The Management of the Forestry Development (FDA) has embraced efforts by its partners, particularly the Voluntary Partnership Agreement Support Unit (VPASU) for their intervention to improve the sector thereby sustainably managing the forest.FDA Managing Director, Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., gave the commendation yesterday in Monrovia when he formally announced a five-day initial opening of the Public Communications and Outreach Commitments and training workshop.“The FDA extends gratitude to its partner, the VPASU for the level of support it continues to render, and it embraces all efforts by them to improve the sector sustainably manage the forest,” Mr. Karnwea emphasized.According to him, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), though focuses on ensuring the improvement of Forest Governance, it is also engaged in strengthening the FDA’s internal capacity, particularly, the Public Relations Department and staff in other departments who engage in public outreach and education.The exercise is to strengthen the FDA internal capacity to better serve the public’s information needs.It is an important step forward in ensuring that the public understands and supports the management’s efforts. It is based on this that the FDA commenced a ‘robust skills development program’ for its newly branded communication department. The VPA is a bilateral agreement between the Liberian Government (GOL) and the European Union (EU) which was signed and ratified by Liberia on December 1, 2013.To have a transparent and legal Forest Management System, the GOL through the FDA negotiated a VPA with the EU in 2006, and it took effect in December last year.This process has since been participatory by Liberian Government officials, CSOs, Media, and representatives of communities nationwide. The process is to transform the lives of people, their affected communities, etc.Importantly, the VPA addresses the problem of ‘illegal logging activities; promotes sustainable forest management; guarantee timber products access to European markets, and ensures legal logging activities in the country.’The five-day training workshop which began yesterday is supported by the VPASU and funded by the British Government through the Department for International Development (DFID) and the EU. It is expected to end on Friday, June 20.“FDA knows it has to increase the communication and public outreach to the general public who largely do not know,” Mr. Karnwea said.According to Mr. Karnwea, the FDA is also determined to strengthen and rebuild its relationship with the public including the civil society organizations (CSOs) as the valuable partners as well as the private sector and other government ministries and agencies that are largely the beneficiaries of the forest.While the five-day training workshop intends to build the capacity of the Public Relations Department and other staff at the FDA, the entity demonstrates its commitment at the same time to improving her public communications and outreach strategies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Women of various organisations were trained in providing essential first response care, as part of the First Lady’s ‘Care for the Elderly’ Workshop. The one-week training which was held at Barrack Street, Kingston, concluded on Monday.First Lady Sandra Granger with coordinators, facilitators and participants of the workshopThe event saw a total of 35 participants from the Central Islamic Organisation (CIOG), Women Across Differences (WAD) and the St John’s Bosco Orphanage, who were trained by facilitators at the Guyana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).Present at the workshop was First Lady Sandra Granger who addressed the gathering and emphasised the importance of first aid, adding that it is important in everyday life. She also added that with the completion of this workshop, the participants will receive a recognised certificate that will be certified by the Board of Industrial Training. With this, they can acquire a job in this field.“You are going to learn something that is not only going to help you professionally as caregivers, but something that will help you in your day to day life. It is something that you can take into your ordinary life with your family, neighbours [and] friends, so you will know how to render first aid,” the First Lady said.Coordinator of the First Aid Programme, Devon Lewis, revealed that the aim of the workshop is to provide the participants with the knowledge of first aid training that can help save lives.
Annual Toshaos conference… say Govt attempting to undermine discussionsThe 11th Annual National Toshaos Council (NTC) conference was dogged by more controversy on Wednesday, as several members of the NTC executive staged a walkout over what they described as an attempt by Government to ‘undermine’ the issues being put forward for discussion. Vice Chairman of the NTC, Lenox Shuman, told Guyana Times that toshaos were supposed to have presentations on Wednesday, and as they were trying to consolidate their position with Government, so that they could have meaningful action, there was no minister present until the evening.“The fact that seven Government ministers showed up just to engage the NTC at this very last moment is questionable. It brings to my mind the question of sincerity. How sincere, and what kind of action (are you) going to get for these people? And I see it as an attempt to undermine the credibility of the NTC; to undermine the proposed work that the NTC is doing, and to ensure that the NTC remains weak,” he said.Shuman said the walkout may be viewed — or spun — in the light that some of the NTC executives were irresponsible, but that is far from the truth. He said the NTC felt it should take a stand, and the Amerindian people’s issues should be treated with importance.So far, Indigenous Peoples Affairs Minister, Vice President Sydney Allicock; Minister within the Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe; Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman; Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan; Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams; and Minister within the Communities Ministry, Dawn Hastings-Williams, have attended the conference.Shuman argued that while most of the issues are discussed during the day — and would require the ministers to be there to dialogue with the toshaos – the ministers have been showing up late in the evenings. “And just to be frank: I don’t see the NTC to be a side chick or a side thing for the ministers — that they could only see us in the nights. What is wrong with during the day? My nights are my nights. And we deal with our community issues during the day time?” he further lamented.Although this issue has created some unease among participants at the conference, the NTC vice chairman has said the executive is still hopeful that most of the issues raised would be addressed.“When we present, we have the opportunity to present the people’s position, and develop a tracking mechanism to bring all these issues to light. But the ministers’ late attendance, in my view, is to dilute those issues and take away from them. And we are not prepped to allow that to happen,” he explained.Ministers of the Government would all be present to listen to a more comprehensive presentation on Friday, and would have opportunity to state how they can help to address the issues, but Shuman is of the opinion that most of the toshaos may not want to present anymore, given the issue which has arisen.The NTC officials told Guyana Times also that issues which should have been resolved since the last NTC conference have again been discussed, and the same solutions given last year have been re-tendered this year. He said that, over the past year, the NTC has been preaching for Government to release the guns seized from Amerindians during the gun amnesty, and Ramjattan has again promised to give the guns back.“Minister Ramjattan showed up and said, ‘You will get your guns back; we have to put serial numbers on them’. Why (could we not) get this action since a year ago, when we brought it to his attention?” he asked.The NTC executive had used the opportunity of the opening of conference to condemn recent comments made by a Government Minister who had suggested that Amerindians are greedy.Chairman of the Council, Joel Fredericks, criticised Government “over an incident which took place in the National Assembly”. Fredericks said the organisation views the comments made by the Minister as a direct attack on Indigenous people’s identity, and expressed disappointment with the statement.“(There are) Ministers of the Government, insulting the Indigenous people and calling them greedy, also in Parliament, without any consequence,” he lamented.He also raised concerns that no parliamentarian from either side of the House had objected to the remarks purportedly made by the said Minister in Parliament.Issues such as alleged political interference in Indigenous communities, and the need for strengthening of the NTC were also discussed at the conference opening.
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FIFA later announced it had fined Vukojevic $15,000 and issued him with a warning over unsporting behaviour.The latest developments come as Croatia prepare to face England on Wednesday with a place in the World Cup final at stake.Following the quarter-final win over host nation Russia, Vukojevic posted an Instagram video featuring him and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, who shouted “Glory to Ukraine!”Vida used to play for Dynamo Kiev and Vukojevic also played for the Ukrainian club and now works for them as a scout.In the video, Vukojevic added: “This victory is for Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine! Croatia onwards!”The clip was picked up by Russian state media and drew condemnation from some officials.FIFA, which bans political statements at World Cup matches, said Sunday it had studied the video and decided to issue a warning to Vida.The Croatian football federation apologised to the Russian public for the “move by a Croatian delegation member.”In a statement, it said Vukojevic and Vida “also apologise for statements which were not intended to have political connotations but left space for such interpretation,” the statement said.Vida scored an extra-time goal in the match and converted one of Croatia’s penalties in the shootout win in Sochi.“Glory to Ukraine!” was a slogan of the former Soviet republic’s pro-EU revolution that toppled a Russian-backed president in 2014.The revolt was condemned as illegal by Moscow and sparked a crisis in relations between the two neighbouring states.It was followed by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and a pro-Kremlin separatist war in eastern Ukraine that has claimed more than 10,000 lives.Vida issued a statement after the FIFA ruling calling the incident a misunderstanding.The player had earlier said the message was “just a joke”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia defender Domagoj Vida said the “Glory to Ukraine” video was a joke © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVZagreb, Croatia, Jul 9 – Former Croatia international Ognjen Vukojevic has been kicked out of the World Cup semi-finalists’ delegation after posting a pro-Ukraine clip that caused a political row.The Croatian football association (HNS) said Monday that Vukojevic had been “relieved from his duties as an expert associate of the Croatia squad and is no longer a member of the Croatian delegation at the World Cup”.
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.West Ham play their final game at Upton Park on Tuesday night when they take on Manchester United in their penultimate game of the Premier League season.The Hammers are 11/5 to bow out of the Boleyn with a win, while United are the 13/10 favourites.United will leapfrog Manchester City into fourth with victory, and are 11/10 to secure the final Champions League qualification spot, with their near neigbours priced at 4/6.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January “We believe he will improve our squad and our defensive qualities. He is the perfect age – a player for the present and the future – and he can be a very important player for many years at West Ham.”Nicknamed ‘El Comandante’ (the Commander), Balbuena won several individual awards for his efforts last season, as well as the 2017 Campeonato Paulista – where he was named in the team of the season.The Hammers have already added Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianksi, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko to their ranks. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti He told the official club website he was looking forward to testing himself in the English top-flight.“I’m really excited for this new challenge and my target is to meet the demands of the Premier League,” the 26-year-old said.“Obviously to be at West Ham is an extra motivation, and I want to do my best to help the team.”New director of football Mario Husillos was instrumental in sorting the deal, and stressed the defender would be instrumental in their success for the future. West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Corinthians captain Fabian Balbuena on a three-year deal.The centre-half, who is a Paraguay international, arrives for an undisclosed fee. LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Welcome to West Ham United, @FBalbuenito! #TheGeneralIsHere pic.twitter.com/0muyVNmIuj— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 14, 2018He said: “We welcome Fabian to West Ham United. He is somebody we have monitored for a long time and we are very pleased to have taken the opportunity to sign him.“He is a player of great strength, character and personality. To be captain of Corinthians, one of the biggest clubs in South America, requires a very strong mentality, and he also has international experience with Paraguay.“He has won many individual honours and was often named one of the best central defenders in Brazil for his statistics. RANKED Latest Transfer News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets IN DEMAND Balbuena has won seven caps for his country
A DELIGHTED Donegal gymnastic team are on their way home with gold medals – after The Letterkenny-based Finesse Gymnastics Display Team – 17 Donegal gymnastics ages 8-17 along with team coach and choreographer – are from all over the county – have won an International title.They took the team gold at the London Festival of Gymnastics. Said proud coach Meganne Stewart: “The team were only the second Irish team to ever qualify for the finals, so to take gold is unbelievable.“I’m so proud of all the girls who are from all over the county, so this is a real County Donegal success.”They train under the direction of team coach, Meganne Stewart and team choreographer Linda Bennett.The girls qualified for the London festival of gymnastics back in May 2012. This qualification selected the top 60 teams from hundreds of teams across Ireland and Britain. The Finesse Team are the second ever team to make the final stage of the festival. The team travelled to London on Friday 19th October to compete in the London Festival of Gymnastics 2012 where over 1400 gymnasts participated. They competed against extremely stiff competition from across Britain and Ireland.The gymnasts performed to the very best of their abilities and executed an outstandingly solid and precise routine.Their wonderful performances led to event co ordinator, president of London Gymnastics approached team manager, Tony King to inform him that the team had caused quite a stirr amongst other teams and coaches.This positive feedback was overwhelming. After this boast of confidence the gymnasts eagerly awaited the final results. The gymnasts were awarded with gold medals for their performance of their routine; Irish Dolls.This placing was accredited to their innovation of choreography and precision throughout their routine. This is a huge feat for this young team especially as they are the first Irish team to receive this Accolade.The team now are looking to set their sights on Europe and are aiming to qualify for European Championships in Frankfurt in July 2013. Who knows what the future may hold for this young and talented team of girls!!! Team members: Ciara Nolan, Fiona Lafferty, Rachel Canning, Sarah Mc Glinchey, Ellie King, Aoife O Connor, Molly Gallagher, Natasha Tinney, Meghan Duff, Amber Beecroft, Cara Nulty, Orla Lonergan, Aoife Mc Carron, Ciara Beecroft , Adele King, Molly Nulty, Orla McCarron.WORLD BEATERS! DONEGAL GYMNASTS TAKE GOLD IN LONDON was last modified: October 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:WORLD BEATERS! DONEGAL GYMNASTS TAKE GOLD IN LONDON
The company behind plans to salvage up to €1 Billion of gold from a shipwreck off the Donegal coast may not bring it back to Irish shores.The Government want to slap a 7.5% fee for Atlantic Sub Sea Adventures to bring the gold back to Irish soil.But local Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher is trying to liaise between the company and the Government to encourage them to come to an agreement to land any gold here. The bullion comes from the 2,000 tonne, 220 metre RMS Empress of Britain, a passenger ship that was struck by a German bomber in 1940.Deputy Gallagher said the firm is not obliged to bring the gold back to Irish soil but he has met with the firm behind the plans.He said “The last tests on the Empress of Britain was carried out using a 3D acoustic survey in May of last year.“They surveyed 12 vessels in 2018 and they are now concentrating on this vessel and are quite confident, having carried out the surveys, that there is gold inside worth €1 Billion. “Because of the location, they don’t have to bring the vessel onto Irish shores. If they do, then the appropriate legislation is there and means the State would attract a 7.5% level.”However, he warned “The company are telling me that it would have to be a lesser percentage if they are going to bring it into Ireland.”The Department of Transport said they are keeping the matter under review.Donegal’s gold bullion may never land on our shores because of 7.5% tax was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare 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:bulliondonegalGoldPat The Cope Gallagher
Southwest has big plans for lesisure routes Other airlines rely on social media these days to handle complaints, but few employ e-connections as seemingly successfully as Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic carrier in the United States.The airline sports a Social Care Team, whose job it is to take care of complaints, acknowledge compliments and, when the occasion calls for it, crack a joke to lighten the mood.We don’t know if all this contributes to Southwest’s second place ranking as the least-complained about carrier in the country during 2014 according to United States Department of Transportation statistics, but it can’t hurt. Consider, according to DOT statistics the airline boarded 135,769,098 passengers last year, second most among all U.S. carriers. It received 714 complaints, or 0.53 per 100,000 boardings. By contrast, United Airlines boarded 90,520,319 folks according to DOT and got 2,452 gripes. That translates into 2.71 complaints for every 100,000 passengers. The average number of complaints for the dozen U.S. airlines DOT ranks was 2.71 per 100,000 passengers.Tweet, tweetNothing galls a flyer more than being ignored. Southwest’s Social Care Team tries to make sure that doesn’t happen often. It strips away layers of bureaucracy and gets down to business fast. “The Team can handle virtually any inquiry without having to escalate [the issue to higher-ups] or direct the Customer to another channel or department for service,” says Southwest spokeswoman Melissa Ford in written response to AirlineRatings.com.Seven days a week the Social Care Team toils and Tweets. A couple of examples are illustrative:– When summer weather raised passenger hackles and played havoc on airline schedules along the East Coast of the U.S. the rock band The Fray found themselves delayed aboard Flight 176. The band Tweeted “@SouthwestAir owes us a drink.” A member of the Social Care Team got back to them, saying, “So sorry to delay you guys. Looks like Mother Nature is going to be nice and you should be your way soon.”The Social Care representative worked with Southwest’s Proactive Customer Service Team to make up for the band’s delay by issuing, via e-mail, what the airline calls a ‘LUV Voucher,’ good for passage on a future Southwest flight.– After arriving late in St. Louis because of a delay Hadas Gold Tweeted Southwest, “Dear @SouthwestAir please hold the plane from St. Louis to Phoenix so we can make it home.” She offered “to bake the whole plane pies if you hold flight 351 for 10 extra min.”The Social Care Team worked with the airline’s Network Operations Control center. NOC responded, getting right back to the flight: “PLZ MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT: THE STL-PHX FLIGHT WILL HOLD – AND SAY YOU EXPECT THE PIES TO BE KEY LIME.”The message mirrors the airline’s attitude: it takes its job seriously, but not necessarily itself. No word on how many pies produced. In short, Southwest spends a lot of time and effort attempting to nip problems in the bud, before they have a chance to blossom into a full-blown complaints.Traditional channelsWhile Southwest leans heavily on social media to mediate passenger problems, there are other channels as well. During business hours you can contact the carrier’s Customer Relations Department at 214-932-0333. E-mail contact can be had at www.southwest.com/contact _us. Finally there’s traditional snail mail. The address is Southwest Airlines, PO Box 36647-1CR, Dallas, Texas 75235.