Increased financial resources may pose challenges – Environment Director

first_imgOil industryBy Yanalla DalrympleDirector of Environment, Nidibi Schwiers, believes as Guyana joins other oil producing territories, many challenges will arise for the country with respect to management of lump sum financial resources.Schwiers made the comments during brief remarks at the recently held sensitisation of citizens on the Green State Development Strategy. According to the Director of Environment, many oil-rich countries – more largely endowed than Guyana – have fallen into recession due to mismanagement and improperly channelled resources.However, she said Guyana will steer its development along two limps; (1) by exploiting the oil resources and (2) ensuring this is done along a sustainable path.Schwiers pointed out that Guyana is in a fortunate position where it can learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the hazards and pitfalls that comes with oil money.“We have the benefit of hindsight and so we can ensure that we avoid these traps,” she said.The Director noted that the green strategy will incorporate the economic as well as the social aspect of the sustainable goals so that these and other goals can be accomplished along a green trajectory.“I hope that we all can fully engage in this process so that we can spark green conversations wherever we go,” Schwiers noted.The seminar was held in collaboration with the Green State Development Coordination Desk (GSDS), and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to develop a thorough understanding of the framework document.Coordination Desk (GSDS), Dr Asha Singh, said the intention of the seminar was to provide a better understanding of what the GSDS is all about.She said officials from the relevant Government departments must be able to articulate the Green State Development Strategy to all and sundry.Moreover, Singh expressed her optimism about networking with likeminded agencies to ensure proper collaboration and consultation on what exactly the strategy should contain.United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative, Mikiko Tanaka in her address stated that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of zero hunger and zero poverty hinges on the protection of the environment since climate change has impacted harshly on the availability of scare resources.This, she said, presents more complexities for countries that are affected by extreme weather events and are vulnerable because of population size, lack of emergency response and other mitigating factors.Owing to this reality, the strategy requires the broadest possible consultations with every citizen having their say, the UNDP representative said.She stressed that in order to achieve these deliverables, there must be by-ins from Government, inter-sectorial cooperation and extensive societal acceptance.She pointed out that inequalities must be seen in the context of gender gaps, marginalised and minority grouping such as the disabled, women and children, Indigenous, GLBT community as well as the disparity between hinterland and coastal services.According to Tanaka, issues relating to inequality and exclusion must also be addressed if countries are to achieve the SDGs within the specified timeframe. She noted that “all must be included and none must be left behind”. Tanaka urged stakeholders to be charters of their future and influencers of change rather than mere beneficiaries and passive recipients of Government policies and programmes.Participants spoke to the absence of pollution, quality air, replanting, proper garbage disposal, good water quality, renewable energy and safe mining as some of the deliverables they would expected in a green economy.It is anticipated that the consultations would run cross-country to engage stakeholders and groups in discussions with focus on various sub-sectors including transportation, mining, forestry and energy.Using a multi-prong approach among them green infrastructural transformation, sustainable extraction and agricultural productivity as the main thematic areas; the consultations are also expected to explore and document the economic niches that are available.Government recently secured US$1.5 million from the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Investment Fund to finance the development of the Strategy.This financing was approved by the Steering Committee of the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund following the submission of a detailed proposal and work plan.last_img read more

OSB-Plant Shutdown Ends

first_imgThe one week shutdown at Canfor’s local Peace Valley OSB plant is over.The down time was part of a strategy to keep the plant afloat, by keeping productivity up and, it ended last night.Now, an industry analyst is suggesting forestry workers in BC should feel a little more comfortable, as lumber prices have started to recover.- Advertisement -Russ Taylor is with International Wood Products and he says, by cutting production, the industry has helped push prices about 25 percent above the lows experienced earlier this year…[asset|aid=150|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Taylor-Lumber prices_1_Pub.mp3]Numbers recently reported by Credit Union Central show sawmill lumber production, from the start of 2008 to the end of May, has dropped by 24 percent in BC, as compared to the same period last year.Advertisementlast_img read more

Jon Gruden doesn’t know what Marshawn Lynch’s future holds

first_imgMOBILE, Ala. — Marshawn Lynch will officially become an unrestricted free agent in March, and Jon Gruden still doesn’t know if Lynch is healthy enough or even wants to continue playing football.Lynch turns 33 in late April, and missed the final 10 games of last season with a groin injury that landed him on injured reserve during the Raiders’ Week 7 bye.“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know yet,” Gruden said when asked if he expects Lynch to play in the NFL this year. “I think when we get …last_img read more

Environmental attorney advocates for farmers to fight for their rights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When government agencies have the power to write, enforce and interpret the law, private citizens are disadvantaged and the government always wins, said Anthony Francois, senior staff attorney, environmental and property rights law for Pacific Legal Foundation at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting last week.Francois discussed forces that are making government so different from what it was intended to be, and what can be done to return it to its original design.“The purpose of the government’s founding documents was generally to protect freedom,” Francois said. “And yet a lot of people don’t get that customer service experience.”Constitutional law, separation of powers, limited powers and due process, which Francois calls the “elements of freedom,” are the main areas where government has lost sight of the design.“For the government to follow the law, it can’t be its own judge in that,” Francois said. “And it can’t simply re-write the law in order to say it followed it.”Francois explained how the “four Ds” — division, delegation, deference and due process — have created an “administrative state” in which agencies have in many ways become the government. And in some cases, one junior staffer within an agency can overrule a judge in a legal proceeding.Division, or the separation of powers in the Constitution, assures that no one branch of government has absolute power. When division is ceded, agencies become the “bully on the playground” who always wins, Francois said. Delegation, in which Congress surrenders lawmaking power to agencies, concentrates power in those agencies. Deference, in which courts accept agencies’ interpretations of the law, means that by rule agencies always win. Finally, when citizens are deprived of due process, they have no access to government information or decisions, no ability to make their own case, and the government ceases to be a neutral decision-maker by eliminating the burden of proof on federal agencies.This concentration of government power can have devastating results for farmers and ranchers.Referencing the case of California farmer John Duarte, which the American Farm Bureau has championed, Francois described “a half-baked, drive-by investigation of a 450-acre field, surveilled for a total of 30 minutes from a pickup truck on the road, from which you cannot see the whole field, which concluded, falsely, that all 450 acres had been plowed three-feet deep, permanently destroying three dozen acres of wetlands.”Francois said everyone should be aware of these issues and encourage their neighbors to stand up and keep fighting, because this is a long-term process.“If everyone who was entitled to a due process hearing before an administrative agency demanded one, all work of all administrative agencies would grind to a halt. So, if you’re looking for a way to ‘fight the machine,’ if you have an opportunity for a hearing, demand it,” he said.For more information on the Pacific Legal Foundation, visit www.pacificlegal.org.last_img read more

Niggles within Cong. in Assam, Meghalaya

first_imgTwo days after a Congress MLA in Meghalaya threatened to quit the party and join the National People’s Party, a suspended party leader in Assam has accused Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora of being a ‘dictator’.Partha Pratim Bora, the suspended APCC secretary, on Thursday said Ripun Bora has been running the party whimsically, suspending or expelling those who he does not like.“I am not the first one to be suspended without any show-cause notice. The suspension is based on mere allegations,” the suspended Congress leader said, adding he has written to AICC president Rahul Gandhi about the ‘rot’ in the party’s Assam unit.The suspended leader also said he was victimised for questioning the APCC president’s credibility, since he had spent some time in Tihar jail for “wrong deeds”.Damage-controlOn Tuesday, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee went into a damage-control exercise after senior MLA Martin M. Danggo said he would quit the party and join NPP. He made this announcement at a function in which Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma inaugurated the Ranikor civil subdivision.“Nothing is final in politics. I am confident that Danggo, as a senior and mature politician, will not take any wrong decision,” Zenith Sangma, spokesperson of Congress Legislature Party, said.last_img read more

Man who took on Rahul in Wayanad arrested for cheque bounce in

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Thushar Vellapally, President of Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), a coalition partner of the BJP-led NDA in Kerala, has been arrested in UAE in connection with an alleged Rs 19 crore cheque bounce case.Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday wrote to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, seeking his intervention in the matter. Vellapally is also the Vice President of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, a prominent organisation of the backward Ezhava community in the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The arrest was on a complaint from N Abdulla of Thrissur in an alleged Rs 19 crore cheque bounce case of 2009 when Vellapally was running a construction business in Ajman in the UAE, according to media reports. Thushar Vellapally had unsuccessfully contested as the NDA candidate from Wayanad in the Lok Sabha elections in April 23 this year, in which Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had emerged triumphant. In the letter, a copy of which was released to the media here, Vijayan expressed concern about the well being and health of Thushar Vellapally. “News channels have reported the arrest of Shri Thushar Vellapally, Vice President of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) yogam at Ajman in United Arab Emirates. I express concern about his well-being and health while in custody. All possible help within the limits of law needs to be made available to him. I request your kind personal attention and intervention in this regard”, Vijayan said in the letter.last_img read more