UK agrees to reopen negotiations on Greenheart ban

first_imgCommissioner of the Guyana Forestry Commission, James Singh, has said that while there are no immediate signs to indicate a lifting of the ban on the export of Greenheart logs, the United Kingdom has agreed to reopen dialogue in this regard in efforts to move forward.Singh told stakeholders on Friday that the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency made the commitment to reopening dialogue, and it would commence with a scheduled video conference sometime soon.He made the statement while responding to questions at a presentation of the revised National Forest Policy and Plan to forestry stakeholders.GFC head, James Singh“The plan is to have a video conference with the relevant personnel very shortly, and then, based on that, we will invite the relevant persons to come to Guyana and see what is happening in the forest. That is the game plan for now… We did a very comprehensive paper on the stocking of Greenheart in Guyana: about the harvesting, about the amount in the forest, and we found that there is absolutely no threat to the sustainability of Greenheart,” he explained.Singh also said he is optimistic that some headway would be made by the end of 2018, as things move closer to the lifting of the ban.Since the ban came into effect in 2015, Government has been in talks with United Kingdom to have it reversed. Greenheart exports to the UK went from US$3.2 million in 2014 to US$1million in 2015.Ever since the ban came into effect, the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) has labelled it “unfair,” and has called for a review.It was pointed out by the GMSA that given that the markets for tropical forest products were declining and proving challenging, “Incorrect labelling of our forest management practices in this negative way can only be detrimental to the future lives and livelihoods of the 25,000 people directly employed in this industry.”The International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) had identified Guyana as one of only six tropical forest-producing countries in the world practising sustainable forestry management at the forest-concession level.In an effort to the stamp out illegal logging, Guyana joined the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative. The FLEGT system mandates countries to use the Wood Tracking System to tag logs and their stumps, so that when they reach the point of export, they could be traced backed to the origin to ensure their legality. The system is not new to Guyana, since loggers have been mandated to tag their produce, so they can track them to ensure they are within their licensed agreement.The EU FLEGT Regulation of 2005 empowers the European Commission to negotiate Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with timber-exporting countries. Under these agreements, VPA partner countries ensure they export to the EU only legal products carrying FLEGT licences.A Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) is a legally binding trade agreement between the European Union and a timber-producing country outside of the EU. The purpose of a VPA is to ensure that timber and timber products exported to the EU come from legal sources. The agreements also help timber-exporting countries stop illegal logging by improving regulation and governance of the forest sector.last_img read more

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Prisoner stabbed during brawl at the Magistrates’ Court

first_imgA group of inmates clashed Monday morning at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after which a knife was wielded. One inmate was stabbed.The main access to the court was closed as ranks called for reinforcement following the commotion. Cases are currently being suspended as investigation into the matter continues.Details of this story will be published in the February 07, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

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No proof of improvements in Guyana – TIGI

first_imgCorruption ranking…score lacks statistical significanceGovernment should hold back on its self praises over Guyana’s recent rank in the world, with respect to the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) as the report does not validate that improvements have been made in stamping out the unethical, immoral and other dishonest activities.This is according to Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated (TIGI), which noted also that there is inadequate information to invalidate the competing view that there were real achievements in the fight against corruption.Guyana moved up eleven places to 108 based on a five-point increase (from 29 to 34) in perception score.But in a statement on Saturday, the local corruption watchdog said any improvement in standing should be celebrated even as efforts are directed towards greater gains in the fight against the scourge.However, TIGI noted that the difference in the corruption score between 2015 and 2016 lacks statistical significance, even at the 10 per cent level.“The statistics therefore offer no confirmation of the apparent improvement,” the organisation noted.TIGI said the statistical test is conservative since the number of surveys used in 2015 and 2016 (four and six respectively) are small.“But given that this is about the number of surveys rather than about the number of respondents, statistical significance would be an especially limited way to view the results, since it is unlikely that there will ever be very large numbers of surveys to use. We should therefore rely more on the substantive interpretations of the index,” the body stated.Additionally, TIGI pointed out that within Latin America changes in government regimes are usually accompanied by a period of goodwill that endure an average of approximately two years.This, TIGI said, suggests that the change in Government in 2015 would have ushered in a period of optimism that would be evident across several issues, including confidence in Government and perceptions about corruption.“One can therefore argue that improvement in the 2016 CPI was to be expected. This argument becomes more attractive if the CPI returns to its usual level subsequently… The argument for real achievements will find support if the improvement holds in subsequent years. Nevertheless, neither argument is entirely proven or disproven depending on what happens subsequently since there can be real change followed by real deterioration or a goodwill ripple followed by real achievements,” TIGI said.Furthermore, the local transparency arm said the perception scores measure perceptions about the absence of corruption and for this reason, low scores are indicative of more pervasive corruption.TIGI noted that when these scores are converted to ranks, lower ranks (larger rank values) on the CPI indicate relative pervasiveness of corruption.Measuring corruptionAs a result, it argued that the index should not be used to evaluate Governments on an annual basis since shifts in perceptions will likely occur when the actions taken begin to result in changes in the experiences of the people.“The best way to view the CPI appears to be over a period rather than as isolated years,” TIGI said.TIGI expressed that while Guyana’s current rank is unimpressive, the movement in the direction of improvement as observed in 2016 is optimistic.TIGI said salient issues to be addressed in Guyana include a functional Integrity Commission and Public Procurement Commission, implementation of the promised Code of Conduct for ministers, cancellation of corrupt government contracts and establishment of campaign financing laws.The access to information act is also in urgent need of attention, the body said.“The Government should become more transparent and accountable at all levels,” TIGI stated.Apart from the actions of Government, TIGI said citizens and organisations are also essential in addressing corruption.“Citizens need to change their attitudes to many forms of everyday corrupt acts. In many cases, one can be regarded as foolish for not capitalising on some opportunities for quick gains or to circumvent procedures in everyday interactions including business transactions. This is an indication that many forms of corruption have become expected and condoned among citizens,” the body explained.TIGI also said organisations should educate people about corruption with a view to changing attitudes and the levels of involvement of citizens in the solutions.last_img read more

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Charlestown tastes victory again as girls’ Under-14 league continues

first_imgThe girls in the ExxonMobil/Petra Under-14 football competition continue to prove they are a match for their male counterparts in talent and skill. In the last round of matches, Charlestown continued on their winning streak, whilst the South Ruimveldt team was happy to be balancing football and academics.In Saturday’s action, Dolphin Secondary and New Campbellville Secondary met first in a 1-0 encounter which left New Campbellville rejoicing.Charlestown continued their dominant performance with another win, this time over East Ruimveldt. Possession was dominated by the Charlestown team and their defence was spot on. However, they missed several good attempts at the goal. Their lone goal came from star striker Donna Lowe.Later on, with goals from Janel Edmondson and Tia Lamaison, Vergenogen Secondary trounced Uitvlugt Secondary 2-0.In what was probably the most exhilarating match up yet, South Ruimveldt Secondary put on an impressive team effort to crush Tucville Secondary. The 5-1 thriller saw three goals from Amanda McKenzie and one goal apiece from Latisha Sutherland and Angel Denny.After the match up, their elated coach noted that he is impressed with the performance, especially since they are in the process of completing examinations.“Given the fact that they would have been participating in the end of term examination and still being able to participate in football would have shown the fruits of what they would have been preparing for. The game today in itself would have shown the ability of the players to do both sports and the academic side.”Speaking about their performance on the playing field he noted, “The team performance would have been both individual and collective seeing that we have both senior and junior players. The mindset of the players is great at present, going forward we do stand a chance.”The round robin segment will continue this Saturday at the Education Ministry Ground, Carifesta Avenue.last_img read more

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Arsenal line up v Manchester City: Sanchez to start for Gunners but Wenger continues to face selection headache

first_imgGoalkeeperWojciech Szczesny will be expected to keep his place in goal, especially as new signing David Ospina was ruled out of the Emirates Cup with a thigh injury.DefenceWenger confirmed that the game has come too soon for World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil. The Gunners boss tinkered with his back four during the Emirates Cup and will have a clearer idea of his favoured formation.Without the much-lauded Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny partnership in central defence and Thomas Vermaelen’s injury and likely departure, Calum Chambers will most likely be called in. Chambers impressed in the Emirates Cup but Wenger has conceded that he is unsure whether the 19-year-old can play every week.Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy, are the best options at left and right back, so expect them to start.Midfield? This is a make or break season for Jack Wilshere as niggling injures have hindered the 22-year-old’s predicted progress. Wenger wants him to succeed despite his off-pitch indiscretions, and he could start beside Mikel Arteta. Even though Arsenal are believed to be in the market for a defensive midfielder, the Spanish star shielded the defence admirably last season. Arteta was vital to the team’s FA Cup success and appears happy at Arsenal, despite Athletic Bilbao’s reported interest.AttackIt will be interesting to see how £30m signing Alexis Sanchez fares against the Premier League champions’ defensive physicality. The industrious winger adds dynamic flair to the right side, just like Santi Cazorla will do on the left, but failed to score against Monaco even when Wenger played him as a second half centre-forward.Aaron Ramsey has looked sharp in pre-season and collectively this attacking trio should are all capable of delivering the dangerous balls into the box that Olivier Giroud will need if he is to make an impact. The Frenchman will almost certainly be the loan striker up front, instead of Yaya Sanogo, who found the net four times in the Emirates Cup.Arsenal v Manchester City is LIVE on talkSPORT on Sunday from 3pm. Click here to listen… Alexis Sanchez joined Arsenal this summer Arsenal’s clashes with Manchester City always have added spice given five players – some more acrimoniously than others – have made the switch up north since 2009.The Gunners have had a mixed pre-season, despite Chilean World Cup star Alexis Sanchez’s arrival, and finished with just two wins and two defeats from the summer.Manager Arsene Wenger has fitness concerns going into Sunday’s Wembley showdown and he admitted his team, particularly frontman Olivier Giroud, aren’t physically ready after last weekend’s 1-0 Emirates Cup defeat to Monaco.The season’s curtain-raiser offers Arsenal another quick silverware tilt and the opportunity for Wenger to assess his team’s condition, minus its German World Cup winning trio, before their Premier League campaign kicks off against Crystal Palace next Saturday.Even though Arsenal beat City 4-0 in the 1934 Community Shield – the last time the sides met in the competition – Wenger’s biggest concern will be preventing another 6-3 City drubbing eight months on.Scroll down to see how Arsenal could line up: 1 1last_img read more

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Mighty Gor whip Zamalek in Confed Cup tie

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge (centre) is joined by Boniface Omondi (left) and Nicholas Kipkurui (right) in celebrating one of his two goals against Zamalek in a CAF Confederations Cup Group D tie at the Kasarani Stadium on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – Gor Mahia kicked off their CAF Confederations Cup campaign in emphatic fashion hitting five-time African Champions Zamalek 4-2 in their opening Group D match at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.On-form Jacques Tuyisenge scored a brace with Nicholas Kipkurui notching the the third while Kenyan legend Dennis Oliech put the icing on the cake with the fourth in the comfortable win. It was a brilliant display from Hassan Oktay’s men as the Kenyan champions began their quest for a quarter final slot in superb style.Gor had to fight from a goal down after the white knights went ahead with a seventh minute Ibrahim Hassan goal, but Tuyisenge sent the Gor fans into frenzy with the equalizer after 25 minutes and his second of the evening eight minutes later.Two minyets to the break Hassan struck again to send the two sides level at half time. Kipkurui scored what looked like a definite winner in the second half before Oliech iced the beautiful cake for Gor with the fourth in added time.Gor Mahia’s Boniface Omondi flies past Zamalek defender Abdallah Saleh during their CAF Confederations Cup match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOliech marked history, scoring a goal against the same opponents his late brother Steve Okumu scored against during their 1998 meeting here in Nairobi when Gor ran out 1-0 winners.The visitors broke the deadlock and stunned the well attended match into silence when Hassan’s rather harmful looking shot somehow managed to escape keeper Boniface Oluoch’s grasp.The home side though kept their feet on the ground and continued pushing for an equalizer and they had a chance after 19 minutes but Boniface Omondi’s effort off a Francis Kahata cross.But six minutes later, they got the much needed equalizer.Tuyisenge who scored a brace in a midweek league clash against Sony Sugar in Nakuru picked up from where he left, pouncing on a flicked ball from Kipkurui inside the box before slamming past the keeper to draw the two sides level.Tuyisenge then sent Gor ahead after 38 minutes when he flew to head in a cross from Boniface Omondo who had been sent through with a delightful ball by Kahata.Zamalek defender Khalid Boutaib vies for the ball with Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna during their CAF Confederations Cup match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor’s joy of a second goal was shortlived though as Hassan slalomed his way through the defense before his shot easily beat keeper Oluoch, who once again should have done better to keep his side in the lead.But, in the second half, Gor came back with their focus primed on getting in a win at all costs and their attack minded nature spoke volumes of their ambition.They needed just six minutes to get back into the lead, this time Tuyisenge turning provider to whisk in a brilliant cross that was met by an evenly matched strong header from Kipkurui to sail it past the Zamalek keeper.Four minutes later the former Zoo Kericho man came close to his second of the evening when he was set up by Kahata off a Tuyisenge cross, but his venomous shot went just over the bar.The home side continued to wind in attacks and in the 57th minute it was Omondi’s turn when he was set up by the impressive Kahata, but once again his shot sailed over the bar.Gor were forced into a sub in the 62nd minute when Kipkurui hobbled off injured and was replaced by Oliech for his continental debut for the Kenyan giants.Zamalek keeper Abdel Wahab picks the ball ahead of Gor Mahia forward Nicholas Kipkurui during their CAF Confederations Cup match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOliech made his presence felt upfront and five minutes after coming on, he showed his superb pace racing away to try meet a Kahata through pass, but the ball was too close to the keeper who came off to collect.In the 73rd minute, Oliech was at the heart of an attacking move once again when he set Kahata through after meeting Philemon Otieno’s cross, but the midfielder’s shot flew wide.Gor persisted and were ultimately rewarded in added time, Oliech marking his debut with a beautiful goal after rounding off the keeper to seal the three points for Gor.The Kenyan champions’ next assignment will be away to Angola’s Petro Atletico in Luanda in 10 days’ time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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West Ham set to beat Tottenham and Manchester United to signing of Algerian star

first_imgWest Ham are set to beat both Tottenham and Manchester United to the signing of Sofiane Feghouli, according to reports in France.All three Premier League clubs have been tracking the 26-year-old midfielder, who is out of contract at Valencia later this month.He has been free to speak to clubs from outside of Spain since the turn of the year but is so far yet to reach an agreement with anyone.Inter Milan and Fenerbahce have also expressed an interest in Feghouli, while Sevilla and Villarreal are both hoping to keep him in La Liga.But now L’Equipe has claimed that the Algerian star is ready to opt for a move to West Ham, who start life in the Olympic Stadium next season.That has impressed Feghouli, who is excited by Slaven Bilic’s project, and he is now ready to pen a three-year deal in east London. Sofiane Feghouli in action for Valencia 1last_img read more

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City to give away auto security devices

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH EL MONTE – City and law enforcement officials are cracking down on auto theft – and they’re bringing 600 sidekicks along for the ride. South El Monte will be the first city in California to distribute 600 advanced vehicle security devices to residents thanks to Blockit and Lockit Systems. The units, dubbed The Wrap, retail for $80 apiece and will be distributed free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Civic Center, 1415 N. Santa Anita Ave. “Talk’s cheap and advice is free, but we need the tools to combat auto theft in the community,” said Mayor Blanca Figueroa. “This is the first step in the right direction.” All 600 of the Blockit and Lockit systems will come at no cost to the city, as The Wrap associates are donating the products to South El Monte. The Billings, Mont., company has participated in similar giveaways in Detroit, Cleveland and some northwestern states, said Vice President Joseph Higgins. Those interested in receiving The Wrap must show proof of South El Monte residency via utility bill and/or official identification card at the Feb. 11 event, city officials added. For more information, call Jeannette Flores at (626) 579-6540. According to Figueroa, sheriff’s department officials helped acquire The Wrap for the local giveaway. Lt. Robby Ibelle of the sheriff’s Temple Station said that while his agency isn’t specifically endorsing the product, it is always behind preventative measures when it comes to crime. The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently noted an increase in auto and air bag thefts across the United States. In South El Monte, more than 244 of 22,000 residents reported an auto theft in 2005, a city newsletter stated. Ibelle said a lack of vehicle security measures are leading factors in auto thefts, adding victims may leave their keys in the car or doors unlocked, or park in poorly lit areas. The remote-controlled mechanism offers three layers of protection – mechanical, visual and audio – through its design and components, according to the group’s Web site, wrap1.com. The device is equipped with LED lights and an alarm system that, if tampered with, will produce pain-generating siren sounds. “This will force the person in the vehicle to get back out,” Higgins said. South El Monte’s distribution of The Wrap will be on a first-come, first-served basis, Figueroa said. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303last_img read more

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DEMPSEY SETS NEW DONEGAL HAMMER RECORD

first_imgFINN VALLEY AC’S Dempsey McGuigan was flying high on St Patrick’s Day in the USA yesterday – setting a new county record.The local lad was competing in Alabama for his university Mississippi and threw the hammer out to 68.15.The new record Donegal throw landed him the bronze on the day. Dempsey is one of a number of Finn Valley AC athletes on scholarships at top American universities. DEMPSEY SETS NEW DONEGAL HAMMER RECORD was last modified: March 18th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dempsey McGuigandonegalDonegal recrdFinn Valley ACHAMMERrecordlast_img read more

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First-Place SIU Clips Volleyball, 3-1

first_img The Valley on ESPN3 Full Schedule Roster Box Score (PDF) The second set was much tighter with seven ties as neither team led by more than three points early. A kill from Woods tied the match for the final time at 12-12, but SIU used Alex Rosignol’s serving to build up a 21-14 cushion en route to the 25-19 win. Box Score (HTML) Drake (12-11, 3-6 MVC) fell by set scores of 25-15, 25-19, 25-27, 25-23, as SIU (17-7, 8-2 MVC) moved into a tie for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Story Links Midway through the fourth set, Drake tied the match at 15-15, but could get no closer as SIU built up a four-point, 22-18, lead in the waning moments of the match to dispatch the Bulldogs, 25-23, and take the match, 3-1. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Andrea Estrada recorded 17 kills for SIU to reach the 1,000 career kill mark and become the fifth active MVC player to achieve the feat. Watch Livecenter_img Evansville 10/22/2016 – 7:00 PM The Bulldogs were led by juniors Kameo Pope (Belle Plaine, Iowa) and Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) with 11 kills each while Nicole Woods (St. Charles, Ill.) added a season-high seven kills while hitting .300. “We had a lot of players do well tonight,” McBroom added. “We did a lot of good things, but just needed more of it. SIU is a very good program with a high-paced offense and we struggled to keep pace with them.” Next Game: “We got off to a slow start tonight and that didn’t help, but I’m proud of our team for the way we finished,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “I thought we really competed in the final two sets and did a nice job of pressing SIU. We finished strong but need to get a better start.” DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team could not overcome a slow start in a 3-1 loss to Southern Illinois on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Knapp Center as the Salukis had five players register double figures in kills. Facing a 2-0 deficit, Drake responded by hitting .349 in the third set with Grace Schofield (Mundelein, Ill.) nailing six kills to keep the Salukis at bay. Schofield finished the match with nine kills on 21 attempts. Towards the end of the set, Drake used a 4-1 run to enjoy a 21-17 lead, but SIU answered with four-straight points to tie the set. Four more ties ensued as neither team led by more than a point until back-to-back kills from Schofield and Pope gave the Bulldogs a 27-25 win to force a fourth set. SIU pulled away for an early 13-8 lead in the opening set and despite Drake drawing within two points twice, the Salukis quickly re-established their lead behind seven-straight points served up by Hannah Kaminsky to take the set, 25-15. SIU hit .382 to open the match while holding Drake to .079 and just 11 kills. Drake continues its two-game MVC homestand on Saturday, Oct. 22, when it hosts Evansville at the Knapp Center. First serve is set for 7:05 p.m. with the contest broadcast via The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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