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Guyana signs €1.25M project to conserve 10% marine space

first_imgThe World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas and the European Union (EU) signed and launched a project which will significantly enhance the protection of marine and coastal resources of Guyana and Suriname.EU Ambassador Jernej Videtič and WWF Guianas Representative Laurens Gomes sign onto the project, entitled “Promoting Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance in Guyana and Suriname: the Eastern Gate to the Caribbean”The project, entitled, “Promoting Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance in Guyana and Suriname: the Eastern Gate to the Caribbean,” will see both countries setting aside 10 per cent of its Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) as marine protected areas by 2020, in keeping with its commitment to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity – which both countries had signed.The EU allocated a €1.25 million grant for the project to be executed by WWF in collaboration with the Protected Areas Commission of Guyana and the Nature Conservation Service of the Suriname Government.The project is expected to fill critical information gaps by developing comprehensive and visually appealing spatial data (Geographical Information Systems atlas and three-dimensional ocean maps) collated through participatory processes, enabling informed decision-making, regarding marine protection and management.WWF Guianas Representative, Laurens Gomes, during the signing ceremony in Guyana which was held at the Regency Suites on Monday, explained why he regards the ocean as one of the greatest gifts to mankind.“The ocean itself captures more CO2, more carbon, than all of the forests in the world and that dynamic is very important to climate stability. Fisheries is another good example, it is a very critical food source for global communities,” he noted, as he stressed the importance in protecting the world’s ocean spaces.EU Ambassador Jernej Videtic, in delivering his remarks, highlighted that roughly “1.1 million people will directly and indirectly benefit from the project as it aims at addressing the challenges deriving from climate change, fisheries, carbon storage, and thus contributes to decreasing the vulnerability of this part of the region.”Director of the Department of Environment at the Ministry of the Presidency, Ndibi Schwiers, lauded this initiative, noting that such a venture is timely.“This initiative is intended to contribute to human wellbeing, especially for the coastal population and there is a possibility, we understand, to develop and expand the economic activities along the coast,” she stated.Meanwhile, the area around which the project revolves, supports important fisheries, major nursery grounds, spawning grounds and a rich diversity of marine species and is of both regional and global significance. Whilst key threats are recognised (overfishing of some species; increased hydrocarbon exploration) there are significant data gaps which hamper efforts to sustainably manage the marine environment.It is envisioned that increased marine protection and strengthened governance will safeguard biodiversity and enhance food security, protect livelihoods, increase resilience and support socio-economic development in these countries.This project will demonstrate that compelling data, participatory spatial planning and targeted capacity building can conserve biodiversity and foster economic activities compatible with ocean health.last_img read more

PGA Tour stopping in Mexico

first_imgWith white sand in front and mossy grass dripping over various shades of limestone around the sides, the “mouth” actually is the opening to an underground, cave-like passageway that comes out behind the second hole. Known as a “cenote,” it’s the first of many natural delights found on El Camaleon, the Greg Norman-designed venue for this slice of PGA Tour history, the Mayakoba Golf Classic, which opens today. “It gives character right away,” the former tour standout said. “It’s an opening statement: `Here it is!’ ” The area, viewed from tee-to-green, is shaped like an upside-down egg. It is about 30 yards long and 20 yards wide. It’s steep, too, something not truly appreciated until standing on the greenside and looking back toward the sandy front. This week, it’s also marked as a hazard with three stakes and a painted circle – all red, of course. As striking as it is, the intimidation mostly will be for show this week. The mouth is unlikely to swallow many shots, seeing as it is 320 yards from the tee of the 554-yard, par-5 hole. Pros should be able to keep their drives short or wide, then have little trouble clearing it with their second shots. PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – The first PGA Tour event in Mexico doesn’t have Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or the prestige of the Match Play Championship that also is being held this weekend. Instead, it boasts the “Devil’s Mouth.” center_img “It’s a bad place to be when you’re playing golf, but it might be a fun place to be with your girlfriend,” joked one caddie. Norman recommended doing more than just looking at it. “You can walk through all the bats and bat \,” he said. “Go right ahead. I’ve done it.” “A lot of people don’t go down there because it’s hard to understand what exactly it is,” said Douglas Goubault, the course’s director of golf. “Once you get down there and start to see the depth of it, see how cool it is … it’s beautiful.” The story of how it was discovered is pretty cool, too. Developers knew all along about underground structures because many of them were used to form a Venice-like canal system throughout this resort community along the Riviera Maya. But it wasn’t until the course already was laid out and bulldozers were shaping the holes that this cenote presented itself. The introduction came when a machine rolled over and the ground gave way. Once the rubble was cleared, workers saw the water-filled cave. There was little thought given to filling it in. Norman believes in disturbing the environment as little as possible; besides, the key to all real estate is location, location, location and a natural obstacle like this is tough to beat. “The whole design stayed exactly as it was,” Goubault said. “It was just perfect. It’s just a wonderful characteristic to have.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

KCB cool down Mathare United’s title heat

first_img0Shares0000Mathare United players celebrate their goal against Mathare United during their Kenyan Premier League fixture at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 3, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Apr 3 – Clinton Kisiavuki’s lone goal in the 23rd minute saw KCB beat Mathare United 1-0 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday evening as the Slum Boys’ title hopes suffered a significant blow.Mathare would have moved to second in the standings with victory against the bankers, but Saturday’s loss sees them remain fourth with 34 points, 10 behind leaders Gor who went eight clear at the top with a 3-2 win over Sony Sugar in Kisumu. Kisiavuki scored the all important goal after 23 minutes, stretching his feet to poke the ball across the line after keeper David Okello had let Kennedy Owino’s cross slip between his fingers much to the delight of the waiting KCB midfielder.Prior to that, Both teams had had good sniffs at goal with Cliff Nyakeya having a chance in the 11th minute when he broke into the box and tried to take a shot at goal from a tight angle, the ball rolling across the face of goal.Mathare United midfielder Chris Oduor vies for the ball with KCB’s Crispinus Onyango and Dennis Ng’ang’a during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 3, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 13th minute, Eston Esiye came to the end of a beautiful team move by the bankers, the ball flowing from the left ending up in Chrispinus Onyango setting up the midfielder whose shot was inches off target.KCB kept possession denying Mathare of the ball, something that is not seldom said of Francis Kimanzi’s men. Frank Ouna and Sammy Omollo at the helm of KCB’s technical bench had done their homework right and were shitting all spaces for the slum boys.Five minutes to the break, Mathare had a chance to get back level when Nyakeya’s cross from the left found Clifford Alwanga lurking at the edge of the six yard box but the striker could not punish his old employers, angling his header wide.The teams continued sizing each other up in the second half and seven minutes in, it was KCB who had a chance to double their tally but Kisiavuki could not get power behind his shot from the edge of the area after being set up by Abuko.Mathare had the chance to get back level in the 64th minute when Bethwel Warambo was adjudged to have handled the ball as he tried to deal with a James Kinyanjui cross, referee Peter Mwai pointing to the spot.Mathare United defender Harun Junior vies for the ball with KCB’s Simon Abuko during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 3, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKevin Kimani stepped up but a fully stretched Zamu Adisa parried his effort away, much to the delight of his teammates who had strongly objected the decision.The ball was swung quick on the counter with Owino breaking through and the bankers had their own penalty shouts turned down when Harun Junior seemed to have handled as he chested down the final cross.Kimani was then hauled off for John Mwangi while KCB responded by arming their defensive steel, Michael Mutinda coming in for goal scorer Kisiavuki.The bankers had another beautiful chance in the 78th minute when Crispinus dribbled his way into the box but a combination of a good block from Andrew Juma and the outstretched arms of keeper David Okello denied him the chance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Councils gain DONE voice

first_imgIn response to concerns that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would choose the next director of neighborhood councils without community input, his office said Wednesday that he will consult councils before he selects the next general manager for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Councilwoman Janice Hahn also called Wednesday for a special hearing for neighborhood council members to weigh in on the next DONE leader. Longtime DONE chief Greg Nelson retired this week, raising concern over who would be chosen to lead the department, which oversees the city’s 87 neighborhood councils, and whether communities would be consulted on the next manager. “He’s made a decision that he’s going to go through a formal search process to identify the best and brightest,” Villaraigosa spokesman Joe Ramallo said Wednesday about the mayor. Neighborhood councils “will certainly have a role and their voice will be heard.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThat was welcome news for council leaders. The general manager sets the tone of the relationship between DONE and neighborhood councils, so community input is essential, said Leonard Shaffer, who is president of the Tarzana Neighborhood Council and chairman of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Congress. “We’re the people who have been on the front lines. We’re the people that have worked with DONE. I can’t articulate specific qualities … but I think that I would recognize a good candidate for general manager when I saw, listened and spoke to him or her.” Concerned that councils might be silenced in the selection, Hahn called for a special meeting of the City Council’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee to allow neighborhood councils to weigh in on the new DONE general manager. Neighborhood councils are developing more political clout and have begun to influence major city decisions, such as the Police Department’s decision to stop responding to burglar alarms and the Department of Water and Power rate increase, Hahn said. “I’m very pleased that the mayor has decided to include the one special-interest group in the city that has the most to win or lose in the selection of the next general manager of DONE. “Of all the issues that neighborhood councils should weigh in on, it’s this.” The council committee will take public comments on the next general manager and forward them to the mayor for review. The Mayor’s Office doesn’t know exactly how the formal selection process will proceed, Ramallo said. But the councils will be asked for input, as they were consulted in the selection of new Planning Director Gail Goldberg and during the budget process. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT THE RADISSON BLU LETTERKENNY

first_imgJOB OPPORTUNITIES AT THE RADISSON BLU LETTERKENNY was last modified: April 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaljobsRadisson blu LetterkennyVacancylast_img read more

CASE AGAINST SENATOR O DOMHNAILL CANNOT GO AHEAD UNTIL HIGH COURT CASE IS HEARD

first_imgA case of alleged drink-driving against Donegal Senator Brian O Domhnaill has been adjourned again until July.Senator O’DomhnaillSenator O Domhnaill, 38, from Killult, Falcarragh, did not appear at Letterkenny District Court this morning. The court heard the case cannot be heard until the outcome of another similar case is heard before the High Court.Judge Paul Kelly said the State have yet to file a defence in that case.The charges against Senator O Domhnaill include drink-driving as well as hit and run failing to report an occurrence, hit and run failing to remain at the scene and hit and run failing to give appropriate information.The incident is alleged to have happened at Tullygay outside Letterkenny on September 2nd, 2013.Senator O Domhnaill’s solicitor John Canon addressed the court in Irish as did Judge Paul Kelly.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan said she did not have full Irish and would not be involved in the case when it is hard.The case was adjourned until July 20th next.CASE AGAINST SENATOR O DOMHNAILL CANNOT GO AHEAD UNTIL HIGH COURT CASE IS HEARD was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alleged hit and rundonegalSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more

Seagulls swoop for Valencia goalkeeper Matthew Ryan in club-record move

first_img1 The 25-year-old Australian international has signed a five-year deal Brighton have agreed the signing of Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia.The newly-promoted Seagulls say the undisclosed fee for the 25-year-old is a club record.Ryan has agreed a five-year contract and replaces David Stockdale, who left the Amex Stadium to join Birmingham earlier this week.Brighton manager Chris Hughton said on the club website: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to attract Mathew to the club, and he will certainly be an excellent addition to the squad in time for our first season in the Premier League.“We’re very much looking forward to working with him for the season ahead.“For somebody of Mathew’s age, he has very good experience, having played in the top divisions in Australia, Belgium and Spain.“He has also competed in European competition and made a number of appearances at international level.”last_img read more

SHOCK AS ‘FOOTBALL SPECIAL’ MOVES TO NORTHERN IRELAND

first_imgThere has been widespread shock expressed this morning, following the news, that the famous ‘Football Special’ drinks are set to be moved from the McDaid Bottling factory in Ramelton to Northern Ireland. McDaid’s ‘Football Specials’ are famous all throughout Ireland, but are a Donegal institution, as it’s produced at its historic home in Ramelton.The two most popular flavours produced by McDaid’s are banana and, the most popular, Football Special, is apparently made with a mix of seven ‘secret’ flavours. It is believed that staff were called to a meeting yesterday, at which it was outlined to them that production would be moved to the Maine group in Ballymoney, Co.Antrim in two months time.They will take over the Football Special and Banana flavoured drinks synonymous with Edward McDaid and his firm.The news has been met, with both shock and sadness by locals in Ramelton, that this historic Donegal brand is set to move its production into Northern Ireland.No doubt, the news will be met by sadness throughout all of the county, as this much loved and famous drink leaves Donegal. It is expected that up to six jobs may be affected by the proposed move.The McDaid family are yet to comment on the developments of the past 24 hours.  SHOCK AS ‘FOOTBALL SPECIAL’ MOVES TO NORTHERN IRELAND was last modified: May 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessclosureFootball SpecialHome-page NewsMaine GroupMcDaidNOrthern IrelandRameltonlast_img read more

False-complaint law nixed

first_img The American Civil Liberties Union hailed the decision. “To us, it was a clear example to cut off criticism of the government,” said ACLU attorney Alan Schlosser. Michael Schwartz, a Ventura County prosecutor who on behalf of the California District Attorneys Association urged the appellate court to uphold Chaker’s conviction, said he was disappointed with the outcome. “It’s a controversial issue that people disagree about,” he said. He said the statute in question is only used sparingly. San Diego County prosecutors said they were considering asking the appeals court to reconsider or asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision. Pregerson wrote that precedent for his ruling stemmed from a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a hate-speech ordinance in St. Paul, Minn., which banned speech that “arouses anger, alarm or resentment in others on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or gender.” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that the law imposed special prohibitions on speakers who express views on “disfavored subjects” but did not punish those speaking on behalf of favored topics. Thursday’s decision undercuts the California Supreme Court, which in a 2002 unanimous decision by Justice Ming Chin, upheld the statute and the 30-day sentences of two Oxnard residents who complained that an Oxnard police officer exposed himself to about 50 teenagers at an awards banquet. The Oxnard Police Department said it investigated the couple’s allegations and could not corroborate them, so Ventura County prosecutors charged Barbara Atkinson and Shaun Stanistreet for filing a false complaint. The two, who vigorously maintained that the allegations against the officer were true and were being covered up, were convicted by a jury and ordered to serve 30 days. California’s justices, in ruling against the pair’s First Amendment challenge, ruled that the potential harm from false reports could damage an officer’s credibility and even waste police resources investigating the complaints. 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The case concerned Darren Chaker, now 33 of Beverly Hills, who was convicted in San Diego County in 1999 of making a false complaint against an El Cajon police officer. Chaker was originally arrested for “theft of service” for retrieving his car from a mechanic without paying – charges that were later dropped. He complained that the arresting officer, without provocation, hit him in the ribs and twisted his wrist. Authorities charged him for allegedly making up the story, and he was convicted by a jury in 1999 after a deadlocked jury in the initial trial. He was sentenced to two days in custody, 15 days of community service and three years’ probation. Chaker appealed to California’s courts, to no avail. A federal judge had ruled against him as well, so he went to the San Francisco-based appeals court. “It was up to the police department to determine if the speech was false,” Chaker said. “I made a complaint against a police officer for twisting my wrist and was charged as a criminal.” SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court on Thursday nullified a California criminal law adopted after the Rodney King beating that made it unlawful for private citizens to knowingly lodge false accusations against police officers. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law was an unconstitutional infringement of speech because false statements in support of officers were not criminalized. The decision, hailed by civil-liberties groups and opposed by the California District Attorneys Association and law enforcement groups, overturns the California Supreme Court, which in 2002 ruled that free speech concerns took a back seat when it came to speech targeting police officers. The case concerns Penal Code Section 148.6, which lawmakers enacted after a flood of hostile complaints against officers statewide after King’s March 1991 taped beating in Lake View Terrace. The 1995 law is punishable by up to six months in jail. “The imbalance generated by section 148.6, i.e., only individuals critical of peace officers are subject to liability and not those who are supportive, therefore turns the First Amendment on its head,” Judge Harry Pregerson wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel. last_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL CLIMBER SHOWS JOURNALISTS ALL WE HAVE TO OFFER

first_imgVeteran climber and adventurer Iain Miller is a walking advertisement for all Donegal has to offer those wishing to explore its often rugged terrain. For the last few days he has been showing visiting UK climbing journalists around the best of Donegal climbing locations. According to Iain “The sea and sunshine have been absolutely perfect.”This is a film of what he described as a “hard climb on Owey Island.”It is only the third time this needle stack has ever been climbed and it’s not for the faint-hearted – not even watching it that is!Simply click to see the video. DDTV: DONEGAL CLIMBER SHOWS JOURNALISTS ALL WE HAVE TO OFFER was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVdonegalIain MillerOwey IslandRock Climbinglast_img read more