Acting Director General of the Civil Defence Commission, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig urged stakeholders to be more proactive in the fight to mitigate climate change.On day two of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) 2018 Biennial Conference, with focus being placed on climate change, the CDC head said, “this is not the time to sit back and wait” on the impacts of climate change, measures need to be “in place to ensure that we reduce the impact.”“Having a conference focusing on climate governance is critical because the changes that are necessary need to come from the policy level and also be operationalised,” he said.The acting Director General also remarked that while there are policies and plansA section of the gathering at the 2018 Biennial Conference on Tuesdaytabled, the implementation of these is faced with challenges. He explained “For us to have satisfactory implementation, you must have the governance systems in place at all level,” adding that the key to this is at the individual level.“Persons need to take climate change seriously; persons need to take disaster risk management seriously and start working on reducing their risk on an individual level, that’s the only way we would be able to withstand the impact of climate change.”Lieutenant Colonel Craig told the Department of Public Information that the sessions have been “enlightening” with “very useful information” being shared among representatives of Commonwealth nations.He noted that the Conference presents an opportunity for public servants to learn about different strategies and tools being used by the international community and utilise what is applicable to Guyana.The Civil Defence Commission head disclosed that he hopes to see “positive social change” after the conclusion of the conference, adding that participants should “take away important messages, important tools and go back to their organisations and start implementing those systems.”CAPAM 2018 continued with sessions on integrating risk management processes in decision making, balancing climate action and economic growth, and strategies for developing policies and engaging citizens on day two.
0Shares0000West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon (R) shields the ball from Liverpool players during their match at Anfield in Liverpool, England on December 13, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Liverpool suffered a frustrating night as a sturdy West Brom side held them to a goalless draw at Anfield and climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference.Substitute Dominic Solanke thought he had won the match with eight minutes left when he turned in Joe Gomez’s cross from close range, but referee Paul Tierney ruled out the goal for handball. Hal Robson-Kanu had hit the bar in the first half for Albion, who emerged with plenty of credit despite setting an unwanted club record of 16 consecutive matches without victory.Liverpool went into the match seeking to regain a place in the Premier League’s top four, and to put behind them the disappointment of failing to win Sunday’s Merseyside derby.Manager Jurgen Klopp caused something of a surprise by starting all four of his main attacking players, recalling Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho to play alongside top scorer Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.There were six changes in all to the side that started the 1-1 draw against Everton, with Loris Karius making his first Premier League appearance since August as he replaced Simon Mignolet, who was carrying a slight ankle knock but judged fit enough to be on the bench.West Brom were hoping to avoid setting an unwanted club record of matches without victory, and showed two changes to the side beaten at Swansea last Saturday, with Grzegorz Krychowiak and James McClean called in at the expense of Sam Field and Jay Rodriguez.Albion had dropped into the bottom three following Crystal Palace’s late comeback win over Watford on Tuesday, and desperately needed inspiration.Their boss Alan Pardew had won on his previous two visits to Anfield as manager of Crystal Palace, and his plan to frustrate Liverpool worked in the early stages.However, his team were fortunate not to go behind when Salah got the better of Jonny Evans and played in a low cross from the right that Firmino, in behind Allan Nyom on the far side, somehow steered back across goal and beyond the post from little more than six yards.Yet Albion did not rely entirely on defence, and almost took the lead on the half-hour; Hal Robson-Kanu curled a 25-yard shot against the top of the bar after Liverpool had made a mess of trying to play out from the back.– Frustrating –It was a frustrating opening 45 minutes for Liverpool, but they almost found a way through eight minutes before half-time, as Trent Alexander-Arnold burst forward from right back and slung over a low outswinging cross that would not quite bend into the path of the onrushing Salah.Just before half-time, Firmino cut in from the left to hit a cross-shot that was charged down, before Salah’s follow-up was also blocked.Albion, though, continued to pose questions. From way out on the left, Krychowiak whipped in a free-kick that Karius tipped over. The German goalkeeper then made an even better save moments later as Evans powered a header towards the top corner from Krychowiak’s corner.Liverpool’s attack finally threatened to click into gear after that, with Firmino breaking down the left on to Georginio Wijnaldum’s pass and cutting back, only for Mane to slice wide from 15 yards.Ben Foster had been relatively untroubled in Albion’s goal, but was almost embarrassed with 25 minutes to go, punching Mane’s cross into the air, then fumbling straight to Wijnaldum as it dropped, and watching on gratefully as Evans cleared.Liverpool thought they had scored with eight minutes left when Solanke turned in fellow substitute Gomez’s cross from close range, only for referee Tierney to intervene.Solanke was then denied again by Ahmed Hegazi’s clearance inside the six-yard box after Foster had dived at the feet of Coutinho.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Kevin de Bruyne 1 Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking has dropped a hint that Kevin De Bruyne could be set to leave the Bundesliga side, admitting that the next few days will be “difficult”.Before the weekend Hecking said he was growing tired of all the speculation linking the Belgium international with a move to Manchester City, adding his conviction that last season’s Bundesliga player of the year would be staying put.However, Hecking’s position changed on Monday when he paid tribute to De Bruyne as he picked up an award as Lower Saxony’s footballer of the year in a ceremony in Barsinghausen.“These are going to be difficult days for all involved,” Hecking said, as reported by sport1.de. “And even if our days together should not continue, I would already now like to wish him all the best.”De Bruyne picked up his award, promising to “give my best for Wolfsburg”, although it is now unclear whether he will get another opportunity to do so.The Wolves’ next game is against Cologne on Saturday and his performance in the 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday suggested that the transfer talk was distracting him.“It certainly wasn’t one of his best games,” admitted Hecking, who substituted the former Chelsea player with 15 minutes remaining.City are reportedly lining up a £45million pound bid for De Bruyne, which would be a new Bundesliga record transfer.
“We’re probably one of the best-positioned cities in the country,” Kyser said. “You have a huge local interest and that’s always the ace in the hole for Los Angeles. It’s a huge market that is always interested in sports.” Perhaps more importantly, L.A. hosted the first privately funded games in 1984 and ended with a multimillion-dollar surplus. Those games were organized by Peter Ueberroth, who is now chairman of the USOC, and who has said efforts to secure the Olympics should come from private interests, not public coffers. New York City, together with civic donors, spent an estimated $50 million on its bid for the 2012 Olympics. London was chosen instead. Villaraigosa and supporters have said they would bid and host the Olympics without spending tax dollars. “Our intention is to do it the same way we did it in 1984, with privately financed games,” said David Simon, president of the Southern California Committee for the Olympics. Details on the city’s presentation were unavailable. USOC officials have said they don’t want a high-profile bidding war and have asked city leaders for a simple, discreet meeting and restrained comments to the media. The mayor’s delegation includes: Council President Eric Garcetti; Barry Sanders, chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games; Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which developed Staples Center; and Casey Wasserman, who owns the Los Angeles Avengers. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSo far, the USOC has met with officials in Houston, Philadelphia and Chicago. They will visit L.A. this morning and San Francisco in the afternoon. After the round of visits, the USOC will extend offers to select cities to make a bid for the 2016 games. The committee will then choose one of the bidding cities next summer to represent the U.S. The International Olympic Committee will make the final host city selection in 2009. Los Angeles has hosted the summer games twice, in 1932 and 1984, which is both to the city’s advantage and disadvantage, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The Olympic Committee may want to offer the host opportunity to a new city. Or they may want a proven track record and existing sports facilities. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a team of business and political leaders will make their first pitch this morning to bring the 2016 Olympics to Los Angeles. In a two-hour meeting with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the L.A. delegation is expected to listen more than talk as games organizers describe the competitive and expensive bidding process that draws interest from cities around the world. Villaraigosa hopes to emphasize the city’s diversity, economic strength and willingness to work with the Olympics officials in order to woo the international summer games to Los Angeles for the third time. “During the meeting, the mayor will convey to the USOC that the city of Los Angeles is a city built for the Olympic Games, where we have and will have world-class sporting venues, international sports fans and a history of Olympic success, at no taxpayer expense,” said Darryl Ryan, a spokesman for the mayor.
CASTAIC – The local town council, which once resisted Santa Clarita’s efforts to annex an area business park, now wants to hear the city’s ideas on annexing the entire 93-square-mile community. In a letter to the city earlier this month, the council requested information about joining the city of 170,000 to the southwest. Officials said it’s just one of the three forms of organized government being explored – remain unincorporated, form a city or join Santa Clarita. “There is no change of heart,” said Lloyd Carder, president of the advisory panel created by county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich as a sounding board on local policy. But options for the town of 23,000 could diminish as time passes, leaving it with little say over who would best provide such basic services as law enforcement, parks and local planning, Carder said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“My personal opinion is there are only two avenues,” he said, referring to incorporation or annexation by Santa Clarita. “We can’t stay county very long. As hard as (Antonovich) worked for us, it’s not that it’s not working, but we have to look at this long-term. “What happens when Mike goes away? What happens with a new (supervisor)? Would they support town councils?” The council has stood between attempts by the city to annex the Valencia Commerce Center at the behest of businesses there. It accused the city of going after economic cash cows while ignoring the greater community. There also is a petition circulating in three Castaic neighborhoods – about 1,400 homes – requesting annexation. The effort has stalled as organizers fell short of the 60 percent signatures from property owners required by Santa Clarita to begin proceedings. “Would they be able to accept all 93 square miles and not (annex) piecemeal?” Carder wondered. “We need an answer to that question. Then we can sit down and negotiate. And it’s up to the people. There has to be an election.” City of Santa Clarita spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said there are no hard feelings harbored for the town council. “We’ve never said no to an annexation,” she said. “We would welcome the entire Castaic community. The ball is now in the court of the residents of Castaic.” The other option, cityhood, is dead on arrival after the state Legislature in 2004 eliminated a provision granting new cities a “bump” in their share of vehicle license fees. The seven-year financial boost helps nascent municipalities survive until they’re fiscally self-sufficient. A committee formed by the Castaic and West Ranch town councils also crossed out a joint incorporation that could create a city out of some 30,000 people west of Interstate 5. “Based on the present circumstances, we’ve declined to join with them in cityhood,” said Dave Bossert, vice president of the West Ranch town council, which represents the Stevenson Ranch and Westridge subdivisions. The neighborhoods include the Valencia Marketplace shopping center along The Old and Pico Canyon roads, which are among the county’s top sales-tax generators. A city likely won’t work without them. Still, laws can change. Carder cited Assembly Bill 1602, introduced by Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, to restore the extra funding for new cities, which has gained momentum in Sacramento. Meantime, Antonovich has stayed on the sidelines, opposing the city annexing properties west of Interstate 5 while maintaining that it’s up to residents to decide. “Our office supports their freedom to choose their own destiny,” said Tony Bell, an Antonovich spokesman. “We encourage the debate. We encourage the exchange of information and dialogue. We want to make sure our residents have the best possible situation.” email@example.com (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
THE TENSION is building to the BIG GAME between St Michael’s of Creeslough/Dunfanaghy and Glenswilly.The flags and bunting are up – and the players (all of them) are in top condition. In this brilliant video, jacksonmediatv talk to the key players involved in Sunday’s clash.One newspaper went for Glenswilly (Maguire’s team). Another went for St Michael’s (Up the Harkins!)We’re going for a draw. You can get 7/2 in some of the bookies….Watch the video by clicking play. GAA: GLENSWILLY V ST MICHAEL’S – VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH THE TOP PLAYERS was last modified: October 1st, 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:GLENSWILLY V ST MICHAEL’S
The Alcohol Forum has welcomed a ruling by a Donegal Judge who has imposed a minimum price on alcohol in his jurisdiction.In a landmark case, Judge Kevin Kilrane ruled that a minimum price of €2.50 should be imposed on all alcoholic drinks in licensed premises in Donegal.It follows a recent drinks war in Bundoran which saw some alcholic drinks sold for just 50 cent while another premises offered a free bar to patrons for a €20 charge. Eamon O’Kane, strategist with the alcohol advocacy and action group, Alcohol Forum, who is based in Letterkenny, says the ruling is to be welcomed.“This is a significant move to curb alcohol abuse in Donegal and Ireland and we welcome the decision of Judge Kilrane.“The courts see the impact of alcohol abuse on a daily basis and so understand the need for stronger regulation. We now call on the Government to reconsider the Joint Health Committee’s Report on the Misuse of Drugs and Alcohol published in January of this year.“A key recommendation and the majority view of the Committee supported the decision to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol. We believe the courts system in its actions today has made this recommendation every more urgent,” says O’Kane. DONEGAL ALCOHOL FORUM WELCOMES JUDGE’S DECISION ON BOOZE WARS was last modified: July 7th, 2012 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:Alcohol Forumbooze warsdonegal
B.J. wound up staying at Lockheed for 16 years after the war, working in the finance department. But her years as a Rosie the Riveter are the ones that this member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Don Jose de Ortega chapter, cherishes the most. “It was a helpless feeling for a lot of young women to see the men marching off to war and not being able to do anything to help them. Becoming a Rosie the Riveter was one small way many of us found to do our part.” To become one of the step-up-and-do-it gals. That’s why the VA wants to honor them on Women’s Equality Day. Today, women are more than 58 percent of all VA employees caring for the nation’s veterans. “It’s a way for us to say thank you for their service, not only to women in the military, but also to the civilians, like B.J., who contributed with hard work and effort,” said Vance Davis, voluntary service site manager at Sepulveda VA. “They all did their jobs until the troops came home.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 firstname.lastname@example.org Women veterans of military and other war-effort work will be honored from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of Building B200 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. For information, call (818) 895-9325. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They were the classic World War II ‘I’m going to step up and do it’ gals.” – Marianne Davis, chief of voluntary service for the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Yeah, they were. Hundreds of young women in the 1940s, like the Meeker sisters of Granada Hills, donning safety goggles and manning rivet guns to help Lockheed build those airplanes that gave America supremacy in the skies during World War II. Rosie the Riveter, each one was called – filling in on the production line for the guys who were fighting overseas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 This Thursday, a few local Rosies and many other women veterans will be stopping by the Sepulveda VA to be honored on Women’s Equality Day. The day commemorates the 85th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women throughout the nation the right to vote. (California had previously – in 1911 – given its women the right.) We’ve come a long way. Today, women get to fight, too. But back in 1943, when the Meeker sisters were turning 18, women were pretty much limited to becoming Red Cross nurse, joining a service organization like the WAVES, or going to work on the Lockheed production line in Burbank. “My twin sister, Virginia, and I had graduated from San Fernando High two weeks earlier when we went to work for Lockheed because they needed us,” said the other Meeker twin, Betty-Jeanne Farmer of Calabasas – “B.J.” to many friends. “I really wanted to join the WAVES, but my father had been in the Navy, and he didn’t want us to join. He said the guys were too fast.”
A long-serving Donegal County Councillor who took ill whilst on holidays in Gran Canaria has been flown back to Dublin. Sean McEniff, one of Donegal’s longest serving politicians is on a ventilator and remains in an induced coma.Mr McEniff was flown back from Spain on Saturday night and is now in hospital in Dublin, but his family have said his condition is stable. His family released the following brief statement in relation to Mr McEniff’s condition.The statement read, The family would like to acknowledge the continued messages of good wishes and prayers for Sean’s recovery. “The family would also like to thank the medical professionals of Clinica Rocca in San Agustin who did an excellent job of caring for Sean in Gran Canaria.”Family release statement as councillor remains in an induced coma was last modified: November 14th, 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)
Here are planets and moons making news in our celestial neighborhood, the solar system. Maybe we’ll drop in on another neighborhood while we’re looking around.Venus resurfacing: Planetary geologists can’t get away from the evidence that Venus underwent a planet-wide volcanic resurfacing epoch. Crater counts and lava flow surveys leave little room for doubt that, however and whenever it happened, a new coat of lava spilled over the entire globe over a short time. It was a catastrophic, not a uniformitarian, process. That conclusion was reported in Icarus.1 (See “Earth’s ugly sister can’t get a date,” 08/16/2004.)Earth climate: Work at the National Center for Atmospheric Research shows how the 11-year solar cycle influences climate on decadal scales; this was reported by Live Science and PhysOrg. But do orbital cycles cause long-term shifts, like ice ages? That was discussed in Science magazine this week.2 Peter Huybers of Harvard explained that the interpretation of ice cores is fraught with problems. “Coming up with orbital scenarios that look like the Antarctic record is too easy,” he lamented after examining competing models. “If we are to use Antarctica’s orbital beat to better understand the orchestration of global changes in glaciation, we must first decipher which elements of the climate system are in play and how their responses get recorded in Antarctica’s ice.” He put the answers in future tense.Mars floods: Remember that big canyon on Mars that would stretch across the United States if on earth? Maybe someone pulled a plug. Yahoo News reported on a new theory: for at least one section, hot briny underground water caused a collapse, then the water gushed out. They don’t know where the briny water went, and they can’t say when or how long ago this happened, but it seems catastrophic, not uniformitarian. Regarding the entire Valles Marinaris, the University of Washington theorizers ignored Ockham’s Razor and said, “it’s likely that the whole system formed from a ‘mixed bag’ of mechanisms, including floods, drainage and tectonic forces.”Saturn dune moon: What builds the 300′ high sand dunes on Titan? A new theory reported by Science Daily builds them out of sticky particles without oscillating winds. The hypothesis by Rubin and Hesp leads to a sticky problem, though: if correct, “new hypotheses regarding the composition, origin, evolution, grain size, stickiness, quantity, global transport patterns and suitability for wind transport of Titan’s sediment; the velocities, directions and seasonal patterns of Titan’s winds; and overall surface wetness will all have to be completely reassessed.”Saturn geyser moon: Here’s a PDF file of a Powerpoint presentation by Cassini scientists on the latest thinking about Enceladus, the geyser moon of Saturn. They think the evidence points to liquid water underground, but another team publishing in Icarus this month thinks otherwise.3 Neptune anniversary: Voyager 2’s spectacular encounter with Neptune’s large moon Triton was 20 years ago this month. In celebration, NASA-JPL issued a set of newly-enhanced photos of the moon’s surface taken in 1989. The oblique views and a video flyover were produced by Dr. Paul Schenk, who has perfected the stereo imaging technique and is producing flyovers of other bodies based on archive images. In 1989, astronomers were stunned to see Triton, one of the coldest bodies in the solar system, sporting active geysers and evidence of recent cryovolcanism. The moon looked young: “Voyager mapped only the hemisphere that faces Neptune, but revealed a very young surface scarred by rising blobs of ice (diapirs), faults, and volcanic pits and lava flows composed of water and other ices.”Let’s wrap up with a story of a planet outside our own solar system – an extrasolar planet that shouldn’t exist, but does. Nature reported a “hot Jupiter” orbiting a star in less than one earth day.4 Scientists couldn’t believe their eyes. Tidal forces should have made this planet spiral into its star in less than a million years, but the star is thought to be a billion years old. It seemed impossible we could be seeing a planet in the last wink of its lifetime now. Ask Science Daily. Even more confusing is the fact that the planet is going the wrong way around the star. This story made Science Daily twice.1. Romeo and Turcotte, “The frequency-area distribution of volcanic units on Venus: Implications for planetary resurfacing,” Icarus, Volume 203, Issue 1, September 2009, Pages 13-19, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.03.036.2. Peter Huybers, “Antarctica’s orbital beat,” Science, 28 August 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5944, pp. 1085-1086, DOI: 10.1126/science.1176186.3. Kieffer, McFarquhar and Wohletz, “A redetermination of the ice/vapor ratio of Enceladus� plumes: Implications for sublimation and the lack of a liquid water reservoir,” Icarus, Volume 203, Issue 1, September 2009, Pages 238-241, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.05.011.4. Hellier et al, “An orbital period of 0.94 days for the hot-Jupiter planet WASP-18b,” Nature 460, 1098-1100 (27 August 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08245.The history of astronomy and planetary science is a history of surprises and anomalies. Scientists build world views of how things should be, and how old they must be, and the real worlds keep astonishing them. 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