Fourth Graders, Get Your Pass to Sandy Hook

first_imgBy Liz SheehanFourth graders are invited by the National Park Service to get outside and discover the nation’s most treasured places by obtaining a free annual pass to more than 2,000 federal recreational areas and national parks this summer.Locally, Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook does not charge an entry fee, so NPS will offer free parking through Labor Day, according to Gateway National Recreation Area spokeswoman Daphne Yun. (In all other parks, the free passes expire Aug. 31.) A season car pass to Sandy Hook is valued at $75.The offer is part of the White House’s “Every Kid in a Park” program, marking the centennial of the National Park Service. Kids are directed to visit EveryKidInaPark.gov to complete an activity to earn free entry for their families to national parks and other public lands and waters across the country. The fourth graders can obtain the passes up to Aug. 31, said Yun.Passes must be printed on paper (you can’t flash your smartphone) and are non-transferable. Additional rules for are posted on the website. Current third graders can get their fourth-grade passes in September, 2016.The program’s goal is “to connect fourth graders with the great outdoors and inspire them to become future environmental stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks and other public lands for years to come,” according to the National Park Service.  The mission is to help everyone to “find your park.”According to the website, the nationwide program was initiated by President Obama and is supported by the NPS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Education, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.last_img read more

SFA’s Aiyana Johnson Named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Aiyana Johnson is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.The sophomore forward was extremely efficient last week, shooting 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the field in the Ladyjacks’ (8-2, 2-0 SLC) two conference-opening victories. Johnson opened up with 20 points and 13 boards against Houston Baptist on Wednesday for her third double-double performance of the season. The sophomore then logged 14 points and eight rebounds against McNeese to close out the week and extend SFA’s win streak to six games.The award marks the first of Johnson’s career.Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Aiyana Johnson, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Forward – Lee’s Summit, Mo.Johnson averaged a double-double in a pair of conference victories last week, going for 17 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Ladyjacks. She began her week on the road with 20 points and 13 rebounds against HBU for her third double-double performance this season. Johnson then the added 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists at home against McNeese on Saturday to keep SFA unbeaten in Southland Conference action.Honorable Mention: Amber Leggett, Sam Houston State; Caitlyn Williams, Southeastern Louisiana; Emma Young, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Land titling for indigenous communities leads to forest protection, peer-reviewed study finds

first_imgAmazon Conservation, Amazon People, Amazon Rainforest, Biodiversity, Carbon Conservation, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Forests, Climate Change Policy, Deforestation, Environment, Forest Carbon, Forests, Global Warming, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Land Rights, Rainforests, Research, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests Article published by Mike Gaworecki Deforestation is responsible for as much as 10 percent of total global carbon emissions, which means that finding effective means of keeping forests standing is crucial to global efforts to halt climate change.Previous studies have found that securing indigenous land rights is a successful path to keeping forests and the carbon sinks they represent intact, but the full effects of land titling for indigenous communities are still unclear.Now the authors of a peer-reviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last week say they found that forest clearance is actually reduced by more than three-quarters and forest disturbance by roughly two-thirds over the two-year timespan immediately following the granting of land title to an indigenous community. New research provides yet more evidence that granting indigenous and other local communities formal title to their traditional lands can be a boon to efforts to conserve forests.Deforestation is responsible for as much as 10 percent of total global carbon emissions, which means that finding effective means of keeping forests standing is crucial to global efforts to halt climate change.Previous studies have found that securing indigenous land rights is a successful path to keeping forests and the carbon sinks they represent intact. A 2016 analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI) focused on Bolivia, Brazil, and Colombia, for instance, determined that tenure-secure indigenous forestlands could help avoid the release of carbon emissions equivalent to taking nine to 12 million passenger vehicles off the road over the next 20 years.According to another report released last year as part of a collaborative research project by the Woods Hole Research Center, the Rights and Resources Initiative, and WRI, there is a lot of carbon stored on indigenous lands, making increased land titling a significant opportunity for climate mitigation. But the research found that, while indigenous peoples and other local forest communities manage at least 24 percent of the carbon stored above-ground in Earth’s tropical forests, or some 54,546 million metric tons of carbon (MtC), more than 22,000 MtC of that is at risk of deforestation or degradation because it is found in regions where the local communities do not enjoy formal recognition of their claim to the land.A more recent study not only found that well-trained indigenous technicians are every bit as capable of collecting the necessary data to monitor forest carbon stocks as professionals, but that in some cases, at least, they can do it quicker and cheaper than the professionals.The efficacy of land titling as a forest protection measure are less clear, however. But now the authors of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) last week say they found that forest clearance is actually reduced by more than three-quarters and forest disturbance by roughly two-thirds over the two-year time span immediately following the granting of land title to an indigenous community.Rainbow over the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by Rhett Butler.A team of researchers with Washington, D.C.-based research institution Resources for the Future, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Carnegie Institution for Science used high-resolution satellite images to examine the 11 million hectares (over 27 million acres) of forest that have been titled to more than 1,200 indigenous communities in Peru since the mid-1970s. They say their findings, which focused on the effect titling had on forest clearing and disturbance in the Peruvian Amazon between 2002 and 2005, suggest that the increasing trend towards decentralized forest governance via granting indigenous groups and other local communities formal legal title to their lands could play a key role in global efforts to slow both tropical forest destruction, which the researchers note is responsible for about the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the transportation sector, and climate change.“Granting indigenous and other local communities formal title to the forests that have traditionally sustained them is probably the most important trend in tropical forest policy over the past 30 years,” Dr. Allen Blackman, a researcher with Resources for the Future and the study’s lead author, said in a statement. “These local communities now manage almost a third of all forests in developing countries, over twice the share currently found in government-run protected areas. Yet we know very little about titling’s effects on forest cover.”Blackman and his co-authors say that theirs is the first peer-reviewed research to look at how granting land title to indigenous communities impacts forest cover. And the study clearly shows that, in Peru, the overall effect of titling is the protection of forests, according to Blackman. “That implies that titling could be an effective forest conservation and climate strategy in other tropical countries, although additional research is needed to test that hypothesis.”The Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) found that nearly 4.5 million acres (1.8 million hectares) of Peruvian Amazon forest was cleared between 2001 and 2015, “with a steadily increasing trend.” The major drivers of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon, MAAP said, are conversion to agriculture, conversion to cattle pasture, gold mining, illegal coca cultivation, and roads.The authors of the PNAS study hypothesize that granting land title to indigenous communities reduces deforestation and forest degradation “by ratcheting up formal and informal regulatory pressure.” But, due to the limited nature of the available data, they were unable to project the effects on forests beyond a two-year timespan.“Future research can build on this study in at least two ways,” they write. “Field research combining qualitative and quantitative survey-based methods is needed both to identify the causal mechanisms driving the effects of titling on forest cover change that we have described and to understand better how these effects are moderated by community characteristics. In addition, remote sensing studies like ours can be applied to other countries, and over longer time periods, to monitor and quantify the effects of community land titles on forest governance and conservation.”While the researchers point to the need for more study into the impacts of titling as a forest conservation strategy, they write that their results “strongly support the notion that awarding land title to indigenous and/or local communities can, at least in the short term, help protect forests. The cascading effects include biodiversity protection, carbon sequestration, water resource provisioning, and a host of other ecosystem services considered vital at local to global ecological scales.”Stink birds in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by Rhett Butler.CITATIONSBlackman, A., Corral, L., Lima, E. S., & Asner, G. P. (2017). Titling indigenous communities protects forests in the Peruvian Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201603290. doi:10.1073/pnas.1603290114Mateo-Vega, J., Potvin, C., Monteza, J., Bacorizo, J., Barrigón, J., Barrigón, R., López, N., Omi, L., Opua, M., Serrano, J., Cushman, K. C., & Meyer, C. (2017). Full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in forest monitoring for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+): trial in Panama’s Darién. Ecosphere, 8(2). doi:10.1002/ecs2.1635Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Demand for elephant skin driving up poaching in Myanmar (warning: graphic images)

first_imgElephant hide is reportedly being used for traditional medicine or is being turned into jewellery.With an increase in demand for elephant skin and teeth, elephant mothers and calves are also being killed.WWF has launched a #SaveTheirSkins campaign to help put a stop to elephant poaching. A new elephant poaching “crisis” is emerging in Myanmar, WWF announced yesterday.In addition to targeting wild elephants for their tusks, poachers are now killing elephants for their skin. The hide is reportedly being used for traditional medicine or is being turned into jewellery.Since 2013, more than 100 elephants have been killed for their skin, WWF said. In the first few months of this year alone poachers have killed at least 20 elephants, surpassing the yearly average elephant poaching rate for Myanmar. Each animal, killed with poisoned darts, was skinned or close to being skinned, Rohit Singh, Global Wildlife Law Enforcement Specialist at WWF, told Mongabay.“Elephant skins have been in the market for the past few years, but we recently noticed a sudden increase in demand,” Singh said. “While reasons behind this surge in demand remain unknown, we are seeing this reflected in the numbers of wild elephants found killed and skinned.”Elephants are increasingly being killed for their skin in Myanmar. Photo by Aung Myo Chit.Fewer than 2,000 wild elephants are estimated to survive in the country now. And this recent elephant skin fad could cause their populations to collapse, conservationists warn.Ivory poaching in Asian countries typically targets tusked male elephants since females usually lack tusks. In Myanmar, this has resulted in a skewed sex ratio of the wild elephant populations. But now, with an increase in demand for elephant skin and teeth, mothers and calves are also being killed.“This additional pressure on young ones and breeding females will have serious amplifications on the future survival of this species in Myanmar,” Singh said. “This is why it is so important to put a stop to this crisis now, before Myanmar’s wild elephant populations become biologically unviable.”Elephant skin on sale at Golden Rock market in Myanmar. Photo by anonymous.The recent surge in poaching for elephant skin is being exacerbated by weak law enforcement. For example, when AFP reporters visited Golden Rock, a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar, they found several shops openly selling slices of elephant skin for just a few dollars per square inch of skin.Shutting down these markets, and increasing protection for the elephants is key to combatting the illegal wildlife trade, WWF said.“We urgently need to deploy ranger squads into key priority areas where the elephants are being poached from – Bago Yoma and Ayeyarwady Delta,” Singh said. “These ranger squads will be well-trained and equipped to defend the remaining elephants. In the mid- to long-term, more can be done to put a stop to illegal trade of wildlife in Myanmar and the region. In Myanmar, we want to work with the government to close down the key markets where illegal wildlife products are sold.”To help put a stop to elephant poaching, WWF has launched a #SaveTheirSkins campaign.“We are witnessing the perfect storm for wild elephants in Myanmar,” Christy Williams, Country Director of WWF-Myanmar, said in a statement. “We urge people and governments across this region to come together to support increased protection for the last remaining wild Asian elephants in Myanmar and beyond.”Elephants in Myanmar. Photo by Christy Williams.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Law, Forests, Mammals, Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img read more

A Thousand Stars wins Oaks

first_imgThe improving A THOUSAND STARS responded to a brilliant ride from jockey Robert Halledeen to turn the tables on her recent 1000 Guineas conqueror NUCLEAR AFFAIR to win the 77th running of the Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks over 2000 metres in a driving finish at Caymanas Park yesterday.Installed a 9-2 second favourite in a field of 10 native- bred three-year-old fillies, A THOUSAND STARS staged a tremendous rally on the outside after giving way to the howling 1-9 favourite NUCLEAR AFFAIR with champion jockey Shane Ellis, from early in the straight, getting up within shades of the wire to beat her by a neck.Both raced in touch from the half mile with A THOUSAND STARS from the stables of 15-champion Wayne DaCosta getting first run 600 metres out. But NUCLEAR AFFAIR was sent in serious chase and mounted her challenge on the outside at the final bend to set the stage for a straight fight between the two top contenders. And although NUCLEAR AFFAIR galloped past the furlong pole with a slim lead, she looked to be labouring and was cut down by the renewed challenge of A THOUSAND STARS (switched from rails) in the pedestrian time of 2:12.0.first Oaks winGLYDER, who was outpaced towards the rear for most of the way, finished strongly, another 13/4 lengths away, third at odds of 55-1, while SORRENTINO’S STAR, at 5-1, was fourth.Halledeen was over the moon in notching his first Oaks win against the odds.”I’m the classic jockey on the premises now”, he said, recalling his victory aboard FUTURE KING in the recent Post to Post 2000 Guineas and his Boxing Day win aboard the DaCosta-trained colt in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes over a mile.DaCosta said: “She is at a stage of rapid improvement and, despite losing to Nuclear Affair, I thought she would make it close going two turns… Nuclear Affair just never ran her race today and that’s how it goes sometimes, but I give Halledeen full marks for a brilliant ride,” added DaCosta, who, on the previous Saturday, became the winningest trainer in Jamaica with 1,951 wins, surpassing Phillip Feanny.A dark bay filly by Storm Craft out of Heart of Gold, A THOUSAND STARS is owned and bred by the trainer’s wife, Elizabeth. This was the filly’s second win from seven starts with stakes of just over $3 million.DaCosta had a second winner on the card in event’s favourite LOTTERY TICKET in division two of the Ricochet Cup. Also saddling two winners was Neive Graham, both horses, PROLIFIC PRINCESS and ITALIANO, for popular owners O’Shaun Connection. But jockey Omar Walker was the day’s top performer with three winners in PACIFIC PRINCESS, ITALIANO and LOTTERY TICKET.last_img read more

WICB confirms sacking Simmons

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Phil Simmons’ rocky tenure as head coach of the West Indies cricket team came to a premature end yesterday afternoon after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that they it had terminated his contract.A brief statement released by the WICB confirmed the sacking and ended days of speculation in the regional media, which preceded last weekend’s quarterly board of directors’ meeting in Dominica.The statement said Simmons sacking takes immediate effect and that the decision was taken by the WICB on Saturday.”Effective immediately, the WICB today announced it has separated from the head coach Phil Simmons,” the statement said.”In a meeting of the board of dir-ectors, on Saturday, September 10, this decision was taken.”WICB president, Dave Cameron, consistently dodged reporters’ questions about the impending dismissal in the days leading up to the board meeting in Roseau.Simmons was appointed head coach 18 months ago, after last year’s World Cup, following a spell with Ireland.DIFFERENCES IN CULTUREHowever, the former West Indies all-rounder has had a troubled relationship with his employers, emphasised by his suspension six months later for his controversial comments about team selection.”In recent times, based on the public pronouncements of the coach and the approach internally, we have identified differences in culture and strategic approach,” said the WICB statement, released at 4.30 p.m. Eastern Caribbean time.”The WICB would therefore like to thank the coach for his contribution and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.”No replacement has been named for Simmons as the team gets ready to leave in a matter of days for its next international assignment against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The WICB said that the team, which will play T20 Internationals, one-day internationals and Test matches, starting September 23, against Pakistan, will be headed by the Barbadian trio of manager Joel Garner and coaches Henderson Springer and Roddy Estwick.Some reports had said that the WICB was interested in hiring Jimmy Adams, the former Test middle-order batsman now coaching English county Kent. But he is reportedly not interested.Another report said that current director of cricket, Richard Pybus, may take up the role in the short term.last_img read more

Bolt plans ‘Bigger, better’ Christmas treat for Sherwood Content

first_imgSprinting superstar Usain Bolt will be spending Boxing Day with members of his hometown community, Sherwood Content in Trelawny, with this year’s annual Christmas treat, adding the screening of his I Am Bolt movie.The showing of the critically acclaimed documentary will be one of several features at this year’s treat, which is expected will cater to at least 600 children.The nine-time Olympic champion’s Christmas treat will take place at the sprinter’s old school – Waldensia Primary, with popular disc jock ZJ Sparks expected to make an appearance, while, prize giveaways, face painting, mechanical bull and several other fun rides are also to be offered.Bolt said he is again looking forward to the opportunity to give back to his community and is particularly happy about the chance to watch his documentary with the youngsters from the area.”Giving back to my community is very important to me. Every year I try to make the experience bigger and better for the children,” Bolt said.”Thankfully, this year, I am also able to show my movie to top off a fun-filled day for all the children,” added Bolt.Bolt, who is expected to retire from competitive athletics at the end of next season, has staged the treat in his community every year since his rise to prominence.last_img read more

Boakai Wants consolidated Efforts for Disasters Fight

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has told the High Level Disaster Preparedness and Response Meeting that it is only through a well-formulated response strategy—both in terms of available resources and as a result of the training required–that this nation might prevail against disaster.The Liberian Vice President said that bitter experiences have taught us that irregular or knee-jerk responses to situations of disastrous proportions, usually leave us with casualties that should not have been, had we been better coordinated.Vice President Boakai made these remarks on Tuesday when he formally opened a Government High Level Disaster Response Meeting that convened at a local hotel to consider guidance for the future organizational structure of disaster management in the Country.He identified mechanisms to coordinate activities between government ministries and agencies and other stakeholders in the event of a disaster. The Vice President also identified requirements which need further research and action to improve the ability of the Liberian Government to effectively manage disasters and to recognize actions needed for Liberia to comply with Ecowas’ mandate.Hon. Boakai pointed out that no matter how many volunteers or resources one may be able to command from the outside in the event of a disaster, disaster preparation must begin with the host, saying “The better prepared you are, the better you can effectively guide the efforts of those who come to assist.”Speaking further, Vice President Boakai cautioned the meeting that the purpose of the forum was to examine the Liberian Government’s disaster management plans, policies and procedures, and assess their adequacy to respond to a major local, regional or global disaster event. He told the meeting to take into account the low-level of Liberia’s preparedness and noted that we can do far better and we should.VP Boakai furthered that “Government remains focused,  and there is a political will; with our eyes set on the course—even in the face of scarcity of needed resources and technical knowledge—we will explore the most efficient measures of preparation. Disaster does not discriminate and does not choose its victims whether rich or poor, partisan or opposition, weak or strong,” he added.On Monday, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai met with Officials from the National Disaster Management Organization of Ghana, the United States Africa Command, National Emergency Management Agency of Nigeria, and the Chair on the Committee on Disaster of Nigeria on Capitol Hill ahead of the High Level Disaster Preparedness and Response Table Top Exercise.The Officials were, Mr. Kofi Arthur, of the House of Parliament of Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Kofi Portuphy, of the National Disaster Management Organization of Ghana, Mr. Erik Threet, of the United States Africa Command and Mr. Muhammed Sani Sidi, Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency and Sunday Ifedayo Abegunde. They were accompanied to the Office of the Vice President by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Rennie Jackson.According to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, the purpose of the meeting was to stimulate discussion among senior officials of the Liberian Government on matters related to improving national disaster management and preparedness capabilities of the country.The meeting was organized by the members of the Liberian Technical Core Team, National Disaster Relief and funded by the United States Africa Command and their implementing partner, the Center for Disaster Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.During the Monday’s meeting Vice President Boakai stressed the need for a clear-cut mandate and implementable terms of reference for Liberia’s disaster relief program, as the Ebola virus continues to “snowball” in the region.In his address today, Vice President Boakai recalled the No Way Camp Disaster, and so many others including the recent fire disaster that left many dead and homeless at Johansson and other fires and storms across the country that destroyed lives and properties.“Today’s meeting is expected to provide a deeper understanding of the challenges that are likely to arise during a major disaster event, identify gaps in the Liberian Government’s disaster management, and recommend changes to plans, policies, and procedure.”Health Ministry authorities in Monrovia have announced that eleven persons have so far died from the Ebola Virus as the Government continues to take measures including awareness programs to stop the spread of the deadly virus that has also left many dead in neighboring Guinea.United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, the Program Manager of the United States Africa Command, Erik Threet, Louis K. Davies-Morris, Director of the National Disaster Relief Commission of Liberia, Daniel Gambo of the National Emergency Management Agency of Nigeria and George Kofi Arthur of the House of Parliament of Ghana, and Mr. Ebenezer Kofi Portuphy National Coordinator of the National Disaster management organization of Ghana  among several international guests as well as Officials of the Liberian Government were in attendance.There were presentations on the United Nations and Ecowas mandate, disaster preparedness program overview, the legislative process, committee oversight and resources, Ecowas Policy and guideline disaster relief management structures and systems and disaster coordination and legal structures, according to a release issued by the Office of the Vice President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Hosts Evansville Wednesday Evening

first_imgSenior Nick McGlynn is averaging 16.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in MVC action to lead the league in rebounding and rank third in scoring in league games. McGlynn has had three double-doubles in five conference games including 19 points and 11 boards at Bradley. Another of those double-doubles came in the first meeting with Evansville this season as he posted 16 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-77 double-overtime loss to the Purple Aces. Live Audio ESPN+ Story Links In its last two games, Drake has owned a halftime advantage of an average of 15.5 points. In those first halves, Drake’s defense has held opponents to 24.6 percent shooting and just 2-of-19 from three-point range. Live Stats Buy Tickets Drake’s Brady Ellingson swept this week’s MVC awards after matching a career high with 25 points on 7-of-8 three-point shooting in the win over Missouri State. He is the second Bulldog to sweep the league’s weekly awards this season, joining Nick Norton. Ellingson leads the league in three-point shooting in league action by shooting 24-of-38 from the arc (.615). Drake Game Notes The Drake University men’s basketball wraps up a two-game homestand Wednesday when it welcomes Evansville to the Knapp Center, where the Bulldogs are 8-1 this season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Mediacom MC22 and ESPN+The Bulldogs have won back-to-back conference games by double-figures for the first time since 2017 and are outscoring opponents by nearly 15 points per game at the Knapp Center this season. Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return to the road to face Valparaiso Saturday. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Man who wielded baseball bat outside school is spared prison sentence

first_imgA MAN who threatened a neighbour with a baseball bat has been spared a prison sentence.Jerry Awalusi (48) then of 26 Caislean Court, Castlefin and now with an address in Killygordon, appeared before Letterkenny District Court in connection with an incident at Hill Head, Castlefin on June 6, 2019.  Sergeant Jim Collins told the Court that Awalusi followed Kevin Boyce to a local national school, where the victim dropped off his two children.Awalusi approached Boyce, shouting in an aggressive manner, accusing Mr Boyce of keeping him awake the previous night and alleging that he was making a loud noise as he rearranged furniture in his home.Awalusi produced a stainless steel baseball bat and waved it aggressively at Mr Boyce.The incident was captured by CCTV.Solicitor for Awalusi, Mr Michael Shiel, said the incident was ‘purely out of frustration’.“He realises at this stage that what he did was completely wrong,” Mr Shiel said.“There has been a history between the pair and the relationship is not very good. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”Awalusi, who has four previous assault conviction and one for producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury.Judge Paul Kelly said it was a ‘very marginal call’ and warned Awalusi that he faces a ‘lengthy jail sentence’ should he appear before him on similar charges.Awalusi was sentenced to 80 hours of community service, in lieu of three months imprisonment.  Man who wielded baseball bat outside school is spared prison sentence was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:castlefinJerry AwalusiJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more