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Guyana, FAO agree to regulate

first_imgIn an effort to curb illegal fishing in Guyana’s waters, the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday signed the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which will see the implementation of measures to battle the scourge.According to the Ministry, the project, valued at US$500,000, is funded by the FAO and includes “technical assistance” and a “monitoring and evaluation process”. It is expected to be completed within the next 18 months.The Agriculture Ministry noted that once the measures were implemented, Guyana would “benefit tremendously” as the PSMA would ensure that the country maintained its fish stock.“Guyana will now be able to integrate and coordinate fisheries [and] related Port State Measures with the broader system of Port State controls,” a release from the Agriculture Ministry stated.Agriculture Ministry Permanent Secretary George Jervis was said to have expressed gratitude to the FAO, noting that the intervention was “timely”.“The fishing industry is one of the most important contributing sectors to Guyana’s revenue as the country exports more than 60 per cent of its catch. This industry is responsible for the livelihood of approximately 15,000 persons and their families,” the statement added.FAO Country Representative to Guyana, Reuben Robertson explained that the Organisation would be giving technical assistance in the implementation of measures against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.“IUU fishing hinders the growth of developing countries such as Guyana. This agreement is considered as one of the most cost-effective and useful enforcement tools for combating IUU fishing. It significantly reduces the need for surveillance and inspection of fishing vessels at sea in favour of inspections at port,” he stated.Earlier this year, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had revealed that in 2015, the marine sub-sector produced “35,835MT (metric tonnes) of seafood, raised revenue to the sum of G$25,426,250 and recorded exports of 21,568MT or US$71 million (G$14.7Billion)”.With the implementation of this agreement, it is envisaged that the sub-sector would increase its financial contribution to the economy. To date, 33 States, including the US, Canada and France have already signed on to the PSMA.last_img read more


first_imgGARDAÍ were forced to use pepper spray to restrain a man stripped to the waist and threatening to fight, Letterkenny District Court has heard.Paul Laughlin, who is 25 and from Gleann Rua, Killylastin, appeared in court charged with being intoxicated in a public place, disorderly conduct and failing to follow the direction of gardai.Inspector Michael Harrison said gardai were on duty in Market Square when they spotted Laughlin in a row with other men. He said officers gave Laughlin a chance to move on, but when they returned the defendant “had his shirt off and was trying to fight with another male, swinging his fists wildly”.Gardai were forced to use pepper spray to restrain Laughlin.Two fixed penalty charge notices were given to the Killylastin man but he hadn’t paid them.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been out with friends and had drunk too much.“Certain comments made about family members by another person and this resulted in him bringing himself to the attention of gardai.  His anger was towards another person and not gardai,” said Mr Gallagher.He said Laughlin had found a job since the incident and regretted his behaviour.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Laughlin to pay a €250 fine.GARDAÍ FORCED TO PEPPER SPRAY MAN ‘SWINGING FISTS’ AFTER NIGHT ON DRINK was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 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:Fightletterkennylast_img read more

Champions League: Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Nemanja Matic ruled out of CSKA game

first_imgManchester United will be without Nemanja Matic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Tuesday’s Champions League group match against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford, manager Jose Mourinho said.Serbian midfielder Matic limped off with a muscle problem at Watford last week but started in United’s 3-1 Premier League victory over Arsenal on Saturday.Mourinho said he will not risk the 29-year-old for the match, with United requiring a point to secure top spot in Group A.”Matic is injured and when I say he is injured, he is injured. I am not going to make him play tomorrow so Matic is out,” he told a news conference on Monday.”A couple of others guys are playing every match and they also need a rest. More importantly, the others deserve an opportunity to play.”Smiles all around at today’s #UCL training! ??? pic.twitter.com/OTy81BKpdw- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 4, 2017Mourinho confirmed Ibrahimovic will be rested as a part of rehabilitation on his return from a long-term knee ligament injury.The 36-year-old striker made four substitute appearances last month but was left out of the squad at Arsenal.”Zlatan needs sometimes very hard work on the muscular area that supports the knee that had the problem,” Mourinho added.”He was on this cycle of work, divided between the gym and the pitch. And he will be out again for tomorrow but I believe back to normal work after CSKA.”Mourinho refused to discuss whether the club have appealed against Paul Pogba’s suspension after the midfielder received a straight red for a reckless challenge on Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.advertisement”He’s not suspended for the Champions League. He plays tomorrow,” Mourinho said.”Of course, he’s a bit tired because it was a huge match at the weekend and just two days to recover for CSKA. But he’s very happy to play and to try to keep his momentum because since he was back from injury, he’s been phenomenal.”United host leaders Manchester City on Sunday with an opportunity to cut the gap to five points at the top of the table.Great to see @PhilJones4 back ??? pic.twitter.com/uwk9xoSpxz- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 4, 2017last_img read more

Education Ministry Gets 40 Photocopy Machines from PBS Jamaica

first_img The Productive Business Solutions (PBS) Jamaica has donated 40 Xerox ColorQube 9303 photocopy machines, valued at $15 million, to the Ministry of Education for distribution to some 40 primary and all-age schools across the island.Speaking at the  handing-over ceremony at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle Offices in Kingston on August 20, Portfolio Minister,  Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that it will add to the efficiency of the service provided by the schools.“There is no way that the schools or the Ministry of Education could have purchased this equipment and, therefore, we are very grateful to you,” he said.The Minister noted that this is the kind of partnership that is needed in education. “I believe that the indirect output of your donation will be for better educated students, more efficient schools, and therefore, hopefully, better trained employees and better customers for your company,” he said.“I want you to appreciate what a difference this is going to make to the schools. (These are) schools largely with extensive student bodies of over 1,000, and in most some cases, over 2,000 students,” Rev. Thwaites informed.Making the presentation, Managing Director, PBS, Melanie Subratie, said the company was pleased to be making a contribution to the development of the country’s education sector.Ms. Subratie informed that the multi-functional devices were designed by a team of engineers, led by Jamaica-born Dr. Antonio Williams, who currently serves as Research lab Manager of the Making Elements and Integration Laboratory at Xerox in the US.For his part, Operations Manager, PBS, Paul Reid, said the top of the line equipment will significantly enhance the efficiency, productivity and workflow of schools as it relates to document creation, sharing, reproduction and archiving. “Gone are the days when you have four or five devices doing all of those functions,” he pointed out.He noted that users will have the benefit of cutting edge technology to print, scan, fax, email and archive documents, from one multi-functional device in colour or black and white.“Right from the panel, this solution allows you, on a network, to print, copy, scan, and fax in colour at the lowest possible price available in the world, because it eliminates 75 per cent of the traditional consumables used in xerography by using only one item,” Mr. Reid said. He noted that the copiers can print from 45 to 90 pages per minute.Mr. Reid also informed that PBS will be providing maintenance and support to all the schools that will receive a device.PBS Jamaica is an associate company of Musson Jamaica Limited and is part of the PBS Group of companies, distributors of Xerox, Cisco and Oracle products across the Caribbean and Central America. It will add to the efficiency of the service provided by the schools Users will have the benefit of one multi-functional device Copy machines to be distributed to 40 primary and all-age schools across the island Story Highlightslast_img read more

124 Ships Dumped on South Asias Beaches in Q3

first_imgzoom Some 124 ships out of 227 ships broken in the third quarter of 2017 ended up on beaches in South Asia for dirty and dangerous breaking, the latest report from NGO Shipbreaking Platform shows.A total of 42 ships were sent for demolition to Turkey, 35 to China, and 26 were scrapped in the rest of the world.Shipowners continue to sell their tonnage to infamous beaching yards in South Asia as it brings in more money. As explained by the Platform, there is little or no investments in proper infrastructure to contain pollutants and ensure safe working conditions, the proper disposal of hazardous wastes is overlooked, and migrant workers are exploited.Moreover, the prices offered for ships this third quarter have been high in South Asia, especially when compared to the figures of the first half of the year. Monsoon rains caused a shortage of local product being available to the domestic steel mills and have, therefore, driven prices for end-of-life ships up, the report said.Whilst a South Asian beaching yard can pay about USD 400/LDT, Turkish yards are currently paying slightly less than the USD 250/LDT offered by Chinese yards.NGO Shipbreaking Platform said that Greek shipowners have sold the most ships to the beaching yards with 11 beached vessels this quarter, followed by South Korea and Singapore with 6 vessels each. Shipping companies from the United States sold 5 vessels.“Singaporean Continental Shipping Line remains the worst corporate dumper, though it currently shares this position with the Greek Anangel Shipping Enterprises and the Iranian Iran Shipping Lines. In total, these companies had three vessels each beached in South Asia in this quarter,” the Platform added.According to the report, Bermuda-based Berge Bulk, Greek Costamare, Swedish Holy House Shipping, and American SEACOR are close runner-ups, with two ships each sold for beaching.Brazilian-owned product tanker LOBATO, which was reportedly sold by Petrobras to Indian breakers, ended up on the shores of Chittagong instead. No tanker was sold to the Gadani yards in Pakistan following the ban on tankers due to the major explosion on the ship ACES on the 1st of November of last year.Although 33 out of the 124 beached vessels this quarter were European-controlled, only three of these had a European flag when they arrived in South Asia. All ships sold to the beaching yards pass via the hands of scrap-dealers, also known as cash-buyers, that often re-register and re-flag the vessel on its last voyage.Almost half of the ships sold to South Asia this quarter changed flag to the grey- and black-listed registries of Comoros, Niue, Palau, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Togo just weeks before hitting the beach.CasualtiesBetween July and September, one worker lost his life at a shipbreaking yard in Alang, India. Another worker was reported seriously injured in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the report finds.Namely, in September, a worker named Ashok Yadav, was reported killed whilst at work at shipbreaking plot no. 14 in Alang, India. Following his death, a letter denouncing the unsafe working conditions at the shipbreaking yards in Alang was sent to Indian Government officials by Toxics Watch Alliance.Around the same time, Md. Shohag – 21 years old – was hurt while torch-cutting a vessel at Zuma Enterprise in Chittagong, Bangladesh, when an iron plate hit him on the left foot and stomach, causing severe injury, the data from the report indicates.last_img read more

Geena Davis Warns 700 Years Needed To Reach Gender Parity In Kids

first_imgActress Geena Davis last week told a standing-room only event on gender and the media at the United Nations that the paucity of female characters in entertainment media for young children can be changed overnight.“We don’t have to fix the ‘unconscious bias’ they are raised with later on,” she said. “We can fix it from the very beginning.”The Academy Award-Winning Actor, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, said the data from her research shows “disturbing” results of how “profoundly fewer” female characters are in family movies and television programmes aimed at young children under the age of 11.Davis, known for her portrayals of strong female characters in films such as “Thelma and Louise,” went on to say the message the children were getting through entertainment media was of “hyper-sexualized” female characters judged by their appearance.“If we added female characters at the rate we have been over past 20 years, we will achieve parity in 700 years,” Davis said, adding that she believed gender parity in children’s entertainment media can be reached dramatically faster – possibly even seven years.She noted that the message kids are getting through entertainment media is that women and girls are second class citizens.“There is one sector where this gross imbalance can be changed overnight and that is on screen,” she said. “We don’t have to fix the unconscious bias they are raised with later on. We can fix it from the very beginning.”Davis was speaking at an event on the side lines of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place at UN Headquarters to promote gender equality in and through the media, as central to the so-called post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals that will drive the global development agenda for years to come.Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in remarks read by one of her deputies, said women represent “just third of reporters, and quarters of media decision makers.”“Only a quarter of people questioned, heard or seen or read about in the media are women,” according to Bokova. “How can we get the whole full story with only half of the world’s voices? We do need to redress this imbalance.”Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, which co-hosted the event with UNESCO, and Bokova agreed on the imperative to change the underlying stereotypes of women.“Progress is not the same as success,” the UNESCO head said.Source:United Nationslast_img read more

DSC recipe brings good news to solar cell economics

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further A discovery in how to make solar cells cheap enough to boost the use of solar energy looks promising according to experts. The design represents an inexpensive process making use of an organic, printed dye to absorb sunlight. The study, reported in Science magazine, is seen as a welcome step forward in the search for cheaper, efficient, solutions for solar energy. New type of solar cell retains high efficiency for long periods © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: DSC recipe brings good news to solar cell economics (2011, November 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-dsc-recipe-good-news-solar.html Electrochemist Michael Graetzel at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, who back in 1991 had devised a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC),and his team are credited with sidestepping a roadblock that prevented DSCs from becoming commercially viable. Researchers and manufacturers were using the rare and expensive metal ruthenium (ru)in the dyes and could get only low voltages in the cells Graetzel invented back in 1991. Between both issues of lower cell efficiency and higher costs of ruthenium, there was work to be done. Now Graetzel and his colleagues believe they have found sound alternatives to the expensive dyes and iodide mediators limiting voltage.They chose a zinc-bearing compound similar to chlorophyll to build a newer type of solar cell. For dyes, they use molecules consisting of a group that loses electrons, a group that accepts them, and a unit that has a light-absorbing group similar to that in chlorophyll. DSCs in their current design enable an efficiency of 12.3 percent. They hope to achieve efficiencies of 15 percent. That would render a more realistic alternative to semiconductor-based photovoltaics.Graetzel says he is working on these and other improvements. He is adapting the dyes to capture more of the red component of sunlight, and testing new cobalt mediators to boost the voltage.Meanwhile, according to a report in Scientific American, scientific interest continues in the potential of inexpensive thin-film photovoltaic cells made from organic plastics, as a way to boost the production of solar power. Organic photovoltaics do not require any liquids and they can be made using existing machines. Engineers Vasilis Fthenakis and Annick Anctil of the Brookhaven National Laboratory commented on this approach in an e-mail to the magazine.A separate report late last month said Belgian research institute Imec will lead a consortium of 17 organizations and companies to develop a commercially-viable organic photovoltaic technology. TheX10D project is funded by the European Commission(EC). The project carries the twin purpose of achieving efficiency of organic solar cells while keeping down manufacturing costs. “By applying new designs and architectures, materials and manufacturing technologies, the X10D project aims at increasing the power conversion efficiency to achieve at least a 12% on cell level (1cm²), and 9% on module level (100 cm²),” according to Imec.last_img read more

TMC reaching out to disgruntled leaders to thwart BJPs poaching bid Party

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress leadership has been reaching out to its disgruntled leaders to thwart any poaching bid by rival BJP ahead of the general elections, TMC leaders said. However, opposition parties in West Bengal, including the BJP and Congress, have alleged that it was the TMC that poached elected representatives. Besides, the TMC has also taken a tough stand to curb infighting in the party. The infighting had left many party workers unhappy, they said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed BJP president Amit Shah last year had set a target of winning at least 22 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal and the party has been pulling out all stops to achieve the target.The BJP has just two seats in the state. With the target in mind, the state BJP leadership has been wooing TMC leaders and workers at various levels into the party.For the TMC, the biggest jolt came when its sitting MP from Bishnupur Lok Sabha seat in Bankura, Soumitra Khan, switched over to the BJP recently. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose The defections from the TMC had resulted in windfall for the BJP in panchayat polls held last year and also in several bypolls, where the saffron party witnessed a sharp rise in vote share and cemented its place as the main challenger to the TMC in West Bengal. Though the TMC was quick to expel Khan and another MP — Anupam Hazra — for anti-party activities, it had said Khan’s joining the BJP would not affect its prospects in Bankura in the Lok Sabha polls. However, according to TMC insiders, the party leadership has decided to keep a tab on dissident leaders and workers at various levels, and is trying to ensure they do not join the saffron camp. Sources in both the TMC and the BJP said there are several MPs, MLAs and district level leaders with whom the BJP is in touch. “We are in touch with several MPs and MLAs, and they will switch over to the BJP very soon,” senior BJP leader Mukul Roy, once a close associate of Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, said. TMC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee, however, said the people of West Bengal firmly stands by Banerjee and her policies. Those who have switched sides would get a “befitting reply” from the masses, he said. According to a senior TMC leader, who did not wish to be named, the party has reached out to several workers and leaders, and is trying to pacify them for their grievances against the party’s local leadership. “When we speak to these workers or leaders who for some reasons have distanced themselves from party activities, (but) we have seen that their respect for the party is intact. “They are angry with the local leadership which has either mistreated or sidelined them. So, we are trying to reach out to those disgruntled leaders and bring them back,” the TMC leader said. Requesting anonymity, another senior TMC leader, who is also a minister, said despite his best efforts, he has not entirely succeeded in keeping the flock together in his area due to “several provocations”. “There is a need for political schooling of the party cadre for better understanding of the present political situation,” he said. Besides dissidence, another crucial factor has been infighting in various levels of the party, another senior TMC leader pointed out. “If you try to unite everybody, someone or the other will say he will only follow the local MLA or MP. He or she won’t pay heed to what others are saying and this, in turn, has also impacted our assessment of ground level situation,” the TMC leader said. Much to the dismay of the TMC leadership in districts like Coochbehar, Alipurduar, Malda, West Midanpore, East Midnapore, Purulia, Jhargram and Bankura, the BJP has made steady inroads, said a TMC leader, adding that their local leadership was “not well informed” about the ground situation. Once hit by Maoist insurgency, the three districts of “Jangalmahal” – West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura — have been the beacon of Banerjee’s developmental policies in the state. But the BJP during the last panchayat polls have won several seats in the belt. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said the people of West Bengal are “fed up” with the TMC’s misrule and this was why people are joining the BJP to fight the TMC. “Party (TMC) leaders who are disgruntled and have no voice in that party, want to join BJP which has a democratic set up,” Ghosh said. The opposition leaders in West Bengal, including the BJP, have accused the TMC of being the first party which has mastered the art of defection and poaching of elected representatives. “The TMC should not crib over defection because they are just getting a dose of their own medicine. It is the TMC which has destroyed secular forces in Bengal by poaching on MLAs and MPs,” Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan said. More than 15 MLAs and a sitting Lok Sabha MP had switched over to TMC since 2016 assermbly polls. The most recent is Congress Malda North MP Mausam Noor.last_img read more