FCPF engages North Pakaraimas communities in REDD+ talks

first_imgThe Project Execution Unit (PEU) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project is engaging more indigenous and forest-dependent communities in the dialogue on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).The PEU ended a four-day outreach in the North Pakaraimas District on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Kato Village, Region Eight. It involved Toshaos and councillors of 19 villages of the North Pakaraimas District Council (NPDC) and regional officials.Discussions were translated into the native Patamona language to build understanding and knowledge, in order to ensure active audience participation in the discussions.Indigenous and forest-dependent communities were engaged in the dialogue on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+)The PEU team, which included members of the FCPF Project Steering Committee (PSC), explained that REDD+ aims to conserve forest carbon stock, support the sustainable management of tropical forests, enhance forest carbon stocks, and build communities’ resilience to climate change. Gender issues were discussed to promote women’s participation in REDD+.Toshaos asked about indigenous peoples’ role in REDD+ and benefits for their communities. The PEU emphasised the involvement of indigenous peoples in crafting REDD+ implementation strategy, policy and activities. They were assured that REDD+ consultations will capture the indigenous peoples’ views and recommendations. The materials and information will be disseminated in the native languages.The first consultancies expected to start under the FCPF project are for consultations and stakeholders’ engagement on REDD+ and development of a Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM).Others target the development of a REDD+ Strategy and Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) and a national survey on the perception of REDD+. There is also a specific consultancy for institutional strengthening and capacity building of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) and indigenous and forest-dependent communities’ non-governmental organisations (NGOs).Similar FCPF engagements were previously held with communities in the North Rupununi District and the Kanuku Mountains of Region Nine.last_img read more

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Electrical products must comply with GNBS standards

first_img– Minister FergusonThe Guyana Electrical Inspectorate (GEI) on Wednesday hosted its fifth annual electrical conference themed “Embracing a Green Energy Sector to Power a Green Economy”.The event, which was held at the Umana Yana, in Kingston, Georgetown, saw the attendance of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) electrical contractors, electrical inspectors staff of the Public Infrastructure Ministry and representatives from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) and the Guyana Fire Service.During her address, Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson reiterated that with Guyana’s initiative to ‘go green’; all electrical products must be in compliance with the standards of the GNBS and GEI.She also stated that it is essential that all electrical suppliers ensure that these criterias are met. This is in light of the constant fires that Guyana has been experiencing in the recent times, which is generally caused by defective household appliances.“Too long we have been hearing of homes destroyed by fire and most of the times, it is not a GPL problem, but faulty electrical products sold by stores across this country,” the Minister noted.While stating that many uncertified persons have labelled themselves as contractors, Minister Ferguson added that these persons must be certified by the GEI. She stated that there are plans by Government to invest more in solar energy, as it is ‘the future for us’. This is their way of aiming Guyana towards greater renewable energy use.last_img read more

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Pair poisoned on Moscow vacation return to L.A.

first_imgBoth women, who emigrated from the Soviet Union in the 1980s but recently returned to Russia for a vacation, were severely sickened, but their lives are not in danger, medical officials in Moscow said. “They have positive dynamics, and their condition is improving,” Dr. Viktor M. Kaznacheyev, the chief physician at the Sklifosovsky Clinic in Moscow, told The New York Times. The women had been treated at the clinic since falling ill Feb. 24. Their Moscow vacation reportedly began Feb. 14 and they were due back in California on Feb. 26. The poisoning has stunned friends and family back home. Oyuna Chuluun, a medical assistant at Marina Kovalevsky’s storefront clinic in West Hollywood, said she thought the apparent poisoning an accident. She said Marina was divorced. “We just don’t believe someone would want to poison her,” Chuluun told The Associated Press. Doctors say the mother and daughter were poisoned with thallium, a reputed poison of choice for intelligence agencies and assassins. It was initially suspected to be the toxin used in last year’s fatal poisoning in London of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko, but it was later determined he had ingested the rare radioactive isotope polonium-210. Studio City neighbors of Marina Kovalevsky say she and her daughter moved into a home in the hills above Laurel Canyon around five years ago. Yana Kovalevsky later moved away, they said. They describe the sandy-haired doctor as a quiet woman seen each morning before her vacation walking her dog down the street from her tidy two-story, yellow home, which was recently remodeled. “It’s terrible,” said Robin Perud, 40, who lives across the street. Neighbor suspicious Lionel Kipnis, who lives next door and has picked up her mail for three weeks, figured something was wrong when they did not return. “A lady, a friend of theirs’, stopped by Saturday and said they’d fallen ill.” Marina Kovalevsky is an internal-medicine specialist in private practice in West Hollywood and has had admitting privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since 1999, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. She was educated in the 1970s in Kemerovo, an industrial and coal-mining region in southern Siberia. “She left Los Angeles in perfectly good health,” said Dr. Arkady Stern, a colleague covering for her at her West Hollywood practice on Santa Monica Boulevard. Thallium, an element with no taste or odor, has been used as an ingredient in insecticides and rat poison, and by criminals and intelligence services, including those of the former Soviet Union and of Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Slow-acting poison It was said to have been selected by the CIA as a poison to be sprinkled in Fidel Castro’s shoes – a plot that was never carried out. When ingested, it is a slow-acting poison that can cause excruciating abdominal pain, breathing difficulties, damage to the nervous system and extensive hair loss. Stern said the two women had been administered Prussian blue, an antidote commonly used to counteract thallium’s effect, and had undergone dialysis to help rid their systems of lingering toxins. There is no indication that either woman would have been of interest to Russian intelligence services, and no clear criminal motive for the poisoning. “My personal opinion,” Stern said, “is that it could be some mistake. I cannot imagine that anyone in their right mind would want to hurt this person. She is very loved and very respected by her patients, her colleagues and her friends.” Wire services contributed to this report. dana.bartholomew @dailynews.com (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Studio City doctor and her daughter who were mysteriously poisoned in Moscow with a highly toxic element popular with assassins returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday to waiting ambulances and a throng of reporters. Looking pale and unable to walk on their own, Dr. Marina Kovalevsky, 49, and her daughter, Yana, 26, were escorted through a crush of camera crews, reporters and bright flashes at the Tom Bradley International terminal. “We’ve just had a 13-hour flight. We’ll be more than happy to talk to you later,” Yana Kovalevsky told the media. “Just leave us alone, please. Have some respect, please. Get the camera out of our face.” The pair left the Aeroflot jet in airline wheelchairs and were helped by friends and family members into other wheelchairs. They were then placed in separate ambulances about 5:20 p.m. and presumably taken to an area hospital, although officials would not confirm where they were going. last_img read more

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COUNCIL HEAR OF ATTEMPTS TO GET LETTERKENNY AIRPORT OFF THE GROUND

first_imgThe plan for Letterkenny to get its own airport is about to take to the skies again.Letterkenny Town Council has heard how Stevenson’s Airfield on the outskirts of the town has the capacity to bring in hunderds of flights and thousands of euro in revenue each year.But for that to happen, the airstrip needs an Irish Aviation Authority license, and that will not be achieved without council support. Since October of last year, the Stevenson Family and Operations Manager Charmaine Hughes have been working towards improving the facility.Council members were told runway improvements have been made and drainage work is being done, with €70,000 already spent and plans to invest further within the airstrip.However, Ms Hughes said there is work needed outside the airstrip, particularly in terms of the access road which is in a very poor condition.She also wants the public water extended to the perimeter of the facility, which would then allow for a cafe and new toilet facilities to be developed. Councillors were also told that the Stevenson family are seeking to retain an unauthorised hanger which was erected by previous users of the airstrip, and they are asking the council to waive planning and development charges.Having made her case to the town council this week, Ms Hughes must now go to Lifford to address councillors there.EndsCOUNCIL HEAR OF ATTEMPTS TO GET LETTERKENNY AIRPORT OFF THE GROUND was last modified: June 16th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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Delight as The Shandon named as Luxury Hotel and Spa of the Year

first_imgThe success of The Shandon Hotel and Spa has been incredible since it officially re-opened under new management. The spectacular Spa facility at The Shandon re-opened last August, and recently celebrated its first birthday.The Hotel officially re-opened in March of this year, and has already hosted its first wedding, and is earning rave reviews for its amazing food. With the stunning Marble Hill beach in the backdrop, The Shandon is one of the most scenic hotels, not only in Donegal, but in the entire country.Today, management at The Shandon received confirmation that it has been named the Luxury Hotel and Spa of the Year!Kerry Payne, from The Luxury Travel Guide Awards said, “We are delighted to pay tribute to and commend all those who have excelled in the industry. This year has seen an unprecedented number of shortlisted companies, providing strong competition in every category.“All winners of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our in-house professionals. This ensures only the most deserving firms and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades and gain a place in our awards winners’ guide, which will be distributed to over half a million professional & affluent people around the world. Manager of The Shandon Hotel, Carolynne Harrison told Donegal Daily, “The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement, that we’re extremely proud of.“To win an International Luxury Travel award is just fantastic, and it’s a testament to all the hard work of all the staff and everybody associated with the Hotel and Spa.“It’s also great exposure for Donegal Tourism as a whole, and the Wild Atlantic Way!!”Delight as The Shandon named as Luxury Hotel and Spa of the Year was last modified: August 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDelightFeaturesLuxury HotelnewsThe Shandon Hotel and SpaTravel Awardlast_img read more

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GET BEHIND THE LADS! DONEGAL GAA 5K LAUNCH

first_imgNOTICE: The Donegal GAA Football Team 5k Race/Walk has been launched – and it is on Saturday 3rd December 2011 starting at 11.00 am.It is sponsored by Austin Daly of Daly’s Statoil Service Station, Lifford. Entries will be taken from Sean McCumhaills’ GAA Centre from 9.30 am. It is in aid of the Donegal Senior Football Team Training Fund.Sponsorship Cards are available from the Donegal Senior Football Squad & Management. Minimum of €50 sponsorship entitles you to a Free Entry to the Race/|Walk and entry into draw for Signed Jersey by Ulster Champions 2011.Entry Fee on the day €20. Special Rates for Family. Everyone welcome. Fun for all the Family. It starts towards Drumboe Avenue & continues past the Forest and turns back into town at Welchtown to finish at McCumhaill Centre. Flat Course which will suit runners, fun joggers & walkers. Families with pushchairs very welcome.ABOVE: Launching the forthcoming fundraising 5k road race and walk on December 3rd are Donegal Senior team manager Jim McGuiness and Austin Daly, Daly Service Station in Lifford who are sponsoring the event. Included are from left atsy McGonagle, Lonodn 2012 Irish Athletics Team Manager, Karl Lacey, Kevin Rafferty, Aishlin Daly, Roisin Daly, Gerard Crawford, Manager Daly’s Lifford and Donegal midfielder Neil Gallagher. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGET BEHIND THE LADS! DONEGAL GAA 5K LAUNCH was last modified: November 17th, 2011 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:GET BEHIND THE LADS! DONEGAL GAA 5K LAUNCHlast_img read more

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THE ELUSIVE ‘JOHN DOE’ FINALLY BROUGHT TO COURT IN HOUSE DISPUTE

first_imgJohn Doe, aka Daniel Greene appears at court in Letterkenny.A man known only as John Doe was arrested and brought before a Donegal court yesterday amidst claims he has illegally occupied the home of a dead Church of Ireland minister.Gardai were forced to make their way into the home of the man at Newtowncunningham, just before 5pm yesterday evening. It followed an order by Letterkenny Circuit Court for him to appear before Judge John O’Hagan.Gardai revealed they found the man as well as a woman and two children at the address.When he arrived at court the man was asked by Judge O’Hagan who he was and the man replied “Who do you say I am?”The man, wearing jeans and a grey jumper, eventually told the court his name was Daniel Greene.The court was told on a previous occasion that the house belonged to the Very Rev Samuel Reede who passed away at the age of 86 in October 2010.The cleric, known as Dean Sam, had served the Anglican in east Donegal for community for 50 years and had been Dean of St Eunan’s CoI Cathedral in Raphoe.In his will, Dean Sam left his small retirement cottage in the townland of Rooskey, 2km from Newtowncunningham, to his brother Charles.And in January this year estate agents began the process of selling the property, with Charles deeming that all proceeds should go to local charities in Co Donegal.However Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court heard that on February 6 this year ‘for sale’ signs were removed from the property.Barrister Fiona Crawford, acting for Charles Reede, said that two weeks later an estate agent found the locks had been changed. A sign stating “no trespassing” had been placed in the window.Ms Crawford won an order for vacant possession of the lands and bungalow and an injunction against ‘John Doe’.At the latest hearing in Letterkenny, Judge John O’Hagan deemed the numerous notices given to John Doe were valid.He held ‘John Doe’ in contempt of court and ordered him to leave Dean Sam’s home.The court was told that the house had been purchased by Mr Greene for €58,000 and that a €2,000 deposit had been paid but that this had been returned to him when it was discovered the house was not actually eligible to be sold.Mr Greene claimed that he had purchased the house from Charlie Robinson estate agents.Judge O’Hagan asked the man if he had taken out a mortgage but the man said he had bought the house with his own money.The Judge asked if he had title deeds to the house and the man said he had but that they were in Dublin.He adjourned the case until August 13th to allow Mr Greene to show his papers in court.And he warned the man once known as John Doe: “If there is an order to put you out then out you have to go.”THE ELUSIVE ‘JOHN DOE’ FINALLY BROUGHT TO COURT IN HOUSE DISPUTE was last modified: July 30th, 2013 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:Daniel GreeneJohn DoeLetterkenny Circuit CourtNewtowncunninghamSamuel eedlast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL AS GUINNESS HOUSE OPENED FOR FÉILE AN EARGAIL IN DUNLEWEY

first_imgBhí lá den chéad scóth ag an scaifte mhór a bhí ar Lá Oscailte ar an Dún inniu de chuid Fhéile an Earagail.Tháinig an ghrian amach chun cuidiú ar an lá agus bhí neart comhrá, ceol, cluichí do pháistí, bia blásta i gcoinne an chúlra ar cheann de na radharcanna is áille sa tír.There was great interest too in Seamus Roarty’s 1935 Morris, beautifully restored and kept. The Féile was opened on Friday night by Mount Everest hero Jason Black who got a standing ovation from a large crowd in attendance.    PICTURE SPECIAL AS GUINNESS HOUSE OPENED FOR FÉILE AN EARGAIL IN DUNLEWEY was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DunleweyFéile An eargailfestivallast_img read more

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Road reopened after lorry fire

first_imgThe N56 Link Road near Letterkenny Business & Technology Park has been reopened this evening after a vehicle fire.A transport lorry went up in flames after 3pm today (Thursday), which saw a driver having a lucky escape.  Fire services rushed to the scene and brought the blaze under control while the road between the Kiltoy roundabout and the Knocknamona roundabout was closed.It has been confirmed that the road has now been cleared and traffic is moving as normal. Featured image by Shane JohnstonRoad reopened after lorry fire was last modified: November 2nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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Flowers Create ‘Electric Landing Lights’ for Bees

first_imgHow do bees know which flowers to visit, and where on the flowers to land?Visual cues are part of the answer. It has already been known that bees and other insects see flowers differently than humans do. Bees can sense both visible and ultraviolet light, and many flowers have markings in both wavelength (color) bands, which help to both attract pollinating insects from a distance, then guide them in to the center areas where they can find the nectar (and at the same time pollinate the flower).  Bees can also detect plumes of fragrance from flowers.It was also previously known that flowers have a slight negative electrical charge, whereas bees pick up a slight positive charge by colliding with dust particles while flying through the air. It had previously been observed with high-speed video that just before a bee lands on a flower, the positively-charged pollen particles on the bees’ legs jump across the gap and stick to the negatively charged flower.New research published in Science Magazine shows that flowers have specific electric field patterns pointing the way to their center where the nectar is located. As we recently highlighted from a related paper in PNAS (6/08/16), the tiny hairs on the legs of bees can sense electrical charges, such as these electrical patterns on flowers.To test bees’ responses to the flowers’ patterns, researcher Dominic Clarke and his team created artificial flowers with a ‘bulls-eye’ electric field pattern and filled them with sugary nectar, while filling identically-colored artificial flowers with a generic electric charge with a bitter liquid. In their experiment, bees quickly learned to go exclusively to the patterned flowers (70% accuracy). When the electric fields were turned off, the bees could no longer tell the flowers apart.To view the flowers’ electric fields, the researchers sprayed brightly-colored positively-charged particles on the flowers, then took photographs.  (Beautiful photographs are viewable at National Geographic‘s article.Not only do the flowers provide these ‘electric signs’ for the bees, their voltage also changes in time to provide further guidance for the bees. Immediately after the bee lands on a flower, its negative charge decreases by 25 millivolts, and it stays reduced for about two minutes. This difference in electric field for recently-visited flowers may help bees sense which flowers have not been visited in a while, thus hold more nectar.How could this intricate mutually-beneficial system evolve?  Which came first, the bees’ system of leg hairs, neural connections, and neural processing to sense and understand the electric fields, or the flowers’ system of more- and less-conductive anatomical patterning that points the way to their nectar, and the flowers’ finely-tuned passive or active system for adjusting its voltage signal in real time?Evolutionists like to claim that in such “irreducibly complex” systems, each part must have had some other function at some time.  Fine – let them show this.  As Darwin wrote, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”In order for this symbiotic electric field ‘dance’ to be beneficial to either species, all the parts had to work together. A genetic mutation that changed flowers’ electric fields would be useless if pollinators could not sense them, and would be selected against because of the wasted energy involved. Likewise, a mutation that gave bees hairy legs would be useless and wasteful without the neural processing circuits to understand the hair signals. Neurons growing down into bees’ legs and neural sensory-integration centers without sensor hairs would also be useless.Instead, it makes more sense to view these interacting species as having been designed for each other by God. Two unique species ‘serving’ each other and helping each other in mutually-beneficial ways is precisely the type of beautiful interaction we would expect, based on the character of the God of the Bible.[Guest article by an engineering professor](Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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