints manager Mark Hughes has never experienced relegation as manager or player but, having also been in charge of Stoke this season, he could yet break his record by helping to take two teams down in one campaign.Only victory will do on Saturday at home to neighbours Bournemouth, who probably need just a point to secure their own safety. Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town look to have winnable games against Leicester City and Everton respectively while Brighton and Hove Albion travel to Burnley.Time was when Manchester United v Arsenal at this time of the year would have been a title decider but on Sunday most interest will centre on whether Jose Mourinho pitches Alexis Sanchez against his former side as United seek to consolidate their hold on second place.Tottenham Hotspur, who they beat in last week’s FA Cup semi-final, play Watford on Monday. Like Liverpool, Spurs must keep their momentum to hang on to a top-four position.last_img read more

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COP24: Green groups warn of pitfalls in ‘forests for climate’ deal

first_img Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Biodiversity, Bioenergy, Biofuels, carbon, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Offsets, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change Negotiations, Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Banner image: Ministers from various countries pose together during the launching of the forest declaration at the 24th U.N. climate talks in Katowice, Poland. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay. A declaration to protect and use forests as a tool to combat climate change has been lambasted by environmentalists.The declaration, initiated by the Polish government during the COP24 climate summit, could promote the burning of wood pellets for bioenergy, the environmentalists warn.Wood-based biomass is a controversial and hotly debated topic in climate discussions, with scientists finding it emits up to 50 percent more CO2 than coal. But its proponents, including the U.S. EPA, champion it as a “carbon neutral” source of energy. KATOWICE, Poland — A plan adopted by delegates at last month’s climate summit in Poland to weaponize forests in the fight against global warming could have a disastrous outcome, environmentalists say.The Ministerial Katowice Declaration on Forests for the Climate builds on the universal understanding that forests are a key carbon dioxide sink and must be considered a major part of efforts to cap the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2030. Sixty-four countries have expressed their willingness to endorse what’s become known as the “forests for climate” declaration as of Dec. 17, after the conclusion of the summit in Katowice, Poland, with more expected to follow suit.“We want to show how to strive to achieve a balance between emission and absorption through the application of innovative solutions in the field of forest management, and by relying on the natural process of CO2 absorption by soil and forests,” said Henryk Kowalczyk, the Polish environment minister.Paola Deda, chief of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) forestry and timber section, said the forest declaration was made not only to keep forests healthy, but also to promote the use of sustainable forest products.“We have to make sure we have sustainable resources but also making the resources healthy,” she said.But observers say the wording of the declaration, if not its spirit, presents an opportunity for wide-scale logging — effectively going against the call to expand forest cover to fight climate change.Henryk Kowalczyk, the Minister of Environment for Poland, makes a speech during the launching of the forest declaration in the 24th U.N. climate talks in Katowice, Poland. Image by Official COP24.Call to action“The role of forest products and forest-related climate actions are the main call to action in this declaration,” Christoph Thies, of Greenpeace Poland, said at a press conference in Katowice. “The forest declaration could turn quickly to be a logging declaration, which will be disastrous for the climate, biodiversity, soil, water circulation and the welfare of the local communities.”The declaration, initiated by the Polish government, reads, in part: “Further recognizing that forests have a decisive role to play in the sequestration and storage of carbon in the soil, trees and other vegetation, and in providing goods, resources and materials with a smaller carbon footprint, such as harvested wood products.”What worries observers like Thies is that this emphasis on “forest products” comes in the context of the Polish government’s continued insistence on burning coal as a major energy source — and its advocacy for the increased burning of biomass, i.e. “forest products,” to keep its fossil fuel emissions down.In 2016, Poland used the United Nations climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, to promote the concept of “forest carbon farms” that would be developed specifically to serve as carbon sinks. Under the plan, Poland targets increasing its forests’ capacity to eventually absorb about 1 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. Currently, one-third of Poland’s land mass has tree cover.The forest carbon farms are expected to help Poland meet its emissions reduction commitments even as it continues to burn coal.Greenpeace called the plan a “cheap excuse” and a “PR stunt” ahead of the Katowice summit, Reuters reported. The organization said the plan had little scientific basis and marginal impact in terms of capture of Poland’s greenhouse gas emissions.According to Thies, the forest carbon farm project will only absorb 10 days’ worth of CO2 emissions from a single coal-fired power plant. Each plant in the country, meanwhile, emits more CO2 per year than the entire span of Poland’s forests can absorb, according to Thies.The handfuls of wood pellets and the green sleeves seen here illustrate the widespread, industry supported, belief that burning wood is a carbon neutral bioenergy source. But studies over the last decade found that wood pellets produce more CO2 per kilowatt hour than coal. However, because of UN IPCC emission counting loopholes, these wood pellets will be counted as carbon neutral when burned. #ODF on Visual hunt / CC BYCo-firingThe forest carbon farms, and by extension the “forests for climate” declaration, rely on the contentious practice of co-firing. This calls for burning biomass such as wood chips, pellets and even timber in power plant furnaces to cut down on the amount of coal consumed. Poland already does this, even burning nutshells from Brazil, Indonesia and Africa.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in 2018 that it considered biomass to be carbon neutral for the purposes of regulating emissions from stationary sources, such as power plants. It says forests compensate for the carbon released from burning wood by serving as a net carbon sink.Proponents of the practice also say wood-based bioenergy is carbon neutral because more trees are planted where the wood was harvested, which offsets the emissions produced by burning the pellets.But criticism of the practice abounds. Scientists have shown that burning wood as biomass can be worse for the climate than coal because it releases up to 50 percent more CO2 than coal to produce the same amount of energy. It takes decades for trees to regrow and absorb all the carbon emitted from the burning of biomass, throwing into question the carbon-neutral tag.That didn’t stop Poland, as host of last month’s climate talks, from hosting events on the sidelines of the summit for advocates of biomass burning. The World Bioenergy Forum, organized by the nonprofit World Bioenergy Association, took place on Dec. 5. A high-level side event by the Biofuture Platform, a coalition of 20 countries promoting bioenergy, ran on Dec. 10.That’s left environmentalists concerned that the forest declaration’s pledge to “accelerate our actions to ensure that the global contribution of forests and forest products is maintained and further supported and enhanced by 2050” is an open call for more wood-based bioenergy initiatives.This could be held up by countries as justification to continue burning fossil fuels with the rationale that the emissions can be offset by planting trees.“The forest declaration can’t be an excuse for fossil fuel-addicted countries,” Thies said. “It can’t be an excuse to do nothing with their greenhouse gas emissions. Forests are not an alternative to burning coal, they must go together with quick and just decarbonization.”One of the largest users of woody biomass for energy production are the Drax power stations in the United Kingdom. Shown here is the so-called Drax biomass dome, which once burned coal. The UK has nearly eliminated burning coal for energy, cutting its official UN IPCC emmisions, but is ramping up its burning of woody biomass. Photo credit: DECCgovuk on VisualHunt / CC BY-NDNot all forests are equalAnother troubling aspect of the forest declaration is that it sets a deadline of no sooner than 2050 to “achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases.”Yet this target needs to be achieved decades earlier, said Otto Bruun, an environmental policy officer at the nonprofit Finnish Association for Nature Conservation. Scientists from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned in a report in November that the world had only until 2030 to halve global greenhouse gases to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid catastrophic climate change impacts.“Action on sinks cannot be delayed for 30 years, similarly as action on mitigation,” Bruun said. “We need to protect and enhance our carbon sinks and carbon stocks starting tomorrow.”Burning biomass in the meantime will pump more emissions into the atmosphere, where it will accumulate for decades while the trees planted to ostensibly render them “neutral” grow. That leaves the risk that burning forest biomass in large volumes over the short term will cause “even higher emission than burning fossil fuels,” Bruun said.Even after the new trees reach maturity, their capacity to store carbon will be less than that of the original trees they replaced, thanks to the loss of biodiversity, according to Virginia Young of the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society.“The more biodiverse natural forests [are], the more secure your carbon stock is,” she said. “Primary forests actually store 30 to 70 percent [more] carbon than logged forests, and they are more resistant to threats, such as pests, disease, droughts, and, critically in the age of changing climate, fire.”But the “forests for climate” declaration doesn’t acknowledge this, Young said.“It fails to recognize that not all forests are equal because [it’s] biodiversity that actually conserves longevity of carbon stock in forests,” she said. “So it doesn’t recognize the critical role of increasing protection for primary forest, and focusing restoration around building resilience, increased resistance and stability of our primary forest ecosystem. [It’s] a major gap in the … statement.”The biomass burning boom now occurring in the developed world due to IPCC’s carbon counting loophole is beginning to put tropical forest biodiversity at risk. Both Brazil and Peru are looking seriously at supplying large amounts of wood pellets for burning in the EU and elsewhere. Photo credit: Katie@! on / CC BY-NC-SACarbon accounting loopholeGrowing trees to harvest for fuel also takes up valuable land, given that biomass burns at just 35 percent efficiency or less — about the same as coal. An area the size of India would need to be converted to industrial tree plantations for bioenergy to provide just 5 percent of global energy demand, according to Souparna Lahiri of the Global Forest Coalition. The land could instead be used more efficiently if protected as a carbon sink or used productively for agriculture, environmentalists say.And while the burning of wood emits significant volumes of amounts of greenhouse gases, these emissions aren’t counted under the U.N.’s carbon policy, which, like the EPA, treats biomass burning as carbon neutral. The carbon accounting policy was established under the Kyoto Protocol, an international climate treaty adopted in 1997 and a precursor to the Paris Agreement.Environmentalists called on delegates at the Katowice summit to close this accounting loophole by revising the carbon accounting policy in the Paris rulebook, a technical guideline agreed during last month’s talks for implementing the Paris Agreement. They said the loophole threatened intact forests and the biodiversity living within them by allowing and incentivizing the harvesting of trees to burn for fuel.Bruun said the European Union was one of the parties trying to address the loophole.“The EU sets out on this task trying to improve previous accounting rules for forests, trying to close the loopholes of the Kyoto Protocol, which actually lead to a lot of credits in the forest sector with little environmental integrity,” he said.But the pleas for change fell on deaf ears in Poland, with the agreed Paris rulebook failing to address the carbon accounting loophole.“The rulebook does not address the biomass loophole, and never really tried to,” said Kate Dooley, an expert with the University of Melbourne’s Australian-German Climate and Energy College. “The best solution would be to remove the incentives to burn bioenergy by counting those emissions, not calling them carbon neutral.”With time running out to halt a dangerous rise in the global temperature, environmentalists are demanding that world leaders stop treating forests as a resource that can continue to be logged without any consequences to the climate.“The 1.5-degree limit requires less forestry logging, not more, and [it requires] more forest conservation, not less,” Greenpeace’s Thies said. “People and the planet need forests, not a potentially dangerous carbon offset tool.”last_img read more

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Misinformation in the news

first_imgDear Editor,This is being written to clear the misinformation that has been in the news this past week, which is purported to come from the Childcare & Protection Agency (CPA); the statement that “children in institutional care dropped by 25 percent.” This is a misrepresentation and not from CPA. What was presented is that the number of children in state residential care institutions – the Drop-in-Center, Mahaica Children’s Home and the Sophia Care Center is now approximately 165 children which signify a reduction since towards the end of 2015 there were over 200 children in these three (3) institutions.At the beginning of 2016, with the presentation of the CPA statistical information, the figure of the total number of children in residential care was given as approximately 700. This figure is the sum total of the children in all the residential care institutions in the country. The number of child residential care institutions in the country is twenty-three (23) of which twenty (20) are privately owned and managed and the three (3) being state care centers as mentioned above.There was a mix-up in the presentation of the news information relayed and the CPA had asked the news agency to correct after the first airing of the news. However, this was not done and the misinformation continues to be published.Further, I wish to state that the reduction of the children in the state care centers is due to the renewed effort of reunification of children to biological families and the development of the foster care programme.The policy of the agency is the promotion of family based care and institutional care as a last resort. If there is an alternative other than admission to an institution that option will be taken since children are better served in a family and the agency has a programme of the deinstitutionalization of children.The agency is appealing to persons to come and register to be foster parents. There is a screening process and initial training followed by ongoing training and support to ensure the children continued wellbeing.Yours faithfully,Ann GreeneDirector of ChildrenServices & Head ofChildcare & ProtectionAgencyEditor’s note: The information was disseminated by the Government Information Agency (GINA) to all media houses in Guyanalast_img read more

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Nothing will change at City Hall

first_imgDear EditorThe damning report into the affairs of City Hall is out and makes for interesting reading. Will the Town Clerk be dragged off to face SOCU/SARA in respect to the undervalued land he sold?With all the shenanigans levelled against the former chief citizen, one would have thought it would’ve been inconceivable for any position, particularly with regards to finances, to be foisted upon this individual.Was the position of the all-powerful Town Clerk compensatory? From where I stand nothing will change…we can expect more garbage contractors’ strike, more late payments of salaries to staff, etc.From all accounts, the hierarchy of City Hall practised what was blatantly and openly preached at another forum recently – giving wuk to persons of a certain ilk.Lord please help us in this lost and confused land.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img read more

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Budget unleashes economic warfare on Guyanese – Lumumba

first_img…decries lack of a comprehensive developmental planThe coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government has, through its 2017 Budget unleashed economic warfare on the citizenry of Guyana—warfare that could in fact lead to class warfare.PPP/C frontbencher Odinga LumumbaPeoples Progress Party/Civic (PPP/C) frontbencher in the National Assembly Odinga Lumumba put forward this theory to the House as he gave his presentation to the debates on the 2017 Estimates on Wednesday.Advancing his arguments, Lumumba sought to impress on the House that the sustenance of communities must take precedence and pointed to operations in the USA which supports his arguments.According to Lumumba, the train system in the United States is operated at substantial losses annually, but is sustained through heavy subsidies by the administration.This obtains, according to Lumumba, since the authorities in the US recognise the importance of the transportation between the communities they connect and the nexus it holds to the development of those communities. “If the train system collapses, imagine what would happen to the economy of these communities,” Lumumba said, as he drew reference to public statements by officialdom with regards the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).Sugar beltHe juxtaposed his arguments with the operations of the bauxite industry against that of the sugar industry.“We cannot do a balancing act,” Lumumba said in reference to bauxite and the sugar belt.According to Lumumba, the economic genocide that faces the sugar belt also faces the entire Guyana, “the APNU/AFC coalition is unleashing class warfare on the people of this country,” Lumumba stated.Turning his attention to some of the allocations in the 2017 Budget for infrastructural development, Lumumba lamented that the billions have not been tied to any long-term developmental plan.According to Lumumba, the Finance Minister has failed to deliver a comprehensive plan for the billions to be spent on a partial road—a road touted to link Guyana and Brazil through the Linden/Lethem trail.Lack ingredientsThe Opposition MP told the House that the 2017 Budget lacks the fundamentals for infrastructural development and its relationship to economic growth.Declining economyTurning his attention to the much vaunted change and transformation that has permeated Guyana, Lumumba said there has been change and transformation, but for the worse.He used as example, the news that one of Guyana’s largest indigenously owned Supermarkets—Nigel’s—is now scaling back its operations given the prevailing economic climate.According to Lumumba, business in Guyana has declined by between 30 per cent and 50 per cent.Lumumba also used as example of transformation that a bandit was brazen enough to shoot and rob and man in the Finance Ministry’s compound in the face of armed security personnel.He also noted that despite the fact that the industry is currently the most successful sector in country, Ministers Winston Jordan has instead produced a Budget that will increase the hardships on the small miners.According to Lumumba, the Budget in fact attempts to drive small and medium scale miners into the twilight zone. He said that as Chair of the Parliamentary Natural Resources Committee he was disappointed with the lack of allocations for the industry.Lumumba has since called for immediate consultations between the relevant Ministers and stakeholders in order to prevent the rapid destruction of a vibrant industry.He used his opportunity to contribute to the debates by addressing the emerging oil and gas sector, and cautioned against the pitfalls associated with the industry. According to Lumumba, the industry if handled correctly, can in fact bridge the gap between classes and race in Guyana.He suggested that if mishandled however, Guyana can attract a fate that befell Nigeria where few will reap the benefit and many will suffer, “the few will gain the benefits and the many will suffer.” Government, he said, should have already presented to the Parliament, “a plan as to how the potential revenues would be spent or utilized.”According to Lumumba, “already the few rich in Guyana are getting richer from the initial investment from the oil and gas companies,” while “the many are watching and hoping.” (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

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Wilshere charged over finger gesture

first_imgIt is understood the FA took its time to gather evidence to understand the context of the situation having received the observations of referee Martin Atkinson and his officials on Monday, and have now decided there is a case to answer.A statement from the FA read: “Arsenal midfield player Jack Wilshere has been charged by the FA with making an offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture.“The charge follows an alleged gesture made during the fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 14 December. The incident was not seen by match officials, but was caught on video.“Wilshere has been charged retrospectively by the FA under a new pilot project for potential ‘not seen’ incidents in Premier League matches.“Under the new process, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel will be asked by the FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.“For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel were unanimous.“Wilshere has until 6pm on 18 December to respond to the charge.”Such sanctions have been implemented in the past as was the case with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was suspended for one match, fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he made a gesture to home fans as he walked off the pitch following a 1-0 defeat at Fulham in December 2011.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted in his post-match press conference that the club would accept any ban handed out “if he did it”.If that is the case, then Wilshere is likely to miss the visit of Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium next Monday.-Football365.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, December 18- Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has been charged by the Football Association over an alleged gesture made during the defeat at Manchester City.Wilshere has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge.last_img read more

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‘We’re stuck with Mikel’ – Chelsea sell ‘great talent’, some fans unhappy

first_img Oriol Romeu has been sold to Southampton 1 Until yesterday, Oriol Romeu was still a Chelsea player.However, injuries and loan spells away have restricted his apperances in a blue shirt to just 33 since arriving from Barcelona in 2011.He was on the bench for Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League final win, but spent the last two seasons on loan at Valencia and then Stuttgart.And now the 23-year-old midfielder is finally leaving on a permanent basis, with Southampton paying £5m for the midfielder.Romeu was a popular player among Chelsea fans, who were impressed by his displays in his few appearances. Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets from supporters following news of of the transfer.last_img read more

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Request for two juries denied

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A judge refused a request for two juries in the case of Ivan Hill, who will stand trial Sept. 5 for strangling six women in cities along the Pomona (60) Freeway in the early 1990s. Defense attorneys argued Wednesday that jurors considering a possible death sentence would be unfairly influenced by the prosecution’s plan to introduce evidence of two slayings for which Hill has not been charged during the penalty phase of the trial. Attorney Mitch Bruckner said information on two more deaths could be overwhelming for a jury that had just convicted Hill of six murders. A second jury that did not make the decision of guilt or innocence would be better equipped to decide punishment, he argued. Bruckner claimed prosecutors did not wait for DNA test results on two women killed in 1986 and 1987 because they were in a hurry to bring the case to trial. But Deputy District Attorney John Monaghan said prosecutors were well into the case when detectives discovered a DNA link to Hill and the 1980s slayings. He said the six murders Hill is charged with committing in 1993-94 are a “very tight package” and introducing the two additional victims in the penalty phase will simply bolster a case for the death penalty. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he understood Bruckner’s concerns, but said Monaghan presented “a very plausible reason” for a one-jury trial. “You have a hard row to hoe,” Fidler said. “I feel for you. I think the jury, when they find out, is going to go, `Wow.’ It’s certainly tough.” Hill is charged with the murders of Roxanne Bates of Montclair, Betty Sue Harris of Pomona, Helen Ruth Hill of West Covina, Donna Goldsmith of Pomona, Cheryl Sayers of Ontario and Debra Brown of Los Angeles. (909) 483-9355160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBruckner said the defense also faces the unenviable decision of whether to bring the two uncharged slayings up during jury selection. “It will be obscene to ask about two additional murders,” he said. Hill is accused of being the so-called “60 Slayer,” who authorities believe strangled six prostitutes whose bodies were found in Diamond Bar, Pomona, Ontario and Chino. In 2003, a state DNA database matched Hill to evidence found at the crime scenes. Two former girlfriends also told detectives they recognized Hill’s voice in a call to Pomona police claiming to be the strangler. last_img
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