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Govt to introduce “rangers” to enforce new wildlife laws

first_imgFollowing passage of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill 2016 last week, Government has announced its intention to introduce a group of rangers to enforce the new laws aimed at curbing the illegal trade of wildlife.This was revealed by President David Granger on his weekly televised programme the Public Interest which aired on Friday. He noted that in order to back up the new legislations, Government will be employing a core of wardens in the hinterland to protect not only the mining areas but forestry, the areas of wildlife and in the area of tourism.“So we’ll be developing a core of rangers who will enforce the law. Part of our problem in the past has been legislation but another part is enforcement of that legislation. So by the passage of this (Wildlife Conservation and Management) Bill, we will be able to guarantee the protection of some of the world’s most valuable flora and funa,” the President stated.President David GrangerHe noted that too often, there are sightings of persons on the streets of Guyana with a string of iguanas or there are stories of people smuggling towatowas in their curlers or photographs of people going into protected areas with huge freezers or fridges catching fishes that are quite rear.President Granger went on that the Wildlife Bill is very critical since there has been excessive smuggling and excessive endangerment of some species. He recalled years ago when someone actually exported dolphins.The Head of State highlighted that many Guyanese do not know That there are dolphins here much more seen any but noted that there are river dolphins and that person was able to find and export them at great profits.“So it needs to be brought under control and that’s one of the reasons why we separating it from the extractive industries because these animals are more important to us, they are more profitable to us alive than dead and we need set up the mechanisms for enforcement,” Granger pointed out.Consequently, the President explained that it was necessary to put the administration and enforcement of the new Wildlife Act under the Department of Environment, which was recently removed from the Ministry of Natural Resources to avoid over burdening that ministry which has its work cut out particularly with the opening of the petroleum sector and already with the mining and logging industries.The Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill was passed in the wee hours of Tuesday last, allowing Guyana to fulfil its requirements as a party to the Convention on International Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), thus guaranteeing the protection of the nation’s flora and fauna.The CITES membership process revolves around certain responsibilities, including having appropriate laws and regulations to curb illegal trade of wildlife and to provide for the safe and regulated breeding, movement and trading of wildlife, without and within of state parties.The lengthy Bill is divided into 85 parts. Its key objectives are to create a supportive mechanism cognisant of the national goals of wildlife protection, conservation management and sustainable use, and to create a national framework and mechanisms governing the local and international trade in all species of Guyana’s wildlife.It will lead to the implementation of the primary provisions of the CITES convention and also to provide a framework of licensing and decisions which support core principles of transparency, certainty, natural justice and fairness.The bill also makes provisions for captive breeding and wildlife-ranching. (Vahnu Manickchand)last_img read more

Arrest Made in Waynesville Bank Robbery

first_imgJames Boyd Custer, 70, of Easley, South Carolina, was arrested Monday in Myrtle Beach following an investigation by Waynesville Police Department and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).According to a press release sent out by the Waynesville Police Department, several tips came in over the weekend, which investigators followed up on, ultimately resulting in a lead in Custer’s arrest.He was taken into custody after he turned himself in.No further details have been released on when Custer will be extradited to Haywood County, the court date, or what charges he will face. On Friday, the Waynesville Police Department responded to a robbery at the Entegra Bank on South Main Street in Waynesville. A man slipped a note to a bank teller implying he had a weapon.last_img

Auburndale baseball & softball teams drops games to Marathon

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — The Auburndale baseball and softball teams suffered losses to Marathon in Marawood Conference South Division action Tuesday at Auburndale High School.Marathon won the baseball game 13-1 and the softball game 11-1 to remain undefeated in both sports in the conference.In the softball contest, Auburndale was limited to one hit, a double by Katie Lundgren.Marathon pounded out 11 hits and scored in four of the five innings to improve to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in the Marawood South. Auburndale is now 1-5 and 1-3 in the conference.Cody Steins had two of the Apaches’ three hits and drove in their only run in the baseball loss.Marathon scored seven times in the first inning against Aaron Willfahrt, chasing him from the game before an out was recorded. Four Auburndale pitchers combined to walk 15 Marathon batters in six innings.Marathon is 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference while Auburndale drops to 1-3 and 0-3 in the Marawood South.Both Auburndale teams play at Northland Lutheran on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)SoftballRaiders 11, Apaches 1Marathon 301 25 – 11 11Auburndale 000 01 – 1 1Marathon statistics not provided.LP: Rachael Bolder.SO: R. Bolder 3. BB: R. Bolder 5.Top hitter: A, Katie Lundrgen 2B.Records: Marathon 4-3, 2-0 Marawood South; Auburndale 1-5, 1-3 Marawood South.—BaseballRaiders 13, Apaches 1Marathon 703 003 – 13 9Auburndale 000 100 – 1 3Marathon statistics not provided.LP: Aaron Willfahrt.SO: A. Willfahrt (0 inn.) 0, Cooper Krings (2 2/3 inn.) 3, Caleb Weinfurter (2 1/3 inn.) 1, Cody Steins (1 inn.) 0. BB: A. Willfahrt 2, Krings 5, Weinfurter 4, Steins 4.Top hitter: A, Steins 2×3, RBI.Records: Marathon 7-1, 3-0 Marawood South; Auburndale 1-3, 0-3 Marawood South.last_img read more

UK group to study SA economy

first_img17 November 2011The Oxford Business Group, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has launched a nine-month study that is expected to provide unique insight into the workings of South Africa’s economy.“The Report: South Africa 2012”, to be released next year, will also explore investment opportunities within South Africa’s borders.Its conclusions would “accurately capture the dynamics of Africa’s most vibrant economy and help to brand South Africa as a destination for investment in business,” DTI chief director for international trade Brendan Vickers said at the launch of the study in Johannesburg on Wednesday.The DTI noted that although South Africa had made great strides since achieving democracy in 1994, the country was still grappling with poverty and unemployment. Addressing this would require extensive knowledge, not just of the South African market but of other developing countries as well.“We are pleased to support the launch of the report, based on an appreciation of the role OBG plays in accurately and thoroughly educating both the domestic and international investment communities of both the challenges and opportunities of doing business in emerging markets,” Vickers said.The study will see dedicated researchers visiting and conducting interviews with key players in the various sectors of South Africa’s economy.The Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm that publishes economic intelligence on markets in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, among others.This will be OBG’s third report on South Africa, which will now be conducted annually. The research will be wholly funded by the OBG.OBG regional editor Robert Tshima described the South African market as a dynamic market worthy of research, as was evident from the country’s well capitalized banks, among others.The OBG is hoping to meet with up to five organisations per day to discuss how they perceive the particular sector they are in. Interactions will be both with the public and private sector.BuaNewslast_img read more

Alberta premier says province prepared to buy Trans Mountain pipeline outright

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. –  Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline project outright if that’s what it takes to get it built.In a statement, Notley says that’s one of many options being considered to get construction ramped up on the project, which would triple the amount of oil going from Alberta to the B.C. coast.Notley said on the weekend that the province was looking at taking an equity stake in the line, but didn’t talk about buying it completely. The future of the line is now in question.The pipeline builder, Kinder Morgan, announced it was scaling back on the federally approved $7.4-billion project because of opposition and delays from the B.C. government.Kinder Morgan has given the federal government until May 31 for concrete assurance the line will get built, and Notley is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action.“We are considering a number of financial options to ensure that the Trans Mountain expansion is built, up to and including purchasing the pipeline outright if were to come to that, but it is not the only model we’re considering,” Notley said in the statementTuesday.“Obviously the best interest and outcomes for Albertans will be front and centre as we explore these options.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

YRB welders to begin annual overnight autumn welding on the Taylor Bridge

first_imgMcNeil said that the work is taking place Monday – Friday, and is planned to conclude on September 28th.Motorists are advised to expect delays of up to 20 minutes in each direction while travelling on the Alaska Highway between Taylor and Dawson Creek while the maintenance is occurring. TAYLOR, B.C. – With the first week of the new school year also comes the need to get local highway infrastructure in shape for the winter months.Yellowhead Road & Bridge North Peace crews will begin the annual tradition of closing one lane of the Taylor Bridge during the overnight hours to conduct scheduled maintenance of the metal bridge deck on Tuesday evening.YRB North Peace Quality Manager Greg McNeil says that starting at 7:00 p.m., the bridge will be reduced to single-lane alternating traffic in both directions, with the closure running until 3:30 a.m.last_img read more

Wild Words North Writing Festival and Art Exhibit

first_imgTickets are available online at www.peaceliardarts.org or in person at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery and North Peace Cultural Centre Box Office. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Wild Words North is a one of a kind event which features writers from across the country in all genres.The three-day event running from Thursday, September 26th to Sunday, September 29th, 2019, is being held at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John.Full festival ticket includes all 17 events, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday for $60. Individual event tickets will admit you to any, one event is $10last_img

Boeing offers to build 21st century aerospace ecosystem in India

first_imgWashington: Eyeing India’s multi-billion dollar fighter jet market, Boeing has offered to build a 21st century aerospace ecosystem in India for co-developing F/A-18 Super Hornet upgrades as part of the country’s advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) programme. Two major American fighter jets manufacturers – Boeing and Lockheed Martin – are in the race for the Indian fighter jet market. Lockheed Martin has offered to shift its entire F-16 manufacturing base from US to India. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “What we’re talking about is a complete ecosystem of capability it’s building up supply chain, it’s building up engineering capacity, technical mechanical capacity. It is bringing the build, not the kit, to India,” Marc Allen, president of Boeing International and a member of the Boeing Executive Council, told PTI. Last month, Allen was named senior vice president of Boeing and president of Embraer Partnership and Group Operations. Boeing has offered that future F/A-18 Super Hornet upgrades can be co-developed with India, maximising performance, affordability, indigenisation for decades. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft. As a result, Allen argued, the impact will be transformational – building a next gen warfighter in India and a 21st century aerospace ecosystem with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Mahindra along with Boeing industry’s partners (GE Aviation, GKN Aero, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon). “And that’s why the idea of being able to service, both the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force requirements together is so vital because it creates a volume that supports industrial development at a massive scale,” Allen said in response to a question. Boeing says that the ‘Make in India’ programme for the Super Hornet has been envisioned for aircraft made in India for India. The Super Hornet production line will exist in the US to meet the immediate needs of its American and international customers. India is to build an entirely new line, leveraging Boeing’s commercial and defence experience, Allen said. The Super Hornet is the airplane that fits the requirement of both the Indian Navy and Airforce, he asserted. Boeing says that the Super Hornet offering for India co-opts the expertise of a public-private partnership with HAL and Mahindra to make the F/A-18 Super Hornet in an advanced Factory-of-the-Future in India. The partnership, it asserts, will harness productivity opportunities in India to deliver more-for-less (more capability for less cost) to its Indian customers and worldwide. Noting that its current F/A-18 production involves 60,000 jobs and 800 suppliers in 44 US States, Boeing officials say that this can be replicated in India. This partnership will create jobs and industrial capacity in India and also helps Boeing stay globally competitive. The future production with Indian partners will involve maximising indigenous content and producing the F/A-18 in India thereby creating a 21st century aerospace ecosystem, Allen said as he refuted giving a direct answer to the question of minimum number of fighter jet orders it needs from India to develop that ecosystem. “We have not framed up our responses to the government’s request for information around a minimum order now, but what we’ve done is that show us your requirements and we’ll show you what’s possible inside your requirements. But certainly, the government recognises the programmatic constraints that the more it’s able invest in a broader program that can cover multiple services, the more capacity for industrial development it will get, he said. “We will shape our bid to the number. There’s less we can do at a lower number in terms of what’s Made in India. And to get to the full up ecosystem, the more the purchases, the more that can be done. It’s a sliding scale. And remember it’s also a sliding timescale,” he said. But at the same time, Allen said that Boeing is not waiting for the competition to begin building the ecosystem. Boeing, Allen said will continue to invest millions of dollars in supplier development, training, tooling and quality systems and skill development at its Indian suppliers. Allen said Boeing plans to expand its footprint in India from 3,000 engineers to 5,000 in the next couple of years. “We’re on our incredible trajectory of that growth. We’ve also opened up the Apache fuselage manufacturing operation. It’s a joint venture – Boeing and Tata that works out of Hyderabad,” he said.last_img read more

Garden of medicinal plants turns into criminal’s den

first_imgKolkata: A sheer philanthropic zeal and love for plants drove Saurendu Sekhar Biswas, a septuagenarian from Howrah’s Bagnan, to set up a garden of medicinal plants on 6 bigha land way back in 2002.Now, the garden has been occupied by some criminals and the local administration is turning a deaf ear to his appeal. Biswas has prepared medicines from the herbs over the years. After graduating from Vidyasagar College in Kolkata in 1968 with Zoology Honours, Biswas developed interest in Botany and came up with the unique garden with herbs which could be used for preparing medicines. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt would always provide an aesthetic pleasure to Biswas in planting various saplings and having found himself surrounded by nature. He was inspired by a renowned botanist, Dr Dulal Chandra Pal and a homeopathy doctor Radhakrishna Sengupta, who is no more, to start Snehanjali Prakitik Veshaja Udyan in 2002 at Hijlok, around 3 km from his current residence in Bagnan town. The garden survived the onslaught of time over the years, including two incidents of flood in 2011 and 2015. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe first one partially damaged the garden while the latter devastated the garden to a great extent. Many of his plants were destroyed during the flood but his indomitable spirit and love for plants once again helped him to revive the garden. Biswas, who is the founder of Oriental Homeo Remedies, produces essential medicines from his garden herbs. There are currently more than 150 plants, the number is much lesser than it used to be in the past. This man now seemed to have lost hope in gardening and fear of destruction looms large in his mind as some local miscreants have turned the garden into a den where they booze and carry out anti-social activities after the sun down. The solar panel in the garden was also stolen by the criminals. The garden had electricity supply from the solar unit and this helped to run the pump and illumine the garden. Biswas went to Bagnan police station following the theft incident and raised the matter with the officer-in-charge of the police station but he allegedly did not co-operate with the elderly man. Being on the verge of despair, Biswas does not even go to his garden regularly. “Many renowned personalities, including writer Mahasweta Devi, visited my garden from time to time and encouraged me. But now my biggest concern is how to protect the garden where I have grown so many high value medicinal plants,” Biswas said.last_img read more

Tips to keep skin healthy in pollution

first_imgConsidering the level of pollution, keeping one’s skin healthy can be tough. Cleansing and using ayurvedic herbs such as Neem and Tulsi is important. Skin experts have shared tips on how to maintain a healthy skin. Wash away the pollutants: Start with cleansing, which is a two-step process. First remove the make-up completely, followed by rinsing the face with a sulphate-free cleanser. Non-foaming cleansers such as ubtans are great for cleansing as they give a healing and nourishing experience. One can opt for foaming and non-foaming natural cleansers in morning and night skincare regime respectively. Also Read – The Puja carnivalOpt for natural pollution combatants: Herbs such as Neem, Tulsi, Sandalwood, Moringa and Turmeric are very well-known for their purifying and healing properties. They help in eliminating the toxins and detoxifying the skin with their anti-inflammatory, blood purifying and anti-ageing properties. These can be used externally as well as internally. Anti-oxidants packed products: Anti-oxidants help to fend off free radical damage and can support healthy-looking skin when taken internally, with the help of a healthy diet and regular intake of multi-vitamins. Anti-oxidants to benefit the upper layers of the skin are also available in skin care products. Look for moisturisers and serums that contain anti-oxidants like vitamins A, C and E. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraNight skincare treatment: Our skin has its own day and night biorhythm. During the day, it needs protection and ample hydration, and at night it needs support for its natural regeneration process. Nourishing and moisturizing night creams, rich in active ingredients are useful, as skin works to repair and regenerate itself at night. So, don’t miss your ‘beauty sleep’. Apply a serum: Serums which include anti-oxidants help protect and repair the skin surface. Moisturise: The skin can get dry and needs hydration with a good moisturiser. Masking: After all that our skin goes through, it is time to pamper the skin by using a face mask and let the skin soak it all in and relax.last_img read more

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