Amerindian lands distributed without permission – Toshaos

first_imgMany Indigenous leaders have expressed disdain over the fact that their lands were distributed for mining operations without their knowledge.Many have also vented frustrations over environmental damage, coupled with rampant illegal mining, in their communities, which they said are affecting their livelihoods.These revelations occurred during sessions held on the third day of the National Toshao Council (NTC) Conference, where it was echoed that villagers are met with “disrespect” due to the lack of consultations.Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona BroomesA section of the National Toshaos Conference on WednesdayOne Toshao from Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) voiced concern over the large quantity of land being granted for small-scale mining, making special reference to a concession awarded for mining which is due to expire till 2017.“Our land is over 80 per cent covered with medium-scale mining concessions…this (referring to a concession) shall remain enforced until 25th June, 2017,” the Toshao explained.He further noted that other miners are also conducting operations without the necessary documentation; and appealed to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to address these matters.“There are miners who working all over, just claiming that, that is their place [with] no documents shown…[the miners] are polluting the waterways which we use actually everyday to go and fish; and it’s filling up the river,” he noted.John Andrew, Tosaho from Micobe Village in Region Eight, said his entire land was “mapped out” for mining, without the council’s permission. He also lamented the disrespectful manner in which villagers are treated.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman was called on to provide explanations as to why leaders were not consulted before the lands were distributed.“Mining our lands and water without permission makes it difficult for us, the Village Council, to oversee that these miners apply best practices,” the Toshao noted.“The residents of Micobe Village are still awaiting an update on an investigation on a map that carries a GGMC logo showing an entire mining block, showing our entire land covered by mining blocks which we are not aware of or never gave permission,” the Indigenous leader revealed.He noted too that leaders should be updated on the findings of a team that recently visited the area on a fact-finding mission.Responding to the myriad of issues raised, Trotman told the Indigenous heads that there would have been additional meetings with the relevant stakeholders to address their concerns.Speaking directly to the Micobe Toshao, the Natural Resources Minister explained that the team that was dispatched to the community is in the process of preparing a report. He stated that while Government is “committed” to addressing the problems that come before it, he cautioned that “solutions may not always be immediate.”One Toshao from Marudi Mountain spoke of the dire impact the extractive sector is having on his community. He pondered the steps which Government will take to reduce the environmental impact by small and illegal miners, an issue which has been plaguing the community for some time.In April, stakeholders approved and signed an agreement aimed at charting the course forward for mining in the Marudi Mountains in Region Nine; this would have likely resolved “the conflict that had escalated between large-scale mining company Romanex, miners, and several communities in South Rupununi,” last year.Late last month, however, many Toshaos in the area revealed that many tenets of the agreement were being violated.Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the situation “had worsened” after the agreement was signed.last_img read more

Guyana, Venezuela reps meet over border spat

first_img– as UN arranges face-to-face sit-down to reach settlementBy Jarryl BryanGuyana has taken developments one step closer to a timely resolution of its border spat with neighbouring Venezuela: a high level meeting has been fixed between Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and a Venezuelan delegation.Organised by Norway’s Dag Halvor Nylander, the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General who has responsibility for the border controversy, this meeting was scheduled for this weekend (Saturday and today) in New York, and is aimed at providing a chance for the two governments to arrive at a solution.News of the meeting was communicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Appointed in February of 2017, Nylander had visited Guyana a number of times to hold talks with President David Granger and Foreign Minister Greenidge, among others.The Guyana delegation to the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly had also met with Secretary-General António Guterres as well as Mr. Nylander in September. Informal discussions were also held with Venezuelan counterparts.UNSG Representative Dag Halvor Nylander discussing the border spat with President David Granger back in AprilRelations between Guyana and Venezuela have worsened ever since oil giant ExxonMobil announced in 2015 that it had found oil in Guyana. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil.In fact, Venezuela’s National Assembly had approved an agreement to reject the oil exploration activities in March 2017.Venezuela, with almost 40 times the population of Guyana and a territory that is several times bigger, claimed in 1968 the entire territorial sea of Guyana by means of the Leoni Decree, which has never been withdrawn.In 2015, the Government of Guyana requested then UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to take steps toward resolving the controversy. In 2016, as a consequence of a stalemate on the matter, the outgoing Ban Ki-moon agreed with his successor, Guterres, to continue to use the Good Offices Process until the end of 2017 as a means of arriving at a settlement.It is with this intention that Guterres appointed Nylander as an envoy to resolve the border spat. According to the mandate of the Personal Representative, “If, by the end of 2017, the Secretary-General concludes that no significant progress has been made towards arriving at a full agreement for the solution of the controversy, he will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement, unless the Governments of Guyana and Venezuela jointly request that he refrain from doing so.” AssistanceVenezuela, once an economic powerhouse in the region because of its oil revenues, has been dealing with issues such as a spiralling economy and civil unrest. And despite the border spat, there have been several instances when Guyana has either been called on to render assistance or has offered such assistance to Venezuela.Back in May of this year, Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana, Reina Diaz, had called on Guyana to support her government’s efforts to end civil unrest. While there have been varying reports, most have put the death toll at over 100.The ambassador declared that this unrest has been caused by “radical sectors of the political opposition” who have a clear objective to “overthrow the legitimate and constitutional” Government of Venezuela and reverse the social achievements of the Venezuelan people.She noted that, at the international level, Guyana can support the actions taken by the Venezuelan Government to resolve the situation in that country; and in this regard, Venezuela has already seen support from the region, including from CARICOM governments and CILAC.There have been persistent reports of a shortage of basic services in Venezuela, including health services, due to the spiralling economy and unrest that have gripped the nation. And in September, Government had announced it would be providing medical assistance to Venezuelan nationals following an outbreak of measles in that Spanish speaking country.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had disclosed that the matter came up during a cabinet meeting, and Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence informed the cabinet of the outbreak.It is understood that the measles’ outbreak occurred in the eastern Venezuelan state of Bolivar, which borders Guyana along Region One (Barima/Waini) and Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni).The information the minister provided to cabinet, Harmon related, came from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).“(They) have alerted member states of the risk of the outbreak occurring from imported measles cases, and have advised that Guyana ensure a high level of surveillance and adopt adequate vaccination measures to prevent the spread of the virus,” he related.“It was also reported that Venezuelan nationals were crossing the border into Guyana, especially at Region One, to seek medical treatment for malaria. Our last report was that there were at least 368 cases of malaria (reported) by our national health authorities in Region One, and the Venezuelan citizens who sought treatment were treated,” Harmon had informed the media.Considering this to be part of Guyana’s international humanitarian contributions, Harmon related that instructions were given for the Public Health Ministry to assist any Venezuelan citizen seeking treatment. This assistance, he had said, would encompass both Venezuelans and Guyanese who are living in the Spanish-speaking country.last_img read more

Blatter to defy FIFA ban to attend World Cup, meet Putin

first_imgThe 82-year-old was suspended for six years by FIFA in February 2016 from any football-related activity over a 1.8-million-euro ($2mln) payment to Michel Platini.Blatter was replaced at the head of FIFA by Gianni Infantino.Despite his ban, Blatter has on several occasions said he would respond favourably to an invitation from Putin to come and see the World Cup in Russia.Contacted by AFP, FIFA said it had no comment on Blatter’s trip, the Swiss national slated to fly to Moscow Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Portugal-Morocco Group B match in the Russian capital.He was also scheduled to attend Brazil’s Group E match against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday before returning to Switzerland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sepp Blatter due to defy ban and attend two World Cup matches and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin © AFP / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jun 18 – Disgraced former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter will defy a ban to attend two World Cup matches and also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman said Monday.Blatter is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during his 17-year reign at the head of FIFA.last_img read more

Police launch truancy crackdown

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ———————————————- For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. With the hope of cutting crime involving juveniles, police today announced a task force that will cite minors who are truant from school in South Los Angeles. Police said there were 540 juvenile arrests during school hours from June 1-Sept. 7 in South Los Angeles, police said. And there has been an increase of juveniles becoming both victims and suspects of crimes. Police are expected to hold a news conference announcing the effort at command posts at Mount Carmel Park, at 830 W. 70th St., and Normandale Park, at 22400 Halldale Ave. Those taking part in the task force include the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, Long Beach Police Department, Torrance Police Department, Gardena Police Department, Los Angeles School Police Department, and Compton School Police Department.last_img read more

Quality defending: A reason why Arsenal were keen to sign him? (video)

first_imgWhat a clearance.New Milan signing Alessio Romagnoli endeared himself to his new fans in the best possible way for a defender when he made a fantastic goal line clearance to deny Marcelo Brozovic in the derby against Inter.The 20-year-old joined Milan from Roma in a £17m, reportedly snubbing Premier League interest, with Arsenal believed to have been interested.Milan beat Inter 2-1 in the TIM trophy, an annual pre-season tournament contested by Italian teams.last_img

Landfill without injuries 12 years

first_imgLANCASTER – Waste Management said its Lancaster Landfill and Recycling Center has marked 12 years without a lost-time injury. That means its 20 employees have worked safely for more than 832,000 total worker-hours without any injuries that prevent employees from returning to work for at least one full shift, officials said. “Going 12 years and counting without a lost-time injury is a testament to our employees’ careful actions and commitment to safety in performing their jobs,” said Jim Merritt, district landfill manager of Waste Management in Lancaster. Safety programs provide training and incentives to encourage safe behavior. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Training is provided for all employees who come in contact with the company’s trucks or work at a disposal site – including drivers and other equipment operators, helpers, mechanics and sorters. Safety gear such as reflective vests, boots and gloves are provided for employees in different roles. Incentive programs include employee lunches and quarterly safety bonuses. “For work that is as physically demanding as waste disposal and recycling, achieving this milestone is a great accomplishment,” said Chris Fall, director of public sector services for Waste Management’s Antelope Valley operations. 160Want 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

Serie A giants to make audacious summer swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo

first_img GETTY Latest transfer news IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED Ronaldo has the time to consider his future after Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup by Uruguay Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 2 Talks between the Portuguese and the LaLiga giants for a new deal have stalled and exit rumours have been fuelled by stories of his buyout clause being slashed from £884million to £100million.The possibility of a move happening has also been strengthened as his agent Jorge Mendes has ended a decade-long feud with the Juve top brass.Italian media has claimed Mendes recently negotiated a deal to take Joao Cancelo to Turin from Valencia after the defender was on loan at Inter. Juventus are plotting a sensational move for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports in Italy.Tuttosport claims that Ronaldo, 33, is reportedly unsettled at current club Real Madrid and could be looking for a new challenge after nine years at the Spanish capital. 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on LATEST targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM And although Juventus have won the Serie A title for the last seven years, the Old Lady are looking to expand their squad as they seek their first Champions League title in 23 years.The acquisition of Ronaldo, whose World Cup dreams were shattered following Portugal’s loss to Uruguay, would be a huge statement of intent by Juventus.They have already secured the signings of Emre Can from Liverpool, as well as capturing Douglas Costa on a permananent deal from Bayern Munich.Juventus are also reportedly after Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The end of Mendes’ dispute with Juventus could pave the way for Ronaldo moving to Turin last_img read more

talkSPORT host goes on incredible rant about Wayne Rooney’s England squad return

first_img Wayne Rooney plays for DC United in MLS It’s a decision that has caused huge debate among pundits including talkSPORT’s Mark Saggers, who was very much against a Rooney recall.However, Vinne Jones told talkSPORT it is a good idea as the friendly will help raise money towards Rooney’s charity The Wayne Rooney Foundation.Cundy did say he felt sorry for Rooney because his send-off could potentially be overshadowed by this debate.Speaking to Adrian Durham on Drivetime, Cundy said: “I feel for Wayne Rooney. I feel he has been put in an almost impossible position. He has to say yes, he has to go along with it. 😡 “Rooney doesn’t want this. It’s an embarrassing joke! I’m appalled!”🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 “Southgate has become a yes man, like we said Hodgson was a yes man.”Passionate rant from @JasonCundy05 on Wayne Rooney’s England recall. pic.twitter.com/7hnEvfWerR— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 5, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 2 Rooney is England’s record goalscorer with 53 strikes LATEST latest revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF center_img Wayne Rooney’s return to the England squad for their upcoming friendly against the USA is “an embarrassing joke”.This is the view of talkSPORT host Jason Cundy who went on an incredible rant on the decision to bring the Three Lions’ record goalscorer back into the set-up over a year after he announced his international retirement. tense “There are ways of saying goodbye to Rooney, there are ways of doing this and do you know what? It just sums up the FA.”Cundy also went on to say how this episode could now undermine Southgate’s position as manager to England fans as this decision suggests he is a yes-man for the Football Association.Cundy added: “He’s now a yes-man. This is the thing we said about Hodgson and previous England managers.“The one thing that has got England fans very excited about Southgate was that he was not a yes-man. He is NOW a yes-man.”Listen to Jason Cundy’s full rant on the Rooney saga below. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 scrap SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “If the FA come asking what are you going to do?“Rooney is a legend and he has had a fabulous career and he has served his country well, but come on this is an embarrassing joke.“The FA have put this right on Gareth Southgate. They have dumped this on him from a great height. He doesn’t want this!“I am absolutely appalled they have done this to Southgate and England.“This is a friendly that has now turned into a circus three days before a Nations League match [against Croatia]. gameday cracker Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Most Popular Football News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

Benitez admits Newcastle were given ‘wake-up call’

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafael Benitez labelled the defeat by Fulham a “wake-up call” and conceded they deserved nothing from the game.Matt Smith’s header on the stroke of half-time proved the difference between the two sides, although the Magpies felt they should have had at least two penalties.Benitez felt the first – when Ryan Tunnicliffe’s raised hand blocked a cross, at 0-0 – was a definite spot-kick, but preferred to focus on his own side’s performance.“I am really disappointed because we didn’t play at the level we were expecting,” the ex-Chelsea manager said.“Apart from the corner [that led to Fulham’s winner], I thought we had some control but we were not keeping the ball in attack, we were not winning the second balls in midfield and we were sometimes too deep.Matt Smith’s goal gave Fulham victory at Craven Cottage“We have to improve. This game could be a wake up call for everyone. You could see when we were losing 1-0, there was a bit of anxiety.“We have to manage the ball much better and play with a clear idea of what we want to do.”Benitez insisted any problems Newcastle had would not be solved by simply signing more new players, and called on his team to put more in on the training ground.He said: “More than signings is we have to keep working. We need something – maybe in terms of players, but especially in terms of work.“We have to realise there is a lot of work that we have to do.”See also:Fulham v Newcastle – as it happenedSmith’s header gives Fulham victoryJokanovic hails his ‘serious football team’Fulham v Newcastle player ratingsSmith: We were written offFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Weekend Entertainment: Evolutionary Just-So Stories

first_imgWhen you see a science headline in the form “How the …. got its ….” prepare for a laugh.  Now, even some evolutionists are laughing.How the Daffodil Got Its Trumpet:  That’s the literal headline on Science Daily.  Answer: it’s not a modified petal, “as previously thought.”  (Since it looks like a petal, “it’s easy to see why this was believed for so long.“)  Instead, the daffodil took a stamen, the male pollen-producing organ, and twisted it into a trumpet.How the Rhinoceros Beetle Got Its Horns:  Kipling could hardly be more creative than the plot told by Live Science.  Since it was found that the horns don’t interfere with the bugs’ flight, the bugs were free to develop their horns into elaborate ornaments to attract mates.  “Because the horns don’t impair the beetles’ ability to fly, they might be unconstrained by natural selection,” a grad student at U of Montana said, working on his storytelling skills, armed with the creative powers of Darwin’s “stuff happens” law (9/15/2008).  Here’s his youthful attempt: the beetle said, “Mate with me! I’m so healthy I can support a totally useless appendage!”How the Hippie Used Flower Power:  Helen Pilcher wove an elaborate tale on New Scientist trying to explain “How flower power paved the way for our evolution.”  The upshot: flowering plants attracted bugs.  Bugs attracted hominids, inspiring them to develop hands for swatting them, teeth for munching them, and binocular vision for seeing them.  “The primates evolved grabbing hands and feet, and digits with nails and sensitive pads that helped them to move around these fine branches and manipulate the food there.”  Did they evolve those things on purpose?How One Insect Got Its Wings:  Switch on a fruit fly gene, get a wing.  It’s simple, according to Science Daily.  “The events could be responsible for this big event in evolutionary history, when the insect got its wing.”  This must be the truth.  Switch off that gene, and the fly doesn’t get a wing.  Does that mean it’s no longer a “fly”?How the Tarsier Got Its Bulging Eyes:  The better to see you with, my darling.  Those bulging eyes “shed light on evolution of human vision,” according to PhysOrg.  This just-so story replaces an earlier “prevailing view” about the origin of tricolor vision—the notion that it “evolved only after they started getting up with the sun, a shift that gave rise to anthropoid (higher) primates, which, in turn, gave rise to the human lineage.”  But isn’t it odd that tarsiers, which are only active at night, have such good daytime-adapted color vision?  Thus the new story: “These contradictory lines of evidence led the authors to suggest that early tarsiers were instead adapted to dim light levels, such as twilight or bright moonlight,” the story goes.  “These light conditions were dark enough to favor large eyes but still bright enough to support trichromatic color vision.”How the Killer Cells Made Humans What They Are Today:  Natural killer cells were “vital” to human evolution, according to a just-so story published by Medical Xpress.  The photo of Laetoli footprints adds to the mystery.  Once upon a time, genetic bottlenecks threatened human ancestors migrating out of Africa.  Two professors “suggest that modern humans mated with archaic humans such as Neanderthals, which re-introduced receptor diversity and thus improved the survival rates of individuals carrying genes from these genetically divergent parents.”How the Fish Got Its Butt Fin:  An unusual “anal fin” on a fossil fish has the science media speculating, working up the just-so story to explain it. According to Live Science, one storyteller said, “Rather than gradual acquisition of complex characteristics, maybe there was a bit more experimentation and odd acquisitions.”  Science Daily, promising “new insight into evolution” in its headline, got into full Kipling mode with this quote: “It’s not clear why the fins are positioned so far back on the fish, or what advantage they might have provided. However, they do show that our early vertebrate ancestors tried out lots of different body plans before settling on two arms and two legs. If they hadn’t then our bodies would have looked very different!”  And that, children, is how a fossil fin on a fish’s butt “shed more light” on our evolution.Laugh Out LoudConsidering the recklessness of many “adaptationist” stories that “misuse” evolution, a festival is being schedueld at MIT to laugh at evolutionary just-so stories.  Called the “BAH!” Festival (Bad Ad-Hoc Hypotheses), the event was sold out and promises to be an ongoing event.  A cartoon on the festival page illustrates the problem: an evolutionists suggests that babies are shaped like footballs and need to be burped because early human ancestors punted them like footballs from village to village.   According to the website, “The Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAH!) is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory.”  Live Science calls it “Survival of the Funniest.”  Seven lectures will amuse listeners with “internally coherent, even convincing — but ultimately hilariously absurd — explanations of evolutionary adaptation” and “ludicrous conclusions supported by careful evolutionary explanations.”Pure satire, the festival is intended, first of all, to make people laugh. But, like most good satire, the event also pokes fun at a real issue, in this case, the misuse of evolutionary theory.The major criticism for evolutionary theorists is hyperadaptationism, “over-the-top” evolutionary ideas that try to explain too many of an organism’s features as adaptations….Taking part in the festival “shows an awareness of the issue and the ability to joke about it and understand it,” ….Case in point: the “aquatic ape” hypothesis (a proposed period of sea-going humanity) was used to explain human hairlessness, taste for seafood and enjoyment of swimming.  “Clearly, it’s crazy” a festival organizer said, even though it was presented in all seriousness and offered as the “best contender” for a phenomenon lacking a good story (see 9/22/09, #7).Isn’t it great that evolutionists are starting to laugh at themselves?  Help them out!  LOL (laugh out loud) and wish them LOL (lots of luck).If winners of the BAH! Festival are announced, we will try to inform you here.BAH BAH quack cheap, have you any fool?Yes sir, yes sir at the BAH Festival.One for the Master (Darwin),One for the dame (science teacher)One for the little boyWho learns it in the lane.BAH humbug, can’t take it any more;Gone to Seattle to get the true score. (Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more