Economic returns of forestry sector disappointing – Clive Thomas

first_imgDeclaring that Guyana has had paltry economic returns for its forestry sector, Professor Clive Thomas hasDr Clive Thomasstated that he has been disappointed with this outcome, since deforestation was no longer an imminent issue.“Whether it was a boon for Guyana or a regrettable loss as I had represented it, for a country of its size, vulnerability, and poverty, which was also exceptionally well endowed with forest resources, to be seemingly boastful of its historically comparative low deforestation rate. Instead of lamenting the underperformance of the forest sector, analysts represent this as a boon,” he stated in his weekly column in the Stabroek News.He pointed out that according to the National Development Strategy the forest sector averaged two per cent of GDP for the years 1988-1993, that figure rose to eight per cent in 1999 – the highest ever in the country’s history. But this figure has for the last decade has been on a decline by about one quarter.Recently, President David Granger announced that the Government has pledged to put two million hectares of forest under conservation. He explained that the allocation of more land to the protected area system would ensure that these natural resources were used sustainably and preserved for future generations, and was part and parcel of the plan to promote a green economy.However, this move has gained criticism from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who insisted that with a deforestation rate that low, there really was no need to convert more of the country’s forest which could otherwise be utilised in an environmentally friendly way to boost production and ultimately generate revenue for the country and its people.He explained that Guyana’s deforestation rate has remained one of the lowest in the world, around 0.065 per cent, contending that the commitment was silly also, because even developed countries were not making these pledges.Arguing that modern-day forestry has experienced ground-breaking transformations, Thomas stated that Guyana has been able to access the innovations through technical assistance, whether it was from the Paris Agreement and the inter-governmental bodies, or agencies like the World Bank and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).He deduced that the country has reached a stage of forest development theory and practice, “where the permanent and forever loss of national and global forests are, by no means, as imminent as it was once thought to be, back in the 1970s”.So, he opined that Guyana’s leadership should take a “hard-nosed approach” towards placing all of the country’s natural resources in the constant service of fighting to remove the scourges of poverty, destitution, avoidable illnesses, ignorance, as well as a dearth of sufficient basic services and social safety-net provisions that plagued the country.Thomas added that a second related development necessity was incorporating the best science, technology, techniques, and innovation, whether from within the country or through technology transfers from abroad.last_img read more

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Investigative team visited site 6 days after report made – Ward

first_imgLindo Creek CoIGuyana Defence Force (GDF) Lieutenant Colonel Fitzroy Ward testified that the Joint Services team tasked with capturing Rondell “Fine Man” Rawlins in 2008 received information about the June 2008 Lindo Creek Massacre some six days before the crime scene team visited the site.GDF Lieutenant Colonel Fitzroy WardWard, who was at the time in charge of the Joint Services Taskforce stationed at Kwakwani, took to the stand before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek killings and testified that following the capturing of gang member Dwane Williams on June 16, 2008, information on the killings was related.Ward said a statement was taken from Williams at the Ituni Police Station in the presence of ranks, whose names he cannot remember.The retired rank testified that following the provision of that information, some time later, he visited the Lindo Creek area where he was exposed to the first mining camp, but did not seek any evidence to corroborate the story as told by Williams. He said because of time constraints, the team could not venture further up to the crime scene. He further related that the information was passed onto the Joint Services Coordinating Council on June 19, and a team of Police investigators would have made the discovery between June 21 and June 22, 2008.He added that Williams would have given a detailed account of how the men were murdered. He recalled specifically that Williams had told him that “Fine Man” took a hammer and hit one of the miners in the head; one of the skulls recovered had a “hole” that was consistent with that injury.Ward told the Commission that when the investigative team came out of Lindo Creek, they brought the remains of the eight miners wrapped in a blue tarpaulin stuffed into a “blue drum”. It was when they took out the remains Ward was able to corroborate Williams’ statement. The Lieutenant Colonel said while being in charge of the operation he would have also been taking photos for the Army and presented a number of those to the CoI. When pressed, he said he never took any photos of the remains nor of the impact site at Goat Farm, where two accomplices of “Fine Man” were killed during a shootout with the Joint Services ranks.However, Detective Sergeant Rodwell Sarrabo testified that on June 16, he took Williams into custody at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Eve Leary where he was interviewed in relation to the Lusignan and Bartica Massacres. He told the CoI that Williams never made mention of the Lindo Creek killings until July 4, 2008 after he was charged with murder.Those charges have since been dropped and Williams is in protective custody since he is the State’s key witness in a number of cases against his former gang mates.Williams was 15 at the time of the incident, which means he was a minor and the Police took his statement and questioned him in the absence of his parent or legal guardian. When asked about this, Sarrabo said that he waived the right to have his parent/guardian present and the Police accepted that and went about doing their work.Sarrabo will continue his testimony today when the public hearings conclude.Some time between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry, and Nigel Torres were shot dead and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.last_img read more

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Community events for the weekend of Dec. 4

first_img Sunday, Dec 5, 2010 01.00 PM Santa Shuffle Run/Walk FundraiserNorthern Lights College Fundraiser , Sports & Fitness Friday, Dec 3, 2010 – Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 Montney Christmas BazaarMontney Hall Market Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 07.00 PM New Singer/Songwriters GroupPatch Java Music Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 – Monday, Dec 13, 2010 Best Decked Contest– Community Below is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John Friday, Dec 3, 2010 – Saturday, Dec 11, 2010 07.00 PM NPSS Presents “Into the Woods”North Peace Cultural Centre Theatre & Performances Friday, Dec 3, 2010 – Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 02.00 PM – 08.00 PM 13th Annual Community Nativity Display & ConcertThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Art & Culture , Celebration , Children & Family Friday, Dec 3, 2010 07.00 PM Johnny Stone Live at JD’sJD Fitzgerald’s Pub Music Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 10.00 AM – 02.00 PM Uptown Holiday Artisan MarketUptown Grill Market Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 05.30 PM 2010 Big Buck Night Dinner & AwardsRod & Gun Club Celebration center_img Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 09.00 AM – 04.00 PM Farmer’s MarketNorth Peace Arena Market Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 10.00 AM – 11.00 AM Daddy & Me Learn about Martial ArtsRed Dragon Taekwondo Children & Family Monday, Oct 25, 2010 – Monday, Dec 6, 2010 05.00 PM 5th Annual Gingerbread ContestVisitor Centre Food , Community Sunday, Dec 5, 2010 10.00 AM Huskies “Fill the Bus”– Fundraiser , Sports & Fitness Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 – Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010 Oil Painters of the Peace Viewing and Voting At Tim ‘N Tyc’sTim’n’Tycs Restaurant Celebration Sunday, Dec 5, 2010 01.00 PM – 04.00 PM Santa’s WorkshopNorth Peace Cultural Centre Children & Family , Celebration – Advertisement –last_img read more

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BELIEVE! DONEGAL FANS CAN ROAR JIM’S BOYS TO VICTORY

first_imgBelieve….UP TO 30,000 Donegal fans are on the road to Croke Park today – hoping and praying that Jim McGuinness can inspire his men to become All-Ireland heroes again.Tyrone lie in wait for the victors of today’s quarter-final clash with Mayo.Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists have been boasting all week about how they are going to get revenge today. Even the bookies believe them – installing Mayo as hot favourites to progress.The Brown family from Creeslough pile in to Croke Park for the big game!But Donegal fans in Croke Park can give us the edge.“The players were inspired,” said Jim McGuinness last year after experiencing the Donegal Croke Park roar in the quarter-final victory.“It was incredible out there. The fans were incredible,” he said after the victory over Kerry. The Duffy family from Fahan are all decked out for the big game today!So get behind Jim, Rory and the team today at Croke Park. Stay with them all the way to the end.And roar Donegal into another All-Ireland semi-final.Most of all….believe!The McGowan family from Killygordon may live in Meath but they are still true to their county! The Douglas family from Moville made the long journey to Croker today! BELIEVE! DONEGAL FANS CAN ROAR JIM’S BOYS TO VICTORY was last modified: August 4th, 2013 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:donegalJim McGuinnessMark McHughMayolast_img read more

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ANGER AS LETTERKENNY EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT STRUGGLES TO COPE AGAIN

first_imgAnger has been expressed again after the Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital issued a statement asking the public to avoid attending the emergency department this evening. Under-staffing is among the reasons being blamed by hospital insiders.The hospital statement read: “The Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital is extremely busy today with above average numbers of very ill patients requiring admission to the hospital. “The public are asked to avoid attending the Emergency Department today if at all possible for emergencies, and to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance is possible.“The hospital is taking all steps to deal with the situation”One insider said however: “We simply can’t cope, everybody is trying their very best to treat all patients, and attend to their needs, but due to a lack of resources we can’t cope.“We’re completely understaffed, but when it gets so busy, we try our best, but with a complete lack of resources available, it has become practically impossible to do so. “People are angry, and they’re entitled to be so, but we simply can’t cope.” ANGER AS LETTERKENNY EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT STRUGGLES TO COPE AGAIN was last modified: May 29th, 2014 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:closedemergency departmenthealthHome-page Newshospitallast_img read more

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PUBLIC TO GET THEIR SAY ON DONEGAL WIND FARMS AMID BID TO PROTECT GLENVEAGH

first_imgTHE Donegal public is to finally get its say on how wind farms should be developed in the county.There are fears of the future visual impact of turbines close to Glenveagh National Park.Donegal County Council has today agreed to put new proposals out to public consultation. The move has been welcomed by those opposed to turbines close to homes.There’s a proposal to make the set back distance 10 times the tip height of the turbine; that the pearl mussel designated areas are dezoned – and the zone of visual influence from Glenveagh National Park be defined more clearly.The move is being seen as the beginning of the amendment of the current county developnent plan.Cllr Jack Murray has welcomed the move. “This should have been agreed in November however it is a welcome development, this allows the people of the county to finally have their say on future wind farm developments in the county,” said the Sinn Fein councillor. PUBLIC TO GET THEIR SAY ON DONEGAL WIND FARMS AMID BID TO PROTECT GLENVEAGH was last modified: January 27th, 2014 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:Donegal County CouncilJack MurraySinn Feinwind farmlast_img read more

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Richards hired as OFBF organization director

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kayla Richards of Bowling Green has joined Ohio Farm Bureau Federation as organization director for Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood counties.In her position, Richards will serve as a liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and Ohio Farm Bureau. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.Previously, Richards worked for PrimeTIME Agrimarketing Network in Perrysburg, and SmartAuctions, serving as web and print manager and auction administrator. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences. She and her husband, Levi, live in Bowling Green where they raise cattle with their three young children. She serves as a mentor for local 4-H and youth groups and is a member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. Its mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.last_img read more

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What I Am Writing Now

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now I am writing my third book now. This book is about competitive displacements, which is to say, how you take clients away from your competitors (knowing full well that they are trying to take your clients from you). Having spent three hours yesterday writing caused me to reflect on my goals as it pertains to writing books.The first book I wrote, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, is a competency model for salespeople to understand who you have to be and what you have to do to succeed in sales. When I surveyed the landscape of sales books, there was not a book that addressed the Attributes and Skills necessary to succeed in sales now. The novelty in this book is not that any of the attributes or skills are unknown, but that no one had yet written a book on what they are and how to develop them.My second book, The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, is a book on closing. Neil Rackham identified that successful salespeople asked their prospective clients to commit to taking the next step in large, strategic, high visibility, high investment deals. In 1998, he called these commitments an “advance.” No one had ever identified what all those commitments are or how you go about asking for them. The novelty in The Lost Art is that it is a book on gaining all the commitments, not just the final ask (which, as it turns out, is simple or difficult, depending on how you did gaining the ones before it).The novelty in the third book is that, as much as there has been written about sales, there is nothing to speak to how to take clients from your competitors, even though that is what many of us have to do to grow our businesses.Each of these first three books are really one big book. The central premise in all of them together is that it very much matters who you are when it comes to sales. I started with The Only Sales Guide (TOSG), because unless and until you work on what is in that book, what comes after it will be difficult to execute. I followed that with The Lost Art of Closing (TLAC) because, without the ability to have the conversations that allow you to gain the commitments that move deals forward, it will not be easy for you to help your dream clients make change.Book Three (ETL) covers what is necessary to create new opportunities in white space, displacing your competitors (and protecting your turf at the same time). Execution here depends on what is learned in the prior two books.I have a list of books I am writing, and I have a plan that I am more or less following. The book for sales managers is largely written, and it explains how to create a culture of accountability (something that should not be novel, but is very much so now). The book for leaders is outlined, and it borrows ideas from domains outside of sales, and outside of anything one learns in business school. The book on productivity, or how to do meaningful work is sketched out in a note, but that one will write itself. I also have an outline for success principles, another book that I will write, eventually.The Lost Art of Closing is now available on Audible in the United States. If you are outside the US, the book is unavailable. I am not sure how the international rights work, but I am looking into it.If you buy these books, be sure you contact me here so I can send you the workbooks and other bonuses. If you buy in bulk for your team, reach out so I can do something to help you execute what it is in the books.last_img read more

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Hardik meets Tejashwi in Patna, snubs CM Nitish

first_imgGujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Saturday met Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav in Patna and decided to snub Nitish Kumar, saying there was no point in meeting the Chief Minister. The two had met on Mr. Patel’s previous trip to Patna in December 2016.The Patidar leader also appealed to his members of his caste to unite so that they can reap political and social benefit in “proportion to their population”.“Nitish Kumar and I were treading on the same path but he later changed track and joined hands with the BJP. There is no point meeting him now,” Mr. Patel said while addressing a programme, ‘Patel Jagrukta Sammelan’, at the S.K. Memorial hall in Patna.Addressing the gathering, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader appealed to Kurmis, Kushwahas, Dhanuks to unite and make their political and social presence felt in the country, introducing himself with “my name is Kurmi, Kushwaha, Dhanuk Hardik Patel”. “Like in Bihar, Patels are also divided in Gujarat but their unity showed there strength to the world,” Mr. Patel said. “If we get united, no one would be able to face us. We need to sink our differences and come on a common platform otherwise others will rule over us,” he said while exhorting the three castes that together constitute 12% of the population in Bihar.Bigger rallyTargeting the Bihar Chief Minister obliquely, Mr. Patel said that he knew a rally was organised at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan in 1994 (referring to Mr. Kumar’s ‘Kurmi Chetna’ rally, which established him as a leader of note) and promised to organise a bigger rally than that in two years. “Several people became leaders and Ministers after that rally but the people belonging to the community remained where they were,” he added.last_img read more

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India Targets Double Digit Growth

first_imgIndia expects to register a 8.5 percent growth in the current 2010-2011 year and is aiming to touch double digits in 2010, according to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The country officially anticipates a growth rate of 9 percent in 2011-2012, but Mukherjee told a Washington, D.C. audience, “My target is to make it a year of double digit growth.”“Confidence in the Indian economy and its potential is well recognized and our private sector is very vibrant and dynamic.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

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