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Conservation – a niche field for new careers

first_imgBy Jarryl BryanA career in conserving the environment may not be viewed as a primary career and may not even be promoted to secondary school students; but, according to experts from Conservation International (CI), the field is a niche that offers a number of rewarding career opportunities.Spatial data analyst Kerryann InsanallySpeaking during a recent panel discussion, spatial data analyst Kerryann Insanally and communications coordinator for Conservation International, Sarah Parrot, urged that consideration be given to careers in the field of conservation — a global response to the climate change phenomenon.Insanally noted that, throughout their school lives, students are usually urged to set their sights on primary careers such as medicine, law or engineering, causing many youths to have a disconnected perspective on nature; but it is important that an analysis be done on young demographics in order to better understand what they do care about.“How can they recognise their role as a citizen even though they are young?” she rhetorically asked. “We have a young student — less than 25 — as a biologist, who started off wanting to do medicine and then realised he didn’t even want to do this; he didn’t even like blood. Then, thinking about conservation biology, he started a tremendous career path in Jaguar field work and bird inspection. These are niche fields and things that young people are passionate about. It’s just the exposure, and having that knowledge at an early age that (you) don’t just have to be a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer.“There are many other fields (that young people can be engaged in); like my field, for instance,” she declared, explaining that as a spatial data analyst, she uses remote sensing or satellite imagery in order to monitor what is happening on the ground and in forests.“So these are not things that are taught in primary education. They are new fields, and I think that if at an early age the young people can tap into that, that’s where we can get that thrust we are looking for,” she explained.“Globally, there has been a shift (from the mainstream). After pursuing studies in certain fields, they want to make sure you come out with a specific specialisation. So they are already heading in that direction, especially countries in the developing world, the Caribbean and so.”She noted that with the advent of climate change, these academic and professional fields have taken on new meaning; and it is an undeniable fact that persons are feeling the effects of climate change.“It is felt in different ways in different countries and by people on the ground. The farmers themselves, the people that use the rivers (etc), they know that things are not the same. So yes, climate change has been a very big thrust,” she declared.The group also stressed the importance of ordinary people getting more involved in conserving the environment.The group is expected to have a meeting with Education Minister Nicolette Henry, and Parrot emphasized that anything to get children more involved — whether through arts or clubs — would be helpful.Government recently split the Ministry of Education, creating a Department of Education which reportedly would drive innovative reforms.During a recent engagement with the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA), Finance Minister Winston Jordan explained that theMoE’s Department of Education would increase focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).Green policyAnd expounding on the importance of natural capital, Insanally noted that, compared to other countries, Guyana has an abundance of natural capital. “Going green is a country’s natural capital. What are these resources that we have that we can depend on? When we say ‘going green’, we’re not just talking about the environment; we are talking about livelihood and people’s use of the environment,” she explained.Insanally noted that Guyana relies heavily on the environment. This, she said, means everything: from fisheries to agriculture to forests to the extractive industries; all are important contributors to Guyana’s economy. She also observed that rural and hinterland communities depend on their natural environment in different ways than coastland dwellers and city residents would interact with it.“As a country, talking about a green policy is actually a commendable step. It’s a global perspective. It’s not something Guyana is doing on its own,” she said. “Guyana is part of a unique eco-system called the Guyana Shield… We have a lot to offer to the world…, and these are things that we need to protect and ensure that we are putting things in place to sustain,” she advised.She also noted that while the indigenous people of Guyana, with their strong spiritual connection to the environment, are traditionally viewed as the protectors of the environment, protecting the environment is everyone’s business. She thus stressed that more inclusive policies and involvement are needed from the citizenry.“There is something (we all can protect) — the conservancy, the blacka, the cane fields. All of these things are nature, but we perceive them in different ways,” Parrot said. “That is what the nature campaign is built on: How do we speak to different Guyanese groups in their particular sub-cultural context?” she explained.“Nature is not just something beautiful found off the coast. Nature is found everywhere, wherever you live in Guyana; and you need it,” she advised.The panel was asked about protecting the environment in view of the diverse economic activities carried out by sections of society, such as loggers and miners, and Insanally sought to dispel the perception that conservationists wanted a blanket ban on such activities.“I think that is the biggest misconception about conservation. When we say ‘conservation’, we mean using things sustainably. So yes, we have to use our forests. We cannot say you cannot mine or log or extract minerals. Essentially it is to become more efficient in what you do. In that way, you’re conserving the eco-system around you. For the foresters, it is ensuring that they don’t log near to rivers. And these are practices that are already in place. We’re just ensuring that (those practices are) kept and done more efficiently,” she explained.Conservation International is a non-profit environmental organisation with a Mission Statement that entails protecting nature and its biodiversity. Formed in 1987 and based in the United States, the organisation works in more than 30 countries and with over 1000 partners, ranging from governments to indigenous groups, multinational corporations, community leaders and international inter-governmental partners.In the case of Guyana, the local branch assists in recommending courses of action, shaping policy, and creating a development model.last_img read more

Public Health Ministry hosts National Medicines Policy consultation

first_imgA section of the gathering at the Public Health Ministry’s consultation on the formulation of theNational Medicines PolicyThe Public Health Ministry on Monday engaged stakeholders in a consultation on the formulation of the National Medicines Policy, which is expected to be modernised, affording stakeholders the opportunity to have an authentic documented piece of legislation with clear guidelines for them to follow.Monday’s consultation had several objectives: Establish a medicines policy committee and conduct a rapid assessment of actual situations in the pharmaceutical sector in Guyana; develop a roadmap and prepare the second draft medicines policy and distribute it to all parties involved and have a peer review done by stakeholders, which include practitioners, pharmacists, experts, manufacturers, researchers and consumers.In addition, the organisers were also expecting to have in hand a collection of comments and preparation of a second draft for a consensus workshop; establish the National Formulary/Essential Medicines, Standard Treatment Guideline, Therapeutic and Pharmacovigilance Committees.The consultation at the Pegasus Hotel was held under the theme, “Strengthening Pharmaceutical Management and Services through National Medicines Policy Review and Implementation”, and Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence challenged pharmacy officials to embrace change in a sector previously governed by archaic legislation and grounded in disarray. She said that policies merely provided guidelines to help decision-making to achieve rational objectives and were not “set in steel”.She said that it was critical to overhaul the legislation to help deal with the constant short supply of drugs that create a nightmare for doctors to treat their patients. She noted that unless corrective measures were implemented swiftly, the health system would continue to be defective and ineffective.“It means, therefore, that the existing policies, legal and regulatory frameworks and interventions must be re-evaluated and updated. Policy decisions must be evidence-based and tailored to meet the specific needs of our population and health services,” she said.“Let me hasten to assure you that the Ministry of Public Health and by extension, the Government of Guyana, is strongly committed to ensuring healthy lives and the well-being for all at all ages, so it is opportune and imperative that all of us, as stakeholders of our citizens’ well-being, continue to look and assess the existing management systems and strengthen them and make changes where need be, so that the systems can become efficient and effective and accessibility and adequacy of the supply of safe, essential, quality and scientifically sound drugs and medical products can be realised in all health facilities in all regions,” Lawrence added.Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud said that over a decade ago, steps were taken by pharmaceutical officials to clean up the untidiness, but the process was stymied by a lack of commitment.“Organisers anticipate that with the establishment of the new Health Authority there will be full participation and leadership in the Integrated Health Services (HIS); the delivery of quality, effective and responsive health services and prevention measures and improvement in the physical, mental and social wellbeing of all peoples,” Dr Persaud said.He added that the updated policy was required to present a formal record of values, aspirations, aims, decisions and medium-to-long-term commitment of the Government; define the national goals and objectives for the pharmaceutical sector, and help set priorities.Dr Persaud told participants that the fresh policy would also help identify the strategies needed “to meet those objectives and identify the various actors responsible for implementing the main components of the policy (and) to create a forum for national discussions on these issues and resolve them to all access to medicines.”last_img read more

Al-Attiyah stripped of Dakar opening win

first_imgMini driver Al-Attiyah, the 2011 champion, had finished first on the 170km timed stage between Buenos Aires and Villa Carlos Paz, clocking 1 hour 12 minutes.That was 22 secs faster than Argentina’s Orlando Terranova, also in a Mini, and 1min 04secs ahead of American Robby Gordon behind the wheel of a Hummer.But seven hours later, Al-Attiyah was punished for travelling at 68km/h in a section of the stage where the limit was 50km/h.He was penalised two minutes and relegated to seventh place on the stage with Terranova declared the winner ahead of Gordon and South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers in a Toyota.Veteran Peugeot drivers Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel placed eighth and 10th respectively at 2 mins 06secs and 2 mins 35secs.It was also a miserable first day for Roma as the Spaniard’s Mini broke down after just 10km and he eventually ended the day being towed home in 135th place and six and a half hours off the lead.Peterhansel, an 11-time champion, admitted that he did not drive flat out with a marathon stint to follow over the next two weeks.“It was a bit stressful to tackle the first special when you don’t know how strong you are,” said the Frenchman.“We eased into the race, without taking too many risks, gently, keeping a watchful eye on all the dials… We’re trying to learn about the car. We had no clue how far we could go.”In the motorbike section, Britain’s Sam Sunderland on a KTM was fastest in 1hr 18min 57secs, five seconds faster than Paulo Goncalves of Portugal on a Honda and 1min 12secs ahead of last year’s winner Marc Coma on a KTM.This year’s rally features a gruelling 9,000 kilometres trek through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia before arriving back in Buenos Aires for a January 17 finish.Former winners Sainz and Peterhansel were spearheading the Peugeot campaign as the French car-makers returned to the Dakar Rally for the first time in 25 years.Their ultimate goal was to win but at the very least they were expected to prevent the Minis from completing another clean sweep of the auto podium.Peterhansel took second place last year for Mini behind then teammate Roma.Peugeot won the Dakar for four successive years from 1987-1990 when it was still staged in Africa.This year’s event, the seventh in South America since its enforced transfer for security reasons from Africa, is the 37th of all time.The 2014 race takes the Dakar caravan from the Atacama, the driest spot on the planet, to the Iquique dunes and crossing the Andes at the highest point on Argentina’s Route 40, the 4,970m mountain pass of Abra del Acay.In all, there will be 4,600km of special stages including a 781km time trial from the Bolivian city of Uyuni to Chile’s Pacific Coast.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ARGENTINA, January 5 – Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah was stripped of victory on the opening stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday for exceeding the speed limit while defending champion Nani Roma saw his hopes shattered.last_img read more

Kenya’s bid to host 7s RWS confirmed

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 4- The International Rugby Board confirmed that Kenya is among 25 unions that formally confirmed interest in hosting a round of the popular HSBC Sevens World Series from the 2015/2016 season. IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “This unprecedented response truly reflects the enormous prestige and appeal of Rugby Sevens in the global sporting market place ahead of our Rio 2016 Olympic Games debut.” “The submission features a blend of interest from every continent and includes existing and emerging Rugby markets. It reaffirms Rugby Sevens as a young, exciting and thriving sport that is reaching out, engaging and inspiring new audiences around the world.” “International Rugby Sevens is truly competitive, showcasing great skill and speed to full, vibrant stadia and strong and ever-growing global broadcast audiences and that is why we believe that Rugby Sevens will be a great fit for the Olympic Games and also why the Olympic Games will be great for Rugby.” “We look forward to collaborating with each interested party as we look ahead to the next phase of the process.Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Mwangi Muthee, speaking to local sports website Voiceofsport.net said, “Everyone loves Sevens Rugby. I hope the world will find coming to our country a unique experience and that we shall prove capable of playing our part in developing rugby to more heights.”KRU with their main sponsors, Kenya’s largest telecom company Safaricom Limited, recently launched a committee to work on the Kenya bid to have their annual international Sevens tournament in the capital, Nairobi – the Safaricom Sevens — included in the World Series.The KRU/Safaricom bid committee finished their work in time of the expression of interest deadline which closed on February 28.The deadline for tender submissions for Unions interested in hosting Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 is December 5, 2014 with IRB Council selecting the winning bid at its May 2015 meeting. The deadline for formal tender submissions for hosting a Sevens World Series tournament is set for June 27, 2014 and the 2015/16 Series hosts will be selected by IRB EXCO in October 2014. The dual process follows a detailed strategic review of Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Sevens World Series hosting models and key overall considerations include growing hosting and participation opportunities for the 119 IRB Member Unions, tournament format, increasing Sevens-related global commercial model values, and for the series specifically, the number of events in the calendar. The full list of Unions that have expressed an interest to tender for IRB Sevens World Series 2015/16 is: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, USA, Wales.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cellular tower placed on hold

first_imgSullivan was one of many people who asked the council to deny a permit for the proposed 60-foot tower, made to look like a pine tree. The tower would have been placed in the parking lot of the Second Church of Christ, 8705 Catalina Ave., Whittier. “I know they told us health issues are something that cannot be considered as part of this, but shame, shame to whoever said that,” Sullivan said. “It could possibly endanger the health of our children.” City Attorney Dick Jones told the council federal law pre-empts local governments and they aren’t allowed to consider health effects of the tower. Jerry Bushberg, a consultant for T-Mobile, said federal standards for emissions are set 50 times below the level needed for safety. Potential radiation from the tower at the church is 0.4 percent of the federal standard, he said. WHITTIER – An East Whittier school board member Wednesday praised a Whittier City Council decision to ask a telecommunications company to look for another site for a cell tower. The Whittier City Council voted 3-2 late Tuesday to continue until Aug. 14 consideration of a cell tower on a church property about 150 feet away from East Whittier Middle School. The council directed a representative for T-Mobile to look at two other nearby locations that wouldn’t be near the school. “We’re pleased they’ll look for other sites,” said Christine Sullivan, a board member for the East Whittier City School District. Bushberg said the radiation coming from the cell towers is no different than from television frequencies. “The frequencies on the cell sites are simply just a reallocation of the UHF TV bands,” he said. “People have been exposed to these same waves for many years.” Sullivan didn’t buy Bushberg’s explanation. “We may not know for years down the road how (the radiation) can affect our children,” she said. Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer and council members Joe Vinatieri and Cathy Warner voted for the delay. Councilmen Bob Henderson and Greg Nordbak voted no. “There are concerns of neighbors,” Vinatieri said. “I would like to ask the applicant to have a look at the Cingular site and also check to see if another site might work.” Vinatieri was referring to a nearby cell tower owned by Cingular that is located at a medical building across the street. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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

76 mostly ill cats found in apartment

first_imgLONG BEACH – Authorities were forced to euthanize dozens of sickly cats found in a cockroach-infested apartment shared by an elderly woman and her adult daughter, officials said. Police found 76 unhealthy cats – and four dead ones – in the women’s apartment when they arrived to mediate a dispute with a downstairs neighbor, Officer Jackie Bezart said Tuesday. All but two of the cats had to be euthanized, city animal services manager Wesley Moore said. “I’m really sad, you know,” apartment building manager Susan Pare said. “I feel bad for them and all of those critters.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Neighbor Mary Cuevas told KCAL-TV (Channel 9) she called exterminators after hundreds of cockroaches swarmed from the women’s apartment into her own unit. “I was at my wits’ end about this, so I yelled out my window that they were filthy pigs,” she said. “And so they called the police and said I was harassing them.” Lt. Michelle Quigley of the city’s animal control department said responding officers found “bags and bags of just trash and defecation, urine, insects, floor-to-ceiling.” City animal-control personnel were called to remove the cats from the apartment, Bezart said. The women – whose names were not released – were being held for psychiatric evaluation, she said.last_img read more

Inter Milan move ahead of Manchester United in race for Atletico Madrid star

first_imgInter Milan have moved ahead of Manchester United in the hunt for Atletico Madrid defender Miranda after reportedly agreeing terms with the player.The Brazilian is expected to be leave Spain this summer after four years in La Liga with Atletico.Manchester United are on the lookout for defensive recruitments this summer and have been linked with a move for the 30-year-old.But they have now fallen behind Inter as the race for the centre-back intensifies.According to Sport Mediaset, the Italian club have agreed personal terms with the player and are now working on a transfer fee.Miranda is said to have accepted a three-year deal worth £1.8m-a-year and Inter are now expected to cough up £18m to complete the transfer. 1 Joao Miranda in action for Atletico Madrid last_img

Tottenham Hotspur FC team news: Predicted XI to face West Bromwich Albion

first_img 11 3. Danny Rose (left wing-back) 11 11 11 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) 15. Eric Dier (cente-back) 11 10. Harry Kane (centre forward) 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Tottenham XI to face West Brom, in squad number order… 2. Kyle Walker (right wing-back) 20. Dele Alli (inside left) 11 Having beaten Chelsea in the Premier League and moved up to third in the table, Tottenham Hotspur now face West Bromwich Albion.It promises to be a tough test, given the Baggies are no pushovers and haven’t been beaten by Spurs in their last three games.In fact, the Lilywhites haven’t won a White Hart Lane encounter with West Brom since January 2012.This time, manager Mauricio Pochettino has an almost complete squad to choose from, although Erik Lamela remains absent.So who will the Argentine boss pick for the Premier League clash? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Tottenham XI to face West Brom, in squad number order… 19. Mousa Dembele (central midfield) 11 11 11 11 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre-back) 12. Victor Wanyama (central midfield) 11 23. Christian Eriksen (inside right)last_img read more

Sam Allardyce praises decision to let Harry Kane sit out England friendlies

first_img1 Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane Sam Allardyce has praised the decision to allow Tottenham striker Harry Kane to sit out England’s upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.The Spurs star is one of six players to pull out of the squad for the Wembley double-header, with Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling among those also absent through injury.READ MORE: ‘I find it bizarre’ – Former England captain baffled after six players pull out of squad to face Germany and BrazilKane withdrew on Monday after he picked up a knock during Spurs’ win over Crystal Palace, but questions were asked about the severity of his injury when Mauricio Pochettino revealed the frontman will be fit for next weekend’s north London derby against Arsenal.Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has dismissed any talks of a club v country row and insists all the absent players have a genuine reason not to play in the glamour ties.And, having played 18 games in the three months since the new season began, Allardyce says the England and Tottenham talisman deserves the time to recuperate.“He could do with the rest,” the former England manager told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It will be good for him, it will, honestly. It’ll be good for England in the future and it’ll be good for Tottenham.“It’s a friendly at the end of the day and there has to be some give and take.“It’s not being soft [from Southgate for allowing the players to withdraw], it’s a negotiation. As England manager you are negotiating with the Premier League managers all the time to try and have a reasonable relationship and to get the players you need.“Sometimes you might have a manager saying to you, ‘oh he’s got a knock and he can’t make it’…he says to the player, ‘you really could do with missing this and staying with us and making sure you’re 100 per cent when we play again’.“Harry Kane’s situation is that he’s the main striker for Tottenham and there’s not a lot of back-up and he’s going to play a huge amount of games.“So it’s a really difficult position as England manager to try and keep these relationships ok because if they go sour they make things more difficult.“I don’t know what the situation was, whether they’ve just taken it as read just from the medical report from Tottenham.“If the medical report says he is unfit to play at this stage in just a few days’ time, then he could be fit for the game Tottenham game when the international break is finished.“So it could be purely legitimate that it this moment in time he’s not fit enough to play.”last_img read more

Archibald: Jags can enjoy Christmas after jump up table

first_img“We played Hamilton earlier in the season and it was a very similar game as well, a game of few chances and a close draw. “I’m delighted to get the clean sheet for the lads who have taken a bit of a battering lately.” The three points were welcome for Thistle, who made it back-to-back home wins following a 3-2 triumph over Motherwell last week, but they could have been out of sight in the first half after Blair Spittall fired wide from inside the area with the fans already celebrating in anticipation. Archibald said: “I was delighted with the reaction to the last couple of defeats and we deserved the lead, we looked a threat. Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald hailed an improved defensive performance after seeing his side climb off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership. Niall Keown’s first-half volley was enough to claim three vital points from a scrappy 1-0 win over Hamilton at Firhill that sees the Jags rise above Ross County in the table. It was particularly satisfying for Archibald after watching his team leak goals of late, conceding 12 in their previous four matches including a 3-0 defeat to relegation rivals Dundee last week that included two errors from skipper Daniel Devine. “I was delighted to get the clean sheet and to see the game out,” the Jags boss said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be pretty, it was that type of game. “I thought Blair should have made it two when he had a good chance, and at 1-0 it’s always going to be in the balance and Hamilton always have chances in a game.” He added: “It’s good psychologically for the players. They can enjoy their Christmas a little bit and it gets us off the bottom of the table ahead of two big games coming up with Aberdeen and then (Ross) County back here.”last_img read more