Liberia, Ivory Coast End 4th Confab on Biodiversity

first_imgFDA’s MD Darlington Tuagbean says, “FDA and partners have flagged the proposed Grebo/Krahn National Park (PGKNP) boundary line in River Gee CountyTechnical managers and environmental groups from Liberia and the Ivory Coast have ended a two day conference on biodiversity with specific reference to national parks of the two countries.The West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded five year regional program that aims to improve conservation, climate resilience and low emissions in the West African region.The WA BiCC works to strengthen policies and regional capacity to improve natural resource management and maintain healthy, resilient forest ecosystems and forest based livelihoods in West Africa.The two-day conference brought together key executives from the forestry sectors of the two Mano River Union (MRU) countries in Monrovia.Speaking at the Fourth Steering Committee meeting in Monrovia on Monday, Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director Darlington Tuagbean said the FDA and partners have flagged the proposed Grebo/Krahn National Park (PGKNP) boundary line in River Gee County.Mr Tuagbean disclosed that the final shape of the proposed boundary line for the GreboKrahn National Park has been developed by the FDA and World Conservation Fund and is available at the FDA GIS Division.In compliance with the National Forest Reform Law of 2006, Director Tuagbean added that community and regional level consultations were required.He also explained that regional consultations were held around the PGKNP to validate the creation and the boundary line after two previous regional consultations.Director Tuagbean pointed out that the aim of the meeting was to update county level officials on the work of FDA, WCF and Ambero and GIZ and solicit the mandate of the county officials to validate the creation of the park.He noted that WCF identified the KrahnBassa National Forest as a conservation priority area and the FDA requested WCF to begin the baseline work for the creation of that protected area.The FDA head also intimated that the Liberian government is committed to conserving 30% of its remaining forest cover and reminded the gathering that several proposed protected forest areas have been earmarked for establishment since the end of the civil conflict.He further noted that the Sapo National Park was already established and needs to have contiguous protected areas to allow the free movement of animals from one forest to another.The FDA Managing Director added that Tai Forest in the Ivory Coast was seen as an ideal forest that could be joined to have transboundary conservation initiative.Director Tuagbean added that the Liberian government tries to achieve the management of the Tai Grebo Sapo Forest Complex through dynamic strategies and interventions.He, however, stressed that such initiatives could only be realized through international support which is very crucial to meeting ambitious commitments that Liberia made at several conventions.Director Tuagbean noted that during the last three steering committee meetings, an urgent action matrix was prepared and reported upon, which defines the agreed action points and responsibilities of steering committee members.At the end of the Fourth Biodiversity Meeting on Tuesday, a draft document was issued to all institutions that were part of the discussions for their perusals and inputs in order to produce a final document of the agreement.cross-section of forest stakeholders at the 4th Steering Committee meeting in Monrovia listenShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

6 arrested during Police operation in Bagotstown

first_imgAs part of the ongoing campaign to weed out criminal elements in villages along the East Bank Demerara (EBD) corridor, another Police operation was conducted in Bagotstown, where six persons were arrested and taken into custody.Region Four EBD sub-division Police Commander Kurleigh SimonThis is according to Region Four EBD sub-division Police Commander Kurleigh Simon, who told Guyana Times that based on complaints from residents in that village, the raid was executed by ranks from various stations on the EBD.The individuals arrested are alleged to have been involved in criminal activity; however, they will not remain in the lock-ups unless residents come forward with information pertaining to the crimes they may have committed.Commander Simon stated that in relation to the 19 persons arrested last week in the Diamond, Grove and Craig villages, 18 of the men were released from Police custody while one was further detained.A resident visited the Police Station and pointed out in an identification (ID) parade the one suspect involved in the armed robbery committed on him. The suspect was then charged for the crime.According to the Police Commander, more of the men from that arrest could have been charged for the crimes they were alleged to have committed if victims had come forward and assisted the Police.“If they had come forward to cooperate, more could have been sent to the courts. But because we didn’t get the victims to come forward and do such in terms of identifying the suspects, we had to let them go. Several persons were contacted who would have suffered from various crimes, but they did not come forward,” he added.Last Saturday, 19 persons were arrested during a Police operation that commenced at 04:30h and lasted until 08:30h.Commander Simon when contacted had stated that several ranks from various police stations along the EBD corridor raided a number of homes in the Diamond, Grove, and Craig villages on the day in question.He explained that this was done after receiving numerous reports from residents in those villages about criminal activities occurring in those areas and persons of interest were also pointed out to the Police.The Commander added that as the Christmas season approached, there would be more Police present in villages on the EBD, especially around the main business areas and public roads.last_img read more

Evans steps up for Lakers

first_imgThe Lakers did just that at the start of the second quarter by turning a four-point game into a 20-point rout. Shammond Williams and Aaron McKie again were the first guards off the bench, but Evans came through with the play of the game. Evans leaped to steal a pass by Sarunas Jasikevicius, then hit a shot that lived up to his Kobe Bryant-given nickname of “Lotto.” With Jasikevicius wrapping him up with both hands, Evans tossed in a lay-up while drawing the foul. “I think that’s what having good strength will allow you to do,” Evans said, “is still make a run at tough shots.” The next possession, Evans sank a 3-pointer to send the Warriors into a timeout down 44-28. Golden State made just 1 of 10 shots to start the second quarter; Stephen Jackson and Mickael Pietrus each missed two free throws. “I definitely saw that they were on the brink of letting us take control of the game,” Evans said. “We were all talking about it on the sidelines. They were ready to wilt, and if we could just continue to put pressure on them, we could gain control of this game.” The Lakers are 4-0 with Evans in the starting lineup. He made 8 of 13 shots and later said the biggest difference between starting and coming off the bench is as simple as shaking off a couple early misses. “It’s hit or miss when you come off the bench sometimes,” Evans said. The last thing assistant Brian Shaw wrote on the locker room board as part of his scouting report was “Road mentality” with an asterisk beside it. The Lakers came into Sunday with just an 11-16 road record, having lost their previous three road games. If they are to advance in the playoffs, the Lakers likely will do so without home-court advantage, which will force them to win at least one game away from Staples Center. They will learn more about their ability to do that tonight in Salt Lake City. “You have to gut it out, you have to grind it out,” Jackson said of playing Utah. “You have to be able to play a physical game without losing your cool.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They did it with Maurice Evans making his case to stay in the starting lineup by scoring a career-high 26 points and with the Warriors making just 2 of 19 3-pointers and 9 of 21 free throws. Golden State came in averaging 105.8 points a game. “I told the players this afternoon that we have Mo on our side,” Jackson said, “and we have to stay with it, in more ways than one.” Are the Lakers back after their six-game losing streak? The answer might come tonight against the Utah Jazz, who are leading the Northwest Division with a 37-18 record and are 2-0 since Carlos Boozer’s return from injury. “You can’t forget about (the skid) because it’s so easy to happen,” Evans said. “You have to really stay focused and try and build this streak the other way because. Teams are good in this league and they can take control in a minute’s notice.” His team was on the downward plunge that Sunday and ultimately bottomed out with a six-game losing streak. The concern now is if the Lakers are back on the upswing after their second cruise-control victory in 72 hours. They beat the Golden State Warriors 102-85 on Sunday at Oracle Arena after building a 20-point lead in the second quarter and beating their division rivals for the seventh time in seven games since Jackson’s return last season. center_img • Photo Gallery: 02/25: Lakers vs. Warriors OAKLAND – It was only two weeks ago in Cleveland that Lakers coach Phil Jackson offered a reminder that life in the NBA is nothing more than a six-month roller-coaster ride between winning and losing. last_img read more

Walsall appoint Jon Whitney as permanent boss on three-year contract

first_imgJon Whitney has been appointed as manager of Walsall on a permanent basis.The 45-year-old had been in interim charge since the sacking of Sean O’Driscoll in March.He guided the Saddlers to a third place finish in League One but their promotion bid was ended by Barnsley in the play-offs.Whitney, who was previously the club’s physio, has now signed a three-year contract to remain in the post.As part of the move, former Walsall defender Dean Holden has agreed a deal to become first team coach and will join the existing backroom staff of Neil Cutler and John Ward.“Jon is the right man for the job,” said Walsall chairman Jeff Bonser.“He knows the inner workings of the club and has all the relevant knowledge and experience to take the club forward. “He understands the philosophy and has an excellent relationship with the players, staff, fans and board of directors alike.” Walsall’s Banks’ Stadium 1last_img read more

Donegal’s Community Hospitals to be discussed in Dáil this evening

first_imgThe issue of the future of long stay accommodation units and the removal of other services from three Donegal Community Hospitals will be discussed in the Dáil this evening/The topical motion relating to St Joseph’s Community Hospital Stranorlar, Ramelton Community Hospital and Lifford Community Hospital was brought forward by Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher and Deputy Pearse Doherty separately and will be debated this evening in the Dáil.This motion follows on from an extremely well attended meeting in Ballybofey last weekend. Over 550 people took time out to attend this public meeting and express their anger and frustration regarding the manner in which this decision was taken and how it will affect their communities.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher, Leas Cheann Comhairle, stated the current situation in terms of the future of the three hospitals is ‘totally unacceptable’.He said: “Time and time again we have witnessed Governments statements  issued on this matter  which were subsequently proved to misleading or  just completely inaccurate. “The original decision to downgrade and remove long stay accommodation from the three hospitals in January 2016 was a political decision , that decision must be rescinded immediately. “A plan for all three hospitals which all parties and communities can buy into must be put in place by the Government and HSE allowing for full restoration of long stay accommodation beds and services with appropriate staffing within a period of two years. “It is evident that the communities which these three hospitals serve will accept nothing less.“These three hospitals serve a key and pivotal role in their respective communities and it is only right and proper that the state provide the necessary support and investment in these hospitals. “It is just not acceptable that Government representatives are acting as if they are third party stand-bys in making decisions concerning the futures of these hospitals.“This is a political decision which was taken by the previous Fine Gael  Government to downgrade these hospitals originally, it will now take a political decision to reverse or rescind that decision in order to safe guard the Hospitals in the future. “There has been too many false dawns and too much fake news on the part of the Government concerning these community hospitals, it is now time for action and clarity and that is what I will be seeking from the Minister in the course of tonight’s discussion.”Donegal’s Community Hospitals to be discussed in Dáil this evening was last modified: February 20th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Groves discusses Johnson and a potential clash with Froch

first_imgHammersmith’s George Groves talks about his Commonwealth super-middleweight title defence against Glen Johnson this weekend and the possibility of a future showdown with Britain’s world champion Carl Froch. (Video courtesy of iFilm London)See also:O’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleGroves believes he can stop JohnsonWatch the Groves v Johnson pre-fight press conferenceWatch Groves and Johnson square-up at their weigh-inJohnson speaks ahead of his fight with George GrovesDuo weigh in ahead of title showdownsGroves and DeGale in new war of wordsYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry gave Warriors’ Steve Kerr a positive review about DeMarcus Cousins

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – As the Warriors mulled whether to sign DeMarcus Cousins last summer, Warriors coach Steve Kerr consulted a trusted friend who would have all the answers.His name is Alvin Gentry. He is the New Orleans Pelicans’ coach. And he gave Kerr a detailed rundown on what he made of Cousins during their 1 ½ seasons together (2017-18). “He had enjoyed …last_img

Here’s Where Recent Grads Want to Work in 2019

first_imgTags:#business jobs#coding#coding education#Entrepreneurs#internships#LinkedIn#The Intern Group#work trends Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces David Lloyd is the CEO of The Intern Group, an award-winning international internship program. Many graduates from May 2018 have found jobs, but some are still looking. That group of “those who are still looking,”  now coupled with the December 2018 graduates — all find themselves vying for similar positions. The fact is some industries are in more demand than others.Finding out where graduates plan to work in the future falls in well-rounded categories. One thing is clear: graduates are looking for internships to round out their experience.There is a pattern with placement requests according to The Intern Group — a company where students or recent graduates are placed in international internships. The data science team in The Intern Group compiled all applicants to understand which industries are currently the most popular.The Intern Group offers 25 career fields for interns to choose from when applying, combining that information with LinkedIn’s 2018 study to narrow down where recent graduates want to work this year. The data is comprised of roughly 32,000 student or recent graduate applicants from 2018. Each student had to prioritize an industry where they’d like to find work. Using that data and the LinkedIn results — here are the top five most popular industries.1. BusinessOur findings match up nicely with LinkedIn’s study in the business category. Roughly 12 percent of The Intern Group’s placement requests are in the field of business.Six of the top ten jobs wanted by recent graduates are business-related. Administrative assistant, recruiter, and business analyst are very much business jobs. The others such as account executive, research assistant, and account manager all are related to business, though could fall in other industries.Many students study business or complete internships at SMEs and then want to turn to a large company early in their career, which makes it no surprise that this is a top field where recent graduates want to work.2. Finance and AccountingFinance and accounting make up about 10 percent of The Intern Group’s requests. These students are studying or just finished a degree in mathematics, accounting, statistics, or economics and want to gain real-world experience.The LinkedIn study has a financial analyst as a top position, and it’s worth noting that many major financial companies are extremely sought after places to work. Places such as Lockheed Martin, Deloitte, and Accenture all recruit on-campus looking for top talent, though these positions are extremely competitive.3. EngineeringMany students feel the pull of Silicon Valley and want experience that part of business before heading somewhere else for a career. According to LinkedIn, software engineer and project engineers are two of the top ten most popular jobs for recent graduates.What comes as no surprise is that Amazon is the top place where recent graduates want to work. With Amazon opening new offices in New York City and Arlington, VA, many more graduates will get the chance to work at the technology powerhouse. A CNN study has Google as the top contender for job placement, with companies such as Microsoft rounding out the top ten.Many of applicants for available jobs have coding skills, and 9 percent of these graduates want an internship in an engineering position. These are popular picks since there is a minimal language barrier when coding.  Smaller offices are willing to give recent graduates real, hands-on experience that can add-up to a lot of value on their resumes.4. PR and MarketingThere are renowned communications departments in colleges across the globe, so it comes as no surprise that public relations and marketing are top requests. Out of the roughly 7 percent of graduate requests in these departments, some students wanting experience working on bilingual campaigns to add a competitive edge to their resume.The marketing coordinator position makes LinkedIn’s top ten, and many account executives and account managers also fall into the marketing realm. Many companies are looking to hire these tech-savvy graduates, as they now come with coding and language experience that can help create dynamic marketing campaigns.5. LawNot included on LinkedIn’s list is law — which is still a popular industry for recent graduates. The data here is matched by the surge in law school applicants. In 2018, the number of people applying to law school rose 8 percent. There are over 60,000 students that apply to law school each year.Many recruiters receive about 2,000 requests for law internships per year. Many students or recent graduates on the fence about practicing law want to intern at a law group to get a feel for a day-in-the-life. Some then choose to abandon a law career, and the others typically apply for law school.The competitive job landscapeThe job market remains competitive for recent graduates. While many students graduate with new, technological-based skills, snagging a job at Google, IBM, or Goldman Sachs is still tough. Though now that many colleges and universities require or at least encourage an internship before graduation, many students find themselves more prepared to enter the workforce.Image source What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … David Lloyd Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts last_img read more

PH’s Dumaan treks rough road to gold in pencak silat

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Almohaidib Abad and Cherry May Regalado were still in contention for golds in the men’s and women’s artistic divisions late Tuesday. Dumaan, 21, needed to run off his excess weight for the tanding Class A 45-50 kilogram division but still had enough strength to defeat Indonesia’s Firman, 4-1, in the Southeast Asian Games final held at Bukit Kiara here.READ: Lesser-known sport gives life to struggling PH SEA Games bidFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA newcomer in the SEA Games, the Roxas City-native was overweight by 4.4 pounds prior to the start of competition Sunday, according to pencak silat chief Princess Jacel Kiram.“He’s a very hardworking athlete with a lot of promise,” said Kiram of Dumaan, who won a bronze during the Asian Beach Games last year. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Sports science boosts pencak silat team LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Dumaan was discovered from the national games, according to Kiram.“But he worked his way up the national team after impressive sparring with national team members,” she added.Mastafa Fitri Masjuri of Malaysia and Muhammad Ridhwan Selamat of Singapore took the bronze medals in the division.It was the first pencak silat gold medal scored by the Philippines in the SEA Games since 2005.Before Dumaan hit paydirt, Princesslyn Enopia, Rickrod Ortega and Jefferson Rhey Loon copped the bronzes in the women’s tanking Class A, men’s tanding Class C and Class D, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR —Dines Dumaan went through the wringer to give the Philippines a coveted gold in pencak silat Tuesday.And while it wasn’t enough to avert yet another failed bid by the country in the biennial meet, the gold was worth a celebration.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian rolls to 4th straight win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Rivalry rekindled as Gargano falls in NXT Takeover: Philadelphia PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers San Sebastian Lady Stags. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian continued its rampage, posting its fourth straight win with a 25-23, 25-6, 25-14 victory over Lyceum in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Nikka Marielle Dalisay carried the load for the Lady Stags with 16 points, 12 coming off kills and four off service aces.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Joyce Sta. Rita and Dangie Encarnacion also poured in 10 hits apiece.The Lady Stags rose to 5-2 as the undermanned squad now sits at third place, behind unbeaten Arellano and San Beda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBien Elaine Juanillo led the fight for the Lady Pirates with eight points.In the second match, Jose Rizal University shook off a late fightback by Mapua to win in four sets, 25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Dolly Grace Verzosa unleashed 21 points, 19 coming off spikes, to go with two aces while Shola Alvarez scored 13 of her 15 points off hits.Karen Cay Montojo added 12 as JRU climbed to 4-3.The Lady Bombers were poised to win in straight sets, but the Lady Cardinals battled back to force the fourth set.Katrina Racelis paced winless Mapua (0-7) with 16 kills, while Jan Andrea Morano had 10.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more